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Maria Sirena tells stories. She does it for money--she was a favorite in the cigar factory where she worked as a lettora--and for love, spinning gossamer tales out of her own past for the benefit of friends, neighbors, and family. But now, like a modern-day Scheherazade, she will be asked to tell one last story so that eight women can keep both hope and themselves alive. Cuba, 1963. Hurricane Flora, one of the deadliest hurricanes in recorded history, is bearing down on the island. Seven women have been forcibly evacuated from their homes and herded into the former governor's mansion, where they are watched over by another woman, a young soldier of Castro's new Cuba named Ofelia. Outside the storm is raging and the floodwaters are rising. In a single room on the top floor of the governor's mansion, Maria Sirena begins to tell the incredible story of her childhood during Cuba's Third War of Independence; of her father Augustin, a ferocious rebel; of her mother, Lulu, an astonishing woman who fought, loved, dreamed, and suffered as fiercely as her husband. Stories, however, have a way of taking on a life of their own, and transported by her story's momentum, Maria Sirena will reveal more about herself than she or anyone ever expected. Chantel Acevedo's The Distant Marvels is an epic adventure tale, a family saga, a love story, a stunning historical account of armed struggle against oppressors, and a long tender plea for forgiveness. It is, finally, a life-affirming novel about the kind of love that lasts a lifetime and the very art of storytelling itself.
Last time it was stolen weed and knockoff designer shampoo. This time it is the seemingly trivial occurrence of a few pilfered honeybee colonies that propel former hippie and merry prankster Harry Stein into the multitrillion-dollar world of the honeybee industry. In the presence of six trillion bees to pollinate millions of acres of almond trees, Stein, who is deathly allergic to bee stings, discovers the natural catastrophe of colony collapse, and a corrupt grab by organized AGROBIZ for all of the available water in Southern California. In his absence, Harry's daughter Angie and his woman friend Lila's very attractive seventeen-year-old stepson find an elephant tusk that has been carried in to Lila's pool on an underground seepage from the nearby La Brea Tar Pits. When the rest of the skeleton emerges, it turns out not to be the prehistoric mammoth they'd hoped it would be, but a human being who just might have been murdered in the 1920s. The perpetrator of the eighty-year-old murder is still alive and the most powerful man in Los Angeles and will do anything necessary to keep the secret hidden.
Strategic planning becomes visual with strategy maps and thetools, techniques, and guidance for turning them into effectiveaction. Developed as a companion workbook to John Bryson's best-sellingStrategic Planning in Public and Nonprofit Organizations,Visual Strategy: A Workbook for Strategy Mapping in Public andNonprofit Organizations, goes beyond making the case for goodand effective strategic planning to making strategy visual througheffective strategy mapping. Strategy mapping prevents groups ofpeople from talking over one another and going around in circles.It helps people speak and be heard, produce lots of ideas andunderstand how they fit together, make use of causal reasoning, andclarify ultimately what they want to do in terms of mission, goals,strategies, and actions. Strategy mapping can join process andcontent in such a way that good ideas worth implementing are foundand the agreements and comments needed to implement them arereached. The result is living strategic plans that act as usefulguides to action.With detailed examples, actual strategy maps, process guidelinesand hand-drawn illustrations, the book will help leaders, managers,students and other professionals see patterns across mission,goals, strategies and actions while helping to identify areas ofalignment and misalignment and determine, real time, where elementsare needed, missing or not useful in a strategic plan.For leaders and managers of public and nonprofit organizations,facilitators and consultants, professors and students of strategicplanning, strategic management, strategic mapping, and publicpolicy, professional development workshops focused on strategicplanning and strategy mapping.
The Best Things Come in Small PackagesBig memories don't require big pages. You can showcase your most important moments in irresistible, adorable mini scrapbooks!Outstanding Mini Albums is filled with inspiration, ideas and instructions for creating mini scrapbooks of all kinds, from cleverly embellished store-bought albums to books made completely from scratch. Fifty fabulous illustrated projects show you how mini albums are perfect for scrapping lots of photos quickly, displaying your memories around the house, and giving as one-of-a-kind gifts.Step by step, you'll learn to:Make pre-made albums all your own with fun themes and original embellishments.Reinvent everyday items like coffee cups and CDs as pages for handmade mini books.Master new techniques, like crafting faux epoxy letters and homemade buttons.Give your creativity a mini makeover! When a scrapbook page seems too small but a whole album seems too big, Outstanding Mini Albums will help you get it just right.
