Lisa Gardner's next thriller following her runaway New York Times bestseller Find Her takes her wildly popular brand of suspense to new heights. Is he a hero? Eight years ago, Sharlah May Nash's older brother beat their drunken father to death with a baseball bat in order to save both of their lives. Now thirteen years old, Sharlah has finally moved on. About to be adopted by retired FBI profiler Pierce Quincy, and his partner, Rainie Conner, Sharlah loves one thing best about her new family: they are all experts on monsters. Is he a killer? Then the call comes in. A double-murder at a local gas station, followed by reports of an armed suspect shooting his way through the wilds of Oregon. As Quincy and Rainie race to assist, they are forced to confront mounting evidence: the shooter may very well be Sharlah's older brother, Telly Ray Nash, and it appears his killing spree has only just begun. All she knows for sure: he's back. As the clock winds down on a massive hunt for Telly, Quincy and Rainie must answer two critical questions: Why after eight years has this young man started killing again? And what does this mean for Sharlah? Once upon a time, Sharlah's big brother saved her life. Now, she has two questions of her own: is her brother a hero, or a killer? And how much will it cost her new family before they learn the final, shattering truth? Because as Sharlah knows all too well, the biggest danger is the one standing right behind you.
Â©2017 Lisa Gardner, Inc. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio
Sit back and join the ride with this collection of edge-of-your-seat climbing stories by Mark Twight, aka Dr. Doom. "Somewhere out there somebody understands these words and knows they matter. They were written in blood, learned by heart." (Mark Twight) Mark Twight is a BANFF award-winner, an extreme climber, an extreme writer, and an extreme personality. No matter what he's doing, Mark Twight takes a definite, and often controversial , stand. Anyone who knows climbing knows Twight's name, and anyone who knows Twight's name will want to listen to this audiobook. Each story is told in Twight's taut, in-your-face style. Brand-new epilogues bring each piece full circle, providing updated information and fresh, hindsight perspectives.
Â©2001 Mark Twight (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
Late 21st century and Earth has been reduced to an uninhabited wasteland. What was left of humanity was evacuated into overpopulated space stations, or 'Habitats'. A hotbed for crime and strange new religious sects, the Habitat Security Division has no shortage of work.Â No-nonsense Investigator Bridget Kurtis soon finds herself embroiled in a life or death struggle with a sinister cult, and what she uncovers has disturbing implications for the future of the human race.... Featuring Nina Sosanya, Richard Armitage, David Warner, Indira Varma, Pippa Bennett-Warner alongside a full cast, fans and newcomers alike will be transported to the gritty audio world of 'Bridge' and her colleagues for an immersive listening experience like no other.
Â©2017 Rebellion 2000 AD Ltd (P)2021 Penguin Audio and Rebellion Publishing
Peace forged on the edge of civilization. Lies forged in the heart of mankind. A legend rises to the final challenge. Exile to the Syntactic Cluster has been good for Kira Demirci and her friends. Once elite pilots of the Apollo System Defense Force, they now own the most powerful mercenary warship in the entire star cluster. Working with the carrier-for-hire Conviction and her captain, John Estanza, they have helped the king of Redward usher in a new era of hope for the entire Cluster. That hope is nearly shattered when Estanzaâs old enemies in the Equilibrium Institute strike directly at Redwardâs king. Revenge and money bring the mercenaries into an allied fleet - one intended to neutralize the last threats to the peace. But the Instituteâs plans for the Syntactic Cluster are intricate and deep. Even as the mercenaries and their employers move against the enemies they see, shadows gather in the Cluster, bearing whispers of a forgotten name: Cobra Squadron.
Â©2021 Faolan's Pen (P)2021 Podium Audio
A starfighter squadron driven to desertion. Hunted by friends and enemies alike. With one final hope for a new beginning. The last reward Kira Demirci expected for heroism in a time of war was to spend the rest of her life dodging assassins - but when her government betrays her as part of their surrender, she and her comrades flee the star system of Apollo to the edge of civilized space. The Syntactic Cluster is disorganized, disunified, and in desperate need of the nova fighters Kira smuggled out of Apollo with her. With an entire squadron supposed to follow in her wake, it falls to her to build a new home for her comrades. But their enemy's reach may be longer than her worst nightmares - and even her new friends may not be all that they appear....
Â©2020 Glynn Stewart (P)2020 Podium Audio
A new home on the edge of nowhere. A new hope for a peaceful future. An old enemy that wonât let go. Kira Demirci left her homeworld of Apollo, pursued by assassins, seeking revenge for her victories in the war against the Brisingr Kaiserreich. She now has a new home and a new role as the nova fighter wing commander aboard the mercenary carrier Conviction under Captain John Estanza. Conviction is on retainer with the royal family of Redward, which encourages Kira and her pilots to make themselves a new home on the frontier planet. But there is a reason they want to tie the mercenary carrierâs crew more tightly to themselves...and storm clouds are brewing on the horizon. Those clouds break when a Redward warship goes missing on a standard patrol. Conviction and her fighters are sent out to find the destroyer, but instead they find a deadly plot by old enemies that will bring down the Syntactic Cluster in fire and war. Unless Kira Demirci can do the impossible.
Â©2020 Glynn Stewart (P)2020 Podium Audio
The Wall Street Journal bestselling series continues as Mercy Kilpatrick becomes embedded in the nightmare of a terrorist conspiracy. The job: infiltrate a militia amassing illegal firearms in an isolated forest community. FBI agent Mercy Kilpatrick is the ideal candidate. She knows Oregon. Sheâs near the compound. And having been raised among survivalists, Mercy understands the mind-set of fanatics. Lay low, follow rules, do nothing to sound an alarm, and relinquish all contact with the outside world. Sheâs ready to blend in.Â As Mercy disappears into the winter hills, something just as foreboding emerges. Mercyâs fiancÃ©, Eagleâs Nest police chief Truman Daly, is faced with a puzzling series of murders - three men dumped in random locations after execution-style shootings.Â Now, for Mercy, trapped in a culture where suspicion is second nature, and betrayal is punishable to the extreme, there is no way out. No way to call for help. And as plans for a catastrophic terrorist event escalate, there may be no way to stop them. Even if Mercy dies trying.
Â©2019 by Oceanfront Press Company. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
Featuring a new preface, afterword, and Radically Candid performance-review bonus chapter, the fully revised and updated edition of Radical Candor is packed with even more guidance to help you improve your relationships at work. Radical Candor has been embraced around the world by leaders of every stripe at companies of all sizes. Now a cultural touchstone, the concept has come to be applied to a wide range of human relationships. The idea is simple: You don't have to choose between being a pushover and a jerk. Using Radical Candor - avoiding the perils of Obnoxious Aggression, Manipulative Insincerity, and Ruinous Empathy - you can be kind and clear at the same time. Kim Scott was a highly successful leader at Google before decamping to Apple, where she developed and taught a management class. Since the original publication of Radical Candor in 2017, Scott has earned international fame with her vital approach to effective leadership and co-founded the Radical Candor executive education company, which helps companies put the book's philosophy into practice. Radical Candor is about caring personally and challenging directly, about soliciting criticism to improve your leadership and also providing guidance that helps others grow. It focuses on praise but doesn't shy away from criticism - to help you love your work and the people you work with. Radically Candid relationships with team members enable bosses to fulfill their three core responsibilities: 1. Create a culture of Compassionate Candor 2. Build a cohesive team 3. Achieve results collaboratively Required reading for the most successful organizations, Radical Candor has raised the bar for management practices worldwide.
Â©2019 Kim Scott (P)2019 Macmillan Audio
Somewhere on the outer rim of the universe, a mass of decaying world-ships known as the Legion is traveling in the seams between the stars. For generations, a war for control of the Legion has been waged, with no clear resolution. As worlds continue to die, a desperate plan is put into motion. Zan wakes with no memory, prisoner of a people who say they are her family. She is told she is their salvation - the only person capable of boarding the Mokshi, a world-ship with the power to leave the Legion. But Zan's new family is not the only one desperate to gain control of the prized ship. Zan finds that she must choose sides in a genocidal campaign that will take her from the edges of the Legion's gravity well to the very belly of the world. Zan will soon learn that she carries the seeds of the Legion's destruction - and its possible salvation. But can she and her ragtag band of followers survive the horrors of the Legion and its people long enough to deliver it? In the tradition of The Fall of Hyperion and Dune, The Stars Are Legion is an epic and thrilling tale about tragic love, revenge, and war as imagined by one of the genre's most celebrated new writers.
Â©2017 Kameron Hurley (P)2017 Tantor
In Shock is a riveting first-hand account from a young critical care physician, who in the passage of a moment is transfigured into a dying patient. This transposition, coincidentally timed at the end of her medical training, instantly lays bare the vast chasm between the conventional practice of medicine and the stark reality of the prostrate patient.
Hauntingly perceptive and beautifully written, it allows the listener to transform alongside her, and watch what she discovers in our carefully cultivated, yet often misguided standard of care. The author demonstrates through engaging narrative and laser-sharp wit how the unbearable is borne. She comes to understand the fatal flaws in her profession and in her own past actions as a physician. She also achieves, through unflinching presence, a crystalline vision of a new and better possibility.
Using her exceptional recall, Awdish fashions an elegant, yet urgent call to action. As she finds herself up against the same self-protective partitions she was trained to construct as a medical student and physician, she artfully illuminates the dysfunction of disconnection. Shatteringly personal, and yet wholly universal, she offers a brave roadmap for anyone navigating illness. At the same time, she presents physicians with a new paradigm and rationale for embracing the emotional bond between doctor and patient. All told, she cogently outlines the redemptive possibilities of dismantling the barriers to connection in all relationships.
Â©2017 Rana Awdish (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Published by arrangement with St. Martin's Press.
You don't have to starve to be an artist. Build a career doing what you love. In this practical guide, professional artist Lisa Congdon reveals the many ways you can earn a living by making art - through illustration, licensing, fine art sales, print sales, teaching, and beyond. Including industry advice from such successful art-world pros as Nikki McClure, Mark Hearld, Paula Scher, and more, Art, Inc. will equip you with the tools - and the confidence - to turn your passion into a profitable business.Â Learn how to: set actionable goals, diversify your income, manage your bookkeeping, copyright your work, promote with social media, build a standout website, exhibit with galleries, sell and price your work, license your art, acquire an agent, and much more.
Â©2014 Lisa Congdon; Foreword copyright 2014 by Jonathan Fields (P)2019 Tantor
Word-slinger. Purveyor of truth. Jaded heart. By day, Felix Franklin is an investigative journalist. By night, he produces Sinister in Savannah, an investigative podcast, with his two best friends. Felix's life revolves around three principles: fortune favors the bold, honesty is everything, and love is for schmucks. The podcast is back to investigate allegations that a local businessman is dabbling in money laundering. On the surface, everything about Cameron Spencer, aka the Auto King, appears to be perfect. The trio of trouble quickly learns all that glitters is not gold. Seeking the truth will challenge Felix's convictions and put his life in grave danger. The biggest threat to his well-being isn't an unknown villain; it's the reappearance of his first and only love. Jude Arrow had it all: great looks, charming personality, and a lucrative career as Atlanta's hottest news anchor. So, why had he recently relocated to Savannah? When the two reporters are forced to work together, Felix will get a chance to ask him. The answer will stun Felix until he remembers not to believe anything that comes out of the heartbreaker's pretty mouth. Contains mature themes.
Â©2020 Aimee Nicole Walker (P)2021 Tantor
In this Wall Street Journal bestseller, FBI agent Mercy Kilpatrick must unlock the mystery of a mass murder, and the secrets of its silent witness... For Mercy Kilpatrick, returning to rural Oregon has meant coming to terms with her roots. Raised as a prepper, Mercy is now relying on her survivalist instincts to defend her town from the people the law canât reach. But this time, an investigation calling up a dark past for her and police chief Truman Daly may be hitting too close to home. A rainstorm has uncovered the remains of five people - a reprise of the distinctive slaughter of two families twenty years ago. Except the convicted killer is in prison. Is this the case of a sick copycat, or is the wrong man behind bars? One person might have the answer. The lone survivor of the decades-old crimes has returned to town still claiming that she canât remember a thing about the night she was left for dead. As the search for the truth becomes more dangerous, Mercy fears that the traumatized woman may not have buried her memories at all. She might be keeping them a secret. And thereâs a price to be paid for revealing them.
Â©2018 Oceanfront Press Company (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
On an isolated Texas ranch, Dr. Lucy cares for abandoned animals. The solitude allows her to avoid the people and places that remind her of the past. Not that any of the townsfolk care. In 1959, no one is interested in a woman doctor. Nor are they welcoming Calvin and Justin Bell, a newly arrived African American father and son. When Pete Solomon, a neglected twelve-year-old boy, and Justin bring a wounded wolf-dog hybrid to Dr. Lucy, the outcasts soon find refuge in one another. Lucy never thought she'd make connections again, never mind fall in love. Pete never imagined he'd find friends as loyal as Justin and the dog. But these four people aren't allowed to be friends, much less a family, when the whole town turns violently against them. With heavy hearts, Dr. Lucy and Pete say goodbye to Calvin and Justin. But through the years they keep hope alive...waiting for the world to catch up with them.
Â©2016 Catherine Ryan Hyde. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
Soon to be a TV series by Warner Brothers Television and Ellen DeGeneresâs A Very Good Production. FBI special agent Mercy Kilpatrick has been waiting her whole life for disaster to strike. A prepper since childhood, Mercy grew up living off the land - and off the grid - in rural Eagleâs Nest, Oregon. Until a shocking tragedy tore her family apart and forced her to leave home. Now a predator known as the cave man is targeting the survivalists in her hometown, murdering them in their homes, stealing huge numbers of weapons, and creating federal suspicion of a possible domestic terrorism event. But the crime scene details are eerily familiar to an unsolved mystery from Mercyâs past. Sent by the FBI to assist local law enforcement, Mercy returns to Eagleâs Nest to face the family who shunned her while maintaining the facade of a law-abiding citizen. There, she meets police chief Truman Daly, whose uncle was the cave manâs latest victim. He sees the survivalist side of her that she desperately tries to hide, but if she lets him get close enough to learn her secret, she might not survive the falloutâ¦
Â©2017 Kendra Elliot. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
A year's worth of management wisdom, all in one place. We've reviewed the ideas, insights, and best practices from the past year of Harvard Business Review to keep you up-to-date on the most cutting-edge, influential thinking driving business today. With authors from Michael E. Porter to Katrina Lake and company examples from Alibaba to 3M, this volume brings the most current and important management conversations right to your fingertips. This audiobook will inspire you to: Ask better questions to boost your learning, persuade others, and negotiate more effectively Create workplace conditions where gender equity can thrive Boost results by allowing humans and AI to enhance one another's strengths Make better connections with your customers by giving them a glimpse inside your company Scale your agile processes from a few teams to hundreds Build a commitment to both economic and social values in your organization And prepare your company for a rapidly aging workforce and society PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.
Â©2020 Harvard Business Publishing Corporation (P)2019 Gildan Media
Since its publication in hardcover, Marion Nestle's What to Eat has become the definitive guide to making healthy and informed choices about food. Praised as "radiant with maxims to live by" in the New York Times Book Review and "accessible, reliable and comprehensive" in the Washington Post, What to Eat is an indispensable resource, packed with important information and useful advice from the acclaimed nutritionist who "has become to the food industry what...Ralph Nader [was] to the automobile industry" (St. Louis Post-Dispatch).Â Â How we choose which foods to eat is growing more complicated by the day, and the straightforward, practical approach of What to Eat has been praised as welcome relief. As Nestle takes us through each supermarket section - produce, dairy, meat, fish - she explains the issues, cutting through foodie jargon and complicated nutrition labels and debunking the misleading health claims made by big food companies. With Nestle as our guide, we are shown how to make wise food choices - and are inspired to eat sensibly and nutritiously.Â Â Now available in audio, What to Eat is a classic - "the perfect guidebook to help navigate through the confusion of which foods are good for us" (USA Today).
Â©2007 Marion Nestle (P)2018 Tantor
Violence is rampant in today's society. From state-sanctioned violence and the brutality of war and genocide to interpersonal fighting and the ways in which social lives are structured and symbolized by and through violence, people enact terrible things on other human beings almost every day. In Archaeologies of Violence and Privilege, archaeologists Christopher N. Matthews and Bradley D. Phillippi bring together a collection of authors who document the ways in which past social formations rested on violent acts and reproduced violent social and cultural structures.Â The contributors present a series of archaeological case studies that range from the mercury mines of colonial Huancavelica (AD 1564-1824) to the polluted waterways of Indianapolis, Indiana, at the turn of the 20th century - a problem that disproportionally impacted African-American neighborhoods. The individual chapters in this volume collectively argue that positions of power and privilege are fully dependent on forms of violence for their existence and sustenance.
Â©2020 The University of New Mexico Press (P)2021 Tantor
Completely gripping psychological suspense Sarah Morgan is a successful and powerful defense attorney in Washington D.C. At 33 years old, she is a named partner at her firm and life is going exactly how she planned.Â The same cannot be said for her husband, Adam. He is a struggling writer who has had little success in his career. He begins to tire of his and Sarahâs relationship as she is constantly working.Â Out in the secluded woods, at Adam and Sarahâs second home, Adam engages in a passionate affair with Kelly Summers.Â Then, one morning everything changes. Adam is arrested for Kellyâs murder. She has been found stabbed to death in Adam and Sarahâs second home.Â Sarah soon finds herself playing the defender for her own husband, a man accused of murdering his mistress.Â But is Adam guilty or is he innocent?
Â©2020 Jeneva Rose (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC
"An inspiring read for anyone wanting to downsize, finally park the car in the garage, or just clear out a few closets." (Rachel Jonat, TheMinimalistMom.com) Having less stuff is the key to happiness: Do you ever feel overwhelmed, instead of overjoyed, by all your possessions? Do you secretly wish a gale force wind would blow the clutter from your home? If so, it's time to simplify your life! The Joy of Less is a fun, lighthearted guide to minimalist living: Part one provides an inspirational pep talk on the joys and rewards of paring down.Â Â Â Part two presents the Streamline method: 10 easy steps to rid your house of clutter. Part three goes room by room, outlining specific ways to tackle each one. Part four helps you get your family on board and live more lightly and gracefully on the Earth. Ready to sweep away the clutter? Just listen to this book, and you'll be on your way to a simpler, more streamlined, and more serene life.Â Francine has helped hundreds of thousands of people declutter their homes and simplify their lives with her best-selling book, The Joy of Less. Her advice has been featured widely in the media, including on CNN, BBC, Today, and in The New York Times, USA Today, The Chicago Tribune, The Guardian, The Financial Times, Forbes, The Huffington Post, Le Parisien, ELLE Espana, House Beautiful, Woman's World, Dr. Oz, The Good Life, and others. The Joy of Less, a beautiful minimalism book, makes an ideal gift for any loved one on a mission to simplify their life.
