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A number 1 bestseller in France and translated into over twenty languages, Billie is one of the most beloved French novels to be published in recent years. A brilliant evocation of Paris and a moving tale of friendship, Anna Gavalda's new novel tells the story of two young people, Billie and Franck, who, as the story opens, are trapped in a gorge in the Cevennes Mountains. With darkness encroaching, their situation is dire, and Billie begins to tell stories from their lives in order to survive. In alternating episodes, the novel moves between recollections of the two characters' childhoods and their dreadful predicament. Franck's life has been impacted by a childhood spent with a perennially unemployed father who toyed with Christian extremism and a mother aestheticized by antidepressants. A bright kid, Franck's future was menaced at every turn by the bigotry around him. Billie's abiding wish as an adult is to avoid ever having to come into contact with her family again. To escape from her abusive and alcohol-addled family, she was willing to do anything and everything. The wounds have not entirely healed. At the heart of Gavalda's tender story lies a generosity of spirit that will take readers' breath away, and an unshakable belief in the power of art to lift the most fragile among us to new vistas from which they can see futures full of hope, love, and dignity. Billie is a beautifully crafted novel for readers of all ages and from all walks of life that conveys a positive message about overcoming life's trials and tribulations.
CAN ONE UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIP SAVE A LIFE? Billie Standish has pretty much no one. Her parents are too caught up in their own lives, and the only two girls in town her age want nothing to do with her. When it looks like a nearby levee might break, and Billie's elderly neighbor, Miss Lydia, is the only other person besides her family to stick around, a friendship is born out of circumstance. What happens during that time, in that empty town, is a tragedy that Billie can't bear alone. Can the love of one woman nearing the end of her life save the life of a young woman just at the beginning of living hers?
The Billion Dollar Game: Behind the Scenes of the Greatest Day in American Sport -- Super Bowl Sundayby Allen St. John
A fascinating portrait of the National Football League, the Super Bowl, and all the position players who come together to create the biggest cultural phenomenon in American sports. Think the Super Bowl is only about two teams of titans clashing on the field? Think again. The Super Bowl is about fans, hundreds of millions of fans. It's about money, more money than the GDP of twenty-five sovereign nations. It's about precision, the timing of everything from the notorious commercials to the epic halftime show. And it's about the vision and skill of designing a state-of-the-art stadium to house the great show. Here, Allen St. John reveals how America's biggest sporting event is more than just a couple hours on a Sunday: it's a high stakes, real-life dramatic story, with millions of participants all hoping for the same thing-the greatest game ever.
Most Americans have no clue how quickly our internal supplies are crumbling. Tobin Smith will give you the facts and forecasts on growth in the "green investing front" and let you see for yourself just how large this opportunity is - right now and for years to come. This is the fastest growing sector - 13-fold over the next decade! Clean UP will show you how to make a small fortune now from "bridge green technologies," closing the gap between traditional and alternative fuels. Smith will also introduce you to a number of segments of the green investing world--taking you inside these agents of change and detail 8 to 10 companies who are real growth stocks with investment profit potential. This book is for anyone interested in investing in the companies that will make billions from the solutions to the billion-dollar problems in the green technology space.
"This book is your chance to learn from others' mistakes."-- Entrepreneur In the 1960s, IBM CEO Tom Watson called an executive into his office after his venture lost $10 million. The man assumed he was being fired. Watson told him, "Fired? Hell, I spent $10 million educating you. I just want to be sure you learned the right lessons." There are thousands of books about successful companies but virtually none about the lessons to be learned from those that crash and burn. Now Paul Carroll and Chunka Mui draw on research into more than 750 flameouts to reveal the seven biggest reasons for business failure.
