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In Book One of the Broken Empire, Mark Lawrence brought to life the "morbidly gripping"* (Publishers Weekly) story of a boy in search of power and vengeance. Now, in King of Thorns, that boy's journey into manhood takes him to the dark depths waiting within his soul... The boy who would be King has gained the throne... Prince Honorious Jorg Ancrath vowed when he was nine to avenge his slaughtered mother and brother--and punish his father for not doing so. When he was fifteen, he began to fulfill that vow. Now he is eighteen--and he must hold on by strength of arms to what he took by torture and treachery. King Jorg is a man haunted: by the ghost of a young boy, by a mysterious copper box, by his desire for the woman who rides with his enemy. Plagued by nightmares of the atrocities he committed, and of the atrocities committed against him when he was a child, he is filled with rage. And even as his need for revenge continues to consume him, twenty thousand men march toward the gates of his castle. His enemy is far stronger than him. Jorg knows that he cannot win a fair fight. But he has found, in a chamber hidden beneath the castle, ancient and long-lost artifacts. Some might call them magic. Jorg is not certain--all he knows is that the secrets they hold can be put to terrible use in the coming battle...
In Saudi Arabia, a series of terrorist attacks has put the Kingdom on edge. King Abdullah is losing his hold, and his own secret police cannot be trusted. With nowhere to turn, the king asks for ex-CIA agent John Wells's help.Reluctantly, and with the secret blessing of his former CIA boss, Wells begins to unravel the conspiracy, and realizes that there is more than one country at stake-because the plotters want more than the fall of a monarch. They want to start the final battle between America and Islam-with only themselves as the victors...
View our feature on Ilona Andrews's Magic Bleeds.Kate Daniels cleans up the paranormal problems no one else wants to deal with-especially if they involve Atlanta's shapeshifting community. And now there's a new player in town-a foe that may be too much for even Kate and Curran, the Lord of the Beasts, to handle. Because this time, Kate will be taking on family.
Knightly Dreams by New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn KenyonBetrayed by love, Taryn doesn't believe in heroes--until a bare-chested hero literally steps out of her paperback romance and into her heart. Is her mind playing beautiful tricks? Or has her fantasy become a reality?Shattered Dreams by USA Today bestselling author Rebecca YorkWho wants to harm Miranda? The answer to that question lies in the psychic visions of her former lover--astonishing revelations that could reunite them forever, or plunge them both into jeopardy.Road of Adventure by RITA Award-winning author Robin D. OwensIn life, Jake and Shauna were destined for love, until a twist of fate changed everything. Now, with otherworldly help, they have one more chance to prove it's possible. If they heed the lessons they learned on earth...
On Groundhog Day, secrets surface alongside a waterlogged corpseThe rural town of Balaclava greets Groundhog Day as an excuse for one last cold-weather fling. The students and faculty of the local agricultural college drink cocoa, throw snowballs, and, when the temperature allows, ice skate. Oozak's Pond is not quite frozen this year, though, and as the Groundhog Day celebrations reach their peak, the students see someone bobbing through the ice. The drowning victim is long past help, though; he's badly decomposed and dressed in an old-fashioned frock coat with a heavy rock in each pocket. First on the scene is Peter Shandy, horticulturalist and, when the college requires it, detective. But solving this nineteenth-century murder will take more than Shandy's knack for rutabagas. Relying on his wife's expertise in local history, the professor dives into a gilded-age mystery that cloaks secrets that remain potent enough to kill.
