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Wild, passionate, tormented, operatic, Violin moves from nineteenth-century Vienna to modern New Orleans to Rio de Janiero telling the story of three unforgettable people. The first is an exquisite and vulnerable young woman who dreams of becoming a great musician. The second is a brilliantly talented and dangerously seductive violinist--a ghost--who uses his gifts, and his magic violin, to engage and dominate the emotions of his prey. The third who, in essence, is always present, is the spectre of Beethoven. The dramatic interplay of their ambitions, dreams, and desires are the stuff of an operatic tale full of passion and music
A beginner's guide to the violin. Among other topics, this book describes the history of the violin, how violins are made, and how they are used in different musical genres.
The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Codeby Sam Kean
From New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean comes more incredible stories of science, history, language, and music, as told by our own DNA. In The Disappearing Spoon, bestselling author Sam Kean unlocked the mysteries of the periodic table. In THE VIOLINIST'S THUMB, he explores the wonders of the magical building block of life: DNA.There are genes to explain crazy cat ladies, why other people have no fingerprints, and why some people survive nuclear bombs. Genes illuminate everything from JFK's bronze skin (it wasn't a tan) to Einstein's genius. They prove that Neanderthals and humans bred thousands of years more recently than any of us would feel comfortable thinking. They can even allow some people, because of the exceptional flexibility of their thumbs and fingers, to become truly singular violinists.Kean's vibrant storytelling once again makes science entertaining, explaining human history and whimsy while showing how DNA will influence our species' future.
Action-packed and breathtakingly authentic, Viper Pilot is the electrifying memoir of one of the most decorated F-16 pilots in American history: U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Dan Hampton, who served for twenty years, flying missions in the Iraq War, the Kosovo conflict, and the first Gulf War. Both a rare look into the elite world of fighter pilots and a thrilling first-person account of contemporary air combat, Viper Pilot soars--a true story of courage, skill, and commitment that will thrill U.S. Special Forces buffs, aviation and military history aficionados, and fans of the novels of Tom Clancy and Dale Brown.
A Special Forces veteran goes to the jungles of South America to save a woman.
This 2nd novel in the Maztica Trilogy by Douglas Niles brings to life an exotic setting within the Forgotten Realms world. Erix, the former slave girl, and Halloran, the legionnaire, flee from the waves of catastrophe sweeping Maztica. The God of War feasts upon chaos while the desperate lovers strive to escape from enemies on all sides. Finally each is forced into a choice of historical proportions and deeply personal emotion. The gods themselves awaken, and the destruction of the fabulously wealthy continent of Maztica looms on the horizon. Yet Erix bears with her a desperate secret, and with that secret comes the lone hope that Maztica can survive.
Librarian Maggie Kincaid yearns for excitement--but being accused of espionage is not what she had in mind. Wanted by the police, the FBI and the criminal element, Maggie goes on the run--and runs straight into sexy Luke Fletcher. Unfortunately, when Luke pulls out the handcuffs, it's not because he has something kinky in mind... Security expert Luke is intent on seeing the murderous spy known only as Viper brought to justice. The un-spy-like behavior of his fugitive makes him suspect he's apprehended the wrong woman. Just as they give in to lust, new evidence convinces Luke that Maggie's not as innocent as she claims to be. Devastated by Luke's inability to trust her, Maggie runs again. She's determined to clear her name, and if that means tracking down a notorious spy even Interpol can't seem to locate, then that's exactly what she'll do.
