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by Sandra Murphy
& Amanda Flower


Bailey King has the best of both worlds. In New York, she’s a master chocolatier with her own cable television show. Back home in Ohio, she’s able to work at Swissmen Sweets, her grandmother’s Amish chocolate shop. Bailey’s father left the Amish community before being baptized, so Bailey wasn’t raised Amish.

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by Kathleen Costa


Whispering Falls has its mystical shops, magical residents, and even a university at which Judy teaches a class on magical cures. Residents serve the many tourists who visit, even though the tourists are unaware of the true magic that lies beneath the surface.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Eve Calder


It was a trifecta of calamities that led to Kate McGuire completely upending her life and starting over in Coral Cay, Florida. In one day her New York City apartment went condo, the owner of the restaurant where she worked as a pastry chef closed due to embezzlement, and she cancelled her wedding due to her cheating fiancé.

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by Linda Reid/YS Pascal


Went to see a lovely play at the Geffen last week, Mysterious Circumstances, starring Alan Tudyk as Richard Green and…Sherlock Holmes. One scene especially resonated with me, as Holmes scholar Green is shaken by the sudden rejection and ejection from his fandom by Dame Jean Conan Doyle, sir Arthur’s youngest daughter and heir. Memories abounded…turning the page back to 1983…

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by Doward Wilson


Sammy Greene is a radio talk show host who has been invited to spend a summer in Greece with her old friend and his family, Gus Pappajohn. Gus is a retired cop who lives in Boston. Sammy currently lives in Los Angeles but is relocating to a new radio job in New York.

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by Sandra Murphy


Erin Gaines, her husband, and a couple of good, really best, friends start their own company. It features an app that helps users stick to their budget. As you pass a store, it will tell you what’s on sale, if it fits your allotted budget, and it keeps track of all your expenses and savings. A great way for college kids to live within their means, for adults to save for retirement, and for retirees to plan trips or gifts for the grandkids. The plan is to ride the app’s success for a few years, then sell to the highest bidder, retire as millionaires.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Heather Day Gilbert


Having a python wrapped around her neck is not an entirely unusual experience for Belinda Blake. It wasn’t what she planned on wearing for a first-time meeting with her landlord Stone Carrington the fifth, but as a Manhattan exotic pet-sitter she’s learned to expect the unexpected. Belinda is attempting to build up a clientele closer to her new home in Greenwich, Connecticut, but unfortunately the carriage house is looking far less appealing after the discovery of a body in the backyard flowerbed.

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by Kathleen Costa
& Wendy Tyson


The signs of spring are emerging with flowers blooming, rows of colorful leafy veggies blossoming, and a new member of Washington Acres arriving…a Vietnamese potbellied piglet found in a storage unit who needs to be fostered until its owner is located. Bibi, Megan’s grandmother, is completely taken.

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by Cynthia Chow


After leaving Chicago to move back home to Cherry Orchard, Whitney Bloom is completely committed to seeing the success of her cherrycentric bakery and gift shop. In addition to her online store, Whitney has a Bloom ‘n’ Cherries! shop being run inside her family’s Cherry Orchard Inn.

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by Cynthia Chow


Brooklyn Wainwright Stone is still basking in the glow of her Parisian honeymoon when the specialist bookbinder comes across the perfect gift for her security expert husband in the Bouquinistes bookstalls. For a mere seven euros, Brooklyn purchases a 1962 first edition copy of Ian Fleming’s The Spy Who Loved Me, a bit of a wink and a nod to her own former MI6 James Bond-ish spouse.

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by Cynthia Chow


After giving up her boring but high-paying IT job to take care of her mother back home in Louiston, Pennsylvania, Laura Bishop is throwing everything she has into her new Staging for You home staging business. It’s why she’s taken on Victoria Denton as a client, despite the ominous warnings by both a horoscope and Laura’s best friend Nita Martino.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Nora Page


Librarian Cleo Watkins is extremely protective of her “Words on Wheels” bookmobile, especially since the Catalpa Springs Library Board president Mercer Whitty seems to consider both of them outdated and overpriced. Cleo is justifiably threatened by his infatuation with Belle Beauchamp’s attention-grabbing BOOK IT! mobile library, as its noisy, carnival-like atmosphere overshadows all book-lending functionality.

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by Kathleen Costa


Diana Flowers holds a masters degree and worked as a chemist for a London-based pharmaceutical company, but on her search for happiness, she decides to transfer to another lab nearer to Merryfield, the small rural village in which she grew up. Her mother is best one you visit rather than cohabitate, so renting a flat was the better option…a bonus for residents was renting for a reduced fee an allotment in the local village garden, but her plot needed major work.

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by Doward Wilson


English professor, Nick Hoffman is still unsettled following events of the past spring, and now he has to contend with a new department chair, Dr. Napoleon Padovani. The chair is a prima donna who has managed to upset and alienate every professor and adjunct in the department and all of them are dumping it Nick.

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