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Mash Up

by Joe Klingler

Mash Up will take you on a rollicking ride through cyber-crime with a detective who feels overwhelmed by it all, and his partner who wants to kick asphalt.

Qigiq is frustrated with criminals hiding behind modern technology so he transfers south to San Francisco to partner with fast-driving detective Kandy Dreeson. In their first case they search for a young cellist who mysteriously disappears days before her face stars in a shocking YouTube video.

The arrival of an Amazon box that sends the missing girl’s roommate into hysterics leads to a midnight “accident,” a boat named With A Bullet, and a web of cyber-clues that include a mysterious virus attacking music fans, the curious power of a craigslist ad, and an explosion of possibilities.

The Paris Architect: A Novel

by Charles Belfoure

In 1942 Paris, gifted architect Lucien Bernard accepts a commission that will bring him a great deal of money – and maybe get him killed. But if he’s clever enough, he’ll avoid any trouble. All he has to do is design a secret hiding place for a wealthy Jewish man, a space so invisible that even the most determined German officer won’t find it. He sorely needs the money, and outwitting the Nazis who have occupied his beloved city is a challenge he can’t resist.

But when one of his hiding spaces fails horribly, and the problem of where to hide a Jew becomes terribly personal, Lucien can no longer ignore what’s at stake. The Paris Architect asks us to consider what we owe each other, and just how far we’ll go to make things right.

Sweet Nothings

by Kim Law

Joanie Bigbee, cupcake baker extraordinaire, likes to keep her options open—and she’s good at it. She’s started and sold some 30 businesses in her postage stamp-sized Tennessee town, and at the moment she can be found in a short skirt and go-go boots, selling cupcakes out of the back of a converted Volkswagen van. What she moves on to next is anybody’s guess. She knows better than to be tied down. In any way. She’s watched every woman in her family fall head-over-heels, only to find themselves wondering how to pick up the pieces when love is lost.

When Nick Dalton shows up at the groovy cupcakery, all Joanie wants is a taste; a fling with no strings suits her just fine. But for Nick, a bite is not enough; he wants the whole cake: a big house, a family, true love. But love only makes you stupid, right? Joanie has to decide whether to follow where her free-spirit leads…or hold on to the sweetest thing she’s ever known.

Axe Cop Volume 1

by Malachai Nicolle

Bad guys, beware! Evil aliens, run for your lives! Axe Cop is here, and he’s going to chop your head off! We live in a strange world, and our strange problems call for strange heroes. That’s why Axe Cop—along with his partner Flute Cop and their pet T. rex Wexter—is holding tryouts to build the greatest team of heroes ever assembled.

Created by five-year-old Malachai Nicolle and illustrated by his older brother, the cartoonist Ethan Nicolle, Axe Cop Volume 1 collects the entire original run of the hit webcomic that has captured the world’s attention with its insanely imaginative adventures. Whether he’s fighting gun-toting dinosaurs, teaming up with Ninja Moon Warriors, or answering readers’ questions via his insightful advice column, “Ask Axe Cop,” the adventures of Axe Cop and his incomparable team of crime fighters will delight and perplex even the most stoic of readers.

Eggplant Alley

by D. M. Cataneo

The hero of Cataneo’s intensely moving novel is thirteen-year-old Nicky Martini who lives in an apartment complex, known as “Eggplant Alley,” in the Bronx in 1970 and struggles to cope with a changing family, a changing neighborhood, and a changing world. Long-haired hippies, racial tension, and the divisive Viet Nam war leave Nicky longing for the good old days.

Nicky’s complaints and remembrances revolve around the five things that ruined his childhood: the nosebleed he received from President Kennedy; the Great Northeast Blackout (which he thought he caused); the end of neighborhood stickball games; the departure to Viet Nam of his beloved big brother, Roy; and Roy’s hippie girlfriend, Margalo. With Roy overseas for a year, Nicky is left behind with two distracted, worried parents. And for him, enough is enough. He decides to do something about the endless downward spiral of events.

He decides to lead a crusade to revive neighborhood stickball, which he is sure will spark a return to all that was innocent and beautiful about the good old days. In the course of his year-long quest, Nicky confronts an ancient fortune-teller from the second floor; Willie Mays; his father’s deep, dark secret from World War II; neighborhood bullies; and a huge romantic crush on Margalo. Most important is his encounter with Lester Allnuts, a new kid in the building who gives Nicky a fresh outlook on Eggplant Alley, and eventually on life in general.

Lester is a country boy with a deep secret, and that secret makes him as eager as Nicky to revive stickball and rejuvenate Eggplant Alley. Working together toward the same goal – for entirely different reasons — the boys develop a strong friendship. Before the year without Roy is over, Nicky learns Lester’s secret — and realizes the destructiveness of prejudice and fear, and the value of empathy and forgiveness. And he ultimately learns there is something far richer than the good old days: real hope for a better future.

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Terminal Justice

by Lyle Howard

What would you do, if you only had three months left to live? And, what if all of your money had gone to pay your medical treatment? And you had nothing to leave for your loved ones?

Think about it. . .what would you do?