In the same pulse-pounding style as Maya Banks and Kresley Cole, New York Times bestselling author Cherry Adair delivers a sizzling erotic romance about a sexy billionaire who's on the run--and the hit-man-turned-handyman who's supposed to kill her.Sex with a stranger. Learn to drive. Learn to cook. Learn to pole dance. Sex under the stars. Buy a truck. These are just a few of the things on Amelia Wentworth's bucket list, but as the CEO and face of a multi-billion-dollar cosmetic empire, she's never quite found the time to do them. Until, after a series of accidents, Amelia discovers that someone wants her dead. But who? And why? She has no time for questions as she changes her name to Mia, buys a secluded fixer-upper near the Louisiana bayou where no one will recognize her, and starts checking things off her bucket list like there's no tomorrow--which there might not be. Meanwhile, Cruz Barcelona is a hit man who's promised himself this will be his last job. Then he'll take the money and move to a warm, sunny place where he doesn't have to hide anymore. But when Cruz goes undercover to Mia's ramshackle house, he starts to realize there's far more to this poor-little-rich-girl than he thought--and he starts to fall for her. Which is going to make his job a whole lot harder...
"Run, Dick, run!" Now you may be the one who wants to run--but as a parent, it's often from invasive strangers, inconsiderate parents, and well-meaning but overbearing grandparents.See Dick Bite Jane is a primer for handling every parenting pitfall--featuring true tales of "Uh-ohs!" and "Oh, nos!" from moms and dads just like you. Etiquette expert Elise Mac Adam doles out helpful, straightforward advice designed to put bullies in their place--whether those bullies are sandbox strong-arms, nasty neighbors, or your own little angel-turned-devil.A scraped knee? How simple that can be! With the help of Mac Adam (Dick and Jane, too!), you can keep the busybodies and n'er-do-wells at bay with the same confidence--it's as easy as 1, 2, 3!
It's time for serious family fun! Get ready to take playtime to the next level with Dad's Book of Awesome Projects! Inside, you;ll find step-by-step instructions and photographs detailing projects so imaginative and fun, no one will complain about turning off the TV. From wooden "swords" to slay the most vicious of dragons to circus stilts that will send you soaring to new heights, these projects are sure to spark everyone's creative spirit. And the fun doesn't stop there! This book shows you and your kids how to build: Comic book shoes Rope swings Homemade goo slime Eggshell cupcakes Ol'-fashioned fruit crate scooter Best of all, each of these activities can be tossed together with items around the house or with inexpensive supplies from the hardware store. With 25 DIY projects and crafts, Dad's Book of Awesome Projects will reveal just how awesome it is to be a dad!
Lalita Evans has always instinctively sensed that she is not the biological child of John and Julia Evans. So she has done everything she can to be the perfect daughter, the perfect future CEO of the family business. Her focus only slipped once in the past five years, when she met Jeremy Lakewood. Now her father has appointed Jeremy as Director of Marketing, and the one man who can melt her mind with a single kiss is to accompany her on a tour of the Asian offices. But before she can listen to her heart, Lalita needs to discover her true identity and learn to put personal desires ahead of corporate profits.Jeremy Lakewood is not afraid of a challenge. Rising from an impoverished childhood to the upper echelons of the corporate world has allowed him to live up to his vow to support his widowed mother and disabled sister. The one crater in his road to success is Lalita Evans, the one that got away and the only woman who has ever turned his blood to molten lava. She's not only the woman he can't forget, but also his boss's daughter. Sent to Asia with her on business, her father's warning echoes in his ears - seduce Lalita and his career is over. Will he risk his livelihood and all the success he's achieved to win the woman who haunts his dreams?Eight countries in three weeks, a quest to find a birth mother, and a mutual attraction as intense as it is inconvenient leaves both Lalita and Jeremy questioning what they really want in life - love or their careers?Sensuality Level: Behind Closed Doors
When the FBI brings Laura Roberts - a quiet, reserved bookkeeper - in for questioning regarding activities at the warehouse where she works, an uneasy Laura resigns her job - only to be attacked by thugs.Chase Donovan intends to spend a few peaceful days on his boat getting his head together - and finds a woman being assaulted by two men who say his father told them to do it.Chase doesn't want to believe his father could hurt anyone. Laura doesn't understand why she's a target. Can they learn to work together to discover the truth - before someone dies?Sensuality Level: Sensual
The authoritative guide to building an independent consulting practice! Streetwise Independent Consulting is your one-stop resource for starting, running, and growing a consulting business. From finding new prospects, to writing proposals, to setting your pricing, this book has it all.
