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Fifteen-year-old Reason Cansino has learned the painful truth that she--like her mother, grandmother, and new friends Tom and Jay-Tee--must face a choice between using the magic that lives in her blood and dying young, or refusing to use the magic and losing her mind. Now a new threat leaves Reason stranded alone in New York City, struggling to control a power she barely understands. But could the danger she faces also hold the key to saving her life?
This inspirational masterpiece reveals how faith and belief are the keys to success - as a special bonus it includes the author's classic on unlocking the prospering powers of your mind, TNT: It Rocks the Earth. <P><P> As if by magic, some people know how to make wishes come true. In this classic exploration of mental visualization and autosuggestion, journalist and businessman Claude M. Bristol discloses the secret of turning belief into success.Bristol learned early in life that if he clearly visualized his goals, and strongly believed in them, he would attain them.
Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up magical problems. But when Kate's guardian is murdered, her quest for justice draws her into a power struggle between two strong factions within Atlanta's magic circles. Pressured by both sides to find the killer, Kate realizes she's way out of her league--but she wouldn't want it any other way... <P><P> This special edition includes in-depth information about the world of Kate Daniels, with descriptions of its characters and factions. Explore Kate's Atlanta like never before with answers to FAQ and a quiz to find your place there. And don't miss the prequel story "A Questionable Client," as well as scenes of events in Magic Bites from Curran's point of view.
Atlanta is a city plagued by magical problems. Kate Daniels will fight to solve them--no matter the cost. Mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate, Curran, the Beast Lord, are struggling to solve a heartbreaking crisis.<P><P> Unable to control their beasts, many of the Pack's shapeshifting children fail to survive to adulthood. While there is a medicine that can help, the secret to its making is closely guarded by the European packs, and there's little available in Atlanta. Kate can't bear to watch innocents suffer, but the solution she and Curran have found threatens to be even more painful. The European shapeshifters who once outmaneuvered the Beast Lord have asked him to arbitrate a dispute--and they'll pay him in medicine. <P>With the young people's survival and the Pack's future at stake, Kate and Curran know they must accept the offer--but they have little doubt that they're heading straight into a trap...
It was the best of times, it was the cursed of times--in this Southern Witch novella from national bestselling author Kimberly Frost. <P><P> Tammy Jo Trask is headed to Galveston, Texas for the Dickens on the Strand festival, but there's no idyllic vacation in her future--not with two magically shrunken ladies trapped in her luggage. Jenna and Lucy were trying to kidnap Tammy Jo when she took them down a notch. The only trouble is she can't reverse the spell and neither can her gorgeous wizard beau Bryn. <P>Now Tammy's hoping to get help from a Galveston ghost named Sally O'Shea. In exchange for her help, Sally sends Tammy Jo and Bryn on a strange and mysterious mission. Bryn is convinced it's a wild goose chase, but Sally has a few dark secrets up her spectral sleeves, and their fool's errand quickly turns epic.
In the latest Kate Daniels novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews, magic is coming and going in waves in post-Shift Atlanta--and each crest leaves danger in its wake... <P><P>After breaking from life with the Pack, mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate--former Beast Lord Curran Lennart--are adjusting to a very different pace. While they're thrilled to escape all the infighting, Kate and Curran know that separating from the Pack completely is a process that will take time. <P> But when they learn that their friend Eduardo has gone missing, Kate and Curran shift their focus to investigate his disappearance. Eduardo was a fellow member of the Mercenary Guild, so Kate knows the best place to start looking is his most recent jobs. As Kate and Curran dig further into the merc's business, they discover that the Guild has gone to hell and that Eduardo's assignments are connected in the most sinister way... <P>An ancient enemy has arisen, and Kate and Curran are the only ones who can stop it--before it takes their city apart piece by piece.From the Hardcover edition.
Second in a brilliant new fantasy series. A masterwork of fantasy, The Nessantico Cycle is the epic tale of an empire at its height, yet poised on the brink of what could be a devastating descent into ruin.<P><P> Told from the viewpoints of numerous characters, it is a sweeping saga of murder and magic (portrayed both as a powerful religion and a forbidden art), deception and betrayal, Machiavellian politics, star-crossed lovers, and a realm facing war on every front.
