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Welcome to the Fallen Paradise: A Novel by Dayne Sherman

Welcome to the Fallen Paradise: A Novelby Dayne Sherman

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10th Anniversary Edition of Award-Winning Welcome to the Fallen Paradise: A Novel By Dayne Sherman

Includes Reader's Guide for Book Groups and Author Interview
Booklist Magazine's "Hard-Boiled Gazetteer to Country Noir" - Louisiana Pick, 2012

Baxter Parish, Louisiana, is a bloody place where family tradition is stronger than the law and pride more valuable than life. Thirty-year-old Jesse Tadlock returns home to Packwood Corners to claim his inheritance after a peaceful, if not dull, twelve-year Army hitch. With a steady job, a past love back in his life, and his own land, he thinks he's outlasted the legacy of violence that has haunted his family.

But the morning after his first night in his new home in Mount Olive, a neighbor turns up at his door with a loaded rifle on his arm and a bloodthirsty pit bull in tow. Balem "Cotton" Moxley says he was born in this house and he'll die there, or Jesse will.

With his Uncle Red pushing him to deal with the threat the old way--meeting fist with blade, bullet with bomb--at odds with his desire for a simple peace, Jesse must find a way to stand up and save his own, even if it means losing everything to the fires of pride.

Praise for Dayne Sherman and Welcome to the Fallen Paradise: A Novel

"This pitch-perfect debut novel, about a hard-luck place where blood feuds spring up natural as pit bulls after raw meat, will go down easier with fans of rural crime stories than a juicy pork steak steeped in red-eye gravy."
--Booklist (May 2012 "Hard-Boiled Gazetteer to Country Noir" Winner & Starred Review)

"Backwoods violence and blood feuds are nothing new in Southern fiction, so it takes a strong writer to slug it out with in swamp and come back with a memorable story. Ponchatoula novelist Dayne Sherman is just such a writer, and Welcome to the Fallen Paradise, set in a fictional Baxter Parish, is just such an unforgettable book… utterly compelling." --Times-Picayune (one of four "Best Debuts" in 2004)

"A very slick debut tale, colorful and taut, that takes us into a crazy world and, at the close, brings us out alive." -- Kirkus

"Sherman's promising debut chronicles a young man's thorny return to his Louisiana hometown… Sherman brilliantly reunites a land with its own set of vicious rules with a native of that land who, as a changed man, simply wants peace. Weaving his way through a series of complex characters and a terrain fertilized with a proud but bloody history, Sherman tells a spirited and engaging tale."
--Publishers Weekly

"Dayne Sherman's exciting fiction takes us down a dusty Southern road to a place where both honor and ties of blood are more important than breath itself, and where even the religion is violent."
--Tim Gautreaux, author of The Missing and The Clearing

"Dayne Sherman writes like I wish I could if I was still young enough to change."
--Rick Bragg, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of All Over but the Shoutin' and Ava's Man

"Welcome to the Fallen Paradise reads like an amped-up, muscle-bound, southern morality tale of old. But Dayne Sherman has taken a classic story of family honor and revenge and given it just the right dash of modern swing. Fast-paced, action-packed, and filled with one memorable character after another, this is one page-turner that will remind you that the southern gothic is alive and well."
--Inman Majors, author of Wonderdog and The Millionaires

"It's hard to believe this is Dayne Sherman's debut novel because rarely does one read a first offering written with such skill. Welcome to the Fallen Paradise is a marvelous tale, a page-turner, written with authenticity, without censure, or fear. I predict that we're going to be reading the work of this brilliant new talent for a very long time."
--Bev Marshall, author of Right As Rain and Hot Fudge Sundae Blues

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It's Always Darkest Before the Fridge Door Opens: Enjoying the Fruits of Middle Age by Phil Callaway

It's Always Darkest Before the Fridge Door Opens: Enjoying the Fruits of Middle Ageby Phil Callaway

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Laugh Your Way Through a Sticky Situation

Life is full of problems: there's not enough time in the day, your kids won't stop fighting, and those cars won't let you merge onto the highway. Not to mention the really bad stuff: your best friends are getting divorced, and your close relative is sick. It's enough to make you want to scream and cry and stomp your feet. But then you remember you're not three.

Life is like a refrigerator--it offers us a lot of good things, but it can be smelly if left for too long.

