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A First One Dead Body. . .A prostitute lies strangled in a seedy French Quarter hotel room. Miles away, in a rambling plantation house on the sultry shores of Lake Ponchartrain, popular late-night radio host Dr. Samantha Leeds receives a threatening crank call. All in a day's work for a celebrity. Who would think to link the two?Then Another. . .A second hooker's corpse turns up. Samantha's ominous caller persists, along with a mysterious claiming to be a woman from her past--a woman who's been dead for years. With Detective Rick Bentz convinced that the serial killer prowling the shadowy streets of New Orleans is somebody close to Samantha, she doesn't dare trust anyone. Especially not Ty Wheeler, her seductive new neighbor who seems to know more about her than a stranger should.. . .And AnotherSomebody has discovered Samantha's darkest secret. Somebody is convinced that lives must be sacrificed to pay for her sins. So far, the victims have been strangers. But as a cunning, cold-blooded killer grows bolder, Samantha wonders in dread if she will be the next to die. . .
SHE MEANT WHAT SHE SAIDBeautiful Silver Jones had been called every name in the book. But now that she owned her own tavern in Buckskin Joe, Colorado, she didn't care what the self-righteous citizens thought of her. She never let a man touch her and she earned her money fair and square. Then one night, handsome Cherokee Evans swaggered up to her bar and completely destroyed the peace she'd made with her life--for the irresistible miner made her yearn for the melting kisses and fiery caresses that Silver had sworn she'd do without forever.HE KNEW WHAT HE WANTEDIt had been Cherokee's experience that every woman had her price, and that curvaceous Silver Jones couldn't be any exception. Ready to trade all his savings for a night in the vixen's arms, Cherokee invited himself into her bed. That was when he discovered that Silver meant what she said... and realized he had lost his heart to the luscious temptress. He wanted to take her that very second, but Cherokee made himself bide his time, certain that soon he'd stroke her satiny limbs and taste her honeyed lips, forever earning the priceless joy of her shimmering QUICKSILVER PASSION
TEXAS TOMBOYWhen feisty Dallas Durango couldn't bear the stuffy Boston girls' school a minute longer, she fled as far West as her money would take her: to St. Joe, Missouri. There the runaway heiress discovered that women earned mere pennies and, dressing herself as a boy, signed on with the Pony Express. But what the defiant female never counted on was meeting horse breeder Quint Randolph, whose glance made her want to shuck her disguise...and whose touch made her want to beg for more!KENTUCKY GENTFeeling guilty over his wife's death the year before, handsome Quint Randolph had sworn off women and now pursued only stallions that could improve his thoroughbreds. But when he first gazed at the tall, slender Pony Express rider, he knew right away that was no lanky lad...and his virile body responded as never before. Hating her for making him break his vow, loving her for reawakening his desire, Quint chased her along the dangerous strail, intent on making her share his bedroll during the long, hot Nevada Nights.
"Georgina Gentry brings the West to life and gives her fans hours of true reading pleasure" (Romantic Times.) Now, she enchants us once again with the story of a desperate woman who must make the agonizing choice of saving her father--or the man she loves...COMANCHE COWBOYAfter some lowdown outlaws had holed up at her father's Texas ranch, Cayenne McBride knew that big, fearless half-breed Maverick Durango would be the perfect guide to lead her back home. And when he demanded that she give up her innocence in exchange for his protection, the lovely Lone Star beauty agreed, convinced she could keep her virtue intact... until she fell in love with him.Onyx-haired Maverick Durango could've whooped with joy when he discovered that the spirited, sexy gal who had hired him was his old enemy's daughter. First he would seduce Cayenne, then do in her father to complete his revenge. But Maverick never figured that before they reached their destination he'd become obsessed with the feisty redhead. Now all he craved were Cayenne's lips, Cayenne's laugh... and most of all, Cayenne's love... "Gentry's best book yet!" --Janelle Taylor on CHEYENNE SONG
New York Times bestselling author Hannah Howell enthralls readers with her unforgettable tales of the love between fierce knights and their passionate women, weaving her storytelling genius to give us one of her best romances yet. . .Beauty And The BeastOn the eve of her wedding to the heir of Saiturn Manor, the stunningly beautiful Gytha is shocked to learn that her betrothed, a man she barely knew, is dead. Now she must marry the new heir, Thayer Saiturn, a battle-hardened knight known as the Red Devil. . .With a face scarred in battle and a heart broken in love, Thayer has no interest in marriage. But not even the Red Devil can break the promise his foster-father made years ago and soon finds himself married to a woman whose exquisite beauty and sweet innocence intrigue him. But can his new bride look beyond his scars to find a hidden passion and undying love locked deep inside him?
