Seven assorted short stories about the supernatural, the unexplored, horror, action, and, romance. They are entertaining with startling twists and turns.And you thought your boss was cold! At the age of 24, Deidre finds herself unemployed with few job skills and a growing pile of overdue bills. When a perky career counselor suggests an open housekeeping position, Deidre knows this could be her only chance for a decent job.She doesn't bother asking many questions...like what the career counselor meant when she said the employer had certain "peculiarities".Deidre is in for a very unpleasant surprise. Not only is her prospective boss a vampire, but he's also cranky, adamantly prefers the telegraph over the telephone and gets dangerous when his prune juice isn't delivered on time. Oh, and he also has a strong fondness for another kind of liquid refreshment, one that he prefers warm and fresh.In this hilarious and satirical short story (approx. 4,300 words), author J. Bennett takes on the wildly popular vampire mythology and gives it a certain grizzled spin. As Deidre will discover, not all vampires are eternally-young , virile romantics who effortlessly keep up with the times. Some of them delight in wearing bow-ties, continue to enthusiastically vote for Eisenhower in each election, and consider the television to be witch magic.Can Deidre make it as a vampire's housekeeper? To find out, she'll first have to survive the job interview!
Following the harrowing journey of Lady Lee Su-Mei and her family, The Opium Lord's Daughter is a work of historical fiction told from dual perspectives—Chinese and English—about the First Opium War, a dramatic and history-altering conflict. Su-Mei is a young woman not bound by convention, particularly the convention of foot binding. When we are first introduced to Su-Mei, the main character from which the historical novel The Opium Lord's Daughter derives its name, her heroic spirit is foretold as she valiantly resists her wealthy and powerful father—one of the largest opium traders in mid-19th century China—as he attempts to force her into this barbaric practice. Her defiance sets in motion a series of events forever altering her fate as well as the fates of those in her crumbling world. Through Su-Mei, readers are able to look with fresh eyes upon antiquated and harmful traditions and understand how time and experiences truly shape a person during...
Discover the Fascinating History and Divinatory Powerof the 20thCentury's Most Popular Tarot Deck Originally published in 1909 to little fanfare, the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot went on to become the bestselling tarot deck of all time. This complete guide shares the compelling story of the deck's creation, a complete analysis of what each card means, and 78 spreads to help you integrate each card's unique spiritual energy. Discover how artist Pamela Colman Smith and occultist Arthur Waite combined their knowledge of astrology, Kabbalah, metaphysics, mythology, and theater to realize their profound vision. Llewellyn's Complete Book of the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot delves deeply into the roots of these influential cards, exploring how Waite and Smith brought together an enchanting set of esoteric symbols and formed a magical deck that has guided, inspired, validated, and challenged the countless readers and seekers who have sought its...
This Very Short Introduction offers a clear, accessible, and concise account of the apocryphal gospels--exploring their origins, their discovery, and discussing how the various texts have been interpreted both within and outside the Church. Looking at texts ranging from the Gospels from Nag Hammadi to the Dialogues with the Risen Savior, Paul Foster shows how the apocryphal gospels reflect the diversity that existed within early Christianity, and considers the extent to which they can be used to reconstruct an accurate portrait of the historical Jesus. Foster demonstrates how close analysis of text, contents, and context are vital in assessing the value and authenticity of such ancient documents. Including discussions of controversies and case-studies such as the alleged hoax surrounding the discovery of Secret Mark, Foster concludes that the non-canonical texts, considered in the correct context, can help us reach a more complete understanding of the multi-faceted nature of early Christianity.
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In a series of clever power plays with lovers Casper, Kurt and Sidney, Gretel leaves the three humiliated and a whole lot poorer as she strips them of their assets. However, her game begins to unravel when she can't indulge in her desires with Kurt – he willingly accepts everything she throws at him! Meanwhile, arch nemesis, Jessica Noble, is trying to steal him from her.
Escaped slave. Grad student. Angie Clark is all three.
Angie Clark began life as Sarah Miller, an innocent girl
deceived and enslaved by vampires. Her escape from torture and captivity set
off a political firestorm among the vampires of North America, and in order to
survive she took on a new identity. Now Angie leads a double life. By day she
is a grad student obsessed with arcaneology—the study of supernatural species. At
night, she is Angeline Devereaux, a woman who specializes in fulfilling
vampires’ fantasies. She has everything under control until Steffen Scott, Lord
of the Puget Sound vampire Province, makes an unusual request: he wants to fall
It’s the ultimate challenge, and Angie can’t resist. But Steffen
turns out to be the least of her worries when Angie puts her life on the line
to prevent a war between humans and vampires. Fantasy and reality become
blurred when she turns to Steffen for comfort and discovers that while he was
falling in love with her, she was developing feelings of her own. Now she must
decide how to deal with emotions she fears even more than death.