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Bettina Daniels lived a fairytale existence of glamour, endless parties, and luxury among America's top celebrities -- simply because she was the beautiful daughter of famous American author Justin Daniels. Then, in one moment of tragedy, her father was dead, and Bettina discovered the truth -- he had spent every dime he'd ever earned and run up millions in debt. At eighteen, penniless and alone, she had lost everything except her father's dearest friend, Ivo Stewart. A wealthy, handsome publisher of sixty-two, he offered Bettina a way out: marriage. But only for a time. What lay ahead for Bettina was a life filled with shocks and surprises -- and eventually a chance to become a playwright, and a writer like her father. Having learned her lessons dearly, Bettina blossoms into her own person at last.From the Paperback edition.
Widowed rancher Ethan Slade had retreated from society to live in a shack on his vast property. But with his nieces coming for a holiday, he had to open the ranch house-a place he hadn't set foot in for years. Where, in two short days, could he find someone to make a house a home? Stranded and desperate to provide for her child, Sara Conroy was thankful for the job. And though the strong, silent man who'd hired her should have made her wary, the sadness in his eyes spoke of pain she yearned to heal. She had two days to convince Ethan to let them stay-two days to open his lonely heart to love. ...
Helen and Scott Nearing, authors of "Living the Good Life" and many other bestselling books, lived together for 53 years until Scott's death at age 100. "Loving and Leaving the Good Life" is Helen's testimonial to their life together and to what they stood for: self-sufficiency, generosity, social justice, and peace. In 1932, after deciding it would be better to be poor in the country than in the city, Helen and Scott moved from New York City to Vermont. The Nearings moved to Maine in 1953, where they continued their hard physical work as homesteaders and their intense intellectual work promoting social justice. "Loving and Leaving the Good Life" is a vivid self-portrait of an independent, committed and gifted woman. It is also an eloquent statement of what it means to grow old and to face death quietly, peacefully, and in control. At 88, Helen seems content to be nearing the end of her good life. As she puts it, "To have partaken of and to have given love is the greatest of life's rewards. There seems never an end to the loving that goes on forever and ever. Loving and leaving are part of living. " Helen's death in 1995 at the age of 92 marks the end of an era. Yet as Helen writes in her remarkable memoir, "When one door closes, another opens. " As we search for a new understanding of the relationships between death and life, this book provides profound insights into the question of how we age and die.
Sure, love hurts. But speed kills. At Wilder, the pain is hitting home. A big-time cosmetics company is on campus looking for fresh faces to use in their ads, and both Pam and Reva are taking a shot. But their boyfriends, Jamal and Andy, aren't exactly offering support. In fact, the guys seem more interested in cutting the girls down. They act as if they know everything, but if they don't lighten up, they'll find out what it's like to lose a girlfriend. Nancy, meanwhile, is dealing with a real loss. Bess went looking for romance and found tragedy. A motorcycle ride with Paul was cut short by a hit-and-run driver. She was seriously injured -- and Paul was killed. Nancy knows there's no simple answer to her best friend's anguish, but she's determined to find the driver and make him answer for Paul's death.
When thirty-four-year-old Chloe Morgan appears on Hank Oliver's doorstep in Cameron, Arizona, she arrives with more than her old white German shepherd, Hannah, and a rambunctious young horse in tow. Chloe is pregnant with Hank's child, and she's as tough-talking and vulnerable, skittish and tender as when last we saw her in Jo-Ann Mapson's acclaimed first novel, Hank & Chloe. As Chloe and Hank settle somewhat uneasily into domesticity, a local Navajo legend named Junior Whitebear returns home to collect his father's ashes and renew his own spirit after years spent in the art-world fast lane. When Junior arrives at the reservation, he doesn't expect to find a son he fathered unwittingly nine years ago; nor is he looking to fall in love with Chloe and to deliver her baby girl. Both events change his life, and the lives of those around him, forever. A passionate love story, Loving Chloe explores the emotional complexity of a love triangle with sympathy, humor, and compassion.
Kate and Michael are roommates living in the Oakland hills, working at the same Trader Joes supermarket. A night of drunken revelry changes their lives forever, but not in the way that anyone would expect. A slow-spreading plague of zombie-ism breaks out at their house party, spreading amongst their circle of friends, and simultaneously through the Bay Area. This zombie plague - an STD of sorts - is spread through sex and kissing, turning its victims into mindless, horny, voracious killers. Thrust into extremes by this slow- motion tragedy, Kate and Michael are forced to confront the choices they've made in their lives, and their fears of commitment, while trying to stay alive and reunite in the one place in the Bay Area that's likely to be safe and secure from the zombie hoards: Alcatraz.
