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Private L.A. Things are going from bad to worse as a brutal killer is at large in Los Angeles. And Jack has been asked to investigate the disappearance of the biggest superstar couple in Hollywood, Thom and Jennifer Harlow, who have been kidnapped. It is a suspenseful story with a plot that moves at breakneck speed. It has all the trademarks of James Pattersonâ€&#x;s thrillers: absorbing, great characters, fast-paced, dramatic twists and turns and unbelievable storyline. Though the book coursed through three different plots, they are blended together only as Patterson can and wrapped up satisfactorily at the end. Private L.A. is much better than Private Berlin. It is an absolutely delightful perfect weekend getaway read.
Wide Open (Wide Awake) Shelly Crane is a phenomenal storyteller. She really is just AMAZING. I honestly think that she doesn't know how to write a bad book. I think it's impossible. Every book of Shelly's that I've read has been an easy 5 STARS. I will tell you right now that WIDE OPEN does not disappoint. It's definitely a 5 STAR read, and I would highly recommend it. I almost want to stand on my roof and shout to the world how FABULOUS this book is, except it's freezing where I live and very icy. I'd probably slip and die and never get a chance to read another Shelly Crane novel. I can't let that happen! But, I can tell all of you that are reading this review that if you go out and buy this book RIGHT NOW you will be so happy that you did. Go ahead, go one-click. I'll wait....
Year's Best SF 18 With Yearâ€&#x;s Best SF 18, acclaimed, award-winning editor and anthologist David G. Hartwell demonstrates the amazing depth and power of contemporary speculative fiction, showcasing astonishing stories from some of science fiction's most respected names as well as exciting new writers to watch. In this anthology, prepare to travel light years from the ordinary into a tomorrow at once breathtaking, frightening, and possible with some of the greatest tales of wonder published in 2012.
Weekend This was perhaps no one of his best (not up to his Laidlaw series), but still an enjoyable read.
This Magnificent Desolation Duncan's entire world is the orphanage where he lives, a solitary outpost on the open plains of northern Minnesota. Aged ten in 1980, he has no memories of his life before now, but he has stories that he recites like prayers: the story of how his mother brought him here during the worst blizzard of the century the story of how God spoke to him at his birth and gave him a special purpose.
The World Beneath (Joe Tesla)
This was a great book. A fast read with mystery that keeps you wondering till the end. Wonderful characters and thrilling adventure. I suggest this book to anyone who needs a mystery thriller that is new and exciting. And if you are an animal lover, Edison will tunnel his way into your heart. I canâ€&#x;t wait for the next book in the series.
The Vastalimi Gambit (Cutter's Wars) If you're a fan of Steve Perry's Matador Universe (and if you're not, get off your bum and start reading it), you're going to love his Cutter's Wars series. Great characters, tight action and story, and a nice "didn't see it coming" twist at the end. Nice take on putting one culture into a complete foreign arena and making it understandable. Buy it, read it, enjoy it. Repeat.
The Twenty-Seventh City This is a wickedly funny book, both in the way it deploys broad comic themes like the one above and also in little zingers aimed at various social groups. Franzen aims most of his barbs at what is presumably his own social milieu: the white suburban uppermiddle to upper class. But he has some left over for the black middle class and Indian socialists.
The Strange Fate of Kitty Easton (Laurence Bartram Mysteries) It's England in 1924, after World War I. Laurence (Laurie) Bartram goes to Easton Deadall, an English village, to restore the village church. Laurence learns of a major mystery shortly upon his arrival a little girl named Kitty Easton, then age five, was taken from her bed in 1911 and hasn't been found or heard from. Kitty would now be eighteen. Everyone assumes she must be dead, with the exception of her mother.
The Ramal Extraction: Cutter's Wars I'm a big Matador fan and knew ahead this wasn't in the same universe. That said, it's a rollicking good read in it's own right. The cast of characters seems generic at first, but Steve fleshes them out and makes them into as likeable cast as I've seen elsewhere. Halfway through, I thought I knew who the bad guy was and towards the end knew I was right.
Odysseus: The Oath
This is the first of a two volume series by Valerio Massimo Manfredi based on the famous works attributed to Homer. This one is derived from the Illiad and stops as Odysseus/Ulysses and the Achaean army (or what is left of it) leaves the destroyed city of Troy and starts heading home.
The Lost Boys Fate has brought them together. But will it also keep them apart? Having moved to a strange town, 17-year-old Joey Gray is feeling a little lost, until she meets a cute, mysterious boy near her new home. But thereâ€&#x;s a very good reason why Tristan Halloway is always to be found roaming in the local graveyard. Perfect for fans of Stephenie Meyer and Lauren Kate, The Lost Boys is a magical, romantic tale of girl meets ghost.
The Kiln In a rented flat in Edinburgh, Tom Docherty calls up his past. He remembers his youth in a mining town during the 1950's, and his adulthood in Grenoble. Now in the 1990's, he tries to make sense of his experiences and the times he has lived through.
The Invention of Wings Wings is based loosely on the real-life story of Sarah Grimke, a Southern aristocrat whose father is a bigshot judge on South Carolina's Supreme Court, where Sarah wants to be eventually. She is given a slave (Handful) for her 11th birthday, which strikes the little firebrand as something ridiculous. How can someone OWN another person? She doesn't want the "gift" but she's forced to accept.
The Human Disguise The world has been shattered. Disease and war have ravaged the Earth. A resurgent Germany once again threatens Europe, and the United States is engaged in the Middle-East while New York sits, an empty, radioactive ruin. The city of Miami has become a virtual prison, home to the worst life has to offer.
The Impossible Knife of Memory
Hayley and her father have lived on the run for the past six years to avoid dealing with her fatherâ€&#x;s PTSD. After an extremely bad incident, they return to their hometown so that Hayley can attend her senior year. Hayley is doing her best to keep her fatherâ€&#x;s unstable condition a secret, but as she gets closer to new guy Finn and her father sinks deeper into depression, memories of her childhood resurface and she starts to lose control of her life.
The Fire Dance (Detective Inspector Huss) Once again Helene Tursten has crafted a story in which the personal relationships of the characters blend seamlessly with the police investigation. The Fire Dance allows us to see Huss as a police officer who's still finding her way through the political dynamics of her job, and as a new wife and mother as well. The new perspective adds depth to the story, as does the cold case.
The Grendel Affair: A SPI Files Novel The best thing about this book is the setting. It deals with your standard supernatural but incorporates mythology as well. Which to me is a big plus. The story itself was pretty good and moved well. It never really seemed to stall. The support cast wasn't bad but with this being the first book there was limited pages to develop them.
The Doctor and the Dinosaurs (A Weird West Tale) As a huge dinosaur fan, I loved the scenes with Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh. Theirs is probably one of the most famous rivalries in all of science, and Mike Resnick absolutely nails both their professional passion and personal antagonism. It's a ridiculous rivalry, make no bones about it (pun intended), but one that drove the field further and faster than any sort of cooperative friendship ever could. Resnick recognizes that, and even has characters comment on it once or twice, but he certainly does enjoy exploring that passionate hatred.
The Double Human The Hallecks and Simolits play a smaller part in this book. The aliens are referred to but don't really play into the story. The current events aspect of the book is just as frightening as the first book. The ramifications of thrusting our values and ideas into foreign cultures and the ensuing violence are altogether too real. Equally, the ramifications of a collapse of the economy are certainly highlighted by the current self-centered egotism on our elected and not very representative officials.
The Camelot Code In San Francisco, Mitzi Fallon begins her new job as lead investigator for the FBI's Historical, Religious and Unsolved Crimes Unit. When it emerges that a priceless Celtic relic has been stolen from the murdered antiques dealer, Mitzi finds herself drawn into a mystery that reaches from the heart of the modern US government back to a man once dismissed as myth: King Arthur.
Tapestry of Lies: A Weaving Mystery The characters from the first are back. Marnie is back with her delicious baking and humorously helping out Dream Weaver Jenny is busily running her tea shop and helping to draw in customers for both of them. Mercedes, a teenager is back and is starting to divest herself of wild outfits and hairdos. Hopefully she will become more active at Dream Weaver.
