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As summer vacation begins, Trixie and her friends see a man pouring gasoline on the shed of an elderly woman neighbor and thwart the attempt at arson. Trixie is determined to find the culprit, who is trying to destroy Mrs. Elliot's small flower business. In the process, the adventurous friends stumble across a marijuana field and find themselves having to prove their own innocence. Trixie manages to uncover the truth with the help of a retired policemen. A good idea reveals a hidden treasure to save Mrs. Elliot.
Fiona doesn't remember going to sleep. But when she opens her eyes, she discovers her entire world has been altered. Her house is abandoned and broken, and the entire neighborhood is barren and dead. Even stranger is the tattoo on her right wrist--a black oval with five marks on either side--that she doesn't remember getting but somehow knows she must cover at any cost. And she's right. When the honeybee population collapsed, a worldwide pandemic occurred and the government tried to bio-engineer a cure. Unfortunately, the solution was deadlier than the original problem. The vaccination turned people into ferocious, deadly beasts who were branded as a warning to un-vaccinated survivors. Key people who are needed to rebuild society are protected from disease and beasts inside a fortress-like wall. But Fiona has awakened branded, alone, and on the wrong side of the wall. Can she save herself from the beasts and militia that surround her?
A RAND study analyzed Chinese and U. S. military capabilities in two scenarios (Taiwan and the Spratly Islands) from 1996 to 2017, finding that trends in most, but not all, areas run strongly against the United States. While U. S. aggregate power remains greater than China s, distance and geography affect outcomes. China is capable of challenging U. S. military dominance on its immediate periphery and its reach is likely to grow in the years ahead. "
The female instinct to protect and provide for her family is strong. But can these four Southern women stand up to the challenges that rage against their loved ones? As a young woman, Sharon saw her life forever changed one tempestuous night, but After the Storm, she rebuilt and raised a loving family. When a new tragedy strikes, can Sharon reveal her hidden secrets to save her grandson's life? Adella married the Catch of a Lifetime for his money but now feels trapped in her own net. The decision she is about to make will forever affect her sisters, her daughter, and her husband. Brooke has lost the love of her youth and now must raise a young son alone. She is plagued by distrust as she tries to start over, but Somewhere a Rainbow must await her. Norah will do anything to see that her orphaned niece is raised in a loving environment. But when she meets the baby's uncle - a true Southern Gentleman - they disagree on everything. Can there be compromise for the child's sake? The ultimate family man is God - but will each of these women turn to Him for counsel? Can they comprehend His lessons on true love?
Wherever and whenever people have been found talking, they have been found drinking: an age-old pastime with an equally storied history. Alcohol and civilization have developed in close quarters, sometimes supporting each other and sometimes getting in each other's way.The School of Sophisticated Drinking, which began as an ongoing series of lectures at Berlin's legendary Victoria Bar in 2003, traces the deep-seated lineage of drinking in the social, political, and even scientific developments of our culture. Appealing to both expert drinkers and novice barflies, each chapter delves into the sociopolitical significance of and technological innovations behind a familiar wine or spirit-brandy, vodka, whisky, rum, gin, tequila, and champagne-and shares plenty of tales of adventure, from the glamour of Hollywood and Broadway, to the tormented worlds of well-known writers, to the outbreak of wars and the unending struggle for economic and military power. The reader's thirst for knowledge can be further quenched by trying any or all of the enticing cocktail recipes gathered at the end of the book.
If one man is good, two are so much better! "Hero Sandwich" by USA Today Bestselling Author Angela Knight Meg Jennings is more than just a photographer-she's Paparazzi, superhero shutterbug. When two of her subjects, Cougar and Lynx, find themselves the butt of the late-night talk-show circuit, they plan an erotic revenge. Meg soon finds herself in the middle of a super-sexy hero sandwich, but has she bitten off more than she can chew? "Candy for her Soul" by Sheri Gilmore Natalie Pasqua accidentally trades her soul to the devil. In exchange, he grants her secret desire: two men to fulfill her every erotic fantasy. Falling in love, twice over, wasn't part of the bargain. There's a reason Mama always said not to take candy from a stranger. "Fortune's Star" by Morgan Hawke Luxi Emery's talent for seeing the future exposes a blackmailing con-artist. She flees for Port Destiny Station-right into the arms of Amun, a handsome diplomatic telepath, and Leto, a ghost-haunted cyborg with human carnal appetites. Suddenly, one little fortuneteller has two big testosterone problems...and Leto's isn't the only hungry ghost.