Stereotypes, sexuality, and destructive rumors collide in this smart YA novel for fans of Sara Zarr's Story of a Girl, Siobhan Vivian's The List, and E. Lockhart's The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks.When Rebecca Rivers lands the lead in her school's production of The Crucible, she gets to change roles in real life, too. She casts off her old reputation, grows close with her four rowdy cast-mates, and kisses the extremely handsome Charlie Lamb onstage. Even Mr. McFadden, the play's critical director, can find no fault with Rebecca.Though "The Essential Five" vow never to date each other, Rebecca can't help her feelings for Charlie, leaving her both conflicted and lovestruck. But the on and off-stage drama of the cast is eclipsed by a life-altering accusation that threatens to destroy everything...even if some of it is just make believe.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is one of the best loved novels of the twentieth century. But for the last fifty years, the novel's celebrated author, Harper Lee, has said almost nothing on the record. Journalists have trekked to her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, where Harper Lee, known to her friends as Nelle, has lived with her sister, Alice, for decades, trying and failing to get an interview with the author. But in 2001, the Lee sisters opened their door to Chicago Tribune journalist Marja Mills. It was the beginning of a long conversation--and a great friendship. In 2004, with the Lees' blessing, Mills moved into the house next door to the sisters. She spent the next eighteen months there, sharing coffee at McDonalds and trips to the Laundromat with Nelle, feeding the ducks and going out for catfish supper with the sisters, and exploring all over lower Alabama with the Lees' inner circle of friends. Nelle shared her love of history, literature, and the Southern way of life with Mills, as well as her keen sense of how journalism should be practiced. As the sisters decided to let Mills tell their story, Nelle helped make sure she was getting the story--and the South--right. Alice, the keeper of the Lee family history, shared the stories of their family. The Mockingbird Next Door is the story of Mills's friendship with the Lee sisters. It is a testament to the great intelligence, sharp wit, and tremendous storytelling power of these two women, especially that of Nelle. Mills was given a rare opportunity to know Nelle Harper Lee, to be part of the Lees' life in Alabama, and to hear them reflect on their upbringing, their corner of the Deep South, how To Kill a Mockingbird affected their lives, and why Nelle Harper Lee chose to never write another novel.
Take Control Of Your Symptoms--Naturally!More than a million Americans suffer the pain, fevers, and bleeding of Crohn's disease, colitis, and other incurable inflammatory bowel disorders (IBDs), whose numbers are rising every year. While most patients are treated with harsh prescription drugs or invasive surgery, these merely mask or postpone the symptoms.All her life, author Virginia Harper had suffered from the debilitating effects of Crohn's disease. Even with heavy medication her symptoms persisted, and so she turned to a natural treatment regimen consisting of simple changes in diet and lifestyle. The results were truly remarkable. Within a year, she was not only pain-free, but symptom-free. Some twenty years later, Virginia's diarrhea, painful indigestion, cramps and bleeding have never returned. In this important book, she shares her life-changing experiences with you. You'll learn about the eating program that has worked for her: which foods to consume, their preparation, and how to combine them in the most effective ways. You'll also receive her advice on easy activities to help restore your energy. Plus she discusses the latest drugs and surgical procedures, including their side effects, and tells you how to work with your doctor to become a more effective partner in your IBD treatment.With Controlling IBD, you can begin your own journey to reclaiming health and vitality. So let the healing begin!
