The Crown of Thorns

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Publisher:Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN:0244907889

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ETHEREAL VOICES offers a scintillating and thought-provoking selection of short stories and poems with an eclectic, trans-Atlantic, Caribbean flavour. The author’s gift at writing transports the reader to the flavours, smells, cultures, social mores and climate of that country. In three of the stories, the protagonist, Pearl, in “Sister, Sister”, is left behind in Jamaica while her parents and baby sister move to England in the 1960’s in search of a better life; the young girl in “The Devil and Lola” knows nothing about life; Ibrahim in “Beach Walk” falls in love with a pretty tourist in the Gambia; and, in “Judy”, Judy herself realizes life is full of strange twists. Shona Jabang is a Jamaican-American. She is a language arts teacher at an American high school in the UK as well as a part-time writing instructor with the University of Maryland University College (UMUC - Europe). Shona originally grew up in the UK but has lived in Jamaica, Canada, and the US. She now lives in East Anglia, England

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The Sheikh's Christmas Baby

Author:Leslie North

Publisher:Leslie North

ISBN:1541201485

Total Pages:162

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Their passionate affair ended in heartbreak when he left without warning. When he returns unexpectedly, can their heat melt away the hurt of the past? Kashif Shadid has always craved adventure. With one last chance to win the Iditarod dog sled race before assuming his role as Sheikh, he’s returned to the Alaskan wilderness to train at a legendary sled dog farm. But returning means coming face to face with Kristy Cohen, the woman who captured his attention years ago. He’s thrilled once again by her icy beauty, but her farm is facing financial ruin. Kashif’s eager to take control, however, getting her to agree with his plans may be a challenge. Kristy Cohen works hard to keep her sled dog farm afloat while raising her young daughter. Faced with declining revenues and a changing climate, Kristy’s struggling, but she’s not willing to turn her back on her business model. When Kashif Shadid shows up out of the blue pushing her to make changes, Kristy’s response is as cold as the Alaskan snow. She fell for tall, handsome Kashif once before. After four years without a word from him, she won’t be making that mistake again. This time, Kristy’s guarding more than just her heart. With her farm and her daughter to consider, can she ever risk taking a chance on Kashif again?

Zara

Author:Olusola Oguche-Agudah

Publisher:WestBow Press

ISBN:1490837361

Total Pages:250

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Zara’s dreams of a happy marriage ended when she realized that the man she married had no intentions of staying married. After years of grief and bitterness, Zara summons courage and leaves her husband to carve a niche for herself. She succeeds and becomes a high flier in the field of design. Just when she thought she had gotten her life together, her daughter calls on her to help save her own marriage. Can Zara leave the past behind, forgive, and find courage to love again?

Let the Wind Rise

Author:Shannon Messenger

Publisher:Simon and Schuster

ISBN:1481446568

Total Pages:416

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The breathtaking action and romance build to a climax in this thrilling conclusion to the Sky Fall trilogy from the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the Keeper of the Lost Cities series. Vane Weston is ready for battle. Against Raiden’s army. Against the slowly corrupting Gale Force. Even against his own peaceful nature as a Westerly. He’ll do whatever it takes, including storming Raiden’s icy fortress with the three people he trusts the least. Anything to bring Audra home safely. But Audra won’t wait for someone to rescue her. She has Gus—the guardian she was captured with. And she has a strange “guide” left behind by the one prisoner who managed to escape Raiden. The wind is also rising to her side, rallying against their common enemy. When the forces align, Audra makes her play—but Raiden is ready. Freedom has never held such an impossible price, and both groups know the sacrifices will be great. But Vane and Audra started this fight together. They’ll end it the same way.

