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Four-time Edgar Award-winning author Lawrence Block's definitive essay collection on the art of writing fictionFor ten years, crime novelist Lawrence Block funneled his wealth of writing expertise into a monthly column for Writer's Digest. Collected here for the first time are those pieces illuminating the tricks of the authorial trade, from creating vibrant characters and generating seamless plots, to conquering writer's block and experimenting with self-publishing. Filled with wit and insight, The Liar's Bible is a must-read for experts, amateurs, and anyone interested in learning to craft great fiction from one of the field's modern masters.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Lawrence Block, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author's personal collection.
Too Much Of A Good Thing . . . Thanks to her mega-successful new husband, Omar, Sinclair Fines has a glittering celebrity lifestyle that's splashed all over tabloids and gossip blogs everywhere. But this sexy one-time Detroit native has a sizzling need Omar just can't satisfy. So when Sinclair's not-quite-ex-husband Kwame gets out of the pen and shows up with blackmail in mind, Sinclair can't resist paying him off--out of bed and between the sheets . . . Can Lose It All . . . Until Kwame demands more cash flow--and anytime-anywhere access. And since there's no way Sinclair will let him send her back to the projects and dollar-store shoes, she'll do anything to get rid of Kwame for good. But Sinclair is about to learn that one play too many is the surest way to lose. . . Layla Jordan a single but satisfied southern belle who resides in Georgia with her four Labradors, has always had a passion for the written word. Fascinated by all things dealing with dating, sex and relationships, Layla is looking forward to penning fresh stories with unexpected twists.
The lap of luxury isn't all caviar dreams for three fake friends. . .Thanks to her mega-producer new husband, Sinclair Fines has everything she's ever dreamed of until her not-quite-ex-husband gets out of the pen with blackmail on his mind. . .. Brijetta Hamilton is married to the hottest action star in Hollywood. Every tabloid wants to know how the former plus-sized girl managed to pull it off. . ..Jalessa Love was once hailed as the next IT girl, but after pulling one diva stunt too many, she's hustling to keep her name relevant. So what if it means making a play for both Sinclair and Brijetta's husbands. Backstabbing is never personal. It's only business--show business.... "Readers prepared for hardcore sex scenes, domestic violence, and plenty of explicit trash talk will find just what they're looking for." --Publishers Weekly
"Astonishing. . . one of the most dazzling and moving memoirs to come along in years. " -Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times. "Mary Karr's God-awful childhood has a calamitous appeal. . . the choice in the book is between howling misery and howling laughter, and the reader veers toward laughter. Karr has survived to write a drop-dead reply to the question, 'Ma, what was it like when you were a little girl?'" -Time. "This book is so good I thought about sending it out for a back-up opinion. . . it's like finding Beethoven in Hoboken. To have a poet's precision of language and a poet's instinct into people applied to one of the roughest, ugliest places in America is an astonishing event. " -Molly Ivins, The Nation. "Elegiac and searching. . . her toughness of spirit, her poetry, her language, her very voice are the agents of rebirth on this difficult, hard-earned journey. " -New York Times Book Review. "Bold, blunt, and cinematic. . . nothing short of superb. " -Entertainment Weekly. "Overflows with sparkling wit and humor. . . Truth beats powerfully at the heart of this dazzling memoir. " -San Francisco Chronicle. "Karr lovingly retells her parents' best lies and drunken extravagances with an ear for bar-stool phraseology and a winking eye for image. The revelations continue to the final page, with a misleading carelessness as seductive as any world-class liar's. " -The New Yorker.