In Sioux Slave, Nevada Nights, Quicksilver Passion, and Apache Caress, Georgina Gentry captivated readers with her thrilling tales of action-packed romance, lusty adventure and sizzling passion. Teeming with the colorful history and vivid excitement of the American west, her stories are breathtaking journeys into a distant place and time--sure to capture your heart forever!HALF-BREED'S BRIDEBorn dirt-poor, Sassy Malone had only her wits and wiles to get her by in life. So when tragedy struck her soon-to-be-wed employer, the feisty lass seized her chance: Armed with a new identity, she passed herself off as a high-class lady and boarded the ship bound west for the untamed Washington Territory--and an arranged marriage to a wealthy rancher. Though the all-too-virile Hunter made it all too clear that she was not the blushing bride he'd imagined, Sassy saw the searing desire in his eyes. She also knew something else: The big, dark loner harbored a savage secret. And as passions ignited in his scorching embrace and days of rapturous loving flamed into nights of unending wedded bliss, Sassy vowed she'd uncover his dangerous past. For her future belonged to this rugged, raven-haired lover who'd captured her very heart and soul!"Nobody does it like Georgina Gentry does." --Barbra Critiques
Milan Brooks, a fashion buyer with a chip on her shoulder, has been through her share of cheating, disrespectful men. In most people's books she'd be rated a true dime, but she still hasn't been lucky enough to find a loyal man. When a chance encounter with a childhood friend turns into a promising relationship, Milan thinks things might be different this time. Unfortunately, her younger sister steps in with plans of her own.Shekia feels nothing but envy when she looks at her sister. She is just as beautiful as Milan, but lacks confidence. Milan wants to get closer to her sister, but with jealousy and rage brewing in her heart, Shekia pushes her away. She's tired of playing in Milan's shadow, and has every intention of taking her place.Sapphire has struggled with insecurities most of her life, but thinks she has finally figured it out. She's working as a dancer at a local strip club to pay her way through college, and though she isn't looking for a man, Mr. Right has fallen into her lap. She's on cloud nine, until she realizes his true colors. Feeling trapped, she makes one bad decision after another, altering the course of her life. In Hell on Heels, you will watch the lives of these three women collide, leading to devastating consequences. The twists and turns will catch you off guard and blow your mind. Reminiscent of Brittani's debut novel, Daddy's Little Girl, expect the unexpected, because nothing is what it seems.
Thirty years ago, they came together on a war-torn frontier.Now, they'll stand together once more--to honor one of their own...It's a thousand miles from snowbound Montana to the Arizona Territory. But for Trap O'Shannon and Clay Madison, it's a journey they're duty bound to make--for the bravest man they'd ever known had made it clear: Captain Hezekiah Roman wanted to be buried in Arizona's dusty red soil. A train takes the fallen hero south, along with his two fellow Scout Trackers and a Nez Perce woman who once fought by their side. But as the veterans recall a tale that begins with a moment of blood and agony decades before, they cannot know that death is stalking this train... or that to a bury a hero, they'll have to risk their lives one more time.Mark Henry brings the violence and raw beauty of the frontier to life in a bold and brilliant new saga that takes us on an unforgettable journey across the American West."Crackling with authenticity and page-turning tension. Mark Henry will become a legend."--Richard S. Wheeler, 2005 Spur-winning author of Vengeance Valley
Fern Michaels, New York Times bestselling author of Finders Keepers, dazzles readers once again with the unforgettable story of one woman's life--the betrayal that nearly destroys her, the love that helps her heal, and the struggle to find the truth about herself and the man she thought she knew. . . An only child who lost both parents during her first year at college, wealthy heiress Kristine Kelly had made her husband her whole world. But she didn't see what everyone else did: that handsome, charismatic Logan Kelly was a manipulator and a user. Then one cold December, Kristine got a chilling wake-up call when Logan vanished, along with the eight-million-dollar trust fund she had naively given him the power to control. Just when Kristine's life was at it's lowest point, banker Aaron Dunwoodie offered her passion, a strong shoulder to lean on, and a relationship to believe in. But a woman once fooled is twice wary, and very vulnerable. There were still too many questions Kristine needed to answer before she could commit her heart again: what really happened to Logan. . .what did she truly want for herself. . .and what would she do if Logan--a dangerous seductive, and yet irresistible man--walked back into her life?
An accessible guide to the principles of success by one of the most respected and sought-after motivational speakers of our time. In the tradition of Og Mandino and Zig Ziglar, this inspirational guide uses a wide variety of subjects, from "Achievement" to "Worry," to bring clarity, information, and motivation to readers. For millions of readers, Bob Proctor's name is synonymous with success. A former protégé of personal development pioneer Earl Nightingale, Proctor first built a wildly successful business career, and then an internationally successful speaking career, elaborating on the principles of Napoleon Hill's Think and Grow Rich and other classic success and prosperity texts. Proctor's position in the business motivation community equals that of Stephen Covey or Og Mandino. But as is not the case with those masters, his books have never been available to the general public--until now! In The ABCs of Success--the first trade book ever published by this master of motivation and prosperity--Proctor goes beyond the simple laws of success and attraction, weighing in on sixty-seven different topics essential to all those who wish to make their dreams a reality, including persistence, winning, effectiveness, and vision. Organized in A-to-Z fashion and composed of brief essays that can be read over and over, The ABCs of Success is an essential resource for anyone who wants the combined wisdom of a century of success thinking in a single, accessible volume.From the Trade Paperback edition.
