It’s very odd to me that we are having so much rain here in Northern California. It seems like a just a few years ago we were fighting horrible fires and drought. A lot of time was spent watching the lakes empty and the forests and neighborhoods burn. “Fire Season” was getting earlier and earlier. The schools even added a extra week off in Spring to be used when the kids couldn’t go to school due to smoke or other natural disasters. But the rain came back, and it has been lovely. Sure the streets are a bit flooded, but all that water means great Summers at the lakes. I kinda wonder what the catch is. I should just enjoy it while it’s here.

The Sturm Awakens (The Last Battlefield for Light and Darkness Book 1)
by Marvin North
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy

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Fifty years ago, Darkness fell upon Antorris, unleashing monsters unlike any the world had seen. When the Light came, it treated life like the Darkness had, burning and consuming everyone in its path. That was when the world became Corrupted.

Inos Sevrence is a Corruption Hunter, whose goal is to eradicate the Light and Dark afflicted beasts from her world. But she has a dark secret to her success: she too is Corrupted, empowered by the Darkness she fights against. Though the Darkness within her seems benign, many within Antorris treat her as a monster.

When she happens upon an amnesiac boy possessing unusual magic powers, the two outcasts unite to fight against Corruption. While the threat of war between nations lingers on the ground, something more sinister is brewing in the cosmos.

The Lords of Light and Darkness are feuding over who will rule the universe, and the world of Antorris is caught in their game.
The fate of Antorris lies with a Corrupted Hunter, a dead man, a god, and a boy with the power to change the world.
Will Inos be able to save the world and unite it against the Lords of the Sturm?

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The Red Bike
by Tara Delaney
4.3 Stars (2,508 Reviews)
Genre: Family Life

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Fans of Jo Jo Moyes and Jennifer Weiner will fall in love with Tara Delaney’s riveting debut novel, “The Red Bike”. Gritty, raw and steamy, this genuinely unputdownable novel will haul you through every emotion!

Abigail Gallagher needs answers. Which of her mother’s lives was real? The life she led or the one she left behind?

When wildlife photographer Abbey captures the tenderness between a protective mother gorilla and her newborn baby, she wonders if she can ever feel the same family bonds. First, she must break free from the intense anger she has carried since learning of her mother’s affair. Her mother’s self-centered behavior remains the wedge that keeps Abbey and mom apart.

After a year away, Abbey returns to Austin from Africa just before her 31st birthday. Her boyfriend Ryan cannot pry any commitment from her for their future together, despite her mother’s playful, but pointed, urging and interference.

When her mother is diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer, Abbey offers begrudging assistance to lighten her father’s care taking load. Slowly, the secret layers of her mother’s life are peeled away, until Abbey has no choice but to face a new and unsettling truth.

Can she close the gap in her relationship with her mother before her life slips away? Can Abbey open herself to Ryan enough to repair their attachment and resume their romance, to make plans for a life together?

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Women Code Breakers: The Best Kept Secret of WWII: True Stories of Female Code Breakers Whose Top-Secret Work Helped Win World War II (Brave Women Who Changed the Course of WWII)
by Elise Baker
4.5 Stars (92 Reviews)
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

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Who were the silent women whose top-secret work helped shorten World War II? Meet the female code breakers.

Embedded within military intelligence and communications, wartime cryptography was a man’s world. But
women did much more for secret intelligence during World War II than resupply coffee and shuffle papers.
Even beyond nursing and manufacturing, women working top-secret jobs played an integral role in supporting the Allied effort. They helped shorten the length of the war, saving countless lives in the process.

Bringing to light the quiet heroism of female code breakers is an opportunity to showcase the exceptional women who saved lives and changed the tide of the greatest war in human history.

The life of a female codebreaker was not a simple one. Even as they applied themselves to complicated counterintelligence work and labored daily alongside their male colleagues, they fought an uphill battle on many different fronts inside and outside the office.

Despite the constant need to “prove” themselves and justify their life choices to men and women alike, these brilliant women never thought of themselves as heroes, but rather as citizens performing their duty, in common with the pragmatic attitudes that many people held during the war.

As such, their stories and accomplishments have remained firmly under the radar — often missing from official documentation, history books, public lore, and therefore general public awareness.

The British feat of breaking the German Enigma code at Bletchley Park has been celebrated in popular culture in various books and movies, but the stories of many women who worked to break codes in the complex world of cryptography remain relatively untold.

Many of the men who served in the war have been made heroes through the documentation of and telling and retelling of their daring exploits. Not so the unsung women heroes of WWII.
Inside Women Code Breakers: The Best Kept Secret of WWII you’ll learn the true stories of female code breakers whose top-secret work helped win World War II, including:

• the stories of Elizebeth Friedman, Joan Clarke, Mavis Batey, Mrs Mac and many other great minds working for the Allied forces from the United States, Great Britain, and Australia — all of whom were trailblazers in the field of cryptography

• a simple rundown on cryptography as a science, the history of its use, and what it took to break wartime codes

• the legacies of these exceptional women, and the impacts their work had both on the war effort and in the years after

• the social constraints and sexist attitudes that women faced, even as they worked on highly classified projects

By knowing the names of the heroic women codebreakers of WWII, we are finally allowing their lives and accomplishments to shine. If you are looking for a unique perspective of wartime history then Women Code Breakers: The Best Kept Secret of WWII is a great place to start!

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A Bead in the Hand: A Humorous Cozy Mystery (Glass Bead Mystery Series Book 2)
by Janice Peacock
4.3 Stars (493 Reviews)
Genre: Mystery

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When a famous jewelry designer dies at an arts and crafts fair, it’s up to Jax to find the killer before she finds herself in handcuffs — or worse.
A bead bazaar turns bizarre when jewelry designer and glass beadmaker Jax O’Connell discovers a dead body beneath her sales table. Suspected of murder, Jax and her friend Tessa scramble to find the killer among the fanatic shoppers and eccentric vendors. They have their hands full dealing with a scumbag show promoter, hipsters in love, and a security guard who wants to do more than protect Jax from harm. Adding to the chaos, Jax’s quirky neighbor Val arrives unexpectedly with trouble in tow. Can Jax untangle the clues before she’s arrested for murder?
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A Town in Peril: A Historical Western Adventure Novel
by Henry McConley
4.2 Stars (226 Reviews)
Genre: Romance | Literature & Fiction | History

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After their father’s death, Victor and his brothers set out to fulfill his lifelong dream of starting a new life in the Western frontier. However, their arrival in Western Springs is met with danger and conflict as the town is plagued by the notorious Bermuda Gang. As they struggle to find their place in this untamed land, the brothers must make a fateful decision…

Will they stay and defend the town against the gang’s reign of terror, or will they abandon their father’s dream and flee?

Harmon, the trained carpenter, finds himself torn between his growing feelings for a young nurse named Georgina and his responsibility to protect his brothers. Meanwhile, Wilbert craves adventure, and Victor seeks to keep the peace. The brothers’ conflicting motivations and fears threaten to tear them apart, forcing them to make choices that could have deadly consequences.

When Harmon develops a natural affinity as a healer, he’ll have to make a choice as to what his purpose is in life…

As the brothers search for a new home, the dangerous Bermuda Gang repeatedly stands in their way. The brothers must decide whether to fight alongside the town or flee before it’s too late. But as the stakes grow higher and their bonds are tested, they realize that their decision could mean the difference between life and death… Will the brothers risk everything or will they finally choose to save themselves?

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