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“It was basically an early colonial version of Footloose”… On America’s very first banned book—turns out we’ve been doing this nonsense since 1637

The author, known as the “Lord of Misrule,” had the audacity to erect a maypole in Massachusetts, according to Matthew Taub of Atlas Obscura… Support our news coverage by subscribing to our Kindle Nation Daily Digest. Joining is free right now!

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Apparently, Thomas Morton didn’t get the memo. The English businessman arrived in Massachusetts in 1624 with the Puritans, but he wasn’t exactly on board with the strict, insular, and pious society they had hoped to build for themselves. “He was very much a dandy and a playboy,” says William Heath, a retired professor from Mount Saint Mary’s University who has published extensively on the Puritans. Looking back, Morton and his neighbors were bound to butt heads sooner or later.

Within just a few short years, Morton established his own unrecognized offshoot of the Plymouth Colony, in what is now the town of Quincy, Massachusetts (the birthplace of presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams). He revived forbidden old-world customs, faced off with a Puritian militia determined to quash his pagan festivals, and wound up in exile. He eventually sued and, like any savvy rabble-rouser should, got a book deal out of the whole affair. Published in 1637, his New English Canaan mounted a harsh and heretical critique of Puritan customs and power structures that went far beyond what most New English settlers could accept. So they banned it—making it likely the first book explicitly banned in what is now the United States. A first edition of Morton’s tell-all—which, among other things, compares the Puritan leadership to crustaceans—recently sold at auction at Christie’s for $60,000.

The Puritans’ move across the pond was motivated by both religion and commerce, but Morton was there only for the latter reason, as one of the owners of the Wollaston Company. He loved what he saw of his new surroundings, later writing that Massachusetts was the “masterpiece of nature.” His business partner—slave-owning Richard Wollaston—moved south to Virginia to expand the company’s business, but Morton was already deeply attached to the land, in a way his more religious neighbors likely couldn’t understand. “He was extremely responsive to the natural world and had very friendly relations with the Indians,” says Heath, while “the Puritans took the opposite stance: that the natural world was a howling wilderness, and the Indians were wild men that needed to be suppressed.”

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“Nobody does forensics thrillers like Kathy Reichs. She’s the real deal”—David Baldacci… The Bone Collection: Four Novellas by Kathy Reichs, author behind the hit Fox series BONES

The Bone Collection: Four Novellas (Temperance Brennan)

by Kathy Reichs
4.5 stars – 424 reviews
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A collection of pulse-pounding tales featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan—including the untold story of her first case!

This ebook edition contains a special preview of Kathy Reichs’s upcoming novel Two Nights.

The #1 New York Times bestselling author behind the hit Fox series Bones, Kathy Reichs is renowned for chilling suspense and fascinating forensic detail. The Bone Collection presents her trademark artistry in this collection of thrilling short fiction.

In First Bones, a prequel to Reichs’s first novel, Déjà Dead, she at last reveals the tale of how Tempe became a forensic anthropologist. In this never-before-published story, Tempe recalls the case that lured her from a promising career in academia into the grim but addictive world of criminal investigation. (It all began with a visit from a pair of detectives—and a John Doe recovered from an arson scene in a trailer.) The collection is rounded out with three more stories that take Tempe from the low country of the Florida Everglades, where she makes a grisly discovery in the stomach of an eighteen-foot Burmese python, to the heights of Mount Everest, where a frozen corpse is unearthed. No matter where she goes, Tempe’s cases make for the most gripping reading.

