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Mia Pruitt's done sacrificing. More geeky than glamorous in high school, she let Dell Wainright, the town's sexy party boy, overlook her while she waited for Mr. Right-who never came. Now it's time for some changes. Time to take control of her family's farm and her sex life. And Dell's the perfect guy to give her a hands-on lesson in passion.Only, Dell's her toughest rival at the local farmer's market. With developers circling his father's land, he'll do whatever it takes to prove he's responsible enough to take the reins. Whether it's stripping off his shirt to entice women to his stand or temporarily joining forces with Mia to rescue both of their businesses.But crossing the line between work and pleasure reaps more complications than either of them see coming. And they'll find out just how hot competition can get.
With the storytelling power of Wally Lamb and the emotional fidelity of Lorrie Moore, this is the searing drama of an American family on the brink of dissolution, one that explores adoption, gay marriage, and true love lost and found <P> For years, Matthew Greene and Daniel Rosen have enjoyed a contented domestic life in Northampton, Massachusetts. Opposites in many ways, they have grown together and made their relationship work. But when they learn that Daniel's twin brother and sister-in-law have been killed in a Jerusalem bombing, their lives are suddenly, utterly transformed. The deceased couple have left behind two young children, and their shocked and grieving families must decide who will raise six-year-old Gal and baby Noam. When it becomes clear that Daniel's brother and sister-in-law had wanted Matt and Daniel to be the children's guardians, the two men find themselves confronted by challenges that strike at the heart of their relationship. What is Matt's place in an extended family that does not completely accept him or the commitment he and Daniel have made? How do Daniel's complex feelings about Israel and this act of terror affect his ability to recover from his brother's death? And what kind of parents can these two men really be to children who have lost so much? The impact that this instant new family has on Matt, Daniel, and their relationship is subtle and heartbreaking, yet not without glimmers of hope. They must learn to reinvent and redefine their bond in profound, sometimes painful ways. How does a family become strong enough to stay together and endure when its very basis has drastically changed? And are there limits to honesty or commitment--or love?
The Notebook meets Serendipity in this modern teen romance!Skye wants to meet the boy who will change her life forever. Seth feels their instant connection the second he sees her. When Seth starts talking to Skye at the last beach party of the summer, it's obvious to both of them that this is something real.But when Seth leaves for college before they exchange contact info, Skye wonders if he felt the same way she did--and if she will ever see him again. Even if they find their way back to each other, can they make a long-distance relationship work despite trust issues, ex drama, and some serious background differences?
Danielle celebrates her 30th birthday at Savannah's hottest new nightclub, with the club's owner, but then she discovers her sexy lover is a vampire with a secret agenda.
The last night of summer is only the beginning. Skye wants to meet the boy who will change her life forever. Seth feels their instant connection the second he sees her. When Seth starts talking to Skye at the last beach party of the summer, it's obvious to both of them that this is something real. But when Seth leaves for college before they exchange contact info, Skye wonders if he felt the same way she did--and if she will ever see him again. Even if they find their way back to each other, can they make a long-distance relationship work despite trust issues, ex drama, and some serious background differences? Teen favorite Susane Colasanti returns to the alternating-voice style of her beloved debut When It Happens in this Serendipity-inspired story about summer, soul mates, and the moments that change our lives forever.
