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A Custom-Fit Crime

by Melissa Bourbon

After a year of hard work in her Texas hometown, Harlow Jane Cassidy's dreams are finally within reach-if she can just get it all done in time... Harlow's designs will be featured in a big magazine spread, but she only has a few days to finalize her collection. Plus she's busy helping to plan her mother's upcoming wedding, playing host to her old friend Orphie, and avoiding a competitive Dallas designer set on stealing Harlow's ideas. Harlow's making it all work-until someone breaks into Buttons & Bows and the rival designer is found dead. But when a near miss makes it clear that Orphie could be the next victim, Harlow will have to untangle the threads of evidence if she wants to save her friend, her mother's wedding, and her business from becoming fashion road kill... .

Bitter Blood (Morganville Vampires #13)

by Rachel Caine

For years, the human and vampire residents of Morganville, Texas, have managed to co-exist in peace. But now that the threat to the vampires has been defeated, the human residents are learning that the gravest danger they face is the enemy within... Thanks to the eradication of the parasitic creatures known as the draug, the vampires of Morganville have been freed of their usual constraints. With the vampires indulging their every whim, the town's human population is determined to hold on to their lives by taking up arms. But college student Claire Danvers isn't about to take sides, considering she has ties to both the humans and the vampires. To make matters worse, a television show comes to Morganville looking for ghosts, just as vampire and human politics collide. Now, Claire and her friends have to figure out how to keep the peace without ending up on the nightly news...or worse. .

Day of the Wolf

by Charles G. West

INEVITABLE WAR When mysterious mountain man Wolf comes down to the Crow village to return one of its wounded, the Crow wonder whether he is man or spirit. Wanting no part in the rampant war in the western plains, Wolf is set on returning to his mountain refuge. But his journey home is interrupted by three desperate women who need his help. What Wolf doesn't realize about these women is that they aren't what most people would call ladies. His innocent association with these prostitutes leads to a near-deadly fight that ends with a charge for attempted murder. Chased by the most experienced deputy the marshal service has, Wolf leads him to the Black Hills, where their final showdown can only end in blood. ... .

A Tale of Two Vampires: A Dark Ones Novel

by Katie Macalister

Having spent too much time with too many terrible men, Iolanthe Tennyson has had a terrible year. Desperate to get away, she accepts her cousin's invitation to spend the summer in Austria. She indulges her photography hobby, but rumours of a haunted forest distract her and draw her deep into the dark woods and into the eighteenth century. Transported to a new time and place, Iolanthe meets Nikola Czerny, a man cursed to live forever as a Dark One. But his miserable existence takes an intriguing turn when a strange, babbling woman is thrown in his path.

Unintended Consequences

by Edward Conard

In the aftermath of the Financial Crisis, many com­monly held beliefs have emerged to explain its cause. Conventional wisdom blames Wall Street and the mortgage industry for using low down pay­ments, teaser rates, and other predatory tactics to seduce unsuspecting home owners into assuming mortgages they couldn't afford. It blames average Americans for borrowing recklessly and spend­ing too much. And it blames the tax policies and deregulatory environment of the Reagan and Bush administrations for encouraging reckless risk taking by wealthy individuals and financial institutions. But according to Unintended Consequences, the conventional wisdom masks the real causes of our economic disruption and puts us at risk of facing a slew of unintended--and potentially dangerous--consequences. This book addresses many essential but overlooked questions, such as: If the United States had become a nation of reckless consumers rather than investors, why did productivity soar in the years leading up to the meltdown? If predatory bankers took advantage of home owners, why did down payments decline, thereby shifting risk from home owners to lenders? If the risks were easy to spot, why did top politi­cal and financial advisers encourage lenders to make unsound investments? If new regulations encourage banks to hold enough capital to fund withdrawals and not just loan losses, how will the economy underwrite the risks necessary to reach full employment? In an attempt to set the record straight and fill the void left by other analysts, Conard presents a fas­cinating and contrarian case for how the economy really works, what went wrong over the past decade, and what steps we can take to start growing again. To read an excerpt from Unintended Consequences, please visit http://www. edwardconard. com/book-excerpt For up-to-date information on everything related to Unintended Consequences, visit www. edwardconard. com .

