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After centuries as the Dracula of Legend, disguised as a male, Valerie Tate's current incarnation is the last thing she expected: mother of a precocious half-angel, half-vampire, and wife to two men. But Valerie is more familiar with battlefields than domesticity. . . Some overwhelmed mothers relax with a glass of wine. Valerie soothes her immortal soul with a refreshing blood and coke. How else can she deal with her toddler Minerva's psychic powers--not to mention her determination to throw knives. Thank goodness for Valerie's two loves, John Jante, guide to Fallen Angels, and Lance Soleil, Angel of the Lost. Without them, the trauma of her dark past and her primal, Dracul urge for violence and power would overtake her. Yet in a world where humans and paranormals uncomfortably co-exist, Valerie's peace will be short-lived. . . Tensions have erupted with bombings and the emergence of creatures heralding the apocalypse itself. And Valerie's vampire brother and nemesis, Radu, is at the center of the conflict. Now Valerie finds herself at the forefront of an epic battle between good and evil--and facing a choice no woman in any realm should have to make. . . Praise for Dracula's SecretThis boldly erotic reimagining sets the Dracula mythos on fire! --Jessica Slade, author of The Marked Souls seriesWith a talent for sinfully sexy romance, Linda Mercury will keep you up through the night and craving more after the last page is turned. --Tori St. Claire, author of Stripped and Lie To Me33,000 Words
After centuries as the Dracula of Legend, disguised as a male, Valerie Tate's current incarnation is the last thing she expected: mother of a precocious half-angel, half-vampire, and wife to two men. But Valerie is more familiar with battlefields than domesticity. . . Some overwhelmed mothers relax with a glass of wine. Valerie soothes her immortal soul with a refreshing blood and coke. How else can she deal with her toddler Minerva's psychic powers--not to mention her determination to throw knives. Thank goodness for Valerie's two loves, John Jante, guide to Fallen Angels, and Lance Soleil, Angel of the Lost. Without them, the trauma of her dark past and her primal, Dracul urge for violence and power would overtake her. Yet in a world where humans and paranormals uncomfortably co-exist, Valerie's peace will be short-lived. . .Tensions have erupted with bombings and the emergence of creatures heralding the apocalypse itself. And Valerie's vampire brother and nemesis, Radu, is at the center of the conflict. Now Valerie finds herself at the forefront of an epic battle between good and evil--and facing a choice no woman in any realm should have to make. . .Praise for Dracula's Secret"This boldly erotic reimagining sets the Dracula mythos on fire!" --Jessica Slade, author of The Marked Souls series"With a talent for sinfully sexy romance, Linda Mercury will keep you up through the night and craving more after the last page is turned." --Tori St. Claire, author of Stripped and Lie To Me
Revealing herself as the Dracula of legend, much less a woman, should have been Valerie Tate's greatest challenge. But with her longing for blood quenched by the one man she couldn't resist, Valerie now finds herself in an impossible circumstance. . . OUT OF THE SHADOWS. . . It's a fact that vampires do not get pregnant. But Valerie is definitely pregnant. Worse, six months ago her lover, Lance Soleil, abandoned her. Determined to find answers, Valerie goes on a quest--one that leads her to Lance's childhood friend, John Janté, a man with whom she shares a strong bond--and an intense lust. But when John is kidnapped, Valerie's attempt to rescue him uncovers more than she bargained for. . . INTO THE FIRE. . . Scouring parallel realms and pocket dimensions, Valerie soon finds that Lance has regained Paradise as Angel of the Lost. . . John is hostage in a bizarre world that resembles Victorian London. . . and most shocking of all, Valerie's greatest love may be within her reach once more. For the soul of Dracula's dead wife, Ilona, is trapped within John's captor, a mad woman robbed of her humanity and manipulated by a conspiracy of Fallen Angels. Now, torn between past and present loves, Valerie must contend with emotions that threaten to break her. And in a desperate show-down, the reunited triad of a vampire, an angel, and a human, must face their deepest fears--with the future of an unborn angel-to-be in the balance. . .
