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The Twenties roared with hot jazz, free-flowing back-room liquor, and wild sexual abandon, freeing even society girls like Nora Richardson to explore every fantasy, every desire, and every vibrating impulse... The moment I met Jonathan, a mad, instant lust took hold of me. Outside the speakeasy, in the buggy seat of my father's car, he ripped the front of my dress, catching the pearls around my neck, snapping the string, sending beads spilling everywhere. Occasionally I still find one of those pearls in my pocketbook or in the driveway in front of our manor house, and it makes me wilt with the scorching heat of the memory. You see, I loved him that night. I loved all the filthy things he said to me. I loved all the ungentlemanly things he did to me. I loved the way it felt to have him inside me, not even knowing his name. Not knowing that he would be the kind of man to return with flowers and a marriage proposal... Now, a year later, he's a scorned husband who wants to punish me. And I realize how very much I want to let him... Want more to excite your imagination? Then grab hold of Stephanie Draven's jazz-hot collection It Stings So Sweet, and meet a silent screen star as open to scandal as she is to sex with two men in the back row of a darkened theater. You'll also meet an ambitious shopgirl with a secret sex diary, and her dashing blackmailer. In an age when anything goes, three women discover that anything is possible... It Stings So Sweet from Berkley Sensation. Don't miss it.
My husband keeps undermining my diet. My wife keeps nagging me to exercise. I want to be healthier, but I can't do it on my own! First comes love, then comes marriage . . . then comes a larger pant size? Many couples find themselves gaining weight as they settle into a relationship, but some couples manage to buck this trend. They exercise (together or separately), they support each other's healthy eating habits, and their relationships are stronger as a result. What are their secrets? It turns out that many of us are ignoring the most powerful tool we have to help us get healthier and stay healthier--our spouse or significant other. For more than twenty years, Drs. Thomas Bradbury and Benjamin Karney, codirectors of the Relationship Institute at UCLA, have been studying how couples communicate around these issues, witnessing firsthand how partners can help (and hinder) one another's progress toward better health. In Love Me Slender, they identify the specific principles that successful couples use in their quest to improve their health. Learn: Why reassurance and praise can actually backfire when you're trying to change your partner's habits--and what to say instead. What your spouse can tell you (that no one else can) to shift your attention toward your long-term health goals. How even if only one partner resolves to become healthier, both partners will benefit. How to nudge your partner toward a healthier lifestyle in subtle, effective ways--without them even noticing it. Featuring self-assessments and case studies from real couples working to stay healthy together, Love Me Slender is an eye-opening, uplifting guide to changing the dynamic of your relationship and improving your health--and the health of those you love most.
"You can't go wrong picking up a Susan Fox book. " --Romance Reviews Today Pay a visit to Caribou Crossing, the rustic, inviting Western town where broken hearts mend and new love takes root. . . Dave Cousins, owner of the Wild Rose Inn, is known throughout Caribou Crossing as the nicest--and loneliest--guy in town. He's had his heart broken more than once, and he's determined not to let it happen again. So it's no wonder he's wary when a free-spirited drifter leaves him longing for more than just a steamy fling. . . Like the wild goose tattooed on her shoulder, Cassidy Esperanza goes wherever the wind takes her. For her, a new day means a fresh start. And yet something about her days in Caribou Crossing--and nights with its handsome hotel owner--makes her think about staying a while. But when life takes an unexpected turn, her first instinct is to take flight once more. Is Dave strong enough to help them both face their fears, come to terms with the past, and believe that sometimes love truly can last a lifetime?"The perfect sweep-you-away story--smart, sexy, funny and touching. Susan Fox delivers an unforgettable read. " --Susan Wiggs on Home on the Range
