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“The 50 Scary Short Stories” is a spine-chilling collection of horror tales that will have you questioning every creak in the night. This book includes stories about ghosts, haunted buildings, creepy forests, monsters, and psychological horrors that are sure to terrify and delight horror fans alike. Whether it’s the true ghost stories that send shivers down your spine, or the stories about cursed objects and ancient evils that keep you up at night, this anthology has something for everyone. The stories are expertly written and crafted to keep you on the edge of your seat, with each turn of the page revealing new horrors and twists. Some of the standout stories in the book include “The Doll,” where a woman inherits a creepy doll that takes on a life of its own, and “The Black Cat,” where a man’s beloved pet becomes a malevolent force. Other stories take readers on journeys through dark forests and abandoned buildings, while others explore the depths of human psychology and the horrors that lurk within. If you’re a fan of horror fiction and ghost stories, “The 50 Scary Short Stories” is a must-read. With its diverse range of stories and themes, this book will leave you with a lingering sense of unease long after you’ve finished reading. So turn off the lights, snuggle up with a blanket, and prepare to be terrified by this collection of the scariest short stories around.
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When galactic danger calls, Agent Renault answers. Strange signals pulse from an icy planet in a remote star system. Enter Lilline Renault, GAM-OPs secret agent extraordinaire. To ordinary citizens she’s Keely Larkin, an adventure company guide with a flair for the daring and a penchant for writing trite poetry. When a terrifying link between high-tech entertainment and ancient cosmic forces rises, Lilline leaps into action. Verses flow as she rockets through space, dons cunning disguises, and infiltrates enemy territory with an arsenal of secret gadgets. To solve the mystery behind a dastardly plan means beating a mastermind at his own game. Lilline will need her best weapon to stand a fighting chance: her instinct. Each Agent Renault book is a standalone adventure – start anywhere in this fast, fun, and furiously entertaining spy-fi series!
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For a decade, Dr. Caleb Young, a gifted physicist and chief science officer for the CIA, had shaded National Intelligence Estimates and Rand reports on war gaming. He wanted to thwart the US military’s push for a nuclear first strike. Soviet GRU Colonel Oleg Penkovsky had passed information to Young at more than one Pugwash Peace Conference, revealing how inept Soviet capabilities were. A US preemptive strike would destroy the earth’s ozone layer. Dr. Young, secretly an Einstein schooled pacifist, felt a personal obligation to prevent a globally destructive nuclear war. However, the realities of US nuclear superiority were progressively becoming harder to manage. By mid-1953, the United States had 1,169 deliverable atomic bombs. It could drop them with 160 B-36 heavy bombers and 350 B-47 medium bombers. The Soviet Union had 120 atomic bombs that could only be delivered to the US by a handful of one-way TU-4A experimental bombers through thousands of F-86 Sabres. By 1962, the US had more than 3,000 thermonuclear warheads and 5,000 tactical nuclear weapons. U-2 flights and Corona satellite images were exposing Khrushchev’s lies about “grinding out missiles like sausages.” The US had a 17-1 advantage in deliverable warheads.
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Victoria’s life isn’t as perfect as it seems. But with two homicide detectives on her doorstep, it’s about to get a lot worse. Still reeling from the shocking discovery that her husband is having a passionate affair with his real estate client, Victoria struggles to process the mind-blowing news that Nick’s lover is dead—brutally murdered in cold blood on the very same evening she uncovered the truth. And now two detectives are on her doorstep, waiting to question both of them. Is she a suspect? With little hard evidence and no shortage of suspects with “killer motives,” Detectives Jack Stark and Lexi Sanchez are under intense pressure to solve the high-profile murder case that rocks the picturesque village of Tarrytown just as the town is gearing up for the area’s annual Halloween festivities and an influx of tourists. As Victoria sets out to clear herself and find out the truth, she’s faced with two terrifying possibilities—either her husband is a murderer or someone is out to get them.
A complete Handbook of Design thinking mindsets, toolsets and skillsets. Design thinking to build better product is a comprehensive guide for product development that resonates with your customers. From navigating through changing marketplace to leveraging new technologies for creating solutions, embrace the future of product development. The intent of this book is to educate people about the concepts of Design thinking and transform them into innovators. This book will further provide them with human centric toolkits for streamlining their creative thinking with the product development process. In this Guidebook of Design Thinking you will learn about: Concepts of Design Thinking. Tools for applying Design Thinking in your projects. Success stories of Businesses using Design Thinking. It is a must-read for product managers, designers, entrepreneurs, and anyone passionate about creating products that leave a lasting impact.
