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Screaming and Walking Still Counts

I hate to say it, but I am not the best cook. I try, but the chicken is always dry and the veggies always taste weird or completely bland. Last night however, I accomplished something I never thought possible. I made a meal the entire family liked! All of them! Even the baby bassets! I was completely thrown off and didn’t know what to do with myself. For the first time in forever, my babies ate their dinner without a fight. Unfortunately I got a little too cocky and decided we were all going to go for a short family walk after dinner. Things started to fall apart halfway through. I’m not giving up though. We shall try again tonight.

Keeper of the Scale (contemporary women’s fiction)
by Debbie Cohen, Elke Barter
4.1 Stars (17 Reviews)
Genre: Women’s Fiction | Contemporary Fiction

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“NO meeting each other outside of ShopSmart. No exceptions!” vow three women who, though decades apart, share the same, ageless goal of dieting.

But sticking to their diets proves harder than expected, as well as their vow to not become involved in each others lives outside of their weekly weigh-ins at the superstore.

Join thirty-something Janine and her diet buddies, middle-aged Margarite and college student Rebecca, as they laugh, cry, and, in the end, learn more about each other and themselves than how to shed some pounds…

DIET BUDDIES. FRIENDS. WOMEN.

Janine, Margarite and Rebecca are three dynamic women with seemingly little in common except the desire to lose weight. Armed with a hot pink scale, they form a unique diet support group, holding weekly “weigh-ins” in a rather unusual location — the snack area of their local big chain superstore. The goal was to save time, by combining meetings with shopping, but talk quickly moves beyond dieting. Slowly, the women connect on a much deeper level, becoming less obsessed with what they’ve got to lose, and focusing instead on how much they have to gain… from life, and one another:

JANINE is the mother hen and driving force behind the “Diet Buddies Dropouts” break-away support group. The 35-year-old stay-at-home mom left an exciting career in the fast paced world of public relations to look after her kids. Channeling the same drive and energy she used to put into her work towards her new, domestic life, she runs an organized, immaculate home, becomes a soccer mom, head of the PTA, and whiz at arranging playdates. But living off her kids’ leftovers has left her forty pounds heavier than her normal weight. She tells herself if she could just get her weight back under control, everything would be perfect. Yet, even as the pounds drop, she can’t help feeling that there’s still something missing… something more than extra pounds.

MARGARITE is an attractive divorced middle-aged single mom of two teenagers. She’s become something of a celebrity with her best-selling cookbook series. Though slender and fit, she thinks, like so many women, that being even thinner will make her appear younger. Fast approaching the “big 5-0,” she believes losing weight is the perfect way to show off to her ex-husband how great she is doing on her own. It’s been five years since they split up, but she can’t seem to say no to jumping through hoops for him whenever he comes to town. Meanwhile, he has had no trouble relocating and dating other women. She knows she needs to move on too, but struggles to let go of the past and begin building a new life of her own.

REBECCA is a young college student and talented, budding artist who dreams of graduating, backpacking throughout Europe, and making it as a painter. Her older fiancé, however, has other plans — like marriage and starting a life together. But all Rebecca can think about is her art and how to afford a dream summer getaway. She believes modeling may be her ticket, but is told her size six figure won’t cut it in today’s competitive market. While dieting she starts to ponder more than how to fit into the new “perfect size two.” She begins to reflect over painful areas of her life and question her future.

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McCrary’s Justice (A Carlos McCrary, Private Investigator, Mystery Thriller Series Book 6)
by Dallas Gorham
4.8 Stars (7 Reviews)
Genre: Suspense | Mystery

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A missing teenage daughter held as a sex slave… A mysterious foreign diplomat who uses diplomatic immunity like a get-out-of-jail-free card…
The case that has Carlos McCrary fighting his own demons as well as the bad guys…

When Nebraska farmer Wilbur Jenkins receives cryptic texts from his missing daughter saying that she is held captive as a sex slave in Port City, Florida, he grabs the next flight to Port City and begs the cops to find her. The only clue is the phone number used to send the texts. It belongs to Antonio Crucero, a mysterious diplomat from a Caribbean island paradise.

When police detective Jorge Castellano can’t beat the suspect’s diplomatic immunity, he sends the distraught father to Carlos McCrary, a wisecracking private eye with a special genius for helping people in trouble — people whom the cops can’t help.

Jenkin hires McCrary to find his daughter Liz. McCrary uncovers a cesspool of sexual slavery and drug trafficking that stretches from South Florida to Switzerland to the Caribbean, and Crucero is the linchpin of the operation.

Crucero’s diplomatic status may protect him from the reach of U.S. law, but it won’t protect him from Chuck McCrary.

In the final showdown with Crucero, Dallas Gorham sends readers on a white-knuckle ride that circles back to McCrary’s own home, where he must confront the worst nightmare he could imagine. McCrary’s Justice slices like a machete through a treacherous jungle of forced prostitution, Mexican drug cartels, and new and fearsome enemies, as Chuck McCrary maneuvers inside the gangs and outside the law.

