How Stella Learned to Talk by Christina Hunger

How Stella Learned to Talk by Christina HungerEnter for your chance to win an Advance Reader's Edition of HOW STELLA LEARNED TO TALK by Christina Hunger!

An incredible, revolutionary true story and surprisingly simple guide to teaching your dog to talk from speech-language pathologist Christina Hunger, who has taught her dog, Stella, to communicate using simple paw-sized buttons associated with different words.

When speech-language pathologist Christina Hunger first came home with her puppy, Stella, it didn’t take long for her to start drawing connections between her job and her new pet. During the day, she worked with toddlers with significant delays in language development and used Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices to help them communicate. At night, she wondered: If dogs can understand words we say to them, shouldn’t they be able to say words to us? Can dogs use AAC to communicate with humans?

Christina decided to put her theory to the test with Stella and started using a paw-sized button programmed with her voice to say the word “outside” when clicked, whenever she took Stella out of the house. A few years later, Stella now has a bank of more than thirty word buttons, and uses them daily either individually or together to create near-complete sentences.

How Stella Learned to Talk is part memoir and part how-to guide. It chronicles Christina and Stella's journey, and reveals the techniques Christina used to teach Stella, broken down into simple stages and actionable steps.

Red Island House by Andrea Lee

Red Island House by Andrea LeeEnter for a chance to win one of 50 finished copies of Red Island House, the evocative, transporting new novel from National Book Award-nominated writer Andrea Lee. Following two decades in the marriage between a Black professor and her wealthy Italian husband as it unfolds on the remote and mysterious island of Madagascar, Red Island House is about marriage and loyalty, identity and heritage, fate and freedom.

The Shapewalker's Song by J.H. Tomen

The Shapewalker's Song by J.H. TomenEnter for a chance to win 3 signed copies of The Shapewalker's Song by JH Tomen.

As the train lines go in, most of the magic in Wellonai is being forgotten. Though the people still tell legends about the Shapewalkers, shapeshifting beings shrouded in mystery. When Sumi discovers that the magic may have run in her family, she sets out to use it to change her life. An uplifting, light-hearted fantasy, with love at its center.

Go West, Young Man by William W. Johnstone

Go West, Young Man by William W. JohnstoneEnter for your chance to win a copy of GO WEST, YOUNG MAN by William W. Johnstone!

Missouri, 1860. Rumors of war between the North and South are spreading across the land. In rural Green County, many of the farmers are already choosing sides. But not John Zachary. His loyalties lie with his family first--and his heart is telling him to go west. Hoping to build a new life in the fertile valleys of Oregon, he convinces his best friend, Emmitt Braxton, to pack up their families and join him on a wagon train across the Oregon Trail. The journey will be long and hard. The physical hardships and grueling mental challenges will bring out the best in the some--and the worst in others. But with the guidance of an experienced wagon master and scout, they are determined to reach their destiny, no matter how high the cost...

Twenty-seven wagons. Twenty-seven different hopes and dreams. This sprawling epic novel from these master storytellers captures the beauty and danger of the American West--and the pioneer spirit of those who tamed it...

Spellmaker by Charlie N. Holmberg

Spellmaker by Charlie N. HolmbergDead wizards, stolen enchantments, and broken promises force a young spellbreaker out of the shadows in the next thrilling installment of the Spellbreaker series by the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Paper Magician.

England, 1895. An unsolved series of magician murders and opus thefts isn’t a puzzle to Elsie Camden. But to reveal a master spellcaster as the culprit means incriminating herself as an unregistered spellbreaker. When Elsie refuses to join forces with the charming assassin, her secret is exposed, she’s thrown in jail, and the murderer disappears. But Elsie’s hope hasn’t vanished.

Through a twist of luck, the elite magic user Bacchus Kelsey helps Elsie join the lawful, but with a caveat: they must marry to prove their cover story. Forced beneath a magical tutor while her bond with Bacchus grows, Elsie seeks to thwart the plans of England’s most devious criminal—if she can find them.

