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Sheetrock & Shellac

by David Owen

In a world of extreme makeovers, this book is a thoughtful, adventure-filled, witty look at what the space we live in says about us, the pleasures of home renovation projects great and small, and how home renovation can change our lives. Few things define us as powerfully as the place where we live. The size and location of a house may reveal basic facts about our financial or social status, but it is the personal touches -- a paint color or a homemade desk -- that reflect our aspirations, our tastes, our secret desires. In Sheetrock & Shellac, David Owen recounts his renovation and home construction projects in small-town Connecticut -- from catching the home improvement bug while watching workmen replacing a leaky roof to his first tentative foray into DIY (successfully building an enclosure for a bathroom radiator that had "turned into a sort of low-tech factory for converting splattered urine into odor and dust"). As his skill grows, so does his confidence: replacing a broken light switch turns into wiring an entire room, making bookcases is followed by building an office. Some of the more overly imaginative projects -- for instance, an ambition to install sinks and hot and cold faucets in all the rooms of the house -- never come to fruition but are amusingly recounted for other intrepid home designers. Owen's two-hundred-year-old farmhouse provides numerous occasions for home improvement projects, and layers (literally) of fascination. Owen quickly learns the hard way when to tackle a project himself and when to turn for help. But soon he's so comfortable with the undertaking that he decides to take the big leap from renovation to building a completely new home from the ground up. In this case, Owen decides to build a weekend cabin a mere six miles away from his home. From a discourse on kitchen countertop materials to the complete history of concrete, to a near-disastrous mishap with a tree, a newly constructed roof, and an overzealous chainsaw, Owen's journey through home designing and building proves both enthrallingly educating and hilariously detailed. New Yorker writer Owen's engaging narrative, filled with a wealth of practical information, hands-on tips, and canny insights, explores the ways in which the human processes of construction and renovation leave all the parties transformed. More than a simple how-to, Sheetrock & Shellac is a why-to, a wellspring of savvy advice and encouragement for anyone who has ever contemplated changing their surroundings and changing their life.

The Sheik

by E. M. Hull

Diana Mayo is young, beautiful, wealthy--and independent. Bored by the eligible bachelors and endless parties of the English aristocracy, she arranges for a horseback trek through the Algerian desert. Two days into her adventure, Diana is kidnapped by the powerful Sheik Ahmed Ben Hassan, who forces her into submission. Diana tries desperately to resist but finds herself falling in love with this dark and handsome stranger. Only when a rival chieftain steals Diana away does the Sheik realize that what he feels for her is more than mere passion. He has been conquered--and risks everything to get her back. The power of love reaches across the desert sands, leading to the thrilling and unexpected conclusion.One of the most widely read novels of the 1920s, and forever fixed in the popular imagination in the film version starring the irresistible Rudolph Valentino, The Sheik is recognized as the immediate precursor to the modern romance novel. When first published there was nothing like it: To readers the story was scandalous, exotic, and all-consuming; to such critics as the New York Times the book was "shocking," although written with "a high degree of literary skill." In the author's native England, the bestselling book was labeled "poisonously salacious" by the Literary Review and banned from some communities. But the public kept reading.The influence of The Sheik on romance writers and readers continues to resonate. Despite controversy over its portrayal of sexual exploitation as a means to love, The Sheik remains a popular classic for its representation of the social order of its time, capturing contemporary attitudes toward colonialism as well as female power and independence that still strike a chord with readers today.

The Sheik And The Virgin Secretary

by Susan Mallery

The wedding of my dreams was only days away...until I discovered my fianc? had a nasty habit of unfaithfulness. So to mend my wounded pride, I turned to the most eligible man I knew: my boss, Prince Rafiq of Lucia-Serrat! Although the dashingly handsome prince had enticed dozens of women, I had just one thing in my mind when I proposed becoming Rafiq's mistress: revenge on the man who'd humiliated me before. It was easier than I'd expected to go from Rafiq's chaste secretary to his lustful lover. What I didn't expect was to fall head over heels for a man who could give me anything I wanted, except his heart....

Sheik Daddy

by Barbara Mcmahon

SUPER Fabulous FathersTHE FATHER OF HER CHILD WAS A SHEIK?A decade ago Ben Shalik had disappeared from Megan O'Sullivan's life, leaving her with nothing but memories...and a baby. Now he was back, causing Megan to tremble with more than desire. For Ben was of royal blood...and his only heir was their daughter.Ben was determined to make things right with the woman who haunted his dreams...and the daughter he never knew existed. Though Megan swore it was over, he'd be damned if he'd allow fate to take away his family...again.Larger than life, this royal daddy wants his child and the woman he'd never forgotten!