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Dead Lucky (A Ghosts & Magic Novella)
by M.R. Forbes
4.8 Stars (18 Reviews)
Genre: Fantasy

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When a strange message arrives through an even stranger channel, necromancer Conor Night is driven to discover its meaning, even if it takes a road trip that he might not be healthy enough to survive. Joined by his sexy partner and an undead wise-ass, he’s about to rush headlong into a magic and mayhem filled night in New Orleans that will leave his future riding on a roll of the dice.
Luck, be a lady…

* Dead Lucky is a standalone novella (20,000 words) set in the contemporary, urban fantasy world of Ghosts & Magic. It precedes Dead of Night in the timeline, and is a great place to sample the series, get a deeper look into Conor’s backstory, or simply enjoy the ride. *

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The Bad Girl and The Good Boy
by Karla Luna
4.6 Stars (44 Reviews)
Genre: Teen & Young Adult | Humor & Satire | Humor & Entertainment

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Funny, Sexy, Romantic, Bad ass Heroine, Lighthearted

“I’m Evelyn. Evelyn Jo. How about you, handsome?”

A girl in her underwear introduced herself to the clean-cut four-eyed Zavier Coin, grabbing his hand and making him blush – and life, as he knew it, would never be the same.

Dark hair, black ensembles, badass tattoos, and sporting the perpetual smirk – Evelyn Jo is the ultimate bad girl. She does what she wants, whenever and wherever, and relishes defying authority. A real badass chick.

Zavier Coin, on the other hand, is the perfect good boy. He’s nice, loves his mom, gets really good grades, a teacher’s pet, and a member of the Mathletes club.

They are polar opposites and would probably have never met but for a wrecked car, a school fire, a vindictive authority figure, and a funny twist of fate which landed Evelyn in the Coin home.

But do opposites really attract? And will friendship and love really beat all odds when faced with psycho bad boys, clueless buzzkill adults, and other seemingly insurmountable odds?

Will the bad girl and the good boy get along, become good friends, and perhaps… become something more?

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From Sea Level to over 8000 Feet: A Southwest Mountain and Desert Hiking Adventure
by Ann L Hamilton, A Hamilton
5.0 Stars (4 Reviews)
Genre: Sports & Outdoors | Travel

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This is a short story about a 60 year old mother and her 20s something daughter, hiking and camping novices from Florida, seeking to get close to nature. They go out into the woods, mountains, and desert and away from their everyday lives, and find adventure. With little in the way of instruction or background, they venture into the mountains and desert of the Southwest United States and learn about the environment and themselves along the way. Their journey takes them from the red rock country of southern Utah, to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, down to Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon in Arizona, across New Mexico, and finally to the solitude and majestic scenery of the Santa Fe National Forest.

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Happiness In Montana

This clean, sweet romance anthology by Rose Jenster, includes the novellas Mail Order Bride Leah and Mail Order Bride Tess, books 1 and 2 of the series. Enjoy each of their journeys in overcoming their challenging situations in New York. Note that each is a sweet stand-alone book, but they also are the first two books in the Montana Mail Order Brides Series.

Mail Order Brides Anthology: Leah and Tess Novellas 1-2 (Montana Mail Order Brides Series)
by Rose Jenster
4.5 Stars (42 Reviews)
Genre: Romance | Religion & Spirituality | Westerns

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Mail Order Bride Leah

Leah is a school teacher in Albany, New York during the 1880s who was devoted to her mother until she passed away. Her father lost his business and Leah did not want to spend the rest of her life living with her protective brother. She begins to correspond with a man from Montana who ran an ad for a mail order bride. Could she have found someone who also loves literature and shares so many of her interests?

How does Leah handle her brother’s negative reactions to the correspondence that now was the focus and light of her life? Can she leave the desperate situation in New York and find that joy that her heart dreams? Or is she destined to live a life without fulfillment?

Will Leah find happiness in Montana? What secrets does her love keep to himself that makes him so hard to reach and read? Can Leah help Henry open up his heart or will she give up? Can his scars heal from the past?

Book 2: Mail Order Bride Tess

Tess is a seamstress in upstate New York during the 1880s. She fears she will be working in the sweltering shop her whole life and never find true happiness by finding a man who loves her. A married friend shows her a newspaper that has ads for mail order husbands and Tess shyly studies it with guarded hope. Tess is quite bashful with a lot of fear, but also worries what her life would be like without a big change.

Will she find happiness out west or be stuck in the sweltering shop in New York? Why does Luke withdraw from her emotionally and can he let go of his past loss? Will Tess return home in defeat and be broken inside? Can their love blossom?

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Free Books Ran Freely

No matter how handsome the cast of Criminal Minds happens to be, it is still not a good idea to watch a few episodes right before bed. I love the show except for all the murderiness. Not just regular murderiness, it’s horrible, gruesome, murderiness. Those were bad nightmares last night. Except for the Shemar Moore parts, that was pretty cool. He seems nice.

