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Contemporary literature is literature with its setting generally after World War II.
by Regina Pacelli (Goodreads Author)
Young newlyweds Todd and Bridget met at a tw…more
Young newlyweds Todd and Bridget met at a two-hour seminar and took an immediate liking to each other. Smart, caring, and quick-thinking individuals, very much in love, they've been devoted to each other and like two peas in a pod right from the start. But, when Bridget learns bizarre and alarming things about Todd, things that he's kept hidden from her until their honeymoon, their idyllic romance begins careening out of control.
Todd has high hopes and wants nothing more than for Bridget to understand and be part of his world. As Bridget struggles to understand things, and the situation escalates, the events that unfold will put their sanity and love for each other to the test.
"Into the Arms of Madness" is a perilous tale that will keep you locked in its embrace until the last page.
In a struggle between love and madness, which one will prevail? [close]
by Deanna Lynn Sletten (Goodreads Author)
William Grafton had the perfect life with his lovely wife, Sara, and two wonderful children. But one day his perfect fore…more
William Grafton had the perfect life with his lovely wife, Sara, and two wonderful children. But one day his perfect forever was shattered when Sara died suddenly, leaving him alone to raise his children and wonder how he would ever get through life without his soul mate. Five years later, he finds himself looking into a familiar pair of blue-green eyes that remind him of Sara. The woman is the exact opposite of his late wife, yet he finds he is drawn to her. But after a few strange occurrences, he begins to wonder-are these just coincidences, or has his Sara come back to him as she once promised in the form of this new woman?
Annie Paxton doesn't believe in soul mates or fate. She had watched her father die of a broken heart after her mother passed away and has since cast away any fairy tale ideas of love. Then she meets the man who has been haunting her dreams and she begins to see love in a whole new light. But her dream man is still tied to his deceased wife, and Annie doesn't know if he will ever be able to break away from his past. As strange occurrences unfold, Annie wonders if William could ever truly love her for herself, and not for the traits that remind him of Sara.
Were William and Annie brought together by fate, coincidence or by Sara keeping her promise?
by Toni Anderson (Goodreads Author)
Danger once again laps at the shores of Barkley Sound, the Graveyard of the Pacific…
It may be summer, but schoolteacher Anna Silver’s…more
Danger once again laps at the shores of Barkley Sound, the Graveyard of the Pacific…
It may be summer, but schoolteacher Anna Silver’s trip to the coastal town of Bamfield is anything but a vacation. She’s on the run, desperate to stay one step ahead of her father’s murderer and determined to track down the one man she’s been told to trust: her father’s old cell mate, Brent Carver. But when she finds him, she discovers not a kind, elderly artist
but a dangerously hot alpha male with blood on his hands.
Loyal to the core, Brent would never turn away his friend’s daughter when she comes seeking help. He can’t deny Anna his protection…just as he can’t deny the instantaneous attraction he struggles to keep in check. But as their passion blazes out of control, a sadistic killer is on the hunt to stop Anna from uncovering his dark secrets.
by Teresa Orts (Goodreads Author)
To undo the curse, Nate and Sophie embark on an adventure that takes them across the country. But their quest is not only to save the world as they know it. It is also a fight for their very survival. Behind the scenes, there are those that are counting on them to fail.
by Annie Choi
All this is to say that Choi is one part badass and one part curmudgeon, with a soft spot for savage bears. Mostly she wants to ask the world: WTF?!
Written in Choi’s strikingly original and indignant voice, Shut Up, You’re Welcome paints a revealing portrait of Annie in all her quirky, compelling, riotous glory. Each of Choi’s personal essays begins with an open letter to someone (babies) or something (the San Fernando Valley) she has a beef with. From the time her family ditched her on Christmas to her father’s attachment to the World's Ugliest Table, Choi weaves together deeply personal experiences with laugh-out-loud observations, all of which will delight and entertain you. [close]
by L.P. Dover (Goodreads Author)
Korinne’s long-time friend, Jenna Perry, has an idea and it involves helping her friend find the spark of life in her soul no matter what it takes. Korinne didn’t know that Jenna’s plan meant bringing back a past love, a second chance with the man that Korinne had to leave in college, but always kept a place for in her heart.