Standup Guy (Stone Barrington) The main character and his adventures after almost 30 novels expectedly become somewhat predictable but still offer great entertainment on its fast-paced pages full of mystery, thrilling action, beautiful girls and shiny cars with the addition of political twist that may not be liked by everyone. Therefore if you read the earlier Stuart Woods novels youâ€&#x;ll know what to expect, and if not, you can join free from this installment, although it is recommended to start from the beginning because the first parts were the best in the series.
Rex Regis (The Imager Portfolio) This book was an excellent ending to the Imager scholar. It explained a lot about how the collegium was started. How they had to fight and join with the Soon to be Rex of a newly formed Solidar. How treachery comes from every where, and the problems ruler have trying to join large lands and people with different beliefs. I have bought and read every one of the Imager books and enjoyed every minute. I love the Modesitt books
Remedy is None Charlie Grant, an intense young student at Glasgow University watches his father die. Overwhelmed by the memory of this humble yet dignified death, Charlie is left to face his own fierce resentment for his adulterous mother.
Playing with Fire (A Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Mystery) The mystery aspects of the story, as usual are spot on. Readers are not only trying to solve the mystery of Eric's death right along with Stella, but they are also trying to figure out the current murder and how they might be related. There were plenty of suspects and motives to go around and enough twists and turns in the plot to keep readers guessing right til the end. I couldn't quite put my finger on it, until right before the big reveal. The ending was satisfying and left me wanting more. I wouldn't call it a cliffhanger ending, but it will definitely entice readers to come back to Sweet Pepper, TN. for more.
Pecan Pies and Homicides (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery) Story Thoughts: Hands down, this was the best mystery in the series so far. Ella Mae had her hands full with trying to figure out not only a murder but who might also try to torch the secret grove. There were twists, turns, and one thing (with the case) that I didn't see coming. The series story arch moved forward at a really nice pace and gave us a lot of answers about some of the history of the town. It was nice to see Ella accepting who she is more and really getting more confident in herself. I was also thrilled to get more back story (and character development) about the feud between the two families. As you can tell, I really enjoyed this one!
My Swordhand is Singing Marcus Sedgwick seems to take a lot of risks in writing this atypical, historically rich vampire novel. Central to the story line is not the relationship between a human and vampire or a girl and a boy (a la Buffy and Angel), but a wounded relationship between father and son. While this may seem terribly uncool, the realism of this relationship is what grounds the novel and makes the more fantastical elements more believable and scary.
Murder Sends a Postcard (A Haunted Souvenir Mystery) Glory and Jake are still enjoying getting to know each other and seem to be in no real hurry to take their friendship to a relationship. I'm old fashioned enough to like this. And of course, what can one say about Bluebeard. You have to love him and is there once again to offer Glory a much needed clue.
Moon's Artifice Central to the world is the caste and House system the Empire lives by. The Imperial City is ruled by the house of the Emperor, House Sun. Each of the big houses in the Empire has their own district, in which their lesser houses are welcome. The population is also divided into the nobles and the peasants, and with civilization living tightly within this system and people being tattooed by law with their caste and house marks, escaping to a higher station seems impossible.
Master of Rome (Masters of the Sea) The story line is full of twists and turns. Don't try and predict an outcome for the characters too soon as the author keeps surprising the reader. This is born out with the hero, Atticus, who does not reach the outcomes one would wish for him until the very end of the novel. I really enjoyed John Stack's two previous novels centred on the journey of the main character Atticus but, this third book is definitely the icing on the cake. Well done!
Maeve's Times Anyone who has enjoyed the writing of Maeve Binchy will surely want to read this collection of her newspaper articles. Her sense of humour in these short pieces is very obvious, as is her sense of the ridiculous in her fellow men and women. To me these pieces reveal the person behind the novels, it makes me wish I could have known her. A real treat, and a fitting tribute to a well-loved author.
Kingslayer Honor seems to have mastered the ability of crafting "old friends" that you just want to sit down and have coffee with. Characters that you grow to love. This book is no exception. I read through it hungry for more, ready to turn the next page. Even with a victorious ending it left me saddened because I wish I could have spent more time with them. That is what makes a story great and this story is great indeed. I don't come across these very often.
Jinx's Magic This humorous and smart tween fantasy adventure is perfect for fans of Septimus Heap, the Sisters Grimm, and Fablehaven.
Independent Study (The Testing)
Independent Study is a fantastic, anxiety-producing sequel to The Testing. On the surface it may appear to be a bit less dramatic than it's predecessor, but the cast is so deliciously transparent in all their 'back-stabbing-murders-play-nice-andgo-to-college' glory that while it may be less violent, Independent Study is no less sinister. Joelle Charbonneau has once again created an intricate and tense game of political chess where one wrong move may end your life.
I Can See in the Dark Riktor doesn‟t like the way the policeman storms into his home without even knocking. He doesn‟t like the arrogant way he walks around the house, taking note of its contents. The policeman doesn‟t bother to explain why he‟s there, and Riktor is too afraid to ask. He knows he‟s guilty of a terrible crime and he‟s sure the policeman has found him out.
For Love Alone Another excellent Shirlee Busbee creation. The story line and characters take you to an era of historical excitement, fashion and true romance.
Fires of London I have to admit that I knew very little about the real Bacon outside of having seen a couple of his paintings which I found more than a little macabre. I have no idea how true to life the Frances Bacon of the story is but he makes an extremely likable protagonist with a wry sense of humour and just a touch of mischief about him. He lives with his old, blind, but always sharp, nanny while running an illegal roulette wheel with his married lover. However, the real star of the book has to be the Blitz. Author Janice law does a marvelous job of describing the first bombings of London: the complete impenetrable dark of the blackout so intense you couldn't see your hand in front of your face, the chaos, the noise of the planes, the explosions, the thunder of falling buildings and the screams of those who weren't able to make it to the shelters, and, of course, the all-consuming fear.
Fireblood The plot was fast paced. I was hooked the entire way through. There were tons of secrets, particularly about how the kingdom was run, but also about the characters' pasts. And, the thrills were constant as Zara struggled to figure out what was right. It was all enough to keep me on the edge of my seat. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was lovely. I think this is going to be a standalone, other than the prequel, because all the loose ends were tied and it felt like the story was concluded.
Face Down (Harry Tyler) Harry Tyler is living an unhappy life as a „dead man‟ following a failed MI5 conspiracy to kill him in Ireland. A right wing journalist in a popular paper is saying all the things his readers want to hear .Laying blame for the country‟s ills at the doors of immigration, the welfare state, scroungers andspongers.
Enemy of Mine: A Pike Logan Thriller Pike's ultimate mission, and that of the counter-terrorism Taskforce to which he is assigned, is to prevent the envoy's assassination. When they aren't with Pike, other members of the Taskforce come into focus, particularly Jennifer, an anthropologist who kicks butt when she isn't educating the other Taskforce members about world history. Knuckles and Decoy will also be familiar to series fans, while a new guy named Brett joins the team. Pike and Jennifer, however, are the only characters who gain new depth in this novel.
Dying Fall (DCI Charlie Woodend Mysteries) A charred body is discovered in an abandoned cotton mill, and the crime scene presents DCI Woodend and his team with many questions, but very few answers. As Woodend attempts to solve a murder with no clues, he must also battle against a police authority blocking him at every turn. And worse is to follow, because Elizabeth Driver, Inspector Bob Rutters lover, has almost finished the book which could destroy everything he has ever worked for.
Docherty Wonderfully well written. Obviously using the home town in which he was raised...only slightly disguised, gives the settings, and characters a real ring of authenticity. The pride and dignity with which the characters , emotionally rise above their desperate circumstances, plus the closeness of their community thru joys, tragedies and the struggle of everyday life, must touch all but the coldest heart. A very thought provoking, wonderfully written work.
Cross of Fire CROSS OF FIRE sees Devlin traverse Guinea and the slave coasts of Africa and the pirate islands of the Seychelles with the Royal Navy blocking his path, his old pirate enemies hunting him and his murderous former master hot on his heels.
Chasing the Star Garden: The Airship Racing Chronicles Chasing the Star Garden is the latest book from author Melanie Karsak (The Harvesting). Taking a small break from the post-apocalyptic world of Layla Petrovich, Karsak primarily switches gears to the world of Steampunk with her latest offering. This is a fast-paced ride, allowing the reader to get lost in a haze of mystery, tinkers, honor, sex, airships, star maps, love, pain, and, of course, opium.
