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A masquerade ball is plunged into darkness. . . A woman is poisoned. . . A millionaire bachelor becomes a father. . . As a blackout gripped Grand Springs, Colorado, CEO Jonathan Steele was having quite a night. First, Cynthia Morgan--aka Cinderella--drank poison meant for him. Then his blackmailing half brother and sister-in-law were murdered, leavign Jonathan with his newborn baby nephew. In thirty-six hours, Jonathan's life had changed forever. Then grateful-to-be-alive Cynthia offered to move into his home as a temporary nanny, a series challenge to Jonathan's bachelorhood. . .
Set in New York in the Depression, this is the story of Jim Braddock, who takes up boxing to make money to feed his family, and eventually goes up against champ Max Baer, notorious for having killed two men in the ring. James J. Braddock, born in New York City, was known locally for his thunderous right hand and successful amateur boxing career. After turning professional, he defeated foe after foe, and his rapid rise from obscurity earnt him the nickname, the Cinderella Man. He was given a shot at the world light heavyweight title against champion Tommy Loughran in 1929, but lost in a 15-round decision. Following that defeat and the stock market crash of 1929, Jim Braddock struggled to win fights and provide for his young family. Eventually Jim's luck turned. In 1934 he had upset wins against Corn Griffin and John Henry Lewis. With these two wins, Braddock set himself up for another shot at the world title - against heavyweight champion, Max Baer. On 13 June 1935, as a 10 to 1 underdog, Jim took the world title from Max Baer in what was described as, 'the greatest fistic upset since the defeat of John L. Sullivan by Jim Corbett'. Braddock would lose his heavyweight title two years later in an eight-round KO to 'The Brown Bomber', Joe Louis. Jim was inducted into the Ring Boxing Hall of Fame in 1964, the Hudson County Hall of Fame in 1991 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2001.
Lost in the annals of boxing is the sport's true Cinderella story. James J. Braddock, dubbed "Cinderella Man" by Damon Runyon, was a once promising light heavyweight for whom a string of losses in the ring and a broken right hand happened to coincide with the Great Crash of 1929. With one good hand, Braddock was forced to labor on the docks of Hoboken. Only his manager, Joe Gould, still believed in him, finding fights for Braddock to help feed his wife and children. The diminutive, loquacious Jew and the burly, quiet Irishman made one of boxing's oddest couples, but together they staged the greatest comeback in fighting history. In twelve months Braddock went from the relief rolls to face heavyweight champion Max Baer, the Livermore Butcher Boy, renowned for having allegedly killed two men in the ring. A charismatic, natural talent and in every way Braddock's foil, Baer was a towering opponent, a Jew from the West Coast who was famously brash and made great copy both in and out of the ring. A ten-to-one underdog, Braddock carried the hopes and dreams of the working class on his shoulders. And when boxing was the biggest sport in the world, when the heavyweight champion was the biggest star in the world, his unlikely upset made Braddock the most popular champion boxing had ever seen.Against the gritty backdrop of the Depression, Cinderella Man brings this dramatic all-American story to life, evoking a time when the sport of boxing resonated with a country trying desperately to get back on its feet. Schaap paints a vivid picture of the fight world in its golden age, populated by men of every class and ethnic background and covered voluminously by writers who elevated sports writing to art. Rich in anecdote and color, steeped in history, and full of human interest, Cinderellla Man is a classic David and Goliath tale that transcends the sport.
Television producer Laurie Moran is elated when the pilot for her reality drama Under Suspicion is a success. Even more, the program - a cold case series that revisits unsolved crimes by recreating them with those affected - is off to a fantastic start when it helps solve an infamous murder in the very first episode. Now Laurie has the ideal case to feature in the next instalment of Under Suspicion: the Cinderella Murder. When Susan Dempsey, a beautiful and multi-talented UCLA student, was found dead, her murder left numerous questions. Why was her car parked miles from her body? Had she ever shown up for the acting audition she was due to attend at the home of an up-and-coming director? Why does Susan's boyfriend want to avoid questions about their relationship? Why was Susan so concerned about her roommate's infatuation with a new-age religious sect? Was she close to her computer science professor because of her technological brilliance, or something more? And why was Susan missing one of her shoes when her body was discovered? With the help of lawyer and Under Suspicion host Alex Buckley, Laurie knows the case will make a great program, especially when the former suspects include Hollywood's elite and tech billionaires. The suspense and drama are perfect for the silver screen - but is Cinderella's murderer ready for a close-up?
