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Burning Lamp

by Amanda Quick

More than three centuries ago, Nicholas Winters irrevocably altered his genetic makeup in an obsession-fuelled competition with alchemist and Arcane Society founder Sylvester Jones. Driven to control their psychic abilities, each man's decision has reverberated throughout the family line, rewarding some with powers beyond their wildest dreams, and cursing others to a life filled with madness and hallucinations. At the heart of this curse is the Burning Lamp. In BURNING LAMP by Jayne Ann Krentz writing as Amanda Quick, FIRED UP by Jayne Ann Krentz and MIDNIGHT CRYSTAL by Jayne Ann Krentz writing as Jayne Castle, you will meet the three men - past, present and future - of the Burning Lamp, descendants of Nicholas Winters. There is only one hope for them: each must find the artefact and a woman who can work the dreamlight energy that the device produces in order to reverse the dangerous psychical changes brought on by the curse - or risk turning into a monster. . .

The Cheater's Diet

by Marissa Lippert

Smart, sneaky, and sustainable cheating tips from one of New York's top nutritionists. Award-winning nutritionist, Glamourmagazine columnist and stylish New York City chick, Marissa Lippert understands how hard it is to stick to a plan and eat a healthy diet when you're a girl-on-the go. And she knows that if you aren't allowed to cheat, you won't want to stick to any type of plan. Here, finally, is the foolproof program for eating, cheating, and losing weight permanently. You heard it from your mother many times, "Cheaters never win. " And she was right. But in this case, cheaters always win, because (winning means losing), especially if they listen to hot New York City nutritionist Marissa Lippert. Let her teach you the art of cheating and you'll be the biggest loser ever-up to twenty pounds in eight weeks. And that's just the beginning of the good news. You'll be the leanest, fittest, healthiest and happiest you've ever been on a diet because Lippert believes that life without guilty pleasures-including drinks (yes, alcohol) and desserts-just isn't worth living. There are two kinds of cheats: the ones you do on purpose and, more frequently, the ones that catch you off guard. Whether you've binged on sweets, fatty foods or booze, Marissa has the tools to help you spring into action and maximize cheating momentum. You'll feel better and healthier if you follow her plan and you won't ruin the progress you'll make on The Cheater's Diet. Getting a grip on your schedule is the first step to cheating-planning trips to the gym, stocking up on staples at the grocery store, deciding when to cook, and knowing when and how you'll likely cheat during the week. Will it be at your office happy hour on Wednesday or an indulgent dinner date on Thursday? Girl's night out on Saturday? Take your best shot-if the dinner date is at an incredible restaurant you've been dying to try, play smart with lighter meals earlier in the week and hold out for the good stuff. Lippert shows readers, in each of the eight weeks, how to shop, how to cook and how to find the best of everything within your budget. The upshot is that eating the most delicious food whether you're cheating or not, whether you're eating in or out, is the best way to stay satisfied and control your portions. You'll want to save the cheats for something that's worth it-not junk food from the snack machine, but the best red velvet cupcake you've ever had. Not house wine, but the best Pinot Noir you'll ever taste. The better the quality the more you'll savor it, and the less you'll eat--and that's true of healthy food too. Buy a great bottle of balsamic vinegar and olive oil and suddenly salads won't be a punishment for a night of cheating. They'll feel like your naughty days. Eight weeks, up to twenty pounds, and enjoying every minute of it. How can you beat that?

Prep School Boys

by Josi Dashman

Chace Crawford, Ed Westwick, and Penn Badgley are best known for their roles on the CW's hit series Gossip Girl, but they've also made names for themselves by starring in major Hollywood films and posing on the covers of popular magazines like Rolling Stone. We've got all the most gossip-worthy information on these three boys, from their early years to their career-changing roles as Upper East Side prep boys, complete with eight pages of color photos!


by Nancy Makin

Nancy Makin weighed an astounding 703 pounds in May 2000. She was forty-five years old and had diabetes and heart disease. Thanks in equal parts to shame and logistics, she'd been homebound for a dozen years. All that changed after her sister gave her a computer. Nancy ignored it for months, until finally boredom and curiosity pushed her into cyberspace. And there, in a chat room, she found the friendliness, the support, and even the love she'd been missing for so long. Nobody flinched when Nancy spoke up; people treated her with the same respect accorded to everybody else. Thanks to these emotional connections, Nancy's life was transformed. She followed no diet plan - no pills, potions or ab-crunching exercises played a part. There was no silver bullet, no magical, elusive ingredient, and yet today Nancy has lost more than 530 pounds. A moving, funny, tongue-in-cheek, and deadly serious story, Nancy's tale is one of redemption, and of reevaluating her worth.

