When the Apricots Bloom by Gina Wilkinson

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Inspired by her own experiences stationed in Baghdad during Saddam Hussein's rule, former foreign correspondent Gina Wilkinson's evocative, suspenseful debut is told through the eyes of three very different women in Iraq at the turn of the millennium.

At night, in Huda's fragrant garden, a breeze sweeps in from the desert encircling Baghdad, rustling the leaves of her apricot trees and carrying warning of visitors at her gate. Huda, a secretary at the Australian embassy, lives in fear of the mukhabarat--the secret police who watch and listen for any scrap of information that can be used against America and its allies. They have ordered her to befriend Ally Wilson, the deputy ambassador's wife. Huda has no wish to be an informant, but fears for her teenage son, who may be forced to join a deadly militia. Nor does she know that Ally has dangerous secrets of her own.

Huda's former friend, Rania, enjoyed a privileged upbringing as the daughter of a sheikh. Now her family's wealth is gone, and Rania too is battling to keep her child safe and a roof over their heads. As the women's lives intersect, their hidden pasts spill into the present. Facing possible betrayal at every turn, all three must trust in a fragile, newfound loyalty, even as they discover how much they are willing to sacrifice to protect their families.

The Last Piece by Imogen Clark

The Last Piece by Imogen  ClarkA sudden departure. A story decades in the making.

The chaotic but happy equilibrium of the Nightingale family is thrown into disarray when Cecily—whose children can’t remember her ever being remotely spontaneous—disappears to a Greek island with no warning or explanation.

Her reasons for doing something so out of character are a total mystery to her three daughters, high-powered executive Felicity, unfulfilled GP Julia and organised mother-of-five Lily. What connection could she possibly have with Kefalonia?

But Cecily has gone to continue a story she thought ended decades ago—one that could have a huge impact on her family. And when she returns, she’ll have to tell them the truth.

Will Cecily be able to hold her family together once she reveals her big secret? And might she discover that she’s not the only one with a story to tell?

Miss Janie's Girls by Carolyn Brown

Miss Janie's Girls by Carolyn BrownA bittersweet reunion becomes a time for looking back and starting over in a heartwarming new novel from New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Brown.

Miss Janie is at the end of a long and full life, but she has no intention of crossing that finish line until she’s found her girls…

It’s been ten years since Teresa and Kayla shook off the dust of Birthright, Texas, went their separate ways, and never looked back. Apart from their foster mom, Miss Janie, they don’t have many fond memories of their hometown. Or of each other. Still, neither can forget the kind woman who opened her home and heart to two teenagers in need.

When a private investigator—who just happens to be Miss Janie’s handsome nephew—tracks them both down and tells them Miss Janie is dying, Teresa and Kayla know deep down that they’ve got to be there for her as she had been there for them.

With Teresa and Kayla together again under the same roof, old tensions may flare, but with Miss Janie’s help, they might rediscover that home is the perfect place for new beginnings.

Lost in the City of @ by Michael Bell

Lost in the City of @ by Michael     BellEnter for chance to win one of 60 signed copies of “Lost in the City of @“ by Michael Bell.

Get ready to get lost in this delightful non-sensical fantasy reminiscent of “Alice in Wonderland”

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Rhubarb Pie is gone…

Twelve-year-old Samantha has special powers, but she has yet to master them.In the wake of September 11th, 2001, Sammy attempts to use her powers to turn back time and change the course of history in search of her lost father, whom she affectionately calls Rhubarb Pie. However, in her botched attempt to manipulate fate, she falls down a rabbit hole and becomes lost in a virtual wonderland. As she wanders the fantastical City of @, she meets a variety of zany characters with questionable motives. In order to break free of this wacky world and find her way back home, she must restore her faith and connect with her powers before she disappears forever.

Will Sammy find her father before she loses herself?

Lost in the City of @ is a charming and imaginative work of fiction that contends with what it means to experience the chaos of trauma, rediscover oneself, and heal from unspeakable loss.

The Guardians of Erum and the Calamitous Child of Socotra by A. Ali Hasan Ali

The Guardians of Erum and the Calamitous Child of Socotra by A. Ali Hasan AliEnter for a chance to win one of 100 Kindle edition copies of The Guardians of Erum and the Calamitous Child of Socotra by A. Ali Hasan Ali.

The story of young father quests across ancient Arabia to save his son from mysterious forces who plan to sacrifice him and bring about the ruination of the world. A novel inspired by Arabia’s pre-Islamic ancient history, traditions, religious beliefs, and local culture and folklore.

Tomboyland by Melissa Faliveno

Tomboyland by Melissa FalivenoA fiercely personal and startlingly universal essay collection about the mysteries of gender and desire, of identity and class, of the stories we tell and the places we call home.

