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Indebted

by A. R. Hawkins

A debt is paid and two lives are changed forever. For Aaron Quinn, the decision to drop out of med school turns his life upside down, and his father piles on the guilt over the tuition costs. So when his father cooks up a plan to hold off a Mafia loan shark's wrath, Aaron reluctantly agrees, desperate to make up for his failings. Raised and groomed to take over his father's position in the Mafia, Liam Sandoval has his own issues. Looking for any escape from his horrible life, he accepts the offer of a weekend of pleasure from Aaron. A mutual attraction ignites, and they realize a weekend will never be enough. But the growing relationship will be put to the ultimate test when enemies target Liam's new weak spot--Aaron. Can they overcome the outside forces threatening to pull them apart?

Sex & Sourdough

by A. J. Thomas

Anders Blankenship never intended to hike the Appalachian Trail alone, but when his boyfriend cancels, Anders steels his courage, leaving the abusive relationship to tackle the long-distance hike. Though a hiking virgin, he's glad he made the decision when he receives threatening messages from his ex. Luckily, Kevin, an experienced backpacker, takes him under his wing. Kevin Winters isn't looking for a hiking partner, let alone a fling with a cute man on the rebound. After learning he has the autoimmune disorder that killed his father, Kevin left his family to wander remote trails. Convinced his future holds only pain and death, Kevin refuses to get close to anyone. The family sourdough recipes he recreates over a campfire are his only solace. In the wilderness, Anders and Kevin discover a lot of common ground. While the future holds uncertainties they may not be ready to deal with, it might also hold the chance for happiness.

Kept Tears

by Jana Denardo

Having left most of his arm and his self-confidence behind in the Afghanistan desert, young veteran Aaron Santori has enough on his plate learning to use his prosthetic arm. Attending graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh makes life both interesting and challenging. Mentally, he's ill prepared for meeting Rhys Edwards, a young-adult novelist from Wales and everything Aaron could want in a man. Between the scars from the explosion and his PTSD, he's reluctant to date. Ready or not, though, Aaron finds himself jumping into the deep end of the relationship waters. What Aaron couldn't possibly know is that Rhys isn't human at all. As a prince of the Tylwyth Teg, Rhys is fae, with a list of enemies he's accumulated over the past few centuries--among them a former lover, Morcant, who is back to make Rhys's life miserable. An unwitting pawn in their Machiavellian fae politics, Aaron only knows he's falling in love, never suspecting love might be his death sentence.

Love Rising

by Piper Vaughn

An Isla Sagrario StoryIn the 1700s on the island of Sagrario, men who love other men find safe haven. For Francis Holland, an escaped indentured servant, Sagrario offers nothing but loneliness. His life begins to change when he finds Wick, a merman, washed ashore. When Wick awakens under Francis's care, Francis returns him to the sea at his request. Soon after, they begin to meet in secret, and gradually, Francis blossoms under this new companionship. However, a merman is a difficult creature to entrust one's heart to. With one trapped on land and the other at sea, the differences in their species threaten to keep them apart forever. It may not be long before Wick is gone, taking Francis's reason to smile with him.

Nineteenth-Century Illustration and the Digital

by Julia Thomas

This book brings the study of nineteenth-century illustrations into the digital age. The key issues discussed include the difficulties of making illustrations visible online, the mechanisms for searching the content of illustrations, and the politics of crowdsourced image tagging. Analyzing a range of online resources, the book offers a conceptual and critical model for engaging with and understanding nineteenth-century illustration through its interplay with the digital. In its exploration of the intersections between historic illustrations and the digital, the book is of interest to those working in illustration studies, digital humanities, word and image, nineteenth-century studies, and visual culture.

