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If what you see is what you get, Jules is in serious trouble. The suspenseful first of four books from the New York Times bestselling author of the Wake trilogy.Jules lives with her family above their restaurant, which means she smells like pizza most of the time and drives their double-meatball-shaped food truck to school. It's not a recipe for popularity, but she can handle that. What she can't handle is the recurring vision that haunts her. Over and over, Jules sees a careening truck hit a building and explode...and nine body bags in the snow. The vision is everywhere--on billboards, television screens, windows--and she's the only one who sees it. And the more she sees it, the more she sees. The vision is giving her clues, and soon Jules knows what she has to do. Because now she can see the face in one of the body bags, and it's someone she knows. Someone she has been in love with for as long as she can remember. In this riveting start to a gripping series from New York Times bestselling author Lisa McMann, Jules has to act--and act fast--to keep her vision from becoming reality.
<p>Tells prospective/new entrepreneurs what they must know, in simple terms, to start a business. Planning, finance, legal issues, brand, logos, marketing, the web, pitfalls to avoid.</p>
Commercial deep-sea diver Ben Gannon has been assigned to retrieve the bodies from a helicopter crash in the Gulf of Mexico. Instead he discovers the bullet-ridden bodies of the "crash" victims, among them a senator who championed American oil independence. The helicopter was returning from a highly-advanced oil rig, where Gannon suddenly finds himself assigned to work. But when the rig is seized by Middle Eastern terrorists, he decides to take matters into his own hands ...
These traditional reads are brimming with spirited characters and positive values--but with a little extra excitement and bite, so hold on to your hats! Written expressly for the middle grade struggling reader, the series does not contain strong language, edgy themes, or dysfunctional families. In fact, family is the main theme of these titles. And one particular Latino family is the focus with their uncanny knack for finding humor, hope, and colorful personalities--even in unusual circumstances. Written at the lowest reading levels, the 50-page story structure is straightforward and moves the reader through the text quickly and efficiently. Lightning lit the sky. The thunder was loud. The light went out. The plane went dark. Then the plane fell.
In this heart-stopping novel, a debut author delivers a romantic thriller featuring one too-tough female agent, one too-hot male suspect, and a head-on erotic collision. Original.
From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a good girl with a reckless streak, a street-smart guy with nothing to lose, and a romance forged in the fast lane The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life-that's who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers...and she's just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can't get him out of her mind. Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look. But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they'll go to save each other.
Stranded! Billionaire Gibb Martin loves risk almost as much as he loves a well-made suit. But when his business partner and longtime friend suddenly bails on a major venture to get married...well, that's one risk Gibb isn't willing to take. Now he just needs to charter a plane to Florida so he can stop the wedding-fast!Normally, bombshell pilot Sophia Cruz would have told Slick City Boy exactly where to go. Unfortunately, she really needs cash-even if it does come from an overprivileged guy with a very fine backside. But then disaster strikes midair, and Sophia is forced to crash-land the plane....Now they're alone on a stunning deserted island-and surrounded by temptation. And this is one collision they won't be able to walk away from!
They say that birds of a feather flock together. But who would guess that many pheasants make up a bouquet, that bears in a group are called a sleuth, or a gathering of giraffes is a tower? Both funny and fascinating, A Crash of Rhinos, A Party of Jays explores 11 animals and the curious collective nouns that describe them. With playful profiles of the animals, humorous illustrations to interpret the literal connection to the group name, and excellent full-color photography, something amazing about the true nature of each animal is revealed. A Crash of Rhinos, A Party of Jays will engage young animal enthusiasts and inspire budding language lovers.
Focus on the promises of God to overcome the voices of insecurity, fear, condemnation, and discouragement.... This guide will help you and your small group replace negative internal chatter with the promises of God. Join Pastor Steven Furtick as he walks you and your group through the issues of insecurity, fear, condemnation, and discouragement, and learn as he offers strategies for combating them. Designed for both individuals and groups for use with the companion DVD, which consists of six video sessions. Based on the life-changing book, Crash the Chatterbox, this participant's guide includes a number of special features in each session:· Video response prompts· Group discussion questions· Session closing prayers· After-session activities This guide also includes the following bonus sections to help group members carry the message of each session into their daily lives:· My Time with God· My Action Steps A leader's help guide makes it easy for any group member to conduct the group study of Crash the Chatterbox. The questions and reflections in this guide will help you see for yourself why listening to God's voice above all others is the most important habit you can ever develop.
