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NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Mercedes Lackey enters a world with fractured fairytales that lead to Happily Ever Afters-with some unique twists and turns along the way!THE FAIRY GODMOTHERWhen Elena realizes she's never going to find her prince, she decides to break with "The Tradition"-a mystical power that encourages everyone in The Five Hundred Kingdoms to find their storybook role-and head off on her own. Because even with a little help from a Fairy Godmother, the road to a Happily Ever After isn't smooth....ONE GOOD KNIGHTFacing down dragons isn't the Traditional job for a princess, but when Princess Andromeda is chosen for the virgin sacrifice, she isn't going to go meekly. Teaming up with Sir George, her Champion, leads to a few more surprises, and suddenly she's seeing the dragon in a whole new light....
Royal Weddings...through the agesFollow the stories of seven royal unions and the people that made them happen!Meet the Prince Williams and Kate Middletons of centuries ago in these seven heart-warming short stories from Harlequin. Combining the romantic dreams of real-life and fictitious couples, each tale has a historical wedding right at its center!In 1152 the powerful Duchess of Aquitaine, Eleanor, takes a chance on the youthful Henry of Anjou. Later that century, a shipwreck off the coast of Cyprus threatens the union of King Richard the Lionheart and Princess Berengaria. With more than politics on his mind, Prince George goes undercover in 1704 to steal the heart of famous beauty Caroline of Ansbach. In 1795 newly-weds Duke and Duchess of Severn discover the thrills of the marriage bed as the future King of England reluctantly takes his bride. In 1810, an unexpected passion blooms under the nose of the eagle-eyed emperor as the whole of Paris prepares for Napoleon's wedding celebrations. Four hearts leap as the love-match between Princess Charlotte and Prince Leopold sparks another budding romance. And Queen Victoria's maid of honor finds that royal approval might be the solution to her own marital dilemmas!This bundle includes:WHAT THE DUCHESS WANTS by Terri BrisbinLIONHEART'S BRIDE by Michelle WillinghamPRINCE CHARMING IN DISGUISE by Bronwyn ScottA PRINCELY DILEMMA by Elizabeth RollsTHE PROBLEM WITH JOSEPHINE by Lucy AshfordPRINCESS CHARLOTTE'S CHOICE by Ann LethbridgeWITH VICTORIA'S BLESSING by Mary Nichols
They may have sworn off romance...but could wedding bells be on the horizon for these couples?In a small outback town, widow Kate and single dad Baden fight their feelings for each other, and nurse Emily is vowing she'll never fall for her playboy boss, Linton. Vietnam is the stunning location for Tom and Bec's romance-in his quest to discover his past will Tom also find his future...with Bec? Back in Australia, doctor Sarah is intrigued by her gorgeous new neighbour, enigmatic surgeon Ryan-who's also a blast from her past!Discover how these couples get their happy ever afters, as Fiona Lowe welcomes you into warm-hearted small communities in stories packed with plenty of emotion and sparkling, feel-good romance!This bundle includes:A Wedding in WarragurraThe Playboy doctor's Marriage ProposalA Woman to Belong toThe Surgeon's Chosen Wife
In sixteen wonderful stories, Pulitzer Prize-winning author James A. Michener burrows deep into the secret lives of animals and the hidden world of nature. Here he sheds light on nature's most awesome and beguiling handiwork, from the sublime shaping and reshaping of earth's lands and seas to a ridiculous armadillo's assault on a bit of Texas real estate that paid off handsomely. Handpicked from Michener's most popular books, these mini-masterpieces are imbued with the music of the spheres and the heartbeat of creation. Praise for Creatures of the Kingdom "[Creatures of the Kingdom contains] the dramatic elements of a life--the wonder of birth, rites of passage, lots of conflict, much of it physical and bloody, and death. . . . As characters in a James Michener novel, a beaver can know loneliness, a buffalo can bide his time, a salmon can feel encouraged, and a woolly mammoth can 'luxuriate' in the ecological rewards of a plains fire."--Boston Sunday Herald "Dramatic . . . enthralling . . . expertly crafted . . . Michener treats each of these creatures with fundamental respect, and in many cases, admiration and awe, if not outright love."--The Virginian-Pilot "Anyone who has read a James Michener novel knows that it's a learning experience as well as an adventure."--The Sacramento Bee "Delightful . . . nature writing at its most fluid and involving."--BooklistFrom the Paperback edition.
