Plants in my yard are never bored. I often picture dramatic scenes taking place as I put two beauties together, they become friends, fall in love and then two weeks later I get bored with where they are at and I move one to a different part of the yard, never to see each other again. DRAMA! What I think looked great in the Spring, suddenly bugs the padoodle out of me in the Summer, and it’s either DEATH (drama again) or just moving again and again until I am satisfied. The ones who get planted in the ground have a bit more security and do usually grow to be old and wise. It’s the ones in the pots you don’t want to make friends with or get too close to. They could be gone any day. Pots or in the ground, everyone fears the chickens. So ya…. the plants in my garden are never bored.

Cicada Spring: A Novel
by Christian Galacar
4.5 Stars (937 Reviews)
Genre: Thrillers | Suspense

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How far would you go to protect your own?

On a warm May evening in the spring of 1979, the people of Heartsridge, Massachusetts, are living the American dream. Families are gathered for barbecues. Kids are playing in front yards. Gardens are being kept. Meanwhile, Kara Price stumbles home through the woods, raped and beaten, her life shattered by a wicked act of violence, perpetrated by one of the town’s most beloved and public figures.

Surrounding Kara is a cast of compelling and nefarious characters — a violent-tempered mayor who can do no wrong in the eyes of the town, a sheriff bound by the rules and plagued by a guilty conscience, a father bent on revenge, a serial killer in the midst of an identity crisis. And at the center of it all there’s Kara, who just wants to move on with her life and forget everything that happened to her. But how can she do that when everyone thinks she is a liar who is only out for attention? With plot and emotion braided together by a careful hand, this haunted group of people all acting on behalf of their own interests begs the question: How far would you go to protect your own?

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The 5 Minute Meditation Paradise
by Stephens Hyang
4.0 Stars (1 Review)
Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting | Self-Help

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Meditation for Beginners – Find out how this book can guide you towards a peaceful and happy life.

Have you always led a crazy, chaotic life? Was there a moment when you asked for even just a moment of silence to gather your thoughts and be calm for a while?

Meditation is what you need.

Anyone could benefit from meditation. Whether it’s a student hoping to pass his exams, a CEO who needs to make decisions for a company, a mother who takes care of her family the whole day…
… You’d definitely benefit from meditation.

This is how life goes every day: running here and there at work, endless phone conversations, keeping up with the times, taking care of the kids, studying, staying up late… everyday activities that don’t seem to end.

Will it ever stop? No, it won’t, because that’s how life goes. You keep on moving, you do your usual activities – maybe for other people, maybe for yourself. Your life has become so busy, did you ever consider stopping to breathe?

Sitting or lying down while watching TV or checking your phone may be your idea of relaxation, but sadly, it’s not enough to really calm you down. That being said, you’re still doing something, you’re still occupied. You’re just not moving.

This is where meditation comes in…

… The Art of Meditation

Meditation is not about sitting on an empty corner of your home, chanting and saying unintelligible words. Meditation is all about calmness and concentration; it’s all about keeping focus and calming your mind amidst your frenzied life.

Meditation for beginners doesn’t have to involve complicated activities. It may sound challenging to control your thoughts, but soon you’ll be familiar with it. You don’t have to see major improvements. Just take your time and soon it’ll be easier.

Still struggling? Don’t worry – you’re not alone, and we’ll help you through it. This book will also familiarize you with the common challenges people face as they meditate, as well as how to address it.

Benefits of Meditation

Here are some of the benefits that you can get from meditation:

• It reduces anxiety and impulsivity

• It lowers elevated blood pressure and blood lactate levels

• It increases your energy levels

• It cheers you up and gives you better mood and behavior

• It refreshes and rejuvenates your mind and body

• it decrease stress and depression

• It improves self-esteem and self confidence

• it improves emotional intelligence

• It increases productivity

• it increase mental strength

• It improves memory retention

• ..and more!

