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Daughter of the Pirate King

by Tricia Levenseller

There will be plenty of time for me to beat him soundly once I've gotten what I came for. Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.In Daughter of the Pirate King, debut author Tricia Levenseller blends action, adventure, romance, and a little bit of magic into a thrilling YA pirate tale.

L'art de la Simplicité: How to Live More with Less

by Dominique Loreau Louise Lalaurie

Discover the magic of simplicity in this international bestseller, available for the first time in English.Dominque Loreau is the master in the art of de-cluttering and simplifying. Now her groundbreaking L’art de la Simplicité, a huge bestseller in her native France, is translated into English for the first time. Loreau’s principle of “less is more” is set to change your life forever.Living in Japan and inspired by Asian philosophy, Loreau takes you on a step-by-step journey to a clutter-free home, a calm mind and an energized body. Free yourself of possessions you don’t want or need; have more money to spend on life’s little luxuries; eat better and lose weight; and say goodbye to anxiety and negative relationships.Give yourself the gift of health and happiness; to live fully and freely is to live with L’art de la Simplicité.

The Family Tree Polish, Czech And Slovak Genealogy Guide

by Lisa A. Alzo

Trace your Eastern European ancestors from American shores back to the old country. This in-depth guide will walk you step-by-step through the exciting--and challenging--journey of finding your Polish, Czech, or Slovak roots. You'll learn how to identify immigrant ancestors, find your family's town of origin, locate key genealogical resources, decipher foreign-language records, and untangle the region's complicated history. The book also includes timelines, sample records, resource lists, and sample record request letters to aid your research.In this book, you'll findThe best online resources for Polish, Czech, and Slovak genealogy, plus a clear research path you can follow to find successTips and resources for retracing your ancestors' journey to AmericaDetailed guidance for finding and using records in the old countryHelpful background on Polish, Czech, and Slovak history, geography, administrative divisions, and naming patternsHow the Three Partitions of Poland and the Austro-Hungarian Empire affect genealogical research and recordsInformation on administrative divisions to help you identify where your ancestors' records are keptSample letters for requesting records from overseas archivesCase studies that apply concepts and strategies to real-life research problemsWhether your ancestors hail from Warsaw or a tiny village in the Carpathians, The Family Tree Polish, Czech and Slovak Genealogy Guide will give you the tools you need to track down your ancestors in Eastern Europe.

Human Communication Theory and Research: Concepts, Contexts, and Challenges

by Robert L. Heath Jennings Bryant

Human Communication Theory and Research introduces students to the growing body of theory and research in communication, demonstrating the integration between the communication efforts of interpersonal, organizational, and mediated settings. This second edition builds from the foundation of the original volume to demonstrate the rich array of theories, theoretical connections, and research findings that drive the communication discipline. Robert L. Heath and Jennings Bryant have added a chapter on new communication technologies and have increased depth throughout the volume, particularly in the areas of social meaning, critical theory and cultural studies, and organizational communication. The chapters herein are arranged to provide insight into the breadth of studies unique to communication, acknowledging along the way the contributions of researchers from psychology, political science, and sociology. Heath and Bryant chart developments and linkages within and between ways of looking at communication. The volume establishes an orientation for the social scientific study of communication, discussing principles of research, and outlining the requirements for the development and evaluation of theories. Appropriate for use in communication theory courses at the advanced undergraduate and graduate level, this text offers students insights to understanding the issues and possible answers to the question of what communication is in all forms and contexts.

Sell & Re-Sell Your Photos: Learn How to Sell Your Photographs Worldwide

by Rohn Engh Mikael Karlsson

Sell your photos again and again! Live anywhere. Pick your hours. Be your own boss. Earn more money. See your pictures in print. Discover the freedom of a profitable photo business by learning the secrets behind making and selling editorial stock photography. For more than three decades, industry classic Sell & Re-Sell Your Photos has been giving new and veteran photographers the tools to sell their pictures consistently to markets they enjoy. Rohn Engh's master text, with updates from independent photographer Mikael Karlsson, outlines the time-tested formula for successfully marketing your work to publishers world-wide. This completely revised and expanded 6th edition features up-to-date advice, brand new photos and charts and tables to help you achieve your goals. Learn how to:Create enduring images--the ones photo buyers always needPrice your photos like a professionalFind your niche and corner that marketTake and market your work with modern technologyConfidently submit to agencies and publishersDigitally store your archiveProtect yourself and your photos with basic copyright laws and regulationsIncludes a detailed five-week action plan to get you organized and sellingMaster the stock photography market: Take pictures today that you can sell for many tomorrows to come!

