The Best Hanukkah Ever by Barbara Diamond Goldin

The Best Hanukkah Ever by Barbara Diamond GoldinThe Knoodle family is about to celebrate Hanukkah. They discuss what the rabbi has told them: "It is hard to give the perfect gift, one that will be treasured forever." What did the rabbi mean? Thinking they’re to give one another a gift they’d really love to have themselves, they pick names from a hat. Bubby Sadie gives Little Yekl a pickle barrel. Mama Pearl gives Papa Jack a straw hat with yellow daisies—something she has wanted her whole life! And so it goes. No one is happy...until the rabbi arrives and with Little Yekl’s help, straightens things out. Then they all celebrate "the best Hanukkah ever!" Avi Katz’s illustrations rendered in digital media bring this endearing story about holiday miscommunication to a proper conclusion.

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Categories: social

In the Dark by Loreth Anne White

In the Dark by Loreth Anne WhiteA secluded mountain lodge. The perfect getaway. So remote no one will ever find you.

The promise of a luxury vacation at a secluded wilderness spa has brought together eight lucky guests. But nothing is what they were led to believe. As a fierce storm barrels down and all contact with the outside is cut off, the guests fear that it’s not a getaway. It’s a trap.

Each one has a secret. Each one has something to hide. And now, as darkness closes in, they all have something to fear—including one another.

Alerted to the vanished party of strangers, homicide cop Mason Deniaud and search and rescue expert Callie Sutton must brave the brutal elements of the mountains to find them. But even Mason and Callie have no idea how precious time is. Because the clock is ticking, and one by one, the guests of Forest Shadow Lodge are being hunted. For them, surviving becomes part of a diabolical game.

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Categories: young-adult-historical-fiction

Cypress Lake by Linda Wells

Cypress Lake by Linda  WellsEnter for a chance to win one of 10 signed copies of CYPRESS LAKE: A Romance Thriller by Linda Wells.

Alexa Smith has left her small-town Florida roots behind for a glamorous life as a flight attendant. However, her upcoming high school reunion is dredging up more than a little heartache. Alexa’s one true love is still in Cypress Lake—with his wife and daughter

.As Alexa confronts her feelings for Rick Young, she finds herself tossed into a tangled web of mystery and murder that has its roots in decades-old resentments. Rick’s wife is dead, and any one of Alexa’s friends or family could be next.

Author Linda Wells is an expert writer of domestic thriller books. In this new addition to the pantheon of top romantic thrillers and sexy mystery books, Wells, one of the premier, homegrown Florida mystery authors, sprinkles a touch of sweetness and seduction into this churn of chaotic emotion.

This is one of those romantic murder mystery books you won't be able to put down!

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Categories: fables

A Place Called Fear by Keith Houghton

A Place Called Fear by Keith HoughtonWhen cops break the rules, there’s only one detective you can trust to investigate.

Florida homicide detective Maggie Novak should be celebrating: it’s the start of a new year, and her boyfriend has just proposed. But all she can think about is the alarming news she received earlier that evening—her teammate Detective Clayton Young is missing.

With few leads, Maggie heads to the supermarket where Clay was last seen. To her horror, security footage reveals a devastating scene in the parking lot: her colleague has died in fearful circumstances. As the investigation begins, Homicide Squad is rocked by the news that Clay might not be the only intended target, and that any one of them could be next on the killer’s agenda.

Clay’s partner, Detective Andy Stucker, is refusing to answer calls, and Maggie suspects he has a part to play in their colleague’s death. Scanning through Clay’s phone, she finds a message to Stucker with the words “they know.”

Who are “they”? And what do they know? As more secrets come to light, Maggie has good reason to believe the killer is just getting started. She needs to uncover the truth fast. But is it already right in front of her eyes?

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Categories: women-and-gender-studies

"When Will It Stop Hurting?" by Glenn Cameron

"When Will It Stop Hurting?" by Glenn CameronEnter to win one of 100 copies of Glenn Cameron's WHEN WILL IT STOP HURTING?. This inspirational memoir will provide comfort and hope to others struggling with grief.

Crystle was the love of his life. For thirty-six years they had done everything together. As retirement approached all he could think of was spending even more time with his beautiful wife, growing old together. Just three years earlier they had sold their home in the Toronto area and moved to Niagara in preparation for retirement.

