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Mistletoe Murder

by Leslie Meier

MAIL-ORDER MURDERAs if baking holiday cookies, knitting a sweater for her husband's gift, and making her daughter's angel costume for the church pageant weren't enough things for Lucy Stone's busy Christmas schedule, she's also working nights at the famous mail-order company Country Cousins. But when she discovers Sam Miller, its very wealthy founder, dead in his car from an apparent suicide, the sleuth in her knows something just doesn't smell right. Taking time out from her hectic holiday life to find out what really happened, her investigation leads to a backlog of secrets as long as Santa's Christmas Eve route. Lucy is convinced that someone murdered Sam Miller. But who and why? With each harrowing twist she uncovers in this bizarre case, another shocking revelation is exposed. Now, as Christmas draws near and Lucy gets dangerously closer to the truth, she's about to receive a present from Santa she didn't ask for--a killer who won't be satisfied until everyone on his shopping list is dead, including Lucy herself..."Lucy Stone is an endearing sleuth."--Dorothy Cannell

Leave Myself Behind

by Bart Yates

THE WORLD ACCORDING TO NOAH YORK:"Anybody who tells you he doesn't have mixed feelings about his motheris either stupid or a liar.""Real life seldom makes me cry. The only thing that gets to me isthe occasional Kodak commercial.""Sometimes I feel like Michelangelo, chiseling away at all the crap until nothing is left but the exquisite thing in the middle that no one else sees until it's uncovered for them.""Anyway..."Meet seventeen-year-old Noah York, the hilariously profane, searingly honest, completely engaging narrator of Bart Yates's astonishing debut novel. With a mouth like a truck driver and eyes that see through the lies of the world, Noah is heading into a life that's only getting more complicated by the day.His dead father is fading into a snapshot memory. His mother, the famous psycho-poet, has relocated them from Chicago to a rural New England town that looks like an advertisement for small-town America--a bad advertisement. He can't seem to start a sentence without using the "f" word. And now, the very house he lives in is coming apart at the seams--literally--torn down bit by bit as he and his mother renovate the old Victorian. But deep within the walls lie secrets from a previous life--mason jars stuffed with bits of clothing, scraps of writing, old photographs--disturbing clues to the mysterious existence of a woman who disappeared decades before. While his mother grows more obsessed and unsettled by the discovery of these homemade reliquaries, Noah fights his own troubling obsession with the boy next door, the enigmatic J.D. It is J.D. who begins to quietly anchor Noah to his new life. J.D., who is hiding terrible, haunting pain behind an easy smile and a carefree attitude.Part Portnoy, part Holden Caufield, never less than truthful, and always fully human, Noah York is a touching and unforgettable character. His story is one of hope and heartbreak, love and redemption, of holding on to old wounds when new skin is what's needed, and of the power of growing up whole once every secret has been set free.

Going Down For The Count

by David Stukas

In Someone Killed His Boyfriend, David Stukas introduced the most fabulously unlikely trio of gay sleuths this side of Provincetown. Now, Michael and Robert and their lesbian sidekick, Monette, are in the vichyssoise again when Robert's romance with a count goes from fabulous to flatline. . . It ain't easy being green--especially if you're Robert Willsop, a boy from Michigan searching for love in the Prada-filled, Chilean sea bass-eating world of gay New York. While his best friend Michael is perfectly content to detail every bit of his latest hot-wax demo over a plate of fifty-dollar pasta, poverty-stricken Robert longs for a good, old-fashioned romance. So when a chance meeting with the gorgeous, fabulously wealthy Count Siegfried Von Schmidt leads to a whirlwind romance and a marriage proposal, Robert waves goodbye to his dumpy studio apartment and dives in with heart, soul and a brand-new Rolex wristwatch. Instead of being gloriously happy for him--and angling for a spot on the Count's private Lear jet--Michael and Monette are deeply suspicious. After all, Robert's dates aren't usually described as rich, handsome and cultured. "Psychotic, mentally crippled and pathetic" is more like it. Robert credits their lack of support to extreme jealousy, and leaves for Germany in a huff, or as huffy as Midwesterners can get. For once, everything is going his way. In fact, until the Count is discovered dead--with a rather large knife in his back--life is just ducky. Suddenly trapped in the European vacation from hell and rapidly becoming murder suspect number one, Robert calls in the troops. Soon Michael, Robert and Monette are traipsing all over Germany, looking for clues to a killer cold enough to murder a man and leave a mess on the Berber carpets. Fast-paced and charmingly catty, Going Down For The Count is a delightful romp of a mystery that takes murder to fashionably funny new heights. David Stukas has not written any screenplays, has never received a Pulitzer, and is not a regular contributor to National Public Radio. He is, however, the author of Someone Killed His Boyfriend and Going Down For The Count. He lives in California and is currently working on his next mystery, Wearing White To The Black Party.

