Hocus Pocus (Kurt Vonnegut Series)

By Kurt Vonnegut / Genre: Classics, Literary Fiction / Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars (83 reviews)

Hocus Pocus (Kurt Vonnegut Series)

Eugene Debs Hartke (named after the famous early 20th century Socialist working class leader) describes an odyssey from college professor to prison inmate to prison warden back again to prisoner in another of Vonnegut’s bitter satirical explorations of how and where (and why) the American dream begins to die. Employing his characteristic narrative device–a retrospective diary in which the protagonist retraces his life at its end, a desperate and disconnected series of events here in Hocus Pocus show Vonnegut with his mask off and his rhetorical devices unshielded.

Debs (and Vonnegut) see academia just as imprisoning as the corrupt penal system and they regard politics as the furnishing and marketing of lies. Debs, already disillusioned by circumstance, quickly tracks his way toward resignation and then fury. As warden and prisoner, Debs (and the reader) come to understand that the roles are interchangeable; as a professor jailed for “”radical”” statements in the classroom reported by a reactionary student, he comes to see the folly of all regulation. The “”hocus pocus”” of the novel’s title does not describe only the jolting reversals and seemingly motiveless circumstance which attend Debs’ disillusion and suffering, but also describe the political, social, and economic system of a country built upon can’t, and upon the franchising of lies.

At 68, Vonnegut had not only abandoned the sentiment and cracked optimism manifest in Slaughterhouse-Five, he had abandoned any belief in the system or faith for its recovery. This novel is another in a long series of farewells to the farmland funeral rites of childhood.

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Guardian (The Fallen Chronicles)

By Kassandra Kush / Genre: Religious & Inspirational Fiction / Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars (41 reviews)

Guardian (The Fallen Chronicles)

Lyla Evans just wants to be left alone; to fly under the radar and not attract attention. After seventeen years, she knows how the game is played. Her parents are hardly ever home, and when they do show up, they’re quick to anger and even quicker with their fists. With foster care comes the threat of being separated from her two younger siblings, and Lyla would die before allowing that to happen. She’s learned to keep her head down and depend on no one but herself and God to get by.

When a strange man starts paying too much attention to her and her siblings, showing up to rescue them and then disappearing without a trace, Lyla begins to panic that everything she’s been hiding is about to come out. But as she slowly becomes friends with this man and even trusts him with her deepest fears, Lyla learns he has secrets far bigger than her own that will turn everything in her world upside down.

In this story of abuse and rescue, love and faith, angels and demons, an unlikely friendship grows into a fantastical love story appealing and appropriate for readers young and old alike.

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The Silent Deal: The Card Game, Book 1

By Levi Stack / Genre: Europe, Historical Fiction, Teen & Young Adult / Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (41 reviews)

The Silent Deal: The Card Game, Book 1

When Viktor and Romulus, two peasant boys, dig too deep into their town’s strange past, they awaken the wrath of a mysterious overlord. As the blood brothers struggle to survive, their search for answers takes them through gambling parlors, bare-knuckle boxing matches, and dark forests full of wild animals and men alike. But even with the help of their friends, can they escape the deathly experiments their foe is creating in Staryi Castle?

Enter the bold lands of the Russian Empire where the colorful characters of The Card Game dwell, from the fortune-tellers and fire-jugglers of the Romani Gypsies, to the dangerous criminals that make up the Thieves World, the predecessor of the Russian Mafia.

An explosive mixture of mystery and adventure, The Silent Deal is a novel that will rip readers through the pages. A perilous journey awaits…

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The Daring Heart (The Highland Heather and Hearts Scottish Romance Series)

By Carmen Caine / Genre: Scottish, Historical Romance, Romance / Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars (53 reviews)

The Daring Heart (The Highland Heather and Hearts Scottish Romance Series)

(Scotland, 1482) – To the scandalous Lord Julian Gray, marriage is a malady and nothing more.

How can a man even court a lass longer than a fortnight when there are so many pouting lips to kiss?

Roaming the courts of Europe, Julian appears to spend his time drinking wine, wagering gold, and dandling willing lasses upon his knee. But no one knows the man behind the mask. No one knows that he is Le Marin–Europe’s most daring and brazen spy.

But everything changes the night he finds a dagger pressed against his ribs and an alluring hazel-eyed minx in his bed.

Born into the Vindictam, the renowned Venetian family of assassins, Liselle dreams of the day she will be allowed to practice the family craft. And when she is sent to the Scottish court, her dream is finally realized. But is it an honor … or a curse?

As the threat of civil war looms over Scotland, and the king’s own brother conspires with the English to put himself on the Scottish throne, Julian can’t help but be distracted by the mysterious Venetian beauty and her many secrets.

But will it be his undoing?

