Best of
Contemporary

2006

Christy Miller Collection, Vol. 2


Robin Jones Gunn - 2006
    It all starts the summer Christy vacations on a California beach and meets two friends who change her life forever. But after moving across the country with her family, Christy must begin her sophomore year of high school uncertain where she'll fit in. A red-headed new best friend, a try at cheerleading, a job at a pet store, and expectations for the prom fill Christy's high school years with a string of laughter-and-tears moments. Fireball Katie keeps everyone guessing what she'll do next, and surfer Todd keeps showing up while popular Rick has determined to get her full attention! As these memorable years unfold, Christy and her God-loving friends find out what it means to be a "peculiar treasure." Follow Christy Miller as she stays true to her identity in Christ, drawing closer to God for help in realizing her dreams and dealing with her disappointments.Whether you're meeting her for the first time or have known her for years-- Christy Is a Forever FriendSurprise Endings Cheerleading tryouts are coming up, and Christy Miller is giving it all she's got. The competition is tough and some of the girls are just rude, but Christy thinks she has a good chance to make the squad. Meanwhile prom is just around the corner, and Christy hopes her parents will make an exception to their "no dating until sixteen" rule. She'd love to go with Todd to his prom! But nothing turns out as Christy had planned. As the surprises keep coming, can Christy respond with grace...and maybe even spring a surprise of her own?Island Dreamer Christy Miller is spending her sixteenth birthday on Maui with her family, Todd, and Paula, her best friend from Wisconsin! What could be better? But Christy soon finds that she and Paula don't have as much in common anymore. Paula's obsessed with having a boyfriend...even if it means stealing Todd from Christy! Will he choose Paula over her? Or will the islands send Christy dreaming in new directions?A Heart Full of Hope Christy Miller is sixteen, and that means she can finally date! Rick has waited months for this, and he has a whole list of dates planned. He's not happy about her early curfews and weekend job, but Christy knows her parents aren't about to negotiate on those points. Really, she's dazzled to be pursued by such a thoughtful guy. So why does she feel overwhelmed? Where does Todd fit into her life now? And can any guy really fulfill all her hopes?Story Behind the Book"The Christy Miller series was actually born when a group of thirteen-year-olds challenged me to write a novel. I'd been questioning the content of their favorite books when they said, 'Why don't you write a book for us?' I told them no, I only wrote picture books. But they persisted: 'How hard could it be? We'll even tell you what to write! We want a love story with teenagers at the beach.' And there you go. Summer Promise first released seventeen years ago and is now translated into five languages. I continue to hear from readers all over the world, many girls saying that they gave their life to Christ after reading Summer Promise. I love that!"--Robin Jones Gunn

Burned


Ellen Hopkins - 2006
    Nothing exceptional, just a typical fantasy about a boy, the kind of dream that most teen girls experience. But Pattyn Von Stratten is not like most teen girls. Raised in a religious—yet abusive—family, a simple dream may not be exactly a sin, but it could be the first step toward hell and eternal damnation.This dream is a first step for Pattyn. But is it to hell or to a better life? For the first time Pattyn starts asking questions. Questions seemingly without answers—about God, a woman's role, sex, love—mostly love. What is it? Where is it? Will she ever experience it? Is she deserving of it?It's with a real boy that Pattyn gets into real trouble. After Pattyn's father catches her in a compromising position, events spiral out of control until Pattyn ends up suspended from school and sent to live with an aunt she doesn't know.Pattyn is supposed to find salvation and redemption during her exile to the wilds of rural Nevada. Yet what she finds instead is love and acceptance. And for the first time she feels worthy of both—until she realizes her old demons will not let her go. Pattyn begins down a path that will lead her to a hell—a hell that may not be the one she learned about in sacrament meetings, but it is hell all the same.In this riveting and masterful novel told in verse, Ellen Hopkins takes readers on an emotional roller-coaster ride. From the highs of true love to the lows of abuse, Pattyn's story will have readers engrossed until the very last word.