Welcome To My Mortuary! Those were the words of William Lee Cody Neal, 43, to Angela Fite on July 5, 1998, after luring the pretty 28-year-old to the Denver, Colorado townhouse he'd turned into a den of torture and slaughter. With twisted pleasure, he showed her two dead female bodies on the floor and a third, live one--naked, gagged and bound, and spread-eagled on a mattress. Anybody Stupid Enough To Believe Me Deserves To Get Screwed! Neal who called himself Wild Bill Cody, was seductive and skillful at separating love-struck women from their money, and ultimately, their lives. 43-year-old divorcee Rebecca Holberton let Neal move into her townhouse and loaned him $70,000. On June 30, 1998, he repaid her by crushing her skull with an ax and wrapping her in plastic. On Friday, July 3, he brought another girlfriend, Candace Walters, 48, to the townhouse, clubbing her to death and desecrating the body. On Sunday, yet another acquaintance, Suzanne Scott, 21, watched helplessly as Angela Fite was murdered by Neal, who then sodomized and raped his bound captive. Here's What Happens When You Mess With Me! Apprehended by police, Neal, who proclaimed himself better than Ted Bundy, insisted on representing himself at the trial. Though the evidence against him was overwhelming, it was the testimony of Suzanne, who had survived Neal's unspeakable torture, that finally put this monster on Colorado's death row. Includes 16 Pages of Shocking Photos
Acclaimed true-crime journalist Linda Wolfe recounts a powerful true-life crime story of her own--her search for the serial killer who murdered her friendIn 1983 Jacqui Bernard was found dead. She was a philanthropist, a writer, an activist, and a friend of Linda Wolfe's. Two years after she was killed, the police had a name: Ricardo Caputo, a handsome, charming Latin American man who had stabbed, choked, and strangled his first three victims. He had tortured his next two victims and beaten them to death. The target of an international FBI manhunt, Caputo enjoyed a twenty-plus-year crime spree that took him all throughout America and across the Mexican border. In 1994 Caputo turned himself in, confessing to the slayings of four women, but not to the murder of Jacqui Bernard. Seeking closure, Wolfe embarked on a journey that took her into police precincts, lawyers' and psychiatrists' offices, the homes of the victims' families, and prison, where she conducted three interviews with Caputo as he awaited trial. At once intimate and visceral, Love Me to Death is an enthralling true tale of crime and punishment and the evil that resides in the darkest corners of the human psyche.
Connecticut socialite Maggie Dumont's marriage begins with a grand wedding and great dreams. But her hopes for a happy life are soon shattered by her new husband, the bitter son of a wealthy New York businessman, who catches gold fever and insists they head to wild, lawless California. The journey westward is hard. To survive, Maggie must become a different kind of woman than the pampered debutante she's always been. And when she meets wagon train scout Rafe Morrisey, she finds herself yearning for a different kind of man. Buckskin-clad, principled, and strong, Rafe awakens sensations she has been hungering for. Now, surrounded by Indian attacks, wolves, and outlaws, Maggie is suddenly torn between duty to her husband and reckless passion with the man who could be her one chance for true happiness. Ahead lies a tragedy she will need all her strength to face.
HER CHALLENGE The war had robbed Helen Burke Courtney of her money and her husband. All she had left was her coastal Alabama farm, a broken-down plow horse, a cat, and her pride, but she meant to fight to hold on to them all against her creditors ... against fate itself. Captain Kurt Northway of the Union Army might be the answer to her prayers, or a way to get to hell a little faster. He rode up, his young son on the saddle before him, and asked for work. Helen needed a man's help to plant her crops; she didn't know if she could stand to have a damned, handsome Yankee do it. HER BELOVED Despite the past that made them enemies, Kurt was struggling to raise his son alone, not looking to take advantage of a woman or retaliate for the deep pain haunting his soul. So Helen took him in, though the entire town turned against her. He respected her; he didn't dare to touch her. Yet both felt the passion igniting between them, a fire that could destroy them both ... or a gift of healing, if they dared to risk their hearts.
