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Fire

by Sebastian Junger

Forest fires, terrorism, war: explorations of danger by the author of The Perfect Storm. For readers and viewers of The Perfect Storm, opening this long-awaited new work by Sebastian Junger will be like stepping off the deck of the Andrea Gail and into the inferno of a fire burning out of control in the steep canyons of Idaho. Here is the same meticulous prose brought to bear on the inner workings of a terrifying elemental force; here is a cast of characters risking everything in an effort to bring that force under control. Few writers have been to so many desperate corners of the globe as has Sebastian Junger; fewer still have provided such starkly memorable evocations of characters and events. From the murderous mechanics of the diamond trade in Sierra Leone to the logic of guerrilla warfare in Afghanistan and the forensics of genocide in Kosovo, this new collection of Junger's nonfiction will take you places you wouldn't dream of going to on your own.

Mind of Winter

by Laura Kasischke

The critically acclaimed and bestselling author of The Raising returns with a haunting and shadowy thriller about the love between a mother and daughter.Something had followed them from Russia.On a snowy Christmas morning, Holly Judge awakens, the fragments of a nightmare--something so important that she must write it down--floating on the edge of her consciousness.Something had followed them from Russia.It was thirteen years ago that she and her husband, Eric, went to Siberia to adopt the sweet, dark-haired child they had wanted so desperately. How they laughed at the nurses of Pokrovka Orphanage #2 with their garlic and superstitions, and ignored their insistent warnings. After all, their fairy princess Tatiana--Baby Tatty--was perfect.As the snow falls, enveloping the world in its white silence, Holly senses that something is not right, and has never been right in the years since they brought their daughter home. Now Tatty is a dangerously beautiful, petulant, and often erratic teenager, and Holly feels there is something evil lurking within their house.She and Tatiana are alone. Eric is stuck on the roads, and none of the other guests for Christmas dinner will be able to make it through the snow. With each passing hour, the blizzard rages and Tatiana's mood darkens, her behavior becoming increasingly disturbing . . . until, in every mother's worst nightmare, Holly finds she no longer recognizes her daughter.

My Weirdest School #2: Ms. Cuddy Is Nutty!

by Dan Gutman Jim Paillot

With more than 8 million books sold, the My Weird School series really gets kids reading!In this second book in the new My Weirdest School series, the students of Ella Mentry School are about to get a wonderful gift--a million dollars! A.J. and the gang vote to create an in-school, state-of-the-art TV station so the morning announcements can be broadcast to all the classes. There's even enough money to hire Ms. Cuddy, a new digital media arts teacher who knows a thing or two about broadcasting. But soon Ms. Cuddy decides the ratings on the announcements are too low, and the show needs to "get more eyeballs." What could possibly go wrong?Perfect for reluctant readers and word lovers alike, Dan Gutman's hugely popular My Weird School series has something for everyone. Don't miss the hilarious adventures of A.J. and the gang.

A Deadly Wandering

by Matt Richtel

A landmark exploration of the vast and expanding impact of technology, rivetingly told through the lens of a deadly collisionOne of the year's most original and masterfully reported books, A Deadly Wandering by Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist Matt Richtel interweaves the cutting-edge science of attention with the tensely plotted story of a mysterious car accident and its aftermath to answer some of the defining questions of our time: What is technology doing to us? Can our minds keep up with the pace of change? How can we find balance? Through Richtel's beautifully constructed narrative, a complex and far-reaching topic becomes intimate and urgent--an important call to reexamine our own lives.On the last day of summer, an ordinary Utah college student named Reggie Shaw fatally struck two rocket scientists while texting and driving along a majestic stretch of highway bordering the Rocky Mountains. Richtel follows Reggie from the moment of the tragedy, through the police investigation, the state's groundbreaking prosecution (at the time there was little precedent to guide the court), and ultimately, Reggie's wrenching admission of responsibility. Richtel parallels Reggie's journey with leading-edge scientific findings regarding human attention and the impact of technology on our brains--showing how these devices, now thoroughly embedded into all aspects of our lives, play to our deepest social instincts and prey on parts of the brain that crave stimulation, creating loops of compulsion, even addiction. Remarkably, today Reggie is a leading advocate who has helped spark a national effort targeting distracted driving, and the arc of his story provides a window through which Richtel pursues actionable solutions to help manage this crisis individually and as a society. A propulsive read filled with fascinating scientific detail, riveting narrative tension, and rare emotional depth, A Deadly Wandering is a book that can change--and save--lives.

