The Town of My Youth

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Jerry Brotherton

Wakenda, My Kind-a Town

Wakenda wasn’t much of a town. It was officially classified as a village but it was little more than a collection of buildings. In its heyday, we had about 50 houses, a grocery store, Don’s garage, one café, three churches, two grain elevators, the railroad tracks and a population of 150 if you counted the dogs and cats.

We didn’t have a building taller than two stories unless you counted the steeple on the Church. I know that there are towns in this world that have a fancy little hut on every corner where you can get the best mocha-choca-lotta-whata coffee that ten dollars can buy. Other towns have canyons of giant skyscrapers so tall the sunshine never touches the faces of the people on its crowded streets. There are Space Needles, Gateway Arches, buildings that look like castles or pyramids. Some places might have serene…

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“101 People to Kill Before I Die” by Anthony O’Connor

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“101 People to Kill Before I Die

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Release Date: August 18, 2017

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Set in Melbourne, Australia – a dark, fast, action-packed thriller, dripping with bitterness and sarcasm. With a few comical moments and an array of colorful characters all as determined as they are deadly.

Brian Samuals is a former soldier, a former police officer, and an ex-convict, recently bankrupt, divorced and now diagnosed with terminal cancer. He has an epiphany. He has nothing to lose and a lot of people have offended against him. Therefore, before he goes they go. All of them. As he embarks on his killing spree he hooks up with a beautiful stripper, Natasha Brown, but is unsure how that’s going to work.

Be careful who you kill. Before long he has the Russian Mob, a Chinese Triad, the CIA, Interpol, the Australian Federal Police, the Australian SAS anti-terrorist squads and every cop in the state of Victoria hunting him down, screaming for his head. And that’s before he kills the alien. Things aren’t looking good for Brian and Natasha.

“The Good Daughter: A Novel” by Karin Slaughter

“The Good Daughter: A Novel

Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Police Procedural

Release Date: August 8, 2017

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The stunning new novel from the international #1 bestselling author a searing, spellbinding blend of cold-case thriller and psychological suspense.

Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind…

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn’s happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father — Pikeville’s notorious defense attorney — devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night.

Twenty-eight years later, and Charlie has followed in her father’s footsteps to become a lawyer herself — the ideal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again — and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatized — Charlie is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it’s a case that unleashes the terrible memories she’s spent so long trying to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime that destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won’t stay buried forever…

Packed with twists and turns, brimming with emotion and heart, The Good Daughter is fiction at its most thrilling.

“Kurtain Motel (The Sin Series Book 1)” by A.I. Nasser

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“Kurtain Motel (The Sin Series Book 1)

Genre: Horror/Supernatural

Release Date: September 2, 2016

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Patrick Lahm is down on his luck. Late for his book signing, out of gas and stuck in a storm. He hitches a ride to the Kurtain Motel where he is forced to spend the night. The small motel seems harmless enough at first, but as the night drags on, Patrick and the other guests slowly begin to realize there is a lot more to their temporary lodging than meets the eye.

Something evil is at work at the Kurtain Motel; something that creeps into the deepest, darkest corners of your mind and tugs at the chords of sanity until they finally break. On the longest night of his life, Patrick soon finds out that there is a reason why skeletons are kept in closets. He realizes that your sins always find a way to catch up with you, no matter how hard you try to run.

Welcome to the Kurtain Motel, where all your nightmares come true.

“Never Trust a Skinny Cupcake Baker (Death by Cupcake Book 1)” by D.E. Haggerty

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“Never Trust a Skinny Cupcake Baker (Death by Cupcake Book 1)”

Genre: Cozy Mystery/Romantic Comedy

Release Date: April 11, 2016

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A (cozy) mystery with a heap of laughs, a generous portion of romance, and just a smidgeon of suspense.

Callie’s life is rather awesome. She’s happy owning her own cupcake bakery, though she lives to teach German literature at the local university. But that dream is threatened when the police accuse her of murdering her pole dancing instructor. Callie didn’t even want to take those stupid pole dancing classes! No way is she letting anything get between her and her dream. Together with best baker bud Anna, she embarks on a journey to uncover the real killer. They stumble through stripper auditions and meetings with some colorful characters, but nothing is stopping them – not even a hot detective determined to keep Callie safe and make the cupcake baker his own. Cupcakes not included.

“Artfully Yours (Love, Emerson Book 1)” by Isabel North

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“Artfully Yours (Love, Emerson Book 1)”

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Release Date: August 16, 2016

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Elle Finley is looking for more. Tired of chaotic ER shifts and a home life that revolves around Netflix, pizza, and sleep, when her injured sister needs her help back home Elle jumps at the chance to shake things up. She’s not prepared for the sexy stranger next door who seems intent on sweeping her off her feet and then doing other–more exciting–stuff to her.