Transparent Urban Development

by Benjamin W. Stanley

This book studies both the tangible benefits and substantial barriers to sustainable development in the city of Phoenix, Arizona. Utilizing mixed research methods to probe downtown Phoenix's political economy of development, this study illustrates how non-local property ownership and land speculation negatively impacted a concerted public-private effort to encourage infill construction on vacant land. The book elaborates urban sustainability not only as a set of ecological and design prescriptions, but as a field needing increased engagement with the growth-based impetus, structural economic forces, and political details behind American urban land policy. Demonstrating how land use policies evolved in relation to Phoenix's historical dependence on outside investment, and are now interwoven across jurisdictional scales, the book concludes by identifying policy intervention points to increase the sustainability of Phoenix's development trajectory.

Digesting Femininities

by Natalie Jovanovski

This volume addresses how the rhetoric of feminist empowerment has been combined with mainstream representations of food, thus creating a cultural consciousness around food and eating that is unmistakably pathological. Throughout, Natalie Jovanovski discusses key texts written by women, for women: best-selling diet books, popular cookbooks produced by female food celebrities, and iconic feminist self-help texts. This is the first book to engage in a feminist analysis of body-policing food trends that focus specifically on the use of feminist rhetoric as a harmful aspect of food culture. There is a smorgasbord of seemingly diverse gender roles for women to choose from, but many encourage breaking gender norms and embracing a love of food while perpetuating old narratives of guilt and restraint. Digesting Femininities problematizes the gendering of food and eating and challenges the reader to imagine what a genderless and emancipatory food culture would look like.

Internet of Things and Smart Environments

by Seyed Shahrestani

This book is focused on the Internet of Things (IoT) services and smart environments that can be of assistance to the elderly and individuals living with dementia or some sensory impairment. The book outlines the requirements of the systems that aim to furnish some digital sensory or cognitive assistance to the individuals and their caregivers. Internet of Things and Smart Environments: Assistive Technologies for Disability, Dementia, and Aging covers the important evolutions of the IoT, the sensors, actuators, wireless communication and pervasive computing systems, and other enabling technologies that power up this megatrend infrastructure. The use of the IoT-based systems in improving the conventional assistive technologies and provisions of ambient assisted living are also covered. The book takes an impartial, and yet holistic, view to providing research insights and inspirations for more development works in the areas related to assistive IoT. It will show the potentials of using normally available interactive devices, like smartphones or smart TVs, which can be supplemented with low-cost gadgets or apps to provide assistive capabilities. It aims to accentuate the need for taking a comprehensive and combinatory view of the comprising topics and approaches that are based on the visions and ideas from all stakeholders. The book will examine these points and considerations to conclude with recommendations for future development works and research directions. This book can be of value to a diverse array of audience. The researchers and developers in healthcare and medicine, aged care and disability services, as well as those working in the IoT-related fields, may find many parts of this book useful and stimulating. It can be of great value to postgraduate and research students working in these areas. It can also be adapted for use in upper-level classroom courses relevant to communication and smart technologies, IoT applications, and assistive technologies. Many parts of the book can be of interest to the elderly and individuals living with a disability, as well as their families and caregivers. From an industry perspective, it can be of interest to software, hardware, and particularly app developers working on the IoT applications, smart homes and environments, and assistive technologies for the elderly and people living with disability or dementia.

Health, Culture and Society

by Barbara Katz Rothman Ana Porroche-Escudero Vanessa M. Hildebrand Ellen Annandale Elizabeth Ettorre

This book traces the history of formative, enduring concepts, foundational in the development of the health disciplines. It explores existing literature, and subsequent contested applications. Feminist legacies are discussed with a clear message that early sociological and anthropological theories and debates remain valuable to scholars today. Chapters cover historical events and cultural practices from the standpoint of 'difference'; formulate theories about the emergence of social issues and problems and discuss health and illness in light of cultural values and practices, social conditions, embodiment and emotions. This collection will be of great value to scholars of biomedicine, health and gender.

