With too few gifted left the Omehi are facing genocide, but Tau cares only for revenge. Following an unthinkable path, he will strive to become the greatest swordsman to ever live, willing to die a hundred thousand times for the chance to kill three of his own people. Three times throughout its history, Nikan has fought for its survival in the bloody Poppy Wars. Though the third battle has just ended, shaman and warrior Rin cannot forget the atrocity she committed to save her people.
Now she is on the run from her guilt, the opium addiction that holds her like a vice, and the murderous commands of the fiery Phoenix—the vengeful god who has blessed Rin with her fearsome power. Her only hope is to join forces with the powerful Dragon Warlord, who plots to conquer Nikan, unseat the Empress, and create a new republic. But neither the Empress nor the Dragon Warlord are what they seem.
It shines a light on some of the worst aspects of humanity which are sadly still reflective of our current society. It is a story of tragedy and loss, of anger and hypocrisy, of perseverance and triumph. Kuang excels at wreaking emotional havoc while delivering a powerful meditation on war and survival. All are bound to Him, His word is law.
The night coming, the sudden light that makes the eyes blind, Golden one, shining, glorious. Marith Altrersyr has won. He cut a path of blood and vengeance and needless violence around the world and now he rules. It is time for Marith to put down his sword, to send home his armies, to grow a beard and become fat. It is time to look to his own house, and to produce an heir. The King of Death must now learn to live. The spoils of war turn to ash in the mouths of the Amrath Army and soon they are on the move again.
But Marith, lord of lies, dragon-killer, father-killer, has begun to falter and his mind decays. How long can a warlord rotting from within continue to win? I shall be certainly watching out for future works because she has proven that she can keep pace with the best writers of the genre. Joe Abercrombie, Scott Lynch and Mark Lawrence make way because the Queen of grimdark is ready to lead the charge in a new wave of dark fantasy fiction.
While winter snows keep the Witch Lord Ruven's invading armies at bay, Lady Amalia Cornaro and the fire warlock Zaira attempt to change the fate of mages in the Raverran Empire forever, earning the enmity of those in power who will do anything to keep all magic under tight imperial control. But in the season of the Serene City's great masquerade, Ruven executes a devastating surprise strike at the heart of the Empire - and at everything Amalia holds most dear. To stand a chance of defeating Ruven, Amalia and Zaira must face their worst nightmares, expose their deepest secrets, and unleash Zaira's most devastating fire.
Swords and Fire is a series that many more people should add to their reading list. You have heard the story before - of a young boy, orphaned through tragic circumstances, raised by a wise old man, who comes to a fuller knowledge of his magic and uses it to fight the great evil that threatens his world. But what if the boy hero and the malevolent, threatening taint were one and the same? What if the boy slowly came to realize he was the reincarnation of an evil god? Would he save the world. Among the Academy's warrior-thieves, Annev de Breth is an outlier.
Unlike his classmates who were stolen as infants from the capital city, Annev was born in the small village of Chaenbalu, was believed to be executed, and then unknowingly raised by his parents' killers. Seventeen years later, Annev struggles with the burdens of a forbidden magic, a forgotten heritage, and a secret deformity.
When he is subsequently caught between the warring ideologies of his priestly mentor and the Academy's masters, he must choose between forfeiting his promising future at the Academy or betraying his closest friends. Each decision leads to a deeper dilemma, until Annev finds himself pressed into a quest he does not wish to fulfil. Will he finally embrace the doctrine of his tutors, murder a stranger, and abandon his mentor? Or will he accept the more difficult truth of who he is. On a mountainside at the edge of the Kaigenese Empire live the most powerful warriors in the world, superhumans capable of raising the sea and wielding blades of ice.
For hundreds of years, the fighters of the Kusanagi Peninsula have held the Empire's enemies at bay, earning their frozen spit of land the name 'The Sword of Kaigen. But when an outsider arrives and pulls back the curtain on Kaigen's alleged age of peace, Mamoru realizes that he might not have much time to become the fighter he was bred to be. Worse, the empire he was bred to defend may stand on a foundation of lies. Misaki told herself that she left the passions of her youth behind when she married into the Matsuda house. Determined to be a good housewife and mother, she hid away her sword, along with everything from her days as a fighter in a faraway country.
But with her growing son asking questions about the outside world, the threat of an impending invasion looming across the sea, and her frigid husband grating on her nerves, Misaki finds the fighter in her clawing its way back to the surface. When the winds of war reach their peninsula, will the Matsuda family have the strength to defend their empire? Or will they tear each other apart before the true enemies even reach their shores? Take a bow dear author, for you are a storyteller, and The Sword of Kaigen is a tale, beautifully told. Tomas Piety has been many things: soldier, priest, gangster As Tomas's power grows, the nobility better watch their backs, in this dark and gritty epic fantasy series.
People are weak, and the poorer and more oppressed they are, the weaker they become--until they can't take it anymore. When Tomas Piety returned from the war, he just wanted to rebuild his empire of crime with his gang of Pious Men. But his past as a spy for the Queen's Men drew him back in and brought him more power than he ever imagined. Now, with half of his city in ashes and the Queen's Men at his back, the webs of political intrigue stretch out from the capital to pull Tomas in. Dannsburg is calling. In Dannsburg the nobility fight with words, not blades, but the results are every bit as bloody.
In this pit of beasts, Tomas must decide once and for all whether he is truly the people's champion Using only her martial arts training, spiritual magic, a sword made from peachwood, and the walking, talking spirit of a human eye, Li-lin stands alone to defend her immigrant community from supernatural threats.
