Well…I will never jog again. That jog I took two days ago that was slower than my walking pace has really done a number on me. My entire body is nothing but pain. It’s not like I haven’t been exercising. The whole family has been going to the gym pretty regularly for the last few months. I am seriously doomed if I ever get chased by a lion. My goals of the day went from complete tasks for work, go to the grocery store, and work in the garden, to just don’t cry in front of the baby bassets. All I have to do is get them to school this morning and I just might succeed.

Paper, Scissors, Death: Book #1 in the Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series
by Joanna Campbell Slan
4.4 Stars (946 Reviews)
Genre: Mystery | Humor & Satire | Crafts, Hobbies & Home

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… it might not be what it seems. But there’s that scarf in his mouth. Of course it is.

Given the situation, Kiki Lowenstein can’t help remembering that her (late) husband got her pregnant while cheating on his girlfriend.

True, he did the right thing at the time, and their much-loved daughter Anya is now eleven years old. But suddenly he’s dead, and Kiki’s financially embarrassed — that jerk disinherited his own family!

Time for the timid to toughen up. Passive Kiki transforms herself into a fighter, walking right out of her luxurious life and into a scrapbooking store, where she deftly turns a hobby into a moneymaker. Her new gig goes slightly awry when her late husband’s not-so-ex-girlfriend insults her in public, but that’s just the beginning. The hurts keep piling up. How much can one woman stand?

As her husband’s secret life explodes before her eyes, Kiki discovers that their daughter has a shocking secret of her own. Then the cops come for Kiki. And Family Services comes for Anya. No more Mrs. Nice Guy. Kiki has to fight for all she holds dear, and her quest must start with tracking down her late husband’s killer. Hope arrives for Kiki in the twin forms of a hot, homicide detective and her own newfound ability to cope.

Paper, Scissors, Death was an Agatha Award Finalist. It is the kind of mystery that keeps you turning the pages just to spend time with the characters, who somehow make you feel this could be you if your life turned upside down — and make you hope you’d turn it around as gracefully. Joanna Campbell Slan’s first Kiki Lowenstein mystery showcases the author’s delightful gift for turning life’s most dismal moments into humor, yet making us feel there’s hope for us all, even at the darkest of times

In case that’s not enough of a stress-reliever, Slan also provides the ultimate warm-and-fuzzy: a wonderful floppy-eared dog. Fans of feel-good cozy mysteries, especially funny ones with animals or hobbies, will enjoy this book if they love authors like Alexander McCall Smith, Hope Callaghan, Amy Vansant, CeeCee James, Cindy Bell, Diana Orgain, Tony Kappes, Laura Child, and Carolyn Hart. Grab your copy today!

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Blood of the Lily: Clash of Goddesses, Book 1
by S.D. Huston
4.6 Stars (14 Reviews)
Genre: Teen & Young Adult

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This debut novel from S.D. Huston is a fairy tale retelling of Snow White & Rose Red mashed up with Irish mythologies!

Triplet sisters, one dead, one kidnapped. A vengeful leprechaun and a scheming goddess. Can Lily save her last sister?

When sixteen-year-old sisters Lily and Rose take it upon themselves to aid a tiny man with a long beard in distress, he curses them into a world of trouble. Lily contends with the grief that lies behind her while trapped in a suffocating silent world of her own design, and she must now face the threat of what might lie ahead.

Whether she believes it or not, leprechauns are real, and in Lugh she has made an unfortunate enemy. Now the race is on to save Rose from the deranged whims of an unscrupulous faery and find out what, or who, is behind this mysterious turn of events. To find the answers, Lily must face the darkness that plagues her: both inside and out. On the grand stage of this world and the Otherworld, an adventure bursts forth so chaotic perhaps even Lily can’t silence it.

Weaving lore, light, and the lush beauty of the Irish language into the wintery landscape of a mystical Ireland around its 3rd century, Blood of the Lily brings to life a world where even the most fantastical places and creatures can be corrupted by the realities of life. This first book in the Clash of Goddesses series transports you into the enchanting and masterfully crafted Otherworld of Éire as one may only see in dreams. Start your journey today!

