WANTED: HOTSHOT P.I. WITH NEAR SUPER-HUMAN SKILLS.
Confirmed grump Eddie Valentino placed the ad. Hotshot twenty-something Talba Wallis knew exactly how to answer it.
And thus was born the dynamic duo of New Orleans private detectives, one cynical, sixty-five-year-old Luddite white dude with street smarts, and one young, bright-eyed, Twenty-First century African-American female poet, performance artist, mistress of disguise, and computer jock extraordinaire. Think Queen Latifah and Danny DeVito.
In Louisiana Hotshot, their job is to hunt down a sociopath and pedophile who’s molested the fourteen-year-old daughter of their client, hangs out on the ragged edges of the rap and recording industries, and has more powerful allies than a Cabinet member.
But both detectives have unfinished business from the past—in Eddie’s case, something he deeply regrets; in Talba’s, a personal mystery, one so frightening no one will help her investigate.
Arianna Sinclair had led a privileged life, growing up in an elite neighborhood in Marin County, California. Having only known private schools, fancy country clubs and all things luxurious, Arianna had been prepared for everything in life—except hardship.
At twenty-two, Arianna’s world is rocked by tragedy, and all she wants to do is escape it by taking the trip of a lifetime. All she wants to do is pretend that everything is “normal”, even though her whole world has crashed in around her.
She’s made the decisions about the direction she wants her life to go, until a surprise encounter with someone from her past challenges everything she believes—and everything that she thinks she needs in order to move on.
Samantha hasn’t seen Freddie since they were in school and that was…what?…ten years ago? Back then he was painfully shy and was rarely seen without a computer game in his hand. When he shows up in her favourite downtown Vancouver coffee shop she doesn’t recognize him at first. He’s still into computer games, and to make matters worse, his hair is long and his sense of style sucks.
He’s nothing like her suave, sexy boyfriend. They discover they’ve both been invited to the same wedding and when he bemoans his lack of style, she surprises herself by offering to help him with a make-over. But Freddie isn’t the only one in need of help. While Samantha helps Freddie, he helps her discover an inner strength she didn’t know she had.
Many years have passed since the Great War that destroyed over three quarters of the world’s population. Now, humans and supernaturals alike have learned how to survive in the new world. For Avery Hendrin, the eldest daughter of the man who brought light back to the world, life has taken a turn for the worse. Sold into slavery after her father’s death, Avery’s only concern is keeping her younger sister safe. Branded as a witch and rejected by her own kind because of her red hair, Avery resigns herself to a life in the slave house until a chance meeting with a powerful Lycan named Tristan Williams.
Although Tristan does not believe the human’s tales of the Reds being witches, he has no need for Avery. He’s in search of a nanny for his young children and after an impassioned plea from the redhead, agrees to hire her younger sister as his nanny. \
A team of obnoxious ghost hunters descends on Cressida Upthorpe’s boarding house, convinced it must a source of paranormal activity given that three murders occurred there in a short space of time.
After one of the ghost hunters dies, or rather dyes – well, both – Sibyl does her best to keep well away from the investigation, that is, until Cressida almost falls victim. With the bumbling detectives being as useless as ever, Sibyl races to solve the murder before the body count rises.
Winner, The Rome Prize
Will Boast thought he’d lost his family, until a deeply held secret revealed a second chance he never thought he’d have.
Having already lost his mother and only brother, twenty-four-year-old Will Boast finds himself absolutely alone when his father dies of alcoholism. Numbly settling the matters of his father’s estate, Boast is deep inside his grief when he stumbles upon documents revealing a secret his father had intended to keep: He’d had another family before Will’s—a wife and two sons in England.
This revelation leads to a flood of new questions. Did his father abandon this first family, or was he pushed away? Still reeling from loss, Boast is forced to reconsider the fundamental truths of his childhood and to look for traces of the man his father might truly have been.
The most remarkable double agent of World War II, Eddie Chapman was witty, handsome, and charming. Too bad he was also a con man, womanizer, and safe-cracker. To the British, though, he was known as ZigZag, one of MI5’s most valuable agents. To the AbwehrGerman military intelligencehe was known as Fritzchen (Little Fritz), and was believed to be one of their most valued and trusted spies. For three long years, Eddie played this dangerous double game, daily risking life and limb to help the Allies win the war.