But when the body of a young girl is brought to the deadhouse Li-lin oversees for a local group of gangsters, she faces her most bewildering—and potentially dangerous—assignment yet. The nine-year-old has died from suffocation. Li-lin suspects Gong Tau, a dirty and primitive form of dark magic. But who is behind the spell, and why, will take her on a perilous journey deep into a dangerous world of ghosts and spirits. If you have any interest in any of the topics mentioned above, go grab a copy off NetGalley now, pre-order it off a retailer, or go pick up the first volume of the series.
After a cataclysmic war of the gods, the last of humanity huddles in Bastion, a colossal ringed city. Beyond the outermost wall lies endless desert haunted by the souls of all the world's dead. Trapped in a rigid caste system, Nuru, a young street sorcerer, lives in the outer ring.
She dreams of escape and freedom. When something contacts her from beyond the wall, she risks everything and leaps at the opportunity. Mother Death, a banished god seeking to reclaim her place in Bastion's patchwork pantheon, has found her way back into the city. Akachi, born to the wealth and splendour of Bastion's inner rings, is a priest of Cloud Serpent, Lord of the Hunt. A temple-trained sorcerer, he is tasked with bringing peace to the troublesome outer ring.
Drawn into a dark and violent world of assassins, gangs, and street sorcerers, he battles the spreading influence of Mother Death in a desperate attempt to save Bastion. The gods are once again at war. It is a dark tale full of unconventional ideas with that special kind of madness that only Fletcher can provide. Bring on the sequel. Half orc. All badass. Fetching was once the only female rider in the Lot Lands. Now she is the proud leader of her own hoof, a band of loyal half-orcs sworn to her command.
But in the year since she became chief, the Lots have tested her strength to the breaking point. The Bastards are scattered, desperate, their ranks weakened by a mysterious famine, their fortress reduced to smoldering slag. And their troubles are only growing. A pack of ravening beasts circles their camp, while grasping human nobles hatch a plan that will shift the balance of power in the Lots. As she strives to lead her hoof to safety and unravel the plots set against them, Fetching must journey through forbidden elven lands, overcome long-standing hatreds, battle a monstrous wizard of terrifying power—and, worst of all, delve into the dark truths of her own existence.
If you have an interest in reading a series based on non-human protagonists as they battle and claw their way through an unforgiving environment while forging bonds of brotherhood, this series checks all of those boxes, and so much more. The kingdoms of Osten Ard have been at peace for decades, but now, the threat of a new war grows to nightmarish proportions. Simon and Miriamele, royal husband and wife, face danger from every side.
Their allies in Hernystir have made a pact with the dreadful Queen of the Norns to allow her armies to cross into mortal lands. The ancient, powerful nation of Nabban is on the verge of bloody civil war, and the fierce nomads of the Thrithings grasslands have begun to mobilize, united by superstitious fervor and their age-old hatred of the city-dwellers. But as the countries and peoples of the High Ward bicker among themselves, battle, bloodshed, and dark magics threaten to pull civilizations to pieces.
And over it all looms the mystery of the Witchwood Crown, the deadly puzzle that Simon, Miriamele, and their allies must solve if they wish to survive. But as the kingdoms of Osten Ard are torn apart by fear and greed, a few individuals will fight for their own lives and destinies—not yet aware that the survival of everything depends on them. This is a world so detailed it could be real. Impossible world. Impossible dragon. Impossible adventure. Is the bet worth it in the end? Maybe it is a matter of blurring the lines between witchcraft and love.
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Carrie is on vacation to get away from it all. Lost and alone, she encounters a seemingly friendly tribe. Her relief soon turns to confusion. Why are they painting her skin? What is that word they keep chanting? What does it have to do with the pit at the edge of their camp? And what are those odd noises coming from its depths? A Beautiful Thief. An enemy she can't outrun. But life had other plans.
A priceless cache of jewels was supposed to be her last job, but the police are on to her, and so is another criminal—Jack Pasquin. Taking the jewels and fleeing to Oregon City as a mail-order bride seems to be her only hope. Marshal Robert McCauley never forgave himself for being on the job when his first wife passed away. Guilt has kept him from falling in love again, but a mail-order bride seems to be the perfect answer.
When Bella arrives, not only is she beautiful and intelligent, but her mysterious ways intrigue him more than he cares to admit. Or will she become a widow before she becomes a real wife? Still grieving the loss of her mother, Kari Hagen leaves her younger siblings behind and travels to Walker Creek, Texas. The sooner she gives the letter to Mr. Caleb Walker, the sooner Kari can start earning money as a seamstress for train fare back to her family in Minnesota.
Seth Davis isn't expecting any surprises when he meets the train. Yet what about that pretty little miss standing alone on the platform…all honey-gold curls, blue calico, and no taller than his chin? Is she lost? Walker Creek Brides, a sweet Western historical romance series by award-winning author Miriam Minger that reminds us angels are near and love is where you least expect to find it. Emotions so strong that you are pulled into the pages and into their lives.
Miriam loves to create stories that make you live and breathe the adventure, laugh and cry, and that touch your heart. Love blooms from a single lie gone wrong in this Amazon bestselling regency romance. They should have a son and if it can be managed, he should be handsome. Daughters in limited quantities are fine so long as they are pretty. Bastards are inconvenient and best ignored. It's not a big problem, unless you are one. Unfortunately, Sophy is. Mistaking Sophy for the genuine article, he takes her in. Blackmailed by his sister into giving a Christmas house party to celebrate her recent marriage, Edward is quite certain that the next few days will be an utter nightmare.
