Let's Talk by David Crystal

Let's Talk by David CrystalEnter for a chance to win one of 20 copies of "Let's Talk: How English Conversation Works" by world-leading linguist David Crystal!

Banter, chit-chat, gossip, natter, tete-a-tete... these are just a few of the terms for the varied ways in which we interact with one another through conversation.

In this new release, David Crystal explores the factors that motivate so many different kinds of talk and reveals the rules we use unconsciously, even in the most routine exchanges of everyday conversation.

We tend to think of conversation as something spontaneous, instinctive, habitual. It has been described as an art, as a game, sometimes even as a battle. Whichever metaphor we use, most people are unaware of what the rules are, how they work, and how we can bend and break them when circumstances warrant it.

Madness & Soil by S.K. Paisley

Madness & Soil by S.K. PaisleyWin a Kindle edition of "Madness & Soil", a new crime thriller by Scottish author S. K. Paisley.

Description:
When a vulnerable teenage girl is reported missing on the Isle of Arran, police probationer Annie Greaves makes it her mission to find her. The unique beauty and remoteness of the Isle of Arran, Scotland provides a haunting backdrop to this story of loneliness, isolation and life on the fringes of society.

About S. K. Paisley:
S. K. Paisley was born in Glasgow. She studied Law and English Literature at University of Glasgow before working as a secondary school teacher.

She wrote her first novel Take a Breath while travelling around South America and her second novel, Madness & Soil, while living in Amsterdam, Glasgow, Montreal, Ottawa and Hamburg.

Praise for S. K. Paisley:

"This is a novel set in the borderlands between the straight world and the criminal world, suggesting how easily that border can be crossed and how dark the results can be - an interesting and dramatic debut."

- William McIlvanney

"a writing fluent and evocative, a refined style and at the same time light. Close your eyes is the debut novel of true talent."

- Publishers Weekly

"One of the most fresh and original contemporary thrillers."

- Library Journal

"SK Paisley blows life into these characters."

- Booklist

"One of the most gripping thrillers published in the last year."

- Kirkus Reviews

Red Mistress by Elizabeth Blackwell

Red Mistress by Elizabeth  BlackwellIn the wake of the Russian Revolution, a determined young woman breaks with her past to become a spy in 1920s Paris, where shadowy intrigues and a dangerous romance put her loyalty to the test.

In the spring of 1914, Nadia Shulkina, the daughter of Russian aristocrats, looks toward a bright future. She has no premonitions of war, let alone the revolution that is about to destroy her comfortable world.

Her once-noble family is stripped of every possession, and more terrible losses soon follow. To save what’s left of her family and future, Nadia marries a zealous Bolshevik in an act of calculated reinvention.

It won’t be her last.

When she agrees to work undercover for the Soviets in 1920s Paris, Nadia is drawn into a beautiful yet treacherous world of secrets and deceit. Beset by conflicting loyalties and tested by a forbidden love affair, she becomes embroiled in a conspiracy that ends with a shocking murder. What chances will she take to determine her own fate?

Let Them Be Kids by Jessica Smartt

Let Them Be Kids by Jessica SmarttEnter for a chance to win one of 100 free eBook copies of my new book, "Let Them Be Kids: Adventure, Boredom, Innocence, and Other Gifts Children Need"!

Bullying. Social media. Anxiety and depression. Graphic video games. Elite sports teams. Whatever happened to just being a kid? We all feel the weight of wanting to ensure that we prepare our kids for age-appropriate realities, and we especially hope to raise them to be vigilant when faced with pressures and influences of the world. But how do we balance the two?

"Let Them Be Kids" is Jessica Smartt's offering of grace and confidence to moms, giving them practical ideas to meet these challenges, and her well-researched, tested methods deliver wisdom on tough topics such as:

- Balancing family time vs. outside activities,
- The gift of being awkward and uncool,
- Managing technology,
- Protecting purity,
- Showing grace when kids disobey, and more.

Part story, part guidebook, every chapter includes doable strategies and encouragement for the journey, and helps moms like you feel confident and equipped with ways to provide a safe, healthy, Christ-centered childhood for your children. "Let Them Be Kids" can help you conquer fear and find truth that transforms entire families as it reminds you to enjoy special moments of building family values together.

Me and Carlos by Tom Perrotta

Me and Carlos by Tom PerrottaA darkly comic reflection on American class divides and coming-of-age regrets by Tom Perrotta, the New York Times bestselling author of Election and The Leftovers.

Henry “Digger” Diller has never been anyone’s MVP—he’s the guy who gets called up from jayvee soccer when the star player gets hurt, and who volunteers to take his crush’s best friend to the prom. But Digger is pretty happy with life in the middle of Warfield High’s pecking order. Then he strikes up a friendship with Carlos, a new student from Honduras, who faces his own set of difficulties beyond the dramas of adolescent life. Everyone loves Carlos: he’s a welcome addition to the team and to Digger’s tight friend group. Digger and Carlos are inseparable—until Digger, who’s focused on his own future, thinks maybe Carlos is getting too popular.