Piecewise Deterministic Processes in Biological Models

by Marta Tyran-Kamińska Ryszard Rudnicki

This book presents a concise introduction to piecewise deterministic Markov processes (PDMPs), with particular emphasis on their applications to biological models. Further, it presents examples of biological phenomena, such as gene activity and population growth, where different types of PDMPs appear: continuous time Markov chains, deterministic processes with jumps, processes with switching dynamics, and point processes. Subsequent chapters present the necessary tools from the theory of stochastic processes and semigroups of linear operators, as well as theoretical results concerning the long-time behaviour of stochastic semigroups induced by PDMPs and their applications to biological models. As such, the book offers a valuable resource for mathematicians and biologists alike. The first group will find new biological models that lead to interesting and often new mathematical questions, while the second can observe how to include seemingly disparate biological processes into a unified mathematical theory, and to arrive at revealing biological conclusions. The target audience primarily comprises of researchers in these two fields, but the book will also benefit graduate students.

Conquer the Flames

by Ariel Tachna

Sequel to Outlast the NightLang Downs: Book FourThorne Lachlan knows a thing or two about getting himself safely out of a blaze. For years he fought in the world's hot spots, a Commando with the Australian Army. Now, retired, he fights flames for the Royal Fire Service. When a grassfire brings him to Lang Downs, the next sheep station in danger, Thorne meets Ian Duncan and sparks fly that neither man can put out. But both men have ghosts from the past that stand in the way of moving beyond mutual attraction. While Thorne longs for the home he could share with Ian at Lang Downs, he fears his own instability might make him a danger to others. And Ian's always believed that the foster care nightmare he escaped before coming to Lang Downs would make any relationship impossible. Trust doesn't come easily to Thorne or Ian until the fire's aftermath forces them to see past the scars keeping them both from healing.

Crossing Divides

by Andrew Grey

Carter Hopkins is on a mission. He has already written about the conflict in Syria, but is determined to go even deeper. With his editor's help, he joins a band of freedom fighters led by Jalal. But it is Jalal's brother, Nemat, who draws Carter's attention. Nemat has left the family olive grove to join his brother in fighting the Syrian government in Aleppo. When Carter saves his life and is declared an honorary member of the family, Nemat couldn't be happier, even though he knows his family will never understand his true interest in Carter. Carter and Nemat say their goodbyes after the end of the assignment. Carter's stories garner a lot of attention, but he can't stop thinking of the man he left behind. Then rumors of the use of chemical weapons give Carter another chance at a story, and he jumps at it. But much has changed in Syria, and any chance of getting Nemat out of harm's way seems more impossible than ever.LR Cafe's 2013 Best Contemporary Book Nominee

Trusting Thomas

by K. C. Wells

Collars and Cuffs: Book TwoChristmas is a time for goodwill to all, but Collars and Cuffs co-owner Thomas Williams receives an unexpected gift that chills him to the bone. A Dom from another Manchester club asks Thomas for his help rescuing an abused submissive, Peter Nicholson. Thomas takes in the young man as a favor to a friend, offering space and time to heal, but he makes it clear he's never had a sub and doesn't want one. Peter finds Thomas's home calm and peaceful, but his past has left him unwilling to trust another Dom. When Thomas doesn't behave as Peter expects, Peter's nightmares begin to fade, and he decides he'd like to learn more about D/s life. A well-known trainer of submissives, Thomas begins to teach Peter, but as the new submissive opens up to him, Thomas finds he cares more for Peter than he should. Just as he decides it's time to find a permanent Dom for Peter, they discover Peter's tormentor is still very much a threat. With their lives in danger, Thomas can't deny his feelings for Peter any longer. The question now becomes, can Peter make it out of the lions' den alive, so that Thomas can tell his boy that he loves him?