Half-Off Ragnarok

by Seanan Mcguire

When Alex Price agreed to go to Ohio to oversee a basilisk breeding program and assist in the recovery of his psychic cousin, he didn't expect people to start dropping dead. But bodies are cropping up at the zoo where he works, and his girlfriend--Shelby Tanner, an Australian zoologist with a fondness for big cats--is starting to get suspicious. Worse yet, the bodies have all been turned partially to stone. . . The third book in the InCryptid series takes us to a new location and a new member of the family, as Alex tries to balance life, work, and the strong desire not to become a piece of garden statuary. Old friends and new are on the scene, and danger lurks around every corner. Of course, so do the talking mice. .

Once More With Feeling

by Nora Roberts

AVAILABLE DIGITALLY FOR THE FIRST TIME Five years ago, celebrated musician Brandon Carstairs stole Raven Williams' heart - then walked away without a second glance. Now Raven herself is a star - a singer with a unique ability to convey love and heartbreak. The public adores her, but she has never recovered from Brandon's betrayal. Out of the spotlight, she yearns for true love - but despairs of finding it. So when Brandon suggests they work together again - Raven is wary. The last time they met, he broke her heart. Is there really any chance for them a second time around . . . ? Includes an extract from Dark Witch

Storm Warning

by Nora Roberts

AVAILABLE DIGITALLY FOR THE FIRST TIME When Autumn Gallagher arrives at her aunt's isolated inn, she is confronted with the one man she vowed never to speak to again - Lucas McLean. Lucas is handsome, mysterious. . . and trouble. Three years ago, he broke Autumn's heart without a thought or an explanation. Lucas has always seemed troubled with deep secrets. But when one of the guests is murdered, Autumn begins to wonder just what those secrets are. Could the man she once loved be a cold-hearted killer? As the mystery deepens, Autumn must fight to discover the truth before it's too late. Includes an extract from Dark Witch

Dance of Dreams

by Nora Roberts

Ruth Bannion had never met anyone like Russian emigre choreographer Nickolai Davidov. Ruth was open, giving, but Nickolai's background had left him reserved, even wary, and his pride would not let him reveal his need for her. Fear of rejection kept him from speaking the truth. That same fear sent Ruth away to hide on the Connecticut coast. But when he came after her at last, there was no more fear, no more wariness, only a lifetime of love that would never need to be hidden again.

Reflections

by Nora Roberts

AVAILABLE DIGITALLY FOR THE FIRST TIME Lindsay Dunne is one of the most talented ballet dancers of her generation. She's spent years pursuing her dreams, but outside of the spotlight she knows something is missing from her life. When her mother is seriously injured in a car accident, Lindsay drops everything to take care of her. As she settles into her new life as a ballet teacher she realises she has never really found the time for family - or for love. Meanwhile Lindsay is keen to promote her protégée, Ruth Bannion - a young dancer with huge potential. Lindsay wants Ruth to attend ballet school in New York. But Ruth's uncle and guardian, Seth Bannion, isn't sure she's ready. He refuses permission. As Lindsay and Seth fight over Ruth's future, both begin to feel a strong, intoxicating passion. Can they put aside their differences and find a future together. . . ' Reflections is a standalone novel - but readers can follow Ruth Bannion's story in a sequel, Dance of Dreams. Includes an extract from Dark Witch

Viviendo

by Adamari Lopez

"Antes de recibir mi diagnóstico, andaba por la vida sin propósito, sin una razón de ser. Lo que me ha tocado vivir me hacía falta, necesitaba vivirlo. Tenía que pasar por esas experiencias dolorosas para poder ser la mujer que soy hoy día, una versión mejorada de mí misma. " Adamari López, la actriz reconocida internacionalmente, lo tenía todo -una familia querida, un novio perfecto y un papel protagónico en una telenovela exitosa en México- cuando dos palabras le alteraron la vida para siempre: tienes cáncer. De pronto, en solo unos pocos meses, el mundo tal qual lo conocía se le derrumbó y toda su vida dio un vuelco súbito. En Viviendo, la normalmente privada López revela los triunfos y tormentos de su vida, compartiendo anécdotas de su niñez y su familia, mientras describe su camino por el cáncer de seno; la repentina enfermedad de su madre; su casamiento, uno de los días más felices de su vida; y luego lo que ella considera ser el golpe más duro de todos: el final de su matrimonio. Sin embargo, a través de todo, su fortaleza y su fe no se apagaron, y su espíritu amoroso y positivo, junto con su eterna sonrisa, la ayudaron a descubrir un nuevo y gratificante comienzo en el amor y en su vida. .

