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From Scratch

Orca Book Publishers | Rapid Reads


Cookie is about to lose her job at the local bakery. She dreams of owning her own bakery but doesn't think she has the skills or money to do it. Most of all, she doesn't have the self-confidence. When she takes a course at the local college, she finds she has much more going for her than she imagined. With the help of her community, she figures out how to make sure no one has to go without her famous doily cookies for long!

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"While From Scratch is written using simple language, the story is strong and the characters believable. Readers will immediately find themselves on Team Eva, and, alongside her, will learn just what it takes to start one's own business…From Scratch is a quick and touching story of pride and perseverance, as well as a novel that offers a lot of practical information. Readers struggling with English as their second language will be drawn easily into this story about a woman who, with a little support, reaches her true potential while realizing a life long dream."

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"Cookie's perseverance through hardship is certainly inspiring, and her bonds with the local community heartwarming. For readers who need a little encouragement, this is just the ticket."

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Gail Anderson-Dargatz is an award-winning author of over a dozen books, including The Cure for Death by Lightning and A Recipe for Bees, which were finalists for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. She also teaches other authors how to write fiction. Gail lives in the Shuswap region of British Columbia.

 
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Worst Date Ever

Orca Book Publishers | Rapid Reads


Jennie has been a widow for two years. Her twelve-year-old son thinks it's about time she started dating, and so does her best friend, Angela. So with Angela's help, Jennie signs up to an online dating site. Within hours, she has several dates lined up for the week. Surely there will be one Prince Charming in the bunch. And if not, it's only one date, right? How bad could it be?

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"Melodie Campbell is the Queen of the Rapid Read…Worst Date Ever is one the best of this genre. Like all her novels the dialogue is the driving force. This tale is funny, but Campbell finds the sad notes, the desperate moves and the gentle poignancy when two people realize that what they wanted was right in front of them. Finding a complete story like this in a novella form is rare…This rapid read is more than a good read."

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"Campbell's work will appeal to adults as well as to teens who enjoy romantic comedies."

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"This is great for adult newcomers to reading or the English language as well as anyone who enjoys zipping through a lighthearted read in a single, short sitting."

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Melodie Campbell is the winner of many awards, including the Derringer and Arthur Ellis Awards for crime writing. She has over 200 hundred publications, including 100 comedy credits, 40 short stories and the Goddaughter series in the Rapid Reads collection. Her work has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Star Magazine, Flash Fiction Magazine, Canadian Living, the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail and many more. Melodie lives in Burlington, Ontario.

 
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Philomena (Unloved)

Second Story Press


Born in the Caribbean, Philomena Jones is abandoned by her mother and left to the mercy of her grandmother, who, after raising eight children and grandchildren, is not capable of dedicating herself to another child. Love-starved, Philomena is easy prey for the island’s new pastor. She leaves home for America, hoping to find her mother, but ends up drifting and battling mental illness.

Relocated to a supportive housing facility, Philomena meets a diverse cast of women who, despite their wildly differing backgrounds and difficulties, share one common bond; their history of abuse. In this most unexpected of places, will Philomena finally find the family she has been longing for?

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Christene A. Browne is an award-winning filmmaker. Her 1999 film Another Planet was the first feature film directed by a Black woman in Canada. In 2011 she was awarded the Visionary award by TheWIFTS Foundation for her ground-breaking documentary series Speaking in Tongues: The History of Language, featuring Noam Chomsky. Along with documentary filmmaking, she works as a lecturer in the Radio and Television Arts at Ryerson University. She lives in Toronto.

http://www.christenebrowne.com/

 
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Tiny House, Big Fix

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Sadie works as a framer, building houses. She lost her own home in a recent divorce and now lives with her two daughters in a rented bungalow. When her landlady says she needs to move out, Sadie finds there's a housing crisis in her community. She can't find a place to live and is forced to move her family into a travel trailer at a local campsite.

When her ex-husband finds out, he insists that the girls come live with him in another city. Desperate to keep her daughters with her in their home community, Sadie is forced to rethink her dream of living in a full-sized house.

In the short term, she moves her girls into a co-worker's apartment. Then, with the help of her friends and daughters, she builds a tiny house. In the process she finds living with less has its rewards and that living in a small space brings her family closer together.

