October Reads

Hannah Jenkins

 

 

 

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

 

As we get closer to the holiday season what better way is there than to spend the evenings curled up with a book? Here are 26 books that you should add to your reading list!

 

Thriller, Mystery and Suspense

Breaking Point: Women of Purgatory 3.5, by India Kells

 

When you are pushing your life, love, and mission to the breaking point…

Time flew for the Purgatory organization, and even if its founder, Beatrice Dante, is never far away, Gabrielle Thorne is now in charge of the teams. But such a position comes at a price for the former assassin.

Her strength is wearing thin, and her relationship with her husband Sullivan is on the rocks. Pushing every warning sign aside, Gabrielle calls out the team for a mysterious mission at Beatrice’s request. With Sully, Mac, Wes, Dee and Owen by her side, and, of course, Lance, they quickly realize that their mission is going south from the start, and that every step is not only leading them in the wrong direction, but a shadow is keeping an eye on them along the way.

And for Gabrielle, her next decisions may mean the end of her life as she knows it.

For the first time, the Purgatory reunites in a novella.

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Hidden: Part 1, by Linda Berry

Haunted by the violent deaths of his Marine brothers in Afghanistan, twenty-eight-year-old Sully returns home to Oregon wanting to piece his fragmented life back together.

His homecoming is tainted, however, by the long-buried secrets of his invalid father, which have torn the family apart. Their horse ranch has been neglected and is sliding into bankruptcy. Murdering horse thieves have stolen Sully’s champion stallion and killed a close friend.

Doggedly, Sully works to restore the family’s prosperity and care for his ill-tempered father. His friendship with Maggie, a gentle yet vulnerable therapist, is his only refuge.

Violence and murder continue to hound Sully, and until the elusive horse thieves are caught, no one in his family is safe.

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Missing Amanda, by Duane Lindsay

 

If you like Westlake or Hallinan – You’ll love Missing Amanda

Revenge is a dish best served quickly

Chicago in 1958 is a very dangerous place. When private eye Lou Fleener and his friend Dion Monkton are tricked into helping a Chicago mob boss in his takeover of Mayor Daley’s office, it makes the other mobs angry enough to kill.

Through guns and bombs and the unsteady affections of Cassidy Adams, a blonde with a heart for pure gold, the scary attentions of a hit man who prefers a scalpel to a .38 and a baseball fan who’ll kill them if the Cubs lose, Lou and Monk devise an amazing plan of vengeance against the mobs.

All of them. At the same time.

If it works, they’ll be rich. And who knows – maybe even alive.

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The Child on the Terrace, by Virginia Winters

Anne McPhail, retired pediatrician, shattered by her experience in Bermuda, rents a tiny house in Setenil, Spain, hoping to reconcile what she learned about herself and Thomas after the gunfire in that dark room on the island.

But she sees a child on the terrace of the local cafe who doesn’t seem to belong to her minders and then Ari, the Mossad agent who saved Anne’s life, seeks her out with a plan to rescue the child from kidnappers. Should she trust him? Three days later, she is on the run with Ari and the little girl, with killers Esti and Sergio on their trail. She glimpses a man she thinks is Thomas. Is he, too in Spain? And why?

Should she trust him? Three days later, she is on the run with Ari and the little girl, with killers Esti and Sergio on their trail. She glimpses a man she thinks is Thomas. Is he, too in Spain? And why?

How far will Anne go to save Naomi?

From Spain to France to Italy, this is Anne’s most dangerous journey.

 

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A Bark in the Night (The Talking Dog Detective Agency Book 1), by M K Scott

Out of control preschoolers and their demanding parents has Nala turning private investigator over summer break.

The idea came from her ability to solve television mysteries before the sleuth did. Her agency motto is discreet inquiries, which means nothing to her wannabe action star father or her competitive mother who are determined to help.

A hunky veteran turned cop, a helpful neighbor, and a rescue dog that talks only makes things interesting. Nala might even start to enjoy the job if whoever is trying to kill her would just give it a break.

Nala might even start to enjoy the job if whoever is trying to kill her would just give it a break.

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The Long Road Home, by Carolyn M Bowen

After a lifetime of being protected and sheltered by her parents, Kate is thrown into a state of turmoil after their sudden death.

