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Gemma Ranford wants the job cataloging the documents of the Frazier family so much that she is ready to do battle to get it. Fascinated with history, and desperately trying to finish her dissertation, she's hoping against all hope that the papers will yield new information to invigorate her research. What she didn't expect to find is references to the Heartwishes Stone - believed by most to be pure legend - and said to grant wishes to anyone named Frazier.As Gemma learns more about the family -- and even begins falling in love with the eldest son, Colin -- it becomes increasingly clear that their wishes are actually coming true. Together, Gemma and Colin must work together to find the stone that's been missing for over one hundred years -- and with an international thief also on the hunt, the clock is ticking. Because in the wrong hands, no one named Frazier will ever be safe.
A dying tree, a desperate quest, a love story, a last stand.Chonrad, Lord of Barle, comes to the fortified temple of Heartwood for the Congressus peace talks, which Heartwood's holy knights have called in an attempt to stave off war in Anguis. But the Arbor, Heartwood's holy tree, is failing, and because the land and its people are one, it is imperative the nations try to make peace.After the Veriditas, or annual Greening Ceremony, the Congressus takes place. The talks do not go well and tempers are rising when an army of warriors emerges from the river. After a fierce battle, the Heartwood knights discover that the water warriors have stolen the Arbor's heart. For the first time in history, its leaves begin to fall...The knights divide into seven groups and begin an epic quest to retrieve the Arbor, and save the land.File Under: Fantasy [ Heart of Wood | An Epic Quest | Fields of Blood | Knights Abroad ]
A brilliantly layered novel of crime, character, and place from the two-time Edgar Award winner, Gold Dagger Award winner, and New York Times bestselling author of Sunset Limited.Few writers in America today combine James Lee Burke's lush prose, crackling story lines, and tremendous sense of history and landscape. In Cimmaron Rose, longtime fans of the Dave Robicheaux series found that the struggles of Texas defense attorney Billy Bob Holland show Burke at his best in exploring classic American themes--the sometimes subtle, often violent strains between the haves and the have-nots; the collision of past and present; the inequities in the criminal justice system.Heartwood is a kind of tree that grows in layers. And as Billy Bob's grandfather once told him, you do well in life by keeping the roots in a clear stream and not letting anyone taint the water for you. But in Holland's dusty little hometown of Deaf Smith, in the hill country north of Austin, local kingpin Earl Deitrich has made a fortune running roughshod and tainting anyone who stands in his way. Billy Bob has problems with Deitrich and his shamelessly callous demeanor, but can't shake the legacy of his passion for Deitrich's "heartbreak-beautiful" wife, Peggy Jean.When Holland takes on the defense of Wilbur Pickett--a man accused of stealing an heirloom and three hundred thousand dollars in bonds from Deitrich's office--he finds himself up against not only Earl's power and influence, but also a past Billy Bob can't will away. A wonderfully realized novel, rich in Texas atmosphere and lore, and a dazzling portrait of the deadly consequences of self-delusion, Heartwood could only have been written by James Lee Burke, a writer in expert command of his craft.
Few authors have understood the tender intricacies of relationships better than the incomparable Belva Plain. For three decades her deeply moving epics have captivated the hearts and imaginations of readers everywhere. Now, in her final novel, she comes full circle with the themes she took up in her very first work,Evergreen, bringing us this unforgettable story of family and friendship, love and marriage, the challenges of life and the true secret of happiness. Though Iris Stern considers herself a modern woman, with a successful academic career and a happy marriage, she still holds steadfast to her old-fashioned sensibilities. But as the mother of three adult children, each with their own lives and burdens to bear, she often finds those sensibilities called into question when confronted with the choices her children have made. For one of Iris#x19;s daughters, it#x19;s the choice of a fresh start in New York City-and a last chance to save her troubled marriage. While Laura and Robbie cope with an impending separation and its effect on Iris#x19;s young granddaughter, Iris herself must come to grips with the discovery of a long-held family secret. But it#x19;s an emotional parting of another kind that looms most prominently on Iris#x19;s horizon-as neither her beloved husband, nor the solidity of her own marriage, is immune to the ravages of time. Through separations and reunions, the changes we cannot avoid and the love that sustains, Iris will weather whatever lies ahead with a faith that cannot be shaken. Like the inmost rings of a tree that abide through the generations, she will be as strong as heartwood. From the Hardcover edition.
