Birthmarked

In the future, in a world baked dry by the harsh sun, there are those who live inside the walled Enclave and those, like sixteen-year-old Gaia Stone, who live outside. Following in her mother's footsteps Gaia has become a midwife, delivering babies in the world outside the wall and handing a quota over to be "advanced" into the privileged society of the Enclave. Gaia has always believed this is her duty, until the night her mother and father are arrested by the very people they so loyally serve. Now Gaia is forced to question everything she has been taught, but her choice is simple: enter the world of the Enclave to rescue her parents, or die trying.
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The White Notebook

This first published work lays bare the early brilliance and philosophical conflicts of Andr� Gide, a towering figure in French literature Nobel Prize-winning writer Andr� Gide lays bare his adolescent psyche in this early work, first conceived and published as part of his novel The Notebooks of Andr� Walter, completed when he was just twenty years old. This profoundly personal work draws heavily on his religious upbringing and private journals to tell the story of a young man who, like the author, pines for his forbidden love, cousin Emmanuelle. This unique portrait of Gide as a young man presents the passions and conflicts, temptations and anguish he would explore in maturity.
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I Keep Thinking It's Tuesday

Tom Fletcher sometimes sees people as donuts and uses Exchange and Mart as his guide through a life populated by topless dancers and hippopotami.Frogs, pizzas, water beds, pygmies, licorice flavoured condoms and an ostrich all have key parts to play in this murder mystery; or perhaps it's a love story; or is it just a tale about a man who doesn't own a decent jacket?… and who is Geoffrey?Tom Fletcher is a worried man. Middle aged and balding, he hasn't sold a house in weeks and his job is on the line. His wife is cheating on him and he is falling in love with his secretary.He is bewildered by the world. Animate and inanimate objects take on personalities and behaviours in his fertile imagination which make even the commonplace events of daily life into battlegrounds where misunderstanding and confusion reign.All he asks is to be loved, -- but not by the intimidating Carole who contrives and schemes to get him into her bed.In his mind there is a simple solution. Kill his wife and marry his secretary. But where to get the gun?Pausing only to reflect on topology and the meaning of life, Tom pursues a single minded route through a minefield populated by topless dancers and hippopotami, only slightly phased by a tendency to see people as donuts, and use Exchange and Mart as his guide.Frogs, Pizzas, Water Beds, Pygmies, Licorice Flavoured Condoms and an Ostrich all have key parts to play in this drama of everyday folk.This is a love story, or perhaps a murder story, or maybe it's just a tale about a man who doesn't own a decent jacket..... and in the background lurks the mysterious Geoffrey, without whom the story would be incomplete.
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Fear and Trembling

According to ancient Japanese protocol, foreigners deigning to approach the emperor did so only with fear and trembling. Terror and self-abasement conveyed respect. Amélie, our well-intentioned and eager young Western heroine, goes to Japan to spend a year working at the Yumimoto Corporation. Returning to the land where she was born is the fulfillment of a dream for Amélie; working there turns into comic nightmare. Alternately disturbing and hilarious, unbelievable and shatteringly convincing, Fear and Trembling will keep readers clutching tight to the pages of this taut little novel, caught up in the throes of fear, trembling, and, ultimately, delight.
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A Lady in Shadows

On June 2nd, 1894, in the wake of President Marie Francois Sadi Carnot’s assassination, France descends into chaos and riots in the streets of Varbourg. Many lives are lost in the mayhem, but when one lady of the night is found murdered with brutal incisions and no sign of a struggle, it is clear something is amiss. Madeleine Karno must ask herself the terrifying question: Do they have their very own Jack the Ripper in France? Madeleine is no stranger to cases such as this. Though she is a woman in forensic pathology (a career considered unseemly even for men), her recent work with a string of mysterious deaths and becoming the first female student admitted to the University of Varbroug has earned her some semblance of respect. But there’s only so much her physiology courses can do to help her uncover the mysteries of a mad scientist’s brutal murders. Madeleine must do whatever it takes—investigate the darkest corners of the city and even work undercover—to track down a murderer at large. But if there’s one thing the press has right about “Mademoiselle Death,” it’s this: it takes a woman to find a killer of women.
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Roses for Cassandra