Advanced Solutions of Transport Systems for Growing Mobility

by Grzegorz Sierpiński

What are the parameters that should be taken into account in an advanced simulation model designed for a transport system that promotes green travelling policies? How can the goal of modal shift be pursued through ICT solutions? Is it enough to apply only a single criterion when planning transport systems? What is the importance of information acquisition and provision in Intelligent Transport Systems? Answers to these and many other questions can be found in this publication. It also contains numerous analyses based on relevant data sets, illustrating the close relationship between ITS and the changes observed in terms of how specific means of transport are used. What proves to be particularly important for advanced transport systems is the use of environmentally friendly solutions that reduce their negative environmental impacts; accordingly, the book also addresses this aspect. With regard to the research results discussed and the selected solutions applied, the book primarily addresses the needs of three target groups: #65533; Scientists and researchers (ITS field) #65533; Local authorities (responsible for transport systems at the urban and regional level) #65533; Representatives of business (traffic strategy management) and industry (manufacturers of ITS components) Advanced Solutions of Transport Systems for Growing Mobility gathers selected papers presented at the 14th "Transport Systems. Theory and Practice" Scientific and Technical Conference, organized by the Department of Transport Systems and Traffic Engineering at the Faculty of Transport of the Silesian University of Technology. The conference was held on 18-20 September 2017 in Katowice (Poland). More details at www. TSTP. polsl. pl

Developments in Language Theory

by Michel Rigo Julien Leroy Émilie Charlier

This book constitutes the proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Developments in Language Theory, DLT 2017, held in Li#65533;ge, Belgium, in August 2017. The 24 full papers and 6 (abstract of) invited papers were carefully reviewed and selected from 47 submissions. The papers cover the following topics and areas: combinatorial and algebraic properties of words and languages; grammars acceptors and transducers for strings, trees, graphics, arrays; algebraic theories for automata and languages; codes; efficient text algorithms; symbolic dynamics; decision problems; relationships to complexity theory and logic; picture description and analysis, polyominoes and bidimensional patterns; cryptography; concurrency; celluar automata; bio-inspiredcomputing; quantum computing.

Intelligent Computing Methodologies

by M. Michael Gromiha Kyungsook Han Abir Hussain De-Shuang Huang

This book - in conjunction with the volumes LNCS 8588 and LNBI 8590 - constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Intelligent Computing, ICIC 2014, held in Taiyuan, China, in August 2014. The 85 papers of this volume were carefully reviewed and selected from numerous submissions. The papers are organized in topical sections such as soft computing; artificial bee colony algorithms; unsupervised learning; kernel methods and supporting vector machines; machine learning; fuzzy theory and algorithms; image processing; intelligent computing in computer vision; intelligent computing in communication networks; intelligent image/document retrievals; intelligent data analysis and prediction; intelligent agent and Web applications; intelligent fault diagnosis; knowledge representation/reasoning; knowledge discovery and data mining; natural language processing and computational linguistics; next gen sequencing and metagenomics; intelligent computing in scheduling and engineering optimization; advanced modeling, control and optimization techniques for complex engineering systems; complex networks and their applications; time series forecasting and analysis using artificial neural networks; computer human interaction using multiple visual cues and intelligent computing; biometric system and security for intelligent computing.

Strategische Kommunikation im Spannungsfeld zwischen Intention und Emergenz

by Dennis Schoeneborn Stefan Wehmeier

Strategische Kommunikation ist ein wachsendes Feld innerhalb der Kommunikationsforschung. Strategische Kommunikation bewegt sich in der Praxis jedoch zumeist in einem Spannungsfeld zwischen intendierten, zielgerichteten Kommunikationspraktiken einerseits und nicht-intendierten, emergenten Kommunikationspraktiken andererseits, die nichtsdestotrotz strategische Wirkung entfalten k#65533;nnen. Der Band dokumentiert Ergebnisse und Debatten zum Spannungsfeld der strategischen Kommunikation, basierend auf der Jahrestagung 2015 der DGPuK-Fachgruppe PR und Organisationskommunikation an der Universit#65533;t Greifswald.

