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THE CHRISTMAS CHARADEJoe: You could tell your grandfather the truth.Alicia: I can't. I only lied because he was so sick. He's from the old school-marriage is for a lifetime. If he finds out the truth, he'll worry and fuss and stew.Joe: What you need is a rent-a-husband.Alicia: You applying for the position?Joe: Six weeks pretending to be your husband? Tough work, but someone has to do it.Alicia: It's only while Grandpa is here for the holidays....Joe: You aren't serious?Alicia: It was your idea!
FROM HERE TO PATERNITY Taylor Pryce could be described as a professional bachelor...until he discovered little Justin. The nephew he never knew he had. Only, Justin belonged to someone else. Brooke Davenport. She'd adopted him in good faith, believing him to be an orphan baby. Taylor will do anything to gain custody--even marry! He just needs to persuade Brooke that he's the ideal husband she didn't even know she wanted!
ELEMENTARY MATH Amanda - Ryan = Disaster Amanda + Ryan = Success Amanda + Ryan + Daddy Factor = Both? Amanda Thorne was minus one husband--one she needed, since all her pals thought she already had one. Ryan West was plus one wife--one he didn't need but had--at least on his bank records. That nonexistent wife's signature was essential for Ryan to put through a big deal. So Amanda plus Ryan--a weekend in exchange for a signature--could only equal success for them both, right? Well, yes, but that was without the Daddy Factor.
Babies for the bachelor! When playboy Connor McNair watched his best friend marry Jill Darling, he never expected a second chance with the girl who got away. Now she's a single mother, and he's back to persuade her to give up her pastry company. It's just business...until Jill's sweet smile makes him question his loyalties and his feelings about a picket-fence lifestyle.Falling for Jill's adorable twin babies-and her kisses, which are even more delicious than her cakes-has Connor thinking about fatherhood and forever. But that's against all the rules....
Ian Miller bought Blacksmith Farm to find peace and quiet to write his next bestseller - not to spend it with a widow caretaker and her baby! But a blizzard has them stuck together like one big happy family - and the city slicker is enjoying the country life. He's even considering a new chapter in his life - that of loving husband and father.
Popular author James W. Moore recalls how several years ago, while delivering the sermon at his church one Sunday morning, he had told a moving story about a boy and his dog. The author's then-five-year-old son, Jeff, was fascinated by the story, but feeling a bit uncertain about some of the details of it, during the family's car ride home from church, Jeff asked his father, "Daddy, is that story true, or were you just preaching?" Highly amused by Jeff's question, Jim Moore went on to explain to his young son that there are two kinds of stories: TRUE stories, stories that happened factually in history; and TRUTH stories, stories like Jesus' parables, which are shared to underscore a dramatic truth in life. The several short chapters and stories in this book are designed to highlight such life-truths, with chapter titles such as "Go out Singing," "Roadblocks," "Should I Forgive?" "One Step at a Time," "Who's in Control Here?" "What Can One Person Do?" "Tell Me, Please, How to Be Happy," "Why not You?" "Keep on Keeping On," "Jesus: The Message and the Messenger," "The Importance of Uniqueness," and others. This book contains a discussion guide.
A Crash Course -- In Fatherhood! Deep in the heart of Texas, Ranger Springs is the perfect place to start over. Kate Wooten and her young son aren't the only newcomers in town -- Luke Simon has just moved into the ranch next door, along with his menagerie of rescued animals. A former Hollywood animal trainer and stuntman, Luke is ready for some peace and quiet. But instead he's getting the surprise of a lifetime: the eight-year-old daughter he didn't know he had. Determined to turn his house into a home for his little girl, Luke knows he can't do it alone. Kate doesn't want any complications in her life, but this bachelor needs her help to turn him into a good father in just two short weeks. She reluctantly agrees to whip him into shape -- now, if only she can resist his charms!
