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When Deanna's missing friend Hyde turns up at his father's funeral to claim his corporate empire and inheritance, she is swept into his glittering world of paparazzi and wealth.But re-kindling her friendship and the dizzying new emotions along for the ride are the least of her concerns. Because Deanna has a secret - and somebody knows. Someone who is out to get Hyde. And if she doesn't play along, and help the enemy destroy him...she will be sold to the highest bidder in the black market for human swans.Now Deanna is struggling to break free from the gilded cage that would trap her forever...Feather Bound is a dark debut reminiscent of Gabriel García Márquez's A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings, and the twisted truth behind the fairy tale of Cinderella.
After barely surviving a plot to destroy her school and its menagerie of alien patients, could things get worse for novice exoveterinarian Zenn Scarlett? Yes, they could: her absent father has been kidnapped.Desperate to find him, Zenn stows away aboard the Helen of Troy, a starliner powered by one of the immense, dimension-jumping beasts known as Indra. With her is Liam Tucker, a Martian boy who is either very fond of her, very dangerous to her, or both. On the verge of learning the truth about her missing dad, Zenn's quest suddenly catapults her and Liam thousands of light years beyond known space, and into the dark heart of a monstrous conspiracy.From the Trade Paperback edition.
A tale exploring Marjani's first steps beyond Qilar, when she is dismissed from her home for scandalous behaviour. Marjani's ship is stolen by pirates and, in order to save her own life, she pretends to know great treasure.
BLACK DOG by Rachel Neumeier takes the reader into a hidden world of magic, war, and shapeshifting that exists just behind the headlines of the human world. Think of it as Robin McKinley's SUNSHINE but with werewolves instead of vampires.Natividad is Pure, one of the rare girls born able to wield magic. Pure magic can protect humans against the supernatural evils they only half-acknowledge--the blood kin or the black dogs. In rare cases--like for Natividad's father and older brother--Pure magic can help black dogs find the strength to control their dark powers. But before Natividad's mother can finish teaching her magic their enemies find them. Their entire village in the remote hills of Mexico is slaughtered by black dogs. Their parents die protecting them. Natividad and her brothers must flee across a strange country to the only possible shelter: the infamous black dogs of Dimilioc, who have sworn to protect the Pure. In the snowy forests of Vermont they are discovered by Ezekiel Korte, despite his youth the strongest black dog at Dimilioc and the appointed pack executioner. Intrigued by Natividad he takes them to Dimilioc instead of killing them.Now they must pass the tests of the Dimilioc Master. Alejandro must prove he can learn loyalty and control even without his sister's Pure magic. Natividad's twin Miguel must prove that an ordinary human can be more than a burden to be protected. And even at Dimilioc a Pure girl like Natividad cannot remain unclaimed to cause fighting and distraction. If she is to stay she must choose a black dog mate. But, first, they must all survive the looming battle.
Hanna has spent her life hearing about the adventures of her namesake Ananna, the lady pirate, and assassin Naji. She dreams of the same adventures, but little does she know she is about to tumble into one of her own. Hanna is apprenticed to a taciturn fisherman called Kolur, and, during a day of storms and darkness, are swept wildly off course. In this strange new land, Kolur hires a stranger to join the crew and, rather than heading home, sets a course for the dangerous island of Jadanvar. As Hanna meets a secretive merboy, and learns that Kolur has a deadly past, she soon realises that wishing for adventures is a dangerous game - because those wishes might come true.
[from the back cover] "Dr. Deirdre "Didi" Nightingale is finding the dwindling dairy industry hard on her practice--and her pocketbook. Thinking that racehorses might be the winning ticket to more business, she heads to a vet conference in Atlantic City to find out. But when Didi finds a famous horse doctor mysteriously murdered, and his widow offers her a hefty sum to edit his unfinished book, Didi is pulled into a conspiracy where the stakes are high and life seems to be cheap. Now, Didi might have to choose between making a living, and just plain living...." The Dr. Nightingale series is top shelf reading for both mystery and animal lovers. Animals populate all of Didi's adventures and are described with warmth and knowledge as Didi, a rural vet, goes about getting herself into and out of trouble as she investigates murders she happens to stumble upon unexpectedly at locations like a farmyard, a circus, and a gala ball. Look for the other books in the Dr. Nightingale series including #1 Dr. Nightingale Comes Home, #2 Dr. Nightingale Rides the Elephant, #3 Dr. Nightingale Goes To The Dogs, #4 Dr. Nightingale Goes the Distance, #5 Dr. Nightingale Enters the Bear Cave, #6 Dr. Nightingale Chases Three Little Pigs, #7 Dr. Nightingale Rides to the Hounds, #8 Dr. Nightingale Meets Puss in Boots, #10 Dr. Nightingale Traps the Missing Lynx, #11 Dr. Nightingale Seeks Greener Pastures, and #12 Dr. Nightingale Follows a Canine Clue. Look for the Complete 21 volume Alice Nestleton Mystery series in the Bookshare collection also by Lydia Adamson. Alice is a mostly out of work actress and part time cat sitter in New York City. View the fascinating big city through her eyes as she solves mysteries where cats, in addition to her own two pets, are at least tangentially involved.
