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Washed-up Hollywood producer Charlie Berns has mailed in his updated obit and is about to suck his Mercedes tailpipe and fade to black when a miracle materializes: his nephew, a wannabe screenwriter from New Jersey, has scripted the life story of Queen Victoria's prime minister Benjamin Disraeli, which Charlie manages to turn into a hot property that reinstates him as a player. But as the deal heats up, a few conceptual changes morph the project into Lev Disraeli: Freedom Fighter, an action thriller with a black Jewish superstar, a Yugoslavian location, a mad Polish director, and even a real-life kidnapping. Is Charlie Berns being eaten alive by the system? Or is he giving the Hollywood hotshots a run for their money? Peter Lefcourt's hilarious satire proves the old adage that in Hollywood you're never quite as dead as people give you credit for.
Here is the greatest "deal" you will ever find: This concise, deeply practical guide shows how to forgive anyone who has ever hurt you and to receive a payback of enormous personal satisfaction and inner peace. "What I am offering you in this book is the best deal you have ever gotten in your life, or ever will. Even though I know nothing about you, I'm willing to make this claim with complete certainty." With elegance and absolute persuasiveness The Deal explains how forgiveness - rather than being a squishy, eat-your-vegetables virtue - is actually the key, perhaps the sole key, to a happy life. If you perform the one simple but vital forgiveness exercise in The Deal, you will forgive and be forgiven. You will be free. You will enter a new phase of life. A widely respected spiritual writer and thinker, Richard Smoley doesn't hand you the standard promise that this book will change your life. When you finish it, he concludes: "It already has changed your life." This is the simple, radical truth of The Deal.
This convenient arrangement could be so much more! Two popular marriage of convenience stories-in one convenient volume!-from New York Times bestselling author Donna Alward and Liz Fielding.Hired by the CowboyAlexis Grayson can look after herself-even if she's alone and pregnant. But gorgeous cowboy Connor Madsen seems determined to take care of her. Since he needs a temporary wife, Alexis decides she can help him. A short-term marriage will solve their difficulties...until this wife-for-hire wants a marriage for real!SOS: Convenient Husband RequiredMay Coleridge must marry to inherit her family home and keep her new business afloat. Adam Wavell has turned his life around and is a corporate success story. But when his sister leaves him with her screaming baby, a deal must be done. May will help Adam with his niece if he'll answer her SOS!
Sports agent Myron Bolitar is poised on the edge of the big time. So is Christian Steele, a rookie quarterback and Myron's prized client. But when Christian gets a phone call from a former girlfriend, a woman who everyone, including the police, believes is dead, the deal starts to go sour. Trying to unravel the truth about a family's tragedy, a woman's secret, and a man's lies, Myron is up against the dark side of his business--where image and talent make you rich, but the truth can get you killed.In novels that crackle with wit and suspense, Edgar Award winner Harlan Coben has created one of the most fascinating and complex heroes in suspense fiction--Myron Bolitar--a hotheaded, tenderhearted sports agent who grows more and more engaging and unpredictable with each page-turning appearance.From the Paperback edition.
Is he Mr. Right or Mr. Not-on-Your Life? For some women, it's a moustache. For others, it's a cheating heart. Whether you're playing the field or are considering a trip down the aisle, you've got to determine whether to stick it out or move on in your pursuit of true love. Find out what your deal breakers are: * You're on your first date when you notice he's had four glasses of wine before the entrée arrives. Deal breaker? * You've been dating someone special and upon entering his apartment for the first time you notice a book called The Idiot's Guide to Sex. Deal breaker? * Your long-term boyfriend proposes and presents you with a stunning ring in a Tiffany's box--and later you find out it's a cubic zirconium. Deal breaker? * You meet a cute guy at a bar, but the only number he'll give you is his pager. Deal breaker? * You're looking forward to a romantic Valentine's evening with your new beau. He picks you up at seven, and when you get in the car he says, "So, what's the plan?" Deal breaker? * You're engaged to a man of another religion and it's never been an issue in your relationship. One evening when you're talking about having children, he tells you he expects the children to be raised in his faith. Deal breaker? * One night after a few drinks your date lets you know he once had a passionate affair with a married woman. Deal breaker?