The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane

by Elizabeth Boyle

In New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Boyle's fourth novel in the Rhymes With Love series, a resolute young woman goes toe-to-toe with the Beast of MayfairShe has no desire for love . . . As she arrives in Mayfair, Louisa Tempest is horrified when her incorrigible cat bolts from the carriage and dashes into a neighbor's house, where she comes face-to-face with the reclusive Viscount Wakefield. But even more dismaying than his foul temper is the disarray in which she finds his home. Convinced his demeanor would improve if his household were in order, Louisa resolves to put everything to rights.. . . until she meets the viscount who lives down the lane Much to his chagrin, Wakefield finds it impossible to keep the meddling Louisa out of his home, invading his daily life with her "improvements," and his nights with the tempting desires she sparks inside him. Wounded in the war, he's scorned society ever since his return . . . until Louisa opens the door to his heart and convinces him to give love a second chance.

Root to Leaf

by Steven Satterfield

Eat More Vegetables.Chef of the award-winning Atlanta restaurant Miller Union, Steven Satterfield--dubbed the "Vegetable Shaman" by theNew York Times' Sam Sifton--has enchanted diners with his vegetable dishes, capturing the essence of fresh produce through a simple, elegant cooking style. Like his contemporaries April Bloomfield and Fergus Henderson, who use the whole animal from nose to tail in their dishes, Satterfield believes in making the most out of the edible parts of the plant, from root to leaf. Satterfield embodies an authentic approach to farmstead-inspired cooking, incorporating seasonal fresh produce into everyday cuisine. His trademark is simple food and in his creative hands he continually updates the region's legendary dishes--easy yet sublime fare that can be made in the home kitchen.Root to Leaf is not a vegetarian cookbook, it's a cookbook that celebrates the world of fresh produce. Everyone, from the omnivore to the vegan, will find something here. Organized by seasons, and with a decidedly Southern flair, Satterfield's collection mouthwatering recipes make the most of available produce from local markets, foraging, and the home garden. A must-have for the home cook, this beautifully designed cookbook, with its stunning color photographs, elevates the bounty of the fruit and vegetable kingdom as never before.

Moonlight on Butternut Lake

by Mary Mcnear

New York Times bestselling author Mary McNear takes us home to Butternut Lake, where the townspeople are sure to look after anyone they consider their own. . .Mila Jones has fled the big city seeking a safe haven on the serene shores of Butternut Lake. Her position looking after Reid Ford is more than a job. It's a chance at a fresh start. And although her sullen patient does everything he can to make her quit, Mila refuses to give up on him.But Mila isn't the only one needing refuge. Haunted by the car accident that nearly killed him, Reid has hidden himself away. He wants Mila to just leave him alone. And he wishes the whole town would stop looking after his well-being.Against all odds, Mila slowly draws Reid out. Soon they form a tentative, yet increasingly deeper bond with each other, as well as becoming part of the day-to-day fabric of Butternut Lake itself. But the world has a way of intruding, even in such a serene place . . . and when Mila's violent husband forces his way back into her life, she and Reid are compelled to face down the past.

The Eternal World

by Christopher Farnsworth

If you could live forever, what would you die for?Five hundred years ago, a group of Spanish conquistadors searching for gold, led by a young and brilliant commander named Simón de Oliveras y Seixas, land in the New World. What they find in the sunny and humid swamps of this uncharted land is a treasure far more valuable: the Fountain of Youth. The Spaniards slaughter the Water Clan of the Uzita, the Native American tribe that guards the precious liquid that will keep the conquistadors young for centuries. But one of them escapes: Shako, the chief's fierce and beautiful daughter, who swears to avenge her people--a blood oath that spans more than five centuries.When the source of the fountain is destroyed in our own time, the loss threatens Simon and his men, and the powerful, shadowy empire of wealth and influence they have built. For help, they turn to David Robinton, a scientific prodigy who believes he is on the verge of the greatest medical breakthrough of all time. But as the centuries-old war between Shako and Simon reaches its final stages, David makes a horrifying discovery about his employers and the mysterious and exotic woman he loves. Now the scientist must decide: Is he a pawn in a game of immortals . . . or will he be its only winner?

