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‘House of the Four Winds: Book One of One Dozen Daughters’ By Mercedes Lackey

Mercedes Lackey is the New York Times best-selling author of the Valdemar series and romantic fantasies like “Beauty and the Werewolf” and “The Fairy Godmother.”

The House of Four Winds begins with the rulers of tiny, impoverished Swansgaard, who have 12 daughters and one son.

While the prince’s future is assured, his 12 sisters must find their own fortunes.

Disguising herself as Clarence, a sailor, Princess Clarice intends to work her way to the New World. When the crew rebels, Clarice/Clarence, an expert with rapier and dagger, sides with the handsome navigator, Dominick, and kills the cruel captain.

Dominick leads the now-outlawed crew in search of treasure in the secret pirate haven known as The House of Four Winds. They encounter the sorceress Shamal, who claims Dominick for her own but Clarice has fallen hard for Dominick and won’t give him up without a fight.

‘Inside Man’ By Jeff Abbott

When Sam Capra’s best customer – and friend – is murdered outside his Miami bar, Sam decides to seek justice.

Determined to find out the connection between his friend’s death and a beautiful stranger, Sam infiltrates the Ligeras, one of Miami’s most prominent and dangerous families.

He faces a powerful but unstable mastermind intent on dividing his business empire between his three very different children, who may hold murderous secrets of their own.

Sam is inexorably drawn into the family drama, amplifying painful echoes of his own shattered relationships as son, brother, father and husband. And in his quest to unearth the killer before his cover is blown, Sam discovers one of the world’s “dark corners” – a place where laws are inconsequential, and no amount of money or power can save you.

‘The King’s Deception’ By Steve Berry

Cotton Malone is back in this New York Times best-selling novel.

Steve Berry’s new international adventure blends gripping contemporary political intrigue, Tudor treachery and high-octane thrills into one riveting novel of suspense.

Cotton Malone and his 15-year-old son, Gary, are headed to Europe.

As a favor to his former boss at the Justice Department, Malone agrees to escort a teenage fugitive back to England.

But after he is greeted at gunpoint in London, both the fugitive and Gary disappear, and Malone learns that he’s stumbled into a high-stakes diplomatic showdown – an international incident fueled by geopolitical gamesmanship and shocking Tudor secrets.

At its heart is the Libyan terrorist convicted of bombing Pan Am Flight 103, who is set to be released by Scottish authorities for “humanitarian reasons.” An outraged American government objects, but nothing can persuade the British to intervene. Except, perhaps, Operation King’s Deception.

Run by the CIA, the operation aims to solve a centuries-old mystery, one that could rock Great Britain to its royal foundations.

The James V. Brown Library and the Lycoming County Library System continue to add new books, e-books, DVDs, CDs and audiobooks each week.

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‘Captain Phillips’

directed by Paul Greengrass

“Captain Phillips” focuses on the relationship between the Alabama’s commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips, and the Somali pirate captain, Muse, who takes him hostage. Phillips and Muse are set on an unstoppable collision course when Muse and his crew target Phillips’ unarmed ship; in the ensuing standoff, 145 miles off the Somali coast, both men will find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control.

‘Cell’ by Robin Cook

The New York Times best-selling author and master of the medical thriller returns with a top-notch fusion of groundbreaking medical science and edge-of-your-seat suspense.

George Wilson, M.D., a radiology resident in Los Angeles, Calif., is about to enter a profession on the brink of an enormous paradigm shift, foreshadowing a vastly different role for doctors everywhere.

The smartphone is poised to take on a new role in medicine, no longer as a mere medical app but rather as a fully customizable personal physician capable of diagnosing and treating even better than the real thing. It is called iDoc.

George’s initial collision with this incredible innovation is devastating. He awakens one morning to find his fiancee dead in bed alongside him, not long after she participated in an iDoc beta test.

Then several of his patients die after undergoing imaging procedures. All of them had been part of the same beta test.

Is it possible that iDoc is being subverted by hackers – and that the U.S. government is involved in a cover-up? Despite threats to both his career and his freedom, Wilson relentlessly seeks the truth, knowing that if he’s right, the consequences could be lethal.

‘Guilt: An Alex Delaware ‘

by Jonathan Kellerman

Jonathan Kellerman’s psychology skills and dark imagination are a potent literary mix, and this intensely thrilling blend has never been so powerful as in the acclaimed author’s new novel of murder and madness among the beautiful dreamers, seductive predators and doomed innocents adrift in the glare of Southern California’s eternal sunshine.

A series of horrifying events occur in quick succession in the same upscale L.A. neighborhood.

A backyard renovation unearths an infant’s body, buried 60 years ago. And soon thereafter in a nearby park, another disturbingly bizarre discovery is made not far from the body of a young woman shot in the head.

Helping Los Angeles Police Department homicide detective Milo Sturgis to link these eerie incidents is brilliant psychologist Alex Delaware. But even the good doctor’s vast experience with matters both clinical and criminal might not be enough to cut down to the bone of this chilling case – and draw out the disturbing truth.

Backtracking six decades into the past stirs up tales of a beautiful nurse with a mystery lover, a handsome, wealthy doctor who seems too good to be true, and a hospital with a notorious reputation – all of them long gone, along with any records of a newborn, and destined for anonymity.

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‘Every Two Minutes: One Woman’s Healing Journey Through Sexual Traumas’ by Rosemary Neidig

As a child, Rosemary D. Neidig learned to be silent and suppress her fears in order to appease her peace-loving mother, who was focused on presenting a perfect image to others.

But when Neidig was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 47, she embarked on a therapeutic journey that forced her to face her lost memories and realize that her perfect world was only a facade.

