BOOK PACK #1 – {08-28-2015}

More Ketchup than Salsa by Joe Cawley

More Ketchup than Salsaby Joe Cawley

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Have you ever thought about making a new life abroad?

“Dreams can come true!”

“Fantastic, hilarious, painful. Completely un-put-downable. Probably the best book I have read this millenium!”

“If you buy one book this year… get this!”

“Brilliant book… very funny…”

“It was while holding aloft a not altogether pleasant-smelling mackerel that the decision was made. The March rain hammered on the rotting tin roof high above the market stall, where I had spent the last six months pushing out dubious trays of marine life at three for a fiver. After a two-week holiday in Tenerife, one of Spain’s Canary Islands, Joy and I vowed that a life in fish giblets was not going to be our destiny and a life in the sun, was.

A complete lack of catering experience, zero business acumen and the sum of our vastly wealth barely reaching waist level of a ceramic pig did little to deter our enthusiasm. “Where do we sign?” we replied. And then the whole silly, sunny saga began…” Joe Cawley

When Joe and his girlfriend Joy decide to trade in their life on a cold Lancashire fish market to run a bar in the Tenerife sunshine, they anticipate a paradise of sea, sand and siestas. Little did they expect their foreign fantasy to turn out to be about as exotic as a wet Monday morning.

Amidst a host of eccentric locals, homesickness and the occasional cockroach infestation, pint-pulling novices Joe and Joy struggle with the expat culture and learn that, although the skies might be bluer, the grass is definitely not always greener.

An hilarious travelogue exposing the wild and wacky characters of an expat community in a familiar holiday destination, More Ketchup than Salsa is full of humor and is a must-read travel memoir for anybody who has ever dreamed about moving abroad, finding a job overseas or even momentarily flirted with the idea of ‘doing a Shirley Valentine’ in these trying economic times.

More Ketchup than Salsa – a funny travel memoir like no other!

  • “Dreams can come true”
  • “Great book! A real page-turning real life read!”
  • “A book full of laughter and tears.”
  • “Joe’s travel writing in itself is of a very high standard – descriptive, funny, observant.”
  • “…by far the best book I have read in years”

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Hooked by Polly Iyer

Hookedby Polly Iyer

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Adult language and situations.

High-priced call girl Tawny Dell boasts a client list that’s part Fortune 500, part Five Families. With a PhD in art history and a tidy chunk of money stashed offshore, she hangs up her G-string with plans to retire to a Mediterranean island to open a gallery. Lincoln Walsh, NYPD sex-crimes investigator, has other ideas. He wants Tawny to work undercover at a high-class sex club to discover who murdered a prostitute with ties to the club. The club is owned by an ex-hedge fund manager who’d do anything to hook Tawny into his harem. In exchange for Tawny’s cooperation, Linc’s office, in collaboration with Treasury, will see she avoids prison for failing to pay Uncle Sam his share from years of illegal earnings. But Tawny gets more than she bargained for–another dead prostitute, a mob boss who’s an old client, and romantic stirrings for the hot New York cop sending her back into the world’s oldest profession. Adult language and situations.

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We Are Watching: Mindshare Book 1 by M. Stephen Stewart

We Are Watching: Mindshare Book 1by M. Stephen Stewart

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Henry Malone’s childhood was shattered by the suicide of his father. Now a teenager, he studies to become a Neural Implant Technician for Planetary Link, a corporation controlling every aspect of his isolated country. After school, he helps his mother undermine their control, working to find the truth behind his father’s death.

Repairing a stranger’s neural implant, Henry finds illegal memories, unauthorized knowledge, and a message: speak to me later and tell no one—it’s about your father’s suicide. Answering means risking everything to uncover secrets about a corporation that would kill to keep them buried.

