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‘Lady First’ is set in contemporary rural Japan. When young Mayumi Ikeuchi is killed on her way home from the nightclub where she works, there is no shortage of suspects. Inspector Inoue must engage in a desperate race against time to identify and stop the perpetrator before more murders are committed.
by Author Lea O’Harra
Holding Fast: A Memoir of Sailing, Love, and Loss
HOLDING FAST: A Memoir of Sailing, Love, and Loss is Susan Cole’s story of leaving everything behind to follow her husband\’s lifelong dream of sailing away. Susan’s journey took her from the glitzy world of Madison Avenue advertising to riding out Hurricane Mitch, the largest hurricane on record at the time, on a sailboat in Guatemala. She hadn’t wanted to go in the first place, but ended up on a life-changing odyssey.
by Author Susan Cole
Letters from Sadie
Darla Hedrick Quinn served as primary caregiver and advocate for her mother, Mary (Montgomery) Hedrick, for eleven and a half years while her mother was a resident at assisted living facilities in Parsons, Kansas, and San Antonio, Texas. After her mother’s passing in April 2020, Quinn discovered letters written by her grandmother, Sadie (Marcum) Montgomery, to her husband, sister, and five children while she was in residence at the Norton State Tuberculosis Sanatorium, Norton, Kansas.
Written in the depths of the Great Depression from 1932 to 1933, these letters home to family record the faith, fears, hope, and love of a wife and mother while suffering from a debilitating illness that would eventually take her life. The accompanying photographs further demonstrate the life and times of her family.
In Letters from Sadie, Quinn shares this collection of letters and photographs along with a caregivers guide to offer insight for other families, telling what life is like when moving to and residing in an assisted living facility. It chronicles part of one woman’s life story, demonstrating a strong love for family and shows opportunities for advocating for a loved one living in a facility.
by Author Darla Hedrick Quinn
Ernestine’s Milky Way
“Ernestine is five and a big girl. Or so she says. But is she brave enough to go up the mountain and deliver two mason jars full of new milk to their needy neighbors? This delicious period story with its warmly inviting illustrations has some surprises along the way. But they get us right into the heart of the story. And what a good heart it is!”
-Jane Yolen, author of Owl Moon and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight, and A Bear Sat On My Porch Today.
“It seems like the recipe for Ernestine’s Milky Way is to fill a mason jar with the words of Kerry Madden-Lunsford and the pictures of Emily Sutton, add a spoonful of Barbara Cooney, William Steig, and Virginia Lee Burton, then shake it up into this fresh concoction of classic storytelling and energetic art. This book reads like butter.”
-Marla Frazee, two-time Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator
by Author Kerry Madden-Lunsford
Don’t Close Your Eyes
An Enemies to Lovers Series Begins
Love at first sight is for hopeless romantics, not a hitman who’s amassed a fortune leading a double life. If only Kinsley Hayes hadn’t stumbled into my crosshairs ….
He was edgy, intense, older than me.
Since the night I’d fled my attraction to the handsome stranger, I prayed I’d see him again.
Then, one day, while I mixed drinks behind the bar, he walked in on the same night my crush confessed his feelings for me.
My simple life of college and track drained into an underworld of peril and passion so dangerous, I risked everything for him, including my life.
I learned the hard way, when love is a killer, don’t close your eyes.
This is our story and it begins with a love triangle.
by Author Lynessa Layne
Shadow of the Taj
Leslie Matthews travels to India with her husband on a business trip, never expecting it will turn her life upside-down. During a trip to the zoo, she meets Raveena, an orphan desperate for someone to save her from a harrowing fate. Leslie tries to rescue Raveena from a sordid, exploitative underworld, but powerful and brutal men hold the girl and don’t intend to let anyone take her. Leslie tumbles into a terrifying underworld of systemic abuse she knows nothing about. But she won’t stop until Raveena is safe, regardless of the cost.