Sheik Defense

by Ryshia Kennie

He's the one she can't remember, she's the one he can't forget... Tossed overboard, Ava Adams had been left for dead, drifting at sea. But security specialist Faisal Al-Nassar was determined to find her. He owed her father a great debt and had never forgotten the connection he and Ava had once shared. Yet after rescuing Ava he discovered she barely remembered him. Amnesia had left Ava uncertain of who had tried to kill her. She did know, however, that Faisal was a man she could trust. The sheik's embrace was familiar and enticing...and possibly even more dangerous. How could she succumb to feelings for her protector when what she didn't know could get them both killed?

The Sheik & The Bride Who Said No

by Susan Mallery

EVERYTHING ABOUT THE PALACE HAD ALWAYS INTRIGUED HER... Including the incredibly handsome crown prince himself. There was no denying that Murat was a man of mystery, power and many talents. But for a husband, Daphne Snowden wanted more. Sure, future "queen" sounded lovely, but she wanted someone who saw her as more than a woman to bear the next heir to the throne. Someone who respected her. Someone who loved her. Still, there was that niggling burning desire and unfinished business between them.... And though time had changed him, it had not erased her interest in the only man she ever loved. But obey his demands and marry him? Never!

The Sheik & The Princess In Waiting

by Susan Mallery

"I'M WHAT...?" No, not pregnant, thank heavens. Emma would have known that. But married? Well, if the man standing before her--the very love of her college life--was to be believed, she was. And suddenly he was claiming to be a desert prince, too. Sure, they'd had a "pretend" ceremony and honeymoon in the Caribbean. But it was pretend, wasn't it? Prince Reyhan claimed his father, the king, had decided it was time for him to marry. There was just one little glitch--Reyhan was already married. So, the king ordered Reyhan's wife--Emma--to a two-week trip to paradise before he would grant a royal annulment. But wasn't paradise the perfect place for love?

The Sheik & The Virgin Princess

by Susan Mallery

When prim professor Zara Paxton ventures to distant Bahania, she wants only to find the father she'd never known. But her father turns out to be King Hassan of Bahania. The desert king promptly put his "princess" under the protection of a muscular, mesmerizing Sheik, who sets Zara's sense aflame, yet he refuses to quench the fire!Steely security liaison Rafe Stryker scorns lasting love. But before he knows it, the bespectacled brunette sneaks into his heart, making him throb with the urge to taste her sweetness. Clearly, innocent Princess Zara wanted to be his woman, but taking her was tantamount to treason. Rafe knows the consequences, but even he can stand so much temptation.

The Sheikh

by Anne Herries

BENEATH THE DESERT STARSThere was something tantalizingly mysterious about the man Chloe Randall had met on board the luxury cruise ship bound for exotic Morocco. With her head full of romantic images of her film idol Rudolph Valentino, she couldn't help but be aware of the pent-up passion that was close to breaking through this stranger's cool reserve.It was only when he rescued her from the merciless heat of the desert that he let his true self appear. He was a proud sheikh, and keenly dangerous. Because, having saved Chloe's life, he had no intention of ever letting her go....

The Sheikh's Bartered Bride & The Greek Billionaire's Baby Revenge

by Lucy Monroe Jennie Lucas

The Sheikh's Bartered Bride by Lucy MonroeLibrarian Catherine Benning knew a thing or two about storybook romances. So when a dashing sheikh swept her off her feet, she felt like she'd become the heroine of her own fairy tale. But soon after Sheikh Hakim bin Omar al Kadar took her to his desert kingdom, she discovered that he had deceived her. Could she believe their story would have a happily-ever-after?The Greek Billionaire's Baby Revenge by Jennie LucasAnna Rustoff always knew that her bubble of happiness would burst sooner or later. Her husband, Nikos Stavrakis, had only married her because their one night of passion had resulted in a beautiful baby boy. Amid rumors of Nikos's infidelity, she decides to flee to Russia. But the Greek billionaire is not one to let something that is his walk out of his life-not his son, and not his wife. But bringing them home will take more than his money and iron will. It will take a lifetime of love.

The Sheikh's Chosen Wife

by Michelle Reid

She can save her marriage--by getting pregnant!A year has passed since Leona left her husband, Sheikh Hassan ben Khalifa Al-Qadim. She misses him very much, but what was the point of staying when she'd failed to deliver the one thing Hassan needed--a child and heir?When Hassan tricks her into returning to him, Leona is furious and puzzled. Why does he want her by his side again and back in his bed?