It is said that a mirror can trap a person's soul.... The mirror had once hung in the bedroom of a child movie star--had hung there, gleaming, the night the eight-year-old boy was hacked to bits by his loving grandmother. After the funeral, the glass spent fifty years in a dusty basement, waiting for rescue. Now it hangs, almost glowing, in the apartment of Martin Williams, two-bit Hollywood scriptwriter and dedicated fan of the murdered child, Boofuls. Acquiring the mirror is the culmination of Martin's life-long dream--and the beginning of true nightmare! The horror begins with a child's toy--a blue-and-white striped rubber ball that rolls quietly across the floor--but only in the room reflected in the mirror. In the real world, it is a tennis ball--until somehow the toys change places, and the real becomes the reflection. A cat paws the mirror's cold glass surface--and is sucked through. What emerges on this side is a looking-glass cat--a bloodthirsty demon more snake than feline. The looking-glass world is filled with pain, terror, and torment. And Boofuls, that beautiful child with the angel's face and voice, has been trapped there for fifty years, his soul captured by the mirror at the moment of his death. Martin Williams will do anything to free the boy, even sacrifice another child to the hell beyond the silvered glass. But fifty years in Hell have turned the angel into a devil. Boofuls intends to permanently open the mirror--passage, to bring Satan to dominion over the Earth. Hollywood will be the first bloody offering--but not the last! As the terror mounts, as demons creep from the mirror-world into the real one, Martin realizes that to stop the devil-child he will have to step through the mirror, to find the innocent soul he condemned to Hell. In that child's forgiveness lies Satan's defeat. Martin William's search for innocence in Hell is a harrowing journey that will chill the reader long after the last page has been turned.
Life changes dramatically for Adam Schilling and his friends when they discover a skeleton in an abandoned well and stumble upon a dangerous secret hidden in the bushland near their farms. In their quest to solve the mysteries, the boys become involved in an adventure where they uncover much more than they had expected, and with consequences no one could have anticipated. In the midst of all this action Adam tries to help Megan, the troubled girl in his class--but not every problem can be solved.
1913. Dinners, Millet-Bass, and Napps-three explorers bound not by friendship, but by a dependence founded on survival-volunteer to leave their ship, the Kismet, and scout an uncharted and unknown island in the Antarctic, which Napps names "Everland." While all three are enticed by the promise of adventure and reward, they are immortalized by the disastrous outcome of the expedition, their stories preserved for posterity. 2012. Brix, Jess, and Decker-three researchers with their own reasons for being so far from home-set out on a centenary field trip to survey the same island. Their equipment is more advanced than the previous group's, and their purpose more scientific, but the harsh weather of Everland remains an unpredictable and deadly force: the adventure and the danger are inescapable.Under the harsh ultraviolet light of a sun which doesn't set, and isolated from the world, they begin to echo the expedition of a hundred years ago. History, it seems, has a way of repeating itself-when theirs is written, what will it say?From the Trade Paperback edition.
Paradise, Massachusetts, police chief Jesse Stone faces the case of his career in the newest novel in the bestselling series.When a woman's partially decomposed body washes ashore in Paradise, Massachusetts, police chief Jesse Stone is forced into a case far more difficult than it initially appears. Identifying the woman is just the first step in what proves to be an emotionally charged investigation. Florence Horvath was an attractive, recently divorced heiress from Florida; she also had a penchant for steamy sex and was an enthusiastic participant in a video depicting the same. Somehow the combination of her past and present got her killed, but no one is talking-not the crew of the Lady Jane, the Fort Lauderdale yacht moored in Paradise Harbor; not her very blond, very tan twin sisters, Corliss and Claudia; and not her curiously affectless parents, living out a sterile retirement in a Miami high rise. But someone-Jesse-has to speak for the dead, even if it puts him in harm's way.
A rich and imaginative discovery of how ink has shaped culture and why it is here to stay Ink is so much a part of daily life that we take it for granted, yet its invention was as significant as the wheel. Ink not only recorded culture, it bought political power, divided peoples, and led to murderous rivalries. Ancient letters on a page were revered as divine light, and precious ink recipes were held secret for centuries. And, when it first hit markets not so long ago, the excitement over the disposable ballpoint pen equalled that for a new smartphone--with similar complaints to the manufacturers. Curious about its impact on culture, literature, and the course of history, Ted Bishop sets out to explore the story of ink. From Budapest to Buenos Aires, he traces the lives of the innovators who created the ballpoint pen--revolutionary technology that still requires exact engineering today. Bishop visits a ranch in Utah to meet a master ink-maker who relishes igniting linseed oil to make traditional printers' ink. In China, he learns that ink can be an exquisite object, the subject of poetry, and a means of strengthening (or straining) family bonds. And in the Middle East, he sees the world's oldest Qur'an, stained with the blood of the caliph who was assassinated while reading it. An inquisitive and personal tour around the world, The Social Life of Ink asks us to look more closely at something we see so often that we don't see it at all.
