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Tales of the Scottish Highlands

by Gerald Warner

[from inside flaps] The Highlands of Scotland are rich in folk-tales, a legacy from an earlier time and an earlier culture which did not rely on the written word to preserve its history. Gerald Warner has collected and re-told 59 of these stories, a number now appearing in print for the first time. This is history and folklore as it has been preserved in the memories of ordinary people--great events that have fundamentally changed the life of the Scottish nation, local catastrophes, clan feuds, ghostly visitations--all told and retold around the peat fires in lonely crofts. Inevitably in the re-telling the stories have become embroidered and modified, yet they still provide valuable insight into a culture and way of life' only vestiges of which remain within the Scottish Highlands. Now the tradition is almost of the past, and in collecting and editing an important part of the remaining stories Gerald Warner has helped to preserve the Highlands' unique oral inheritance. His work has been complemented by the pupils of Lochgilphead High School whose imaginative drawings bring vividly to life the essential qualities of the region and demonstrate the link of a new generation of Highlanders with the ancient Celtic tradition. Gerald Warner was born in Stirlingshire and is a history graduate of Glasgow University. He spent three years in historical research before becoming a writer and broadcaster. Scottish history is one of his main interests; in an earlier book, Homelands of the Clans, he dealt with the thirty most important clans. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

Two Japanese Christian Heroes

by Johannes Laures

This true story of Christian martyrdom takes place in feudal Japan.The Christian world will always marvel how in less than two generations the Gospel seed struck such deep roots in Japan that thousands of coverts were ready to lay down their lives for Christ. True it is that many Japanese martyrs died for their faith are now canonized and beatified. Among many who did not obtain the crown of martyrdom there are not a few, both men and women, who, by their heroic virtue, were an inspiration to their contemporaries. Among the most outstanding are Justo Takayama Ukon and Gracia Hosokawa Tamako, to whom these pages are devoted.Father Laures describes vividly and accurately in these stories of Two Japanese Christian Heroes the trials and hardships of the early Catholic fathers and of their converts, their deep faith and the great spiritual strength that fortified their amazing endurance. In addition, he depicts with great insight the background of the old feudal days, the personal relationship of samurai to their lords, to their wives and to their families, as well as the political and social conditions of those days.

Crabs (Nature's Children)

by Jen Green

How many different kinds of crabs are there? What do crabs eat? Do all crabs live in the ocean? How big are giant spider crabs? Find the answers to these questions, and learn much more about the physical characteristics, behavior, habitat, and lives of crabs.

Meaning and Humour

by Andrew Goatly

How are humorous meanings generated and interpreted? Understanding a joke involves knowledge of the language code (a matter mostly of semantics) and background knowledge necessary for making the inferences to get the joke (a matter of pragmatics). This book introduces and critiques a wide range of semantic and pragmatic theories in relation to humour, such as systemic functional linguistics, speech acts, politeness and relevance theory, emphasising not only conceptual but also interpersonal and textual meanings. Exploiting recent corpus-based research, it suggests that much humour can be accounted for by the overriding of lexical priming. Each chapter's discussion topics and suggestions for further reading encourage a critical approach to semantic and pragmatic theory. Written by an experienced lecturer on the linguistics of the English language, this is an entertaining and user-friendly textbook for advanced students of semantics, pragmatics and humour studies.

Decentralization and Subnational Politics in Latin America

by Tulia G. Falleti

Is it always true that decentralization reforms put more power in the hands of governors and mayors? In postdevelopmental Latin America, the surprising answer to this question is no. In fact, a variety of outcomes are possible, depending largely on who initiates the reforms, how they are initiated, and in what order they are introduced. Tulia G. Falleti draws on extensive fieldwork, in-depth interviews, archival records, and quantitative data to explain the trajectories of decentralization processes and their markedly different outcomes in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico. In her analysis, she develops a sequential theory and method that are successful in explaining this counterintuitive result. Her research contributes to the literature on path dependence and institutional evolution and will be of interest to scholars of decentralization, federalism, subnational politics, intergovernmental relations, and Latin American politics.