The Sheikh's Last Mistress

by Rachael Thomas

Promoted to Princess! Destiny Richards knows she is playing with fire when she accepts charismatic Sheikh Zafir Al Asmari's job offer, but it seems like a fair price to pay to start her life over again. Until the temperature reaches the boiling point and Destiny finds herself spending one out-of-this-world night with the sheikh! When powerful Zafir seduces English rose Destiny, he never anticipates she'll hold the title of his Last Mistress. But their scorching affair has shocking repercussions. Now, before their nine months are up, Zafir must convince Destiny to make their arrangement more permanent!

The Sheikh's Last Seduction

by Jennie Lucas

Famous last words... When Sheikh Sharif offers Irene Taylor more money as chaperone to his sister than she's ever made before, she can't refuse-finally she'll safeguard her family. Irene may be innocent, but she knows the trail of destruction playboys like Sharif leave behind, and will resist his skilled seduction.... Sharif excels at everything he does-especially in the bedroom! His engagement hasn't yet been announced and he'll enjoy his freedom until then. Starting with the beguiling Irene-she's the ideal final challenge before he embarks on a life of duty. But sometimes even the plans of a sheikh go awry!

The Sheikh's Pregnant Bride

by Jessica Gilmore

Sheikh, Husband, Father! Idris Delacour never expected to be king of Dalmaya, but his cousin's sudden death changes all that. And that's not all-there's a royal baby on the way, too! Being a surrogate mom should've given Saskia Harper and her little brother Jack a new start. Only, for her unborn child to inherit the throne she must now marry the new king-the man whose kisses she's never forgotten. Saskia wants to trust Idris-but can she ever find a way into her sheikh's guarded heart?

The Sheikh's Pregnant Prisoner

by Tara Pammi

"You're not going anywhere, not until you give birth to my child." For Zafir Al Masood, the new sheikh of Behraat, abandoning fiery New Yorker Lauren Hamby was the hardest thing he had ever done. Bound by a life of honor, his sizzling whirlwind affair with Lauren was the only freedom Zafir had ever indulged in. But when he finds out that Lauren is carrying his child and intending to keep it a secret, Zafir imprisons his feisty fling in his palace. Unlike him, his baby will not be the illegitimate heir of a sheikh. And to ensure this, Zafir will make Lauren his wife...!

The Sheikh's Proposal

by Barbara Mcmahon

Marriage by royal command!Sara Kinsale is stunned to be thrown together with a prince of the desert, and even more so to find herself unbelievably attracted to the elusive Sheikh Kahrun bak Samin.... Especially as she's indebted to the sheikh and it's only a matter of time before he demands to be repaid!Kahrun soon names his price-marriage! He needs a trophy wife, and Sara is already living under his roof.But will she be the sheikh's bride in name only-or will her marriage duties be a little more intimate...?

The Sheikh's Ransomed Bride

by Annie West

Kidnapped by rebels, Belle Winters discovers her rescuer is Rafiq al Akhtar, Sovereign Prince of the desert kingdom of Q'roum. Whisked away to his exotic palace, Rafiq expects her to show her gratitude--by marrying him!Rafiq demands Belle perform all her royal duties--both in public and in private. Soon she succumbs to the sultry heat of the desert and to Rafiq's seduction. Belle is no longer an unwilling wife, now she is the sheikh's very willing lover. . . .

The Sheikh's Secret

by Barbara Mcmahon

The ordinary girl...Laura has been absolutely swept off her feet by a gorgeous new man-she's never been made to feel so special!And the sheikh!But as they become closer, Talique is torn. Laura doesn't know his real name, the past that drives him, even that he's a sheikh! All she knows is the perfect world he's created for her. And just as his secret plan is about to be revealed, he realizes his intentions have changed: he wants Laura as his bride!

The Sheikh's Unwilling Wife

by Sharon Kendrick

The sheikh will claim his wife. . . It's been five years since Alexa set eyes on Giovanni de Verrazzano-five years since she walked out on their pretense of a marriage and took with her a precious secret. And she will submit!Since discovering that he is the son of a powerful desert ruler, Giovanni is determined that Alexa resume her role as his wife and accompany him to his desert kingdom. But how will this proud Italian, of Kharastani descent, react when he discovers he has a son?

The Sheikh's Virgin Bride

by Penny Jordan

Petra is betrothed--to rich, eligible Sheikh Rashid. But she plans to ruin her reputation so Rashid won't want her. Blaize, a fellow guest at her hotel, agrees to be Petra's pretend lover--though soon he's taken her virginity!Then Petra makes a shocking discovery. Blaize is actually none other than the man she's supposed to be marrying--Sheikh Rashid!

Sheila Rae, the Brave

by Kevin Henkes

Sheila Rae wasn't afraid of anything. She wasn't afraid of thunder and lightning.

