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Drowning Mermaids

by Nadia Scrieva

She is an elegant princess displaced from her home. He is a rough sea captain with a heart of gold…

To escape the war in her underwater kingdom, the noble daughter of a murdered king must flee to Alaska. Doing all she can to keep her younger sisters safe, Aazuria tries to assimilate and work among the Americans, with her feisty red-haired bodyguard at her side. This refuge holds pleasant surprises, for the princess meets a somber gentleman in a dark corner who promises to show her his world. Trevain Murphy is a successful crab fisherman who has spent his life building an empire above the sea, but knows nothing of the greater empire beneath the surface. When a graceful dancer captures his attention, he becomes fascinated with her old-fashioned speech and unique mannerisms. Learning that her father has recently died, he cannot resist extending his kindness in offering to guide and protect her.

As it becomes clear that the dark-haired woman is much more than she seems, Trevain is unprepared to uncover the staggering secrets behind her innocent facade. Neither the captain nor the princess can imagine that their lives will become forcibly entwined as a common enemy threatens both of their worlds…

Vampire Academy

by Richelle Mead

Prepare to be Tested.

St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger. . . . Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.

True Spies

by Shana Galen

He’s Getting Tired of Deception…

Baron Winslow Keating is honor-bound to finish one last mission as an elite spy for the Barbican group even though he just wants to go home and be with his family. But after years of secrecy and absence, his daughters hardly know him and his wife has given up on him…

She Wants to Try a Little Intrigue…

Lady Elinor has had enough of domestic boredom. She contemplates an affair with a rakish spy, only to discover a world of intrigue and treachery that she never knew existed. Even more shocking, her neglectful husband is suddenly very attentive—quite the jealous type—and apparently there is much more to him than she ever knew…

The Body Departed

by J.R. Rain

When a killer broke into James Blakely’s apartment and fired twelve bullets into his body, it was the end of James’s life—but just the beginning of his journey to redemption. Sentenced to burn in hell for a crime he cannot remember, James is given the choice to proceed immediately to the afterlife or haunt the world of the living in search of his killer. Electing to return to Earth as a ghost, he attempts to solve the mystery of his own murder, visits the living—starting with his daughter and ex-wife—and confronts the sins in his past that put him on the fast track to eternal damnation.

With the help of a world-class medium, James begins to make progress. Forgiveness is possible, it seems, for a good man who made some bad choices. But with the memories of his life on Earth fading out one by one and his ghost body rapidly disintegrating, James faces the very real prospect of vanishing completely before he learns the devastating secret that kept his soul from achieving its true potential.

Poison Princess

by Kresley Cole

She could save the world—or destroy it.

Sixteen year old Evangeline “Evie” Greene leads a charmed life—until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, killing everyone she loves, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they’re still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.

But she can’t do either alone.

With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can’t totally trust Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?

Who can Evie trust?

As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side…

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by Shawn Underhill

“The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep.”
~ Robert Frost

*Evie’s family has been holding out on her …

Big time.

On an unexpected visit to her grandparents’ house in New Hampshire’s secluded North Woods, the sixteen-year-old literally runs into the truth of the long-hidden family secrets, and finds herself thrust without warning into the clandestine world of the Great North Pack—a wild and exhilarating world of rugged beauty, heart-pounding adventures, and long nights running under a sea of stars … but as she’s set to discover, a world also fraught with potential dangers lurking in the shadows.


by A.R. Wise

Alma Harper has been trying to forget what happened in Widowsfield 16 years ago. She has a good life as a music teacher now, and might rekindle her relationship with her one true love. However, the number 314 haunts her, and threatens to bring her back to the day that her brother disappeared. When a reporter shows up, just days before March 14th, Alma realizes that her past is coming back to haunt her. What happened on March 14th, at 3:14, 16 years ago? No one but The Skeleton Man can remember.

The Space Between

by Victoria H. Smith

When Drake started the night at his father’s campaign fundraiser, he never imagined he’d end it being conned into buying drugs on the West Side. Losing high-stakes poker has its consequences, but he’d repeatedly face them just to hear Lacey Douglas sing. Drake sees Lacey light up the stage, and he has to have her. But his intentions for being on her side of town turn out to be the reason he can’t.