WHENEVER A PLANE CRASHES, a "Go-Team" is assembled to investigate. The members of that team--each a leading expert in a specific field--are known informally as "Crashers." Usually the team has months to determine the cause of a crash. But this time it's different: They have only three days before terror strikes again. When a passenger plane slams into the ground outside Portland, Oregon, an investigative team is quickly brought together. The team, under the leadership of pathologist "Tommy" Tomzak, and assembled by Susan Tanaka, the intergovernmental liaison from the NTSB, includes: Kiki Duvall, voice recorder specialist and a "sonar witch" who can hear things others can't; John Roby, a former cop and bomb expert; Walter Mulroney, who can rebuild any plane from the bolts up; engineer Peter Kim; and pilot Isaiah Grey. As the Crashers grapple with the evidence, they discover the truth behind the crash--that the plane was brought down deliberately and that this crash was merely a trial run--and realize they must move fast if they are to stop the next attack. Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, Daria Gibron, a former Israeli intelligence agent, spots a group of suspicious-looking men. Missing her former life, she attaches herself to them only to learn that, somehow, they were responsible for the catastrophe in Oregon and are preparing for another action. Daria risks her life to try to get close enough to learn what's going on and to thwart their plans. But time is running out and her cover story is running thin. Crashers is a fresh and utterly compelling thriller, an original mix of action and investigation, with a brilliant cast of characters, that grabs and holds the reader spellbound all the way through to the surprising, breathtaking conclusion.
Sixteen-year-old Jay wants to throw a party and spend time with his friends before they all drift apart. He wants to make himself known to the girl he's had a crush on for years and to bring everyone together, but quickly things start going wrong.
The game of basketball has gone global and is now the world's fastest-growing sport. Talented players from Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa are literally crashing the borders as the level of their game now often equals that of the American pros, who no longer are sure winners in international competition and who must compete with foreign players for coveted spots on NBA rosters. Yet that refreshing world outlook stands in stark contrast to the game's troubled image here at home. The concept of team play in the NBA has declined as, in the aftermath of the Michael Jordan phenomenon, the league's marketers and television promoters have placed a premium on hyping individual stars instead of teams, and the players have come to see that big-buck contracts and endorsements come to those who selfishly demand the spotlight for themselves. Even worse, relations between players and fans are at a low ebb. Players are perceived to be overpaid, ill-behaved, and arrogant. Fans, paying hundreds of dollars for tickets, often act boorishly and tauntingly. This tension boiled over on the night of November 19, 2004, at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Michigan, during a Detroit Pistons-Indiana Pacers game, when players brawled with fans as much as each other in what was, in fact, a racial skirmish. When the Pacer players entered the stands throwing punches, they had truly smashed an altogether different kind of border. In the aftermath of that sorry spectacle, regular-season television ratings declined for NBA games. Playoff-game ratings plummeted. Sales in NBA-licensing products sagged by a reported 30 percent. For the millions of Americans who cherish basketball, the love affair has reached a state of crisis. Few people care as deeply and know as much about basketball as Harvey Araton, the highly literate and well-traveled sports columnist for The New York Times. For many a season, Araton has observed "the ballers," as the players call themselves, at college tournaments, the NBA, and the Olympics. He has enjoyed a pressbox seat while watching the great 1980s rivalries of Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, the transcendent career of Michael Jordan, and the slow unraveling of the game through the 1990s until the present season, as newly arrived players and league officials misunderstood and misapplied the mixed lessons of Jordan's legacy. Calling on his many years of watching games, of locker-room interviews, of world-hopping reportage, Araton takes us to scenes of vivid play on the court and to off-camera dramas as well. In this taut, simmering book, the author points his finger at the greed and exploitation that has weakened the American game. And with uncommon journalistic courage, he opens a discussion on the volatile, undiscussed subject that lies at the heart of basketball's crisis: race. It begins, he argues, at the college level, where, too often, undereducated, inner-city talents are expected to perform for the benefit of affluent white crowds and to fill the coffers of their respective schools in what Araton calls a kind of "modern-day minstrel show." It continues at the pro level, where marketers have determined that "gangsta" imagery provides for a livelier entertainment package, never mind the effect it has on the quality of team play. And where, moreover, players themselves, often both street smart and immature, decide to live up to the thuggish stereotypes. Harvey Araton knows the players well enough to see beyond the stereotypes. He knows that for every clownish Dennis Rodman there is also an admirable David Robinson. For every Ron Artest, there is a Tim Duncan. Combining passion and knowledge, he calls on the NBA to heal itself and, with a hopeful sense of the possible, he points the way to a better future. Unflinching, timely, and authoritative, Crashing the Borders is the beginning of a much-needed conversation about sport and American culture. For those who care about both, this book will be the must-read work of the season.
