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This book explains the Islamic code of conduct which should govern social relations. Based on the Qur'an and Hadith, it instructs extensively in developing such moral and social traits and behaviour patterns which invest our social life with peace, harmony, love and joy.
Morning rush hour on the Golden Gate Bridge. Amidst the river of metal and glass a shocking event occurs, leaving those who witnessed it desperately looking for answers, most notably one man and his son Jake, who captured the event and uploaded it to the internet for all the world to experience. As the media swarms over the story, Jake will face the ramifications of his actions as he learns the perils of our modern disconnect between the real world and the world we create online.In land-locked Arizona, as the entire country learns of the event, Sara views Jake's video just before witnessing a horrible event of her own: her boyfriend's posting of their intimate sex tape. As word of the tape leaks out, making her an instant pariah, Sara needs to escape the small town's persecution of her careless action. Along with Rodney, an old boyfriend injured long ago in a freak accident that destroyed his parents' marriage, she must run faster than the internet trolls seeking to punish her for her indiscretions. Sara and Rodney will reunite with his estranged mother, Kat, now in danger from a new man in her life who may not be who he
After years of futon passion, Hemingway discussions, and three-mile runs, Jill Talbot's relationship with a man carved in her doubts so deep she wrote to ignore them. And even though he was as unwilling to commit to a place or a job as Talbot was to marrying him, he insisted that she keep the baby when a pregnancy surprised them during their fourth year together. As it turned out, Kenny wasn't able to commit to a child either, so when the court ordered visitation and support for their four-month-old daughter, he vanished. His disappearing act was the catalyst for Talbot's own, as she moved her daughter through nine states in as many years-running from the memory of their failed relationship and the hope of an impossible reunion, all the while raising a daughter on her own. Then, one day while packing boxes, she found a photograph that changed everything.In this memoir-in-essays, Talbot attempts to set the record straight, even as she argues that our shared histories are merely competing stories we choose to tell ourselves. A bold look at the challenges of love and the struggles of a single mother in America today, The Way We Weren't tells a complex, unforgettable story of loss and leaving, and of how Talbot learned that writing can't bring anything back, but that because of it, nothing is ever really lost.
In his classic works of true crime, Harry MacLean examined the dark side of America and its fascination with violence. In The Joy of Killing, he builds upon this expert knowledge to create a page-turning literary thriller - an exciting combination of love story, mystery, psychological suspense, and meditation on human nature and the origins of violence.This fever dream begins on a stormy fall night at a lake house in the north woods of Minnesota, where we are introduced to a college professor who a few years earlier had written a novel in which he justified a gruesome campus murder under the nihilistic theory that there is no right or wrong, no moral center to man's activity. The writer returns to the lake house where he had spent his childhood summers and locks himself in the attic, intent on writing the final story of his life. Playing on a continuous loop in his mind are key moments in his past: his childhood in small-town Iowa, where he and his best friend befriended a local drifter; his childhood on the lake where one summer a local boy drowned in a storm; and the central fixation of his erotic meeting with a girl on a train bound for Chicago when he was just fifteen. All of these threads weave together as the writer tries to piece together the multitude of secrets and acts of violence that make up one human life.Reminiscent of the work of noir master Derek Raymond and John Banville's The Sea with a touch of David Lynch, The Joy of Killing, with its haunting language and vivid images, is both a fascinating look into the fugue state of one man's mind as well as a searing, philosophical look at violence and its impact on our human condition. With its elegant structure, multiple storylines, and edge-of-your-seat suspense, the novel is the tour-de-force fiction debut by one of America's premier writers of true crime.