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Killer Diamonds (Leo Sullivan Presents)

By Michael Goins / Genre: Urban / Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars (35 reviews)

Killer Diamonds (Leo Sullivan Presents)

Amanda Sanco is a wealthy chick in possession of some of the rarest diamonds in the world. She is also an associate of Hitman, the organizer of the group of seven who are planning to steal them. Never before had they attempted a heist worth sixteen million dollars, or a bounty they felt was worth killing for. When greed overcomes loyalty, a blood trail will lead only one of them to the diamonds. Who will it be of the seven and will they get away alive?

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Treasure Uncovered (Bellingwood)

By Diane Greenwood Muir / Genre: Mystery & Thrillers / Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars (25 reviews)

Treasure Uncovered (Bellingwood)

The Bellingwood series begins with All Roads Lead Home, which is only 99 cents until February 28. 
Polly Giller has had the worst luck with finding a good custodian for Sycamore House and the murder of her latest employee draws even more attention to her propensity for finding dead bodies. Sheriff Aaron Merritt just assumes that when she calls him, it’s because she’s found someone. The pool at the Elevator expands as the locals lay odds on Polly’s next find. When Beryl Watson ends up in the hospital because of an explosion, the last thing she wants is to be a statistic in Polly’s life.

Sal Kahane, Polly’s college roommate and best friend from Boston, comes to Iowa to see what all the fuss is about at Sycamore House. The city girl has to keep an open mind in order to understand why her friend loves living among the cornfields. Polly’s relationship with Henry Sturtz, her contractor and friend, continues to grow. When he left town for a couple of months, she discovered how important he was.

Polly takes a risk on a new custodian with a mysterious background and farm thefts disrupt the little town. She finds herself worrying about locking things up again; something she had ceased doing when she moved out of Boston.

Things are never dull in Bellingwood and with the introduction of wonderful, new characters, Polly comes to a better understanding of herself and her relationship with this little town. All of the regulars are back with some stories of their own to tell.

What treasures are uncovered? Read on.

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Rich Boy Mafia

By Demettrea / Genre: Urban / Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars (35 reviews)

Rich Boy Mafia

The top is the ultimate spot for any man getting it and that is exactly where King and his crew “Rich Boy Mafia” reside. As we all know there are vultures, snakes and all around haters just praying on your downfall and like clockwork, Jarelle plays his position. He’s determined to take over King’s throne but he knows posing a threat won’t mean much to the mafia.

Enter Ryan, a bombshell beauty and you’ve got a recipe for disaster. King has his eyes set on her and he’s not letting up until he wifes her but how quickly will his plans change once he finds out she has a son by Jarelle of all people.

Breakout author Demettrea comes hard in this gritty tale of love and gunplay.

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Please Don’t Sneeze

By Sigal Adler / Genre: Children’s eBooks / Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars (33 reviews)

Please Don't Sneeze  How To  Stay Away From Fire  The Animal Tales Collection Bedtime & Dreams

Please Don’t Sneeze We all know that children are very curious about fire. THIS story is full with colorful creatures and flowing with humor bring a clear message about the danger of fire. The pictures are so cute and imaginative for young ones. It’s hard to keep kids captivated, but this book does it making it fun with rhyme, color, and an adorable main character that is easy to Adore. Most importantly it offers toddlers a perspective that they have choices with regards to their health.

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Easy Slow Cooker Recipes For Busy Moms (Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes)

By Rachel Ryan / Genre: Quick & Easy, Cookbooks, Food & Wine / Rating: 3.6 out of 5 stars (91 reviews)

Easy Slow Cooker Recipes For Busy Moms (Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes)

Modern moms are constantly bouncing from place to place. After school activities, work, doctor’s appointments, even daily errands get in the way of the ability to cook a nutritious and tasty meal for the family. The ability to cook just about anything in a slow cooker can alter that imbalance.

Slow cookers are the most overlooked and valuable kitchen appliance in the modern home. Almost everyone has one, but most people don’t realize the versatility of slow cookers. This recipe collection provides just a brief introduction to what these appliances can do. The recipes contain ingredients found in most kitchens, and produce delicious and healthy results.

The goal of feeding a family is providing healthy food that you can feel good about preparing and serving. Processed foods are an easy answer, but their nutrient value is lower, and their sodium content is generally higher than home-cooked meals. This collection strives to provide a wide variety of options using very few processed items. That said, there are some items such as soup stocks and tomato sauce that are used. As a result, I’ve included a brief prologue with some basic recipes for kitchen staples that you can make ahead.

Each recipe was prepared in our test kitchen. Each recipe includes an original picture of the actual recipe that was prepared.

The recipes in this report call for ‘large’ eggs by default, and unless a cooked ingredient is specified, all items are to be incorporated in the raw state. Since this is a family and diet friendly cookbook, none of the recipes use lard, pork, or alcohol. Major allergens such as peanuts and berries are also largely avoided.

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