Alone after the war, a Confederate widow takes in a destitute Union captainAs she breaks her back to plow her barren fields, Karen Courtney cannot help but glance at the road towards Mobile, hoping to see her beloved husband riding home. He has been gone for four years, and though she knows he must be dead, her broken heart refuses to give up hope. Finally, a man arrives, but not the sort for which she was looking. He is not Southern; he is not a gentleman. But Kurt Northway may prove to be just the man for whom she was waiting. A Yankee captain whose Southern wife died during the war, he has come to Alabama to retrieve his son. Friendless, broke, and far from the Mason-Dixon Line, he begs Karen for work for the sake of the boy, and she takes pity on the child. At Karen's shattered farm, love will take root--if her Confederate heart is not too proud to let it flourish.
MEN of the YEARMAN of the MONTH"You had things your way for six miserable years. Now it's my turn."-Joey Fasano, irresistible renegade screen idolHe had it all-wealth, fame, success. But the emptiness aching inside him wouldn't subside. Watching TV coverage of Heather Wade's upcoming wedding, Joey marveled at how she'd changed from the wild, free spirit he'd loved to the cool, proper socialite her powerful family had made her. But now he had to see her again, and even her family couldn't stop him. Because if that boy whose hand she was holding wasn't the image of Joey at age five, he'd eat his Oscar!Some men are made for lovin'-and you'll love our 125th MAN OF THE MONTH!
PROMISE ME FOREVER. . . FOLLOW THE WIND. . . KISS OF THE NIGHT WIND. . . Janelle Taylor's lavish historical captivate and command with passionate tales of fiery love. And LOVE ME WITH FURY continues that bestselling tradition with the tale of the ravishing Alexandria and the dashing privateer who wins her desire and her love!LOVE MEWITHFURYWhen golden-haired Alexandria first saw the dark-haired stranger, her fury knew no bounds. How dare he intrude on her privacy as she swam in her secret pool! Though his caresses were tantalizing and his kisses intoxicating, Alexandria fought the sweet torment and struggles against her captor. . . until she could no longer resist the waves of delicious sensuality that left her longing for more. She had sworn to let no man have her, but against her will she gave herself to this ruthless pirate, a captive to his burning gaze and searing touch!
PROMISE ME FOREVER...FOLLOW THE WIND...KISS OF THE NIGHT WIND...Janelle Taylor's lavish historical captivate and command with passionate tales of fiery love. And LOVE ME WITH FURY continues that bestselling tradition with the tale of the ravishing Alexandria and the dashing privateer who wins her desire and her love!LOVE MEWITHFURYWhen golden-haired Alexandria first saw the dark-haired stranger, her fury knew no bounds. How dare he intrude on her privacy as she swam in her secret pool! Though his caresses were tantalizing and his kisses intoxicating, Alexandria fought the sweet torment and struggles against her captor...until she could no longer resist the waves of delicious sensuality that left her longing for more. She had sworn to let no man have her, but against her will she gave herself to this ruthless pirate, a captive to his burning gaze and searing touch!
"LOVE MEDICINE is a remarkable first novel that stares more boldly at many of the truths of Native American life in this country than any fiction. It is a deeply if ironically spiritual novel."
Unconditional love is the most powerful stimulant of the immune system. The truth is: love heals. Miracles happen to exceptional patients every day--patients who have the courage to love, those who have the courage to work with their doctors to participate in and influence their own recovery. "Run, don't walk, to the nearest bookstore and get this amazing book that explains how you can 'think' yourself sick or well...Every family should have a copy. It can be a lifesaver." --Ann Landers
National bestselling author of the Benni Harper mysteries Widow Love Mercy Johnson still listens for her husband's comforting laugh, but with her friend's help, she's trying to move on. Then her 18-year-old estranged granddaughter shows up, forcing them both to confront old resentments. And when disaster strikes, they must discover if they can change their lives-and the lives of those they love-for the better.
