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Alice Blackby J. Schlenker
At eighteen, right out of high school, Alice Black leaves her clinging mother in Queens, New York to live with a rebellious Columbia University law student in rural West Virginia. After five years, she returns home to take care of her mother as well as to seek answers before her mother dies regarding her father's disappearance years ago. Her mother takes the secret to her grave. Alice is ready to give up hope of ever knowing what happened to him until she receives a visit from a detective and a cryptic message from a fortune cookie. Finalist in the 2019 Wishing Shelf Book Awards
Polk Gulchby Andrew Bardin Williams
Wally, a neurotic, self-depreciating sales rep in San Francisco, somehow wins the heart of Julie, the drummer for a rising punk band. She’s everything he isn’t—cool, brash, confident in her own skin—and Wally never feels he’s able to live up to her public persona.When tragedy tears them apart, Wally spirals into a tailspin involving booze, strippers, old wedding videos, a Jack Russell named after Joey Ramone and a dramatic rescue on the Golden Gate Bridge.
A Kind of Hushby JoDee Neathery
Is there a gray area between right and wrong? The Mackie family is enjoying a summer outing when tragedy strikes. One parent survives along with a teenage daughter and seven-year-old son found hiding in the woods. Was this a tragic accident or something more heinous and if so, whodunnit and whydunnit? The novel centers on how the characters deal with the circumstances and subsequent revelations surrounding the incident. A perfect read for those who enjoy stories of growth and recovery.
Backstory: Behind the Scenes of a Famous Film-Thrillerby Pat Dunlap Evans
If you like stories told in unusual ways, enter the outrageous world of BACKSTORY—a single mom’s quest for new love and Hollywood fame. But wait: a serial killer is stalking her and her daughter. You’ll worry, laugh, fret, and cheer for Merry Mayfield, a mid-life film grad who moves to Texas after a tragic divorce. In letters to her adored professor, you’ll share Merry's pain and passion for the charmer who inspires her love of film. You’ll also meet her bossy brother and his zany wife who try to banish Merry’s demons. And you’ll love the goofy characters who enter Merry’s new world. As she wallows in martinis, dates with Mr. Wrongs, and brazen pursuits that lead to trouble, Merry naively dates a stalker. What happens next will shock and surprise readers who like a suspenseful tale to unwind with a wry smile. (Don't miss the Foreword and Afterword chapters!)
This book contains scenes of: sexual violence
Ruby's Storyby Holly Schindler
On Christmas Eve, Ruby finds herself at the end of her dance career and alone in an empty train car, heading back to her girlhood hometown of tiny Sullivan, Missouri. Will the magic of memory and lost love be enough to change the course of her life, and that of the entire town of Sullivan forever?
Hitler Hereby George Thomas Clark
Adolf Hitler and his intimates and his enemies have bylines and thus the opportunity to reveal what they did and how they felt during an era of unparalleled destruction. There are vivid portraits of the Fuehrer, Eva Braun, Hermann Goering, Joseph Goebbels, Benito Mussolini, Joseph Stalin, and many victims of the Holocaust.
The Universe in 3/4 Timeby Leona Francombe
From old Brussels to a Black Forest refuge…From Prague’s ghostly lanes to the high Pyrenees…Join three struggling musicians as they head off across Europe to recover a mysterious World War II piano, a dangerous quest that illuminates not only the fate of the piano’s elusive owner, but also secrets of their art lost in antiquity. A gripping novel of intrigue, mysticism, and a great love forged by war and music.
Nutshellby John Albedo
During Dust Bowl days in west Texas, a country doctor delivers a baby, a so-called "monster," acceptable parlance of that era indicating a newborn with multiple birth defects. A genre-bending thriller that offers readers a birds eye view into the rigors of med-school through the lens of a supernatural-tinged, multi-generational drama.
Exploratory Talesby Laura Clementz
“I loved each chapter and the progress of Exploratory Tales… A perfect feel-good story! I loved it!”—Rabia Tanveer for Reader’s Favorite. One story intertwining two fables that pull you in with unique adventures, then leave you enlightened. In a world of magical realism, Mikita and then Gareth find themselves in need of an exploratory. A journey into mythical lands to discover who they are inside and their unique path. Will they succeed? Perfect for anyone looking for a playful novel that investigates the depths of personal transformation, imagination, and creativity.