Board Stiff: Xanth #38 Overall, if youâ€&#x;re a Xanth fan, youâ€&#x;ll probably enjoy BOARD STIFF. It follows the usual story: someone with a question visits the Good Magician, sets off on a quest to save Xanth, and discovers the answer to their question on the journey. The main parts of BOARD STIFF are resolved by its end, although some of the story is left open for Xanth #39 to continue.
You don't need to have read previous books in the Pike Logan series to enjoy this - just don't go looking for a lot of character development or deep philosophical discussions. Pike Logan's world is very black and white - there's right and wrong, good guys and bad guys, and then there's Pike, the good guy willing to do bad things because sometimes it's necessary.
Black Arts (Jane Yellowrock) The actual mechanics of the story are killer. Hunter deftly handles numerous plotlines that weave and flow over and through each other, and never once does she let the reigns go. This book is the very definition of a page turner. There are answers and new layers, some surprising outcomes, and even a few twists I never saw coming. Everything you expect to see in a great book is here in force - including all of our favorite characters.
A Wind in the Night: A Novel of the Noble Dead Readers of this book are in for a treat when some of the characters learn that, sometimes, what you seek is right under your nose. We have seen the search for orbs take Magiere, Leesil, Wynn, and Chap into the mountains of their homeland, a long forgotten dwarven city, and frigid waste lands. In this book, the search for the ever elusive orbs leads Wynn and her companions to discover secrets relating to the orb in a place they never would have expected.
Wise Acres: The Seventh Circle of Heck Wise Acres is the seventh circle (sixth if you don‟t count the one that the kids destroyed in the last installment) of Heck, the place where Bad Kids go until they redeem themselves or turn 18, whichever comes first. If you haven‟t read any of them, it‟s like middle school, but not quite as grim. The Vice Principal of Wise Acres is none other than Lewis Carroll, and we also meet Oscar Wilde and Dorothy Parker among others. Dale E. Bayse wrote himself into the story again (he dies of writers‟ cramp) and explains exactly how his name is pronounced. It just happens (ahem) to be exactly how I was pronouncing it anyway.
Weed: The Poison Diaries The seductive central character from the internationally acclaimed Poison Diaries, Weed, re-awakens in this book to a world where he must try to do good and learn from his allies in the plant world. But will this half-man, half-plant creature‟s desire for revenge weaken him, leading him to use the potency of his plant knowledge to do evil as well as good?
To Love, Honor, and Perish (Squeaky Clean Mysteries) I absolutely love this series. It's real, funny, absorbing, and delightful. I love Gabby's spunk and passion. I love the collection of eclectic characters.
To Die For (The Killing Machine) Massive, glowering, and ugly as death, former soldier and ex-boxer Joe has always invited violence. But now Hackney's most vicious gangs all want to kill him. Why? As he tries to unravel the knot of events that have made him a target, Joe is drawn back into his past, back to the memory of the only woman he ever loved.
Through the Evil Days: A Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne Mystery This is the 8th in Julia Spencer-Fleming's detective series featuring Russ Van Alstyne, the police chief of the tiny town of Millers Kill, New York, and Clare Fergusson, its Episcopal pastor, who got married at long last in the last one.
Thieves I've Known I've read few writers who can pull of quiet intensity like Kealey can. The action of each story is simple a kid helps his uncle take care of an amateur baseball field, a boy visits his mom who's in prison, two brothers visit the older's girlfriend but there's so much tension running beneath every moment that these simple actions cutting hair, swimming in a pond, mowing grass feel supercharged. Each story is deftly told, and though some of these characters make questionable decisions, they are all treated with empathy.
The Time Regulation Institute The Time Regulation Institute by Ahmet Hamdi Tapinar offers the reader a truly fascinating and engaging narrative set in post-Ottoman Turkey. Ably translated into English by Ender Gurol, The Time Regulation Institute deals with the juxtaposition of opposites: wealthy aristocrats and family people working as hard as they can to scrape by, the old way of life against the influx of modern Western culture, and parallels between the days of the yore and the young Republic. At times absurd, yet always engaging, The Time Regulation Institute is a picturesque and recommended read that speaks of the heart and soul of a nation.
The Summer Kitchen Once again, Lisa Wingate writes a beautiful story of everyday people, mixes in life lessons, wonderful quotes, and demonstrates that ordinary people can do extraordinary things. I often refer to her as the most inspirational writer of our time. I love how she always makes the reader think about others, and how the events happening in one's life will often change our outlook for the better.
The Secret History of Las Vegas Las Vegas is a city of fantasy, making it a fitting setting for a novel that uses elements of myth and fantasy to illuminate truth and reality. With casinos that replicate Paris and Venice and ancient Egypt, Las Vegas (Chris Abani theorizes) is searching for a myth that will validate its existence, a link to a place with deeper and more substantial roots.
The Scarlet Macaw Two entwined mysteries unfold in two time periods in Singapore one in the present and the other in the 1920s. Artist Maris Cousins has lived in Singapore for four years, but the sudden death of her mentor, gallery owner Peter Stone, causes her to stop painting and leave Singapore to reconnect with her family in Canada.
The Scum of All Fears (Squeaky Clean Mysteries) Gabby has kept my interest and attention once again. How refreshing to not only be enjoying a good clean mystery, but one that can infuse "quirkiness" and life lessons all while you remain deeply involved within the plot itself. Kudos Miss Barritt! Kudos! I'll be anticipating the next installment of the Squeaky Clean Mysteries!
The Sea Glass Sisters: Prelude to The Prayer Box Lisa Wingate writes with passion, beauty, and depth. Her book is also full of fun. It is a quick read and the perfect prelude to her prayer box novel.
The Prayer Box Amazing story that deals with heartbreak from families that choose their own wants and overlook the children in their care. Healing and finding love are found after a trek into the past. Everything is in God's timing not our own.
The Keeper of Secrets Such great character development! I loved all the characters and felt like I knew them. A wonderful feat in a short book! Can't wait for her next book!
The House with Blue Shutters When the Germans invade, Oriane finds work in a Nazi barracks while her fiance joins the Resistance. Their simple world is thrown into chaos. Casual brutality is common rebellion is imminent revenge will be swift and severe.
The Great King Slave, pirate, husband and lover: Arimnestos of Plataea has been many things in the course of his life. But men remember him best as one of the heroes of the Battle of Marathon, the epic victory that prevented all of Greece from falling under the Persian yoke. But now there is a new Great King on the throne, determined to succeed where his father failed. As rumours abound of a vast Persian invasion, an embassy is sent to forestall the threat.
The Girls of Piazza d'Amore Evocative, well written and filled with folkloric details, THE GIRLS OF PIZZA Dâ€&#x;AMORE is a touching read that will forever stay with you. You will surely be transported to an Italy even more beautiful than you ever thought possible.
The Fire King
I absolutely loved the first book in this series, Rise of the Darklings, and was very excited to read this book. I got an advanced reading copy of this book through NetGalley.com. The Fire King is the second book in a planned trilogy. This was a wonderful read and you learn more about the Invisible Order's past and what will have to be done to save London. It can be read as a stand-alone, but the first book does provide good background for this book and if you skipped you might be a little confused at first.
The Devil's Breath (Dr. Thomas Silkstone Mystery) So glad to have found this series. The mysteries are cleverly written and do the historic period justice. The story line and characters are very likeable. All around a fun and interesting read.
The Execution: A Jeremy Fisk Novel This book starts off running and does not stop for a second. Detective Jeremy Fisk of the NYPD is in upstate New York on the trail of two Swedish Muslim Militants that are trying to smuggle radioactive isotopes for a bomb they hope to detonate in the next few weeks. In a few weeks it will be United Nations Week and many of the world's most powerful leaders will be in New York. At the same time Detective Cecilia Garza of the Mexican intelligence agency is traveling to New York with the President of Mexico Umberto Vargas to protect him. In Mexico there has been a fair amount of people beheaded possibly by Chuparosa a Mexican gangster.
