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Bombs and Guacamole

by Ba Tortuga

ER doctor Dusty Lowry grew up in a conservative rural Texas family that has never quite forgiven him for staying in New Mexico after his stint in the Army. Paramedic Nate Miller, Dusty's best friend since their early Army days, has a hippie momma, a tiny apartment, and is in lust with his buddy. When their other Army friend, Kyle, gets married, they start thinking about settling down. In fact, they both know what they want: each other. Too bad they've never shared that goofy little fact. A trip to visit Dusty's family in Texas changes everything, and Dusty and Nate aren't sure where to go from there. Good thing they're smart guys, and between a series of bombings that target first responders, their friend Kyle's wife getting pregnant, and more than one bowl of guacamole, they begin to figure out how to have a relationship. But as the bombings get closer to home, Nate and Dusty must navigate love and commitment before they lose their chance.

Forbidden Monastery

by Sam C. Leonhard

Rage: Book OneRage is a seasoned assassin, and he lives by his own rules. One of them forbids him to kill children, and at sixteen, his new target is definitely too young to die. Instead of breaking her neck, he kidnaps Lucinda of Babylon--and soon finds out the girl has the knack to annoy the hell out of him. As if taking care of a stubborn girl isn't enough of a burden, Lucinda's best friend Keiran joins their escape. And falls in love with Rage. And totally ignores the fact that the man in black, who cannot and will not use magic even to save his own life, does not love him back. Staying one step ahead of a madman who is desperate to end their lives, Rage and his unwilling companions travel to the Forbidden Monastery, a place where horrible magical experiments once took place. There are ghosts screaming for their blood and dangerous, wild magic is always ready to strike. At the end of the day, two people are dead, and Rage realizes with bitter clarity that his heart can break just as easily as it did when he was young.

The Lonely War

by Alan Chin

3rd EditionThe realities of war are brutal for any man, but for a Buddhist like Andrew Waters, they're unthinkable. And reconciling his serene nature with the savagery of World War II isn't the only challenge Andrew faces. First, he must overcome the deep prejudice his half-Chinese ancestry evokes from his shipmates, a feat he manages by providing them with the best meals any destroyer crew ever had. Then he falls in love with his superior officer, and the two men struggle to satisfy their growing passion within the confines of the military code of conduct. In a distracted moment, he reveals his sexuality to the crew, and his effort to serve his country seems doomed. When the ship is destroyed, Andrew and the crew are interned in Changi, a notorious Japanese POW camp. In order to save the life of the man he loves, Andrew agrees to become the commandant's whore. He uses his influence with the commandant to help his crew survive the hideous conditions, but will they understand his sacrifice or condemn him as a traitor? First edition published by Zumaya Publications, November 2009.Second edition published by Dreamspinner Press, April 2012.

The Boys on the Mountain

by John Inman

Jim Brandon has a new house, and boy, is it a pip. Built high on the side of the San Diego mountains by a legendary B-movie actor of the 1930s, Nigel Letters, the house is not only gorgeous, but supposedly haunted. As a writer of horror novels, Jim couldn't be happier. But after a string of ghostly events sets Jim's teeth on edge and scares the bejesus out of his dog, Jim begins to dig into the house's history. What he finds is enough to creep out anybody. Even Jim. It seems long dead Nigel Letters had a few nasty habits back in his day. And unhappily for Jim, the old bastard still has some tricks up his sleeve. As Jim welcomes his ex, Michael, and a bevy of old friends for a two-week visit to help christen the new house, he soon realizes his old friends aren't the only visitors who have come to call.

