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Once again, with astonishing truth and refreshing humor, Deborah J. Wolf brilliantly depicts a woman's real joys and sorrows during love, loss, and starting anew. . .Sometimes a marriage is over long before it officially ends. When Cara's husband packs a bulging suitcase and leaves her for a younger woman ironically named Barbie, Cara can only say, "That's it?" before the tears begin. Now Cara has lost three dress sizes while picking up the pieces of her life with four kids and no man, and a mother whose idea of support involves detailing how Cara didn't do enough to save the marriage. But she is surviving with the help of her best friends: Melanie, aka Mel-the-fixer-of-everything, who feels that faithless Jack's departure is the best thing that could have happened; Leah, solid as a rock, who is always there to lean on; and Paige, the casserole queen, who shows up with mac-n-cheese and sympathy.Despite frustrations and self-doubts, Cara is learning to hope and heal as she transforms from a long-suffering wife to the vibrant, self-assured woman she was meant to be. But the road to Cara's brighter future is strewn with complications, especially when the "other woman" asks for a favor. . .and Cara's path takes a poignant twist on the road to happiness.
Written with the poignancy of heartbreak and the indomitable promise of hope, Deborah J. Wolf's unforgettable debut novel delves into the fragile, ever-changing relationships between mothers and daughters in the worst of times--and in the best...Allyson Houlihan had the normal ups and downs with her husband and two daughters, but all in all, their life was good, full, and happy. That changed on the day a tragic accident ripped her husband away from her--and shattered everything.Over a year later, Allyson and her daughters--eleven-year-old Becca and fourteen-year-old Lydia--are still struggling to regain their rhythm as a family. A disciplined and athletic soccer player, Becca is at a loss when an injury forces her to the sidelines, leaving her emotionally adrift. And when Ally senses Lydia, silent and secretive, slipping away, the sense of helplessness and frustration is nearly overwhelming. It will take another of life's unexpected twists and the rock-solid support of her husband's best friend, Michael, for a mother and her girls to finally run towards each other--instead of away--and for a devoted wife to free her heart to live and love again...Special chat with the author insideDeborah J. Wolf lives with her husband and two daughters in Northern California. This is her first novel.
This is the true story of a thirty-something single man in New York.A man who is employed, decent, and horny.A man hilariously combing his way through women in search of one who will make him stop searching. . .For the last four years, "This Dating Life" columnist Ron Geraci has chronicled his romantic (mis)adventures in the pages of Men's Health, offering readers a no-holds-barred look into one man's bare-naked dating life. His mission was simple: he dated whomever he could find in order to fill that month's dispatch and revealed everything--the good and bad, funny and catastrophic, triumphant and painful. The Bachelor Chronicles is Geraci's hilariously frank confession of his wild ride from struggling writer in the frenzied world of magazine journalism to his rise as the "male Carrie Bradshaw" with the scars to prove it.From the women he maniacally dated (lots) to the ones he enraged (even more) and enthralled (okay, you win some), Geraci's story careens through an insane New York City landscape that includes countless prospects, one lesbian, two therapists, a high-priced matchmaker, possible liposuction, incredible and not-so-incredible-but-at-least-frequent sex, dating addiction, destroyed relationships as an occupational hazard, blossoming alcoholism, porn, waking up in apartments where no sane man should find himself, perverse mating schemes, noble motivations, desperate loneliness, and the near-constant yearning for a stable life with one woman. Part cautionary tale, part dating survival guide, The Bachelor Chronicles is an emotionally naked, frequently hilarious peek into the male mind and modern romance by a guy honest enough to tell it like it is.
Cover Me, BabyReal estate mogul Josh Wyatt is hotter than hot. That body. That wicked grin. Those eyes. The man can melt panty elastic with just one look--hell, he could melt driveway ice with just one look. And the tabloid photos of him emerging--naked--from his very secluded Florida pool just got him voted the year's most delectable hunk by women all across America. Time to get a bodyguard and fast. But the minute he meets sultry, leggy ex-cop Tess Franklin, Josh knows he's met his match. . .Kick paparazzi butt? Check. Scare away his lust-crazed fans? No problem. Pretend to be his girlfriend? Sure. Practical Tess would never say no to an easy gig like that. But Josh is even hotter in person than he is in those amazing photos--and Tess Franklin is about to experience an extreme meltdown. . .in his arms.
