The Breakers Series: Books 1-3 – Edward W. Robertson

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The Breakers Series: Books 1-3

Edward W. Robertson

Genre: Science Fiction

Publish Date: April 8, 2014

Publisher: Edward W. Robertson

Seller: Edward Robertson


In the Breakers series, humanity faces not one apocalypse, but two: first a lethal pandemic, then a war against those who made the virus. This collection includes the first three books and is over 1000 pages (350,000 words) of post-apocalyptic survival. BREAKERS (Book 1) In New York, Walt Lawson is about to lose his girlfriend Vanessa. In Los Angeles, Raymond and Mia James are about to lose their house. Within days, none of it will matter. A plague tears across the world, reducing New York to an open grave and LA to a chaotic wilderness of violence and fires. Civilization comes to an abrupt stop. Just as the survivors begin to adapt to the aftermath, Walt learns the virus that ended humanity wasn't created by humans. It was inflicted from outside. The colonists who sent it are ready to finish the job–and Earth's survivors may be too few and too weak to resist. MELT DOWN (Book 2) In upstate Idaho, Ness Hook is run out of his mom's house by his bullying brother Shawn. In Redding, California, Tristan Carter is graduating college, but with no job and no prospects, she'll have to move back in with her parents. Then the world ends: first with a virus, then with an alien invasion. Ness and Shawn take to the mountains to fight a guerrilla against the attackers. In California, Tristan and Alden are taken prisoner. Separated from her brother, Tristan crosses the ruins of America to track him down. She will stop at nothing to get Alden back–but her fellow survivors prove even more dangerous than the monsters who broke the world. KNIFEPOINT (Book 3) Raina was just a girl when the plague came. She survived. Her parents didn't. Neither did the world. As civilization fell, she took to the ruins of Los Angeles, eating whatever she could catch. After two years alone, she's found and adopted by a fisherman and his wife. Their makeshift family lives a quiet life–until a man named Karslaw sails in from Catalina Island with an army of conquerors. Driven by visions of empire, he executes Raina's new father as a traitor and takes her mother captive. But Karslaw's people aren't the only ones vying for control of the ruined land. As violence wracks the city, Raina joins a rebellion against Karslaw's rule. She will stop at nothing to free her mother–and to have her revenge.

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Piano Scales: For Beginners – Bundle – The Only 2 Books You Need to Learn Scales for Piano, Piano Scale Theory and Piano Scales for Beginners Today – Preston Hoffman

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Piano Scales: For Beginners – Bundle – The Only 2 Books You Need to Learn Scales for Piano, Piano Scale Theory and Piano Scales for Beginners Today

Preston Hoffman

Genre: Music

Publish Date: October 15, 2019

Publisher: Preston Hoffman

Seller: Guillaume Tellers


2 Manuscripts in 1 Book, Including: How to Play Scales and How to Play Piano! Book 1) How to Play Scales: In 1 Day – The Only 7 Exercises You Need to Learn Guitar Scales, Piano Scales and Ukulele Scales Today Have you tried every possible tutorial that you could have found on the internet, but to no avail? Have you tried hiring a professional tutor in order to learn how to play guitar, piano or ukulele scales? There's no need to waste any more time, effort, or money – the  "How to Play Scales: In 1 Day "  has it all! It contains clear and easily understandable guidelines, tutorials and exercises to help you master playing the scales in the least amount of time possible. If utilized correctly, which is quite easy, you can learn how to play the scales in less than 24 hours! A completely worthwhile investment of your time and effort, since this book gives you all you need to know in order to quickly achieve your goal. You can rarely find a book that covers such a wide range of different styles and variations, and also includes important examples and exercises. This book rises above its competition with exactly that – it's perfectly well-rounded and contains all the information that you need, but it also doesn't go too much in-depth, keeping it light, readable, and understandable. You will learn the following: How to easily understand the theory behind playing the scales An easy exercise on how to play your first scale within chords A crucial short course on how to get a feeling for the music that is necessary in order to play or compose it How to improvise, explained on a perfect blues example Three different learning modes – exotic, classical and metal Learning how to play the jazz scales, widely regarded as the hardest style Finally, you'll learn how to effectively put all of this information together and utilize it in the future Book 2) How to Play Piano: In 1 Day – The Only 7 Exercises You Need to Learn Piano Theory, Piano Technique and Piano Sheet Music Today Do you want to learn how to play the piano? Do you feel overwhelmed by all those dots and dashes on the music sheet and the theory behind them? If so,  "How to Play Piano: In 1 Day"  by Preston Hoffman is  the  book for you! It will teach you all that you need to start playing the piano quickly and easily. It will also give you simple, step-by-step exercises that will help you learn how to play piano in 1 day. What makes this book special is that we have boiled down the process of learning the piano into seven simple steps. Steps that you can follow even if you have never touched a piano key before. Steps that focus on getting you to be able to play tunes quickly and easily, within hours, not weeks. We believe that books of this nature should be easy to grasp and written in jargon-free English you can understand, making you feel confident and allowing you to grasp each topic with ease. You will learn the following: The keyboard and keys The pedals Reading sheet music Practising scales Adding in chords Sharps and flats Timing And much more! You have made an excellent decision by choosing to learn about piano scales. So, don't delay it any longer. Take this opportunity and purchase your copy today. Order "Piano Scales: For Beginners" Now! See you inside!

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How to Read Music: For Beginners – Bundle – The Only 2 Books You Need to Learn Music Notation and Reading Written Music Today – Preston Hoffman

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How to Read Music: For Beginners – Bundle – The Only 2 Books You Need to Learn Music Notation and Reading Written Music Today

Preston Hoffman

Genre: Music

Publish Date: September 19, 2019

Publisher: Preston Hoffman

Seller: Guillaume Tellers


2 Manuscripts in 1 Book, Including: How to Read Music and Music Theory! Book 1) How to Read Music: In 1 Day – The Only 7 Exercises You Need to Learn Sheet Music Theory and Reading Musical Notation Today Do you want to learn how to read music in 1 day? Clefs, chords, tempo, staves, pitch, notes… Are these confusing words the reason you find learning music to be so difficult? If so, “How to Read Music: In 1 Day” by Preston Hoffman is THE book for you! It will give you an introduction to the basics of reading music, explain all the confusing musical terms and give you a basic understanding of the fundamentals of music theory and notation and the elements of reading sheet music. It will also give you simple, step-by-step exercises that will help you learn how to read sheet music in 1 day. Learning how to read sheet music can be a bit of a challenging task, in particular for people who have not attended any prior music lessons. What’s the difference between the G-Clef and F-Clef? How do harmony and rhythm affect how a piece of music sounds? All this can be confusing for a beginner. Like with learning most other skills, it is important to realize that there is no magic bullet for learning how to read music. However, with practice, anyone can learn how to read music, especially when it is broken down into  SMALL, SIMPLE STEPS . You will learn the following: Fundamentals of music theory Common practice part writing Fundamentals of music notation The evolution of staff notation Elements of reading sheet music Types of sheet music Seven step-by-step exercises to help you learn how to read sheet music And so much more! Book 2) Music Theory: For Beginners – The Only 7 Exercises You Need to Learn Music Fundamentals and the Elements of Written Music Today Are you struggling to learn about notes, scales, chords, keys, and other critical elements of music theory? Do you get overwhelmed by all the complex concepts and want a book that is simple and clear? Do you want a guide that will teach you and test you at the same time? If so, “Music Theory: For Beginners” by Preston Hoffman is THE book for you! It will provide you with seven key exercises that will help deepen your understanding of music theory! Learning music theory is very important for any musician who wants to read and write music. The concepts that are taught in music theory form the foundation for gaining a better understanding of music. Whether you are already playing or you want to play, learning music theory will give you greater confidence to take your musical ability to the next level. Music theory allows you to  build your own vocabulary of chords so that you don’t have to rely on memorization to play music.  You will be able to appreciate and understand any musical sound that you feel drawn to. You will learn the following: A brief history of music Why learning music theory is so important How to write and arrange music notes How to build chords and triads How to create rhythm, melody, and harmony Creating musical intervals How to form music scales How to read key signatures and the circle of fifths And much more! You have made an excellent decision by choosing to learn how to read music. So, don’t delay it any longer. Take this opportunity and purchase your copy today. Order “How to Read Music: For Beginners” Now! See you inside!

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The Ten Books on Architecture – Vitruvius Pollio

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The Ten Books on Architecture

Vitruvius Pollio

Genre: Art & Architecture

Publish Date: December 31, 2006

Publisher: Public Domain

Seller: Public Domain


Marcus Vitruvius Pollio's "Ten Books on Architecture" is the most complete treatise on the subject of architecture from antiquity and for hundreds of years influenced major buildings around the world. Dating to the first century B.C., the "Ten Books on Architecture" are not only an excellent historical reference into ancient construction methods and aesthetics but also a manual providing much that can be applied to modern architecture. Today's architect will find much of interest in this fully illustrated reproduction of the 1914 edition translated by Morris Hicky Morgan.

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Piano Theory: For Beginners – Bundle – The Only 2 Books You Need to Learn Piano Music Theory, Piano Tuning and Piano Technique Today – Preston Hoffman

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Piano Theory: For Beginners – Bundle – The Only 2 Books You Need to Learn Piano Music Theory, Piano Tuning and Piano Technique Today

Preston Hoffman

Genre: Music

Publish Date: September 25, 2019

Publisher: Preston Hoffman

Seller: Guillaume Tellers


2 Manuscripts in 1 Book, Including: Music Theory and How to Play Piano! Book 1) Music Theory: For Beginners – The Only 7 Exercises You Need to Learn Music Fundamentals and the Elements of Written Music Today Are you struggling to learn about notes, scales, chords, keys, and other critical elements of music theory? Do you get overwhelmed by all the complex concepts and want a book that is simple and clear? Do you want a guide that will teach you and test you at the same time? If so,  “Music Theory: For Beginners”  by Preston Hoffman is  the  book for you! It will provide you with seven key exercises that will help deepen your understanding of music theory! Learning music theory is very important for any musician who wants to read and write music. The concepts that are taught in music theory form the foundation for gaining a better understanding of music. Whether you are already playing or you want to play, learning music theory will give you greater confidence to take your musical ability to the next level. Music theory allows you to  build your own vocabulary of chords so that you don’t have to rely on memorization to play music.  You will be able to appreciate and understand any musical sound that you feel drawn to. You will learn the following: A brief history of music Why learning music theory is so important How to write and arrange music notes How to build chords and triads How to create rhythm, melody, and harmony Creating musical intervals How to form music scales How to read key signatures and the circle of fifths And much more! Book 2) How to Play Piano: In 1 Day – The Only 7 Exercises You Need to Learn Piano Theory, Piano Technique and Piano Sheet Music Today Do you want to learn how to play the piano? Do you feel overwhelmed by all those dots and dashes on the music sheet and the theory behind them? If so,  “How to Play Piano: In 1 Day”  by Preston Hoffman is  the  book for you! It will teach you all that you need to start playing the piano quickly and easily. It will also give you simple, step-by-step exercises that will help you learn how to play piano in 1 day. What makes this book special is that we have boiled down the process of learning the piano into seven simple steps. Steps that you can follow even if you have never touched a piano key before. Steps that focus on getting you to be able to play tunes quickly and easily, within hours, not weeks. We believe that books of this nature should be easy to grasp and written in jargon-free English you can understand, making you feel confident and allowing you to grasp each topic with ease. You will learn the following: The keyboard and keys The pedals Reading sheet music Practising scales Adding in chords Sharps and flats Timing And much more! You have made an excellent decision by choosing to learn piano theory. So, don’t delay it any longer. Take this opportunity and purchase your copy today. Download “Piano Theory: For Beginners” Now! See you inside!

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The Castle Mountain Lodge Collection: Books 4-6 – Elena Aitken

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The Castle Mountain Lodge Collection: Books 4-6

Elena Aitken

Genre: Holiday

Publish Date: November 2, 2016

Publisher: Ink Blot Communications

Seller: Elena Aitken


Fall in Love at Castle Mountain Lodge! This sweetly romantic collection includes books: Secret Gifts, Goodbye Gifts and Tempting Gifts in the best-selling Castle Mountain Lodge Series!  Three heartwarming stand-alone love stories full of romance and happy ever afters set in the stunning Canadian Rockies!  Secret Gifts (Book 4) For blockbuster star, Gage, Castle Mountain Lodge is the perfect place for him to hide out and stay out of trouble. At least that's what his PR rep Megan hopes. But staying out of trouble proves to be harder then either of them thought, especially when the temptation is each other.   Goodbye Gifts (Book 5) Carmen has dedicated her career to making sure the Lodge runs smoothly, which is why when her boss asks her to date his brother, she reluctantly accepts. What she doesn't expect is to fall in love with Dylan, and sometimes, falling in love means saying goodbye. Tempting Gifts (Book 6) Lisa’s tired of her reputation as the Lodge’s ‘bad girl’. She’s ready to get serious—about everything. Which is why she wants nothing to do with Jason, who only seems interested in flirting. But when their mutual concern over a little boy shows them what’s really important, anything can happen. ~A sweet contemporary romance series~ ___________________________________ Like all of my books, The Castle Mountain Lodge Collection can all be read and enjoyed as a stand-alone novels. But be sure to catch up with all your favorite characters with the rest of the series for more small town romance! The Castle Mountain Lodge Series • The Castle Mountain Lodge Collection: Books 1-3 • The Castle Mountain Lodge Collection: Books 4-6 • The Castle Mountain Lodge Collection: Books 7-9

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Diahann Carroll In Conversation With Bob Morris (2009): Los Angeles Times Festival of Books – Diahann Carroll

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Diahann Carroll In Conversation With Bob Morris (2009): Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

Diahann Carroll

Genre: Arts & Entertainment

Price: $ 2.99

Publish Date: April 25, 2009

© ℗ © 2009 Los Angeles Times

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It’s Reigning Men – Books 1 – 3 – Jenny Gardiner

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It’s Reigning Men – Books 1 – 3

Jenny Gardiner

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Publish Date: September 1, 2015

Publisher: Jenny Gardiner Books

Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC


It’s time to get your royal on with the first three books in the It’s Reigning Men series from bestselling author Jenny Gardiner, available together for the very first time! SOMETHING IN THE HEIR Sometimes a girl’s gotta sweep a prince off his feet… He’s a prince with a problem, she’s a commoner with a getaway plan. Modern-day Prince Adrian of Monaforte has a most old-fashioned problem: his demanding mother wants him wed to her best friend’s daughter, the hard-partying Serena. When his refusal falls on deaf ears, Adrian decides it’s time for him to slip away from his gilded cage and figure out his life, all on his own. As luck would have it, event photographer Emma Davison, weary of a revolving door of lost-cause men and tired of her outsider-looking-in career, is in need of her own escape clause, just in time to help a wayward prince in need. And she soon discovers that sometimes a girl’s gotta sweep a prince off his feet. For any girl that’s ever held out hope that some day her prince would come…or better yet, hoped that some day she’d come to him. HEIR TODAY GONE TOMORROW It's all fun and royal games until somebody's heart gets hurt In his line of work, royal heir Darcy Squires-Thornton has always been content playing second fiddle to close friend Prince Adrian, and happy, too, with whatever brief romantic encounters come his way. Especially one with carefree Caroline McKenzie, whose best friend is engaged to the prince, whose motto has always been "love the one you're with". But when the one she's no longer with is the one with whom she's fallen in love, what's a girl an ocean away to do? BAD TO THE THRONE Sometimes you can let your heir down a little too much… When wild-child Prince Alexander goes on a naked bender in a Vegas swimming pool, cocktail waitress Andi McDonough decides to preserve a shot of those family jewels on her phone. But when she’s fired for capturing the royal treasures, she heads off to find herself. After backpacking the world-over on a dime and a prayer, she finds herself in Rome, where a chance encounter with the wayward prince only reinforces to her that Prince Zander is indeed bad to the throne. And more than likely to her fragile heart as well.

