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Midnight Quill Trio

By Emily Larkin
  • ISBN Code: : 0995105049
  • Publisher : Emily Larkin
  • Pages : 422
  • Category : Fiction
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Three linked historical romances that will touch your heart and make you laugh, cry, and fall in love… Join a desperate young countess, an enterprising spinster, and a penniless widow as they fall in love and learn to experience pleasure for the very first time. This trio of sensual and deeply emotional stories includes one daring rescue, one scandalous secret, one extremely awkward wedding night, one gentle giant, two battle-scarred officers, a darkly gothic manor house, and some of the worst food in England. The Midnight Quill Trio by award-winning and USA Today bestselling author Emily Larkin consists of two novellas and one full-length novel — The Countess’s Groom, The Spinster’s Secret, and The Baronet’s Bride. If you love richly-detailed historical romances filled with passion, emotion, and compelling characters, then this collection is for you! Length: One novel and two novellas totaling 104,000 words Sensuality level: These historical romances contain steamy love scenes The Countess’s Groom (a novella) Rose, the young Countess Malmstoke, is trapped in a violent marriage. Escape seems impossible—until her horse groom, Will Fenmore, steps forward to help her. The Spinster’s Secret (a novel) Matilda Chapple is penniless, orphaned, and dependent on her uncle’s grim charity, but she’s finally found a way to escape: she’ll write her way to financial freedom! Her secret is safe—until Waterloo veteran, Captain Edward Kane, agrees to uncover the anonymous author's identity. The Baronet’s Bride (a novella) Sir Gareth Locke lost an arm at Waterloo. He’s in love with his new bride, Cecily, but he’s dreading their wedding night. He knows it will be an ordeal: clumsy, awkward, and mortifying. But Cecily and Gareth are about to have a wedding night that neither of them expects... “Straight up touched my heart. It's been a while since I laughed, cried, despaired, and felt one with a character to this extent.” ~ Punya Reviews (on The Spinster’s Secret) “Full of misunderstandings, desires, and erotism. Larkin at her best.” ~ Goodreads Reviewer (on The Baronet's Bride) “Tender and heartwarming.” ~ Buried Under Romance (on The Countess’s Groom) “Beautifully written. The stories were so captivating that I continued to think of them long afterwards.” ~ Amazon Reviewer (on the Midnight Quill Trio) “Larkin has a way with characters that draws you in. I couldn't put down the book until I read all three stories.” ~ Goodreads Reviewer (on the Midnight Quill Trio) “Smart, funny romances full of well-rounded characters and charm.” ~ Goodreads Reviewer (on the Midnight Quill Trio) In addition to the three stories, this collection also contains the first chapter of The Earl’s Dilemma.

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The Baronet’s Bride

By Emily Larkin
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  • Publisher : Emily Larkin
  • Book Code : 0995105030
  • Total of Pages : 83
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 229
  • Pdf File: the-baronet-s-bride.pdf

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A lesson in love... Sir Gareth Locke lost an arm at Waterloo. He’s in love with his new bride—but he’s dreading their wedding night. He knows it will be an ordeal: clumsy, awkward, and mortifying. Cecily Locke knows what to expect in the marriage bed—after all, she’s been married once before. It will be uncomfortable and a little messy, but over quickly enough. But Cecily and Gareth are about to have a wedding night that neither of them expects... **The Baronet's Bride is a novella of approximately 15,000 words. It is a direct sequel to The Spinster’s Secret and features some of the characters in that novel. For the best reader experience it should be read after The Spinster's Secret.**

Resisting Miss Merryweather

By Emily Larkin
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  • Publisher : Emily Larkin
  • Book Code : 0994138423
  • Total of Pages : 159
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 729
  • Pdf File: resisting-miss-merryweather.pdf

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*Desert Isle Keeper* “A charming, romantic novella that shows how magical life can be with the right person at your side.” ~ Sara @ All About Romance Sir Barnaby Ware made a mistake two and a half years ago. A massive mistake. The sort of mistake that can never be atoned for. He knows himself to be irredeemable, but the captivating and unconventional Miss Merryweather is determined to prove him wrong. The daughter of a dancing master and a noblewoman, Miss Merryweather had an unusual upbringing. She sees things no one else sees—and she says things no one else says. Sir Barnaby knows he’s the villain in this piece, but Miss Merryweather thinks he’s the hero—and she is damnably hard to resist… “Larkin has a writing style that I adore, and I wholeheartedly recommend this novella.” ~ Lady Blue @ Romantic Historical Reviews “A moving story, with characters brimming with life and emotions.” ~ NetGalley Reviewer Length: Novella of 33,000 words Sensuality level: A hot Regency romance with steamy love scenes Q & A with the author Why did you write this novella? When I finished writing Unmasking Miss Appleby (the first book in the Baleful Godmother series) I was surprised by how sorry I felt for Sir Barnaby. He’d made a dreadful mistake and ruined the most important friendship in his life. I felt Barnaby deserved a chance to redeem himself, and I also felt that he and Marcus (the hero of Unmasking Miss Appleby) needed to be friends again if they were to be truly happy. How would you describe this book? Resisting Miss Merryweather is a novella about friendship, forgiveness, and falling in love. There’s also a little science, and some magic. Although it’s a companion novella to Unmasking Miss Appleby, it can be read as a standalone. How would you describe your writing? Several reviewers have likened my writing to Georgette Heyer, which is the hugest compliment ever. I adore Georgette Heyer! She's why I write historical romance, and I reread her books over and over. (If you've not read The Grand Sophy, please do so!) I've also had readers compare my writing to Courtney Milan and Mary Balogh, which are also massive compliments. What order should I read the series in? Each book, whether a novel or novella, can be read as a standalone, but many readers prefer to read them in order. And although the series is set in Regency England, a quartet of medieval novellas form the prequel. The ideal reading order would be: The Fey Quartet (series prequel) Maythorn's Wish Hazel's Promise Ivy's Choice Larkspur's Quest The Baleful Godmother series Unmasking Miss Appleby Resisting Miss Merryweather Trusting Miss Trentham Claiming Mister Kemp Ruining Miss Wrotham Discovering Miss Dalrymple Plus more interlinked Baleful Godmother series to come. Happy reading!

