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Daddy Needs a Drink: An Irreverent Look at Parenting from a Dad Who Truly Loves His Kids--Even When They're Driving Him Nutsby Robert Wilder
A Santa Fe dad shares heartwarming, comic, often ludicrous tales of raising a family in this laugh-out-loud book perfect for anyone who enjoys the edgy humor of David Sedaris or the whimsical commentary of Dave Barry. Waxing both profound and profane on issues close to a father's heart-from exploding diapers to toddler tantrums, from the horrors of dressing up as Frosty the Snowman to the moments that make a father proud-Robert Wilder brilliantly captures the joys and absurdities of being a parent today. With an artist wife and two kids-a daughter, Poppy, and a son, London-Robert Wilder considers himself as open-minded as the next man. Yet even he finds himself parentally challenged when his toddler son, London, careens around the house in the buff or asks the kind of outrageous, embarrassing questions only a kid can ask. A high school teacher who sometimes refers to himself jokingly as Mister Mom (when his wife, Lala, is busy in her studio), Wilder shares warmly funny stories on everything from sleep deprivation to why school-sponsored charities can turn otherwise sane adults into blithering and begging idiots. Whether trying to conjure up the perfect baby name ("Poppy" came to his wife's mother in a dream) or hiring a Baby Whisperer to get some much-needed sleep, Wilder offers priceless life lessons on discipline, potty training, even phallic fiddling (courtesy of young London). He describes the perils of learning to live monodextrously (doing everything with one hand while carrying your child around with the other) and the joys of watching his daughter morph into a graceful, wise, unique little person right before his eyes. By turns tender, irreverent, and hysterically funny, Daddy Needs a Drink is a hilarious and poignant tribute to his family by a man who truly loves being a father.
Raine is pregnant. For a dancer, that's a disaster. Especially when the father is more interested in being in the limelight than being a daddy. So Raine has run home to her mother, and her dear friend Gabe.Gabe is some sort of saint. That's what they say about him in Tyler. The handsome firefighter would give the shirt off his back.... But Raine is another story entirely.No one's fooled by their marriage. Everyone knows it's just a matter of time before Raine runs back to New York, leaving Gabe behind, hurting. Again.
DADDY COME HOME We used to be one big family until Mom and Dad got divorced. Dad works all the time and that makes Mom mad. But he came for a visit and broke his ankle. Now he has to stay home and take care of us kids while Mom works. It's really fun having him around. And I see how Mom and Dad look at each other--all mushy-gushy, lovey-dovey. So I've got a plan to get 'em back together... The ups, the downs, the laughter and the tears...it's all a part of PARENTHOOD.
Turning his life around, Luke Wynter had worked hard to become a doctor, to give back to the community he'd taken from years ago. And he had been doing just fine. . . until Leilani Stephens snuck back into his life. Twelve years ago she had made it clear that she no longer considered him a friend, let alone a lover. And he'd never been one to plead or beg. Now he felt drawn to her all over again-- yet felt that something was unsettled, unfinished. Unsaid. What had Leilani been hiding from him all these years?
In Name Only "Hey, mister! I got money--and I need a daddy! "I know Mommy says we're just two girls on our own and we don't need no boys. But...I kind of told Teacher that my daddy would talk at show-and-tell. Do you think $3.67 is enough to buy a daddy?" John Crewes couldn't understand how a simple favor for a cute kid had gotten out of control. One minute he was daddy for a day, and the next his big career--his whole life--depended on Jacey's delectable mommy. Who could have known that not only the kids listened to show-and-tell...? John was sure he could charm Rachel into accepting a pretend marriage--but it would take more than make-believe to make a family.
Obstetrician Andrew McKinley was intrigued by his new single tenant and neighbor, who looked about ready to pop-and also about ready to jump down the throat of anyone who even hinted that she might need some help. So he knew he should not get involved. But with Claudia showing every sign of labor, what could he do but come to her aid?Manhattan accountant Claudia Nelson was a self-confessed control freak. Research, plans, schedules-that was her approach to everything, including having her baby. Suddenly nothing was happening as she'd expected. Because after going to so much trouble to go it alone, how could the man on her doorstep turn out to be her knight in shining scrubs?
The Baker Brood WIFE IN WAITING Ever since her husband disappeared, Julianne Baker found herself missing him--despite their strained marriage. She wanted to believe he would come home to her and their beautiful little girl. But when--and if--he did, would it be too late? HUSBAND HOMECOMING Leaving his family was the hardest thing Sam had ever done--but he'd had no choice. Now he was back. And though Julianne wasn't exactly welcoming him with open arms, he was determined to win back her love if it was the last thing he did.... Four siblings in search of justice find unexpected love along the way...
In this second book of the "Brides of the Season" series, Clayton Matthews has always loved Maryann MacGregor, even when she left town to experience the big city. After her cold and loveless husband dies, she moves back to town and finds Clayton ready to prove his love for her.