Now, a mysterious stranger has approached you with an intriguing offer. . .

Four million dollars will be inherited by your family, upon your death, if you will strap plastic explosives around your waist, and blow yourself to bits, along with someone who has just been acquitted of a heinous crime. >> Would you do it? >> You’re going to die anyway.>> Think about it . . .

Most terminally ill patients, spend their last days and hours sharing that most precious of time with their family and friends.

In Lyle Howard’s new pulse-pounding thriller, TERMINAL JUSTICE, terminally ill patients spend their last few hours tracking down murderers and felons who have walked free on technicalities or horrible miscarriages of justice. Then, the patients become violent avengers – killing the murderers in explosive suicide bombings.

A mafia kingpin, a homicidal televangelist, and a handful of others. . .none of these acquitted transgressors are safe from the explosive retribution of the evil mastermind behind this brand of terminal justice!

When Gabe Mitchell, an ex-police detective, who himself has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, is enlisted by the mysterious organization responsible for the suicide bombings, he will have to chose pulling the trigger on his own suicide bomb, or risking everything to expose the deadly conspiracy.


by Moira Keith

Two things Detective Holly Monroe has never been able to handle—Christmas and matters of the heart.

Living the job has helped keep Holly sane, but as the holidays approach, she struggles to keep the past at bay. Then Jack Frost—the man she walked out on a year ago—goes missing and Holly is handpicked by Chief Claus to work the case…alone. Feelings she’s denied for the past year resurface and fear soon follow tempting her to run once more. But elves that leave the North Pole don’t survive long and regardless of her feelings for Jack, she can’t allow him to be suffer that fate.

Bringing Jack back is going to take more than just showing up. Holly’s going to have to decide if she is willing to risk everything—including her heart.

Venture Untamed

by R.H. Russell

Venture Delving is a bonded servant, a member of the lowest class in the world. Already fatherless, when he loses his mother, he veers from energetic to out of control. But when Venture’s rage saves the life of Jade, his best friend and his master’s daughter, Venture finds himself in the last place he ever expected—a center renowned for training young boys to be professional fighters.

When Venture realizes he’s fallen in love with Jade, he knows that the only way he’ll ever have her, the only way he’ll ever be free to live the life he’s meant to live, is to defy convention, common sense, the trust of those he cares about most—and sometimes the law—and become the best fighter in the world, the Champion of All Richland. Venture must battle not only rival fighters, but the ghosts of his past and the members of a privileged warrior class who stand between him and his dream.

Gluten Free Slow Cooker Recipes: 50 Delicious Crock Pot Recipes For The Gluten Free Diet

by Patrick Smith

Slow cooking is a way to make cooking easier and more convenient, because you need to do very little yourself. It is the slow cooker that does most of the work.

Following a gluten free diet can be demanding and cooking with a gluten allergy mind can take a lot of time. The gluten free slow cooker recipes in this book are different and save time. After a few simple preparations, the slow cooker does all the work. In fact, all of the dishes in this book are easily prepared in 30 minutes or less.

In my book, Gluten Free Slow Cooker Recipes, you will find recipes that have high nutritional value and use many healthy ingredients. I encourage the use of coconut oil and other coconut products in my recipes. Coconuts are among the best foods in the world and have a wide range of health benefits that I have studied for years. If coconut ingredients are not yet part of your diet, you will find many recipes for it inside.

Plaza: An Archaeological Thriller

by Shane M Brown

THEIR FIRST MISTAKE was ever telling the world about the wonders they had found.

They should have kept it all a secret. If they’d kept it a secret, fewer people would have died. When archaeologists uncover the largest ancient safe in the world, the wrong kinds of people will show up: criminals, mercenaries, treasure hunters.

THEIR SECOND MISTAKE was opening it.

Why would an ancient culture devote three generations to build a giant stone safe? Why would they bury it so the jungle could hide it from the world? Why ritually sacrifice one hundred thousand people to ensure its secrecy?

THEIR LAST MISTAKE proved the biggest.

This last mistake hurt the most. Their last mistake was to assume that nothing had been left behind to keep guard…

In The Stars

by Whitney Boyd

Charlotte ‘Charley’ Southard’s life has hit rock bottom. She is fired from her job at a top law firm in Calgary, she hasn’t had a lasting relationship in years and a recent incident with a declined credit card at the grocery store has just brought her over the edge.

Charley just knows that everything was better when she was with Drew, the popular football player she dated for two years back at university. All her troubles began when they broke up after graduation. So with the help of her best friends, Josh and Heather, Charley sets out to track down the old boyfriend from her past.

But what if Drew is married? What if he doesn’t remember her? And just how far will she have to go to find the love of her life? Not to mention, what if he’s not the Prince Charming she remembers?

In a fast trip to Victoria, British Columbia, Charley Southard discovers the truth about “the one that got away,” along with realizing a few unexpected things about herself in the process.

The Becoming:

by Larissa Ladd

Abby Bishop experienced a horrific event as a child, so horrific that she never returned to the place that she loved dearly; her Aunt and Uncle’s cabin on Spring Pond.

