Sixteen year old Kait Lenox has a reputation as the weird girl in her high school, mostly because of her ex-best friend turned mean popular girl, Ariel, but maybe it has a little to do with the fact that Kait has a hobby crashing funerals. At one of these, Kait is outted by the most popular guy in school, Ethan Ripley. Yet, instead of humiliating her for all the world to see, he asks for her help, and Kait finds herself entangled in a murder mystery. Not only is the thrill of the mystery exciting, but more importantly Ethan knows her name! A little sleuthing is well worth that!
A couture wedding dress designer to the rich and famous, Lexi LaCroix's image means everything. Raised on the wrong side of the tracks, her years of polish and hard work are finally about to pay off. But crossing paths with a sexier-than-sin, bad-boy biker who makes her realize how much living she's sacrificed for her success, one touch is all it takes to threaten her carefully choreographed life.
Jax Chamberlin has been screwed over by gorgeous gold-diggers one too many times. Though he runs his own stunt company, all of America knows his Hollywood face even years after he's given up acting. Finding a woman who doesn't plan to use him as a stepping stone to success is virtually impossible, so when the charming and mysterious Lexi offers him a chance at a totally anonymous hook-up during an out of town trip, Jax accepts. Only Lexi is more sextacular than charming, and Jax wants more. Lots more.
But Lexi's got a major hang-up over his renegade lifestyle. And if she finds out his connections could catapult her to the top of her career, he's afraid the fantasy woman he's falling for might just end up like all the rest.
Boston, 1868: The dawn of the Gilded Age, an era of burgeoning commerce and invention, of unimaginable new fortunes and lavish excess—for some. Born into dismal poverty, young Nell Sweeney scratches by on her wits and little else until fortune blesses her with a position as nursery governess to the fabulously wealthy Hewitts. But she soon learns that ugly secrets lurk beneath the surface of their gold-plated world.
The Hewitts’ eldest son, William, a former Union Army battle surgeon and the black sheep of the family, was reported to have died three years before in a notorious Confederate prison camp. But one snowy February afternoon, his parents learn that he is, in fact, still alive—and in jail for having murdered a man while intoxicated on opium. Infuriated by his son’s deception and convinced of his guilt, August Hewitt forbids his wife from coming to Will’s aid, so she begs Nell to help exonerate him. Nell finds that she must delve into the kind of dark and treacherous underworld she thought she’d left far behind if she is to unearth the truth before the hangman’s noose tightens around William Hewitt’s throat.
Born with grey skin the color of lake clay, Phantist is an outcast from birth, shunned by the other children in the Orphan Asylum where he is raised. Then, during a solar eclipse, he witnesses a magnificent performance by Lasander Shadowmaster--a shadewright, sculptor of shadows.
When Phantist discovers that Lasander is a fellow greyskin, he finds his goal: he will become a Shadowmaster himself. His dream is to make an entire city hold its breath as his idol Lasander has done.
This quest leads him to the isolated village of Half Oak, where a strange cult holds sway, worshipping a voice in the earth: the Earth Darkness. The cult’s leader relays a deadly prophecy from his god-master:
“Everything you care about will be destroyed, greyskin. Everything and everyone. And it is all because of you. He wants you to know that. Because of YOU.”
Soon, Phantist is drawn into a web of plots and ambitions. He finds allies: Despanya, a greyskin who has forsaken shadow-sculpting to become a soldier; and Arick, a yellow-skinned master of lightning power whose childish nature belies dangerous abilities.
But the ever-present threat of Earth Darkness pursues them across the countryside. The very ground beneath their feet turns against them ...
In the end, Phantist will face a grim choice that will determine the course of his life, and the fate of his world.
A writer struggles to finish a book that someone else started writing, battling to weave his own characters and plot into the pre-existing manuscript.
A group of well-off old people in a retirement home seek relief from boredom by using an internet service which allows them to live out their fantasies virtually. Two working-class men, one young and disenfranchised, one a lifelong Communist, discuss their differing world views. An unstable computer genius and a control freak banker form an uneasy alliance to launch a new internet sensation, while the free-spirited girlfriend of one of them, Marlene, wreaks havoc wherever she goes. In the midst of this confusion, her best friend Sofia searches for a kinder, simpler way of life.
All these stories gradually interconnect in the most unexpected ways…
Travels in Asia - a dream fulfilled?