Tomas
by Robert Bedick
3.8 Stars (22 Reviews)
Genre: Contemporary Fiction | Literary Fiction

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When Paul Weber is approached by an intriguing widow to write a book about her “highly influential, but criminally obscure” husband, Alfred Tomas, Paul thinks Tomas will be his first step towards achieving literary glory. But the more he learns about Tomas, the more he begins to question the quiet family life he leads with his wife Sylvia and their young son Josh.

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The Sweet Taste of Murder: An Angel Lake Mystery (Walking Calamity Cozy Mystery Book 1)
by CeeCee James
4.4 Stars (84 Reviews)
Genre: Mystery

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The only thing worse than an used car salesman showing up on your doorstep is finding one dead. And your best friend is the main suspect.

After a scandalous divorce, Elise returns from the big city to her southern home town only to trip over the body of the town playboy. He leaves behind a heap of trouble that includes missing money, missing pets, and mourning lovers, and the suspects just keep piling up.

Caught in her own drama, Elise is quick to wash her hands of it, until her best friend, Lavina, winds up as the number one suspect.

Can Elise clear her friend’s name without ending up as the next one dead? Or are her friendship blinders keeping her from seeing the truth?

So drop into the cozy cafe and have a doughnut and a sip of lemonade. See for yourself that living in the country isn’t always about the quiet life but sometimes is filled with riveting suspense and deception with second guessing right to the end.

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Incubation (The Incubation Trilogy Book 1)
by Laura DiSilverio
4.8 Stars (64 Reviews)
Genre: Science Fiction | Teen & Young Adult

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Bio-chemistry whiz Everly Jax wants one thing: to know who her parents are. Raised with other repo kids in InKubator 9, she has pinned her hopes on Reunion Day, the annual event where sixteen-year-olds can meet or reunite with their parents. When her Reunion Day goes horribly awry, she and her pregnant friend Halla escape the Kube, accompanied by their friend Wyck who has his own reasons for leaving.

In a world where rebuilding the population is critical to national survival, the Pragmatist government licenses all human reproduction, and decides who can–and must–have babies. The trio face feral dog packs, swamp threats, locust swarms, bounty hunters looking for “breeders,” and more dangers as they race to Amerada’s capital to find Halla’s soldier boyfriend before the Prags can repo her baby and force the girls into surrogacy service.

An unexpected encounter with Bulrush, an Underground Railroad for women fleeing to Outposts with their unlicensed babies, puts them in greater peril than ever. Everly must decide what she is willing to sacrifice to learn her biological identity–and deal with the unanticipated consequences of her decisions.

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The Condor’s Feather
by Margaret Muir
5.0 Stars (2 Reviews)
Genre: Historical Fiction | Action & Adventure

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Intrigue and adventure combine with a touch of romance in this unconventional story set in 1885.

With her thirst for adventure, Cynthia Beresford refuses to be constrained by the standards demanded of her by aristocratic Victorian society. She not only rides like a man, but desires other privileges enjoyed by the gentlemen of her era. Searching for excitement, she forgoes the luxuries of life at Huntingley and embarks on a riding expedition across the Pampas of Patagonia.
Though little is known of that inhospitable land, she is undeterred and boards a steamer in Liverpool bound for South America. Accompanying her on the voyage are her father and twin brother, her brother’s friend – a playwright, and her faithful Newfoundland dogs.
On the outward passage, Thia meets a mysterious Welshman, Euan Davies and when the party disembarks from the steamer on the Strait of Magellan, Davies agrees to accompany them on the ride and act as their guide. But after only a week in the saddle, his disturbing secret starts to unravel. Soon Thia’s party find themselves embroiled in a deadly game of cat and mouse with a group of dangerous prison escapees.
Beset by Indians, inhospitable terrain, pampas winds and mountain lions, is it possible this mismatched group of travellers can survive their adventure at the tail end of the world?

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On Tenterhooks
by Greever Williams
4.6 Stars (14 Reviews)
Genre: Horror | Suspense

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Imagine that the person you love most in this world died in a sudden, horrible accident.

Your spouse, your child, your parent, your sibling – gone in an instant with no chance at healing old wounds, no closure, no sweet words of comfort to aid their passing.

What if you found a way to communicate with them one last time – a final chance to say goodbye. Would you take that chance? Of course you would. Eventually, we all would.

But what happens when they respond back?

Find out. Get Hooked. On Tenterhooks.

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The Bunny Tells Too Much

Today is the day I put the Easter decorations away. Hubby keeps putting the porcelain rabbits in compromising positions and it's causing a problem. The baby bassets keep hearing me laughing and asking what's so funny? I just don't have it in me to have "The Talk" with...

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Million Dollar Laughs

Ellie Campbell is a pseudonym for sisters, Pam Burks and Lorraine Campbell, who collaborate from the UK and the USA - a 5,000 mile commute reflected in their horrendous phone bills. Their novels are amazingly funny, brilliant and entertaining, as well as filled with...

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The Seven Stages Of Bed

I read a funny quote that said, "I hate those morning when I wake up and my first thought is I can't wait to go to bed." That was my first thought this morning and I am still feeling it. I keep trying to figure out different ways to get myself back into that awesome...

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