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Oddly Distracted

Author : Gerard Whyman
ISBN : 9780955979309
Genre : Humor
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A compilation of over a hundred of the best gag cartoons of 'Ger' (Gerard Whyman) as seen in magazines such as The Spectator, The Oldie, Punch, Reader's Digest and many more.

Driven To Distraction

Author : Dixie Browning
ISBN : 142688303X
Genre : Fiction
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In-the-know columnist Maggie Riley had a mission in mind: to write a scathing expos about a scam artist at an overpriced retreat. Seducing a woman out of house and home was a crime! But fate, and a pair of ill-fitting shoes, landed her against the hard chest of lawman Ben Hunter, who had his own ulterior motives. In such a confined space, their previous agendas were long forgotten as they flashed hot, sultry gazes at each other. Maggie couldn't resist Ben's brooding eyes--not to mention how he filled a pair of jeans. Keeping their hands to themselves was pure torture! Would stubborn pride stand in the way of their blossoming love...and a lifetime of wicked fun?

Rotherweird

Author : Andrew Caldecott
ISBN : 9781784297626
Genre : Fiction
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'A book with special and dangerous properties' Hilary Mantel, bestselling author of Wolf Hall 'Enthralling' M.R. Carey, bestselling author of The Girl With All the Gifts 'An imaginative tour de force' The Times 1558: Twelve children, gifted far beyond their years, are banished by their Tudor queen to the town of Rotherweird. Some say they are the golden generation; some say the devil's spawn. But everyone knows they are something to be revered - and feared. Four and a half centuries on, cast adrift from the rest of England by Elizabeth I and still bound by its ancient laws, Rotherweird's independence is subject to one disturbing condition: nobody, but nobody, studies the town or its history. Then an Outsider arrives, a man of unparallelled wealth and power, enough to buy the whole of Rotherweird - deeply buried secrets and all . . . Welcome to Rotherweird. 'A remarkable achievement' Sunday Independent 'Compelling' Guardian

Jefferson Davis??>>s Flight From Richmond

Author : John Stewart
ISBN : 9781476616407
Genre : History
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In the space of a few hours on the night of April 2, 1865, Richmond, the Confederate capital, was evacuated and burned, the government fled, slavery was finished in North America, Union forces entered the city and the outcome of the Civil War was effectively sealed. No official documents tell the story because the Confederate government was on the run. First there were newspaper accounts—mostly confused—then history books based on those accounts. But much of what we know about the fall of Richmond comes from “eyewitnesses” like Confederate Navy Secretary Stephen Mallory, whose tale became history. A great deal of what has been presented over the years by historians has been plagiarized, invented or misconstrued, and nearly all we have learned of Jefferson Davis’s flight from Richmond to Danville is wrong. This book closely examines all relevant source material—much of it newly discovered by the author—as well as the writers, diarists and eyewitnesses themselves, and constructs a minutely detailed new account that comes closer to what Abraham Lincoln had in mind when he said, “History is not history unless it is the truth.”

The Tommyknockers

Author : Stephen King
ISBN : 9781501144288
Genre : Fiction
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Roberta Anderson, while searching for firewood in the forest, stumbles upon a buried ship and with the help of her onetime lover, Jim Gardener, excavates an artifact that changes the townspeople of Haven.

Mysteerie Manor Ii

Author : Sharon Hays
ISBN : 9781462018567
Genre : Fiction
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As Maryanne ODonnell ?nally acquires permanent ownership of an old mansion known for its ghostly in-habitants, she ponders the recent events that have cast a dark shadow over Valencia Manor. As she turns the key in the lock for the ?rst time, Maryanne feels certain the mansion has been cleansed of all evil. She is ?nally homeor so she thinks. While she waits for her detective boyfriend, Mario Ramos, to arrive on her ?rst night in her new house, Maryanne suddenly hears a thump against the wall as a cold breeze sweeps into the room. Shaking with terror, Maryanne is unable to decipher the eerie sounds that seep from behind the walls. After the presence forcefully shoves her against a bar, it eventually exits the house, leaving Maryanne more frightened than ever. Somethingor someoneis out to get her. But despite her fears, Maryanne is determined to restore the house back to its original condition, marry her boyfriend, and run a successful small business. As chilling mystery slowly unfolds in Valencia Manor, a priest, psychic, and several detectives must all unite to ?ght a paranormal entity who will stop at nothing to achieve vengeanceno matter what the human toll.

