Today is day one of my annual two day Christmas Cookie Baking Extravaganza. Every year I spend about two days solid baking Christmas cookies to hand out to friends, family, and neighbors. This year I am taking out one of my more tedious cookies and adding in two new cookies that are easier to make and sound delicious. The first is a simple yet very elegant looking Vanilla Bean Sugar cookie made with real vanilla bean paste, a new ingredient I am testing out this year. The second is a Raspberry Lemon cookie made with lemons grown from my neighbors tree, and fresh raspberries. The recipe says the raspberry cookie is a mess to make, but looks beautiful. If they turn out I will post the recipes with pictures. My goal is to have them all finished my Friday night, handed out on Saturday, and me resting on the couch eating fresh baked cookies by Sunday.

The Mousse Wonderful Time of Year (Oxford Tearoom Mysteries ~ Book 10): Christmas Whodunnit Special
by H.Y. Hanna
4.6 Stars (585 Reviews)
Genre: Mystery

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Tearoom sleuth Gemma Rose is looking forward to a holiday filled with delicious Yuletide treats, time with friends and family, and maybe even a “white Christmas” in Oxford… But when she’s snowed in at a country manor, she finds herself stumbling on an intriguing murder – complete with a body in the library, a house full of suspects and a trail of mysterious footprints! Luckily, the nosy Old Biddies are on hand to help, not to mention her cheeky tabby cat Muesli. Add in some carol singing, Christmas baking and flannel underwear, and Gemma’s stocking is bursting at the seams. Can she solve this festive whodunnit in time to enjoy the most wonderful time of year?
(* Traditional fruit mince pie recipe included!)

This book follows British English spelling and usage.
Clean read: no graphic violence, sex, or strong language.
Genre: Christmas mystery, holiday mystery, humorous culinary cozy mysteries, cat cozy mystery series, woman sleuth, amateur sleuth, British detective mystery

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A Rancher’s Heart (The Stones of Heart Falls Book 1)
by Vivian Arend
4.6 Stars (394 Reviews)
Genre: Sagas | Romance

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This cowboy has given up on love, but the new nanny might just make him change his mind. First in series from New York Times bestselling author Vivian Arend.

**A standalone romance novel!!**

Caleb Stone is wearing too many hats and it’s making him crankier than usual. He’s a cowboy, a father, and the head of his large family — and has been since tragedy claimed his parents over ten years ago. The ranch is struggling, but it’s the title of single dad that’s got him tangled up in knots. He needs a full-time, live-in nanny at the Silver Stone homestead in Heart Falls, Alberta, to help with his two little girls, but the woman about to arrive on his doorstep? Tantalizing, tempting, and trouble with capital T’s.

Tamara Coleman doesn’t regret the choices that led to losing her job, but she definitely needs a fresh start. When a friend recommends her for a nanny position in a new town, she swears this time it’ll be different. No more acting on impulse — except sexy, gruff Caleb is exactly the kind of man who pushes all her buttons. And what’s more, it’s so much fun to push his in return. Sparks fly between Tamara and her gorgeous boss, but she can’t risk her position, and he doesn’t dare risk his heart.

With two people fighting their true natures, something’s going to give. Luckily, there’s more than one way to capture a rancher’s heart.

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Haunted River: A Murder Mystery Paranormal Thriller (Detectives Daniels and Remalla Book 1)
by J. T. Bishop
4.5 Stars (73 Reviews)
Genre: Mystery | Action & Adventure | Women’s Fiction

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Don’t Deny the Dead
A woman, clad only in a white nightgown, is dead – her body discovered on the banks of Black River. Her unsolved murder, and her ghost, still haunt the small town where she lived and died.

Twenty-five years later, Detective Gordon Daniels inherits his estranged grandfather’s home on the property where the body was found. Anxious to sell it, Daniels invites his partner, Detective Aaron Remalla to help him clean it out and enjoy some time off from their high-pressure job. But their getaway is interrupted when a second woman’s body is found on the river, clad in a white nightgown, and they are unwittingly thrown them into an investigation they would prefer to avoid.

Their scrutiny of the nearby town uncovers colorful suspects, including a cranky elderly woman and her entitled grandson, two fortune-telling sisters, a paranormal-investigating sheriff, a drifter with a dubious past and Daniels’ own grandfather. As strange occurrences, frightening dreams, and spectral encounters stack up, Detectives Daniels and Remalla are forced to confront the town’s ghosts and will uncover a sinister secret so shocking that someone is prepared to kill to keep it hidden.