"Astonishing. . . one of the most dazzling and moving memoirs to come along in years. " -Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times"Mary Karr's God-awful childhood has a calamitous appeal. . . the choice in the book is between howling misery and howling laughter, and the reader veers toward laughter. Karr has survived to write a drop-dead reply to the question, 'Ma, what was it like when you were a little girl?'" -Time"This book is so good I thought about sending it out for a back-up opinion. . . it's like finding Beethoven in Hoboken. To have a poet's precision of language and a poet's instinct into people applied to one of the roughest, ugliest places in America is an astonishing event. " -Molly Ivins, The Nation"Elegiac and searching. . . her toughness of spirit, her poetry, her language, her very voice are the agents of rebirth on this difficult, hard-earned journey. " -New York Times Book Review"Bold, blunt, and cinematic. . . nothing short of superb. " -Entertainment Weekly"Overflows with sparkling wit and humor. . . Truth beats powerfully at the heart of this dazzling memoir. " -San Francisco Chronicle"Karr lovingly retells her parents' best lies and drunken extravagances with an ear for bar-stool phraseology and a winking eye for image. The revelations continue to the final page, with a misleading carelessness as seductive as any world-class liar's. " -The New Yorker
A must-have collection of essays on the art and craft of fiction from Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Lawrence BlockFor ten years, New York Times bestselling crime novelist Lawrence Block drew on the hard-won wisdom he gained creating over one hundred books to write a monthly column for Writer's Digest. Collected here for the first time are writings that illuminate the tricks of the authorial trade, from creating a fresh story and delivering a powerful ending, to adapting books for the screen and deciding when to make the switch to fulltime writer.Filled with wit and insight, The Liar's Companion is a must-read for experts, amateurs, and anyone interested in learning to craft great fiction from one of the field's modern masters.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Lawrence Block, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author's personal collection.
Eric Jerome Dickey is burning up the charts and poised to become a household name. His previous two books hit bestseller lists across the country, and reviewers from coast to coast call his work "compelling" (USA Today), "remarkable" (Detroit Free Press), and "deftly crafted" (Ebony). Brimming with contemporary issues, steamy romance, stinging betrayal, and sweet redemption, Liar's Game is a book that has everything his millions of fans have come to expect. Running from a bad relationship that lasted way too long, New York native Dana Ann Smith leaves the city and moves to Los Angeles--the perfect place to start over with a new atmosphere, a new job, and a new man. When she meets Vincent Calvary Browne, Jr. , he seems like a dream come true: handsome, hardworking with a good job, and sexy in a strong, silent kind of way. But that silence also means he's not letting Dana in on a few important things about his life. When both Dana's former lover and Vince's ex-wife suddenly come to town, the two must confront painful truths about their pasts and open their hearts and souls to each other with a new honesty. Only then will they have a fighting chance at a future together.
Rumors of Aurelia Popkiss's death have been greatly exaggerated. In fact, she and her crew have been drifting through the big black, scavenging to survive since the day she "died." Yet after years of being on the wrong side of less than favorable odds, they never thought that finding a young girl stowed away on their ship would prove to be among the worst things to happen to them.From the moment Aurelia finds Kateryn concealed in her cabin, Auri knows she's hiding something. But even Aurelia can't imagine the true reason for the stowaway's sudden appearance in her life.Kateryn's past is as convoluted and murky as Aurelia's own. The girl is out for revenge and nothing is going to stop her from destroying Aurelia and her crew-including Keys, Aurelia's fellow shipmate and the man she's secretly in love with-to get it.32,000 words
An award-winning writer re-imagines the life of Jesus, from the points of view of four people closest to him before his death. This is the story of Yehoshuah, who wandered Roman-occupied Judea giving sermons and healing the sick. Now, a year after his death, four people tell their stories. His mother grieves, his friend Iehuda loses his faith, the High Priest of the Temple tries to keep the peace, and a rebel named Bar-Avo strives to bring that peace tumbling down. It was a time of political power-play and brutal tyranny. Men and women took to the streets to protest. Dictators put them down with iron force. In the midst of it all, one inconsequential preacher died. And either something miraculous happened, or someone lied.Viscerally powerful in its depictions of the period - massacres and riots, animal sacrifice and human betrayal - The Liars' Gospel makes the oldest story entirely new.
Wedding planner Cassandra Hanley is in the business of making other people's dreams come true. But for some reason, whenever she meets a potential mate of her own, she finds herself telling little (and not so little) white lies. She's not trying to sabotage her relationships on purpose: as a people pleaser, she just naturally tells men what she thinks they want to hear. When Cassandra meets Nick, she's determined to be herself this time-until she learns he abhors weddings. So she recasts herself as an advertising exec, and now she's scrambling to cover up the lie...with more lies. Into the tangled web wanders Cassandra's college sweetheart, Kevin. Kevin, the one man who knows the real Cassandra, and loves her anyway. Could he have been The One all along? Torn between the past and the present, Cassandra is about to learn that you can't plan the perfect life the way you can plan the perfect wedding. 83,000 words
Everyone loves a good story. And Liars and Legends contains 40 of the South's most interesting and . . . well . . . just plain curious stories. This book grows out of the popular Turner South television show, Liars and Legends and will be promoted on the show.