Octavius and the Perfect Governess

By Emily Larkin
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  • Publisher : Emily Larkin
  • Book Code : 0995136661
  • Total of Pages : 364
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 658
  • Pdf File: octavius-and-the-perfect-governess.pdf

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A governess in jeopardy . . . and the marquis's son who goes undercover as a housemaid to protect her. Lord Octavius Pryor leads a carefree life, until the night he visits Vauxhall Gardens in the guise of a woman. At Vauxhall, Octavius discovers that being a female is very different from being a man. Annoyingly different, unpleasantly different—and when he encounters the lecherous Baron Rumpole, dangerously different. Determined to teach the baron a lesson, Octavius infiltrates Rumpole's household, where he meets the woman of his dreams: Miss Toogood, governess to the baron's daughters. Suddenly Octavius has three pressing tasks. 1) To teach the baron to keep his yardstick in his breeches. 2) To keep Miss Toogood safe. 3) To convince her to marry him. Length: Full-length novel of 88,000 words Sensuality level: A Regency romance with mild love scenes A word of caution: This novel is a bodice ripper, and I mean that quite literally. Bodices are ripped in this book—and not in a playful or sexy way. However, I promise you that all rippers of bodices receive their just desserts. Q & A with the author How would you describe this series? It's Regency England with passion, danger, adventure, humor, romance—and a dash of magic. The stories are emotional, but not sweet. There's sex, and my heroes do swear at times! Hang on. Did you say magic? I did. But don't worry—the books are first and foremost historical romances. Only a few characters have magic, and it's a deep, dark secret, and no one else knows. But ... do magic and Regency England go together? Definitely! Many years ago I read Sorcery and Cecelia (or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot) by Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stevermer, and totally loved it and ever since then I've thought that Regency England and magic go very well together. How would you describe your writing? Several reviewers have likened my writing to Georgette Heyer, which is the hugest compliment ever. I adore Georgette Heyer! She's why I write historical romance, and I reread her books over and over. (If you've not read The Grand Sophy, please do so!) I've also had readers compare my writing to Courtney Milan and Mary Balogh, which are also massive compliments. Who would like this series? This series will appeal to readers who enjoy the historical backdrop and humor of Georgette Heyer, the sensual 'noir' feel of Anna Campbell, the emotion of Mary Balogh or Courtney Milan, and the magic of Patricia Rice and Mary Robinette Kowal. Quite a broad range, really!

Never An Officer's Bride

By Emily Larkin
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  • Publisher : Emily Larkin
  • Book Code : 0995143609
  • Total of Pages : 900
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 728
  • Pdf File: never-an-officer-s-bride.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Meet three young ladies who know they’ll never marry … and the officers who capture their hearts. Welcome to Regency England, where a duke’s daughter, a penniless spinster, and an heiress are about to discover that even though they’ve given up on love, love hasn’t given up on them. This special collection from USA Today bestselling author Emily Larkin includes three sexy and romantic full-length novels—Lady Isabella’s Ogre, The Spinster’s Secret, and the USA Today bestselling Trusting Miss Trentham. If you love page-turning historical romances brimming with emotion, intrigue, and compelling characters, then this collection is for you! Length: Three Regency romance novels totalling 230,000 words Sensuality level: These books contain love scenes ranging in heat from mild to steamy. Lady Isabella’s Ogre Major Nicholas Reynolds has had enough of soldiering; all he wants now is a bride, but his scarred face sends young ladies fleeing. How better to revive his marriage prospects than to indulge in a flirtation with the beautiful Lady Isabella Knox? They both know it’s not real, so where’s the danger? The Spinster’s Secret Matilda Chapple is penniless, orphaned, and dependent on her uncle’s meager charity—but she’s found a way to escape: she’ll write her way to financial freedom! Her secret is safe … until Waterloo veteran, Captain Edward Kane, agrees to uncover the anonymous author's identity. Trusting Miss Trentham Letitia Trentham is noteworthy for three reasons. One, she’s extremely wealthy. Two, she can distinguish truth from lies. Three, she’s refused every man who’s ever proposed to her. But when Major Icarus Reid asks her to help hunt down a traitor, it’s a proposal she can’t refuse. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “Unique and romantic and emotional and simply amazing.” ~ NetGalley Reviewer (on Trusting Miss Trentham) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “Straight up touched my heart. It's been a while since I laughed, cried, despaired, and felt one with a character to this extent.” ~ Punya Reviews (on The Spinster’s Secret) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “Clever, romantic, well-paced, and completely enjoyable. A delightful read!” ~ Goodreads reviewer (on Lady Isabella’s Ogre) In addition to the three novels, this collection also contains the first three chapters of Primrose and the Dreadful Duke. *Please note that this collection was previously published as Always A Soldier.*

The Earl's Dilemma

By Emily Larkin
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  • Publisher : Emily Larkin
  • Book Code : 0994144318
  • Total of Pages : 228
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 826
  • Pdf File: the-earl-s-dilemma.pdf

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“Utterly delightful friends-to-lovers story. This is by far the funniest that I've read, and the most adorable too.” ~ Buried Under Romance James Hargrave, Earl of Arden, urgently needs a wife. He’s resigned himself to a marriage of convenience and has even chosen a bride: Kate Honeycourt, his best friend’s sister. Kate has been on the shelf for years. Why, then, does she so firmly turn him down? Surely she can’t be holding out for a love match? But Kate has a proposal of her own: she’ll find James a bride he can fall in love with. Armed with a list of requirements, Kate sets out to find James the perfect wife. But things don’t progress as either of them expect... A Regency romance featuring an earl who needs to marry in a hurry, the spinster he turns to for help, and a list that grows...and grows...and grows. (The Earl's Dilemma was originally published under the penname Emily May.)

