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Some believe Bedford, Maine, is cursed. Its bloody past, endless rain, and the decay of its downtown portend a hopeless future. With the death of its paper mill, Bedford's unemployed residents soon find themselves with far too much time to dwell on thoughts of Susan Marley. Once the local beauty, she's now the local whore. Silently prowling the muddy streets, she watches eerily from the shadows, waiting for . . . something. And haunting the sleep of everyone in town with monstrous visions of violence and horror. Those who are able will leave Bedford before the darkness fully ascends. But those who are trapped here-from Susan Marley's long-suffering mother and younger sister to her guilt-ridden, alcoholic ex-lover to the destitute and faithless with nowhere else to go-will soon know the fullest and most terrible meaning of nightmare.
Keeper was born in the ocean, and she believes she is part mermaid. So as a ten-year-old she goes out looking for her mother--an unpredictable and uncommonly gorgeous woman who swam away when Keeper was three--and heads right for the ocean, right for the sandbar where mermaids are known to gather. But her boat is too small for the surf--and much too small for the storm that is brewing on the horizon.Kathi Appelt follows her award-winning and New York Times bestselling novel The Underneath with this stunning, mysterious, and breathtaking tale of a girl who outgrows fairy tales just a little too late--and learns in the end that there is nothing more magical and mythical than love itself.
A damp, dark cellar holds two cages. And for the women behind the bars, their worst nightmares are about to come true . . .When Louise Russell goes missing from her home, D.I. Sean Corrigan from South London's Murder Investigation Unit immediately senses foul play. For Corrigan's own dark childhood has given him the ability not only to recognize evil in those who prey upon the innocent, but also to see a crime scene from the eyes of the perpetrator.Though Corrigan has no doubts that Louise was taken against her will, he believes she's still alive. But time is running out, especially when a body is found dumped in the woods--a woman who's a dead ringer for Louise. How long before Louise's captor gets tired of her and replaces her with another lookalike? How long before they find Louise's corpse next?Now, in order to track a psychopath, Corrigan must place himself in the mind of a killer. For it is only there that the twisted secrets of a murderer lie.
In the Russian wasteland, a man named Talus bears a secret so terrible that it will cost him no less than his life to share it... a secret so terrible that he must share it in order to find those who will help him protect the knowledge that will one day save humanity. He has chosen two brothers, both hermit monks, to join him in his quest. But time is short... and no man is ready to receive the news that Talus must now share with them both: That they are both already dead.THE KEEPER is the short story prequel to Forbidden, the first novel in The Books of Mortals series. First there was the Circle Trilogy. Now a new stunning epic begins.
When Jutta's mother sent her to tiny, windswept Bardhol to stay with their ancient female relations, she hinted slyly that those crafty crones might be hiding a fortune. But all Jutta found was boredom, toil -- and cats, spoiled pets demanding constant attention. Their only neighbors were antiquated, mad, or resting -- permanently -- in the graveyard at the foot of the hill. Jutta's grandmothers warned her away from the graveyard, but the cats went, and Jutta followed. What she found there would change her life forever.
Jussi Adler-Olsen, author of The Absent One, is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America. The Keeper of Lost Causes, the first installment of Adler- Olsen's Department Q series, features the deeply flawed chief detective Carl MØrck, who used to be a good homicide detective-one of Copenhagen's best. Then a bullet almost took his life. Two of his colleagues weren't so lucky, and Carl, who didn't draw his weapon, blames himself. So a promotion is the last thing Carl expects. But it all becomes clear when he sees his new office in the basement. Carl's been selected to run Department Q, a new special investigations division that turns out to be a department of one. With a stack of Copenhagen's coldest cases to keep him company, Carl's been put out to pasture. So he's as surprised as anyone when a case actually captures his interest. A missing politician vanished without a trace five years earlier. The world assumes she's dead. His colleagues snicker about the time he's wasting. But Carl may have the last laugh, and redeem himself in the process. Because she isn't dead . . . yet.
Keithe and his wife of fifteen years, Michelle, have not had a good marriage by any stretch of the imagination. It's bad enough that she neglects him, but she's stepped out on him, bringing home STDs. At forty-one, the handsome Houston attorney needs some real love in his life, and he starts to seek it out. Except Michelle knows all too well what he's up to-and even knows things about his potential prospects he doesn't. And now all of a sudden she doesn't want to let go of him, and will smash anyone who tries to come between her and her man. But Michelle is soon left to realize that her own betrayals are much deeper than she would care to believe in this powerful story of righting wrongs and finding peace in the soul.
