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Chyanne Johnson has finally gotten her act together. After all of the drama that ensued when she discovered that Aric McHale-her former boss, lover, and father to her son-was married, Chyanne has found a man to call her own. She has it made in the shade . . . or so she thinks. Stephanie, Aric's ex-wife, may have been found guilty of attempted murder, but she hasn't been sentenced yet. She is still free to walk to the streets. Gabriel, Aric's best friend, is trying to deal with the fallout from Stephanie's conviction. He has to face issues surrounding his mother and father's secret relationship, as well as keep a secret from Aric that could ruin their friendship. Aric thought he didn't want to be with Chyanne, until he saw how happy she was with Jamie. Now he's rethinking his decision to leave her alone. When it comes to Chyanne, what Aric wants is what Aric gets. Jamie has some skeletons of his own that are about to fall out of the closet. With all of the lies that will be exposed, Jamie and Chyanne's seemingly perfect relationship just might come unraveled.
It's 2:47 a.m. when Dr. Nick Trout takes the phone call that starts another hectic day at the Angell Animal Medical Center. Sage, a ten-year old German shepherd, will die without emergency surgery for a serious stomach condition. Over the next twenty-four hours Dr. Trout fights for Sage's life, battles disease in the operating room, unravels tricky diagnoses, reassures frantic pet parents, and reflects on the humor, heartache, and inspiration in his life as an animal surgeon. And he wants to take you along for the ride....From the front lines of modern medicine, Tell Me Where It Hurts is a fascinating insider portrait of a veterinarian, his furry patients, and the blend of old-fashioned instincts and cutting-edge technology that defines pet care in the twenty-first century. For anyone who's ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at your veterinarian's office, Tell Me Where It Hurts offers a vicarious journey through twenty-four intimate, eye-opening, heartrending hours at the premier Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston.You'll learn about the amazing progress of modern animal medicine, where organ transplants, joint replacements, and state-of-the-art cancer treatments have become more and more common. With these technological advances come controversies and complexities that Dr. Trout thoughtfully explores, such as how long (and at what cost) treatments should be given, how the Internet has changed pet care, and the rise in cosmetic surgery.You'll also be inspired by the heartwarming stories of struggle and survival filling these pages. With a wry and winning tone, Dr. Trout offers up hilarious and delightful anecdotes about cuddly (or not-so-cuddly) pets and their variously zany, desperate, and demanding owners. In total, Tell Me Where It Hurts offers a fascinating portrait of the comedy and drama, complexities and rewards involved with loving and healing animals.Part ER, part Dog Whisperer, and part House, this heartfelt and candid book shows that while the technology has changed since James Herriot's day, the humanity and compassion remains unchanged. If you've ever had a pet or special place in your heart for furry friends, Dr. Trout's irresistible book is for you.
"Crosby serves up suspense, secrets and Southern scandal like no one else!" --Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times Bestselling AuthorNew York Times bestselling author Tanya Anne Crosby returns to the teeming marshes and crumbling plantations of Charleston, where a gruesome murder and kidnapping reawaken fears of a serial killer on the loose. . .Augusta Aldridge believes in Ian Patterson's innocence, even after he was arrested for killing two young women and mutilating their corpses. Because she was with him the night one of the crimes occurred, hidden in the shadows beneath a beachside pier, locked in a wild, unthinking embrace with the man whose dangerous fascination may have fatally lured the other victims. Now that another body has been found, the police suspect a copycat killer, but Augusta is sure they have the wrong man behind bars. She's going to risk her reputation, and her life, to prove it. . .86,000 Words
Meet Edgar and Allan Poe -- twelve-year-old identical twins, the great-great-great-great-grandnephews of Edgar Allan Poe. They look and act so much alike that they're almost one mischievous, prank-playing boy in two bodies. When their beloved black cat, Roderick Usher, is kidnapped and transported to the Midwest, Edgar and Allan convince their guardians that it's time for a road trip. Along the way, mayhem and mystery ensue, as well as deeper questions: What is the boys' telepathic connection? Is Edgar Allan Poe himself reaching out to them from the Great Beyond? And why has a mad scientist been spying on the Poe family for years? With a mix of literary humor, mystery, a little quantum physics, and fun extras like fortune cookie messages, letters in code, license plate clues -- and playful illustrations thoughout -- this series opener is a perfect choice for smart, funny tweens who love the Time Warp Trio, Roald Dahl, and Lemony Snicket.
