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Sweet Danger is a delicious confection and collection of exquisitely explicit stories. This carefully crafted erotica is specifically aimed at inspiring couples to act on their fantasies and long-held forbidden desires. Master editrix Violet Blue dares to ask the question,"What is YOUR deepest, darkest, sweetest fantasy?" Fully explored in the 22 superbly written tales of the taboo, the couples in Sweet Danger push the limits of sex, lust, and imagination as far as they can to please each other. In Erica Dumas' "Dress Me Up," a woman in an elegant restaurant is compelled to enter a situation with rough sex and voyeurism, while Thomas S. Roche's "Cocked and Loaded" begins with a day at the shooting range and climaxes back at home with some intense BDSM. This book features couples who want it so bad they can taste it. And they do, over and over again.
It's 1962, and Dusty Fairchild, daughter of a self-made millionaire and oilman, wants to go to college. Instead she is sent to a private finishing school in East Texas. Although she's never wanted for material possessions, Dusty longs for independence and adventure. The only upside to attending Miss Fontaine's is having her cousin and best childhood friend, Paisley, join her. Paisley has traveled the country with her bohemian mother, but she dreams of putting down roots and living a settled life. At Miss Fontaine's, their loyalty to each other binds them, but when they fall in love with the same handsome young man, their relationship teeters on shaky ground. Only after a tragic accident do they learn where their true hearts-and dreams-lie.
Want your friends and family to gasp in awe when you bring dessert to the table? Here's a secret: You can make wow-worthy cakes, cookies, candies, and more, in your own kitchen, faster and more easily than you'd ever guess. (Certainly you don't need to tell your satisfied audience. ) Seton Rossini provides step-by-step instructions and photographs to help you make 75 crowd-pleasing confections such as:Honeybee CupcakesPinata CakeRothko CookiesLimoncello TartBailey's MarshmellowsRossini takes her cue from artists, vintage sweets, cocktails, and more, to create desserts that are crazy fun, breathtakingly beautiful, and, most importantly, surprisingly simple.
It has been a year of change since Gemma Doyle arrived at the foreboding Spence Academy. Having bound the wild, dark magic of the realms to her, Gemma has forged unlikely and unsuspected new alliances both with the headstrong Felicity and timid Ann, Kartik, the exotic young man whose companionship is forbidden, and the fearsome creatures of the realms. Now, as Gemma approaches her London debut, the time has come to test those bonds. As her friendship with Felicity and Ann faces its gravest trial, and with the Order grappling for control of the realms, Gemma is compelled to decide once and for all which path she is meant to take. Pulled forward by fate, the destiny Gemma faces threatens to set chaos loose, not only in the realms, but also upon the rigid Victorian society whose rules Gemma has both defied and followed. Where does Gemma really belong? And will she, can she, survive?
Blending domestic thriller and psychological horror, this compelling page-turner follows a mother fleeing her estranged husband. Lydia Millet's chilling new novel is the first-person account of a young mother, Anna, escaping her cold and unfaithful husband, a businessman who's just launched his first campaign for political office. When Ned chases Anna and their six-year-old daughter from Alaska to Maine, the two go into hiding in a run-down motel on the coast. But the longer they stay, the less the guests in the dingy motel look like typical tourists--and the less Ned resembles a typical candidate. As his pursuit of Anna and their child moves from threatening to criminal, Ned begins to alter his wife's world in ways she never could have imagined. A double-edged and satisfying story with a strong female protagonist, a thrilling plot, and a creeping sense of the apocalyptic, Sweet Lamb of Heaven builds to a shattering ending with profound implications for its characters--and for all of us.