Winterwode

by J Tullos Hennig

Book Three of The WodeRobyn Hood is the undisputed ruler of the wild, green Wode. Reunited with his sister Marion and his lover Gamelyn, Robyn and his band of outlaws seek to raise the Ceugant--the magical trine of the Old Religion--against the tyranny of Church and Crown. Yet their forest kingdom is roiling with conflict. Marion has been made welcome, but old shackles and new fears hamper her true promise. Gamelyn is torn between oaths of heart and head--and the outlaws never let him forget he was but recently Guy of Gisbourne, defrocked Templar and Robyn's fiercest enemy. When a lone traveler is waylaid on the road, a common occurrence quickly proves uncommon. Knight and Maiden, Archer and Men, all are conscripted to aid a Queen's--and ultimately a King's--ransom. For beneath winter's chill is awakening the deepest of magics, and there are those who seek the power of Robyn Hood and his Shire Wode for their own ends.

Making Global Value Chains Work for Development

by Deborah Winkler Daria Taglioni

Economic, technological, and political shifts as well as changing business strategies have driven firms to unbundle production processes and disperse them across countries. Thanks to these changes, developing countries can now increase their participation in global value chains (GVCs) and thus become more competitive in agriculture, manufacturing and services. This is a paradigm shift from the 20th century when countries had to build the entire supply chain domestically to become competitive internationally. For policymakers, the focus is on boosting domestic value added and improving access to resources and technology while advancing development goals. However, participating in global value chains does not automatically improve living standards and social conditions in a country. This requires not only improving the quality and quantity of production factors and redressing market failures, but also engineering equitable distributions of opportunities and outcomes - including employment, wages, work conditions, economic rights, gender equality, economic security, and protecting the environment. The internationalization of production processes helps with very few of these development challenges. Following this perspective, Making Global Value Chains Work for Development offers a strategic framework, analytical tools, and policy options to address this challenge. The book conceptualizes GVCs and makes it easier for policymakers and practitioners to discuss them and their implications for development. It shows why GVCs require fresh thinking; it serves as a repository of analytical tools; and it proposes a strategic framework to guide policymakers in identifying the key objectives of GVC participation and in selecting suitable economic strategies to achieve them.

Wolf's-own: Incendiary

by Carole Cummings

2nd EditionWolf's-own: Book FourIncendiary. Catalyst. Once-Untouchable. Fen Jacin-rei has already changed worlds. So why can't the gods just leave him alone? Why can't everyone? His sanity once more in question, Fen finds himself faced with the reality of what the gods wants from him this time. And with Malick suddenly unavailable, Fen will have to face it alone. ...Or maybe not. Old enemies and new allies seek "Kamen's Untouchable" and it's going to take everything Fen's got to figure out which ones are which. And it's going to take perhaps more than Fen's got to figure out which ones are even real.First Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, June 2012.

The Eye and the Arm

by Andrew Q. Gordon

Champion of the Gods: Book TwoAfter defeating Meglar at Belsport, Farrell returns to Haven to recover from his injuries, but Khron, the god of war, has other ideas. He gives Farrell a new mission: free the survivors of the ancient dwarf realm of Trellham from their three-thousand-year banishment. To fulfill Khron's near impossible task, Farrell will need the help of his distance ancestor, the legendary wizard Kel. But Kel has been dead for a thousand years. Farrell finds information hinting that Kel is alive, so he moves his search to Dumbarten, Kel's birthplace. To reach Dumbarten unannounced, Farrell and Miceral disguise themselves as mercenaries on board a merchant vessel. Their journey is disrupted when pirates attack their ship. While attempting to subdue the attack, Farrell is struck down by one of Meglar's minions. Unconscious and trapped in his own mind, Farrell's only chance for survival rests with Miceral and the peregrine king Rothdin entering his thoughts and helping him sort fact from illusion. To reach Farrell, they will need to rely on an untested spell from one of Kel's spellbooks. If they succeed, Miceral can guide Farrell home safely. If not, Farrell will destroy not only himself, but Miceral, Rothdin, and everyone around him.

