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The Sign Of A True Friend

A true friend will always tell you if you have a little piece of spinach in your teeth or a little tiny booger showing in your nose. So with that said… have you ever told your friend they have a little piece of food in their teeth when in fact they don’t? Ya know… just to remind them that you are a true friend and you will always be there for them. No… you never have? Yaaa…. me neither.

The Disappearance of Anna Popov: A gripping psychological crime thriller. (The Jack Rogan Mysteries Book 2)
by Gabriel Farago
4.8 Stars (62 Reviews)
Genre: Suspense | Mystery | Crime Fiction

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A mysterious disappearance. An outlaw bikie gang. One dangerous investigation.
Journalist Jack Rogan cannot resist a good mystery. When he stumbles across a hidden clue about the tragic disappearance of two girls from Alice Springs years earlier, he’s determined to investigate.
Joining forces with his New York literary agent, a retired Aboriginal police officer, and Cassandra, an enigmatic psychic, Rogan enters the dark and dangerous world of an outlaw bikie gang ruled by an evil master.
Entangled in a web of violence, superstition, and fear, Rogan and his friends follow the trail of the missing girls into the remote Dreamtime-wilderness of outback Australia where they face their greatest challenge yet.
Cassandra has a secret agenda of her own and uses her occult powers to conjure up an epic showdown where the stakes are high, and the loser faces death and oblivion.
Will Rogan succeed in finding the truth, or will the forces of evil prevail, causing untold misery and destroying even more lives?

The Disappearance of Anna Popov is Book 2 in Jack Rogan Mysteries Series but can be enjoyed as a stand-alone novel.

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Perfectly Played: A Sweet Romantic Comedy (Love & Alliteration Book 1)
by Holly Kerr
4.4 Stars (233 Reviews)
Genre: Humor & Entertainment | Friendship | Women’s Fiction

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Dean’s a jilted groom. Flora’s a runaway bride. Will their pasts keep them from finding love again?

Flower shop owner Flora has waited years to say “I do” but when she gets to the altar, all she can say is “I can’t.”

Outside the chapel, ex-ballplayer Dean waits for his own wedding until his bride-to-be texts that she’s not coming.

As Flora makes her escape, she barrels into Dean. During one perfect night in Las Vegas, with strippers, syrup and later, with their lives in a mess, a friendship blooms. But will their friendship prove to be the final obstacle for their second chance at love?

If you loved Runaway Bride and like a bit of serendipity in your romance, grab your copy and find out if Flora and Dean’s love story is perfectly played.

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PACIFIC DASH: From Asia Vagabond to Casino King
by Chet Nairene
5.0 Stars (8 Reviews)
Genre: Historical Fiction | Travel | Biographical

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“ENDLESSLY ENTERTAINING! He is ‘Dash in a Tropical Wonderland’ in this offbeat adventure with equally quirky characters. A fun journey — don’t miss it!” — James Roby, The UrbanKnights Series.

PACIFIC DASH is the colorful new novel that follows the vagabond life journey of Dashiell Bonaventure, a young American who roams Asia for decades pursuing thrills and truth. This vivid work of gaudy fiction transports readers to foreign worlds of exotic delight and will satisfy any fan of armchair global travel, adventure fiction or romance.

In 1968, a job transfer catapults young Dashiell Bonaventure’s family across the globe, from the Illinois cornfields to a scintillating new world in far-flung Hong Kong. The innocent teen believes his expatriate high school experience will just be temporary, but he is mistaken. For thus begins Dash’s lifelong odyssey as he drifts between continents and crisscrosses Asia in constant pursuit of adventure and self-discovery.

He spends decades wandering through Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Thailand, Myanmar and more. Eccentric and flamboyant personalities roll through this unplanned life while Dash roams the jungles, beaches, and cities of the Far East. Along the way, Dash falls desperately in love while also making bitter enemies. He saves lives and also nearly loses his own. He backpacks and motorcycles across Indonesia, works in an illegal casino floating offshore from Singapore and, in the end, becomes enormously rich as a VIP junket pioneer in Macau, hosting ‘whale gamblers’ from around the region.

