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In a world full of elves, woodwose, gargoyles, and brownies among others, humans can't help crossing paths with all of the magical species. Well, everyone except Avril. She manages to avoid all elves. Then one day, her master orders her to steal a dagger from the very elf she wishes to evade most, the elven spymaster of Eldarlan. Bound by her indenture, she has no choice but to obey. She plans a swift sneak-and-grab mission, but things go awry. Illeron knows more than any elf should. The gathering, analyzing, and disseminating of information consumes his life to the point his brother suggests he needs a distraction. So, when a human woman breaks into his study to steal his dagger, he seizes the opportunity and offers her a bargain she can't refuse. And a fate he never imagined. The Elven Spymaster's Thief is a light, fantasy romance novella full of banter, flirting, and fun romantic moments. It features an opposites-attract romance between a human girl and an attractive elf lord with a bit of a culture clash thrown in for fun.
Jacqueline Carey, author of the Kushiel’s Legacy series, says "Shorn is a striking debut, filled with skilled world-building” and “complex psychological tension.” Kirkus Reviews calls SHORN a “grand-scale fantasy” with “remarkable depth” and characters that are “emotionally relatable and endearing.” Jhared Denaban, a cursed soldier, enters his country's service desperate to pay the generations-old debt caused by his race’s betrayal. Though shorn of his wings, like all his treacherous kind, Jhared still burns with dark desires for rebellion and flight. Posted to the border to protect Avelos from invaders, he discovers that his best intentions inevitably turn toward chaos. As he seeks the source of political and magical threats, he must defend himself from the people who believe his death is the only way the ancestral debt can be settled. High Priestess Nemiah struggles to keep her people safe on the Sacred Path. Her temple lost its standing, as well as the faith of its followers, when its priestesses rose against their rulers. Now she seeks forbidden history and heretical secrets to learn how to fight the magic that shreds her country. Only by betraying Avelos once again can Jhared and Nemiah save their people from destruction. But what new chaos will their choices create? A tale of oppression and resilience, the high cost of vengeance, and the malleable nature of truth. Shorn carries us to a breathtaking new world on wings that won’t be broken.
When Tony and Kelly Wagner rented out their new home to help pay off the mortgage, they were not expecting an entourage of ten, complete with bodyguards. Spurred by curiosity and caution, Tony delves into newspaper publisher Randy McKay's background and reads Randy's best-selling memoir about his harrowing kidnapping. For his part, Randy is intrigued as to why a local deputy would be a trusted FBI tracker and consultant. He does his own digging. The two develop a wary respect over their shared experiences. When Randy's bodyguard is shot by a sniper, Randy appeals to sheriff Wyatt Garret to join the investigation. Tony once again finds himself working with the FBI, in the company of good friend and agent Daisy Malone. Together, the four hunt the shooter as the investigation takes them across the American south and southwest, uncovering old grudges and random murder alike. In this 12th Tony Wagner mystery, author Paula F Winskye brings together the protagonists of her two series for the first time!
2022 Maxy Award Winner in the Suspense and Horror Category Semi-Finalist in the 2021 Publishers Weekly/BookLife Prize Fiction Contest in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror category! "Knight has crafted a disturbing, horrifying, and eloquently written novel that expertly captures the sensations of desperation, fear, and confusion."--2021 BookLife Prize Fiction Contest. If you had the chance to bring back a lost loved one, but the cost was the death of an innocent person at your own hand, would you do it? In the year and a half since Jack Clausen lost his five-year-old daughter, RosaMarie, his life has fallen apart. His marriage is failing, he’s been fired from his job, and his drinking is problematic. Depressed and despondent, Jack steps off a platform into an oncoming commuter train. At the moment before impact, someone grabs him from behind and pulls him away from danger. His rescuer is a small person with unusual features who offers Jack a way to bring his daughter and son back, but there is a high price to pay. When Jack agrees to the deal but then refuses to pay his debt, events spiral out of control, leading to series of different realities, each worse than the one he originally tampered with. Identicals explores themes of loss, anger, fear, blame, self-loathing and redemption within the context of a fast paced, unique and suspenseful storyline.