»Wie bitte?« – Kommunikation in Gesundheitsberufen

by Renate Tewes

Reden Sie miteinander - aber richtig! Dieses Buch hilft Ihnen Patienten und Mitarbeiter in Gesundheitsberufen besser zu verstehen. Nutzen Sie die Erfolgspotenziale gelungener Kommunikation. Lernen Sie Regeln und Gestaltungsräume der Kommunikation für Ihr Team und den Patientenumgang zu nutzen. Außerdem bietet die Autorin Lösungsansätze bei Fehlinformationen und schlechtem Arbeitsklima. Neu in der 2. Auflage: Individuell maßgeschneiderte Kommunikation So werden Sie zufrieden und erfolgreich im Gesundheitsjob!

Repetitorium Manuelle Medizin/Chirotherapie

by Lothar Beyer Ralph Kayser

Das vorliegende Werk orientiert sich an den Inhalten des Grundkurses und des Aufbaukurses der Zusatz-Weiterbildung Manuelle Medizin/Chirotherapie und wendet sich an alle #65533;rzte, die diese Zusatzbezeichnung anstreben. Ein Herausgeber- und Autorenteam mit langj#65533;hriger Praxiserfahrung vermittelt auf den Punkt gebracht die wesentlichen Grundlagen und Besonderheiten der Manuellen Medizin, u. a. zu Neuro-und Pathophysiologie der Funktionsst#65533;rung, den wichtigsten Prinzipien der manuellen Diagnostik und Therapie, inklusive der Differenzialdiagnostik funktioneller und struktureller Befunde, manuelle Medizin bei Kindern sowie den wichtigsten manualmedizinischen Krankheitsbildern und Syndrome. Das Buch eignet sich hervorragend als Kursbegleiter und zur Pr#65533;fungsvorbereitung, ist aber auch aufgrund der zahlreichen Fallbeispiele und Praxistipps, u. a. zur Verordnung und Abrechnung, f#65533;r das schnelle Nachschlagen im klinischen Alltag bestens geeignet.

Psychiatrische Untersuchung

by Achim Haug

F#65533;r Ihre Kitteltasche: Die sorgf#65533;ltige psychiatrische Untersuchung ist nach wie vor das wesentliche R#65533;stzeug f#65533;r Psychiater und Psychologen. Knapp, verst#65533;ndlich und exakt erl#65533;utern die Autoren s#65533;mtliche Grundprinzipien und zus#65533;tzlichen diagnostischen Ma#65533;nahmen (Untersuchung spezieller Funktionen und Symptome). Ein praxistauglicher Leitfaden f#65533;r die t#65533;gliche Arbeit mit Patienten und die optimale Erg#65533;nzung zu wissenschaftlichen Grundlagenwerken.

Nachrichtentechnik

by Martin Werner

Das Buch Nachrichtentechnik richtet sich an Studierende mit Studienschwerpunkten oder auch nur einzelnen Modulen aus dem Bereich der Informationstechnik und Informatik. Es gibt Einblicke in wichtige Methoden und typische Anwendungen der Nachrichtentechnik. Dem einf#65533;hrenden Charakter entsprechend wird auf viele Beispiele und Abbildungen Wert gelegt. Wiederholungsfragen und kurze #65533;bungsaufgaben mit vollst#65533;ndigen L#65533;sungen unterst#65533;tzen den Lernerfolg. F#65533;r alle, die eine sp#65533;tere nachrichtentechnische Vertiefung nicht ausschlie#65533;en, liefert das Buch eine solide Grundlage.

Intervention

by Mia Kerick

As a musician at the popular college café Coed Joe's, high school senior Kai Manter is never lacking for male attention. Out, proud, free-spirited, and sexually aware, Kai sets his sights on his darkly Gothic and undeniably bad-tempered coworker, Jamie Arlotta, a freshman at the local arts university. Sporting long hair and alluring hippie style, Kai expects his interest will be reciprocated, with satisfying sex as the end goal. That's what usually happens. But Jamie's lessons in life have been harsher. Having been sexually abused by his older stepbrother for several years, Jamie has grown an impenetrable outer shell meant to keep the world at a safe distance. Kai is angry at first when he takes the brunt of Jamie's bad temper, but after Kai accidentally discovers the abuse Jamie has suffered, he wants to fix things. Kai's plan is based on what he knows best--music--and he stages a "musical intervention" to let Jamie know he's not alone and things can get better. When Jamie's perspective changes and he emerges from his shell, Kai changes, too, gaining a whole new understanding of what sex can be when love is there too.

