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Cousin Bette

by Honore Balzac

Set in mid-19th century Paris, it tells the story of an unmarried middle-aged woman who plots the destruction of her extended family.

Counsels and Maxims

by Arthur Schopenhauer

So if you have to live amongst men, you must allow everyone the right to exist in accordance with the character he has, whatever it turns out to be: and all you should strive to do is to make use of this character in such a way as its kind and nature permit, rather than to hope for any alteration in it, or to condemn it off-hand for what it is. This is the true sense of the maxim--Live and let live. That, however, is a task which is difficult in proportion as it is right; and he is a happy man who can once for all avoid having to do with a great many of his fellow creatures.

Confessions of an English Opium-Eater

by Thomas Dequincey

"I here present you, courteous reader, with the record of a remarkable period in my life: according to my application of it, I trust that it will prove not merely an interesting record, but in a considerable degree useful and instructive." So begins "The Confessions of an English Opium-Eater." Originally published in two parts in the "London Magazine" in 1821, it is a gripping account of one Englishman's addiction to opium. Thomas De Quincey details the effects of his opium use and in so doing warns the reader of the dangers and terrors of serious drug addiction.

The Lives of the Twelve Caesars: Claudius

by G. Suetonias Tranquillis

The Twelve Caesars, is a set of twelve biographies of Julius Caesar and the first 11 emperors of the Roman Empire written by Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus. The work, written in AD 121 during the reign of the emperor Hadrian, was the most popular work of Suetonius, at that time Hadrian's personal secretary, and is the largest among his surviving writings. The Twelve Caesars is considered very significant in antiquity and remains a primary source on Roman history.

Cautionary Tales for Children

by Hilaire Belloc

One of Hilaire Belloc's most famous works, "Cautionary Tales for Children" satirizes a genre of admonitory children's literature popular in England in the late 18th and 19th centuries. The seven stories contained in this work are macabre parodies of childhood lessons, and will entertain more sophisticated readers who can appreciate these tales of disproportionate punishment. Presented in a classic picture book style, illustrators have captured the foibles of children like Jim, who let go of his nurse's hand and was eaten by a lion; Matilda, who told lies, and was burned to death; and Henry King who swallowed string. The consequences range from naughty children being whimsically eaten by lions, to stern reprimands for a boy who fires a loaded gun at his sister. Originally written nearly a century ago, Belloc's sprightly verses are a quick and cathartic read for teenagers, and reflect a trend of literature that is still popular today.

Catholic Churchmen in Science

by James Walsh

Sketches of the Lives of Catholic Ecclesiastics who were among the Great Founders in Science. James Joseph Walsh was an American physician and author.

The Castle of Otranto

by Horace Walpole

The Castle of Otranto is a 1764 novel by Horace Walpole. It is generally regarded as the first Gothic romance, initiating a literary genre which would become extremely popular in the later 18th century and 19th century. Walpole, publishing under a pseudonym, claimed the novel was a translation of an Italian romance dating back to the time of the Crusades.

Captain Blood

by Rafael Sabatini

The sharp-witted Dr. Peter Blood, an Irish physician, is convicted of treason in the aftermath of the Monmouth rebellion in 1685, and enslaved on the Caribbean island of Barbados. After his daring escape he becomes a pirate, driven to revenge his enslavement and clear his name.

The Lives of the Twelve Caesars: Caligula

by G. Suetonias Tranquillis

The Twelve Caesars, is a set of twelve biographies of Julius Caesar and the first 11 emperors of the Roman Empire written by Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus. The work, written in AD 121 during the reign of the emperor Hadrian, was the most popular work of Suetonius, at that time Hadrian's personal secretary, and is the largest among his surviving writings. The Twelve Caesars is considered very significant in antiquity and remains a primary source on Roman history.

Who Is My Self?

by Ayya Khema

Self-transformation is an essential element in all forms of Buddhist meditation--from Tantra to Zen. Ayya Khema, author of the best-selling Being Nobody, Going Nowhere, uses one of the earliest Buddhist suttas to guide us along the path of the oldest Buddhist meditative practice for understanding the nature of "self." By following the Buddha's explanation with clear, insightful examples from her years of teaching meditation, she guides us back and forth between the relative understanding and higher realizations of the Buddhist concept of "self." Her thoughtful contemplation of the Buddha's radical understanding of "self" and her practical advice for achieving insight offer the reader a profound understanding of the "self." Both beginning and advanced practitioners will greatly benefit from Ayya Khema's warm and down-to-earth exposition of the Buddha's meditation on "self."

Mary of Cosmos

by Jeffrey Aaron Miller

The epic conclusion to the story that began with Mary of the Aether and continued with Mary of Shadows and Mary of Starlight. One enemy remains, a creature more devious, cunning and cruel than any Devourer. Mary the Lightbearer will face this enemy in a last world-shattering battle that will change the fate of universes. But it is a battle like no other against an evil force greater than anything Mary has ever known. The truth about many things will be revealed, and no one will ever be the same.

