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China, 1854. Robert Hart is on the run. Fleeing Ireland to escape a promiscuity scandal, the syphilitic nineteen-year-old arrives in the Middle Kingdom at the height of the Qing Dynasty. And though he buys a woman to share his bed, the libidinous Westerner has no idea she will help him shape the course of a nation. With the insight into the culture and language his beautiful concubine provides, Hart helps the emperor put down the bloody Taiping Rebellion. And as he fights against scheming Brits and Americans during the Opium Wars, the courageous preacher’s son rises to an unprecedented level of trust within the Chinese royal family.
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Ten years ago Mallie Grayson Westin packed up and with her children left the only home they had ever known…that she had ever known. Now she was coming back. The neighborhood was still the same. Very little had changed. It was still a small cluster of only a few homes that were long ago built by her parents and a few of their friends who wanted something different than what the city in the distance offered. They had found this little corner of the canyon and made it their own. Lizzie was still there. Mallie couldn’t imagine the canyon without the woman who was in all the ways that mattered like a mother to her. Lizzie Patterson had reached the pinnacle of her profession by stepping successfully into any acting role she played and making it her own.
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Emma, a privileged young heiress, decides to mentor Harriet Smith, a pretty boarding-school pupil, and to matchmake her as eligibly as she can… But how is she to guess that Harriet has a secret? Meanwhile, the brilliant, penniless Jane Fairfax consents to a clandestine engagement with Frank Churchill – though not daring to confess, even to him, that she is being relentlessly pursued by her best friend’s husband. Harriet sidelines Emma herself in favour of the ingenious Harriet and the fascinating Jane Fairfax. It is Emma – but an Emma with a surprisingly believable twist in its tail.
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Charlie Decker traveled to Seattle to acquire a much needed loan for his family’s Orchard. After a dozen requests, Charlie is forced to head home empty handed. But his plans are derailed after an unexpected attack on the city renders all electronics useless. No cars. No phones. Everything about the modern world has been destroyed. And that’s when the chaos begins.
The infamous Victorian Mansion, Baudey House, stands sentinel on California’s rocky coast, casting its long shadow over the sleepy village of Red Cay. Veiled in fog and sinister gloom, Baudey House draws bestselling author, David Masters, and his daughter, Amber, into its deadly embrace. Within its walls, David plans to write his ultimate masterpiece of horror.
600 Plant Based Recipes for Delicious & Gorgeous Meals! Do you want to & live a life full of energy yet enjoy mouthwatering and easy to prepare meals?
Do you want to lose weight once and for all while still enjoying your favorite vegan dishes? Well, if the answer is yes, then that’s why I’m here for. To help you with achieving this, I focused on creating the one and only Plant-based cookbook, for excellent results, with easy and effortless to cook recipes for anyone. This simple, yet plant based recipes book will assist you in achieving one-of-a-kind yummy meals, ready to restore your health, feel great and lose weight!
In a world that glorifies romance and sex, many of us have fallen for the lie that singleness is second-best . . . or that even we are second-best compared to our married friends. So how can you learn to believe singleness is good and truly experience its blessings? How do you handle the loneliness, the desire for kids, or the heartache of breakups? How do you embrace what you have instead of wishing for the things you don’t? As impossible as it may seem, singleness truly is as good as marriage. If you’re wrestling with being content in your singleness, this book will provide empathy and encouragement while offering biblical truths and practical steps to help you combat that “grass-is-greener” syndrome. You don’t need to be married to live the abundant life Christ offers to all believers.
Are you sick and tired of overthinking everything and feeling insecure, disappointed, and demotivated afterward? Have you tried countless other solutions, but nothing seems to work? Do you want to know how to stop overthinking and finally say goodbye to beating yourself up over your “shortcomings”? If so, then Overthinking Is Not the Solution is for you! You see, becoming the confident, successful, and motivated person you’ve always wanted to be doesn’t have to be a struggle. This book is a must-read if you are interested in overcoming overthinking or coping with anxiety, stress, depression, or any other problem causing negative thought patterns. You will learn how to recognize common symptoms of overthinking and finally take control of your thoughts.
