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Surrender to page-turning sensuality in the explosive first book in Kate Pearce's House of Pleasure series. . .Sexual SatisfactionTen years as a sex slave in a Turkish brothel left Lord Valentin Sokorvsky with an insatiable appetite for sex. Now the time has come for him to marry, but finding a woman who can satisfy his lustful desires proves a challenge. . .until he meets Sara and all he can think about is having her lie under his rock-hard body, begging him to taste and touch her. . .Sensual SeductionSara Harrison knows she should be shocked and scandalized by Lord Sokorvsky's bold advances, but instead she is secretly aroused by this sensual, seductive man. For beneath her calm and composed manner is a wanton woman who longs for a man's intimate caress. She is most willing to be educated in the art of sensuality, to receive and give pleasure and to succumb to the wild desire that knows no limits. . ."This book has something for everyone: hot sex scenes, a sexy hero with a tragic past, a smart and compassionate heroine, intrigue, danger and Regency London at its most decadent!" --Romantic Times"Simply Sexual by Kate Pearce is one of the most arousing and enigmatic historical novels I have read this year." --Romance Junkies"Intelligent characters, complex emotions and a plot that engaged my emotions to a rare high. Very highly recommended." --Two Lips Reviews
Michael Tang and his sister, Emily, have both struggled to forge a sense of identity in their parents' adopted homeland. Emily, an immigration lawyer in New York City, baffles their mother, Ling, by refusing to have children. At twenty-six, Michael is unable to commit to a relationship or a career--or come out to his family. And now their father, after a lifetime of sacrifice, has passed away. When Michael finds a letter to his father from a long-ago friend, he impulsively travels to China in the hopes of learning more about a man he never really knew. In this rapidly modernizing country he begins to understand his father's decisions, including one that reverberates into the present day. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Ling and Emily question their own choices, trying to forge a path that bends toward new loves and fresh beginnings. Wendy Lee's powerfully honest novel captures the complexity of the immigrant experience, exploring one family's hidden history, unspoken hurts, and search for a place to call home. Along the whitewashed mud walls are large Chinese characters written in red, sometimes ending with an exclamation point. They look as if they are out of another time period, probably some kind of propaganda. Go back! Michael imagines them saying, in a private message just for him. This is a mistake! You won't find what you're looking for! What, or rather who, Michael is hoping to find at the end of his trip is a man named Liao Weishu. This is the name that is signed at the end of a letter that Michael discovered among his father's things after the funeral. Then his mother had come into the room, and he had put the letter in his pants pocket, where it stayed unopened for another nine months. Sometimes he would think about it, and be satisfied enough to simply know it was there. The postmark indicated it had been sent about a month before his father's death, from someplace in China that he had never heard of and didn't think he knew how to pronounce. Unfortunately, it was written in Chinese, except for one sentence toward the end of the letter--Everything has been forgiven.
"Inspiring stories, practical tips and expert advice." --Ebony"Inspiring stories and practical tips urge parents and caregivers to unlock their children's potential." --Library Journal "A much-needed resource that will enable parents to become partners in their children's academic success. Read it and tell others to read it." --Marian Wright Edelman, Founder, Children's Defense FundThere's a crisis in our classrooms. In school districts across the country, children of color earn sub-par test scores, and are frequently relegated to less challenging classes. Low achievement will doom our children to a future far beneath their capabilities--unless we do something about it. In this updated edition of Achievement Matters, Hugh B. Price, the former President of the National Urban League, shows you how to help your child succeed, and make America's public schools accountable. A vital resource for parents and caregivers, here are practical tips for improving children's literacy and achievement