Connor and Cody's Daddy Wish List:1) Must not be too old-like Grandpa.2) Must like 'rithmetic-to help with homework.3) Must like baseball-a lot!Five-year-old twins Connor and Cody Maguire were as mischievous as their red hair and freckles indicated. If their latest scheme worked, they'd finally have the father they'd always wanted and their mom could stop worrying about them. The boys had the perfect candidate picked out: Sheriff Joe Marino. Not only did Joe meet their requirements, but he also liked kissing their mother, Mattie. Eeeew! Now all Connor and Cody had to do was convince their mom that Joe would make a great dad and husband!
She had all her baby plans mapped out. . . . Sam Barclay would father her child, and Corrie Edwards would get the baby she always wanted. It sounded like a good plan. . . until sperm donor Sam decided he wanted to be the daddy fate had once denied him. It was supposed to be strictly a business arrangement. Romance wasn't on Corrie's radar. But the closer they came to conception, the more Sam wanted to make things personal. Could he convince Corrie that, together, they had what it took to create the home and family theybothcraved?
Twelve-year-old Lucie-Marie and her older sister Annie Sharon attempt to deal with the death of their mother in a rodeo accident, while hoping to follow in her footsteps as championship riders.
Caution: Sharp curves ahead! Sam Pirelli likes his women the way he likes his cars: fast and fun. He likes his life of carefree detachment. He likes driving the open road with the wind in his hair. He likes never knowing what is around the next curve-such as the gorgeous blonde with the flat tire-a perfect opportunity to show off his "shining armor"!Practically speaking, straitlaced, responsible Kara Starling is no damsel in distress. She'd come to Clearville to introduce an unwitting Sam to his son-the product of a past romance. Stunned by her intense attraction to him, Kara is both intrigued-and a little concerned. Would she be consigning a child to life with a playboy daddy? Or is Sam's good-time exterior hiding the perfect father-and the man of her dreams?
USA TODAY bestselling author Judy Duarte kicks off her new miniseries, Return to Brighton Valley, with an unforgettable reunion when a single mom returns to her hometown after ten years-and comes face-to-face with the father of her child! When Mallory Dickinson comes home with the son she gave up for adoption at seventeen, she knows she has to face her past. Ten years ago, she fell hard for Rick Martinez. The irresistible Brighton Valley troublemaker with a capital T is now the town's beloved vet. But is he ready to be a father? When Rick finds out Mallory's planning to raise their child-the son he never met-he knows this is their second chance. But how long can he keep his true identity a secret from his son...when every day brings him closer to Mallory and the boy who looks just like him? It's time for this rebel with a cause to prove he's got what it takes to become the family man he's always wanted to be.
Matthew "Ryder" Lyndon has just learned he's the father of a five-year-old girl. A girl who suddenly appears in his life with her mother, Lucie Adams-and Lucie is everything Ryder remembers. Beautiful, sun-washed, a free spirit who made him smile. But she'd trampled his heart with her sudden disappearance six years ago. Coming face-to-face with each other again, both Ryder and Lucie are reminded of what they once shared. Now God has given him an unexpected blessing in their daughter. After all this time, can Ryder find a place for them in his life?
"Are you single?" Sloan Chisholm stared down at the little girl in the roadside café. She and her younger sister were as cute as all get-out. But their mother was a knockout, and Sloan knew he was a goner when he impulsively invited Emily Nelson and her daughters to stay at his Oklahoma ranch....Why had the handsome rancher opened his home to Emily and family without even a reference? He clearly had more than a job in mind when he asked the hardluck widow to cook for him, his grandmother and two brothers. The big surprise was how passionately Emily desired him. In Sloan's arms, she was rediscovering love, and teaching her irresistible host what hearth and home really meant....
From Friends To Lovers To...Parents?Claire DeAngelo's fantasy was the white picket fence and a husband and babies. She thought she'd found it, but now she's getting a divorce. Her ex's behavior is bordering on harassment, so it's lucky Claire runs into her college buddy-now undercover cop-Luke Devlin.Luke can't believe his luck. He's investigating a smuggling ring, and Claire lives in the building he has under surveillance. What better way to keep an eye on the criminals than to move in! When Claire's ex becomes hostile, Luke's protective instincts take over and the attraction between old friends heats up.Back in college, Luke was a carefree playboy. So when Claire discovers she's pregnant, she knows better than to expect Luke to be family material. She's finally getting that white picket fence and a baby...even if there's a piece missing!
By-the-book lawyer Ben Barclay didn't make mistakes--especially not one-night-stand mistakes. So when he learned that his lone reckless act with a beautiful stranger had lasting consequences, he was determined to do the right thing. And that meant marriage. When Sierra Girard learned she was pregnant, she didn't expect Ben to be part of her life. So she was stunned at his insistence that they be husband and wife--if only for the sake of the baby. But even cautious Sierra couldn't deny the smoldering embers of attraction that burned bright. It was a fire that could almost be mistaken for true love. . . .
