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It was lust at first sight . . . She was a vision, an exotic goddess who floated across the ballroom, conjuring images of warm nights and silk sheets, and Lord Charlemagne Griffin felt lightning shoot straight to his . . . well, he was definitely interested. So the lady isn't exactly the sharpest knife on the rack, as Shay soon discovers, but the generous bosom just above her low neckline more than makes up for it. Before he knows it, Shay is bragging about an impending business deal to impress her . . . Lady Sarala Carlisle may appear naïve, but too late Shay realizes her unconventional beauty masks a razor-sharp intelligence and flawless instincts--and she'd just bested him! Well, two can play at this game, and one of Shay's many skills is the fine art of seduction.But in this contest, the only thing to lose is one's heart.
A young girl dreams about the past owners of the secondhand clothes she is helping her mother sort out for the school fair.
Set against the backdrop of a child murder in 1930s-era Chicago, three teenagers lives are about to change dramatically. From different sides of the tracks, Zane and Fred forge a bond through their shared love of cartooning. But Fred quickly realizes that Zane has a dark undercurrent, especially when he violates Maizy, the sturdy but naive working class neighborhood girl whose lack of self-esteem and lifelong love for Zane overwhelm her judgment. Meanwhile, Zane's father harbors a shocking secret that only Maizy and Fred discover, and the events that follow lead all three teens to make difficult, life-changing decisions. Told with compassion and honesty from each teen's perspective, SOMETHING TERRIBLE HAPPENED ON KENMORE unflinchingly examines love and loss, friendship and sexuality, all significant factors on the path to becoming an adult.
Curiosity killed the proverbial cat...but in the case of the landlady's feline, it led to cold-blooded murder.
For Professor Ungley, death isn't half as inconvenient as losing his toupeeAn unpleasant man in every respect, university professor Herbert Ungley is exceedingly vain. One morning, his landlady catches her cat coming in with Ungley's hairpiece between its teeth. It's clear something has happened to the old grouch, because he would never be caught without his toupee. Ungley is found in the yard behind his social club, with his head bashed in and his baldness plain for the world to see. Although the police are content to call it an accident, sleuthing horticulturalist Peter Shandy is unconvinced, and finds there are too many unanswered questions. How did Ungley come to have such a bulging bank account? Who was Ungley's long-lost heir, and what did he have to do with the professor's lost hair? And whose is the second body in the woods? Shandy must answer these questions and more if he's to find who pulled the rug out from the balding corpse.
Lilah Bell isn't asking for much-just a normal life. A future that's diï¬ erent from her shadowed, traumatic past. Maybe even a chance to start over. Instead, all she gets is the suï¬ ocating attention of her overprotective sisters, who seem to be waiting for her to break again. They don't get that helping save her family's beautiful Virgin Islands resort is definitely a challenge she can handle. But what she can't handle is a serious relationship with carefree visitor Justin Cales. After all, wanting a man who isn't planning to stick around isn't smart.Problem is, falling for Justin is too easy. And now life is more complicated than ever. When the truth unravels, they'll either be brought together in unexpected ways...or torn apart for good.
In the small waterfront town of Magnolia Beach, Alabama, people may forgive, but they never forget--especially when it comes to scandalous reputations, juicy gossip, and a sexy new flame. <P><P>Former wild child Helena Wheeler was happy to leave behind her hometown--and her sordid past--for Atlanta twelve years ago. But when her grandmother suffers an injury, Helena has no choice but to return, even if it means facing down all the people who have shunned her. Ryan Tanner went from being a football legend in high school to Magnolia Beach's young, hot bachelor mayor. As a teenager, he never wanted anything to do with a girl like Helena. But when she hires Ryan to do some construction in her grandmother's house, he finds that she's grown up into a different person--one he quite likes. For Helena, confronting her past has its share of surprises--and falling for the resident golden boy was definitely not on her to-do list. But will her reformed ways be enough to get her back in the town's good graces, or will her reputation keep Helena and Ryan apart for good?
