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Living While Dying: My Cancer Journey

by Thom Barrett


How do you react when your entire world changes?

"Living While Dying" by Thom Barrett is a poignant memoir detailing his experiences and insights from battling stage IV prostate cancer. Eight years ago, Thom's life took an unexpected turn with a prostate cancer diagnosis. Initially, he believed a surgery to remove his prostate would cure him, but the cancer had already advanced to stage III, spreading beyond the gland.

The book chronicles Thom's journey since 2015, starting from the initial signs of rising PSA levels to the life-altering biopsy in 2016. After a period of remission, where Thom embraced travel and active living, the cancer returned in 2019, necessitating further treatments like external beam radiation and androgen deprivation therapy.

Despite these challenges, Thom has continued to lead a fulfilling life, traveling and volunteering, even as recent tests in early 2023 showed the cancer's progression to his lymph nodes and chest. Now 67, he faces the realities of stage IV cancer with determination and hope, aiming to surpass survival expectations and maintain a quality life.

This book isn't a step-by-step guide on battling cancer but a deeply personal narrative about living fully in the face of illness. Thom's story emphasizes the power of positivity and the significance of cherishing each moment, offering inspiration to others with cancer and their supporters. It's a testament to facing life's hardest challenges with unwavering strength and optimism. Grab your copy today!

 

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Through 23 February
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Shelby’s Season of Surprise: An Old Quarry Lake Farms Tale. The perfect gift for girls age 9-12

by Marty Kay Jones


Shelby Simone is a regular city girl who is obsessed with horses. Even though she’s never really had a chance to spend time with horses, she’s been curious about all things horse since… forever!

When her parents’ jobs take them to a new small town in a rural area, Shelby’s life changes forever. Not only does she have to get used to a new way of life, but her parents have treated her to riding lessons at one of the best barns around.

Starting something new is scary, so Shelby has her hands full with a brand new activity, new friends, and a new school. While she experiences many challenges, Shelby discovers two very important things: Not only does she love horses just as much as she thought she would, but she’s found the best friends possible along the way.

Join Shelby and her friends Katherine, Rose, and Agate as they navigate pre-teen friendship and the challenges of riding. Share in their tears and triumphs as they learn about horses, friendships, and being a good friend.

This book is perfect for:

  • Girls ages 9-12
  • Young readers who have experienced moving to a new home, making new friends, and feeling awkward in new places
  • Readers who love horses and want to learn more about them
  • Aspiring horseback riders and those who want to try horseback riding lessons
  • Parents who have children who are obsessed with horses
  • Teachers looking for materials that deal with sensitive emotional issues
  • Families of young readers who are experiencing anxiety over a change


Girls love these books because:

  • They are filled with horse-y facts and adventures, putting them right in the center of the action
  • The warm tales inspire confidence in those who are having a difficult time with changes in their world
  • The characters experience– and work through– many of the complicated emotions that come with growing up today

"I had an excellent time reading Horse Girl. It was engaging with great characters, fun dialogue, and good pacing. I appreciated that this story navigated some of the confusing struggles girls experience at this age, and I thought that the connection and friendship between the girls was a shining star. It illustrates a true appreciation for horses, and it spoke to my horse-loving heart!" - Emily, grant writer for community nonprofits

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I beta-read this book and honestly enjoyed it. It made me nostalgic for reading books like Pony Pals when I was younger. I would highly recommend this for tweens who are into horses. The characters are relatable and sweet, the plot is fun, and there are a lot of positive messages."- Molly, teacher

"I had the opportunity to be a beta reader for this book. I found the characters and story to be genuine and relatable. If your girl loves horses, I think she’ll like this book. I know I would have as a tween." -
Pam, Editor
For young readers, pre-teens, tweens, and teens, the Old Quarry Lake Farms Tales are not just warm-hearted stories about girls and their horses, but provide information and insight about horses and the world of riding.

This is the fourth book in the The Old Quarry Lake Farms Tales Series.

$6.99 $0.99
Through 22 February
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When You See Me: A Novel (D.D. Warren Book 11)

by Lisa Gardner


#1 
New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner unites three of her most beloved characters—Detective D D Warren, Flora Dane, and Kimberly Quincy—in a twisty new thriller, as they investigate a mysterious murder from the past . . . which points to a dangerous and chilling present-day crime.

