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Curiosity is definitely going to get me dead one of these days. Probably real soon. I'm Gin Blanco. You might know me as the Spider, the most feared assassin in the South. I'm retired now, but trouble still has a way of finding me. Like the other day when two punks tried to rob my popular barbecue joint, the Pork Pit. Then there was the barrage of gunfire on the restaurant. Only, for once, those kill shots weren't aimed at me. They were meant for Violet Fox. Ever since I agreed to help Violet and her grandfather protect their property from an evil coalmining tycoon, I'm beginning to wonder if I'm really retired. So is Detective Donovan Caine. The only honest cop in Ashland is having a real hard time reconciling his attraction to me with his Boy Scout mentality. And I can barely keep my hands off his sexy body. What can I say? I'm a Stone elemental with a little Ice magic thrown in, but my heart isn't made of solid rock. Luckily, Gin Blanco always gets her man . . . dead or alive.
The Toa Metru return to the dark and deserted city of Metru Nui. Their mission: save the Matoran still trapped beneath the Coliseum in a deathlike sleep. But is the city truly empty--or does a terrible new danger wait in the shadows?
The most comprehensive reference for understanding and applying American idiomsThe largest barrier to fluency in English is the ability to understand and use idiomatic language. Webster's New World American Idioms Handbook walks readers through learning and using American idioms, with complete explanations for over 1,000 idioms. Emphasizing acquisition, application, and understanding, this book offers all the information readers need to know about when, where, why, and how to use them. It includes a wealth of examples to provide users with context-and the thorough explanations help readers identify which idioms are appropriate for which situations. An extensive index allows easy, helpful access to individual idioms so that they can be found quickly.Gail Brenner (Santa Cruz, CA) is an Intensive English Language Program course developer and instructor at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Brenner has worked in the public schools, specialized language programs, private business, and the university-where she now teaches Advanced Grammar, TOEFL Preparation, and Pronunciation. She is the author of the upcoming Ingl?s Para Dummies (0-7645-5427-1).
A revised and updated edition of the clearest, most useful guide to parliamentary procedure This essential and authoritative resource, based on the principles originally laid out in the classic Robert's Rules of Order, explains the often-confusing rules of parliamentary procedure in clear, simple language and shows how to apply them practically and effectively. Among its helpful features are sample scripts to help figure out what to say while conducting meetings, hands-on examples to show how the rules are applied, and timesaving tips to help make meetings more efficient. This thoroughly revised and updated user-friendly reference includes an ample index and cross-references for finding information quickly and easily. A completely new chapter on homeowners' associations covers restrictions, obligations, proxy voting, and covenants.
This all-new edition is a must-have resource for students searching for the best word to organize and express their thoughts clearly in speech and writing. Each entry has a brief definition or shared meaning core of synonyms listed. Related words (near-synonyms) and antonyms (words of opposite meaning) help the student understand nuances of meaning. An affordable paperback, this volume is the ideal companion volume to Webster's Dictionary for Students. Features of this Book - More than 85,000 synonyms, related words, and antonyms - Alphabetically organized for quick and easy lookups.
With The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, and his other beloved novels, #1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks has given voice to our deepest beliefs about the power of love. Now he brings us the long-awaited follow-up to The Notebook-a story of an ordinary man who goes to extraordinary lengths to win back the love of his life... After thirty years, Wilson Lewis is forced to face a painful truth: the romance has gone out of his marriage. His wife, Jane, has fallen out of love with him, and it is entirely his fault. Despite the shining example of his in-laws, Noah and Allie Calhoun, and their fifty-year love affair (originally recounted in The Notebook), Wilson himself is a man unable to express his true feelings. He has spent too little time at home and too much at the office, leaving the responsibility of raising their children to Jane. Now his daughter is about to marry, and his wife is thinking about leaving him. But if Wilson is sure of anything, it is this: His love for Jane has only grown over the years, and he will do everything he can to save their marriage. With the memories of Noah and Allie's inspiring life together as his guide, he vows to find a way to make his wife fall in love with him...all over again. In this powerfully moving tale of love lost, rediscovered, and renewed, Nicholas Sparks once again brings readers his unique insight into the only emotion that ultimately really matters.
