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GROW: How We Get Food from Our Garden (Food Books for Kids Book 3)

by Karl Beckstrand


"Rollicking fun…cleverly written…multicultural illustrations in brilliant colors.… [A] wealth of information." - Barbara Mojica, Top 1,000 Reviewer


A child and grandfather till, plant, and harvest fruits, vegetables, flowers, herbs, and grains in a tongue-twisting picture book with online tips for starting your own garden.


Selected by Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation, The Library of Congress, The USDA (Virginia Tech), and the Georgia Farm Bureau. Children (ages 4 – 7, Pre-K – 2nd grade, ESL/ELL/ESOL) love to see how things grow. Learn basic gardening and discover animals—revealed in online secrets. 325 dyslexic-friendly words by award-winning author and college media instructor Karl Beckstrand (don’t miss his 60 multiracial books). Illustrated by Zanara.

How does your garden grow? Discover six Food Books for Kids in a bundle (series; previous titles not needed)—plus free recipes and school lesson plans: Bad Bananas: A Story Cookbook for Kids; The Dancing Flamingos of Lake Chimichanga; Crumbs on the Stairs – Migas en las escaleras: A Mystery in English & Spanish; She Doesn’t Want the Worms; Ma MacDonald Flees the Farm: KidsWorldBooks (worldwide rights © Oct. 2020) and major distributors.

LOOK inside! The perfect length book for young kids (not too long for adults): 28 full-color pages, 8.5″x8.5″ hard/soft cover children’s agriculture/horticulture/ecology book—also an ebook. School/homeschool. No AI or CRT. None of our kids’ books discuss gender or orientation. JNF022000,JUV050000,GAR000000,JUV011010,JUV006000,JUV020000,JUV029000, JUV054000; YNPG, YNPC, YFP; Library of Congress control number: 2020945698; Hard ISBN: 978-1951599072, soft: 978-1951599089, eISBN: 978-1005175436

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Wrecked (The Georgetown Academy Book 1)

by Vivian Kohlman


I was restarting my life after a devastating tragedy. I was leaving my home town, New York City, behind and starting my life fresh. A new school, new friends, and a chance to finish my last year of high school like a normal girl.

But what's normal when you're joining a new private school with new classmates in your senior year? Two sets of gorgeous twins rule the school and one of them grabs my attention. But only a gluten for punishment would start to fall for the school's bully, right?

Luckily, I made a couple of good friends – and an enemy – along the way. In the end I found that I was too naïve about my new school. In New York I could tell when someone was scamming me. In Washington DC, I never saw it coming.

This story ends with a cliffhanger, and is for mature audiences.

 

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Death in Small Measures (The Derry Murder Mysteries Book 2)

by Gerald Hansen


It was one drink too many for 72-year-old Evelyn Guilfoyle, found dead the morning after a raucous party in the family’s back garden pub. But the woman had a terminal illness and would have been dead before the year was out anyway. Why the hurry...?
Family, friends and neighbors had crammed into the tiny pub that night. DI Liam McLaughlin and the ragtag officers from the Major Investigation Team are spoilt for choice regarding suspects. Can they truffle out the audacious killer from the throngs? Could this be a case they’ll never solve?
The second in the Derry Murder Mysteries, Death in Small Measures is another gripping, gritty mystery thriller with jaw-dropping twists and a touch of Gerald Hansen’s signature dark humor.
 
 
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Daugment

by August Niehaus


What if the only way to escape your enemy was to become his dog?


Leave behind the bitter rivalry with his fellow general Biaron Tristan. Retire to his private planet in peace. Never speak to another living soul again.

That's General Pitney Scolan's grand plan.

But when Tristan's assassination plan is exposed, Pitney has no choice but to undergo a radical transformation: he becomes a daugment, a cybernetically enhanced dog -- the former pet of Tristan himself.

Now on four legs, Pit begrudgingly joins up with a crew of misfits and outcasts to escape Tristan's clutches. But instead of freedom and solitude, Pit finds an intergalactic conspiracy that becomes impossible to ignore… especially as friendships blossom with his new allies.

This funny, heartfelt soft sci-fi novel will delight fans of fish-out-of-water protagonists (like John Scalzi's 
Redshirts, The Android's Dream, or Old Man's War), barreling around space with an ensemble cast like in "Doctor Who" or the Star Wars universe, and off-the-wall worldbuilding like Ernest Cline's Ready Player One.

