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The Highlander

by Zoe Saadia

Born in the Highlands, Kuini thought his life was simple. You hunt and you fight, defending your towns against the raids of the Lowlanders and then raiding their lands in turn. His father was the Warriors’ Leader, and he wanted to be just like him.Yet, Texcoco, the mighty Capital of the Lowlands, seemed incredibly beautiful, sparkling, its pyramids magnificent. A friendship with the Lowlander boy, the First Son of the Texcoco Emperor, seemed harmless in the beginning. They were just boys, and their clandestine meetings were always fun, providing great entertainment.

However, on the day Kuini agrees to finally enter the magnificent city, it would all change. He expected to get into trouble, but he could not foresee the extent of the trouble and, worst of all, he did not expect to uncover hidden secrets concerning his own family.

Salvage The Bones: A Novel

by Jesmyn Ward

A hurricane is building over the Gulf of Mexico, threatening the coastal town of Bois Sauvage, Mississippi, and Esch’s father is growing concerned. A hard drinker, largely absent, he doesn’t show concern for much else. Esch and her three brothers are stocking food, but there isn’t much to save. Lately, Esch can’t keep down what food she gets; she’s fourteen and pregnant. Her brother Skeetah is sneaking scraps for his prized pitbull’s new litter, dying one by one in the dirt. While brothers Randall and Junior try to stake their claim in a family long on child’s play and short on parenting.

As the twelve days that comprise the novel’s framework yield to the final day and Hurricane Katrina, the unforgettable family at the novel’s heart–motherless children sacrificing for each other as they can, protecting and nurturing where love is scarce–pulls itself up to struggle for another day. A wrenching look at the lonesome, brutal, and restrictive realities of rural poverty, Salvage the Bone is muscled with poetry, revelatory, and real.

Belonging: A Novel

by Robin Lee Hatcher

In the high desert town of Frenchman’s Bluff, Idaho, Felicia Kristoffersen has set out to create a future for herself that is better than her painful past. Alone in the world with only her faith to sustain her, she must prove herself as this tiny community’s new school teacher. She cannot, must not, fail. But, there are those who never wanted her there to begin with.

Five years after the death of his wife, local merchant Colin Murphy cares about just one thing: raising his daughter, Charity. Colin wants to give her the educational advantages he never had. The new schoolmarm’s inexperience doesn’t sit well with him, and if this teacher up and marries like the last one did, Charity’s heart will be broken once again.

A woman who hasn’t known love. A man who lost the love he had.

In the midst of the wide, sage-covered plains, each is about to discover that life’s bitterest circumstances truly can work together for good.

The Killing Moon

by N. K. Jemisin

The city burned beneath the Dreaming Moon.

In the ancient city-state of Gujaareh, peace is the only law. Upon its rooftops and amongst the shadows of its cobbled streets wait the Gatherers – the keepers of this peace. Priests of the dream-goddess, their duty is to harvest the magic of the sleeping mind and use it to heal, soothe . . . and kill those judged corrupt.

But when a conspiracy blooms within Gujaareh’s great temple, Ehiru – the most famous of the city’s Gatherers – must question everything he knows. Someone, or something, is murdering dreamers in the goddess’ name, stalking its prey both in Gujaareh’s alleys and the realm of dreams. Ehiru must now protect the woman he was sent to kill – or watch the city be devoured by war and forbidden magic.

The Glass Swallow

by Julia Golding

Rain has a secret—one that risks her whole world if it comes out. She designs exquisite stained glass for the windows of her city. But the law is clear: it is forbidden for girls to be part of the glassmakers’ guild. To keep her secret hidden, Rain leaves home and travels to a strange new country. Her trip becomes a nightmare when bandits attack and she is abandoned in a society on the edge of disaster. To survive, she must discover new strengths in herself and seek out the other people that this society has scorned, including a young falconer who is one of the “untouchables.”