The Amazing Martin Brett Archeologist Reuben Hayles, following written threats to his life, receives police protection at his home. Superintendent Budd stations himself outside the door of his bedroom, while Sergeant Leek remains on alert outside the room's only external window. Yet Hayles is found dead, his head battered by some tremendous blow. Apart from his corpse, the room is empty, devoid of any possible weapon. A search reveals no hidden panels, so how has the man been killed? A classic impossible crime novel featuring Verner's most famous detective!
The Chimera Secret I eagerly anticipate the release of Dean Crawford books due to their adventurous style and thought provoking use of medical and scientific knowledge.
Take a Chance
When Harlow Manningâ€&#x;s rocker father goes on tour, he sends her to Rosemary Beach, Florida, to live with her half-sister, Nan. The problem: Nan despises her. Harlow has to keep her head down if she wants to get through the next nine months, which seems easy enough. Until gorgeous Grant Carter walks out of Nanâ€&#x;s room in nothing but his boxer briefs.
Serial Separation Dick Waters brings the characters to life and makes you feel their fear. The settings and timing are real and believable.
Rosarito Beach (An Agent Kay Hamilton Novel) I was leery when I bought this book by Mr. Lawson. I have read all his DeMarco series books and they are great reads. Here, however he introduces a new character and a new story line. There was no need to worry. Mr. Lawson knows how to write a story. It flows and never loses the readers interest. Like the DeMarco series, the reader hates to put the book down because the story only lasts for 333 pages. This is a great and too quick a read.
Robert B. Parker's Bull River (A Cole and Hitch Novel) With plot twists that are beyond the ordinary, Robert B. Parker's Bull River by Robert Knott is a thrilling western with â€œgunsâ€? blazing right into the heart of readers. It is fascinating, fast-paced and pure indulgence!
Road Ends On a perfect August morning in 1967, above a river just outside a small town in the north of Canada, a young man meets his death. And so begins the unravelling of his best friend Tom's already precarious family. Eighteen months on, and the town of Struan is in the grip of winter. Still reeling from his friend's death, Tom has dropped out and spends his days driving a snow plough.
Rise of the Darklings It was a morning like any other, frigid and gray, when Emily Snow took to the streets of Victorian London to earn the pennies that would keep her and her little brother alive for another day. But a chance turning took her through a dark alley, and there Emily witnessed an extraordinary battle between fierce, tiny creatures no taller than her knee.
Revenger It seems Tom Cain's Sam Carver books just keep getting better than the previous one. This current book is another action/drama winner.
Perfect Such a simple question that carries so much meaning and weight. Ellen Hopkins has created a reality in verse perfectly (no pun intended), a reality that many of use tend to ignore or pretend doesn't exist. Ellen Hopkins continues to grab the attention and respect of all her readers through her brute honesty and artistic craft. Without her our Literary World would be less than it is. She gives us hope to find the truth in ourselves, that we are all perfect, just the way we are, in Perfect.
Aside from the perils of war and the advances of the Crux on the country the people also live under the Scrutiners who search for any belief in anything 'abnormal', particularly religion or witches. I found the supernatural subject of the story versus the very human one of war was interesting and at times it was responsible for eliciting a more emotional response from Rain.
Marching to Zion Ms. Glickman has exceptional talent as a story-teller. Her main characters are multi-dimensional, neither all good or bad. They are realistic in their choices and their reactions. The story is very plausible and intricate. The foreshadowing is subtle and creates a sense of greater anticipation to discover what happens next.
Lessons in Letting Go: Confessions of a Hoarder Sorting through personal belongings is not fun.The author had many passages that had me laughing and crying they were so funny. It is easier to take suggestions on how to get rid of stuff from someone who has been there herself.
Legionary: Land of the Sacred Fire Once again the XI Claudia is sent into the breach to save the Empire. Gordon Doherty brings you along on the action packed adventure and the combat is so real that you better bring your shield. For the Empire!!
Joe H.D. Gordon gives us a rare glimpse into the horrific mind of a murderous psychotic. We are also introduced to some special and gifted people. An incredible story with a suspensefully climactic ending that will have you on the edge of your seat flipping pages just as quickly as you can read.
Iron Night: A Generation V Novel
The supporting cast is among my favorites in urban fantasy. Suzume, Fort's partner in crime and seeming love interest is a standout once more. Fort's growing friendship with the kitsune is a standout part of the novel and the deepening connection between them has not one iota of the hurry to bed approach that is so lamentable in many urban fantasy novels. Fort's interactions with his family take a more prominent role in this volume and his sociopathic sister Prudence, gets some much needed depth. The family tableau of the Scott family makes for some tense reading and sheds some light on the vast differences between the three siblings and lays the groundwork for some serious fireworks in future novels.
Home of the Braised (A White House Chef Mystery) Things are really cooking in the White House kitchen these days. Chef Ollie and Gav, have gotten engaged and the country of Durasi has agreed to a peace settlement and a state dinner is being planned to honor it. And as if that isn't enough, thing continue to boil over with the First Families personal chef, Virgil, putting Ollie's staff on edge.
Grail Knight Grail Knight is another engaging and exciting novel from Angus Donald. I enjoyed this book in particular because Robin Hood is a central character throughout the story. Consequently, Alan's moral being is constantly challenged by Robin (and countered by Sir Nicholas.) There is too much to give away if I continue. Suffice it to say, it's a terrific successor to Warlord and stokes the curiosity as to what will happen next to Sir Alan Dale and Robin of Locksley.
Gift Wrapped (Hennessey and Yellich Mysteries) When four postcards are sent anonymously to an advice centre, each with the word â€žmurderâ€&#x; scribbled in a foreign language and the same precise OS map reference, DCI Hennessey and his team visit the sinister location and make a chilling discovery: the body of a professional man who had been reported missing ten years earlier. Who sent the postcards, and why so long after the crime? As Hennessey and his team investigate they find themselves drawn into a puzzling and dangerous investigation.
Firebrand: An Elemental Novel "Firebrand" is the fast-paced sequel to "Elemental" which unfolds at Fort Sumter where Thomas, his friends and the Guardians seek sanctuary after their escape from Roanoke Island. What they will find is disturbing as they grapple with lies, threats and a dangerous secret that could bring death to them all. This is a dystopian story filled with non-stop action, thrills and adventure with a dash of romance and mystery.
Fear Nothing: A Detective D.D. Warren Novel Fear Nothing by Lisa Gardner, the seventh in the detective D.D. Warren series, is a freshly-baked story that is a fastpaced and full of twists and turns, with interesting characters and heart-pounding edge of the seat action while keeping her signature formula intact. It is a suspenseful book with a sinister edge to it. This installment from the D.D. Warren series is simply absorbing.
Entropy Well like always Addison has outdone her last book. She is an amazing writer her stories stick with me months after I read them. This one will be no different. I fell in love with Laken and Cooper from the start of the series. They both have hearts the size of the universe how could I not love them? I will not get into too much so I don't give anything away but if you are wanting to know if you should get this think no more just do it! You will be pleased. If you have never read any of this series or The Celestra series you must it is unlike any other books I have read. They are fantastic. She reels you in and takes you on a fantastic ride that makes your head and heart soar.
Doyle After Death This book is not a comedy, but Shirley's wry sensibilities are present and accounted for. My favorite example of his humor is that one resident of this afterlife is a conspiracy theorist who believes the afterlife is an alien plot, and is really, really unhappy about the fact that he can't have a gun to protect himself against the other dead people. Classic Shirley.
Empires of Moth While in Moth we were mostly shown two kingdoms, one of light and one of darkness, in Empires of Moth we get to see the many varied kingdoms of both day and night in a full out war. In Moth, we were mostly given insight into Koyee and Torin. In Empires of Moth Daniel pulls back the curtain on several more players in this world of contrasts. The love between characters grows and the hatred of the arch enemy Ferius continues to consume all before him. We are introduced to several more figures who we'll learn to love and identify with and darn it all, hate to lose.
Dirty Deeds (Squeaky Clean Mysteries) Love this author. Her books are entertaining mysteries without all the sex and vulgarity so prevalent today. I love the Christian romance aspect which shows respect for one another in love.
