On the Shelves: March 31, 2013

The following books are available at:

Clovis-Carver Public Library

Almost a Whisper: A Holistic Approach to Working With Your Horse by Sam Powell and The Ultimate Level of Horsemanship: Training Through Inspiration by Al Dunning were given by Jan and Rick Purvis in memory of Oscar Toliver.

Almost a Whisper explains how to use voice, touch, and body language to unlock the communication and understanding between horse and rider that will help you with every task you want the horse to learn.

The Ultimate Level of Horsemanship contains full-color photographs and winning insights from a 30-year legend in Western riding competition to illustrate how to develop a feel for the handling and training of a horse so that it can reach its full potential.

The Tombs: A Fargo Adventure by Clive Cussler continues the adventures of Sam and Remi Fargo, the treasure-hunting duo who are intrigued when an archaeologist friend requests their help excavating a top-secret historical site, sending them on a hunt for a prize greater than they could ever imagine.

Teach Your Children Well: Parenting for Authentic Success by Madeline Levine shows why values and coping skills matter more than grades, trophies, or "fat envelopes," and is packed with smart and savvy advice for raising independent, productive, and well-adjusted young people.

Tiger's Claw by Dale Brown takes Lt. General Patrick McLanahan on a mission to refurbish old but potent long-range bombers to counteract China's increased naval presence in the Pacific, after the Americans learn that China has developed advanced weapon technology that targets American ships with lethal accuracy.

No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden by Mark Owen puts readers alongside the 24-man Navy SEAL team that confronted the terrorist mastermind, offering a eyewitness description of the training, planning and execution of the raid that holds an essential place in modern history.

Broken Harbor by Tana French sends brash cop Scorcher Kennedy and his rookie partner Richie on a search for clues in the aftermath of a brutal attack that left a woman in intensive care and her husband and young children dead: an investigation that uncovers haunting memories of a shattering incident from Scorcher's own childhood.

Portales Public Library

Six Years by Harlan Coben: Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man.

For six years he's thrown his life into his work trying to hide his broken heart and to keep his promise to leave Natalie and her new husband, Todd, alone.

Six years haven't come close to extinguishing his feelings though and when Jake comes across Todd's obituary he can't keep himself away from the funeral.

At the funeral, Jake gets the glimpse of Todd's wife he is looking for, but she is not Natalie. The mourning widow has been married to Todd for almost two decades and with that fact, everything Jake thought he knew about the best time of his life is turned completely inside out.

Jake's picture-perfect memories of Natalie begin to unravel as he searches for the truth. Mutual friends of the couple can't remember Jake or can't be found and Natalie hasn't been seen in years.

Soon, Jake's life is at risk as it dawns on him that the man he has become may be based on a carefully constructed fiction as he searches for the woman who broke his heart.

Doctor in Petticoats: Sophie's Daughters Book 1 by Mary Connealy: After surviving a stage coach accident, nurse Beth McCellen soon realizes that the derelict traveling alongside her is a doctor, and she forces him to help tend to the injured.

Army deserter Alex Buchanan, finds he can only care for the patients as long as Beth is right beside him, giving him courage … by yelling at him.

When he proposes that they marry and work together in her hometown, Beth thinks he is a lunatic, but there's no denying his skill, and she can see the emotional price Alex pays to help hurting people. She owes the guys for saving her own sister, besides.

She agrees to marry him and that's when the real trouble begins. On Alex's trail is a murderous bounty hunter and he only needs to live long enough to turn himself in, and even then he may face a firing squad. This is not exactly the honeymoon of Beth's dreams.

Alex may find the faith he lost while surrounded by the horrors of war, but will doing the right thing by facing his past cost him his wife … and his life?

The Worm Whisperer by Betty Hicks: Ellis Coffey loves animals and spends so much time outdoors with animals that he sometimes thinks he can talk to them.

He knows he has a chance to win the annual Woolly Worm Race when he discovers a caterpillar that seems to follow his directions. The prize money is $1,000 and is exactly the amount needed to cover the deductible for his dad's back surgery.

Ellis is sure he can solve all of his family's problems if he is right and he can train his woolly worm to be the fastest in the county.

Of course, nothing is as simple as it seems, when you're trying to talk to an insect.

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