New Releases for February 2018!

Happy February! We have a diverse range of new reads for you this month, and we’re excited to share our latest in fiction, nonfiction, self help, photography, graphic novels, and more!

Fiction

Enemy in the Wire

by Andy Symonds with Navy SEAL Chris McKinley

This riveting thriller gives the reader an up-close, behind-the-scenes look at the elite SpecOps brotherhood and how they operate in the vein of “American Sniper” or “Lone Survivor.” The heart-racing action sequences in Enemy in the Wire could only be relayed by a real Navy SEAL.

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The United States is under attack. A series of bombings has rocked the nation, and the FBI is scrambling to find the perpetrators before they strike again. Shockingly, initial evidence indicates that the well-skilled and well-armed terrorists could be coming from within our own military.

Senior Chief (SEAL) Dan Westhead and his band of SpecOps brothers are used to whisking off anywhere in the world via sea, air, and land, stealthily killing their country’s enemies, and returning home without fanfare. That is their job—they are the silent professionals, and even if we don’t know their names, we sleep better at night knowing they protect our way of life. What they are not used to is being questioned as terrorists.

But after another attack occurs in the nation’s capital targeting many of the people Westhead and his teammates blame for a catastrophic mission that killed 30 of their brothers, even he becomes convinced that some of the people he is closest to are to blame.

When FBI Agent Seth Kopen’s investigation further implicates the top-secret black ops group, Westhead makes it his mission to discover the truth no matter how deep the conspiracy goes. After those inquiries point closer to home than he can imagine and he discovers the plot’s ultimate target—the President of the United States—he has to face a nearly impossible choice as to where his loyalties lie.

With much more than just his own life at stake, Westhead has to make unimaginable decisions to protect his country and family and bring down a rogue operator in this fast-paced journey deep into the world of our country’s most elite warriors: Navy SEALs, Army Rangers, Delta Force, and MARSOC operators.

Enemy in the Wire is a follow up to the critically acclaimed first novel by Andy Symonds, My Father’s Son. Wounds aren’t always followed by Purple Hearts, and the battle doesn’t necessarily stop on the front lines. This is the story of one boy, of one family, who has their world ripped apart by war. Enemy in the Wire takes you once more into the Butlers’ world.

Andy Symonds is an award-winning author based in the Washington, D.C. area. He grew up in a Navy family on military bases throughout the world.

Chris McKinley is a former Navy SEAL and the Amazon best-selling author of Undaunted: Life’s Toughest Battles Are Not Always Fought in a War Zone.

Nonfiction

Breakup Positive: Turn Heartbreak Into Happiness

by Kris Drewry

So you broke up—now what? Maybe you’re feeling lost, maybe you’re feeling hurt, maybe you’re feeling unsure of what’s coming next… That’s all normal. But now what can you do about it? Breakup Positive is your guide to using the negative force of a breakup and changing it in guiding positive change in your life. It’s about finding yourself again and knowing that you’re okay—more than okay—and you can make yourself better and happier. Breakups hurt, but there’s always a way to be a little more positive.

From Stilettos to Wings: A Life with Angels

by Ani Eustice

All her life, Ani Eustace has had experiences with angels. From being saved by her guardian angel, starting first when she was just a young girl, to being able to commune with the White Angels, Ani knows that these heavenly beings are all around us. They are here to protect and guide us. In Stilletos to Wings, Ani will teach you how to put yourself in touch with the vibrations of the angels and the universe in order to achieve the ultimate goal: aligning yourself with God’s energy.

Thomas Sweatt: Inside the Mind of a Serial Arsonist

by Jonathan Riffe

For 25 years, the serial arsonist Thomas Sweatt terrorized neighborhoods throughout the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. When at last he was arrested in 2005, he confessed to over 340 arson-set fires that claimed the lives of 4 people. Through years of research and combing through several hundred letters written by Tom, Jonathan Riffe has put together this in-depth, never-seen-before biography of the man named the “most prolific and dangerous serial arsonist in American history.” Behind the mask of this crazy, perverted, demented, killer serial arsonist is Thomas Sweatt, an African American homosexual loner in his late fifties who worked at various fast-food joints throughout his lifetime and turned Washington, DC, upside down into a living hell.