Fans of Christine Feehan‟s Dark series have been waiting a decade or so for this book. For some, there is no way anything she were to write would satisfy after a build like this. Others will be so glad to get the story, that it will be an automatic 5 star read. I‟ll be honest, I went into this one with my expectations at an all-time low. The past few books have been so disappointing that I was ready to quit the series. Until I found out that Skyler and Dmitri were finally on the horizon. I‟m pleased to say that I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would.
Dandelion Summer "Dandelion Summer" by Lisa Wingate is an extraordinarily moving and inspirational book. To those who followed early launches from Cape Canaveral during America's unmanned and manned moon missions, her book brings back many exciting memories. Memories like the Surveyor Spacecraft was launched to the moon on Memorial Day 1966. The Spacecraft successfully soft-landed and transmitted back thousands of pictures. The first American Spacecraft to do so.
Dark Mirrors Dark mirrors is a great lazy day read. It will keep you turning the page & is very true to life, could happen to anybody ! A good solid debut book & I can't wait to see what she has in store for us next.
Control This book is amazing the time and detail that Lydia Kang but into not just telling a thrilling story but also making sure that she is true to the explanation of Ondine's curse is amazing. Kang took a unknown rare disease , and not just made it known but made the character that has it strong and independent (like all children/and adults who have this disease are) . I enjoyed this fast paced thrilling Sci fi that left me begging for more.
Contingency Plan A standalone thriller, Contingency Plan is a fine, well-constructed story with an all-too-plausible plot line and convincing characters. It has been done before, but seldom as well. Think Sleeping with the Enemy but with a wilderness setting, and a distinctly Canadian (and deliciously satisfying) ending. Allin has done a remarkable job of creating characters we care about, and a plot that holds our attention.
City of the Sun
The characters are fully three-dimensional and believable you can feel the anguish and torment of the parents as their marriage slowly disintegrates in the aftermath of the kidnapping, and they desperately hope for the best while slowly growing to accept that their son has died, with all the attendant self-blame and guilt.
Carolina Gold Following her fatherâ€&#x;s death, Charlotte Fraser returns to Fairhaven, her familyâ€&#x;s rice plantation in the South Carolina Lowcountry. With no one else to rely upon, smart, independent Charlotte is determined to resume cultivating the superior strain of rice called Carolina Gold. But the war has left the plantation in ruins, her fatherâ€&#x;s former bondsmen are free, and workers and equipment are in short supply.
Blade to the Keep I loved Goddess with a Blade and had been anticipating the sequel for a very long time. It was not as I anticipated, I was expecting more information on the Vampire Nation's political hierarchy, perhaps a love triangle ( I like the idea of Clive working for it), and real awesome bloody battle. The author touched upon some of these story lines but it felt rushed, not enough storyline. I loved the interactions between Clive and heroine, loved her potty mouth! But that too felt rushed. I hope the third series gets more in depth politically and emotionally. Love these characters and I want to continue to do so.
Beyond Summer Lisa Wingate's latest book, Beyond Summer is an inspiring, motivational and uplifting book! Aunt Lute's "the best things in life hide around blind corners" is only one of many lessons taught. Beyond Summer is an exciting journey with three individuals who meet as a result of shady real estate deals causing good families to lose their homes and meet at the Summer Kitchen.
Bitter Spirits Jenn Bennettâ€&#x;s urban fantasy series is already on my auto-buy list so when Bitter Spirits landed on my to-read pile I couldnâ€&#x;t resist opening it to see if her romance measured up to her action. And, it most certainly does! This authorâ€&#x;s ability to write stunning characters, magical universes and gripping plot lines transcends genres. I loved everything about this novel from the setting, to the love story to the oh-so satisfying ending.
Assassin As usual Shaun depicts his masterpieces with such skill, excitement, imagery in words that transcends other authors. There are many twists and has the usual racy sections.
Around India in 80 Trains As a avid traveller and train writing fan,I was engrossed in the book.The book explores newer routes not present when Theroux visted and also explores places in the deep south and northeast not mentioned in other train books on India.her taking the Southern Luxury train is also completely new. Great book for reader on Train journeys in INDIA with a Personal touch on vists to Places and encounters which are touching.
A Month of Summer
Rebecca, Edward's estranged 45 year old daughter, living with her husband and daughter in California, gets a call from the Dallas police that her father has been found wandering the neighborhood, and that something must be done. This brings Rebecca to Texas and so begin her experiences with an aging father, afflicted with dementia, and a mother in law, Hannah Beth, who is in the nursing home after a stroke.
Alliance: The Paladin Prophecy Book 2 ARC! "After exposing the sinister underground society of students known as the Knights of Charlemagne, Will West stays at the Center over the summer to explore his newly developing physical and mental abilities. Meanwhile, his roommates investigate the Knights' shadowy purpose and discover unsettling information about their own backgrounds. Will and his friends must quickly figure out what's going on and separate friend from foe as they prepare for the coming fight."
Zombie Kong Giant undead gorilla on the loose! This story is a blast to read - plenty of good zombie terror along with the added bonus of the giant gorilla. This novella has the usual mind-numbing chills from author James Roy Daley, and you'll certainly get your money's worth. Short and sweet, this novella delivers on the blood and gore, but without skimping on character development. Be sure to pair this with the Zombie Kong Anthology so you get the full set of short works on Zombie Kong.
Yesterday's Hero Agent Arthur Wallace is back in Jonathan Wood's follow-up to "No Hero", and this time, s#it gets real. If "No Hero" was an adventurous romp, "Yesterday's Hero" grounds things somewhat, when things go really rather wrong and not everyone is guaranteed to get out of it alive. New friends become allies, old friends become adversaries, and Agent Wallace has to sort out relationship dynamics whilst keeping an eye on the latest threat to the world.
Wish Billie just wants the best for her son and that means taking on a new job and moving to a new home...one owned by Adam Kincaid. When Adam happens upon Billie and her son Cal on move-in day...this is not the "Billie" he was expecting. Adam's a bit of a loaner and the last thing he wants someone living close by who reminds him of everything he's loved and lost in life, but Billie's not about to let her gruff landlord send her on her way. I loved Blue dog!
White Star Once again, Elizabeth Vaughan has created a vivid portrait of strong, believable men and women living and struggling for power and justice in a strange and complex fantasy world. White Star is especially for readers that want a balance of heart-pounding action adventure and heated passion, loss, lust, and romance, with plenty of unexpected turns along the way. Highly recommended!
What Changes Everything What Changes Everything is truly an American story on an international stage, told through an ensemble of heartening characters. In a gamble to save her kidnapped husbandâ€&#x;s life, Clarissa Barbery makes the best decisions she can in the dark nights of Brooklyn. Stela Sidorova, who owns a used bookstore in Ohio, writes letter after letter hoping to comprehend the loss of a son on an Afghan battlefield and to reconnect with the son who abandoned her when his brother died. And Mandy Wilkens, the mother of a gravely wounded soldier from Texas, travels to Kabul to heal wounds of several kinds. At the same time, What Changes Everything is the story of two Afghans who reveal the complexity of their culture, the emotions that hold it together and those that threaten to fracture it. These lives are braided into an extraordinary novel about the grace of family.
What a Ghoul Wants: A Ghost Hunter Mystery I love anything by Victoria Laurie, but this is my favorite series by far. This series is not for the faint of heart, or someone who doesn't have a sense of humor. (Gillie cracks me up every time). Some of her stories are more intense than others, but they are all stellar. I never read the synopsis of her book, I just get them. I have never been disappointed!
Vanished In The Dunes (Hamptons Mystery) It is a shame to think Allan Retzky's talent has been kept from us until the publication of his first novel, Vanished in the Dunes. This is a first class mystery that is so well conceived and written that you will not be able to put the book down. As another reviewer noted, don't start it before going to bed or you will have a short night's sleep. I do not usually read novels as I prefer biography and non-fiction. However, this is about as fine an exception as you could wish for.
Vets in Love What happens when the village GP Nicci and the local Equine vet Matt catch each others eye, well believe me it's anything but calm. Will they or wont they get together and if so will they stay together!! Will love conquer all, and of course as always theirs the usual disfunctional family members along the way plus the local village gossipers and throw in the odd ex or two and its bound to be a rocky road.