Discovering Miss Dalrymple

By Emily Larkin
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  • Publisher : Emily Larkin
  • Book Code : 0994144385
  • Total of Pages : 185
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 270
  • Pdf File: discovering-miss-dalrymple.pdf

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"Oh my gosh!!! I am absolutely in love with this book!" ~ NetGalley reviewer Who is the Duke of Vickery? At the age of four Alexander St. Clare was stolen by gypsies and sold to a chimney sweep. At the age of five he was reunited with his father, the Duke of Vickery. His history is no secret—everyone in the ton knows of his miraculous rescue. But when Alexander finds his father’s diaries, he discovers that there may be a secret buried in his past. Georgiana Dalrymple knows all about secrets. She has several herself—and one of those secrets is her ability to find missing people. When Alexander turns to her for help, Georgiana sets out to discover just who he actually is... "I was taken on a roller coaster of emotions. Had me laughing then had me in tears." ~ NetGalley reviewer Length: A long novella of 40,000 words Sensuality level: A Regency romance with a steamy love scene Q & A with the author How would you describe this series? It's Regency England with a dash of magic. I hope to take readers on a journey from the glittering ballrooms of the aristocracy to the dark underbelly of Regency England – with passion, danger, adventure, romance, and a little magic thrown into the mix. I think the series could also be labelled Regency Noir, because it falls on the darker, grittier side of the romance fence, although each book contains humor, too. The stories are emotional, but not sweet (there’s sex, violence, and my heroes do swear rather badly at times!). Why did you write this series? I wanted to get my well-bred heroines out of the drawing rooms and put them in the way of adventure and romance. But I didn’t want to write a series where magic is common; I wanted to write a series where only a few characters have magic, and it’s a deep, dark secret, and no one else knows. But ... do magic and Regency England go together? Definitely! Many, many years ago I read Sorcery and Cecelia (or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot) by Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stevermer, and totally loved it and ever since then I’ve thought that Regency England and magic go very well together. What was the catalyst for this series? A magazine article I read in which celebrities were asked what magic power they’d choose and why. That got me thinking! (I’d choose shapeshifting, by the way.) How would you describe your writing? Several reviewers have likened my writing to Georgette Heyer, which is the hugest compliment ever. I adore Georgette Heyer! She’s why I write historical romance, and I reread her books over and over. (If you’ve not read The Grand Sophy, please do so!) I’ve also had readers compare my writing to Courtney Milan and Mary Balogh, which are also massive compliments. Who would like this series? This series will appeal to readers who enjoy the historical backdrop of Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen, the dark and sensual ‘noir’ feel of Anna Campbell, the emotion of Mary Balogh or Courtney Milan, and the magic of Patricia Rice and Mary Robinette Kowal. Quite a broad range, really!

Never a Bride

By Emily Larkin
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  • Publisher : Emily Larkin
  • Book Code : 0995123144
  • Total of Pages : 946
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 993
  • Pdf File: never-a-bride.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Meet three young ladies who know they'll never marry ... and the men who win their hearts. Welcome to Regency England, where a wallflower, an heiress, and a jilted young lady are about to discover that even though they've given up on love, love hasn't given up on them. This special collection from USA Today bestselling author Emily Larkin includes three sexy and romantic full-length novels: The Earl's Dilemma, My Lady Thief, and the triple award-winning Ruining Miss Wrotham. If you love page-turning historical romances brimming with emotion, humor, and captivating characters, then this collection is for you! Length: Three Regency romance novels totaling 244,000 words Sensuality level: These books contain love scenes ranging in heat from mild to steamy. In addition to the three novels, this collection also contains the first three chapters of Primrose and the Dreadful Duke. "One of the most entertaining, heartfelt, and romantic books I have read in forever!" ~ NetGalley Reviewer (on Ruining Miss Wrotham) "Characters with passion, depth, intelligence, and a great sense of humor." ~ Buried Under Romance (on My Lady Thief) "Utterly delightful friends-to-lovers story. This is by far the funniest that I've read, and the most adorable too." ~ Buried Under Romance (on The Earl's Dilemma).

Ruining Miss Wrotham

By Emily Larkin
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  • Publisher : Emily Larkin
  • Book Code : 0994144369
  • Total of Pages : 328
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 454
  • Pdf File: ruining-miss-wrotham.pdf

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*Desert Isle Keeper* “Grabbed my attention from the first page and didn’t let me go until the end.” ~ Caz @ All About Romance Eleanor Wrotham has sworn off overbearing men, but she needs help to find her missing sister—and the man who steps forward is as domineering as he is dangerous: the notorious Mordecai Black. The illegitimate son of an earl, Mordecai is infamous for his skill with women. His affairs are legendary, but few people realize that Mordecai has rules, and one of them is: Never ruin a woman. Can Mordecai help Miss Wrotham without ruining her? "One of the most entertaining, heartfelt, and romantic books I have read in forever!" ~ Carla @ NetGalley Length: Full-length novel of 94,000 words Sensuality level: A hot Regency romance with steamy love scenes Q & A with the author How would you describe this series? It's Regency England with a dash of magic. I hope to take readers on a journey from the glittering ballrooms of the aristocracy to the dark underbelly of Regency England—with passion, danger, adventure, romance, and a little magic thrown into the mix. I think the series could also be labelled Regency Noir, because it falls on the darker, grittier side of the romance fence, although each book contains humor, too. The stories are emotional, but not sweet (there’s sex, violence, and my heroes do swear rather badly at times!). Why did you write this series? I wanted to get my well-bred heroines out of the drawing rooms and put them in the way of adventure and romance. But I didn’t want to write a series where magic is common; I wanted to write a series where only a few characters have magic, and it’s a deep, dark secret, and no one else knows. But ... do magic and Regency England go together? Definitely! Many, many years ago I read Sorcery and Cecelia (or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot) by Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stevermer, and totally loved it and ever since then I’ve thought that Regency England and magic go very well together. What was the catalyst for this series? A magazine article I read in which celebrities were asked what magic power they’d choose and why. That got me thinking! (I’d choose shapeshifting, by the way.) How would you describe your writing? Several reviewers have likened my writing to Georgette Heyer, which is the hugest compliment ever. I adore Georgette Heyer! She’s why I write historical romance, and I reread her books over and over. (If you’ve not read The Grand Sophy, please do so!) I’ve also had readers compare my writing to Courtney Milan and Mary Balogh, which are also massive compliments. Who would like this series? This series will appeal to readers who enjoy the historical backdrop of Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen, the dark and sensual ‘noir’ feel of Anna Campbell, the emotion of Mary Balogh or Courtney Milan, and the magic of Patricia Rice and Mary Robinette Kowal. Quite a broad range, really!

