This year for the annual Christmas Cookie Baking Extravaganza I added two new cookies to the mix. The first was a Vanilla Bean Sugar cookie. That was a huge waste of time, so I won’t go on about it. Let’s just say I was hoping for a real nice vanilla bean flavor, and all I got was a regular sugar cookie baked with fancy vanilla beans that I can’t taste. GRRR. The pain of that failure was quickly lost once I tried the second cookie. The Raspberry Lemon Cookie. OH MY GOLLY!!!! So tasty. I can’t stop eating them. I posted the recipe on my other site Pollen Patch, so you can check them out. They are quick and easy, and sooooo tasty. Not like those rotten Vanilla Bean Sugar cookies…jerks.

Stolen Lives
by D.P. Johnson
4.2 Stars (32 Reviews)
Genre: Mystery | Thrillers

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DCI James Quinn is haunted by past mistakes: his failure to secure the conviction of a vicious killer; and his failure to prevent the tragic death of his beloved wife.

By day, he works to rescue sex-trafficked women and bring down the clandestine criminal network involved in their enslavement. By night, he toils covertly to prove that his tormentor, Troy Perkins, is the “Dell Ripper” — the man responsible for the murder and disembowelment of a trafficked sex worker.

As the two-year anniversary of the murder approaches and convinced the fledgling killer is ready to strike again, James enlists the help of a local journalist to appeal for new information. But events soon take a rapid turn for the worse when another body is discovered in circumstances bearing the grim hallmarks of the Dell Ripper.

Meanwhile, the wife of a wealthy businessman is looking forward to celebrating their wedding anniversary. The evening doesn’t go exactly to plan, and by the morning another murder has been added to James Quinn’s burgeoning caseload.

Close to breaking point, can James summon the strength to stop the emboldened killer who now has James’s new love interest firmly in his sights?

Stolen Lives is a grisly and disturbing thriller, set in the Home Counties, revealing that these horrors can exist in the most unremarkable places — even right on our own doorstep…

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The Christmas of 1943: Hope for the future (WW2 Girls)
by Alex Amit
4.0 Stars (84 Reviews)
Genre: World Literature | Teen & Young Adult | Historical Fiction

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For months now, Monique has been the mistress of a German officer. For months now, Monique doesn’t know who she is anymore.

Monique is living under a false identity in German-occupied Paris. No one knows that she is Jewish.

Since last summer, Monique has been involved with a Nazi officer, and she knows that she will pay with her life if anyone discovers her secret, but she has no other choice.

In the days leading to Christmas, Monique and Herr Ernest, the German officer she lives with, are preparing for a German officers’ reception which they plan to attend. Monique ardently continues to hide her secret. Still, she can’t ignore the signs of her past, and as the evening of the reception progresses, Monique finds it increasingly difficult to keep her true identity a secret, fearing that some may suspect her of hiding something.

Monique must keep her secret, but can she continue to deny her identity and heritage?

With the backdrop of illuminated Christmas trees and Hanukkah candles, Alex Amit’s short story illuminates the simple and extraordinary acts of courage by a young woman, fighting for her life and identity during those dark and dreadful days, and continuing to believe that next year will bring with it winds of change and hope.

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Dropship: A Near Future Thriller (Forsaken Mercenary Book 1)
by Jonathan Yanez
4.2 Stars (512 Reviews)
Genre: Science Fiction

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His past is about to catch up to him… … in the worst kind of way.

Now, he must choose:
Remain hidden or embrace what he was created to be.

Earth is all but a wasteland.
Humanity has colonized the Moon and Mars but as they look beyond, something is looking back.

Because shadow corporations and a corrupt government are vying for what’s left of Earth’s resources – at any cost.

Soon, Daniel will have to choose to use the very thing that sets him apart from humanity to save them or let them perish in the black.

How can this mercenary bring justice when he’s only been programmed for vengeance?

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Holidate: A Dating Series Holiday Novel
by Monica Murphy
4.2 Stars (385 Reviews)
Genre: Romance | Holidays

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From New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy comes a standalone holiday romance with a grumpy, holiday hating Christmas tree farmer and a woman who embraces the holiday season with her whole heart…

Candice Gaines loves Christmas. Not only does she bask in the twinkling lights, sing Christmas carols and go crazy with the decorations, she’s also in the giving spirit, donating much of her time and wealth to various charities in the local area.

Charlie Sullivan despises Christmas. Though it keeps his family afloat, considering they own Sullivan Family Christmas Tree Farm, the main provider for Christmas trees on the Monterey peninsula. He’d much rather work among the trees versus have to deal with people.

But Charlie’s parents are taking on more philanthropic projects — and as their oldest child, they want him to be their official public representative. He just has to play nice and convince everyone he’s not a total holiday hater.

When Charlie’s mom asks Candice to accompany him to a variety of holiday parties and events, she reluctantly agrees. She thinks Charlie is a big ol’ Grinch, but is determined to change his mindset and help him spread Christmas cheer. Charlie finds Candice is too chatty, too sweet, too much. Do people like her really exist?

Why yes, yes they do. The more time they spend together — along with a few kisses under the mistletoe — the more they start to like each other. Hopefully Charlie can convince Candice he doesn’t have a heart that’s two sizes too small before the ball drops on New Year’s Eve.

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Pit Boss Wood Pellet Grill & Smoker Cookbook: 1000+ Days with Your Pit Boss, the Ultimate Guide with Pro Tips and Techniques to Master Pit Boss
by Martin Price
4.9 Stars (76 Reviews)
Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home | Cookbooks, Food & Wine

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Do you have a Pit Boss Wood Pellet Grill & Smoker that you rarely use because you don’t know many recipes? If yes, then keep reading!

This book will provide you with the recipes and procedures so that you can cook your meals.

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The great outdoors is filled with amazing sights, smells, and sounds. You can enjoy the fresh air of the outdoors in many ways, from camping to picnicking at a park or beach. But one of the best ways to experience the outdoors is grilling.

For those of you who own a wood pellet grill & smoker, you can enjoy the convenience of cooking outdoors. However, the question is: what is the best way to grill or smoke your favorite foods? A good cookbook can help you with that. This book can share lots of information that may be very valuable to you.

Pit Boss Wood Pellet Grill & Smoker Cookbook is a cookbook that takes you through a lot of recipes that you can use on your Pit Boss. We included all the information you need to get started quickly and easily.

Pit Boss Wood Pellet Grill & Smoker Cookbook is the ultimate guide for all those who want a lively, authentic, and healthy way to grill and smoke. So, check out this book and start reading. You will surely enjoy every recipe included in this book.

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