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Cory was determined to concentrate on her work, not on her boss Max's good looks. After all, she was in love with another man. A man, Max decided, who wasn't good enough for her. He would hold Cory captive until she admitted it was Max she really wanted!
'Kickbacks from government vendors, jobs for cronies, sweetheart deals for contractors' were commonplace--'It may have been the most corrupt city in America.'"What happened when greedy promoters ran radio stations and the local concert scene? They brought the Beatles to Jacksonville, but they also brought payola, greed, and corruption.This article appears in the 2011 Music issue of Southern Cultures.Southern Cultures is published quarterly (spring, summer, fall, winter) by the University of North Carolina Press. The journal is sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Center for the Study of the American South.
Tracy Ellison, the star of Omar Tyree's Flyy Girl and For the Love of Money, returns in this bestselling novel, Boss Lady. Everybody's favorite flyy girl is a little bit older, a whole lot wiser, and just as sassy as ever. After a series of triumphs in the world of letters and acting, Tracy takes on the dazzling world of Hollywood's A-list players to film a project close to her heart. Told from the point of view of Tracy's cousin and personal assistant, Vanessa, Boss Lady chronicles the trials and tribulations of adapting the story of Tracy Ellison's life. In this novel, Flyy Girl is becoming a major motion picture and Tracy is prepared to do anything and everything to tell her story and to make sure it's done right, from screenwriting to producing to designing. In the meantime, she's also juggling the highs and lows of her famously turbulent love life. Is it better to remain single and committed to her career? Or is she ready to take the plunge and embrace the married-with-children life? Written with Omar Tyree's irresistible urban style, Boss Lady finds the author's best-loved character at the top of her game, thoroughly in charge, and taking life strictly on her own terms.
When columnist Paul Downs was approached by The New York Times to write for their "You're the Boss" blog, he had been running his custom furniture business for twenty-four years strong. or mostly strong. Now, in his first book, Downs paints an honest portrait of a real business, with a real boss, a real set of employees, and the real challenges they face. Fresh out of college in 1986, Downs opened his first business, a small company that builds custom furniture. In 1987, he hired his first employee. That's when things got complicated. As his enterprise began to grow, he had to learn about management, cash flow, taxes, and so much more. But despite any obstacles, Downs always remained keenly aware that every small business, no matter the product it makes or the service it provides, starts with people. He writes with tremendous insight about hiring employees, providing motivation to get the best out of them, and the difficult decisions he's made to let some of them go. Downs also looks outward, to his dealings with vendors and to providing each client with exemplary customer service from first sales pitch to final delivery. With honesty and conviction, he tells the true story behind building and sustaining a successful company in an ever-evolving economy, often airing his own failures and shortcomings to reveal the difficulties that arise from being a boss and a businessperson. Countless employees have told the story of their experience with managers--Boss Life tells the other side of that story. shortcomings to unveil the difficulties that arise from being a boss and a business person. We've heard countless stories from employees about their managers; Boss Life seeks to tell the other side of that story.
Blake Kemp was a man who knew his own mind and was as stubborn as the day is long in Jacobsville, Texas. As the town's leading lawyer, he had a reputation to uphold, and he didn't want the tender ministrations of his assistant to get in his way'even if he desperately needed her, since those big boots of his did have a tendency to step on toes?So, of course, the boss man fired pretty, gentle Violet, for having the nerve to, of all things, try to help him!But, being a smart as well as hard'headed man, Blake could soon see that without his guiding light, his life would soon be in darkness. Only one thing to do'hire her back and make sure that business didn't mess with matters of the heart. Only then did he find that Violet had an agenda of her own'and it didn't include letting the boss man forget how indispensable she was'both on and off the job!