The gospel is nothing without relationship. And no one gets it like the Google Generation. God came to earth to invite us, personally, into a relationship. And while Christians at times downplay relationships, the social-media generation is completely sold on the idea. In Viral, Leonard Sweet says Christians need to learn about connecting with others from the experts--those who can't seem to stop texting, IM-ing, tweeting, and updating their Facebook statuses. What would happen, he asks, if Christians devoted less attention to strategies and statistics and paid more attention to pursuing relationships? The current generation is driven by a God-given desire to know others and to be known by others. Most of them, in seeking to connect in meaningful ways, have found a place of belonging that is outside the organized church. Why not bring the two together? Those who are sold out to relationships can teach Christians how to be better friends to people who need God. At the same time, members of the social-media generation can learn how to follow their desire for belonging, straight into the arms of God. It's time for relationship to be restored to the heart of the gospel. And when that happens, can revival be far behind? End-of-Chapter Interactives Included
In remote pockets of the Third World, a deadly virus is quietly sweeping through impoverished farming villages and shanty towns with frightening speed and potency. Meanwhile, in Washington, a three-word message left in a safe-deposit box may be the key to stopping the crisis--if, that is, Charles Mallory, a private intelligence contractor and former CIA operative, can decipher the puzzle before time runs out. What Mallory begins to discover are the traces of a secret war, with a bold objective--to create a new, technologically advanced society. With the help of his brother Jon, an investigative reporter, can he break the story to the world before it is too late--before a planned "humane depopulation" takes place? As the stakes and strategies of this secret war become more evident, the Mallory brothers find themselves in a complex game of wits with an enemy they can't see: a new sort of superpower led by a brilliant, elusive tactician who believes that ends justify means.blems that plague many Third World nations. With the help of his brother Jon, an investigative reporter, can he break the story to the world before it is too late - before a planned "humane depopulation" takes place? As the stakes and strategies of this secret war become more evident, the Mallory brothers find themselves in a complex game of wits with an enemy they can't see: a new sort of superpower led by a brilliant, elusive tactician who believes that ends justify means.From the Hardcover edition.
MEMORY SWEEPA call for help from an FBI agent with nowhere else to turn has Mack Bolan racing to Seattle, but he arrives minutes too late: the agent is ambushed before he can be rescued. Hurt during the attack, Bolan can't remember who he is or why he's there. All he knows is that he has something important to do or thousands will die.Piecing together the fragments of his memory, Bolan realizes that a deadly virus is about to be handed over to a North Korean client. The airborne germ could cause widespread devastation unless he can stop the transaction and take down the group behind the lethal bioweapon. With his mind working against him, the Executioner is about to put up a fight his enemies will never forget...if they survive.
All Virgie wants to do is go to school with her five older brothers, who think she's too small and that girls don't need an education.
Zetithians have a feline gene that gives the males remarkable sexual prowess. Refugee Dax is no exception-but as a virgin, he has no idea how to use it. His fumbling attempts at romance fail to tempt the beautiful Ava, but he is determined to learn the art of love. Let the seduction begin. . . Praise for Fugitive:"This is a series that just gets better and better. . . It's sexy space travel at its finest. "-Night Owl Romance"A wonderful read full of excitement and action. "-Romance at Heart
A house full of babies and a very brawny man....Cole had made a solemn promise to protect Raquel and her virtue, to never leave her side. But he didn't bargain for baby-sitting duties to boot!Raquel's small country home wasn't big enough for her, her baby photography studio and her bodyguard-especially one as sexy and infuriating as Cole! He was always underfoot, watching her, touching her.... How could she ignore him when the tough man held a baby so tenderly?Pint-size diversions were a welcome break from the siren call of Raquel whose innocence and unknowing allure confounded Cole between honor and duty and the needs of a man....Tall, Dark & IRRESISTIBLEHe's the kind of man who knows how to make the girl next door feel like a real woman!
The novel expands on stories Robertson has published in Asimov's.
BLAMEIT ONBOBAFTER YEARS OF WAITING FOR MR. RIGHT...Hometown girl Kirby Connaught was saving herself-if not for marriage, then at least for the perfect man. Someone who was husband and father material. Someone who was clearly...not the arrogant and sexy, no-strings-attached playboy at her door. So why was she having such a hard time resisting him?WAS IT OKAY TO SAMPLE A LITTLE OF MR. WRONG?Globe-trotting bachelor James Nash was the "most desirable man in America," yet suddenly a small corner of it was looking mighty appealing to him. He knew that Kirby really wanted happily-ever-after with a local boy-but what was the harm in getting her to expand her territory a little?BLAME IT ON BOB: The comet passes through only once every fifteen years...but it leaves behind a lifetime of love!
THE 6'2" VIRGINThe new town veterinarian had a lot to offer-striking good looks, sharp wit and a fantastic intellect. Yet so far, no man had been able to see beyond Grace McKenna's considerable height. So the virginal beauty couldn't contain her amazement when rancher Daniel Cash paid her some much-needed attention. Trouble was, she didn't know if Daniel's attraction was real-or motivated by a startling situation.Grace knew that only she could save Daniel's family name. And as she fought to keep herself out of temptation's way, she also fought her feminine need to give in to her own desires. Could she trust Daniel with her most precious gift and embrace her womanhood for once...for always...forever?