This exciting, timely book combines cutting-edge findings in neuroscience with examples from history and recent headlines to offer new insights into who we are. Introducing the new science of cultural biology, born of advances in brain imaging, computer modeling, and genetics, Drs. Quartz and Sejnowski demystify the dynamic engagement between brain and world that makes us something far beyond the sum of our parts. The authors show how our humanity unfolds in precise stages as brain and world engage on increasingly complex levels. Their discussion embraces shaping forces as ancient as climate change over millennia and events as recent as the terrorism and heroism of September 11 and offers intriguing answers to some of our most enduring questions, including why we live together, love, kill -- and sometimes lay down our lives for others. The answers, it turns out, are surprising and paradoxical: many of the noblest aspects of human nature -- altruism, love, courage, and creativity -- are rooted in brain systems so ancient that we share them with insects, and these systems form the basis as well of some of our darkest destructive traits. The authors also overturn popular views of how brains develop. We're not the simple product of animal urges, "selfish" genes, or nature versus nurture. We survive by creating an ingenious web of ideas for making sense of our world -- a symbolic reality called culture. This we endow to later generations as our blueprint for survival. Using compelling examples from history and contemporary life, the authors show how engagement with the world excites brain chemistry, which drives further engagement, which encourages the development of cultural complexity. They also share provocative ideas on how human development may be affected by changes in our culture. Their insights, grounded in science and far-reaching in their implications, are riveting reading for anyone interested in our past, present, and future.
Tasia McFarland is a washed-up country-pop singer desperate for the break that will get her topping the charts again. The tabloids have raked over every part of Tasia's rocky life, following every high and low -- her addictions, her breakdowns, her increasingly erratic behavior -- and every broken relationship. The highlight of this lowlight reel: Tasia McFarland is the ex-wife of the president of the United States. So when Tasia writes a song with politically charged lyrics, people take note and her star begins to rise anew. In the opener of her comeback tour, she is lowered into a stadium on a zip line, and as helicopters fly overhead, she fires her prop Colt . 45 at the fireworks-filled stage. Tasia is riding high. Until she's killed by a bullet to the neck before the shocked crowd of forty thousand. When video can't prove that the shot came from Tasia's own Colt . 45, and the ballistics report comes up empty, the authorities call on forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett to do a psychological autopsy and clean up the potential political disaster. But as Jo sifts through the facts, she only finds more questions: Was Tasia's gun loaded? Did she kill herself in one last cry for attention? Were her politically charged lyrics the rantings of a paranoid woman losing her grip, or warnings from a woman afraid and in danger? For Jo, pouring over Tasia's past becomes a race to extinguish the conspiracy rumor mill before it incites a level of violence that reaches America's highest corridors of power -- and tears apart the very fabric of our nation.
In Hong Kong a beautiful woman is pushed off a balcony to her death. In London a young American is gunned down outside the U.S. embassy. In Washington a senior CIA official vanishes into thin air. Random, unrelated events? Or pieces of the same puzzle?These events are no accidents, it seems, when it is discovered that the woman in Hong Kong had a CIA lover. That the London murder was a case of mistaken identity, and that the intended target was the wife of CIA senior deputy Drum MacNeil, who has since gone missing.To find MacNeil, investigators are taking a close look at his past actions, public and private. And at his restless wife, Carrie, who is doing her best to play the part of the innocent victim, even though it's increasingly clear that Drum's life has been a carefully constructed lie.Carrie MacNeil is about to learn firsthand about the evil of treachery. And in this business there are no fair-trade rules. It's always a liar's market.
Prisons, poisons, and passions combine in a gorgeously written fantasy noir by the author of the Morris Award-winning A CURSE DARK AS GOLD. As a pickpocket, Digger expects to spend a night in jail every now and then. But she doesn't expect to find Lord Durrel Decath there as well--or to hear he's soon to be executed for killing his wife. Durrel once saved Digger's life, and when she goes free, she decides to use her skills as a thief, forger, and spy to investigate his case and return the favor. But each new clue only opens up more mysteries. While Durrel's marriage was one of convenience, his behavior has been more impulsive than innocent. His late wife had an illegal business on the wrong side of the civil war raging just outside the city gates. Digger keeps finding forbidden magic in places it has no reason to be. And it doesn't help that she may be falling in love with a murderer . . .
