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Summer Friends

by Holly Chamberlin

In this compelling novel set against the beautiful backdrop of Ogunquit, Maine, bestselling author Holly Chamberlin portrays an unexpected friendship, and its consequences for two very different women as time inevitably sweeps them into adulthood. . .Over the course of one eventful summer, nine-year-old native Mainer Delphine Crandall and Maggie Weldon, a privileged girl "from away," become best friends. Despite the social gulf between them, their bond is strengthened during vacations, and lasts throughout their college years in Boston. Yet after graduation, Delphine and Maggie slowly drift in different directions. . .With her MBA, Maggie acquires a lucrative career, and eventually marries. Delphine is drawn back to Maine, her life steeped in family and community. Twenty years pass, until one summer, Maggie returns to Ogunquit to pay an extended visit. And for the first time, the friends reflect on the girls they were and the women they've become, the promises kept and broken--and the deep, lasting ties that even time can never quite wash away. . . "Nostalgia over real-life friendships lost and regained pulls readers into the story." -USA Today "A great summer read." -Fresh Fiction

Criminal Confections

by Colette London

Hayden Mundy Moore is an expert on everything chocolate, helping clients develop new products and revamp recipes until they're irresistible. But sometimes, a dash of murder finds its way into the mix. . .Hayden Mundy Moore has bushwhacked through African jungles and haggled in exotic markets to find the finest cacao beans and the most flavorful blends. It's thrilling work but rarely dangerous--until a colleague turns up dead at the exclusive chocolate-themed Lemaître resort spa in San Francisco.Adrienne Dowling's heart attack is blamed on an accidental overdose of the secret ingredient used in Lemaître Chocolates' new line. Hayden can't believe that conscientious Adrienne would make that mistake. And between chocolate body scrubs, cocoa mud baths, and a non-stop frenzy of chocolate-based treats, Hayden starts to suspect that she, not Adrienne, was the intended target. Finding a killer among the rival chocolatiers and potential suspects won't just be satisfying--it might save her life. . .

A Family Affair

by Fern Michaels

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels comes a captivating and heartfelt new novel, as a young dancer finds an unexpected partner--and gains the courage to live according to her heart. . .In a city built on dreams, Trisha Holiday makes her living moving like one. But out of her dancer's costume, she's as down-to-earth as they come. That's why she ignores the admiring note--and the accompanying $1000 bill--that arrives backstage after one of her ethereal performances. Yet the sender, a wealthy foreign prince, isn't easily dissuaded. Seven years living and studying in the United States have made Malik long for the freedom to choose his own bride--and the woman he wants is Trisha. After a breathtaking visit to Malik's kingdom culminates in a marriage proposal, Trish attempts to adjust to an opulent new lifestyle complete with servants, sumptuous surroundings, and vast wealth. None of that matters to Trish as much as Malik's love. With Malik's sister Soraya proving a trusted new friend, they plan a lavish wedding surpassing anything she could have imagined. Yet Trish's new life will have challenges too--adjusting to a new and complex culture, to the myriad demands of Malik's royal position, and to the expectations she faces as his wife. In the midst of her own major changes, Trish vows to help her sister, Emma, whose marriage has ended in a bitter breakup. And through it all, Trish will strive to stay true to what matters most--love, true friendship, and the ties that hold family together across the miles and the years.

I'll Be Slaying You

by Cynthia Eden

"I dare you not to love a Cynthia Eden book!" --Larissa Ione Sandra "Dee" Daniels is a vampire's worst nightmare. Sure, she couldn't get up to five-six in the highest heels money can buy--not that she ever wears heels. But the monsters in her past and the stake in her boot are enough to keep most bloodsuckers interested in staying undead out of Baton Rouge. But there are changes afoot on her turf. Rumors are a Born Master is in town--a vampire so powerful he can make the streets run with blood. And a new face in Dee's dive bars and alleyways--Simon Chase, a strong, sexy shadow with a haunted past of his own. Simon knows a lot about the dark side of Dee's work. He knows even more about how to make her body spark with desire. But the hot lust shimmering between them is only the beginning. Because Simon also knows a secret that will change Dee's life--if she can live long enough to uncover it. "Dee and her vampire lover are hot enough to burn readers' fingers in this enthralling story." --RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars