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Super Mystery Comics – Limemouse Books

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Super Mystery Comics

Feat. 6 Action Packed Stories

Limemouse Books

Genre: Graphic Novels

Publish Date: January 25, 2012

Publisher: Limemouse Books

Seller: Save As Pty Ltd


"The comic book of the future is here now…" Introducing a revolutionary new way to experience the comics of the golden age on your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad,  featuring the world’s most popular super heroes!  You’ll experience the greatest series and stories like never before, with amazingly intuitive device controls to zoom and pan your way through pages of sizzling stories and amazing artwork! Take your favorite come books with you anytime & anywhere! Super-Mystery Comics , published by Ace Magazines, was in print for nine years from July 1940 to July 1949, never really maintaining a consistent publishing rate. Although the series was entitled "Super-Mystery", the Super and Mystery seemed to be pushed during separate eras with the first twenty-nine issues featuring Magno, the Magnetic Man on the covers and containing various other superhero tales while the later issues featured such characters as Bert and Sue, Mack Martin and The Unknown with more of a mystery/horror vibe to the covers than superhero feats. Features: • 6 full stories, complete with amazing images to look through and discover • enhanced Comic book options • beautiful layouts with completely remastered color images • "easy use" menus and navigation • authentic "Golden Age" advertisements and more Email: LimeMouse with your comments and suggestions. We answer all emails we receive.

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The Emperor’s Edge Collection, Books 1-3 – Lindsay Buroker

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The Emperor’s Edge Collection, Books 1-3

Lindsay Buroker

Genre: Epic

Publish Date: March 6, 2015

Publisher: Lindsay Buroker

Seller: Smashwords, Inc.


An enforcer wanted dead for crimes she didn’t commit… An assassin wanted dead for crimes he did commit… Normally, they would be enemies, but they both seek the same thing: exoneration. Unfortunately, a nefarious underground organization is attempting to kill the one man who could grant it to them, the emperor. If they want to win their freedom, they’ll have to battle powerful wizards, outscheme master schemers, and defeat bloodthirsty monsters, all while dodging friendly fire and evading the law. Exoneration isn’t easy. This boxed set includes the first three novels in this high fantasy adventure series: The Emperor’s Edge Dark Currents Deadly Games.

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Montgomery Ink Box Set 1 (Books 0.5, 0.6, and 1) – Carrie Ann Ryan

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Montgomery Ink Box Set 1 (Books 0.5, 0.6, and 1)

Carrie Ann Ryan

Genre: Contemporary

Publish Date: November 8, 2015

Publisher: Pink Ink Books

Seller: Carrie Silverstein


Emotional with an erotic edge, the Montgomery Ink series is ready to roll with heart-pounding drama and heated sparks ready to ignite. Between tattoo shops, construction companies, and lost loves, the Montgomery family is going to leave a mark. Ink Inspired – Montgomery Ink Book 0.5 Shepard Montgomery loves the feel of a needle in his hands, the ink that he lays on another, and the thrill he gets when his art is finished. At least that’s the way it used to be. Once he sees Shea Little walk through his shop door for her first tattoo, he knows there’s something more to her than her prim outfits and wide eyes—he sees inspiration. Ink Reunited – Montgomery Ink Book 0.6 When the men from Sassy Bordeau’s past walk into her tattoo shop, she’s compelled to face what she left behind. Rafe Chavez and Ian Steele will have to do more than grovel to earn back the woman they’ve always loved…and each other. Delicate Ink – Montgomery Ink Book 1 Although wary, bearded and broody tattoo artist Austin Montgomery, and scarred-in more-ways-than-one Sierra Elder embark on a slow, tempestuous relationship. When blasts from both of their pasts intrude on their present, however, it will take more than a promise of what could be to keep them together.

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Beautiful Demons Box Set, Books 1-3 – Sarra Cannon

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Beautiful Demons Box Set, Books 1-3

Beautiful Demons, Inner Demons & Bitter Demons

Sarra Cannon

Genre: Paranormal

Publish Date: October 23, 2013

Publisher: Dead River Books

Seller: Dead River Books LLC


This is a collection of the first three books in the bestselling Shadow Demons Saga, a fast-paced Young Adult series filled with magic, mystery, and a touch of romance. (Approx. 150,000 words total.) Books Included: 1. Beautiful Demons 2. Inner Demons 3. Bitter Demons Beautiful Demons In Peachville, even the cheerleaders have a dark side… Harper Madison isn't like other girls. She has extraordinary powers, but her inability to control them has gotten her kicked from so many foster homes she's lost count. Shadowford Home for Girls is her last chance, and she hopes Peachville High will be the fresh start she needs.  But when evidence ties her to the gruesome murder of a Demons cheerleader, Harper discovers this small town has a big secret. Inner Demons Becoming a Demons cheerleader was the last thing Harper Madison expected when she moved to the small town of Peachville. She's willing to do whatever it takes, though, to get the answers she needs about her mother and about her own strange powers. Now that she's an official member of the squad, her training can begin. Only, this is no normal group of cheerleaders. The training opens up a new world for Harper. It's a world of beauty and magic beyond her wildest dreams, but also a world of pressure and impossible expectations. A world where every secret hides an even darker secret. Bitter Demons So far, life in Peachville has been tough for Harper Madison. She's survived attacks on her life, learned how to control her magic and met the most gorgeous boy with an unbelievable secret. After her latest stunt at Brighton Hospital, life has gotten even more complicated. The Order of Shadows is determined to tighten their control on her life. When a future Prima from a nearby demon gate comes to town, she and Harper decide to use glamours to switch places at a party. All Harper wants is to have a little fun. But the night will end in blood. And Harper will find out the attack was meant for her…

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Classic Baseball Books: Jose Canseco – Ron Barr

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Classic Baseball Books: Jose Canseco

Ron Barr

Genre: Arts & Entertainment

Price: $ 1.99

Publish Date: May 15, 2016

© ℗ © 2016 Sports Byline USA

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Werewolf High: The Complete Freshman Year: Books 1-3 – Anita Oh

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Werewolf High: The Complete Freshman Year: Books 1-3

Anita Oh

Genre: Fantasy

Publish Date: June 3, 2017

Publisher: Anita Oh

Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC


The entire first year of the best-selling Werewolf High series is now available in one collection! Join Lucy and the pack in the first three books, as they face down all the dangers that come along with werewolves, witches and high school! Book 1: The Truth Spell Lucy O'Connor is more IT girl than "it girl" but even though she'll never fit in, the scholarship to elite Amaris High is an opportunity she can't refuse.  The day Lucy arrives at Amaris, she sees her best friend, Sam Spencer. But Sam had died three years ago, on the night that had changed Lucy's life forever. The more Lucy looks for answers, the worse things get for her, as she makes an enemy of the richest, most popular boy in school, Tennyson Wilde. When the entire school is hit by a truth spell, it seems like the perfect chance to find out what Sam and Tennyson are hiding, but the closer Lucy gets, the more she realizes that the truth is stranger than she ever imagined. Book 2: The Tiny Curse Life isn't going so well for Lucy at elite boarding school, Amaris High. Classes are a struggle. She has no leads on the evil magic user. Sam's avoiding her, and the entire student population hates her. But someone hates her more than the rest. Rumors start spreading that lead to Lucy being bullied worse than ever before. Just when she thinks she couldn't feel smaller, she's hit with a spell that shrinks her down to only two inches tall. Forced to rely on Sam, Tennyson and the other Golden to survive, Lucy is determined to get to the bottom of things once and for all. But the more she learns, she finds that being tiny might not be her biggest problem. Book 3: The Body Swap Lucy's world is turned upside down when she learns that her enemy is the one person she never suspected.  Although she has Sam and the Golden on her side, she no longer knows who to trust. Then, when she's hit with one final spell, she has no choice but to put her faith in the person the she despises the most. Stuck in Tennyson Wilde's body, Lucy and Tennyson must work together to break the curse or risk becoming each other for real. But in order to fix things, Lucy will face the greatest betrayal of all.

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Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper Books 1: 3 – JL Bryan

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Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper Books 1: 3

JL Bryan

Genre: Ghost

Publish Date: June 18, 2017

Publisher: JL Bryan

Seller: Smashwords, Inc.


This set of three complete novels follows Ellie Jordan, a paranormal detective in the heavily haunted city of Savannah, Georgia. Ellie uses a combination of historical research, ghost-hunting technology, and stubborn toughness to protect her clients and remove dangerous entities from their homes. Included in this set: Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper (book 1) When a family contacts her to deal with a disturbing presence in the crumbling old mansion they've purchased, Ellie first believes it to be a typical, by-the-book specter, a residual haunting by a restless spirit. Instead, she finds herself confronting an older and more powerful evil that dwells within the walls of the house, stalking the living. Ellie must unravel the secret history behind the haunting in order to remove the ghost. She is aided by her new assistant Stacey, a recent film school graduate with a gift for capturing images and video of ghosts, and Jacob, a reluctant young psychic. Together, they will try to evict the dangerous spirits of the dead, whose threats to the family grow more terrifying every night. Cold Shadows (book 2) Paranormal investigator Ellie Jordan faces a difficult new case. Her clients are a family haunted by multiple ghosts and a poltergeist that wrecks their home at night. Their seven-year-old son’s invisible friends may not be imaginary at all, but the restless spirits of dead children. To clear her clients’ house of the dangerous entities, Ellie must unravel the mysterious deaths of another family who lived in the old mansion more than a hundred and sixty years ago—and she must do it before the ghosts can carry out their malevolent designs on her clients and their children. The Crawling Darkness (book 3) Ellie Jordan investigates an apartment building where a twisted, dangerous entity emerges from closets and doorways to terrorize the residents at night. A powerful spirit, it feeds on fear and takes the shape of its victims' worst nightmares. Ellie and her mentor Calvin have tried to capture the same entity before, in a different house nearby, an attempt that ended in disaster. Now, with the help of her apprentice Stacey, Ellie must try again to capture the elusive shape-shifting ghost before it can claim another soul as its own.

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The Chronicles of Kerrigan Box Set Books # 1 – 6 – W.J. May

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The Chronicles of Kerrigan Box Set Books # 1 – 6

W.J. May

Genre: Short Stories

Publish Date: November 19, 2016

Publisher: Dark Shadow Publishing

Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC


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In Drinking in America, Susan Cheever Puts the Bottle Back in the History Books

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Any kid who made it through high school in the States probably knows something about the history of alcohol in America. Like the fact that General Ulysses S. Grant was a bit of a lush, or that the original settlers drank a lot of beer, or that Prohibition was a miserable failure that gave rise to bathtub gin and organized crime and the current scourge of speakeasy-inspired cocktail bars.

What you might not know is just how indelibly drinking—and opposition to drinking—has touched some of the most important moments in our country’s timeline. And for that we have Susan Cheever’s Drinking in America: Our Secret History, a look at how alcohol and alcoholism has played into 14 major chapters of American life. “The interesting truth, untaught in most schools and unacknowledged in most written history,” writes Cheever in her prologue, “is that a glass of beer, a bottle of rum, a keg of hard cider, a flask of whiskey, or even a dry martini was often the silent, powerful third party to many decisions that shaped the American story from the 17th century to the present.”

It’s Cheever’s goal to reinsert those tipples back into the history from which they’ve been excised. A perfect image for that mission: a Currier & Ives print from 1848 of George Washington standing in front of his troops with a glass of madeira in hand and a bottle of refills on the table. That engraving was later amended in the early years of the temperance movement, reimagined sans glass and with the bottle morphed into a tricorne hat.

From the moment the Mayflower Pilgrims, wanting for beer, decided to land on Cape Cod rather than their chartered destination in northern Virginia, our national obsession with alcohol was born, argues Cheever. “The decision to land illegally on Cape Cod had a huge effect on the later fate of the Pilgrims and the way in which the American character was formed. An illegal landing in a hostile place, partially caused by a shortage of beer, was not an auspicious beginning.”

Since then, our country’s tolerance for drinking and drunkenness has swung back and forth between periods of massive, near-ubiquitous indulgence—the 1830s and the mid-20th century were particularly sodden ages—and periods of crackdown. In the early 18th century, the American colonies became world famous for their drinking, both in terms of quantity—the average colonist, Cheever cites, spent a quarter of his income on booze—and in terms of prevalence: Everyone drank, from toddlers up. By 1820, drinking peaked, with the average American consuming more than triple what we do today.

But soon, that excess created a backlash: By 1834 there were roughly 5,000 nationwide temperance societies (most famously the Washingtonians), claiming 11 million members. With the rise of industrialization, the realization that drunk workers were not ideal, and the simultaneous rise of the women’s suffrage movement, national attitudes toward drinking began to shift. A century later the country had gone whole hog in the opposite direction, passing the 18th Amendment and the Volstead Act and launching Prohibition in 1920. It was an attempt to legislate against drinking that had the opposite effect, giving birth to another hedonistic era in the decades that followed. Our association of writing with alcoholism, a topic that has sparked several books, is a direct result of Prohibition, Cheever argues: an extrapolation based on a handful of examples of prominent hard-drinking, mid-century writers whose behavior was a reaction to their experience of that dry decade. But though Prohibition is largely regarded as a miserable failure, Cheever detects that the country may be swinging back in that direction again: Our increasingly health-and-longevity-focused society, she concludes, may soon lead to another misguided attempt to legislate against alcohol addiction.

Cheever uses these sociological and historical trends to create a loose architecture for her book, but she’s best when writing about the way alcohol—its abuse and its rejection—affected personal lives, and when she digs up fascinating historical nuggets. Like the fact that George Washington lost his first election to the Virginia assembly in 1755, and then won two years later after he delivered 144 gallons of booze to the polls. Or the fact that early physician and Declaration of Independence signer Benjamin Rush believed in both the disease theory of alcoholism and in the lurking danger of spontaneous combustion.