A priceless violin. A family torn apart. A decision that could change everything. Berlin, 1939. Fourteen-year-old Simon Horowitz is awash in a world of music. His family owns a superb collection of instruments and at its heart is his fathers 1742 Guarneri del Gesu violin. But all is lost when the Nazis march across Europe, the Horowitz familys possessions are confiscated, and Simon and his father and brother are sent to Dachau. Amid unimaginable cruelty and death, Simon finds kindness from an unexpected corner, and a chance to pick up a violin in exchange for a chance to live. In the present day, orchestra conductor Rafael Gomez has seen much in his time on the worlds stage, but he finds himself oddly inspired by the playing of an aspiring violin virtuoso, a fantastic talent who is just fourteen. When the boy, Daniel Horowitz, Simons grandson, suddenly rebels and refuses toplay another note, Rafael decides hell do anything he can to change that. After Rafael learns the boys family once owned a precious violin, believed to have been lost forever, he thinks he might know how to get Daniel playing again. In taking on the task he discovers a family story like no other, one that winds from World War II and Communist Russia all the way to Rafaels very own stage.
Jamie MacFarlane is a wounded World War I veteran who is faring badly in the hospital. When he overhears a discussion of his case and the decision that he be sent to a sanitarium, he flees and eventually stumbles upon a beautiful garden and a small house near the Pacific Ocean. the old man who lives there is even more ill than Jamie, who helps him. As he is leaving for the hospital, the old man asks Jamie to stay and look after his bees. Thus begins a story of love, healing, and adventure for Jamie. He meets the neighbors, especially a woman named Margaret Cameron who kept house for the old man--or the Bee Master as he is called. An even more intriguing character is a child known as the little Scout, whom the bee master has taught all about bees and who is a great help to Jamie. Part of the story is the mystery of whether this child, sensitive yet brash, athletic yet somehow delicate, is a boy or a girl. Then one night, while sitting on a rock near the ocean, Jamie meets a woman in distress. she needs a marriage certificate and a name for an unborn child. believing that he will soon die anyway, and drawn to the storm woman, Jamie offers himself as her temporary husband. He promises not to try to find her later. But after the hurried wedding he cannot stop thinking of her. This is an old-fashioned romance, filled with the love of God and nature, a love story and a mystery of sorts. It is interesting to contemplate the values the author discusses through this novel, written in the nineteen twenties, and to wonder how those values are viewed today. there is also a lot of fun and some excitement, but for the most part this is a gentle and spiritual tale.
Your day starts by being jilted at the altar. It's about to get a lot worse.If Nina Cormier's wedding had taken place, she would be dead. But after the bride was left at the altar, the church stood empty when the bomb exploded. It wasn't until a stranger tried to run her off the road that Nina realized someone actually wanted to kill her.But who?That's what Detective Sam Navarro has to find out...fast. With a nightmare unfolding all around them, Sam and Nina must try to decipher the terrifying truth: they are at the mercy of a brilliant madman, one who is playing for keeps....
In their new Keeper roles, these extraordinary women must balance the fate of the world with their desires....Alessande Salisbrooke has been warned about the legend of the old Hildegard Tomb-how human sacrifices are being carried out by the followers of a shape-shifting magician. As a Keeper, Alessande understands the risks of investigating, but she can't shake the nagging feeling that the killings are tied to a friend's recent murder, and she can't turn her back.With the help of Mark Valiente, a dangerously sexy vampire cop, Alessande narrowly escapes becoming a sacrifice herself. But as the bodies continue piling up, completely drained of blood, one truth becomes all too clear: life is an illusion, and no one-not even those you care about the most-is who they seem.