Nightmares, however, are something Edward is all too familiar with. After the bloody battle of Waterloo, he has returned from the war a changed man, full of rage and guilt. Anticipating the worst, he tried to warn him… only to get caught by Belinda himself. Edward finds himself furious, but honour bound to do the right thing and not long after finds himself married to a woman whom he doesn't trust and knows nothing about.
More to the point, he has no intention of trying to find out more. Belle, however, is made of sterner stuff and refuses to be afraid of the angry man she married. Somehow, she determines to melt icy Lord Winterbourne's frozen heart, and she's prepared to be wicked to do it. And please do leave a review if you can — it would mean the world to hear what you enjoyed most about the book.
Lady Elizabeth Owens, daughter to the Duke of Winterset, is full of hopes and dreams for her future. She is beautiful and her presence lights up every room she walks in. She has everything Or almost everything. Malcolm Hickson, the Duke of Thornwall, is a misunderstood man. Secluded in his castle for years, he has no desire for the outside world and he expects everything in his estate to run in a certain way.
His sister is his only concern in the world. But when she gets there, she finds herself in a situation she never expected. Nothing and no one could have prepared her for this. One scandal. Two broken hearts. A decade apart. Their rivalry ignites passions, jealousies, family feuds, and deep hatreds already sparked by religious intolerance. Edwin loves them both, but both are forbidden fruit. Who will be the winners in this three-sided game, and what will be the price of a second chance at love for the losers? For lovers of Catherine Cookson. Lunette Marsden is a gifted healer but falling for a spy could leave her with a broken heart.
Scotland, Rhiannon is delivered to Scottish Lowlander, Laird Geoffrey, as his bride. The willful, auburn-haired Rhiannon vows that she will sooner die than belong to any man. A vow that becomes hard for her to keep when Highlander, William MacAlastair, comes to her rescue. William never could resist a damsel in distress, and Rhiannon is no ordinary woman. When he comes to her aid, he finds himself breaking alliances, challenging an old enemy, and doing the one thing he never thought he would—stealing away with a woman in the middle of the night.
William challenges her like no other man, breaking down her defenses, making her wonder if. I found the relationships well thought out and believable. This type of writing deserves to go on for longer than a single book. Her vivid descriptions paint an epic journey of boundless love between two souls who must become one.
Her tender and poetic prose reminded me of the book, Cold Mountain. What do you get when you add the beautiful s Scottish countryside, men in kilts, and the women who love them to a story that features a virile, cloaked defender known only as Blackhawk? An exciting, captivating page-turner by Olivia Stocum, that's what! Now, after waiting six years for her exceedingly reluctant bridegroom to honor his troth, Lydia is resolved to break it off.
Although confident that he'll repair the damage, he has no clue how determined the headstrong Lydia is to thwart his every effort to win her back. Yet, Marcus discovers, in spite of her conviction to end the engagement, Lydia is more responsive to his touch than he ever imagined. Armed with this knowledge, he will use any tool in his arsenal to exploit her weakness. A year later Charles returns to England due to the death of his father. Charles must have an arranged marriage to his childhood friend or lose his fortune.
Lily grew up in a happy household and knows she loves her friend. Madeline Wellington wakes up a year after the Civil War ended with no memory of her life. She is found by a man who claims to be her betrothed but later finds out he lied about nearly everything. Ethan Wellington is distraught after losing his wife of a year.
Yet within another year, he marries another woman, Elizabeth, just one month before Madeline reappears in his life. The distance between them is torturous, even as they share responsibility of their child. A sudden tragedy sets into motion a series of events that will change everything. Madeline is haunted by something from her past, something best left forgotten, for her life depends on it. This last forgotten memory is the key to how she befell the accident that caused her to lose her memory to begin with.
Will she ever find the happiness and love that she longs for? Alastair Cameron was a proud Scottish Highlander to whom honor was as simple as merely speaking his word. His clan, small but strong, clung to the traditions of centuries of living. He would be tested to the limits by family and foe after saving the life of a wandering girl from bandits in the craggy heights of the Moors.
His budding feelings for this striking, dark-haired beauty were not welcomed by his father, but he had promised her more than a passing glance. Isla MacGregor had been raised under the stern care of a Scottish Clan Chief who ruled with an iron hand. Her rescue from death by a rugged Highlander, whose clan was mortal enemies of her own, left her with unanswered questions and an enraged father.
She found herself falling for the handsome stranger. Would love help save this blooming relationship and the prideful honor of both clans? Clara Dawson always followed the rules, until one terrifying night when her inheritance is stolen and the man responsible is left for dead. Desperate to outrun her troubles, she accepts a governess position at the crumbling gothic manor of the mysterious Ravensdale family. Caring for three orphaned children gives her a purpose, but her vulgar employer, Bly Ravensdale, holds dangerous secrets that may shatter Clara's newfound safe haven.
Yet this stubborn brute compels Clara to abandon her etiquette at every turn, and she can't stay away. Charged with returning them to the family's vacant ancestral seat in the English countryside—the one place he wishes to avoid at all costs—Bly quits the role of spy to play family man. But a man nicknamed Devil rarely gets a clean start in life, even with the aid of the prudish yet lovely governess, Clara.
