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Five of the most daring voices in African American literature today explore the sizzling, wildly popular genre of erotica in this unique collection edited by the author who "cleverly delivers all that her name stands for: Never Tell Your Secrets" (Zane).Dare to embrace your wild side as five of the brightest imaginations in black literature today--Michelle Cuttino, Shakir Rashaan, Anna Black, Jada Pearl, and N'Tyse--come together to weave an unforgettable exploration of female liberation and self-gratifying sexual healing. These risqué tales of steamy passion bloom from illicit affairs, secret fetishes, romantic flings, and pure unadulterated happenstance.
Eleven-year-old Sam's first visit to the remote west coast of Vancouver Island is nothing like she'd expected. Her older cousins tease "the city kid" mercilessly, when they're not ignoring her altogether. She often finds herself left to her own devices. Still, the woods and beaches around Brackenwood Point offer plenty of room to explore. Then, one day, Sam comes face-to-face with a wild cougar and her two cubs, and her summer vacation suddenly gets much more exciting.
To avenge his beloved, an old tracker comes out of retirement After years fighting the Apache for the United States Army, Carroll Cougar builds a cabin in the heart of the Texas prairie. When a local rancher tries to take it away from him, Cougar takes a stand, waiting in the trees when the rancher and his son come to attack. With a few shots from his .56 Spencer, he defends his property, believing that peace is his at last. But another disturbance soon follows, from a completely unexpected source. An old army buddy reaches Cougar with a letter from President Grant begging the tracker to join up for one last mission. It isn't the president's name that convinces him--it's the name of the target: Solon Reineke, the gunman who murdered the only woman Cougar ever loved. For the sake of vengeance, he will pick up the trail one last time, even if it means never knowing peace again.
Hannah Welch doomed were-cougar Sean Foye to spend the rest of his life in his animal form when she refused to accept him as a mate. But an attack at the Foyes' New Mexico ranch ended with Hannah becoming a cougar, too. She strikes a bargain with the goddess who cursed him: Sean will be freed from his furry affliction if Hannah can find him a more suitable mate.Then the two are paired on a mission to root out a group of troublemakers, and as they work together, their icy feelings end up thawing quickly. Soon, Hannah's not so sure she should give Sean up. He's the only man who's ever made her feel comfortable in her own skin - and her own fur, too. Can she prove to Sean that destiny deserves a second chance?Sensuality Level: Sensual
Gwynn Macka hasn't seen Brett Sorrellson in over a year, not since their relationship had ended so abruptly. Not since the brilliant, sexy man she fell for learned her secret and she'd been forced to flee.Now Brett is back with an offer to join a covert military unit of shapeshifters, and the spark of their attraction is instantly reignited. Neither can resist sharing one last night of passion, but as a cougar shifter, Gwynn had been taught only to trust her own kind. Can she truly trust Brett with her secret...and with her heart?
Describes the physical features, habits and habitat of the cougar or mountain lion.