Up and Down
Best book I've read in a long time. Terry Fallis, like his new character Landon, is a Canadian treasure. The concept of a national draw, each in Canada and the States, for astronaut training to visit the Space Station, goes from typical PR ludicrousness to a labour of love in an organic growth that drags the reader, whether kicking and screaming or diving head first, into an unimagined empathy with the inspiring players.
Living Soul The first book of this series is Veiled, one of those books you can't put down. Living Soul is the sequel and does not disappoint. But be ready to read because you aren't going to stop until you finish. This is a series you are going to get hooked on. Niccum's style is enchanting, engaging and emotionally riveting.Angels, they're much different than you think.
King of Swords One of Russell Blake's many gifts is his ability to take current events and twist them until they squeal. He does it again in KING OF SWORDS with the fight against the Mexican drug cartels, blurring the line between justice and vengeance. El Rey is the legendary assassin whose expertise is in demand by the cartel leaders. Captain Romero Cruz is the detective whose burning goal is to bring down the cartels and save Mexico's future. The passion of both men was born in brutal violence, and Blake leverages their hate and need for retribution to maximum effect.
Live and Let Love: An Agent Ex Novel CIA agent Con Russo goes undercover in Orchard Bluff, Washington to obtain information on RIOT's top assassin Rooster before he kills the enemy operative. However, Con has a major problem in the small town that could expose his identity to the Rooster. His wife Willow, who thought he died two years ago in an explosion in Ciudad when he was Jack Pierce, resides there. She is unaware that Rooster set the blast.
Killer Crust (Pizza Lovers Mysteries) However, the siblings quickly change their mind as unscrupulous Luigi apparently fixed the contest. Soon after that, Luigi is found dead with A Slice of Delight pizza stuffed in his mouth. Police chief Kevin Hurley, Eleanor and Maddy investigate who poisoned the pizza as the late Luigi made many enemies.
Into Hell A stop at a roadside diner turns into a near acid-trip of horror. When Stephanie's daughter Carrie disappears, the search becomes a slew of blood, bodies, rats, tunnels, and an axe wielding maniac you would never have expected. Every time you think you have a clue what is going on, the rug is pulled out from under you again and the story twists into something stranger.
Just a Kiss Away Arriving on a lush Pacific island, Eulalie Grace LaRue was soon to be reunited with the father she hadn't seen since childhood. Yet before Lollie's dreamed-of meeting could take place, the lovely Southern belle was caught in the crossfire of a violent revolution and thrown into the rugged arms of Sam Forester.
Infinite Sacrifice About the research done on these time periods I found them to be very accurate in their overall appearance, which made the stories that much more interesting. I am a bit of an ancient history buff and the culture and life styles of the times represented appear to be well researched and accurate. The author provides a short bibliography at the end of the book, and I recognized some of the titles and was pleased that the author used recognized historians for her research. It made the fiction that much more realistic and appealing. Very well done!
Indigo Awakening This book has been on my wishlist ever since I first heard about it and so when I was asked to review it, by the fabulous author Jordan Dane herself, well to say I was excited was an understatement! I loved the whole concept and world-building, it was an original story to add to the paranormal genre. Most of the characters were so likeable in this book, I say most but really the ones I don't like are the 'baddies' because let's face it, that's why they're not particularly likeable anyway.
Haydn of Mars There was also a maddeningly lack of detail sometimes. Toward the end a massive battle between two armies of thousands of soldiers is summed up in less than two pages. Many times Haydn seems cold and removed from what should be heart wrenching, emotional drama. But at times, this brevity helps keep the story fast paced and exciting. I would have just cared for a lot more dialogue and internal struggle from Haydn.
When the bruja were driven from Esperanza, not all were destroyed. Tess Livingston's niece, Maddie was taken as a host for the most evil Dominica who then fled to South Florida where she readies her tribe to take over Cedar Key while trying not to attract too much attention, especially from Wyra. Wyra, former lover, present enemy of Dominica, is closing in on Dominica and her tribe of "hungry ghosts", forcing her to make mistakes in her planning process and driving away most of her tribe. The ghosts who have split away from Dominica decide to help the humans and Chasers defeat Dominica.
Gilded: The St. Croix Chronicles Once again we're immersed in a split world, that of London above and below, where the line between the classes is darkly drawn, and where Cherry is not quite completely a part of either. Gilded picks up where Tarnished left off with Cherry trying to fit in with the upper-crusters of London above, but continuing her work as a Collector below the drift as she tries to get over the ordeal she went through in Tarnished.
Dire Blood (The Descent Series) What a ride! From the beginning to the end I was captivated by this story. I honestly believe this is Sara's best work yet. Love the whole back story of a younger James, Ariane, Isaac and Hannah. She did an amazing job with the descriptions of the battles, the city architecture, clothing, emotions and can you believe it? A fantastic love scene!
Evie's Knight We are introduced to the story of Evie and her personal Knight, Calvin. It's a story of two people who have come together, but the past, revenge and fate try to tear them apart. Evie has always liked Calvin, but they hadn't actually talked before. That is until one day.... they do, and from that moment on... their fate and everything that comes afterward is put into motion. From the very first encounter, their lives would never be the same again. The closer they become, the more Calvin starts to believe the stories his grandfather kept telling him as a child. That the men in their family, the Knight men. Are cursed.
Eighty Days Amber In her youth, Russian dancer Luba fell for a bad man a handsome but dangerous rare amber dealer who would disappear for months on end but expect Luba to drop everything when he called. Despite everything Luba could not deny her attraction to the seductive Chey, but their passionate, turbulent relationship came to an end when Luba fled Russia having discovered a shocking secret about her lover.
Cake on a Hot Tin Roof (A Piece of Cake Mystery) They all arrive at the party and Rita assumes her position as hostess and set out to try and learn as much about the guests, while at the same time, spending time with her aunt and uncle. She soon notices that her uncle and one of the guests, Big Daddy Boudreaux are having words and her uncle gives him a couple shot to the jaw. As the party is winding down, Rita is walking around outdoors getting some fresh air, when she notices a body in the swimming pool. Not knowing if the person is dead or alive she enters the pool, only to find out that it is Big Daddy. Then the widow points out Rita's uncle to the police and says that he killed Big Daddy.
Brass and Bone Being Simon Thorne, friend and collaborator to Lady Abigail Moran, isn't easy. Yes, being a daring thief does have its charms. But I still haven't convinced Abigail that she loves me, and thievery, for all the romantical writers say of it, is not the way to wealth. Especially if Abigail insists we continuously repair the airship with our illgotten gains.
Bonded THIRDS was probably my favorite story in the collection, perhaps because I was unfamiliar with the tale. I didn't pick up my volume of the Brothers Grimm to compare the two tales until I'd finished reading the novella. While Davidson-Argyle still puts her unique spin on things and it reads differently from the original tale, THIRDS follows the original the most closely out of the three stories in BONDED. There is also a lot more focus on the world the characters live in, as well as a larger focus on magical creatures such as elves and fairies and sprites, who are much more integral to the plot of all three stories than you might imagine on first glance. While THIRDS is a darker tale that reminds me in small ways of Cinderella, it's also a story of hope and survival.
Arsenic and Old Cake (A Piece of Cake Mystery) The favor is Rita joining up with handsome Gabriel Broussard to find out if a man saying he is Old Dog's brother, Monroe is really who he says he is. The idea is to pose as a honeymoon couple. Rita is unsure as she is also dating hunky Police Detective, Sullivan, but a friend in need...
An Appetite for Murder: A Key West Food Critic Mystery This is a terrific read, so entertaining and delicious. You'll want to visit Key West soon and hope to meet Hayley as she scoots around town reviewing restaurants for Key Zest, the local newspaper.
An Acceptable Sacrifice (Bibliomysteries) Evans and Diaz have a problem, to say the least, given that Cuchillo is heavily guarded and almost impossible to reach. He has but one weakness: his love of rare books. Evans and Diaz exploit that weakness, enabling Diaz to infiltrate Cuchillo's compound as the representative of a rare book dealer. However, once Diaz is inside, he has second thoughts. He wonders if Cuchillo is really a drug lord, or merely a misunderstood businessman who is the victim of rumor and innuendo. Can a man who loves books the way that Cuchillo seems to really be as evil as he is presented to be? Or is their intelligence all wrong? The lives of many innocents will rest on the decision that Diaz and Evans ultimately make.