An ebook original short story set before The Assassin's Curse.You've read The Assassin's Curse. You've met Naji. Now go back in time and see Naji in his earlier years, as he seeks a target and ends up clashing with Leila, the river witch.
To some, Meg Banks' life might look perfect - she lives in a huge house in West London, goes to a prestigious school, and has famous parents. Only Meg knows the truth: her tyrannical mother rules the house and her shallow friends can talk about nothing but boys and drinking. Meg's only escape is her secret life as a graffiti artist.While out tagging one night, Meg witnesses the dying moments of a fox... a fox that shapeshifts into a man. As he dies, he gives Meg a beautiful and mysterious gemstone. It isn't long before Meg realises that she's also inherited his power to shift and finds an incredible new freedom in fox form.She is plunged into the shadowy underworld of London, the territory of the five warring groups of shapeshifters - the Skulk, the Rabble, the Conspiracy, the Horde, and the Cluster. Someone is after her gemstone, however, someone who can twist nature to his will. Meg must discover the secret of the stone and unite the shapeshifters before her dream of freedom turns into a nightmare.
16 year old Taylor Oh is cursed: if she is touched by the ghost of a murder victim then they pass a mark beneath her skin. She has three weeks to find their murderer and pass the mark to them - letting justice take place and sending them into the Darkness. And if she doesn't make it in time? The Darkness will come for her... She spends her life trying to avoid ghosts, make it through school where she's bullied by popular Justin and his cronies, keep her one remaining friend, and persuade her father that this is real and that she's not going crazy.And then Justin is murdered and everything gets a whole lot worse. Justin doesn't know who killed him, so there's no obvious person for Taylor to go after. The clues she has lead her to the V Club, a vicious secret-society at her school where no one is allowed to leave... And where Justin was dared to do the stunt which led to his death. Can she find out who was responsible for his murder before the Darkness comes for her? Can she put aside her hatred for her former bully to truly help him? And what happens if she starts to fall for him?
When is a game not a game?Tyler MacCandless can't focus, even when he takes his medication. He can't focus on school, on his future, on a book, on much of anything other than taking care of his older brother, Brandon, who's in rehab for heroin abuse... again.Tyler's dad is dead and his mom has mentally checked out. The only person he can really count on is his Civilian Air Patrol Mentor, Rick. The one thing in life it seems he doesn't suck at is playing video games and, well, thats probably not going to get him into college.Just when it seems like his future is on a collision course with a life sentence at McDonald's, Rick asks him to test a video game. If his score's high enough, it could earn him a place in flight school and win him the future he was certain that he could never have. And when he falls in love with the game's designer, the legendary gamer Ani, Tyler thinks his life might finally be turning around.That is, until Brandon goes MIA from rehab and Tyler and Ani discover that the game is more than it seems. Now Tyler will have to figure out what's really going on in time to save his brother... and prevent his own future from going down in flames.
Zenn Scarlett is a bright, determined, occasionally a-little-too-smart-for-her-own-good 17-year-old girl training hard to become an exoveterinarian. That means she's specializing in the treatment of exotic alien life forms, mostly large and generally dangerous. Her novice year of training at the Ciscan Cloister Exovet Clinic on Mars will find her working with alien patients from whalehounds the size of a hay barn to a baby Kiran Sunkiller, a colossal floating creature that will grow up to carry a whole sky-city on its back.But after a series of inexplicable animal escapes from the school and other near-disasters, the Cloister is in real danger of being shut down by a group of alien-hating officials. If that happens, Zenn knows only too well the grim fate awaiting the creatures she loves.Now, she must unravel the baffling events plaguing her school, before someone is hurt or killed, before everything she cares about is ripped away from her and her family forever. To solve this mystery - and live to tell about it - Zenn will have to put her new exovet skills to work in ways she never imagined, and in the process learn just how powerful compassion and empathy can be.