levels while instilling a lifelong enthusiasm for education. Price explains how to make sure your child isn't missing out on essential courses, recommends proven techniques for cutting through bureaucracy to create an environment conducive to learning, and shares insightful personal stories. From using the latest technology to providing after-school and summer programs to give our youth direction and keep them away from drugs and violence, this book offers real tools for making a powerful, positive impact and guiding your child to the brightest possible future. "A noteworthy effort to improve parental involvement, student motivation, and institutional accountability." --Kweisi Mfume, former President and CEO, NAACP66,870 Words
Life-Changing Inspiration. Unwavering Support.Scrolls have always been considered sacred, filled with prophecy and direction. Realizing that today's spiritual leaders fill a similar role, filmmaker Parrish Smith created the award-winning documentary series The Scroll, featuring modern-day prophets revealing more of themselves, their journeys, and their invaluable insights than ever before. Now, Parrish Smith draws on the words of America's most beloved spiritual leaders to create a guide full of contemporary wisdom that will uplift and encourage you through life's unexpected challenges. Finding our life's purpose. Creating lasting relationships. Surviving tragedy. Releasing self-destructive thoughts. These are just some of the trials faced--and joyously overcome--in these heartfelt accounts that are as healing as they are unforgettable. Featuring illustrative Bible verses, related parables, and transformative advice, The Scroll is a timely resource filled with the faith and inspiration that will lead you to life's greatest rewards. FeaturingBishop T.D. Jakes * Bishop Hezekiah Walker, Jr. * Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III * Rev. Bernice A. King * Rev. Al Sharpton, Jr. * Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. * Bishop George C. Searight * Dr. Marvin L. Sapp * Dr. Jamal H. Bryant * Bishop Noel Jones * Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. * Dr. Bill Winston * Bishop Kenneth C. Ulmer * Rev. Wess Morgan * Bishop Vashti M. McKenzie * Rev. Jeffrey A. Johnson, Sr. * Dr. R.A. Vernon * Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. * Rev. John K. Jenkins, Sr. * Dr. Alyn E. Waller * Dr. DeForest B. Soaries, Jr. * Dr. Larry L. Macon, Sr. * Dr. Perry Simmons, Jr. * Rev. Corey B. Brooks, Sr. * Rev. Stanley Dumornay Parrish Smith is an award winning filmmaker whose projects have appeared on numerous networks and at film festivals. As a child and the son of a preacher, he always fell asleep in church. Nevertheless, it was the storytelling used by preachers during their sermons that engaged him, making the Word relevant to everyday life. Now, he strives to create projects that make a difference in people's lives, leaving them inspired. The Scroll is his first film and book combination that uses the stories of wise and insightful spiritual leaders as a way to assist people as they face life's struggles. Visit his website, TheScrollMovie.com, for information about his projects.
"A fascinating read--olive oil is not only delicious--it is good medicine!" --Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D."One of our most important foods. This book deserves to be in everybody's home library." --Elson M. Haas, M.D., author of Staying Healthy with Nutrition, 21st Century EditionDiscover Olive Oil's Extraordinary Powers!Revised and updated, this indispensible book reveals why chefs, doctors, and nutritionists all love extra virgin olive oil, a key ingredient in the Mediterranean Diet--and why other healthful oils from vegetables, fruits, and nuts are not far behind. You'll find easy recipes for satisfying foods like Pizza Baguettes with Garlic Oil, Fudgy Coconut Oil Brownies, Honey-Citrus-Olive Oil Fruit Kabobs, and Macadamia Nut Oil Cookies. Also included: home cures that beat colds and reduce pain, beauty and household secrets, and pet care tips that really work! Deliciously healing surprises. . ..The art of using olive oil for mind, body, and spirit goes back 6,000 years. Hippocrates, "the father of medicine," used olive oil in over 60 healing remedies. New research confirms that olive oil can help lower the risk of heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes, and it can stall age-related diseases. Combining olive oil with other oils (like coconut and macadamia nut oils), can help combat fatigue, infections, and insomnia, and help you fight fat and shape up! Bring on the butter--especially the right kind and right amount. When paired with oils, this twentieth-century "forbidden" saturated fat is a new twenty-first-century health food. "Orey gives kudos to olive oil--and people of all ages will benefit from her words of wisdom." --Dr. Will Clower, CEO Mediterranean Wellness
