Sometimes the people who love us best are not family.
Elderly Ino prepares a delicious Italian Christmas feast for her successful CEO son, but when he's too busy to spend the holiday with his mother she shares her dinner and gifts with her home health aid. A heartwarming story about giving and forgiveness.
The Movement of Crowns, First in the Movement of Crowns series, by Nadine C. Keels, FREE on Amazon
Is it the perfect or the worst time for the kingdom to...change? The nation of Diachona rejoices as the king's daughter and heir, Constance, turns twenty. Yet, not everyone approves of Constance’s desire to sit on the National Council: a Council run solely by men. What’s more, oppressive threats from a neighboring, powerful empire are rousing the people’s fears. Amid rumors of war and personal doubts about her future, Constance suspects that her growing love for one Commander Alexander may be ill-timed. Especially if this is the end of the kingdom as they know it...
When Allison feels drawn to a mysterious man in shades and a baseball cap driving a yellow Jaguar, she can’t get him off her mind.
Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: Learning to Live Gluten Free, by April D. Brown .99c on Amazon
Learning to live gluten free isn't easy in a world that keeps gluten at their fingertips day in and day out. Gluten is everywhere we turn. In food, on food, in plastic gloves, between plastic bags, stamps, envelopes, and more than anyone every dreamed of.
Tammy had been raised since a toddler safe on a farm without access to gluten. Her mother and Erin kept gluten away, knowing the dangers. At age eighteen, Tammy wanted to leave the farm. Her first job immersed her in a gluten filled environment handling fried chicken for six hours a day.
Erin watched not so calmly from the only home she could remember. The place where the family grew their own vegetables and meat, to safely avoid gluten in all their foods.When Tammy showed signs of gluten poisoning, Erin had to step forward again to save them both. To find a hope and a future together, in a world where people would never understand them. They unearth forgotten family secrets, and cement the ties that bind them.
Society isn't ready for them. They couldn't join in a potluck at work, or other events. Too much risk of gluten. Even using a communal microwave could give them gluten. They'd have to avoid simple activities that no one would think of, where flour, gluten, pasta, or bread were common ingredients.
Together, they'd find a way to forge a future without gluten in a world bent on adding it into every known substance.
Trails 1: Trails Through the Fault Lines, by April D. Brown .99c on Amazon
Amber, a trained seismologist, looks forward to a high school dance, and a summer internship with her mother. Neither occur. She, along with her mother, and other specialists race to determine the cause of a series of unexpected large quakes on unknown, and unsuspected faults in New Mexico.
Alex, a trained volcanologist, dreams of a life away from Kilauea. His first chance to walk on a volcano that hasn't towered over his life under his father's professorship. Except. He didn't expect a volcano to stir to life under his feet in the often forgotten volcanic plains of New Mexico.
Fumeroles emerge as the young specialists race to set up monitoring equipment in places no one thought it would be needed. With the help of their guide, they struggle through the quakes that begin a split in both the continent and society.
A large quake dams the formerly flowing Rio Grande. Amber and Alex beg the military to inform the people so they can evacuate. The military refuses. They set up road blocks, and curfews to maintain order.
Amber and Alex go to the heart of the one place they don't want to be. The gated volcanic plain on a military base. What they discover cannot be held back from the communities.
Marc Hudson has spent his entire life contently being “the other Hudson brother.” Always in his younger brother’s sports-hero shadow, he finds himself suddenly tasked with caring for Mike’s widow and infant son. When he meets Kendall, he loves that she has no idea who his famous brother is.
Kendall Thornton, RN, is drawn to the quiet man who spends every evening caring—and praying—for his brother’s family. But this job is only a stepping stone on the way to bigger challenges, and she can’t get involved here.
Can he convince her she’s already found what she’s searching for? Can she show him he is special in his own right? Can they both let God show them that He knows them better than they know themselves, and that what He has planned could be even better than what they imagined?
Middle aged Professor Ollie Stratford's been hounded by a psycho realtor, outrun by a bunch of grandma’s, taken advice from sock puppets, stuck in a brimming toilet bowl, and almost run out of college by a drunken professor. How is that for her first few days in a quiet little Texas town she never wanted to live in?
Thrust into the middle of a murder mystery with a dwindling pile of cash and very few leads, Ollie starts digging. Along the way, she teams up with an oddball reporter, a dreadlocks flashing lawyer, a grandma who teaches mixed martial arts, and a stray dog named Bodie. Can she discover the identity of the killer in time or will she end up being the next victim?
If you like cozy mysteries, clever animals, southern charm, and coffee, you'll love Texas Troubles, the first in a fun series of Ollie Stratford Murder Mysteries set in a small Texan Hill Country town, with all its quirky inhabitants.
Ollie thinks everything is going to be fun and games... until the brawling and fisticuffs amongst the Divas break out. When one of the celebrities ends up dead, and the Sheriff and his deputy leave town for Vegas, Ollie decides justice can't wait.
But the more Ollie digs, the deeper the confusion. Who didn't want this person dead?