Behemoth by H.P. Newquist

Behemoth by H.P.  NewquistEnter to win one of 10 signed copies of BEHEMOTH . . . One of the best reviewed horror novels of the year!

Here is some of the praise reviewers have given to BEHEMOTH:

The Horror Review says "BEHEMOTH is old-school gothic horror and historical horror mixed with modern-world superstitions and prejudices and that makes things that much more chilling. Newquist has created a fine horror novel that dares to be called literary/historical fiction and entertains the reader from start to finish."

"I'm not a fan of the frequently overused phrase "unputdownable" but there really is no other way to describe this book. This was easily a 5 star read . . . on my top reads of the year list."
KENDALL REVIEWS

"Newquist is an accomplished writer and it shows on each page of BEHEMOTH. A wild ride that doesn’t ease up on tension, BEHEMOTH is a must-read for any horror junkie."
FANBASE PRESS

"One of the best books I've read in a very long time. Sent chills up my spine to where I thought I might need a priest . . ."
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Solstice Shadows by Avanti Centrae

Solstice Shadows by Avanti CentraeDA VINCI CODE meets TOMB RAIDER in this multi-award-winning series.

"A tantalizing new series." —#1 NYT bestselling author JAMES ROLLINS

"Brilliant." - international bestselling author K.J. Howe

"Has that unputdownable X factor!" —ERNEST DEMPSEY, USA Today bestselling author

"Fans of complex and highly detailed espionage and action thrillers are certain to dive right into this mixture between Indiana Jones and Dan Brown." ~ Readers' Favorite - FIVE STARS

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A COMPUTER APP DESIGNER. AN ENCRYPTED RELIC. CAN SHE DECIPHER THE DANGEROUS CODE BEFORE EXTREMISTS TRIGGER A HIGH-TECH APOCALYPSE?

Software expert Maddy Marshall isn't sure she's ready for a hazardous role in black ops. But when an armed Russian thief makes off with a rare ancient star chart, the aikido black belt has no choice but to join her VanOps boyfriend and twin brother in the pursuit. If her royal Spanish family legends are true, the chart leads to a superconductive treasure trove capable of powering the ultimate instrument of global destruction.

Setting off on a mad dash to uncover the secrets of a Mexican archeoastronomy site, she and the VanOps team unearth a clue dating back to biblical times. But as they race across the globe to Morocco, Turkey, and Egypt, they find themselves only a half-step ahead of sinister assassins.

Before millions die at the hands of an anti-American Russian government, can Maddy crack the secret code?

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Home to Me by Catherine Bybee

Home to Me by Catherine BybeeA brave woman’s flight from the past leads her toward new love in a novel about courage, hope, and second chances by Catherine Bybee, New York Times bestselling author of My Way to You.

After Erin Fleming escapes from her controlling and abusive ex, she finds refuge in the heart of Santa Clarita, California. Eager to start over, she has a new name, a new look, and a new career. Settled into a private guesthouse, Erin can breathe free. Far from the shadows she’s outrun, Erin is finally learning to live for herself. Her new unexpected friendship with her landlord starts to crack open the armor Erin’s enclosed herself in. But it’s Matt who speeds up the pace of Erin’s heart and makes her wish for things she believes she can never have.

Matt Hudson, a firefighter in one of California’s wildfire epicenters, has a passion for danger. He lives for the adrenaline rush his profession awards him. But his protective instincts take over once Matt meets Erin. So does an attraction he can’t deny. Above all else, he’s determined to prove to Erin that she can trust him. As the sparks between them ignite, so does a real-world danger. Erin’s past is not letting go. It’s just in hiding.

Before Erin’s ex finds her, she and Matt have to find him. And finally put an end to everything that’s becoming a threat to their love, and to Erin’s life.

The Last of the Moon Girls by Barbara Davis

The Last of the Moon Girls by Barbara  DavisA novel of secrets, memory, family, and forgiveness by the bestselling author of When Never Comes.

Lizzy Moon never wanted Moon Girl Farm. Eight years ago, she left the land that nine generations of gifted healers had tended, determined to distance herself from the whispers about her family’s strange legacy. But when her beloved grandmother Althea dies, Lizzy must return and face the tragedy still hanging over the farm’s withered lavender fields: the unsolved murders of two young girls, and the cruel accusations that followed Althea to her grave.

Lizzy wants nothing more than to sell the farm and return to her life in New York, until she discovers a journal Althea left for her—a Book of Remembrances meant to help Lizzy embrace her own special gifts. When she reconnects with Andrew Greyson, one of the few in town who believed in Althea’s innocence, she resolves to clear her grandmother’s name.

But to do so, she’ll have to decide if she can accept her legacy and whether to follow in the footsteps of all the Moon women who came before her.