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New York Times bestselling author Charles Martin's breathtaking novel of love and redemption.Charlie Finn had to grow up fast, living alone by age sixteen. Highly intelligent, he earned a life-changing scholarship to Harvard, where he learned how to survive and thrive on the outskirts of privileged society. That skill served him well in the cutthroat business world, as it does in more lucrative but dangerous ventures he now operates off the coast of Miami. Charlie tries to separate relationships from work. But when his choices produce devastating consequences, he sets out to right wrongs, traveling to Central America where he will meet those who have paid for his actions, including a woman and her young daughter. Will their fated encounter present Charlie with a way to seek the redemption he thought was impossible--and free his heart to love one woman as he never knew he could?
How can you speak when speech has been taken away? When the only person listening refuses to understand? Milla, trapped in silence by a deadly paralysing illness, confined to her bed, struggles to make herself heard by her maidservant and now nurse, Agaat. Contrary, controlling, proud, secretly affectionate, the two women, servant and mistress, are more than matched. Life for white farmers like Milla in the South Africa of the 1950s was full of promise - newly married, her future held the thrilling challenges of creating her own farm and perhaps one day raising children. Forty years later, the world Milla knew is as if seen in a mirror, and all she has left are memories and diaries. As death draws near, she looks back on good intentions and soured dreams, on a brutal marriage and a longed-for only son scarred by his parents' battles, and on a lifetime's tug-of-war with Agaat. As Milla's old white world recedes, in the new South Africa her guardian's is ever more filled with the prospect of freedom. Marlene Van Niekerk's is a stunning new literary voice from South Africa, to compare to J.M. Coetzee and Nadine Gordimer.
This is the story of the four inhabitants of 127 Martha Street in the poor white suburb of Triomf. Living on the ruins of old Sophiatown, the freehold township razed to the ground as a so-called 'black spot', they await with trepidation their country's first democratic elections. It is a date that coincides fatefully with the fortieth birthday of Lambert, the oversexed misfit son of the house. There is also Treppie, master of misrule and family metaphysician; Pop, the angel of peace teetering on the brink of the grave; and Mol, the materfamilias in her eternal housecoat. Pestered on a daily basis by nosy neighbours, National Party canvassers and Jehovah's Witnesses, defenceless against the big city towering over them like a vengeful dinosaur, they often resort to quoting to each other the only consolation that they know; we still have each other and a roof over our heads. TRIOMF relentlessly probes Afrikaner history and politics, revealing the bizarre and tragic effect that apartheid had on exactly the white underclass who were most supposed to benefit. It is also a seriously funny investigation of the human endeavour to make sense of life even under the most abject of circumstances.
The Witcher returns in this action-packed sequel to The Last Wish, in the series that inspired The Witcher video games. Geralt is a witcher, a man whose magic powers, enhanced by long training and a mysterious elixir, have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin. Yet he is no ordinary murderer: his targets are the multifarious monsters and vile fiends that ravage the land and attack the innocent. He roams the country seeking assignments, but gradually comes to realise that while some of his quarry are unremittingly vile, vicious grotesques, others are the victims of sin, evil or simple naivety.In this collection of short stories, following the adventures of the hit collection THE LAST WISH, join Geralt as he battles monsters, demons and prejudices alike...
Shintaro Kisaragi is about to have a terrible day.After two years of being an unemployed shut-in, Shintaro Kisaragi is forced out of his room and into the wide, uncaring world by a disastrous series of events involving his computer's keyboard and a bottle of soda. What begins as a simple errand soon spirals out of control as his luck turns from bad to worse. It starts with a hostage situation and only gets weirder from there--and it turns out Shintaro Kirasagi isn't the only person whose life is going to be changed forever this blistering summer afternoon!
Looking to strike it rich with television gold, an English media tycoon enlists the help of an unassuming novelist to script his small-screen epic, to disastrous--and hilarious--effect The year is 1986, and the cuts imposed by Margaret Thatcher's government have trickled down to university life, where departments are being forced to shave their payrolls to account for reduced public funding. Meanwhile, at Eldorado Television, a different kind of cut is about to wreak havoc. Lord Mellow, head of the declining studio, watches as his last-ditch effort to produce a hit series falls to pieces. The show's star, the volatile but vaunted Sir Luke Trimingham, has just declared that he will quit unless the script is entirely rewritten. Desperate to save the project, Eldorado brings university lecturer and author Henry Babbacombe into the fold to write thirteen new episodes of ambitious television--something so grand that the leading man cannot possibly refuse it. But the production is plagued from the start, suffering endless calamities with its unpredictable actors and crew, whose behind-the-scenes drama rivals anything Babbacombe could dream up.