In a new world where paranormals and humans share an uneasy coexistence, the most dangerous and sensual legend of the night lives once more--and one of the greatest secrets of all time is about to come out. . . . She Hungers For His LightShe calls herself Valerie Tate. One of the few vampires left on earth, as beautiful as she is powerful, Valerie has resisted her craving for human blood for years, just as she once hid her true gender. But the night she lays eyes on the most enticing man she's ever seen, her appetite can no longer be denied. He radiates goodness and light--and searing sexual energy. Valerie must have him. Taste him. Consume him. For he is temptation--and he is her destiny. . . . He Burns For Her DarknessLance Soleil is a rugged war veteran who runs a homeless shelter in Portland. At first gaze, he knows what Valerie is--and wants her even more. But when he welcomes a pack of werewolves into his shelter, he attracts the attention of Valerie's oldest rival--her bloodthirsty brother, Radu, who hopes to become the first vampire President of the United States. Valerie knows Radu has a hidden agenda, and with Lance's help she is determined to stop his unholy rise to power. But first, she must risk their growing love by fully revealing herself--as the one and only Dracula. . . Before becoming an author, Linda Mercury had varied careers, including librarian, art model, and professional clown. She holds advanced degrees in both History and Library/Information Science. She lives in Oregon with her husband. 59,000 Words.
From the Book Jacket: Draft horses and mules are alive and doing very well. After falling to near extinction levels in the 1940s they have now grown in numbers and popularity to become firmly established as a source of power on farms, as an alternative to heavy machinery in logging operations, and as a part of equine recreation industry. This book is a celebration of this renewed interest in draft horses and mules. Draft Horses Today starts off with a discussion of the various breeds found in the United States. It then covers the way in which a newcomer might find a horse, where equipment and machinery can be found, and how to find people to train draft horses. These topics are treated with common sense and the first-hand knowledge that comes from the author's own experiences. Newcomers to the draft horse scene will find these early chapters interesting and useful. The remainder of the book consists of photos which illustrate how people throughout the United States are using their draft horses and mules. Each photo tells a story, and the photo captions help the reader understand that story. Taken together the photos and text constitute an overview of the contemporary draft horse scene. Draft Horses Today includes approximately 290 color photos, an Appendix listing the names and addresses of 30 organizations, magazines, and suppliers which serve the draft horse industry, and an Index which lists the people and places important in Draft Horses.
A glorious new collection from one of our most distinguished poets. Here are poems that explore the ways in which ordinary objects open doors to the more hidden, subconscious truths of our inner selves: a bird of "countless colors" calls to mind "the echo . . . / of an inner event / From my forgotten past"; a subway bee sting conjures up quick unlikely visits by the muses--a momentary awareness that is "as much of a / Gift from those nine sisters as / Is ever given."Other poems lay bare the imperfect nature of our memories: reality altered by our inevitably less accurate but perhaps "truer" recall of past events ("memory-- / As full of random holes as any / Uncleaned window is of spots / Of blur and dimming--begins at once / To interfere"). Still others examine the dramatic changes in perspective we undergo over the course of a lifetime as, in the poem "When We Went Up," John Hollander describes the varied responses he has to climbing the same mountain at different points in his life.In all of the poems Hollander illuminates the fluid nature of physical and emotional experience, the connections between the simple things we encounter every day and the ways in which the meaning we attribute to them shapes our lives. Like the harmonious coming together of bandstand instruments on a summer afternoon, he writes, most of what we come to know in the world is "A dying moment / Of lastingness thenceforth / Ever not to be."Throughout this thought-provoking collection, Hollander reveals the ways in which we are constantly creating unique worlds of our own, "a draft of light" of our own making, and how these worlds, in turn, continually shape our most basic identities and truest selves.From the Hardcover edition.