Â©2010, 2016 Francine Jay (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
Do we have to choose between equality and prosperity? Many think that reducing economic inequality would require such heavy-handed interference with market forces that it would stifle economic growth. Heather Boushey insists nothing could be further from the truth. Presenting cutting-edge economics with journalistic verve, she shows how rising inequality has become a drag on growth and an impediment to a competitive United States marketplace for employers and employees alike. Boushey argues that inequality undermines growth in three ways. It obstructs the supply of talent, ideas, and capital as wealthy families monopolize the best educational, social, and economic opportunities. It also subverts private competition and public investment. Powerful corporations muscle competitors out of business, in the process costing consumers, suppressing wages, and hobbling innovation, while governments underfund key public goods that make the American Dream possible, from schools to transportation infrastructure to information and communication technology networks. Finally, it distorts consumer demand as stagnant wages and meager workplace benefits rob ordinary people of buying power and pushes the economy toward financial instability. Unbound exposes deep problems in the US economy, but its conclusion is optimistic.
Â©2019 Heather Boushey (P)2020 Tantor
In this Wall Street Journal and Amazon Charts bestseller, there are no such things as little secrets... Raised by preppers, survivalist and FBI agent Mercy Kilpatrick has a deep-rooted need for a safe place. Her getaway in the Cascade Foothills is her secret. But when skeletal remains are unearthed - those of a murdered man linked to a notorious heist - Mercy realizes she isnât the only one with something to hide. Thirty years ago, an armored-car robbery turned deadly. The mastermind was captured. Four conspirators vanished with a fortune. One of them, it appears, never made it out of the woods alive. For Mercy and her fiancÃ©, Police Chief Truman Daly, their investigation opens old wounds in Eagleâs Nest that cut deeper than they imagined. Especially when a reckless tabloid reporter draws fresh blood. Itâs clear to Mercy that somebody in this close-knit community is not who they seem to be. Some are still shattered by the heist. Some still have reason to be afraid. But which one will kill again and again to hide three decades of secrets? To land this case, itâs up to Mercy to unmask a familiar stranger before someone else dies.
Â©2019 by Oceanfront Press Company. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
In this gripping stand-alone from bestselling author Mary Burton, an FBI agent must catch a copycat killer. The only difference this time: she's the final victim. Catching monsters helps FBI agent Kate Hayden keep her nightmares at bay. Now an urgent call brings her back to San Antonio, the scene of her violent past. A brutal new murder shows hallmarks of a serial killer nicknamed the Samaritan. Tricky part is, Kate already caught him. Either Kate made a deadly error, or she's got a copycat on her hands. Paired with homicide detective Theo Mazur, she quickly realizes this murder is more twisted than it first appeared. Then a second body is found, the mode of death identical to a different case that Kate thought she'd put behind her. Now Kate and Detective Mazur aren't just working a homicide; the investigative pair is facing a formidable enemy who knows Kate intimately. While Mazur is personally trying to protect Kate, the closer they are drawn to the killer, the clearer it becomes that in this terrifying game, there is only one rule: don't believe everything you see...
Â©2017 Mary Burton (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
Since Bitcoin appeared in 2009, the digital currency has been hailed as an Internet marvel and decried as the preferred transaction vehicle for all manner of criminals. It has left nearly everyone without a computer-science degree confused: Just how do you "mine" money from ones and zeros?Â Â The answer lies in a technology called blockchain, which can be used for much more than Bitcoin. A general-purpose tool for creating secure, decentralized peer-to-peer applications, blockchain technology has been compared to the Internet itself in both form and impact. Some have said this tool may change society as we know it.Â Blockchains are being used to create autonomous computer programs known as "smart contracts", to expedite payments, to create financial instruments, to organize the exchange of data and information, and to facilitate interactions between humans and machines. The technology could affect governance itself by supporting new organizational structures that promote more democratic and participatory decision making.Â Â Primavera De Filippi and Aaron Wright acknowledge this potential and urge the law to catch up. That is because disintermediation - a blockchain's greatest asset - subverts critical regulation. By cutting out middlemen, such as large online operators and multinational corporations, blockchains run the risk of undermining the capacity of governmental authorities to supervise activities in banking, commerce, law, and other vital areas.Â De Filippi and Wright welcome the new possibilities inherent in blockchains. But as Blockchain and the Law makes clear, the technology cannot be harnessed productively without new rules and new approaches to legal thinking. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.Â
Â©2018 The President and Fellows of Harvard College (P)2018 Tantor
This book contains 101 bite-sized horror stories that are intended to scare and unsettle you. These are real peoples' accounts of the creepy and the occult - of their near-misses with madmen and paranormal entities. Each chapter is a short, standalone campfire tale, a retelling of a frightening or gruesome incident that has stuck with the teller, something that gives them pause to this day when they find themselves alone in the dark. These stories have been collected with the knowledge that real life is scarier than fiction.
Â©2017 The Thought & Expression Co. (P)2020 Tantor
Back in college, Jane Lewis would have given anything to be like homecoming queen Connie Bryan. Instead she was just Plain Jane - overweight, frumpy, and painfully shy. That was then. Today, a lovely and confident Dr. Jane Lewis has a thriving psychotherapy practice, her own radio talk show, a beautiful old Louisiana mansion, and her affectionate, nutty dog, Olive, to keep her company. The only thing missing is someone to share her life. Jane has never forgotten Michael Sorenson, the boy she'd admired from afar in college. Now he's inspiring her to hope for a future together. She's also never forgotten the brutal, unsolved attack that ended Connie Bryan's life - and haunts Jane still. Suddenly the present collides with the past as she finds clues into the identities of Connie's attackers - clues that send her into a world of risk and excitement, challenging her to become a truly extraordinary woman...if she dares.
Â©2001 First Draft, Inc. (P)2017 Recorded Books
To protect her, he must remain a ghost.... Jack McCann has been in love with Shelly since they were teens. They married just out of college and right before he went to work as an undercover agent for the FBI. When he can, he slips away from his assignments to see her.Â Jack has been undercover on his latest case for months, investigating a weapons-smuggling business. But just as the FBI is set to make the bust, Jackâs cover is blown. The last thing he feels as he crashes through a warehouse window and into the open water is a bullet piercing his back. The last thing he hears is Adam Wu promising to destroy everyone Jack loves. Shelleyâs worst nightmares come true when the FBI arrive at her doorstep to bring her the news. But she doesnât know the truth: Jack survived the shooting and will do anything to keep his beloved wife safe - even if it means hiding in shadows....
Â©2018 Sharon Sala (P)2018 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited
Ana Bacon, a beautiful young wife and mother, tumbled off a cruise ship into dark and deadly waters. Ana is gone - leaving behind her wealthy husband and adorable daughter - but not everything about her disappearance adds up. What secrets did she leave behind? Investigator Ryan Monahan is a numbers man. So when his company sends him the Bacon case, which could net a 10 million-dollar payout, Monahan doubts that her death is just a tragic accident. But the husband has a substantial alibi and a number of witnesses claim to have seen Ana fall, and the official ruling seems to hold up. Still, the more Monahan uncovers about Ana's life, the more he realizes how many people would kill to keep her secrets hidden. And the closer he gets to the truth, the greater the odds grow that he, too, will take a fatal fall.
Â©2016 Cate Holahan (P)2017 Tantor
In the zombie apocalypse, your worst enemy may be yourself. Rose Winter has enough problems. With a marriage going down the tubes and a dreaded anniversary party on the horizon, the last thing she needs is the zombie apocalypse. She wanted to get drunk and sing karaoke, not murder her undead neighbors. Itâs clear the partyâs over, however, now Rose has more problems - a missing husband, an overbearing houseguest, and keeping her family alive.Â Tom Jensen has inflexible rules. Rule number one? Donât deviate from the plan. But when his life is overturned in the space of minutes, his plans die along with everything else. The world is finished, the future is uncertain, and survival means living in the last place heâd planned to be. Maybe his rules werenât meant to be broken, but if he canât change his tune, he risks losing the one thing he has left - his daughter.Â Craig Matthews has a mission: get to Oregon. Doable, maybe, if he could bring himself to leave his apartment. With his food and water near gone and death closer than ever, a chance encounter may lead to finding his friends - if he can first find his courage.Â Unfortunately, the new world doesnât always mean leaving old problems behind, and as the West Coast succumbs to the virus, the survivors face more than the undead - they face themselves. But in an existence where fences offer dubious safety and zombies certain danger, people may save you in more ways than one.
Â©2020 Sarah Lyons Fleming (P)2020 Podium Audio
In this Wall Street Journal bestseller, a pair of ritual murders could expose Mercy Kilpatrick to something terrifying: her own past... Raised off the grid by survivalists, Mercy Kilpatrick believed in no greater safeguard than the backwoods of Oregon. Unforgiven by her father for abandoning the fold for the FBI, Mercy still holds to her past convictions. Theyâre in her blood. Theyâre her secrets - as guarded as her private survival retreat hidden away in the foothills. In a cabin near her hideaway, Mercy encounters a young girl whose grandmother is dying from multiple knife wounds. Hundreds of miles away, a body is discovered slashed to death in a similar way. The victims - a city judge and an old woman living in the woods - couldnât be more different. With the help of police chief Truman Daly, Mercy must find the killer before the body count rises. Mercy knows that the past has an edge on her. So does her family. How can she keep her secrets now...when theyâre the only things that can save her?
Â©2018 by Oceanfront Press Company. (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
A new vision of money as a communication technology that creates and sustains invisible - often exclusive - communities.Â One of the basic structures of everyday life, money is at its core a communication media. Payment systems - cash, card, app, or Bitcoin - are informational and symbolic tools that integrate us into, or exclude us from, the society that surrounds us. Examining the social politics of financial technologies, Lana Swartz reveals what's at stake when we pay.Â This accessible and insightful analysis comes at a moment of disruption: from "fin-tech" startups to cryptocurrency schemes, a variety of technologies are poised to unseat traditional financial infrastructures. Swartz explains these changes, traces their longer histories, and demonstrates their consequences. Getting paid and paying determines whether or not you can put food on the table. She shows just how important these invisible systems are. The data that payment produces is uniquely revelatory - and newly valuable. New forms of money create new forms of identity, new forms of community, and new forms of power.
Â©2020 Lana Swartz (P)2020 Tantor
New York TimesÂ andÂ USA TodayÂ best-selling author Lori Wildeâs heartwarming follow-up to her âpage-turning and passionateâ (Jill Shalvis) trade paperback debut,Â The Moonglow Sisters, takes listeners back to Moonglow Cove, Texas, with a story of twin sisters separated at birth who are reunited under unforgettable circumstances It was a story that couldnât possibly be true: Identical twins, separated at birth. Anna Drury wouldnât have believed it, but the woman standing before her was physically alike her in every wayâ¦and held in her hands a keepsake baby bracelet, the same as Anna had.Â How could it be? Anna - with her tall, strong husband and two adorable children - grew up loved and secure, and she freely opens her heart to others, so she embraces the idea of her newfound sister, Amelia. Everyone tells Anna to tread carefully, but Amelia is family. She sees it in the other womanâs face and knows it in the depth of her soul. And family should always be welcome. Once the shock settles and the dust clears, the sisters learn about each other as they unravel the secrets of their past and separation. Anna wants to believe that life with her newfound sister will be perfect, but just as they are bonding in a special way, Amelia reveals the true reason for their reunion. Her kidneys are failing, and Anna could be her perfect match.Â But if Anna agrees to her request, it might threaten everything she holds dear, her marriage, her healthâ¦even her life.Â Faced with this dilemma, Anna must ask herself a hard question, how far will she go to help her twin, the woman who is her other halfâ¦and a woman she doesnât really know?Â
Â©2021 Lori Wilde (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers
Use design thinking for competitive advantage. We've combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles and selected the most important ones to help you use design thinking to produce breakthrough innovations and transform your organization. This book will inspire you to: understand the transformative potential of design thinking; proceed from idea to product at lightning speed; iterate with rapid customer feedback; fail small and win big; create new products people love; lead design thinking teams more effectively; and open new paths to innovation at your company. HBR's 10 Must Reads series is the definitive collection of books for new and experienced leaders alike. Leaders looking for the inspiration that big ideas provide, both to accelerate their own growth and that of their companies, should look no further.Â HBR's 10 Must Reads series focuses on the core topics that every ambitious manager needs to know: leadership, strategy, change, managing people, and managing yourself. Harvard Business Review has sorted through hundreds of articles and selected only the most essential reading on each topic. Each title includes timeless advice that will be relevant regardless of an ever-changing business environment. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.
Â©2020 Harvard Business Publishing Corporation (P)2020 Gildan Media
In her powerful new novel, #1 New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels weaves a story of betrayal, courage, and starting over....
From her silver Mercedes to her designer kitchen, Molly's life is gleaming and beautiful - at least on the surface. Married to Tanner, a top cosmetic dentist, she has a wonderful daughter finishing high school and twin stepsons from Tanner's first marriage. No one in her exclusive neighborhood in Goldenhills, Massachusetts, knows what living with the demanding Tanner is really like. They know even less about the life she left behind in Florida almost two decades ago.
Back then, Molly was Maddy Carmichael, living with her twin brother and neglectful mother in a run-down trailer park amid the orange groves of Florida. After the terrible events of her high school prom night - and the act of vengeance that followed - she fled north and reinvented herself. But the veneer of Molly's polished existence is finally cracking.
As secrets old and new are revealed, Molly must face painful truths and the choices she made in their wake - and find the strength to become the woman she once hoped to be.
Â©2016 Fern Michaels (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Many people know the benefit of finding a sponsor - someone who goes beyond traditional mentorship to partner with a junior-level employee to help build their skills, advocate for them when opportunities arise, and open doors. But few realize that being a sponsor is just as important to career growth as finding one. According to new research from economist and thought leader Sylvia Ann Hewlett, senior executives who sponsor rising talent are 53 percent more likely to be promoted than those who don't. Similarly, middle-level managers who have proteges are 167 percent more likely to be given stretch assignments. Well-chosen proteges contribute stellar performance, steadfast loyalty, and capabilities that you, the sponsor, may lack, thus increasing how fast and how far you can go. But how do you find standout proteges, let alone develop them so that they're able to come through for you and your organization? This book has the answers you need. Combining powerful new data and rich examples drawn from in-depth interviews with leaders from companies such as Unilever, Aetna, Blizzard Entertainment, and EY, The Sponsor Effect provides a seven-step playbook for how you can become a successful sponsor.Â PLEASE NOTE:Â When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.
Â©2019 Harvard Business School Publishing Corporation (P)2020 Gildan Media
A Sweeping Saga As the sole survivor of the car crash that killed her parents, grief-stricken paramedic Kit MacKlenna is stunned to learn her life is built on lies. A legacy from her father includes a faded letter and a well-worn journal. The journal reveals she was abandoned as a baby 160 years ago. The only clues to her identity are a blood-splattered shawl, a locket with the portrait of a 19th century man, and a Celtic brooch with magical powers. Kit decides to continue her father's 25-year search for her identity and solve her birth parents' murders. Scotsman Cullen Montgomery, a San Francisco-bound lawyer who resembles the ghost who has haunted Kit since childhood, helps her join a wagon train heading west. More dangerous than the river crossings, bad water, and disease encountered on the trail is Cullen's determination to expose her lies and uncover the source of her unusual knowledge and lifesaving powers. Kit is convinced that if she can survive the perilous journey and Cullen's accusations, as well as thwart his attempts to seduce her, she might solve the mystery of her heritage and return home without leaving her heart on the other side of time.
Â©2012 Katherine Lowry Logan (P)2015 Katherine Lowry Logan
Once in a decade comes an account of war that promises to be a classic. Doing for Syria what Imperial Life in the Emerald City did for the war in Iraq, The Morning They Came for Us bears witness to one of the most brutal, internecine conflicts in recent history. Drawing from years of experience covering Syria for Vanity Fair, Newsweek, and the front pages of the New York Times, award-winning journalist Janine di Giovanni gives us a tour de force of war reportage, all told through the perspective of ordinary people - among them a doctor, a nun, a musician, and a student. What emerges is an extraordinary picture of the devastating human consequences of armed conflict, one that charts an apocalyptic but at times tender story of life in a jihadist war zone. Recalling celebrated works by Ryszard KapusÂ´cinÂ´ski, Philip Gourevitch, and Anne Applebaum, The Morning They Came for Us, through its unflinching account of a nation on the brink of disintegration, becomes an unforgettable testament to resilience in the face of nihilistic human debasement.
Â©2016 Janine di Giovanni (P)2016 Tantor
What does the tragic death of a 27-year-old Portland beauty have to do with a suburban mother in Houston?Â Â Everything.Â Â Only Meghan Bishop doesn't know it yet.Â Â When the married mother stumbles upon evidence suggesting someone close to her may have ties to the heinous crime the nation can't stop talking about, she's forced to dive headfirst into an ocean of secrets she never knew existed.Â Â Unraveling her life one startling piece at a time, Meghan realizes she believed all the pretty lies she'd been told.Â Â And the truth? It's uglier than she ever could have imagined.
Â©2018 Marin Montgomery (P)2018 Tantor
David McBain can do the impossible with one hand tied behind his back, but miracles take him a wee bit longer. Two deployments in Afghanistan couldn't prepare Major David McBain and Captain Kenzie Wallis-Manning for the week leading up to D-Day, June 6, 1944. From the bombed-out streets of London to the huts at Bletchley Park and an interview with Alan Turing to the 2nd Battalion Army Rangers and the beaches of Normandy, this high-stakes, time-travel, World War II romantic adventure will keep you enthralled, awake into the wee hours, and racing toward the end, only to wish it had never arrived. West Point graduate Kenzie Wallis-Manning planned to make the Army her career, but after being severely wounded during her second deployment, and suffering from PTSD, she retires from the military and enrolls in law school. While studying in England, she receives a package containing an emerald brooch with a Gaelic inscription. As soon as she sounds out the words engraved on the stone, she is whisked back in time to May 28, 1944. When Elliott Fraser learns his friend's half-sister, Kenzie, has disappeared, he sends David McBain and Jack Mallory to the past to find her, and bring her and her soul mate back to the future. Will David discover the mission pits him against the best interests of Britain? Will Jack's penchant for getting in trouble put his life at risk again? Will Kenzie find her soul mate, or will she lose more on the battlefield of this war than she did in Afghanistan?
Â©2015 Katherine Lowry Logan (P)2016 Katherine Lowry Logan
Attorney Dani Rollins is bullish in the courtroom - pushing judges and prosecutors to their limits in defense of the innocent. So when she meets Teddy Thorne, a mentally challenged teen accused of selling drugs, Dani knows sheâs got this in the bag. She can easily settle the case with a couple of court appearances. But when prosecutors move for an adult felony conviction, Dani suspects Teddyâs being used as a pawn in a sinister game. As the case moves forward, Dani is certain the judge and district attorneyâs office have motivations beyond the crime - a fair trial isnât in the cards. And when she takes on guardianship of Teddy, the case becomes personal as she fights her own demons and the government. Dani will stop at nothing to protect this innocent boy - thereâs no other option. Because if she loses, both she and Teddy could lose far more than just the case....