Originally published in PredatoryIn Dianne Duvall's world of Immortal Guardians, the stakes for mortals are high, but the cost--especially to the heart--might be higher...It's not the first time Immortal Guardian Richart d'Alençon has saved a human life from eternal damnation. Usually, he moves on, a nameless savior like a ghost in the night. But this time he can't seem to forget the woman who rewarded him with a sensuous kiss after he rescued her from a trio of vampires. While Richart knows that loving a human can only bring trouble, the taste of forbidden lust is too great to resist...Jenna never imagined she'd end up a single mom working overtime to put her son through school. But she might have daydreamed once that a devastatingly gorgeous Frenchman would sweep her off her feet. Now that a package of tall, dark, and handsome seems intent on doing just that, doctors are telling her she may not have long to live. But Richart is telling her just the opposite. All she has to do is abandon her humanity... Includes a special sneak peek of Night Unbound"Duvall is a major player." --RT Book Reviews"The Immortal Guardians series is one you'll want to follow." --The Romance Review31,000 Words
From the drawing rooms of Regency London to the wilds of Scotland, Adrienne Basso spins a tempestuous tale of secrets, surprises, and breathtaking passion. . .She Ran From A Broken Heart. . . A pillar of decorum and decency, Harriet Sainthill suddenly finds herself the object of scandal when her cad of a fiancé jilts her. Ever practical, she accepts a position as a governess to a wealthy Scottish merchant, determined to escape London and the gossip of the ton. Her hopes for a quiet new life are dashed when she arrives at the dark, desolate castle in the wilds of Scotland and meets her mysterious new employer--a darkly handsome man Harriet finds both intimidating and intriguing. . .. . .Straight Into The Arms Of LovePowerful, implacable and infuriatingly secretive, "Mr. Wainwright" is no Scottish merchant, but rather a runaway English lord. Once a rake who savored the indolent life of a reckless nobleman, Nathaniel Bennett must now protect three orphaned children and his own legacy from a conniving relative. And while the distraction of a sharp-tongued governess is the last thing he needs, he can think of little else but sweeping her into his arms. . .and off to his bed.As danger and deceit ally them in a perilous adventure, Harriet will soon uncover Nathaniel's deepest secrets--and her own deepest desires."The sensuously detailed love scenes, undercurrent of danger and polished writing fuel Basso's latest historical Regency, which will draw fans of Amanda Quick and Nicole Jordan."--Booklist on To Protect An Heiress
When Cameron MacAlpin learns the identity of the golden beauty tossed before him as a debt payment, he can't believe his fortune! For cat-eyed Avery Murray is the perfect weapon to use against Payton Murray--Avery's brother--who dishonored Cameron's own sister. Yet his plan to deliver the same insult and avenge his clan is thwarted by spirited Avery herself, who tempts him to forget everything but the passion coursing through his blood. Still, a knight of the Highlands owes his allegiance to his clan before all else--even his heart.Avery is outraged at her captor's accusations against her brother. Though he makes no secret he intends to use her to avenge his sister's lost honor, he adds to her fury by vowing to take her by seduction not force. Worse, she knows deep inside that this virile knight stirs her as no other man ever has...Praise for Hannah Howell and her Highland novels..."Few authors portray the Scottish highlands as lovingly or colorfully as Hannah Howell." --Publishers Weekly"Expert storyteller Howell pens another Highland winner." --RT Book Reviews