When a woman is ripe for the picking . . . Beth Cordova's life is no fairy tale. Having barely escaped the evil grasp of her wicked stepmother, this "missing princess" seeks refuge in a strict commune where carnal pleasures are forbidden. Sometimes just one bite of the apple . . . Her world is lonely and void of intimacy, until the charming Stephen Trent arrives at the commune. Suddenly Beth yearns for a man's touch, the feel of his lips on hers . . . and Stephen is eager to show this pure-as-snow princess that she can still be the sensual woman she was once upon a time. Is all it takes to unleash her desires... But all is not what it seems, and the stunning beauty finds herself again in danger, her stepmother hot on her trail. The commune's founders will not tolerate the pair, yet fleeing its walls could prove fatal. Trapped in a world where passion is outlawed, can Beth live happily ever after?
Nothing comes easy for Darian. Her heightened powers make her indispensable to the Shaede Nation, but dangerous missions have driven her lover, Tyler, to his breaking point. Darian must salvage their bond, but a new assignment to protect Anya, a fellow Shaede and the first of their kind to become pregnant in centuries, stands in their way. It doesn't help that the two Shaedes are longtime rivals and share nothing besides mutual hatred. But when it becomes clear that someone is bent on destroying Anya, Darian must do everything she can to help.
The Tenacity of Craving, Excerpted from Craving"What is allowed us is disagreeable, what is denied us causes us intense desire."--Orvid Many of the people I have worked with over the years point out how stubborn cravings are. They often describe the sense that something has sunk its teeth into them and is not letting go. The harder they tug to try to remove it, the deeper the bite. Many of my patients describe this as wanting what they cannot have. But we don't always want what we can't have... What you believe about the reason you can't have something affects whether or not you want it. If you believe that the primary power that controls your life is also the primary reason you can't have something, you want it more. This has significant implication when it comes to cravings, because it means that if you can develop a different perspective about why you are experiencing cravings, you may be able to reduce the depth of the bite. In my successful patients who believe in a higher power, when they experience cravings, they don't blame God. They simply describe it as a part of their illness that they can diminish or alleviate by talking with others and practicing their programs.
Alice and Albert Graves, a charming, civilized couple have retired to the country after Albert suffered two heart attacks.They read, garden, live quietly. The novel begins on the day a young man comes to repair the oil heater. Touched by a shy, poignant quality in him, they invite him to stay for dinner. Several weeks later they become aware that mysterious things are happening in their house-there are odd noises in this formerly quiet sanctuary, objects strangely disappear, and there is a sense of alarm in the air. And then they realize that Richard Atlee has secretly returned and taken up residence with them. Not in the house. But in their crawlspace-a dank, narrow area in the basement, between the foundations and the house. After that, nothing is ever the same
He's falling in love--and she's falling over the edge of sanity. From the author of Beautiful and Clean, a heartwrenching exploration of a romance marred by mental illness.Connor knows that Izzy will never fall in love with him the way he's fallen for her. But somehow he's been let into her crazy, exhilarating world and become her closest confidante. But the closer they get, the more Connor realizes that Izzy's highs are too high and her lows are too low. And the frenetic energy that makes her shine is starting to push her into a much darker place. As Izzy's behavior gets increasingly erratic and self-destructive, Connor gets increasingly desperate to stop her from plummeting. He knows he can't save her from her pain...but what if no one else can?
Fifteen-year-old Jason has fallen upon bad times--his mother has died and his father has succumbed to mental illness. As he tries to hold his crazy father and their crumbling home together, Jason relies on a host of imaginary friends for guidance as he stumbles along trying not to draw attention to his father's deteriorating condition. Both heartbreaking and funny, CRAZY lives up to the intense and compelling characters Han Nolan is praised for. As Jason himself teeters on the edge of insanity, Nolan uncovers the clever coping system he develops for himself and throws him a lifeline in the guise of friendship.
Since the latter part of the century just past, Stanley Bing has been exploring the relationship between authority and madness. In one bestselling book after another, reporting from his hot-seat as an insider in a world-renowned multinational corporation, he has tried to understand the inner workings of those who lead us and to inquire why they seem to be powered, much of the time, by demons that make them obnoxious and dangerous, even to themselves. In What Would Machiavelli Do?, Bing looked at the issue of why mean people do better than nice people, and found that in their particular form of insanity lay incredible power. In Throwing the Elephant: Zen and the Art of Managing Up, he offered a spiritual path toward managing the unruly executive beast. And in Sun Tzu Was a Sissy, he taught us how to become one of them, and wage war on the playing field that ends in a dream home in Cabo. Now he returns to his roots to offer the last word on the entity that shapes our lives and stomps through--and on--our dreams: The Crazy Boss. Students of Bing--and there are many, secreted inside tortured organizations, yearning for blunt instruments with which to fight--will note that he has walked this ground before, looking for answers. In 1992, he published the first edition of Crazy Bosses, which was fine, as far as it went. Now, some 15 years and several dozen insane bosses later, he has updated and rethought much of the work. Back in the last century, Bing was a small, trembling creature, looking up at those who made his life miserable and analyzing the mental illness that gave them their power. Today, while still trembling much of the time, he is in fact one of those people his prior work has warned us against. His own hard-won wisdom and now institutionalized dementia make this new edition completely fresh and indispensable to anyone who works for somebody else or lives with somebody else, or would like to. In short, Bing is back on his home turf in this funny, true, and essential book, peering with his keen and frosty eye at the crazy boss in all his guises: the Bully, the Paranoid, the Narcissist, the Wimp, and the self-destructive Disaster Hunter. If you loved the original, classic Crazy Bosses, you'll be thrilled to plunge back into the new, refurbished pool. If you are new to the book, strap yourself in: it's going to be a crazy ride.