Ellery Colvard escapes her perfectly organized life for a camping trip with her friends, hoping for a tiny thrill. She'll settle for a distraction, but instead she gets swept off her feet. Literally.Alpha were-cougar Mason Foye needs a mate, even if he has to resort to drastic measures to get one. But when he and his brothers sweep up Ellery and her friends, the last thing he expects is a woman with a nasty bite of her own. Not only does Ellery know all about shifters, she's got magic. In fact, the little witch is a bit scary. What's more, Ellery isn't convinced fated mates exist.If Mason can't persuade Ellery that they're destined for a life of excitement together, he's doomed to spend the rest of his days in his cougar form - without his son, his family, or the woman he's already fallen for head over heels.Sensuality Level: Sensual
After a month as a "guest" of the Foye gang, quiet nurse Miles Bennett is itching to be able to leave their isolated ranch. But were-cougar second-in-command Hank Foye wants to take her as his mate. If she doesn't agree to accept him, he'll be cursed to spend the rest of his life on four paws. With no family waiting for her back home, Miles decides to stick around - Hank is cute, and staying in town means she'll get to stay with her friends.Hank expected to be paired with Miles's brash friend Hannah, not meek and mundane Miles. But his goddess says this is his one and only chance for a mate, even if Miles is a liability in a world where shifters fight to lead and roam. Now he not only has to attend to Cougar affairs but play bodyguard, too.Surprisingly, the sweet young woman brings his long-repressed passions roaring to life. She deserves to be loved unconditionally, but he sees her as the embodiment of everything he can't have. Can he get his house in order to lead a group of restless Cougars and earn his mate's trust?Sensuality Level: Sensual
A desperate entity trapped on the other side of an active hellmouth pleads for were-cougar Belle Foye's help, and she can't stop herself from running toward it, even though it means putting her own life in danger. As if that weren't bad enough, Belle is currently in heat, which means her body is acting in all sorts of ways her brain wished it wouldn't - particularly when it comes to her new babysitter.Former soldier Steven Welch has been tasked with keeping Belle away from the hellmouth at all costs. It's just his luck her inner cat has taken a shine to his human self. Not only is Belle a bit young in his world-weary opinion, but sticking close to her means he has no choice but to confront a fear of the supernatural he'd hoped he left in the Afghan desert.When the pair learns Steven could solve Belle's problem and rescue the mysterious soul calling to her, their differences collide. Steven insists he's no hero, while Belle wants to enter the hellmouth and end the trouble it's brought on her family once and for all. Will Steven's fears and stubbornness cause Belle to lose her fated mate and the one man she's ever trusted enough to call "partner"?Sensuality Level: Sensual
The story of Claire McCall, a surgical intern who is used to fighting back against the odds. After discovering her father has Huntington's Disease, Claire is afraid to test herself and possibly lose her internship at the hospital. While Claire moves from trying to win God's favor to a realization of his grace, her engagement dissolves, she fights a malpractice suit, and she finds that someone wants her dead.
If you have questions or concerns about your child's social, emotional, or behavioral development, you're not alone. The number of children affected by autism--an umbrella term for a wide spectrum of disorders that includes "classic" autism, Asperger's syndrome, and Rett syndrome--is growing every year. Most children are not diagnosed until they start school. But developmental problems can be recognized in infants as young as four months old. Early intervention can vastly improve a child's chances for a successful outcome and recovery. Could It Be Autism? provides vital information so you can recognize the red flags of developmental delays and begin treatment based on those first signs. Nancy Wiseman is the founder and president of First Signs, the organization dedicated to educating parents, clinicians, and physicians on the early identification of and intervention for developmental delays. She is also the mother of a child who was diagnosed with autism at the age of two, and she draws on her own experiences as well as the latest research to present real strategies. Emphasizing warning signs, she describes the most important milestones at each stage of a child's growth, including things parents and pediatricians often overlook. She also empowers parents to act on their instincts and initial concern, rather than to "wait and see," which is often encouraged. The book explains the steps parents can take to confirm or rule out a developmental delay or disorder. It details various diagnoses and show how sometimes multiple diagnoses may apply. But even more valuable is the information on how to design and implement the best intervention plan based on a child's unique developmental profile. Different treatments and therapies are outlined so parents can explore and understand what may work best for their child, based on his or her particular strengths and weaknesses.Ultimately, Could It Be Autism? is about giving parents hope--hope that they can know one way or the other where their child is developmentally and hope that they can give their child what he or she needs to have the best life possible.