In this fast-paced story full of adventure and romance, Cinderella is more than just a servant girl waiting for her prince-she's a tough, fearless girl who is capable of taking charge of a dangerous situation. Seeking to escape the clutches of her evil stepmother, Cinderella perfects her ninja skills and magic talents in secret, waiting for the day when she can break free and live happily ever after. In a special twist, readers have the opportunity to make key decisions for Cinderella and decide where she goes next-but no matter the choice; the result is a story unlike any fairy tale you've ever read!
Finding her prince...all over again!Pediatrician Cassie Ross has never forgotten her whirlwind affair with Dr. Leith Ballantyne. But that was a lifetime ago. Now she needs a temporary job with the chance to start over. Only this time she has to ask Leith for help....The last time Leith saw Cassie, she left in the night with just a note as her goodbye. The Cassie right here in his Harley Street practice is not the vivacious woman he once knew, but he's determined to give her the fairy tale she deserves....
Once upon a time there was a girl who shied away from the limelight. . . . Until she arrived at Château de Belles Fleurs and became the star of her own real-life fairy tale. . . . Dana is stunned when the gorgeous château owner, Alex Martin, noticesher. She might not have a fairy godmother but she'll show Alex that there's a confident, vibrant woman waiting to burst out of Dana Lofgren!
"Do not stay past midnight. If you remain at the ball a minute longer, your coach will again become a pumpkin."Initially published in 1697, Charles Perrault's Cinderella is one of the most beloved and widely known fairy tales. Cinderella has been ordered into servitude by her cruel stepmother and stepsisters, but when a costume ball is held for the kingdom's marriageable prince, Cinderella's fairy godmother gives her the chance to attend--disguised as a lavishly dressed and bejeweled princess. But Cinderella must depart at the stroke of midnight, lest her fine clothes turn to rags and her coach to a simple garden pumpkin. In her flight, she leaves a tiny glass slipper in her wake--the lovelorn prince's only clue to her identity. Will he find her?This new gift edition presents the unabridged version of the Perrault tale, with the bewitching, brilliantly colored illustrations of renowned artist Camille Rose Garcia.With more than 50 full-color illustrations
The fairy tale about a gorgeous and poor girl named Cinderella who is ill-treated by her stepmother and stepsisters. Will she find her prince?
Soon to be a Lifetime movie called "Lying to be Perfect" When Nola Devlin is turned down for her dream job because she's overweight, she decides to become thin-or, at least, pretend to be. The alter ego she creates-the thin, British, hip, and did we mention thin Belinda Apple-is a smashing success who is offered movie proposals, national television appearances and even dates...though no one's met her in person, of course. Then Nola takes Belinda a bit too far, and is forced to join "The Cinderella Pact" and drop the pounds. As the weight comes off, however, Nola's problems begin to mount. Watch a Video
The fourth title in the emotional new multi-author continuity series Tiny Blessings, centering around an adoption agency.