This is the small, but pleasant tale of how the theater brought together two lovers: a dancer and a stagehand.Assassins have no fun...at least that is how Jake Monday feels. Sure, it pays well and has tons of great benefits like beautiful women, fast cars and expensive clothes. But, when you hate your job, how can you enjoy its perks?Jake finds that although he excels at killing, he finds no joy in it. His employer continues to push him to his limits, forcing Jake to re-evaluate his career choice.A chance meeting with a woman aboard a flight to Los Angeles leaves Jake questioning more than his occupation. She leaves him with a strange gift and a feeling that they are somehow connected.Before Jake can unravel the mysterious woman, he takes an assignment that changes his life forever. The stakes are legendary, the danger acute, and the world may never be the same.
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Tortured

"But what about Leon?"  Now, in this new story that bridges the gap between Birthmarked and Prized, Caragh M. O'Brien answers her readers' most common question with a tale of suffering and determination from Leon's perspective.  Be warned.  The story is a spoiler for the first book in the award-winning trilogy. This promotional e-book includes this exclusive bridge story, as well as a teaser chapter for Prized, book two in the Birthmarked trilogy, available wherever e-books are sold November 2011.
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Doctor Death

From the New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Boy in the Suitcase, a gripping historical thriller and poignant coming-of-age story set in nineteenth-century France. Madeleine Karno is an ambitious young woman eager to shatter the confines of her provincial French town. Driven and strong headed, Madeleine is set apart by her unusual occupation: assisting her father, Dr. Albert Karno, in his job as a forensic doctor. The year is 1894, and a young girl is found dead on the snowy streets of Varbourg. Dr. Karno is called in to determine the cause of her death, but before he can examine the body, the girl's family forbids the autopsy from taking place. The only anomaly he manages to find is in the form of a mite in her nostril. Shortly after, several other dead bodies are discovered throughout the city, and Madeleine, her father, and the city commissioner must use the new science of forensic evidence to solve the mysterious cases before they all become the next victims of a deadly disease—or of a heinous murderer.
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Oscar Wilde

Personal recollections from André Gide on a man who profoundly influenced his work—Oscar Wilde   André Gide, a towering figure in French letters, draws upon his friendship with Oscar Wilde to sketch a compelling portrait of the tragic, doomed author, both celebrated and shunned in his time. Rather than compile a complete biography, Gide invites us to discover Wilde as he did—from their first meeting in 1891 to their final parting just two years before Wilde's death—all told through Gide's sensitive, incomparable prose.   Using his notes, recollections, and conversations, Gide illuminates Wilde as a man whose true art was not writing, but living.   This ebook features a new introduction by Jeanine Parisier Plottel, selected quotes, and an image gallery.
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Angel

Pulled out of a car wreck in progress, Gabriel finds himself in a strange room with a stranger like he has never met before.Angel is part of the prequel of Murder! Too Close to Home and Gabriel's Revenge by JT Lewis, part of the 'Adventures of Gabriel Celtic'.Pulled out of a car wreck in progress, Gabriel finds himself in a strange room with a stranger like he has never met before.Angel is part of the prequel of Murder! Too Close to Home and Gabriel's Revenge by JT Lewis, part of the 'Adventures of Gabriel Celtic'.
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The Abducted

Based on actual events...maybe...It was just a party.There were six of them, three guys and three girls enjoying the cool fall evening. Good friends, they had been drawn together in high school like pieces of steel to a magnet. Considered nerds by many in their school, something in the sky that night changed their lives foreverBased on actual events...maybe...It was just a party.There were six of them, three guys and three girls enjoying the cool fall evening. Good friends, they had been drawn together in high school like pieces of steel to a magnet. Considered nerds by many in their school, all of them were near the top of their class and seemed destined for big things. But something in the sky that night changed their lives forever! The Abducted is a prequel to The Adventures of Gabriel Celtic series.
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Lily and the Lion

A young woman's secret rendezvous is interrupted by the unwelcome sight of a witch and a mysterious lion.Lily and the Lion tells the story of a young woman who is thrust into an adventure when her secret rendezvous is interrupted by a witch and a lion.
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They Don't Exist

A young woman laughs it off when she's informed the room she's staying in for the night is haunted, because ghosts don't exist.Or do they?Every evening Joshua, a manager at FishBurgers, walks home alone. One night, he comes across Mariella, an unusual young woman sitting on a bench. He's thrown for a loop when she tells him where she's from, but he doesn't mind. He doesn't mind the fact that she has blue hair either, in fact it makes her all that much more interesting. The people around Joshua feel that he's a bit odd and know very little about him. Each comes to their own snap judgments about him. Sometimes love can be a little quirky, sometimes it can be a lot quirky.Blue Haired Alien Girlfriend is a stand-alone short story.
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