The Waterkeeper S Daughter

Author : Joan Mauch
ISBN : 9781633556027
Genre : Fiction
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THE WATERKEEPER'S DAUGHTER is about what happens when a very angry man seeks revenge for the devastation wreaked on his family by the spraying of pesticides back in the fifties. Because of that, his mother died from cancer; his brother contracted Parkinson's; they lost the family farm; and his father committed suicide. Now someone's got to pay and he knows exactly who that someone will be. Very soon the word "regret" will have a whole new meaning for the one who did this—but by then it will be too late. "Lisa's husband is dead. Her daughter is missing. An unknown event from the distant past has come to visit revenge on a woman whose only crime is a vague tie to her estranged in-laws. This terrific whodunit will keep you guessing to the final pages." —Wayne Sapp, author of ARCTIC LIONS

The Naked Mountaineer

Author : Stephen C. Sieberson
ISBN : 9780803286511
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The Naked Mountaineer recounts a series of solo journeys to some of the world’s most exotic peaks in places such as Switzerland, Japan, and Borneo. However, it is far from the typical heroic mountain-expedition book. Although Steve Sieberson did reach many summits, in most cases his travels were more memorable for what he encountered along the way than for the actual climbing. His real adventures involved peculiar people, strange foods, and tropical diseases, rather than pitons, ice axes, and carabiners. On the Matterhorn he met an English alpinist who reveled in naked selfies, he stumbled into a cockfight in a Balinese village, and on a volcano in Italy he was mistaken for a famous singer by an insistent fan. The Naked Mountaineer offers mountain-themed travel stories with a wide-eyed view of the world, while presenting irreverent commentary on climbers and their peculiar sport. These are rollicking tales, filled with the unexpected.

Chasing Little Dragons

Author : Michael Farnum
ISBN : 9780359117642
Genre : Fiction
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Can an unintended out-of-body experience be just as real as your everyday physical consciousness, or become even greater? Are inter-dimensional beings real, or just the figment of some very overactive, possibly psychotic imaginations? Is it the Wonder Twins who need protection, or do Mommy and Daddy and the world need protecting from them, and their sometimes-evil sidekick? And who the heck is Mister Daddy Number Two, and his gorgeous wife? Find out all this and more in: Chasing Little Dragons, a Parents' Guide to Dealing with Uniquely-gifted Children . . .

Who Dares Wins

Author : Dominic Sandbrook
ISBN : 9780141975276
Genre : History
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SELECTED AS A BOOK OF THE YEAR 2019 BY THE TIMES, DAILY TELEGRAPH, LONDON EVENING STANDARD, DAILY MAIL AND BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE 'Magisterial ... If anyone wants to know what has been happening to Britain since the 1950s, it is difficult to imagine a more informative, or better-humoured guide ... a Thucydidean coolness, balance and wisdom that is superb.' - AN Wilson, The Times 'Who Dares Wins captures the period with clairvoyant vividness. Compulsively readable, the book will be indispensable to anyone who wants to understand these pivotal years.' - John Gray, New Statesman 'Immaculately well-researched, breathtakingly broad and beautifully written ... Sandbrook leaves the reader impatient for the next volume.' - Simon Heffer, Daily Telegraph The acclaimed historian of modern Britain, Dominic Sandbrook, tells the story of the early 1980s: the most dramatic, colourful and controversial years in our recent history. Margaret Thatcher had come to power in 1979 with a daring plan to reverse Britain's decline into shabbiness and chaos. But as factories closed their doors, dole queues lengthened and the inner cities exploded in flames, would her radical medicine rescue the Sick Man of Europe - or kill it off? Vivid, surprising and gloriously entertaining, Dominic Sandbrook's new book recreates the decisive turning point in Britain's recent story. For some people this was an age of unparalleled opportunity, the heyday of computers and credit cards, snooker, Sloane Rangers and Spandau Ballet. Yet for others it was an era of shocking bitterness, as industries collapsed, working-class communities buckled and the Labour Party tore itself apart. And when Argentine forces seized the Falkland Islands, it seemed the final humiliation for a wounded, unhappy country, its fortunes now standing on a knife-edge. Here are the early 1980s in all their gaudy glory. This is the story of Tony Benn, Ian Botham and Princess Diana; Joy Division, Chariots of Fire, the Austin Metro and Juliet Bravo; wine bars, Cruise missiles, the ZX Spectrum and the battle for the Falklands. And towering above them all, the most divisive Prime Minister of modern times - the Iron Lady.

