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Holed up on a stakeout, Del was determined to capture a dangerous traitor named Simon. After a history of heartbreak, falling in love did not factor into his undercover mission. But then he delivered Maggie's baby and found the Cinderella of his dreams. Before he could assess the situation, Del had temporarily stepped into the role of Delilah' s doting father... and Maggie' s adoring husband! Dare this chivalrous secret agent indulge in fantasies of happily-ever-after?
THE BRUBAKER BRIDES This wealthy Texas family needs a few good women to lasso their brood of bad boys. "My wife is nine months pregnant?"--Mac Brubaker It was a fairy tale come true for shy kitchen maid Ella McCloskey. For when millionaire rancher Mac Brubaker whisked her away for a secret wedding and secluded honeymoon, she thought she'd found her prince. But circumstances soon had Ella heading for the Texas hills, and not even stopping to pick up her glass slipper. The Cinderella bride thought she'd put all her dreams of happily ever after behind her. Until Mac showed up...just as she was about to give birth to his secret baby!
If the glass slipper fits...When shoe saleswoman Cindy Rawlins lost an expensive shoe-a $500-a-pair shoe-she desperately placed an ad before her boss found out! And when wealthy businessman Parker Stevens showed up, requesting to buy the same pair of shoes, Cindy was immediately suspicious....It happened to be a coincidence, but Cindy couldn't help but feel like Cinderella when way-out-of-her-league Parker suddenly invited her as his date to a high-society party. Intrigued to see how the rich lived, Cindy anxiously agreed. And when her gown didn't turn into rags at midnight, Cindy couldn't believe the evening wasn't a dream. But could one man who happened to know her shoe size, fill this reluctant fairy-tale princess with the belief that happy endings did happen?
THE BUSINESS TYCOON "Honor" was Texas tycoon Sterling Churchill's middle name. So when a mix-up at the local sperm bank unexpectedly made him a father-to-be, he gallantly stepped forward to marry shy beauty Susan Wilkins. It was a marriage in name only--until he gave his bride a soul-spinning kiss. Now his new wife was carrying his child and wearing a look of pure splendor. Could tough-as-nails Sterling open the rusty doors of his heart...and turn pumpkins into coaches for his Cinderella bride?
When a Plain Jane. . . Efficient, witty and prim Miranda Fairchild has always blended into the background - her two beautiful sisters have seen to that! But that hasn't stopped Miranda secretly dreaming of finding her fairy-tale prince. . . is hired by a charming playboy. . . Dangerously charismatic, celebrity Rafe Knighton does not fit the bill. So when Miranda is hired as his assistant, she's shocked to learn that Rafe has hidden depths. . . . can there be a Happily Ever After? And there's more to Miranda than meets the eye - as Rafe knows all too well! Will he give this stubborn Cinderella the diamond ring she deserves? In Her Shoes. . . Modern-day Cinderellas get their grooms!
Poor Cinderellie! It was bad M enough being banished to the kitchen by her social-climbing stepmother and two husband-hunting stepsisters. Now, still wearing a Cinderella costume from a previous party, she found herself face-to-face with Jack Martin, the handsome venture capitalist who'd doused cold water on her dream of opening a restaurant!Ellie Branson thought her nightmare would end when the clock struck midnight...and the party ended. But Jack showed up the Very next day, bearing an offer she couldn't refuse. And though this Cinderella knew better than to believe in fairy tales, her millionaire suitor seemed determined to prove otherwise!
In this unusual spin on an old favorite, Cinderella is a boy! He's Cinderellis, and he has two unfriendly brothers and no fairy godmother to help him out. Luckily, he does have magical powders, and he intends to use them to win the hand of his Princess Charming-- that is, Marigold. The only problem is--Marigold thinks Cinderellis is a monster! Gail Carson Levine is the author of "Ella Enchanted," a spirited retelling of the "real" Cinderella fairy tale and a 1998 Newberry Honor Book. In this fourth of her Princess Tales, Levine brings new life and new fun into a little-known tale and proves that determination, imagination, and kindness can carry the day.