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Mad Money

by Linda L. Richards

When her best friend is killed in front of her at the New York City brokerage where they both work, Madeline Carter quits her job and aims for a safer life on the warm coast. But life has a way of interrupting the best laid plans and it isn’t long before Madeline’s quiet new life of day trading in the Malibu hills is interrupted by kidnapping, murder and a run-in with a corporate psychopath.


by Bart Hopkins Jr.

Playtime is a novel of suspense and romance.

What would you do if you got a second chance at life? Would you change what you are doing right now? Blaine Hadrock is one of the few to get that opportunity. It could be said that his eyes have been opened. It’s summer in Galveston, and just like every other year, for thousands of people it’s playtime. The beaches are packed, and the island is rocking. But for a few, the summer isn’t about having fun. It’s about surviving. And the way things are going for Blaine and his girlfriend Renee, a second chance might not be enough.

Red Blitz

by James Raven

The world’s most beautiful city is about to be destroyed. Dozens of bombs have been hidden throughout Venice by a terrorist who is found dead. As the bombs start to explode, and thousands flee to the mainland, the police launch a desperate bid to save the city – and solve the mystery of what lies behind the attack.

Trapped In Limbo 2

by John Robert McCauley

In November 2013, a naval drone crashed into a guided missile cruiser off the coast of San Diego. News of that event got around fast. What the devil caused that crash? As the sun rose on the east coast, Kristen Luger, who had the looks others would give a right arm for and a Brazilian immigrant working in the NASA drone project, was asked to kick up her heels and bust a gut to patch the holes in the cause of this crash. Come with Kristen and her boyfriend Nolan in a journey that weaves a spell of doubts and fears down a chilling, dark street in a thrilling tale.

Days Like This: Jackson Falls Book 3

by Laurie Breton

What would you do if your brand-new husband discovered he had a teenage daughter? One who’s hurt and angry and resentful?

One who’s coming to live with you?

Casey Fiore and Rob MacKenzie have a history. A long one. Close friends and songwriting partners, their friendship survived the roller coaster ride to fame and the tumult of her first marriage to his best friend. Now, they’ve finally found their way home to each other. But marriage is never easy, and the transition from friends to lovers can be awkward. Still haunted by the ghost of Casey’s first husband, charismatic rock icon Danny Fiore, they’ve spent the last year tiptoeing around the elephant in the living room. While Rob struggles with long-held insecurities, Casey is gradually blossoming into the woman she was always meant to be. But with change comes uncertainty, and even as she finds herself overwhelmed by the ferocity of her feelings for her new husband, Casey wrestles with divided loyalties and the unexpected changes this marriage has wrought in her.

When the fifteen-year-old daughter Rob never knew about comes to live with them, the quiet life they’ve carved out for themselves in Casey’s rural Maine hometown is turned upside down as they’re forced into instant parenthood. Paige MacKenzie is prickly, hurt, and angry, and despite Rob’s efforts, she refuses to build any kind of relationship with the father she’s convinced deliberately deserted her.

As Casey and Rob face the challenges of parenting a rebellious teenager while struggling to become a family, they unravel secrets and discover truths about themselves and their relationship, truths that, if not dealt with, could threaten the future of their marriage.

The Dust: Book Two – Pursuit

by David H Sharp

Decry the brutality of man.

After fighting their way out of York our intrepid band of survivors push south. Unaware of the menace that shadows them they continue to battle with the ‘Infected’ determined to reach their families. Lonny Gold has other ideas, driven by a thirst for power and cruelty he smashes a path behind them killing and maiming anything that confronts him.

Jake and Angel get split from the group and their passage to hope becomes clouded with death and uncertainty. A helping hand comes in the form of a man with a lust for life, a shining light.

When the two forces collide there can be only one outcome. A beach awash with the blood of man shall be the hunting ground of the brave. Who will survive?

The Rush

by Rachel Higginson

A life not her own—A future already decided.

Every facet of Ivy Pierce’s life is meticulously planned out and plotted. Cynical and jaded by sixteen, Ivy’s only hope is to escape the legacy she was born into.

She has a plan, a carefully thought out, feasible plan. She just has to play by the rules until everything falls into place. Unfortunately as predictable as her life can be, she never sees Ryder Sutton coming. He tumbles into her life unimpressed and untouched by her and the life she lives. He’s an enigma to her. A gorgeous, frustrating, sincere mystery and a complete phenomenon in the ugly world she lives in.

