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Two-week fiancée...Louise couldn't believe her good luck in winning a luxury trip to Florida. And meeting hunky tycoon Wyatt Lord had seemed and unexpected bonus. Unfortunately, it soon became clear Wyatt wasn't interested in romance-only business. He wanted Louise but only as a temporary fiancée to secure a deal. Even pretending to be Wyatt's intended bride was tempting-if only Louise could convince him that this was one game he should play for keeps!
Abigail Kirk was an ordinary enough fourteenyear-old growing up in Sydney. She was a prickly, quiet girl who resented her father breaking up their home and leaving them. So when her mother told her they were all going to live together again in Norway, Abigail couldn't understand and couldn't forgive either of her parents. It was 'the little furry girl' who started it all. Only Abigail and Natalie noticed her watching the children playing the scary game they called 'Beatie Bow'. When Abigail tried to speak to her, she ran off into the back streets of that part of Sydney known as The Rocks. At least it looked like The Rocks, but was it? All Abigail knew was that the Bows wouldn't let her go home again and the girl was Beatie Bow. And what was 'the gift' they were all talking about in whispers? But there were compensations for being unable to get back into her own time: like leaming to live in Victorian Sydney, getting to know the Bows - and, most important of all, meeting Judah. Winner of the 1981 Australian Children's Book of the Year Award.
Sweet-yet-hard-nosed lingerie store owner Marisa Donato wanted a baby in the worst way, but falling in love with a potential father candidate was not an option. So, Marisa wondered, should she hit up a sperm bank...or go about making a baby the old-fashioned way? Enter Marisa's best friend, Jake, whose looks and charm weakened her knees...and her resistance. Man-about-town Jake Carmichael lusted after his gal pal, but didn't feel worthy of true love and family. While he volunteered his services as father of her child, in his heart he hoped to be her forever lover. But when passions grew hot, could Marisa and Jake handle a love that broke all the rules...? Silhouette Desire #1566
"Playing by the rules isn't always easy-but in this quirky, self-cloistered community, Lemon City's peculiarly delightful, eccentric residents do their best to follow the town's ten mandates-even with outsiders. Elaine Meryl Brown's storytelling is new and fresh, yet warmly familiar."-Virginia DeBerry, co-author of Tryin' to Sleep in the Bed You MadeWhen there's a knock on the Dunlap's door in the middle of Thanksgiving dinner, Nana knows it can't be good. The last time an outsider managed to worm his way into Lemon City, mischief followed. But despite her doubts, she can't turn away the young man who's kidnapped his baby sister from an unfit foster mother. Before long, Jeremiah and Ruby Rose are practically part of the family. But that's not sitting well with everyone-especially Medford, the boyfriend of Nana's spunky granddaughter, Louise. It seems Louise has taken a shine to Jeremiah, and Medford's suddenly got some stiff competition. Of course he's too busy tracking down his birth mother-who left him on a doorstep when he was a baby-to be bothered with Louise's flirtatious nature. As Medford moves closer to the truth about his mom, young Ruby Rose finds comfort in her newfound home, Louise wavers between love and lust, and Nana prepares to give her feisty old neighbor a run for her money at the annual fair's tomato contest. By summer's end, a mystery will be solved as Lemon City secrets reveal themselves-and bring about more than a few changes of heart.From the Trade Paperback edition.
As the Grim Reaper pulls a student out of class to be a "victim" of drunk driving in a program called "Every 15 Minutes," Montana Miller observes the ritual through a folklorist's lens. Playing Dead examines why hundreds of American schools and communities each year organize these mock tragedies without any national sponsorship or coordination. Often, the event is complete with a staged accident in the parking lot, a life-flight helicopter, and faux eulogies for the "dead" students read in school assemblies. Grounding her research in play theory, frame theory, and theory of folk drama, Miller investigates key aspects of this emergent tradition, paying particular attention to its unplanned elements--enabled by the performance's spontaneous nature and the participants' tendency to stray from the intended frame. Miller examines such variations in terms of the program as a whole, analyzing its continued popularity and weighing its success as perceived by participants. Her fieldwork reveals a surprising aspect of Every 15 Minutes that typical studies of ritual do not include: It can be fun. Playing Dead is volume two of the series Ritual, Festival, and Celebration, edited by Jack Santino.