It's spring in New York City, but in the lives of these four friends there's already plenty of HEAT Geneva Holliday got yourGrooveon, gave youFever, and now she turns up theHeat, in her wildest novel yet. Between their bedroom antics and their busy lives, Crystal, Geneva, Chevy, and Noah are all faced with situations that are way too hot to handle . . . Crystal's finding it hard to concentrate at work, and no wonder--she's got a stud in Antigua who's beginning to mean more to her than just steamy s...
Everyone longs for something. And everyone gives in to temptation sometimes. Mary. Heather. Sam. Now it's my turn.
Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscanyby Bill Buford
HEAT is the story of an amateur cook surviving - or, perhaps more accurately, trying to survive - in a professional kitchen. Until recently, Bill Buford was an enthusiastic, if rather chaotic, home cook. His meals were characterized by two incompatible qualities: their ambition and his inexperience at preparing them. Nevertheless, his lifelong regret was that he'd never worked in a professional kitchen. Then, three years ago, an opportunity presented itself. Buford was asked by the 'New Yorker' to write a profile of Mario Batali, a Falstaffian figure of voracious appetites who ran one of New York's most successful three-star restaurants. Batali had learned his craft by years of training - first, working in London with the young Marco Pierre White; then in California during the Food Revolution; and finally in Italy, being taught how to make pasta by hand in a hillside trattoria. Buford accepted the commission, if Batali would let him work in his kitchen, as his slave. He worked his way up to being a 'line cook' and then left New York to apprentice himself under the very teachers who had taught his teacher: preparing game with Marco Pierre White, making pasta in a hillside trattoria, and finally, in a town in Northern Italy, becoming an Italian butcher. HEAT is a marvellous hybrid: a memoir of Buford's kitchen adventure, the story of Batali's amazing rise to culinary fame, a dazzling behind-the-scenes look at a famous restaurant, and an illuminating exploration of why food matters. It is a book to delight in, and to savour.
Packed with practical wisdom, rubber-on-the-road tips, and never-before-heard anecdotes, this guide to creating good journalism is required reading for any aspiring reporter and editor.
Poet, novelist, critic, and the winner of the PEN/Malamud Award for lifetime achievement in the short story as an art form, Joyce Carol Oates in this collection offers readers 25 rich, hard-edged stories stamped with her inimitable touch: tales of violence ... or uncertainty ... or with the macabre running like lifeblood through them. In the O. Henry Award-winning title story, Heat, young twin sisters are murdered, and both they and their killer are remembered by a woman who was their contemporary and, in a way, a victim as well. ... In Leila Lee, a young woman who marries an older man tries to develop a relationship with her husband's angry teenage son. ... In House Hunting, a husband perplexed by his disintegrating marriage goes house- hunting without his wife, and embarks on a quest--not only for a house, but for his future. From small towns to big cities, from the working class to the upper class, there is scarcely an aspect of the American experience that Joyce Carol Oates has not magically made her own. Her stories shock, provoke, and astound us with their commentary on the human condition.
Buffy and Angel both battle the same ancient evil, a Possessor who was once Qin, First Emperor of China, and who is now attempting to usher in the Year of the Hot Devil and drive humans out of this dimension.
Heat is important for all animals and plants. Without any heat, living things die. The same thing happens if living things get too much heat. But the right amount of heat, animals and plants live and grow. Heat from the sun helps keep living things healthy.
