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Gillian Flynn says, "Karin Slaughter is simply one of the best thriller writers working today."A small Georgia town erupts in panic when a young college professor is found brutally mutilated in the local diner. But it's only when town pediatrician and coroner Sara Linton does the autopsy that the full extent of the killer's twisted work becomes clear.Sara's ex-husband, police chief Jeffrey Tolliver, leads the investigation--a trail of terror that grows increasingly macabre when another local woman is found crucified a few days later. But he's got more than a sadistic serial killer on his hands, for the county's sole female detective, Lena Adams--the first victim's sister--want to serve her own justice.But it is Sara who holds the key to finding the killer. A secret from her past could unmask the brilliantly malevolent psychopath .. or mean her death.
Things are finally looking up for Harry Keller. It's now a cinch for him to enter and leave A-Time -- the alternate universe he discovered, where time and space collide. And in the real world, he isn't totally devastated that his crush is dating someone else... especially when he hits it off with a cute new girl at school. But Harry has the feeling someone is pulling his strings. The question is: Who? And for what purpose? The more he probes, the more Harry begins to fear the answers....
"Tis a small canvas, this Boston," muses Stewart Jameson, a Scottish portrait painter who, having fled his debtors in Edinburgh, has washed up on America's far shores. Eager to begin anew in this new world, he advertises for an apprentice, but the lad who comes knocking is no lad at all. Fanny Easton is a lady in disguise, a young, fallen woman from Boston's most prominent family. "I must make this Jameson see my artist's touch, but not my woman's form," Fanny writes, in a letter to her best friend. "I would turn my talent into capital, and that capital into liberty." Liberty is what everyone's seeking in boisterous, rebellious Boston on the eve of the American Revolution. But everyone suffers from a kind of blind spot, too. Jameson, distracted by his haunted past, can't see that Fanny is a woman; Fanny, consumed with her own masquerade, can't tell that Jameson is falling in love with her. The city's Sons of Liberty can't quite see their way clear, either. "Ably do they see the shackles Parliament fastens about them," Jameson writes, "but to the fetters they clasp upon their own slaves, they are strangely blind." Written with wit and exuberance by longtime friends and accomplished historians Jane Kamensky and Jill Lepore, Blindspot weaves together invention with actual historical documents in an affectionate send-up of the best of eighteenth-century fiction, from epistolary novels like Richardson's Clarissato Sterne's picaresque Tristram Shandy. Prodigiously learned, beautifully crafted, and lush with the bawdy, romping sensibility of the age, Blindspot celebrates the art of the Enlightenment and the passion of the American Revolution by telling stories we know and those we don't, stories of the everyday lives of ordinary people caught up in an extraordinary time.
The Sparkle Spa nail salon relocates for Carnival Day--but can the Tanner sisters salvage the situation when a not-so-fun problem appears?It's Carnival Day at Auden Elementary School and Aly and Brooke are thrilled to set up a glittering Sparkle Spa booth for festive manicures. But what starts off all fun and games soon ends up in unpolished disaster! Can the girls find a way to repair the damage in time to enjoy the day?
She had nothing to lose...To say that desperation clouded Jane Falgoust's judgment was a colossal understatement. With a hurricane bearing down on New Orleans, the failed nurse-turned-waitress viewed it as an opportunity-to escape her tattered life. But then she saw the dog paddling frantically in the surging flood waters. She couldn't let this dog drown. From that one rescue, her nursing instincts kicked in and she started saving people-including herself.As the hurricane subsided, Jane tended the wounded in Dr. Ben Comeaux's makeshift street clinic. Sure, her life had turned upside down in the blink of an eye-but that was bad only if you were in a good place to begin with. Now it was time to rebuild-her life, her city-on a foundation of hope.
The future changes in the blink of an eye . . . or does it? Miriam is a Saudi princess promised to another, a pawn in a political struggle that could shift the balance of power in the Middle East.Seth is a certified genius with a head full of numbers, a life full of baggage, and an attitude born on the waves of the Pacific.Cultures collide when they find themselves thrown together as fugitives in a high-stakes chase across Southern California. A growing attraction and a search for answers fuel their fight to survive . . . but with no sleep and a massive manhunt steadily closing in, their chances of surviving any future are razor thin.
Grown up in a California commune, Bliss sees her aloof grandmother's Atlanta world as a foreign country, but she is determined to be nice as a freshman at an elite high school, which makes her the perfect target for a girl obsessed with the occult.
