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(FREE on 5/30) Year Of Little Lesson Plans: 10 Minutes Of Smart, Fun Things To Teach Your Little Ones Ages 3-8 Each Weekday by Courtney Loquasto -
Year Of Little Lesson Plans: 10 Minutes Of Smart, Fun Things To Teach Your Little Ones Ages 3-8 Each Weekday

by Courtney Loquasto

Sure, we’d love to talk to our kids about interesting, relevant topics each weekday. Of course we’d love to supplement what they’re learning in school and keep them sharp in the summer. Yes, we even think we can spare 10 minutes a day to do that.

But ~ we might have forgotten some – ehem – possibly many – historical details. We’d rather not commit to months of research to prepare our own family lesson plans. Not to mention, little things (and people) demand our attention and break our train of thought all of the…wait, what were we talking about?

YEAR OF LITTLE LESSON PLANS will give your mouth actual words to say to entertain and educate your little ones ages 3-8, from a Christian perspective, one little lesson at a time. Open, read and enjoy as your children wonder out-loud just how you came to know a little bit about everything.

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(FREE on 5/30) The Truth About Us by Dalene Flannigan -
The Truth About Us

by Dalene Flannigan

Three women, roommates back in college, find their lives forever altered when one of them feels compelled to confess the secret. ‘The Truth About Us’ weaves the past and the present in a page-turner that explores the shifting quality of truth, and the cost of secrets.

(FREE on 5/30) City Of Whispers by Katherine Sorin -
City Of Whispers

by Katherine Sorin

When an epidemic turns most New Yorkers into vampires, a handful of remaining humans find themselves struggling to survive in a quarantined Manhattan. As their numbers dwindle, Ailis Laurent undergoes a transformation of her own: she becomes a hardened vampire killer.

(FREE on 5/30) The Truth About Butterflies: A Memoir by Nancy Stephan -
The Truth About Butterflies: A Memoir

by Nancy Stephan

They belong to each other, Nancy and Nicole–mother and daughter. They’re two halves of a whole, two facets of the same breath–until the day Nicole exhales. . . and never inhales again.

After the death of her daughter, and quickly losing her own battle with grief, Nancy decides to move from the house she can no longer bear to live in. While packing, she comes across a box in the attic. Inside this box, Nancy uncovers treasures she didn’t know existed and evidence that her and her daughter’s lives had been more divinely entwined than she could’ve imagined.

The Truth About Butterflies is a true story of grief, hope, and transformation, and a single enduring truth: Life cannot be restrained by death.

(FREE on 5/30) Operation Z-day by Dennis Larsen -
Operation Z-day

by Dennis Larsen

The year is 2019 and the world is ripe for the next great pandemic. Viral genomes mutate on the fly, casual intimacy is common and travel is easy. These factors and others allow the spread of a caustic invader to overwhelm, then overcome their host organism — us. Calgary, Alberta, known to the world for The Stampede and 1988 Winter Olympics, is home to Raven Falconer, an aspiring author, and her three roommates. The women, fun-loving and educated, are intent on furthering their careers and life’s circumstances. Soon their lives will be tested to the very limits of friendship and human endurance.

The planet’s history is put on hold as Canada suffers the devastating effects of an out-of-control virus, spawning a worldwide epidemic. Travel, commerce, all day-to-day activities are suspended, but it’s too late. Thousands, then millions fall victim to the infection. The elderly and weak succumb while the survivors lose brain function and ultimately their identity, spiraling into a zombie-like state where only carnal instincts prevail.

Seeing the writing on the wall, the friends retreat to the mountains of Banff in search of peace and shelter, hoping the worst will pass. They emerge from a secluded cabin to find marshal law instituted and a world turned upside down, where kill or be killed is rampant. Join Raven, her best friends Mick, Bobi, and Hannah for the ride of their lives. Throw in an Olympic Biathlon competitor, Nathan Edwards, infected with the transforming virus and nowhere is safe.

