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The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating mistrust and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. Now eighteen and emancipated from the system with nowhere to go, Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But an unexpected encounter with a mysterious stranger has her questioning what’s been missing in her life. And when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.
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Fans of funny detective stories, meet Maynard Soloman. Some say he's crusty, profane and clueless. If you ask him, he solves the world's problems one case at a time. In this misadventure, the Maynard wraps his arms around the War on Drugs. Or is the war wrapping itself around his beloved Winnebago RV? Either way, the Ol' Badger will solve this War on Drugs business once and for all.“Maynard is the philosopher-cum-man-of-action that we all wish we could be, the detective who solves mysteries by turning idiocy against itself.” – Peter Rozovsky, Detectives Beyond Borders (Spinetingler Award winner) "I recommend to everyone who is looking for a quick read. It's perfect for that pick me up laugh, that bathroom read, that afternoon escape." - Molly Edwards, Reviews by Molly"I have said this a thousand times but I am amazed at this incredible character that a very young Benjamin Sobieck has created...He has his own unique colorful language and he makes me laugh so hard that I had to take breaks when I was reading this because I was laughing so hard!" - Michelle Peden Vasquez, Life in Review"With a satirical take on everything from America’s war on drugs to immigration law to social security, Maynard Soloman is a mobile home-dwelling crime-fighting dynamo. He may not be the brightest bulb in the box, but he sure is amusing." - Laura Roberts, ePublisher Daily"With a chip on his shoulder and more than his share of attitude, the protagonist presents himself as a force to be reckoned with and immediately captured my interest." - Chantal Boudreau, author/illustrator* Author nominated for Best Short Story of 2011 by Preditors & Editors Readers Poll.Fans of funny detective stories, meet Maynard Soloman, gal-damn detective. Some would say he's crusty, profane and clueless. But if you ask him, he solves the world's problems one case at a time. Once you experience his 1930s-style of doing business in a 21st century world, you just might agree.In this misadventure, the Maynard wraps his arms around the War on Drugs. Or is the war wrapping itself around his beloved Winnebago RV? Either way, the Ol' Badger will solve this War on Drugs business once and for all.
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The world might be in the throes of a global recession but when an author on the brink of despair, an enigmatic musician, a supermodel and a Satanic sect meet with the cream of Italian high society at the home of a Roman property tycoon, the world outside the mansion's walls is soon forgotten. There's going to be one hell of a party.
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Ischiano Scalo. A place where even the main road out to the nearest big town gives up after a couple of miles, where escape from a life of boredom and emptiness is almost impossible. Forced into crimes he never wanted to commit, Pietro reaches crisis point when his parents ignore his pleas for help and his schoolteacher turns her back on him - in desperation, he reaches out for attention, and finds instead a terrible revenge. Escape from Ischiano Scalo comes at a price. Life there will never be the same again.
Lorenzo has a few issues. They include the fact that he doesn’t have, or want, any friends. Because this is making his parents unhappy, he tells them he has been invited on a skiing holiday with a group from school. In fact, he is planning to spend the week happily ensconced in the cellar of their apartment building with a supply of canned tuna.
Then his estranged older sister Olivia turns up in the cellar with some issues of her own. Over the next few days, as Lorenzo helps her through her heroin withdrawal, they form an intense bond. And Olivia reveals some secrets that the family have kept from Lorenzo.
Niccolò Ammaniti, the author of the hugely popular I’m Not Scared, has been described as ‘the best novelist of his generation’. With this breathtaking novel, he has produced a small masterpiece.
In this immensely powerful, lyrical and skillfully narrated novel, set in southern Italy, nine year-old Michele discovers a secret so momentous, so terrible, that he daren’t tell anyone about it. Read an exclusive excerpt at BookBrowse today.
The hottest summer of the twentieth century. A tiny community of five houses in the middle of wheat fields. While the adults shelter indoors, six children venture out on their bikes across the scorched, deserted countryside.
In the midst of that sea of golden wheat, nine year-old Michele Amitrano discovers a secret so momentous, so terrible, that he daren’t tell anyone about it. To come to terms with it he will have to draw strength from his own imagination and sense of humanity. The reader witnesses a dual story: the one that is seen through Michele's eyes, and the tragedy involving the adults of this isolated hamlet. The result is an immensely powerful, lyrical and skillfully narrated novel, its atmosphere reminiscent of Tom Sawyer, Stephen King's Stand By Me and Italo Calvino's Italian Fairy Tales.
This is Ammaniti's third book, but his first to be published in the USA.
Jack Watson has a secret that he hides even from himself.When a terrorist splinter group carries out a series of attacks on the west, an American intelligence analyst becomes involved in events far more closely than he could ever have imagined. Forced to witness a brutal murder at close quarters, and even closer to home, he vows to exact “retribution” - whatever the cost.The analyst becomes the catalyst in unfolding actions, and the novel becomes both a detective story to track the mastermind and an action thriller to take out the terrorist organization. Events build to a catastrophic climax; can an international crisis be averted? Can an elusive urban guerrilla be tracked and stopped? What will be the cost?Fast paced and international in scope, this is the first novel in a series built around a set of realistic characters immersed in extreme circumstances. Technically accurate and well researched, this series of novels takes us into the world of ex special forces operatives’ now working in. the private sector.These characters have taken on a life of their own and will become involved in many future adventures.Read and enjoy,Nicholas Gill.
