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HE SUSPECTED HER OF CRIMES...AND WANTED HER ANYWAYDetective Bryce Collins would catch the person responsible for dispensing black-market drugs in Merlyn County-even if the culprit proved to be his high school flame, Dr. Mari Bingham. She'd shattered his heart once, and he'd be damned if he'd let her do it again. But cornering Mari for answers-at every opportunity-left him unprepared for the warmth in her kiss, the emotion in her eyes and the effect of her confession. Because if Mari was telling the truth...then she had never stopped loving him.
Brides of the Desert Rose: Return to the scene of scandals and seduction in this follow-up to the bestselling TEXAS SHEIKHS series.The Only DaughterLet Nick Grayson teach you the ropes around the office, her family said, and even feisty Jessica Coleman could not deny her duty-especially since one day she would inherit the family business. But still shamed by her teenage infatuation with the arrogant executive, Jessica decided to play it cool and distant...all the while making Nick drool and regret what he'd so carelessly turned down years ago. However, her carefully laid out plan spun out of control when Nick took her in his arms for a soul-searing kiss that led to a heated night of passion. Soon Jessica wondered how she'd survive falling for the enemy with her heart intact....
One day in the life of Christ.<P><P> Call it a tapestry of turmoil: A noisy pictorial in which the golden threads of triumph knot against the black, frazzled strings of tragedy.<P> Call it a symphony of emotions: A sunrise-to-sunset orchestration of extremes. One score is brassy with exuberance -- the next moans with sorrow.<P> Whatever you call it -- call it real. Author Max Lucado calls it "the second most stressful day in the life of our Savior." Before the morning becomes evening Jesus has reason to weep, then run, then shout, the curse, then praise, then doubt. Within a matter of moments his world is turned upside down.<P> Sound familiar? The pink slip comes. The doctor calls. The divorce papers arrive. The check bounces. The life that had been calm is now chaotic. The world that had been serene is now stormy. Assailed by doubts. Pummeled by demands.<P> If you've ever wondered if God in heaven can relate to you on earth, then read and re-read this pressure-packed day in the life of Christ. It is the only day, aside from the crucifixion, that all four gospels recorded. Lucado has interwoven their accounts in such a way that you will be assured that God knows how you feel.<P> And you will be assured that within every torrent there is a calm center -- a place you can stand when your world gets windy. The Eye of the Storm.
Set amidst the turmoil of contemporary Middle Eastern politics, this vivid and highly-acclaimed novel by an Egyptian journalist is an intimate look into the lives of Arab women today. Here, a woman who grows up among the Egyptian elite, marries a Westernized husband, and, while pursuing graduate study, becomes embroiled in a love affair with an uncouth Englishman. (From the Trade Paperback edition.)
Stieg Atwood has the Sense. He can tell when natural disasters are going to hit. Now, with his parents dead, Stieg and his brother Adam must save people before disasters strike -- like the twister that's guaranteed to hit somewhere soon.
The thrilling cold war masterwork by the Nobel Prize winner, published in full for the first time Moscow, Christmas Eve, 1949. The Soviet secret police intercept a call made to the American embassy by a Russian diplomat who promises to deliver secrets about the nascent Soviet Atomic Bomb program. On that same day, a brilliant mathematician is locked away inside a Moscow prison that houses the country's brightest minds. He and his fellow prisoners are charged with using their abilities to sleuth out the caller's identity, and they must choose whether to aid Joseph Stalin's repressive state-or refuse and accept transfer to the Siberian Gulag camps ... and almost certain death. First written between 1955 and 1958, In the First Circle is Solzhenitsyn's fiction masterpiece. In order to pass through Soviet censors, many essential scenes--including nine full chapters--were cut or altered before it was published in a hastily translated English edition in 1968. Now with the help of the author's most trusted translator, Harry T. Willetts, here for the first time is the complete, definitive English edition of Solzhenitsyn's powerful and magnificent classic.
The thrilling cold war masterwork by the Nobel Prize winner, published in full for the first time Moscow, Christmas Eve, 1949.The Soviet secret police intercept a call made to the American embassy by a Russian diplomat who promises to deliver secrets about the nascent Soviet Atomic Bomb program. On that same day, a brilliant mathematician is locked away inside a Moscow prison that houses the country's brightest minds. He and his fellow prisoners are charged with using their abilities to sleuth out the caller's identity, and they must choose whether to aid Joseph Stalin's repressive state-or refuse and accept transfer to the Siberian Gulag camps . . . and almost certain death. First written between 1955 and 1958, In the First Circle is Solzhenitsyn's fiction masterpiece. In order to pass through Soviet censors, many essential scenes-including nine full chapters-were cut or altered before it was published in a hastily translated English edition in 1968. Now with the help of the author's most trusted translator, Harry T. Willetts, here for the first time is the complete, definitive English edition of Solzhenitsyn's powerful and magnificent classic.