Daniel Roke didn't want to leave his Australian stud farm to help look into an English horse-doping scandal. But there he was in England, taking over investigative duties vacated by a racing journalist who had died in a suspicious auto accident. And soon enough, Daniel learned that men who would give drugs to horses would do much worse to human beings.... "The best thriller writer going."--Atlantic Monthly
After the Sands outlines a vision and a road map to transitioning Canada to a low-carbon society.Despite its oil abundance, with no strategic reserves, Canada is woefully unprepared for the next global oil supply crisis. There's no good reason for Canadians to use much more oil per capita than people in other sparsely populated, northern countries like Norway, Finland and Sweden-nations that use 27 to 39 percent less oil per person. In After the Sands, Alberta-based political economist Gordon Laxer proposes a bold strategy of deep conservation and a Canada-first perspective to ensure that all Canadians have sufficient energy at affordable prices.The most achievable way to gain energy security is to supply Canadians with their own oil, natural gas and renewable energy. And the best way to cut carbon emissions is by phasing out Canada's role as a carbon-fuel exporter.Canada has all the oil, gas and coal needed to transition to a low-carbon future. Remarkable hydro power resources give Canadians a large base of renewable energy, which can be expanded with wind, solar, geothermal and biomass. Few countries have these options in adequate quantities. But, as Laxer argues, Canada will not get there until we overcome the power of vested interests and untangle the trade agreements that block Canadians from secure and fair access to the nation's own energy resources.Impeccably researched, After the Sands is critical reading for anyone concerned with climate change and the future of Canada.
Living in the shadow of the Selkirk Mountains in southeastern BC, the inhabitants of the Slocan Valley are tied together by magical and dramatic geography, but also by an intricate web of shared history, common needs and the deep and complex relationships that evolve in isolated locations, where everyone is visible and there is no anonymity. Tom Wayman's new short story collection, The Shadows We Mistake for Love, brings together loggers and environmentalists, marijuana growers and small-town lawyers, back-country skiers and homesteaders, to overlap and coalesce into a brilliant portrait of rural life and place.Beneath the valley's idyllic surface, conflict and tension flourish among its inhabitants, ranging from the intimate to the political. In the title story, the protagonist is drawn into an environmental activist group and a relationship with the group's charismatic leader, but having a child quickly brings home the painful realities of the new life she's chosen. Other stories depict the changes that are altering the social landscape of the valley, from the ubiquity of the Internet to an influx of affluent new residents. These developments emphasize the ways in which the sometimes rawer and more visible dramas of rural life reflect similar tensions in communities everywhere.
As engaging as the great game itself, the stories behind the National Hockey League are entertaining, fascinating and, at times, unbelievable. Faux facts emerge from urban legends, conspiracy theories and coincidences, leaving sports fans to debate truth and fiction in the world of hockey trivia. Few are better qualified to both debunk falsehoods and nail down amazing facts than TSN stats archaeologist Kevin Gibson, whose book Of Myths and Sticks blows the whistle on all hockey matters from the mainstream to the obscure.What was the date of the first NHL game? Who scored the first goal and which team won? Did Gordie Howe ever actually have a Gordie Howe hat trick? Gibson offers definitive answers to these fundamental questions, but also contributes fascinating background nobody else thought to ask about, such as game-time weather, contract disputes and the flu epidemic that claimed the lives of two players and cancelled the 1919 Stanley Cup Final. Gibson scores laughs with true facts from between the posts, noting that legendary Canadiens goalie Georges Vezina sired 24 children ("he was known for saves on the ice and scoring off"), and that the Quebec Bulldogs' shameful record of 4-20 may have been due, in part, to the worst nickname ever for a goaltender ("Holes"). The myth of the Original Six is down-sized to the Original One, as Gibson points out that the Montreal Canadiens is the only team to have been around at the start of the NHL and to have retained their original team name.Other highlights include hall-of-famers, hall-of-shamers and an extensive "On This Date" chapter that highlights 366 trivia-worthy moments from 95 years of hockey history. Combining extensive research, humor and keen curiosity, Of Myths and Sticks is hockey's version of MythBusters-what's true, what's not, and how can we make finding out almost as entertaining as watching the game.
