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A Decent Proposal

by Teresa Southwick

HER KNIGHT IN A SHINING AUTO Sydney McKnight is looking for Mr. Convenient, not Mr. Right. Her dad insists that Syd be settled...so she asks the first guy she sees to act as her boyfriend. This gorgeous stranger is magnetic, but Sydney has sacrificed her heart before. She isn't about to give it away, even to a man who revs her engine like no other! Burke Holden is taken aback when Sydney requests he be her pretend paramour. After all, the single dad hasn't exactly been Mr. Romance since his ex left him and their son. But as he gets to know lovely Sydney, the bachelor might be willing to give love another shot. Will Sydney and Burke drive off into the sunset on their happily-ever-after...or will the past throw a wrench in their fairy-tale ending?

Decentralization and Local Democracy in the World

by United Cities And Local Governments

'Decentralization and Local Democracy in the World' constitutes a global reference on decentralization by presenting the contemporary situation of local governments in all regions of the world. The report analyzes local authorities in each continent under three main themes: the evolution of territorial structures; responsibilities and power, management and finances; and local democracy. An additional chapter is dedicated to the governance of large metropolises, where rapid growth presents major challenges, in particular in the fast-developing countries of the South. This report also offers a comparative overview of the different realities concerning the state of decentralization, and how the basic indispensable mechansims for local democracy do, or do not exist in come countries. Relationships between the state and local authorities are evolving toward innovative forms of cooperation. In this context, the role of local authorities in the development of global policies is increasingly recognized. The first Global Observatory on Local Democracy and Decentralization (GOLD) Report is one of the main products of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG). The GOLD Report is the first of what will be a triennial publication. UCLG represents and defends the interests of local governments on the world stage, regardless of the size of the communities they serve. Headquartered in Barcelona, the organization's stated mission is: To be the united voice and world advocate of democratic local self-government, promoting its values, objectives and interests, through cooperation between local governments, and within the wider international community.

Decentralization, Democracy, and Development: Recent Experience from Sierra Leone

by World Bank

The question of whether political, fiscal, and administrative decentralization improves government effectiveness is hotly debated among researchers and policy makers. 'Decentralization, Democracy, and Development' contributes to the empirical literature on decentralization and the debate on whether it is a viable and desirable state-building strategy for post-conflict countries. This book is a collection of eight papers written by nine authors who were intimately involved in the complex decentralization reform process in Sierra Leone from 2003-07. During this period, Sierra Leone's government established elected district and urban councils across the country, transferred certain responsibilities for primary services and local investment and some financial resources to the new councils, and invested heavily in building the administrative infrastructure and capacity of the local councils. Compared to most other Sub-Saharan African countries that have embarked upon decentralization, Sierra Leone's progress in building local government capacity and restructuring the fiscal system is enviable. The authors conclude that improved security and public services are possible in a decentralizing country and Sierra Leone's progress would not have been possible without significant effort at fiscal decentralization and intensive investment in local government capacity building. The most critical ingredient for this promising but fragile reform process is the dynamic leadership team in charge of promoting the new institutional framework and their persistent effort to achieve quick improvement in the local government system and public services.

Deception

by Morgan Hayes

When the FBI receives word of vampire-related murders, they order tough-as-nails resident witch Arielle Thompson to investigate. But the last thing Arielle expects is to have her butt saved by a friendly vampire who claims he's tracking the master vamp responsible for the murders. Despite her wounded pride, Arielle can't help her inexplicable attraction to this sexy-as-sin vampire who calls himself simply Jackson. He reluctantly informs her that their enemy is far more powerful than reports said -- and his powerbase is only increasing. Arielle and Jackson must team up to stop him, before he grows too powerful to defeat.

Deception

by Donna Hill

Is love worth the risk...An unhappy marriage taught Terri Powers never to trust again. Instead, she put all her energy into developing her inner strength and independence-creating the successful New York advertising agency she'd always dreamed of. Then she meets handsome, strong-willed businessman Clinton Steele. Try as she might, Terri can't fight the sensual attraction between them-or the desperate hunger that fires her deepest passions......when everything is at stake?Neither Terri nor Clinton can ever imagine just how much is at risk. But when a stranger appears from Terri's forgotten past who calls himself a friend-his deception could destroy everything Terri has fought so hard to build. Now two wary hearts have to persevere, as long-buried secrets put Terri and Clinton's love to the most perilous test of all...