An epic of great vision and complexity, Pound's "Cantos" addresses the profound human issues in history and in our time. Each of the nine groupings of poems can be seen as a fresh wave that swells out from and falls back upon the earlier cantos, extending them structurally, adding new layers of meaning. "A Draft of XXX Cantos" (1930), which introduces the work, thus anticipates the full Cantos'' essential themes and provides the surest entry into Pound's encyclopedic masterpiece.
`This excellent book provides the reader with comprehensive coverage of all aspect of poetry teaching. The book does more than inform us - it inspires profound reflection on the best ways it support poetry writing and draws us into the debate about assessment-driven curriculum' - School Librarian `A must for trainee teachers and English departments' - Booktrusted News `Drafting and Assessing Poetry is thoroughly researched and shows how attitudes towards teaching of poetry and indeed the place of poetry on the syllabus, has changed with political fashion over the years, but more importantly, Sue Dymoke shows how a handful of contemporary poets go about drafting their work and sees this process as an essential tool in the classroom, advocating that students should keep drafting notebooks, just like real writers. Getting students, or indeed members of writing groups, to understand that one draft of a poem may not be the final or best work they can produce will never be a problem again!' - Writing in Education `Sue Dymoke's book is a much needed antidote to the ubiquitous guides to poetry analysis.... This book is well worth reading for its clarity and wealth of ideas' - Bethan Marshall, TES Teacher Magazine `Every English department should buy this remarkably comprehensive book. Inspiring approaches for teaching children to write poetry are clearly described. Sue Dymoke draws upon her extensive experience as a poet, English teacher and researcher to explore the place of writing poetry in English lessons and examinations. Her unique insights into both the writing and teaching of poetry should prove invaluable to English teachers' - Dr Mark Pike, Lecturer in English Education and Head of PGCE English, University of Leeds `It is a useful book: a theoretical text, but with a practical focus, which makes it very readable and interesting, to teachers of young people particularly, but also, to teachers of adults and indeed in parts to poetry writers themselves, particularly those interested in working in schools, or simply curious about the general process of drafting and evaluating poetry' - County Lit, Nottinghamshire County Council Literature Newsletter Drafting and Assessing Poetry offers a range of teaching strategies for developing students' poetry writing skills, and guidance about assessment approaches. Critical commentaries combine with illustrations of successful classroom practice to consider this essential but under-explored aspect of English teaching. Based on theory but with a practical dimension, the book engages readers in current critical debates about poetry teaching and its place in an assessment- driven curriculum. This book is for reflective practitioners, including trainee teachers, who want to develop their understanding of poetry teaching and to gain insights, which will inform classroom practice. It will also be useful for literacy co-ordinators, teacher educators and other advisory staff in the field of English teaching.
Provides an up-close look at drag bikes and the thrill of riding them.
After 16-year-old Ken inherits a racecar, he decides to become a drag racer.
It's not always easy being a female warrior with a nickname like Annwyl the Bloody. Men tend to either cower in fear--a lot--or else salute. It's true that Annwyl has a knack for decapitating legions of her ruthless brother's soldiers without pausing for breath. But just once it would be nice to be able to really talk to a man, the way she can talk to Fearghus the Destroyer. Too bad that Fearghus is a dragon, of the large, scaly, and deadly type. With him, Annwyl feels safe-a far cry from the feelings aroused by the hard-bodied, arrogant knight Fearghus has arranged to help train her for battle. With her days spent fighting a man who fills her with fierce, heady desire, and her nights spent in the company of a magical creature who could smite a village just by exhaling, Annwyl is sure life couldn't get any stranger. She's wrong...[And just wait until you meet the rest of the family...]
Fourteen-year-old Jack Morgan, determined to get justice for both himself and his symbiotic dragon partner Draycos, narrowly escapes a trap set by the notorious Malison Ring, thanks to another teen Alison Kayna, with whom he once worked as a reluctant mercenary. She in turn now needs his help to get to the primitive world of Rho Scorvi. There, at the edge of a hundred-mile-wide forest, they make a shocking discovery: traveling with a group of the planets native Erasvas is a small lost colony of Draycoss race, the Kda. But unlike Draycoss people, these Kda are slow, lethargic, and unintelligent. When the Malison Ring tracks them to Rho Scorvi, Jack must shield this herd of animals from their ruthless pursuers, or they will become the newest victims of the genocide that threatens to wipe out their entire race. But even more importantly, he must protect, from the mercenaries and Alison, the dark secret of the herd and Jacks poet-warrior ally. This new sf adventure, which can be read on its own terms, is the most exciting novel yet in this popular young adult series.