Dark Wolf

by Kate Douglas

Kate Douglas is definitely NOT for the timid reader. --Anne McCaffrey, New York Times bestselling authorIt is a new beginning for the Chanku. For so long they kept their shapeshifting ability secret, but now they have assimilated into the world in ways they once never thought possible. Still there are those who want to destroy them, with dark powers of their own. . .A Bold New BeginningThe CEO of Cheval International, Lily Cheval chooses to live alone, but a series of rapes and murders leave her wary and worried for her fellow Chanku. Then she meets Sebastian Xenakis and the connection is intense and immediate. The son of a charismatic cult leader, Sebastian is a mysteriously sensual man who uses magic to shift into wolf form. He and Lily come together in a moment of supreme ecstasy, succumbing to a primal passion that leaves Lily shaken but utterly alive. Is Sebastian her lifetime mate or is he her worst enemy?Praise for Kate Douglas's erotic romance:"Sexy, tense, and complex." --Romantic Times, 4 Stars on Wolf Tales 12"The story is so thrilling and the sex is so hot." --Romantic Times, 4 Stars on Wolf Tales 11"What an emotional rollercoaster. . . [Kate Douglas] has outdone herself." --Coffee Time Romance, 5 Cups on Wolf Tales 10This book contains adult content

Soul Stripper

by Katana Collins

"What a ride! I can't wait to see what happens next in this fantastic new series!" --Caitlin Crews, USA Today bestselling authorIt's called Sin City for a reason. Nowhere else are the temptations so great, the sex so good, and the demons so bad. . .By day, Monica is a barista in a local café. It doesn't pay a lot but it puts her up close and personal with her sexy boss, Drew. Unfortunately that's as far as a succubus can go unless she wants to take his soul. Monica needs mind blowing sex to sustain her and she finds her victims every night at a local strip club where she's an exotic dancer. But when her powers begin to diminish and her fellow succubi start turning up dead, all bets are off. Monica realizes she's the one immortal who has a chance in hell of making things right. . ."Sexy, dark, and imaginative. . . Will leave readers on their knees begging for more!" --Logan Belle

Soul Survivor

by Katana Collins

With immortality comes a craving that can't be satisfied, a need never fulfilled. . .Once an angel, now a demon, Monica is still a succubus with an insatiable desire for sex. The more the better. Soul-stealing orgasms beat out dealing with her broken heart any day of the week. Monica has no interest in being near both her ex-lover and his new girlfriend, so she's not thrilled when she's asked to join them in investigating a string of murders that are clearly beyond the pale. But when she sees that one of the victims has her Celtic family crest carved on his arm, she realizes she may finally find the answers to her past she's been searching for all these years. . .Praise for Katana Collins"What a ride! I can't wait to see what happens next in this fantastic new series!" --Caitlin Crews, USA Today bestselling author"Sexy, dark, and imaginative. . . Will leave readers on their knees begging for more!" --Logan Belle on Soul StripperThis book contains adult content