From the book: Amen McBee is exceptionally bright; she gobbles up words the way other children gobble up sweet She's also restless. It's the summer of 1899, and everything seems to be changing--everything except the tranquil world of The Willows, her family's home. Yet for Amen and her four older sisters--Abigail, Augusta, and the Bella twins, Arabella and Annabella---change is much nearer than they think. When their fiery grandmamma arrives, bringing with her the latest in Kodak cameras, she breathes fresh air into the McBee's quiet world. And there is also Mr. Tominski, the recluse with a mysterious past who lives in the woods nearby and tends to his doves. The Bellas insist that Mr. Tominski is dangerous; Papa vows he wouldn't hurt a soul. When tragedy strikes, Amen must decide who is right. Newberry Medal-winning author Betsy Byars beautifully evokes a bygone era and gives readers a wise and immensely likable young heroine poised on the brink of change and self-discovery. Other books by Betsy Byars are available from Bookshare.
Book 3 in The Gentle Hills series. Jerry and Marjie Macmillan are now the owners of the family farm, but what of the future?
From the back cover: Enter a World of Magic and Fantasy with Janny Wurts THE CYCLE OF FIRE TRILOGY Where Demons Seek Conquests, Human Defenders Work Perilous Magic Stormwarden: Three flawed children all possess extraordinary talents. In need of their help is the Stormwarden, last Vaeretrained sorcerer, condemned now, and trapped in a desperate quandary. Primed to exploit are the demons, bent on total conquest. Keeper of the Keys: The Stormwarden, Anskiere, is entombed in white ice, and Ivainson Jaric is alone with a choice. He must defeat fear and challenge the fate that drove his father to madness. Or watch demons overrun the borders of Keithland and achieve their final conquest. Shadowfane: With Jaric embroiled in a life and death struggle to master his inherited powers, Taen Dreamweaver stands alone. She must find a way to assist his survival, or risk the Stormwarden to eternal imprisonment. Should she and Jaric succeed, mankind will regain the stars. Should they fail, Scait, Demon Lord of Shadowfane will enslave human talent and destroy the last free outpost of humanity.
A priceless jewel. A royal court rife with intrigue. A secret deal, where the price of truth could come too high . . . The personal artist to King Henry Tudor, Susanna Horenbout is sought by the queen and ladies of the court for her delicate, skilled portraits. But now someone from her past is pulling her into a duplicitous game where the consequence of failure is war. Soon, Susanna and her betrothed, the King's most dangerous courtier, are unraveling a plot that would shatter Europe. And at the heart of it is a magnificent missing diamond. . . . With John Parker at her side, Susanna searches for the diamond and those responsible for its theft, their every step dogged by a lethal assassin. Finding the truth means plunging into the heart of the court's most bitter infighting, surviving the harrowing labyrinth of Fleet Prison--and then coming face-to-face with the most dangerous enemy of all.
In their new Keeper roles, these extraordinary women must balance the fate of the world with their desires...Lust. Elven Keeper Sailor Gryffald's body quivers with it, but is it a symptom of the deadly Scarlet Pathogen coursing through her bloodstream or the proximity of shifter Keeper Declan Wainwright?Sailor and Declan have had an uneasy relationship ever since they met, and now things are about to get a lot more complicated. A killer is stalking Los Angeles, intentionally infecting Elven with the deadly virus, and now Sailor and Declan must work to keep the supernatural peace while bringing the murderer to justice. But, in doing so, these powerful denizens of the Otherworld find themselves straddling a fine line between lust...and love.
This is the story of young girl who is struggling to take care of her families' responsibility after her mother's suicide as her father has withdrawn into himself. Includes questions for discussion at the end.
New Keeper Rhiannon Gryffald has her peacekeeping duties cut out for her because in Hollywood, it's hard to tell the actors from the werewolves, bloodsuckers and shape-shifters. Then Rhiannon hears about a string of murders that bear all the hallmarks of a vampire serial killer, and she must confront her greatest challenge yet. Together with Elven detective Brodie McKay, they head to Laurel Canyon, epicenter of the danger, where they uncover a plot that may forever alter the face of human-paranormal relations.
In this heartwarming and candid memoir, US national soccer team goalkeeper Tim Howard does something he would never do on a soccer field: he drops his guard. Howard opens up for the first time about how a hyperactive kid from New Jersey with Tourette Syndrome defied the odds to become one of the world's premier goalkeepers. Howard managed to keep his condition in check well enough to be drafted by Major League Soccer right out of high school.After a successful seventeen-year professional soccer career, Howard became an overnight star during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. His heroic performance in goal for the United States against Belgium, in which he saved an astonishing fifteen shots--the most for any goalkeeper in a World Cup game--made him a household name as well as a trending internet meme. In the course of 120 minutes, Howard went from a player known mainly by soccer fans to an American icon, loved by millions for his dependability, daring, and humility.In this uplifting memoir adapted for young readers, Howard shares his remarkable journey from a challenging childhood in which he was raised by a single mother who instilled in him a love of sports and a devout Christian faith that helped him deal with the onset of Tourette's in fifth grade.This book includes an 8-page full-color photo insert.