Deception

by Randy Alcorn

"Messin' with me's like wearin' cheese underwear down rat alley. " -Ollie Chandler Homicide detective Ollie Chandler has seen it all. Done more than he cares to admit. But when he's called to investigate the murder of a Portland State University professor, he finds himself going places he's never gone before. Places he never wanted to go. Because all the evidence is pointing to one horrific conclusion: The murderer is someone in his own department. That's not the worst of it, though. Ollie has nagging doubts...about himself. Where washeduring the time of the murder? Joined by journalist Clarence Abernathy and their friend Jake Woods, Ollie pushes the investigation forward. Soon all three are drawn deep into corruption and political tensions that threaten to destroy them-and anyone who tries to help. But they're in too deep to quit. They've got no choice. They have to follow the evidence to the truth... No matter how ugly-or dangerous-it gets. A gripping story of murder and spiritual struggle, Deception proves, as never before, the truth of Ollie's first law: "Things are often not what they appear. " From the Hardcover edition.

Deception

by Naomi Chase

Sisters can share too much. . . Acquitted of murder, Tamia Luke is on a mission to reclaim all she's lost, including her ex, Brandon, who saved her life. Brandon's about to get married, but Tamia's determined, even if it means resorting to deception--a family habit. Her sister, Fiona, betrayed Tamia to save her own skin. Now the two share a scandalous secret that may destroy both their plans to start over. . . Fiona's hoping her glitzy new job will help her score a rich husband. It's looking good, until the night she's seduced by the one man who is truly unattainable--unless she can keep her past hidden. And both sisters will have to steer clear of someone who knows too much, and wants them to pay--with their lives. . . Praise for Naomi Chase's ExposedAn ultra-sexy page-turner. --De'nesha Diamond, author of Hustlin' DivasSexy, scandalous, and suspenseful. I enjoyed the drama-filled ride and didn't want it to end. --Meesha Mink, author of Real Wifeys: On The GrindA writer with a gift for erotica, mystery, and intrigue. --Romance in Color

Deception

by Amanda Quick

FromSeductiontoSurrenderandRecklesstoRavished,New York Timesbestselling author Amanda Quick has spun one thrilling love story after another. Now, in her long-awaited hardcover debut, she introduces her most endearing heroine and compelling hero, in a dazzling, daring tale of lost pirate gold and legendary love. . . Deception.

Deception

by Denise Mina

Things like this don't happen to people like us. That's what Lachlan Harriot thinks as he watches his wife, Susie, led to jail in handcuffs. Yes, Susie, a psychologist, was found covered in blood near the spot where one of her clients appears to have been murdered. But Susie is not a killer, Lachlan thinks. She's my wife. She's our child's mother. Secrets lurk behind closed doors, however, a dark truth made chillingly clear as Lachlan's efforts to prove Susie's innocence uncover an entire secret history--illicit affairs, false identities, unimaginable deception--and this brilliantly acclaimed, page-turning novel speeds toward a conclusion as shocking as it is ingenious.

The Deception

by Joan Wolf

Adrian, Earl of Greystone, is tricked into marrying Kate by his longtime enemy, Kate's scheming uncle, whom she suspects is behind her beloved father's death. When her new husband sails across the English Channel, Kate stays behind to investigate. Separated from his wife, Adrian soon realizes that he is enchanted by her--just as Kate discovers that she, too, has fallen in love with her husband. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.

Deception

by Denise Mina

Things like this don't happen to people like us. That's what Lachlan Harriot thinks as he watches his wife, Susie, led to jail in handcuffs. Yes, Susie, a psychologist, was found covered in blood near the spot where one of her clients appears to have been murdered. But Susie is not a killer, Lachlan thinks. She's my wife. She's our child's mother. Secrets lurk behind closed doors, however, a dark truth made chillingly clear as Lachlan's efforts to prove Susie's innocence uncover an entire secret history--illicit affairs, false identities, unimaginable deception--and this brilliantly acclaimed, page-turning novel speeds toward a conclusion as shocking as it is ingenious.

