The Man Curse

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Meena Butler’s life is nearly in order, with one exception: the family curse. Is an age-old hex holding her back from landing the man of her dreams—or will she be the first woman in her family to break free of the past and find the love of a lifetime? Meena has heard whispers of the family curse since childhood. Seated around tables at the yearly reunion, relatives always shared stories of the Man Curse’s origins. It began with Great Grandma Anna Mae’s affair with the church pastor. After finding them in bed together, his wife hexed Anna Mae to prevent the women of her family from ever marrying, and the results are said to have lasted generations. Anna Mae and…

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A Small Indiscretion: A Novel

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At nineteen, Annie Black trades a bleak future in a washed-out California town for a London winter of drinking and abandon. Twenty years later, she is a San Francisco lighting designer and happily married mother of three who has put her reckless youth behind her. Then a photo from that distant winter in Europe arrives inexplicably in her mailbox, and an old obsession is awakened. Past and present collide, Annie’s marriage falters, and her son takes a car ride that ends with his life hanging in the balance. Now Annie must confront her own transgressions and fight for her family by untangling the mysteries of the turbulent winter that drew an invisible map of her future. Gripping, insightful, and lyrical, A…

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Blood, Salt, Water: An Alex Morrow Novel

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Detective Alex Morrow discovers that the darkest secrets never stay buried as she investigates the criminal underbelly of a seemingly tranquil seaside town. For reasons she can’t quite explain, Alex Morrow is addicted to watching surveillance footage of Roxanna Fuentecilla — a gorgeous Spanish mother of two, in a tempestuous relationship with her boyfriend, who recently relocated to Glasgow under mysterious circumstances. She is also Morrow’s prime suspect in an investigation that resembles a soap opera, filled with glamorous jetsetters and enough money to interest the highest levels of law enforcement. Until Roxanna vanishes. Morrow traces Roxanna’s steps to Helensburgh, a sleepy, picturesque seaside community. But behind the idyllic Victorian homes and quaint storefronts, darkness lurks. Home to a man…

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Willow Brook Road (A Chesapeake Shores Novel)

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#1 New York Times bestselling author SHERRYL WOODS sweeps readers away with the story of a beloved member of the O’Brien family as she claims the life she’s always dreamed of  Spirited, spontaneous Carrie Winters has grown up under the watchful eyes of not only her grandfather Mick O’Brien, but the entire town of Chesapeake Shores. Now that she’s home from Europe, a glamorous fashion career behind her and her heart broken, there seem to be far too many people watching to see if she’ll live up to the expectations her family has for her. As if that weren’t enough pressure, Carrie finds herself drawn to sexy, grief-stricken Sam Winslow, who is yearning for someone to help him raise the…

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The Fairy Tale Girl

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Based on the diaries Susan has kept since she was in her 20s, THE FAIRY TALE GIRL is book one of a two part series. Together the books are an illustrated memoir, charmingly designed in Susan’s style with her whimsical watercolors and personal photographs.  It’s an enchanting story of love and loss, mystery and magic that begins in a geranium-colored house in California, and ends up, like any good fairy tale, on the right side of the rabbit hole, in a small cottage in the woods on the New England Island of Martha’s Vineyard. THE FAIRY TALE GIRL humorously explores Susan’s journey as an artist and as a girl/woman, from the 1950s through the 1980s. In the first book of the series we get…

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The Good Neighbor

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Named by Harper’s Bazaar as a book that could be the next Gone Girl. From a phenomenal new voice in suspense fiction comes a book that will forever change the way you look at the people closest to you… Shadow Cove, Washington, is the kind of town everyone dreams about—quaint streets, lush forests, good neighbors. That’s what Sarah thinks as she settles into life with her new husband, Dr. Johnny McDonald. But all too soon she discovers an undercurrent of deception. And one October evening when Johnny is away, sudden tragedy destroys Sarah’s happiness. Dazed and stricken with grief, she and Johnny begin to rebuild their shattered lives. As she picks up the pieces of her broken home, Sarah discovers…

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She Came From Beyond!: A Novel

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A darkly comic debut novel, a hilariously told story of love, attachment, anxiety, and nerd culture. Easy Hardwick has it made. At just about thirty, she’s got a tumbledown cottage in small-town Oregon and an uncomplicated acting gig as the space-babe eye candy on a sci-fi parody show. She spends her downtime online, bickering with fans and fellow culture vultures about film trivia and relishing her minor-but-satisfying celebrity. Enter Harrison. What begins as a jocular online flirtation spills into a messy IRL affair, and Easy finds herself pregnant with twins and sharing her home with the love of her life…plus the teenage daughter, baby son, and slightly unhinged, soon-to-be-ex wife she kind of didn’t totally know he had. Easy may…

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Even You

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Impetuous is not a word you’d use to describe Claire Bramany. But when an accident in Brooklyn in 1995 takes the life of her lover, Jessie Friedman, Claire’s world implodes. While cleaning out Jessie’s desk, Claire finds journals that tell long-buried secrets of Jessie’s western girlhood. Jessie’s account of Tulsa in 1944 appears innocent and playful, at first. Jessie’s days are peopled with quirky characters–especially Uncle Jimmy, an honest-to-goodness hero back from war-torn Europe. He’s Jessie’s favorite, until he makes his move on his nine-year-old niece. No secrets. Secrets kill. This was the promise Claire and Jessie had made to each other. But Claire never heard of any Uncle Jimmy, much less any sexual violation. Shattered, yearning to reconnect with the Jessie she thought she knew, Claire…