The ordinary life of Gil Stewart descends into a nightmare of weird events and images, including strange animals. When Gil sees a pattern emerge, he can only await the coming of the Keepers.
The Keepers by New York Times bestselling author Heather GrahamThe Shifters by Alexandra SokoloffThe Wolven by Deborah LeBlancThe Keepers: Three extraordinary sisters, part of an elite group possessing superior skill and strength and whose duty it is to maintain peace between the Mortals and the Otherworldly, are balancing the duties of their birthrights and the yearnings of their hearts. Don't miss three extraordinary romances led by NYT bestselling author Heather Graham in THE KEEPERS, followed by THE SHIFTERS by Alexandra Sokoloff and THE WOLVEN by Deborah LeBlanc.
This holiday season, armed with love and passion, can the Keepers stop the reign of Darkness?Christmas is coming to Salem, but so is an evil force that threatens all mankind. In this memorable collection led by New York Times bestselling author Heather Graham, four powerful Keepers must save their community as a strange, eternal night creeps over the town. Forced to choose between their time-honored responsibilities or the lovers their hearts desire, these four extraordinary women must risk their own happiness to save the holiday. But Christmas is a time for miracles, and as each Keeper's greatest longing is met, the Season of Light returns. Don't miss this magical holiday collection from Heather Graham, Deborah LeBlanc, Kathleen Pickering and Beth Ciotta.
This book, featuring the complete, unabridged stories from "Keepers of the Earth" & "Native American Stories," represents the art of traditional Native American storytelling at its best. Performing stories drawn from the native cultures of North America - from the Inuit in the far north to the Creek in the southeast, from the Abenaki in the northeast to the Hopi in the southwest - Bruchac celebrates the human spirit as he connects the listener with nature.
Two sisters born to serve. . . The sorcerers of Lladrana have already Summoned three women to help fight the evil attacking their world. Yet their fourth Summoning brings the unexpected--twin sisters. And ones with strong ties to Earth. Both have a special gift to heal. But while Brigid Drystan has explored that gift through unorthodox means, Elizabeth has poured herself into getting a medical degree and denying her powers. Now, stuck in a strange land, fighting a plague sent by the Dark to weaken Lladrana, they must use all their resources to save lives. And one twin will risk her own on an experiment that might doom them both. . . .
"If one organization is synonymous with keeping hope alive, even as a faint glimmer in the darkness of a prison, it is Amnesty International. Amnesty has been the light, and that light was truth-bearing witness to suffering hidden from the eyes of the world. "-from Keepers of the Flame The first in-depth look at working life inside a major human rights organization, Keepers of the Flame charts the history of Amnesty International and the development of its nerve center, the International Secretariat, over forty-five years. Through interviews with staff members, archival research, and unprecedented access to Amnesty International's internal meetings, Stephen Hopgood provides an engrossing and enlightening account of day-to-day operations within the organization, larger decisions about the nature of its mission, and struggles over the implementation of that mission. An enduring feature of Amnesty's inner life, Hopgood finds, has been a recurrent struggle between the "keepers of the flame" who seek to preserve Amnesty's accumulated store of moral authority and reformers who hope to change, modernize, and use that moral authority in ways that its protectors fear may erode the organization's uniqueness. He also explores how this concept of moral authority affects the working lives of the servants of such an ideal and the ways in which it can undermine an institution's political authority over time. Hopgood argues that human-rights activism is a social practice best understood as a secular religion where internal conflict between sacred and profane-the mission and the practicalities of everyday operations-are both unavoidable and necessary. Keepers of the Flame is vital reading for anyone interested in Amnesty International, its accomplishments, agonies, obligations, fears, opportunities, and challenges-or, more broadly, in how humanitarian organizations accommodate the moral passions that energize volunteers and professional staff alike.