In her candid memoir, Neidig recalls the events of her life, explaining how daily journaling and weekly therapy sessions helped her to unearth trauma from her subconscious. She managed to resolve inner conflicts and bravely confront an assailant; she also details how she eventually faced the truth and learned to move on as once-buried secrets slowly carried her down a path to forgiveness and healing.

Neidig grew up in Williamsport, got married while in her teens, had two children by her first marriage, three by her second and eventually became executive director of the local YWCA.

“Every Two Minutes” shares the unforgettable story of one woman’s journey as she moved from behind the walls of secrecy and shame and discovered the power of the human spirit.

‘Blindsided (Sisterhood)’ by Fern Michaels

Fading into the background isn’t the Sisterhood way.

Even after all the adventures they’ve shared, the courageous, close-knit heroines of Fern Michaels’ New York Times bestselling series are always ready to embrace another challenge.

All good things must come to an end. But Myra Rutledge isn’t ready to put the Sisterhood – the stalwart band of friends who’ve become legendary for meting out their own brand of justice – behind her just yet.

Though she loves her beautiful home and her husband, Charles, Myra can’t deny that she’s restless. And as it turns out, she’s not the only one longing to dust off her gold shield and get back in action.

When Maggie Spritzer, former editor-in-chief of the Post and an honorary member of the Sisterhood, arrives with a new mission in mind, Myra welcomes her in.

Maggie’s newshound instincts haven’t dulled since she left the Post, and she suspects that two Maryland judges – identical twins Eunice and Celeste Ciprani are running a moneymaking racket that sends young offenders to brutal boot camps, often on trumped-up charges.

Soon the Vigilantes are gathering in their war room once more, catching up on the momentous events in each other’s lives even as they plan their campaign.

The Ciprani twins are powerful and ruthless, and taking them down won’t be easy. But with the aid of formidable allies – including former President Martine Connor – Myra, Annie, Maggie and the gang concoct a scheme that will bring justice to the innocent – and leave the guilty blindsided.

‘Board Stiff: Xanth No. 38’ by Piers Anthony

Be careful what you wish for “I’m actually a smart girl who would make any man an excellent wife. But no man sees that. No man is interested in my mind or personality, just my whatevers. So here is my wish: I’m board stiff. I want Adventure, Excitement, and Romance.”

So begins Piers Anthony’s 38th Xanth novel in which Irrelevant Candy looks at her reflection in the water of the shallow well and sees luxuriant midnight black hair to her breathtakingly slender waist, matching dark eyes in a lovely face. A torso coming yea-close to absolute perfection.

She was man’s desire.

That was part of the problem.

And in the shallow magic of a wishing well, she asks her wish to be granted. Something happens. A sudden whirlwind surrounds her, lifting her up and ripping off her clothing. She is changing, somehow. Then she falls flat on the ground.

Literally. She has been transformed into a flat, stiff board with two knotholes for eyes.

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‘Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef: A Love Story with 100 Tempting Recipes’

By Shauna James Ahern and Daniel Ahern

The first cookbook from the author of “Gluten-Free Girl” and combines tempting recipes with an authentic love story.

“Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef” is a narrative cookbook for anyone who loves food.

A must-have for those who eat gluten-free, this cookbook offers irresistible stories and plenty of mouthwatering meals.

From the authors of the much-loved food blog, Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef, the book includes evocative photos, cooking techniques, and 100 chef-tested recipes that are sure to please.

“Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef” inspires anyone who has to eat gluten-free to say yes to the delicious possibilities that are still available to them.

‘How to run with naked werewolf’

By Molly Harper

Anna Moder has just witnessed a shooting, seen her car pulverized and rescued a wounded stranger only to discover he’s really a werewolf.

And by her recent standards, things are actually looking up. Lycanthropes don’t faze Anna.

Doctoring a wolf pack outside Grundy, Alaska, is the closest thing to home life she’s known in years.

But hitching a ride to Anchorage with long-absent pack member Caleb Graham – that’s a risk.

Part of her itches to whack his nose with a newspaper.

The rest is trying unsuccessfully to keep her own paws off every delicious inch of him.

The problem is that Caleb employs his lupine tracking abilities as a not-quite-legal bounty hunter, and Anna is suspicious of both him and his profession.

On the run from her past, with old problems closing in, she’d like to stay far, far away from anybody with connections to the law.

Caleb, however, seems determined to keep her close. Are his intentions noble, or is he working a more predatory angle?

Anna’s been dreaming of returning to a semi-normal life, but now she’s experiencing a strange new urge – to join Caleb in running with the wolves.


By James Patterson

Everyone thinks Emmy Dockery is crazy. Obsessed with finding the link between hundreds of unsolved cases, Emmy has taken leave from her job as an FBI researcher.

Now all she has are the newspaper clippings that wallpaper her bedroom, and her recurring nightmares of an all-consuming fire.

Not even Emmy’s ex-boyfriend, field agent Harrison “Books” Bookman, will believe her that hundreds of kidnappings, rapes, and murders are all connected.

That is, until Emmy finds a piece of evidence he can’t afford to ignore. More murders are reported by the day – and they’re all inexplicable.

No motives, no murder weapons, no suspects. Could one person really be responsible for these unthinkable crimes? “Invisible” is Patterson’s scariest, most chilling stand-alone thriller yet.

The James V. Brown Library and the Lycoming County Library System continue to add new books, e-books, DVDs, CDs and audiobooks each week.

To request a personalized reading list, visit and fill out a short online questionnaire about reading habits or stop in and see a member of the Information Services department.