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The Penny Lich

You've heard the story of light overcoming darkness, and the farm boy that became a hero. The great gods of myth coming down and fighting the primordial evil that lays within the heart of everyman. This is not that story. Elliot is a Cleric who has kept his head down working for the Magecore, and he likes it that way. When he has to fill in for his best friend and run a field mission, the two new recruits he's with cause more problems than Elliot's ready to deal with. If you're a fan of Sitcoms, Fantasy stories, and TTRPG's then you'll love getting to know this cast of fun, witty, possibly murder hobos, who call the Penny Lich tavern their home.
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Buffalo Is the New Buffalo

"Education is the new buffalo" is a metaphor widely used among Indigenous peoples in Canada to signify the importance of education to their survival and ability to support themselves, as once Plains nations supported themselves as buffalo peoples. The assumption is that many of the pre-Contact ways of living are forever gone, so adaptation is necessary. But Chelsea Vowel asks, "Instead of accepting that the buffalo, and our ancestral ways, will never come back, what if we simply ensure that they do?"Inspired by classic and contemporary speculative fiction, Buffalo Is the New Buffalo explores science fiction tropes through a Métis lens: a Two-Spirit rougarou (shapeshifter) in the nineteenth century tries to solve a murder in her community and joins the nêhiyaw-pwat (Iron Confederacy) in order to successfully stop Canadian colonial expansion into the West. A Métis man is gored by a radioactive bison, gaining super strength, but losing the ability to be remembered by...
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Just by Looking at Him

From the star of Peacock's Queer as Folk and the Netflix series Special comes a darkly witty and touching novel following a gay TV writer with cerebral palsy as he fights addiction and searches for acceptance in an overwhelmingly ableist world.Elliott appears to be living the dream as a successful TV writer with a doting boyfriend. But behind his Instagram filter of a life, he's grappling with an intensifying alcohol addiction, he can't seem to stop cheating on his boyfriend with various sex workers, and his cerebral palsy is making him feel like gay Shrek. After falling down a rabbit hole of sex, drinking, and Hollywood backstabbing, Elliott decides to limp his way towards redemption. But facing your demons is easier said than done. Candid, biting, and refreshingly real, Just by Looking at Him is an incisive commentary on gay life, a heart-centered, laugh-out-loud exploration of self, and a rare insight into life as a person with...
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The Crystal Eye

A bloodthirsty sorcerer seeks the power of the dragon lord's crystal to rule the world. Can an escaped slave stop the evil that threatens to destroy all of humanity? A thousand years ago the dragon lords ruled alongside humanity and guided them through the weave of magic. When greed tore humanity apart, a powerful mage rose up to fight the dragons for their claim. In a single battle, the dragons were slain, the mage disappeared, and magic was removed from the world forever. Now Dusk, a slave miner of the nobles, has stumbled across the ancient remains of the dragon king and the crystal eye that holds all his power. With the crystal tucked safely away, Dusk makes his daring escape from the mines, setting out to find his long sought-after freedom. But one night he's attacked by bandits and the crystal comes to life, engulfing them all in an inferno and turning the bandits to ash. In that moment the world is made aware that magic is...
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Eight Weeks in Paris

BREAKING: Lost novel of Bell Epoque Paris, The Throne, comes to the silver screen with an A-list cast. But will on-set drama doom the filming of this gay love story before it starts?Nicholas Madden is one of the best actors of his generation. His personal life is consistently a shambles, but he'll always have his art—and The Throne is going to be his legacy.Then his costar walks off the runway and into rehearsal. The role of a lifetime is about to be sunk by a total amateur.Chris Lavalle is out, gorgeous and totally green. He has thousands of Instagram followers, a string of gorgeous exes and more ad campaigns to his name than one can count. But he's more than just a pretty face, and The Throne is his chance to prove it.If only Nicholas wasn't a belligerent jerk with a chip on his shoulder and a face carved by the gods.Eight weeks of filming, eight weeks of 24/7 togetherness bring Nicholas and Chris closer than the producers had...
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Bewitched by a Miss

Damon Norcott, Viscount Bentford was expected to marry a witch. Coming from a family where the females were born with magical abilities, and the men were not, it was expected that the males would take a witch as a bride to offer protection. However, the unexpected murder of his brother and sister-in-law also left Damon with three nieces to raise and he vowed not to marry for ten years, after the youngest had entered Society. Miss Cordelia Vail is not a witch but believes in all things magical. If one lived in Bocka Morrow the existence of ghosts, witches, pixies, and mermaids were a fact, not myth. However, Cordelia had never experienced or witnessed any of the magic. That is, not until the day the Norcott family arrived. Smitten nearly at first sight, Cordelia did her best to ignore the powerful draw to the family, and particularly Viscount Bentford. When the two meet, a bond and friendship is almost instant, as well as trust. Fate set them on a...
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Kwelengsen Dawn

When you lose everything you love, the whole world becomes the enemy.After his planet was invaded by ruthless Corporate forces, engineer Logan Twofeathers is trapped on Earth by the authorities, who are more afraid of starting a war than helping their people. He may be safe, but many others are still missing.When security tries to arrest him on trumped-up charges, he must find his own way to return to Kwelengsen. His only option is to seek out someone from his past—a borderline psychotic, who might just be crazy enough to help.Now, he must draw on all his strength and resilience as he undertakes a precarious and violent journey into the unknown, with enemies lurking in every shadow. The outlook is bleak, and all he has is his grit and sense of honor. Will that be enough?The battle is over. But the war is about to begin.
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Love and Vendetta