Alcoholism haunts American history, and has shaped it, for better or worse. The Adams line may have boasted two presidents, but the family was also plagued by what must have been the alcoholism gene: Two of John and Abigail’s sons and two of their grandsons died tragically in early alcohol-related deaths. Ulysses S. Grant is criticized for his drinking, but perhaps, Cheever speculates, it was his drunken bravado that actually led to his success in the Civil War. (Lincoln, a famous nondrinker, seemed to think so.) Meriwether Lewis, the man responsible for opening up the American West, descended into alcoholism upon his return from his famous expedition to find a water route to the Pacific. But the West, Cheever argues, was won at least in part by teetotalers, like Wyatt Earp, who had a terribly adverse reaction to alcohol and may have used his sobriety to his advantage in running gambling games, investing in silver mines, and shaping his own legacy in Hollywood.

More recently, Senator Joe McCarthy’s anti-communist reign of terror may have succeeded for the time it did only because the Internet wasn’t available to disseminate images or videos of his belligerent antics—including physically assaulting a Washington Post columnist in public—which were, at least in part, spurred on by the alcoholism that eventually killed him. (“Kiss my ass” was McCarthy’s response to a friend who pleaded with him to cut out the drinking mere months before he kicked the bucket.) The gunman who killed JFK may have had an unwitting assist from Kennedy’s secret-service agents, many of whom were hungover and slow to react after a late night of knocking back booze. And when, in 1969, a TWA flight was hijacked by members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and diverted to Syria, a very drunk Nixon, partying with friends in Florida, repeatedly instructed Henry Kissinger by phone to bomb the Syrian airport. In the morning, writes Cheever, the president had no memory of the incident. And many of us have no memory that Nixon, who started drinking only in adulthood and whose tolerance was unusually low, was likely an alcoholic.

It’s clear when I get on the phone with Cheever that she feels empathy for the people about whom she writes, even the ones—Nixon, McCarthy—whose behavior and politics have been judged harshly by the history books. After all, she’s been there herself. Drinking in America is something of a passion project for Cheever, who is a recovering alcoholic (she’s been sober more than 20 years), a memoirist about her addiction (Note Found in a Bottle), and the daughter of John Cheever, one of the 20th century’s more famous alcoholics. Cheever references her family history at various points in the book, something she initially intended to avoid but added at the insistence of her editor. Now she’s glad she did. “The history books that we revere, you never know who the writer is, where he—or Doris [Kearns Goodwin],” she jokes, “is coming from. They don’t reveal their own biases. History is deeply biased. If you don’t reveal your biases, it’s hard for me to connect in the same way. I want to know where the writer is standing.”

Read on for more from Cheever about the boozy tidbits that most surprised her, why alcohol gets written out of the history books, and whether the beer-swigging Pilgrims were severely dehydrated.



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What’s the origin story of this project?
It’s a work in progress, the origin story. I’ve always been obsessed with American history, New England history. I wrote a book about Concord, Massachusetts. I wrote a biography of Louisa May Alcott. I wrote a biography of E. E. Cummings. And of course for decades I’ve been fascinated by addiction and recovery and how they work, starting with my own experience as a child. So those two things were going on separate tracks. And they just collided and made this explosion. As soon as I had this idea, I knew it had to be a book. There’s usually a long agonizing run-up to me deciding what to write about. Not this time. It was really like, Oh! Then I read Daniel Okrent’s wonderful book Last Call! The Rise and Fall of Prohibition. In his prologue there’s a little bit about drinking in American history. I emailed him, and he very sweetly sent me to Eric Burns, who had written a book called Spirits of America: A Social History of Alcohol, about American history and alcoholism, mostly focusing on the 19th century. I was off to the races.

Were you surprised to discover how little this history had been written about?
I was so surprised. The whole time I was writing, I was going, “What? Really?” Mark Twain said no discovery for the writer, no discovery for the reader. It was really a voyage of discovery. And I thought I knew a lot about these two subjects, but it turned out that the presence of alcohol, either from the point of view of temperance or from the point of view of drunkenness, has had a huge effect on our history. And I was constantly surprised. I thought I knew a lot about Abraham Lincoln. I know the difference between the first Inaugural Address and the second. I’ve read a million biographies. I had no idea that his mother had made him promise not to drink on her deathbed. I had no idea that he had lectured to the Washingtonians, that he was a temperance man. And I really had no idea that he was one of these rare individuals that didn’t drink and didn’t judge. When they came to him and complained that Ulysses S. Grant was drinking too much, Lincoln said, “Bring me some barrels of what he’s drinking so I can give it to my other generals.” He was such a pragmatist. I already knew I admired Lincoln, but that’s a rare person, who can not drink because of whatever’s happened in their family, what they’ve seen drinking can do, but also not judge people who do drink. What a guy!

What’s your theory on why alcoholism has been ignored by history? Is it because it was taken for granted and so never noted? Or is it a form of patriotism to ignore drinking, to avoid revealing the private behavior of our national heroes?
One of the rants that I have is how much of current events is controlled by drinking and it never gets reported. Donald Trump is a very good example. Donald Trump’s brother died of alcoholism. Donald Trump has talked about this quite a lot. Donald Trump as a result never drinks, hates drinking, won’t let his children drink. This is a big deal and it doesn’t get reported. Just the way that whatever was the real story with George [W.] Bush’s drinking didn’t get reported. I trained my kids to read the Times and go: Where is the drink in this story?

But the second part of the answer is that we like our history in a certain way. There’s a kind of gravitas that we really like. Because it isn’t just the drinking that gets left out: the sex gets left out, the food gets left out, the clothes get left out. All the things I’m interested in, they get left out. When I wrote American Bloomsbury, I was writing about Emerson and Thoreau, and Longfellow and the Alcotts, I included the women, and when you include the women you get the clothes and the food. I don’t know if you want to call it the underbelly of daily living. I don’t really care so much about the constitutional amendments, although I had to learn about them. I cared about what people were eating. Or drinking. Or who they were. I like to know about the texture of life. And I think when it comes to American history, a lot of that doesn’t get reported.

Like, for instance, Ken Burns’s The Roosevelts: no sex and no drinking. I mean, this is a family that’s been dogged by mental illness and alcoholism from the beginning. Not there! Eleanor’s love affair with Lorena Hickok. Not there! And people loved that. I don’t know whether it’s because we feel it’s disrespectful to admit that our leaders were human or what. But we do like history written in this very high-minded way.



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Here’s an example: Until I read your book, I didn’t know that Richard Nixon was a drunk. I’m 31. Is that because I didn’t live through that history? Or is it not widely known?
I didn’t, either! I was surprised. I lived right through it. I thought he was creepy. I knew he was a crook. But I didn’t know he was a drunk. The first hint I had of it was in Frost/Nixon. There’s that scene where he drunk-dials. And I thought, Ohhh. But I didn’t really think twice about it until I was writing this book and people would say to me, Nixon, Nixon, Nixon. Then I read a bunch of biographies and there it was.

Do you think the reason we didn’t know that was because his alcoholism wasn’t typical? He seemed high-functioning?
It wasn’t high-functioning when it wasn’t. But yes. Someone was asking what is the answer to our addiction and alcohol problem. The answer is education. We’re not very well educated about the different forms alcoholism can take. We still have a tendency to think of it as somebody who drinks too much too often. Nixon drank too much too often, but for him too much was not very much. And he didn’t drink at all until he was an adult. Alcoholism is actually mysterious. It’s clearly genetic. On the other hand, it’s not as if it’s sitting right there in front of us and we’re not understanding it. It’s hard to understand.

But with Nixon: Yes, his alcoholism looked very different. Well, actually, it looked a lot like Ulysses S. Grant’s alcoholism. But it looked different from William Faulkner’s alcoholism. And I think that made it harder to believe or harder to pick up. But I do think that we actually have a public-health crisis when it comes to education about addiction in this country. And there’s still not the understanding of it that we need to have in order to effectively deal with it. But I also think that the people who understand alcoholism the best are the Alcoholics Anonymous people. And they’re like: You’re an alcoholic if you say you are. Meaning, it’s pretty mysterious who’s an alcoholic and who’s not. They say it’s a self-diagnosed disease. That’s a fairly aggravating definition.

You said that you’re interested in studying women’s lives to get at the texture of history. But this is mostly a book about men. Did you choose to focus on men because you wanted to get at the most seminal events in American history, and that’s who was involved? Or was it just too difficult to find examples of women and alcoholism throughout American history? Maybe that’s your next book?
I think both of those things are true. In other words: They don’t write a lot about drinking men; they certainly don’t write about drinking women. But in the temperance part of the book, there are a lot of women, the way that the temperance movement and women’s suffrage came to the surface together. I was trying to think of essays to write, and it occurred to me I could have done more with Abigail Adams. This was a woman who knew she had brought alcoholism into the family. Can you imagine?

Did she feel guilt?
I don’t know if she felt guilt or fear. She wrote about it very obliquely. But she and her sisters knew their brother was an alcoholic who died of it. And she saw two of her sons die of it and two of her grandsons. There wasn’t anybody dying of it in the Adams line before she married John Adams. She didn’t say, “I brought this into my own family and caused tremendous heartbreak because I’m a carrier.” But I wonder what that must have been like. I always liked her, but it really made me have so much respect for her. To have one child die of alcoholism is an unimaginable tragedy. To have two? And two grandchildren?

And John Quincy Adams—ever since that, he acted like he drank sulfuric acid. Well, no wonder? Two brothers, two sons. And they didn’t know what it was. They called it the scourge. They knew it was bad. But they didn’t really understand even as well as we do now.

I wished there were more women. I wasn’t so aware until I finished. One of my favorite books that I’ve written was American Bloomsbury, and the whole formula for that book was that I took Concord, Massachusetts, in the 19th century and added the women. The revelation for me was when I found that Louisa May Alcott had lived across the street from Emerson, and had based Laurie [in Little Women] on Henry David Thoreau. I didn’t even realize they were in the same town. I had studied Emerson, I had studied Thoreau. Nobody had ever told me Louisa May Alcott was the little babysitter girl. And Margaret Fuller. The women in that equation were tremendously powerful and interesting. But with this book it was hard to find women.

There were women who came into the chapter about alcoholic writers, which is an interesting chapter for a lot of reasons. It felt to me sort of like a little self-contained section, where you focused on culture instead of politics and sociology. Why?
You make a good point. That didn’t occur to me. And you’re absolutely right. I just was plowing along, and Olivia Laing’s book The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking came out. I read  it and thought, Wait a minute, this isn’t right. Because I was deep in the 19th century at this point. I thought, Wait a minute, [the equation of writers with alcoholism] didn’t start until the 1930s. Like everybody who writes that book—and there are many—they  all use the same five writers, because that’s all there are. It’s not happening now. Our writers now are not drunks. I just went, “Wow! This whole myth about writing and drinking is actually restricted to two generations.” And I got so excited about that. But you’re right, I didn’t notice that it completely changed the tone of the book—that it wasn’t about politics, that it was about culture. Sorry!

No, I think it’s fascinating.
I mean, I was so interested. Because everybody thinks it’s all writers who drink. But in fact no writers drink now. You can’t name me one! And it was the same in the 1800s. Maybe Poe. But Emerson, Thoreau, Longfellow, Dickinson? None, zero, not even a ghost of a problem. Whitman was a temperance guy. The Alcotts, they just didn’t drink. It wasn’t on their menu, so to speak. I got very excited. Because for obvious reasons I don’t like the idea that writers have to drink. As a writer who doesn’t drink, I just got very excited about it and tore through the chapter without noticing that it doesn’t really belong in the book. Maybe no one else will notice?

Well, I wouldn’t say it doesn’t belong in the book. I would just say, to me, it felt meaningful that you wanted to include it. It’s not the only place that you reference your family history, your father’s history. You weave that throughout. Did you learn anything about your family that you didn’t already know writing about them here?
I pretty much had it. I’ve been criticized a lot for writing about myself and my family when, according to critics, it wasn’t necessary. So my original intention was not to put any of us in this book at all. But my editor, I think very wisely, said we need a Cheever thread. And it’s true that when I read a history book, I want to know who the writer is. So I did put in a Cheever thread. History is not monolithic; it’s as personal as memoir. It really is. I’m reading [David] McCullough’s Wright brothers book, and it’s fascinating, but it’s all about the engineering. That’s not the book I would have written. It’s great that he wrote  the book he wrote. But I have to guess about his fascination with engineering and his lack of interest in food, sex, and drinking. I don’t want to guess. I like to have a sense of who the writer is. I want to say to the reader: “This is who I am. This is a recovering alcoholic writing about alcoholism. You might need to know that.”

Before I let you go, can I ask you a question that’s been bugging me? You write about how the Mayflower Pilgrims drank beer instead of water, because drinking water was far more dangerous. But were they just horribly dehydrated at all times? How do you survive on no water?
Well, it’s very hard. I don’t think it’s good for you. But If you can’t drink the water . . . You’re just thirsty all the time. And it was 6 percent beer. I thought maybe it was 2 percent, maybe it was near beer, right? Nuh-uh. It was real beer. But they didn’t survive; half of them died that first winter. Half! The starving time. So it’s not a good recipe for good health.

 

This interview has been condensed and edited.

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The Mystic Series Set: Books 1-3

B.C. Burgess

Genre: Paranormal

Price: $ 5.99

Publish Date: January 7, 2014

Publisher: Bandit Publishing

Seller: Bandit Publishing Company


This is a special edition of books 1-3 in The Mystic Series. A Magical Journey of Epic Romance Stretching from coast to coast and teeming with loathed villains and beloved heroes, The Mystic Series is rich with emotion, magic and intrigue. Whether the reader is laughing, crying or falling in love, they'll find themselves invested in Layla's fate through the rich dialogue and emotionally driven characters that weave the web of this fiery paranormal tale. Book 1: Descension After three years caring for her dying mother, Layla Callaway learns she was adopted under unusual circumstances. Following a cryptic message to seek her birth family in Oregon, Layla uproots her life to find out the truth about her past. And herself.  Quin's natural charisma is attractive to plenty of women, but he longs for the one he's been dreaming of his entire life. When that day arrives, not only is he breathless, he's confronted with the challenge of a lifetime – an innate need to keep her safe and forever by his side. Through manipulation and dark magic, Agro uses the powers of others to elevate his supremacy and wealth. When he discovers Layla didn't die at birth, he sets out to find and possess her. Book 2: Impassion According to the fairy tales Layla Callaway read as a child, she'd stepped into one. She suddenly has the extended family she always wanted, a beautiful home in Oregon, and the ability to perform astonishing magic. But her perfect world has a price, and she may end up paying with her life. Quin Kavanagh wants nothing more than to shed his playboy past and devote himself to Layla, but his womanizing reputation threatens to destroy their budding relationship and shatter his dreams. Obsessed with Layla's immense power, Agro eliminates leads on his way to Oregon. But there's a stranger lurking much closer to Layla's new home, and he's closing in quicker than anyone knows. Leaving a trail of tragedy in their wakes, both wizards crave what Layla has, and they'll stop at nothing to get it.  Book 3: Deception Layla Callaway has found comfort in her new role as a coven member, and she’s declared her love for the heartthrob who led her home, but as beautiful as her life appears, it’s shadowed by the evil threatening to rip it away. After years of meaningless flings, Quin Kavanagh has finally found love in Layla and yearns to keep her close, but the strength and longevity of their relationship is tested by Finley, a powerful wizard who promises to rid Layla’s life of danger… then claim her as his reward.  They’ve attacked once, leaving Layla with grievous injuries, and the worst has yet to come. The Stranger has drawn closer than anyone knows. And with the disappearance of his lieutenant, Agro is on a rampage, determined to get his witch… or make her family pay.