(FREE on 5/30) Nashville - Part One And Part Two by Inglath Cooper -
Nashville – Part One And Part Two

by Inglath Cooper

Nashville – Part One – Ready to Reach

Nineteen-year old CeCe Mackenzie leaves Virginia for Nashville with not much more to her name than a guitar, a Walker Hound named Hank Junior and an old car she’d inherited from her grandma called Gertrude.

But Gertrude ends up on the side of I-40 in flames, and Nashville has never seemed farther away.

Help arrives in the form of two Georgia football players headed for the Nashville dream as well. When Holden Ashford and Thomas Franklin stop to offer CeCe and Hank Junior a ride, fate may just give a nod to serendipity and meant to be.

Nashville – Part Two – Hammer and a Song

CeCe McKenzie grew up dreaming of a life doing what she loves – singing in Nashville. When she and her Hound dog Hank Junior set out to make her dream come true, life takes some twists she hadn’t counted on. Like falling for Holden Ashford, a songwriter with a gift. And also a girlfriend. Can a country music star’s hunky son help her forget about Holden? Or is that even possible when her heart insists on writing the song?

(FREE on 5/30) Eden, Dawn: The Chronicles Of Paradise by Archer Swift -
Eden, Dawn: The Chronicles Of Paradise

by Archer Swift

Fleeing an Earth inferno, thirty thousand humans landed on a terrifying yet beautiful planet, they named Eden, hoping to find a new start. Ten years later three hundred and sixty-seven survive; staving off the brutal, carnivorous creatures that prey on them, holding out against a formidable humanoid species known, initially, only as them, while facing insidious deceit and betrayal from within their own ranks.

Wrestling through his own inner turmoil; plagued by the gory memories of Earth’s final days, the death of his parents, and awakened feelings for a girl his best friend loves, shy seventeen-year-old Ristan Abel finds himself plunged into a cauldron of turmoil, treachery and treason. In trying to rescue a clan in chaos, he discovers the truth about his mortal enemies, and the human traitor allying with them to exterminate what’s left of mankind. And in the crucible, he finds himself and becomes a reluctant answer to mankind’s predicament.

Welcome to planet Zika, named such by the planet’s native species, the Zikalic. A planet of stunning contrasts—unspeakable wonder and matchless horror—ruled by the monstrous Xakanic. Bent on annihilating the human race, the Head Chief of the Zikalic serves his own twisted agenda: to strengthen his rule over the bejewelled City of Zika.

(FREE on 5/30) French Cuisine Cookbook: 50 Easy And Delicious French Recipes by Patrick Smith -
French Cuisine Cookbook: 50 Easy And Delicious French Recipes

by Patrick Smith

France is known for its fine cuisine and a large number of iconic dishes. With an archive of French recipes like this at your disposal, you will introduce new colors and variety into your kitchen.

In the French Cuisine Cookbook, you are going to find 50 French recipes of all kinds, covering breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and side dishes. There is no need to be a chef to enjoy a nutritious Ratatouille on a sunny day, or Mousse Chocolat on a cold afternoon. All you need for dishes like these is right here.

French Cooking – Where Every Dish is a Star

Here is a brief overview of what’s inside:

  • 10 French Breakfast Recipes
  • 10 French Lunch Recipes
  • 10 French Dinner Recipes
  • 10 French Side Dish Recipes
  • 10 French Snack & Treat Recipes

(FREE on 5/30) Innocent In Las Vegas: A Humorous Tiffany Black Mystery by A.R. Winters -
Innocent In Las Vegas: A Humorous Tiffany Black Mystery

by A.R. Winters

“I tell myself every day that I don’t hate my job… But there‘s a reason I’m trying to leave the madness of the casino pit to become a Private Investigator.”

Cupcake-loving croupier Tiffany Black is determined to leave her job at the casino for good. She’s one small step away from acquiring her Private Investigator license, and has her eye on the prize.

