After a heated argument with his father, Lucian gets pulled into an organization that has connections to the Seeker, Lucian's destined enemy. Determined to save the innocents that had been brought unwillingly into this mission, Lucian will need to utilize his Realm Leader lessons and embrace his inner Protektor in order to save those he loves.Account #4- Trials of Terrara Vikos prequel seriesIt has been a good few years since Lucian had learned that he was the Protektor, one of the members of the foretelling known as the Profecia. After an argument with his father, he storms off. This escape soon turns even more sour, when Lucian gets dragged into an organization known as MonReneix. Sensing the evil Seeker's energy nearby and seeing the poor depressed children being held captive, Lucian makes his decision to stay there, undercover, and try to learn more about this organization.However, when the leader sets his eyes on 'recruiting' Kimberly, the love of Lucian's young life, he must learn to embrace the Protektor within and send the Seeker a message:You mess with my life, and you will pay.Account #4 of the Tales of Terrara Vikos story saga.Prior stories in this saga:Cross of Faith (#1)Trees in the Storm (#2)Blood on a Broken Hand (#3)
Little 7-year-old Lucian Gallager has to face reality when his mother goes missing. All he can do is hope that his friends and family will support him with whatever decides to happen...Account #2 of my Tales of Terrara Vikos story sagaA prequel to my Trials of Terrara Vikos series (hopefully coming soon)At seven years of age, Lucian Gallager is very mature for his age. Among the struggles with his budding crush on his tomboyish friend and his mother's disappearance, he must learn what it means to be strong for others, but also learn how to let others be strong for him.Account #2 of my Tales of Terrara Vikos story sagaCheck out the rest of the Tales of Terrara Vikos stories:Cross of Faith (#1)Blood on a Broken Hand (#3)Warped Destinies (#4)The Protektor's Reality: A Trials of Terrara Vikos prequel novel - Now available!A prequel to my Trials of Terrara Vikos series (hopefully coming soon)
A teenage refugee adapts to a new country, a new language, new school and even finds a wonderful best friend, until the pressures of past and present collide and lead to a lie that changes everything.
Halden Rendra is the heir to his father's position as Head of the daemon clan. When his father forces him to meet the current Realm Leader, a new journey begins for him, all beginning the second he steps through their door.Account #1 of my Tales of Terrara Vikos story sagaA prequel to my Trials of Terrara Vikos series (hopefully coming soon)As heir to the daemon clan Lord, Halden Rendra is a rebel. He argues with his father constantly and is always looking for a fight. The day his father drags him to the Realm Leader's suburban home, his destiny changes. He meets Lucian Gallager, a young boy about his age that seems like a 'nerdy weakling'. However, as Halden soon discovers, everything is not as it seems, especially when it comes to the Realm Leader's only son.Account #1 of my Tales of Terrara Vikos story sagaCheck out the rest of the Tales of Terrara Vikos stories:Trees in the Storm (#2)Blood on a Broken Hand (#3)Warped Destinies (#4)The Protektor's Reality: A Trials of Terrara Vikos prequel novel - Now Available!A prequel to my Trials of Terrara Vikos series (coming soon)
Critics and readers alike hailed Swimming, Joanna Hershon's fiction debut. "Compelling," said the Washington Post, while Vanity Fair called Swimming a "page-turning premiere." Now Hershon brings us her anticipated second novel, in which she vividly explores the secrets of an American family. The Outside of August is a mesmerizing, beautifully written story that combs the emotional landscape of its characters with power and precision.For as long as Alice Green can remember, her elusive mother, Charlotte, has moved in and out of family life--disappearing relentlessly and often without explanation. Despite the exotic clutter of souvenirs that detail Charlotte's international travels, the Green's home becomes progressively hollow, as nothing but Charlotte can fill the empty spaces.With their mother's tenuous presence, and their tender but distant father working long hours, Alice and her brother, August, react in different ways. While...