The Eastern Stars

by Mark Kurlansky

The intriguing, inspiring history of one small, impoverished area in the Dominican Republic that has produced a staggering number of Major League Baseball talent, from an award-winning, bestselling author.

They Came From Planet Q #4

by Dave Dower Laura Schlafman

Strange things are happening in the town of Riddle. All the silverware is missing! Fillings are falling out! The metal recycling machines are always empty! Could it have to do with the UFO Lindsey spotted through her camera lens? They must have come from Planet Q. But between the crafty Monster Squad and Lindsey?s photography skills, those metal heads will surely be stopped. .

Palace Beautiful

by Sarah Williams

When sisters Sadie and Zuzu Brooks move to Salt Lake City, they discover a secret room in the attic of their new house, with a sign that reads "Palace Beautiful" and containing an old journal. Along with their neighbor, dramatic Belladonna Desolation (real name: Kristin Smith), they take turns reading the story of a girl named Helen living during the flu epidemic of 1918. The journal ends with a tragedy that has a scary parallel to Sadie and Zuzu?s lives, and the girls become obsessed with finding out what happened to Helen after the journal ends. Did she survive the flu? Is she still alive somewhere? Or could her ghost be lurking in the nearby graveyard? Sarah DeFord Williams has created a gripping read that covers two time periods, many fantastic characters, and a can't-put-it-down ending, all with delightful, extraordinary prose.

Hell Fire (Corine Solomon #2)

by Ann Aguirre

As a handler, Corine Solomon can touch any object and know its history. It's too bad she can't seem to forget her own. With her ex-boyfriend Chance in tow - lending his particularly supernatural brand of luck - Corine journeys back home to Kilmer, Georgia, in order to discover the truth behind her mother's death and the origins of her 'gift. 'But while trying to uncover the secrets in her past, Corine and Chance find that something is rotten in the state of Georgia. Just a few miles away, no one seems to know Kilmer exists. And inside the town borders there are signs of a dark curse affecting the town and all its residents - and it can only be satisfied with death . . .

Outsmart Your Genes

by Colby Brandon

Genetic testing is the most exciting-and potentially groundbreaking-medical development in decades. Outsmart Your Genes is the definitive guide for anyone considering genetic testing or curious about its benefits. Separating myth from fact, answering the tough questions, and arming readers with the information they need in order to harness the amazing power of Predictive Medicine, the book clearly explains: *What genetic testing entails and the types of cutting-edge information that genetic testing technologies care can provide BR> *What genetic information can reveal about overall health, including how you and your doctor can use that information to create a personalized plan to prevent cancer, Alzheimer's, heart disease, obesity, and many other conditions *How genetic testing can help both prospective and current parents protect the health of their children *How your genetic information allows you to predict which medications and supplements will be the most effective and least dangerous for you *Essential terms and issues to understand before speaking with a doctor

For Keeps

by Natasha Friend

Josie's never met her dad, and that's fine with her. To Josie, Paul Tucci is just a guy who got her mom pregnant and then moved away. It all happened sixteen years ago, when Josie's mom was still a teenager herself. But now Paul Tucci is back in town, and Josie has to deal with not one but two men in her life - her father and her first boyfriend, who Josie fears will hurt her just like Paul hurt her mother. .

The Inn at Angel Island

by Thomas Kinkade

Welcome to Angel Island...its captivating presence can be felt from the shores of its windswept beaches to the height of spectacular Angel Wings Cliffs. The island is said to harbor angels that guide the lost, delivering them from darkness to the golden light of love and faith. Liza Martin arrives on Angel Island eager to sell off the rundown inn she inherited and return to her busy life in Boston. Back home await her unstable career as an advertising executive--and a broken marriage. Angel Island is just one more burden... But as Liza recalls the golden summers of her childhood, she begins to second-guess herself. And she wants to know more about Daniel Merritt, the charming handyman who's helping repair the inn, but Liza doesn't have time for romance...or much else. Sometimes Liza sees her life flying by--and, at the same time, going nowhere. It may take a band of angels to mend her broken wings and redirect her soul... .

Brazilian Sexy

by Janea Padilha

Walk down any street in Rio or S o Paulo, and you will see a virtual parade of beauty. Is it because Brazilian women are naturally prettier and sexier than women everywhere else? No, of course not. It's the way they walk, how they wear clothes, their attitude about men and sex-and most important, their fearless stance about life. Brazilian women have something that cannot be bottled-but can be taught. In Brazilian Sexy, Janea Padilha teaches us how to live life like a Brazilian woman-sexy and confident. You'll discover how to: " Develop an approachable, irresistible glow " Show the right amount of skin for age and body type " Eat, drink, and live it up while staying fit and fabulous " Bring sizzle into any relationship " Think yes instead of no " Know when to be tough and when to yield " Experience the ups and downs of life with gusto Everything you want or need is already right inside you. All you need to do is reach in and find it. This book will show you how.


by Saperstein Jesse A.

