A dazzling, sublimely funny debut that follows three unforgettable women who fight back after life kicks them in the teeth.
Esther, Frankie, and Ruth live in a small Ohio town anchored by the thriving Juliet Pencils factory. After a freak accident at the plant, these women have to re-create their lives using the only tools they’ve got: wits, molars, and a new pair of shoes.
Esther is an anxious person with a very specific prowess: she bites pencils. Her skill pays her bills but more importantly keeps her many worries in check. When the accident leaves her suddenly unemployed, she searches for new ways to manage her anxiety, but nothing works. She must discover a solution before her teeth mutiny and her worries take over.
Frankie, the teenage daughter of the pencil factory owner, is full of contradictions. She wages a campaign to become the only girl in an all-boys club and listens exclusively to punk music, but she also watches soap operas in secret. After the accident damages Frankie’s ability to speak, she is forced to step out of her powerful mother’s shadow so she can discover who she is and what she wants to say.
Ruth owns the local photography lab. She spends her days processing people’s happy memories but spends her nights alone, talking to her dead husband. As the town unravels, Ruth spearheads a massive campaign to refocus on its future, but nothing will succeed until Ruth lets go of her past.
This hilarious and redemptive story explores three women’s liberation
Win one of twenty signed copies of WE CAME HERE TO FORGET. Part psychological thriller, part family drama, this story follows a former Olympian who flees to Buenos Aires to reinvent herself after a family tragedy turns her career and life upside down.
Katie Cleary has always wanted nothing more than to become the best alpine skier in the world. But as the upward trajectory of her career nears its zenith, a terrifying truth about her sister becomes impossible to ignore—one that will destroy not only Katie’s career but her family and her romantic relationship in the process.
With her life shattered and nothing left to lose, Katie flees the snowy mountainsides of home for Buenos Aires. There, she reinvents herself as Liz Sullivan, and meets a colorful group of ex-pats and the alluring, charismatic Gianluca Fortunado, a tango teacher with secrets of his own. This beautiful city, with its dark history and wild promise, seems like the perfect refuge, but can she really outrun her demons?
A complex, sophisticated story of love, family loyalty, unspeakable loss, and hard-won redemption: We Came Here to Forget explores what it means to dream, to desire, to achieve—and what’s left behind after it all disappears.
Enter for a chance to win one of 100 digital copies of ASK AGAIN, YES! ”This is one beautiful book. I was wowed by Keane’s writing and narrative skill—and by what she knows about trouble.” --Stephen King
It is 1943 and WW II is raging. A B-17 pilot renews a lost romance during a stay in an army hospital. His college sweetheart is now an Army nurse. She faces incredible challenges daily while he flies dangerous bombing missions over enemy territory. Blasted from the sky, he must elude the Germans and return to England. Their sizzling romance and undefined future stimulate their personal strengths. He risks death every day, believing her eternal love will always be his own. Will they finally reunite and survive the heartbreak of war unharmed, or will the horrors they face every day change them too much?
Their love is irresistible—Their wartime dangers are inescapable!
From Aspen Matis, author of the acclaimed true story Girl in the Woods, comes a bold and atmospheric memoir of a woman who—in searching for her vanished husband—discovers deeper purpose.
Aspen’s and Justin’s paths serendipitously aligned on the Pacific Crest Trail when both were walking from Mexico to Canada, separately and alone—both using thru-hiking in hopes of escaping their pasts. Both sought to redefine themselves beneath the stars. By the time they made it to the snowy Cascade Range of British Columbia—the trail’s end—Aspen and Justin were in love.
Embarking on a new pilgrimage the next summer, they returned to those same mossy mountains where they’d met, and they married. They built a world together, three years of a happy marriage. Until a cold November morning, when, after kissing Aspen goodbye, Justin left to attend the funeral of a close friend.
He never came back. As days became weeks, her husband’s inexplicable absence left Aspen unmoored. Shock, grief, fear, and anger battled for control—but nothing prepared her for the disarming truth. A revelation that would lead Aspen to reassess not only her own life but that of the disappeared as well.
The result is a brave and inspiring memoir of secrets kept and unearthed, of a vanishing that became a gift: a woman’s empowering reclamation of unmitigated purpose in the surreal wake of mystifying loss.
