Patricia Helding's rich, intensely chocolatey Fat Witch brownie is a New York obsession, an internet sensation, and arguably the very best brownie to be found on the planet. Unlike other bakeries that feature a range of desserts, Fat Witch, launched by Helding in 1998, specializes only in brownies--baking and selling over 2,000 each day. In Fat Witch Brownies, Helding showcases for the first time her favorite spins on the classic chocolate brownie with creations like the Banana Bread Brownie and the Breakfast Brownie, and she expands her repertoire even further with recipes for other scrumptious bar-shaped confections.
With over 50 recipes that can be baked in the same 9 x 9-inch pan and require fewer than 10 ingredients, Helding shows that baking from scratch is neither expensive nor time-consuming. All of her recipes include ingredients from local grocery stores, and are ready to serve in one hour or less.
Beginning with tips on the proper tools, timing, and techniques, continuing with five chapters of recipes, and finishing with fabulous frostings, Fat Witch Brownies allows you to explore the versatility and richness of brownies and bars and create the incredible desserts in your very own kitchen that have made Helding's bakery famous.
Here are mouthwatering recipes for Pecan Caramel Brownies; Red Velvet Brownies; Five Layer Chocolate Bars; Jelly Blondies; Cinnamon Bars; Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars; Coconut Macadamia Cookies; uniquely grownup flavors like Fruitcake Brownies and Rum Raisin Spice Bars; and even gluten-free treats like Meringue Drops and Almond Flour White Chocolate Cookies. Packed with astonishingly good, easy-to-bake recipes that will leave your family and friends agog, Fat Witch Bake Sale will be the go-to recipe source for bake sale season--or anytime.
She is soon torn between two men, each drawing her to one extreme. One is a charismatic and passionate political activist determined to win Irish independence from Great Britain at any cost, who appeals to her warrior's soul. The other is the wealthy and handsome black sheep of the pacifist family who owns the mill where she works, and whose persistent attention becomes impossible for her to ignore.
The solitary cowboy recognizes a kindred heart scarred by cruelty. He would ride away – he should ride away – if only her ranch didn’t need him so damned badly. Her ranch — not the widow woman like none he’s encountered before — is the only need he’ll let himself consider.
Passion as powerful as the harsh beauty of the land around them bonds Rachel, the widow woman devoting every bit of her strength and courage to holding onto her Wyoming Territory ranch, and Nick, the loner cowhand with dreams of his own.
Yes, they have passion. But does it hold the promise of healing and love or the destruction of dreams?
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“... a strong woman, a dark tormented man, and a love as fierce and irresistible as the Wyoming wind." ~ Mary Jo Putney, New York Times bestselling author
“One of the most entertaining and interesting western historicals I’ve read in a long time.” ~ Cathy Sova, The Romance Reader
"A moving confirmation of the healing power of love" --Romantic Times
"Incredibly powerful" - 5 Star review
"Wow!... a romance that sizzles!... Powerful love story... Excellent!" --Rendezvous
"Splendid!" --Bell, Book and Candle
"An unforgettable read" - 5 Star review
Former Marine Noah Tager is managing his dad’s bar and holding tight to the feeling that his time overseas led to failure. The members of his small town think he’s a war hero, but after everything he’s witnessed, Noah doesn't want a pat on the back. The only thing he desires is a second chance with his best friend's little sister.
Josie’s determined to hold on to her heart and not repeat her mistakes, but when danger arrives on Noah’s doorstep and takes aim at Josie, they just might discover that sometimes love is worth the risk.
An Avon Romance
No one expected Erin McCauley to arrive in Saddlebank, Montana, with a baby…and no wedding ring. Especially not Dean Moore, who cared for Erin but knew the by-the-book girl would never go for a hard-living cowboy like him. While helping renovate Erin's new home, Dean realizes he's still in love with her—and with her beautiful daughter. As far as he's concerned, past mistakes don't have to define them—but guilt is holding Erin back from seeing that Dean is offering exactly what she's longing for. Because if she lets him, he'll give her the home—and the family—she's always wanted.
Laura Nelson has it all – a successful career as a surgeon, five well-adjusted kids, and a gorgeous, prominent husband Steve whose career as a nightly news anchor is skyrocketing.
Laura’s seemingly perfect world shatters when she discovers that Steve is sharing much more than a news desk and a billboard with Kim, his sexy co-anchor at the Tampa TV News. But Steve’s torrid fling with his coworker is about to come to an abrupt end….
Till death do us part
When Kim is murdered, Laura is left holding the smoking gun. How far would Laura go to preserve her perfect life? That’s about to become yesterday’s news
Now, Laura must fight to protect her freedom as lies, deception and dark secrets threaten to close in on her, and change her perfect life into a perfect nightmare.
But, looks can be deceiving. And deceit can be deadly.
Sexy, alluring and provocative, Twisted Justice delivers fiery hot action, pulse-pounding suspense, and a razor-sharp plot full of dangerous curves and tantalizing turns.
Christmas… Ghosts… Mystery… Romance…
Something evil lurks in the charming town of Jenkins Cove. When Sophie Caldwell devotes a room in her B&B to communicate with spirits, dangerous secrets rise to the surface, and the lives of three couples will never be the same.
Return to Jenkins Cove: Christmas Spirit... Christmas Awakening... Christmas Delivery...
To get the whole story, read all three!
Christmas Spirit, by Rebecca York
Michael Bryant hates people who claim a fake connection with the supernatural because his mom spent all their money on fake mediums in a vain attempt to contact his dead father. And as far as he’s concerned, that includes 99 percent of psychics. When he reads about Chelsea Caldwell’s supposed ghost sightings in the charming tourist town of Jenkins Cove, he books a room in her aunt’s B&B so he can debunk her fantastic story. But Chelsea’s not telling lies. A ghost really is trying to contact her—to get justice for hundreds of area murder victims. Against his will, Michael is drawn to Chelsea. Soon they are attacked by a mysterious watcher determined to stop their investigations. And because he’s fallen for Chelsea, Michael wrestles with the lies he’s told about his motives for coming to town. Worse, when Chelsea’s life is in danger, Michael discovers the only way to save her is to trust the words of a ghost.
