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The Son of Sam and Me

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In 1976, a killer who called himself ‘The Son of Sam’  shot and killed a half dozen people and wounded as many more in New York City. During his crime spree, the madman left bizarre letters mocking the police and promising more deaths. After months of terrorizing the city  while garnering front-page headlines and international attention, a man named David Berkowitz was arrested. He confessed to the shootings, claiming to be obeying a demon that resided in a dog that belonged to his neighbor “Sam.” Among the alleged victims was Carl Denaro.  On the night he was shot, Denaro was hanging out with some friends at a bar when he met up with a woman named Rosemary Keenan. The couple left the bar and went to Keenan’s car to make out. However, a few minutes later, the windows of the car exploded as Denaro was shot in the head by an unseen assailant. Miraculously, Denaro survived the attack. When Berkowitz was arrested,  he was charged with trying to kill Denaro. However, there was a twist. Alth

The Last Goodbye

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  Description Poignant, hopeful, and full of emotional power, an unforgettable story in the vein of  P.S. I Love You  about two people learning to love again after great loss, perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes and Josie Silver. How can you move on if you can’t let go? Spencer was the love of Anna’s life: her husband, her best friend, her rock. She thought their love would last forever. But three years ago, Spencer was tragically killed in an accident and Anna’s world was shattered. How can she ever move on, when she’s lost her soulmate? On New Year’s Eve Anna calls Spencer’s phone number, just to hear his old voicemail greeting. But to her shock, someone answers… Brody has inherited Spencer’s old number and is the first person who truly understands what Anna’s going through. As her and Brody’s phone calls become lengthier and more frequent, they begin opening up to each other—and slowly rediscover how to smile, how to laugh, even how to hope. But Brody hasn’t been entirely honest with Ann

Ben Yokoyama and the Cookie of Doom

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  Meet Ben, a literal-minded kid with a big heart and an even bigger sweet-tooth, who cracks open a fortune cookie and discovers that TODAY might be his last day on Earth! Perfect for fans of DIARY OF A WIMPY KID or THE TERRIBLE TWO. Live each day as if it were your last. When Ben reads his fortune-cookie fortune, he's alarmed and inspired. Immediately, he begins drafting a bucket list of unfinished tasks and lifelong dreams (finish his 1000-piece model of the Taj Mahal, eat an entire cake, etc....). As Ben marches himself in and out of trouble, takes useful risks, and helps both his parents to see the bigger picture, readers discover how something that seems scary can instead be empowering--leading to friendships that might never have been made, neighbors that might never have been known, and apple pies that might otherwise never have been baked. Meet Ben, a literal-minded kid with a big heart and an even bigger sweet-tooth, who cracks open a fortune cookie and discovers that TODA

Who is Silk? + Giveaway

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Silk   Aurelia T. Evans Book 10 in the Arcanium series General Release Date: 2nd March 2021 Word Count: 87,767 Book Length: SUPER NOVEL Pages: 305 GENRES: ANGELS AND DEMONS CONTEMPORARY EROTIC ROMANCE FANTASY FANTASY AND FAIRYTALES MÉNAGE AND MULTIPLE PARTNERS Add to Goodreads Book Description Beauty in Arcanium has always been in the eyes of strange beholders … After her husband-to-be destroys half her face because she refuses to marry him, faerie princess Sera flees to Arcanium for sanctuary. Fae royalty are defined by their usefulness and beauty. In Arcanium, Sera has some usefulness, frivolous though a silk aerialist is. But with the sex demons’ magic rousing all the desires she was never permitted to indulge in before marriage, she is all too aware that her disfigurement repels any hope for relief. Except a certain legless Torso can’t take his eyes off of Sera, and the Horned God of Arcanium still bows before her. Arcanium protects her, as it protects all the circus cast, bu

Always Yours, Bee

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  "There's a guy. He was hit by a truck." On a rainy November day, Mia Hayes' husband left for work on his Vespa. Normally, she would have driven him, but Mia was waiting on a phone call with an editor and didn't have time. She never saw that caring, loving version of her husband again. The fallout from his accident--Mia's guilt and her husband's PTSD, memory loss, and depression--consumed their lives over the next five years as her laid-back husband changed into an angry man with few memories of their past. Desperate to hold her fragile family together, Mia ignored her own unraveling and plunged into bipolar depression. As she searched for answers to unanswerable questions, Mia moved her family from San Francisco to Paris, France before landing in a leafy Washington, D.C. suburb where she tried to find a fresh start only to become embroiled in a scandal of her own making. Through ups and downs, mental illness and bad decisions, Mia struggled with what it