"Bernice L. McFadden is one of the best contemporary literary writers out there today...Her brilliance, her talent as a novelist, is the very life she breathes into all of her characters."--Terry McMillan, from the IntroductionOne of Library Journal's 25 Key Indie Fiction Titles for Fall 2014-Winter 2015!"A two-time Hurston/Wright Legacy Award finalist also twice honored by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, McFadden presents a love story starring Campbell and Donovan--both from shattered homes, both still hopeful, and both shaped more by history than they can imagine. Don't miss."--Library Journal Prepub Alert"Loving Donovan firmly establishes McFadden among the ranks of those few writers of whom you constantly beg for more."--Black Issues Book ReviewPraise for Bernice L. McFadden:"McFadden works a kind of miracle--not only do her characters retain their appealing humanity; their story eclipses the bonds of history to offer continuous surprises."--New York Times, on Gathering of Waters"Searing and expertly imagined."--Toni Morrison, on The Warmest DecemberWith a new introduction by Terry McMillan.The first section of McFadden's unconventional love story belongs to Campbell. Despite being born to a brokenhearted mother and a faithless father, Campbell still believes in the power of love...if she can ever find it. Living in the same neighborhood, but unknown to Campbell until a chance meeting brings them together, is Donovan, the "little man" of a shattered home--a family torn apart by anger and bitterness.In the face of daunting obstacles, Donovan dreams of someday marrying, raising a family, and playing in the NBA. But deep inside, Campbell and Donovan live with the histories that have shaped their lives. What they discover--together and apart--forms the basis of this compelling, sensual, and surprising novel.
Most memoirs speak of family, innocence lost, secrets hidden and later unearthed--or of discoveries that can heal as well as scar. Loving Emma is such a story. It will appeal to all of us who have been a part of a complicated family, who have had to reach into ourselves for the strength and courage to rise to the challenges that face us. Loving Emma is a rich and candid account of one woman's struggle to be a parent. About to turn fifty, she is asked to take in and raise her partner Gemma's six-year-old niece. Unwilling and resentful of the task at the start, the author ultimately triumphs over adversity--and tells her tale with tenderness, humor, and blunt honesty. It is also the story of how women nurture children in a culture that is not always supportive, but in a community that always is. Carol A. Ortlip handles the topics of midlife crises, substance abuse, and problems of child-rearing with great aplomb. Carol A. Ortlip, a special education teacher, has held a variety of jobs, from crab-fisher in Alaska to horse-drawn cab driver in Manhattan. She is the author of We Became Like a Hand: A Story of Five Sisters(2002), a family memoir of sisterhood. She lives near Brattleboro, Vermont.
UNDER SUSPICIONThere was no doubt that the woman who called herself Evie Shaw was the key to the high-tech conspiracy that threatened Robert Cannon's computer company--and he meant to take her down personally. But as he trailed her into the heart of a long, hot Southern summer, he found himself questioning everything he believed. For he was face-to-face with a breathtaking passion--for a woman who had to be as guilty as sin. . . .
When Todd Bronski realized an eight-year old boy had stolen his laptop, he was set to call the police. But then Jenni Anderson, little Cory's aunt, came to apologize, and. . . well, she was lovely. Jenni was grateful that Todd had decided to leave the police out of it and help teach Cory a better way. The man was handsome, intelligent, kind and caring with Cory. Todd awakened feelings she hadn't experienced in years. But Jenni wasn't looking for a man. She had way too much on her plate. Besides, Todd had agreed to be her new business partner, and she wasn't about to mix business with pleasure. . . .
This book is a contemporary reminder that "loving God with all your heart, soul, and mind, and strength--and your neighbor as yourself" is still what it's all about.
