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The Archer Files

by Ross Macdonald Tom Nolan

No matter what cases private eye Lew Archer takes on--a burglary, a runaway, or a disappeared person--the trail always leads to tangled family secrets and murder. Widely considered the heir to Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe, Archer dug up secrets and bodies in and around Los Angeles. Here, The Archer Files collects all the Lew Archer short stories ever published, along with thirteen unpublished "case notes" and a fascinating biographical profile of Archer by Edgar Award finalist Tom Nolan. Ross Macdonald's signature staccato prose is the real star throughout this collection, which is both a perfect introduction for the newcomer and a must-have for the Macdonald aficionado.From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Outlandish Companion

by Diana Gabaldon

New York Times bestselling author Diana Gabaldon has captured the hearts of millions with her critically acclaimed novels, Outlander. Dragonfly In Amber, Voyager, and Drums Of Autumn. From the moment Claire Randall accidentally steps through a magical stone that transports her back in time more than 200 years to 1743, and into the arms of Scottish soldier Jamie Fraser, readers have been enthralled with this epic saga of time travel, adventure, and love everlasting.Now Diana Gabaldon has written the ultimate companion guide to her bestselling series, the book only she could write - a beautifully illustrated compendium of all things Outlandish. As a special bonus for those who are eagerly awaiting the next appearance of Jamie and Claire, she includes never - before - published excerpts from upcoming works in the series. And there's lots more in this lavish keepsake volume for the many devoted fans who yearn to learn the stories behind the stories:* Full synopses of Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, and Drums of Autumn * A complete listing of the characters in all four novels, including extensively researched family trees and genealogical notes* Professionally cast horoscopes for Jamie and Claire* A comprehensive glossary and pronunciation guide to Gaelic terms and usage* The fully explicated Gabaldon Theory of Time Travel* Frequently asked questions to the author and her (sometimes surprising) answers* An annotated bibliography* Tips, personal stories - even a recipe or two* Essays about medicine and magic in the eighteenth century, researching historical fiction, and moreWith the insight, humor, and eye for detail that has made her novels such an outstanding success story. Diana Gabaldon here gives her readers the best gift of all--The Outlandish Companion.From the Hardcover edition.

Fur, Fortune, and Empire: The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America

by Eric Jay Dolin

A Seattle Times selection for one of Best Non-Fiction Books of 2010 Winner of the New England Historial Association's 2010 James P. Hanlan Award Winner of the Outdoor Writers Association of America 2011 Excellence in Craft Award, Book Division, First Place "A compelling and well-annotated tale of greed, slaughter and geopolitics." --Los Angeles Times As Henry Hudson sailed up the broad river that would one day bear his name, he grew concerned that his Dutch patrons would be disappointed in his failure to find the fabled route to the Orient. What became immediately apparent, however, from the Indians clad in deer skins and "good furs" was that Hudson had discovered something just as tantalizing. The news of Hudson's 1609 voyage to America ignited a fierce competition to lay claim to this uncharted continent, teeming with untapped natural resources. The result was the creation of an American fur trade, which fostered economic rivalries and fueled wars among the European powers, and later between the United States and Great Britain, as North America became a battleground for colonization and imperial aspirations. In Fur, Fortune, and Empire, best-selling author Eric Jay Dolin chronicles the rise and fall of the fur trade of old, when the rallying cry was "get the furs while they last." Beavers, sea otters, and buffalos were slaughtered, used for their precious pelts that were tailored into extravagant hats, coats, and sleigh blankets. To read Fur, Fortune, and Empire then is to understand how North America was explored, exploited, and settled, while its native Indians were alternately enriched and exploited by the trade. As Dolin demonstrates, fur, both an economic elixir and an agent of destruction, became inextricably linked to many key events in American history, including the French and Indian War, the American Revolution, and the War of 1812, as well as to the relentless pull of Manifest Destiny and the opening of the West. This work provides an international cast beyond the scope of any Hollywood epic, including Thomas Morton, the rabble-rouser who infuriated the Pilgrims by trading guns with the Indians; British explorer Captain James Cook, whose discovery in the Pacific Northwest helped launch America's China trade; Thomas Jefferson who dreamed of expanding the fur trade beyond the Mississippi; America's first multimillionaire John Jacob Astor, who built a fortune on a foundation of fur; and intrepid mountain men such as Kit Carson and Jedediah Smith, who sliced their way through an awe inspiring and unforgiving landscape, leaving behind a mythic legacy still resonates today. Concluding with the virtual extinction of the buffalo in the late 1800s, Fur, Fortune, and Empire is an epic history that brings to vivid life three hundred years of the American experience, conclusively demonstrating that the fur trade played a seminal role in creating the nation we are today.