The Medusa Game

by Cindy Dees

She'd pushed beyond her family's traditions because Isabella Torres, intel analyst and soldier, had been driven to succeed--especially as part of the first all-female Special Ops unit, the Medusas. She'd survived training on sheer guts. Now her gut was telling her she belonged at the winter games, guarding a controversial young ice skater from terrorists--and from a larger, more sinister plot that could turn an athletic neutral zone into a battlefield. Her gut also said her sexy new boss would eventually realize an all-female detail could handle this operation. For this mission, her gut instinct was pitted against enemies from East and West.... Let the games begin.Previously published.

A Winter's Rose

by Erica Spindler

The South comes alive in Book three of New York Times bestselling author Erica Spindler's fan-favorite Blossoms of the South series. A Winter's Rose Rugged Jackson Reese has a heartful of scars to prove you shouldn't trust a society princess. So his troubled daughter's latest "sitter" is worse than merely a thorn in his side--pampered, privileged Bentley Cunningham is the whole damn rose&#8230complete with perfumed petals and a darkly rooted determination to succeed where others have failed. She might work magic on a pouty preteen, but can she convince Jackson she's the right woman for him?

Night Jasmine

by Erica Spindler

The South comes alive in Book three of New York Times bestselling author Erica Spindler's fan-favorite Blossoms of the South series. Night Jasmine Hunter Powell's no family man, though Aimee Bourdeaux once tried to convince him otherwise. The heat between them was undeniable, but Hunter's haunted past kept him from truly giving his heart. Now, years later, the connection between Aimee and Hunter is even stronger&#8230especially considering the son between them Hunter never knew he had. It isn't long before their passion begins to reignite, but can Hunter finally find the courage to let go of his demons and reach for the love of a lifetime?

Magnolia Dawn

by Erica Spindler

The South comes alive in Book three of New York Times bestselling author Erica Spindler's fan-favorite Blossoms of the South series. Magnolia Dawn All his life, Rush Cousins has been troubled by the mystery of his shadowed past. His search for his roots leads him to Ashland Plantation, an elegant, decaying estate deep in the Mississippi Delta, where he presents himself as nothing more than a handyman in need of work. The disguise brings him closer to Ashland's long-buried secrets&#8230but also forces him to distance himself from his sudden passion for the plantation's beautiful mistress, Annabelle Ames, a woman whose lonely obsession with the past strangely mirrors his own&#8230

Sweet Dreams on Center Street

by Sheila Roberts

Sweet Dreams Chocolate Company has been in the Sterling family for generations, ever since Great-Grandma Rose literally dreamed up her first fabulous recipe. But now it looks as if they're about to lose Sweet Dreams to the bank--and that would be a disaster, not only for the family but for the town of Icicle Falls, Washington. Can Samantha, the oldest daughter and new head of the company, come up with a way to save it? Previously published as Better Than Chocolate.

Romance on Mountain View Road

by Sheila Roberts

What do women want? Jonathan Templar and his poker buddies can't figure it out. Take Jonathan, for instance. He's been in love with Lissa Castle since they were kids but, geek that he is, she's never seen him as her Mr. Perfect. He has one last shot--their high school reunion. Kyle Long is equally discouraged. The pretty receptionist at his office keeps passing him over for other guys who may be taller but are definitely not superior. And Adam Edwards might be the most successful of Jonathan's friends, but he isn't having any success on the home front. His wife's kicked him out. When Jonathan stumbles on a romance novel at the Icicle Falls library sale, he knows he's found the love expert he's been seeking--Vanessa Valentine, top-selling romance author. At first his buddies laugh at him for reading romance novels, but soon they, too, realize that these stories are the world's best textbooks on love. Poker night becomes book club night...and when all is read and done, they're going to be the kind of men women want! Previously published as What She Wants.