The unbelievable true story of artist Thomas Kinkade, self-described "Painter of Light," and the dramatic rise -and fall-of his billion-dollar gallery and licensing business. He was just one man, but Thomas Kinkade ultimately made more money from his art than every other artist in the history of the world combined. His sentimental paintings of babbling brooks, rural churches surrounded by brilliant fall foliage, and idyllic countryside cottages were so popular in the 1990s that one out of every twenty homes in America owned one of his prints. With the help of two partners-a former vacuum-cleaner salesman and an ambitious junior accountant who fancied himself a businessman-Kinkade turned his art into a billion-dollar gallery and licensing business that traded on the NYSE before it collapsed in 2006 amid fraud accusations. One part a fascinating business story about the rise, and demise, of a financial empire born out of divine inspiration, one part a dramatic biography, Billion Dollar Painter is the account of three nobodies who made it big. One of them was a man who, despite being a devout Christian who believed his artwork was a spiritual force that could cure the sick and comfort the poor in spirit, could not save his art empire, or himself. Eric Kuskey, former colleague of Thomas Kinkade's and close friend until the artist's death in 2012, tells Kinkade's story for the first time-from his art's humble beginnings on a sidewalk in Carmel, California, to his five-house compound in Monte Sereno. It's a tale of addiction and grief, of losing control, and ultimately, of the price of our dreams.
There are a billion reasons Kate should marry her current boyfriend.Will she trade them all to be madly in love?Katie McKenna leads a perfect life. She has a fulfilling job, a cute apartment, and a wedding to plan with her soon-to-be fiancé, Dexter. She can think of a billion reasons why she should marry Dexter. He's everything she wants in a husband.And then in walks Luc DeForges, her bold, breathtaking ex-boyfriend. Only now he's a millionaire. And he wants her to go home to New Orleans to sing for a friend's wedding. As his date.But Katie made up her mind about Luc eight years ago, when she fled their hometown after a very public breakup. Yet there's still a magnetism between them she can't deny.Katie thought her predictable relationship with Dexter would be the bedrock of a lasing, Christian marriage. But what if there's more? What if God's desire for her is a heart full of life? And what if that's what Luc has offered all along?"Katie and Luc dance off the pages of this book, making you fall in love with them and New Orleans. Full of surprises and romance." --Carolyne Aarsen, author of The Baby Promise
Ben Dexter had become a powerful and respected businessman, earning billions. But money could no longer satisfy him. For years, Ben had forgone a wife and family after becoming convinced Caroline Harvey, the woman he'd loved, had betrayed him. He'd never been able to find the kind of passion he'd shared with Caro-and it was time to get her out of his system. He'd find her, indulge in a short, intense affair and then he'd finally be able to get on with his life. But things didn't go quite as he planned. . . ;.
Wrapped in the powerful embrace of Gray MacInnes, Catherine Thorne felt as though she'd finally come home. She couldn't begin to explain how being with a stranger seemed so right, So familiar. In Gray's presence she felt desirable once again and ready to give in to urges that she'd suppressed for far too long. . . . With the heart of another man beating in his chest, billionaire Gray MacInnes found himself dreaming of a stranger's beautiful face and smooth, velvety skin. Catherine was a woman he surely would've remembered had they ever met, and yet he seemed to know her like no other. Had he received more than just his donor's heart. . . ? Did he have his memories, As well? and were Catherine's responses to him real, or merely transplanted emotions?
If Ryan Shaughnessy had been told that one day he'd marry his best friend, Jessie Reilly - secretly the girl of his dreams - and they'd be expecting twins, he would've said, "pinch me." But even his wildest dreams never included a proposal inspired by the need to rescue Jessie from the sperm bank! Yet as her due date neared, Ryan sensed more than just a hormonal change in Jessie. Dare he hope she saw him not only as the father of her babies, but as a devoted husband, a passionate lover...and undeniably the man of her dreams?
After her father's death, Faith's guardian, Stone, has been paying for her school fees and living costs without her knowledge. "He was always the person I went to when I had problems. . . " But he's only looking after her as her guardian. "I can't let him pay for me any longer!" So Faith quits school and begins to work to repay her debt to Stone. Unable to persuade her to change her mind, Stone offers her a proposition. . . "In return for writing off your debt, will you marry me?" Stone tells Faith that his mother will not hand over her company to him until he is married. A proposal from a man she loves. . . but it's all just a business deal!