As Stuart Haley grew older, year by year, he worried more and more about the security of his famous cattle fortune. He had raised his daughters in the lap of luxury--they wanted for nothing--and all three girls had matured into lovely young women. But as he aged, Stuart craved the security that only a proper heir could provide. The two older daughters had fallen in love and left him--Stuart's only chance was that his youngest daughter, Charmaine, marry a local man and carry on in the family tradition. But that was not going to be easy. Independent and brash, Charmaine Haley had a life of her own, far away in Boston. It would be up to her father to make her return to a Kansas so incredible that life in the north would pale in comparison. A masked ball, on par with the greatest of fairy tales, would be the event of a lifetime. But to succumb to passion from behind a mask could be a cruel twist of fate--leading Charmaine back through the torment of old mistakes she thought she had left behind forever. Could the specter of true love be only old pain in disguise?
In this Dog Diaries-meets-Horse Diaries Special Crossover Edition, a horse with a bad reputation meets his match in a no-nonsense fire dog and the biggest, hottest flames Chicago has ever seen! In the 1800s, firefighters needed horses to pull the fire trucks. But horses spook easily and run away from fire--so they needed fire dogs. Cinders is a dappled gray horse with a bad reputation. When he first arrives at the firehouse, he refuses to even enter his stall. But a kind man, his daughter, and a smart dalmatian named Sparky convince him he's made to be a firehouse horse. Will he learn to brave the flames in time to stand up to the biggest, fiercest, most frightening fire the city has ever faced? Get the dog's side of the story! Read Dog Diaries Special Edition: Sparky.
An unforgettable novel from the national bestselling sensation Fern Michaels, about a young woman's journey into the heart of the unknown...Callie James learned to survive in the squalid back alleys of Dublin. Tough, spirited, and possessed of a singular beauty, she was sent to New York to find her fortune. But everywhere she turned there were men who saw only what they wanted to see in her. Byrch Kenyon offered friendship and encouragement, but he also saw the desirable woman she would one day become. Rossiter Powers, the rich son of a respected family, saw something else in Callie--and nearly destroyed her. Hugh MacDuff, rich only in love and compassion, did his best to save her. But Callie--strong, smart and determined to succeed--insisted on taking charge of her own destiny. Praise for Fern Michaels and Her Novels "Heartbreaking, suspenseful, and tender." --Booklist on Return to Sender"A big, rich book in every way....I think Fern Michaels has struck oil with this one." --Patricia Matthews on Texas Rich220,000 Words
The ideal L.A. fairy tale for fans of Once Upon a Time and L.A. Candy, from the author of Geek Charming. Prom fever has infected LA--especially Cindy's two annoying stepsisters, and her overly Botoxed stepmother. Cindy seems to be the only one immune to it all. But her anti-prom letter in the school newspaper does more to turn Cindy into Queen of the Freaks than close the gap between the popular kids and the rest of the students. Everyone thinks she's committed social suicide, except for her two best friends, the yoga goddess India and John Hughes-worshipping Malcolm, and shockingly, the most popular senior at Castle Heights High and Cindy's crush, Adam Silver. Suddenly Cindy starts to think that maybe her social life could have a happily ever after. But there's still the rest of the school to deal with. With a little bit of help from an unexpected source and a fabulous pair of heels, Cindy realizes that she still has a chance at a happily ever after.
Cindy in Iraq is Cynthia Morgan's hair-raising yet jubilant chronicle of her perilous year in war-torn Iraq as a truck driver -- the most dangerous civilian job in the war zone. In the summer of 2003, a friend in the National Guard stationed in Iraq wrote to Morgan about KBR, a Halliburton subsidiary that was hiring drivers. Morgan was from a family with a long military history; her oldest son was in the National Guard at the time. Wanting to do her part for her country and struggling financially after leaving her abusive third husband, Cindy decided she was "tired of surviving her life and not living it." She left everything and everyone behind and set out for Kuwait and Iraq to be a truck driver for KBR. She felt Iraq would give her the opportunity she needed to make some changes in her life. Her three sons, then ages 18, 16, and 15, along with the rest of her family, supported her decision, but made her promise that she would always tell them the truth about what she was going through as a driver in Iraq. Drawn in part from the emails she posted home and the journals she kept, Cindy in Iraq re-creates in vivid detail how Morgan overcame the stigma of being one of the rare female truck drivers and quickly rose through the ranks to become a convoy commander. She led her fellow Reefer Cowboys -- "reefer" is short for "refrigerated truck" -- in convoys that delivered necessary goods to soldiers stationed in such notorious hot spots as Baghdad Airport, Camp Anaconda -- a place as dangerous as its name -- and Fallujah. A moving target for insurgents and with virtually no training, and unarmed as well, she faced being ambushed and shot at, all while learning how to navigate Iraq's difficult terrain. As the insurgency heated up, contractors were in more and more peril, increasingly kidnapped and executed. By the time Cindy's year in Iraq was up, she had shrapnel in her arm. She also discovered that there are times when the enemy can be someone you know. Cindy's journey to Iraq was also a voyage of self-discovery: "I knew that I would find out who I am and what I am made of here.... Honor, integrity, pride, and humanity can all be discovered. I know that I still am a very passionate person when it comes to the things I believe in.... I am still me, but more.... So my story of being over here is not just one of a female truck driver driving in a war zone in Iraq. It is a story of me finding the world, and of me finding me." Cindy's is an eyewitness account of war that few journalists can offer: The grateful Iraqi children, the hardworking U.S. soldiers, and the personal stories of soldiers and civilians alike thrown together in a war unlike any other the United States has ever fought.