Magnus Heat


Shelly Laurenston - 2006
    In this two book set featuring PACK CHALLENGE & GO FETCH you?ll meet up with Sara and her bud Miki, two dangerous women not necessarily seeking the perfect mate. But when Zach and Conall get into full hunt mode, there's nothing stopping them

Sexy/Dangerous


Beverly Jenkins - 2006
    Ex-marine, ex-cop, and a whole lotta 'tude, Max doesn't have time for anything but her job. Her latest assignment: to protect Dr. Adam Gary. Her problem: he doesn't want her there. Adam wants to focus on his work, not to be distracted by this tall, sexy woman. A foiled kidnapping attempt may have forced him to take an undercover agent into his household, but no one said anything about the agent being a woman, or that she'd be beautiful, or that she came with two monster rottweilers. How is he supposed to concentrate on his top-secret project that could revolutionize the world when all he can think about is her smooth, coffee-colored skin and those long, lean legs?But as danger nips at their heels, love may be a distraction neither of them will live to enjoy . . .

Solid Soul


Brenda Jackson - 2006
    But the world of single parents and teenage hormones brought them together the first time -- and a simmering passion they both tried to deny wouldn't keep them apart for long.Chance made her think of hot, sultry Southern nights. Kylie had him imagining satin sheets and soul-stirring kisses. But in the cold light of day, they had to resist each other. There was no way they'd let uncontrollable desire ignite their carefully protected hearts.But some things they couldn't ignore.

Sierra Jensen Collection, Vol. 4


Robin Jones Gunn - 2006
    She’s young, she’s fun, and she’s following God. She’s Sierra Jensen—Christy Miller’s good friend—in her senior year of high school with college fast approaching! In this fourth volume of the popular Sierra Jensen series, Sierra’s life becomes a roller coaster of decisions as she strives to Hold on Tight through choices about friendship, honesty, and college. Then, with high school graduation Closer Than Ever , she eagerly plans for Paul’s visit and can’t wait to know where everyone will be going to college. Finally, in Take My Hand , a misunderstanding with Paul means Sierra must start college hurt and confused. Is the damage to their relationship as final as it feels? Christy Miller knows a good friend when she meets her, and so will you— Sierra Jensen is better than ever! Hold On Tight Decisions, decisions. That’s all Sierra’s life is lately. Eager to escape the stress, she can’t wait to join her brother and a few friends on a road trip as they visit a university in Southern California and tack on a day at an amusement park. It’ll be great! But right from the start, things go wrong. And suddenly Sierra’s trip is full of more twists and turns than any roller coaster. There’s only one way to handle a wild ride like this: hold on tight, trust God to keep her safe—and scream for all she’s worth. Closer Than Ever Paul is coming home! What’s more, he’s coming to Sierra’s graduation party. She spends every spare moment planning—after all, his visit has to be perfect. Then, more good news! Sierra and Randy are accepted into Rancho Corona University . Sierra couldn’t be happier—until she hears Vicki hasn’t received an acceptance letter. Does that mean Sierra and her friends won’t be in college together? But the worst news of all comes on graduation night. There’s been a terrible accident. With limited information, Sierra fears the worst. Can she let go and trust her dreams to God? Take My Hand What a year! Not only is Sierra starting college, but her older sister, Tawni, is engaged—to Paul’s older brother, Jeremy! As the two families prepare for the wedding, Sierra’s excitement grows. At last, she and Paul will be together—face-to-face! But their longed-for reunion is marred by a costly misunderstanding that turns Paul away and sends Sierra off to college hurt and confused. Only the gentle wisdom of Sierra’s good friend, Christy Miller, helps her face a difficult decision. But is it too late for Sierra and Paul? Story Behind the Book“After writing the twelve-book Christy Miller series for teens, a new teen character showed up on the pages of the final novel. Her name was Sierra Jensen, and she was such a compelling character that readers began asking for a series about Sierra in order to hear more about her life choices. Our family had just moved to Portland at the time, and I found it easy to picture a sixteen-year-old like Sierra shopping at the local vintage clothing stores, hanging out with friends at a garage band concert, and serving at the homeless shelter on weekends.” —Robin Jones Gunn