Have you ever found yourself stretched too thin? Do you simultaneously feel overworked and underutilized? Are you often busy but not productive? Do you feel like your time is constantly being hijacked by other people's agendas? If you answered yes to any of these, the way out is the Way of the Essentialist. The Way of the Essentialist isn't about getting more done in less time. It's about getting only the right things done. It is not a time management strategy, or a productivity technique. It is a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution towards the things that really matter. By forcing us to apply a more selective criteria for what is Essential, the disciplined pursuit of less empowers us to reclaim control of our own choices about where to spend our precious time and energy - instead of giving others the implicit permission to choose for us.Essentialism is not one more thing - it's a whole new way of doing everything. It's about doing less, but better, in every area of our lives. Essentialism is a movement whose time has come.From the Hardcover edition.
You're alone. You're vulnerable. And you have something that someone else wants. At any cost. Claudia Morgan-Brown finally has it all. Pregnant with a much-wanted first baby of her own, she has a happily established family of two small step-sons and a loving husband with a great career. But she is also committed to her full-time job as a social worker, and her husband travels often. So when Claudia hires Zoe to help her around the house in anticipation of the baby's arrival, it seems like the answer to her prayers. But despite Zoe's glowing recommendations and instant rapport with the children, there's something about her that Claudia cannot trust. Moreover, there has been a series of violent attacks on pregnant women in the area, and Claudia becomes acutely aware of her vulnerability. With her husband out of town for work and her family far away, who will be there to protect her? And why does she feel unsettled about Zoe? Realizing appearances can be deceiving even in her seemingly perfect world, Claudia digs deeper into Zoe's blurry past and begins to wonder - how far would someone go to have a child of her own? Riveting from its very first pages, Until You're Mine is a multilayered masterwork of twisted, psychological suspense. Readers of Before I Go to Sleep and Turn of Mind will be enthralled by this multilayered novel, featuring a twisted plot that ends in a breathtaking and shocking finale.From the Hardcover edition.
The American debut of an award-winning novel about a lady's maid's awakening as she journeys from the confines of Victorian England to the uncharted far reaches of Egypt's Nile Valley When Lady Duff Gordon, paragon of London society, departs for the hot, dry climate of Egypt to seek relief from her debilitating tuberculosis, her lady's maid, Sally, doesn't hesitate to leave the only world she has known in order to remain at her mistress's side. As Sally gets farther and farther from home, she experiences freedoms she has never known--forgoing corsets and wearing native dress, learning Arabic, and having her first taste of romance. But freedom is a luxury that a lady's maid can ill afford, and when Sally's newfound passion for life causes her to forget what she is entitled to, she is brutally reminded she is mistress of nothing. Ultimately she must choose her master and a way back home--or a way to an unknown future. Based on the real lives of Lady Duff Gordon and her maid, The Mistress of Nothing is a lush, erotic, and compelling story about the power of race, class, and love
Sharp, engaging contemporary fiction from Governor General's Award winner Kate Pullinger, author of The Mistress of Nothing A man falls from the sky and against all odds lands himself a new life. Spring 2010. Harriet works in local radio in London, England. When a volcano explodes in Iceland and airspace shuts down over Europe stranding most of her colleagues abroad, she seizes the opportunity to change her working life. At the same time, Yacub, a migrant worker from Pakistan, is stranded in a labour camp in Dubai, an Emily, a young tv researcher, loses her father to a sudden heart attack. Michael, stuck in New York, travels to Toronto to stay with an old flame. And Jack, a teenager liberated from normal life by the absence of airplanes, takes an unexpected risk and finds himself in trouble. Two years later, these lives collide dramatically when Yacub falls out of the landing gear of the airplane on which he is a stowaway and onto Harriet's car in a supermarket car park. Yacub's arrival in the lives of Harriet, Jack, Michael, and Emily catapults these characters into a series of life-changing events. Based on a newspaper article Pullinger first read more than a decade ago, when the body of an airplane stowaway landed in a southwest London supermarket car park, Landing Gear explores what would happen if the stowaway survived, unscathed. From the ash cloud airspace shutdown in 2010, through 2012, and onto 2014, the novel is about the complex texture of modern life--airplanes, the internet, migrant labour, and the loneliness of the nuclear family.From the Hardcover edition.