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Random Lucidity by Dave Adair

Random Lucidityby Dave Adair

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Silver Medal Winner – 2015 eLit Book Awards

“A remarkable narrative with no wasted chapters.” – Portland Book Review

“Adair’s characters are engaging – with the malicious and gorgeously depicted Rita being particularly memorable.” – Literary Fiction Book Review

“It’s impossible to read Adair’s work and not scrutinize our own dreams and aspirations to answer the singular question: What would we attempt to do if we knew we couldn’t fail?” – Barbara Devlin, bestselling Author of the Brethren of the Coast series

“If you only read one book this year, this is the one you should choose.” – Elizabeth Horton Newton, Author of View from the Sixth Floor

“Random Lucidity” is unlike any other book I’ve ever read, and that’s a wonderful thing.” – Mark Fine, Author of The Zebra Affaire

“It is difficult to put into words just how much I enjoyed Random Lucidity and, days after finishing it, I found myself missing the main characters and their stories.” – Kathyrn Hodgson, Author of No Damage

“I will say this, as much as I loved this story, I really want to read “Johnson Rambling: A Novel”. Those sections of the novel were intense, shocking, and had me in a vice grip.” – Jennifer Powell, Author of Stolen

“Adair has skilfully crafted a story that expertly weaves around an ‘inner’ story. It’s not confusing but endearing, both plots equally intriguing and quickly get under your skin.” – Jackie Parry, Author, Of Foreign Build

RANDOM LUCIDITY

A struggling literary agent believes he hits it big when he discovers a mentally challenged man scribbling a world-class murder mystery into ragged notebooks in the park. Ignoring all of the red flags about this man and his all-too-real story, Reggie risks all he has to bring that story to the masses, not the least of which is his relationship with the stunning Meghan James.

Random Lucidity, a suspenseful literary thriller set in modern day Chicago, puts Reggie’s life and the murderous rants of a troubled man on paths that are destined to intersect. Along the way, Reggie is faced with impossible choices about love and ambition, and the challenges that confront us all eventually.

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Flights of Un-Fancy by C.A. Huggins

Flights of Un-Fancyby C.A. Huggins

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Flights of Un-Fancy is the debut collection of hysterically funny and thought provoking stories from C.A. Huggins.

C.A.’s absurd humor takes aim at many previously unanswered questions such as:

Can a child make a living as a professional ring bearer?

Is it really cowardly to pretend to be dead during a bank robbery?

Since mail-order brides are coming into the United States from other countries can we now export mail-order husbands to those same countries?

And more…

Do you have a great sense of humor?

Buy Flights of Un-Fancy now!

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BOOK PACK #2 – {08-25-2015}

Miami Requiem: A Crime Thriller (Deborah Jones Crime Thriller Series Book 1) by J.B. Turner

Miami Requiem: A Crime Thriller (Deborah Jones Crime Thriller Series Book 1)by J.B. Turner

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A devastating crime thriller for fans of John Grisham, Sara Paretsky, James Patterson, and Karin Slaughter.‘She wanted the truth. They wanted her dead’.
Since her first day on the Miami Herald, rookie reporter Deborah Jones has been agitating for a shot at one particular story. William Craig is on Death Row, convicted of killing Senator Jack O’Neill’s only son. There is no question of his guilt. Craig murdered the young man who was acquitted of raping his granddaughter. There are only five weeks and one day until his execution. And Craig has not given a single interview. Deborah Jones has assembled a whole dossier on the case, including court transcripts and every newspaper clipping. She wants to know what prompted Craig to exact revenge. And she has her own, very personal reasons for wishing to uncover the truth. Managing editor of the Herald Sam Goldberg is well aware that Senator O’Neill, a vengeful man, has powerful friends, some with Mob links. The two men have crossed swords on a number of occasions. But against his better judgement, he decides to give Deborah a chance to prove herself. Only with one warning – ‘Be careful. Florida may be the Sunshine State to most people. But it’s not. It’s a swamp. Don’t ever forget that.’

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Pretending to Love by Ashton Cartwright

Pretending to Loveby Ashton Cartwright

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A ridiculously tongue-in-cheek guide to navigating the perils and pitfalls of a modern relationship, Pretending to Love will teach you how to attract the right sort of partner, trick them into liking you, manipulate their feelings to suit your own needs, and then dump them in an appropriate fashion when you get bored and/or hungry.