The Family Beach House

by Holly Chamberlin

In this poignant, evocative novel, bestselling author Holly Chamberlin sweeps you into the picturesque town of Ogunquit, Maine, where a family in flux explores their ties to a beautiful beach house, and to each other. Some houses have a personality of their own. Larchmere is that kind of place--a splendid, sprawling home with breathtaking views that open to briny Atlantic air and seabirds' calls. It's the place where Tilda McQueen O'Connell grew up and now vacations each year, and where she and her three siblings--Adam, Hannah, and Craig--have gathered to commemorate the tenth anniversary of their mother's passing. But instead of the bittersweet but relaxing reunion Tilda expected, she finds chaos. Her father's plan to marry a younger woman has thrown the fate of the beach house into uncertainty. For Tilda, the stakes seem the highest. Alone and vulnerable two years after her husband's death, she sees Larchmere as not just a cherished part of her history, but her eventual refuge from the world. Faced with losing that legacy, Tilda must embrace an unknown future. And all the McQueens must reconcile their shared, sometimes painful past--and learn how to love one another even when it means forging a life apart. . ."A dramatic and moving portrait of several generations of a family and each person's place within it." --Booklist"An enjoyable summer read, but it's more. It is a novel for all seasons that adds to the enduring excitement of Ogunquit." -The Maine Sunday Telegram

Obsessed

by Jo Gibson

From master of suspense Jo Gibson comes two heart-stopping novels of romantic obsession--where the love never dies. It kills. . .The CrushMichael Barton is smart, sweet, gorgeous--the total package. Which is why some of the girls have decided to have a little contest. Whoever hooks up with Michael first will be the winner. There's just one problem. One of the girls has been harboring a secret crush on Michael for years. She'll do anything to be his girlfriend. She'll play the game. She'll win his heart. She'll beat the competition. . .to death. The Crush IIMichael Barton has experienced the dark side of love. He has survived the advances of a psychotic stalker. He has endured her deadly game of obsession. And now he is free from her web of lust and lies. But Michael has a surprise waiting for him. His secret admirer is still out there. Watching. Waiting. Plotting her next move. And if Michael thinks he can escape her this time, he's wrong. . .dead wrong.

By Cook or by Crook

by Maya Corrigan

Take one burned-out city girl. Add a crusty codger, a pinch of gossip, and a dash of romance. Stir in a generous helping of murder and you've got the ingredients for one truly delicious mystery...Haunted by the car accident that ended her career as a cookbook publicist, Val Deniston has traded in the chaos of New York City for a quieter life near the Chesapeake Bay. Living with her curmudgeonly grandfather in the tourist town of Bayport is hardly glamorous, but she enjoys working at the Cool Down Café at the local fitness club, and she finally has time to work on her long-planned cookbook. But when one of the club's patrons is found dead, she'll have to cook up a scheme to find the killer. As the number of suspects rises like crabs in a bucket, it's out of the pan and into the fire for Val. If she can't find the culprit soon, she might as well be chum in the water...Includes 8 five-ingredient recipes!"Cozy mystery readers will the love the puzzle and the enjoyable look into this small tourist town by the sea." --Nancy Coco, author of All Fudged Up

Slimy Underbelly

by Kevin J. Anderson

"Two decaying thumbs up!"--Jonathan MaberryFlushing Out EvilThere's something fishy going on in the Unnatural Quarter. Bodies are floating face-down, the plumbing is backing up, and something smells rotten--even to a zombie detective like Dan Shamble. Diving into the slimy underbelly of a diabolical plot, Dan comes face-to-tentacles with an amphibious villain named Ah'Chulhu (to which the usual response is "Gesundheit!"). With his snap-happy gang of gator-guys--former pets flushed down the toilet--Ah'Chulhu wreaks havoc beneath the streets. While feuding weather wizards kick up storms and a gang of thieving lawn gnomes continues their reign of terror, Dan Shamble is running out of time--before the whole stinking city goes down the drain... Includes Bonus Story!Praise for the Dan Shamble Novels"Darkly funny, wonderfully original."--Kelley Armstrong "The Dan Shamble books are great fun." --Simon R. Green"Prepare to be entertained."--Charlaine Harris"Smart, savvy, incredibly clever!" --Heather Graham