With nowhere else to turn, she finds herself living with her fiancé, a conniving businessman who is well on his way to becoming a corrupt super-lawyer. At the same time, Kate’s father’s law firm houses more secrets than a politician’s hard drive. Later, she receives a shocking surprise when a long-lost half-brother enters her life.

Can Kate rise to these challenges, discover the truth and re-emerge as a stronger, smarter version of herself?

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Self Help

When God Says Go: Turn Your Storms Into An Unshakable Relationship With God, Leaving It All Behind, by Velma Marie Trayham

If you’re in the market for life-changing advice for professional and personal growth based on concrete experience, When God Says God is for you!

This new guide will show you how to survive and thrive in business and forge a path toward success in every area of life.

Award-winning marketing leader and professional speaker Velma Trayham cites the grace of God as the catalyst for her current success, and she wants to share the secret of embracing your own “go” moment so that you can move toward the destiny God ordained for you.

She shares how she handled the accident that became her personal “go” moment.

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Earthgame: Hints for Mastering the Greatest Game in the Universe, by Rochelle P. Bartholomew

Fellow members of the human race, have you forgotten how incredibly powerful and badass you are? To live IS an awfully big adventure, perhaps the biggest adventure in the entire universe.

But this adventure, like all great adventures, is challenging, somewhat painful, and at times terrifying! Instead of running out to meet the challenge, many of us find ourselves stuck in a constant state of low-grade fear and anxiety. Great sages and teachers throughout time have had one message to humanity: “fear not.” You were built for this! Earthgame will show you why there is no need to feel afraid. It will uplift you and inspire you to live your days more carefree, childlike, open, and courageously. We’re going to talk fundamentals, theory, and technique.

A straight up ‘how-to’ section on meditation will get you started if you are a beginner and if you are more experienced, help you go deeper than ever thought possible. To everyone in the middle of living a life right now, Earthgame is the mid-game pep talk you may be needing! Let’s go out there balls swinging, like the warriors we are and let come what may. …I’ll see you on the field.

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Slick Move Guide Latest Edition, by Jodi Velazquez

 

The Slick Move Guide Latest Edition is an updated version of the original Slick Move Guide. This consumer written, easy to read, informative and very detailed moving guide that can save a mover hundreds of dollars is now loaded with even more helpful information.

Detailed content has been added primarily in the Determining a good prospect section to better assist readers with choosing a quality mover and protect them from moving fraud. A comparison of moving yourself and having a moving company relocate your household goods has been added as well as the benefits of moving in the winter months. The original SMG has been tested for competency and changes have been made in determined areas to help the reader understand the information more easily. A section has been added on transporting firearms and more helpful tips have been added about how to handle the emotional side of moving and staying in touch with family and friends.

Some editorial revisions have also been made to the new version. Just as the original this guide offers great packing advice, and will educate the mover on how to protect their household goods, choose a quality mover, and avoid those infamous mistakes and much more. With a spiral binding, it acts as a workbook and the stress reducing timeline in the end of the book is one of the best features providing blank lines for customizing your to do list. It is used by companies, home builders, real estate agents, schools, and sports teams and leagues in America.

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And Then I Met Margaret, by Rob White

From humble beginnings, Rob White went on to become very successful in the real estate and restaurant business. At the same time that he began enjoying material wealth, he experienced a deepening feeling of inner emptiness. So he sought out world-class gurus to help him understand better how to live a full, rich life.

However, he eventually discovered that the most helpful gurus aren’t necessarily bestselling self-help authors, world-famous keynote speakers, or famous workshop leaders — they’re unassuming gurus that everyone encounters on their journey through life. These “everyday” teachers awakened Rob to powerful insights and life lessons that are superb starting points for a new life.

This book recaps twenty one of Rob’s awakening moments in inspirational, warm, and entertaining stories. You’ll read about a grade school student who, with one simple question, helped Rob gain a deeper understanding of the true meaning of life. You’ll meet a Maasai mother who demonstrated that we’re much more than we dare to imagine. And you’ll meet a former peanut vendor who turned medical wisdom on its head by simply deciding that he wasn’t going to die.

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Romance

 

I, SUBMISSIVE: (A DUET, BOOK 1), by Kari Nelson

Alexis Quinn was a dutiful wife for 10 years, when her cheating husband asked for a divorce.

Having submitted to one man for 15 years, Alexis found that escaping him had made her want more.