Pathways To Success in School: Culturally Responsive Teaching

by Etta R. Hollins Eileen I. Oliver

This text is designed to help preservice and in-service teachers identify pathways to productive teaching and learning for students from culturally and experientially diverse backgrounds. To better serve an increasingly diverse population, teachers need to be competent in selecting and developing culturally responsive curricula and instructional approaches that better facilitate learning for all students. They must be able to attend to diversity within and across cultural groups, and validate students' cultural knowledge acquired outside the classroom. To provide equitable access to learning, they must be able to strategically select or develop instructional approaches that build upon their students' learning propensities, cognitive schemata, experiential backgrounds, and perceptions. The chapter authors in this text present ways of understanding ones' own thinking (metacognition), and ways of thinking about teaching and learning situations and constructing productive strategies. The reader is engaged in: *Learning about the context in which he or she will practice, *Understanding key aspects of student's cultural and experiential background and learning preferences, *Exploring ways to bring these factors together in framing and selecting meaningful curriculum content and learning experiences. The volume is organized into three interrelated sections: Part I presents two approaches to becoming a competent practitioner; Part II offers approaches to developing and using culturally relevant pedagogy; Part III addresses curriculum content and design. Helpful pedagogical features are included to facilitate its use as a textbook: Each of the three main parts begins with an overview that provides an introduction and summary of the main ideas addressed and the relationship among ideas presented by different authors; each chapter opens with focus questions and concludes with suggested learning experiences; chapter-end references may be used to expand the reader's knowledge in specific areas.

Creative Strength Training: Prompts, Exercises and Personal Stories for Encouraging Artistic Genius

by Jane Dunnewold

Discover a Deeper Connection to Your Artist Self! Artists and athletes alike benefit from strength training. Building creative stamina takes encouragement, mentoring, and regular practice. In Creative Strength Training, you'll discover powerful strategies that combine writing and hands-on art-making to overcome creative stumbling blocks, develop a unique voice and make creating art a regular habit.Overcome resistance while dismantling "the Committee" (that group of inner critics).Explore 10 exercises for making art that stands apart as uniquely yours.Receive support and inspiration from contributing artists who share how each chapter has improved their practice and helped them evolve.Begin a fresh approach to your creative practice. Begin building stamina today with Creative Strength Training! "In a world of bookshelves lined with self-help guides to overhauling ourselves, Jane Dunnewold gives us, instead, a way to discover ourselves. Creative Strength Training is a gift to the artist just starting out, and a powerful resource for those of us who feel like we may have grown stale." --Mary Fisher, artist and AIDS activist "Jane's approach will resonate with anyone who has ever been stymied in his or her attempt to be original and creative. She guides readers on a journey of self-discovery to seek the core of the creative spirit. This newfound self-awareness and confidence is sure to unleash brand new avenues of creativity for those who read this important new work." --Maureen Hendricks, owner of Gateway Canyons Resort, home of Alegre Quilt Retreat "Jane Dunnewold's approach to the creative process is as refreshing as it is realistic--building stamina means making your art a priority. This method feels at once personal and prolific--a must-have for anyone looking to push his/her boundaries." --Joe Pitcher, founder of textileartist.org

Organize Your Genealogy: Strategies and Solutions for Every Researcher

by Drew Smith

Get Your Research in Order! Stop struggling to manage all your genealogy facts, files, and data--make a plan of attack to maximize your progress. Organize Your Genealogy will show you how to use tried-and-true methods and the latest tech tools and genealogy software to organize your research plan, workspace, and family-history finds. In this book, you'll learn how to organize your time and resources, including how to set goals and objectives, determine workable research questions, sort paper and digital documents, keep track of physical and online correspondence, prepare for a research trip, and follow a skill-building plan. With this comprehensive guide, you'll make the most of your research time and energy and put yourself on a road to genealogy success.Organize Your Genealogy features:Secrets to developing organized habits that will maximize your research time and progressHints for setting up the right physical and online workspacesProven, useful systems for organizing paper and electronic documentsTips for managing genealogy projects and goalsThe best tools for organizing every aspect of your ancestry researchEasy-to-use checklists and worksheets to apply the book's strategiesWhether you're a newbie seeking best practices to get started or a seasoned researcher looking for new and better ways of getting organized, this guide will help you manage every facet of your ancestry research.