The Holiday Heart Who's in charge? Boss-secretary romance...romance at first sight...malarkey! Nonetheless, Jared Holiday was buying into both and breaking all the rules after his Labor Day meeting with Alison Palmer, his new assistant. Alison's allure had Jared tossing his lawyerly sensibilities out the window with his old ideal-Mate list. Who's calling the shots? While the counselor persuasively presented his case for a conjugal union, it was his raw masculinity Alison couldn't deny. No woman could resist Jared's velvety voice, devastating good looks and fabulous body--but Alison had to. She was already married...to her other, undercover job.
Every novel in this collection is your passport to a romantic tour of the United States through time-honored favorites by America's First Lady of romance fiction. Each of the fifty novels is set in a different state, researched by Janet and her husband, Bill. For the Daileys it was an odyssey of discovery. For you, it's the journey of a lifetime. Your tour of desire begins with this story set in Nebraska.Does heartbreak last forever? Casey could only hope that time would ease the pain. Falling in love with Flint McCallister had been a cruel twist of fate. It was ironic, actually, because Casey initially hadn't wanted Flint to manage the ranch. Her hostility had been obvious. Now, here she was contemplating life without Flint as though it were the end of the world. For Flint had made his feelings perfectly clear when he said "Casey, can you get it through your head that I don't want you here!"
A mix of popular genres from top-selling American authors. Readers will relish themes of love, glamour, politics, perseverance, resilience, innovation and the pioneer spirit from some of the best-loved writers of modern fiction, nonfiction and biography. Surely heartbreak doesn't last forever, Casey thought. It was ironic, actually, because Casey hadn't wanted Flint McCallister to manage the ranch at all. Her hostility had been open. Now, here she was, contemplating a world without him as if it were the end of time. For Flint had made it perfectly clear when he said, "Casey, can't you get it through your head that I don't want you here!"
In the fields of a forgotten post-war Sicily, an obsession with power was growing; Salvatore 'Totò' Riina, the shrewd peasant Corleone, became the boss of bosses and Palermo was conquered, one crime at a time. With his small army of assassins, he seized control of the most formidable mafia in the world and began an attack on the state: bombs, massacres and bloody conflicts initiated by a man who thought he was invincible. Until 1992 and the murders of Falcone and Borsellino. Then Riina was captured after nearly a quarter of a century on the run, an event still shrouded in controversy. Now in prison for over twenty years, Totò Riina remains the dictator of the Cosa Nostra from behind bars. Through the genuine testimony of the Sicilian Corleone, this a tale of desperate poverty, power and bloodshed - and one man's fight to rule supreme.
A look at Mayor Daley's background and upbringing, and in his climb to power through the ranks of the democratic machine in Chicago. Includes discussion of his actions during the long hot summers of 1965-67, and the democratic convention of 1968. A very good read.
The epic 2012 presidential contest between President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney represents the stunning comeback of GOP boss Karl Rove, the brilliant political operator whose scorched-earth partisanship infamously earned him the moniker "Bush's Brain" and provoked some observers to label him as dangerous to American democracy. How, after leaving the Bush administration in disgrace, did Rove rise again, and what does it mean that he is back in power? This timely, meticulous account by New York Times bestselling investigative reporter Craig Unger provides the surprising and disturbing answers. KARL ROVE, the man who masterminded the rise of George W. Bush from governor of Texas to the presidency, who advised Bush during two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, who some claim helped seize the 2004 election for Bush, and who was at the center of the Bush administration's two biggest scandals--the Valerie Plame Wilson affair and the U.S. attorneys scandal--is back. Since exiting the Bush administration, Rove has quietly become the greatest Republican power broker in the country. His pulpit is much vaster than his role as a commentator on Fox News and his regular columns for the Wall Street Journal suggest. His real strength is his ability to mobilize immense sums through the SuperPAC American Crossroads and similar organizations, and channel that money on behalf of Republican candidates. Knowing that Rove remains connected and powerful, Unger investigates Rove's politically controversial activities of times past, shedding important new light on them, and shows their relevance to his activities today. He scrutinizes Rove's roles in the Valerie Plame Wilson affair, the U.S. attorneys scandal, the strange events in Ohio on the night of the 2004 presidential election, and much more. But now that Rove is back in control of GOP political strategy and funding, there are pressing new questions: How did Rove do an end around on the Republican National Committee and build his own more powerful organization? In what ways did he subtly and not so subtly influence the 2012 Republican primary process? What did he say (and do) regarding candidates Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum? How did he placate the Tea Party, which he privately despises, even as he cleverly marginalized its importance? How did he and Mitt Romney draw closer as the GOP convention neared? How will he further benefit from a Romney victory? And if Romney loses, why will Rove remain powerful? Unger has the answers. As demonstrated in his previous books, Unger is adept at combining incisive reporting with the journalistic record to create a master narrative that sheds new light on a political subject. Detailed, fascinating, and entertaining, Boss Rove will interest not only readers who want to know more about the 2012 election but also those keen to understand the forces endangering American democracy. This up-to-the-minute journalistic report sheds crucial light on Rove's vital behind-the-scenes role in this fall's presidential election and in the future of American politics.
