Hubby has been thoroughly enjoying the Christmas gift he bought me this year. I can’t blame him. The CNC machine is pretty fun. So far we have made signs for both baby bassets with outlines of their favorite YouTube star’s logos. While they are in the garage with us painting them, hubby and I have been working on other projects such as Easter signs with cute bunnies and hearts, drink coasters with bees carved into them, and of course my favorite.. trivets. We have been experimenting with different woods and drill bits and learning a lot from all the tests we do.  The more we learn, the more options we have, and that is very exciting. Even better… we will easily find gifts for each other for birthdays and other gift giving holidays now. MORE POWER TOOLS!!!

The Fixer, Season 1: Complete: (A JC Bannister Action Thriller)
by Rex Carpenter
4.5 Stars (832 Reviews)
Genre: Thrillers

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Contracted for a high-profile assassination… Now double-crossed and on the run.
Can JC Bannister make it out alive?
Or will the Secret Service and the FBI get their man?

Explosive action. – Margaret A. Todd
A roller coaster of action from beginning to end. – Amazon Customer
Jack Bauer on steroids. – D. Taylor
AWESOME. – Arklady9.

JC Bannister is a killer. He’s killed for his country, he’s killed for money. But now he’s being asked to cross lines he never imagined – killing a friend, a powerful US Senator, for money. A lot of money.

Before he can fulfill the contract his way, Bannister and his team are double-crossed and forced on the run. JC needs to figure out what the right thing is and get it done.
If he gets it wrong, he and his team could wind up in jail permanently or cut down by their unseen enemy.

Or, worse yet?

Branded as traitors and pursued by the FBI, the Secret Service and virtually every law enforcement agency in the United States of America.

The Fixer, Season 1: Complete is the explosive first book in the JC Bannister Action Thriller series.

If you like page-turning, unputdownable action thrillers, crime thrillers or political thrillers with lots of twists and turns and a bit of humor, you’re going to love this series of books. Hitman for hire, assassination, vengeance – it’s all in there and waiting for you.

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by Douglas R. Brown
4.1 Stars (78 Reviews)
Genre: Mythology & Folk Tales | Fantasy | Horror

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Werewolves are real.

And they make excellent pets.

Owning one of the legendary creatures is the latest fad. The WereHouse insists their werepets are loyal, docile, and 100% safe, but what happens when these gentle giants turn on their masters?

While on a routine EMS call, paramedic Christine Alt is attacked by a rogue werepet. She escapes with her life, but the encounter leaves her with more than just scars. As her body begins to change, she discovers the WereHouse is hiding a terrible secret, and they will stop at nothing to keep her from exposing them.

Tamed is a werewolf tale with a twist from the author of the Death of the Grinderfish and The Light of Epertase trilogy.

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Taken by Lies (Truth or Lies Book 1)
by Ella Miles
4.6 Stars (871 Reviews)
Genre: Romance | Foreign Languages

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From USA Today Bestselling Author Ella Miles comes a new dark romance series!

I was taken.
Kidnapped by a boy I thought I could love.
Then he sold me as if I were property.
For three years I endured.
I never broke.
I was strong, determined, resilient.
But then one day it happened… I broke.
Setting me free.
I should have run away, found a new life, and started over.
Instead, I returned.
To find the man who sold me.

This is book ends on a cliffhanger.

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Bow Wow Big House: Cozy Mystery (Country Cottage Mysteries Book 4)
by Addison Moore, Bellamy Bloom
4.7 Stars (59 Reviews)
Genre: Mystery

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An innkeeper who reads minds. An ornery detective. And a trail of bodies. Cider Cove is the premiere destination for murder.

My name is Bizzy Baker, and I can read minds — not every mind, not every time but most of the time and believe me when I say it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.
Each book in the series can be read individually so dive on in! ***Includes RECIPE***

A doggie fashion show is afoot at the local shelter and hopefully each cute pooch will find a home to call their own. I’ve been enlisted to help out with the endeavor and I’m more than happy to do it. But trouble seems to follow me wherever I go and that body I stumbled upon quickly complicates everything. Not to mention a certain someone is determined to out my ability to read minds — and this time, they just might succeed.