 

Self Help

Resilience Art: A Grief Coloring Book Using Ritual and Music to Help You Grow

by Elaine Voci

Elaine Voci, a life coach and Life-Cycle Celebrant©, offers this unique coloring book to provide comfort and support to those who are working their way through grief. Accompanying her personal stories and professional experiences with grief and grieving are 24 full-page coloring pages to use in reflection and your own grieving rituals, along with a curated list of resources to draw upon.

by Abigail Flynn

Where Do I Start? recounts and remembers the life of Vanessa C. Carbone. After her daughter’s sudden and unexpected death, Abigail Flynn journaled her thoughts and grief in hopes of helping others who have lost their loved ones find some comfort in therapeutic writing.

Photography

The Tiniest Gift

by Marcela Limon

Nothing is more precious than a baby’s smile. When Marcela Limon started taking photographs of babies, she was charmed by their smiles and their laughter. She established lemonshoots in 2015 and shortly afterwards decided that her passion was for maternity and newborn photography. She believes that with every session her soul shines brighter. Babies are full of love to share, and Marcela helps to share that love by capturing life’s early moments.

Cookbooks

Simply Indian

by Nita Desai

For more than two millennia, western India has been a melting pot of cultures. A crossroads for Greeks, Persians, Arabs, Armenians, Portuguese, British, and many others, this region offers a diverse palate. From richly spiced chai to mouthwatering pakorta, from hearty daal to hand-rolled roti, the more than ninety fully-photographed recipes in Simply Indian are authentic, yet healthy and easy-to-follow, and bring the diverse tastes of western India straight into your kitchen.

Graphic Novels

Laughter is the Best Medicine

by Nina Abelowitz

During a recurrence of breast cancer, one woman turns to humor to help cope with the darkest moments of treatment in Laughter is the Best Medicine, the new comic narrative developed by Alice Meltzer and Zachary HandlerRaw and thought-provoking, this autobiographical compilation employs wry wit and compelling artwork to provide a candid glimpse into the complexities of life with cancer and redefine what it means to be a warrior in the modern world.

Collegiate

T is for Texas Tech

by Robin Law Scurlark

F is for Fight Raiders Fight, N is for Never Dying Passion, T is for Texas Tech!
Follow along as T is for Texas Tech takes you through the alphabet and introduces you to all the special places, people, and sights of campus! Perfect for young and old fans alike to tap into the magic and spirit of Texas Tech.

by Charles Epting

The never-before-told story of how Clem the Clemson Tiger got his stripes comes to life in this fun tale from Charles Epting. At long last the mystery will be put to rest…or will it?

Children’s Books

by Cary Gray

Lucy’s family insists that Cary is just her uncle, but she knows better. She knows he’s really a snarling, stomping, stinking wild beast. Or is he? My Uncle is a Wild Beast teaches children the true importance of individuality. After all, we can be both wild and loving.

Willow the Water Bear

by Houston Kidd

Willow the Water Bear is on a quest to find a real-life superhero! Her journey will take her from the Antarctic to the deep ocean floor to outer space in this clever, scientifically minded story about how sometimes, the hero you’ve been looking for has been with you the whole time.

Grandma Hearts: Grandmas

by Dionne Kelm

The Grandma Hearts series by Dionne Kelm explores the special bond grandparents share with their grandchildren. With heart-warming text and wonderful illustrations, children and grandparents alike will enjoy these stories and the important lessons they share.

Mylo the Panda Travels to Washington D.C.

by Jim Heath

Mylo has arrived in Washington, D.C. to learn all about how America became a colorful culture. Will this international traveler be able to see what truly makes it the land of the free and home of the brave?

Lilly Esther Conquers the Worries

by Phyllis Bordo

All Lilly Esther can do is worry, worry, worry. She’s worried about monsters under her bed and she’s worried about the things in the dark. Lilly is worried about everything a person can possibly be worried about, and she can’t stop worrying about them! Will she be able to find a way to conquer her worries?

A Children’s Book of Etiquette: The Adventures of Forkman

by Tiffany Caldwell & W.R. Mackenzie

When poor manners are present, Forkman will be there to save the day! Join Kathryn and William as they learn how to set the table and clean up after dinner with the ever-charismatic Forkman in this exciting new children’s book from W.R. MacKenzie and Tiffany Caldwell. Creative, engaging, and refreshingly original, The Adventures of Forkman is a perfect introduction to etiquette for readers of all ages.