PACIFIC DASH is the next best thing to taking your own journey down the colorful back alleys of Asia. Sparkling with anecdotes and color, this story charms readers by parachuting them into the festivals, culture, and vice dens of the Far East. The story unwinds at a furious pace and is truly a mad dash: From a sudden disaster at international high school in cosmopolitan Hong Kong… to fantasy years jetting around the globe as the collegiate protégé to the world’s reigning literary rock star… From a stunning and dreamlike backpacking idyll through culture-lush Indonesia… to an unplanned decade aboard a sleazy floating casino in the Straits of Malacca… and finally on to Dash’s stunning rise to power as the wealthiest Westerner in Asia and king of Greater China’s casino business.

With PACIFIC DASH, readers experience life amongst Asia’s elite, the young princesses and princelings at the international high school in 1960s Hong Kong. They hang out with Aussie surfer dudes in Bali and go tromping down the 1970s hippie trail to Afghanistan, Nepal and beyond. They thrill to illegal high-stakes baccarat tables on the high seas and gorge on spicy foods eaten by hand off banana leaves. And they fall in love with the gorgeous Fiona Lo Ting-Ting while making friends with intriguing characters like Snakehead Goh, PY (Little Fatty) Lee, Chickie Schmidt and Jackson Toh.

This karma-laced tale is akin to a mash-up between a Paul Theroux travel narrative and Alex Garland’s ‘The Beach’ with a little Forrest Gump tossed in, too — the latter because amazing, truly unexpected adventures just keep happening to good old Dash.

PACIFIC DASH is the newest offering from BANANA LEAF BOOKS, a new imprint specializing in the adventures of Westerners adrift in Asia.

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The Charlie Cooper Mysteries: Volumes 4 – 6
by Deany Ray
4.6 Stars (61 Reviews)
Genre: Mystery

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Fans of Stephanie Plum will get hooked on this quirky cast of characters and their mishaps.

GLAZED, DAZZLED and BERRIED are fast-paced, stress-free humorous mysteries with a touch of romance and compelling twists and turns. A light read with no gore or foul language, these books are perfect to unwind at the end of the day.

GLAZED:

Charlie’s life in her hometown, Springston, is not by far as dull as she expected it to be. Stumbling over dead bodies, being held at gunpoint or getting kidnapped in the back of a van would actually qualify as a pretty exciting life. If you like to live on the edge.

Still, Charlie hopes her next case would not include dead people, guns or exploding cars. Well… one could at least hope.
When Celeste’s nephew, Lucas, is suspected of attempted bank robbery and CMC Services – a.k.a. Charlie and her best friends, Marge and Celeste – is called in to help, the girls launch into crime-fighting mode yet again. Apparently, Lucas could be a key witness in what seems to be the new crime wave in Springston.

Charlie soon finds herself trying to solve another murder, causing a small explosion involving one particular item in Marge’s black hole of a purse, dodging the advances of Celeste’s cousin, Eddy, and trying to get on board with her mom’s new healthy diet. All the while with Alex, Springston’s hot detective, right on her heels.
Running low on caffeine and running out of time, Charlie has to step up her game and out-step a killer.

DAZZLED:

Charlie, Marge and Celeste are back! This time in Las Vegas. Las Vegas? That’s right. What better way to celebrate a milestone birthday than to fly to Sin City?

When Marge and Celeste surprise Charlie with tickets to Vegas, she decides it’s going to be the best weekend ever. I mean, how often does a gal turn 30?

But Charlie wouldn’t be Charlie, if she didn’t stumble into a hot mess in the most unlikely place. She comes to realize that finding a small velvet bag full of diamonds does not mean you’ve hit the jackpot playing slots. Neither does finding a dead body when you at least expect it. Nor being chased by presumably some bad dudes for finding said body.

Talk about bad luck in Vegas.

How do you survive illicit bus rides, surprise guests and bachelor parties all while trying to stay alive… and getting rid of those darned diamonds?

There is only one answer in Vegas: you either win… or you lose.

BERRIED:

Charlie Cooper, former secretary for the Boston PD, chocolate enthusiast and private investigator extraordinaire takes on her most puzzling case yet. Having to work for the grumpiest man in town, Edgar McMillan, the only clues she gets to solve her next case are a lurking shadow, a gunshot blast, possibly a Tony winner, some Ponies and Betty’s crew. Needless to say, nobody knows who Betty is. Or her crew.

