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Old Waterby John Hansen
Avery Jankcovic had always been a moral law abiding man but then came the drought. His wife prayed that it would end. So did their preacher but it kept on punishing the land and the people like they had it coming. The severity of it and all that it brought helped to ease Avery's conscience for a little while anyway. It was a damned if you do and a damned if you don’t situation. Surely people would understand that or maybe not.
Turning Season: a novel (Book 7) (Melinda Foster Series)by Melanie Lageschulte
Autumn's changing winds bring sweet romance, spooky fun and a little mystery to the tiny town of Prosper.
Picasso's Motorcycleby Marc Sercomb
An unexpected gift of an old motorcycle with a tragically romantic past hurls 15-year-old orphaned Daniel into the thick of things as WWII breaks out in France. Half-French/half-German Daniel must find a way to survive in a world that mercy seems to have abandoned. This book transports the reader to Nazi-occupied France, where Daniel unwittingly and unexpectedly finds himself working for the Resistance, and ultimately to the Russian Front in a twist of fate so startling that no one can see it coming.
Crumpby JP Gunby
Crump was the 47th President of the United States, and as it happened, he was also the billionaire founder of Crumpburger. Although his second term in office was coming to a close, Crump had no intention of giving up his lucrative sideline as the leader of the free world to anyone, and especially not to the Democratic presidential candidate, Smilin’ Mo Fudrucker. Seen through the eyes of his intern and chief confidant during the yearlong run-up to the presidential election, the conniving Crump, with the help of his assbrained administration and the conservative news network, SHITE news, is determined to not only beat his Democratic opponent but also make a shitload of cash for himself in the process.
A Heart To Survive: first Novel in the Collingwood Seriesby George Fillis
“The Collingwood Series is Canadian historical fiction at its best…Readers are in for an extraordinary read that blends a coming-of-age experience with a window into Canadian culture, race relations of the 1950s, romance, and a young immigrant's ability to persevere against all odds.” - Midwest Book Review During the 1950s, 14-year-old Tao Wen Shun, the trustworthy son of an educated Chinese family, flees China, leaving his home and family behind — but what awaits him in Canada? Wen Shun must persevere amid unexpected new hardships in this compelling novel inspired by true events. Book one in a series that takes readers on an epic journey into the historical past of two nations divided by culture and continents. Fans of All the Light We Cannot See, The Nightingale, and Unbroken will enjoy this riveting saga of history, suspense, and love.
The Billy Frecknall Story (Omnibus Edition)by Tony Whelpton
This is a compendium of a newly published novella and two previously published novels, Billy: The Early Years (2021), Billy’s War (2014) and There’s No Pride in Prejudice (2016). Billy Frecknall was born in Nottingham, England in 1932, and is courageous, resourceful and caring. He displays these qualities in the very first novella, and they stay with him throughout his life, which, considering all the adventures he has, even as a young boy, is very fortunate. Many Fussy Librarian readers will need no introduction to the author, Tony Whelpton, who at nearly 89 is still writing, nor will they need an introduction to Billy Frecknall either, but they will certainly welcome renewing their acquaintance with him and seeing exactly where those qualities came from when they read Billy: The Early Years, which is a new prequel to Billy’s War.
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.