Excerpt from Christmas Spirit
Michael and Chelsea investigate an old warehouse:
As Michael reached the center of the room, a white and gray cloud of whirring, flapping ghosts came rushing toward them.
Chelsea gasped. Michael caught her in his arms, covering her head with one of his hands as a flock of seabirds flapped around the interior before finding their way out through the holes in the roof.
The large room was suddenly silent again. But everything had changed in the space of a heartbeat. Once again, he was holding Chelsea in his arms. And once again, he marveled at how good that felt.
He murmured her name, and she raised her head. Their eyes met, and he silently asked her the question.
“Don’t,” she whispered. “Don’t kiss me.”
He ached to cover her mouth with his, but he wouldn’t go against her wishes. Still, he kept his arms around her. “Why not?” Male arrogance had him adding, “We both want to.”
“Yes,” she acknowledged. “But not here. They’re watching.”
He looked around. “There’s nobody here.”
“Can’t you sense it?” she asked in a hushed voice.
He stood very still, feeling the beating of his own heart and imagining he could feel hers, too. Above that rhythm of life, he detected something else.
The air in this place was thick. Not with dust or any kind of man-made particles. It was thick with a kind of energy that seemed to swirl around him and press in against him, making it hard to breathe.
Like the night he’d walked along Center Street, he felt a coldness in the air.
He could explain that part, though. In here, the roof of the building was keeping out the sun, so naturally it was colder.
Christmas Awakening, by Ann Voss Peterson
When Marie Leonard returns to Jenkins Cove for her father’s funeral, she never expects to rekindle her romance with billionaire recluse Brandon Drake…nor to be haunted by the ghost of his dead wife.
Christmas Delivery, by Patricia Rosemoor
Haunted by ghosts, Jenkins Cove will now have to deal with Simon Shea who has “returned from the dead” seeking revenge...only to reconnect with Lexie Thornton, the girl he loved, and the daughter they conceived thirteen years ago.
“The air,” Chelsea whispered. “It’s cold and thick. And there are voices.”
Excerpt from one of the chapters:
"Max!!! Is this really what you think you will be able to do?"
"Yes, Clairel, I will be able to, if not let me at least try. We can check right away."
Clairel thought for a moment and said "Alright, before giving you a shot of being my ride, I would like to see whether you can really carry me."
Max’s face lit up "I am ready to carry you. Tell me what position would be comfortable"
"Of course, shoulder ride!! As a human horse needs to be two legged for speed and endurance", she quipped.
Max asked Clairel to keep her feet hip-width apart and he bowed from behind her and scooped her up on his shoulders. Clairel found it unsettling at first but quickly got used to the height as Max was almost 6 feet tall. She was of average height and average built herself and once on his shoulders, she tucked her feet back just below his armpits and adjusted her weight evenly on his shoulders.
"Are you comfortable up there" inquired Max.
"I think so. Let's move" she said.
Max started walking around the yard with small steps since he didn't wanted Clairel to feel any qualms about this ride. Meanwhile she was growing in confidence on his shoulders feeling him under her she was content the way Max can actually carry her around.
"Let's see what happens when you run around a little bit." she said.
Max started galloping and holding her knees for better support he started running a little but was feeling dizzy at the same time but he didn't wanted Clairel to feel he is weak, so he started putting all his efforts now.
After about 15 mins of nonstop running with Clairel on his shoulders, he was going out of breath.
Clairel could feel that Max was really tired under her but she continued for another 5 mins before asking "Are you alright Max?"
There is nothing more crippling than holding on to anger. Anger, more than any other emotion, has the power to consume all aspects of our lives, distort our sense of purpose, and destroy our relationship with God.
In the passionate and life-changing book Forgiveness: Finding Peace Though Letting Go, bestselling author Adam Hamilton brings the same insight that he applied in the bestseller "Why?" to the challenge of forgiveness. Hamilton argues that revelation comes when we realize that forgiveness is a gift we give ourselves rather than to someone else. He also contends that only when we learn to forgive others and ourselves can we truly receive forgiveness from God.
“Adam Hamilton not only reminds us about the importance of reconnecting the broken pieces of our lives, but shows how the process of grace and forgiveness is possibly our most complete picture of God.”
--Shane Stanford, author of Making Life Matter: Embracing the Joy in the Everyday
“The heartbeat of the gospel is grace. With practical insight, Hamilton makes grace understandable--both for seeking and for granting forgiveness. I highly recommend this book.”
--Melody Carlson, author of Healing Waters: A Bible Study on Forgiveness, Grace, and Second Chances
“Adam Hamilton’s book offers clear guidance for believers struggling with the practical application of our biblical imperative to forgive. It is a must-read for both Christian counselors and every person who has something or someone to forgive.”
--Jennifer Cisney Ellers, author of The First 48 Hours: Spiritual Caregivers as First Responders
"Deeply rooted in the Bible’s testimony about God’s extravagant mercy, this fine little book explores the Christian call to practice both repentance and forgiveness in the image of God. Straightforward and practical, Hamilton vividly sketches the habits of the heart that discipleship requires in our daily relationships with spouses and intimate life partners, family members, friends and strangers."
--Patricia Beattie Jung, Professor of Christian Ethics, Saint Paul School of Theology
In the Bible, it rained for forty days and forty nights. Day 41 came and the rain stopped. The people of Israel wandered the wilderness for forty years. Day 41 came and a new generation entered the Promised Land. For forty days, Goliath bullied Israel and dared anyone to fight him. Day 41 came and David slew Goliath.
