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This panoramic reappraisal shows why the Habsburg Empire mattered for so long to so many Central Europeans across divides of language, religion, and region. Pieter Judson shows that creative government--and intractable problems the far-flung empire could not solve--left an enduring imprint on successor states. Its lessons are no less important today.
A protocol of easy-to-use tools that can be applied when readers experience difficult-to-manage emotions. Emotional flooding--being overwhelmed by feelings--happens in response to stress, anxiety, and life's challenges. In this client-orientated accompaniment to Affect Regulation Toolbox, Carolyn Daitch and Lissah Lorberbaum present skills and tools on how to dial down reactivity, practice mindfulness, and focus positively on the future. Written to conquer a broad range of emotional challenges in easily accessibly language, this book is intended to help clients improve the quality of their everyday lives. The workbook is split into two parts. Part I helps the reader understand when and why emotional flooding occurs. Using vivid stories and examples of others' triggering situations helps the reader better understand their own triggers, and how to cope with them. Part II provides instructions for "daily stress inoculations," a daily practice for relaxing and lowering baseline levels of emotional reactivity. The STOP Solution is introduced as a way of learning how to stop or lessen feeling emotionally overwhelmed. STOP stands for Scanning thoughts, feelings, and sensations, Taking a time-out, Overcoming Initial Flooding, and Putting tools into practice. Throughout the workbook, readers will find guided imagery exercises, opportunities for journaling and reflection, mindfulness practices, and matching audio exercises on the accompanying CD. A complimentary companion app (release date: April 25th) also enhances readers' ability to take these exercises on the go. The result of this gentle and reliable program is resilience, well-being, and freedom from the emotional patterns that create suffering and damage relationships.
The course of true love never did run smooth, at least according to Shakespeare. See how spirits, demons, curses, and spells make for an even bumpier ride as these five couples find the courage to fight the odds stacked against their happy endings.Cursed: After years of her scientist father's abuse, Katia uses her genetically engineered "gift" to destroy the lab that has been her living hell . . . and wakes up one hundred years in the future. Can she trust the enigmatic Dr. Julius Freeman at her bedside? She'll have to learn to - only together can they face down their demons for any chance at happiness.Relentless Flame: Indebted killer Dante Blackstone has the world at his feet. Every vice, any desire, is his for the asking - until he finds the one person he cannot have: sweet healer Hannah Miller, the one woman who could bring about Dante's destruction.Sanctuary: When agent Logan Reed is assigned to investigate murdered empaths at a spiritual retreat, he finds himself knee-deep in secrets, snipers, and simmering sexual attraction to clairvoyant Sonny Blake. Then Sonny disappears - can he decipher the clues in time? Or will he lose this chance at love to a psychotic predator?A Demon Bewitched: The last time Claude Fortier fell for a woman, his father, Gulielmus, killed her. Nearly 200 years later, Claude's lover is back . . . sort of. Gail Colvard may have been born with his sweet Laurette's soul, but her new-and-improved incarnation is a witch who isn't taking any guff - not from him, and not from dear old Dad, either.The Bride's Curse: Three brides return a gorgeous vintage wedding dress to Kelly Andrew's Wedding Bliss store, claiming it's cursed, which is definitely bad for business. Then Brett Atwell, the handsome nephew of the dress's original owner, gets involved, and a mischievous spirit sends the two of them on a goose chase for a groom who went missing decades ago. Will love get its due at long last?Sensuality Level: Sensual
Sent alone to Scotland to wed a wild Scot and serve the needs of her father and her king, Lady Jessamyn intends to escape the marriage and train horses for the good sisters at a nearby nunnery. But her intended is not the wild, boorish monster she imagined - just Baron Raeb MacKai, a man struggling to provide the best for his clan. It could be surprisingly easy to surrender her heart to him, until she learns his plans involve deceiving her family and attacking the king's ship that bears her brother.Raeb is done watching everyone he loves live in poverty and despair. His betrothal to a wealthy English heiress will solve a decade of problems, and the Scots' secret plot to keep King Edward I from getting a foothold on their rugged coastline will secure his family's future. If he must deny himself the spirited woman who would warm his bed and his heart, so be it.Neither is willing to give an inch in this clash of loyalties, but can either defend their hearts?Sensuality Level: Sensual