Have you ever dreamed of travelling around Asia? Then this could be the book for you.
Follow Fred throughout his extensive travels to Hong Kong, Thailand, India and Nepal.
Appreciate the many friendships formed along the way with fellow-travellers.
Relive the highs and lows that he experienced during this fascinating journey.
Recognise the huge differences in technology, particularly communications.
Become immersed in the different cultures, peoples and surroundings of Asia in the early 1980's.
Understand more about the drug culture of the '80's, especially in Thailand and Nepal.
Learn from Fred's youthful mistakes, especially if your dream of travelling to Asia becomes a reality.
Take this unique opportunity to absorb yourself in Fred's daily memoirs, which detail the 158 days he spent travelling around Asia.
An artifact is stolen from the King Tut exhibit, setting in motion a string of bizarre murders that baffle the Kansas City Police Department.
A local author simultaneously releases his novel, The Curse of the Pharaohs, attributing the deaths to an ancient prophesy, ‘Death shall come on swift wings to him who disturbs the peace of the King.’
Are the deaths the result of an ancient curse or modern day mayhem?
Follow the clues with Walt and decide for yourself!
At 21 years old, Harry and Cristal are fresh out of university with their PhD's. Labeled all their lives as being 'weird' and 'geeky', they find true friendships with other outcasts by playing online virtual reality games. Now they face the challenges trying to get used to their 'adult' identities. Harry Doubt, a genius programmer and creator of the popular online game 'Truth Seekers', has a personal mission of his own; to find his mother who went mysteriously missing while volunteering on a peacekeeping mission in Palestine.
His gaming friends and followers inadvertently join in helping him find her; believing that they are on missions to find out what has happened to their own missing loved ones. During Harry's missions, Cristal and the team of 'Truth Seekers' stumble upon things that make them doubt the reality of their own lives. As they get closer to the truth, they realize that there are spiritual forces among them both good and evil, but in learning this, they activate a chain of events that start the beginning of the 'end of the world' as they know it.
GOODBYE MORALITY is the novel about a man who takes the road less travelled to rise to unbelievable heights within the criminal world. John Forbes, the main character, comes from a modest background, but has grown up on the Craven Estate in Dorset, where his mother lives and works as a housekeeper. This is a place of strong contrast between being wealthy or poor.
Through various criminal enterprises, which inevitably include the use of violence and murder, John builds a considerable fortune. His marriage to Catherine, the daughter of Lord and Lade Craven produces a son, Michael, upon whom John dotes. However, John continues a serious love affair with the artist Mona Hobson whose talent he helps validate by secretly buying up the paintings.
Wise enough to know his own limitation, he goes into partnership with John Elgberg, a Dane with a past and his extrovert wife, Andrea, moving the ‘Invisible Company’ to Mallorca. After some years the company financial transaction attracts police attention.
When John’s son Michael dies of leukaemia, his marriage falls apart. Devastated, John moves to a remote lavender farm in the South of France, where he is plagued with growing doubts about the life he has created, the death of his son and the shocking decisions he has taken. John is unable to make the break needed even if he finds love with the unimpressionable local woman Cecilia.
An unforgettable crime thriller, with characters you will never forget.
WHAT'S A NICE GAL LIKE MADDIE DOING IN A MESS LIKE THIS?
SHE'S A PRIVATE DETECTIVE, AND HER SISTER FRANCIE'S IN LOVE WITH A CRIMINAL!
Francie wants Maddie to prove Sebastian's innocent, but the Seattle Police have proof that he's guilty.
Sebastian's brother, Finn, has hired Maddie to find out the truth and set his brother free.
Finn makes Maddie's blood boil and her bells ring--and she's truly, madly, deeply in love with his little daughter, Zoe. And she's pretty certain Sebastian is guilty as charged, so she’s trying her best not to find evidence to the contrary. She's doing the exact opposite of what Finn hired her to do, betraying the guy she—well, the guy she’s supposed to be working for, the guy she just might, maybe, almost be falling for because---
Maddie's parental units, the cop and the judge, want Sebastian safely in jail, and Francie somewhere safe-like a nunnery? And they want Maddie to make it happen.
Can a good honest detective play both ends against the middle without getting hoist on her own petard?
Have you ever wondered what happens to the thousands of frozen embryos created as part of the IVF process?
“Lives in Limbo” is a contemporary tale that will take you on an emotional rollercoaster as it tells the story of four families facing the dilemma of what to do with their embryos in storage.