Eight vulnerable girls and their helpless teachers are forced off a school bus and held hostage. The madman who has them at gunpoint has a simple plan: one hostage an hour will die unless the demands are met. <P><P>Called to the scene is Arthur Potter, the FBI's best hostage negotiator. He has a plan. But so does one of the hostages-a beautiful teacher who's willing to do anything to save the lives of her students. Now, the clock is ticking as a chilling game of cat and mouse begins.
A long time ago, two great sorcerers fought a duel to determine the fate of the world. Magic itself was ripped from our world, its power kept secret by a handful of enchanters.<P><P> The world of Magicks, however, still exists-and whoever controls the Gates controls both worlds. <P> In The Magickers... Enter Jason Adrian and his friends-who have been recruited by Gavan Rainwater into the most unusual summer camp on earth-Camp Ravenwyng. There, they will learn about their own special talents. They'll develop their magick powers and unlock the secrets of controlling them. <P> To Jason, it seems like a dream come true. But there is one thing he will have to do before he leaves this very special camp: face the evil minions of the Dark Hand...
Like Snow Falling on Cedars, a stirring tale of wartime love April, 1944. The quiet rural village of Stark, New Hampshire is irrevocably changed by the arrival of 150 German prisoners of war. <P><P>And one family, unexpectedly divided, must choose between love and country. Camp Stark is under the command of Major John Brennan, whose beautiful daughter, Collie, will serve as translator. Educated at Smith and devoted to her widowed father, Collie is immediately drawn to Private August Wahrlich, a peaceful poet jaded by war. As international conflict looms on the home front, their passion blinds them to the inevitable dangers ahead.<P> Inspired by the little-known existence of a real World War II POW camp, The Major's Daughter is a fresh take on the timeless theme of forbidden love.
In the third installment in the Magic or Madness trilogy, the people Reason Cansino loves most are all in danger. Reason's mother, Sarafina, has disappeared from the mental hospital in Sydney with Reason's evil grandfather, Jason Blake. Jay-Tee, the closest thing Reason has to a best friend, has used all of her magic and faces death at any moment. Only Reason can find the answers within her family's magic to save everyone who matters most to her.
After her father is murdered, Lily Heller finds herself next on the kill list--and forced to reconnect with Scott Ryder, the one man who can keep her alive. <P><P>As danger stalks her, she'll surrender herself to the lawman whose every touch leaves her breathless and exposed...
Welcome to the Louisiana Bayou and the world of rising star Macy Beckett's newest series, where hopeful hearts will go to great lengths to change their luck in love... <P><P> On the surface, Joy McMasterson has everything--a steady career, a trendy French Quarter townhouse, and high-society parents who fill her schedule with a rotation of trust fund hotties. But despite her good fortune, Joy is suffocating beneath the pressure of her father's political campaign. Every detail of her life is scripted, from her sensible Tiffany hoops to the men she's permitted to date. To assert control over her love life, Joy visits The Sweet Spot bakery--home to Allie Mauvais, third-generation voodoo priestess and renowned matchmaker. <P>Armed with love potion and a newly-found nerve, Joy walks out of the bakery and into Ryan Gibson's tattoo shop. One look at the gorgeous owner and she knows two things: they have enough chemistry to steam the ink off his skin, and he's not the kind of guy she can take home to her parents. But if Joy wants to escape her father's shadow, maybe Ryan is exactly who she needs...
A girl like her comes around once a century... For ninety-nine years, every man in the Dumont family has remained a perpetual bachelor.<P><P> Residents of Cedar Bayou, Louisiana, whisper about a voodoo hex cast upon the family, sabotaging each man's chance at marriage. In truth, the Dumont men have their own player personalities to blame, and Marc is no exception. As captain of his family's riverboat, he's broken hearts up and down the Mississippi. That is, until his high school crush strolls onboard...<P>Allie Mauvais rocks the boat when she fills in as pastry chef. She hasn't seen Marc since senior year, when rumors flew that her great-great-grandmother was the one who cursed the Dumonts. After two weeks on the water, neither can deny the attraction that still burns between them. But to truly reach Marc's heart, Allie must show him that the hex is all in his head and it'll take more than her mouthwatering sweets to prove it. Will Allie's love be enough to finally make Marc hers?