When Emilie and Daniel arrive in Silk Harbor, Professor Abindon, an old colleague of the Marlendes, warns them that she's observed something strange and potentially deadly in the sky, a disruption in an upper air aether current. But as the Marlendes investigate further, they realize it's a ship from another aetheric plane. It may be just a friendly explorer, or something far more sinister, but they will have to take an airship into the dangerous air currents to find out.Emilie joins the expedition and finds herself deep in personal entanglements, with an angry uncle, an interfering brother, and an estranged mother to worry about - not to mention a lost family of explorers, the strange landscapes of the upper air, and the deadly menace that inhabits the sky world.
While running away from home for reasons that are eminently defensible, Emilie's plans to stow away on the steamship Merry Bell and reach her cousin in the big city go awry, landing her on the wrong ship and at the beginning of a fantastic adventure.Taken under the protection of Lady Marlende, Emilie learns that the crew hopes to use the aether currents and an experimental engine, and with the assistance of Lord Engal, journey to the interior of the planet in search of Marlende's missing father.With the ship damaged on arrival, they attempt to traverse the strange lands on their quest. But when evidence points to sabotage and they encounter the treacherous Lord Ivers, along with the strange race of the sea-lands, Emilie has to make some challenging decisions and take daring action if they are ever to reach the surface world again.
Alex Franks believes the madness is behind them. With Ascension Labs under his direction and the forces threatening Emma's life overcome, they have a chance at a normal life, and keeping his secrets safely buried. But a shadow rises from Alex's past, and she wants him back. Criminally brilliant, Hailey Westmore will stop at nothing to claim the boy she was meant to be with. Without warning, Emma Gentry finds she cannot trust anything. Not her mind, her memory, not even herself. Tragic events and unexpected deaths stalk Alex and Emma, testing them in ways they would never imagine, and may not survive. Alex carries a new secret, and a horrifying guilt that Hailey uses to her advantage. Emma's life and sanity hang in the balance, and Alex may have created a monster...
A string of suspicious deaths near a small Michigan town ends with a fall that claims the life of Emma Gentry's boyfriend, Daniel. Emma is broken, a hollow shell mechanically moving through her days. She and Daniel had been made for each other, complete only when they were together. Now she restlessly wanders the town in the late Fall gloom, haunting the cemetary and its white-marbled tombs, feeling Daniel everywhere, his spectre in the moonlight and the fog.When she encounters newcomer Alex Franks, only son of a renowned widowed surgeon, she's intrigued despite herself. He's an enigma, melting into shadows, preferring to keep to himself. But he is as drawn to her as she is to him. He is strangely...familiar. From the way he knows how to open her locker when it sticks, to the nickname she shared only with Daniel, even his hazel eyes with brown flecks are just like Daniel's. The closer they become, though, the more something inside her screams there's something very wrong with Alex Franks.From the Trade Paperback edition.
After setting out to break the curse that binds them together, the pirate Ananna and the assassin Naji find themselves stranded on an enchanted island in the north with nothing but a sword, their wits, and the secret to breaking the curse: complete three impossible tasks. With the help of their friend Marjani and a rather unusual ally, Ananna and Naji make their way south again, seeking what seems to be beyond their reach.Unfortunately, Naji has enemies from the shadowy world known as the Mists, and Ananna must still face the repercussions of going up against the Pirate Confederation. Together, Naji and Ananna must break the curse, escape their enemies -- and come to terms with their growing romantic attraction.
Traditionally, human resources has focused on recruiting good people, preparing them for assignments, motivating them to perform, and retaining them. These functions remain essential, but to be successful in turbulent times like ours, human capital strategy needs to be broader and much more far-reaching.High-Impact Human Capital Strategy examines 12 critical forces that must be considered: globalization, changes in workforce demographics, skill shortages and mismatches in labor markets, environmental matters, and more. It shows how to in corporate each into an effective overall plan, and how to translate that plan into action. You'll learn to design human capital programs that:Connect with business measuresAchieve positive ROIEnsure critical talent is in placeBoost engagementAddress work/life balance and other social issuesReduce the need to outsourceCase studies and step-by-step guidelines help you move beyond hiring-training-benefits functions, to develop human capital strategies that deliver measurable value in the face of ongoing challenges.
