CARROTS

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CARROTS IS A FUN TALE ABOUT HOW SHELBY NICHOLS’ QUIET LIFE CHANGES JUST BECAUSE SHE HAD TO GO TO THE GROCERY STORE FOR SOME CARROTS.  JUST AS SHE IS CHECKING OUT, THE BANK IS ROBBED, ANOTHER CUSTOMER PULLS OFF THE ROBBER’S MASK AND IS SHOT BUT SHELBY SEES THE ROBBER AND HE SHOOTS HER AS WELL.  LUCKILY THE BULLET JUST GRAZES HER SCALP. UNLUCKILY SHE CAN IDENTIFY THE GUNMAN AND HE IS OUT TO GET HER.  THEN SHELBY REALIZES SHE HAS GAINED PSYCHIC ABILITIES SINCE THE GUN SHOT.  THE POLICE FIND OUT ABOUT HER ABILITIES AND THEY ASK HER TO HELP OUT WITH SOLVING SOME CASES.  JUST AS SHE IS FACING DEATH, HER HIT MAN FINDS OUT ABOUT HER ABILITIES AND DECIDES HE CAN USE HER “TALENTS” AS WELL!  IT’S A FUN, EASY READ THAT WILL  MAKE YOU THINK TWICE ABOUT JUST RUNNING TO THE STORE TO PICK UP SOMETHING!

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Shelby Nichols is an average woman who is married to the only guy she ever fell for. Her life is organized and predictable, revolving around her husband and two children. All that changes the day she stops at the grocery store for some carrots. As the cashier rings up her purchases, a gunman is busy robbing the bank inside the store. When a customer grabs the robber’s mask, he is shot and everyone runs for cover. Everyone except Shelby, who finds herself face to face with the killer. The next thing she knows, she’s lying on the floor with a bullet wound to her head. Luckily, the bullet only grazes her scalp, and she doesn’t suspect any lasting affects until later, when she suddenly ‘hears’ what people are thinking. With this uncanny ability, her life takes on a whole new dimension. Her kids think she’s bossy and too old to understand them, but that’s nothing compared to her husband. He says he loves her, but what is it about the redhead at work that he doesn’t want her to know? As if that isn’t enough, the gunman knows she can identify him, and he’s out to silence her forever. In her fight to stay alive, she is saved from certain death by a handsome hit-man with ties to organized crime. This pulls Shelby even deeper into danger, where knowing someone’s thoughts can not only hurt her feelings, but get her killed.

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HOW TO KNOCK A BRAVEBIRD FROM HER PERCH

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PECAN IS JUST A NAIVE CHILD HERSELF WHEN HER FATHER DIES AND SHE MARRIES RICKY WHO IS TRAINING TO BECOME A PRIZE FIGHTER.  WITH FOUR CHILDREN, THEY MOVE INTO A DUMP OF AN APARTMENT IN CHICAGO WHERE RICKY HOPES TO MAKE IT BIG.  THEN THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BEGINS AND PECAN DECIDES SHE MUST TAKE EVERYTHING SHE CAN CARRY AND RUN AWAY WITH THE CHILDREN ONLY TO BE CAUGHT IT THE ACT WHICH BRINGS MUCH MORE ABUSE.  RICKY HAS HIS AUNT COME TO STAY WITH THEM TO HELP OUT AND SHE BECOMES A GOOD FRIEND AND PROTECTOR FOR PECAN SUGGESTING THINGS LIKE GIRLS NIGHT OUT!  PECAN EVEN BEFRIENDS A GENTLEMAN WHO SHE MEETS AFTERNOONS IN THE PARK WITH HER CHILDREN. THIS EVENTUALLY BLOOMS INTO ROMANCE WHICH RICKY DISCOVERS AND HE GOES INTO A WILD RAGE – SOMEONE WILL WIND UP VERY DEAD…A GREAT READ!

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In the wake of her father’s sudden death Pecan marries the up-and-coming boxing sensation Ricky Morrow. When she begins to doubt that desperate decision she finds herself on the receiving end of Ricky’s violent temper. Scared for her life, she hunkers down in this marriage of convenience as the babies and fists keep coming. Will the abuse ever stop? Will Pecan and her girls live happily ever after?

Literary fiction that packs a punch and plenty of surprises.

It’s not the typical domestic abuse storyline. In How to Knock a Bravebird from Her Perch, you will find the story of a girl who grows into a woman before your very eyes.

A story so moving, it will stay with you long after you put it down.
This true to life story walks a careful line between fiction and reality. With characters as real as you and me, it will break and mend your heart a hundred time because it has just the right amount of honesty and love. And anyone who wants a true underdog story will be captivated until the very end!