Sierra Jensen Collection, Vol. 2


Robin Jones Gunn - 2006
    She s cute, she s fun, and she s following God. She s Sierra Jensen, Christy Miller s good friend, ready for her junior year of high school! All twelve books in the popular Sierra Jensen series come together in four volumes to reveal the ups and downs of Sierra s incredible God-led journey! Volume Two: Paul s voice lives in her memory, but now it s loud, clear, and right behind her in Close Your Eyes . With summer fast approaching, it is Without a Doubt bound to be Sierra s best yet. In With This Ring, she can t help but ponder the meaning of first kisses and lifetime commitments. Close Your Eyes Sierra Jensen has prayed and prayed for the unattainable Paul, but no answers have arrived yet. She hopes a visit with her classmates to a homeless shelter will take her mind off Paul, but guess what? He s working there! Finally they talk, and before Sierra knows it, Paul agrees to come over for dinner. Their evening together is perfect until Randy shows up on Sierra s doorstep! Can things get any more confusing? Without a Doubt What could be more fun than a backpacking expedition? Sierra can t wait to go, especially since things in her life have gotten so complicated. Paul has moved to Scotland, and Randy is moving into Sierra s heart. But just when things start to make sense, Sierra is asked out by Drake the gorgeous guy her best friend, Amy, likes. How can Sierra even think about Drake when she knows doing so will hurt Amy and Randy? When a freak snowstorm hits, Sierra suddenly realizes what really matters most but is it too late? With This Ring Sierra is on her way to Southern California for the very best reason of all: a wedding! Tracy and Doug s long-awaited I dos are about to happen, and Sierra is eager to join Christy Miller and the rest of their friends. As soon as she arrives, Sierra discovers that everyone seems to be in love except for her. That s okay she has what she needs a gold purity ring from her dad and a vow of her own: to save herself for marriage. But when Sierra returns home, she wonders if her best friend, Amy, has settled for less than God s best. Can Sierra convince her that purity is worth celebrating? Story Behind the Book After writing the twelve-book Christy Miller series for teens, a new character showed up on the pages of the final novel. Her name was Sierra Jensen, and she was so compelling as a teenage character that readers began asking for a series about Sierra in order to hear more about her life choices. Our family had just moved to Portland at the time, and I found it easy to picture a sixteen-year-old like Sierra shopping at the local vintage clothing stores, hanging out with friends at a garage band concert, and serving at the homeless shelter on weekends. Robin Jones Gunn"

Sierra Jensen Collection, Vol. 3


Robin Jones Gunn - 2006
    She’s cute, she’s fun, and she’s following God. She’s Sierra Jensen, Christy Miller’s good friend, ready for her junior year of high school! All twelve books in the popular Sierra Jensen series come together in four volumes to reveal the ups and downs of Sierra’s incredible God-led journey! Volume Three: An exciting trip to Europe challenges Sierra to Open Your Heart to loving others without expectations. At the start of her senior year, only Time Will Tell the truth about Sierra’s friendships. And in Now Picture This, she wonders if her relationship with Paul is as picture perfect as she thinks! Christy Miller knows a good friend when she meets her, and so will you—Sierra Jensen is at it again! Open Your Heart What an adventure! Having Christy Miller invite Sierra on an all-expenses-paid trip to Europe was amazing—but that was just the beginning. Sierra never imagined she’d meet someone like Alex, a dark-eyed Russian college student who’s a Christian. Or that they’d all come face-to-face with disaster. Through it all, one question haunts Sierra: c an she learn to love others without expecting anything in return? Will she finally be able to open her heart to others—and to God? Time Will Tell Sierra’s senior year of high school is here, but after the great summer she just had, how can it be anything but a letdown? Sure enough, the year tanks big-time when the school issues her buddy Randy an ultimatum. Stuck in the middle—Sierra wonders, what’s right? Her friend or the rules? She longs to talk it over with Amy, but Sierra’s best friend still isn’t talking to her. What’s worse, she hasn’t heard a word from Paul! No doubt about it, this school year is totally frustrating! Will Sierra ever understand her friendships or God’s plans for them? Now Picture This Why can’t everyone just leave Sierra alone? All she wants to do is find a place to read the letter she just received from Paul—to soak in every word and memorize the photo he sent her—but Thanksgiving at the Jensen house means relatives everywhere! Sierra hides out, immersed in her ideas for Paul’s birthday and Christmas gifts, especially his requested gift: a photo of her. Sierra’s determined—the photo has to be spectacular! But a small voice of doubt nags at her. What does God think of her ignoring her family and friends this way? Is her picture-perfect relationship with Paul really all she thinks it is? Story Behind the Book“After writing the twelve-book Christy Miller series for teens, a new character showed up on the pages of the final novel. Her name was Sierra Jensen, and she was so compelling as a teenage character that readers began asking for a series about Sierra in order to hear more about her life choices. Our family had just moved to Portland at the time, and I found it easy to picture a sixteen-year-old like Sierra shopping at the local vintage clothing stores, hanging out with friends at a garage band concert, and serving at the homeless shelter on weekends.” —Robin Jones Gunn