Reed Harding had gone through twelve secretaries in six months, but Angie Makepeace was different. She was blonde, beautiful -- and convinced that she was Reed's guardian angel! She claimed her mission was to find Reed a wife. But Reed wanted only one thing -- to find the baby son or daughter he'd never known. That, and to seduce Angie Makepeace!
FROM CEO...TO DADDY? Texas tycoon Jason Rayburn had been raised to take charge. To make decisions. To avoid emotion. So when he's forced to return to Brighton Valley to inventory his grandmother's small-town ranch for sale, the executive delegates the work to his new hire, local waitress Juliana Bailey. Jason never mixes business with pleasure, but even he can't ignore his attraction to the redheaded beauty-in spite of the secret she's clearly hiding... For Juliana, the job at the Leaning R was too good to be true, offering her a place to lie low until she could confess her pregnancy to her family-and avoid local scandal. But she hadn't counted on the searing sparks flying with the corporate cowboy! Now, the expectant assistant knows the billionaire boss is no family man. But she'll fight for the right to show him he's got daddy potential!
Widowed billionaire Nick Valentine should have known the new nanny was too good to be true. And when Candace Morrison revealed her hidden designs on his baby daughter, Nick was ready. The sexy schemer would definitely get what was coming to her, but that wouldn't include Nick's child. Candace knew Nick had been deceived-but not by her. She was stunned by her boss's fierce response to the truth-and to their undeniable chemistry. Now she'd stop at nothing to prove her shocking claims about the little Valentine heiress. But would it make them a family. . . or tear them apart?
AN IRRESISTIBLE PROPOSALAllie Dickenson couldn't believe she was marrying her brooding boss, Lucas Taylor, the man she'd been fantasizing about for the past year. But when he proposed a temporary union in exchange for helping her with her ailing father, she couldn't say no....A FAMILY TO CALL HIS OWNLucas desperately wanted a child, and marrying his loyal secretary would get his foot in the adoption agency's door. Although the jaded millionaire swore no woman could melt his steely defenses, he found himself powerfully drawn to his beautiful bride-and their sizzling night of passion resulted in a baby on the way! Could Lucas finally overcome his tormented past...or did he risk losing the love he'd always longed for?
Broad-shouldered, brooding and brilliant, seductive boss Jack Marin invariably got his way. And though Jack was divorced, disillusioned and avidly anti-marriage, he wanted a son. So, sensibly, he headed straight for a fertility clinic and an anonymous surrogate mom.Trouble was, the sperm bank bungled Jack's baby-making, and his heir was now bulging the surprisingly beautiful belly of Gayle Smith, Jack's newest employee, a pretty, pregnant widow who fiercely cherished the child as her own. And this time, the only way Jack could claim his baby was to convince this spunky, spirited mother-to-be...to be his bride!