Let the Wind Rise

Author:Shannon Messenger

Publisher:Simon and Schuster

ISBN:1481446568

Total Pages:416

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The breathtaking action and romance build to a climax in this thrilling conclusion to the Sky Fall trilogy from the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the Keeper of the Lost Cities series. Vane Weston is ready for battle. Against Raiden’s army. Against the slowly corrupting Gale Force. Even against his own peaceful nature as a Westerly. He’ll do whatever it takes, including storming Raiden’s icy fortress with the three people he trusts the least. Anything to bring Audra home safely. But Audra won’t wait for someone to rescue her. She has Gus—the guardian she was captured with. And she has a strange “guide” left behind by the one prisoner who managed to escape Raiden. The wind is also rising to her side, rallying against their common enemy. When the forces align, Audra makes her play—but Raiden is ready. Freedom has never held such an impossible price, and both groups know the sacrifices will be great. But Vane and Audra started this fight together. They’ll end it the same way.

The Godless Man (Telamon Triology, Book 2)

Author:Paul Doherty

Publisher:Headline

ISBN:0755395751

Total Pages:255

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Can the mysteries of Ancient Greece, and Alexander himself, be unravelled? Alexander the Great faces the challenge of the Persian Centaur in The Godless Man, the second novel in Paul Doherty's magnificent series. Perfect for fans of Gary Corby and Margaret Doody. '[Paul Doherty's] Alexander is a loyal friend and likeable rogue intent on gambling everything to achieve his dreams of world conquest' - Times Literary Supplement Alexander has smashed the armies of the great king Darius III and is roaming the Western Persian Empire like a hungry predator, living up to his nickname of 'the Wolf of Macedon'. Arriving in the great city of Ephesus in 334 BC, his campaign is threatened by a series of violent murders carried out by a high-ranking Persian spy known as 'the Centaur'. Worse, one of Alexander's old tutors, Leonidas, is found face down in a pond at the House of Medusa. Alexander's friend and physician, the level-headed Telamon, must set about unravelling this mass of blood-strewn mysteries. As always one of the biggest obstacles is Alexander himself, a consummate actor whose lust for power and glory matches the carnage and intrigue that dog his footsteps like the Furies themselves. What readers are saying about Paul Doherty: 'Paul Doherty has the rare talent of making you feel as though you are there, be it medieval England, or battling with Alexander. The sounds and smells of the period seem to waft from the pages of his books' '[You] lose yourself in the story' 'Five stars'

Dragonheart

Author:Todd J. McCaffrey

Publisher:Del Rey

ISBN:0345509730

Total Pages:560

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Todd McCaffrey’s first solo novel in the classic Dragonriders of Pern series, Dragonsblood, was hailed by critics and embraced by the countless devoted readers of the landmark science fiction saga created by his mother, Anne McCaffrey. Now the chronicles of Pern take another captivating turn as the embattled planet, the brave pioneers who call it home, and the magnificent flame-breathing creatures who fly high to protect it confront a dire new challenge. The grim specter of sickness looms over the Weyrs of Pern, felling fire-lizards and posing a potentially devastating threat to their dragon cousins, Pern’s sole defense against the deadly phenomenon that is Thread. Fiona, the youngest and only surviving daughter of Lord Bemin, is just coming of age, and about to assume the duties of a Weyrwoman, when word spreads that dragons have indeed begun succumbing to the new contagion. With the next season of Threadfall quickly approaching, and the already diminished ranks of the dragons once more under siege, every Weyr across Pern is in crisis mode. It is hardly the time for disturbing distractions–such as the strange voice Fiona suddenly hears in her mind at the darkest and most urgent moments. Circumstances and the mood of the weyrfolk worsen when advance patrols relay the dreaded news that black dust–the unmistakable herald of falling Thread–has been sighted. As more dragons sicken and die, leaving only a new generation of weyrlings too young to succeed them, Weyrleader B’Nik and queen rider Lorana arrive from Benden Weyr to comb Fort Weyr’s archives in a desperate search for clues from the past that may hold the solution to the plague. But could the actual past itself prove the pathway to salvation for Pern’s stricken dragons and the entire imperiled planet? Guided by a mysterious ally from a wholly unexpected place, and trusting in the unique dragon gift for transcending time, Fiona will join a risky expedition with far-reaching consequences for both Pern’s future and her personal destiny.