Sheila Roberts Life in Icicle Falls Series Books 1-3

by Sheila Roberts

Join bestselling author Sheila Roberts in the town of Icicle Falls, where life's full of surprises, and happiness is just around the corner! The first three books in her popular Life in Icicle Falls series: Sweet Dreams on Center Street (Previously published as Better Than Chocolate) Sweet Dreams Chocolate Company has been in the Sterling family for generations, ever since Great-Grandma Rose literally dreamed up her first fabulous recipe. But now it looks as if they're about to lose Sweet Dreams to the bank. Can Samantha, the oldest daughter and new head of the company, come up with a way to save it? Events seem to be conspiring against her and to make matters worse, the company's fate is in the hands of her archenemy, Blake Preston, the bank manager with the football-hero good looks. It's enough to drive her to chocolate. But Blake's also enough to convince her that there's something even better than chocolate. Merry Ex-Mas Cass Wilkes has been looking forward to her daughter Danielle's Christmas wedding--until Dani announces that she wants her father, Cass's ex, to walk her down the aisle. Seriously? Not only that; he, his trophy wife and their yappy little dog will be staying with Cass... Meanwhile, her friend Charlene Albach arrives at their weekly chick-flick night in shock. She's just seen the ghost of Christmas past: her ex-husband, Richard, who left a year ago when he ran off with the hostess from her restaurant. Now the hostess is history, and he wants to kiss and make up. Hide the mistletoe! And bring out the hot buttered rum, because the holidays aren't easy for Ella O'Brien, either. Ella, newly divorced, is still sharing the house with her ex while they wait for the place to sell. The love is gone. Or is it? Romance on Mountain View Road (Previously published as What She Wants) Jonathan Templar and his poker buddies can't figure women out. When Jonathan stumbles on a romance novel at the Icicle Falls library sale, he knows he's found the love expert he's been seeking -- Vanessa Valentine, top-selling romance author. At first his buddies laugh at him for reading romance novels, but soon they, too, realize that these stories are the world's best textbooks on love. Poker night becomes book club night...and when all is read and done, they're going to be the kind of men women want!

Shelf Life: Stories by the Book

by Gary Paulsen

Newbery Honor author Gary Paulsen has long been an ardent supporter of books, reading, and literacy programs. To further the cause of ProLiteracy Worldwide, he asked 10 prominent authors to write an original story; the only restriction was that each story was to include mention of a book. The result is this collection, Shelf Life: Stories by the Book. From Jennifer L. Holm's story of a girl on Mars trying desperately to return to Earth to Gregory Maguire's domestic intrigue; from Kathleen Karr's story of a thief in turn-of-the-century Chicago to M. T. Anderson's mysterious shipboard adventure; from A. LaFaye's tale of magical wonderment to Marion Dane Bauer's story of doing good, this volume provides a full range of reading for every taste. Other authors featured here are Joan Bauer, Ellen Conford, Margaret Peterson Haddix, and Ellen Wittlinger.

Shell Craft

by Virginie Fowler Elbert

Since ancient times, seashells have provided both materials and design inspiration for a variety of arts and crafts. Shell-inspired motifs have turned up in pottery and floor mosaics, as architectural ornaments, and on furniture. The magnificent mollusks have also been used as money and decorative objects to adorn the body. This comprehensive guide by Virginie Fowler Elbert -- noted author, crafter, and authority on shell lore -- offers a wealth of craft ideas for using these lovely treasures from the sea.Following a fascinating introduction to the use of shells throughout history, the simply written text provides step-by-step instructions for cleaning, preparing, and displaying shells; suggests methods for decorating boxes and mirror frames; and shows how to create fanciful soap dishes, night lights, and jewelry items -- from pendants and necklaces to bracelets, cuff links, and earrings.You'll also find easy-to-follow directions for preserving shells in resin to make paperweights, napkin holders, cachepots, and other household accessories, as well as instructions for casting shell forms from molds (an ideal way to develop multiple patterns if only a few shells are available). There's even a chapter on how to do shell printing with linoleum blocks and crayon prints to create distinctive designs for placemats, wall hangings, wrapping paper, and stationery. Reference works and an updated list of supply sources round out this profusely illustrated guide to a fun-filled and rewarding pastime.

Shell Game

by Richard Powell

Bill Stuart is vacationing in Florida, collecting shells, when one evening he stumbles upon a beautiful young woman hiding under a fishing pier on a deserted beach. Undaunted by her cock-eyed story, he offers her a lift into town. Valerie agrees if she can drive. When she discovers they are being followed by a gray sedan, Valerie breaks every law to shake them; and just as mysteriously does a quick disappearing act when they arrive at the bus station. The local chief of police isn’t interested in tracking his missing person, so Bill heads back to the beach to retrace Valerie’s footsteps-which just happed to lead to a cabin that is occupied by the body of a very recently murdered man!

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