The Real Deal Life is tough. You've got questions. You've got choices and the results are yours to live with. So go ahead-do a little investigating and discover the answers for yourself. The graphically captivating books in the FlipSwitch series are the real deal. They unashamedly tackle pressing issues that you face every day. After pinpointing God's solution, they offer practical steps that will help you take your life in the right direction without a doubt. Check 'em out: HEAT: Sex. A huge reality check complete with stats and facts on who's doing it and who's paying for it (STD information). BLUR: Who defines you? A startling glimpse into the reality of your self-image. SPLIT: Divorce. Guidance as your own or your friends' parents go ring-less. BUZZ: Drugs and alcohol. What you need to know about beer, bongs, weed, tobacco, and other tempting substances. Story Behind the Book: A team of youth pastors approached Multnomah with the need for a visual pivotal-issues series for teens--something that would enter into their world and confront the stuff they actually think, talk, and wonder about every day. These products called for a "back of the school bus" feel. Kids don't get spoon-fed answers; they simply get enough cards on the table to create their own conversations. Now youth pastors everywhere can't seem to hand out enough of them!
A killer is terrorizing Luz Maria Montoya. She has no idea who it could be. Is it someone she's antagonized in her role as the spokesperson for Voice of Poverty? Or is it her former lover who hid a violent side she deplores? Or maybe the partner of a cop whose life Luz Maria inadvertently destroyed.
Grace unexpectedly finds herself the heiress to a small fortune. With her newfound wealth, Grace is suddenly transformed from party girl to den mother, and invites all her beach buds back to live together again only this time, they'll be doing it in style.
Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant Shane Rafferty knows how to follow orders. Especially those from mouthwatering Lieutenant Holly Durant! God, how he'd like to kiss her all over. But she deserves better than a guy like him. . . ;. Holly can't get hunky Shane out of her mind. . . ;so she follows him across the world to Iraq. When a supply convoy is attacked, she saves Shane's life. Soon after, he shows her his gratitude. . . ;during a night of blistering-hot sex! But Shane can't stop thinking about the attack. Something doesn't add up. And he's right-a would-be assassin has followed Holly home. Now it's Shane's turn to prove that he can be the man she needs-in bed and out!
Bestselling author Lori Herter delivers a captivating tale of deception, betrayal...and one woman's sexual awakeningAfter years of hiding behind her work, earthquake research scientist Josie Gray is taking back her sexuality. And her sexy new boss, Peter Brennan, is the perfect man to help her. He's smart, he's charming...and he's confined to a wheelchair. Josie will be able to experiment with pleasure, to indulge her sensual side without fear. After all, it's not as if Peter can get up and chase her. Or can he...?Peter Brennan isn't taking any chances. Someone tried to kill him, and Peter's not sure that person won't try again. So to buy some time, Peter's playing the invalid. Not even his sexy new assistant knows he can walk-even though their sexual antics are definitely giving one part of his body a workout. Still, the circumstances around Josie's arrival are very suspicious. He knows Josie wants him. But does she want him...dead?
Young veterinarian Rachel Goddard's world begins to crumble when a client rushes into the animal hospital with a basset hound struck by a car during a thunderstorm. The dog owner's terrified tot, drenched with rain, loses sight of her mother in the flurry of activity and screams, "Mommy! I want Mommy!" Instantly Rachel is hurled back in time to a day in her own childhood when her baby sister Michelle uttered the same cry while thunder crashed and rain poured down on them. The unearthed memory feels like a fragment from a nightmare, and Rachel doesn't understand its meaning or the anguish it stirs up in her. When she seeks answers she learns nothing from Michelle or from Judith, their loving but manipulative mother. Judith is a psychologist who is only too happy to have her adult daughters still living in her elegant Tudor house outside Washington, DC. But their apparently serene home is a house of secrets where Judith's unspoken rules forbid questions about the family history or the daughters' long-dead father. As more baffling memories surface, Rachel begins to suspect that nothing about her family is what it seems. Fighting her mother's attempts to control her, Rachel embarks on a quest that takes her deep into her own memory as well as halfway across the country. The heartbreaking truth she uncovers will shatter her world and force her to make an unthinkable choice.
Hell broke loose in a heavenly way when he first laid eyes on the girl. She was ravishing and rare--a Cuban blonde with olive skin and deep, dark eyes. A simple conquest--until he made the mistake of falling in love with her.
