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On a City Street: A Becker Family Novel by Pat Wahler

Romance

A 2020 Hoffer Award Winner. When veterinarian Carolyn Becker catches her fiancée cheating, her problem-solving skills come to the rescue. She swears off love and leaves suburbia for a fresh start in St. Louis to launch a low-cost animal clinic...and bury the past. But new beginnings can be complicated. Sometimes even a problem-solver can use a little help. Especially when it comes to mending a broken heart. $2.99 at Amazon Barnes & Noble



Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea by Sarah Pinsker

Science Fiction and Fantasy

A wide-ranging debut collection from a writer whose musicality and humor shine through even when plumbing the darkest depths of space. The stories gathered here turn readers into travelers to the past, the future, and explorers of the weirder points of the present. The journey is the thing as Pinsker weaves music, memory, technology, history, mystery, love, loss, and even multiple selves on generation ships and cruise ships, on highways and high seas, in murder houses and treehouses. They feature runaways, fiddle-playing astronauts, and retired time travelers; they are weird, wired, hopeful, haunting, and deeply human. Starting at $8.69 from Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kobo


The Last Detective by Brian Cohn

Science Fiction and Fantasy

It's been two years since the invasion. Former detective Adrian Grace was cut off from his family, but managed to survive. When one of the slicks is murdered, they ask him to find the killer. He agrees and in the course of his investigation witnesses the best, and the worst, that humanity has to offer: a plot to escape labor camps; a pending war between an in-your-face councilwoman and the corrupt mayor; and a priest who claims to have befriended a dead alien. But worst of all, he stumbles onto a conspiracy that puts the fate of the entire city in jeopardy. Detective Grace discovers that the killer might just be the last person he would have suspected. Starting at $2.99 from Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kobo


Nightmare's Realm: New Tales of the Weird and Fantastic by S. T. Joshi

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

Dreams and nightmares—what Ambrose Bierce called “visions of the night”—are the basis of some of the greatest weird fiction in literary history. The unruly images that torment us in sleep are usually dispelled by the coming of day—but can they be dismissed so easily? Do nightmares have some impalpable reality that can affect our daily lives, the lives of those around us, and perhaps the very fabric of the universe? This volume contains seventeen original stories by some of the leading contemporary writers of weird fiction. Starting at $7.99 from Amazon / Dark Regions Press


The Bath Salts Journals: Volume One by Alisse Lee Goldenberg

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

A mysterious virus has infected much of the world's population, turning them into flesh-craving zombies. As people die from what the media call "drug-fuelled Bath Salts attacks" one young mother sees what is truly happening beneath the lies, and with her good friends Xuan and Olivia, takes matters into her own hands to keep her family safe. Day by day, Bath Salts tells of their escape to the arctic tundra, and their desperate attempt to survive the elements, zombie attacks, and armed bandits with their humanity intact. $0.99 from Amazon


We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell

Children and Young Adult

The word otsaliheliga (oh-jah-LEE-hay-le-gah) is used by members of the Cherokee Nation to express gratitude. Beginning in the fall with the new year and ending in summer, follow a full Cherokee year of celebrations and experiences. Appended with a glossary and the complete Cherokee syllabary, originally created by Sequoyah. $9.99 from Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kobo


Everly by Meg Bonney

Children and Young Adult

Madison is about to graduate and head off toward a bright future that any kid would kill for. The problem? Madison just wants to find her birth parents. When her Aunt Ruth is kidnapped and taken to a world called Everly, all of Madison’s plans are put on hold. Traveling through caverns and towering oak tree forests, Madison quickly realizes that behind Everly’s beauty is a world of magic, violence, and shocking truths. Armed only with an enchanted sword and a sharp tongue, she battles her way past witches and bounty hunters to attempt a dangerous rescue that changes both her and Everly’s future forever. Starting at $0.99 from Amazon / Kobo


The First Time She Fell by Caleb Ludwick

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

In Chattanooga, Tennessee, we find an unexpected world of haves and have nots, families and outsiders, old hatreds and first loves that unfold in eight imaginatively rendered stories. As these characters rush into circumstances where everything changes, we watch them make bad choices for good reasons, or good choices for bad reasons – with aftershocks that ripple through the lives of everyone around them. $1.99 at Amazon


