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Sam is forced to share his space with the owner’s beautiful yet infuriating daughter Layla, her crazy family, and a parade of hopeful suitors

Saturday, July 31st, 2021


Marriage Game


Sara Desai


Romantic Comedy



2021 Romance Writers of America Vivian Award Finalist


novel has all the funny banter and sexy feels you could want in a
romantic comedy.”–NPR



A high stakes wager pits an aspiring
entrepreneur against a ruthless CEO in this sexy romantic

After her life falls
apart, recruitment consultant Layla Patel returns home to her family
in San Francisco. But in the eyes of her father, who runs a Michelin
starred restaurant, she can do no wrong. He would do anything to see
her smile again. With the best intentions in mind, he offers her the
office upstairs to start her new business and creates a profile on an
online dating site to find her a man. She doesn’t know he’s
arranged a series of blind dates until the first one comes knocking
on her door…

As CEO of a
corporate downsizing company Sam Mehta is more used to conflict than
calm. In search of a quiet new office, he finds the perfect space
above a cozy Indian restaurant that smells like home. But when
communication goes awry, he’s forced to share his space with the
owner’s beautiful yet infuriating daughter Layla, her crazy
family, and a parade of hopeful suitors, all of whom threaten to
disrupt his carefully ordered life.

they face off in close quarters, the sarcasm and sparks fly. But when
the battle for the office becomes a battle of the heart, Sam and
Layla have to decide if this is love or just a game.




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Desai has been a lawyer, radio DJ, marathon runner, historian,
bouncer and librarian. She lives on Vancouver Island with her
husband, kids and an assortment of forest creatures who think they
are pets. Sara’s diverse romantic comedy books have appeared in Oprah
Magazine, Publishers Weekly, Marie Claire, Pop Sugar, Bustle,
Buzzfeed, Library Journal, Frolic, USA Today, Woman’s World and
Hello! Canada. When not laughing at her own jokes, Sara can be found
eating nachos. Visit Sara at


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Grow; tongue twister for children ages 4 – 7 (preschool – 2nd grade)

Wednesday, December 9th, 2020



Grow! How We Get Food from Our Garden


Books for Kids Book 3


Karl Beckstrand


Children’s Book



black child and grandfather till, plant, and harvest fruits,
vegetables, flowers, herbs, and grains in a colorful picture book.
This tongue twister for children ages 4 – 7 (preschool – 2nd
grade) includes online tips for starting your own garden.


love to see things grow. Learn basic gardening and find the animals
(revealed in online extras). 325 dyslexic-friendly words by
award-winning author and media professor Karl Beckstrand (She Doesn’t
Want the Worms: A Mystery [English-Spanish]


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professor Karl Beckstrand is the bestselling and award-winning
author/illustrator of 23 multicultural/multilingual books and more
than 60 ebook titles (reviews by Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus, School
Library Journal, The Horn Book, ForeWord Reviews). Raised in San
Jose, CA, he has a B.A. in journalism from BYU, an M.A. in
international relations from APU, and a broadcast/film certificate
from Film A. Academy. Since 2004 he has run Premio Publishing. His
survival western, To Swallow the Earth, won a 2016 International Book
Award. Beckstrand has presented to Taiwan’s Global Leadership for
Youth, city and state governments, festivals, and schools. His
nationally lauded Y.A. stories, ebook mysteries, nonfiction,
Spanish/bilingual/ESL, wordless, career, and STEM books feature
ethnically diverse characters–and usually end with a twist.


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Do you know the Chicago Fairytale?

Saturday, March 25th, 2017
Fairytale Chicago of Francesca Finnegan
Steve Wiley
Enchanting, Playful” ~ Publishers Weekly
Content may be deemed offensive by Polish Indians, vice presidents of
something, my wife, Finbar Finnegan’s wife, LinkedIn, little kids who
think this book is for little kids, Thumbelina, Brown Liners,
mermaids, and the wind.


up and getting trapped in adult life is something that most people
eventually face, but while reading The Fairytale Chicago of Francesca
Finnegan, a charming and magical book by Steve Wiley, it is almost
possible to forget about the inexorable progress of time. With a main
character who is teetering on the edge of forgetting about magic
forever, this novel is a touching and thought-provoking ride through
nostalgia, memory and the promises of youth. Wiley’s sharp,
tongue-in-cheek style of writing makes the pages fly and the Chicago
skyline makes a stunning backdrop for this mystical romp.
Chicago, a secret L train runs through the mythical East Side of the
city. On that train, you’ll find a house-cat conductor, an
alcoholic elf, a queen of the last city farm, the most curious wind,
and an exceptional girl by the name of Francesca Finnegan.
we first encounter Richard K. Lyons, he is a man who has long
forgotten the one night, when he was still a boy called Rich, when
Francesca invited him aboard the secret L for an adventure through
the East Side. The night was a mad epic, complete with
gravity-defying first kisses, mermaid overdoses, and princess
rescues. Unfortunately for Rich, the night ended like one of those
elusive dreams forgotten the moment you wake. Now, Rich is all grown
up and out of childish adventures, an adult whose life is on the
verge of ruin. It will take the rediscovery of his exploits with
Francesca, and a reacquaintance with the boy he once was, to save
of the proceeds from this book are donated to Chicago Public Schools.
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is a father, husband, uncle, brother, friend, and purveyor of fairy
stories. He grew up in and around Chicagoland, where he still lives
with his wife and two kids. He has been published in an array of
strange and serious places, from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in
Washington, D.C., to Crannóg magazine in Galway, Ireland. The
Fairytale Chicago of Francesca Finnegan is his first book. He has an
undergraduate degree in something he has forgotten from Illinois
State University and a graduate degree in something equally forgotten
from DePaul University. Steve once passionately kissed a bronze
seahorse in the middle of Buckingham Fountain. Seriously, he did.  
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