A nearly flawless museum robbery, a missing million-dollar necklace, a stalled investigation. For the victim of the crime, the situation calls for desperate measures, and spunky 72-year-old Pen Fitzpatrick isn’t going to sit by and do nothing. When the police have a dozen excuses why they can’t solve the crime, Pen does the only thing she can do—gather a group of friends to help catch the crooks and steal back the necklace. They call themselves The Heist Ladies. It becomes apparent the thief is a master con man who is likely working with an international theft ring. The chase takes the Ladies far from home and into elegant European enclaves as they attempt to face him down. Close calls and near misses—it’s never quite certain whether the women will be able to pull their own spectacular heist and see justice done.
When Coast Guard Commander Taylor Campbell returns to Rock Harbor, Texas, to tend to her uncle’s estate, she meets a veteran Navy SEAL, Jake Solomon, and learns her uncle didn’t drown accidentally. His murder was one in a string of murders of a group of Vietnam veterans who called themselves the Compass Points. Before her uncle died, he sent Taylor a message with the location of his buried treasure. Unearthing it will place her squarely in the killer’s crosshairs, but she’s determined to fulfill her uncle’s last wish. Jake, sent to protect her and find the killer, has other plans. Despite the fact she’s a feisty dynamo in a pint-sized package, his mission would be much easier to accomplish if he could forget how good she’d tasted when he kissed her.
Do you remember what it was like to cuddle in bed with your first love? Do you remember the energy exchanged during your first kiss? Do you remember the lust, the longing, and the long nights of labored passion? In life, such grand little moments go by in a flash — so quick that their profundity is often lost on us. Poetry and photographs are the best means by which we can capture these moments and savor them forever. With rare honesty and raw depth, Poems from a Boy to a Girl is an intimate examination of the eternal adventure of the heart. Each of its four chapters contains a compendium of pictures and poems that capture the intimate thoughts that bubble up in the ether of young love.
Ruby Ward is ready for her happily-ever-after. And when her ex-husband invites her for lunch at the restaurant where he proposed, it can only mean one thing: he has realized his mistake and wants her back. She is more than willing to have him. Instead, he announces he is marrying her younger and sexier neighbour. Next Week! Which would be devastating enough, but the honeymoon is in Mexico during the holidays, and he is taking their son. On the verge of spending Christmas alone, she agrees to a girlfriends’ getaway in the remote seaside village of Christmas Cove. Without her family and heartbroken over her ex-husband’s impending nuptials, Ruby is relieved to find the rented cabin is perched on a cliff far enough from the overtly Christmassy vibe of Christmas Cove to let her forget what season it is.
In El’s fantasies, she pilots a fighter jet for the intergalactic fleet. In reality, she’s a mechanic whose social grid ranking guarantees she’ll never advance beyond the lowest grunt work, and a slave in all but name to her cruel and self-centered stepmother and stepsisters. The most she can hope for is a few stolen moments of happiness practicing on her sisters’ flight simulators, or talking to the mysterious stranger she met on an illicit night of stargazing. When the queen announces a competition to find new pilots for the fleet, El knows this is her chance to escape. But her stepmother will never let her compete—and then she learns that her new friend, the one person she thought she could trust, was hiding a secret that changes everything between them.
NEWLY EDITED AND REVISED! Steal away on this super romantic getaway to Italy! He’s a successful entrepreneur who almost has it all. She’s the long-ago crush—the girl who got away. When they meet again, fireworks explode once more, but will a buried secret steal their chance for a happy ending? Troy Thurlow let the girl of his dreams get away fourteen years ago, back when he was a high school football star. Now he’s a highly successful executive with a life most people only dream about, but he’s never stopped thinking about Jasmine and wondering what would have happened if he’d ever had the courage to ask her on a date. When he meets her by chance, Troy is determined to snatch at the opportunity—that is if his past doesn’t catch up with him first . . . Jasmine Cervantes does “happily ever after” for a living, arranging dream-destination honeymoons for the fabulously rich and famous. But, so far, her own fairy-tale ending has eluded her—until the boy she couldn’t stop dreaming about in high school barges unexpectedly into her office.
