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SHE SEES HIM IN HER DREAMS. . . Fueled by her family's murder years ago, Dr. Marlena Bender has devoted her life to understanding violent criminals. But when a serial killer in this small Southern town starts taking the lives of women in diabolical ways--leaving trophies of his kills on Marlena's doorstep--it all hits too close to home. Terrified, Marlena turns to the only man she can trust. . . the man who saved her life. BUT HIS SECRET IS HER WORST NIGHTMARE. Sheriff Dante Valtrez would move heaven and earth to keep Marlena safe, but he's not the savior she thinks he is. A dark legacy runs through his blood and a dangerous secret lies within him. Now a fierce, hot, ruthless desire draws Dante and Marlena together--as a demonic force from his past threatens to rip them apart, destroying everything they hold dear.
Beautiful, vulnerable and courageous Ianthe Brown might be, but she was out of bounds. Alex had to make a major life decision-- not seduce the most wonderful woman he'd ever met. His future was such that she must remain forbidden to him; anything else would be dishonorable. As it was, what would Ianthe do when she discovered that he, Alex Considine, was the Crown Prince of Illyria?
Replacing a social life with a career, bestselling romance novelist Emily Shann has gotten by on a vivid imagination, hiding a shocking secret that not even her publisher suspects-until she's asked to write something that's hotter, sexier, more explicit, and true to life. Emily has nowhere to turn for advice except to her new editor--tall, dark, and handsome Michael Devlin-who's already stirring her fantasies. So is the Channel-a secret network designed to tutor women in the art of sensual delight. Now more willing than ever before, she must convince Devlin to teach her everything he knows... if her literary fantasies are finally to become unedited flesh-and-blood reality.
An innocent pawn A kingdom without a king A new dynasty will reign... 1415. The jewel in the French crown, Katherine de Valois, is waiting under lock and key for King Henry V. While he's been slaughtering her kinsmen in Agincourt, Katherine has been praying for marriage to save her from her misery. But the brutal king wants her crown, not her innocent love. For Katherine, England is a lion's den of greed, avarice and mistrust. And when she is widowed at twenty-one, she becomes a prize ripe for the taking-her young son the future monarch, her hand in marriage worth a kingdom. This is a deadly political game, one the dowager queen must learn fast. The players-the Duke of Gloucester, Edmund Beaufort and Owen Tudor-are circling. Who will have her? Who will ruin her? This is the story of Katherine de Valois. "Anne O'Brien has joined the exclusive club of excellent historical novelists." -Sunday Express "An absolutely gripping tale that is both superbly written and meticulously researched." -The Sun
medical thriller in which animal rights activist-terrorists will stop at nothing to put an end to animal-based scientific research
High-powered executive Imogen prides herself on being an independent woman who doesn't need a man. She only yields when she's with Giles, a younger colleague who shares her taste for domination and submission. He revels in watching her lose control, while she enjoys his powerful nature and an edge of pain to heighten her pleasure. Imogen is satisfied with their secret arrangement until Giles asks her try shibari, a form of rope bondage-the ultimate ritual in submission and display of trust. His request pushes Imogen beyond her comfort zone, forcing her to explore her boundaries and her relationship with Giles. He's already her master in the bedroom, when she allows it. But can she let herself take their bond to the next level?
The dark power of the Fear family consumes all those connected with it. No one can escape the evil of the family's curse -- not even the Fears themselves. Savannah Madison doesn't believe that. She marries Tyler Fear. But then she goes with him to Blackrose Manor. That's when the deaths begin. That's when she learns his terrible secret.