The battle lines have been drawn. The people of Russalka turn upon one another in a ruthless and unwavering civil war even while their world sickens and the deep black ocean is stained red with their blood. As the young civilisation weakens, its vitality fuelling the opposing militaries at the cost of all else, the war drums beat louder and louder. Katya Kuriakova knows it cannot last. Both sides are exhausted - it can only be a matter of days or weeks before they finally call a truce and negotiate. But the days and weeks pass, the death toll mounts, and still the enemy will not talk. Then a figure from the tainted past returns to make her an offer she cannot lightly refuse - a plan to stop the war. But to do it she will have to turn her back on everything she has believed in, everything she has ever fought for, to make sacrifices greater even than laying down her own life. To save Russalka, she must become its greatest enemy.
The distant and unloved colony world of Russalka has no land, only the raging sea. No clear skies, only the endless storm clouds. Beneath the waves, the people live in pressurised environments and take what they need from the boundless ocean. It is a hard life, but it is theirs and they fought a war against Earth to protect it. But wars leave wounds that never quite heal, and secrets that never quite lie silent. Katya Kuriakova doesn't care much about ancient history like that, though. She is making her first submarine voyage as crew; the first nice, simple journey of what she expects to be a nice, simple career. There is nothing nice and simple about the deep black waters of Russalka, however; soon she will encounter pirates and war criminals, see death and tragedy at first hand, and realise that her world's future lies on the narrowest of knife edges. For in the crushing depths lies a sleeping monster, an abomination of unknown origin, and when it wakes, it will seek out and kill every single person on the planet.
Ananna of the Tanarau abandons ship when her parents try to marry her off to an allying pirate clan: she wants to captain her own boat, not serve as second-in-command to her handsome yet clueless fiance. But her escape has dire consequences when she learns the scorned clan has sent an assassin after her. And when the assassin, Naji, finally catches up with her, things get even worse. Ananna inadvertently triggers a nasty curse -- with a life-altering result. Now Ananna and Naji are forced to become uneasy allies as they work together to break the curse and return their lives back to normal. Or at least as normal as the lives of a pirate and an assassin can be.From the Trade Paperback edition. to lift the curse. Soon they will discover that only by completing three impossible tasks will they be able to set themselves free.
The Age of Personalized Dieting is Here! New York--Nourish Books announces the publication of a new type of diet book--one that works with your personal metabolism and hormonal makeup. With so many diet books on the shelf, it can be daunting to pick one. Most of these books promote one type of diet for all, but what about the diet that is designed specifically for YOU? With her newest book, The Hunger Type Diet, journalist and trained nutritionist Lowri Turner has the answer to this question! Rather than just throwing facts and diet tips at you like most of her contemporaries, Turner gets down to the nitty gritty of why you eat the way you do and how to fix it. Combining science, compassion, and humor, Turner presents a no-guilt, no-blame way of understanding the deeply rooted connection between your mood and food. We are all different - physically, mentally, and hormonally - and all of these factors contribute to how and what we eat. Do find yourself reaching for the potato chips when you're feeling upset? Or maybe you find other diets difficult because no matter how hard you try, you cannot stop craving chocolate, cake, and other sweet treats. While other diets may blame you for not putting down the snacks and going for a jog instead, The Hunger Type Diet teaches you how your moods create your hunger patterns--and better yet--what you can do to break those habits quickly with a diet plan designed just for you. Complete the simple 33 question quiz to determine which of the 11 Hunger Types you are. It's simple, fast, and effective! Dive into Turner's thorough analysis of your specific Hunger Type and why your hormones might be the culprit of your unhealthy eating patterns. Find out if you are a Cravings Hunger Type, a Winter Depression Hunger Type, or one of 9 other types! Finally, either begin your 14-Day Hunger Type Weight Loss Food Plan, designed specifically for you to help you lose weight quickly and healthily--or do the optional 48 Hour Rehab juice cleanse before starting your Hunger Type diet. By opting for the 48 Hour Rehab juice cleanse, you embark on a two day detox to realign your natural hunger signals and supercharge your body. While this cleanse is not required to complete your Hunger Type Diet, it will jumpstart your weight loss and educate you on your own food patterns with the Mood and Food Diary. Whether you complete the 48 Hour Rehab or not, you are more than ready to start your 14-Day Hunger Type Weight Loss Food Plan. Combined with healthy living tips ranging from meditation to taking a multivitamin depending on your Hunger Type, each diet plan is designed to help you lose weight, keep it off, and completely revamp the way you eat. Stop blaming yourself for every time you've ever gone for the unhealthy option. The Hunger Type Diet is the simple, effective solution that not only helps you lose weight, but shows you the path to understanding the all-important relationship between your head and your gut!