Deception

by Naomi Chase

Sisters can share too much. . .Acquitted of murder, Tamia Luke is on a mission to reclaim all she's lost, including her ex, Brandon, who saved her life. Brandon's about to get married, but Tamia's determined, even if it means resorting to deception--a family habit. Her sister, Fiona, betrayed Tamia to save her own skin. Now the two share a scandalous secret that may destroy both their plans to start over. . . Fiona's hoping her glitzy new job will help her score a rich husband. It's looking good, until the night she's seduced by the one man who is truly unattainable--unless she can keep her past hidden. And both sisters will have to steer clear of someone who knows too much, and wants them to pay--with their lives. . . Praise for Naomi Chase's Exposed"An ultra-sexy page-turner." --De'nesha Diamond, author of Hustlin' Divas"Sexy, scandalous, and suspenseful. I enjoyed the drama-filled ride and didn't want it to end." --Meesha Mink, author of Real Wifeys: On The Grind"A writer with a gift for erotica, mystery, and intrigue." --Romance in Color

Deception (Alex Delaware #25)

by Jonathan Kellerman

Her name is Elise Freeman, and her chilling cry for help comes too late to save her. On a DVD found near her lifeless body, the emotionally and physically battered woman chronicles a long ordeal of abuse at the hands of three sadistic tormentors. But even more shocking is the revelation that the offenders, like their victim, are teachers at one of L.A.'s most prestigious prep schools. Homicide detective Milo Sturgis is assigned to probe the hallowed halls of Windsor Prep Academy, and if ever he could use Dr. Alex Delaware's psychological prowess, it's now. As the scandal-conscious elite close ranks around Windsor Prep, Alex and Milo push to expose the dirty secrets festering among society's manor-born. But while searching for predators among the privileged, Alex and Milo may be walking into a highly polished death trap.Don't miss the sneak peek of Jonathan Kellerman's new novel, Mystery, inside.

The Deception (Animorphs #46)

by K. A. Applegate

No more subtle invasion: Visser Three wants to start World War Three. It's way beyond anything the Yeerks have tried before. Is there anything the Animorphs can do to stop it?

The Deception (Baron #3)

by Catherine Coulter

The complete revamping of Catherine Coulter's 1983 Signet Regency, An Intimate Deception, led to this: a full-bodied historical romance with a new beginning and a new ending.

Deception in War

by Jon Latimer

From the Trojan Horse to the Gulf War, this book is an engrossing account of the art of the bluff, the power of deceit, and the most thrilling episodes of cunning in warfare. 29 photos. 10 maps.

Deception Lake

by Paula Graves

"I'm not who you think I am." While his rodeo days have come and gone, cowboy Jack Drummond is in for the ride of a lifetime...with life itself hanging in the balance. An unexpected encounter with his old flame, Mara Jennings, triggers a series of events that Jack never could have predicted. There's just one problem: Mara isn't the same woman Jack remembers. She looks like Mara. And sounds like Mara. But reignited passions aren't enough to hide the fact that she's harboring a big secret-and hiding out from an even bigger enemy. Now, learning the truth might be the only way to stay alive. Or it could tear them apart-permanently.

The Deception of the Emerald Ring

by Lauren Willig

Eloise Kelly has gotten into quite a bit of trouble since she started spying on the Pink Carnation and the Black Tulip-two of the deadliest spies to saunter the streets of nineteenth-century England and France. Not only has she unearthed secrets that will rearrange history, she's dallied with Colin Selwick and sought out a romantic adventure all her own. Little does she know that she's about to uncover another fierce heroine running headlong into history.

Deception on His Mind (Inspector Lynley #9)

by Elizabeth George

Balford-le-Nez is a dying seatown on the coast of Essex. But when a member of the town's small but growing Asian community, is found dead on its beach, his neck broken, sleepy Balford-le-Nez ignites. Working solo, without her long-time partner Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley, Sergeant Barbara Havers must probe not only the mind of a murderer and a case very close to her own heart, but the terrible price people pay for deceiving others. . . and themselves.

