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Wanted to share with readers that I've published a new contemporary women's fiction novel on Nook as well as in paperback, available through Barnes & Noble.


It's called Letting Go: The Maryland Shores by Lauren Monroe, set in a tense period in our nation's history following 9/11 attacks and for those living in the DC/Maryland area it was a particularly tense time.


There are many other themes for readers to connect with including romance, nautical and workplace/medical themes. Others include loss, motherhood, relationships and family.  I hope you will enjoy.


There is a sample online and it's available through the Read In Store program.  


You can learn more about this novel at its Facebook page where there are pictures, news, and a travel blog about the Maryland area where the book is set.

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It's a Cold World

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Cold Days (Dresden Files Series #14) 

If Harry Dresden has learned one thing from dying, it's that he doesn't like being dead. So under his new boss, The Winter Queen, Mab, he learns how to narrowly escape death every day until she believes him ready to take on the mantle of Winter Knight. Yet his first command from her makes him wonder if he truly is capable of undertaking the responsibilities required of this title. So Harry returns to Chicago in search of the one being who can tell him how he can kill an immortal (guess who?), and he finds himself entrenched in chaos. Old enemies come out of the woodwork to try to assassinate him, not to mention, the one place where he believes he could find solace, Demonreach, is under siege by...well Harry just can't figure that out. Yet he has literally 24 hours to resolve his dilemma, carrying out not only Mab's command, but also figuring out who is telling him the truth, and what it means.

This volume proves to be the darkest Dresden yet, touching places that even Changes didn't dare to go. Yet Harry retains his quirky sense of humor while his old friends treat him like an enemy and old enemies treat him like a friend (Erlking anyone?). Not to mention the cast of characters gets ever more interesting, as Kris Kringle introduces himself to Harry...after all, he is obviously a denizen of winter. Butcher keeps us guessing til the end about who's right, who's wrong, and who's responsible. A last minute plot twist leaves the next volume able to go into many different directions, and I certainly cannot wait to see what he has in store for Harry's future.

THE CADET OF TILDOR, Alex Lidell's debut novel, was everything I hoped for and more. When I first heard about the publishing deal, I was intrigued. Tamora Pierce meets G.R.R. Martin, really? I'm not sure that it's too similar to Martin, but there are strong threads tying Lidell to Pierce, and I mean that in the best way possible. In high school, two of my all-time favorite series were the Song of the Lioness quartet and the Protector of the Small quartet (. In both, Pierce creates strong female heroines who stand alone among boys as they go through school to become knights and serve their kingdoms. Pierce's heroines Alanna of Trebond and Keladry of Mindelan would be great friends were they to come across Lidell's Renee de Winter, and rightfully so. If you're a fan of Pierce, and especially of these two series, you will absolutely adore CADET. Unlike Pierce, who takes readers on adventures from the very first year of training, Lidell drops in on senior year. Renee used to be at the top of her class, but now, she's fallen to the bottom, no longer as strong as the boys. She wants nothing more than to become a Servant and serve the Crown, making sure to train extra hard to build her endurance. Her father tries to keep her home where she "belongs," but Renee defies him, cutting family ties in order to return to school. When she finds out that her new instructor is none other than Commander Savoy, one of her role models, she's excited and idolizes him, but traumatized to realize that he sees her as weaker than her peers. As a plot against the kingdom unfurls, Renee must come to terms with her own limitations while still paving her own way and attempting to achieve her dreams. There is so much to love about CADET, which reminds me of why I love this sub-genre of fantasy so much. Fantasy doesn't have to be about sappy romance and eye-rolling love triangles, which I seem to have forgotten after all the like-minded YA novels crowding the genre these last few years. There are so many layers to CADET that each layer pulls back like an onion, revealing something deeper and truer at its core. Renee is so blinded by her dreams and her wants that she's unable to see the reality of the way things are. She'll never excel in life if she can't come to terms with her own limitations and learn to work with them, not against them. She grows in so many ways over the course of the novel, and I truly became invested in her plight. There are so many characters and settings that on the surface, it seems as though it would be easy to become overwhelmed. In reality, however, everything is well-crafted and bonds together to form a fascinating, gritty story at the underbelly of a kingdom in need of saving. Lidell seamlessly blends right and wrong to the point where readers are constantly guessing and wondering which characters can actually be trusted. It's hard to talk much about the intricacies without giving much away, but I truly love the way this book unfurled. Whenever little things came together, whether I saw them coming or not, they managed to slip into place like a well-greased cog. Even character development was superbly brought out. While I was always rooting for our underdog Renee, there were characters I went from liking to disliking, and others I had an on-again, off-again relationship with. Definitely on-again by the end, however, and I want more books from Lidell! While CADET easily stands alone, it ends in such a way that more adventures are sure to be had, especially after reading the novel's final line (perhaps one of my favorite lines in the novel, and one I can't share for obvious reasons. It is, after all, the final line!) I'm seriously hoping that Lidell brings us more books in this world and returns all of her characters to us. I wonder if one character will be a villain, if another will become something more, if a third is destined for greatness. Etc, etc. I thoroughly enjoyed CADET and now want to go back and re-read other books with female knights at their core to keep this feeling close to my chest. What a great debut!