Capturing the spirit of arcane writing, Evan S. Connell delivers spectacular and esoteric prose as he imagines the journals of seven alchemists. The first is Paracelsus, the famous sixteenth-century alchemist, who is followed by an array of distinct voices: physicians, historians, alchemists, and philosophers. Each employs a unique personality and point of view in a world of pre-scientific thought, of the western world about to step into modernity.Though this historical recreation is medieval in style, Connell succeeds in infusing his diarists with alchemic wisdom, ancient appeal, and felt humanness. A work of rigid art and astute mimicry, Connell's work is intelligent and remarkable, medieval yet applicable to modernity. Alchymic Journals is, at its core, a study of humanity from the mind of one of America's greatest writers.
Here are tales of fabulous advances made in anthropology, archaeology, astronomy, and linguistics, stories of the Anasazi, the "old ones" of the southwestern desert, of the great explorers, eccentrics, dreamers, scientists, cranks, and geniuses. "There's no end to the list, of course," Connell says, "because gradually it descends from such legendary individuals to ourselves when, as children, obsessed by that same urge, we got permission to sleep in the backyard."
Acclaimed author Evan S. Connell sends us through the complete experience of a man initially intrigued and then enslaved by art: a curious interest, a rapt fixation, and the becoming of a connoisseur. The Connoisseur trails the evolution of Muhlbach, an insurance executive on a business trip in Taos, New Mexico, who develops an obsession with pre-Columbian figurines after meandering through a curio shop. Entranced yet bewildered by his sudden affinity for a little figurine, Muhlbach succumbs to his intrigue and, thirty dollars later, begins his journey as a connoisseur.With superb delivery and subtle clarity, Connell allows us to see and feel Muhlbach's emerging mania, with its impending tension and sudden exhilaration. He illustrates how a new fixation alters our lens on life and shapes our actions.
The collected English-language poems of Oscar Mandel, the acclaimed Belgian-born poet, playwright, fabulist, and author.
The lone cowboy... Damon Harrison never gets too involved. A cowboy at heart, Damon has turned his commitment phobia into a living-flipping houses. The only exceptions to that rule? His foster family at Thunder Mountain Ranch. And now those "exceptions" have talked Damon into working on a new project with a carpenter named Phil... Only, "Phil" is a nickname for Philomena Turner. She has a wicked way with carpentry and an even wickeder way of turning Damon's head. And the chemistry is like a lightning bolt of lust. But Phil wants a family and a home, and no hotshot cowboy-even a tantalizingly sexy one-will change that. All she can steal are a few nights of sizzling passion before she has to set this lone cowboy free...
The proof of her desire... Mathematician Della Clark just met the most gorgeous man on a plane. According to her calculations, the odds of meeting Mr. Perfectly Hot are approximately 1 in 285,000. Gabe Ross is an unexpected variable. Handsome, smart and unusually interested? Yes, Della has definitely improved her odds... Except that Gabe Ross isn't his real name. He works for the Department of Homeland Security, and Della is a part-a very distracting one-of an investigation into a critical security breach. Gabe tells himself that their affair is vital for the investigation. That he can remain objective. But mostly, he lies to himself...to hide the fact that he may be falling for the right woman at the wrong time.
May the best man sin... Lauren Sanger is practically the perfect maid of honor, except for one tiny flaw. She hates the best man. Jackson Monaghan is beyond hot-his body is the stuff of sexy lady dreams-but he's just such a jerk. So when a prank lands them in the same bed, Lauren should have flipped out...instead of having the best sex of her life with the best man! Jackson can't figure out how two people with anti-chemistry during the day can have such a wickedly hot sexual chemistry at night. Worse still, he wants more. Enough to dare Lauren into doing the last thing she should be doing-him. But friends with benefits is one thing...enemies with benefits is quite another.
He has a debt to pay... Cooper Brock knows Serena Dominguez can ruin him with a snap of her delectable fingers, but he won't give in to her demands easily. Instead, he gives Serena his own ultimatum: to confront the smoldering attraction between them. And she's ready to collect! Serena has spent her life planning the downfall of this man. But when she yields to his challenge, Serena is stripped bare by Cooper's raw passion. As he holds her in his arms and whispers her name, Serena realizes she may have just fallen in love with her enemy...