Chicago native Lacey has dreams of the opera, but life has its obstacles. Lacey has come to know her hardships as part of living in the real world and accepts them fully. When Lacey meets the intense and invigorating Drake, a fire is lit inside her, unleashing those dreams again.

Two paths that should have never crossed prove to create the exact pairing the other needs. But when their worlds take time to catch up, everything they have is tested. Finding the space between the two sides that challenge them will be hard, but it’s the only place that will keep them together.

Tangled Roots

by Angela Henry

For Kendra Clayton life is good—for about five minutes. Then her sweetie, lawyer Carl Brumfield, leaves town to help out his sister in Cleveland. Her soon-to-be-married best friend picks out a hideous bridesmaid’s dress for her to wear (a sequined Smurf-blue nightmare with a bow on the butt). The work she loves as a part-time GED instructor turns into the job from hell when a retired kindergarten teacher with the personality of a piranha becomes her new boss.

And to top it all off, Detective Trish Harmon of the Willow, Ohio, police department shows up at her class looking for Kendra’s favorite student, a troubled young man named Timmy who has been straightening out his life.

A pretty local beautician is dead, and Timmy is suspect number one. When he later shows up at Kendra’s apartment begging for help, it’s only one more step before Kendra’s back on the road to trouble again, trying to find the real killer, stepping over the line from a nice safe life into danger…and getting tangled in the deadly roots of desire.

The Gothic Shift

by B.D. Bruns

A beguiling collection of the macabre and supernatural from national bestseller, B.D. Bruns.“Bruns… creates well-imagined, realistic settings for his lively characters.” – Kirkus Reviews

The Ghost of Naked Molly – takes us back to old New Orleans on the eve of the Louisiana Purchase, where the ghost of a gorgeous octoroon slave mistress complicates the political schemes of a local grandee by parading around his house in the buff. To say things get complicated is a deadly understatement.

The Swamp Hive – a fine study of Civil War squalor and carnage – spotlights the Union attack on the Confederate stronghold Fort Henry. A timid rebel cook discovers something even grislier than the usual horrors of war: ghouls feeding off the dead… and the living.

Blue Caribou – visits the crew of a ship stuck in the Arctic ice in 1859 as they slowly go mad from hunger. The ultimate solution – prompted by a stitched, velveteen toy wolf – gives a completely new twist on survival of the fittest.

Wax and Wayne – is about a man who comes into a restaurant every day to gulp down vast quantities at the shrimp buffet, while his forlorn waitress seems to gain weight on his behalf. Here Bruns achieves a delightful balance of whimsy and the grotesque, with a glimmer of moonstruck romance.

Mustard Seed Baby Doll: A Novella

by F.J. Schurr

A story about hope, faith and redemption…

Jim and Maudelyn are a retired couple still reeling from the loss of their daughter who ran away over a decade ago. With both of them lost in the past, their marriage has all but disappeared. Samson is a bodybuilder in pursuit of someone else’s dreams. Underneath a thin veneer of arrogance, he longs for unconditional acceptance and the permission to be himself. Rachael is a homeless orphan who has been cheated out of her childhood. Forced to grow up too fast, she struggles to pattern her life after her dead mother’s example.

In this gritty tale of the harsh realities of life, F.J. Schurr artfully weaves together a tapestry from stray threads of hope and brokenness that hang from the human condition.

Set in the heart of the once thriving city of Buffalo, New York, this is a story of love, loss, and redemption that will both break your heart and overwhelm you with joy. ˃˃˃ Description from the back of the book…

Finding herself alone and living in an abandoned subway tunnel after her mother’s death, Rachael feels the pull of her ten-year-old starlet heart to become what she always knew she would be; an actress. But growing up is its own learning curve; a regular street corner full of lessons.

Samson may have grown up. As a bodybuilder, he may have even gotten big and strong just like a real man is supposed to, but that doesn’t mean that life has given him all answers quite yet, or if it ever will.

For Jim and Maudelyn, retirement and growing old hasn’t been a bed of roses. And after their only child ran away, sitting and staring at each other from opposite sides of the same apartment for the last ten years hasn’t helped matters. But distance makes the heart grow fonder…

…and even the smallest kernel of faith can sprout into something capable of moving the very mountains themselves.