Her best friend, Phoebe had taken her to a ‘Lifestyle’ club, where Alexis fantasized about being with a Dom named Dmitri. He became her obsession, causing her entire life to spiral out of control with her overwhelming desire to be the submissive woman that he wanted.

Alexis stands to lose everything on a quest to have more, as it opens a door to a world that she had only dreamed was possible.

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Love Arrested, by Doris Vilk

 

Susan Chatham had it all: celebrity status, money and a super-hot Hollywood mogul husband.

While on set, her world came crashing down.

Susan was arrested and convicted for a crime she contended she did not commit.

 

Life in prison presented abuse beyond her level of comprehension.

Could she remain resilient and survive the demands made upon her and find true love in the depths of her despair?

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Heartaches: Bad Boy Vibes, by H.M. Irwing

Anna Simmons is a broken soul searching for meaning in her life.

Shattered by a number of people she trusted, she was almost on the brink of utter despair when her savior came from an unlikely source.

Rafe Brown, ex-army commando, returned to Australia from abroad with a soul fractured to splinters.

Moving through life in an aimless search to seek retribution, he meets Anna and she happens to be what he needed but never expected.

Love, lust and passion ignites but beneath it all, two soul unite forever.

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Falling Pomegranate Seeds: The Duty of Daughters: Volume 1 (Katherine of Aragon Story), by Wendy J Dunn

 

Doña Beatriz Galindo. Respected scholar. Tutor to royalty. Friend and advisor to Queen Isabel of Castile.

Beatriz is an uneasy witness to the Holy War of Queen Isabel and her husband, Ferdinand, King of Aragon. A Holy War seeing the Moors pushed out of territories ruled by them for centuries.

The road for women is a hard one. Beatriz must tutor the queen’s youngest child, Catalina, and equip her for a very different future life. She must teach her how to survive exile, an existence outside the protection of her mother. She must prepare Catalina to be England’s queen.

A tale of mothers and daughters, power, intrigue, death, love, and redemption. In the end, Falling Pomegranate Seeds sings a song of friendship and life.

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Crazy New Life by D.D. Hardin

After a year of being divorced, Katelyn Harper meets and falls for Anthony Piersson, big man around Charlotte. She thought it would be a while before meeting someone she would want to be with. Little does she know, she will not only experience a lot of firsts after ending her marriage of 25 years, but more adventure than she might ever want.

This strong man she is falling for has a lot of very angry people after him and she feels she has to protect him as much as he feels the need to protect her.

Anthony Piersson, owner of several businesses and entrepreneur in Charlotte has been divorced for a couple of years. He has not even thought of meeting and falling for anyone again until he runs into Katelyn Harper at a quaint bar in a town South of Charlotte with his friend Christian.

Never did he think he would fall in love with a hot red head or even enjoy a woman’s presence again. Now to keep this woman safe from those trying to destroy him is his top priority along with making sure she is his and his alone.

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Sci-Fi

 

Col’m, by D. Krauss

 

Twenty years after Tu’an, Collier Rashkil runs an intelligence network out of an underground church in the northern Shenandoah Valley.

A hundred miles or so south, Henry Price runs a smuggling ring. Neither is aware the other survived the horrific last stand of the Ghosts.

Life is hard: Collier is proscribed; Henry is one step ahead of arrest and execution, yet both have a measure of contentment. But then an old enemy confronts Collier as a new enemy attacks Henry, and a war already lost threatens to reignite and finish them, their families, and what’s left of the country.

 

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Refuse, by Jennifer N Roush

Psyche: it used to mean the seat of intellect, but now refers only to a tiny asteroid housing the solar system’s human garbage.

When Antoinette Foucault’s dream of motherhood circles the drain, an emotional outburst is expected, but not a revolution. Her official “Deviation” permits her to express otherwise-illegal discontent, but no one could predict it would be her key to an organization of misfits with designs on overthrowing the government.

Can she save the innocent before warring revolutions destroy them all? Only if she can do more, be more, than refuse.

 

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Historical Fiction

 

 

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.

 

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Reign of the Marionettes, by Sheena Macleod

Mass hysteria sweeps through the country with deadly consequences. Beneath the wit and laughter of Charles II’s Restoration Court, political and religious tensions mount, and Countess Elizabeth Herbert tries to keep her family safe.

When Titus Oates, a minister begging on the streets, claims to have uncovered a plot to kill the King and replace him with his Catholic heir, no one is safe from accusation. When suspicion falls on her husband, Elizabeth’s life is thrown into turmoil.