South Asian Buddhism: A Survey

by Stephen C. Berkwitz

South Asian Buddhism presents a comprehensive historical survey of the full range of Buddhist traditions throughout South Asia from the beginnings of the religion up to the present. Starting with narratives on the Buddha’s life and foundational teachings from ancient India, the book proceeds to discuss the rise of Buddhist monastic organizations and texts among the early Mainstream Buddhist schools. It considers the origins and development of Mahayana Buddhism in South Asia, surveys the development of Buddhist Tantra in South Asia and outlines developments in Buddhism as found in Sri Lanka and Nepal following the decline of the religion in India. Berkwitz also importantly considers the effects of colonialism and modernity on the revivals of Buddhism across South Asia in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. South Asian Buddhism offers a broad, yet detailed perspective on the history, culture, and thought of the various Buddhist traditions that developed in South Asia. Incorporating findings from the latest research on Buddhist texts and culture, this work provides a critical, historically based survey of South Asian Buddhism that will be useful for students, scholars, and general readers.

Hitler and Nazi Germany

by Stephen J. Lee

Hitler and Nazi Germany provides a concise introduction to Hitler’s rise to power and Nazi domestic and foreign policies through to the end of the Second World War. Combining narrative, the views of different historians, interpretation and a selection of sources, this book provides a concise introduction and study aid for students. This second edition has been extensively revised and expanded and includes new chapters on the Nazi regime, the SS and Gestapo, and the Second World War. Expanded background narratives provide a solid understanding of the period and the analyses and sources have been updated throughout to help students engage with recent historiography and form their own interpretation of events.

Trace Your German Roots Online: A Complete Guide to German Genealogy Websites

by James Beidler

Click your way to German ancestors! Explore your Germanic heritage from the comfort of your own computer! Trace Your German Roots Online highlights important German resources on popular genealogy websites including Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org, as well as lesser-known resources such as Archion.de. With helpful illustrated step-by-step instructions, you'll learn how to use each site to its fullest potential for German genealogy, including how to get around language barriers and navigate the various German states that have existed throughout the centuries. In addition, this book contains links to the best websites to consult when answering key German genealogy questions, from unpuzzling place names to locating living relatives in the old country.Trace Your German Roots Online features:Tips to find and use German databases, records, and research tools on Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, and other popular genealogy websitesGuidance for helpful German-focused research websites, including help translating foreign-language sitesRecommended websites for accomplishing key German research tasksWorksheets to log research progress and at-a-glance guides to help you identify important terms and resourcesAn ideal companion to author James M. Beidler's The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide, this book has the tools you need to take your German genealogy research to the next level. Whether your ancestors came from Bavaria, Baden, Berlin, or Bremen, this comprehensive guide will help you find your German ancestors on the Internet.

The Smoking Gun

by Doug Richardson

What do you know, really?Sure. Having enough talent to act, direct, or write a screenplay is one set of skills. But navigating both the main streets and back alleys of Hollywood cannot be done with GPS. Ride shotgun with screenwriting and producing veteran Doug Richardson as he skillfully - yet so amusingly - lives, dies, survives, and thrives in the entertainment trenches.The Smoking Gun is more than a collection of true Hollywood stories, box office success and jaw-dropping failures. It's a guided tour behind the curtain of an industry that is equal parts bright lights, backstabbing, and double-dealing. Buckle up, step into your steel jockstrap, and get ready to do battle in the carnival funhouse otherwise known as showbiz.