Landmark coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi has served her share of New York's rich and famous, but even she is surprised by her explosive introduction to a mysterious Internet billionaire... When a car bomb nearly kills tech whiz Eric Thorner, Clare comes to his aid and receives a priceless thank you. Not only does the billionaire buy her a barista's dream espresso machine, he hires her for an extraordinary project: creating the world's most expensive coffee blend. The police quickly arrest Eric's alleged attacker, yet death continues to surround the unlucky mogul, leading Clare to question whether a fatal fall and another lethal mishap are premeditated murders or merely freak accidents. Clare's boyfriend, NYPD detective Mike Quinn, has a theory of his own--one Clare refuses to believe. Meanwhile, Eric jets Clare around the world on a head-spinning search for the very best coffee, and Clare gets to know his world--a mesmerizing circle of money with rivalries that could easily have turned deadly. But is this charming young CEO truly marked for termination? Or is he the one making a killing? Includes a wealth of delicious recipes!
Seth Morgan was sophisticated, sensual, sinfully wealthy-and completely out of Kirsten Meadows's reach. Although the powerful playboy tycoon took her breath away, Kirsten didn't mix business with pleasure, So Seth was off-limits to his personal assistant. One look at beguiling beauty Kirsten, and Seth knew he wanted to be more than just her boss. Was it her resistance to his charms that kept him captive, or was it the urge to take her to his bed? All he knew was, he always got what he wanted. . . and he wouldn't rest until Kirsten surrendered to him-one sizzling kiss at a time!
Alexandra Hill is worlds away from Max Goodwin's usual choice of glamorous employee. But this CEO needs a secretary--fast. He hires Alex, with one condition: a makeover! Soon she's turned from dowdy assistant to stunning beauty--and Max's thoughts turn from professional to very personal indeed. . . . Max's playboy lifestyle couldn't be more different from Alex's convent-school upbringing. But Alex doesn't want to be "just" mistress to a billionaire. However, Max decided long ago that he would never take a wife. . . .
As far as secretary Gina Leighton is concerned, billionaire businessman Harry Breedon has never shown more than a professional interest in her. Why should he? Plain and plump, Gina knows she's hardly trophy-wife material!But Harry has noticed her--sexy curves and all--and now that Gina has another job offer, he'll have to act fast. This handsome tycoon is determined to seduce her into staying--even if that means making her his wife!
THE CATTLE KING Renowned magnate Forrest Cunningham never had time for love, until fellow bachelor members of the Cattleman's Club started getting hitched. In search of his own bride, Forrest thought of loyal childhood friend Becky Sullivan. Only, she wasn't a child anymore, but a drop-dead gorgeous woman whose emerald gaze pierced his very soul. Forrest sensed she felt the magic, too. Yet Becky was hinting at a mysterious "fiancé." Was she trying to make him jealous? Well, Forrest was about to make darn sure that no one married this fiery beauty but him! Five wealthy Texas bachelors--all members of the state's most exclusive club--set out on a mission to rescue a princess...and find true love.
Bringing up baby... Baby Tina needed a mom, and her aunt Lauren wanted to take on the role-as soon as she'd dealt with Tina's so-called "father," playboy Dade Delacourte. Determined to prove Dade unfit for fatherhood, Lauren was shocked to find herself mistaken for the baby's new nanny! Perhaps she could care for Tina and check out Dade's parenting skills at the same time. But her plan backfired because Dade expected Lauren to teach him about babies-and that involved spending twenty-four hours a day with this irresistible billionaire... BABY BOOM When two's company and three's a family!
Finding Mr Right Kit, Susannah, Alison--Single, successful and not searching for husbands--but love finds them anyway! When Jarrett Webster challenged Kit to organize a charity fund-raiser, a bachelor auction seemed ideal--with Jarrett as the prize! Bids were sure to flood in, and it'd be blissfull revenge for Kit to see Jarrett "sold" to the highest bidder. That would teach him to tease her about being Ms Career Woman! Annoyingly, Jarrett was completely happy to offer an intimate date on his private island. A whole weekend in paradise, with the sexiest man on earth! Try as she might to stop herself, Kit couldn't help thinking how exciting it would be if she could win the billionaire date....