Then on her 58th birthday, Crystle was diagnosed with stage four brain cancer. A terminal diagnosis that Glenn never allowed himself to accept. But just eight months later she had succumbed to her illness and Glenn was thrust into a time filled with uncontrolled grief that seemed to almost suffocate him.

This is his real life story. He shares the raw emotions and the dark places he visited in his mind. His story will make you laugh and cry. It will makes you cherish your loved ones. You will be uplifted as you follow his path in overcoming grief.

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Categories: pre-raphaelite

Hero's Haven by Rebecca Zanetti

Hero's Haven by Rebecca ZanettiEnter for your chance to win a copy of HERO'S HAVEN by Rebecca Zanetti!

He’s her darkest fantasy. . .

After years of struggling, Haven Daly has finally accepted that she’s nuttier than a fruitcake. Why else would she see visions of a beautiful but tormented male every night . . . and actually believe she can talk to him, even feel his touch? But thanks to those dream journeys, she can paint images nobody else on earth can duplicate. In each brush stroke, she captures the blatant masculinity and raw desire in his eyes that promise he’s coming for her…and soon.

She’s the light that keeps him going. . .

Quade Kayrs has already suffered a lifetime of pain and torture. Completely isolated, he kept his sanity thanks to one beautiful female, a vision with kind emerald eyes. In the end, her soft voice led him out of hell. Now, naked and alone, he’s in a strange world that bears little resemblance to the one he left behind. All he knows is Haven. All he wants is Haven. His final mission? To protect her from the evil hunting them both—whether she likes it or not . . .

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Categories: woodwork

A Pale Light in the Black by K.B. Wagers

A Pale Light in the Black by K.B. WagersEnter for a chance to win 1 of 100 galleys of K.B. Wagers' first entry in a new military sci-fi series introducing the NeoG - a military force patrolling and protecting space inspired by the real-life mission of the U.S. Coast Guard.

For the past year, their close loss in the annual Boarding Games has haunted Interceptor Team: Zuma’s Ghost. With this year’s competition looming, they’re looking forward to some payback—until an unexpected personnel change leaves them reeling. Their best swordsman has been transferred, and a new lieutenant has been assigned in his place.

Maxine Carmichael is trying to carve a place in the world on her own—away from the pressure and influence of her powerful family. The last thing she wants is to cause trouble at her command on Jupiter Station. With her new team in turmoil, Max must overcome her self-doubt and win their trust if she’s going to succeed. Failing is not an option—and would only prove her parents right.

But Max and the team must learn to work together quickly. A routine mission to retrieve a missing ship has suddenly turned dangerous, and now their lives are on the line. Someone is targeting members of Zuma’s Ghost, a mysterious opponent willing to kill to safeguard a secret that could shake society to its core . . . a secret that could lead to their deaths and kill thousands more unless Max and her new team stop them.

Rescue those in danger, find the bad guys, win the Games. It’s all in a day’s work at the NeoG.

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Categories: young-adult-contemporary

Mama Hissa's Mice by Saud Alsanousi

Mama Hissa's Mice by Saud AlsanousiFrom the author of The Bamboo Stalk and winner of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction comes an apocalyptic and caustically funny novel about the power of friendship in a war-torn world.

Growing up together in the Surra section of central Kuwait, Katkout, Fahd, and Sadiq share neither ethnic origin nor religious denomination—only friendship and a rage against the unconscionable sectarian divide turning their lives into war-zone rubble. To lay bare the ugly truths, they form the protest group Fuada’s Kids. Their righteous transgressions have made them targets of both Sunni and Shi’a extremists. They’ve also elicited the concern of Fahd’s grandmother, Mama Hissa, a story-spinning font of piety, wisdom, superstition, and dire warnings, who cautions them that should they anger God, the sky will surely fall.

Then one day, after an attack on his neighborhood leaves him injured, Katkout regains consciousness. His friends are nowhere to be found. Inundated with memories of his past, Katkout begins a search for them in a world that has become unrecognizable but not forsaken.

Snaking through decades of Kuwaiti history well into a cataclysmic twenty-first century, Mama Hissa’s Mice is a harrowing, emotional, and caustic novel of rebellion. It also speaks to the universal struggle of finding one’s identity and a reason to go on, even after the sky has fallen.

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Categories: cw-iuka-corinth