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Scimitar’s Glory: A Swordships Odyssey Novel
by Dietmar Wehr, Tom Edwards
4.7 Stars (45 Reviews)
Genre: Science Fiction | Science Fiction & Fantasy

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Human-explored space lies between two alien races that are either openly aggressive or covertly hostile. 7th Fleet discovers that one of those races is moving to attack. In a moment of panic, the commanding admiral orders the fleet to attempt a risky jump through hyperspace. They miss hitting their target star’s gravity well and end up deep in unexplored space with a shockingly long trip home and not nearly enough food to last that long. With war now raging in their home systems, the officers of 7th Fleet must find a way to put aside their egos, ambitions and fears in order to make it back, and they know that not all of them will. Scimitar’s Glory is the first book in a new, fast-paced, action-packed military SF series: Swordships Odyssey. The second book, Excalibur’s Quest, is already available for pre-order.

With a long, risky jump like this, Dejanus would have expected Corregidor’s astrogational AI to take at least ten minutes to aim the ship as precisely as possible to the distant star’s center. She was therefore surprised and somewhat alarmed when the flagship signaled to the rest of the fleet that they could start to match her trajectory after only half that time.

“Dammit, what’s the rush?” she said to Koenig who was the only other human on the Bridge. “There’s no possible way the Jab fleet can catch us before we jump, even if we take another hour to do it. Why not take a few extra minutes to get the most accurate trajectory possible?” When it became clear that Koenig had nothing to say, she continued. “Astro, I want you to check the flagship’s alignment with Alpha9 while we match vectors. Let me know if you think the flagship’s vector could be better.” That extra task delayed Excalibur’s alignment, and therefore she became the last ship in the fleet to signal her readiness for the jump.

“Fleet Commander on Tac2, Commander,” said the com AI.

Dejanus switched channels to her Command Pod. “Excalibur Actual speaking,” said Dejanus in the formal form of address that ship COs normally didn’t bother with.

“What’s taking your Astro so long to get aligned, Commander?” Rostov didn’t bother to hide his annoyance.

“Just double-checking the overall jump trajectory, Admiral.” Dejanus thought she heard Rostov swear under his breath, but it could have been her imagination.

“You tell your Astro that if Excalibur isn’t aligned in the next two minutes, I’ll order him replaced and transferred to a cargo hauler. FC out!”

The astro AI managed to get the ship aligned within the deadline to no one’s surprise. With all ships in the fleet now aligned perfectly with the flagship and jump velocity attained, the order was given to enter hyperspace.

It was 131.3 hours later when both Koenig and Dejanus were on the Bridge again watching the jump chronometer countdown to the second when the ship should drop back down into normal space. Koenig watched the countdown clock hit zero and then start counting up again. After ten more seconds, Dejanus began shaking her head. She had a horrified expression on her face.

“We’ve missed. That bastard has killed us all.”

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Legion (Prequel to the Man of Wax Trilogy)
by Robert Swartwood
4.2 Stars (57 Reviews)
Genre: Thrillers | Literature & Fiction

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From USA Today bestselling author Robert Swartwood, a heart-pounding conspiracy thriller of riveting mystery and suspense.

A message courier pushed into the path of a train. A young woman commits a terrible act of violence. A family man puts a gun to his head.

John Smith suspects these aren’t random events — someone engineered them. But who — or what? And why is John Smith their next target?

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Eye on the Prize: A Novel
by Dmytro Holmes
4.3 Stars (28 Reviews)
Genre: Romance | Literature & Fiction | Sports

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The story of Mikai, a talented young boxer, and Caitlyn, the beautiful woman he falls in love with. Full of action and passion, the fast-moving plot, with its twists and turns and cast of dramatic characters, all connected in intriguing and unexpected ways, keeps the reader guessing right to the end. The obstacles Mikai faces in the boxing ring mirror the difficulties he (and Caitlyn) have had to overcome in the past, and the continuing struggle that faces them in their desire to have a future together.

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