Hailed by Jennifer Probst as a "sexy, heartfelt story," this sweet military romance reunites a headstrong dancer and a rugged army soldier after one steamy encounter tears them apart. As a dancer who creates mesmerizing visions onstage, Neve James is looking for the same kind of stability in her love life. Her pen pal, Rory McRoy, is on leave from deployment in Afghanistan, so she heads to Boston to surprise him. After corresponding for months as part of a "Support Our Troops" initiative--and exchanging dozens of "Read When You're Alone" letters--Neve knows what Rory likes, and she intends to fulfill his every fantasy. But all they get are a few blissful moments together before they're interrupted by a woman claiming to be Rory's fiancée. Rory has fallen hard for Neve's letters. When he finally meets her in person, he has to have her, right then and there--until Neve takes off in a fit of anger. Forced to return to Afghanistan before he can fix things between them, Rory waits four agonizing months to prove that he's not the man Neve thinks he is. But by the time he arrives in New York, she's already made up her mind. Luckily, Rory never backs down from a challenge, and he's prepared to put everything on the line for love.Advance praise for All I Need Is You"Wendy S. Marcus delivers again with All I Need Is You, a sexy, heartfelt story that I loved!"--New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst "Marcus has delivered a delightfully witty, funny, and sexy romance that melts your heart and makes you believe in happily ever after again. All I Need Is You kept me hooked from page one to the very end--and I enjoyed every second of it!"--New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti "Marcus has penned a perfect romance in All I Need Is You, with a sexy dancer heroine, a hot military hero with a sense of humor, and a story you won't want to end."--New York Times bestselling author Claudia Connor "Wendy S. Marcus does it again! She brings all the feels in this funny, warm, and wise read. Do yourself a favor and let All I Need Is You sweep you away."--USA Today bestselling author Amy Andrews"All I Need Is You is my kind of book: sexy, sweet, and a great look at what it means to fight the good fight and keep your heart open to love."--Serena Bell, USA Today bestselling author of Hold on Tight"All I Need Is You is an emotionally gripping story of second chances and two flawed characters who are perfect to heal each other. I couldn't put it down!"--Katie Rose, author of The Heat of the Moment"Wendy S. Marcus has once again written an emotional story with likeable characters, who fight for the chance to become the people they want to be and for the love they ultimately want."--Read Your Writes "Rory and Neve's story is so much more than just a love story; All I Need Is You is a story about two people fighting battles, winning wars, changing and finding themselves . . . and then, eventually, accepting that the not-so-pretty past can be embraced."--This Jabberwocky Eats Books Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
How to win at poker. The power of a business's mission statement. If you can dial a telephone, you can do anything. These are the lessons to be learned from "Star Trek." First a hit television show, and then a pop culture phenomenon, "Star Trek" is now the basis for inspiration and guidance in our daily lives. ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED FROM WATCHING STAR TREK is an anthology of valuable lessons that can be found within the episodes of "Star Trek." Discover why its dangerous to wear a plain red shirt, why Captain Kirk was such a superb leader, and why you should always help people in need.
Fifteen years ago, Robert Fulghum published a simple credo; a credo that became the phenomenal #1 New York Times bestseller All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. Now, seven million copies later, Fulghum returns to the book that was embraced around the world. He has written a new preface and twenty-five essays, which add even more potency to a common, though no less relevant, piece of wisdom: that the most basic aspects of life bear its most important opportunities. Here Fulghum engages us with musings on life, death, love, pain, joy, sorrow, and the best chicken-fried steak in the continental U. S. A. The little seed in the Styrofoam cup offers a reminder about our own mortality and the delicate nature of life . . . a spider who catches (and loses) a full-grown woman in its web one fine morning teaches us about surviving catastrophe . . . the love story of Jean-Francois Pilatre and his hot air balloon reminds us to be brave and unafraid to . . . life lessons hidden in the laundry pile . . . magical qualities found in a box of crayons . . . hide-and-seek vs. sardines and how these games relate to the nature of God. All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten is brimming with the very stuff of life and the significance found in the smallest details. In the years that have passed since the first publication of this book that touched so many with its simple, profound wisdom, Robert Fulghum has had some time to ponder, to reevaluate, and to reconsider. And here are those fresh thoughts on classic topics, right alongside the wonderful new essays. Perhaps in today's chaotic, more challenging world, these essays on life will resonate even deeper as readers discover how universal insights can be found in ordinary events.
Sometimes the happiest and holiest time of the year is also the hardest for people to enjoy. These daily readings offer the skeptic, the over-committed the opportunity to make room-perhaps just enough room-for God to show up. The weeks leading up to Christmas can spark a strong spiritual longing for more. Although it may never be articulated, we sense beneath those longings is a yearning for an experience of God. These brief writings address the challenges and realities of the season and include a simple action, ritual or meditation designed to gently steer the reader toward the deeper meaning that underlies the season. Smart, witty, edgy--and always hopeful--readings by Quinn Caldwell include a brief prayer for each morning and evening during the entire Christmas season. This book takes seriously the modern person's hunger for meaning and import in a season that feels increasingly frivolous. Includes a calendar with one easy task to do each day.
