We Came Here to Forget by Andrea Dunlop

We Came Here to Forget by Andrea DunlopWin one of twenty signed copies of WE CAME HERE TO FORGET. Part psychological thriller, part family drama, this story follows a former Olympian who flees to Buenos Aires to reinvent herself after a family tragedy turns her career and life upside down.
Katie Cleary has always wanted nothing more than to become the best alpine skier in the world. But as the upward trajectory of her career nears its zenith, a terrifying truth about her sister becomes impossible to ignore—one that will destroy not only Katie’s career but her family and her romantic relationship in the process.

With her life shattered and nothing left to lose, Katie flees the snowy mountainsides of home for Buenos Aires. There, she reinvents herself as Liz Sullivan, and meets a colorful group of ex-pats and the alluring, charismatic Gianluca Fortunado, a tango teacher with secrets of his own. This beautiful city, with its dark history and wild promise, seems like the perfect refuge, but can she really outrun her demons?

A complex, sophisticated story of love, family loyalty, unspeakable loss, and hard-won redemption: We Came Here to Forget explores what it means to dream, to desire, to achieve—and what’s left behind after it all disappears.


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Categories: preservation

Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn  BayronEnter to win 1 of 5 ARCs of CINDERELLA IS DEAD by Kalynn Bayron! Queer girls team up to overthrow the kingdom in this unique and powerful retelling of Cinderella from a stunning new voice.

It’s 200 years after Cinderella found her prince, but the fairy tale is over. Teen girls are now required to appear at the Annual Ball, where the men of the kingdom select wives based on a girl’s display of finery. If a suitable match is not found, the girls not chosen are never heard from again.

Sixteen-year-old Sophia would much rather marry Erin, her childhood best friend, than parade in front of suitors. At the ball, Sophia makes the desperate decision to flee, and finds herself hiding in Cinderella’s mausoleum. There, she meets Constance, the last known descendant of Cinderella and her step sisters. Together they vow to bring down the king once and for all--and in the process, they learn that there’s more to Cinderella’s story than they ever knew . . .

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Categories: x-men

Hooking Him by Aurora Rose Reynolds

Hooking Him by Aurora Rose ReynoldsFrom New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Aurora Rose Reynolds comes the sizzling final installment to the humorous and heart-filled How to Catch an Alpha series.

Anna McAlister needs a new life. But that doesn’t mean she needs a new man. After leaving her fiancé and Chicago behind, she promises herself no dating until she finds what she’s looking for. But meeting one seriously hot and determined detective has her questioning herself.

Calvin Miller is that detective, and he’s been burned by women in the past. It’s easy for him to sleep alone and focus on his work, but the moment he lays eyes on Anna, he starts imagining sexy nights with her wrapped in his sheets. Maybe it’s time to get back out there.

But just as the attraction between them begins to sizzle, Anna’s past shows up to create trouble. And to make matters worse, a string of murders forces Calvin to juggle his new relationship and his career. His worst fear? That the two are somehow connected.

Can they find love together, or will her past and his duty sink their hopes?

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Categories: adult

Spring Girls by Karen Katchur

Spring Girls by Karen KatchurShe’s the only one who survived…and the only one who can help find the killer.

Another spring, another dead girl pulled from a lake in the Appalachian foothills: the latest victim in a series of murders with few leads. But Detective Geena Brassard and her partner, Parker Reed, finally land a break when they receive a tip about a previously unknown survivor of the so-called Spring Strangler.

The survivor’s reluctant to help with the case for reasons that aren’t all clear. Even so, Geena uncovers a connective thread between the victims, and recently discovered DNA brings her closer to the killer’s identity. But Geena knows the survivor has the most to offer the investigation—if also the most to lose.

Geena is torn between securing the surviving victim’s help and protecting her from further danger. One thing is certain: Geena and Parker must find answers before the killer claims another life—or returns to finish off the one who got away.

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Categories: palaeozoology

Whirlwind by Janet Dailey

Whirlwind by Janet DaileyEnter for your chance to win a digital copy of WHIRLWIND by Janet Dailey!

Everyone’s talking about Whirlwind at this year’s Professional Bull Rider’s Competition. But the promising young bull is the last thing on Shane Tully’s mind once he lays eyes on the lady responsible for bringing Whirlwind to the arena. Beautiful, smart, and sexy as hell, Lexie Champion has this rodeo man hungry for more than the thrill of his next competition. But the daughter of bull rancher Bert Champion wants nothing to do with a daredevil, despite the powerful attraction between them...