Get Caught Up in the Rapture! Religious jargon aside, just what is the rapture? Why is it such a big deal among Christians today? Here are the answers. Could the Rapture Happen Today?clearly defines this event and tackles the most commonly asked questions surrounding it. With solid evidence backing his responses, Mark Hitchcock also boldly explores the most controversial and pressing question, When will it happen? With biblically sound, detailed arguments supporting the belief that the rapture will occur prior to the tribulation (pre-trib), Hitchcock tackles the question from every angle. Your nagging questions relieved, this fascinating page-turner will still leave you on the edge of your seat, anticipating Christ's return at any unexpected moment! WRAPPED UP IN THE RAPTURE Pre-Trib Mid-Trib Post-Trib Say what? Scholars debate and theses are written, but you simply want to know,Just what is the Rapture?and,When might it occur?Or maybe you're wondering how the Rapture differs from Christ's return, or whether the destinies of the unsaved can change during the horrifying years of the Great Tribulation. Prophecy expert Mark Hitchcock tackles your most common questions from every angle. Because-while the exact day and hour cannot be forecasted-biblically sound, detailed arguments state the case for the Rapture occurring prior to the Tribulation. Get the clear answers you need and move boldly forward with peace of mind. Story Behind the Book "The one biblical truth that has affected my Christian life more than any other is the rapture of the church-the belief that Jesus could come at any moment to take His people away to be with Him. It deeply affects how I view my life, this world, and how I live each day. I have always wanted to write a book that clearly explains the truth of the any-moment rapture and how it should affect our daily lives. I'm grateful that the good people at Multnomah have given me the opportunity to share my passion for this blessed hope with others. " - Mark Hitchcock From the Trade Paperback edition.
Have you ever thought about moving from an individual contributor role or management role into a business leadership role? Maybe it sounds like fun, but are you ready to take the plunge? Find out in this fun yet informative ebook that explores the ups and downs of business management. It also includes a short personality quiz to see if you have what it takes. ABOUT THE AUTHORS Herb Greenberg, Ph.D., is the Founder & Chief Executive Officer, and Patrick Sweeney is the President of Caliper, an international management consulting firm, which, for over a half-century, has assessed the potential of more than three million applicants and employees for over 25,000 companies around the world. Headquartered in Princeton, with a dozen offices worldwide, Caliper consults with executives from Johnson & Johnson, Avis, and some of the fastest growing smaller companies around the world on unlocking the potential in individuals, leaders, and teams. The authors have spoken at scores of international conferences and written for The New York Times and the Harvard Business Review. In addition, Herb and Patrick are the authors of the New York Times best seller Succeed on Your Own Terms, as well as How to Hire and Develop Your Next Top Performer, both published by McGraw-Hill. ABOUT THE SERIES When you think about all the career possibilities, it can be overwhelming. So often we hear the terms "manager," "leader," and "entrepreneur," but what do those people really do? And could you do it too? This series of ebooks by Caliper's Herb Greenberg and Patrick Sweeney explores that question as it relates to each of us, and gives us an answer to the question, "Could you succeed as...?" Each ebook talks about the personality traits needed to succeed in that role and how to determine if you have those traits. The authors also spoke extensively with those who have succeeded in the position--and those who failed. What separates the two? These ebooks get to the heart of the issue.
Have you ever thought about owning your own business and being your own boss? Maybe it sounds like fun, but are you ready to take the plunge? Find out in this fun yet informative ebook that explores the ups and downs of business management. It also includes a short personality quiz to see if you have what it takes. ABOUT THE AUTHORS Herb Greenberg, Ph.D., is the Founder & Chief Executive Officer, and Patrick Sweeney is President of Caliper, an international management consulting firm, which, for over a half-century, has assessed the potential of more than three million applicants and employees for over 25,000 companies around the world. Headquartered in Princeton, with a dozen offices worldwide, Caliper consults with executives from Johnson & Johnson, Avis, and some of the fastest growing smaller companies around the world on unlocking the potential in individuals, leaders, and teams. The authors have spoken at scores of international conferences and written for The New York Times and the Harvard Business Review. In addition, Herb and Patrick are the authors of the New York Times best seller Succeed on Your Own Terms, as well as How to Hire and Develop Your Next Top Performer, both published by McGraw-Hill. ABOUT THE SERIES When you think about all the career possibilities, it can be overwhelming. So often we hear the terms "manager," "leader," and "entrepreneur," but what do those people really do? And could you do it too? This series of ebooks by Caliper's Herb Greenberg and Patrick Sweeney explores that question as it relates to each of us, and gives us an answer to the question, "Could you succeed as...?" Each ebook talks about the personality traits needed to succeed in that role and how to determine if you have those traits. The authors also spoke extensively with those who have succeeded in the position--and those who failed. What separates the two? These ebooks get to the heart of the issue.