Eve


K'wan - 2006
    Orphaned as a small child, Eve quickly learned the art of the hustle, and by age seventeen she had spent two years in prison. But now Eve is eighteen, back on the streets of Harlem with her gang and up to one of her old tricks: strong-arm robbery. Despite her edge, she's got a soft spot for Felon, the up-and-coming street king.Eve's life takes a serious turn when the powerful DeNardi family, the city's biggest drug supplier, tries to tighten its hold on Harlem. And when Eve's best friend, Cassidy, is murdered in the crossfire, Eve seeks revenge—starting all the way at the top.

A Legal Affair


Maureen Smith - 2006
    And yet the hot young law professor had never crossed the line with a student until he met Daniela. There was something different about her--with her fierce attitude, ambition and to-die-for body. Something he was determined to uncover, layer by silky layer....Private investigator Daniela Roarke knew she was in over her head the minute she saw her mark. Caleb Thorne wasn't just fine, he was gorgeous. And although getting close to Caleb could finally mean busting his no-good father, Daniela knew she was just an amateur at the game of seduction. And now both her cover and her heart were in jeopardy.

On the Jellicoe Road


Melina Marchetta - 2006
    I tell him stories. About the Jellicoe School and the Townies and the Cadets from a school in Sydney. I tell him about the war between us for territory. And I tell him about Hannah, who lives in the unfinished house by the river. Hannah, who is too young to be hiding away from the world. Hannah, who found me on the Jellicoe Road six years ago.Taylor is leader of the boarders at the Jellicoe School. She has to keep the upper hand in the territory wars and deal with Jonah Griggs—the enigmatic leader of the cadets, and someone she thought she would never see again.And now Hannah, the person Taylor had come to rely on, has disappeared. Taylor's only clue is a manuscript about five kids who lived in Jellicoe eighteen years ago. She needs to find out more, but this means confronting her own story, making sense of her strange, recurring dream, and finding her mother—who abandoned her on the Jellicoe Road.The moving, joyous and brilliantly compelling new novel from the best-selling, multi-award-winning author of Looking for Alibrandi and Saving Francesca.

Magic Hour


Kristin Hannah - 2006
    Julia Cates was one of the country's preeminent child psychiatrists until a shocking tragedy ruined her career. Retreating to her small western Washington hometown, Julia meets an extraordinary six-year-old girl who has inexplicably emerged from the deep woods nearby—a child locked in a world of unimaginable fear and isolation. To Julia, nothing is more important than saving the girl she now calls Alice. But Julia will need help from others, including the sister she barely knows and a handsome doctor with secrets of his own. What follows will test the limits of Julia's faith and strength, as she struggles to find a home for Alice . . . and for herself.

It's Kind of a Funny Story


Ned Vizzini - 2006
    But once Craig aces his way into Manhattan's Executive Pre-Professional High School, the pressure becomes unbearable. He stops eating and sleeping until, one night, he nearly kills himself.Craig's suicidal episode gets him checked into a mental hospital, where his new neighbors include a transsexual sex addict, a girl who has scarred her own face with scissors, and the self-elected President Armelio. There, Craig is finally able to confront the sources of his anxiety.Ned Vizzini, who himself spent time in a psychiatric hospital, has created a remarkably moving tale about the sometimes unexpected road to happiness.

Love Me Like No Other


A.C. Arthur - 2006
    He's never stopped thinking about her since that one hot night years ago. Now she's in his debt! Of course, he doesn't want her money....At first, Jade's outraged--pose as his fiancée for one week or he'll call the police! But then...how about some sweet revenge? So while he's playing Mr. Seducer, she'll be Miss Tease. Before the week is up, she'll have him on his knees--just before she walks away! That is, if she can convince her heart she's not still in love....