Sooner Or Later, The Sisterhood Always Gets Their Man. . .The loyal friends who make up the Sisterhood have gathered at Myra Rutledge's beautiful Virginia home for the first time in a year, eager to talk, laugh, and share their joys and heartaches. For one of their number, it's an evening filled with anticipation. Because tonight, over delicious food and in the company of those she trusts most, it will finally be time to tell her story--and for the Sisterhood to help plan her revenge.Yoko Akia's mother was only fifteen when a wealthy man swept her off her feet with promises of love. Instead, he filled her brief life with horror and misery. The Sisterhood has helped each other exact vengeance on rotten men before, but this time it's different. Their target is none other than America's favorite movie star--a brute who has conned the world into believing he's Mister Perfect. But he's about to learn that nobody--not even a powerful superstar--is above the Sisterhood's special brand of payback. . ."Revenge is a dish best served with cloth napkins and floral centerpieces. . .fast-paced. . .puts poetic justice first." --Publishers Weekly on Payback"Readers who grow weary of seeing the bad guys get away with their crimes will enjoy seeing what happens when well-funded, very angry women take the law into their own hands." --Booklist on Weekend Warriors"An unforgettable story." --Rendezvous on Weekend Warriors
When You Need The Best, You Need The Sisterhood. . .It's been years since the members of the Sisterhood first banded together, with the help of their mentor Charles Martin, to exact their own form of justice on those whose crimes had gone unpunished by the legal system. Now, back in the United States after an enforced exile, and ensconced in a new home on Big Pine Mountain in North Carolina, Myra, Kathryn, Annie, Alexis, Isabelle, Yoko, and Nikki are breathing easy at last--but not for long.One dark night, under cover of a vicious storm, a helicopter lands on their mountain. The Sisters aren't about to wait to be ambushed. Braving the storm, they set out to greet their guests, only to be told by Charles that the mysterious visitors are the Sisterhood's new employers, and they've got a dangerous new assignment in mind. The task they face is daunting. If they succeed, the Sisterhood will be rewarded beyond their wildest dreams. If they fail, they'll forfeit much more than a paycheck. But if the Ladies of Pinewood have learned one thing over the course of their adventures, it's that when friends band together, miracles can happen. . . Praise for Fern Michaels and her Sisterhood novels. . ."Revenge is a dish best served with cloth napkins and floral centerpieces. . .fast-paced. . .puts poetic justice first."--Publishers Weekly on Payback"An unforgettable story."--Rendezvous on Weekend Warriors
"Charming characters, emotion galore, a small town--you're going to love Donna Kauffman!" --Lori FosterFord Maddox was running from his past when he came back to Blueberry Cove, Maine, where he'd tasted both heartache and comfort. With feisty Delia O'Reilly there to cheer him on, he couldn't have picked a better place to start over--even if he's determined to do it alone in his island tree house, working to save endangered seabirds... and himself. But when he finds Delia fighting to hold on to her local diner, and all that's best about their little seaside town, Ford has to lend a hand. Suddenly two fiercely independent people are building something sweeter than they ever imagined... together.DIY is so much better with two...Includes an easy do-it-yourself restoration project!
Bold, brash, Irish--Brodie Monaghan's been breaking hearts ever since he arrived in Maine to rebuild the family business. Still, there's one woman he just can't wow. Grace Maddox claims she's now part owner of Monaghan Shipbuilders, and she has her own dreams for the weathered dockside buildings. Tiny Blueberry Cove has a way of welcoming strangers with wide open arms, but is the sleepy coastal village ready for the fireworks these two spark? DIY is so much better with two... Includes an easy do-it-yourself restoration project!"Humor, heart, and characters you wish lived next door." -Mariah Stewart
Fostering Innovation in Community and Institutional Corrections: Identifying High-Priority Technology and Other Needs for the U.S. Corrections Sectorby Richard Silberglitt Brian A. Jackson Brian G. Chow John S. Hollywood Dulani Woods Joe Russo George B. Drake John S. Shaffer Mikhail Zaydman
Given the challenges posed to the U. S. corrections sector, such as tightened budgets and increasingly complex populations under its charge, it is valuable to identify opportunities where changes in tools, practices, or approaches could improve performance. In this report, RAND researchers, with the help of a practitioner Corrections Advisory Panel, seek to map out an innovation agenda for the sector.