Recently chosen by Essence magazine, this beloved modern classic tells the poignant story of a spirited young woman's coming of age in -Depression-era Harlem. While 12-year-old Francie Coffin's world and family threaten to fall apart, this remarkable young heroine must call upon her own wit and endurance to survive amidst the treacheries of racism and sexism, poverty and violence. "The novel's greatest achievement lies in the strong sense of black life that it conveys: the vitality and force behind the despair . . . a most -important novel."--New York Times Book Review
This could be the merger of a lifetime The holidays are over, but Allison Caldwell can't stop thinking about the kiss she shared with Nathan Garrett under the mistletoe. The dazzlingly attractive playboy she's secretly crushed on for years isn't just off-limits because he's out of her league; the heir apparent to the Garrett furniture empire is about to be crowned CFO-and the single mother's new boss! One night changed everything for Nathan. And now his executive assistant is strictly hands-off despite their intense physical attraction. Besides, Allison has a son, and Nathan's no family man. Then why is Nathan's head suddenly filled with fantasies of being a father? Perhaps this once-happy bachelor won't be single for long...
Bundles of Joy HIS EXPECTING WIFE? There were holes in the wedding pictures where his face should be, and his wife lived in a separate apartment! Something about Nick Carleton's marriage was wrong. Unfortunately, he had lost his memory and didn't remember what right was. He only knew that beautiful, sexy and very pregnant Emily Carleton was his wife--everyone told him so. But each time Nick tried to stir up the matrimonial passions between them, Emily ran away. If it wasn't for the brief flashes of fire in her eyes when he kissed her, Nick would almost think his wife had never shared a bedroom with him before... Bundles of Joy. Sometimes small packages can lead to the biggest surprises!
A NEWFOUND FAMILY... Suddenly, divorced dad Gabe Lawrence was more than a part-time father.... He and his adorable girls were now a full-time family! Seeking advice on raising his six-year-old twins, he turned to Dr. Sabrina Moore--noted expert on kids. Gabe thought the good doctor's theories were a little off. So to bring her research back to reality, he invited Sabrina to observe his fledgling family and get to know his daughters. But Sabrina was more than Gabe ever expected--her eyes, her smile and the funny thing she did to his heart...where had that come from? He would bet his newfound daddyhood that her research shouldn't include distracting him with her kisses...or making him fall in love with her! Should it?
Lindsay Hunter tells the stories no one else will in ways no one else can. In this down and dirty debut she draws vivid portraits of bad people in worse places. A woman struggles to survive her boyfriend's terror preparations. A wife finds that the key to her sex life lies in her dog's electric collar. Two teenagers violently tip the scales of their friendship. A rising star of the new fast fiction, Hunter bares all before you can blink in her bold, beautiful stories. In this collection of slim southern gothics, she offers an exploration not of the human heart but of the spine; mixing sex, violence and love into a harrowing, head-spinning read.
Hunter Morgan incarcerated bad guys; he didn't cootchie-coo babies. But that was before a sperm bank snafu impregnated a stranger with his progeny. Now duty demanded he do right by Ashley Morgen and be the father fate had once denied him....Ashley refused to share her long-awaited twins with a total stranger, much less agree to wed him! She couldn't risk her already bruised heart-one loveless marriage had been one too many. But she couldn't deny the cherished feeling that overcame her when Hunter moved her under his roof to attend to her every need. And after their first kiss, Ashley couldn't help but hope that the stork would also deliver Hunter's love...
Natalie Greco loves being a teacher, even though she can't keep her students from cruising sex.com during class. She loves her family, too, but her boyfriend fits in better with the football-crazy Grecos than she does. Then a colleague, handsome Angus Holt, talks Nat into teaching a class at a local prison, and her world turns upside down. A violent prison riot breaks out, and Nat rushes to save the life of a mortally wounded guard whose last words are: "Tell my wife it's under the floor." Nat delivers the cryptic message, but before she knows it, she's suspected of murder and hiding from cops and killers alike. She is forced on the run to solve the riddle of the dead man's last words and to save her own life--and find real love.
How far would you go?A little girl waits alone to be picked up after ballet class--until an unmarked car approaches, and she is gone.But this little girl is the daughter of Police Captain Riedwaan Faizal. He is desperate to rescue her, but, suspended from the squad, he finds himself powerless.With nobody on his side, the captain turns to investigative journalist and criminal profiler Dr. Clare Hart, whose documentary about Cape Town's missing young girls has made her a local celebrity. Clare knows that the odds of a child's survival dwindle with each passing minute. She knows that hiding her investigation from the police has its own dangers. But she will do anything to help a heartbroken father ... even if it puts all their lives at risk.Daddy's Girl is a dark and compelling crime story that will thrill fans of Deon Meyer and Tess Gerritsen.
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