Nurse Annie is having a bad week - not only has she got to squeeze herself into a bridesmaid's dress, but she also has to deal with her boss, Dr Iosef, whose famous family is currently keeping the tabloids in business! At the wedding, Annie and Iosef share the first of many kisses. . . But if their relationship is to survive, Annie and Iosef must ignore the glare of the paparazzi - and start to follow their hearts. . .
He'd carved out his empire with hard work and steely determination. But now billionaire Gavin Mason's reputation was in question. All because he resembled a character in Violet Tandy's bestselling novel. Since he'd never even met the woman, she had some serious explaining to do. Seemingly innocent Violet claimed her work was pure fiction, but no one in Gavin's elite social circle was buying it. The infuriating beauty owed him big-time, and he found great pleasure in making her pretend to be his girlfriend. Still, Gavin wondered if having her this close would destroy his most prized status-that of confirmed bachelor.
"So much for staying out of trouble..." Nathan Bell left his high-flying London life for the rolling green hills of New Zealand to shake off the shadows of his past and start again-under the radar. He should not be getting distracted by a feisty blonde who spells nothing but trouble! Jessica Falls has her own reasons for keeping things with Nathan commitment-free...yet every kiss erodes her defenses. And when she discovers how much pain he's hiding, Jessica knows only she has the power to heal her broken billionaire!
721 PARK AVENUE: Penthouse B TENANT: Gage Lattimer, dark and dangerous?SCANDAL: He'll never tell. . . A rich, powerful loner, Gage fit the description of the man who may have information about the mysterious demise of Jacinda Endicott's sister. Which was why Jacinda had abandoned her old life and taken a job at Gage's penthouse as his live-in maid. By day, she snooped for clues about her employer; by night, she fought her fatal attraction to the sexy, secretive billionaire. Her heart told her Gage was innocent; her head warned her otherwise. Which would she listen to?
Take-no-prisoners deal-maker Sean O'Banyon ate Wall Street financiers for lunch. So why was he losing sleep over a fresh-scrubbed nurse in old jeans and a too-big T-shirt? Maybe it was those warm green eyes. Or the way she blushed when he got personal. There was no denying the serious chemistry between them. But sooner or later Lizzie would learn his deep, dark secrets: First, he had trust issues. And second--he'd rather not go into the whole family thing. He didn't do relationships. . . but amazingly, Lizzie made him want one anyway.
Bluebonnet, Texas, is steamier than ever when a gorgeous and wealthy CEO gets up close and personal with a sexy live-in assistant in this new novella by the author of The Girl's Guide to (Man) Hunting. Risa's luck was running out... Risa Moore is content with her work as a live-in assistant to an elderly lady--until her boss passes on. Now, she's stuck in the tiny town of Bluebonnet, Texas, with no job, nowhere to live, and no prospects. Leaving Bluebonnet means starting her life over from scratch, so when Risa gets the opportunity of a lifetime, it's hard to turn it down. But does her sexy new boss want something more than just an employee? Until she met a man worth his weight in gold. Young, hot, and fabulously wealthy, Travis Jesson has no intention of ever returning to his small Texas hometown. Then his grandmother passes away, leaving him her estate and her pet. His plans involve disposing of her things as expediently as possible...until he meets her gorgeous live-in help. And Travis finds himself proposing an entirely different sort of relationship... Includes a preview of Jessica Clare's upcoming novel about Bluebonnet, The Care and Feeding of an Alpha Male, available October 2012.
Billionaire Tom Campbell had to leave the city-it held too many memories. Now he's content with the pace of life in the sleepy town of Sorrento, beachcombing and fishing in the deep blue sea. No complications. Then he walks up to the doorstep of Maggie Bryce's ramshackle mansion, and he can see both are in need of some loving care. Maggie's alluring mystique captures the billionaire's heart and he can't let gohellip;. Will Tom and Maggie find romance as the sun sets over Sorrento?