Decimus Fate and the Talisman of Dreams by Peter A. Flannery

Decimus Fate and the Talisman of Dreams by Peter A. FlanneryHere's a chance to win one of 10 signed copies of Decimus Fate and the Talisman of Dreams, the new fantasy adventure from the author of Battle Mage.

This is the first book in a new series following the adventures of Decimus Fate a powerful sorcerer who turned his back on magic and now uses his knowledge to solve crimes of a magical nature.

Thanks for your interest in my book, and good luck!

Peter

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Categories: wizards

Tomboyland by Melissa Faliveno

Tomboyland by Melissa FalivenoA fiercely personal and startlingly universal essay collection about the mysteries of gender and desire, of identity and class, of the stories we tell and the places we call home.

Flyover country, the middle of nowhere, the space between the coasts. The American Midwest is a place beyond definition, whose very boundaries are a question. It’s a place of rolling prairies and towering pines, where guns in bars and trucks on blocks are as much a part of the landscape as rivers and lakes and farms. Where girls are girls and boys are boys, where women are mothers and wives, where one is taught to work hard and live between the lines. But what happens when those lines become increasingly unclear? When a girl, like the land that raised her, finds herself neither here nor there?

In this intrepid collection of essays, Melissa Faliveno traverses the liminal spaces of her childhood in working-class Wisconsin and the paths she’s traveled since, compelled by questions of girlhood and womanhood, queerness and class, and how the lands of our upbringing both define and complicate us even long after we’ve left. Part personal narrative, part cultural reportage, Tomboyland navigates midwestern traditions, mythologies, landscapes, and lives to explore the intersections of identity and place. From F5 tornadoes and fast-pitch softball to gun culture, strange glacial terrains, kink party potlucks, and the question of motherhood, Faliveno asks curious, honest, and often darkly funny questions about

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Categories: world-history

The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel

The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel*Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, shipments may be delayed.*

Inspired by an astonishing true story from World War II, a young woman with a talent for forgery helps hundreds of Jewish children flee the Nazis in this unforgettable historical novel from the international bestselling author of the “epic and heart-wrenching World War II tale” (Alyson Noel, #1 New York Times bestselling author) The Winemaker’s Wife.

Eva Traube Abrams, a semi-retired librarian in Florida, is shelving books one morning when her eyes lock on a photograph in a magazine lying open nearby. She freezes; it’s an image of a book she hasn’t seen in sixty-five years—a book she recognizes as The Book of Lost Names.

The accompanying article discusses the looting of libraries by the Nazis across Europe during World War II—an experience Eva remembers well—and the search to reunite people with the texts taken from them so long ago. The book in the photograph, an eighteenth-century religious text thought to have been taken from France in the waning days of the war, is one of the most fascinating cases. Now housed in Berlin’s Zentral- und Landesbibliothek library, it appears to contain some sort of code, but researchers don’t know where it came from—or what the code means. Only Eva holds the answer—but will she have the strength to revisit old memories and help reunite those lost during the war?

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Categories: family

A World of Secrets by James Maxwell

A World of Secrets by James   MaxwellTaimin and Selena must discover the truth about their world—before it’s too late.

In a world of secrets, Taimin and Selena are desperate for answers. They need to discover the truth about their origins and the firewall that borders the wasteland. If they don’t find the hidden path they seek, the citizens of Zorn will die.

As they make the perilous journey to the distant firewall, Taimin and Selena are joined by three companions: a young healer, a weapons trader, and an old rover. Together the five are in constant danger, unable to rely on Selena’s powers as she has lost the ability to farcast—and she doesn’t know how to get it back.

Now Taimin finds himself hunted by a new enemy—a strange creature on a bloodthirsty quest of his own. Taimin and Selena get ever closer to the answers that are essential to their survival. But will they learn the truth in time to save themselves?

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Categories: back-to-school

The Hacker by Nancy Herkness

The Hacker by Nancy HerknessWhen a personal trainer and a computer genius are caught in the dark web, there’s a lot to fear and a love to fight for in a heart-racing novel by Nancy Herkness, award-winning author of The Money Man.

Dawn Galioto is an expert in self-defense and the most in-demand personal trainer at her Jersey gym—a perfect position for a woman fighting her way out of a troubled past and the anxieties that come with it. Then, after complaints about baffling Wi-Fi glitches at the gym, Dawn calls in disarmingly hot, high-powered computer consultant Leland Rockwell. If she can trust anyone to fix her on-the-job problems, it’s Leland. As for healing her off-hours fears, time will tell.

The cybersecurity genius of KRG, Leland sees a lot to admire in Dawn. She’s strong, quick-witted, and sexy. And something of a puzzle—one Leland wants very much to solve. If only she’d let him. Every new reveal brings him intimately closer to Dawn, but there’s another, more dangerous riddle to decipher. After going undercover to solve her Wi-Fi problem, Leland’s found a dark workplace secret. As Dawn’s past threatens a burgeoning romance, the deepening mystery they’re discovering threatens their lives.

