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The time has come for the Battle Bugs to drive General Komodo's reptilian forces off Bug Island for good. Using all the knowledge Max has gained in his time with the Battle Bugs, he must lead the bug army in an all-out attack. It's a bug battle royale, with only one possible winner!
A Vintage Shorts Travel Selection As British rule came to an end in Ghana, Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski journeyed to the country to witness the birth of a new republic. Here Kapuscinski shares stories and insights about the time he spent crisscrossing Ghana in 1957. From meeting with the charismatic Kofi Baako, then Minister of Education and Information, to discussing witchcraft and clan structures with a fellow reporter in Kumasi, Kapuscinski investigates what it means to be Ghanaian at a time of immense change and upheaval. Rich with anecdotes and honesty, selection from his travelogue The Shadow of the Sun is a remarkable firsthand account into the sights and sounds of Ghana. An eBook short.
A Vintage Shorts Travel Selection Welcome to China in 1985, to a nation that has just begun to swing open for the West, and specifically for a young Time magazine journalist named Pico Iyer. From the beloved set of travel essays Video Night in Kathmandu, this is his dispatch. From Beijing to Chengdu to Guangzhou, Iyer crisscrosses the country, making friends, gathering impressions, and always getting to the train station early (very early). Along the way he encounters a China eager to take in Western goods, but not always Western values--and a Great Wall, established to keep the world out, that's now being used to draw it in. Neither Easterner nor Westerner knows where to turn. With frank curiosity and prophetic clarity, Iyer's travel essays have become the gold standard for the genre. Here he gives us a time capsule of an ambiguous and fast-changing China that remains strikingly familiar even today. An eBook short.
A Vintage Shorts Travel Selection Growing up in Haiti, Edwidge Danticat kept well clear of carnival--terrified by the stories of danger and debauchery that her uncle told her. Decades later, a grown woman and accomplished author, she returns home to find out what she's been missing. In this selection from After the Dance, Danticat fuses her present-day observations with her own childhood memories and weaves a deeply personal reflection on the home she left behind. Through conversations with other attendees and her own deft reporting, she takes readers into the very heart of the festival. A Walk Through Carnival is as much memoir as it is travelogue; and, in these pages, the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of Brother, I'm Dying brings the electric spirit of carnival vividly to life. An eBook short.
A Vintage Shorts Travel Selection Peter Ackroyd's staggering and prodigious capstone accomplishment, London: A Biography, details the history and--perhaps most ardently--the tenor of his hometown with indelible care. From the Iron Age to present day, Ackroyd's narrative sweeps through the centuries with an effortless immediacy, bringing the city to life. In this selection, the bestselling and award-winning author delivers a resonant account of the raids on London during the Second World War. Bombs and fires flare, naturally, but it is Ackroyd's esteem of Londoners themselves that endows this story with energy: "It was the invisible and intangible spirit or presence of London that survived, and somehow flourished, in [this] period of devastation." A rich, immersive plunge into some of London's darkest days. An eBook Short.
A Vintage Shorts Travel Selection"I arrived to find that this was a war of walkers." So writes Anjan Sundaram about his journey into the heart of the war-torn Central African Republic in 2013. As soon as he arrived in the city of Gaga, he witnessed hundreds of people fleeing their homes for parts unknown, afraid to be one of the many victims of the Seleka rebel force that had taken over the country that year, or the anti-balaka militias that had sprung up in retaliation. As Sundaram follows a jungle path from village to village, he provides witness to a burning Republic, one that is still in the grips of chaos and violence.An eBook short.