Catch Me If You CanClandestine operative Alexa Gavlin has a new mission--stay alive long enough to learn why her memory of the last thirty days has been chemically erased. She has no country, no contracts, nothing left but an unlikely ally in former marine and retrieval expert Killian Moore.Blackmailed into hunting down the operative suspected of ruining his career, Killian sees Alexa as nothing more than some sexy vital statistics and the means to clear his name--until he locks horns with the beautiful agent. He knows Alexa's an expert at deception, yet what they share between the sheets is raw, tender, and very real. But she's on the run again, and Killian knows if he doesn't catch her, the enemy will.From the jungles of Colombia to the sparkling metropolis of Hong Kong, as each piece falls into place, Alexa and Killian learn that nothing is as it seems, and stopping terrorists set on a collision course will test their precious trust to the absolute limits.
For Laila, the road to self discovery leads to shocking revelations, but she'll brave those dark times in order to see the light.When twenty-two-year-old Laila ran away from her controlling boyfriend and her job as a dancer in a Miami strip club, she thought her past had been buried for good.Determined to create a new life for herself in Philadelphia, she meets young and sexy Jordan Maxwell, who is more than willing to help. When Jordan introduces Laila to Poetry Night at a local club, she shines on stage and attracts the interest of an independent record producer.With a bright future just around the corner, Laila quickly discovers she is far from safe. Family secrets suddenly erupt and force her back to Miami, where all of Laila's relationships, old and new, and all of her choices, good and bad, lead her home in a way she could never have imagined.
From the author of Girlfriends and The Way It Is comes a no-holds-barred look at America's plastic surgery obsession through three heartrending, hilarious, and very real friends. . .TightBrenda Harrison has never been a slave to vanity and was never too concerned about the ill effects time and motherhood have had on her thirty-something body. But when she suspects that her husband may be cheating on her, Brenda has second thoughts about growing old gracefully. . .Nora Perez has always enjoyed her life of late-night club-hopping, man-juggling, and just being fabulous. But as her fortieth birthday approaches, the men have started looking past her. Now Nora's booking an appointment with a plastic surgeon. . .Although Kamille Cooper is still in her twenties, she firmly believes there's no problem that a little nip-and-tuck can't fix. But Kamille's so insecure she'd Botox her elbows to get rid of the creases, and, thanks to an operating room mishap, her latest obsession just may be her last. . .Now three women are about to take a wild ride through plastic surgery seminars, Botox injections, aspirations of a Jennifer Lopez-derriere, and the endless quest for physical perfection. But along the way, they may just learn a few lessons about the real cost of plastic surgery and what it really means to be beautiful.Patrick Sanchez is a native Washingtonian, having grown up in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. After enduring twelve years of Catholic school, Patrick attended George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, where he majored in psychology (with a minor in naps, The Price Is Right, and The Young and the Restless). Prior to his career as a novelist, Patrick worked as professional writer in sales and marketing for a managed healthcare company in Falls Church, Virginia.
When You Want It All, You've Got To Give It AllFrom the outside, Bliss Sinclair's life seems very glamorous--a high-profile job with a publishing house, a fashionable boyfriend who looks good on her arm, and ultra-chic parties where the come-ons are as hot and thrilling at night as they are empty as an air-kiss greeting the next day. It's a world Bliss wanders through with blinders on, all the while craving more. And she finds it in the most unlikely of places.Embarking on a series of carnal adventures with a notorious bad girl as her guide, Bliss opens herself to every new experience and every taboo. In abandoned warehouses, private fetish clubs, even her own office, Bliss is skating on the thin ice of desire--until her world comes crashing in.Now, broken and wanting, Bliss decides to spend a summer in her birthplace, Jamaica, where she hopes to reconcile with her estranged father and rediscover herself. There, in a land of lush ripeness, of heat, warm breezes, easy smiles, and the family she left behind, Bliss will discover what she didn't know was missing. It's a journey that will awaken every one of her senses and take her to the edge of known pleasure and far beyond it, to a love that is as sexy as it gets, as real as can be, and more surprising than she can imagine--a place of total bliss.
