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The Great Santini by Pat Conroy

Pat Conroy’s New York Times-bestselling coming-of-age novel about a son’s struggle to escape the domineering expectations of his volatile military father

The Great Santini: A Novel
by Pat Conroy
4.3 Stars (800 Reviews)
Genre: Literature & Fiction | Literary Fiction | Coming of Age

Marine Col. Bull Meecham commands his home like a soldiers’ barracks. Cold and controlling, but also loving, Bull has complicated relationships with each member of his family — in particular, his eldest son, Ben.

A born athlete who desperately seeks his father’s approval, Ben is determined to break out from the colonel’s shadow. With guidance from teachers at his new school, he strives to find the courage to stand up to his father once and for all.

Inspired by Pat Conroy’s own difficult relationship with his father, The Great Santini is a captivating and unflinching portrayal of modern family, and a moving novel of a son determined to become his own man.

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It Wouldn’t Stop A Postman

It just hit me. In our family we always celebrate Easter at our house. My backyard is definitely not Easter worthy. I need Spring color NOW! Now keep in mind, my family would not think less of me if I did not have a bunch of beautiful plants and flowers in the garden. Honestly they just want to spend time together eating good food and enjoying the time off. All this pressure I feel is self inflicted. With that said…. DEAR GOODNESS I ONLY HAVE 9 WEEKS!!! As I have said before I have been having a bit of trouble getting ideas, but my new fav show, Big Dreams, Small Spaces, is helping a bit. The first thing I am going to do is create a flowerbed so that I can plant my new citrus trees. I can see now that I need one more to balance it out. It looks strange with an even number. The only thing stopping me now is the freezing weather, rain, and hail. That hail is a bit of a bugger.

If The Shoes Fit
by Pauline Lawless
4.1 Stars (83 Reviews)
Genre: Literary Fiction | Literature & Fiction | Humor & Satire

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‘Calling All Shoe Addicts’, said the advertisement that triggered a response in four very different women, each at a difficult time of her life.

Niamh, at 23, the mother of a five-year-old and twin girls aged four, is desperate to have a home of her own. She longs to escape the house of her vicious mother-in-law but her charming, irresponsible husband and the mountain of debts they have makes this seem ever more unlikely.

Amber, former air stewardess whose husband Dermot left her for a younger woman, has lost all her confidence and is drowning her sorrows with alcohol.

Tessa, beautiful former model, paid the price for living life in the fast lane when she almost died from a heart attack. Her reliable friend, George, persuaded her to come and live with him in Ireland. She now realises that she’s made a dreadful mistake.

Rosie, recently widowed, can’t come to terms with the loss of the man she loved so much. Life without him doesn’t seem worth living.

All of them, needing a way out, find it with the Italian designer shoe company, ‘If The Shoes Fit’. This leads them to a new career, great friendships and a life-changing experience.

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The Elvish Prophecy (The Paladin Chronicles Book 1)
by Neil Port, Jeff Palley
4.3 Stars (67 Reviews)
Genre: Fantasy | Science Fiction & Fantasy

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850 years ago the once mighty Western Elves were fatally weakened by the sacking of Elvish Troia and then almost totally destroyed by a cataclysmic invasion of barbarian hordes that came soon after. They now remain only in scattered settlements in the Black Sea region of Anatole (Greek Turkey).
The Eastern Elves hold the last of the elf cities, the magnificent mountain fortress of Elgard to the east and to the north of Anatole.
But the Elves are fading. The have lost almost all their magic. They no longer live longer than humans and each year they have fewer and fewer children.
Not only that. Their world is on the cusp of an invasion by the unbeatable Makedóne army from the west and the appearance of a new and far more dangerous barbarian far to the East.
The final destruction of the Elves has been foretold two thousand years before, and now the time is all but upon them.
Only through an ancient prophecy can they be saved, but it will require every bit of love, sacrifice and courage that a group of extraordinary people have to give. An Elf Princess of the Eastern Elves, an eleven-year-old gypsy orphan girl, and a mercenary tribesman are the first to be called.
They must unite in a desperate search through Anatole for the key to the survival of the Elves, but first they have to stay alive!
A sword and Sorcery Epic Fantasy set in the ancient middle east (18+)

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Dogfish Project
by Tom Haynie
3.8 Stars (60 Reviews)
Genre: Literature & Fiction

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With great appreciation to my reviewers, both positive and negative. Your comments, especially those of a critical nature have been incorporated in this revision. The author has taken serious consideration of all comments. To those who have enjoyed the story, thank you, and to those who did not enjoy it, thank you, also. You all have contributed to making it a better tale.