Accepting her first real case – investigating the murder of casino-mogul Ethan Becker – should be exciting. Instead, things spiral out of control and Tiffany finds herself in over her head, as she confronts secretive suspects, corrupt casino henchmen and her mysterious, ex-Special Forces bodyguard.

Tiffany’s poker-hustling Nanna and pushy parents want her to find a nice man and settle down, but Tiffany just wants to track down the real murderer before he finds her first…

(FREE on 5/30) The Visions Of Ransom Lake by Marcia Lynn McClure -
The Visions Of Ransom Lake

by Marcia Lynn McClure

Youthful beauty, naïve innocence, a romantic imagination thirsting for adventure…an apt description of Vaden Valmont, who would soon find the adventure and mystery she had always longed to experience…in the form of a man.

A somber recluse, Ransom Lake descended from his solitary concealment in the mountains, wholly disinterested in people and their trivial affairs. And somehow, young Vaden managed to be ever in his way…either by accident or because of her own unique ability to stumble into a quandary.

Yet the enigmatic Ransom Lake would involuntarily become Vaden’s unwitting tutor. Through him, she would experience joy and passion the like even Vaden had never imagined. Yes, Vaden Valmont stepped innocently, yet irrevocably, into love with the secretive, seemingly callous man.

But there were other life’s lessons Ransom Lake would inadvertently bring to her as well. The darker side of life…despair, guilt, heartache. Would Ransom Lake be the means of Vaden’s dreams come true? Or the cause of her complete desolation?

(FREE on 5/30) Pinterest Savvy: Strategies, Plans, And Tips To Grow Your Business With Pinterest by Melissa Taylor -
Pinterest Savvy: Strategies, Plans, And Tips To Grow Your Business With Pinterest

by Melissa Taylor

Melissa Taylor, a top Pinterest influencer with over 1.4 million followers, shows how to get started, gain skills, and market your business using Pinterest. Pinterest Savvy is practical, easy-to-read, and applicable for anyone who is ready to get started or get better on Pinterest.

Pinterest Savvy highlights:

* Set up your profile for success.

* Understand the basics of eye-catching pins.

* Learn strategies for gaining followers.

* Discover how to achieve your Pinterest marketing goals including increasing traffic to your website.

* Find out how to monetize Pinterest. (NEW chapter!)

Not only that, Pinterest Savvy includes tips from top influencers on Pinterest including PBS, Penny of Green Kids Crafts, and Amy of Living Locurto.

(FREE on 5/30) The Preacher by David J. Rollins -
The Preacher

by David J. Rollins

Small churches in small towns generally do not like new preachers. The small church in Wonderville is no different, particularly when the new preacher has a protrusively large Adam’s apple that distractingly bobs up and down during sermons. After many delicious poisoned pies and other attempts on their new preacher’s life, the members of the little church are forced to take more drastic steps. They hire a killer deacon.

Requiem is fairly well-educated and certainly well-protected. He is a preacher after all, and being so ordained, he is immune from things like unnatural deaths. The attempts do still hurt though. He understands what is going on. He understands that his church will not appreciate him until he proves himself. He just doesn’t feel like the church is worth his one last miracle. When he became a preacher, he was given two miracles. He used one some time ago to make his shirt collars fit.

Instead, Requiem enlists in help from the Broken Throated Advocators, a group of like-necked vigilantes who joined together to fight the persecution of men with extremely large Adam’s apples.

Neither Requiem nor his little church will ever be the same.

(FREE on 5/30) I Love My Dad - 50 Cute Kids With Reasons Why They Love Their Fathers: A Celebration Of Fatherhood by Bob Frothingham -
I Love My Dad – 50 Cute Kids With Reasons Why They Love Their Fathers: A Celebration Of Fatherhood

by Bob Frothingham

Over 50 Photos with “I Love Dad Because …” Sentiments

Fun for Kids and a Perfect Father’s Day Gift!

This celebration of Fatherhood, includes an extensive collection of incredibly heart-warming photos of children interacting with their fathers … each with matching reasons why we love our dads so much.