Women today are crazy busy. And they want to be beautiful! Beauty can be overwhelming. Walk by any cosmetics counter or into any drugstore and you're suddenly surrounded by thousands of products promising to make you look younger, fuller, lusher, thicker, and just about every other "er" you can think of. It sounds too good to be true and most of it is. But who has the time to navigate though all the beauty myths out there (or even her own makeup bag!) to find the tricks that will help you be your most beautiful? Is it really that hard to look and feel your best? Not anymore! Carmindy, the makeup artist on TLC's hit show What Not to Wear, is opening her beauty treasure chest and sharing more than 600 beauty tips and secrets she's learned on the show and during her years as a makeup artist across the globe. Try these tips from Carmindy: Blackheads be gone! Elmer's Glue is just as good as a pore strip for removing blackheads from your nose. Forgot to pack your eyeliner? In a pinch, mascara can pull double duty as eyeliner. Use a brush to pick up a little color from the mascara wand and smudge it into the lash line. Can't get that last bit of blush to come off? Swipe a cotton ball dipped in mineral oil across stubborn makeup. It will melt off. Traumatized by age spots that just won't go away? Put lemon juice on age spots at night to help fade them. But never apply lemon juice to the skin right before sun exposure.
Nancy, Bess, and George are having a blast at the River Heights Carnival, sampling yummy snacks and trying to win prizes. Most of all, the girls can't wait for their favorite local singing star, Isabelle Santoro, to perform. But Isabelle may cancel if she finds out that someone's ruining all the fun with really annoying pranks. Snooty Brenda Carlton, annoying Orson Wong, and Chloe "Cruncher" Mondesky, the pie-contest queen, all make good suspects. Nancy's clue book is filling up, and she's got to solve this puzzle fast--so the fun, and the show, can go on!
Nancy, Bess, and George are having a blast at the River Heights Carnival, sampling yummy snacks and trying to win prizes. The girls can't wait for their favorite local singing star, Isabelle Santoro, to perform. But Isabelle may cancel if someone's ruining all the fun with really annoying pranks. Snooty Brenda Carlton, Orson Wong, and Chloe "Cruncher" Mondesky, all make good suspects. Nancy's clue book is filling up, and she's got to solve this puzzle fast. The fun, and the show, can go on...
Do Right, Fear Nothing.Sam Hopkins is a good kid who has fallen in with the wrong crowd. Hanging around with car thieves and thugs, Sam knows it's only a matter of time before he makes one bad decision too many and gets into real trouble.But one day, Sam sees these friends harassing an eccentric schoolmate named Jennifer. Finding the courage to face the bullies down, Sam loses a bad set of friends and acquires a very strange new one.Jennifer is not just eccentric. To Sam, she seems downright crazy. She has terrifying hallucinations involving demons, the devil, and death. And here's the really crazy part: Sam is beginning to suspect that these visions may actually be prophecies--prophecies of something terrible that's going to happen very soon. Unless he can stop it.With no one to believe him, with no one to help him, Sam is all alone in a race against time. Finding the truth before disaster strikes is going to be both crazy and very, very dangerous."The adrenaline-charged action will keep you totally immersed." --RT Book Reviews
Sent to North Woods School in Vermont by a juvenile court judge, 14-year-old Thelma struggles to define her identity and meaning in life.
Eleven-year-old Joyce lives with her reclusive uncle, Old Dad, who runs the town garbage dump--which is why the kids at school call her the Dump Queen. Her only friend is Mrs. Fish, the new school custodian whose wild outfits and uninhibited personality inspire her nickname, "Crazy Fish." When Mrs. Fish is around, everything in Joyce's life seems okay. So when fiercely independent Old Dad falls ill, Joyce must convince him to accept her friend's help.