He was so charming that his German handler, Baron Stefan von Gröning, thought of Fritzchen as the son he never had. The Germans even awarded him the Iron Cross for spying for the Reich! They sent him to Britain, with the mission to blow up the De Havilland aircraft factory. How he and MI5 convinced the Germans that he had accomplished his mission stands as one of history’s greatest acts of counterintelligence.
Cats are one of God’s most enigmatic creatures. They’re as crafty as they are cuddly, as rambunctious as they are reserved. We never quite know just what our cats are thinking–but it’s perfectly obvious that they always are.
The Cat in the Window is a delightful collection of true stories that celebrate the cats in our lives. Inside you’ll meet an orange tiger-striped cat who softened the hard edges of life for a young family, a skinny black-and-white stray who braved a blizzard to find a home, a fat cat who saved his owner’s life one night, cats who offered comfort in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and many more. These warm stories will touch your heart and renew your spirit.
A poignant and inspirational love story set in Burma, The Art of Hearing Heartbeatsspans the decades between the 1950s and the present. When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be…until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago, to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father’s past, Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that will reaffirm the reader’s belief in the power of love to move mountains.
Embrace the Suck: What I learned at the box about hard work, (very) sore muscles, and burpees before sunrise
With irreverence, humor, and soul-touching candor, the former editor of Bicyclingmagazine explores the CrossFit phenomenon, the fitness revolution sweeping America, chronicling his experience “inside the box” and how he got into the best shape of his life.
Lifelong amateur athlete Stephen Madden decided to put himself to the test, physically and mentally, by immersing himself in the culture, diet, and psyche of CrossFit—the fast-growing but controversial fitness regime that’s a stripped-down combination of high intensity aerobic activity, weightlifting, calisthenics, and gymnastics practiced by more than two million athletes worldwide. But what’s crazier? The fact that such a grueling regimen—in which puking and muscle breakdowns during workouts are common—is so popular, or that people pay good money to do it?
A deep yearning for home had led Eliza to Wyatt Orchards ten years ago. Now widowed with three young children, she faces mounting debts and the realization it is all up to her. But she has no idea how to run an orchard alone. When a stranger appears at her doorstep, Eliza guesses he is no different than the other out-of-luck characters searching for work during the Depression. But the familiarity with which Gabe tends to the farm raises unanswered questions. With a vulnerable heart, she is unwittingly drawn to his gentle ways. But Eliza also fears that Gabe hides a past and motives that could jeopardize all she has fought to attain for herself and her children….This Christy-Award winning novel is now a Hallmark Channel Original Movie!
Rachel Yoder, a New Order Amish woman, lost her husband and son in a tragic accident two years ago. Now, returning to her aging parents with her young daughter, she has resigned herself to the life of a widow. With a subdued but cheerful heart she helps her family run a bed-and-breakfast in a quaint Lancaster county town.
Philip Bradley, a world-weary journalist from New York City on assignment in Lancaster to write an article on the Amish community, is a lodger at the Yoder’s B&B. A chance discovery by Philip of a postcard written in illegible Pennsylvania Dutch in the dresser of his room sets off a series of events that leads him into the heart of the Amish life and to the bedside of a mysterious woman known as “The Storyteller.”
Defense attorney Paul Madriani gets caught in a web of deceit and murder involving Cold War secrets, a rare coin dealer who once worked for the CIA, and a furious assassin in one of the most entertaining novels yet in this New York Times best-selling series. Together with his partner, Harry Hinds, Madriani must piece together the threads of a decades-old conspiracy involving priceless gold coins, an aging American spy, a disaffected Russian soldier, and a forgotten weapon from the days of JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis. As the separate strands of the story come together, Madriani finds information that will ultimately lead him to the one person who holds the key to it all: a man some call “The Guardian of Lies”.
Paul Madriani faces his most challenging – and most urgent – case yet, a breathless story that combines fact and fiction and will hold listeners captive until its final, explosive conclusion.
In this classic of literary nonfiction, Annie Dillard takes us through a year of on-foot explorations through her own landscape, bringing anecdotes, curiosities, and insights about all she observes and experiences. In the summer, she stalks muskrats in the creek and thinks about wave mechanics; in the fall, she watches a monarch butterfly migration and dreams of Arctic caribou. She tries to con a coot, unties a snakeskin, witnesses a flood, and plays “King of the Meadow” with a field of grasshoppers.