Love Mercy Johnson has seen her fair share of heartbreak. A year after her husband's death, she still finds herself listening for his comforting laugh. But her life is satisfying in Mono Bay, California, where she takes photographs for a regional magazine and helps her in-laws work the Johnson family's cattle ranch. With the help of her good friends, Love is trying to move on. Long estranged from her children, Love has given up hope of ever seeing them again. Then her dreams of reconciliation come true when her eighteen-year-old granddaughter, Loretta Lynn "Rett" Johnson, unexpectedly shows up. Suddenly, Love's predictable life is completely disrupted. Fresh from an embarrassing romantic entanglement, Rett, an aspiring songwriter, has hitchhiked across the country, lugging a prickly attitude, a broken heart, and a stolen banjo. Now grandmother and granddaughter must struggle to coexist while each confronts old resentments and hurts. When a family crisis forges an unexpected connection between the two grieving women, they must discover whether they can change not only their own lives but the lives of their loved ones for the better.
In the future, love is complicated and death is not necessarily the end. Love Minus Eighty follows several interconnected people in a disquieting vision of romantic life in the century to come.There's Rob, who accidentally kills a jogger, then sacrifices all to visit her in a cryogenic dating facility, seeking forgiveness but instead falling in love.Veronika, a shy dating coach, finds herself coaching the very woman who is stealing the man she loves.And Mira, a gay woman accidentally placed in a heterosexual dating center near its inception, desperately seeks a way to reunite with her frozen partner as the years pass.In this daring and big-hearted novel based on the Hugo-winning short story, the lovelorn navigate a world in which technology has reached the outer limits of morality and romance.
Love or money?Amanda Shaw's life is almost perfect. She's about to make partner in her New York law firm, she has her own apartment, furnished to her taste and, best of all, she finally has financial security. Then Zach Porter-- her childhood friend-- shows up to tell her she's needed back home in Vermont.... The usually idyllic mountain resort is in chaos. Amanda's father is in the hospital, her mother's at his bedside, Amanda's teenage sister is out of control and the business is losing money. And Zach-- her father's new partner-- refuses to sell the place. He loves the mountains...and he loves Amanda.As the weeks go by, Amanda realizes what was missing in her almost-perfect life. Love and family ...and Zach.
How do modern women in developing countries experience sexuality and love? Drawing on a rich array of interview, ethnographic, and survey data from her native country of Kenya, Sanyu A. Mojola examines how young African women, who suffer disproportionate rates of HIV infection compared to young African men, navigate their relationships, schooling, employment, and finances in the context of economic inequality and a devastating HIV epidemic. Writing from a unique outsider-insider perspective, Mojola argues that the entanglement of love, money, and the transformation of girls into "consuming women" lies at the heart of women's coming-of-age and health crises. At once engaging and compassionate, this text is an incisive analysis of gender, sexuality, and health in Africa.
"A woman soldier has to toughen herself up," writes Kayla Williams in this fiercely honest account of what it's like to be part of the female 15 percent of today's Army. "Not just for the enemy, for battle, for death. I mean to toughen herself to spend months awash in a sea of nervy, hyped-up guys " Irreverent, vulnerable, angry, and humane, Williams describes what it's like for a young woman to be surrounded by an ocean of testosterone, respected for her skills and qualifications but treated variously as a soldier, a sister, a mother, a bitch, and a slut. During her five years of service -- including a year of deployment to Iraq during and after the invasionWilliams and her female peers navigate both extreme physical danger and emotional minefields. As a specialist in Military Intelligence, fluent in Arabic language skills, Williams finds herself at the forefront of the troops' interaction with local people. Brave and patriotic, with a strong sense of duty to her country and her fellow soldiers, +
The last thing Detective Pete Fleming wanted was time with children. Taking a break after a deadly mistake in the line of duty, he came to the lakeside rental looking for solitude and emotional healing. He hadn' t counted on dealing with a neighboring camp for troubled youth, or its cheerful leader, Amanda Hunter. But Amanda' s friendly manner began to draw him into the life of Camp Good News and its children. Then trouble at the camp brought back memories of the night he was shot, and Pete questioned whether he' d be able to move beyond his past tragedy in time to find love next door?
