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by Nick Petrie
*An Entertainment Weekly Must List Pick
In the new novel featuring war veteran Peter Ash, “an action hero of the likes of Jack Reacher or Jason Bourne” (Lincoln Journal-Star), Ash has a woman’s life in his hands—and her mystery is stranger than he could ever imagine.
War veteran Peter Ash sought peace and quiet among the towering redwoods of northern California, but the trip isn’t quite the balm he’d hoped for. The dense forest and close fog cause his claustrophobia to buzz and spark, and then he stumbles upon a grizzly, long thought to have vanished from this part of the country. In a fight of man against bear, Peter doesn’t favor his odds, so he makes a strategic retreat up a nearby sapling.
There, he finds something strange: a climbing rope, affixed to a distant branch above. It leads to another, and another, up through the giant tree canopy, and ending at a hanging platform. On the platform is a woman on the run. From below them come the sounds of men and gunshots.
Just days ago, investigative journalist June Cassidy escaped a kidnapping by the men who are still on her trail. She suspects they’re after something belonging to her mother, a prominent software designer who recently died in an accident. June needs time to figure out what’s going on, and help from someone with Peter’s particular set of skills.
Only one step ahead of their pursuers, Peter and June must race to unravel this peculiar mystery. What they find leads them to an eccentric recluse, a shadowy pseudo-military organization, and an extraordinary tool that may change the modern world forever.
by Melissa Scott
by Ron Rash
by Maryam Awaisu
Burning Bright is not a story about statistics, but of an over-achieving young lady, who is determined not to let sickle cell anemia stand in her way. Without notice, difficulties that Nadia Habeeb did not foresee complicate her health and love life, changing everything immensely. With the walls of life itself closing in on her, will she stand conqueror this time? If she does, what will be her fate back home in Nigeria, with a closed-off heart, and physical challenge?
This is a story of a family struggling to maintain faith and hope in the face of severe emotional challenges, social upheaval, medical necessity, and the paradox of humanity. Set within the complexities of Nigerian culture, it is the story of young people trying to make their way in a world they didnt make. It is also a story of pain and redemption, of love lost and found, generational conflict, and the emergence of true faith.
by Tracy Chevalier
In the waning days of eighteenth-century London, poet, artist, and printer William Blake works in obscurity as England is rocked by the shock waves of the French Revolution. Next door, the Kellaway family has just moved in, and country boy Jem Kellaway strikes up a tentative friendship with street-savvy Maggie Butterfield. As their stories intertwine with Blake’s, the two children navigate the confusing and exhilarating path to adolescence, and inspire the poet to create the work that enshrined his genius.
by Chris Cannon
Bryn is back for her senior year at the Institute for Excellence, also known as shape-shifting dragon school. She isn’t sure which is scarier, the life-force sucking dragons stalking campus or the fact that she’s officially betrothed to Jaxon, a guy who will never love her. Not that she could ever love him, either… That’s just ridiculous.
Senior year should be fun. Her parents are alive, she’s finally fitting in, and she’s learning how to be a Medic. But what’s with Jaxon giving her strange looks? He runs hot and cold, and he doesn’t even have the excuse of being a hybrid fire-and-ice-breathing dragon like her. One minute they’re having a great time and the next, she wants to blast a fireball at his head. The marriage contract of doom looms over them–unless this match not made in heaven kindles a flame…
The Going Down in Flames series is best enjoyed in order
Book #1- Going Down in Flames
Book #2- Bridges Burned
Book #3- Trial by Fire
Book #4- Fanning the Flames
Book #5- Burning Bright
Tiger Burning Bright
by Marion Zimmer Bradley
The city-state of Merina has no means to stop an invading army, so Dowager Queen Adele, Queen Lydana, and Princess Shelyra disappear from the palace. Hiding in places no one would suspect, they lead a counter-attack against the Emperor and his forces.
by Sophie McKenzie
by John Steinbeck
by Maggie Shayne, Anne Stuart, Judith Arnold
Return of the Light by Maggie Shayne
Dori Stewart’s six-figure Manhattan job has vanished, and her lover and friends have vanished with it. She’s scraping by as a waitress and awaiting the day she can return to New York in triumph. Maybe a ritual on the winter solstice can renew her wavering faith. What she needs is just the right candle…and Jason Farrar, an old boyfriend, by her side.
Star Light, Star Bright by Anne Stuart
Angela McKenna is back in Crescent Cove after a painful divorce. As if that isn’t enough, she discovers that her secret teenage crush is also back in town, hiding from the world. Her Christmas could use brightening up. Maybe if she bought a special candle…maybe if Brody Jackson was with her…
One for Each Night by Judith Arnold
Alana Ross needs a candle, too, one to fit her late grandmother’s antique menorah. Not just any candle will do. For Alana’s first Hanukkah open house in Crescent Cove, everything has to be perfect. Maybe that’ll make her feel more at home in her new town. It can’t hurt. So far she’s managed to alienate Jeffrey Barrett, the only man to show any interest in her, by accusing his uncle—in print—of a crime.