Do you see the theme? Don’t quit. Don’t give up. Perhaps you’re stuck in a downpour or lost in one of life’s deserts. Maybe you’re facing someone or something that could take you down. You might feel stuck on your journey, but 41 will come—it’s on its way.
No matter how long your battle—days, weeks, or years—Chuck Tate offers you seven keys to help you hang on to the promise and truth that God will come through for you.
For Lillian Keim, instructing children in her one-room schoolhouse is as close to being a mother as she'll ever get. Lillian has a calling to be a teacher, and she won't give it up to marry. But her plans—and her heart—are at risk when she begins to feel more than friendship for lifelong pal Timothy Bowman. When Tim rescues Lillian and her class from a fire, the volunteer firefighter suddenly sees what he's been blind to all his life: he wants his friend as his wife. But something beyond her professional goals is holding Lillian back. He's got to unlock her secret before he loses his friend—and his forever love.
—#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs
It’s the end of the nineteenth century in San Francisco’s Chinatown, and ghost hunters from the Maoshan traditions of Daoism keep malevolent spiritual forces at bay. Li-lin, the daughter of a renowned Daoshi exorcist, is a young widow burdened with yin eyes—the unique ability to see the spirit world. Her spiritual visions and the death of her husband bring shame to Li-lin and her father—and shame is not something this immigrant family can afford.
When a sorcerer cripples her father, terrible plans are set in motion, and only Li-lin can stop them. To aid her are her martial arts and a peachwood sword, her burning paper talismans, and a wisecracking spirit in the form of a human eyeball tucked away in her pocket. Navigating the dangerous alleys and backrooms of a male-dominated Chinatown, Li-lin must confront evil spirits, gangsters, and soulstealers before the sorcerer’s ritual summons an ancient evil that could burn Chinatown to the ground.
With a rich and inventive historical setting, nonstop martial arts action, authentic Chinese magic, and bizarre monsters from Asian folklore, The Girl with Ghost Eyes is also the poignant story of a young immigrant searching to find her place beside the long shadow of a demanding father and the stigma of widowhood. In a Chinatown caught between tradition and modernity, one woman may be the key to holding everything together.
Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors.
• Contains “The Fall Shall Further the Flight in Me” by Rachael K. Jones, 2017 World Fantasy Award finalist for Best Short Fiction
• Contains “Sabbath Wine” by Barbara Krasnoff, 2016 Nebula Award finalist for Best Short Story
• 2016 Locus Recommended Reading List, Best Anthology
“Allen’s strange and lovely fifth genre-melding fantasy anthology selects 20 new short stories of unusual variety, texture, compassion, and perception. . . . All the stories afford thought-provoking glimpses into alternative realities that linger, sparking unconventional thoughts, long after they are first encountered.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“The arrangement is superb. This anthology of 20 stories can resemble a symphony of themes and variations in a wide range of keys, or a tapestry whose elements form patterns of imagery and meaning that shift and offer new insights throughout the book.”
The Clockwork Phoenix anthologies offer homes to “well-written stories occupying multiple subgenres, usually in the same story, often ambiguously,” as Locus Magazine once put it.
The ground-breaking, boundary-pushing, award-nominated series has returned for a fifth incarnation, triumphantly risen from the ashes after another successful Kickstarter campaign. This is the largest installment yet, holding twenty new tales of beauty and strangeness.
With original fiction from Jason Kimble, Rachael K. Jones, Patricia Russo, Marie Brennan, Benjanun Sriduangkaew, Rob Cameron, A. C. Wise, Gray Rinehart, Sam Fleming, Sunil Patel, C. S. E. Cooney and Carlos Hernandez, Holly Heisey, Barbara Krasnoff, Sonya Taaffe, Alex Dally MacFarlane, Shveta Thakrar, Cassandra Khaw, Keffy R. M. Kehrli, Rich Larson, and Beth Cato. Cover art by Paula Arwen Owen.
“And then there is that secret restaurant . . . It is perfection on a plate! And you feel better about yourself and your life and the world every time you go there. Clockwork Phoenix is the name of this restaurant, and Mike Allen is the restaurateur. One sublime dish after another, and yet I still have my favorites that I keep coming back to.”
—Little Red Reviewer
Table of contents:
“The Fall Shall Further the Flight in Me” by Rachael K. Jones
“The Perfect Happy Family” by Patricia Russo
“The Mirror-City” by Marie Brennan
“The Finch’s Wedding and the Hive That Sings” by Benjanun Sriduangkaew
“Squeeze” by Rob Cameron
“A Guide to Birds by Song (After Death)” by A.C. Wise
“The Sorcerer of Etah” by Gray Rinehart
“The Prime Importance of a Happy Number” by Sam Fleming
“Social Visiting” by Sunil Patel
“The Book of May” by C.S.E. Cooney and Carlos Hernandez
“The Tiger’s Silent Roar” by Holly Heisey
“Sabbath Wine” by Barbara Krasnoff
“The Trinitite Golem” by Sonya Taaffe
“Two Bright Venuses” by Alex Dally MacFarlane
“By Thread of Night and Starlight Needle” by Shveta Thakrar
“The Games We Play” by Cassandra Khaw
“The Road, and the Valley, and the Beasts” by Keffy R.M. Kehrli
“Innumerable Glimmering Lights” by Rich Larson
“The Souls of Horses” by Beth Cato
From Newbery Award–winning author Patricia MacLachlan comes a lyrical coming-of-age story about finding your own voice while learning to understand the people you love the most.
