A Wedding Kiss can be life-changing. Keara’s father has just gambled their farm away and gone to jail accused of murder. In desperation, she approached Elam Jensen with an offer of marriage. Elam’s wife died of smallpox a year ago, and Keara has been helping take care of his children. A marriage of convenience becomes much less convenient when Keara and Elam share their first kiss on their wedding day! It becomes more than they expected when God Shows them what He really has in store for their lives. A mysteriously injured visitor shows up unexpectedly on their wedding day. Will her private battle draw them into deadly danger?
Visit Eureka Springs, Arkansas, in 1901 and discover what excitement and romance await along the White River Hollow.
Just before Christmas, the chronicle of My Life, Deleted, began with an accident at work. Scott Bolzan slipped and fell in the washroom. But when he woke up in the emergency room, he didn’t know who he was or what was going on around him. He knew the numbers from 1 to 10, but didn’t know in what order. And that was just the beginning. He is left with unbearable headaches, a family he doesn’t know, a job he can no longer do, a pro football career forgotten and more questions than a toddler. His word to describe his condition was “lost.” The doctors thought the amnesia would fade in a few weeks, but months later, Scott is still learning about the world around him. This is a journey of desperation, confusion, and suspense. But the glue that holds this story together is the up-and-down relationship between husband and wife and their struggle to fall in love again and survive as a family. A two-year struggle for a recovery that is nothing short of incredible. Scott and his wife can be seen on YouTube: Scott Bolzan-My Life Was Deleted.
Los Angeles police detective, Harry Bosch, has been placed on The DROP, (the Deferred Retirement Option Plan) and is facing retirement in three years. But never one to slow down, Bosch seeks challenging cases to test his mental, physical and moral strength. Good for Harry! He gets two new cases: the DNA match of an eight-year-old boy associated with the rape of a teenage girl in 1989 and the surprising death of a city councilman’s son who was pushed from a hotel window. Connelly tightly twists the two cases, still giving a light touch of family, romance and many unexpected snafus. This is the 17th book in this police procedural which began with , the Black Echo.
Gideon’s Corpse by Douglas J. Preston and Lincoln Child.
A plume of radiation above New York City hints that a major city will be vaporized. Ten days to find the terrorists. And Gideon Crew, tracking the mysterious terrorist cell from the suburbs of New York to the mountains of New Mexico, learns the end may be something worse–far worse–than mere Armageddon.
Still Missing by Chevy Stevens
In her debut novel, Still Missing, Annie’s life is great: she has a handsome, attentive boyfriend; loyal friends; and a real-estate career on the upswing. Then, at an open house one sunny afternoon, a stranger with tousled blond hair and a pleasant manner kidnaps her, takes her to a remote cabin, rapes and enslaves her. It’s the beginning of her year-long ordeal. Annie finally manages to escape. Afterward, during sessions with her psychologist, Annie takes the reader back to her abduction and narrates how she struggled to survive during and after the horror. Stevens’ dark, mesmerizing character study follows a twisted path from victim-hood toward self-empowerment.
In Chevy’s second novel, Never Knowing, the setup is tantalizing. Sara Gallagher has always known she was adopted, but she suddenly feels a sense of urgency about tracking down her birth parents. She is about to marry the love of her life and also because she is the mother of a six-year-old and would at least like to know her own medical history. Then Sara learns that her birth mother is the only surviving victim of the notorious Campsite Killer, who was never caught, and that the Campsite killer/rapist is her father. When the news is leaked on the web, Sara’s life becomes surreal, especially after her birth father starts calling her.
Sixteen-year-old Cat’s best childhood friend, openly gay Patrick, is in a coma, a victim of a brutal hate crime. The local sheriff is ready to pin the crime on out-of-towners, but Cat’ssuspicions lie elsewhere. For the past three years, Cat has retreated from most of her friends after being sexually abused by one of her brother’s friends. Cat slowly learns about her old friends in the meth-addled underbelly of her hill-country Southern town. Despite ominous warnings to leave it be, Catfinds the will to expose the homegrown hatred that gave rise to Patrick’sattack. Shine is a bleak story leavened by the things Cat learns about herself (and the attack) in the course of her investigation.
“Memories define us. What if you lost yours every time you went to sleep?” Your name, your identity, your past, even thepeople you love – all forgotten overnight. Every day, Christine awakens in a bed beside a man she does notrecognize—nor does she recognize the face she sees in a mirror—Christine haslost twenty years of memories—because of an “accident.”
‘As I sleep, my mindwill erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did thismorning. Thinking I’m still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choiceahead of me …’ Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time youwent to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love -all forgotten overnight. And the one person …more
”AsI sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow asI did this morning. Thinking I’m still a young woman. Thinking I have a wholelifetime of choice ahead of me … And the one person I trust may only betelling me half the story.” Welcome to Christine’s life as related in Before I Go to Sleep
InThe Girl Who Disappeared Twice, the unthinkable has happened to family court Judge, Hope Willis. Her young daughter,Krissy, has been kidnapped
. “If only she’d turned her head, Judge Hope Willis, would have seen the carcontaining her daughter Krissy, struggling to escape her kidnappers. Despite all her years determining the fatesof families…she couldn’t save her own.”
