…personally… I am a mom of 2 grown kids, 2 cats, and a husband. …professionally… I handle accounting for a managed IT services provider. …recreationally… I enjoy reading, watching movies but TV not so much, spending time with my family, and playing Star Trek Online, Sims 4, Lord of the Rings Online, Wizard 101, and Civilization V.

Scrappy Little Nobody

Anna Kendrick

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Scrappy Little Nobody Memoir Kindle 275 pages http://scrappylittlenobody.com/

Even before she made a name for herself on the silver screen starring in films like Pitch PerfectUp in the AirTwilight, and Into the Woods, Anna Kendrick was unusually small, weird, and “10 percent defiant.” At the ripe age of thirteen, she had already resolved to “keep the crazy inside my head where it belonged. Forever. But here’s the thing about crazy: It. Wants. Out.” In her autobiographical collection of essays Scrappy Little Nobody, she invites readers inside her brain, sharing extraordinary and charmingly ordinary stories with candor and winningly wry observations.

Enter Anna’s world and follow her rise from “scrappy little nobody” to somebody who dazzles on the stage, the screen, and now the page—with an electric, singular voice, at once familiar and surprising, sharp and sweet, funny and serious (well, not that serious).

Marley & Me

John Grogan

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Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog Memoir Kindle 304 pages https://johngroganbooks.com/books

John and Jenny were just beginning their life together,  newlyweds with a perfect little house and not a care in the world. Then they brought home Marley, a wiggly yellow furball of a puppy. Life would never be the same.

Marley quickly grew into a barreling, ninety-seven-pound streamroller of a Labrador retriever. He crashed through screen doors, flung drool on guests, stole women’s undergarments, and ate nearly everything he could get his mouth around, including couches and fine jewelry. Obedience school did no good—Marley was expelled. Neither did the tranquilizers the veterinarian prescribed for him with the admonishment, “Don’t hesitate to use these.”

And yet Marley’s heart was pure. Just as he joyfully refused any limits on his behavior, his love and loyalty were boundless, too. Marley shared the couple’s joy at their first pregnancy, and their heartbreak over the miscarriage. He was there when babies arrived and when the screams of a seventeen-year-old stabbing victim pierced the night. Through it all, he remained steadfast, a model of devotion, even when his family was at its wit’s end. Unconditional love, they would learn, comes in many forms.

Reba: My Story

Reba McEntire with Tom Carter

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Reba: My Story Biography Kindle 352 pages https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/111347/reba-by-reba-mcentire-with-tom-carter/

From her childhood in Oklahoma working cattle with her ranching family to her days on the rodeo competition circuit, from her early days as a performer in honky-tonks to her many awards and a sold-out appearance at Carnegie Hall, Reba relates her experiences with heartfelt emotion and down-to-earth humor/ With the same warmth and generous spirit that infuses her music, she introduces us to the most important people in her life: the family and friends who sustain her and the musicians and producers who have inspired her and helped her realize her artistic vision. With great poignancy, she also recounts the lowest points of her life, the breakup of her first marriage and the plane crash that took the lives of eight of her band members; and the highest, her remarriage and the birth of her son Shelby. Her story is not only a chronicle of a remarkable life but a vivid testament of unshakable determination and faith in God.

Dear Edward

Ann Napolitano

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Dear Edward Fiction Kindle 336 pages https://annnapolitano.com/dear-edward/

One summer morning, twelve-year-old Edward Adler, his beloved older brother, his parents, and 183 other passengers board a flight in Newark headed for Los Angeles. Among them is a Wall Street wunderkind, a young woman coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy, an injured vet returning from Afghanistan, a septuagenarian business tycoon, and a free-spirited woman running away from her controlling husband. And then, halfway across the country, the plane crashes. Edward is the sole survivor.

Edward’s story captures the attention of the nation, but he struggles to find a place for himself in a world without his family. He continues to feel that a piece of him has been left in the sky, forever tied to the plane and all of his fellow passengers. But then he makes an unexpected discovery–one that will lead him to the answers of some of life’s most profound questions: When you’ve lost everything, how do you find yourself? How do you discover your purpose? What does it mean not just to survive, but to truly live?

Summit Lake

Charlie Donlea

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Summit Lake Mystery Kindle 320 pages https://www.charliedonlea.com/summit-lake

Some places seem too beautiful to be touched by horror. Summit Lake, nestled in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains,  is that kind of place.

But two weeks ago, Becca Eckersley, a first-year law student and daughter of a powerful attorney, was brutally murdered there. Now the town is reeling with grief, and the police are baffled.

