One and Only
Author: Amy Knupp
Publisher: Amy Knupp
Former pop star Heather Wells has settled nicely into her new life as assistant dorm director at New York College—a career that does not require her to drape her size 12 body in embarrassingly skimpy outfits. She can even cope (sort of) with her rocker ex-boyfriend's upcoming nuptials, which the press has dubbed The Celebrity Wedding of the Decade. But she's definitely having a hard time dealing with the situation in the dormitory kitchen—where a cheerleader has lost her head on the first day of the semester. (Actually, her head is accounted for—it's her torso that's AWOL.) Surrounded by hysterical students—with her ex-con father on her doorstep and her ex-love bombarding her with unwanted phone calls—Heather welcomes the opportunity to play detective . . . again. If it gets her mind off her personal problems—and teams her up again with the gorgeous P.I. who owns the brownstone where she lives—it's all good. But the murder trail is leading the average-sized amateur investigator into a shadowy world. And if she doesn't watch her step, Heather will soon be singing her swan song!
Sweet and Low
Author: Nick White
Praised by the Washington Post as "Tennessee Williams . . . transposed to the twenty-first-century South," Nick White returns with a stunning short-story collection that tackles issues of masculinity, identity, and place, with a sharp eye for social commentary and a singular handling of character. At first glance, the stories in Sweet and Low seem grounded in the everyday: they paint pictures of idyllic Southern landscapes, characters fulfilling their roles as students, wives, boyfriends, sons. But they are not what they seem. In these stories, Nick White deconstructs the core qualities of Southern fiction, exposing deeply flawed and fascinating characters--promiscuous academics, aging podcasters, woodpecker assassins, and lawnmower enthusiasts, among others--all on wildly compelling quests. From finding an elusive bear to locating a prized timepiece to making love on the grave of an iconic writer, each story is a thrilling adventure with unexpected turns. White's honest and provocative prose will jolt readers awake with its urgency.
Author: Astrid Amara, Nicole Kimberling, Ginn Hale, Josh Lanyon
"NATO's Irregulars Affairs Division is a secret organization operating in thousands of cities around the globe. Its agents police relations between the earthly realm and those beyond this world, protecting us from terrible dangers as well as enthralling temptations. These agents-irregulars, as they are know to the few who know them at all-are drawn to the work for their own reasons and close cases in their own unique ways."--P. 4 of cover.
Author: Brianna Hale
Publisher: Carina Press
Twenty-year-old dancer Abby Williams has only ever felt truly herself while she's onstage. It's the one place she gets the firm direction and focused attention she craves to keep her whimsical thoughts in order. Offstage she feels out of place, forced to give up her girlish treasures and bombarded at every turn with adult responsibilities. But one missed dance cue in front of the intimidating theater director could take all this away. Summoned to Rufus Kingsolver's office, Abby is terrified the darkly handsome, commanding man is about to end her dream. But Rufus has other ideas. He wants to be her Dom. He wants her to call him Daddy. Abby is shocked, but the spark of curiosity and taboo desire have her wanting more. Under Rufus's firm hand, they explore the erotic depths of their unconventional, yet beautiful, relationship. Abby is falling deeper in love with Rufus and the Little/Dom lifestyle, but it's not long before she comes face-to-face with her darkest fear—judgment from the outside world. Daddy knows best, but what if, this once, he can't protect her? This book is approximately 40,000 words One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise: all the romance you're looking for with an HEA/HFN. It's a promise!
In this young adult adaptation of the acclaimed bestselling Just Mercy, which the New York Times calls "as compelling as To Kill a Mockingbird, and in some ways more so," Bryan Stevenson delves deep into the broken U.S. justice system, detailing from his personal experience his many challenges and efforts as a lawyer and social advocate, especially on behalf of America's most rejected and marginalized people. In this very personal work--proceeds of which will go to charity--Bryan Stevenson recounts many and varied stories of his work as a lawyer in the U.S. criminal justice system on behalf of those in society who have experienced some type of discrimination and/or have been wrongly accused of a crime and who deserve a powerful advocate and due justice under the law. Through the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), an organization Stevenson founded as a young lawyer and for which he currently serves as Executive Director, this important work continues. EJI strives to end mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, working to protect basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society. "A deeply moving collage of true stories . . . .This is required reading." --Kirkus, Starred Review Praise for Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption: "Important and compelling." --Pulitzer Prize-winning author TRACY KIDDER "Gripping. . . . What hangs in the balance is nothing less than the soul of a great nation." --DESMOND TUTU, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate "An inspiring and powerful story." --#1 New York Times bestselling author JOHN GRISHAM
Thank You, Sarah
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
From the author of Speak and Fever, 1793, comes the never-before-told tale of Sarah Josepha Hale, the extraordinary "lady editor" who made Thanksgiving a national holiday! Thanksgiving might have started with a jubilant feast on Plymouth's shore. But by the 1800s America's observance was waning. None of the presidents nor Congress sought to revive the holiday. And so one invincible "lady editor" name Sarah Hale took it upon herself to rewrite the recipe for Thanksgiving as we know it today. This is an inspirational, historical, all-out boisterous tale about perseverance and belief: In 1863 Hale's thirty-five years of petitioning and orations got Abraham Lincoln thinking. He signed the Thanksgiving Proclamation that very year, declaring it a national holiday. This story is a tribute to Hale, her fellow campaigners, and to the amendable government that affords citizens the power to make the world a better place! Included in this e-book edition is a read-along option.