In Shining Armor

Author : Elliott James
ISBN : 9780316302340
Genre : Fiction
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This fairy godmother's got claws. When someone kidnaps the last surviving descendant of the Grandmaster of the Knights Templar, it's bad news. When the baby is the key to the tenuous alliance between a large werewolf pack and the knights, it's even worse news. They're at each other's throats before they've even begun to look for baby Constance. But whoever kidnapped Constance didn't count on one thing: she's also the goddaughter of John Charming. Modern-day descendant of a long line of famous dragon slayers, witch finders, and wrong righters. John may not have any experience being a parent, but someone is about to find out that he can be one mean mother. . . In is the fourth novel in a series which gives a new twist to the Prince Charming tale.

The Very Best Of Tad Williams

Author : Tad Williams
ISBN : 9781616961404
Genre : Fiction
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This career retrospective from beloved author Tad Williams (Otherland; Tailchaser's Song; Shadowplay) demonstrates why he is one of fantasy's most enduring icons. The Very Best of Tad Williams collects Williams' finest work in multiple genres, including epic fantasy, urban fantasy, and YA. These superlative tales, many of which were previously available only in limited editions, introduce dragons, wizards, assassins, heroes, and fools — even a few cyberpunks and super-soldiers. Readers only familiar with Williams' internationally bestselling novels and series will be delighted that in his short fiction he explores myriad new possibilities and adventures. Here are the stories that showcase the exhilarating breadth of Williams’ imagination, hearkening back to such classic fantasists as J. R. R. Tolkien, Ray Bradbury, Peter S. Beagle, and beyond.

Big Stick

Author : Kelly Jamieson
ISBN : 9781101969427
Genre : Fiction
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A brooding hockey hunk learns to embrace life—and love—from a single mom who takes the world one puck at a time. “Kelly Jamieson is my go-to author for hockey romance.”—USA Today bestselling author Jami Davenport Big move . . . Jodie’s motto is “Don’t wait for the perfect moment—take the moment and make it perfect.” And that’s just what she decides to do when she moves to Chicago with her two-year-old daughter. Now all Jodie needs is a place to live, and her best friend’s boyfriend has just the answer. Big stick . . . Nick Balachov has zero interest in socializing, partying, or flirting right now. It’s not that he doesn’t like women. He loves them. It’s just that hockey, casual hookups, and hanging out at home are enough for him these days. Now Nick has a big problem—because the woman living in his empty coach house is a major distraction. Big deal? The more Nick tries to keep his distance, the more Jodie needs him—around the house, that is. First he helps with the snowstorm, then the power outage. Nick even finds himself trying to impress her little girl. What the hell is wrong with him? Jodie represents everything Nick doesn’t want. But maybe she’s just what he needs. . . . Praise for Big Stick “Oh, the feels! Big Stick is a sexy romance that will leave readers begging for the next in the series. Kelly Jamieson has me hooked.”—Tracy Goodwin, internationally bestselling author of Ice Hot: A New York Nighthawks Novel “Kelly Jamieson’s characters fly off the page. I wouldn’t kick grumbly hockey-hottie Nick out of bed—even if he did pass out on accident. One-click Nick and Jodie. You won’t be disappointed.”—Tricia Lynne, author of Moonlight & Whiskey “I enjoyed the plot. The hockey scenes are well written. It was easy to visualize what was happening on the ice. Big Stick was a perfect addition to the Aces Hockey series.”—Diane’s Book Blog (five stars) USA Today bestselling author Kelly Jamieson’s epic Wynn Hockey series can be read together or separately: PLAY TO WIN IN IT TO WIN IT WIN BIG FOR THE WIN Don’t miss any of Kelly’s captivating reads: The Aces Hockey series: MAJOR MISCONDUCT • OFF LIMITS • ICING • TOP SHELF • BACK CHECK • SLAP SHOT • PLAYING HURT • BIG STICK • GAME ON The Bayard Hockey series: SHUT OUT • CROSS CHECK The Last Shot series: BODY SHOT • HOT SHOT • LONG SHOT The standalone novel: DANCING IN THE RAIN This ebook includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Child Of An Ancient City