DEAD MAN RUNNING. Sentenced to death for crimes he didn't commit, ex-cop Tom O'Brien is now a hunted fugitive. After fifteen years in prison, he's determined to prove his innocence-but first he must convince his daughter, whose testimony helped put him behind bars, that he has damning evidence of a plot to frame him. Claire is no longer the naïve teenager who arrived home to find her mother and her mother's lover shot dead and her father holding the murder weapon. She's a successful fraud investigator who assumes everyone lies. Though Claire is convinced of her father's guilt, curiosity propels her to look into the disappearance of a law student who claimed to have proof of Tom's innocence. But seeking answers only leads to more questions, reinforcing Claire's belief that there's no one left to trust. Obsessed with the O'Brien case, FBI agent Mitch Bianchi befriends Claire under false pretenses, certain that Tom is not only innocent but in grave danger-and not just from the cops. As the three race toward the truth, a murderous conspiracy tightens its noose--and Claire becomes the target of an ice-cold psychopath who will kill to protect his secrets.
The sexy second novel in the Stargazer series featuring a public relations expert who tries to prevent the breakup of a raucous country band and corral their wild--and irresistible--lead singer.As an expert in public relations crisis management--or, babysitter to the stars--Sarah Seville just spent nine months in Rio trying to keep a rock singer out of jail long enough to record his new album...and barely succeeded. Now she needs to prove she deserves the Manhattan-based job she loves. Trouble is, her new assignment is to travel to Alabama to prevent the breakup of the raucous country band The Cheatin' Hearts, headed by sexy Quentin Cox. As she edges closer to Quentin, she discovers layers of secrets. It seems Quentin is taking the spin doctor for a spin... The Cheatin' Hearts have stayed on top of the charts for two years following three rules: Rule One, no drugs. Rule Two, no sex with other band members. Rule Three, no sex with record company spies. Quentin figures he'd better follow the rules, because he made them. And if you break a rule, you're out of the band. But he can't resist the record company's beautiful PR agent, and inevitably he breaks Rule Three. As he falls for Sarah, he finds out that she has plenty of secrets of her own, and one of them comes knocking on her door: what really happened to her in Rio.
"Kiki captures the heat of the streets. " --Wahida Clark "Essence"(r) bestselling author Kiki Swinson keeps it coming with a gritty drama about one cunning sistah playing a very dangerous game with the law. Playing dirty is a skill that Yoshi Lomax has perfected. By bribing cops and officials, sleeping with her boss, and convincing her friend in the DEA to make evidence disappear, Yoshi has become a top criminal defense attorney. And she has the multimillion-dollar Miami pad and Aston Martin to prove it. But when she takes the case of badass Haitian mob boss Sheldon Chisholm, her usual way of doing business--by any means necessary--doesn't work. Someone has gotten to the people on her payroll and an unknown enemy is sabotaging her every move. With the list of people she can depend on dwindling, Yoshi's got to toughen up if she's going to survive. . . More praise for Kiki Swinson "Kiki Swinson is unstoppable. Whether she's writing about life in the 'hood or living the fabulous life, one thing is for sure--Kiki always delivers a sizzling read. " --Crystal Lacey Winslow, "Essence"(r) bestselling au
"This book is a history of the medical TV series from its inception to the present day. Turow offers an inside look at the creation of iconic doctor shows as well as a detailed history of the programs, an analysis of changing public perceptions of doctors and medicine, and an insightful commentary on how medical dramas have both exploited and shaped these perceptions. This expanded edition includes a new introduction placing the book in the contemporary context of the health care crisis, as well as new chapters covering the intervening twenty years of television programming. Turow uses recent research and interviews with principals in contemporary television doctor shows such as ER, Grey's Anatomy, House, and Scrubs to illuminate the extraordinary ongoing cultural influence of medical shows. "--Publisher.
"A very insightful and clearly written philosophical inquiry into the nature of sport. " ---Marion Smiley, Brandeis University Can equality and excellence coexist? If we assert that no person stands above the rest, can we encourage and acknowledge athletic, artistic, and intellectual achievements? Perhapsequalityshould merely meanequality of opportunity. But then how can society reconcile inherent differences between men and women, the strong and the weak, the able-bodied and the disabled? InThe Playing Fields of Eton, Mika LaVaque-Manty addresses questions which have troubled philosophers, reformers, and thoughtful citizens for more than two centuries. Drawing examples from the 18th century debate over dueling as a gentleman's prerogative to recent controversies over athletes' use of performance enhancing drugs, LaVaque-Manty shows that societies have repeatedly redefinedequalityandexcellence. One constant, however, remains: sports provide an arena for working out tensions between these two ideals. He concludes that, just as in sports where athletes are sorted by age, sex, and professional status, in modern democratic societyexcellencehas meaning only in the context of comparison among individuals who are, theoretically, equals. LaVaque-Manty's argument will engage philosophers, yet his inviting prose style and use of familiar illustrations will welcome non-philosophers to join the conversation. Mika LaVaque-Manty is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan.
