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Hot Chocolate Series
Welcome to the Alcott Family Adventures Chocolate Cozy Mystery Series
Book 1: Hot Chocolate
Meet the middle-aged, eccentric Alcott sisters: Madge, Lila Mae and Dorothea, heiresses to the Alcott Chocolate fortune and mavens of Houston’s elite River Oaks. Madge ambushes Lila Mae with Dorothea’s manipulative plea: she can’t care for Bernie, their 92-year-old father, any longer. Lila Mae explodes in a hissy fit—she had warned Dorothea years ago that they should put Bernie in an assisted living center. Robert, Lila Mae’s astrologer, warns of impending problems and he’s rarely wrong. The sisters call a meeting with Walter Branson, their solicitor. They discuss Bernie’s nurse Bambi Chaline, a blonde bombshell who looks more like a hooker than a nurse. The sisters fear that Bambi has her sights on being the next Mrs. Alcott and the need to separate her from their father is at critical mass.
Book 2: Bitter Chocolate
The characters you loved in Hot Chocolate are back with more escapades of life in Houston’s wealthy River Oaks in Book 2, Bitter Chocolate. Lila Mae is in a tizzy over the Chocolate Ball – a huge event that she and her sisters, Dorothea and Madge, host every year. But due to unusual circumstances, Dorothea and Madge dump everything in Lila Mae’s lap. If it weren’t for Julian Gillespie of Event Is King, the Chocolate Ball would have melted. Bernie, the Alcott sisters’ 92-year old father, decides he wants his Bentley back. The sisters and Bambi are horrified. They hire Joseph’s cousin Chewie as Bernie’s new chauffeur. Wolfram, Lila Mae’s new astrologer, gives clues of things to come. This leaves Lila Mae and her sidekick Amelia with brows furrowed.
Book 3: Spicy Chocolate
Everyone croons over Dorothea’s twins, and Bambi’s baby in Lila Mae’s dining room. Louie jumps up and barks, waking the babies. Lila Mae and Amelia look to see who arrived—everyone was already accounted for. A young Hispanic woman gets out of a cab, with luggage. She sashays to the kitchen door and waves at Amelia and Lila Mae. Amelia opens the door and the woman barges in. She’s Chiquita, one of Uncle Tito’s nieces. She was sent to train for Amelia’s job. Everyone is flustered. Why would Uncle Tito send Chiquita? Was Amelia going to quit? Lila Mae is freaked out. Amelia’s only thoughts are, “am I dying or getting fired?” And who’s this chubby-cheeked, middle-aged, cigar-smoking Dougie Vey character that Dr. Victor Tic’s daughter shows up with, all glam and glitter, after being gone for nearly a year? Victor and wife Jeffie Ann had a falling-out with Luna over gambling debts.
Book 4: Nutty Chocolate
Lila Mae and the girls are busy planning Bernie’s 93rd birthday party. For an old geezer, it doesn’t appear that he is slowing down anytime soon. Expect Bambi to clobber him a time or two, and for Chewie to keep him in line. The chocolate factory has Pearl Hicks making the news, and you’ll meet Miranda Shoo, artist extraordinaire! While things are all lovey-dovey with several of our favorite people, there’s a mighty unrest among the clan—a lot of flux with old jobs and businesses. Risks are weighed and taken. Henry walks in on an unethical situation with a client and her soon-to-be ex-husband’s attorney. He has harsh words with his law firm over the incident. One of his law partners ends up dead. All fingers point to Henry. This is the second time the Divine household has been subjected to a murder investigation. Dorothea and Joseph are strung out on raw nerves with the accusations, all the while with the twins teething and screaming in stereo. And speaking of Joseph, he’s about to make some major changes… after he recovers. Chance has to tiptoe through the murder investigation, or move to a temporary location until Henry’s name is cleared. Help comes in from the most peculiar and unexpected sources, which has Chance, Stacy, and Uncle Tito raising their eyebrows to their hairlines. Bambi has a string of luck no one ever expected, thanks to Jimmy Ray Chaline. There’s one thing the Alcott family stands for: solidarity! They will sort this murder out and clear Henry’s name.
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The Puppy Baby Book
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This unique hardcover "fill in the blanks" book gives dog lovers the same opportunity to chart their puppies growth and progress, as parents of infants do with their baby books. Now, as your puppy grows, you can document: Where the puppy was born The birth parents names and breeds Who the puppy resembles Where the puppy was adopted from The first meal The puppy's playmates When potty training took place Obedience school classes Favorite things to do What vitamins the puppy takes Medical records Medical emergencies and blunders and much more There is a keepsake pocket for the first rabies tag after it expires, a page where you can place your puppy's paw prints, a pocket to keep the adoption papers, a placeholder for an adoption announcement card, a first aid kit list, and picture placeholders throughout the book. You will be able to write what you did with your puppy on special days throughout the calendar year from New Years day to Hanukkah and Christmas -- 23 occasions in all.
