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Denny Caraway, Alaskan homesteader, returns to his Lanyard Creek cabin after many months living a meager, primitive life deep in the Alaskan wilderness, following his beloved wife's death, which had filled him with overwhelming pain and anger. It almost proves his end, until a loyal friend finds him and acts as a sign for Caraway to come home. Rejoining the small circle of people he had left behind, their love and support serve to renew Denny's outlook on life. But, the murder of a young friend is a harsh reminder that life is still the bearer of sadness as well as joy, and Caraway is compelled to seek revenge against an old nemesis. Following what he sees as his destiny, Denny Caraway gives up the idea of love and family to continue his life as a solitary man, living on his remote homestead.
Black Bear, a delightful tale for children, is the story of a little bear who misses out on dinner over and over again because he lets his friends talk him into eating dessert first-- blueberries! The blueberries are delicious, but they don't keep the bear's tummy full for very long, and by the time he has slept off dessert, the salmon are gone, and he is hungry long before it is dinnertime again. Black Bear, written by Marcela Hubbard and vividly illustrated by Ivonne Draper, is a story that will entrance the very young and charm the rest of us. Marthy W. Johnson, copy editor and writing instructor.
The third story in the Penny Plain mystery series by Jan Jones. Picturesque Salthaven is being targeted with graffiti - especially the Seagull Brewery, owned by the family of Penny Plain's son's girlfriend. Meanwhile Penny's close friend, investigative journalist Leo Williams, is on the hunt for a WWI soldier missing from the town's war memorial, and trying to fit his sleuthing in while having a rare holiday with his son. And just what is shady local businessman Terry Durham up to?
A pub with an odd menu, a missing 1950s test plane, the Salthaven WI Village Show, an unlikely development on the Enterprise Park, and Penny's eldest daughter behaving out of character. It can only be a Penny Plain Mystery ...
Five full length novels from best-selling Historical fiction authors in one boxset Another Small Kingdom - James Green America was the land of the free - but could it stay that way? James Green uses fictional characters to illuminate the real events that lead to the birth of the American Intelligence Services and culminated in the extraordinary Louisiana Purchase, which doubled the size of the USA - at the cost of 3 cents an acre. Packed with action and fascinating historical detail, Another Small Kingdom will appeal both to those interested in the history of the USA and to aficionados of intelligent spy thrillers. Boston, 1802, Lawyer Macleod is a man full of hate, a dangerous man. When a newly arrived young lawyer is mad enough to insult him, the consequences spin out of control and Macleod is caught up in a web of danger and intrigue. With England at war with France, some powerful Americans feel that the USA's best chance of remaining independent is to throw in their lot with France- even if it means accepting a French king - for a while. To counter their plot, Macleod is sent toNew Orleans, where he meets Marie, wife of Etienne de Valois, aristocrat and fop, and through her learns a terrible secret. Together, unable to trust anyone, they race to uncover the traitors at the heart of the American Government. Just One Damned Thing After Another - Jodi Taylor "History is just one damned thing after another" - Arnold Toynbee A madcap new slant on history that seems to be everyone's cup of tea... Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History. Their aim is to observe and document - to try and find the answers to many of History's unanswered questions...and not to die in the process. But one wrong move and History will fight back - to the death. And, as they soon discover - it's not just History they're fighting. Follow the catastrophe curve from eleventh-century London to World War I, and from the Cretaceous Period to the destruction of the Great Library at Alexandria. For wherever Historians go, chaos is sure to follow in their wake... Burke in the Land of Silver - Tom Williams The first instalment of Tom Williams' series His Majesty's Confidential Agent. A tale of spies and skulduggery in the Napoleonic Wars as Britain invades Argentina. James Burke joins the army determined to work his way up through the ranks and become a gentleman. He never set out to be a spy. But with Napoleon rampaging through Europe, the Duke of York needs agents and Burke is plucked from the infantry and sent on a mission to the Spanish colonial backwater of Argentina. His mission is to give the country's freedom fighters aid so that they may break free from Spanish rule at an opportune moment for Britain. Yet when Burke arrives, he finds himself falling in love, both with the Land of Silver, and Ana O'Gorman, lover of a rebel leader determined to bring about Burke's downfall... Crosscurrents - Jane Jackson Santo Innis is developing a revolutionary new engine to counter the lethal effects of high-pressure steam. His backer is Richard Vaughan, heir to Frederick Tregarron, owner of Gillyvean estate. Following the tragic deaths of his wife and baby son, Richard immersed himself in work. But his world is turned upside down by the unexpected arrival at Gillyvean of Melanie Tregarron, a talented artist and Frederick's illegitimate youngest daughter. Desperate to prove the viability of his invention, Santo persuades Richard to let him fit one at Gillyvean's brewhouse. But when Bronnen Jewell - worried about her mother's suffering at her father's hands - arrives to brew the harvest beer she's horrified, fearing loss of the i...