Previously published in the print anthology Wish List. All Lady Prudence wants for Christmas is to keep her family out of the poorhouse. Easily done if her father would stop gambling away what little is left of their fortune. But when Pru arrives at London's most notorious gaming hell to haul her father home, she marches right into its wickedly handsome and utterly infuriating proprietor, Lord Stockton-who has no intention of letting a lady into his establishment. With that wicked man in her way, Pru knows she's going to need nothing short of a miracle to make her Christmas wish come true.
From Emma Cane, Jennifer Ryan, and Katie Lane come three wildly romantic holiday stories featuring snowstorms, proposals, a sleigh ride ... and, yes, cowboys.The Christmas Cabin by Emma Cane Sandy and her young son, Nate, are Christmas tree-hunting when a snowstorm strikes and an old ranch hand points them to an abandoned cabin. Little does Sandy know he sent cowboy Doug Thalberg to the same place. It's a Christmas all of Valentine Valley will remember.Can't Wait by Jennifer Ryan Before The Hunted Series began ...Though she is the woman of his dreams, Caleb Bowden knows his best friend's sister, Summer Turner, is off limits. He won't cross that line, which means Summer will just have to take the reins if she wants her cowboy for Christmas.Baby It's Cold Outside by Katie LaneAlana Hale hits the internet dating jackpot when she finds Clint McCormick. He's sensitive and responsible--not to mention wealthy. When he invites her to spend the holidays on his family's ranch, she readily accepts. But on the way there, a blizzard strands her with a womanizing rodeo cowboy who could change everything ...
Toni Davis's Christmas wish list1. Springing my best friend from the psych ward.2. Living somewhere that doesn't have coffins in the basement. Occupied coffins.3. Finding Mr. Right. Please make him tall, dark, handsome, and alive.This Christmas isn't so merry for Toni. Her best friend's been locked up in a mental hospital ever since she told the police she was attacked by vampires, and the only way for Toni to get her out is to prove that bloodsuckers really do exist. So she's taken a job as a bodyguard for the Undead, but she gets more than she bargained for, especially when she meets Ian MacPhie, a Scottish rascal looking for Ms. Right.Although Ian's nearly five centuries old, he looks and acts like a twenty-seven-year-old hunk.How can a dead man be so damn sexy? Could Mr. Wrong be Mr. Right? One forbidden kiss could lead to an eternity of passion--and all it takes is one moment under the mistletoe . . .
Toni Davis's Christmas wish list 1. Springing my best friend from the psych ward. 2. Living somewhere that doesn't have coffins in the basement. Occupied coffins. 3. Finding Mr. Right. Please make him tall, dark, handsome, and alive. This Christmas isn't so merry for Toni. Her best friend's been locked up in a mental hospital ever since she told the police she was attacked by vampires, and the only way for Toni to get her out is to prove that bloodsuckers really do exist. So she's taken a job as a bodyguard for the Undead, but she gets more than she bargained for, especially when she meets Ian MacPhie, a Scottish rascal looking for Ms. Right. Although Ian's nearly five centuries old, he looks and acts like a twenty-seven-year-old hunk. How can a dead man be so damn sexy? Could Mr. Wrong be Mr. Right? One forbidden kiss could lead to an eternity of passion-and all it takes is one moment under the mistletoe . . .
E-Book ExclusiveIncludes a Yummy Recipe!"Fun characters, a quaint setting." --RT Book ReviewsHo-Ho-Ho-HomicideThis Christmas, event planner Jenn Christensen has come back to the winter wonderland of Mackinac Island, Michigan, to race for charity in the Santa Fun Run, rekindle her love for CSI tech Shane Carpenter, and indulge in her BFF Allie McMurphy's fabulous fudge. But there's one event she didn't plan--chasing down a killer. After finding a deceased Santa in a snowbank, she's shocked to discover the police suspect her of murder. It's up to Jenn, Allie, and a helpful golden retriever named Marley to catch the killer and find out who's at the top of the naughty list. Praise for All Fudged Up"A sweet treat with memorable characters, a charming locale, and satisfying mystery." --Barbara Allan"As enticing and tasty as a pan of fudge!" --Cozy Mystery Book Reviews"Fun and lively." --JoAnna Carl
In this touching eBook novella, a prequel to Molly O'Keefe's Crazy Thing Called Love, a young woman swept up by first love is ready to say "I do"--until challenges arise during the holiday season. Maddy Baumgarten and Billy Wilkins are spontaneous, in love, and prepared to elope the day after Christmas--that is, if Maddy's family doesn't throw a wrench in their plans. Her parents are more than a little reluctant to give their blessing to the impending nuptials. After all, Maddy's barely out of high school and Billy's a notorious bad boy. Maddy doesn't care about Billy's rough past--all she cares about is living in the here and now. But after Maddy's mother stops speaking to her in protest, and a Christmas Eve heart-to-heart with her father leaves her with butterflies, Maddy starts to get cold feet. She loves Billy, but is she taking this big step too soon?
