The sexy, zany adventures of the Muffia Book Club continue as celebrity talent agent and Muffia member, Quinn Cunningham, returns from Japan where she spotted her fellow Muff’s former Israeli lover who is supposed to be dead. Back in LA, the Muffs agree sexy “Udi” is alive but proving it might get them killed. Quinn’s resolutions to become a better person—dump the married paramour, find a guy online and resume pole dancing (for exercise, please!)–hits a snag when her boss confronts her with compromising photos. Now Quinn must find the saboteur, assisted by former Seal Team member and by-the-book private investigator, Frank Sexton. While other Muffs catch up on the latest book club selection, shut down porn-shooting neighbors and plan a swanky benefit for Alzheimer’s disease, Quinn finds herself falling for Frank. And as the eve of the benefit arrives, she’s keeping those resolutions and former lovers who are supposed to be dead, pole dancing, online dating, Seal Team sabotage solvers and shutting down porn-shooting neighbors; all while reading and talking about books in the city of Angels and looking, and in some cases finding, love.
Madelyn Scott-Crane is a 42-year-old mediator and single mom who’s having the best sex of her life inspired by the women of her book club, The Muffia, and the Muffs’ latest racy read. But on their second date, as Maddie and her mysterious Israeli heartthrob, Udi, come together in orgasmic splendor, he collapses on top of her. Dead. Or is he? The Muffs set out to find the truth, damn the consequences. International intrigue combines with friendship, literary pursuits, some vibrator shopping and lots of home cooking, all wrapped up in one smart, sexy novel that’s just this side of scandalous.
“Nicholas’s romp through L.A. is sexy, edgy and laugh out loud funny. With a few of life’s lessons thrown in along the way, The Muffia is smart, sassy and simply irresistible. A must read.”
– Hannah Dennison, The Honeychurch Hall & Vicky Hill Mysteries
HOMEGROWN: THE TERROR WITHIN
It's a decade after 9-11 and the war on terror is big business. Washington is a political free-for-all, controlled by a self-serving corporatocracy. Now, a new group of terrorists--homegrown and off government radar--plots to unleash a fast-acting bio-weapon which ensures a horrific death to anyone exposed. Science can't find a treatment, let alone a cure--as one untested mathematician races topredict where the pathogen will be released. Homegrown: The Terror Within portends a chilling scenario of a threat that is only too real.
“Terrific—fascinating, fast-paced, and frighteningly plausible. Cialan Haasnic has written a thriller so compelling, it kept me up nights—after I’d finished it.” --Harley Jane Kozak, Macavity, Agatha & Anthony-award winning author
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IN MY MOTHER’S KITCHEN
Essay “OF WINE AND MEN” written as Royal Mack
The smell of sauce in a pan, the warm flavor of freshly baked cookies, even the rituals of cleaning up after a meal, are all woven into the bonds we experience from one generation to the next. So much of what it means to be a family happens in the kitchen. In this collection, some of the great poet-philosophers of the kitchen table reveal their stories, recipes, thoughts, and traditions of preparing and sharing food. A perfect Mother's Day gift, this book from Penguin includes classic pieces by Ruth Reichl, Maya Angelou, and M. F. K. Fisher, newly concocted morsels by such world-famous foodies as Walter Staib, known as the "Culinary Ambassador of Philadelphia," and Tina Miller, whose family created the legendary Black Dog Tavern, and more than twenty recipes.
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