Draws on the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's collections of artifacts, photographs, maps, and taped oral and video histories to teach young people about this period of history.
Sutty, an Observer from Earth for the interstellar Ekumen, has been assigned to a new world--a world in the grips of a stern monolithic state, the Corporation. Embracing the sophisticated technology brought by other worlds and desiring to advance even faster into the future, the Akans recently outlawed the past, the old calligraphy, certain words, all ancient beliefs and ways; every citizen must now be a producer-consumer. Their state, not unlike the China of the Cultural Revolution, is one of secular terrorism. Traveling from city to small town, from loudspeakers to bleating cattle, Sutty discovers the remnants of a banned religion, a hidden culture. As she moves deeper into the countryside and the desolate mountains, she learns more about the Telling-the old faith of the Akans--and more about herself. With her intricate creation of an alien world, Ursula K. Le Guin compels us to reflect on our own recent history.
One Steamy Reunion Back in college, Allie and her friends used to come up with the wildest stories. When a professor bequeaths his mansion to Allie and three other former students, it's the chance they've all been looking for to get back together. But there's more than friendship bubbling beneath the surface... As secrets are revealed and relationships rekindled, the stories get dirtier and the stakes get higher. And now Allie's realizes that she isn't quite sure who she wants...fun-loving Wade or quiet, restrained Cameron. Neither has been honest about their feelings, and now they have the chance to act on all of the tales that ignite their most primal desires. "I devoured this like a chocolate bar...This is a book I feel I will read over again."--Lucy Felthouse, author of Raising the Bar (The Edge Series)
This landmark anthology of short fiction presents six electrifying voices from Singapore: Alfian bin Sa'at, Wena Poon, Jeffrey Lim, Tan Mei Ching, Claire Tham, and Dave Chua. The tales they tell are graphic, gritty, and evocative, examining the lives of an array of complex characters, tormented by dilemmas that nonetheless go on to shape and direct them. Masterfully sequenced by editor Gwee Li Sui, and chosen for their perspectives on contemporary Singapore as much as for their own intrinsic merits as fiction, Telltale is a collection shedding new light on a budding literature of international merit.
In this third installment of the trilogy revolving around an African-American Dominant couple, Ramesses and Neferterri, and their submissives, you'll get a glimpse of Atlanta's Fetish/BDSM community from a true insider and active practitioner, author Shakir Rashaan.The opening of the latest addition to the Kemet-Ka empire, the Isle ne Bin-bener--the Island of Evil Pleasures--comes with all of the extravagant amenities and devices that anyone with an appetite for exquisite pleasure can imagine. As Ramesses and Neferterri welcome the resort guests to the island, the first night promises to be filled with debauchery and unique experiences that push the envelope of sexual discovery. Each locale reveals an exciting revelation, culminating in a fetish rendition of the legendary Night of a Thousand Lashes. Despite the indulgences, no one could possibly see the storm on the horizon... In Tempest: Book Three of the Chronicles of the Nubian Underworld, Shakir Rashaan delivers an explosive tale unlike any other in the series, where temptations arise, loyalties are tested, and the seduction of both the Lord and Lady of the House of Kemet-Ka threaten to tear apart a union that no one ever thought could be torn asunder.
"Tempest Down is a story that follows the finest naval traditions. Two submarines are caught in a tragic accident at the bottom of the world. One is an American experimental test bed for an advanced propulsion system; the other a Chinese warship sent to learn its secrets. "Two crews battle the relentless sea and failing technology. They must choose between common humanity and duty-a choice to work together or die separately. A special U.S. military team code-named L.A.S.E.R. (Land Air Sea Emergency Rescue) attempts a daring rescue to save both crews.
From the acclaimed bestselling author of the Easy Rawlins series who has been deemed "one of America's best mystery writers" (The New York Times Book Review) comes a tale about a murdered man who does not want to go to heaven or hell--he'd rather have his old life in Harlem. Tempest Landry is neither a good nor a bad man, but an average man trying to survive. Sure, he stole money from his mother's church, but he used it to pay for his aunt's groceries while she was recovering from pneumonia. And yes, Tiny Henderson went to jail because of Tempest's white lie, but the brutal rapist and murderer deserved it. After a cop "accidentally" kills Tempest, Tempest is denied access to heaven for his sins. But he brazenly refuses St. Peter's command to proceed to hell--he would just as soon settle for his old life in Harlem. Temporarily stymied, St. Peter grants Tempest his wish--but in a different body and with a guardian angel following him around who is determined to convert him to righteousness. But the devil is also in the running for Tempest's soul--and he wants it in a bad way. In this episodic and humorous homage to Langston Hughes' prescient narrator Jess B. Simple, readers are lured into the never-ending debate on the nature of good and evil. The Tempest Tales explores the provoking questions: Is sin the same for people of different races? Is sin judged the same for the poor as it is for the rich? And ultimately, who really gets to decide?