Caring and sharingWhen Dr. James Hepworth arrived at Gold Creek-the country practice he was to look after while recuperating from a car accident-he was confronted by Harriet Logan, the image of his ex-girlfriend.Sure one redhead in a lifetime was enough for any sane man; James told himself he wouldn't get involved. He'd do his job and leave as fast as he could! But James found true gold, in the townspeople-and Harriet!
MAGGIE SKERRITT CAN'T GET AWAY FROM WEDDINGS...The fortysomething cop-turned-P.I. has enough on her hands, dodging her mother's plans to turn Maggie's upcoming wedding to partner Bill Malcolm into an 800-guest circus. Then a friend asks them to provide security at the wedding uniting Florida's answer to the Hatfields and McCoys. And to top the week off nicely, they're hired to find a runaway bride-Maggie can empathize!-whose path intersects with a very dead, very murdered body.Murder always gives Maggie hives. Add that to her own prewedding jitters and a sudden crisis of confidence about her new profession.... Well, suddenly she's thinking that staying single-and becoming a bartender-might be better choices after all....
THOSE CALLAHAN EYES...Years ago two innocent young Texans stole one night of fire and wonder in each other's arms. But they'd betrayed a beloved friend to do so, and remorse drove Keith Callahan clear to Alaska, drove Susan into matrimony...and motherhood.But now Susan was widowed. And her young son with Callahan eyes uncannily adored prodigal Keith Callahan. Still, the couple's impossible past flared brighter than Christmas. But with such secrets behind them, dare Susan and Keith wish for more than one long-ago night of love?CALLAHANS & KINTogether these Texans built a town-but would they find love at Rainbow's End?
P. I. Jack Sullivan, black-eyed and dark-hearted, is at Wandering Creek Ranch on official business--business that doesn't include falling for the striking blonde who tries to throw him off her land. . . . Willow Kingsley's ranch in the Hollywood Hills is her sanctuary. She'll fight the gorgeous stranger and protect her own. What she doesn't realize is that Jack's on her side, and when she's in his arms he'll do everything in his power to keep her safe. . . .
Two classic Kappa Psi Kappa novels from Essence bestselling author ADRIANNE BYRD TWO GROOMS AND A WEDDING Ambitious Washington, D.C., attorney Isabella Kane has big dreams that include marriage to equally ambitious Randall Jarrett. But on the way to the altar, she meets a luscious hunk, and for just one forbidden night she chooses to indulge her deepest passions.... His mystery lady was gone by dawn, but political strategist Derrick Knight can't stop thinking about her. So when she shows up as his fraternity brother's fiancée, he's stunned-but determined to stake his claim. He wants Bella for his own bride! SINFUL CHOCOLATE Charlie Masters has no plans to change his heartbreaker ways. Then some troubling news from his doctor gives him pause for regret...and six months to make things right with all the women he's wronged. Most of the women don't believe him, but one has a knockout sister offering him a taste of heaven. Gisella Jacobs is busy launching her new chocolate shop when delectable Charlie comes knocking at her door. Her friends warn that he's trouble, but his touch is as velvety-smooth as her lightest truffle. And when something so wrong feels this right...how can a woman resist?
It could happen to you! AN IRRESISTIBLE PROPOSAL- FROM A VERY SEXY STRANGER! Amber Lawrence is an ordinary woman; she works hard, spends time with her family-and doesn't expect to be offered money to marry! Trouble is, Steve Rockwell's proposal has come at a time when Amber's family needs money. Amber would never normally even consider such an offer-but when she can save her family and get married to a man as sexy as Steve, even the most normal, cool-headed of women would be really, really tempted! Wouldn't she ...?
Amber Lawrence is an ordinary woman; she works hard, spends time with her family-and doesn't expect to be offered money to marry! Trouble is, Steve Rockwell's proposal has come at a time when Amber's family needs money. Amber would never normally even consider such an offer-but when she can save her family and get married to a man as sexy as Steve, even the most normal, cool-headed of women would be really, really tempted! Wouldn't she...?