Meriyll


Viktor Canosinaj - 2006
    A teenage girl named Meriyll suffers a lot after her mother died. Because of this her dad starts to drink and life gets really hard for little Meri whose the only support was her best friend Sidrit.

The Clique Set


Lisi Harrison - 2006
    Included in this set are the following titles:The CliqueBest Friends For NeverThe Revenge of the WannabesInvasion of the Boy SnatchersThe Pretty Committee Strikes BackDial L For LoserIt's Not Easy Being MeanSealed With a Diss

The Clique: Second Collection


Lisi Harrison - 2006
    A second box set of three books -- The Clique #4: Invasion of the Boy Snatchers; The Clique #5: The Pretty Committee Strikes Back; The Clique #6: Dial L for Loser -- in the New York Times bestselling series.

Just Listen


Sarah Dessen - 2006
    Until she meets Owen Armstrong.Tall, dark, and music-obsessed, Owen is a reformed bad boy with a commitment to truth-telling. With Owen's help, maybe Annabel can face what happened the night she and Sophie stopped being friends.

A to Z Mysteries: Books A-Z [Complete Set]


Ron Roy - 2006
    Rex, The Unwilling Umpire, The Vampire's Vacation, The White Wolf, The X'ed-Out X-Ray, The Yellow Yacht, and The Zombie Zone.

Reclaiming Nick


Susan May Warren - 2006
    But when his father dies and leaves half of Silver Buckle—the Noble family ranch—to Nick's former best friend, he must return home to face his mistakes, and guarantee that the Silver Buckle stays in the Noble family. Award-winning journalist Piper Sullivan believes Nick framed her brother for murder, and she's determined to find justice. But following Nick to the Silver Buckle and posing as a ranch cook proves more challenging than she thinks. So does resisting his charming smile. As Nick seeks to overturn his father's will—and Piper digs for answers—family secrets surface that send Nick's life into a tailspin. But there's someone who's out to take the Silver Buckle from the Noble family, and he'll stop at nothing—even murder—to make it happen.

Brody's Redemption


Kay Stockham - 2006
    Ex-con. Joe Brody has been called a lot of things. Some true. Some not. But now that he's out of prison and back in his hometown his focus is getting a job and a home for his ill father to convalesce. Easier said than done when no one will hire him. Ashley Cade has a teething toddler and lives with an elderly man as part of an agreement she made to buy his house. Complicated? Not as much as it sounds. Wilson is a dear and his huge Victorian a gem in the rough. The lonely old man even recommends a friend's son as a handyman to help with the repairs and finally Ashley is making progress. And Joe? Joe is... intriguing to say the least. But when the police chief tracks Joe down and Ashley discovers the truth, everything changes. Wilson swears Joe is innocent. Joe swears he's innocent. But the evidence says otherwise and she doesn't know who to believe when her future business--and her child's life--are at stake....

My Best Friend's Girl


Dorothy Koomson - 2006
    From the moment they met in college, best friends Adele Brannon and Kamryn Matika thought nothing could come between them—until Adele did the unthinkable and slept with Kamryn’s fiancé, Nate. Now, after years of silence, the two women are reuniting, and Adele has a stunning request for her old friend: she wants Kamryn to adopt her five-year-old daughter, Tegan.Besides the difference in skin color—many will assume that headstrong, impulsive Kamryn is Tegan’s nanny—there’s the inconvenient truth that Kamryn is wholly unprepared to take care of anyone, especially someone who reminds her so much of Nate. With crises brewing at work and her love life in shambles, can Kamryn somehow become the mother a little girl needs her to be? In My Best Friend’s Girl, Dorothy Koomson takes us on a warm and wondrous journey through laughter and tears, forgiveness and hope—and the enduring love forged by the unlikeliest of families.