Powerful countries like the United States regularly employ economic sanctions as a tool for promoting their foreign policy interests. Yet this foreign policy tool has an uninspiring track record of success, with economic sanctions achieving their goals less than a third of the time they are imposed. The costs of these failed sanctions policies can be significant for the states that impose them, their targets, and the other countries they affect. Explaining economic sanctions' high failure rate therefore constitutes a vital endeavor for academics and policy-makers alike. Busted Sanctions seeks to provide this explanation, and reveals that the primary cause of this failure is third-party spoilers, or sanctions busters, who undercut sanctioning efforts by providing their targets with extensive foreign aid or sanctions-busting trade. In quantitatively and qualitatively analyzing over 60 years of U. S. economic sanctions, Bryan Early reveals that both types of third-party sanctions busters have played a major role in undermining U. S. economic sanctions. Surprisingly, his analysis also reveals that the United States' closest allies are often its sanctions' worst enemies. The book offers the first comprehensive explanation for why different types of sanctions busting occur and reveals the devastating effects it has on economic sanctions' chances of success.
Helen Vendler, widely regarded as our most accomplished interpreter of poetry, here serves as an incomparable guide to some of the best-loved poems in the English language. In detailed commentaries on Shakespeare's 154 sonnets, Vendler reveals previously unperceived imaginative and stylistic features of the poems, pointing out not only new levels of import in particular lines, but also the ways in which the four parts of each sonnet work together to enact emotion and create dynamic effect. The commentaries--presented alongside the original and modernized texts--offer fresh perspectives on the individual poems, and, taken together, provide a full picture of Shakespeare's techniques as a working poet. With the help of Vendler's acute eye, we gain an appreciation of "Shakespeare's elated variety of invention, his ironic capacity, his astonishing refinement of technique, and, above all, the reach of his skeptical imaginative intent. " Vendler's understanding of the sonnets informs her readings on an accompanying compact disk, which is bound with the book. This recorded presentation of a selection of the poems, in giving aural form to Shakespeare's words, heightens our awareness of voice in lyric, and adds the dimension of sound to poems too often registered merely as written words.
"Charming characters, emotion galore, a small town--you're going to love Donna Kauffman!" --Lori FosterBlueberry Cove, Maine, is as small-town as small towns get. More than a little quirky, it has sheltered generations of families. But there's always room for a new face. . . Fixing things has always been Alex McFarland's greatest gift and keenest pleasure. But with her own life thoroughly broken, she's signed on to renovate the dilapidated Pelican Point lighthouse, hoping to reconnect with herself. The last thing she expects is to find herself falling in love--with the glorious coastline, with age-old secrets and welcome-home smiles. . .with rugged Logan McCrae, the man she just might be able to build new hopes on. DIY is so much better with two...Includes an easy do-it-yourself restoration project!"Humor, heart, and characters you wish lived next door." -Mariah Stewart
"The right blend of love, lust and heartache." --The Oklahoma GazetteOne Good Girl. . .After her sister snags a hot Oklahoma cowboy, Emma Hart figures it's her turn to saddle up. And with two country boys pursuing her at once, she's in for a wild ride. . . Two Sexy Guys. . .Lieutenant Colonel Logan Hunt can't deny the heat between him and Emma is fierce. But Logan isn't looking for anything serious. So why is he crazy jealous when he sees pro bull rider Jace Mills trying to charm Emma into bed? Winner Takes All. . .Logan knows he and Emma could have something special--he just has to find a way to prove that even a no-strings-attached guy like him can stick around for the long haul. . ."The Oklahoma Nights series is a must read." -- Lorelei James