In 2000, after the Tribune Company acquired Times Mirror Corporation, it comprised the most powerful collection of newspapers in the world. How then did Tribune nosedive into bankruptcy and public scandal? <P><P>In The Deal From Hell, veteran Tribune and Los Angeles Times editor James O'Shea takes us behind the scenes of the decisions that led to disaster in boardrooms and newsrooms from coast to coast, based on access to key players, court testimony, and sworn depositions. The Deal From Hell is a riveting narrative that chronicles how news industry executives and editors--convinced they were acting in the best interests of their publications--made a series of flawed decisions that endangered journalistic credibility and drove the newspapers, already confronting a perfect storm of political, technological, economic, and social turmoil, to the brink of extinction.
When Brady Carrick bets he can turn Molly Davis into a cardsharp, the former football star has no idea the widowed mother has a grudge against him. That accepting Brady's challenge is a way for Molly to start a new life--and get revenge against Brady for destroying her old one. . . . All she has to do is keep her real identity from Brady until she earns a seat at the big poker tournament. That, and steel her heart against him. Because the closer they get, the harder it is to believe that this serious, protective cowboy is the man who killed her husband.
This suspenseful third John Deal crime thriller from Standiford finds the Miami building contractor tangling with Chinese gangsters who are trying to move in on a scheme hatched by two Hollywood porno magnates to create X-rated films for the huge mainland Chinese market. Deal already has troubles enough?his wife, Janice, has sunk into a deep depression over the serious burns she suffered in last year's Raw Deal, and a close friend has apparently committed suicide, shortly after she has told her film-star sister, Paige Nobleman, that Paige was adopted. Deal and his tenant/pal, ex-cop Vernon Driscoll, begin investigating Paige's birth and, eventually, the friend's death, following leads that take them directly into the porno scheme and the path of some deadly Chinese gang members. Standiford, an unusually fine thriller writer who has won the Frank O'Connor Award for Short Fiction and who directs the creative writing program at Florida International University, is at the top of his game here, displaying excellent pacing and a particular affinity for action scenes. The ongoing saga of John Deal remains especially intriguing above all, however, because its author drenches each volume in the ambiguities?sometimes rewarding, sometimes nightmarish?of real life.
Thirty days and thirty nights Ashley Jones has been sitting in Sebastian Cruz's office. For hours. Behind the imposing wooden doors sits the man who stole her family's island home. And she wants it back. But the fight is knocked from her when Ashley recognizes him as the man she knows intimately-the man who betrayed her after their blissful night together. Sebastian has no intention of giving the island back, but he does want Ashley. He agrees to her deal, but has a few sub-clauses of his own. Specifically, a month at his beck and call-and in his bed!
The acclaimed author ofThe Devil You Knowpens a shimmering novel about a Scottish noblewoman on the run from her past and a powerful English lord brought to his knees by desire. Aubrey Montford claims to be a widowed housekeeper. Desperate to keep her new post -- and her secrets -- she transforms desolate Castle Cardow into a profitable estate. Yet soon after her employer, Lord Walrafen, returns from long years of absence, Aubrey is suspected of murder. Sparks and tempers ignite whenever she and the smoldering earl meet, but he may be her only hope. Walrafen returns reluctantly to the childhood home he loathes. Cardow is said to be haunted -- by more than the earl's sad memories -- but it was no ghost that murdered his uncle. Is the castle's beautiful chatelaine a murderess? At the very least, she's a liar -- he has proof. Yet the truth of his soul is that he's drawn to her with a kind of fierce passion he's never known. . . .