“Oddly beautiful and impossible to look away from” (Los Angeles Times), the stories in The Fat Artist are suffused with fear and desire, introducing us to a company of indelible characters reeling with love, jealousy, megalomania, and despair. In prose alternately stark, lush and hallucinatory, occasionally nightmarish and often absurd, the voices in Benjamin Hale’s The Fat Artist and Other Stories speak from the margins: a dominatrix whose longtime client, a US congressman, drops dead during a tryst in a hotel room; an addict in precarious recovery who lands a job driving a truck full of live squid; a heartbroken performance artist who attempts to eat himself to death as a work of art. From underground radicals hiding in Morocco to an aging hippy in Colorado in the summer before 9/11 to a young drag queen in New York at the cusp of the AIDS crisis, these stories rove freely across time and place, carried by haunting, peculiar narratives that form the vast tapestry of American life. “A steadily growing…talent” (Kirkus Reviews), Hale’s prize-winning fiction abounds with a love of language and a wild joy for storytelling, earning accolades from writers such as novelist Jonathan Ames, who compared discovering his work to watching Mickey Mantle play ball for the first time; Washington Post critic Ron Charles, who declared him “fully evolved as a writer,” and bestselling author Jodi Picoult, who simply called him “brilliant.” Pairing absurdity with philosophical musings on the unnerving intersections between life and death, art and ridicule, consumption and creation, “the audacious imagination evident in Hale’s acclaimed debut, The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore, shines again in this…provocative collection that takes a unique view of the human condition” (Booklist).
Author: Alfred Emanuel Smith, Francis Walton
The Summer House
Author: Jenny Hale
From this USA Today bestselling author comes a delightful summer read about friendship, family, and the healing power of love. Callie Weaver and her best friend, Olivia Dixon, have finally done it: put their life savings into the beach house they admired through childhood summers, on the dazzling white sand of North Carolina's Outer Banks. They're going to buff the salt from its windows, paint its sun-bleached sidings, and open it as a bed-and-breakfast. Callie's too busy to think about her love life, but when she catches the attention of local heartthrob Luke Sullivan, his blue eyes and easy smile make it hard to say no. He's heir to his father's real estate empire, and the papers say he's just another playboy. But as they laugh in the ocean waves, Callie realizes there's more to this man than money and good looks. Just when true happiness seems within reach, Callie and Olivia find a diary full of secrets . . . secrets that stretch across the island and have the power to turn lives upside down. As Callie reads, she unravels a mystery that makes her heart drop through the floor. Will Callie and Luke be pulled apart by the storm the diary unleashes, or can true love save them?