Scarlett


Cathy Cassidy - 2006
    Again. With black fingernails and dyed ketchup-red hair, she's not your average twelve-year-old Londoner. So her mum—sick of trying to get her into another school—ships Scarlett to her father's cottage in Ireland. Having to learn Gaelic in a one-room schoolhouse and enduring a new stepmum and younger stepsister is just too much. Scarlett wants to leave—until she meets Kian. He seems too good to be true with his dark, rugged looks, kind nature, and horse named Midnight. As Kian helps Scarlett let go of her anger, she begins to accept her family, her friendships, and most of all, her dreams. A captivating new novel from a writer reviewers have called "a British import with a refreshingly light touch." —School Library Journal on Indigo Blue.Book Details: Format: Hardcover Publication Date: 10/19/2006 Pages: Reading Level: Age 8 and Up

The Adrien English Mysteries: Books 1-3


Josh Lanyon - 2006
    For the first time, books 1 - 3 of The Adrien English Mysteries collected in one volume! Fatal Shadows - When his former best friend and employee is murdered following a very public argument, bookseller and sometimes mystery writer Adrien English finds himself suspected of murder. A Dangerous Thing - Adrien English arrives at the Pine Shadow Ranch only to find a corpse in his driveway. By the time the unfriendly local sheriffs arrive, the body has disappeared. The Hell You Say - It’s Christmas time and the “ill-starred and bookish” bookseller and occasional mystery writer must contend with a Satanic cult, a handsome university professor and his on-again/off-again relationship with the eternally conflicted LAPD Detective Jake Riordan. And, as ever, murder...

Cry of My Heart


Linda Ford - 2006
    She's content running her antique store and caring for her grandmother and sister - at least that's what she tells herself. If the secret desires of her heart go unmet... that's just the way it has to be. Right? Oil & gas negotiator Andrew "Ace" Conners has always planned to be alone. He'll do his duty and settle the affairs of his aunt and then get out of Reliance, Montana. But when his late aunt’s neighbor insists on finding treasures among the estate’s belongings, he can't help falling for the dynamic, compassionate woman, even though he knows she's not for him. When a man from Ace’s past appears seeking retribution, Ace and Nicole must face their biggest fears - together - or lose the love they both long for. Other books in this series:Forever in My Heart Everlasting Love Inheritance of Love

The Kindness of Strangers


Katrina Kittle - 2006
    But when a shocking revelation rips apart the family of her closest friend, Sarah finds herself welcoming yet another troubled young boy into her already tumultuous life.Jordan, a quiet, reclusive elementary school classmate of Sarah's son Danny, has survived a terrible ordeal. By agreeing to become Jordan's foster mother, Sarah will be forced to question the things she has long believed. And as the delicate threads that bind their family begin to unravel, all the Ladens will have to face difficult truths about themselves and one another—and discover the power of love necessary to forgive and to heal.

Small-Town Secrets


Margaret Watson - 2006
    About her husband Carter, who died in a car crash. About Gabe, who was driving the night Carter died. About her brother George's girlfriend. Gabe's return to Sturgeon Falls brings the secrets bubbling to the surface.Since Carter's death, Kendall's been too busy running a B&B, managing a cherry orchard and raising two girls to think about Gabe. But when he shows up at her B&B, memories come rushing back – including the crush she'd had on him.Can Kendall and Gabe face the past and find forgiveness? Or will the secrets bury them?

Saguaro: The Life & Adventures of Bobby Allen Bird


Carson Mell - 2006
    

500 Animals in Clay: Contemporary Expressions of the Animal Form


Suzanne J.E. Tourtillott - 2006
    Juried by distinguished artist and educator Joe Bova, this magnificent gallery includes pieces from an international group of artists; the beautifully crafted works range from the representational to the abstract, from artful realism to provocative surrealism (including animal-human hybrids). Ann Marais’ image of a waterfowl painted onto a porcelain dish has a restrained, Asian quality. Sharkus’ painted and smoke-fired stoneware turtle could easily be mistaken for the living creature. Bova provides astute and illuminating commentary overall, with selected artists’ notes.

Too Close For Comfort


La Jill Hunt - 2006
    "No" isn't a word that Charysse Westbrooke is used to hearing from anyone, but now it seems to be a part of her brother's vocabulary, and she thinks it's because of Paige, the new woman in his life, and she ain't having it. Paige Michaels is living the good life and loving it. Her plate is too full with her job, her daughter, her friends, and her new man to even be worried about her ex-boyfriend or his new wife. Find out what happens when Paige is confronted with a mix of friends, family, her baby daddy, her baby daddy's family, his friends, his sister, and all kinds of issues in between. It doesn't take long before the drama rises to the next level.