The Flynn City Egg Man  It's Easter 1969, and no one is more excited than Cyrus Flannery, the eccentric peddler known as, The Flynn City Egg Man. He's packed up the old panel truck with Easter goodies, and if everyone forgives him for his past business dealings, he just might make the rent this year. It all looks good until...Sandy True, the head cheerleading diva, and maximus drama queen of Flynn City High decides to plot a kidnapping. Her own kidnapping It may allow her time to get to Hollywood, and seek her dream of becoming an actress.


The last person she was seen with happens to be The Flynn City Egg Man, and Sandy's boyfriend, Tyler Armstrong has plans of the peddler. If the cops can't help, Armstrong will take matters into his own hands. After all, it was blood he saw in the Egg Man's kitchen.


Cuffy Landers, a seventeen-year-old reluctant hero enters the fray, and soon befriends the Egg Man. The two are pitted against a suspicious town, and a boyfriend who is hell-bent on revenge.


Recommended for adult, teen, and young adult reading with humor, suspense, and inspiration.

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A Flynn City Christmas  Unlike any Christmas story before, the second book in the series of The Flynn City Egg Man is another romp through Appalachia. This time it is Christmas, 1971. An eccentric peddler, a reluctant hero, and the rest of the gang meet up again in a town that is short on holiday magic.

Christmas is coming to Flynn City, and it seems everyone needs a miracle. Especially, the Flynn City Egg Man. His investment in the “Claser,” results in all of his assets seized and he finds himself broke. Angry, he takes it out on an iguana, in a town that worships the reptile. Now, he finds himself in a Mexican jail.

Sandy True, the local drama queen who orchestrated her own kidnapping back in Easter 1969, in The Flynn City Egg Man, is pregnant, and her boyfriend Tyler Armstrong is about to be released from jail. Cuffy Landers returns back to Flynn City from college to spend winter break in the coal patch with his father, and to keep out of Tyler’s way. After all, can you really forgive someone who tried to kill you?

A major snowstorm strikes the area, and it will take more than one Christmas miracle to save a town already on the verge of dying. Will there be enough miracles to go around?

Jenkins paints a holiday landscape of hope, inspiration, and a coming of age journey promising to take you back to a place in time that offers up Christmas in a brand new light. Recommended for adult and young adult reading.
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The Flowers of Reminiscence  Imagine waking up in a nursing home a thousand miles from your home without a clue as to why or how you ended up there. There is that battered cardboard box in the corner someone was kind enough to leave you. Oh, near the bottom is your journal. The one your mother started for you in 1901, and you have added pressed flowers and inscriptions to it as you journeyed through life. Maybe it will help you solve the mystery of how you ended up here at Beacon Manor on the outskirts of a small Texas town. Let's hope it does.