The Siege Winter

by Ariana Franklin Samantha Norman

England, 1141. The countryside is devastated by a long civil war that has left thousands dead. With no clear winner in the conflict, castles and villages change hands from month to month as the English king, Stephen, and his cousin, the empress Matilda, battle for the crown.Emma is the eleven-year-old redheaded daughter of a peasant family. When mercenaries pass through their town, they bring with them a monk with a deadly interest in young redheaded girls. Left for dead in a burned-out church, Emma is one more victim in a winter of atrocities until another mercenary, Gwil, an archer, finds her by chance. Barely alive, she cannot remember her name or her life before the attack. Unable to simply abandon her, Gwil takes her with him, dressing her as a boy to avoid attention. Emma becomes Penda--and Penda turns out to have a killer instinct with a bow and arrow. But Gwil becomes uneasily aware that the monk who hurt his protégée is still out there, and that a scrap of a letter Emma was found clutching could be very valuable to the right person . . . or the wrong one.Maud is the fifteen-year-old chatelaine of Kenniford, a small but strategically important castle she's determined to protect as the war rages around them. But when Maud provides refuge for the empress, Stephen's armies lay siege to Kenniford Castle and Maud must prove that she's every bit the leader her father was. Aided by a garrison of mercenaries-- including Gwil and his odd, redheaded apprentice--they must survive a long winter under siege. It's a brutal season that brings everyone to Kenniford, from kings to soldiers to the sinister monk who has never stopped hunting the redheaded girl . . .

Terms of Service

by Jacob Silverman

Social networking has grown into a staple of modern society, but its continued evolution is becoming increasingly detrimental to our lives. Shifts in communication and privacy are affecting us more than we realize or understand. Terms of Service crystalizes this current moment in technology and contemplates its implications: the identity-validating pleasures and perils of online visibility; our newly adopted view of daily life through the lens of what is share-worthy; and the surveillance state operated by social media platforms--Facebook, Google, Twitter, and others--to mine our personal data for advertising revenue, an invasion of our lives that is as pervasive as government spying.Jacob Silverman calls for social media users to take back ownership of their digital selves from the Silicon Valley corporations who claim to know what's best for them. Integrating politics, sociology, national security, pop culture, and technology, he reveals the surprising conformity at the heart of Internet culture--explaining how social media companies engineer their products to encourage shallow engagement and discourage dissent. Reflecting on the collapsed barriers between our private and public lives, Silverman brings into focus the inner conflict we feel when deciding what to share and what to "like," and explains how we can take the steps we need to free ourselves from its grip.

The Night Visitor

by Dianne Emley

In bestselling author Dianne Emley's chilling new paranormal thriller, a beautiful woman's romantic past comes back to haunt her in the form of an otherworldly visitor seeking justice. Gorgeous and successful, Rory Langtry seemed to have it all. Daughter of a movie star and sister of a supermodel, Rory was engaged to sexy artist, Junior Lara. But her bright future went dark one terrible, bloody night that left her sister dead and the accused murderer--Junior--in an extended coma. Now, five years later, Rory appears to have put the past behind her. She has a wonderful new fiancé and heads a successful cosmetics company. Yet dark secrets threaten. Across town, Junior lies close to death but before he departs he seeks to clear his name. It starts with a feeling. It turns into a vision. Soon Rory is having sensations that only Junior could experience--from the horrifying to the erotic. Then she learns details about the awful night that only Junior could know, newfound knowledge with potentially fatal consequences. When another act of violence rocks her family, Rory plunges deeper into the unsolved mystery, led by an inexplicable visitor to a dangerous time and place where all will be revealed at last. But until then, Junior will not let her go.Praise for Dianne Emley and The Night Visitor "The Night Visitor grabbed my attention on page one and never let up. It's a creepy, crafty thrill ride, and I enjoyed every word. I'll be looking for more of Dianne Emley's books."--Karen Robards, New York Times bestselling author of Her Last Whisper "A taut, gripping paranormal thriller from page one. You won't be able to put this book down as Rory--a woman who has everything--fears all she believes is a lie. Excellent!"--Allison Brennan, New York Times bestselling author of Maximum Exposure "Emley masterfully twists, turns, and shocks."--Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestelling author of Last to Die, on Love Kills

Skinny Habits

by Greg Critser Bob Harper

Bob Harper lets us in on the secret behaviors of people who not only lose weight but keep the pounds off for good--and make it look easy. In Bob Harper's #1 New York Times bestselling book The Skinny Rules, the trusted trainer and coach of NBC's The Biggest Loser laid out the twenty nonnegotiable eating rules for getting thin. In the process of helping countless men and women reach their weight loss goals, Harper has noticed six fundamental patterns in the lifestyle choices of those who succeed long-term--from the unique way they plan ahead to how they organize their environment and social calendars to even the way they dress. With his signature authority, colorful stories, and real-world solutions, Harper draws on the most up-to-date research related to habit formation, neuroplasticity, and cognitive behavioral psychology to show how feeding your brain--"the muscle between your ears"--can wield as much control over your weight as what you put in your mouth. With anecdotes about his clients, guided steps for adopting your new practices, and tips for integrating them into your own daily routine, Skinny Habits has everything you need to shape your body and your life!From the Hardcover edition.