The Price of Altruism: George Price and the Search for the Origins of Kindness

by Oren Harman

"Enthralling."--Frans de Waal, The New York Times Book Review Survival of the fittest or survival of the nicest? Since the dawn of time man has contemplated the mystery of altruism, but it was Darwin who posed the question most starkly. From the selfless ant to the stinging bee to the man laying down his life for a stranger, evolution has yielded a goodness that in theory should never be. Set against the sweeping tale of 150 years of scientific attempts to explain kindness, The Price of Altruism tells for the first time the moving story of the eccentric American genius George Price (1922-1975), as he strives to answer evolution's greatest riddle. An original and penetrating picture of twentieth century thought, it is also a deeply personal journey. From the heights of the Manhattan Project to the inspired equation that explains altruism to the depths of homelessness and despair, Price's life embodies the paradoxes of Darwin's enigma. His tragic suicide in a squatter's flat, among the vagabonds to whom he gave all his possessions, provides the ultimate contemplation on the possibility of genuine benevolence.

The Red Thread: A Novel

by Ann Hood

The new bestseller from the author of The Knitting Circle: "Is there anyone who can write about the connections between ordinary people as well as Ann Hood does?"--Jodi Picoult "In China there is a belief that people who are destined to be together are connected by an invisible red thread. Who is at the end of your red thread?" After losing her infant daughter in a freak accident, Maya Lange opens The Red Thread, an adoption agency that specializes in placing baby girls from China with American families. Maya finds some comfort in her work, until a group of six couples share their personal stories of their desire for a child. Their painful and courageous journey toward adoption forces her to confront the lost daughter of her past. Brilliantly braiding together the stories of Chinese birth mothers who give up their daughters, Ann Hood writes a moving and beautifully told novel of fate and the red thread that binds these characters' lives. Heartrending and wise, The Red Thread is a stirring portrait of unforgettable love and yearning for a baby.

Toxic Flora: Poems

by Kimiko Hahn

"[Kimiko] Hahn's frankness . . . allows [these poems] to stand out as starkly fresh as the carnivorous plants she describes."--American Poet For Kimiko Hahn, the language and imagery of science open up magical possibilities for the poet. In her haunting eighth collection inspired by articles from the weekly "Science" section of the New York Times, Hahn explores identity, extinction, and survival using exotic tropes drawn from the realms of astrophysics, mycology, paleobotany, and other rarefied fields. With warmth and generosity, Hahn mines the world of science in these elegant, ardent poems. from "On Deceit as Survival" Yet another species resembles a female bumble bee, ending in frustrated trysts-- or appears to be two fractious males which also attracts--no surprise-- a third curious enough to join the fray. What to make of highly evolved Beauty bent on deception as survival--

Superconnect: Harnessing the Power of Networks and the Strength of Weak Links

by Richard Koch Greg Lockwood

The practical guide to discovering the rules of our superconnected world through the science and sociology of networks. In Superconnect, Richard Koch and Greg Lockwood show that success is less about who you are than how you connect--a chance meeting with an old colleague leads to a swanky new job; two businessmen collaborate online and cofound a successful start-up; a friend introduces a promising entrepreneur to a millionaire looking to invest. But why do these lucky breaks always happen to other people? Personal and professional networks shape everything we do, but simply knowing that they exist won't help you harness your connections for maximum success. With an eye toward business applications, Superconnect outlines the new rules of our densely linked society. At the core of the analysis are three simple network components--strong relationships, weak relationships, and hubs--that interact in surprising, counterintuitive ways. Understanding how these components mesh, and connecting unrelated people, is the way to achieve in today's hyper-connected world.

The Last Man on the Mountain: The Death of an American Adventurer on K2

by Jennifer Jordan

"A fascinating tale. . . . Readers who are into high-altitude adventure stories won't be disappointed."--Associated Press In 1939 the Savage Mountain claimed its first victim. Born into vast wealth yet uneasy with a life of leisure, Dudley Wolfe, of Boston and Rockport, Maine, set out to become the first man to climb K2, the world's second-highest mountain and, in the opinion of mountaineers, an even more formidable challenge than Mt. Everest. Although close to middle age and inexperienced at high altitude, Wolfe, with the team leader, made it higher than any other members of the expedition, but he couldn't get back down. Suffering from altitude sickness and severe dehydration, he was abandoned at nearly 25,000 feet; it would be another sixty-three years before the author discovered his remains.