A Lost Memory. . .After journalist Wanda Gray's plane crashes in Kenya, searchers find no survivors, and she is believed dead. But Wanda is very much alive, injured and slowly recovering on an African ranch. She remembers nothing of her former life--not her accountant husband Steven or even her own name.A New Love. . .Soon, in the lush, exotic African countryside, Wanda is discovering a new world. . .and a lover who will change everything: tall, lithe, ranch owner Ahmed. Day by day their desire is blossoming into a gloriously passionate romance: elemental as earth, sensual as the hot wind, and insatiable as the lions that stalk the night.A Truth About To ExplodeBut Wanda's happiness can last only as long as Ahmed doesn't know she is married and her past remains a secret. Every moment draws them closer to the next unexpected twist of fate--one that will draw Wanda into a maelstrom of emotions--and a heartbreaking choice. . .
Louise Eldridge is taking her public television garden show on the road--to Hawaii! But the tropical paradise isn't so idyllic once murder makes an unexpected appearance. . .Lush with hibiscus, ficus, plumeria, and monkeypod trees, the island of Kauai is the perfect place for Louise to film a few episodes of Gardening with Nature.After their shoot at the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Louise unwinds with a sunset walk on the beach. But at the base of a cliff, she makes a grisly discovery: the battered body of Matthew Flynn, a noted botanist. Her attempts to save his life are fruitless, and--after seeing his injuries firsthand--Louise is convinced that his death was no accident.Now it'll take some serious digging for Louise to unearth more clues, but she'll have to be very careful, because this is one killer who is ready to plant her in the ground. . ."Neatly plotted. . .Ripley's green thumb fans will relish the paradise island setting and Louise's reliable sleuthing."--Publishers Weekly
In his sizzling debut novel, Daytime Drama, Dave Benbow took readers inside the sexy, catty world of soaps. Now he goes behind the seams--and under the covers--of LA's fashion district, where a man's body is his business, and one man's exquisite face and form are about to take him straight to the top, into the arms of an unlikely lover. . .and into the crosshairs of a deranged killer. . .Male ModelDesigning window displays for the glamorous Cameron Fuller USA store on Rodeo Drive is Blake Jackson's passion. After all, handsome, elegant designer Cameron Fuller is an icon of chic style. With his Vogue-thin wife, Suzette, he's one-half of "America's Couple." But rumors have swirled around him for years--whispers that his wife is a vicious, drunken shrew who holds Cameron's assets in her tight fist. . .that their relationship is like one of the store's many displays: luxurious, beautiful, and completely for show. . .and that Cameron's real passion is for the men he takes discreetly to his bed.Blake has often fantasized about Cameron, but he's completely unprepared to meet him in the flesh--or to have him offer to help with a last-minute window change during a surprise visit to the store late one night. Working side by side, the two men experience an overpowering attraction, and soon, they're engaged in a whirlwind secret affair, played out on private planes, in New York penthouses, behind office doors and in a remote, exotic beach house. For Blake, life with Cameron has its drawbacks--the secrecy and sneaking around--but it's sexier and more tender than he ever could have hoped. . .and it's about to get hotter.In need of a fresh look to launch his new cologne, Cameron finds it in his lover's chiseled cheekbones, ice-blue eyes, long, dark hair and hunky, six-pack abs. It's an offer Blake can't refuse, and within weeks, he's gone from shop-boy to poster god. A billboard of Blake romping in the California surf wearing only a pair of skin-tight leather low-riders stops traffic in Times Square and Hollywood. Suddenly, he's the "it" boy, wanted and feted from coast to coast, yet having to keep his feelings for Cameron in the shadows. But someone is unhappy about Blake's sudden rise to fame, and the growing love between the designer and his model. . .someone who knows their secrets. . .someone determined to make them pay dearly. And as the days tick down until the celebrity-packed party that will launch Blake's star, it's clear that the only way Cameron and Blake can hold on to what they have is to let go of everything else. . .Riveting and compulsively entertaining, Male Model is a wickedly revealing glimpse into the rarified world of fashion--the conniving stylists and creative directors who'd step on anyone to get ahead, the insecure models who swing both ways, the temperamental diva directors, the jaded wives living on couture shows and kinky boudoir habits, the barely concealed rage and need, lust and envy, desperation and dreams they all share. . .and the secrets they'd all kill to keep under (stylish) wraps.