Author : Tad Williams
ISBN : 9781596878259
Genre : Fiction
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CHILD OF ANCIENT CITY Tad Williams, best-selling author of Tailchaser’s Song and The Dragonflight Chair, returns to epic fantasy with an Arabian Nights vampire story, written in collaboration with acclaimed new fantasist Kiriki Hoffman. CHILD OF AN ANCIENT CITY The caravan met disaster in the mountains. Bandits fell upon them by night, scattering their horses, looting and pillaging their cargo. When the survivors gathered together, they salvaged what they could and began the long trek home. For Susri, the merchant’s son, the journey home be- comes a nightmare as people around him begin to dis- appear at night. Masrur and Ibn Fahad, the men in charge of the expedition, blame a vampyr, a creature that preys on the living and shuns the light of day. Susri, nicknamed Fawn, knows it must be true. Fawn’s chance of stopping the vampyr is by story- telling. According to legend, a vampyr will stop and listen to a story told around a campfire if it is gripping enough, then retreat when dawn breaks. Over the next few weeks, the caravan travels hard by day. At night stories are told. On their last evening in the vampyr’s domain, the creature steps forward for the first time---and challenges them to a contest for the saddest story of all. If it wins, it will claim one of their number for its last meal. If they win, they may leave unharmed. When the vampyr agrees to let them judge which story is saddest, Fawn suspects a trick. He has his own story ready---but will it be enough to defeat a vampyr? DRAGONFLIGHT is an exciting series of fantasy novels written by today’s leading writers and illustrated by the best artists in the field. Each book deals with a major theme of fantasy.

Buried

Author : Josh Carter
ISBN : 9781940243757
Genre : Religion
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On the road to greatness there is one unavoidable, yet necessary part of the journey. I’m speaking of transition. The transitions of life are scary, confusing, and often misunderstood. Those with the best of intentions often meet these transitions with resistance, and are robbed from accomplishing the very purpose they were created for. What if it didn’t have to be like that? What if you could navigate the transitions of life with certainty? What if you could understand this difficult process and step into your God given destiny? This is “Buried”. Using the backdrop of Christ’s burial, this book will expose the season of transition from a biblical perspective you may have never seen. Buried: Navigating the Transitions of Life, will: • Help you understand transition and what transition feels like • Identify and allow you to gain insight into the steps of transition. • Provide an understanding on how to navigate through each step of transition. • Use scripture to explain the process of transition by taking you through Christ’s burial Buried: Navigating the Transitions of Life will empower you to take on every transition so to let you live the life God intended. A life of joy, purpose, and destiny.

Stoner

Author : John Williams
ISBN : 9781448156023
Genre : Fiction
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Read the greatest rediscovered classic of recent years 'A beautiful, sad, utterly convincing account of an entire life' Ian McEwan William Stoner enters the University of Missouri at nineteen to study agriculture. A seminar on English literature changes his life, and he never returns to work on his father's farm. Stoner becomes a teacher. He marries the wrong woman. His life is quiet, and after his death, his colleagues remember him rarely. Yet with truthfulness, compassion and intense power, this novel uncovers a story of universal value - of the conflicts, defeats and victories of the human race that pass unrecorded by history - and in doing so reclaims the significance of an individual life. 'A brilliant, beautiful, inexorably sad, wise and elegant novel' Nick Hornby 'A terrific novel of echoing sadness' Julian Barnes

