I thought the little bumblebee that I have been watching guard the clematis was fighting with another bee. It looked like a battle to the death on one of the clematis blossoms. I called my hubby outside to check it out. After a minute or so it stopped looking like a battle to the death, and more like the circle of life. I was today years old when I learned the bees portion of The Birds and The Bees.

American Gypsy Girl
by Mary Zinda
4.4 Stars (85 Reviews)
Genre: Literature & Fiction | Family Life | Coming of Age | Teen & Young Adult

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*2015 IndieBRAG Medallion Honoree
*2015 National Indie Excellence Award Finalist
*2015 Kindle Book Award Semi-finalist
*2016 Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist

April 28, 1969. The future looks bleak for the baby girl asleep on top of her father’s boxer shorts in the laundry basket, but she doesn’t seem to notice. At the moment, Charlene Rae Bucher is blissfully unaware that she will spend her formative years living inside an aluminum camper with a disinterested, dope-smoking father and a vacant, vodka-loving mother. Her extended family will consist of a bunch of equally uninspired adults who park their campers alongside the Buchers. She is truly an unlucky baby.

But babies grow up, and the teenage Farrah Fawcett wannabe stuffs her bra and learns what she can about life within the chain-link fence of Creek’s Edge Campground. A lesson learned inside a rubber tractor tire forces Charlene to grow up quickly–even when no one else around her will. With the help of the retired Methodist minister on site 11A and some eccentric people she meets outside Creek’s Edge, Charlene begins to see that there’s more to life than getting the high score on Donkey Kong. Traveling through a maze of misunderstandings, chance meetings, and new discoveries, eighteen year-old Charlene begins to build a life of her own that isn’t on wheels.

American Gypsy Girl is a humorous novel of the dysfunction, friendships, lies, and loves that make up one girl’s pursuit of the American Dream.

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Whiskey River Rescue
by Justine Davis
4.7 Stars (231 Reviews)
Genre: Romance

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Still reeling from the unexpected sale of the land she and her horses live on, horse rescuer Kelsey Blaine is frantic when she comes home to find her possessions already boxed up and her house being bulldozed without any notice. Normally calm and kind, Kelsey becomes furious and impulsively cuts a privacy fence to confront the culprit-her mysterious neighbor, Joe.

Joe Kilcoyne is in a desperate place. He guards his secrets and hides from the world for a reason. He’s the hottest topic of speculation around Whiskey River, but no one has ever dared to get close to him. That is, until fiery Kelsey comes barging straight into his life.

The last thing Joe needs is for Kelsey to breach his defenses and make him confront his past. But when her sunny, open, and determined personality collide with a haunted man with no idea how to reconnect with the world, the sparks that ignite shock them both.

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No Honor in Death (Siobhan Dunmoore Book 1)
by Eric Thomson
4.6 Stars (235 Reviews)
Genre: Science Fiction | Science Fiction & Fantasy

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Siobhan Dunmoore was not having a good war. She’s had more ships shot out from under her by the invading Shrehari Empire than any other officer in the Fleet. Some called her overly aggressive. Others simply called her reckless. What the enemy called her was something else altogether. That she gave the Shrehari a good drubbing along the way didn’t matter in the least, because not all her enemies wore an Imperial uniform. A reputation for bad luck was pretty much the only reputation she had left.

Sailing yet another ruined starship home after a near defeat, she wanted nothing more than a long, long rest, because this time, she had escaped by the thinnest of bluffs. Unfortunately, the Admiralty had other ideas. The frigate Stingray was known as the unluckiest ship in the Fleet and her Captain had just been removed in disgrace for cowardice. Some in the Admiralty would dearly love to retire the old warhorse. After all, she was the last of her type left in service, and perhaps it was time to break up the jinx permanently, along with the crew. But in the midst of an interstellar war, every ship that could fight was needed. In short order, Dunmoore went from staring down the Empire’s finest on the bridge of a wrecked battleship to taking on a demoralized, semi-mutinous crew, scheming Admirals and a deadly mystery. Stingray’s bad luck wasn’t just superstition gone rampant. Between a crew that won’t talk, political enemies who want her gone, and her personal demons, she’s got her hands full. Taking the frigate into battle under those conditions would seem foolish to anyone else, but Dunmoore was never one to shrink from a good fight. Failure was not an option, and defeat not an acceptable alternative, for there was no honor in death, only in victory. She would redeem herself and her ship or be damned for all eternity.

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Mardi Gras Madness (A Roxy Reinhardt Cozy Mystery Book 1)
by Alison Golden, Honey Broussard
4.8 Stars (145 Reviews)
Genre: Mystery | Mystery, Thriller & Suspense | Suspense

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A timid traveler. A New Orleans adventure. A Mardi Gras murder…

Roxy believed that life never gives you more than you can handle. But when she’s fired from her wage-slave job, bullied by her co-workers, and her boyfriend abandons her, she decides she’s handled quite enough. Eager for a change of scene, Roxy with her white Persian cat Nefertiti head off to New Orleans.

The exotic sights, smells, and food of Mardi Gras coax the shy young woman out of her shell. Booking a room at a rundown guesthouse, Roxy is surrounded by a colorful cast of local characters. From tattooed waitresses to mystical tarot card readers, she quickly makes new friends and leaves her old life behind.

But she soon discovers that the Big Easy isn’t all beignets and jambalaya. A wealthy developer is eager to buy the guesthouse where Roxy lives and tear it down… until he turns up dead as a doornail! Before she can say ‘Mon Dieu!’, Roxy is caught up in a diabolical murder mystery… and her new friends are the prime suspects!

Roxy is determined to protect her pals, and save her new home. But is this anxious adventurer up to the challenge of solving a murder? Or will she become the killer’s next victim…

Cozy mystery fans will love this delicious new series from author Alison Golden. No foul language, no sex, and no gore… Just quirky characters, Cajun food, and a puzzling mystery that will keep readers guessing. Mardi Gras Madness is the first book in the Roxy Reinhardt series. Grab your copy today!

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Bullet Proof
by Neil Webb
3.3 Stars (4 Reviews)
Genre: Literature & Fiction | Action & Adventure | Westerns

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He’s got a score to settle…

For the past nine years, Scott Logan has made his fortune in gold, out in California.

But he doesn’t care about any riches – he did it all for his true love, Yvonne Kyle.

He’s been in love with Yvonne since they were sixteen years old – but Yvonne’s father Oren Kyle was against him from day one.

Owner of the OK ranch, Oren Kyle was so against Logan, he forbid the boy to come onto his land. Not that Logan took any notice.

Now, Logan’s back in Wyoming and his determination to marry Yvonne is as strong as ever.

But Kyle managed to get wind of his return and the OK ranch is patrolled better than a Sheriff’s office.

Things aren’t that much better in the local town of Clear Springs.

The sheriff Ray Teague seems to be in Kyle’s pocket – and his deputy, Bob Otter, has a look in his eye that Logan doesn’t like…

To make matters worse, he learns that Yvonne is engaged to be married to the town lawyer, Felix Grover.

Not that he has any time to fall into despair – Kyle’s men are already in town to ‘deal’ with Logan. Including the OK ranch foreman, Spike Milton, and the two gun partners, Drogo Leat and Noll Kerr.

But all those years in California taught him how to draw fast and as deadly as a rattlesnake.

His enemies, Oren Kyle, even the law may try to kill him, but they’ll soon find out that Logan is Bullet Proof…

An action-packed Western, Bullet Proof is a thrilling and suspenseful tale of revenge and love.

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