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A search to find her parents becomes a quest that shakes Jamie Bridger's identity to its core Raised by her grandparents, fourteen-year-old Jamie Bridger has never known who her parents are. When she presses for details, her grandmother protests that she doesn't remember things that happened years ago, and her grandfather reacts by flying into a rage. But who could forget the birth of their only grandchild? And how could a mother give up her baby for good? Shouldn't Jamie's parents have tried to get in contact with her? Jamie is determined to find answers, and she'll go to any lengths to get them, even if it means traveling all the way to New York to find a man who shares her name--a man she believes to be her father. But as she starts to put together the pieces of her past, Jamie learns that the truth is more shocking than anything she could have anticipated.
Caring for a horse isn't always a picnic Erin is thrilled when her parents agree to buy her a horse. She doesn't even mind holding up her end of the agreement--keeping up her grades, mending clothes, and helping out with chores around the house. She'll do anything as long as it means having a horse of her very own. But owning a horse is nothing like Erin imagined. The old mare whom she names Spindrift can be grouchy and ill tempered. And having a horse means lots of extra responsibility--feeding her, grooming her, training her. Luckily, Erin's aunt Lexie knows a thing or two about horses and is willing to show her the ropes. But even Aunt Lexie can't keep Erin out of trouble entirely.
The sizzling first book in the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling Marriage to a Billionaire trilogy by "one of the most exciting breakout novelists" (USA TODAY) Jennifer Probst.A marriage in name only...To save her family home, impulsive bookstore owner, Alexa Maria McKenzie, casts a love spell. But she never planned on conjuring up her best friend's older brother--the powerful man who once shattered her heart. Billionaire Nicholas Ryan doesn't believe in marriage, but in order to inherit his uncle's corporation, he needs a wife and needs one fast. When he discovers his sister's childhood friend is in dire financial straits, he's offers Alexa a bold proposition.A marriage in name only with certain rules: Avoid entanglement. Keep things all business. Do not fall in love. The arrangement is only for a year so the rules shouldn't be that hard to follow, right? Except fate has a way of upsetting the best-laid plans....
Jay Sekulow, one of America's most influential attorneys, closely examines the rise of the terrorist groups ISIS and Hamas, explains their objectives and capabilities and how, if left undefeated, their existence could unleash a genocide of historic proportions.Recently, the world has been shaken by gruesome photos and videos that have introduced us to the now infamous terrorist group known as ISIS. The world's wealthiest and most powerful jihadists, ISIS originated within Al Qaeda with the goal of creating an Islamic state across Iraq and Syria and unrelenting jihad on Christians. Separate from ISIS, the terrorist group Hamas has waged an equally brutal war against Israel. Both groups, if left undefeated, have the potential to unleash a catastrophic genocide. Rise of ISIS gives a better understanding of the modern face of terror, and provides an overview of the laws of war and war crimes. These laws differentiate between the guilty and innocent, and explain why the US military and the Israeli Defense Forces are often limited in their defensive measures. The authors' firsthand experience, including multiple appearances before the Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court at The Hague, along with direct contact battling jihadists during operation Iraqi Freedom lends insight into this important geopolitical issue. A must-have for anyone who wants to better understand the conflict that exists in the middle east, this well-researched and fully annotated volume is invaluable in revealing how this new brand of terrorism poses a very real threat to Americans and the world at large. It also serves as a guide to what we as individuals--and as a nation--can do to stop this escalating violence, prevent jihad, and protect Israel and America from this imminent threat. Includes an exclusive track from the Jay Sekulow Band, Where I Stand, a moving tribute to the persecuted Christians in Iraq.
When Harper and her dad move to a new house, a creepy stepmom is the least of her worries Harper is not too happy to be moving in with her soon-to-be stepmother, Gus. The eccentric woman's home, which the neighbors call the Spook House, has a yard full of weird metal sculptures. Gus is nothing like Harper's dad's other girlfriends, and Harper would take her former trailer home over the Spook House any day. Luckily, a girl named Rawnie lives right across the street. Harper and Rawnie have lots in common, including the same favorite band: Neon Shadow. When the girls start hearing mysterious rock music coming from Gus's yard, they get suspicious. Then something terrible happens at a Neon Shadow concert, and Harper and Rawnie have no doubt that there are dark forces at work . . . and that Gus is involved. With their favorite singer in danger, they just might be the only two who can save him.