For thirty-nine years Harry Joy has been the quintessential good guy. But one morning Harry has a heart attack on his suburban front lawn, and, for the space of nine minutes, he becomes a dead guy. And although he is resuscitated, he will never be the same. For, as Peter Carey makes abundantly clear in this darkly funny novel, death is sometimes a necessary prelude to real life. Part The Wizard of Oz, part Dante's Inferno, and part Australian Book of the Dead, Bliss is a triumph of uninhibited storytelling from a writer of extravagan gifts.
From the outside, Bliss Sinclair's life seems very glamorous-a high- profile job with a publishing house, a fashionable boyfriend who looks good on her arm, and ultra-chic parties where the come-ons are as hot and thrilling at night as they are empty as an air-kiss greeting the next day. It's a world Bliss wanders through with blinders on, all the while craving more. And she finds it in the most unlikely of places. Embarking on a series of carnal adventures with a notorious bad girl as her guide, Bliss opens herself to every new experience and every taboo. In abandoned warehouses, private fetish clubs, even her own office, Bliss is skating on the thin ice of desire-until her world comes crashing in. Now, broken and wanting, Bliss decides to spend a summer in her birthplace, Jamaica, where she hopes to reconcile with her estranged father and rediscover herself. There, in a land of lush ripeness, of heat, warm breezes, easy smiles, and the family she left behind, Bliss will discover what she didn't know was missing. It's a journey that will awaken every one of her senses and take her to the edge of known pleasure and far beyond it, to a love that is as sexy as it gets, as real as can be, and more surprising than she can imagine-a place of total bliss.
Rosemary Bliss's family has a secret. It's the Bliss Cookery Booke-an ancient, leather-bound volume of enchanted recipes like Stone Sleep Snickerdoodles and Singing Gingersnaps. Rose and her siblings are supposed to keep the Cookery Booke under lock and whisk-shaped key while their parents are out of town, but then a mysterious stranger shows up. "Aunt" Lily rides a motorcycle, wears purple sequins, and whips up exotic (but delicious) dishes for dinner. Soon boring, nonmagical recipes feel like life before Aunt Lily-a lot less fun. So Rose and her siblings experi-ment with just a couple of recipes from the forbidden Cookery Booke. A few Love Muffins and a few dozen Cookies of Truth couldn't cause too much trouble . . . could they? Kathryn Littlewood's culinary caper blends rich emotional flavor with truly magical wit, yielding one heaping portion of hilarious family adventure.
Nothing says "oops" like your naked ass skidding in the salmon mousse...A year ago, pastry chef Serafina Wilde's seemingly perfect life fell to pieces. So now, when her eccentric Aunt Pauline calls from Santa Fe needing her help, Sera jumps at the chance to start over. Pauline even offers to let her take over the family business, "Pauline's House of Passion," and turn it into a bakery... provided she agrees not to ditch the "back room." Cupcakes and sex toys don't exactly mix but Sera is willing to try, and what she finds in the beautiful City Different is the best life has to offer --- if she has the courage to go for it.
"A haunting love story: This tale of the love affair between a lonely spinster college professor and a campus maintenance man is heartbreaking, achingly beautiful, and tastefully erotic. The author's imagery evokes the tragic story of a once-in-a-lifetime love that is doomed from the start." *****Amazon.comShy and plain, Leona writes books on 17th Century love poetry, but her own experience of love is meager. Her last affair, if you can call it that, was nine years ago.Into her barren world of manuscripts walks Bliss.He's one step from illiterate, a gap-toothed bumpkin, a hillbilly. And married.He's also physically beautiful, and he doesn't seem to know that Leona isn't."His lips searched hers; her answer was urgent. She reveled in her need. Nine years...How could I have gone so long? It's a wonder I didn't rape the janitor...But I am raping the janitor. Soft kisses were pressed to her breast, and in the rush of her pleasure, she felt his tenderness. She hadn't waited nine years, she realized. She'd waited all her life."Originally compared to Edith Wharton's ETHAN FROME and D.H. Lawrence's LADY CHATTERLY'S LOVER, Bliss was adapted into a movie starring Lynn Redgrave.
When You Want It All, You've Got To Give It AllFrom the outside, Bliss Sinclair's life seems very glamorous--a high-profile job with a publishing house, a fashionable boyfriend who looks good on her arm, and ultra-chic parties where the come-ons are as hot and thrilling at night as they are empty as an air-kiss greeting the next day. It's a world Bliss wanders through with blinders on, all the while craving more. And she finds it in the most unlikely of places.Embarking on a series of carnal adventures with a notorious bad girl as her guide, Bliss opens herself to every new experience and every taboo. In abandoned warehouses, private fetish clubs, even her own office, Bliss is skating on the thin ice of desire--until her world comes crashing in.Now, broken and wanting, Bliss decides to spend a summer in her birthplace, Jamaica, where she hopes to reconcile with her estranged father and rediscover herself. There, in a land of lush ripeness, of heat, warm breezes, easy smiles, and the family she left behind, Bliss will discover what she didn't know was missing. It's a journey that will awaken every one of her senses and take her to the edge of known pleasure and far beyond it, to a love that is as sexy as it gets, as real as can be, and more surprising than she can imagine--a place of total bliss.