Can the specters of the past help them find a killer before the killer gets to them first?

Haunted River is the first book in the Detectives Daniels and Remalla series. It follows the events of the Family or Foe saga where the detectives make their first appearance, but Haunted River can be read on its own.

If you love a heart-stopping murder mystery ghost story, an exciting supernatural thriller whodunit, and an engaging and charismatic partnership between two detectives, then don’t hesitate and grab Haunted River today!

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Don’t Pour Money Down The Drain: The Ultimate Money Management Strategy to Save More Cash and Handle Your Money Better
by Stuart Norris
Genre: Foreign Languages | Business & Money

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Groundbreaking lessons that will save you money and help you build the future you deserve.

Are you tired of living paycheck to paycheck, worrying about whether you can afford your rent?

Do you find it hard to budget your finances and control yourself on useless spending?

Is debt piling up and adding an extra layer of stress to your life?

Let’s get something straight, saving money isn’t rocket science.

It’s the simple truth to living a life of stability. It needs the right discipline and a small amount of sacrifice.

This doesn’t mean that you will have to let go of a certain lifestyle or say goodbye to your current social life.

In fact, saving can give you more freedom to do the things you’ve always wanted.

Saving money can be difficult for a lot of people — 21% of Americans say they don’t save any of their annual income.

This can lead to more stress, debt, and anxiety…

It might seem like you’ve hit a dead-end because money has become a recurring issue.

However, rest assured that you aren’t alone — and you can most certainly get through this.

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• The truth about saving money — and how to accumulate a wealth that will give you a life of financial stability

• How to save, budget, and invest so you can plan and distribute your earnings accordingly

• Methods for setting the right goals to achieve financial independence, even if you’re drowning in debt

• Good debt vs bad debt — and various methods on how you can wave goodbye to your outstanding bills

• Personal budgeting rules you should adopt to help track your income and expenses

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• Everything you need to know about investing properly so you can increase the value of your wealth and maximize your potential

• The philosophy of spending — and how you can determine the major difference between quality and quantity

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Aztec Odyssey: Historical Action Adventure (Nick LaBounty Series Book 1)
by Jay C. LaBarge
4.6 Stars (206 Reviews)
Genre: Literature & Fiction | Thrillers

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A treasure lost to time, a string of stolen artifacts, and one archaeologist determined to expose the truth.

The year is 1521, and Tenochtitlán burns. Wracked by plague and war, the majestic Aztec empire begins to crumble. As their beloved capital city falls to the ruthless Spaniards and hordes of vengeful tribes, the Aztecs make a last-ditch attempt to secretly save their heritage before it’s lost to the sands of time forever.

Meanwhile in the modern day, a string of high-profile robberies lays waste to archaeological sites and museums across Mesoamerica, overshadowed by a brewing nationalistic fervor which threatens to topple already fragile countries. Rumors say the artifacts hold the secret to a legendary myth — The Seven Cities of Cibola — which has concealed countless treasures for centuries.

Faced with unravelling the mysteries of both the present and the past, aspiring archaeologist Nick LaBounty embarks on a dangerous mission to solve a long-held family mystery and discover the truth behind the stolen artifacts.

He soon finds his fate irreversibly entangled with a civilization from over five hundred years ago. But time is running out, and the future of both a fabulous treasure — and all Central America — teeters precariously in the balance.

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Satan, Aliens, Go!: A funny sci-fi novel (A Quantum Heart Trilogy Book 1)
by Antonis Tsagaris
4.1 Stars (183 Reviews)
Genre: Literature & Fiction | Science & Math | Foreign Languages | Science Fiction

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Uh-oh. The aliens are here…
..and they won’t leave until they’ve captured every single human on the planet.

Meanwhile, in a dark room in LA, exiled from Hell for breaking the rules when he tried to save a boy’s life, Satan is rewatching his favorite show when he hears someone banging on his door to bring him news of the invasion.

Together, they set off on an epic journey that will take them through Hell and back. Literally.

Will our heroes be able to stop the aliens from assimilating the human race? And what will they have to sacrifice if they hope to succeed?

A hilarious, fast-paced romp through spacetime with a heart of gold!

You’ll fall in love with this funny, heartwarming story of invading aliens, lost love and newfound hope, because not every science fiction book has to be about huge, warring battleships and high-intensity mega-lasers.

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