The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy

by Blaine Bettinger

Unlock the secrets in your DNA! Discover the answers to your family history mysteries using the most-cutting edge tool available. This plain-English guide is a one-stop resource for how to use DNA testing for genealogy. Inside, you'll find guidance on what DNA tests are available, plus the methodologies and pros and cons of the three major testing companies and advice on choosing the right test to answer your specific genealogy questions. And once you've taken a DNA test, this guide will demystify the often-overwhelming subject and explain how to interpret DNA test results, including how to understand ethnicity estimates and haplogroup designations, navigate suggested cousin matches, and use third-party tools like GEDmatch to further analyze your data. To give you a holistic view of genetic testing for ancestry, the book also discusses the ethics and future of genetic genealogy, as well as how adoptees and others who know little about their ancestry can especially benefit from DNA testing. The book features:Colorful diagrams and expert definitions that explain key DNA terms and concepts such as haplogroups and DNA inheritance patternsDetailed guides to each of the major kinds of DNA tests and which tests can solve which family mysteries, with case studies showing how each can be usefulInformation about third-party tools you can use to more thoroughly analyze your test results once you've received themTest comparison guides and research forms to help you select the most appropriate DNA test and organize your results and research once you've been testedWhether you've just heard of DNA testing or you've tested at all three major companies, this guide will give you the tools you need to unpuzzle your DNA and discover what it can tell you about your family tree.

Effective Fund-Raising Management

by Kathleen S. Kelly

In a ground-breaking departure from existing works, almost all of which are how-to manuals based on anecdotal evidence, this is the first academic textbook on fund raising. By integrating practical knowledge with social science theory and research, it presents a comprehensive approach to the function, from its legal and ethical principles to the managerial process by which gifts are raised. Territory previously uncharted in the literature is explored, such as the historical and organizational contexts of contemporary practice. Explanations of programs, techniques, and publics introduce a new system for understanding fund raising's major concepts. Unlike efforts in established fields, most of the material represents original scholarship undertaken to produce a first-time text. The book's main purpose is to teach students about fund raising--a high-demand, high-paying occupation that will continue to expand into the 21st century as the need for trained practitioners exceeds the supply. During the last decade, fund-raising education moved into the formal classroom and away from an apprenticeship tradition of senior practitioners mentoring newcomers. Yet until now, there has not been a textbook to support this evolving professionalism. Faculty have been reluctant to define fund raising as an academic subject in the absence of a theory-based teaching resource, and courses usually have been assigned to part-time instructors hired from the practice. This textbook addresses the void. It is designed for graduate and upper-level undergraduate courses dealing with fund raising as a primary or secondary subject. Among its features, each chapter points out research gaps and opportunities--such as problems and theories for master's theses and doctoral dissertations--and ends with a list of suggested readings. The text is appropriate for the diverse academic areas in which fund raising, nonprofit management, and philanthropy are taught, including public administration, management, arts and humanities, education, social work, economics, and sociology. Because of its public relations orientation, it is particularly suited for courses offered in that discipline. Additional audiences are practitioners enrolled in professional development programs; CEOs, trustees, and others interested in self-study; and scholars who need serious literature on the subject.PROFESSIONAL PROMO PIECE COPY..............Recently, the field of fundraising seems to have taken a giant step backward. Rather than conducting principled efforts to support common political, educational, financial, or social causes, the entire process is making headlines as a venue offering opportunities for influence peddling, corruption and self-promotion. The need for a guide to ethical fund-raising management is greater than ever. Effective Fund-Raising Management addresses this need.The most successful fundraisers understand why certain practices are more effective than others. What works in one situation may not work in another similar--but slightly different--situation. That is why theoretical understanding is vital to fundraising professionals. To be an expert practitioner, one must have have enough theoretical understanding to adapt one's practice to a variety of situations. That is the purpose of Effective Fund-Raising Management--to provide the underlying theoretical and conceptual understandings that enable an effective practitioner to become an expert practitioner.Indispensable to fund-raising professionals, this invaluable resource: * reviews the entire scope of the fund-raising profession-- from its historical antecedents to the current legal, ethical, organizational, and theoretical principles underlying its practice today;* provides concise definitions and explanations of the fund-raising process and its position within the field of public relations;* links effective fund-raising practices to ethical considerations; and * examines four of the major methods of fund raising-- annual giving, major gifts, planned giving, and capital campaigns.