Don't let life be a stinker. God provided the equipment to laugh--we just have to remember to use it. Martha Bolton and Phil Callaway show how they look on the bright side of life as they teach us creative ways to deal with telemarketers, remind us that we could cope with the world if it wasn't for the people, and explain why M&Ms are healthy. Where there's a will, there's a way, and Martha and Phil will help you find a way to laugh yourself back into a joyful life!

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The Olympus Killer (Greek Island Mystery 1) by Luke Christodoulou

The Olympus Killer (Greek Island Mystery 1)by Luke Christodoulou

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'EVIL UNDER THE GREEK SUN'
If this summer you are thinking of travelling to the majestic, sun kissed Greek Islands, think again. A sadistic killer is on the loose.
THE OLYMPUS KILLER...
Over the picturesque Greek Islands, bodies are piling up fast. Bodies tortured, mutilated and strangely connected to ancient Greek mythology. Hellenic Police Captain COSTA PAPACOSTA is called in to assist young, top of her year, foul mouth, food loving Cretan, Lieutenant IOLI CARA in solving their most complex case yet, while facing his own demons after the tragic loss of his daughter.
The OLYMPUS KILLER, as the tabloids refer to him by, is a cunning, sadistic murderer with a haunting past. A past revealed to us through his mother's story set in Dayton, USA.
Will the two officers catch the murderer in time or will the Olympus Killer have his revenge?
A model with arms brutally chopped off...
Twins decapitated and their heads used to form a sun and a moon...
Papacosta and Cara are always one step behind the killer all the way to the shocking end!

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Flight to Eden (Cradleland Chronicles Book 1) by Douglas Hirt

Flight to Eden (Cradleland Chronicles Book 1)by Douglas Hirt

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From the fabulously creative mind of acclaimed author Douglas comes this spellbinding Christian fantasy. Civilization is advancing rapidly, the world population burgeoning. Satan has caused the fall of man and now wants complete control of earth. His chief problem is the annoying line of humans descended from Seth. They insist on honoring the Creator. Based on Genesis 6, this story will inspire readers as it transports them to an ancient time in the development of Christ's lineage!

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Moon Coven: a Paranormal Witch Romance by Conner Kressley

Moon Coven: a Paranormal Witch Romanceby Conner Kressley

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Julia's coven has been at war with Roman's for generations. Now their love for each other may be the death of them both.

An arranged marriage with a warlock from a new startup family of witches will finally cement the Fairweather coven's reign over Savannah and thoroughly crush those pesky Blackwoods once and for all. And it's up to Julia Fairweather to play the bride.

That proves to be difficult, though, when there's Roman Blackwood to think about. Julia has never felt a connection like she does with the smug warlock from her coven's rival family. The heat, the passion--it has no place in a family feud that has stretched on for centuries, and yet, it's undeniably there.

Julia must move past the way she feels and follow through on what she needs to do for her family. But with Roman refusing to keep his distance, it's more likely the two will embark on a heated adventure destined to destroy themselves and bring down the two greatest witch families Savannah has ever seen.

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Nine-Tenths (English) by Meira Pentermann

Nine-Tenths (English)by Meira Pentermann

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Leonard Tramer and his family live in Colorado, trapped behind the walls of a totalitarian state. Dedicated to one another and determined to find the free world, they plan an escape which defies the odds and deceives their tyrannical government.

Emerging at a time when personal liberties and Internet privacy are slowly eroding, NINE-TENTHS offers a window into a dysfunctional society, while celebrating the resiliency of the human spirit and the natural urge to resist oppression.

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A Bad Place To Be by John Hansen

A Bad Place To Beby John Hansen

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Josh Morrow and Seth Jacobs became fast friends while serving in the cavalry and fighting Comanches in Texas. Their dream of owning a ranch in Idaho's Salmon River country kept them going during those tough times in the Army. The dream, however, is derailed when Seth is murdered in the Bear Creek gold fields. In his quest to obtain justice for his friend, Josh is plunged into a quagmire of corruption and wickedness. And then, to complicate matters even more, enter Sarah, an outcast prostitute looking for a ticket to respectability. Is she friend, lover or just someone looking for a free ride out of Bear Creek? Josh has to decide - assuming he lives that long. However, staying alive might be difficult, given the character of the sheriff and his cronies. Few people trust them to uphold the law, yet no one dares to challenge them. The simplest solution to this entire mess would be to walk away, but Josh's conscience won't allow that. Only time will tell if he is to take his stubborn loyalty to the grave.

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HARDER by Olivia Hawthorne

HARDERby Olivia Hawthorne

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When a man like Caleb makes it so hard to love him, what's a girl like Brooke supposed to do?