Soul Surrender

by Katana Collins

"Katana Collins has created a fascinating and complex world." --Romance Reviews TodayWho knew sex could be so deadly. . .A fallen angel with a bounty on her head, Monica's a succubus with an unquenchable craving for sex. With one pulse-pounding orgasm, she consumes just enough of a person's soul to keep her alive. Of course that means human lovers are off limits, and so she keeps her distance from Drew, the one mortal she actually cares about. But Drew's been missing since his escape from Hell, and now her boss Lucien has gone MIA. Chased by every assassin this side of immortality, Monica has no choice but to abandon her low profile and put her own eternal life in danger. . .Praise for Katana Collins"What a ride! I can't wait to see what happens next in this fantastic new series!" --Caitlin Crews, USA Today bestselling author"Erotica buffs will embrace this modern-day paranormal story, which is filled to the brim with sex, shifters and demons." --RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars, on Soul StripperThis book contains adult content

Thoreau at Devil's Perch

by B. B. Oak

Henry David Thoreau leaves the seclusion of Walden Pond to help investigate a series of murders in the first in B. B. Oak's fascinating new historical mystery series, set against the bucolic backdrop of 19th century New England. The lush, overgrown banks of Massachusetts's Assabet river are the ideal place for Dr. Adam Walker to find coveted medicinal plants for his remedies. But on one balmy August morning he finds something very different. A stranger, identifying himself as Henry David Thoreau of nearby Walden Pond, approaches and entreats Adam to accompany him upriver. He has discovered the body of a young black man at the base of the cliff known as Devil's Perch. As they examine the broken corpse and the surrounding scene, both men become convinced that the unfortunate victim was dead long before he fell. Yet the coroner's jury insists otherwise, dismissing the matter as an accident. Angered by the injustice, Adam and his lovely cousin Julia Bell agree to assist Thoreau in investigating. Adam notes in his new friend all the makings of a great detective--an encyclopedic knowledge of the natural world, uncanny observational skills, a sharp instinct for detecting human foibles. As the case progresses, the mysteries only deepen and there is no mistaking the brutal slaying of a womanizing army captain as anything other than the coldest murder. Journeying from their tranquil village to Boston's most disreputable district, they gradually uncover the monstrous truth--even while a vicious killer prepares to end their inquiry for good... Advance Praise For Thoreau At Devil's Perch!"A favorite literary figure shows an unexpected flair for detection in this historical mystery. Original and charming." --Laura Joh Rowland, author of The Incense Game"Well researched, captivating and compelling until the very end, Thoreau at Devil's Perch is both mystery and love story during a time that appeared deceptively simple. Through their diaries, the main characters, Adam and Julia become to feel like old friends you want to revisit again and again. I've never been a fan of using historical figures in fiction--B.B. Oak has changed my mind. Well done!" --Anna Loan-Wilsey, author of Anything But Civil"B. B. Oak brings Thoreau's nineteenth-century world to vivid life in this intriguing puzzler that will keep you guessing to the terrifying end." --Victoria Thompson, author of Murder in Chelsea

Thoreau on Wolf Hill

by B. B. Oak

Far from the tranquility of Walden Pond, Henry David Thoreau confronts the chilling reality of an epidemic. . .as well as cold-blooded murder.The winter of 1847 has brought a consumption epidemic which is devastating the village of Plumford, Massachusetts. In an atmosphere of increasing hysteria and superstition, country doctor Adam Walker and philosopher Henry David Thoreau seem the only voices of reason. The winter also brings two visitors to Plumford. Solomon Wiley hails from Rhode Island and offers his services as a vampyre hunter, insisting that the scourge is supernatural in origin. At the same time, Adam's cousin Julia has returned home from France, mysteriously without her new husband. When a former student of Thoreau's is found mutilated and drained of blood in the woods, Wiley insists that a legendary Indian vampyre has arisen. Dismissing the blustering fearmonger, Thoreau and Adam follow clues to the backstage world of a Boston theater, the smoky decadence of an opium den, and an Indian burial ground. Both men will need to keep their wits about them--or risk ending up in coffins of their own. . .Praise for Thoreau at Devil's Perch"A promising debut...Thoreau is just as you'd expect him: erudite, eccentric, waxing philosophical about his love of nature, and a natural detective." --Publishers Weekly"Ambitious...the research and fresh take on Thoreau make for an admirable start." --Library Journal