Some loves last forever--others, only a summer The summer Mary turns fifteen, she meets an unsuitable boy with an even more unsuitable motorcycle. Who cares if he's from the wrong side of the tracks? He's fun, and that's a risk Mary decides is worth taking. Before she got married and had three children, Zelda quit college to work in a factory because she thought it would impress her seriously political boyfriend. But it was in the factory that she found a sisterhood and a source of inspiration that would last a lifetime--considerably longer than the boyfriend. Lillian has lived all her life on Greene Street. She grew up there, got married there, raised two girls who went off to live their lives, and now--at her age!--she has the chance to leave it all behind and find love in sunny Florida. But can she, if it means living without Greene Street? There are many kinds of love, and you'll find most of them in this collection of short stories by the extraordinary Norma Fox Mazer.
Nina always thought that if just one person would love her perfectly and completely, she'd never be alone again Nina's the first person in her family to leave home and go to college. Maybe that's why she feels so isolated once she gets there, especially compared to some of the other students--like her roommates, who have been friends for so long they can finish one another's sentences. But it seems like her narrow, small-town past hasn't prepared her for this life in which everyone else knows things about the world that she doesn't. Afraid of falling behind in her classes, all Nina does is study and wonder if she'll always be this lonely. But then she meets Mitch. He introduces himself from the top of some scaffolding, taking a break from painting the house next door to hers. Their growing relationship frees Nina from her self-doubt--finally, someone to love who loves her back! Their togetherness is perfect . . . but can it stay that way forever?
Going along with the crowd can have shattering consequences Why does everyone always want you to make so many choices? Pizza or burgers, swimming or a movie, one friend or another, yes or no. For Rollo Wingate, who's always been the biggest guy in school, sometimes it's easier to relax and let someone else take the lead. After all, when he and his two best friends get together, they're always on the same page--which is probably why he goes along with it when the other boys target Valerie Michon at school. Every time they see her, bad things just . . . happen. At first it's just a taunt here, a tiny insult there. But things keeps escalating, and finally, the situation turns into something much worse. Rollo knows that a line has been crossed, and he struggles to make sense of how things could have gone so wrong so quickly. Maybe for the first time, he's going to have to figure it out for himself.
Both overlooked in the middle of a big, noisy family, Jenny and her grandpa will always have each other to confide in . . . right? No one in Jenny Pennoyer's family understands her at all--no one, that is, except her grandfather, who lives in an apartment in the basement of her family's home. Jenny and her grandfather have been close ever since she was born, when Grandpa, newly widowed, found that a baby was just the thing he needed to get back on his feet. But as Jenny's family grows and they're all pinched together in one house, her parents become less and less patient with Grandpa's desire to be independent. Jenny feels like his only defender, the only one who sees him as a person with a mind of his own. As Jenny grows increasingly protective, Grandpa's determination and Jenny's love for him will lead them on an adventure together that their family never expected.
In real-life, happily ever after can be hard to come by Pete Greenwood loves history. Any era or country will do as long as the books are lengthy and full of the past. But that may be because Pete's own history is a work of fiction. For the last eight years, he's lived with his uncle Gene under an assumed name. He's had to keep his parents' existence a secret ever since they committed an act of political protest that went tragically wrong. Living a double life makes Pete feel isolated and alone until he meets the cool and collected Cary Longstreet. Cary's playing a role too--looking perfect on the outside to hide secrets of her own. Slowly learning to trust each other, Pete and Cary start to share their truths, both of them dreaming of happy endings to their stories and the chance to let go of all their worries. But real life doesn't always wrap itself up as neatly as we'd like.
Eight extraordinary stories of heartbreak, growing up, and the importance of finding your voice Everything changes eventually. Jessie Granatstein doesn't think she'll have anything to say in the journal her teacher asks her to write--until suddenly, the words come tumbling out. Zoe Eberhardt has been raised and cherished by the strong, powerful women in her family, but when she turns fourteen, she starts to see that she'll soon have to establish an identity of her own. Marylee is quiet and thoughtful--unlike her confident, sparkling mother. But when she sees something she's not supposed to, she realizes it might be time to start speaking out. For the young women in these stories, growing up may be complicated, but it always leads in surprising new directions.