Throughout her wanderings, Annie Dillard’s keen observations, poetic sensibilities, introspective reflections, and reverence for her surroundings show us the world outside as we have never seen it before.
In a seaside village in the north of Trinidad, young Marcia Garcia, a gifted and smart-mouthed sixteen-year-old seamstress, lives alone, raising two small boys and guarding a family secret. When she meets Farouk Karam, an ambitious young policeman (so taken with Marcia that he elicits help from a tea-brewing obeah woman to guarantee her ardor), the rewards and risks in Marcia’s life amplify forever.
‘Til the Well Runs Dry sees Marcia and Farouk from their sassy and passionate courtship through personal and historical events that threaten Marcia’s secret, entangle the couple and their children in a tumultuous scandal, and put the future in doubt for all of them.
Rainulf Fairfax—priest, Oxford scholar, and ex-soldier—is summoned to give last rites to a village rector who died of smallpox, and discovers Father Osred’s lovely young housekeeper, Constance, near death from the same disease. With Rainulf’s help, she recovers, only to find herself at the mercy of the village’s brutal overlord, who means to make her his unwilling mistress. Disguised as a male, she escapes to Oxford in search of Rainulf, who offers her the protection of his home. Inexorably drawn to each other, the celibate Rainulf and the beautiful and vibrant Constance find themselves swept into a firestorm of forbidden passion. Originally published by NAL
An Angel in the Mail, set in 1861, unites Angel Hardwick and Nathan Hale, father of five, who is desperate for a wife to straighten his life out. Nate’s looking for someone who loves children and can easily take over the cooking, cleaning, and laundry. Instead, he is getting Angel, whose culinary knowledge consists of weekly meetings with Cook to decide the family’s menu.
Angel , a strong-minded young woman, is resigned to her fate and determined to make the best of her situation. But will her new husband allow for mistakes? Or will he send her packing when she burns meals and misplaces children?
Have you ever struggled with doubts about your faith? Has the Bible sometimes felt like a shaky foundation? Are you afraid to talk about it for fear of judgment from those who seem to have it all figured out?
Gregory Boyd knows how you feel. For him, faith has been anything but certain. In Benefit of the Doubt, he invites you to embrace a faith that doesn’t strive for certainty but rather for commitment to Christ in the midst of uncertainty. Join him as he shares with poignant honesty his own inspirational journey, offering reassurance that you can experience a life-transforming relationship with Christ, even with unresolved questions about the Bible, theology, and ethics.
No one knows what happens tomorrow…
When Brooke Adams suffers the unimaginable, she knows her heart will never be whole again. Faced with the choice of giving in to her grief, or fighting to regain a resemblance to the life she once knew, she chooses to fight.
Not ready to give up, Brooke starts a new life where no one knows her past. As she slowly puts the pieces of her life back together, Brooke meets her neighbor, Tyler Reynolds. Soon, he becomes her friend, her rock…
and her complicated constant.
With only days remaining until Comet Clement reaches Earth, final preparations are made for the three arks. Even as the world waits to see if the last-ditch Domino Deflection attempt will work, pandemonium still erupts…
Peter Mansfield is tasked with gathering the last group of people to leave the planet, the ‘specials’ who have ties to the space station that they don’t yet know about. Mansfield has faced many difficult decisions over the years but will he survive long enough to make it to the station?
All three arks face serious danger and not every member of the Inner Circle will survive through the final days as Comet Clement approaches Earth for the moment of impact….
He was seven. She was four. Neighbors and best friends. He was her protector. She was his reason. Each had their battles but they fought them together. He had a plan. She wasn’t aware.
She was seventeen. He was twenty. Tragedy strikes and their life is derailed. She leaves to heal and fulfill a dream to dance on stage. He is left behind and forgets how to live.
He stops searching. She begins looking. Can they ever set one another free, or does fate have something else in store for them?
Captured and tortured by the English during Longshanks’s war against the Scots, Ronan MacGrigor finds the strength to escape, only to suffer the fear and rejection of his own clan. Forced to stalk the shadows at night, Ronan becomes a prisoner of illness, fear, and memories.
Fearing for his life, his brother summons a healer whose reputation borders on that of a miracle worker, but she comes from the land of the Sassenach, the very people who tried to destroy Ronan.
A foundling, Lia knows little about wars or politics, she knows only how to treat the wounds they create, and her dedication to healing knows no borders.