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“Written with depth and honesty, Tiny House, Big Fix takes a very real issue and makes it accessible to readers.”

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“A delightfully quick read...Anderson-Dargatz weaves an enchanting little story.”

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"Anderson-Dargatz imbues her warm story with lots of relatable details of love and family, and she tailors the novel, with its clear and direct plotline, perfectly for readers looking to improve their literacy or simply enjoy a complete tale in one quick sitting."

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Gail Anderson-Dargatz is an award-winning author of over a dozen books, including The Cure for Death by Lightning and A Recipe for Bees, which were finalists for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. She also teaches other authors how to write fiction. Gail lives in the Shuswap region of British Columbia.

 
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Perfect Passion - Fesselnd

Bastei Entertainment | Perfect Passion


ALTE FLAMMEN LODERN HEIßER ...

Der Milliardär Jonathan Lyons kocht vor Wut. Der Leiter einer von ihm finanzierten Ausgrabung hat vor seinem Tod ein Fundstück gestohlen und in seinem Nachlass verschlüsselte Hinweise darauf hinterlassen. Der erste führt zu Jonathans Jugendliebe Violet, der Tochter des Ausgrabungsleiters. Doch Violet würde lieber im Bikini in die Arktis reisen, als ihn auf eine Schnitzeljagd rund um die Welt zu begleiten. Warum ist sie bloß immer noch so zornig? Vor allem, da Jonathan nichts lieber täte, als ihre Beziehung wiederzubeleben ...

"In dem Meer von Büchern über Milliardäre ist Jessica Clares Serie Perfect Passion ein echtes Juwel." freshfiction.com

 
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Perfect Passion - Berauschend

Bastei Entertainment | Perfect Passion


EIN ONE-NIGHT-STAND MIT FOLGEN ...

Kylie arbeitet als Make-up-Artistin für einen der angesagtesten Popstars des Landes: Daphne Petty. Ein Horror-Job, denn Daphne ist an guten Tagen ein Miststück. An schlechten ... nun ja. Wenn Kylie das Geld nicht so dringend für ihre kranke Großmutter bräuchte, würde sie kündigen. Dann lernt sie den Milliardär Cade Archer kennen. Und bevor sie sichs recht versieht, verbringt sie eine Nacht mit ihm. Eine unglaublich heiße Nacht, die Kylie allerdings ihren Job kosten könnte. Denn Cade ist Daphnes Ex ...

"... das beste Buch der Serie. Was ich an Cades Geschichte liebe, ist, dass er sich in eine Frau verliebt, die realistisch ist. Eine, die man nicht auf dem Cover eines Magazins finden würde, während der Rest der Bevölkerung sich wünscht, sie möge mal ein Sandwich essen." Heroesandheartbreakers.com

 
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Pretty

INK.digital


Welchen Preis würdest du zahlen, um nicht mehr einfach nur gewöhnlich zu sein?

Evie, Krista und Willow sind vor allem eins: durchschnittlich. Seit die drei Freundinnen das College hinter sich gebracht haben, versuchen sie, ihr Leben in New York einigermaßen auf die Reihe zu bekommen. Dass sich ihr Alltag kein bisschen so gestaltet, wie sie es aus Filmen und TV-Serien kennen, wird ihnen schnell klar. Statt teurer Schuhe, glamouröser Jobs und Cocktails rund um die Uhr schlagen sie sich mit fiesen Chefs, zu hohen Mieten und desaströsen Online-Dates herum.

All das ändert sich, als ihnen eines Tages ein Wundermittel namens Pretty in die Hände fällt. Ein einziger Tropfen soll genügen, um jedem Menschen zu unglaublicher Schönheit zu verhelfen. Evie, Krista und Willow probieren es aus - und sind von einer Sekunde auf die andere alles andere als normal.

Schön zu sein verändert ihr Leben. Mit einem Mal ergeben sich Chancen, die zuvor undenkbar gewesen wären, Türen öffnen sich, die stets fest verschlossen waren. Es ist wie ein Traum, alles scheint möglich. Doch je öfter die drei einen Tropfen von Pretty zu sich nehmen und je mehr Zeit sie in ihrem neuen Körper verbringen, desto dringender wird die Frage: Was geschieht, wenn sie Pretty aufgebraucht haben und sie zu ihrem normalen Ich zurückkehren? Wissen sie überhaupt noch, wer sie wirklich sind?

