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The Smoking Gun: A Nell Matthews Mystery

by Joanna Carl

A split-second judgment and a single bullet turn a routine assignment into murder for reporter Nell Matthews and officer Mike Svenson. The shoot-out at the Grantham Women's Shelter may have liberated a woman from her knife-wielding husband, but it also left Mike holding the gun and targeted for scandal. <P><P>Especially when it turns out that the deceased was the son of the most powerful matriarch in town. Now Nell finds herself with an unexpected key to the dead man's past--a key that links him to a bizarre conspiracy and will lure Nell into the crosshairs of a killer still on the loose... The Nell Matthews Mysteries are... "Strong and unique."--Sue Henry "Beguiling and wicked."--Boston Herald "Hooks you on the first page and never lets go."--William Bernhardt Includes a preview of The Violence Beat and JoAnna Carl's The Chocolate Book Bandit.

Smoking-Related Health Issues

by Joan Esherick

One in three adolescents who experiment with tobacco products will end up addicted to nicotine by the time he is twenty years old. If current trends continue, some five million kids who are currently under eighteen years of age will die one day because they chose to smoke cigarettes as adolescents. Smoking kills. Kids know that, yet every day in the United States, nearly 3,000 young people become new tobacco users. Why? This book addresses this question as it examines reasons teens smoke, the consequences of tobacco use, and the sometimes ugly facts about smoking, chewing, and sniffing. Sidebars, easy-to-understand statistics, and real-life case studies make this an informative, interesting read for teens who want to make an informed decision about using tobacco products.

Smoky Mountain Rose: An Appalachian Cinderella

by Alan Schroeder

Set in the Appalachian mountains, this unique and lively adaptation of the traditional Cinderella story, told in a lilting dialect, is complete with an enchanting protagonist, a glass slipper, and a fairy godmother who just happens to be a hog.

Smolder: The Wildwood Series

by Karen Erickson

Lane Gallagher wants Delilah Moore--bad.He's imagined the sexy brunette in his bed more times than he can count.She's everything he's ever wanted, but the only problem is . . .She's his brother's ex.For years, the stoic sheriff's deputy has fantasized about the sweet, bubbly dance teacher who stirs his deepest desires. But Lane's too loyal to ever move in on forbidden territory and he knows that while he can look, he definitely can't touch. Fighting his attraction to Delilah is nearly impossible, but the infuriating--and incredibly sexy--woman seems determined to drive him crazy. And she's bringing him to his knees. One smoldering kiss at a time. An Avon Romance

Smooth

by Rachel Kramer Bussel

The caress of skin against skin, the warmth of another's touch, relishing the sight that few others get to see - these are the reasons that disrobing before sex can be so gratifying. The stories in Smooth, collected by award-winning erotica editor Rachel Kramer Bussel, capture the heat of being stripped bare, of flaunting your body, and of reveling in pure sensuality. Read along as women get tattooed, become "the sushi girl" at a restaurant, strip on the subway, go commando, host tea parties, enjoy sploshing and much more. Featuring stories by Donna George Storey, Heidi Champa, Angela Caperton, Charlotte Stein, Louisa Harte, Jacqueline Applebee, Susan St. Aubin and more, these adventurous characters have more to reveal than just being naked.

Smooth Operator

by Stuart Woods Parnell Hall

From #1 bestselling author Stuart Woods comes an extraordinary new series starring an old fan favorite: Teddy Fay. When President Kate Lee calls Stone Barrington to Washington on an urgent matter, it's soon clear that a potentially disastrous situation requires the kind of help more delicate than even he can provide . . . and he knows just the right man for the job. Teddy Fay: ex-CIA, master of disguise, and a gentleman not known for abiding by legal niceties in the pursuit of his own brand of justice.From the Hardcover edition.