The first volume of a magisterial biography: the definitive portrait of the life and work of one of the most abidingly influential--and controversial--men in modern history. Here is a revelatory work of biography that takes us from Gandhi's birth in 1869 through his upbringing in Gujarat, his 2 years as a student in London, and his 2 decades as a lawyer and community organizer in South Africa. Ramachandra Guha has uncovered a myriad of previously untapped documents, including: private papers of Gandhi's contemporaries and co-workers; contemporary newspapers and court documents; the writings of Gandhi's children; secret files kept by British Empire functionaries. Using this wealth of material in a brilliantly nuanced narrative, Guha describes the social, political and personal worlds in which Gandhi began his journey to become the modern era's most important and influential political actor. And Guha makes clear that Gandhi's work in South Africa--far from being a mere prelude to his accomplishments in India--was profoundly influential on his evolution as a political thinker, social reformer and beloved leader.
A Bead and a Prayer introduces Protestant prayer beads to Christians who have no experience in praying with beads. Author Kristen Vincent explores the history and art of using beads in prayer, explains how to use prayer beads, includes instructions for making your own set of prayer beads, and offers a variety of prayers. Through this book you will learn how prayer beads can help you deepen your faith, understand Christian beliefs, and listen to God. A wonderful hands-on way for individuals and groups to grow in their prayer life!
For the first time ever: a liberating guide to life and love that tells successful women that they can find the right partner without having to change or settle--and then shows them how to do itIn the twenty-first century, women are outpacing men in education and career advancement. Yet amazingly, successful women are constantly being told that their professional achievements might doom their chances of marriage and family. Don't believe the alarmist, negative hype, advises top relationship therapist Dr. Sonya Rhodes. Data show that today's Alpha women--ambitious, self-assured, and hardworking--are hardly fated to be spinsters. On the contrary, by rethinking outmoded gender roles, women can have better relationships than ever before. A clinical psychologist with more than thirty years' experience, Dr. Rhodes shares her secrets to helping women triumph in love by finding men who will appreciate and complement their strengths.Challenging gender stereotypes associated with the terms Alpha and Beta, she advises the Alpha woman to look past the overly competitive, domineering Alpha male for a man who is not threatened by her strengths but is communicative, responsible, and collaborative. Just as Alpha women aren't demanding bitches, Beta men aren't passive wimps. Demonstrating that nearly everyone is a combination of both qualities, Dr. Rhodes includes a comprehensive test to help readers define where they (and their partners) are on the Alpha-Beta spectrum. This tool will give women more options and help them make better choices.More than just offering advice about romance, The Alpha Woman Meets Her Match explores the dramatic shifts in our culture, and how these can bring women greater empowerment in both their love lives and their careers.
The McBrides of Fallbrook return with reformed bad boy Owen. He'll do whatever he must to protect the woman who's captured his heart.Attorney by day, rancher by night Owen McBride conquered his dark past and made it his mission to help the innocent--even at the expense of a personal life. But when a client's abusive ex-husband targets Owen and his gorgeous neighbor Claire gets caught in the crossfire, his feelings turn anything but professional. The mysterious beauty awakens something in him, and he'll move heaven and earth to keep her safe.Coffee shop owner Claire Walsh learned the hard way that handsome men aren't to be trusted. Owen may be sexy as hell and determined to take care of her, but she's reluctant to put her heart on the line. His presence in her life puts a target on her back, yet the more time she spends with him, the more she finds she can't help falling for Owen.
This moody and arresting thriller is perfect for fans of Tana French.The young victim was pregnant, her body washed up on the rocks. Twenty years on, the murder remains unsolved; her father is now dead, and her mother refuses to talk about what went on all those years ago.Detective Marjory Fleming is called in to reopen the case that her late father, a policeman, was unable to put to rest. As Fleming digs deeper, it becomes clear that her father struggled to keep secret some of the shameful details surrounding the young girl's death.Can she handle the truth she will unearth, not just about her father but about herself?