Creating Television: Conversations With the People Behind 50 Years of American TV

by Robert Kubey

Creating Television brings television and its creators to life, presenting fascinating in-depth interviews with the creators of American TV. Having interviewed more than 100 television professionals over the course of his 15 years of research, Professor Robert Kubey presents here the 40 conversations that provide the most illuminating insights about the industry and the people working in it. These interviews bring television's creators to life, revealing their backgrounds, work, and thoughts about the audience and the television programs they create. Each interview tells a compelling tale of an individual's struggles and successes within a complex collaborative and highly commercial medium, offering readers rare insights on the human component in television's development. Featured in this volume are actors, agents, writers, directors, producers, and executives, representing television's earliest days through to the present day. Spanning shows from I Love Lucy and The Tonight Show through to Seinfeld, The Simpsons, and The Sopranos, these creators share the stories of how they gained entry to the industry and built their careers, offering readers a rare opportunity to meet, up close, the people involved in creating many of the most famous and successful programs in the medium's history, and linking the creators' personal histories to the television programs they create. With its unique insights on the people responsible for making television, this volume will be of interest to scholars and researchers in television history, sociology of culture, human creativity, television production, media studies, and mass media ethics. It will also be a popular reader for undergraduate and graduate students in courses addressing television, mass culture, media and society, American Studies, creativity, television history, and media ethics.

Writing the Intimate Character

by Jordan Rosenfeld

Craft Vibrant Characters and an Intimate Reading Experience The key to excellent fiction lies in its characters: the unforgettable protagonists, antagonists, and secondary characters who populate the world of your story. Understanding and effectively using point of view allows you to write a powerful narrative that draws readers in and engages them with characters in a meaningful way. Through a blend of practical instruction, useful examples, and helpful exercises, Writing the Intimate Character shows you how to create the experience of living through a character rather than just reading about one. Inside, you'll learn:The functions and benefits of first-person, third-person intimate, omniscient, and second-person points of view.How to apply character cues--specific behaviors, sensory perceptions, dialogue, and visual imagery--to develop a realistic protagonist and secondary cast.The surface and subset feelings that get to the root of your character’s emotions.How different viewpoints affect the story you want to tell.Writing the Intimate Character helps you craft a novel in which readers can experience your characters' senses, dive inside their minds, and truly feel their emotions. "Writing the Intimate Character, the latest engaging guide by Jordan Rosenfeld, is a rich resource we'll all be learning from for the rest of our lives. 'Does the term point of view seem too dull and dry?' she asks. 'Try intimacy instead.' And then she shows us how, with diverse examples and wise observation. Now that I have Jordan's take on how to create a character from the inside out, I'm eager to get to it. You, too, will find this book that inspiring." --Rebecca Lawton, author of Sacrament: Homage to a River and other books "Writing the Intimate Character provides insights, examples, and exercises that will be useful not only to those who are new to writing fiction but to those, like myself, who are coming back to it after a break. Jordan Rosenfeld's explanation of how narrative voice works with point of view and other literary elements to create characters that readers care deeply about is clear and revelatory. The book can be worked through methodically or dipped into as needed. It's a useful tool for getting the gears of imagination working or for jump-starting and fine-tuning a work in process." --Zoe Zolbrod, author of the novel Currency and the memoir The Telling "Jordan Rosenfeld has a keen insight into how to construct characters who are truly lived-in. With intelligence and wit, she walks you through every element of powerful characterization, from selecting your POV to demonstrating character growth throughout your story. Whether you're new to fiction or a more experienced writer, put your trust in Jordan Rosenfeld; she'll help you tell a better story." --Laura Bogart, freelance writer and novelist

The Coloring Book of Tangle Patterns: Pages, Templates and Patterns to Create and Play

by Tiffany Lovering

Create and Color Your Own Coloring Pages With Tangle Patterns! If you love to color, you will love to tangle and color! Celebrity YouTube artist Tiffany Lovering offers her best collection of tangle patterns yet in this supercharged volume--part how-to book, part adult coloring book. Follow along to learn how to draw 100 different tangle patterns. Before you know it, you'll be flowing and building magically simple or beautifully complex works of art by mixing and matching simple geometric, organic and gridline-style patterns and motifs. You will unwind, relax your mind and fill the whole page with abstract strings of soft waves and chipper chevrons or flourishing lotus blossoms and tapestries of colorful shapes. You can create your own pages to color--or work within the provided coloring-book-style pages and templates. Find your zen and unleash your inspiration with this easy and addictive art form! Inside you'll find:A quick-start lesson in tangle patterns, plus fun, inspirational prompts for drawing your own100 different step-by-step exercises to build tangle patterns from scratch, ranging in complexity from basic to intermediate to advancedTips for drawing and coloring freeform doodles in any medium--colored pencil, paint, marker, crayon and more 75 coloring pages, plus additional digital design downloads to complete creative illustrations

