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In a richly rewarding novel filled with unforgettable characters, #1 New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels explores the enduring bonds of family as one man loses everything--only to find the freedom to create a bold new life. . .Gus Hollister owes all his success to his feisty grandmother, Rose, and he knows it. It was Rose and her two sisters, Iris and Violet, who raised Gus, sent him to the best schools, and helped him start his own accounting business. Rose even bought the house Gus lives in with his wife, Elaine. But now, Gus stands to lose everything--his home, his car, and his business. Worse, he's alienated his beloved grandma, who tried to warn him about Elaine's greedy, gold-digging ways. Gus, blinded by infatuation, refused to listen, and now Elaine has locked him out of the house he was foolish enough to put in her name. Heartsick and remorseful, Gus returns to Rose's Virginia farmhouse seeking shelter. But it won't be easy to make amends. Despite their pretty floral names, there's nothing delicate about the Blossom sisters. Unbeknownst to Gus, they've also been running a very lucrative business from home and don't want interference. Yet family and forgiveness go hand in hand, and Gus isn't giving up. With the help of close friends, new associates, and some very sprightly ladies, Gus begins to repair the damage he's done and help the residents of Blossom Farm begin the next phase of their business. He might even be finding the courage to love again. Because no matter how daunting starting over can be, the results can surpass your wildest expectations--especially when the Blossom sisters are in your corner. . .
Terror He calls it the Body Box. It's a space too small for his victims to sit up or lie down. But it's the perfect place to keep them for his games--the perfect place to watch them while they die. Can't Be Bad choices and big mistakes have landed Detective Mechelle Deakes on the Atlanta Police Department's lowest rung, the Cold Case Unit. Sifting through forensic evidence and unsolved murder files is a thankless job she shares with her new partner, Lieutenant Hank Gooch, a man of few words and even fewer for African-American female cops like Mechelle. His single obsession is finding a serial killer who preys on the most innocent of victims, a man he thinks is responsible for many of the most gruesome unsolved cases in their files. And one chilling look convinces Mechelle that Hank's right. Contained It's a case that has been cold for a reason. Someone wants it to stay closed. And two cops will risk everything--their jobs, their reputations, even their lives--to uncover the truth, no matter where it takes them.
Natalie Weber takes you on another erotic ride to the bi-curious side! Serenity's started a new life in Detroit after the death of her lover-turned-enemy, Sadie. She's even begun a hot-and-heavy hetero relationship with a hood-smart restaurateur named Cass. But Serenity can't deny the sexual satisfaction she can get only with a woman...so she sleeps with Cass's sister, Heaven! And it's goooood, so good...but she can only get so much Heaven before Cass finds out--or before someone from her past finds out. Soon, she's ensnared in a scheme masterminded by the late Sadie's murderous brother, Shawn P, and it seems like Heaven may not be so heavenly after all. When the stakes skyrocket to life and death, will bi-curiosity kill Serenity?
Games Of Passion Lucy Drake is prepared to do all she must to save her family, even if that means giving herself as a sexual plaything to the Duke of Greystone. Desperate to keep her ability to shape-shift into dragon form a secret, she willingly enters an unfamiliar world of carnal ecstasy with the one man who is sworn to destroy all of her kind. . .The Duke of Greystone will do whatever he must to discover the Drake family secret and uncover the whereabouts of his missing nephew. A vampire highly skilled in the ways of erotic pleasure and adept with games of dark seduction, he will prevail upon his sexual expertise to ensure Lucy's complete surrender. . .Praise for the Novels of Sharon Page"Wickedly sensual and exquisitely drawn. Historical erotic romance doesn't get any better than this." --Kate Douglas, author of Wolf Tales"Sinfully delicious. Sharon Page is a pure pleasure to read." --Sunny, New York Times bestselling author WARNING! THIS IS A REALLY HOT BOOK (Sexually Explicit)
Her happily-ever-after ending was just the beginning....For two years, Diamond and Black have been living comfortably on their high-class cul-de-sac with their daughter, Dior. They're ready to leave the drug business behind them, having enough money to continue their lavish lifestyle without going back to the streets to re-up. With the loss of his sister Mica, Johnny can feel nothing but rage for the woman he once loved. Now he plans to strip her of everything that she loves. From behind bars on his death bed, he sets a plan in motion that will tear Diamond's world apart. Fighting to survive, Diamond almost gives up--until a mystery man enters her life. She believes he will save the day, but is he genuine, or just another person out to teach Diamond a lesson?What would you do if your prized possessions were in danger of being taken away?