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A Shade Of Christmas
by Craig P. Wilson
3.7 Stars (8 Reviews)
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

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For many families, Christmas is a magical time for giving, receiving, and feeling love. But what if you unknowingly rescued four terrorists from hypothermia by bringing them into the warmth of your home during the holidays?

When Khalil entered the United States, his heart was full of hate. The relationships he’s formed with his roommate and piers while masquerading as a nursing student at college have made him happy. The mirage of a better life evaporates as he’s received a text informing him that his cell has been activated; it’s time to meet his associates of terror.

Khalil is quickly reunited with the hate he’s been conditioned to feel towards Western Civilization when his dark associates enter the rental car. As they drive deeper and deeper into the unforgiving heart of a snowstorm, conflict rages within as Khalil’s reminded of all that he’s lost. Then an accident derails his re-association with evil.

For Robert Anderson, rescuing these four young men and bringing them to his farm and into his family’s Christmas celebration is what any good Christian would do. Questioning God’s will has no place in this man’s heart. Is his family’s Christmas Spirit strong enough to cause these hateful visitors to question their own devout beliefs and choose to feel love rather than hate?

This Shade of Christmas is bound to test the hearts of many; why not remind yourself of what is most important to you?

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Victory’s Wake (Deception Fleet Book 1)
by Daniel Gibbs, Steve Rzasa
4.5 Stars (84 Reviews)
Genre: Science Fiction

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The treaty is signed. The war is over.
Or is it?
In the wake of the bitter galactic conflict, a cauldron of desperate refugees is rife with rival cartels and flooded with drugs and weapons.
In this pocket of lawlessness, old enemies are fighting a new war by proxy.
Captain Jackson Adams of the Coalition Defense Force is tasked with gathering a ragtag crew for a black ops mission — infiltrate the cartels and discover the enemy’s ultimate scheme.
But what they uncover is more horrifying than anyone ever anticipated.

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The Secret of the River Rock: Calming Skills that Help Kids Rock at School
by Jed Jurchenko, Jen Jurchenko, Aadil Khan
4.9 Stars (18 Reviews)
Genre: Children’s eBooks | Foreign Languages | Health, Fitness & Dieting

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Children will have fun while learning calming skills that help kids succeed in school! This book teaches emotional regulation for kids in a fun fairytale adventure. Children will love practicing three school calm down skills as they follow along with Teacher Jen’s class!

Creative Self-Regulation in the Classroom

There’s a magical place where plants and animals can talk. These amazing creatures sometimes find themselves in Teacher Jen’s classroom. In The Secret of the River Rock, an ordinary stone comes to life. The river rock tells how he transformed from sharp and jagged into a smooth skipping stone. Then, he shares a secret that kids can use to rock at school and skip through life — a secret he calls river rock habits! Children will love this imaginative fairytale adventure. Parents and teachers will appreciate the classroom self-regulation skills taught in the book.

Emotional regulation for kids

Kids will have a blast learning and practicing three different emotional regulation skills as they follow along with Teacher Jen’s class. Children will discover how to:

• Quiet their bodies and regulate their emotions by taking slow, deep breaths.

• Identify and verbalize their feelings instead of acting them out.

• Brighten their attitudes with healthy self-talk.

Classroom Calming Skills

Mindset matters! This is especially true in school. The classroom calming skills taught in this book will help your child identify and change difficult emotions. This way, they can focus on learning and friendships. The Secret of the River Rock was written by a therapist/social worker team, and each calming skill is time tested.

Kids and Emotions

Embedded in this story are a kid’s feeling chart, four positive self-talk statements, and a deep-breathing exercise. The story is kid-tested and parent-approved. Don’t just tell kids, “regulate your emotions!” Teach them how. The Secret of the River Rock will guide you every step of the way.

Self-Regulation in the Classroom
This book is designed for:

• Teachers

• Parents

• Home school families

• Grandparents

• Therapists

• Mentors

• Everyone who desires to make a positive impact in the lives of kids.

The Secret of the River Rock is an engaging, easy-to-read, understand, and apply story with a powerful message. Self-regulation in the classroom facilitates learning and growth.

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