Â©2018 Victor Methos (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
Coming Home for Christmas is a beautifully observed story about the importance of family, the magic of Christmas, and falling in love one snowflake at a time. Fans of Trisha Ashley, Susan Wiggs, Carole Matthews and Susan Mallery - and anyone who loves the sound of carols and the twinkling of lights on the Christmas tree - will adore Jenny Hale's feel-good debut. Christmas is a time for family... isn't it? Allie Richfield loves Christmas, so when she lands a job as House Manager for the amazing Ashford Estate - which includes organizing the Marley family festivities - she is in her element. With a budget bigger than her life savings and a team of staff, how hard can it be? As one-by-one she meets the Marleys, sheâs about to find out... Allieâs new boss, Robert, might be gorgeous, but heâs also colder than the snow outside and refuses to come home for Christmas. Robertâs playboy brother, Kip, flirts with her relentlessly; and his sister, Sloane, arrives home with baggage - both the divorce-kind and the Louis Vuitton kind. Their ninety-two year old grandmother, Pippa, spends her day grumbling at them all from her mobility scooter. With Robert intending to sell Ashford, itâs the Marleyâs last chance to create some happy memories in their family home - and Allie is determined to make it happen... even if it takes a little Christmas magic! With the festive spirit in full swing, she might even discover a little happiness of her own...
Â©2012 Bookouture (P)2014 Bookouture
Becoming an effective IT manager presents a host of challenges - from anticipating emerging technology to managing relationships with vendors, employees, and other managers. A good IT manager must also be a strong business leader. This book invites you to accompany new CIO Jim Barton to better understand the role of IT in your organization. You'll see Jim struggle through a challenging first year, handling (and fumbling) situations that, although fictional, are based on true events. You can listen to this book from beginning to end, or treat is as a series of cases. You can also skip around to address your most pressing needs. For example, need to learn about crisis management and security? Listen to chapters 10-12. You can formulate your own responses to a CIO's obstacles by listening to the authors' regular "Reflection" questions. You'll turn to this book many times as you face IT-related issues in your own career.
Â©2016 Harvard Business School PublishingÂ (P)2017 Recorded Books
The State of Indiana denies one million applications for healthcare, foodstamps, and cash benefits in three years because a new computer system interprets any mistake as "failure to cooperate." In Los Angeles, an algorithm calculates the comparative vulnerability of tens of thousands of homeless people in order to prioritize them for an inadequate pool of housing resources. In Pittsburgh, a child welfare agency uses a statistical model to try to predict which children might be future victims of abuse or neglect.Â Since the dawn of the digital age, decision-making in finance, employment, politics, health, and human services has undergone revolutionary change. Today, automated systems - rather than humans - control which neighborhoods get policed, which families attain needed resources, and who is investigated for fraud. While we all live under this new regime of data, the most invasive and punitive systems are aimed at the poor.Â In Automating Inequality, Virginia Eubanks systematically investigates the impacts of data mining, policy algorithms, and predictive risk models on poor and working-class people in America. The audiobook is full of heart-wrenching and eye-opening stories, from a woman in Indiana whose benefits are literally cut off as she lies dying, to a family in Pennsylvania in daily fear of losing their daughter because they fit a certain statistical profile.Â The US has always used its most cutting-edge science and technology to contain, investigate, discipline, and punish the destitute. Like the county poorhouse and scientific charity before them, digital tracking and automated decision-making hide poverty from the middle-class public and give the nation the ethical distance it needs to make inhumane choices: which families get food and which starve, who has housing and who remains homeless, and which families are broken up by the state. In the process, they weaken democracy and betray our most cherished national values. This deeply researched and passionate audiobook could not be more timely.
Â©2017 Virginia Eubanks (P)2018 Tantor
Autoimmune disease and chronic illness is a global pandemic. What is fueling it? In this timely book, Steven Phillips, MD, and his former patient, Sony singer-songwriter Dana Parish, reveal striking evidence that a broad range of common infections, from COVID-19 to Lyme and many others, cause a variety of autoimmune, psychiatric, and chronic conditions. Chronic explores the science behind what makes them difficult to diagnose and treat, debunks widely held beliefs by doctors and patients alike, and provides solutions that empower sufferers to reclaim their lives.Â Dr. Phillips was already an internationally renowned physician specializing in complex, chronic diseases when he became a patient himself. After nearly dying from his own mystery illness, he experienced firsthand the medical communityâs ignorance about the pathogens that underlie a deep spectrum of serious conditions - from fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus, to depression, anxiety, OCD and neurodegenerative disorders. Parish, too, watched her health spiral after twelve top doctors missed an underlying infection that caused heart failure and other sudden debilitating physical and psychiatric symptoms. Now, theyâve come together with a mission: to change the current model of simply treating symptoms - often with dangerous, lifelong drugs - and shift the focus to finding and curing root causes of chronic diseases that affect millions around the world.
Â©2020 Steven Phillips MD and Dana Parish (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
Falyn Fairchild can walk away from anything. Already leaving behind her car, her education, and even her parents, the daughter of the next governor of Colorado is back in her hometown, broke and waiting tables for the Bucksaw CafÃ©. After every shift, Falyn adds to her shoebox of cash, hoping to one day save enough to buy her a plane ticket to the only place she can find forgiveness: Eakins, Illinois. The moment Taylor Maddox is seated in Falynâs section at the Bucksaw, she knows heâs trouble. Taylor is charming, breaks promises, and is gorgeous even when covered in filth - making him everything Falyn believes a hotshot firefighter to be. Falyn isnât interested in becoming another statistic, and for a Maddox boy, a disinterested girl is the ultimate challenge. Once Falyn learns where Taylor calls home, everything changes. In the end Maddox's persistence is met with Falynâs talent for leaving, and for the first time Taylor may be the one to get burned.
Â©2015 Jamie McGuire (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
You can thrive and excel when youâre working remotely, if you adopt the mindset, habits, and tech tools of professionals who are even more productive outside the office: Learn to think like a âbusiness of oneâ, and that entrepreneurial mindset will transform your experience of remote work. Itâs not enough to stay sane while youâre working from home: You deserve to thrive and excel. But thatâs hard to do when you, your boss, or your team are still trying to replicate the way you work at the office, enduring an endless series of video calls while pretending that yes, everyone is wearing pants. Remote, Inc. shows you a new approach, based on the mindset and habits of people who flourish while working outside the office some or all of the time.Â These are the folks who manage to get even more done at home, even though you know theyâve got kids or dogs underfoot and somehow fit in a daily run at lunchtime.Â Their secret? They think like a âbusiness of oneâ. Thatâs how productivity experts Robert C. Pozen and Alexandra Samuel describe the mindset that lets people thrive when theyâre working remotely, whether working from home full-time or spending a few days each week in the office. You can follow their lead by embracing the work habits and independence of an entrepreneur - while also tapping into the benefits of collegiality and online collaboration. Remote, Inc. maps out the principles that drive this entrepreneurial approach and translates them into the specific habits and tools that make remote work productive and enjoyable. It shows you how to: Focus on goals and results instead of the nine-to-five schedule Wow your managers by treating them like valued clients Beat information overload with a system that prioritizes the most important emails and messagesÂ Â Make online meetings purposeful, focused, and engaging Learn to love your colleagues again by building great relationships through online collaboration Plan for success in a world in which many professionals will work remotely Just as important as making you a professional powerhouse, Remote Inc. will help you find a balance between work from home and life at home.Â
Â©2021 Robert C. Pozen and Alexandra Samuel (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers
An international romance that moves seamlessly from Napa to Scotland to the romantic panorama of Kentucky horse country. A tug at your heartstrings love story.... Always on the go and racing toward the next challenge, Meredith Montgomery is the kind of woman who has it all - or at least that's what she wants everyone to believe. But when a serendipitous twist of fate at a quaint B&B brings her face-to-face with Elliott Fraser, a wealthy and respected Scotsman, Meredith might just slow down for the first time in her life. These two workaholics are running scared from the one thing they both desire most - someone special. When life-changing events stop them in their tracks, Meredith and Elliott realize they are unable to resist the sizzling attraction they have for each other. Can these two damaged and lonely souls find the enduring power of love and turn their tragedies into triumphs of the heart? The Celtic Brooch Series The Ruby Brooch (Book 1): Time Travel Romance - Oregon Trail 1852 The Last Macklenna (Book 2): Contemporary Romance The Sapphire Brooch (Book 3): Time Travel Romance - Civil War, 1864-1865 The Emerald Brooch (Book 4): Time Travel Romance - World War II, London, June 1944 Coming Soon: The Broken Brooch (Book 5, Spring 2016): Contemporary Romance The Diamond Brooch (Book 6, Fall 2016): Time Travel Romance - New York City, 1909 The Pearl Brooch (Book 7, Fall 2017) Time Travel Romance - Italian Renaissance
Â©2013 Katherine Lowry Logan (P)2016 Katherine Lowry Logan
Itâs Jill Shalvis meets Susan Mallery in this gorgeous novel byÂ New York TimesÂ best-selling author Lori Wilde about three sisters, one small town, a wedding, and the summer that changes everything. Welcome to Moonglow Cove, Texas, a place where your neighbors know your name and the gentle waves of the Gulf of Mexico lap lazily against the sands. Itâs a magical spot, especially in the summertime.... Once the town was the home of the Clark sisters - brought up by their grandmother at the Moonglow Inn. Nicknamed âThe Moonglow Sistersâ, as children they were inseparable.Â Then, a wedding-day betrayal tore them apart and they scattered across the globe and away from each other.Â But the sisters have at last come home.... Thereâs Maddie: smart, sensible, and stubborn. Shelley, who ran off to find her bliss. And Gia, a free-spirit determined to keep the peace. Itâs her impending wedding that keeps them together...but Gia has a secret, and when her sisters find out all heck is going to break lose!Â The Moonglow Sisters continues Lori Wildeâs trademark storytelling to create an unforgettable novel of family, betrayal, love, and second chances.
Â©2020 Lori Wilde (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers
Are you a good boss - or a great one? Get more of the management ideas you want, from the authors you trust, with HBR's 10 Must Reads on Managing People (Vol. 2). We've combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles and selected the most important ones to help you master the innumerable challenges of being a manager.Â With insights from leading experts including Marcus Buckingham, Michael D. Watkins, and Linda Hill, this book will inspire you to: draw out your employees' signature strengths; support a culture of honesty and civility; cultivate better communication and deeper trust among global teams; give feedback that will help your people excel; hire, reward, and tolerate only fully formed adults; motivate your employees through small wins; and foster collaboration and break down silos across your company. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.
Â©2020 Harvard Business Publishing Corporation (P)2020 Gildan Media
Over the course of a generation, algorithms have gone from mathematical abstractions to powerful mediators of daily life. Algorithms have made our lives more efficient, more entertaining, and, sometimes, better informed. At the same time, complex algorithms are increasingly violating the basic rights of individual citizens. Allegedly anonymized datasets routinely leak our most sensitive personal information; statistical models for everything from mortgages to college admissions reflect racial and gender bias. Meanwhile, users manipulate algorithms to "game" search engines, spam filters, online reviewing services, and navigation apps.Â Â Understanding and improving the science behind the algorithms that run our lives is rapidly becoming one of the most pressing issues of this century. Traditional fixes, such as laws, regulations, and watchdog groups, have proven woefully inadequate. Reporting from the cutting edge of scientific research, The Ethical Algorithm offers a new approach: a set of principled solutions based on the emerging and exciting science of socially aware algorithm design. Michael Kearns and Aaron Roth explain how we can better embed human principles into machine code - without halting the advance of data-driven scientific exploration.Â PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.Â
Â©2020 Michael Kearns and Aaron Roth (P)2020 Tantor
Sparks fly and tension soars when a gutsy 21st century lawyer meets a 19th century Pinkerton agent in a Colorado mining town! Fast-paced Western adventure with a railroad war, gunslingers, dinosaur bones, and romance... Amber Kelly, mining lawyer and amateur paleontologist, visits her familyâs 19th century log cabin in the Colorado mountains and discovers a puzzle box hidden in a 200-year-old loom. Inside the box is a brooch engraved with a Gaelic inscription. After reciting the words, an earthy-scented fog engulfs Amber and whisks her off to Leadville, Colorado, in the year 1878.Â Within minutes of arriving in the infamous boomtown, she witnesses a horrifying accident. Pinkerton agent Daniel Grant, a widower on assignment to the Rio Grande Railroad, sees his son fall into the path of a freight wagon. Terrified, he knows he canât reach him in time. Amber sprints toward the boy, grabs him, and drags him to safety. Although Daniel is grateful to Amber for saving his sonâs life, he quickly becomes suspicious of her legal knowledge, odd passion for hunting dinosaur bones, and inability to answer simple questions about her identity.Â Olivia Kelly, real estate broker and former litigator, is distraught over her sisterâs disappearance. With the assistance of her client, former NYPD detective Connor OâGrady, they search the cabin for clues to Amberâs whereabouts. Connor recognizes the puzzle box and is convinced Amber has gone back in time. But where? With the help of his friends David and Kenzie McBain, they identify two possibilities: Morrison and Canon City, Colorado, in the late 1870s.Â A plan to rescue Amber is immediately put into action. The time travelers are drawn into the middle of two wars: a ruthless and competitive bone war between two noted paleontologists and a desperate railroad war between the Santa Fe and the Rio Grande. Their involvement in these wars puts at risk the future of paleontology, the outcome of a sensational legal battle, and the health and hearts of two couples, a 10-year-old boy, and a dog named Ripley.
Â©2018 Katherine Lowry Logan (P)2018 Katherine Lowry Logan
In New York Times best-selling author Lisa Scottoline's electrifying, Edgar-nominated first novel in her Rosato & Associates series, a young lawyer at an all-female law firm must stay one step ahead of a stalker who has a deadly agenda. Mary DiNunzio has been slaving away for the past eight years trying to make partner in her cutthroat Philadelphia law firm. She's too busy to worry about the crank phone calls she's been getting - until they fall into a sinister pattern. The phone rings as soon as she gets to work, then as soon as she gets home. Mary can't shake the sensation that someone is watching her, following her every move. The shadowboxing turns deadly when her worst fears are realized, and she has to fight for something a lot more important than partnership: her life.
Â©1993 Lisa Scottoline (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
Bring nuance, depth, and meaning to every conversation you have. The Art of Communication is for anyone who senses that they could be communicating on a deeper level. Perhaps you are a confident communicator but suspect there may be more to the art of conversation that you have not yet been able to access. Or perhaps you feel that your conversations lack depth and meaning and that you'd like to enrich your relationships with others, if only you knew how. This book will address your concerns and show you how to engage wholeheartedly with others. There's more to conversation than just clear, rational thinking. Left-brain rationality is important, of course, but neuroscience increasingly shows that the right-brain skills of creativity, intuition, and spontaneity are essential in good communication. In this guide, you'll discover ways of tapping into the full conversational potential that lies dormant within you, adding a level of nuance and watching the result as your relationships blossom. You may even find that untapped value in the form of new insights, ideas, and creative thoughts, emerges from your daily conversations.
Â©2019 Judy Apps (P)2019 Gildan Media, LLC
Summer by the Sea is a beautiful, heartwarming summer listen about sisters, first love, and not always getting what we want - but sometimes ending up with exactly what we need. They say there's always one summer that changes you. For Faith, the one summer she can't forget is when she fell in love as a teenager - only for her sister, Casey, to steal her man. Now, at the request of her beloved 90-year-old grandmother, Faith has agreed to a family holiday - at their childhood beach house, where it all began. Faith hasn't seen her sister in years but is finally ready to forgive and forget, enjoy the sunshine and relive happy memories. What she's not ready for is meeting Jake Buchanan - the owner of the beach house - or the long-forgotten feelings he ignites in her. Can Faith overcome the hurt of the past, rekindle the close bond she had with Casey and make this summer THE ONE to remember?
Â©2015 Jenny Hale (P)2016 StoryFire Ltd
Eighteen stories of Christmas horror from best-selling, acclaimed authors, including Joe R. Lansdale, Scott Smith, Michael Koryta, Sarah Pinborough, Seanan McGuire, Jonathan Maberry, Kelley Armstrong, and Josh Malerman.Â Â That there is darkness at the heart of the Yuletide season should not surprise. Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is filled with scenes that are unsettling. Marley untying the bandage that holds his jaws together. The hideous children - Want and Ignorance - beneath the robe of the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. The heavy ledgers Marley drags by his chains. In the finest versions of this story, the best parts are the terrifying parts. Best-selling author and editor Christopher Golden shares his love for Christmas horror stories with this anthology of all-new short fiction from some of the most talented and original writers of horror today.
Â©2018 Daring Greatly Corporation (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
In 1999, Texas passed a landmark clean energy law, beginning a groundswell of new policies that promised to make the US a world leader in renewable energy. As Leah Stokes shows in Short Circuiting Policy, however, that policy did not lead to momentum in Texas, which failed to implement its solar laws or clean up its electricity system. Examining clean energy laws in Texas, Kansas, Arizona, and Ohio over a 30-year time frame, Stokes argues that organized combat between advocate and opponent interest groups is central to explaining why states are not on track to address the climate crisis. She tells the political history of our energy institutions, explaining how fossil fuel companies and electric utilities have promoted climate denial and delay.Â Stokes further explains the limits of policy feedback theory, showing the ways that interest groups drive retrenchment through lobbying, public opinion, political parties and the courts. More than a history of renewable energy policy in modern America, Short Circuiting Policy offers a bold new argument about how the policy process works, and why seeming victories can turn into losses when the opposition has enough resources to roll back laws.
Â©2020 Oxford University Press (P)2020 Kalorama
A Beautiful Funeral: A Novel is now a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal best seller! Losing has never been easy for a Maddox, but death always wins. Eleven years to the day after eloping in Vegas with Abby, Special Agent Travis Maddox delivers his own brand of vigilante justice to mob boss Benny Carlisi. Vegas's oldest and most violent crime family is now preparing for vengeance, and the entire Maddox family is a target. The secret Thomas and Travis have kept for a decade will be revealed to the rest of the family, and for the first time the Maddoxes will be at odds. While none of them are strangers to loss, the family has grown, and the risk is higher than ever. With brothers against brothers and wives taking sides, each member will make a choice - let the fear tear them apart, or make them stronger.