Forbidden Signs explores American culture from the mid-nineteenth century to 1920 through the lens of one striking episode: the campaign led by Alexander Graham Bell and other prominent Americans to suppress the use of sign language among deaf people. The metaphors and images used to describe the deaf-outsiders; beings of silence, innocence, and mystery; users of a language alternately seen as ancient and noble or primitive and animal-like-offer a unique perspective for examining American thought and culture. The debate over sign language invoked such fundamental questions as what distinguished Americans from non-Americans, civilized people from "savages," humans from animals, men from women, the natural from the unnatural, and the normal from the abnormal. An advocate of the return to sign language, Baynton finds that
Sex changed everything?After marrying off her sisters, Ruby Lockhart could finally concentrate on her career. After all, love wasn't in the cards for the pragmatic Ruby. Only she could wake up the morning after her sister's wedding with a gorgeous, sexy man in her bed and have him be her best friend!Mr. Sexy-aka Luther Biggens, ex-navy SEAL-had always been Ruby's rock. Now he was her problem. She couldn't look at him without remembering the ways he'd pleasured her. More troubling than how she'd ended up in bed with Luther was that Ruby wanted to do it again? and again'.
Kay's club, the Pathfinders, travels to Florida for a vacation, and Ethel Eaton's rival club, the Bittersweet Society, follows the Pathfinders, causing trouble along the way. Once in Florida, Kay searches for Emily Dodd, who is missing, and investigates strange events at a nearby estate. The owner, Jasper Jackson, is unfriendly and hateful towards Mrs. Dodd, and Kay wonders if he might have something to do with Emily's disappearance. After the girls see a ghostly figure on Jackson's property, they know something sinister is behind it. Kay divides her time between her investigation, spending time with her friends, and warding off Ethel Eaton's attacks.
The Body of a Goddess with the Heart of Hell itself. The devil is a dead-beat dad and his consort Lilith couldn't care less. A stolen embryo stirs in Lilith's womb and a plan pulses through her veins: To unleash her child from the gates of hell as soon as she destroys the only two vampire hunters who can possibly stop her.
After her mother died, Ashley Jones spent her childhood in care and foster homes. Alone in the world, she desperately needs her new live-in job as n author's assistant. But she is filled with trepidation when she arrives at isolated Blackwood Manor and meets the formidable Jack Marchant. Ashley thinks she is just a drab nobody but her heart goes out to handsome but arrogant, tortured Jack, though she has no idea what troubles him. What is the secret that he keeps hidden? It is only after Jack proposes marriage and Ashley joyfully accepts that she finds out and, for this innocent bride-to-be, the truth is shocking
It is the second prong in the Axis of Evil. North Korea boasts one of the largest armies in the world, a developing nuclear weapons program, and a leadership that's always teetering on the brink of war. With tensions rising and an international conflict all but inevitable, a small group of men prepare for a surgical preemptive strike. It will be difficult. It will be bloody. It is exactly what the Marines in Force 5 Recon are trained to do.
They are a covert Marine SpecOps unit -- a lethal weapon so secret only a handful of powerful men know of their existence. To get this far, they had to be the very best of the best. To get home, they'll have to be even better. Force 5 Recon: Deployment: Pakistan The hunt is on for the world's most feared terrorist, hidden somewhere in the labyrinthine mountains of northern Pakistan, after his "sleepers" unleash a nightmare of fire and death across the length of the U.S. But the cold-blooded mass murderer Mohammed al-Zumar holds a wild card: a hostage American television news crew. An elite team of Special Operatives led by Sergeant Mac Rainey is already in al-Zumar's backyard. Stranded in a Pakistani no-man's-land with their cover blown and their extraction copter shot out of the sky, Force 5 Recon sets off to find and free the captives on their own and exact a righteous revenge -- five U.S. Marines against a merciless criminal and his terrorist army in one of the world's most inhospitable regions. But these are exactly the odds Rainey and his men were trained to confront ... and to conquer.
The men of Force 5 Recon have been given a new mission-and it's taking them to the Philippines. A Muslim extremist organization, Abu Sayyaf, has been using kidnappings and terrorist techniques to make their political goals known on a world stage. Mac Rainey and his team of elite Marin operators is assigned to assist and advise Fillipino Marines in how to combat terrorists. But everything goes horribly wrong when the Marines walk into an ambush, and half of the men of Force 5 are captured by terrorists. Rainey escapes, but knows that he only has a small window of time to save his men before the terrorists make an example of them. But to save his men, Rainey will have to enlist the help of a CIA agent he can't completely trust. He knows that attempting a rescue his men alone would be suicide, but to place his faith in the intelligence operative might lead him down the same road.