Life Leadership! What’s that? We all respond well when experiencing good times in our lives. But it’s the repeat trials, life’s shadows that get the most tenacious of us down. Losing a job, missing a promotion (again!), heartbreak, divorce, loss in business, conflicts with our loved ones, health issues…the list goes on! What if the keys to our ultimate success lay within the maze of the trials of our life itself? What if these were actually placed in our lives to help us excel in our personal and professional lives? This book is designed to help you examine your life’s challenges with a different lens so you can become: LUCKY! L: Learn to witness your life’s events, instead of getting lost in the rat race and your emotions. U: Uncover your personalized lessons that were made a part of your life journey. C: Cognize your life’s patterns so you are not surprised, every time a new variation shows up. SK: Key in and retain the data (memories) that empower you, and the world around you. Y: Yield the way to your best self by proactively learning and unlearning. This book includes a To-do section at the end of each chapter, which helps the reader create their roadmap to discovering their life’s secret mantras.
Is your anxiety holding you back from living your best life? Are you tired of feeling overwhelmed by your worries and fears? Look no further than the life-changing, self-improvement book by psychotherapist Kate Hudson-Hall. With step-by-step techniques and tools, Kate teaches you how to overcome your negative behaviors and instantly calm yourself in less than 90 seconds. Since its launch in November 2022, it has won two prestigious book awards: the Firebird Book Awards and the BookFest Awards. It has also received a 5-star rating from IndieReader, making it easier for readers and booksellers to identify quality indie titles. With easy-to-learn powerful strategies for you to use to calm your anxiety quickly: Create your own toolbox to manage your stress, worries, and negative feelings that work. Take yourself from being completely overwhelmed by your negative feelings to showing you easy ways you can learn to cope with your behaviors and instantly calm yourself. Learn how to set boundaries and say no without feeling guilty or anxious. Learn how to improve your sleep and break the cycle of anxiety and insomnia.
There’s no safe haven from Extinction storms. Not anywhere. And on the harsh isles of Sealand, the chief and his crews raid at will. Together with her loyal, misfit friend, can a young seer come of age, outwit the raider chief – and save all folk, both good and treacherous, from certain annihilation? From a high watchtower, 15-year-old Alfren surprises a teen raider who holds the secret to the disappearances of children. She and her friend, newly promoted to the front lines of the town’s defence, learn to their cost that their land is a hotbed of deals and betrayals. In her predicament, Alfren tests the gifts she has always kept hidden – for they mark her out as very odd – which are key to survival. In the company of the raider, who is much more complex than at first appearance, Alfren’s trial and her awakening begins as she is drawn onwards to save the children. These are bleak, inhospitable lands, a ruthless and cunning raider chief has her in his sights, and suddenly a force immense and unstoppable breaks on the horizon.
Fans of Mistborn and The Name of the Wind will enjoy this book. What secret lay in the depths of the volcano? How could you survive in the blistering heat? Would you last long enough to discover what was there? Could you learn something that would help in the quest for the love of the beautiful queen? Based on the magic folklore of our own world, the quest of Alodar, the journeyman, takes him from one form of magic to the next, each with its own unique rules and constraints. Each step requiring him to press on. Each one bringing everyone in the universe closer and closer to everlasting enslavement. Written by New York Times Best Selling Author Lyndon Hardy.
A SPECIAL PONDEROSA RESORT NOVELLA! Rule one when seeking a secret mountain hideaway: Be certain the cabin’s unoccupied. Also, make sure there’s no blizzard coming. I’ve screwed up all of that before I get the key in the door, which shouldn’t be a shock. God knows I’ve messed up plenty of things lately. Is it too much to want a hideout from Hollywood headlines in a place no one knows my name? Maybe not, since Gretchen Laslo has zero clue who I am. That’s the upside of being snowed-in with a stunning professor whose impressive list of appliances includes two ice cream makers and no television. The downside? Cocoa and blanket forts lead to toe-curling sex, which leads to me kinda-sorta forgetting to tell her the paparazzi’s on my tail. It’s a matter of time before she finds out. When that happens, our wintry romance will melt faster than a snowman boning in a sauna.
