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Firelight book cover

Firelight

Kristen Callihan

FICTION Callihan Kristen
Fantasy

Once the flames are ignited...they will burn for eternity.

Miranda Ellis is a woman tormented. Plagued since birth by a strange and powerful gift, she has spent her entire life struggling to control her exceptional abilities. Yet one innocent but irreversible mistake has left her family's fortune decimated and forced her to wed London's most nefarious nobleman.

Lord Benjamin Archer is no ordinary man. Doomed to hide his disfigured face behind masks, Archer knows it's selfish to take Miranda as his bride. Yet he can't help being drawn to the flame-haired beauty whose touch sparks a passion he hasn't felt in a lifetime. When Archer is accused of a series of gruesome murders, he gives in to the beastly nature he has fought so hard to hide from the world. But the curse that haunts him cannot be denied. Now, to save his soul, Miranda will enter a world of dark magic and darker intrigue. For only she can see the man hiding behind the mask.

This is one of those slow burns. I was not at all attracted by the cover but I'm glad I gave this a chance. Hidden secrets! Hidden identities! The whole package really worked for me. The storytelling is very visual and Callihan knows how to paint a lovely picture. Definitely going to keep reading this series. -Melody

The cuckoo's calling book cover
The cuckoo's calling book cover

The cuckoo's calling

Robert Galbraith

MYSTERY Galbrait Robert
Fiction, Mystery

This was the perfect read for me on my trip to England, an engrossing mystery with vibrant characters and a window into contemporary London life. Cormoran Strike is a down on his luck detective, with plenty of scars, both physical and mental, from his past. With the arrival of an efficient secretary he can't afford, his rich new client could be just what he needs to get his business back on track. With the death of a model ruled a suicide by the police and media, the case seems impossible from the start, but Strike pursues the truth, even as the danger rises. -Morgan

Free-motion meandering : a beginners guide to machine quilting book cover
Free-motion meandering : a beginners guide to machine quilting book cover

Free-motion meandering : a beginners guide to machine quilting

Angela Walters

746.46 /Walters
Crafts

"Turn the corner to free-motion success with a meandering makeover! Best-selling author Angela Walters shows you that free-motion machine quilting doesn't have to be scary - with a couple designs in your pocket, you can finish almost any quilt on your home machine and enjoy the process. Practice 8 meandering stitches for beginners plus unique modifications for each, with step-by-step visuals and quilted samples. Improve your free-motion quilting, disguise mistakes, and transition between designs with ease."--Publisher's description.

If you've ever wanted to learn how to machine quilt with your home sewing machine, I highly recommend Angela Walters and either her YouTube show The Midnight Quilt Show or this book Free-Motion Meandering. She makes it seem so simple. Meandering is a simple designed that is repeated to fill in an area on a quilt, and once you learn one or two designs you're on your way! -Beth

Dinosaurs don't have bedtimes! book cover
Dinosaurs don't have bedtimes! book cover

Dinosaurs don't have bedtimes!

Timothy Knapman

jE Knapman
Picture Books

A mom indulges her exuberant dinosaur son's fantasy play while gently steering him toward bedtime.

My favorite part of the book is the smirk on the mom's face in each stage of the bedtime routine. Calm and collected throughout each and every one of the shenanigans. Talk about suspending my disbelief! -Melody

Tasting hygge : joyful recipes for cozy days and nights book cover
Tasting hygge : joyful recipes for cozy days and nights book cover

Tasting hygge : joyful recipes for cozy days and nights

Leela Cyd

641.5948 /Cyd
Cookbooks

Good food makes everyone feel warm and cared for, which is the very essence of hygge. This Danish way of life has been embraced by Americans who want that same sense of cozy. In Tasting Hygge, acclaimed food photographer and cookbook author Leela Cyd shares the recipes that make her happy, for cultivating moments of connection in the dining room, at the coffee table, or over a little bedside tray. Keeping in mind the idea of slowing down and enjoying the moment, Cyd shares more than 50 recipes that elevate everyday meals into very special moments. She organizes the book into five sensory experiences (Calm, Bright, Warm, Spiced, and Smooth) with recipes such as:Apple Anise GloggRoasted Squash and Sage Grilled CheeseGreens Gratin with Parmesan and NutmegFairy Bowl with Ice Cream and Honey Sponge CakeThese are dishes to delight and love, each one accompanied by a gorgeous photograph.

"Joyful recipes for cozy days" sounds wonderful for winter! -Kara

Insulate and weatherize : for energy efficiency at home book cover
Insulate and weatherize : for energy efficiency at home book cover

Insulate and weatherize : for energy efficiency at home

Bruce Harley

693.832 /Harley
Home

Let an expert show you how to: choose the best insulation materials; seal air leaks in an attic; weatherstrip doors and hatches; improve window performance; upgrade heating and cooling equipment; plan a deep energy retrofit.

I spent some time weatherizing my house a few years ago and was amazed at the difference it made keeping the chill out. I have a couple doors that need to be re-weatherized. This book is helpful. -Kara

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