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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"
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.
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.
"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
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.
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.
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. . .
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. . .
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.
Rescued from her father's beleaguered kingdom by a mysterious stranger, the bewitchingly lovely Princess Alysa joins that stranger in a fiery, forbidden passion.
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!
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. .
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 .
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 .
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. . . .
Successful persuasion is about reading your audience-of one or one million-and creating a message that aligns with what they already believe. As a message strategist for some of the most famous names in America, Chris St. Hilaire knows this better than anyone. He has taught politicians how to persuade voters, attorneys how to persuade juries, and executives how to persuade CEOs. Drawing on the techniques St. Hilaire perfected while working with chief figures in the major communications disciplines-politics, marketing, journalism, and the law-27 Powers of Persuasion provides practical strategies that have helped his clients win multimillion-dollar court cases and major political campaigns for the past eighteen years. You'll learn how to: * Persuade people without browbeating them. * Unite with your audience, not conquer them. * Use language that lets people agree with you on their terms. * Get people to see things your way and feel good about it. With provocative excerpts from focus groups and courtroom testimony, behind-the-scenes insights from some of the nation's canniest political operatives, and stories pulled from headlines and corporate hush files, 27 Powers of Persuasion delivers tactics you can start using the moment you close the book. .
He saved her life and she gave him a throne. Joined together by royal decree, the Princess Alysa and her beloved Prince Gavin share a bond of power and passion that no man can tear asunder. But when their kingdom on the enchanted isle of Britain is attacked, Alysa mounts her noble steed and joins her warrior army against the northern invaders who would divide her peaceful realm. Defiant and unafraid, Alysa battles the barbaric Norsemen-with a bold, seductive plan that will sweep her into the arms of her most dangerous enemy. . . before she can return to her land and the lover whose searing caresses will burn in her heart forevermore. . .
Kiss of the night wind. . . Whispered kisses. . . Follow the wind. . . Each novel that Janelle Taylor writes is filled with heart-pounding passion and romantic adventure. Yet it is the compelling saga of the beautiful Alisha and her Indian lover Gray Eagle and their descendants which continues to enthrall her readers the most. . . Tender EcstasyIn a wagon train deep in Sioux territory rose Rebecca Kenny, the most ravishing woman Bright Arrow had ever seen. Her soft perfect curves were an intoxicating blend of innocence and seduction that drove him mad with desire. The hot-blooded brave had to have her--but wisdom demanded that he slay the enticing creature along with all the other white invaders. The bronze-skinned youth killed her companions--but fate commanded that he save Rebecca, capture her, torment her. . . and soar with her to the dizzying heights of blazing ecstasy!
Kristin Lowrey wasn't accustomed to widowhood yet, but she was all too familiar with being at the beck and call of her three grown children and their children. Now, though, she had finally summoned the courage to start over again-a new job, a new look, and a whole new life far from her native Augusta, Georgia. . all the way to California! Getting away was hard enough, but having an accident en route and ending up on a ranch in New Mexico was nearly disastrous. Especially when her all-too-welcoming host turned out to be a divorced doctor with an irresistibly appealing bedside manner. She and Christopher Harrison had a lot in common. And it wasn't so very far from New Mexico to California. Maybe they could even go there together. . . if Kirstin could just learn to let go of the past. Was it time to take a chance on a brand new future-time to love again?
Follow the wind. . . Kiss of the night wind. . . Promise me forever. . . Award-winning author Janelle Taylor brings her magnificent historicals alive with fiery passion and exciting adventure. And Sweet Savage Heart continues that bestselling tradition on the wild plains of the Dakota Territory where an arrogant rancher stakes his claim on a flame-haired beauty!Sweet Savage HeartKidnapped when she was a child, eighteen-year-old Rana Michaels couldn't imagine any life other than her carefree existence among the Sioux. The white man Travis KinCAe appeared in her camp, and the flame-haired beauty's peace was shattered forever. His emerald eyes seemed to strip away her doeskin dress his heated touch was destined to teach her passion's secrets. But when he traded a few trinkets for her freedom, Rana vowed to slay him before returning to her people. . . even if it meant denying herself the exquisite release only he could ignite within her!
