December Book Guide: Intrigue, Romance, Kids Adventures, Guides, and Thrillers

There’s nothing quite like reading a good book on a stormy winter night. Here are a few suggestions…

A Queen from the North: A Royal Roses Book“A Queen from the North: A Royal Roses Book”
by Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese

“Rich, diverse worldbuilding sets this story of contemporary royalty apart … a perfect cocktail of political intrigue and slow-burn romance,” says Publisher’s Weekly (BookLife). Named Library Journal’s Best Indie Ebook 2017.

Lady Amelia Brockett, known to her family as Meels, is having the Worst. Christmas. Ever. Dumped by her boyfriend and rejected from graduate school, her parents deem her the failure of the family.

But when her older brother tries to cheer her with a trip to the races, a chance meeting with Arthur, the widowed, playboy Prince of Wales, offers Amelia the opportunity to change her life — and Britain’s fortune — forever. Purchase at

Sissies Adventures: Three-Book Set“Sissies Adventures: Three-Book Set”
by Marisa Howard

The bonds of sisterhood shine through these short stories for young children and illuminate how having a sister is one of life’s most precious gifts. Pack your bags — the Sissies are going on vacation! And big sissy can’t wait to show little sissy all the fun things to do, from swimming and building sandcastles to hiking and dancing. Join the Sissies as they visit the sea, the mountains, and Mexico.

“The Sissies Adventure Series,” a three-book bundle, is presented by Weeva Kids, a new line of books committed to creating art for children. With every book, young readers are invited to explore the infinite possibilities of their own imaginations and are encouraged to make the world a better, more vibrant place. Purchase at

Introspective Journal: Therapy Notebook“Introspective Journal: Therapy Notebook”
by Nilaja Green, PhD

This journal is designed specifically for therapy patients to capture their before-session, in-session and after-session thoughts, ideas and homework. The “between session” pages are to keep track of experiences that occur when you are not in therapy. Life happens and we don’t always hold onto those important moments.

The book also provides information sheets about the varying mental health professions to give you direction when seeking therapy, psychoeducational resources and general information about emotions and self-assessment and information about preparing for therapy. It includes national emergency numbers, a self-assessment, values exercise, information about sleep hygiene, managing distressing emotions, creating joy and meaning and much more. A companion journal for therapists is also available. Purchase at

Red Deception“Red Deception”
by Ed Fuller and Gary Grossman

What would happen if all the major bridges in the U.S. were bombed, all commerce came to a dead stop, and the nation’s natural resources, such as our water supply, were cut off? The importance of protecting America’s critical infrastructure has rarely been depicted so powerfully as in Ed Fuller and Gary Grossman’s fast-paced thriller, “Red Deception,” the follow-up to 2019’s “Red Hotel.”

The novel posits a scenario that could potentially destroy much of the nation’s infrastructure.

Blending career insight with first-hand knowledge of global politics, Fuller, a global executive and crisis management expert, and Grossman, a TV producer and author, have once again drawn a chilling portrait of the fragile fault lines in Europe and the players poised to seize power. Purchase at Now also available as an audiobook at

Final Table“Final Table”
by Dan Schorr

A political thriller about sexual misconduct in the #MeToo era, one victim’s battle to survive and overcome trauma and the cable news machine that feeds off the titillating scandal coverage and inflammatory confrontation. The author brings firsthand experience as a New York City sex crimes prosecutor and sexual misconduct investigator to tackle the world of political and media dysfunction.

Former White House staffer Maggie Raster’s chaotic attempt to promote her new business as a television political analyst brings her to the broke poker champion Kyler Dawson’s attention and convinces him that she can provide the help he needs to enter a controversial poker tournament. To succeed, she will have to confront numerous challenges including pressure to publicly address the sexual misconduct of her former boss. Kyler also has his own obstacles. Purchase at

The 180“The 180”
by George Calisto and Kate Calisto

An unexpected and provocative question drives a 180-minute argument that prompts a central question: Would the term “meritocracy” ever have been invented if society had gleaned the fact that variables beyond our control forge our personhood, paths and outcomes? The 180 tells the fictional story of a three-hour meeting where eight college administrators and two researchers engage in a philosophical and academic debate over the matter of luck in our lives.

