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James is at the end of a long crusade for vengeance against the vampire clan that destroyed everything he held dear. He has Ren, the final and most dangerous of them all, cornered at last in London. But victory remains just out of reach when Ren sets a feral vampire on James and makes his escape. With no other leads, James is forced to take in the feral until he can use its connection to its sire to track down Ren. But in caring for the vampire, James sees they might not all be the monsters he thought them to be. Faced with an ugly truth, his quest for revenge becomes a war for retribution, and the discovery of what it truly means to be human.
Two competing gangs of car and drag racing enthusiasts with a shared history of pain and rivalry leading to outright hatred. Two men from opposite sides of the tracks, yet with more in common than they'd like to admit. Paul Appleton is a troubled man who has never been in a relationship, having lost everyone he cared for in his life. His mother died when he was very young and subsequently, he lost his brother and his best friend. Now Paul is convinced love will always end in tears. Greg was living on the streets after his parents died and was stabbed by a junkie, ending up in hospital. The Buchanans took Greg under their wing while doing charity work, and Greg joined their loving family when he was adopted. He and his siblings are also car enthusiasts with much more money and therefore better cars than Paul Appleton's gang. When they eventually find a connection, Paul fights his feelings and tries to convince himself his lover is only a temporary bit of fun, but Greg has other ideas.
Learn to be messy and everything else in your life will fall into place. The anti-clutter movement is having a moment. You may have heard about a book--an entire book--written on the topic of tidiness and how "magical" and "life-changing" it is to neaten up and THROW AWAY YOUR BELONGINGS. Yes, you read that correctly. It's time to fight that ridiculousness and start buying even more stuff and leaving it any place you want. Guess what, neatniks? Science shows that messy people are more creative.* Being a slob is an art, and there's a fine line between being a consumer and being a hoarder. Don't cross that line. This book shows you how to clutter mindfully and with great joy. The results are mind-blowing. Your plants will stop dying. Your whiskey bottle will never run dry. Your drugstore points will finally add up to a free jar of salsa and some nice shampoo. You'll go shopping and discover you've lost weight... It's time to take back your life from the anti-clutter movement. *As well as smarter and more attractive.
Innovative jam and pickle recipes offers a brand new take on a very old craft Preserving is an ancient technique that speaks to a modern sensibility. It puts you in step with the seasons, uses up leftover fruits and vegetables, and gives you complete control over what goes into your food. In The Modern Preserver, Kylee Newton takes you through every aspect of preserving: from classic jams and jellies, to pickles and fermentation, and to chutneys, cordials, and compotes. Newton's easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions wed age-old methods with a contemporary flavor. The book features more than 130 creative and unique recipes for even the most discerning palate, including: Rhubarb &Prosecco Jelly Spicy Bourbon Pickles Mango Salsa Chutney Roasted Red Pepper Ketchup Pineapple & Chili Syrup These delicious recipes also make stylish gifts and reassuringly natural homemade treats.
The long-awaited cookbook from an immensely popular cooking blog. Melissa Sperka learned to cook, like many people, from her mother and her grandmothers. For generations, her family made gathering around the kitchen table for meals an important part of every day--something to look forward to and cherish. She's passing these values on to her own children, and to the many readers of her blog, Melissa's Southern Style Kitchen. Sperka's grandparents lived on the food they grew and harvested on their Virginia farmland. Her mother continued this tradition as her mother did before her, canning, freezing, and cooking fresh produce from her backyard garden. Everyone was welcome at the supper table: family, neighbors, and friends alike. Pull up a chair, encourages Sperka, and become inspired to cook with recipes such as these: Bacon-Wrapped Chipotle BBQ Smokies Open-Faced Cheese Toast with Plum Tomatoes King Ranch Chicken Casserole Pimento Cheese BLTs Gramma Minnie's Blueberry Ice Box Pie This cookbook is a labor of love, paying homage to those who instilled in her a love for cooking and baking Southern-style.
A stocked freezer is a busy cook's best friend--frozen ingredients are the key to a quick and delicious meal. Make your freezer work for you. If you buy groceries in bulk, discover how to break down your purchases into usable, smaller servings that you can freeze and incorporate into dishes for later. If you love to get your fruits, vegetables, meat, and more from a farmers' market, but have a hard time eating everything before it spoils, learn how to freeze your produce yourself or prepare meals to freeze. And if you need more of a shortcut,buy frozen ingredients to use for recipes like these: Beef Pot Pie with Peas, Carrots, and Pearl Onions (from the freezer: piecrust, beef, vegetables) Corn Cakes with Pulled Pork and Cherry Salsa (from the freezer: pulled pork, cherries, make-ahead corn pancakes) Fisherman's Stew (from the freezer: fish fillets, shrimp, scallops, vegetables, fish stock) Peach-Blueberry Cobbler (from the freezer: fruit, either bought or prepared from fresh) This is freezer-to-table cooking at its best.