As a tangled web of lies and deceit unfolds, Elizabeth realises her husband is a pawn in a much larger game. Caught up in the mass hysteria sweeping the country she’s forced to fight back to stop his execution for high treason.

But, how can a woman take on the most powerful men in England?

Set at a time of religious and political turmoil, when the fate of English rule is at stake, and it’s impossible to know who to trust ‘Reign of the Marionettes’ brims with historical detail and intrigue.

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Humor

 

Motherhood Martyrdom & Costco Runs, by Whitney Dineen

 

Join bestselling romantic comedy author, Whitney Dineen, as she discovers the three Es of parenting:

  • Exhilarating—when you first discover you’re pregnant.
  • Exhausting—when you realize you’ll most likely never sleep again–like EVER.
  • Explosive—OMG these kids spew from both ends!

And that’s just the beginning. Whitney shares the ridiculous highs and excruciating lows of her catapult into motherhood. Enjoy the ride as this new mom vows to give up profanity while falling in love with… you guessed it, Costco. Be careful, because if you’re anything like Whitney, you may just pee a little.

Motherhood Martyrdom & Costco Runs takes the reader on a roller coaster of emotions as Whitney plummets into postpartum depression, desperately tries to get her kids to stop yodeling in public restrooms, and comes to terms with the fact she’ll never quite be queen of her own kingdom. Get ready to laugh, cry, cheer, and pat yourself on the back for the sake of mommies everywhere. And while you’re at it, stop by Costco for a case of toilet paper and a Very Berry Sundae. You won’t regret it!

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Literary Fiction

 

To and Fro Upon the Earth: A Novel, by Markus McDowell

 

This literary novel is a new take on an old story of grief and the search for meaning in a world that seems not only uncaring, but vindictive.

To and Fro Upon the Earth is a captivating (and disturbing) story about a man who rejects the common answers to life, suffering, and injustice. In his life, in his dreams, and in painful flashbacks, Jay Adam faces the agony of grave injustice, experiences the cold hand of fate, and reluctantly embarks upon a questionable search for meaning and hope.

 

 

 

 

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California Bound by Frank Kelso and John O’Melveny Woods

 

Lawmen won’t … The Cavalry can’t … 2 Civil War veterans wade the Rio Bravo to find a stolen girl!
In a Union POW camp, Jeb & Zach dreamed of California Gold, but the road West leads Jeb to his sis’s home in Texas.  Jeb & Zach are God-fearing, hard-working, honest southern boys–if you don’t count stealing Gen. Sherman’s horse.
A border war raged on the Rio Bravo near Eagle Pass TX! Cattle rustled! Ranches burnt! Innocents killed or kidnapped! Confronting 2 Cortina men in a saloon turns ugly … Jeb is wounded … one Cortina man escapes to alert Cortina. A young widow tends Jeb in healing after the Doc sews him. Jeb and Zach take a shine to the bold and sassy lady.
“Aww, man. After all the time we been together, are we gonna fight over a woman”

Jeb & Zach trick Cortina to rescue Rebecca but Cortina cross the Rio Bravo to take Eagle Pass hostage! Either Jeb & Zach surrender to him or he burns the town!

Will they ever get to California?

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Fantasy

 

Shadows of Men, by M. Lee Holmes

 

When Rhada, High Protector of Kaena, is commanded by the King to travel north to investigate a suspicious disturbance, she is less than thrilled to spend over a month on the road. As her companion, she chooses Captain Mayvard Stoneward, the only person who can bear her company. The two of them set off on a journey that will forever change their lives- a journey where Rhada’s past seems to follow her everywhere she goes- a past that the people of the realm have not so easily forgotten.

Meanwhile, Lord Ivran Cassius has plans to overthrow the throne, and at his side is the entire realm, eager to rid themselves of the man who calls himself King. Rhada’s absence leaves King Firion vulnerable, and Lord Ivran only needs to find the right moment to strike.

But none of them are expecting the darkness that has gathered in the north- an ancient sorcerer, seemingly returned from the dead. He is a man who can raise the dead from their graves and control the minds of his prey- a man desperately seeking vengeance.

The realm of Kaena will have to come together to fight this new evil, and only one person can save them all.