He's about to make his own luck.Ten years ago, Beau Dumont made the biggest mistake of his life by letting his high school sweetheart, Devyn Mauvais, slip through his fingers. Now the reformed bad boy will stop at nothing to get her back.<P><P> Even if it means tricking her into taking a job on his family's riverboat, the Belle of the Bayou.When Devyn's old flame offers her a stint at the boat's day-care center, she sees it as a chance to prove she isn't just the descendant of Louisiana's most infamous voodoo queen. Besides, it beats leading ghost tours around New Orleans. Yet when it comes to Beau, Devyn's all business. She won't give the sweet-talking playboy another chance to break her heart.But there's no escaping temptation in such close quarters, and Beau won't be satisfied with a few hot nights with the girl he's always loved.<P> As he strives to make Devyn remember the good times, will his passion and heart be enough to regain her trust?
Plus-size reporter Kate Gallagher is facing the ultimate challenge-wearing a bikini for an upcoming assignment about weight loss scams. Sticking to her diet won't be easy-especially since her love life is already wasting away. <P><P> Kate learns she's not alone at a meeting of a women's support group, the Newbodies-where her friend Lila confides that her marriage is in trouble. When Lila turns up dead, Kate's suspicions immediately fall on the husband. But that's before she finds out that Lila wasn't the first "Newbody" to die. Apparently a killer has an appetite for plus-sized victims...
The essential tool kit to achieve breakthrough sales performance improvements.Numbers don't lie: 40 percent of all salespeople miss their targets each year. How can sales managers ensure their teams are doing everything possible? <P><P>The key lies in benchmarking, which is not new for finance or manufacturing but rarely gets applied to sales. Making the Number will teach executives to embrace data-driven decision making and rely less on gut instinct.Comparing a sales force to those of relevant peers leads to many opportunities to improve performance. The authors take readers through their five-step methodology for sales benchmarking, showing how to select metrics; gather, compute, and compare internal and external data; and then actually use the data.Making the Number includes case studies of sales benchmarking in action. <P>For example, find out how Discover Financial Services plays David to the Goliaths of MasterCard and Visa.Whether you're a sales rep, a manager, or a CEO, this book will show you a better way to make your number.
Lady Georgiana Rannoch won't deny that being thirty-fifth in line for the British throne has its advantages. Unfortunately, money isn't one of them. And sometimes making ends meet requires her to investigate a little royal wrongdoing.<P><P> While my beau Darcy is off on a mysterious mission, I am once again caught between my high birth and empty purse. I am therefore relieved to receive a new assignment from the Queen--especially one that includes lodging. The King's youngest son, George, is to wed Princess Marina of Greece, and I shall be her companion at the supposedly haunted Kensington Palace.<P> My duties are simple: help Marina acclimate to English life, show her the best of London and, above all, dispel any rumors about George's libertine history. Perhaps that last bit isn't so simple.<P> George is known for his many affairs with women as well as men--including the great songwriter Noel Coward. But things truly get complicated when I search the Palace for a supposed ghost only to encounter an actual dead person: a society beauty said to have been one of Prince George's mistresses.<P> Nothing spoils a royal wedding more than murder, and the Queen wants the whole matter hushed. But as the investigation unfolds--and Darcy, as always, turns up in the most unlikely of places--the investigation brings us precariously close to the prince himself.
His name was Feliks. He came to London to commit a murder that would change history. <P><P>A master manipulator, he had many weapons at his command, but against him were ranged the whole of the English police, a brilliant and powerful lord, and the young Winston Churchill himself...
Good mysteries come in Miniature packages. Miniaturist Geraldine?s nephew arrests a local for murdering her boyfriend. Enlisted to help find the real culprit, Gerry comes upon criminal artists who wish she?d mind her own tiny business.