Sylvie Bloom wants to find something new and exciting this summer—at least more exciting than the cows, goats, and chickens on her family’s farm that she’s become accustomed to. Luckily, Sylvie’s teacher Mrs. Ludolf has the perfect idea. Sylvie can take over her husband Sheriff Ludolf’s column in the newspaper for the summer, reporting on all the important events that happen in their small Wyoming town. Sylvie is thrilled to have a new challenge, but she’s not sure she’ll actually see anything amazing. At least nothing like the things her mother saw when she traveled the world as a famous opera singer.
Sylvie can’t figure out why her mother would give up singing in front of thousands of people. Have she and her brother Nate been holding her mother back? And when her mother’s old duet partner James Grayson writes that he’s coming to perform nearby, will she be tempted to return to the stage, without them?
For six years, the Sarasota Falls police chief has been hunting the cunning beauty involved in his partner's death. Now here she is, back in his New Mexico town, her face a match to the one on the wanted posters. But the woman Tom Riley knows as Rachel Ramsey insists her name is Heather Graves.
Is Heather really as innocent as she claims? And what is he supposed to do about their undeniable mutual attraction? As his search for answers uncovers secrets in Heather's past, Tom realizes that Heather is the woman he most wants…
With creative mix-ins, homemade marshmallows in 10 fun flavors, and toppings galore, Crispy Treats takes this tried-and-true, easy-peasy snack-time favorite to the next level. Without fancy equipment—or even an oven—you can mix and match candies, chocolates, and more to make 40 irresistible goodies, including such flavors as:
• Salted Caramel & Pretzel
• Peanut Butter Cup
• Berry Cobbler
• Key Lime Pie
• Peanut Butter Cup
• White Chocolate–Cranberry
• Cookies & Cream
During football season, when NFL coaches gear up for war on the gridiron, their wives are left to fend for themselves. NFL wife B.J. Almond has had enough. When she walks in to find her head coach husband in bed with one of his assistant coaches’ wives, she is livid. But what really sets her off is when she discovers the other wives knew about the affair all along. Now she’s furious and hungry for revenge. And what better way to exact that revenge than to air everyone’s dirty laundry in a juicy tell-all book!
B.J. knows where all the bodies are buried, and she’s digging up all the dirt. But before she starts writing, she’s running up the score with a lawsuit against her husband and his mistress. Armed with flight records, copies of naughty emails, phone records, and pictures, B.J. isn’t holding back. And neither are the other football wives, who will stop at nothing to keep their dirty secrets from going public.
The bad guys are after a hidden fortune that belongs to Flynn O'Mara's dying father--they think Tara can use her psychic powers to find it for them. She'll need plenty of help from her spirit friends if she and Flynn are going to get out of this trouble alive.
"Look out!" Tara screamed, as the sports car spun toward them.
The car hit them twice--first on the driver's side fender, then as Flynn's car started to spin, again on the back bumper.
"Hold on!" Flynn yelled, as their car flipped once, then went airborne, over the guard rail, and into Boomer Lake.
Tara came to as the car was sinking nose first into the water and quickly unbuckled her seat belt. If they were going to survive, they would have to get themselves out.
"Flynn! Unbuckle your seatbelt. I'm going to roll down the windows so we can swim out."
Then she saw Flynn, unconscious and slumped over the steering wheel. Frantically, she unbuckled his belt and tried to pull him toward her, but the steering wheel was too tight against his chest.
"I can't breathe," he groaned. "Help me, Tara, help me."
Tara began screaming at Flynn, begging him to move as the water rushed up to their chests--then their necks. She was holding Flynn's face out of the water, pushing him as far up as she could until their heads were touching the roof of the car. She couldn't believe this was happening. It was just like her dream. They were going to die. Where was her backup when she needed them?
"Millicent! Henry! Uncle Pat! Someone! Anyone! Help! Help!"
Seconds later, the water was over their heads.
Sharon Sala's stories are often dark, dealing with the realities of this world, and yet she's able to weave hope and love within the words for the readers who clamor for her latest works.
Her books repeatedly make the big lists, including The New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher's Weekly, and she's been nominated for a RITA seven times, which is the romance writer's equivalent of having an OSCAR or an EMMY nomination. Her novels published by Bell Bridge Books include The Lunatic Life Series: My Lunatic Life, The Lunatic Detective, and Lunatic Revenge; also a psychological suspense novel, The Boarding House. Visit her at http://sharonsalabooks.com and on Facebook.
With all the ghosts that haunt her at this time of year, Carly doesn’t exactly rush to celebrate Halloween. Even a costume ball organized by her boyfriend Dylan's mother, Patricia Davis Jackson, holds little allure. But to please Dylan, who wants peace between the two women, Carly reluctantly agrees to go.
Gossip around town is that architect Haywood Dodd plans to make a big announcement at the party. But before he can address the crowd, he’s found dead with Patricia standing over him, holding the murder weapon. Anxious to clear Patricia’s name and perhaps broker a truce with her, Carly would love to use her snooping skills to find the real killer. Only she has bigger problems to deal with—ghosts are flocking to her for help, including a very persistent Haywood Dodd…
From the Paperback edition.
You have a destiny. You may have lost sight of it, opened a wrong door, taken a misleading path, but it's there--you haven't missed your chance! Yet it can be hard to see, hard to find, when the only things in front of you are challenging circumstances, lost opportunities, or overwhelming obstacles. But there is hope!
With warmth and insight, Pat Smith shares the truths she and other women have learned on their own journeys from heartache to hope. She encourages and empowers you to recommit to the destiny God has for you in life, love, work, and faith. She also shows how to let go of what's holding you back, reinvent yourself, and rediscover your purpose and joy. There is a second chance waiting for you--it's time to celebrate your new life!