Despite her cold exterior, Bly finds himself drawn to her, even as an enemy from his deadly past resurfaces seeking vengeance. Can he protect all that he has suddenly come to hold dear? The deception series continues with a new bad boy in town, Thane Ryley. Amelia's Deception's famous crime lord Andrew Baird seems to have some competition. Deceiving Lily can be read as a standalone novel, but is more enjoyable if read after Amelia's Deception. Thane Ryley grew up in the slums of Liverpool. After the death of his parents, he took care of his siblings by earning money from petty crimes.
When money was tight, he used street fighting as his main source of support. Making a modest name for himself within the underworld of London, he meets a young girl whose innocence intrigues him. Finding the truth of her identity proves bothersome and he soon gives up his interest and moves to Paris.
A few years later, Thane is back in London and has made a fortune through his criminal empire. Soon, he meets the infamous Andrew Baird the king of the blackguards and challenges his reputation and loyalty within the same circles. Running from his past does not prove easy as the same young girl he let go years ago suddenly shows up in his life and the walls he has built to protect himself start to crumble.
A clean, P-G rated Western historical romance that sets off a string of happy endings with passionate, honorable ranchers and the spirited brides they choose from Mrs. Set in Wyoming Territory. On the advice of her second dying husband, Genevieve Carnegie has returned to Wyoming to sort out her heart. She plans to start a bride school, to prepare future wives of the Western Territories to have a hand in shaping the country.
What she doesn't plan is to lose her heart, again, to Devlin Zollinger, her former brother-in-law. Meanwhile, someone is trying to sabotage the bride ranch at every turn. Can love redeem the most unworthy of rogues? At a house party in honor of she and her sisters, Nicolette is supposed to choose one of the men present to marry, but none stir her heart, not until one fateful night when the least marriageable of them all, the devilish rogue, Mr.
Denham, happens to catch her singing. She knows she should not fall for him, but what can a caged bird do, when freedom lies in the hands of a rake? Theodore Denham has lived in his brother's shadow all his life. But his sins have caught up with him, and soon he will have to leave England or face retribution. Her heart. Romance awaits! Download now. The Northumberland Nine series is a late Regency period Historical Romance series featuring nine sisters of marriageable age and nine aristocratic gentlemen of wealth.
This large series features popular romance tropes such as: second chances, a secret baby, friends to lovers, enemies to lovers, secret romance, a secret marriage, strong heroines, and noble rogues that will leave you ready to fall in love. In the eyes of Amy Roston, Tell Reardon was and always would be a hero. As a child, he had saved her, as a man he taught her to love. And Amy wanted only Tell. Amy lost everything. Tell Reardon was an investigative reporter and he loved what he did until Tell came across an evil that meant to put him to an end. He had to go home to his small town in Florida, in part to heal, and in part to hide.
What Tell found when he returned home was the girl that he had loved, Amy, and she needed saving from the evil that had followed him home. Join Tell as he fights to try and save Amy and then he has to fight to keep her safe while hating her for what she had done to him in the past. Have you ever looked at someone and just knew, knew that they were put in your life for a reason?
The one person that would be not only your best friend, but would be your absolute everything? Life can change so quickly. One moment you can be smiling and feeling as if you're walking on clouds and the next, everything you love, everything you treasure crumbles at your feet. I told him to fight, I told him I needed him. We needed him. I'll live. Not since the Left Behind series has there been a more compelling and eye-opening novel. Taut, tense, and totally unpredictable, When Angels Cry is a powerful love story not only for the heart and soul, but one for the ages—especially the age to come.
In the not too distant future… Wars, plagues, and famines ravage the world, immorality and violence are rampant, and the Bible is outlawed. Angelica Smoke, a single mother and cocktail waitress, ascends the steps of a megachurch to deliver a message from God to the one man she hoped to never see again. That message thrusts world-famous pastor Daniel Cain into a whirlwind of confusion, causing him to seek out Angelica and demand an explanation.
But the woman broke his heart once and is now involved in a fanatical cult. Even being seen with her could damage his career. Still, he cannot stay away, and the more time he spends with her, the more he begins to doubt everything he believes. Angelica is a seer. God grants her visions of the future, but she has no idea what to do with them. Her top priority is protecting her son—from the world, the culture, the devil, and especially from Daniel. But God keeps throwing them together, causing her fears to rise and reopening old wounds that threaten to tear her soul apart.
Angels watch over the couple, protecting and hoping they will make the right choices. But the angels are limited in what they can do as the end of the age comes to a close and the spiritual battles intensify, not only for Angelica and Daniel, but for all humanity. Action-packed and thrilling, When Angels Cry is not only a great read but a thought-provoking tale. In the flavor of Peretti and Left Behind, this story paints a vivid picture of what things might be like in the last days.
From international bestselling author Ivy Smoak comes a romantic suspense that will leave your heart racing. I fell in love with the handsome stranger the first time I ever saw him. A chance encounter on a rainy fall day. And I know he felt the same way. In the blink of an eye, I lost everything. He stays out late. Hides phone calls. But what hurts the most? He looks at me differently. A Must Read!!!
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Read, read, read!!! First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then comes a baby in the baby carriage. Not for me… Go out and conquer the world they said, so I did. I loved. I laughed. I cried. And I lost. Along the way, I learned that love has a funny way of coming back to those who need it the most. But in the end, hope flutters away in the winds. This is my story - beautiful, ugly, passionate, gut-wrenching, and everything in between.