"Ein modernes Märchen. Unfassbar unterhaltsam - sexy, wild und extrem lustig. Brillant." Sunday Mirror

"Bezaubernd!" People

"Eines der originellsten Bücher, das ich seit Jahren gelesen habe. Ihr werdet es verschlingen!" Sara Shepard, Autorin von Pretty Little Liars

 
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Gone to Pot

Second Story Press


After losing her job and learning she might also lose her house because of a bad investment, Jess, a fiercely independent and hilariously wry BC grandma, resorts to growing pot in her basement to make ends meet. She then has to juggle her public life as a grandmother and member of the town’s senior women’s group – The Company of Crones – with her secret life as a pot grower. The unusual characters she meets along the way include Swan, the enigmatic young woman who introduces her to the grower’s world, and Marcus, the socially awkward “gardener” who shows her the tricks of the trade. Both of her new young friends are more than they appear, and Jess’ adventures in pot growing break down barriers in both her old and new circles. The delightful outcome of an almost legitimate business leaves Jess and her associates flushed with success.

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Gone to Pot is a great read for any age, reminding us that the elderly can be vibrant, active, and involved.

A destitute grandmother is forced into an untraditional business venture and ends up dealing with much more

than she bargained for, in Gone to Pot, by Jennifer Craig.

The novel opens with protagonist Jess discovering the she’s lost her waitressing job, thanks to a kitchen fire. Distraught, Jess then learns that a bad business investment may force her to lose her house as well. Grown accustomed to self-sufficiency in the years since her divorce, she does not solicit help from her ineffectual son, Jason, or his boorish wife, Amy, instead opting to take matters into her own hands and start a grow-op within the confines of her basement.

Aided by former coworker Swan and “gardener” Marcus, Jess’s life changes rapidly, leaving her to balance

her public roles as a grandmother and as a member of the town’s senior women’s group, The Company of Crones,

and her private life as a drug manufacturer.

Gone to Pot is an entertaining read, thanks largely to Craig’s dynamic writing style. Characters all differ greatly from each other in age and disposition, but dialogue is well parsed and believable, Craig making the seamless transition between voices look easy. Despite the largely humorous tone of the book, Craig also manages to explore many complex ideas, such as the rampant ageism that many older people face, as well as extreme flaws in medical and governmental systems that force people into illegal endeavors either to make ends meet or to find some relief for chronic pain.

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Gone to Pot is an entertaining read, thanks largely to Craig’s dynamic writing style. Characters all differ greatly from each other in age and disposition, but dialogue is well parsed and believable, Craig making the seamless transition between voices look easy.... A great read for any age, reminding us that the elderly can be vibrant, active, and involved.

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Jennifer Craig was a nurse in the UK and immigrated to Canada in the 1960s. During her midlife crisis she earned a Bachelor’s degree in nursing, a Master's in education, and a Ph.D. in medical education. She was on the Faculty of Medicine at UBC for ten years as an educational consultant. Her memoir Yes Sister, No Sister: My Life as a Trainee Nurse in 1950s Yorkshire sold more than 160,000 copies in the UK. She lives in Nelson, British Columbia.

 
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Dunkle Liebe - Sühne

LYX.digital | Dunkle-Liebe-Reihe


Nach seinem Gefängnisaufenthalt in New York genießt Riley Moore das Leben in Freiheit in vollen Zügen - bis ein schwerer Schicksalsschlag ihn dazu zwingt, in seinen Heimatort nach Michigan zurückzukehren.

Dort warten nicht nur Vorurteile und seine enttäuschte Familie auf ihn, sondern auch Lexi Pierce: die Frau, die er seit Jahren aus seinem Kopf - und Herz - verbannen will ...

 
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Sie sind bereit, ihr Leben zu riskieren: die Helden des Alltags, Männer in Uniform. Doch was stellen diese Helden mit uns an, sobald sie ihre Uniform ausgezogen haben? Löscht der Feuerwehrmann dann unsere brennende Lust? Kämpft der Navy SEAL leidenschaftlich um unsere Liebe? Befördert der Pilot uns in ekstatische Höhen? Finden Sie es heraus - schnallen Sie sich an, lehnen Sie sich zurück, und genießen Sie ...

 
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