Everything you need to know to take care of your new puppy.
Puppy Adoption and Beyond isn’t a story book. The book contains 24 articles about raising and caring for a puppy. Take a look: 1. Are You Thinking About Adopting a Puppy? 2. When to Adopt a Puppy 3. Should you Adopt from a Shelter, Rescue or Breeder? 4. Puppy Mill: The New Horror Story 5. Bringing the New Puppy Home 6. Caring for Your New Puppy 7. Puppy Potty Training 101 8. Three Life-Saving Commands 9. Praise Your Puppy 10. Who’s in Charge? 11. You are the Alpha in Your Pack 12. You are the Alpha, Part II 13. Older Adopted Puppy’s Bad Habits 14. When Puppy Bites 15. Is my Puppy Deaf? 16. Protecting Your Puppy from Poisons 17. Choking Hazards 18. Vacation Dangers 19. How Old is my Doggy? 20. Paw Pad Care 21. Could There be Bugs and Mold in Your Puppy Kibble? 22. Keep Your Pets Safe for Halloween 23. When They Leave Us 24. Your Dog’s Memory—You are so Screwed
Thol is an exotic, dangerous world parallel to Earth where humans, creature-people, and wild deadly creatures coexist.
A portal pulled D'laine Jackson from Earth to Thol. While this world is beautiful to gaze upon danger lurks everywhere. Bluish-silver fields of moss ground-covering changes colors across regions.
The mighty agrin trees make a Redwood look like a sapling. Their purple bark is decorated with sparkly Spanish moss-type foliage that hangs down and spreads from tree to tree. This world is in full, living color from the bright flashing sky down to the blue bugs under the moss.
Book 1: Prophecy of Thol
Recurring nightmares haunted D'laine Jackson when she woke from an eight-month coma following a tragic accident. Four images were branded in her head: a dark-haired, handsome princely young man, a fierce reptilian monster, a white furry creature whose red eyes implored her with some unspoken message, and an ominous black robot. Now, five years later, D'laine was getting ready to go off to college. During one last shopping trip with her father and brothers for dorm supplies, a blanket of fog rolled out of the sky at the mall, in broad daylight in plain sight of dozens of witnesses. When the fog pulled back D'laine was gone. When she woke, her nightmare turned into reality.
Book 2: Gifts Thol
Gifts from Thol is the second book in the Thol series. At the end of Prophecy of Thol, D’laine returned to Earth leaving a broken-hearted Trakon behind on Thol. She returns to Thol with her family and one of the scientists who had investigated her disappearance from Texas D’laine is happy that her family is settling in at the Egrom village and getting used to their new surroundings. She knows that Thol changes people from Earth who cross over so she’s looking forward to finding out what their gifts will be. Lee and Stanley are on a quest to find Greg Claymore, the man who disappeared from Earth in 1952, returned in 1975 and left again. Victor, the scientist left behind on Earth, is frantic. His wife is terminally ill and he knows D’laine can heal her. He and Ben Joplin write a note and go to Coronado Beach where Claymore went through a portal. D’laine, Trakon and Stanley, bearing gifts, walk through the portal to Earth. But will they be able return to Thol? Will D’laine and Trakon get back in time to fulfill their marriage vows? Or, will they be stuck in a place that Trakon despises due to the noise, traffic, and pollution?
Book 3: Love of Thol
Thol is a welcome haven for Earthlings whose gifts benefit all Tholians. More Earthlings emigrate. They get to watch a baseball game between the Plotals and the Egroms. D’laine is snatched from a crestrider by a never-before seen insect-man. Trakon, Herish and the Ebscalon fleet pursue. Ekka gets sick. The large borjo appears to be on deaths door. Jamie is frantic. The Visionary, Ghury and D’laine determine what is wrong—poison! Ebscalon and the other kingdoms are in the direct path of a churling—a huge storm that surpasses any hurricane on Earth. Treachery comes on the eve of storm recovery, almost leading to war. They make the trip to the caves in the Aguberro mountains. Ghury discovers that Lee is the direct descendant of the King of Thol. Get your copy today, click below!