But he was the man I wanted. And it was my selfish craving, the desire to own him, that would be our undoing. No one tells you that love is a disease. An infection that tears your heart apart, leaving you half the person you were before. A malady that leaves open wounds.
Instead, it festered in my marrow, and drove me to unforgivable mistakes. Six was my first mistake, but he wouldn't be the last. Its sequel, Pieces of Eight will release May 9, If you've struggled with mental illness, self-harm, alcoholism, or drug use this story may be triggering for you.
If you are still recovering or are susceptible to relapsing, please reconsider reading. I lost her once. I can't lose her again. I fight wildfires. The one I thought I was going to marry. We were over a long time ago, and there was a good reason why. There were a hundred good reasons, and I know every single one by heart. Or at least, I thought I did. The more time I spend with Clementine, the harder they are to recall. Still the same feisty, whip-smart, headstrong girl I fell for. I already know how this story ends: we go down in flames. Crash and burn.
Not even close. Maybe some fires are worth rekindling. Torch is a steamy standalone romance! Barefoot Bay destination wedding planner Gussie McBain needs a man Just her luck that the shutterbug she runs into is more used to snapping pictures of glamorous models in couture gowns than brides in white lace. But Gussie's never been one to let bad odds stop her from a good gamble, so she asks for a favor she never dreams superstar TJ DeMille will actually grant. Tom DeMille lives his life exactly as he pleases--always alone. But when Tom is suddenly saddled with guardianship of his twelve-year-old niece on an island in the middle of nowhere, he'll lose more than his freedom if he can't figure out how to take care of her.
Then an alluring young woman with pink hair and a sassy mouth shows up at his door, and he agrees to do the unthinkable As they work together, Tom begins to take down the walls Gussie has erected around herself to discover a truly beautiful and tender woman he knows he could love. But will his own heartache and refusal to lay down roots prevent him from giving Gussie the family life she craves Some are spicy, some are sweet, but every book in the Barefoot Bay series stands alone, and tempts readers to come back again and again.
So, kick off your shoes and fall in love with billionaires, brides, bodyguards, silver foxes, and more…all on one dreamy island. Every book in the series is a stand-alone romance! Claire, as always, brings a scorching tear-up-the-sheets romance combined with a great story: dealing with real issues starring memorable characters in vivid scenes. But be forewarned that you will laugh, cry, and sigh with happiness.
I sure did. Roxanne St. You can read almost all my books in Kindle Unlimited, and most are also available in paperback. Huckleberry Lake series set in Idaho! Books are available as a reduced price boxed set, Come to the Lake Book 1 and 2 available in beautifully narrated audiobooks, with Book 3 in production now. A Tuscan Legacy A wonderful 9 book multi-author series to take you around the world!
That means I was supposed to sit down, shut up, and follow orders. Now I own my own company, and I call the shots. But my parents are in town to make amends, and I just need one little lie to ease the tension. A fake boyfriend. Just for one night. Casual encounters only—and I never share my real name. My first mistake is agreeing to her little game. When she sees me for who I really am—will she leave?
Or will she see the broken man inside and give me a chance at love? The writing is gorgeous, the scenery is beautiful You should definitely pick up this one! Superb, unique, and sexy. Stacia met Wilbur at an inconvenient time in her life, to say the least. She went out to grab lunch for her controlling husband of 17 years and decided not to go back. Then, there was the pesky matter of her impending death. News she has just received from her childhood friend, Jerry. A half Russian half Native American beauty, Stacia Altman tried to look on the lighter side of life, until one day it just became too dark.
Her passion for art history and adventure having waned long ago. Wilbur is a devastatingly handsome stranger that initially repulses Stacia because of his too-perfect charm and looks. While fighting her way through the stages of grieving, Stacia finds great friends, love, and most importantly, humor. As she travels the globe solving the mystery of her life and coming to terms with her inevitable death, she ultimately discovers that the end might just be the beginning…of a greater adventure. Follow Stacia on her journey of spiritual awakening, physical pleasure, and discovery of self—a tale told from within her urn.
The road to self-discovery leads Maverick Kensington deep into the heart of New Orleans. The colorful characters, beautiful scenery and a hot mess of a woman he finds along the way offer him the perfect place to reinvent himself. Carys Matthews is young and inexperienced. Besides, his stay is temporary and a fling never hurt anyone, right? His passion and business know-how is exactly what she needs.
Her carefree spirit is what he wants. Their whirlwind relationship is one for the books until truths are untold and assumptions are made. Everything comes to a screeching halt just when they were getting to the good part. Will Maverick be the exception? Whatever she needed, my mouth provided. Zook My second chance at life is going better than I expected. Got a job doing construction where my boss doesn't care about my criminal record. A beautiful girl is teaching me to read and write. Man, I'm falling hard for Cecelia. The Ivy League brunette with big brown eyes goes wild when I kiss her.
But she's hiding some kinda secret from me. She lets me in to the point I think we're soaring, then slams on the brakes. She says her family has a hold on her that terrifies her. She's letting fear win. But I'm not afraid. Whoever I have to fight to make her mine, I'll do it. Cecelia If my life were different, I'd be Zook's girl. I'd fly away with my sexy cowboy and never return. But I'm a bird in a cage, owned by a royal dictator who will slaughter anyone I get close to.