Oh, and there’s the dead body too. Charlie hates when that happens. Found in no other place than the client’s backyard just seconds after he was shot. But what was he doing there in the first place?

Adding to the stress is Charlie’s mother, who’s current project is redecorating the house, meaning there are more cans of paint in the kitchen than a batch of fresh baked cookies. To top it off, Charlie’s love life takes a hit when her boyfriend, Detective Alex Spencer, is assigned the same case as she is.

Together with Marge and Celeste, her best friends and business partners, Charlie sets out to find the killer and reinstall peace in her life.

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Patton – Bounty Hunter : The Beginning
by Kurt James
4.4 Stars (17 Reviews)
Genre: Westerns | Short Stories

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A mountain man legend had raised Dale Lee Patton to become a legend along the Rocky Mountain frontier. In the beginning Patton only wanted to live the simple life with his wife to raise some children on a ranch near Gunnison, Colorado. That all changed one summer day when his wife was brutally murdered.

Losing the love of his life changed Patton into something he thought he would never would be. He became a haunted and vengeful man looking for justice to be dealt in the only manner that a legend could serve it up to those that deserved it. Having a skill set that included all the current weapons of the day and having the killer instinct to be able to set aside all feelings while on the hunt, he became a driven man to extract retribution from all those that prey on the weak and helpless. Patton would become the guardian that stood between predator and prey. Using his knowledge of the Rocky Mountains, and the wilderness, he begins the life as a bounty hunter — a dead or alive bounty hunter.

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The Jack of All Trades Series by DH Smith

Jack Bell is a builder sleuth, and is very often broke; well, some of his clients are murdered (not by Jack I hasten to add) and so in no condition to pay. Divorced and with a ten year old daughter, his love life is very on and off. As a Builder he can be found in various places such as houses,  a school, a cemetery, a Bed and Breakfast, a park, and an apartment block in London. Filled with intrigue and characters that will stay with you long after the last page, follow Jack as his detective and building skills improve throughout this wonderful series. Give it a go.

Jack of All Trades
by DH Smith
4.2 Stars (521 Reviews)
Genre: Mystery | Crime Fiction

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A dream job becomes a tale of money, love and murder for Jack, a builder, who gets a job repairing the summerhouse of a millionaire couple. Except the couple are at war, both having affairs, their marriage beyond salvage. The husband fires Jack, but she takes him back on, complicated further when he falls for her secretary. And when there’s a murder, using his tools as the weapon, Jack is prime suspect.

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Jack of Spades (Jack of All Trades Book 2)
by DH Smith
4.1 Stars (54 Reviews)
Genre: Crime Fiction | Literature & Fiction

Jack Bell, a builder, has a job in a large house by West Ham Park, a task made less easy by the tension between the tenants. But he’s developing a romance with the childminder on the ground floor.

Until there’s a body to be disposed of in Epping Forest.

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Jack o’Lantern (Jack of All Trades Book 3)
by DH Smith
4.2 Stars (16 Reviews)
Genre: Crime Fiction | Literature & Fiction

A standalone novel in the Jack of All Trades crime series (#3).

Jack, an East London builder, is working at Bramley, an independent school near Billericay in Essex. The school is in trouble. Graham DeNeuve insists on total control, but his daughters and wife decide they must get rid of him, one way or another, to save the school from financial disaster. As Jack becomes increasingly involved with one of the daughters, Ellie, he begins to work out what is happening, to his own peril.

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Jack by the Hedge (Jack of All Trades Book 4)
by DH Smith
4.3 Stars (10 Reviews)
Genre: Mystery

Bricklaying in a park is not the pastoral interlude Jack hoped for. Possibilities of love with Liz, who runs the greenhouses, are thwarted by Ian, the bullying park manager, who has his own schemes afoot. Or there’s Rose, Liz’s sister, made homeless and sleeping secretly in the bowling green pavilion. But for the park workers, it’s all hands on deck as they prepare for the coming of the Mayor. Until murder intervenes, with Jack too involved.

