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The Texas of vast open spaces inhabited by independent, self-reliant men and women may be more of a dream than a reality for the state's largely urban population, but it still exists in the Big Bend. One of the most sparsely settled areas of the United States, the Big Bend attracts people who are willing to forego many modern conveniences for a lifestyle that proclaims "don't fence me in." Marcia Hatfield Daudistel and Bill Wright believe that the character traits exemplified by folks in the Big Bend--including self-sufficiency, friendliness, and neighborliness--go back to the founding of the state. In this book, they introduce us to several dozen Big Bend residents--old and young, long-settled and recently arrived, racially diverse--who show us what it means to be an authentic Texan.
All it takes is one murder to change a million lives, and that's exactly what happens to Kasheef Williams on a cold, black Friday. After a reunion with an old friend goes wrong in a Long Island night club, Kasheef is forced to protect himself by any means necessary. The only problem is that prying eyes see everything. Those eyes belong to Alija Bell. After walking in on a situation she was never meant to see, she runs; but Kasheef sees her face, and he tells her that it's best for her to get temporary amnesia. Afraid for her life and the safety of her daughter, she keeps her mouth shut--but when a tape of the murder surfaces, the only face that's visible is Alija's. Now the police are looking for their eye witness, and Kasheef has to get to Alija before her day comes to testify against him in court. In this dramatic, hood-savvy tale, things aren't always as they seem. Somebody holds the ticket to the jury's verdict. Lies and truth collide. Everyone has a different angle, but the only question is, who has the most influence over Kasheef's fate?
Half-human and half-demon, Allay has finally warmed up to her new life feeding off the customers at her downtown bar whens he finds herself brokering a truce between New York City's most powerful demons. But when she senses assassins around every corner, Allay hides out of sight and underground-until combatants in the growing war tempt her back above the surface. . . .
A must-have resource for educational professionals implementing Response to Intervention (RTI) programs in their schools RTI in Practice: A Practical Guide to Implementing Effective Evidence-Based Interventions in Your School is an innovative and timely guide that presents concrete, balanced perspectives and directions for implementing an effective RTI model in your school. Built upon the three tiers of effective general education and universal screening, targeted interventions, and intensive interventions, this authoritative resource addresses: Effective academic programs for all students How to use data to make decisions in general education Guidelines for setting goals, monitoring progress, and graphing intervention outcomes Multicultural considerations Realistic case scenarios appear throughout to bring the implementation strategies to life, and the book is packaged with a CD-ROM containing numerous reproducible and customizable forms, surveys, and screening tools, as well as an annotated list of resources for charting and monitoring individual student and classroom progress. RTI in Practice: A Practical Guide to Implementing Effective Evidence-Based Interventions in Your School is a complete resource providing educators and school professionals with the tips?and tools needed for successful RTI program implementation.
This book helps managers move beyond the idea that the future of business will resemble the past and allows them to use scenarios to imagine multiple perspectives. The concepts of organizational realities, experience, and beliefs are explored to encourage and embrace change in business organizations for a successful future.
ABDUCTED BY ALIENS, FORCED INTO BONDAGE... Only a few years earlier, Rose Rico of Earth had no idea that her planet's government was secretly selling human beings to the alien Alphas in exchange for advanced alien technology. Then Rose found herself, along with hundreds of other human captives, bound for the far reaches of space, and compelled to cater to the depraved desires of her new alien masters. Rose broke her chains, freed some of her fellow captives and stole a spaceship of her own. Now they are wanted fugitives, and the galaxy is heating up for Rose and for her renegade band of former pleasure slaves. As her companions flee from the Alphas, Rose plots a one-woman strike against her former masters. Recaptured, tortured, and once again forced to serve as a pleasure slave, Rose escapes to rejoin her crew and battle the Alphas -- to free Earth from their domination!
Years ago, Rose Rico learned firsthand that Earth's government was secretly "exporting" hundreds of human beings into bondage, in exchange for advanced alien technology from the Alphas. Forced to wear the collar of a pleasure slave, Rose and her fellow abductees were condemned to a lifetime of satisfying the Alphas' carnal lusts. But not even her sadistic "masters" could extinguish Rose's passion to regain her freedom. Escaping her oppressors and leading a crew of escaped slaves in a hijacked Fleet patrolship, she has returned to Earth, intent on breaking the Alphas' stranglehold on her world. Her only chance for success lies in overthrowing Earth's corrupt leaders and publicly exposing their ongoing clandestine pact with the aliens. But to do so, Rose and her renegade crew must first distinguish friend from foe among those closest to them, all while fending off the advances of a reinforced Alpha Fleet, which will accept nothing less than the return of their nubile "property"...and Earth's total subjugation! SLAVES UNCHAINED IS THE ROUSING CLIMAX TO THE SLAVE TRADE TRILOGY, A SCIENCE-FICTION SAGA OF SLAVERY, SUBMISSIVENESS, AND INSURGENCE!