"Revenge is sweet. Reinventing yourself is even sweeter." --Cathy LambAbigail is sure the only thing standing between her and happiness is the weight she gained along with her beloved new baby. Until she instantly loses 170 pounds of husband.When Thad declares that "this whole marriage thing" is no longer working, a shell-shocked Abigail takes her infant daughter, Rosie, and moves back to her parents' house. Floundering, she turns to an imaginary guru and best friend, the author of her new weight-loss book. But surviving heartache, finding a job, and staying sane as a suddenly single new mom isn't easy, especially on a diet--sorry, life journey. Make an inventory of your skills, Abigail's guru instructs. Abigail loves cooking and preparing food--real food, not the fatless, joyless dishes her diet prescribes, or the instant-frozen-artificially flavored fare she finds in her mother's kitchen. So far, following everyone else's rules has led to being broke, lonely, and facing a lifetime of poached eggs, faux mayonnaise, and jobs in chain restaurants. What might happen if Abigail followed her own recipe for a good life instead?... Bitingly funny, wise, and insightful, Ellen Hawley's fresh new novel is an ode to food and self-discovery for any woman who's ever walked away from a relationship--or a diet--to find what true satisfaction is all about. "Food and love and loss and resilience--and a terrific narrative playfulness--are Hawley's recipe for a slyly entertaining and heartening novel." --Daniel Menaker, author of The Treatment
She was seventeen years old, a beautiful girl with a Hollywood smile and luminous brown eyes. Sprawled in a culvert just off the gravel road like an abandoned doll, she wore only toe socks, a sweatshirt, and a necklace. She was not the killer's first victim. Nor would she be his last.The lush, green hills that mark the border of North and South Carolina are home to a close-knit community. When the savaged remains of high-spirited Heather Catterton and sweet-natured Randi Saldana were found and a local man was linked to their murders, residents were forced to face an evil in their midst. The killer was one of their own . . . Danny Hembree was far from being an upright, law-abiding citizen. But he was part of the fabric of the local scene, devoted to his mother and sister. No one saw him as a remorseless killer who preyed on those who trusted him. When questioned by police, Hembree didn't just play cat-and-mouse and then confess. He bragged. Taunted. Laughed about his merciless deeds. In The Killing Kind acclaimed, award-winning investigative crime journalist M. William Phelps delves into the background of Hembree's victims, bringing readers into their lives in intimate detail. With exclusive information from detectives and prosecutors, Phelps reconstructs the chilling clues that led to Hembree's arrest, and the media sensation surrounding his trial, mistrial, and ultimate conviction. As the victims' loved ones attempt to heal, Hembree continues to widen the scope of his crimes from behind bars. M. William Phelps draws on interviews and correspondence with the serial killer himself, bringing readers into the mind of a murderer - and into the heart of a real-life story of bloodshed, tears, and the long road to justice.
"Compelling . . . A chilling read." --Sydney Morning HeraldTwenty years ago, two children were kidnapped and left for dead.Raised by a master criminal, they grew up to become cops. Very unusual cops . . .Homicide detective Frank Bennett has an intriguing new partner. Dark, beautiful, coldly efficient, Eden Archer is one of the most enigmatic colleagues Frank has ever worked with--that includes her brother Eric, who's also on the Sydney Metro police force. All of them are tested to the core when a local man discovers a graveyard of large steel toolboxes lying at the bottom of the harbor. Each box contains a grisly trove of human body parts.For Frank, the madman's clues are a tantalizing puzzle. For Eden and Eric, the case holds chilling links to a scarred childhood--and a murderous mentor named Hades. But the true evil goes beyond the bloody handiwork of a serial killer...