Backroads & Byways of Virginia: Drives, Day Trips, and Weekend Excursions (2nd Edition) (Backroads & Byways)by Bill Lohmann
With natives as your guides, Backroads & Byways leads you down the road less traveled Want to get to know Virginia, gateway to the South and a state steeped in history? In the revised and updated Backroads & Byways of Virginia, you'll find 19 itineraries for scenic drives, day trips, and longer adventures for the whole family. Follow the Crooked Road Heritage Music Trail; hit all the points in the historic triangle of Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown; and wend your way along the Blue Ridge Parkway through some of the loveliest scenery the region has to offer. Visit Mount Vernon, where George Washington really slept; witness the genius of Thomas Jefferson at Monticello. If you're looking for great places to go beyond the DC suburbs and Virginia Beach, reach for this guide. Interstate highways will bring you through Virginia, but only the backroads will bring Virginia to you!
How to Be an Artist Without Losing Your Mind, Your Shirt, Or Your Creative Compass: A Practical Guideby Joanneh Nagler
Be true to your artistic self--but don't quit your day job. Whether you're a new graduate, considering a job change, or a creative type who isn't finding time to pursue your passions, don't fall for this line: "Do what you love and the money will follow." The world is full of starving artists, but you don't need to starve financially to thrive artistically. Author JoAnneh Nagler wants you to welcome your creativity and continue to make art--but to do so with a plan. In this groundbreaking book, she provides step-by-step strategies to teach writers, sculptors, painters, musicians, designers, and other artists how tohave a well-supported, well-lived life--and make art at the same time. Learn how to: Answer your own artistic callings and get to your art work Give up starving and struggling and build a supported, creative daily life Manage time, money, and day jobs with easy-to-learn, simple tools Develop rock-solid creative work ethics and motivational skills No matter what kind of creative person you are, this book has the tools you need to live the life you've always wanted to live--right now, and for your whole life long.
Every writing project has one thing in common--they all start with a single sentence. Writers constantly struggle to answer this question: What is your story about? Finally, a guide by a leading Hollywood insider who actually knows the answer--and now she shows you how to do it yourself! Lane Shefter Bishop, CEO of Vast Entertainment, explains the key to selling your screenplay, novel, or script. This comprehensive guide to opening career doors is the first of its kind, highlighting the tips and techniques for making your story stand out. From tips on character development to hints on points to avoid, Bishop covers all your bases when selling your story.
With city sophistication and small-town charm, Wisconsin offers much more than cheese! No other guidebook on Wisconsin is as comprehensive or as passionate about all the riches nestled between Lakes Michigan and Superior. As with all Explorer's Guides, within these pages you'll find detailed information about lodging and dining options--including where to find native dishes like kringle and booyah--in the tourist hotspots and the rural escapes. You'll go up the coastline to the lighthouses, cherry orchards, and antiques markets of Door County; stroll through the offbeat shops and restaurants of Madison; and head inland where over 1,200 miles of bicycle paths and hiking trails weave among 15,000 glacial lakes. From Milwaukee's ethnic festivals to Green Bay Packers games, spectacular scenic drives through Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest to the water parks of the Dells, with this indispensable guide, all the information you need to have a great time in Wisconsin is right here!
A best-selling hiking guide to Maine's most widely traveled region, completely revised and with 10 new hikes Locals and visitors to Maine's beautiful coastline will find miles of satisfying hiking, with outings that range from short walks for families to all-day excursions for serious hikers. Each hike in this guide includes a topographic map, information on difficulty, mileage, and elevation, and a detailed description of the route. An overview chart at the beginning of the book describes the 50 hikes at a glance for easy trip planning.