Dragon Harper

Author:Anne McCaffrey,Todd J. McCaffrey

Publisher:Del Rey

ISBN:0345502523

Total Pages:320

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER • “Captivating . . . The McCaffreys are well known for their brilliant characterizations, and they do not disappoint here.”—Booklist In Fort Hold, a clutch of fire-lizard eggs is about to hatch, and Lord Bemin’s beautiful young daughter, Koriana, is determined to Impress one of the delightful creatures. At the hatching, apprentice harper Kindan Impresses a fire-lizard of his own . . . and wins the heart of Koriana. But Lord Bemin mistrusts harpers and will not hear of a match between his daughter and the low-born Kindan. Then fate intervenes in the form of a virulent plague as fast-spreading as it is deadly. Arising suddenly, as if out of nowhere, the contagion decimates hold after hold, paying no heed to distinctions of birth. In this feverish crucible, friendship and love will be tested to the breaking point and beyond. For with Threadfall scant years away, the Dragonriders dare not expose themselves to infection, and it will fall to Kindan and his fellow apprentices to bravely search for a cure and save humanity. “Strong storytelling and compelling drama, along with memorable characters.”—Library Journal

Paris, My Sweet

Author:Amy Thomas

Publisher:Sourcebooks, Inc.

ISBN:1402264127

Total Pages:304

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"From the New York cupcake wars to the perfect Parisian macaron, Thomas's passion is palpable, her sweet tooth, unstoppable."—Elizabeth Bard, bestselling author of Lunch in Paris Forever a girl obsessed with all things French, sweet freak Amy Thomas landed a gig as rich as the purest dark chocolate: leave Manhattan for Paris to write ad copy for Louis Vuitton. Working on the Champs-Élysées, strolling the charming streets, and exploring the best patisseries and boulangeries, Amy marveled at the magnificence of the City of Light. But does falling in love with one city mean turning your back on another? As much as Amy adored Paris, there was part of her that felt like a humble chocolate chip cookie in a sea of pristine macarons. PARIS, MY SWEET explores how the search for happiness can be as fleeting as a salted caramel souffle's rise, as intensely satisfying as molten chocolate cake, and about how the life you're meant to live doesn't always taste like the one you envisioned. Part love letter to Paris, part love letter to New York, and total devotion to all things sweet, PARIS, MY SWEET is a treasure map for anyone with a hunger for life. "Like a tasty Parisian bonbon, this book is filled with sweet surprises."—David Lebovitz, New York Times bestselling author of The Sweet Life in Paris "Amy Thomas seduces us in the same manner that Paris seduced her —one exquisite morsel at a time."—Nichole Robertson, author of Paris in Color

Spoiling the Stories

Author:Tamar Merin

Publisher:Northwestern University Press

ISBN:0810133725

Total Pages:216

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In Spoiling the Stories, Tamar Merin presents the as yet untold story of the rise of prose by Israeli women, while further exploring and expanding the gendered models of literary influence in modern Hebrew literature. The theoretical idea upon which this book is based is that of intersexual dialogue, a term that refers to the various literary strategies employed by Israeli female fiction writers expressing their voice within a male-dominated and (still) inherently Oedipal literary tradition. Spoiling the Stories focuses on intersexual dialogue as it evolved in the first three decades after the establishment of the state of Israel in the works of Yehudit Hendel, Amalia Kahana Carmon, and Rachel Eytan. According to Merin, these three women writers were the most important in the history of modern Hebrew literature: each was a significant participant in the poetic development of her time.