Daddy Needs a Drink: An Irreverent Look at Parenting from a Dad Who Truly Loves His Kids--Even When They're Driving Him Nutsby Robert Wilder
A Santa Fe dad shares heartwarming, comic, often ludicrous tales of raising a family in this laugh-out-loud book perfect for anyone who enjoys the edgy humor of David Sedaris or the whimsical commentary of Dave Barry. Waxing both profound and profane on issues close to a father's heart-from exploding diapers to toddler tantrums, from the horrors of dressing up as Frosty the Snowman to the moments that make a father proud-Robert Wilder brilliantly captures the joys and absurdities of being a parent today. With an artist wife and two kids-a daughter, Poppy, and a son, London-Robert Wilder considers himself as open-minded as the next man. Yet even he finds himself parentally challenged when his toddler son, London, careens around the house in the buff or asks the kind of outrageous, embarrassing questions only a kid can ask. A high school teacher who sometimes refers to himself jokingly as Mister Mom (when his wife, Lala, is busy in her studio), Wilder shares warmly funny stories on everything from sleep deprivation to why school-sponsored charities can turn otherwise sane adults into blithering and begging idiots. Whether trying to conjure up the perfect baby name ("Poppy" came to his wife's mother in a dream) or hiring a Baby Whisperer to get some much-needed sleep, Wilder offers priceless life lessons on discipline, potty training, even phallic fiddling (courtesy of young London). He describes the perils of learning to live monodextrously (doing everything with one hand while carrying your child around with the other) and the joys of watching his daughter morph into a graceful, wise, unique little person right before his eyes. By turns tender, irreverent, and hysterically funny, Daddy Needs a Drink is a hilarious and poignant tribute to his family by a man who truly loves being a father.
USA TODAY bestselling author Judy Duarte kicks off her new miniseries, Return to Brighton Valley, with an unforgettable reunion when a single mom returns to her hometown after ten years-and comes face-to-face with the father of her child! When Mallory Dickinson comes home with the son she gave up for adoption at seventeen, she knows she has to face her past. Ten years ago, she fell hard for Rick Martinez. The irresistible Brighton Valley troublemaker with a capital T is now the town's beloved vet. But is he ready to be a father? When Rick finds out Mallory's planning to raise their child-the son he never met-he knows this is their second chance. But how long can he keep his true identity a secret from his son...when every day brings him closer to Mallory and the boy who looks just like him? It's time for this rebel with a cause to prove he's got what it takes to become the family man he's always wanted to be.
Matthew "Ryder" Lyndon has just learned he's the father of a five-year-old girl. A girl who suddenly appears in his life with her mother, Lucie Adams-and Lucie is everything Ryder remembers. Beautiful, sun-washed, a free spirit who made him smile. But she'd trampled his heart with her sudden disappearance six years ago. Coming face-to-face with each other again, both Ryder and Lucie are reminded of what they once shared. Now God has given him an unexpected blessing in their daughter. After all this time, can Ryder find a place for them in his life?
Her biological clock just struck midnight.Independent woman Natalie Browning had given up on love-but not on motherhood. Her fiance had split, the sperm bank was a debacle.... Then she met entrepreneur Ben Griffin, the handsome widowed father of two perfect daughters. He was honorable, intelligent, incredibly sexy...her perfect daddy candidate!Many a woman had asked Ben for his manly assistance-say, in lifting heavy boxes or changing car oil-but not Will you father my baby? He'd never been so entranced by a woman, so starved for her touch, but Natalie's proposition was outlandish-and absolutely out of the question! Or was it?
Isabella Trueblood made history reuniting people torn apart by war and an epidemic. Now, generations later, Lily and Dylan Garrett carry on her work with their agency, Finders Keepers. Circumstances may have changed, but the goal remains the same.LostHer reputation. P.I. Jennifer Rodriguez was pregnant. And no way could she tell her traditional family there was no daddy in sight for her child. But Jen herself wasn't born yesterday. She knew when to call in a favor.FoundA phony fiancé. After Jennifer had successfully tracked down Ryan Madison, he'd said to call if he could ever help her out. And now was the time. He just had to show up with her at her parents' place and pretend they were about to be married. Then he could disappear. It was no big deal. Except to lovestruck Ryan.