How It Ends: From You to the Universe

by Chris Impey

"Remarkably upbeat, and imbued with wit, wisdom and a palpable sense of awe over our universe."--Tucson Weekly Most of us are aware of our own mortality, but few among us know what science, with insights yielded from groundbreaking new research, has to say about endings on a larger scale. Enter astronomer Chris Impey, who chronicles the death of the whole shebang: individual, species, bio- sphere, Earth, Sun, Milky Way, and, finally, the entire universe. With a healthy dose of humor, How It Ends illuminates everything from the technologies of human life extension and the evolutionary arms race between microbes and men to the inescapable dimming of the Sun and the ultimate "big rip," giving us a rare glimpse into a universe without us.

Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History

by Yunte Huang

Shortlisted for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award in Biography and the 2011 Edgar Award for Best Critical/Biographical Book: "An ingenious and absorbing book. . . . It will permanently change the way we tell this troubled yet gripping story."--Jonathan Spence Hailed as "irrepressibly spirited and entertaining" (Pico Iyer, Time) and "a fascinating cultural survey" (Paul Devlin, Daily Beast), this provocative first biography of Charlie Chan presents American history in a way that it has never been told before. Yunte Huang ingeniously traces Charlie Chan from his real beginnings as a bullwhip-wielding detective in territorial Hawaii to his reinvention as a literary sleuth and Hollywood film icon. Huang finally resurrects the "honorable detective" from the graveyard of detested postmodern symbols and reclaims him as the embodiment of America's rich cultural diversity. The result is one of the most critically acclaimed books of the year and a "deeply personal . . . voyage into racial stereotyping and the humanizing force of story telling" (Donna Seaman, Los Angeles Times).

Men of Color to Arms!: Black Soldiers, Indian Wars, and the Quest for Equality

by Elizabeth D. Leonard

The story of the black soldiers who helped save the Union, conquer the West, and build the nation. In 1863, at the height of the Civil War, Frederick Douglass promised African Americans that serving in the military offered a sure path to freedom. Once a black man became a soldier, Douglass declared, "there is no power on earth or under the earth which can deny that he has earned the right to citizenship in the United States." More than 180,000 black men heeded his call to defend the Union--only to find the path to equality would not be so straightforward. In this sharply drawn history, Professor Elizabeth D. Leonard reveals the aspirations and achievements as well as the setbacks and disappointments of African American soldiers. Drawing on eye-opening firsthand accounts, she restores black soldiers to their place in the arc of American history, from the Civil War and its promise of freedom until the dawn of the 20th century and the full retrenchment of Jim Crow. Along the way, Leonard offers a nuanced account of black soldiers' involvement in the Indian Wars, their attempts to desegregate West Point and gain proper recognition for their service, and their experience of Reconstruction nationally, as blacks worked to secure their place in an ever-changing nation. With abundant primary research, enlivened by memorable characters and vivid descriptions of army life, Men of Color to Arms! is an illuminating portrait of a group of men whose contributions to American history need to be further recognized.

Contact!: A Book of Encounters

by Jan Morris

A delightful and hilarious companion for anyone taking a trip and an indispensable work for any fan of Jan Morris. With her travel chronicles unparalleled in twentieth-century literature, Jan Morris's legendary books on Venice, Manhattan, and Trieste have made her one of our most beloved writers. Now reflecting back on over half a century, Morris has decided to write not about the destinations but about the people she has encountered. Whether writing as James or later as Jan, Morris introduces us to a panoply of memorable characters--the Sherpa guide who first scaled Mt. Everest, the lascivious Manhattan cabbie, and the proverbial spy in the raincoat. She provides insightful portraits of the famous, such as Harry Truman and Jordan's King Hussein, and glimpses of the infamous, including Adolf Eichmann. Recalling human encounters on six continents, she paints a vibrant, funny, and moving picture of humanity. Ultimately, no figure comes into clearer focus than Morris herself, an astonishing chronicler of the human spectacle. Contact! is one book you'll want to carry with you wherever you go.