The author of After Tonight returns with another sizzling novel about dangerous desires and forbidden flirtations... She's trying the straight and narrow... Carson Tucker only has one thing on her mind: getting her life back on track and pursuing her teaching career. She can't afford to be distracted, yet no amount of good sense can compel her keep her mind--or eyes--off the brooding and mysterious Wyatt Sands. She agreed to be his tutor and help him finish his degree, but now she's wishing she could inspire him in more ways than one... He makes her want to break all the rules... Still reeling from the tragic accident that took his best friend's life and left him wheelchair-bound, all Wyatt Sands wants to do is forge ahead without any attachments. His solitary lifestyle works well until the after-hours sessions between him and his tutor turn hot and steamy. As the chemistry between them fuels a passion that is too electrifying to be denied, will Carson be able to break down the barriers that Wyatt has erected around himself--or will their fiery passion burn them both? INCLUDES A PREVIEW OF THE FIRST FLIRTING WITH TROUBLE NOVEL
The most restricted boxer at Las Vegas's Stamina gym lets himself unravel in the second Ringside novel from the author of Fighting For It... A dedicated fighter, Middleweight Michael Perez is willing to do whatever it takes to reach the top, and with his next fight scheduled at Madison Square Garden he's almost there. A self-proclaimed control freak, he plans to drive himself cross country to the fight. But when his manager insists a sports reporter tag along, thinking it will be good for public relations, Michael finds himself under the watchful eye of Ava Phillips. Ava Phillips has made a career out of exposing the underbelly of professional sports. Her instincts tell her that sexy, moody Michael Perez's squeaky clean image is a cover for something more intriguing. Sharing the drive from Nevada to New York, Ava's interest turns physical. But as their relationship heats up and Ava unearths his past, will she expose Michael's darkness or succumb to the passions of a relationship she's only ever read about? Includes an exclusive preview of the next Ringside novel, The Hardest Hit
An MMA Middleweight fighter gets blindsided by love in the latest Beyond the Cage Romance by the author of Fighting the Fall. Dane Hardy's MMA career was on the rise until a legal head kick killed one of his opponents inside the octagon. Consumed by guilt and depression, Dane quit the cage and took a job in security at a Las Vegas casino. But when Dane steps in to break up a brawl on the casino floor, the video goes viral. And now the Maximum Fight League wants him back... Sports broadcaster Colby Edwards is out to prove that she's more than just a pretty face. Going undercover as a ring girl, she plans to investigate what happens beyond the cage. And her timing couldn't be better. Getting the story on Dane Hardy's return could make Colby's career. But the ex-fighter has his guard up against all comers. Breaking down his defenses consumes Colby, but not as much as the passion that ensues when she succeeds... Praise for Jennifer Snow and Her Novels "A fabulous writer who touched my heart."--Before It's News "Snow has created a hot romance with surprising ups and downs."--RT Book Reviews
Princess Harriet is nobody's hamster damsel in distress! Book two of this series for Babymouse and Princess in Black fans is filled with even more action and twisted fairy tale fun Princess Harriet has absolutely no interest in brushing her hair, singing duets with woodland animals, or any other typical princess activities. So when a fairy tells a very bored Harriet about twelve mice princesses who are cursed to dance all night long, she happily accepts the quest and sets off with a poncho of invisibility and her trusty battle quail. But when she arrives at the Mouse Kingdom, she discovers there's more to the curse than meets the eye, and trying to help is dangerous business . . . even for a tough princess like Harriet. From the creator of Dragonbreath, comes a laugh-out-loud funny new comic-hybrid series, bursting with girl power and furry fairy tale retellings.