He came from a distant world. She was from another time. Destiny knows no boundaries. Wales 1956. Bethan Davies had her life all figured out. In a few weeks, she would be leaving for London to train as a nurse, then it would be on to Australia to join her successful brother. It was all settled. When the handsome and mysterious Ian Noble comes to the village and sweeps her off her feet, Bethan’s world is turned on its head. Head over heels in love, her cherished plans are changed in a heartbeat. Until her new husband vanishes without a trace two days after their wedding. Grief-stricken and bewildered, Bethan leaves the village and resumes her plans to become a nurse. Years later, when an unexpected bequest came Bethan's way, she learns her husband was not all he seemed. But then, neither is Bethan… An entrancing love story, perfect for lovers of timeslip and historical time travel, on location around the galaxy!
The magnetic poles have shifted. Powers ignite in their veins. But are their emerging Unhidden talents strong enough to defend them from annihilation? Anna Taylor is barely holding her anxiety at bay. With scales growing on her body and shocking magic now at her command, the teacher flees after being outed by a student and attacked by an angry mob. And after arriving at a safehouse on a farm in Ireland for training and protection, she feels unprepared for her first mission to neutralize an explosive threat. Vietnam vet Maximilian Hurley subdues his demons with drink. So when an Unhidden agent comes to Australia to recruit him, and a fire mysteriously destroys his plane, the troubled pilot doesn’t have much to lose. Teaming up with Anna, the tough-talking Aussie battles through his PTSD as they save Cork from a devastating bombing. As the group of talents grows to a core crew of six, Anna and Max discover there’s little peace as a coalition of xenophobic extremists rises against those with Unhidden Blood. And now their combined powers might be the only thing standing in the way of their total extermination… Can Anna, Max, and the squad stem a tsunami of chaos and death? Taming of the Few is the first book in the Guardians of PHAE Irish urban fantasy series. If you like snarky banter, spectacular world-building, and nail-biting tension, then you’ll love Christy Nicholas’ urban fantasy adventure. Buy Taming of the Few to defend a powerful destiny today!
Disappearing wasn’t going to be enough…they needed a plan…some answers…and a safe place so they could stop running in circles trying to stay one step ahead of the guys who seemed to want her dead. Simon Sullivan might not be who Ava always believed him to be, but along with his brother, he’d spent his life trying to protect her. That wasn’t going to change especially now when everything they’d planned for, hoping against hope it would never be needed, was playing out exactly as they’d feared. But he’s not alone. Harper Riley isn’t about to let anything happen to Ava. He’s already killed to protect her…and will again. It’s the middle of the twenty-third century and while there have been staggering technological and environmental advances, human nature is still very much the same as it has always been. One woman unexpectedly finds herself thrust into the middle of a long simmering struggle between power, greed, and an overwhelming effort to keep long hidden secrets buried.
Shhh...don't tell anyone. This book is in the planning stages and the author is trying to come up with a plot. But don't worry, The Burnett Brides has always been her favorite series and now she is writing this family in modern times. Look out world, Travis is coming...soon.
A Far Way to Run is a compelling story about overcoming the past to discover your purpose. This novel chronicles what happens when a woman traumatized by a sexual assault must make a life-defining choice to continue hiding, or stand up in the face of evil to save a stranger. Shayne Wright returns to the Texas town where she grew up for a funeral and accidentally gets caught in a human trafficking scheme gone wrong. When she stops to render aid at an accident, she ends up with a gunshot wound to her shoulder and a target on her back when the trafficker believes she stole his money. Her plan to stay the night at the old family farm becomes complicated when she finds it has been leased to a man working through some past demons of his own. Former military sniper Ethan McGregor is here on a reconnaissance mission for an organization that fights human trafficking. The complications keep coming when her prodigal brother shows up. When he tells Shayne and Ethan he saw a woman being held against her will, Ethan's interest intensifies, thinking this might be the human trafficking he's here to uncover. Shayne, on the other hand, wrestles with trusting her brother. Her conscience propels her to search for a way to help, but knowing the woman is being held at the place where she'd been assaulted makes her wary. It doesn't help that she's kept the attack a secret. The one person who knows her secret is also obsessed with her. When he abducts her, she finds out her strength to face evil is ...