When Toni's luck runs out, real life comes calling Toni and Julie were both born right after their parents moved in next to one another, and the two girls have hardly been separated since. Julie is tall and outspoken and stands up for herself, but really she's just trying to survive until she turns eighteen so she can move out before her parents' constant fighting drives her crazy. Meanwhile, Toni, small and shy, has the perfect family: no financial worries and two parents who obviously adore her. Compared to Julie, Toni knows she's lucky. But when Julie's mom moves her family to San Francisco for the summer, Toni faces new challenges. Some changes are fun, like getting to know the cutest boy in school--but some, like discovering that maybe your family isn't as perfect as you thought, aren't quite so easy.
Vicki wishes she could solve her problems as easily as she can arrange words into a poem Vicki Marnet has two wonderful big brothers who are completely regular people. They like sports, chess, and the student senate, and are totally normal--unlike Vicky, who feels in her heart that she's different. For one thing, she writes poetry for fun. She plays with sonnets, pantoums, sestinas--all kinds of stanzas and rhymes, anything to take her mind off what's happening at home. Vicki's dad lost his job, and since he can't find another one, her family is moving to the city. They're selling their big house, moving into a tiny apartment, and facing troubles that Vicki has never known before. Ashamed and slow to make friends at her new school, Vicki puts her thoughts down in verse as she makes a new place for herself--one that's very much her very own.
How is it possible that the one guy Jenny falls for is totally off limits? March isn't usually Jenny's month. For one thing, it's too dark and gray. For another, her sister, Gail, died two years ago in March after being hit by a drunk driver, a blow her family hasn't yet recovered from. But March is also when she first sees Rob. He's new in school, and although Jenny doesn't know who he is yet, she can't look away when they pass each other in the halls. She knows there's something between them, and he seems to know it too, until a chance conversation reveals something terrible: Rob's mother was the driver who killed Gail. Even as Jenny tries to pull away from Rob, she's secretly glad about his stubborn insistence that they be friends despite their pasts. If Jenny and Rob become friends--or more--is she betraying her family? Can she and Rob find a way to transcend the tragedies in both their pasts and hold on to each other?
New York City boasts one of the most famous skylines in the world, and the Empire State Building is undeniably the focal point of this incredible view. At 102 stories, the structure was no small feat. In fact, its construction coincided with the onset of the Great Depression, and so progress was met with numerous setbacks. Still, because of the efficiency that went into the building's development, it only took a year and forty-five days to complete! In this informative, easy-to-read account, Janet B. Pascal describes the rise of skyscrapers in the United States, the intricacies of the groundbreaking construction process, and the effect the iconic Empire State Building continues to have today.
As the recent deaths of sixteen Sherpas underscore, climbing Mount Everest remains a daunting challenge. Located in the Himalayas, Everest is the highest mountain in the world at a whopping 29,029 feet. In this compelling narrative, Nico Medina guides readers through the mountain's ancient beginnings, first human settlers, historic climbs, and the modern commercialization of mountain-climbing. With stories of expeditions gone wrong and miraculously successful summit climbs, this is a thrilling addition to the Where Is . . . ? series!
In these stories of matrimonial madness from four sensational authors, unexpected couples find their happily ever after at a wedding that's counting down to disaster... When a perfectionist and a troublemaker have to stick together in Amanda Berry's The Wedding Planner: Flirting with Disaster, more than sparks fly... In Shawntelle Madison's The Maid of Honor: Lovers in Lockdown, two best friends trapped in a wine cellar decide to sample the wine--and each other... Covering up the groom's many misdeeds forces the best man to choose between loyalty and the love of a wedding singer in Stephanie Draven's The Best Man: Sex, Lies and Karmic Catastrophe. And finally, a runaway bride, a hunky caterer and a stolen cake hit the road in a hijacked van in Jeannie Lin's The Bride: Love on the Run. Stephanie Draven is a national bestselling, award-winning, two-time RITA-nominated author of historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance whose mission is to write very smart books for very bad girls. Jeannie Lin is a USA Today bestselling and award-winning author best known for bringing Tang Dynasty China to historical romance. She also writes Opium War steampunk. Shawntelle Madison is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of speculative fiction and contemporary romance. She is a web developer who loves to weave words as well as code. Amanda Berry is a national bestselling author for Harlequin Special Edition books. Leaving behind a career as a public accountant, she followed her heart and began to write romantic fiction.