Black Run

by Antonio Manzini

Already an international hit, a sly, sizzling mystery--the first in a sensational crime series--set in the Italian Alps, reminiscent of the works of Andrea Camilleri, Donna Leon, and Henning MankellAfter getting into serious trouble with the wrong people, Deputy Police Chief Rocco Schiavone is exiled to Aosta, a small, touristy alpine town far from his beloved Rome. The sophisticated yet crotchety Roman despises mountains, snow, and the provincial locals as much as he disdains his superiors and their petty rules. But he loves solving crimes.When a mangled body is discovered on a slope above Champoluc, Rocco immediately faces his first challenge--identifying the victim, a complex procedure complicated by his ignorance of the customs, dialect, and history of his new home. Proud and undaunted, Rocco makes his way among the ski runs, mountain huts, and aerial tramways, meeting instructors, alpine guides, the enigmatic folk of Aosta, and a few beautiful locals eager to give him a warm welcome. It won't be easy, this mountain life, especially with a corpse or two in the mix. But then there's nothing that makes Rocco feel more at home than an investigation.An insightful observer of human nature, Antonio Manzini writes with sly humor and a dash of irony, introducing an irresistible hero--a fascinating blend of swagger, machismo, and vulnerability--in a colorful and atmospheric mystery series that is European crime fiction at its best.

Spy Trade

by Matthew Dunn

When a mission goes awry in Syria, senior CIA officer Bob Oakland is captured by aspiring members of ISIS, who demand the release of one of their own, Arzam Saud, in U.S. captivity. When their hands are tied by Washington's refusal to negotiate, the CIA turns to MI6 officer Will Cochrane to find out what's really going on. The threats are escalating quickly, and in order to save the CIA officer, Cochrane must uncover why Saud is truly so important . . .

The Grain-Free Family Table

by Carrie Vitt

Go grain-free--it's gluten-free that's paleo-friendly!When Carrie Vitt was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, she was able to reverse it after being put on an elimination diet that cut out gluten and grains. Failing to find recipes that followed her strict diet guidelines but didn't sacrifice flavor and variety, she began experimenting at home, creating grain-free meals and snacks that not only satisfied her own palate but pleased friends and family as well--including her two young daughters.In this beautiful full-color cookbook, Carrie provides delicious, family-friendly recipes for a workable unprocessed, grain-free lifestyle. Included is a diverse range of recipes for everything from piecrust and homemade nut butter to Pork Carnitas Breakfast Crepe Tacos and Grain-Free Biscuits, Avocado with Mango-Shrimp Salsa, Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Alfredo with Chicken and Vegetables, and Cauliflower "Fried Rice." Here, too, are kid-friendly recipes such as Kids' Squash and Cheese, Cut-Out or Slice-and-Bake Cookies, and Classic Yellow Cake with Buttercream Frosting.In addition to sources for healthy ingredients, time-saving ideas, health tips, and 125 easy grain-free recipes, Carrie offers simple variations on every recipe to make each follow more restrictive paleo and primal guidelines. Written in Carrie's warm, inviting style, this helpful sourcebook is the perfect entrée to a healthy, nourishing diet that brings grain-free eating into the mainstream.

On Your Case

by Lisa Green

The legal guide every woman needs to protect herself and her familyIf your best friend had a law degree, she would offer the useful counsel Lisa Green delivers in On Your Case. From dating, marriage, and kids to divorce, retirement, and aging parents, On Your Case offers smart, jargon-free lessons on how to solve the legal challenges that arise over the course of every woman's lifetime. A lawyer and television legal analyst herself, Lisa shares court cases and real-life legal horror stories (including her own) to illustrate how readers can not only solve problems, but learn how to protect themselves before a crisis hits.Lisa's warm, inviting voice imparts essential information about these important topics and many more: Relationships: online dating, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, engagement, and marriage Separation and divorce: splitting without anxiety, child custody and support, pet custody disputes, domestic violence Babies, children, and teens: pregnancy and adoption, advocating for a special needs child, misbehaving teens Work: employment and household help Online legal issues: privacy, copyright, and social media Midlife and elder care: wills, medical decisions, and power of attorney Legal help: hiring a lawyer and DIYAlways clear and often funny, Lisa will help you take legal charge of your life, telling it to you straight without putting you to sleep or scaring you to death. She provides all the essential tools and inspiration necessary to care for yourself, your assets, your family, and your career.ase, Lisa empowers you by equipping you with the tools you need to take care of yourself, your assets, your family, and your career.

The Cemetery Boys

by Heather Brewer

Welcome to Spencer. Population: 814. It's a backward town--and it's hiding a terrible secret.When Stephen's dad says they're moving, Stephen knows it's pointless to argue. They're broke from paying Mom's hospital bills, and now the only option left is to live with Stephen's grandmother, a woman as bitter and stuck as the town of Spencer itself.Stephen's summer starts looking up when he meets punk girl Cara and her charismatic twin brother, Devon. The twins have family problems of their own and aren't exactly close, but Stephen is drawn to them, each for different reasons. With Cara, he feels safe and understood--and yeah, okay, she's totally hot. In Devon and his group, he sees a chance at making real friends.Only, as the summer presses on, and harmless nights hanging out in the cemetery take a darker turn, Stephen starts to suspect that Devon is less a friend than a leader. And he might be leading them to a very sinister end.Mixing classic horror elements with a darkly funny coming-of-age story, New York Times bestselling author Heather Brewer brings her razor-sharp edge to a story about the dangerous power of belief and the cost of blind loyalty, taking readers to the brink of madness and past the point of no return.