Surrender

by Tawny Taylor

I was his. To touch. Anywhere. Any time he wanted.Abby is ready to agree to anything to stop her brother from going to prison, but Kameron Maldondo, the owner of MalTech Corporation, is asking for the unexpected. Enthralled by his commanding brilliance, she agrees to be his assistant, at his beck and call for whatever he needs--whenever and however he wants. What that means is for him to decide and for her to submit to. Frightened yet fascinated by what he promises, Abby becomes a willing captive to his caress, undone by his peerless touch, a quivering submission to an aching need for complete carnal surrender. . .Praise for Tawny Taylor"Scorching hot. . .a heady mix of BDSM and thrill." --Romantic Times on Dangerous Master"Delicious taboo sex and intrigue. . .irresistible!" --Eden Bradley on Darkest Fire"Absolutely delicious!" --Kate Douglas on Dark Master

Darkest Ecstasy

by Tawny Taylor

Perfect SubmissionHe wants her.He wants to possess her. Now. And her body says yes. Forever.Talen knows the Black Gryffons are the last line of defense against the Chimera. He must marry in order to carry on the family legacy. But finding a woman who will be his partner in love and his slave for sex won't be easy. He needs a woman who will submit to him completely, who will let him take her body in any way he wants, in ways she never imagined. With a hard thrust or a slow tease, he will make her burn with desire and beg for erotic ecstasy like she's never known before. . .Praise for Tawny Taylor"Scorching hot. . .a heady mix of BDSM and thrill." --Romantic Times on Dangerous Master"Delicious taboo sex and intrigue. . .irresistible!" --Eden Bradley on Darkest Fire"Absolutely delicious!" --Kate Douglas on Dark Master

Ask For It

by Sylvia Day

Fearless SurrenderNothing incites Marcus more than the primal hunger roused by his former fiancée, Elizabeth. It's been years since she jilted him for another man, but that only means there's a lot to catch up on, a lot to make up for, and that he's going to enjoy every sweet moment. . .The same drive and passion that sent her into another man's arms is what brings Elizabeth back to Marcus. Her attraction to him is the one thing she fears, but she's run out of options. Resisting is impossible. But does she have the courage to surrender everything?Praise for Sylvia Day and her novels"Bared to You obliterates the competition. . .unique and unforgettable." -Joyfully Reviewed "The undisputed mistress of tender, erotic romance." --Teresa Medeiros"Plenty of sizzling passion and dangerous drama." --Booklist on Ask For It

Passion for the Game

by Sylvia Day

Match Point Infamous for satisfying his limitless wants and desires, Christopher is a free man again. And this time he's on a mission to engage, deceive and seduce the one woman as ruthless as he is when it comes to games of passion. . .Far from innocent in the ways of men, Maria is one step ahead of Christopher's every move. It doesn't mean she isn't enjoying every delicious look, every unbridled kiss, every moment of abandon. But she never saw her own feelings coming into play. She never imagined the moment would come when she would meet her match--and that she would surrender to him again and again. . .Praise for Sylvia Day and her novels"Bared to You obliterates the competition. . .unique and unforgettable." --Joyfully Reviewed "The undisputed mistress of tender, erotic romance." --Teresa Medeiros"Boldly passionate, scorchingly sexy." --Booklist on The Stranger I Married

A Passion for Him

by Sylvia Day

StrangerHe wears a mask. . .and he is following her. Staring at her like no other man since Colin. But Colin is dead and Amelia believes she will never again shiver with pleasure, never again sigh his name. LoverUntil her masked pursuer lures her into a moonlit garden and a single, reckless kiss. Now she is obsessed with discovering his identity. Perfectly attuned to his every desire, his every thought, she will not stop until she knows his every secret. Praise for Sylvia Day and her novels"Bared to You obliterates the competition. . .unique and unforgettable." --Joyfully Reviewed "The undisputed mistress of tender, erotic romance." --Teresa Medeiros"Boldly passionate, scorchingly sexy." --Booklist on The Stranger I Married