With hundreds of stolen spells at their disposal, the villain has a plan—and it involves seducing Elsie to the dark side. But even now that her secret is out, Elsie must be careful how she uses the new abilities she’s discovering, or she may play right into the criminal’s hands.

Unbroken by A. Kelly

Unbroken by A.  KellyEnter for a chance to win two signed copies of Unbroken: A Slow Burn Kidnapper-to-Protector Romance.

He’s haunted by his murdered family. She’s targeted by a vengeful ex. When a kidnapping binds them together, will they tie the knot?

Unbroken is a gripping standalone romantic suspense novel. If you like wounded heroes, steamy twists, and hard-fought happy endings, then you’ll adore A. Kelly’s scorching thrill-ride.

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Orange City by Lee Matthew Goldberg

Orange City by Lee Matthew GoldbergEnter to win a chance of 1 of 7 signed first edition paperback copies of ORANGE CITY!

Imagine a secret, hidden city that gives a second chance at life for those selected to come: felons, deformed outcasts, those on the fringe of the Outside World. Everyone gets a job, a place to live; but you are bound to the city forever. You can never leave.

Its citizens are ruled by a monstrous figure called the "Man" who resembles a giant demented spider from the lifelike robotic limbs attached to his body. Everyone follows the man blindly, working hard to make their Promised Land stronger, too scared to defy him and be discarded to the Empty Zones.

After ten years as an advertising executive, Graham Weatherend receives an order to test a new client, Pow! Sodas. After one sip of the orange flavor, he becomes addicted, the sodas causing wild mood swings that finally wake him up to the prison he calls reality.

A dynamic mash-up of 1984 meets LOST, ORANGE CITY is a lurid, dystopian first book in a series that will continue with the explosive sequel LEMONWORLD.

Lies We Bury by Elle Marr

Lies We Bury by Elle MarrA novel about secrets and revenge by the number one Amazon Charts bestselling author of The Missing Sister. It’s only by confronting who she was then that she can understand who she is now.

I was born in captivity…

Two decades ago Marissa Mo escaped a basement prison—the only home she’d ever known. At twenty-seven, Marissa’s moved beyond the trauma and is working under a new name as a freelance photographer. But when she accepts a job covering a string of macabre murders in Portland, it’s impossible for Marissa not to remember.

Everything is eerily familiar. The same underground lairs. Sad trinkets and toys left behind, identical to those Marissa had as a child. And then there is the note meant just for her that freezes Marissa’s blood: See you soon, Missy.

To determine the killer’s next move, Marissa must retrieve her long-forgotten memories and return to a past she’s hidden away. But she won’t be facing her fears alone. Someone is waiting for her in the dark.

The Adventurer's Son by Roman Dial

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“A brave and marvelous book. A page-turner that will rip your heart out.”
—Jon Krakauer

In the tradition of Into the Wild comes an instant classic of outdoor literature, a riveting work of uncommon depth: The Adventurer’s Son is Roman Dial’s extraordinary account of his two-year quest to unravel the mystery of his son’s disappearance in the jungles of Costa Rica.

In the predawn hours of July 10, 2014, the twenty-seven-year-old son of preeminent Alaskan scientist and National Geographic Explorer Roman Dial, walked alone into Corcovado National Park, an untracked rainforest along Costa Rica’s remote Pacific Coast that shelters miners, poachers, and drug smugglers. Before he left, Cody Roman Dial emailed his father: “I am not sure how long it will take me, but I’m planning on doing 4 days in the jungle and a day to walk out. I’ll be bounded by a trail to the west and the coast everywhere else, so it should be difficult to get lost forever.”

They were the last words Dial received from his son.

As soon as he realized Cody's return date had passed, Dial set off for Costa Rica. As he trekked through the dense jungle, interviewing locals and searching for clues—the authorities suspected murder—the desperate father was forced to confront the deepest questions about himself and his own role in the events. Was he responsible for his son’s fate?