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Jack in the Box (Jack of All Trades Book 5)
by DH Smith
4.5 Stars (8 Reviews)
Genre: Mystery

Death comes to a quiet street in Forest Gate, London, when Jack Bell takes on a building job in a house squatted by anarchists. Unknown to him, they are planning a robbery. Another job next door involves him with an Asian family, where the father faces a drastic choice to protect his family’s reputation. Jack is forced to juggle work troubles, demanding people and a developing affair – until everything crashes down on him when he becomes a hostage in an armed siege.

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It’s All About Goals

I yell at lizards. I was walking around the track at the high school with my youngest baby basset, when I came across a tiny baby lizard in the middle of the track. It was the cutest little thing I had ever seen, and there it was, right in the path of a lot of joggers. I could not let this little creature get stompled, so I very gently picked the tiny lizard up in my hands and made my way to the edge of the track to let it go. I could barely feel him in my hands. My golly he was cute! That is until he decided to make a run for it up my arm and onto my shoulder. EEEEEKKKK!!!!! I couldn’t feel him, but I knew he was there somewhere. My youngest baby basset was doing his best to catch him, but those little things are fast. I was frozen with fear. I just knew he was going to run into my ear (no, he was not actually that small, but ya know logic has no place here) EEEEEEKKK!! That’s when I thought it would be a good idea to run in circles away from my son who was still trying to catch him. Of course a little crowd had formed, because I can’t go crazy and make a fool out of myself without an audience. I don’t know at what point the baby lizard decided to abandon ship, but I managed to stop flailing around long enough to see him land on the track by my feet. He looked a little stunned, but okay. He then proceeded to make a run for shelter… under my shoe. More screaming. My son took charge of the situation and got him the rest of the way to safety. So in the end… I ran around a track the other day! FITNESS GOALS!

Diary of a War Crime: A gripping, London crime thriller (A DC Ruth Hunter Murder Case Book 1)
by Simon McCleave
4.3 Stars (1,675 Reviews)
Genre: Crime Fiction | Mystery

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London, 1997. A series of baffling murders. A web of political corruption. DC Ruth Hunter thinks she has the brutal killer in her sights, but there’s one problem. He’s a Serbian War criminal who died five years earlier and lies buried in Bosnia.

When Detective Constable Ruth Hunter is called to the death of a pensioner in South London, she becomes convinced that it is not as routine as it first appeared. There are links to the death of another pensioner which suggest a link back to the Bosnian War of the early 1990s.

With the investigation thwarted at every turn, Ruth soon realises she may have stumbled upon a political cover-up in the lead up to the 1997 General Election. As she races against the clock, Ruth believes the man she is tracking is a Serbian War criminal who supposedly died in Bosnia five years earlier. Can Ruth find the notorious ‘Butcher of Strigova’ before he murders again to cover his tracks?

‘Diary of a War Crime is the first book in the DI Ruth Hunter Crime prequel series. If you like chilling police procedurals, true-to-life characters, and psychological twists, then you’ll love Simon McCleave’s page-turning thrill ride.

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Chase Me: A Curvy Girl and A Dragon Shifter Romance (Dragons Love Curves Book 1)
by Aidy Award
4.4 Stars (838 Reviews)
Genre: Fantasy | Women’s Fiction

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She’s stolen a priceless relic from his treasure, and his heart.

Ciara is the best damn wedding planner this side of anywhere, but she’s no thief.
That’s exactly what the sexy-ass dragon shifter has accused her of – stealing his treasure.
She’s going to steal something of his alright, his sanity, if he doesn’t let her go so she can get back to giving couples their happy ever afters.
Its the best way to ignore the fact she’s sure she’ll never get one her own. Not with any man, or even a dragon.

Jakob is either going to kill the sexy, curvy woman who denies she has The First Dragon’s relic, or take her to bed and drive her as crazy as she’s making him. Why does he want her so much he can’t even properly interrogate her? Might have something to do with the way his soul is screaming at him to mark her, claim her, and make dragon babies with her.

He can’t give her his soul if she’s already stolen it, or something darker and more dangerous has.