A charming holiday romance novella from #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts.Mac Taylor finds out the lengths to which his mischievous twin boys will go to find him the Christmas gift of new love.Praise for Nora Roberts:"America's favorite writer."--The New Yorker"Consistently entertaining."--USA TodayNora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels. She is also the author of the bestselling In Death series written under the pen name J. D. Robb. There are more than 400 million copies of her books in print.
Essence® bestselling author Daaimah S. Poole introduces readers to a young woman with a hot voice and superstar dreams. . . Talented Kendra Michelle Thomas always dreamed of becoming a singing sensation. But when a broken childhood lands her and her siblings in foster care, theres not much opportunity for making dreams come true. Before she knows it, Kendras twenty-five years old, a bartender, and trapped in a relationship going nowhere. . . Determined to finally give her dreams a chance, Kendra spends her small savings on a demo. She soon gets a series of gigs. . . and finally a recording contract. But when a turn of events lands her right back where she started, shell have to make a choice: sink back into obscurity--or discover if shes really got what it takes. . . "The voice of a new generation. " --Karen Quinones Miller
Who is Monica Dupree? They called her Venus. Beautiful, mysterious and elusive, the international icon was the envy of women and the secret desire of men. Until tragedy struck. Now she lives a quiet life far from the limelight. But her safe haven is threatened when a suave and seductive stranger sweeps into her life and makes a sensual fantasy come true. ... Who is JD? JD is also running away-from his privileged, powerful life. From the moment the billionaire businessman meets the gorgeous, guarded stranger, he knows he can never go back. But their romantic idyll could be fleeting once JD uncovers Monica's secret-a secret that could thrust her back into the spotlight and tear her from his loving arms forever. ...
Romance was the last thing on their minds--until the holidays brought these two women face to face with the men of their dreams. . .Holiday Seduction Kayla PerrinMikki Harper isn't looking forward to going home for her sister's wedding--especially since she's just been dumped. Then she runs into "Boring Barry" from high school and soon the two are catching up on old times--and Mikki discovers Barry is anything but boring. Mikki doesn't expect to see him again, especially not at a dinner hosted by the groom's family. It turns out Barry wants to relive their fling. But will Mikki run into his arms--or back to her ex, who's suddenly had a change of heart? Her Holiday Gifts Deborah Fletcher MelloCommissioned to bake a towering cake for the Whitman Corporation's CEO at their New Year's extravaganza--Malisa Ivey is mortified when she gets trapped inside. Even worse, the cake is then transported--with Malisa inside--to Gabriel Whitman's office. The sexy business tycoon is shocked when a beautiful woman pops out of his dessert--and can't help but wonder what it would be like to have such sweetness in his life all year. . .
Newly married, both Elyse and her husband Barry want to have a child. But before this hope can be realized, Barry is called to active duty in Iraq. Due home just before Christmas, he is killed by a roadside bomb. Six months after his death, Elyse is summoned to their lawyers office, where she learns that he made a deposit in a sperm bank before shipping out. Despite objections from friends and family, she decides to undergo in-vitro fertilization and gives birth to a baby girl. What she doesnt know is that her husband had a daughter as a result of a teenage relationship. Complicating her life still further, she is beginning to have feelings for Ace Brimmer, owner of a local art store. Ace truly loves her, but what will it take for her to realize that he is all she will ever need to live a happy and fulfilling life?