Any book that can give voice to the voiceless should be celebrated. No one feels this more strongly than Wally Lamb, editor of Couldn't Keep It to Myself, a collection of stories by 11 women imprisoned in the York Correctional Institution in Connecticut. Teacher and novelist Lamb was invited to head a writing workshop at York Correctional Institution in 1999. His somewhat reluctant acceptance soon turned into steadfast advocacy once the women in his charge began to tell their stories. Lamb maintains that there are things we need to know about prison and prisoners: "There are misconceptions to be abandoned, biases to be dropped." However, as heartfelt as his appeal is, nothing speaks more convincingly in this book than the stories themselves. Those collected here are disturbing and horrific. They reveal, often in graphic detail, the worst kind of abuse: incest, drug addiction, spousal violence, parental neglect, or incompetence. They're also testimony to what social workers and health care professionals have confirmed for years--that those who populate our prisons are often victims first themselves. Thus, the telling of these stories serves as a form of therapy. They are also sad accounts of the brutalities many suffer, yet few discuss...
This essential guide was written for everyone who must take the anticoagulation drugs Coumadin® or its generic form warfarin, and who finds the dietary and medication guidelines that need to be followed both confusing and complicated. It explains why these drugs require modifications to the diet and careful monitoring of both prescription and over-the-counter medications, emphasizing that consistency is the key to success. It will help readers to live a normal, healthy life despite the restriction involved in successfully taking this medication; tables containing information about foods and drugs will be referred to constantly. This book provides the information that every person who requires anticoagulation therapy needs to manage their medication and get on with their lives. Coumadin® and warfarin are the most commonly prescribed anticoagulants - or "blood thinner" used to prevent strokes and heart attacks resulting from blood clots in people with a variety of medical conditions. This includes the more than 10% of people over age 65 who have atrial fibrillation, anyone who a prosthetic heart valve or other cardiac conditions that can lead to the formation of blood clots, following any episode of deep vein thromboembolism, and people who have already suffered a stroke or heart attack.The book provides detailed information on: how these drugs work to prevent the formation of blood clots; what readers should know about the vitamin K content of foods and COUMADIN® therapy, and how to regulate their diet to maintain clotting at the optimal level for therapeutic effectiveness; potential side effects of anticoagulant therapy, including the risk of bleeding when appropriate levels are not maintained as well as "nuisance" effects such as mild hair loss; how both prescription and nonprescription drugs, as well as alcohol, can affect anticoagulant effectiveness, including those that enhance their action and cause excessive blood thinning and life-threatening bleeding, and how to work with their physicians to maintain an optimal anticoagulant level while taking needed medications; how to manage anticoagulation therapy when surgery is needed or new medical conditions are diagnosed, and why these drugs should not be taken during pregnancy; tables that provide detailed information on the Vitamin K content of specific foods and supplements, interactions with prescription and nonprescription drugs, and more.
War cares little for the troubles of the aristocracy. As a terrible new weapon obliterates the age of courtly battle, an intelligent but plain princess and her companions--an addled young inventor and a kleptomaniac firebird--find themselves forced into a battle for survival in a suddenly very deadly world.
Bestselling author Bruce Feiler was a young father when he was diagnosed with cancer. He instantly worried what his daughters' lives would be like without him. "Would they wonder who I was? Would they wonder what I thought? Would they yearn for my approval, my love, my voice?" Three days later he came up with a stirring idea of how he might give them that voice. He would reach out to six men from all the passages in his life, and ask them to be present in the passages in his daughters' lives. And he would call this group "The Council of Dads." "I believe my daughters will have plenty of opportunities in their lives," he wrote to these men. "They'll have loving families. They'll have each other. But they may not have me. They may not have their dad. Will you help be their dad?" The Council of Dads is the inspiring story of what happened next. Feiler introduces the men in his Council and captures the life lesson he wants each to convey to his daughters-how to see, how to travel, how to question, how to dream. He mixes these with an intimate, highly personal chronicle of his experience battling cancer while raising young children, along with vivid portraits of his father, his two grandfathers, and various father figures in his life that explore the changing role of fathers in America. This is the work of a master storyteller confronting the most difficult experience of his life and emerging with wisdom and hope. The Council of Dads is a touching, funny, and ultimately deeply moving book on how to live life, how the human spirit can respond to adversity, and how to deepen and cherish the friendships that enrich our lives.