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Categories: young-readers

The Rivals by Vi Keeland

The Rivals by Vi KeelandWin a signed paperback from #1 New York Times Bestseller, Vi Keeland.

The feud between Weston Lockwood and me started at the altar.
Only neither of us attended the wedding, and the nuptials happened decades before either of us was born.
Our grandfathers had been best friends and business partners, at least up until my grandfather’s wedding day—when his bride-to-be blurted out she couldn’t marry him because she was also in love with Weston‘s grandfather.
The two men spent years fighting over Grace Copeland, who also happened to be their third business partner.  But in the end, neither man could steal half of her heart away from the other.
Eventually, they all went their separate ways. The two men became one of the biggest business rivals in history.
Our fathers continued the family tradition of feuding. And then Weston and I did, too.
For the most part, we kept as much distance as possible.
Until the day the woman who started the feud died—and unexpectedly left one of the most valuable hotels in the world to our grandfathers to share.
Now I’m stuck in a hotel with the man I was born to hate, trying to unravel the mess our families inherited.
As usual, it didn’t take long for us to be at each other’s throats.
Weston Lockwood was everything I hated: smart, cocky, and too gorgeous for his own good. 
But that shouldn’t be an issue. Our families were used to being at war. There was just one minor problem, though. Every time Weston and I fought, we somehow wound up in bed.

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Categories: golden-age-mystery

A is for Arnyx by Guy Conner

A is for Arnyx by Guy ConnerEnter for a chance to win one of one hundred free ebooks filled with entertaining poems for children and illustrated cleverly to enhance the poems, As an early reviewer said : this book is so good; it's in Dr. Seuss' league,

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Categories: demons

How to Build a Haunted House by Frank Tupta

How to Build a Haunted House by Frank TuptaPast the graveyard,
hear the howl
of werewolf loggers
on the prowl.

In this spooky, rhyming romp, creatures of all types work together to build a haunted house for a vampire family in need of a home. From mummies to Cyclops to the skeleton crew, they’re all working hard to get the job done. But they’d better hurry, because the house needs to be finished before the sun comes up. It’s a good thing their foreman, Frankenstein, is here to keep everyone in check. Will they get it done in time?

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Categories: political-development

Red Mistress by Elizabeth Blackwell

Red Mistress by Elizabeth  BlackwellIn the wake of the Russian Revolution, a determined young woman breaks with her past to become a spy in 1920s Paris, where shadowy intrigues and a dangerous romance put her loyalty to the test.

In the spring of 1914, Nadia Shulkina, the daughter of Russian aristocrats, looks toward a bright future. She has no premonitions of war, let alone the revolution that is about to destroy her comfortable world.

Her once-noble family is stripped of every possession, and more terrible losses soon follow. To save what’s left of her family and future, Nadia marries a zealous Bolshevik in an act of calculated reinvention.

It won’t be her last.

When she agrees to work undercover for the Soviets in 1920s Paris, Nadia is drawn into a beautiful yet treacherous world of secrets and deceit. Beset by conflicting loyalties and tested by a forbidden love affair, she becomes embroiled in a conspiracy that ends with a shocking murder. What chances will she take to determine her own fate?

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Categories: functional-analysis

Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan

Sex and Vanity by Kevin KwanA GMA Book Club Pick for July

Get set to jet from Capri to the Hamptons to the posh apartments of Park Avenue.

The author of the bestselling phenomenon Crazy Rich Asians returns with a glittering tale of a young woman who finds herself torn between two men: the WASPY fiancé of her family’s dreams and George Zao, the man she is desperately trying to avoid falling in love with.

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Categories: theology

Let's Talk by David Crystal

Let's Talk by David CrystalEnter for a chance to win one of 20 copies of "Let's Talk: How English Conversation Works" by world-leading linguist David Crystal!

Banter, chit-chat, gossip, natter, tete-a-tete... these are just a few of the terms for the varied ways in which we interact with one another through conversation.

In this new release, David Crystal explores the factors that motivate so many different kinds of talk and reveals the rules we use unconsciously, even in the most routine exchanges of everyday conversation.

We tend to think of conversation as something spontaneous, instinctive, habitual. It has been described as an art, as a game, sometimes even as a battle. Whichever metaphor we use, most people are unaware of what the rules are, how they work, and how we can bend and break them when circumstances warrant it.

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Categories: teaching

All's Well by John Lefebvre

All's Well by John  Lefebvre“...never before have I come across a book that explores consciousness, goodness and freedom.”--Goodreads 5-star review
Enter for a chance to win one of 100 All's Well ebooks.
This rollicking treatise blends philosophy, metaphysics and ethics into an original, lyrical meditation on our place in the Universe, both the distance we have come and the much longer way before us. All's Well offers the keys to perfecting our purpose: establishing Freedom for All.

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Categories: world-of-darkness