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Beautiful, self-confident and hot tempered, “Queen” Ann Bassett stood up to Colorado’s powerful ranchers

Author Diana Allen Kouris sifts through Bassett's legend to find the facts behind one of the West's most intriguing characters during the 19th-century cattle wars

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The escape of an Egyptian princess provides the underpinnings of a trademark Cussler novel

Protagonist Dirk Pitt eventually will be launched on yet another adventure. But first, the authors lay out the ancient story that will tie everything together.

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An eager new investigator proves indispensable in a novel about a Colorado cold-case murder

Author Donnell Ann Bell specializes in close-to-home thrillers -- like this 14-year-old unsolved killing suddenly revived by clues from a new crime

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Remember hitting rock bottom in high school — and then facing friends in the cafeteria?

In "There's Something About Sweetie," author Sandhya Menon explores teen angst and the fraught world of finding young love without losing yourself

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Torrential storm, vibrations of holy energy arise from forbidden objects and places

In this excerpt, author John Nizalowski weaves an intricate tapestry, rich with detail, of ancient tradition that still speaks

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Introducing a girl named June in a fragmented novel about rising above one’s circumstances

In BURN FORTUNE, author Brandi Homan offers glimpses of her protagonist through engaging, clipped sequences that also introduce those close to her

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A contemporary romance with whispers of the supernatural unfolds from dual points of view

In this excerpt from Lauren Connolly's "Remembering a Witch," love is the unifying emotion -- but for one character, their lives represent so much more

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A psychic friend, a flirty phone salesman and a steady boyfriend: Where does love lie?

This excerpt from Jennifer Wortman's collection "This. This. This. Is. Love. Love. Love." touches on the types of connections we forge with the people around us

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Mattie Cobb and her K-9 Robo search for a possible victim — but their find hints at two kinds of predator

In this excerpt from "Tracking Game," author Margaret Mizushima's mystery takes a turn toward a non-human perp. Or unwitting accomplice.