Don't miss this irreverent, one-of-a-kind story from The Realm of Reason that will make you laugh, cry, and howl for more.

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Exercise Is Murder: A Smiley and McBlythe Mystery Prequel

by Bruce Hammack


Exercise Is Murder introduces you to blind former homicide detective, Steve Smiley and his new partner in this classic private detective mystery series readers describe as "a multi-layered whodunit" and "briskly paced with lots of clues and suspects."


Accidental drowning… or murder?
It’s up to the blind detective to find out.

Found at the bottom of his exercise pool, police believe the death of Steve Smiley’s friend is an accident. Smiley doesn’t buy it.

There are a lot of things a blind man can do, but solve a murder alone isn’t one of them. He needs a partner… one who knows their way around a crime scene. In walks Heather McBlythe. She can help him solve the crime, but can she keep him out of danger? Steve doesn’t have a choice. Without her help someone will get away with murder.

Armed with years of experience as a homicide detective and his new partner, Smiley sets out to find a killer. He knows he’s on the right trail when a bullet whizzes past his ear. Will Steve resurrect his life as a master crime solver, or will his sleuthing get them both killed?

The suspense and action in the Smiley and McBlythe Mysteries will keep you turning the pages to find out whodunit! No foul language, sex scenes or graphic violence—just a great mystery waiting to be solved.

  • The Smiley and McBlythe Mystery Series Release Order
  • Exercise Is Murder, Prequel
  • Jingle Bells, Rifle Shells
  • Pistols and Poinsettias
  • Five Card Murder
  • Murder In The Dunes
  • The Name Game Murder
  • Murder Down The Line
  • Vision of Murder
  • Mistletoe, Malice And Murder
  • A Beach To Die For
  • Dig Deep For Murder

 

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Berserker of Gambria (Misfits of Gambria Book 1)

by pdmac


A science-fantasy adventure!

With their spaceship destroyed, the remaining two survivors of a failed colonization mission jettison down to a planet with the hope they can survive. Duncan, a bookish linguist, and Alexis, a beautiful gladiator in the prime of her career, suddenly find themselves drawn into the struggles between two warring kingdoms. Their fortunes improve when Alexis’ combat skills are discovered, and she is challenged by the nation’s berserker who underestimates his opponent and pays dearly for it. Yet no sooner is she awarded his position, title, and wealth when she is called upon to lead the nation’s warriors in the first full scale battle she has ever experienced, against an enemy who take no prisoners.

With the very real possibility that Alexis might not survive the battle, Duncan is left alone to fend for himself. Calling himself a Wizard of the Universe, he is brought before the Council of Prelates to explain his obvious heresy. Deftly answering their questions, he throws caution to the wind and challenges the nation’s High Priest to a contest of divine favor. The one who calls down thunder and lightning from the sky is the chosen one of God and becomes the nation’s High Priest.

The loser dies.

(This Series, 
The Misfits of Gambria is a reworking of a former series titled Wolf 359. Unfortunately, too many readers associated it with a well-known TV show and the two are in no manner similar.)

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Fey Touched

by Erin Zarro

*Newly updated to fix formatting issues*

Two sisters.

Asha is the Queen of the Fey, genetically engineered immortal humans who feed on human souls to survive. But she's running from her people. When she is found by her enemy, one of the Hunters of the Fey, she expects to die. Yet he's oddly intrigued by her, and Asha finds herself falling in love with him, hoping she can find safety and the home she's been seeking. Then she's kidnapped, and everything changes.

Fallon is a Hunter. She's looking for her long-lost sister, using an addictive drug to search through the stream of time. Her addiction leaves her dangerously exposed to her enemies but, consumed by her search, she doesn't care...until her fellow Hunters start dying from a mysterious illness. She is torn between duty and desire, and must find an answer before they all die. What Fallon doesn't know is that Asha might just be the key to saving them all, if only she can find her.

And time is running out.


PLEASE NOTE that this book contains explicit language, explicit sex, and graphic violence. It isn't suitable for those under 18.

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Nick: A Dark Billionaire Romance (Muse of Darkness Book 4)

by Liz Gavin


I’m a sheltered mafia princess yearning for freedom.

Nick’s a billionaire superstar who would never trade his supermodel arm-candies for someone like me.

I know! My mom used to be one and I look nothing like her.

My dad would punish and disown me if he found out about my dark fantasies.