The Unexpected Reunion

by Cheryl Gardarian

Becky Bowman's life would never be the same after her best friend vanished. Presumed to have drowned in an accident while riding her horse in the California surf, Donna Rayburn disappeared. Becky blamed herself for Donna's death since she'd been the reason Donna rode her horse into the turbulent water. Donna's mount returned to the stables, but Donna was never found. Overcome with guilt, Becky punishes herself by moving away. Years later she returns for her high school reunion and falls in love with someone from her past, a man who is hiding a dark secret. Then grisly remains are discovered at the old stables. Is the gruesome pile of bones the skeleton of her friend? Was Donna murdered? Becky's on a mission to discover the answers. Delving too deeply, she puts herself in danger. Confronted at knifepoint, Becky realizes her peril from a killer who doesn't want to be exposed.

Camilla's Daughter

by Agnes Alexander

Escaping from a mother intent on her marrying a "suitable" man in Charleston, Camilla goes west to visit her uncle, a cook on a ranch. Camilla is stunned when a woman hands her a baby girl and then disappears. At a way station, she decides to leave it with the way-station's owner. An unkempt little girl tells her the baby wouldn't be safe, to take it with her. When Camilla leaves the next morning, the girl is hiding in the stage coach. When Camilla arrives at the ranch, she finds a sullen owner who begrudgingly lets her stay in the ranch house because she's his cook's niece. Sparks fly when she sees that he'd rather have anything interrupt his life than a woman and two little girls. Blake doesn't like the feelings this beautiful woman and her two daughters stir up in him--yet, he's furious when another man decides that Camilla would make the perfect wife...

The Island

by Agnes Alexander

A plane disappears over the Atlantic, but after an intense search turns up nothing, the hundred and twelve people aboard are declared dead. Unbeknownst to the outside world, thirteen people survived. After escaping the crashing plane and braving the waters for hours, eleven of them make it to an island. Twenty-seven months later, a plane discovers the survivors. The waiting world is anxious to learn how they lived, but the survivors have secrets they must hide, not only from the media, but from their own families. Will the news media be able to uncover these secrets? Will their families welcome them back? Will the loves and friendships formed in those twenty-seven months last?

Dame Onyx Treasures

by Margaret L Carter

Explore love among the monsters in stories of romance, fantasy, and horror. Meet werewolves and vampires, a wandering ghost, and eldritch creatures from an alien dimension. A stray cat receives the gift of speech on Christmas Eve and uses it to help a runaway teenage girl. An expert thief accepts a job from an evil wizard to save her brother, and a sorceress goes on a mission to rescue a noble maiden captured by a beast-man. A fantasy fan trying to get over the death of her fiancé embarks on a quest in the magical virtual world of a computer role-playing game with a man who fascinates her even though they have never met in the flesh--and they get trapped inside the game. These heroes and heroines confront hard-won truths about themselves at the border between human and nonhuman.

The Baby Farm

by Carol J Larson

Seventeen-year-old Hannah Winter is seven months pregnant and married... to the wrong man. When it appears that her true love has abandoned her, she is forced to marry a brutal man, for it's 1885, and her only choice is to marry someone, anyone, or give up her baby. But once her daughter is born, her cruel husband sells the child to a baby farm. Outraged, Hannah attacks him only to be beaten and imprisoned. Now it is up to Claire Sargent and the girls of the Secret Society of Sugar and Spice to plan a daring escape and spirit Hannah away to safety. But once rescued, Hannah won't leave... without her daughter. Claire and the girls of the Secret Society face their most daunting mission yet, for not only must they find the baby girl, they must steal her away.

Hell On Women

by Sarah Winn

In the aftermath of the Civil War, Annabel Rawlins, a Louisiana belle, agrees to marry Travis Kinlaw, a Texas rancher, in order to become the mistress of her own home. She is unprepared for the loneliness of frontier life, or for her husband being on cattle drives for six months of each year, or for the threat of Indian raids. In addition, she must deal with an invalid mother-in-law, a rebellious step-daughter, and a husband who seems haunted by the memory of his first wife. Despite all this, Annabel succeeds in making the ranch a comfortable home. Then tragedy strikes. She loses the will to keep struggling and longs to return to Louisiana. Travis has to decide what matters most in his life. Can he make peace with his past in order to have a future with his wife?

Edwina's Husband

by Agnes Alexander

To stop her uncle, Reverend Hezekiah D. Thorn from forcing her to give her sixteen month old son to a childless couple in his church, Edwina Thorn Singleton flees to New Mexico to find Wyatt Singleton, the father of her son and the man who she thinks is her legal husband. Wyatt had no idea that the pretty little woman he pretended to marry would show up and turn his life upside down, but show up she does. At first he tries to rid himself of her, but it isn't long until the baby has captured his heart and soon after, he finds himself falling for Edwina, too. He is plotting to find a way to make their marriage legal without her ever knowing she's been duped when things become more complicated. Not only does he have to deal with a woman who is determined to run Edwina off so she can marry him, squatters on his ranch and a murder someone is trying to pin on him, but the evil uncle shows up to force Edwina and the baby back to Virginia. Wyatt began to wonder if the fates have decided to forever keep him from becoming Edwina's Husband.

