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200 Words Every Child Needs to Know Do you want your children to have strong sense of worth and treat others with respect and gratitude? Do you want them to have a sense of adventure and make it their mission to explore the world? Do you want them to persevere when times get tough and have the patience and knowledge to get through any situation? With Words You Should Teach Your Children, your child will discover what it means to have all of these qualities and so much more. Featuring a list of 200 terms every child should know, this book provides you with straightforward definitions and passages explaining how these words impact your child's development. It also includes fundamental discussion points so that you'll be able to enrich his or her vocabulary, and also inspire further dialogue about moral code. A simple, hands-on approach to the exploration of values, Words You Should Teach Your Children will help you raise a strong, loyal, and happy child.
Gifted artist? Standout student? All his teachers are sure certain that Evan Galloway can be the graduate who brings glory to small, ordinary St. Sebastian's School. As for Evan, however, he can't be bothered anymore. Since the shock of his young father's suicide last spring, Evan no longer cares about the future. In fact, he believes that he spent the first fifteen years of his life living a lie. Despite his mother's encouragement and the steadfast companionship of his best friend, Alexis, Evan is mired in rage and bitterness. Good memories seem ludicrous when the present holds no hope. Then Evan's grandmother hands him the key--literally, a key--to a locked trunk that his father hid when he was the same age as Evan is now. Digging into the trunk and the small-town secrets it uncovers, Evan can begin to face who his father really was, and why even the love of his son could not save him. In a voice that resonates with the authenticity of grief, Steven Parlato tells a different kind of coming-of-age story, about a boy thrust into adulthood too soon, through the corridor of shame, disbelief, and finally...compassion.
It's time to bump fuzzies! You know what they say, "Monkey see, monkey do." Well, these sock monkeys have seen the Kama Sutra and boy, are they doing it. This photographic glimpse gives new meaning to monkey business as the crafted creatures try out dozens of real Kama Sutra positions. From the Clinging Creeper to the Spinning Top, these socks are ready to knock boots!
Welcome to the jungle! Caring for your baby can be scary. He smells weird, he squirms, he burps, he cries ... and cries ... and cries. She runs amok through your lovely family nest and shows you who the leader of the pack really is. The Intrepid Parent's Field Guide to the Baby Kingdom understands the tumultuous terrain you're currently facing. Sometimes handling your infant feels like you're encountering a new species--an adorable little creature that should be approached with caution. Inside this book, you'll find all the valuable information you need to get out of this brave new world in one piece, including the meaning behind each yelp, growl, and step, and how to handle close encounters. With these critical observations and instructions, you'll be able to nurture the mysterious little being that has taken up residence in your home--and allow peace to once again reign throughout the kingdom.
Rachel Swift's life is irrevocably changed when, mere weeks after the birth of their twin babies, her husband walks out on her. Deeply wounded, Rachel bravely rebuilds her life and her career as an architect and vows that no man will ever have the opportunity to reject her again.Three years later, at a glamorous affair in Monaco, Rachel meets Alain Léon. Their first, fiery kiss awakens hidden, almost forgotten, emotions deep inside Rachel. Passion flares, and a tentative Rachel senses that Alain might be the man to restore her faith in love. However, her world is shattered by Alain's impetuous reaction when he wrongfully misinterprets Rachel's motives for their romance. Pride triumphs over truth, and leaves Rachel crushed and heartbroken - once again.Life seems to smile at Rachel when her fledgling architect firm wins a contract for the restoration of a fire-damaged chateau in Provence. However, on her first day at the construction site, Rachel's world is rocked when she is introduced to the man who will be working with her on the project - Alain Leon.Working with Alain on the project leaves Rachel torn between the painful memories of their passionate night in Monaco, and the hot rush of desire that floods her body in his physical presence. Alain struggles with his own demons, constantly having to fight his desires to stay true to his moral compass.Hot tempers, passion, and desires clash with stubborn pride and internal conflict to tell the passionate story of a stormy love between two people - a love that might be lost on them forever.Sensuality Level: Sensual
Denise Johnson is on her way to starting a new life. She's left her wealthy, cheating ex-husband behind and moved back to Boston, where she moves in with her romance novel-writing mother and lands a job as a deejay at a popular Boston radio station. Finally back on the road to independence, the last thing Denise needs is another man in her life.Dave DiSciullo wants to start a family, but he refuses to settle for anyone who's less than a perfect match. So when Dave meets Denise, his newest coworker, he's thrilled. She's sweet, smart, and sexy as hell. Afraid that he'll never get Denise to notice him, Dave comes up with the perfect plan - he decides to read romance novels and use them as guidebooks for how to woo and win a woman.But even a well thought-out plan is not without its bumps, and Dave struggles to apply what he learns from the books to his courtship of Denise. What does it mean to be a hero? Do men and woman mean different things when they say "I love you"? And how do you "rescue" a modern, successful woman who doesn't seem to need any help?Sensuality Level: Sensual
