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A sidesplitting, enemies-to-lovers 101 Dalmatians-inspired romantic comedy

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Cowboys live by their word, their wits, and their loyalty.

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How much will she risk to keep her perfect life?

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Garrett will use every tender weapon to seduce her—and prove she’s worthy of true love.

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The Albertini family has no intention of letting a possible romance fizzle out

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Lady Mary's traveling companion has disappeared and only one man believes she ever existed.


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After All I've Done
by Mina Hardy
"I never saw the final revelation coming. It was stunning."
Posted November 5, 2020

One evening Diana Sparrow hits a deer while driving, totaling her beloved cherry-red Camaro, and breaking both her collarbones in the process. When she awakens in the hospital after surgery, she realizes she cannot remember the previous couple of months of her life and is diagnosed with short Read more...

Lucky's Beach
by Shelley Noble
"The sea, sun, sand, and second chances!"
Posted October 22, 2020

Summer had finally arrived, and "Teacher of the Year," Julie Barlow, had never been so glad because she was done. Something just wasn’t right in her heart about her future as a teacher. She’d tried to stave off her uncertainty and restlessness from doing something Read more...

The Tinderbox
by Lou Diamond Phillips
"With something for all, THE TINDERBOX is an exciting whirlwind of a fantasy!"
Posted October 22, 2020

Due to the deep tunnels burrowed through its core, the planet split into two pieces and became caught in a perpetual orbit of each other. But because there was ample warning of the impending schism, most of the populace was evacuated to large Astral Repatriation Communities (ARCs) and sent Read more...

Dark August
by Katie Tallo
"A cunning and intricate tale creating a satisfying reading experience!"
Posted October 15, 2020

Augusta “Gus” Monet’s life is going nowhere. Orphaned at eight, she was sent to live with her distant and uninvolved invalid great-grandmother, Rose, who promptly relegated her to the care and concern of a boarding school and left to spend holidays and breaks there Read more...

Christmas Charms
by Teri Wilson
"A charming holiday tale of magic and second chances!"
Posted October 13, 2020

Ashley James is living the dream: an apartment in Manhattan, a great roommate, a job with potential at the world-renowned jewelry store, Windsor’s, and a boyfriend of three years standing that “gets her.” But an embarrassing misunderstanding with Jeremy on the eve of their Read more...

Dead Men Don't Lie
by Jackson Cain
"A gritty Western action-adventure story set in Old Mexico"
Posted October 5, 2020

With an unprovoked attack from Mexico on the Arizona Territory and, subsequently, their family’s ranch looming, siblings Rachel and Richard Ryan head south to Sinaloa to determine President Diaz’s military strength and plans. But as they make their way home after a disappointing trip, Richard Read more...

by John Rector
"Broken is an exciting yet moody story that kept me turning page after page!"
Posted October 3, 2020

Lilly James had left her home and twin sister, Magnolia, to start a new life far away in Beaumont Cove with her boyfriend/now husband, Mike. It had not been a happy leave-taking; she and Maggie had had a horrible argument about Mike and had not spoken since Read more...

The Searcher
by Tana French
"Riveting from start to finish!"
Posted October 1, 2020

By the time Cal Hooper retired from his job with the Chicago PD to spend quality time with his wife, it was too late. Donna had found someone else to share her interests and her life, and Cal’s daughter was grown and had her own life, so Read more...

Haunted Homicide
by Lucy Ness
"Fresh and sassy, Haunted Homicide is a spirited debut to this new cozy mystery series!"
Posted September 24, 2020

Avery Morgan was excited and enthusiastic about starting her new job as the business manager of the historic yet languishing women’s club in Portage Path, Ohio. The beautiful old home that houses the Portage Path Women’s Club and her new apartment is a dream; however Read more...

The Orphan of Cemetery Hill
by Hester Fox
"Eerie and evocative!"
Posted September 24, 2020

When the two young sisters, Alice (12) and Tabby (7), fled to Boston to escape their cruel aunt and uncle, they became separated when Alice left Tabby to wait for her on a church doorstep and never returned. As her wait lengthened, she got scared when a strange man Read more...

Apocalypse Yesterday
by Brock Adams
"The zombies are gone but can life ever really be the same?"
Posted September 15, 2020

When the zombie outbreak reached Spanish Shanty, Florida, Rip and his best friend, Rodney, and their friend from their favorite bar, Mo, were ready to defend themselves and those they loved. Discovering the zombies didn’t like water and wouldn’t walk through it, they and others Read more...