From paranormal romance star J.D. Tyler comes a sensual tale of the Alpha Pack--a top secret team of Navy SEALs with supernatural abilities... Wolf shifter and Firewalker Phoenix "Nix" Monroe has finally met his ultimate Bondmate--Alpha Pack nurse Noah Brooks. Unable to accept his own sexual identity, Nix rejects Noah despite the intense attraction he feels towards him. By the time Nix realizes he has cast aside the love of his life, it may be too late to save Noah from a terrifying enemy... Includes a preview of Chase the Darkness Praise for the Alpha Pack Novels "Shifter heroes whom readers will fall head over heels for."--New York Times Bestselling Author Angela Knight "Rapid-fire...red-hot."--Publishers Weekly "Amazing characters, wonderful drama...hot and to die for."--Dark Faerie Tales
For four hundred years, the Church has led the remnants of humanity as they struggle for survival in the last inhabited city. Echo Hunter 367 is exactly what the Church created her to be: loyal, obedient, lethal. A clone who shouldn't care about anything but her duty. Who shouldn't be able to.When rebellious citizens challenge the Church's authority, it is Echo's duty to hunt them down before civil war can tumble the city back into the dark. But Echo hides a deadly secret: doubt. And when Echo's mission leads her to Lia, a rebel leader who has a secret of her own, Echo is forced to face that doubt. For Lia holds the key to the city's survival, and Echo must choose between the woman she loves and the purpose she was born to fulfill.
Weston Gallagher is falling hard--for the wrong woman.One night of passion has haunted him for years.Now he's got a second chance to get the girl of his dreams...but there's just one problem:She hates him.Eight years after he stormed out of Wildwood, California, West has returned to his hometown as a firefighter. His friends and family are thrilled he's back--with the exception of Harper Hill. His sister's best friend is all grown up and in all the right ways. He knows she's going to do everything she can to protect her heart and keep him at arm's length, but West has other ideas.He will win the girl that got away. No matter what it takes...An Avon Romance
A collection of haunting lyricism that evokes the beauty and hardship of the rural South, by a revered American master of letters--the award-winning, bestselling author of the novels Serena, Something Rich and Strange, and Above the Waterfall.In this incandescent, profound, and accessible collection, beloved and award-winning poet, novelist, and short-story writer Ron Rash vividly channels the rhythms of life in Appalachia, deftly capturing the panoply of individuals who are its heart and soul--men and women inured to misfortune and hard times yet defined by tremendous fortitude, resilience, and a fierce sense of community.In precise, supple language that swerves from the stark to the luminous, Rash richly describes the splendor of the natural landscape and poignantly renders the lives of those dependent on its bounty--in cotton mills and tobacco fields, farmlands and forests. The haunting memories and shared histories of these people--their rituals and traditions--animate this land, and are celebrated in Rash's crystalline, intensely imagined verse.With an eye for the surprising and vivid detail, Ron Rash powerfully captures the sorrows and exaltations of this wondrous world he knows intimately. Illuminating and indelible, Poems demonstrates his rich talents and confirms his legacy as a standard-bearer for the literature of the American South.
Though crises arise organically in all political systems, this volume treats the current challenges facing the EU as a unique situation. It takes stock of its losses, gains, and opportunities and what constitutes a viable solution to the EU's current predicament. By envisioning the EU as an evolving rather than static body, this collection zeroes in on the conceptual weaknesses that destabilized the EU and the factors that will help the organization rethink its place and purpose. This book clarifies aspects of EU parliamentarism within the context of the unfolding crisis and addresses political cohesion and institutional integration. It ultimately stresses the role of perception and image on the future of the EU's social and political integration.
This book is a comprehensive account of the Belzec death camp in Poland, which was the first death camp to use static gas chambers as part of the Aktion Reinhardt mass murder program. It covers the construction and the development of the mechanisms of mass murder. The story is painstakingly told from all sides-the Jewish inmates, the perpetrators, and the Polish inhabitants of the village of Belzec, who lived near the factory of death. A major part of this work is the Jewish Roll of Remembrance, which covers the few survivors and the lives of some of the Jews among the many hundreds of thousands who perished in Belzec. The book is richly illustrated with historical and modern photographs, some of which are previously unpublished, as well as documents and drawings.