Think Big Paint Small: Oil Painting Easier, Faster and Better

by Joyce Washor

Discover the pleasures of creating big art on a small canvas! There are plenty of reasons to paint small. Smaller canvases allow you to enjoy everything you love about oil painting with less expense, less mess, less space and less time. What could be better?Think Big Paint Small (previously published as Big Art Small Canvas and updated with new demonstrations and art) gives you all the guidance you need to succeed at creating small paintings. You'll find more than 12 step-by-step demonstrations that show you how to paint a variety of still lifes and landscapes--all on canvases measuring four inches or less! You'll learn how to:Scale down your subjects to fit a smaller areaCreate dimension, depth and volume in your compositionsPaint realistic shadows and highlightsCapture a range of textures and reflective surfacesEach demonstration guides you from blank canvas to completed painting. You'll even find sound advice for framing, displaying and marketing your work. Great things really do come in small packages. Start maximizing the rewards of painting small with Think Big Paint Small!

Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel Revised and Expanded Edition: The Complete Guide to Mystery, Suspense, and Crime

by Sara Paretsky Hallie Ephron

A Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award Finalist for Best Critical/Biographical Work Discover the secrets to crafting an unforgettable mystery! To piece together the puzzle of your mystery novel, you need patience, resilience, a solid understanding of the craft, and a clear blueprint for combining the plot, characters, setting, and more. And while patience and resilience must come from you, the essentials of craft and the plan to execute them are right at your fingertips with Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel. This completely revised and updated edition features solid strategies for drafting, revising, and selling an intriguing novel that grips your readers and refuses to let them go.New York Times best-selling author Hallie Ephron shows you how to:Create a compelling sleuth and a worthy villainConstruct a plot rich in twists, red herrings, and misdirectionBring the story to a satisfying conclusionSharpen characters and optimize pace during revisionSeek publication through both traditional and indie pathsFilled with helpful worksheets and exercises for every step of the process, Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel Revised and Expanded reveals the keys to writing a memorable story that will have fans of mystery, suspense, and crime clamoring for more.

The Two W's of Journalism: The Why and What of Public Affairs Reporting

by Maxwell E. McCombs Davis Buzz" Merritt

In this timely volume, the authors explore public affairs journalism, a practice that lies at the core of the journalism profession. They go beyond the journalistic instruction for reporting and presenting news to reflect on why journalism works the way it does. Asking current and future journalists the critical questions, "Why do we do it?" and "What are the ways of fulfilling the goals of journalism?" their discussion stimulates the examination of contemporary practice, probing the foundations of public affairs journalism. With its detailed examination of factors influencing current journalistic practice, The Two W's of Journalism complements and expands on the skills and techniques presented in reporting, editing, and news writing textbooks. The perspectives presented here facilitate understanding of the larger role journalism has in society. As such, the volume is an excellent supplemental text for reporting and writing courses, and for introductory courses on journalism. It will also offer valuable insights to practicing journalists.

The Psychology of the Language Learner: Individual Differences in Second Language Acquisition

by Zoltán Dörnyei

Research results over the past decades have consistently demonstrated that a key reason why many second language learners fail--while some learners do better with less effort--lies in various learner attributes such as personality traits, motivation, or language aptitude. In psychology, these attributes have traditionally been called "individual differences." The scope of individual learner differences is broad--ranging from creativity to learner styles and anxiety--yet there is no current, comprehensive, and unified volume that provides an overview of the considerable amount of research conducted on various language learner differences, until now.Each chapter in this new volume focuses on a different individual difference variable. Besides a review of the relevant second language literature, Zoltán Dörnyei presents a concise overview of the psychological research involving each topic. A key concern for the author has been to define the various learner factors as measurable constructs and therefore the discussion includes a summary of the most famous tests and questionnaires in each domain.A wide range of readers will benefit from this book--students in linguistics, applied linguistics, modern languages, and psychology programs; second language teachers participating in in-service training courses; and researchers in second language acquisition and psychology.