When elite assassin Jeda DeLongo received his assignment to kill a witch and deliver her twin daughters to the Countess of Berkshire, he had no idea it would be his last. The witch stuns him with an elemental blast, but not before he’s able to throw his knife. When Jeda regains consciousness, the dying witch is performing a compulsion spell between him and her daughters. Now bonded to the girls, Jeda’s old life is forfeit. His only thought is to take the girls and run as far away as he can. He has no idea that the twins are the ones spoken of in the long-lost prophecy of The Witch Stone. Forces are gathering: the white witches want to teach them; the black witches want to use them; the Countess wants her grandchildren back, and the guild has sent their best assassin to bring them back. Jeda must use all of his skills to stay one step ahead of them all, but will it be enough to save himself and keep the children of prophecy alive?
In a desolate, post-apocalyptic world, how far will a father go to save his daughter’s life? Sometimes life ends with a bang. Other times it ends with a slow strangulation. The oceans are extinct. Civilization has collapsed. But what does that mean for the rest of the planet? What does that mean for those who survived? Enter the world as it exists in the twenty-second century. Join Jeremy Colt and his daughter, Sam, as they race across the country to survive. With only their bikes and the packs on their backs, they must reach San Diego before her medicine runs out. The clock is ticking. Can they get there fast enough? And if they do, will it even save her?
Washed-up alt-country-rocker-turned-junker Maggie Killian is pulled to Wyoming by an irresistible force . . . former bull rider Hank Sibley, the man who broke her heart fifteen years before. When she unexpectedly meets his Sunday school-teaching girlfriend at a saloon, Maggie seeks liquor-fueled oblivion between the sheets of a younger man’s bed. But after her beloved vintage truck breaks down and leaves her stranded in the Cowboy State, she learns her hook-up died minutes after leaving their rendezvous. Suddenly surrounded by men with questionable motives, Maggie searches for the murderer while fighting the electricity between herself and her old beau and her new penchant for local whiskey.
Scientist Maryse Robicheaux thought that a lot of her problems had gone away with her mother-in-law’s death. The woman was rude, pushy, manipulative and used her considerable wealth to run herd over the entire town of Mudbug, Louisiana. Unfortunately, death doesn’t slow down Helena one bit. DEA Agent Luc LeJeune is wondering what his undercover assignment investigating the sexy scientist has gotten him into – especially as it seems someone wants her dead. Keeping his secrets while protecting Maryse proves to be easier than fighting his attraction for the brainy beauty.
I’m no hero. Don’t much care that the Navy disagrees with me. My years as a SEAL left me with a ledger full of blood, a permanent limp, and a complete inability to function in polite society. Up in the mountains, no one bothers me. Hell, no one even knows I exist. It’s better that way. So why did I bring the beaten and bloodied woman back to my cabin? Because when I found her trapped in an SUV hanging upside down at the edge of the cliff, she whispered three words I couldn’t ignore.
Christmas–it’s the most wonderful time of the year … right? Not for these Hollywood Humbugs! When the cast and crew are summoned to Heart and Soul studios to film a last-minute Christmas movie The Naughty List, the mood is more bah, humbug than merry and bright. These grinches have no time for the holiday season, and love isn’t on their Christmas wish list. But even Grinches can’t stop the holiday magic. When the LIGHTS illuminate and the CAMERA rolls, the ACTION on set transforms from frosty to steamy faster than Santa can empty his sack down the chimney. As Christmas Eve approaches, and filming draws to a close, will these Scrooges embrace the holiday spirit along with their soulmate?
I was offered my first solo project. It was a chance too good to be true. That should have been my first clue. Go to an island on the Gulf Coast, dismantle and catalogue a beautiful cathedral, and catch some sunshine on the sandy shore as a bonus. What could go wrong? It started with an attack from a monstrous beast the first night on the beach. When a dangerous man leapt from the night to defend me, I was tempted to think fondly of my unexpected champion. But I quickly realized the mysterious, brooding figure wants to stop my work. He was one of the obstacles to completing this project! Not only was he hiding things from me, I was convinced he wants to make my life a living hell. My terrible savior was just as brutal as the creature he fought off, damaged in ways I’ll never understand. And yet, the more time we were forced to spend together, the more I caught glimpses of kindness beneath his brutal exterior.