Don't Tempt Me

by Sylvia Day

Sometimes Temptation. . .A hardened mercenary as adept in bed as in battle, Simon Quinn can have any woman he wants, but he prefers those who know the rules of the game. That way it's easier to leave them behind. . .Can't Be AvoidedBut Lysette Rousseau is one female he can't figure out. Beautiful, sensual, seductive, she should be the perfect match for Simon, yet something about her ties him in knots. Bold and manipulative one time, sweetly innocent the next, she is an enigma bound to bring trouble. . .impossible to resist.Praise for Sylvia Day and her novels"Bared to You obliterates the competition. . .unique and unforgettable." --Joyfully Reviewed "The undisputed mistress of tender, erotic romance." --Teresa Medeiros"Boldly passionate, scorchingly sexy." --Booklist on The Stranger I Married

Pride and Pleasure

by Sylvia Day

Wealth Has Its Dangers. . .There are disadvantages to being an heiress, as Eliza Martin knows well. Fortune hunters corner her, friends become opportunistic, and lately, someone is engineering "accidents" to propel her into marriage. Not one to be bullied, Eliza needs the right man to infiltrate the nest of suitors. . . . . .So Do Certain MenBy all measures, Jasper Bond is the wrong man for the job. He can't dance, isn't known for his restraint, and his blood heats whenever he's near his latest employer. Eliza Martin insists no one will believe an intellectual like her could be seduced by a man of action like Jasper, but the combination of his desire and her mystery makes the case one he can't resist. Client satisfaction is a point of pride and it's his pleasure to prove he's just the man she needs after all... "Everything romance readers expect and more." --RT Book Reviews

The Stranger I Married

by Sylvia Day

Together For All The Wrong Reasons. . .The Marquess of Grayson never felt a twinge of guilt when he stole the beautiful Lady Pelham right out from under his best friend's nose. After all, they were well matched in all things--their sensual appetites, wicked wits, provocative reputations, and their absolute refusal to ruin their marriage of convenience by falling in love. But then a shocking turn of events sent her roguish husband from her side. Four years later, he has returned a powerful, irresistible man who is determined to seduce his way into her affections. No, this is not at all the man she married. But he is the man who might finally steal her heart. . ."Day plays on sensual themes with a lush grace." --RT Book Reviews

The Lincoln Deception

by David O. Stewart Cate Noble

A deathbed confession and a long-hidden conspiracy are at the heart of a riveting historical mystery centered on the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.In March 1900, as former Congressman John Bingham of Ohio lies dying, he begins to tell a strange tale to his physician, Dr. Jamie Fraser. Bingham famously prosecuted eight members of John Wilkes Booth's plot to kill Lincoln. But during the 1865 trial, conspirator Mary Surratt divulged a secret so explosive it could shatter the republic. Though Bingham takes the secret to his grave, Fraser cannot let go of the mystery. Bored with small-town medical practice, he begins to investigate, securing an unlikely ally in Speed Cook, a black, college-educated professional ballplayer and would-be newspaper publisher. Cook is fascinated by Fraser's inquiry and, like Fraser, thinks the accepted version of Lincoln's assassination rings false. Was Booth truly the mastermind or were other, more powerful forces pulling the strings? From Maryland to New York City, from Indiana to Washington, Fraser and Cook track down key figures and witnesses--including Mary Surratt's neurotic daughter Anna, Booth's nephew, actor Creston Clarke, and Clarke's attractive business manager, Mrs. Eliza Scott. Piece by piece the truth emerges--separating fact from rumor, innocent from guilty, and revealing a story of greed, ambition, courage, and tragedy. Blending real and fictional characters, The Lincoln Deception is a superbly researched, brilliantly plotted and thoroughly gripping mystery that explores one of the nation's darkest and most fascinating eras and the conspiracy that changed world history. Advance Praise For David O. Stewart And The Lincoln Deception"David O. Stewart has done more than write an historical novel: The Lincoln Deception is concocted in the best traditions of the genre. He's unearthed a remote, fascinating and still-relevant tidbit from the past, then brought it to breathless, riveting life with vivid prose, top-notch research, stunning evocations of turn-of-the-century America, and masterful urgency. Entertaining, educating, and elevating." --David L. Robbins, author of War of the Rats and The Devil's Waters"David O. Stewart dramatically reopens the file on the Lincoln assassination conspiracy with a nail-biting, historically grounded page turner. Where the facts end and the fiction begins will inspire plenty of debate. Meanwhile enjoy this for the terrific read Stewart provides." --Harold Holzer, author of Lincoln, official young adult companion book to the Steven Spielberg film"David O. Stewart, a distinguished writer of historical nonfiction, brings off a remarkable feat in his debut novel. Seizing on the enigmatic last words of the man who prosecuted the Booth conspirators, Stewart transforms a little-known aspect of Lincoln assassination lore into a gripping mystery story. With its sharp plotting and engaging characters, the novel succeeds as both a thriller and a historical inquiry." --Daniel Stashower, author of The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War