Shelby Wolfe doesn’t believe in ghosts, but the one who asks her to solve his murder doesn’t care. River towns—even ones named Goose Lick—have their charm. For recently divorced Shelby, Goose Lick also has extended family, which is just what she needs. It also has an old police station/former hotel for sale cheap, and Shelby knows all about rehabbing old buildings. But when the former and now deceased police chief appears with his claims of murder, she realizes she’s gotten more than she bargained for. The chief died of carbon monoxide poisoning, and the town is evenly divided on whether it was an accident or suicide. The chief insists it was neither, but it seems dead people don’t have access to all the answers. Shelby agrees to investigate his death in the hope that, if she finds them for him, he’ll move on. She soon finds that river towns have more than charm, family, and cheap old buildings. They also have secrets. And some people will kill to keep them.
Pineapple Port Mysteries by Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author Amy Vansant, is a funny, clean, small-town, female amateur sleuth series, but with all the pulse-pounding excitement of a detective thriller. Every book in the series can be read as a standalone.
Charlotte hunts a killer with a curious cookie-cutter calling card who seems to be out to impress the local true-crime podcaster. The work keeps her from concentrating on the fact her boyfriend has been acting strange...it seems Declan is ready to make a few major life decision.
Meanwhile, Mariska and Darla take over a local restaurant while the owner's out of town, and can't help but add a few things to the menu… bad idea, since the owner belongs to a true crime club that roots for the killers...
Mix in an earbud-wearing puppy, a starry-eyed deputy, and white-knuckle action and you'll find yourself wanting to move to Pineapple Port...again!
"I will usually binge-read an entire cozy mystery series even if I just "like" the series. I started off just liking Pi ...
To escape her upcoming ill-fated nuptials, baron’s daughter Annabel seeks help from Philip, a widowed duke looking for a new wife. A marriage of convenience would benefit them both — but could his secret destroy the true feelings that are just beginning to blossom? Can be read as a standalone book or as part of the series, Inconvenient Brides.
Two days before her college graduation ceremony, Brooke disappeared without a trace, after attending a wild party with her friends. She had sent her best friend a text stating she was embarrassed about her sexual prowess at the party and decided to leave the state to accept a job offer in Texas, rather than face them and her parents. That was the last time that anybody heard from her. Two years later, her body was discovered in a shallow grave, not far from the university. Brooke’s parents become impatient with the police investigation and hire Brenda Corrino to discover the truth and give them closure.
The dragons have fled the skies. A noble House is clinging to life. The God of gods is rising. As the Envoy of the Four Kingdoms, Wes has had his purpose decided since birth: sacrifice the treasures of the people to the dragon gods, and they will keep Kaveryth safe. For five years, he’s been forced to watch his Kingdom fall into ruin while carrying an unbearable grief of his own. The Elders insist that they must continue to be faithful to the Dracodei, but Wes is beginning to doubt that their protectors are holding up their end of the bargain. Despite his misgivings, he continues to fulfill his duty—until he meets a misunderstood dragon who offers him a choice for the first time in his life. Will he have the courage to make the sacrifice that truly matters? Storm & Spire is a Christian epic fantasy series, perfect for readers who enjoy fast-paced storytelling, fantastical lands, and devious dragons.
“A suspense-filled, gritty thriller packed full of twists and turns.” - A Wishing Shelf Book Review When Violet Cruz accused U.S. Representative Alan Barclay of being “the spawn of a Martian whore” and took a shot at him, everyone agreed that she was delusional. It was just another conspiracy theory in Washington, DC, where such bizarre claims had become all too common. Tiring of the media harassing the family, however, Cruz’s cousin brought the case to Private Investigator Rebecca Marte. She figured that the public was probably right. Rebecca was, however, willing to give the case another look as Cruz’s sudden, total break from reality without any apparent cause was almost as strange as her beliefs. Soon, the question Rebecca faces is conspiracy theory or a brilliant smokescreen for political assassination? Long before she has the answer, however, she’s going to have to bet the life of one of her best friends on the little she knows and all that she suspects.