Relationship Advice For Women And Men

Q: Is it my parents’ fault that I’m so bad at relationships?

A: You shouldn’t blame your parents for your shortcomings, since their parents probably messed them up first. If you are going to blame anyone, blame your grandparents. The jerks.

Q: Will a woman ever love me as much as she loves her cat?

A: No, and you should be ashamed of yourself for even asking such a ridiculous question.

Q: Is there such a thing as being TOO insecure?

A: Of course not! Without massive insecurities, how would you realize all the things that you aren’t good at?

As well as many more marginally interesting questions and poorly thought out answers! Dating advice for women and men has never been so accurate or so ridiculous!

Also In This Funny Relationship Advice Book

You will also learn important relationship information such as:

· How to Get Your Own Way

· Improving Your Partner Through the Power of Nagging

· A “Brief” Introduction to Lingerie

· Why Honesty is the Worst Policy

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Family Charms: A Novel by Malena Lott

Family Charms: A Novelby Malena Lott

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WHAT IF YOUR MOTHER LEFT AND YOU DIDN’T HEAR FROM HER FOR 20 YEARS?
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Marlo came home from school one day to find her mother gone. Twenty years later, she gets a letter from Elizabeth inviting her three daughters on a trip around the world to see where she’s been the last 20 years – and what kept her away. What follows is an emotional ride for a family torn apart by abandonment, infidelity, cancer and a fear of commitment. Marlo, Taryn and Amelia are three sisters as different as they come, but united in their feelings of betrayal. Is it ever too late to trust in love? Take a journey around the world to learn the meaning of family and forgiveness.
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Praise for Malena Lott’s novels:
“Thoughtful, heartfelt, and undeniably engaging.” –Word Candy
“An extremely well-written story that captivated me from the very beginning.” –Book Binge
“She delivers a novel of remarkable wit and insight.” – Ellen Meister, author of The Other Life
“Delightfully affirming romance.” –Booklist
“A romance-laced, emotional roller-coaster ride.” –Library Journal
“Endearing, romantic, and utterly satisfying, with characters so well-developed they feel like old friends.” – Jess Riley, author of Driving Sideaways

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Tell Me Where It Hurts: A Day of Humor, Healing, and Hope in My Life as an Animal Surgeon by Nick Trout

Tell Me Where It Hurts: A Day of Humor, Healing, and Hope in My Life as an Animal Surgeonby Nick Trout

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It’s 2:47 a.m. when Dr. Nick Trout takes the phone call that starts another hectic day at the Angell Animal Medical Center. Sage, a ten-year old German shepherd, will die without emergency surgery for a serious stomach condition. Over the next twenty-four hours Dr. Trout fights for Sage’s life, battles disease in the operating room, unravels tricky diagnoses, reassures frantic pet parents, and reflects on the humor, heartache, and inspiration in his life as an animal surgeon. And he wants to take you along for the ride.…

From the front lines of modern medicine, Tell Me Where It Hurts is a fascinating insider portrait of a veterinarian, his furry patients, and the blend of old-fashioned instincts and cutting-edge technology that defines pet care in the twenty-first century. For anyone who’s ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at your veterinarian’s office, Tell Me Where It Hurts offers a vicarious journey through twenty-four intimate, eye-opening, heartrending hours at the premier Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston.

You’ll learn about the amazing progress of modern animal medicine, where organ transplants, joint replacements, and state-of-the-art cancer treatments have become more and more common. With these technological advances come controversies and complexities that Dr. Trout thoughtfully explores, such as how long (and at what cost) treatments should be given, how the Internet has changed pet care, and the rise in cosmetic surgery.

You’ll also be inspired by the heartwarming stories of struggle and survival filling these pages. With a wry and winning tone, Dr. Trout offers up hilarious and delightful anecdotes about cuddly (or not-so-cuddly) pets and their variously zany, desperate, and demanding owners. In total, Tell Me Where It Hurts offers a fascinating portrait of the comedy and drama, complexities and rewards involved with loving and healing animals.

