Blue Ticket by Sophie Mackintosh

Blue Ticket by Sophie Mackintosh*EARLY COPY GIVEAWAY*

"Blue Ticket is a wonder...Be sure to read everything Sophie Mackintosh writes."
—Deborah Levy

From the author of the Man Booker Prize longlisted novel The Water Cure comes another mesmerizing, refracted vision of our society: In a world where women can't have it all, don't underestimate the relief of a decision being taken away from you.

Calla knows how the lottery works. Everyone does. On the day of your first bleed, you report to the station to learn what kind of woman you will be. A white ticket grants you marriage and children. A blue ticket grants you a career and freedom. You are relieved of the terrible burden of choice. And once you've taken your ticket, there is no going back. But what if the life you're given is the wrong one?
When Calla, a blue ticket woman, begins to question her fate, she must go on the run. But her survival will be dependent on the very qualities the lottery has taught her to question in herself and on the other women the system has pitted against her. Pregnant and desperate, Calla must contend with whether or not the lottery knows her better than she knows herself and what that might mean for her child.
An urgent inquiry into free will, social expectation, and the fraught space of motherhood, Blue Ticket is electrifying in its raw evocation and desire and riveting in its undeniable familiarity.

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Categories: world-of-darkness

After All by Heidi McLaughlin

After All by Heidi McLaughlinFrom New York Times bestselling author Heidi McLaughlin comes a heartfelt story about overcoming great loss and forgiving past sins to find happiness again.

Brooklyn Hewett hasn’t set foot in Cape Harbor for fifteen years—not since an accident claimed the love of her life, Austin Woods. Desperate to move forward, Brooklyn has focused on raising her daughter for the past fourteen years. But when the opportunity comes along to renovate the old Driftwood Inn, Brooklyn knows it’s time to go home.

But it won’t be easy. For one, Austin’s best friend, Bowie Holmes, still lives in Cape Harbor. Brooklyn hasn’t quite been able to forget him: not since the night they spent together—the same night they both lost Austin. Separated by tragedy and guilt, they’re brought together by the Driftwood project. And as they rebuild the inn, they discover they’re also rebuilding something else.

Brooklyn’s always been desperate to move on, not knowing that she first needs to reconcile past transgressions. She can’t forget, but she can forgive—Austin, Bowie, and herself—on her way toward long-awaited happiness.

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Categories: climate-change-fiction

Don't Turn Back by D.S. Butler

Don't Turn Back by D.S. ButlerYou can cover up the truth but it won’t stay buried forever.

A man is found bludgeoned to death in woodland by the village of Canwick, and the close-knit community is sent into shock. Detective Karen Hart, still haunted by the tragic loss of her husband and daughter nearby, is brought in to investigate the horrific murder.

It soon becomes clear that dark secrets lie behind Canwick’s unspoiled appearance. When Hart begins to suspect that a modern-day slavery ring has been hiding in plain sight among the villagers, she faces a race to find proof before the culprits slip from her grasp. But when key witnesses start disappearing, it’s obvious that there’s a deep-rooted conspiracy to keep prying eyes away from the truth.

But in a village where everyone knows everyone, who knows more than they are letting on—and who can Hart really trust? She’s in deep and she’s never been more alone. She must confront the tragedy of her own past if she wants to catch the killers before it’s too late. Because one thing’s for certain—there’s no turning back…

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Categories: georgian

Keep Me Afloat by Jennifer Gold

Keep Me Afloat by Jennifer  GoldFrom the author of The Ingredients of Us comes a moving story about true love and heartbreak, mistakes and redemption, forgiveness and second chances.

Five years ago, marine biologist Abby Fisher made a mistake that cost her everything. Rather than face the consequences, she fled home to start anew—and built the career she’d always dreamed of. But when her research program runs out of funding, she’s adrift once again and decides to return to the safe harbor of her family and friends.

Except nothing at home is how she remembered.

Her friendships are strained, her normally affectionate parents seem distant, and her once-great love story is now just a painful memory. What’s worse, she keeps running into the people she hurt years ago—and they aren’t ready to forgive her.

Abby is determined to atone for her mistakes, but she can’t seem to move beyond her guilt for a chance of future happiness. Can Abby learn to sail through the storm, or will she remain lost at sea?

Poignant and heartfelt, Keep Me Afloat asks the question: How can you expect forgiveness from others if you can’t even forgive yourself?