Undercover Lover

by Katherine D. Jones

The First Kiss Was Strictly Business. . . From Texas to Teaneck, someone is killing wealthy married couples and clearing their homes of luxury items. According to law enforcement, an undercover couple stationed in one of the targeted cities is their best shot at stopping the brutal crime spree. Enter Special Corruption Unit agents Roderick Radford and Helene Maupin. . . . . .But What About The Second? Professionally, posing as husband and wife should be a breeze for Roderick and Helene. But personally, it's a different story. For the pair bring to their mission a history of repressed emotions and unconsummated passion. Helene has loved Roderick for years, but an unhappy past--and an intimate secret--have kept her from wholeheartedly pursuing him. Confused by Helene's mixed signals, Roderick has kept his feelings in check, even taking on assignments that put distance between them. But now, as their clandestine kisses leave them yearning for more, and their work puts their lives at risk, they may discover that losing each other is one risk that isn't worth taking. . . Katherine D. Jones sold her first contemporary romance to BET Books in 2003. Born in Leonardtown, Maryland, she spent her early years traveling around the world as a daughter of a Foreign Service Officer for the Department of State. Jones obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Hampton University in Hampton, VA. She currently resides in San Antonio, Texas. She has been married for over eighteen years to her husband, an army officer, and they have two handsome boys. Jones believes in strong characters that are firmly grounded in real-world issues and problems. Her writing credits include two novels published by BET, Love Worth Fighting For and Worth the Wait, as well as magazine articles for Black Romance and several short stories. She is co-winner of the 2005 Shades of Romance Magazine Reader's Choice Favorite New Author award and a 2005 Emma Award Nominee for the Favorite New Author category.

The Way It Is

by Patrick Sanchez

Patrick Sanchez's wickedly funny debut novel, GIRLFRIENDS, shimmied off the shelves and brought him an instant legion of fans. Now, in THE WAY IT IS, he introduces three thirty-something roommates with insatiable appetites for life, love, and anything deep-fried in this delicious, delirious celebration of women whose hearts are as big as their hips. . . When The Chips Are Down, These Girls Bring The Dip Livin' large has never gotten Ruby Waters what she wants in life. Overweight and addicted to every fad diet on the planet, Ruby's sure that the only thing that stands between her and the good life are those extra pounds she can't seem to shed. But when a girl's stuck caring for an annoying ex-husband, an impossibly critical mother, and the world's most psychotic, incontinent Chihuahua, her best friend is a dozen doughnuts and a can of whipped topping. She'll starve herself tomorrow, and soon, she just might have the courage to go after what she really wants. . .the hunky coworker with the bod of steel. . . Fat is where it's at, honey. That's plus-sized model Wanda Johnson's motto. The larger-than-life African-American goddess may top the scales, but there are plenty of men begging for her phone number. The only thing standing between Wanda and fashion fame is another model who wants what Wanda has and would do anything--that's anything--to get it. . . Simone Reyes, D.C.'s most famous Latina, certainly goes after what she wants--and it's usually ripped with muscles and under thirty. As the city's sexiest anchorwoman, the glamorous, svelte Simone doesn't have time to mess with commitment. She's too focused on making it all the way to the top. . .while protecting a secret that could blow the lid off her whole fraudulent life. . . In the nation's capitol, where the drinks are cold and so is the competition, these three roomies are joining forces, battling their way through a maze of Chubby Chaser web sites, scam diet centers, outrageous fantasies, romantic entanglements, power shopping, and plus-size fashion shows. . .because when life throws you a few curves, it's best to show them off! Patrick Sanchez is a native Washingtonian, having grown up in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and has been a professional writer for several years. He currently lives in Arlington, Virginia. He is also the author of Girlfriends, and is currently working on his next novel.