Part ER, part Dog Whisperer, and part House, this heartfelt and candid book shows that while the technology has changed since James Herriot’s day, the humanity and compassion remains unchanged. If you’ve ever had a pet or special place in your heart for furry friends, Dr. Trout’s irresistible book is for you.

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BURIED SINS by VIVIEN JONES

BURIED SINSby VIVIEN JONES

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Elizabeth Brown disturbs history when she starts to look for something special for her Father’s birthday. A unique store in which the gifts on sale have their own stories to tell, leads her into a local workhouse and a stately home. What Elizabeth sees and hears, in replays from the shadows of the past, not only challenges her modern values, but her future too.

Doubting if anyone will believe her, Elizabeth tells no one about her uncanny experiences, until she meets Samuel William Jarvis, a successful bachelor.

Transgressions are not always black and white, so be careful to read between the lines…sins like to remain buried.

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BOOK PACK #2 – {08-24-2015}

Angus Adams - the adventures of a free-range kid by Lee Winter

Angus Adams – the adventures of a free-range kidby Lee Winter

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“As a free range kid, Angus is allowed to do things other kids his age aren’t – like play in the street and hang out at the park without adults (shock, horror!) But when he’s accused of stealing an iPhone from school, Angus must use all of his brains, resilience, and courage to catch the real thief, clear his name, and outwit the seriously bad dudes hot on his tail!”

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Who Stole My Spandex?: Midlife Musings from a Middle-Aged MILF by Marcia Kester Doyle

Who Stole My Spandex?: Midlife Musings from a Middle-Aged MILFby Marcia Kester Doyle

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Take a ride on the wild side in the nuthouse that Marcia Kester Doyle calls home. From couples’ colonoscopies to nightmare holidays to disappearing spandex, no topic–no matter how crazy or unimaginable–is off-limits. Who Stole My Spandex? Midlife Musings from a Middle-Aged MILF is a witty selection of stories from the author’s madcap world of menopausal pitfalls, wardrobe malfunctions, and a family full of pranksters. This clever compilation includes laugh-out-loud pieces like “Queen of Klutz,” “One Size Fits None,” and “Hands off my Egg Roll!” With a heavy dose of self-deprecating humor, and just a dash of sentiment, this marvelous collection of anecdotes will resonate with anyone who’s ever felt the call of nature at exactly the wrong time. This is rogue humor at its finest!

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Buddhism Plain and Simple by Steven Hagen

Buddhism Plain and Simpleby Steven Hagen

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Buddhism Plain and Simple offers a clear, straightforward treatise on Buddhism in general and on awareness in particular.

When Buddha was asked to sum up his teaching in a single world, he said, “Awareness.” The Buddha taught how to see directly into the nature of experience. His observations and insights are plain, practical, and down-to-earth, and they deal exclusively with the present.

Longtime teacher of Buddhism Steve Hagan presents the Buddha’s uncluttered, original teachings in everyday, accessible language unencumbered by religious ritual, tradition, or belief.

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Faces: Imprisoned Women and Their Struggle with the Criminal Justice System by Betty May

Faces: Imprisoned Women and Their Struggle with the Criminal Justice Systemby Betty May

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In 2008 a group of women serving life sentences for capital crimes decided to reach out to at-risk youth and warn them of the consequences of bad choices. With the mantra: If we can help just one kid, all this work will be worth it, they produced and performed a play: FACES. The play became a phenomenon and reached hundreds of people–in the prison and at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. This is their story.

It is also the author’s story. How she went from knowing nothing about the Criminal Justice System to becoming an advocate for these women and an activist for change. The women’s mantra became her own and the basis for this book.

One of the women said of FACES, the play: “If I had seen this play when I was a teenager, I probably wouldn’t be here now.” The women and the author want FACES, the book, to reach young adult readers and help them in the same way.

You don’t have to be perfect. You don’t have to have all the answers or always know the right thing to say. You can climb the tallest tree if you want.

You can take chances, make miracles or make mistakes.

You don’t have to be composed at all hours to be strong.