A missing woman leads the alpha heroes on their boldest mission yet in New York Times bestselling author Susan Stoker’s searing Mountain Mercenaries novel.
It’s been ten years since Rex’s wife, Raven, disappeared from a Vegas casino. Never losing hope, he even formed the Mountain Mercenaries to help find her—and other missing wives, sisters, and children. Now Rex and his fearless team are following a lead to Lima, Peru, where the rescue operation is greater than they imagined.
A day at a time. That’s been Raven’s motto for a decade. Once held captive by an elusive sex trafficker, she has an indomitable will to survive. But Raven’s not ready to leave Peru. She can’t. Not yet. Because her liberation from the barrios comes with devastating consequences. One wrong move and all hope will be lost to an unimaginable hell.
For the Mountain Mercenaries, the stakes have been raised. The threats are escalating. But Rex hasn’t searched this long, risked so much, and come this far to lose Raven all over again.
A small-town attorney takes on prejudice and corruption in this powerful legal thriller.
Small-town lawyer Bocephus Haynes comes home late one night to find District Attorney General Helen Lewis waiting for him. Her ex-husband has just been killed. She’s about to be arrested for his murder. And she wants Bo to represent her.
There’s a lot working against them. Just before his death, Helen’s ex-husband threatened to reveal a dark secret from her past. Bo has been in a tailspin since his wife’s death. What’s more, his whole life has been defined by a crime committed against his family, and he continues to face prejudice as the only African American litigator in Pulaski, Tennessee.
Bo’s back is against the wall, and Helen resigns herself to a dismal fate—but a stunning discovery throws everything into chaos. There’s a chance for justice, but to achieve it, the cost might be too much for Bo to bear.
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"Emotionally charged to envelope readers from the start, The Elizabeth Walker Affair combines the best elements of romance, mystery, and thriller. A top recommendation for all three genres."
-Midwest Book Reviews
"I NEED TO TELL YOU ABOUT TRUMPET." After Elizabeth Walker mouths those words to Andrew Keller, a lover she has not seen in twenty years, their shattered hearts ignite uncontrollable events.
Andrew pleads with his old friend, Jake Travis, to locate Elizabeth. When Andrew is murdered, Jake is asked to investigate.
Jake arranges a rendezvous with Elizabeth and senses that she is harboring secrets of her own. He learns of a tragic accident two decades ago that decimated her family. Like Elizabeth, Jake battles his own demons, for his past is a roadblock to his and Kathleen's happiness.
Elizabeth's quest, Kathleen's desperate wish, and Jake's pledge to find who killed Andrew Keller culminate in the final repercussions of a lost love.
Filled with mounting suspense, and at times equally humorous and tragic, The Elizabeth Walker Affair is an emotionally engaging mystery. It will linger with you long after the final page.
From neighbors to friends to lovers? All the makings of a risky second-chance romance by USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Tracy Brogan.
Since Carli Lancaster’s divorce, she’s worked hard to keep life as normal as possible for her daughters. When she lands a job as cohost of a local morning show, it looks like a fresh start. So does the arrival of a handsome new neighbor, who has more in common with Carli than just a property line.
Ben Chase is also new to single parenthood. And like Carli, he’s focused on the future.
From navigating neighborhood gossip to decorating for holidays to reaching out in times of trouble, they quickly learn to rely on each other. Just like a couple but without the complications of coupling! Sure, there’s attraction. They’re only human. But they’re also friends, and who wants to ruin a perfect relationship with romance?
They’re both thinking about adding some perks, though, and even if their new normal isn’t perfect, it’s definitely somewhere in the neighborhood.
From a Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Newly minted homicide detective Sydney Parnell faces a savage killer whose endgame is to capture her. And keep her.
Iraqi war vet and former railway cop Sydney Parnell is now the youngest homicide detective in Denver’s Major Crimes Unit. In the past, gut instinct has served her and her K9 partner well. But it’s not a trait Len Bandoni, her old nemesis turned reluctant mentor, admires. Not until Sydney’s instincts lead to their first case: a man tortured and beaten to death, then left in a refrigerated train car with cryptic messages carved into his body.