A woman discovers that she's sleeping with the enemy in a two-novel story of longing, betrayal, and insatiable desire from bestselling author Claire Kent. This ebook bundle includes both Sweet the Sin and Darker the Release, hailed by Library Journal as "hot and steamy, full of complex characters, with a dash of suspense and a surprise thrown in for good measure." Portrait artist Kelly Watson keeps her relationships simple and steamy, with no strings attached. She's had a hard time trusting other people since she was a child, when her father was murdered for trying to blow the whistle on corporate corruption. Nearly twenty years later, Kelly finds herself in the arms of a seductive stranger--the very same man who may have ordered her father's death. And even as she plays him, using hot sex as a means to revenge, Kelly is tormented by one question: Is she committing the ultimate betrayal? Caleb Marshall has spent decades forging a high-powered career, rejecting intimacy for the convenience of fast women and cheap thrills. But Kelly intrigues him, pushing commitment buttons he didn't know he had. Still, something is wrong. Despite their physical and emotional chemistry, Caleb feels the fear inside of her. Now the only way to keep her safe is coming clean, before secrets and lies destroy their connection--no matter how deep, intense, and addictive it may be. Sweet Revenge is intended for mature audiences. This ebook also includes an excerpt from Claire Kent's Taking It Off, starring a mouthwatering male stripper who knows what it really means to bare everything.
The deeply sensual Body & Soul series kicks off with "a fun, sexy emotional read" (Lisa Renee Jones), as one woman discovers the courage to face life's greatest challenges--and explore her connection with a handsome neighbor. Violet Walker has been hiding. Withdrawn after a terrible car accident, she is worried about going back to her high-pressure job, where she's expected to project confidence and sleek refinement. Allowing herself a distraction, she's been watching her sexy neighbor work on his house. But when the shirtless, grinning hunk catches her in the act, Violet is struck by the unmistakable jolt of physical chemistry, a sensation that's both thrilling and terrifying. Noah Young is used to moving from one construction job to another, never laying a firm foundation. The same goes for the women in his life--until Violet changes all that. His beautiful voyeur embraces his rough edges and shows him a hint of real love. But even Noah can tell that she's holding back, hiding her body and her heart from what they both truly want. If only he could get a little help convincing Violet to see herself as he sees her: perfect in every way.Advance praise for Naked "Naked is not to be missed. All I can say is, more Noah please!"--New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones"A fun, sexy story that will make your heart race, Naked is a great swoony romance!"--New York Times bestselling author A. Meredith Walters Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
The very first story about Thomas the Tank Engine, from 1946, is now adapted as a sturdy board book for the youngest readers. Train-loving boys and girls ages 0 to 3 will be captivated by the classic illustrations, which perfectly capture the personalities of Thomas and Gordon in their various moods. A terrific offering for fans of Thomas & Friends.From the Board edition.
The next sizzling novel of C. L. Parker's Monkey Business Trio--perfect for fans of Bared to You and Beautiful Bastard Hotshot San Diego sports agent Shaw Matthews and his sexy professional adversary Cassidy Whalen have gone head-to-head in the boardroom--and the bedroom. Now Shaw has scored a big promotion--but only because Cassidy turned it down and ran off. There are many things he wants when it comes to Cassidy--just not her pity. So Shaw rushes to a small town in Maine to retrieve his dignity--and maybe the woman he's hungry to claim once more. Cassidy has pushed herself to the max to realize her career dreams--until a family crisis brings her home. But Shaw isn't letting Cassidy go that easily. Neither is gorgeous heartthrob Casey Michaels, the childhood sweetheart she left behind--and who now wants to win her back. As the rivalry between the two alpha males intensifies, and Shaw's seductive moves reach a whole new level of heat, Cassidy has to make a choice. And this time, it's for the highest stakes of all. Getting Rough is intended for mature audiences. Praise for C. L. Parker's Playing Dirty "Fun, action-packed . . . Readers will be eager to read the sequel, hoping for more rough and dirty sexual acrobatics, friendship, backstabbing, and empathy."--Publishers Weekly "This snappy, sexy novel moves at breakneck speed, with abundant snark and sports euphemisms. . . . Parker's penchant for dry humor and vivid, voracious sex scenes breathes life into a well-trodden premise."--Library Journal "Parker writes intense storylines that anyone can relate to. Her characters are complex, with long and sometimes turbulent pasts that they have overcome, that still continues to affect their present. . . . I cannot wait to see where she takes this new series."--Fresh FictionFrom the Trade Paperback edition.