When Galen Matthews learns of Korinne’s loss and that she’s finally moved back home, he wants nothing more than to be there for her. The love he felt for Korinne years ago has never left him, and now he’s given a second chance to not only mend her heart of her loss, but to also continue the love they shared in the past. Will his love and determination make her strong enough to give fate a second chance, or will her fear of losing another love make her run away?
What will Korinne do when she’s faced with a love so powerful that no matter what she does there’s nowhere to run from it?
by Cathryn Grant (Goodreads Author)
Claire could care less about the intrusive medical facility being built near her cul de sac. All she wants is to be a good mom while she finishes school and starts her life over. But has she asked the wrong man, a neighbor she’s known for years, to watch her son while she’s in class?
Michelle thought her retirement years would be full of love and family, instead her days are shattered by earth movers and pile drivers and a husband who is definitely hiding something.
Brian is a schoolteacher and a sculptor. Although he’s drawn to Claire and wonders if she could be the life-long companion he longs for, she keeps him at arm’s length. Why does happiness always seems to be just out of reach?
As they fight to keep the construction project from destroying their tranquil suburban lives, they realize a far more dangerous threat comes from inside their very homes. [close]
by Linda Andrews (Goodreads Author)
by Talia Vance (Goodreads Author)
Berry Fields is not looking for a boyfriend.…more
Berry Fields is not looking for a boyfriend. She's busy trailing cheaters and liars in her job as a private investigator, collecting evidence of the affairs she's sure all men commit. And thanks to a pepper spray incident during an eighth grade game of spin the bottle, the guys at her school are not exactly lining up to date her, either.
So when arrogant—and gorgeous—Tanner Halston rolls into town and calls her "nothing amazing," it's no loss for Berry. She'll forget him in no time. She's more concerned with the questions surfacing about her mother's death.
But why does Tanner seem to pop up everywhere in her investigation, always getting in her way? Is he trying to stop her from discovering the truth, or protecting her from an unknown threat? And why can't Berry remember to hate him when he looks into her eyes?
With a playful nod to Jane Austen, Spies and Prejudice will captivate readers as love and espionage collide. [close]
by Catherine Bybee (Goodreads Author)
Gorgeous hotel heiress Katelyn “Katie” Morrison seems to have it all. But when she crosses paths with Dean Prescott—the only ma…more
Gorgeous hotel heiress Katelyn “Katie” Morrison seems to have it all. But when she crosses paths with Dean Prescott—the only man she’s ever loved—at her brother’s wedding, Katie realizes there’s a gaping hole in her life. After the ceremony she gets an even bigger surprise: a baby girl left on her doorstep. Determined to keep the newborn until she learns who her mother is, Katie has her hands full and doesn’t need Dean snooping around…especially when his presence stirs feelings she thought were long gone.
Dean Prescott knows Katie is lying to him about the baby. He shouldn’t care what the woman who broke his heart is up to…and he most certainly shouldn’t still be aching for her. Yet Dean can’t ignore the need to protect Katie—or the desire to be near her every chance he gets. But when he and Katie solve the mystery surrounding the baby, their second chance for happiness could be shattered forever. [close]
by Elaine T. Cook (Goodreads Author)
Autographed, Limited Special Edition (Pre-Release) Hardcover Copy!
Juliana froze. Deathly serious, her voic…more
Autographed, Limited Special Edition (Pre-Release) Hardcover Copy!
Juliana froze. Deathly serious, her voice took a sharp tone, "Not amusing. Did Mr. Cavallo advise you to ask me that?" How dare he, she fumed.
"No, I merely supposed," he protested. His face was apologetic as he stated, "I'm sorry if my errant assumption has upset you."
Juliana furrowed her brow, Nick didn't say anything? Then how did he come up with that on his own? Maybe Nick told him how we met. No, that can't be right.
Then a terrifying notion formed, "Who are you?"