Abby is now a young woman graduating from culinary school and learns that she must overcome her fears of the past and return to Spring Pond due to a family tragedy. While there she discovers the truth of what happened to her as a child and must now prepare for what lies ahead…the Becoming!

Rocky Mountain Oasis

by Lynnette Bonner

He’s different from any man she’s ever known.
However, she’s sworn never to risk her heart again.

Idaho Territory,

Brooke Baker, sold as a mail-order bride, looks to her future with dread but firm resolve. If she survived Uncle Jackson, she can survive anyone.

When Sky Jordan hears that his nefarious cousin has sent for a mail-order bride, he knows he has to prevent the marriage. No woman deserves to be left to that fate. Still, he’s as surprised as anyone to find himself standing next to her before the minister.

Brooke’s new husband turns out to be kinder than any man has ever been. But then the unthinkable happens and she holds the key that might save innocent lives but destroy Sky all in one fell swoop. It’s a choice too unbearable to contemplate…but a choice that must be made.

Dead Dreams Book 1: A Young Adult Psychological Thriller

by Emma Right

Eighteen-year-old Brie O’Mara has so much going for her: a loving family in the sidelines, an heiress for a roommate, and dreams that might just come true. Big dreams–of going to acting school, finishing college and making a name for herself. She is about to be the envy of everyone she knew. What more could she hope for? Except her dreams are about to lead her down the road to nightmares. Nightmares that could turn into a deadly reality.

Semi-traditional Easter Recipes

by Natalie Oliver

Easter is a time for friends, family, and great foodIt can also be stressful to work out a menu that will be just right

Natalie Oliver delivers some awesome menus and recipes that are delicious, impressive, and stress-free to plan. As the title states, these recipes are semi-traditional – Natalie adds twists to some of the normal Easter holiday favorites. You won’t be disappointed with the variety and creativity found in this book of recipes. It’s one of those holidays that everything needs to be perfect and this book can help you get there with ease.

From appetizers, to the main course, to the dessert – the whole meal is planned – complete with recipes and a shopping list. As a bonus, Natalie has added a printable shopping list to her website to make it easy to get what you need at the market.

The Convict, The Rookie Card And The Redemption Of Gertie Thump

by Becky Lyn Rickman

Rosedale has a thorn, and her name is Gertie Thump.

When folks see her walking down the sidewalk, they cross to the other side of the street. Gertie’s mission in life is to improve Rosedale’s citizenry through a steady stream of belittling, correction, and harassment. The only person unfazed by her campaign is the town’s deputy sheriff, Seth Randall, who has his own mission. Seth also serves as associate pastor of a local church, and he will not rest until he saves Gertie’s soul.

But redemption is a word easier said than done. Add Gertie’s childhood friend turned convict, an extremely valuable rookie baseball card, and a plate of cookies delivered with threatening messages, and you’ve got yourself a hornet’s nest of trouble.

When the people of Rosedale come together to save Gertie Thump, the one person they would rather not, Gertie’s not the only one who discovers every good person has a little darkness in them and every demon a little tenderness.

Cossacks In Paris, A Napoleonic Era Novel

by Jeffrey Perren


Rebellious engineer Breutier Armande is drafted into the Grande Armeé on the eve of Napoleon’s 1812 Russian war campaign. On a spying mission to St. Petersburg he meets Kaarina, daughter of the counselor to Tsar Alexander I.

The pair soon fall in love — but Kaarina is betrothed to Agripin, a brooding Cossack and a favorite of the Tsar. When she refuses him, Agripin kidnaps her, sowing a showdown to the death between the two young men.

Risking a firing squad, Breutier deserts Napoleon’s army during the war. Dodging the vengeance of the world’s most powerful rulers catapults him onto a perilous quest to hunt down his greatest enemy.

The Silent Deal: The Card Game, Book 1

by Levi Stack

When Viktor and Romulus, two peasant boys, dig too deep into their town’s strange past, they awaken the wrath of a mysterious overlord. As the blood brothers struggle to survive, their search for answers takes them through gambling parlors, bare-knuckle boxing matches, and dark forests full of wild animals and men alike. But even with the help of their friends, can they escape the deathly experiments their foe is creating in Staryi Castle?

Enter the bold lands of the Russian Empire where the colorful characters of The Card Game dwell, from the fortune-tellers and fire-jugglers of the Romani Gypsies, to the dangerous criminals that make up the Thieves World, the predecessor of the Russian Mafia.

Chickens In Birthday Suits

by Nancy Mauerman

I‘m a chicken you can trust, so you can believe me when I recommend this children’s picture book to all hens and their people. The acrylic paintings are very chickeny, full of watery color, and in your face good, especially the ones of me.

I’ll tell you about my best, human-friend, Jillian, and my chicken family’s Hatch Day party and that sometimes everybody has fun except the Birthday Bird! That was me because I thought I was going to starve to death. Oh yes, I had a little cake, but I just pecked a tiny piece of that stuff so I wouldn’t hurt Jillian’s feelings, and the situation definitely got worse and worse and I got hungrier and hungrier but I didn’t die.

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