Civil Rights Childhood

Author:Jordana Y. Shakoor

Publisher:Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN:1617030929

Total Pages:216

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Two voices blend in this poignant memoir from the Civil Rights era in Mississippi--a father's and a daughter's. He was Andrew L. Jordan, a son in a dirt-poor family of sharecroppers near Greenwood. Jordana Shakoor is his little girl who grew up to write this book. In her southern childhood she is just becoming aware of her people's dreadful predicament of loving their homeland but of hating its mistreatment of blacks. Like virtually all other southern black families, the Jordans endured humiliation and fear of white reprisals. The child states that her father rejected the ugly Jim Crow tradition and aimed at achieving an improbable dream in black Mississippi--to become a schoolteacher. First, he served as a "colored soldier" in the armed forces. Then he returned home to marry in 1955, an especially ominous year in the calendar of black southerners (the heinous murder of the black northern teenager Emmitt Till occurred then). Jordan got his education with aid from the GI Bill and realized his dream of teaching. But it wasn't enough. Beginning to live according to his conscience, he joined his life to the Civil Rights Movement. At first he moved behind the scenes and then worked openly in mass meetings and voter registrations. For his activism he lost his job and, unemployable at home, he was driven from Mississippi. In Ohio his family merged into the American middle class. When the daughter was twelve, Jordan let her read his fascinating memoir. It made her proud. When she was thirty-five, her father died. By the time she was forty she had begun to intertwine their two stories and their two voices. In a loving reminiscence of her childhood and family influences in Mississippi during a time of danger and strife Civil Rights Childhood unites their two lives and their histories. The voices in this book tell a story whose theme is familiar to legions of African Americans. Yet its particular voices, until now, have gone unheard. Though this is told by a child born in the segregated South, it also is the story of her family's triumph over a dark heritage, a story of a Civil Rights childhood that casts away a centuries-old tradition of insult and denial to embrace instead a Civil Rights heritage of freedom and love.

Raven: Daughter of Darkness Vol. 1

Author:Marv Wolfman

Publisher:DC Comics

ISBN:1401293875

Total Pages:152

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ÒWolfman is a legend amongst comic creators and thereÕs a reason for thatÉ His fantastic understanding of molding captivating tales can be seen in his latest Raven saga.Ó -Comicosity She is the daughter of a demon and an ally to heroes. But for Raven, trying to build a normal life as high schooler Rachel Roth is the greatest battle sheÕs ever facedÉand sheÕs about to be tested again. Her infernal father Trigon is determined to usher in hell on Earth by building an army of unstoppable warriors, using the power of his daughter as the doorway. Now Raven must join forces with her estranged mother Arella and the mysterious sorcerer Baron Winters to stop TrigonÕs plot. The fight will send Raven rocketing through time and space. It will put the lives, and souls, of everyone close to her in jeopardy. And if this Daughter of Darkness fails, a far more terrible one may rise to take her placeÉ Acclaimed writer Marv Wolfman (The New Teen Titans) and Pop Mhan (Batgirl) proudly present Raven: Daughter of Darkness Vol. 1-the opening chapter of an astonishing adventure starring one of comicsÕ greatest young superheroes! Collects Raven: Daughter of Darkness #1-6.

Superheroines and the Epic Journey

Author:Valerie Estelle Frankel

Publisher:McFarland

ISBN:1476628017

Total Pages:296

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The heroine’s journey echoes throughout ancient legend. Each young woman combats her dark side and emerges stronger. This quest is also a staple of American comic books. Wonder Woman with semi-divine powers gives us a new female-centered creation story. Batgirl, Batwoman and Black Widow discover their enemy is the dark mother or shadow twin, with the savagery they’ve rejected in themselves. Supergirl similarly struggles but keeps harmony with her sister. From Jessica Jones and Catwoman to the new superwomen of cutting-edge webcomics, each heroine must go into the dark, to become not a warrior but a savior. Women like Captain Marvel and Storm sacrifice all to join the ranks of superheroes, while their feminine powers and dazzling costumes reflect the most ancient tales.

Ella Enchanted

Author:Gail Carson Levine

Publisher:Harper Collins

ISBN:0062253484

Total Pages:288

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This beloved Newbery Honor-winning story about a feisty heroine is sure to enchant readers new and old. At her birth, Ella of Frell receives a foolish fairy's gift—the “gift” of obedience. Ella must obey any order, whether it's to hop on one foot for a day and a half, or to chop off her own head! But strong-willed Ella does not accept her fate... Against a bold backdrop of princes, ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, and fairy godmothers, Ella goes on a quest to break the curse forever.