Orphaned at the age of three, brought up by his con man Uncle Virgil, Jack Morgan has done things that even in the future in space are unusual. But when he rescued Draycos, a dragon-like symbiont, from certain death, his life became a series of breathtaking adventures. With the help of Draycos, who can leap onto Jack's back and become what looks like a tattoo, Jack has been doing everything he can to find out who ambushed the scout-fleet of Draycos's people, the K'da and Shontine, leaving Draycos the sole survivor. . Now, just when Jack thinks he may finally be on the trail of the information he needs, he's kidnapped by aliens, who ask him to be a judge for them, as, they reveal, his parents had once been. Jack's friend Alison Kayna, and her newly acquired K'da symbiont Taneem, are also kidnapped, and she is forced by two of the conspirators to open the booby-trapped safes from the K'da/Shontine scout fleet, to try and learn the rendezvous point of the larger fleet. With the help of Jack's Uncle Virge and his ship Essenay, Jack and Draycos attempt to escape and rescue Alison, but they are unable to gain the information they desperately need to save the refugee fleet. . . and precious time is running out!
In the final book of this exciting series, Neverlin, the man who killed Jack's parents and destroyed the scout fleet of which Draycos was the sole survivor, is about to ambush and kill millions of K'da refugees. To prevent the K'da race from being wiped out, Jack and Draycos must somehow disable the Death.
... he stared at rock walls leading up to a ceiling also of rock, high above his head and flickeringly lit by reddish light from a torch blazing in a wall sconce. "Blast it, Gorbash!" roared the voice he had been trying to ignore. "Wake up! Come on, boy, we've got to get down to the main cave. They've just captured one!" "One ... ?" Jim stammered. "One what?" "A george! A george! WAKE UP, GORBASH!" An enormous head with crocodile-sized jaws equipped with larger-than-crocodile-sized fangs thrust itself between Jim's eyes and the ceiling. "I'm awake. I-" What he was seeing suddenly registered on Jim's stunned mind and he burst out involuntarily, "A dragon!" "And just what would you expect your maternal grand-uncle to be, a sea lizard? Or are you having nightmares again? Wake up. It's Smrgol talking to you, boy. Smrgol! Come on, shake a wing and get flapping. They'll be expecting us in the main cave. Isn't every day we capture a george. Come on, now." The fanged mouth whirled away. Blinking, Jim dropped his eyes from the vanishing apparition and caught sight of a huge tail, an armored tail with a row of sharp, bony plates running along its upper surface. It swelled larger as it approached him. It was his tail. He held up his arms in front of him. They were enormous. Also, they were thickly scaled with bony plates like those on his tail but much smaller-and his claws needed manicuring. Squinting at the claws, Jim became aware of a long muzzle stretching down and out from where his formerly "invisible" nose had been. He licked dry lips and a long, red, forked tongue darted out briefly in the smoky air. "Gorbash!" thundered the voice once more...
With her sapphire eyes and silken dark hair, Princess Eleanor was a bewitching beauty made for a man's pleasure. Once a child bride, but widowed at a tender age, she swore never to marry again and took a vow of eternal chastity. . . until Simon de Montfort marched into England and set his smoldering dark gaze upon her, King Henry's youngest sister, the royal family's most precious jewel. Bold, arrogant, and invincible, the towering Norman knight inspired awe in the bravest of men. . . and a reckless desire in Eleanor's untried heart.
Two children left with a kindly old man hear a story from him, a story about a young boy who learns to have confidence in himself and to care for others.
