May Day is approaching and Summer is finally here, so we put together a list of good reads for you to enjoy!
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Civil Bloods by Steve Nelson
Two young brothers attached by their bootstraps, decide to go and fight for the Confederate Army. En route to form up with the rest of their company, they are captured by the North. Sent to Camp Douglas, Illinois. The brothers bribe their way out, and eventually end up in Wisconsin, to start new lives. With help from their uncle, the boys open up a tavern/casino/cathouse in Dundee, Wisconsin. Their lives begin to change in a big way, with help from some notorious outlaws.
With help from their uncle, the boys open up a tavern/casino/cathouse in Dundee, Wisconsin. Their lives begin to change in a big way, with help from some notorious outlaws.
Pursuit of Freedom by Laxmi Parasuram
The book depicts the struggles of 12 year old Maya who rebels against her family and social norms in pursuit of freedom. She refuses an arranged marriage and escapes home to get an education in a catholic boarding school.
Eventually, she lands in America of the 1960s and is embroiled in emotional and spiritual struggles as she realizes the wider ramifications of freedom. She returns on the brink of globalization and finds the traditional society at home withering and heading towards dissolution.
India 1940s and radical American campus 1960s!
The Horseman by Kristina O’Donnelly
As Ariadne, the American, Burhan, the Turk, and Mehmet Ali, the Kurd, emerge from the mists of 8,000 BC and reunite in 20th Century Turkey, they play out their star-crossed destinies upon an explosive stage of upheavals and changes.
A fiery love triangle with its roots in Prehistory …
Only a strong woman like Ariadne, the American, can tame a powerful firebrand like Burhan, the quintessential Turk!
… For A Love That Defies Time, Would You Pledge Your Soul to Eternity?
Giving a Heart of Lace: Sweet and Clean Regency Romance by Arletta Richmond
A Lady brought low by scandal, a handsome merchant, a scoundrel bent on destruction, a Valentine’s Day gift.
Lady Serafine Parkington struggles to keep herself and her mother alive, after the scandal of her brother’s gambling and suicide destroyed their family, and left them shunned by the ton.
Mr Raphael Morton, member of His Majesty’s Hounds, returned war hero and wealthy merchant, is completely and utterly bored, finding it most difficult to settle back into civilian life. He seeks a business idea to engage his interest, and make life worthwhile again.
When an accident of circumstance brings Lady Serafine and Raphael together, an unlikely business partnership is born.
Can they save their business from an unscrupulous scoundrel, who wants their destruction, and find a partnership of the heart, as well as one of business?
The Reluctant General: A Novel About Ancient Israel by Herb Sennett
The story of Deborah and Barak from the biblical book of Judges describes amazing courage and fortitude beyond modern comprehension.
In this modern retelling of the old story, Herb Sennett brings to life the people of 1150 BC in such a way that their hopes, dreams, struggles, pain, and suffering help us face our own problems in the light of God’s willingness to help his people whenever they are threatened with extinction.
The Jewish people of that day knew little of warfare and tactics, but they were able to defeat the most powerful army of the day and then conquer the most heavily defended city in the area. This novel tells of their struggle to live free of oppression and fear through their faith in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
Formula Murder: A Wolf Ruger Mystery by Ross Carley
Another quest for the truth.
Private Investigator Wolf Ruger, returning Iraq Vet with PTSD, navigates the fast-paced, cut-throat world of formula racing in the motorsports capital of the world. Indianapolis-based HH Racing has a high-stakes technical problem the week before the last big race of the season. The race car’s telemetry malfunctions, baffling the racing team’s experts.
Working to resolve the issue, Wolf runs head-on into a mysterious death. His experience and instincts kick into high gear to determine if the telemetry failure and the fatality are related. Simultaneously, seemingly unrelated murders strike a mob operation involving espionage and the FBI. Wolf’s best friend Tito Rodriguez provides PTSD support, and his retired mentor Max advises him throughout the twists and turns of the case.
Wolf must untangle the turmoil before he becomes a victim. While juggling passionate relationships in his personal life, he remains undeterred in pursuit of answers.
A Silver Medallion by James R. Callan
Human Trafficking terrifies her. Seeing it face-to-face forces her to act. Human Trafficking terrifies Crystal. Seeing it face-to-face forces her to act.
In 2015, Crystal Moore encounters a slave in Dallas, Texas — a slave held not by chains, but by threats her two girls held hostage in the jungles of Mexico will be killed if she escapes.
To naïve Crystal, it’s clear. The children must be rescued first, or the mother will never escape.
Crystal would like to forget it, but her conscience will not let her. Her parents died when she was seven. Nothing could be done. But something can be done here.
She goes to Mexico and secures the help of mysterious Juan Grande. If she succeeds, mother and children will be free — but Crystal will have two powerful and ruthless men, one in Texas and one in Mexico, who will want her dead.
Raven’s Redemption: A Cybertech Thriller by John D.Trudel
Raven’s ragtag team thwarted an EMP attack by terrorists with Iranian nukes, but paid a terrible price. Everyone on his team was badly injured. A peaceful neighborhood was left in flames.
Raven doesn’t officially exist. People are demanding explanations, but what doesn’t exist can’t be explained or defended. Politically it is easier to deny covert agents than support them.
The few who know what happened dare not say how close America came to Armageddon. An EMP attack would have killed at least 70% in major cities. Publicizing the extent of our vulnerability would create panic.
Raven’s partner Josie, a gentle psychic with exceptional powers, is catatonic. Her mind shut down from the trauma of red, raw combat. She is gone along with their dreams of someday having normal lives…
The Space Invader by Karen Nortman
A cozy/thriller mystery! The starry skies over New Mexico, the “Land of Enchantment,” may hold secrets of their own.