Part One focuses upon the historical context of force and statecraft. Following a completely new Introduction, it ranges from a substantially restructured discussion of the early techniques, instruments, and ideas of diplomacy to the profoundly dangerous changes brought about by contemporary weapons of mass destruction and terrorism. Chapters cover the emergence of the Great Powers, the classical system of diplomacy, the diplomatic revolution, the creation of the United Nations, the rise and fall of the Cold War, globalization and the consequences of the Internet, and events as recent as 9/11, the Bush Doctrine, the "war on terrorism" and the American-led war in Iraq, nuclear proliferation in Iran and North Korea, and the World Summit of global leaders. Significant new material is added to this edition on the critical subject of human rights and its relationship to international peace and security. Part Two begins with the completely new and pivotal chapter on the subject of "Lessons of History and Knowledge for Statecraft." Each subsequent chapter then proceeds to systematically examine an especially important and challenging subject in diplomacy by means of delineating its theoretical principles and then analyzing three very specific historical cases in equal detail. The first of these always is drawn from the classical system of the nineteenth century, and the other two follow in a progression toward increasingly more recent events in contemporary international affairs. Particular care has been taken in this edition to include a number of new cases that reveal the truly global dimensions of these diplomatic challenges and thus range from Europe and the United States to the Middle East and Asia. Part Three opens with an entirely new chapter entitled "Ethics and Other Restraints on Force and Statecraft." This explores practical, structural, and political restraints upon policy makers; the debate over the nature of ethics and international politics; ethical restraints in foreign policy; and the difficult matter of observing ethical restraints, such as those of just war tradition, in warfare itself. A completely rewritten and updated Conclusion brings the major themes of the book together and offers a number of reflections about history, theory, the diplomatic revolution, and challenges ahead.
Second World War fighter pilot Eric Carter is one of only four surviving members of a secret mission, code-named 'Force Benedict'. Sanctioned by Winston Churchill in 1941, Force Benedict was dispatched to defend Murmansk, the USSR's only port not under Nazi occupation. If Murmansk fell, Soviet resistance against the Nazis would be hard to sustain and Hitler would be able to turn all his forces on Britain... Force Benedict was under the command of New Zealand-born RAF Wing Commander Henry Neville Gynes Ramsbottom-Isherwood, who led two squadrons of Hurricane fighters, pilots and ground crew which were shipped to Russia in total secrecy on the first ever Arctic Convoy. They were told to defend Murmansk against the Germans 'At all costs'. 'We all reckoned the government thought we'd never survive' - but Eric Carter did, and was threatened with Court Martial if he talked about where he'd been or what he'd done. Now he reveals his experiences of seventy years ago in the hell on earth that was Murmansk, the largest city north of the Arctic Circle. It will also include previously unseen photos and documents, as well as exploring - for the first time - other intriguing aspects of Force Benedict.
The critics who despair of the coming of imaginative, charismatic leaders to replace the so-called manipulative caretakers of American corporations don't tell us much about what leadership actually is, or, for that matter, what management is either. Now, John P. Kotter, who focused on why we have a leadership crisis in The Leadership Factor shows here, with compelling evidence, what leadership really means today, why it is rarely associated with larger-than-life charismatics, precisely how it is different from management, and yet why both good leadership and management are essential for business success, especially for complex organizations operating in changing environments. Leadership, Kotter clearly demonstrates, is for the most part not a god-like figure transforming subordinates into superhumans, but is in fact a process that creates change -- a process which often involves hundreds or even thousands of "little acts of leadership" orchestrated by people who have the profound insight to realize this. Building on his landmark study of 15 successful general managers, Kotter presents detailed accounts of how senior and middle managers in major corporations, in close concert with colleagues and subordinates, were able to create a leadership process that put into action hundreds of commonsense ideas and procedures that, in combination with competent management, produced extraordinary results. This leadership turned NCR from a loser to a big winner in automated teller machines, despite intense competition from IBM. The same process at American Express and SAS helped businesses grow dramatically despite the fact that they were "mature" and "commodity-like." Kotter also shows how leadership turned around operations at P&G and Kodak; produced huge business successes at PepsiCo, ARCO, and ConAgra; and made the impossible occasionally happen at Digital. Thousands of companies today are overmanaged and underled, John Kotter concludes, not because managers lack charisma, but because far too few executives have a clear understanding of what leadership is and what it can accomplish. Without such a vision, even the most capable people have great difficulty trying to lead effectively and to create the cultures which will help others to lead.
