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Shawn has a skyrocketing musical career, fans, fame, money, a beautiful girlfriend and all the women he wants. Everything changes when he falls asleep in a castle tower and wakes up in medieval Scotland. Mistaken for the castle's future laird, he is forced to make a dangerous cross-country trek with a beautiful woman wielding a knife, pursued by English soldiers and a Scottish traitor, to raise men for the critical battle at Bannockburn. Niall Campbell, Shawn's opposite in everything except looks, is no more happy to find himself caught in Shawn's life, pursued by women, the target of an angry girlfriend, expected to play a sell-out concert, and hearing the account of his own death and Scotland's annihilation at Bannockburn. He vows to figure out what went wrong at the battle, and find a way back to change it. Blue Bells of Scotland is both an action-packed adventure and a tale of redemption that will be remembered long after the last page has been turned
Edward Conlon's Blue Blood is an ambitious and extraordinary work of nonfiction about what it means to protect, to serve, and to defend among the ranks of New York's finest. This is an anecdotal history of New York as experienced through its police force, and depicts a portrait of the teeming street life of the city in all its horror and splendor. It is a story about police politics, fathers and sons, partners who become brothers, old ghosts and undying legacies.
Mixing a dash of Dallas society, a pinch of Janet Evanovich, and murder in the land of big hair, Blue Blood is the first installment in award-winning author Susan McBride's sassy Debutante Dropout mystery series.To the dismay of her high society mother, Cissy, Dallas heiress Andy Kendricks wants no part of the Junior League life--opting instead for a job as a website designer and a passel of unpedigreed pals. Now her good friend Molly O'Brien is in bad trouble, accused of killing her boss at the local restaurant Jugs.Though no proper deb would ever set foot in such a sleazy dive, Andy's soon slipping into skintight hot pants and a stuffed triple D bra to gain employment there and somehow help clear Molly's name.But Andy's undercover lark soon brings her into too-close contact with all manner of dangerous adversaries--including a shady TV preacher, a fanatical Mothers Against Porn activist ... and a killer who is none too keen on meddling rich girls.
At a for-profit ancestral pile, Bognor seeks an earl-killing sniperAs real estate moguls slice and dice the great properties of the English countryside, the rambling grounds of Abney House are kept intact by being turned into a sort of theme park of the aristocracy for the public--complete with cafeteria, sailing museum, and safari-themed shooting gallery. But the theme isn't complete until a visiting earl is felled by a sniper's bullet, giving Abney House what every manor needs: a blue-blooded murder. Normally this killing would not fall under the jurisdiction of Board of Trade investigator Simon Bognor, but the downed earl was tied up in a top-secret international exchange, and the killing may have had a political motive. As Bognor settles into life at the old estate, he is forced to decide which will be more dangerous: the sharpshooting assassin, or the tedious aristocratic company.
The epic conclusion to the amazing Sabina Kane urban fantasy series.Sabina Kane is on the hunt. Her prey: Cain, the father of the vampire race and the one who murdered her family and her friends. Unfortunately, Cain is hunting Sabina, too. The one man who holds the key to defeating Cain is, of course, Abel. A mage with secrets to spare and, hopefully, the power to match it. Unfortunately, for Sabina, he's in Rome and may not want to be found.Sabina sets out for Italy with her friends, Giguhl and Adam Lazarus, to track down the only man who can get her the revenge she hungers for. But will he help her or oppose her? And just who is Abel, really? Worst of all, when Sabina figures out the goddess Lilith has a plan for her-she realizes this trip is getting deadlier by the minute. As they say: when in Rome-SURVIVE.
Schuyler Van Alen has never fit in at Duchesne, her prestigious New York private school. She prefers baggy, vintage clothes to the Prada and pearls worn by her classmates. But when she turns fifteen, Schuyler's life changes dramatically. The death of a popular schoolmate haunts her in unexpected ways. And strangest of all, Jack Force, the most popular boy in school, is showing a sudden interest in her.
Three favorite fairy tales--Rapunzel, Beauty and the Beast, and Toads and Diamonds--are brought beautifully to life in this classic Little Golden Book from 1959, with breathtaking illustrations by the inimitable Gordon Laite.