Cassie O'Malley has spent the past two and a half years in a mental institution—dumped there by her mother, against her will. Now, at 18, Cassie emancipates herself, determined to start over. She attends college, forms new friendships, and even attempts to start fresh with her mother. But before long, their unhealthy relationship threatens to pull Cassie under once again. As Cassie struggles to reclaim her life, childhood memories persist and confuse, and Cassie must consider whose version of history is real, and more important, whose life she must save.
A bold, literary story about the fragile complexities of mothers and daughters and learning to love oneself, The First Time She Drowned reminds us that we must dive deep into our pasts if we are ever to move forward.
Praise for The First Time She Drowned:
"Lyrical, emotional...resonant." —Entertainment Weekly, MUST LIST
"Beautiful and passionate . . . [Kletter is] a writer of great distinction and infinite promise." —Pat Conroy, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Prince of Tides and South of Broad
"[A] lovely and haunting keep-you-up-all-night heart-wrencher that is both beautiful and raw, painful and uplifting. It’s utterly amazing. An incredible read." —Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places
"Sentence by sentence . . . one of the most lyrical novels I’ve ever read. Haunting and exquisite." —Nicola Yoon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything
"The First Time She Drowned is an exquisite and masterful dive, a brave exploration into the complexities of family, and the saving grace of friendship. Kletter’s writing is hypnotic, her characters alive, her story tragic, beautiful, hopeful. Simply put, this book is stunning." —David Arnold, critically acclaimed author of Mosquitoland
"[A] beautiful, gut-wrenching ache of a story. If you are at all interested in books, this is required reading." —Becky Albertalli, author of the Morris Award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
"The best writers are able to tell the most difficult stories with the most empathy, and that’s just what Kletter does in this haunting debut. Complex, affirming, and beautifully written." —Stephanie Kuehn, author of the Morris Award-winning Charm & Strange
"Gorgeous, sumptuously lyrical, luminous…a feast for lovers of language. The First Time She Drowned singlehandedly shatters every argument that YA books aren't fit fare for adults." —Jeff Zentner, author of The Serpent King
* "[An] excellent debut novel....heart-wrenching....Readers who enjoy the suspense of unreliable narrators, as in Adele Griffin’s Loud Awake and Lost or Stephanie Kuehn’s Complicit, will appreciate this one." —Booklist *STARRED REVIEW*
"This heartfelt, lyrical debut will strike a chord with older teens who appreciate contemporary fiction." —Kirkus Reviews
"An absorbing read." —VOYA
"Kletter’s exploration of a dysfunctional family...is raw with emotion…a sophisticated read.” —School Library Journal
"Emotionally devastating...a complex novel that ultimately uplifts." —Publishers Weekly
From the Hardcover edition.
His Amish Teacher by Patricia Davids
Lillian Keim has a calling to be a teacher—and she won’t give it up to marry. When Timothy Bowman rescues her class from a fire, the volunteer firefighter realizes he wants his lifelong pal as his wife. But something beyond her professional goals is holding Lillian back. Now he’s determined to unlock her secret before he loses his friend—and his forever love.
Plain Target by Dana R. Lynn
Horse trainer Jess McGrath only wants to clear her brother’s name. But with enemies at every turn, she’s shocked that her most trusted protector turns out to be Seth Travis—the boy behind her high school humiliation. When they find sanctuary in the Amish community, can they uncover answers in time to stop a killer—and resolve their past and build a future together?
Treasures in the Darkness also turns to the scripture to show how people like Abram, Sarai, David and others who loved God stumbled when their faith was put to the test. Through the text, the reader will gain spiritual understanding to help stay in faith while getting practical tools to help deal with and overcome private pain, whatever it may be. “Treasures in the Darkness” covers topics such as how to avoid masking one's pain, how to deal with frustration, assumption and presumption, coming through the grief process (the root of private pain), seeing our situation through the eyes of faith, discovering the "hidden treasure" in our pain, and more.
Practical and inspiring, The Art of Discarding (the book that originally inspired a young Marie Kondo to start cleaning up her closets) offers hands-on advice and easy-to-follow guidelines to help readers learn how to finally let go of stuff that is holding them back--as well as sage advice on acquiring less in the first place. Author Nagisa Tatsumi urges us to reflect on our attitude to possessing things and to have the courage and conviction to get rid of all the stuff we really don't need, offering advice on how to tackle the things that pile up at home and take back control. By learning the art of discarding you will gain space, free yourself from "accumulation syndrome," and find new joy and purpose in your clutter-free life.
Holly's older sister, Giselle, is self-destructing. Haunted by her love-deprived relationship with her late father, this once strong role model and medical student, is gripped by anorexia. Holly, a track star, struggles to keep her own life in balance while coping with the mental and physical deterioration of her beloved sister. Together, they can feel themselves slipping and are holding on for dear life.
This honest look at the special bond between sisters is told from the perspective of both girls, as they alternate narrating each chapter. Gritty and often wryly funny, Skinny explores family relationships, love, pain, and the hunger for acceptance that drives all of us.
He followed the trail of an outlaw...
In rough-and-tumble Arizona Territory, the desert sun burned hotter than Pinkerton agent Gabriel Winter's need to bring an elusive stagecoach robber to justice. There, he quickly encountered a formidable obstacle—Megan Kearney, the suspect's daughter. He wondered how such a rare beauty had avoided marriage in a town crawling with bachelors...Until he discovered she was holding out for true love. On top of that, the spitfire spinster hotly defended her father's innocence. For some reason, Gabriel wanted to believe not just her naïve claims about her father, but her outlandish romantic notions as well. Still, no outlaw had ever slipped through his fingers, and he wasn't about to risk that hard-earned reputation for the pleasures promised in Megan's fiery gaze...