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The Seventh Seal (The Chronicles of Daniel Stone Book 1), by A.J. Dobbs

Fifteen year old Daniel Stone’s world is turned upside down when he his kidnapped by the villainous Odling Smee. He learns that his late father was one of the seven Keepers of Thera charged with maintaining the balance of life on Earth and its alternate self Arthe and that this great responsibility has now fallen on him.

Smee is intent on overthrowing the Keepers and taking control of life itself and Daniel, as heir to the Seventh Seal, now stands in his way!

Daniel has to come to terms with the lies and deceit of his parents as well as the burden of his father’s inheritance as his life heads uncontrollably into a future he could never have imagined. His childhood now lost he has to face the heavyweight of adult responsibility.

The Seventh Seal is a fast paced page-turner that weaves effortlessly between the interconnected worlds of Earth, Arthe and Thera to keep you guessing and questioning as science fact is mixed with fantasy to create new worlds with amazing possibilities…

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Spiritual

  

The Book of Thomas The Doubter, by George Tyrell

The Gospel of Thomas revealed the secret teachings Jesus gave to his doubting disciple.

The ancient historian Eusebius spoke of Thomas’ travels into the mysteries of occult lands. The Acts of Thomas told of his mission among the Hindus and Buddhists of India (and there are commemorative sites and Thomas Christians in India to prove it).

What effects would Jesus’ most intimate teachings have on the disciple Thomas?

And how would this skeptical Jew have responded to the occult religions in strange lands?

Thomas’ secret teachings and mysterious travels are now brought vividly alive in the apocryphal story: The Book of Thomas the Doubter: Uncovering the Hidden Teachings

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The Other Side of the Story, by Daphine Priscilla Brown- Jack

 

On August 26, 2009, Daphine Priscilla Brown-Jack thought everything was fine. While driving home from work, she began to reflect on her day, grateful for all her blessings. But just as her gut instinct told her something was wrong, her phone rang. As her daughter relayed news of an allegation against her husband–the man who was always serving and loving God and his family–Daphine’s life plunged into turmoil. Suddenly, nothing was fine.

In the coming months as the situation in her home grew unbearable, Daphine knew she could no longer depend on anyone and turned to her only remaining hope and strength: God. As she relives the emotional experience of watching her life fall apart before her eyes, Daphine provides a compelling glimpse inside her personal journey as she separated fact from fiction, navigated through the criminal justice system, and learned to trust in God’s purpose and plan for her life.

The Other Side of the Story is the inspirational true story of one woman’s struggles within herself, her family, her faith, and the justice system after her husband is wrongfully accused of a crime.

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Memoir

 

Running Away to Europe: A Memoir, by Nicolette Johnston

In this soul-searching story, Nicolette explores England and France. But her adventure quickly turns into a comedy of errors, leaving her trip to resemble nothing like the dream vacation she envisioned. She leaves her passport on a bus in England, gets pickpocketed in Paris, has a fender bender on a narrow village road in the Loire Valley, and realizes she is truly alone when she can’t communicate in French.

Despite blogging her adventures to the world, she internally struggles with which direction in life to go next. Vowing to keep incoming communication to a minimum during her escape; she wanders thru parks, gardens, and the French country hoping to find inner peace. Yet, she knows her biggest struggle still lies ahead.

Does she return to John in Florida?

The kindest man she’s ever known despite his shortcomings, and why can’t she forget Jett? The man she told herself never to surrender her heart to. But first, she must remember why she ran away in the first place.

With her vacation…err, ‘run’ coming to an end, the thought of figuring out the next chapter is nearly paralyzing, but she knows she can’t avoid facing her future forever.

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Business

 

 

QuickBooks Made Fast and Simple, by Mike L Russell

 

Learn the easier cash method of accounting in just 4-6hours. Are you behind with your bookkeeping and need to catch up so you can file your taxes! Did you try to learn accrual accounting first and your finding it difficult?

You should always learn the easier cash basis method of bookkeeping first before learning the more difficult accrual method. Unique Author’s Warranty allows you to email questions to help you succeed!

Get your copy today and be ready for the next tax deadline! Contractors of all types express the following sentiments. You can’t believe it happened again! Last year, you swore it would be different.

You promised yourself that you would have everything ready so that this year’s tax preparation would be easy. Sure, you tried. You bought a couple of books. Tried to do the QuickBooks tutorials on their site. But you kept messing it up and having to start again. Accrual accounting is hard! 

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