Featuring favorite authors and thrilling debuts, Something to Read About: A Book Club Sampler, is the guide for finding your next book club read. Whether you're in the mood for something historical, contemporary, young adult, or true life these are books you and your reading group won't want to miss: The Memory Palace: A Memoir by Mira Bartok, Incendiary by Chris Cleave, The Chemical Garden Trilogy Book One: Wither by Lauren DeStefano, The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory, Possession by Elana Johnson, The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love by Kristin Kimball, The Butterfly's Daughter by Mary Alice Monroe, Skipping a Beat by Sarah Pekkanen, and Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley. Enjoy an excerpt from each book accompanied by a collection of bonus materials intended to enrich your reading experience and book club discussion. You'll get discussion questions, suggestions for enhancing your book club, and full-length author interviews. We've even included a special note from the author and their answer to our culinary quandary: "What would you serve at a book club discussing your own book?" Their menu suggestions range from a family recipe for the "Best Ever Refritos" to a "Royal-Tea Cocktail" and are sure to add something special to your next book group meeting. The Something to Read About sampler was created to help you discover your next won't-be-able-to-put-it-down, can't-wait-to-talk-about-it, all-time-favorite read. And like most of the finer things in life, these stories are meant to be shared. Enjoy!
There is a reason Avi's books are wildly popular with teens, middle schoolers and the adults lucky enough to discover him. Like his other stories, Something upstairs moves fast, paints a vivid picture of the America of the past, and asks complex moral questions of its characters and readers. A new city. A new house. Unopened boxes piled high. And Kenny Huldorf, just arrived in Providence, Rhode Island, senses that there is something upstairs. From the moment that something rises from the dark stain on the floor of a small attic room, Kenny is caught up in a truly timeless adventure that merges the present day with a long-forgotten tragedy of 1800. Is it a ghost that's haunting him? Or is Kenny haunting it? And what about the mysterious Pardon Willinghast, the one person who seems to understand what's happening? Is he there to help Kenny, or to entrap him in a time and place where Kenny does not belong? In this intense and gripping tale, history haunts more than one teenager: it is seen to haunt us all. AVI is the author of nineteen books for young people: mysteries, comedies, fantasies, and historical novels. He won a Christopher Award for Encounter at Easton, and the O'Dell Award for The Fighting Ground. In 1987, Avi moved from Los Angeles to Providence, Rhode Island, the city whose history he presents so vividly in Something Upstairs.
Josie Vargas knows that Detective Rick Fernandez is the only man for her. That is, until the day he vanishes. But Josie is determined...and frustrated! She's going to find Rick...and once she gets him into her bed, she's not going to let him leave!But Rick is hiding a secret from sweet, sexy Josie. One so grim, he refuses to drag her into his twilight world. Because that darkness might shatter them both. And although Josie's charms are utterly bewitching, Rick is a man beyond redemption. No way can sex alone save him.Although Josie plans to try--one wickedly seductive move at a time...
Bored and frustrated, Lady Elfled Malloren disguises herself as a mysterious beauty at the Vauxhall Gardens Masquerade, only to find herself in bed with her family's most dangerous enemy, the Earl of Walgrave.
Stanley's claim on Candlestick Hall (the old house that his Great Uncle Bart left to Stanley in his will) is being seriously questioned by a creepy family named the Darklings. They are obviously up to no good, and Stanley knows it, but how can he prove that Candlestick Hall is truly his?
Stanley Buggles is the prey of two more dead pirates, and this time there's an army with them. They want the precious key to the Silver Casket. Stanley doesn't know what's inside--and he and his friends are doing everything in their power not to find out.
The Wooden Mile Volume 1: Pirates...Werewolves...Lost Treasure And A Spooky House Something Wickedly Weird is most definitely here! Crampton Rock seems like a lovely seaside town...at least until dark. When eleven-year-old Stanley Buggles inherits a house from a mysterious uncle he didn't know he had, he also inherits a mystery and some strange and sinister new neighbors. The questions begin to pile up: Why are all the dogs in town three-legged? Why is no one on the streets after dark? Is it true that the man who runs the candy shop is a werewolf? And why do those shoemakers look an awful lot like pirates? With the help of Mrs. Carelli, a housekeeper, and a talking stuffed fish, Stanley begins to unravel the mysteries that haunt his great-uncle's death and have set their sights on him. A thrilling, spooky, and funny read, and the first installment of a kid-pleasing new series.
Sergeant Ivor Maddox and the Wilcox Street precinct do not have time to rest on their laurels. Currently there is a curious wave of shoplifting among teenagers, an elderly pensioner has been shot dead from the window of a passing car, a six-month-old baby has disappeared from his pram and a pregnant fifteen-year-old has died of an overdose of an unusual drug - a terrible accident or murder?
The Heat is On For sassy food writer Angelina Amalfi, life's a banquet--until the man who's been contributing unusual recipes for her column is found dead. Suddenly Angie's being stalked by a killer. Not one to simper in fear, instead she simmers over the delectable homicide cop assigned to the case. Then two more deaths follow, and Angie is on the run. Ever resourceful, Angie cooks up a scheme to catch the murderer. The stakes are high, for she's up against deadly arms smugglers and lethal food fanatics. Although it's acase that looks too hot to handle, if anyone can keep her cool, Angie can.