The Passage of Time

Author:Ann Williams

Publisher:Xlibris Corporation

ISBN:1465328025

Total Pages:508

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In her first book, We Are Surely Blessed, Ann Williams focused on her parents, Leslie and Esther Johnson. They watch as their five older children grow to adulthood, marry and start their own familys while the two younger children continue their education. They pulled together during the Great Depression, WW I, and saw two of their sons serve in the army during WW II. It is now 1949. In The Passage of Time you will see their dream of having a large family, materialize. Each of the families has settled in the farming area around Guss, Iowa. Follow them as they prosper with their own dreams and watch their children go forward. Share with them the beginning of life and the loss of life, as sudden sadness engulfs them. Join Esther and Leslie as they celebrate their 50th Anniversary. They continue to share the love of the land, the pride in their family, and the country in which they were born. They continue to hold their faith in God. There is a feeling that someone is always watching over them and He will walk with them for the rest of their lives. Follow their youngest daughter as she and her husband and two sons leave the Iowa farm lands and settle in San Jose, California.

Some were Patriots ~ Some were Prodigals

Author:Beverly Brown Hart

Publisher:AuthorHouse

ISBN:1491821094

Total Pages:162

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A native of Nowata Co, OK, msbev grew up near the Verdigris River in Nowata County, OK. She attended a one room country school part of her elementary years. Having researched family history for 40+ years, she knew the true stories about real people would be lost if someone did not write them. She listened as her Pioneer~Blacksmith father and her “mysterious” mother gave her rare glimpses into their lives. Her father even kept his name a secret. msbev did not know his complete given name until after he passed away. Now msbev knew what was behind the looks she remembered seeing pass between her mom and dad, especially if they were disagreeing! She talks with them, listens, and loves them as though they were sitting beside her. She says their conversations are better than when they were alive, because she know them so much better now. Volume 1 includes several of these stories, but not the entire collection.

The Apocalypse Trigger

Author:Douglas Misquita

Publisher:Douglas Misquita

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AD 42: A drunken wager over an imminent natural disaster gives rise to the Vesuvius Group. Over the centuries, their power and wealth have flourished. Today, they influence the upper echelons of World Order. The member families continue the tradition of macabre, and arrogant wagers. 1947: A ship in the Malacca Straits broadcasts a distress signal. When help arrives, her crew is discovered dead... because somebody wanted to acquire the ship's cargo. Present day: A C160 transporting 'clean energy' cells developed by Future Energy Group crashes into the Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia. The incident claims the lives of two indigenous children. A violent confrontation pits FEG's chief of security, Luc Fortesque, against one of the victims' father, Billy Bradford... and exposes FEG to an international investigation. In a bid to return to his employer's good graces, Luc Fortesque agrees to 'acquire' weapons technology from a Chinese rival. Unwittingly, he lends himself to the final act of a grand scheme of revenge that dates to the end of World War II. In the aftermath of a devastating attack on the world's grandest luxury hotel, Sebastian Laporte is on the Most Wanted List of every law enforcement agency in the world. But his actions have made him a prime candidate to execute the ultimate suicide mission. Amid all this, Billy Bradford and Luc Fortesque must put aside their personal war and become the men they once were to prevent an... apocalypse.

Aurella the Witch

Author:Anni Sezate,Ana Ristovska

Publisher:Anni Sezate

ISBN:0999537911

Total Pages:370

Viewed:1946

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Aurella found out she’s a witch…just in time to start a witch hunt. Twelve years ago, the kingdom of Dovice was purged of magic. All the witches were killed in a massive witch hunt, and evidence of their existence was erased from history. So when Aurella discovers she’s a witch, she’s both confused and frightened. Despite the risk of revealing herself, Aurella uses her powers to protect her only friend from a dangerous situation and accidentally sets in motion another witch hunt, making her the key target. With few allies and an entire country against her, Aurella flees north in hopes of finding Rashtica, the alleged kingdom where her kind live in peace. But Aurella can’t run forever, and if she doesn’t learn to embrace her power, the witch hunt she brought about could be her bitter end.