For the first time collected into a box set, books 7-12 of the Dog Lovers’ Rescue Romances featuring canines Mr. Bean, Rocky, Scout, Ranger, Bruno, and Providence are all here. Root for the dogs as their fictional stories unfold. They all find their forever homes through a dog rescue center, after romping through their respective adventures and misadventures. Yes, they each find their way to happily ever after lives. The adoptive individuals and families learn to appreciate the hard work, sacrifices, and earnest efforts of the rescue center volunteers, veterinarians, and staff who save their animals’ lives every day.
Will the super star sliding sisters Anne and Enna finally win their first world watersliding championship? Award-winning author Dave W. Ball has created a ridiculously fun picture book about an epic waterslide competition, starring the lovable Hiccups characters.
Anyone can work in a convenience store, but some people really shouldn’t… James Sims is a recent college graduate who has done everything by the book, but that doesn’t mean that he has actually done anything right. With an expensive coffee coaster for a degree and no idea what he is going to do with the rest of his life, James finds himself working nights at the busiest gas station in his small Michigan town. It’s the last place he should be. Shift Change is a misanthropic and confessional dark comedy. It’s sometimes poignant but it’s more often ridiculous. Either way, It’s always self-indulgent. Based on the author’s own experiences working in the service industry, Shift Change is an exploration of what happens when you never stop trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. It’s not for everybody.
At 19, Laya Steinberg fell in love and ran away with a non-Jewish man – violating centuries of tradition and religious law. In the wake of ex-communication and an intense campaign to win her back, including private detectives and family spies, she managed to make a new life for herself and her children. Laya’s story is the tale of tens of thousands of others, Jewish or otherwise, who choose to lead lives in ways that do not neatly conform to the expectations of their families. As Laya chooses love over religious and cultural traditions, she wakes up to a new world of independence and freedom, a world where she must risk everything, she has known to become the woman she was meant to be. We are reminded of the beautiful, unexpected turns life takes if we are brave enough to take the helm of our own truth.
Ashley stopped and stared. She had never really taken time out of her day to look at the statue. In spite of its weathered outer texture, he was truly beautiful. She set her bags down on the steps of the fountain and climbed up two more for a closer look. The pigeons scattered as she crossed into their territory. He was indeed spectacular, this Narcissus. No wonder he fell in love with himself. The grayish green marble was fading, but you could imagine that it once gave the illusion of alabaster skin. His eyes were deep-set, and Ashley imagined them to be dark green, perhaps with flecks of gold. His lips were rosebuds, and his hair, a thatch of golden curls. Ashley was baffled that she had never noticed it before. His face bore a boyish smirk as he gazed into the water to feast upon himself. She felt the need to touch it.
May you always live in interesting times.” An Ancient Chinese curse that the royal court of the Empress Qidi Bayun found surprisingly prophetic given their desperate journey beyond the Great Wall to the last Yuen stronghold, the forbidden city of Xanadu on the northern grasslands of China. There they found the Kahn and General Li, the Mongols greatest general and commander of the Golden Horde along with ten thousand of their best cavalrymen, but what is ten thousand when over a hundred thousand Red Turbans of the Ming are bearing down on Xanadu? The last and some of the best of the empire lay there ripe for the picking, and other eyes are also watching, from above.
Foraging for Edible Wild Plants includes almost 40 tasty wild foods you can go outside and harvest right now. It contains detailed information on berries, fruits, nuts, leaves, flowers, seeds, shoots, roots, and mushrooms that grow throughout the US. No matter where you live, you’ll be able to fill your basket with these flavorful and nutritious ingredients. Greer started foraging and fishing with his father at 12 years old. They would visit parks, local rivers, and sometimes their own backyard to find wild foods. They were delicious adventures and an excellent way to bond. Greer’s first dish from wild food was sauteed dandelion greens with bacon. Now, he shares his love of wild food with you.
Hippolyta the unicorn is taking a walk in her home forest when she meets a magnificent dragon. Hippolyta’s parents have warned her about dragons; unicorns are not supposed to talk to such dangerous beasts. But Hippolyta has always made friends with all kinds of creatures. The dragon fascinates her. To get to know her better, Hippolyta challenges Ember the dragon into a unicorn vs. dragon tournament! They compete in three thrilling quests and discover the meaning of friendship and courage. Which magical creature is more powerful, a unicorn or a dragon?