Flyover country, the middle of nowhere, the space between the coasts. The American Midwest is a place beyond definition, whose very boundaries are a question. It’s a place of rolling prairies and towering pines, where guns in bars and trucks on blocks are as much a part of the landscape as rivers and lakes and farms. Where girls are girls and boys are boys, where women are mothers and wives, where one is taught to work hard and live between the lines. But what happens when those lines become increasingly unclear? When a girl, like the land that raised her, finds herself neither here nor there?

In this intrepid collection of essays, Melissa Faliveno traverses the liminal spaces of her childhood in working-class Wisconsin and the paths she’s traveled since, compelled by questions of girlhood and womanhood, queerness and class, and how the lands of our upbringing both define and complicate us even long after we’ve left. Part personal narrative, part cultural reportage, Tomboyland navigates midwestern traditions, mythologies, landscapes, and lives to explore the intersections of identity and place. From F5 tornadoes and fast-pitch softball to gun culture, strange glacial terrains, kink party potlucks, and the question of motherhood, Faliveno asks curious, honest, and often darkly funny questions about

The Carolyn Factor by J.J. Bruce

The Carolyn Factor by J.J. BruceEnter to win one of 100 copies we are giving away of "The Carolyn Factor" by J. J. Bruce.

"First and foremost, a thriller, with dangery and duplicity around every turn...doesn't stint on the auction...a lean narrative with few wasted words. Suspense and romance blend beautifully in this story of two lost souls. -- Kirkus Reviews

Max Kugar is on the run.

Max Kugar is a dealer in vintage sporting and military treasures, a veteran of Afghanistan combat, and owns a history of heartbreak with women named Carolyn.

Another Carolyn, an unsuccessful actress, retains Kugar to broker the sale of her priceless Japanese sword inherited from her grandfather who obtained the sword at the end of World War II, under mysterious circumstances.

Now Kugar must broker the sword without attracting the attention of the Japanese or US Governments, while eluding Carolyn’s psychopath brother and his drug cartel partners, who are determined to own the priceless sword for their own devices--at any cost—and killing anyone in their way.

Kugar and Carolyn go on the run as they search for a buyer—attempting to stay alive while their pursuers are determined they will not.

The Divine Boys by Laura Restrepo

The Divine Boys by Laura RestrepoFrom acclaimed Colombian author Laura Restrepo comes a prize-winning novel inspired by a true crime that shattered a community and exposed the dark recesses of toxic masculinity and privilege.

Immune to the consequences of immorality, five privileged young men in Bogotá bond over a shared code: worship drugs and drink, exploit women, and scorn the underclass.

As males, they declare the right to freedom of pleasure. As friends, only disloyalty to each other is forbidden. When a little girl from the slums disappears, the limits of a perverse and sacred bond will be tested in ways none of them could have imagined.

Hauntingly true, this daringly told work of fiction explores the tragic dynamic between genders, social classes, and victim and victimizer, and between five men whose intolerable transgressions will shake the conscience of a country.

The Secret Jesus by Sue Stephenson

The Secret Jesus by Sue StephensonIn this mainstream page-turner, Christ’s DNA is discovered in an ancient relic—and used to create a clone. This is the story of Jesus’ human twin, and his quest for identity in Twenty-first Century America. Who will this young man be exactly?

This thought-provoking novel has been a great selection for book club discussions all over the country.

The First Love by Arben Nestur Prifti

The First Love by Arben Nestur PriftiDear readers.
This book belongs to you now. Enjoy reading it.
I would like to tell you that this novel is the work of my life. I have spent time and energy in writing it. I have poured my knowledge, my soul, and my heart in it. I have written all the time being inspired by the muse of love.
Writing, editing, and publishing a book is like fulfilling a contract with the readers. I have already fulfilled my obligations to this contract, and I am sure you will remain satisfied with my job.
I am doing the extra mile giving 100 books away, trying to reach out to my first readers. A book not read by some people is like not existing at all. Please, bring this novel in existence. Bring it in life by making it part of your bookshelves. You will be fully satisfied.
This love story will stimulate your mind, inspire your soul, and satisfy your longings, reminding you of your first love. You will weep all the time the same way as its author and characters do. You will feel the truthfulness of their heartbreak, and your mind will start to think of your life and your love stories, finding yourself in between the fiction and the reality of this novel.
They say: “Readers make or break an author’s success,” and for that reason I invite you all for an ongoing dialogue between us, welcoming all your comments, thoughts, and opinions.
It is your turn now. Read it. Enjoy it. Be inspired by it and spread the word of your enjoyment.
Always your friend,
Arben Nestur Prifti
New York City

The Brothers of Auschwitz by Malka Adler

The Brothers of Auschwitz by Malka AdlerAn extraordinary historical novel of hope and heartbreak, this is a story about a family separated by the Holocaust and their harrowing journey back to each other.

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