When he was twelve, his name was Branan Strickland. He was the heir to the Wardenship of Inglewood, a title to govern a Royal Forest and the land around it. But Branan’s father was an abusive sod, beating Branan and his mother for sheer sport.
Until the night when his father’s fist landed on the side of his mother’s head – a wound that would kill her in a few short hours. Devastated, Branan spent those last hours with her. Just when he thought his world couldn’t shatter any more, his mother told him the truth of his heritage.
Branan was not Strickland’s son, he was the son of a Scottish Larid, Ralf MacTavish. Strickland had murdered Branan’s true sire and forced his mother into marriage.
Have you ever that your life–and budget–is spiraling out of control? Do you sometimes wish
you could pull yourself together but wonder exactly how to manage all the scattered pieces of a chaotic life? Is it possible to find balance?
In a word, yes.
Ruth Soukup knows firsthand how stressful an unorganized life and budget can be. Through personal stories, biblical truth, and practical action plans, she will inspire you to make real and lasting changes to your personal goals, home, and finances. With honesty and the wisdom of someone who has been there, Ruth will help you:
* Discover your “sweet spot”–that place where your talents and abilities intersect.
* Take back your time and schedule by making simple shifts in your daily habits.
* Reduce stress in your home and family by clearing out the clutter.
* Stop busting your budget and learn to cut your grocery bill in half.
* Bring order to a messy life and create a practical cleaning schedule that works.
The Fourth of July weekend promises lots of excitement for the cozy town of Catfish Cove. A dog parade, bonfire, barbecue and fireworks are sure to bring in the crowds and give a boost to all businesses, including the Black Cat Café.
To prepare for the onslaught of customers, Annie Fisher has to keep their supply up of blackberries from Hayworth Fruit Farms for everyone’s favorite, blackberry pie. But when she finds the berry farmer unconscious in his field, her mind immediately goes to the worst possible scenario. To make matters worse, the farmer’s neighbor turns up dead and anonymous messages drag Annie into the mystery when all she wants to do is spend time with her handsome boyfriend.
Get ready for more laughs, sizzle, and sleuthing in this fourth Deadwood mystery from author Ann Charles.
One dead body, one century-old haunted opera house, one zombie musical… one pissed-off detective – will Violet “Spooky” Parker keep her tail out of trouble, or will she end up as one of Deadwood’s walking dead?
Raelynn Pendleton inherited a big Victorian house that she intends to decorate on a budget with her trash-to-treasure creations. Her plans are hindered when her no-good, cheating ex-husband Ross Perkins comes back into her life. Within hours of his return, Ross has pulled Raelynn into a murder investigation.
Handsome Sheriff Kent Klein thinks Ross is guilty as charged and warns Raelynn to stay away from him. But Ross has convinced the town of Honeysuckle, Kentucky that Raelynn murdered the successful local realtor Luke Lexington. Raelynn must prove her innocence or her days of Dumpster-Diving will be over.
Life is rewarding for Samuel Truelove. He’s a gifted surgeon, he’s married to the love of his life, and he has a beautiful daughter. But when he’s called to perform an emergency surgery, a deadly cascade of events is set in motion, and his picture-perfect life begins to unravel….
Annie Truelove, hoping to escape painful reminders of her grief, leaves her beloved home in the mountains of North Carolina and begins a new life in faraway Seattle. But a disturbing headline takes her back home, where memories of both joy and sorrow come flooding back. What will it take to heal two broken hearts?
How far would you go to find your soul mate?
Little did Scottish peasant girl Isobeille Aislinn McKenna know that when she prayed for divine intervention in 1414, her desperate plea would be answered by throwing her six hundred years into the future – right into the path of a bus in the heart of one of the busiest cities on the East Coast. Thankfully, Nick Peterson was there to tackle her out of its path. He’s not happy about it, but both his conscience and his protective instincts kick in in a big way when he realizes Isobeille has nowhere else to go.
Aislinn Isobeille McKenna is feeling lost and alone. Recently discharged from serving six consecutive 12-month terms with the US Army, she has no home, no family, and no friends, which is nothing new for her, really. She lives a transitory, vigilante-type lifestyle in shadows, kicking ass and taking names.
At least until she’s attacked from behind and wakes up to find herself in the Scottish highlands six centuries earlier, right in the midst of a clan skirmish.