Smoothing and Regression

by Michael G. Schimek

A comprehensive introduction to a wide variety of univariate and multivariate smoothing techniques for regressionSmoothing and Regression: Approaches, Computation, and Application bridges the many gaps that exist among competing univariate and multivariate smoothing techniques. It introduces, describes, and in some cases compares a large number of the latest and most advanced techniques for regression modeling. Unlike many other volumes on this topic, which are highly technical and specialized, this book discusses all methods in light of both computational efficiency and their applicability for real data analysis.Using examples of applications from the biosciences, environmental sciences, engineering, and economics, as well as medical research and marketing, this volume addresses the theory, computation, and application of each approach. A number of the techniques discussed, such as smoothing under shape restrictions or of dependent data, are presented for the first time in book form. Special features of this book include:* Comprehensive coverage of smoothing and regression with software hints and applications from a wide variety of disciplines* A unified, easy-to-follow format* Contributions from more than 25 leading researchers from around the world* More than 150 illustrations also covering new graphical techniques important for exploratory data analysis and visualization of high-dimensional problems* Extensive end-of-chapter referencesFor professionals and aspiring professionals in statistics, applied mathematics, computer science, and econometrics, as well as for researchers in the applied and social sciences, Smoothing and Regression is a unique and important new resource destined to become one the most frequently consulted references in the field.

Smoothing Spline ANOVA Models

by Chong Gu

Nonparametric function estimation with stochastic data, otherwise known as smoothing, has been studied by several generations of statisticians. Assisted by the ample computing power in today's servers, desktops, and laptops, smoothing methods have been finding their ways into everyday data analysis by practitioners. While scores of methods have proved successful for univariate smoothing, ones practical in multivariate settings number far less. Smoothing spline ANOVA models are a versatile family of smoothing methods derived through roughness penalties, that are suitable for both univariate and multivariate problems. In this book, the author presents a treatise on penalty smoothing under a unified framework. Methods are developed for (i) regression with Gaussian and non-Gaussian responses as well as with censored lifetime data; (ii) density and conditional density estimation under a variety of sampling schemes; and (iii) hazard rate estimation with censored life time data and covariates. The unifying themes are the general penalized likelihood method and the construction of multivariate models with built-in ANOVA decompositions. Extensive discussions are devoted to model construction, smoothing parameter selection, computation, and asymptotic convergence. Most of the computational and data analytical tools discussed in the book are implemented in R, an open-source platform for statistical computing and graphics. Suites of functions are embodied in the R package gss, and are illustrated throughout the book using simulated and real data examples. This monograph will be useful as a reference work for researchers in theoretical and applied statistics as well as for those in other related disciplines. It can also be used as a text for graduate level courses on the subject. Most of the materials are accessible to a second year graduate student with a good training in calculus and linear algebra and working knowledge in basic statistical inferences such as linear models and maximum likelihood estimates.

The S'mores Cookbook

by Duff Goldman Susan Whetzel

S'Mores, All Grown Up! Who says you need to be sitting in front of a fire to enjoy the irresistible taste of s'mores? Oozing with fifty mouthwatering recipes, The S'mores Cookbook shows you how to indulge in the rich blend of creamy chocolate, toasted marshmallows, and honeyed graham crackers at every meal. From Chocolate Graham Pancakes drizzled with a sweet marshmallow syrup to S'mores Eclairs smothered in a dark chocolate ganache, this book combines your favorite trio of flavors in ways you've never imagined to create delicious plates that will impress friends and family. Featuring step-by-step instructions and enticing four-color photos, you're guaranteed to melt when you dig into delicious s'mores recipes like: Toasted marshmallow s'Mores ice cream Black forest s'Mores No-bake oatmeal s'Mores cookies S'mores chocolate bread pudding Crock-Pot s'Mores brownies The S'mores Cookbook will satisfy your cravings for the gooey campfire treat all year long!