After her father, Vladimir, was brutally murdered by Queen Azra's royal guards, Marietta Covici is forced to wed the most ruthless man in all of Marsonia, Lord Blackwell, an angry and vicious drunk known to spare no mercy. But there's just one problem. Marietta is in love with someone else, Lord Cross, Blackwell's brother. When Queen Azra discovers Marietta's deadly secret and adulterous infidelity, she banishes her from her hometown and befalls a curse upon Marietta's first-born child. Her beloved, Lord Cross, uncovers who she really is and tears apart her life forever. Twenty-five years later, with a face that no one could ever love and the help of Cross' only son, can Aura look past her rage toward her mother's selfishness and the royal family to break the curse? Can Marietta and Cross' love survive the banishment and betrayal? Or will the mother-daughter duo fall...
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The Heart of the Deal

Perfect for fans of Emily Giffin and Jojo Moyes, Lindsay MacMillan’s debut novel deftly captures the feeling of being adrift in your late twenties, with poignant commentary on female friendships, mental health, and what happiness really looks like.Rae is in a romantic recession. The Wall Street banker is single in New York City and overwhelmed by the pressure to scramble up the corporate and romantic ladders. Feeling her biological clock ticking, she analyzes her love life like a business deal and vows to lock in a husband before her 30th birthday.  The Manhattan dating app scene has as many ups and downs as the stock market, and outsourcing dates to an algorithm isn’t exactly Rae’s idea of romance. She considers cutting her losses, but her friends help her stay invested, boosting her spirits with ice cream and cheap wine that they share in their sixth-floor walk-up while recapping cringe-worthy...
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Turning Red Deluxe Hardcover Edition

Relive Disney and Pixar's hit film Turning Red in this fun and hilarious junior novelization! Meilin Lee is a confident, dorky thirteen-year-old torn between staying her mother's dutiful daughter and the chaos of adolescence. In addition to Mei's changing interests, relationships, and body, she has started to "poof" into a giant red panda whenever she gets emotional . . . which is almost all the time! This junior novelization retells the full story and features eight pages of full-color images from the movie!
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Screams from the Dark

A bone-chilling new anthology from legendary horror editor, Ellen Datlow, Screams from the Dark contains twenty-nine all-original tales about monsters.From werewolves and vampires, to demons and aliens, the monster is one of the most recognizable figures in horror. But what makes something, or someone, monstrous?Award-winning and up-and-coming authors like Richard Kadrey, Cassandra Khaw, Indrapramit Das, Priya Sharma, and more attempt to answer this question. These all-new stories range from traditional to modern, from mainstream to literary, from familiar monsters to the unknown ... and unimaginable.This chilling collection has something to please—and terrify—everyone, so lock your doors, hide under your covers, and try not to scream.Contributors include: Ian Rogers, Fran Wilde, Gemma Files, Daryl Gregory, Priya Sharma, Brian Hodge, Joyce Carol Oates, Indrapramit Das, Siobhan Carroll, Richard Kadrey, Norman Partridge, Garry Kilworth,...
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Ted Rules the World

Ted thinks there's something fishy going on. Ever since his birthday when he got a special loyalty card at the local shop, all his great ideas are being thought of by the new Prime Minister too. Now there's laws about walking to school and everyone has Mondays off! Could the shop's market research lady have anything to do with it? And if Ted has become a Leader, shouldn't he start thinking up proper laws to save the world... A hilarious comedy caper from Frank Cottrell-Boyce, now in a format particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 7+
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The Midcoast

“I tore through the saga of the Thatch family in two nights. The Midcoast is a reader’s dream—tense, ominous, and deeply wise.”—David Benioff, co-creator of Game of Thrones “In deft, knowing, and crystalline prose, Adam White writes, in essence, the novel about the Maine coast.”—Richard Ford • “Readers will be hooked.”—Publishers Weekly ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2022—The MillionsIt’s spring in the tiny town of Damariscotta, a tourist haven on the coast of Maine known for its oysters and antiques. Andrew, a high school English teacher recently returned to the area, has brought his family to Ed and Steph Thatch’s sprawling riverside estate to attend a reception for the Amherst women’s lacrosse team. Back when they were all teenagers, Andrew never could have predicted that Ed, descended from a long...
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The Inner Game of Music

The bestselling guide to improving musical performanceThe Inner Game of Music is the battle that all musicians have to fight against elusive opponents such as nervousness, self-doubt and fear of failure. Using the world-famous Inner Game principles, developed by bestselling author Timothy Gallwey, acclaimed musician Barry Green explains the basic principles of 'natural learning' and shows how you can apply them to reach a new level of musical application and performance. In precise, easy to understand language, Green and Gallwey explain how natural skills - such as awareness, trust and willpower - can be nurtured and enhanced. Through a series of tailored exercises The Inner Game of Music demonstrates the ways in which musicians can achieve exact intonations, artistic phrasing and improved technique. There are also chapters on ensemble playing, improvisation, composition and creativity, as well as listening skills - an essential part...
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The Girl He Pined

Paige King, 25, in her Ph.D. residency at a psychiatric hospital for the criminally insane, is summoned urgently by the FBI: her most notorious patient, a diabolical and elusive serial killer, has escaped. And they need her to help hunt him down. Paige, as brilliant as she is, knows she is up against a mastermind with no equal. This killer will stop at nothing to outwit them all, and going too deep into his mind may be just the thing that undoes them all.Paige's skills are put to the ultimate test in this harrowing cat-and-mouse thriller, as new bodies pile up, and as Paige realizes that she, herself, may just be the target.A complex psychological crime thriller full of twists and turns and packed with heart-pounding suspense, The Girl He Pined will make you fall in love with a brilliant new female protagonist and keep you turning pages late into the night.
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