Â©2016 Jamie McGuire (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
USA Today best-selling author Sheila Roberts takes listeners to the charming, snowbound town of Pine River in this irresistible holiday romance. Sometimes you need to look beyond the big picture to see what really mattersÂ Olivia Bergâs charity, Christmas from the Heart, has helped generations of families in need in Pine River, Washington, but this year might be the end of the road. Hightower Enterprises, one of their biggest donors since way back when Oliviaâs grandmother ran the charity, has been taken over by Ebenezer Scrooge the Second, aka CFO Guy Hightower, and heâs declared there will be no more money coming to Christmas from the Heart.Â Guy is simply being practical. Hightower Enterprises needs to tighten its belt, and when you donât have money to spare, you donât have money to share. Youâd think even the pushy Olivia Berg could understand that.Â With charitable donations dwindling, Oliviaâs Christmas budget depends on Hightowerâs contribution. Sheâs focused her whole life on helping this small town, even putting her love life on hold to support her mission.Â When Guyâs Maserati breaks down at the edge of the Cascade foothills, heâs relieved to be rescued by a pretty young woman who drives him to the nearby town of Pine River. Until he realizes his rescuer is none other than Olivia Berg. Whatâs a Scrooge to do? Plug his nose and eat fruitcake and hope she doesnât learn his true identity before he can get out of town. What could go wrong? Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.
Â©2019 Sheila Roberts (P)2019 Harlequin Audio
You're adept at managing your job - working toward the goals of your team, your unit, and your company. But too often busy managers neglect to apply their planning, management, and execution skills to themselves. How do you make time to manage yourself? You need to focus on your work - succeeding in the job you have now. But you also need to think about your career and professional growth - actively plotting, nurturing, and developing the arc of your working life. Finally, you need to balance your work with the rest of your life - finding time to strengthen the connections between your work, your family, and your other commitments. Get more of the management ideas you want, from the authors you trust, with HBR's 10 Must Reads on Managing Yourself (Vol. 2). We've combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles and selected the most important ones to help you stay engaged, be productive, and maintain your sanity throughout your working life. With insights from leading experts, this book will inspire you to identify areas for personal growth; assess your strengths, work preferences, values, and contributions; build your skill set and stay relevant; develop learning agility; map out a plan for where you'd like your career to go - both short and long term; find fulfillment in your work; and prepare for your next opportunity. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.Â
Â©2021 Harvard Business School Publishing Corporation (P)2021 Gildan Media
Analyn Sanchez can handle the long hours and arrogant clients that come with her job as a crisis management associate at Denverâs largest publicity firm. The high-powered job, expensive condo, and designer wardrobe are all part of her plan to prove to her family that her life choices havenât been in vain. But when sheâs asked to cover up a clientâs misdeeds with serious moral and legal ramifications, she can no longer sacrifice her conscience for her career...and the cost is no less than her job.Â Ever since a devastating climbing accident in South America eight months ago, and a bad decision that dried up his sponsorships, professional rock climber Bryan Shaw has found himself at similar loose ends. When the opportunity to buy a coffee farm in Colombia arises, he jumps on it - only to discover his wandering ways have left him utterly unprepared to run a business.Â When Bryan returns home and offers Ana a role in his company as a solution to both their problems, sheâs desperate enough to consider working with the far-too-flippant and far-too-handsome climber, even though heâs the polar opposite of her type-A nature. As they delve deeper into the business, however, she begins to suspect thereâs much more to Bryan than sheâs given him credit for...and that sometimes the best plans are the ones you never see coming.Â PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.Â Â
Â©2020 Carla Laureano (P)2020 Oasis Audio
When journalist Rory Kress met Izzie, she didn't think twice before bringing her home. She found the 12-week-old wheaten terrier in a pet shop and was handed paperwork showing Izzie had been born in a USDA-licensed breeding facility - so she couldn't be a puppy mill dog, right? But a few years later, as Rory embarked on her own difficult journey to become a mother, her curiosity began to tug at her. Sure, Izzie was her fur baby, but who was her dog's real mother, and where was she now? And where did Izzie pick up her strange personality quirks? Like so many people, Rory had assumed the young puppy was a clean slate when she bought her. Those questions led Rory - with Izzie by her side - on a nationwide investigation, the first of its kind. From a dog livestock auction to the laboratory of one of the world's leading animal behavioral scientists all the way up to the highest echelons of the USDA, they sought answers about who we're trusting to be the watchdogs for our pet dogs. The Doggie in the Window is a story of hope and redemption. With Izzie's help, we learn the real story behind the dog in the window and how she got there in the first place.
Â©2018 Rory Kress (P)2018 Tantor
From the bestselling author of The Good Neighbor comes a gripping thriller about an engagement party gone fatally awry.
Imagine your closest friend utterly betraying you. Years later, when she seeks forgiveness, you invite her to your engagement party as a gesture of reconciliation. But seething hostilities rise to the surface, ruining everyoneâs evening. After an awful night, your friendâs battered, lifeless body is found at the bottom of a rocky cliff.
Newly engaged Marissa Parlette is living this nightmare. She should be celebrating her upcoming wedding, but she canât shake the image of her friend lying dead on the beach. Did she fall? Was she pushed? Or did she take a purposeful step into darkness? Desperate for answers, Marissa digs deep into the events of the party. But what she remembers happening after nightfall now carries sinister implications: the ugly sniping, the clandestine meetings, the drunken flirtations. The more she investigates, the more she questions everything she thought she knew about her friends, the man she once trusted, and even herself.
Bestselling author A. J. Banner keeps readers on a razor-sharp edge in this intricately plotted novel of psychological suspense...in which nothing is as it seems.
Â©2018 Anjali Writes LLC (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
A Union soldier risks everything to save the life of Abraham Lincoln, while a Confederate surgeon races through time to preserve Lincoln's legacy. Reenactor Dr. Charlotte Mallory has spent years perfecting the portrayal of her ancestor, Civil War Confederate surgeon Major Carlton Mallory. In the middle of the 150th anniversary reenactment of the Battle of Cedar Creek, she is hurled back in time and lands in the middle of the battle itself, and from there is catapulted into dangers that threaten her life and shatter her heart. Charlotte is captured by Union soldiers during the battle and hauled before General Sheridan. The General only sees a Confederate surgeon who can solve a challenging problem for him, so he threatens Charlotte with the destruction of her 200-year-old ancestral home unless "he" agrees to rescue a Union spy from a Confederate hospital. To save her home and possibly her own life, she reluctantly agrees. After a harrowing journey to Chimborazo Hospital in Richmond, she finds her target, a handsome, green-eyed spy with a Minie ball in his gut and is now at death's door. Without a thought for long-term consequences, she returns with him to the future, where she has the technology to save his life. While recovering from his gunshot wound in Charlotte's ancestral home, the spy, Major Michael Abraham "Braham" McCabe learns the man he works for, President Lincoln, was assassinated. Now Braham is determined to return to his century to prevent the assassination. When Charlotte refuses to help him, because it will change the future, he finds another way to get back to his own time.
Â©2014 Katherine Lowry Logan (P)2015 Katherine Lowry Logan
The simple, easy, and friendly way to start the ketogenic diet and lifestyle. Starting the ketogenic diet can be overwhelming. There is so much to learn and so many resources to choose from. So, why doesnât somebody make it easy? We did. The Complete Ketogenic Diet for Beginners is your all-in-one resource for starting and sticking to the ketogenic diet. You get exactly what you need to make keto surprisingly simple: meal plans, shopping lists, support, and lots of "ketolicious" recipes. The Complete Ketogenic Diet for Beginners includes: 75 scrumptious recipes, from bacon-artichoke omelets to pesto zucchini noodles. These easy-to-follow recipes can be prepared in 30 minutes or less. All recipes are included in the supplementary PDF for easy access. 14-day meal plan with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack suggestions. This audiobook takes the guesswork out of starting your ketogenic diet. The 14-day meal plan is also included in the supplementary PDF. The big picture. An overview explaining the fundamentals of the ketogenic diet and handy charts illustrating nutritional information help you master keto in no time. Easy meets yummy meets healthy in this ketogenic diet audiobook narrated by Teri Schaubelt, an Audible Listener favorite.Â Start losing weight and gaining a healthy lifestyle today. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.
Â©2016 Rockridge Press (P)2020 Echo Point Books & Media, LLC
A Wall Street Journal and Amazon Charts bestseller. Two-time Man Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel names An American Princess as one of her favorite books of the year: âlight and gracefully written, it dances through a century of history...â (The Guardian) Born to a pioneering family in Upstate New York in the late 1800s, Allene Tew was beautiful, impetuous, and frustrated by the confines of her small hometown. At eighteen, she met Tod Hostetter at a local dance, having no idea that the mercurial charmer she would impulsively wed was heir to one of the wealthiest families in America. But when he died twelve years later, Allene packed her bags for New York City. Never once did she look back. From the vantage point of the American upper class, Allene embodied the tumultuous Gilded Age. Over the course of four more marriages, she weathered personal tragedies during World War I and the catastrophic financial reversals of the crash of 1929. From the castles and chÃ¢teaus of Europe, she witnessed the Russian Revolution and became a princess. And from the hopes of a young girl from Jamestown, New York, Allene Tew would become the epitome of both a pursuer and survivor of the American Dream.
Â©2015 Annejet van der Zijl (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Translation Â© 2018 by Michele Hutchison.
Baseball analyst is thrown a curveball when she is whisked back in time.... And one of those curveballs is thrown by a blue-eyed pitcher! ESPN baseball analyst Amy Spalding is swept back in time by a magical brooch and finds herself in 1909 New York City. With only the clothes on her back, a phenomenal memory for New York Giants players and stats, and a brooch that won't take her back home, she does what she has to do, pawns her jewelry. When New York Times best-selling author Jack Mallory discovers Amy in the background of the iconic photograph of Ty Cobb kicking up a cloud of dirt as he slides hard into third base, Jack along with Kevin Allen, JL O'Grady, Connor O'Grady, and Pete Parrino launch a rescue mission to return Amy to the present before her boyfriend goes on trial for her murder. Can the time travelers hold out against stalkers, PTSD, phobias, and failing relationships long enough to find a thief and recover the stolen diamond brooch so they can all go home? And can Jack and Amy find the soul mate of their dreams on a voyage of lost hopes and new beginnings?
Â©2017 Katherine Lowry Logan (P)2017 Katherine Lowry Logan
The Las Vegas Madam: The Escorts, the Clients, the Truth takes you inside the life of a call girl as she spirals into a world of glamour and secrets and expose. When a scandalous news story splashed across mainstream media about an elite escort agency in Las Vegas, people were shocked to learn there was a tiny mastermind behind the company: a small town girl from Oregon named Jami Rodman who went by the pseudonym Haley Heston. Meet the secret society of high-end escorts and the men who hire them. Discover the highly lucrative business of sex as Rodman reveals the hidden websites and layers of complex networking to satisfy man's endless desire for sex. Timed with the 2007 collapse, Vegas cultivated a new, unprecedented class of call girls...ones with brains, beauty and savvy. Together with her agency, they cleaned up the soiled reputation of prostitution in Las Vegas. Weathering competition from desperate, violent, and successful pimps and madams, hosting swanky parties, and serving clients in cities that spanned the globe, her agency ruled the oldest profession for several years until one of her star escorts, Olympian Suzy Favor Hamilton, canceled on a jealous and disgruntled client...he wrote an email at 2 AM to the online Smoking Gun. Haley Heston, the Las Vegas Madam, was outed. The Las Vegas Madam is a provocative memoir of one girl's journey into prostitution and how quickly a fast-paced life built a wedge between her and the very thing she was seeking to begin with love, friendship and meaning. She replaces loneliness with companionship, both as a hired prostitute and recreationally.
Â©2016 Jami Rodman (P)2015 Jami Rodman
Leadership isn't about a job title - it's about action and behavior. In SPARK, entrepreneurs, business consultants, and military veterans Angie Morgan, Courtney Lynch, and Sean Lynch show how anyone can become an extraordinary leader by embracing seven key behaviors. Many people believe that leaders are the rare few at the upper echelons of a business or other enterprise. But the truth is leaders can be found at any level of an organization. These are the Sparks - the doers, thinkers, innovators, and key influencers who are catalysts for personal and organizational change. Sparks aren't defined by the place they hold on an organizational chart. They are defined by their actions, commitment, and will. When Sparks are ignited, their actions can shape their future. They make things better. They're the individuals who have the courage to challenge the status quo and take action. Frederick W. Smith, Chairman & CEO of FedEx Corporation, adds: The concept of leadership is not a difficult one to understand. It's that straight-forward, but it's by no means intuitive. It must be learned and practiced. SPARK will help you do just that. SPARK's, insights were hard-earned by its authors, Angie Morgan (Marine Corps), Courtney Lynch (Marine Corps), and Sean Lynch (Air Force), who today are sought-after consultants and keynote speakers, through their firm Lead Star, due to the relevant, engaging way they help individuals reimagine themselves as leaders so they can reach their true potential. Not only does SPARK, provide you with the encouragement and motivation to be a leader, it also offers online resources that will further support your leadership development. With SPARK, as a blueprint, anyone can become a catalyst for change, and any organization can identify and develop Sparks.
Â©2017 Lead Star, LLC. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Produced by special arrangement with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.
Amidst discontent over America's growing diversity, many white Americans now view the political world through the lens of a racial identity. Whiteness was once thought to be invisible because of whites' dominant position and ability to claim the mainstream, but today a large portion of whites actively identify with their racial group and support policies and candidates that they view as protecting whites' power and status. In White Identity Politics, Ashley Jardina offers a landmark analysis of emerging patterns of white identity and collective political behavior, drawing on sweeping data. Where past research on whites' racial attitudes emphasized out-group hostility, Jardina brings into focus the significance of in-group identity and favoritism. White Identity Politics shows that disaffected whites are not just found among the working class; they make up a broad proportion of the American public - with profound implications for political behavior and the future of racial conflict in America.
Â©2019 Ashley Jardina (P)2019 Tantor
A Legacy of LoveÂ by Amy Clipston Local volunteer fire fighter Leon King agrees to repair his ex-girlfriend Susie Bontragerâs grandparentsâ antique rocking chairs for her future home with her fiance and is forced to acknowledge that his feelings for her have not quite gone away. As Susie spends time with Leon, she begins to recognize she is marrying the wrong man for all the wrong reasons.Â The Cedar ChestÂ by Beth Wiseman Decades after inheriting her great grandmotherâs cedar chest, Emma Fisher decides to pry it open only to discover a beautiful love story in the form of letters between her great grandparents. But as Emma immerses herself in their story, family secrets are revealed, and she must decide whether to share them to preserve family history or honor her great grandparentsâ decision to leave them hidden.Â The Treasured BookÂ by Kathleen Fuller For the past two years, Shane Broyles has felt God leading him to join the Amish. Heâs staying with his friends Noah and Ivy Schlabach in Birch Creek, OH, where he is reunited with Lucy Fisher, an old friend of Noahâs family. Shane and Lucy have never revealed their feelings for each other, but when they stumble upon an antique Bible at a flea market, they feel drawn to each other and to the mystery of the contents found within. The Midwifeâs DreamÂ by Kelly Irvin Iris Beachy serves as a midwife in her district where she longs for a family of her own. When her friendâs brother Mahon Kurtz seeks her help in delivering the baby of two young teenagers who have sought refuge in their town, they begin to see each other in a different light. Unprepared for parenthood, the young couple leave their baby girl behind in an antique crib quilt resembling the one destined for Iris when she becomes a mother. Mahon and Iris come together to take care of the baby as they try to find her parents, and they begin to see new possibilities for their future.Â PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.Â Â
Â©2018 Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Kelly Irvin (P)2018 Oasis Audio
Another romance for the over 40.Â Â Midge Everette: I'm 41 today. It's my birthday, and I'm crying over burnt toast. That's not some euphemism. Literally, I'm sobbing over crusty bread, so I call a crisis center. I just need someone to talk to about life. Only I recognize the smoky voice of the man on the line. Sweet cheese, don't let it be... Hank Paige: As a former rock star, I once had it all. Fame. Fortune. Females. Except for the one thing I wanted most. Then I lost everything. I fix cars now and restore other people's dreams. I just want to be somebody's someone. And there's a certain woman with captivating eyes who might be the more I'm looking for. For the love of all things, please let it be her.... In the midst of questioning everything, could love be the resolution to a midlife crisis?Â Â Contains mature themes.
Â©2018 Laura Dunbar (P)2019 Tantor
Four short stories in one audiobook featuring authors of numerous cozy mystery novels. A tea shoppe along the coast of Maine is connected to a year's worth of mysterious deaths.Â Starting one winter day, Georgina finds the mayor poisoned by a plate of petite fours.Â That spring, Evie's favorite customer and recipe tester is killed.Â While out delivering scones for her summer job, Ashley discovers a crime scene to practice her student training in forensics.Â Against a backdrop of vibrant fall foliage, Ladessa discovers a corpse at table number four.Â How can one small shoppe's employees be connected to so many deaths, and will the business ever recover?
Â©2021 Darlene Franklin, Cynthia Hickey, Linda Baten Johnson, and Teresa Ives Lilly (P)2021 Oasis Audio
Mr. Wright has everything. All thatâs left to give him is what he deserves. Lark has good things coming: a career as a board-game designer and a whirlwind romance with a handsome investor. Trip is so compassionate and supportive, heâs almost too good to be true.Â Jessica has always been cautious, but she canât resist Jonathan. The brilliant TED-talking visionary has big plans for his inspiring medical start-up. Now Jessica is invited to be part of the team - and to partner with the founder outside the office.Â Holly has settled into a comfortable life with Jack, her husband of nearly twenty years. Theyâve raised three children, they own a beautiful home, and theyâve founded a worthy charity. Sheâs proud of building a marriage that has endured - she just doesnât want to look too closely at the cracks.Â Lark, Jessica, and Holly are three strangers with so much in common it hurts. Their one and only is one and the same.Â The charming Mr. Wrightâs serial lies are about to catch up with him....
Â©2020 by Linda Keir. (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
The Great Depression was a time of desperation in America - parents struggled to feed their children and unemployment was at a record high. Adding to the lawlessness of the decade, thugs with submachine guns and corrupt law-enforcement officers ran rampant. But amidst this panic, there was one surefire way to make money, one used by criminals and resourceful civilians alike: kidnapping.Â Jump into this forgotten history with Edgar Award-winning author David Stout as he explores the reports of missing people that inundated newspapers at the time. Learn the horrifying details of these abduction cases, from the methods used and the investigative processes to the personal histories of the culprits and victims. All of this culminates with the most infamous kidnapping in American history, the one that targeted an international celebrity and changed legislation forever: the Lindbergh kidnapping.Â The Kidnap Years is a gritty, visceral, thoughtfully reported pause-resister that chronicles the sweep of abductions that afflicted all corners of the country as desperate people were pushed to do the unthinkable.