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IRON LAKE

IRON LAKE IS THE FIRST OF 14 MYSTERIES FEATURING CORK O’CONNOR.  THE MURDERS START PILING UP ALL AROUND THE TOWN OR AURORA AND CORK SEEMS TO FIND EACH ONE.  THE TOWN IS ALSO DIVIDED BETWEEN WHITES AND INDIAN CULTURE.  THE INDIANS KNOW THAT “WHITE JUSTICE” IS FULL OFF CORRUPTION AND SCANDAL.  CORK IS PART INDIAN AND IS NO LONGER SHERIFF OF THE TOWN SO THEY WORK TOGETHER TO UNCOVER THE SCANDAL THAT IS TAKING OVER THE TOWN.  BEWARE OF THE WINDIGO WHO WHISPERS YOUR NAME!

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William Kent Krueger joined the ranks of today’s best suspense novelists with this thrilling, universally acclaimed debut. Conjuring “a sense of place he’s plainly honed firsthand in below-zero prairie” (Kirkus Reviews), Krueger brilliantly evokes northern Minnesota’s lake country — and reveals the dark side of its snow-covered landscape.
Part Irish, part Anishinaabe Indian, Corcoran “Cork” O’Connor is the former sheriff of Aurora, Minnesota. Embittered by his “former” status, and the marital meltdown that has separated him from his children, Cork gets by on heavy doses of caffeine, nicotine, and guilt. Once a cop on Chicago’s South Side, there’s not much that can shock him. But when the town’s judge is brutally murdered, and a young Eagle Scout is reported missing, Cork takes on a mind-jolting case of conspiracy, corruption, and scandal.
As a lakeside blizzard buries Aurora, Cork must dig out the truth among town officials who seem dead-set on stopping his investigation in its tracks. But even Cork freezes up when faced with the harshest enemy of all: a small-town secret that hits painfully close to home.

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RED CLOVER

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RED CLOVER WAS A GOOD STORY ABOUT A MAN FINDING HIMSELF AFTER LEARNING HIS FATHER IS NOT THE MAN WHO BROUGHT HIM UP.  LEE WINEKOOP BECAME A GOOD MAN DESPITE BEING RAISED BY A MAN WITH NO COMPASSION AND A MOTHER WHO IS MORE CONCERNED WITH HER CHARITY WORK THAN RAISING CHILDREN.  WHEN HIS “UNCLE” NELSON DIES LEE IS CONFUSED WHY HIS INHERITANCE IS LARGER THAN HIS SIBLINGS BUT EVENTUALLY LEARNS THE REASON.  HE USES HIS INHERITANCE TO HELP OTHERS LIKE HIS FORMER JAMAICAN NANNY/COOK WHOM HIS PARENTS LET GO AND A RESEARCHER WHO COULD NOT GET FUNDING TO CONTINUE HIS PROJECTS.  AS IT TURNS OUT RED CLOVER IS A VERY HEALING PLANTRESEARCH THRIVES, LOVE GROWS, LEE MAKES A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD!

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Imagine feeling like an outsider. Now imagine feeling like an outsider in your own family.

The troubled son of a callous father and socialite mother determines his own meaning of success after learning shocking family secrets that cause him to rethink who he is and where heʼs going. In Lee Winekoop’s reinvention of himself he discovers that lifeʾs bitter circumstances can actually give rise to meaningful consequences.

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THE WATCHER

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THIS WAS A GOOD MURDER MYSTERY WITH A LITTLE ROMANCE THROWN IN FOR GOOD MEASURE.  THE FORENSIC PSYCHIATRIST HAS BEEN TRACKING THIS KILLER FOR OVER FIFTEEN YEARS WHEN HE MURDERED HER TWIN SISTER.  HER PERSONAL INVOLVEMENT IN THE INVESTIGATION GIVES  HER EXTRA INCENTIVE TO FINALLY TRACK THE KILLER DOWN.

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This psychological suspense follows forensic psychiatrist Kate Myers who believes the killer of two teenage girls in Bigler County, California, is the same man who savagely murdered her twin sister over fifteen years ago. Working with a single-minded tenacity, she sets out to prove it.

Deputy Sheriff Ben Slater hides his personal pain behind the job, but Kate’s arrival in his county knocks his world on its axis and makes him believe in romance again. He wants to believe her wild theory, but the idea of a serial killer with the kind of pathology she proposes is too bizarre.

Together they work to find a killer whose roots began in a small town in Bigler County, but whose violence spread across the nation. A Janus-like killer, more monster than man, he fixates on Kate and wants nothing more than to kill the “purple-eyed girl again.”

As this crime thriller builds to a conclusion, Kate finds herself in grave danger, while Slater uses his forensics skills to discover who the madman is and where he’s taken her.

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