Claiming Mister Kemp

By Emily Larkin
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  • Publisher : Emily Larkin
  • Book Code : 0994138466
  • Total of Pages : 227
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 817
  • Pdf File: claiming-mister-kemp.pdf

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A forbidden love... Lucas Kemp’s twin sister died last year. He’s put aside his mourning clothes, but not his heartache. If Lucas ever needed a friend, it’s now—and who should walk in his door but Lieutenant Thomas Matlock. Lucas and Tom are more than just best friends; they’ve been in love with each other for years. In love with each other—and pretending not to know it. But this time, Tom’s not going to ignore the attraction between them. This time, he’s going to push the issue. He’s going to teach Lucas how to laugh again—and he’s going to take Lucas as his lover... "Heartbreakingly gorgeous. Tom is the most incredible hero - patient, understanding, passionate, sensitive. Lucas is so proper and stiff, his struggles so very real and poignant. I love Larkin's stories but this one is exquisite." ~ M.C.E. Top 500 reviewer Length: Shorter length novel of 48,000 words Sensuality level: A hot Regency male-male romance with sensual love scenes Q & A with the author Why did you write this book? When Tom and Lucas walked onto the page in Trusting Miss Trentham (the third book in the Baleful Godmother series) I fell in love with them both. I really wanted to know their story—so I decided to write it. I’m very glad I did, because it was so much fun! Lucas is my first ever virgin hero, and I really enjoyed writing his scenes. Claiming Mister Kemp was meant to be a novella, but it grew and grew and grew, until finally I had to admit defeat and call it a (short) novel. How would you describe this book? At its most basic, Claiming Mister Kemp is a friends to lovers romance, but it’s also a story about grief, and about two men finding the courage to love one another in a time when this was punishable by death. I think it’s the most emotional book I’ve ever written. Readers have told me that some scenes make them cry, which I take as a compliment! Claiming Mister Kemp is a Baleful Godmother novel, so both Tom and Lucas have brushes with magic—even if they don’t realize it. And although this book is a companion novel to Trusting Miss Trentham it can be read as a standalone. How would you describe your writing? Several reviewers have likened my writing to Georgette Heyer, which is the hugest compliment ever. I adore Georgette Heyer! She’s why I write historical romance, and I reread her books over and over. (If you’ve not read The Grand Sophy, please do so!) I’ve also had readers compare my writing to Courtney Milan and Mary Balogh, which are also massive compliments. Who would like this book? This book will appeal to readers who love male-male romances, Regency romances, or both. Fans of KJ Charles, Joanna Chambers, and Cat Sebastian should particularly enjoy it.

The Countess’s Groom

By Emily Larkin
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  • Publisher : Emily Larkin
  • Book Code : 0994138490
  • Total of Pages : 91
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 787
  • Pdf File: the-countess-s-groom.pdf

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A tale of forbidden love between a young countess and her servant. Rose, the Countess Malmstoke, is trapped in a violent marriage. Escape seems impossible—until her horse groom Will Fenmore offers to help her. As they plan her escape to the American colonies, Rose learns to trust Will with her life and her heart. Is the future she dreams of possible? **The Countess's Groom is a novella of approximately 18,000 words. It is the prequel to The Spinster's Secret but may be read as a standalone.** [Note: This is the second edition of The Countess's Groom and contains 3,000 more words than the first edition.]

Spelling Mississippi

By Marnie Woodrow
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  • Publisher : Vintage Canada
  • Book Code : 0307366243
  • Total of Pages : 400
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 833
  • Pdf File: spelling-mississippi.pdf

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From an acclaimed short-story writer, a blazingly intelligent and humorous debut novel that is set in New Orleans and tells the story of two strangers whose paths first cross on the remarkable banks of the Mississippi. Cleo, a Canadian on holiday in New Orleans, is sitting alone in the French Quarter late one night, dreamily watching the river’s lazy progress. Suddenly, a woman clad in full evening dress, from rhinestone tiara to high heels, takes a running leap off the wharf into the Mississippi. Cleo watches, astonished, then turns and runs, mistakenly assuming the jumper is dead — a suicide. But Madeline, it turns out, is not bent on suicide. She is irresistibly drawn to water, as is Cleo, who was conceived during the great flood in Florence in 1966. Perhaps it is this shared obsession with the murky depths that fuels Cleo’s determination to find Madeline. She pounds the quaint streets of New Orleans, city of cheap bourbon, rich turtle soup, the scent of magnolias and A Streetcar Named Desire. Spelling Mississippi is filled with all the bristling energy of Fall on Your Knees. Told with great humour and affection, it is a seductive, liberating story about ties that bind and those that simply restrain, and a lesson not in spelling but forgiveness.