Hot guns and hotter action, that's what you get and more in The Complete Guide to 3-Gun Competition, by the master of the craft himself, 3-Gun Nation's own Chad Adams. This explosive, high-octane sport is setting the world of shooting sports on fire. Now, with The Complete Guide to 3-Gun Competition, novices and experts alike have an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the match design kings, the wildly wonderful guns and gear, and the hot-shot accuracy superstars that are thrilling crowds everywhere. Inside you'll find: The fascinating history behind the sport, from its not-so-humble beginnings with the controversial Soldier of Fortune organization to the bright lights and big money payouts of today's championship shoot in Las Vegas and the rockin' TV show that are introducing an entirely new crowd of X-tremers to the sport. Gun and gear highlights that cover the minimalists to the custom works and novel inventions bringing new meaning to the term "speed shooting." Highlights from the first two years of the sport in front of the camera, the thrilling coverage that is 3-Gun Nation, rocking TV consoles everywhere on the NBC Sports Network. And more! Maybe you've dabbled in IPSC, IDPA, and the other sports that came before 3-Gun. Or maybe you've never even heard of "speed shooting" but wondered if there was more to you and your guns than punching holes in paper. Either way, The Complete Guide to 3-Gun Competition will have you hooked. Game on!
Bring American history to life with these amazing facts! Forget about mind-numbing historical facts and dive into an entertaining exploration of America's past! With The Great American Trivia Book, you'll discover hundreds of unbelievable facts about our great fifty states. From Christopher Columbus's major voyage mishap to George W. Bush's $40 million inauguration celebration, this thrilling journey into America's past reveals the details and stories behind the people and events that completely changed this country. Covering everything from the birth of our nation to recent history, The Great American Trivia Book offers a fascinating look into the country you thought you knew.
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Books by the Bay series and the Book Retreat mysteries--Includes pie recipes!After Pecan Pies and Homicides comes another tangy slice of life--and death--in a charmed, and charming, small town... Ella Mae LeFaye's Charmed Pie Shoppe has become a phenomenon beyond her wildest dreams, providing the enchanted town of Havenwood, Georgia, with spellbinding desserts and magical pies. Her personal life is also heating up as she takes on the responsibilities of leadership within her magical community. In fact, the only thing weighing her down is the fact that handsome Hugh Dylan won't return her calls... Still, when Havenwood is rocked by a series of mysterious deaths, Ella Mae must put romantic longings aside--especially when she realizes that the mystical symbols left at each crime scene are dangerously personal. Now she will have to whip up all her supernatural skills to uncover a killer out to settle an ancient score--before the murderer devastates everything Ella Mae is determined to protect...
Did you know that the poodle ranks among the top ten breeds in America? It comes as no surprise when you consider their lovable personalities and easily trainable temperament. Poodles are known for being intelligent, loyal dogs who make great family pets and companions. Written by pet writer and poodle owner Janine Adams, The Everything Poodle Book is your definitive guide to learning how to care for your dog from puppyhood into adulthood. Complete with tips for training your dog to basic health care information, this book gives you all the essential facts you need to understand your pet's needs.The Everything Poodle Book helps you:Train and socialize your poodleTeach effective disciplineChoose a veterinarianDevelop a balanced diet and exercise routineIdentify common health problemsWith these tips, your poodle will be on its way to an active, healthy lifestyle!n of America and an associate member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers.
It's a crazy world--but you don't have to let it get to you. No matter what kind of stress you're under--good, bad, or simply constant--you can remain calm, centered, and content. With this book, you'll find hundreds of ways to reduce your stress level, starting now. With quizzes designed to identify your key stress triggers, you'll learn how to avoid, reduce, and/or eliminate anxiety in your daily life. You'll also master the art of creating and maintaining a sane and serene outlook, no matter what may come your way. With the clever and creative de-stressing strategies in this hands-on guide, you'll reshape your work and home life--so you can get the rest and relaxation you need to enjoy each and every day to the fullest. If you're feeling overworked, overscheduled, and overstressed, this stress-cure-in-a-book will help you breathe a little easier--and live a lot happier!
No one is immune to stress. But instead of letting it stall your productivity, affect your health, and leave you frantic--learn how to manage it with the Your Guide to Health: Stress Management. Inside, you'll find immediately applicable tips and techniques to deal effectively with stressful situations and improve your quality of life. The better you deal with stress, the happier and healthier you'll be!
