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Jefferson Blythe, Esquire

by Josh Lanyon

In this fast, fun and dead-sexy male/male new-adult caper from multi-award-winning author Josh Lanyon, twentysomething Jefferson Blythe gets lost, gets found, falls in love and comes out...all in the span of one wild summer After his first relationship goes disastrously awry, Jeff Blythe uses his savings to tour Europe--the old-fashioned way. Armed with his grandfather's1960 copy of Esquire's Europe in Style, Jeff sets off looking for adventure but finds much, much more than he bargained for... In London, dodging questions from shady criminals about a mysterious package he most certainly does not have is simple. Losing the gunmen who are convinced he's someone else is not. And when George, an old friend, offers him help--and a place to stay, and perhaps something more--things become complicated. Is George really who he seems? And is Jeff finally ready to act on his attraction? From Paris to Rome and back again, Jeff and George fall for each other, hard, while quite literally running for their lives. But trusting George at his word may leave Jeff vulnerable--in more ways than one. 65,000 words

One Breath Away

by Heather Gudenkauf

When the unthinkable happens, a community is rocked to its core in this heart-stopping and emotionally-charged thriller from New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence, Heather Gudenkauf. In the midst of a sudden spring snowstorm, an unknown man armed with a gun walks into an elementary school classroom. Outside the school, the town of Broken Branch watches and waits. Officer Meg Barrett holds the responsibility for the town's children in her hands. Will Thwaite, reluctantly entrusted with the care of his two grandchildren by the daughter who left home years earlier, stands by helplessly and wonders if he has failed his child again. Trapped in her classroom, Evelyn Oliver watches for an opportunity to rescue the children in her care. And thirteen-year-old Augie Baker, already struggling with the aftermath of a terrible accident that has brought her to Broken Branch, will risk her own safety to protect her little brother. As tension mounts with each passing minute, the hidden fears and grudges of the small town are revealed as the people of Broken Branch race to uncover the identity of the stranger who holds their children hostage. Don't miss Heather Gudenkauf's chilling page-turner, Missing Pieces

Fall from Pride

by Karen Harper

Return to Home Valley with book one in Karen Harper's fan-favorite romantic suspense series Budding artist Sarah Kauffman has turned a few of her community's barns into works of art, painting intricate murals on their sides to represent a piece of the Amish traditions she loved. But she's unwittingly invited a menace into the town, as one by one, each barn is set ablaze and destroyed... The fires spread fear through the community, and arson investigator Nate MacKenzie struggles to investigate the crime scenes while adhering to the community's ways. As the fires rage, beliefs are challenged, a way of life is questioned and family secrets are exposed. Now Sarah wonders if she's being punished for her pridefulness...or whether there's a more malevolent will at work.

Finding Mercy

by Karen Harper

Return to Home Valley with book one in Karen Harper's fan-favorite romantic suspense series Quiet, cautious Ella Lantz has spent her entire life in the Home Valley. Tending her lavender fields, she finds calm and serenity in purple blooms, heavenly scents and a simple life. But the sudden arrival of a strange visitor heralds a host of new complications. Alex Caldwell is unlike any man Ella has ever met--in fact, he's a Wall Street whistle-blower under witness protection...and he's brought a world of trouble to the Lantz doorstep. As Ella comes to trust--even love--a man so utterly worldly, she realizes her life has already changed forever. When it becomes violently clear that even the Home Valley is no refuge, Ella and Alex are driven into the wider world to hide. And, with such a high price placed on their silence, they may not survive to share their love...

Return to Grace

by Karen Harper

Return to Home Valley with book one in Karen Harper's fan-favorite romantic suspense series Hannah Esh fled the Home Valley community with a broken heart, throwing herself into her dreams of a singing career, instead. Then, on a whim, she brings four new friends to the graveyard near her family's home for a midnight party on Halloween. But when shots are fired and one of her friends is killed, Hannah is pulled back into the world of her past. The investigation into the shooting uncovers deeply buried secrets that shock the peaceful village to its core. Determined to prove her value to the community she left behind, Hannah attempts to bridge two cultures, working closely with handsome, arrogant FBI agent Linc Armstrong and her former betrothed, Seth Lantz, now widowed with a young daughter. Caught between Seth and Linc, between old and new, Hannah must choose her future. Unless a killer, bent on secrecy, chooses it for her.