Thirty-two years ago, Hope’s twin sister was the victim ofan abduction, and despite the efforts of the police and FBI, she was neverfound. Hope knows law enforcement will dowhat they can. Grasping for any possibility, despite her husband’s objection, she callsfor help from Casey Woods and herrenegade investigators, Forensic Instincts. This is Casey Woods’ brainchild, a team ofhandpicked experts with the skill set to get results without worrying about thelegalities.
The team includes a behaviorist, a techno-wizard, anintuitive, and a former Navy Seal– who race against the clock to bring Krissy home.
This fast-paced suspense thriller leaves the door open for more Forensic Instinct adventures to come.
To escape the tumult and conflicts of 1960s Detroit, Arthur Scott moves his wife and children back to the wind-swept plains of his hometown on Bent Road near Hays, Kansas. His wife, Celia, resents the move that will put her close to in-laws she barely knows and a small town society she doesn’t understand. As Celia grapples with loneliness and brutality of life and death on a farm, she watches events unfold– leading to a secret lurking in this small village. A secret that involves the Scott family. Years ago, Arthur’s beautiful old sister died mysteriously. Now, another young girl disappears without a trace. Arthur’s only living sister, severely abused by her alcoholic husband, seeks refuge with Celia’s family.
On Bent Road, a battered red truck cruises ominously along the prairie, a boy hefts his father’s rifle in search of a target, and a mother realizes she no longer knows how to protect her children. This rich and haunting story of a family reminds us that simplicity of landscape does not necessairily mean simplicity of life
A golden retriever stars in this memoir, Until Tuesday. Luis’s memoir is about his experiences as an Iraq veteran who returns to New York recovering from injuries with a severe case of post-traumatic stress disorder. Failing to cope with a “new”world and at the end of his sanity, Luis enlists the help of a service dog to help him re-acclimate. It is a charming story of the bond that grows between Luis and Tuesday. More than that, it is a dramatic look into the mind of a person suffering from PTSD. Montalvan, a former captain in the US Army, is most compelling when he zones in on how he reacts to his world. He is an advocate for service dogs to help the disabled.
He was a man who didn’t deserve a second chance. But, he needed one…
Sandy Portman, a wealthy New Yorker, who attracts women like bees to flowers, marries naive and optimistic Emily, a young editor. Becoming bored with his pretty wife of four years, Sandy is on the way home to ask for a divorce when he is killed in a tragic accident.
After Sandy’s death, Emily finds out that he was unfaithful and on top of that, now she faces eviction from their home.
Sandy wakes up in an animal shelter in the body of a scruffy little dog named Einstein. It is Sandy’s chance to make up for his mistakes, a chance for redemption.
Bewildered and angry, Emily finds comfort in the form of a wacky little dog named Einstein that she finds at the animal shelter where she volunteers. Emily and Einstein is a mixture of humor, regret and love–told by turns from Emily and Sandy/Einstein.
In Stevens’s debut novel, The Informationist, Vanessa Munroe’s current case might be her last. Having spent her life distancing herself from her sordid childhood in Africa, Munroe has based her career on the skills she acquired there. She is an informationist and linguist with the ability to blend into any country and obtain the knowledge sought by her high-paying clients. Her current client is a distraught father whose daughter, Emily, vanished four years ago in Africa. After Emily’s safari group finished its tour, she decided to travel more with two men she met on the tour. Of the three, only one returned. Emily disappeared and the last man who saw her now resides in a mental institution. Munroe is intrigued by what previous investigators might have missed, but she is not prepared for what awaits her in Africa.” Library Journal. Monroe is a model of emerging action women, not unlike the heroine in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
In Cold Wind, Box’s searing 11th Joe Pickett novel, Joe’s mother-in-law, Missy, is accused of murdering her latest husband–there’s a part of him that can’t believe his good luck. The social-climbing harpy has had it in for him for years–but he can hardly believe she is guilty. Could a petite woman in her mid-sixties really hoist a body to the top of a wind turbine and chain it to a spinning blade? And what’s her motive anyway? Simultaneously, an old enemy ambushes Joe’s outlaw colleague, Nate Romanowski, and his lover. Nate’s grief-driven hunt for revenge adds mealty action to this multi-stranded tale.
In the new pet noir, Dogs Don’t Lie, Pru Marlowe has survived a nervous breakdown caused by her newly-found ability to hear animals’ thoughts. Seeking some peace from the cacophony of animal thoughts in the big city, Pru flees New York, and doesn’t finish her degree as an animal behaviorist. Pru sets up shop as an animal trainer in her small hometown. She is accompanied by Wallis, her cat, who helps Pru understand the animal thoughts she is hearing.
Pru finds her best client, Charles, dead on his living room floor, his throat ripped out and his newly-adopted pit bull, Lily, covered in blood-standing next to him. Spurred on by the desperate cries from Lily, and convinced that Lily is innocent, Pru commits herself to saving Lily and solving the murder. Billed as the beginning of a new Pru Marlowe series, Simon launches a delightful book that will appeal to fans of Shirley Rousseau Murphy and Rita Mae Brown.