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Courage is tested, myths come to life, and long-held secrets are revealed Lilith Bennette runs at midnight. She scales walls in the dark and climbs without a harness. <P><P>She hopes that if she follows exactly in the steps of her strong air force pilot mother, she'll somehow figure out the mystery of her mother's death--and the reason why her necklace of Greek symbols has been missing ever since. So when Lil is invited to Crete for a Future Leaders International conference, the same conference her mom attended years ago, she jumps at the chance to find some answers. But things in Melios Manor are not what they seem. Lil finds herself ensnared in an adventure of mythological proportions that leads her and her friends through the very labyrinth in which the real Minotaur was imprisoned. And they're not in there alone. <P>What secrets does the labyrinth hold, and will they help Lil find the truth about her mother? This book is perfect for older fans of Percy Jackson and the Olympians and the Heroes of Olympus--and anyone who wants to find out the true story behind the magic of the Greek gods.Praise for KEEPERS OF THE LABYRINTH:"Secret societies, mythology, and puzzles worthy of a Dan Brown novel all figure prominently in this thriller....
When his band of traveling players are taken in by a patron, Joliffe and company find that murder has taken their place in the spotlight--and it's up to them to catch a killer in the act.
Gabriel Tauhou, the leader of the silver dragons, can't take his eyes of May Northcott--not even when May, who has the unique talent of being able to hide in the shadows, has slipped from everyone else's sights. <P><P>May, however, has little time for Gabriel--not when she's hiding from the Otherworld law, hunting down a blackmailer, and trying to avoid a demon lord's demands. But her ability to withstand Gabriel's fire marks her as his mate, and he has no intention of letting her disappear into the darkness she seems to prefer. <P><P>Then May is ordered to steal one of Gabriel's treasures--an immensely important relic of all dragonkin--and he must decide which to protect: his love or his dragons.
In the spring of 1435, Joliffe and his fellow players are sent to the village of Ashewell not only to stage plays, but to uncover some dark secrets about the town's three wealthy families: the Ashewells, the Medcotes, and the Gosyns. <P><P>A rivalry has been brewing among the families, entangling the entire town in a web of seduction, deception, and blackmail. <P> Matters go beyond the breaking point when someone turns to murder to settle their grievances. And if one murder is good, why not another? If all the world is a stage, then it's up to Joliffe to bring the curtain down on this tragedy--before another man takes his final curtain call...
Fire Chief Stella Griffin is working to solve the mysterious death of her predecessor, Eric Gamlyn--who also haunts her cabin. Yet the more she learns, the more burning questions she must answer. Just as Stella thinks she has a lead from Deputy Chum, someone snuffs her hopes--and the lawman. <P><P> Adding fuel to the fire, Stella's parents soon arrive--with her ex-boyfriend--hoping to persuade her to return to Chicago. Now Stella is torn between the life she left behind and uncovering what happened to her ghostly friend. But she'd better think fast or more than her investigation could go up in flames...
At the behest of his powerful patron, Joliffe journeys to France to act as a servant to the widowed duchess Jacquetta of Bedford?while actually training in spycraft. But when a member of the duchess?s household is murdered, Joliffe learns just how dangerous secrets can be...
Do games hold the secret to better productivity? If you've ever found yourself engrossed in Angry Birds, Call of Duty, or a plain old crossword puzzle when you should have been doing something more productive, you know how easily games hold our attention. <P><P>Hardcore gamers have spent the equivalent of 5. 93 million years playing World of Warcraft while the world collectively devotes about 5 million hours per day to Angry Birds. A colossal waste of time? Perhaps. But what if we could tap into all the energy, engagement, and brainpower that people are already expending and use it for more creative and valuable pursuits? Harnessing the power of games sounds like a New-Age fantasy, or at least a fad that's only for hip start-ups run by millennials in Silicon Valley. But according to Adam L. Penenberg, the use of smart game design in the workplace and beyond is taking hold in every sector of the economy, and the companies that apply it are witnessing unprecedented results. "Gamification" isn't just for consumers chasing reward points anymore. It's transforming, well, just about everything. <P> Penenberg explores how, by understanding the way successful games are designed, we can apply them to become more efficient, come up with new ideas, and achieve even the most daunting goals. He shows how game mechanics are being applied to make employees happier and more motivated, improve worker safety, create better products, and improve customer service. For example, Microsoft has transformed an essential but mind-numbing task-debugging software-into a game by having employees compete and collaborate to find more glitches in less time. Meanwhile, Local Motors, an independent automaker based in Arizona, crowdsources designs from car enthusiasts all over the world by having them compete for money and recognition within the community. As a result, the company was able to bring a cutting-edge vehicle to market in less time and at far less cost than the Big Three automakers. These are just two examples of companies that have tapped the characteristics that make games so addictive and satisfying. Penenberg also takes us inside organizations that have introduced play at work to train surgeons, aid in physical therapy, translate the Internet, solve vexing scientific riddles, and digitize books from the nineteenth century. Drawing on the latest brain science as well as his firsthand reporting from these cutting-edge companies, Penenberg offers a powerful solution for businesses and organizations of all stripes and sizes. .