Nicole Brossard's lucid, subversive and innovative work on language has influenced an entire generation of readers and writers. But three of her seminal works of postmodernism and feminism have been lost to us for years.
In the wake of the depression of 1929, four friends gather in a cold, dusty attic on Christmas day to make a solemn pact. "Our dreams for the future," they whisper as they place tiny pieces of paper holding their life wishes into a blue bottle. Four girls, four dreams, and four futures sealed in a cobalt blue bottle. Letitia dreams of marriage and children Mary Love wants to be a painter Eleanor aspires to help those in need as a social worker Adora longs to be a Broadway actress Sixty-five years later, local news reporter Brendan Delaney stumbles upon the bottle, discovering the most meaningful story of her career, and possibly the meaning missing from her own life. The Blue Bottle Club is a seamless, engaging work of fiction from one of the finest Christian novelists today.
Four friends gathered in a cold, dusty attic on Christmas day to make a solemn pact. "Our dreams for the future," they whispered, placing tiny pieces of paper into a shimmering blue bottle. But that event happened in 1929, and it is decades later when local news reporter Brenna Delaney stumbles upon that bottle . . . and into the most meaningful story of her career. Life has taken those four girls' dreams of love, fame, and faith on a path fraught with seduction, betrayal, and loss. Little has turned out as expected--and yet every choice, every tear has led each of them to a special place. Brenna's search will uncover the secrets of that Blue Bottle Club . . . and her own life will never be the same. "A beautiful novel about friendship and the power of faith to renew our dreams." --Angela Hunt, author of Magdalene
One of the country's most celebrated roasters explains how to choose, brew, and enjoy the new breed of artisan coffees at home, along with 40 inventive recipes that incorporate coffee or taste good with a cup. Coffee is experiencing a renaissance and Blue Bottle Coffee Company has quickly become one of America's most celebrated roasters. Famous for its complex and flavorful coffees, Blue Bottle delights its devoted patrons with exquisite pour-overs, delicious espressi, and specialized brewing methods. Yet as coffee production becomes more sophisticated with specialized extraction techniques and Japanese coffee gadgets, the new artisan coffees can seem out of reach. The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee explains this newworld from farm to cup, exploring the bounty of beans available and the intricate steps that go into sourcing raw coffee from around the globe. Blue Bottle founder James Freeman coaches you through brewing the perfect cup ofcoffee, using methods as diverse as French press, nel drip, siphon, and more to produce the best flavor. For coffee lovers who want to roll up their sleeves and go deeper, Freeman explains step by step how to roast beans at home using standard kitchen tools--just like he did when starting out. The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee also introduces a home technique for cupping, the industry method of tasting coffees for quality control, so you can hone your taste and share your meticulously roasted coffee with friends. Rounding out the book are more than thirty inventive recipes from Blue Bottle pastry chef and former Miette bakery owner Caitlin Freeman thatincorporate coffee or just taste particularly good with coffee, such as Saffron Vanilla Snickerdoodles, Stout Coffee Cake with Pecan-Caraway Streusel, Affogato with Smoky Almond Ice Cream, Coffee Panna Cotta, and more. With more than one hundred stunning photographs showing coffee's journey from just-harvested cherry to perfect drink, this distinctive and deep guide to the new breed of amazing coffees from one of the top artisan coffee makers will change the way you think about--and drink--coffee.
