Abel Velasco counts the number of times his aunt hits him. Abel counts many things. He can’t help it – he’s a savant.
1982 - Abel has left foster care to live with his cousin and abusive aunt. His typical teenage struggles are compounded by the complication of his savant talents.
Searching for a challenge, he becomes obsessed with the mysterious architecture of an abandoned mansion and strangely numbered bible, launching his journey from suburban New Jersey to Berkeley, California and beyond.
When Charlie vanishes without warning, only the people who love her are worried. Even if the law considers her an adult at nineteen, Charlie's still the baby of her already broken family. Older sister Olivia finds a lost cell phone, an abandoned car and a shady boyfriend she'd never met before. And he's not the only secret Charlie's been keeping.
This disappearance feels uncomfortably familiar, like another loss years before. But this will be different, Olivia swears. Charlie's coming back.
It's been 100 years since the Specters invaded Earth. Like ghosts they haunt the planet, devouring any human being foolish enough to venture outside of the last remaining protected cities. For some humans, venturing out isn't a choice--it's an opportunity to prove yourself to your clan. But when a coterie of New Adults undertaking a mission deep in Specter territory discover a terrible secret, they quickly find that everything they've learned may be wrong ... and Earth is in grave danger.
A bank fraud investigator goes undercover in Sumatra to find a young woman who may or may not have been kidnapped. Her job might be easier if she didn't have to deal with her boss's untrained son and the unexpected appearance of an ex-boyfriend/conman who has his own secret agenda.
An accident during the construction of a tunnel under the Bering Sea leads to the discovery of evidence that hints at the survival of an unknown protohuman species. A team of experts is dispatched into the caverns in hopes of finding the primates before the unstable strata causes their extinction. Something else lurks in the darkness, though…a creature that’s evolved into a predator unlike any the world has ever known, and it’s up to the scientists to make sure that it never reaches the surface.
It starts with a phone call a week before New Year's. A familiar voice whispering the number ten and then hanging up. Madison doesn't think much of it but when he calls back the next night it becomes clear that he's counting down to something. Frightened, Madison turns to the only man she knows who can help her, the handsome detective across the street. Ethan Parker is exactly the man she needs but as the countdown nears zero, she soon realizes she's not just risking her life but her heart too.
THE EAGLE TREE is an unique coming-of-age story told in the first person by March Williams, an autistic 14 year old boy obsessed with the trees of the Pacific Northwest. March's ebullient embrace of trees is counter-balanced by his indifference to most human relationships and his (sometimes hilarious) misunderstandings of many social signals. March's powerful obsession with an endangered old-growth pine -- the Eagle Tree -- shows his community that his voice deserves to be heard.
1493: Joanna, one of 2000 Jewish children snatched from their parents in Lisbon, is sent as a slave to the island of São Tomé. 1495: Diego, once a sailor with Columbus, travels war-torn lands and pirate-infested seas seeking his lost family with his sister Rachel and their Taino friend Hutia. 1497: In Istanbul, Rachel finds work in the Sultan’s harem. Hutia trades his past for a new name and a new faith. Diego, still unsure of his purpose, sets sail for the hell Jews call the Isle of Crocodiles.
When Lucy Parker’s eccentric grandmother dies, Lucy must return a beloved painting to a mysterious man in Italy, leading her on a journey to discover long-buried family secrets that could change everything. When Lucy’s childhood best friend, estate lawyer Jack Hamilton, agrees to accompany her, will they find their second chance at love? From the tiny town of Applebury, Massachusetts to the rolling hills of Tuscany, never-told family secrets unfurl in…the Lost Art of Second Chances.
In the sequel to the Kindle Scout selection Freelancer, Kari Tahe is trying to lie low as the civil war continues to rage between the states. With the hacker community gone silent and the leaders of the warring nations assassinated, Kari is forced to enter the dangerous world of the Unseen.
