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At the End of the Matinee

Bestselling author Keiichiro Hirano offers a timeless ode to love’s fragility and its resilience in this delicate, award-winning novel.Classical guitarist Satoshi Makino has toured the world and is at the height of his career when he first lays eyes on journalist Yoko Komine. Their bond forms instantly.Upon their first meeting, after Makino’s concert in Tokyo, they begin a conversation that will go on for years, with long spells of silence broken by powerful moments of connection. She’s drawn by Makino’s tender music and his sensitivity, and he is intrigued by Yoko’s refinement and intellect. But neither knows enough about love to see it blooming nor has the confidence to make the first move. Will their connection endure, weaving them back together like instruments in a symphony, or will fate lead them apart?Blending the harmonies of Kazuo Ishiguro’s Nocturnes and the sensuality of Ian McEwan’s Enduring Love, At the End of the Matinee is an enchanting and thought-provoking love story.

The King of Warsaw: A Novel

A city ignited by hate. A man in thrall to power. The ferociously original award-winning bestseller by Poland’s literary phenomenon—his first to be translated into English.It’s 1937. Poland is about to catch fire.In the boxing ring, Jakub Szapiro commands respect, revered as a hero by the Jewish community. Outside, he instills fear as he muscles through Warsaw as enforcer for a powerful crime lord. Murder and intimidation have their rewards. He revels in luxury, spends lavishly, and indulges in all the pleasures that barbarity offers. For a man battling to be king of the underworld, life is good. Especially when it’s a frightening time to be alive.Hitler is rising. Fascism is escalating. As a specter of violence hangs over Poland like a black cloud, its marginalized and vilified Jewish population hopes for a promise of sanctuary in Palestine. Jakub isn’t blind to the changing tide. What’s unimaginable to him is abandoning the city he feels destined to rule. With the raging instincts that guide him in the ring and on the streets, Jakub feels untouchable. He must maintain the order he knows—even as a new world order threatens to consume him.

Amora: Stories

From an emerging talent comes an exquisite collection of stories exploring the complexity of love between women, each a delicate piece in a mosaic transcending the boundaries of literary romance.Amora dares explore the way women love each other—the atrophy and healing of the female spirit in response to sexual desire and identity. These thirty-three short stories and poems, crafted with a deliberate delicacy, each capture the candid, private moments of women in love.Together, these stories and the women who inhabit them reveal an illuminating portrait of the sacred female romance, with all its nuances, complexities, burdens, and triumphs revealed. Violence, sickness, chaos, tenderness, beauty, and freedom adorn these pages in a mosaic of unforgettable moments, including a lesbian granddaughter discovering unexpected commonalities with her grandmother, a teenager’s tryst with her friend after disenchanting sex with a boy, and an old couple’s dreamy Sunday-morning ritual.Sweeping nearly every major Brazilian literary prize in 2016—including the Prêmio Jabuti and Prêmio Açorianos de Literatura—Amora has propelled Natália Borges Polesso to the forefront of the international literary world.

Hearts on Fire: A St. Caroline Small Town Romance (St. Caroline Series Book 2)