Meet Kiran Sharma: lover of music, dance, and all things sensual; son of immigrants, social outcast, spiritual seeker. A boy who doesnt quite understand his lot--until he realizes hes a god. . . As an only son, Kiran has obligations--to excel in his studies, to honor the deities, to find a nice Indian girl, and, above all, to make his mother and father proud--standard stuff for a boy of his background. If only Kiran had anything in common with the other Indian kids besides the color of his skin. They reject him at every turn, and his cretinous public schoolmates are no better. Cincinnati in the early 1990s isnt exactly a hotbed of cultural diversity, and Kirans not-so-well-kept secrets dont endear him to any group. Playing with dolls, choosing ballet over basketball, taking the annual talent show way too seriously. . . the very things that make Kiran who he is also make him the star of his own personal freak show. . . Surrounded by examples of upstanding Indian Americans--in his own home, in his temple, at the weekly parties given by his parents friends--Kiran nevertheless finds it impossible to get the knack of "normalcy. " And then one fateful day, a revelation: perhaps his desires arent too earthly, but too divine. Perhaps the solution to the mystery of his existence has been before him since birth. For Kiran Sharma, a long, strange trip is about to begin--a journey so sublime, so ridiculous, so painfully beautiful, that it can only lead to the truth. . . "The best fiction reminds us that humanity is much, much larger than our personal world, our own little reality. Blue Boy shows us a world too funny and sad and sweet to be based on anything but the truth. " --Chuck Palahniuk New York Times Bestselling Author
Rachel Gibson, the New York Times bestselling author of Crazy On You and Rescue Me, once again shows that theres nothing quite like a man in uniform They say you never forget your first time, but theres nothing Blue Butler and Kasper Pennington would rather forget than their brief but fiery teenage love affair. Yeah, it was hot while it lasted, but then he went off to join the Marines, leaving Blue in New Orleans. Shes tried to block him from her mind for good, but nothing can really erase the feeling she had when she was with him. And now hes got the nerve to return--leaner, meaner, and strong enough to pull her into his arms and kiss her senseless. Blues a successful businesswoman now, with no time to figure out what went wrong all those years ago. But Kasper knows shes the one woman for him . . . and now hes got to prove it to her all over again.
When Dreams Come True All her life, Valancy Stirling lived on a quiet little street in an ugly little house and never dared to contradict her domineering mother and her unforgiving aunt. Then she gets a letter--and decides that very day things need to change. For the first time in her life, she does exactly what she wants to and says exactly what she feels. At first her family thinks she's gone around the bend. But soon Valancy discovers more surprises and adventure than she ever thought possible. She also finds her one true love and the real-life version of the Blue Castle that she was sure only existed in her dreams... What Readers are Saying: "This just became one of my all-time favorites! In fact, this may be my favorite L.M. Montgomery book, and I'm a huge 'Anne' fan!...I loved the drama and the romance, and the beautiful descriptions of the Canadian wilds. What a great book! It's a treat to read, just a joy with every page!" "The sweetest romance I have ever read, full of laugh-out-loud moments and obnoxious 'villains'...on par with Jane Austen's best." "Absolutely hilarious (Valancy would be a Twitter superstar), and it feels so fresh, which is a testament to how timeless L.M. Montgomery's writing is. This has quickly become one of my favorite books." "I finished reading The Blue Castle with the same engrossed delight I had in meeting Anne Shirley years ago."
Stories include: <P> The Pusher [1982 Hugo Award, 1982 SF Chronicle Award, 1982 Locus Poll Award. Nominated, 1981 Nebula Award]; <P> Blue Champagne [nominated, 1982 Hugo Award; winner 1982 Locus Poll Award]; <P> Tango Charlie and Foxtrot Romeo [ 1987 Locus Poll Award, Best Novella (Place: 3)]; <P> Options [nominated, 1979 Nebula Award, 1980 Hugo Award; 1980 Locus Poll Award, Best Novelette (Place: 2)]; <P> Lollipop and the Tar Baby; <P> The Manhattan Phone Book (Abridged); <P> The Unprocessed Word;<P> Press Enter  [winner, 1984 Nebula Award, 1985 Hugo Award, 1985 Locus Poll Award, 1985 SF Chronicle Award].
The essential guide to being smart about money and investing Blue Chip Kids: What Every Child (and Parent) Should Know About Money, Investing, and the Stock Market is a fun and easy-to-understand introduction to the world of money and investing for kids and parents. Frustrated by the lack of entertaining financial teaching materials for his 13-year-old son, this book is the result of a father's commitment to pass on one of life's most important skills. Written by David W. Bianchi--an investor and lawyer with an economics degree from Tufts University--this hands-on resource demystifies the basic principles about money matters and shows what it takes to spend, save, and invest wisely. Filled with simple examples and numerous illustrations, this easy-to-read book discusses money and investing in 100 bite-size topics. For every parent who wants their children to develop the skills to invest wisely and become responsible money managers, regular savers, and to earn money while they sleep, this book is a must-have.ile they sleep, this book is a must-have.