New York Times bestselling author Jo Beverley presents a romantic fairy tale in which one princess's idea of happily-ever-after gets turned upside down... A dragon has invaded Saragond! The time has come for Princess Rozlinda to be sacrificed. She is the designated SVP--the sacrificial virgin princess--and her chaste royal blood will appease the monster and prevent the destruction of the kingdom. Not to worry! A dragon hasn't eaten a princess in ages. It's purely ceremonial now. Just a small cut and a little bit of blood, and Rozlinda will have done her duty. She'll be free at last to cease being both "S" and "V," and she has the man in mind. But things don't go quite to plan. Someone kills the dragon, and tradition says that the princess must marry the dragon slayer, whoever that may be. Even if it is the terrifying dragon rider of Dorn himself! Previously appeared as The Dragon and the Virgin Princess in the anthology Dragon Lovers Praise for the Novels of Jo Beverley "Arguably today's most skillful writer of intelligent historical romance."--Publishers Weekly "A delish little scandal, wicked stolen kisses, and a wonderful ending that had me heaving my happy sigh."--Smexy Books "With delicious bantering and a rapid pace, it's a sensual and enthralling read."--RT Book Reviews
In ancient Egypt an unlucky young man meets a wealthy dragon and together they find dangerous but exciting adventure.
Jack gains an alien companion who helps him evade the mega corp who is after him; then they take on the dangerous mission. First in the Dragonback series.
he Dragon is a 200 page conventional fantasy novel written by the British writer and journalist Jane Gaskell and first published in 1963. It is the second book in a series by Gaskell entitled the Atlan Saga. It follows The Serpent and comes before Atlan, The City, and Some Summer Lands. The summary by St. Martins reads as follows: The DRAGON is the second installment of Jane Gaskell's marvelous ATLAN series. Picking up from where volume one, THE SERPENT, leaves off, we find ourselves once more on the road with our extraordinary heroine Cija, and the great serpent-man Zerd, who leads his marauding army in the greatest and most diabolical of quests-to conquer the fabled continent of Atian. In THE DRAGON, the lovely Cija and her fellow-hostage Smahil, flee the dreadful clutches of the relentless Zerd. But the large serpent-leader is not to be thwarted easily, for, as his vast army slithers from hill to valley like a giant snake, everything comes under his scrutiny; all beings are swept along or destroyed; all cities are laid open to the plunder of his warriors. And so, there is no escape for our beloved Cija, either in the teeming warrens of the Southern City or amid the decadent splendors of the Temple-Court. But now, another fate is laid upon her. She must not flee Zerd attempting to ensure her own safety, but she must, alone, foil his plan to conquer Atlan. For fate dictates that only she can thwart Zerd's ravenous scheme of conquest, and expel his blight from the land. Zerd must be destroyed since he threatens ATLAN, a mysterious land of magic and sorcery beyond the earth's horizon. Many terrors beset Cija's flight and fight with Zerd. And this is where Jane Gaskell's skills are sharpest. Like THE SERPENT, THE DRAGON will positively entrance fantasy fans everywhere with a run of adventures so original, that they will surely win a place for Jane Gaskell as one of the greatest writers this genre has ever known. But throughout it all there is Cijo; at her heels, the half-loved, half-loathed Smahil, the terrible Zerd, and our sad realization that the pages of this wonderful fantasy novel will run out too soon.
Ward, ruler of Hurog, is striving to restore his lands and people to prosperity, wanting nothing more than a quiet life. But when an old friend, escaping from High King Jakouen's torturers. seeks refuge in his keep. Ward can no longer ignore the growing rebellion against the tyrannical High King. He realizes that he cannot stand aside-he must join with the rebels. However, Jakouen has a secret weapon with which he intends to crush the rebellion: Parsonsbane. a magical artifact that has destroyed entire cities. But first, Jakouen needs blood to awaken it. Dragon's blood. The very blood that courses through Ward's veins... From the Book Jacket Note that this is a sequel to _Dragon Bones_ also on bookshare. This could almost be considered to have adult content.
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