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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Lone Heart Pass by Jodi Thomas

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Jubilee Hamilton’s life is in a tailspin. She’s lost her career. Her boyfriend. And her grandpa Levy -the one member of her family who ever really cared about her- passed away, leaving her with a run-down ranch in the middle of nowhere. Hiring a foreman and running the Lone Heart Ranch seems like the craziest idea she’s ever had, but at this point, its all she has left. The only question is, can this DC city girl make it work, or is she destined for another failure- and another broken heart?

After his life is turned upside down by failed romance, the only woman Charlie wants in his life is his little girl, Lillie. As a single dad, he scrapes to get by, working multiple jobs just to make ends meet. So when he accepts a job as foreman from Jubilee Hamilton, he swears it’s just so he can save up enough money to make a better life for him and his daughter. But when a troubled young teen involved in a murder investigation shows up, everything changes as they struggle to protect their makeshift family and the run-down ranch they’ve come to call home.
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Rustler’s Moon by Jodi Thomas

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Jodi Thomas welcomes readers back to the Ransom Canyon Series in her latest novel, Rustler’s Moon…

Angela has cut all ties with her past. After finding a startling note from her deceased father telling her to disappear, she decides to do just that. Leaving her life in Florida, she changes her last name and travels to a small town in Texas with her father’s mangy cat in tow, hoping to make a fresh start as the curator of a local museum. But it seems that trouble may have followed her all the way to Crossroads…

Wilkes Wagner has resigned himself to the fact that he’ll never be anything other than a rancher. After serving his country in the military and having his heart broken by the girl he left behind, it seems the only thing left for him is running the Devil’s Fork Ranch. Well, that and making sure his crazy Uncle Vern doesn’t get into too much trouble. It’s a lonely life, but Wilkes knows he won’t be foolish enough to fall in love with another girl again- until a mysterious girl with a secretive past moves to Crossroads. And Wilkes might be mistaken, but it seems like she might just need him around.
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Ransom Canyon by Jodi Thomas

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Staten Kirkland is no stranger to grief. After the loss of his wife and son, it seems he doesn’t have much left to live for. For the most part, he’s able to bury his pain in the work on his cattle ranch, but on dark stormy nights, Staten seeks comfort in the arms of the only woman who could ever understand, the shy and troubled Quinn O’Grady.

Lucas Reyes is a young but ambitious hand on the Kirkland ranch. While the other boys in high school fight for the limelight, Lucas prefers to keep his head down and stay focused on his plans for the future. Preparing for an early start at college, everything seems to be going according to plan- that is, until he falls for the local sheriffs daughter after one fateful night that will forever change the course of their young lives.
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Author Guest Post: Jodi Thomas – Ransom Canyon

Special guest post by New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling Author, Jodi Thomas, winner of Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award, Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame, and National Readers’ Choice Award Winner. You can learn more about Jodi and her books by visiting www.jodithomas.com

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With seven generations of my family in Texas, of course I write about the state I love.  In this new series I’m going more modern-day western than I ever have.  Step into the life of small towns and ranching with me.  I promise, you’ll fall in love with the people of Ransom Canyon.

More than anything else I’ve always thought the people make the stories in books.  I love characters who walk off the page and the reader falls a little bit in love as they discover not only passion, but a bond as deep as time.  I wrote the Ransom Canyon series so that everyone could see what the people of West Texas are like.  Step with me into a small town nestled between huge ranches and small farms.  A place where people fight and help one another.  A place where love runs deep and forever.
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Below the Water Line by Lisa Karlin

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A stunning first-hand account of one family’s experiences during and after hurricane Katrina

When Lisa Karlin first heard about the approaching hurricane Katrina, she felt sure it would change course and spare New Orleans, just like all the other hurricanes for the past 40 years had done.

But when the first ever mandatory evacuation orders are given for The Big Easy, it soon becomes overwhelmingly clear that she, and her family, need to get out fast.

Packing the car with basic necessities, Lisa, her husband, two kids, and two dogs, head out in hopes of finding a safe place to wait out the storm. What follows next could never have been anticipated, as the author recounts her personal story of surviving through, and rebuilding after, this unprecedented natural disaster.
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One True Heart (Harmony #8) by Jodi Thomas

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After a severe injury to her leg ends her career in the military, Captain Millanie McAllen makes her way back to her hometown of Harmony, Texas.

With little plans for her future, all she wants is to relax and allow her wounds to heal -but when she meets a mysterious man at airport who offers her a lift back to Harmony, she finds her plans beginning to take a surprising turn.

Drew Cunningham is a reclusive man with a secret. As a teacher and buries himself in his research in an attempt to hide from his past- until he meets Millanie. Drawn by an inexplicable attraction, he hopes she will be the one to bring much-needed healing to his life.

But a mysterious threat lurks in the peaceful town of Harmony, and Millanie has been charged by the government to root it out before it’s too late. The problem? The evidence may lead her straight to the people she thought she could trust the most…
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