From the author of The Price of Valor, The Shadow Throne, and The Thousand Names comes a new novella set in the world of the Shadow Campaigns--"a world of dust and bayonets and muskets...and magic."* The wagons travel north across the mountains, carrying cargo of great value: Hamveltai glass and porcelain; Deslandai jewelry in heavy iron strongboxes; fine cloth from the cities of the Old Coast. And Abraham. Bound and tied, guarded day and night, Abraham has been stolen from his village, from the arms of the man he loved. He is being sent to the fortress-city of Elysium to serve a dark and ancient order, the Priests of the Black. They have discovered the secret he kept all his life: that inside him dwells a demon which allows him to heal...and to kill. But Abraham is not alone. A young woman named Alex, similarly possessed, rides with him. And as a bond grows between them, they begin to wonder if they can turn the demons that have damned them into their salvation. INCLUDES AN EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW OF THE PRICE OF VALOR Praise for the Shadow Campaigns "I read it at a gulp and look forward to more."--*S. M. Stirling, New York Times bestselling author "May end up doing for the Napoleonic Wars what George RR Martin did for the Wars of the Roses."--Anthony Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of Tower Lord "Epic fantasy of military might and magical conflict."--Library Journal "Fans of Steven Erikson, David Drake, Glen Cook, Naomi Novik, Tom Kratman, Jack Campbell, David Weber, and John Ringo take note--there's a new military fiction cowboy in town and his name is Django."--SF Signal Django Wexler is the author of the Shadow Campaigns novels, including The Prince of Valor, The Shadow Throne, and The Thousand Names. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh with degrees in creative writing and computer science, and worked for the university in artificial intelligence research. Eventually he migrated to Microsoft in Seattle, where he now lives with two cats and a teetering mountain of books. When not planning Shadow Campaigns, he wrangles computers, paints tiny soldiers, and plays games of all sorts. He is also the author of a middle-grade fantasy novel, The Forbidden Library.
The New York Times bestselling author explains why any attempt to make religion compatible with science is doomed to fail In his provocative new book, evolutionary biologist Jerry A. Coyne lays out in clear, dispassionate detail why the toolkit of science, based on reason and empirical study, is reliable, while that of religion--including faith, dogma, and revelation--leads to incorrect, untestable, or conflicting conclusions. Coyne is responding to a national climate in which over half of Americans don't believe in evolution (and congressmen deny global warming), and warns that religious prejudices and strictures in politics, education, medicine, and social policy are on the rise. Extending the bestselling works of Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, and Christopher Hitchens, he demolishes the claims of religion to provide verifiable "truth" by subjecting those claims to the same tests we use to establish truth in science. Coyne irrefutably demonstrates the grave harm--to individuals and to our planet--in mistaking faith for fact in making the most important decisions about the world we live in.
The New York Times bestselling author of the Lords of the Underworld series transports readers to a new and dark world in this sexy, paranormal novella...Rose Pascal is swept into a dark, haunting realm every year on her birthday, only to return home the next day. She dreads each visit...even as she craves appearing before the realm's warrior king, a deliciously maddening man who has spent his life hunting and killing her kind--with good reason. They are supposed to be enemies, but neither can deny the passion sizzling between them. With time running out, can they find a way to be together forever?Includes a preview of The Hotter You Burn"Showalter's signature blend of sizzling attraction, breathtaking worlds, and lethal stakes rocks me every time!"--Sylvia Day, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author"Showalter does her magic with an intricately developed world, complex and intensive character arcs and dark, compelling paranormal themes."--USA Today on Wicked Nights"One of the premier authors of paranormal romance."--#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Kresley Cole"Passion, humor, pulse-pounding action and just plain fun...Showalter's books are always a refreshing escape!"--New York Times Bestselling Author Lara Adrian"Bold and witty, sexy and provocative."--New York Times Bestselling Author Carly Phillips on Animal Instincts"With compelling stories and memorable characters, Gena Showalter never fails to dazzle."--Jeaniene Frost, New York Times Bestselling AuthorGena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the White Rabbit Chronicles, Otherworld Assassins, Angels of the Dark, Lords of the Underworld, and several of other young adult and adult romance series. She has written over thirty novels and novellas. Her books have appeared in Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazine, and have been translated in multiple languages.
