Out on the edge of the desert, things get a bit feral.Anais, the eleven-year-old daughter of a fishmonger, enters the Great House of Brightshire as a scullery maid. Isolated from her peers, she fears a life of solitude and menial chores. In Brightshire magic is strictly prohibited and after the tedium of the kitchens, when Anais discovers a manuscript that outlines methods for practicing the art of blood magic, she throws herself full throttle into practicing magic. At first she just practices simple spells for her own amusement, but when one of the girls from the kitchens goes missing - amidst rumors of monsters rising in the south and devouring townspeople - Anais decides to use her new skills to find the missing girl. In her search, she accidentally befriends the Lord of Brightshire's youngest son, Cedric, and then his cousin Mediera. Finally having friends she cares for is great, but practicing illegal magic and fraternizing with those above her station leave Anais in more danger than she can handle.The first ebook in this series is available for free.
Benny Dugan came to live in the shadow of his underworld boss, Red DelGatti. His introverted brother Marion took another direction in life. In this somewhat dark comedy, tragedy strikes affecting all of them, but in different ways. The two brothers had no idea how their actions would intersect and send them running from the cops, as well as DelGatti, in order to salvage Benny's grand plan.Rather than party at his friend's house for the end of the world, Jared elects to spend his last day before the zombie apocalypse in the office in the hopes that he can get to know pretty Sheila. When the zombie's do arrive, neither he, Sheila, or their boss are ready.
Maybe I can be like those handsome men on the shaving ads.The invitation to join the secretive Guadel should have been the fulfillment of dreams Va'del didn't even realize he had. When his sponsors are killed in an ambush a short time later, he instead finds his probationary status revoked, and becomes a pawn between various factions inside the Guadel ruling body.Jain's never known any life but that of a Guadel in training. She'd thought herself reconciled to the idea of a loveless marriage for the good of her people, but meeting Va'del changes everything. Their growing attraction flies against hundreds of years of precedent, but as wide-spread attacks threaten their world, the Guadel have no choice but to use even Jain and Va'del in their fight for survival.Publisher's Note: Frozen Prospects is a YA Epic Fantasy book, and is the first novel in the Guadel Chronicles Series which is written so that it can be safely enjoyed by teens and adults alike. Frozen Prospects is followed by Thawed Fortunes.The Guadel Chronicles: All the scope of an epic fantasy combined with the action of a sword and sorcery book!
A rebellion rising. A land under siege. Can a conflicted priestess defeat an ancient, ruthless magic?Hanno's husband is dead. Filled with pain, the priestess and healer questions her faith in the almighty Eternal Council. When she unknowingly aids a wounded rebel, she's forced to choose between returning to her old life or taking up arms against the rulers she used to worship…Deep within the heart of the rebel ranks, Hanno witnesses the Council cut down the lives of her new and dwindling allies. But the healer knows a secret. And if she's able reach the enemy's hidden, vulnerable weakness, then the rebels may just have a chance to avoid obliteration.Can Hanno guide her people to freedom, or will vicious rulers make her pay dearly for her betrayal?The Lich's Heart is a thrilling dark fantasy in the sweeping Windhaven Chronicles. If you like determined heroes, mythical lands, and swords and sorcery, then you'll love Watson Davis's epic adventure.Buy The Lich's Heart to rise up against dark magic today!
Things get pretty crazy with a broken tandoor oven a dodgy supplier and the pressure of a big opening day.A light yet thought provoking sci-fi adventure. "Dwarg" is a "Whisp" from a non-physical world, who is on a mission to stop Humans sending rockets into the Aura. He becomes an entity of a young and dying Aggie who accepts him. Dwarg infuses her with health, wisdom and maturity. With her aunt, they go on an adventure to France to solve a puzzle of a painting by Vincent van Gogh and learn more of his life and the story of his ear. Dwarg realizes that there are alien viruses landing on the planet and infecting Humans in different ways. Aggie, his host, is from the Abenaki nation and Dwarg is fascinated by the rituals of that culture. Aggie graduates from the University of Oklahoma at age 11 and participates in an exclusive experiment utilizing the LHC (which she cleverly used to sent Dwarg back to his own non-physical world).
Ken has been waiting for this day for a long time.*** 4 1/2 STARS FROM RT BOOK REVIEWS***Arden Lesstymine (known to everyone as Trouble) likes attention as much as the next girl, but this is getting ridiculous. When an insane stranger is murdered at the inn where she works, Trouble becomes the next Soulbearer for the disembodied god of chaos, Loku. Yes, it comes with the ability to channel the god’s limitless power, but at the cost of her sanity — literally. Now she has a sexy but cynical knight claiming to be her protector, a prince trying to seduce her to his cause (and his bed), and a snarky chaos god who offers a play-by-play commentary on it all, whether she wants to hear it or not. To make matters worse, a necromancer wants to capture the soul of Loku for his own dark purposes, and the only way he can get it is by killing her first.