Someone has stolen the only person John Smith ever loved--his twin brother, Cannon. Johnny will stop at nothing to get him back, but Cannon doesn't feel the same way anymore. He's married now, and he loves his wife. In a desperate effort to avoid Johnny's destructive brotherly affections, Cannon enlists the aid of Sarah Fortune, a lawyer who has turned helping the needy and eccentric into something of an art form. Sarah hides Cannon's wife for him, but she cannot quite trust Cannon's judgment. Is Johnny truly intent on inflicting unendurable pain on the woman who has hijacked his brother's affections? Sarah doesn't really believe in evil, and it is this lack of faith that makes her shockingly vulnerable ...Fans of Ruth Rendell and Julia Spencer-Fleming will love this atmospheric psychological thriller.
In their fascinating history of government misadventure, Burton and Anita Folsom show why the Obama administration's urge to pick winners and losers in the private sector is doomed to fail.From the days of George Washington through World War II to today, government investments have failed dismally. They not only drain the Treasury of cash but also impede economic growth, and they hurt the very companies they try to support.Why does federal aid seem to have a reverse Midas touch? Simply put, federal officials don't have the same abilities or incentives as entrepreneurs. In addition, federal control always produces political control of some kind. What is best for politicians is not often what works in the marketplace. Politicians want to win votes, and they can do so by giving targeted CEOs benefits while dispersing costs to others.Uncle Sam Can't Count is filled with examples of government failures and free market triumphs, including John Jacob Astor, who owned a fur company that defeated a government-funded rival--supported by George Washington himself--by actively cooperating in trade with the Native Americans instead of trying to tell them what they wanted. The Wright brothers, who, with two thousand dollars of their own money, successfully flew the first manned flight, while the government threw money at Samuel Langley, whose two failed attempts at flight both landed in the Potomac River. George Mitchell, who spent seventeen years developing fracking, after the high taxes on oil drilling were repealed, while the government subsidized ethanol.Uncle Sam Can't Count is a hard-hitting critique of a government completely incapable of either picking winners or learning from its many mistakes, which demonstrates why business should be left to private entrepreneurs.
In this thrilling one-hundred-page prequel companion novella to the New York Times bestselling I Am Number Four series, discover what happened in the aftermath of the Mogadorians' attack on Paradise, Ohio, from Mark James--Number Four's bully-turned-ally.After Four leaves town to find the rest of the Garde, Mark is left behind to pick up the pieces. His school has been destroyed, his home burned down, and, worst yet, Mark now knows the horrifying truth: aliens live among us and some of them seek to destroy us. Even with the FBI tailing him and Sarah Hart, Mark tries to return to a normal life. But when Sarah goes missing, he knows he can no longer sit back and do nothing. His quest to find her will lead him to new allies and a startling revelation about the Mogadorians' plan for invasion.
Fifty Iconic Culinary Scenes from Literary Classics Sure to Delight Readers, Foodies, and Photo-Junkies AlikeFictitious Dishes serves up a delectable assortment of photographic interpretations of culinary moments from contemporary and classic literature. Showcasing famous meals such as the madcap tea party from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the watery gruel from Oliver Twist, the lavish chicken breakfast from To Kill a Mockingbird, the stomach-turning avocado-and-crabmeat salad from The Bell Jar, and the seductive cupcakes from The Corrections, this unique volume pairs each place setting with the text from the book that inspired its creation. Interesting food facts and entertaining anecdotes about the authors, their work, and their culinary predilections complete this charming book, which is sure to whet the appetites of lovers of great literature and delicious dishes.
Two women share a grisly fate in the first entry of this exciting new British crime series--a blend of literary suspense and page-turning thriller that introduces the formidable Detective Chief Inspector Louisa Smith--from the New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Haynes, "the most exciting thing to happen to crime fiction in a long time" (Sophie Hannah, author of Kind of Cruel).In the crisp, early hours of an autumn morning, the police are called to investigate two deaths. The first is a suspected murder at a farm on the outskirts of a small village. A beautiful young woman has been found dead, her cottage drenched with blood. The second is a reported suicide at a nearby quarry. A car with a woman's body inside has been found at the bottom of the pit.As DCI Louisa Smith and her team gather evidence over the course of the next six days, they discover a shocking link between the two cases and the two deaths--a bond that sealed these women's terrible fates one cold night, under a silent moon.In this compelling new detective series, Elizabeth Haynes interweaves fictional primary source materials--police reports, phone messages, interviews--and multiple character viewpoints to create a sexy, edgy, and compulsively readable tale of murder, mystery, and unsettling suspense.