Can true love prevail over seven long years apart?Wild and youthful Tracy Kuger seduces her father's band mate Leif Johnston into a whirlwind affair. But when her controlling family finds out, they pull the lovers apart and whisk Tracy away to Switzerland, never to see Leif again. That is, until seven years later, when a sudden tragedy forces them back into each other's lives. Is it possible for the past to stay buried? This ebook features an illustrated biography of Heather Graham including rare photos from the author's personal collection.
In this shrewd and wickedly funny book, Michael Lewis describes an astonishing era and his own rake's progress through a powerful investment bank. From an unlikely beginning (art history at Princeton?) he rose in two short years from Salomon Brothers trainee to Geek (the lowest form of life on the trading floor) to Big Swinging Dick, the most dangerous beast in the jungle, a bond salesman who could turn over millions of dollars' worth of doubtful bonds with just one call. With the eye and ear of a born storyteller, Michael Lewis shows us how things really worked on Wall Street. In the Salomon training program a roomful of aspirants is stunned speechless by the vitriolic profanity of the Human Piranha; out on the trading floor, bond traders throw telephones at the heads of underlings and Salomon chairman Gutfreund challenges his chief trader to a hand of liar's poker for one million dollars; around the world in London, Tokyo, and New York, bright young men like Michael Lewis, connected by telephones and computer terminals, swap gross jokes and find retail buyers for the staggering debt of individual companies or whole countries. The bond traders, wearing greed and ambition and badges of honor, might well have swaggered straight from the pages of Bonfire of the Vanities . But for all their outrageous behavior, they were in fact presiding over enormous changes in the world economy. Lewis's job, simply described, was to transfer money, in the form of bonds, from those outside America who saved to those inside America who consumed. In doing so, he generated tens of millions of dollars for Salomon Brothers, and earned for himself a ringside seat on the greatest financial spectacle of the decade: the leveraging of America.
"Haunting and funny, full of folk wisdom and unfl inching honesty."--Publishers Weekly, on the work of Jo Carson"She is a quintessential community artist with a true ear for the way people talk and what they really mean to say. Her work has inspired innumerable young artists to take up work with their own communities."--Linda Frye Burnham, Community Arts Network"Human experience is varied and astonishing," notes Jo Carson, "and this is a taste." A uniquely American writer and performer, Carson has spent fifteen years working with peoples' stories in communities across the country, crafting more than thirty plays from the oral histories she has collected. In performance, these works have illuminated and invigorated the communities in which they were forged, as the people see themselves onstage in a new light. This book collects Carson's favorite excerpts from the plays--stories that range from the homespun to the extraordinary and together create a portrait of America in an amazing diversity and authenticity of voices. They are slices of life, passed beyond the circle of family and neighbors.Jo Carson is a writer and performer living in John City, Tennessee. She has published award-winning plays, short stories, children's books, essays, poems, and other work, and for years was a commentator on National Public Radio's All Things Considered. Her play Whispering to Horses and solo show If God Came Down . . . premiered at Seven Stages Theatre in Atlanta, and her book of monologues and dialogues, Stories I Ain't Told Nobody Yet, made Booklist's editor's choice and the American Library Association's recommended list.
A shocking betrayal. When photographer Star Evans returns to her hometown of Liberty Creek, Texas, to attend her grandmother's funeral, she has no idea of the drama that awaits her. Star receives a letter written by her grandmother informing her that eight years ago she crafted a shattering lie in order to separate her from the young man she loved. Now, in order to fulfill her grandmother's dying wish, Star must come face to face with her past by enlisting the help of her first love. The One That Got Away. Case Matthews once loved Star with all his heart and soul. Until the day she left town without a word of goodbye and shattered him, body and soul. Now, years later, Case is a successful rancher who's moved on from heartbreak and loss. When Star comes knocking at his door asking for his help, he has no intention of having anything to do with the pampered princess. But when danger comes calling at her family's ranch, Case steps in to protect the woman he still loves. And as they work together to unravel the mysteries of the past and present, an explosive passion re-ignites.