THERE'S A LITTLE BIT OF CINDERELLA IN EVERY WOMAN . . . . . . except Darby Landon, or so she thinks before meeting the three fairy godmothers of Glass Slipper, Inc. They guarantee they can bring out the princess in any woman. But they'll have their work cut out for them with Darby, who's more comfortable in jeans and cowboy boots than designer gowns. But when she's called from her Montana ranch to squire her impossible-to-please father's star client around the D.C. social scene, Darby has to turn into the queen of chic . . . and fast. Between torture-chamber sessions of tweezing and teasing, and horrifying lessons on place settings, Darby finds herself drawn into a fairy-tale romance of the very adult variety with Shane Morgan, the devastatingly sexy (and reluctant) heir to one of the city's largest companies. But when another Prince Charming arrives on the scene, Darby's caught between the woman she is and the woman she's supposed to be, between two very different irresistible bad boys. Now Darby has to choose her own happy ending . . . and with the help of three very unusual fairy godmothers, this modern-day Cinderella is determined to stay dancing way past midnight--no pumpkins required.From the Trade Paperback edition.
This Cinderella goes from ashes to ashes in the new Victorian-era Fairy Tale Fatal Mystery by the author of Snow White Red-Handed . . .Variety hall actress Ophelia Flax's plan to reunite her friend Prue with her estranged--and allegedly wealthy--mother, Henrietta, is met with a grim surprise. Not only is the marquise's Paris mansion a mouse-infested ruin, but Henrietta has inexplicably vanished, leaving behind an evasive husband, two sinister stepsisters, and a bullet-riddled corpse in the pumpkin patch decked out in a ball gown and one glass slipper--a corpse that also happens to be a dead ringer for Prue. Strangely, no one at 15 rue Garenne seems concerned about who plugged this luckless Cinderella or why, so the investigation is left to Ophelia and Prue. It takes them through the labyrinthine maze of the Paris Opera, down the trail of a legendary fairy tale relic, into the confidence of a wily prince charmless, and makes them vulnerable to the secrets of a mysterious couturière with designs of her own on Prue's ever-twisting family history.
A rhyming retelling of the story of a young woman who finds her prince at a Halloween ball despite the efforts of her wicked stepmother. The main characters are skeletons.
Sixteen-year-old Jess Parker gets the chance of a lifetime: an invitation to join the Cinderella Society, a secret club of the most popular girls. But Jess soon finds herself in the middle of a centuries-old battle between good and evil.
As a devastating summer storm hits Grand Springs, Colorado, the next thirty-six hours will change the town and its residents forever....The night the lights go out at the lodge, waitress Nina Lindstrom flees the arms of millionaire Alex Bennett after a romantic dance. But he's determined not to lose sight of the beautiful stranger. Finding her days later, he has a business proposition for the widow and mother-a fake engagement that could provide the financial security she needs to save her son's life.Nina tells herself she doesn't believe in fairy tales. Her relationship with Alex is strictly professional. But as she spends more time with her handsome rescuer, it's harder to see him as just a business partner. In trying to save her son, she may be risking her own heart.Book 5 of the 36 Hours series. Don't miss Book 6: Grief unexpectedly leads to a second chance for ex-lovers Eve and Rio in Father and Child Reunion by Christine Flynn.
36 Hours SerialAs a devastating summer storm hits Grand Springs, Colorado, the next thirty-six hours will change the town and its residents forever....Cinderella Story Part 1The night the lights go out at the lodge, waitress Nina Lindstrom flees the arms of millionaire Alex Bennett after a romantic dance. But he's determined not to lose sight of the beautiful stranger. Finding her days later, he has a business proposition for the widow and mother-a fake engagement that could reward her enough to save her son Tommy's life.Nina tells herself she doesn't believe in fairy tales. Her relationship with Alex is strictly professional. But as she spends more time with her handsome rescuer, it's harder to see him as just a business partner. In trying to save her son, is she risking her own heart?The story continues in Cinderella Story Parts 2 and 3.
Scrooge had moved in next door and Ivy Holloway was at his mercy. Billionaire Tanner King wanted her year-round Christmas-tree farm shut down so he could have his peace and quiet. He had enough money and power to do it, too. Leaving Ivy with only one option--tame the savage beast. Tanner had found little tranquility thanks to his annoying neighbor. And then he found himself saddled with a gorgeous housekeeper he couldn't keep his mind--or hands--off. Trouble was, these two women were the same person. . . leaving the CEO wondering if he could really love his enemy.