Book 4: King of Thol
Lee began having strange dreams shortly after the trip to the cave at the crest of Ingosaquille on the Aguberro mountains. Ethaderia woke one morning to discover Lee sported a trimmed beard. He didn’t have one the night before. Ghury proclaims Lee is the direct descendant of King Jangston. No one in the palace at Ebscalon had ever heard of him. Research uncovered that several hundred paths ago, King Jangston ruled all of Thol. Everyone agreed something strange was going on with Lee. Finally, after the eight kingdoms, along with Ta’Byu’Vohon and the Cember Forest villages recovered from the devastating churling, Ebscalon introduces D’laine and Trakon’s twins: Jesslin and Kal-Dan. D’laine shocks everyone at the event, including her family and friends, with the shocking revelation about evolutionary and physiological changes to come. Not everyone is happy about that. Foota sticks her head in Jamie’s window. One of the twins needs help! The boys discover things that look like cantaloupes. They bring one back to the palace and Kitry freaks out. She explains it’s a spider pod. She flies them far away to a field and drops the spider pod overboard. Hundreds of spiders emerge. The Trangula storm the gates of Ebscalon. This is the first act of war since the Great War of Taylon.
Book 5: Earth Calling Thol
Earth Calling Thol, the 5th book in the Thol series is now available on Amazon KDP as an eBook. As soon as the paperback cover is finished, you will have that option available to you as well. Here's the scoop. D’laine and Trakon celebrate D’laine’s 2nd anniversary on Thol. Trakon takes her to the observatory she never knew existed, but leave it to Jamie, the little explorer, to know all about it. A New York publishing giant published Al’s book Doorway to Thol which becomes an international best seller. Government agents read it. Now they’re taking Al into custody to grill him about the portal at Coronado Beach in California. While he sticks to the story that the book is make-believe out of his wild imagination, the agents aren’t buying it—they know all about Greg Claymore. They send a team of scientists and physicists to the beach. Disaster strikes!
Book 1: The Last Dog
DYSTOPIAN AT ITS BEST! Book Excellence Award Winner! Dystopian at its Best!After the Unified World Pact of 2045, people lived in a state of peace and prosperity previously unknown in human history. The World Guild, a new global government, managed all the needs of humanity and the animals it love. Then in 2086, a security breach of Xavier Labs in Colorado and Zheng Industries in China released the deadly experimental agent XSKL435. Anyone outside was dead within minutes. As statistics on the death toll are gathered from all over the world, Abby, the six-week old dog-daughter of Bill and Teresa Maxwell, was one of only four known surviving canines. News services soon announce that the other three dogs had succumbed to the deadly poison. Abby was now the last dog. You’re invited on a journey with a puppy who longs for home after she is confiscated and held captive at a lab, and the family who are determined to get her back at all costs. After escaping from the lab, Abby must quickly learn how to survive in the wild. Bill and Teresa must devise a plan to find Abby without being arrested themselves.
Book 2: Texmexzona
Texmexzona (TMZ), the region of the United States that comprises Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and the country of Mexico, is depicted as a lawless territory. The World Guild yanks USA citizenship when anyone defects to TMZ. In book 2, Texmexzona, Bill and Teresa Maxwell are settled into their new home in TMZ with Abby, Apollo, the pups, and Rex. They discover Texmexzona is not the lawless place the lying World Guild portrays to the world. The Tranquility Force raid Bill and Teresa’s house in WestUS. The place is an empty shell. They discover Bill & Teresa’s Dots on the kitchen counter. The Tranquility Force realize that the Maxwell’s defected. Global News Network (GNN) reports the Maxwell’s were killed while climbing a mountain in search of Abby. Becky and Percy are arrested in the middle of the night and brought to Tranquility Force headquarters. They are declared enemies of the World Guild. Bill works on a secret formula with the help of Starlight, the Timbisha Shoshone woman who helped Abby and Apollo in the mountains. Jerry sends a message to Rex that Becky and Percy are going to have illegal brain swipes. The dog-bot tells Bill, Harold and the committee that he found a former Enforcer in the tent city who might be helpful in the rescue operation. The puppies receive their Dots. That’s the end of quiet in the Maxwell household. Apollo is learning the ways of humanity through the files in his Dot. The wolf wants to make sure his pups are not dependent on the food console. He and Abby take them into the wild to teach them how to survive. Toby receives a message from Bill via a super bee, which includes plans for a dog-bot. He and his team plan to defect. They discover a traitor. Bill receives a weak SOS from Jerry. Tranquility Force scrapped him when it discovered the dog-bot betrayed the force. Bill Maxwell vows to take down the World Guild and restore the Dot to its original purpose.