A two-thousand-year-old prophecy lingers at the threshold of fulfillment. Sworn to slaughter anyone they suspect could fulfill it, the Leoni family has nearly succeeded in wiping out the family they consider their greatest threat. Meanwhile, Nicolai Cavallo, eccentric heir to the vast Cavallo fortune, has hunted his entire life for his family's long-lost treasure and is positive his search is paying off when he stumbles across what he believes is the missing key to his encoded map. In Serpent's Treasure - The Ancestral Key a race against time begins when the computer system, designed to help solve Nick's family riddles, is hacked. He must relocate the system's unwilling programmer, Juliana Matthews, and convince her to aid him once more. Even so, can she fix the system before the Leonis learn Nick is attempting to fulfill the prophecy or, more importantly, before they discover he has found the key to do so? [close]
by Evan Tyler (Goodreads Author)
Natalie Clarke might be spiteful at best and vicious at worst, but was that reason enough for Phillip Gise to leave her lon…more
Natalie Clarke might be spiteful at best and vicious at worst, but was that reason enough for Phillip Gise to leave her lonely and diseased? Fortunately, she has a set of devious plans that just might keep her busy enough to forget her present situation.
Guy Lewis has played Best Friend Extraordinaire to Natalie since grade school, supporting her through all of her daily drama. This time around, Guy runs into his own troubles when his fierce wealthy manager gives him the type of attention he never asked for…or expected.
Julia Clarke, Natalie’s younger sister, has arrived in Brooklyn to uncover their grandmother’s secret life in Block 24, the site of Auschwitz’s little-known brothel. What Julia discovers proves more relevant in the present age than ever before.
Both heady and sobering, Block 24 is a look at the ways evil from the past can so insidiously visit the present. [close]
by Kimberly Reid (Goodreads Author)
"The Langdon Prep novels take a unique turn from the typical prep-scho…more
"The Langdon Prep novels take a unique turn from the typical prep-school serial novel. Chanti is smart, self-reliant, and no one's fool. She balances friends, informants, homework, and her own curiosity with ease."-- VOYA Magazine
For a special offer on Book 1, MY OWN WORST FRENEMY, visit Amazon. [close]
by Fritha Waters (Goodreads Author)
From the gates of Saughton prison to the leafy avenues of Morningside, each has a part to play in another's story. Stringing them all together is the abduction of six-year-old Lily Maxwell, who dances in and out of the narratives, touching everyone who sees her. Lily, who loves attention and fairy wings and has a weakness for Raspberry Ripple ice cream, takes a stranger's hand and disappears into the city. [close]
by Jamie Michele (Goodreads Author)
Undercover CIA officer Evangeline Quill stalks Oliver McCrea for one reason: the handsome scoundrel can lea…more
Undercover CIA officer Evangeline Quill stalks Oliver McCrea for one reason: the handsome scoundrel can lead her to the untouchable shipping magnate who ordered her parents’ assassination. She doesn’t want to see the pain in his golden eyes. Compassion for an outlaw, however chivalrous he may be, won’t help her exact revenge on her nemesis.
But Evangeline is the first good thing that battle-weary McCrea has touched in five long years, and even though he knows he should evade her pursuit, he can’t bring himself to turn away from her. She reminds him of the man he used to be, a man he isn’t sure he can ever be again, not with the ugliness of the underworld slowly disintegrating his humanity.
The closer they get, the hotter their forbidden desire becomes, but they’ll need more than passion to escape a deadly trap set by the criminal mastermind who manipulates both their lives. [close]
by Jamie Michele (Goodreads Author)
Diligent attorney Abigail Mason doesn’t have a lot of time—not for the father, a legendary spymaster, who a…more
Diligent attorney Abigail Mason doesn’t have a lot of time—not for the father, a legendary spymaster, who abandoned her years ago, and not for the charming CIA agent who’s suddenly asking questions about his whereabouts. But her interest is definitely piqued—just what has her father done to find himself in the agency’s crosshairs?
A trained psychologist, Agent James Riley doesn’t need his degree to figure out that the persistent, sexy Abigail will be a problem—both for his investigation and his heart. And while he needs her cooperation, he’s not ready for the hands-on, dangerous role she insists on taking in the search for her father.
As the two uncover startling truths about a secretive past, can Riley shield the woman he’s come to love from a madman who wants her to pay for the sins of her father?