Full of mouth-watering yet simple dishes, Jo Pratt has created a stunning collection of nutritious recipes for anyone looking to eat well. Start the day with Ginger Berry Muffins or Raspberry Yogurt Pots, enjoy a light meal of Poached Chicken Broth with Spring Greens or a more substantial Beetroot Gnocchi with Walnut & Watercress Pesto then treat yourself to a guilt-free Dairy-Free Vanilla & Blueberry Cheesecake or Chocolate Pumpkin Brownies. Brilliant ingredients are given centre stage in this book, with features on nuts, sprouting beans & seeds, quinoa, kale and chia seeds, exploring why they are so good, where to find them, and how to use them. With fresh, inspiring photography and design, this is the perfect companion for the everyday cook who wants to eat and live deliciously well.From the Hardcover edition.
A home brew revolution is underway. No longer the preserve of 70s throwbacks, a new wave of booze-makers are brewing, fermenting and infusing in their home kitchens, making an exciting array of alcoholic drinks.Brew it Yourself is a collection of more than 75 homegrown brewing recipes, sure to put a fizz back into this popular pastime by adding a modern twist to some old favourites and introducing whole new range of drinks to tantalise the taste buds. Combining two of their passions alcohol and gardening authors Richard Hood and Nick Moyle (the Two Thirsty Gardeners) take special care to explain the importance of the ingredients in each of their recipes whether grown in the garden, foraged in the wild or bought from their local supermarket. With drinks ranging from a classic elderflower sparkle to homemade absinthe, Richard and Nick bring the art of brewing back to earth. They'll tell you how to turn surplus fruit harvests into amazing wines and liqueurs; introduce you to the ancient arts of mead and cider making; guide you through some easy beer recipes, from hop packed IPAs to a striking Viking ale; use surprising ingredients such as lavender and nettles for some fun sparkling drinks; and take you on a world booze cruise that includes a Mexican pineapple tepache, Scandinavian mulled glogg and Finnish lemon sima. Brew it Yourself also debunks myths, celebrates experimentation and takes the fear out of the science of fermentation. It proves that creating your own tasty alcoholic drinks doesn't need to be complicated, doesn't need to be costly and, most importantly, can be a whole lot of fun.
Looking for a simple way to boost your energy levels, improve your health, lose weight and feel fantastic? Supercharged Juice & Smoothie Recipes is an amazing collection of feel-good drinks using the latest range of superfoods to nourish and revitalize your body. Taking juicing to a whole new level with nutrient-packed, health-boosting ingredients, Bailey uses an array of ingredients including sea vegetables, herbs, teas, and tinctures to help you supercharge your juice regimen. Using extra boosters in juices and smoothies is a simple, effective way to get your body into shape fast, providing fuel and nutrients for a transformed body and mind. Bailey (author of The Juice Diet) also provides a handy reference section at the back to help you quickly find recipes to lose weight, maximize energy levels, boost your immunity, combat aging and look amazing. There is evan a 3-day power-charged Superfood Juice Diet Plan to set you on your way to looking fabulous as well as feeling great.
Our most common fruits and vegetables are nature's superfoods - packed full of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that should form the basis of a healthy diet to nurture both body and mind. This fantastic cookbook features a helpful introduction to the nutritional health benefits and healing properties of our most well-known superfoods, followed by 150 delicious, nutrient-packed family-friendly recipes. All the recipes feature a symbol key to show at a glance how many full portions of fruit and vegetables are included in each serving (never less than two) - taking the guesswork out of the daily meal choices. Finally, there's a section of suggested menu plans for those needing a little extra support; anything from a pre-workout energy boost to a tonic for the skin.Low fat, energy-giving, immunity-boosting and healing, superfood fruits and vegetables can - and should - form part of every meal, whether cooking for one or for the whole family. This essential book shows how incredibly easy that is to achieve.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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