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Nyx Slaughter: Books 1-7 – Amber Lynn

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Nyx Slaughter: Books 1-7

Amber Lynn

Genre: Fantasy

Publish Date: July 30, 2013

Publisher: Amber Lynn

Seller: Smashwords


If you travel just down the road aways, you will run into towns like Night Owl City where depending on your species, you may not be welcome. This is the city Nyx Slaughter grew up in. A human raised in a world of paranorms. They taught her to be a warrior and with that training she has become one of their best assassins. In her journey through life, she hasn't made very many friends. Whether it is her snarky mouth or the fact that she kills most of the people she meets, for some reason people just don't warm up to her. She does have a couple of friends though and one is about to take her on the trip of her life. They don't even have to leave the city, or his place of business, for the trip to begin. Needless to say, Nyx's world is changing and it is changing fast. Join her on her journey of finding out just what really makes her tick. There is a lot of frustration on her part along the way, but there are also a lot of laughs to be had. This book contains the seven books that make up the first half of this series. They are all roughly 50,000 words, so they make for fun, fast rainy afternoon reads. Warning: This book is the musings of a foulmouthed female assassin with Violence for a middle name. Reader discretion is advised due to language, violence, and sexual content.

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Merkiaari Wars Series: Books 1-3 (Unabridged) – Mark E. Cooper

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Merkiaari Wars Series: Books 1-3 (Unabridged)

Mark E. Cooper

Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy

Price: $ 25.95

Publish Date: September 1, 2015

© ℗ © 2015 Impulse Books UK

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Manolo Blahnik Books First-ever Personal Appearance at Saks Fifth Avenue

SHOE IN: Manolo Blahnik will make his first-ever personal appearance at a Saks Fifth Avenue store next month. On Sept. 10 the stiletto-maker will appear within his Saks shop-in-shop boutique — located on the retailer’s “10022” shoe floor — for a signing.
From 5 to 7 p.m., shoppers who purchase a new pair of Blahniks can have their shoes signed by the footwear impresario.
Blahnik’s Saks shop-in-shop — his first-ever permanent retail fixture at a Saks store — opened within the retailer’s Manhattan flagship location earlier this month.
“New York is a very important city for me, so seeing this shop coming to life means a lot…It is very exciting to meet new faces and see the usual customers again. I really enjoy communicating with them; it’s always great to hear their experiences and feedback in first person,” Blahnik said of the event.

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26 Books Every ‘Spiritual But Not Religious’ Seeker Should Read

“There are things you can’t reach. But

you can reach out to them, and all day long.

The wind, the bird flying away. The idea of God.

And it can keep you as busy as anything else, and happier.”

— “Where Does The Temple Begin, Where Does It End?,” by Mary Oliver

A growing number of Americans — young people especially – are unaffiliated with any organized religion. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t spiritual. There’s always a part of the soul that’s yearning for something greater, seeking answers to life’s biggest questions: What is sacred? Why are we here? How should we live? 

HuffPost Religion has created a book list for these spiritual seekers. Nearly every genre is represented here, from memoirs to mysteries. Some books might introduce you to faiths you’ve never experienced before. Others will challenge you to think about what it really means to be alive. 

Whether you’ve left your childhood faith, you’re just starting to question or you’ve happily settled into a permanent state of open-mindedness on the subject of God or gods, these are the books for you.

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Pierre Bergé to Auction Cache of Rare Books

BOOKISH TYPE: Pierre Bergé is to auction off his personal library, putting an initial cache of about 150 rare books under the hammer on Dec. 11 in Paris.
The former couture boss, 85, has amassed a collection of some 1,600 titles, including musical scores and manuscripts spanning six centuries. Six more auctions are to follow in 2016 and 2017.
Lots in the first sale, to be conducted by Pierre Bergé & Associés in collaboration with Sotheby’s at Drouot, range from the first edition of St. Augustine’s “Confessions,” printed around 1470, to William Burrough’s “Scrap Book 3” from 1979. Jean Cocteau’s “Le Requiem” from 1962 contains a personal dedication to Bergé and is estimated to fetch between 2,000 and 3,000 euros, or about $ 2,230 to $ 3,350 at current exchange rates.
Meanwhile, an autographed first edition of Gustave Flaubert’s “Madame Bovary” from 1857 and the original manuscript for his “Sentimental Education” could go for up to 600,000 euros, or $ 669,500.
A selection of about 60 works is to go on display at Sotheby’s in New York from Sept. 10-13, followed by showcases in Hong Kong from Oct. 2-7 and London from Nov. 6-9.

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The Real Donald: Excerpts From Trump’s Books On Women, Marriage, Sex And More

Before he jumped into the presidential race and the media frenzy that comes with it, real estate mogul Donald Trump preferred to communicate with the American people via a more intimate medium — the simple written word.

The Huffington Post has reviewed nearly a dozen books by and/or about Trump, including one by John O’Donnell, a former executive in Trump’s business empire, and one by Tim O’Brien, a longtime journalist and former HuffPost editor. Reading through these works, which go back a full 25 years, one gets a better sense of the businessman’s macho persona, his taste for extravagance, his views about women and his rise to the top of the New York City social scene. All quotes are Trump’s words except where noted otherwise.

On marriage

“A good marriage is like negotiating an important deal: You have to consider all the factors, thoughtfully and thoroughly. If you were investing a large part of yourself and your fortune into a venture, believe me, you’d make sure you thought about it for a long time first. That’s how I see marriage. It’s serious, and it’s important. I don’t approach it any more haphazardly than I do a very important deal. In fact, considering the amount of deals I’ve made compared to the number of marriages I’ve had, I’d say I’m quite cautious about marriage. You should be, too.” (Think Like A Billionaire, Donald Trump with Meredith McIver, 2005)

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“For a man to be successful he needs support at home, just like my father had from my mother, not someone who is always griping and bitching. When a man has to endure a woman who is not supportive and complains constantly about his not being home enough or not being attentive enough, he will not be very successful unless he is unable to cut the cord.” (The Art of the Comeback, Donald Trump with Kate Bohner, 1997)

“If he doesn’t lose the ballbreaker, his career will go nowhere.” (The Art of the Comeback

On prenuptial agreements

“There are basically three types of women and reactions. One is the good woman who very much loves her future husband, solely for himself, but refuses to sign the agreement on principle. I fully understand this, but the man should take a pass anyway and find someone else.” (The Art of the Comeback)

On women

“I was always of the opinion that aggression, sex drive, and everything that goes along with it was on the man’s part of the table, not the woman’s. As I grew older and witnessed life firsthand from a front-row seat at the great clubs, social events, and parties of the world — I have seen just about everything — I began to realize that women are far stronger than men. Their sex drive makes us look like babies. Some women try to portray themselves as being of the weaker sex, but don’t believe it for a minute.” (The Art of the Comeback)

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“I remember attending a magnificent dinner being given by one of the most admired people in the world. I was seated next to a lady of great social pedigree and wealth. Her husband was sitting on the other side of the table, and we were having a very nice but extremely straight conversation. All of a sudden I felt her hand on my knee, then on my leg. She started petting me in all different ways. I looked at her and asked, ‘Is everything alright?’ I didn’t want to make a scene in a ballroom full of five hundred VIPs. The amazing part about her was who she was — one of the biggest of the big. She then asked me to dance, and I accepted. While we were dancing she became very aggressive, and I said, ‘Look, we have a problem. Your husband is sitting at that table, and so is my wife.’

‘Donald,’ she said, ‘I don’t care. I just don’t care. I have to have you, and I have to have you now.’ I told her that I’d call her, but she had to stop the behavior immediately. She made me promise, and I did. When I called I just called to say hello, and that was the end of that. But the level of aggression was unbelievable.” (The Art of the Comeback)

*

“One woman, who was socially prominent, was getting married, and I had bumped into her on Fifth Avenue while she was exchanging wedding gifts. I had my limousine nearby, and she asked if I could give her a ride back to her apartment on Park Avenue. I said absolutely, not even suspecting that within five seconds after the door closed she would be jumping on top of me wanting to get screwed. I said, ‘You’re getting married next week, and I’m going to your wedding.’

‘I don’t really care,’ she said. ‘ I never liked him that much anyway, and you know that.’ I was really in a quandary, because she is a truly great-looking and sexy woman.” (The Art of the Comeback)

*

“Women have one of the great acts of all time. The smart ones act very feminine and needy, but inside they are real killers. The person who came up with the expression ‘the weaker sex’ was either very naive or had to be kidding. I have seen women manipulate men with just a twitch of their eye — or perhaps another body part.” (The Art of the Comeback)

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“There’s nothing I love more than women, but they’re really a lot different than portrayed. They are far worse than men, far more aggressive, and boy, can they be smart.” (The Art of the Comeback)

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“I don’t know why, but I seem to bring out either the best or worst in women.” (The Art of the Comeback)

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“I love women. They’ve come into my life. They’ve gone out of my life. Even those who have exited somewhat ungracefully still have a place in my heart.” (The Art of the Comeback)

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“She’s just a woman. She can’t take the business.” (As quoted in Trumped!, John R. O’Donnell with James Rutherford, 1991)

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“I don’t need this, some woman crying. I need somebody strong in here to take care of this place.” (Trumped!)

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“She is really something else. God, what a body she has!… She’s a beautiful girl. Just a beautiful girl. Fucking gorgeous. An incredible body, just an incredible body. The girl is so physically fit. Beautiful face. A beautiful, beautiful girl.” (Trumped!)

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“It’s all about the hunt and once you get it, it loses some of its energy. I think competitive, successful men feel that way about women.” (As quoted in TrumpNation, Timothy L. O’Brien, 2005)

“Sam Jackson should have gotten the Oscar for [‘Pulp Fiction’], not Travolta,” Donald mused. “My favorite part is when Sam has his gun out in the diner and he tells the guy to tell his girlfriend to shut up: ‘Tell that bitch to be cool! Say: “Bitch be cool!”’ I love those lines.” (O’Brien, writing in TrumpNation)

*

“I think that putting a wife to work is a very dangerous thing. There was a great softness to Ivana, and she still has that softness, but during this period of time, she became an executive, not a wife… You know, I don’t want to sound too much like a chauvinist, but when I come home and dinner’s not ready, I’ll go through the roof, okay?” (TrumpNation)

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“You know, it really doesn’t matter what they write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.” (TrumpNation)

On beauty pageants

“Nobody cares about the talent. There’s only one talent you care about, and that’s the look talent. You don’t give a shit if a girl can play a violin like the greatest violinist in the world. You want to know what does she look like.” (TrumpNation

On publicity

“Publicity is important because it creates interest in my hotels, residential buildings, and other projects. But sometimes it gets out of hand, and my every move is scrutinized by the press to the point of absurdity… The Trump Organization is in some ways like the Disney Company: Image means a great deal to me. If people don’t associate my name with quality and success, I’ve got serious problems.” (Surviving at the Top, Donald Trump with Charles Leerhsen, 1990)

On his youth

“I was especially carefree. I had a comfortable little studio apartment on Third Avenue in the city, and I maintained a lifestyle that was fairly commonplace then but that now, in an age when people are worried about dying from sex, is hard even to imagine. I didn’t drink or take drugs, as far as stimulants go, I’ve yet to have my first cup of coffee. But I was out four or five nights a week, usually with a different woman each time, and I was enjoying myself immensely.

Wild things happened all the time back then, and nobody thought very much of it. For instance, one day a friend called me at the office and said he needed to set up a date for a certain well-known married woman. This woman was visiting from out of town and was, he said — using a typical swinging-seventies expression — ‘really hot.’

I had a girlfriend at that time, and so did he, but I knew a guy named Ben who was very worldly-wise. Ben, I was sure, could serve as this woman’s escort and be discreet about it… She turned out to be the wife of a man who was then the prime minister of a major country. I’d heard stories about this lady, but I never thought much of them until that night. We met at the house of the friend who’d phoned me. After we’d all chatted for a while in the living room, the four of us who already knew each other drifted out to the kitchen, leaving Ben and Madame X in the living room to get better acquainted. Which they did. In fact, when we drifted back in, about ten minutes later, she and Ben were involved in an incredibly torrid scene on the couch. I remember standing there and thinking to myself, ‘Well, Donald, you’re not in Queens anymore.'” (Surviving at the Top)

On Michael Jackson’s sex life

“Somehow, Michael feels comfortable with me. I asked him how he was doing, and we started talking about his life, including his sex life. I was somewhat surprised when Michael told me he had a new girlfriend. I congratulated him and asked, ‘Who is it?’ He was very shy and looked down into his napkin, then put the napkin over his face and said, ‘Trump, Trump, I don’t want to talk about it, I’m so embarrassed.’ I chided him. ‘Come on, Michael,’ I said, ‘tell me who your new girlfriend is.’ When he finally looked up, he said that it was a girl named Lisa Marie.” (The Art of the Comeback)

On onerous litigation

“Litigation in the United States has gotten totally out of control. It has actually become an accepted business practice for people to use the court’s time, money, and energy in order to effect deals, break up deals, and receive money unjustly. I know people who virtually can’t function without starting a lawsuit, thinking that this will give them the upper hand in even the most simple of negotiations. Politicians ought to be ashamed of themselves for perpetuating this ridiculous situation. Court systems have become backlogged for years with superfluous cases.” (The Art of the Comeback)

On germaphobia

“I happen to be a clean-hands freak. I feel much better after I thoroughly wash my hands, which I do as often as possible. Recent medical reports have come out saying that colds and various other ailments are spread through the act of shaking hands. I have no doubt about this.

Almost nothing bothers me more than sitting down for dinner at a beautiful restaurant and having a man you’ve just seen leaving the men’s room, perhaps not even having washed his hands, spot you and run over to your table with a warm and friendly face, hand outstretched. You have a decision to make. Do you shake this total stranger’s hand, or do you insult him by saying that you would rather not? I have done both, and nothing works. If you shake his hand, you then get up to rewash your hands and inevitably somebody else comes over to you to shake hands. If you don’t shake his hand, he walks away with a long face, totally insulted, and bemoans for the rest of his life how that bastard Donald Trump would not shake his hand.” (The Art of the Comeback)

On his fear of AIDS

“It was painfully obvious how ill at ease he was in public situations. In part, I think it was really beyond his control. He was preoccupied by a fear of communicable disease, especially AIDS. Sometimes he’d joke about it, but he went so far as to warn a high-ranking Trump’s Castle publicist to avoid the Jacuzzi in the luxury health spa there because he considered it a potential breeding ground for the deadly virus.” (O’Donnell, writing in Trumped!)

