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Driven to Ink

by Olson Karen E.

The latest in the cleverly designed tattoo shop mystery series. Brett Kavanaugh is a tattoo artist and owner of Vegas's hottest tattoo shop, The Painted Lady. And in her spare time, she does some sleuthing. After discovering the corpse of a Dean Martin impersonator-sporting a spider web tattoo and a clip cord from a tattoo machine wrapped around his neck-Brett infiltrates That's Amore, a drive-through wedding chapel, as a bride-to-be looking for the mark of a murderer. . . .

Cross Your Heart

by Michele Bardsley

Even vampires can be afraid of ghosts. . . After the death of her husband-and her dreams of motherhood-Elizabeth Bretton returned to the family estate in Broken Heart, Oklahoma. Little did she know she would also give up her life as the Silverstone heiress. But escaping the past isn't that easy-especially with a vengeful ghost trying to kill her, a 150-year-old mystery to solve, and an outrageously hot were-jaguar named "Tez" trying to get into her boudoir. . . .

Coronets and Steel

by Sherwood Smith

In this new fantasy series, a young woman takes her own destiny by the hand-and the hilt. California girl Kim Murray is unsatisfied with grad school and restless in life. Modern men disappoint her, and she studies ballet and fencing because they remind her of older, more romantic times. She lives with her parents and her beloved but secretive aristocratic grandmother, who speaks only French and refuses to share stories about the mysterious family she left behind in Europe, inspiring Kim to travel there and find her roots. Kim soon finds herself swept up in an adventure of fantastic deceptions and passionate intrigue-and a shocking realization about her own bloodline that leaves her reeling. .

Chains of Fire

by Christina Dodd

From the New York Times bestselling author of Storm of Shadows Fourth in the thrilling series. . . Samuel Faa is a Gypsy lawyer with the power to control minds. Isabelle Mason is wealthy, privileged, and refined, and has the gift for healing. Two of the Chosen Ones, they share a past filled with love and betrayal, and a future denied by fate-until the day they're trapped underground. No way out. No way to deny the passion that still burns beneath the surface. And when danger threatens, Isabelle has only one choice: to place her trust in the power of the one man she could never forgive. . . or forget. Watch a Video .

The Age of Innocence

by Edith Wharton

Newland Archer saw little to envy in the marriages of his friends, yet he prided himself that in May Welland he had found the companion of his needs--tender and impressionable, with equal purity of mind and manners. Enter Countess Olenska, a woman of quick wit sharpened by experience, not afraid to flout convention and determined to find freedom in divorce. Against his judgment, Newland is drawn to the socially ostracized Ellen Olenska. He knows that in sweet-tempered May, he can expect stability and the steadying comfort of duty. But what new worlds could he discover with Ellen?

Against Gravity

by Farnoosh Moshiri

Set in Houston in the mid-1980s, Against Gravityis a harrowing story of three lives colliding- Madison Kirby, an angry, dying intellectual; Ric Cardinal, a social worker dedicated to helping others but tormented by the son he cannot save; and Roya, a struggling Iranian immigrant who has traveled for years through the war-torn Middle East to arrive in Texas to eke out the most tenuous life for herself and her daughter. They each tell of their own lives, yet as their stories intertwine a portrait of shared struggle and loss emerges. A devastating and beautiful novel. "AGAINST GRAVITY is an intense novel, ambitious in its reach, intriguing in its structural complexity and the sophistication of its narration. It is the highly satisfying work of a mature writer that will leave the reader wanting more. I enjoyed it. " -Nuruddin Farah, author of Links, and the Blood in the SunTrilogy

After Dark

by Jayne Ann Krentz writing as Jayne Castle

Welcome to Harmony--where the rules are a little different. Life is tough these days for Lydia Smith, licensed para-archaeologist. Seriously stressed-out from a nasty incident in an alien tomb, she is obliged to work part-time in Shrimpton's House of Ancient Horrors, a very low-budget museum. She has a plan to get her career back on track, but it isn't going well. Stuff keeps happening. Take the dead body that she discovered in one of the sarcophagus exhibits. Who needed that? Finding out that her new client, Emmett London, is one of the most dangerous men in the city isn't helping matters either. And that's just today's list of setbacks. Here in the shadows of the Dead City of Old Cadence, things don't really heat up until After Dark. Includes a preview of Jayne Castle's Rainshadow Novel DECEPTION COVE

