Infinite Country by Patricia Engel

Infinite Country by Patricia EngelEnter for a chance to win one of 25 advance copies of Infinite Country by Patricia Engel. Rich with Bogotá urban life, steeped in Andean myth, and tense with the daily reality for the undocumented in America, Infinite Country is the story of two countries and one mixed-status family—for whom every triumph is stitched with regret and every dream pursued bears the weight of a dream deferred.

At the dawn of the new millennium, Colombia is a country devastated by half a century of violence. When Elena and Maura become parents, they leave Bogotá for the United States, where they attempt to put down roots while constantly having to look over their shoulders. As their family expands, their decision to stay beyond the expiration of their visas plunges the young family into the precariousness of undocumented status. When Mauro is deported, Elena, now tasked with caring for their three small children, makes a difficult choice that will ease her burdens but splinter the family even further.⁣

Internationally acclaimed author Patricia Engel, herself the daughter of Colombian immigrants and a dual citizen, gives voice to Mauro and Elena, as well as their children, Karina, Nando, and Talia—each one navigating a divided existence, weighing their allegiance to the past, the future, to one another, and to themselves.

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Categories: army-of-northern-virginia

Mirrorland by Carole Johnstone

Mirrorland by Carole JohnstoneEnter for a chance to win one of 50 advance readers copies of MIRRORLAND, a twisty, dark, and brilliantly crafted thriller - a story of twin sisters, the man they both love, and the dark childhood they can’t leave behind.

"Watch out for this one. Just when you think you have it figured out, you don't. Call the masseuse and schedule an appointment before you start reading this book. The twists will leave your neck hurting!" - Marya Johnston, Out West Books

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Categories: musicals

The Lost Diary of Anne Frank by Johnny Teague

The Lost Diary of Anne Frank by Johnny  TeagueEnter a chance to win one of ten first edition, signed copies of The Lost Diary of Anne Frank by Dr. Johnny Teague.

Even though at a distance, the readers of the Diary of Anne Frank became her friends and her confidants. She was able to establish, in her writing, a connection with each dream, each fear, and each struggle. The diary ended, but the story did not. The Lost Diary of Anne Frank picks up where her diary left off, taking a much researched journey to the last months of her life - from her arrest to Westerbork, then Auschwitz, then Bergen-Belsen, and finally to her last breath, all adhering to her own, very personal, diary format.

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Categories: realistic-fiction

The Rope by Alex Tresniowski

The Rope by Alex TresniowskiIn the tranquil seaside town of Asbury Park, New Jersey, ten-year-old schoolgirl Marie Smith is brutally murdered. Small town officials, unable to find the culprit, call upon the young manager of a New York detective agency for help. It is the detective’s first murder case, and now, the specifics of the investigation and daring sting operation that caught the killer is captured in all its rich detail for the first time.

Occurring exactly halfway between the end of the Civil War in 1865 and the formal beginning of the Civil Rights Movement in 1954, the brutal murder and its highly-covered investigation sits at the historic intersection of sweeping national forces—religious extremism, class struggle, the infancy of criminal forensics, and America’s Jim Crow racial violence.

History and true crime collide in this sensational murder mystery featuring characters as complex and colorful as those found in the best psychological thrillers—the unconventional truth-seeking detective Ray Schindler; the sinister pedophile Frank Heidemann; the ambitious Asbury Park Sheriff Clarence Hetrick; the mysterious “sting artist,” Carl Neumeister; the indomitable crusader Ida Wells; and the victim, Marie Smith, who represented all the innocent and vulnerable children living in turn-of-the-century America.

Gripping and powerful, The Rope is an important piece of history that gives a voice to the voiceless and resurrects a long-forgotten true crime story.

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Categories: southern-africa

Thriller Meets Romance by Stanley Wright

Thriller Meets Romance by Stanley  WrightFunny. Romantic. Happy ending!

A 99-cent romance had an affair with a James Bond novel. Thriller Meets Romance: A Comedy is the result. When grad student Molly Mazurski collides with seemingly deluded billionaire’s son and former Navy SEAL John Stock in a Bahamas rave bar, her days of boredom come to an end…but will she find love? She’s swept away to Monte Carlo and then to Bangladesh, galivanting through high-stakes poker rooms, being romanced on Mediterranean cliffside vistas, flying blissfully first class, traipsing through the bazaar of downtown Dhaka, Bangladesh. Along the way she acquires a stunning new wardrobe as John Stock spins a secret agent intrigue with himself in the lead, but is his story real or fantasy?

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Categories: teen

The Empress by Laura Martínez-Belli

The Empress by Laura Martínez-BelliFrom a bestselling author in Mexico comes her English-language debut—an enthralling historical novel about the tragic reign of Empress Carlota of Mexico.

It’s 1863. Napoleon III has installed a foreign monarch in Mexico to squash the current regime. Maximilian von Habsburg of Austria accepts the emperor’s crown. But it is his wife, the brilliant and ambitious Princess Charlotte, who throws herself passionately into the role. Known to the people as Empress Carlota, she rules deftly from behind the scenes while her husband contents himself with philandering and decorating the palace.

But Carlota bears a guilty secret. Trapped in a loveless marriage, she’s thrown herself into a reckless affair. Desire has blinded Carlota to its consequences, for it has left her vulnerable to her sole trusted confidante. Carlota’s devious lady-in-waiting has political beliefs of her own—and they are strong enough to cause her to betray the empress and join a plot to depose her from the throne. As Carlota grows increasingly, maddeningly defenseless, both her own fate and that of the empire are at stake.

A sweeping historical novel of forbidden love, dangerous secrets, courtly intrigue, and treachery, The Empress passionately reimagines the tragic romance and ill-fated reign of the most unforgettable royal couple of nineteenth-century Europe during the last throes of the Second Empire.

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Categories: adventurers

Memories in the Drift by Melissa Payne

Memories in the Drift by Melissa PayneMelissa Payne, bestselling author of The Secrets of Lost Stones, returns with another haunting and hopeful novel about redemption, the power of memory, and a woman’s will to reclaim her life.

My name is Claire. I’m thirty-six years old. It’s September. I know what I’m doing and why I am here…for now.

Ten years ago, Claire Hines lost her unborn child—and her short-term memory—following a heartrending tragedy. With notebooks, calendars, to-do lists, fractured pieces of the past, and her father’s support, Claire makes it through each day, hour by hour, with relative confidence. She also has a close-knit community of friends in the remote Alaskan town where she teaches guitar to the local children. It’s there, in the reminders.

As determined as Claire is to regain all that’s disappeared, she’d prefer to live without some memories of her before life—especially those of her mother, Alice, who abandoned her, and Tate, the ex-boyfriend who broke her heart.

But when Alice and Tate return from the past, there’ll be so much more for Claire to relive. And to discover for the very first time. Through healing, forgiveness, and second chances, Claire may realize that what’s most important might not be re-creating the person she was, but embracing the possibilities of being the person she is.

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Categories: writing

A Summer Remembered by Jason Milgram

A Summer Remembered by Jason MilgramEnter for a chance to win one of 100 first edition copies of A Summer Remembered (Council of Friends Book 2) by Jason Milgram! Council of Friends is a book series about multi-generational family and friendship, loss and grief, gun violence, the growth of divisive anger and hate we have allowed in our country, and a story of love and hope.

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Categories: human-capital