When I went home with the man I met at the bar, I had no idea he was twice my age, let alone my father’s best friend. It’s been years since I’ve set foot in this town. I figured it was about time I returned. I need to make things right with my dad. My first night back I met Finn McCoy – The ruggedly handsome billionaire I can’t get out of my mind. It started out as a one-night stand, but ended with me yearning for more. When he learns who I am, he tries to pull back. Trying to protect his friendship with my dad. The magnetic pull between us is inescapable. We want to be honest with my dad, but I know he won’t approve. Finn may leave the conversation in a body bag. Especially after Dad finds out I’m pregnant with Finn’s baby.
How do you teach your children to handle emotions? Or, how do you deal with emotions like anger and sadness? ‘Knight with a Heart’ is a knights and dragons children’s book (also for their parents) that teaches emotional management through the use of the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), also known as tapping- at the end of the book, you will find a basic manual. The story follows a Knight who, before dueling with the Dragon, must first confront his own emotions. When children see that even knights struggle with emotions, it will be easier for them in future situations of anger and fear to remember this story and apply the knowledge to calm themselves. Also, when they encounter a Dragon (bully) in their environment, they will be able to better understand and realize that behind his violent behavior lies a problem that originally turned the dragon into a – Dragon. The idea behind this story is to provide self-help guidelines that lead us to well-being and happiness.
I didn’t need anyone to rescue me from my miserable life… Not even an ex-military Major who walked into this small town looking like he owns it. There’s something about Tate. His confidence borders on arrogance and I couldn’t peel my eyes away from his muscular biceps when I first saw him. He, too, stared at me with an invisible drool. But Tate and I could never be together. He’s rich, with a property he just inherited in town. And me? Let’s just say I manage to care for my little sister while being broke. There’s nothing glamorous about my life, especially with my late dad’s best friend constantly harassing me. Tate felt like the source of more problems when I first met him. But he’s slowly becoming the man who would protect me and my sister. He just doesn’t know that there’s another tiny addition to this family.
Food is the most accessible pleasure. It is nourishing and comforting. It connects people and makes them feel good. Eating is what all of us have in common, and we all love to do it well. Plus, food is the easiest way to explore a different culture. Do you like to cook? But you are tired of the same old menu? Have you been looking for fun recipes for any occasion? Are you a fan of an authentic kitchen? Then you are in luck! This cookbook has it all and more. It will upgrade your cooking routine with one hundred eleven delicious and filling meals from Bangladesh with love. You will be happy to cook again. Explore new and exciting flavors of authentic Bangladeshi cuisine. You will be delighted with the results. Don’t worry if you are not a chef. This comprehensive cooking guide is good for any level. It will help tap into your creative side. You will love this cookbook because everyone can appreciate a real homemade meal and newness.
Frivolity Higgs never underestimates the gravity of a situation, especially since this usually lands her on her rear. So when she’s sent to investigate the meaning of a mysterious letter seemingly authored by someone living on an asteroid—one on course to hit a planet—she refuses to leave that rock unturned. With partner Eman Galant and her zero gravity boots in tow, Frivolity must figure out the dynamics between a ruthless king and the threat orbiting his planet. Although with Eman along, she may find herself more vulnerable to matters of the heart than life or death. Of course, she much prefers the latter. Frivolity—spontaneous, daring and with a cosmic edge—is sure to entertain in this humorous sci-fi adventure. Join her in this fun, short read of about 9700 words (35 pages).
What happens when you delegate creativity to computers? Would that empower humanity or rob it of something crucial that it has been taking for granted throughout its history? And what would this mean for artists, established and aspiring alike? Story two of The Dawn series explores these questions, which have suddenly moved from sci-fi to the world we live in. When a prominent art expert, Sean Davis, is asked by the leading AI company to teach art to their system, he doesn’t know how far that request will take him — and what kinds of stunning discoveries he will make on the way. More about The Dawn: Rise of AI Chronicles When it comes to artificial intelligence, we’re no longer in a “what if?” reality. We’re squarely in a “now what?” world. From books to financial markets, from healthcare to research, the age of artificial intelligence has arrived. We’re in for a ride, and it’s anything but smooth. What will the world look like as we share it with the genie we let out of its silicon bottle? How will AI evolve? Perhaps, even more important, how will we?