After Glow

by Jayne Ann Krentz

Return to Harmony-where nothing is as it seems. Life is complicated for Lydia Smith. She's working at a tacky, third-rate museum, Shrimpton's House of Ancient Horrors, trying to salvage her career in para-archaeology-and dating the most dangerous man in town. Just when she thinks she might be getting things under control, she stumbles over a dead body and discovers that her lover has a secret past that could get him killed. Just to top it off, there's trouble brewing underground in the eerie, glowing green passageways of the Dead City. Descending into these twisting catacombs, Lydia will learn just what it's like to put her heart-and life-on the line... Includes a preview of Jayne Castle's Rainshadow Novel DECEPTION COVE .

Desert Heat

by Kat Martin

"Kat Martin writes irresistible novels. " --RT Book ReviewsIt takes a certain kind of rough and tumble man to show a Sinclair girl how to ask for everything she wants. . . For Patience Sinclair, leaving the ivy-covered halls of Boston for the wide, open spaces of Texas means a chance to stop looking over her shoulder at every turn. Traveling incognito with the Triple C Rodeo is just what she needs to free her from a past that continues to haunt her. But she can't avoid the undeniable presence of Dallas Kingman. The champion rider has a way of letting her know he's watching her every move that makes her feel wild and reckless. As they make their way through the heart of the southwest, a series of mysterious accidents darkens the promise of the unknown into a vortex of fear and obsession, and Patience finds herself closer to danger than she could have ever imagined. . . "Enthralling. . . guaranteed to give you hours of reading pleasure. " --RT Book Reviews on The Silent Rose

The Night Before (Savannah #1)

by Lisa Jackson

From the back cover: BLOOD WILL BE SPILLED. In the dark shadows of a sultry southern town, a serial killer strikes. It's an act of sinister precision that has happened many times before...every victim an offering to a hunger that can never be sated... NIGHT AFTER NIGHT. The next morning, Caitlyn Montgomery Bandeaux wakes covered in blood. But Caitlyn has no memory of the night before, when her estranged husband was brutally murdered like so many others she has known... AFTER NIGHT... Wanted by the police and haunted by horrifying, fragmented memories, Caitlyn turns to Adam Hunt, the town's new psychologist. But how far can she really trust him? For as a twisted killer strikes again and again, Caitlyn's about to discover that those who appear the most innocent are usually the most evil...

No Escape

by Mary Burton

He Was Taught How To KillEven behind bars, serial killer Harvey Day Smith exudes menace. Psychologist Jolene Granger has agreed to hear his dying confession, vowing not to let the monster inside her head. And Harvey has secrets to share-about bodies that were never found, and about the apprentice who is continuing his grisly work. . . And Now He'll Teach ThemHe buries his victims alive the way his mentor Harvey did, relishing their final screams as the earth rains down. And as one last gift to the only father he knew, he'll make the most perfect kill of all. How To DieEverything about this investigation is unnerving Jo, from Harvey's fascination with her to the fact that she's working alongside Texas Ranger Brody Winchester, her ex-husband. Harvey's protege is growing bolder and more vicious every day. And soon the trail of shallow graves will lead them to the last place Jo expected, and to the most terrifying truth of all. . . Praise for Mary Burton's The Seventh Victim"Dark and disturbing, a well-written tale of obsession and murder. " -Kat Martin"Burton delivers action-packed tension. " -"Publishers Weekly"