Performing at the wedding of Sir Edmund Deneby's daughter, the player Joliffe has another task to perform--as a spy. <P><P>As he uncovers the secrets of the Denebys' sordid history, it becomes clear that this wedding celebration is destined to end in tragedy.
As the Tarver Elementary School PTA president, Beth Kennedy is always on the go--especially when someone puts murder on the agenda. <P><P> Beth has been running nonstop to be the best PTA president, bookstore owner, and single parent ever, which is why her friend Marina is staging an intervention. Beth needs to take a break--and that means letting someone else organize the PTA's upcoming eightieth-anniversary event. <P> But when Cookie Van Doorne, one of the event speakers, dies of suspicious causes, Beth decides to make an intervention of her own to find out what happened. When she discovers that Cookie was poisoned, the next order of business is catching a killer whose break is almost over.
The amazing story of one of the greatest math problems of all time and the reclusive genius who solved itIn the tradition of Fermat's Enigma and Prime Obsession, George Szpiro brings to life the giants of mathematics who struggled to prove a theorem for a century and the mysterious man from St. Petersburg, Grigory Perelman, who fi nally accomplished the impossible.<P><P> In 1904 Henri Poincaré developed the Poincaré Conjecture, an attempt to understand higher-dimensional space and possibly the shape of the universe. The problem was he couldn't prove it. A century later it was named a Millennium Prize problem, one of the seven hardest problems we can imagine. Now this holy grail of mathematics has been found.Accessibly interweaving history and math, Szpiro captures the passion, frustration, and excitement of the hunt, and provides a fascinating portrait of a contemporary noble-genius.
The clues to a series of remorseless killings go up in smoke--and only Kay Scarpetta can find them.
A beloved multidisciplinary treatise comes to Penguin ClassicsRare is the work of philosophy that invites both the casual reader and the academic. Rare, too, is the text so universal that luminaries across an array of fields lay claim to it. <P><P>Yet, that is precisely the case with Gaston Bachelard's The Poetics of Space. A rumination on the spaces we inhabit and the dreams and memories that fill them, this seminal work continues to be studied and enjoyed by philosophers, architects, writers, and literary theorists alike.This new edition features a foreword by Mark Z. Danielewski, whose bestselling novel House of Leaves drew inspiration from Bachelard's writings, and an introduction by internationally renowned philosopher Richard Kearney who explains the book's enduring importance and its role within Bachelard's remarkable career.For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world.
Good thing Beth Kennedy likes to multi-task. As a PTA secretary, children's bookstore owner, and single mom, Beth has to work hard to schedule time for sleuthing... <P><P> Beth is excited about the spring PTA project--the Senior Story Session, which pairs elderly residents of Sunny Rest Assisted Living with Tarver Elementary students to produce a book that the PTA can sell as a fundraiser. <P> But her enthusiasm is dampened when she discovers one of her regular customers at the bookstore, Amy Jacobson, has died from bee stings. What are bees doing out so unseasonably early in Wisconsin--and why wouldn't Amy, who was deathly allergic, have taken greater care to avoid them? <P> Now it's up to Beth to get the buzz on who used killer bees to send Amy Jacobson to her eternal rest...
New girl Lucy is desperate for friends. She tries out for Beachwood High soccer, but despite her amazingly accurate kick, fails to make the team. When the Coach points out that varsity football is looking for a new kicker, Lucy is skeptical. <P><P>Football? Isn?t that a boys? game? But on the gridiron Lucy discovers that she feels strong?in control for the first time since her mother died. She loves football. She actually wants to play! (She also wants to hang out with super-cute quarterback Ryan Conner. But that?s just icing on the cake.) Too bad no one else wants her on the team. Not the boys? coach, not her teammates, and especially not her overprotective dad. Will Lucy cave in to the pressure? Or will she prove she?s pretty tough after all?