Faye is the "good" adopted Chinese daughter. Bev is the wild child. Mannie is the unambitious stoner. What brings them together—and tears them apart—is a need to move beyond the clich�s and commit to something—anything—that will bring meaning and joy to their lives. When Faye's long-lost childhood neighbor, Bev, turns up out of the blue, wanting something from her old friend, Faye goes along with Bev's plan. But Mannie, the joyriding daddy of Bev's baby, has a half-crazed romantic agenda of his own. As one cold, miserable prairie spring inches toward summer, a series of unexpected and sometimes explosive decisions sends the trio hurtling toward disaster. A darkly funny portrayal of three unforgettable teenagers feeling their way into adulthood in an imperfect world.
The Most Surprising Sports Hero of Our TimeFrom avid sports fans to casual culture-watchers, it seems no one can get enough of Jeremy Lin. He captured the attention of the nation in just a few weeks' time as he went from unknown underdog to rescuer of the woebegone New York Knicks. Everything from his race (Asian-American) to his alma mater (Harvard) has made Lin one of the most unusual sports stars in years. But what forces have shaped Jeremy Lin into who he is today, and what motivates him to keep striving toward his goals?Bestselling, award-winning author Ted Kluck uses his unique backgrounds in sports writing and faith writing to uncover the fascinating world of an out-of-nowhere star who continues to surprise.
Juliet St. Clair has spent her life under Hollywood's spotlight. While being America's favorite girl next door has had its perks, having to testify against her stalker to put him behind bars certainly wasn't one of them. But when she thinks about walking away from it all, she can't help remembering the enormous pile of medical bills her family is drowning under. Bills that just keep on coming.Felix Donovan had it all—stunning good looks, gorgeous women, and a spot as the drummer to a band that's sitting pretty at the top of the charts. Until one life-altering decision left him paralyzed from the waist down. He doesn't know whether to laugh or cry when he wins this year's Sexiest Man award, but the one thing he immediately does is send out a Non-disclosure agreement. Hiding his condition from the public is hard as hell, but he's not ready to face the world while he's still struggling to accept his new reality.Except this year's Sexiest Woman—Juliet St....
Aching to expand from a couple to a family, Jeff Gammage--a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer--and his wife, Christine, embarked upon a journey that would carry them across a shifting landscape of emotion and through miles of red tape and bureaucratic protocol. On the other side of the world--in the smog-choked city of Changsha in Hunan Province--a silent, stoic little girl was waiting for them: Jin Yu, their new daughter. Now they would have to learn how to fully embrace a life altered beyond recognition by new concerns and responsibilities--and by a love unlike any they'd ever felt before.Alive with insight and feeling, China Ghosts is an eye-opening depiction of the foreign adoption process and a remarkable glimpse into a different culture. Most important, it is a poignant, heartfelt, and intensely intimate chronicle of the making of a family.
When Sloane Avery stops to help a stranded driver, she finds more than a broken down car on the side of the road. Luke Evans is faster and sexier than her Maserati, but with her heart still on the mend, she's not interested in taking him for a test drive. Despite their initial disdain for each other, emotion and passion simmer, complicating their fragile friendship. But when a tragic loss and devastating betrayal send them spiraling, their growing love isn't enough to save them.That was five years ago, practically a different lifetime and definitely a different Sloane. Before she's been hardened by booze, sex, and as much distance as she could get from the past. Now, called home on a family emergency, she's determined to hold onto her heart the next time she sees Luke.Except Sloane's not the only one who's changed. Luke's turned his life around. Only the reappearance of Sloane and the reminder of his biggest mistake can put a dent in his plans. Luke is set on fixing what he's broken. But with her emotions boiling to the surface, Sloane needs to decide if falling in love is life's greatest gift or its cruelest joke.
Strays and Relations follows the story of Dizzy, whose search for her birth parents is sad, humorous, and in parts bizarre. Dizzy learns that she began life as a surviving twin, then was fostered until a permanent home was found. Dizzy begins her search for her original identity. Why was she given up for adoption in the 1960s? Following a tenuous lead, she travels to Ireland with her best friend Sugar, but the trail takes a misleading turn. It ends in what they mistakenly believe is Dizzy's mother's grave. Dizzy falls in love with Will, a blacksmith. But something is missing. Dizzy's life changes when her birth father Tommy makes contact using a private detective. He reveals that her birth mother is alive and married to a man called Vernon. Now the bigger, trickier task lies ahead: working out how to fit the disparate bits of her life together. This is a book which will both amuse and touch readers' hearts.Strays and Relations manages...