Society already believes she's a scarlet woman. Why not become one?Posing nude to appease her now ex-fiancé perhaps wasn't the most prudent idea Beatrice Weatherly has ever had. With the photographs scrutinized up and down the ton and her brother running them into debt, Beatrice's hopes of making a respectable marriage are dashed.After one glance at Beatrice's infamous racy cabinet cards, wealthy, powerful Edmund Ellsworth Richie is soon obsessed with Beatrice's voluptuous figure. His indecent proposal-one month of hedonistic servitude in exchange for enough money to pay her brother's debts-is one she can hardly refuse.Determined not to let the rogue best her, Beatrice sets out for the infamous House of Madame Chamfleur to learn how to appease Edmund's well-known appetite. Soon the couple is playing out exquisite fantasies...and feeling emotion that goes deeper than flesh. But Edmund harbors a shocking secret, and Beatrice must decide if she's prepared to give up everything for a man who can offer her nothing, but who means everything.
Washing herself as she prepares for the day ahead, a woman falls into dreaming erotic fantasies that lead her back in memory to the early sexual experiences of puberty. Thus begins an exploration of her sexual feelings at various times in her life.
In the Footsteps of Phoebe: A Complete History of the Deaconess Movement in the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synodby Cheryl D. Naumann
Lutheran deaconess history has its roots in the mission movement in Germany in the middle of the nineteenth century. It was a response to the need for dedicated Christian women to bring aid to the widows, orphans, the sick, and the disadvantaged in the days of the industrial revolution. This deaconess ministry was soon transplanted to the United States in the early days of what we today call The Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod.
A tribute to World War II heroism from the national bestselling author of Biggest Brother. The paratroopers of Easy Company, 101st Airborne Division, have come to symbolize the incredible bravery and heroism shown by the greatest generation in World War II. on the eve of the 65th anniversary of the Allies' victory in Europe, author Larry Alexander crosses an ocean and a continent to discover just what made the Band of Brothers special. Accompanied by his friend Forrest Guth, an easy Company veteran on his final tour in Europe, Alexander explores the living history of the places where American soldiers went into action, and reveals what makes this story so meaningful for us today. Part travelogue, part historical perspective, In the Footsteps of the Band of Brothers is an unforgettable memorial to the men who fell in action, and a tribute to the veterans who are still with us. .
There are no rules but one: Survive. Mary "Killer" Crow is going home to North Carolina. There the tough young Cherokee prosecutor and her two closest friends will hike a beautiful but demanding wilderness trail. They will be followed into the mountains by a man obsessed with revenge. And they will become the prey of another man, a ruthless predator, who thrills to the hunt. Soon they will be pushed to the limits of their endurance -- and beyond -- as they discover their own chilling capacity for loyalty and violence. . .
Among the characters you'll find in this collection of twelve stories by Tobias Wolff are a teenage boy who tells morbid lies about his home life, a timid professor who, in the first genuine outburst of her life, pours out her opinions in spite of a protesting audience, a prudish loner who gives an obnoxious hitchhiker a ride, and an elderly couple on a golden anniversary cruise who endure the offensive conviviality of the ship's social director. Fondly yet sharply drawn, Wolff's characters stumble over each other in their baffled yet resolute search for the "right path."
On July 10, 1999, at the end of 90 minutes of regulation play plus two 15 minute overtime periods, Briana Scurry faced the greatest challenge of her soccer career. As goalkeeper for the U. S. Women's national team, she would be squaring off against China's best five penalty kickers in a shootout that would determine the winners of the 1999 Women's World Cup. The pressure was enormous -- but Briana Scurry thrives on pressure, which is one reason she's been called the best goalkeeper in the world. Since 1994, she has proven again and again that when the heat's on, she'll stay cool. And that's just what she did that steamy July day . . .
Get caught!Life is full of fumbles and stumbles. Fraught with opportunities to make mistakes, occasions to feel guilty, and the drive to "do it yourself." The pressure to be self-sufficient is high, but it isn't the life God offers.The way of the world will direct you to try harder and work smarter so that you can take care of yourself and even make yourself successful. But the way of the cross will point toward the place where you stop striving . . . stop pushing . . . stop every self-initiated effort--so that you can fall into the boundless, liberating, refreshing grace of God!Just imagine being love-driven instead of self-propelled. Imagine abandoning your life to Jesus instead of trying to save yourself. Can you imagine exchanging your fears for that peace that passes understanding? Being relaxed and free instead of stressed-out and anxious? If you can imagine enjoying God instead of trying to repay him, then you can imagine grace.So go ahead! Jump off the cliff of self-sufficiency. Leap out of legalism. Walk off the pier of guilt and condemnation. That's the only way you'll land in the strong arms of the Father who loves you . . . the Father who catches you--every time--in the grip of his grace.