A Mile in My Flip-Flops In the novel "A Mile In My Flip Flops" by Melody Carlson, Gretchen Hanover has become a recluse. Seeking solace in front of the tube watching Home and Garden TV with a container of Ben and Jerry's and a spoon, this charming leading lady tries to heal the heart broken by her fiance only four weeks before the wedding! With the help of friends and family and God, Gretchen rises like a phoenix from the ashes of broken promises to discover new life and new love.
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Justin Bieber: Just Getting Started (100% Official) ISBN: 0062202081 | 2012 | EPUB | 240 pages | 107 MB "My story is something I like to share with others, to show people that with enough belief in yourself and what you can accomplish, anything is possible."â€”Justin Bieber From Tel Aviv to Tokyo, over the past few years I've traveled around the world and back again. It's been amazing, but it's also hard to believe that not so long ago I was singing on the streets of Stratford, Ontario. I can honestly say that anything is possible, anyone can live the dream, and every day is a blessing. Now everywhere I go, I'm met with so much love. It's all about you, my fans, and that's why I'm dedicating my book to everyone who's come to sing along. I want to share the stories of my life on the road with you. From the crazy highs of performing on stage to spending those precious quiet moments with my friends and family, I want to give you a personal backstage pass to my world. It's been exhausting but always eye-opening and amazing. It's astonishing to think that so much has happened, and yet this is just the beginning. I'm just getting started.
Reader's Digest - February 2014 (USA) English | 152 pages | True PDF | 18 Mb In this era of information overload, Reader's Digest offers something unique: the very best advice, information and inspiration from multiple sources, condensed into an easy-to-read digest. In each issue you'll get trusted, time-saving insights about Health, Personal Finance, Work, Family, and National issues, PLUS exclusive book excerpts, news-making interviews, and humor.
The Knitting Diaries English | 2011 | ISBN: 030740806X | 352 pages | EPUB | 0.4 mb The Twenty-First Wish by Debbie Macomber Anne Marie Roche and her adopted daughter, ten-year-old Ellen, have each written a list of twenty wishes-on which they included learning to knit. But Ellen has quietly added a twenty-first wish: that her mom will fall in love with Tim, Ellen's birth father, who's recently entered their lives.... Coming Unraveled by Susan Mallery When Robyn Mulligan's dreams of becoming a Broadway star give way to longing for her childhood home, she returns to Texas, running her grandmother's knitting store. But the handsome, hot-tempered T. J. Passman isn't making it easy on her. If he can learn to trust Robyn, and overcome his tragic past, they just might discover a passion like no other. Return to Summer Island by Christina Skye After a devastating car accident, Caro McNeal is welcomed by a community of knitters on Oregon's sleepy Summer Island. She also finds meaning and purpose in the letters she exchanges with a marine serving in Afghanistan. But when life takes another unexpected turn, will Caro pick up the threads of hope, opening her heart to wherever it takes her?
Trade Like a Stock Market Wizard: How to Achieve Super Performance in Stocks in Any Market 2013 | ISBN: 0071807225 | English | 336 pages | PDF | 10 MB "Minervini has run circles around most PhDs trying to design systems to beat the market." -- JACK SCHWAGER, bestselling author of Stock Market Wizards "Mark's book has to be on every investor's bookshelf. It is about the most comprehensive work I have ever read on investing in growth stocks." -- DAVID RYAN, three-time U.S. Investing Champion "[Minervini is] one of the most highly respected independent traders of our generation. His experience and past history of savvy market calls is legendary." -- CHARLES KIRK, The Kirk Report "One of Wall Street's most remarkable success stories." -- BEN POWER, Your Trading Edge THE INVESTOR'S GUIDE TO SUPERPERFORMANCE! Dramatically increase your stock market returns with the legendary SEPA system!
For the first time ever, U.S. Investing Champion Mark Minervini reveals the proven, time-tested trading system he used to achieve triple-digit returns for five consecutive years, averaging 220% per year for a 33,500% compounded total return. In Trade Like a Stock Market Wizard, Minervini unveils his trademarked stock market method SEPA, which provides outsized returns in virtually every market by combining careful risk management, self-analysis, and perseverance. He explains in detail how to select precise entry points and preserve capitalâ€”for consistent triple- digit returns. Whether you're just getting started in the stock market or you're a seasoned pro, Minervini will show how you how to achieve SUPERPERFORMANCE! You'll gain valuable knowledge as he shares lessons, trading truths, and specific tactics--all derived from his 30-year career as one of America's most successful stock traders. Trade Like a Stock Market Wizard teaches you: How to find the best stocks before they make big price gains How to avoid costly mistakes made by most investors How to manage losses and protect profits How to avoid high-risk situations Precisely when to buy and when to sell How to buy an IPO Why traditional valuation doesn't work for fast-growing Superperformers Examples of Minervini's personal trades with his comments With more than 160 chart examples and numerous case studies proving the remarkable effectiveness of Minervini's methodology, Trade Like a Stock Market Wizard puts in your hands one of the most effective and--until now--secretive stock investing systems in the world. MARK MINERVINI has a trademarked stock market method that produces outsized returns in virtually every market. It's called Specific Entry Point Analysis--SEPA--and it has been proven effective for selecting precise entry points, preserving capital and profi ts with even more precise exit points--and consistently producing triple-digit returns. Now, in Trade Like a Stock Market Wizard, Minervini shares--for the fi rst time ever--his coveted methodology with investors like you!
Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Reviews, Memoir, and More English | 360 pages | ISBN-10: 0738214043 | EPUB, MOBI | 1.01 Mb The success of Julie & Julia highlights the newest trend in food writing: blogging. Noted journalist and food-writing instructor Dianne Jacob has revised her award-winning book to include a chapter covering all the how-to's of food blogging as well as updated resources and new information on working in other wildly popular genres, namely cookbooks and food memoirs. Incredibly timely, this new edition of Will Write for Food is the must-have for every foodie who wants to put pen to page-or hands to keyboard.
The Call of Everest: The History, Science, and Future of the World's Tallest Peak ISBN: 1426210167 | 2013 | EPUB | 304 pages | 22 MB Gripping and sumptuous, this is the definitive book on the history, mystique, and science of Mount Everest, including how climate change is impacting the world's tallest mountain. In 1963, the American Mount Everest Expedition made mountaineering history. It was the first American venture to successfully scale the legendary peak and the first successful climb up the hazardous West Ridge (a climb so difficult no one has yet repeated it). In 2012, adventurer Conrad Anker led a National Geographic/The North Face team up the mountain to enact a legacy climb. Environmental changes and overcrowding led to challenges and disappointments, but yet the mountain maintains its allure. Now, steely-eyed Anker leads a team of writers in a book designed to celebrate the world's most famous mountain, to look back over the years of climbing triumphs and tragedies, and to spotlight what has changed--and what remains eternal--on Mount Everest. Telltale signs of Everest's current state, never-before-published photography, and cutting-edge science expose the world's tallest peak--its ancient meaning, its ever-present challenges, and its future in a world of disappearing ice.
High Flavor, Low Labor: Reinventing Weeknight Cooking English | 288 pages | ISBN-10: 034552229X | EPUB, MOBI | 47.72 Mb REAL FOOD. REAL LIFE. REAL FLAVOR. Forever short on time, Associated Press food editor J. M. Hirsch is a master of kitchen shortcuts; his favorite, letting highflavor ingredients do the heavy lifting, was the inspiration for this collection of nearly 150 boldly delicious recipes. Because nobody has time to make a bland meal. His approach to cooking is simple: Foods that taste great going into the pot need less work from you to taste great when they come out. He shows busy cooks how to use ingredients with intense flavor to make the meals they want in the time they have. The recipes are easy and the flavors are robust. Try Four-Cheese Baked Gnocchi, Pork Chops with Red Wine Cranberry Sauce, Red Curry Beef, Sweet-and-Savory BBQ Chicken, Chili Balsamic Marinated Sirloin with Fettuccine and Sun-Dried Tomatoes, and Bacon, Beans, and Beer Chili. There's even dessert, with Balsamic Chocolate Cookie Ice Cream and Grilled Cinnamon-Sugar Breadsticks.