Across the Nightingale Floor

by Lian Hearn

A land of incomparable beauty torn by civil war An ancient tradition undermined by spies and assassins A society of rigid castes and codes subverted by love Takeo is raised among the Hidden, whose beliefs forbid them to kill. When his family fall victim to religious persecution at the hands of Lord Iida of the Dairyo clan, he is rescued and adopted by the warrior, Shigeru, of the Otori clan. Defeated ten years before by the Dairyo, many of the Otori still want revenge and look to Shigeru, the rightful heir, to lead them. However his uncles, the lords of the clan, would prefer to see him dead, and so would his greatest enemy, Iida. Fifteen year-old Kaede, a hostage of the Noguchi, allies of the Iida, has acquired the reputation of bringing death to any man who desires her. A marriage is arranged with Shigeru, ostensibly to bring the Otori into alliance, but really to mask his murder. Unknown to Takeo, his real father was a celebrated assassin and a member of the Tribe, an ancient network of families with extraordinary skills, including night vision, invisibility, creating a second self when fighting, and many methods of assassination. They sell their services as assassins and spies to the Warlords. Takeo has many of these skills. In addition he has supernatural hearing and skills as an artist, and both Shigeru and the Tribe want to use these skills for their own purposes. Conflicted by split loyalties and tormented by his own divided nature, Takeo realises he must find his own way through this world of intrigue and violence, beauty and passion. He must make his own destiny.

The Actor's Book of Monologues for Women

by Various

A diverse collection of monologues featuring the voices of women through the ages Drawn from poetry, fiction, diaries, journals, and documents of public record, these selections, although not originally intended for theatrical or cinematic performances, offer unique dramatic opportunities for actors, speakers, students, or anyone interested in women's studies. Stefan Rudnicki has brought together selections from well-known as well as obscure authors, providing a tremendous range of women's perspectives from a variety of sources: poems by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Emily Dickinson, Christina Rossetti, and Sappho, among others; passages from Mary Shelley's journal, the diaries of Anais Nin, and the memoirs of Isadora Duncan; polemics from Mary Wollstonecraft and Joan of Arc, as well as Susan B. Anthony's "On Woman's Right to Suffrage"; and selections from the novels of Emily and Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austen, Ursula K. LeGuin, and others.

Plaid to the Bone

by Mia Marlowe

"A wonderful tale " --Hannah Howell, "New York Times "bestselling author A bride comes to Bonniebroch. . . But Cait Grant is hardly dreaming of wedded bliss. For political reasons, she must marry Adam Cameron, laird of Bonniebroch. And then, as a duty to her clan, she must murder him. . . If only her new husband weren't so devilishly handsome. If only she didn't have to play the loving wife for one long, languorous month. If only she didn't surrender to his softly sensual touch, she would be able to fulfill her duty. If only she didn't fall in love. . . Praise for Mia Marlowe and her novels "Marlowe proves she has the 'touch' for strong heroines, wickedly sexy heroes, and love scenes so hot they singe the pages. " --"USA Today "bestselling author Jennifer Ashley "Sensuality, sexuality, passion and mystery blend into a wonderfully entertaining tale. " --"Romantic Times" "Both historical and paranormal readers will love this crossover tale. " --"Publishers Weekly " starred review29,618 Words

The Actor's Book of Classical Monologues

by Various

A challenging, wide-ranging collection of monologues from history's greatest dramatic works. From the stately and poetic Greek tragedies to the lively, bawdy Restoration comedies, the classical repertoire is a treasure trove of often-overlooked materials for male and female, young and old. The solo pieces collected here vary widely in mood, style, and level of challenge; they include a generous supply of Shakespeare and his contemporaries; and they're fleshed out with brief plot synopses and valuable historical material. Stefan Rudnicki, an accomplished actor, director, and teacher, also provides practical tips on preparing each scene for audition or performance. Among the playwrights whose works are included are: Aeschylus Sophocles Euridipes Aristophanes Shakespeare Tourneur Kyd Middleton Jonson Sheridan Dryden Congreve ...and many others.

Starlight And Splendor

by Janelle Taylor

CENTER>MOONDUST AND MADNESS. . . STARDUST AND SHADOWS. . . Bestselling author Janelle Taylor has taken her millions of readers to thrilling new worlds of romance with these novels of universal desire and intergalactic adventure. Now, the magic continues amidst the blaze of STARLIGHT AND SPLENDOR Many years have passed since Commander Varian Saar spirited the lovely Doctor Jana Grayson away from Earth aboard his starship and made her his. Now their son Galen, First Lieutenant of the Galactic Wind, seeks his destiny among the stars-and in the arms of a beautiful seductress who may be his doom. . . while his twin sister Amaya journeys to far-off earth-where her courage and her passions are soon put to the greatest test of all.