Something had to be done. It had gone on too long, and if King Henry received one more letter from either of the feuding nobles, he'd go mad. What Lady Tiernay needed was...well, she was a beauty, but whoever married the nag would truly get a mixed blessing. And Lord Holden-could all the rumors regarding his cold heart be lies? The man certainly had sobered since the death of his first wife.If he were smart, Henry would force the two to wed, make them fatigue each other with their schemes and complaints. Yes, it was only fitting for them to share the bed they made-'til death did them part! Who could tell, perhaps they would even find each other suitable; perhaps Lord Holden would find in his bride the sweet breath of new life. Heaven alone knew what would happen when two foes were the last things between themselves and the passion they'd never known they wanted.
Death never did come quietly for Bliss House . . . and now a mother and daughter have become entwined in the secrets hidden within its walls. Amidst the lush farmland and orchards in Old Gate, Virginia, stands the magnificent Bliss House. Built in 1878 as a country retreat, Bliss House is impressive, historic, and inexplicably mysterious. Decades of strange occurrences, disappearances and deaths have plagued the house, yet it remains vibrant. And very much alive. Rainey Bliss Adams desperately needed a new start when she and her daughter Ariel relocated from St. Louis to Old Gate and settled into the house where the Bliss family had lived for over a century. Rainey's husband had been killed in a freak explosion that left her 14 year-old daughter Ariel scarred and disfigured. At the grand housewarming party, Bliss House begins to reveal itself again. Ariel sees haunting visions: the ghost of her father, and the ghost of a woman being pushed to her death off of an upper floor balcony, beneath an exquisite dome of painted stars. And then there is a death the night of the party. Who is the murderer in the midst of this small town? And who killed the woman in Ariel's visions? But Bliss House is loath to reveal its secrets, as are the good folks of Old Gate.
A practical and realistic guide to help you find passion in your career.What could be better than waking up every morning and looking forward to going to work? After all, most people spend the majority of their lives at work, and recent statistics reveal that four out of five people are "unhappy" in their current jobs. This is an epidemic J.P. Hansen calls The Whine Flu. The Bliss List is the cure. On a spiritual, conceptual, and practical level, The Bliss List will:* help you discover what makes you happy* help you identify skills you have and those you need to gain to achieve your goals* guide you through the important process of building a great résumé * provide actual interview questions--including off-the-wall ones--and offer the answers that nailed job offers * help you decide whether or not to accept a particular job offer when it comes along-- even if you think you must take it because you need the money
In the classic bestseller, Introduction to Tantra, Lama Yeshe offered a profound and wonderfully clear glimpse into the sophisticated practices of Tibetan Buddhist tantra. This present book, the last major teachings of this great lama, opens up the world of advanced practices for Highest Yoga Tantra initiates in much the same way his earlier work opened up the world of tantra in general. Following Je Tsongkhapa's (1357-1419 C.E.) text Having the Three Convictions, Lama Yeshe introduces the renowned Six Yogas of Naropa, focusing mainly on the first of these six, the practice of inner fire (tummo). Mastery of inner fire quickly brings the mind to its most refined and penetrating state--the experience of clear light, an extra-ordinarily powerful state of mind that is unequaled in its ability to directly realize ultimate reality. Lama Yeshe felt that twentieth-century Westerners could easily grasp the often misunderstood ideas of this esoteric tradition: "We really need tantra these days because there is a tremendous explosion of delusion and distraction.and we need the atomic energy of inner fire to blast us out of our delusion." Lama Yeshe's aim was for his students to actually taste the experience of inner fire rather than merely gain an intellectual understanding. Lama's own realization of the transformative power of these practices comes through, inspiring his students to discover for themselves their own capacity for inexhaustible bliss.
At the 1936 Berlin Olympics the beautiful Sydney Stringfellow begins an intense love affair with a German but the affair abruptly ends when political forces tear them apart. At the 1936 Berlin Olympics the beautiful Sydney Stringfellow begins an intense love affair with a German but the affair abruptly ends when political forces tear them apart.