Deeply In You

by Sharon Page

Sensual AwakeningAnxious to save her brother from debtor's prison, Helena Winsome agrees to find proof that the Duke of Greybrooke is a traitor. Well aware of his wicked ways, she takes on the guise of a demure governess. But his smoldering sensuality overwhelms her--as does his vow to make her his lover, a scandalous promise that leaves her weak with desire. . .Sexual SeductionDarkly handsome and powerfully seductive, the Duke of Greybrooke is a man of deep passion. When the lovely Miss Helena Winsome turns down an offer to become his mistress, Grey takes on the challenge. He'll expose Helena to the erotic thrill of carnal pleasure and tease her senses until all she can do is beg for more. . .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"Sinfully delicious." --Sunny, New York Times bestselling author

Red Velvet Cupcake Murder

by Joanne Fluke

This summer has been warmer than usual in Lake Eden, Minnesota, and Hannah Swensen is trying to beat the heat both in and out of her bakery kitchen. But she's about to find out the hard way that nothing cools off a hot summer day like a cold-blooded murder. . .Features over Ten Cookie and Dessert Recipes from The Cookie Jar, including Red Velvet Surprise Cupcakes and Chocolate Covered Peanut Cookies! "Culinary cozies don't get any tastier than this winning series." --Library Journal"Loaded with mouthwatering recipes and clever plotting, the latest Hannah Swensen mystery delights." --RT Book Reviews"If your reading habits alternate between curling up with a good mystery or with a good cookbook, you ought to know about Joanne Fluke." --Charlotte Observer

Eternal Hunter

by Cynthia Eden

"It hooked me from the first page." --Christine FeehanBeware Of Each OtherIn a hotbed of secrets like Baton Rouge, it's only natural Assistant DA Erin Jerome is keeping a couple of her own. Like the fact she's not entirely human--she's Other, desperately trying to keep her supernatural strength under wraps. Or that she's got a killer stalking her--an Other rogue set on "gifting" her bloody corpses, not to mention nights lying awake in terror. But the bounty hunter on her new case is about to change everything. Jude Donovan is a shapeshifter, and when the two are near each other their hidden instincts are definitely awakened. Tracking a rogue Other through half of Louisiana is hard enough without letting their wild sides come out to play. . . "Cynthia's on my must-buy list." --New York Times bestselling author Angie Fox

Board Stiff

by Annalise Ryan

"The funniest deputy coroner to cut up a corpse since, well, ever." --Laura LevineSorenson, Wisconsin's deputy coroner Mattie Winston is back on the job. . .in a nursing home examining the body of Bernie Chase--the now former president of the Twilight Home's board of directors--who is covered in a powder used to turn liquids to solids. The home's residents are certain Bernie was offing the patients who cost him too much. . .and the patient that found him can't remember a thing. Between her ongoing tug of war with Detective Hurley, fulfilling her new job requirement of seeing a shrink, and wrangling with the Twilight Home's board of directors, Mattie's got her scrubbed hands full. She'll need all of her outside-the-box forensic skills to crack a case that's turning out to be stranger--and more dangerous--than anything she's seen before! Praise for Annelise Ryan and her Mattie Winston series"A puzzler of a mystery. What a thrill ride!" --Jenn McKinlay "Has it all: suspense, laughter, a spicy dash of romance..." --Tess Gerritsen"Another winning mystery!" --Leann Sweeney

Seduce Me By Christmas

by Alexandra Ivy

Dear Reader,Long before I started writing paranormal romance, I wrote historical romance novels as Deborah Raleigh. Now I'm thrilled to share my favorites with a whole new readership. Prepare to be seduced by Raoul Charlebois, one of the heroes in my trilogy about three mysterious men for whom illegitimacy poses no obstacle. . .Raoul Charlebois abandoned his wild life to search out answers to his dark past--yet his reputation as a rake persists. Now it has followed him to a gamekeeper's cottage, where beautiful, innocent Sarah Jefferson resides. In all his exploits, Raoul has never met such a woman. But Sarah will have no part in whatever the wickedly handsome visitor wants--until she realizes what he wants is her. And amid the seductive scent of evergreen and falling snow, she is persuaded that maybe there is some goodness to be found in Raoul. After all, Christmas has a way of bringing lost souls together. . .I hope you enjoy reading these sensual, romantic tales as much as I enjoyed writing them! With love,Alexandra Ivy