Smuggler's Gulch

by Paul Lederer

Lost in the Mexican desert, a cowboy stumbles upon a mysterious settlementThe cattle drive was Jake's last chance. After promising a fortune to any man willing to make the long trek across the Mexican border, the ranch boss skipped out at journey's end, leaving Jake Staggs friendless, broke, and far from home. Trudging across the desert, holes in his boots and his horse near death from thirst, Jake smells the unmistakable scent of fresh water. In a lonely gulch he finds lush grass, plenty to drink, and a cabin occupied only by an old man and a madwoman. It is a little piece of paradise--but he will be lucky to get out alive.The gulch is a hideout for a band of horse thieves, and now that Jake has been there, they won't let him leave. He narrowly escapes, but not for long. Before he can go home, Jake must make one last trip into smuggler's gulch.

Smurfs The Lost Village Movie Novelization

by Stacia Deutsch

The Smurfs go on an all-new adventure in this action-packed retelling of Sony Picture’s Animation’s film, Smurfs: The Lost Village! Smurfs: The Lost Village is an all-new, fully computer animated movie—starring the voices of Demi Lovato as Smurfette, Rainn Wilson as Gargamel, Mandy Patinkin as Papa Smurf, Jack McBrayer as Clumsy, Danny Pudi as Brainy, and Joe Manganiello as Hefty—that hits theaters April 7, 2017!It seems to Smurfette that everyone else in the Village has a purpose—Papa Smurf leads, Baker Smurf bakes, and Grouchy grouches—except for her. So what’s the only girl Smurf in the village to do? Go in search of her purpose, of course! When she accidentally crosses paths with a mysterious creature that takes off into the Forbidden Forest, she follows, and the adventure begins! Smurfette is joined by Hefty, Brainy, and Clumsy, and together they form Team Smurf. With the evil wizard Gargamel shadowing their every step, they embark on a wild journey full of action and discovery, and set off on a course that leads to the biggest mystery in Smurf history!

Snacks

by Marcy Smothers

When it comes to cooking with Marcy, fun is the first ingredient Call them snacks, appetizers, or tapas--little bites are the best way to go, and easy-to-carry treats and small-plate servings are all the rage. Marcy Smothers entices you with tidbits of information you wont see anywhere else and with delectable recipes that will make you a better cook, a savvier shopper, and a well-informed foodie. In Snacks, you are given: recipes Marcy has created for dishes and snacks that will delight your family and friends the culinary secrets shes learned from years of researching and talking about food her little-known tips on wine, kitchen gadgets, and cooking methodsSnacks takes you through the grocery store aisle by aisle. Unexpected recipes pop up, guiding you about whats best to put in your cart. From why you should take a bath with your strawberries to what the colored plastic tabs on your bread tell you, Marcys insider insights will take your culinary passion from a simmer to a boil.

Snails and Other Mollusks (World Book's Animals of the World)

by Steven A. Ofinoski

Provides information about the physical characteristics, habits, and behavior of snails and such related species as clams, oysters, and cuttlefish.

Snake

by James Mcclure

Lieutenant Kramer and Sergeant Zondi have their hands full. On the same day that an adult entertainer known as Eve is found accidentally strangled to death in her dressing room, her pet python wrapped dead around her neck, a beloved candy shop owner named "Lucky" Siyayo is shot to death at his counter in a botched robbery. The detective duo quickly realize neither death is as simple as it looks on the surface: Lucky Siyayo's cash register was all but empty the day he was murdered, which suddenly throws a whole rash of fatal neighborhood robberies into perspective--were none of them robberies at all? It becomes clear a killer is on the loose, but Zondi and Kramer must figure out what the killer is after. Meanwhile, postmortem analysis reveals that Eve didn't die at the time her ex-boss had stated he'd discovered her body; the more Kramer picks the circumstances apart, the less they make sense. With two very different sets of crimes to solve, Kramer and Zondi set off on treks that take them all over town, from the poorer villages to the sleazy dressing rooms of con artists and pimps to gorgeous steop of the South African countryside in another surefire investigation full of both stirring observations of Apartheid and plenty of mischief. Only one thing is for sure--no one is getting to take his day off this week!