The position: Hard-driving corporate powerhouse-and very confirmed bachelor-C. K. Tanner needs a "pretend" wife to help him convince an old-fashioned business associate that he's a regular, reliable family man. . . . ;The unwilling candidate: Abby McGrady, a beautiful, independent young woman who works in the mail room and detests almost everything about her arrogant, insufferable-but drop-dead-gorgeous-employer. . . . ;The complication: The two of them are all wrong for each other-but they can't keep their hands off each other, either. And the sparks flying are enough to make anybody want to turn a "temporary" partnership into the deal of a lifetime. . . . ;
While visiting her more glamorous twin sister, a repressed librarian throws caution to the winds as she masquerades as her sibling and falls in love with a handsome neighbor.
Wedding bells in Whitehorn?Ross Garrison was everything Lynn Taylor had ever dreamed of in a prince. And in one fairy-tale night, she gave him her innocence--and her heart. Now everyone was talking about how the prim schoolteacher turned up in the sexy lawyer's bed--until Ross gave the townsfolk something to really talk about and claimed Lynn as his bride-to-be! Lynn knew Ross was only trying to protect her honor. After all, this confirmed bachelor was about as far from marriage material as a man could be. Unless, of course, he fell in love. . . .
JUST ONE NIGHT. . . That was all Holly Fitzgerald would allow herself with the tall, dark and brooding CFO Joe Barone. Winning Baronessa Gelati's contest paled next to what she felt when the aloof Joe watched her with sexual desire blatant in his shrewd eyes. While Holly had commitments, Joe had sophistication and wealth. He looked better in a business suit than any man had a right to. But his lover's touch freed her, and For The first time made her want something more. Like Cinderella, she'd forget the real world, forget caution and for once, she'd simply enjoy the fantasy. But as the clock neared twelve, Holly knew one night with Joe wouldn't be enough. . . .
When is a rat not a rat? When Cinderella's fairy godmother turns him into a coachman - well, more of a coachboy. And what does the coachboy think of this sudden change in his life? He's delighted to find the open bags of grain in the castle larder. But soon enough, trouble begins. His sister, unchanged by the godmother's magic spell, scurries across the larder floor and is in danger of being stomped to death by the coachboy's newfound friend. How can he save her without revealing his secret? Life is full of surprises. Pumpkins turn into coaches and mice into horses, and an overworked wizard can create stranger magic than Cinderella's fairy godmother ever dreamed of. Susan Meddaugh uses her wit and animated artwork to give us a hilarious new take on an old tale in this story of an ordinary rat caught in extraordinary circumstances.
THE BRUBAKER BRIDES This wealthy Texas family needs a few good women to lasso their brood of bad boys. "My wife is nine months pregnant?"--Mac Brubaker It was a fairy tale come true for shy kitchen maid Ella McCloskey. For when millionaire rancher Mac Brubaker whisked her away for a secret wedding and secluded honeymoon, she thought she'd found her prince. But circumstances soon had Ella heading for the Texas hills, and not even stopping to pick up her glass slipper. The Cinderella bride thought she'd put all her dreams of happily ever after behind her. Until Mac showed up...just as she was about to give birth to his secret baby!
If the glass slipper fits...When shoe saleswoman Cindy Rawlins lost an expensive shoe-a $500-a-pair shoe-she desperately placed an ad before her boss found out! And when wealthy businessman Parker Stevens showed up, requesting to buy the same pair of shoes, Cindy was immediately suspicious....It happened to be a coincidence, but Cindy couldn't help but feel like Cinderella when way-out-of-her-league Parker suddenly invited her as his date to a high-society party. Intrigued to see how the rich lived, Cindy anxiously agreed. And when her gown didn't turn into rags at midnight, Cindy couldn't believe the evening wasn't a dream. But could one man who happened to know her shoe size, fill this reluctant fairy-tale princess with the belief that happy endings did happen?
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