When the boundaries blur between dreams and reality, a woman must learn to trust her dream lover. What if you learned that everything you thought you knew about your quiet, ordinary life was a lie? And what if you discovered that a far-away world in trouble, an insane rebel, and coming to grips with your husband’s death had more in common than you’d ever expect? Alma fears for her sanity and the safety of her children in a dangerous adventure that takes her to the depths of space, where a vehicle isn’t even necessary.
Book 1: Bonded
Roman Davenport thought he was the only shifter in existence—a freak. He first shifted to a panther when he was twenty years old. Now, in his forties, he and his panther are so lonely. Then he rescued Gage Stryker, an eagle that had been shot from the sky with an arrow through his wing. Like Roman, Gage thought he was the only shifter. Roman and Gage were so happy to have found each other. They spent the next fifty years searching for their kind—and searching for mates. Relationships with women were short—most only wanted the limelight of the city’s two most eligible bachelors. Then Ari Davis crossed their path. The woman was seventy but looked not quite fifty, with thick white hair to her waist. The attraction was a powerful pull for all three of them. Ari was so confused by the strong attraction to the men—that was barely older than her two sons—that she fled to Mexico for a week to try to get her head straight. When she returned home, they were there—waiting for her. Nothing would ever be the same for any of them again. They formed a bond that could never be broken.
Book 2: Tothars
Roman is gone. Shot with a tranquilizer dart. Abducted to an unknown location by way of a helicopter. Panther Industries Security Division watches all airports within a 300-mile radius. They discover the helicopter landed at an airport in Massachusetts. Due to terrorism, flight information is highly guarded, but Lonnie knows Travis can hack into anything to get what they need. Travis discovers the pilot’s name and the destination is Italy. Someone must have paid off people because not only is no city destination listed, but there are no exotic animal documents for Roman’s panther. Gage, Jason and Kevin help Ari cope. She’s barely over her own horrific experience and now with Roman’s kidnapping, she’s fragile. The Navajos come to Gage’s aid. Ari has a dream-like experience—remote viewing—where she sees through Roman’s panther eyes. She tells them Roman is drugged in a cell. It looks like a rounded room made of stone—maybe a tower—in a very old building. She thought she saw a banner flapping in the wind through the bars of a small high window. Gage asks her if there are any words on the banner. She says ‘Something, Something Palazzo’.
Book 3: Tilted
Where is Gage? The Panther Industries Security Division scours storefront cameras and satellite data, hoping to get a fix on his location. Gage’s bank account pings when he withdraws a large amount of cash, but the Division still can’t find him. They speculate that his ongoing silence has something to do with his recent head injury. Four days after his disappearance, a shifter recognizes Gage in a biker bar in Arkansas, and reports back to Roman. Soon, Gage’s closest friends and a team of commandos fly to Arkansas to retrieve him. Gage doesn’t recognize anyone. He finds himself being hauled out of the bar, shoved into a helicopter, and loaded onto a jet. Dr. Tanner determines Gage has TBI: Traumatic Brain Injury caused by a concussion. The doctor and Mr. Tran, the herbalist begin treatment immediately. Gage is less than cooperative with everyone except Eddie. He adores her. She talks to him about his eagle—he scoffs at the notion he is anything other than human. Ari receives a special delivery letter from an attorney. She meets with the attorney and discovers that her Uncle Charles—whom she never knew existed—has passed away. Her uncle left his entire estate to Ari.
Book 4: Unforseen
Six very large strangers come to the San Marcos, Texas Panther location seeking asylum. Roman, Gage, Ari and Sherm wonder how many university students arrive on campus in a child’s car seat. Eddie’s professor’s question whether they can teach her anything at all. She astounds all when she substitutes a class for a sick professor. Friends and foes show up and things get ugly. Roman and Gage make discoveries from the past. Ari’s uncle Charles was a force to be reckoned with in his day, something Roman identifies with as the strong and ferocious alpha of the Panther-OPERA clan who everyone defers to. Treachery overtakes the family. One of their own is kidnapped. Three recruits are killed. Two of their people are attacked and left for dead. The 4th book in the Bonded shapeshifter series contains nonstop action. Crisis after crisis stacks up. Don’t miss the first chapter of the 5th book, included in this volume.
Book 1: Katz' Cat
Jimmy Katz, a young journalist from the Big City, throws in the towel after he's robbed at gunpoint at a gas station. He finds a job at the Twinkle Independent News in Twinkle, Texas, 385 miles from the closest shopping mall. He settles into country life in the town of 3,000 at Mrs. Potts' boarding house with his Amazon parrot, Guppy, who has an extensive vocabulary. Three months into his new lifestyle, Jimmy discovers a tiny kitten he names Maddy. Then his life is turned topsy-turvey. The town matriarch, his long-lost aunt, names him her heir. Someone takes offense. Neither Jimmy, police chief Price, or his aunt Betty know if the threats are coming from the Big City or Twinkle. Mysterious messages on his laptop lead to a shocking discovery.