With the help of the Most High God, young Quentin undertakes an important mission to rescue the Dragon King Eskevar from the traitorous Prince Jaspin and the evil necromancer Nimrood.
A Martian monarch has taken possession of a priceless relic: the lifelog diary of the mysterious messiah who founded the Wager, the religion that forms the basis of all interstellar society. The Hive Intel conglomerate wants the lifelog and hires Jak to get it. It's a simple job, until other spies-including Ambassador Dujuv, Uncle Sib, and Jak's evil ex-girlfriend-arrive on Mars and turn the assignment into a wild ride of mind control, murder, and looming interplanetary war. For the lifelog contains a devastating secret that can overturn the status quo of whole worlds-a secret that Hive Intel will suppress at all costs. In the past, Jak has completed missions by betraying his friends. Now in order to succeed, Jak Jinnaka must betray the entire human race...
From Tamora Pierce, the second book in the Song of the Lioness Quartet, honored with the Margaret A. Edwards Award.Still disguised as a boy, Alanna becomes a squire to none other than the prince of the realm. Prince Jonathan is not only Alanna's liege lord, he is also her best friend--and one of the few who knows the secret of her true identity. But when a mysterious sorcerer threatens the prince's life, it will take all of Alanna's skill, strength, and magical power to protect him--even at the risk of revealing who she really is...
How do great chefs make their food taste better? Is it the ingredients they use? Their cooking techniques and equipment? That's part of the answer. But the real secret is that truly great chefs follow their instincts -- the kitchens in their heads. Now, in her first cookbook, Jody Adams, the award-winning chef/co-owner of Boston's Rialto, teaches you how to follow your own instincts and make the transition from passionate eater to passionate cook.In the Hands of a Chef shares Jody's favorite dishes, those she prepares for family and friends in her home kitchen. By teaching the basics of artisanal cooking, or making good food from scratch, she gives cooks a solid foundation for cooking like a chef. She tells readers what to look for when buying ingredients, what equipment is essential, and how a dish should look and taste while being prepared.Above all, Jody encourages readers to trust their instincts and follow them to create a cooking style that feels right, using recipes as the building blocks for their own creations.From starters, seasonal soups, salads, and main courses to desserts, Jody reinvents Mediterranean foods using unconventional ingredients, many from New England. For a boost of summer flavor, grilled tomatoes add depth to gazpacho. To vary the flavor of simple salads -- from a Minted Romaine Salad with Grapes, Ricotta Salata, and Toasted Almonds to Arugula and Portobella Mushroom Salad-one or two seasonal ingredients are added to the usual recipes. Drawing inspiration from Italian tradition, Jody offers up innovative pasta and grains dishes. Ravioli, pappardelle, gnocchi, and linguine are served up with Mediterranean flavors and ingredients -- tomatoes, olives, figs, chestnuts, fresh greens, wild mushrooms, Parmesan cheese -- for home-style meals any time of the year. Yet much of Jody's cooking is pure American in flavor. Dessert classics are reinvented with new twists, such as Super-Creamy Rice Pudding with Passion Fruit Sauce and Heather's Cranberry Chocolate Pecan Tart. Here, too, are Jody's signature dishes, including Roasted Marinated Long Island Duck with Green Olive and Balsamic Vinegar Sauce and Soupe de Poisson, which Jacques PÉpin calls the best version outside of France.Intended to make you wish you had more time to spend in the kitchen, In the Hands of a Chef is an inspiration as well as an essential resource for every cook. Why be just a good cook when you can be a great one? Put yourself in the hands of Jody Adams with In the Hands of a Chef.
Across the galaxy, the stellar federation lies in fragments, and the patrol is long disbanded. But one of its fleets still controls the remote farm world of Amphora ... Shot down over hostile territory, Lieutenant Dia Catlin, a young and idealistic Patrol pilot, is nursed back to health by a rebel doctor and his alien assistant. Escaping rebel torture with their aid, Dia returns home an inadvertent hero. In the wake of honors and promotion, she is thrust into the highest echelons of the Patrol, where she begins to see the dark reality of its operations. Then the rebel doctor is taken prisoner and Dia is forced to weigh her allegiance against his life and against the welfare of the entire planet. Phyllis Eisenstein is author of many fantasy and science fiction stories and novels, including BORN TO EXILE and Sorcerer's Son. (For high school and older readers.)