We can only steal our intimate moments. Because if we're caught, Zook's as good as dead. Zook is a full-length standalone novel with a guaranteed happy ending. If you're looking for a steamy rags-to-riches, opposites attract, second-chance romance, you'll love Zook. Who says no to one of the hottest rising stars in Hollywood? Kadence, that's who. When laid-back Hollywood heartthrob, Levi Stone, asks Kadence Allan out for a date he isn't expecting to be rejected.
He isn't expecting to have to practically beg for a chance. He isn't expecting to be challenged every time she opens her mouth. Most importantly, he isn't expecting how hard he's willing to work at being Mr. Right rather than Mr. Right Now. Can Levi convince Kadence he's worth the risk of rearranging her entire life to include him, or will she stick to the plans she's already designed? Is she luring him to destruction or his lighthouse in the storm? She's hiding Abigail Evans spent a lifetime outrunning her turbulent past.
Her ordered existence keeps her hidden, knowing interference could ruin her plans for retribution. However, nothing can stop the dark winds of the past, from sweeping through her future. He's hunting He'll do whatever it takes to win her trust, even seduce her. But Max knows that the truth is rarely straightforward. Soon, it becomes clear that Abigail is hiding a barrage of secrets.
Welcome back to Wishful, Mississippi, full of eccentric characters and southern charm, where author Kait Nolan delivers another heart-warming story of a strong, successful woman and the equally strong man who learns how to be her partner. A grown-up Boy Scout Liam Montgomery is the last person who'd call himself a hero, but he does have a tendency to try to save the world.
Now that he's left the Marine Corps and returned to Wishful, he feels out of place and unsure of what comes next. He does know one thing: The girl who used to look up to him like a brother is all grown up. No way he can see her as a little sister now. And she won't give him the time of day. In fact, a knight in shining armor is the last thing she wants. She's been watching her mother chase that fairy tale for most of her life, with Riley the one left to pick up the pieces of unhappily ever after.
Running Wishful's downtown pharmacy is a dream Riley's worked toward for years. Now that the business is finally hers, the realities of the current economy have made it seem like the dream is slipping through her fingers. So when her mother calls, expecting yet another rescue, Riley feels like she's spread thinner than the last pat of butter at Sunday dinner.
No way. Liam is determined to help, but taking down insurgents is less complicated than infiltrating Riley's defenses. This will require reinforcements. And a plan. Author Interview Q: What makes the Wishful series special? Wishful is a collection of southern romance novels honoring my Mississippi roots.
When I started the series, I set out to highlight everything that I love about living in the small town South--all our quirks, foibles, and dreams provide a fabulous and often funny backdrop to contemporary romances about stubborn, independent women and the men who love them.
Q: Who would dig these books? Wishful is a southern romance series written for anyone looking for love in a small town. If you loved Hart of Dixie and miss the residents of Bluebell, you just might fall in love with Wishful. It's a town where everybody knows your name and hope springs eternal! Q: What order should I read the books in? This southern romance series has been written so that each story is a standalone that wraps up with a happily ever after by The End. My Meet Cute Romance series of novelettes includes two Wishful stories.
Sometimes, the only way to save a girl is to teach her how to fight. Bobby Kincaid is an MMA fighter whose life revolves around his family and their gym. That all changes when a shy accountant with too much baggage and a teenage kid enters his life. One night. One dance. One kiss. Now Bobby is down for the count. Too bad the girl of his dreams leaves the club with someone else.
Finding Home is a humorous, action-packed, standalone sports romance with no cliffhanger, from real-life, full-contact fighter, Emilia Finn. Join the Kincaids on a romantic adventure filled with family loyalties, fire-sparking kinships, and undeniable proof that GirlsFightToo What are reviewers saying about Finding Home?
But the Rollers check every one of my boxes making a series that I go back to and read over and over again. Writing with a clarity and grace that is all her own, Anne Hillerman depicts the beauty and mystery of Navajo Country and the rituals, myths, and customs of its people in a mystery that builds on and complements the beloved, bestselling mysteries of her acclaimed father, Tony Hillerman. The year is In much of the country it is still illegal to espouse evolution. Against this backdrop two monomaniacal paleontologists pillage the Wild West, hunting for dinosaur fossils, while surveilling, deceiving and sabotaging each other in a rivalry that will come to be known as the Bone Wars.
Into this treacherous territory plunges the arrogant and entitled William Johnson, a Yale student with more privilege than sense. Determined to survive a summer in the west to win a bet against his arch-rival, William has joined world-renowned paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh on his latest expedition.
But when the paranoid and secretive Marsh becomes convinced that William is spying for his nemesis, Edwin Drinker Cope, he abandons him in Cheyenne, Wyoming, a locus of crime and vice. William is forced to join forces with Cope and soon stumbles upon a discovery of historic proportions.
Perfectly paced and brilliantly plotted, this enormously winning adventure is destined to become another Crichton classic. The attack is a brilliant feat of planning and secrecy, but with one loose thread. And Martel, likewise, turns a blind eye to the fact he is doing business with a man whose objective is the very destruction of the West.
Written in seductive and elegant prose, the story moves swiftly from the glamour of Saint-Tropez to the grit of Casablanca and, finally, to an electrifying climax that will leave readers breathless long after they turn the final page. She almost caught him once. For three years, Investigator Cassie Dewell has been on a hunt for a serial killer known as the Lizard King whose hunting grounds are the highways and truck stops where runaways and prostitutes are most likely to vanish.