This pulse-pounding sequel to An Affair of Vengeance tests the strength of love against the crippling power of lies. [close]
by John Sibley Williams (Goodreads Author)
John Sibley Williams pares down and removes the extraneous to expose what is absolutely needed: the possibilities. He bravely turns language over on its side and we are left with how things could fit back together in unexpected and elegant turns. The poems in this book repeatedly draw you to a stop with stunning insights, which will hold you long after you have put it down.
--Bonnie Nish, Executive Director Pandora's Collective Outreach Society
In a universe written in the forms of questions, John Sibley Williams strums his fingers along finely tuned blends of thoughts and images. Enter the intimate conversations of these poems, but do not expect easy ways out. Watch out for the openings that will land you on the map of your own astonishment.
--Daniela Elza, author of milk tooth bane bone and the weight of dew
John Sibley Williams' poems are open-ended equations without solvable components. Bleeding, blindness, the absorption of self into the world, problems of identity and continuity, the incongruity of memory and anticipation create "controlled hallucinations" that probe our existence by suspending the coordinates normally associated with the articulation of one's reality. There is a great deal for the heart in these poems. These are skillfully composed black and white photographs, painstakingly hand-tinted.
--Andrea Moorhead, editor of Osiris
Using bones, Williams frames a place for mirrored windows and unobstructed doorways where love can come and go as it pleases. The rooms are floor-less, so photographs, clocks, bedroom walls and the staircase defy gravity. This collection has a haunting quality which makes you want to walk back into the room that you just left and search for what it is you may have missed.
--Rebecca Schumejda, author of Cadillac Men [close]
by Sarah M. Ross (Goodreads Author)
Jillian had a plan: celebrate the end of her first year of college with an amazing summer full of beaches, barbeques, and bonfires. When…more
Jillian had a plan: celebrate the end of her first year of college with an amazing summer full of beaches, barbeques, and bonfires. When her mom insists she needs a summer job, and her boyfriend spends more time with his band than with her, Jillian’s plans go down the drain.
Grant had a plan: finish his Masters, get a great job at Google, and get the hell out of Georgia. He might be giving up some of the fun of his youth, but he knows his all work and no play method would be worth it when his dreams came true.
But things never go according to plan.
When temptation brings them together and tragedy tears them apart, Jillian and Grant will be forced to choose: fight for their dreams, or fight for each other. [close]
by Patricia Sands (Goodreads Author)
Fate has other plans.
June in Provence is full of promise when Katherine arrives from Canada, eager to feel renewed by her surroundings. Endless rows of lavender prepare to burst into pink and purple blooms. Fields of sunflowers flow in golden waves among vineyards and olive groves. Ancient hilltop villages beckon. It’s the postcard setting she envisioned, but is that all she needs?
After a year of heartbreak, Katherine has impulsively agreed to a home exchange in the south of France. Colorful locals, a yellow lab named Picasso, and the inspiring beauty of the countryside breathe new life into her days.
Seeking to shed the pain of betrayal and loss, she struggles to recapture her joie de vivre and searches for the answer to a haunting question: is it too late to begin again?
As Katherine explores the romantic cobblestone lanes of medieval towns, discovers the intoxicating pleasures of Paris and savors the sun-kissed Côte d'Azur, she begins redefining the possibilities in her life.
An enduring story of hope and change in life’s later years is woven through the author’s love-letter to France. Like a well-travelled friend, Patricia Sands invites readers into a world she loves and entices them to linger.
"Be prepared to fall in love with Provence! This is a story that will draw you in with its vibrancy in setting and characters. A must read for any woman with a desire for romance and travel." Steena Holmes, author of Amazon bestseller Finding Emma(
by Nikki Lynn Barrett (Goodreads Author)
by Elaine Dauber Thornton (Goodreads Author)
Followed is a contemporary suspense, taking place in 2010. Katie Hutchinson is being followed and she can't figure out why. At first she ignores them-…more
Followed is a contemporary suspense, taking place in 2010. Katie Hutchinson is being followed and she can't figure out why. At first she ignores them--whoever they are--but as the perpetrators become more brazen, Katie is forced into seclusion, interrupting her budding romance.
Enter Prescott Spencer, a tyrannical patriarch, accustomed to getting his way. With resources aplenty to pursue his target, Prescott is determined to find his adopted granddaughter's birthparents. This must happen by her 16th birthday. With this deadline driving their quest, the unscrupulous investigators he hires are thankful for DNA. All they have to do now is hope that the blood sample they get proves parenthood.