Murphy’s Luck


Benjamin Laskin - 2006
    To remedy his loneliness, he became the master of a thousand hobbies and as amazing as his crazy luck.When events demand that Murphy go in search of a new, luck-free sanctuary to spare the world from his puzzling disorder, his relentless whammy plows a riotous path of mayhem and miracles straight to Joy Daley—an incurable optimist who never forgot to thank her lucky stars. The comical, topsy-turvy effects from the collision of Lady Luck and Murphy’s jinx whimsically upends the lives of everyone in their orbit.At first, Murphy’s victims question who he is—at last, they’ll be questioning who they aren’t.If you like a fresh, feel-good story with lots of laughs and a dollop of mystery on top, then you’ll love Benjamin Laskin’s riotous novel.

The Seduction of His Wife


Janet Chapman - 2006
     Alex Knight is dead -- or so everyone thinks. A widowed logger baron with a risk-taking streak, he took on a South American engineering project and was reported dead after a rebel attack. So when he turns up back in Maine very much alive, his grieving family is shocked. But the biggest shock is Alex's, when he discovers he's now married -- to a woman he's never met. Sarah Banks is ready for a change from running a quiet Bed & Breakfast, and working for the Knight family offers not only a bigger opportunity, but also the family life she yearns for. So she's glad to help secure custody of Alex's orphaned children, whom she's come to love, by marrying their father by proxy before he's legally declared dead. But when Alex returns, the sexy, determined woodsman upends all of Sarah's plans. Because suddenly she's married to a passionate stranger with an easy smile...and tumbling headlong into a fiery dance of seduction.

Sabotage


Anne Patrick - 2006
    Serving God in a position that brings awesome responsibility and, sometimes, great sacrifice is never easy. Neither is raising twin twelve-year-old boys without a father. When she is forced to make a ruling against an old flame, her life is turned upside down.Graham Bishop has had feelings for Katie since they were in grade school together. So when someone puts a target on her back, and he's placed at the top of the suspect list, he's determined to prove to Katie and the police they're after the wrong guy.Katie wants to believe Graham would never hurt her but with all the evidence pointing to him it's obvious someone is either framing him or he isn't the man she thought he was. Trusting her instincts could prove fatal, but if she doesn't she will lose her chance at happiness again.

Watching the Tree Limbs


Mary E. DeMuth - 2006
    In the small world of 1979 Burl, Texas, all Mara really has are the tree limbs, a lumbering Aunt Elma, her boyfriend Officer Gus, the bully General, and her new best friend Camilla who rhymes maddening snatches of truth. Mara needs to escape General's advances and find out who her real parents are before those who would want to destroy her succeed. Will she recognize redemption through Zady the Jesus-loving housekeeper, Denim the clandestine town prophet, or Mr. Winningham her new guardian whose quiet rage masks even deeper secrets?

A Country Christmas


Miss Read - 2006
    Miss Read's wonderfully festive collection of Christmas stories is packed with entertaining characters and enchanting tales.

The Good Nearby


Nancy Moser - 2006
    Margery has a nothing job, a nothing marriage, and zero self-esteem. Angie has everything she could ever want, except a life of her own making. Talia is overwhelmed by her pregnancy, by handling her career, and by caring for her toddler and a home-bound husband who needs a new heart. Gennifer has a high-powered career and a family that's learned to fend without her. Gladys has never been married and approaches her golden years alone with failing eyesight. For the patrons of Neighbor's Drugstore, the key to a rich, fulfilled life is closer than they think, if only they can open their hearts to the good nearby.

The Lying Game


Maxine Barry - 2006
    She has one goal: to find the real killer of Rollo Seton.While inside, a mysterious benefactor has put £2 million in trust for her. She uses the money to buy the Manor House in Nether Dene, the tiny village she grew up in.THE VILLAGE DOESN’T WANT HER BACKShe hires Connor O'Dell, a good-looking bodyguard. He’s there in case things get rough. But it's Lowell Seton, the younger brother of Rollo and the love of Oriana's life, who quickly becomes the greatest danger . . . to her heart.And when Connor falls for Mercedes Seton, Oriana's former best friend, things threaten to totally fall apart.THE REAL KILLER WILL STRIKE AGAIN TO PROTECT THEIR SECRETS

Last Man Standing / Saving Faith


David Baldacci - 2006
    As the FBI investigates, suspicion surrounding Web deepens. Now, he needs help from an unlikely ally in his desperate search for the killer of his friends, and finds himself up against a force intent on finishing the job that began in the alley.SAVING FAITHWhen a zealous CIA Chief begins personally spying on his clients to promote a secret agenda of his own devising, the beautiful Faith Lockhard, one of Washington's greatest influence-peddlers, tells the FBI all her suspicions. Now in mortal danger, she still hopes to see justice done. Yet who will rescue Faith?