Seducing the Viscount

by Alexandra Ivy

Dear Reader,Long before I started writing paranormal romance, I wrote historical romance novels as Deborah Raleigh. Now I'm thrilled to share my favorites with a whole new readership. In this book, you'll meet irresistible Ian Breckford, one of the heroes in my trilogy about three mysterious men for whom illegitimacy is no obstacle. . .Darkly handsome and thoroughly charming, Ian Breckford has bedded his way through London's most exclusive society. Yet lately this existence has seemed dull--a fact soon remedied by his aunt's delightful new companion, Mercy Simpson. She may be shy, but Mercy is also sharp-witted and persistent, especially when persuading Ian to relieve her of her innocence. Mercy is sure that Ian is everything she dreamed a lover might be--and everything she can never hope to keep. . .unless her brazen seduction can ignite a lasting passion. . .I hope you enjoy reading these sensual, romantic tales as much as I enjoyed writing them!With love,Alexandra Ivy99,640 Words

Bedding The Baron

by Alexandra Ivy

Dear Reader,Long before I started writing paranormal romance, I wrote historical romance novels as Deborah Raleigh. Now I'm thrilled to share my favorites with a whole new readership, including this first book in a trilogy about three heroes--men united by friendship, a mysterious legacy, and a talent for seduction. . .When Fredrick Smith embarks on a search for the truth about his errant father, he is immersed in the past. But when he meets alluring Mrs. Portia Walker, the future--and her surrender--cannot come quickly enough. If only Fredrick can melt her fiercely independent, icy reserve. He cannot know Portia has sworn no man will control her destiny ever again. Yet vows are no match for a desire that could be the most exquisite bliss. . .I hope you enjoy reading these sensual, romantic tales as much as I enjoyed writing them! With love,Alexandra Ivy120,000 Words

Some Like It Wicked

by Alexandra Ivy

Dear Reader,Long before I started writing paranormal romance, I wrote historical romance novels as Deborah Raleigh. Now I'm thrilled to share my favorites with a whole new readership, beginning with this wickedly sizzling tale of temptation...A successful businesswoman, Miss Jane Middleton goes to London in search of a husband--and finds herself virtually ignored by the ton. But she soon concocts a daring proposition: she will pay notorious rake "Hellion" Caulfield to strike up a flirtation with her, thus bringing her to the attention of Society's eligible gentlemen. The last thing she expects is a deliciously skillful seduction...The toast of the ton, charismatic Hellion has eluded marriage for years. But when Jane bursts into his life with her outrageous scheme, her provocative figure, and her captivating eyes, Hellion is stunned to realize that his jaded interest is piqued--and his pursuit of her feels all too real. Has the ultimate bachelor finally found his match--between the sheets and beyond?... I hope you enjoy reading these sensual, romantic tales as much as I enjoyed writing them! With love,Alexandra Ivy85,000 Words

Some Like It Sinful

by Alexandra Ivy

Dear Reader,Long before I started writing paranormal romance, I wrote historical romance novels as Deborah Raleigh. Now I'm thrilled to share my favorites with a whole new readership, including this deliciously sinful tale of two outcasts who find each other--and lose themselves in passion. . .A rake with a penchant for gambling, Rutherford Hawksley has friends in both high places and low--perfect for trying to find his brother's killer. Ruthless in his quest, he discovers his prime suspect is planning to murder a woman traveling to London. A woman with information Hawksley would very much like to know. But his simple plan of abduction goes awry when he plucks the not-so-simple Miss Clara Dawson from her coach. . .Hawksley is used to charming ladies into submission, yet Clara's spirit proves quite the match for him. And soon he can think of nothing more pleasurable than keeping this rare bird in his not-so-gilded cage, where he can pick her most intriguing mind, enjoy her exquisite body--and teach her more about desire than she ever dreamed possible. . .I hope you enjoy reading these sensual, romantic tales as much as I enjoyed writing them! With love,Alexandra Ivy108,240 Words