Praise for Kathy Reichs and the Temperance Brennan series

“Nobody does forensics thrillers like Kathy Reichs. She’s the real deal.”—David Baldacci

“Kathy Reichs writes smart—no, make that brilliant—mysteries that are as realistic as nonfiction and as fast-paced as the best thrillers about Jack Reacher or Alex Cross.”—James Patterson

“Every minute in the morgue with Tempe is golden.”The New York Times Book Review

Someone has been sabotaging Miss Josie’s business, and all signs point to her evil ex… Love, Chocolate, And A Dog Named Al Capone by Abigail Drake

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Love, Chocolate, and a Dog Named Al Capone

by Abigail Drake
4.8 stars – 94 reviews
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Capone, the newly acquired puppy of Miss Josephine St. Clair, owner of Bartleby’s Books, is a literature loving Labrador. Obsessed with Jane Austen, and cursed with a terrible name, Capone hopes to change his doggie karma and prove he’s just as much a gentleman as the heroes in his favorite books, by finding the perfect Mr. Darcy for the lonely and bookishly adorable Miss Josie.

Unfortunately, the only men Miss Josie seems to encounter aren’t Darcys at all. They’re Wickhams, Churchills, and Willoughbys. Even worse, there is trouble afoot. Someone has been sabotaging Miss Josie’s business, and all signs point to her evil ex. Can Capone find a way to save Bartleby’s Books, help Miss Josie find her true love, and earn, at long last, a name befitting a true gentleman?

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The Bastard (Filthy Trilogy Book 1)

by Lisa Renee Jones
4.5 stars – 285 reviews
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I’m the bastard child, son to the mistress, my father’s backup heir to the Kingston empire. He sent me to Harvard. I left and became a Navy SEAL, but I’m back now, and I finished school on my own dime. I’m now the right hand man to Grayson  Bennett, the billionaire who runs the Bennett Empire. I’m now a few months from being a billionaire myself. I don’t need my father’s company or his love. My “brother” can have it. I will never go back there. I will never be the mistake my father made, the way he was the mistake my mother made.

And then she walks in the door, the princess I’d once wanted more than I’d wanted my father’s love. She wants me to come back. She says my father needs to be saved. I don’t want to save my father but I do want her. Deeply. Passionately. More than I want anything else.

But she’s The Princess and I’m The Bastard. We don’t fit. We don’t belong together and yet she says he needs me, that she needs me. We’re like sugar and spice, we don’t mix, but I really crave a taste. Just one. What harm can just one taste do?

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The Anatomy Lesson: A Kurtz and Barent Mystery (Kurtz and Barent Mysteries Book 2)

by Robert I. Katz
4.4 stars – 30 reviews
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While trying to put the past behind him, surgeon Richard Kurtz finds himself swept up into another murder investigation
The murder of his former girlfriend, Sharon Lee, has been solved, and surgeon Richard Kurtz has finally managed to put the past behind him, settling back into a routine of teaching medical students and residents and taking care of patients. He has a new love interest in graphic artist Lenore Brinkman and life has seemingly returned to normal when Rod Mahoney, an anatomy professor at Staunton College of Medicine, is found brutally murdered in his office.

>>>A murder so horrific that even a seasoned detective is shocked
Lew Barent has seen a lot of dead bodies in his job as a homicide detective but even he is horrified by what has been done to Rod Mahoney. Richard Kurtz had been reluctantly drawn into the investigation of Sharon Lee’s death but his assistance had proven to be vital. Barent is confident that he can count on Kurtz once again, even more so when he discovers that Mahoney and Kurtz were old friends.

>>>The victim has no apparent enemies, but hunting for the killer will reveal unexpected dangers
Rod Mahoney had led a quiet life, with a happy family and a job that he loved. Mahoney had no obvious enemies but somebody had hated him enough to murder him and to tear his body into pieces. Determined to discover who killed Rod Mahoney, and why, Kurtz and Barent suddenly find themselves investigating a twisted tale of bitter regret and decades-old revenge. But powerful forces don’t want this murder solved, and Kurtz finds that while he is hunting a murderer, the murderer is hunting him.

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Demon Hunter: An Urban Fantasy Novel (Viking Soul Book 1)

by Rachel Medhurst
4.2 stars – 148 reviews
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Once a demon hunter, always a demon hunter

Witches, vampires and shifters used to fear me in their sleep, afraid that I would kill them for their dealings with demons. Now I, the ancient Norse warrior, grandson of Thor, hunter of demons, am little more than a myth. That is about to change.