DecadenceIn the steamy Bliss River Valley of South Africa, a colony of aristocratic British citizens have given themselves over--body and soul--to a debauched and dissolute lifestyle. The stifling heat only intensifies their lust for every sin--and for each other. . .DeceptionInto this world of instant--and intense--gratification comes Charles Elliott, a man who walks a tightly controlled line between two worlds. His very presence stirs the air of the colony--and the libidos of its devotees. Under the pretext of setting up a polo club in Bliss River Valley, Charles has put into motion a carefully conceived plan of revenge he has nurtured for years. And even Georgiana Maitland, with her knowing eyes and boundless capacity for passion, can't quench his thirst for vengeance . . .DesireFaced with Charles' blatant disregard, Georgiana uses every womanly weapon at her disposal to disarm him. But when a shocking murder rocks the colony and Charles becomes the prime suspect, he concocts a daring plot, taking her captive in order to escape. It's only a matter of time before he discovers just how willing a hostage Georgiana really is--and how close he is to surrendering to her wanton touch .. . .She's the hottest writer in the industry. Romantic Times calls her "The Queen of Erotic Romance," and Affaire de Coeur hails her as "the divine mistress of sensual writing." She's Thea Devine, and she's the author of eighteen steamy historical romances (all published by Zebra Books), four novellas, and featured in the bestselling erotic romance anthologies, Captivated, Fascinated, and All Through The Night. She also writes contemporary romance and is a long-time freelance manuscript reader. She lives in Connecticut with her husband of 35 years, two dogs and two cats
With a setting as exotic and steamy as the book itself--the Bliss River Valley of South Africa--"Bliss River" revolves around a colony of aristocratic British citizens who have given themselves over to a debauched and dissolute lifestyle.
Cooking in a way that's good for you and for the environment-not to mention delicious-doesn't have to be a pain; in fact, it can be sheer bliss. In Blissful Bites: Plant-based Meals That Nourish Mind, Body, and Planet, Christy Morgan shows readers how to make healthy, delicious, animal-product free meals without a lot of effort. It's been long-accepted that giving up animal products also means giving up easy and enjoyable cooking, but that's just not true. Blissful Bites is a refreshing introduction to the idea that switching to a plant-based diet that uses locally grown and organic products can be easy and rewarding-for both body and mind.Blissful Bites includes more than 150 recipes that make eating every meal healthier and exciting. Morgan, known to her online audience as "The Blissful Chef," also delivers recipes that are easy for the typical home cook to follow, making a plant-based diet seem simpler and more delicious to implement than ever before.Blissful Bites is filled with unique recipes and plenty of tips on how to live a healthier, more environmentally friendly life, without sacrificing an ounce of taste.
Two exotic locations. Two couples about to discover the thrill of rekindled passion. Make You Mine Again by Cheris Hodges Supermodel Jansen Douglas is living her dream. Now a wedding in Paris is about to reunite her with the high school sweetheart she left behind. But Atlanta CEO Bradley Stephens won't let their stormy past stand in the way of reclaiming his first and only love. Unraveled by Lisa Marie Perry Ona Tracy's plans to seduce her high school crush unravel when the reunion trip she books turns out to be an erotic-themed cruise to the Bahamas! Rather than abandon ship, she recruits blond-haired, silver-eyed Riker Ewan to be her hookup, unaware that the hot-bodied ex-marine isn't who he seems to be...
Chaining Herself To The Saloon Doors Seemed Like a Good Idea,but Lacy Calhoun quickly learned reforming her happily scandalous Texas town would take more than do-gooder theatrics. Even harder would be getting the better of roguishly handsome barkeep Lucas Burns, whose impertinent, intriguing stares could lead any girl astray!Lucas Had A Master Planto oust Lacy and her "civilizing influences" from the city limits.Yet living in the bedroom next to the virtuous beauty soon made putting more distance between them less appealing. He'd begun to think he'd rather help Lacy uncover the passionate woman she kept hidden beneath all that "prim and properness"!
Their exotic island idyll is only the beginning... Who's the real Saturday Knight? Is she the tempestuous, in-your-face star of Divorced Divas, the small screen's hottest reality series? Or is she the sultry, au naturel temptress Brandon Gilliam meets in Jamaica? It isn't long before the New York director and the woman known off set as Ayana are sharing a passionate interlude that he never wants to end. Back in the city, Ayana gets a reality check-when her sexy isle lover turns back into the no-nonsense director on her show. If the secret about her romantic interlude with Brandon gets out, it could ruin her career as the single vamp fans love to hate. There are people who depend on Ayana and the financial gains earned through her TV persona. Is she willing to risk everything for a seductive fantasy, or could what she shares with Brandon be the truest bliss of all?
Alyssa never really noticed the distance between her parents, or that her mom could be down a lot. And even when there was a strain between her parents, everything was going to be fine when Lila Rose, the new baby, arrived. But Lila Rose doesn't survive, nor does Alyssa's parents' marriage. That's when Alyssa decides to make things go her way--even if it hurts.
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