Bared

by Stacey Kennedy

In a novel that's perfect for fans of Fifty Shades of Grey, Stacey Kennedy returns to Club Sin with another wicked and wild tale of submission, seduction, and love. At Las Vegas's exclusive Club Sin, Aidan Knight is the Master, unleashing the erotic yearnings of his submissive lovers. But his dominant façade conceals a devastating loss--something he instantly recognizes in his personally trained submissive Cora Adams. Sworn to unearth her secrets, Aidan uses his seductive skills to ignite her wildest desires until Cora yields to the pleasure she can find only with him. Cora came to the BDSM club to act out her sub-and-dom fantasies without ever revealing the heartbreak that haunts her. But Aidan's masterful touch is bringing her closer to the edge . . . and deeper into a world of control and surrender. He refuses to allow her to submit to any other man--nor does she want to. It's a dangerous game they're playing. For as they give in to passion, they must lay bare their souls for a love that could heal--and free--them both. Bared is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences. Advance praise for Bared "Bared is a seductively haunting tale of control and surrender that will tantalize existing fans of the series while enticing new readers into the passionate world of Club Sin."--Eliza Gayle, New York Times bestselling author of Submissive Beauty"Bared is a hot blend of raw sensuality, and Stacey Kennedy is an author to watch!"--Eden Bradley, author of The Dark Garden and Dangerously Bound Praise for Stacey Kennedy's Claimed "Claimed sucked me in! Stacey Kennedy weaves together the intense BDSM lifestyle with the soft touch of a sweeter, more traditional love story in a novel with an engaging heroine at its heart."--J. Kenner, New York Times bestselling author of Release Me "Deliciously sexy, Claimed will captivate you at once, leading you on an erotic journey that you won't want to end. A fabulous talent, Kennedy shines in this fast-paced and exciting novel."--New York Times bestselling author Cheyenne McCray "Tender, emotional--and smoking hot!"--Savanna Fox, author of the Dirty Girls Book Club series Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from other Loveswept titles.

Unforgiven

by Lori Adams

Otherworldly desire and paranormal action reach new heights in the final installment of The Soulkeepers. As Sophia St. James moves Heaven and Hell to claim her destiny, questions are answered, secrets are revealed--and immortal love is tested. After finally becoming a powerful Spirit Walker, Sophia St. James is shocked to discover that her conjured identical twin, Ka--along with her soul--have been dragged down to Hell by the relentless Demon Knight Dante. Sophia tries to hide the crisis, but there is little hope of keeping any secrets from her red-hot Guardian Angel. Growing suspicious, Michael has been making plans of his own that will bind him and Sophia together forever. But Sophia is plagued with evil visions through Ka's experiences in Hell. She is terrified that Dante will discover he has taken the wrong Sophia. Desperate to return to her original state before she withers away and dies, she risks everything to go where Michael can't follow. To bring back Ka and save her own soul, Sophia must now enter the gates of Hell.Praise for Unforgiven "Incredibly sweet and sultry . . . I love Lori Adams's writing."--TJ Loves to Read "With tons of action, hot romance and characters you can't help but love and love to hate, Unforgiven is a definite must-read that I would highly recommend to any fans of paranormal romance."--The Avid Book Collector (five stars) "Lori knows how to pack the excitement, conflict, and romance all into one."--Jess Time to Read . . . "I know you would all get as much enjoyment out of it as I did. This book of course gets five very sweet kisses from me."--Sassy Moms Say Read Romance Praise for The Soulkeepers "In a clash between heaven and hell, no one raises the heat like Spirit Walker Sophia and her Guardian Angel, Michael."--Cecy Robson, award-winning author of the Weird Girls series "As romantic as it is addictive, with witty writing, an action-packed plot, and a face-fanning romance all in one, The Soulkeepers is quickly becoming one of my favorite paranormal series."--Cassie Mae, author of The Real Thing "If you are looking for an amazing and unique paranormal romance that never has a dull moment, has an intense love triangle, fabulous characters, and a captivating, action-filled plot, then look no further than this highly addictive series."--The Avid Book Collector

