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Black Diamond

Author : Ali Dean
ISBN : 1523283718
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It's not a place for the weak. No one here tolerates wimps. If you can't handle it, leave. Welcome to Stark Springs, Colorado, home to the most talented young athletes in the world. When Roxie Slade snaps into a pair of skis, there's no one on Sugarville Mountain in Vermont who can keep up with her. Not even the boys. Still, Roxie was shocked when she received a scholarship to Stark Springs Academy, a boarding school that churns out Olympians in each graduating class. Entering as a high school junior, Roxie can't wait to learn from renowned coaches and train with the fastest ski racers from all over the globe. But upon arrival, Roxie discovers that Stark Springs lives under its own set of rules, and it appears one boy plays dictator. Ryker Black is not friendly and Roxie cannot fathom why everyone wants to be his friend. Sure, he's gorgeous and rides a snowboard like it's his fifth limb, but he's cold, ruthless, and holds way too much power over the Stark Springs population. Roxie won't put up with it. She's here to train, and she doesn't care about impressing anyone off the slopes. The only problem? Ryker Black doesn't permit defiance. Not without consequences.

Double Black

Author : Ali Dean
ISBN : 1530919533
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* This is the second book in the Stark Springs Academy series, which should be read in order. You should read Black Diamond before reading the description below.* If you don't like the rules, make new ones. If you want to be the best, show no fear. And if Ryker Black is your boyfriend, you better be ready to fight. On and off the slopes. Overnight, Roxie Slade went from an outsider at Stark Springs Academy, to a ruler at the prestigious boarding school for elite winter athletes. But Roxie didn't know if she wanted that power, and she definitely wasn't sure about sharing it with Ryker Black, who came from a different world and lived by a different set of morals. Ryker may have decided to trust her, but could she trust him? Roxie only cared about her rising position in the ski rankings, but now her status at Stark and within the winter sports community is skyrocketing, whether she asked for it or not. Can she handle both while attempting a real relationship with Ryker Black? Roxie once believed that her sole purpose was proving herself on the slopes, but she's done that once, and she's far from satisfied. She has so much more to prove.

Black Ice

Author : Ali Dean
ISBN : 1536898341
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When your enemy dies under strange circumstances? Don't stop looking over your shoulder. When secrets of a past scandal are plopped into your lap? Solve a mystery. And when you're a member of the National ski team? Don't get distracted. Roxie's senior year at Stark Springs Academy is not what she envisioned. She never intended to be privy to Stark's biggest secrets, but she's thrown right into the middle of it, whether she wants to carry that burden or not. As Ryker Black's girlfriend, nothing is simple or straightforward. A ski racer first and foremost, Roxie can't let the ghosts of Stark Springs Academy distract her from the race course. Will she be able to pull it off?

