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Ever since the explosive scandal that ended his high-flying NASCAR career, Brent Sanford wants only to clear his name. Then he meets Hope Hunt, Sanford Racing's new team-building consultant. The Dallas psychologist is gorgeous, smart and asks too many questions--the last thing he needs in his life right now.Hope wants to believe Brent--wants to believe in his innocence. The racing-star-turned-charter-pilot insists he was set up by someone out to destroy his family. But is she ready to put her heart on the line? Is Brent the man she thinks he is--someone she can trust...and love?
Paint outside the lines! Jumpstart your creativity and inject new life into your art. Struggling to get started? Paralyzed by the fear of failure? Find yourself falling back on the same colors again and again? Just plain stuck? It happens to every artist sooner or later. What can you do to get unstuck quickly and painlessly? Creative Freedom presents 52 strategies for getting out of ruts and venturing beyond your comfort zone, courtesy of 25 artists who have been there, done that. Each approach is illustrated with a step-by-step painting demonstration. Together, they help you experiment with different mediums, new color combinations, fresh approaches to favorite subjects, and more. Try one a week for a year of creative adventure. Or dip in whenever you're feeling inspired. You may be surprised at the creative liberation that comes from... Painting with your other hand. Going big with your canvas and brushes. Painting fast with 10-minute studies. Limiting your palette. Starting with a random line drawing or custom painting surface. Zooming in on one small detail of a landscape for abstract results. Copying the work of an Old Master. Featuring an exciting variety of styles and mediums (oil, watercolor, acrylic and pastel), novel perspectives and an invigorating sense of play, this book is sure to generate creative sparks and joyful painting sessions. Getting unstuck has never been so fun!
A MATCH MADE IN MURDER A dance marked their first meeting. A slow, sensuous waltz amid wedding revelers, though they'd felt alone...and entirely too intimate. Because homicide sergeant Jake Ford had given up women, and Nicole Taylor knew the darkly handsome, intensely shuttered cop was far from her perfect match. Murder marked their second encounter--the victim, a client of Nicole's dating service. Without doubt, she knew Jake wouldn't be going away. Nor would her blazing desire for this man who'd awakened feelings both reckless and raw. Feelings she saw mirrored in eyes that contained hidden pain. Though her head warned her that Jake was all wrong, why did her heart scream that loving him was so very right?
To: Sergeant Carrie McCallSubject: Regarding ReillyYour assignment flouts two cardinal rules of the cop code: Never investigate your partner and never fall for your partner. You will do the first, plumbing Sergeant Lincoln Reilly's home and psyche for proof, even as you pretend to be lovers on a covert sting. Because despite an exemplary record, circumstantial evidence suggests that Reilly kills acquitted criminals as coldly as the worst offender.Beware of the second.Reilly's instincts have never failed. And with you, he appears to be operating on the most basic instincts between man and woman. Trust only your training...or stand to lose more than your cover.
He'd always been a hunter. But now federal agent Jackson Castle was both savior and prey, tracking a deadly killer who had targeted the woman he'd loved and lost. But first he had to convince her to open her heart to him all over again. Claire Munroe had put her stormy affair with Jackson behind her two years ago. Now he'd returned, bringing danger to her door, rocking her secure life. Ill-prepared to confront the man who'd stolen her heart, Claire had to decide which posed a greater threat-their reignited passion, or the murderer who hunted them both. . . ;.
THE MAN SHE ALMOST MARRIED...Was now Sergeant Julia Cruze's prime suspect in a heinous muder. Two years ago she wouldn't have believed millionaire Sloan Remington capable of killing anyone. But her heart had been broken, her trust betrayed-her faith brutally shattered-when this man she loved had jilted her...two days before their wedding.Sloan was keeping secrets from her, Julia knew, but what she needed to discover was whether they had something to do with the investigation or everything to do with why he'd left her. Because every moment in his presence brought her one step closer to risking everything for one more kiss, one more touch....
TO: LIEUTENANT JOSHUA MCCALL. SUBJECT: PROBATIONARY PERIOD. Your reputation for bending the rules nearly cost you your badge, so we suggest you use your time off to think about how much being a cop means to you--and to your family. This time, McCall, try to keep yourself out of trouble. Since you've gotten involved with the mysterious beauty tending bar in sleepy Sundown, Texas, we've investigated her--and discovered she's a murder suspect. Romancing a fugitive isn't a good career move, McCall. And you may be forced to choose between the job you live for--and the woman you can't live without.
Grant Pierce and Sky Milano. They were a formidable team, the homicide detective and the forensic chemist. Once Grant had wanted their partnership to be more, but they'd tried romance--and failed. Murder brought them together. A homicide in which the sole suspect was a man sitting on death row. The confounding case landed their careers on the line, while their irrepressible attraction made confronting the past inescapable...and becoming lovers unavoidable.