Archangel's Legion

by Nalini Singh

Nalini Singh, the New York Times bestselling alpha author of paranormal romance (Booklist) returns to an immortal world of violent passion and lethal power on the brink of a deadly archangelic war. Angels are falling from the sky in New York, struck down by a vicious, unknown force. Vampires are dying impossibly of disease. Guild hunter Elena Deveraux and the Archangel Raphael must discover the source of the wave of death before it engulfs their city and their people, leaving New York a ruin and Raphael¿s Tower under siege by enemy archangels. Yet even as they fight desperately to save the city, an even darker force is stirring, its chill eyes trained on New York and on Raphael. Rivers of crimson and nightmares given flesh, the world will never again be the same.

Stop Negotiating with Your Teen: Strategies for Parenting Your Angry, Manipulative, Moody, or Depressed Adolescent

by Janet Sasson Edgette

The sullen, withdrawn, sarcastic teenager. The defensive, wary, and helpless parent. This book builds a bridge between the two sides--with practical and supportive advice on how to: Contain conflicts before they escalate into violence Break through the teen's verbal intimidation Avoid futile arguments Turn confrontation into communication Stand firm against teen rage Manage teen manipulation Build the teen's self-esteem Talk to teens when no one knows what to say For ever parent who's screamed, what am I going to do with you?, this book finally provides the answer. .

The Devil's Alternative

by Frederick Forsyth

#1 "New York Times" bestselling author Frederick Forsyth delivers a frighteningly possible novel of international terrorism and impending war. . . As the Russian people face starvation, the Politburo is faced with a hard choice: negotiate with America for food, go to war for national survival, or deal with an uprising in the motherland. Through an informant, British Agent Adam Munro learns that the situation is growing dangerously tense, with powerful forces in the USSR maneuvering for supremacy. But even as East and West conduct delicate talks, events spiral out of control and threaten to undo every step taken. The world's largest oil tanker is hijacked by terrorists, and a Ukrainian "freedom fighter" is rescued in a bloody catastrophe on the Black Sea. From Moscow to Washington, the stakes grow ever more perilous as the mad actions of a few threaten to engulf the entire world in nuclear war--unless Munro can stop them.

What the Heart Remembers

by Debra Ginsberg

Whispers of the past... When young Eden Harrison receives a heart transplant from an unknown donor, her seemingly charmed life falls apart. Haunted by dreams of people and places she doesn't recognize, Eden is convinced that her new heart carries the memories of its original owner. Eden leaves her old life behind as she is mysteriously drawn to the city of San Diego. Whispers of the mind... There, Eden becomes fast friends with Darcy, a young woman recently widowed by Peter, her wealthy, much older husband. But Darcy is unsettled by her inability to mourn, and more unsettled by recurring thoughts of Adam, a young musician she was having an affair with--who has suddenly vanished. Whispers of the heart... Yet, the more Eden learns about Darcy, the more she realizes that all is not as it seems, and she begins to suspect foul play behind Peter's and Adam's fates. As the tension around them escalates, Eden's mysterious dreams become more and more frequent. Can Eden listen to what her heart is trying to tell her before it is silenced forever? .

How to Not Write Bad: The Most Common Writing Problems and the Best Ways to Avoid Them

by Ben Yagoda

Ben Yagoda's How to Not Write Bad illustrates how we can all write better, more clearly, and for a wider readership. He offers advice on what he calls "not-writing-badly," which consists of the ability, first, to craft sentences that are correct in terms of spelling, diction (word choice), punctuation, and grammar, and that also display clarity, precision, and grace. Then he focuses on crafting whole paragraphs-with attention to cadence, consistency of tone, sentence transitions, and paragraph length. In a fun, comprehensive guide, Yagoda lays out the simple steps we can all take to make our writing more effective, more interesting-and just plain better. .

The First Muslim

by Lesley Hazleton

The extraordinary life of the man who founded Islam, and the world he inhabited--and remade. Muhammad's was a life of almost unparalleled historical importance; yet for all the iconic power of his name, the intensely dramatic story of the prophet of Islam is not well known. In The First Muslim, Lesley Hazleton brings him vibrantly to life. Drawing on early eyewitness sources and on history, politics, religion, and psychology, she renders him as a man in full, in all his complexity and vitality. Hazleton's account follows the arc of Muhammad's rise from powerlessness to power, from anonymity to renown, from insignificance to lasting significance. How did a child shunted to the margins end up revolutionizing his world? How did a merchant come to challenge the established order with a new vision of social justice? How did the pariah hounded out of Mecca turn exile into a new and victorious beginning? How did the outsider become the ultimate insider? Impeccably researched and thrillingly readable, Hazleton's narrative creates vivid insight into a man navigating between idealism and pragmatism, faith and politics, nonviolence and violence, rejection and acclaim. The First Muslim illuminates not only an immensely significant figure but his lastingly relevant legacy. .