After being alive for a thousand years, my hunt for demons is coming to an end… and so is my life. With only five ancient evil ones hiding in the modern world of paranormals, I’m on their trail, trying to return them to hell before they turn the underground into their playground.

When Chloe finds me, she claims she’s a gift from the gods, sent to help me defeat those who would drag the paranormal creatures into the depths of their evil. Will I find the demons in time to not only save London, but to save myself too?

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Dealing with Demons

by Melissa Haag
4.7 stars – 237 reviews
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Some deals can’t be broken.
According to the family curse, Tessa has until her next birthday to select her future husband. However, choosing would mean his premature death. Unwilling to condemn any man to that fate, Tessa searches for an explanation behind the curse and the rules that dictate her life. What she learns is more terrifying than she could have imagined.

A demon brokered a deal with her ancestor in exchange for a companion, and he’s come to collect. Tessa has a choice to make. Pay the debt or condemn a man to death. Her time to decide is running out, and as she’s learned, breaking the family rules always has consequences.

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Stress Less: An Easy and Proven Way to Cope & Reduce Stress

by Dr. Izak (Zach) Fayena
4.9 stars – 21 reviews
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Eight simple principles to help you deal with stress

Pressure can greatly affect our quality of life. In fact, when in high amounts and frequency, it can have destructive consequences both physical and emotionally.

Yet not all of these effects are negative. Pressure at lower levels can also have a positive impact and spur us on to realize our aspirations across various aspects of life.

As adults, we encounter stress at many junctions, without exceptions. This book is dedicated to everyone who wishes to delve in deeper, investigate and comprehend the mechanisms that influence stress.

In simple words and through numerous examples taken from the lives of managers and employees, Dr. Izak Fayena (DBA), who has had extensive experience as a senior executive in a number of organizations, shares his personal journey to understanding the sources of stress:

What is stress?
In which ways does it affect our lives?
How is pressure related to work?
How can we develop the ability to deal with the effects stress has on us?
Stressless compiles theoretical knowledge together with multiple strategies for coping effectively, presenting eight simple principles we can all practice daily in order to mitigate the negative effects of pressure.

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Jaxson (Riverwise Private Security 1) – Wolf Shifter Paranormal Romance

by Alisa Woods
4.4 stars – 1,124 reviews
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Three brothers. Three Secrets. One hope to save the shifters of Seattle. Former SEAL Jaxson River would give his life for his brothers and his pack, but if he doesn’t claim a mate soon, he’ll be forced to step down as their alpha. There’s only one problem: Jaxson’s dark secret would kill any mate he claimed. With someone kidnapping shifters off the street—and only Jaxson and his brothers, Jace and Jared, to stop them—now is not the time for his secret to come out.

Curvy Olivia Lilyfield is a half-witch orphan with a dark secret of her own. She wants to atone for it by doing good in the world, so when she finds a wolf being tortured in an alley, she doesn’t hesitate to help… even though wolves and witches mix like matches and TNT.

Olivia’s dangerous magic means she can’t let anyone get too close—but Jaxson can’t keep his hands off her, and his kisses are more than she can resist. As they race to save the disappearing shifters of Seattle, the true danger lies in loving each other. They’re playing with magical fire… and their secrets could end up destroying them both.

Jaxson is a complete novel with HEA, the first in the Riverwise Private Security trilogy.

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Tina and the Big Bad Wolf and Other Stories (Journeys Down a Long Dark Road Book 2)

by Jason Ryan Dale
4.0 stars – 4 reviews
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Just past the Philadelphia city limits there are a cluster of neighborhoods no one on the outside pays much attention to. It’s a nice place to live, with ballfields and takeout joints around every corner. The people who’ve raised their families for generations in the rowhomes and brick houses teach their kids to work hard and keep out of trouble.

