When the Apricots Bloom by Gina Wilkinson

When the Apricots Bloom by Gina WilkinsonEnter for your chance to win a copy of WHEN THE APRICOTS BLOOM by Gina Wilkinson!

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At night, in Huda's fragrant garden, a breeze sweeps in from the desert encircling Baghdad, rustling the leaves of her apricot trees and carrying warning of visitors at her gate. Huda, a secretary at the Australian embassy, lives in fear of the mukhabarat--the secret police who watch and listen for any scrap of information that can be used against America and its allies. They have ordered her to befriend Ally Wilson, the deputy ambassador's wife. Huda has no wish to be an informant, but fears for her teenage son, who may be forced to join a deadly militia. Nor does she know that Ally has dangerous secrets of her own.

Huda's former friend, Rania, enjoyed a privileged upbringing as the daughter of a sheikh. Now her family's wealth is gone, and Rania too is battling to keep her child safe and a roof over their heads. As the women's lives intersect, their hidden pasts spill into the present. Facing possible betrayal at every turn, all three must trust in a fragile, newfound loyalty, even as they discover how much they are willing to sacrifice to protect their families.

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Categories: erotica

A Little Devil in America by Hanif Abdurraqib

A Little Devil in America by Hanif AbdurraqibEnter for a chance to win an advance copy of A LITTLE DEVIL IN AMERICA!
From Hanif Abdurraqib, the New York Times bestselling author of Go Ahead in the Rain, comes a stirring meditation on the modes of black performance in America.

At the March On Washington in 1963, Josephine Baker was 57 years old, well beyond her most prolific days. But in her speech at the march, she was in a mood to consider her life, her legacy, her departure from the country she was now triumphantly returning to. "I was a devil in other countries, and I was a little devil in America, too," she told the crowd. From those few words, Hanif Abdurraqib has written a profound and lasting reflection on how black performance is inextricably woven into the fabric of American culture. Each moment in every performance he examines--whether it's the 27 seconds in "Gimme Shelter" where Merry Clayton wails the words "rape, murder," a schoolyard fistfight, a dance marathon, or the instant in a game of spades right after the cards are dealt--has layers of resonance in black and white culture, the politics of American empire, and Abdurraqib's own personal history of love, grief, and performance.

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Categories: mauritius

Prophecy's End by Richard Phillips

Prophecy's End by Richard PhillipsA mage’s ungodly goal: rule among the dead. A noblewoman’s destiny: deliver the kingdom of Endar from evil. The final battle is at hand.

Kragan, wielder of malignant magic, is nearing his ultimate goal. Lorness Carol Rafel is pursuing her millennia-old destiny as well. It has been prophesized that the noble sorceress will destroy Kragan before he lays waste to the kingdom of Endar and reigns as an unholy god.

In Kragan’s favor is the mighty Dread Lord, bound to Kragan’s will, and an army of the resurrected dead that far outnumbers the Forsworn followers at Carol’s side. But Carol has the edge. She and her seer husband, Arn, possess the last remaining pieces of a magical puzzle. In the shards of a shattered trident lies the very key to Kragan’s dark dreams. If Carol and Arn can unleash its undiscovered powers in time to intercept Kragan’s horde. The end is at hand.

The final battle on the besieged fortress is upon them. And Arn’s visions of its outcome are terrifying. As Carol draws on her own increasing forces of magic, more is at stake than she imagines in an endgame in the land of the dead that no one could have foreseen.

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Categories: sunday-comics

Group by Christie Tate

Group by Christie TateEnter for a chance to win one of 10 advance copies of Group by Christie Tate, the November selection for Reese's Book Club and an instant New York Times bestseller.

Christie Tate had just been named the top student in her law school class and finally had her eating disorder under control. Why then was she driving through Chicago fantasizing about her own death?

Enter Dr. Rosen, a therapist who calmly assures her that if she joins one of his psychotherapy groups, he can transform her life. All she has to do is show up and be honest. About everything—her eating habits, childhood, sexual history, etc. Christie is skeptical, insisting that that she is defective, beyond cure. But Dr. Rosen issues a nine-word prescription that will change everything: “You don’t need a cure, you need a witness.”

So begins her entry into the strange, terrifying, and ultimately life-changing world of group therapy. Christie is initially put off by Dr. Rosen’s outlandish directives, but as her defenses break down and she comes to trust Dr. Rosen and begins to understand what it means to connect.

Group is a deliciously addictive read, and with Christie as our guide—skeptical of her own capacity for connection and intimacy, but hopeful in spite of herself—we are given a front row seat to the daring, exhilarating, painful, and hilarious journey that is group therapy—an under-explored process that breaks you down, and then reassembles you so that all the pieces finally fit.

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Categories: christian-fiction-amish

The Suck by Jonathan Yanez

The Suck by Jonathan YanezSupernatural meets The Boys.

Hemroid commercials or monster hunting?

He’s your average, struggling LA model just trying to book his next gig. When John finds out the supernatural live among us, it's game on.

Sign twirling and rideshare driving while waiting for his next casting call soon take a back seat to hunting the supernatural for a pretty penny.

But not all is as straight forward as it may seem. There are those close to John who are more than they're letting on and that spells trouble for our reluctant hero, big trouble.

For fans of Larry Correia's Monster Hunters International, Jim Butcher's Dresden Files, and M.D. Massey's Junkyard Druid comes your next romp in the graveyard.

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Categories: zimbabwe

Revenge of the Water Spirit by Erika R. Reynolds

Revenge of the Water Spirit by Erika R. ReynoldsEnter for a chance to win 1 of 10 signed copies of REVENGE OF THE WATER SPIRIT (Curandera Chronicles Book 1), out now!


Millie moved into her grandmother’s old (and haunted) Victorian house shortly after her parents announced their divorce. That meant she had an entire summer to stay up late and play video games with her favorite person in the world, her Mimi. Millie didn’t understand why Mimi would often leave in the middle of a raid and come back hours later bruised and bloody. Until one fateful night, Mimi came home with a mortal wound and confessed a family secret.

Millie comes from a long line of curanderas and is charged with keeping the balance of the universe. Mimi was supposed to train Millie’s mother, Vida, but she wasn’t interested in honing her gifts. She just assumed she’d train Millie when the time was right. Unfortunately, time for Mimi is short and the people of Sweet Bay have a supernatural predator on their hands. Millie has no choice but to take the reins.

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Categories: folk-tales

One Step Further by Katherine G. Johnson

One Step Further by Katherine G. JohnsonEnter to win a copy of One Step Further by Katherine Johnson, Joylette Hylick and Kathrine Moore.

This inspirational picture book reveals what is was like for a young black mother of three to navigate the difficult world of the 1950s and 60s and to succeed in an unwelcoming industry to become one of the now legendary "hidden figures" of NASA computing and space research.

Johnson's own empowering narrative is complemented by the recollections of her two daughters about their mother's work and insights about how she illuminated their paths, including one daughter's fight for civil rights and another's journey to become a NASA mathematician herself. The narrative gracefully weaves together Johnson's personal story, her influence on her daughters' formative years, her and her daughters' fight for civil rights, and her lasting impact on NASA and space exploration. Filled with personal reflections, exclusive family archival photos, and striking illustrations, readers will be immersed in this deeply personal portrayal of female empowerment, women in STEM, and the breaking down of race barriers across generations. Historical notes, photo/illustration notes, and a time line put the story into historical and modern-day context.

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Categories: butch-femme