For over 20 years, men and women all around the world have used pheromones to enhance their love lives, garner respect, and cultivate new friendships. Are you ready to tap into the hidden power of pheromones to elevate your love life and make a life-changing impact? You’re in luck! This brief but comprehensive guide serves as your entryway to this intriguing world, offering straightforward and practical pheromone tips to boost your attractiveness and sociability. Discover the life-changing power within and take your social interactions to new heights. Man, woman, single or taken – whether you’re stepping into the dating scene, reigniting your current relationship, or simply looking to leave a lasting impression, this guide equips you with the knowledge to make informed choices in the world of pheromones.
My clan of wolf shifters wanted me dead for being born a girl… but I didn’t just survive but also met someone that felt like family. That someone was a boy in the orphanage I grew up in. I never could have imagined that I’d meet Derek again. His innocent eyes had a lot of pain in them after all those years. Perhaps that was the reason I didn’t recognize him at first. It didn’t matter what my heart felt for him. I had to keep myself from Derek… at all costs. There was no way he could find out my real identity. Derek was human, and I was not. That was the only fact I needed to remember, especially now that I had hired him as my employee. But the heart never listens to reason. One single night changed everything. The bad boy that I’d been in love with was hiding a secret of his own. And he was the only one that could make my body shiver with pleasure.
Experience the Tumult of the World’s Final Epoch
Echoing through the corridors of time are whispers that crescendo into an ear-piercing cry foretelling the Apocalypse Unveiled: The Last Three Days. Immerse yourself in a gripping narrative that skirts the edges of reality, where the forbearance of humanity and the fabric of society fray and snap under the weight of celestial chaos. Begin your journey at the precipice of the end as you traverse through the precursors of doom–historical patterns, prophecies, and unavoidable cosmic signals.
Feel the unsettling quiet of Day 1 that fades into a night of unnatural stillness. Skies speak in cryptic hues, and a collective disquiet seeds terror in the hearts of all. With each turn of the page, the inevitable decay of civilization gains momentum; financial pillars crumble, and what once was order succumbs to madness. The Day 2 descends–a cavalcade of natural disasters and humanity scrambling amidst the rubble of its former grandeur.
Amidst the shadows of desperation, there is an unexpected glimmer. Chapter 5 captures the indomitable spirit of our species, with tales of valor and unity that ignite a flame of hope. Yet, the twilight of Day 3 looms large: will salvation be found in the pursuit of sanctity, or will humanity tread the path to damnation? This is the hour of decision, where miracles contend with malevolence, and new mythologies are inked in the annals of history.
Delve deeper, as every chapter unfurls scenarios both mystifying and profound. Witness the potential interventions–be they divine, extraterrestrial, or mere coincidence–as humanity faces the stark realities of a world remade. Relics of ruin or the foundation for rebirth: what legacy will the last days inscribe upon the earth? Through the pages of this chronicle, you will venture through harrowing darkness towards a dawn that might signal a new day’s rise–or eternal night.
PURPOSE AND ESSENCE
The primary goal of this book is to share my research and experience with fellow Business Analysts and guide them through the dynamic, rapidly evolving landscape of the Post Digital Transformation Era. As IT systems become increasingly intelligence-led (A, GerA & LLM), understanding their impact and navigating these changes effectively is paramount for Business Analysts. This book aims to offer a deep dive into how intelligent-led digital solutions are reshaping business operations and how Business Analysts can leverage these changes for innovation, efficiency and success to upskill themselves from a business analysis role to a business advisory role through the seven pivotal transition steps of:
1. Enhancing efficiency in operations and processes
2. Driving cost savings through innovative solutions
3. Reducing business and technology risks
4. Adopting and promoting an agile mindset
5. Embracing and advocating for automation
6. Leading with data-driven decision-making
7. Championing sustainability in business practices
Combining practical advice, real-world case studies and valuable insights, this book serves as a comprehensive guide for Business Analysts to stay ahead of the curve and excel in the Post Digital Transformation AI era.
Welcome to your leadership toolbelt! In most, if not every, professional development course, the facilitator says something along the lines of “Here’s another tool for your toolbelt.” I’m not sure about you, but have gained all these “tools,” but never got the toolbelt. Did I miss being issued the toolbelt? When was that class? After years of leading at various levels, studying leadership, teaching & coaching others to enhance their leadership capacity, and through my own experiences (both successes and failures), I identified commonalities in leadership concepts. I reached the conclusion that most, if not all, of the concepts are built, or enhanced by, the foundations found in my new leadership approach: Leadership in Two Steps. Once I realized that this is the toolbelt to hang all our other tools on, I knew I had to share it with you!