Plum Rains by Andromeda Romano-Lax

Science Fiction and Fantasy

In Tokyo, Angelica Navarro, a Filipina nurse who has been in Japan for the last five years, works as caretaker for Sayoko Itou, a moody, secretive woman about to turn 100 years old. One day, Sayoko receives a present: a cutting-edge robot “friend”. Angelica wonders if she is about to be forced out of her much-needed job by an inanimate object—one with a preternatural ability to uncover the most deeply buried secrets of the humans around it. Sayoko becomes attached to the machine. The old woman has been hiding secrets of her own for almost a century—and she’s too old to want to keep them anymore. $9.99 from Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kobo


Hello World by Tiffany Rose and Alexandra Tauber

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Scott’s skills as a surveillance expert are useful when he’s breaking down firewalls. But hacktivism isn’t enough; he’s going after the holy grail—UltSyn’s Human Information Drives, human assets implanted with cerebral microchips. After digging deeper into restricted databases, he discovers that those who enlist with UltSyn get far more than they bargained for. Plunged into a world of human trafficking and corporate espionage, Scott is determined to find his sister, no matter the cost. But when the information reveals the people closest to him have been working for UltSyn all along, he has to find her—before UltSyn finds him. $2.99 from Amazon / Kobo /  


A Promise Given by Michelle Cox

Romance

Set in 1935, Cox’s charming third novel featuring Henrietta and former police inspector Clive Howard takes the couple from Chicago, where they have just been married, to Castle Linley, the ancestral Howard home in England, where a murder in the local village shocks everyone. When Clive's cousin emerges as the primary suspect, Clive and Henrietta investigate - only to discover shocking truths that will shake the family forever. "Series fans will cheer the beginning of Clive and Henrietta’s private investigation business." - Publishers Weekly. $8.49 at Amazon / Barnes & Noble

 


The Woman in the Blue Cloak by Deon Meyer

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

Early on a May morning in South Africa, a woman’s body is discovered on a stone wall beside a highway outside of Cape Town. The investigation stalls, so the case is referred to Captains Benny Griessel and Vaughn Cupido. The woman is an American named Alicia Lewis, an expert in old Dutch Masters paintings. Discovering the two men she contacted before coming to South Africa reveals what she was seeking—a rare painting by Carel Fabritius, Rembrandt’s finest student. But how Lewis died, why, and at whose hand shocks even the two veteran detectives, in this compact jewel of a thriller from a multiple award-winning author. Starting at $9.99 from Amazon / Kobo / Google Play / 


Honey and Leonard by Mark Paul Smith

Romance

Honey and Leonard are in their seventies when they fall in love. Leonard is in the early stages of Alzheimer's and Honey thinks her love will cure him. When their heirs try to keep them apart, they flee to France in violation of court orders. Pursued by police, press, and private investigators, they become an international media sensation. In a time just before cell phones and the Internet, they become the Bonnie and Clyde of love. And through it all Honey begins to wonder, "Can love really conquer all?" From $7.49 at Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Apple


The Awful Truth About The Sushing Prize by Marco Ocram

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

Author Marco Ocram has a supernaturally reckless way with words. And when a corpse is discovered in the local shipyard, he can’t help but write himself into a true-crime mystery. Frantically scribbling each line to assist his best friend the police chief in solving the case, the hapless author accidentally invites the attention of a dangerous criminal gang. And after he’s abducted and stuffed into a car trunk, he’s horrified to discover his crazy characters have taken on their own homicidal existence. Paralyzed by a terminal bout of writer’s block, he fears hitting a very dead end. Starting at $6.95 from Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kobo

 

 


Belle's Journey by Rob Bierregaard

Children and Young Adult

Dr. B. and Dick, two osprey scientists in Massachusetts, observe ospreys and their offspring, tagging one special fledgling with a transmitter to better study migration habits. Follow Belle as she attempts her first flight, conquers her first fishing endeavour, and heads south for her first migration all while her tracking device transmits information about where's she been. Based on information garnered through twenty years of research by the author, Belle's Journey will soar into reader's hearts. $8.99 from Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kobo


River Talk: Stories by CB Anderson

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Surefooted and emotionally deft, the stories in River Talk introduce an unforgettable array of characters. A woman reconsiders her decision to enter a polygamous marriage; a taxidermist plies his trade to woo the woman he loves; a Somali refugee takes a job at the local mill to support her family. In spare yet vivid prose, Anderson explores loss and desire, regret and hope. From $2.99 at Amazon / C&R Press


Your Turn: Ways to Celebrate Life through Storytelling by Dr. Tyra Manning

General Nonfiction

Creative expression through writing helps us uncover gems of hope and serenity, enabling us to navigate difficult times. Sharing stories with one another fills the space between us, inspires us, helps us forge stronger relationships, and teaches us that we’re more alike than different. A guidebook for transformation through self-expression, Your Turn will spark readers’ creative thought and offers them a space to document their own self-reflection—helping them overcome challenges and move forward. $8.49 at Amazon / Barnes & Noble