The Four Seasons

by Mary Alice Monroe

As girls they had rejoiced in a world where dreams are born. Until the fateful day that changed their lives forever. Now grown women, the Season sisters--Jillian, Beatrice and Rose-have lost the ability to believe in life and in themselves. As they gather for the funeral of their youngest sister, Merry, they are reminded of a painful event from long ago, one that inspires a cross-country journey to find a stranger who might have the power to mend their shattered dreams. Previously published.


by Mary Alice Monroe

Sweetgrass is a historic tract of land in South Carolina that has been home to the Blakely family for eight generations. But Sweetgrass--named for the indigenous grass that grows in the area--is in trouble. Taxes are skyrocketing. Bulldozers are leveling the surrounding properties. And the Blakelys could be forced to sell the one thing that continues to hold their disintegrating family together. In this poignant novel of hope, acceptance and the powerful gift of forgiveness, Mary Alice Monroe paints an intimate portrait of a family that must learn to unravel old patterns and weave together a new future. Previously published.


by Mary Alice Monroe

E.R. nurse Ella Majors has seen all the misery that she can handle. Burned-out and unsure of her next step, she accepts the temporary position as caregiver to Marion Henderson, a frightened five-year-old who suffers from juvenile diabetes. But Ella soon realizes there is more sorrow in the isolated home than the little girl's illness can account for. Harris Henderson, a single father, seems better able to deal with the wild birds he rehabilitates in his birds-of-prey sanctuary than with his own daughter. Then something magical begins to happen: the timeless beauty of the South Carolina coast and the majestic grace of the wild birds weave a healing spell on the injured hearts at the sanctuary. But a troubled mother's unexpected return will test the fragile bonds of trust and new love, and reveal the inherent risks and exhilarating beauty of flying free. Previously published.

Edge of Twilight

by Maggie Shayne

Book 7 in Maggie Shayne's Bestselling Wings in the Night Series In Pursuit of a Legend They call him Edge, and he's determined to kill vampire hunter Frank Stiles, the obsessed vampire-hunter who murdered Edge's immortal companions, leaving him alone and possessed by his need for vengeance. But it's a vengeance he can carry out only with the help of the one they call the Golden Child. Amber Lily is alone among the undead. Known as the Golden Child, she's half human and half vampire, the only one of her kind and immensely valuable to her vampire kin--but none moreso than Edge. The moment they meet she finds him exciting, irresistible, and despite herself she's drawn into his hunt. But Amber Lily has a secret. Though she, too, has vowed to track down Stiles and confront him, she needs him alive, a desire Edge will see only as a betrayal. Will he be able to forgive her, or will their growing love be doomed for the long eternity of their lives? Don't miss a single title in Maggie Shayne's Wings in the Night series: Twilight Phantasies Twilight Memories Twilight Illusions, with bonus novella "Beyond Twilight" Born in Twilight, with bonus novella "Twilight Vows" Twilight Hunger Embrace the Twilight, with bonus novella "Run from Twilight" Edge of Twilight Blue Twilight, with bonus novella" Before Blue Twilight" Prince of Twilight Demon's Kiss Lover's Bite Twilight Hunger Bloodline, with bonus novella "Vampires in Paradise" Twilight Prophecy Twilight Fulfilled

The Dark Enquiry

by Deanna Raybourn

Recapture the mystery and magic of Lady Julia Gray with book 5 in Deanna Raybourn's fan-favorite seriesPartners now in marriage and in trade, Lady Julia and Nicholas Brisbane have finally returned from abroad to set up housekeeping in London. But merging their respective collections of gadgets, pets and servants leaves little room for the harried newlyweds themselves, let alone Brisbane's private enquiry business. Among the more unlikely clients: Julia&#39s very proper brother, Lord Bellmont, who swears Brisbane to secrecy about his case. Not about to be left out of anything concerning her beloved--if eccentric--family, spirited Julia soon picks up the trail of the investigation. It leads to the exclusive Ghost Club, where the alluring Madame Séraphine holds evening séances...and not a few powerful gentlemen in thrall. From this eerie enclave unfolds a lurid tangle of dark deeds, whose tendrils crush reputations and throttle trust. Shocked to find their investigation spun into salacious newspaper headlines, bristling at the tension it causes between them, the Brisbanes find they must unite or fall. For Bellmont&#39s sake--and more--they&#39ll face myriad dangers born of dark secrets, the kind men kill to keep....