But some people aren’t interested in staying out of trouble. There are fortunes to be made in the backstreets and shady barrooms, if you can stay alive long enough to get your hands on it. Here are four stories about the restless souls who have struck out from the safe path and traveled down a long, dark road.

The Devil’s Run
Gaetan was one of the kids that neighborhood parents warned their children to stay away from. He and his friends hung out in the woods by the little creek that cut through town, the one they called the Devil’s Run. Away from prying eyes, they had the fun that only bad boys can know.

But Gaetan isn’t a kid anymore. He’s a veteran of a hundred shady deals, a gangster with skills you only learn from years on the streets. He should be off somewhere enjoying his easy money, but instead he’s back in the old neighborhood. Of all the dark secrets in Gaetan’s past, the one that may destroy him is the one that began when four friends went into the woods for some fun.

The Dead Pond
Sunshine Sam’s was the hottest joint on the Jersey Shore. The rich and powerful partied side by side with bus drivers and soda jerks, all of them moving to the outlaw music called “rock and roll.” To Marty, a poor kid from a farm town, Sunshine Sam’s was more than just a playground. It was the only school he would ever need.

Then one day, Sunshine Sam’s closed it’s doors. Nobody knew why.

Fifty years later, Marty has returned to the Jersey Shore. Now an old man, he is the only one left who knows the secrets of Sunshine Sam’s. The spilled blood and broken dreams follow him around like ghosts. Gorgeous women. Jealous boyfriends. Mafia bosses. The skinny kid survived them all, and today is the day Marty tells the story. (This story was originally published as a standalone.)

Tina and the Big Bad Wolf
Tina is a good stripper, but she has plans. Taking sports bets off her regulars seemed like the perfect way to make some real money. Of course, a petite young woman in a g-string just isn’t intimidating enough to make the troublesome customers cough up the cash, so Tina gets her ex-boyfriend, Joshua, to help her out. In one night, the two of them will try to collect on Tina’s debts without driving one another crazy. (This story was originally published as a standalone.)

The Tarleton Way
Alexander has noticed strange things occurring in the park near his house. Odd people are going in and out of the woods at all hours, driving big trucks and acting in ways Alexander doesn’t understand. That park is the scene of his favorite memories, when his young family had their happiest days. It is also, Alexander hopes, a gift to the future of Tarleton, his struggling hometown.

Things get stranger when Alexander gets a knock on the door from Bobby, a kid from the neighborhood who has returned from an absence of almost thirty years. Now a grown man, Bobby assures Alexander that everything is fine. It’s all being done “the Tarleton way,” under the code of conduct which Alexander and the old folks taught the kids when they were young.

But Alexander is right to worry. In fact, the old man is about to learn that the park, and the past, contain more than he could ever guess. (This story was originally published on the author’s website.)

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Hundreds of rave reviews for this cute story with an important message: Paula And The Pandemic by Dorothea Laurence

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Paula and the Pandemic

by Dorothea Laurence
4.5 stars – 317 reviews
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This book is about a little girl, Paula, who experiences the pandemic and not being able to do the things she loved. Her mommy tries to teach her patience through growing a sunflower from a little seed.
This book is intended to support parents who are having a hard time explaining the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing to their small children. My daughter enjoyed this little book very much – I hope your kids do, too!
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Moraturi Lost: Paradisi Chronicles (Lost Mission Series Book 2)

by Marti Ward
4.7 stars – 18 reviews
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A new and daring colonization mission, a wormhole to traverse… Getting there is the least of the problems! It’s been done before – what can go wrong?