Â©2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC
The past isn't over.... An unspeakable act has ripped apart the idyllic town of Bakersville, Oregon, and its once-peaceful residents are demanding quick justice. But though a boy has confessed to the horrific crime, evidence shows he may not be guilty.Â Officer Rainie Conner, leading her first homicide investigation, stands at the center of the controversy. It's hitting too close to home, bringing back her worst nightmares, threatening to expose her secret sins. But with the boy's life at stake, she won't let anything stop her from finding the real killer.Â With the help of FBI profiler Pierce Quincy, Rainie comes closer to a deadly truth than she can imagine. Because out there in the shadows a man watches her and plots his next move. He knows her secrets. He kills for sport. He's already brought death to Bakersville and forever shattered the community. But what he has really come for is Rainie - and he won't leave until he has destroyed her....
Â©2001 by Lisa Gardner, Inc. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
An award-winning Northwestern University psychology professor reveals how the cultural obsession with women's appearance is an epidemic that harms women's ability to get ahead and to live happy, meaningful lives, in this powerful, eye-opening work in the vein of Naomi Wolf, Peggy Orenstein, and Sheryl Sandberg. Today's young women face a bewildering set of contradictions when it comes to beauty. They don't want to be Barbie dolls but, like generations of women before them, are told they must look like them. They're angry about the media's treatment of women but hungrily consume the very outlets that belittle them. They mock modern culture's absurd beauty ideal and make videos exposing Photoshopping tricks but feel pressured to emulate the same images they criticize by posing with a "skinny arm". They understand that what they see isn't real but still download apps to airbrush their selfies. Yet these same young women are fierce fighters for the issues they care about. They are ready to fight back against their beauty-sick culture and create a different world for themselves, but they need a way forward. In Beauty Sick, Dr. Renee Engeln, whose TEDx talk on beauty sickness has received more than 250,000 views, reveals the shocking consequences of our obsession with girls' appearance on their emotional and physical health and their wallets and ambitions, including depression, eating disorders, disruptions in cognitive processing, and lost money and time. Combining scientific studies with the voices of real women of all ages, she makes clear that to truly fulfill their potential, we must break free from cultural forces that feed destructive desires, attitudes, and words - from fat-shaming to denigrating commentary about other women. She provides inspiration and workable solutions to help girls and women overcome negative attitudes and embrace their whole selves, to transform their lives, claim the futures they deserve, and, ultimately, change their world.
Â©2017 Renee Engeln (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
No project management training? No problem! In todayâs workplace, employees are routinely expected to coordinate and manage projects. Yet, chances are, you arenât formally trained in managing projects - youâre an unofficial project manager. FranklinCovey experts Kory Kogon, Suzette Blakemore, and James Wood understand the importance of leadership in project completion and explain that people are crucial in the formula for success. Project Management for the Unofficial Project Manager offers practical, real-world insights for effective project management and guides you through the essentials of the people and project management process: Initiate Plan Execute Monitor/Control CloseÂ Unofficial project managers in any arena will benefit from the accessible, engaging real-life anecdotes, memorable - "project management proverbsâ, and quick reviews at the end of each chapter. If youâre struggling to keep your projects organized, this audiobook is for you. If you manage projects without the benefit of a team, this audiobook is also for you. Change the way you think about project management - "project manager" may not be your official title or necessarily your dream job, but with the right strategies, you can excel. This audiobook is expertly narrated by Teri Schnaubelt, an audible listener favorite. It includes a supplementary PDF, which contains all graphics and worksheets referenced in the audiobook. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.
Â©2015 Franklin Covey Co. (P)2019 Echo Point Books & Media, LLC
Today, data science is a form of power. It has been used to expose injustice, improve health outcomes, and topple governments. But it has also been used to discriminate, police, and surveil. This potential for good, on the one hand, and harm, on the other, makes it essential to ask: Data science by whom? Data science for whom? Data science with whose interests in mind? The narratives around big data and data science are overwhelmingly white, male, and techno-heroic. In Data Feminism, Catherine D'Ignazio and Lauren Klein present a new way of thinking about data science and data ethics - one that is informed by intersectional feminist thought. Illustrating data feminism in action, D'Ignazio and Klein show how challenges to the male/female binary can help challenge other hierarchical (and empirically wrong) classification systems. They explain how, for example, an understanding of emotion can expand our ideas about effective data visualization, and how the concept of invisible labor can expose the significant human efforts required by our automated systems. And they show why the data never, ever "speak for themselves." Data Feminism offers strategies for data scientists seeking to learn how feminism can help them work toward justice, and for feminists who want to focus their efforts on the growing field of data science. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.
Â©2020 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (P)2020 Tantor
Life is better with sand between your toes. For Emily Tate, returning to her charming childhood home Oyster Bay is like coming up for air after the fast pace of her city life. At the farm her grandfather built, surrounded by sister Rachelâs chatter, Gramâs butter biscuits, and the soft, white sand, Emily is reminded exactly who she is and what she holds most dear.Â When Emily starts work at elegant Waterâs Edge Inn, Charles Peterson, the handsome new owner, asks for her help. He wants to expand and needs Emily to teach him the local ways, so he can convince the planning commission. Emily vows to make him fall in love with her hometown, just the way it is.Â At work, Charles is reserved and serious, yet once Emily has him kicking off his shoes in the sand and sailing across glistening Chesapeake Bay, she sees another side to him, and their easy rapport feels like the start of something big.Â But when it becomes clear Charlesâs plans for the inn involve bulldozing Oyster Bay, Emily is heartbroken. Will she lose her home and Charles all at once, or can she save Oyster Bay, and give true love a chance?Â Summer at Oyster Bay is the perfect, feel-good summer romance, about the importance of home and family, learning what love is, and living for the moment.
Â©2016 Jenny Hale (P)2016 Bookouture
When Kit MacKlenna returned to her soul mate in the 19th century, Elliott Fraser thought he would never see his beloved goddaughter again. But when a message from Kit is discovered in a 135-year-old painting, Elliot must either ignore Kit's request for help or test the Legend of the Three Brooches. Will the combined magic of the ruby, sapphire, and emerald open a door to the past, and who will volunteer for an experimental trip? David McBain volunteers to go, but he and Kenzie are expecting a baby. Braham McCabe volunteers to go, but he died in 1869. Kevin Allen volunteers to go, but he's recovering from a recent gunshot. Jack Mallory volunteers to go, but he's in the midst of planning an adventure back to 1909 to rescue Amy Spalding. Elliott Fraser volunteers to go, but everyone tells him it's too dangerous and he can't go by himself. So.... Nine adults and five children recite the magic words and appear on Kit Montgomery's doorstep at Montgomery Winery in 1881. Within a 12-hour period, the travelers will be faced with decisions that could rip the clan apart. Hang on for a fast-paced time travel historical romance with mystery, suspense, and a bit of paranormal that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Â©2016 Katherine Lowry Logan (P)2017 Katherine Lowry Logan
When a brooch is broken, some of its magic is lost. When NYPD detective JL O'Grady is invited to be her brother's plus-one at Montgomery Winery's end-of-harvest gala, she plans to enjoy a fabulous weekend in Napa drinking wine, enjoying sunset dinners on the veranda, and watching her brother's high school basketball tournament. Instead, she's pulled into a murder investigation hauntingly similar to a New York City racketeering and drug case that nearly ended her career. The local cops insist she steer clear of their investigation, but JL's gut instincts - and fears for her brother's safety - drive her deeper into the case. With help from MacKlenna Corporation's irresistibly handsome and charming CFO, Kevin Allen, she searches for a connection between the two cases, while at the same time her connection with Kevin rockets from mild to scorching in a New York minute. When another crime hits too close to her heart, the stakes escalate and endanger not only JL, but the entire MacKlenna Clan as well. Now it's up to JL and Kevin - with a little help from David McBain - to solve the case. With time running out and danger closing in, JL and Kevin rush to discover the killer's identity before someone else is murdered, and while they're at it, they might just find what's been missing from both their lives for far too long.
Â©2016 Katherine Lowry Logan (P)2016 Katherine Lowry Logan
In powerful, vivid verse, the master behind The Watch That Ends the Night recounts one of historyâs most harrowing - and chilling - tales of survival. In 1846, a group of emigrants bound for California face a choice: continue on their planned route or take a shortcut into the wilderness. Eighty-nine of them opt for the untested trail, a decision that plunges them into danger and desperation and, finally, the unthinkable. From extraordinary poet and novelist Allan Wolf comes a riveting retelling of the ill-fated journey of the Donner party across the Sierra Nevadas during the winter of 1846-1847. Brilliantly narrated by multiple voices, including world-weary, taunting, and all-knowing Hunger itself, this novel-in-verse examines a notorious chapter in history from various perspectives, among them caravan leaders George Donner and James Reed, Donnerâs scholarly wife, two Miwok Indian guides, the Reed children, a sixteen-year-old orphan, and even a pair of oxen. Comprehensive back matter includes an authorâs note, select character biographies, statistics, a time line of events, and more. Unprecedented in its detail and sweep, this haunting epic raises stirring questions about moral ambiguity, hope and resilience, and hunger of all kinds.
Â©2020 Allan Wolf, original book published by Candlewick Press. (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
In I Love Dick, published in 1997, Chris Kraus, author of Aliens & Anorexia, Torpor, and Video Green, boldly tore away the veil that separates fiction from reality and privacy from self-expression. It's no wonder that I Love Dick instantly elicited violent controversies and attracted a host of passionate admirers. The story is gripping enough: in 1994 a married, failed independent filmmaker, turning forty, falls in love with a well-known theorist and endeavors to seduce him with the help of her husband. But when the theorist refuses to answer her letters, the husband and wife continue the correspondence for each other instead, imagining the fling the wife wishes to have with Dick. What follows is a breathless pursuit that takes the woman across America and away from her husband and far beyond her original infatuation into a discovery of the transformative power of first person narrative. I Love Dick is a manifesto for a new kind of feminist who isn't afraid to burn through her own narcissism in order to assume responsibility for herself and for all the injustice in the world and it's a book you won't put down until the author's final, heroic acts of self-revelation and transformation.
Â©1998, 2006 Chris Kraus (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
In recent years, colleges and universities have become known for their "trigger warnings" and "safe spaces" - but as the 18 authors who penned stories for this powerful new anthology can tell you, there's plenty of danger still lurking behind the stolid stonework, leather-bound volumes, and thickets of ivy. Award-winning editor Lawrence Block has assembled a who's who of literary luminaries and turned them loose on the world of academia, where petty rivalries and grand betrayals inflame relations between professors and students, deans, and donors. From Ian Rankin to Joe Lansdale, Seanan McGuire to David Morrell, each author reveals the dark truths and buried secrets that make institutions of higher learning such a hotbed of controversy. You'll encounter plagiarism, sexual misconduct, and brutal competition - not to mention secret societies, cover-ups of murder, and one near-future course of study that makes The Handmaid's Tale look like Mother Goose. So: collect your supplies, plan your schedule, and prepare to pull an all-nighter, because The Darkling Halls of Ivy is required listening. Contains mature themes.Â Lawrence Block; copyright 2020 by David Morrell (âRequiem for a Homecomingâ); copyright 2020 by Reed Farrel Coleman (âAn Even Threeâ); copyright 2020 by Jane Hamilton (âWriting Maeve Dubinskyâ); copyright 2020 by Warren Moore (âAlt-ACâ); copyright 2020 by David Levien (âEinsteinâs Sabbathâ); copyright 2020 by Bizarre Hands, LLC (âThe Degreeâ); copyright 2020 by A. J. Hartley (âRounded with a Sleepâ); copyright 2020 by Ian Rankin (âThe Reasonersâ); copyright 2020 by Tom Straw (âNoise Cancellationâ); copyright 2020 by Xu Xi (S Komala) (âMonkey in Residenceâ); copyright 1996 by Peter Lovesey (âBertie and the Boat Raceâ); copyright 2020 by Owen King (âThat Golden Wayâ); copyright 2020 by Gar Anthony Haywood (âWith Footnotes and Referencesâ); copyright 2020 by Nicholas Christopher (âPenelope McCoyâ); copyright 2020 by Jill D. Block (âTess and Julie, Julie and Tessâ); copyright 2020 by John Lescroart (âWhy Didnât She Tellâ); copyright 2020 by Seanan McGuire (âFoundational Educationâ); copyright 2020 by Tod Goldberg (âGoon #4â)
Â©2020 Lawrence Block (P)2020 Tantor
Inspired by true events, in Sofia Grantâs powerfully moving new novel a young woman peels back the layers of her familyâs history, discovering a tragedy in the past that explains so much of the present. This unforgettable story is one of hope, healing, and the discovery of truth. Sometimes the untold stories of the past are the ones we need to hear... When Katie Garrett gets the unexpected news that sheâs received an inheritance from the grandmother she hardly knew, it couldnât have come at a better time. She flees Boston - and her increasingly estranged husband - and travels to rural Texas.Â There, sheâs greeted by her distant cousin Scarlett. Friendly, flamboyant, eternally optimistic, Scarlett couldnât be more different from sensible Katie. And as they begin the task of sorting through their grandmotherâs possessions, they discover letters and photographs that uncover the hidden truths about their shared history, and the long-forgotten tragedy of the New London school explosion of 1937 that binds them.
Â©2018 Sophie Littlefield (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers
Dalton Black, a Canis lupis full of guilt and anger, never expected to find his true mate. Perhaps already slipping into madness, he had resigned himself to the fact that he would walk the earth without the other half of his soul. He was convinced that his sins were enough to keep the Great Luna from giving him such a blessing. He knew it was probably better that way. His past was as dark as his name and after three centuries of running from it, the memories were finally catching up to him.Â But all of those resignations evaporated when he saw her broken and bloodied body lying on that altar. Though the man didn't recognize her, the wolf did. Through battle and bloodshed he was able to save her from the evil that held her captive, but now he would need her to save him from himself.
Â©2014 Quinn Loftis Books, LLC (P)2018 Tantor
Eco-minimalism is a hot-button issue right now, and for good reason: living a life with less can be the key to saving our precious planet. We are exhausted. There's so much to do, and way too much to buy. Whether it's through late night TV ads, social media, or other sources of influence, we seem to be addicted to buying and then storing things. Sometimes we consume with no regret and other times we realize that we're doing more harm than good to our wallets and our homes. It's a constant cycle - one that many are longing to break. Who wants their hard-earned money to go toward something that soon ends up in a landfill?Â We have an abundance of things. Manufacturing "stuff" exploits Earth's precious (and finite) resources. And then there's the harsh reality of where it all goes. Our discarded possessions ultimately head to landfills and contribute to environmental pollution, releasing greenhouse gases during breakdown and decomposition. Sustainable minimalism is the solution overworked people are seeking but can't seem to find in any store. This book empowers readers to incrementally incorporate the tenets of sustainable minimalism into their homes and lives. You will master the easiest tasks first and build upon your successes-a practical and stress-free process. Now that's sustainable!
Â©2020 Stephanie Seferian (P)2021 Tantor
An Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestseller. Raised by a family of survivalists, FBI agent Mercy Kilpatrick can take on any challenge - even the hostile reception to her homecoming. But sheâs not the only one causing chaos in the rural community of Eagleâs Nest, Oregon. At first believed to be teenage pranks, a series of fires takes a deadly turn with the murder of two sheriffâs deputies. Now, along with Police Chief Truman Daly, Mercy is on the hunt for an arsonist turned killer. Still shunned by her family and members of the community, Mercy must keep her ear close to the ground to pick up any leads. And itâs not long before she hears rumors of the areaâs growing antigovernment militia movement. If the arsonist is among their ranks, Mercy is determined to smoke the culprit out. But when her investigation uncovers a shocking secret, will this hunt for a madman turn into her own trial by fire?
Â©2017 Kendra Elliot (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
In this controversial and provocative book, Mary Anne Franks examines the thin line between constitutional fidelity and constitutional fundamentalism.Â Â Constitutional fundamentalists read the Constitution selectively and self-servingly. Fundamentalist interpretations of the Constitution elevate certain constitutional rights above all others, benefit the most powerful members of society, and undermine the integrity of the document as a whole. The conservative fetish for the Second Amendment (enforced by groups such as the NRA) provides an obvious example of constitutional fundamentalism; the liberal fetish for the First Amendment (enforced by groups such as the ACLU) is less obvious but no less influential. Economic and civil libertarianism have increasingly merged to produce a deregulatory, "free-market" approach to constitutional rights that achieves fullest expression in the idealization of the internet. The worship of guns, speech, and the internet in the name of the Constitution has blurred the boundaries between conduct and speech and between veneration and violence.Â Â But the Constitution itself contains the antidote to fundamentalism. The Cult of the Constitution lays bare the dark, antidemocratic consequences of constitutional fundamentalism and urges listeners to take the Constitution seriously, not selectively.
Â©2019 Mary Anne Franks (P)2019 Tantor
When the Imagine Network commissioned a documentary on mermaids, to be filmed from the cruise ship Atargatis, they expected what they had always received before: an assortment of eyewitness reports that proved nothing, some footage that proved even less, and the kind of ratings that only came from peddling imaginary creatures to the masses.Â Â They didn't expect actual mermaids. They certainly didn't expect those mermaids to have teeth.Â Â This is the story of the Atargatis, lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a maritime tragedy. Whatever the truth may be, it will only be found below the bathypelagic zone in the Mariana Trench...and the depths are very good at keeping secrets.
Â©2015 Seanan McGuire (P)2019 Tantor
The Romanian and Serbian Canis lupus rest in an uneasy peace. One of their own, Sally Miklos, the young and powerful gypsy healer, aids Perizada in her quest to defeat Volcan, a long-forgotten nightmare returned to our world. These two packs watch as their brothers across the world, wolves from Spain, Ireland, and America, join their own forces in the battle against the evil dark fae. At the same time, the packs hope against hope that their presence might reveal a mate bond between a pack member and one of the five recently discovered gypsy healers. While Jacque and Jen miss Sally, their longtime best friend, they have bided their time dealing with their own domestic issues. Jacque and Fane are anticipating the birth of their first child and Jen and Decebel face the challenges of caring for an infant. Both girls are eagerly awaiting Sally's return, and have Perizada's word that she will be back in time for the birth of Jacque's baby. Vasile and Alina, the Alpha pair of the Romanian pack, are enjoying this time of peace. But Vasile did not become the most powerful Alpha in centuries by being a fool. He has lived long enough to know that there is always another battle on the horizon.
Â©2016 Quinn Loftis Books, LLC (P)2018 Tantor
Bankruptcy and the austerity it represents have become a common "solution" for struggling American cities. What do the spending cuts and limited resources do to the lives of city residents? In Broke, Jodie Adams Kirshner follows seven Detroiters as they navigate life during and after their city's bankruptcy. Reggie loses his savings trying to make a habitable home for his family. Cindy fights drug use, prostitution, and dumping on her block. Lola commutes two hours a day to her suburban job. For them, financial issues are mired within the larger ramifications of poor urban policies, restorative negligence on the state and federal level and - even before the decision to declare Detroit bankrupt in 2013 - the root causes of a city's fiscal demise. Broke looks at what municipal distress means, not just on paper but in practical - and personal - terms. More than 40 percent of Detroit's 700,000 residents fall below the poverty line. Post-bankruptcy, they struggle with a broken real estate market, school system, and job market - and their lives have not improved. Detroit is emblematic. Kirshner makes a powerful argument that cities are never quite given the aid that they need by either the state or federal government for their residents to survive, not to mention flourish. Success for all America's citizens depends on equity of opportunity.