FBI Special Agent Kimberly Quincy and Sergeant Detective D D Warren have built a task force to follow the digital bread crumbs left behind by deceased serial kidnapper Jacob Ness. When a disturbing piece of evidence is discovered in the hills of Georgia, they bring Flora Dane and true-crime savant Keith Edgar to a small town where something seems to be deeply wrong. What at first looks like a Gothic eeriness soon hardens into something much more sinister . . . and they discover that for all the evil Jacob committed while alive, his worst secret is still to be revealed. Quincy and DD must summon their considerable skills and experience to crack the most disturbing case of their careers—and Flora must face her own past directly in the hope of saving others.

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Never Enough: Separating Self-Worth from Approval (Learn How to Bloom)

by Deb Lang Psy.D.


YOU DESERVE TO BE YOU—EVEN IF OTHERS DISAGREE


Do you dream of feeling confident in your own skin? Of no longer worrying what people think of you and whether they will approve? Instead, can your day turn on a dime with a look or a comment? Do you feel like what you do is never enough—that you’re never enough? And has all of that pressure left you feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or depressed? Maybe turning to food for comfort? If so, this book is for you.

Despite what you may think, 
I doubt you are weak, disorganized, codependent, a people pleaser, or that you lack motivation or willpower. Nor are you alone.

Over my many years working with women in therapy, it would be 
hard to count the number of bright, capable, successful women who have shared with me their fears of not being “good enough”, or how easily they are derailed by disapproval. And I have yet to meet a woman who feels her body is as it “should” be.

So, why is it that so many women feel they don’t measure up or find themselves constantly scrambling for approval or to be “good enough”? That is the question that prompted me to write this book.


Never Enough explores,

  • the external factors, including our history as women, that keep us looking outside of ourselves for how we “should” be, while abandoning our true selves, our internal wisdom, and all that we were meant to be in this life
  • how the brain, in an effort to protect and help us, often makes change difficult and knowledge insufficient in changing patterns of behavior
  • the specific skills that have helped women turn this around


My gift, as a licensed psychologist, is helping women celebrate their unique beauty and truth and to 
step out of the no-win struggle to gain approval and be “enough.” I’d like to help you do that as well and to get you tapping into the treasure chest of strength, wisdom, and power that is waiting right there inside you! You may not believe it is there, and it is. It is just being overrun by a strong pull for approval or other outdated faulty assumptions about yourself.

Imagine how good it will feel to:

  • be yourself and trust your yourself, even when facing disapproval
  • deal with uncomfortable feelings like fear and guilt when speaking up
  • feel confident and comfortable in your body
  • celebrate who you are—your wisdom and beauty
  • know what you need and be able to ask for it in an effective way
  • finally get to the place where you can relax
  • align with your larger purpose and greatest desires
  • bloom into all you were meant to be!


I want you to have the chance to bloom and blossom in the magnificent way that is only possible for you.

My vision for you, and for all women, is a move from the outdated pull to find safety through approval to a place grounded on the firm foundation of your own wisdom—feeling safe to be yourself, to support and be supported by other women, as well as by larger sources of support like the spiritual.

This is your time to bloom! So, please don’t wait. Scroll back up to the top of the page and purchase your copy of Never Enough, right now, before something or someone pulls you away with something else you need to do.
And to help you get the most from this book, I created a companion workbook. 
Ideas for Reflection the Never Enough Companion Workbook provides a place where you can reflect on topics discussed in the book as well as apply them to your life. Scroll up to get your copy today!

$9.99 $0.99
Through 22 February
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Loving the Ladies' Man: An Office Romance Sweet Romantic Comedy

by Kristin Canary


From bestselling author Kristin Canary comes a series filled with laughs, friendship goals, and the swooniest book boyfriends imaginable ...


Connor is the last guy in the world I should fall for.
He's the resident office flirt. I'm the quirky 
Pride & Prejudice-loving editor who uses big words and dresses like the world's non-sexiest librarian. We have nothing in common. Plus, we're competitors for the same job.

Fine by me. I'm happy to hold him at arms' length forever. And considering I'm practically the only woman in the office he's never flirted with, he's obviously happy to do the same.


But then, everything changes.
Because when we're stuck overnight in our office building thanks to an earthquake-induced landslide, I begin to realize that Connor isn't actually the jerk I thought he was—the kind who leads women on, just like my ex.

And when he offers to attend my ex's wedding as my fake boyfriend, things get even more interesting. Especially when he gives me that much-too-chaste kiss...