Soufflés at Sunrise

by M. J. O'Shea Anna Martin

"Welcome to a new season of Burned, where we find fresh new cooking talent... and a few culinary disasters! Every season we do something a little different, and this time it's all about the sweet things in life. Get ready in week one as twenty pastry chef hopefuls and dessert connoisseurs compete for the thirteen coveted workspaces in our *Burned* kitchen. With stakes this big, we ask the one question on everyone's mind: Do these chefs have what it takes to rise to the top? Or will they get Burned?" Burned contestants Chase and Kai are attracted from the start and can't wait to spend more time getting to know each other... until they see the first episode treatment and realize the producers intend to portray them as bitter enemies. At first it's fun to pretend to bicker--enemies on film, lovers when the cameras stop rolling--but soon it's hard not to take the faux rivalry seriously. It's only when their choice is to band together and bake their way to the final or get burned that they find where their real loyalties lie.

The Wrong Man

by Lane Hayes

A Right and Wrong StorySuccessful owner of an upscale boutique in fabulous West Hollywood, Brandon Good swears by his personal edict to "live in the present." After a bad breakup, he agrees to dog-sit to keep his mind off his ex. Never did he expect the dog to belong to a man from his past, the only man to ever truly break his heart. When Jake Westley relocates to join the WeHo fire department, the last thing he anticipates is reuniting with his secret high school love. Thrilled with the prospect of reconnecting with Bran, Jake feels no guilt in using his charming old dog as an unwitting matchmaker. As he and Bran rekindle their friendship, it becomes clear the intense attraction they once felt is stronger than ever. But as hard as they try to leave the past behind, painful memories resurface. Bran will have to confront his fears and consider the possibility that the man he swore was absolutely the wrong one might be perfect after all.

Please Remember Me

by Jacob Z. Flores

Successful lawyer Santi Herrera couldn't be happier with the direction his life is taking. Not only is he on track to becoming a partner in his law firm, but he's planning his wedding to Hank Burton, a south Texas contractor who has made a name for himself despite his humble beginnings. The introverted lone wolf Santi and the friendly, outgoing Hank complement each other perfectly. From the moment they laid eyes on each other, they were hooked, and as far as Santi and Hank are concerned, a happily ever after is their destiny. But fate deals them a devastating new hand. A construction accident leaves Hank with severe head trauma and brings him precariously close to death. When he finally awakens, Hank doesn't remember Santi or the love they shared for the past three years. Santi faces the greatest challenge of his life. Can he respark a flame his lover can't recall? And can he stop the diverging paths that fickle fate charts between them? Santi has faith in the love he and Hank shared and in the words his father once spoke to him: "It's never too late to fall in love. All over again."

A Candle in the Sun

by L. J. Labarthe

Sequel to A Fire in the HeartArchangel Chronicles: Book NineIt is time for final revelations and an end to the enemies' machinations. Now that they have all the information needed to fight the decisive battle, the Brotherhood of Archangels, led by Michael and Gabriel, march hand in hand into the very den of terror and fear. With their allies, the Archdemon Guild of Glass Knives and the Venatores, they face uncertainty and the possibility of their destruction. But Gabriel is determined not to fail, and Michael's love for him gives him strength. Now is not the time for sword and shield, however, but the time for guile and cunning. Gabriel and Michael must rely more and more on old foes now turned allies, and with growing uncertainty that they will prevail and save not just humanity and Earth, but all life everywhere. As the ultimate confrontation draws close, Michael and Gabriel must battle fear, anger, and doubt as they strive to save the world and each other.

A Fire in the Heart

by L. J. Labarthe

Sequel to A Shot in the DarkArchangel Chronicles: Book EightEmotions run high as Archangels Gabriel and Michael join forces with their Brotherhood and their old allies, the Archdemon Guild of Glass Knives, to fight the new forces of terror that threaten the world. Loyalties are tested and loves are strained, some to breaking point. This time, the threat is from a new direction, and no demons or rogue angels are involved. As their quest for victory continues, Gabriel and Michael and their allies find themselves drawn into the murky world of crime and speculations where who lives and who dies is determined by cash. As all seems hopeless, their every measure failing, Gabriel and Michael must comfort one another and their loved ones. But even as they do all they can to save the world, can they save their love?