Into the arms of a forbidden woman
Megan had to find her father before Gabriel did—which meant monitoring his every move. Accompanying him amid the saloons and brothels crowding Tucson's dusty streets, Megan intended to clear her father's name—even if it meant using her feminine wiles to charm the city slicker detective. She would prove that the maddeningly self-assured Gabriel had underestimated her resolve. But Megan soon discovered that she had underestimated the powerful feelings one man could arouse in a heart that ached for passion...and everlasting love.
"Highly recommended! An imaginative novel complete with delightful characters and a scintillating plot. Lisa Plumley's name on the cover always guarantees a good read." --Kathee S. Card, Under the Covers Book Reviews
"A fast-moving story filled with a delightful cast of characters... readers will be captivated by this book!" --WCRG on AOL Reviewer Board
"Ms. Plumley's gift for creating unique, compelling characters shines through in this rollicking western adventure. A truly inspired work from one of the genre's finest writers." --Rendezvous
"An entertaining western romance! The partnership, conflict, and growing love shared by Gabriel and Megan will turn this tale into a sure fan-favorite." --Harriet Klausner, BookBrowser
"Lawman provides entertainment at its finest. It's what romantic dreams are made of, and Ms. Plumley is a top-notch author whose unique storytelling ability is a blessing to romance readers everywhere." --Old Book Barn Gazette
"A feisty, fast-talking heroine and a stalwart, stubborn hero in a rollicking western adventure sure to tickle one's fancy! From beginning to end, this exuberant tale is a winner guaranteed to please. So sit back, savor and enjoy!" --Romance Communications
"Lisa Plumley has a wonderful flair for writing romance and creating marvelous characters, and Lawman will leave readers craving her next western adventure." --Bookbug On The Web
"Ms. Plumley sets intrigue and romance together along with two strong-minded and unforgettable characters... an entertaining read!" --Romantic Times BOOKreviews
Originally published in LOVE IS MURDER (2013),
edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown.
In this Thriller Short, award-winning author Lori Armstrong’s protagonist, FBI special agent Mercy Gunderson, is hoping for a quiet date at the local casino. But getting a night off isn’t so easy when you’re trained to spot the unusual, like a thief prowling for wallets and purses. Unable to look away, Gunderson follows the thief outside for what she hopes will be a quick arrest, but it doesn’t turn out to be quite so simple…Don’t miss any of these Thriller Shorts from Love Is Murder:Diamond Drop by Roxanne St. ClaireCold Moonlight by Carla NeggersPoisoned by Beverly BartonSpeechless by Robert BrowneLockdown by Andrea KaneSpider’s Tango by William SimonNight Heat by Laura GriffinB.A.D. Mission by Sherrilyn KenyonDeadly Fixation by Dianna LoveHot Note by Patricia RosemoorLast Shot by Jon Land & Jeff AyersGrave Danger by Heather GrahamWithout Mercy by Mariah StewartEven Steven by D.P. LyleDying to Score by Cindy GerardThe Number of Man by J.T. EllisonHard Drive by Bill FloydAfter Hours by William BernhardtBlood In, Blood Out by Brenda NovakWed to Death by Vicki HinzeThe Honeymoon by Julie KennerExecution Dock by James MacomberIn Atlantis by Alexandra SokoloffBreak Even by Pamela CallowDirty Down Low by Debra WebbBroken Hallelujah by Toni McGee CauseyHolding Mercy by Lori ArmstrongVacation Interrupted by Allison BrennanI Heard a Romantic Story by Lee Child
For over a decade, Jesse Cannon has been pushing creative ideas in music. You may know him from writing one of the most popular books on the music business, Get More Fans, or from his recording credits on records with the most varied set of bands you’ve ever seen including: The Cure, The Misfits, Animal Collective, Brand New, The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Menzingers, Limp Bizkit, Basement, Leftover Crack, Saves The Day, Senses Fail, Weird Al, Lifetime, Say Anything, NOFX, Man Overboard, Bad Books, Transit, Somos, Conflict and over a thousand others. You may also know his work as the host of the podcast Noise Creators and Off The Record or from writing for outlets like Alternative Press, Tape Op, Hypebot and countless others. He just wrote a book about what he’s learned working on all those records and writing about music’s bleeding edge, taking on the subject he knows the most about; helping musicians fulfill their creative vision. Processing Creativity: The Tools, Practices And Habits Used To Make Music You’re Happy With is the culmination of four years of poring over scientific studies, books and thoughts from top creators as well as his own experience to write a book every musician should read about what goes into making great music versus what bands do when they make a bad album.
Covering the pitfalls of creating music, the book thoroughly explores the hidden reasons we actually like music, how to get along with your collaborators and patterns that help creativity flourish. While every musician says that being creative is the most important part of their life, they barely explore what’s holding back them back from making music they are happy with. When trying to navigate the ways our creative endeavors fail there’s no YouTube tutorial, listicle or college course that can help navigate the countless creative pitfalls that can ruin your music. If you’ve had trouble getting your music to be as good as the musicians you look up to, then this book can help you understand the practices they use to make their music so great.
He’s crafted a book that exposes life-changing knowledge that can be read in under a day, that identifies the patterns and essential knowledge he helps bring to musicians each day. Writing a detailed read that will leave even the most advanced creators with a new perspective on how to make music they’re more happy with. There are no rules to being creative, but there's research and considerations that can help you make better decisions, get past the breakdowns in your process and enhance the emotional impact your songs have on others. The essential ideas on creating music are detailed in a simple, fun language that’s littered with quotes and insight from the most innovative creators of our time that discusses subjects like:
How to make highly emotional music that makes listeners compelled to listen again and again.
Effectively dealing with collaborative problems like “too many chefs in the kitchen,” giving helpful criticism or dealing with stubborn collaborators.
Finding inspiration to develop into music that’s uniquely your own. How to draft your songs while avoiding the common pitfalls of losing perspective and giving up.
Examining the unexpected reasons we enjoy music.