As Dogfish Project opens in the end of the 21st century, the proliferation of nuclear weapons in third world countries with a grudge has resulted in near global nuclear war. In the aftermath, the world is divided into two opposing factions, the New World Order (NWO) and the Allied West Federation (AWF.) The conflict between these two super powers has evolved into a technologically advanced Cold War. The NWO plans to get the upper hand by launching into orbit an electronic threat that will take the AWF to its knees.

AWF Naval Commander Tom O’Donnell has led the development of a top secret submarine for the past eighteen months. Designated the Dogfish Project, the Nuclear Ultra-Morphic Submersible (NUMSUB) is the most advanced weapon system the world has ever known. It looks like a submarine and moves like a submarine, but that is where the resemblance ends. O’Donnell has barely three months to convert NUMSUB from experimental to operational. It’s the only hope the AWF has of taking out the NWO threat. Not only must they neutralize the threat, but he and his crew of highly trained specialists must do it in complete secrecy.

Take the journey with Commander O’Donnell as his crew faces nearly insurmountable obstacles. Unless they succeed, he and his team will perish and the world will come under the control of the NWO. Failure is not an option.

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Gun Kiss
by Khaled Talib
4.3 Stars (29 Reviews)
Genre: Action & Adventure | Literature & Fiction | Thrillers

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A stolen piece of history, an abducted actress and international intrigue…

When the Deringer pistol that shot Abraham Lincoln is stolen and ends up in the hands of a Russian military general, covert agent Blake Deco is tasked by the FBI to head to the Balkans to recover the historical weapon. Meanwhile, the United States media is abuzz with news of the mysterious disappearance of Hollywood movie star, Goldie St. Helen.

After Blake’s return from overseas, he receives a tip from a Mexican friend that a drug lord, obsessed with the beautiful actress, is holding her captive in Tijuana. With the help of a reluctant army friend, Blake mounts a daring rescue. What he doesn’t expect is to have feelings for Goldie — or that a killer is hunting them.

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The Trouble with Heather Holloway: A Colorado Mystery
by Carol Turner
4.6 Stars (17 Reviews)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense | Mystery | Women’s Fiction

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Her first week on the job, and Marshal Beth Mayo is hit with a sex assault case. It’s a nasty shock for the bucolic mountain town of Sugarloaf and for Mayo, who is still recovering from her husband’s death. Her initial skepticism grows into disbelief over the victim’s zany story, and she dismisses the case as a false report. Unfortunately, the same woman is soon discovered in the ruins of a ghost town, most definitely murdered.

Mayo unravels the complex case through a parade of colorful suspects and misfit family members, all the while following a common thread from 150 years earlier — Colorado history’s most notorious event, the Sand Creek Massacre.

Carol Turner is the author of FORGOTTEN HEROES AND VILLAINS OF SAND CREEK, NOTORIOUS JEFFERSON COUNTY, and other books.

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To Plant A Tree Or A Statue

IT IS WORKING! My new favorite show, “Big Dreams, Small Spaces,” (I got the name so wrong last time I mentioned it) is giving me the inspiration I need to create my new backyard. I have had Garderner’s Block (it’s a real thing) for the past few months, and I have been worried I had lost my imagination. So far I have a 5 foot by 3 foot section sorta planned out with herbs and citrus trees. I know, that doesn’t seem like much, but considering I have had a complete lack of ideas for so long, this is really big for me. I even have a path through the garden planned. This feels as good as the first Wild Cherry Slurpee on the first hot day of Summer. You know that’s delightful! I love the fact that in the show the master gardener goes to peoples homes, gives them advice, and they don’t follow a  lot of his suggestions. But when he comes back to see their progress he is so positive about it. I don’t like shows that have a ton of negativity. I watch TV to relax, not get fired up about someone using marigolds instead of lavender like they were advised. Fun stuff I say!!

Wounded Animals (Whistleblower Trilogy Book 1)
by Jim Heskett
4.0 Stars (159 Reviews)
Genre: Crime Fiction | Thrillers

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Software trainer Tucker Candle is about to lose his job. Desperate to keep working, he takes one last business trip to rectify his impending unemployment. After a series of suspicious and inexplicable events, he returns home to devastation.

His pregnant wife is gone. The house is covered in blood.

His only clue is an unknown dead body in his bathroom with a warning scrawled in blood.

Determined to find his wife, Tucker sets out on a quest for answers. After all, he refuses to give up, especially on his wife.

With the body count rising, Candle knows he must stop the murderer.

Suddenly, he’s questioning his last business trip. Just exactly who is he working for?