From Felicia Mason, the Blackboard bestselling author of Testimony, comes a wise, winning story of a man and a woman who play by their own rules and make no promises. . .As the heir to the chain of Heart Federated department stores, twenty-eight-year-old Lance Heart Smith has his pick of a bevy of women--and takes full advantage of the situation. His playboy ways are an affront to his strict family, who soon issue an ultimatum: grow up or get cut off.Lance doesn't take orders from anyone. He's determined to find success on his own terms. And then he meets the person who could make it all happen. Beautiful former model Vivienne la Fontaine owns and operates a lingerie boutique, Guilty Pleasures. Her store is an investment opportunity that caters to Lance's not-so-guilty pleasure. When one thing leads to another, Lance thinks Viv may be what he's been looking for not just in business, but in life. But Viv won't put her freedom in jeopardy again. She has dark secrets, secrets she's never shared--and they aren't through with her yet. Just when happiness seems close enough to touch, the past comes back with a vengeance. . .and forces Lance and Viv to confront the truth or risk losing it all. . . Praise For The Novels Of Felicia Mason "Felicia Mason reaches new levels of excellence." --Romantic Times on Foolish Heart
Unlike most pulp romances of the 1950s and '60s, Paula Christian's heroines were thoroughly modern women--struggling to define themselves while searching for their own lasting relationships. Fully human and honest, afraid of failure yet always hopeful, these sisters were blazing a trail, encouraging others on their path to...<P> Another Kind Of Love<P> The moment Laura Garraway shares a forbidden kiss with beautiful Hollywood starlet Ginny Adams, she discovers the missing piece of herself. When fame-hungry Ginny won't leave her powerful movie star lover, Saundra, Laura runs away to New York's comforting bright lights, desperate to forget her. There, in the cigarette-and-martini-drenched gay bars of the Village, and the offices of Madison Avenue, Laura finds herself in a new world--one in which who she is and what she wants are completely up to her...<P> Love Is Where You Find It
From Brandon Massey, award-winning author of Thunderland, comes a terrifying new novel about a town besieged by evil. . .and the one man who is determined to fight the darkness. . . When renowned author Richard Hunter dies in a boating accident, his son David travels to Mason's Corner, Mississippi, to find out more about the father he never really knew. At first, Mason's Corner seems friendly and unassuming--the perfect "small town." But after a newcomer moves into the old--and supposedly haunted--mansion on the hill, everything changes. . . People begin to disappear. Dogs viciously attack. And soon David discovers that the terror consuming this place has its roots in his own family tree. . . For something wicked has risen in Mason's Corner. Something with bloody ties to the town's past. Something undead--and hungering for vengeance. . .
A New BeginningDisillusioned by the tragedies of her childhood, Maggie Gleason never wants to marry. So when she hires a matchmaker, it's to find a teaching job, not a husband. Scenic Shasta Falls, California turns out to be the perfect match for an independent woman determined to flee Chicago and start a whole new life. The boarding house where she lives even has a magnificent library. . .if she can get past the mysterious recluse in the room next door.An Unexpected LoveBounty hunter Alex Coburn pays a premium for his privacy and finds the persistent new lodger a most unwelcome intruder. Gradually though, he begins to savor Maggie's company, as they spend intimate evenings together reading by the fire--and falling in love. But when anonymous, menacing notes threaten the woman he has come to treasure, Alex must face the ghosts of both Maggie's past and his own. . .or risk losing her forever.
