Today is Day1. Last week I fixed the issue of the bees building comb on the lid of the bee box. I wanted to give them a week to recover from that trauma before I began the process of moving them from their high perch on the metal arbor, to the stand right next to the old chicken coop. Just like last week I am a bit nervous about doing this. Not so much about getting stung, since I will be moving them late in the evening and they will all be in the box for the night. I worry more about upsetting them so much they move out. People have reassured me that they will be just fine, but I just wouldn’t be me if I didn’t stress about it. Since I only want to move them about 10 feet away to their final spot, I have to do it 2 feet at a time, every other day. A slow process, but it gives the bees time to adjust and relearn where their home is. My other option is to leave it where it is up high and just work on the bees on a ladder each time. We all know how clumsy I am, so that’s a chance I am not willing to take.

Cleaver Square: a psychological murder mystery that’s absolutely gripping (A DCI Morton Crime Novel Book 2)
by Sean Campbell
4.3 Stars (447 Reviews)
Genre: Crime Fiction

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The bleakest winter on record and a gruesome discovery bring DCI David Morton to the Hackney Marshes in search of a clue, any clue, as to the identity of a dead child found near the Old River Lea.

Meanwhile, closer to home, Morton’s long suffering wife Sarah comes to the conclusion that her man has been doing more than work during his late nights at the office. As he closes in on the mystery of the boy’s identity his life begins to crumble and a terrible wrong is done to someone he loves.

With all of London watching, Morton’s impeccable ethics will be tested to their limit as he is forced to choose between doing what is right and what is legal.

Cleaver Square is a stand-alone Police Procedural featuring DCI David Morton.

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Bidding on Brooks: The Winslow Brothers #1 (The Blueberry Lane Series -The Winslow Brothers)
by Katy Regnery
4.4 Stars (240 Reviews)
Genre: Literature & Fiction | Sports | Action & Adventure | Sea Adventures

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Bidding on Brooks is the first of four books about the Philadelphia-based, wildly-handsome Winslow brothers who are all on the look-out for love.

(Except Preston. He’s been down that road before and still has the scars to prove it. And maybe Cameron, because he’s super hot, but too hot-headed to be decent boyfriend material… )

Railroaded into a bachelor auction by his sister, Jessica, Brooks Winslow asks his friend, Skye Sorenson, to bid on him to avoid the possibility of any romantic entanglements. Fiercely competitive and protective of those he cares for, Brooks was profoundly affected by the loss of his father at an early age. A witness to his mother’s terrible loneliness and his siblings’ grief, the ex-Olympian has never allowed himself to fall in love.

Skye Sorenson, the plucky mechanic at Sorenson Marina, where Brooks moors his three sailboats, is a credible sailor in her own right… and has quietly lusted after Brooks for years. But her longstanding friendship with Brooks has always made romance seem impossible.

When Skye agrees to bid on Brooks, the two cast off for a weeklong ocean adventure on Brooks’ sailboat, The Zephyr, where the last thing Skye expects to lose is her heart.

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Into the Americas (A novel based on a true story)
by James Morcan, Lance Morcan
4.4 Stars (187 Reviews)
Genre: Historical Fiction | Literature & Fiction | United States

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INTO THE AMERICAS (A novel based on a true story) is a gritty, real-life adventure based on one of history’s greatest survival stories. It was inspired by the diary entries of young English blacksmith John Jewitt during his time aboard the brigantine The Boston and also during his sojourn at Nootka Sound, on North America’s western seaboard, from 1802 to 1805.

Written by father-and-son writing team Lance & James Morcan (authors of The World Duology and The Orphan Trilogy), INTO THE AMERICAS is a tale of two vastly different cultures – Indigenous North American and European civilization – colliding head on. It is also a Romeo and Juliet story set in the wilderness.