The Restoration of Celia Fairchild

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  Evvie Drake Starts Over  meets  The Friday Night Knitting Club  in this wise and witty novel about a fired advice columnist who discovers lost and found family members in Charleston, by the  New York Times  bestselling author of  The Second Sister . Celia Fairchild, known as advice columnist ‘Dear Calpurnia’, has insight into everybody’s problems – except her own. Still bruised by the end of a marriage she thought was her last chance to create a family, Celia receives an unexpected answer to a “Dear Birthmother” letter. Celia throws herself into proving she’s a perfect adoptive mother material – with a stable home and income – only to lose her job. Her one option: sell the Charleston house left to her by her recently departed, estranged Aunt Calpurnia.  Arriving in Charleston, Celia learns that Calpurnia had become a hoarder, the house is a wreck, and selling it will require a drastic, rapid makeover. The task of renovation seems overwhelming and risky. But with the help of new neigh

Be a Superhero in the Kitchen

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  Join us for this tour from Feb 22 to Mar 5, 2021! Book Details: Book Title :  BE A SUPERHERO IN THE KITCHEN by Donna Glass Category :  Children's Fiction (Ages 6-10) ,  48 pages Genre :  Children's Picture Cook Book Publisher :  Mascot Release date:    March 2021 Tour dates : Feb 22 to Mar 5, 2021 Content Rating :  G. This children's book is for everyone. Book Description: Every caregiver knows the trials of feeding a picky eater. Some nights are truly a battle. Nerves are frayed, and a pleasant, relaxing dinner can quickly be filled with tears, tantrums, and some nights, a battle of wills. Well, my goal with this book is to tip the scales in our favor. One surefire way I've discovered to get my picky eaters to eat is to let them help make the meal. After all, food tastes better when you've had a hand in fixing it. Let your child try their hand with the recipes in this book. A child who becomes the superhero of dinnertime is one who eats super well. My Review

VIDAS: Deep in Mexico and Spain

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  A wayward descendant of Mexico’s national hero, a femme fatale who recites poems in cantinas, a Tunisian prostitute in Barcelona, a Spanish psychiatrist who fights brave bulls, the wise owner of the world’s oldest restaurant. They are just a handful of the characters portrayed in  VIDAS: Deep in Mexico and Spain , the first memoir to capture Mexico and Spain from the perspective of an American and the knowledge of an insider. VIDAS  explores subjects as diverse as the art of blasphemy, the cult of the Virgin Mary, superstition and witchcraft, the bordellos of Mexico, Spain’s paradise of drink and food, the bullfight and the running of bulls in Pamplona, the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. Every chapter of this vibrant travel memoir depicts a different person or place, which combined create a cross-section of the most populous Spanish-speaking countries in the New and Old World.  VIDAS  is a passage from childhood to adolescence and maturity, a tribute to nature and the open roa

Dance in Donegal

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  All of her life, Irish-American Moira Doherty has relished her mother's descriptions of Ireland. When her mother dies unexpectedly in the summer of 1920, Moira decides to fulfill her mother's wish that she become the teacher in Ballymann, her home village in Donegal, Ireland. After an arduous voyage, Moira arrives to a new home and a new job in an ancient country. Though a few locals offer a warm welcome, others are distanced by superstition and suspicion. Rumors about Moira's mother are unspoken in her presence but threaten to derail everything she's journeyed to Ballymann to do. Moira must rely on the kindness of a handful of friends--and the strength of Sean, an unsettlingly handsome thatcher who keeps popping up unannounced--as she seeks to navigate a life she'd never dreamed of . . . but perhaps was meant to live. Jennifer Deibel's debut novel delights the senses, bringing to life the sights, sounds, smells, and language of a lush country and a colorful p