20-year-old Veterinary Nurse/Trainee Medical Officer Eva Hughes is junior officer on SS Moraturi, transporting 500 colonists to New Eden. Eva’s responsibility is the domestic and farm animals they are bringing, but she is working towards qualifying as both a veterinary and a medical doctor. When you’re 2.5 million lightyears from any other help, you can’t afford people who only have single skill… After a gamma burst in the wormhole, Eva finds herself looking after colonists whose cryobeds failed, and who now show memory loss for specific things. When another wave of radiation hits, the ship slips out of the wormhole, somewhere, sometime… and Eva finds herself in charge of an impossible mission. The quick trip through the wormhole has turned into an epic journey of biblical proportions. The saga begins…

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by Glen Merzer
4.3 stars – 212 reviews
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In a narrative rich in humor and uproarious dialogue, Off the Reservation explores modern presidential politics and whether honesty can find a place within it. Congressman Evan Gorgoni of Bloomington, IN, has served eight terms in a dysfunctional Congress and reached his limits of frustration. A medical event brings on the epiphany that there is no point in continuing to serve. But his frank expression, on Meet the Press, of his rationale for ending his political career is met with the unbidden call that he seek the White House—an unlikely destination for a vegan Congressman with a disdain for political posturing.

If he’s going to do it, he’s going to do it as no one has done it before …

Featuring 20 vegan recipes and a solution to America’s Electoral College problem, Off the Reservation is an original take on the art of the possible.

“Glen Merzer’s Off the Reservation is as politically savvy and poetically literate a book as I have read in a long while. It is a completely gorgeous and rewarding experience.”–Jason Alexander, Actor

“The book is called Off the Reservation, but it’s 100% On The Money about how far removed political discourse has strayed from reality. With unparalleled wit and insight, Glen Merzer dispatches one Evan Gorgoni to go forth and speak the truth to a weary nation, and the result is one of the best reads I’ve had in years. I loved it!”—Ed Begley, Jr., Actor/Environmental Activist

“I literally couldn’t put down this superbly-written book once I began to read. Why? Because Off the Reservation is wildly entertaining and deeply inspiring. And because I laughed out loud so many times I lost count. What a fabulous, powerful, meaningful book!”—John Robbins, author, Diet For A New America, and Co-founder, foodrevolution.org

Off the Reservation is the best book I’ve ever read!”—Howard F. Lyman, author, Mad Cowboy

“Glen Merzer’s Off the Off the Reservation is a masterpiece of wit and relevance. Twenty-first century America is portrayed here in the language of politics—an unlikely feat but a convincing one, thanks to Merzer’s keen eye for both straight facts and tortuous contradictions. Intelligent, relevant, up-to-date, and unwavering, Merzer’s fictional analysis gets to the heart and soul of American society today. I confidently predict that anyone who has the good fortune to read this book will treasure the experience.”—Philip Appleman, poet and novelist

Representing vicious killers comes at a price, and if anyone discovers criminal defense attorney Sarah Knight’s dark secrets, she’ll be the one on trial…Dark Moon by Deborah Hawkins

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Dark Moon, A Legal Thriller (The Warrick Thompson Files Book 1)

by Deborah Hawkins
4.4 stars – 724 reviews
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The allegation is homicide. But defending it could be professional suicide.

Criminal defense attorney Sarah Knight is legendary for winning impossible battles. But representing vicious killers comes at a price, and if anyone discovers her dark secrets, she’ll be the one on trial. And with a high profile double-murder case throwing her in the spotlight, victory could cost her career.

With evidence piling up and one victim identified as the son of a supreme court justice, Sarah fears her odds are insurmountable. As she follows a murky trail of money and lies straight to the surviving heirs, she may have found her client’s last hope for freedom. But everything shatters when an attempt is made on the accused’s life…

Can Sarah win her toughest challenge before both she and her client go down in flames?

Dark Moon, A Legal Thriller is the first standalone novel in the riveting Warrick-Thompson Files series. If you like fast-paced action, courtroom conflicts, and edge-of-your-seat twists, then you’ll love Deborah Hawkins’ unputdownable tale.

“A gripping study in psychology and legal process wound deftly into the footprints of a legal thriller that is hard to put down, holding the rare ability to immerse both genre readers and more general-interest thriller and mystery enthusiasts, alike.” – D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review