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Designing my outdoor habitat for my guinea pigs is proving to be a lot more difficult than I had first thought. So far I have the three tree rounds in place, and a huge piece of driftwood. I have been dragging that piece of driftwood around with me from house to house for the past 20 years, yet still haven’t decided exactly what I want to do with yet. Seriously… 20 years. It is pretty big and very cool looking, but I haven’t really found a place for it in any of the homes I have lived in. I won’t give it up though, because it is so unique looking. I am trying to incorporate it into my guinea pigs play area, but I am not sure how yet. Some of you might be concerned that the pigs would chomp on it and destroy it, but it is so big that a herd of 50 piggies couldn’t destroy this thing. So far I have put it in about 7 different positions and nothing looks right. It’s like this thing is anti- Feng Shui or something.

The Secret of the Other Mother: A Charlotte Reade Mystery (Charlotte Reade Mysteries Book 1)
by Laura Cayouette
4.3 Stars (11 Reviews)
Genre: Mystery | Women’s Fiction

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It’s late 2009 and the Saints are undefeated on their way to the Super Bowl. Fresh off the Los Angeles red carpet of the movie she produced and starred in, vivacious Charlotte Reade heads to her family home in New Orleans for the funeral of Sassy, the woman who helped raise her mother.

When Sassy’s “adopted” twin daughters ask brainy and tenacious Charlotte to help them find their birth mother, she heads down a path that starts in a laundromat in the 1950’s and winds through costume experts and a burlesque tour before landing her on the infamous Bourbon Street.

Along the way, Charlotte reconnects to her own family history, uncovering clues to a family secret and the ghost who’s said to protect it. As her funeral trip extends through the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras, Charlotte struggles with her dedication to the career she worked so hard for and the intoxicating draw of the culture, romance and soul of the city she’s always wanted to call home.

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Everlasting Light – A Civil War Romance
by Andrea Boeshaar
4.2 Stars (67 Reviews)
Genre: History | Women’s Fiction | Religious & Inspirational Fiction | Contemporary Fiction

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When loss lingers… love – even beyond death.

The American Civil War has ended, but Alaina McKenna still awaits news about her husband, Braeden. Did he die in a Yankee prison? Was he buried in a shallow grave on a Virginia battlefield? Or has he turned his back on the specter of death and loss around him and sought solitude west of the Mississippi River, never to return home, again?

As Christmas nears, Alaina deflects the advances of a suitor in the neighboring county, choosing to cling instead to hope and her belief that Braeden will return. As winter’s chill settles upon her farm, Alaina cries out to God in one final Christmas Prayer.

When loss lingers… love – even beyond death. For it is through heartbreak that God opens doorways to hope.

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The Spirit of the Age
by David Melville Edwards
4.6 Stars (6 Reviews)
Genre: Literary Fiction | Contemporary Fiction | Humor & Satire

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Town meets Country. Are they ready for each other?

Married off and exiled in disgrace, young Muslim towny Skandi Khan starts a new life in rural Dorset. Her neighbours (hapless James, thrusting and charmless Roger, prickly Stephanie, and soul-eating sea-demon Sireen) are friendly, and Skandi takes to the police force as if born to it; if she can just sort out her marriage! But after a local gangmaster turns up dead events take increasingly shocking turns.

Amongst the cast of thousands there are posh people. Lots of posh people. And possibly witches. In the midst of murder, mayhem, marriages, deaths and births how can anyone win through to happy ever after?

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Ambition (The Long Haul Book 1)
by Geoff North
4.6 Stars (5 Reviews)
Genre: Science Fiction

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During an age of dwindling energy resources and greedy corporate expansion, Earth receives a warning from a not too distant star system: We are aware of your existence. We will end you.

The colossal mining vessel Ambition undergoes a militarized refit and is sent to confront the alien threat of Pegasi 51. Catastrophic events along the way stretch a seventy year voyage into a seven century odyssey. All communication to and from home has been severed, and the civilization waiting ahead has remained ominously silent.

Captain Ly Sulafat, Ambition’s 30th – and likely last – commander, leads this final generation of weary travelers into a hostile star system, ill-prepared, and far too inexperienced to confront what awaits them.