"Breezy, sophisticated, hilarious, rude and aching with sweetness: LOVE, NINA might be the most charming book I've ever read." --Maria Semple, author of Where'd You Go, BernadetteIn 1982, 20-year-old Nina Stibbe moved to London to work as a nanny to two opinionated and lively young boys. In frequent letters home to her sister, Nina described her trials and triumphs: there's a cat nobody likes, suppertime visits from a famous local playwright, a mysteriously unpaid milk bill, and repeated misadventures parking the family car. Dinner table discussions cover the gamut, from the greats of English literature, to swearing in German, to sexually transmitted diseases. There's no end to what Nina can learn from these boys (rude words) and their broad-minded mother (the who's who of literary London).A charming, hilarious, sweetly inspiring celebration of bad food and good company, Love, Nina makes a young woman's adventures in a new world come alive. makes a young woman's adventures in a new world come alive.
How will you respond when your child makes a decision you don't agree with?Parents and kids will never agree on everything but what can mom and dad do when that decision--whether a matter of preference, spirituality, or morality--is something they think is totally wrong? Author and speaker Brenda Garrison knows all too well that how parents respond will either build a wall or a bridge between them and their child.Brenda and her husband were forced to answer this question when their oldest daughter Katie abruptly moved out of the house with no means of support. It was not an illegal or immoral decision, but it was one that wasn't good for her. Their determination to keep an open door of communication is documented not only by their story, but by comments from Katie in each chapter as she offers insights from her own perspective.Also included are other family scenarios--everything from matters of preference to foolish, immoral, and even illegal decisions--as well as insights into different styles of parenting such as servant, checked-out, gotcha, scared, and controlling parents.With practical tips and relatable stories, Brenda shares how to model God's parenting style and explains the difference between the parent's responsibilities and the child's, then helps mom and dad discover ways to develop and nurture a relationship with their child that will last a lifetime.
Love Not Given Lightly is the first collection of nonfiction stories from award-winning filmmaker, journalist, and advocate Tina Horn. In her vast experience in sexual undergrounds, Tina has befriended pro-dommes, porn stars, kinky fetishists, rent boys, and more. Instead of writing a sex worker memoir, she opted to tell the stories of the people she met along the way. Illuminating human issues of desire, gender, beauty, and ultimately friendship, the stories in this book will do no less than alter the way you think about modern sexuality in America.Tina Horn is a writer, educator, and interdisciplinary media-maker. She co-created, produced, and directed QueerPorn.Tv, which has won two Feminist Porn Awards and was nominated for an AVN. Her writing has appeared in several Cleis Press anthologies, including Best Sex Writing 2015. She has blogged for Vice, Nerve, and Fleshbot and published articles in the Believer, AORTA, Up and Coming, and Whore! magazines. She holds an MFA in creative nonfiction rriting from Sarah Lawrence College. Originally from Northern California, Tina now lives in Manhattan.
Collected from the Chicago Tribune column of the same name, Love Notes is an intimate look at the charms and challenges of love in the modern age. Containing 50 profiles, each a personal account of a couple finding love, this uplifting collection tells the unique story of a real-life people and the love that keeps them together. After each profile there is a set of mini-love stories, comprising short reader-submitted accounts of their own coming-together tales.Love Notes presents the stories of relatable couples from all walks of life, sharing their diverse experiences and inspiriting happiness. This book reveals the challenges and commonalities of couples young and old, newly engaged and long lasting, as well as traditional and nontraditional. These stories celebrate relationships through their turbulence and triumph, leaving readers with a broader view of the surprising paths that lead one person to another and inspire them to find love notes of their own.
An intense family drama of love and betrayal. Bill Cosey's choice of a second wife sets off a tidal wave of repercussions which still resound fifty years later.
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