With God, all things are possible. Even love... Four-faith filled contemporary romances set in Scotland, where three brothers and their sister find their lifetime loves! Opposites attract, friends to love, enemies to love, workplace romance, mistaken identity, overcoming challenges, renewing faith - with help from God and their family, all discover their happy-ever-after in almost 1000 pages of heartwarming and uplifting reading. Book 1: A Model Bride Her trip to Europe wasn't supposed to include falling in love with a wounded war photographer! Book 2: More than Friends They've been friends all their lives, but one day at the beach with a busload of special needs kids could change everything, Book 3: A Lesson in Love Can two teachers learn God’s lessons in love, or will fears and secrets keep them apart? Book 4: The Real Thing He's an embittered & grumpy cynic. She's a perpetually cheerful Pollyanna. When he becomes her boss, they both need to learn what trusting God really means. What readers say about these books: ★★★★★ A heartwarming story that captivated me from the beginning. ★★★★★ The first book I read from this author and when I was done with it, I couldn't wait to read more! ★★★★★ Great characters—with realistic flaws and strengths. ★★★★★ Beautifully written, it will warm your heart and remind you of how much we all are loved! ★★★★★ I laughed at some parts, felt that warm fuzzy you get from a good romance...and teared up in several places. Happy tears. Please be a ...
Chicago Homicide detective, Cliff Ford, faces his biggest challenge yet. A serial killer is on the loose. It's a race against time to find her. Cliff must garner all of his abilities. Of course, with help from his wife, Julia. The FBI profiler says that the killer is hiding in plain sight. Is she closer than Cliff can ever imagine? Best Selling Author, Terry Toler, has a way of writing mysteries that captivates the reader from the first chapter to the end. Sometimes you know who the killer is from the beginning. Sometimes you think you know and are wrong. Other times you have no clue. Every mystery is different. FYI: Each book is a standalone mystery and comes to a satisfying ending. For the best reading experience, you should read them in order, but it's not necessary.
Victorian Prostitute. Billionaire Bad Boy. Philip, Duke of Solemn was in love with the kingdom’s prostitute. He was determined to keep her even if it meant abdicating his place in the ruling line. Juliet was forced into prostitution to support her ailing parents. Her first customer was the duke himself. The encounter left Juliet unable to perform her duties to the full extent as her feelings were stolen that night. Can Philip convince Juliet to marry him? Will Juliet’s secret win the Queen over? Can the peasant girl win over the kingdom?
After years of psychiatric counseling and group therapy, Private Investigator Brenda Corrino is finally ready to move on. The cases involving David Fanning and Mark Alexander are long behind her. Brenda was largely responsible for helping to secure Alexander’s conviction for several rapes, including her own. A few years later, she worked undercover to get Fanning to confess to the rape and murder of his own daughter. Brenda and her longtime boyfriend, Dr. Darren Crowe, are now engaged and planning their wedding. Her company, Asked and Answered Private Investigation is doing quite well. She has hired Ava, a retired police detective as a new investigator who has plenty of connections with her old unit, which always adds value. Everything is going great until Ava’s girlfriend, Ciara, a television reporter, goes missing while on assignment.
A collection of stories from voices all over, Kaleidescope, brings you through adventures, romances, nightmares, and more. Pride isn't a deadly sin when it's found in the hearts of those striving to live and prosper in a world that demonizes you, and in the world's of these authors, sometimes that doesn't exist, sometimes it does, and that's all part of the adventure for these queer heroes and heroines. With Stories From: Max Turner S. E. Wigget Em Harriett Ashley Van Elswyk Mia Ram James L. Steele Eva Roslin Paul Evanby Hunter Liguore R. A. Meenan Robin LeeAnn J. A. Bryson Katie Kent Regina Jade