Snowbound in a cabin . . . able to live out all her fantasies . . . Laura Barber has dreamt of doing unspeakably delicious things with Ethan Gould for years. Now, stuck in a mountain cabin, she just might get her shot. Ethan offers her the chance to live out each and every one of those desires. They may be rivals in the business world, but in the bedroom they're a perfect match. Knowing they have only a few days, Laura shakes off all her inhibitions. Every secret need, every lust-filled thought . . . it's all fair game.
A former Elite Ops captain with a dark past meets his match in a beautiful, former CIA agent who's dead-set on revenge. And this time the action--and the attraction--is more adrenaline-pumping than ever, in this third red-hot novel of Leigh's Elite Ops series. Original.
APOCALYPTIC ATMOSPHERICS In Rachel Caine's tempestuous follow-up to Ill Wind--forecast as "a fun read" by bestselling author Jim Butcher--the Wardens Association still protects the human race from extermination by climatic extremes, when they're not turning on their own.... Accused of murder, Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin was chased across the country--and killed--by a team charged with hunting down rogue Wardens. Five days later, Joanne had a lovely funeral and was posthumously cleared of all charges. Her human life was over, but she had been reborn into Djinnhood. Now, until she masters her enhanced powers, Joanne must try to avoid being "claimed" by a human. But when a hazard that only a Djinn could sense infiltrates Earth's atmosphere, Joanne must somehow convince someone to do something about it--or the forecast will be deadly. So who said being all-powerful was going to be easy?
This graduate textbook describes atomic-level kinetics (mechanisms and rates) of thermal energy storage, transport (conduction, convection, and radiation), and transformation (various energy conversions) by principal energy carriers. The approach combines the fundamentals of molecular orbitals-potentials, statistical thermodynamics, computational molecular dynamics, quantum energy states, transport theories, solid-state and fluid-state physics, and quantum optics. The textbook presents a unified theory, over fine-structure/molecular-dynamics/Boltzmann/macroscopic length and time scales, of heat transfer kinetics in terms of transition rates and relaxation times, and its modern applications, including nano- and microscale size effects. Numerous examples, illustrations, and homework problems with answers to enhance learning are included. This new edition includes applications in energy conversion (including chemical bond, nuclear, and solar), expanded examples of size effects, inclusion of junction quantum transport, and discussion of graphene and its phonon and electronic conductances. New appendix coverage of Phonon Contributions Seebeck Coefficient and Monte Carlo Methods are also included.
A little con: Investigator Lucy Bell is looking for a runaway groom. Fortunately, the almost-best-man (who's tastier than a double chocolate cheesecake) likely knows where he is. All Lucy needs is a little deception--and a whole lot of hot 'n' sweaty persuasion! A little magic: Single mom Allie Cavanaugh has played nice with others for too long. Then Allie finds herself kissing a powerfully magnetic hypnotist at a carnival--in front of an audience! Sure, maybe she's mesmerized, or maybe the 'real' Allie is finally waking up. . . . And a little late-night mischief! Abby Weaver abandons the cool haven of her pharmaceutical basement for a girls-only week of sun, sand and fruity drinks. That was the plan--until Abby finds herself going solo. But the beach is a funny place--you never know just what (or who!) will wash up onshore. . . .
The mercury is climbing in Lumberville, and the folks are doing everything they can to keep cool. Officer McGinnis spends the day in a cold bath, Lottie Mims does her housework in her bathing suit, and Abigail and Ralphie Blue sell ice cubes. When the temperature refuses to relent, the entire community seeks solace by the river--where everyone dreams of cool relief. A cast of quirky characters and lots of playful details from two celebrated picture-book talents make this heat wave look like fun!
Private investigator Kat Vargas once cared about someone so much it hurt, until betrayal followed by shattering tragedy ended it all. Kat has sworn never to get too close to anyone again. But now the peace and quiet of Twilight Cove is driving the straight-talking, no-nonsense P. I. crazy. When a prospective client shows up at her door, Kat is moved by his sincerity and takes the case. Ty Chandler is desperate to locate the child he fathered nineteen years ago - a child he never knew existed until now. As Kat courageously works to reunite his family, she begins to realize the bond developing between her and Ty. Can they come to terms with loss, and learn how to give love a second chance?
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