Knowing firsthand the heartbreak that comes when desire and emotion rule a relationship, Kenyatta Copeland assumes marrying Brad Johnson will lead to a safe and secure life. But as much as she believes she can plan her future, it's hard to ignore the way her boss, Malcolm Patterson, ignites her passions with just one look.After Malcolm learns of her engagement, he makes a play for her heart and reminds her that passion between a man and a woman has its perks... but also its costs. When Brad confirms his suspicion that there's more than work between Kenyatta and Malcolm, he devises a sinister plan to keep Kenyatta by his side.Torn between her promise to marry Brad and her irrepressible longing for Malcolm, Kenyatta must decide if she can live her life in a passionless marriage of convenience or once again trust her heart. Yet Brad does not intend to let her go easily, and by the time she realizes the depths of his treachery, it may be too late.Sensuality Level: Sensual
Calum and Beth are soul mates who have lived many lives together, lusting, loving, and dying for each other. While their lives are often turbulent, their eternal bond is secure - or so Calum thinks - until Beth decides to live a life on her own. Left behind in the Upper World, he sees a wrongful imprisonment in her future, so he bargains with Finn, an elven trickster, to return to Earth, rescue Beth, and reclaim her heart. Unfamiliar with the twenty-first century, he must determine who plots against Beth while playing Finn's sensual game, a game designed to awaken her repressed passion and keep them on the run together.Beth has no recollection of their lives together and didn't ask this sexually charged stranger to come to her aid. When she takes a risk to help an abused woman, she is horrified to find her house ransacked and her life threatened. With a secret to keep, she takes the greatest risk of all - trusting Calum. Her life soon depends upon re-evaluating everything she thought normal as she becomes embroiled in Finn's game. Her eternal bond with Calum will only be saved if Beth can rescue the man who spanned worlds to rescue her.Sensuality Level: Sensual
After losing her best friend to cancer, Lexie Wayne adopts her orphaned son, and after suffering heartbreak in her past, pledges to raise him alone. Grayson Hunter, an Army Veteran, and new police officer in town, has other plans.As the two of them learn to love and trust each other, an instant family seems destined. When secrets emerge, and things are no longer what they seem, will lies from the past threaten to destroy the love they've discovered and rip them apart forever?Sensuality Level: Sensual
Divorced mother Annie Gerhard meets rugged new bookstore owner John Johnson at the worst possible time in her life. Her high tech company is threatening to lay her off if she doesn't move from California to New Jersey and her 15-year-old son David is causing trouble. The recession has hit Silicon Valley hard and there are no jobs for a middle manager, even if she hates what she does. And this is no time for romance, no matter how good the man looks in his jeans.John has escaped Montana memories of a deceased wife and betraying girlfriend by buying an independent bookstore in California. He's got bigger problems than falling for a spunky woman with control issues. Keeping a bookstore afloat in a recession and finding a home where he can stable his horse are all he can handle right now.Unless . . .John and Annie must both face their pasts in order to greet the future. Can they risk it?Sensuality Level: Behind Closed Doors
In Prague, Laura feels that she has met her soulmate. Yet how can her soul merge with the son of a Nazi?After being passed over for a promotion at a Chicago advertising agency, Laura cashes in her stock options, quits her job, and moves to Prague. There, she begins an erotic romance with Byron, only to discover that he is German and his father was in the Hitler Youth. As an observant Jew, Laura has deep misgivings about becoming involved with the son of a Nazi, but the attraction between them is so strong that she cannot resist.When a woman from Byron's past--the darkly exotic Zsa Zsa - comes between them, can the true love of Laura and Byron survive?Sensuality Level: Hot
It should have been an easy contract for the mercenaries of Star Risk, Ltd. Escort a group of snobbish, privileged - and slightly wild - girls from their finishing school on Earth to one of the luxury worlds. But that was before the kidnapping and murders started.Cerberus Systems, the massive, terrifying security firm that thunders across the galaxy, has Star Risk squarely in its sights. And the goons from the company named for a hound of hell aren't going to let anything, or anyone, stand in their way.
M'chel Riss and the Star Risk team are enjoying a little well-deserved R&R . . . until funds get a bit low. Then it's time to swing back into action. The next thing they know, they're in the middle of the weirdest gig they've had yet: a staged bank robbery that involves putting the money back. Oh, yes - and a full-fledged war over a new addictive consumer product. Things are always interesting in the high-flying world of corporate intrigue and espionage. Just the place for the Star Risk, Ltd., team.