A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea

by Dina Nayeri

A magical novel about a young Iranian woman lifted from grief by her powerful imagination and love of Western culture. Growing up in a small rice-farming village in 1980s Iran, eleven-year-old Saba Hafezi and her twin sister, Mahtab, are captivated by America. They keep lists of English words and collect illegal Life magazines, television shows, and rock music. So when her mother and sister disappear, leaving Saba and her father alone in Iran, Saba is certain that they have moved to America without her. But her parents have taught her that "all fate is written in the blood," and that twins will live the same life, even if separated by land and sea. As she grows up in the warmth and community of her local village, falls in and out of love, and struggles with the limited possibilities in post-revolutionary Iran, Saba envisions that there is another way for her story to unfold. Somewhere, it must be that her sister is living the Western version of this life. And where Saba's world has all the grit and brutality of real life under the new Islamic regime, her sister's experience gives her a freedom and control that Saba can only dream of. Filled with a colorful cast of characters and presented in a bewitching voice that mingles the rhythms of Eastern storytelling with modern Western prose, A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea is a tale about memory and the importance of controlling one's own fate. .

The Havoc Machine: A Novel of the Clockwork Empire

by Steven Harper

Thaddeus Sharpe's life is dedicated to the hunting and killing of clockworkers. When the mysterious young Sofiya Ekk approaches him with a proposition from a powerful employer he cannot refuse. The man known as Mr Griffin is seeking Thad's help with mad clockwork scientist Lord Havoc, who has moulded himself a dangerous machine. Mr Griffin cares little if the evil Lord lives or dies but he is desperate to get his hands on Havoc's invention.

Trial by Fire

by Jeff Probst

Sequel to the New York Times bestseller STRANDED, seen The Today Show, Rachael Ray, and Kelly and Michael. From the multi-Emmy Award winning host of Survivor and the New York Times bestselling co-author of Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life comes a fantastic new middle grade series! They thought it couldn't get any worse. They were wrong. Being shipwrecked on a jungle island in the middle of the South Pacific was bad enough. But now that Carter, Vanessa, Buzz and Jane have lost their boat--and almost everything on board--to another violent storm, it's like starting over. That means finding food and shelter, making fire for the first time, dealing with the wild boars that roam the island--and of course, figuring out how to get along (and not kill each other in the process). Survival is no individual sport in a place like this, but there's only one way to learn that. The hard way. .

Islands of Destiny: The Solomons Campaign and the Eclipse of the Rising Sun

by John Prados

Acclaimed WWII historian and military intelligence expert John Prados offers a provocative reassessment of the Allies' battle for the Solomon Islands--a turbulent, dramatic campaign that, he argues, was the true turning point of the Pacific conflict. Historians traditionally refer to the Battle of Midway as the point when Allied forces gained the advantage over the Japanese. In Islands of Destiny, Prados points out that the Japanese forces quickly regained strength after Midway and continued their assault undaunted. Taking this surprising fact as the start of his inquiry, he began to investigate how and when the Pacific tide turned in the Allies' favor. His search led him to the decisive battles and strategic maneuvers in the fight for the Solomon Islands. Beginning with the invasion of Guadalcanal in August 1942, the Solomons became a hotly contested battleground for over a year, culminating in the isolation of Rabaul by the Allies. As military forces fought over the strategically important islands, a secret war of intelligence was also being waged. For a total picture of the conflict, Prados integrates blow-by-blow action on the ground with the code breaking, aerial reconnaissance, secret spy posts, and submarine scouting that were vital to the Allied effort. The Solomons arena saw some of the most intense combat of WWII--from major naval actions, including a key confrontation between battleships, to air battles that took place almost daily. With expert knowledge and crystal clear prose, John Prados illustrates why these events were not only thrilling, but pivotal in the Allies' path to victory. .

The Harbormaster's Daughter

by Heidi Jon Schmidt

The story of a mother and daughter in an idyllic Cape Cod town. . . On a freezing January night, LaRee Farnham answers a knock at her door to find a policewoman holding three-year-old Vita Gray, whose mother has just been murdered a few miles away. LaRee raises Vita with fierce love and attention, at the same time trying to shield her from the aftermath of the murder, which has deeply divided the histoiric village of Oyster Creek. Born out of wedlock, Vita is the product of the town's two very different cultures: the hard-working fishing families of Portuguese descent and the "washashores" from the mainland, who've drifted to the coast for its beauty. At sixteen, Vita is shy and isolated, estranged from her father, and bullied at school, but she is determined to come out of herself, step-by-step. When the shocking details of her past surface suddenly, Vita feels utterly betrayed by those closest to her, and the fraught tension between Oyster Creek's two cultures comes to a head. LaRee must ask hard questions about herself as a mother, while Vita turns to unexpected avenues to find meaning and discovers that the truth is almost never found in black-and-white. . . .