Cassie almost caught him Working for the Bakken County, North Dakota sheriff's department, Cassie has set what she believes is the perfect trap and she has lured him and his truck to a depot. But the plan goes horribly wrong, and the blame falls on Cassie. Disgraced, she loses her job and investigation into her role is put into motion. Now Cassie is a lone wolf. And in the same way that two streams converge into a river, Kyle's disappearance may have a more sinister meaning than anyone realizes. With no allies, no support, and only her own wits to rely on, Cassie must take down a killer who is as ruthless as he is cunning.
But can she do it alone, without losing her own humanity or her own life? Before he retired, J. Beaumont had looked forward to having his days all to himself. Caught up in a situation where old actions and grudges can hold dangerous consequences in the present, Beau is forced to operate outside the familiar world of law enforcement. While seeking justice for his frenemy and healing for a long fractured family, he comes face to face with an implacable enemy who has spent decades hiding in plain sight. Alaska, For a family in crisis, the ultimate test of survival. She is desperate for a place to belong.
Her mother, Cora, will do anything and go anywhere for the man she loves, even if means following him into the unknown. At first, Alaska seems to be the answer to their prayers. In a wild, remote corner of the state, they find a fiercely independent community of strong men and even stronger women. Soon the perils outside pale in comparison to threats from within.
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In their small cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in eighteen hours of night, Leni and her mother learn the terrible truth: they are on their own. In the wild, there is no one to save them but themselves. When Helen Macdonald's father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. But in her grief, she saw that the goshawk's fierce and feral temperament mirrored her own. Projecting herself "in the hawk's wild mind to tame her" tested the limits of Macdonald's humanity and changed her life.
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The American Revolution was neither inevitable nor a unanimous cause. It pitted neighbors against each other, as loyalists and colonial rebels faced off for their lives and futures. These were the times that tried men's souls: no one was on stable ground and few could be trusted. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside.
Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck. The Vance family story begins hopefully in postwar America. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually their grandchild the author would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of their success in achieving generational upward mobility.
Vance piercingly shows how he himself still carries around the demons of their chaotic family history. And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country. Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation. In the wake of the death of his wife as she gives birth to his son, and the killing of his brother on the West Texas plains, John Kerney is forced to give up his ranch, leave his son behind, and strike out in search of the murderous outlaws and a place where he can start over.
He drifts south until he meets a man who offers him work trailing cattle to the New Mexico Territory and forever changes his life. Spanning the years of to , Hard Country is the Western reinvented and enlarged into a saga that above all celebrates the people and the land of the great Southwest. Albert Honig's most constant companions have always been his bees. Deeply acquainted with the workings of the hives, Albert is less versed in the ways of people, especially his friend Claire, whose presence and absence in his life have never been reconciled.
When Claire is killed in a seemingly senseless accident during a burglary gone wrong, Albert is haunted by the loss, and by the secrets and silence that hovered between them for so long. Lorca spends her life poring over cookbooks, making croissants and chocolat chaud, seeking out rare ingredients, all to earn the love of her distracted chef of a mother, who is now packing her off to boarding school. An Iraqi Jewish immigrant who used to run a restaurant, she starts teaching cooking lessons; Lorca signs up. Together, they make cardamom pistachio cookies, baklava, kubba with squash.
They also begin to suspect they are connected by more than their love of food. Bukra fil mish mish, the Arabic saying goes. Tomorrow, apricots may bloom. But he had never seen anything quite like this. Questions as to whether she was alive or dead when she hit the icy pavement result in her macabre nickname, Zombie Doe. Unidentified and unidentifiable, she is the ninth nameless female victim of the year, and homicide detectives Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska are charged with the task of not only finding out who Zombie Doe is, but who in her life hated her enough to destroy her.
Was it personal, or could it just have been a crime of opportunity? Their greatest fear is that not only is she their ninth Jane Doe of the year, but that she may be the ninth victim of a vicious transient serial killer they have come to call Doc Holiday. Crisscrossing America's heartland, Doc Holiday chooses his victims at random, snatching them in one city and leaving them in another, always on a holiday.
If Zombie Doe is one of his, he has brought his gruesome game to a new and more terrifying level. But as Kovac and Liska begin to uncover the truth, they will find that the monsters in their ninth girl's life may have lived closer to home. And even as another young woman disappears, they have to ask the question: which is the greater evil--the devil you know or the devil you don't?
Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life.
Far from saving her, Mickey may have been the one who put her in danger. Haunted by the ghosts of his past, Mickey must work tirelessly and bring all his skill to bear on a case that could mean his ultimate redemption or proof of his ultimate guilt. Hetty "Handful" Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household.
The Grimke's daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women. Kidd's sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah's eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid.
We follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty five years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other's destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love. As the stories build to a riveting climax, Handful will endure loss and sorrow, finding courage and a sense of self in the process. Sarah will experience crushed hopes, betrayal, unrequited love, and ostracism before leaving Charleston to find her place alongside her fearless younger sister, Angelina, as one of the early pioneers in the abolition and women's rights movements.
Inspired by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke, Kidd goes beyond the record to flesh out the rich interior lives of all of her characters, both real and invented, including Handful's cunning mother, Charlotte, who courts danger in her search for something better. This exquisitely written novel is a triumph of storytelling that looks with unswerving eyes at a devastating wound in American history, through women whose struggles for liberation, empowerment, and expression will leave no reader unmoved. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death.
The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him? Moving Target, by J. The police say that he did it to himself, but B. Lance is famous in the hacker world for developing GHOST, computer software that allows users to surf any part of the web completely undetected. With Ali otherwise occupied and Lance receiving cryptic threats in the hospital, B.