Some Like It Brazen

by Alexandra Ivy

Long before I started writing paranormal romance, I wrote historical romance novels as Deborah Raleigh. Now I'm thrilled to share my favorites with a whole new readership, including this breathtaking tale of forbidden desire. . .A lowly gentleman farmer, Edward Sinclair has inherited the role of the Earl of Harrington. A more unlikely nobleman there has never been. For Edward's stark masculinity and brute strength set him apart--and earn him the demeaning title of the Peasant Earl. . .A spoiled heiress, Lady Bianca is known as the Ice Princess for toying with the affections of her suitors. But she has fallen for the one man her father won't let her marry: a rogue with no fortune. When the Peasant Earl arrives in London with an even worse reputation, Bianca is ready to exact her revenge. But Edward sees through the beauty's silly flirtations--straight into her heart. Soon, what begins as a game, becomes a contest of wills that demands complete surrender... I hope you enjoy reading these sensual, romantic tales as much as I enjoyed writing them! ith love, Alexandra Ivy90,000 Words

Captive Innocence

by Fern Michaels

International bestselling author Fern Michaels takes us on a riveting journey, where a young woman finds her destiny opening new vistas of promise and hope. . .Marilyn Bannon ventured into a lush new unknown world to claim her family's heritage. There, far from the reaches of civilization, she became entranced with the exotic, enigmatic Sebastian Rivera. As excitement with her new life consumed her, Marilyn found herself in the midst of a strange and troubling culture where stunning opulence mirrored terrible bondage. In the center of it all stood the Baron, who controlled the land and everyone on it--and who meant to have Marilyn for his own. Praise for Fern Michaels and Her Novels "Heartbreaking, suspenseful, and tender." --Booklist on Return to Sender"A big, rich book in every way. . .I think Fern Michaels has struck oil with this one." --Patricia Matthews on Texas Rich110,000 Words

Captive Embraces

by Fern Michaels

A bold romance from international bestselling author Fern Michaels about a beautiful a fierce, fearless young woman conquers the high seas to win back the man who stole her fortunes--and her heart...Proud and beautiful Sirena Córdez was once commander of her own ship, battling pirates to avenge her sister's violent death. But Sirena's life as the Sea Siren ends when she meets Regan van der Rhys. Handsome, ruthless, and as fearless as she, Regan is the only man who can possess her, body and soul. Once enemies on water, they become lovers on land until their marriage is shattered by heartbreaking tragedy. Abandoned by her husband and left to face an uncertain future, the Sea Siren hoists sail again, embarking on a passion-filled voyage to reclaim her destiny...Praise for Fern Michaels and Her Novels"Heartbreaking, suspenseful, and tender." --Booklist on Return to Sender"A big, rich book in every way....I think Fern Michaels has struck oil with this one." --Patricia Matthews on Texas Rich175,000 Words

Captive Passions

by Fern Michaels

International bestselling author Fern Michaels fashions a sparkling romance about a beautiful young woman on a quest for vengeance, and the forbidden desire she finds in the arms of a dangerous enemy...Boldly commanding a sleek Spanish ship, Sirena Córdez possesses a headstrong and impatient demeanor that inspires both shock and respect from her male crew. But when a band of marauders attacks the vessel, killing her beloved sister, Sirena vows to destroy the man she believes is responsible for the assault. Ruthless and impossibly handsome, Regan van der Rhys will stop at nothing to ensure his company's success in the Spice Islands. Blaming Regan for her family's tragedy, Sirena poses as his demure bride and plots revenge. Yet he stirs her blood as no man has before. Desperate to expose his treachery, the lady captain lures her husband on a fateful journey at sea, where each will fall under an enticing spell of burning passion as the truth is uncovered...Praise for Fern Michaels and Her Novels "Heartbreaking, suspenseful, and tender." --Booklist on Return to Sender"A big, rich book in every way....I think Fern Michaels has struck oil with this one." --Patricia Matthews on Texas Rich150,000 Words

Dangerous Gifts

by Mary Jo Putney

DANGEROUS GIFTS A shy mortal girl rashly accepts a faery lord's offer of beauty and charm. Then he comes to claim a terrible price--the loss of her new love and everything she holds dear.Praise for Mary Jo's Lost Lords series"Romance at its best!"--Julia Quinn "Exquisitely and sensitively written."--Library Journal, starred review"Intoxicating and not-to-be missed."--Romantic Times (4 ½ Stars, Top Pick)25,000 Words.