Four all-new stories featuring handsome heroes who can possess a woman's heart and satisfy her late-night yearnings.
From the national bestselling author of Prague Fatale, a powerful new thriller that returns Bernie Gunther, our sardonic Berlin cop, to the Eastern Front. Berlin, March, 1943. A month has passed since the stunning defeat at Stalingrad. <P><P>Though Hitler insists Germany is winning the war, commanders on the ground know better. Morale is low, discipline at risk. Now word has reached Berlin of a Red massacre of Polish officers in the Katyn Forest near Smolensk. If true, the message it would send to the troops is clear: Fight on or risk certain death. For once, both the Wehrmacht and Propaganda Minister Goebbels want the same thing: irrefutable evidence of this Russian atrocity. <P>To the Wehrmacht, such proof will soften the reality of its own war crimes in the eyes of the victors. For Goebbels, such proof could turn the tide of war by destroying the Alliance, cutting Russia off from its western supply lines.Both parties agree that the ensuing investigation must be overseen by a professional trained in sifting evidence and interrogating witnesses. <P>Anything that smells of incompetence or tampering will defeat their purposes. And so Bernie Gunther is dispatched to Smolensk, where truth is as much a victim of war as those poor dead Polish officers. Smolensk, March, 1943. Army Group Center is an enclave of Prussian aristocrats who have owned the Wehrmacht almost as long as they've owned their baronial estates, an officer class whose families have been intermarrying for generations. The wisecracking, rough-edged Gunther is not a good fit. He is, after all, a Berlin bull. But he has a far bigger concern than sharp elbows and supercilious stares, for somewhere in this mix is a cunning and savage killer who has left a trail of bloody victims.This is no psycho case. This is a man with motive enough to kill and skills enough to leave no trace of himself. Bad luck that in this war zone, such skills are two-a-penny. Somehow Bernie must put a face to this killer before he puts an end to Bernie.
Insightful summaries of fifteen outstanding management books Since 1978, Soundview Executive Book Summaries has offered its subscribers condensed versions of the most relevant and influential business books published each year. <P><P>The company has won acclaim as the definitive selection service for business book readers. Following its successful first collection, The Marketing Gurus, Soundview has now compiled The Management Gurus, which includes summaries of fifteen management classics.
The past resurfaces in ways that are as intimate as they are frightening when Dr. Alan Gregory and Dr. Sawyer Sackett-a woman he once loved-are plunged into the private nightmare of a killer who knows about the terrifying power of mind games.
The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Mapsby Michael Blanding
The story of an infamous crime, a revered map dealer with an unsavory secret, and the ruthless subculture that consumed him Maps have long exerted a special fascination on viewers--both as beautiful works of art and as practical tools to navigate the world. <P><P>But to those who collect them, the map trade can be a cutthroat business, inhabited by quirky and sometimes disreputable characters in search of a finite number of extremely rare objects. Once considered a respectable antiquarian map dealer, E. Forbes Smiley spent years doubling as a map thief --until he was finally arrested slipping maps out of books in the Yale University library. The Map Thief delves into the untold history of this fascinating high-stakes criminal and the inside story of the industry that consumed him. Acclaimed reporter Michael Blanding has interviewed all the key players in this stranger-than-fiction story, and shares the fascinating histories of maps that charted the New World, and how they went from being practical instruments to quirky heirlooms to highly coveted objects. <P>Though pieces of the map theft story have been written before, Blanding is the first reporter to explore the story in full--and had the rare privilege of having access to Smiley himself after he'd gone silent in the wake of his crimes. Moreover, although Smiley swears he has admitted to all of the maps he stole, libraries claim he stole hundreds more--and offer intriguing clues to prove it. Now, through a series of exclusive interviews with Smiley and other key individuals, Blanding teases out an astonishing tale of destruction and redemption. <P>The Map Thief interweaves Smiley's escapades with the stories of the explorers and mapmakers he knew better than anyone. Tracking a series of thefts as brazen as the art heists in Provenance and a subculture as obsessive as the oenophiles in The Billionaire's Vinegar, Blanding has pieced together an unforgettable story of high-stakes crime.
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