The instant Beth Walker comes face-to-face with her new boss--tall, tanned and incredibly toned Aidan Voss--they can't take their eyes off one another.CEO Aidan has one rule of business: keep his personal life out of the office! But is Beth the exception to the rule? He may not be able to offer her any more than a hot-and-steamy fling, but he's a master of seduction--and he's moved Beth to the top of his to-do list....
Talk Of The Town Leaving her cheating fiancé at the altar made Gracie Wilson famous in tiny Bygones, Kansas. Now the only things she can count on are her job at the Fixer-Upper Hardware store and the store's handsome owner. Though Bygones's runaway bride has boosted Patrick Fogerty's business more than any sale could, his feelings for Gracie are more than professional. But with Gracie's heart in pieces, he's afraid to hurt her. Gracie must somehow find the courage to run toward the man of her dreams. The Heart of Main Street: They're rebuilding the town one step-and heart-at a time.
From inside her cubicle walls, Holly Christmas had secretly pined for Connor Knight, craving just one evening of incendiary passion with the elusive millionaire. So when Connor sought a few hours of solace in his virgin secretary's arms, she readily succumbed. Then, a few weeks after their clandestine encounter, Holly received a surprising late Christmas gift: she was pregnant. Connor quickly offered to take care of her, but Holly knew her scandalous past would never allow her to accept his proposal. . . ;not even for the sake of their baby.
Will the boss take a bride?Mitch Holden has made Ginny Morgan a very generous proposal.... If she is willing to be his secretary, Mitch will pay for her son's operation. Ginny is happy to work for Mitch, but finds it hard to get close to a man who has shut out the world since the loss of his family. So Ginny is stunned when her job of convenience turns into a marriage of convenience...
The last person Mitch Carver expects to walk into his office is Darcy -- the woman who haunted his sleep for months. Despite the attraction, he knows they are just too different. She's happily ever after and he's here today, gone tomorrow. Darcy Connors can't believe it! It's been hard enough trying to track Mitch down, but now she must tell her new boss that their weekend in Paris has turned into a lifetime commitment. . . and it's double trouble! Mitch is about to trade in his playboy past for fatherhood and family!
Ruthless businessman Ross Dalgowan is furious! He's just found out that the woman with whom he shared a passionate encounter is married! But actually, cautious Cathy is single. She was just trying to help her brother out by posing as his wife. Though that's not the end of the mess she's gotten herself into: the gorgeous stranger with whom she spent one perfect night is Ross--her new boss!When Ross learns the truth, he decides he'll make Cathy pay--by making her work hard in the boardroom and the bedroom!
Promoted and pregnant! Life is about choices--but, as Anna Larkin knows, sometimes life makes those choices for you. Knowing she can never have children, Anna has thrown herself into a high-flying career. She's poised for promotion when in walks her new CEO. . . the man who broke her heart a few weeks ago! As soon as Tanner realized he was going to be Anna's new boss he ended things--for both their sakes. He knows business and romance don't mix--and Anna agrees--But then Anna discovers that a little miracle has happened--and it changes everything!
To: My assistant From: Scott Prince Re: Will you marry me? Bachelor Scott Prince knows he wants a family-so it's time to find a wife. But for a workaholic construction company owner with no time for romance, the perfect woman may just be his very loyal, very pretty assistant Tess Miller. For Scott, their engagement is a practical business deal...with a bonus. Scott's proposal is exactly what Tess needs to prevent another holiday season alone. And then he kisses her-and she realizes she's not as immune to her sexy boss as she thought. But this is a business deal, with no room for emotion...right? Or can Tess find a real happy-ever-after with her "Prince"?
Randal Harding. . . ; Though Pippa refused to get involved with him when she worked for him as his secretary, she's never quite been able to forget her ex-boss. Now Randal is back and is turning Pippa's neatly arranged life upside down; he wants her! But Pippa can't let her barriers drop. She tells herself that all the things that were against them then still hold true now. However, Randal is determined to prove at least one thing-that Pippa wants him, too!
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