Seven Books for Seven Lovers

by Molly Harper Gabra Zackman Jessica Sims Andrea Laurence Kate Meader Colette Auclair Victoria Van Tiem Stephanie Haefner Liora Blake Rachel Goodman Lindsay Jill Roth

Get more bang for your buck with this exclusive ebook boxed set, featuring seven full-length contemporary romances and extended teasers of five other books, perfect for every romance reader!This boxed set features seven delightful full-length contemporary romance novels. The stories range from two women struggling to keep their lingerie shop afloat while juggling romance in Try Me On For Size, to a horseback riding teacher trying to ignore advances from the hunky Hollywood actor who also happens to be the father of one of her students in Thrown, to a woman actually living a fairytale--that is, until her sexy ex shows up to throw a wrench in all her plans in Love Like the Movies. Seven Books for Seven Lovers is the perfect collection of charming love stories for any voracious reader!

The Writer's Guide to Beginnings: How to Craft Story Openings That Sell

by William Martin Paula Munier

Give your story its best start! The best beginnings possess a magical quality that grabs readers from the first word and never lets them go. But beginnings aren't just the door into a fictional world. They are the gateway to the realm of publishing--one that could shut as quickly as it opens. In The Writer's Guide to Beginnings, author and literary agent Paula Munier shows you how to craft flawless beginnings that impress agents, engage editors, and captivate readers. You'll learn how to develop the big idea of your story and introduce it on page one, structure opening scenes that encompass their own story arc, kickstart your writing with effective brainstorming techniques, and introduce a compelling cast of characters that drive the plot. You'll also examine the best-selling novels from different genres to learn the secrets that experienced writers use to dive straight into a story. With thorough examinations of voice, point of view, setting, dialogue and conflict, The Writer's Guide to Beginnings is a must-have tool for luring your readers in with your opening pages--and convincing them to stick around for the ride. "Writing a book? Hard. Writing the beginning of a book? Rocket science! Strap on your spacesuit, because thanks to Munier's nuanced, actionable breakdown of every possible aspect of a gripping opening, authors everywhere can now take their books to the stars." --K.M. Weiland

No Excuses Watercolor Animals: A Field Guide to Painting

by Gina Rossi Armfield

Experience the freedom of watercolor painting and let go of fear! You'll have no excuse not to paint when you follow Gina Rossi Armfield as she shares her intuitive and inspirational approach to sketching and painting animals. Watercolor is the perfect medium for capturing the flowing textures, patterns and playful personalities of your favorite furry, feathered and farmyard friends. And it's fun using organic, sketchbook-style techniques to create soulful animal portraits. No intimidating exercises--just colorful and expressive works of art! The animal field guide is divided into 3 sections--Paws, Claws and Hooves--with 15 different animal projects that each include a photo reference, color palette and sketch template. Inside you'll find:Tricks for painting fur, feathers, beaks, claws, hooves and eyesEssential and easy paintbrush and watercolor instructionGuidance for working from photo referenceCreative background and text overlay ideas

Artist's & Graphic Designer's Market 2017

by Noel Rivera

Build a successful art career! Do you want to establish or expand a career for yourself in fine art, illustration, or design? Then Artist's & Graphic Designer's Market 2017 is the must-have reference guide you need. Thousands of successful artists have relied on us to help develop their careers and navigate the changing business landscape. The Artist's & Graphic Designer's Market 2017 introduces a whole host of new features and guarantees the most up-to-date, individually verified market contacts possible. Grow your art business with these resources:A FREE 1-year subscription to ArtistsMarketOnline.com, where you can find industry contacts, track your submissions, get the latest art and design news, and much more.Complete, up-to-date contact information for more than 1,800 art market resources, including galleries, magazines, book publishers, greeting card companies, ad agencies, syndicates, art fairs, and more.Articles on the business of freelancing--from basic copyright information to tips on promoting your work.Information on grants, residencies, organizations, publications, and websites that offer support and direction for visual artists of all types.NEW! Informative articles on the art of customer service, creating a noteworthy portfolio, protecting your intellectual property, and adding teaching to your list of freelance possibilities.NEW! Special features on maintaining your motivation as a freelancer, brand marketing, etiquette for artists, and artists' assistants.NEW! Inspiring and informative interviews with successful professionals including illustrator Peter Sis, artists Seth Lyons and Kevin T. Kelly, and concept artists Gilles Beloeil and Lauren Airriess.

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