Running from an abusive relationship, Brooke brought her daughter to a small sleepy southern town to start over. She wants nothing more than a simple uncomplicated life.

The town's reclusive billionaire seems determined to make this task impossible. Crossing her path every time she turns around, Brooke is forced to confront Caleb and find out what makes him tick.

When the truth comes out will she be able to catch him as he falls, or will letting her own guard down and accepting their love be too hard?

*Filled to the brim with unapologetic instalove, angst, drama, dirty sex and wise cracking friends.

**Originally published as a 6 part series as Olivia Hawthorne. This volume contains all 6 installments plus over 10,000 words of added story starting in Chapter 31.

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Alburquerque: A Novel by Rudolfo Anaya

Alburquerque: A Novelby Rudolfo Anaya

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From the bestselling author of Bless Me, Ultima, the absorbing story of an adopted Mexican-American boxing champion’s quest for identity.

Abrán González always knew he was different. Called a coyote because of his fair skin, the kid from Barelas found escape through boxing and became one of the youngest Golden Gloves champs.
 
But the arrival of a letter from a dying woman turns his entire life into a lie. The revelation that he was adopted makes him feel like an orphan and sends him on a quest to find his birth father.
 
With the help of his girlfriend, Lucinda, and Joe, a Vietnam veteran, Abrán begins a journey that hurls him from the barrio into a world of greed and political corruption spearheaded by Abrán’s manager, Frank Dominic, a con artist running for mayor with visions of building El Dorado on the Rio Grande.
 
Rich in spirituality, and taking its title from the original spelling of the city’s name, Alburquerque casts a light on the importance of ancestry while cutting across class and ethnic lines to tell a story of hope and displacement, love and regret, and the power of identity.
 

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Sunny Side Up: Lake Erie Mysteries Book 1 by Maureen K. Howard

Sunny Side Up: Lake Erie Mysteries Book 1by Maureen K. Howard

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"Drink in one hand, credit card in the other, and everything else will sort itself out."
The school year is over and the article deadlines have been met, so best friends, Francie and June, ditch their business attire, grab their flip flops, and head to the lake for some fun in the sun.
Instead of enjoying a relaxing Memorial Day weekend at Kelleys Island on Lake Erie, this dynamic duo finds themselves in the middle of a murder investigation. They need to find out who burned down their friend's store, discover the identity of the charred corpse found in the wreckage, and clear Francie's husband, Hamm, before he is charged with the crime.
Fueled up with their favorite snacks of wine and cheese, these adventure-loving ladies manage to keep their eyes open for a bargain, come up with a plan, and even indulge in a bit of romance, all while dodging increasingly dangerous attempts to silence them for good.
Grab your sunglasses, your favorite cocktail, a copy of Sunny Side Up, and head to the lake with them for an unforgettable weekend adventure.

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Vow: A Lords of Action Novel by K.J. Jackson

Vow: A Lords of Action Novelby K.J. Jackson

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"I have sworn twice in my life I would no longer touch you, Ara. And I have attempted it twice. But I am not a man that can stand by that particular vow."

She prayed for death.
Stolen from her home, sold for her innocence, all Ara Detton wanted was death. One man stood in her way, Caine Farlington. Ara is forced to survive, forced to rebuild her life. A life that is orderly, busy--with a destiny that is her own. All would be perfect, if not for having to hide her love for the man that once saved her. The man that forced her to live, to survive, to flourish.

He refuses to let her go.
In search of his missing betrothed, Caine Farlington, the Earl of Newdale, quite by accident, saves Ara from the worst possible fate. Six years later, Ara is an indispensable part of his life--even if he has to curb his need to touch her at every turn.

The one you love is not always the one you think you need.
Neither one of them is prepared to let the other go. But to remain together, both must find redemption and learn to forgive secrets of the past.

Note: The Lords of Action books are each stand-alone stories, and can be read individually in any order. These historical romances are set in the Regency and Victorian eras, and do not shy away from naughty language, scenes with steamy heat, and moments that might possibly make you squirm.

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Pretty When You Cry: A Dark Romance Novel by Skye Warren

Pretty When You Cry: A Dark Romance Novelby Skye Warren

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"Dark, perverse, and unbearably erotic, Pretty When You Cry is Skye Warren at her gritty best." - Anna Zaires, USA Today bestselling author of Twist Me

A new dark romance novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Wanderlust…

I came from a place of dirt floors and holy scriptures. They told me the world outside was full of sin, and the first night I escape, I find out it's true. Ivan saves me, but he does more than that. He takes me. He makes me his own girl.