After saving the life of Laird Lachlan Brodie, he takes her back to his keep to tend to her injuries and get some answers. She’s sure it’s all a dream, especially when things get hot and heavy and very realistic with the sexy Scot, but in what kind of dream does she still have to shave?
The Forest of Assassins tells the story of Navy SEAL Lieutenant Hank Dillon, a squad commander, deep in the jungles of South Vietnam when America’s involvement in the war was still in the “advisor” stage. Dillon’s mission is to wreak havoc among the Viet Cong guerillas who are terrorizing the countryside.
Their mission—and even their presence in the region—is top secret. But Hank has a problem even bigger than a deadly and determined enemy; he has a traitor in the ranks.
Meanwhile, a suspicious NCIS cop is nosing around Hank’s mysterious operation, certain that it is a front for drug running and other illegal activities. Things are tense for the young Lieutenant who just wants to go home to his wife…intact.
Humanity’s worst nightmare has become a reality…
When Ellie Fisher finds a baby on her doorstep on Christmas morning, what is she to do–especially when she figures out who the baby’s mother is? Will she have the strength and the faith to do what is best for the baby and the mother, despite the fact that she is no longer able to have anymore children of her own?
When history repeats itself in the Amish community, Grace is quick to blame others, until she figures out it might have been all her fault from the very beginning. Read on in this series to see how Grace handles her first Christmas back in the community with a few surprises.
Let’s face it: Almost everyone wants to lose weight. Why? For one, it always helps when you are physically healthy because more opportunities can come your way and it’s always better when you feel good about yourself. But how can you lose fat when you are a busy individual? And how can you be sure that you’ll lose fat in just a short span of time without getting sick or falling apart?
Well, you can use natural products or make recipes out of fruits and vegetables, especially organic ones. That way, you will be able to shed those fats without losing too much money in the gym or for treatments. But really, how?
The Nutribullet is an extractor that allows you to create smoothies, juices and even fruit pops and ice cream out of fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices to make sure that you will be on the road to healing. By cracking seeds, shredding skin and extracting those fruits and vegetables down to a pulp, you’ll be able to get all the nutrients that you need.
When inner city school teacher Terri Davies’ star pupil is left home alone, she’s reluctant to alert the authorities and the messy bureaucratic nightmare it entails. Instead she turns to her sister, Detective India Kane, to quietly locate the missing single mother.
It doesn’t take long – India finds her sectioned in a psychiatric hospital, making wild claims her new born baby was stolen by a leading paediatrician. With no record of a baby ever being born, are her claims the ramblings of a mentally disturbed mind, or, does the baby really exist, as Terri insists? And if he does, where is he? Under pressure from her sister with reminders of her own haunted past, India sets out to find the truth.
Maggie Boothe is stunned when a second murder in Silver Springs brings her back to her small hometown. Immediately upon her arrival, her parents’ friend, Erline, confesses she might be in trouble and Maggie knows she made the right decision to come and help.
With the assistance of Maggie’s new friend—and possible heartthrob—Drew Kent, she’s able to come up with a list of possible suspects. But when Erline’s house is broken into, Maggie wonders if the theft is connected to the murder and how that will change her investigation. What goes missing makes Erline’s heart stop.
A shocking discovery at the end of her investigation changes Maggie’s life forever, and she’s not sure she’s ready to take on the next chapter alone.
An epic Medieval romance written in the same old-world vein as ‘Ivanhoe’, this is a tremendously powerful story of Sir Bose de Moray and the Lady Summer du Bonne.
Bose was the Captain of the Guard for King Henry III until Bose’s wife’s untimely death in childbirth. Blaming himself and wanting to be free of the memories, he resigns his post and joins the tournament circuit to compete for money and fame.
But dark rumors follow Bose; his mother-in-law is a vicious woman who blames Bose for her daughter’s death. She starts nasty rumors that Bose murdered his wife, and everyone on the tournament circuit is fearful of this dark, frightening knight.
A cancer diagnosis results, understandably, in fear and uncertainty. Once the initial shock passes, the questions begin. Some are medical in nature: What are your treatment options? Some are intensely personal: How do you tell your children? Will your hair grow back after chemo? How will the disease affect your sex life and relationships? In Cancer: What I Wish I Had Known When I Was First Diagnosed, ten-year breast cancer survivor, Michele Ryan, answers these questions and more. Michele’s common sense advice and practical tips provide a comprehensive road map to help navigate the basic challenges of life with cancer.