Followed takes the reader to Georgia, Texas, California, Colorado, South Carolina, Hawaii, Maine, and Massachusetts. The novel captures a bit of each local culture. Along the way, characters appear that are affable, endearing, and amusing. Others are uncompromising, ruthless, and shocking.
Today, as adopted adults search for their birthparents, they, too, face obstacles. Thus, this novel is timely, relevant, and unique, as each adoption is.
It is a great beach read or gift. [close]
by Nazifa Islam (Goodreads Author)
Winners will receive bound galleys. [close]
by Shannon MacLeod (Goodreads Author)
…After a few hours of readings, Lily felt the need to get out and stretch. A throng of people lingered around the entrance of the tent, but no one was waiting for a reading. Suddenly a hush fell over the animated crowd and it parted like the Red Sea. Through the gap walked the very man she had been hoping to spot, resplendent in a soft royal blue velvet doublet replacing his earlier leathers. Ignoring the other girls, he strode to her table and with eyes a-twinkle asked, “Will you tell me my fortune, then?”
In stunned silence, she gestured for him to sit and began shuffling the cards. He watched intently, waiting for her to deal the three cards and turn them over one by one.
She stared in disbelief at the Queen of Cups, the Ace of Cups, and the Eight of Wands and groaned inwardly. This. Is. Not. Happening. I’m asleep. That’s it--I’m asleep, and I’m going to wake up any minute now and there’s going to be a retired couple from Ohio sitting across from me wondering what on earth my problem is. Any minute now…
She swallowed hard and took a steadying breath. “It would appear you have love and romance in your future, my lord.”
“Ah,” he murmured, giving her a very slow, sensual smile that made her toes curl inside her slippers. “I came here hoping to learn your name this evening, but in truth the woman haunting my dreams is a lovely blonde, not an ebony-haired beauty such as yourself.” As he spoke, he tapped the queen with a long, tapered finger.
Finding her voice at last, she asked, “What dreams are you having, sir?”
“I dreamt I was in a spring field and a woman stands in the shadows just at the edge of the nearby forest. I haven’t yet seen her face, only her long beautiful hair. I always wake too soon.” He reached up to touch the hawk touchstone around his throat as he described his dream, rubbing it absently between his fingers.
Lily lowered her lashes to hide her astonishment. “When you see someone in a dream but cannot see their face, it means you haven’t met them yet,” she explained.
“Then perhaps I’ll dream of her again tonight and this time I’ll see her face.” He smiled, reaching across the table to take her left hand and lift it to his lips. “My name is Ian Kelly, and it would give me the greatest pleasure to know yours.”
“Lily Evans. Around here I go by Raven.” She raised a shoulder, indicating the gypsy tent.
“Lily--indeed, a most beautiful name. Now tell me,” he stared pointedly at her hand, “I see no ring that another has claimed you as his, so my confidence is strengthened. Look at your cards again, milady, and tell me if you see me in your future…”
by Becky Wade (Goodreads Author)
Bo knows he ought to resent the woman who's determined to take from him the only job he ever wanted. But instead of anger, Meg evokes within him a profound desire to protect. The more time he spends with her, the more he longs to overcome every obstacle that separates them and earn her love.
Just when Meg realizes she can no longer deny the depth of her feelings for Bo, their fragile bond is broken by a force from Meg's past. Can their relationship--and their belief that God can work through every circumstance--survive? [close]
by Yvonne von Innes (Goodreads Author)
A year shy of graduation, Brean finds himself on a new university campus. Transferring at his uncle’s request, he plans out his promising future. Brean is grateful for his uncle’s sponsorship and determined to develop his academic skills to the best of his abilities. In the process of proving his worth, Brean encounters a slave-driving professor and an enchanting young woman. The two open a door to his obscured ancestry and set him on a course, in which he has to reconsider his plans and the use of his talents. Pulled in various directions, the choice is still his to make. It will require all his strength, sacrifice and the devotion of those he loves. [close]
by T.J. Dell (Goodreads Author)
Libby has been in love with Tony Marchetti since she was seven years old. The problem? Tony is her best friend's older brother. Late…more
Libby has been in love with Tony Marchetti since she was seven years old. The problem? Tony is her best friend's older brother. Lately Tony has started looking at her in a new way and he emails her all the time. Could it be possible that he is starting to see her as more than his kid sister's best friend?