In Munich, a Jewish scholar is assassinated. In Venice, Mossad agent and art restorer Gabriel Allon receives the news, puts down his brushes, and leaves immediately. And at the Vatican, the new pope vows to uncover the truth about the church's response to the Holocaust-while a powerful cardinal plots his next move.Now, as Allon follows a trail of secrets and unthinkable deeds, the lives of millions are changed forever-and the life of one man becomes expendable...
Groomed for Murder's Izzy McHale is back, and her pet boutique, Trendy Tails, is raking in the green. But someone else in town is seeing red....The Midwestern Cat Fanciers' Organization is bringing its annual weeklong retreat to Merryville, Minnesota. While that's perfect for Izzy's business, it unleashes headaches for everyone else. The event has lots of workshops on the care and breeding of cats, and it culminates in a cat show with a fabulous prize--a platinum collar dangle worth some big bucks.Cattiness, of course, ensues. But the claws really come out after the prize disappears, and the wealthy director, Phillip Denford, is done in with a pair of grooming shears. Now Izzy and her furry friends, Packer and Jinx, can't waste time pussyfooting around. They have to solve this case before a killer pounces again.
No company in our time has been as mysterious or as controversial as Blackwater. Founded by former Navy SEAL Erik Prince in 1997, it recruited special forces veterans and others with the skills and courage to take on the riskiest security jobs in the world. As its reputation grew, government demand for its services escalated, and Blackwater's men eventually completed nearly one hundred thousand missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Both the Bush and Obama administrations found the company indispensible. It sounds like a classic startup success story, except for one problem: Blackwater has been demonized around the world. From uninformed news coverage to grossly distorted fictional portrayals, Blackwater employees have been smeared as mercenaries, profiteers, jackbooted thugs, and worse. Because of the secrecy requirements of Blackwater's contracts with the Pentagon, the State Department, and the CIA, Prince was unable to speak out when his company's opponents spread false information. But now he's able to tell the full and often shocking story of Blackwater's rise and fall. In Civilian Warriors, Prince pulls no punches and spares no details. He explains his original goal of building an elite center for military and law enforcement training. He recounts how the company shifted gears after 9/11. He honors our troops while challenging the Pentagon's top leadership. And he reveals why highly efficient private military contractors have been essential to running our armed forces, since long before Blackwater came along. Above all, Prince debunks myths about Blackwater that spread while he was forced to remain silent-myths that tarnished the memory of men who gave their lives for their country but never got the recognition they deserved. He reveals new information about some of the biggest controversies of the War on Terror, including: * The true story of the Nisour Square massacre in Baghdad. * The actual details of Blackwater's so-called impunity in Iraq. * The events leading up to the televised deaths of Blackwater contractors in Fallujah. Prince doesn't pretend to be perfect, and he doesn't hide the sometimes painful details of his private life. But he has done a great public service by setting the record straight. His book reads like a thriller but is too improbable to be fiction.