Breaking Noah

by Ashley Suzanne Missy Johnson

What happens when you start falling for your worst enemy? Fans of Abbi Glines and Monica Murphy will relish this addictive novel of smoking-hot seduction--and revenge gone so wrong, it's right. I wasn't always this jaded. I had a clear head, things I wanted out of life, and a concise plan on how to get there. For being only twenty-one, I pretty much had it all figured out. Until the day my cousin died. I spent months going over all the details surrounding her death, trying to figure out how I missed the signs, and the only thing I could come up with was she would still be alive if it wasn't for one person: her professor. So I transferred to his college, enrolled in his class, and set my new plan in motion. First I'll seduce him. Then I'll ruin him. I've just got to stay strong and not let his charm and my emotions get the best of me. Because someone has to pay for her death. If it's the last thing I do, I'm going to break Noah.Praise for Breaking Noah "Breaking Noah is an engaging novel with all the heat, humor, and twists I've come to expect and love from these two authors."--New York Times bestselling author S. E. Hall"Who has two thumbs and is hot for teacher? This girl! Breaking Noah is a steamy, sexy must-read."--USA Today bestselling author MJ Fields"Ashley Suzanne and Missy Johnson have succeeded in weaving together an incredible story full of revenge, betrayal, heartbreak, and, ultimately, love. I can't wait to see what this duo writes next."--Nicole Jacquelyn, author of the Aces series"Breaking Noah captivated me from the very first page. Once I started, I couldn't put it down. Noah and Zara's chemistry is so scorching hot that you can't help wishing for them to get their happily ever after."--D. Kelly, author of the Acceptance series"With healthy doses of heartbreak, angst, tenderness, and redemption, Breaking Noah is a different type of love story but will pull on your heartstrings and gut. Johnson and Suzanne spin an intricate web that will suck you in from the very beginning."--Rachel Blaufeld, author the Electric Tunnel Series and Redemption Lane "Seductive, sexy . . . The storyline was quite engaging and pulls you into the excitement of wanting to see how everything unfolds. The characters each bring something to the story that makes it more intricate and entertaining. . . . There are a couple of good twists and turns in the story that make the book a wonderful read."--Books Movies Fandoms "Sexy and fast paced . . . I would read more from these authors in the future, and I think that they make a great writing team."--Ramblings from This Chick "There is a fantastic epilogue, so hold out for the HEA!"--Books Need TLC "I loved Noah and Zara's story, and I can't wait to read more books by Ashley Suzanne and Missy Johnson."--Reading Past My Bedtime (five stars) "The story itself took twist and turns I didn't see coming, and that was what made this book so amazing. The way the story and plot unfold had me shaking my head and squeezing my eyes closed at times. I felt like I was moving throughout the story with the characters and could do nothing else but hold on for the journey."--Guilty Pleasures Book ReviewsIncludes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

The Curious Case of the Copper Corpse: A Flavia de Luce Story

by Alan Bradley

Fans of Flavia de Luce rejoice--here's a special eBook original short story, in which the eleven-year-old connoisseur of chemistry is immersed in her element: solving a mystery! Murder! the letter says, Come at once. Anson House, Greyminster, Staircase No. 3. How can Flavia de Luce resist such an urgent plea? After all, examining a dead body sounds like a perfectly splendid way to spend a Sunday. So Flavia hops upon her trusted bicycle, Gladys, whose rubber tires hiss happily along the rainy road, and arrives at her father's mist-shrouded old school. There, a terrified boy leads her to the loo where, sitting in a bathtub, is what appears to be a statue. But, no: To Flavia's surprise, the thing is in fact a naked dead man. Save his face, he seems to have been carved out of copper. Never one to shy away from the macabre, Flavia gets to work--only to find that when an investigation begins with a metallic cadaver, ever more curious twists are to be expected. Acclaim for Alan Bradley's beloved Flavia de Luce novels, winners of the Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger Award, Barry Award, Agatha Award, Macavity Award, Dilys Award, and Arthur Ellis Award "If ever there were a sleuth who's bold, brilliant, and, yes, adorable, it's Flavia de Luce."--USA Today "Part Harriet the Spy, part Violet Baudelaire from Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Flavia is a pert and macabre pragmatist."--The New York Times Book Review "This idiosyncratic young heroine continues to charm."--The Wall Street Journal "Delightful . . . a combination of Eloise and Sherlock Holmes."--The Boston Globe "Think preteen Nancy Drew, only savvier."--Entertainment Weekly "The most intrepid and charming adolescent chemist/detective/busybody in all of rural, post-World War II England."--The Seattle Times

