A New Years Resolution that I have never been able to keep is making a meal plan each week and sticking to it. But this quarantine seems to be a bit of a game changer. It has been a few months now and I have been making weekly meals lists and ordering the ingredients online for curbside pick up. I have been able to do this successfully long enough to grow tired of some dishes and needed to add new dishes to freshen up the list. This is huge for me. I am beginning to think that New Years Resolutions are a sure fire way to fail. I think it is time to get rid of NYR completely once and for all.  I have never been a big fan of them in the first place and I have always had my best success when I create a goal in August when we have a huge shift in routine with the baby bassets going back to school. Last night I made a delicious Chicken Alfredo on a bed of roasted broccoli. MY GOSH! That is quite a change from the animal shaped chicken nuggets I used to rely on. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE chicken nuggets. But chicken nuggets five days a week is a bit much.

The Anatomy Lesson: A Kurtz and Barent Mystery (Kurtz and Barent Mysteries Book 2)
by Robert I. Katz
4.4 Stars (30 Reviews)
Genre: Thrillers | Literature & Fiction | Literary Fiction

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While trying to put the past behind him, surgeon Richard Kurtz finds himself swept up into another murder investigation

The murder of his former girlfriend, Sharon Lee, has been solved, and surgeon Richard Kurtz has finally managed to put the past behind him, settling back into a routine of teaching medical students and residents and taking care of patients. He has a new love interest in graphic artist Lenore Brinkman and life has seemingly returned to normal when Rod Mahoney, an anatomy professor at Staunton College of Medicine, is found brutally murdered in his office.

>>>A murder so horrific that even a seasoned detective is shocked

Lew Barent has seen a lot of dead bodies in his job as a homicide detective but even he is horrified by what has been done to Rod Mahoney. Richard Kurtz had been reluctantly drawn into the investigation of Sharon Lee’s death but his assistance had proven to be vital. Barent is confident that he can count on Kurtz once again, even more so when he discovers that Mahoney and Kurtz were old friends.

>>>The victim has no apparent enemies, but hunting for the killer will reveal unexpected dangers

Rod Mahoney had led a quiet life, with a happy family and a job that he loved. Mahoney had no obvious enemies but somebody had hated him enough to murder him and to tear his body into pieces. Determined to discover who killed Rod Mahoney, and why, Kurtz and Barent suddenly find themselves investigating a twisted tale of bitter regret and decades-old revenge. But powerful forces don’t want this murder solved, and Kurtz finds that while he is hunting a murderer, the murderer is hunting him.

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The House of Lost Spirits: A Paranormal Novel
by Einat Shimshoni
4.8 Stars (23 Reviews)
Genre: Teen & Young Adult | Suspense

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Thoughts of death are natural when life is pretty depressing, but what happens when accidentally, the intention becomes a reality?

The 16-year-old Noga is an intelligent young woman, though a bit depressive, who feels contempt for her parents and their bourgeois way of life.

These confusing emotions lead her to make a decision from where there is no way back.

She finds herself in an abandoned house where her steps leave no marks nor can her fingers wipe the dust off the antique furniture.

Very soon she discovers there are five spirits living in the house, who all share something in common. The reason they are there, and have not moved on, is the direct result of their own choices. Now however, their choices are being put to the test.

Will the residents of the house manage to free themselves from the ties that bind them and move on, or will those walls continue to be their fortress?

The House of Lost Spirits is an original, ecstatic bildungsroman which oscillates between the surreal and the mystic-fantastic all the while touching in a deliberate, witty and sad way upon life and death and the extremes between fate and choice, this world and the afterworld, and above all, the story of a journey of self-exploration.

This book with leave you with thoughts about death, but most of all, about life.

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The Baby Losers Club: A Novella in Pieces
by Tara Wine-Queen
5.0 Stars (5 Reviews)
Genre: Literature & Fiction | Family Life | Contemporary Fiction

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Riley and Jules have been best friends for most of their lives. Now in their thirties, they have both struggled to have a family, and Jules suggests they start a club for people who like them have gone through infertility, miscarriage, and child loss. Riley is hesitant, worried how the club might affect her struggles with depression over her inability to conceive and keep a child, but she ultimately agrees, and The Baby Losers Club is born.

Excerpt from The Baby Losers Club

The first time it had happened, she had been sleeping, so she wasn’t aware when her body evacuated the tiny clump of cells she had been expecting to mature into a baby; she had no opportunity to protest or make a case on its behalf.

She woke up, and it was already over, the remnants of her hope deposited in her underwear, a tiny lost war, a bloodied cotton battlefield.

She had known that this might happen. She had read that first pregnancies were the most likely to miscarry, knew that at ten weeks, she was still within the perimeters of likely miscarriage. This hadn’t lessened her devastation at the time; she burned with disappointment and shame when she told her husband who had already been at work when she awoke that day.

The second time was worse. The second time, it wasn’t a formless battlefield which made its way into her underwear. The second time there was shape; there was a visual she wouldn’t shake for the whole of her life. Her hand cupped the raw form, closer this time to the baby she had hoped it would grow into.

There was the specific fear of the second time. The first miscarriage, that was hard, but it was bearable. It happened sometimes, especially with a first pregnancy. But the second time, she saw that her body was building a pattern.

The third time was proof. God, the universe, whatever was in charge didn’t want her to have a baby.

“We will have a baby,” her husband had said that time, kneeling in front of her damp body, fresh from the shower in which she had tried to wash the blood from her thighs and hands. “It’ll happen when it’s supposed to. You know that, right?”

And she had wanted to say yes. She had wanted to grab him and pull him close to her and feel the blood that pumped through him warm her and fortify her with its certainty.

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Overkill (Ash Suspense Thrillers with a Dash of Romance Book 2)
by Uvi Poznansky
4.4 Stars (43 Reviews)
Genre: Politics & Social Sciences | Action & Adventure | City Life

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The last thing Ash expects when she lands in Clearwater, Florida is to be stalked by a troubled teenager. If that’s not bad enough, she is caught in a shooting spree next to the nearby elementary school. The cops think it’s an attempt at mass killing, but Ash wonders if the only victim was specifically targeted by the killer. Will she manage to identify him and have him arrested before he comes after her?

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Determined Dreamer: A Sweet, Small-Town Romance About the Secrets We Keep (Inspiration In Cologne Book 3)
by Deborah King
4.4 Stars (34 Reviews)
Genre: Literature & Fiction | Friendship | Romance | Family Life

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She’s been hiding her pain her entire life. If she doesn’t come clean, it could jeopardize the future she’s always wanted…

Cologne, Missouri. Kalie hasn’t been completely honest with her family. Telling no one she was bullied since childhood by a classmate, she’s finally taken control of her destiny by buying a small-town coffee shop. But the secrets she harbors could push away her new business partner Elias, and smother their blossoming love affair.

Fearing she’ll lose everything if she tells the truth, Kalie holds back on giving Elias her whole heart. But the more affection he shows, the harder it becomes to keep her lips sealed.

Can Kalie find the courage to bare her soul and unlock her deepest desires?

Determined Dreamer is the third book in the engaging Inspiration in Cologne romantic women’s fiction series. If you like complex characters, close-knit communities and feel-good stories, then you’ll adore Deborah King’s wholesome tale.

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