For decades, Hudson Mack has been the face of television news on Vancouver Island. In 2004, when he "crossed the street" from CHEK to The New VI, it was an industry-wide sensation. As he recalls that life-changing event in this autobiography he admits he wasn't sure where his new path might lead. CHEK was established, respected and popular in Victoria, but its senior management had passed Mack over for promotion to news director, more than once. The New VI was high-budget and original, but hadn't exactly earned a reputation for professionalism, especially after one of its anchors dropped an F-bomb on the air. When New VI management offered Mack the chance to rebuild and lead its news department, he couldn't resist the chance to rescue the floundering news program and signed on.Ten years later, after revamping The New VI and leading it to success as A-Channel and then CTV, Mack left the station. "Time is right for a change," he told dismayed viewers at the time. It was true; changes were happening, but there's more to the story, and in Hudson Mack, the broadcast veteran reveals the rest of the truth.And not just career-related truths. There's more to Mack than what you see on TV, and in this memoir he shares his personal stories as well as his professional ones. He tours through some of the lighter moments of his life and career-for example, the day of the royal visit, when Prince Philip put Mack's wife Patty in a very awkward position-but doesn't balk at sharing the tragedies, and also tells of his older brother's accidental shooting and the loss of his father and sister to cancer.Honest, unabridged and told with true journalistic integrity, Hudson Mack is a fix for those who miss Mack appearing on their TVs for the nightly newscast, and explains why he no longer does, at least for now.
Over the past four decades, a series of PR campaigns have helped to shape popular culture and influence public opinion. Campaigns that Shook the World provides the inside story on the pivotal PR campaigns of the past four decades, following and celebrating the maturation and expansion of the PR industry towards today's practice. It examines ten of these campaigns in detail from the 1970s to the present day, explaining their strategy and tactics, looking at the imagery and icons they created and interviewing the powerful, flamboyant personalities who crafted and executed these seminal projects. Each chapter is built around extended case studies including Thatcherism (1979), New Labour, The Royal Family, The Rolling Stones (1981), David Beckham, London 2012, Product [RED], The Obama Campaign (2008) and Dove Real Beauty. Featuring campaigns by Saatchi & Saatchi, Bell Pottinger, Ogilvy, Freuds, Pitch and other well-known agencies, Campaigns that Shook the World grapples with PR's uneasy place at the nexus of politics and celebrity, holding the best campaigns up to scrutiny and showcasing just how powerful PR can be as an instrument of change, for the good, and at times for the less than good. It contains insights from Alastair Campbell, Lord Tim Bell, Alan Edwards, Paddy Harverson, Matthew Freud and many others.
Bids Tenders and Proposals is a practical guide to winning contracts and funding through competitive bids, proposals and tenders. Written in a clear, accessible style using examples and checklists from real-life winning bids and tenders, this book explains how to create bids that are outstanding in both technical quality and value for money. This fully updated fifth edition extends the scope and content of the book, making it suitable for established contractors as well as anyone who needs to put together a bid for business or funding. This timely new edition covers the 2015 EU regulations for proposals, bids and tenders, including the latest regulatory changes to ensure that the reader has the most current guidelines. It also includes new content on bidding for contract opportunities in international markets and information resources to support bids. Bids, Tenders and Proposals provides fully up-to-date best practice and is essential reading for anyone involved in tendering for new business.
Few topics are as pressing to policy makers, business leaders and the risk management community as the secure and compliant management of social media. Social Media Risk and Governance is a practical guide to the components and considerations which make up a good social media governance strategy, spanning both external communications channels such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, as well as enterprise social networks within an organization. Written by social media risk and governance expert Phil Mennie, Social Media Risk and Governance addresses the concepts professionals in information security, marketing, compliance and risk management need to take into account in their daily practice, guiding us through policy evaluation, planning on social media, information security and fraud risks, how to respond to a crisis or to archive data and more. Featuring examples from companies such as BP, MasterCard, Netflix, PwC, Silk Road UBS and Yelp, the book is designed to promote cross-functional working between professional users of social media, acknowledging the impact of these technologies across the business and the interaction of the various stakeholders when planning new activities to effectively harness the power of social media safely and successfully for their organization.