Sinful

by Joan Johnston

For readers of Linda Lael Miller and Susan Mallery comes New York Times bestselling author Joan Johnston's sizzling contemporary Western romance, where power, money, and rivalries rule--and love is the best revenge. WHILE HE SEEKS A HAVEN, SHE SEARCHES FOR A PLACE TO CALL HOME After a tragic accident leaves Delta sergeant Connor Flynn a widower, he faces the toughest fight of his life: battling his in-laws for custody of his two young children. To win he'll need a make-believe bride to take care of the kids while he runs his Wyoming ranch. Who better than a woman he already knows and likes--his late wife's best friend? Ruthlessly forced from her home by her powerful father, King Grayhawk, Eve needs somewhere to go . . . and so does the herd of wild mustangs she's rescued. Connor's offer sounds like the answer to a prayer. But Eve has a guilty secret she's guarded for years: She's always been in love with Connor. Now forced to live under the same roof as her heart's desire, Eve must hide the love that has never died, while Connor vows to resist his growing need for a woman who was forbidden fruit during his marriage. Can two lonely people set adrift by fate and haunted by guilt find redemption in the healing embrace of love?Praise for Sinful "Romance steams up . . . in this strong contemporary trilogy opener. . . . [Joan] Johnston's effortless storytelling propels the novel forward with plenty of emotional struggle and sizzling sex."--Publishers Weekly "Smart, sexy and satisfying . . . A tense, sensual and conflicted love story set against an epic family drama."--Kirkus Reviews "Johnston does a wonderful job of tugging on some emotional heartstrings while simultaneously developing a fiery passion. Connor and Eve are lovable characters who fight hard for their happily ever after."--RT Book Reviews "Johnston captivates with Sinful . . . There are plenty of subplots, family dysfunction, the feud, rescue horses, a ranch for vets, single parenthood . . . I could go on and on, but the emotion rules them all! Contemporary Western at its best!"--Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales and Fantasy "A wondrous story about love, family and commitment . . . Johnston makes it impossible to avoid getting caught up in this amazing family drama."--Fresh Fiction "Eve and Connor's story was so emotional . . . If you need a story about having a second chance at finding that special someone, this book is perfect."--Harlequin JunkieFrom the Paperback edition.

A Penny for the Hangman

by Tom Savage

In Tom Savage's chilling novel of suspense, an ambitious reporter is beckoned to an island paradise for the story of a lifetime. But this scoop might just be the death of her. Fifty years ago, on the Caribbean island of St. Thomas, two teenagers born to privilege were convicted of slaughtering their parents in cold blood. Today the men are free and a Hollywood movie has been made about the murders. For Karen Tyler, an eager New York journalist, the case is irresistible. She has been invited to the Virgin Islands for an interview that's too good to pass up . . . and sounds too good to be true. Karen packs her bikini and her digital recorder and follows an ingeniously designed trail that leads her to a wealthy, mysterious figure. The man claims to be one of the notorious boys, but Karen soon learns that all is not as it seems. On this isolated utopia of sun and surf, a young reporter far from home fights for the truth--and for her life. Because the shocking secret behind the infamous atrocities has remained hidden all these years. And the killing isn't over yet.Praise for A Penny for the Hangman "Tom Savage spins a web of suspense into this tale of far-off climes, interweaving letters, newspaper accounts, and diary fragments for a pulled-from-the-headlines feel. In Cold Blood meets 'The Most Dangerous Game,' A Penny for the Hangman is a predator-and-prey chase that takes the reader to a tropical paradise, and reveals the steaming underbelly it hides."--Jenny Milchman, award-winning author of Cover of SnowPraise for Tom Savage "Savage knows the mystery novel inside and out, and it shows on every page."--James Patterson "Tom Savage is becoming a master of the high-speed thriller."--Michael Connelly "Tom Savage is a very gifted writer who creates living, breathing characters, wonderful dialogue, and mesmerizing tension."--Nelson DeMille "Savage writes with fierce energy, piercing holes in the shredding fabric of our society, where no one is safe, no one is free from harm."--Lorenzo Carcaterra