The Moon Dragon (The Secrets of Droon #26)

By Tony Abbott
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  • Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
  • Book Code : 0545418399
  • Total of Pages : 128
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Members : 772
  • Pdf File: the-moon-dragon.pdf

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With nearly 2 million books in print, this Little Apple series is H-O-T, hot. The SECRET is out -- DROON is the series that kids, parents, and teachers are talking about! There's no place like home! Eric and his friends have finally restored the Rainbow Stairs, but that was the easy part. Now Gethwing is loose in the Upper World, and the Moon Dragon is causing big trouble. Eric, Julie, and Neal have to protect their town, but they're up against mysterious creatures, strangely-behaving parents, and powerful magic. Can the kids stop Gethwing before he destroys the Upper World -- for good?

Primrose and the Dreadful Duke

By Emily Larkin
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  • Publisher : Emily Larkin
  • Book Code : 0995105065
  • Total of Pages : 504
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 235
  • Pdf File: primrose-and-the-dreadful-duke.pdf

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*A double award-winning historical romance* An irrepressible duke, a bookish spinster, a devious murderer ... Regency house parties have never been so hazardous! Oliver Dasenby is the most infuriating man Primrose Garland has ever known. He may be her brother's best friend, but he has an atrocious sense of humor. Eight years in the cavalry hasn't taught him solemnity, nor has the unexpected inheritance of a dukedom. But when Oliver inherited his dukedom, it appears that he also inherited a murderer. Oliver might be dreadfully annoying, but Primrose doesn't want him dead. She's going to make certain he survives his inheritance—and the only way to do that is to help him catch the murderer! "I read straight through the night. I kept telling myself that I needed to put it down and get some sleep, but it was so interesting and exciting that I just had to see what happened next. Finally, at 7 am, I read the last word and thought 'Wow, just wow.'" ~ Barbara @ NetGalley Length: Full-length novel of 85,000 words Sensuality level: A Regency romance with steamy love scenes *Winner of the 2019 Romance Writers of New Zealand Long Romance of the Year Award* *Winner of the 2019 Romance Writers of New Zealand Best Overall Romance of the Year Award* "I read it in one sitting. I also rolled my eyes and laughed until I snorted in an unladylike manner." ~ Judith @ Goodreads Q & A with the author How would you describe this series? It's Regency England with passion, danger, adventure, humor, romance?and a dash of magic. The stories are emotional, but not sweet. There's sex, and my heroes do swear at times! Hang on. Did you say magic? I did. But don't worry—the books are first and foremost historical romances. Only a few characters have magic, and it's a deep, dark secret, and no one else knows. But ... do magic and Regency England go together? Definitely! Many years ago I read Sorcery and Cecelia (or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot) by Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stevermer, and totally loved it and ever since then I've thought that Regency England and magic go very well together. How would you describe your writing? Several reviewers have likened my writing to Georgette Heyer, which is the hugest compliment ever. I adore Georgette Heyer! She's why I write historical romance, and I reread her books over and over. (If you've not read The Grand Sophy, please do so!) I've also had readers compare my writing to Courtney Milan and Mary Balogh, which are also massive compliments. Who would like this series? This series will appeal to readers who enjoy the historical backdrop and humor of Georgette Heyer, the sensual 'noir' feel of Anna Campbell, the emotion of Mary Balogh or Courtney Milan, and the magic of Patricia Rice and Mary Robinette Kowal. Quite a broad range, really!

The Cat's Table

By Michael Ondaatje
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  • Publisher : Vintage Canada
  • Book Code : 030740143X
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 459
  • Pdf File: the-cat-s-table.pdf

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From Michael Ondaatje: an electrifying new novel, by turns thrilling and deeply moving -- one of his most vividly rendered and compelling works of fiction to date. In the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy boards a huge liner bound for England. At mealtimes, he is placed at the lowly "Cat's Table" with an eccentric and unforgettable group of grownups and two other boys. As the ship makes its way across the Indian Ocean, through the Suez Canal, into the Mediterranean, the boys find themselves immersed in the worlds and stories of the adults around them. At night they spy on a shackled prisoner -- his crime and fate a galvanizing mystery that will haunt them forever. Looking back from deep within adulthood, and gradually moving back and forth from the decks and holds of the ship to the years that follow the narrator unfolds a spellbinding and layered tale about the magical, often forbidden discoveries of childhood and the burdens of earned understanding, about a life-long journey that began unexpectedly with a sea voyage.

Dream River

By Dorothy Garlock
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  • Publisher : Grand Central Publishing
  • Book Code : 0759522820
  • Total of Pages : 384
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 241
  • Pdf File: dream-river.pdf

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The million-copy bestselling author of Wind of Promise and Annie Lash continues her breathtaking Wabash River Trilogy with this second exciting novel set in Arkansas in 1819. Amy Deverell joins Rain Tallman as he blazes new trails across the American frontier--and across her heart.

The Man I Love

By Suanne Laqueur
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  • Publisher : Cathedral Rock Press
  • Book Code : 1499715609
  • Total of Pages : 475
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 740
  • Pdf File: the-man-i-love.pdf