Â©2019 Jodie Adams Kirshner (P)2021 Tantor
In the years after A Nation at Risk, conservatives' ideas to reform America's lagging education system gained much traction. Key items like school choice and rigorous academic standards drew bipartisan support and were put into practice across the country. Today, these gains are in retreat, ceding ground to progressive nostrums that do little to boost the skills and knowledge of young people. Far from being discouraged, however, conservatives should seize the moment to refresh their vision of quality K-12 education for today's America. These essays by 20 leading conservative thinkers do just that. Students, according to this vision, should complete high school with a thorough understanding of the country's history, including gratitude for its sacrifices, respect for its achievements, and awareness of its shortcomings. They should also learn to be trustworthy stewards of a democratic republic, capable of exercising virtue and civic responsibility. Beyond helping to form their character, schools ought to ready their pupils for careers that are productive, rewarding, and dignified. Excellent technical-training opportunities will await those not headed to a traditional college. All students must come to understand that they can succeed in America if they are industrious, creative, and responsible.
Â©2020 Thomas B. Fordham Institute (P)2020 Tantor
Ellie and Neil Patterson are eager to enjoy some quality time at their new cottage. Itâs the first time in 10 years theyâve been alone...or are they? When a friendly encounter leads to their violent kidnapping, they awaken to a living nightmare. Insisting he is Ellieâs soul mate, the stranger gives her three chances to say his name. If she guesses wrong, itâs Neil who will suffer the consequences. This propels Ellie into a desperate trip down memory lane to dredge up the dubious men of her past. Only after discovering the man's true identity and sacrificing her own safety to save Neil does Ellie finally learn the truth: Everything she thinks she knows about her husband and their decade-long love story is a lie.
Â©2020 Erin Ruddy (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC
The story of the Confederate States of America, the proslavery, antidemocratic nation created by white Southern slaveholders to protect their property, has been told many times in heroic and martial narratives. Now, however, Stephanie McCurry tells a very different tale of the Confederate experience. When the grandiosity of Southerners' national ambitions met the harsh realities of wartime crises, unintended consequences ensued. Although Southern statesmen and generals had built the most powerful slave regime in the Western world, they had excluded the majority of their own people - white women and slaves - and thereby sowed the seeds of their demise.Â Â Wartime scarcity of food, labor, and soldiers tested the Confederate vision at every point and created domestic crises to match those found on the battlefields. Women and slaves became critical political actors as they contested government enlistment and tax and welfare policies, and struggled for their freedom. The attempt to repress a majority of its own population backfired on the Confederate States of America as the disenfranchised demanded to be counted and considered in the great struggle over slavery, emancipation, democracy, and nationhood. That Confederate struggle played out in a highly charged international arena.Â Â The political project of the Confederacy was tried by its own people and failed. The government was forced to become accountable to women and slaves, provoking an astounding transformation of the slaveholders' state. Confederate Reckoning is the startling story of this epic political battle in which women and slaves helped to decide the fate of the Confederacy and the outcome of the Civil War.
Â©2010 the President and Fellows of Harvard College (P)2018 Tantor
Denver chef Rachel Bishop has accomplished everything she's dreamed and some things she never dared hope, like winning a James Beard Award and heading up her own fine-dining restaurant. But when a targeted smear campaign causes her to be pushed out of the business by her partners, she vows to do whatever it takes to get her life back...even if that means joining forces with the man who inadvertently set the disaster in motion. Essayist Alex Kanin never imagined his pointed editorial would go viral. Ironically, his attempt to highlight the pitfalls of online criticism has the opposite effect: it revives his own flagging career by destroying that of a perfect stranger. Plagued by guilt-fueled writer's block, Alex vows to do whatever he can to repair the damage. He just doesn't expect his interest in the beautiful chef to turn personal. Alex agrees to help rebuild Rachel's tarnished image by offering his connections and his home to host an exclusive pop-up dinner party targeted to Denver's most influential citizens: the Saturday Night Supper Club. As they work together to make the project a success, Rachel begins to realize Alex is not the unfeeling opportunist she once thought he was, and that perhaps there's life - and love - outside the pressure-cooker of her chosen career. But can she give up her lifelong goals without losing her identity as well? PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.
Â©2018 Tyndale House (P)2018 Oasis Audio
The day Aubrey Hamilton's husband is declared dead by the state of Tennessee should bring closure so she can move on with her life. But Aubrey doesn't want to move on. She just wants Josh back. It's been five years since he disappeared, since their blissfully happy marriage - they were happy, weren't they? - screeched to a halt and Aubrey became the prime suspect in his disappearance. Five years of emptiness, solitude, loneliness, questions. Why didn't Josh show up at his friend's bachelor party? Who anonymously sent Aubrey her favorite cocktail at the bar where Josh stood her up? Was he murdered? Did he run away? And now, all this time later, who is the mysterious and strangely familiar figure suddenly haunting her new life?
As her heroine faces the possibility that everything she thinks she knows about herself, her marriage, and her husband is a lie, New York Times best-selling author J.T. Ellison expertly peels back the layers of a complex woman who is hiding dark secrets beneath her unassuming exterior. In a masterful thriller for listeners who love Gillian Flynn, Liane Moriarty, and Paula Hawkins, Ellison pulls you into a you'll-never-guess merry-go-round of danger and deception. Round and round and round it goes, where it stops...no one knows.
Â©2016 J. T. Ellison (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Recorded by arrangement with Gallery Books, a Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
From the RITA award-winning author of Five Days in Skye comes a sweet, romantic treat that will leave you hungry for more. Baker and pastry chef Melody Johansson has always believed in finding the positive in every situation, but seven years after she moved to Denver, she canât deny that sheâs stuck in a rut. One relationship after another has ended in disaster, and her classical French training is being wasted on her night job in a mediocre chain bakery. Then the charming and handsome private pilot Justin Keller lands on the doorstep of her workplace in a snowstorm, and Melody feels like itâs a sign that her luck is finally turning around. Justin is intrigued by the lively bohemian baker, but the last thing heâs looking for is a relationship. His own romantic failures have proven that the demands of his job are incompatible with meaningful connections, and heâs already pledged his life savings to a new business venture across the country - an island air charter in Florida with his sister and brother-in-law. Against their better judgment, Melody and Justin find themselves drawn together by their unconventional career choices and shared love of adventure. But when an unexpected windfall provides Melody with the chance to open her dream bakery-cafÃ© in Denver with her best friend, chef Rachel Bishop, sheâs faced with an impossible choice: Stay and put down roots with the people and place sheâs come to call home...or give it all up for the man she loves.
Â©2019 Carla Laureano (P)2019 Oasis Audio
Bree Bracelyn doesn't date cops. It's a personal rule that quavers when Austin Dugan flashes his baby blues - and his badge - at Ponderosa Resort's grand opening. Bree's the family fixer, running the resort's PR and her siblings' lives with cheerful efficiency. But one thing in Bree's past can't ever be fixed, which is why she's staying the hell away from Officer Hottie. Austin's heart tacks up a wanted poster with Bree's name the instant he lays eyes on her. Okay, the no-cops rule is an obstacle, but not impossible for a guy ambitious enough to be a shoo-in as the next police chief. Besides, he knows Bree's into him, whether they're flirting over weird flatware or getting frisky in the front seat of his vintage Volvo. As Bree and Austin bond over cupcakes and hot springs hookups, Bree knows it's a matter of time before the skeletons in her closet topple into a messy heap on Austin's squeaky-clean life. Is there hope for a happy ending, or will their love end up DOA? Contains mature themes.
Â©2018 Tawna Fenske (P)2020 Tantor
For as long as the idea of "miracles" has been in the public sphere, the conversation about them has been shaped exclusively by religious apologists and Christian leaders. The definitions for what miracles are have been forged by the same men who fought hard to promote their own beliefs as fitting under that umbrella. It's time for a change. Enter John W. Loftus, an atheist author who has earned three master's degrees from Lincoln Christian Seminary and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Loftus, a former student of noted Christian apologist William Lane Craig, got some of the biggest names in the field to contribute to this book, which represents a critical analysis of the very idea of miracles. Incorporating his own thoughts along with those of noted academics, philosophers, and theologians, Loftus is able to properly define "miracle" and then show why there's no reason to believe such a thing even exists. Addressing every single issue that touches on miracles in a thorough and academic manner, this compilation represents the most extensive look at the phenomenon ever displayed through the lens of an ardent nonbeliever.
Â©2019 Hypatia Press (P)2020 Tantor
Suspected of a murder she can't remember, a troubled woman takes an unusual approach to proving her innocence in this gripping thriller from the bestselling author of Little Voices. When Jules Worthington-Smith's wallet is found next to a dead man, she becomes the prime suspect in his murder. After struggling for years to build the perfect family and career, she's dangerously close to losing everything. Sure of her innocence, Jules is desperate to clear her name. But there's one big problem: she was blackout drunk when the murder took place and can't remember what happened. Unsatisfied with the police's handling of the case, Jules embarks on her own gin-fueled murder investigation. As she uncovers fresh clues, she starts a true-crime vlog that becomes a viral sensation, pushing her into the public eye. It's not long before the ordeal forces Jules to confront her demons, including her turbulent childhood and excessive drinking. The deeper Jules digs, the more dirt she uncovers about the murder and herself. Unexpected truths pile up until she's buried so deep even finding the killer might not be enough to set her free.
Â©2020 Vanessa Lillie (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
Danielle Parker is a gold-medal mom - the kind who volunteers in her children's classrooms, shuttles them between activities, throws legendary birthday parties, and has a remedy on hand for any emergency. Whatever her husband, Jeff, and their children need, Dani is there, always. Except for one day.Â Â On that day - the day that Dani reluctantly takes some "me time" while her mom and Jeff drive the children to the park - the unthinkable happens. The car crash leaves no survivors. Somehow, Dani gets through the funerals and visits, accepting neighbors' sympathy and dropped-off meals. All the while, guilt and grief make her wish the accident had claimed her life too. Then a call comes from Lydia Schlabach, an Amish woman Dani befriended in childhood. In addition to condolences, Lydia offers Dani something more: a place to escape to.Â Â In Pennsylvania's Amish country, Dani's days take on a new rhythm, marked by the clip-clop of buggies and the bustle of chores. Lydia gives Dani space to mourn, to think, and to realize how long it's been since she felt like a person in her own right. And with the help of friendships old and new, Dani learns about the ways life continues to surprise us - even after the deepest loss - with joy, love, and second chances....
Â©2020 Laura Bradford (P)2020 Tantor
Generation Robot covers a century of science fiction, fact and, speculation?from the 1950 publication of Isaac Asimovâs seminal robot masterpiece, I, Robot, to the 2050 Singularity when artificial and human intelligence are predicted to merge. Beginning with a childhood informed by pop-culture robots in movies, in comic books, and on TV in the 1960s to adulthood where the possibilities of self-driving cars and virtual reality are daily conversation, Terri Favro offers a unique perspective on how our relationship with robotics and futuristic technologies has shifted over time. Peppered with pop-culture fun-facts about Supermanâs kryptonite, the human-machine relationships in the cult TV show Firefly, and the sexual and moral implications of the film Ex Machina, Generation Robot explores how the techno-triumphs and resulting anxieties of reality bleed into the fantasies of our collective culture. Clever and accessible, Generation Robot isnât just for the serious, scientific reader?itâs for everyone interested in robotics and technology since their science-fiction origins. By looking back at the future she once imagined, analyzing the plugged-in present, and speculating on what is on the horizon, Terri Favro allows readers the chance to consider what was, what is, and what could be. This is a captivating book that looks at the pop-culture of our society to explain how the world works?now and tomorrow.
Â©2018 Terri Favro (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved
Roxanne MacFarlane is the Extractor - a former CIA agent who specializes in rescuing people from dangerous situations. She lives on the edge and works outside the law, but desperate families know she's the only operative who can bring their missing loved ones home. Driven by guilt over the loss of her sister to a polygamous cult, she will stop at nothing to save her clients. When Dave and Jenny Carson ask her to find their daughter, Emma, and extract her from a charismatic cult leader who preys on young women with guilt issues, Rox is eager to help them. But the experimental treatment she just started in order to improve her atypical brain patterns forces her to face conflicting newfound emotions while working feverishly to find the secret compound and craft a strategy to get Emma out. When the bodies of young women who match Emma's description turn up, Rox must fast-forward her plans. But the situation is more complicated and dangerous than she realizes, and her own life is soon in jeopardy. Can Rox save Emma and bring down a ruthless predator before more young women fall victim?
Â©2017 L.J. Sellers (P)2017 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
After a successful initial tour as a Marine rifleman, Lance Corporal Gracie Medicine Crow volunteers to become a scout-sniper, one of the deadliest - and most dangerous - military specialties in the United Federation Marine Corps. Gracie comes from the ApsÃ¡alooke Nation, a people with a long history of military tradition. Small in stature and considered stunningly beautiful, she is often underestimated, but that merely drives her to be the best sniper in the Corps. Somewhat wary of her fellow snipers' attention and interaction with her, she maintains what she considers a professional front, but one that is not as well received by others - and one that earns her the nickname of "Ice Princess". A technically skilled sniper, Gracie feels her shooting should speak for itself. But being a scout-sniper is far more than simple marksmanship. If she wants a career in the Corps, she must learn not only teamwork, but how to be a leader of Marines. This is the second book in the series, but each book is standalone and does not have to be heard in conjunction with the others. The series follows two Marines and a Navy corpsman as they follow their individual career paths.
Â©2016 Jonathan Brazee (P)2016 Jonathan Brazee
The crime fiction canopy's a broad one, with room to give shelter to writing of all sorts, as editor Lawrence Block shows with At Home in the Dark: "Some of these stories have one or both feet planted in another genre. James Reasoner's story is a period western, Joe Lansdale's is bleakly dystopian, and Joe Hill's novelette slithers through a little doorway into another world. And now that I've singled out those three, I suppose I should go ahead and list the rest of the gang: N. J. Ayres, Laura Benedict, Jill D. Block, Richard Chizmar, Hilary Davidson, Jim Fusilli, Elaine Kagan, Warren Moore, Joyce Carol Oates, Ed Park, Nancy Pickard, Thomas Pluck, Wallace Stroby, and Duane Swierczynski. If you're looking for a common denominator, two come to mind. They're all dark stories, with nothing cozy or comforting about them. And every last one of them packs a punch. Which is to say that they're all very much At Home in the Dark - and we can thank O. Henry, master of the surprise ending, for our title. 'Turn up the lights,' he said on his deathbed. 'I don't want to go home in the dark.'âÂ Contains mature themes.Â copyright 2019 by Elaine Kagan (âHot Pantsâ);Â copyright 2019 by Jim Fusilli (âThe Eve of Infamyâ);Â copyright 2019 by James Reasoner (âNight Roundsâ);Â copyright 2019 by Joyce Carol Oates (âThe Flagellantâ);Â copyright 2019 by Ed Park (âThe Things Iâd Doâ);Â copyright 2019 by N. J. Ayres (âFavored to Deathâ);Â copyright 2019 by Warren Moore (âRough Mixâ);Â copyright 2019 by Laura Benedict (âThis Strange Bargainâ);Â copyright 2019 by Joe R. Lansdale (âThe Senior Girls Bayonet Drill Teamâ);Â copyright 2019 by Nancy Pickard (âIf Only You Would Leave Meâ);Â copyright 2019 by Duane Swierczynski (âGiantâs Despairâ);Â copyright 2019 by Richard Chizmar (âWhistling in the Darkâ);Â copyright 2019 by Jill D. Block (âO, Swear Not by the Moonâ);Â copyright 2019 by Wallace Stroby (âNightboundâ);Â copyright 2019 by Thomas Pluck (âThe Cucuzza Curseâ);Â copyright 2019 by Hilary Davidson (âCold Comfortâ);Â copyright 2019 by Joe Hill (âFaunâ)
Â©2019 Lawrence Block (P)2020 Tantor
Jacque's mind wandered as she hovered somewhere between life and death. Her body longed to let go, to sink into the peaceful abyss, to the place where she didn't have to worry about rabid, child-snatching vampires and the carnage they'd caused to so many innocent families. But something kept her here, tethered to this world. Something she couldn't quite remember hovered just on the edge of her consciousness, something vital. It wasn't Fane; he would be with her on the other side, she knew that. If she died, he died, too, and he wouldn't have it any other way. She could feel Peri's presence in her body. The fae was fighting, expending every ounce of her energy to keep her and Fane alive and the strain was taking its toll on the fae. But why? Why was the fae fighting as if her own life depended upon Jacque's survival? Jacque was starting to remember someone else - someone that depended on her. A brand new life, precious and perfect...her son. Costin's best friend lay as if sleeping, clinging to life by a mere thread, held at the other end by the powerful fae. But the thread holding Costin to his own sanity was just as feeble. Sally, his world, his light, his Brown-Eyes, the only thing that keeps the darkness at bay, was gone.
Â©2016 Quinn Loftis Books, LLC (P)2018 Tantor
How do you get a job without experience and get experience without a job? It's the question virtually every college student or recent graduate faces. Now newly revised and updated, Lindsey Pollak's Getting from College to Career is the definitive guide to building the experience, skills, and confidence you need to succeed in the job search, offering action-oriented tips and strategies ranging from the simple to the expert. Learn how to: Get the best tools for career prep and job hunting Email like a professional Go global Practice the eight essentials of internship achievement Perform five minutes of stand-up Over prepare for interviews Persist without being a pest Getting from College to Career gives you the essential information and guidance you need to get your foot in the door of the real world. Don't start your first job search without it!
Â©2012 Lindsey Pollak (P)2017 Tantor
This monumental work of cultural history was nominated for a National Book Award. It chronicles America's transformation, beginning in 1880, into a nation of consumers, devoted to a cult of comfort, bodily well-being, and endless acquisition.
Â©1993 William Leach (P)2019 Tantor
The Guestbook: weaves together the heart of Nicholas Sparks' books, the romance of Nora Robert's work, and the charm of Debbie Macomber. Fleeing her picture-perfect life among the privileged set and the wreckage of a failed marriage, Lily Parkins moves to the only place that still holds happy memories: her grandmother's farmhouse, now a converted B&B on the enchanting Madrona Island. After learning her grandmother has passed away, Lily is left with only an old guestbook as her guide - a curious book full of letters, recipes, and glimpses into her family history. She is determined to embrace her newfound independence and recreate herself, one page at a time. With the help of quirky island residents, she finds the strength to follow her passion and culinary dreams. But as soon as she has sworn off men and is standing on her own two feet, Lily meets Ian, the alluring artist who lives next door, and her new life is suddenly thrown off course. The last thing she wants to do right now is fall in love. Ultimately, Lily must decide if it's worth giving up her soul for security or risk everything to follow her heart.