The Saint Of Seven Dials Collection Two

Author : Brenda Hiatt
ISBN : 9781940618821
Genre : Fiction
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Books 3-5 of Brenda Hiatt's bestselling "Saint of Seven Dials" series, here in one bargain priced volume! INNOCENT PASSIONS Former spy Noel Paxton takes on the role of the Saint of Seven Dials to hunt down a deadly traitor but finds himself distracted in his quest by studious and opinionated Rowena Riverstone, newly arrived in London. Is Rowena the innocent bluestocking she appears, or the very traitor he’s been seeking? And which is in more danger-his heart or his life? SAINTLY SINS After the last Saint retires, a penniless beauty assumes the identity of the Saint of Seven Dials to rescue her young brother from the streets. Lord Peter Northrup is both smitten and intrigued by the lovely Sarah Killian, but when he digs beneath the surface, he learns she has a secret that could ruin them both. But perhaps love is worth the risk… GALLANT SCOUNDREL What secret in Harry’s past changed a celebrated war hero into a drunken wastrel? Is he already beyond hope, or can becoming the next Saint of Seven Dials–and the love of the right woman–transform him back into the man he always had the potential to become?

Innocent Passions

Author : Brenda Hiatt
ISBN : 9781940618166
Genre : Fiction
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Innocent? Or…not? After spending the first twenty-one years of her life tucked away in the country, studious Rowena Riverstone can’t wait to experience London for the first time. She especially looks forward to meeting many of the forward-thinking gentlemen whose opinions she has followed in the papers for years. But it is the mysterious and dashing Noel Paxton who stirs her senses, even as she mistrusts his motives in befriending her, a bespectacled bluestocking spinster. In his quest to expose a dangerous spy and traitor, Noel has taken on the persona of the legendary Saint of Seven Dials. When he meets Miss Riverstone, he is first distracted, then fascinated, for she is clearly more than she appears on the surface—but what? Merely a highly educated—and opinionated—innocent, or the very traitor he seeks? Finding out promises to be both dangerous and delicious. But will his heart be at even greater risk than his life?

The Pacific Room

Author : Michael Fitzgerald
ISBN : 9780995359574
Genre : Fiction
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'A wonderfully stylistic novel, dream-like and mesmeric. It moves with ekphrastic cadences, from painting to writing and back again, between the present and the past, both muted and full of nuance, like a water-colour of archived time. Fitzgerald skilfully employs a controlled language of concealment and careful observation through which character is translated. All the while, there are subliminal disturbances below, indicating fatal and fateful meetings between culture and history.'--Brian Castro, Winner of the Patrick White Award for Literature This remarkable debut novel tells of the last days of Tusitala, 'the teller of tales', as Robert Louis Stevenson became known in Samoa where he chose to die. In 1892 Girolamo Nerli travels from Sydney by steamer to Apia, with the intention of capturing something of Jekyll and Hyde in his portrait of the famous author. Nerli's presence sets in train a disturbing sequence of events. More than a century later, art historian Lewis Wakefield comes to Samoa to research the painting of Tusitala's portrait by the long-forgotten Italian artist. On hiatus from his bipolar medication, Lewis is freed to confront the powerful reality of all the desires and demons that R. L. Stevenson couldn't control. Lewis's personal journey is shadowed by the story of the lovable Teuila, a so-called fa'afafine ('in the manner of a woman'), and the spirit of Stevenson's servant boy, Sosimo. Set in an evocative tropical landscape haunted by the lives and spirits which drift across it, The Pacific Room is both a love letter to Samoa and a lush and tender exploration of artistic creation, of secret passions and merging dualities.

In The Twilight In The Evening

Author : Lynn Morris
ISBN : 9781619700802
Genre : Fiction
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In San Francisco, Cheneywith the support of Shilohfights with the hospital staff of St. Francis for the fair treatment of their citys undesirables. Then catastrophe strikes, and she discovers that none of her medical education has prepared her for such an overwhelming disaster. With so many severe injuries, who will help her?

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