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“What went on in Studio 54 will never, ever happen again. First of all, you didn’t have AIDS. You didn’t have the problems you have now. I saw things happening there that to this day I have never seen again. I would watch supermodels getting screwed, well-known supermodels getting screwed on a bench in the middle of the room. There were seven of them and each one was getting screwed by a different guy. This was in the middle of the room. Stuff that couldn’t happen today because of problems of death.” (TrumpNation)

On his “tremendous fear of baldness”

“For Donald, image and reality were always in conflict. The Windsor knot in his tie was always pulled tight to his throat. At the same time, he let his sand-colored hair dip down to his eyes and curl over his ears and collar, and he plastered it on the sides with a greasy gel that he believed fostered hair growth. He had a tremendous fear of baldness. He swept his hair across the front of his head like a man trying to hide a thinning patch. He once observed to Mark that he considered baldness a sign of weakness. He gave a tube of the gel he used to Mark, warning him, ‘The worst thing a man can do is go bald. Never let yourself go bald,’ as if nature could be circumvented through sheer force of will.” (O’Donnell, writing in Trumped!)

On boxer Mike Tyson

“Tyson sat down in Donald’s corner office hundreds of feet above Fifth Avenue and the two men chatted for about fifteen minutes before the boxer got to the point. Donald recalled their conversation in detail.

‘Mr. Trump, could I ask you a question?’ Tyson asked.

‘Whatever you want, Mike,’ Donald responded.

‘Are you fucking my wife?’

‘What?’

‘Are you fucking my wife? Everyone’s telling me that you’re fucking my wife.’

Tyson then pulled out a copy of a Vogue magazine that featured a picture of Ms. [Robin] Givens wearing a Trump Princess hat from Donald’s yacht.

‘Everyone’s telling me that you’re fucking my wife and I think you’re fucking my wife,’ Tyson said.

‘Mike, let me tell you something: I never ever even thought about it. And I heard those rumors and they’re disgusting. In fact, I called you a couple of times to tell you that I heard those rumors and it pisses me off. And I never, ever even thought about it. She’s your wife, she’s with you, she’s loyal to you, and it’s total bullshit.’” (O’Brien, writing in TrumpNation)

On dealing with setbacks

“Finally, the ceiling was installed. One Saturday, Donald went up to have a look, accompanied by Steve, some of our hotel executives and a group of contractors. Donald looked up at the ceiling as if it was the first time he had seen it; then he looked at Steve. ‘What the fuck is this?’ he said. ‘Who said to make this ceiling so low?’

‘You knew about this, Donald,’ Steve replied. ‘We talked about it, if you remember, and the plans –‘

Suddenly Donald leaped up and punched his fist through the tile. Then he turned on Steve in a rage. ‘You cocksucker! Motherfucker! Where the fuck were you? Where was your fucking head?'” (O’Donnell, writing in Trumped!)

*

“’Where’s my wife? Get Ivana down here,’ he said. When she arrived, Donald turned on her fiercely. ‘How could you close one of my tables on the busiest fucking night of the year!’ he shouted. ‘I can’t believe you could be so stupid. Do you know how much money I’m losing here? Stupid! You’re costing me a fortune! This is the stupidest fucking thing I’ve ever seen!’” (O’Donnell, writing in Trumped!)

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The White Mage Omnibus: Books 1-3 (Unabridged) – Ben Hale

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The White Mage Omnibus: Books 1-3 (Unabridged)

Ben Hale

Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy

Price: $ 34.95

Publish Date: July 14, 2015

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Frozen Prospects: A YA Epic Fantasy Novel (Volume 1 of The Guadel Chronicles Books) – Dean Murray

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Frozen Prospects: A YA Epic Fantasy Novel (Volume 1 of The Guadel Chronicles Books)

The Guadel Chronicles, no. 1

Dean Murray

Genre: Epic

Publish Date: March 26, 2011

Publisher: Firshan Publishing

Seller: Smashwords


The invitation to join the secretive Guadel should have been the fulfillment of dreams Va'del didn't even realize he had. When his sponsors are killed in an ambush a short time later, he instead finds his probationary status revoked, and becomes a pawn between various factions inside the Guadel ruling body. Jain's never known any life but that of a Guadel in training. She'd thought herself reconciled to the idea of a loveless marriage for the good of her people, but meeting Va'del changes everything. Their growing attraction flies against hundreds of years of precedent, but as wide-spread attacks threaten their world, the Guadel have no choice but to use even Jain and Va'del in their fight for survival. Publisher's Note: Frozen Prospects is a YA Epic Fantasy book, and is the first novel in the Guadel Chronicles Series which is written so that it can be safely enjoyed by teens and adults alike. Frozen Prospects is followed by Thawed Fortunes. The Guadel Chronicles: All the scope of an epic fantasy combined with the action of a sword and sorcery book!

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The Opening Act (Lost in Oblivion books 1-3) – Taryn Elliott & Cari Quinn

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The Opening Act (Lost in Oblivion books 1-3)

Taryn Elliott & Cari Quinn

Genre: New Adult

Publish Date: November 24, 2014

Publisher: Rainbow Rage Publishing

Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC


Catch up on the super sexy first 3 books (plus NEW exclusive bonus material!) in the bestselling NA rock star series Lost in Oblivion. The five members of the rock band Oblivion—Deacon, Gray, Jazz, Simon and Nick—started from nothing and rose to heights higher than they ever dreamed. But who said having it all was easy? Between band drama, sexual chemistry with the wrong people, family issues and unexpected curves in the road, they’re struggling to make it. And having the hottest, most incredible time of their lives. What’s included in The Opening Act boxed set: – Seduced, the introductory book to the series – Rocked, book 1 – Rock, Rattle and Roll, book 1.5 PLUS: TWO brand new exclusive bonus Christmas scenes featuring Deacon and Harper and the rest of the Oblivion gang, as well as a bonus scene from Jazz’s point-of-view of a certain *ahem* event in Seduced!

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Arrested for Library Books

My father had a phenomenal ability to remain calm, especially having so many children in the house. Screaming and fights to the death were usually stopped easily by a quiet word from him, such as “OK guys, that’s about enough.” That was enough to stop anything going on, unlike mother who could be screaming louder and higher than dogs could hear, which did nothing. A quiet word from Daddy would. He rarely raised his voice. Except once.

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We were all at the beach except for Daddy. We were in the house down on St. Andrew’s Bay, playing, swimming, just having a fine time. I was in the house, and the phone rang.

“Hello.”

“Hello son, it’s Dad.”

I started out for a nice conversation with him and was summarily cut off.

“Please put your mother on the line… Now please,” he said in a quiet even tone.

He was much more curt than I had ever heard.

“Mama, Daddy’s on the phone”

Mama came to the phone, with a big smile on her face.

“Hello Sweetheart, how are you?

She started to listen and her smile began to fade. As she continued to listen, her smile turned into thin, pursed lips. Then they pressed together as her teeth were biting them from inside.

“Yes. About 30 minutes. Right, no problem.”

Mom got into gear. “Children, get everything, I don’t care if it’s wet, dry, throw it into bags, whatever you can find, we have to leave in 30 minutes to be back in Montgomery.”

We started asking questions and she said she would tell us later and just get going.

Once we had gotten everything in the car (it looked like we had loaded it with a pitchfork), we took off. Mother usually drove the speed limit. Not that day.

It seems that Daddy was having a nice Saturday. He loved to work in the yard, mow, tend the roses and he got to do it without all of us!

As he wheeled the mower around the edge of the yard, he noticed City of Montgomery Police cars pull up. He thought something must be wrong at the Coca-Cola Plant and they were coming to tell him. He shut off the mower, pushed the sweatband off of his forehead and walked over to the officers.

One spoke immediately. “Are you Gilbert William Hitchcock?” Daddy replied that he was. “May we please see your identification?” He happened to have his wallet in his pants and showed them his driver’s license.

“Mr. Hitchcock, you are under arrest. Anything you say may be used against you.” And they completed his Miranda Rights.

After they finished, Daddy asked them what in the world this was about.

“Mr. Hitchcock, our records show that you have 28 library books checked out in your name some of which are over five years overdue.”

Daddy thought a minute. “Library books? But I don’t even have a card.”

“The cards are in your name. Mr. Hitchcock, but it was actually your wife and children who took out the books.”

Daddy asked if he could make his one phone call and they said yes. He called the Chief of Police who happened to be one of his best friends. As Chief Swindall tried to restrain his laughter when Daddy told him the story, he asked to speak to the officers. Daddy could hear their end of the conversation.

“Well yes sir, you are right, he does look like a dangerous criminal, but I agree that this is a low charge and we can release him here on his own recognizance as per your authority. Yes Sir. Yes Sir. Thank you Sir.”

The policemen informed Daddy that he was not under arrest, but would need to appear in court on “X” date to handle this.

About three hours later, our Ford LTD Wagon pulled into the driveway. Daddy immediately presented us with a list of the books that were outstanding.

“I first want ALL of the library cards brought to me, including yours he said,” pointing to mother. “Then I want this house turned upside down until they are all found.” I noticed that he didn’t even grin.

We found the books and were spared Mother’s wrath as she herself had four books outstanding. Daddy returned the books, paid the fine, cancelled Christmas that year, went to court, and all was fine.

Three months later, two City of Montgomery cars pulled up, the officers got out of their car and rang the doorbell. “Are you Gilbert William…”

Somehow the warrant had not been expunged from the system, Daddy again called Chief Swindall, was read his rights, had to go BACK to court where they apologized for their error.

We were not allowed to even read the labels on cans for two years.

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The Godling Chronicles Omnibus: Books 1-3 (Unabridged) – Brian D. Anderson

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The Godling Chronicles Omnibus: Books 1-3 (Unabridged)

Brian D. Anderson

Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy

Price: $ 34.95

Publish Date: June 30, 2015

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Summer Reading: The Books Karlie Kloss, Tavi Gevinson, Lena Dunham, and More Are Taking to the Beach

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Whether you’re at the beach or staycationing on the sofa, summer just doesn’t feel complete unless you devour a few great books. From models reaching for memoirs (Karlie Kloss with DVFs and Sasha Pivovarova with Grace Coddington’s) to Tavi Gevinson’s picnic with Renata Adler’s Speedboat, here are our seven favorite summer reading moments from Instagram.

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The Breakers Omnibus: Books 1-3 And Prequel Novella (Unabridged) – Edward W. Robertson

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The Breakers Omnibus: Books 1-3 And Prequel Novella (Unabridged)

Edward W. Robertson

Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy

Price: $ 34.95

Publish Date: June 30, 2015

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The Sanctuary Series, Books 1-3 – Robert J. Crane

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The Sanctuary Series, Books 1-3

Defender, Avenger and Champion

Robert J. Crane

Genre: Epic

Publish Date: May 27, 2015

Publisher: Midian Press

Seller: Robert J. Crane


This is a collection of the first three titles in the Sanctuary Series, which is about a warrior in the mythical world of Arkaria, facing great battles against magical and fantastical foes. (Approx. 357,000 words or 950 pages total.) The world of Arkaria is a dangerous place, filled with dragons, titans, goblins and other dangers. Those who live in this world are faced with two choices: live an ordinary life or become an adventurer and seek the extraordinary.  Books included: 1. Defender 2. Avenger 3. Champion Defender: Cyrus Davidon leads a small guild in the human capital of Reikonos. Caught in an untenable situation, facing death in the den of a dragon, they are saved by the brave fighters of Sanctuary who offer an invitation filled with the promise of greater adventure. Soon Cyrus is embroiled in a mystery – someone is stealing weapons of nearly unlimited power for an unknown purpose, and Sanctuary may be the only thing that stands between the world of Arkaria and total destruction. Avenger: When a series of attacks on convoys draws suspicion that Sanctuary is involved, Cyrus Davidon must put aside his personal struggles and try to find the raiders. As the attacks worsen, Cyrus and his comrades find themselves abandoned by their allies, surrounded by enemies, facing the end of Sanctuary and a war that will consume their world. Champion: As the war heats up in Arkaria, Vara is forced to flee after an ancient order of skilled assassins infiltrates Sanctuary and targets her. Cyrus Davidon accompanies her home to the elven city of Termina and the two of them become embroiled in a mystery that will shake the very foundations of the Elven Kingdom – and Arkaria. Additional Books not included in set (in best reading order): Crusader (Sanctuary Series, Book 4) Sanctuary Tales (Short Story Collection) Thy Father's Shadow (Sanctuary Series, Book 4.5) Master (Sanctuary Series, Book 5) Fated in Darkness (Sanctuary Series, Book 5.5)* Warlord (Sanctuary Series, Book 6)* *Coming in 2015

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The Escort Books One and Two – Lucia Jordan

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The Escort Books One and Two

Special Edition

Lucia Jordan

Genre: Short Stories

Publish Date: February 18, 2014

Publisher: Vasko

Seller: Vasko Pty Ltd


Presented for the first time as a Special Edition are Books One and Two of Lucia Jordan's Bestselling series, The Escort. This delicious tale of erotic romance between Bea, an IT exec who is drawn into the seductive world of the ultra-rich by the two Wallace Brothers after she reluctantly decides to cover her flat mates appointment as their escort. The two men are accustomed to getting what they want, and when the naive and inexperienced Bea shows up as their date for the evening, they begin a whirlwind relationship that will change her, and the two brothers, forever. This ebook contains very hot and searing descriptions of erotic activity. This is one of Lucia's best and contains submissive training, MMF and a story you won't be able to put down.