Data is changing the nature of competition. Making sense of it is tough. Taking advantage of it is tougher. There is a business opportunity for organizations to use data and analytics to transform business performance. Organizations are by their nature complex. They are a constantly evolving system made up of objectives, processes designed to meet those objectives, people with skills and behaviours to do the work required, and all of this organised in a governance structure. It is dynamic, fluid and constantly moving over time. Using data and analytics you can connect all the elements of the system to design an environment for people to perform; an organization which has the right people, in the right place, doing the right things, at the right time. Only when everyone performs to their potential, do organizations have a hope of getting and sustaining a competitive edge. Data-driven Organization Design provides a practical framework for HR and Organization design practitioners to build a baseline of data, set objectives, carry out fixed and dynamic process design, map competencies, and right-size the organization. It shows how to collect the right data, present it meaningfully and ask the right questions of it. Whether looking to implement a long term transformation, large redesign, or a one-off small scale project, this book will show you how to make the most of your organizational data and analytics to drive business performance.
In a world of increasingly complex and sophisticated market problems, the public sector and the private sector need each other. Where traditional models of working together can't capture this complexity, there is space for a new, dynamic approach. This approach recognizes innovative models of working in partnership to suit different circumstances. The Public-Private Partnership Handbook explores the full range of opportunities for growth, success and benefits that can be achieved through smart joint working and strategic partnerships. Covering the full lifecycle of a public-private partnership, from initial planning to managed exit and service continuity, The Public-Private Partnership Handbook gives managers and decision-makers the tools and knowledge to forge powerful and mutually beneficial partnerships between public and private sector entities. Key topics such as understanding and aligning organizational values and cultures, dealing with joint intellectual property, managing risk and sharing rewards, coping with asymmetry, managing performance, and agreeing accountability processes are explored in depth with tools and techniques for informed decision-making.
Category Management in Purchasing is a comprehensive guide to strategic category management, providing a step-by-step guide to its implementation and use. This book provides the necessary tools, techniques and applications that will enable the reader to implement this cost saving purchasing method. The 3rd Edition of Category Management in Purchasing has been rigorously updated to reflect latest thinking in the field. Jonathan O'Brien shows how a strategic approach needs to work effectively together with other approaches, such as Supplier Relationship Management. He has added important sections on governance, included more supplier and supply chain tools, and introduced a pragmatic route for smaller businesses or those who need step-by-step advice. The book provides case studies of real companies, including: IKEA, The Body Shop, NHS, Heinz, Cardiff Council, and GlaxoSmithKline.
Using ground-breaking modelling, Big Change, Best Path brings unique insights to the dynamics and process of organizational change, understanding success and failure, defining and describing the drivers and conditions of change, and the patterns and paths of organizational change. Author Warren Parry from Accenture Strategy shows that a whole new way of managing change is possible, from empirical benchmarking, predictive approaches that highlight the specific actions needed at any point of a change program, and visualization for senior managers to show how each part of an organization is responding. The author also challenges many of the myths of change management and the dynamics of how organizations respond to change, clearly showing the common pitfalls and misunderstandings. Big Change, Best Path explains a new, more analytical way and process for driving successful change, and presents a ground-breaking vision for the future of how organizations can become more agile and resilient.
Coaching in Times of Crisis and Transformation takes an in-depth look at crisis and change in the world we live in today and discusses its impact on both individuals and organizations. Covering not just coaching in the current crisis but any time of crisis and change, it offers a complete, practical resource for managers and coaches to tackle the challenges effectively. This book can help turn a crisis, whether personal or systemic into an opportunity for transformation. Coaching in Times of Crisis and Transformation covers definitions of crisis from both the individual and organizational perspective, including insights on: adapting to change and finding opportunities in crisis, what neuroscience tells us about our reactions to change, transformative coaching, change models, supporting organizations in crisis and how coaching and mentoring can act as preventative measures against crises.
An important and transformative guide that addresses the protective, yet dysfunctional dynamic where couples avoid genuine connection with an unsatisfying pattern of false intimacy. Drawing on their extensive clinical experience, the authors look at "song and dance" behavioral routines repeatedly performed by couples in irrelationships and delve into the most difficult emotions and actions to help readers achieve personal breakthroughs.Written for anyone who wants to understand unhealthy patterns and how to change them, Irrelationships will help readers develop interpersonal skills, creating a new opportunity to heal and restore loving relationships.Mark B. Borg, Jr., PhD, is a community psychologist and psychoanalyst, and a supervisor of psychotherapy at the William Alanson White Institute.Grant H. Brenner, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist in private practice, specializing in treating mood and anxiety disorders and the complex problems that may arise in adulthood from childhood trauma and loss. Daniel Berry, RN, MHA, has practiced as a Registered Nurse in New York City since 1987 and has worked for almost two decades in community-based programs.