The Art Of Love

by Lorna Collins Luanna Rugh

Finding love is an art, and these artists (and aspiring artists) discover that love, like art, requires more than talent! THE CHAPEL OF LOVE by Cheryl Gardarian: Moving to Colorado changes Darcy Oma Green's life. Saddled with D.O.G. for initials, she never expects to fall in love, but magic happens in Aspen Grove. A SHOT AT LOVE by Lorna Collins: Gulietta Boller Amalfitano wants her own identity. So she leaves home for Aspen Grove, Colorado where she discovers her heart's desire through photographer, Jeff Stone. LADY JANE'S CROCHET by Sherry Derr-Wille: Jayne Connor's love of crochet brings her to Baker's Secret Hideaway, where she falls for Keith Baker. But when his attitude suddenly changes, she's bewildered and gives up all thoughts of love. AN AFFAIR OF THE ART by Luanna Rugh: When Rayne McAllister is talked into taking a beginning watercolor class, she is confronted with the guy who was her worst date ever! And he's the teacher. Could this ever lead to love? Rayne doesn't think so.

Minnie's Way

by Carmelia Clincy

Minnie Oldcrow's marriage of one year to her true love, handsome, rugged John Epps, is tumultuous due to his disapproval of her inheritance spending. Minnie becomes pregnant, her last hope to love and be loved. Determined to mend her punctured heart, she enrolls in art classes and meets an attractive artist, Anthony Polecat, who falls deeply in love with her. Now she must choose between her fleeting husband, with whom she has nothing in common but passionate love-making, and her new lover who she shares the love of art.

Borderland Barons

by Daniel Thompson

Young Luis Beltran strained under the load of the heavy bundle of marijuana strapped to his back as he ducked under the border fence at Naco, Mexico. He planned to head north, across the Arizona desert to deliver the contraband package and collect five thousand dollars as promised him. Luis had seen others earn streams of cash from the flood of drug trade cash flowing through his village. He intended to collect for this one delivery, and escape the poverty of the borderland with his mother and older sister. The journey Luis begins with his first step into Arizona propels him into unknown territory and unexpected future.

Rena's Cowboy

by Agnes Alexander

While touring a present day Arizona cavern, Atlanta police officer, Rena Dumont gets lost and is trapped by a cave-in. When she regains consciousness, she finds herself on Jack Haywood's ranch in the year 1876. Though Jake is the epitome of everything Rena thinks a real man should be, she knows she has to fight her growing feelings for him and try to return to her time. Jake Haywood is fighting to save his ranch from a bank takeover and the encroachment of the neighboring rancher. Now he finds he must cope with a sassy strange woman who can shoot as well as any man and talk as tough as he can. Though he's confused by Rena, he has a hard time ignoring the attraction he feels every time he looks at her.

Midnight Rider

by M C. Scout

A presidential agent who plies his trade on land instead of the sea, Ian Stanford is yet another one of Davis' covert men trying to give the Confederacy any small advantage he can against the Union. The Union hates that the Midnight Rider slips in and out of camps hours before they lose ground to the Southern forces. Lilith Bonham wants to live her life in peace but becomes Stanford's unwitting accomplice when she allows him to use her home, but sparks fly between them--especially after he saves her life. A Federal colonel wants her for killing his brother, and he will also stop at nothing to halt the Southern cause--including capturing the Midnight Rider.

Eyes Of Darkness Megabook

by Christy Poff

Three tales of three special couples in the third Megabook collection of the Eyes of Darkness series--what will their futures hold? WINTER FIRE: When a man decides that the pack led by the Brigadier is right for taking, Martin Wolfe rises to the challenge of his future, while also finding the one woman who will make him complete. DEADLY ENCOUNTERS: Dylan Hawke had always been trained for leadership but when the time came to take over, he discovers his destined mate is resentful instead of supportive--something their enemy uses against them. DARKNESS REBORN: Lucien Andropov's life changes in a split second when he is bitten by a petty thief he's pursuing. Nadia discovers not only his new secret but another one they now share. Will their love survive her father's Old World beliefs and methods as well as his second-in-command?

A Fire Inside

by Christy Poff

Constance Banks had literally been married to medicine. Having lost her mate, she had affairs but no commitment. Grant Longacre led a playboy life after the death of his father--a part of his life used against him in one man's struggle for power. When adverse events bring them together, they find that their lives have a destiny. But in order to keep their new love from being taken from them, they must pull from their pasts to save their future with one another, while newly discovered prophecies come into play.

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