Two teens fight for their lives after an alien invasion in this heart-stopping follow-up to Zero Repeat Forever.Humans. Clones. Aliens. No one is safe anymore. It's the end of the world.Xander Liu survived the alien invasion—just barely. For more than a year, he has outsmarted, hidden from, and otherwise avoided the ruthless intruders, the Nahx, dodging the deadly darts that have claimed so many. When the murder of his friend leaves him in the protective company of August, a rebellious Nahx soldier, Xander is finally able to make his way back to human controlled territory and relative safety. But safety among the humans is not what it seems.When Raven awakes on a wide expanse of snowy sand dunes, she has many questions. What has happened to her and the other reanimated humans gathered around her? What is the meaning of the Nahx ships that hover ominously above them? And most pressing of all, where is August, who promised to keep her...
Most erotic story writers include anal sex as an afterthought. Englishman Alex Barton puts beautiful bottoms back where they belong - as the main attraction, If Anal Sex Turns You On, Then You’ll Love These Five Stories! Gentle Persuasion – "I want you naked, Lucy," Tony said, leaning over her sweating body. Straddling her, he pulled the dress up over her head and she reached up for him, her hands clawing his buttocks in an effort to pull him close enough to capture his cock with her mouth. But he caught her hands and lifted them over her head, gently slipping silken bonds attached to the bedposts around her wrists ... Foursome – Nicky wasn’t an anal virgin, and enjoyed it if her lover was considerate and slow. But that wasn’t what she wanted with Stephen, she wanted to be sodomised long and hard and deep. Her fingers crept downwards to between her legs. Oh well, she thought, if fucking her ass was what Stephen wanted then that was what she’d do ... Party Games - Emma stretched her hand out and slowly stroked her fingers over the bulge of Max’s prick, from the glans to the base, and reached for his zip. She slid it down, then pulled the front of his pants open, her eyes widening as Max’s long, thick penis sprang erect, quivering with the intensity of his desire ... The Blacksmith – Joss pulled down one end of the cord he’d used to masturbate himself, looped it through the rope tying Caroline’s wrists together and hauled her up into the air, securing the other end of the cord to a ring in the wall. He watched as she hung helplessly, a faint smile on his lips ... A Quiet Weekend - The man lying on top of Emma shuddered in ecstasy and began to come. His hips stiffened as he pressed Emma’s knees back against her breasts and thrust his cock deep within her upturned bottom, pumping out the contents of his balls. Emma stifled a scream into the man’s shoulder, her body responding with a fierce, prolonged orgasm ...
The 5th Wave meets Beauty and the Beast in this fast-paced and heart-stopping novel about an invasion of murderous creatures and one girl fighting for her life at the end of the world.He has no voice or name, only a rank, Eighth. He doesn't know the details of the mission, only the directives that hum in his mind. Dart the humans. Leave them where they fall. His job is to protect his Offside. Let her do the shooting. Until a human kills her...Sixteen-year-old Raven is at summer camp when the terrifying armored Nahx invade. Isolated in the wilderness, Raven and her fellow campers can only stay put. Await rescue. Raven doesn't like feeling helpless, but what choice does she have?Then a Nahx kills her boyfriend.Thrown together in a violent, unfamiliar world, Eighth and Raven should feel only hate and fear. But when Raven is injured, and Eighth deserts his unit, their survival comes to depend on trusting each other...
We All Fall Down is a vivid and compelling narrative of middle class friends and families, relationships and the contemporary workplace. Kate and Hugh Drysdale like many couples buy a house that stretches them to the limits financially. Hugh looks at the soaring property market, the fact he's earning a good salary, and all the signs of a booming economy and believes everything will be fine. And it is, until the advertising company he works for hits a rough patch: two major pieces of business walk out of the door, and a new creative director from the UK is brought in. Set in Sydney when world economic instability is beginning to bite, this is very much a book of our time. Peopled with unforgettable characters it is a disturbing, but affecting portrait of family, the workplace, and the costs of playing, or not playing the game. In We All Fall Down Peter Barry brings his witty, razor-sharp vision to human nature, life in suburbia and the moral dilemmas that face us all.
Glamour magazine called Come Back, the first nonfiction collaboration by Claire and Mia Fontaine, the best mother-daughter memoir, while the New York Times Book Review praised it as, a testament to the power of the love. The Fontaines are back with Have Mother, Will Travel, a beautiful, thoughtful, insightful, inspiring book that brilliantly captures the changing relationship between a mother and her adult daughter. Seen within the context of an unforgettable round-the-world adventure, the emotional milestones reached and the new understandings and appreciations achieved will warm the heart and nourish the soul—an extraordinary journey that should not be missed by armchair travelers and by mothers and daughters everywhere.
Scholarly considerations of Andy Warhol abound, including very fine catalogues raisonné, notable biographies, and essays in various exhibition catalogues and anthologies. But nowhere is there an in-depth scholarly examination of Warhol's oeuvre as a whole—until now.Jonathan Flatley's Like Andy Warhol is a revelatory look at the artist's likeness-producing practices, not only reflected in his famous Campbell's soup cans and Marilyn Monroe silkscreens but across Warhol's whole range of interests including movies, drag queens, boredom, and his sprawling collections. Flatley shows us that Warhol's art is an illustration of the artist's own talent for "liking." He argues that there is in Warhol's productions a utopian impulse, an attempt to imagine new, queer forms of emotional attachment and affiliation, and to transform the world into a place where these forms find a new home. Like Andy Warhol is not just the best full-length critical study of Warhol...
This is a story of a girl who goes off in search for a father she's only imagined and finds an empire that wants to sacrifice her. It's a story of family and loyalty and how sometimes your closest kin don't share your blood.