NEW IN THE SANTA FE BOBCATS SERIES! Sometimes the best defense is a good offense... Aileen is a sports reporter trying to make a name for herself without relying on her looks, And what better way to do that than to break a scandal about one of the fastest rising stars on the Santa Fe Bobcats? Killian seems too good to be true, so she knows he must be hiding something... It's hard enough breaking into the NFL--even more so when you're a single dad. Killian isn't proud that he's keeping his son a secret, but his ex has a reputation that could tarnish his squeaky clean image for good. So when Aileen starts sniffing around, Killian decides to distract her by any means necessary. But Aileen is more than capable of giving as good as she gets... Includes a preview of Jeanette Murray's First to Fight Praise for ONE NIGHT WITH A QUARTERBACK: "Murray provides her readers with a hot, entertaining, funny, sexy, and just plain good sports themed romance."--Always YA at Heart "OMG I want MORE!!! Sports romance, hot sex, a little family drama and long lost relatives, awesome friendships and just fantastic a heroine and hero who I loved spending time with as their one night stand got...a little bit complicated."--Herding Cats & Burning Soup "This is one sweet contemporary romance with a sports setting. Pick up a copy even if sports isn't your flavor."--Night Owl Reviews Jeanette Murray spends her days surrounded by hunky alpha men...at least in her imagination. In real life, she's a wife and a mother, keeping tabs on her husband, her daughter, and the family dog on the outskirts of St. Louis. She is also the author of One Night with a Quarterback.
"You'll have to learn to speak, to dress, to conduct yourself as a lady." Those orders were intoned by Sebastian, the cold haughty Earl of Moorland to Jewel Combs, the cockney commoner defiantly facing him in his luxurious drawing room. Despite his icy demeanor, Jewel couldn't help but notice that the Earl was a breathtakingly handsome man. Still, the only thing that checked her saucy reply was the realization that the Earl's outlandish plans would give her a home, and she would never be hungry, shivering, or frightened in dark dockside alleys ever again. Fate had brought Jewel to the mansion on Grosvenor Square; now she was going to grab the gold ring of chance and become "Julia Stratham," a genuine upper-crust, silk-and-lace aristocrat. She didn't know why blue-blooded Sebastian had accepted the challenge to transform her from a diamond in the rough into a glittering gem. She did know she had a surprise in store of her own: She would teach this titled nobleman that although she wasn't a lady, she was all woman... and the one with whom he was going to madly, unwisely, and passionately fall in love.
Roan Devereaux Could Gentle Any Filly With A Look And A Touch-but Kate Cassidy presented a real challenge. With her coltish grace and mile-wide stubborn streak, she was more woman than most men could handle-and exactly what he needed.Men were impulsive critters, Katherine Cassidy swore, and Roan Devereaux had only proved that when he'd up and asked Kate to marry him! It was a crazy idea-but no crazier than the sound of her heart singing "yes" in reply...!
Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Yes, well, Remington Walker was no angel. . . He posed a more serious danger to Libby than she'd ever faced. Libby Blue had found a refuge from her past in the Idaho wilderness. Leaving her ruthless father and a privileged Eastern girlhood behind, she finally found freedom in the wild West. Libby could run a ranch, make her own choices, and never have to answer to any man. But then Remington Walker rode into her life. Despite herself, Libby found Remington breaking through all her defenses. Threatening the fragile safety of her western refuge. But what she doesn't know is that Remington has a reason for being there. A reason that could well destroy them both.
Tess Simpson absolutely cannot handle seeing anyone suffer. When she volunteers to work as a candy striper after the Granton University school shooting, she is only supposed to coax the amnesiac in room 312 to eat his supper. Yeah right. After learning no one's come to visit him since he woke from a coma and can't remember who he is, Tess needs to make him feel loved, ASAP. Telling him she's his girlfriend isn't part of her plan, but that's exactly what blurts from her mouth. Except one little lie made from the purest of intentions can still rattle the hardest of hearts.
The signs have mistakenly told superstitious Linsey Gordon that she has less than three months to live, and she's determined to do one last good deed before she dies. But matchmaking for her timid sister Addie is going to take doing, when the man Linsey has in mind for Addie ends up falling for her! She'll have to stop trusting in signs, and believe in something much stronger than luck: passionate, unpredictable love.
In the early 1920s, nearly blind physics prodigy Mourly Vold finds out how to tap into the nation's long distance telephone lines. With the help of Alexander Graham Bell, Vold tries to warn the phone companies that would-be saboteurs could do the same thing, but they ignore him. Unfortunately, his taps do catch the notice of William Randolph Hearst, who hires Thomas Edison to get to the bottom of them--and the chase is on!