You don’t have to be bad or certain to be brave. You don’t have to have all the answers or even know who you want to be. Just take us with you in your journey, following your heart as we have just done with you. –From the play: FACES

Profits from the sale of this book will be shared with the prison and with Social Justice organizations.

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On Which Side of the Road Do the Flowers Grow? by Wendell E. Mettey

On Which Side of the Road Do the Flowers Grow?by Wendell E. Mettey

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Synopsis: During his years pastoring an inner-city church, Wendell Mettey discovered that God uses even the most blemished vessels to bring beauty into the world. In On Which Side of the Road Do the Flowers Grow?, Pastor Mettey shares the humorous and touching stories of his diverse congregation– ordinary people whose lives were infused with an awareness of God’s real and abundant grace.

On Which Side of the Road Do the Flowers Grow? is an excellent text for use in a small group or study class. The story-chapters provide a comprehensive, close-ended format for each session. Study guides are available to be used in conjunction with the book.

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BOOK PACK #2 – {08-20-2015}

Fanny Bower Puts Herself Out There by Julia Ariss

Fanny Bower Puts Herself Out Thereby Julia Ariss

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Fanny Bower is not a joiner. She leads a quiet existence – keeping to the sidelines, avoiding high jinks, living in her head and waiting for something momentous to happen. A few weeks into a new job, at the urging of her socially savvy colleague, she decides to begin afresh to conquer her fears and release her inner dynamo – whatever that is.

Her inaugural foray at an office cocktail reception goes horribly awry when she finds herself caught up in mayhem and thrust into the spotlight, placing her at odds with her handsome and uber-rich employer who takes a dim view of her shenanigans. Determined to fix her crippling social anxiety, stay employed, and discover her life’s purpose, she puts herself out there. Her new “butterfly wings” are tested as they flutter incessantly between mystifying small talk and mortifying gaffes in a bid to unleash a charm offensive – whatever that means.

At the very height of her confusion, she is spurred to action by the plight of a friend. She plunges headlong into a situation fraught with uncertainty and risks everything, including the alienation of the one person she’s managed to captivate in the process. Fans of quirky romantic satire will find Fanny’s journey irresistible.

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Flare by Jonathan Maas

Flareby Jonathan Maas

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FEAR THE DAYLIGHT

Without warning or explanation, an extended solar flare bombards the earth and doesn’t stop, making each day a battle for survival.

The sunlight blinds and burns instantly, and then kills within minutes. The radiation has also destroyed all of the earth’s circuitry, leaving the nights dark and dangerous.

TWO FIND HOPE AMIDST THE CHAOS

Two survivors, a thousand miles apart, each hear a rumor of a distant safe haven that can withstand the sun. Zeke is a silent wanderer, Ash is a brilliant young man hiding a painful past, and neither know just what this place really is.

To get there they must each travel through ravaged towns and over hundreds of miles of charred earth, and must do so under a sky waiting to kill them with every sunrise.

But with the world’s population dying off and humanity getting more and more violent as the days pass, their paths are destined to collide, because this unknown and unseen place might be the only hope remaining.

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Nine Meals by Mike Kilroy

Nine Mealsby Mike Kilroy

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***** RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE BEST INDIE BOOKS OF 2014 *****
When the sun belched and the power grid failed, it was only nine meals until the end of the world.
Billy “Shep” Shepard always thought the apocalypse would come from an asteroid with a funny name, or a super bug, or a nuclear war, or even Yellowstone blowing its top. It came from none of those things. Instead it came from an angry sun in the form of the biggest Coronal Mass Ejection mankind had ever seen – and it slapped the human race back a century.

In these grim times, people kill for food, water and weapons. They scratch out a feeble existence after “The Ejection.” But not Shep. His biggest question each day in his underground bunker is “Cheese Ravioli, Beefaroni or SpaghettiOs?”
Shep soon discovers that nothing in this new world is guaranteed. He and Antigone, a girl he rescues, are forced to take a perilous journey across an unyielding landscape toward the one place rumored to be unsullied by the disaster. Along the way they must overcome hunger, disease, desperation and death while running from a man who wants nothing more than vengeance.
PRAISE FOR NINE MEALS:

  • Reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road,” but with more depth and much more suspenseful, “Nine Meals” is going to delight both fans and non-fans of the genre. – New York Book Pundit
  • Anyone who loves smart apocalyptic fiction will be in their glory with Nine Meals. — Amazon reader

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Life Loves You: 7 Spiritual Practices to Heal Your Life by Robert Holden

Life Loves You: 7 Spiritual Practices to Heal Your Lifeby Robert Holden

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Life loves you and you have the power within you to create a life you love.