Adam Bede

by George Eliot

Excerpt: . . . had the mysterious secret of never wearing a new-looking coat. "This is not the first time, by a great many," he said, "that I have had to thank my parishioners for giving me tokens of their goodwill, but neighbourly kindness is among those things that are the more precious the older they get. Indeed, our pleasant meeting to-day is a proof that when what is good comes of age and is likely to live, there is reason for rejoicing, and the relation between us as clergyman and parishioners came of age two years ago, for it is three-and-twenty years since I first came among you, and I see some tall fine-looking young men here, as well as some blooming young women, that were far from looking as pleasantly at me when I christened them as I am happy to see them looking now. But I'm sure you will not wonder when I say that among all those young men, the one in whom I have the strongest interest is my friend Mr. Arthur Donnithorne, for whom you have just expressed your regard. I had the pleasure of being his tutor for several years, and have naturally had opportunities of knowing him intimately which cannot have occurred to any one else who is present; and I have some pride as well as pleasure in assuring you that I share your high hopes concerning him, and your confidence in his possession of those qualities which will make him an excellent landlord when the time shall come for him to take that important position among you. We feel alike on most matters on which a man who is getting towards fifty can feel in common with a young man of one-and-twenty, and he has just been expressing a feeling which I share very heartily, and I would not willingly omit the opportunity of saying so. That feeling is his value and respect for Adam Bede. People in a high station are of course more thought of and talked about and have their virtues more praised, than those whose lives are passed in humble everyday work; but every sensible man knows how necessary that humble. . .

Moonbeams And Magic

by Janelle Taylor

MOONDUST AND MADNESS. . . STARDUST AND SHADOWS. . . STARLIGHT AND SPLENDOR. . . Master storyteller Janelle Taylor takes romance to a new dimension with her tales of intergalactic adventure and heartsoaring desire. Now she brings is the dazzling tale of two star-crossed lovers. . . players in a dangerous game of intrigue and seduction. Starla and Dagan cannot reveal their true identities. . . even as they surrender to passion beneath the moon-kissed skies. Enemies or allies, they are a man and woman who will fight for their forbidden love-and seek their dangerous destiny in a universe a-shimmer with. . .

Wild Winds

by Janelle Taylor

With her trademark combination of intrigue, adventure and sensual romance, New York Times bestselling author Janelle Taylor crafts novels that hold readers spellbound time and time again, now, she recreates the rugged grandFR DE of the old southwest in her lushest, most romantic love story yet. Feisty and beautiful Maggie Malone is determined to earn her livelihood as a private detective--a daunting profession unheard of for a woman on her own in the wild West. And when her stepfather asks her to help his son escape the hangman's noose for a bank robbery he didn't commit, she rises to the challenge. The Yuma Prison break will place Maggie's own life in jeopardy--and leave her with grave doubts about whether she's done right or terribly wrong. . . Sworn to help clear her stepbrother's name by tracking down the men who framed him, Maggie meets Hawk Reynolds. An ex-Texas Ranger and half-blood Cheyenne, Hawk is on a vengeance quest to find his parents' killers--the same desperadoes Maggie is seeking. Destiny draws Hawk and Maggie to each other and to the stirring of an unbidden, irresistible desire. Together, they will ride into Tombstone and into a crossfire of lies, double dealings, and searing betrayal as they search for answers that will sow the seeds of suspicion between them--and arouse a passion fated to explode beneath the bright desert sky.

Wild Is My Love

by Janelle Taylor

Rescued from her father's beleaguered kingdom by a mysterious stranger, the bewitchingly lovely Princess Alysa joins that stranger in a fiery, forbidden passion.