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Bud Wiggins dreamed of achieving fame as a screenwriter. He almost made it. Instead, he finds himself free-falling through a world of hallucinatory absurdity, low comedy, and epic degradation. A Hollywood bottom-feeder who moonlights as a limo driver to pay the bills, both tormented and vicariously aroused by his contact with the industry's elite, Mr. Wiggins bears poignant, paranoid witness to the horror and hysteria that are by-products of "the Business. " His phantasmagoric saga, by turns picaresque, pornographic, and poetic, Force Majeure is the first of a projected quartet called "Scriptures" that will chronicle the misadventures and transcendental fall and rise -- comic, tragic, and tragicosmic -- of Bud Wiggins, Quixote of Babylon.
In his bestselling The Soul's Code, James Hillman restored passion and meaning to the concept of identity, arguing that each of us is born with an innate character, the "daimon" or "spirit" that calls us to what we are meant to be. Now, in The Force of Character, Hillman brings the idea of character full circle, offering a revolutionary new vision of life's most feared and misunderstood chapter: old age. "Aging is no accident," Hillman writes. "It is necessary to the human condition, intended by the soul." We become more characteristic of who we are simply by lasting into later years; the older we become, the more our true natures emerge. Thus the final years have a very important purpose: the fulfillment and confirmation of one's character. Contrary to the current genetic determinism that sees increased longevity as a wasted aberrance created by civilization, The Force of Character presents an explosive new thesis: The changes of old age, even the debilitating ones, have purposes and values organized by the psyche. Memory for recent events may falter, offering more place for long-term recollections. A heart condition in later life brings an opportunity to remove blockages from constricted relationships, while changes in sleep patterns allow the old to experience the profound elements of nighttime that we usually overlook. As Hillman says, "Aging makes metaphors of biology." In this empowering and original work, James Hillman resurrects the ancient, widespread, and socially effective idea of the old person as "ancestor," a model for the young, the bearer of a society's cultural memory and traditions. America disregards old people who aren't young-acting and young-looking. We don't realize that "oldness" is an archetypal state of being that can add value and luster to things we treasure, places we revere, and people's character. When we open our imaginations to the idea of the ancestor, aging can free us from convention and transform us into a force of nature, releasing our deepest beliefs for the benefit of society. For all who read it, The Force of Character will be a seminal, life-affirming experience.
They might call her a force of nature, but becoming a national NASCAR driver took guts and hard work. And Shelly Green's race is only beginning. She needs a sponsor--someone who believes in her. But stylish, sophisticated Damon Tieri seems an unlikely choice. The handsome Ivy League banker lives in a world far different from hers....Damon knows how badly Shelly needs this high-profile sponsorship. He admires her fighting spirit and her tempting blend of sweet and sexy. Yet putting his money behind her is the easy part. What will it take to get the driven competitor to trust in him? To give him the chance to finish first--with her?
STORMY REUNION Pulled from the waves and gasping for air, the last person Antonia Verde expects to be her rescuer is Reuben Sandoval. He may once have been the love of her life, but his drug-smuggling brother ruined their chance of happiness. Now with a storm blowing in, Rueben's island hotel is her only refuge. Soon they find themselves trapped on the island with a killer in the midst of a dangerous hurricane. Antonia's life is in Rueben's hands-can she trust him with her heart, as well? Stormswept: Finding true love in the midst of nature's fury
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