House of Echoes

by Brendan Duffy

In this enthralling and atmospheric thriller, one young family's dream of a better life is about to become a nightmare. Ben and Caroline Tierney and their two young boys are hoping to start over. Ben has hit a dead end with his new novel, Caroline has lost her banking job, and eight-year-old Charlie is being bullied at his Manhattan school. When Ben inherits land in the village of Swannhaven, in a remote corner of upstate New York, the Tierneys believe it's just the break they need, and they leave behind all they know to restore a sprawling estate. But as Ben uncovers Swannhaven's chilling secrets and Charlie ventures deeper into the surrounding forest, strange things begin to happen. The Tierneys realize that their new home isn't the fresh start they needed . . . and that the village's haunting saga is far from over. House of Echoes is a novel that shows how sometimes the ties that bind us are the only things that can keep us whole.Praise for House of Echoes "Shades of The Shining are spattered through Brendan Duffy's debut novel--a large isolated house, a young family, nutty and somewhat supernatural goings-on--but House of Echoes grounds itself in different ways for an enjoyable read."--USA Today "An exquisite novel . . . expertly plotted, beautifully written . . . It's complex, deft and, once you dive in, you want to stay in this often-scary world. . . . This is a book that deserves to be savored."--The Star-Ledger "Duffy's debut is a riveting blend of horror and family drama. The remote location, creepy townspeople and the village's savage history produce a harrowing tale that keeps readers quickly turning the pages. As this complex family struggles with mental illness and their child's isolation, their redemption comes in the revelation that they can survive anything together."--RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars) "Duffy expertly builds suspense, leaving readers eager to know what happens while simultaneously dreading the outcome. This creepy page-turner will appeal to fans of Stephen King and anyone who loves a good ghost story."--Library Journal "House of Echoes is one of those stories where you know something bad is going to happen, but you hope it won't. It's one you'll remember long after reading the last page."--New York Journal of Books"Duffy walks a fine line between crime and horror, skillfully manipulating the threats of a punishing winter, creepy historic setting, and strange villagers. . . . This unsettling, atmospheric tale is right up the alley of those who enjoyed Jennifer McMahon's Winter People."--Booklist (starred review) "A fluid, suspenseful yet subtle thriller, with touches of humor, evocative writing, and characters that are both familiar and uniquely fascinating. A wonderfully tense and heart-wrenching debut."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"House of Echoes is that rare debut that grabs the reader by the lapels with both hands and never lets go. It's compelling, brooding, atmospheric, and propulsive--and it accomplishes something frightening and unique: a portrayal of the great outdoors as beautiful, amoral, and claustrophobic at the same time. It will stay with you long after you read the last page, and it may very well haunt your dreams."--C. J. Box, New York Times bestselling author of EndangeredFrom the Hardcover edition.

Play Me #5: Play Me Right

by Tracy Wolff

Good things never have to end. Tracy Wolff, the New York Times bestselling author of Ruined and Addicted, brings her eBook original serial to an unforgettable climax in Play Me's sensational finale . . . for now. My name is Aria Winston. I've fought desperately to escape the seedy underbelly of Las Vegas. Now I'm in control of my own life and my own destiny . . . but my future belongs to Sebastian Caine. Technically, Aria may still be in one piece, but she's feeling pretty damn close to broken. While she knows Sebastian would die before hurting her, their intense, steamy encounters have opened up old wounds in them both. Now Aria is considering the unthinkable: walking away again--this time to save Sebastian from the pain she knows her past will cause him. But Sebastian's the one who set her free in the first place--how can she not show him the same care and compassion? Because, in the end, being together forever is the only thing that feels right. Play Me is intended for mature audiences.Praise for Play Me "The chemistry between Sebastian and Aria makes for a hot read. . . . Readers will be compelled to follow their journey together, hoping this pair will ultimately find trust and redemption."--Library Journal"I love Tracy Wolff's writing style. . . . Her words are smooth, the suspense is addictive, and her love scenes are scorching."--iScream Books "Hot is not the right word to describe this book. It was blazing! . . . I am hooked on the Play Me series. I can't wait to see where this story is going to lead."--Smut Book Junkie Book Reviews "This whole Play Me series totally got to me. The characters were believable, the sexual tension and their chemistry was amazing, and the overall story and plot was compelling."--(un)Conventional Bookviews "Tracy does an excellent job of making these characters feel real and helping the reader connect. . . . The chemistry is still smoking hot and sexy as ever with these two."--Summer's Book Blog "I loved both of the characters and can easily see myself getting sucked in the further I get along."--Love Between the Sheets Praise for Tracy Wolff's Ruined "Tracy Wolff knows how to steam up the pages, and she proves it again in Ruined. If you're looking for a hot read, curl up with Ethan Frost."--New York Times and USA Today bestselling author J. Kenner "Fall in love under the spell of a master. Tracy Wolff knows how to keep you panting for more and utterly satisfied all at once."--New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Beth Kery "Fans of Fifty Shades of Grey will love Tracy Wolff's Ruined! Heat sizzles off the page and the oh-so-sexy Ethan Frost will make you swoon!"--USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy "No matter what Tracy Wolff writes, I'm hooked! Ruined is a fabulously sexy story full of passion, intense emotion, and hope. When it comes to billionaire bad boys that are to die for, Ethan Frost is in a delicious league of his own."--Bestselling author Virna DePaul