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Where Women are Kings

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 From the award-winning author of Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away, the story of a young boy who believes two things: that his Nigerian birth mother loves him like the world has never known love, and that he is a wizard Elijah, seven years old, is covered in scars and has a history of disruptive behavior. Taken away from his birth mother, a Nigerian immigrant in England, Elijah is moved from one foster parent to the next before finding a home with Nikki and her husband, Obi. Nikki believes that she and Obi are strong enough to accept Elijah’s difficulties—and that being white will not affect her ability to raise a black son. They care deeply for Elijah and, in spite of his…

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The Someday File (Deuce Mora Series) (Volume 1)

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What happens when the profession you’ve known all your adult life threatens to kill you, yet suffocating guilt and insatiable curiosity won’t let you walk away? That’s pretty much what happens to Deuce Mora, a columnist for the Chicago Journal, a big-city newspaper struggling to stay solvent in a world that seems to have outgrown newspapers and left them in ruin. What Deuce digs out of her “ideas” file is something that should be, at best, a human-interest story. The tale of an aging, low-level Chicago mobster living on beer, bourbon, and regret for the one mistake in his life that cost him everything. Deuce finds him in a Cicero bar late one afternoon, already drunk and resolute in his…

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Ally Hughes Has Sex Sometimes: A Novel

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When a buttoned-up professor and her unbuttoned daughter fall for the same irresistible man, a delightful, subversive comedy begins. . . . Life isn’t easy for single mother Ally Hughes. Teaching at Brown, her class load is huge and her boss is a menace. At home, she contends with a critical mother, a falling-down house, and a daughter who never misses a beat. Between taking care of the people she loves, teaching full time, and making ends meet, Ally doesn’t have time for a man. She doesn’t date. She’s not into flings. But then she meets Jake, an eager student, young in years but old in soul, who challenges his favorite professor to open up her life, and her heart,…

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Still Time

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From the author of Into the Forest, a moving novel about memory, Shakespeare’s green worlds, and the power of reconciliation. Until John Wilson met the warm, wise woman who became his fourth wife, the object of his most intense devotion had always been the work of William Shakespeare. From his feat of memorizingRomeo and Juliet and half a dozen other plays as a student to his evangelical zeal as a professor, John’s faith in the Bard has shaped his life. But now his mental powers have been diminished by dementia, and his wife has reluctantly moved him to a residential care facility. Even there, as he struggles to understand what’s going on around him, John’s knowledge of the plays helps him make…

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My Townie Heart

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How does a person reconcile who they have been with who they are becoming? In Diana Sperrazza’s stunning literary fiction debut, My Townie Heart [Post Hill Press], Laura DiStefano grapples with this age-old question as she finds herself torn between dreams of a new countercultural life and the undertow of her dysfunctional family. Set against a colorful and claustrophobic backdrop of small town, blue-collar Massachusetts in the 1970’s, My Townie Heart follows Laura as she flunks out of university, moves back home, and is forced to immerse herself in the problems of a family and a place she’s long hoped to escape. When Laura’s “hardcore townie” sister, Jane, foolishly winds up pregnant, the trauma of Jane’s devastating childhood sexual assault…

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A Wedding on Primrose Street

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A WEDDING ON PRIMROSE STREET (MIRA, August 2015, $7.99 U.S./$8.99 CAN), is a new novel in Sheila Roberts’s bestselling Life in Icicle Falls series. In this installment, readers will meet Anne Richardson. As a wedding planner, she’s seen mothers of the bride turn into Momzillas, and she’s determined not to become one of them when it’s her turn to be the mother of the bride. But now that her daughter Laney is engaged, all bets are off. Anne becomes obsessed with giving Laney the perfect wedding she herself never had— and that means a wedding at Primrose Haus, the perfect setting in the perfect location. Roberta Gilbert, owner of Primrose Haus in Icicle Falls, Washington, has been hosting events at…

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Can’t Fight Fate

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Can the words of a Psychic influence your thoughts? Your Choices? Your Destiny? Nikki, an inspirited Aussie girl thought she had her life planned. GET A CAREER, FIND A MAN, START A FAMILY. Life seemed simple, until… accompanying her friend to a psychic changed her life forever. The psychic describes her soul mate. Mr Hollywood, a man with crystal green eyes. Flash forward 17 years, Nikki’s career as a Hollywood Entertainment Lawyer is taking off, and the Green Eyed man is standing in front of her. The words of the psychic are imprinted on her mind… “Remember he’s nice to look at, nice to see, but if you chase him, he will flee…” So if she cannot chase him, and…

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Fling!

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“Fling! is both hilarious and touching, the madcap journey of an aging mother and her adult daughter from cold Protestant Canada into the hallucinogenic heart of Mexico’s magic, where the past literally comes to life.  Every page is a surprise… A scintillating read.” —Lewis Buzbee, Author and Professor of Creative Writing, University of San Francisco When ninety-year-old Bubbles receives a letter from Mexico City asking her to pick up her mother’s ashes, lost there seventy years earlier and only now surfacing, she hatches a plan. A woman with a mission, Bubbles convinces her hippie daughter Feather to accompany her on the quest. Both women have recently shed husbands and have a secondary agenda: they’d like a little action. And they get it. Fling! alternates narratives…

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