The Kings Of Big Spring

Author : Bryan Mealer
ISBN : 9781250058911
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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"Think of it as a Texas version of Hillbilly Elegy." — Bryan Burrough, New York Times bestselling author of THE BIG RICH and BARBARIANS AT THE GATE "Bryan Mealer has given us a brilliant, and brilliantly entertaining, portrayal of family, and a bursting-at-the-seams chunk of America in the bargain.” — Ben Fountain, bestselling author of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk A saga of family, fortune, faith in Texas, where blood is bond and oil is king... In 1892, Bryan Mealer’s great-grandfather leaves the Georgia mountains and heads west into Texas, looking for wealth and adventure in the raw and open country. But his luck soon runs out. Beset by drought, the family loses their farm just as the dead pastures around them give way to one of the biggest oil booms in American history. They eventually settle in the small town of Big Spring, where fast fortunes are being made from its own reserves of oil. For the next two generations, the Mealers live on the margins of poverty, laboring in the cotton fields and on the drilling rigs that sprout along the flatland, weathering dust and wind, booms and busts, and tragedies that scatter them like tumbleweed. After embracing Pentecostalism during the Great Depression, they rely heavily on their faith to steel them against hardship and despair. But for young Bobby Mealer, the author’s father, religion is only an agent for rebellion. In the winter of 1981, when the author is seven years old, Bobby receives a call from an old friend with a simple question, “How'd you like to be a millionaire?” Twenty-six, and with a wife and three kids, Bobby had left his hometown to seek a life removed from the blowing dust and oil fields, and to find spiritual peace. But now Big Spring’s streets are flooded again with roughnecks, money, and sin. Boom chasers pour in from the busted factory towns in the north. Drilling rigs rise like timber along the pastures, and poor men become millionaires overnight. Grady Cunningham, Bobby's friend, is one of the newly-minted kings of Big Spring. Loud and flamboyant, with a penchant for floor-length fur coats, Grady pulls Bobby and his young wife into his glamorous orbit. While drilling wells for Grady's oil company, they fly around on private jets and embrace the honky-tonk high life of Texas oilmen. But beneath the Rolexes and Rolls Royce cars is a reality as dark as the crude itself. As Bobby soon discovers, his return to Big Spring is a backslider’s journey into a spiritual wilderness, and one that could cost him his life. A masterwork of memoir and narrative history, The Kings of Big Spring is an indelible portrait of fortune and ruin as big as Texas itself. And in telling the story of four generations of his family, Mealer also tells the story of America came to be.

Black Diamond 3 Lucky Chance

Author : Brittani Williams
ISBN : 9781622860142
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Her happily-ever-after ending was just the beginning. . .. For two years, Diamond and Black have been living comfortably on their high-class cul-de-sac with their daughter, Dior. They're ready to leave the drug business behind them, having enough money to continue their lavish lifestyle without going back to the streets to re-up. With the loss of his sister Mica, Johnny can feel nothing but rage for the woman he once loved. Now he plans to strip her of everything that she loves. From behind bars on his death bed, he sets a plan in motion that will tear Diamond's world apart. Fighting to survive, Diamond almost gives up—until a mystery man enters her life. She believes he will save the day, but is he genuine, or just another person out to teach Diamond a lesson? What would you do if your prized possessions were in danger of being taken away?

Pepped Up Forever

Author : Ali Dean
ISBN : 1517637546
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This is the fifth and final book in the Pepper Jones series, and it's one you don't want to miss.Pepper Jones is ready to start breaking some records. She'll be a junior in college, and if she wants to run professionally when she graduates, it's time to step things up a notch. This time around, she knows it won't be accompsihed by ramping up her training. While Pepper's hoping for a race day breakthrough, she wonders if there's a mental barrier holding her back, and if so, how is she supposed to confront it?Meanwhile, Jace Wilder wants Pepper back any way he can have her, but he's reluctant to bulldoze his way into her life having already crushed her once (okay, probably a few more times than that) before. More scenes from Jace's point of view in the book shed a new perspective into the character Pepper fans love to hate, and hate to love, delving into those layers he's only given glimpses of in the past.The Brockton crew is growing up. Zoe and Wes. Jenny and Rollie. Lexi and Brax. Bunny and Wallace. Pepper and ??? It's time to find out what Pepper's happily ever after will be.

The Black Diamond Trilogy

Author : Brittani Williams
ISBN : 9781622866243
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Diamond and Mica have been best friends since grade school, and have always watched each other’s backs. After Mica moves out of their drug-infested neighborhood, they have a scandalous falling out and lose touch. It isn’t until Diamond hooks up with one of North Philly’s most notorious drug dealers that she’s able to leave the place that she’s always called home. Under extreme circumstances, Mica and Diamond meet up and are back on the map as the Laverne and Shirley of the ghetto, but unfortunately, both friends have ulterior motives for rekindling their friendship. The two plot to get rid of the dealer and hit the road with his fortune, but one of them has her own sinister plan that could leave the other staring death in the eye. Jealousy and greed create plenty of drama for Diamond. Even when she thinks she’s on her way to a happily-ever-after ending, she finds herself fighting against foes she never saw coming. Will her “I rule the world” disposition keep her on top, or will Diamond lose the things she cares about the most?