Triane's Son Fighting

by Amy Lane

2nd EditionSequel to Triane's Son LearningBitter Moon Saga: Book ThreeOutraged by the destruction of innocent lives and the threat to his family's safety, Torrant Shadow and Aylan Stealth-Moon ride to Dueance, the capital of Clough, with a desperate plan: Torrant will impersonate Yarri's dead brother, Ellyot Moon, and infiltrate the Regent's council to help change to the government's policy toward the Goddess's chosen from the inside. But from the very first night, Torrant and Aylan are pressed into service in the shadows of the ghettoes, fighting for the lives of the brutalized people within. It's a bitter job, made more so by close scrutiny and mockery from Consort Rath, the ruler whose policies have created the discrimination and cruelty wreaking havoc in their country. Torrant's only bright moments come from Aylan, whose love and loyalty never falter, and the hungry, compassionate minds of the younger regents. Believing that all they need is a worthy song to follow, Torrant sets about leading them to accomplish the salvation of their country. But not even Torrant can be everywhere at once. When faced with one disaster too many, he realizes one man alone cannot right the wrongs of an entire government--not even Triane's Son.First Edition published as Bitter Moon II: Triane's Son Reigning by iUniverse, 2009

Triane's Son Reigning

by Amy Lane

2nd EditionSequel to Triane's Son Fighting Bitter Moon Saga: Book FourFrom the moment Torrant Shadow realized Consort Rath murdered his family, he's lived a dual identity: a healer and poet by nature, a predator out of necessity. It's not just exhausting, it's perilous. In the deadly city of Dueance, Torrant must succeed in both lives, because while the predator may save the Goddess's folk from Rath's brutal policies, it is the poet who will sway the minds of the people to revolt against the oppressive government. As his cause falters, Torrant finds his worst nightmares come to pass as the people he loves most--his family from Eiran, his former lovers, and his moon-destined, Yarri--all come to his aid, despite the danger. They must succeed--there is no other option. If they fail, Rath will eliminate joy from the heart of the lands of the three moons, and all that Torrant and his family cherish will be lost. But success could exact devastating cost, one Triane's Son was never prepared to pay.1st Edition published as Bitter Moon II: Triane's Son Reigning by iUniverse, 2009

Noble Metal Nanoparticles

by Ignác Capek

There is a growing interest in the use of nanoparticles modified with DNAs, viruses, peptides and proteins for the rational design of nanostructured functional materials and their use in biosensor applications. The challenge is to control the organization of biomolecules on nanoparticles while retaining their biological activity as potential chemical and gene therapeutics. These noble metal nanoparticles/biomolecules conjugates have specific properties and therefore they are attractive materials for nanotechnology in biochemistry and medicine. In this book, the author review work performed dealing with the DNA structure and functionalities, interactions between DNA, noble metal nanoparticles, surface active agents, solvents and other additives. Particular attention is given to how the DNA's chain length and the DNA conformation affect the interaction and structure of the nanoconjugates and nanostructures that are formed. Also discussed are the recent advances in the preparation, characterization, and applications of noble metal nanoparticles that are conjugated with DNA aptamers and oligomers. The advantages and disadvantages of functionalized nanoparticles through various detection modes are highlighted, including colorimetry, fluorescence, electrochemistry, SPR, and, mass spectrometry for the detection of small molecules and biomolecules. The functionalized noble metal nanoparticles are selective and sensitive for the analytes, showing their great potential in biosensing. Furthermore, this book reviews recent progress in the area of DNA-noble metal nanoparticles based artificial nanostructures, that is, the preparation, collective properties, and applications of various DNA-based nanostructures are also described.

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