Overnight Mom Never in a hundred years does Sabrina Martinez expect to meet someone like handsome millionaire Jack Thorne-let alone find him volunteering at the Denver mission where she works. She's grown up in a humble home and is surprised an heir to a fortune could have such a kind and generous heart. But Sabrina can't let anything distract her-not even love. She's battling for custody of her nieces and there's nothing more important than that. Jack wants to help, but the divide between him and Sabrina seems impossibly wide. Can they learn to see past their differences, and give themselves a chance at true love-and a real family?Former wild child Savannah Bowers goes from being happily single to the guardian of three children after the sudden death of her best friend. Struggling with her new role, Savvy's not sure if Brodie Evans's offer to help is a welcome one. She has trouble forgiving her childhood friend's past mistakes, but she'll give him a chance for the sake of the kids. Which is why the attraction she begins to feel for him catches her off guard. And she can tell she's not the only one. If Brodie can prove he's changed his ways, he might just be this instant family's perfect daddy.
Bundles of Joy HIS EXPECTING WIFE? There were holes in the wedding pictures where his face should be, and his wife lived in a separate apartment! Something about Nick Carleton's marriage was wrong. Unfortunately, he had lost his memory and didn't remember what right was. He only knew that beautiful, sexy and very pregnant Emily Carleton was his wife--everyone told him so. But each time Nick tried to stir up the matrimonial passions between them, Emily ran away. If it wasn't for the brief flashes of fire in her eyes when he kissed her, Nick would almost think his wife had never shared a bedroom with him before... Bundles of Joy. Sometimes small packages can lead to the biggest surprises!
Natalie Greco loves being a teacher, even though she can't keep her students from cruising sex.com during class. She loves her family, too, but her boyfriend fits in better with the football-crazy Grecos than she does. Then a colleague, handsome Angus Holt, talks Nat into teaching a class at a local prison, and her world turns upside down. A violent prison riot breaks out, and Nat rushes to save the life of a mortally wounded guard whose last words are: "Tell my wife it's under the floor." Nat delivers the cryptic message, but before she knows it, she's suspected of murder and hiding from cops and killers alike. She is forced on the run to solve the riddle of the dead man's last words and to save her own life--and find real love.
"I THINK ONE OF DADDY'S LITTLE GIRLS KILLED HIM. "For the four glamorous daughters of Lord Oswald Balcon, money can buy anything. From Fendi handbags to Ivy League educations, they live in a world of designer labels and unrestricted opulence -- their father's money and aristocratic status, coupled with their dazzling good looks, bought them every opportunity and advantage. They are beautiful, blond, and barely thirty, and the world is their luxury playground. Venetia, the sophisticated interior designer, has booming professional success but is desperate for a child and an escape from a loveless marriage. Camilla, the rising political star, is too brilliant and ambitious for any of her unworthy lovers to handle. Sweet yet savvy Cate is living out her ultimate dream, launching her own magazine, with an all-too-handsome business partner. The baby of the family, Serena, is one of the country's most beautiful actresses, on the cusp of international stardom, but her party-girl lifestyle is bringing about more scandal than success. The girls are the darlings of the London paparazzi, but when Lord Balcon turns up dead, the shadow of suspicion falls on his four daughters. A jealous tyrant, Daddy has tried to bring his daughters down all their lives. These four women -- at the top of their careers in show business, publishing, interior design, and politics -- must face an awful accusation, and each other, as they try to discover the truth that lies beneath the glossy surface of their lives. The facade of the Balcon family hides a web of deceit and betrayal, in which a thirty-year-old secret lurks, threatening to destroy them all. From the sun-drenched beaches of the Caribbean to Manhattan's elite society circuit, from the exclusive fashion houses of Milan to the star-studded streets of Cannes, the Balcon sisters play out their lives in a whirl of glitz and the ultra chic. But as tragedy and danger stalk every one of them, the scene is set for a stunning climax.