Â©2012 Andrea Hurst (P)2014 Andrea Hurst
Long ago, during the Great Purge, the witches that had grown too many in number and too powerful were destroyed. The high fae council saw that the balance of good and evil had been tipped too far in one direction, and it had to be rectified. So they killed all of the witches and their creator...or so they thought.Â Â Â But they were wrong. Volcan, the high fae, had bided his time, hiding in the Dark Forest.Â Â Now he's back and hell-bent on rebuilding his army of witches. Only this time he's set his eyes on the gypsy healers to be the tool from which he creates them. He already has two of the newly found healers, Jewel and Anna, with his blood running in their veins. And though he thinks he's got it all planned out, what Volcan hadn't calculated into his formula of healers + his blood = witches was the healer's mates, Dalton and Gustavo. Both males are more than ready to sink their teeth into the high fae who has taken their females. With the darkness closing in on all four of them, it is a toss-up as to who will succumb to it first.
Â©2017 Quinn Loftis (P)2019 Quinn Loftis Books LLC
Pediatrician Nimali Fernando and feeding therapist Melanie Potock (a.k.a. Dr. Yum and Coach Mel) know the importance of giving your child the right start on his or her food journey - for good health, motor skills, and even cognitive and emotional development. In Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater they explain how to expand your family's food horizons, avoid the picky eater trap, identify special feeding needs, and put joy back into mealtimes, with: Advice tailored to every stage from newborn through school-age Real-life stories of parents and kids they have helped Wisdom from cultures across the globe on how to feed kids Helpful insights on the sensory system, difficult mealtime behaviors, and everything from baby-led weaning to sippy cups And seven "passport stamps" for good parenting: joyful, compassionate, brave, patient, consistent, proactive, and mindful Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater shows the way to lead your baby, toddler, or young child on the path to adventurous eating. Grab your passport and go!
Â©2015 Nimali Fernando and Melanie Potock; foreword copyright 2015 by Roshini Raj (P)2017 Tantor
An empowering guide to overcoming self-defeating behaviors I canât believe I just did that! Why does this always happen to me? I really should stop myself from... Sound familiar? Whether weâre aware of it or not, most of us are guilty of self-sabotage. These behaviors can manifest in seemingly innocuous ways, but if left unchecked can create stress and cause problems in all areas of your life. In The Healthy Mind Toolkit, Dr. Alice Boyes provides easy, practical solutions that will help you identify how youâre holding yourself back and how to reverse your self-sabotaging behaviors. Blending scientific research with techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy, this engaging book will take you through the steps to address this overarching problem, including how to: Identify the specific ways you're hurting your success in all aspects of your life Capitalize on the positive aspects of your extreme traits instead of the negatives Find creative solutions to curb your self-defeating patterns Practice self-care as a problem-solving strategy Filled with quizzes and insightful exercises to personalize your journey from harmful behaviors to healthy habits, The Healthy Mind Toolkit is the essential guide to get out of your own way and get on the path to success.
Â©2018 Alice Boyes (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Recorded by arrangement with TarcherPerigee, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.
With peace finally descending on the Romanian Grey Wolves, longtime fae ambassador to the wolves, Perizada, has been given a new mission by the Great Luna. But Peri's desire for revenge against her sister, Lorelle, burns in her heart. Further complicating matters, the great white wolf, Lucian Lupei, has been returned to the pack after centuries trapped in the Dark Forest, and it appears he is destined to be with Peri. Can she put aside her thoughts of vengeance long enough to accept Lucian's love and complete her mission?
Â©2014 Quinn Loftis Books, LLC (P)2017 Tantor
Customer behaviors, business models, technologies, and regulations are evolving quickly, and many of the strategic rules we formerly lived by have become obsolete. To be able to respond quickly and intelligently to the fast pace of change, we need all levels and functions in our businesses to be creative and responsive. We need both courage and speed. Fearless Growth provides new rules to enable your company to adapt faster, move faster, and grow faster. You will learn how to: Capitalize on uncertainties in your market, rather than letting them slow you down. Leverage the talent, assets, technology, and data that exist outside your company. Get in sync with customers, gain early insight into changing needs, and bring the right solutions to market. Open the floodgates of employee creativity, empowering employees to respond quickly and effectively to emerging opportunities. Continually build your company's capabilities and knowledge through constant experimentation. Build a high degree of trust within your company and with the entities outside your company. Fearless Growth provides a proactive approach, with practical examples, tools, frameworks, and guidance for adapting to and succeeding in our volatile world.
Â©2018 Amanda Setili (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved, by arrangement with The Career Press, Inc.
A bold challenge to the conventional wisdom about early childhood, with a pragmatic program to encourage parents and teachers to rethink how and where young children learn best by taking the child's eye view of the learning environment
Parents of young children today are embattled: Pick the "wrong" preschool and your child won't get into the "right" college. But our fears are misplaced, according to Yale early childhood expert Erika Christakis. Children are powerful and inventive; and the tools to reimagine their learning environment are right in front of our eyes.
Children are hardwired to learn in any setting, but they don't get the support they need when "learning" is defined by strict lessons and dodgy metrics that devalue children's intelligence while placing unfit requirements on their developing brains. We have confused schooling with learning, and we have altered the very habitat young children occupy. The race for successful outcomes has blinded us to how young children actually process the world, acquire skills, and grow, says Christakis, who powerfully defends the preschool years as a life stage of inherent value and not merely as preparation for a demanding or uncertain future.
In her path-breaking book, Christakis explores what it's like to be a young child in America today, in a world designed by and for adults. With school-testing mandates run amok, playfulness squeezed, and young children increasingly pathologized for old-fashioned behaviors like daydreaming and clumsiness, it's easy to miss what's important about the crucial years of three to six, and the kind of guidance preschoolers really need. Christakis provides a forensic and far-reaching analysis of today's whole system of early learning, exploring pedagogy, history, science, policy, and politics. She also offers a wealth of proven strategies about what to do to reimagine the learning environment to suit the child's real, but often invisible, needs. The ideas range from accommodating children's sense of time, to decluttering classrooms, to learning how to better observe and listen as children express themselves in pictures and words.
With her strong foundation in the study of child development and early education and her own in-the-trenches classroom experience, Christakis peels back the mystery of early childhood, revealing a place that's rich with possibility. Her message is energizing and reassuring: Parents have more power (and more knowledge) than they think they do, and young children are inherently creative and will flourish, if we can learn new ways to support them and restore their vital learning habitat.
Â©2016 Erika Christakis (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
Dalton Black never thought he'd find his true mate. His dark past convinced him that he could never be worthy of one, but the Great Luna did not agree. She saw fit to give him a gypsy healer, the purest of heart among their kind. And now that he's finally found her, she slips through his grasp and into the hands of Volcan, a corrupt high fae driven mad by his own need for power. Now, Dalton, with help from his own powerful friends, must find Jewel and rescue her before Volcan can use her blood to create witches and once again throw off the balance of good and evil. As their journey begins, Perizada will once again lead a group of wolves on a hunt to bring down evil, but little do they know that Volcan is just a drop of blood in the sea of supernatural beings about to darken their path.
Â©2015 Quinn Loftis Books, LLC (P)2018 Tantor
In We're Still Here, Jennifer M. Silva tells a deep, multi-generational story of pain, place, and politics that will endure long after the Trump administration. Drawing on over 100 interviews with black, white, and Latino working-class residents of a declining coal town in Pennsylvania, Silva reveals how the decline of the American Dream is lived and felt. The routines and rhythms of traditional working-class life such as manual labor, unions, marriage, church, and social clubs have diminished. In their place, she argues, individualized strategies for coping with pain, and finding personal redemption, have themselves become sources of political stimulus and reaction among the working class. Understanding how generations of Democratic voters come to reject the social safety net and often politics altogether requires moving beyond simple partisanship into a maze of addiction, joblessness, family disruption, violence, and trauma. Instead, Silva argues that we need to uncover the relationships, loyalties, longings, and moral visions that underlie and generate the civic and political disengagement of working-class people. We're Still Here provides powerful, on the ground evidence of the remaking of working-class identity and politics that will spark new tensions but also open up the possibility for shifting alliances and new possibilities.
Â©2019 Oxford University Press (P)2019 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
Talented chef Meg Delaney hasn't spoken to her cheating ex-fiancÃ©, Matt Midland, for two years. Ditching him at the altar after blurting out "I can't" instead of "I do" would sour any relationship. But now, just as Meg is finally ready to bury the hatchet, she learns closure is permanently off the menu. And the kicker? Matt's brother, Kyle, is back in her life, stirring up feelings that are equal parts guilt and lust. Meg was the best thing that never happened to Kyle. He couldn't make a move on his brother's girlfriend - even if Matt didn't value her nearly enough. The situation is even more complicated now that Meg's bestselling aphrodisiac cookbook has spawned a legal battle with the Midlands. Maybe he should stay away. But love, like family, plays by its own rules. And the one woman he shouldn't want might be the only one who's perfect for him.
Â©2016 Tawna Fenske (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
Take control of your finances and de-stress your relationship with money!Â Like food, money is something all of us use but none of us talk about - creating a stressful relationship that most of us suffer from, obsess over, and try to avoid altogether because it feels too impossible to manage. No matter your income, understanding and controlling your own financial position will allow you to not just exist securely, but to be happy and free in your choices.
Â©2019 Ashley Feinstein Gerstley (P)2019 Tantor
Despite the wealth and power of his remarkable family, Ben Carlton stayed hidden away in rural Virginia with only his artistic talent and his troubled memories for company. But when he met beautiful gallery owner Kathleen Dugan at the urging of his matchmaking aunt Destiny, his wounded heart began to open - yet he couldn't completely forget the tragedies of his past. Vivacious, driven Kathleen was intrigued not only by Ben's paintings, but also by the handsome, mysterious man who created them. Were Ben's wounds too deep for Kathleen to mend...or did Destiny create another perfect match?
Â©2004 Sherryl Woods (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
Brandon Brown is the unlikeliest Santa ever to don a red velvet suit. His abs are more cheese grater than bowl full of jelly, and deploying to Syria is the closest he's come to the North Pole. But family drama sends the jaded Marine home for the holidays, and lands him an unexpected gig as a part-time Santa. Jade King is hustling to get Jingle Bell Reindeer Ranch off the ground, and she's not thrilled her sister hired a Santa with sex-appeal. The last thing Jade wants is a beefcake circus, and guys like Brandon bring sleigh-loads of trouble. But Studmuffin Santa proves more popular than anyone dreamed, drawing hordes of happy kids, lusty moms, and a mystery foe hell-bent on wrecking it all. The threat has Brandon playing protector for the reindeer and their sexy keeper, which is risky for a guy who's sworn off happy endings and the whole Christmas mess. But as Jade and Brandon bond over Santa suit malfunctions and risque Christmas cookies, they find they have more in common than a craving for gingerbread. Can they find a way to mesh their wish lists, or will ghosts of Christmas past bring things crashing down like a fat man in a cast iron sleigh? Contains mature themes.
Â©2017 Tawna Fenske (P)2019 Tantor
Return to the heart of the Carlton family in this beloved story of finding love in unexpected places by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods Charismatic playboy Mack Carlton lit up a room - even a hospital room - like no one else. Dr. Beth Browning had to admit Mack's visits were a tonic for her young patient, but her own reaction was much more confusing.... Although Beth didn't ask for a second opinion on her future with Mack, his aunt Destiny offered her prognosis: marriage. Given Mack's romantic history and her own wariness due to past losses, Beth hesitated to agree - but her symptoms were undeniably love!
Â©2004 Sherryl Woods (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
Miranda Vaughn was once falsely accused of stealing millions, and now she's helping others who are facing criminal charges. While being an assistant to her former defense attorney isn't Miranda's dream job, she's eager to prove herself, and her first task is a simple one - protect Kathryn, a shy CFO turned informant, and help her prove that a popular real estate developer is embezzling millions from his company. But what should be a straightforward assignment is deliciously complicated when Miranda is thrown together with FBI Agent Jake Barnes, the man who saved her life, broke her heart, and then disappeared. Beneath the neatly plotted rows of new homes lurk dark secrets, bitter feuds and a whole lot of greed. Nothing is what it appears; even Miranda's timid client is hiding secrets of her own. Despite her growing distrust of her client, Miranda must protect Kathryn from becoming the target of the FBI's investigation and protect herself from the real thief - all while protecting her heart from the sexy FBI agent she can't seem to resist.
Â©2015 Ellie Ashe (P)2016 Ellie Ashe
The United States is steeped in debates about guns. As discussions rage on, one issue has been overlooked - Americans who support gun control turn to the police as enforcers of their preferred policies, but the police themselves disproportionately support gun rights over gun control. How does this perspective shape what is considered lawful force? Who can engage in violence, and who is punished for it? Linking the politics of guns with the politics of policing, Policing the Second Amendment unravels the complex relationship between public law enforcement, legitimate violence, and race. Jennifer Carlson shows how racial dynamics shape police thinking about gun laws and how racial ideologies of violence profoundly influence arguments about gun use, whether by the police or civilians. Drawing on local and national newspapers, interviews with police chiefs, and observations of gun-licensing processes, Carlson explores the ways the police make sense of guns and looks at how guns are regulated in different states. She describes a troubling paradox that characterizes the state of guns today - alongside unprecedented civilian access to own, carry, and use guns, there exists an all-too-visible system of gun criminalization aimed primarily at people of color. This framework informs and justifies how law enforcement pursues public safety and understands its roles in today's policed society.
Â©2020 Princeton University Press (P)2020 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
A CIA officer's inside account of how Libya's descent into rampant violence precipitated the harrowing overland evacuation of the entire US mission from Tripoli after being trapped in the city for weeks.Â Â Most of the world is aware of the tragic events surrounding the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans. Most are also aware of the resulting political controversy in Washington. But few know what happened next in Libya. While said controversy in Washington subsided, the volatility in Libya escalated - threatening the brave men and women who remained behind to continue the US mission.Â Â In this dramatic retelling of dangerous attacks threatening the US mission in Tripoli, Libya - less than two years after Benghazi - American valor and courage prevailed. The US personnel and intrepid operators stood fast as militias clashed, suicide bombers attacked, and numerous threats and kidnappings closed in on their location. In the midst of it all, the intelligence and determination of one woman with unwavering faith played a pivotal role in saving them all....
Â©2020 Sarah M. Carlson (P)2020 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
Evil does exist An abandoned house, a serial killer, and a victim reaching out from the grave. A woman races against time to unearth buried secrets before she becomes a ghost herself. You are not alone Madeline Anderson goes to Isabelle Island, Washington, to sell a family home abandoned more than 40 years before. Strange things occur the moment she steps on the property. Inside the dilapidated old house, items move about of their own accord. Noises come from empty rooms. She has a vivid, recurring dream of a woman running for her life. The wind rustling through the trees sounds like urgent, murmuring voices. When the cacophony dies down, one single word emerges: Madeline, Madeline, Madeline. You cannot hide At first Doug Lindstrom, the hot fireman helping Maddy restore the old home, doesn't believe anything bizarre is going on. He's certain Maddy is jumping at shadows because the local kids call the house haunted. That is until he witnesses horrific violence he can't explain. After Maddy's life is threatened not once but twice, Doug vows there will not be a third time. They are watching While searching for answers, Maddy uncovers astonishing secrets about her aunt's past. Finding more questions than answers, she digs deeper until she stumbles across evidence of a cold case involving a serial killer named The Seaside Strangler. Now Maddy must unmask the killer. The lives she saves just might be their own.
Â©2012-2112 Morgan Hannah MacDonald (P)2015 Morgan Hannah MacDonald
In this beloved novel, number one New York Times best-selling author Sherryl Woods proves once again that sometimes family does know best. Straitlaced tycoon Richard Carlton suspects that his Aunt Destiny has more than business matters on her mind when she insists he meet klutzy PR executive Melanie Hart. Melanie might be brilliant - and beautiful - but Richard won't open his wounded heart to any woman, no matter how much she might make his pulse race. Yet when the press mistakenly reports that they're a couple, Richard convinces Melanie to pretend that they're engaged - to bolster his reputation and to teach his matchmaking aunt a lesson, once and for all. But is this relationship just a charade, or do opposites really attract - for keeps?
Â©2004 Sherryl Woods (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
The Romanian Grey Wolves have been kicked, beaten, and stomped - assailed from every side. Yet every time evil thinks it's gotten the upper hand, the wolves come roaring back to protect their own. No darkness can stand against them, especially when they fight united with their supernatural allies. But what happens when the darkness refuses to stand and fight?Â Instead, it flees, spreading across an entire continent, infecting the supernatural races as it goes. Will the wolves be able to stand against the hidden darkness, the Order of the Burning Claw, or will they crumble as it shakes them to their foundations?Â Â Sally, the group's gypsy healer, is home with her pack, seemingly recovered from the psychic assault against her mind. Unbeknownst to the pack and its leaders, however, something sinister has followed in her wake. Vasile and his wolves will need the help of Thalion, prince of the elves, if they are to find a way to fight the veiled evil threatening both human and supernatural alike.Â But Thalion has his own mysteries to unravel. His father, Ludcarab, the elven king, is discovered alive, after having been lost for centuries. And neither Thalion or Vasile could possibly guess that Ludcarab might be the key to solving the puzzle of the Burning Claw.
Â©2018 Quinn Loftis Books LLC (P)2019 Tantor
You think you know Hillary and Bill Clinton pretty well. After all, they have been in the public eye - from Arkansas to the White House and beyond - for over 40 years. Dolly Kyle met former president Clinton ("Billy", as she calls him) on a Hot Springs golf course when she was 11 and he was almost 13. It was colpo de fulmine (the thunderbolt) at first sight. Their friendship grew throughout high school and college. It became a decades-long affair that lasted despite marriages and politics - all the way to the threshold of the White House, when she became a political liability and he threatened to destroy her, as Hillary had done to so many of his other women over the years. What you know about the Clintons is probably limited to the pleasantries that the mainstream media have chosen to share with you. Hillary the Other Woman pulls no punches in describing the way media magic makes Clinton stories disappear.
Â©2016 Dolly Kyle (P)2016 Tantor
A perfect debut novel is like a perfect dress - it's a "must have", and when you "try it on" it fits perfectly. In this richly patterned story of sisterhood, ambition, and reinvention, Sofia Grant has created a story just right for fans of Vintage and The Dress Shop of Dreams. World War II has ended, and American women are shedding their old clothes for the gorgeous new styles. Voluminous layers of taffeta and tulle, wasp waists, and beautiful color - all so welcome after years of sensible styles and strict rationing. Jeanne Brink and her sister, Peggy, both had to weather every tragedy the war had to offer - Peggy now a widowed mother, Jeanne without the fiancÃ© she'd counted on, both living with Peggy's mother-in-law in a grim mill town. But despite their gray pasts, they long for a bright future - Jeanne by creating stunning dresses for her clients with the help of her sister Peggy's brilliant sketches. Together they combine forces to create amazing fashions and a more prosperous life than they'd ever dreamed of before the war. But sisterly love can sometimes turn into sibling jealousy. Always playing second fiddle to her sister, Peggy yearns to make her own mark. But as they soon discover, the future is never without its surprises, ones that have the potential to make - or break - their dreams.