Miss Jane Austen's Guide to Modern Life's Dilemmas

by Rebecca Smith

Is the man I'm dating Mr. Darcy in disguise. . . or simply a jerk? It's been two centuries since Jane Austen penned Pride & Prejudice and her many other classic novels, yet her adroit observations on the social landscape and profound insights into human nature are as relevant now as they were in her time. If only those of us in need of some good advice today had the opportunity to sit down and tap even a few drops from Austen's great reservoirs of wisdom. Well, now we do. . . . In Miss Jane Austen's Guide to Modern Life's Dilemmas, Rebecca Smith channels her great-great-great-great-great aunt's sense--and, of course, her sensibility--to help readers navigate their most pressing problems. Drawing on Austen's novels, letters, and unpublished writings, Smith supplies readers with wise and wonderful counsel for living well in the 21st century. From instruction on how to gracefully "unfriend" someone on Facebook to answers for such timeless questions as "Can a man ever really change?" this book enables readers to nimbly navigate life's most tricky terrain with the good sense, good manners, and abundant humor that are the mark of any great Austen heroine. Sensible, savvy, and funny, Miss Jane Austen's Guide to Modern Life's Dilemmas cleverly answers every Austen fan's most earnest question: What would Jane do? Replete with lovely Austen-inspired color illustrations, as well as quotes from Austen's various novels to support the advice given, this book is the ideal gift for the Jane Austen fanatic in your life. .

Longarm and the Ambush at Holy Defiance

by Tabor Evans

ALL THAT HAVEN WILL ALLOW. . . After some Arizona Rangers and U. S. marshals are bushwhacked while looking for a stolen cache of gold, it's Longarm's turn to ride down to the border town of Holy Defiance to find the killers and the loot. At his side is the heavenly Haven Delacroix, a pretty Pinkerton agent who is Longarm's match in more ways than one. The Pinkertons always get their man--and Haven is no exception. As they tangle with banditos, Apaches, and a wealthy ranch owner and his wild wife, Longarm and Haven are in for a hell of a ride... .

Dear Chandler, Dear Scarlett

by Mike Huckabee

"I wrote these letters so that long after I'm gone, you'll know that I loved you, had great hopes for you, and wanted to give you my best advice on living in this tough world. If I can't be there with you, I hope my letters will act as a sort of reminder of me--as if I'm standing there beside you, whispering in your ear, and putting my arm around your shoulder. " Mike Huckabee has worn many hats through­out his life: pastor, politician, governor, presidential candidate, talk show host, rock bassist, pundit, husband, and father. But since his first grandchild was born, he's found that the role of grandfather is more satisfying than just about any of the others. Huckabee wanted to give something to his grand­son, Chandler, that would last forever. He began drafting a series of letters to Chandler recounting heartwarming stories from his past and the bittersweet lessons learned along the way. With the birth of his granddaughter, Scarlett, just a year later, Huckabee was further inspired to convey his love and wisdom. Dear Chandler, Dear Scarlett touches on the time­less topics of faith, love, family, overcoming adversity, and staying true to your values in the face of failure and temptation. For instance, Huckabee tells how being forced to pick up pecans from the trees in his yard taught him the value of hard work. ("We were told that if we wanted to eat that night and sleep in a bed instead of in the yard, we'd pick up the pecans. ") Years later he learned the real meaning of love after watching a friend care for his dying wife who could no longer recognize him. ("He loved her not because he enjoyed it or found pleasure in it, but because he had promised that he would never leave her until death parted them. And here he was, keeping that promise, faithful to the end. ") Like his bestseller A Simple Christmas, Dear Chan­dler, Dear Scarlett isn't about politics. It's a deeply personal, heartfelt, inspirational book that can be enjoyed by anyone. As Huckabee writes: "Although my advice comes from my personal experience and I'm writing with my grandkids in mind, I hope any parent, grandparent, child, or grandchild can take away some­thing valuable from these letters. I'll try not to be too obnoxious, but don't worry, if you ever sit next to me on a plane, I'll still be happy to show you all the photos of Chandler and Scarlett I have on my phone. " .

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