THIS SWEET FIREFIGHTER ROMANCE WILL MELT YOUR HEART ... Becca Trevor’s life is falling apart. She’s lost her job, her boyfriend’s in jail, and her mother’s quilt shop has just caught fire — with her in it. To make matters worse, town golden boy Jack Wolfe has returned — looking better than ever … but can their budding relationship survive the secret Becca’s been keeping for years?TOP PICK ROMANCE—Romance Times Book Review—"Julia Gabriel does an amazing job with this devastatingly heartbreaking love story."Becca never intended to come back to pretty little St. Caroline, Maryland and her family's quilt shop. Growing up, she was the wild child … and the black sheep of the family … and the girl who couldn’t get anything right. And she definitely never intended to see Jack Wolfe again. Those fifteen minutes she’d spent with him at a graduation party seven years ago? Unforgettable—for a whole lot of reasons.Jack was the golden boy of St. Caroline. Smart, Ivy League-educated, law school-bound. He’s home from California for a family emergency, a situation that would not be improved by the news that he’s not the hotshot corporate attorney everyone thinks he is. If he can keep his real job a secret until the end of summer, he’ll still be golden and no one else will be the wiser. But Becca has an even bigger secret of her own ... one that will change Jack's life forever ... The St. Caroline SeriesCome to the shores of the Chesapeake Bay and the 300-year-old town of St. Caroline, Maryland. Meet the Trevor family—Michelle, Dan, Becca, Charlotte, Natalie, Cassidy and Lauren—and their popular quilt shop, Quilt Therapy. Across town, the men of the Wolfe family have been the backbone of the St. Caroline fire department for generations—and Tim, Jack, Matt and Oliver are continuing the tradition.The St. Caroline Series features emotional stories with relatable characters you'll fall in love with, true-to-life problems and triumphs, and sweetly sexy romance that leads to a happy ever after. Book 1: Hearts on Fire (Jack and Becca)Book 2: Two of Hearts (Matt and Cassidy)Book 3: This Reminds Me of Us (Serena and Oliver)Book 4: When We Believed in Forever (coming 2020)

Demon Moon (Prof Croft Book 1)

* SERIES SALE THROUGH THUR, APRIL 22 *Everson Croft, professor of mythology and behind-the-scenes wizard Show me an amateur conjurer, and I’ll stop him before he gets himself killed. That’s the idea, anyway. But New York City isn’t what it used to be, and I don’t mean the recent crash. Amateur casters are calling up creatures they shouldn’t be able to. And there’s been a murder at the city’s most hallowed cathedral, a message in blood on the victim’s back the NYPD wants me to interpret, like yesterday. Something tells me I’m in over my head. And that’s not just Chinatown’s newest mob boss, a scary-powerful vampire, or my possessed cat talking. No matter how much magic I hurl, worse keeps chasing bad, and I’m amassing enemies like they’re aluminum cans. Did I mention the end of the world might be nigh? Damn. Maybe I’m the amateur here.Demon Moon is the first novel in the 200,000+ selling Croftverse. If you like occult action, spell-crackling suspense, and moments of heart, heroism, and all-out laughter, you’ll love Prof Croft!BOOKS IN THE CROFTVERSEProf Croft SeriesPreq 0: Book of SoulsBook 1: Demon MoonBook 2: Blood DealBook 3: Purge CityBook 4: Death MageBook 5: Black LuckBook 6: Power GameBook 7: Druid BondBook 8: Night RuneBook 9: Shadow DuelBlue Wolf Series (Complete)Book 1: Blue CurseBook 2: Blue ShadowBook 3: Blue HowlBook 4: Blue VenomBook 5: Blue BloodBook 6: Blue Storm

Goodbye, Maggie

In a culture of health nuts, gurus, quacks and seekers, Phil’s stagnant life is rattled when his charismatic brother, Magnus, shows up with the news that he has murdered Maggie Leblanc and asks for sanctuary. Thus starts a dramatic comedy of rollicking misdirection, as Magnus disappears – with Phil’s girlfriend, Hermia – and Phil lands on an uneasy road trip through small town Louisiana with Gus, another rival for Hermia’s attention. Phil and Gus, white and black, find racism, madness, and unlikely friendships as they roll through the swampland and return empty-handed to New Orleans. But are they really empty-handed? And has Maggie really gone gentle into that good night?