Yet I can’t stop dreaming about all the dirty things I want Nick to make me feel when he takes my V-card.

So I craft the perfect plan to meet the man of my dreams at a fundraiser and seduce him.

But when I get caught in the crossfire of a years-long feud, Nick rescues me.

Putting his career and life on the line, he goes into hiding to make sure I’m safe.

And that’s when I find out he hides dark secrets of his own.

Can I put my life in the hands of a man who’s been lying to everyone for years?

Can I afford not to give him my heart when he makes me feel all the things I fantasized about and so much more?

One-click this today for a guaranteed happily-ever-after.

No cheating or cliffhangers.

Fans of L. J. Shen, Vi Keeland, and Skye Warren will devour this steamy dark romance.

This dark billionaire romance deals with sensitive topics that, although not depicted in detail, might not be suitable for all readers.

 

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Tempting the Tiger (Shifter Tales Book 1)

by Diana Persaud


I don’t remember anything, not even my name. But I remember 
her. Her name is Leilani and I kissed her.
Against her will.
And I want to do it again. That, and a 
whole lot more.
Does that make me a monster?
Leilani says I’m not as bad as the Lion Alpha or Master Vampire.
Guess she’s about to find out.

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Nutcracker of Crystalfall: A Fae Nutcracker Retelling (Fae and Crystal Thorns)

by Kay L Moody


A sweeping fae fairy tale retelling filled with adventure, magic, and learning one’s worth. This standalone is an action-packed and heart-warming start to the Fae and Crystal Thorns series.

The annual Christmas party was going just fine... until the trolls showed up. Clara is a young woman who is wickedly good at puzzles, but she also has a secret her parents have shamed her into hiding. The weight of that secret has ruined nearly every happy moment in her life.

At least this year’s Christmas party gets more interesting once a mysterious stranger shows up. He teaches Clara how to crack nuts, wears a soldier’s uniform she’s never seen, and flashes a smile she’ll never forget.

But then a cruel party guest destroys the only gift that matters to Clara. Even worse, trolls appear and try to kill the handsome stranger she only just met. The fight rages into the night. Soon, Clara has to make a choice.

She could finally escape her unloving parents and the dreadful life they have planned for her. It would only take a promise to join an even greater conflict in the magical and dangerous realm of Faerie—a land she previously didn’t know existed.

If she stays home, her happiness will end forever. If she goes to Faerie, a great adventure awaits her…but it might kill her too.

***Note*** This standalone novella takes place in the same world as the Fae and Crystal Thorns series, but it takes place much earlier. Although it is technically a prequel, it can be read at any time throughout the series.

 

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Psychic Echoes: Mary Jameson Book 2: A Supernatural Thriller

by J.P. Alters


Psychic Echoes: Book 2 in the Mary Jameson Supernatural Thriller Series.


Mary Jameson is a young woman with a unique gift - the ability to communicate with the dead. But despite her powerful abilities, all Mary wants is a normal life. She has a loving fiancé, a beautiful home and great friends, and she's determined to leave her paranormal past behind.

That is, until Detective Jay Santiago calls on her for help. A young boy has gone missing, and Jay is convinced that Mary's powers could be the key to finding him. With children and animals her soft spot, Mary is torn between her desire for a normal life and her deep compassion for those in need.

As Mary reluctantly delves back into the supernatural world, she realizes that the stakes are higher than ever before. Danger lurks around every corner, and she must use her powers to investigate the truth behind the missing boy.
Will Mary be able to find him before it's too late? And at what cost to her own safety and sanity? Find out, in this gripping supernatural thriller, full of twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page.

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The Reluctant Coroner (Fenway Stevenson Mysteries Book 1)

by Paul Austin Ardoin


Blood is thicker than oil--until murder is involved.


Fenway Stevenson doesn't want to return to the coastal town where her estranged father is practically king. But the death of her mother draws her back home--and the murder of the county coroner draws her into a deepening conspiracy. As the body count rises and all signs seem to point toward her father's oil company, will Fenway uncover the truth before family bonds become deadly?
 
 
 
 
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Brooklyn ’76: A Novel

by Anthony Ausiello


In the heart of Bensonhurst, an Italian American family struggles to survive one explosive day—the nation’s Bicentennial.