Looking For It

by Michael Thomas Ford

Mike Monaghan is the bartender at the Engine Room, a meeting place for the small but thriving community of gay men in Cold Falls, New York. As Mike pours beer, wipes glasses and hears everything, he's also witness to the men who come here looking for what they need--sex, direction, friendship, spiritual fulfillment, and love. People like: Stephen Darby--As an accountant, he knows many secrets. But Stephen has his own secret, one he's never been able to share with anyone close to him. Being the perfect son costs him dearly, and now it may take from him the one man he longs for. Pete Thayer--Playing it straight, Pete takes out his frustrations on transmissions and engines during the day, then spends his nights trying to quench his needs through anonymous sex. But once the thrill of the forbidden begins to fade, what will he be left with? John and Russell--The golden couple in town has the ideal relationship everyone wants. But behind the scenes, their storybook marriage is on the verge of facing some explosive trials that will shake both men completely. Father Thomas Dunn--More and more the gentle priest is feeling a need to express the secret desires that conflict with his devotion to the church, sending his faith into a tailspin and making him question what he really wants from life. Simon Bird--He's a fixture in town, an old queen everyone finds amusing and entertaining. Still mourning the loss of his longtime lover, Simon yearns to find love and a place in a culture that worships youth and beauty. As Mike hands these men their drinks, he marvels at their determination, strength and foolishness. But most of all, he begins to question his own dissatisfaction, pondering what's missing from his own life, and what risks he may have to take to find fulfillment. Looking For It is an extraordinarily human tale of community, friendship, and the search for happiness. With unflinching honesty, keen insight, and his trademark humor, Michael Thomas Ford weaves together the unforgettable stories of these seven men, chronicling their dreams, hurts, heartbreaks, joys, and hopes, while taking readers on an emotional journey to find what it is we're all looking for.

Crushing Crystal

by Evan Marshall

When murder strikes close to home and pretty young girls vanish from the privileged streets of Shady Hills, literary agent Jane Stuart finds herself in the midst of a real-life page-turner. . .with a deadly surprise ending. . . Jane couldn't say no when her nanny's sister needed a place to stay, but she's certainly glad to see her houseguest go. In just two weeks as assistant director of the Shady Hills Public Library, Crystal Ryerson has proven herself a meddler par excellence. Still, it's shocking when the next meeting of Jane's reading group crashes to a halt as thousands of pounds of books and shelves come toppling down on poor Crystal--especially after it's discovered that the bolts on the bookcase had been deliberately removed. But when the body of a teenager who worked at the library is found in the woods behind the railroad tracks, and two other girls go missing, Jane is sure the events are all pieces of the same puzzle. Somehow, despite the ever-present distractions of trying to keep Winky's claws out of the couch and her diva clients' claws out of each other, Jane manages to stay on the murderer's trail. But a trail can go both ways, and this one may well lead the killer right to Jane's doorstep. . . "Fans will be charmed."--Publishers Weekly "Amusing and suspenseful. . .entertaining cozy fare."--Romantic Times Like his sleuth Jane Stuart, Evan Marshall heads his own literary agency. A former book editor, he has contributed articles on writing and publishing to numerous magazines and is the author of Eye Language, The Marshall Plan for Writing, and the Jane Stuart series, Missing Marlene, Hanging Hannah, Stabbing Stephanie, Icing Ivy and Toasting Tina. He lives and works in Pine Brook, New Jersey.