Dusie is having a bad day of mythological proportions Dusie wakes up one morning to a hissing sound. As she catches her reflection in the mirror, she finds that her hair has turned into snakes. That's right--snakes. But her mom seems totally unfazed. That's because underneath the turban, Dusie's mom has a crown of vipers. She is an immortal gorgon--a kind of goddess--and had hoped Dusie wouldn't inherit the family curse since her father was a mortal, but it looks like Dusie is stuck with it too. Middle school is tough enough without being cursed, and Dusie--or Dusssie, as the snakes call her--is about to learn that being half gorgon comes with its own set of challenges. She tries to keep her snakes hidden, but when a boy at school nearly blows her cover, Dusie is desperate to figure out a way to control her newfound powers. Growing up, with or without snakes for hair, isn't kid stuff.
Winner of the Joan Fassler Memorial Book Award: The triumphant story of a boy who overcomes his disease with help from horses If Colt Vittorio had a motto, it would be I Don't Want To! Colt has spina bifida--a condition that makes the bones in his legs weak and confines him to a wheelchair. When Colt is introduced to horseback riding in a program for disabled kids, he is beyond nervous. He wants nothing to do with these terrifying animals. After all, there's no chance he'll ever be able to use his legs anyway. What's the point? Once he gets in the saddle astride a horse named Liverwurst, Colt's whole world changes. With the horse's powerful, muscular body beneath him, Colt no longer feels small and limited. After all, if he can control this huge, strong animal, he can do anything. And with Liverwurst's help, Colt's back and legs start getting stronger. But when his doctor warns that horseback riding is too dangerous and the risks are too great, will Colt's riding lessons be history?
The gruesome murder of a popular high school student turns two small-town neighbors against each other Aaron Gingrich is a well-liked high school senior who always seems to have a smile on his face. He and Jeremy Davis have been inseparable since elementary school. But one day Jeremy senses that something is wrong at Aaron's house--and then Aaron is found brutally murdered. Reeling from the loss of his friend, Jeremy has no one to turn to. His small town is suddenly abuzz with grisly rumors, and Jeremy was the last person to see Aaron alive. Subjected to polygraph tests, ostracized by the whole community, and treated like a criminal, Jeremy knows he needs to go to the police. Meanwhile the killer still walks free--closer than anyone can imagine. And no one but Jeremy suspects the truth.
Gray's life changes forever when she meets a boy as wild as an untamed stallion When Chav walks into Gray's class at school for the first time dressed all in black, with wild hair and fierce eyes, Gray knows that her life is about to change. What she doesn't yet know is that her mysterious new classmate is as fascinated by her as she is by him. Gray and Chav are drawn to each other by their shared love of horses. But Chav's home life is more complicated than Gray could ever have imagined. Chav is a Gypsy and doesn't trust gadjo, or non-Gypsy people. He and his siblings have run away from a painful past and he will do anything to defend his family. But when his brother and sister suddenly get sick, Chav needs help--Gray's help. And earning Chav's trust turns out to be harder than breaking a wild horse.