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"A watershed moment exists in every man's life, Fish—the moment when you stop being your mother's son and start being your lover's man. When you transition from protected to protector." Erik "Fish" Fiskare is only a college junior when a gunman walks into the campus theater, intent on stopping the show. From the lighting booth, Fish sees his girlfriend, Marguerite "Daisy" Bianco, get caught in the line of fire. Everyone runs away from the stage but Fish, in a watershed moment, runs toward it. Spanning fifteen years, The Man I Love explores how a single act of violence reverberates through a circle of friends. At the center are Fish and Daisy, two soul mates who always brought out the best in each other. Both are hailed as heroes after the shooting, yet the tragedy starts to bring out the worst in them, tearing the circle apart. Soon, Fish is running again—not toward Daisy this time, but as far away as possible. But can you really leave the one you were born to love? And is leaving always the end of loving? "You never got over her, Fish. You just left. You may think that's closure, but it isn't. You may think a woman like Daisy comes along twice in a lifetime, but she doesn't." Fearlessly touching on today's social and mental health issues, The Man I Love follows Erik Fiskare's journey back to the truth of himself and a woman he can't forget. With its gripping story and an unforgettable cast of characters, this epic novel of love and forgiveness lingers long after the last page is turned. "A new kind of romance, well-crafted and intelligently written. Suanne Laqueur deftly explores what it means to be vulnerable, resilient and human." "A compelling, heartfelt, intense read. The Man I Love raises important and tough social topics that are relevant and timely." "An intelligent, perfectly-pitched modern romance. NOT your typical boy meets girl, but a story of first love and how people handle extreme situations." "The Man I Love looks love, sex, depression and PTSD in the face and calls them by name. An astounding journey of forgiveness and recovery." "Laqueur combines the dynamics of a circle of friends with a school shooting. The result is The Man I Love, a gripping, angsty psychological romance that explores second chances at first love. Book clubs will find plenty to discuss in this coming-of-age emotional journey of forgiveness and recovery. The characters are flawlessly crafted and deserving of love after tragedy. You'll be thinking about them long after you've finished." "From university to adulthood, through love and loss, devotion and betrayal, estrangement and forgiveness, the Fish Tales series will bring you on an emotional journey of love and truth."

Island of the Swans

By Ciji Ware
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  • Publisher : Sourcebooks, Inc.
  • Book Code : 1402246773
  • Total of Pages : 592
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 213
  • Pdf File: island-of-the-swans.pdf

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Re-issued in its original full length, this acclaimed and bestselling romantic historical novel by award-winning author Ciji Ware tells the true story of passionate and flamboyant Jane Maxwell, the 4th Duchess of Gordon (1749-1812). In love since childhood with Thomas Fraser, when she hears that he's been killed in America, she marries the Duke of Gordon with disastrous results. But Fraser, very much alive, returns to England to claim her love. In addition to telling a heart-wrenching love story, Island of the Swans also paints a fascinating portrait of a powerful and controversial woman and the tumultuous era in which she lived. Patroness of poet Robert Burns, advisor to King George, painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds, Jane Maxwell was a towering figure in her own time and is an unforgettable heroine.

The Sky Is Falling

By Caroline Adderson
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  • Publisher : Dundurn.com
  • Book Code : 0887628214
  • Total of Pages : 320
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 400
  • Pdf File: the-sky-is-falling.pdf

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From the winner of the 2006 Marian Engel Award comes a funny, absorbing and timely novel about fear in our time. On a spring day in 2004, Jane Z. a physician’s wife and mother of a teenage son, opens her morning newspaper and is shocked to see a familiar face on the front page. Sonia, a lost friend accused of terrorism, has just been released after twenty years in prison. It all comes flooding back to Jane, how twenty years before her life took a very different course. At nineteen, Jane rents a room in a shared student house with a mismatched trio of idealists: Sonia, who yearns to save the world’s children from nuclear war; the Marxist-leaning Dieter; and the anarcho-feminist-pacifist Pete. A bookish misfit, her radical housemates quickly draw Jane into NAG!, a non-violent, anti-nuclear direct action group. To Jane, who is studying Russian and Russian literature, her compatriots, with their utopian dreams and youthful pathos, soon seem Chekhovian to her. Meanwhile, NAG! plans its most ambitious action, crossing the border into the United States to chain themselves to the Boeing factory fence. Tension increases as the group mounts each successive protest, until a bomb explodes and changes everything. The Sky Is Falling deftly intertwines themes of first love, sexual confusion, and the dread of nuclear disaster with the comical infighting of a cast of well-meaning political activists, and the timelessness of the great Russian classics. A story for our own age of paranoia and terror, Caroline Adderson’s witty, accomplished novel returns the reader to another fearful era, when the world teetered on the brink of nuclear annihilation and the end of world seemed inevitable.

Wicked

By Gregory Maguire
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  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Book Code : 0061792942
  • Total of Pages : 560
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 831
  • Pdf File: wicked.pdf

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This is the book that started it all! The basis for the smash hit Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Gregory Maguire's breathtaking New York Times bestseller Wicked views the land of Oz, its inhabitants, its Wizard, and the Emerald City, through a darker and greener (not rosier) lens. Brilliantly inventive, Wicked offers us a radical new evaluation of one of the most feared and hated characters in all of literature: the much maligned Wicked Witch of the West who, as Maguire tells us, wasn’t nearly as Wicked as we imagined.

The Twelve Kingdoms: The Mark of the Tala

By Jeffe Kennedy
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  • Publisher : Kensington Books
  • Book Code : 0758294441
  • Total of Pages : 352
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 243
  • Pdf File: the-twelve-kingdoms.pdf

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An often-ignored middle sister gets attention from a dark stranger in this fantasy romance trilogy opener by the author of the Forgotten Empires series. The tales tell of three sisters, daughters of the high king. The eldest, a valiant warrior-woman, heir to the kingdom. The youngest, the sweet beauty with her Prince Charming. No one says much about the middle princess, Andromeda. Andi, the other one. Andi doesn’t mind being invisible. She enjoys the company of her horse more than court, and she has a way of blending into the shadows. Until the day she meets a strange man riding, who keeps company with wolves and ravens, who rules a land of shapeshifters and demons. A country she’d thought was no more than legend—until he claims her as its queen. In a moment everything changes: Her father, the wise king, becomes a warlord, suspicious and strategic. Whispers call her dead mother a traitor and a witch. Andi doesn’t know if her own instincts can be trusted, as visions appear to her and her body begins to rebel. For Andi, the time to learn her true nature has come . . . Perfect for fans of Game of Thrones looking for more romance. Praise for The Mark of Tala “This magnificent fairy tale will captivate you from the beginning to end with a richly detailed fantasy world full of shapeshifters, magic and an exciting romance!” —RT Book Reviews, 4.5 Stars “This promises to be a trilogy that will leave readers enthralled.” —Heroes & Heartbreakers