But I can't fall for him.
That would be repeating the same mistake, just with a different guy. Tell that to my dumb heart, though—the one that seems to think Connor Bryant is my Mr. Darcy.


Perfect for fans of:
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flirtatious banter
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office romances between competitors
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charming “bad boys” who are secret cinnamon rolls
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quirky bookish heroines
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Pride & Prejudice references
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fake relationships
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forced proximity

Loving the Ladies’ Man is Book 1 in the California Dreamin’ sweet romantic comedy series, where a group of roommates and friends find their perfect matches and support one another like crazy. This single-POV novel is filled with all the sizzling romantic tension and swoons possible without on-page intimacy.

$4.99 FREE!
Through 23 February
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Blackthorn Manor Haunting (Addison Lockhart Book 3)

by Cheryl Bradshaw


"The characters are mature and smart, and the great reveal is a surprise." Marsha Jo, Vine Voice


A woman in black stares at the sea, her body transparent, eyes brimming with tears.

Hoping to get a better look at the woman, psychic medium Addison Lockhart leans out over the manor's windowsill, gasping when she feels an intense pressure pressing down on her back--someone thrusting her forward. She grabs the side of the window to brace herself, but it's too late. She's already falling.

Who is the strange, melancholy woman haunting Blackthorn Manor? And why is someone out to keep Addison from unlocking the manor's darkest secrets?

If you enjoy Neil Gaiman or Nora Roberts and mysteries with a supernatural twist, you'll love this fast-paced, bestselling series by a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author.

Praise for Blackthorn Manor Haunting:

"I couldn't put it down."

"Twists and turns the reader around so masterfully, I was blindsided at the ending."

"Held my interest until the end."

"Twists and turns you won't see coming."

"Spellbinding. Bradshaw is absolutely the best."

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Didn't Expect You (Against All Odds: The Brassard Family Book 2)

by Claudia Burgoa


USA Today Bestselling author Claudia Burgoa brings you a fresh romantic comedy filled with an unexpected surprise, a wicked billionaire, and plenty of laughs.

The right life is the one you never see coming.

I had it all. The luxury apartment, hot dates, and the big office to go with long nights at the office.
Life was perfect.
But after a one-night stand, two little lines on a pregnancy test, and three lost legal cases later…
Well, overnight I went from career lawyer to single mom.

It’s okay, I can do it. I’m ready to face this alone until…

Along comes Nathaniel Chadwick. Billionaire adrenaline junky. Everyone’s favorite playboy… and my sister’s brother-in-law.
He’s as hot as he is jaded. When it comes to relationships and family, he’d rather jump off a cliff.
I wrote him off long ago, except since he learned about the baby he’s been by my side.

Is it pregnancy hormones or is there something real happening between us?
I didn’t expect any of this...most of all him.

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Didn’t Expect You is a billionaire romance of unexpected pregnancies, exciting encounters, and flirty love. It includes a very confused dog, a precious newborn, and a family you might want to belong to. This chick-lit novel is a romantic comedy with a HEA guaranteed!

 
$5.99 $0.99
Through 23 February
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A Thief in Time: A Time Travel Romance

by Cidney Swanson


He can't stay. She can't let him go.
Halley, stuck covering house-sitting jobs for her self-absorbed mom, has Hollywood dreams but no real life. Until the day covering for her mom leads to a tumble back to London, 1598, where Halley meets a hot, rich earl named Edmund. And accidentally brings him to the 21st century.

Her dull summer just got a whole lot more interesting as she tells Edmund to keep his hands off tech he doesn't understand and a deadly sword he can't use in public brawls. All while trying to keep from falling for him, which definitely can't happen.

Now Halley's job is to get Edmund back where he belongs--while preventing a very scary scientist from suspecting she messed with his time machine. If the evil scientist finds out about Edmund, Edmund's as good as dead. And what might that do to history? Not to mention, Halley would be next in line ...

Summer's not boring anymore.
Halley just needs to keep from getting killed, save Edmund (and history) before it's too late, and not fall for a guy who can't stick around.

No matter how much she want him to.

A THIEF IN TIME is a sweet, clean, time-travel romance with an HEA and no cliffhangers, packed with danger and historical detail.