Detached from the world, how are seven psychopaths going to save it?Phoenix is one of the most populated cities in America...but not for long. With a mysterious sickness spreading through the streets, two things are becoming very clear: there's no cure, and it doesn't necessarily kill you.Instead, the so-called "Infecteds" have become a living plague, killing and eating everyone they come into contact with. Chaos is spreading, and no one is safe.No one, that is, except for a group of psychos.Somehow unaffected by the disease--and with promises of clemency for their monstrous pasts--a group of seven is sent downtown to hopefully find the cause of the disease...and therefore a cure. But when the asylum is the size of a city, it no longer matters who is running things.Not when everyone is running for their lives.The Walking Dead meets The Andromeda Strain in this fast-paced mix of science fiction and horror.
"Think you don't have any time to organize your space? Well, Erin Rooney Doland knows you do--and, once you follow her advice, you will find it."--Kristin van Ogtrop, managing editor of Real Simple and author of Just Let Me Lie DownAll the advice and motivation you need to kick-start your home organizing project . . . on your scheduleWhether you have thirty seconds, one minute, five minutes, or fifteen minutes, this organizing daily devotional offers tips, checklists, weekend projects, quizzes, and encouragement that will help you find the time, motivation, and permission to let go of sentimental clutter, set up storage solutions, and establish routines that make sense for your life.Filled with practical advice and small, doable projects that were created with your busy life in mind, Never Too Busy to Cure Clutter is a loyal resource, as well as a workbook, that you can rely on for straightforward, inspiring advice and tips you can return to time and time again.Yes, you're busy, but you're never too busy to cure clutter.
An unofficial Minecraft-fan adventure series inspired by the bestselling game!Fans of the bestselling video game Minecraft, middle grade readers, and action-adventure story enthusiasts of all ages will experience an exciting journey that will take them far beyond the world they know.The Republic of Elementia is in ruins after the Noctem Alliance wages war on Element City. President Stan and his council are scattered across the server, trying to find their way back to one another to continue their fight for freedom. And a mysterious figure has joined their world--one with the power to save or destroy them all. In the stunning conclusion to the Elementia Chronicles trilogy, Stan, Kat, Charlie, and their friends make a last stand for the world they love in an epic battle of good vs. evil.Written when he was seventeen years old, Sean Fay Wolfe's The Elementia Chronicles Book III: Herobrine's Message is the third and final novel in The Elementia Chronicles trilogy.Disclaimer: This book is not authorized, sponsored, endorsed, or licensed by Mojang AB, Microsoft Corp., or any other person or entity owning or controlling any rights to the Minecraft name, trademarks, or copyrights. Minecraft is a registered trademark of Mojang Synergies AB.
From Kiera Cass, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Selection series, comes a captivating stand-alone fantasy romance.Kahlen is a Siren, bound to serve the Ocean by luring humans to watery graves with her voice, which is deadly to any human who hears it. Akinli is human--a kind, handsome boy who's everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. Falling in love puts them both in danger . . . but Kahlen can't bear to stay away. Will she risk everything to follow her heart?The Siren was previously self-published; this brand-new edition has been completely rewritten and redesigned.