She will share his bed... It may have been Charity Wyatt's father who stole from mogul Rocco Amari, but it's Charity who will pay the price of Rocco's vengeance. Carry his heir... Relinquishing her virginity should have covered Charity's debt, but her one white-hot night with the enigmatic Italian has unexpected consequences. And be his wife! Determined her baby will have a better childhood than she did, Charity asks Rocco for financial help. But Rocco has bigger plans in mind: to legitimize his heir by making Charity his wife! When one night...leads to pregnancy!
The Sensuous Sheikh: Married for Duty Newly crowned Sheikh Zayed Al Afzal needs to earn his people's allegiance. And that means the one thing this wicked playboy has always avoided-marriage! His viziers may have a bevy of beautiful options for him, but when Zayed meets exquisite Nadia Amani he makes a choice that's all his own. Now, with the wedding contract signed and sealed, Zayed learns the shocking truth-Nadia is his enemy's daughter! But in the dark desert nights Zayed's desire for his princess intensifies and anger gives way to a sensual hunger that begs to be satisfied... The world's sexiest billionaires finally say "I do!"
The jewel in his plan Once Loukas Sarantos was bodyguard to the world's richest men. Now the ruthless Greek is a CEO with bodyguards of his own. And his most recent procurement means he can finally take revenge on Jessica Cartwright-the only woman to ever walk away from him. As the face of Loukas's new luxury jewelry company, formerly out-of-his-league Jessica now has to answer to him-and he will relish every second of having her under his control! But as the embers of their former fire reignite, Loukas begins to realize Jessica may be the most precious jewel in his possession...
A hunger for the forbidden Even before he strides into Rose's London shop, billionaire restaurateur Gene Bonnaire's merciless and seductive reputation precedes him. Antiques dealer Rose Heathcote has encountered men like him before and is determined never to give in to one again! Charismatic Gene always gets what he wants, and what he wants now is Rose's shop space for his new restaurant-and its current alluring owner in his bed! Securing the shop will be easy; Rose can't deny the benefits of his business offer. But seducing this defiant beauty will be more of a challenge...and Rose stands to be his greatest acquisition yet! Seven Sexy Sins-The true taste of temptation!
He took her virginity, she'll take her revenge! Standing outside Luka Cavalieri's gleaming office, Sophie Durante's heart is pounding. Eight years ago, being caught in the Sicilian tycoon's bed destroyed her pride and her reputation. He owes her, and now she's come to collect. To placate her ailing father, Luka must become her fake fiancé! Intrigued, Luka agrees to Sophie's outrageous proposal-one glimpse of the feisty spirit simmering behind her cool exterior and he believes this engagement charade could be pleasurable. But a wedding night is out of the question...until he can entice Sophie to admit just how much she wants one!
From one night... When Sergio Burzi's table at an exclusive London restaurant is invaded by a stunning woman fleeing a blind date, he's intrigued. Candid, innocent artist Susie Sadler is nothing like the women he normally dates. The urge to sweep her into his gilded realm-if only for the night-is overwhelming. to nine months! But there are repercussions to taking what you want, and Sergio's rigidly controlled world is soon shattered-Susie's pregnant! Now they'll have to find a way to face their uncertain future together and resist the craving for each other that impulsive night ignited... When one night...leads to pregnancy!
A woman scorned... Art expert Prudence Elliot is shocked when a new job brings her face-to-face with Laszlo de Zsadany-the irresistible enigma who blazed through her life like a comet, leaving only her shattered heart in his wake. A husband discovered... Even more shocking, not only is Laszlo a secret millionaire, but their youthful pledging of love was legally binding-he's her husband! A fiery reconciliation! Prudence is an addiction that Laszlo cannot fight, but surely the heat between them will quickly burn out... Except soon he's forced to admit that his craving for his wife is blazing out of control!