Life loves you is one of Louise Hay’s best-loved affirmations. It is the heart thought that represents her life and her work. Together, Louise and Robert Holden look at what life loves you really means – that life doesn’t just happen to you; it happens for you. In a series of intimate and candid conversations, they dig deep into the power of love, the benevolent nature of reality, the friendly universe, and the heart of who we really are.

Life Loves You is filled with inspiring stories and helpful meditations, prayers, and exercises. Louise and Robert present a practical philosophy based on seven spiritual practices. Key themes cover
The Mirror Principle – practicing the how of self-love
Affirming your Life – healing the ego’s basic fear
Following Your Joy – trusting your inner guidance
Forgiving the Past – reclaiming your original innocence
Be Grateful Now – cultivating basic trust
Learn to Receive – being undefended and open
Healing the Future – choosing love over fear

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The Vampire Next Door: The True Story of John Crutchley by JT Hunter

The Vampire Next Door: The True Story of John Crutchleyby JT Hunter

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John Crutchley seemed to be living the American Dream. Good-looking and blessed with a genius level IQ, he had a prestigious, white-collar job at a prominent government defense contractor, where he held top secret security clearance and handled projects for NASA and the Pentagon. To all outward appearances, he was a hard-working, successful family man with a lavish new house, a devoted wife, and a healthy young son.

But, he concealed a hidden side of his personality, a dark secret tied to a hunger for blood and the overriding need to kill. As one of the most prolific serial killers in American history, Crutchley committed at least twelve murders, and possibly nearly three dozen. His IQ ellipsis that of Ted Bundy, and his body count may have as well.

While he stalked the streets hunting his unsuspecting victims, the residents of a quiet Florida town slept soundly, oblivious to the dark creature in their midst, unaware of the vampire next door.

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BOOK PACK #2 – {08-18-2015}

If You Lived Here, You'd Be Perfect By Now: The Unofficial Guide to Sweet Valley High by Robin Hardwick

If You Lived Here, You’d Be Perfect By Now: The Unofficial Guide to Sweet Valley Highby Robin Hardwick

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If you were a teen during the mid-eighties to to mid-nineties, chances are you have read a Sweet Valley High book. You may have discovered them at your local library, their soft-focus, pictures of beautiful blond twins beckoned you. They seemed sophisticated, dangerous. You probably were on the cusp of starting high school and couldn’t stop reading anything and everything about what high school was like. You dreamed of boyfriends, dances, adulthood!

If You Lived Here,You’d Be Perfect Right Now chronicles author and retro pop culture enthusiast Robin Hardwick rereading the entire series and document a grown woman’s view of the angst and absurdity of the lives of the perfect Wakefield twins Each book of the series is revisited with equal parts sociological lens, parody, and sardonic nostalgia.

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Cherry Lips by Lacey Dearie

Cherry Lipsby Lacey Dearie

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Cerise is not a witch. She’s an apprentice herbalist whose father is a wannabe warlock and fairy godmother is a madame. But Cerise has a closely guarded secret – the cherry lip-stain she manufactures and sells to the richest and most powerful women in the land is a potent aphrodisiac that makes the wearer irresistible. Of course, with such power comes responsibility, something Cerise did not consider while she was testing each batch of the product on the men of her home town.

Soon, word of the magical make-up reaches the childless Queen Merewald, and she becomes determined to uncover the secrets of the lip-stain herself and use them to seduce her ageing, impotent husband, King Palen. Her best chance is to send her feline brother-in-law, Blaxton, to befriend Cerise and spy on her. What the Queen didn’t count on was her nephew falling for Cerise without the use of magic or her niece using their jester as bait to uncover the secrets before she did.