Put love on your wish listThis Christmas, the producer of a small-town holiday spectacular is swept away by a handsome Hollywood director. Being stranded in a snowstorm offers a couple a second chance at a future together. And an American in London helps a brooding Brit put the ghosts of Christmas past behind him. Wherever you are, however you celebrate, this collection of three festive novellas will bring warmth to your holiday season.Edited by Angela James, this anthology includes:Tinsel My Heart by Christi BarthSeason of Second Chances by Brighton WalshMine Under the Mistletoe by Kat LathamStories also available for purchase separately.85,000 words
To have any hope of succeeding as a manager, you need to get your people all in. Whether you manage the smallest of teams or a multi-continent organization, you are the owner of a work culture--congratulations--and few things will have a bigger impact on your performance than getting your people to buy into your ideas and your cause and to believe what they do matters. Bestselling authors of The Carrot Principle and The Orange Revolution, Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton return to answer the most overlooked leadership questions of our day: Why are some managers able to get their employees to commit wholeheartedly to their culture and give that extra push that leads to outstanding results? And how can managers at any level build and sustain a profitable, vibrant work-group culture of their own? These leading workplace experts teamed up with research giant Towers Watson to analyze an unprecedented 300,000-person study, and they made a groundbreaking finding: managers of the highest-performing work groups create a "culture of belief." In these distinctive workplaces, people believe in their leaders and in the company's vision, values, and goals. Employees are not only engaged but also enabled and energized (termed the three Es), which leads to astonishing results--average annual revenues three times higher than for organizations lacking such a positive culture. And this was true during a period that included this most recent recession. Based on their extensive consulting experience and in-depth interviews with leaders and employees at exceptional companies such as American Express, Cigna, Avis Budget, Pepsi Bottling, and Hard Rock, the authors present a simple seven-step road map for creating a culture of belief: define a burning platform; create a customer focus; develop agility; share everything; partner with your talent; root for each other; and establish clear accountability. Delving into specific how-tos for each step, they share eye-opening stories of exceptional leaders in action, vividly depicting just how these powerful methods can be implemented by any manager. All In draws on cutting-edge psychology and all of the creative genius that have made Gostick and Elton a must-read for leaders worldwide. This vital resource will empower managers everywhere to inspire a new level of commitment and performance.
Todd Lerner's never been much of a student, but he's got plenty of street smarts and he's a mean poker player. Todd's always had a thing for Claire, the most beautiful girl in grade eleven -- but Claire likes nice things. If Todd wants to date her, he'll need cash and plenty of it. Soon, a weekly poker game turns into a costly and dangerous obsession, and Todd's luck begins to change. Inspired by true events, All In journeys into the high-stakes worlds of gambling, addiction, and fraud.
General David Petraeus is the most transformative leader the American military has seen since the generation of Marshall. In the New York Times bestseller All In, military expert Paula Broadwell examines Petraeus's career, his intellectual development as a military officer, and his impact on the U. S. military. Afforded extensive access by General Petraeus, his mentors, his subordinates, and his longtime friends, Broadwell reported on the front lines of fighting and at the strategic command in Afghanistan to chronicle the experiences of this American general as they were brought to bear in the terrible crucible of war. All In draws on hundreds of hours of exclusive interviews with Petraeus and his top officers and soldiers to tell the inside story of this commander's development and leadership in war. When Petraeus assumed command in Afghanistan in July 2010, the conflict looked as bleak as at any moment in America's nine years on the ground there. Petraeus's defining idea--counterinsurgency--was immediate put to its most difficult test: the hard lessons learned during the surge in Iraq were to be applied in a radically different theater. All In examines the impact in Afghanistan of new counterinsurgency as well as counterterrorism strategies through the commands of several Petraeus protégés. Broadwell examines his evolution as a solider from his education at West Point in the wake of Vietnam to his earlier service in Central America, Haiti, Kuwait, Bosnia, and Iraq. All In also documents the general's role in the war in Washington, going behind the scenes of negotiations during policy reviews of the war in Afghanistan in Congress, the Pentagon, and the White House. Broadwell ultimately appraises Petraeus's impact on the entire U. S. military: Thanks to this man's influence, the military is better prepared to fight using a comprehensive blend of civil-military activities. As America surveys a decade of untraditional warfare, this much is clear: The career of General David Petraeus profoundly shaped our military and left an indelible mark on its rising leaders. .
In this intimate profile of an unlikely poker champion, the life story of Yang is laid out--from his difficult Hmong childhood to his success as a professional poker player.
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