3 stories that explore British class distinctions through the medium of love, by one of the most admired writers of his time
Never before had a guest at Stafford Cottage triggered sensual tremors in the reserved innkeeper, but Colin St. James was like an earthquake to her soul. Hurt once by false love, Lizbeth had poured herself into work, but she deeply desired a family. With Colin. But these were flimsy dreams, for he was filled with wanderlust-- and Lizbeth-lust-- not love.
A Little Misunderstanding. . . Kit, the Marquis of Ashton, is in a sticky wicket. He married young and for love--how nave. He discovered his mistake the very day of his wedding, but he is saddled now with a wife he's reluctant to trust. And however much evidence he gathers against faithless Jess, he can't seem to prove her guilt to the final judge--his foolish heart. Jessica knows she's bobbled her marriage, however innocently. A fairytale wedding makes no difference if she hasn't got the marquis charmed to show for it. Well, she's had enough of accidental encounters with naked gentlemen and near misses explaining things to her husband. It's time to buck up and go win her man back--even if she has to fight very dirty indeed. "Great fun. " --Publishers WeeklyPraise for the Novels of Sally MacKenzie"Naked, noble and irresistible!" --Eloisa James"The romance equivalent of chocolate cake. . . every page is an irresistible delight!" --Lisa Kleypas"A perfect night's read. " --RT Book Reviews
When single mom Bev Miller first meets businessman Dale Levin, they have little in common. But as their friendship develops, they are able to face their relationship doubts in order to explore their future happiness together. Original.
#1 New York Times bestselling author returns with another thrilling story from the Casebook of Barnaby Adair . . .Miraculously spared from death, Malcolm Sinclair erases the notorious man he once was. Reinventing himself as Thomas Glendower, he strives to make amends for his past, yet he never imagines penance might come via a secretive lady he discovers living in his secluded manor.Rose has a plausible explanation for why she and her children are residing in Thomas's house, but she quickly realizes he's far too intelligent to fool. Revealing the truth is impossibly dangerous, yet day by day he wins her trust, and then her heart.But then her enemy closes in, and Rose turns to Thomas as the only man who can protect her and the children. And when she asks for his help, Thomas finally understands his true purpose, and with unwavering commitment, he seeks his redemption the only way he can--through living the reality of loving Rose.
Seeing Brody Hayes again was like seeing a ghost. But, Irena Yovich noted with relief, the resemblance he bore to his late playboy brother--Irena's philandering ex-boyfriend--was purely physical. Still, she knew she'd better not get too close. . . . Brody had been secretly in love with Irena for years, and now she was suddenly within his reach. All he had to do was convince her that they were meant to be--that he was the right brother after all. . . .
Loving with the Brain in Mind: Neurobiology and Couple Therapy (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology)by Daniel J. Siegel Mona Dekoven Fishbane
Facilitating change in couple therapy by understanding how the brain works to maintain--and break--old habits. Human brains and behavior are shaped by genetic predispositions and early experience. But we are not doomed by our genes or our past. Neuroscientific discoveries of the last decade have provided an optimistic and revolutionary view of adult brain function: People can change. This revelation about neuroplasticity offers hope to therapists and to couples seeking to improve their relationship. Loving With the Brain in Mind explores ways to help couples become proactive in revitalizing their relationship. It offers an in-depth understanding of the heartbreaking dynamics in unhappy couples and the healthy dynamics of couples who are flourishing. Sharing her extensive clinical experience and an integrative perspective informed by neuroscience and relationship science, Mona Fishbane gives us insight into the neurobiology underlying couples' dances of reactivity. Readers will learn how partners become reactive and emotionally dysregulated with each other, and what is going on in their brains when they do. Clear and compelling discussions are included of the neurobiology of empathy and how empathy and selfregulation can be learned. Understanding neurobiology, explains Fishbane, can transform your clinical practice with couples and help you hone effective therapeutic interventions. This book aims to empower therapists-- and the couples they treat--as they work to change interpersonal dynamics that drive them apart. Understanding how the brain works can inform the therapist's theory of relationships, development, and change. And therapists can offer clients "neuroeducation" about their own reactivity and relationship distress and their potential for personal and relational growth. A gifted clinician and a particularly talented neuroscience writer, Dr. Fishbane presents complex material in an understandable and engaging manner. By anchoring her work in clinical cases, she never loses sight of the people behind the science.