Alexandra Gianni had come to Briarwood with her infant daughter, Isabella, to start over. Determined to rebuild her life and the ramshackle farm she'd purchased with the last of her money, Alex had one goal: independence. She wasn't looking for another relationship or the painful revelations she'd have to share about her past. Most of all, she wasn't looking for a man like Christian Atherton, who could lead her dangerously astray. But the handsome, aristocratic English rider won't accept that it's too late for Alex or that she has to keep running...from her past and him.
The ancient order of the Knights Templar possessed untold wealth and absolute power over kings and popes . . . until the Inquisition, when they were wiped from the face of the earth, their hidden riches lost. But now two forces vying for the treasure have learned that it is not at all what they thought it was-and its true nature could change the modern world. Cotton Malone, one-time top operative for the U. S. Justice Department, is enjoying his quiet new life as an antiquarian book dealer in Copenhagen when an unexpected call to action reawakens his hair-trigger instincts-and plunges him back into the cloak-and-dagger world he thought he'd left behind. It begins with a violent robbery attempt on Cotton's former supervisor, Stephanie Nelle, who's far from home on a mission that has nothing to do with national security. Armed with vital clues to a series of centuries-old puzzles scattered across Europe, she means to crack a mystery that has tantalized scholars and fortune-hunters through the ages by finding the legendary cache of wealth and forbidden knowledge thought to have been lost forever when the order of the Knights Templar was exterminated in the fourteenth century. But she's not alone. Competing for the historic prize-and desperate for the crucial information Stephanie possesses-is Raymond de Roquefort, a shadowy zealot with an army of assassins at his command. Welcome or not, Cotton seeks to even the odds in the perilous race. But the more he learns about the ancient conspiracy surrounding the Knights Templar, the more he realizes that even more than lives are at stake. At the end of a lethal game of conquest, rife with intrigue, treachery, and craven lust for power, lies a shattering discovery that could rock the civilized world-and, in the wrong hands, bring it to its knees. From the Hardcover edition.
Murder and mayhem set at the time of the secretive Templar Order. The year is 1152, and Jerusalem is still in the hands of the Crusaders, although the lofty ideals of before have now been replaced by subtle power-play. Meanwhile, in England, King Stephen is waging bloody war against Henry Fitzempress. The Templar Order, now fifty years old, is a wealthy power, glittering with tempting riches. Against this background of bloodshed, Robert de Payens, grandson of Eleanor, one of the co-founders of the Temple, and Englishman Edward Sendal find themselves caught up in a murder mystery when Raymond, Count of Tripoli, is brutally assassinated. Who would have wanted to murder Raymond, and is it possible that the answer may lie within the hallowed ranks of the Templar order itself?
In Walker's follow-up to The Color Purple, webs of characters are drawn toward critical confrontations with history In The Temple of My Familiar, Celie and Shug from The Color Purple subtly shadow the lives of dozens of characters, all dealing in some way with the legacy of the African experience in America. From recent African immigrants, to a woman who grew up in the mixed-race rainforest communities of South America, to Celie's own granddaughter living in modern-day San Francisco, all must come to understand the brutal stories of their ancestors to come to terms with their own troubled lives. As Walker follows these astonishing characters, she weaves a new mythology from old fables and history, a profoundly spiritual explanation for centuries of shared African-American experience.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Alice Walker including rare photos from the author's personal collection.
With its kid-perfect humor and dynamic illustrations, Book 1 of the hilarious Templeton Twins series left young readers clamoring for more. This time, Abigail and John Templeton find themselves at TAPAS (the Thespian Academy of the Performing Arts and Sciences) where their father, the illustrious Professor Templeton, has been hired to invent a groundbreaking theatrical device. Once again, there is drama (of course!), silliness, and suspense, as the twins (and their ridiculous dog) must thwart the dastardly Dean brothers in order to save the invention as well as their father (and the dog). Oh yes, there is sure to be another recipe. This time for guacamole. Or is it coleslaw?