Readers 18+

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Deadhead and Buried (English Cottage Garden Mysteries ~ Book 1) (The English Cottage Garden Mysteries)
by H.Y. Hanna
4.4 Stars (1,688 Reviews)
Genre: Humor & Satire | Mystery

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Poppy desperately wants to pay off her debts, quit her dead-end job, find her missing father… oh, and keep a plant alive. But she knows that these are just hopeless dreams. Then a mysterious letter arrives and Poppy finds that she’s inherited a cottage garden nursery – complete with romantic climbing roses, scented herbs, a bossy, talkative ginger cat.. and a dead body!
Now she must solve the mystery or risk losing her new home and the chance for a fresh start. But who would want to murder a gardener in a sleepy little village? Could a reclusive inventor have something to do with the killing? What about the brooding crime author next door? And why is her long-lost cousin so desperate for her to sell the cottage?
Poppy might not know her pansies from her petunias, but that doesn’t stop her digging for clues. The only problem is – she could be digging her own grave too…
This book follows British English spelling and usage.

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MEMORIES OF JAKE (The Cameron Saga Book 1)
by Susan Moore Jordan, Ashleigh Evans
4.8 Stars (14 Reviews)
Genre: Historical Fiction

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“MEMORIES OF JAKE” WAS THE RECIPIENT OF A RED RIBBON AWARD FROM THE 2017 WISHING SHELF BOOK AWARDS

One brother can’t remember. The other can’t forget.

Andrew and Jacob Cameron are tied together by a bond more powerful than blood. As young children, they experience a horrific event that tears their family apart. Then just as they complete their high school years, the Vietnam War intensifies. Both young men serve in the military: Andrew in the Marine Corps, Jake as a Green Beret.

Each brother is damaged by his service in Vietnam, Jake in a way that will change his life forever. Andrew, always protective of his rakish younger brother, is determined to restore Jake and their relationship to normalcy. But when Jake disappears, Andrew’s life is left in shambles.

His loving parents, his always supportive wife Mary, even his burgeoning career as an artist seem not to be enough to alleviate the pain of Andrew’s frantic question:

Where is my brother?

Susan Moore Jordan, author of “The Carousel Trilogy” (How I Grew Up, Eli’s Heart, and You Are My Song) and Jamie’s Children, draws from her life experiences as a voice teacher and stage director while seamlessly weaving together stories that explore the power music has to inspire and heal. In Memories of Jake, Jordan adds the creative power of art as a family deals with tragedy, war, injury, and illness and finds healing, inspiration, and resolution.

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Cooking with Cast Iron Skillets: Timeless and Delicious Family Recipes
by Louise Davidson
4.5 Stars (123 Reviews)
Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine

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Cooking with cast iron skillets… a timeless and delicious family tradition.

Everything tastes better when it is cooked in a cast iron skillet! We all remember when our mothers or grandmothers used to make those memorable meals using those big, heavy, black skillets. We can still imagine and almost taste those perfectly spiced dishes. Well, cast iron cookware is still around! They are so durable that they are almost always passed down from one generation to the other, as are the recipes they used. This cookbook holds not only amazing timeless recipes, but also instructions on how to cook with your cast iron skillet. You can use it on the stove top, on the grill, and of course, in the oven. You can even bring it along for your next camping trip and make some delicious corn bread, breakfast skillets, hamburgers, and so much more!

Cast iron skillets are the most versatile pans in your kitchen. You can cook any food you can think of in it. And it will taste like nothing else, a real taste of home-cooked meal.

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The Cost Of The Monarch

One thing I did not think about when I started my little Monarch butterfly project was having to find a babysitter for the caterpillars in the chrysalis forms. I need a pet sitter?? Thankfully my neighbor's kid is taking care of my yard while we are away, and she...

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Stop Googleing So Much

I had to Google the strangest thing this morning. "Do butterflies fight?" Have you ever Googled that? Weird, right? Well... I released two of my Monarch butterflies yesterday and they were having a good time checking things out, when I noticed a few of the Passion...

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You Are Mine (Detective Stella Carrigan Book 1) by Lisa Kent

A web of lies and dark secrets. A nail-biting hunt for a serial killer. You Are Mine (Detective Stella Carrigan Book 1) by Lisa Kent is a fast-paced thriller that is the perfect read for all fans of James Patterson and AJ Rivers. Enjoy! You Are Mine (Detective Stella...

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