"Lucy Monroe is one of my favorite writers. " --Lora LeighWhen reporter Alan Hyatt is assigned to investigate a case of high-tech espionage in the Vancouver film industry--and meets sizzling actress Jillian Carlyle--he finds a perfect reason to work in bed. But Jillian is also his landlady--and she doesn't date her renters. When Jillian suggests he play a background actor on her sci-fi show to get closer to his suspects, Alan's not about to turn down the red-hot redhead, even if she keeps throwing him curves. . . Alan may be six-feet-something of chiseled ruggedness, but Jillian doesn't do relationships with men who stir more than her senses. No one is getting a chance at her heart. Especially not one of her renters. Still, there's nothing wrong with enjoying Alan from afar--but not too far to appreciate his rock-hard abs. If only he didn't make her feel safe and oh so right whenever they touch. . . "Monroe writes with a flourish the type of lovemaking and desire that women can truly appreciate. " -Romantic Times on 3 Brides for 3 Bad Boys"Monroe's exciting romance is a great read. " -Booklist on Ready
Alan Hyatt could do his job in his sleep, and when the Goddard Project sends him to investigate a case of high-tech espionage in the Vancouver film industry, he finds a perfect reason to work in bed. But sizzling actress Jillian Carlyle also happens to be his landlady, and she's got a hard-and-fast (so to speak) rule that keeps her from dating her renters. While Alan's cover as a reporter gets him close to all the suspects on the set of Jillian's sci-fi show, playing a background actor at her suggestion to get his story? Well, that's something else--but he's not about to turn down a red-hot redhead, even if she keeps throwing him curves. . .Jillian just can't understand it. Sure, Alan is six-feet-something of chiseled ruggedness with gray eyes and an irresistible growl in his voice. But hello? She doesn't do relationships--even of the casual kind--with men who impact more than her senses. No one is getting a chance at her heart. Especially not one of her renters. Still, there's nothing wrong with enjoying Alan from afar--but not too far, or she wouldn't be able to fully appreciate his rock-hard abs when he's working out in the home gym. If only he didn't make her feel safe and oh so right when they touched. . .
After far too many disastrous raids and military embarrassments, the Nats order a full-out, no-holds-barred blitzkrieg against the Jokers and Aces.
In the bestselling tradition of The Soul of a New Machine, Dealers of Lightning is a fascinating journey of intellectual creation. In the 1970s and '80s, Xerox Corporation brought together a brain-trust of engineering geniuses, a group of computer eccentrics dubbed PARC. This brilliant group created several monumental innovations that triggered a technological revolution, including the first personal computer, the laser printer, and the graphical interface (one of the main precursors of the Internet), only to see these breakthroughs rejected by the corporation. Yet, instead of giving up, these determined inventors turned their ideas into empires that radically altered contemporary life and changed the world.Based on extensive interviews with the scientists, engineers, administrators, and executives who lived the story, this riveting chronicle details PARC's humble beginnings through its triumph as a hothouse for ideas, and shows why Xerox was never able to grasp, and ultimately exploit, the cutting-edge innovations PARC delivered. Dealers of Lightning offers an unprecedented look at the ideas, the inventions, and the individuals that propelled Xerox PARC to the frontier of technohistoiy--and the corporate machinations that almost prevented it from achieving greatness.
This captivating ethnography explores Vietnam's sex industry as the country ascends the global and regional stage. Over the course of five years, author Kimberly Kay Hoang worked at four exclusive Saigon hostess bars catering to diverse clientele: wealthy local Vietnamese and Asian businessmen, Viet Kieus (ethnic Vietnamese living abroad), Western businessmen, and Western budget-tourists. Dealing in Desire takes an in-depth and often personal look at both the sex workers and their clients to show how Vietnamese high finance and benevolent giving are connected to the intimate spheres of the informal economy. For the domestic super-elite who use the levers of political power to channel foreign capital into real estate and manufacturing projects, conspicuous consumption is a means of projecting an image of Asian ascendancy to potential investors. For Viet Kieus and Westerners who bring remittances into the local economy, personal relationships with local sex workers reinforce their ideas of Asia's rise and Western decline, while simultaneously bolstering their diminished masculinity. Dealing in Desire illuminates Ho Chi Minh City's sex industry as not just a microcosm of the global economy, but a critical space where dreams and deals are traded.
To rescue his girlfriend, a weed dealer scraps for a scoreThe suitcase looks like a standard weekend bag. But like the man who carries it, it isn't what it seems. Lined with tinfoil to mask the smell, it is a smuggler's bag and will soon be filled to the brim with marijuana bricks.The smuggler is a Harvard student who has come to California to make his fortune. He hopes to score not just with his connection but with his new girlfriend, a Golden State beauty with an appetite for fine weed. When the deal goes south, she takes the fall, and a crooked FBI agent swipes half the stash. To free his girl, this pothead will have to make the deal of a lifetime. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Michael Crichton including rare images from the author's estate.
A short book showing what is meant by bullying and explaining why bullies act as they do, how to deal with them, and how to stop being one. This book emphasizes the positive ways to deal with conflict. Bullying is a frequent and tough conflict for kids. Pictures are described.