The voice traverses Beckett's work in its entirety, defining its space and its structure. Emanating from an indeterminate source situated outside the narrators and characters, while permeating the very words they utter, it proves to be incessant. It can alternatively be violently intrusive, or embody a calming presence. Literary creation will be charged with transforming the mortification it inflicts into a vivifying relationship to language. In the exploration undertaken here, Lacanian psychoanalysis offers the means to approach the voice's multiple and fundamentally paradoxical facets with regards to language that founds the subject's vital relation to existence. Far from seeking to impose a rigid and purely abstract framework, this study aims to highlight the singularity and complexity of Beckett's work, and to outline a potentially vast field of investigation.
Amy Fusselman's first two books, The Pharmacist's Mate and 8, weave surprising beauty out of diverse strands of personal reflection. Half memoir and half philosophical improvisation, each focuses loosely on a relationship with a man in the author's life: The Pharmacist's Mate with her recently deceased father, and 8 with "my pedophile" (as Fusselman painfully refers to her childhood assailant). Along the way, Fusselman covers sea shanties and artificial insemination, World War II and AC/DC, alternative healers and monster-truck videos. Fusselman's "wholly original epigrammatic style" (Vogue) "makes the world strange again, a place where dying and making life are equally mysterious and miraculous activities" (Time Out New York).
"The new George Pelecanos is here." - Son of SpadePete Fernandez is a mess. He's on the brink of being fired from his middle-management newspaper job. His fiancée has up and left him. Now, after the sudden death of his father, he's back in his hometown of Miami, slowly drinking himself into oblivion. But when a co-worker he barely knows asks Pete to locate a missing daughter, Pete finds himself dragged into a tale of murder, drugs, double-crosses and memories bursting from the black heart of the Miami underworld - and, shockingly, his father's past.Making it up as he goes and stumbling as often as he succeeds, Pete's surreptitious quest becomes the wake-up call he's never wanted but has always needed - but one with deadly consequences. Welcome to Silent City, a story of redemption, broken friendships, lost loves and one man's efforts to make peace with a long-buried past to save the lives of the few friends he has left. SILENT CITY is a gritty, heartfelt debut novel that harkens back to classic P.I. tales, but infused with the Miami that only Alex Segura knows.
A riveting, edgy Young Adult thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Gregg Olsen with a memorable protagonist who is a mix of Lisbeth Salander and Dexter Morgan.A twisted murder, a tangle of lies . . . Now Rylee must run for her life. What if you discovered that everything you thought you knew about yourself was a lie? Rylee has spent her life being shuttled from city to city by her parents. She assumes the reasons are normal. But the truth couldn't be more shocking. One day Rylee comes home from school to find the most horrifying thing imaginable - her father dead, with a knife through his heart, and a key clutched in his hand. Her mother's purse is on the counter, but she appears to be long gone. A message in blood is written on the floor . . . RUN.With her brother in tow, Rylee begins a dark journey that will uncover horrific and chilling crimes and lead her to an unexpected and gruesome discovery and who is behind these horrific crimes. Run is the first book in the Vengeance series, following Rylee as she begins to piece together the story of her life.
Written in the voice of Mikey, a fourth-grader who believes that eating crunchy things will get your neurons to fire, The Lost Celt follows Mikey's adventures after a chance encounter with what he thinks is a time-traveling Celtic warrior. With the help of his best friend Kyler, and clues from his military history book, Mikey tracks down the stranger, and in the process learns about the power and obligations of friendship. Full of heart, The Lost Celt throws a gentle light on some of the issues facing our veterans and their families, but it's the humor and infectious camaraderie throughout this book that makes it so memorable.