1850 and America is violently divided on the issue of slavery. When President Zachary Taylor dies, suddenly and under questionable circumstances, it is left to his Vice President, Millard Fillmore, a weaker man, to find ways to keep the North and the South apart. In New York, child of Irish immigrants, Matthew O'Hanlon is fired from his job as a newsman on the Herald but, surprisingly, finds work as Foreign Correspondent for the Associated Press in Panama City. There he is given accommodation with a Dr Couperin, his wife and beautiful daughter, Edith, but finds himself caught up with the secret agents protecting America's commercial interests during the struggle for control of Panama's trade routes and, as it crashes about him, realises that he has been living in a house of cards. Set against the Gold Rush and the opening up of California and the OregonTerritories, when the United States walked a narrow and dangerous line, The Eagle Turns charts the course of history as America's Secret Services struggle to bring prosperity amid the conflict.
Meet Jimmy Costello. Quiet, respectable, God-fearing family man? Or thuggish street-fighter with a past full of dark secrets? Perhaps the answer is somewhere in between ... After Jimmy's wife dies the conflict inside him is too much and the violent assault he commits on a gangster forces him to leave London and his job with the police and disappear for a while. Now he's back, on what you might call a divine mission ... and to settle a few old scores too. Through the eyes of his hard-boiled ex-cop, James Green takes us on a thrilling journey from 1960s Kilburn, through war-torn 1970s Africa to the modern streets of a London that seems to have cleaned up its act ... until you scratch the surface.
Boston, 1802, Lawyer Macleod is a man full of hate, a dangerous man. When a newly arrived young lawyer is mad enough to insult him, the consequences spin out of control and Macleod is caught up in a web of danger and intrigue. With England at war with France, some powerful Americans feel that theUSA's best chance of remaining independent is to throw in their lot withFrance- even if it means accepting a French king - for a while. To counter their plot, Macleod is sent toNew Orleans, where he meets Marie, wife of Etienne de Valois, aristocrat and fop, and through her learns a terrible secret. Together, unable to trust anyone, they race to uncover the traitors at the heart of the American Government. James Green uses fictional characters to illuminate the real events that lead to the birth of the American Intelligence Services and culminated in the extraordinary Louisiana Purchase, which doubled the size of the USA - at the cost of 3 cents an acre. Packed with action and fascinating historical detail, Another Small Kingdom will appeal both to those interested in the history of the USA and to aficionados of intelligent spy thrillers
1805. Thomas Jefferson is about to begin a second term, but with a new Vice President. Aaron Burr, dropped from Jefferson 's ticket, is a bitter and resentful man bent on revenge. In Boston Jean Marie Macleod, a middle-aged lawyer, is a worried man. His young and beautiful wife, Marie, seems restless and dissatisfied. Macleod decides to seek advice from a friend in New York and, while there, meets an old acquaintance, Sebastian Francisco de Miranda, South American freedom fighter, Russian secret agent and adventurer. This chance meeting sweeps Macleod into a dark and dangerous world of espionage and violence. His young wife, Marie, sets out to discover what has happened to her husband, also falls in with old friends and is sucked into the terrifying vortex. A Union Not Blessed is a story of treason and betrayal by those who founded America and were appointed its guardians, the men who had become the enemy within.
The Death of Marco Styles is the first of the de Lacy Mysteries, featuring the sophisticated amateur sleuth using his formidable powers of deduction to beat the police at their own game... Marco Styles - rock star, raconteur, oldest swinger in town. Now married to the daughter of an old aristocratic family, he's settled down to a sedate life in a country mansion. At one of the Styles' famous dinner parties, Marco is the life and soul - right up until the men go off to drink their port. Marco takes a sip of the prized vintage, utters a few words ... and drops dead. Did a life of excess just catch up with him? Or was something more sinister at play? Charles de Lacy, son of an old friend of Marco's and a guest at the party, knows foul play when he sees it. But how to prove it? Especially when the chief detective hates you with a passion...
Amateur detective Charles de Lacy is drawn into a case of gangland intrigue when he agrees to meet his old sparring partner, DS Susan McIntyre. McIntyre reveals the recent deathbed confession of a prominent former criminal, an associate of notorious North London family the Whadcoats. It seems there is a body buried in a field just outside London - the victim of a gang execution in the 1970s - but on examination the story seems impossible. De Lacy investigates - with dramatic unforeseen results ...
