The sun has been out for four days now, and I just couldn’t help it. I bought some plants. I know it was premature, but I miss my time in the garden. I bought 120 gladiolas. I didn’t even check the planting time. It might be too late to plant them, but it’s not like I ever really followed the directions anyway. I bought 120 of them because Costco never does anything small, and they come in bags of 60. I honestly don’t think I have enough yard space for 120 bulbs. I guess I will be breaking the spacing rule as well. I will plant them all in a tight row and let them fight it out themselves. Gladiola Gladiators!

Young Junius: A Gripping Crime Thriller (Jack Palms Crime Book 4)
by Seth Harwood
4.0 Stars (42 Reviews)
Genre: Literature & Fiction | African American | Suspense | Thrillers

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The Amazing Prequel Saga of Junius Ponds in 1987

When his older brother gets gunned down, 14-year-old Junius Posey puts down the weed he’s pushing and grips a gun for the first time.

As he makes his way into the Rindge Towers, a territory of vicious drug dealers, Junius is forced to defend his best friend””to deadly effect. Now there’s no going back. Shocked by the violence he’s created and determined to see his quest through to its end, he pushes ever farther into the towers to find a woman known as “The Oracle” who might have his answer.

??? While Junius, his friend, two rival crews, and the police all move toward a final confrontation within the hallways and stairwells of these low-income high-rises, a series of surprising events and shifting loyalties transform the day into a bloody turning point that no one could ever expect.

Young Junius is the thrilling prequel to Seth Harwood’s bestseller Jack Wakes Up. If you like riveting characters in a world of ever-unfolding depths, cinematic storytelling, and fast-paced action, you’ll love this read!

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Forgiving Reed (Southern Boys Book 1)
by C.A. Harms
4.4 Stars (351 Reviews)
Genre: Romance

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**Mature Content Warning** Recommended for ages 17+ due to language and sexual content.

Kori suffered a great loss, one that left her feeling so desolate and alone, that she believed nothing would ever fill the void…

The only thing that kept her going was the one little piece of joy she still had in her life, her baby boy, Rhett.

She had no choice but to move forward and give her son the best life she could. Which meant moving back home.

Except there was one problem.

Home was where Reed would be…

The man who once held her heart, then shattered it into a million pieces.

Grieving the loss of Rhetts dad, and learning to forgive those who have betrayed her, Kori was battling it all.

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BLACKDOWN (a thriller and murder mystery)
by D. M. Mitchell
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It is 1817, Regency England. Thomas Blackdown, a thieftaker and ex-soldier, receives word that his brother and father are in deep trouble and need his help. But Blackdown is a man that harbours bitter memories; a man banished from his homeland because of a terrible accident, and so is reluctant to return to his ancestral home in Somerset.

However, once there he discovers that his brother has been savagely murdered – torn to shreds, some say by a mythical creature the locals call the Blackdown Beast. Thomas Blackdown does not believe in any creature of fantasy, and is determined to bring to justice his brother’s murderer, encouraged by his brother’s fiancé, Julianne Tresham, and aided by the faithful servant Addison.

But Blackdown is quickly drawn deep into a complicated web of deceit, power, greed and murder involving Lord Tresham – Julianne’s father – and the cold Sir Peter Lansdowne. What is the mysterious Lupercal Club? Why do ex-soldiers go missing from Commodore Pettigrew’s travelling theatre? What strange thing is happening in Devilbowl Wood where Blackdown’s brother was found mutilated? And does a savage, hellish creature really prowl the night?

Soon, Blackdown must fight for his own life and face up to his demons both imaginary and real. He will need all his wits and skills to survive if he is ever to discover the shocking truth behind the evil that has penetrated as far as the government itself.

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Islands in the Mist (Islands in the Mist Series Book 1)
by J.M. Hofer, Rama Devi Marshall, Eleanor Hofer
4.6 Stars (51 Reviews)
Genre: Fantasy | Science Fiction & Fantasy

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J.M. Hofer delivers page-turning tales of lust, power and sorcery in her award-winning first novel, Islands in the Mist, and its sequels. Set in post-Roman Britain and steeped in Welsh legend, her stories bring to life the times just before the arrival of King Arthur.

In Islands in the Mist, we meet the great warrior, Bran, who is called home from the battlefield to his mother’s deathbed. He honors her final wish by vowing to solve the mystery of what fatally attacked her and the clan’s chieftain in the night. Though many have dismissed it as a wolf attack, she insists it was not, and encourages him to seek the counsel of Talhaiarn, druid advisor to their clan.

On his journey, Bran encounters the fiery Lucia, widow to a Roman centurion, and her strangely-gifted stable boy, Gwion–an enigmatic child graced with understanding beyond his years. Lucia possesses “the Sight,” an ability that has plagued her from the time she was a small girl, tormenting her with disturbing visions of events that invariably come to pass. Fate leads her to discover many of her maternal ancestors were masterful women gifted with similar psychic abilities and that some of them have been watching her from the shadows for years.

Upon returning to his village, Bran finds himself at odds with the hot-tempered Aelhaearn, who is determined to become their clan’s next chieftain. To Aelhaearn’s disappointment, Bran’s sister, Seren, now priestess in her mother’s place, convinces the clan to choose Bran for the honor instead. In the aftermath of their conflict, Bran discovers something shocking about his rival that causes him to rue his sister’s decision.

They must all work together, however, to defeat the creator of their nocturnal enemies — a creator who, one by one, is patiently pulling all who oppose her deep into the seductive maelstrom of her power.

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Caprese Recipes: Simple Italian Cooking Caprese Style
by BookSumo Press
Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine | Nonfiction

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Light Italian Dishes. Caprese Style.

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