Jake had a strange nightmare about Melissa, one of the "hottest" girls in Jake's school. To prove a friend wrong about the nightmare being a warning, Jake makes is nightmare a reality. Mistake?Oh, yeah.Vistaria(A creature conceived in the book of Hadagery) Zayne is accidentally propelled into a world he can't understand, and since that fateful moment he has been seeing things that can't be possible. Things that bring him closer to death, unless he can discover the secrets of the beast. It began with an accident, as he witnessed a man die right before his eyes, but there was much more to his death than the accident. The dead man's words still resounding fresh in the mind, "It's waiting." Zayne wanted to know, "Whats waiting?" Will he find out in time?
At three-and-a-half feet tall, Pinty Lightbottom is the shortest bar-owner and professional adventurer in all the realms. When his ex-fiancée is kidnapped, Pinty is conscripted to bring her home. Things get complex when the rescue leads Pinty into a full-on war inside the local thieves guild.In solving the mystery, Pinty is abused, beaten, stabbed, sliced, clawed, drowned, berated and poisoned.At three-and-a-half feet tall, Pinty Lightbottom is the shortest psychopathic bar-owner and professional adventurer in all the realms.When his ex-fiancée is kidnapped, her father conscripts Pinty to bring her back home. Things get more complex when the rescue mission leads Pinty into the middle of a full-on war inside the local thieves guild.In doing what he does best, Pinty is abused, beaten, stabbed, sliced, clawed, drowned, berated, poisoned and otherwise exploited by everybody he meets. It doesn’t help that his ego well exceeds his cranium (so one might say the abuse is well earned).As he cuts a bloody swath through the mystery of the guild war, we meet his many companions, including his ever loyal Muel; Mavis, the head cook of his pub The Bottom Up; and Gloom, a cat with the nasty habit of turning invisible in a murderous rage of hunger.
Goodreads reviews 4 starsEmperor Sarizen Judas is vicious when provoked, has a serpentine intelligence and possesses a force of will thata grinds mountains . His hatred is blind, relentless and damaging to the nation. Surr, one of Sarizen's own High-Princes, has abandoned his people in the South and traveled to the Inner Kingdom. He must kill SarizGoodreads reviews 4 starsEmperor Sarizen Judas has ruled uncontested since his ascension fifty years ago. He is vicious when provoked, has a serpentine intelligence and possesses a force of will that grinds mountains. His control over the elemental Mantra is unmatched. But, he is also dangerously repressive of all non-human species. His hatred is blind and relentless, damaging not only to the afflicted but also the nation itself. This is why Surr, one of Sarizen's own High-Princes, has abandoned his people in the South and traveled to the Inner Kingdom. He must kill Sarizen, even if it seems impossible and may cost him everything.
Myram Scribewell, itinerant playwright, tumbles out the door of the local inn and into the path of Anni, a priestess of the local fire god out to save the town from a grumbling volcano.Avery Wilson is a twenty year-old hitman who has been in the business since the age of sixteen, when his parents were murdered. He adapted quickly, following every teaching of his mentor, Lucas, the man who took him in after he lost his parents. After the first few jitters, Avery became used to the feeling of pulling the trigger. He was confident in his job, and jumped at any opportunity to prove himself and to back up his title of being the youngest hitman in the business. This all changed when he was given the profile of a young, fifteen-year old Brynn Laurens. Bryan's downfall, meant to be carried out by Avery, was to be fast, simple, and with little aftermath. Then Avery learned of the reason for the call to get rid of Brynn. The boy's father had made multiple enemies through his business' connections, leading a mystery calling to order in a hit on the man's son. Avery makes the active decision to go undercover and befriend this boy, make sure he does everything in his power to keep him alive. He must fight the instincts drilled into him and keep Brynn from falling victim for a crime he is unknowingly taking the blame for.
Tompa Lee, a street girl who's clawed her way up to the lowest rung of the Space Navy, becomes a pawn of interplanetary politics when she's framed for murder on another planet. Now only her enemies can save her from alien injustice.A WomanTompa Lee is a homeless 'street meat' who has clawed her way up to the bottom-most rung of the Space Navy . . . but her dream job plummets into a nightmare when she's framed for mass murder on an alien planet.A ManDante Roussel is the Navy policemen who surrenders Tompa to the Shons . . . but he is horrified to learn that their justice requires trial-by-combat, so Tompa must conquer three hundred accusers.AN ALIENAwmit is an old, lower-class Shon who is the sole witness to Tompa's innocence . . . but to prove it, he must find the valor and the strength to fight to the death at her side.AN UNFAIR TRIALCan Tompa learn to trust and love not only a member of the alien race that wants to slaughter her . . . but also the policeman who betrayed her to cruel alien justice?
Living & working with her family at Renaissance festivals makes every day a new adventure for Glenna Tate. Especially when Glenna receives the gift of a pendant & is able to visit Otherworld, the realm where the magic & myths woven by the Renaissance players comes to life! Mystery ensues when an important item is stolen. Can Glenna find the item and become the hero Otherworld needs to survive?Glenna's life is anything but ordinary. The daughter of Renaissance festival vendors, Glenna's days are filled with magic and medieval reenactments as she travels the faire circuit with her family. Then one day, Glenna's life changes forever. With the help of a pendant, she discovers Otherworld. An enchanted realm, Otherworld is the land in which all of the myths and magic woven by the Renaissance players comes to life!Suddenly, Glenna is thrust into a quest filled with danger and deception when Atterberry, a great and powerful magician in Otherworld, needs help recovering a stolen item.Can Glenna find the item in time? Can she summon the courage to become the medieval hero the residents of Otherworld expect her to be? And perhaps most importantly, can she juggle both her life in the real world and her life in Otherworld without damaging either?
A short-ish tale about how you can never trust anyone you think may be okay. They might end up betraying you. Deception is betrayal.In this book, Kiley ends up trapped by an unknown creature until now, Deception. The word and girl is dangerous and can never be trusted. What will become of Kiley or Deception? Read on to find out!