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Tells the story of two unlikely kung fu masters and how their skill in martial arts saves them both.
Ever wished you could delve a little deeper into your favourite character's life? Now you can travel back in time and relive something old and something new...Our favourite bad boy, Travis Maddox, is in serious trouble... Will he be held responsible for the fire that ravaged the underground fight scene?Abby Abernathy will do whatever it takes to keep Travis safe, no matter how crazy... even if it means returning to Vegas.Will Abby and Travis get their happily ever after, or will the City of Sin suck them back in...In this spectacular novella, Jamie McGuire will whisk you off on a rollercoaster ride of emotions that will make you fall in love all over again.
Nervous as a kitten whenever he comes near...Toni George needs a job to clear the gambling debts her late husband secretly accrued. With tiny twin girls to feed, she has no choice but to accept a position with notorious heartbreaker Steel Landry. Steel is intrigued by and more than a little attracted to the beautiful Toni, though he knows that she is offlimits. But she's as nervous as a kitten whenever he is near-so maybe she isn't as immune to his potent brand of masculinity as she'd like to be...?
Create Your Own Outdoor Living SpaceBuild your own Garden of Eden and have the sanctuary you've always wanted! Be the master of your own domain and retreat from the pressures of the world.Make a peaceful walkway that leads you to an archway permitting entrance into your own personal private place.Build a small storage shed to protect your gardening tools and keep them within easy reach.Make a small fence that's a snap to layout and assemble.Create an outdoor cooking area that is second to none for convenience and comfort.You'll be taught by a master carpenter and learn how easy it is to create your very own wonderful outdoor world.
Prayer is not easy, yet learning to pray can be learned. The Beautiful Work of Learning to Pray is a brief but probing guide into the life of prayer. James Howell examines the many barriers to prayer (such as our busyness, how uncomfortable with silence we are, our doubts and fears) and invites the reader to take a fresh approach to the devotional life. Each lesson begins with a scripture passage and the author draws comfortably and appropriately from a rich array of other sources (Annie Dillard, St. Augustine, Henri Nowen, Kathy Mattea, Madeleine L'Engle, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, St. Francis, Oscar Romero, and the movie Good Will Hunting are a sampling.) The author's own engaging writing style, including his ability to illumine his ideas with the shared wisdom of others, is a major strength of this book. While each "lesson" is only two book pages long, the author draws from a deep well of wisdom about prayer. Howell leads the reader through the "subjects" of prayer (e.g. praise, confession, giving thanks), and digs deeply into theological issues such as whether prayer works, prayer and suffering, and forgiveness. According to the author, "In the end, prayer draws us into community with others-- out of our "curved in" lives and into the world in service." The Beautiful Work of Learning to Pray will be helpful to the novice in spiritual life as well as long-time Christians who are striving for a more profound relationship with God. Includes Study Guide, List of Sources, and Scripture Index.
"A billion husbands are about to be replaced."From the author of Fight Club, the classic portrait of the damaged contemporary male psyche, now comes this novel about the apocalyptic marketing possibilities of a new product that gives new meaning to the term "self-help." Penny Harrigan is a low-level associate in a big Manhattan law firm with an apartment in Queens and no love life at all. So it comes as a great shock when she finds herself invited to dinner by one C. Linus Maxwell, a software mega-billionaire and lover of the most gorgeous and accomplished women on earth. After dining at Manhattan's most exclusive restaurant, he whisks Penny off to a hotel suite in Paris, where he proceeds, notebook in hand, to bring her to previously undreamed-of heights of gratification for days on end. What's not to like? This: Penny discovers that she is a test subject for the final development of a line of feminine products to be marketed in a nationwide chain of boutiques called Beautiful You. So potent and effective are these devices that women by the millions line up outside the stores on opening day and then lock themselves in their room with them and stop coming out. Except for batteries. Maxwell's plan for battery-powered world domination must be stopped. But how? From the Hardcover edition.
The Beauty, an incandescent new collection from one of American poetry's most distinctive and essential voices, opens with a series of dappled, ranging "My" poems--"My Skeleton," "My Corkboard," "My Species," "My Weather"--using materials sometimes familiar, sometimes unexpected, to explore the magnitude, singularity, and permeability of our shared existence. With a pen faithful to the actual yet dipped at times in the ink of the surreal, Hirshfield considers the inner and outer worlds we live in yet are not confined by; reflecting on advice given her long ago--to avoid the word "or"--she concludes, "Now I too am sixty. / There was no other life." Hirshfield's lines cut, as always, directly to the heart of human experience. Her robust affirmation of choice even amid inevitability, her tender consciousness of the unjudging beauty of what exists, her abiding contemplation of our moral, societal, and biological intertwinings, sustain poems that tune and retune the keys of a life. For this poet, "Zero Plus Anything Is a World." Hirshfield's riddling recipes for that world ("add salt to hunger"; "add time to trees") offer a profoundly altered understanding of our lives' losses and additions, and of the small and larger beauties we so often miss. From the Hardcover edition.