The Plateau Effect is a powerful law of nature that affects everyone. Learn to identify plateaus and break through any stagnancy in your life-- from diet and exercise, to work, to relationships. <P><P> The Plateau Effect shows how athletes, scientists, therapists, companies, and musicians around the world are learning to break through their plateaus--to turn off the forces that cause people to "get used to" things--and turn on human potential and happiness in ways that seemed impossible. The book identifies three key flattening forces that generate plateaus, two principles to guide readers in engineering a plateau's destruction, and three actions to take to achieve peak behavior. It helps us to stop wasting time on things that are no longer of value and to focus on the things that leverage our time and energy in spectacular ways. <P> Anything you want to do better--play guitar, make friends, communicate with your children, run a business--you can accomplish faster by understanding the plateau effect.
The New York Times bestseller that tells the story of Britain's greatest and worst dynasty--"a real-life Game of Thrones" (The Wall Street Journal)The first Plantagenet kings inherited a blood-soaked realm from the Normans and transformed it into an empire that stretched at its peak from Scotland to Jerusalem.<P><P> In this epic narrative history of courage, treachery, ambition, and deception, Dan Jones resurrects the unruly royal dynasty that preceded the Tudors. They produced England's best and worst kings: Henry II and his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, twice a queen and the most famous woman in Christendom; their son Richard the Lionheart, who fought Saladin in the Third Crusade; and his conniving brother King John, who was forced to grant his people new rights under the Magna Carta, the basis for our own bill of rights. Combining the latest academic research with a gift for storytelling, Jones vividly recreates the great battles of Bannockburn, Crécy, and Sluys and reveals how the maligned kings Edward II and Richard II met their downfalls. This is the era of chivalry and the Black Death, the Knights Templar, the founding of parliament, and the Hundred Years' War, when England's national identity was forged by the sword.
Welcome to Rolling Brook, Ohio, a quaint Amish community where life is less tranquil than it seems. Angela Braddock has come to Rolling Brook to lend a hand at her Aunt Eleanor's traditional Amish quilt shop.<P><P> But when Eleanor's quilting circle mourns the loss of their oldest member, Evelyn, they make a startling discovery about a tragic event in Evelyn's past. More than a decade earlier, during a barn raising, Evelyn's son Eric fell from the roof and died. Evelyn had always insisted that Eric was pushed, and now a clue in an old quilt convinces Angie to dig up the truth...and discover one of Rolling Brook's darkest secrets. Don't miss the first novel in the Amish Quilt Shop Mystery series, Murder, Plain and Simple.
Clive Cussler returns with a new novel in his New York Times bestselling Oregon Files, as Captain Juan Cabrillo and the motley crew of his high-tech spy ship take on their most extraordinary?and lethal?mission yet.
New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas has captivated America with her novels set in the small town of Harmony, Texas. <P><P>Now she tells the story of the three hard-luck men who first settled the town, a place where last chances and long-awaited dreams collide...<P> Desperate to escape his overbearing father, Patrick McAllen disappears with his bride, heading north to build a new town--discovering strength, honor and true love along the way. <P>After drinking away the grief from his family's death, Clint Truman avoids jail by taking a job in North Texas and settling down with a woman he vows to protect but never love--until her quiet compassion slowly breaks his hardened heart wide open...<P> All Gillian Matheson has ever known is Army life, leaving his true love to be a part-time spouse. But when a wounded Gillian returns home to find her desperately fighting to save their marriage, he's determined to become the husband she deserves.<P> Amidst storms, outlaws, and unwelcome relatives, the three couples band together to build a town--and form a bond that breathes life into the place that will forever be called Harmony.
America's all-time favorite food made easy, delicious-and healthy. Pizza Anytime serves up more than 200 recipes, from appetizers to main courses, and even desserts, of America's favorite food, pizza! <P><P>Now pizza lovers can enjoy this treat any time of the day. From Tex-Mex Appetizer Pizzas to filling meals of Irish Potato Crust Pizzas, and such dazzling desserts as the Caramel Apple Pizza Pie, JoAnna's tasty pies are quick to create-and healthy to consume.
When Pittsburgh Dad debuted on YouTube three years ago, creators Chris Preksta and Curt Wootton little suspected their sitcom would receive more than sixteen million views and turn their blue-collar everyman into a nationally known figure. <P><P>Illustrated with hilarious black-and-white photos, Pittsburgh Dad shares the best of the best, from rants about swimming pool rules to reflections on coaching little league to curmudgeonly movie reviews. With its heavy dose of nostalgia and pitch-perfect sensibility, Pittsburgh Dad will have readers laughing in recognition, especially thosewho love recent blockbusters like Sh*t My Dad Says and Dad Is Fat.