Bizzy Baker runs the Country Cottage Inn, has the ability to pry into the darkest recesses of both the human and animal mind, and has just stumbled upon a body. With the help of her kitten, Fish, a mutt named Sherlock Bones and an ornery yet dangerously good looking homicide detective, Bizzy is determined to find the killer.

The Country Cottage Inn is known for its hospitality. Leaving can be murder.

A laugh out loud cozy mystery by New York Times Bestseller Addison Moore and her partner in cozy crime, Bellamy Bloom.

Cider Cove, Maine is the premiere destination for fun and relaxation. But when a body turns up, it’s the premiere destination for murder.

A laugh out loud cozy mystery by New York Times Bestseller Addison Moore and her partner in cozy crime, USA TODAY bestselling author Bellamy Bloom.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Learning HTML (and Smacking Zombies Upside the Web Development) (Undead Institute)
by John Rhea
3.7 Stars (27 Reviews)
Genre: Computers & Technology

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Tired of the boring, incomprehensible, alphabet soup that coding books throw at you? Prefer to enjoy learning HTML? Itching to smash zombies while learning how to build websites? You’re in luck.

Only your web development skills can save the planet from the hordes of zombies that walk our streets. As everyone assuredly knows (because the author didn’t make it up at all) creating web pages is the only sure way to kill a zombie, well that and a shotgun… This book will get you beating down hordes in a post-apocalyptic second with HTML5.

What You’ll Beat Zombies With

Besides learning how to punch a zombie in the HTML5, you’ll learn the major HTML elements that make up a modern web page and how to put them to good use. You’ll learn the structural underpinnings of a web page, how to mark up text, how to wrangle attributes, and ways to embed images, audio, and video. By the time you’re done you’ll understand HTML, know how to build your own web page, and pwn zombies with your skills.

How You’ll Learn to Smack Zombies Around

You won’t just passively take in the view, like a zombie shuffling across the mainland. You’ll have plenty of combat practice with analogies, examples, and code tutorials you can build, break and fix again. Working with your hands and your head you’ll craft code that pleases the eye and knocks a zombie into last Tuesday.

All the code and directions are provided as both codepen tutorials and downloadable html files, so you can fight the apocalypse how and where you like. You can work with them on the codepen site or on your own device.

And later you’ll bring those skills together in a final project that cements those skills into zombie smashing muscle memory.

Why Zombies?

Are zombies just a gimmick? Why would this be any better than a straight laced book that sticks to the facts?

Straight laced books are often straight boring. And if you have insomnia problems go buy that book. The author, John, has read the boring books and knows that staying awake and engaged are also important for learning. But this book uses zombie references and analogies not just to make you smile, but to help the material stick. If a tough technical concept is related in silly terms you understand, like a zombie trying to buy gum at a super market, it’s much more likely to stay in that brain those zombies are intent on eating.

Is this book for me?

We at the undead institute believe that getting braaains should be fun. While our definition of fun typically involves silly jokes, zombie references and learning ways to build great websites, not everyone agrees. If you’re looking for straight technical explanations without any wit or whimsy (or zombies) then these books probably aren’t for you. If you have an enormous technical background and no time for humor or apocalyptic analogies, then move along. There’s nothing for you to see here.

But if you like a good (or sometimes bad) joke, if you have little to no technical background or inclination but want to learn HTML, CSS and more, or if you’re a technology pro and prefer a spoonful of fun with your web development (zombie antidote) medicine, then these books were written for you, and these books will help you reach your web development goals.

There’s no reason good learning can’t live right alongside good fun. So grab your computer, grab your sense of humor and hit that buy button. We’ve got websites to build and zombies to smack.

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