The seven hundred year journey has ended. Time for war.

Pre-order Book 2 RETRIBUTION (available April 11) for only.99

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The Oath of the Father (Kindred of the Sea Book 2)
by C.J. Adrien, Derek Toigo
4.8 Stars (9 Reviews)
Genre: Historical Fiction | Teen & Young Adult | Children’s eBooks | Action & Adventure

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“An epic fictional Norse saga set in the ninth century, featuring royalty, repressed love, battles, and the raw appeal of untrammeled nature.” – Kirkus Reviews

France, 822 A.D.

Abriel Haraldsson is prey on the run.

He was injured in combat and taken by his men to the nearby monastery of Saint Philbert to be healed. With the best of intentions, the monks faked his death and took him away to a far-off island to be reconverted to their faith.

Believing the king to be dead, suitors from the north descended upon the island of Herius with the intent to marry Queen Kenna whose small kingdom had grown wealthy from its salt trade. The powerful warlord Turgeis — known for his prowess in battle and lust for blood — set his sights upon the queen.

When a messenger from afar returned with news that Abriel had survived his injuries, the warlord set to sea to ensure the king would never return.

Thus began the hunt.

The Oath of the Father is a Viking Age historical fiction novel written for young adults.

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Oh I Do Love Them!

Following the success of Go the F**k to Sleep, Confessions of a Scary Mommy, and Ketchup Is a Vegetable, a collection of funny, warm, and charmingly profane tales from the frontlines of parenthood by the author of the popular Baby Sideburns blog.

I Heart My Little A-Holes: A bunch of holy-crap moments no one ever told you about parenting
by Karen Alpert
4.7 Stars (1,218 Reviews)
Genre: Parenting & Relationships | Humor & Entertainment

Once upon a time you and your partner had a perfect life: dinners out, weekend mornings cuddling in bed, brunch with friends. Then you gave birth to a poop machine (or two). Now, it’s all about the pediatrician, breast pumps, princess dresses, and minivans. And discovering that your pride and joy is actually a little A-hole.

When your son wakes you up at 3:00 A.M. because he wants to watch Caillou, he’s an a-hole. When your daughter outlines every corner of your living room with a purple crayon, she’s an a-hole. When your rug rats purposely paint the kitchen ceiling with their smoothies, they’re a-holes. At times like these, it’s only natural to want to kill them (or yourself). But it’s against the law (and there’s the suicide hotline). Plus, there’s that whole loving them more than anything in the whole world thing.

In I Heart My Little A-Holes, Karen Alpert shares hilarious stories, lists, and deep thoughts on the joys and horrors of raising children. Accompanied by cheery illustrations and photos I Heart My Little A-Holes will make you laugh so hard you’ll wish you were wearing a diaper.

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Christmas In Spring

Yesterday I got some great news and it felt like Christmas and my birthday all rolled into one. The gentleman, that my partner in crime and I had gotten our beehive from late last summer, called to say that he had two more hives available if we wanted them. FOR FREE!! I just about screamed for joy. Which would have been really a bad thing to do because screaming into the phone is usually considered bad form. That would bring us up to four hives. I couldn’t be more excited! I am hoping by this next Christmas we will have beeswax candles and honey for everyone for Christmas.

The Pendant (The Angela Fleetwood Paranormal Mystery Series Book 1)
by Lawton Paul
4.7 Stars (10 Reviews)
Genre: Suspense | Thrillers | Crime Fiction | Mystery

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Reeling from the death of her husband, Angela Fleetwood isn’t ready for a fight. But when her neighbor turns up dead, Angela is forced to find the killer or watch an innocent young man go to jail for life.
The Sheriff says it’s not murder, but the deeper Angela digs, the closer she gets to the truth: A truth that extends 50 years back to WWII Germany and one night in a Wehrmacht hospital. What was the old lady hiding that someone would kill for? Can a woman who considers herself broken beyond repair, armed with an old Winchester, transform into a hero?
The Pendant is murder mystery with a strong female lead, and has historical and paranormal elements.

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Breaking Up with Barrett: The English Brothers #1 (The Blueberry Lane Series – The English Brothers)
by Katy Regnery
4.3 Stars (756 Reviews)
Genre: Romance | Sagas | Women’s Fiction

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Breaking Up with Barrett is the first of six books about the Philadelphia-based, wildly-handsome English brothers who are all on the look-out for love.