Play Me #4: Play Me Real

by Tracy Wolff

How do you know when something's real? In the steamy fourth installment of an eBook original serial from the New York Times bestselling author of Ruined and Addicted, a devastating betrayal unravels a fierce yet tender connection. My name is Aria Winston. I've fought desperately to escape the seedy underbelly of Las Vegas. Now I'm on my own, in control of my own life and my own destiny . . . just the way I like it. Until Sebastian Caine changes everything. Aria has learned to play Sebastian's game. She's given him control, taken it back, and let him push her farther than she ever imagined she could go. But when Sebastian's past comes to light, Aria receives a glimpse behind the facade--a revelation that disturbs her even as it makes her feel closer to this simmering, complicated man. Finally she comes to understand the real reason why Sebastian feels the need to dominate everything in his path. But Aria has a tortured history, too. And together they're a dangerous combination. Now she's the one pushing Sebastian to the breaking point . . . and if one of them burns up, they'll both go down together. Play Me is intended for mature audiences. Aria and Sebastian's story concludes in Play Me: Right.Praise for Play Me "The chemistry between Sebastian and Aria makes for a hot read. . . . Readers will be compelled to follow their journey together, hoping this pair will ultimately find trust and redemption."--Library Journal"I love Tracy Wolff's writing style. . . . Her words are smooth, the suspense is addictive, and her love scenes are scorching."--iScream Books "Hot is not the right word to describe this book. It was blazing! . . . I am hooked on the Play Me series. I can't wait to see where this story is going to lead."--Smut Book Junkie Book Reviews "This whole Play Me series totally got to me. The characters were believable, the sexual tension and their chemistry was amazing, and the overall story and plot was compelling."--(un)Conventional Bookviews "Tracy does an excellent job of making these characters feel real and helping the reader connect. . . . The chemistry is still smoking hot and sexy as ever with these two."--Summer's Book Blog "I loved both of the characters and can easily see myself getting sucked in the further I get along."--Love Between the Sheets Praise for Tracy Wolff's Ruined "Tracy Wolff knows how to steam up the pages, and she proves it again in Ruined. If you're looking for a hot read, curl up with Ethan Frost."--New York Times and USA Today bestselling author J. Kenner "Fall in love under the spell of a master. Tracy Wolff knows how to keep you panting for more and utterly satisfied all at once."--New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Beth Kery "Fans of Fifty Shades of Grey will love Tracy Wolff's Ruined! Heat sizzles off the page and the oh-so-sexy Ethan Frost will make you swoon!"--USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy "No matter what Tracy Wolff writes, I'm hooked!"--Bestselling author Virna DePaul

Play Me #3: Play Me Hard

by Tracy Wolff

No one ever said love is easy. In the third installment of an eBook original serial from the New York Times bestselling author of Ruined and Addicted, Aria and Sebastian discover that building trust might be harder than they ever imagined. My name is Aria Winston. I've fought desperately to escape the seedy underbelly of Las Vegas. Now I'm on my own, in control of my own life and my own destiny . . . just the way I like it. Until Sebastian Caine changes everything. Ever since taking Aria under his wing and into his seductive domain, Sebastian hasn't been able to think straight. Their chemistry is intoxicating. Their power exchange is exhilarating. And the sex leaves them both absolutely exhausted. But if there's one thing Sebastian does know, it's that he needs to protect this strong yet vulnerable woman. Because she has depths that are unknown--even to her. Aria has worked hard to establish herself as anything but submissive. That isn't who she is, or who she wants to be. So why does it feel so sweet to give up control . . . and so intense when Sebastian takes care of needs she doesn't even realize she has? But he has needs of his own--and secrets that run just as dark and deep as Aria's. Play Me is intended for mature audiences. Aria and Sebastian's story continues in Play Me: Real.Praise for Play Me "The chemistry between Sebastian and Aria makes for a hot read. . . . Readers will be compelled to follow their journey together, hoping this pair will ultimately find trust and redemption."--Library Journal"I love Tracy Wolff's writing style. . . . Her words are smooth, the suspense is addictive, and her love scenes are scorching."--iScream Books "Hot is not the right word to describe this book. It was blazing! . . . I am hooked on the Play Me series. I can't wait to see where this story is going to lead."--Smut Book Junkie Book Reviews "This whole Play Me series totally got to me. The characters were believable, the sexual tension and their chemistry was amazing, and the overall story and plot was compelling."--(un)Conventional Bookviews "Tracy does an excellent job of making these characters feel real and helping the reader connect. . . . The chemistry is still smoking hot and sexy as ever with these two."--Summer's Book Blog "I loved both of the characters and can easily see myself getting sucked in the further I get along."--Love Between the Sheets Praise for Tracy Wolff's Ruined "Tracy Wolff knows how to steam up the pages, and she proves it again in Ruined. If you're looking for a hot read, curl up with Ethan Frost."--New York Times and USA Today bestselling author J. Kenner "Fall in love under the spell of a master. Tracy Wolff knows how to keep you panting for more and utterly satisfied all at once."--New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Beth Kery "Fans of Fifty Shades of Grey will love Tracy Wolff's Ruined! Heat sizzles off the page and the oh-so-sexy Ethan Frost will make you swoon!"--USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy "No matter what Tracy Wolff writes, I'm hooked!"--Bestselling author Virna DePaul