After nearly twenty years of research, Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo revealed the connection between blood type, diet, and health in Eat Right 4 Your Type. Now, with a team of chefs, he helps you design a total health program that's right for your blood type. Cook Right 4 Your Type is the essential guide for living with a sensible diet individualized for you that allows you to eat food that seems like a major indulgence. With possibilities ranging from lamb stew to lemon squares, and braised vegetables to delicious soups, you'll barely notice you've started a regimen designed to optimize your health, your weight, and your total well-being. Cook Right 4 Your Type includes:* Individualized 30-day meal plans for each blood type* More than 200 great-tasting recipes* Food lists and shopping guides* An easy-to-follow food program
Five Pillars of Prosperity: Essentials of Faith-Based Wealth Building by Dr. M. Yaqub Mirza provides readers with a balanced and sensible approach to financial planning and security. The book is unique in that it is written by a leading Muslim financial expert who draws on Islamic teachings while showing how these Islamic values are consistent with Jewish and Christian values. Though the primary audience may be American Muslims, anyone interested in financial security will find this practical guide helpful in making wise financial decisions.Dr. Mirza presents a powerful and provocative case for arranging one's life - and the material pursuits - in ways that not only benefit the reader but also society at large. He shows how the attainment of wealth and prosperity can be achieved by following five key activities: Earning, Saving, Investing, Spending, and Giving.The author closes with a discussion on wealth building strategies and wealth preservation. Additionally, he has provided a section of resources and an extensive bibliography for further reading. The book is rich in investment strategies and advice and though the topic is often complex Dr. Mirza's writings are clear and accessible to a general audience.
A newspaperman, an ex-Navy vice-admiral, a steel worker, a farmer, and the 124th Emperor of Japan himself--these are the fascinating heroes of Gibney's brilliant book about modern Japan. Strongly individual, every one of them, the five yet share the common inheritance of Japan's precocious but unstable past.Through their lives and attitudes, Gibney gives us an invaluable analysis of this new sovereign nation so suddenly thrown into the world's power conflicts. He helps us understand the historical and social forces which make Japan what she is today--the old contracts and loyalties from which each of the Five Gentlemen is struggling to break away from his country. Their courageous efforts to weld a new Japan from the remains of the old society, and to come to terms with the present, are as exciting as it is important.
Our metabolism changes as we move from young adulthood into our fifties and beyond, and we need to change our approach to nutrition and exercise as a result. Many of us wonder What happened?-without changing our eating habits, we "suddenly" find ourselves both overweight and physically unable to do things that seemed easy just a few years ago. For most people, the natural changes associated with aging, along with a less active lifestyle, have led to increased weight and a loss of physical conditioning. Fit at Fifty and Beyond combines the authors' expertise in aging and nutrition to provide practical suggestions for eating and exercise, and will help readers to look and feel better as the years go by. It provides basic information on how to avoid some of the effects that age can have on weight and fitness, and provides a basic "game plan" for getting into shape and staying that way. By using and applying this information as early as possible, it will prevent these changes from occurring in the first place. If people continue to eat the same type and amounts of food as you get older, without increasing their activity level, they will gain weight, and they will gain it mainly as fat. A basic premise of this book is that preventing this process from occurring does not simply mean eating less and exercising more. Understanding some of the changes associated with aging will allow readers to reach their ideal body weight with relatively little change in the amount you eat or the total amount of exercise or activity you do. By learning about the changes that occur as they grow older, they will find it easier to improve their health, well-being, and general overall appearance. Beginning with a discussion of how evolution made it possible for us to store energy efficiently - which translates into weight gain as we age, the authors provide a strategy for eating and exercising wisely - not just more. Each chapter provides sample recipes that translate the guidelines into healthy and delicious meals. The emphasis in the sections on exercise is choosing an exercise program - and sticking to it - that fits each individual's personality and the activities they enjoy. Chapters deal with the inevitable lapses in both nutrition and exercise, as well as issues that affect people with medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis.
Each hike through the Adirondack Park is rated for scenery, difficulty, trail condition, and accessibility for children. Individual trail maps, elevation profiles, and GPS trailhead coordinates aid in navigating the myriad of unnamed roads. Featured trails range from easy strolls for the family to bone-crunching vertical ascents for the fearless hiker.
