More than anything else in the world, nine-year-old Jacks wants to help his dying mother. A simple blood test could allow him to do that. But what Annie Brody hasn’t told her son yet is that they don’t share any DNA because he came from an anonymous woman’s egg.
So why does the blood test show Jacks and Annie are related?
The answer is half a world away where a young woman is battling famine, disease, and an endless war to care for 20,000 refugees, the only family she has ever really had. As if that wasn’t enough, she’s made enemies with the one man who controls the supplies her people desperately need.
Missy Rae is a typical small town girl in every way – if you ask her absent-minded grandmother. Ask Missy and you’ll get another story altogether.
Lucky for everyone in Poppy County, no one has asked until a mystery man arrives in town with a story bigger than Granny Lola’s wild imagination and the know-how to stir up trouble for the Rae family.
With long-held secrets to keep, a grandmother who may or may not be alive and a penchant for chaos, Missy must forge a plan to stop the handsome stranger before he lets the proverbial cat out of the bag and unleashes a world of trouble on the unsuspecting town and its inhabitants.
My name is Nora Ashcroft. I used to think of myself as a modern woman. I built a successful career as a chef, had more money than I could spend, and nobody told me what to do.And then I died. Oops.But death wasn’t the end for me. For some strange reason, I was given a second chance. Now I have to start from scratch in this crazy paranormal realm. You might think I’d be bored in a small town with cobblestone streets and (gasp!) no internet. But not so. Because I’m there only a few hours before I discover that I’m—wait for it—a witch. Not just any witch. A Fifth Wind witch, meaning I can talk to ghosts. Waving a wand around? Not my strong suit.
Strategic nonviolent action has reasserted itself as a potent force in shaping public debate and forcing political change. Whether it is an explosive surge of protest calling for racial justice in the United States, a demand for democratic reform in Hong Kong or Mexico, a wave of uprisings against dictatorship in the Middle East, or a tent city on Wall Street that spreads throughout the country, when mass movements erupt onto our television screens, the media portrays them as being as spontaneous and unpredictable. In This is an Uprising, political analysts Mark and Paul Engler uncover the organization and well-planned strategies behind such outbursts of protest, examining core principles that have been used to spark and guide moments of transformative unrest.
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College freshmen are lectured about networking on their first day of class. Young professionals race to another boring party so they can be seen and shake hands with someone that might be able to help them – just like the business books and podcasts have instructed. Creatives are chronically obsessed with and depressed by the number of likes, views and followers on their social media. Anyone embarking upon a new path or business venture has heard the key to success lies in networking – who you know, and how they can get you ahead. But, according to entertainment attorney, Mark H. Maxwell, this is not only untrue, but potentially dangerous to those hoping to succeed.
The crew of the pirate ship the Lovesick Fool are worried about their navigator, Sentorr. He’s obsessed with working, spending all his time on the bridge. It’s not work the big blue alien is truly obsessed with, though.
It’s a female.
Sentorr’s convinced that Zoey, a female navigator on another pirate ship, is his mate. She won’t show him her face, though, or agree to meet him. She’s happy to have steamy, late-night conversations with him over comm channels, though.
The Divine Cities Trilogy: City of Stairs, City of Blades, and City of Miracles, with an excerpt from Foundryside
In a world where terrifying, capricious gods once walked the earth, enslaving and brutalizing millions, three unforgettable protagonists struggle to come to terms with the mysteries these divinities left behind— and to make sure these cruel masters do not rise again.
In City of Stairs, an unassuming young woman named Shara Thivani arrives in Bulikov, the city that once wielded the powers of the gods to conquer the world. Officially, she is just another junior diplomat, dispatched by the city’s new colonial masters; unofficially, she is one of her country’s most accomplished spies, on a mission to solve a murder. As she pursues the killer, she begins to suspect that the gods who once guarded Bulikov are not as dead as they seem, and that the city’s cruel reign may begin anew.
Earth has been a scarred ruin for 3 decades, its scattered people struggling to endure amid the poisoned and radioactive wreckage of the final war between its despotic Superpowers. But humanity survives, out on the frontier, growing and looking boldly to the future. But man has never been able to live in peace, and even Earth’s sad fate has failed to slow the call to war.
Lacking the resources to sustain their own armies and navies, the worlds look to the mercenaries of the Great Companies for aid, futuristic condottiere who contract themselves to the highest bidder.