The Snake and the Spider

by Karen Kingsbury

Florida. Spring Break. Words that evoke excited anticipation for young adults . . . and extreme angst for their parents. But the parents of best friends Daryl Barber and James Boucher were confident their sons could be trusted to spend a week in the sun without them. As they all waved goodbye, no one imagined it would be the last time they'd see each other alive. When the boys missed their agreed-upon daily check-ins, both sets of parents were disappointed. When the boys failed to come home on their planned return date, both sets of parents were furious. And when it was clear the boys had vanished without a trace, both sets of parents were terrified. The Snake and Spider, by #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury, is a tragic tale of a road trip gone, where innocence collides with violence. What starts as a dream vacation for two best friends ends as every parent's worst nightmare.

The Snake Catcher's Daughter

by Michael Pearce

Someone is running a campaign to discredit Cairo’s senior police officials. Is Garvin, the Commandant, playing power games, or is he trying to get to the bottom of the allegations of corruption? What about Garvin’s senior deputy, McPhee, a man who might finally be going round the bend? And what of the Mamur Zapt himself? He may be the British head of the city’s Secret Police, but is he above suspicion? After all, he does have an Egyptian mistress, placing him not only under the uncomfortable suspicion of having divided loyalties, but bringing him under her own stern scrutiny. Owen’s attempts to get answers and avoid political (and personal) embarrassment take him into uncharted territory, the world of Cairo’s female rites. And more terrifyingly, into one of Egypt’s traditional crafts—snake catching. How do you milk a cobra? Do snakes have ears? Can they be tamed? Can a mere woman fill the traditional role of snake catcher without the undying opposition of the Rifa’i—and without losing the plague of Egypt?

Snake Eyes

by Joyce Carol Oates

A New Jersey family takes an ex-con into their suburban home in this “chilling, nightmarish” novel by a #1 New York Times–bestselling author (San Francisco Chronicle). Attorney Michael O’Meara’s dogged belief that Lee Roy Sears was innocent of murder has paid off. The lawyer has not only gotten the convicted inmate released from death row at Connecticut State Prison, but also procured an artist’s residency in Mount Orion, New Jersey, for the rehabilitated Vietnam vet upon his parole. Sears is adapting nicely. He’s selling his sculptures. He’s eating well. He has ingratiated himself into Michael’s home; is eternally grateful for Michael’s benevolent motives, however mysterious their origin; and is thriving on the town’s liberal patronage and attention—especially that of Michael’s adulterous wife, Gina. But as Michael’s picture-perfect family begins to show signs of cracking, his suspicions about Sears become violent obsessions. Now, the dreams and secrets of two men are about to collide in a nightmare. And before long, the lines between guilt and innocence, lies and truth, trust and betrayal are bound to go up in flames. Snake Eyes is in an astute and suspenseful story by the National Book Award–winning author of them, We Were the Mulvaneys, The Gravedigger’s Daughter, and many other acclaimed novels.

Snake Eyes

by Jory Sherman

The body of a sheep rancher is found headless, with a warning from a cattle baron known as "Snake": if the ranchers and their families don't leave the mountains, they will all die. The dead man's cousin demands justice, so he pays a visit to the Denver Detective Agency and acquires the services of Brad Storm, also known as "Sidewinder". So, armed with a new double-ought buck nicknamed "Snake Eyes", Brad heads to the mountains to hunt for a man just as deadly as he is...