If you love action-packed cozy mysteries with a feisty protagonist, you'll love Creek Crisis, the second in a fun series of Ollie Stratford Murder Mysteries set in a small Texan Hill Country town, with all its quirky inhabitants.
Through an encounter with someone she thought to be her guardian angel, Alexandria was given a reprieve so that she might know some normalcy in her childhood. But at the age of twenty-one, Alexandria returned home to her family’s small estate outside Oxford, England for Christmas, and learned the hard way that her grace period was about to come to an abrupt and vicious end.
Now, whether for better or worse, she will find herself on the edge of a great precipice. One that will call her into action and into a world that she could never have fathomed existed. For Alexandria to know who and what she truly is, she will have to rise to the challenge of a battle that has been waged for millennia by beings first spoken of in Genesis, and embrace that which has lay dormant within her since she was a child.
Gerolt de Warenne became guardian to a child-heiress named Cassandry when he was only nineteen-years old. As he watched her grow into a lovely young woman, he found himself falling in love with her, but Cassandry viewed him as an older brother. So, burying his feelings, he gave permission for her to marry another.
Twenty-four years later, Gerolt and Cassandry meet again. With the loss of their respective spouses, Gerolt hopes to finally court Cassandry, but she desires to remain a widow. Instead, they agree to a betrothal of their children. Matters become complicated as their friendship begins to evolve into the romance Gerolt has always wanted. But by the law of the medieval Church, Cassandry and Gerolt can’t marry if their children do. Can they find a way to be together? Or must they sacrifice their future for the love of their children?
Somewhere Still, a historical fiction book, explores the Roaring Twenties -a time when the rules were clear & made to be broken - through the eyes of a young woman coming of age in Kansas City, and offers a unique window into the history and culture of the city at a turning point in its development. Denitta Ward, author of the Somewhere series, blends history and fiction to tell the story of one young woman's transformative journey of love, betrayal, and redemption.
From the day Jean Ball lands a job at the elegant Empire hotel, modeled on Kansas City's once-famed Baltimore Hotel, she quickly learns the secrets of the entitled class. Dazzled by a Roaring Twenties society on the cusp of radical change, this innocent young woman finds herself dancing, bobbing her hair, and falling for Elden Whitcomb, the handsome son of the wealthy hotel owner. The stakes rise when the Whitcombs' powerful secrets are revealed and loving Elden comes at a price - one that may be too high for Jean to pay.
Shattered and alone, Jean's in the battle of her life in a city alive with romance, smoky speakeasies, jazz music and scandal, but divided by race and class. With the help and encouragement of influential women, Jean may find what she has always needed, though her choices could echo through generations.
Denitta Ward uses historical sites and real events to explore Jean's transformation from an innocent young girl to a self-assured woman, making her way in a society in transition.
Grade ten isn’t turning out the way Ben hoped. His best friend is no longer his roommate, but has been replaced by a strange boy who follows Ben everywhere. Jealousy awakens the dragon fire within Ben when the girl he likes returns to school with a boyfriend. That fire and the scales peeking out from under his shirtsleeves are making it increasingly difficult for Ben to keep his secret. Ben needs to go to his mother’s home world to learn how to transform into a dragon. Meanwhile, Ben is changing, and if the training comes too late he is in danger of becoming something that is neither human nor dragon.
As lead singer of Infusion Deep, Finn should be on top of the world. His band is one of the hottest on the planet. But for the last two years, he hasn’t been able to write a thing. The band is depending on him, but inside he feels broken and alone.
Can a chance meeting help them to heal? Or will their problems lead them both to heartbreak?
**A clean romance with mild language and themes.***This is a complete story and can be read as a standalone.*
Ash, devastated by the recent death of her mother, is finding it hard to cope.Things begin to look up when she meets Bentley. He's been through a lot and together things seem to be improving.Ash has a secret, it has the chance to make or break her.
She confides in Bentley, but has she made a huge mistake?
This story can be read as a standalone. While this book contains no fantasy elements, it is a prequel to the contemporary fantasy series the Alora Chronicles. The first book in the series is Until I Sleep.
Everyone seems to know what they want to do in life.
Everyone, that is, except for Heather Hershey.
It's just another tiring and stressful day in the life of stay at home mom Heather Hershey when she runs into an college friend. Their simple conversation sparks something deep within Heather and she suddenly finds a new determination to revisit her old dream that was squashed over a decade ago.
But juggling two young kids while trying to navigate a world which is completely new to her turns out to be more of a challenge that Heather imagined, as she makes one hapless misstep after another. Will she finally realize her dream of becoming a professional pianist? Or has she missed her calling and just clutching at straws?
One thing is for sure. Heather Hershey’s life will never be the same again!