Scandalous Whispers of the Remmington Realm: Book OneIn an alternate universe, in the country of Angland, 1814, the gentry live lives of culture and class. It is a time of courtships, marriages of convenience, and titles, where scandal can ruin an entire family. Gender lines are blurred, and making a good match is of utmost importance. Children are born to men and women, which has led to the acceptance of same-sex marriages. Lady Lucien Timothy Hawthorne is shocked and angry when he is betrothed against his will to Lord Heathcliff Eddington, III, the Duke of Pompinshire. While drowning his frustration at a popular gentleman's club, he meets "Robert," a gorgeous older man whom he sleeps with as "Timmy," regardless of the potential damage to his reputation. After their liaison, Lucien corresponds with Robert via letters left at Remmington, and they decide to elope. Before they can get away, Lucien meets his betrothed, Heathcliff, who he is surprised to discover is also his beloved, Robert. Both men desire a marriage of the heart, but they find out that sometimes a marriage of convenience can turn into love under the right circumstances. But Lucien has a secret, and Tlondon isn't as safe as they once thought.2015 Rainbow Awards Best Transgender Fiction & Best Transgender Book Runner-Up
After one very long tour of duty in Afghanistan and an honorable discharge from the USMC, Elijah Preston comes home to nothing. He barely scrapes up enough money for a cheap motel in Quantico, Virginia, with no money-making opportunities in sight. A chance encounter in a local Walmart finally gives Eli hope for employment. Elijah is ready to sign on with Royce Mackey's proposition... until he hears what's required. Royce operates a gay military porn site and wants Eli as his next star, never mind that Eli isn't gay. Desperate and broke, Eli grudgingly accepts Royce's offer and soon finds himself immersed in a strange new world. Hamish Turner's been there before. Taking Eli under his wing, he teaches him everything he can about Royce's operation. The two quickly become friends, easing the way for their first scene together. Awkward at first, they both ease into it and find there is more of a connection between them than either expected. Curious to see where their mutual attraction takes them, they begin a relationship off-screen. But life gets complicated when a crazed fan of Hamish's starts sending threatening letters demanding the scenes between the two men stop. Or else....
A Senses Series StoryDan was a throwaway child and learned to take care of himself in foster care. As an adult, he devotes his life to the business he started and his heart to raising children no one else wants. Dan has already adopted six-year-old Lila, who walks on crutches, and then decides to adopt eight-year-old Jerry, who suffers from MD and is confined to a wheelchair. Also abandoned as a child, Connor ended up on his own and retreated into himself. He works as a carpenter and woodcarver and is the perfect man to ensure Dan's home becomes wheelchair accessible. When Dan hires Connor, neither of the men are ready to open their hearts to the possibility of love. As they learn how much they have in common, both of them must weigh the possibility of family and a future against the risks of getting hurt again. Sensual Reads Reviewers' Choice Contemporary Award 2014
Wealth. Fame. Gold record. Hookers and Cocaine front man Henri Lafontaine has it all... including a control freak manager, band members who smile as they sharpen blades for his back, and last but damn well not least, a fan out to steal his heart. Literally. Trying to write hit songs and plan a comeback in the midst of the hi-fi white noise of LA feels more like watching his world implode, until he's offered a month in the Colorado Rockies for vocal coaching. Sebastian Unger's rich, classically trained tenor inspires wicked thoughts. More than a pretty choir boy, he cracks the whip without hesitation to drive tattooed bad-boy Henri to give his all to his music. Working, fighting, and finally establishing a fragile peace, they find inspiration and perhaps more in each other. But the clock is ticking. Time will pull Henri back to the grit and gold of LA's mean streets and fame machine, while Sebastian must return to the opera circuit, where a mysterious man known as "the patron" holds far too much sway. Only the trust they've built on a handful of notes bridges their two worlds... and shields them from malice.
The Liannarrits and Toritalatians have the world locked in constant war as their battles rage with hatred and bloodshed. Daneliarr, a soldier with the 4th Legionnaire of the Liannarrit Empire, barely survived the last clash. Washed ashore, isolated from the rest of his legion, he has no choice but to accept the help of local healer Arkdian. Trained in the way of the sword from an early age, Daneliarr lacks experience with peace. And growing feelings for Arkdian that could get him killed at home have him wrestling with the conflicting ways of the heart, leading Daneliarr into the one battle he's not prepared to face.
When a chance encounter after a night of celebration brings Davis Anderson unexpectedly crashing into Jamie Greene's life, Davis knows the universe has delivered the man of his dreams. Unfortunately, love is the last thing Jamie is looking for. The attraction between the two men is nothing short of magical, but for Jamie, the timing couldn't be worse. Consumed by grief over the death of his mother, Jamie pushes Davis away, for Davis's own good--or so Jamie insists. For Davis, walking away from Jamie isn't an option. He must find a way to soothe Jamie's pain and earn his trust. Even as misunderstandings threaten their tentative connection, they're determined to hold on to each other--and hope the magic between them will be enough.
Carlo Langlois joined the diplomatic corps to help people, but when his helicopter is shot down in a war torn country, he's the one who needs assistance. None other than his old secret crush from university, Ky Kinnaird, turns up. Ky may have been an athlete and still has the rugged build to prove it, but he now works undercover for MI-6, in charge of the extraction. If Ky can keep Carlo safe, an old attraction might have the chance to blossom into more.