Kendrick/Coulter #3 Molly Wells is keeping a lot of secrets. Such as why she's stolen her ex-husband's expensive stallion, Sonora Sunset, and driven him hundreds of miles across Oregon to rancher Jake Coulter, a known horse whisperer. And why she arrives with no job, no money, and a fear of her ex-husband that still threatens to rule her life. Molly is willing to risk everything to save Sonora Sunset, little realizing that she needs to save herself as well...or that Jake is the one man whose every heartfelt whisper has the power to meet her secret needs.... By making a place for Molly on his ranch, Jake suspects he may be harboring a thief. But there's something about this courageous yet vulnerable woman that tugs on his heartstrings. He yearns to shower her with the greatest gifts he has to give-his home, his heart, and his life to share. But until she's strong enough to accept them, all he can offer her is the patience to win her slowly, the strength to fight her enemies, and the promise to love her forever....
Risking it all for love She doesn't believe in love at first sight. But Rory MacPherson could change Peggy's mind. The instant spark between them is undeniable. He's funny, charming and a single touch from him makes her weak in the knees. But Rory's humanitarian aid work in Haiti has taught him to live life to the fullest, and his impulsive nature is at odds with the stability Peggy loves in Eden Harbor. When Peggy's confronted with her past, having an outlook like Rory's seems impossible. But so does letting go of the perfect man...
Who would have imagined that the simple sweet potato could offer so many delicious possibilities? The Sweet Potato Lover's Cookbook showcases recipes that take advantage of and feature this stellar vegetable. With their nutritional value, great taste, and use worldwide, sweet potatoes truly are one of nature's most unique gifts to the world. This cookbook is the perfect resource for making sweet potatoes a regular, flavorful part of one's menu. Tempt your taste buds with: ¿ Orange Butter Sweet Potato Waffles ¿ Sausage and Sweet Potato Soup ¿ Candied Sweet Potatoes ¿ Easy Caramel Sweet Potato Pie ¿ And more!
Erica Wakefield's torrid past is behind her--she has finally escaped her self-destructive ways. She knows that she has found the perfect man: handsome, rich and completely in love with her. Forest is exactly what Erica's millionaire father wants for his beautiful daughter. So why is this Texas spitfire still thinking about her estranged husband, Rafael de la Torres? Wasn't the Mexican lover just a ploy to get Daddy's attention? When Erica has to find Rafael and make him sign the divorce papers, she runs the risk that he will reignite the passion that smolders in her memory?
Marla Ruzicka was a free spirit, a savvy political operator, a wartime Erin Brockovich. Fiercely determined to improve the lives of the less fortunate, the twenty-something blonde was instrumental in convincing the U.S. government to pass historic legislation aiding civilian victims of war. Sweet Relief recounts Marla's journey from an idyllic childhood in a small California town, through Latin America and Africa, and finally to the war zones in Afghanistan and Iraq. Whether she was Rollerblading the halls of Congress to secure funds for civilians in Iraq or throwing parties for journalists in Kabul to raise awareness of her cause, no one who came within a hundred yards of Marla missed her. Her friendly smile and indefatigable pose were ubiquitous in Afghanistan and Iraq where Marla managed a door-to-door effort to identify war victims. While Marla worked tirelessly to care for others, in many ways she neglected herself. A diagnosed manic-depressive, Marla battled extreme emotional lows and an eating disorder. And although she brought love into the homes of the aggrieved, she often struggled to find a love of her own. Marla gave the invisible victims of war a voice and, in the process, helped to win them millions of dollars in unprecedented aid. Tragically, Marla was killed by a suicide bomber on Airport Road in Iraq in April 2005. Weeks later, the U.S. government named the program she fought so hard to establish The Marla Ruzicka Fund. Her life and legacy are an inspiring reminder that love and determination can conquer all.
He didn't look like a hero.Someone was was stalking attorney Victoria Summers. She didn't know why, when or where her shadow would strike next, but one threatening note gave her a shocking lead-to the only man who could save her. They called him Torbel. Dangerously enticing, this P.I. had questionable connections to London's underground world of greed, murder...and seduction. As Torbel led her through the foggy streets of danger and darkness, she got closer to a desire she could not resist. But then she found out who her so-called protector really was....There's nothing sexier than the strong arms of the law!