When a mysterious young woman is found on the tropical island of Fala'isi, Luke Chapman insists that she remain at his home. But Luke isn't being entirely benevolent; he has an ulterior motive for keeping her close....Penniless Fleur Lyttelton has no idea why the enigmatic Luke is being so nice to her--they are worlds apart. Fleur knows she'll never be able to repay Luke's kindness, until he makes her an offer she can't refuse...and she realizes that her virginity is his price....
Kelsey Lockhart had been the black sheep "baby" sister of the family since forever. Fickle, stubbornly single. . . the only virgin in the great state of Texas, she was sure! But she'd never needed a man-till now. The only way to hold on to the family homestead was to partner with Brady Anderson-in business and in bed. The contracts, the "I do's," the seduction were easy. . . except Kelsey chickened out before she closed the conjugal deal. Brady admired his new "wife's" determination, loved her sass and the fact that she was full of surprises-except for one. Kelsey's innocence was not part of the bargain. And a day of reckoning was coming. . . .
Arranged marriages, the intoxicating allure of innocence, red-hot sex--these sensual, seductive stories offer the best romance has to offer. Bundle includes The Greek's Virgin Bride, The Tycoon's Virgin Bride and The Sheikh's Virgin.
Penniless and homeless, beautiful Juliana Hearnshaw's virginity is her most bankable asset, and now the gently bred young woman must sell herself to a wealthy, elderly patron who will pay handsomely for her company. But on her way to her first assignation, Juliana falls into the hands of a mysterious highwayman-who makes no secret of his desire for her!Juliana should be afraid-only somehow she finds herself trusting this dark-eyed rogue. Dare she take a chance and, for one night, experience real passion in his arms?
"A finely crafted and remarkably researched tale." -The Walrus (Canada) From #1 international bestselling author Ami McKay comes The Virgin Cure, the story of a young girl abandoned and forced to fend for herself in the poverty and treachery of post-Civil War New York City. McKay, whose debut novel The Birth House made headlines around the world, returns with a resonant tale inspired by her own great-great-grandmother's experiences as a pioneer of women's medicine in nineteenth-century New York. In a powerful novel that recalls the evocative fiction Anita Shreve, Annie Proulx, and Joanne Harris, Ami McKay brings to light the story of early, forward-thinking social warriors, creating a narrative that readers will find inspiring, poignant, adventure-filled, and utterly unforgettable.
As England descends into civil war, John Tradescant the Younger, gardener to King Charles I, finds his loyalties in question, his status an ever-growing danger to his family. Fearing royal defeat and determined to avoid serving the rebels, John escapes to the royalist colony of Virginia, a land bursting with fertility that stirs his passion for botany. Only the native American peoples understand the forest, and John is drawn to their way of life just as they come into fatal conflict with the colonial settlers. Torn between his loyalty to his country and family and his love for a Powhatan girl who embodies the freedom he seeks, John has to find himself before he is prepared to choose his direction in the virgin land. In this enthralling, freestanding sequel to Earthly Joys, Gregory combines a wealth of gardening knowledge with a haunting love story that spans two continents and two cultures, making Virgin Earth a tour de force of revolutionary politics and passionate characters.
Jay was a maharaja's heir and billionaire businessman, and he'd hired Keira as his interior designer. But why did she turn from hot to cold and then back again? Was she a manipulating gold digger who was using the red-hot chemistry between them to try to increase her financial reward? Then Jay discovered that Keira was a virgin! And, according to his code, the cost of taking virginity was marriage. Was he prepared to pay the price?
When Ruby Clemenger inherits half of the Bastiani Pearl Corporation, she knows that her life is about to get complicated. Zane Bastiani, the pearl master's son, wants rid of Ruby-he thinks she was his father's mistress and can be easily bought. But Ruby's price is high. Unable to pay her off with cash, Zane decides to seduce Ruby into submission. He has nothing to lose-until he discovers Ruby is innocent. . . ;in every way. . . ;.
The Virgin in the Garden is a wonderfully erudite entertainment in which enlightenment and sexuality, Elizabethan drama and contemporary comedy, intersect richly and unpredictably.
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