Veteran police chief Eli Gallagher doesn't ask for much, but he does insist that his officers uphold the "serve" part of "serve and protect." Conscientious young Deputy Stan Leach takes Eli's motto to heart, maintaining a high standard of personal accountability. When Eli's long-distance boyfriend, Gilbert Nees, telephones from Philadelphia, Eli thinks he intends to further cement their relationship. Unfortunately, Gilbert's news is anything but good. But Eli doesn't have time to wallow, because a violent act results in murder in the small town of Morristown, Mississippi. But as Eli and Stan uncover evidence, their personal lives begin to unravel. Stan, working closely with Chief Gallagher, grows increasingly attached to Eli and learns what it really means to be an advocate of justice.
Devastated by the death of his best friend from a drug overdose, rock star Devon Bailey retreats to his hometown to grieve. When his fragile emotional state causes him to break down in a local bakery, owner Michael Behrman comes to his rescue. Michael's nurturing instincts prompt him to reach out to Devon, offering support and a comforting shoulder, and the two grow closer. Michael's feelings for Devon deepen into something more--but how can he know whether Devon feels anything more for him than gratitude?
Carey English spends his days planning extravagant parties and lavish weddings and generally making people's lives brighter. He spends his nights wishing for a man he doesn't have to share and who won't try to drag him back into the closet. It doesn't help that the man he wants most doesn't need a closet to begin with -- his straight best friend, Sky. Skyler Wood has been dumped -- again -- just days before the holiday season, leaving him with an ex-fiancée, a nonrefundable New Year's Eve getaway rental, and nothing to ring in the New Year but a broken heart. For Carey, rushing off to offer Sky a shoulder will either be the best decision he's ever made--or it will lead to the worst heartbreak he's ever experienced.
In his electrifying new adaptation of August Strindberg's Miss Julie, Neil LaBute, provocateur of the theater as much as Strindberg himself, transports the classic play of power, class and seduction to an estate on Long Island's Gold Coast just before the stock market crash of 1929. Against a glittering jazz-age backdrop, mistress of the house Julie and ambitious servant John face off in a gripping, night-long encounter. As the balance of power shifts often and dangerously---sometimes with exquisite subtlety, sometimes stark brutality---LaBute masterfully reinterprets Strindberg's timeless erotic struggle between a man and a woman. This thrilling, essential Miss Julie, which had its world premiere at the Geffen Playhouse in 2013 with Lily Rabe as Julie, Logan Marshall-Green as John, and Laura Heisler as Kristine, superbly embodies both the passionate spirit of the original and the unflinching style of Neil LaBute.
Betty and Bobby are sister and brother, but they have little in common. She's a college professor with a prim demeanor, and he's a carpenter with a foul mouth and violent streak. Betty has a history of promiscuity that Bobby won't let her forget, and from their first taunting exchanges there are intimations also of the history between them. Yet on the night when Betty urgently needs help to empty her cabin in the woods--the cabin she's been renting to a male student--she calls on Bobby. In this exhilarating play of secrets and sibling rivalry, which had its premiere in London's West End in 2011, Neil LaBute unflinchingly explores the dark territory beyond, as Bobby sneeringly says, "the lies you tell yourself to get by."
Velvet is enjoying a relaxing morning at home when Fred arrives on the doorstep of her New York City brownstone, suitcases in tow. He tells her he's finally left his wife to be with her, news to Velvet since she hasn't seen him in years and is now friends with Fred's recently married son. Hopes dashed, Fred engages Velvet in a mesmerizing conversation brimming with passion, remorse, humor, and anger. As power shifts and tension mounts, the young and beautiful Velvet and the older, volatile Fred revisit a shared history, and the twisted heart of their relationship is slowly revealed in a stunning climax. In this provocative two-hander, Neil LaBute continues to explore the nuances of gender relationships, creating a powerful work of sharp and subtle contrasts.
Neil LaBute is one of America's most provocative and lauded playwrights, and his darkly exhilarating talent is on glorious view in this new collection. Things We Said Today features the scripts for Neil LaBute's groundbreaking Directv project 10x10--a series of short films written and directed by LaBute based on ten compelling original monologues, five each for men and women. Also included are five short plays displaying the power and scope of Neil LaBute's creative vision. In Pick One, three white guys come up with a way to solve America's problems; in The Possible one young woman seduces another's boyfriend for an unexpected reason. Call Back features an actress and actor who spar about a past encounter that she, unnervingly, remembers much better than he does. Good Luck (In Farsi), "a pleasingly astringent study in competitiveness and vanity" (The New York Times) has two actresses pulling out all the stops in a preaudition psych out; and in Squeeze Play a father and his son's baseball coach strike a mutually beneficial deal. Rounding out the collection are two monologues commissioned as part of Centerstage's "My America" project.
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