It's the week before Christmas, and antiques dealer Weezie Foley is in a frenzy to garnish her shop for the Savannah historical district decorating contest, which she intends to win. Weezie is ready to shoot herself with her glue gun by the time she's done, but the results are stunning. She's certainly one-upped the owners of the trendy boutique around the corner, but suddenly things start to go missing from her display, and there seems to be a mysterious midnight visitor to her shop. Still, Weezie has high hopes for the holiday-maybe in the form of an engagement ring from her chef boyfriend. But Daniel, always moody at the holidays, seems more distant than usual. Throw in Weezie's decidedly odd family, a 1950s Christmas tree pin, and even a little help from the King himself (Elvis, that is), and maybe there will be a pocketful of miracles for Weezie this Christmas Eve. Back by popular demand, this new edition of the holiday classic includes an essay by the author, tips for "keeping the happy in holidays," additional recipes, and more.
He was a son who hadn't known his father very well. It was a town shaken by a grisly murder-his father's murder. Johnny Weatherly was home from a war and wandering. When he found out that his father had been assassinated on a street corner and that his father's seductive young wife had inherited a fortune, he started knocking on doors. The doors came open, and Johnny stepped into a world of gamblers, whores, drug-dealers, and blackmailers, a place in which his father had once moved freely. Now Johnny Weatherly was going to solve this murder-by pitting his rage, his courage, and his lost illusions against the brutal underworld that has overtaken his hometown.
Around the small California town where Pippa Cochran has fled to escape an abusive boyfriend, Seth Wyatt is called the Grim Reaper-and not just because he's a bestselling author of horror novels. He's an imposing presence, battling more inner demons than even an indefatigable woman like Pippa cares to handle. Yet, while in his employ, she can't resist the emotional pull of his damaged son or the chance to hide in the fortress he calls a home. Then Pippa's amazing gifts begin to alter their world in ways none of them could have imagined. But something soon goes wrong. Dangerous "accidents" occur, threatening to destroy the tremulous new love that Pippa and Seth have dared to discover. ...
McMillan now delivers her sexiest, most powerful story yet, one set in the heart of the American automobile industry, where four very different people -- and passions -- are about to collide. . . Tenacity and ambition made THYME TYLER the auto industry's only female African-American plant manager, but devastating personal betrayals will put everything she values on the line. . . . Thyme's feisty best friend, KHAN DAVIS, is looking for security -- in the arms of an irresistibly sensual older lover. . . . Champion Motors' biggest dealer, R. C. RICHARDSON, is about to stake his fortune on a gamble that may cost him everything. . . . And even as dedicated union leader RON DAVIS struggles to keep things cool amid professional and personal turmoil, desperate secrets will push all four past the breaking point -- to where real success will mean confronting the hardest truths.
This vital and compelling collection of stories about work, compiled by novelist and short-story writer Richard Ford, explores tales of how we Americans are employed; how we find work and leave it; how it excites, ennobles, occasionally debilitates, but often defines us. Contributing writers for Blue Collar, White Collar, No Collar range from contemporary Pulitzer Prize winners Edward P. Jones and Jhumpa Lahiri to iconic short-story masters Tobias Wolff, Annie Proulx, and Joyce Carol Oates, as well as emerging writers such as Lewis Robinson. Encompassing a wide range of contemporary literary styles, ages, ethnic backgrounds, and geographical locations, Blue Collar, White Collar, No Collar is a masterful, exhilarating, and timely fictional exploration of work and its relationship to the human spirit. All author proceeds from Blue Collar, White Collar, No Collar: Stories of Work will go directly to fund the free youth writing, tutoring, and publishing programs offered by 826michigan.
A 2008 Indie Next Pick Despite nurse-midwife Patsy Harman's own financial and personal medical trials, including her private battle with uterine cancer, she devotes herself to her patients' well-being in all aspects of their lives. They, in turn, tell her intimate stories both heartbreaking and uplifting.