Maxine Chandler and Mya Rivers were once the best of friends, sisters by choice. But distance and a series of misunderstandings came between them. Now, a fifteen-year class reunion cruise to the Caribbean could renew their powerful bond--just when they need it most.After heartbreak and tragedy, Maxi doesn't expect her shipboard romance with former high school rebel Christopher Chandler to be more than a sizzling distraction, but then he offers her a gift so profound she can't refuse it--even when it leaves her vulnerable to crushing loss. Mya, on the other hand, seems blessed with a perfect marriage, home, and beautiful twins. But Mya's work is taking over her life and another woman might be taking husband. . .As each couple struggles with the limits of love, loyalty, and trust, Mya and Maxi reclaim a deep and abiding friendship. . .one that will inspire them with courage to face the future, whatever it may bring. . . Praise For The Novels Of Brenda Jackson"This poignant love story is one special moment. You don't want to miss it." --Rendezvous on One Special Moment "Fantastic. . .Ms. Jackson as done it again!" --Romantic Times on Secret Love"A terrific book. . .Ms. Jackson brings passion and tenderness, faith and trust, together with friendship and family, and does it so well." --The Paperback Forum on Tonight and Forever
"Hard-hitting, nail-biting, sizzling drama." --RT Book Reviews Her past is back to haunt her--and it's hotter than ever. . .On the brink of a major promotion, Tamia Luke is within reach of the glitzy life she's always dreamed of--until her client, Dominic Archer, blackmails her into becoming his mistress, threatening to reveal her scandalous past. Tamia has no choice but to submit to his demands. But the tables turn when her hostility towards Dominic is replaced with insatiable lust. No man--including her boyfriend--has ever satisfied her the way he does. And as her infatuation grows, the closer she comes to losing everything--including her life. "Exposed is sexy, scandalous, and suspenseful." --Meesha Mink, author of Real Wifeys: Hustle Hard"A writer with a gift for erotica, mystery, and intrigue." --Romance in Color
"An immensely talented writer." -Cydney RaxOne by one, the infamous Gibbons sisters of Chesterton, Virginia, are giving up their gold digging ways--except the eldest, who's holding out for her seven figure man. But her heart may have less expensive tastes. . .Thanks to her cold-hearted ways with men, Cynthia Gibbons doesn't blame the folks in town for calling her the "Ice Queen." They don't know the secret she's kept for twenty years--that she once fell crazy in love with a guy who had no money, a guy who broke her heart in the worst possible way. But now Korey Walker is back in town, and Cynthia isn't sure how much longer she can keep the biggest secret of all--that she still loves him. With a divorce behind him, and his new auto repair shop thriving, Korey is looking to the future--until he sets eyes on Cynthia and the past comes roaring back. Even now, Korey doesn't understand Cynthia's hostility--after all, she's the one who broke his heart. He decides to ignore her--until he discovers that his teenage son has fallen for Cynthia's daughter. Determined to stop history from repeating itself, Korey and Cynthia will have to band together. But will keeping their kids apart bring them closer--or destroy their lives for good?"Ellis bubbles to the top with the Gibbons Gold Diggers series." --Publishers Weekly "From the first page to the last she keeps your interest by weaving a story that mixes love and deception." --RT Book Reviews on The Player & the Game
"A thrilling, hilarious, and mysterious romp." --Patricia Engel, author of It's Not Love, It's Just ParisTwo divorces have taught Mariela Estevez that she's better suited to being a mistress than a wife. Whose heart needs all that "forever after" trouble? Still, her affair with her married lover, Hector, has become problematic--especially because he's also a tenant in her apartment building in the heart of Miami's Calle Ocho in Little Havana. But when Hector is found dead just steps from Mariela's back door, on the eve of her fortieth birthday, she's forced to examine her life--and come up with a plan to save it, fast... Complicating matters, Hector's passing sparks the unexpected return of a gift Mariela rejected years ago and thought she'd never have to face again: clairvoyance. Suddenly, Mariela's visions come swiftly and unbidden, as do revelations about her other tenants. Lost loves, hidden yearnings, old jealousies--all reside on Calle Ocho. Most of all, Mariela's second sight awakens her not just to the truth about Hector's death and the secrets in others' lives--but to the possibilities blooming within her own. With warmth, wit, and insight, award-winning author Anjanette Delgado explores one woman's flawed but heartfelt attempt to live and love well, transporting readers to the center of contemporary Little Havana and a community of uniquely human, unforgettable characters. "The Clairvoyant of Calle Ocho reminds me of why I started reading in the first place--to be enchanted, to be carried away from my world and dropped into a world more vivid and incandescent. Anjanette Delgado loves her characters, even the miscreants, and makes us love them too." --John Dufresne, author of No Regrets, Coyote
Darcy, Tara and Lindsay are the best of friends who reconnect every summer for a few weeks of catching up and living easy. The summertime is anything but boring for these three strong women who indulge in the best of what's in season: romance, excitement and the time of their lives.