Rosie can't believe her good luck. Her grandmother, Glory, needs a last-minute roommate for a cruise to the Caribbean. Glory doesn't really need a companion-she's eager for Rosie to meet her friend's grandson, Neil, a brainy guy full of facts about baseball. Once Rosie is aboard the ship, though, someone else catches her eye-a boy her own age, who introduces himself as Ricky Diago. But after the ship sails, Rosie only sees Ricky's uncle, Mr. Diago. What's even stranger is that Neil could swear that Mr. Diago is actually a famous Cuban baseball player for the Cincinnati Reds. Then after a day's excursion, Rosie is approached by another boy who claims he's Ricky Diago. She's certain he's not the person she met before. Suddenly Rosie finds herself caught in a high-stakes adventure of international intrigue with life-or-death consequences. Who is the real Ricky Diago? And how far is Rosie willing to go to help him?
More than meets the eye Driven and ambitious, commercial-art buyer Avery Roberts always trusts first impressions, whether it's art. . . or men. Sexy Quentin Davis might make her pulse race, but the smooth, laid-back charmer is not her type. Then a secret about her past comes to light, leaving her vulnerable, shattered--and turning to Quentin for strong shoulders and sympathy. One kiss, and fierce attraction takes over, leaving first impressions in a haze of sensual bliss. Quentin's focus was always on the next assignment, leaving no room for long-term relationships or commitment. Now sleek, sophisticated Avery has him looking beyond his camera and his career. But as love and aspirations collide, heartbreak seems inevitable, until Quentin realizes he can't picture a life--or a future--without Avery in it.
It's been eighteen years...and he still wants herIn high school, Malcolm Douglas was a bad boy who stole the heart of small-town girl Celia Patel-as well as her virginity. But life pulled them apart...and just as well, for he'd already broken her heart.Now Malcolm is a world-famous billionaire dedicated to atoning for his sins. When he swoops back into Celia's life, he tells himself he only wants to protect her from recent threats. But the desire between them leaves them as breathless as teenagers. Will Celia ever forgive him? Maybe. If he can make today's pleasure erase yesterday's pain.
Spunky, vivacious Lani Hernandez is excited to be back at school with her friends and horses after winter break. Then Lani receives a letter from home: Her parents are concerned about her grades and want her to transfer to another school where the extracurriculars won't be as distracting. Upset but determined, Lani sets out to change her parents' minds. When she sprains her wrist riding, she's able to devote more time to studying -- until she gets involved in planning a charity event. If the event is a success, will Lani be able to convince her parents that Chestnut Hill is the place for her?
Jessica Wakefield is head over heels in love with handsome A.J. Morgan. She knows he likes her, but Jessica's convinced he'd really fall in love with her if she were studious and reserved, like her twin, Elizabeth. So Jessica sets out to change her personality completely. But her plans are threatened when she hears about a fashion contest she just knows she could win. How can she compete and still be the shy, sweet girl that A.J. thinks she is? When the contest turns into a battle to keep A.J. as well as a competition for a designer wardrobe, Jessica has to make some difficult decisions. Will the old Jessica reappear-and risk losing A.J.-or is the quiet, serious new Jessica here to stay?
"The story begins with my father, actually, and the fact that I'm the one who's answerable for his death. It was not my first crime, as you will see, but it is the one my mother couldn't forgive." In her astonishing New York Times bestseller, acclaimed author Elizabeth George reveals the even darker truth behind this startling confession. Playing for the Ashes is a rich tale of passion, murder and love in which Inspector Thomas Lynley and Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers once again find themselves embroiled in a case where nothing--and no one--is really what it seems. Intense, suspenseful and brilliantly written, Playing for the Ashes will make readers "search out the sleuthing pair's first six adventures... a treasure," as Cosmopolitan predicted in their review.