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Riot Girls: Seven Free Teen Books With Girls Who Don’t Need A Hero – Jill Nojack, Brad Magnarella, Pauline Creeden, Rachel Medhurst, Sara C. Roethle, Sarah Dalton & Stella Wilkinson

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Riot Girls: Seven Free Teen Books With Girls Who Don’t Need A Hero

Jill Nojack, Brad Magnarella, Pauline Creeden, Rachel Medhurst, Sara C. Roethle, Sarah Dalton & Stella Wilkinson

Genre: Short Stories

Publish Date: January 30, 2015

Publisher: IndieHeart Press

Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC


Riot Girls: Seven Free Teen Books With Girls Who Don’t Need A Hero is a collection of Young Adult Speculative Fiction (Fantasy/SciFi/Dystopian/Paranormal) for readers who like it when a girl can take care of herself. These teens don’t sit around waiting for someone to rescue them from their situation, they act! The collection has something for everyone—dystopian societies, trained assassins, strange creatures (faeries, vampires, werewolves, and zombies), super heroes, and witches. What binds our stories together is our heroines—girls who have the inner and outer strength to take care of themselves. Included in the collection: xGeneration 1: You Don't Know Me – Genre: SciFi / Superhero – Full Length Novel (95,000 words). Fourteen-year-old Janis Graystone is mostly worried about soccer, school, and keeping her older sister from running her life. But when strange things start happening to her including out-of-body experiences and the sense someone is watching her, she finds herself working with an unlikely but loyal ally to discover the source of the danger she senses around her. Rated PG-14 (Language). The Blemished: Blemished #1 – Genre: SciFi / Dystopian – Full Length Novel (85,000 words). Below average and imperfect in a world of stunning clones, Mina Hart is denied an education and a normal life. But when she meets a new friend’s mysterious brother, she finds herself willing to share a dangerous secret… Xoe: or Vampires, and Werewolves, and Demons, oh my! – Genre: Paranormal – Full Length Novel (50,000 words). Xoe Meyers liked her normal small-town life. But things change fast when the new guy in town turns out to be a werewolf who goes after her best friend in a big way. Determined to save her friend, she finds herself allied with creatures she never knew existed in a battle that threatens all their lives. Rated PG-13 (Language). Magic Unbound: Book One in the Fae Unbound Series – Genre: Contemporary Urban Fantasy – Full Length Novel (45,000 words). Not-quite-sixteen year old Lizbet Moore expects a boring last month of summer vacation. What she wasn't expecting was a fifteen-hundred-year old fae hiding in her back garden. Murderous monks, memories of her past lives, and the race to save the fae from destruction change her summer in ways she could never have imagined. Avoidables: Book 1 – Genre: Fantasy / Dystopian – Serialized Novella-length Fiction (25,000 words). Hope is an Avoidable in a world that belongs to the Perfects. She was born with only one arm, but when she discovers that her disability is actually a gift, she joins a group of rebels who are determined to change the rules of her society. Rated PG-14 (Language, Mature Situations). Chronicles of Steel: Raven 1: Episode 1 – Genre: Fantasy / Steampunk – Short Serialized Novelette (17,300 words). Raven was trained by her father to be a Reaper. Just as she's saved enough lives to redeem the ones she's taken, she agrees to take on a last mission that's too important to ignore. Will it force her back into the life she's trying to escape? Halloween Magic & Mayhem – Genre: Paranormal / Comedy Romance – Novelette (15,000 words) . On her sixteenth birthday, Emily Rand discovers she is a powerful witch. Her experiment with a spell accidently turns a ghost back into a boy and reanimates a group of zombies. It will take all of her power to undo what she has done. Rated PG-13 (Language). Please note: Riot Girls contains books by authors from both the United States and Great Britain. Spelling, punctuation, and sentence construction can be different from what is correct grammar on the "other side of the pond".

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Broken: A YA Paranormal Romance Novel (Volume 1 of the Reflections Books) – Dean Murray

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Broken: A YA Paranormal Romance Novel (Volume 1 of the Reflections Books)

Reflections, no. 1

Dean Murray

Genre: Paranormal

Publish Date: October 28, 2011

Publisher: Firshan Publishing

Seller: Smashwords


Sometimes love finds you when you aren't looking for it. The accident that forced Adri and her mother to move to a new high school also cost Adri her dad and sister. Adri just wants to blend in and buy herself time to grieve, but two of the most popular, gorgeous guys in school are about to take an inexplicable interest in her. Adri will be forced into a world where the players aren't all human. She will be forced to choose between Brandon and Alec, and this time the wrong choice could get her killed. Publisher's Note: Broken is a YA Paranormal Romance book, and is one possible entry point into the books that make up the Reflections Universe. The Reflections Universe is a series of clean books featuring vampires, shape shifters, werewolves and more, which has been written so that it can be safely enjoyed by both teens and adults. Broken is followed by Torn, and is one of several YA books available from Dean. The Reflections Universe: Some stories are too full of teen shifter romance and heart pounding action to fit into just one series! Dean Murray is the successful author of three clean young adult paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and epic fantasy series which collectively have more than 470,000 copies in circulation.

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Life After War: Books 1-3 – Angela White

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Life After War: Books 1-3

Angela White

Genre: Horror

Publish Date: September 21, 2012

Publisher: Cloud 9 Publications

Seller: Smashwords


*This edition contains the EXACT text from books one, two, and three. It does not contain new material. Untold miles of lawless, apocalyptic roads wait for our feet Book One "This is Safe Haven Refugee Camp. Can anyone hear me? …hello? Is anyone out there? The end of the world has given us a harsh, merciless existence, where nature tries hard to push mankind to the very brink of extinction. Everything is against us, between us… Untold miles of lawless, apocalyptic roads wait for our feet, and the future, cold and dark, offers little comfort. Without change, there can be no peace. Only survivors.” From dangerous trips into dark, apocalyptic cities, to patriotic rescues and furious revelations, Life After War is an action-packed fantasy series where those left alive must come to terms with their mistakes in the old world, while fighting for a place in the new one. Life After War. Magic and Reality blended into a post-apocalyptic fantasy series that you won't ever forget. Summary in 20 words or less: An action adventure quest, with a supernatural romance, and many other subplots, set during the aftermath of the apocalypse. What can you expect to discover in this fantasy series? •The End of the World, up close and full of apocalyptic horror. •A government conspiracy that caused the apocalypse. •An adventure into the wastelands to find family, supplies, and safety. •A supernatural romance with a dangerous secret about a child's parentage and a love strong enough to survive nuclear armageddon. •An invasion, ambushes, attacks from nature and man-guns and magic! •A refugee camp with very different laws, picking up those who have survived. •A hero you will love, even as you ponder the secrets that could lose him leadership. •A witch, a doctor, a government storm tracker, a star, and three Marines struggling to keep their people alive and together as they prepare to defend themselves against Cesar's slavers. •A constant battle for survival that includes deadly trips into decaying American cities, insanity, relics of the past, and ghosts that stalk their every move. "Set along the lines of The Stand and The Postman, this is a chilling vision of the collapse of all society and the rebirth of a nation by those who survived. It's so much more than just another fantasy series." Book Two The Journey Gets Hard "The first 50 days were a struggle for survival where so many refugees fell and didn't get back up. Those of us who survived that second nightmare rolled over their bones with a furious shiver of hatred and kept fighting. There was nothing else we could do." Book Three Is their Haven actually Safe? Safe Haven: A place of safety and of light, of duty and honor: A Refuge for survivors. Also: A place of death and darkness, where magic and murder go hand in hand. Reunited Angie and Marc have made it to Safe Haven and Kenn is already on the edge of murder. Will Adrian be able to stop the bloodshed or will everything he’s built start to fall? Can he keep the enemy at bay long enough to teach his people how to be survivors of this new apocalyptic world? After months of carrying the burdens alone, Adrian finally has the help he needs. Five of the six have come and he can’t wait to get things started. With Angie’s magic and his people skills, he is about to rebuild an entire country… If he can keep them out of the Slaver’s path long enough to get these special survivors to bond. If they won’t work together, everyone is doomed. “Ready to go? This way to Safe Haven, Slaver attacks, and the Supernatural…” Three full-length books, for one great price. Get your copy today!

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22 Books Everyone Should Read During Divorce

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BookCon and Book Expo Of America In New York — One City, Two Events and LOTS of Books

The Book Expo Of America (BEA) and BookCon 2.0 just ended this weekend in New York City. If you love books, you should have been there. Actually, if you love movies or TV shows, you should have been there too, since lots of your favorite movies and TV shows are based on books or spin-off books. And if you love sports or food or astronomy or gardening or mysteries or history or just about anything else, you should have been there. An app? Pshaw! They’ve got a much better book about that.

The BEA is where the publishing industry talks to itself. Editors and writers and publicists and librarians and bookstore owners and marketers all get together and take casual meetings and attend panels and go cheer on authors so they can jazz each other up about the many books just out or coming up this summer and fall.

BookCon is where the publishing industry talks to the world, offering more panels (but FUN ones) and author signings and movie screenings. It’s like ComicCon’s smarter kid brother. And a big star at both of them is John Green, the best-selling author of The Fault In Our Stars and Looking For Alaska and Paper Towns, which has been turned into a movie that opens July 24th. Green chatted with BookFilter and seemed positively abashed about having no new book on the horizon but perked up considerably when talking about the movie and public education and his passion for soccer. (For those not following the FIFA scandal, “Blatter” is the name of the head of that troubled org.) Check it out:

And here’s the trailer to the movie.

If you haven’t read Paper Towns, don’t fear — it’s virtually cancer free and filled with witty dialogue teens only wish they could spout out on command. Green’s a rock star because he does naturally what so many authors are attempting: using social media to stay in touch with their fans. It works for Green because he’s not doing it to promote his books; he’s doing it because he loves it. Check out his website, and Crash Course, terrific online videos about history and math and science and literature and more, all designed to be great resources for students, teachers and anyone who wants to learn something fun. (Anyone, that is, except the Mongols.) John and his brother Hank created it and have now partnered with PBS and hope to make educational resources available for free to everyone around the world.

As you can see, Green’s multi-media career is going full bore. But BookCon is just getting started. The big Comic-Cons reach more than 100,000 people. This year was the second edition of BookCon and they’re hoping to hit 15,000 to 20,000. Yet with care and smart moves, the sky is the limit. Book tours have become increasingly difficult for publishers to fund. So instead of sending out each other individually, why not bring the fans to them? I can easily imagine BookCons on the east and west coast, north and south some four times a year: every season has great books, every season a big movie or TV show linked to a book is getting launched or enjoying a new season, and every big name author like Judy Blume and Stephen King and David Sedaris and Diana Gabaldon and John Grisham and yes John Green can draw passionate fans. With them as anchors, a lot of newer authors these name brands respect and support can reach tons of fans all at once. Brien McDonald, the show manager of BookCon 2015 for ReedPOP talked with me about what was happening at this year’s event and their plans for the future. (The sound is iffy, but that’s because unlike John Green, I’m pretty new to all this video-ing stuff.)

For me, the BEA was pretty sleepy this year. In years past, people would trundle around luggage on wheels so they could pile up on galleys, the advance copies of big releases. Now with so many books available as e-galleys online, that intense drive to “get” a certain book right away so you could read it and judge for yourself just wasn’t there. The aisles seemed less crowded — especially in the vast area where a huge contingent from China laid out elaborate displays of books published in China and Chinese books they hoped to promote in the US. It was impressive, but with faux grass and small shrubbery in the middle of mini-plazas they’d created, the displays looked like quiet public gardens for private contemplation whenever you stumbled into that area of the show floor.

BookCon was more exciting. The fans weren’t nearly as overwhelming as the aisle-clogging crowd at Comic-Con in the fall But they were just as passionate. Starry celebs included Mindy Kaling, BJ Novak, Jason Segal, Judy Blume and R.L. Stine of Goosebumps fame. But just as many fans were excited to see vloggers turned authors like Connor Franta or attending panels like the Rotten Tomatoes event where the audience squared off with critics like Joe Neumaier of the New York Daily News and voted on the best and worst movies based on books. (I know Neumaier and happily booed when he said The Golden Compass was good. And kudos to the young woman who amusingly and correctly said the worst book into film was The Cat In The Hat.)

The event still needs a lot of TLC to grow. I wish the floors were filled with indie sellers just like Comic-Con. Specialized booksellers and self-published authors and vendors of pulp fiction collectables and contests and give-aways (a lot more give-aways) would help give fans a lot more to do than roam the aisles of booths publishers mounted for BEA and then mostly abandoned once BookCon began. BookCon is such a no-brainer — people spend some $ 16 billion a year on books (not counting textbooks and the like or that number would be much bigger). Every season brings great books. And every season deserves an event with a lot of hoopla to let people know those books are coming out. Next year BookCon takes place in Chicago. Hopefully some day soon it’ll come to a city near you.

Thanks for reading. Michael Giltz is the founder and CEO of BookFilter, a book lover’s best friend. Head to BookFilter if you want to find more great picks in every category. You’ll discover smart picks by our crackerjack staff, not crowd-sourced reviews saying — yet again — hey, you should read “The Girl On A Train!” (I mean, you should, but you knew that already, didn’t you?) You’ll know what just came out in stores, get great ideas for what to read next or find a smart and affordable gift in every category. If you’re a super-fan of cookbooks or history or mystery or you name it, come to BookFilter and you can browse through lists of every release in every category and do your own filtering!

Note: Michael Giltz is provided with free galleys and final copies of books in the hope that he’ll review or write a story on them. He receives far more copies of books than he could ever cover.

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The Girl in the Box, Books 1-3: Alone, Untouched and Soulless – Robert J. Crane

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The Girl in the Box, Books 1-3: Alone, Untouched and Soulless

Robert J. Crane

Genre: Fantasy

Publish Date: February 19, 2014

Publisher: Reikonos Press

Seller: Robert J. Crane


This is a collection of the first three titles in The Girl in the Box Series, which are about a teenage girl who develops powers far beyond those of a normal human, and her battles against those who would use her against her will. (Approx. 185,000 words total.) Books included: 1. Alone 2. Untouched 3. Soulless Alone Sienna Nealon was a 17 year-old girl who had been held prisoner in her own house by her mother for twelve years. Then one day her mother vanished, and Sienna woke up to find two strange men in her home. On the run, unsure of who to turn to and discovering she possesses mysterious powers, Sienna finds herself pursued by a shadowy agency known as the Directorate and hunted by a vicious, bloodthirsty psychopath named Wolfe, each of which is determined to capture her for their own purposes… Untouched Still haunted by her last encounter with Wolfe and searching for her mother, Sienna Nealon must put aside her personal struggles when a new threat emerges – Aleksandr Gavrikov, a metahuman so powerful, he could destroy entire cities – and he's focused on bringing the Directorate to its knees. Soulless After six months of intense training with the Directorate, Sienna Nealon finds herself on her first assignment – tracking a dangerous meta across the upper midwest. With Scott Byerly and Kat Forrest at her side, she'll face new enemies and receive help from unlikely allies as she stumbles across the truth behind the shadowy organization known only as Omega. Additional books not included in set: 4. Family 5. Omega 6. Broken 7. Enemies 8. Legacy 9. Destiny (Coming March 2014!) 10. Power (Coming Late Summer 2014!)

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The Ten Books on Architecture – Vitruvius Pollio

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The Ten Books on Architecture

Vitruvius Pollio

Genre: Art & Architecture

Publish Date: December 31, 2006

Publisher: Public Domain

Seller: Public Domain


Marcus Vitruvius Pollio's "Ten Books on Architecture" is the most complete treatise on the subject of architecture from antiquity and for hundreds of years influenced major buildings around the world. Dating to the first century B.C., the "Ten Books on Architecture" are not only an excellent historical reference into ancient construction methods and aesthetics but also a manual providing much that can be applied to modern architecture. Today's architect will find much of interest in this fully illustrated reproduction of the 1914 edition translated by Morris Hicky Morgan.

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12 Books You Can’t Miss at BookCon 2015 – BookCon

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12 Books You Can’t Miss at BookCon 2015

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Genre: Fiction & Literature

Publish Date: May 1, 2015

Publisher: BookCon

Seller: Reed Exhibitions


Get a sneak peek at the books that will be generating buzz at BookCon 2015 and beyond, before they’re available anywhere else. We’ve rounded up exclusive advance chapters of new titles by top authors appearing at this year’s event, such as Rainbow Rowell ( Eleanor & Park ), David Levithan ( Every Day ), and Richelle Mead (the Vampire Academy series). This collection includes surprising love stories, spine-tingling fantasy, and memoirs by Internet stars. Featured books include: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, Another Day by David Levithan, Soundless by Richelle Mead; You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir by Felicia Day, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo; I, Justine: An Analog Memoir by Justine Ezarik, The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness, Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, Queen of Shadows: A Throne of Glass Novel by Sarah J. Maas, Off the Page by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer, Killing Monica by Candace Bushnell, and The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand.