She needs her memories to survive, and you will never forget her. Can each trip back in time heal her memory? One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, meets, Fried Green Tomatoes in this touching, illuminating novel of an elderly woman's seach for answers. A vivid, historical, and an inspiring read that women say they cannot put down.

Book Trailer here.

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I got a replacement nook table for my other one. Why am I having trouble downloading my books into the new nook.  It picks and chooses which book it will download.  I can touch the book on the screen that has the word download across the bottom the little bars go across then it just goes back to download.  I have turned off my nook and back one several times. I have touched the little arrows on the bottom left corner and had them go around. I am person who read 400 to 600 pages a day.  I cannot even read the book I was on.  I do have over 2000 books on my nook.  Oh yes the nook put up a little not once or twice to archive the book then unarchive it,  That does not work.  I also get the  message process also.  How long should it take to download my book.  Can you fix problem.

Stranger Than You Could Think

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I don't generally read historical fiction, because, well, I generally don't like it. However, throw in some paranormal activity and that changes everything. This book opens up right in the middle of some Undead action, instantly grabbing your interest, making you wonder exactly what has been happening in this seemingly crazy world of Eleanor Fitt. Many strange comings and goings have occurred in this Philadelphia of the past (another thing I enjoyed, as a Philadelphia transplant, I like learning of its history). Her scholarly brother Elijah has been expected home for weeks now, but has yet to show up, while Clarence Wilcox has recently come back to town, as well as an infamous group called the Spirit Hunters, led by Joseph and his disciples Daniel and Jie. Eleanor's concern for Elijah drives the action in this book, while her mother's main mission involves marrying Eleanor off since the death of her father and disappearance of her brother have left them without a man to provide for them. Though Eleanor despises this type of thinking, she humors her mother, spending time with Clarence during her free time from hunting down the Spirit Hunters in order to enlist their service in finding Elijah. After all, she suspects that the Undead have played some role in his demise.

Dennard does a good job in shifting suspicion between the Spirit Hunters, Clarence, his henchmen, and even the spirit her mother releases while performing an innocuous seance during the Fitts' keeping-up-appearances party. You may say you knew who was behind the brouhaha, but truth is, you may have suspected the correct person, but you have also suspected everyone else, too. My only gripe is Eleanor's romantic resolution, which isn't much of a resolution at all. Although, that in itself could be the statement she is trying to make on Eleanor's behalf. I can't help but wonder if there will be others.


Something Strange and Deadly  

A Grave Mercy, Indeed

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A teen novel with a unique premise. Isme, the poor daughter of a farmer who beats her, finds herself in a precarious position on her wedding night when her pre-arranged husbands gets violent with her. Luckily she gets rescued by a do-gooder, and sent off to a convent. This convent is unique because it trains its young charges with becoming assassins, killing men in the name of Saint Mortain, the patron saint of death, who was long ago deified by the members of this convent. After years of highly specialized training, Isme gets sent on her first mission, a convoluted plot in which she must unwillingly become part of the royal council in an effort to find the traitor to the duchess's crown. She even more unwillingly finds herself attracted to the duchess's bastard half brother, as consorting with men without the intent to kill defies the laws of the convent. Yet, the more involved she gets, the more she questions not only the royal family's loyalty to the duchess, but also the integrity of the convent.


A well-written book with an as-yet unparalled premise, great for ages 14 and up.


Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin Trilogy Series #1)  

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Sean Frain's A Lake District Journey has attracted much publicity partly because of new info on Fletcher Christian and Beatrix Potter.

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There's a very funny parody of Fifty Shades of Grey called Fifty Shades of Black and Blue . It's about Annabelle Stilletto from Jersey City, New Jersey. Annabelle is a graduate of Beauty School but doesn't have a job and lives with her roommate in a dumpy apartment. Her life changes overnight when she goes for a job interview with the rich and handsome Vinnie Griso, the heir to the famous Vinnie's Auto Parts fortune. With this sky blue eyes, jet black hair, tight pants and pointy shoes, Vinnie is Annabelle's dream come true. When she falls for his seductive charms, she discovers that Vinnie has a deep, dark secret and a strict set of "rules" that she must obey. At first she resists, but she soon discovers the secret pleasures of domination as she becomes "black and blue."