The master of hard-boiled detective fiction is back -- and better than ever -- with Something's Down There, a blade-sharp thriller set among the islands of the Caribbean. To the casual observer, Mako Hooker looks like any other grizzled fishing-boat captain trawling the Bermuda Triangle. He's content with his nets in the water and a beer in the cooler, but he's hardly your typical fisherman. Hooker is in fact a retired government operative taking a much-needed respite from his highly secret, highly lethal career in the States. But when local fishermen begin to fall prey to a mysterious sea creature the islanders dub "the eater," he discovers the truth in that old saw about the spy game: You're not retired from the Company until you're dead. Is the monster a prehistoric beast rising from the depths? Or mines from a sunken WWII destroyer, only now shaken loose by the U. S. Navy's depth charges? Or the work of someone with an agenda even more deeply undercover than Hooker's?Hooker quietly begins to investigate with the help of his unwitting fishing partner, Billy Bright; a local movie heiress, the seductive Judy Durant; and Hooker's old nemesis, Chana Sterling. The Company sent her as backup, but Hooker doesn't trust power-hungry government agents too far -- especially Chana, who once put a bullet in him for no good reason. As more boats are mauled and the islanders begin to panic, the action heats up and the players multiply: a Hollywood film company arrives on the scene, eager to turn live footage of "the eater" into box-office payoff, and the heavyweight film executive in charge looks suspiciously like Tony Pallatzo, a Brooklyn mobster from Hooker's violent past. As he moves steadily closer to the truth, Hooker realizes that someone (or something) is plotting to stop him, and only his rusty instincts will save him this time. A riveting story of criminal intrigue, greed, romance, and the mysteries of the deep, Something's Down There showcases Mickey Spillane at his best.
Like an old-fashioned hymn sung in rounds, Something's Rising gives a stirring voice to the lives, culture, and determination of the people fighting the destructive practice of mountaintop removal in the coalfields of central Appalachia. Each person's story, unique and unfiltered, articulates the hardship of living in these majestic mountains amid the daily desecration of the land by the coal industry because of America's insistence on cheap energy. Developed as an alternative to strip mining, mountaintop removal mining consists of blasting away the tops of mountains, dumping waste into the valleys, and retrieving the exposed coal. This process buries streams, pollutes wells and waterways, and alters fragile ecologies in the region. The people who live, work, and raise families in central Appalachia face not only the physical destruction of their land but also the loss of their culture and health in a society dominated by the consequences of mountaintop removal. Included here are oral histories from Jean Ritchie, "the mother of folk," who doesn't let her eighty-six years slow down her fighting spirit; Judy Bonds, a tough-talking coal-miner's daughter; Kathy Mattea, the beloved country singer who believes cooperation is the key to winning the battle; Jack Spadaro, the heroic whistle-blower who has risked everything to share his insider knowledge of federal mining agencies; Larry Bush, who doesn't back down even when speeding coal trucks are used to intimidate him; Denise Giardina, a celebrated writer who ran for governor to bring attention to the issue; and many more. The book features both well-known activists and people rarely in the media. Each oral history is prefaced with a biographical essay that vividly establishes the interview settings and the subjects' connections to their region. Written and edited by native sons of the mountains, this compelling book captures a fever-pitch moment in the movement against mountaintop removal. Silas House and Jason Howard are experts on the history of resistance in Appalachia, the legacy of exploitation of the region's natural resources, and area's unique culture and landscape. This lyrical and informative text provides a critical perspective on a powerful industry. The cumulative effect of these stories is stunning and powerful. Something's Rising will long stand as a testament to the social and ecological consequences of energy at any cost and will be especially welcomed by readers of Appalachian studies, environmental science, and by all who value the mountain's majesty-- our national heritage.
A wild-spirited and hugely powerful tale of an Oregon logging clan. Stamper family's rivalries and betrayals are crafted with the mythic impact of Greek tragedy.
Long admired for his books of poetry, most recently China Blues and Dancing in the Dark, David Donnell's poems continue to surprise and amaze us with their cool jazz of spontaneity and imaginative logic. A sensual and intellectual feast, Sometimes a Great Notion is a deconstruction of the contemporary artist's life; it's also a tough, compassionate look at the future of the future and our philosophy of love. Culinary adventures and geography juxtapose with Japanese culture, erotic interludes are interrupted by notes on Alex Colville, giving us the clearest picture of convergence theory we've had since Marshall McLuhan was a young man. Here, in poems like "Luce" or "Pillows," Donnell pushes the boundaries of minimalism in original and subtle ways and succeeds like peach ice cream on a hot day. Moment after moment, this is a provocative and refreshing book.