Who’s Can Fix It?

by Leslie Ann MacKeen

A fun-filled (and pun-filled!) book for kids of all ages! Mr. Jeremiah T. Fitz has some car trouble on the way to his mother’s house but cannot seem to fix it. Different animals stop by to offer their assistance, and a surprising friend ends up saving the day. Bright illustrations and an abundance of laughs will make this book a favorite for your children. Leslie Ann MacKeen was only nine years old when the first edition of this book was published, and she hopes that her book will inspire your children to explore writing and drawing as their creative outlet.

Percy the Porcupine’s Anxiety

By Rachel Fehr

Percy the Porcupine is going to school! But he has a little problem… He’s worried! Percy is worried about everything. His anxiety gets so bad sometimes that he can’t move at all! But Percy’s teacher Miss Ever isn’t going to let Percy’s anxiety stop him. Follow along as Percy learns that a little courage and trust can go a long way.

Indi-Alphabet

by Bharat Babies

Bharat Babies and Shobha Tharoor Srinivasan take readers on a fun
journey from Ahmedabad to Zirakpur. We’ll sample yummy biryani,
search for wild orange tigers in animal reserves, learn about bejeweled Maharajas, and encounter the mighty Mughals. With whimsical verses and vibrant images, Indi-Alphabet brings to life an India both familiar and unfamiliar. All aboard!

The Impossible Winterbourne Presents… The Alphabots

by Septimus Winterbourne

The Impossible Winterbourne has just finished another clever and captivating collection of contraptions–the AlphaBots! From AquaBot to ZombiBot, these whimsical works of wonder come to life in this beautifully illustrated alphabet book sure to capture the imagination of any young inventor.

Whisper

by Darren Reiley

Whisper’s voice wasn’t always as quiet as it is today. She used to have a loud voice and used it–A LOT. With the help of her friend Moon’s Daughter, Whisper learns what can happen when you have peace, be still, and Listen, an excellent lesson for kids and adults alike.

Stella Finds Her Home

by Will Baker

Stella is homeless, but that’s no good!

She wants to find a family to love instead of having to roam.

Join Stella as she searches to find her forever home,

where she knows that she belongs exactly where she should.

S is the Most Delicious Sound

by Michelle Marlow

Sam turns six today! He lives in Texas, he loves baseball… and he can’t say the S sound! What is Sam going to do? Then he meets SuperFrog who has the best S sound ever. Maybe he can help Sam learn how to have the confidence to say S.
Follow along with Sam as he works on the perfect sound—and gains some confidence along the way.

I Know Where There’s a Penny

by Jason Robie

Everybody loves to find spare change, but what do you do when there’s no place else to look? I Know Where There’s a Penny teaches kids that the best way to get money is to earn it. Don’t just turn over couch cushions: take out the trash, do the dishes, volunteer to rake leaves, or help around the house. Soon you’ll be filling your piggy bank with savings, too!

Flap Your Wings, Little Robin

by Andrea Legg

When a quiet little robin meets a new group of noisy friends living in the woods, he struggles to communicate with them. Will he discover a way to make his voice heard?
American Sign Language guide included.

A Tale of the Monkey Balloon

by Rebecca Eisenberg and Mindy Winebrenner

illustrated by Yuki Osada

Uh-oh—Mimi’s Monkey Balloon has floated off! Where has it gone? Come along with Mimi as she looks for her Monkey Balloon in all her favorite bedtime story places! Where will Mimi find her lost balloon?

The Stars Who Would Not Take a Bath

by  Priyanka Jain

Seven stars in the Sky hate the water and refuse their baths for days! Soon, the Sky starts to smell and turns their world upside-down!

Will it ever be the same?

By Jessica Brison

The first day of kindergarten can be so cool!
Except sending your kids to school can make you feel blue.
Being apart for the whole day can get you down,
But reuniting makes it all worth while and erases all those frowns!

by Matt Skuta

Norman the bee is hard-working and kind and tries his best to help out around the hive. He’s just like every other bee… Except that his stripes are backwards! Even though he tries his hardest, the other bees in the hive treat Norman differently because of his stripes. Will Norman be able to find a home where his backwards stripes are accepted?

Who’s Sleepy?

by Summer Jackson

Who’s Sleepy? is a fun, amusing story about a mother who tries desperately to get her twins to sleep and the lengths they go through to avoid it.


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