The poignant, funny, and truly unique observations of a young writer diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. "Please be forewarned that you are about to read the observations and life lessons of someone who entertains himself by farting in public and conversing in gibberish with his cats. " Thus begins the charming, insightful, and memorable story of Jesse Saperstein. Diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, a mild form of autism, Jesse has struggled since childhood with many of the hallmark challenges of his condition-from social awkwardness and self-doubt to extreme difficulty with change and managing his emotions. He has also worked hard to understand and make the most of his AS- developing his keen curiosity and sense of humor, closely observing the world around him, and most of all, helping others with AS to better cope and even thrive. Told with endearing and unflinching honesty, Jesse brings his unique perspective to the circumstances of his life and his condition. .

In The Neighborhood

by Peter Lovenheim

Read Peter Lovenheim's posts on the Penguin Blog. Based on a popular New York Times Op-Ed piece, this is the quirky, heartfelt account of one man's quest to meet his neighbors-and find a sense of community. Journalist and author Peter Lovenheim has lived on the same street in suburban Rochester, NY, most of his life. But it was only after a brutal murder-suicide rocked the community that he was struck by a fact of modern life in this comfortable enclave: no one knew anyone else. Thus begins Peter's search to meet and get to know his neighbors. An inquisitive person, he does more than just introduce himself. He asks, ever so politely, if he can sleep over. In this smart, engaging, and deeply felt book, Lovenheim takes readers inside the homes, minds, and hearts of his neighbors and asks a thought-provoking question: do neighborhoods matter-and is something lost when we live among strangers? .

The Night Killer

by Beverly Connor

Contains: American Science Fiction: Four Classic Novels 1953--1956 Frederik Pohl & C. M. Kornbluth / The Space Merchants Theodore Sturgeon / More Than Human Leigh Brackett / The Long Tomorrow Richard Matheson / The Shrinking Man 978-1-59853-158-9 American Science Fiction: Five Classic Novels 1956--1958 Robert Heinlein / Double Star Alfred Bester / The Stars My Destination James Blish / A Case of Conscience Algis Budrys / Who? Fritz Leiber / The Big Time 978-159853-159-6 Following its acclaimed three-volume edition of the novels of science fiction master Philip K. Dick, The Library of America now presents a two-volume anthology of nine groundbreaking works from the golden age of the modern science fiction novel. Long unnoticed or dismissed by the literary establishment, these "outsider" novels have gradually been recognized as American classics. Here are genre-defining works by such masters as Robert Heinlein, Richard Matheson, James Blish, and Alfred Bester. The themes range from time travel (Fritz Leiber's The Big Time) to post-apocalyptic survival (Leigh Brackett's The Long Tomorrow), from the prospect of a future dominated by multinational advertising agencies (Pohl and Kornbluth's The Space Merchants) to the very nature of human identity in a technological age (Theodore Sturgeon's More Than Human and Algis Budrys's Who?). The range of styles is equally diverse, by turns satiric, adventurous, incisive, and hauntingly lyrical. Grappling in fresh ways with a world in rapid transformation, these visionary novels opened new imaginative territory in American writing.

Man of the West

by Sadie Callahan

Second in an engaging series about a legendary ranching dynasty in Texas-from an exciting new author Jolie is a newcomer in Willard County, and Sheriff Jake Strayhorn is as drawn to her vulnerability as he is intrigued by her beauty. Jolie is clearly on the run from something, but she refuses to reveal her past- or let any man into her heart. Still, Jake can't turn his back on her- even if she winds up bringing trouble to his town. . . .

Darker Than Night

by Kim Lenox

Countess Selene is the Shadow Guard's only female member. She has sacrificed herself to save the people of London and is now under a sleeping spell in the Tower of London, guarded by Raven warriors. When she awakens on a dark street with a blade in her hand and a dead prostitute at her feet, everything changes. Now she must face an ancient enemy, with only a reclusive, secretive warrior to trust. . .


by Jessica Andersen

According to Mayan doomsday prophecy, 12/21/12 marks the end of the world in a global cataclysm that can only be prevented by the Nightkeepers, magical warriors enlisted to fight the rise of the underworld demons. To fulfill the final prophecy the Nightkeepers must find their mates, but when Lucius and Jade are charged with rescuing the Mayan sun god, they try to ignore their growing attraction. Unless they can confront their own demons and accept that love isn't a weakness, even destiny might not be able to save them. . .

Storm in Paradise Valley

by West Charles G.