"A sweet and hot hero you'll want to keep around for longer than one night!" --Lorelei James, New York Times bestselling author One Sweet Ride. . .Oh yeah. A single look at the leggy blonde in the stands and Tucker Jenkins is ready to buck all night long. It's time to forget all about his cheating ex and his usual hands off policy. One Hot Night. . .Becca Hart is an East Coast professor. Not a buckle bunny. But no degree can prepare her for the moves of the sexy bull rider she hooks up with at her first rodeo. . .or the shock of finding him at her first Oklahoma State University staff meeting. One Happy Ending. . .Tuck knows it's all about holding on, no matter how wild the ride. Now he just has to convince Becca that a rough start out of the chute doesn't mean they aren't a smokin' combination. . . "Western romance heats up with Cat Johnson's enticing Oklahoma Nights series." --Vivian Arend, New York Times bestselling author
Drama. Scandal. Secrets. And a whole lot of supernatural goings-on. Where Darkness Lives by Alexandra IvyNo one's more surprised than Sophia when she's struck by an unfamiliar maternal urge to move near her daughters. But instead of being greeted by a welcome committee, she's targeted by kidnappers. . .and saddled with a gorgeous bodyguard on a mission to protect--and seduce. . . Murder On Mysteria Lane by Angie FoxWhen a werewolf trophy wife is found dead in Vampire County, Heather McPhee goes undercover to investigate. Heather's never been a mascara-and-manicures sort of girl, but she's willing to learn. Especially with sexy vampire detective Lucien Mead posing as her husband. . . What's Yours Is Mine by Jess HainesStill Waters is like many other exclusive gated communities--except that it's home to one of the largest werewolf packs in the state. But Tiffany Winters isn't frightened of her big, bad new neighbors. In fact, she intends to take her place among the pack. . . Werewolves In Chic Clothing by Tami DaneEver since Christine Price moved in with her fiancé, Jonathan, and his twelve year-old son, she's worked hard to fit in with a cadre of local women whose lives seem picture-perfect. Except no one in Jon's upscale neighborhood is quite who they appear to be. Least of all Jon. . .
"Jacquelyn Frank knows how to write an intense, rip-roaring good read!" --Cathy MaxwellA body that won't quitClothes that are barely thereEyes that openly invite him to take what he wantsDevon Candler is nothing like the helpless, vulnerable woman Liam expected when he agreed to provide security for her secluded Catskill Mountain estate. Yet her life is at risk. Her enemies monsters. Her secrets devastating. Liam Nash is a trained killer who takes no prisoners, fears no man. But to him this woman is seductively, devastatingly. . .DangerousPraise for the novels of Jacquelyn Frank"Richly imagined. . .intense. . .erotic." --Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Spicy. . .fascinating. . .fully charged." --Library Journal
"Busbee is one of the grand dames of historical romance." --RT Book ReviewsA Perilous TemptationGillian Dashwood's wastrel husband wagered away her fortune. His scandalous murder ruined her reputation. Still, she'll do whatever it takes to protect her beloved elderly uncle from Lucian Joslyn, the cool-headed gambler whose arrival is as mysterious as his newfound fortune. Once Luc makes it clear he is certain Gillian is herself anything but innocent, she's determined to reveal the truth about him. But the simmering desire that draws them ever closer threatens those with vengeful secrets to keep. Now, trusting each other is a hazard Gillian and Luc never imagined--and a chance at enduring love is the one peril they can't resist. . ."Powerful storytelling. . .sexual tension. . .memorable characters, revenge, murder and secrets. A stand-alone, fast-paced winner. Classic Busbee!" --RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars"An engaging late eighteenth century tale due to a strong support cast...The storyline is action-packed as the two subplots come together nicely." --Midwest Book Reviews "One of the best romantic writers of our time." --Affaire de Coeur"Busbee is a pleasure to read." --Booklist
"Foster's pages sizzle." --Christine Feehan"Say YES! to Lori Foster." --Elizabeth LowellOne Chance At ForeverBen Badwin likes his women sexy, wild, and as uninhibited as his desires. Nothing like the brash, dirt-covered, wholesomely cute woman who just strutted into his diner. But something about Sierra Murphy's independent attitude makes Ben's fantasies run wild... Sierra doesn't need a man in her life, not even one as tempting as Ben. But the more she keeps her distance, the more he wants her, and the harder it is for Sierra to steer clear of his teasing touches and his enticing eyes. To get him out of her system, Sierra makes a proposition: she'll sleep with him, but for one night only. Now, it's up to Ben to turn one night of pure ecstasy into a passion that never ends. . .