Three Crying Babies + 26 Hours + 800 Miles = One Desperate Man! Fireman Jed Hale is used to being in control. But twenty- six hours of babysitting his sister's infant triplets is making him feel utterly helpless. His sister Patti was supposed to be back yesterday. Now he's worried. But he's pretty sure where she is -- at the family cabin eight hundred miles away. Jed needs a miracle -- fast. And that's exactly what he gets when his new, very beautiful neighbor Annie Harnesberry drops by to offer a helping hand. She seems to have a magic touch with babies and calms the triplets down within minutes. In an act of desperation, Jed asks Annie to join him and the triplets on his mission to find Patti -- and Annie accepts! Jed has never needed anyone, but he's starting to think that needing Annie wouldn't be so bad.... Three Crying Babies + 26 Hours + 800 Miles = One Desperate Man!
Running scared... FOR THE SAKE OF THE CHILD Laura Sandoval loved young, orphaned Rico as if he were her own son. But she knew the boy needed much more than a mother's loving arms. For the once-cheerful child was now refusing to speak, afraid of something-someone-that Laura could not discover. She knew of only one man to turn to: Nick Garrett. But even as the self-exiled doctor attempted to unlock Rico's hidden fears, danger came calling. And suddenly this makeshift family of three was on the run. Their only clue existed in the mind of a silent child. Their only chance meant staying together. Their only recourse was to fall in love.
A stunning new novel from the two-time Man Booker shortlisted author of The Secret Scripture In this highly anticipated new novel, Irishman Jack McNulty is a "temporary gentleman"--an Irishman whose commission in the British army in World War II was never permanent. Sitting in his lodgings in Accra, Ghana, in 1957, he's writing the story of his life with desperate urgency. He cannot take one step further without examining all the extraordinary events that he has seen. A lifetime of war and world travel--as a soldier in World War II, an engineer, a UN observer--has brought him to this point. But the memory that weighs heaviest on his heart is that of the beautiful Mai Kirwan, and their tempestuous, heartbreaking marriage. Mai was once the great beauty of Sligo, a magnetic yet unstable woman who, after sharing a life with Jack, gradually slipped from his grasp. Award-winning author Sebastian Barry's The Temporary Gentleman is the sixth book in his cycle of separate yet interconnected novels that brilliantly reimagine characters from Barry's own family.
It doesn't take long for Sean King to realize he's in trouble. Despite the idyllic setting and the exquisite contract bride, his marriage to Melinda Stanford is meant to be strictly business. Pure profit is his for the taking. All he has to do is marry the boss's granddaughter-and keep his hands off his sexy new wife.Melinda had made the rules, but now her marriage seems a little too convenient. Is it just the Caribbean heat making her burn for her groom? Or is she ready to make their temporary arrangement a permanent one?
In the sultry heat of the Big Easy, desire can be a dangerous thing... Gabriel Toussaint Giodarno has returned to New Orleans to make amends with his estranged family. The last thing he expected was to be hounded by a magical wannabe-guardian angel-or to be tempted by a beauty who's strictly off-limits.Angelique Rousseau has always lived a safe, uneventful life. But when her friend's twin brother arrives, Angelique finds herself drawn to him. Neither Gabriel nor Angelique is prepared for the intensity of their joined passions, or what the voodoo spirits have in store for them...
Poppy Hathaway is in love with a man whose family considers her beneath him. When she catches the attention of a hotel owner who connives to marry her, she is furious. Can he win her heart?
He's an immortal knight hungering for satisfaction.... As soon as Marrok sees Olivia Gray's dark windswept hair and burning violet eyes, he's sure they've met in eons past. He's felt her soft gentle curves writhing in pleasure beneath his own hard powerful body...Morganna! For centuries, towering Marrok, once the mightiest of King Arthur's warriors, has endured a terrible curse cast upon him when he spurned the witch. She's a modern woman about to discover ancient magic.... Olivia shares a mystical -- and irresistible -- connection with brooding Marrok. Soon after the sexy warrior appears in her erotic dreams, he abducts her, demanding she uncurse him. Their intense passion is more powerful -- and intimate -- than either of them has ever known. Olivia may be the key to unlocking the diary that will break Morganna's hold on his life. But in the wrong hands, the book also holds the power to destroy all magickind. As they search for answers, a ruthless wizard returned from exile is building an army of evil. When he discovers Marrok and Olivia have the diary, only their love -- with the help of a powerful group of magical Brethren -- can save them.
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