Already juggling four kids' hectic schedules, a rambunctious dog, an attention-craving husband, and a full-time reporter job, Lucy Stone can't possibly squeeze in another responsibility...or can she? When Sue Finch asks for help planning her daughter Sidra's wedding to Internet millionaire Ron Davitz, loyal pal Lucy willingly dives into the world of white lace, roses, and chair rentals. What could be more perfect than a backyard Summer wedding in the Stones' newly built gazebo? Yet when the groom's body is found floating beside his yacht, Lucy isn't convinced it was an accidental drowning. From the picturesque waterfront to toney Smith Heights Road, Tinker's Cove is awash with suspects. Now, fresh from planning Sidra's wedding, Lucy finds herself contemplating her own funeral as she launches the harrowing pursuit of a killer who will do anything to keep from being unveiled. . . "Leslie Meier writes with sparkle and warmth." --Chicago Sun-Times "The charming setting and likeable cast make for enjoyable reading." --Publishers Weekly
A thief, a saboteur, even a ghost--these are just a few of the uninvited guests turning multiple weddings into a weekend of mystery, mischief, and danger. Nancy needs quick answers, or the weddings could add up to one major disaster.
The tycoon's new hire Zoe owes her life to the Giannopolous Foundation. Now she wants to pay them back by working for them! She hasn't bargained on millionaire Vasso Giannopolous offering her a job. Soon she's smitten not just with the beautiful Greek island she's working on, but also the gorgeous tycoon who inhabits it... Vasso has kept his heart on lockdown after suffering the ultimate betrayal. But beautiful, courageous Zoe reminds him that some things are worth risking everything for...especially walking down the aisle!
In this dazzling finale to the latest trilogy fromNew York Timesbestselling author Jane Feather, the inimitable, anonymous Duncan sisters continue to earn a living--and a reputation--with their clandestine matchmaking service. But a handsome new client has thrown youngest sister Chastity into a professional, and quite personal, quandary. From behind her opaque veil, Chastity listened to Dr. Douglas Farrell's distressingly unromantic requirements for a wife: wealth and social status. Her instinct was t...
On September 3, 1971, Michael McConnell and Jack Baker exchanged vows in the first legal same-sex wedding in the United States. Their remarkable story is told here for the first time--a unique account of the passion and energy of the gay liberation movement in the sixties and seventies. At the dawn of the modern gay movement (while New York's Stonewall riots and San Francisco's emerging political activism bloomed), these two young men insisted on making their commitment a legal reality. They were already crusaders for gay rights: Jack had twice been elected the University of Minnesota's student president--the first openly gay university student president in the country, an election reported by Walter Cronkite on network TV news. They were featured in Look magazine's special issue about the American family and received letters of support from around the world. The couple navigated complex procedures to obtain a state-issued marriage license. Their ceremony was conducted by a Methodist minister in a friend's tiny Minneapolis apartment. Wearing matching white pantsuits, exchanging custom-designed rings, and sharing a tiered wedding cake, Michael and Jack celebrated their historic marriage. After reciting their vows, they sealed their promise to love and honor each other with a kiss and a signed marriage certificate. Repercussions were immediate: Michael's job offer at the University of Minnesota was rescinded, leading him to wage a battle against job discrimination with the help of the Minnesota Civil Liberties Union. The couple eventually reached the U.S. Supreme Court with two precedent-setting cases. Michael and Jack have retired from the public spotlight, but after four decades their marriage is still their joy and comfort. Living quietly in a Minneapolis bungalow, they exemplify a contemporary version of the American dream. Only now, with marriage equality in the headlines and the Supreme Court decision to make love the law of the land, are they willing to tell the entire story of their groundbreaking experiences. TIME magazine listed the twenty-five most influential marriages of all time and included Michael and Jack, and they were recently profiled in a cover story in the Sunday New York Times. Their long campaign for marriage equality and insistence on equal rights for all citizens is a model for advocates of social justice and an inspiration for everyone who struggles for acceptance in a less-than-equal world.