Circle of Cranes  is based on an old Asian folktale you may have never heard of, The Crane Wife. While the most well-known version of the tale is Japanese, there are various renditions of the tale in other Asian cultures as well. Annette LeBox reveals the tale as she writes for anyone unfamiliar with the story and weaves lore of women who can turn into cranes into a sophisticated story full of truth as it reveals the grit and crime of the world's underbelly. I'll admit that for most of the time I was reading, I labored under the wrong impression that I was reading historical fantasy from the turn of the twentieth century as immigrants flocked to the melting pot of the US in unsavory conditions in order to prosper. Sweatshops and labor strikes flourished at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, and that's what I thought I was reading. It wasn't until the end when one character has a cell phone that I thought, "Huh, that's odd." It turns out that LeBox has woven her novel around a smuggling incident that occurred in British Columbia, Canada in 1999/2000, where ships were intercepted and shown to be inhumane, the passengers in the worst of conditions. She also looks in-depth at the "intimidation methods used by human smugglers toward undocumented garment workers in the sweatshops of Chinatown, New York" (pg. 338). I had no clue that such places still existed today and that in some ways, life never evolved. The thought is horrifying. 

Lebox's blog features more articles involving her detailed research into CIRCLE OF CRANES. She also talks about her trip to China, where she discovered the Miao Minority in Guizhou, which she calls "the poorest and least visited province in China." The area very much follows the ways of the past, having never modernized, which is one reason I thought I was in Ancient China when reading about Cao Hai Lake at the book's beginning. There is a custom that girls must be exquisite embroiderers. If they aren't, they have less of a dowry and can't make a good marriage.

In CIRCLE OF CRANES, main character Suyin is forbidden to learn embroidery. Her grandfather thinks her mother's embroidery ensnared and ruined his son. This lowers her prospects at marriage and a good life. With two parents and her grandparents dead, Suyin bounces from house to house with no permanent home. When a Snakehead (What the Chinese call human smugglers) comes and offers to take one person from the village to the United States in exchange for payment, the village chooses Suyin. She's promised a cruise ship and streets paved with gold, only to find herself crushed into the belly of a dinky boat crammed three-to-a-bed, with little food and too many rats. In New York, she's locked away in a safehouse, and seldom paid for her labor. There are hired thugs willing to kill if immigrants attempt escape without repaying their debt. On top of that, most of the workers were paid between $1-$3 USD, which is despicable and well below minimum wage.

Suyin suffers in the new world, hating that she and her entire village have been duped. Back home, she had an encounter with cranes and was told that she was to undertake a quest, able to one day turn into a crane herself. In New York, the cranes teach her how to embroider, and she slowly tries to improve her circumstances and take her place in the world, to both fulfill her quest to become one with her crane sisters and stand up for what's fair for the friends laboring with her in the slums of New York.

CIRCLE OF CRANES is so much grittier and deeper than I ever expected it to be. I want to learn more about all of the topics and situations LeBox touched on now that the novel's over, and I love the extra information she's featured on her blog, as though she knew I'd come looking. I can't believe humans still live in such deplorable conditions in today's world, that our government turns a blind eye and does nothing. Reading this novel, I truly felt I'd fallen backwards a century, and to find out that this was happening today was shocking. I didn't realize the book was going to feature such deep issues when I picked it up, thinking it would mostly be about a girl's journey to becoming a crane sister. It was, but it was so much more, too. The novel is gorgeously written and really gets into the mind of Suyin as she adapts to her new life, betrayed by everyone and forced to continue on in such revolting conditions. The book is well worth reading and will truly open your mind in more ways than one.