Samantha Shaw, owner of the Heart Males dating service, hates soccer. But she doesn't have a problem with settling scores--especially when deceitful ex-husbands are involved. So when Janie Tuggle, the former wife of town hero and championship-winning soccer coach Chad, asks her to investigate her embezzling ex, Sam dives right in. Turns out, the weasel is not only pocketing $16,000, but has been cheating on Janie at every opportunity. Exposing him will be a pleasure. But before Sam can make a call. Chad is found dead in his office--and Sam and Janie are both suspects. Detective Logan Vance is breathing down Sam's neck, her boyfriend and sleuthing partner Gabe Pulizzi is working the case for Chad's sexy former lover, Dara Reed, and unwelcome discoveries are springing up all over town. Netting the killer feels like a long shot, but as another cheating husband's crimes threaten Sam's business, her brand-new relationship, and even her life, the penalty for slipping up could be fatal.
You Never Know When The Right Guy Will Come Along. . .At least Ana Jacobs has a sense of humor. Between the constant struggle with her incredible shrinking wardrobe and her ever-expanding waistline, her boss the Big Weasel, and her current unrequited love, she needs every laugh she can get. Especially when it comes to Jason Hess. He's the gorgeous, green-eyed reason she joined the improv comedy group Iron Pyrits--and he's also one of her six housemates.Jason is everything Ana has always wanted in a man--he's sweet, responsible, funny, and beautiful to look at. In fact, whenever she does, the familiar zing inside seems to prove that he's the one. But getting him to fall for her hasn't been easy. Is it her size? Her nerves onstage? Or has she missed something that's been right in front of her all along? Maybe the zing factor isn't the most important thing. Maybe the kind of love that jumps out when you're least expecting it is. . .Praise for the Novels of Theresa Alan"A wonderful and fun read not to be missed!" --Chicklitbooks.com on The Girls' Global Guide to Guys"Reminiscent of Bridget Jones's Diary and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Alan's is a novel to be savored like a good box of chocolates." --Booklist on Who You Know
This study takes groups into the rich tapestry of Genesis exploring the interaction between God and very human people - pride, family relationships, conflict and journey all showcase the best known stories of Creation, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Rebekah and Joseph. The video reflects the drama of the Genesis stories, first with selected text dramatized by an actor, and then study writer, Peter Enns interviews a scholar to help unpack the meaning and the mystery in the stories. This is an excellent choice for adults with strong biblical background from Sunday school or personal study. Disciple Bible Study participants who want more focused time with 10 full weeks on Genesis will be a good candidates for this study. Sessions: 1. The Beginning. . . and What Went Wrong 2. Another Beginning: The Flood. . . and What Went Wrong 3. Another Beginning: Abraham and the Patriarchs 4. Abraham and a Glimpse to the Future 5. The Promise Fulfilled: Isaac 6. Another Beginning: Jacob and the Uneasy Birth of a People 7. Jacob: The Struggle Continues 8. Another New Beginning: Joseph and the Family of Israel 9. The Trek Into Egypt 10. An End and Another Beginning: Israel's Story Genesis 10 sessions, 60-90 minutes Experience required: Moderate Click here to read session one
Click here to read session one Invitation To the Old Testament8 sessions, 60-90 minutesExperience required: Moderate Explore the Old Testament's story of God and God's calling of the people of Israel through the many "voices" of the biblical text. Hear the magnificence of a Creation hymn, discover the law and wisdom teachings, listen to the warning of the prophets and explore the poetry of the Song of Solomon. In the two weekly video segments, first gain insight from biblical scholars and then take a visual tour of archaeological sites, ancient artifacts, and other physical remains, related to and illuminating scripture and events. Participants gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Old Testament as an integral part of the Christian Bible and a renewed discovery of our identity in God and God's vision for all things. This study is ideal for adults with a strong Sunday school or personal study background.Sessions:1. The Making of the Hebrew Bible2. The Creation Story of Israel3. Out of Bondage4. Promise and Problem in the Land5. Israel Has a King6. Division and the Rise of Prophecy7. Exile and Response8. Restoration and Renewal
In her wickedly funny debut novel, Alan introduces a trio of fast-lane friends trying to make sense of their love lives, the singles scene, careers, cyber dating, sleeping with coworkers, and everything in between.