In one of the world's most beautiful cities, an aging sculptor serves as an inspiration and a warning to two aspiring artists Pursuing literary glory, Edward Gunther gives up his job as a copywriter, sells everything he owns, and moves with his wife and three children from Chicago to Venice. But success does not come as quickly or as painlessly as Edward had hoped. During his first month in Italy, he struggles to get his essays published, argues with his wife about the family finances, and embarks on an unsteady affair with Nina Callahan, an American poet who insists on keeping him at arm's length. It seems that Edward's dreams will never come true, but when he discovers that Nina has befriended Thaddeus Stitch, the famous sculptor, a ray of hope appears. If anyone has the spark of genius, it is Stitch, who counted Yeats and Rilke as his friends and is inarguably one of the twentieth century's greatest artists. Perhaps some of the old man's creative energy will rub off on Edward, to whom a note of encouragement from such a luminary would mean everything. But Stitch is bitter and distant, preoccupied with his own doubts. Ancient now, he feels his talent slipping from his grasp and recognizes that the world is ready to move on without him. He knows that his masterpiece, a collection of figures and abstractions on an island in the Venetian Lagoon, will eventually disappear beneath the rising waters of the Adriatic. Over the course of a foggy winter, these three lonely souls try to come to terms with the direction of their lives and the meaning of their work. Written shortly after Richard Stern met Ezra Pound and widely recognized as a remarkable portrait of that inimitable literary lion, Stitch is an incisive and sympathetic novel about the joys and disappointments of a life devoted to art.
A killer is leaving a puzzling calling card in the mouths of his victims. And in the middle of a steamy Minnesota summer, Virgil Flowers of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension finds himself embroiled in an investigation with no easy answers?and no easy way out.
Her sisters have found wedded bliss with their wealthy, wonderful dream men, but not Julietta Conte. She's stayed on terra firma as top executive of the family's corporation, La Dolce Famiglia bakery. Work is her passion, and her trendy Milan apartment her sanctuary . . . until Sawyer Wells, a masculine masterpiece in a suit, lures her out of hiding with an irresistible offer: an exclusive partnership with his international chain of boutique hotels. Julietta's been burned before--and trusting her brotherin- law's friend, whose powerful gaze alone has her rethinking the best use of a conference room, is the riskiest proposition. But with a once-in-a-career chance to take the bakery global, will she mix stone-cold business with red-hot seduction?
To satisfy his late father's wishes, hot and single billionaire Michael Conte must find a bride--someone who will fit into his traditional family back home in Italy--and fast, so his engaged sister will be allowed to wed. With no intention of being tied down, Michael "proposes" to fiery, free-spirited photographer Maggie Ryan: if she will play the part of his fiancée during her trip to Milan for a photo shoot, he will keep away from her married best friend, Alexa, and stop making Maggie nuts with their too-close-for- comfort flirtations. But once in Italy, sexual tension sparks the hottest no-strings- attached arrangement on any continent. Could marriage be the most enticing trap of all?
Carina Conte has had a crush on her brother Michael's best friend, Max Gray, since she was a teenager back home in Italy. Now she's earned her MBA and come to work at Michael's new venture, America's fastest-growing bakery empire. But some things never change: her overprotective family still treats her like a child. With three drop-dead gorgeous siblings, she's still the ugly duckling of the bunch. And Max, the company's new CEO, still barely notices her. Max knows Carina Conte is strictly off-limits, for the sake of his job and his friendship with Michael. But hot-blooded lust wins out at a conference when the two share a scorching one-night stand--and are busted by her mother! Now, forced by old-world Italian tradition into a marriage he's not ready for, Max is miserable--and Carina is furious. Her new husband is about to realize that hell hath no fury like a woman transformed. . . .
Dear Reader: I can hardly believe that A Different Light, one of my earliest novels, is available again at long last! And while the story is still the same, I've added new scenes and fleshed out the characters, making the novel richer and more contemporary. I've written twenty-three novels since A Different Light was first published, and I like to think I've brought the experience of the years to make this sparkling new edition even more compelling than before. Throughout these years, the character of Athena Moran has stayed with me. In her New Jersey town, beautiful, vibrant Athena is well known as the young widow of a police officer slain in the line of duty and as the daughter of a beloved former city councilman. But when she meets Quentin Forbes, a tough newspaper reporter, emotions that she believed died along with her husband start to stir again. Then she is asked to run for mayor, and the political contest that follows will test her newfound feelings to the breaking point, teaching her that things are not always as they appear, and much of what she's believed is more smoke than substance. The new direction Athena chooses tests her strength and courage, and ultimately leads her to see herself and everyone she knows in a totally new and different light. Best, Mariah Stewart
Toby joins forces with a famous PI to save a general from embarrassmentThe uniformed man standing before Toby Peters is General Douglas MacArthur, a soldier who considers himself the only man who can defeat the Japanese. But though he may be all-powerful in the South Pacific, today he is in Los Angeles with a problem only a detective can solve. The general has an eye on a post-war promotion to the White House, and an aide has stolen his war chest, his donor list, and a handful of embarrassing private letters. To get them back, Toby may need some help. Lucky for him, he's just met Dashiell Hammett, one of the finest crime novelists of all time. Dodging his mistress while he's waiting to rejoin the army, Dash needs amusement and thinks Toby's case sounds like a lark. In fact, the assignment proves dangerous. Toby may not be a soldier, but he's finally gotten a chance to die at a general's whim.