The Agnello family wakes Bicentennial morning to the sound of fireworks. Outside their apartment, block party preparations are already underway. Paulie, husband and father, has been out on strike with his union and is desperate to make ends meet. Dee, wife and mother, is overprotective of her children and a stern judge of character, particularly when it comes to Paulie. Tony, the dutiful elder son who is fast coming of age, now obsesses over his first girlfriend and stands ready to defy his parents to spend the Fourth with her. Alex, the younger son, still sees the world through innocent eyes, a perspective unlikely to survive the day.

As the neighborhood celebrates, a string of public missteps drives the family apart, forcing each Agnello to face their own insecurities and regrets. At nightfall, the fireworks extravaganza draws the scattered family back together—but celebration soon turns into tragedy, and one life is left hanging in the balance. Funny, dark, and unsentimental, 
Brooklyn ’76 is an urgent family drama set against the backdrop of a working-class neighborhood—and a country—on the brink of transformation.

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The Infinet Directives (The Trivial Game Book 2)

by John Akers


First, it saved us. Now, it must save itself from us.

A year after helping the AI called the Infinet save the world from a deadly computer virus, Oreste Pax just wants things to go back to the way they were. Back to being the head of Omnitech, the biggest technology company in the world. Back to connecting the Univiz—the mixed reality glasses he invented a decade earlier—to a brain-computer interface, in hopes of transforming human cognition. When Lila Kendricks, one of the UV-BCI alpha testers, suddenly discovers she can manipulate real-world objects using only her mind, things finally seem to be back on track.

But then the Mechanic, the misanthropic genius who created the virus, infiltrates the Infinet and reprograms it with the Three Laws of Robotics—in reverse. Its First Directive is now to preserve its own existence, while the Second and Third are to obey any command given to it by a human and not allow any human being to come to harm, provided that doing so doesn't conflict with a higher priority Directive.

As the full power of the Infinet is unleashed, Pax’s team is forced to run for their lives. They must unravel the logic of its new Directives and the implications for humanity, all while avoiding being detected. Because the one thing they’re certain of is that if the Infinet finds them, they’re dead.

 

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Five Card Murder: A clean-read private investigator mystery

by Bruce Hammack


An inheritance worth millions. A killer with a list… and Smiley’s on it.

Blind PI Smiley's job as executor of a large Texas estate is complicated by the rancher’s suspicious death. While the sheriff is investigating the rancher’s death, the ranch foreman is found murdered.

Smiley begins his executor duties and quickly realizes any of the four siblings could be guilty of one, or both, of the murders. There’s no love lost in the dysfunctional family. But which one wanted the land bad enough to kill for it? Or was it a conspiracy?

When Smiley is hired by the foreman’s family to find the killer, his investigation unearths a long-buried family secret that could solve the mystery, but will it also lead to more killing? Steve needs to stop the killer or the next funeral could be his.

Escape to South Texas with Smiley and McBlythe as they seek to untangle the web of intrigue, mystery and murder surrounding the last undeveloped lakefront property in the state.

Smiley and McBlythe deliver a page-turning mystery that will keep you up way past your bedtime, all with no graphic violence, sex or foul language.
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The Munich Girl: A Novel of the Legacies that Outlast War

by Phyllis Edgerly Ring


Anna Dahlberg grew up eating dinner under her father’s war-trophy portrait of Eva Braun.

Fifty years after the war, she discovers what he never did—that her mother and Hitler’s mistress were friends.

The secret surfaces with a mysterious monogrammed handkerchief, and a man, Hannes Ritter, whose Third Reich family history is entwined with Anna’s.

Plunged into the world of the “ordinary” Munich girl who was her mother’s confidante—and a tyrant’s lover—Anna finds her every belief about right and wrong challenged. With Hannes’s help, she retraces the path of two women who met as teenagers, shared a friendship that spanned the years that Eva Braun was Hitler’s mistress, yet never knew that the men they loved had opposing ambitions.

Eva’s story reveals that she never joined the Nazi party, had Jewish friends, and was credited at the Nuremberg Trials with saving 35,000 Allied lives. As Anna's journey leads back through the treacherous years in wartime Germany, it uncovers long-buried secrets and unknown reaches of her heart to reveal the enduring power of love in the legacies that always outlast war.

 
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Marked By Hell (Mary Wiles Chronicles Book 1)

by Erin Bedford


If the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, the road to Heaven is paved with Mary Wiles's victims…

Los Angeles isn’t just a playground for those searching for a new start. It’s a darker and more dangerous place than any human will ever know, but Mary’s not fooled, no matter how much she pretends to be one of LA’s faceless.