New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe presents an unforgettable tale featuring the rebellious early years of Mama Ruby, the indomitable heroine of her acclaimed novel The Upper Room. Growing up in Shreveport, Louisiana, Ruby Jean Upshaw is the kind of girl who knows what she wants and knows how to get it. By the time she's fifteen, Ruby has a taste for fast men and cheap liquor, and not even her preacher daddy can set her straight. Only Othella Mae Cartier, daughter of the town tramp, understands what makes Ruby tick.When Ruby discovers she's in the family way, she's scared for the first time in her life. After hiding her growing belly, Ruby secretly gives birth to a baby girl at Othella's house. Othella talks Ruby into giving the child away--and with the help of a shocking revelation, convinces Ruby to run off with her to New Orleans.But nothing can erase Ruby's memories of her child--or quell her simmering rage at Othella for persuading her to let her precious baby go. Someday there will be a reckoning. And Othella will learn that no one knows how to exact revenge quite like Ruby Jean Upshaw. . .
A Man's World NovelCan four guys find love in New York City?Kevin left behind a chance at the NBA to coach delinquents, but his toughest assignment is finding a girl who won't make his mama's church group fall into praying mode...A teacher and a poet, Antoine can make a sister feel beautiful--or want to beat him with a blow dryer...Tyrone has talent, attitude, and a crush on his boss's wife...And Maurice is all that, if that means rude, arrogant, and dishonest.Kevin's got the looks. Antoine's got heart and soul. Tyrone's got the skills. And Maurice has player moves. They got it all, except for the one thing that matters most--the love of a good woman. What they find when they try a dating service is a riotous trip through religious freaks, hootchie mamas, chicken heads, gold diggers, and some serious Brides of Funkenstein. One thing's for certain--when you play the game of love, you've got to be ready for anything.
National Geographic Kids is back with another installment in the Animal Heroes line of National Geographic Chapters books. Get ready to meet more amazing, medal-worthy critters in this action-packed collection, including a kangaroo to the rescue! Filled with engaging photos, fast facts, and fascinating sidebars, readers won't want to put this book down.
Join National Geographic expert and TV personality Brady Barr on some wild adventures with snakes! Readers won't believe their eyes as they read Barr's hilarious--and completely true!--accounts of his interactions with some of the biggest, weirdest, and craziest snakes on Earth. Filled with engaging photos, fast facts, and fascinating sidebars, readers won't want to put this book down.
She Couldn't ResistA frontier mining town seems like an ideal place for Emma Douglas to make a fresh start as a schoolmarm. But even a haven like Prospect has its distractions--in the form of dashing Grey North. When Grey insists on accompanying her on a visit to San Francisco, mutual attraction flares into a night of unforgettable passion. . .He Wouldn't Give InGrey harbors his own secrets--yet he's not about to shirk his duty when it comes to restoring Emma's reputation. He just hadn't counted on this stubborn, spirited, utterly beguiling woman refusing to marry him. But Grey isn't the kind to back down from a challenge, and sweet Emma's love is a prize well worth claiming. . ."A wonderful story of courage, dreams, and everlasting love. A book to savor."--New York Times bestselling author Jo Beverley on Alice Valdal's The Man For Her
With no skills besides scoring the perfect stilettos, maxing out her credit card, and partying till dawn, Marisol Winston is about to get a lesson in the real world--and in love. . .After years of perfecting her party-girl image, Marisol wants to open an L.A.-based deluxe boutique. Unfortunately her father refuses to foot the bill until she agrees to do a stint in shopaholic rehab. Surely she can survive a few weeks without Dior, right? But part of Marisol's anti-retail remedy entails getting a real job as a nanny/housekeeper in Podunkville, Arizona. Suddenly she's knee-deep in PB & J and dirty laundry, surprised to find herself just a teensy bit smitten with her three sticky-fingered charges--and their deliciously distracting Dad (even if he does wear discount denim). . .Quarterback Cash Connelly has one last shot at being re-signed to the pros, which means he needs a nanny who runs a tight ship. Marisol seems to know way more about Tiffany's than T-ball, and she has more miniskirted sex appeal than is strictly necessary for laundering jockey shirts. But his kids seem positively smitten. Well, who wouldn't love a woman who serves up ice cream for breakfast? Now if only Cash can find a way to stick to his strict hands-off-the-nanny policy. . ."Lisa Plumley creates charming characters. Her books are a delight!"--Rachel Gibson