The victim is a well-liked member of an elite club called the Superior Gentlemen. At first glance, the club appears harmless. But beneath its refined surface swim darker currents.
As Sydney; her K9 partner, Clyde; and Bandoni investigate the grisly murder, the three develop a bond that carries them through a shocking series of crimes and a horrifying conspiracy that threatens the detectives’ lives and promises to bring their beloved city to its knees.
Enter for a chance to win one of 100 copies of Endpoint: New Life by JW Griffin. New Life is book two in the five-part Endpoint series. At the end of this giveaway, book one will be available as a free kindle download. Mark your calendar and enter for a chance at two books!
The Kardashev scale describes a Type-II species as 'one capable of harnessing the power of an entire solar system'. In the not-so-distant future, the peoples of Earth make first contact with just such a species.
Humanity does not survive.
In a handful of minutes, the planet is annihilated and the Sun harvested. All of humanity is lost—save one already damaged soul: Ryan McBain.
The Endpoint series follows Ryan as he forges a new life among the stars and encounters other powerful life forms. With a small cadre of friends and reluctant allies, he works from the fringes to unravel the truth behind a relentless force that is slowly consuming the entire Milky Way, system by system. Covert insurrection is rarely clear-cut or clean. To survive and advance the cause, Ryan must offer up his body, his mind, and possibly even his life. As the last human in the universe, he must embrace his own shadows and harness his inner chaos to fight the encroaching darkness. Only then will he have any hope of navigating through to the Endpoint.
This poetic, genre-bending work—blending memoir with cultural history—from Whiting Award winner Nadia Owusu grapples with the fault lines of identity, the meaning of home, black womanhood, and the ripple effects, both personal and generational, of emotional trauma.
Nadia Owusu grew up all over the world—from Rome and London to Dar-es-Salaam and Kampala. When her mother abandoned her when she was two years old, the rejection caused Nadia to be confused about her identity. Even after her father died when she was thirteen and she was raised by her stepmother, she was unable to come to terms with who she was since she still felt motherless and alone.
When Nadia went to university in America when she was eighteen she still felt as if she had so many competing personas that she couldn’t keep track of them all without cracking under the pressure of trying to hold herself together. A powerful coming-of-age story that explores timely and universal themes of identity, Aftershocks follows Nadia’s life as she hauls herself out of the wreckage and begins to understand that the only ground firm enough to count on is the one she writes into existence.
From the bestselling author of Yellow Crocus and Mustard Seed comes the empowering novel of two generations of American women connected by the past and fighting for a brighter future.
It’s 1894. Jordan Wallace and Sadie Wagner appear to have little in common. Jordan, a middle-aged black teacher, lives in segregated Chicago. Two thousand miles away, Sadie, the white wife of an ambitious German businessman, lives in more tolerant Oakland, California. But years ago, their families intertwined on a plantation in Virginia. There, Jordan’s and Sadie’s mothers developed a bond stronger than blood, despite the fact that one was enslaved and the other was the privileged daughter of the plantation’s owner.
With Jordan’s mother on her deathbed, Sadie leaves her disapproving husband to make the arduous train journey with her mother to Chicago. But the reunion between two families is soon fraught with personal and political challenges.
As the harsh realities of racial divides and the injustices of the Gilded Age conspire to hold them back, the women find they need each other more than ever. Their courage, their loyalty, and the ties that bind their families will be tested. Amid the tumult of a quickly changing nation, their destiny depends on what they’re willing to risk for liberation.
Blueink Review gave BLOWBACK ’63 a coveted RED-STAR, saying, “The second in the entertaining Blowback trilogy is twice the fun…a delightful fantasy series.” LitPick declared, “It’s difficult to follow up a great first book with an equally thrilling second, but that’s exactly what Meehl has done.” Kirkus Reviews sets the scene with, “A quirky and engaging crossroads for fans of baseball, the Civil War, and time travel.”
Enter for a chance to win a copy of BLOWBACK ’63. Each book will be dedicated to the winner, signed by the author and include a set of Blowback bookmarks.