After losing her beloved brother to a bull riding accident, Lexie is no stranger to the dangers of rodeo life. Which is why resisting Shane’s rugged allure should have been easy. But nothing is simple about her reaction to the handsome cowboy, from their first kiss, to the terrifying moment Lexie watches Shane go down in the ring. Faced with a devastating decision, will Lexie make the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of love?

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Categories: cape-town

One Year of Ugly by Caroline Mackenzie

One Year of Ugly by Caroline MackenzieHaving escaped crumbling, socialist Venezuela, Yola Palacio hopes she and her family can finally settle into a peaceful new life in Trinidad. And so what if they’re there illegally – them and half the island! But life for the Palacios is never quiet, and when Yola’s formidable Aunt Celia dies, the family once again find themselves living on the edge. For Celia had been keeping a very big secret – a local criminal called Ugly to whom Celia owes an awful lot of money. Without the funds to pay him off, Ugly forces the entire family to do his bidding until Celia’s debt is settled. What Ugly says, the Palacios do, otherwise death could lurk on the other side.

What follows is a year that turns the Palacios’ lives upside down. But in the midst of the turmoil strolls Roman – Ugly’s distractingly gorgeous right-hand man. And although she knows it’s a terrible idea and a dangerous betrayal of her family’s predicament, Yola just can’t help herself... Where, though, does Roman’s loyalty lie? And could this wild, deitful romance turn out to be the saving grace of a terrible year of Ugly?

One Year of Ugly is a delightfully fun, enormously fresh debut about dysfunctional families and messy romance, exploring cross-cultural struggles from a unique immigrant perspective. It brings the vivacious spark of Junot Diaz, the captivating wit of Maria Semple and through Yola, our feisty, young narrator, we’re introduced to an exciting new voice in contemporary fiction.

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Categories: contemporary-romance-clean

Reinventing Jenna Rose by Joni Marie Iraci

Reinventing Jenna Rose by Joni Marie IraciEnter for a chance to win one of 50 signed/first edition copies of Reinventing Jenna Rose by Joni Marie Iraci.

“Reinventing Jenna Rose,” is a work of fiction but its inception originates on the streets of New York City where over the years the author observed and listened to the goings-on and hustling bustle of other people’s conversations in passing, weaving it all together along with six decades of life experience.

Infused with humor, the sadness of the subject matter is diminished and the reader is offered a reprieve. The street scenes, teenage angst, court drama, and family dynamics provide a relatable page-turning escalating drama coming to its open-ended conclusion leaving the reader with food for thought. Well-read Jenna references famous poets, authors, and literary characters to self-soothe while her sometimes snarky responses demonstrate a somewhat false bravado further endearing her to the reader.

Jenna, together with her grandmother, Kate, the street-wise neighbor girl, Gypsy; the quirky psychotherapist, Dr. G.; attorney, Camille, and a female white German Shepherd named Gracie, faces her past head-on in Federal Court. Twists and turns and unexpected family secrets come to light providing a subplot that takes Jenna on a surprising path.

“Reinventing Jenna Rose,” is an entertaining read that propels the reader along the unusual journey of a young girl as she finds her way towards salvation without retaining the scars of victimhood.

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Categories: fairy-tales

The New Normal by Tracy Brogan

The New Normal by Tracy BroganFrom neighbors to friends to lovers? All the makings of a risky second-chance romance by USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Tracy Brogan.

Since Carli Lancaster’s divorce, she’s worked hard to keep life as normal as possible for her daughters. When she lands a job as cohost of a local morning show, it looks like a fresh start. So does the arrival of a handsome new neighbor, who has more in common with Carli than just a property line.

Ben Chase is also new to single parenthood. And like Carli, he’s focused on the future.

From navigating neighborhood gossip to decorating for holidays to reaching out in times of trouble, they quickly learn to rely on each other. Just like a couple but without the complications of coupling! Sure, there’s attraction. They’re only human. But they’re also friends, and who wants to ruin a perfect relationship with romance?

They’re both thinking about adding some perks, though, and even if their new normal isn’t perfect, it’s definitely somewhere in the neighborhood.

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Categories: pulp-noir

Creed of Vengeance by Aubrey Dasher

Creed of Vengeance by Aubrey DasherIn the parishes of Louisiana, it is time for a reckoning. For more than two thousand years, children have been at the mercy of pedophile Catholic priests, but a reckoning is on its way in the form of outraged locals who will stop at nothing to avenge their own. Creed of Vengeance takes you on a heart-stopping journey through three generations of abuse victims as Cajun justice emerges out of bayou country, with inescapable and heartless cruelty brought down upon the guilty.

