The baby bassets went back to school yesterday after a week of being away because of the huge fires ripping through our counties. They all seemed pretty excited to be back, and so did the teachers. The teachers were so happy to see their kids again. You could see it on their faces as the kids said their happy hellos and good mornings to them. I really love the normal and boring. Boring is so nice. The kids spent a good portion of the day writing thank you notes and making banners for the first responders. An all around pleasant day. Now back to potty training Junebug…erg

Worst Laid Plans (A Maddox Storm Mystery Book 1)
by Claire Robyns
4.6 Stars (64 Reviews)
Genre: Mystery | Women’s Fiction

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All Maddox Storm wanted was to come home to Silver Firs and lie low while her divorce goes through. And maybe get a little sweet (totally innocent) revenge.
But everything goes out the window when she finds her arch-nemesis dead as a doormat in the kitchen downstairs. Before she knows it, she’s embroiled in a murder investigation and tangling with the smoky-eyed detective on the case. Not that she doesn’t trust him to do his job, but he may not be quite as motivated as she is to bring the guilty party to justice. After all, she’s the one who unwittingly incriminated upstanding townsfolk and worse, she may be living under the same roof as a pair of unlikely murderers.

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Replacing Mars
by Bill Dudley
3.8 Stars (17 Reviews)
Genre: Teen & Young Adult | Action & Adventure | Science Fiction

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This story follows the journey of twin boys, Owen and Ted. Owen has one of the highest IQ’s in the world… his brother Ted – not so much. Ted is still working the same job at the fast food joint that he can’t seem to break out of. Meanwhile, Owen is dazzling the world with his intellect.

Their paths merge together when one night, an alien makes first contact with them. He’s from the planet Terreni, and he comes seeking their help in moving his planet into our solar system. The boys travel to their planet, meeting other aliens and learning more about Terreni and why they need to move it. The twins job is to return to Earth to, ultimately, convince the United Nations to allow Terreni to replace Mars in its orbit. The uncertainty of all of this creates massive panic on Earth, putting the boys lives in jeopardy. Will they be able to help the Terrenians, and should they even trust them in the first place?

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The Fighting Blacksmith
by S J Bounds
4.1 Stars (9 Reviews)
Genre: Thrillers | Westerns

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Whatever it takes…

When rustlers menace peaceful Horseshoe Bend, rancher John Bolton demands drastic action, with gun or rope.

Having had over a score of prize-winning cattle stolen and a ransom note pinned to his door from the notorious criminal Peregrine, Bolton calls for an emergency meeting with the other key ranchers in the valley.

Duffy, Jeffers and Corliss – a newcomer to the town – rally together to help Bolton protect his herd, unaware that Peregrine and his outlaws plan to target a different ranch in every raid.

Soon it becomes clear that there is a traitor in their midst communicating the guard plans to the enemy and suspicion threatens to destroy the ranchers’ defence.

This looks like an ideal opportunity for the town’s brawny blacksmith, Lief Anderson, to impress Bolton’s lovely daughter Ellen and he insists on joining the ranchers’ efforts.

But it wasn’t going to be that easy, for Lief couldn’t even fire a gun let alone shoot a rustler!

Lief struggles on, aided by range detective Slim, and despite being accused of rustling himself he finally discovers the identity of the gang’s leaders.

Risking everything for the security of the woman he loves, Lief attempts to take on the rustlers single-handedly and defies everyone’s expectations of the lowly blacksmith.

That was only the beginning, though, and it was not until more treachery and the sound of gunfire had died down that Lief’s fate, and that of the whole valley, would be decided.

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A Thousand Letters
by Staci Hart
4.5 Stars (658 Reviews)
Genre: Romance

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Sometimes your life is split by a single decision.

I’ve spent every day of the last seven years regretting mine: he left, and I didn’t follow. A thousand letters went unanswered, my words like petals in the wind, spinning away into nothing, taking me with them.

But now he’s back.

I barely recognize the man he’s become, but I can still see a glimmer of the boy who asked me to be his forever, the boy I walked away from when I was young and afraid.

Maybe if he’d come home under better circumstances, he could speak to me without anger in his voice. Maybe if I’d said yes all those years ago, he’d look at me without the weight of rejection in his eyes. Maybe if things were different, we would have had a chance.

One regretted decision sent him away. One painful journey brought him back to me. I only wish I could keep him.

*A contemporary romance inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion*

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Christmas Feast Cookbook: The Very Best Classic and New Recipes
by Sarah Spencer
4.2 Stars (10 Reviews)
Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine | Nonfiction

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Prepare a Memorable Christmas Dinner Feast with Delicious Recipes!
Kitchen-Tested Classic and New Recipes for the Holidays or Any Special Occasion!

Christmas is a magical time of the year when families and friends get together to celebrate. Celebrations mean food, and lots of it! Families get around majestic Christmas dinner tables for meals that have been thought about and planned for days and even weeks in advance.

With Christmas Feast, your Christmas dinner preparation will be easy with eight exciting menu ideas for all types of celebration. They include:
The “Laid Back” menu is for those who want to enjoy simple, flavorful food without all the fuss.

There are also two menus for those of you who prefer more formal dinners, the “Traditional” and the “Elegant” menus. More preparation is involved, but they will amaze your guests.

For the adventurous, why not try something from the “International” menu and wow your guests with something different this year?

We did not forget a “Vegetarian” menu. This has been designed to impress and let them wonder. Why bother preparing meat for this special vegetarian celebratory dinner?

Watching your waistline? We have given thought to this also. The “Light and Flavorful” menu, even though light in calories, is very heavy on taste. Finally, you cannot pass on the season’s best harvest products.

Finally, the “Seasonal” menu, focus on using local and seasonal produces to make this a Christmas meal to remember.

This book has been designed to make your Christmas tastier than ever before! It will take you through the hors d’oeuvres, appetizers, main courses, sides, desserts and cocktail drinks. All of the recipes are sure to be a delight for all of your guests and will have them talking for months.

Inside you will find the need-to-know tips for cooking the perfect Christmas dinner meal and kitchen-tested full-proof recipes to make a memorable Christmas feast.

The recipes all include pictures, nutritional facts, step-by-step instructions, easy to find ingredients and preparation.

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