Ever wonder why movie stars, supermodels, and some of the most high-profile musicians and athletes look so camera-ready? Why they don't have poochy stomachs, puffy eyes, dull tired skin, and fatigue like most of the rest of us? Why do they look so vibrant, energetic, and slim? Hollywood's best-kept secret, A-list celebrity cleanse expert Tracy Piper, knows exactly how they got that way: It's internal fitness, and Tracy is the master. Now, in The Piper Protocol, Tracy makes her life-changing, body-transforming plan available to everyone!Tracy's cleanse program offers an amazing promise: lose up to twenty-five pounds in the first month. But weight loss is just the beginning. Her structured four-week eating plan will change the way you feel and the way you live. The Piper Protocol takes you on a journey to make your body, your mind, and your spirit feel better, look better, and function better on every level. Taking a holistic view, it focuses on weight loss and overall wellness. Here for the first time is the revolutionary four-week program Tracy's celebrity clients use to get red-carpet ready: Piper Protocol Week One: 50/50 Cleanse Initiation: Here you'll start exchanging bad habits for good, but don't worry--you won't have to do anything extreme. You can have your steak and eat it too during week one, as long as you fill 50% of your plate with raw veggies. You'll also learn about juicing! Piper Protocol Week Two: 80/20 Protein: During this week, Tracy ramps up the intensity--reduce your protein to 20% of your plate and increase your veggies to 80%. You'll immediately notice the difference in increased energy and dropped pounds and inches. Piper Protocol Week Three: 80/20 Carbs: It's time to experiment with a meat-free week. With 80% veggies and 20% whole grains on your plate, you'll stay full and keep getting slimmer. Piper Protocol Week Four: Liquid Feast Week: Now that your body is prepped for some serious celeb-level cleansing, try this all-liquid week. You'll fill up on nutrient-dense veggie-rich juices and smoothies with a hint of sweetness from fruit, and the weight loss you will experience during the week will amaze and inspire you to embrace your new, health-enhancing, beauty-boosting, radiant lifestyle.Including step-by-step instructions, more than sixty delicious recipes for cleansing and rejuvenating foods, powerful home remedies, and the inspiration to put it all into practice, The Piper Protocol will help you slim down, rev up, and get gorgeous.
[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, #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, #9 Dr. Nightingale Races the Outlaw Colt, #10 Dr. Nightingale Traps the Missing Lynx and #11 Dr. Nightingale Seeks Greener Pastures 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.
The model railroad empire of MTH Electric Trains continues to steam ahead and revolutionize the O gauge electric train market with its innovative product lines, helping to make O gauge the fastest growing segment in model railroading. This is the first operator's handbook devoted to MTH's unique features and characteristics, including the new MTH Digital Control System. Model railroaders can easily construct a complete MTH railroad with the detailed step-by-step instructions in this full-color reference. Thorough coverage of MTH operating systems and related components helps enthusiasts choose the right layout. First operator's handbook devoted to MTH Electric Trains' unique features and characteristics Features step-by-step construction of a complete railroad layout from the ground up Overviews MTH Electric Trains' components and control systems
"The key to understanding men is in understanding how they relate to their gadgets. Just because they may seem to show more interest in their computers. . . or their remote controls... or their fancy watches or their power mowers or their stereos... doesn't mean that their toys are really the most important things in their life. In Boys and Their Toys, bestselling author Bill Adler, Jr. explains how men use toys to assert their independence and freedom, relieve stress, connect to their lost childhood, and even express their nurturing side (without having to admit it). Written in Adler's fun, humorous style, the book reveals how women can: * learn how a man's interest in particular ""toys"" can be used to predict his behavior * know when a guy's passion for gadgets crosses the line into obsession and what to do about it * take advantage of the human-gadget relationship to improve the human-human relationship Smart and funny, Boys and Their Toys helps readers understand what makes their men tick. . . and grow closer with them in the process. "
[From the front dust jacket flap:] "Awesome. That's the only word Hana can think of to describe her day on the whale-watching boat with her favorite teacher, Mr. Crane... David. Hana was sure she was going to have a miserable summer until she found David Crane sitting on the beach next to her grandmother's cottage on Cape Cod. He has come to the Cape to decide whether he should return to teaching in the fall. And, much to Hana's surprise, the young- teacher actually values her opinion. Twelve-year-old Hana is accustomed to feeling ignored by her family. Even at the beach house, her parents and three older siblings treat Hana like a child. Until, that is, they discover her growing friendship with David Crane, and immediately misinterpret it. How can Hana get them to see why this friendship is so special to her?"
Fred and Augie Duesenberg were a pair of driven, determined, nomadic masterminds. And to them, the automotive world will forever owe a great debt of gratitude. It took many years, and their achievements were hardly overnight successes, but eventually the brother created the ultimate in automotive engineering: the fabulous Duesenberg. Few were made, and only a relative handful remain. The Duesenbergs of the 1920s and '30s were so remarkable that they had little competition. With the help of E.I.Cord's fearless leadership and financial backing, the brilliant coachwork of the world's greatest bodybuilders, and Fred Duesenberg's mechanical genius, no two Duesenbergs were outfitted the same, and none have ever been truly rivaled. In Duesenberg, Dennis Adler has compiled the ultimate written and pictorial history of the car that was corrected billed as "The World's Finest Motor Car."
Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 Reporting Cookbook is recommended for Dynamics AX developers and .NET-based SSRS developers looking to familiarize themselves with the new AX reporting framework.
The Three Books of Occult Philosophy (De Occulta Philosophia libri III) was written in the 16th century by Henry Cornelius Agrippa. It involves the study of occult powers of ritual magic and its relationship with religion. This version of Book I was originally published in 1898 and Edited by Willis F Whitehead. It involves the study of Natural Magic, the nature of the Four Elements, The Planets, Celestial Signs, Geomancy, amongst others.
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