The Blowback trilogy follows the adventures of clashing teenage twins, Iris and Arky, as they chase the mystery of their missing mother. Their quest began in BLOWBACK ’07 when Iris discovered an ancient family heirloom—the “Horn of Angels”—and sent Arky’s friend, Matt, to 1907 and the origins of modern football. In BLOWBACK ’63, the battle between the twins explodes into war—the Civil War—when Iris sends Arky and another friend to 1863 and the “doubleheader” of baseball and war being waged on the same field.
Steeped in compelling historical fiction and the tug of war between present and past, this young adult page-turner for millennials and beyond will transport you to the perils and pleasures of another age. After all, it’s a good time to shelter in a book. So, grab your chance to shelter in BLOWBACK ’63.
Enter to win 1 of 5 ARCs of CINDERELLA IS DEAD by Kalynn Bayron! Queer girls team up to overthrow the kingdom in this unique and powerful retelling of Cinderella from a stunning new voice.
It’s 200 years after Cinderella found her prince, but the fairy tale is over. Teen girls are now required to appear at the Annual Ball, where the men of the kingdom select wives based on a girl’s display of finery. If a suitable match is not found, the girls not chosen are never heard from again.
Sixteen-year-old Sophia would much rather marry Erin, her childhood best friend, than parade in front of suitors. At the ball, Sophia makes the desperate decision to flee, and finds herself hiding in Cinderella’s mausoleum. There, she meets Constance, the last known descendant of Cinderella and her step sisters. Together they vow to bring down the king once and for all--and in the process, they learn that there’s more to Cinderella’s story than they ever knew . . .
*** Signed Copies *** Lowcountry PI Liz Talbot returns to the streets of Charleston in the ninth installment of Susan M. Boyer’s Agatha Award-winning, USA TODAY bestselling mystery series.
Private investigators Liz Talbot and Nate Andrews thought they’d put Darius Baker’s troubles to rest—then his recently discovered son ropes him into a hemp farm investment with his college buddies. When a beloved Charleston professor—and potential investor—is murdered, Liz and Nate discover Darius keeps the PIs on speed dial.
A shocking number of people had reasons to want the genteel, bowtie wearing, tea-drinking professor dead. Was it one of his many girlfriends or a disgruntled student? Or perhaps Murray was killed because his failure to invest meant the hemp farm trio’s dreams were going up in smoke?
Though Liz’s long-dead best friend, Colleen, warns her the stakes are far higher than Liz imagines, she is hellbent on finding the no-good killer among the bevy of suspects. But will the price of justice be more than Liz can bear?
Take a virtual vacation to Charleston in Susan M. Boyer’s latest Southern charmer, Lowcountry Boondoggle. It’s a trip you don’t want to miss.
Confidence. Resilience. Fortitude. Courage. All are qualities we look to instill within ourselves and live by. Shifting from a powerless mindset to a powerful one is all about mental attitude. Former Secret Service Special Agent and star of Bravo’s Spy Games Evy Poumpouras shares lessons learned from protecting presidents, as well insights and skills from the oldest and most elite security force in the world to help you prepare for stressful situations, instantly read people, influence how you are perceived, and live a more fearless life. Enter for a chance to win 100 signed copies of Becoming Bulletproof by the author!
Publishers Weekly gave it a coveted RED-STAR REVIEW and said this about BLOWBACK ’07. "With propulsive pacing and an entertaining mix of witticisms, historical lessons, romance, and poignant moments, Meehl’s SF adventure hits all the right notes.”
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BLOWBACK ’07 is the first in the critically acclaimed Blowback Trilogy—just recently finished!—which follows the century-hopping adventures of clashing teenage twins, Iris and Arky. The quest to find their missing mother—who has mysteriously vanished—begins when Iris discovers an ancient family heirloom—the “Horn of Angels”—and accidentally sends Arky’s good friend, Matt, to 1907, where the illumining past transforms Matt in ways he could never imagine. And that’s just the kickoff to a tumbling trilogy that races on until Iris and Arky are launched on a rescue mission to find their mother lost in the past and discover an ancient legend that reveals the blessing and the curse of their family’s time-voyaging destiny.
Steeped in compelling historical fiction and the tug of war between present and past, this young adult page-turner for millennials and beyond will transport you to the perils and pleasures of another age. After all, it’s a good time to shelter in the past.
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