In Massachusetts, seven former schoolmates gather for a wedding. Nora, the owner of the inn, has recently had to reinvent her life following the death of her husband. Avery, who still hears echoes from a horrific event at Kidd Academy twenty-six years ago, has made a life for himself in Toronto with his wife and two sons. Agnes, now a history teacher at Kidd is a still-single woman who longs to tell a secret she cannot reveal to the others, a secret that would stun them all. Bridget, the mother of a 15-year-old boy, has agreed to marry Bill, an old high school lover whom she has recently re-met, despite uncertainties about her health and future. Indeed, it is Bill who passionately wants this wedding and who has brought everyone together for an astonishing weekend of revelation and recrimination, forgiveness and redemption. This is Anita Shreves most ambitious and moving novel to date, probing into human motivation with the grace and skill that have made her one of the finest novelists of her time (Boston Herald).
The doctor's longed-for-bride When Dr Megan Marshall returns home to head up the Riverside Practice she's not expecting a blast from her past! Her new colleague is gorgeous Luke Anderson--her tutor at university. Megan still blushes remembering the Valentine's card she sent him! Megan always stood out for Luke, but as his student she was out of bounds. Now they're working together, can Luke forget his painful past and capture Megan's heart? Because the longer Luke spends with Megan, the more determined he is to make her his bride! Previously Published.
"Charm, humor, loyalty, and love" --Cindy Myers, author of The View From HereWelcome to Truhart . . . Welcome to Truhart, Michigan, population 1300 and dropping. Where everyone knows everyone else and garage sales are front page news. Not exactly where you'd expect to find the celebrity wedding of the year. As Maid of Honor, and the famous bride's big sister, Annie has to plan a wedding suitable for America's newest sweetheart reporter on The Morning Show. But what she didn't plan on was seeing Nick Conrad again. Her older brother's best friend who left Truhart for the big city, Nick just happens to be Annie's embarrassing childhood crush. He's also the Best Man. As Atlanta's High Society descends on the tiny Midwest town, Annie has the impossible task of controlling her eccentric family and nutty neighbors, while hosting a wedding fit for a princess at her family's rundown Amble Inn. But what she can't control is the spark reigniting between her and Nick. Between snowstorms, an A.W.O.L. gown, and the broadcast of the wedding on The Morning Show, Annie is just hoping to survive the big day without losing her mind. And to survive being around Nick again without losing her heart.Praise for A Wedding in Truhart "Cynthia Tennent has captured the charm, humor, loyalty, and love of small towns, close families, and long-time friends. Annie, Nick, and the rest of the people of Truhart will find a place in your heart." --Cindy Myers, author of The View From Here "An A.W.O.L. wedding dress, family feuds, and kinky characters! What's not to love? A Wedding in Truhart is a wedding to remember." --Lois Greiman, award winning author of the Hope Springs series
She'd hired him as an escort...The wedding was to be a major social event-Georgina just couldn't face it on her own. How could she sit there and watch her ex-fiancé marry her beautiful, shallow cousin? A desperate solution was needed: a male escort!But he'd become the father of her child!Callum Stewart was perfect. Gorgeous, dynamic-he certainly made heads turn at the wedding! And he made Georgina's heart turn over on the wedding night. But it was supposed to be a temporary arrangement. How could she tell Callum that their wedding-night affair had resulted in a baby?
THE DISAPPEARING BRIDETheir wedding was scandalous-Steve Corbett, the Corbett heir, about to marry poor, unpolished Annette Trevetti. She was a modern-day Cinderella and he'd been her Prince Charming...until another, very pregnant, woman walked into the church and Annette walked out!Seven years later Annette was back, an accomplished businesswoman who claimed she was over him. But Steve saw the longing in her eyes, noticed her breath hitch when he touched her. And he felt the warmth of her smile when she talked to his precious little girl. Dare he tell her the truth and cause more scandal? Scandal be damned! This single father wanted what he'd lost so long ago...no matter the risks!
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