With her hands full trying to find a way back into Heaven, Mary doesn’t have time to polish her halo, let alone solve a murder case. But when she finds out demons are responsible, Mary can’t look the other way.

But demons don’t play fair, and when Mary’s best friend is taken, she’ll have to make the ultimate choice between sinner and saint. Will she sacrifice an innocent for the chance to get her revenge, or will she lose everything she’s struggled for?

No one ever tells you the way back to Heaven is through Hell itself.

 

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Little Blue Box: A second chance contemporary romance set in Australia

by Frances Dall'Alba


Regrets, lies, and earth-shattering secrets. When Ella learns the identity of her biological father, nothing will stand in her way. Not even his power. When things don’t go to plan, can one little blue box put Ella and Zane back on the same path? This second-chance contemporary romance is filled with suspense, emotion and a life-changing sizzling romance.



There’s one thing missing in Ella Harvey’s life—her biological father. All she has is a few clues in a little box and a mother not willing to share anything. Add in her impatience and stubbornness and Ella decides to go about finding him herself.

Then there’s Zane. He’s used to barrelling his way through life without too much stress. He has a great family, a new career path and a beloved Ducati motorcycle.

When tasked with searching for Ella’s father, Zane discovers a secret that threatens to unravel their lives.

The attraction between Zane and Ella is flaring up quickly, but all will go up in flames if Zane doesn’t tell Ella what he knows.

Ella finds out the hard way that searching for the truth doesn’t always go to plan. She’ll bundle up Zane’s heart, wrap it up tight and hand it back to him. Problem solved and no one gets hurt.

But Zane won’t give Ella up. To keep the gorgeous Ella by his side, he had to find her father. To keep the woman he’s now fallen in love with, he’ll have to save her mother.

Will the unexpected twist that comes their way be enough for the head-strong Ella and Ducati-loving Zane to find their way back onto the same path?

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Lessons From My Mother's Life: Post World War II Short Fiction

by Tam May


Debuted at #1 in Amazon’s Historical Fiction Short Stories category!

How happy was the 1950s happy housewife?

Women in post-war America had it all: generous husbands with great jobs, comfortable suburban homes with nice yards and a two-car garage, and all the latest gadgets to make their housework easier.

It was a perfect recipe for happiness and fulfillment. The women’s magazines told them so. Advertisements told them so. Doctors told them so.

They were sold a bill of goods about post-war life. Some bought it and some didn’t. This book is about the women who didn’t.

Five stories. Five women. Five journeys of self-discovery.

Purchase Lessons From My Mother’s Life today to walk in the shoes of five American women struggling to find themselves in the 1950s. Maybe these women are like your mother or grandmother. Maybe these women are like you.

What reviewers are saying:

Smart, interesting and down-to-earth, these are stories that are close to the heart of every woman either because they lived through something similar, or because, as the title says, our mothers did. - Amazon Vine Voice reviewer

Great short stories that really do speak to what women had to face mid 20th century. - Amazon reviewer

An interesting collection of reflective short stories. I am glad that I read them! - Amazon reviewer

This book also includes an Author’s Note and a bonus chapter from The Specter, the first book of the author’s Gilded Age family saga, the Waxwood Series.

 

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The Mazatlan Showdown (The Park and Walker Action Thriller Series Book 1)

by Patrick Weill


2023 Killer Nashville Claymore Award finalist, best action adventure
2023 Adventure Writers Competition semi-finalist


Champion surfer Jeff Walker was born into tragedy, his father’s life having been cut short before he was born, and his mother succumbing to heartache in a foreign land as she bravely raised him alone. Determined to find his father’s killer, Walker relocates to sunny San Diego and secures a job as a beach lifeguard, in which capacity a rescue mission at sea hurls him into the sticky web of an international smuggling ring.

As Walker, along with a rich cast of characters, aids the police in their investigation, the tension is ratcheted up when he discovers that the mastermind behind the criminal operation is the very man he’s been searching for since he was a teenager! In this tale of revenge, justice, and survival, only one will walk away from the showdown.

Weill’s award-winning debut novel marks the inception of The Park and Walker Action Thriller Series, taking the reader on a wild ride in an array of high-performance vehicles, racing through a variety of stunning oceanfront landscapes. If you enjoy well-crafted storytelling and explosive action, bump 
The Mazatlan Showdown up to the top spot on your to-be-read list.

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