The Only Business School You'll Ever NeedFrom the mind of bestselling author Stanley Bing, the ultimate corporate mentor, comes The Curriculum: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Master of Business Arts, a no-nonsense, real-world strategy for success. Sharp, practical, and amusing when it needs to be, and lavishly enhanced with charts, graphs, and other illuminating illustrations, The Curriculum is certain to occupy a place of pride on any shelf dedicated to books that explain how business works, and how that knowledge can be used to achieve power, happiness, and indefensible amounts of money. Included are key chapters on not appearing stupid (mandatory for entry-level students); fabricating a sustainable business personality; management, group dynamics, and the art of selling; self-branding and self-marketing; mastering electronic communications; and dealing with bosses and other crazy people.After contributing thousands of columns to Fortune, Esquire, and the Wall Street Journal, and writing nearly a dozen books on corporate strategy, Stanley Bing is at the top of his game, dispensing a lifetime's worth of hard-won wisdom to the next generation of masters. Enroll in The Curriculum, and his secrets will be yours--along with an attractive diploma, suitable for framing.
Four alpha heroes for one amazing priceAntonio Medina, Stetson-clad royalty, has been living-and loving-as a common Texas shipping magnate, so what will happen when his lover finds out he's been hiding his princely heritage...Jericho King, ex-marine, had once promised to help his friend Daisy with anything she needed. How was he to know she'd be asking for a baby?Rodrigo Valderrama, wealthy Spanish surgeon, has vowed to protect a pregnant young widow...never letting her know his true feelings-or his true role in her pregnancy...Adam Duke, business-focused CEO, only wants to escape his mother's matchmaking, so he seduces his secretary...not knowing she has her own agenda for wanting him in her bed!Satisfy your longing for sexy heroes with this Man of the Month collection featuring four full-length contemporary romances!The Maverick Prince by Catherine MannThe Last Lone Wolf by Maureen ChildBillionaire, M.D. by Olivia GatesThe Millionaire Meets His Match by Kate Carlisle
Hannah Pace needed a pretend husband-fast! She lied to her long-lost mother about being married, and now she had to produce the groom. So she hired hometown bad boy Nick Archer. Though he wasn't every mother's dream, he sure was Hannah's hottest fantasy....Trouble was, Nick relished the part a bit too much. Dizzying kisses, heated glances, tender touches. Minute by minute, Nick's paid performance was feeling all too real. And soon Hannah wanted him to be a husband for life...
Rugged Craig Haynes came from a long line of lady-killers. Lately, though, the single dad was targeting only Jill Bradford, his sons' new nanny. Two parts sweetness, one part sin, the pint-size redhead proved a wizard with his three rambunctious boys. So what made this miracle-worker insist she was strictly hired help? Could a houseful of Haynes males ambush her wary heart...and maker her a mother and wife?
Single mom Sandy Walker came to Glenwood seeking a quiet, friendly place to raise her three children. No way was she looking for a walk on the wild side with notorious bachelor Kyle Haynes. So what if the impossibly sexy deputy enthralled her kids and made Sandy ache with desire? She needed a provider, not an adventurer.For sixteen years, Kyle had been harboring a crush on Sandy. And as luck would have it, she didn't want to be anything more than friends. She insisted he wasn't the father type. But didn't she realize he'd been in training for this all his life?
A Demanding PropositionVito di Cavalieri is the last man Ashley Forrester ever wanted to see again, but her brother's fate lies in his hands. So she has no choice-to save her brother and protect her secret-their son-she must pay whatever price Cavalieri exacts...His demand: Vito wants her in his bed, as his wife! But the passion he awakens in Ashley surges beneath her shaking defences and betrays her like never before. Just how will she be able to resist a desire so strong that it threatens to pierce her heart?
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