For this definitive biography, acclaimed journalist and bestselling author Tom Bower was granted unprecedented access to Simon Cowell and those around him--and the result is a fascinating multilayered portrait of one of the world's most intriguing television personalities ever to dominate the music industry. Simon Cowell has made an international name for himself as the no-holds-barred judge on the television phenomenon American Idol. He's been called mean, arrogant, brash, and unapologetic, but his stinging barbs and smug personality have also earned him cheers from fans, as well as millions of dollars, a string of exotic beauties, and industry clout to develop his own projects. But Cowell's true reward is revenge. Sweet Revenge is the ultimate insider's account of Simon Cowell's rise to fame--even as others plotted his downfall--from his cheeky exploits as a British school lad to his failures as a frustrated young music exec in London to his explosive rivalry with Simon Fuller over the genesis of the Idol franchise to the PR disaster that nearly sunk his wildly successful show The X Factor. Conducting more than 150 interviews with industry power players, Cowell's inner circle, and Cowell himself on a private jet, chartered yacht, at his L.A. home, and on the studio lot, Tom Bower pulls back the curtain on a man who is at once insecure, ambitious, easily bored, vain, needy, and driven, a man who will go to any limit to secure his success. Cowell is also revealed as a loyal friend and loving son. His father, to whom Cowell was particularly close, became his most trusted adviser and mentor. Packed with juicy details, exclusive interviews, and never-before-revealed facts, Sweet Revenge presents a complete picture of Simon Cowell that few have ever seen.
Miley's rivals, Amber and Ashley, have the art of mean. When their annual Cool List comes out, Miley and her best bud Lilly are dead last. Ultimate humiliation! Then Amber lands a spot on the TV show Singing with the Stars. The guest celebrity is none other than Hannah Montana, aka Miley Stewart. Miley sees a sweet opportunity to get back at Amber. But will she discover that fighting fire with fire could send her down in flames?
Sugar And Spice. . .Lauren Stuart hasn't spent years perfecting her craft as a pastry chef only to let a stranger steal one of her prized recipes. Writing the definitive dessert cookbook is more than enough to keep Lauren busy, without investigating the wealthy hunk who claims her cheesecake as his own in a magazine article. But when she enters Jonathan Windsor in a cooking contest she's judging to expose his culinary fraud, she's surprised to find that the handsome businessman is a delicious temptation of another kind. . .. . .And Everything NiceJonathan isn't sure how the profile detailing his return to his family's Maryland seafood business included a cheesecake recipe--the only thing he knows how to make is reservations. His entry in the bake-off is even more mystifying, but after one look at Lauren's lovely face, the only puzzle he wants to solve is her curious resentment towards him. He asks the petite blonde with the sharp tongue for cooking lessons, and soon dessert isn't the only thing on the menu as Lauren and Jonathan heat things up in the kitchen--and the bedroom. . .62,586 Words
It should have been a simple job. But for Garrett, a human detective in a world of gnomes, tracking down the woman to whom his dead pal Danny left a fortune in silver is no slight task. Even with the aid of Morley, the toughest half-elf around, Garrett isn't sure he'll make it out alive from a land where magic can be murder, the dead still talk, and vampires are always hungry for human blood. .
Sixteen is the magic number<P><P> Mia doesn't always have the best luck with parties, so even though it's her sweet sixteenth, she doesn't want a birthday bash. As usual, Grandmère has other ideas, and thinks a reality TV special is just the thing in order to celebrate royally. The whole scheme smacks of Lilly's doing -- Lilly, whose own TV show is still only limited to local cable viewers.<P> Will Mia be able to stop Grandmère's plan? Will her friends ever forgive her if she does stop it, since it involves all of them taking the royal jet to Genovia for an extravaganza the likes of which would turn even Paris Hilton green with envy? Why can't Mia get what she really wants: an evening alone with Michael?<P> With a little luck, this sweet sixteen princess might just get her wish -- a birthday that's royally romantic.