What will Cindy do now? When Cindy McLean goes to Belmont to clean out her apartment, she finds her old diary and is taken back to the days when she started racing in New York, after she fled Dubai. . . Find out what happened in Cindy's own words as she struggled to compete against the best male jockeys in the country. She was new to tough Belmont trainers and had trouble getting rides. But Cindy never stopped trying, and in time she was winning big races on a filly no one else thought could run. Now that Cindy can't ride anymore, her life has changed drastically. She'll need to tap some of that old determination as she sets off boldly in a new direction.
Cindy finds a special door that leads her to the robot palace.
Neonatal specialist Nathan Steele thought he'd found happiness-until tragedy struck. A widower, he wasn't looking for a fairy-tale romance. Then he met a mysteriously familiar woman at a fundraiser who raced away, leaving behind a broken high-heeled shoe-and leaving him determined to knoweverythingabout her. Hospital housekeeper Cindy Elliott refused to fall in love-especially with a wealthy doctor who seemed too charming to be true. But one kiss awakened a passion neither of them expected. . . ;and now Cindy was expecting the doctor's baby! Earning her trust sure wouldn't be easy, but Nathan was ready to do whatever it took to sweep Cindy off her feet-and carry her into happily ever after.
Anticipating her adoption into the loving McLean family at Whitebrook Farm, Cindy Blake finds her worst nightmares coming true when her adoption is not approved and her favorite horse, Glory, is put up for sale.
Cindy has trained Storm ever since he was a colt. Now he's a full-fledged racehorse and he's blindingly fast. In his three-year session at Gulfstream Park, Florida, he piles up victory after victory. Cindy is sure that storm is on his way to becoming a champion. When they get back to Whitebrook, though, disaster strikes. Cindy discovers that an incurable disease has spread through the area. Then Storm tests positive, and the vet warns that if they don't put Storm down, he may spread the disease to all the other horses. Cindy is heartbroken at the thought of losing her beloved Storm. But can she risk putting her other horses in danger to save Storm's life?
Cindy McLean and her partner, Ben al-Rihani, can't find a jockey to ride Gratis in the Kentucky Derby. The only person besides Cindy who can handle the difficult horse is a stubborn and inexperienced groom named Wolf.
When Lavinia Townsend accuses her of stealing, Cindy Blake fears she will have to leave Whitebrook Farm for yet another foster home, and when she kidnaps a mistreated horse, she knows her days are numbered.
A collection of 125 chef-worthy global recipes presented in international dinner menus, drawn from renowned chef Cindy Pawlcyn's informal gatherings.One of the leading female chefs, Cindy Pawlcyn has selected her favorite international recipes in this collection of complete menus from around the globe. A culinary world tour from Turkish Tomato Salad with Sumac to Ethiopian Spiced Red Lentil Stew, Cindy honed her recipes for the home kitchen (shorter ingredients lists, quicker prep time) while still delivering the level of flavor and sophistication she is known for. Including fare from some of the world's greatest food cities and countries, Cindy's Supper Club is a top chef's guide to the best of global cuisine.