The administrators and faculty members are unexpectedly thrown into a cauldron of psychological, neurophysiological and metaphysical speculations over what choreographs or drives our ambitions and achievements throughout the lifespan. Learn more and read a free sample at

The Frugal Real Estate Investor: Buy Your First Rental Property“The Frugal Real Estate Investor: Buy Your First Rental Property”
by Aki Suzuki

A modern, practical guide to buying your first rental property without losing your shirt! If you are looking for a comprehensive and trustworthy resource for investing in rental properties, start with this book.

The book shares important lessons learned from a real estate investor’s true experience of buying a rental income property for the first time and being successfully profitable from day one. It is full of practical advice from an active real estate investor with his own skin in the game, minus the unnecessary real estate hype or sales talk. Regardless of your vantage point, this book will help build more stability, resilience and peace of mind into your personal and professional finances. Purchase at

The Sorting Room“The Sorting Room”
by Michael Rose

In Prohibition-era New York City, 10-year-old Eunice Ritter finds work in an industrial laundry sweat shop. When the diminutive girl first enters the sorting room, she encounters Gussie, the largest human being she has ever seen.

Gussie, a powerful, hard-working woman, soon becomes Eunice’s sole friend as she finds herself entrapped in the laundry’s sorting room by the Great Depression, sentenced to bring her low wages home to her alcoholic parents. Then, on her 16th birthday, Eunice becomes pregnant and her drunken father demands that the culprit marry his daughter, trapping her anew. Within a couple of years, Eunice settles into a lonely life of drudgery and spends decades in virtual solitude before her secret history is revealed to those from whom she has withheld her love. Purchase at

If Not You, Then Who? We're Going Green!“If Not You, Then Who? We’re Going Green!”
by David and Emberli Pridham

The Inventor’s Fair is finally here, and this year’s theme is Going Green! Noah has been tinkering for weeks but he’s worried: can one invention make a difference? Join Noah to learn about the different ways we can all go green and make the world a better place.

If you like fun, informative and factual kid’s books like “The Magic School Bus,” then you’ll love the new STEM series “If Not You, Then Who?,” a recent Amazon bestseller geared for 4 to 8-year-olds. The books are fun to read for both adults and children and can be read on multiple levels. Purchase at

My Sister's Mother: A Memoir of War, Exile, and Stalin's Siberia“My Sister’s Mother: A Memoir of War, Exile, and Stalin’s Siberia”
by Donna Solecka Urbikas

In this unforgettable memoir, Donna Solecka Urbikas recounts her family history and her own survivor story as she finally understands the damaged mother who had saved her sister.

While Donna grew up in the U.S., her Polish-born mother and half sister endured dehumanizing conditions during World War II as slave laborers in Siberia. War and exile created a profound bond between mother and older daughter, one that Donna would struggle to find.

 In 1940, when Donna’s mother and half sister were taken by Soviet secret police and sent to Siberia, so began their odyssey of hunger, disease, cunning survival, desperate escape and new love amidst terrible circumstances. In the 1950s, Donna yearns for a “normal” American family while Janina and Mira are haunted by the past. Purchase at

Bartholomew Mills and the January Dawn“Bartholomew Mills and the January Dawn”
by David Carmalt

The year is 1798 and Bartholomew Mills has never left Plymouth, let alone been to sea. Suddenly orphaned, he joins Captain James Morel aboard the January Dawn and quickly realizes that life on the ocean is fraught with danger…from nature itself as well as from a tyrannical crew.

These are the last years of Atlantic piracy for the Dawn; Morel and his sadistic first mate, Ivor Stanhope, will let nothing stand in the way of their journey toward the fertile hunting grounds of the Caribbean. Adventure ensues as Bartholomew and his small band of mates battle the elements, disease and the relentless threat of attack. But when he learns a terrible secret, Bartholomew’s courage, loyalty and life will be tested. Purchase at

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