Tony knows Libby McKay is off limits. She's his sister's best friend for crying out loud! But she is also smart, funny, and seriously hot. Plus she's not afraid to get a little sweaty-- on the track that is. Tony can't seem to help himself, besides what's a few emails? The occasional phone call? He can keep things light and friendly-- Can't he?
Warning: This book contains some adult content.
by J.C. Reed (Goodreads Author)
Meeting Jett was like lightning. Dangerous. Better left untouched. And better forgotten. But…more
Meeting Jett was like lightning. Dangerous. Better left untouched. And better forgotten. But lightning always strikes twice.
Brooke Stewart, a realtor in New York, doesn’t do relationships. When she’s sent to a remote estate to finalize a real estate deal, she discovers her new boss is no other than the guy she left naked in bed.
Sexy, dangerously handsome, and arrogant Jett Mayfield attracts trouble, and women, like a lightning rod. But the night he meets Brooke he gets more than he bargained for. The green-eyed millionaire playboy isn’t used to taking no for an answer, and he isn’t about to start now.
When he proposes two months of no strings sex, Brooke is intrigued and accepts his proposal. Little does she know Jett’s determined to claim the one woman he can’t have, pulling her deeper into his dangerous world.
A man who doesn't take 'no' for an answer.
A woman afraid to surrender to love.
Two lives that are about to cross...and secrets laid bare. [close]
by Melody Carlson
But when her family faces a crisis, it seems to Katrina that the competition might be the way to get the money needed to cover the emergency expenses.
How will Katrina handle herself as an Amish teenager out in the world? Is she truly good enough to win? Will her parents ever forgive her? And will she be accepted back into her community when it’s all over? [close]
by Sandra Orchard (Goodreads Author)
Research scientists Kate Adams and Daisy Leacock were on th…more
Research scientists Kate Adams and Daisy Leacock were on the brink of a breakthrough for treating depression with herbal medicine when Daisy was suddenly found dead. Kate knows that her mentor’s death wasn’t suicide or a careless accident—and she’s determined to do whatever it takes to unearth the truth about what happened to the woman who changed her life.
Former FBI agent Tom Parker is finding it hard to adjust to life back in his hometown of Port Aster. Though an old buddy gave him a job as a detective on the local police force, not everyone approves. Tom’s just trying to keep a low profile, so when Kate Adams demands he reopen the investigation into her friend’s death, he knows his job is at stake. But despite his attraction to her, Tom thinks Kate herself may have something to hide.
As evidence mounts, a web of intrigue is woven around the sleepy town of Port Aster. Can Kate uncover the truth? Or will Tom stand in her way?
“I couldn’t put it down. A compelling plot with intriguing characters that swept me up into their lives.”—Margaret Daley, author of the Men of the Texas Rangers series
“A clever whodunit mixed with a sweet romance. This makes for a story you won’t put down until the end—and then only because you have to. Looking forward to book two!”—Lynette Eason, bestselling and award-winning author of the Deadly Reunions series
by RaeAnne Thayne (Goodreads Author)
Candy shop owner Charlotte Caine knows temptation.To reboot her life, shed weight and gain perspect…more
Candy shop owner Charlotte Caine knows temptation.To reboot her life, shed weight and gain perspective, she's passing up sweet enticements left and right. But willpower doesn't come so easily when hell-raiser Spencer Gregory comes back to Hope's Crossing, bringing with him memories of broken promises and teen angst. A retired pro baseball player on the mend from injury-and a damaging scandal-he's interested in his own brand of reinvention.
Now everything about Spencer's new-and-improved lifestyle, from his mission to build a rehab facility for injured veterans to his clear devotion to his preteen daughter, Peyton, touches Charlotte's heart. Holding on to past hurt is her only protection against falling for him-again. But if she takes the risk, will she find in Spencer a hometown heartbreaker, or the hero she's always wanted? [close]
― Elizabeth Funderbirk
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