I am hoping by Spring I will have healed from what I did this past weekend and I will think all the pain was worth it. Back in the Fall I went nuts buying bulbs, not putting any thought into the fact that I will have to plant all 150 of them. It is the last step in the front yard renovation. I have always loved Alliums for their Dr Seuss like puffs, so I planted three different types. The large purple ones in the back, medium pink ones along the dry riverbed, and three that look like star bursts along the pathway. I also planted peach colored daffodils in a cute cluster up front. It was back, neck, arms, hands, and left toe breaking work, but I think it will look amazing this Spring, and it should come back year after year! Fingers crossed.

A Good Bunch of Men: A Dickie Floyd Detective Novel
by Danny R. Smith
4.4 Stars (242 Reviews)
Genre: Mystery | City Life

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Two cops. Twice the murder. Double the trouble on LA’s mean streets…

Los Angeles, 1990s. Hard-boiled homicide detective Dickie Jones and his cocky partner Matt “Pretty Boy Floyd” Tyler are no strangers to tragic deaths. But the L.A. Sheriff’s odd couple is shocked by the vicious slaying of a transsexual prostitute. And when the victim’s working-girl roommate turns up dead only hours later, they find themselves hunting a killer with a terrifying agenda.

With the clues leading them through LA’s sleaziest neighborhoods, Dickie and Floyd run headlong into a brutal, drug-dealing gang. But as they begin to unravel a disturbingly ugly scheme, they land in the crosshairs of a sinister sniper.

Can Dickie and Floyd expose a conspiracy before a hail of bullets sends them to the morgue?

A Good Bunch of Men is the atmospheric first book in the Dickie Floyd Detective mystery series. If you like headstrong heroes, police procedurals, and unexpected plot twists, then you’ll love Danny R. Smith’s gripping whodunit.

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King of the Friend Zone (Power of the Matchmaker)
by Sheralyn Pratt
4.6 Stars (195 Reviews)
Genre: Romance

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Esme Taylor has an amazing fiancé, a lifelong best friend, and a problem. The problem stems from the fact that her best friend is named Hunter and, well… he’s kind of (totally) hot. It’s hate at first sight when her fiancé, Jon, and Hunter meet. Jon’s convinced that Hunter is in love with Esme, and that Hunter must be out of the picture if their upcoming marriage is to succeed.

Esme thinks Jon is paranoid.

The truth is, Jon’s not that far off. Hunter is in love with his best friend and always has been. What Jon has wrong, however, is that Hunter never had any plans of ruining Esme’s happily ever after. Hunter wants what’s best for Esme, even if that’s not him.

When Jon pushes hard to end Esme and Hunter’s friendship, opposition comes from the most unlikely of places. It’s an eccentric lady with a cookie cart who suggests a different solution to Esme’s problem: Hunter and Esme should give each other a chance.

They’ve both thought of the possibility over the years — of course they have. But with a ring already on Esme’s finger and a heap of hurt feelings and broken trust in the mix, there hasn’t been a worse time to explore the depths of their feelings for each other.

Both Esme and Hunter think it’s time to move on and leave childhood crushes in the past. The question is: Can one woman and the taste of one cookie change their minds?

Note to Reader: This book is a “clean” read with mainstream values and minor language.

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How the West Was Lost (Buck and Dobie Book 2)
by Gene Shelton
4.6 Stars (104 Reviews)
Genre: Classics | Thrillers

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Fearless gunslingers. Defenders of justice. Not exactly.

To hear campfire tales and newspaper accounts, you’d think Buck Hawkins and Dobie Garrett were a pair of Old West legends. In truth, the hapless cowpokes would rather run than fight. Guns make them really nervous. But their quiet days punching cattle on the Singletree Ranch are about to come to a dangerous end.

Faced with an offer they can’t refuse, Buck and Dobie hire on as special marshals for a cattle association plagued by rustlers, cow thieves and killings — with a range war just a gunshot away.

The town of Necesario is near the Texas-New Mexico line, a hundred miles from civilization and a foot and a half from hell. Buck and Dobie are probably the two men least qualified to solve the town’s recent spate of murders. Even if they could shoot straight, Buck and Dobie would be headed for big-time trouble…

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The Dragon Question: Standalone Dragon Fantasy novel (Solstice Dragon World Book 1)
by L. Darby Gibbs
4.4 Stars (81 Reviews)
Genre: Fantasy

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The Dragon King is dying, all for want of an answer.

For centuries, the Dragon King has ruled over High Cadore and horded a library that is the envy of neighboring kingdoms.

Researcher Shennon Trelor, intent on hunting out the reasons for a long-standing war, never expected to be dragged in front of the terrifying king to answer the question that might save him.

But the Dragon King doesn’t know what question to ask, any more than Shennon knows how to answer.

What draws her to the dragon? What drives him to keep demanding her attendance?

Is there more between them than the mystery?

Buried deep within High Cadore’s libraries and archives are the answers they both seek, and Shennon will have to use all her skills to discover them.

Enjoy this standalone novel in the Solstice Dragon World, a Beauty and the Beast story with a dragony twist because time is running out for the Dragon King.

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Early Birds: Christian Comedy is on the road in this fun-filled RV adventure (Early Bird series Book 1)
by Janetta Fudge-Messmer
4.4 Stars (41 Reviews)
Genre: Religion & Spirituality | Contemporary Fiction | Religious & Inspirational Fiction

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Betsy Stevenson is praying fervently for a change. But when a big part of her prayer is answered she asks the Lord, “Is this really You? An RV, of all things.”

According to Ben (her hubby and a workaholic), he thinks retiring at 60, buying an RV and traveling is a grand idea. He says, “I’ve been talking to Matilda (their pooch) and the Lord and I feel it’s a go.

After much more prayer and preparation Betsy agrees and they begin the journey to downsize into a 38 foot 5th wheel. Then their RV adventure begins. Their best friends Rose and Larry Wilford tag along and the four get On the Road Again.

Yes, Willie Nelson joins them – if only in song – on the highways and byways of this great country called the U.S.A. While on the road the foursome encounter a near miss with a lamp post, a not-too-happy proprietor at an RV Park, and a 1000 year flood that hits Colorado.

Can the four of them survive their travels together and learn to live, laugh and love more and grump less? Or is the Lord taking them on this path to learn more about themselves than they ever wanted to know? And in the end, do they find it is better to give than receive?

Follow along with the Early Birds on their adventures and I’m sure you’ll want to join up with them ASAP. All you need is a sense of humor, willingness to change, And, of course, a recreational vehicle. Any size will do.

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