Lewis Sullivan lives less than a mile from his childhood home. His grown-up daughter visits every day, bringing soup, and he spends his evenings at his second favorite pub for half a shandy and sausage. But when an old friend appears, Lewis finds his comfortable life shaken up, and he longs for more excitement. A modern-day Death in Venice by the author of Booker-shortlisted The Lighthouse, He Wants is charged and unpredictable.Alison Moore is the author of one previous novel, The Lighthouse, and a short story collection The Pre-War Horse. She lives in Nottingham, England.
Is addiction a disease, a sin, a sign of hypersensitivity, a personal failing, or a unique resource for the creative mind? However it is defined, addiction can have devastating consequences, often shattering lives, sundering families, causing impoverishment, and even triggering suicide. Yet it can also be a source of inspiration. In these frank essays, leading American and Canadian writers explore their surprisingly diverse personal experiences with this complex phenomenon, candidly recounting what happened when alcohol, heroin, smoking, food, gambling, or sex -- sometimes in combination -- took over their lives.
A widow returns to Boston to aid a family plagued by death Gillian stopped being a Decker when her husband, Stuart, died, and she considers herself lucky to have escaped. The Deckers are ruthless, a family of power-hungry backstabbers who live for profit and sneer at love. Stuart was different, but even he obeyed his older brother Raymond like he was a god. Since she lost her husband, Gillian has tried to forget his family, until a notice in the paper brings it all rushing back. Raymond is dead, and the Decker empire is being washed away by blood. When Raymond's widow begs Gillian to come to Boston and help her prove that her husband was murdered, Gillian can't deny her. Raymond was the fourth Decker to die in the last few months, just a few years after his son was kidnapped and killed. Someone is trying to wipe out the Deckers, and if Gillian doesn't tread lightly, she may join her husband in death.
A clumsy robotics researcher scrambles to cover up a double homicide Despite his name, King Sarcowicz is hardly regal. A rumpled scientist, he spends every waking minute in his lab, tinkering with the robots he thinks will make human soldiers obsolete. It seems impossible that this gentle soul could create a killing machine, and in fact, he never will. Long before his robot is operational, King himself will become a killer. Working late in his lab, King commits a pair of clumsy blunders that lead to the deaths of two of his fellow scientists. In shock, he disappears into the streets of New York. When he's finally confronted by NYPD detective Marian Larch, he lies to save his own skin. To discover what caused the tragedy in King's lab, Larch will have to do more than outsmart this brilliant scientist--she'll have to think like him too.Good King Sauerkraut is the 3rd book in the Marian Larch Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
To find a blackmailer's killer, Marian Larch investigates the extortionist's victims A. J. Strode would kill for command of House of Glass, the corporation that controls everything from plate-glass windows to fiberglass insulation, and he nearly has it within his grasp. Only three stockholders--a violinist, a helicopter pilot, and a mercenary--stand between the businessman and his goal. But no matter how much Strode offers, they refuse to sell. And when money doesn't talk, he turns to blackmail. Strode invites his three targets to his townhouse, intending to close the deal once and for all, but his plan backfires. When Strode is found in his library with three knives buried in his chest, the case falls to Marian Larch, a no-nonsense NYPD detective who's hardly prepared for the brutality she'll find inside House of Glass.He Huffed and He Puffed is the 2nd book in the Marian Larch Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
The stars of the Metropolitan Opera search for a crazed killer who plans to bring the company down They find the tenor dangling from a water pipe, hanging by his own suspenders. His corpse is still warm. Naturally, the opera's manager doesn't stop the production. A dead chorus tenor isn't enough to close them down, and the show must go on. But there are 139 singers left in the chorus--and someone intends to kill them all. Poisoning, strangling, and rigged trapdoors are just a few of the methods at the killer's disposal. The opera posts guards backstage, but the slayings continue, forcing the Met's two fading stars, Enrico Caruso and Geraldine Farrar, to band together and save the opera they love so much. A Chorus of Detectives is the 3rd book in the Opera Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.