Learn how to achieve more by doing less! Live in that zone you've glimpsed but can't seem to hold on to--the sweet spot where you have the greatest strength, but also the greatest ease. Not long ago, Christine Carter, a happiness expert at UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center and a speaker, writer, and mother, found herself exasperated by the busyness of modern life: too many conflicting obligations and not enough time, energy, or patience to get everything done. She tried all the standard techniques--prioritizing, multitasking, delegating, even napping--but none really worked. Determined to create a less stressful life for herself--without giving up her hard-won career success or happiness at home--she road-tested every research-based tactic that promised to bring more ease into her life. Drawing on her vast knowledge of the latest research related to happiness, productivity, and elite performance, she followed every strategy that promised to give her more energy--or that could make her more efficient, creative, or intelligent. Her trials and errors are our reward. In The Sweet Spot, Carter shares the combination of practices that transformed her life from overwhelmed and exhausting to joyful, relaxed, and productive. From instituting daily micro-habits that save time to bigger picture shifts that convert stress into productive and creative energy, The Sweet Spot shows us how to * say "no" strategically and when to say "yes" with abandon * make decisions about routine things once to free our minds to focus on higher priorities * stop multitasking and gain efficiency * "take recess" in sync with the brain's need for rest * use technology in ways that bolster, instead of sap, energy * increase your ratio of positive to negative emotions Complete with practical "easiest thing" tips for instant relief as well as stories from Carter's own experience of putting The Sweet Spot into action, this timely and inspiring book will inoculate you against "The Overwhelm," letting you in on the possibilities for joy and freedom that come when you stop trying to do everything right--and start doing the right things. Advance praise for The Sweet Spot "Illuminates the simple and sustainable path toward a precious and happy balance."--Deepak Chopra "A gift, like a good friend drawing a personal road map out of the crazy busy swirl of our overloaded lives."--Brigid Schulte, author of Overwhelmed "This book did something I thought was impossible: It seemed to give me more time."--Martha Beck, author of Finding Your Way in a Wild New World "A page-turning thriller full of proven ways to have the life you want."--Rick Hanson, Ph.D., author of Hardwiring Happiness "Timely, lively, and vital, The Sweet Spot is an immediately useful must-read."--Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage"The Sweet Spot inspired me to make immediate changes that have increased my productivity and lowered my stress."--Dan Mulhern, president, Granholm Mulhern Associates "A must-read for every overworked executive, overwrought parent, or overscheduled human being."--Jennifer Granholm, governor of Michigan, 2003-11From the Hardcover edition.
Rumor's beloved animal doctor, Valerie Fairchild, had always taken care of herself. She'd survived cancer and a haunting trauma in her youth-alone. And she didn't need a relationship with the town's fire chief, Reed Kingsley-but somehow she couldn't ignore the flames he set off whenever he was near! Reed was used to getting what he wanted-and he wanted Val, tragic secrets and all. Because the beautiful spitfire had been on his mind for months, in spite of the icy barrier she kept between herself and the world. Could this town hero melt Val's resistance to the healing fire of their passion?