He Knows His Women. . .New Jersey PI John Preshin takes on all kinds of jobs. Discreet inquiries. Private investigations. Helping women find lost. . .articles of clothing from his office. Yup, no job too big or too small. Now if only he could figure out how to convince the knockout redhead with the very large knife that he's not breaking into her grandmother Flo's apartment. No. He's Flo's upstairs tenant. In need of a serious cup of coffee. Yeah, so he's wearing only a towel. So what?She's Got His Number.Liz Atwater isn't about to take her eyes off this one--and not just because he's about six feet worth of smirking, hunky gorgeousness, either. She's had her share of bad luck with men, and some half-naked guy helping himself to your coffee while looking you up and down way is not a good sign. Something's going on with Mr. John Preshin. And Liz intends to do some discreet investigating of her own. He'd better hang on to that towel. . .Irene is a true Jersey girl, having lived in the central part of the state all her life. Her fondest memories are of spending summers at the shore. She even met her future husband on the boardwalk at Seaside Heights. After earning a B.A. in English and history from Montclair State, Irene went on to teach in area schools before marrying her handsome Viking. They have two terrific daughters and continue to walk the boards at Seaside at last twice a year.
Tracy MacNish's deeply romantic sequel new novel reveals the untapped power of a woman's heart--and how fiercely she dares to protect it. . .Emeline's entire life is controlled by men. She's just been won in a wager by Jeffrey, the Duke of Eton, who keeps her under lock and key. And her cruel stepfather, Simon, wants nothing more than to dominate her entire future. What she wants is a man who'll set her free . . . and Rogan Mullen, heir to the dukedom, just may be the answer to her dreams . . .Rogan is more than eager to have Emeline in his care, but his urge to protect her grows into a yearning to possess her--body and soul. Surrendering completely to love, they cannot foresee that something very sinister threatens to destroy them, for Simon will stop at nothing to control his stepdaughter's fate . . . and only the most fervent passion can endure against such relentless odds . . ."A lushly written, richly detailed Georgian historical [that] pushes the boundaries of the genre."--Booklist
For His Love. . .Astride a stolen horse, encircled by the shackled arms of Broderick Maxwell, a Scottish spy escaping certain death in the Tower of London, Lizbeth Ives rides to the north, hidden by the darkness. By stealth and cunning, the daughter of the Lord High Executioner has undone her father's cruel work, compelled to save the innocent man with her. There is no turning back--for they are bound as one in his iron chains. Consumed by mortal fear, driven by passion, they disappear into the night. . .A single raven follows them. Is it an omen? Or only the first of those who would capture them? They must ride on. If captured, they will face death together. But if they reach the Highlands, he will claim her for his own. . .forever.
Lost And Found. . .Gil Yancy is a man with a mission: claim his share of Rocky Point Ranch and build a herd of his own. What Gil doesn't count on is the greeting he gets--in the form of a stove lid upside the head--from the mistress of the place. She's the prettiest thing Gil's ever laid eyes--and more--on. When last they met, the shady lady seduced him and stole his last red cent, so now it might just be time for a little sweet revenge. . .Josie can't believe Rocky Point's new cowboy is that cowboy--the one with the strongest-yet-gentlest hands ever to mark a trail down her body. She robbed Gil blind out of sheer desperation, and years later, Josie still has something of his. . .but that's not her only secret. She wants him just as much as ever--and she knows he'd do anything to please a lady. . .
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