Cowboy Seeks Wife, Lover, Mother Rancher Reed Drummond needed a wife quick if he wanted to be a daddy to a darling baby girl, so her persuaded the town spinster Ann Forrester to be his temporary bride--and lover. Reed told himself he didn't need a permanent wife, but one night in Ann's bed and Reed was hooked! Ann's touch drove him wild, and she was much better at being a wife and mother than he'd ever expected. Trouble was, he'd always thought the baby was all the family he needed. Now that he knew he needed Ann, would she agree to take on one stubborn cowboy and his baby--forever?
Alex Banning anxiously awaited the birth of his male heir to carry on the Texas family ranch. A Banning boy had been part of the bargain with his wife of convenience, Daphne. But then Daphne not only had triplets, she had three girls wrapped in ruffles, white satin and lace!Suddenly this tough-guy cowboy was in over his head with three newborn daughters and a "marriage" to Daphne that seemed more than an arrangement.
From Mary Higgins Clark, America's best-selling "Queen of Suspense," comes a dark and chilling story of murder, and its effects years later on the man convicted of the crime and the woman who helped convict him. It is a novel that takes the reader to the heights of suspense while exploring the depths of the criminal mind.
Nick tells about the wedding of his daddy to Frank, including the gathering of family and friends, the ceremony, the food, and the antics of Clancy.
John's love of cars and trucks follows him to the bathtub where he drives himself into the car wash and gets the works.
EXPERIENCE THE NEW WORLD ORDER. It controls almost everything in our modern world, from remote entry on our cars and the flight controls of our airplanes to the movements of the entire world economy. Thousands of simple and autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives. Daemons traffic e-mail. Daemons transfer money. Daemons monitor power grids. These daemons are pervasive and, for the most part, benign. But the same can't always be said for the people who design them. Matthew Sobol was a legendary computer game designer-- the billionaire architect behind half a dozen popular online games. His premature death depressed millions of gamers around the world. But Sobol's fans aren't the only ones to note his passing. When his obituary is posted online, a previously dormant daemon activates, initiating a chain of events that may unravel the fabric of the hyperefficient, interconnected world Sobol left behind. With Sobol's secrets buried along with him, and as new layers of his daemon are unleashed at every turn, it's up to an unlikely alliance to decipher his intricate plans and wrest the world from the grasp of a nameless, faceless enemy--or learn to live in a society in which we are no longer in control.
When the Dubois investigation turns up an unexpected connection to the Russian mob, Luna finds herself heading down a terrifying path of no return. Soon she is held captive by the very evil she hunts--one that reaches far across the borders of Nocturne City to the seedy brothels of Europe and beyond. Now, with street smarts, seduction, and a sixth-sense for danger as her only weapons, Luna will enlist the help of her former lover Dmitri--who has his own reasons for bringing down this crime ring--and risk it all in the ultimate showdown.
Kitto's adventure continues in the suspenseful sequel to The Dagger Quick, which School Library Journal called a "quest perfect for landlubbers and pirate aficionados alike." On the high seas of the Caribbean in the 1600s, a twelve-year-old boy, Kitto, stands wrongly accused of his father's murder and is forced into adulthood too quickly as he tries to prove his innocence. After a brutal shark attack, Kitto must take refuge on a forsaken island that holds a store of valuable nutmeg, with its power to make men as rich as kings. When he encounters the notorious Alexandre Exquemelin, known as X, he discovers a dark secret about his own past and identity. Will the events of Kitto's past determine his fate, or will he have the courage to forge his own destiny? A tale of friends and fiends, good and evil, pirates and predators, and the thrill of the high seas, The Dagger X is an exciting adventure and classic story of the search for manhood and identity.
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