My conditioning runs too deep. Ivan sees what I am.

That's the thing about showing a mouse to a cat. He wants to play. And it's terrifying, even for me. Because the only thing darker than my past is his.

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Author's Note: Pretty When You Cry is a STANDALONE dark romance novel. It's set in the sexy Stripped series world but can be read alone. Not intended for those uncomfortable with the subject matter or under eighteen.

Praise for Pretty When You Cry:

"5 deliciously dark stars! I love how dark and twisted this book is. It's so dirty and dark and well it's so me!!!" – Alpha Book Club

"Skye Warren you keep leaving me speechless and my mind blank with the worst book hangover ever." – Bibliophile Wonderland Reviews

"When you sit down to write a review and get chills, that's when you know a story is going to stay with you… Gritty, raw, powerful and most of all beautiful." – The Book Sirens

"The writing is so incredibly fluid, the characters so intriguing, and the story so captivating. If I could give this book more than five stars, I would. It's as emotional as it is sexy, and beautiful as it is dark. Absolutely flawless." – Sammy, Just Let Me Read

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Viking Mythology: The Children of Odin : The Book of Northern Myths (Illustrated) by Padraic Colum

Viking Mythology: The Children of Odin : The Book of Northern Myths (Illustrated)by Padraic Colum

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Stories of the wise All-Father Odin and his children (Thor—the most famous, and Loki—the most infamous) have fascinated people of many cultures throughout the ages.

Here you'll find the matchless tale of All-Father Odin (who sacrifices his right eye to drink from the Well of Wisdom), mischievous Loki (whose cunning leads him to treachery against the gods), the hammer-wielding Thor (defender of Asgard), the beautiful goddess Freya, and of giants, dragons, Valkyries, and of the terrible last battle that destroyed their world.

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SIX JOHN JORDAN MYSTERIES by Michael Lister

SIX JOHN JORDAN MYSTERIESby Michael Lister

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A man of the cloth who both ministers mercy and thirsts for justice walks a very fine line as a prison chaplain and a detective as he investigates baffling cases of murder in these beloved and acclaimed suspenseful mysteries by award-winning author Michael Lister.

A smart, sympathetic, utterly unique detective haunted by his past. Some of the most well-crafted whodunits being written. Six complete books. One low price. A mystery lover's dream!

Meet John Jordan, an ex-cop turned prison chaplain who’s still the best detective around.

”Michael Lister may be the author of the most unique series running in mystery fiction. It crackles with tension and authenticity.” Michael Connelly

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Skinwalker: A Western Horror Novel (Gideon Thorn Book 1) by Michael Newton

Skinwalker: A Western Horror Novel (Gideon Thorn Book 1)by Michael Newton

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Gideon Thorn, survivor at age two of the unknown 'animal' attack that massacred his family in Kansas Territory, roams the West in search of answers to his personal tragedy and other unsolved mysteries of seeming paranormal origin. In Skinwalker, his quest takes him to Tularosa, New Mexico Territory, where a savage prowler striking on nights with full moons has slaughtered eighteen victims. Can Thorn identify and slay the predator before it claims more lives--including his.

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An Eye For An Eye by L.D. Beyer

An Eye For An Eyeby L.D. Beyer

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A powerful drug lord threatens to bring America to its knees.
Only one man can stop him.

Two years ago, Secret Service Agent Matthew Richter faced the most difficult decision of his life, knowing that by saving the former, the latter would die. In the aftermath, he fled Washington and the agency that failed him. With wounds he's certain will never heal, he seeks refuge behind a gun as the commander of an FBI SWAT team in New York. After a raid turns sour and Richter is sidelined, possibly for good, he is reluctantly drawn back to Washington by the man he once saved.

When drug cartels threaten to topple the Mexican government and the violence begins to spill across the border, Richter tells President David Kendall it's time to take off the gloves. One by one, cartel warehouses and tunnels are raided and their drug caches destroyed. One by one, their sprawling compounds and bank accounts are seized. One by one, drug lords are targeted and killed. One by one--all except, that is, for Pablo Guerrero, the ruthless head of the Sangre Negras cartel, who has only grown stronger as others have fallen.

When the hunt for Guerrero finally draws first blood, he unleashes a war no one is prepared for. Now Richter must stop him before it's too late.

An Eye For An Eye is the action-packed sequel to In Sheep's Clothing, L.D. Beyer's gripping debut novel.

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