The Last Swordmage

by Martin Hengst

As far as bad luck goes, Tiadaria’s has been the stuff of legend. After being sold into slavery by her father and accused of a murder she didn’t commit, she finds herself facing the executioner. The only thing standing between her neck and the sharp edge of the axe is the village Constable.

After thirty years of loyal service to the Imperium, Royce has retired to King’s Reach as the village’s Constable. He thought that the frontier town would be the perfect place to rest, relax, and die in peace. He was wrong. With a crooked Magistrate on one hand and a conniving slaver on the other, things are anything but peaceful. To complicate his life even further, the slave with her neck on the block seems to possess the same magic Royce has hidden all his life.

Paying off Tiadaria’s bond, Royce takes possession of a slave in a land where slavery is verboten. Now he must teach her to trust him, teach her to fight, and teach her about her unique abilities before they both run out of time. An ancient menace is coming. The Xarundi have returned. They are the most dangerous enemy humanity has ever faced, and they have a thousand years of bloodthirsty vengeance to exact.

Crazy In Paradise

by Deborah Brown

Welcome to Tarpon Cove.

Dying in the Middle of Summer is Sweaty Business…

If you ever put yourself in trouble by picking up someone else’s past, you have to meet Madison Westin, an honorary Trouble Queen.

Madison is a quirky motel owner, who recently inherited her aunt’s beachfront motel in the Florida Keys. But that is NOT all she inherited, as the motel houses a slew of colorful tenant’s – drunks, ex-cons, fugitives, and whatever bad guy you can think of.

How to solve this mess…?
That is really not that difficult if you are Madison Westin.

Step 1: Take back control of YOUR motel

Step 2: Learn the ins and outs of blackmail, murder, and drugs

Step 3: If all fails, hope for the best…

The Foreigner

by P.G. Glynn

Marie Howard dreams, in 1919, of being elevated from understudy to leading lady at the Tavistock Theatre. She does more than just dream, though! Marie schemes to replace temperamental actress Dolly Martin, oblivious to the possible consequences of doing so.

Before long, loved by London audiences and adored by two very different men, Marie is forced by events into decisions that change her life more dramatically than any role she has played on-stage.

As Hitler rises to power in a Europe still scarred by the First World War, Marie contends with heartbreak as well as with the increasingly deadly enmity between her husband and his vengeful brother. Who will win the life-long battle being waged between them? And what shocks await Marie in war-torn London?

Romantic Treats – 39 Food & Drink Recipes To Set The Mood On Valentine’s Day & Other Special Occasions

by Jean LeGrand

Just in Time for Valentine’s Day!

A wonderful way to celebrate a romantic relationship is through the kind of food that creates the mood for love. Food that looks, smells, tastes, feels and even sounds romantic.

Jean LeGrand’s “Romantic Treats” includes 39 recipes for sexy appetizers, sensual desserts and mood-setting cocktails. Most of them can be made in a few simple steps.

Valentine’s Day is a standout day to show your lover how special they are to you by making them unique treats that set the stage for love. Jean LeGrand will help you surprise your sweetheart with romantic treats that you took the time and effort to make just for them.

School Is A Nightmare #2 The Field Trip

by Raymond Bean

Justin’s first week of school was a complete nightmare, and he’s thankful it’s over. He may not be a fan of school, but he’s a huge fan of field trips.
It’s finally the day of the first school trip of the year. All week he’s been looking forward to pumping his fist so truckers will honk their horns, sneaking loads of candy, and having a fun day off. It’s only the second week of school, but he’s already exhausted and needs a break.

Unfortunately for him, his day off isn’t exactly what he had in mind. He’s bitten by a snake, attacked by bees, and blamed for making the whole grade late. Even worse, he’s sent to the hospital and may not even get a chance to finish the trip with the rest of the kids.
It was supposed to be the perfect trip, but it was a total nightmare.

Toddler Books: The Food Revenge

by Yael Manor

Emma and Ethan the twins, love to throw their food on the floor, every meal. Mom and Dad are very angry, but that does not bother Emma and Ethan that continue to throw food on the floor. The potato tired of this, the tomato tired of this and even the cheese tired! What will do the potato, tomato, cheese, bread, egg and pie ……???

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