UnforgettableIt seems like forever since Meghan Rose stormed off Will Scott's yacht, but he still stows her photo in his berth. Of course, nobody knows this; and Meg should have known better than to hit him with The Ultimatum. Sure, their four years sailing together were the best Will ever had, but that didn't mean he was ready to be tied down. . .not in the marital sense, anyway. Problem is, he needs her. Maybe he always has.That's What You Are Of all the insufferable, arrogant, obnoxious. . .Meg could go on, but her staid fiancé probably wouldn't cancel his next appointment to hear the unabridged list of adjectives Will Scott brings to mind. Tack on strong, stubborn, and hot--and here. In Meg's office. Sporting that same damned grin she's always been tempted to wipe off his face. . .with her mouth. Now he wants her to leave her landlocked life for two weeks' yacht racing--as if she'd jump at the chance to help the very guy who shattered her heart. Well, why not. Surely, she's immune by now.
They are the outcasts of humanity. Blessed with power. Cursed by fate. Driven by passion. The Sentinels have returned. . .Out Of The Shadows At six-foot-three and two-hundred-fifty pounds, Fane is a natural born guardian. A flawless mix of muscled perfection and steely precision, he has devoted years of his life to protecting a beautiful necromancer. But after she found love in the arms of another, Fane has been a warrior adrift. He swears allegiance only to the Sentinels. And no woman will ever rule his heart again. . .Into The FireNot only a powerful psychic, Serra is that rare telepath who can connect to minds through objects. When the daughter of a high-blood businessman is kidnapped, Serra agrees to help. But when she stumbles onto a conspiracy involving secrets sects and ancient relics, her life is in mortal danger--and Fane is her only hope. Is the warrior willing to risk his body, his soul, and his heart, for Serra? Or will one last betrayal destroy them both? Praise for Born in Blood "Ivy's fans will be invested in the development of romances introduced between supporting characters as well as further building of this conflicted universe." --Publishers Weekly"An exciting and sizzling new paranormal romance series." --RT Book Reviews
Ladies On FireMyra Rutledge isn't ready to mothball the Sisterhood just yet. When Maggie Spitzer, former editor-in-chief of the Post and an honorary member of the Sisterhood, arrives with a new mission in mind, the Vigilantes are soon gathering in their war room once more. While catching up on each other's lives, they plan a brilliant campaign against a duo of corrupt judges running a moneymaking racket that sends young offenders to brutal boot camps, often on trumped-up charges. Their enemies are powerful and ruthless, but the Sisterhood have their own formidable allies--including former President Martine Connor. Once their scheme takes off, the guilty won't know what hit them. . .Praise for Fern Michaels and her Sisterhood novels. . ."Readers will enjoy seeing what happens when well-funded, very angry women take the law into their own hands." --Booklist on Weekend Warriors"Revenge is a dish best served with cloth napkins and floral centerpieces." --Publishers Weekly on Payback
From the acclaimed author of The Edge of the Sky and Wildwood comes a spellbinding tale of domestic drama in the powerful tradition of Jacqueline Mitchard's The Deep End of the Ocean that will capture your heart--and your imagination--from the very first page. Dana Cabot cannot remember the kind of person she was before May 29th, the day she became angry at God, at her workaholic attorney husband, and herself. The day her seven-year-old daughter, Bailey, disappeared. As the months wear on without a trace of her adorable but troubled child, Dana can't help blaming her husband's controversial defense of an accused abuser for playing a role in the abduction--and it shows in the strain on their marriage. But then a shocking event offers a clue to what really happened to Bailey--and Dana's unwitting part in it. Haunted by the unthinkable consequences of revealing everything she knows, Dana must decide whether to keep the truth to herself--or risk losing the rest of her family.Suspenseful, searing, and poignant, this beautifully written novel offers stunning insights into the meaning of honesty--in marriage, in friendship, and in justice...Praise for Drusilla Campbell's Wildwood "The pull of family and career, the limits of friendship and the demands of love all come to vivid life."--Susan Vreeland, author of Girl in Hyacinth Blue "Resist the urge to turn the page to find out what happens next. Linger, instead, to savor the skillfully crafted writing."--Judy Reeves, author of The Writer's Book of Days
Innocence LostIt was a night of exquisite rapture that changed Lady Octavia Grenville's life forever. Not only did she long for sexual pleasure--but as a succubus she needed it to survive. Now she is intent upon learning to control her powers and searching for the child she was forced to give up, a quest that takes her into the arms of the rake who ruined her. . .Passion FoundMatthew, the Earl of Sutcliffe, is not the man Octavia once knew. He is now a vampire, but one doomed to die in a fortnight unless he can win a woman's love. The only one he desires is Octavia, but she wants him merely as a sexual plaything, a source of erotic delight. Somehow he must expose his own heart in order to find hers. . .Praise for the Novels of Sharon Page"Scorching love scenes to make you sweat and an intriguing plot to hold it all together." --Hannah Howell, New York Times bestselling author"Wickedly sensual and exquisitely drawn. Historical erotic romance doesn't get any better than this." --Kate Douglas, author of Wolf Tales WARNING! THIS IS A REALLY HOT BOOK (Sexually Explicit