The Gilded Scarab

by Anna Butler

When Captain Rafe Lancaster is invalided out of the Britannic Imperium's Aero Corps after crashing his aerofighter during the Second Boer War, his eyesight is damaged permanently, and his career as a fighter pilot is over. Returning to Londinium in late November 1899, he's lost the skies he loved, has no place in a society ruled by an elite oligarchy of powerful Houses, and is hard up, homeless, and in desperate need of a new direction in life. Everything changes when he buys a coffeehouse near the Britannic Imperium Museum in Bloomsbury, the haunt of Aegyptologists. For the first time in years, Rafe is free to be himself. In a city powered by luminiferous aether and phlogiston, and where powerful men use House assassins to target their rivals, Rafe must navigate dangerous politics, deal with a jealous and possessive ex-lover, learn to make the best coffee in Londinium, and fend off murder and kidnap attempts before he can find happiness with the man he loves.

Red

by B. G. Thomas

Leslie "Red" Parks was pretty surprised to find he was considered attractive enough to be a male escort. And once he started and the money came rolling in, he found he didn't want to stop. For the first time in his life, people truly want him, and he likes that. A lot. Kirk Toliver has never thought of himself as desirable either--which is why he is single. That, and he has spent years of his life caring for his ill mother. Before she passed away, she made him promise he would splurge on something crazy with the money she left him. So what's crazier than hiring a male escort? But neither expected that one night together could lead to what was missing in both their lives.

Rise & Fall

by Charlie Cochet

THIRDS: Book FourAfter an attack by the Coalition leaves THIRDS Team Leader Sloane Brodie critically injured, agent Dexter J. Daley swears to make Beck Hogan pay for what he's done. But Dex's plans for retribution are short-lived. With Ash still on leave with his own injuries, Sloane in the hospital, and Destructive Delta in the Coalition's crosshairs, Lieutenant Sparks isn't taking any chances. Dex's team is pulled from the case, with the investigation handed to Team Leader Sebastian Hobbs. Dex refuses to stand by while another team goes after Hogan, and decides to put his old HPF detective skills to work to find Hogan before Theta Destructive, no matter the cost. With a lengthy and painful recovery ahead of him, the last thing Sloane needs is his partner out scouring the city, especially when the lies--however well-intentioned--begin to spiral out of control. Sloane is all too familiar with the desire to retaliate, but some things are more important, like the man who's pledged to stand beside him. As Dex starts down a dark path, it's up to Sloane to show him what's at stake, and finally put a name to what's in his heart.

Second Bite of the Cherry

by Louise Lyons

When Daniel Berrisford reluctantly agrees to accompany his best friend Kate to the New Year's Eve celebrations in London, he doesn't expect to enjoy himself. Daniel is pleasantly surprised to see his first boyfriend, James Allison, among the merrymakers. The pair haven't seen each other for four years, but as they talk and midnight approaches, it becomes clear the spark between them is still there. The New Year is a time for new beginnings, and for Daniel and James, it might be the time to give love another chance.A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2014 Advent Calendar package "Celebrate!".

Stardust

by Andrew Grey

Duncan is an ocean from home over the holidays and expects to spend them alone. To his pleasant surprise, one of his European co-workers, Georg, befriends him and includes Duncan in the holiday traditions of his homeland: cutting a Christmas tree under starry skies at Georg's country estate, decorating it at the family's city home, and shopping at the Christmas market in Munich. Both men are lonely and realize they have much in common. But Georg's life is in Germany and Duncan's is in Boston. With the project they're working on nearing completion, any chance for more than a holiday fling seems as elusive as stardust.A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2014 Advent Calendar package "Celebrate!".