False Nemesis is the third in the de Lacy Mysteries by J.J. Campbell, in which we see a rather different side of amateur sleuth Charles de Lacy. Following his run-in with London gangster Mark Whadcoat, de Lacy is left with a body on his hands. Things get even more complicated when some of his police contacts seek his help in order to claim a reward that the dead man's wife has offered for finding him. The only problem is that de Lacy was the last person to see him alive ... It will take all of the urbane investigator's charm and forensic skills to solve this conundrum.
The world seen from two set of eyes is enthralling, especially when those eyes belong to two people who share the same genes but different lives. For example, Mel Martin's view of Alaska in the 1960s and 1970s is certainly different from Elizabeth Martin's Alaska of this century. Besides, a father and daughter can look at the same thing and see two different universes. The book stretches from the past to the future, from Alaska to Russia, and from everyday to unique experiences. It includes poetry, short stories, opinion pieces, and even limericks. The goal is to amuse, not educate. Yet, you likely will mine some nuggets from the Martins' combined 85 years of writing experience. Many of the pieces use humor laced with sarcasm. Father and daughter occasionally berate each other, but it is all in fun and includes a lot of love. Readers of all ages will find something in this unique book that appeals to them.
An accountant is gruesomely murdered in Anchorage. The hag tree guarding Ravens Ravine is chopped to the ground. Two separate events hundreds of miles apart are the harbinger of a new battle for Ravens Cove--and a new enemy. Some people are destined to be warriors against what most of the world cannot see. Some battles are eternal. Welcome back to the Cove.....
The Bossy Boulder is on top of the world when Time and Change push him off his high place. His world crumbles and his is broken. Again and again he falls and breaks. He goes through the stages of grief and as he gets smaller he comes to acceptance. Soon he is sand among sand; no bigger no smaller--only then does he realize that he is one with the mountain.
When Raven Dances tells the story of a girl growing up in in Seward, Alaska after World War II. It is also a study in mythology, reminding us that dangers lurk in the midst of happiness. Ms. Bigelow has obviously done a lot of research into the history of Seward, Alaska, a port often overlooked by tourists as they board or disembark their luxury ocean liners. She is able to weave in the language and folklore of Native Americans and other early immigrants from Alaska to New Mexico. Her descriptive writing style reminds one of Elizabeth Peters, author of the popular Amelia Peabody series. Many details bring the 1940s vividly to life. Most of us today are unaware of what sacrifices U.S. citizens had to make for the war effort. There are many suspenseful events in this novel that keep us turning the pages. Readers will be hoping for a sequel to learn what else happens to our gutsy heroine and her compatriots. Patricia Cleavenger, teacher of English literature and Columbia Basin College librarian War disrupts a young child's life when her father is killed in action. As a result, her mother decides to leave the comforts of New Mexico to seek a new life for them in far north Alaska. This story chronicles the ups and downs, adventures and misadventures in her life as she and her mother struggle to establish themselves in their new world. This is a "feel good" book worth your time. Read it. You will be glad you did. William R. Brooksher, Brigadier General USAF, military historian and author of Glory at a Gallop: Tales of the Confederate Cavalry
I am truly blessed to be living in the most beautiful place on God's green earth, Valdez, Alaska. Valdez is located in Prince William Sound on Alaska's Gulf coast and is surrounded by natural beauty unequaled, in my opinion, anywhere else on earth. Though my commercial fishing days are far behind me in life, I truly enjoy writing stories I hope inspire children to work hard and follow their dreams.
Alaska Wildlife Trooper, Will Trippet, partnered with his old schoolmate, Gordy Ponset, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife officer to patrol Mystery Creek Road on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula to check bear baiting stations. While investigating tracks of an all terrain vehicle they discover a poached moose. The poacher lay dead at the scene, killed by a brown bear. This grisly scene ignites an investigation that took a year to complete. The poacher came from a family making a living taking illegal fish and game. Poacher's Paradise gives a glimpse into duties and perils of the adventurous, dangerous routine of Alaska Wildlife Troopers. Included in Poacher's Paradise is a true account of an early Alaska Fish and Wildlife Officer, Al 'Bear Bait' Thompson, written by Al's wife, Joyce Thompson, who was with him during the entire ordeal. It gives details of the attack and mauling as well as the dramatic and heroic 17 mile trek to the nearest road for rescue. Al was one of the early officers who made Alaska Fish and Wildlife Division what it is today. I am pleased to relate that my wife, Betty Walden, worked with Al for many years until retiring.