One is a Promise (Tangled Lies Book 1)

One promise.One forever.One look and I knew Cole was mine. My dark rebel in leather. My powerhouse of passion, devastating smiles, and impulsiveness.When his job sends him overseas, he promises to return to me.A promise that's destroyed in the most irrevocable way.Two years later, an arrogant suit invades my heartbroken loneliness.Clean-cut and stern, Trace is everything Cole wasn't.At first, he's a job that will rescue my dance company. But as he intrudes on my life, our hostile relationship evolves.He knows I'm still in love with Cole, but his dedication is my undoing.Then a catastrophic moment changes everything.Promises resurface.Lies entangle.And an impossible choice shatters my world.I love two men, and I can only have one.The TANGLED LIES series must be read in order.One is a PromiseTwo is a LieThree is a War

The Hack: International Crime Thriller (Hunter/O'Sullivan Adventures Book 1)

A vigilante on the hunt. A journalist on a warpath. To expose an international crime ring they might have to pay the ultimate price… Ex-CIA assassin Doug Hunter wants to forget his lethal past. But when he discovers a well-connected American involved in a grotesque child abuse network, his rage brings him out of retirement. Vowing to take down the entire twisted syndicate, his biggest obstacle will be keeping a beautiful investigative reporter out of the crossfire.Tabloid journalist Kate Sullivan is hungry for her big break. And after securing classified information on the murder of a child-molesting millionaire, she’s sure she’s found her scoop. But when her stunning exposé makes headlines, her high profile could land her six feet under.As Kate turns to Hunter for protection, the influential predators close in. But the more the pair learn about the shocking abuses, the clearer it becomes that this evil plot goes all the way to the top…Can Hunter and Kate blow the lid off the horrifying conspiracy before their enemies silence them forever?The Hack: International Crime Thriller is the first standalone book in the gripping Hunter/O'Sullivan Adventure series. If you like gritty characters, fast-paced mysteries, and the pursuit of justice, then you’ll love Will Patching’s suspenseful tale. Buy The Hack to fight for the innocent today!

The Secret of Seaside (Paige Comber Mystery Book 1)

Welcome to Seaside! A sleepy, island village filled with sandy beaches, colorful characters... AND MURDER!Paige Comber dreams of running off to Paris to train at the Cordon Bleu, but fresh out of college, she is stuck running her granny's coffee shop in the small town of Seaside. It looks like a lousy summer until a handsome stranger named Nate arrives. He's here to help his Uncle Byron with his affairs, but when his uncle's body washes up on the beach and Nate is thrown into prison, it is up to Paige to find out who might have been crazy enough to do it.BOOK ONE in the PAIGE COMBER MYSTERY series

A Monk's Tale: A Novelette set in the world of The Crafter Chronicles

Cedric is a respected monk at the Ridderzaal monastery. But before he became a man of the cloth, he traveled the land, fighting trolls alongside dwarves and giants, living among the fearsome Krigares, and studying with elves, wizards and Shenn Frith shamans.This novelette provides a back story for one of your favorite characters from The Crafter Chronicles. It is a great standalone read as an introduction to the world of Matthew B. Berg, or as a companion piece to his trilogy begun with The Crafter's Son. (And there are no spoilers in here if you haven't yet begun the series!)Framed around Cedric taking a nostalgic journey through his personal journals, this story is roughly 10,000 words. (About 1/8th the length of the first book.) And, unlike the slower unfolding of The Crafter's Son, this book gets right to the action!

"The Fact of the Matter" - Free Short Story

Enjoy this free short story from award-winning author Madeleine L'Engle's newest book, The Moment of Tenderness, a collection of 18 short stories, some never before published. It was a frigid winter day when Old Mrs. Campbell stormed into the Franklins' general store, decrying the devilish nature of her daughter-in-law-a sentiment that deeply disturbed Mrs. Franklin, considering the woman in question, Alicia, was oft described as "saintly" by everyone around her. When she leaves the store in a huff, Mrs. Franklin thinks she's done with Mrs. Campbell's ravings for the day-until the woman calls her late in the night, urgently demanding to see her. Blending elements of fantasy and horror, what transpires between the two women over the course of the evening will test the boundaries of reason, faith, and family-and prove that, in times of great danger, even strangers can come together to help one another in need. For more stories by Madeleine L'Engle, read The Moment of Tenderness, available now.