Today is the last day of Summer Vacation for the baby bassets. I feel like we should go out with a bang and do something big, but I am really exhausted from all the hiking and biking we have been doing. If I am not hiking and biking, I am grocery shopping and cleaning. What I really want to do right now is sit in the backyard and daydream. We have decided to dig a huge hole about 2 feet deep and 10 feet long and put in a little pond. The left side of the backyard has been a bit of a trouble spot for me, so instead of plants there will be fish. I will keep it simple, not too many plants, but instead a few nice hardscape features. I am hoping to attract bugs and maybe a few frogs. I won’t add frogs, but if they find their way into the pond, I won’t fight it. If they get too out of hand I know the creek where they came from and I can just let them go there. I love thinking about this project because I know we won’t be doing it until next Spring. I really hope we won’t be doing it until next Spring. Oh no…. I might do it next week.

Rafe (Texas Boudreau Brotherhood Book 1)
by Kathy Ivan
4.3 Stars (179 Reviews)
Genre: Romance | Foreign Languages

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When Sheriff Rafe Boudreau catches Tessa Maxwell climbing through the window of a house where she doesn’t belong, the crime rate isn’t the only thing that spikes. Turns out, trouble has followed the small-town schoolteacher to Shiloh Springs, and Rafe and the rest of the Boudreau clan must step in to keep her safe. Can they decipher the clues and end the danger Tessa faces before time runs out?

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Darkness Forged: Eschaton Cycle (Legends of the Ragnarok Era)
by Matt Larkin
4.9 Stars (21 Reviews)
Genre: Fantasy | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Mythology & Folk Tales

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Vengeance is wrought. Darkness is forged.

The greatest crafts on Midgard come from the dvergar realm of Nidavellir. Volund, a gifted smith and once apprentice to the dvergar, escaped their dark realm to find solace in the arms of a valkyrie.

Nine years of respite.

And then she was gone.

What would you do to reclaim your light?

But Volund’s reputation precedes him, and a cruel king knows the weapons Volund forges can win his wars. Imprisoned in the king’s forge, Volund’s only hope to escape is to find his wife. If he can’t, more than the forge’s darkness will overtake him.

Where will he turn when the light finally fades?

You’ll love this grim fantasy set in the Ragnarok Era because it retells the dark Norse legend of Volund.

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Peaches and Scream (Apple Orchard Cozy Mystery Book 8)
by Chelsea Thomas
4.7 Stars (71 Reviews)
Genre: Humor & Satire | Mystery, Thriller & Suspense | Mystery

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Life’s a peach. Murder is the pit.

Peaches are back in season at the orchard and everyone’s got that warm, fuzzy feeling.

Miss May throws a “Peach Party” to celebrate. The whole town turns up for the bash. They munch on Peach pie, they drink Peach Sangria. Everything is, well, peachy. Until… … a dead body turns up in the bakeshop.

The shop is locked from the inside and there are no signs of a struggle. But it’s clear to everyone that this was a murder.

One big problem… … Chelsea and Miss May are the only people who have keys to the building.

Will Chelsea end up in prison for a crime she didn’t commit?

You’ll love this story because it has a mystery that’s tough to solve, plus a peach pie recipe that’s been in the family for generations.

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Bowie of the Alamo
by John Glasby
4.6 Stars (3 Reviews)
Genre: Literature & Fiction | Westerns

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Louisiana and Texas are seething with power-hungry, hard-hitting men who will stop at nothing to get what they want…

James Bowie, an adventurer and pioneer, decides to try and make it out West, across the frontier and into the Mexican territory of Tejas.He joins a group of settlers who are following the trail out with their wagons.

But the vast expanses of the desert are largely unchartered territory – immeasurably big, wild and untamable.And with outlaws, bandits and Indians along the trail, there is no telling if they will reach their destination alive.It is, he believes, a man’s duty to push the frontier westward, and to reach the promised land.

There are increasing numbers of Americans moving into Tejas county and trying to claim it for America, believing that they can make it into an American state.But Mexico will not let go without a fight. The Mexican government resolves to do everything it can to prevent Anglo-American colonisation of the state, declaring martial law in Tejas and attempting to disarm the colonists.

Bloody battles break out, and Bowie finds himself caught up in the chaos.

In the midst of the mayhem he questions the purpose: is there any sense in men dying and killing each other in this way?

Will all their fighting be in vain?

And will they sacrifice everything they have in this vicious war for control?

Bowie of the Alamo is a blazing novel of the west about the men who took part in the final shaping of the country. The perfect read for fans of Louis L’Amour.

John Glasby was born in 1928, and gradu¬ated from University with an honours degree in Chemistry. He started his career as a research chemist for I.C.I, in 1952, and worked for them until his retirement. During the early 1960s, Glasby wrote dozens of paperback westerns, all of which were reprinted in hardcover and paperback four decades later. Following his retirement from I.C.I., Glasby produced a steady stream of new westerns, science fiction and crime novels, right up to his death in 2010. His westerns include Justice at Red River, Flashpoint, Brand of the Hunted and Triple Peaks.

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A True Story from a Parallel Universe (The Poe Detective Agency Book 1)
by Brian Yansky
Genre: Fantasy | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Humor & Satire

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So, it turns out the fantastical creatures that come from the creative imaginations of writers and live in our books, movies, and myths are absolutely real – on another planet in another universe.

One night, in that universe, Romeo Taylor, a detective of The Poe Detective Agency, which happens to be the most successful detective agency in the world, survives an attempt on his life. That same night 37 apparently unrelated people are murdered in his city. He has to dig deep into his own past to discover what the relationship between himself and the 37 murdered is. While he’s digging, whoever tried to kill him shows that he believes in the motto ‘if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again’ by trying again and again.

Obviously Romeo must stop him in order to go on breathing but he soon finds there is more at stake than just his life (though his life would, naturally, be enough to keep his attention). Romeo has the help of his zombie girlfriend, his undertaker best friend, and a famous three-headed dog, but his adversary has an army of the living and the dead so, you know, odds are not good…

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