Nineteen year-old blacksmith John Jewitt is one of only two survivors after his crewmates clash with the fierce Mowachaht tribe in the Pacific Northwest. A life of slavery awaits John and his fellow survivor, a belligerent American sailmaker, in a village ruled by the iron fist of Maquina, the all-powerful chief. Desperate to taste freedom again, they make several doomed escape attempts over mountains and sea. Only their value to the tribe and John’s relationship with Maquina prevents their captors from killing them.

As the seasons pass, John ‘goes Indian’ after falling in love with Eu-stochee, a beautiful maiden. This further alienates him from his fellow captive whose defiance leads to violent consequences. In the bloodshed that follows, John discovers another side to himself – a side he never knew existed and a side he detests. His desire to be reunited with the family and friends he left behind returns even stronger than before.

The stakes rise when John learns Eu-stochee is pregnant. When a final opportunity to escape arises, he must choose between returning to civilization or staying with Eu-stochee and their newborn son.

INTO THE AMERICAS has been adapted to a feature film screenplay and is in early development with Morcan Motion Pictures.

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Henry Gallant and the Warrior (The Henry Gallant Saga Book 3)
by H. Peter Alesso
4.2 Stars (66 Reviews)
Genre: Science Fiction | Science Fiction & Fantasy

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Follow the career of a young officer in the 22nd Century genetically engineered space navy.

In the 22th Century, the people of the Solar System have banded together against an alien invasion. Unfortunately, they’re losing–badly.

As the only Natural remaining in the genetically engineered officer corps of the United Planet’s fleet, Henry Gallant has unique mental abilities that have proven essential to the defense against the Titan invaders. Nevertheless his fellow officers lack faith in him, and worse, he has angered prominent men by speaking truth to power.

Despite this, Admiral Collingsworth has given him command of the Warrior, the most advanced stealth warship in the UP arsenal and ordered him to the alien’s main base to spy, intrigue, and disrupt their war capacity.

Gallant’s mission leads to risky battles and painful choices, but no choice is more personal, or intimate, than the choice to face your own death. And for Henry Gallant–a flawed young man, in a hopeless situation, against overwhelming odds–a dreadful decision looms before him.

He has only one saving grace–he is unafraid.

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Crock-Pot Express Cookbook: 5 Ingredients or Less – Easy, Healthy, and Irresistible Recipes for Nourishing and Delicious Meals
by Janet Cole
4.3 Stars (54 Reviews)
Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine

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Pressure cookers are all the rage nowadays, and Crock-Pot – the standard in slow cookers – is ready to play the game!

Slow cookers have made home-cooking convenient for generations while producing amazing meals. However, people are also itching to have fast cooking as an option, and digital pressure cookers have been flying off the shelves. With the Crock-Pot Express Multi-Cooker, you can now own the best of both worlds and have the option to slow cook or fast cook all of your favorite foods.

You will learn all you need to know about this new kitchen device, including how to use the pressure-cooker function. The construction is a bit different than the standard slow cooker, so you’ll find out what parts like the gasket and pressure valve do, as well as what terms like “quick-release” mean. The Multi-Cooker comes equipped with cooking programs and functions, which the book will walk you through. All devices are bound to have some issues, so you’ll also learn how to troubleshoot common problems, like undercooked food or a stuck lid.

Once you’ve familiarized yourself with the Express Multi-Cooker, you’ll get to the best part of the book: the recipes. Because convenience is your top priority, all the recipes have a maximum of five ingredients. Learn how to make great dishes with both the slow cooker and pressure cooker functions, including:

• Egg-and-Sausage Casseroles

• Chicken Alfredo

• BBQ Brisket

• Baby Back Ribs

• Shrimp ‘n Grits

• Peanut Butter Chex Mix

• Crème Brûlée

You’ll even find a vegan section in the book, which makes this eating lifestyle easy and delicious. If you want to convert recipes from slow cooker to pressure cooker, and vice versa, you’ll find a simple guide on how to do that.

Whether you’re a lifelong user of slow cookers and are interested in pressure cooking, or you’re new to both, this cookbook will take the mystery out of two styles of cooking, while giving you dozens of recipes to start with.

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