The author of I See London sets her sights on Washington, D. C., with a sexy new series about three sisters, the secrets they keep, and a powerful blog with a knack for exposing scandals...Jackie Gardner knows all about dirty little secrets. The illegitimate daughter of one of the most influential senators in Washington, D.C., she grew up surrounded by the scandals and shadows of politics. Now that she's landed an internship with a powerful political consulting firm, she's determined to launch her career and take this city by storm.William Andrew Clayton was born for politics. He knows the drill: work hard, play discreetly, and at all costs, avoid scandal. At twenty-six, his campaign for the Virginia State Senate is the first step to cementing his future. It's time for him to settle down, to find the perfect political spouse. He needs a Jackie Kennedy, not a Marilyn... When Jackie meets Will in the bar of the Hay-Adams Hotel, sparks fly. But the last thing Will needs is to be caught in a compromising position, and an affair with a political candidate could cost Jackie her career. When what began as one steamy night, becomes a passion neither one of them can walk way from, they must decide if what they have is really love, or just another dirty little secret...Includes a preview of the next Capital Confessions novel, Playing With Trouble"Flirting with Scandal by Chanel Cleeton has it all. A sexy hero, strong heroine, delicious romance, sizzling tension, and plenty of breathtaking scandal. I loved this book!"--New York Times bestselling author Monica MurphyPraise for the novels of Chanel Cleeton"A sassy, steamy, and sometimes sweet read that had me racing to the next page."--New York Times bestselling author Chelsea M. Cameron"Fun, sexy, and kept me completely absorbed."--Katie McGarry, author of Take Me On"I absolutely loved this book!...It set itself apart from the beginning and it kept getting better."--Examiner.comRomance novels and politics are two of Chanel Cleeton's greatest passions. What better than to combine them? Chanel received a bachelor's degree in International Relations from Richmond, the American International University in London and a master's degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She's also a graduate (survivor) of law school--she earned her J.D. from the University Of South Carolina School Of Law. A summer cruise in the Caribbean changed Chanel's life when she met and fell in love with a fighter pilot. A happily ever after later, she's currently living an adventure with her husband and three pups.
"I read The Life and Death of Sophie Stark with my heart in my mouth. Not only a dissection of genius and the havoc it can wreak, but also a thunderously good story." -Emma Donoghue, author of RoomGripping and provocative, The Life and Death of Sophie Stark is a haunting story of fame, love, and legacy told through the propulsive rise of an iconoclastic artist. Sophie Stark begins her filmmaking career by creating a documentary about her obsession, Daniel, a college basketball star. But when she becomes too invasive, she finds herself the victim of a cruel retribution. The humiliation doesn't stop her. Visionary and unapologetic, Sophie begins to use stories from the lives of those around her to create movies, and as she gains critical recognition and acclaim, she risks betraying the one she loves most. Told in a chorus of voices belonging to those who knew Sophie best, The Life and Death of Sophie Stark is an intimate portrait of an elusive woman whose monumental talent and relentless pursuit of truth reveal the cost of producing great art. It is "not only a dissection of genius and the havoc it can wreak, but also a thunderously good story" (Emma Donoghue).
Many popular diets call for avoiding some foods or eating others exclusively. But as The Good Karma Diet reveals, the secret to looking and feeling great is actually quite simple: Treat our planet and all its inhabitants well. In this revolutionary book, bestselling author Victoria Moran reveals that by doing what's best for all creatures and the planet, you align your eating with your ethics--a powerful health and wellness tool if there ever was one! The Good Karma Diet shows readers how favoring foods that are karmically good for you will help you: - Sustain energy - Extend youthfulness - Take off those stubborn extra pounds - Reflect an enlightened outlook This book also includes the inspiring stories of men and women across the country who have made this simple mealtime shift and reaped "good karma" in every aspect of their lives. Follow this wise diet and lifestyle program and you will find yourself waking up in a good mood more often and having a luminous look that bespeaks health and clean living.From the Trade Paperback edition.
In this absolutely delicious novella from New York Times bestselling author Lauren Dane, a man takes a step outside his comfort zone and finds his arms full of passion...Levi Warner is an established older man--wealthy, powerful, and above all, respectable. Then Levi meets Daisy, an uninhibited twenty-four-year-old dance instructor and artist, not exactly the kind of woman Levi is accustomed to.But the young free spirit brings out something in him that he only experienced in fantasies. When their scorching affair turns into something unexpectedly deeper, Levi finds himself torn between preserving his reputation and exploring a wilder and much more satisfying kind of life...Sway previously appeared in the anthology CherishedIncludes an excerpt of the Brown Family novel, Drawn Together.Praise for Lauren Dane:"No one does it better than Lauren Dane."--Sylvia Day, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Bared to You"Erotic...An emotionally rich story."--Fresh Fiction"Sexy, pulse-pounding adventure."--Jaci Burton, New York Times bestselling authorAs a stay-at-home mom, Lauren Dane had lots of conversations in a singsong voice but no real outlet for adult thoughts and words. Armed with a secondhand laptop, she decided to "give that writing thing a serious go."Nearly a decade and several dozen books later, including the Brown Family novels and the Delicious series, she's well aware of her good fortune and is loving every moment of it, even when she has to edit and put Barbie's dresses back on over and over again.