Calming your thoughts so they don’t sabotage your music and other helpful tools to help execute your music as best as possible.
Whether you're a music fan, producer, songwriter or musician, there's no book with more helpful ideas that can help make everything you create in the future better.
“Blair London hits all the right notes with her books. Her characters are alive with passion and the scenes are vivid. Blair needs to keep the books coming and make a character especially for me.” - Connie Britton (actress)
“Blair London is a new author with a zest for storytelling that grapples real life issues in her novels. These books are great stories as well as issues that confront society and I highly recommend her books and eagerly await her next book.” - Patricia Heaton (The Middle, Everybody Loves Raymond)
“Children Below Us: Child Trafficking is a novel that every parent should read. Blair London deals with an issue that is too often swept under the rug when talking about America’s missing children. We can use more authors like her.” - John Walsh (America’s Most Wanted)
“Blair London has put a novel spin on serious problems facing American society in her books. I hope she keeps up the work in her upcoming books. These books are great works of fiction but address issues that dominate the news daily. Great job Blair!” - Megan Kelly (Fox News)
Have you ever wondered what happens to missing children? Are they dead? Are they still alive somewhere? This book will give you an insight as to where they might be---in your basement, the house next door, a vacant building….you should be more aware of the possibilities after reading this book.
A FEW TEASERS:
· It’s just not every day you find a girl as pretty as you are in the library looking up child trafficking.
· Claire instantly felt sick to her stomach. “Child prostitution rings?
· It’s all so real, and it’s all happening, here of all places!
· “There… there is a man in my house who has been holding some kids captive.
· Those kidnappings! The child trafficking circles! He did it all!”
· He had this full gang of guys that helped him kidnap the kids and transport them from one place to another.
· They had taken care of Sam’s companion, the one they found in the neighboring house.
· She was shocked to see people protesting outside her house against child trafficking and shouting “Put the criminal behind the bars…Put the criminal behind bars…”
The trumpets of heaven are sounding forth the call to assemble; alliances for conquest are coming together to break through that which has been holding the church in suspension.
Dominion Surges is an equipping manual for mobilizing the Body of Christ into an offensive posture, restoring in us a sense of dominion and power over the enemy.
In this insightful book you will learn how to create surges of spiritual breakthrough
by combining the Word, worship, the prophetic, and prayer into one; unfolding our beliefs into words of action, intent, and pursuit.
Dominion Surges will equip you to go forth and effectively expand the dominion of the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords in your personal life and where you live. It will also teach you how to affect spiritual breakthrough in your city, or region through the synergistic affect of strategic alliances.
The author includes crafted prayers, proclamations and decrees for healing, provision and breakthrough in your life, your region and the nations.
Get ready to experience breakthrough!
Chapter titles include:
The Breakthrough Generation - Alliances for Conquest - When You Hear the Sound - Prophetic Pressure Principle - Preparation for Praise Pursuits - Setting your GPS (Glory Positioning System) - Identifying Your Terrain - Warfare Prayers and Decrees - Releasing the Weapons of the Lord - Provision, Promises, Prayers and Pursuits - Prayer and Proclamations for the Nations - Ministry Preparation and Meditations
From the Foreword
I was having lunch with Randy DeMain after a film shoot at our studio in Maricopa, Arizona. He passionately shared some of his revelation on dominion surges. I actually experienced a true Holy Spirit surge of excitement in my spirit as he shared. I said, “Randy, you MUST come and share this message with our team.” I then asked him if he had a book on this subject. He replied, “I am actually currently working on it.” I was ecstatic and could hardly wait to get this valuable tool into my hands! This is such a powerful and timely message. It is both prophetic and apostolic.
Randy DeMain gives you and me powerful keys to releasing the surges. As you read his book, Dominion Surges, you will receive insight, infusion, and impartation. You will be blessed, empowered, and equipped. You will never be the same!
Thanks, Randy, for giving us this valuable Kingdom tool. Keep surging! Keep blowing and demolishing the devil’s circuits! You rock!
Patricia King CEO - XP Publishing
Diane Gottsman is here to make minding your manners more practical, relatable and modern. In today’s busy world, there are too many instances when proper social behavior can go awry, holding us back or making us nervous. Knowing what to say, wear and how to conduct ourselves not only opens many doors, but also puts us at ease and brings out the best in us.
Without being rigid or stuffy, Diane’s simple and easy tips show readers how to feel comfortable in any situation and how to elegantly become their best, most confident selves. Readers will no longer worry about what to wear to work; how to shake hands with a higher-level executive; how to travel with the boss and deal with office cliques; how to conduct oneself on social media and the do’s and don’ts of everything in between, from table manners to baby showers.
Dustin wants to marry Sandy, and raise their child together, as a family. But to Dustin’s dismay, Sandy wants nothing to do with his All-American-Dream of a wife, children, house, and a good job. Sandy has lofty political ambitions, which do not include a husband, and certainly not a child, at least not now.
Sandy’s mother, who is the driving force behind Sandy’s political dreams, isn’t going to let anything get in the way of her plans for her daughter’s future, and will stop at nothing to stop Dustin and his family from getting their hands on the child. Even leaving their small hometown and state so Sandy can give birth to her child and have it adopted by anyone but Dustin or his family.
This story unfolds in a small town in North Carolina, and focuses on Dustin, his family, and the young private detective they hire to find Sandy, and stop her before it’s to late.
Writing with the empathy of someone who has seen and survived divorce, PeggySue Wells offers a practical and encouraging resource for the newly divorced woman. With inspiring Scripture passages, light humor, and sage advice, "Rediscovering Your Happily Ever After" gives vital steps to reestablish emotional and spiritual health--and nurture children at the same time. Whether she asked for this new life or not, each reader will learn how to move forward by replacing old patterns with new habits that bring hope, adventure, and significance.