Upon a Winter's Night

by Karen Harper

Return to Home Valley with book one in Karen Harper's fan-favorite romantic suspense series Though she is deeply loved by her parents, the fact that Lydia Brand is adopted has always made her feel different--an outsider. But as Christmas approaches and she begins to search for answers about her biological parents, more questions surface. Soon it seems that the deaths of two women in her small town may not be coincidences, after all. And her pursuit of the truth has left her only with hints of a dark secret--and threats from an unseen adversary. While she does her best to stave off advances from her parents' preferred suitor, Lydia discovers that her heart truly belongs to the man who's been there all along: her friend Josh Yoder. It's only with his help that Lydia can ensure that the stillness of a winter's night means peace...and not danger.

A Lost Love

by Carole Mortimer

Harlequin Presents offers you another chance to enjoy this bestselling novel from Carole Mortimer. Return of the millionaire's wife... Brooke Adamson knew how devilishly handsome magnate, Rafe Charlwood felt about her. She was his wife after all--or rather she had been, until a terrible car accident three years ago, which Rafe still believed had claimed her life. Now she's returned, with a new face and identity, to claim her son. But even though she despises Rafe--almost as much as he hates the memory of the woman he married--resisting his sinful touch and devastating kiss proves more difficult than Brooke ever anticipated...

Devil Lover

by Carole Mortimer

Don't miss out on the second chance to get your hands on this gorgeous Greek tycoon from bestselling author Carole Mortimer. A marriage for revenge... Powerful Greek magnate, Andreas Vatis has every reason to hate Regan. Not only is his pride severely wounded, but because of her father's actions, he lost something much more valuable. Before he passed away, Regan's father seduced Andreas's wife and ran off with her--and Andreas's means to continue the Vatis empire... Now Andreas is determined to take his revenge from Regan--with the ruthless demand that she replace what her father deprived him of--a wife and an heir!

Pregnant by the Millionaire

by Carole Mortimer

Revel in the drama and passion of working after hours with the boss in this re-release of a Carole Mortimer reader-favourite story. One night... Hebe can't believe she's ended up in her handsome boss's bed! But it seems dashing Nick Cavendish just needed some comfort on the anniversary of his young son's death... One baby... Nick tries to dismiss Hebe, as he does all his women. But it's not so easy when delectable Hebe is his assistant and their one night had consequences! One marriage of convenience? Nick is delighted to have a second chance at fatherhood. But no child of his will be illegitimate. Now he's determined to make Hebe his wife...!


by Carole Mortimer

You can get swept away once again by this powerful, sizzling, bestselling story from Carole Mortimer. Claiming his woman... Shay is the raven-haired beauty the Falconer brothers called Gypsy. Irresistible to each brother, it was Lyon Falconer who claimed her--when he didn't have the right... Yet it was Ricky, the youngest Falconer, who picked up the fragments of Shay's shattered life and married her out of love. But, with her husband's death, destiny has hurled Shay back within Lyon's reach. Now Lyon has a final chance to prove that Shay has always been--and would always be--his!

Starting with Character

by Cathy Waggoner Martha Herndon

Starting with Character focuses on character development in infants, toddlers, and twos. This guide provides everything needed for preparing the environment, creating routines, and evaluating individual learning styles. Lesson plans and steps for creating new lessons are provided, as well as guides for evaluating children's progress. Facilitate the development of key character traits in children: caring, honesty, integrity, respect, responsibility, and self-discipline.Cathy Waggoner has worked in the field of education since 1989 with experience as a child care director and administrator at the Promethean Foundation. Martha Herndon, PhD, has worked as both an ECE educator and researcher since 1975.

SAFE and Fun Playgrounds

by Donna Thompson Heather M. Olsen Susan D. Hudson

Play is important for cognitive, emotional, and physical development of children. Use the four components experts have identified for safety: supervision, age-appropriate design, fall-surfacing that contains approved materials, and equipment maintenance.This handbook is what you need to maintain an existing, or to create a new, pleasing, and challenging playground that is safe, but not boring.Heather M. Olsen, EdD, is executive director of the National Program for Playground Safety.Susan D. Hudson, PhD, has been an educator, consultant, and practitioner in the field of leisure, youth, and human services for over thirty-nine years. Donna Thompson, PhD, founded the National Program for Playground Safety.