The Mountain Story

By Lori Lansens
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  • Publisher : Knopf Canada
  • Book Code : 0345809041
  • Total of Pages : 400
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 375
  • Pdf File: the-mountain-story.pdf

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Five days. Four hikers. Three survivors. From Lori Lansens, author of the national bestsellers Rush Home Road, The Girls and The Wife's Tale comes a gripping tale of adventure, sacrifice and survival in the unforgiving wilderness of a legendary mountain. On his 18th birthday, Wolf Truly takes the tramway to the top of the mountain that looms over Palm Springs, intending to jump to his death. Instead he encounters strangers wandering in the mountain wilderness, three women who will change the course of his life. Through a series of missteps he and the women wind up stranded, in view of the city below, but without a way down. They endure five days in freezing temperatures without food or water or shelter, and somehow find the courage to carry on. Wolf, now a grown man, has never told his son, or anyone, what happened on the mountain during those five days, but he can't put it off any longer. And in telling the story to his only child, Daniel, he at last explores the nature of the ties that bind and the sacrifices people will make for love. The mountain still has a hold on Wolf, composed of equal parts beauty and terror.

Last Olympian, The (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 5)

By Rick Riordan
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  • Publisher : Disney Electronic Content
  • Book Code : 1423131991
  • Total of Pages : 416
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Members : 382
  • Pdf File: last-olympian-the.pdf

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All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of victory are grim. Kronos's army is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, the evil Titan's power only grows. While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded. Now it's up to Percy Jackson and an army of young demigods to stop the Lord of Time.

The Women of Chateau Lafayette

By Stephanie Dray
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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 1984802143
  • Total of Pages : 576
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 761
  • Pdf File: the-women-of-chateau-lafayette.pdf

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The USA Today Bestseller! Recommended by Oprah Magazine ∙ Cosmo ∙ PopSugar ∙ SheReads ∙ Parade ∙ and more! An epic saga from New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Dray based on the true story of an extraordinary castle in the heart of France and the remarkable women bound by its legacy. Most castles are protected by men. This one by women. A founding mother... 1774. Gently-bred noblewoman Adrienne Lafayette becomes her husband, the Marquis de Lafayette’s political partner in the fight for American independence. But when their idealism sparks revolution in France and the guillotine threatens everything she holds dear, Adrienne must renounce the complicated man she loves, or risk her life for a legacy that will inspire generations to come. A daring visionary... 1914. Glittering New York socialite Beatrice Chanler is a force of nature, daunted by nothing—not her humble beginnings, her crumbling marriage, or the outbreak of war. But after witnessing the devastation in France firsthand, Beatrice takes on the challenge of a lifetime: convincing America to fight for what's right. A reluctant resistor... 1940. French school-teacher and aspiring artist Marthe Simone has an orphan's self-reliance and wants nothing to do with war. But as the realities of Nazi occupation transform her life in the isolated castle where she came of age, she makes a discovery that calls into question who she is, and more importantly, who she is willing to become. Intricately woven and powerfully told, The Women of Chateau Lafayette is a sweeping novel about duty and hope, love and courage, and the strength we take from those who came before us.

When a Stranger Comes to Town

By Michael Koryta
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  • Publisher : Harlequin
  • Book Code : 1488075905
  • Total of Pages :
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 972
  • Pdf File: when-a-stranger-comes-to-town.pdf

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The latest Mystery Writers of America story collection, featuring terrifying tales of encounters with strangers from some of the top bestsellers and award winners in crime fiction It’s been said that all great literature boils down to one of two stories—a man takes a journey, or a stranger comes to town. While mystery writers have been successfully using both approaches for generations, there’s something undeniably alluring in the nature of a stranger: the uninvited guest, the unacquainted neighbor, the fish out of water. No matter how or where they appear, strangers are walking mysteries, complete unknowns in once-familiar territories who disrupt our lives with unease and wonder. In the newest collection of stories by the Mystery Writers of America, each author weaves a fresh tale surrounding the eerie feeling that comes when a stranger enters our midst, featuring stories by prolific mystery writers such as Michael Connelly, Dean Koontz and Joe Hill.

Cass Timberlane

By Sinclair Lewis
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  • Publisher : Good Press
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 326
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 350
  • Pdf File: cass-timberlane.pdf

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"Cass Timberlane" by Sinclair Lewis. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

Roughing It in the Bush

By Susanna Moodie
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  • Publisher : New Canadian Library
  • Book Code : 1551992124
  • Total of Pages : 544
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 963
  • Pdf File: roughing-it-in-the-bush.pdf

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Roughing It in The Bush chronicles Susanna Moodie’s harsh and often humorous experiences homesteading in the woods of Upper Canada. A frank and fascinating account of how one woman coped, not only with a new world, but with a new self, this unabridged text continues to justify the international sensation it caused when it was first published in 1852.

Into the Wild

By Jon Krakauer
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  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Book Code : 0307476863
  • Total of Pages : 240
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 211
  • Pdf File: into-the-wild.pdf