Coming of Age

by Venona Keyes

Akiyoshi 'Aero' Kurokuma, author of the wildly popular manga, Ecos, lost his assistant when his best friend retired. After Aero collapses from exhaustion four years later, he is forced to run a contest for an assistant. Placing impossible rules on the contest, Aero is sure no one can win. But a winner emerges: a young man from America, Daniel Beck. The first time he lays eyes on Daniel, Aero realizes he'll have a hard time hiding his attraction. Daniel is a perfect assistant, but it doesn't help Aero see past the twenty-year age difference between them. It will take all of Daniel's charm and the prayers offered at the shrine to make Aero take a chance on the romance they both want.A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2014 Advent Calendar package "Celebrate!".

A Snowman Made of Sand

by J. J. Carroll

Last year in England, Australian Ethan Harvey not only met his "perfect" man in Tristan Lewin-Jones, Ethan shared a wonderful Christmas with Tristan's "perfect" family--an ideal British holiday full of genteel good cheer and all the traditional trimmings. Now Tris and Ethan are living in Sydney, and Tris wants the quintessential Australian beach Christmas, with sun, sand, surf, seafood... and the Harveys. But Ethan didn't mention the Harveys are politically incorrect, rude, crude, and loud. He worries his family will drive Tris away. Giving Tris the perfect beach Christmas with the imperfect Harveys is going to take a holiday miracle.A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2014 Advent Calendar package "Celebrate!".

Wait for Me

by T. S. Morgan

To fulfill his grandfather's final request, TJ Barclay travels to Scotland over Christmas to bury his ashes next to his lost love, so they can be together at last. While there, he meets Jamie, the orphaned grandson of the man his grandfather loved sixty years ago, before circumstances tore them apart. Concerned for Jamie, TJ can't leave Scotland without knowing he's all right. Neither man expected a love story from the past to ignite a new one in the present.A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2014 Advent Calendar package "Celebrate!".

FACS Basics: Building Skills to Last a Lifetime

by Oklahoma Department of Career Technology Education

Text book to cover basic life skills like:<P><P> * Personality, Dating and Close Relationships<P> * Communication and Conflict Resolution<P> * Physical Development<P> * Making Families Stronger <P> * Caring for Children<P> * Applying Design<P> * Sewing Basics<P> * Choosing and Caring for Clothing<P> * Promoting Good Health<P> * Nutrition<P> * Exploring Careers

What Father Christmas Left

by Felicitas Ivey

Ex-Pat American Jacob Moore is looking forward to hosting his traditional Christmas Eve party with his partner, Errol. They love the quiet night of friends and food at their house in London, and the break before dealing with family, presents, and Boxing Day. The quiet is shattered when Jacob's younger half sister, Pru, shows up on his doorstep, running away from home for a very good reason. Jacob has stayed in touch with her over the years, even though he's estranged from their father. But nothing prepared him for this. Now he has to decide what to do with this unexpected package from Father Christmas.A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2014 Advent Calendar package "Celebrate!".

Three Wise Men

by Connie Bailey

College friends Joon, Tae, and Sangsun parted ways after an aborted attempt at a threesome. Ten years later, life has carried them down very different paths, but Joon misses his friends and decides to invite them to his home in South Korea for Christmas. He believes they belong together, but convincing the others to defy tradition and try again will take faith, hope, and a lot of talking--especially since all three of them are still in the closet.A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2014 Advent Calendar package "Celebrate!".

The Eve That Finally Happened

by Diane Lennox

After seven years in Canada, Korean native Jae-ho Kim still hasn't had the special Christmas Eve date night that he would have enjoyed back home--a fact that has his sister, Soon-kyu, very upset during their yearly phone conversation. This year, Jae's lack of effort concerning his love life comes back to haunt him in the form of Christmas Eve ghosts, showing him very vividly what will become of him if he refuses to take a chance and find a date for Christmas Eve.A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2014 Advent Calendar package "Celebrate!".

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