The award-winning author at her storytelling best: four compelling novellas of Americans in Europe and Europeans in America. In these absorbing and exquisitely made novellas of relationships at home and abroad, both historical and contemporary, we meet the ferocious Simone Weil during her final days as a transplant to New York City; a vulnerable American grad student who escapes to Italy after her first, compromising love affair; the charming Irish liar of the title story, who gets more out of life than most of us; and Thomas Mann, opening the heart of a high-school kid in the Midwest. These narratives dazzle on the surface with beautifully rendered settings and vistas, and dig deep psychologically. At every turn, Mary Gordon reveals in her characters' interactions those crucial flashes of understanding that change lives forever. So richly developed it's hard to believe they fit into novella-size packages, these tales carry us away both as individual stories and as a larger experience of Gordon's literary mastery and human sympathy.This eBook edition includes a Reading Group Guide.
IT'S FESTIVAL WEEK IN LIAVEK ... and that means six days of wizardry and wonder in the City of Luck. Anything can happen now: A minor god escorts a young ruler on a night of forbidden revelry. A powerless wizard tries to halt an invasion of Ka Zhir airships. And two Green Priests die mysteriously while watching a parade. This week, magic fills every corner of the city...yet its power cannot match the enchantment that comes from within. Join today's master storytellers as they guide you through the unpredictable city where luck and magic reign ... Liavek! Steven Brust * Kara Dalkey * Bradley Denton * Pamela Dean * John M. Ford * Will Shetterly * Walter Jon Williams * Patricia C. Wrede * Jane Yolen
A professor of Greek rhetoric, frequent letter writer and influential social figure, Libanius (AD 314-393) is a key author for anybody interested in Late Antiquity, ancient rhetoric, ancient epistolography and ancient biography. Nevertheless, he remains understudied because it is such a daunting task to access his large and only partially translated oeuvre. This volume, which is the first comprehensive study of Libanius, offers a critical introduction to the man, his texts, their context and reception. Clear presentations of the orations, progymnasmata, declamations and letters unlock the corpus, and a survey of all available translations is provided. At the same time, the volume explores new interpretative approaches of the texts from a variety of angles. Written by a team of established as well as upcoming experts in the field, it substantially reassesses works such as the Autobiography, the Julianic speeches and letters, and Oration 30 For the Temples.
For many years, Deirdre Heekin has been creating an unusual, revitalist wine archive of rare and traditional Italian varietals at Osteria Pane e Salute, the nationally celebrated restaurant and wine bar she shares with her chef husband, Caleb Barber. Self-taught in the world of Italian wines, she is known for her fine-tuned work with scent and taste and her ability to pair wines and food in unexpected yet terroir-driven ways. InLibation, a Bitter Alchemy,, a series of linked personal essays, Heekin explores the curious development of her nose and palate, her intuitive education and relationship with wine and spirits, and her arduous attempts to make liqueurs and wine from the fruits of her own land in northern New England. The essays follow her as she unearths ruby-toned wines given up by the ghosts of long-gone wine makers from the red soil of Italy, her adoptive land; as she embarks on a complicated pilgrimage to the home of one of the world's oldest cocktails, Sazerac, in Katrina-soaked New Orleans; as she attempts a midsummer crafting of a brandy made from inherited roses, the results of an old Sicilian recipe she found in a dusty bookstore in Naples. Musing on spirits from Campari to alkermes, Heekin's writing is as intoxicating, rich, and carefully crafted as the wines, liquors, and locales she loves.
It takes meeting the horse of her dreams for Libby Thump to finally live up to her potential in this chapter book series from New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Elise Primavera.Ten-year-old Libby Thump loves two things: her dog Margaret and horses. She dreams about them, draws them all the time, and more than anything she wants to take lessons and learn to ride like a real horsewoman. But when her mother decides to give the lessons to her older sister instead, Libby is beside herself. Libby's mom says Brittany needs the lessons more, to cure her "boy crazy phase"--and she also wants Libby to be "more girly," like Brittany. But Libby just wants to be herself. With charismatic optimism and determination, Libby hopes she can talk her parents into seeing her perspective. And in the meantime, at least she can visit the stables and see her favorite horse, Princess.... This all-new series featuring text and illustrations from Elise Primavera, of Auntie Claus and Louise the Big Cheese acclaim, will appeal to anyone interested in horses--or who knows the value of having a good friend.
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