Down the Chimney: 100+ Most Treasured Christmas Novels & Stories in One Volume (Illustrated)
Author: Phebe A. Curtiss, Beatrix Potter, Charles Dickens, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Hans Christian Andersen, Louisa May Alcott, O. Henry, Mark Twain, Selma Lagerlöf, Fyodor Dostoevsky, J. M. Barrie, Anthony Trollope, Brothers Grimm, L. Frank Baum, Lucy Maud Montgomery, George MacDonald, Leo Tolstoy, Henry van Dyke, E. T. A. Hoffmann, Eleanor H. Porter, Jacob A. Riis, Susan Anne Livingston Ridley Sedgwick, Sophie May, Lucas Malet, Juliana Horatia Ewing, Alice Hale Burnett, Ernest Ingersoll, Annie F. Johnston, Amanda M. Douglas, Amy Ella Blanchard, Walter Crane, Thomas Nelson Page, Florence L. Barclay, A. S. Boyd, Edward A. Rand, Max Brand, William John Locke, Nora A. Smith, Nellie C. King, Booker T. Washington, Lucy Wheelock, Frederick E. Dewhurst, Maud Lindsay, Marjorie L. C. Pickthall, Jay T. Stocking, Anna Robinson, Florence M. Kingsley, Olive Thorne Miller, M. A. L. Lane, Elizabeth Harkison, Raymond McAlden, F. E. Mann, Winifred M. Kirkland, François Coppée, Katherine Pyle, Grace Margaret Gallaher, Elia W. Peattie, F. Arnstein, James Weber Linn, Anne Hollingsworth Wharton, Elbridge S. Brooks, Isabel Cecilia Williams, Anton Chekhov, Armando Palacio Valdés, André Theuriet, Alphonse Daudet, Benito Pérez Galdós, Antonio Maré, Pedro A. de Alarcón, Jules Simon, Marcel Prévost, Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, Maxime du Camp, Mary Hartwell Catherwood, F. L. Stealey, Kate Upson Clark, Marion Clifford, E. E. Hale, Willis Boyd Allen, Edgar Wallace, Georg Schuster, Harrison S. Morris, Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, Matilda Betham Edwards, Angelo J. Lewis, Vernon Lee, Guy de Maupassant, Saki, Bret Harte, Robert E. Howard, Madame d'Aulnoy
Ho, Ho, Ho! Merry Christmas to you all! This festive season, we are playing the Santa, and offering you our own Christmas basket of holiday goodies: the greatest Christmas novels and magical Christmas Tales: Life and Adventures of Santa Claus (L. Frank Baum) The Little City of Hope (F. Marion Crawford) Little Women (Louisa May Alcott) The Wonderful Wizard of OZ (L. Frank Baum) Little Lord Fauntleroy (Frances Hodgson Burnett) Christmas with Grandma Elsie (Martha Finley) Anne of Green Gables (Lucy Maud Montgomery) The Christmas Angel (Abbie Farwell Brown) At the Back of the North Wind (George MacDonald) Black Beauty (Anna Sewell) The Christmas Child (Hesba Stretton) The Wonderful Life - Story of the life and death of our Lord (Hesba Stretton) The Tailor of Gloucester (Beatrix Potter) The Ice Queen (Ernest Ingersoll) A Merry Christmas (Louisa May Alcott) The Gift of the Magi (O. Henry) The Fir Tree (Hans Christian Andersen) The Little Match Girl (Hans Christian Andersen) The Holy Night (Selma Lagerlöf) Little Gretchen and the Wooden Shoe (Elizabeth Harrison) A Letter from Santa Claus (Mark Twain) The Elves and the Shoemaker (Brothers Grimm) Mother Holle (Brothers Grimm) A Kidnapped Santa Claus (L. Frank Baum) The Shepherds and the Angels (Bible) The Heavenly Christmas Tree (Fyodor Dostoevsky) A Russian Christmas Party (Leo Tolstoy) Vanka (Anton Chekhov) The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (E. T. A. Hoffmann) A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens) The Chimes (Charles Dickens) The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood (Robinson Perrault) The Blue Bird (Madame d'Aulnoy) Christmas Every Day (William Dean Howells) The Pony Engine and the Pacific Express (William Dean Howells) The Pumpkin Glory (William Dean Howells) Christmas Eve & Christmas Day (Edward Everett Hale) A Visit From Saint Nicholas (Clement Moore) Christmas - A Story (Zona Gale) The Story of the Other Wise Man (Henry van Dyke) Where Love Is, God Is (Leo Tolstoy) Christmas Roses (Anne Douglas Sedgwick)....
The Summer Hideaway
Author: Jenny Hale
Drops of Rain
Author: Kathryn Andrews
**This book is for anyone who loves a beautiful romance story and is 16 years of age or older.**Ali RainSometimes I think to myself, "How did I get here?" Then the pain hits and I remember...it's because she's gone. I now live in a new town, go to a new school, and I'm supposed to be moving on with my new life. Only, I no longer know who I am anymore. Dancing is all I have left and every day I feel completely alone. Silence has become the theme song to my life. She said to find some joy and light, but I don't know how. Mostly, I feel surrounded in darkness...that is until I meet him.Drew HaleI have only one goal, in 298 days I'm going to drive away from this small beach town and never return. People are always watching me closely, too close, and I'm tired of wearing a mask. I need to be free. Swimming is my ticket out of here and I remind myself daily to fly under the radar, stick to my routine, and under no circumstances let anything distract me. I'm not as perfect as they think, most days I am drowning in guilt. I'm not sure I will ever be able to escape the feelings of shame, worthlessness, and just being unwanted...that is until I meet her.