In #1 New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels' dazzling new novel, a woman devastated by betrayal embarks on a daring quest for justice...She Lost Everything...Kate and Alex Rocket are blessed with a wonderful marriage and a lovely home. Although Kate can't have children, she and Alex look upon Sara and Emily, daughters of their good friends Don and Debbie Winter, as part of their family. Except Hope...With one phone call, everything changes. Sara accuses Alex of a terrible act, opening up a vicious rift between the couples. Kate watches helplessly as her innocent husband is convicted and sent to prison. But when even greater tragedy strikes, Kate's grief turns to anger, and she discovers an inner strength and steel-edged resolve to clear her husband's name-and ruin those who destroyed their life together. But Kate's greatest challenge will be in avenging Alex without losing her chance at a new future-and a precious new love..."Heartbreaking, suspenseful, and tender." -Booklist on Return to Sender
TOO AROUSED TO RESISTWhen her scheming, jealous stepmother-to-be forced Amethyst Durango to enter a convent, the headstrong heiress swore she'd experience life to the fullest before being shut away. And when her violet eyes gazed upon the handsome Texas drifter at a sleepy stage stopover, Amethyst knew she'd found her mate. His sensual glance made her shiver with anticipation; his big calloused hands would electrify her with ecstasy. But when he galloped off afterwards without any promises to rescue her, the deceived senorita vowed she'd get back at the double-crosser--even if it meant never savoring his lying lips again!TOO LUCIOUS TO BE LAWFULRangy, rugged Bandit knew how to hold his cards, his liquor and his women, but when he first met the alluring Mexican maiden, he knew this was one gal he shouldn't touch! She was too young, too innocent, and too rich for a no-good mixed-blood cowboy like himself. Still, he couldn't stop his mouth from crushing hers any more than he could keep a stallion from a mare. And after he'd tasted and teased her, and pleasured and pleased her, it was too late to tell Amethyst he was on the run--and he could never again shelter her in his BANDIT'S EMBRACE.
In Between Goodbyes, Anita Bunkley tells the unforgettable story of a beautiful survivor with everything to offer--and to lose. . .Long, lean, and exotically beautiful, Afro-Cuban Niya Londres has achieved a great deal since coming to America ten years ago. Through talent and hard work, she's climbed her way to the top of her glittering career as the star of a hit Broadway musical. Now she's planning her lavish Acapulco wedding. There's just one hitch--she hasn't said "yes" to any of the three men who have popped the question!Tremont Henderson, a gifted jazz musician with a checkered past, was the first to capture Niya's heart. Broadway producer and her long-time manager Granger Cooper holds a claim on her affections as the man who made her a star. And then there's Astin Spencer, a tanned and devilishly sexy entrepreneur who unexpectedly came into Niya's life. . .Three men anxiously await her answer. Which will Niya choose? As Niya carefully weighs her decision, she discovers that all she's ever dreamed of might not be what she really wants. . .Praise for Anita Bunkley and Mirrored Life. . ."A touching story of betrayal and redemption. . .entertaining, fulfilling. . .a joy to read." --Connie Briscoe, New York Times bestselling author"A breakout. . .[an] absorbing story. . .you won't be able to put down." --Tananarive DueAnita Bunkley has spent more than a decade writing fiction and nonfiction, while lecturing on topics related to career advancement, personal promotion, attitude adjustment, and making dreams come true. She is the author of nine published novels, two novellas, two nonfiction books, and a short story written exclusively for the Internet. She was also an NAACP Image Award nominee in 2000 for her contribution to the anthology, Girlfriends. She lives in Houston, Texas with her family.
From the same author that brought you the Flint series comes a new town . . . a new drama. Treasure Hernandez is back with her second street series, chronicling both sides of Baltimore's black market. Derek Fuller is the head detective of a Baltimore narcotics unit. His team has been assigned to take down the biggest drug operation in the city. There's only one problem: the head of the operation is his brother, Scar Johnson. Separated in Baltimore's foster care system, they came from two different walks of life, but both met at the top on opposite sides of the law. With the Assistant District Attorney in their back pocket, this was a marriage made in heaven--until the drama and deceit enters. Delve into this treacherous story of love, deceit, lies, and murder. Revenge is a dish best served cold, and once one brother feels betrayed, the only retribution is death.