Beryl Markham's classic, engrossing memoir--a triumph of the pioneer spirit and an adventure-charged chronicle of a life lived to the fullestBeryl Markham's life was a true epic, complete with shattered societal expectations, torrid love affairs, and desperate crash landings. A rebel from a young age, the British-born Markham was raised in Kenya's unforgiving farmlands. She learned to be a bush pilot at a time when most Africans had never seen a plane. In 1936, she accepted the ultimate challenge: to fly solo across the Atlantic from east to west, a feat that fellow female aviator Amelia Earhart had completed in reverse just a few years before. Her successes and her failures--and her deep, lifelong love of the "soul of Africa"--are all chronicled here with wrenching honesty and agile wit. Hailed by National Geographic as one of the greatest adventure books of all time, West with the Night is the sweeping account of a fearless and dedicated woman.
Renowned pastor of New York's Redeemer Presbyterian Church and author of the forthcoming Every Good Endeavor, Timothy Keller with his wife of 36 years, delivers The Meaning of Marriage, an extraordinarily insightful look at the keys to happiness in marriage that will inspire Christians, skeptics, singles, long-time married couples, and those about to be engaged. Modern culture would make you believe that everyone has a soul-mate; that romance is the most important part of a successful marriage; that your spouse is there to help you realize your potential; that marriage does not mean forever, but merely for now; that starting over after a divorce is the best solution to seemingly intractable marriage issues. All those modern-day assumptions are, in a word, wrong.Using the Bible as his guide, coupled with insightful commentary from his wife of thirty-six years, Kathy, Timothy Keller shows that God created marriage to bring us closer to him and to bring us more joy in our lives. It is a glorious relationship that is also the most misunderstood and mysterious. With a clear-eyed understanding of the Bible, and meaningful instruction on how to have a successful marriage, The Meaning of Marriage is essential reading for anyone who wants to know God and love more deeply in this life.Just as this book is based on his popular sermon series, so will his Encounters with Jesus series, the first of which, The Skeptical Student comes out in December.
#1 New York Times bestselling author J.R. Ward's thrilling new novel in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Payne, twin sister of Vishous, is cut from the same dark, seductive cloth as her brother. Imprisoned for eons by their mother, the Scribe Virgin, she finally frees herself-only to face a devastating injury. Manuel Manello, M.D., is drafted by the Brotherhood to save her as only he can-but when the human surgeon and the vampire warrior meet, their two worlds collide in the face of their undeniable passion. With so much working against them, can love prove stronger than the birthright and the biology that separates them?
Soon to be a major motion picture!From the #1 bestselling author of The Fault in Our StarsWinner of the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult MysteryNew York Times bestsellerUSA Today bestsellerPublishers Weekly bestseller Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back in the middle of the night--dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge--he follows.After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues--and they're for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew.
"All my life I've heard Cinderella stories about a nobody stepping into a starring role at a moment's notice. I never dreamed it would happen to me." Maggie Adams lives in a dancer's world--of strained muscles and dirty toe shoes, sacrifices and triumphs, hard work and tough competition. In her world her only friends are dancers--Joyce, who wisely recognizes the limitations of her dancing ability and little Lupe, so afraid of being overweight that she refuses to eat at all. In Maggie's world there is little time for anything but dance, as her family and her boyfriend come to learn. Her mother spoils her, her father isn't convinced of her talent, and her boyfriend can't understand why he doesn't come first in her life. But Maggie--spirited, gifted and determined--will let nothing stand in her way. Before all else, Maggie Adams is a dancer.