Retired lawman Jason Storm sets up a new life for himself as a rancher in Paradise Valley. But when a gang of outlaws invade the town, Storm straps on his gunbelt one more time. . . .


by Seth Stevenson

'I have good news and bad news . . . The good news is, they let me aboard the ship. ' ?I can't believe it,? Rebecca says excitedly. ?I thought there was no chance! I'm almost done packing - I'll catch a taxi to the terminal now! ? ?See, this is the bad news part,? I say, watching the docks slowly recede into the distance . . . Let's face it, for all its convenience, flying sucks the adventure out of a journey. Check your shoes. Bag your liquids. So when Seth Stevenson decided to embark on the ultimate adventure - circumnavigating the world, no less - he vowed to recapture what he once loved about travel by sticking to one simple rule: no planes, ever. In the spirit of Around the World in Eighty Days, he sets off with fellow traveller Rebecca as expert navigatrix to recapture the true spirit of travel by savouring every unexpected bump in the road - and seeing everything you miss by flying over it. He bunks on cargo freighters, cruise ships and ferries, rides on rickshaws, motorbikes and double-decker buses, drives a car across the Australian outback, pedals a bicycle through Vietnam, rattles across Russia on the Trans-Siberian Railway - and even abandons Rebecca in Singapore to maintain his ?no fly? rule and make a vital connection. This funny, wise and fascinating armchair tour around the world is a timely reminder of what travelling should be.

Ralph Compton Death of a Hangman

by Ralph Compton

USA Todaybestselling Phenomenon Charlie Pike is fulfilling Judge Henry Dryden's dying wish by escorting him to Texas. But an outlaw out for revenge is on their trail, determined that they will never reach their destination. . .

The Secret Duke

by Jo Beverley

A thrilling new historical romance from the New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Wedding. When Arabella Barstowe is kidnapped, she believes her life and virtue are forfeit-until she's rescued by the notorious rogue Captain Rose. Bella never expects to see him again. But years later she learns the wicked truth behind her abduction, and she seeks out the only man who can help her take revenge. What she doesn't know is that Captain Rose is just a disguise for the formidable Duke of Ithorne, who is intrigued to hear from the mysterious woman from his past. Their lives are soon entangled by danger and a growing forbidden passion.

The Queen's Pawn

by Christy English

A historical novel of the legendary Eleanor of Aquitaine and the one person she loved more than power-her rival for the throne. At only nine, Princess Alais of France is sent to live in England until she is of age to wed Prince Richard, son of King Henry II and Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine. Alais is an innocent pawn on the chessboard of dynastic marriage, her betrothal intended to broker an uneasy truce between the nations. Estranged from her husband, Eleanor sees a kindred spirit in this determined young girl. She embraces Alais as a daughter, teaching the princess what it takes to be a woman of power in a world of men. But as Alais grows to maturity and develops ambitions of her own, Eleanor begins to see her as a threat-and their love for each other becomes overshadowed by their bitter rivalry, dark betrayals, conflicting passions, and a battle for revenge over the throne of England itself. .

Imperfect Birds

by Anne Lamott

A powerful and redemptive novel of love and family, from the author of the bestselling Blue Shoe, Grace (Eventually), and Operating Instructions. Rosie Ferguson is seventeen and ready to enjoy the summer before her senior year of high school. She's intelligent-she aced AP physics; athletic-a former state-ranked tennis doubles champion; and beautiful. She is, in short, everything her mother, Elizabeth, hoped she could be. The family's move to Landsdale, with stepfather James in tow, hadn't been as bumpy as Elizabeth feared. But as the school year draws to a close, there are disturbing signs that the life Rosie claims to be leading is a sham, and that Elizabeth's hopes for her daughter to remain immune from the pull of the darker impulses of drugs and alcohol are dashed. Slowly and against their will, Elizabeth and James are forced to confront the fact that Rosie has been lying to them-and that her deceptions will have profound consequences. This is Anne Lamott's most honest and heartrending novel yet, exploring our human quest for connection and salvation as it reveals the traps that can befall all of us.

Touched by an Alien

by Gini Koch

How can a sexy marketing manager join forces with an Alpha Centauri male in Armani to save the planet-using hairspray, a Mont Blanc pen, and rock n' roll? Easy. . . She's Touched by an Alien Marketing manager Katherine "Kitty" Katt steps into the middle of what appears to be a domestic dispute turned ugly. And it only gets uglier when the man turns into a winged monster, straight out of a grade-Z horror movie, and goes on a killing spree. Though Kitty should probably run away, she springs into action to take the monster down. In the middle of the chaos a handsome hunk named Jeff Martini appears, sent by the "agency" to perform crowd control. He's Kitty's kind of guy, no matter what planet he's from. And from now on, for Kitty, things are going to be sexy, dangerous, wild, and out of this world.

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