My Wonderful Life with Diabetes: An Inspiring and Empowering Story of Living Healthy Living Active, and Living Well with Diabetesby Rick Mystrom
"You are about to meet a man who never let diabetes prevent him from accomplishing everything he wanted in life: good health, success in business, community service, family, and politics. Rick Mystrom knew that understanding his disease was crucial to his health. He has become one of the most knowledgeable persons living with diabetes in my extensive practice and frequently serves as a role model and authoritative resource for others." Jeanne R. Bonar MD, FACP, FACE Endocrinology, Internal Medicine "It is the patient, not the doctor, who manages diabetes. Rick Mystrom is the gold medal winner for controlling his diabetes. He has become so skilled that he can predict and adjust his insulin level just by looking at the meal he is going to eat. His results: no complications from his long history of the disease. He is the expert. I am the learner." Thomas Nighswander MD MPH
Enter the realm of a serial killer; share his thoughts, his emotions, his pain, and his need to assassinate. Walter, an ordinary factory worker, obsessing over the mistreatment of victims by the courts becomes a vigilante for justice. Appalled by adjudicators coddling criminals under the guise of civil rights, Walter factors himself in as a lethal consequence for depraved individuals walking out of court with a-slap-on-the-wrist as punishment for heinous crimes. He has no particular skill-sets qualifying him to fight crime. He relies on cunning, isolation, and his hunting and tracking skills to take down targets and bring about his form of justice. A kaleidoscope of dreams and apparitions thrusts Walter into a nightmarish world where the lines of good and evil are discernible. When applying justice he finds right and wrong interchangeable; body count is his only measure of success.
Elinor Bascombe, widowed and tied to an impoverished estate, has learned to ask little of life. With no hope of leaving, the years have passed her by. Lord Ryde, exiled abroad after a scandal, has returned to strip his estate and make a new start in America. A chance encounter changes their plans, plunging Elinor and Lord Ryde into adventure and not a little peril until, finally, they are forced to confront the mystery of what happened on That Night, all those years ago. Are they both so entangled in the riddles of the past that they are about to miss this one last opportunity for future happiness?
"...a fantastic book...With an engrossing story and relatable characters, this story is a must read." The Book Maven "...a touching and beautifully written story about the power and healing nature of love." Jo Barton at Jaffa Reads Too "...a lovely, emotive and heart-warming contemporary romance story that draws in the audience and takes hold from the very beginning...Fans of contemporary romance will love A Way From Heart to Heart." Caroline Barker at A Reader's Review "...A tale of sadness, loss, friendship, family and love. I loved it!" Sandra at Beauty Balm blog spot A knock at the door shatters Kate Hemingway's life when she's informed of her husband Stuart's death in Afghanistan. She struggles to care for their young son George with only Stuart's aloof best friend Paul as emotional support. Piece by fragile piece, she tries to rebuild her life, realising Paul and her son have formed an unlikely bond. When Paul agrees to accompany Kate and a group of disadvantaged teenagers on a trip to the Yorkshire moors, he finally reveals something he's kept secret for years. Kate's own scarred heart begins to open up ... but can she risk her son's happiness as well as her own? A novel about friendship, loss, and the human heart's enduring capacity for love, this stunning debut explores one woman's attempt at survival when her world comes crashing down around her.
Bella le Pard's career as a TV presenter is 'on hold'. To fill her days, she sits in a coffee shop and obsesses about a wedding dress in the neighbouring shop. Her luck changes when she gets the call from her old boss at 'Flair for living TV' to present a pilot for a new food and chat show. But her revived TV career is short-lived when one of the celebrity guests threatens to steal the show. Bella finds herself turning to blackmail to save her job. But will her threat to reveal her boss's infidelity keep her on TV? And will she ever find a reason to buy that dream wedding dress?
So you want to be a great mum and, ideally, a rich one too? Welcome to Million Pound Mum. This range of books offers constructive advice on how to start a business, still be a great mum and have fun while doing it. This book is packed with practical information, top tips and the experiences of mums who have successfully started their own online business. Whether you want to turn your passion into a money-making blog, create your own dream online shop or become a modern day matchmaker with a dating site - this book will offer all the facts and tips you need to get started. Some of have reached the Million Pound Mum goal and others are well on the way. Written in a clear, easy style, this book has all the tools you need to become a Million Pound Mum, online.
They say the best things come in three and so they did for Hazel Cushion, author of Triplet Tales. Having struggled for some time with infertility het triplets were the result of her first attempt at IVF. Share in the celebration of their arrival with this light-hearted book has been delightfully illustrated by cartoonist Brain Platt. Written in rhyming couplets the book is ideal for all young children who will enjoy the many varied characters and their different reactions to the arrival of three bouncing babies.
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