No B.S. Guide to Direct Response Social Media Marketing

by Dan S. Kennedy Kim Walsh-Phillips

To avoid grabbing every business owner he meets by the shoulders and shaking them, millionaire maker Dan S. Kennedy has joined with marketing strategist Kim Walsh-Phillips to help business owners, private practice professionals, and professional marketers start making dollars and cents of their social media marketing.Daring readers to stop accepting non-monetizable "likes" and "shares" for their investment of time, money, and energy, Kennedy and Walsh-Phillips urge readers to see their social platforms for what they are-another channel to reach customers and gain leads and sales for their efforts. Illustrated by case studies and examples, this No B.S. guide delivers practical strategies for applying the same direct- response marketing rules Kennedy has himself found effective in all other mediums.Covers: How to stop being a wimp and make the switch from a passive content presence into an active conversion tool How to become a lead magnet by setting up social media profiles that focus on the needs of ideal prospects (not the product or service) Creating raving fans that create introductions to their networks How to move cold social media traffic into customers The role of paid media and how to leverage social media advertising to drive sales

The White Nationalist Skinhead Movement

by Eddie Stampton Robert Forbes

When Feral House first published the award-winning Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground, little was known about the "black metal" genre of music, or how many of its members were involved in the murder of citizens, the torching of churches, or its link to Fascist ideas.We've all heard about the racist form of skinhead punk music, but little do we know of the groups involved, and how they got involved in right-wing political movements.The White Nationalist Skinhead Movement is the first book to provide much more than mere photographs of the scene, documenting the bands, their members, the releases, shows, and infamous events. Robert Forbes and Eddie Stampton can authoritatively speak of the movement, obtaining first-hand material from members of the scene.This book covers both British and American bands, and even if you revile the movement, its ideas, and its music, this is an important piece of pop culture history.Feral House's controversial Lords of Chaos has sold over one hundred thousand copies.

Sudan: Race, Religion, and Violence

by Jok Madut Jok

Ravaged by civil war, and plagued by roaming gangs of rebel and government militia, Sudan and Darfur are rarely out of the news. Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed, over two million have fled their homes, and rape, humanitarian crises and state-sponsored genocide are all rife.In this ground-breaking investigation, Jok Madut Jok delves deep into Sudan's culture and history, isolating the factors that have caused its fractured national identity. With moving first-hand testimonies, Jok provides a decisive critique of a country in turmoil, and addresses what must be done to break the tragic cycle of racism, poverty, and brutality that grips Sudan and its people.Jok Madut Jok was born and raised in Sudan. He is Associate Professor of History at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, and author of War and Slavery in Sudan.

The World Trade Organization

by David Collins

The World Trade Organization is one of the most important yet least understood organizations in the world. As a lynchpin of globalization, the WTO allows us to enjoy products and services from around the world, but it also lays bare the frailty of many industries, in some cases leading to unemployment and even threatening social cohesion.In this beginner's guide, Dr. David Collins explores the goals of the WTO and how these have created difficulties for its member countries as they adapt to the pressures of globalization. With high-profile case studies straight from the headlines and textboxes that clearly outline complex issues such as regional trade agreements and currency manipulation, this engaging and highly-informative book explains what the WTO does and how it fits into the world we know. Anti-globalizationists say it should expand its mandate to cover social issues that matter to real people but, as Collins shows, to pursue these goals would likely involve taking steps back from liberalizing international trade - the primary objective of the WTO and why the organization was created in the first place.


by Paul Graham

What is justice? How can we know it? Harder still, how can we implement it? Combining lucid exposition with thought-provoking criticism, Paul Graham gives us the first introduction to Rawls' work that encompasses his entire career - from his early articles in the 1950s to his death in 2002. The most significant political philosopher since John Stuart Mill, Rawls' Theory of Justice sold over 250,000 copies and has been translated into 20 languages. His presentation of social justice, and particularly his contention that how we organize society should rectify undeserved inequality rather than ratify it, has been the source not only of academic argument but of political debate and legislative reform. Covering the most interesting and important aspects of Rawls' work in a stimulating manner, this study is essential reading for students, scholars, and interested readers alike.

Evolving Ourselves

by Juan Enriquez Steve Gullans

If Darwin were alive today, he would likely recognize that technology has evolved so far, and so fast, that the origin, evolution, and future of life itself is no longer just driven by natural selection and random mutation. Why are genetic conditions like autism, asthma, and allergies on the rise at unprecedented, biologically impossible speeds? What traits does our world select for, and what does that mean for us? Will our children be a different species?Today's humans have altered the nature of our world so much, and developed such profound capabilities for re-crafting our bodies and environment, that random mutation and natural selection are no longer the primary determinants of which species survives and how they change over time. The nature of the evolution of our world is now increasingly defined and driven by: Un-Natural Selection-- where the traits being selected for have little to nothing to do with our ability to survive and thrive--and Non-Random Mutation-- in which drastic changes to our environment wreak havoc on what gene are expressed and passed down.Evolving Ourselves is the story of how our massive human perturbation and, increasingly, our specific designs and desires are altering life on Earth. It is a chronicle of where our remarkable new capabilities for altering our bodies, other living creatures, and our environment are taking us in the near term, and introduces the possibility that we might cause our own extinction in the long run.