World-weary FBI agent Travis McCall needed a hideaway. What he got was his twin cousins' cottage... complete with their latest charity case, "poor little rich girl" Rebecca Quinn. Their hometown heiress had the breath and poise of a marble Venus. Preferring suppler female flesh, ladies' man Travis has always kept his distance. A conspicuous Casanova, deep down, Travis is a white knight. Still, to rescue this damsel in distress , he'll have storm her inner fortresses, unveil her mystery, and penetrate her privacy...
This book is a collection of episodes from the popular radio program, Montana Medicine Show by Derek Strahn, that originates at KGLT studios on the campus of Montana State University-Bozeman. Though the program strives to inform, its main objective is to entertain-to relate some interesting or quirky anecdote and provide an enjoyable or thought-provoking glimpse of Montana's past. Given the fleeting nature of radio and the need to make a quick impression, the 117 stories are packed with colorful quotations and vivid firsthand accounts. The lively style is fun to read, and the book adds interesting illustrations to every story. Floods, fires, earthquakes, and blizzards frequently take the stage. But at the center of it all are the people. Montana's medicine show is filled with a raucous cast of hucksters, risk-takers, reformers, warriors, and reprobates. Here one will find manly men and feisty women, tradition-clinging conservatives and reckless radicals. As the uncompromising journalist Joseph Kinsey Howard said, "Montana has lived the life of America, on a reduced scale and at breakneck speed. Its history has been bewilderingly condensed, a kaleidoscopic newsreel, unplotted and unplanned. . . " Enjoy some of the state's most extraordinary moments in The Montana Medicine Show's Genuine Montana History. Book jacket.
The American mountain goat is one of the most elusive and least familiar species of hoofed mammals in North America. Confined to the remote and rugged mountains of the western United States and Canada, these extraordinary mountaineers are seldom seen or encountered, even by those who patiently study them. Life on the Rocks offers an intimate portrayal of this remarkable animal through the eyes and lens of field biologist and photographer Bruce Smith. Color photographs and accounts of Smith's personal experiences living in Montana's Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Area accompany descriptions of the American mountain goat's natural history. Smith explores their treacherous habitat, which spans the perilous cliffs and crags of the Rocky, Cascade, and Coast mountain ranges. The physical and behavioral adaptations of these alpine athletes enable them to survive a host of dangers, including six-month-long winters, scarce food sources, thunderous avalanches, social strife, and predators like wolves, bears, lions, wolverines, and eagles. Smith also details the challenges these animals face as their territory is threatened by expanding motorized access, industrial activities, and a warming climate.<P> Life on the Rocks showcases the elegance and charm of this little-known creature, thriving in some of North America's harshest wilderness. Smith's volume will appeal to wildlife enthusiasts, wildland travelers, and conservationists interested in the future of the American mountain goat.
In Still Life with Rhetoric, Laurie Gries forges connections among new materialism, actor network theory, and rhetoric to explore how images become rhetorically active in a digitally networked, global environment. Rather than study how an already-materialized "visual text" functions within a specific context, Gries investigates how images often circulate and transform across media, genre, and location at viral rates. A four-part case study of Shepard Fairey's now iconic Obama Hope image elucidates how images reassemble collective life as they actualize in different versions, enter into various relations, and spark a firework of activity across the globe.While intent on tracking the rhetorical life of a single, multiple image, Still Life with Rhetoric is most concerned with studying rhetoric in motion. To account for an image's widespread circulation and emergent activities, Gries introduces iconographic tracking--a digital research method for tracing an image's divergent rhetorical becomings. Yet Gries also articulates a dynamic set of theoretical principles for studying rhetoric as a distributed, generative, and unforeseeable event that is applicable beyond the study of visual rhetoric. With an eye toward futurity--the strands of time beyond a thing's initial moment of production and delivery--Still Life with Rhetoric intends to be taken up by those interested in visual rhetoric, research methods, and theory.
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