The New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of Secret Daughter returns with an unforgettable story of love, honor, tradition, and identity.The first of his family to go to college, Anil Patel, the golden son, leaves his tiny Indian village to begin a medical residency at one of the best hospitals in America. When his father dies, Anil becomes the head of the Patel household and inherits the mantle of arbiter for all of the village's disputes. But he is uncertain that he has the wisdom and courage required to take on the role.Back home in India, Anil's childhood friend, Leena, struggles to adapt to her demanding new husband. Arranged by her parents, the marriage shatters Leena's romantic hopes, and forces her to make choices that will hold drastic repercussions for her family.Tender and bittersweet, The Golden Son illuminates the decisions we must make to find our true selves.that will shake his confidence in himself and his abilities.Back home in India, Anil's closest childhood friend, Leena, struggles to adapt to her demanding new husband and relatives. Arranged by her parents, the marriage shatters Leena's romantic hopes, and eventually forces her to make a desperate choice that will hold drastic repercussions for herself and her family. Though Anil and Leena struggle to come to terms with their identities thousands of miles apart, their lives eventually intersect once more--changing them both and the people they love forever.Tender and bittersweet, The Golden Son tells the story of two people caught between past and present, tradition and modernity, duty and choice; and illuminates the push and pull of living in two cultures, and the painful decisions we must make to find our true selves.Praise for The Golden Son"Shilpi Somaya Gowda is as adept at crafting disparate, fully realized worlds--a village in India, a medical school in Texas--as she is at creating compelling characters. I ached and cheered for Leena and Anil as they struggle to live lives of their own choosing amidst the demands of tradition and the sometimes beautiful, sometimes painful bonds of family."--Marisa de los Santos, New York Times bestselling author of Belong to Me and The Precious One"At turns harrowing and uplifting, The Golden Son is an international tale of two childhood friends grappling with parental and cultural expectations as they embark on journeys of self-discovery. Compulsively readable and inspiring, Shilpi Somaya Gowda's latest novel explores questions of responsibility and independence while offering a fascinating glimpse into rural life in India and medical residency in Dallas."--Cathy Marie Buchanan, author of The Painted Girls"Shilpi Somaya Gowda paints an illuminating portrait of a young Indian man who must learn to reconcile his career ambitions in America with the traditional values and expectations of his family in India. Compellingly written, The Golden Son will stay with you long after you've turned the last page."--Vanessa Diffenbaugh, New York Times bestselling author of The Language of Flowers"The Golden Son swings back and forth across the world with easeful dexterity, pulling us deep into the lives of two protagonists who are as different as can be, and yet strangely similar. Shilpi Somaya Gowda's great achievement is this: she makes each locale she depicts fascinating and true and original; she makes each character she draws so heartbreakingly vibrant that even after we finish reading we can't forget them."--Chitra Divakaruni, American Book Award-winning author of Mistress of Spices and Oleander Girl"From a poor village in India to the journey of a boy who escapes to become a brilliant and sensible doctor at a high-tech medical center in Dallas, Shilpi Gowda's sweeping love story is meticulous in its detail, heartfelt--and a great read." --Samuel Shem, M.D., author of The House of God and At the Heart of the Universe
From the #1 internationally bestselling author of The Sand Fish, an exhilarating look at Khaleeji (Gulf-Arab) culture that explores the way secrets and betrayal consume three members of a prominent Emirati familyThe head of the Naseemy family, Majed, is proud to be one of the wealthiest businessmen in Dubai. But he's suddenly plagued by nightmares about the dead brother whose business he stole, and he feels his control erode with the discovery that his niece and daughter are defying his orders.Mariam concentrates on her college education in Cairo, carving a path that will lead her away from her hated uncle's controlling grip. But she falls for a brash fellow student named Adel, who might just prove to be her downfall. Meanwhile the rebellious Dalal, largely abandoned by Majed as the daughter of a second, secret marriage, strives to become a singer. It's a career looked down on in Khaleeji societies, and one she is rightfully certain will humiliate her father.As Majed increasingly tries to exert his authority over Dalal and Mariam, both girls resist, with explosive consequences. Set against the backdrop of the glamorous world of Arab showbiz, That Other Me explores the ties that bind one corroded family... and the tantalizing possibility of freedom.