John Crow's Devil

by Marlon James

With language as taut as classic works by Cormac McCarthy and a richness reminiscent of early Toni Morrison, this stunning debut is set in James's native Jamaica.On a day beginning with a bad omen - black vultures, locally called John Crows, crash through the church windows - a man calling himself Apostle York "set pon Pastor Bligh like when you beat a mangy dog" and evicts the drunken pastor. So begins a fire-and-brimstone power mongering that sets the village on a path to destruction. James combines evangelical ideas about spiritual warfare with the folk traditions of voodoo and magic, producing a transfixing blend of horror and metaphor. The result is a mesmerizing treatise on the nature of good and evil, faith and madness, guilt and forgiveness.

The Appearance of Annie Van Sinderen

by Katherine Howe

It's July in New York City, and aspiring filmmaker Wes Auckerman has just arrived to start his summer term at NYU. While shooting a séance at a psychic's in the East Village, he meets a mysterious, intoxicatingly beautiful girl named Annie.As they start spending time together, Wes finds himself falling for her, drawn to her rose-petal lips and her entrancing glow. There's just something about her that he can't put his finger on, something faraway and otherworldly that compels him to fall even deeper. Annie's from the city, and yet she seems just as out of place as Wes feels. Lost in the chaos of the busy city streets, she's been searching for something-a missing ring. And now Annie is running out of time and needs Wes's help. As they search together, Annie and Wes uncover secrets lurking around every corner, secrets that will reveal the truth of Annie's dark past.


by Andrew S. Bledsoe

From the time of the American Revolution, most junior officers in the American military attained their positions through election by the volunteer soldiers in their company, a tradition that reflected commitment to democracy even in times of war. By the outset of the Civil War, citizen-officers had fallen under sharp criticism from career military leaders who decried their lack of discipline and efficiency in battle. Andrew S. Bledsoe's Citizen­-Officers explores the role of the volunteer officer corps during the Civil War and the unique leadership challenges they faced when military necessity clashed with the antebellum democratic values of volunteer soldiers. Bledsoe's innovative evaluation of the lives and experiences of nearly 2,600 Union and Confederate company-grade junior officers from every theater of operations across four years of war reveals the intense pressures placed on these young leaders. Despite their inexperience and sometimes haphazard training in formal military maneuvers and leadership, citizen-officers frequently faced their first battles already in command of a company. These intense and costly encounters forced the independent, civic-minded volunteer soldiers to recognize the need for military hierarchy and to accept their place within it. Thus concepts of American citizenship, republican traditions in American life, and the brutality of combat shaped, and were in turn shaped by, the attitudes and actions of citizen-officers. Through an analysis of wartime writings, post-war reminiscences, company and regimental papers, census records, and demographic data, Citizen­-Officers illuminates the centrality of the volunteer officer to the Civil War and to evolving narratives of American identity and military service.

New Directions in Slavery Studies

by Jeff Forret Christine E. Sears

In this landmark essay collection, twelve contributors chart the contours of current scholarship in the field of slavery studies, highlighting three of the discipline's major themes--commodification, community, and comparison--and indicating paths for future inquiry. New Directions in Slavery Studies addresses the various ways in which the institution of slavery reduced human beings to a form of property. From the coastwise domestic slave trade in international context to the practice of slave mortgaging to the issuing of insurance policies on slaves, several essays reveal how southern whites treated slaves as a form of capital to be transferred or protected. An additional piece in this section contemplates the historian's role in translating the fraught history of slavery into film. Other essays examine the idea of the "slave community," an increasingly embattled concept born of revisionist scholarship in the 1970s. This section's contributors examine the process of community formation for black foreigners, the crucial role of violence in the negotiation of slaves' sense of community, and the effect of the Civil War on slave society. A final essay asks readers to reassess the long-standing revisionist emphasis on slave agency and the ideological burdens it carries with it. Essays in the final section discuss scholarship on comparative slavery, contrasting American slavery with similar, less restrictive practices in Brazil and North Africa. One essay negotiates a complicated tripartite comparison of secession in the United States, Brazil, and Cuba, while another uncovers subtle differences in slavery in separate regions of the American South, demonstrating that comparative slavery studies need not be transnational. New Directions in Slavery Studies provides new examinations of the lives and histories of enslaved people in the United States.