Metal sculptor Alex Zacharov can’t believe his luck when the girl he fell in love with eighteen years ago walks right back into his arms. Although he recognizes her in a heartbeat, she has no idea who he is, or what she means to him. Alex is more comfortable with a welding torch and hot metal than with dating and romance. He’s focused, intense, and used to getting what he wants…and he wants Elle. Even if he has to learn how to date her first.

“Ember Burning: Trinity Forest Book 1” by Jennifer Alsever

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“Ember Burning: Trinity Forest Book 1″

Genre: Paranormal & Urban/YA

Release Date: May 5, 2017

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Senior year was supposed to be great—that’s what Ember’s friend Maddie promised at the beginning of the year. Instead, Ember Trouvé spends the year drifting in and out of life like a ghost, haunted by her parents’ recent, tragic death.

At home, she pores over her secret obsession: pictures of missing kids— from newspaper articles, from grocery store flyers— that she’s glued inside a spiral notebook. Like her, the people are lost. Like her, she discovers, they had been looking for a way to numb their pain when they disappeared.

When Ember finds herself in Trinity Forest one day, a place locals stay away from at all costs, she befriends a group of teenagers who are out camping. Hanging out with them in the forest tainted with urban legends of witchcraft and strange disappearances, she has more fun than she can remember having. But something isn’t right.

The candy-covered wickedness she finds in Trinity proves to be a great escape, until she discovers she can never go home. Will Ember confront the truth behind her parents’ death, or stay blissfully numb and lose herself to the forest forever?

“Sassy Mates Volume 1 (BBW Paranormal Shape Shifter Romance)” by Milly Taiden

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“Sassy Mates Volume 1 (BBW Paranormal Shape Shifter Romance)”

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Release Date: October 2, 2014

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Scent of a Mate
When a good intention creates a problem for the Wolfe family, Jordan Alvarez finds herself being stalked by a woman intent on claiming Aric as her own. Battle lines will be drawn, love will be put to the test, and Aric will have to fight Jordan’s strong personality to keep her alive. Two alpha hearts seeking control will either find the balance or risk losing their love forever.

A Mate’s Bite
She. Is. His. Nathan Wolfe marked Karla. His mate. Deeply involved in pack politics, Nate has had to stay away. When his sister warns that Karla needs him more than he thinks, he’ll discover a bundle of secrets only his wolf can sniff out. But getting the woman he cares about to let down her guard may prove to be his undoing.

Unexpectedly Mated
After years of lusting over Jake Wolfe, Nicole Acosta finally got a taste of the dirty-talking bad boy. During the scenting ceremony, he showed her how explosive things can be between them. But Nicole doesn’t do love. She doesn’t even know what love is. So how can she know if a relationship with Jake would be the right path to take?

Jake wants Nic more than his next breath. She’s curvy, mouthy and so hot his blood boils just thinking of her. But Nic’s been keeping him at a distance. And Jake is tired of her games. One fateful trip to Sin City and all bets are off.

Warning: If you don’t like sex of any kind, this is probably not the book for you. There’s graphic language (yes, they tell their women how they like it), sassy humor (come on, it’s Milly Taiden’s books) and women that won’t allow a man to browbeat them into doing what they say (unless they’re naked). This omnibus is intended for adults that have no problems with dirty sex, humor and action. If that’s you, enjoy!

“The Last Girl Super Boxset: A Collection Of Riveting Mysteries” by J.S. Donovan and James Hunt

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“The Last Girl Super Boxset: A Collection Of Riveting Mysteries

Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense

Release Date: August 21, 2017

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In 1983, a family of four was murdered in their nineteenth century Queen Anne manse. There were no witnesses, no real investigation, and no survivors.

Mystery masterminds J.S. Donovan, author of “The Haunting of Rachel Harroway”, and James Hunt, author of “Stolen”, which have collectively accumulated 400+ five-star reviews come together in this SUPER BOX SET for the first time! That’s THREE complete book SERIES comprised of NINE BOOKS.

The Haunting of Rachel Harroway

The discovery of a serial killer’s burial ground rocks the peaceful town of Highlands, North Carolina. Rachel Harroway, a tragic detective with the ability to see the dead, and her brilliant atheistic partner, Jenson Peak, are put on the case. Only through the use of their unique talents can the orphaned dead find rest and the reinvigorated killer be brought to justice.


Lena Hayes is in the middle of the biggest fight of her political career. Her proposed piece of legislation will hold oil fracking companies accountable for the harm leveraged against their workers, and the families of her small North Dakota community. But with the oil company looking to stop her at any cost, Lena will have to confront the demons of her past in order to beat them.


Renowned Miami detective Anna Dedrick returns to her rural birthplace with hopes of leaving behind the vices of the big city. That dream shatters when the town’s pride–an African-American child prodigy–goes missing. As the only woman equipped for the job, Anna takes the case but soon discovers the town suspecting her estranged brother… and herself.