Are you worried about overpaying for a new roof or solar panel system? What if you could turn your biggest homeowner expense into monthly income without spending a dime? Learn how to turbocharge your home’s value and your monthly cash-flow using government funded solar energy on your roof. In this boxed set homeowners roofing guide from Jon Nelsen, Solar Powered Energy Theft: Legal No Money Down Solar Panels for Homeowners + What I Wish My Roofer Had Told Me
100 More Easy Recipes in Jars is the latest collection of gifts from your kitchen, blending this popular trend with a delicious homemade gift that’s sure to please everyone. There is a wealth of simple and easy recipes that will make your gift giving easy this year. All of these recipes are easy to make, using simple ingredients to create a snack or homemade meal that’s as easy to use as a store-bought mix. These festive gift jars are great for a favorite teacher, your pastor, Christmas gifts or a thank-you gift for a helpful neighbor. You’ll find many occasions that are just right for gifts in jars, so keep a few handy. As a free bonus, readers have access to over 2000 online labels and recipe cards to decorate and personalize their handcrafted jars. These professionally designed templates are completely customizable so you can add your own creative touch to create a fun and tasty gift.
The story of little Lisa traveling the world on a magic train will teach your little ones to accept themselves. To embrace their heritage and celebrate their tradition. From beaches in Australia to squares in London, Lisa will meet different nations, peoples, and their cultures. Filled with colorful illustrations and light rhymes, this cute book celebrates diversity around the world. Your little ones will learn about their peers and customs, from football players in Brazil to kung fu masters in China. They will enjoy learning about international dishes, clothes, games, and toys. And they will realize that despite their differences, all children have dreams, desires, and love in their hearts.
From a scale of 1-10, how effective are your communication skills? Unless you are the reincarnation of Steve Jobs, you are probably not at 10 just yet! This is because during the early stages of a business, the emphasis is typically on how to think like a leader, not how to talk like a leader. But there comes a point where you need to hire the first batch of employees, source the most reliable suppliers, and pitch your business to eager investors and customers. These tasks require you to know how to manage difficult people, build a strong network, and influence change. Effective business communication skills give your startup a competitive edge and make it easier to get others to buy into your vision. If you are ready to level up and learn the art of influencing people, Startup Communication Skills is the book for you! This 10 chapter handbook for new business owners offers actionable advice on how to network, build good relationships with team members, and establish your signature company culture.
Charly Highsmith is a survivor. Abandoned by her parents, she spent her teens looking after her autistic brother on the bitter streets of Denver, Colorado, with nothing but a jacket and a backpack. But things are better now. Charly and Jacob live in a two-bedroom apartment near a mall, and with the passing of their long-lost father, they’ve inherited a cabin high in the Rocky Mountains. Charly’s eager to go there. Relive the good times she had as a child, running through the forest with Jacob and her cousins. Amanda the Overachiever. Cam the Recluse. But when they arrive, the cabin isn’t empty. Barry the Millionaire. Kennedy the Social Media Magnet. Randall the Hunter.
Merit Cloud, a Detroit SWAT operative, believes in wiping criminals out and enforcing his own version of justice. Drug dealers, gangsters, weapon smugglers, Merit has seen it all—until he encounters Phantom, a violent super soldier part of an organization called the Syndicate of Earth. The brutal encounter leaves Merit mutilated and several of his fellow squadmates dead. He swears vengeance will be his. After a seemingly routine procedure for a sleep enhancer, he unexpectedly gains nanotech-based superhuman abilities himself. Now it’s an even playing field. He’ll face the might of the entire SOE, and the dreadful reality of where his new powers came from…
I Love You more than Marshmallows is a witty and adorable book that takes family and friends through all the different ways parents love their children in more ways than they could ever know. This Beautifully written rhyming book has enchanting watercolor illustrations sure to evoke feelings of bonding and harmony. I Love You more than Marshmallows is a sure bedtime favorite, helping children feel at peace with a touching storyline speaking the volumes of love parents have for their children. A very popular read amongst preschoolers, new and expecting parents, and babies! We’re sure this will become a family favorite memory and a great way to bond with your children.