In a battle against impossible odds, Leslie wagers everything she has—including her life—to free Raveena.
Shadow of the Taj is a deeply moving, inspirational novel that will stay with you long after you finish reading it.
by Author Lara Bernhardt
Barbed: A Memoir
Standing at a professional crossroads, Julie Morrison decides to saddle up and start over. Her family’s ranch is on the brink of bankruptcy. While fighting for its future, she simultaneously seeks to salvage her marriage and rediscover her best self.
When you ride across the rock-strewn terrain of a family-owned horse and cattle business, though, a gritty challenge awaits along the trail to every panoramic view. Entangled in the barbs of ranching and relationships, Julie will meet cold-hearted cowboys and funny farriers, learn how to ranch one-handed, and become an expert in assessing what’s essential.
This is a romance in which the objects of devotion are hard-working horses and iconic western vistas, where hope and horseshoes harmonize and help arrives from the most unlikely places. Julie’s journey of personal discovery will inspire readers to blaze their own trails to a future only they can create.
by Author Julie Morrison
Grand Openings Can Be Murder
Welcome to Greetings and Felicitations! It is Felicity Koerber’s bean to bar chocolate factory/shop – and her refuge from the pain in her past. When she returned home to open it, she never imagined she’d be solving a murder – but now she will have to, to save her business’s reputation and avoid being framed as a killer.
Felicity Koerber has had a rough year. She’s moving back to Galveston Island and opening a bean to bar chocolate factory, fulfilling a dream she and her late husband, Kevin, had shared. Craft chocolate means a chance to travel the world, meeting with farmers and bringing back beans she can turn into little blocks of happiness, right close to home and family.
She thinks trouble has walked into her carefully re-built world when puddle-jump pilot Logan Hanlon shows up at her grand opening to order custom chocolates. Then one of her employees drops dead at the party, and Felicity’s one-who-got-away ex-boyfriend – who’s now a cop – thinks Felicity is a suspect. As the murder victim’s life becomes more and more of a mystery, Felicity realizes that if she’s going to clear her name in time to save her business, she might need Logan’s help. Though she’s not sure if she’s ready to let anyone into her life – even if it is to protect her from being the killer’s next victim.
For Felicity, Galveston is all about history, and a love-hate relationship with the ocean, which keeps threatening to deliver another hurricane – right into the middle of her investigation. Can she figure it out before all the clues get washed away?
Cozy mystery with a little sweet romance…and a lot of chocolate.
FIRST IN A NEW SERIES
The author of the Chocoverse science fiction series brings you a brand new adventure inspired by real-life chocolate makers.
by Author Amber Royer
Treasure of the Blue Whale
In this whimsical, often funny, tale set during the Great Depression, young Connor O’Halloran offers to share a treasure he’s discovered on an isolated stretch of Northern California beach, then conspires with Miss Lizzie Fryberg and a handful of town leaders to save their sleepy, seaside village from financial ruin when it turns out that the treasure is not real.
by Author Steven Mayfield
Ann Josephson is a twenty-five-year-old sociopath whose compulsive kleptomania manifests itself in the most unlikely of places: the community center where she works out every day. The walls of the community center insulate her from the terrors of the outside world, which include her freelance work as a graphic artist; her socialite parents, who pay the better part of her living expenses; her therapist, who devotedly punches the clock; and the dark void of romantic relationships.
As Ann battles the inner demons that plague her millennial psyche, she must also battle the fiends that plague her at the gym: the loudly grunting beefcake who can’t be bothered to drop his weights at a reasonable volume, the naked old lady in the locker room using a towel as butt floss, the housewife in yoga pants that obviate the need for yoga wheeling her double stroller up and down the indoor track. Set in suburban Kansas City in 2012, Community Klepto—a droll combination of Bridget Jones’ Diary and Choke—makes incarnate the characters and shenanigans that go on in every gym in the world.
by Author Kelly I. Hitchcock
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