Exposed

by Tracy Wolff

Ethan Frost, the irresistible leading man from the New York Times bestsellers Ruined and Addicted, returns once again in Exposed--a novel that's perfect for fans of J. Kenner and Sylvia Day. Will Ethan Frost go too far for the woman he loves? The moment Chloe Girard walked into my life, she exposed secrets and emotions I always thought were best kept buried. She wants to move on, to ignore the past. But I can't do that. Not when she still suffers. And not when the man who hurt her remains unscathed. So when I discover the perfect opportunity to make him pay for what he did to Chloe, I can't walk away, no matter the consequences. But there's a fine line between justice and obsession. As I turn up old crimes and new lies, I know that I'm playing with fire--and risking the very foundations of our relationship. My love for Chloe is absolute. I just hope it's enough to save us both.Praise for Exposed"Tracy Wolff had me turning pages way past my bedtime. The suspense kept me on the edge of my seat, and the steamy love scenes had my pulse racing. Ethan Frost is exactly the kind of dominant hero I want to curl up with."--New York Times bestselling author Cassia Leo"Wolff is a great writer whose books deal with issues that give you pause and make you wonder what you would do given the circumstances."--Fresh Fiction"Tracy built a solid story that will keep readers intrigued with the outcome. I look forward to the final outcome when Flawed releases."--Smut Book Junkie "Exposed had twists and turns I didn't see coming. Plus we got the bonus of getting more Sebastien from the Play Me series! I love the crossover with these two books."--Desert Divas Book Addiction "Getting into Ethan's head definitely brought a new dynamic to the series."--Aya M. Productions "A fantastic addition to the Ethan Frost series . . . I can't wait to see what Ms. Wolff gives us in the next book, Flawed."--The Avid Book Collector "Wonderfully written, I still find Ethan Frost to be as seductive and vulnerable as ever."--As You Wish ReviewsPraise 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 DePaulIncludes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Can't Always Get What You Want

by Chelsey Krause

Fans of Jill Shalvis and Molly O'Keefe will love this deeply romantic and uplifting debut novel about losing everything you thought you wanted--and getting exactly what you need. Sophie Richards has been looking forward to a much-needed girls' night out: a Rolling Stones tribute-band concert, a few drinks, a distraction from her grueling nursing shifts in acute care. But when her best friend bails, Sophie gets stuck with a blind date. Although Brett Nicholson may be the hottest carpenter alive, and Sophie may technically be single, she isn't exactly on the market. Six years ago she found The One. He was everything Sophie dreamed a man could be--and then she lost him. In an instant, her whole life changed, and she forgot all about happily ever after. But as she gets to know Brett, Sophie starts to wonder about the future for the first time. With a broken heart still clouding her mind, jumping into a new relationship feels impossible. When she's in his arms, walking away feels even harder. Now Sophie faces an impossible choice: living in the past or choosing love in the here and now. Praise for Can't Always Get What You Want "[Chelsey] Krause's debut novel will make readers laugh out loud and shed a few tears. Her storytelling ability will capture romance readers and get them excited for the author's future titles."--Library Journal"If you are looking for a story that will pull on all of your emotions, filled with characters you feel a strong connection to, run, do not walk to your nearest book retailer and get Can't Always Get What You Want."--Fresh Fiction"Can't Always Get What You Want is heart-wrenching in all the right ways. Smartly written and emotionally satisfying, this story will stick with you long after the last page."--USA Today bestselling author Lauren Layne"A sweet, moving story about love and loss, Chelsey Krause's debut is full of heart."--Clodagh Murphy, author of Girl in a Spin"Can't Always Get What You Want is a delightful mix of humor, heart, and the struggle to move on from past grief. I am definitely looking forward to more books by Chelsey Krause!"--Mary Frame, author of Imperfect Chemistry"This is a funny, heartfelt story about moving on, a touching debut from a very promising author. Romance lovers looking for both a giggle and a cry will get what they need from Can't Always Get What You Want."--Stephanie Pegler, editor, Chicklit Club "[Can't Always Get What You Want] immediately went into my favorites pile. . . . This book completely gave me the vibe of Cecelia Ahern's PS, I Love You."--Hello Chick Lit"This book will suck you in. . . . I can't believe [Krause] is a first-time author."--Sassy Moms Say Read Romance (five stars)"Can't Always Get What You Want was a very emotional and beautiful story. The author really did a great job in sharing Sophie's journey to finding love a second time around."--Lustful Literature "[Chelsey Krause] has definitely earned a place on my list of favorite debut authors. I will be waiting and watching when her new book comes out!"--Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Ivory Ghosts