The Shoemakers and the Ferraros, on an extended camping trip, find themselves picking up a souvenir they don’t want and taking sidetrips they didn’t plan on.
“The Campground Mystery series is my favorite series. I always look forward to the latest adventures of Frannie and company.” – Amazon review
Last Seen: A Dr. Pepper Hunt Mystery by J.L. Doucette
Psychologist and police consultant Dr. Pepper Hunt, struggling to deal with the murder of her husband, leaves the private practice they shared and relocates to Wyoming. There, in the stark landscape of the high desert, there is nothing to remind her of everything she lost and left behind. Then her new patient, Kimi Benally, goes missing in a Wyoming blizzard after her last therapy session―making Pepper the last person to see her. She knows the secrets Kimi shared in therapy hold clues to her mysterious disappearance, and she joins forces with Detective Beau Antelope to try to discover what’s happened to her. But as she follows the trail of Kimi’s obsession with the past, Pepper begins to fear the worst for her missing patient―and her own haunted memories surface.
Then her new patient, Kimi Benally, goes missing in a Wyoming blizzard after her last therapy session―making Pepper the last person to see her. She knows the secrets Kimi shared in therapy hold clues to her mysterious disappearance, and she joins forces with Detective Beau Antelope to try to discover what’s happened to her. But as she follows the trail of Kimi’s obsession with the past, Pepper begins to fear the worst for her missing patient―and her own haunted memories surface.
But as she follows the trail of Kimi’s obsession with the past, Pepper begins to fear the worst for her missing patient―and her own haunted memories surface..
MC: Knight: Book One by L. Ann Marie
Steve is the VP of the MC. He’s autistic, talks funny—especially when stressed, and swears like a sailor. His mind works like a machine, focusing singularly on potential problems and clearing them with precision and stealth. Military trained as a SEAL, he was a satellite for his team, but rarely involved with them. Working alone is what he’s best at, doing it quietly is what he excels at, and eliminating a threat to his MC family is what he was born to do. When he turns that focus on Jess she doesn’t stand a chance and her natural sub tendencies are a perfect fit.
Jess is content being single. After three years of being asked out she finally says yes to Steve. She lives with a debilitating ailment and has to keep moving. She is determined to hide that from her new MC family.
With her finance degree she helps the MC stay out of the drug trade and they offer protection from union bosses. Pres works with Jess to get businesses up and profitable enough to keep his MC going and growing. Keeping drugs out of their newly attained clean world is a challenge that Steve will not walk away from especially when Jess becomes the target.
Until Tomorrow by Nancy Naigle
After yet another heartbreak, Flynn Crane is pretty much done with dating. She’s not even sure she can keep her grandparents’ struggling bed-and-breakfast afloat. But just as she’s about to give up on both her business and her dream of settling down in Boot Creek, Ford Morton walks back into her life.
Even from thousands of miles away, Ford never forgot the spark that ignited when he first met Flynn. Now a monthlong artists’ residency near Boot Creek gives him the perfect opportunity to find out just how intense the fire between them can get.
Neither of them expected just how that little spark would turn into heated passion. With Ford’s return to Alaska looming near, Flynn is torn between her life in Boot Creek and a chance to move to the wilderness for love. Can Ford and Flynn find a way to share tomorrow together—before they both lose their hearts in Boot Creek?
Like Chaff in the Wind by Anna Belfrange
Like Chaff in the Wind is the second book in Anna Belfrage’s time slip series featuring time traveller Alexandra Lind and her seventeenth century husband, Matthew Graham.
Matthew Graham committed the mistake of his life when he cut off his brother’s nose. In revenge, Luke Graham has Matthew abducted and transported to the Colony of Virginia, there to be sold as indentured labour – a death sentence more or less.
Matthew arrives in Virginia in May of 1661, and any hope he had of finding someone willing to listen to his tale of unlawful abduction is quickly extinguished. He also realises that no one has ever survived the seven years of service – not on the plantation Suffolk Rose.
Fortunately, Matthew has a remarkable wife who has no intention of letting her husband die, and so Alex Graham sets off on a perilous journey to bring him home. Alex is plagued by nightmares in which Matthew is reduced to a wheezing wreck by his ordeals. She prays for a miracle to carry her swiftly to his side, but fate has other plans, and what should have been a two month crossing turns into a yearlong adventure from one side of the Atlantic to the other.
Shattered Lies by S.J. Francis
In the tradition of V.C. Andrews’ Flowers in the Attic, and Danielle Steel, every family has one thing in common: secrets.
She wants to know the truth, but some secrets might be better left alone…
Kate Thayer has a good life as a veterinarian, running the family horse farm–until she uncovers an act of unimaginable treachery by those she trusted most and learns that everything she knew about herself was a lie.
Her paternal grandmother, the woman who raised her, is behind a number of devastating secrets Kate is compelled to discover. But the deeper she digs, the more betrayal she finds, changing her life in ways she could have never foreseen.
Radio: One Woman’s Family in War and Pieces by Alice H. Green
This eyewitness account of World War II social history, women’s progess and the Golden Years of Radio are woven into one woman’s humorous and poignant autobiography of her familly struggles and her attempts to fulfill her creative dreams.
This book is richly illustrated with 50 historical photographs and sketches.
“When Ben went off to war…It was obvious I had to go to work. But with all these new duties and two small children under my wing, what could I do? There was a labor shortage. Sure. But was it so bad that some desperate employer would pay handsomely for two hours of a frazzled female’s time after a hard day? At say, fifty dollars a week?”.
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