Skyball - popular, challenging, violent . . . and the greatest sport in the universe. Two opposing worlds are neck and neck in the championships, and lately the game's been a killer. It's up to the mercenaries of Star Risk, Ltd., to keep the two sides galaxy-friendly.The Star Risk team put their lives on the line again . . . for the money, of course. If they don't get killed themselves.
For the right price, they'll go anywhere in the galaxy. They'll do anything, fight anyone, face any danger.M'chel Riss was stagnating in the Alliance Marines, assigned to a desolate post in the middle of nowhere. Then a fortuitous chance brought her to the attention of Star Risk, Ltd., a ragtag bunch of misfits struggling to make a living. Their first mission: spring a dangerous super-soldier trapped in a maximum security prison.For money, fame, glory . . . mostly money.
The Lost Legion, in a valiant fight, has reclaimed the Cumbre star system. But still no word comes from Confederation empire - the power that holds more than a thousand systems under its sway, the government the Legion serves.To find the reason for this ominous silence, the Legion travels from one galaxy to the next, seeking information. But even as they do so, sinister forces are stirring. And the blow, when it comes, will be delivered by an unexpected source.
Amid swirling allegiances and changing loyalties at the outer reaches of the Confederation empire, the Lost Legion struggles to keep the peace and prevent the planets from falling to a ruthless dictator. Protector Alena Redruth will stop at nothing to add the dual system of Larix and Kura to his holdings.And the Legion's intelligence officer, Njangu Yoshitaro, will let nothing get in his way of infiltrating the system's upper echelons of government. Within the delicately played game of spying, there are plots within plots within plots . . .
On a distant planetary system, the post-civil-war cleanup has begun. But the Confederation empire's government remains silent, without help or advice. It's up to the men and women of the Last Legion to protect the fragile system against the intrigues of the alien Musth, bent on domination.As the Musth make their way through the streets of the planets' cities, the Last Legion will fight them its way - with brutal guerrilla warfare against the oppressors. Against the odds.
The human Confederation empire stretches across the endless night between the stars, slowly rotting from within even as it faces threats from without. And at its farthest reaches stand the forgotten men and women of the Last Legion - all that stands between the empire and chaos.As violence between factions escalates and the Legion strives to keep the peace, a planet on the edge of nowhere will set the stage for the empire's final stand . . .
The Seer King's mighty empire of Numantia has become a living nightmare--especially to the loyal general who helped the wizard Tenedos to power. The wizard has returned to command hellish demons in his drive for absolute power.Only Damastes, imprisoned and exiled, can forge an army against Tenedos. Only Damastes can lead the forces of light into battle against the darkness that threatens Numantia in the final conflict between one-time allies . . . now turned deadly enemies.
A decade past, General Damastes swore loyalty to the wizard Tenedos when the seer sought to realize his vision of a peaceful, unified Numantia. But although Tenedos became the Seer King, peace never came. Instead, his enemies were slaughtered and now he prepares for war.Damastes must question his long-held loyalty and the oath he swore. And he will discover the horrifying bargain Tenedos made to gain an empire and the price that must be paid.
The empire of Numantia shudders on the brink of destruction. But the wizard Tenedos and his ally, cavalry officer Damastes, prepare to carve a path through usurpers and necromancers that will restore it to glory. It is a path that will take both of them to dark places they never knew.A path to the rule of one who will be called . . . the Seer King.
Joshua Wolfe has four sworn enemies: the Chitet cult, a power-mad baron, the Federation government, and the alien "virus" that is slowly invading the known universe.And he has one hope: the Ur-Lumina, the legendary power-enhancing crystal of the vanished race, the Al'ar.But the Ur-Lumina is in the hands of a ruthless gangster. And Wolfe isn't on her good list at the moment . . .
Bounty hunter. Federation intelligence agent. Former prisoner of the terrifying Al'ar. Joshua Wolfe had been all those things. Now he's on the hunt for secrets amid the ruble of the Great War.The Federation want the secrets to stay hidden, as does the Chitet cult, who have their own interests in the Al'ar. Wolfe will have to fight them all as he travels from a mothballed fleet of starships to a lethal world of robot protectors . . . and finally, face to face with an enemy more terrible than any mankind has faced.The future lies in the hands of the Shadow Warrior.
Ten years has passed since the Great War - and mankind was victorious against the Al'ar, their loathsome alien foes.But Joshua Wolfe, hero of the war, knows it's not over. He knows the Al'ar and their ways. He knows what their plans are.And he knows they'll be back.Long ago, the Al'ar gave him a name: Shadow Warrior. The time has come to fulfill its lethal promise.