The Third Hill North of Town

by Noah Bly

Set against the turbulent backdrop of the 1960s, Noah Bly's evocative debut explores prejudice, loss, and redeeming courage through the prism of an unlikely friendship. When fifty-four-year-old Julianna Dapper slips out of a mental hospital in Bangor, Maine, on a June day in 1962, it's with one purpose in mind. Julianna knows she must go back to the tiny farming community in northern Missouri where she was born and raised. It's the place where she and her best friend, Ben Taylor, roamed as children, and where her life's course shifted irrevocably one night long ago. Embarking on her journey, Julianna meets Elijah Hunter, a shy teenaged African-American boy, and Jon Tate, a young hitchhiker on the run from the law. The three become traveling companions, bound together by quirks of happenstance. And even as the emerging truth about Julianna's past steers them inexorably toward tragedy, their surprising bond may be the means to transform fear and heartache into the strength that finally guides Julianna home. The Third Hill North of Town is a haunting, imaginative story of human connection and coincidence--a poignant and powerful novel that ripples with wit and heart. Advance Praise For The Third Hill North Of Town"A brilliant combination of chaos and coincidence. With fresh language and uniquely imperfect characters, Noah Bly weaves a story of a cross-country trek that is both improbable and believable. This fresh, engrossing novel left me convinced of the power of memory, even as it arises from a disturbed mind, and taught me--as Bly promises--the wisdom of faith in the ridiculous." --Anna Jean Mayhew, author of The Dry Grass of August"This is an eerie, haunting, beautifully realized novel populated by charming misfits and eccentrics." --Joseph Olshan, author of Cloudland"Once The Third Hill North of Town turns over its engine, readers will do well to secure their grip on themselves, their loved ones, and any notions they have about guilt and innocence, truth and trust, convenience and blame. By its end, Bly's whirlwind challenges much of what we believe without necessarily meaning to, including those comfortable views on the infinite gradations we lump under the banner of mental illness, including racism. A hell of a journey." --Kyle Beachy, author of The Slide"What a wild ride this novel is! The Third Hill North of Town grabs hold and doesn't let go. A story of the tragedy and beauty of coincidence and circumstance, this novel is one that brings the unlikeliest characters together in a way that is somehow both surprising and meaningful." --T. Greenwood, author of Bodies of Water"Noah Bly takes readers on an unforgettable ride through America. Well written, page-turning, and hard to put down!" --Jim Kokoris, author of The Pursuit of Other Interests"A glorious, madcap American road novel in the picaresque tradition, The Third Hill North of Town explores a dark uncharted territory where vengefulness and desire and coincidence and consequence blow wild through human hearts, tossing people together and tearing them apart. Think On the Road written by Flannery O'Connor. A profound meditation on the sanctity of improvised friendships."--Stephen Lovely, author of Irreplaceable

Can't Stand the Heat

by Shelly Ellis

The Gibbons women of Chesterton, Virginia, have built their reputation as a family of shameless--but refined--gold diggers. They even have a strict set of rules by which they operate. But the rebellious, youngest Gibbons is about to break them all. . .Lauren Gibbons is committing the ultimate family betrayal: abandoning the tradition of seducing men for money. Nothing is worth the abuse she's endured from her sugar daddy. Now a sous chef, Lauren is hoping to break from the past for good. And when she meets hot former NFL player Crisanto Weaver, she even lets herself imagine a future. But the small-town rumor mill--and her own sisters--aren't ready for a new Lauren. Between her conniving relatives, her vengeful ex, a mountain of debt, and a whole lot of haters, can she escape her old life, and create something new? "A deliciously sexy, sultry novel." --Daaimah S. Poole "Ellis starts her new Gibbons Gold Digger series. . .in fine form... Be ready to laugh and cry with these new reality stars of Chesterton, VA." --RT Book Reviews

The Player & the Game

by Shelly Ellis

"An immensely talented writer." -Cydney RaxIt's business as usual for the infamous gold digging Gibbons women of Chesterton, Virginia. But this time, middle sister, Stephanie, may be the one getting played. . .Stephanie Gibbons has finally hit the jackpot. Her new sugar daddy, Isaac, is loaded. When he proposes, Stephanie is sure she's set for life--until she finds her bank account empty, Isaac gone, and a strange--but very attractive--man following her. Sexy P.I. Keith Hendricks has been tracking Isaac and his trail of heartbroken, swindled women all along the eastern seaboard. But he's not sure if Stephanie is Isaac's accomplice--or his next victim. The only thing that's certain is his overwhelming attraction to her. And when Stephanie joins him on the hunt for Isaac, neither can ignore the sparks. Soon Stephanie is wondering whether true love is worth its weight in gold. . .

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