Spiritual Rebel by Sarah Bowen

General Nonfiction

Spiritual Rebel: A Positively Addictive Guide to Finding Deeper Perspective and Higher Purpose draws on ancient wisdom and modern pop culture to help anyone connect with their true calling. This book is for anyone who desires meaningful experiences without having to commit exclusively to one path or fear they might be “doing it wrong.” The diverse collection of interspiritual practices and resources will inspire the Force within you, by whatever name you call it. $8.49 at Amazon / Barnes & Noble


Faculty Brat: A Memoir of Abuse by Dominic Bucca

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

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The children of educators at America’s most prestigious prep schools are commonly referred to as “faculty brats.” At nine years old, Dominic Bucca’s music teacher stepfather began sexually abusing him in the campus housing their family shared at one such school. Twenty-five years later, Bucca exposed his stepfather to the rest of his family. Faculty Brat tells his story. Winner of the 2019 Iowa Prize for Literary Nonfiction from the University of Iowa Press, Faculty Brat is a powerful, heartbreaking, and fearless story that takes narrative prose to a new level. From $14.34 at Amazon / University of Iowa Press / Author


Finnigan the Circus Cat by Mary T Wagner

Children and Young Adult

Maximilian and Leroy are two circus mice who think they’ve got it made in the shade at the old, shuttered Farnsworth Circus Museum. But when a new generation of Farnsworths move in, things start to shake up. And when eight-year-old Lucy finds a tiny rescue kitten and hides him in the barn because her dad is allergic to cats, the mice need to think fast if they’re going to be able to stay. Inspired by a real-life rescue kitten, this heartwarming book will delight children and adults alike! $0.99 from Amazon / Author / 


Dream Big, Little Scientists by Michelle Schaub

Children and Young Adult

Twelve kids. A dozen bedtimes. Endless sweet ways to say goodnight with science! Spark curiosity and exploration with this innovative bedtime story for budding scientists that introduces eleven branches of science. From astronomy to physics to chemistry to geology, this STEM picture book will help kids get excited to explore. Includes further information about each branch of science. $9.99 from Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kobo / 


Last Day Blues by Julie Danneberg

Children and Young Adult

What do teachers do for summer vacation? Mrs. Hartwell's students worry that their teacher will miss them while they are gone for the summer. The class comes up with a way to make sure Mrs. Hartwell won't be too sad. But Mrs. Hartwell and the other teachers have some plans of their own. Once again Julie Danneberg and Judy Love bring to life the crazy antics of Mrs. Hartwell and her class and show that teachers and students are more alike than we sometimes think. $5.99 from Amazon / Barnes & NobleKobo / 


The River Nymph by Anne Lovett

Romance

On a disastrous August night in 1924, 14-year-old Tenny flees from a sharecropper's shack on a Georgia plantation, determined to find her brother and a job in order to save her family. Author Anne Lovett follows Tenny’s as she runs away and fights every impediment on her path to following her dreams. The work is a heartfelt recollection of the drawbacks women in the early 1900s endured, yet they chose to hold on to their dreams and pave the way for others behind them. "This engrossing tale of a determined young woman escaping poverty in 1920s Georgia will capture readers’ hearts." - Book Life. $3.99 on Amazon


Déjà vu All Over Again by Larry Brill

Romance

Déjà vu All Over Again is the story of a washed-up Hollywood screenwriter who believes life would have been better if he hadn't dumped his high school sweetheart on the eve of their prom. So he writes a script that he uses to return to his old high school creating a second chance to win over the girl who got away 40 years ago. "An observant comedy with a dose of heart."  - Kirkus Reviews. $4.99 at Kobo / Amazon


Thrill-Bent by Jan Richman

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Journalist and armchair thrill-seeker Jan Richman gets a freelance assignment to write about the nation’s old-fashioned wooden roller coasters. Jan takes off across the U.S. to report on a fanatical sub-culture. This picaresque research junket dovetails with the wedding of her Tourette’s-riddled father, whom she hasn’t seen in years. Brazen and stingingly funny, Thrill-Bent zooms from Coney Island to New Orleans to the San Fernando Valley as our heroine learns how to be truly impulsive in a buttoned-down world. Starting at $7.26 on Amazon / Kobo / Barnes & Noble

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