The bloody trail of a loansharking operation in Oregon leads Mack Bolan to a massive shipload of illegal arms bound for Portland. Bolan refuses to consider the cost in innocent lives if the weapons fall into Mafia hands. He races against time to smash the smugglers, and his brother Johnny learns some big secrets about the Executioner.
When his drug-smuggling grandmother is murdered for informing on her employers, a journalist takes justice into his own handsFour old women return from a Bahamas vacation with four more suitcases than they had when they left. They leave them behind at baggage claim, and a stranger picks them up--disappearing with the extra suitcases and the hundreds of pounds of cocaine they hold. The grandmothers are smugglers, supplementing their social security with criminal income, but one of them is tired of the deception. She goes to the DEA to inform on her employer, a vicious drug lord named Trelana, and when he learns she has snitched her age does not buy mercy. Her grandson, Drew Jordan, is a journalist with fantasies of life as a commando. Now it's up to him to avenge the woman who raised him, and he will have vengeance even if the whole of the international drug trade stands in his way. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Jon Land including rare photos from the author's personal collection.
While investigating the savage murder of a religious magnate, Sister Fidelma uncovers a dark world of slavery and abuse within the abbey walls, in Peter Tremayne's thrilling new mystery. It is AD 670, and Bishop Leodegar has called the church leaders together for an emergency meeting. But a fierce row breaks out and the assembly descends into chaos. Later that evening one of the delegates is discovered murdered, his skull brutally smashed. Sister Fidelma and her companion, Brother Eadulf, unwittingly find themselves in the middle of a shocking murder investigation involving the most powerful religious leaders in the land. The disappearance of women and children and rumours of a slave trade indicate malevolent forces at work. To catch those responsible, Fidelma and Eadulf must challenge these fearsome individuals and in doing so, risk their own lives. . .
In Counseling Addicted Families, Gerald A. Juhnke and William Bryce Hagedorn recognize that even those treatment providers who understand the importance of the familial context of addiction are often stymied by the variety of family treatment theories and their often imperfect fit for cases of addiction. In this book, Juhnke and Hagedorn provide a truly integrated model for assessment and treatment. Based upon the authors' combined twenty-three years of experience in clinical and treatment supervision, the Integrated Family Addictions Model consists of six progressive treatment tiers which organize the relevant family treatment theories into a graduated and coherent sequence, beginning with the briefest and least costly forms of therapy.
Addresses the important issues related to adolescence. This book provides practical intervention strategies and methods, and material on resilience in children, causes of bullying, school violence, conflict resolution, ethics, and more. It emphasis on partnerships of school, community, and agencies; and covers changes in counseling practice.
This book provides readers with an understanding of theoretical bases, the counseling process, specific problems and disorders, and the professional issues that surround the work of counseling children and adolescents. Its unique child-centered, family approach to counseling emphasizes the interaction and assistance of family members, which is critical in the counseling process. Within the discussion of empirical knowledge regarding various aspects of working with children, adolescents, and families, Pledge offers practical information that readers can readily apply to their work. Coverage of developmental phases, family considerations, and theoretical models provides readers with a solid foundation in the issues central to effective counseling with children and adolescents. This book addresses specific problems and disorders counselors commonly face when counseling children, including mood disorders, behavior disorders, developmental disorders, and normal developmental challenges.
Traditionally, counseling has focused primarily on the individual--overlooking the interaction between the community and the individual. Wilson has created a biblically-based counseling model that anchors the individual within the community. The result is a perspective that encompasses all aspects of a person's life, where the community becomes a helper in the counseling process.