Twenty years ago she ruined his life.Now she has the chance to save it.Olivia Randall is one of New York City's best criminal defense lawyers. When she hears that her former fiancé, Jack Harris, has been arrested for a triple homicide--and that one of the victims was connected to his wife's murder three years earlier--there is no doubt in her mind as to his innocence. The only question is, who would go to such great lengths to frame him--and why?For Olivia, representing Jack is a way to make up for past regrets and absolve herself of guilt from a tragic decision, a secret she has held for twenty years. But as the evidence against him mounts, she is forced to confront her doubts. The man she knew could not have done this. But what if she never really knew him?s. When she hears that her former fiancé, Jack Harris, has been arrested for a triple homicide--and that one of the victims was connected to his wife's murder--there is no doubt in her mind as to his innocence. The only question is, who would go to such great lengths to frame him--and why?For Olivia, representing Jack is a way to make up for past regrets and absolve herself of guilt from a tragic decision, a secret she has held for twenty years. But as the evidence against him mounts, she is forced to confront her doubts. The man she knew could not have done this. But what if she never really knew him?Praise for The Ex and Alafair Burke"With an all-too-real mass shooting in a richly observed Manhattan as its springboard, The Ex is an expertly crafted, intricately woven novel that is as emotionally complex as it is riveting."--Kimberly McCreight"Burke's female characters are always very involving, with big, strong voices." --Gillian Flynn"A major talent."--Harlan Coben"Burke writes deftly about secrets buried close to home."--Meg Gardiner"Burke's novels always deliver and constantly surprise. They're both addictive and utterly rewarding."--Megan Abbott
The arrogant Duke of Trent intends to marry a well-bred Englishwoman. The last woman he would ever consider marrying is the adventuresome Merry Pelford-- an American heiress who has infamously jilted two fiancés.But after one provocative encounter with the captivating Merry, Trent desires her more than any woman he has ever met. He is determined to have her as his wife, no matter what it takes. And Trent is a man who always gets what he wants.The problem is, Merry is already betrothed, and the former runaway bride has vowed to make it all the way to the altar. As honor clashes with irresistible passion, Trent realizes the stakes are higher than anyone could have imagined. In his battle to save Merry and win her heart, one thing becomes clear:All is fair in love and war.
USA Today bestselling author Beverly Jenkins returns with the first book in a breathtaking new series set in the Old WestRhine Fontaine is building the successful life he's always dreamed of--one that depends upon him passing for White. But for the first time in years, he wishes he could step out from behind the façade. The reason: Eddy Carmichael, the young woman he rescued in the desert. Outspoken, defiant, and beautiful, Eddy tempts Rhine in ways that could cost him everything . . . and the price seems worth paying.Eddy owes her life to Rhine, but she won't risk her heart for him. As soon as she's saved enough money from her cooking, she'll leave this Nevada town and move to California. No matter how handsome he is, no matter how fiery the heat between them, Rhine will never be hers. Giving in for just one night might quench this longing. Or it might ignite an affair as reckless and irresistible as it is forbidden . . .
Best friends Jess and Lily visit Friendship Forest, where animals can talk and magic exists! There's a wild wind blowing in Friendship Forest, as Grizelda's storm dragon takes over the magical windmill that controls the forest's breezes! Lily and Jess must help little guinea pig Rosie rescue her family and save the forest before Grizelda takes over once and for all!
Best friends Jess and Lily visit Friendship Forest, where animals can talk and magic exists! Lily and Jess can't wait to see the Fuzzybrush fox family wake the stars with their magical dance. But wicked witch Grizelda's black dragon is determined to make the forest dark -- forever! Can Ruby Fuzzybrush help the girls reverse the spell on her family and save the forest?
Best friends Jess and Lily visit Friendship Forest, where animals can talk and magic exists! Jess and Lily can't wait to attend the Rushy River boat race in Friendship Forest! But when Grizelda sends her sand dragon to turn the Prickleback hedgehog family to stone, it's up to the girls and Emily Prickleback to find a way to change them back and save the river!
Best friends Jess and Lily visit Friendship Forest, where animals can talk and magic exists! The girls are thrilled to be back in Friendship Forest, but Grizelda is up to her old tricks with some new helpers -- dragons! When Grizelda's ice dragon casts a spell on the Flufftail family, can Lily and Jess help little squirrel Sophie Flufftail free her family?
Claudia used to think that Alan Gray was immature, goofy, and not to be trusted . . . and now she's dating him.
Mary Anne's been going through some big changes lately, but when a friend who's facing her own difficulties comes to stay for the summer, can Mary Anne help her cope?
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