How did the imperial logic underlying British and Indian film policy change with the British Empire's loss of moral authority and political cohesion? Were British and Indian films of the 1930s and 1940s responsive to and responsible for such shifts? Cinema at the End of Empire illuminates this intertwined history of British and Indian cinema in the late colonial period. Challenging the rubric of national cinemas that dominates film studies, Priya Jaikumar contends that film aesthetics and film regulations were linked expressions of radical political transformations in a declining British empire and a nascent Indian nation. As she demonstrates, efforts to entice colonial film markets shaped Britain's national film policies, and Indian responses to these initiatives altered the limits of colonial power in India. Imperially themed British films and Indian films envisioning a new civil society emerged during political negotiations that redefined the role of the state in relation to both film industries. In addition to close readings of British and Indian films of the late colonial era, Jaikumar draws on a wealth of historical and archival material, including parliamentary proceedings, state-sponsored investigations into colonial filmmaking, trade journals, and intra- and intergovernmental memos regarding cinema. Her wide-ranging interpretations of British film policies, British initiatives in colonial film markets, and genres such as the Indian mythological film and the British empire melodrama reveal how popular film styles and controversial film regulations in these politically linked territories reconfigured imperial relations. With its innovative examination of the colonial film archive, this richly illustrated book presents a new way to track historical change through cinema.
From Al Jolson in blackface to Song of the South, there is a long history of racism in Hollywood film. Yet as early as the 1930s, movie studios carefully vetted their releases, removing racially offensive language like the "N-word." This censorship did not stem from purely humanitarian concerns, but rather from worries about boycotts from civil rights groups and loss of revenue from African American filmgoers.Cinema Civil Rights presents the untold history of how Black audiences, activists, and lobbyists influenced the representation of race in Hollywood in the decades before the 1960s civil rights era. Employing a nuanced analysis of power, Ellen C. Scott reveals how these representations were shaped by a complex set of negotiations between various individuals and organizations. Rather than simply recounting the perspective of film studios, she calls our attention to a variety of other influential institutions, from protest groups to state censorship boards.Scott demonstrates not only how civil rights debates helped shaped the movies, but also how the movies themselves provided a vital public forum for addressing taboo subjects like interracial sexuality, segregation, and lynching. Emotionally gripping, theoretically sophisticated, and meticulously researched, Cinema Civil Rights presents us with an in-depth look at the film industry's role in both articulating and censoring the national conversation on race.
Standard Hollywood narrative movies prescribe linear narratives that cue the viewer to expect predictable outcomes and adopt a closed state of mind. There are, however, a small number of movies that, through the presentation of alternate narrative paths, open the mind to thoughts of choice and possibility. Through the study of several key movies for which this concept is central, such as Sliding Doors, Run Lola Run, Inglourious Basterds, and Rashomon, Nitzan Ben Shaul examines the causes and implications of optional thinking and how these movies allow for more open and creative possibilities. This book examines the methods by which standard narrative movies close down thinking processes and deliver easy pleasures to the viewer whilst demonstrating that this is not the only possibility and that optional thinking can be both stimulating and rewarding.
Over the past fifteen years, writer, producer and director Christopher Nolan has emerged from the margins of independent British cinema to become one of the most commercially successful directors in Hollywood. From Following (1998) to Interstellar (2014), Nolan's films have explored the philosophical concerns of cinema articulated through a distinctive cerebral style that is marked by a frequent experimentation with non-linear storytelling, and yet remains integrated within classical Hollywood narrative and genre frameworks. Through the contextualization and close readings of each of his films, this collection brings together academic work from a range of disciplines to examine the director's central themes and preoccupations -- memory, time, trauma, masculinity and identity -- whilst also offering analyses of otherwise marginalized aspects of his work, such as the function of music, video games and the impact of IMAX and other new technologies.
Perhaps the single most important voice of cinema in the twentieth century, André Bazin profoundly influenced the development of the scholarship that we know now as film criticism. Bazin has acutely analyzed the cinematic values of our time, extending to his international audiences "the impact of art for the understanding and discrimination of his readers."The depth and logic of his commentary has elevated film criticism to new heights. The reputation of André Bazin continues to grow as his writings are published and studied by filmmakers and filmgoers alike. Often referred to as the Edmund Wilson of film, Bazin was more than a critic. "He made me see certain aspects of my work that I was unaware of," said Luis Buñuel. "He was our conscience," wrote Jean Renoir. "He was a logician in action," echoed François Truffaut.In The Cinema of Cruelty, François Truffaut, one of France's most celebrated and versatile filmmakers, has collected Bazin's writings on six film "greats": Erich von Stroheim, Carl Dreyer, Preston Sturges, Luis Buñuel, Alfred Hitchcock, and Akira Kurosawa. The result is a major collection of film criticism.