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Beautiful Demons Box Set, Books 1-3 – Sarra Cannon

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Beautiful Demons Box Set, Books 1-3

Beautiful Demons, Inner Demons & Bitter Demons

Sarra Cannon

Genre: Paranormal

Publish Date: October 23, 2013

Publisher: Dead River Books

Seller: Dead River Books LLC


This is a collection of the first three books in the bestselling Peachville High Demons series, a fast-paced Young Adult series filled with magic, mystery, and a touch of romance. (Approx. 150,000 words total.) Books Included: 1. Beautiful Demons 2. Inner Demons 3. Bitter Demons Beautiful Demons In Peachville, even the cheerleaders have a dark side… Harper Madison isn't like other girls. She has extraordinary powers, but her inability to control them has gotten her kicked from so many foster homes she's lost count. Shadowford Home for Girls is her last chance, and she hopes Peachville High will be the fresh start she needs.  But when evidence ties her to the gruesome murder of a Demons cheerleader, Harper discovers this small town has a big secret. Inner Demons Becoming a Demons cheerleader was the last thing Harper Madison expected when she moved to the small town of Peachville. She's willing to do whatever it takes, though, to get the answers she needs about her mother and about her own strange powers. Now that she's an official member of the squad, her training can begin. Only, this is no normal group of cheerleaders. The training opens up a new world for Harper. It's a world of beauty and magic beyond her wildest dreams, but also a world of pressure and impossible expectations. A world where every secret hides an even darker secret. Bitter Demons So far, life in Peachville has been tough for Harper Madison. She's survived attacks on her life, learned how to control her magic and met the most gorgeous boy with an unbelievable secret. After her latest stunt at Brighton Hospital, life has gotten even more complicated. The Order of Shadows is determined to tighten their control on her life. When a future Prima from a nearby demon gate comes to town, she and Harper decide to use glamours to switch places at a party. All Harper wants is to have a little fun. But the night will end in blood. And Harper will find out the attack was meant for her…

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10 Children’s Books That Paved The Way For A New Queer Protagonist

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In Kendrick Daye and Myles E. Johnson’s Large Fears, Jeremiah Nebula may not be a bullfrog. But he is the queer, black protagonist of a children’s picture book — a genre traditionally dominated by heterosexual, cisgender, white characters. Although the politics of representation is an issue for all literary forms, parent sensitivity has made materials for young readers particularly resistant to plots that question gender, sexuality or the institution of the family.

Daye and Johnson were frustrated with those age-old patterns, so they decided to create new ones. Their recent Kickstarter campaign casts the project as both subtle and radical. Jeremiah, they say coyly, is just a boy who loves pink. But they also stress how his queer, black identity makes him “a character that defies gender roles, race politics, sexuality, and his fears.”

Jeremiah’s story builds on over 30 years of children’s books that portray LGBTQ characters, translating complex issues of gender and sexuality to an accessible, picture-heavy format. These books, though, reveal far more than cutesy anecdotes. They are instructional, cathartic, and ethical, explaining different family models, connecting children with LGBTQ identities or parents to fictional counterparts, and teaching values of acceptance at impressionable ages.

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Jenny Lives with Eric and Martin by Susanne Bösche (1981)
This black-and-white Danish photobook was arguably the first to feature gay characters. Two men raise their daughter, Jenny, whose biological mother lives nearby and visits from time to time. Most events are normal children’s books fare like laundry-folding and surprise birthday parties. But the characters also deal with a homophobic comment from a stranger in the street.

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Heather Has Two Mommies by Lesléa Newman and Diana Souza (1989)
Like Bösche’s story, this one follows a child with same-sex parents. New plot points include artificial insemination and an inclusive discussion at Heather’s playgroup about different family structures. In real-life playgroups, the response to this book was far less benign: the story rocked the U.S., and the resulting controversy led to extensive parodies including a “Simpsons” version: “Bart Has Two Mommies.”

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Asha’s Mums by Rosamund Elwin, Michele Paulse and Dawn Lee (1990)
Asha needs to get a permission slip signed by her mother, but she is perplexed when she must decide which of her two moms to ask. While Heather was lucky enough to have an accepting playgroup, Asha confronts a far less hospitable school — and world. It’s a tale for anyone whose family does not fit into educational bureaucracy, and Asha’s African-Canadian identity marks a decisive step away from lily-white characters.

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Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite (1991)
You might recognize the name from the 2008 presidential campaign when it “came out” that Sarah Palin, back in her 1995 councilwoman days, had said the book should not be permitted in public libraries. Why? There’s a gay relationship between the the father and his new roommate-actually-boyfriend, Frank. Plus it all starts off with a divorce and arrives at a pretty clear message: “Being gay is just one more kind of love.”

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King & King by Linda De Haan and Stern Nijland (2002)
Originally published in Dutch, this book offered both a new take on the royal marriage story, with a gay child rather than just gay parents. “I’ve never cared much for princesses,” says the princely protagonist, as he finds a series of potential wives paraded in front of him by his wedding-hungry mother. Then, he spots one of the princesses’ brothers. They are soon crowned King and King, and the story ends with a subversive same-sex kiss — which launched a series of conservative campaigns to ban the book.

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One Dad, Two Dads, Brown Dad, Blue Dads by Johnny Valentine and Melody Sarecky (2004)
Instead of focusing on a single storyline, the book features two kids comparing different paternal figures. “Blue,” it turns out, is a not-so-subtle euphemism for “gay,” and the children slowly come to the realization that all skin-colors and sexual identities are equally valid. (Bonus points for the enchanting Seussical rhyming scheme.)

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And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell and Henry Cole (2005)
A tale of two male penguins who are chick-less until a zookeeper helps them adopt Tango from a heterosexual couple. Animals are always one of the easier ways to discuss unconventional storylines, but that didn’t stop Singapore from banning the book along with two others last year. In fact, it’s ranked third on ALA’s list of “Most challenged books of the 21st century,” which is hard to explain considering how heartwarming these polar birds are. Did we mention it’s based on real gay penguins at the Central Park Zoo?

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10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert and Rex Ray (2008)
Bailey is a boy by day who, at night, dreams of cross-dressing. His night-time escapades are rebuked by his family, until he finds a seamstress in playmate Laurel. Bailey’s story is an early forerunner to Jeremiah’s, for it broke from the gay-character plot to examine what it meant to be a gender-queer child.

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My New Mommy by Lilly Mossiano and Sage Mossiano (2012)
Who says transgender identity can’t be explained to young children? Four-year-old Violet has a transitioning father who carefully walks her — and us — through the process. Like Daye and Johnson, Mossiano was frustrated with the lack of children’s materials, so she took matters into her own hands. She challenged herself to make the content accessible to a young audience, but the real challenge is the one she posed to traditional portrayals of gender in children’s books.

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Call Me Tree by Maya Christina Gonzalez (2014)

The third in a trilogy that opted for gender neutral pronouns, providing what the writer called a “much needed break from the constant boy-girl assumptions and requirements.” Gonzalez took another decisive step away from the “gay parent” trend and gave us an unambiguously ambiguous gender-queer character. Her engagement with the Chicano identity also departed from the classic whiteness of LGBTQ children’s characters.

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Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino and Isabelle Malenfant (2014)

Like Bailey, Morris has a penchant for gender-queer behavior. He loves to wear the title’s orange garment but his fashion choices leave him open to relentless teasing from his classmates. Tensions escalate, and Morris becomes physically ill from the psychological pain. Though his imagination helps him triumph in the end, the book’s real triumph is that it gives a harsh and realistic account of queer bullying.

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21 Books From The Last 5 Years That Every Woman Should Read

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The one struggle of being a woman who reads is that you want to read everything.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by bestseller lists, because there just isn’t enough time in the day to read every hot new book. Between near-constant recommendations of amazing memoirs, new sequels and a terrifyingly long list of bookmarked Internet longreads, it can be stressful to choose what you should pick up next. Knowing which classics you’re missing from your reading repertoire is easy — it’s a little harder to remember what you’ve missed from three years ago.

We’ve done a little bit of the hard work for you (or maybe just increased your book stress… sorry) by pulling together a list of incredible titles from the past few years that you should add to the pile on your bedside table. These books by women are just a few of the incredible titles published recently — an exhaustive list would be hundreds of books longer. Those listed here are some of the most-discussed, thought-provoking and life-changing books from a diverse group of women writers. They make you rethink what being a feminist means, offer life advice to women of all ages, and reinforce your long-held belief that Tina and Amy should be your best friends and life coaches forever. The novels are some of the finest writing from woman authors. From lighthearted memoirs to harrowing thrillers, there’s a genre here for everyone.

Here are 21 books published in the past 5 years that all women should read:

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At Williams College, Andy Warhol Casts His Queer Eye On Books

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by Blake Gopnik

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THE DAILY PIC: These two images are from the exhibition called “Warhol by the Book“, which opened on the weekend at the Williams College Museum of Art in Williamstown, Mass., as a collaboration with the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. (A smaller version will also travel to the Morgan Library in New York.) Today’s two Pics are for book covers, one realized and one not, and capture one of the most important take-homes from this important show about Warhol and publishing: That Andy’s work, especially in the 1950s, was deeply bound up with his being gay, and was usually best when it was gay-est. (When it’s completely “straight”, as with his children’s book illustrations, it can often be undistinguished.)

The book cover at right was for a novel of Venice called The Desire and Pursuit of the Whole, written by Frederick Rolfe, the “Baron Corvo”, in about 1913 and re-published in 1953 by New Directions Books, which used Warhol on a number of projects. In his forward to the volume, the gay poet W. H. Auden said that the book gives a view of the world “through the eyes of a homosexual paranoid.” Warhol’s cover gets at the subtle tensions involved in being gay in 1950s New York (or turn-of-the-century Venice): The two men in the image are close as they could be shown but, as it were, no cigar. As curator and archivist Matt Wrbican has discovered, Warhol gave a copy of the cover to his close gay friend Ralph “Corkie” Ward, with the smaller figure inscribed “This is a drawing of you.”

The image at left, inscribed with the words “Fat Fairies: A Book for Fairies”, is most probably a first idea for the cover of a self-published artist’s book that Warhol finally produced as In the Bottom of my Garden – a reference to the song “There are Fairies in the Bottom of Our Garden”, from the repertoire of the comic singer Beatrice Lillie, but leaving out the title’s one crucial word. (Warhol once depicted Lillie.) The original cover idea may have been too direct even for Warhol’s most intimate, and mostly queer, circle. Anyway, the circumlocutions, misdirections and obliquities that were forced on Warhol by his culture’s homophobia led him to devise an art of glorious misdirection, circumlocution and obliquity, whatever its subject matter or audience. (Fat Fairies is from The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, founding collection, contribution of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.; Desire and Pursuit of the Whole is also from The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, gift of Matt Wrbican)

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Books: “How’m I Doin’?” Two Years In, Vatican Expert Talks Pope Francis, Women In The Church & What’s Next

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THE FRANCIS MIRACLE
By John L. Allen Jr.
($ 27; Time)

If you’ve paid any attention to news coverage of the Catholic Church at any point in the last 15 to 20 years, chances are you’ve seen or heard from John L. Allen Jr. Now on staff at The Boston Globe and a key contributor to their Catholic news website Crux, Allen has been covering the Vatican since he first headed to Rome in 1998. At the time, it was a backwater to most news outlets and almost no American media had a presence on the ground. So Allen had this beat almost to himself as far as US audiences were concerned.

After learning Italian and building up contacts, Allen found himself with an increasing worldwide audience thanks to the growth of the internet. In 2001, of course 9-11 made the “clash of civilizations” and Christianity and Islam central issues. Plus there were hot topics like the never-ending child molestation and cover-up scandals roiling country after country and finally the death of Pope John Paul II. The Vatican was hot again and Allen was here, there and everywhere, delivering solid journalism and working as a key analyst for outlets like CNN. Any other journalist helicoptering into the Vatican for a big event knew they could get a succinct quote and solid insight from Allen. (So, at times, could bishops and cardinals who wanted a little background on the latest news when they’d been out of the country. It never hurts to be a trusted source for your sources)

Allen has also written a string of increasingly confident books, including not one but two biographies of the man who would become Pope Benedict as well as a demystifying look at Opus Dei. Now with his latest work The Francis Miracle, Allen turns his eye on the pope with popularity ratings a movie star would envy as well as a Reagan-like ability to overcome any momentary stumbles in his off-the-cuff remarks simply because people like him. As Allen has put it, with Pope Benedict everyone felt the things they disliked about the Catholic Church were because of him. With Pope Francis, they feel the things they dislike about the Catholic Church are despite him.

Allen’s new book contains a biographical sketch of Francis and his life, mostly with an eye towards how those experiences might color the Pope’s worldview and the priorities he has for the Church. Then Allen looks at key issues facing the Church such as much-needed financial reform, the role of women, the child molestation scandals and the lack of accountability for those who covered it up for decades. It’s a snapshot of the Francis papacy, where it’s at today, how he is doing and what to look for in the future.

I talked with Allen in-depth, discussing his unlikely career path, the many controversial issues facing the Catholic Church, the personality of Francis versus Benedict and why non-Catholics need to be aware of the Pope and his priorities just as they would with any other major world leader. You can see the entire interview at BookFilter.com. Following are some key excerpts.

ALLEN ON FIRST MEETING THE POPE

Allen talks about the first time he met the man who would become Pope Francis back in 2001 just days after 9-11. It was an almost accidental meeting because the late Cardinal Edward Egan had to back out of a previously arranged interview. (Egan died one day after our discussion took place.)

ALLEN ON WHY FRANCIS IS UNIQUE AMONG POPES WHEN IT COMES TO WOMEN

Allen talks about Pope Francis, how he broke new ground by working with and for women as a young man and why women are so far disappointed with his track record.

HOW ALLEN JUMPED FROM HIGH SCHOOL JOURNALISM TEACHER TO COVERING THE VATICAN

Allen talks about his unlikely career path that veered from religious studies to being the faculty adviser for a high school newspaper to hot rods and then — suddenly — the Vatican.

You can follow John L. Allen Jr. on Facebook and Twitter or at Crux and the Boston Globe. To see the full interview, head to BookFilter.com and watch the video embedded on the front page.

Thanks for reading. Michael Giltz is the founder and CEO of BookFilter, a book lover’s best friend. It’s a website that lets you browse for books online the way you do in a physical bookstore, provides comprehensive info on new releases every week in every category and offers passionate personal recommendations every step of the way. It’s like a fall book preview or holiday gift guide — but every week in every category. He’s also the co-host of Showbiz Sandbox, a weekly pop-culture podcast that reveals the industry take on entertainment news of the day and features top journalists and opinion makers as guests. It’s available for free on iTunes. Visit Michael Giltz at his website and his daily blog.