Silent Night

by Deanna Raybourn

'Tis the season for an investigation in this fan-favorite Lady Julia Grey Christmas novellaAfter a year of marriage--and numerous adventures--Lady Julia and Brisbane hope for a quiet, intimate Christmas together--until they find themselves at her father's ancestral estate, Bellmont Abbey, with her eccentric family and a menagerie of animals. Nevertheless, Julia looks forward to a lively family gathering--but amongst the celebrations, a mystery stirs. There are missing jewels, new faces at the Abbey, and a prowling ghost that brings back unwelcome memories from a previous holiday--one that turned deadly. Is a new culprit recreating crimes of the past? And will Brisbane let Julia investigate--? Don't miss a single tale in the Lady Julia series--read the book that started it all, Silent in the Grave, available now.

Dark Road to Darjeeling

by Deanna Raybourn

Recapture the mystery and magic of Lady Julia Gray with book 4 in Deanna Raybourn's fan-favorite series After eight idyllic months in the Mediterranean, Lady Julia Grey and her detective husband are ready to put their investigative talents to work once more. At the urging of Julia&#39s eccentric family, they hurry to India to aid an old friend, the newly widowed Jane Cavendish. Living on the Cavendish tea plantation with the remnants of her husband's family, Jane is consumed with the impending birth of her child--and with discovering the truth about her husband&#39s death. Was he murdered for his estate? And if he was, could Jane and her unborn child be next? Amid the lush foothills of the Himalayas, dark deeds are buried and malicious thoughts flourish. The Brisbanes uncover secrets and scandal, illicit affairs and twisted legacies. In this remote and exotic place, exploration is perilous and discovery, deadly. The danger is palpable and, if they are not careful, Julia and Nicholas will not live to celebrate their first anniversary.

The Girl with the Golden Spurs

by Ann Major

Book One of the Golden Spurs series. From the cradle, Lizzy Kemble had the powerful sense that she didn't belong in her family's notorious Texas empire. Her desire for land-grabbing Cole Knight, embittered son of the neighboring rancher, proved her right. Her daddy had done everything possible to turn her into a proper Kemble--all the way to leaving his vast Golden Spurs Ranch in her hands after he fell victim to a stroke. But when her father's death turns out to be murder, Lizzy knows someone is willing to kill to claim the Kemble wealth&#8230and she's next on the hit list. With the Golden Spurs at risk, she';s fighting back&#8230but who is the enemy? The enigmatic Cole? Her cutthroat family? Caught in a high-stakes game of win, lose or die, Lizzy is forced to gamble her ranch, her heart, her very life for the truth behind the Golden Spurs. Previously Published.

Susan Mallery Fool's Gold Series Volume Five

by Susan Mallery

Secret desires bloom and love awakens in Susan Mallery's New York Times bestselling Fool's Gold series.To Jack McGarry, Larissa Owens is just another one of the guys--he discovers her secret feelings for him. Will it be friendship or true love for this former football hero? When Sam Ridge--who's had notoriously bad breaks with women--meets Dellina Hopkins, he thinks his luck is about to change. But this time, will Dellina be the one to run? Even in four-inch heels, high-powered PR woman Taryn Crawford never backs down. Unless, of course, brooding Angel Whittaker can convince her that surrender feels even better than victory...Collected here for the first time, the fifth volume of Fool's Gold romances brings you back to the enchanting California town where passion flourishes. Susan Mallery's Fool's Gold Collection, Volume FiveWhen We MetBefore We KissUntil We Touch