A DIFFERENCE OF PURPOSE is a civil war novel that tells the story of 12 year old Jonathan Berkeley, a Confederate drummer boy serving with the famous Orphan Brigade, and his uncle and Godfather, Alexander Wythe, an abolitionist lawyer and captain serving in the Union army. They wrestle with God and their own inner demons as they confront devastating personal tragedies and search desperately for faith, love, and meaning in a torn and tragic world of civil war. Captain Wythe is forced to question his faith when confronted with the loss of loved ones, including his wife, Amanda Wythe, and with the human suffering, inhumanity, cruelty and chaos of the American Civil War. This story of loss, sorrow, faith and redeeming love takes the reader on a fast paced journey to the bloody battlefields of Fredericksburg, Stones River, and Chickamauga, and through a tragic world of division and heartbreak. Also, featured in this novel of love and war are Abraham Lincoln, Clara Barton, the abolition of slavery, the mistreatment of American Indians, and the largest mass execution in American history.
The friendship of four ladies is tested when Jazmine Abaya, a foundation worker in Manila struggling to make ends meet, grapples with the consequences of an unplanned pregnancy and contends with the father, who refuses to take responsibility. When rich girl Anne Tioleco, a sales executive at a multinational firm, announces to her friends that she is eloping, tensions mount; and social classes, jealousies, and regrets threaten to tear the four ladies apart.
For Emily Baxter, life is simple. Her world is made up completely of school, church, and the community in the small farming town she calls home. All that changes one fateful Sunday, when a new girl shows up at Pleasanton Baptist—a girl unlike anyone Emily has ever seen. A girl with long red hair, crystal green eyes, and style and posture like royalty. A girl named October.
The months that follow are filled with magic—the magic of ordinary things, of finding pictures in the stars, of imagination and a new sense of beauty. But as time goes by, Emily begins to sense that her enchanting new friend may have secrets that could break the spell. Is October really all she seems to be?The months that follow are filled with magic—the magic of ordinary things, of finding pictures in the stars, of imagination and a new sense of beauty. But as time goes by, Emily begins to sense that her enchanting new friend may have secrets that could break the spell. Is October really all she seems to be?
Not the typical family vacation.
When Julia Lamontaigne arrives in Franklin, New Hampshire, she's looking for an escape from the tragedies that have taken over her life. Haunted by the legacy of her beloved sister, and entrusted with her sister's three orphaned children, Julia hopes for a summer of peaceful healing... And hopefully, bonding.
At first, the small New Hampshire town seems to be the perfect location. They quickly settle in and make friends with their eccentric neighbors, then begin work on their summer house – while Julia is drawn into a relationship with Robert Wilde, the handsome cop next door.
But Franklin is haunted, too - by the decades-old murder of a beautiful young artist, killed in the house at the end of Julia's street. Even though everyone says that the case is solved, Julia can't escape the feeling that there's more to the story than she’s being told.
Someone doesn’t want the murder case re-opened. And they’re willing to kill again to stop it.
The house at the end of the street hasn’t begun to give up its secrets.
His daughter's in a coma. His marriage is on the rocks. Can Detective Michael Lawrence hold it together long enough to catch a killer?
Beloved music professor Emma Gagnon is dead. It doesn't look like murder... until someone breaks into Emma's office and another body turns up. Soon detectives Michael Lawrence and Nicholas Sohm find themselves drawn into a complex web involving a missing girl, drugs, a popular author, a disappointed man, a grieving widower, a driven student with a past, a drug ring... and a killer who will strike again.
But when her desire to be just one of the girls collides with her desire to be the best Two Rivers has ever seen, will Aerin sacrifice her new friendships to break a longstanding school record that comes with a $50,000 scholarship?
The Darkest Hour, by Rebecca J. Greenwood, FREE on Instafreebie
When Lady Hester discovers her brother Adam, the Duke of Blackdale, was injured in the Battle of Waterloo, she rushes from Scotland to Belgium to be by his side. Her minister, the widowed Reverend Alasdair Gilchrist, escorts her on the journey. She is determined to keep her brother alive, and to keep her greatest secret: she’s been in love with Mr. Gilchrist for years.
Molly Barda earned her Ph.D. in literature and creative writing from a top-ten doctoral program. After a year of fruitless job-hunting, she finally landed a job at remote Mahina State University (“Where Your Future Begins Tomorrow!”), in rural Hawaii. Teaching resume-writing. In the Business School.
Molly longs for working air conditioning. She sits on a yoga ball because there is no budget for office furniture. Her dean, unwilling to lose paying customers, won’t let her report cheating students.
But Molly’s determined to bloom where she’s planted, enjoy the tropical beauty of her new home, and stay out of trouble until she gets tenure.
Forced to attend the Student Retention Office’s summer retreat, Professor Molly brings her game of buzzword bingo to fend off boredom. When a serial harasser collapses face-first into his haupia cheesecake, the event goes from dull to disastrous.
Now Molly has to fight to keep her best friend out of the worst kind of trouble — and herself off the unemployment line.
If you like Dorothy Parker, P.G. Wodehouse, or E.F. Benson’s Mapp and Lucia stories, you’ll enjoy The Case of the Defunct Adjunct, a tale of passion, pilferage, and petty politics in the middle of the Pacific.