An enticing contemporary retelling of the classic story of Sleeping Beauty. While the the handsome prince, the evil fairy, the beautiful girl and of course the spindle all appear, Sarah Pinborough's charming and provocative spin on the story will captivate fans of the fairy tale all over again.The third of three brand-new retellings of classic fairy tales by Sarah Pinborough.
Every reader is familiar with the popular tale of Beauty and the Beast. But what if the fairy tale came true? Beauty tells the story of a modern woman who learns to love the deeper man, beyond all appearances; it is a totally credible, contemporary retelling of the classic tale. First serial to Good Housekeeping.
With the critically acclaimed novels The Gate To Women's Country, Raising The Stones, and the Hugo-nominated Grass, Sheri Tepper has established herself as one of the major science fiction writers of out Time. In Beauty, she broadens her territory even further, with a novel that evokes all the richness of fairy tale and fable. Drawing on the wellspring of tales such as "Sleeping Beauty," Beauty is a moving novel of love and loss, hope and despair, magic and nature. Set against a backdrop both enchanted and frightening, the story begins with a wicked aunt's curse that will afflict a young woman named Beauty on her sixteenth birthday. Though Beauty is able to sidestep tragedy, she soon finds herself embarked on an adventure of vast consequences. For it becomes clear that the enchanted places of this fantastic world--a place not unlike our own--are in danger and must be saved before it is too late.From the Paperback edition.
Ana is nothing like her glamorous mother, Queen Veda, whose hair is black as ravens and whose lips are red as roses. Alas, Queen Veda loathes anyone whose beauty dares to rival her own--including her only daughter. And despite Ana's attempts to be plain and earn her mother's affection, she's sent away to the kingdom's exclusive boarding school. At the Academy, Ana is devastated when her only friend abandons her for the popular girls. Isolated and alone, Ana resolves to look like a true princess to earn the acceptance she desires. But when she uncovers the dangerous secret that makes all of the girls at the Academy so gorgeous, just how far will Ana go to fit in?
From award-winning author Frederick Dillen, an inspiring and deeply moving novel about the power of second chances As a corporate "undertaker" for a mergers and acquisitions firm in New York, Carol MacLean travels from factory to factory, firing blue-collar workers who remind her of her father and the kids she grew up with. She hates her job. But Carol has been biding her time: her boss has promised that one day, after she has paid her dues, Carol will get to run a company instead of having to bury it. On what is supposed to be her last assignment, Carol travels up the coast of Massachusetts to a desperate fishing town where the late lobster and day boats cluster around the inner harbor, the blue steeples of the Portuguese church stand tall on the horizon, and the last remaining fish processing plant is in its death throes. That's when she learns that she's about to be fired. To save the town and herself, Carol becomes determined to rescue the factory she's under orders to shut down. With the help of the townspeople and a roughly charming local fisherman, and by the force of her own resolve, Carol throws herself into transforming the company--but is soon faced with increasingly difficult decisions. Must she choose between the job she has always wanted and everything else? Beauty explores the ways in which one woman will risk everything--her savings, her reputation, and even a chance at love--in pursuit of her dream.
What's it like to be the most beautiful girl in the world?Molly desperately wants to be beautiful. And that's what she tells Dharma, the mysterious portrait artist who sketches her face at the town fair just minutes after she's humiliated in front of Hudson, the guy of her dreams. When Molly wakes up the following morning, she's the most beautiful girl in Miracle, Ohio. Babies coo in her arms, her house fills with flowers from dozens of drooling boys, and she's chosen to be a model for the hottest store in town. Best of all, Hudson finally falls for her. But Molly soon discovers that beauty--and her wish--comes with a price. She's faced with an impossible choice: Will reclaiming her true identity mean letting go of Hudson for good? .
Why does my shampoo stop working? Are my cosmetics poisoning me? What does hypoallergenic mean? Are organic products better?Every day thousands of people turn to the scientists at the popular blog thebeautybrains.com for answers to their most pressing beauty questions. In The Beauty Aisle Insider you'll discover that:- Salon products are not necessarily better than products you can buy in the store.- Some of the most expensive cosmetics are made by the same companies that make the less expensive brands, and often the same formulas are used in both.- You do not need to spend hundreds of dollars to look and feel good.