Note: Michael Giltz is provided with free galleys and final copies of books in the hope that he’ll review or write a story on them. He receives far more copies of books than he could ever cover.
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Buzz Books 2015: Young Adult Spring – Publishers Lunch

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Buzz Books 2015: Young Adult Spring

Exclusive Excerpts from 26 New Young Adult Titles

Publishers Lunch

Genre: Fiction & Literature

Publish Date: January 13, 2015

Publisher: Publishers Lunch

Seller: Ingram DV LLC


This second edition of Buzz Books: Young Adult Spring provides substantial pre-publication excerpts from 26 forthcoming young adult and middle grade books. Now everyone can share the same access to the newest YA voices the publishing industry is broadcasting for the spring/summer season. Excerpts include new work from established giants of the field (Michael Buckley Sarah Dessen, David Levithan, Barry Lyga, and Carrie Ryan), an author best-known for her adult books (Alice Hoffman), and newsmakers including Paige McKenzie’s The Haunting Of Sunshine Girl, based on the hit YouTube series, and An Ember In the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (already sold to Paramount Pictures in a major deal). You will find a full range of YA titles previewed here —romance, fantasy, humor, literary and more — and you will find some works for tweens and middle-grade readers by award-winning authors such as Louis Sachar, Rebecca Stead, and Geoff Rodkey. As always, many Buzz Books are sure to make bestseller and “best of” lists. Start reading some of the best future books right now, and then share the fun by telling your friends and family to download this edition of Buzz Books for themselves at any major ebookstore or at www.buzz.publishersmarketplace.com.

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The Descent Series, Books 1-3: Death’s Hand, The Darkest Gate, and Dark Union (The Descent Series, #1) – SM Reine

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The Descent Series, Books 1-3: Death’s Hand, The Darkest Gate, and Dark Union (The Descent Series, #1)

SM Reine

Genre: Contemporary

Publish Date: March 1, 2014

Publisher: Red Iris Books

Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC


This is a collection of the first three titles in The Descent Series, which are gritty urban fantasy books about an exorcist, a witch, and their battles against the forces of Heaven and Hell. (Approx. 200,000 words total.) Books included: 1. Death's Hand 2. The Darkest Gate 3. Dark Union DEATH'S HAND Elise Kavanagh doesn't want to hunt demons anymore. It's been five years since she killed her last enemy, and life has been quiet since then. She went to college. Got a job, and then lost it. Made a friend or two. Lived a normal life. Now her former partner, a powerful witch named James Faulkner, wants Elise to fight one more time. The daughter of a coven member has been possessed, and Elise is the only exorcist nearby. Becoming a hero again would mean risking discovery by old enemies. But digging into the case reveals that it might already be too late–bodies are disappearing, demons slither through the night, and the cogs of apocalypse are beginning to turn. Some enemies aren't willing to let the secrets of the past stay dead… THE DARKEST GATE When Elise Kavanagh retired from demon hunting, she swore it would be permanent. But an attack from a powerful necromancer forced her back into the business, and now she's trying to balance her normal boyfriend and normal job with everything supernatural. Mr. Black is a demon hunter gone rogue. He's enslaving angels and stealing ethereal artifacts in pursuit of forbidden immortality, and an old grudge drives him to make his final stand in Elise's territory. Destroying her life and killing her friends isn't the goal, but it's a definite perk. A demonic overlord offers to join against Mr. Black and protect Elise's loved ones. All she needs to do is ally with the demons she's sworn to kill, at the cost of her morals–and maybe her immortal soul. But once she crosses that line, there's no turning back. Nothing is sacred when Heaven and Hell collide on Earth… DARK UNION Every fifty years, the most powerful ethereal and infernal beings convene on Earth to resolve conflicts with mediation by kopides–humans born to police relations between Heaven and Hell. They're meeting in Elise Kavanagh's territory this year, and she used to be the greatest kopis in the world. But she's not invited. An old friend, Lucas McIntyre, asks her to attend the summit in his place. But when she arrives, she discovers that a human faction called The Union has taken charge of the summit, and they're not playing nice. Worse yet, someone has killed a prominent Union member… and now they're demanding blood.

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Buzz Books 2015: Spring/Summer – Publishers Lunch

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Buzz Books 2015: Spring/Summer

Exclusive Excerpts from 39 Top New Titles

Publishers Lunch

Genre: Fiction & Literature

Publish Date: January 23, 2015

Publisher: Publishers Lunch

Seller: Ingram DV LLC


Our sixth Buzz Books edition evokes all the excitement of Winter Institute with substantial pre-publication excerpts from nearly 40 adult titles. Young adult excerpts from spring/summer titles can now be found in a separate volume. Enjoy access to the newest voices the publishing industry is broadcasting for the upcoming season as you discover breakout books from established authors, sparkling debuts from soon-to-become literary stars, and fascinating memoirs and inspirational nonfiction. Familiar names include Paolo Bacigalupi, Ian Caldwell, Dennis Lehane, Ann Packer, Matthew Pearl, and Neal Stephenson. From inside the book world itself, there’s Farrar, Straus and Giroux publisher Jonathan Galassi’s debut novel Muse, and former editor George Hodgman’s memoir Bettyville, about going home to care for his irascible mother. Iowa Writer’s Workshop graduate Leslie Parry (Church of Marvels), Erika Swyler (The Book of Speculation), J. Ryan Stradal (Kitchens of the Great Midwest), Christopher Robinson and Gavin Kovite (War Of The Encyclopaedists), and Jessica Knoll (Luckiest Girl Alive) are among our dozen new authors. Rounding out this generous sampler are books from well-known personalities including actor Maria Bello, TV host Mika Brzezinski, NPR/Weekend Edition’s Scott Simon, and even a novel from Hunter S. Thompson’s former assistant Cheryl Della Pietra. As always, there’s also a great preview from Publishers Lunch of more than 100 additional, noteworthy spring/summer books to have on your radar. Start reading books right now that are sure to show up on bestseller lists, win awards, and be chosen by booksellers as top picks. Then invite your reading friends and book groups to download their own free copy of the ebook from any major ebookstore or at buzz.publishersmarketplace.com.

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Arisen Omnibus Edition: Books 1-3 (Unabridged) – Michael Stephen Fuchs, Glynn James

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Arisen Omnibus Edition: Books 1-3 (Unabridged)

Michael Stephen Fuchs, Glynn James

Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy

Price: $ 39.95

Publish Date: December 19, 2014

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Super Mystery Comics – Limemouse Books

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Super Mystery Comics

Feat. 6 Action Packed Stories

Limemouse Books

Genre: Graphic Novels

Publish Date: January 25, 2012

Publisher: Limemouse Books

Seller: Save As Pty Ltd


"The comic book of the future is here now…" Introducing a revolutionary new way to experience the comics of the golden age on your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad,  featuring the world’s most popular super heroes!  You’ll experience the greatest series and stories like never before, with amazingly intuitive device controls to zoom and pan your way through pages of sizzling stories and amazing artwork! Take your favorite come books with you anytime & anywhere! Super-Mystery Comics , published by Ace Magazines, was in print for nine years from July 1940 to July 1949, never really maintaining a consistent publishing rate. Although the series was entitled "Super-Mystery", the Super and Mystery seemed to be pushed during separate eras with the first twenty-nine issues featuring Magno, the Magnetic Man on the covers and containing various other superhero tales while the later issues featured such characters as Bert and Sue, Mack Martin and The Unknown with more of a mystery/horror vibe to the covers than superhero feats. Features: • 6 full stories, complete with amazing images to look through and discover • enhanced Comic book options • beautiful layouts with completely remastered color images • "easy use" menus and navigation • authentic "Golden Age" advertisements and more Email: LimeMouse with your comments and suggestions. We answer all emails we receive.

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Books For Girls: 3 Free Books for Girls aged 8-12 – Katrina Kahler

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Books For Girls: 3 Free Books for Girls aged 8-12

Katrina Kahler

Genre: Graphic Novels

Publish Date: December 15, 2014

Publisher: Katrina Kahler

Seller: Smashwords


Free books for girls aged 8 to 12. 3 fantastic free books that girls will love. Julia Jones' Diary (book 1) – My Worst Day Ever, Diary of a Horse Mad Girl (Book 1) and My Monster – Boris to the Rescue (suitable for younger readers) are included in this free book. Julia Jones' Dairy…Julia looks forward to the most exciting event of the year. As the countdown begins, her world fills with new friendships and surprises, especially when a very pretty girl unexpectedly joins her class and they become great friends. In addition, the cutest boy at school suddenly becomes a part of their group and Julia looks forward to the special occasion that they are all planning for. But without warning, the events that begin to unfold are not at all what Julia has anticipated. Is there a bully in their midst and is bullying going on around her? What is in store for Julia and what is the final outcome of her worst day ever? You are sure to love the first book in the Julia Jones series. It is fast paced and suspenseful and will captivate you from start to finish. Suitable for 9 to 12 year olds. Diary of a Horse Mad Girl…Follow the true adventures of Abbie and her first pony, Sparkle (a beautiful Palomino) in her diary. Yes, she is a horse mad girl and when she gets her first pony…all her dreams come true… "When I first saw Sparkle, I knew that she was the pony for me! As soon as she cantered across the paddock, I think we both knew that we were meant to be together. But I certainly wasn't prepared for the exciting adventures ahead." My First Pony will take you on a ride filled with fun, friendships and even near disaster – the true story of a totally horse mad girl and a beautiful palomino named Sparkle. It is suitable for "horse mad" girls aged from around 8 to 12. My Monster – Boris to the Rescue…This is an ideal first short chapter book for girls and boys aged from 5 to 9. It is funny and shows that the good guys win in the end. Your child will love this story. Bobby has a special friend. Don't tell anyone, but it is a monster! His name is Boris and he is red and furry with two golden horns. Boris helps Bobby when he has bad dreams. In Book 1, Boris goes to school with Bobby. He doesn't like the way Jack the Bully treats his friend Bobby. Jack doesn't know that Boris is setting him up for embarrassment.

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The Best of the Song Books – Ella Fitzgerald

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The Best of the Song Books

Ella Fitzgerald

Genre: Jazz

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: September 21, 1993

© ℗ 1993 UMG Recordings, Inc.

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Courtlight Series Boxed Set (Books 1, 2, & 3)) – Terah Edun

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Courtlight Series Boxed Set (Books 1, 2, & 3))

Terah Edun

Genre: Fiction & Literature

Publish Date: December 14, 2013

Publisher: Terah Edun

Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC


This THREE NOVEL DIGITAL BOX SET – The Courtlight Series Book 1-3 (Sworn To Raise, Sworn To Transfer, Sworn To Conflict) – is over 800 pages (230,000 words). "If you're a fantasy lover, this is one world you don't want to miss out on." – City of Books Reviews “A complete treasure with a breathtaking story which held my attention from the word go and kept me a willing captive from beginning to end.” – KJ Reads A Lot Reviews Sworn To Raise Seventeen-year-old Ciardis has grown up in poverty, a cleaner in a small vale on the outskirts of the empire. But beneath her empire's seemingly idyllic surface lies a hidden secret. Whispers of an inept crown Prince are growing ever louder–intensified by the five year anniversary of the soulbond initiations. Amidst scandalous whispers, Ciardis finds herself chosen to train for the Companions Guild. She leaves her home and sets off on a personal journey to become a Court Companion. A position she'd never thought possible for a lowly servant to obtain, she must prove that she has the skills to attract a Patron. But she must master those skills quickly. If the legends are true, only Ciardis can harness the power to raise a Prince in an Imperial Court sworn to bring him down. Sworn To Transfer Eighteen-year-old companion trainee Ciardis Weathervane has won the friendship of the royal heir and saved his claim to the throne. Yet her interference in the inheritance rights leaves more harm done than good. The Ameles Forest lies unprotected and it's inhabitants are dying. As humans begin to die in gruesome deaths, the Emperor dispatches the royal heir to the forests with the solution to the kith concerns. With enemies closing ranks in Sandrin, Ciardis can little afford to leave the city's nest of vipers to take on a new task. But she's given no choice when her loyalty to the crown and courts are called into question. To keep the Companions' Guild happy and the favor of the Imperial Court, Ciardis will be tested in frightening new ways, especially when she's faced with an obstacle that could risk the lives of her friends and the family she never thought she had. Sworn To Conflict Ciardis Weathervane fought for the living dead and won. But worse than taking on a mass murderer, was her discovery that she had been deceived by her friends. Now she needs to not only fight a war in the North and survive, but also decide where she stands in the midst of competing sides. A threat to all she holds dear lies in the North and her heart is not the only thing she might lose. A massive army awaits in the mountain pass, surging closer to the gates of the southern lands. Nothing the Algardis army has done so far has dissuaded their march forward and Ciardis finds out that her powers to enhance are needed now more than ever. As she faces her greatest fears on the battlefields and her heart is torn between her love of Sebastian and loyalty to her family, Ciardis must choose her fate carefully. For in her path, lies the destiny of the empire.

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Suspending Reality (Five Fantasy Books) – Chrissy Peebles

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Suspending Reality (Five Fantasy Books)

Chrissy Peebles

Genre: Paranormal

Publish Date: November 26, 2013

Publisher: Dark Shadows Publishing

Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC


Read 5 stories from 5 different fantasy series. Download the sample to read blurbs, see covers, and watch book trailers! ***All your questions will not be answered in book 1 of each series.***    1. (YA horror) The Zombie Chronicles 2. (Adult Paranormal Romance) Eternal Vows 3. (YA Vampire series) Crush 4. (YA Paranormal) Enchanted Castle 5. (YA Fantasy & Sci-fi) Castaway    BONUS Story: Apocalypse: Underwater City

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George R.R. Martin Writes 'Game Of Thrones' Books On Ancient DOS Computer

With books as long and intricate as George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Fire and Ice” series, you’d expect the him to have the newest, most efficient writing programs. That’s definitely not the case.

The author of the book series, which HBO’s “Game of Thrones” is based on, prefers a more ancient method of writing. No, he doesn’t use a quill and ink, but it’s pretty close. “I have a secret weapon,” Martin said while visiting “Conan” on Tuesday, May 13. “I actually have two computers.”

The author, who is currently working on the sixth book in the series, “The Winds of Winter,” said that he has a modern computer for the Internet, checking his email, and other typical practical things. However, he saves all his writing about the Seven Kingdoms for his DOS word processor that runs WordStar 4.0, a program that was popular in the ’80s. In other words, GRRM’s ancient computer doesn’t have any Internet, or spell check, any of the fancy modern technologies you use every day.

But don’t worry, Martin is very in-the-know about what’s big and trending online. He brought up how the Internet went crazy over Ser Pounce when the beloved cat made an appearance on “Game of Thrones” earlier this season. Jokingly he said he’s planning a spinoff with King Tommen’s cat. Too bad it’s not real because we’d definitely watch that spinoff all day long, which would probably look something like that amazing “Game of Meows” parody.

Watch the clips of Martin on “Conan” above and below.

“Game of Thrones” airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. EDT on HBO.

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