Deceptions

by Judith Michael

SABRINA-in the glittering world of lazy luxury, she reigns supreme. Invited to the most elegant parties, courted by the most desirable men, Sabrina yearns for something else. If only she could live like her twin sister Stephanie. STEPHANIE-safely married with two adorable children and a warm, loving husband, she has everything Sabrina lacks. But she longs to be rich and carefree. If only she could live like Sabrina... If only-just for a little while-they could change places. It would be their secret. No one would know. As long as the game did not get out of control; as long as they didn't get trapped in...

Deceptions and Desires

by Melinda Di Lorenzo

Well, if I'm going to die, at least it's under a man who looks like that. And feels like this.<P> Funny the things that leap to mind when your apartment has just exploded in front of you. Jane Greene wasn't always her name. But she left the original behind the night she finally killed her vicious mobbed-up husband and then bolted.<P> Eight years lying low. Now the only thing standing -- lying, really -- between her and a crew of vengeful Abruzzi family goons is a man. He says his name is Leo. He wants to save her even more than he just plain wants her. Adrenaline and lust are powerful allies. So they run, together.<p> But more potent than the sheen of sweat between Jane and Leo is a secret. A past that one remembers with grief and regret, and that the other can't begin to guess. Both know that the Abruzzis cannot be stopped. That a tryst is not trust. And that no one will escape unscathed.

Deceptions (Laws of the Blood #4)

by Susan Sizemore

Olympias has long reigned as the Enforcer of Washington, DC, but now her devoted human servant is questioning her command. With no allies, Olympias must stand-alone against those bent on her destruction-no matter the personal cost.

Deceptions (Sweet Valley High #14)

by Francine Pascal

Although Elizabeth Wakefield knows that Todd is the only boy for her, she agrees to go out with handsome, wealthy Nicholas. She later learns that Jessica is interested in Nicholas. Can she keep Todd and Jessica from finding out?

A Deceptive Clarity

by Aaron Elkins

Chris Norgren, museum curator and Renaissance art expert, heads to Berlin to assist in mounting a sensational exhibit: The Plundered Past--twenty priceless Old Masters looted by the Nazis, thought for decades to be lost forever, and only recently rediscovered. But things quickly get out of hand when Chris's patrician, fastidious boss, after smelling a forgery in the lot, turns up dead the very next day--on the steps of a dismal Frankfurt brothel, of all places. Now Chris faces two daunting tasks: finding a fake painting among the masterpieces, and a real killer whose sights are now set on him.

Deceptively Delicious

by Jessica Seinfeld

It has become common knowledge that childhood obesity rates are increasing every year. But the rates continue to rise. And between busy work schedules and the inconvenient truth that kids simply refuse to eat vegetables and other healthy foods, how can average parents ensure their kids are getting the proper nutrition and avoiding bad eating habits? As a mother of three, Jessica Seinfeld can speak for all parents who struggle to feed their kids right and deal nightly with dinnertime fiascos. As she wages a personal war against sugars, packaged foods, and other nutritional saboteurs, she offers appetizing alternatives for parents who find themselves succumbing to the fastest and easiest (and least healthy) choices available to them. Her modus operandi? Her book is filled with traditional recipes that kids love, except they're stealthily packed with veggies hidden in them so kids don't even know! With the help of a nutritionist and a professional chef, Seinfeld has developed a month's worth of meals for kids of all ages that includes, for example, pureed cauliflower in mac and cheese, and kale in spaghetti and meatballs. She also provides revealing and humorous personal anecdotes, tear-out shopping guides to help parents zoom through the supermarket, and tips on how to deal with the kid that "must have" the latest sugar bomb cereal. But this book also contains much more than recipes and tips. By solving problems on a practical level for parents, Seinfeld addresses the big picture issues that surround childhood obesity and its long-term (and ruinous) effects on the body. With the help of a prominent nutritionist, her book provides parents with an arsenal of information related to kids' nutrition so parents understand why it's important to throw in a little avocado puree into their quesadillas. She discusses the critical importance of portion size, and the specific elements kids simply must have (as opposed to adults) in order to flourish now and in the future: protein, calcium, vitamins, and Omega 3 and 6 fats. Jessica Seinfeld's book is practical, easy-to-read, and a godsend for any parent that wants their kids to be healthy for a long time to come.

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