From New York Times bestselling author Jane Feather, a moving, unforgettable romance of defiance and desire. . .England's disastrous Civil War has robbed Lady Virginia Courtney of everything she holds dear--everything but her home, perched on the cliffs of the Isle of Wight. Left alone to defend it, she is powerless when the enemy forces arrive--but even more defenseless when she meets their leader, a fiercely commanding man whose eyes seem to see through to her very soul.Colonel Alexander Marshall is no less affected by his prisoner of war, the bewitching, capable woman who has seen so much loss in her young life. Though he would be justified to send her to the mainland--and to her certain death as a traitor--his hand is stayed by compassion. . .and undeniable desire. But even the most passionate love affair may not be enough to hold two sworn enemies together in the midst of war. . .
Two brothers . . . Two different sides of the law . . . One hustle.Derek Fuller and Scar Johnson were separated as young boys in the Baltimore foster care system. When they finally reunited, it didn't matter to them that they were operating on different sides of the law. Derek was a cop, and Scar a notorious drug dealer, but family came first, and these two formed a partnership that was bound to make both of them very rich men--until Scar realized he couldn't keep his hands off Derek's wife.Tiphani Fuller may have been unsatisfied by her husband, but she never expected to fall for her brother-in-law. Now she's in over her head, doing things that make her no better than the criminals she sees in her courtroom. She's using her new position as a circuit court judge to feed information to Scar and his Dirty Money Crew so they can go on a crime spree with no fear of prosecution.Throw in a cast of characters including an ex-convict who'll do anything for love, a detective who's hell-bent on revenge, and a mayor who breaks more laws than the criminals on the streets, and you have a story that could only come from the mind of Treasure Hernandez. In The Baltimore Chronicles Saga, there is no difference between the bad guys and the good guys. Everyone has an agenda, and every page is full of lust, lies, revenge, and murder.
Winner of the Coretta Scott King illustrator award, I, Too, Am America blends the poetic wisdom of Langston Hughes with visionary illustrations from Bryan Collier in this inspirational picture book that carries the promise of equality. This picture book of Langston Hughes's celebrated poem, "I, Too, Am America," is also a Common Core Text Exemplar for Poetry. Images removed.
When children learn to recognize and read animal tracks they're actually mastering an ancient language of shapes and patterns--and gaining knowledge of the natural world. This is the perfect gift for a budding naturalist, animal lover, or artist. Jim Arnosky has been honored for his overall contribution to literature for children by the Eva L. Gordon Award and the Washington Post/Children's Book Guild Award for nonfiction. Many of his books have been chosen as ALA Notable Books, including Drawing from Nature, a Christopher Award-winner. Wild Tracks! is Jim's 100th book for children.
It's Seabiscuit vs. War Admiral in the race of the century! Seabiscuit was the grandson of one of the greatest racehorses of all time, but he'd lost practically every race he'd ever run. Who would want a funny-looking racehorse on a losing streak? Enter Charles Howard -- automobile tycoon, risk taker, and racing aficionado -- who scooped up Seabiscuit for a bargain price. With the support and care of a clever new trainer and a loving jockey, 'Biscuit began winning bigger and bigger races. Then came the biggest race of all. As Seabiscuit prepared to face War Admiral, the top racehorse in the country, the entire nation was on the edge of its seat: Could Seabiscuit really beat the Triple Crown champion? This true story of hope and determination will inspire readers of all ages!
A comprehensive guide to structural glass facades for architects,engineers, and builders Once an experimental building form, structural glass facadeshave matured into a fully robust technology. Structural GlassFacades and Enclosures documents, defines, and categorizes thecurrent state of the art in long-span glass facade design andconstruction, with a focus on structural systems, glass claddingoptions, and implementation strategies for innovative design. Acomparative analysis of these various systems is included, alongwith designs and design practices for enhancing transparency;engineering issues; material, process, and fabricationconsiderations; installation means and methods; and projectdelivery strategies for implementing innovative building technologyin today's construction marketplace. The reader will findinformation here that is not available together in any singleresource, including:Structural system types and design options, with integratedglass system options and their application on each of thestructural typesAn in-depth discussion of design, fabrication, and installationissues relative to each system type, accompanied by illustrationsand photographsA discussion of the challenges of implementing innovative designand technology in the construction industry, and operationalpractices to improve the probability of successA series of in-depth case studies documenting representativesamples of stunning built works that employ the technology anddesign principles identified in the bookStructural Glass Facades and Enclosures provides expertcontent for putting cutting-edge technology into real-lifepractice, creating new potential for fresh applications embracingboth aesthetic and performance solutions, and for the adoption ofthe technology by architects, builders, and facadepractitioners.