Small town. Big secrets. Welcome to Sweet Ridge.The Cooper brothers receive the shock of their lives when their deceased father, owner of the lucrative Guac Ole company, wills away their inheritances to three random women, leaving them each only a mysterious object and a riddle to solve. You don't want to miss a sexy minute of their search for answers - and love.Sweet Texas Kiss: Gavin Cooper can't wrap his mind around why country music superstar Macy Young would end up inheriting his family home. Seeing his childhood memories handed over to his high school rival - the first woman to break his heart - stings, especially when Gavin is left only a pair of old reading glasses. Luckily, Macy can't sell the house for one year - plenty of time for him to find a way to get it back. Can a country star and a country veterinarian find a way to bury their animosity and rediscover their first love in the process?Sweet Texas Fire: Gage Cooper has always wanted the family cabin. Instead, his business nemesis, environmental analyst Charlotte Wilkinson, inherits this valuable property with its oil-rich land and its secrets, and Gage pockets a useless key. He'll do anything to reverse this fortune, including eloping to Vegas for a sham marriage. But as they discover common ground and a surprising chemistry together, suddenly Gage must decide what's worth more: the land he's always coveted or a future with Charlotte.Sweet Texas Charm: Becca Nash has no idea why kind, old Jack Cooper left her half of his company since she never had more than a few polite conversations with the guy. Neither does Grayson Cooper, Guac Olé's CEO, who is seething over the strawberry-shaped charm his dad willed him. He goes undercover boss to find out how he can steal back those shares, but surprisingly loses his heart to Becca instead. What he does discover is a secret that could blow apart not only Becca's world but his whole family. Now Grayson must determine whether it's better to follow his head or his heart.Sensuality Level: Sensual
Growing up in Philadelphia in 1975, 14-year-old Charmaine Upshaw is obsessed with justice. Unfortunately, she gets none of it in her life: not from her parents, who make her share a room with her tap-dancing brother Leo; not at school, where light-skinned, Barbie-doll-haired Dinah Coverdale steals all the boys' attention and makes sure dark-skinned Charmaine knows it; and certainly not from Tracy John, her six-year-old cousin who's taken over the family. When Charmaine is charged with babysitting her spoiled cousin after school, that's the last straw-something's gotta give. And when Charmaine cracks, she starts to see the world in a whole new light. Can Charmaine learn to love herself, her mahogany skin, and her attention-starved little cousin? Sometimes when everything falls apart, putting it back together can help you see the truth.From the Hardcover edition.
Jesse Keyes has done some serious growing up. With a steady job and a vibrant four-year-old son, Gabe, she's in a far better place than when she left Seattle five years ago...pregnant and misunderstood by almost everyone in her life.Now it's time to go home and face her demons. But her sisters, Claire and Nicole, aren't exactly impressed with the new and improved Jesse. And then there's Matt, Gabe's father, who makes it clear that he never wants to see her again despite the lust that still smolders between them.Jesse doesn't know if she can make up for all the mistakes of her past. But the promise of sweet nights with Matt might just give her the extra incentive she needs to make it worth the trouble....
Both a Southern literary saga and a psychological thriller, this beautifully wrought novel recounts a daughter's search for the truth about her mother's death.
She was slim and she was stacked and the gold of her hair matched the gold of her bank account.In a word, she had everything. The trouble was she was too eager to give it away. The money too.I'm Joe Puma. I was hired to investigate some crackpot cult she was playing around with. The crackpots were mixed up with thugs, the blonde got mixed up in murder and I got mixed up with the blonde. And somewhere a mixed-up killer was waiting to strike again.
In a few terrifying moments, her life was changed forever. Linnet plunged into the Kentucky wilderness, leaving behind the remnants of her life in London. But a savage Indian attack on the wagon train wiped out her fellow travelers, and left her alone in a harsh land...at the mercy of a fierce Shawnee tribe. When a handsome young brave claimed her, in perfect English, as his own, Linnet knew she was safe. Until the jealousy of his powerful chief forced them to flee on a hazardous journey, fraught with peril and treachery...a journey that threatened both their lives, and their very special love!
Sometimes life has to unravel before you can knit it together...On the third Friday of each month, Eugenie, Ruth, Esther, Merry, and Camille meet at the Sweetgum Christian Church to enjoy the two things that connect them: a love of knitting and a passion for books. Their camaraderie remains unthreatened until Eugenie, the town librarian, introduces an angry teenager into their midst. Eugenie also gives them a new reading list: the classic novels of girlhood that young Hannah has never read. Little Women. Pollyanna. Heidi. Books that remind the women of the hopes and dreams they have lost along the way. With each click of their needles, the ladies of the Knit Lit Society unravel their secrets: A shadow from Eugenie's past haunts the controlled order of her life. Merry's perfect little family is growing again-but will she continue to feel her identity slip away? Camille dreams of leaving town but is bound by ties of love. And the sisters, Ruth and Esther, must confront a lie they have lived with for over thirty years.As Hannah is reluctantly stitched into their lives, the women discover the possibility that even in sleepy Sweetgum, Tennessee, they can still be the heroines of their own stories.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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