The McKettricks: Luck, Pride and Heart

by Linda Lael Miller

Revisit New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller's reader-favorite series of cowboys staking claims to their land--and the women they love...McKettrick's LuckJesse McKettrick's Indian Rock ties run deep. The Triple M Ranch is in his blood, along with the thrill of risk. But with his land at stake, this world-class poker player won't be dealt into Cheyenne Bridges's tempting gamble. Cheyenne left Indian Rock's painful memories behind to become a self-made woman. Now her job is to convince Jesse to sell his property. Sparks of attraction fly, tempting Cheyenne to lay it all on the line for the passion she sees in Jesse's eyes.McKettrick's PrideA down-to-earth ex-rancher, Rance McKettrick is determined to make a fresh start with his two young daughters. He sure doesn't need Indian Rock's free-spirited new bookstore owner, Echo Wells, confusing his choices--and raising memories he'd rather forget. But irresistible attraction might force Rance and Echo to come to grips with who they really are...and find a once-in-a-lifetime happiness.McKettrick's HeartKeegan McKettrick has learned the hard way that women can't be trusted. The only female in his life these days is the young daughter he sees all too rarely. Until beautiful but mysterious Molly Shields arrives--and keeping a suspicious eye on her becomes Keegan's full-time hobby. Molly doesn't know why she's attracted to a man determined to dig up dirt on her but he might be the one person who can truly understand her shadowy past--and if the two can risk opening their hearts, they just might forge a brighter future.


by Lori Foster

Firefighter Ethan Winters may be his hometown's new hero, but he's played a starring role in Rosie Carrington's fantasies for years. And Rosie has had just about enough of waiting patiently for Ethan to get over the past and see what's right under his nose. She'll do whatever it takes to fan the flames between them...but will Ethan prove too hot to handlePreviously published.


by Lori Foster

Regina Foxworth has no clue why an unknown assailant is out to get a small-town reporter like her. Or why the police won't take her concerns seriously. So Regina gets a guard dog--make that a four-pound "guard" Chihuahua! --and signs up for self-defense classes. But defending herself is the last thing on her mind when sexy instructor Riley Moore has her pinned to the mat.Previously Published.

The Rebel

by J. R. Ward

Only one woman can tame him. The first Moorehouse Legacy novel from New York Times bestselling author J.R. Ward writing as Jessica Bird.Entrepreneur Nate Walker does whatever it takes to carve out his place in life. After rejecting his family's legacy and losing a gold-digging fiancé in the process, it's just him, his chef knives and his trusty old car on the road to developing a five-star restaurant... until the trusty old car breaks down in the Adirondacks, leading him right to White Caps Inn... and Frankie Moorehouse.Suddenly Nate has a job he doesn't really need--and an affair that has to end when summer does. Except Frankie has a way about her. She gets under his skin. She even makes him want to do what he never thought he could: stay forever.A reader-favorite story originally published as Beauty and the Black Sheep.

The Player

by J. R. Ward

A powerful man finds the one woman who completes him. The second Moorehouse Legacy novel from New York Times bestselling author J.R. Ward writing as Jessica Bird.Ruthless might as well be Gray Bennett's middle name. When the renowned Washington, D.C., insider talks, powerful people listen. But Gray hasn't come home to Saranac Lake to play politics. Or play at all. A tragedy has brought Gray Bennett back to face everything he thought he'd left behind.Including the most unlikely of women. The mousy redhead who used to run around the Moorehouse B and B--the one he never noticed--is now all fiery hair and lush curves. But sweet Joy Moorehouse is too innocent for a cynic like him. So Gray won't let himself lay a hand on her...until the night he can no longer resist the woman she has become. That's when he discovers a secret that leaves him gasping for breath--and wanting more.A reader-favorite story originally published as His Comfort and Joy.

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