My Temporary Life Trilogy Complete Box Set (Books 1-3) + Bonus Short Story Collectionby Martin Crosbie
Two boys the world leaves behind. The man who becomes their father. And the home they spend their lives trying to find. All three books from the Bestselling My Temporary Life Trilogy, plus the #1 Bestselling short story collection Lies I Never Told.
The Friar's Lanternby Greg Hickey
You may win $1,000,000. You will judge a man of murder. An eccentric scientist tells you he can read your mind and offers to prove it in a high-stakes wager. A respected college professor exacts impassioned, heat-of-the-moment revenge on his wife's killer—a week after her death—and you're on the jury. Take a Turing test with a twist, discover how your future choices might influence the past, and try your luck at Three Card Monte. And while you weigh chance, superstition, destiny, intuition and logic in making your decisions, ask yourself: are you responsible for your actions at all? Choose wisely—if you can. Seven Circumstances Book Review raves: “[The Friar’s Lantern is] an intellectual mystery which challenges the reader not only in its plot and themes, but also in its form.” Buy this mind-bending novel at a discount today!
Ouchby Pug Grumble
Felicia sharpens doorknobs. Sylvester likes ice cream headaches. Natalie attracts injury. Ouch is the hysterical new novel by Pug Grumble. What’s it like? Imagine if Stephen King and Neil Gaiman were riding a narcoleptic porcupine to a fight club. It’s like that, but with sprinkles.
A Matter of Courseby Jody Wenner
Bobby Davis discovers a bag of money on a job site, and what he does after becomes the undoing of everyone seated around him on the Orange Line: Marigold Winter is a thirtysomething assessing strangers on the train with perfect accuracy while lacking clarity about her own self; Lark Brooks is heading to a job interview for a position he thinks will fix all of his problems; an octogenarian is searching for someone to continue her life’s work; a young mother is contemplating a divorce; and an oblivious teenager is attempting to write a new song for his punk band. Then Bad Bobby stands up and forces them all to face their fears, whether they’re ready to do so or not.A MATTER OF COURSE is a multi-point-of-view butterfly effect of one man’s mental downslide. It offers a dose of mystery, a touch of romance, and a good bit of what real life throws at us.
Thyme and Seasons: a gently haunted B&Bby Deb Graham
When Aunt Millie asks her to take over Willow Run for a bit, Jillian jumps at the chance to raise her twins in rural Idaho, not knowing what challenges a Victorian Bed and Breakfast hold. With her husband’s African business trip derailed by rebels, she’s left to manage the B and B alone, contending with a leaky roof leading to an unwelcome surprise in the chimney, a few resident ghosts, and, oh, yes, Millie neglected to mention the B and B is about to be foreclosed on due to unpaid taxes. Can one antique-obsessed guest save Willow Run and Jillian’s hopes for her family? Author of 24 books, by Deb Graham
Harry Harambee's Kenyan Sundowner: A Novelby Gerald Everett Jones
Intrigue on the white sands of the Indian Ocean. From the award-winning author of Clifford’s Spiral. A lonely widower from Los Angeles buys a tour package to East Africa on the promise of hookups and parties. What he finds instead are new reasons to live. Harry Harambee’s Kenyan Sundowner is an emotional story of expat intrigue in Africa, reminiscent of The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene and The Constant Gardener by John le Carré.
Out of the Desertby Betsy Ashton
When Todd Mathieson, the oldest of four children who grew up on the Mojave Desert, closes in on his 50th birthday, he wonders what happened to the little boy who wanted to be a spaceman. And a famous writer. The desert anchors the book, eventually bringing Todd home to evaluate his life. He wonders what happened to his childhood persona, Toad the Dreamer. Can he unlock secrets of his youth to push him forward to the next stages of his life? Will he decide that his professional achievements are enough, even though his life isn’t fully satisfying? Can he reconnect with a special childhood friend to help him chart his path?
Jenny on the Street and Other Tales of Reverence and Revolution by a Very Young Manby David Haldane
A desperate young woman lost on the drug-infested streets of London, an insane revolutionary holding the devil in a jar, an indifferent truck driver forced to run over cats and a reverent grandmother looking for God in a rock. All of them inhabit these thirteen short stories set amidst the magic, majesty, mystery, and mayhem of the late 1960s and early 1970s.. It was a surreal era of extreme idealism, exaggerated exuberance, ferocious fearlessness, and foolish folly. A period in which the scent of change permeated every tree, town, and tent. A time much like our own.