Follow the wind. . . Forever Ecstasy. . . Whispered kisses. . . Readers everywhere look to Janelle Taylor for the very best in historical romance. And Stolen Ecstasy continues her beloved Savage Ecstasy series with one of her greatest love stories ever--that of Gray Eagle's son, Bright Arrow, and his beautiful white captive, Rebecca. . . Stolen EcstasySeven years had passed since the Oglala Sioux had banished Bright Arrow for loving the magnificent captive, Rebecca Kenny. And though his passion for her still blazed as brightly as the evening star, it was torture for the son of Gray Eagle to be apart from his people. He yearned to ride free in the wind and to sink his knife into the hunt with the other braves. Now, Bright Arrow had to make his choice again--between his desire for a white woman and his honor as an Indian!
For more than a deCAe, Janelle Taylor has been sharing the treasures of her imagination with romance readers the world over. She opened our eyes to the excitement and adventure of the American frontier with her tales of Indian romance. Now she returns to her most thrilling love story of all-the passion of Jana Greyson and Commander Varian Saar. First ignited in the bestselling MOONDUST AND MADNESS, it continues to blaze in a universe of STARDUST AND SHADOWS Doctor Jana Greysen didn't know what to believe. The last thing she remembered was lying safely in the arms of her beloved, Commander Varian Saar, aboard the starship Wanderlust. But she'd awakened from a deep, drugged sleep to find herself again the captive bride of Varian's evil half-brother, the handsome Prince Ryker Triloni, who was not even supposed to be alive! Even worse, Ryker insisted that Varian was about to wed another. Could Jana have given her love to the wrong man? Was Ryker really the one who deserved her passion? Well-skilled at pleasing a woman's heart as well as her body, he seemed everything his brother had been-and more. In a universe cloaked in stardust and shadows, could Jana ever hope to know the truth?
THE PAST HELD THE KEY TO THEIR PASSION. . . AND THEIR FUTURE. Cammie Miller's career hangs on convincing Oscar-winning actor Tyler Stovall to play the lead in the movie that would make her a star. But she would rather die unknown than succumb to begging Tyler. Although ten years have passed, she still remembers the reckless night they once shared-and the hurt when he mysteriously disappeared. What Cammie doesn't know is that Tyler is running away from a dark Hollywood secret and that nothing can lure him back-unless Cammie can prove to him that their love is worth a second chance. . . .
KISS OF THE NIGHT WIND. . . WHISPERED KISSES. . . . FOLLOW THE WIND. . . Janelle Taylor's magnificent historical romances sing with breathtaking adventure and enthralling romance. With SAVAGE CONQUEST, she continues her beloved SAVAGE ECSTASY series with the tempestuous tale of Miranda Lawrence, the beautiful great granddaughter of Gray Eagle and Alisha, and her passion for an Indian brave. . . Savage Conquest There was no Virginia belle more irresistible than ebon-haired Miranda Lawrence. Through the willful beauty had her pick of handsome beaux, she felt a wild need deep within her for the kind man she'd never meet in polite society. Heeding the call of her destiny, Miranda stole away from her plantation home, back to the land of her mother's people. But when she found the passion she sought in the arms of a handsome Indian, Miranda had to make a final choice-between the life she'd left behind and the future that would give her his love!
JANELLE TAYLOR. . . AUTHOR OF. . . FOLLOW THE WIND, FOREVER ECTASY, AND KISS OF THE NIGHT WIND, TRIUMPHS AGAIN WITH THIS SWEEPING TALE OF A BEAUTIFUL, INNOCENT WOMAN RACING AGAINST TIME TO SOLVE A CHILLING MYSTERY AND CLEAR HER NAME. AT HER SIDE IS A MAN WHO CAN NEITHER TRUST NOR RESIST HER. THEY ARE BOTH AFTER THE TRUTH-BUT FOR VERY DIFFERENT REASONS. PROMISE ME FOREVER. . . In 1875 Savannah, Rachel Fleming Barlow Newman McCandless is known to her neighbors as the Black Widow. Only twenty-one year old, she has been widowed three times, most recently by the death of Phillip McCandless whose last words to her-incoherent ramblings about an illegal arms shipment-have left her terrified as well as grief-stricken. Phillip's long-estranged brother Captain Daniel Slade, convinced that the "Black Widow" has struck again, pretends to be Phillip's business partner while he tries to uncover the truth about Rachel's apparently fatal charms. Rachel, of course, suspects the worst-that Daniel is behind Phillip's untimely death. But even that fear can't stop her from desiring the handsome stranger. She has married three times-for every reason except love. Only now is she discovering that losing her heart can be the greatest danger of all. . .
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