Whispered Kisses

by Janelle Taylor

Follow the wind. . . Promise me forever. . . Fortune's flames. . . Each historical novel that Janelle Taylor creates is filled with soul-stirring romance, unforgettable adventure and tempestuous desire. And in Whispered Kisses she continues her award-winning tradition in the dangerous jungles of Africa where a golden-haired temptress finds passion beyond her wildest dreams in the arms of an enigmatic stranger. . . Whispered KissesTexas heiress Laura Leigh Webster thought she was prepared for the perils she might face on her first African safari. But the beautiful blonde never dreamed her biggest worry would be a beast of the two-legged variety--Jace Elliott, her handsome, sensual guide. Every instinct warned her that Jace was a dangerous man she dared not trust. . . or love. But now that fate had placed her in his strong hands, Leigh was stunned to realize there was nowhere else she'd rather be!

Black Cats & Four-Leaf Clovers

by Harry Oliver

Cross your fingers, knock on wood, and clutch your rabbit's foot a little tighter. In this charming and endlessly diverting book, Harry Oliver delves into the stories behind the traditions and superstitions that permeate our everyday lives, unearthing the fascinating histories of these weird and wonderful notions. So before you search for any more four-leaf clovers, worry about the next Friday the 13th, or avoid walking under any ladders, dip into this amazing tome and discover: * Why breaking a mirror brings seven years of bad luck. * The best day of the week to ask for a favor. * Why you should never jump over a child in Turkey. .

Ben & Me

by Cameron Gunn

Thirteen weeks. Thirteen virtues. Cameron Gunn considered himself a regular guy-a pretty good husband, father, attorney, and friend. But was there room for improvement? A reader of history and a fan of Ben Franklin (and weary of self-help advice that never seems to offer much help), Gunn decided to try a little experiment. He would attempt to live by Franklin's thirteen virtues, a list of lofty ideals the Founding Father held dear, as enumerated in his famous autobiography. Would Gunn's plan to improve his life, Citizen Ben-style, prove to be a brilliant reinvention of the self-help movement or a boondoggle of revolutionary proportions? By turns heartfelt, hilarious, and more than a little humbling, Gunn's adventure takes this ordinary man way outside his comfort zone and into a thicket of not-so-modern values. The result is an engaging mix of humor and history-with perhaps a lightning bolt of inspiration or two along the way. Prepare to get up close and personal with everyone's favorite Founding Father. Temperance * Silence * Order * Resolution * Frugality * Industry * Sincerity * Justice * Moderation * Cleanliness * Tranquility * Chastity * Humility .

Are You My Guru?

by Wendy Shanker

Read Wendy Shanker's blogs and other content on the Penguin Community. From the author of The Fat Girl's Guide to Life--an insightful and humorous memoir of one woman's quest to navigate the world of alternative healing. At age 33, Wendy Shanker was on the verge of Have It All-itis: a Midwestern girl living in Manhattan, writing for television, mingling with celebrities, and publishing her first book. Plus, she had a fierce haircut. Life was good. Then suddenly, it wasn't. Diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease, Wendy knew she was in for it- at the very least a cocktail of chemo and steroids (certain to challenge her body image), a bustling career put on hold, and a major hurdle to her dating life. When she ran out of medical options, Wendy found herself exploring everything from acupuncture, colonics, and energy healing to detox retreats, tarot card readers, and an intuitive therapist who wanted her to talk to her liver. Surely there must be a guru somewhere who can fix everything-right? Watch a Video .

An Artificial Night

by Seanan Mcguire

Changeling knight in the court of the Duke of Shadowed Hills, October "Toby" Daye has survived numerous challenges that would destroy fae and mortal alike. Now Toby must take on a nightmarish new assignment. Someone is stealing both fae and mortal children -- and all signs point to Blind Michael. When the young son of Toby's closest friends is snatched from their Northern California home and his sister falls into a coma-like state, the situation becomes way too personal. Toby has no choice but to track the villains down, even when there are only three magical roads by which to reach Blind Michael's realm -- home of the legendary Wild Hunt -- and no road may be taken more than once. If she cannot escape with all the children before the candle that guides and protects her burns away, Toby herself will fall prey to the Wild Hunt and Blind Michael's inescapable power. And it doesn't bode well for the success of her mission that her own personal Fetch, May Daye - the harbinger of Toby's own death -- has suddenly turned up on her doorstep. . . .

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