The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health

by David R. Montgomery Anne Biklé

A riveting exploration of how microbes are transforming the way we see nature and ourselves--and could revolutionize agriculture and medicine. Prepare to set aside what you think you know about yourself and microbes. Good health--for people and for plants--depends on Earth's smallest creatures. The Hidden Half of Nature tells the story of our tangled relationship with microbes and their potential to revolutionize agriculture and medicine, from garden to gut. When David R. Montgomery and Anne Biklé decide to restore life into their barren yard by creating a garden, dead dirt threatens their dream. As a cure, they feed their soil a steady diet of organic matter. The results impress them. In short order, the much-maligned microbes transform their bleak yard into a flourishing Eden. Beneath their feet, beneficial microbes and plant roots continuously exchange a vast array of essential compounds. The authors soon learn that this miniaturized commerce is central to botanical life's master strategy for defense and health. They are abruptly plunged further into investigating microbes when Biklé is diagnosed with cancer. Here, they discover an unsettling truth. An armada of bacteria (our microbiome) sails the seas of our gut, enabling our immune system to sort microbial friends from foes. But when our gut microbiome goes awry, our health can go with it. The authors also discover startling insights into the similarities between plant roots and the human gut. We are not what we eat. We are all--for better or worse--the product of what our microbes eat. This leads to a radical reconceptualization of our relationship to the natural world: by cultivating beneficial microbes, we can rebuild soil fertility and help turn back the modern plague of chronic diseases. The Hidden Half of Nature reveals how to transform agriculture and medicine--by merging the mind of an ecologist with the care of a gardener and the skill of a doctor.

The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had

by Susan Wise Bauer

An engaging, accessible guide to educating yourself in the classical tradition. Have you lost the art of reading for pleasure? Are there books you know you should read but haven't because they seem too daunting? In The Well-Educated Mind, Susan Wise Bauer provides a welcome and encouraging antidote to the distractions of our age, electronic and otherwise. In her previous book, The Well-Trained Mind, the author provided a road map of classical education for parents wishing to home-school their children, and that book is now the premier resource for home-schoolers. In this new book, Bauer takes the same elements and techniques and adapts them to the use of adult readers who want both enjoyment and self-improvement from the time they spend reading. The Well-Educated Mind offers brief, entertaining histories of five literary genres--fiction, autobiography, history, drama, and poetry--accompanied by detailed instructions on how to read each type. The annotated lists at the end of each chapter--ranging from Cervantes to A. S. Byatt, Herodotus to Laurel Thatcher Ulrich--preview recommended reading and encourage readers to make vital connections between ancient traditions and contemporary writing. The Well-Educated Mind reassures those readers who worry that they read too slowly or with below-average comprehension. If you can understand a daily newspaper, there's no reason you can't read and enjoy Shakespeare's Sonnets or Jane Eyre. But no one should attempt to read the "Great Books" without a guide and a plan. Susan Wise Bauer will show you how to allocate time to your reading on a regular basis; how to master a difficult argument; how to make personal and literary judgments about what you read; how to appreciate the resonant links among texts within a genre--what does Anna Karenina owe to Madame Bovary?--and also between genres. Followed carefully, the advice in The Well-Educated Mind will restore and expand the pleasure of the written word.

Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy: Mindfulness-Based Practices for Healing and Transformation

by Richard J. Davidson Tim Desmond

Applying the art and science of self-compassion to day-to-day therapy work. This lucidly written guide integrates traditional Buddhist teachings and mindfulness with cutting-edge science from several distinct fields--including neurobiology, cognitive neuroscience, psychotherapy outcome research, and positive psychology--to explain how clinicians can help clients develop a more loving, kind, and forgiving attitude through self-compassion. The practice of self-compassion supports effective therapy in two vital ways: (1) It helps clients become a source of compassion for themselves; and (2) it helps therapists be happier and generate more compassion for their clients. Researchers now understand that self-compassion is a skill that can be strengthened through deliberate practice, and that it is one of the strongest predictors of mental health and wellness. The brain's compassion center, which neuroscientists call the Care Circuit, can be targeted and fortified using specific techniques. Filled with illuminating case examples, Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy shows readers how to apply self-compassion practices in treatment. The first two chapters illuminate what self-compassion is, the science behind it, and why it is so beneficial in therapy. The rest of the book unpacks practical clinical applications, covering not only basic clinical principles but also specific, evidence-based techniques for building affect tolerance, affect regulation, and mindful thinking, working with self-criticism, self-sabotage, trauma, addiction, relationship problems, psychosis, and more, and overcoming common roadblocks. Readers do not need to have any background in mindfulness in order to benefit from this book. However, those that do will find that self-compassion practices have the capacity to add new layers of depth to mindfulness-based therapies such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

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