Did you know that there are over 100,000 frozen embryos in Britain? Every year, thousands more are created, and every year, couples must choose between using these embryos in another IVF cycle, donating them to scientific research, giving them up for embryonic adoption or disposal.
For four families, making this difficult decision will prove a threat to their happiness, security and well-being. Guilty secrets will be revealed, family ties pushed to the limit, marriages tested and one teenage girl will have a brutal introduction to the world of adult decisions.
If you are considering IVF, or know someone who has gone through the process, this poignant and moving tale by an exciting new author is a ‘must read’, exploring with compassion and sensitivity this lesser-known aspect of infertility treatment.
Forty years ago, a lengthy war nearly destroyed the Kingdoms of Eldaria. On the anniversary of its end, Davik Gracious, Lord of Midgard, holds a summit at his keep, Stormbreaker Stronghold. With conflict once again on the horizon, Davik intends to solidify the peace and usher in a new age of enlightenment. Little does he know that an array of individuals, each with their own agendas, will converge on the summit, bringing with them intrigue and murder. Yet even as Davik’s allies, the Royal Huntsmen, struggle to ensure his plan comes to fruition, an unforeseen danger rises in the North, threatening not only Midgard but the entire world.
Magic and technology, religion and science, war and peace are all at stake in Dead Star: Frozen Magic, an epic fantasy both unique in conception and following in the grand tradition.
How dumb can a criminal be?
Dumb enough to make you laugh out loud at these true stories of really dumb criminal activity.
Leonard Birdsong is a law professor who specializes in criminal law who has collected 157 of his most favorite stories about dumb criminals.
Criminals can be dumb and sometimes they are so dumb as to be really funny.
This book is a collection of stories about dumb criminals from around the United States including the Professor’s home state of Florida, criminal dummies from abroad, and drunken dummies from all over. All the stories are true and include Professor Birdsong’s witty commentary. The book is sure to deliver some great belly laughs like the one about a transvestite purse snatcher who loses her water-filled condom which she used as a fake breast or the “drunken dummy” who called 911 to report a slot machine stole his money.
Smuggling wild rabbits. Late night sasquatch hunting. A bar fight with a donkey. This wasn’t the post-graduate life Bill Gulledge bargained for.
But in a terrible economy, Bill’s English degree doesn’t pack much punch, and his wealthy redneck father enlists him to bring back illegal shipments of wild rabbits from Kentucky to their hometown in South Carolina. His good ole boy cousin, Jimbo, joins the party after he loses his beer truck driving job due to a heart condition.
With cash in their pockets, plenty of beer in the coolers, and lots of time to kill, Bill and Jimbo set out for their wild adventures while sneaking their contraband bunnies past the cops. Life is simple for Bill—until he falls for the rabbit supplier’s off-limits daughter, Rye Cotton.
Now committing a federal wildlife crime is the least of Bill’s worries.
If you love Shakespeare, you will enjoy Richard Revisited, an historical novel about King Richard III
For centuries Richard III counted as the villainous murderer of his young cousins and usurper of his brother's throne. But how much of this reputation was born of the facts, and how much resulted from political urgency of the Tudors? Within the frame of the recent discovery of the king's skeleton in Leicester, Richard Revisited offers a poignant image of three inquisitive minds caught up in an age-old struggle. The statesman Thomas More, Master of the Revels George Buc, and lastly Jennifer Simpson, witness in the Trial of Richard III broadcast in 1984. In their efforts to be true to themselves each risks either humiliation or loss of integrity.
Unfolding the action, this controversial novel questions the sources Shakespeare used while writing his famous history-play about the last Plantagenet king. To what extent did the dramatist falsify the facts?
An up-and-coming career, a renewed friendship, a promising future…until evil trespasses. An inspirational story about faith, hope, and love.
Twenty-four year old, Gianna Stefano is raised in a devout Catholic, Italian family in rural Montana. Just graduating college and desiring independence, Gianna relocates to New York City. Her parents are reluctant at first, but when Gianna is reacquainted with family friend, Dan Christiansen, they realize they must let their only daughter spread her wings and fly. Gianna and Dan have a promising future together. But their love is tested, when a colleague violates Gianna’s trust. Is all hope lost or is Gianna and Dan’s faith in God and each other strong enough to rebuild their dreams?