Crammed with humour, sorrow, folly, bravery and the richness of the everyday, Tulchinsky's fictional treatment of the Lapinsky family and its remarkable fortunes-through the pivotal moment of the 1933 Toronto race riot, the Great Depression, the rise of fascism and its attendant social tensions, World War II, and the post-war era-brings to life the character of an entire community.
Pocahontas may be the most famous Native American who ever lived, but during the settlement of Jamestown, and for two centuries afterward, the great chiefs Powhatan and Opechancanough were the subjects of considerably more interest and historical documentation than the young woman. It was Opechancanough who captured the foreign captain "Chawnzmit"--John Smith. Smith gave Opechancanough a compass, described to him a spherical earth that revolved around the sun, and wondered if his captor was a cannibal. Opechancanough, who was no cannibal and knew the world was flat, presented Smith to his elder brother, the paramount chief Powhatan. The chief, who took the name of his tribe as his throne name (his personal name was Wahunsenacawh), negotiated with Smith over a lavish feast and opened the town to him, leading Smith to meet, among others, Powhatan's daughter Pocahontas. Thinking he had made an ally, the chief finally released Smith. Within a few decades, and against their will, his people would be subjects of the British Crown.Despite their roles as senior politicians in these watershed events, no biography of either Powhatan or Opechancanough exists. And while there are other "biographies" of Pocahontas, they have for the most part elaborated on her legend more than they have addressed the known facts of her remarkable life. As the 400th anniversary of Jamestown's founding approaches, nationally renowned scholar of Native Americans, Helen Rountree, provides in a single book the definitive biographies of these three important figures. In their lives we see the whole arc of Indian experience with the English settlers - from the wary initial encounters presided over by Powhatan, to the uneasy diplomacy characterized by the marriage of Pocahontas and John Rolfe, to the warfare and eventual loss of native sovereignty that came during Opechancanough's reign.Writing from an ethnohistorical perspective that looks as much to anthropology as the written records, Rountree draws a rich portrait of Powhatan life in which the land and the seasons governed life and the English were seen not as heroes but as Tassantassas (strangers), as invaders, even as squatters. The Powhatans were a nonliterate people, so we have had to rely until now on the white settlers for our conceptions of the Jamestown experiment. This important book at last reconstructs the other side of the story.
The daughter of medical missionaries, Elaine Neil Orr was born in Nigeria in 1954, in the midst of the national movement that would lead to independence from Great Britain. But as she tells it in her captivating new memoir, Orr did not grow up as a stranger abroad; she was a girl at home--only half American, the other half Nigerian. When she was sent alone to the United States for high school, she didn't realize how much leaving Africa would cost her.It was only in her forties, in the crisis of kidney failure, that she began to recover her African life. In writing Gods of Noonday she came to understand her double-rootedness: in the Christian church and the Yoruba shrine, the piano and the talking drum. Memory took her back from Duke Medical Center in North Carolina to the shores of West Africa and her hometown of Ogbomosho in the land of the Yoruba people. Hers was not the dysfunctional American family whose tensions are brought into high relief by the equatorial sun, but a mission girlhood is haunted nonetheless--by spiritual atmospheres and the limits of good intentions.Orr's father, Lloyd Neil, formerly a high school athlete and World War II pilot, and her mother, Anne, found in Nigeria the adventure that would have escaped them in 1950s America. Elaine identified with her strong, fun-loving father more than her reserved mother, but she herself was as introspective and solitary as her sister Becky was pretty and social. Lloyd acquired a Chevrolet station wagon which carried Elaine and her friends to the Ethiope River, where they swam much as they might have in the United States. But at night the roads were becoming dangerous, and soon the days were clouded by smoke from the coming Biafran War.Interweaving the lush mission compounds with Nigerian culture, furloughs in the American South with boarding school in Nigeria, and eventually Orr's failing health, the narrative builds in intensity as she recognizes that only through recovering her homeland can she find the strength to survive. Taking its place with classics such as Out of Africa and more recent works like The Poisonwood Bible and Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight, Gods of Noonday is a deeply felt, courageous portrait of a woman's life.