Cherry Lips is a chick-lit fairytale about a medieval amateur cosmetologist, a nymphomaniac witch, a kinky jester, an unconventionally handsome prince, a wizard with magical healing powers, a castle made of sand and crystals, magical lip-stain that makes the wearer irresistible and cats. Lots and lots of cats.

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Coconut Water (The Case Files of Icarus Investigations Book 4) by Daniel Ganninger

Coconut Water (The Case Files of Icarus Investigations Book 4)by Daniel Ganninger

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The team at Icarus Investigations uncover a plot that could lead to war when mysterious shipments are discovered coming from a tropical island.

Mysterious sightings of strange vessels have been reported in the waters of the Caribbean Sea. They’re connected to smuggling activity by the drug cartels and their new partnership with a sophisticated organized crime syndicate. Galveston and Murphy, as part of a federal task force dealing with this syndicate, are called in to investigate. They uncover an intricate plot that could ultimately push the United States into an all out drug war. The Icarus team uses their trademark, unorthodox detective skills to hunt for the mastermind behind the operation, but what they discover is a shocking revelation about the crime syndicate’s real plans.

This is another exciting installment from the Case Files of Icarus Investigations filled with the same amount of fun. Coconut Water is the 2nd book in the Red Hand mini-series which also includes Snow Cone and Stolen Dough. All the books can be read separately but are more fun if read in order.

Continue the action and adventure in the other Case Files:

Flapjack (Case File #1)

Peeking Duck (Case File #2)

Snow Cone (Case File #3)

Coconut Water (Case File #4)

Stolen Dough (Case File #5)

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The Quaker Café by Brenda Bevan Remmes

The Quaker Caféby Brenda Bevan Remmes

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When Liz Hoole, a free-spirited liberal from the Midwest, marries into a conservative Quaker family, she knows that raising children in compliance with Quaker values will be challenging. Twenty-five years later, she still feels like she’s falling short of expectations. Fortunately, her faith and her friends in the small, rural North Carolina town of Cedar Branch keep her strong.

After her best friend’s politically powerful father dies, Liz stumbles upon secrets from the past that threaten to unravel the current harmony in Cedar Branch, a town with a history of racial tension. As she researches more and eavesdrops on gossip at the Quaker Café, where everyone meets each morning, Liz soon discovers the truth about an injustice that she cannot reveal to anyone–not even her husband.

Surrounded by a cast of richly drawn Southern characters, Liz learns that even good people can make bad choices. Now, she must decide whether she has the strength to bring a past wrong to light, despite the consequences.

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The Forgotten Daughter by Renita D'Silva

The Forgotten Daughterby Renita D’Silva

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‘You were adopted’.

Three simple words, in a letter accompanying her parents’ will, tear Nisha’s carefully ordered world apart. Raised in England, by her caring but emotionally reserved parents, Nisha has never been one to take risks.

Now, with the scrawled address of an Indian convent begins a search for the mother and family she never knew and the awakening of childhood memories long forgotten.

The secrets, culture and people that Nisha discover will change her life forever. And, as her eyes are opened to a side of herself she didn’t know existed, Nisha realizes that she must also seek answers to the hardest question of all – why?

Weaving together the stories of Nisha, Shilpa and Devi, The Forgotten Daughter explores powerfully and poignantly the emotional themes of motherhood, loss and identity – ultimately asking the question of what you would do out of love for your children?

Praise for Renita D’Silva

‘Renita D’Silva is a genius at evoking the sounds, sights and aromas of India. A major new talent- I can’t wait for her next novel.’ Linda Kavanagh

‘Renita DSilva is a wonderful author who has a natural gift at storytelling that truly impressed and awed me.’ Novel Escapes

Renita paints the most beautiful images with a few, perfectly chosen words’. KimTalksBooks.com

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BOOK PACK #2 – {08-16-2015}

1914 (The War Years Book 1) by James Farner

1914 (The War Years Book 1)by James Farner

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It’s 1914 and the great powers of Europe are on the brink of war. In Holbeck, Leeds, the Keeton family struggles to get by on their meagre wages. The six Keeton brothers couldn’t be more different, but the outbreak of World War I puts their lives on hold and sets them on a course of destruction.