"Putney's reputation as one of the finest writers of Regency romance is well deserved. She never shies away from different plots or atypical characters and writes wildly exciting adventure romances. She's done it all again in the marvelous, emotional and thrilling fifth book in the Lost Lords series. " --"RT Book Reviews "on "Sometimes a Rogue "Top Pick"Composed of equal measures of dangerous intrigue and potent passion, Putney's fifth elegantly written installment in her Lost Lords series delivers captivating characters, an impeccably realized Regency setting, and a thrilling plot rich in action and adventure. " - "Booklist," STARRED review for "Sometimes a Rogue"Sometimes. . . Even the most proper young lady yearns for adventure. But when the very well bred Miss Sarah Clarke-Townsend impulsively takes the place of her pregnant twin, it puts her own life at risk. If the kidnappers after her sister discover they've abducted Sarah instead, she will surely pay with her life. . . A Rogue. . . Rob Carmichael survived his disastrous family by turning his back on his heritage and becoming a formidable Bow Street Runner with a talent for rescuing damsels in distress. But Sarah is one damsel who is equal to whatever comes. Whether racing across Ireland with her roguish rescuer or throwing herself into his arms, she challenges Rob at every turn. "You can't go wrong with a Putney romance " -Sabrina JeffriesPraise For Mary Jo Putney's Lost Lords Series"Romance at its best " -Julia Quinn "Exquisitely and sensitively written. " -"Library Journal," starred review"Intoxicating and not-to-be missed. " -"RT Book Reviews" (4 1/2 Stars, Top Pic
Bruce Seerie's wealthy parents had plans for their handsome son that didn't include redheaded Stacy Belford, a girl from the wrong side of the tracks. At first it had seemed something of a romantic game to defy Bruce's parents and meet him for dates. But when Mrs. Seerie offered Bruce a car as a bribe to stop seeing Stacy--Stacy's Irish pride exploded. Hurt and angry, Stacy tried to forget Bruce by plunging into school activities, a summer job, new friends, even a new romance--only to have to admit that the old magnetism still pulled her toward Bruce. But the Bruce she found at the end of that long separation was almost a stranger; a startling series of events had brought him into open rebellion against his parents' false values, as well as their purse-and-apron strings. With her unfailing insight into the problems that concern today's youth, Lenora Mattingly Weber has written a moving story of two very contemporary young people taking the first difficult steps toward independence, maturity, and real love.
From one of the most respected historians in America, twice the winner of the Pulitzer Prize, a new collection of essays that reflects a lifetime of erudition and accomplishments in history.The past has always been elusive: How can we understand people whose worlds were utterly different from our own without imposing our own standards and hindsight? What did things feel like in the moment, when outcomes were uncertain? How can we recover those uncertainties? What kind of imagination goes into the writing of transformative history? Are there latent trends that distinguish the kinds of history we now write? How unique was North America among the far-flung peripheries of the early British empire?As Bernard Bailyn argues in this elegant, deeply informed collection of essays, history always combines approximations based on incomplete data with empathic imagination, interweaving strands of knowledge into a narrative that also explains. This is a stirring and insightful work drawing on the wisdom and perspective of a career spanning more than five decades--a book that will appeal to anyone interested in history.From the Hardcover edition.
A child recalls different occasions when he has cried, concluding that there are many appropriate times for tears.
Cage York has to choose between a love of the game and a love of the girl in this sultry Sea Breeze novel from New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines.Cage York finally has everything he ever wanted. And Eva is at the very top of that list--the perfect girl with a temper as hot as her fabulously flawless body. But for Cage, a baseball scholarship has always been a close second. So when Cage finally gets his chance, he and Eva must endure a long distance relationship--and all the dangerous temptations that come with it. Temptations that former ad boy Cage York may not be able to escape. Then after receiving some illicit photos that show Cage has been behaving badly--very badly--Eva finds solace in the comforting arms of her insanely attractive neighbor Jeremy, who vows that he will take care of Eva in ways Cage never could. It's an offer that may be too good for Eva to turn down. Torn between his baseball dream and the girl of this dreams, Cage must prove he's worthy of Eva's love, or risk losing her to Jeremy forever.
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