Infuse your paintings with light and life! Whether you work outdoors or indoors, understanding the effects of light and shadow is key to making your art lifelike and engaging. Rather than providing a one-size-fits-all recipe for painting light, this book shows you how to capture the particular ambient qualities of any scene before you, be it a gloriously clear morning, a rainy afternoon, or the joyful dance of sunlight on water. Master pastel artist Maggie Price shares techniques for painting beautiful light, rich shadows and convincing reflections. 10 step-by-step demonstrations tackle a diversity of lighting situations, encompassing various weather conditions and times of day. Five contributing artists explore different styles, approaches and subjects, including landscapes, water scenes and people. Concepts are demonstrated with pastel but are applicable to any medium. An illuminating read for beginning and experienced artists alike, this book will help you engage your viewer by achieving that captivating sense of "being there."
Come enjoy the art of pastel painting with beloved workshop instructor Maggie Price. In this step-by-step guide, she teaches you everything you need to know to make the most of this accessible art form. From selecting the right materials to learning the fundamentals of composition, Maggie starts with the basics and progresses to 21 complete pastel demonstrations that detail specific painting techniques and effects. You'll learn how to: Create depth and movement with color Paint using a range of strokes Blend colors to create luminous skies, reflections and more Underpaint to achieve brilliant light and deep shadows Mix pastels with watercolor and gouache to create fluid effects Create new compositions from photographs In addition to step-by-step guidance, you'll be inspired by the work of ten nationally renowned pastel artists. Their contributions to this book illustrate the limitless possibilities of pastel painting and offer additional insight for working with this versatile medium. Maggie also includes dozens of helpful sidebars to help you save time, avoid mistakes and work more efficiently. With its blend of visual instruction, thorough guidance and breathtaking artwork, this is the only guide you need to experience the joy and satisfaction of painting with pastels.
She made the final cut! Scraping by for years on bar gigs, Fern Kendal has always suspected she might actually have a decent voice. But caring for her feuding parents and sickly nephew took all her energy--until now. During one crazy week, she lands a spot on the reality television talent show Fame Game and a glam new job as personal assistant to world-famous singer Evan David. Fern's handsome new boss lives in the spotlight. Though she can't seem to master her assistant duties, Fern brings a rare smile to his face and makes him long to rejoin the real world. Through a twist of fate, Evan becomes the newest judge on Fame Game, a sour note for Fern, who has reasons for keeping her ambitions under wraps. She goes on the run, but Evan can't forget her. And thus begins the adventure of a lifetime--both onstage and off!
Women to Watch"...spine-tingling suspense and sizzling romance... I can't wait for the next story from this talented author!"--Award-winning and bestselling author Merline LovelaceMAN OF ICEIt was rumored that Lieutenant Michael Ryan had ice running through his veins. A dedicated detective, he never let emotion interfere with his job. But his unwavering discipline was shaken by one beguiling--and beautiful--suspect, a woman who could help him catch a grisly serial killer....A. J. Duncan's reputation as a criminal profiler was exemplary, but her involvement in her cop brother's death was suspicious. And as the two investigations heated up, Michael realized he'd crossed the line...and fallen for a woman forbidden to him.For larger-than-life love stories, award-winning author Maggie Price is one of our Women to Watch
WE HAVE YOUR SON!The ransom for five-year-old Matthew was one million dollars cash. And in a terrifying instant all of Kathryn Conner's dreams of a new life at her family's Texas ranch, far from the scandal of her failed Hollywood marriage, were blindsided by the only thing that mattered: saving her son. A desperate mother will do desperate things, even turn to a man who loved and left her long ago, a man whose touch still haunted her dreams. But Clay Turner was her last--her only--hope at finding Matthew. Clay knew what was at stake, shared her pain and understood what it took for her to seek him out. Because the look in Kathryn's eyes reflected the same searing memories fighting their way back to his heart, as well. This time, he won't let her down.
Seven years ago, private investigator Rafe Diaz went to prison for a crime he didn't commit-and Allie Fielding's testimony helped put him there. Now the popular socialite holds his client's fate in her manicured hands. But this time, the charge is murder one. And Rafe intends to question Allie until that glossy mouth of hers tells the truth. Shooting daggers from those smoldering eyes, Rafe could easily pass for the bad guy Allie once thought he was. But now, her one-time enemy is theonlyman who can protect her. Because a cold-blooded murderer wants to ensure she never gets another day on the witness stand....
TO: Officer Morgan McCallSUBJECT: Undercover AssignmentEffective immediately, you will report to Sergeant Alexander Blade for your first investigation. You are to take down gambling kingpin Carlton Spurlock on suspicion of murder. The two of you will pose as newlyweds and move in next door to the suspect. Be aware of the risks involved in role-playing. You and Alex will be living together in close quarters, under constant surveillance by Spurlock. Try to stay in character at all times without giving in to the heated passion that flares in these intimate situations. Remember that love undercover can lead to desire-and danger.
Champion jockey Melanie Preston believes romance and sex are complications best avoided. Besides, she has enough to worry about with Quest Stables tottering on the edge of financial ruin! But when the gorgeous thorn in her side -- horse trainer Marcus Vasquez -- leaves to open his own stable, Melanie is torn between relief. . . and desire for a man she can't trust. Marcus's dark good looks go hand in hand with a past that's just as mysterious. A past with which he was forced to sever all ties. . . forever. But when he and Melanie work side by side once again, they find themselves plunged into an increasingly dangerous plot. Now Marcus's secrets could hold the key to Quest's Thoroughbred mystery. . . if they don't threaten Melanie's life!
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