At first, investigative reporter Kelsey Castle thinks of the assignment

as a fluff piece. But the savagery of the crime, and the efforts to keep it quiet, hint at something far more sinister than a random attack by a stranger.

As Kelsey digs deeper, despite danger and warnings, she feels a growing connection to the dead girl. And the more she learns about Becca’s friendships, her love life—and her secrets—the more convinced she becomes that walking in Becca’s footsteps could lead her out of her own dark past…

Alice in Murderland

Samantha Silver

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Alice in Murderland Magical Bookshop Mysteries #1 Mystery Kindle 204 pages http://samanthasilverwrites.com/index.php/books/

When Alice Calliope takes over her recently deceased aunt’s bookshop in Sapphire Village, Oregon, she’s not expecting her world to be flipped upside down, but that’s exactly what happens when her cousin Cat reveals to Alice that she’s actually a witch. Add in the fact that the two of them stumble upon a dead body, and Alice’s first day in town ends up being a lot more eventful than she could have possibly imagined!

What was supposed to be a simple cross-country move winds up with Alice having to learn how to navigate a whole new magical world while at the same time trying to clear Cat’s name as she emerges as the main suspect in the murder. Add in the eccentric Grandma Cee, witchcraft lessons, a whiny old ghost and the laziest cat ever, and Alice definitely has her hands full.

With pressure mounting for the super-hot local sheriff to arrest her cousin, will Alice be able to hunt down the real killer before it’s too late?

First Flame

Kimbra Swain

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First Flame Stories of Frost and Fire #1 Fantasy Kindle 190 pages https://www.fairytalesofatrailerparkqueen.com/sofaf

Wynonna Riggs, daughter of Grace Ann Bryant, travels to the bay city of Steelshore with a group of colleagues to track down the fairy trafficking activities of their unknown enemy. While there, Winnie finds that trafficking isn’t the only crime being committed by fairies. A group of Sandhedrin threatens to eradicate the fairies in Steelshore including Winnie herself despite the consequences of pissing off her Fairy Queen mother.

A battle brews between fairy factions inside Steelshore which bubbles over into Winnie’s investigation. She’s drawn into the dispute, and the life of a new friend hangs in the balance.

Winne focuses on the job while back home trouble is brewing for her best friend, Mark Maynard, Alpha of the Shady Grove pack. She has to choose between her friends at home or her new duties in Steelshore. One thing is for sure, someone will burn. It’s just a question whether it will be Winnie’s enemies or will her own fire burn out?

A Mew to a Kill

Leighann Dobbs

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A Mew to a Kill Mystic Notch Mysteries #3 Mystery Kindle 334 pages http://www.leighanndobbs.com/books/a-mew-to-a-kill/

When the ghost of a murder victim appears in Last Chance Books, Middle-aged bookstore owner, Willa Chance, must find the ghost’s killer or risk being haunted with it’s unwanted advice forever.

Too bad the ghost suffers from amnesia and only has a few scant clues as to the identity of the killer. That’s okay, though, because Willa has a pretty good idea who did it … until her investigation turns up additional suspects with curious motives.

Meanwhile her cat, Pandora, is on the hunt for a mystical kitten that the cats of Mystic Notch must bring into the fold before the kitten is enticed to the side of evil by a powerful foe.

When Willa’s own life is threatened, she enters into a race against time to figure out the identity of the killer before he comes back to finish the job.

A Spirited Tail

Leighann Dobbs

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A Spirited Tail Mystic Notch Mysteries #2 Mystery Kindle 354 pages http://www.leighanndobbs.com/books/a-spirited-tail/

Middle-aged bookstore owner Willa Chance is looking forward to the opportunity of appraising a valuable private library that hasn’t seen the light of day for fifty years … until she finds a dead body in the backyard and the ghost of the home’s previous owner anxiously waiting for her inside.

Hampered by the persistent ghost who insists on keeping secrets from her, Willa navigates a sea of confusing clues as she struggles to uncover the connection between the recent murder and two murders fifty years ago.

Is the answer contained in the secret she found in the library? Or the unusual bequest left by the long-dead owner of the house? Or maybe it has something to do with the mysterious journal that everyone seems to be after.

Once again, Willa’s cat Pandora has to help her figure out the clues, while she and the other cats of Mystic Notch try to keep vital mystical knowledge from getting into the wrong hands.

Can Willa discover the identity of the killer in time or will she end up being the fourth victim?