This unique combination of stunning photos with heartfelt sentiments, makes this book a great gift for your father, the father of your children, or any of the many fathers in your life who deserve a celebration of fatherhood that is guaranteed to make them smile.

You can recognize Father’s Day with the same-old-thing or get your Dad something that will make him smile and touch his heart: “I Love My Dad”.

(FREE on 5/30) Russian Reckoning: A Jo Epstein Mystery by Joyce Yarrow -
Russian Reckoning: A Jo Epstein Mystery

by Joyce Yarrow

It is 1957. A hardened criminal imprisoned in Vladimir Central saves the life of a young violinist-turned-thief and takes the boy under his wing.

Fifty years later, in New York City, JO EPSTEIN – private investigator and performance poet – is hired by her Russian émigré stepfather, Nikolai, to help him escape the clutches of a blackmailer.

From Vladimir Central Prison to the brooding Russian forest, Jo races against the clock to solve crimes committed on two continents.

(FREE on 5/30) Amish Summer by Kristina Ludwig -
Amish Summer

by Kristina Ludwig

Sixteen year-old Rebekah and her boyfriend Braeden are perfect for each other: they’re hard-working, intelligent, and kind, and they both love animals more than anything in the world. But there’s one fatal difference: Rebekah is Amish and Braeden is “English.”

Braeden surprises Rebekah with exciting news: he’s been accepted to a competitive pre-veterinary summer internship, and his supervisor has invited Rebekah along. It’s the perfect opportunity for Rebekah, who’s always wanted to be a vet.

As Rebekah spends more time with Braeden, she feels like she’s leading a double life. She knows that she can’t continue to live the worldly “English” life and remain true to her Amish faith. She also feels torn between her love for her family and community and her desire to pursue her education and continue her relationship with Braeden.

Now, Rebekah is faced with a heart-breaking question: What life is right for her, “English” or Amish? What life will she choose?

(FREE on 5/30) Rise To Power by Uvi Poznansky -
Rise To Power

by Uvi Poznansky

Here is the story of David as you have never heard it before: from the king himself, telling the unofficial version, the one he never allowed his court scribes to recount. In his mind, history is written to praise the victorious—but at the last stretch of his illustrious life, he feels an irresistible urge to tell the truth. In the first volume, Rise to Power, David gives you a fascinating account of his early years, culminating with a tribal coronation. Rooted in ancient lore, his is a surprisingly modern memoir.

In an era of cruelty, when destroying the enemy is deemed a sacred directive, the slayer of Goliath finds a way to become larger than life. His search for a path to power leads him in ways that are, at times, scandalous. Notorious for his contradictions, David is seen by others as a gifted court entertainer, a successful captain in Saul’s army, a cunning fugitive, a traitor leading a gang of felons, and a ruthless raider of neighboring towns who leaves no witnesses behind.

How does he see himself, during this first phase of his life? With his hands stained with blood, can he find an inner balance between conflicting drives: his ambition for the crown, his determination to survive the conflict with Saul, and his longing for purity, for a touch of the divine, as expressed so lyrically in his psalms and music?

(FREE on 5/30) Life In The Gumball Machine by Maureen Bartone -
Life In The Gumball Machine

by Maureen Bartone

How can anyone get transported up and into a gumball machine? Impossible? Not if it’s a magic gumball machine! Life in the Gumball Machine, a chapter book, is part one of a two-book series for middle school readers. It’s a story of fantasy, magic and adventure that starts when three friends, Daisy, Michael and Patrick, find an abandoned gumball machine – a big one, almost as tall as they are – inside an old shed.

After touching it, they magically shrink in size, and a strong force of freezing wind sucks them up the swirling tunnel and into the gumball machine. They land in a world with purple grass, a pink sky, and gumball trees. The latch is locked, and there is no escape! As they search for another way out, they encounter a variety of gumball people, each one a different color from the next.

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