The Houseplant

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  George, a fern, doesn’t appreciate being bought by Brenda at Garden Palace. And he certainly doesn’t appreciate being trapped in her house of humans. He yearns to be with the plants outside in the garden. With time, George learns to trust Brenda and think of her as his human. Then one day, tragedy strikes and George’s life will never be the same. What happens when a houseplant loses the thing he never knew he wanted? You'll never look at houseplants the same way again. My Review I am not crying, you are crying. This was my first thought after reading this short story. Mr. Ray shows that even short stories can pack a powerful punch just as much as a full length novel. I loved that George was the narrator of this story. So, everything was experienced and felt through his point of view.  It was easy to feel for George, even if he was an houseplant. I for years and years have always talked to my houseplants. In fact, I recently got an Aloe plant about 6 months ago and named her, Alli

Cross My Heart: The Duet

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  Gabby Mastreoni has been in love with Christoff Scutari since she was four years old. Their fathers are in the same dirty business, and nearly twenty years later, their families remain close. With four older brothers, Gabby leads a protected and sheltered life—until she and Christoff cross a line, and she discovers that love can hurt people. With no other choice, she runs to California, and start life anew as Brie Masters. Brie has found herself a home surrounded by loving friends and her brother, Nicco, who comes to keep her safe, but she soon learns that she can run away from her past. No matter how many miles she puts between herself and her former life, she is still running: Danger has followed her and when it starts to effect those around her, she is forced to flee back home, back to Gabby’s life and the last person she wants to ask for help. There all of her secrets will be exposed. And she will have to ask herself, “Am I Brie, or am I still Gabby?” My Review Gabby may have cha

The Wicked Sister

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  Title : THE WICKED SISTER Author : Virginia Barlow Publisher : The Wild Rose Press Pages : 328 Genre : Historical Romance BOOK BLURB: With her stepfather’s sudden death, Lady Anastasia Covington goes from living a privileged lifestyle to selling vegetables in the village marketplace in the blink of an eye. Alone and at the mercy of her nefarious stepsister, she yearns for love and acceptance. Disguised as a simple soldier, Prince Percival catches a dark-haired emerald-eyed beauty in his arms. He is bewitched. The more he sees her, the more intrigued he is by her contradictions. Forced to keep his identity a secret, he must somehow convince Lady Anastasia he is the right man for her. But time is running out. Lady Anastasia’s mother is determined to find a proper suitor and see her wed. And someone wants her dead. My Review Ok, so I honestly did not know or pick up on the fact that this book is a retelling of the fairy tale  Cinderella. It was that different. Which different is a good

Moms Don't Have Time To

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  JOIN AWARD-WINNING PODCASTER ZIBBY OWENS OF  MOMS DON’T HAVE TIME TO READ BOOKS  ON A JOURNEY FILLED WITH FOOD, EXERCISE, SEX, BOOKS, AND MORE.   It’s impossible to ignore how life has changed since COVID-19 spread across the world. People from all over quarantined and did their best to keep on going during the pandemic. Zibby Owens, host of the award-winning podcast  Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books  and a mother of four herself, wanted to do something to help people carry on and to give them something to focus on other than the horrors of their news feeds. So she launched an online magazine called  We Found Time . Authors who had been on her podcast wrote original, brilliant essays for busy readers. Zibby organized these profound pieces into themes inspired by five things moms don’t have time to do: eat, read, work out, breathe, and have sex. Now compiled as an anthology named  Moms Don’t Have Time To , these beautiful, original essays by dozens of bestselling and acclaimed autho

Battle of the Bullies + Giveaway

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  Join us for this tour from Feb 1 to Feb 19, 2021! Book Details: Book Title :  Battle of the Bullies by Fenyx Blue Category :  YA Fiction (Ages 13-17) ,  301 pages Genre :  Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary Publisher :  Wisdom Works, LLC. Release date:    October 29, 2020 Content Rating :  G. There are not any explicit sex scenes or any excessive use of bad language Book Description: Ebony, Eris, and Emani Robertson have been through so much more than most high school freshman. When they were younger, they survived a school shooting that killed their friends and left their oldest sister unable to speak. After giving home-schooling a try, they enroll in a promising new academy, hoping for the best. The Robertsons soon discover, however, that their new classmates are anything but kind. A mysterious group of bullies known as the Dimes rules the hallways and spreads fear everywhere they go. All three sisters end up being targets of the gang and have to find a way to defend themselves. The