(Except Alex. He’s a womanizing manwhore. And maybe Stratton, because he’s wicked hot, but super awkward around girls.)

Barrett English, aka “the Shark,” is the fair-haired, first-born of the English brothers, and the CEO of the oldest, most prestigious investment banking firm in Philadelphia. He rules the boardroom with an iron fist, refusing to take no for an answer and always getting his way.

Emily Edwards, a first-year doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania, grew up in the gatehouse on the outskirts of Barrett’s childhood estate. The daughter of his family’s gardener and housekeeper, she was always looking through the window of privilege, but forced to remember her place at the very periphery of the kingdom.

When business partners suggest that a fiancee might soften Barrett’s image over business dinners, he approaches Emily for the “job” of fiancee. And while love wasn’t necessarily on Barrett’s radar, he begins to realize that Emily always has been. But will his take-no-prisoners boardroom tactics work on the heart of the woman he loves?

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Fight the Rooster
by Nick Cole
4.8 Stars (61 Reviews)
Genre: Humor & Satire | Humor & Entertainment | Literary Fiction

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The story of one man’s attempt to ruin his career in order to save his life.

The Great Director is a man convinced that the movies he’s pouring his heart and soul into are killing him. After a series of dubious therapy sessions, he becomes convinced — while eating a pretzel — that he must do the unthinkable to save his life: he must ruin his next picture. Instead of filming a masterpiece, he intends to shoot the equivalent of Brad Pitt reading the telephone book, except without Brad Pitt.

But mayhem and destruction are not so easily accomplished. Slacker producers, a has-been cinematographer, a junkie gambler action hero who’s run out of credit, smarmy players looking to bend any concept into next summer’s blockbuster, and a cast of grumbling, griping, hardworking malcontents do everything in their power to prevent the Great Director from wrecking his movie and escaping the business alive.

Part Catch-22, part The Player, Fight the Rooster is an eclectic, funny, and unpredictable thrill ride through life and Hollywood.

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Tidewater Tales
by Edith Sanderlin
4.0 Stars (1 Review)
Genre: Historical Fiction | Humor & Satire

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Edith Sanderlin was born in 1841, in a small town located on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Her delightful character sketches were discovered in a dusty attic many decades after her death, and published in two volumes: “Customs and Superstitions of the Southern Negro,” in 2012; and this collection, “Tidewater Tales,” in 2014

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Dragon’s Debt (The Dragon and the Scholar Book 2)
by H. L. Burke
4.7 Stars (43 Reviews)
Genre: Romance | Fantasy

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Scholar Shannon Macaulay and the Dragon-Prince Ewan have been traveling together for a year when their blissful companionship is interrupted by a cryptic message from their friend Martin.

“Come to Westshire. Edmond needs you.”

Drawn to his brother’s aid, Ewan finds himself hunting an elusive monster: a winged beast kidnapping young women and stealing their memories. Its latest victim is the Princess Brighid of Westshire, the very girl Edmond has recently fallen for, to the disapproval of her temperamental father, King Riley, and stoic brother, Prince Ryan.

Ewan is determined to rescue his brother’s beloved, no matter what the cost. But when Ryan’s eyes fall upon Shannon, the dragon realizes the cost might be greater than he is willing to pay.

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Silly Ol Vowels

It's quite humbling to lose by almost 50 points to your ten year old son in Scrabble. I'm both proud of him, and seriously disappointed that I got so few vowels. It was the vowels that were against me. Stupid vowels The Obituary Society's Last Stand (An Obituary...

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To Go Back, He Must Go Forward…

A chemical engineer by degree, air quality engineer by vocation, certified dreamer by predilection, and writer by sheer persistence, P.E. Padilla learned long ago that crunching numbers and designing solutions was not enough to satisfy his creative urges. Weaned on...

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Take Your Time

For years my old pup Jethro has acted like he didn't like my baby bassets much. He would leave any room that they were in, or at the very least be at the very opposite side of the room. My baby bassets would never even dream of petting him. So now I find it very odd...

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