by Caitlin O'Connell

"The scientist that Caitlin O'Connell is shines through her first work of fiction, a thriller set against the illegal ivory poaching trade in Africa. With descriptions and dialect so real you feel as if you might be turning pages while sitting deep in the bush, and a skillful narrative that teaches while it thrills, this novel is a win for any animal lover or reader with a conservationist's heart."--Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Leaving TimeIn a blockbuster debut thriller brimming with majestic wildlife, village politics, and international intrigue, a chilling quadruple homicide raises the stakes in the battle to save Africa's elephants. Still grieving over the tragic death of her fiancé, American wildlife biologist Catherine Sohon leaves South Africa and drives to a remote outpost in northeast Namibia, where she plans to face off against the shadowy forces of corruption and relentless human greed in the fight against elephant poaching. Undercover as a census pilot tracking the local elephant population, she'll really be collecting evidence on the ruthless ivory traffickers. But before she even reaches her destination, Catherine stumbles onto a scene of horrifying carnage: three people shot dead in their car, and a fourth nearby--with his brain removed. The slaughter appears to be the handiwork of a Zambian smuggler known as "the witchdoctor," a figure reviled by activists and poachers alike. Forced to play nice with local officials, Catherine finds herself drawn to the prickly but charismatic Jon Baggs, head of the Ministry of Conservation, whose blustery exterior belies his deep investment in the poaching wars. Torn between her developing feelings and her unofficial investigation, she takes to the air, only to be grounded by a vicious turf war between competing factions of a black-market operation that reaches far beyond the borders of Africa. With the mortality rate--both human and animal--skyrocketing, Catherine races to intercept a valuable shipment. Now she's flying blind, and a cunning killer is on the move.Praise for Ivory Ghosts "A truly fascinating thriller that beautifully conveys the story of those magnificent creatures, the elephants, and the poachers who try to destroy them. Bravo!"--Mary Higgins Clark, #1 New York Times bestselling author of I've Got You Under My Skin

The Trouble with Love

by Lauren Layne

As Lauren Layne's salacious Sex, Love & Stiletto series returns, a jaded columnist discovers a steamy way to get over an old flame: falling for him all over again. As Stiletto magazine's authority on all things breakup-and-heartache, Emma Sinclair writes from personal experience. Five years ago, Emma was Charlotte, North Carolina's darling debutante and a blushing bride-to-be. Now she's the ice queen of the Manhattan dating scene. Emma left her sultry Southern drawl behind, but not even her closest friends know that with it she left her heart. Now Emma's latest article forces her to face her demons--namely, the devilishly sexy guy who ditched her at the altar. After giving up everything for a pro-soccer career, Alex Cassidy watches his dreams crumble as a knee injury sidelines him for good. Now he's hanging up his cleats and giving journalism a shot. It's just a coincidence that he happens to pick a job in the same field, and the same city, as his former fiancée . . . right? But when Emma moves in next door, it's no accident. It's research. And Alex can't help wondering what might have been. Unlike the innocent girl he remembers, this Emma is chic, sophisticated, and assertive--and she wants absolutely nothing to do with him. The trouble is, Alex has never wanted her more.Praise for The Trouble with Love "The Trouble with Love is a heartwarming read I devoured in one sitting and haven't been able to stop smiling over since."--New York Times bestselling author Violet Duke"Sharp, sexy contemporary romance at its best, The Trouble with Love satisfies in the best kind of way."--Elisabeth Barrett, author of the Star Harbor series"[Lauren] Layne produces winner after winner and The Trouble with Love is no different."--Fiction Vixen "One of Layne's best works . . . I found myself laughing and crying simultaneously in a matter of seconds."--Star-Crossed Book Blog "I honestly can't say enough about how much I love and adored this book. It takes a rare breed of author to make me go out and purchase all of their backlist without even reading blurbs or reviews."--Ramblings from This Chick (five stars)"These books are reminiscent of Nora Roberts' and her trilogies, with the complex situations, three-dimensional characters, grand sense of humor and hot sex scenes."--Urban Girl Reader "It was very difficult not to instantly like this book, because it had all the things I loved all rolled up into one: sass, humor, underlying sexual tension, as well as suits and office romance."--Fifty Shades of Books "Sultry, funny and heartwarming . . . This book is the fourth in the Sex, Love & Stiletto series, but can be read as a standalone and is perfect for anyone who loves second-chance romance."--TJ Loves to Read Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Possess

