Destitutio Quod Remissio by Brett Armstrong

26523458Roman Senator Marcus Servius is a powerful, wealthy, and admired individual, respected for serving his country both militarily and politically. He spends his days in relative ease and luxury, until one day his whole world is suddenly brought crashing down around him as he is outed for being guilty of a crime Rome detests beyond measure: Marcus is a Christian.

After losing his home, possessions, and worst of all his wife, Marcus is forced to go into hiding along with the other members of his church, where he seeks answers from his spiritual mentor and leader of the church, Benjamin Truvias. As Christian persecution becomes more and more severe, Marcus spends his time bringing aid and comfort to his fellow believers. But helping the church has also placed him in a position to learn the identity of the person responsible for his ruin, and as he gets closer to the answers he so desperately seeks, he finds himself faced with a decision that will impact not only himself, but the future of the church within Rome- Will he seek revenge, or will he choose to forgive?
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Featured Book: One Sip at a Time: Learning to Live in Provence by Keith Van Sickle

33927852Keith and Val had a dream – to live in Provence, the land of brilliant sunlight, charming hilltop villages and the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean.

But there were two problems: they weren’t French speakers and they had full-time jobs. So they came up with a plan…

Follow their adventures (and misadventures) as they quit their jobs, become consultants and split their time between two countries. Laugh along as they build a life in Provence, slowly mastering a new language and making friends with the locals over long meals and just a bit too much wine.
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Featured Book: On The Edge by Theresa Santy

29622235For as long as she can remember, Kristen Craemer has been running from something. In high school and college, she ran competitively, until her Olympic dreams were shattered. Now, she runs to escape—from her past, from intimacy, from reality, and from the cold, black mist that haunts her nights.
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Eagle Eye (Like No Other, #2) by Darcy Flynn

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Designer of teen fashion, Jillian Jeffrey, is on the cusp of making a name for herself in the NYC fashion scene- a dream that could easily become a reality with a seat on the board of directors for her favorite charity, Like No Other. With a heart for serving the less fortunate, Jill can think of nothing more fulfilling than combining her two passions into one. When an unexpected opportunity arises for her to raise a significant amount of funds for the organization, and gain a better shot at the position, she jumps at it- unaware that the mistake she’s about to make will put her at risk of losing everything she’s ever worked for…
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Death Of An Assassin by Ann Marie Ackermann

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The year is 1835. In the Kingdom of Württemberg, in the small town of Bönnigheim, a murder has just been committed. The town’s beloved mayor has been gunned down in cold blood- a senseless crime with no apparent motive- and the elusive murderer manages to slip away, seemingly without trace. Despite the best efforts of a remarkably ingenious investigator, the case would remain unsolved for decades.

On the other side of the Atlantic, a storm is brewing between the Mexican government and American settlers, eventually erupting into the Texas Revolution. As America is drawn into war with Mexico, troops are amassed to besiege Veracruz in what would become the first large-scale amphibious assault conducted by United States military forces, and the largest in history until D-Day. In writing of the battle, Robert E Lee makes a curiously poignant entry in his journal regarding the heroic death of a German-American soldier, remarking “I doubt whether all Mexico is worth to us the life of that man”. Little could he have known that the man to whom he ascribed such praise was actually an assassin.
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A Father’s Guide: When Children Fall Uncomfortably Close To The Tree

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With humor and heartfelt sincerity, author Stephan Hahn shares practical advice on parenting from a father’s perspective.

A Father’s Guide: When Children Fall Uncomfortably Close To The Tree tackles the difficult subject of fatherhood with refreshing candor. From bringing home baby to the inevitable growing-up stages, Hahn gives dads a heads-up on what to expect by way of anecdotal stories of his own family life, telling it like it is and revealing both the expected and unexpected challenges of parenthood, as well as the many joys that make it all worthwhile.
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Book Excerpt – Stone in a Sling: A Soldier’s Journey by Scott A. Meehan

18146093Whenever I fell asleep, it was sound. I worked from 0700 hours until midnight, six days a week. I had to—in a war zone. I remember when morning came too soon once. It was an hour too early. The thunderous boom jolted me awake instantly. My eyes opened and I stared at the metal ceiling above me. Based on the explosive impact, I assumed there would be casualties, and likely…death.

I lay flat on my bed, closed my eyes, but remained wide awake. Outside my window, I heard recognizable voices and surmised that the team members had gathered beneath the concrete bunkers to take shelter. “Wow, look at that smoke,” I heard one of them say.
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