Going from black sheep to king, with the help of one very special woman... Gabriel Montoro's worst nightmares are realized when his older brother abdicates the throne of Alma, leaving fun-loving playboy Gabe next in line. Now he needs to shape up--fast. That's where Serafia Espina fits in. The exquisite ex-supermodel can school him in the social niceties. But as they get into the royal routine, Gabe begins to see this old family friend in a very different light. Soon the protocols are out the window, and Serafia is sharing his bed. But is this angel hiding something that could threaten what they've begun? Be sure to read the other sizzling and scandalous stories in the Dynasties: The Montoros series, only from Harlequin® Desire! MINDING HER BOSS'S BUSINESS by USA TODAY bestseller Janice Maynard CARRYING A KING'S CHILD by USA TODAY Katherine Garbera THE PRINCESS AND THE PLAYER by Kat Cantrell MAID FOR A MAGNATE by Jules Bennett A ROYAL TEMPTATION by USA TODAY bestseller Charlene Sands
From one-night stand to one huge secret! Only from USA TODAY bestselling author Catherine Mann... Jewelry designer Amie McNair would do anything for her dying grandmother, including promise to travel with the outsider chosen to run her family's business empire. Simple. All she has to do is keep her hands to herself...and find a way to let the sexy new CEO know she's pregnant with his child. Preston Armstrong has secrets of his own. But spending a week with Amie has this tight-lipped cowboy longing to open up. Even if his past threatens their future-as a couple, and a family.
Secrets drove them apart. Can their child reunite them? Only from USA TODAY bestselling author Olivia Gates... Richard Graves has long battled his dark heritage, and only one woman nearly shattered his elegant facade. Though he seduced Isabella Sandoval to take revenge on the man who'd destroyed his family, walking away from her was the hardest thing he's done. Now he's learned the truth about her son, and he won't walk away again. Richard's mission of vengeance nearly cost Isabella her life. But she can't resist rekindling their dangerous passion. Can she protect her child from the man sworn to claim him-and herself from the desire she can no longer fight?
She's about to have an unforgettable affair...with her royal boss. He was desperate to forget a broken engagement...until an accident has Prince Lucas Silva forgetting his fiancée's identity. Now he believes his loyal assistant, Kate Barton, is his bride-to-be. And she's under strict orders to keep up the pretense. Playing the role of beloved is no stretch for Kate; she's had a crush on her boss for years. But palace rules prohibit royalty from mixing with the help, so Kate knows her happiness can't last. Once Luc regains his memory, she could very well be tossed aside...unless the prince is willing to forget the rules, too!
Married by Mistake? Rust Creek Ramblings Welcome back, faithful readers! The Rust Creek Rambler has an exclusive for you: Jordyn Leigh Cates has gotten married! That's right, our innocent Jordyn, who came to town a few years back with the Rust Creek Falls "Gal Rush," tied the knot on July Fourth in what appeared to be a very impulsive ceremony. No one could blame the blushing bridesmaid for saying "I do" to Will Clifton. The sexy, blue-eyed rancher is six feet of pure muscle and charm. But are these two merely love-struck friends who got swept away at someone else's wedding? Our sources suggest otherwise. Stay tuned to find out the true story behind these surprise spouses-and see if they can make it past their honeymoon!
"I can find you your soul mate in five dates." Dr. Jake Lennox took that bet from his best friend, nurse Anna Adams. And then he insisted on returning the favor. After all, he's a commitment-phobic bachelor, while Anna wants the wedding ring and the white picket fence. So why can't he find her Mr. Right while she finds him Ms. Right Now? Now, admittedly, in small-town Celebration, Texas, the dating pool is shallow. And Anna and Jake's picks for each other are either too small or too tall, too old or too bold. Still, they're determined that by dates number five, both of them will be diving headfirst into marriage. So why do they suddenly seem to think it could be with each other?
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