With unsolved crimes on both sides of the Atlantic, Ali, B. But who died, Sebastian or his best friend Bruno? But Don Pedro Martinez intends to install his puppet, the egregious Major Alex Fisher, in order to destroy the Barrington family firm just as the company plans to build its new luxury liner, the MV Buckingham. Then, without warning, Cedric Hardcastle, a bluff Yorkshireman who no one has come across before, takes his place on the board of Barringtons. This causes an upheaval that none of them could have anticipated, and will change the lives of every member of the Clifton and Barrington families.
And with that decision, the story takes yet another twist that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Suddenly, the woman with no permanent ties finds herself almost wishing for one. He recruits Lila, the only eyewitness, to help him uncover what happened. Ash longs to paint her as intensely as he hungers to touch her. But their investigation draws them into a rarified circle where priceless antiques are bought, sold, gambled away, and stolen, where what you possess is who you are, and where what you desire becomes a deadly obsession.
Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find.
Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, he illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Larry McMurtry has done more than any other living writer to shape our literary imagination of the American West.
With The Last Kind Words Saloon he returns again to the vivid and unsparing portrait of the nineteenth-century and cowboy lifestyle made so memorable in his classic Lonesome Dove. Evoking the greatest characters and legends of the Old Wild West, here McMurtry tells the story of the closing of the American frontier through the travails of two of its most immortal figures: Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday.
After a CIA agent mysteriously dies overseas, his top asset surfaces with a startling and terrifying claim. But when six exchange students go missing, two airplane passengers trade places, and one political-asylum seeker is arrested, a deadly chain of events is set in motion. Code-named "Gold Dust" and "Blackbird," they are shrouded in absolute secrecy as either of them, if discovered, will constitute an act of war.
Dominic Caruso. Nephew of President Jack Ryan. FBI agent and operator for The Campus, a top secret intelligence agency that works off the books for the U. The CIA is desperate to get the drive back, but so are the Russians and various terrorist groups all of whom are closer to catching the fugitive. Only Caruso stands in their way, but can he succeed without the aid of his Campus colleagues? In war we find out who we are. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive.
But when he betrays her, Isabelle joins the Resistance and never looks back, risking her life time and again to save others.
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Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U. Mission, mysteriously disappears from a Russian oligarch's party in Southampton, it's up to Corey to track him down. What are the Russians up to and why? Is there a possible nuclear threat, a so-called radiant angel? Will Corey find Petrov and put a stop to whatever he has planned before it's too late? Or will Corey finally be outrun and outsmarted, with America facing the prospect of a crippling attack unlike anything it's ever seen before?
Prescient and chilling. DeMille's new novel takes us into the heart of a new Cold War with a clock-ticking plot that has Manhattan in its crosshairs. In , the volcano Mt. He is a crusading journalist whose championing of the truth often brings him to the brink of prosecution. Late one night, Blomkvist receives a phone call from a source claiming to have information vital to the United States. The implications are staggering. She, as usual, has her own agenda. The secret they are both chasing is at the center of a tangled web of spies, cybercriminals, and governments around the world, and someone is prepared to kill to protect it.
As an undercover DEA agent, Marshall penetrated a powerful cartel and became the trusted right-hand man of a ruthless drug lord. Back in the U. Ariana Gregory has her whole future ahead of her, with an exciting life in Manhattan and a coveted job at an online fashion magazine. But when her father, recently widowed, is appointed U.
Then an unthinkable act of violence shatters her world. Nearly a year later, Ariana arrives in Paris, on a fragile road to recovery. There, as she strives to bury painful memories forever, she crosses paths with Marshall Everett. But dangerous forces watch her every move, and Ariana and Marshall will once more have to fight for their survival. One Year After, by William R.
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Another man has confessed to the crime. Amos Decker, newly hired on an FBI special task force, takes an interest in Mars's case after discovering the striking similarities to his own life: Both men were talented football players with promising careers cut short by tragedy. Both men's families were brutally murdered. And in both cases, another suspect came forward, years after the killing, to confess to the crime. A suspect who may or may not have been telling the truth. The confession has the potential to make Melvin Mars--guilty or not--a free man.
Who wants Mars out of prison? And why now? But when a member of Decker's team disappears, it becomes clear that something much larger--and more sinister--than just one convicted criminal's life hangs in the balance. Decker will need all of his extraordinary brainpower to stop an innocent man from being executed. She took a step back, then two, as the urge to run fell over her. Syl Hellais and Paul Kerr have traveled through Derith, the mysterious wormhole from which no traveler has ever returned. Years have passed, and Civil War rages among the Illyri.
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For Syl Hellais is changing. His friend the governor is just cranking up a presidential campaign, though, and he invites Lucas to come along as part of his campaign staff. As she settles into motherhood and a happy marriage, Lindsay Boxer thinks she has found domestic bliss. But when a beautiful, alluring blonde woman with links to the CIA disappears from the scene of a brutal murder at a downtown luxury hotel, Lindsay's life begins to unravel.
Before she can track down the woman for questioning, a plane crash plunges San Francisco into chaos and Lindsay's husband Joe vanishes. The deeper she digs, the more Lindsay suspects that Joe shares a secret past with the mystery blonde. Thrown into a tailspin and questioning everything she thought she knew, Lindsay turns to the Women's Murder Club for help as she tries to uncover the truth. They come together by chance in the heart of New York City, four young women at turning points in their lives.
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