Snake Robots

by Kristin Y. Pettersen Øyvind Stavdahl Jan Tommy Gravdahl Pål Liljebäck

Snake Robots is a novel treatment of theoretical and practical topics related to snake robots: robotic mechanisms designed to move like biological snakes and able to operate in challenging environments in which human presence is either undesirable or impossible. Future applications of such robots include search and rescue, inspection and maintenance, and subsea operations. Locomotion in unstructured environments is a focus for this book. The text targets the disparate muddle of approaches to modelling, development and control of snake robots in current literature, giving a unified presentation of recent research results on snake robot locomotion to increase the reader's basic understanding of these mechanisms and their motion dynamics and clarify the state of the art in the field. The book is a complete treatment of snake robotics, with topics ranging from mathematical modelling techniques, through mechatronic design and implementation, to control design strategies. The development of two snake robots is described and both are used to provide experimental validation of many of the theoretical results. Snake Robots is written in a clear and easily understandable manner which makes the material accessible by specialists in the field and non-experts alike. Numerous illustrative figures and images help readers to visualize the material. The book is particularly useful to new researchers taking on a topic related to snake robots because it provides an extensive overview of the snake robot literature and also represents a suitable starting point for research in this area.

The Snake, the Crocodile, and the Dog

by Elizabeth Peters

The delightful seventh adventure for popular heroine Amelia Peabody. The 19th-century Egyptologist and her dashing husband, Emerson, return to Amarna, where they first fell in love. When Emerson is kidnapped, Amelia must rescue her husband, find the culprit, and save her marriage.

Snake Venoms

by Tarek R. Rahmy Ashis K. Mukherjee Carl-Wilhelm Vogel Hidetoshi Inagaki

Initially, because of the inadequate sensitivity of devices and other limitations, only major venom components of the dominant species were studied. However, in last two decades, increased sensitivity of devices and the development of new techniques, such as transcriptomics and proteomics techniques, have permitted us to analyze the structures and functions of rare species and to identify novel minor components. As a result, the number of venom components identified is increasing dramatically and the physiological functions of each component is more deeply understood. The scope of this book provides the readers an updated and comprehensive presentation on snake venoms. The subjects are divided into six sections, starting with the overview of snake venom compositions in Malaysian species, followed by description of enzymes and enzyme inhibitors contained in snake venoms. Also discussed are the effects of snake venom on cellular receptors, ion channels, blood, and lymph, as well as cytotoxic and antimicrobial molecules present in snake venoms. The last section covers the clinical consequences of envenomation and the management of snakebites using antivenins.

Snakemaster

by Austin Stevens

Known as the original "Snakemaster" from his various television shows, Austin Stevens is one of the most famous herpetologists in the world. From his show Austin Stevens: Snakemaster on Animal Planet to his many appearances in the media, Stevens is known as an incredibly smart, yet incredibly insane animal lover.In Snakemaster, Austin Stevens tells incredible stories of his many run-ins with dangerous animals and reptiles. From wrestling with a reticulated python to panicking after being bitten by the infamous Gaboon viper, Stevens brings you into his world of wildlife and tells the story of how a boy from Pretoria, South Africa, became one of the most widely known herpetologists in the world.With incredible photographs taken by Stevens himself, you'll be able to place yourself in his world-from the deserts of Africa to the jungles of Borneo. Sharing incredible stories of his love of animals and nature, this one-of-a-kind collection of stories will make you laugh, cry, and shiver with fear!

Snakes

by Seymour Simon

What animal can smell with its tongue, swallow an animal larger than its own head, and grow to be longer than a school bus? A snake! Pound for pound, snakes are among the strongest of animals. Most people fear snakes, but there are only a few that are dangerous to humans. And if snakes were to disappear, the earth would be overrun with rats and rodents. We all must learn to appreciate these awesome reptiles as a vital part of the global balance of nature.

Snakes Are Hunters

by Patricia Lauber

Young reptile fans will be fascinated with the explanation of how snakes find and kill their prey. Poisonous snake enthusiasts will be delighted with two pages about rattlesnakes in this simple and readable explanation of an inherently interesting subject.

Snakes in Asia and Africa

by Dina Anastasio

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