What blooms between them is a fiercely intense attraction that cannot be ignored. Even though they would both be better off without each other—Even if both their lives depend on staying apart.

Constant Pull

by Avery Kirk

Mel Harper is a woman in her twenties, searching for herself after experiencing the trauma of losing her parents three years ago. Through that tragedy, she meets Kevin who has grown to be her closest friend and her primary confidant.

Mel is suddenly tormented by vivid and peculiar dreams that seem to mean something. More disturbing and now tangible signs follow and she hesitantly confides in a mysterious man named Harry, as one of the few people she will tell. As if all that is happening to her isn’t enough to manage, Wren enters Mel’s life and immediately seizes her interest. Against Harry’s advice, Mel courageously heads to California to suppress her curiosity about what all the signs mean, without knowing what waits for her there.

How To Fail: The Self-hurt Guide

by Aaron Goldfarb

Let’s be honest: self-help guides SUCK.

How to Fail is the world’s FIRST Self-Hurt Guide, the polar opposite of a self-help guide.

How to Fail follows the misadventures, misgivings, and massive mistakes of Stu Fish as he tries to find success in New York City. This satirical novel and guide includes such hilarious chapters as:

Chapter One: How to Fail to Write a Cohesive Introduction

Chapter Two: How to Fail to Not Get Mistaken For a Bum
Footchapter Two: How to Go Insane and Garner Voices in Your Head

Chapter Three: How to Fail to Make Your Parents Proud of You

and more…

There’s not an aspect of life that How to Fail doesn’t tackle and offer a terrific non-solution for! All delivered in perfect single serving-size chapters for a modern A.D.D. culture more used to reading blog entries on their phones while riding the subway than in carefully reading a book.

There’s other people out there just like you. Stu Fish is one of them.


by Peter Stone

Eighteen-year-old Ethan Jones lives in Newhome, a town built upon the decaying ruins of post-apocalyptic Melbourne, ruins haunted by the ferocious Skel, a nomadic tribe of degenerate savages.

The Skel are ramping up their attacks on Newhome’s foraging teams and infesting Melbourne’s ruins in ever greater numbers. Is this part of a larger plan that could spell the town’s doom?

Meanwhile, the last thing Ethan expects when he and his companions rescue a two-car convoy from the Skel is a Japanese teenage girl with an outlandish dress-sense, who after they take her back to Newhome, goes to great lengths to ingratiate herself into his life. But is it in gratitude for saving her life or is she seeking something more?

And what a quandry she places him in, for he knows the rules, that no man is permitted to be alone with an unmarried woman. But how can he drive such a gentle soul away when she touchs his heart so deeply, even though she clearly carries the pain of a broken heart.

At the same time, Newhome’s police force, the Custodians, are suspicious of Ethan’s foraging team’s successes and are pulling out the stops to find out which member of his team has the illegal mutant ability that gives them an edge over the other teams. Should these peacekeepers discover Ethan is the mutant they seek, they will haul him away and dissect him like a frog.

A Raucous Time

by Julia Hughes

Wren’s discovered an ancient diary; he’s convinced that it’s the key to a legendary treasure trove. All he has to do is persuade cousin Rhyllann that this isn’t a geeky flight of fantasy, escape the protection of DI Crombie of the Metropolitan Police and outwit a sinister cult known as “The Brotherhood”. What can go wrong? …

Four Seasons Of Creative Writing: 1,000 Prompts To Stop Writer’s Block

by Bryan Cohen

Have You Ever Had Writer’s Block?

Do You Want a Book That Could Keep It Away for Good?

Writing prompts are questions and hypothetical situations that are able to cure writer’s block instantly. This book gives you exactly one thousand idea-generating prompts that focus on the coldest, warmest, toughest and funniest days of the four seasons. These 1,000 prompts work for blogs, scripts, stories, poems, essays, songs and anything else that requires you to stare down writer’s block and start writing

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