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Bioverse Inc. executive Dr. Lynn Nussbaumer has just been handed the project of her career and the challenge of a lifetime: to save an entire planet. After millennia of constant war on All-Cradle, one of the Great Families of the Dedelphi launched a viral weapon that mutated into a universal plague. Desperate, an unprecedented Confederation of Dedelphi leaders asked for Earth's help. The only solution: Evacuate more than a billion Dedelphi to vast orbital enclaves for decades, while Bioverse's environmental engineers cleanse and rebuild All-Cradle's entire ecosphere. The truce declared by the fragile Confederation can't control the tangled mass of Dedelphi feuds and vendettas; factions in each clan fear that relocation is a deadly ploy by their enemies. Still other Dedelphi - panicked by Terran sociologist Arron Hagopian's revelations of past Earth abuses - are convinced the city-ships are internment camps controlled by aliens who have conquered All-Cradle in a bloodless coup.
This book offers a novel interpretation of politics and identity in Ovid's epic poem of transformations, theMetamorphoses. Reexamining the emphatically fictional character of the poem,Playing Godsargues that Ovid uses the problem of fiction in the text to redefine the power of poetry in Augustan Rome. The book also provides the fullest account yet of how the poem relates to the range of cultural phenomena that defined and projected Augustan authority, including spectacle, theater, and the visual arts. Andrew Feldherr argues that a key to the political as well as literary power of theMetamorphosesis the way it manipulates its readers' awareness that its stories cannot possibly be true. By continually juxtaposing the imaginary and the real, Ovid shows how a poem made up of fictions can and cannot acquire the authority and presence of other discursive forms. One important way that the poem does this is through narratives that create a "double vision" by casting characters as both mythical figures and enduring presences in the physical landscapes of its readers. This narrative device creates the kind of tensions between identification and distance that Augustan Romans would have felt when experiencing imperial spectacle and other contemporary cultural forms. Full of original interpretations,Playing Godsconstructs a model for political readings of fiction that will be useful not only to classicists but to literary theorists and cultural historians in other fields.
From the Essence© bestselling author of Take Her Man comes a chic page-turner starring the 3Ts--Tamia, Troy, and Tasha--three New York City "It Girls" whose lives are about to be turned upside down. . . Gorgeous, sophisticated, and successful, Tamia is a sister that cant be stopped. With her career as an attorney on the rise, and her millionaire boyfriend about to propose--Tamia has it all. But then she meets Malik, a sexy Harlem brother who pushes all her buttons, and makes Tamia second-guess everything in her life. Love struck for this bad boy with a cause, Tamias on a mission to convince Malik to stop playing hard to get and come along for the ride. . . Meanwhile, since she married a pastor, Troy has gone from smokin hottie to Bible-quoting church lady. Everyone thinks Troy is happy until some dirty secrets turn Troys life--and marriage--upside down. . . As the wife of a pro basketball player and mother of three, Tasha has traded her fabulous big city life for the suburbs. Bored and starving for some action, Tashas desires spin out of control, and she finds that being the new "It Girl" has its drawbacks. . . Funny and soulful, Playing Hard to Get is a novel of passion, friendship, and finding yourself without losing everything you love. . . Praise for Grace Octavia "Funny and sexy. " --Essence® on Take Her Man"Octavia weaves an extraordinary tale. " --Romantic Times on His First Wife
Jessica skips a class to meet a soap opera star and is no longer allowed to play for the basketball playoffs. Her twin Elizabeth must now save the day, and the game.
Acclaimed author Lauren Slater ruminates on what it means to be family. Lauren Slater's rocky childhood left her cold to the idea of ever creating a family of her own, but a husband, two dogs, two children, and three houses later, she came around to the challenges, trials, and unexpected rewards of playing house. Boldly honest, these biographical pieces reveal Slater at her wittiest and most deeply personal. She describes her journey from fiercely independent young woman to wife and mother, all while coping with mental illness. She tells of a chemical fire that rekindled the flame in her ailing relationship with her husband; she reflects on her decision to have an abortion, and then later to have children despite suffering from severe depression; she examines sex, love, mastectomies, and how nannies can be intrusive while dogs become family. Beautifully written, often humorous, and always revealing, these stories scrutinize the complex questions surrounding family life, offering up sometimes uncomfortable truths.
"I always know what I'm doing." So says 18-year-old Sebastian Montero, who is famous around town as a problem solver of the subtlest kind. Want a date with the girl of your dreams? Bastian can make it happen. Have a friend threatening suicide? Baz can talk him off the ledge. But as popular as Sebastian is, no one really knows him. Thanks to his intricate network of favors and debts Sebastian controls the world, manipulates it--and hides from it. It isn't until his best friend asks him to track down his long-missing father that Sebastian is forced to face the most challenging problem of all, the solution to which will change his life forever.
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