Cricket Creek, Kentucky, is a sweet river town known for its theater, shopping, and cuisine. But tough times are crushing tourism--until a hard-swinging baseball team and three hometown heroes begin revitalizing the community one inning at a time. <P><P> Determined to prove her independence, Mia Monroe is no longer Daddy's little rich girl. Buying an old car with the last of her money, she sets out for who knows where...until her clunker clunks out in Cricket Creek. With no plan and no credit cards, Mia has to find more resilience than she's ever needed before. And a little help from an attractive new acquaintance wouldn't hurt... <P> As first baseman for the Cricket Creek Cougars, Cameron Patrick has two jobs: win games and stay out of trouble. If he can do both, he might just make it back to the minor leagues. He knows Mia is trouble from the moment she catches his eye--but he can't stop looking. And maybe her kind of trouble is exactly what he needs.
Pinkerton's Great Detective: The Rough-and-Tumble Career of James McParland, America's Sherlock Holmesby Beau Riffenburgh
The story of the legendary Pinkerton detective who took down the Molly Maguires and the Wild BunchThe operatives of the Pinkerton's National Detective Agency were renowned for their skills of subterfuge, infiltration, and investigation, none more so than James McParland.<P><P> So thrilling were McParland's cases that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle included the cunning detective in a story along with Sherlock Holmes.Riffenburgh digs deep into the recently released Pinkerton archives to present the first biography of McParland and the agency's cloak-and-dagger methods. Both action packed and meticulously researched, Pinkerton's Great Detective brings readers along on McParland's most challenging cases: from young McParland's infiltration of the murderous Molly Maguires gang in the case that launched his career to his hunt for the notorious Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch to his controversial investigation of the Western Federation of Mines in the assassination of Idaho's former governor.Filled with outlaws and criminals, detectives and lawmen, Pinkerton's Great Detective shines a light upon the celebrated secretive agency and its premier sleuth.
Jessica Thornton is a long way from her native England. An author and milliner, she carries the weight of a scandalous secret-a horrible shame that has brought her to the West on a desperate search for the only family she can trust: her brother. <P><P>No one prepared Jessica for the heat and the hardships-or for a man like Brady Wilkins, a man strong enough to carve out a home in the wilderness, and passionate enough to restore her faith in herself and in her heart.
Everyone has a unique vision of a prosperous and secure future. What's yours? If someone asked you to describe prosperity and security, what would you see in your mind's eye? Is it finally taking that trip to Paris? A beautiful beach house?<P><P> Or maybe making that last mortgage payment and staying right where you are? In your vision are you captaining a sailboat? Hiking through a redwood forest? Or simply enjoying a precious moment of peace and contentment?When it comes to financial planning, it's easy to jump right into the minutiae of investments, skipping over the deeper questions of what you really want from your money, both now and in the future. But in Picture Your Prosperity, Ellen Rogin and Lisa Kueng do the opposite. First they'll help you figure out exactly what you need and want. Only then will they show you how to make the smart money decisions that can help turn your vision into reality.If the thought of financial planning and investing sounds about as appealing as a trip to the dentist, you're not alone. <P>Many of us avoid the process because it feels too stressful, boring, or difficult. But as Ellen and Lisa have learned from their years in financial services, thinking about money becomes exciting and fun when it's tied to your personal vision instead of a pile of technical details. And it can be easier than you think.Once your goal is clear, the authors show you how to design your investments to create the life you've envisioned. Soon you'll feel more in control of your finances and on the road to the things that matter most. You'll be able to create a plan that's broken down into manageable and, dare we say it, enjoyable steps. You'll learn how to handle your money with more joy and less stress, even during turbulent times. And you'll explore ways your financial moves can have a huge positive impact on other people.<P>As Rogin and Kueng write, "Your money is important, but money is meaningless if it can't be connected to the rest of your life. Who cares what the totals on your balance sheet or in your bank account are if you can't use them to build the kind of future you want? What good is having a brilliant investment strategy if you worry incessantly about losing it, constantly fight with your partner about money, or come home and kick your dog on days the market drops? What if instead you felt positive, peaceful, and prosperous?Get ready to feel more excited than ever about your money, and about all the good things it can bring.
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