Meet Venus Gilroy: twenty-five, carefree, irresistible, and with a nasty habit of getting hitched to the wrong guy. Husband No 1 would have been a winner, if it hadn't been for the forgery and embezzlement charges. As for husband No 2: well...meeting a husband in a strip bar could never end well. But now Venus has met the potential No 3, and he's the real deal. Isn't he? Surely sexy, rugged, principled Tremaynne is finally the right one for Venus? With her crazy family only to keen to weigh in with advice, it's time for Venus to learn for herself -- how you know that Mr Right! won't turn into Mr Wrong
She's not a psychic--she just plays one on TV.Most folks associate the city of Salem, Massachusetts with witches, but for Lee Barrett, it's home. This October she's returned to her hometown--where her beloved Aunt Ibby still lives--to interview for a job as a reporter at WICH-TV. But the only opening is for a call-in psychic to host the late night horror movies. It seems the previous host, Ariel Constellation, never saw her own murder coming. Lee reluctantly takes the job, but when she starts seeing real events in the obsidian ball she's using as a prop, she wonders if she might really have psychic abilities. To make things even spookier, it's starting to look like Ariel may have been an actual practicing witch--especially when O'Ryan, the cat Lee and Aunt Ibby inherited from her, exhibits some strange powers of his own. With Halloween fast approaching, Lee must focus on unmasking a killer--or her career as a psychic may be very short lived. . .
First In A New Series--With Recipes!There's no pussy-footing around murder . . .It's never too late to kick up your heels. Just ask Tina, Janice, Pat, Mary Louise, and Gini--aka the Happy Hoofers. After posting a video of their tap-dancing routine on the Internet, the leggy ladies find themselves booked to perform on a Russian river cruise up the Volga from Moscow to St. Petersburg. But when murder cuts in, the five fabulous friends find it's not so easy to tap their troubles away. A crew member has been killed, and a passenger is missing. With a killer on board, the Hoofers need to watch their step. But with a little fancy footwork, these soft-shoe sleuths may get a leg up on a killer who's cruising for a bruising. . .Includes Travel Tips And Tasty Recipes"A fun book! Travel tips, mystery, and recipes (and oh, are they good). What could be more delicious?" --Carole Bugge, author of Who Killed Blanche DuBois?
"Parker has readers engrossed in the world of shady characters, secrets, romance and lies." --APOOO BookClub Beautiful, brainy, and tough-as-nails, single mom and bail recovery agent turned sleuth Angel Crawford has a lot on her plate. But between crime-solving and kindergarten carpool, it's all in a day's work. . .Ordered to take a vacation, Angel gives in--and sets out to solve the mystery that's got her living on the edge: a disturbing delivery and haunting message that transports her back to the tragic day her fiancé, Gabriel Hwang, was murdered. Convinced the trail to the killer is no longer cold after six long years, Angel embarks on a hunt for the truth that propels her into Atlanta's secretive speakeasy society and a romp around a swamp with a handsome U.S. Marshal that may ruin her future with Pastor Justus Too-Hot-To-Be-Holy Morgan. That is, providing she has a future. . . . Praise for the novels of Miranda Parker"By far one of the most captivating books to read this summer, a page turner with super juicy plot twists." --Fiction Addict on Can't Keep a Bad Bride Down"Parker combines murder, romance, and church scandals amid plenty of suggestive sexuality." --Publishers Weekly on A Good Excuse to Be Bad
"An exhilarating novel that won't let readers down." --Books To MentionHow do you rob the bank where you work as a teller, plus get revenge on your shady ex, escape South Central L.A.--and get away with it all? If you're Trudy, aka "Trudy with the Booty," it's simple. . .Having recruited a posse of hustlers, car-jackers, and homewreckers who hang out at the seedy club where she sings after hours, Trudy is ready to launch the heist that will make them rich. That is, she's ready to play dumb behind the counter while her ex, Lil Steve, does the work--and then her home-girl robs him! It's a fool-proof plan--until greed, nerves, lust, and jealousy threaten to blow it. Soon Trudy is trapped in a fight for her life. And a scheme that was supposed to be easy becomes a pistol-whipping bout of wills, where only the strongest survive. "A great story unfolds in this wild and at times frightening read. . .An exhilarating novel that won't let readers down." --Books To Mention"One firecracker of a novel. . .plenty of action and suspense." --APOOO BookClub