Countless books teach readers how to save a broken marriage, others explain how to travel through a divorce, but few--if any--speak directly to the single mom whose life is defined by and lived for her children. Being a mom during difficult times such as these is not easy, admits Wells, but with a little hope and trust in God, women can rewrite their fairy-tale ending and discover a new happily-ever-after.
The balance is shifting between people comfortable holding hymnals and cleaning cows’ teats and those who are uneasy with traditional expectations. A young woman grapples with contradiction between the pious appearance of her best friend’s family and the bits of reality she hears in her friend’s confidences; a woman mourns the loss of her disabled son, but also wishes to end the ritual state of mourning; a girl finds herself stranded on the battlefield between her new-age brother and her Old World parents. These people are bound by time-worn expectations and the demands of an agricultural life. With humour and insight, author Patricia Westerhof examines a place where opposing ideologies mingle, and a community struggles to redefine who and what they are.
In this powerful memoir, Tasoula Hadjitofi reveals her perilous journey orchestrating “The Munich Case”—one of the largest European art trafficking stings since WWII. With the Bavarian police in place, the Cypriots on their way, seventy under-cover agents bust into the Munich apartment of a notorious Turkish smuggler suspected of holding looted antiquities. Tasoula places everything on the line to repatriate her country’s sacred treasures, unaware that treachery lies in the shadow of her success.
The Icon Hunter is a story torn from the pages of Tasoula's life as she and her Greek Cypriot family lose everything during the Turkish invasion of Cyprus. Hundreds of ancient Cypriot churches are destroyed, their contents looted and all signs of her Greek Cypriot culture erased as if it never existed. As a refugee, she wants justice. And then fate intervenes in the form of an archbishop and a dubious art dealer in search of redemption.
Even as unspeakable personal tragedy strikes, she never gives up her search knowing the special place these antiquities hold in the hearts of Orthodox Christians. These icons are not just masterpieces—they are artistic manifestations of faith and a gate-way to the divine.
Using family and faith as her touchstones, Tasoula takes on these “merchants of God” as she navigates the underworld of art trafficking. Tasoula believes this to be her calling, and the Archbishop of Cyprus entrusts her—an ordinary woman, wife, and mother—with the mission. In order to succeed, however, she must place her trust in an art dealer known for his double-dealing.
Inspiring and empowering, The Icon Hunter is a gripping story by a remarkable woman that will captivate readers long after the nal page.
Once you've got the basics covered, you'll be ready to bake time-honored desserts like Saskatoon Berry Pie, Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies, and No-Bowl Chocolate Vinegar Cake. Then, jazz things up with these recipes' modern twists: White Chocolate Saskatoon Galette, Chocolate Buttercream-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Root Beer Float Cupcakes. And, of course, there's the recipe that started it all: the almost-lost Prairie favorite, Flapper Pie. When Karlynn first posted this recipe on her blog, it went viral, drawing enthusiastic and sentimental responses from readers everywhere who wanted to reminisce about their childhood and family food memories.
An approachable book for every skill level, Flapper Pie and a Blue Prairie Sky covers all the cherished bake goods from Karlynn and her family. Featuring more than 120 recipes from cakes to candies, doughnuts to dainties, and pies to puddings, with the same gorgeous photography that has made The Kitchen Magpie a go-to blog for passionate home bakers, this book is a delicious demonstration of the comfort and closeness that baking can bring. Flapper Pie and a Blue Prairie Sky is destined to become a classic to be shared through the generations.
From the Hardcover edition.
It doesn’t matter how your life has been so far. It doesn’t matter what’s happened in the past. All that matters is now. Change can happen in an instant and making changes, even really big ones, can be much less scary than you might imagine. All you need is to change your thinking - and this book explains how.
Change Your Life with NLP uses powerful tools and techniques from the tried and tested field of neuro linguistic programming to reveal how you’ve got to where you are and what might be holding you back or stopping good things happening.
You can use NLP to:
- determine what you want in life
- find the perfect partner or career
- boost your confidence
- increase your happiness
- banish anxiety
- drop bad habits
- lose weight (and keep it off)
- get out of debt
- improve your relationships with everybody
and much, much more. In fact, once you understand what’s going on in your unconscious mind, and have shifted your thinking, every area of your life will start to benefit!
This new edition includes three brand new chapters on using NLP for influence and persuasion, becoming more self-aware and identifying and understanding your priorities.
The Janitor was inspired by Todd Hopkins's personal experiences of interviewing overqualified retired businessmen for evening shift janitorial positions. Todd's applicants consistently would say they simply needed something to do. In this fable, janitor Bob Tidwell helps Roger to reevaluate how he is leading his business and his life. Bob's counsel is based upon six principles that Todd and coauthor Ray Hilbert discovered have the most impact on succeeding in business while holding together a personal life. Their insightful advice is delivered in a real-to-life story that inspires you to find greater fulfillment in your life.
Like so many CEOs in the corner office, still working when the janitor arrives to do the nightly cleaning, Roger is having a difficult and stressful evening when he spills his guts to the older janitor. As their relationship develops, Bob, a retired businessman, promises help that will turn Roger's business and personal life around. The story follows not only their weekly meetings at the office but also the application of each principle:Recharge vs. Discharge View Family as a Blessing, Not a Responsibility Pray, Don't Pout Pass It Around Don't Spend, Invest! Leave a Legacy
The Janitor's message will capture your mind and heart; stimulate meaningful, lasting life-changes; and show you how to influence your family, neighbors, and coworkers while experiencing business and life to the fullest.
"Take a few minutes and devour this little book by Todd Hopkins and Ray Hilbert. It's going to be a motivational classic, and you'll be in on the first wave of inspired readers." - Pat Williams, Senior Vice President, Orlando Magic; and Author, The Warrior Within