"A heart-pounding thriller." --BooklistLost In The WoodsPediatrician Lorrie Ryan has been looking forward to camping with her seven-year-old nephew, Davey. It's a chance to let the fragile, sheltered boy spend time away from his nervous, overprotective parents, and have the adventure he's always wanted. But in the lush woods, Lorrie never imagines they are not alone...or that their idyllic trip will soon become a chilling nightmare of survival...In one terrifying moment, Davey disappears. The local police find no trace of him, and a desperate Lorrie turns to the one man who can help--FBI agent Stuart Sanders. Now, the hunt is on for a child growing weaker by the minute...and a cruel predator whose twisted game of cat-and-mouse has only just begun...Praise for Fern Michaels and her novels"Well-paced suspense and telling descriptions." --Library Journal"Heartbreaking, suspenseful, and tender." --Booklist on Return to Sender"A knockout story." --Publishers Weekly on Dear Emily
"Kimberly Kincaid knows how to whip up a delicious love story." --Susan DonovanIf You Can't Stand The Heat...Teagan O'Malley can handle a crisis. She's a paramedic, it's her job. But she never expected to land in the kitchen of her father's pub, with no notice, no cash, and no room for error. The kitchen is not her favorite place. Lucky for her, she just scraped a bad-boy chef off the pavement after a motorcycle accident--and something about him says he can turn up the heat in more ways than one.Adrian Holt has had a rough few years, and he's not eager to get tangled up in anything more complicated than a good risotto. But with a broken arm and a head full of bad memories, he needs a challenge to keep him sane. Teagan's dare-me attitude and smoldering mess of a bar are just what the doctor ordered. And the two of them together might cook up some even better medicine...Praise for Kimberly Kincaid"An author on the rise." -RT Book Reviews"A sweet and sexy treat!" --Bella Andre"Smart, fun, and heartwarming."--Jill Shalvis
"Readers will treasure this series." --RT Book Reviews Nothing gives Anna and Felty Helmuth greater satisfaction than seeing their grandchildren happily married--except for planning their next matchmaking venture. And as springtime comes to Huckleberry Hill, Wisconsin, the air is filled with promise. . .Ever since the Helmuths' grandson, Ben, abruptly broke his engagement and moved to Florida, Emma Nelson has kept busy tending her vegetable garden and raising award-winning pumpkins. She can put her heartache aside to help Ben's Mammi with her own pumpkin patch. At least until Ben shows up to lend support to his ailing Dawdi. . .Gardening side by side with pretty, nurturing Emma is a sweet kind of torture for Ben. She could have her pick of suitors who can offer what he can't, and he cares too much to burden her with his secret. Leaving once more is the only option. Yet Emma's courage is daring him to accept the grace that flourishes here, and the love that has been calling him back to Huckleberry Hill. . . Praise for Jennifer Beckstrand's Huckleberry Hill"A delightful cast of characters in a story that overflows with Amish love and laughter." --Charlotte Hubbard"A warm romance with two likable main characters and ultimately a great ending for all." --Parkersburg News & Sentinel