Set against the vibrant and intrigue-laden backdrop of 1930s China, Mingmei Yip's enthralling novel explores one woman's defiant pursuit of independence.Spring Swallow was promised in marriage while still in her mother's belly. When the groom dies before a wedding can take place, seventeen-year-old Spring Swallow is ordered to become a ghost bride to appease his spirit. Under her in-laws' protection, she will be little more than a servant, unable to know real love or bear children. Refusing to accept her fate as a "bad-luck woman," Spring Swallow flees on her wedding day. In the city of Soochow, Spring Swallow joins a community of renowned embroiderers. The women work for Aunty Peony, whose exquisite stitching once earned her the Emperor's love. But when Aunty Peony agrees to replicate a famous painting--a lucrative assignment that will take a year to complete--betrayal and jealousy emerges within the group. Spring Swallow becomes entangled in each woman's story of heartbreak, even while she embarks on a dangerous affair with a young revolutionary. On a journey that leads from the remote hillsides around Soochow to cosmopolitan Peking, Spring Swallow draws on the secret techniques learned from Aunty Peony and her own indomitable strength, determined to forge a life that is truly her own. Praise For The Novels Of Mingmei Yip"A unique and enthralling style...flawless." -Baltimore Books Examiner on The Nine Fold Heaven"Surprising and often funny....Part epic, part coming-of-age story, part modern fairy tale." --Publishers Weekly on Song of the Silk Road"A serious, engaging story of faith, devotion, and the commingling of cultures." -Booklist on Petals From the Sky
Escaping the demands of Paris police work, Commissaire Capucine Le Tellier embarks on a well-deserved Mediterranean cruise. But wherever the renowned inspector goes, murder is sure to be close on the horizon. . .On the azure waters off the coasts of Corsica and Sardinia, what could be more relaxing and rewarding than traipsing around the Mediterranean enjoying the local culinary delights. Among the invited bon vivants are Capucine, her husband, the celebrated restaurant critic, her special agent cousin Jacques, a famed bar owner, and even her boss. To all appearances, the table is set for an affair to remember. In the midst of this pleasure cruise, Natalie, the yacht's cook, is lost overboard. A sudden squall is the assumed cause. But once a bullet hole is discovered in her jacket, suspicions quickly shift and the onboard bonhomie suffers accordingly. When a shell casing is uncovered that matches the gun Capucine is authorized to carry, for the first time in her stellar career, the hardworking detective finds herself the prime suspect. For Capucine, these are clearly not the deep waters she envisioned as part of her holiday. As the motives become murkier, the gifted Commissaire will need to harness all her powers of deduction to get to the bottom of the mystery--before she ends up at the bottom of the sea. Praise for Alexander Campion and the Capucine Culinary Mysteries"Francophiles love this series for its Parisian setting and police detective Capucine's culinary cases." --Library Journal"Delectable. . ..sure to please the most discriminating palates." --Publishers Weekly on Killer Critique"This intelligent series. . .will appeal to a diversity of readers. Devotees of G.M. Malliet and Charles Todd will especially enjoy this different and delicious series." --Booklist on Killer Critique"A feast of crime with a soupçon of gourmet delight." --RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars, on Crime Fraiche"Full of amusing characters. . ..Readers will want a second helping." --Publishers Weekly on The Grave Gourmet"This new series offers a uniquely blended mix of 'hooks' that will appeal to a wide variety of mystery lovers." --Booklist on he Grave Gourmet"Features lively dialogue, much discussion of culinary delights, a peek into the French criminal justice system, and a pleasing mystery." --Library Journal on The Grave Gourmet