Danny Keeton drags his identical twin brother Charlie off to war with the idea that this will be one great adventure. At the tender age of fourteen, he soon discovers war is no place for boys. With the sadistic Sergeant Archibald Braddock and the tender Corporal Nathan Dettmer alongside them, the only goal is to stay alive long enough to make it back home.

But how many of the brothers will survive the first brutal year of the bloodiest conflict in human history?

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Remember to check out my original Made in Yorkshire series, where you can meet the offspring of many of the characters featured here. It all starts with 1964 (Made in Yorkshire Book 1), which you can own for free today!

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OFF THE MAP: 25 True Stories to Inspire Your Next Adventure by Chelsea Fagan

OFF THE MAP: 25 True Stories to Inspire Your Next Adventureby Chelsea Fagan

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When was the last time you saw something truly extraordinary? If you have to think about it, it’s probably been too long. But it’s never too late to write your next story, and to go on your next adventure. In partnership with Cayman Jack, Thought Catalog presents a collection of 25 travel stories to inspire you to leave behind the predictable and take to the open road in search of the unforgettable. Your next great memory is waiting for you, whether you realize it or not. And these exceptional stories will help you find it.

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Not Your Mother's Book . . . On SEX by Pamela Frost

Not Your Mother’s Book . . . On SEXby Pamela Frost

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Each title in the Not Your Mother's Book series contains approximately 60 real-life stories dedicated to a unique theme, drawn from the passion and experience of dozens of writers in a whimsical and entertaining mix of irreverence and humor. Founded by former coauthors and editors of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, this similarly styled anthology series foregoes the sad, sappy, preachy, or death-oriented stories that were that series' hallmark, and unlike that series, is never afraid to be a little risqué. These stories are funny, daring, different, and smart.
 
Looking at the funny side of sex, this book is a compilation of healthy, playful, and irreverent stories from mature relationships to clandestine physical encounters, from surprising mishaps to embarrassing moments. With 69 carnal stories and chapter titles including “Best Laid Plans,” “Sex and the Digital Age,” and “Costumes and Props Required,” this book is guaranteed to be a stimulating read, again and again.

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REJECTED!: True Tales of (nearly) Overlooked Greatness by Robert Lawton

REJECTED!: True Tales of (nearly) Overlooked Greatnessby Robert Lawton

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An inspiring collection of true stories from the worlds of Art, Business, Film, Mavericks, Music, Performers, Sports, Television & Writers.Includes Original Rejection Letters, uplifting Pro Tips, hilarious Bad Calls, and more.REJECTED! is a fascinating, funny & inspirational reminder that gatekeepers, critics & “experts” are often wrong… and no one should ever give up on their dreams!

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Bed & Breakfast Bedlam (A Logan Dickerson Cozy Book 1) by Abby L Vandiver

Bed & Breakfast Bedlam (A Logan Dickerson Cozy Book 1)by Abby L Vandiver

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Book I in
the Logan Dickerson Cozy Mystery Series

A five-foot nothing, ninety-something, Voodoo herbalist and an archaeologist walk into a strip bar . . .

Meet Miss Vivee and Logan Dickerson. A funny, mismatched pair of amateur sleuths.

Logan is an archaeologist who feels she’ll always live in the shadow of her famous mother, so to prove her worth, she jumps the fence at a federally protected archaeological site. Not such a good idea. Now she’s on the run from the FBI. Ending up in a small, coastal town in Georgia, she discovers that one resident, Gemma Burke, has been found dead – keeled over in her bowl of bouillabaisse.

Miss Vivee, witness to it all, gets Logan gets all tangled up in the big mystery of who killed Gemma Burke. And no matter how old she is, Miss Vivee, with the help of her partners in crime (solving), including her ex-sweetheart, Mac, thinks she can solve the murder before the local sheriff.

Fun. Lighthearted. And a funny read!

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