Veterinarian Dr. Eric Bergstrom--a ladies' man if you want to put it kindly, a womanizer if you don't--is interested in a new woman. He's volunteered his services at the local cat shelter she's involved with. He's even adopted one of the shelter's cats. But he still can't manage to get Madeline to go out with him. Then Eric's twelve-year-old son, Garth, comes to town, making it clear that he resents "having" to spend the summer with his father. Garth and Madeline get along just fine, however. Until the twelve-year-old realizes his father's interested in her.... You know your life isn't going well when only your cat loves you!
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR... Too bad sexy Rosemary March didn't heed this advice--because as an adolescent, she'd harbored a secret wish to get even with nerdy, brainy Willis Random. She'd also has other secret wishes involving him--ones she hoped to realize if she ever got the chance. And suddenly, thirteen years later, there was a chance--all six feet two inches of him--knocking at her door. And as Rosemary stared at the magnificent speciment that Willis had turned into, she swore she was going to have one more crack at him. Prove to the science whiz that hers was a body as worthy of study as any comet's. If it was the last thing she did...
'One is repeatedly moved by the delicacy of the imagery and the understated precision' New Statesman. The successful writer Oki has reached middle age and is filled with regrets. He returns to Kyoto to find Otoko, a young woman with whom he had a terrible affair many years before, and discovers that she is now a painter, living with a younger woman as her lover. Otoko has continued to love Oki and has never forgotten him, but his return unsettles not only her but also her young lover. This is a work of strange beauty, with a tender touch of nostalgia and a heartbreaking sensitivity to those things lost forever. Beauty and Sadness was Kawabata's final book before his suicide in 1972.
When girl next door Beth Rogers pounded on Detective Kevin Grove's door in the middle of the night, she awakened not only the cop, but also the die-hard protector. His spunky neighbor had uncovered scandalous secrets about a murder and someone was threatening to silence her...permanently.After one heartbreak too many, Kevin was ready to call it quits. With his brawn and tough-guy looks, no woman had been able to see the caring soul that lurked beneath. But with one look into Beth's frightened eyes, the true-blue hero couldn't turn her away. Now, with every step leading them closer to danger, the safest place was in each other's arms.
ORDINARY DREAMS Preschool teacher Mary Shaw craved nothing more adventurous than car pools and cookie baking. Then FBI agent Ford Devereaux swept her off her feet--literally--and into his murky, perilous world. Did she dare believe her muscular, magnificent captor when he promised to protect her? EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES Ford had Mary's best interests in mind--so he'd abducted her and almost gotten her shot. No wonder she seemed less than thrilled about being alone with him! But a murderer was stalking her, and Ford had a job to do. First, he'd save Mary's life--then he'd convince her to spend the rest of it with him!
Ben Mercer has a big surprise in store for Jessica Wakefield. He's returning to Sweet Valley Shore--and bringing his supersmart girlfriend, Priya Rahman, along with him. Elizabeth Wakefield is heading back to the beach and straight for the arms of gorgeous head lifeguard Ryan Taylor. But Ryan is hiding something from her--something important. Will Elizabeth's perfect summer romance be over before it even begins? The last thing Nina Harper wants to do this summer is fall in love. Can Stu Kirkwood, a sweet, sexy surfer, make her change her mind?
The story of a remarkable young woman who teases, goads and physically inspires an injured young nobleman into regaining his health, and his will to live, following a devastating fire.
Poor Beauty! Her family has lost its fortune, her sisters are snobby and cruel, and her father just angered a hideous beast -- a beast who wants to marry her! Now Beauty must live with the beast in an enchanted castle, far from everyone she knows.
Despite her new master's frightening appearance, Beauty is surprised at his kindness and unusual appeal. Though she refuses to accept the marriage proposal that will lift his curse, Beauty is more than willing to accept the carnal advances and nighttime delights her Beast offers...
May the Best Man Win...the Maid of Honor?Lassiter Media millionaire Matt Hollis never let a woman stand between him and his career. But now Matt's best friend is marrying the Lassiter heiress-and her insufferable maid of honor has stolen Matt's heart. Kayla Prince is way more than this skilled negotiator bargained for.But Kayla's conflicted. The man left her in the lurch for his L.A. gig; now he wants her back? Fool her once, shame on Matt, fool her twice...well, actually, this second chance feels like the real thing. But a fateful night is about to put that feeling to the ultimate test....Beauty and the Best Man is a DYNASTIES: THE LASSITERS prequel novella. The story continues in The Black Sheep's Inheritance by USA TODAY bestselling author Maureen Child, only from Harlequin Desire!