The Ticking Is the Bomb: A Memoir

by Nick Flynn

"A beautiful, intelligent book that renders pain both ordinary and extraordinary into art."--Susanna Sonnenberg, San Francisco Chronicle In 2007, during the months before Nick Flynn's daughter's birth, his growing outrage and obsession with torture, exacerbated by the Abu Ghraib photographs, led him to Istanbul to meet some of the Iraqi men depicted in those photos. Haunted by a history of addiction, a relationship with his unsteady father, and a longing to connect with his mother who committed suicide, Flynn artfully interweaves in this memoir passages from his childhood, his relationships with women, and his growing obsession--a questioning of terror, torture, and the political crimes we can neither see nor understand in post-9/11 American life. The time bomb of the title becomes an unlikely metaphor and vehicle for exploring the fears and joys of becoming a father. Here is a memoir of profound self-discovery--of being lost and found, of painful family memories and losses, of the need to run from love, and of the ability to embrace it again.

Hot Stuff: Disco and the Remaking of American Culture

by Alice Echols

Disco thumps back to life in this pulsating look at the culture and politics that gave rise to the music. In the 1970s, as the disco tsunami engulfed America, the question, "Do you wanna dance?" became divisive, even explosive. What was it about this music that made it such hot stuff? In this incisive history, Alice Echols reveals the ways in which disco, assumed to be shallow and disposable, permanently transformed popular music, propelling it into new sonic territory and influencing rap, techno, and trance. This account probes the complex relationship between disco and the era's major movements: gay liberation, feminism, and African American rights. But it never loses sight of the era's defining soundtrack, spotlighting the work of precursors James Brown and Isaac Hayes, its dazzling divas Donna Summer and the women of Labelle, and some of its lesser-known but no less illustrious performers like Sylvester. You'll never say "disco sucks" again after reading this fascinating account of the music you thought you hated but can't stop dancing to.

Is Life Like This?: A Guide to Writing Your First Novel in Six Months

by John Dufresne

"[Dufresne's] generous, wise, cajoling, stern, and compassionate voice will get you working right away."--Brad Watson "Writing a novel," says John Dufresne, "is not as easy as you may have thought before you tried. But it's also not as difficult as you imagined." Dufresne's smart, practical, hard-nosed guide is for the person who has always wanted to write a novel but has been daunted by the sometimes chaotic, always challenging writing process. A patient teacher and experienced writer, Dufresne focuses his expertise and good humor on helping aspiring novelists take their first tentative steps. His six-month program variously calls attention to the key elements of good fiction writing and offers exercises that are designed to sharpen writers' command of novel-length storytelling. After six months of guided writing, the users of this book will finish what might have once seemed impossible--a rich and compelling first draft of a novel. Is Life Like This? may well be the most important addition to the aspiring writer's library.

Robert Frost: Speaking on Campus: Excerpts from His Talks, 1949-1962

by Robert Frost David M. Shribman Edward Connery Lathem

"Frost was the first American who could be honestly reckoned a master-poet by world standards."--Robert Graves Robert Frost's poetry has triumphantly survived him, but most readers today have not known him in one of his most significant capacities--as teacher and lecturer. Here, collected for the first time, are excerpts from forty-six of his presentations delivered to students at more than thirty academic institutions over three decades. Frost's topics include: "What I think I'm doing when I write a poem," "Getting up things to say for yourself," "The future of the world," "Fall in love at sight," and "Not freedom from, but freedom of." Gathered by Edward Connery Lathem, editor of The Poetry of Robert Frost, and introduced by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David M. Shribman, Robert Frost: Speaking on Campus reveals Frost in the setting of both classroom and lecture hall, where he inspired thousands.

The Music Room: A Memoir

by William Fiennes

A bittersweet description of an ancient family house in an enchanted setting, and of growing up with a damaged brother. William Fiennes spent his childhood in a moated castle, the perfect environment for a child with a brimming imagination. It is a house alive with history, beauty, and mystery, but the young boy growing up in it is equally in awe of his brother Richard. Eleven years older and a magnetic presence, Richard suffers from severe epilepsy. His illness influences the rhythms of the family and the house's internal life, and his story inspires a journey, interwoven with a loving recollection, toward an understanding of the mind. This is a song of home, of an adored brother and the miracle of consciousness. The chill of dark historical places coexists with the warmth and chatter of the family kitchen; the surrounding landscapes are distinguished by ancient trees, secret haunts, the moat's depths and temptations. Bursting with tender detail, The Music Room is a sensuous tribute to place, memory, and the permanence of love.

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