Book 2: Bill Hill's Pills
Jimmy Katz wakes walloped with a cold, allergies, or the flu. Maddy, his cat, and Guppy, his Amazon parrot fret, but still demand breakfast. Mrs. Potts sends Jimmy over to the Wellness Center where Bill Hill sends the Katz-Diaz heir home with his special formula, Wellness in a Bottle. Brian, Jimmy’s best friend, and Danny, his coworker at the Twinkle Independent News, come to visit, followed by Aunt Betty, the matriarch of Twinkle and Starlight County. Celebrity stops by, sees how awful Jimmy feels and tells him she’ll be back later. The town drunk attacks Celebrity, and she ends up in a coma. When she resurfaces, a different reality has everyone concerned, especially Jimmy. After only three doses of Bill Hill’s formula, Jimmy fully recovers. He stops by the Wellness Center to purchase two more bottles. When he arrives home, Maddy and Guppy attack the bag. Then Brian and Danny show up and tell him that someone was poisoned by that formula. The deranged poisoner has targeted more than Bill Hill’s store. The Dime Water Foo(d) grocery store with the burnt out “d” in the sign, affectionately called the Foo, is shut down. It’s the only grocery store within a 150-mile radius. Betty calls upon her army of volunteers and they transform the Starlight Ballroom into a grocery store. More businesses are shut down as tampered products send people to the hospital. Chief Kenton Price, Ramirez, and Celebrity have their hands full with trying to hunt down the elusive poisoner, along with help from the Feds. Through the investigation, they discover that forty years ago a terrible crime was committed and concealed. Jimmy and Ramirez uncover the details and they seek justice for the family. While eating at the Biggem Diner with Danny, Brian, Ramirez, and Celebrity, Jimmy notices the poisoner in action. Ramirez and Celebrity take action. The culprit is arrested.
Writers Preparation Handbook
You want to write a book, but you don’t know the first thing about getting started. Will it cost you money to create a book? How should you begin? Maybe you’re not that computer savvy. This course helps you get everything organized so when you sit down in front of that computer you will not be intimidated by the setup and mechanics of getting started. You will be able to dive into writing your book content and, you will make great progress as you challenge yourself to write more and more each time you sit down at your computer. The great thing is, you will learn some neat tips and tricks along the way to make your book dream come true.
What's Breaking Your Budget
When you’re drowning in debt and can’t see how you can turn things around, it’s time to examine what’s really going on in your life. Not all budgets are created equal. Many only hit the top common living expenses. What’s Breaking Your Budget dives deep into your habits. Things you may not want to admit to that are really breaking you down and making a mess of your life. This book will thoroughly help you explore all outgoing cash in all forms, many of which you don’t even consider as an expense until the money’s gone. You will learn how to create a true budget from the work you will be guided through in the book. Once you complete the process, you will be able to breathe easier and begin to eliminate your debt once and for all. Once you purchase the book you will have access to the free downloads.
Mastering Your Money
If you or someone you know is constantly coming up short of money and bouncing transactions like basketballs, Mastering Your Money 2022 Edition will take the mystery out of maintaining your checkbook and will teach you how to create a budget. You will soon learn: How to create a budget National Averages of expenses to see where you fit in How to avoid double payments, forgetting to make a payment What happens to late payments How to fill out a blank check How to read a bank statement Why checks bounce (you contribute to this) What happens when checks bounce Banking Statistics & Facts How to make your checkbook your financial guru Understand how to maintain your checkbook so you can safely use online banking without disasters And a whole lot more Who should read this book? People starting out on their own High school students College students Anyone recovering from a divorce or tragic ending of a relationship where they are thrust into the role of responsibility for their household
How to Format Word Docs Like a Pro
You could become the Word doctor at your office! Once the mysteries of MS Word are removed you will discover how easy it is to create beautiful documents! Here’s what you’ll learn: • How to use Styles • Format Titles and Section Titles • Format Paragraphs and Bullets • Automate First Line Indents so you never have to Tab over • Set up Spacing before and after Lists or Screenshots • Automatically generate a Table of Contents • Create a New Style from scratch • Create a Template • Why you should love the Pilcrow mark • How to use and understand Track Changes • How to Resize an image (graphic or screenshot)