LeRóy Garceau, raped multiple times in childhood by his priest, and his similarly abused nephew, Remy, lead local vigilantes and outlaw motorcycle club members on a quest for punishment and retribution. With the help of a cadre of brilliant, ruthless Cajun women, LeRóy and Remy’s team pursue justice from the parishes and bayous of Louisiana to Angola State Prison, and even to the war-torn streets of Iraq.

But a final, unimaginable calling awaits: a confrontation on the astral plane, where a battle of spiritual forces will decide who is liberated and transformed and who is damned and enslaved for eternity.

Creed of Vengeance is a shocking and disturbing off-road journey into the moral swamp where pedophile Catholic priests and their protectors in the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy prey on their innocent child victims; until predators become prey.

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Categories: cabo-verde

Forever Only Once by Carrie Ann Ryan

Forever Only Once by Carrie Ann RyanEnter to win a SIGNED COPY of FOREVER ONLY ONCE (Promise Me Book 1)!

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Carrie Ann Ryan comes a sexy new contemporary stand-alone series.

Hazel Noble has survived horrors she wouldn’t inflict on her worst enemy. Since then, she’s healed, found herself, and connected with a group of women she’s proud to call her friends. However, when they make a pact to start looking for love, Hazel finds herself not only up first but also forced to face a past she thought she’d escaped.

Cross Brady has no need for a relationship. As the oldest of five, he’s always been the one his family can rely on. Now, all he wants is to work in peace and live his life. His priorities shift dramatically, though, when Cross finds himself in Hazel’s path.

Though the two initially fight their connection, they soon learn that it’s safer to fall for each other than keep running from what’s holding them back—not to mention, who wants them dead.

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Categories: american-revolution

The Pleasure Plan by Laura Zam

The Pleasure Plan by Laura  ZamAUTOGRAPHED COPY
Has the virus left you stressed? Time for some pleasure! Based on award-winning author Laura Zam's essay in New York Times Modern Love, THE PLEASURE PLAN is a memoir, sexual healing guide, and love story⎯all in one. This wild ride features 30 pleasure-enhancing methods, including Tantra with a geriatric mistress, hypnosis with a bawdy therapist, and cutting-edge workshops in erotic (and everyday) delight.

"Zam is funny, smart and one hell of an educator. All women need a Pleasure Plan.” -Betty Dodson, PhD, sexologist, Netflix sex educator, bestselling author of Sex for One

“Laura Zam’s work is passionate, witty, psychologically astute, filled with wisdom and good healing karma" -Susan Shapiro, New York Times bestselling author of Unhooked and Five Men Who Broke My Heart

“The Pleasure Plan is a fiercely empowering tale, an intimate portrait of a couple that is also a map for greater enjoyment of sex and connection. Brave and inspiring!” — Aspen Matis, bestselling author of Girl in the Woods and Your Blue Is Not My Blue: A Missing Person Memoir

Zam coverage: NPR, PBS, The Washington Post, HuffPost, The Guardian UK

Zam Awards:
*National Endowment for the Arts, panelist
*DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Fellowship, 5 X winner
*Amiri Baraka Literary Prize, 1st place
*Tennessee Williams Fellowship, The University
*Open Society Fund grant

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Categories: writing

Global Dawn by Wesley Boydd Thompson

Global Dawn by Wesley Boydd ThompsonEnter for a chance to win a free copy of Global Dawn, by Wesley Boydd Thompson. Global Dawn is a winner of the Literary Titan Silver Award.

"Global Dawn is an amazing book that you don't want to miss. Global Dawn is an exciting book that I recommend to readers who enjoy post-apocalyptic science fiction and techno-thriller genres." - Literary Titan

Global Dawn is an award winning, high paced, conspiracy thriller that tells the story of a secret war between the New World Order and Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O), who battle over control of an ancient technology that has been behind all mankind technological advancements since 1960.

The New World Order has sinister plans for application of this technology that would finally provide them with absolute control of the world. But not before unleashing a global tele-tsunami and washing away modern civilisation as we know it.

Global Dawn also includes an emotional journey of O.T.O's most formidable warrior ever, who battles internal demons of a traumatic past in an attempt to establish an emotional connection with his son. Misunderstood, he continuously struggles to make that connection but devotedly defends his son from the dangers of the world.

The New World Order has the upper hand. And it's now only a matter of time before the fate of the world is be decided...

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Categories: women-and-gender-studies