This book contains scenes of: animal cruelty
The Color of Cold and Iceby J. Schlenker
In a Manhattan coffee shop, five characters, all at turning points in their lives—the loss of a spouse, the search for meaning, a bad diagnosis, the need for love, and the angst of loneliness—come together. Through a series of coincidences, a trip to Amsterdam, the colors of the chakra system, Van Gogh, and the clarity of the cold, their lives are altered forever.
Night Swiftly Fallingby Tricia Wagner
Sea legends and pirate adventures charm eight-year-old Swift, until an encounter with the deadly power of the ocean shocks him into reality. Swift struggles to hang onto his childhood fantasies, but his new grasp of the fragile nature of life and of friendship threatens to swamp his hope. Under the guidance of his older brother, Swift must learn to brave the rough waters of change without losing himself to their destruction.
The Collaboratorsby R P Nathan
A powerful literary thriller where not everything is as it may first appear... It is December 1942 in Occupied France. The Bertrand family are hiding their daughter's Jewish fiancé in a secret room in their apartment. The Resistance is planning to get the couple to freedom but the Germans have been tipped off by a collaborator. The family's worst fears are realised when German captain Karl bangs on the door and begins to ransack their apartment. But all is not what it seems because, as the heartbreaking plot unfolds, we realise that what Karl is really looking for is redemption...
Rub-a-Dub-Doubleby Ivy Garcia
The Swap Program is a secret program that allows senior citizens to swap bodies with a young person. The ‘Oldie’ gets to enjoy a youthful body for a week, while the ‘Youngin’ stays in the aging body surrounded by the seniors at the Swap Center. In Rub-a-Dub-Double, Carol, an aging detective, swaps bodies with Megan, a young massage therapist, in order to infiltrate a sex-trafficking ring. Meanwhile Megan, in her aging body, stays at the Swap Center surrounded by senior citizens, who like nothing better than to share their years of experience with the Youngins. Set in Las Vegas, Rub-a-Dub Double takes you ‘off the strip’ in a suspense filled, light-hearted but thought provoking story.
This book contains scenes of: sexual violence
Critical Incidentby TL Dyer
Am I a decent man? How can I be, after what I’ve done? PC Steven William Fuller has everything. A wife who loves him, a teenage son who's never been in trouble, a job he loves, and a promotion in the wings. So why is it then, that after the night he meets Anna Johnson, all of that unravels so quickly? A gripping and emotional police drama novel.
Rootless in Zionby Dorothea Shefer-Vanson
In 1966 the divided city of Jerusalem is a sleepy backwater, but the students at the university are determined to enjoy themselves while being politically involved and benefiting from the throbbing night life. Three graduate students – Brian from Australia, Batsheva from the U.S.A., and Cynthia from England – are trying to complete their studies. Since all three are originally from English-speaking countries, they spend their coffee-breaks together and do their best to cope with life in their adoptive country. Their relations with the local population vary from fraught to friendly, as they find themselves involved in the issues of the day. Brian is married to Israeli-born Rosina. They have two young children and live in one of Jerusalem’s new suburbs.
The Paradise Chapterby Blake Salazar
Have you ever dreamed of leaving your job and humdrum life behind, of dropping everything you know and boarding a plane to the other side of the world? The Paradise Chapter follows a group of characters who answered YES to all those questions and have become DIGITAL NOMADS. All of them are searching for something, a new way to live, new connections, new experiences. They are a diverse and international bunch and, at the island’s own co-working space called the TribeHut, they meet a whole host of other Digital Nomads; people who, like them, roam the world from one place to the next in search of reliable Wi-Fi and fun life experiences. Some of them fall in love, some fall in lust, others yet struggle with juggling setting up their own business, following their lifelong dreams and being tempted by lush paradise on their doorstep every day.
Hippiesby Gary Gautier
A beautiful naïve idealism. Blasted by the establishment. Torn by its own contradictions. In the course of one month, Jazmine, Ziggy, and their hippie friends navigate the bumps and joys of the late 1960s counterculture until things become too heavy, pulling them to a dramatic climax.