This transformational tool offers leaders a critical resource for better understanding their organizations and themselves, honing their skills to become accomplished long-range planners and strategic thinkers. By working through the Participant Workbook, leaders will gain the insight needed to plan for results, learn from customers and clients, and ascertain how to achieve extraordinary levels of performance. The Participant Workbook draws on Peter F. Drucker's The Five Most Important Questions and is grounded in his management philosophies that address the critical aspects that make organizations viable and valuable entities. When leaders answer these questions thoughtfully and address them with purpose, these questions take one down a path to organizational transformation and enlightenment. By leveraging these essential questions, the Participant Workbook challenges leaders to take a close look at the very heart of their organization and what drives it, giving them a means to assess: how to be and how to develop quality, character, mind-set, values, and courage. Drucker's The Five Most Important Questions lead to spirited discussions and action, inspiring positive change and renewed focus. Designed for today's busy professionals, this concise, clear, and accessible workbook for social sector, nonprofit, and socially minded business and government leaders can be used as preparation for a workshop, organizational self-assessment, or as a stand-alone leadership development tool for individuals looking to develop themselves and their organizations. Praise for the Participant Workbook Self-Assessment Tool "Time and again Drucker's The Five Most Important Questions have proven to be the most effective way for nonprofit organizations to conduct self-assessment and develop plans that will help them achieve real and lasting results." --Cathey Brown, founder and CEO, Rainbow Days, Inc., and 2001 Frances Hesselbein Community Innovation Fellow "The Five Most Important Questions Self-Assessment Tool is a gift to the social leadership sector from the late management guru, Peter Drucker, and the Leader to Leader Institute. It makes incredible sense, it is easy to use, and lays the foundation for strategic planning." --Irv Katz, president and CEO, National Human Services Assembly "A must-read for social entrepreneurs who are seeking to dramatically grow their organization's impact without losing sight of the heart of their mission." --Iris Y. Chen, president and CEO, "I Have A Dream" Foundation "High-performing organizations and individuals know that self-assessment through Drucker's The Five Most Important Questions is the starting point for defining today and making tomorrow." --Lee H. Igel, assistant professor, New York University, and president, Peter F. Drucker Society of New York City "This nuts-and-bolts guide has become my compass for urging leaders and managers to ask the right questions, to look beyond what they thought they knew, and to focus on being relevant tomorrow rather than resting on yesterday's achievements." --Lieutenant Commander Carla J. Grantham [U.S. Coast Guard, Retired], Congressional Liaison for Diversity Recruitment and Talent Management, U.S. Coast Guard
In Saltwater Crocodile, young readers follow crocodiles as they learn about their natural habitat, physical characteristics, diet, life cycle, and predatory behavior. Saltwater Crocodile includes such useful and fun learning features as a detailed diagram that compares the animal's super size to something familiar in kids' own lives.
Some say Ronald Reagan was the greatest president of our century. He rescued America from economic collapse and ended the cold war. He toppled the Soviet "Evil Empire" without firing a shot. Now his son, Michael Reagan -- the most listened-to nighttime talk show host -- takes you on a tour of the heart and mind of our fortieth president. Funny, inspiring, and warmly nostalgic, The Common Sense of an Uncommon Man is filled with photographs covering the span of Ronald Reagan's life. This enduring keepsake will be treasured forever by all who honor Ronald Reagan, cherish freedom, and love our American way of life.
Bill Cosby and Alvin F. Poussaint have a powerful message for families and communities as they lay out their visions for strengthening America, or for that matter the world. They address the crises of people who are stuck because of feelings of low self-esteem, abandonment, anger, fearfulness, sadness, and feelings of being used, undefended and unprotected. These feelings often impede their ability to move forward. The authors aim to help empower people make the daunting transition from victims to victors. Come On, People! is always engaging, and loaded with heart-piercing stories of the problems facing many communities.
All of us yearn to be creative, but few of us feel we truly are. In this fun-to-read, energy-packed guide to stimulating our ingenuity, Hendricks proposes a nine-step process for unleashing an exciting spark of creativity and innovation in our lives, including creative approaches to problem solving such as mind-mapping, storyboarding, brainstorming, and five-sensing. With dynamic examples and proven concepts, Hendricks helps us to identify roadblocks that may keep us from being creative in our lives and ministries, and helps to unleash our creative potential.
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