Packaging Sustainability

by Wendy Jedlicka

How to take the lead with sustainable packaging design solutions With initiatives like the Wal-Mart Scorecard in the U.S. and the E.U.'s Packaging Directive, delivering sustainable packaging is now an integral part of today's global competitive market. Written by experts from a wide variety of fields, here is a comprehensive, single source of actionable information that enables everyone involved in the design and development process to make smart, informed decisions, opening new possibilities for creating truly innovative solutions. Wendy Jedlicka, CPP (Roseville, MN) is President of Jedlicka Design Ltd. and a member of the faculty at Minneapolis College of Art and Design's groundbreaking Sustainable Design Certificate Program. A Certified Packaging Professional, she serves as Upper Midwest Chapter Chair (o2umw.org), as well as U.S. co-coordinator for the o2 Global Green Design Network (o2.org), and contributes frequently to Packaging Design magazine's "Sustainability Update" feature column.

Risk Management and Financial Institutions

by Hull

The essential guide to managing financial institution risk, fully revised and updatedThe dangers inherent in the financial system make understanding risk management essential for anyone working in, or planning to work in, the financial sector. A practical resource for financial professionals and students alike, Risk Management and Financial Institutions, Third Edition explains all aspects of financial risk as well as the way financial institutions are regulated, to help readers better understand financial markets and potential dangers.Fully revised and updated, this new edition features coverage of Basel 2.5, Basel III and Dodd-Frank as well as expanded sections on counterparty credit risk, central clearing, and collateralization. In addition, end-of-chapter practice problems and a website featuring supplemental materials designed to provide a more comprehensive learning experience make this the ultimate learning resource. Written by acclaimed risk management expert, John Hull, Risk Management and Financial Institutions is the only book you need to understand--and respond to--financial risk.The new edition of the financial risk management bestsellerDescribes the activities of different types of financial institutions, explains how they are regulated, and covers market risk, credit risk, operational risk, liquidity risk, and model riskFeatures new coverage of Basel III, Dodd-Frank, counterparty credit risk, central clearing, collateralization, and much moreProvides readers with access to a supplementary website offering software and unique learning aidsAuthor John Hull is one of the most respected authorities on financial risk managementA timely update to the definitive resource on risk in the financial system, Risk Management and Financial Institutions + Web Site, Third Edition is an indispensable resource from internationally renowned expert John Hull.

Studying Captive Animals

by Paul A. Rees

Studying Captive Animals outlines the methods that may be used to study the behaviour, welfare and ecology of animals living under the control of humans, including companion animals, feral populations, and those living on farms and in zoos. This book is a step-by-step guide to the whole process of conducting a scientific study: from designing the original project, formulating testable hypotheses, and collecting and analysing the data, to drawing conclusions from the work and writing it up as a scientific report or paper. It also illustrates how to write a formal research proposal - a crucial and often difficult element of the student project - and how to deal with the ethical review process. Sample data collection sheets are provided and the analysis and presentation of data are worked through in diagrammatic form. In addition, exercises are included that enable the reader to practice analysing different types of data and advice is provided on the selection of appropriate statistical tests. The text describes the different types of student projects that may be undertaken in the field, and explains where secondary data may be found for zoos. This is an insightful resource, particularly for those studying and working with zoo and farm animals. It is essential reading for students studying zoo biology and animal management; it is also suitable for students on courses in animal behaviour, animal welfare, zoology, biology, psychology, animal science, animal production, animal ecology, conservation biology, and veterinary science. This book is primarily intended for undergraduates but will also be of value to postgraduate students who have not previously engaged in field studies. Professionals working in institutions that are members of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria and other regional and national zoo organisations will benefit from access to this practical guide.

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