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Categories: cw-stones-river

The Magic in Changing Your Stars by Leah Henderson

The Magic in Changing Your Stars by Leah HendersonEnter for a chance to win one of 50 advance reader copies of THE MAGIC IN CHANGING YOUR STARS by Leah Henderson!

Ailey Benjamin Lane can dance, so he’s sure he'll play the Scarecrow in his school’s production of The Wiz. But he bungles the audition and, feeling defeated, tells his Grampa that he’s quitting. To encourage Ailey, Grampa reveals that he once dreamed of becoming a tap dancer—and even received special tap shoes from the legendary tapper Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. Curious, Ailey finds the shoes, tries them on, taps his toes, and makes a wish. In the blink of an eye, he finds himself somewhere that if most definitely no place like home! Featuring an all-African-American cast of characters, and infused with references to black culture and history, this work of magical realism is sure to captivate and inspire readers.

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Categories: christian-fiction

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
Don’t miss this opportunity to win a gorgeous, hardcover, first edition copy.
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: maritime

Defending Zara by Susan Stoker

Defending Zara by Susan StokerFor a Mountain Mercenary and a desperate woman, love becomes a dangerous refuge in New York Times bestselling author Susan Stoker’s novel of heart-gripping suspense.

Mountain Mercenary Hunter “Meat” Snow has a mission: eliminate the human traffickers scouring the barrios of Lima for vulnerable prey. But it’s Meat who’s taken down. Separated from his team and beaten within an inch of his life, he’s left for dead. When he wakes, it’s to the intimate care of a beautiful stranger who knows all about survival.

Zara Layne was a child when a brutal murder left her orphaned and abandoned in Peru. Ever since, she’s fended for herself on the streets, outrunning its predators. Trusting men is not in Zara’s blood…until it warms to the exhilarating touch of the wounded hero who promises deliverance. As each other’s rescuers, they return to Colorado for a new normal.

But when Meat disappears, Zara discovers how ruthless the past can be. With the help of the loyal Mercenaries, she’s drawing on her own skills of endurance to find him. And for Zara, there’s no danger great enough to come between her and the man she loves.

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Categories: storytime

Dovetail by Karen McQuestion

Dovetail by Karen McQuestionFrom the bestselling author of Hello Love comes a spellbinding new novel of enduring love, family secrets, and mysterious death.

Joe Arneson’s ordinary life is upended by troubling dreams of himself as a different man in another place and time. It isn’t until he visits his estranged grandmother, Pearl, in her Wisconsin hometown that a startling connection emerges.

Drawn into his family’s past, Joe discovers secrets weighing on the old woman’s soul: the tragic death of her sister Alice a half century ago and its ripple effect on all who loved her. Digging into the events of that summer in 1916, Joe is convinced that his recurrent visions relate to Alice’s untimely passing and to the beloved man she meant to marry. With the help of Kathleen, a local woman Joe’s fallen for, the puzzles of the past start falling into place.

As uncovered truths bring Joe and Kathleen closer together, they also reveal a new danger. For Joe’s dreams may be a warning—from one star-crossed couple to another.

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Categories: classic-literature

The Walshes by Joe Clark

The Walshes by Joe  ClarkEnter for a chance to win one of 100 copies of "The Walshes: The Coming of Eve" - a story of love, marriage, family and ambition.
When suburban housewife and aspiring author April Walsh is offered a golden opportunity to write a series on the sex industry, she jumps at it.
All she has to do is keep her family together while she learns what it's like to be a stripper and an escort without getting herself beaten, jailed or killed.

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Categories: cw-iuka-corinth

The Future Leader by Jacob Morgan

The Future Leader by Jacob MorganBased on exclusive interviews with 140 of the world's top CEOs from companies like Audi, Ritz Carlton, MasterCard, Oracle, Kaiser, Verizon, SAP, Best Buy, and over a hundred others.

Enter to win one of the first copies of, The Future Leader, The book outlines the specific skills and mindsets that future leaders need to possess to be successful and how to go about mastering them.

What if you could sit down with the people who actually lead some of the best companies in the world, and ask them what really makes a great leader? What if you could tap the wisdom born of experience? Well, with this book you can! Whether you're a current leader or someone looking to grow into a leadership position this book will be a valuable resource for you.

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Good luck!

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Categories: bulgarian-literature