Bill and Poetry catch the biggest fish ever to swim in Sugar Creek and then are nearly run over by a stampeding blue cow. Shorty Long's fence-crossing cow brings all kinds of adventure to the Sugar Creek Gang. Bill and Shorty mix it up several times, but a crisis with the cow brings the two boys together. See the power of prayer as Bill and his mother fight to save the life of Shorty's blue cow. The Sugar Creek Gang series chronicles the faith-building adventures of a group of fun-loving, courageous Christian boys. These classic stories have been inspiring children to grow in their faith for more than five decades. More than three million copies later, children continue to grow up relating to members of the gang as they struggle with the application of their Christian faith to the adventure of life. Now that these stories have been updated for a new generation, you and your child can join in the Sugar Creek excitement. Paul Hutchens's memories of childhood adventures around the fishing hole, the swimming hole, the island, and the woods that surround Indiana's Sugar Creek inspired these beloved tales.
Psychological thriller set deep in the secret heart of Kentucky cave country. Blue Crystal exposes the evil and chaos lurking just beneath the surface of a picture-perfect rural town. In a world ripped apart by sudden and random violence, a man will struggle to survive, to find rebirth and redemption in the rising waters of an underground hell. Meet Sam Preston, the owner of Blue Crystal Cave, a man held hostage by its tragic history. Local legend whispers of a priceless hoard, hidden, buried, beckoning. But Sam remembers the grisly truth that years ago seventeen children were buried alive when the walls of the cave collapsed. Haunted by memories of the accident and his father's subsequent suicide, Sam tries to escape the past by going underground, into the winding channels of Blue Crystal Cave. Yet his obsessions are consuming him and endangering his growing relationship with Mary Beth. Enter Bobby Drake, an ex-convict, and his band of misfits, Clay, Misty, Hermie, and Christiann. Irresistibly drawn to the cave by rumors of riches, they trap Sam and Mary Beth during a raging storm that threatens to flood the town. With water rushing in and time running out, Sam and Mary Beth find themselves lost in the utter darkness, being relentlessly pursuedþ but is it by their abductors or by shadows of the past? With its driving, urgent prose, cinematic speed, Blue Crystal is an action-packed and action-powered novel of suspense. But the cave is also an internal landscape of psychic terror. In succinct, often surprising, and sharply observed portraits, Philip Lee Williams masterfully explores the inner lives of his characters in a death-defying spiritual odyssey. Philip Lee Williams is the author of six novels, The Heart of a Distant Forest, All the Western Stars, Slow Dance in Autumn, The Song of Daniel, Perfect Timing, and Final Heat. He won the Townsend Prize in 1986 and was named Georgia Author of the Year in 1990. He lives with his wife, Linda, their son, Brandon, and their daughter, Mcgan, near Athens, Georgia.
He sank into mud up to his ankles, carried her out into the water until he could feel an undercurrent, held her head under until she stopped breathing, let her go. For generations the Freyls have ruled Springfield, Illinois, capital of a state of great lakes and rivers. Now convicted killer David Marion threatens their invincibility, and he threatens it from within their own ranks. In prison, his savage fury kept him at the top of the hierarchy, but he needed those bars. Without them, he's spiraling out of control. Water: it's blue gold, and the price on world markets is soaring. When Springfield gets a new mayor, this mostly comfortable, well-to-do community finds its supply under threat, not only from corporations out for the money and the life-and-death power that come with global control but from a disease that appears from nowhere, that nobody can identify and nobody can treat. None of these things interests David Marion, not even blue gold, at least not until his own past surfaces and he finds himself caught between multinational leviathans at war over America's heartland. Revealing the inner workings of a claustrophobic social elite with all its tricks, entitlements and scheming, Brady takes us into the heart of a community and a family where innocence can backfire and where fear is the only effective weapon. [author photo] Joan Brady was the first woman to win the Whitbread Book of the Year (now Costa) for her novel, Theory of War, also the recipient of France's Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger. Critics hailed it as a 'modern work of genius'. She is the author of an autobiography, The Unmaking of a Dancer, and of the highly-acclaimed novels, Death Comes for Peter Pan and The Émigré. The Blue Death is the third of her thrillers which include the internationally bestselling Bleedout and Venom.
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