Knit Socks for All Seasons: Fabulous, Fun Footwear for Any Time of Year 2012 | ISBN: 157076526X | English | 142 pages | PDF | 21 MB As the seasons change, nature inspires beautiful shapes and colors that are captured in these unique sock designs. From spring buds to rambling greenery, from a fall bouquet to frosty ice crystals, the "feel" of the four seasons can be quickly crafted to flaunt on your feet. This delightful how-to guide has 20 all-new knitting patterns that will keep you creating fashionable socks that are always in season.
Knowledge Enyclopedia: The World as You‟ve Never Seen it Before DK | 2013 | True PDF | ISBN: 1465414177 | 362 pages | 105 Mb Created in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution and with the latest CGI technology, the Knowledge Encyclopedia is a bold new approach to family reference using 3-D rendered images to explore the wonders of the world in unprecedented detail. Divided into six chapters — Space, Earth, Nature, Human Body, Science & Technology, and History & Culture, plus a reference section — a wide range of topics come to life. Illustrated with fascinating facts, maps, timelines, and graphics, the Knowledge Encyclopedia makes complex subjects easy to understand and is the perfect resource for kids, whether to help with homework or to pique their curiosity.
Beating the Property Clock: How to Understand & Exploit the Property Cycle for Maximum Gain English | 2008 | ISBN: 1845282582 | Pages: 157 | PDF | 0,7 MB Chartered accountant and property guru Ajay Ahuja has devised a model that all professional investors should follow. It is this model, the property clock, that has taken him from an initial investment of GBP 500 to a portfolio of 100 properties worth over GBP 6m in less than 5 years. Ajay's clock is here to stay due to: the capacity for every area to operate according to its own fundamentals; the introduction of the buy-to-let mortgage in the late 90s; the propensity of property prices to be volatile; the stable nature of market rents; and the emergence of bandwagon-type investors. It is a long awaited new edition, revised and updated. It provides expert information from the best-selling author of "The Buy to Let Bible", "How to Make a Fortune on the Internet".
Creature Camp: Make Your Own 18 Softies to Draw, Sew & Stuff 2013 | ISBN: 1607057840 | English | 172 pages | PDF | 48 MB This collection of 18 skill-building projects teaches children with no sewing experience how to sew their very own cuddly pals. From sewing on buttons to putting in zippers, this guide walks kids step-by-step through various skill levels. They will learn to embroider, turn corners, and make curves with these fun designs. Multiple examples of each project encourage them to explore ideas. Featuring shapes, critters, and monsters that appeal to kidsâ€&#x; imagination, the projects build on skills and develop creativity.
HOW 13: A Handbook for Office Professionals ISBN: 1111820864 | 2013 | PDF | 608 pages | 48 MB Since 1975, HOW and its subsequent editions have been a prominent reference source for business writers, office personnel, and students. With every new edition, HOW has kept pace with changes in our language and the business environment, striving to provide a useful and easy-to-understand reference manual for all professionals involved in organizational operations. It includes detailed and precise information for writing, formatting, and transmitting communications. Unlike other reference books, HOW 13 is tailored for writing style, grammar, mechanics, and techniques in a business/office environment. This text can be used as a stand-alone reference or as a supplement.
The Pound a Day Diet: Lose Up to 5 Pounds in 5 Days by Eating the Foods You Love English | ISBN: 1455523674 | 2014 | EPUB | 320 pages | 76 MB THE POUND A DAY DIET is an accelerated program designed to help dieters lose up to five pounds every five days-without frustrating plateaus-- while enjoying all their favorite foods. It rewrites every carb/fat/calorie rule in the book! This delicious, easy-to-use, plan is specifically formulated as a Mediterranean-style diet that is carb and calorie corrected to turbocharge metabolism and weight loss. Complete with menus for 28 days (four five-day plans and four weekend plans), dieters first follow the five-day plan, switch over to the weekend plan, return to the five-day plan for the second week, and continue with the weekend plan-alternating like this right down to their goal weight. To help readers, Rocco has created 50 all-new lightning-quick 5 ingredient recipes, as well as ready-made suggestions for those who simply cannot find the time to cook; a primer on healthy and fast cooking techniques; calorie-calibrated menus and shopping lists; and a lifestyle plan for maintaining a lean, healthy body for life.
The Weekend Small Business Start-Up Kit English | 2007 | ISBN: 1572486031 | Pages: 240 | PDF | 1 MB The Weekend Small Business Start-up Guide is the easy-to-follow resource that gets your new business up and running in a matter of days. It gives your business an extra shot at success by helping you think through and put into place certain preliminaries, such as: --Evaluating your chance of success --Organizing your business in a form that's right for you --Naming your business to beat the competition --Preparing a business plan that gets results --Financing your business while staying personally secure --Locating your business for maximum exposure It does all this without bogging you down. It highlights what you need to know, with a focus always on the goal. It also takes you beyond just opening the door and looks to your critical first year in business. It provides vital information to get you through that time on issues regarding: --Contracts --Insurance --Internet marketing --Employment issues --Bookkeeping --Taxes Get it done fast, but with confidence, with The Weekend Small Business Start-up Kit.
Braids, Buns, and Twists!: Step-by-Step Tutorials for 82 Fabulous Hairstyles 2013 | ISBN: 1452124841 | English | 192 pages | EPUB | 12 MB Top knots, Heidi braids, French twists, oh my! Chic hair is all the rage from the runways to the blogs to the city streets. This book pulls together 80 classic and contemporary styles and provides step-by-step tutorials for each one. Trendsetters from teens to professionals will love mixing up the looks for parties, the office, a casual beach day, or an elegant night out. Simple how-to illustrations take the guesswork out of styling, while glossy fashion photographs demonstrate how to tailor and accessorize each 'do. With advice for different hair types and lengths plus product tips and fun variations, Braids, Buns, and Twists! is the must-have beauty resource for showstopping hair.
Destructive Emotions: A Scientific Dialogue with the Dalai Lama English | ISBN: 0553801716, 0553381059 | 2003 | 432 pages | PDF | 15 MB *Why do seemingly rational, intelligent people commit acts of cruelty and violence? *What are the root causes of destructive behavior? *How can we control the emotions that drive these impulses? *Can we learn to live at peace with ourselves and others? Imagine sitting with the Dalai Lama in his private meeting room with a small group of world-class scientists and philosophers. The talk is lively and fascinating as these leading minds grapple with age-old questions of compelling contemporary urgency. Daniel Goleman, the internationally bestselling author of Emotional Intelligence, provides the illuminating commentaryâ€”and reports on the breakthrough research this historic gathering inspired. Destructive Emotions Buddhist philosophy tells us that all personal unhappiness and interpersonal conflict lie in the â€œthree poisonsâ€?: craving, anger, and delusion. It also provides antidotes of astonishing psychological sophistication--which are now being confirmed by modern neuroscience. With new high-tech devices, scientists can peer inside the brain centers that calm the inner storms of rage and fear. They also can demonstrate that awareness-training strategies such as meditation strengthen emotional stability--and greatly enhance our positive moods.
The distinguished panel members report these recent findings and debate an exhilarating range of other topics: What role do destructive emotions play in human evolution? Are they “hardwired” in our bodies? Are they universal, or does culture determine how we feel? How can we nurture the compassion that is also our birthright? We learn how practices that reduce negativity have also been shown to bolster the immune system. Here, too, is an enlightened proposal for a schoolbased program of social and emotional learning that can help our children increase self-awareness, manage their anger, and become more empathetic. Throughout, these provocative ideas are brought to life by the play of personalities, by the Dalai Lama‟s probing questions, and by his surprising sense of humor. Although there are no easy answers, the dialogues, which are part of a series sponsored by the Mind and Life Institute, chart an ultimately hopeful course. They are sure to spark discussion among educators, religious and political leaders, parents—and all people who seek peace for themselves and the world. The Mind and Life Institute sponsors cross-cultural dialogues that bring together the Dalai Lama and other Buddhist scholars with Western scientists and philosophers. Mind and Life VIII, on which this book is based, took place in Dharamsala, India, in March 2000.
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