Nicholas Trilby made two mistakes: the first was moving to the Colorado Rockies where he was promptly abducted by aliens. His second mistake was telling the world about it. Now his secret retreat has become a tourist town, and he's the guest of honor at its annual Alien Fest. The situation is pretty awful as far as he's concerned, but it becomes considerably worse when a reporter from the Roswell Explorer ends up dead in the nearby lake and Nicholas becomes the prime suspect in his murder.
The dead man's head rests on a halo of blood. His hands are locked together as if in prayer. Rookie police officer John Drake is first on scene. His superiors want to call it an accidental death, but he isn't convinced. In his previous life Drake saw his share of dead bodies. He knows this was not an accident. When he uncovers a list with five names including the name of the dead man, there's only one question. Are the names on the list suspects or potential victims?
Charles Burnsten is one of England’s most eligible bachelors. In fit of madness, he agrees to a disastrous wager: that he can make any woman fall in love with him, without the benefit of his wealth or title. Julia Morland is a vicar’s daughter who’s more interested in science and philanthropy than romance. She’s been burned by love before, and wants nothing to do with her former suitor or his mysterious wastrel of a friend.
A disguise, a wager, and an ex-suitor: what could go wrong?
First Robin gets the email with its simple demand: dump your fiancé or else. Then someone puts up the slanderous Rotten Robin Website that threatens to crush her chances to win The Standout, a ballet-themed, fashion reality show. Surrounded by backstabbing co-contestants and haunted by mysterious ghosts from her past, Robin can't trust anyone, including herself. This psychological thriller is about love, betrayal, tall buildings, and finding the courage to jump.
Robin Starling traces a pistol that arrived in her mail to a recently murdered man who had been cheating on his wife. The police like the wife for the crime. The D.A. likes Robin as an accessory-after-the-fact. Robin, though she feels sympathy for the widow and her young son, likes running with her dog and hanging out with her teddy-bear boyfriend, but she is a young attorney in need of work. The case promises to be the case of her career right up to the moment when everything goes ballistic.
In 2098 human survival depends on genetic research to develop aquatic capabilities. It has never been more dangerous for the elusive sirens to be discovered. Until now they’ve remained eclipsed from human eyes, inhabiting a secret island. But when their youth rebel, the sirens decide to test the waters of open society by striking a deal with megacorp DiviniGen Inc. And they risk everything to do it. Will the risk be worth it or will the sirens be forced to face the darkness of eternal isolation?
I’m Jake Dial; after twenty years in NYPD narcotics, I’m back home as a private eye in a quiet Florida town. I plan for the worse case; paranoia runs my life. I drive an armored SUV and wear a bullet proof vest. I’m fighting crooks and cops in protecting my client, Carmen. After dreaming about it, I’m now accused of butchering her husband, Don, a cocaine smuggler dying hopelessly in debt to a Cuban supplier. As Don’s widow, Carmen is a target for the Cuban Mafia, and I’m in the line of fire.
At long last! Jessie Hewitt is about to take her rightful spot in the Hall of Fame. No, not the one for pool sharks. This is the Romance Writers Hall of Fame. Jessie's so excited she's even convinced über-hunky cop Wilson Rye to tag along for the induction festivities. But things don’t go exactly as planned. How could a conference called Happily Ever After take such a wrong turn? Take a guess.
In Ted Oswald’s Because We Are, ten-year old Haitian orphan Libète and her best friend Jak embarked upon solving a profound mystery that changed them forever. Now, in There is a Land, Libète must flee her home and all she knows, carrying a deadly secret she does not understand but cannot dare force upon another. A spectacular mystery that builds to a startling climax, There is a Land speaks to the powerful bonds that give us hope to strive for a better world.
Andi Stevenson knew her life would never be same after purchasing her new condo on Euphoria Lane. On day one, she finds the body of the Homeowners Association president. Day two, she discovers the property manager is her former fiancé. Day three, the new president begins his campaign of violation letters to force her to move. Day four, her sister, the owner of a detective agency, needs her help with the investigation of the murder. And day five, a full scale neighborhood war!
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