Little Beauties By Kim Addonizio

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Little Beauties By Kim Addonizio
Diana McBride, a thirty-four-year-old former child pageant contender, now works in a baby store in Long Beach. Between dealing with a catastrophic haircut, the failure of her marriage, and phone calls from her alcoholic mother, Diana has gone off her OCD medication and is trying to cope via washing and cleaning rituals. When pregnant teenager Jamie Ramirez enters the store, Diana's already chaotic world is sent spinning. Jamie can't stand being pregnant. She can't wait to get on with her normal life and give the baby up for adoption. But her yet-to-be-born daughter, Stella, has a fierce will and a destiny to fulfill. And as the magical plot of Little Beauties unfolds, these three characters' lives become linked in ever more surprising ways

Department Thirty By David Kent

Department Thirty By David Kent
Department Thirty By David Kent

Ryan Elder was an ordinary college kid when his life was torn apart by his parents' shattering double suicide. Years later, still haunted by his loss, he's tried to bury the past and live a normal life. But "normal" is about to get a whole new meaning....Out of the blue, Ryan receives a battered letter containing only a phone number and the words

"Department Thirty" -- written in his mother's hand. Lured back to his boyhood home in Oklahoma City, he begins to unravel his parents' connections to a mysterious government agency...a web of assassination and betrayal...and a menacing, shadowy figure who knows Ryan's past -- and will determine his destiny. Now, to prevent an ultimate act of domestic terror, Ryan must find out why he has become the next puppet in a legacy of deception -- and who is pulling the strings.... David Kent builds suspense and paranoia to a fever pitch in this heart-pounding conspiracy thriller, his debut novel. Twist by electrifying twist, a secret government agenda comes to light -- and one man fights to survive


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