Â©2017 Sophie Littlefield (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
Blaze TV and top radio host Dana Loesch explains that the biggest political problem today is that the people who run this country have no idea what life is really like for ordinary Americans. In fact, they have contempt for the very people they claim to represent.
When the owners of a small pizza parlor in Indiana were asked by the local press whether they would ever cater a gay wedding, they said no, citing their personal religious beliefs. The internet responded with immediate outrage, posting death threats and vicious online reviews, and forcing them to shut down. All for expressing a personal opinion rooted in faith, in response to a completely hypothetical question. A new front in the culture war had been opened.
When the owners of the pizza parlor told Dana Loesch on a Blaze TV interview that they might never reopen, Loesch started a fundraising campaign. Hundreds of thousands of dollars quickly poured in to support them. The people donating weren't taking a stand against gay rights; they just believed that a random mom-and-pop shop shouldn't be run out of business because media and political elites on both coasts caricature and vilify rural Americans.
Most of the problems with our country today can be traced to a very simple cause - the growing disconnect between the government and media elites and the rest of us, the old-fashioned, hard-working, God-fearing Americans who are proud to live in middle America. As Loesch explains, too many people getting on their high horse about Wal-Mart have never shopped in one. Protesters outraged at small town cops have never been helped by one. Environmentalists who claim to want to protect the spotted owl have never been in the woods with one. Atheists who attack committed Christians have never sat in a pew with one.
Loesch doesn't take aims solely at the Democrats; some Republicans in Congress and on the presidential campaign trail have also forgotten what life is like for the people back home. While these so-called leaders may have forgotten the people in coal towns and farming communities, the voters in those communities haven't forgotten Washington's betrayals. And it will show in 2016.
As one of the most powerful and recognizable voices on talk radio today, Dana Loesch is leading a revolution of America's new Silent Majority.
Â©2016 Dana Loesch (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Recorded by arrangement with Sentinel, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods concludes the Perfect Destinies series with this beloved, sassy tale of revenge with an unexpected twist. For twenty years Destiny Carlton has put family and duty ahead of her own hopes and dreams. Now, with the orphaned nephews she raised grown and married, it's time for the once free-spirited artist to reinvent herself yet again, this time as a savvy businesswoman out for revenge. Her target: William Harcourt, a man she once loved, a man who now seems hell-bent on destroying her family's business. For William, going after Carlton Industries is a high-stakes gamble. He's gotten Destiny's attention, but he has also infuriated her family. Now they stand firmly between him and his real goal - winning Destiny's heart. William has set the corporate game in motion, but suddenly he's playing by Destiny's rules. And when an unpredictable woman's fury has been unleashed, who knows what unexpected twists life might take?
Â©2004 Sherryl Woods (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
Three devious prisoners vow murderous revenge. Now the first is free.Â Â It was inescapably chilling, as if the murderer was methodically working his way down a page torn from the phone book. The three victims brutally killed in their own homes had one thing in common: They were all listed as M. Douglas. The fact that Mara Douglas is next on the list has her jumping at shadows, until FBI agent Aidan Shields shows up to make sure she doesn't become the fourth victim.Â Â Aidan has been out of commission since an undercover operation went bad more than a year ago. Back on the job, his razor-sharp instincts are returning. But it will take all of Aidan's wits to stay one step ahead of the elusive killer who has engaged him in a deadly game - a game in which Mara's life is the prize. A game only one can win....
Â©2004 Marti Robb (P)2018 Tantor
Never have so many possessed the means to be so lethal. The diffusion of modern technology to ordinary people has given them access to weapons of mass violence previously monopolized by the state. As Audrey Kurth Cronin explains in Power to the People, what we are seeing now is an exacerbation of an age-old trend. Over the centuries, the most surprising developments in warfare have occurred because of advances in technologies combined with changes in who can use them. Indeed, accessible innovations in destructive force have long driven new patterns of political violence. When Nobel invented dynamite and Kalashnikov designed the AK-47, each inadvertently spurred terrorist and insurgent movements that killed millions and upended the international system. That history illuminates our own situation. The 21st century "sharing economy" has already disrupted every institution, including the armed forces. New "open" technologies are transforming access to the means of violence. Just as importantly, higher-order functions that previously had been exclusively under state military control-mass mobilization, force projection, and systems integration-are being harnessed by non-state actors. Cronin closes by focusing on how to respond so that we both preserve the benefits of emerging technologies yet reduce the risks.
Â©2020 Audrey Kurth Cronin (P)2020 Tantor
Love doesn't stick to the script in this witty romance from USA Today bestselling author Tawna Fenske. TV producer Kate Geary is in unscripted heaven. She's piloting a reality series featuring her favorite self-help guru, Dr. Vivienne Brandt. The Dr. Viv - whose nuggets of wisdom helped Kate get through some of her toughest times. Thanks to Dr. Viv, Kate is almost on the verge of figuring everything out. That is, until Jonah Porter, the superhot book nerd Kate just spent an amazing date with, appears at the show's first meeting. Jonah did not want to get reeled into a world filled with invasive crews, pushy network execs, and over-the-top drama, but a connection to the story leaves him no choice. Fortunately, Kate - hot, smart, and funny - helps make it bearable. Now they're both on the verge of violating their contracts as they find themselves sneaking around off set. But the cameras have a way of finding out everyone's secrets...especially the ones that can break hearts.
Â©2017 Tawna Fenske (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
Sean Bracelyn can whip up a saffron-laced lobster risotto in his sleep, but relationships? That's one recipe he hasn't nailed. Not that he has time, between launching a new restaurant and building a luxury resort with his awkwardly-blended family. But when his dream girl nearly knocks him unconscious with a dead turkey, it's all Sean can do to keep his eyes on the gazpacho and off Amber King's perfect curves. Amber's done with guys propping her on a pedestal. Transforming her family's reindeer ranch into a country chic wedding venue is consuming enough, and the last thing she needs is an extra serving of love drama. So what is it about the stupid-sexy chef that gets her desires bubbling like a pot of hot spaghetti? Keeping their distance is tough enough before Sean and Amber get tossed together by wacky weddings, lingerie mishaps, and a surly three-legged cat. When Sean's mom shows up to dish out huge helpings of family drama, a big secret threatens to spread faster than a kitchen fire. Can Sean and Amber find the right blend of sugar and spice, or will love fall flat as a burnt souffle? Contains mature themes.
Â©2018 Tawna Fenske (P)2020 Tantor
In a world of sound bites, deliberate misinformation, and a political scene that is colored by the blue-versus-red partisan divide. How does the average educated American find a reliable source that's free of political spin?Â What You Should Know About Politics...But Don't breaks it all down, issue by issue, explaining who stands for what, and why - whether it's the economy, income inequality, Obamacare, foreign policy, education, immigration, or climate change.Â If you're a Democrat, a Republican, or somewhere in between, it's the perfect audiobook to brush up on a single topic or listen through to get a deeper understanding of the often mucky world of American politics.Â Â This is an essential volume for understanding the background to the 2016 presidential election. But it is also an audiobook that transcends the season. It's truly for anyone who wants to know more about the issues, which are perennial issues that will continue to affect our everyday lives.
Â©2016 Jessamyn Conrad (P)2018 Tantor
For one couple, getting what they want comes at a devastating price in this gripping debut thriller. Banking heiress Trish and her husband, James, seem to have it all, from a lavish lifestyle to a historic mansion in the nationâs capital. The only thing thatâs missing to make their family complete is a baby, so when Trish holds Anne Elise in her arms for the first time, itâs no surprise that she falls deeply in love. Thereâs just one problem: Trish isnât the mother. The baby belongs to Laurel, Jamesâs young mistress. And more than that, James and Laurel want to start a new life together - despite an ironclad prenup standing in their way. When Trish becomes dangerously obsessed with making Laurelâs baby her own, the loversâ plan to break Jamesâs marriage quickly goes awry. How far is each of them willing to go for happiness?
Â©2018 Nick Kocz (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
Beware the sandman--he'll put you to sleep forever. A serial killer on the loose, a woman being stalked, and a homicide detective who must find the connection between the two before she becomes his next victim. He collects women. He imprisons them, plays with them, tortures them until they bore him. Then he removes a souvenir. They call him the Sandman. Meagan McInnis is being plagued by late-night calls, yet when she answers no one is there. Then one night she makes a grisly discovery in her own backyard. The caller is silent no more. Homicide Detective J.J. Thomas realizes Meagan is the key to finding the Sandman. Now not only must he protect her, but he must find the connection between Meagan and the killer before she becomes his next prize!
Â©2012-2112 Morgan Hannah MacDonald (P)2015 Morgan Hannah MacDonald
From USA Today best-selling author Ellie Ashe.... A year after her acquittal on fraud charges, former financial analyst Miranda Vaughn is finally getting her life back. Not only does she have a chance for romance with her sexy neighbor, FBI Agent Jake Barnes, but she's also got a new job...one that's taking her to a vacation paradise! Perched above the crystal blue waters of Lake Tahoe, the Whispering Pines Resort & Spa is a local landmark and a popular destination for the rich and famous who are stressed out from being rich and famous. And down on the water's edge is the Lucky Penny Casino - an abandoned shell of a once-stylish casino. Max Emmerson, the owner of the Whispering Pines Resort, used to own the Lucky Penny, and he wants it back. Miranda's job is to get Max's finances in order so he can borrow the money to buy the casino, and make sure nothing jeopardizes his gaming license. Easy, right? But the nice boring accounting job spirals out of control with the addition of a Hollywood film crew, an underground gambling ring, and Jake going undercover at the resort as a newlywed - with another woman. As Miranda and Jake each dive into their investigations, they can't deny their growing feelings for each other. But it's more important than ever that they keep their attraction hidden. Especially since someone at the resort is watching them very closely, and is willing to do just about anything to keep them from uncovering the truth.
Â©2015 Ellie Ashe (P)2017 Ellie Ashe
The gripping true tale of a devastating plane crash, the investigation into its causes, and the race to prevent similar disasters in the future.Â On July 25, 2000, a Concorde, the world's fastest passenger plane, was taking off from Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris when it suddenly burst into flames. An airliner capable of flying at more than twice the speed of sound, the Concorde had completed 25 years of successful flights, whisking wealthy passengers - from diplomats to rock stars to corporate titans - between continents on brief and glamorous flights. Yet on this fateful day, the chartered Concorde jet, en route to America, crashed and killed all 109 passengers and crew onboard and four people on the ground. Urgent questions immediately arose as investigators scrambled to discover what had gone wrong. What caused the fire? Could it have been prevented? And, most urgently, was the Concorde safe to fly? Last Days of the Concorde addresses these issues and many more, offering a fascinating insider's look at the dramatic disaster, the hunt for clues, and the systemic overhauls that followed the crash.
Â©2018 Cineflix Media Inc. and Smithsonian Institution (P)2019 Tantor
Are you at risk of being trapped in an uncompetitive business?Â Chances are the strategies that worked well for you even a few years ago no longer deliver the results you need. Dramatic changes in business have unearthed a major gap between traditional approaches to strategy and the way the real world works now.Â In short, strategy is stuck. Most leaders are using frameworks that were designed for a different era of business and based on a single dominant idea - that the purpose of strategy is to achieve a sustainable competitive advantage. Once the premise on which all strategies were built, this idea is increasingly irrelevant.Â Â Now, Columbia Business School professor and globally recognized strategy expert Rita Gunther McGrath argues that it's time to go beyond the very concept of sustainable competitive advantage. Instead, organizations need to forge a new path to winning: capturing opportunities fast, exploiting them decisively, and moving on even before they are exhausted. She shows how to do this with a new set of practices based on the notion of transient competitive advantage.Â This book serves as a new playbook for strategy, one based on updated assumptions about how the world works, and shows how some of the world's most successful companies use this method to compete and win today.Â PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.Â
Â©2013 Rita Gunther McGrath (P)2019 Gildan Media
Seven hundred years ago the Anasazi people built massive cities in what is now the Southwestern United States... and then they vanished. Stella, an archaeologist specializing in Anasazi culture, and David, a mysterious Navajo boy, are on the run from something terrifying. As they flee up into the snowy mountains of Colorado, they are carjacked by criminals. Caught in a blizzard, they must take refuge in what they believe is an abandoned cabin. It's at this cabin that they will face horrors beyond their imagination.
Â©2004 Mark Lukens (P)2015 Mark Lukens
Gina Zoberski wants to make it through one day without her fastidious mother Lorraine cataloguing all her faults, and her sullen teenage daughter May snubbing her. Too bad there's no chance of that. Her relentlessly sunny disposition annoys them both, no matter how hard she tries. Instead, Gina finds order and comfort in obsessive list-making and her work at Grilled G's, the gourmet grilled cheese food truck built by her late husband. But when Lorraine suffers a sudden stroke, Gina stumbles upon a family secret Lorraine's kept hidden for 40 years. In the face of her mother's failing health and her daughter's rebellion, this optimist might find that piecing together the truth is the push she needs to let go...
Â©2018 Amy E. Reichert (P)2018 Tantor
An emotional exploration of the frayed bond between a father and daughterâ¦and what it takes to mend it. After Saraâs father, famous sculptor Thomas âTRâ Harlow, is badly injured in a fire, sheâs suddenly forced to care for a man who is more of a stranger than a parent. Once known as his muse, Sara long ago lost her father to his desire to live the celebrity life. Now TRâs abrasive and unpredictable presence in her home is reopening old wounds - and causing the rift in her already-strained marriage to deepen. As her young son begins bonding with the grandfather he never knew, Sara must decide if she can find it within herself to forgive the man who broke her heart all those years ago. Will she walk away from a chance to rebuild what was lost, or will she find, by bringing her father back to health, that healing can come in many forms?
Â©2018 Nicole Meier. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
It has been seven years since David sent the Ancient Enemy back to its world in the ghost town that was once the town of Hope's End.Â Â Cole and Stella have lived in Costa Rica for the last seven years. They wanted to believe that it was really over...but there were always doubts. And when Stella sees a horrifying vision in the jungle, she's certain that the Ancient Enemy has returned.Â Â David, living at his aunt's house in New Mexico, knows the Ancient Enemy is back; he can feel it. And now nightmares about a serial killer possessed by the Ancient Enemy plague him, a killer who will stop at nothing, a killer who is coming for David. With Joe Blackhorn dead now, the only person David can turn to is Begay, the former captain of the Navajo Tribal Police.Â Â Former FBI agent Palmer's nightmares have returned, and when he's called in as a consultant on the recent copycat murders - re-creations of the massacre at the archaeological dig site seven years ago - he knows that the ancient evil is back.Â Â Together, they are drawn into one last stand against the Ancient Enemy...but this time the battle will be fought in the Ancient Enemy's world.
Â©2018 Mark Lukens (P)2019 Tantor
Miranda Vaughn has spent the last year and a half fighting for her freedom. Arrested for a fraud scheme involving her supervisors, she's lost her job at a prestigious investment firm, her fiancÃ©, and her reputation. She walks out of the courtroom a free woman, only to find that life has a few more curve balls to throw her way. The jury may have found her not guilty, but Miranda is broke, in debt to her beloved aunt, and can't find a job because of the cloud of suspicion still swirling around her. She's not going to be able to move forward with her life until she finds out who set her up. Buried in the evidence against her, Miranda finds a larger scheme, one involving far more money than the $37 million her boss fleeced from unsuspecting investors. Determined to uncover the truth, Miranda begins her own investigation - leading her to Macau and Belize, and into the arms of one sexy FBI agent, who may or may not prove to be trustworthy. When the danger heats up, Miranda finds herself in a race against time to find the person behind it all. Before he finds her....
Â©2014 Ellie Ashe (P)2015 Ellie Ashe
A sci-fi horror book in development to be a feature film.... In 1988, Lydia Conner was taken from her cabin near Specter Lake, Minnesota, while her husband lay in bed, temporarily paralyzed. She screamed at him for help as she floated up to the ceiling in a blinding flash of light...and then she was gone. In 2009, four film school students journeyed to the Specter Lake cabin where the abduction of Lydia Conner took place. They hoped to capture proof of an alien visitation on film; they hoped to re-create events from the abduction; they hoped to use themselves as bait...but they encountered much more than they ever could've imagined. Contains strong language and some graphic violence.
Â©2010 Mark Lukens (P)2015 Mark Lukens
Her whole life it had just been the two of them. Before her mother's last breath, she gave Camille the information she had craved her entire life: the identity of her father. Daring to contact him, Camille was welcomed by an entire family she never knew existed. But nothing comes without a price, as she discovers when her family claims a legendary heritage tracing back to a Centaur touched by Zeus. As she learns the secrets of her Centaur bloodline, she is drawn into a forbidden love with Drake. Her family acknowledges her life may be the blood debt required to pay for her mother's transgressions. The same person who once held her mother captive, and forced her into decades of hiding, now controls Camille. Her only chance is to seek a piece of her mother's past that will win her freedom and the life she desperately desires.
Â©2012 Nancy Straight (P)2014 Nancy Straight
After a rancher finds 10 mutilated bodies at an archaeological dig site on the Navajo Reservation, both Captain Begay of the Navajo Tribal Police and Special Agent Palmer of the FBI become involved...but the case leads Palmer back up to Colorado where five more mutilated bodies and Stella's vehicle have been discovered at a burning cabin.Â Cole, Stella, and David escape the cabin, heading south to get David back down to the Navajo lands. Now that Stella believes David is a natural-born shaman, she knows their only hope of David ever defeating the Ancient Enemy is to find a reclusive shaman named Joe Blackhorn who can help train David.Â But with Agent Palmer and Captain Begay hot on their trail, Cole and Stella must find Joe Blackhorn and the secrets he possesses before the Ancient Enemy destroys them all.
Â©2015 Mark Lukens (P)2019 Tantor
Three very different women have been murdered and NYPD Detective Stephanie Chalice wants to know why. Her case begins on the Roosevelt Island tram. The conductor has been shot, but lying next to him is the real mystery: a woman who might appear to have died of natural causes if not for the handwritten note stuffed in her mouth that simply reads "Look back!" When a second woman is found dead with a rag in her mouth and another cryptic note found nearby, Chalice realizes that a psychopath is stalking Manhattan, on the prowl for a very special type of woman. Part of the murderer's twisted game is leaving intentional clues for the police, clues designed not only to taunt, but also to do something much worse. Chalice will uncover startling truths about who she really, but will it help her to discover the killer's real purpose before another woman dies?
Â©2002 Lawrence Kelter (P)2015 Lawrence Kelter