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The Widow Next Door: The most chilling of new crime thriller books from the USA Today bestseller

by L.A. Detwiler


A beautiful house. A new beginning. The almost perfect neighbours…

When newlyweds Jane and Alex Clarke move into an idyllic house on the quaint Bristol Lane, they are excited for a new beginning in what will be their ‘forever home’.

And when an elderly neighbour welcomes them, she soon becomes a friend. But she grows a little too interested in the couple next door as she sits watching them, day in, day out, from the rocking chair in her window.

Alex says it will be fine. After all, she’s a lonely widow who just wants some company. But when she invites Jane into her home, who knows what she’ll find there…

A dark and gripping domestic thriller, perfect for fans of Shari Lapena and Paula Hawkins.

** Praise for The Widow Next Door **

‘This was a showstopper. I couldn’t put it down, and never wanted it to end. Will be looking for L.A. Detwiler’s next book!’ NetGalley reviewer

‘This creepy thriller had me twisted up in knots of suspense … Fans of B A Paris will love this one!’ NetGalley reviewer

‘It has me hooked from cover to cover. Such an incredible read!’ NetGalley reviewer

‘This book was twisted and brilliant. It gave me chills down my spine.’ NetGalley reviewer

‘A great book to read on the sofa with a cup of tea while it storms outside. I really love domestic psychological thrillers and this book did not let me down!’ NetGalley reviewer

Creepy. Thrilling. Suspenseful. I could not put this down!’ NetGalley reviewer

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Liberty 2041: Episode Book 1

by Robert Gold


Jessica Stafford was thrust into unwilling notoriety ten months ago, after her last interscholastic debate. Overnight, she became a spokesperson and celebrity for kids everywhere; that’s when all her problems began. Jess was never out to seek fame, what she wanted was to secure the voting rights for fourteen year olds in the next presidential election. 


Scarsdale, New York, March 2041, we meet our protagonist as she’s presented with her latest challenge. How to stop The World Chancellor from removing kids’ sense of freedom; his ideas are nefarious. He plans to deactivate the implanted nano technology in everyone under the age of eighteen. 

Jessica’s fears, insecurities and a strong desire to help, enter a battle of their own until her trusted friends convince her that dethroning this ghoul is the opportunity of a lifetime she’s been waiting for. The world’s nemesis is solely focused on setting back the clock of progress  by overpowering international leaders and disempowering kids worldwide.

They must act quickly before they lose their life-enhancing capabilities. The enigmatic Tomas, has been working behind the scenes to support Jess with the help of her best friend, the indispensable multi-talented Jasmin. Military genius brothers Josef and Stefan, agree to join forces in what was expected to be a brainstorming session. Dahvid, a soft spoken, brilliant tech broker and young mystic, transforms the meeting into a life-altering event as soon as he makes his appearance. Once media sensation, singer/songwriter Sahrit shows up, Jess has no choice but to agree to lead the group. Together, they devise a master plan where music, technology and mysticism will come together to repair the world.

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Blood of the Valkyrie (Valkyrie vs. Vampire Book 1)

by A.K. Alruna


One gains strength from the light. The other devours the night.

Tasked with policing supernaturals found on the wrong side of the Veil, Valkyries have protected Earth from otherworldly influences for centuries. Enhanced by the energy of the Sun and its golden rays, Odin’s elite warrior maidens have long been feared and respected by those who have crossed into this world from other realms.

The hunter becomes the hunted...

Despite her cocky, crass façade, Bryn knows she’s in over her head when she emerges from her crashed Bifrost Jumper to find herself the target of an aggressive Vampire strike team. Without her sisters, her magical weapons, or her powerful tech, fighting even a single Vampire in the dark is a certain death sentence. If the Valkyrie can’t reach the safety of her ship by dusk, she’ll have to face them all.

Bryn will need more than her sassy spirit and Valkyrie strength if she hopes to survive the night. Will the chance meeting of a mysterious young woman, and the help of a cunning rogue Vampire, give her the edge she needs?

★ • ★ • ★

Valkyrie vs. Vampire is an action-packed adventure with a strong female protagonist. It contains elements of both science fiction and fantasy, some sassy butt-kickery, a touch of romance, and a sprinkling of humor. I hope you enjoy it!

⚠ • WARNING: This book contains situations that some readers may find triggering. The story is intended to be fun, but it does contain strong language and violence (shooting firearms, as well as direct physical violence). There are sexual overtones (M/F and F/F), and moments of mind-control (vampiric compulsion).

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