Murder at Hotel 1911
by Audrey Keown
"The atmospheric debut of a new mystery series!"
Posted September 8, 2020

Ivy Nichols works as a desk clerk at Hotel 1911, a historic family mansion restored into a luxurious boutique hotel themed to emulate the early 1900s. Unbeknownst to the owner, the home once belonged to Ivy’s mother’s family who decades previously had fallen into financial Read more...

All the Broken People
by Leah Konen
"A heart-pounding thriller that kept me awake and then caused uneasy dreams; I loved it!"
Posted September 7, 2020

Fleeing her abusive boyfriend, Davis, Brooklynite and freelance journalist Lucy King surreptitiously rents an out-of-way cottage on the outskirts of Woodstock, New York, to hide out and heal. With her dog, Dusty, by her side and armed with a new cellphone, she pays cash for everything in Read more...

You Lucky Dog
by Julia London
"Two very different dogs and two very different owners, but with more in common than they know!"
Posted September 3, 2020

After her position at a PR firm is made redundant, Carly Kennedy decides there’s no time like the present to pursue her dream of working in fashion-related PR in the Big Apple. But first, she has to find a position and, in the meantime, pay her Read more...

They Came to Kill
by William W. Johnstone, J.A. Johnstone
"An exciting and gritty tale of two of Johnstone's best characters: Preacher & MacCallister!"
Posted August 22, 2020

In 1850, in the desert wasteland near El Paso, Lieutenant Damon Charlton and his cavalry troop out on routine patrol was attacked and massacred by an Apache war party. Of all the men, only his body was never recovered, and this has been eating away at his distraught father Read more...

Little Falls
by Elizabeth Lewes
"Little Falls is an amazing piece of writing and one heck of a story!"
Posted August 17, 2020

Camille Waresch, an assessor for the Okanogan County Tax Assessor’s Office, heads up and off an old county road into the hills to get a look at a building she’d noticed that wasn’t noted on any of the current property maps. The building Read more...

The Night Swim
by Megan Goldin
"THE NIGHT SWIM unfolds in great lapping waves, much like the waves on that fateful beach near Morris"
Posted August 8, 2020

Rachel Krall has the number one true-crime podcast in the country with plans for a ground-breaking new season. Rachel will be covering, reporting, and chronicalling a controversial rape trial as it unfolds in the small coastal town of Neapolis, North Carolina. The alleged victim is a young Read more...

Montana Territory
by Charles G. West
"A full-bodied Western action story that kept me turning the pages!"
Posted August 3, 2020

John Hawk, a scout for the army at Fort Ellis near Bozeman in the Montana Territory, gets on the wrong side of the lieutenant in charge of the army scouts at the post and is fired. But with winter soon to come, he’s almost relieved: his cabin Read more...

Buzzard's Bluff
by William W. Johnstone, J.A. Johnstone
"Belly up to the bar and get ready to enjoy this exciting, new Western series!"
Posted July 30, 2020

Texas Ranger Ben Savage is taken entirely by surprise when an old friend and mentor dies and leaves him a saloon in Buzzard’s Bluff, Texas. He takes an extended leave of absence to check his inheritance out and to determine what to do with it. However, Buzzard Read more...

Blacktop Wasteland
by S.A. Cosby
"Blacktop Wasteland is a high-octane page-turner!"
Posted July 26, 2020

Just like his daddy before him, Beauregard “Bug” Montage made a name for himself as the best “wheelman” around, but that was 15 years ago. Since then, he left that life behind him, opened his own successful garage, got a wife and family, and settled Read more...

Karen Siddall

Before retiring in 2019, I worked for over 40 years in the public sector as an educator, speaker, and researcher in criminal justice, environmental education, fire protection, groundwater, and water conservation. I live in North-Central Texas (Grand Prairie) with my husband, Jim; Princess, Ginger, and Smoky (the cats); and two basset hounds - Peaches and Stoli. I enjoy reading various genres, including mysteries, SciFi, contemporary and paranormal romance, and thrillers, but I have a real weakness for cozies, westerns, dystopian tales, and post-apocalyptic fiction. I just like to read, and I like to connect other readers with books that they might enjoy. I write a couple of blogs about books I’ve read and participate annually in the Ultimate PopSugar Reading Challenge, Goodreads Personal Reading Challenge, Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge, and The Celebrity Readers’ Finishing the Series Challenge. All those reading prompts keep me motivated to read some of the many books I’ve bought over the years.

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