A Networking Book

Author : Paul J.R. Renaud
ISBN : 9781483527659
Genre : Business & Economics
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Never before has the world been so interconnected. Understanding that everything we accomplish is done through connections, networking becomes the key to success in your business, career and relationships. Many of us aren’t comfortable breaking the ice or meeting new people, but it’s a learned skill and not all that difficult. A Networking Book will get you there with ease and confidence. Paul J.R. Renaud, author of A Networking Book is a marketing expert and executive coach, an experienced international executive, lecturer and facilitator. He offers a comprehensive look at what it takes to become an effective networker, regardless of your comfort level. Paul will give you terrific advice, tips and methods to quickly bring you to the top of your game. Novice or expert, he’ll show you how to effectively reach more clients, colleagues, customers, partners and friends, with techniques he’s proven over the world to increase his own network and build a career. Discover the fundamentals of networking, as you become confident and welcome rather than fear that next event and your opportunity to meet people. Apply what Paul teaches to dramatically increase your skills, while having fun in the process. • Use the Law of Abundance to get off on the right foot. • Understand why we network and how to make it a natural, comfortable skill. • Identify the pleasure in the Fun, Work and Play networks, choosing those that resonate with your personality and goals. • Learn the etiquette of networking, what’s appropriate and not. • Get into action and gear up, using Paul’s sure fire methods to meet new people and put them at ease. • Put personal barriers behind and learn from countless international success stories. Paul J.R. Renaud is a qualified Executive Coach with over 30 years’ experience in senior Marketing roles having lived and worked in Asia, South America, North America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He is an avid Networker and a dynamo in helping people perform above their expectations. His blog is called “I Feel Good” which deals with Coaching and peak performance and he is Adjunct Professor of Marketing at Maastricht School of Management for the Executive MBA program in Bucharest and the University of New York in Prague ( UNYP).

Scat

Author : Carl Hiaasen
ISBN : 0375891676
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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From Newbery Honoree Carl Hiaasen comes this New York Times bestseller set in Florida's Everglades in which an eccentric eco-avenger, a stuffed rat named Chelsea, a wannabe Texas oilman, a singing substitute teacher, and a ticked-off panther can’t stop two kids on a mission to find their missing teacher! Bunny Starch, the most feared biology teacher ever, is missing. She disappeared after a school field trip to Black Vine Swamp. And, to be honest, the kids in her class are relieved. But when the principal tries to tell the students that Mrs. Starch has been called away on a "family emergency," Nick and Marta just don't buy it. No, they figure the class delinquent, Smoke, has something to do with her disappearance. And he does! But not in the way they think. There's a lot more going on in Black Vine Swamp than any one player in this twisted tale can see. It’s all about to hit the fan, and when it does, the bad guys better scat. “Ingenious . . . Scat won’t disappoint Hiaasenphiles of any age.” —The New York Times “Woohoo! It’s time for another trip to Florida—screwy, gorgeous Florida, with its swamps and scammers and strange creatures (two- and four-legged). Our guide, of course, is Carl Hiaasen.” —DenverPost.com From the Hardcover edition.

The Innocent

Author : David Baldacci
ISBN : 9780446573009
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America has enemies--ruthless people that the police, the FBI, even the military can't stop. That's when the U.S. government calls on Will Robie, a stone cold hitman who never questions orders and always nails his target. But Will Robie may have just made the first--and last--mistake of his career . . . THE INNOCENT It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable. He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people. Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a fourteen-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway-her parents were murdered, and her own life is in danger. Against all of his professional habits, Robie rescues her and finds he can't walk away. He needs to help her. Even worse, the more Robie learns about the girl, the more he's convinced she is at the center of a vast cover-up, one that may explain her parents' deaths and stretch to unimaginable levels of power. Now, Robie may have to step out of the shadows in order to save this girl's life . . . and perhaps his own.

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