Silver Phoenix 

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon 

Girl in Translation    

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Unique Ink

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I stumbled upon this book on an endcap at work, and thinking my tattoo-obsessed sister would enjoy it, I began to peruse it. The more I looked at it, the more I felt that my sister wouldn't like this book nearly as much as I would, as my current interest and potential career path lies in science. This compilation accommodates admission into a world where few dare to go, and fewer there dare to get inked. Each photo provides a scientific explanation of the significance of the tattoo, sometimes brief, others more involved. Nonetheless, you are never left wondering about why someone would commit to permanently marking one's self with the chemical formula for serotonin or complex formulae that one learns about only in theoretical physics. In fact, several of the stories were moving, such as the Tree of Life tattoo, and the DNA encoded with a wife's name. My only complaint about this book was the number of typographical errors. But, then again, this book is about science people, compiled by science people, and I'm not certain language people were too involved in the process. Regardless, a unique book about unique ink.


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Black Arts in South East Asia, Adventures in Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia  


I have been living in Thailand for the last eight years, since graduation from college in upstate NY. I have since learned to speak Thai, which enables all doors to open. Traveling across northern Thailand, and through The Golden Triangle, has quenched many of my thirsts for adventure. I have subsequently made trips into rural northern Laos along the Mae Kong River, and all the way to the Chinese border. I have spent time in Cambodia, and come to some of my own conclusions about the horrific Khmer past. I have also lived on the remote island of Kho Lipe, far off the southern Thai coast in the Andaman Sea.

Residing in South East Asia over the last seven years has opened my mind to better understand mysteries of the Far East, both the enticing and disturbing. I lived in the fast lane, and regularly pushed myself to the limits. Black Arts in South East Asia is a nonfiction story that captures the 21st century and my experiences in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Laos, Udon Thani, Cambodia, as well as on the beaches. Dare I say this story is not for my own grandmother, however it sheds a truthful torch of light into the dark worlds of prostitution, pimps, transvestites, killers, thieves, human trafficking and counter culture.

Black Arts in South East Asia chronicles a true to life adventure that can be retraced entirely, as I have not doctored the names, places, or people I have encountered along the way. For these reasons, I am confident that my non-fiction story is as up to date, authentic, and original as anything else in its genre. I believe this book has the potential to spark a new generation of travelers looking to better understand themselves and the world they pass through.


My travel story is for a broadminded and unabashed reader, who wants to know exactly what is happening in South East Asia this year. Black Arts in South East Asia began as a private story for only my closest friends. However, it was through their feedback, that this wild and debaucherous tale has risen to the public spotlight where it is today. 

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 Hi :smileyhappy:,

         My name Snobabi, I'm interested in buying books for myself and other people,but some books I get can

 only come from Borders or B&N because they have contracts with these places.I was wondering whether or

 not those two companies ship the books thru- there pkg place or do they send them out thru- these other com



 I dont have a problem with where they are sent from,but I did sign up with B&N.  I had to sign up with another one because they had a couple books I want, but the other books I want ,Borders and B&N dont seem to have;well

 one they did ,but it was more expensive then I thought.I'm not sure what to do,if I should order those other books or not because they might get sent back.


 If anyone knows or can give me any advice on this I'd appreciate it,thank you,


                                                                                  Snobabi, :smileyhappy:

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Nook tablet SDcard will it change

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my tablet, are will my table stay the same.

A Tale Dark and Grimm   So you think you know all about Hansel and Gretel do you?

How the poor little kids had a mean stepmom who made the dad let them loose in the big bad forest only for them to end up at the witch's gingerbread house... Well that's not exactly the whole story.  The success of Grimm on TV may have made me predisposed to like this book but I was unprepared for the wonderful wit and gory retelling of a famous Grimm Brothers tale.  Spoilers throughout alert the reader to send the little ones in the other room because the story is going to get pretty gristly and it does.  Adam Gidwitz provides a fun read for families (minus the little ones!)  with giggle out loud humor.


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