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Krakauer’s page-turning bestseller explores a famed missing person mystery while unraveling the larger riddles it holds: the profound pull of the American wilderness on our imagination; the allure of high-risk activities to young men of a certain cast of mind; the complex, charged bond between fathers and sons. "Terrifying... Eloquent... A heart-rending drama of human yearning." —New York Times In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter. How Christopher Johnson McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild. Immediately after graduating from college in 1991, McCandless had roamed through the West and Southwest on a vision quest like those made by his heroes Jack London and John Muir. In the Mojave Desert he abandoned his car, stripped it of its license plates, and burned all of his cash. He would give himself a new name, Alexander Supertramp, and, unencumbered by money and belongings, he would be free to wallow in the raw, unfiltered experiences that nature presented. Craving a blank spot on the map, McCandless simply threw the maps away. Leaving behind his desperate parents and sister, he vanished into the wild. Jon Krakauer constructs a clarifying prism through which he reassembles the disquieting facts of McCandless's short life. Admitting an interst that borders on obsession, he searches for the clues to the drives and desires that propelled McCandless. When McCandless's innocent mistakes turn out to be irreversible and fatal, he becomes the stuff of tabloid headlines and is dismissed for his naiveté, pretensions, and hubris. He is said to have had a death wish but wanting to die is a very different thing from being compelled to look over the edge. Krakauer brings McCandless's uncompromising pilgrimage out of the shadows, and the peril, adversity, and renunciation sought by this enigmatic young man are illuminated with a rare understanding--and not an ounce of sentimentality. Mesmerizing, heartbreaking, Into the Wild is a tour de force. The power and luminosity of Jon Krakauer's stoytelling blaze through every page.

Avengers Of The Wastelands

By Ed Brisson
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  • Publisher : Marvel Entertainment
  • Book Code : 1302521985
  • Total of Pages : 112
  • Category : Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Members : 955
  • Pdf File: avengers-of-the-wastelands.pdf

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Collects Avengers Of The Wastelands (2020) 1-5. A new story from the world of OLD MAN LOGAN! In a future where America’s super heroes fell at the Red Skull’s hands over 50 years ago, a new force rises in the Wastelands! Dani Cage wields mighty Mjolnir for the cause of peace, but the Avengers may assemble once more when Doctor Doom’s brutal regime forces Dwight — the owner of the surviving Ant-Man technology — together with Dani and Hulk Jr. in a last-ditch effort to survive! Can they succeed where Logan left off? And what does Captain America’s return herald for the team? The Wastelands are filled with terrors: Baron Blood and his legion of vampires! The Green Goblin! The Enchantress and the Absorbing Man! But none are worse than Doom, and these neophyte Avengers are about to learn that the hard way!

The Bukwas

By Dan Jamieson
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  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Book Code : 1483671100
  • Total of Pages : 353
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 469
  • Pdf File: the-bukwas.pdf

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Jeff Simms is a cop. He has identified himself with his position so completely that, when age forces his retirement, he decides to kill himself. In his last weeks on the job an entomology professor who claims to have discovered a giant insect is brutally murdered. Simms suspects the professor's graduate student. Brent Harchuck, who agrees that such an animal is impossible. When they confront the bug in flesh they end up joining the forces and set off in search of the reclusive animal. In the course of the hunt Simms realizes that he is more than his job.

America's Snake

By Ted Levin
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  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Book Code : 022604078X
  • Total of Pages : 520
  • Category : Science
  • Members : 628
  • Pdf File: america-s-snake.pdf

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The acclaimed naturalist offers an in-depth profile of the timber rattlesnake, from its unique biological adaptations to its role in American history. The ominous rattle of the timber rattlesnake is one of the most famous—and terrifying—sounds in nature. Today, they are found in thirty-one states and many major cities. Yet most Americans have never seen a timber rattler, and only know them from movies or our frightened imaginations. Ted Levin aims to change that with America’s Snake. This portrait of the timber rattler explores its significance in American frontier history, and sheds light on the heroic efforts to protect the species against habitat loss, climate change, and the human tendency to kill what we fear. Taking us from labs where the secrets of the snake’s evolutionary adaptations are being unlocked to far-flung habitats that are protected by dedicated herpetologists, Levin paints a picture of a fascinating creature: peaceable, social, long-lived, and, despite our phobias, not inclined to bite. The timber rattler emerges here as an emblem of America, but also of the struggles involved in protecting the natural world. A wonderful mix of natural history, travel writing, and exemplary journalism, America’s Snake is loaded with remarkable characters—none more so than the snake itself: frightening, fascinating, and unforgettable. A CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Award-winner

Bebop

By Thomas Owens
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  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Book Code : 9780195355536
  • Total of Pages :
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 831
  • Pdf File: bebop.pdf

Book Short Summary:

"When bebop was new," writes Thomas Owens, "many jazz musicians and most of the jazz audience heard it as radical, chaotic, bewildering music." For a nation swinging to the smoothly orchestrated sounds of the big bands, this revolutionary movement of the 1940s must have seemed destined for a short life on the musical fringe. But today, Owens writes, bebop is nothing less than "the lingua franca of jazz, serving as the principal musical language of thousands of jazz musicians." In Bebop, Owens conducts us on an insightful, loving tour through the music, players, and recordings that changed American culture. Combining vivid portraits of bebop's gigantic personalities with deft musical analysis, he ranges from the early classics of modern jazz (starting with the 1943 Onyx Club performances of Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Oscar Pettiford, Don Byas, and George Wallington) through the central role of Charlie Parker, to an instrument-by-instrument look at the key players and their innovations. Illustrating his discussion with numerous musical excerpts, Owens skillfully demonstrates why bebop was so revolutionary, with fascinating glimpses of the tempestuous jazz world: Thelonious Monk, for example, did "everything 'wrong' in the sense of traditional piano technique....Because his right elbow fanned outward away from his body, he often hit the keys at an angle rather than in parallel. Sometimes he hit a single key with more than one finger, and divided single-line melodies between two hands." In addition to his discussions of individual instruments and players, Owens examines ensembles, with their sometimes volatile collaborations: in the Jazz Messengers, Benny Golson told of how his own mellow saxophone playing would get lost under Art Blakey's furious drumming: "He would do one of those famous four-bar drum rolls going into the next chorus, and I would completely disappear. He would holler over at me, 'Get up out of that hole!'" In this marvelous account, Owens comes right to the present day, with accounts of new musicians ranging from the Marsalis brothers to lesser-known masters like pianist Michel Petrucciani. Bebop is a jazz-lover's dream--a serious yet highly personal look at America's most distinctive music.