by Laura Marie Altom

Ella Patton and Liam Stone return in the breathtaking conclusion to Laura Marie Altom's Shamed series, the steamy, contentious love affair that began in Control. Will you marry me? Those four little words should be a dream come true. But for Ella Patton, they're the start of a waking nightmare. For despite the insatiable desire she feels for Liam Stone, marriage is out of the question--divorcing her abusive husband, Blaine, would be too dangerous to even contemplate. Besides, Ella couldn't ask for anything more than the life she and Liam share: a scalding hot passion that's totally outside the bounds of "I do." Liam has hit a brick wall. His fortune can't buy Ella's freedom from the oppressive monster the law recognizes as her husband. Blaine will take any opportunity to bring Ella back under his authority, no doubt exacting a terrible revenge as punishment for nearly slipping away. But Liam has a force greater than money and influence on his side: Ella's love. She sparks his most unstoppable determination--and ignites pleasures that no man should be able to possess.Praise for Possess "Emotional, passionate, engaging . . . Liam and Ella are a couple to root for. Readers who loved Control will devour Possess in one sitting!"--Stacey Kennedy, USA Today bestselling author of Desired "The author puts you 'on your toes' for most of this book with the ex-husband coming back into the scene and finding Ella. What happens next is a series of events that will curl your toes."--Sportochick's Musings "Talk about a roller coaster, this book took Ella and Liam through the wringer!"--Saved by Suspense "This book grabbed hold of me and refused to let go. I lived Ella and Liam's life, I felt the pain and loss and love. I loved the first book but amazingly this book was better. An easy five stars from me."--Gemma Reads Too Many Books For It to Be Normal "One word of warning . . . You will become addicted to this book!"--Brit Nanny Reads Praise for Control "Touching, sad, sweet, and sexy, Control will have you cheering for Ella and Liam right up to the end. Then you'll start counting the days until we get to find out how their story really ends. Or begins."--Laura Drewry, USA Today bestselling author of Prima Donna Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Medium Dead

by Paula Paul

Sure to delight readers of Jacqueline Winspear, Emma Jameson, and Laura Childs, this short novel features Queen Victoria herself--and she's rumored to have slain a local psychic in Newton-upon-Sea. Now the task of clearing her name and catching the real killer falls to Dr. Alexandra Gladstone. Under Victoria's reign, women are barred from calling themselves physicians, but that hasn't stopped Alexandra Gladstone. As the first female doctor in Newton-upon-Sea, she spends her days tending sick villagers in the practice she inherited from her father, with her loyal and sometimes overprotective dog, Zack, by her side. After the corpse of village spiritualist Alvina Elwold is discovered aboveground at a church boneyard, wild rumors circulate through the charming seaside village, including one implicating a certain regal guest lodging nearby. Tales of the dead Alvina hobnobbing with spirits and hexing her enemies are even more outlandish--but as a woman of science and reason, Alexandra has no doubt that a murderer made of flesh and blood is on the loose. Finding out the truth means sorting through a deluge of ghostly visitors, royal sightings, and shifty suspects. At least her attentive and handsome friend Nicholas Forsyth, Lord Dunsford, has come to her aid. Alexandra will need all the help she can get, because she's stumbled upon dangerous secrets--while provoking a deadly adversary who wants to keep them buried.Praise for Medium Dead "An entertaining cozy mystery written with vivid historical detail . . . If you like reading historical mysteries with just a hint of romance, then Medium Dead should be right up your street."--Fictionophile "There are more than a few scenes where Alexandra's dog, Zack, steals the show."--Reading Reality "I would recommend this to fans of the Maisie Dobbs series. There's a strong female character in a historical setting. She's determined, logical, intelligent and faces an unusual situation."--The Reader's HollowPraise for Paula Paul's Alexandra Gladstone mysteries "The Dr. Alexandra Gladstone series by Paula Paul presents an intriguing mixture of mystery, romance, and history. I especially love the way real personalities from the past keep popping up to intermingle with Paul's fictional characters."--Lois Duncan, award-winning and bestselling author of Killing Mr. Griffin and I Know What You Did Last Summer "A lively mixture of ruling class murder, Victorian morals, and love."--Bestselling author Tony Hillerman

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