“Spellswept: A Prequel to the Harwood Spellbook” by Stephanie Burgis

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Spellswept: A Prequel to the Harwood Spellbook

by Stephanie Burgis

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy/Historical/Short Reads

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In the world of the Harwood Spellbook, 19th-century Angland is ruled by a powerful group of women known as the Boudiccate – but in order to become a member of that elite group, any ambitious young politician must satisfy tradition by taking a gentleman mage for her husband.

Amy Standish is a born politician…but Jonathan Harwood is her greatest temptation. On the night of the Harwoods’ Spring Solstice Ball, in an underwater ballroom full of sparkling fey lights and danger, Amy will have to fight the greatest political battle of her life to win a family and a future that she could never have imagined.

It will take an entirely unexpected kind of magic to keep everything from crashing down around her.

Warning: this novella contains forbidden romance, dangerous magic, and political intrigue in an underwater ballroom. What could possibly go wrong?

Published first in the anthology The Underwater Ballroom Society on April 30th, 2018.

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“Killer in the Retroscape: A Near-Future Mystery” by Bruce M. Perrin

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Killer in the Retroscape: A Near-Future Mystery

by Bruce M. Perrin

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Science Fiction & Fantasy/Technothriller

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In 2068 St. Louis, Missouri, Dr. Douglas (Doug) Michaels finds his lifelong friend, Josh Unger, dead in his home. When law enforcement concludes his death was a suicide, Doug and his wife, Ali, are dumbstruck; they wonder what could explain such a needlessly violent and lonely death in a future where such actions are unimaginable. Trying to unearth a killer, be it either flesh and blood or the cumulative stress of life, Doug creates a mental landscape of Josh’s past, a retroscape, starting in the mid-2030s.

Among its landmarks are:
•An illness, sensationalized in the media as the “zombie pandemic” that drives a wedge between husband and wife, parents and children.
•Cryptic communications between Josh and an “after-life specialist” who peddles immortality services.
•A mysterious phrase uttered at the assassination of a government official that ties it to Josh’s death 14 years later.
•Josh’s machine-intelligence wife, Julia, who may hold the secret to his death…if she can only remember.

In the end, determining guilt in a retroscape littered with suspects tells Doug more about humanity, technology, and himself than he ever would have imagined.

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“Accidents Happen” by Sharon Karaa

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Accidents Happen

by Sharon Karaa

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Humor & Satire

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Tabitha was a true survivor – until she wasn’t. One week before her loveless marriage to a wealthy man, a freak accident causes her soul to trade places with a womanizing lush paying penance for his sins as a soul collector. While she waits for Death to unravel the bureaucratic red-tape and return her to her life, she’s forced to take on Mort’s duties, accompanied by the sexiest but rudest man she’s ever met.

Cooper was a bank manager until his demise, and he’s got a lot of making up to do. He’s determined to be the best damn soul collector heav…he…Death has ever seen. Saddled with baby-sitting the soul of a selfish, amoral airhead, he’s determined to teach her a lesson.

Can Tabitha convince Death to switch her back before her wedding and her reputation are ruined? Will Cooper make her see the error of her ways? Or will Fate have the last laugh and teach them all a lesson in love?

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“Burn Bright” by Bec McMaster

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Burn Bright

by Bec McMaster

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy/Mythology & Folk Tales/Fairy Tales

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A handsome prince. A dangerous wolf shifter. And a quest to hunt a mythical Firebird…

Neva Bane knows better than to enter the Gravenwold Woods. Monsters and witches lurk there, and those who enter don’t come out.

But when a handsome young prince arrives in her village, on a quest to hunt the Firebird within the woods, Neva has no choice but to guide him—or see her ailing father forced to do so instead.

The king is dying. The only thing that can save him is the heart of the Firebird. But the deeper into the forest they go, the more Neva learns about the Firebird’s secrets… Neva must sabotage the hunt if she’s to prevent a magical war, but her only potential allies are a wolf shifter who drives her crazy, and a witch with an agenda of her own.

Can Neva save her world from the darkness they’ve unleashed—or is it too late?

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“Sign Off (Caught Dead in Wyoming Mystery Series, Book 1)” by Patricia McLinn

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Sign Off (Caught Dead in Wyoming Mystery Series, Book 1)

by Patricia McLinn

Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Mystery & Suspense/Western

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Divorce a husband, lose a career … grapple with a murder.

TV journalist Elizabeth “E.M.” Danniher will tell you she committed two sins — she didn’t stay young, and she made an enemy of a powerful news executive — her ex. She used to break national news. Now her top story as the “Helping Out!” reporter at dinky KWMT-TV in Sherman, Wyoming is getting a defective toaster repaired.

Tough, funny and determined, Elizabeth wrestles with isolation, keeping a professional edge, and an evolving self-image. Is Wyoming — the land of cattle, cowboys, tumbleweeds, and fewer than six people per square mile — her new home or a road to permanent obscurity?

Soon she’s in a battle of wills with ex-football player turned journalist Mike Paycik, who might see her as a handy rung on his career ladder or a romantic partner or both. And there’s the matter of a deputy sheriff—missing or murdered? Elizabeth finds herself investigating at the insistence of a girl who’s set on proving her father’s innocence. Not that enigmatic rancher Thomas Burrell makes investigating easy for an amateur sleuth.

But Elizabeth won’t fade to black without a fight, no matter how final some might want to make her SIGN OFF.

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“Absolute Best Adult Party Jokes: A Wonderful Treasury of Exceptional Hilarious Jokes, Quotes, Anecdotes and Stories” by Team Golfwell

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Absolute Best Adult Party Jokes: A Wonderful Treasury of Exceptional Hilarious Jokes, Quotes, Anecdotes and Stories

by Team Golfwell

Genre: Humor & Entertainment/Performing Arts/Political/Essays

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Great for Parties! “I’d buy joke books and try doing them at school; I always had jokes. That would be my go-to thing at parties: I’d be able to get through them if I just told enough jokes. Otherwise, I wouldn’t end up talking to anybody.”  – Drew Carey

 

The jokes cover a broad range of topics and the reader will find a good one for just about any situation and conversation which will appeal for just about everyone. If you manage to memorize a few that would make it a handy addition to your arsenal of ice-breakers and conversation-rekindlers in case the situation seems completely frozen and awkward.

Excerpt: An international flight from Asia to the US was carrying 198 passengers but the crew, unfortunately, discovered an hour into the flight there were only 40 meals on the plane.

After trying to figure out what to do, the Flight Crew came up with a solution. They advised the passengers, “We apologize to you and we are still trying to figure out how this occurred, but we have only 40 dinners on board, and we need to feed all 198 of you on this flight.”

A loud muttering and moaning started amongst the passengers.  The chief flight attendant continued to try and quiet everyone down, “Anyone who is kind enough to give up their dinner so someone else could eat, will receive unlimited free alcoholic beverages during the entire duration of the flight.”

A second announcement was made two hours later, “If anyone wants to change their mind, we still have 40 dinners available.”

All alphabetically arranged by topic, you’ll find a large assortment of enjoyable jokes, intriguing stories, thought-provoking quotes, and lots of humor in the 320+ pages.

We leave the choice of jokes or stories you want to share up to you as individual humor and tastes vary.

Sit back in a comfortable chair with your favorite beverage away from all distractions and enjoy reading this hilarious book!

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