Is the mysterious man he met in a bar the devil incarnate or the guardian angel he so desperately needs?

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Blown To Pieces (PTO Murder Club Mystery Book 2)
by Katie Graykowski
4.8 Stars (42 Reviews)
Genre: Romance | Mystery, Thriller & Suspense | Mystery

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After restauranteur, Big Tommy Prather, is blown to pieces in his front yard, Mustang Ridges and her two best friends are on the case. While the local police have ruled the death an accident, Mustang and the girls suspect murder. They can prove it… sort of.

As the small community of Lakeside, Texas mourns the loss of one of its most beloved citizens, Mustang, Haley, and Monica do their level best to find someone who might want Big Tommy dead. Only… every single person they interview, loves Big Tommy. He volunteered at the food pantry, coached little league, sang in the church choir, and sponsored funding raising events for every cause under the sun. In short, he was Jesus with a beer gut.

When Haley is kidnapped by the killer, all hell breaks loose and Mustang must solve Big Tommy’s murder before her best friend is blown to pieces.

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Echo Volume 1: Approaching Shatter
by Kent Wayne
4.4 Stars (86 Reviews)
Genre: Science Fiction | Science Fiction & Fantasy

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In the late 21st century, humanity left Earth due to multiple resource shortcomings aggravated by an acceleration in climate change. They settled Echo, a planet that was nearly a carbon copy of Earth except for being devoid of all but the most basic life forms. Fast forward 1200 years later. Echo has endured over a thousand years of dark age. Corporations and government merged early on, becoming the oppressive authority known as the Regime. Military and police merged into the Department of Enforcement, their only mission to crush the huge network of rebels known as the Dissidents. Over half the planet is covered by decaying cityscapes and the elite live high above, removed and remote from the greater populace on the moon-city of Ascension. Hope lies in one man, a former Enforcer named Atriya. But before he can break the cycle of darkness and ignorance on Echo, he has to do it within himself.

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Arthur Britannicus (Forgotten Empire Book 1)
by Paul Bannister
3.7 Stars (61 Reviews)
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Carausius is born into a savage life.

His father was a respected warrior chief, a leader of men.

But as a boy, Carausius witnesses his violent death.

As the boy grows into a man and then a soldier, he dedicates himself to the cause of Rome.

As a centurion in the Empire’s mighty Army, he earns the respect of his men: soldiers who will fight, and die if necessary, at his command.

But, just like his father before him, he is surrounded by enemies – both within and without.

He must manoeuvre his way through battle, knowing who to trust and who to put to death; not easy when paranoia among the ruling elite is so rife.

Will Carausius emerge victorious where so many before him failed and earn the great title of all.

Or will he meet an early, violent death, as his father did before him.

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The McCoys Before The Feud: A Western Novel (Book 1)
by Thomas McCoy
4.6 Stars (17 Reviews)
Genre: Literature & Fiction | Friendship | Classics | Fantasy

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A corrupt general. A stockpile of plundered Southern riches. Can a proud family reclaim the gold for its rightful owners?

Kansas-Mississippi border, 1865. Tommy McCoy burns for justice. Reeling from the end of the bloody Civil War, he learns that a corrupt Northern general has raided the bounty of the Confederacy and plans to keep it. Tommy and his shrewd father vow to get back the valuables for innocent Southern families or die trying.

With time running out before the general’s reinforcements arrive, Tommy risks a deadly confrontation in a series of secret raids. Can he secure the rightful Confederate property before the North deals the McCoys a final crushing blow?

The McCoys: Before the Feud is the first book in a deeply-researched historical Western saga. If you like dusty battles, a different point of view on yesteryear, and twists you won’t see coming, then you’ll love Thomas A. McCoy’s gripping tale of justice for the people.

Buy The McCoys: Before the Feud to join a family’s quest for justice today!

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Drone by Kyle Alexander Romines

Author Kyle Alexander Romines has done it again! Drone is a ruthless roller coaster ride of imagination and suspense. Grab your copy today and get ready for the ride of your life! Enjoy! Drone by Kyle Alexander Romines [show_stars asin='B07N5MJT3K' stars='5.0'...

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Laugh A Good Laugh

"Nightmare British Family Travels To New Zealand And The Whole Country Bands Together To Get Them Deported." This headline for an article I saw online is all I need to start the weekend off right. It has travel, humor, and people coming together for the greater good....

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Tears In My Soup

I try not to complain too much, but I really have to talk to my baby bassets teachers about their book choices for the class. My youngest was crying during dinner because he had just finished the book, Bridge to Tarabithia. There were tears in his chicken corn chowder...

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