DEALING WITH CHINA takes the reader behind closed doors to witness the creation and evolution and future of China's state-controlled capitalism.<P><P> Hank Paulson has dealt with China unlike any other foreigner. As head of Goldman Sachs, Paulson had a pivotal role in opening up China to private enterprise. Then, as Treasury secretary, he created the Strategic Economic Dialogue with what is now the world's second-largest economy. He negotiated with China on needed economic reforms, while safeguarding the teetering U.S. financial system. Over his career, Paulson has worked with scores of top Chinese leaders, including Xi Jinping, China's most powerful man in decades. <P> In DEALING WITH CHINA, Paulson draws on his unprecedented access to modern China's political and business elite, including its three most recent heads of state, to answer several key questions:<P> * How did China become an economic superpower so quickly?<P> * How does business really get done there?<P> * What are the best ways for Western business and political leaders to work with, compete with, and benefit from China?<P> * How can the U.S. negotiate with and influence China given its authoritarian rule, its massive environmental concerns, and its huge population's unrelenting demands for economic growth and security?<P> Written in the same anecdote-rich, page-turning style as Paulson's bestselling memoir, On the Brink, DEALING WITH CHINA is certain to become the classic and definitive examination of how to engage China's leaders as they build their economic superpower.<P> Chosen for Mark Zuckerberg's "A Year of Books"
Moaners, fault finders, manipulators - these are just a few examples of the difficult people we put up with at work. However by understanding their motives and individual behaviours you can learn to manage aggression, avoid awkward situations and keep your cool. This second edition of the best-selling Dealing with Difficult People includes a brand new chapter on dealing with difficult people in the digital sphere. It provides the tools and techniques you need to get the best out of the worst, including how to deal with difficult customers, advice on beating bullies at their own game and how to deal with a boss who drives you barmy.
"You will only make this journey once. What kind of journey will it be?"Many things in life are uncertain, and it's often difficult for people to accept God's promises without having doubts. Doubts are a normal part of life, but Christians can know their awareness and faith in God will give them the ability to weather the storms and doubts they face on life's journey.Is it possible to really trust God to keep His promises? How can you know for sure that God really loves and cares for you? Dealing with Doubt shows how to have a personal, growing relationship with God, and shows how to find peace in Him, in our hearts, and with others. God will provide the strength we need. He isn't going anywhere. He is there every step of the journey.The Journey Study Series is based on Billy Graham's best-selling book The Journey, the culmination of a lifetime of spiritual insight and ministry experience. Each chapter explores the joys, triumphs, and conflicts we all encounter on our journey through life.Use for self-study or shared experience in small groupssix weeks of lessonssidebars offer a scriptural journey through God's wordquestions for starting group discussionsInsight-filled scripture passages to studyEach chapter includes thought-provoking questions, commentary, scriptures, and insights to help you on life's journey. Each lesson teaches the secret of walking with God on life's path. Understanding God's truths will make life's journey easier and let Him fulfill His promise to lead you home.
The enchanted forest chronicles contains four books. Princess Cimorene runs away from home to live with dragons. She battles wizards, meets the king of the enchanted forest and in the final book, her son must return to breaik a spell placed on the king and his castle.
Discusses the emotion, jealousy, and suggests ways of handling this difficult feeling.
"It may be a boss who behaves like a bully and a petty tyrant, and has the power to get away with it ..." "It may be a co-worker who promises results, but who never, ever delivers when the chips are down ..."
Written to help parents with their children, this book describes secrets, why people have them, when and with whom to share them, and the difference between good and bad secrets.
How to handle difficult discussions in the workplace Packed with practical and pragmatic suggestions and methods for dealing with the tough stuff at work, this unique and helpful book features simple diagnostics, models, and processes that you can put to use immediately. The author team shares their years of research and experience so that you can benefit from their case studies and examples, all of which are aimed at increasing the confidence of anyone working in a management or leadership role. You'll discover how the science of human behavior--both verbal and nonverbal--plays an enormous role when handling conflict situations and you'll learn how to apply a variety of tools, tips, and strategies when leading critical conversations with empathy and assertiveness. Explains why avoiding dealing with the tough stuff at work can be so costly for managers, staff, and, ultimately, the business Features methods and strategies that have been backed by contemporary theory and tested and trialed with thousands of participants Zeroes in on ways to uncover the root cause of difficult behavior Shares advice for finding the best way to be assertive in any situation Reveals techniques for depersonalizing conflict and avoiding language that causes conflict
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