HUMAN EVIL DIRECTED BY AN INTELLIGENCE FROM BEYOND TIME<P>The Malwa Empire, using gunpowder weapons and ruthless terror, has conquered 6th century India and is forging the subcontinent's vast population into an invincible weapon of tyranny. The supermind that commands the Malwa intends first to rule the world and then to set its inexorable stamp over all eternity. No action is too bestial for the supermind to order, nor for its Malwa lackeys to execute. <P>Belisarius, the finest general of his or any age, must save the world if he can. Guided by visions from a future that may never be, he and a band of comrades penetrate the Malwa heartland, seeking the core of the enemy's power. Against them are numbers, savagery, and an icy, inhuman intelligence that is without weakness or mercy. <P>In Constantinople, those who would oppose evil face not only Malwa assassins and home-grown traitors but also the suspicions of the emperor himself: Justinian the Great, whose brilliant, febrile mind sees a threat from any competence and a plot in any counsel. If the truth comes out, the only question is whether Malwa daggers or Justinian's executioners will get to the patriots first. <P>As Belisarius fights his way across the chaos of northern India, Constantinople explodes in a tumult that could destroy the city, the empire, and all hope for mankind. Courage and cunning must face overwhelming evil --<P>But when Belisarius leads the forces of good, only a fool would side with evil!
On a remote farm in South Africa, the protagonist of J. M. Coetzee's fierce and passionate novel watches the life from which she has been excluded. Ignored by her callous father, scorned and feared by his servants, she is a bitterly intelligent woman whose outward meekness disguises a desperate resolve not to become "one of the forgotten ones of history." When her father takes an African mistress, that resolve precipitates an act of vengeance that suggests a chemical reaction between the colonizer and the colonized--and between European yearnings and the vastness and solitude of Africa. A story told in prose as feverishly rich as William Faulkner's, In the Heart of the Country is a work of irresistable power. With vast assurance and an unerring eye, J. M. Coetzee has turned the family romance into a mirror of the colonial experience.
A motherlessgirl hungry for hope . . . and the dream that could be leading her astray.Almost two yearshave passed since twelve year-old Allie Granderson's beloved mother Marydisappeared into the wild tornado winds. Her body has never been found. God mayhave spilled out his vengeance on all of Mattingly that day--but it was Allie'smomma who got swept away.Allie clings tomemories of her mother, just as she clings to the broken compass she leftbehind, the makeshift Nativity scene assembled in Allie's front yard, and toher best friend, Zach. But even with Zach at her side, the compass tied to herwrist, and the Nativity characters just a glimpse out the window, Allie cannothelp but feel lost in all the growing up that must get done.When the HolyMother disappears from the yard one morning, Allie's bewilderment is checkedonly by the sudden movement of her mother's compass. Yet the compass isn'tpointing north but east . . . into the inky forest on the outskirts ofMattingly.Following theneedle, Allie and Zach leave the city pavement behind and push into the line oftrees edging on the Virginia hill country. For Allie, the journey is more thana ghost hunt: she is rejoining the mother she lost--and finding herself witheach step deeper into the heart of the darkest woods she's ever seen.Brimming withlyrical prose and unexpected discoveries, In the Heart of the Dark Wood illustratesthe steep transition we all must undergo--the moment we shed our child-likeselves and step into the strange territory of adulthood."The Devil Walks in Mattingly . . . recallsFlannery O'Conner with its glimpses of the grotesque and supernatural. Thestory unwinds slowly and with a convincing voice that draws the reader deepinto the unexplainable." --BookPage"Billy Coffey is one of the most lyrical writers of our time. . . we leave his imaginary world hungry for more, eager for another servingof Coffey's tremendous talent." --Julie Cantrell, NewYork Times and USA TODAYbestselling author of Into the Freeand When Mountains Move (on The Devil Walks in Mattingly)
First published in 1968, In the Heart of the Heart of the Country established William Gass as one of America's finest and boldest writers of fiction, and nearly fifty years later, the book still stands as a landmark of contemporary fiction. The two novellas and three short stories it contains are all set in the Midwest, and together they offer a mythical reimagining of America's heartland, with its punishing extremes of heat and cold, its endless spaces and claustrophobic households, its hidden and baffled desires, its lurking threat of violence. Exploring and expanding the limits of the short story, Gass works magic with words, words that are as squirming, regal, and unexpected as the roaches, boys, icicles, neighbors, and neuroses that fill these pages, words that shock, dazzle, illumine, and delight.