Nothing in the World


Roy Kesey - 2006
    Nothing in the World is a memorable debut."-Laila Lalami, author of Hope and Other Dangerous PursuitsNothing in the World is sparingly written, yet with great detail and emotion.

The Corrigan Legacy


Anna Jacobs - 2006
    Childless Maeve, though rich and successful, is dying of cancer. She wants to leave her business empire to one of the offspring of her two estranged brothers, Des and Leo. But which young relative should she choose? Des has four children. His second wife Judith has just left him and he is overstretched financially. Leo unambitious owner of a hardware store in a remote Australian town has two children. His daughter, suffering from ME defies him to accept her Aunt’s invitation to be treated in England.Judith has met another man. But Cal has fund out that he’s not the biological father of his beloved daughter and his ex-wife wants to take Lily away from him. As the younger generation begin to gather around Maeve, old secrets are revealed, new allegiances made, and there are surprises for every member of the family - because the Corrigan legacy isn’t what it first seems.

Lullabies for Little Criminals


Heather O'Neill - 2006
    Motherless, she lives with her father, Jules, who takes better care of his heroin habit than he does of his daughter. Baby's gift is a genius for spinning stories and for cherishing the small crumbs of happiness that fall into her lap. But her blossoming beauty has captured the attention of a charismatic and dangerous local pimp who runs an army of sad, slavishly devoted girls—a volatile situation even the normally oblivious Jules cannot ignore. And when an escape disguised as betrayal threatens to crush Baby's spirit, she will ultimately realize that the power of salvation rests in her hands alone.

Shug


Jenny Han - 2006
    And she's about to become your new best friend. Annemarie Wilcox, or Shug as her family calls her, is beginning to think there's nothing worse than being twelve. She's too tall, too freckled, and way too flat-chested. Shug is sure that there's not one good or amazing thing about her. And now she has to start junior high, where the friends she counts most dear aren't acting so dear anymore -- especially Mark, the boy she's known her whole life through. Life is growing up all around her, and all Shug wants is for things to be like they used to be. How is a person supposed to prepare for what happens tomorrow when there's just no figuring out today?

The Rest Is Illusion


Eric Arvin - 2006
    The story centers on five students at critical points in their lives. Sarah, a young woman at odds with everything her parents stand for; Ash, a mysterious genius; Dashel, a young man with a mysterious illness; Tony, a closeted football star; and Wilder, a manipulative hopeful politician. Their individual stories run in and out of each other in the course of a week. Personal problems are further complicated by an unseen force that surrounds the college, living deep in the woods. As this entity begins to more fully touch the lives of the characters, things begin to unravel. For some this is a needed change, but for others this is a catalyst to a terrifying end.

Love On The Rocks


Veronica Henry - 2006
    Things are changing because the resort has been picked as a holiday hot-spot and George Law wants to do for Mariscombe what Rick Stein did for Padstowe. He starts by outbidding Bruno for the rundown Rocks hotel.

The Trophy Wife


Ginna Gray - 2006
    Even now Mimosa Landing, Elizabeth's beloved home, could be stripped away unless she comes up with a serious infusion of cash.When brilliant self-made millionaire Maxwell Reardon approaches her with an audacious solution to her financial woes, Elizabeth is speechless. His proposal will certainly solve her problems, but it will set Houston society on its ear.Now it's up to Elizabeth to decide if this is a deal with the devil, or the best decision of her life.

Bound and Determined


Jane Davitt - 2006
    The authors have made the book available for free download at Archive of Our Own.Bound and DeterminedWhen Sterling Baker discovers the wonderful world of BDSM, he's ready to literally throw himself at the feet of the spectacular Owen Sawyer, but Owen is unwilling to take on someone so new to the scene—or so he says. Determined to get what he wants, Sterling sets out to convince the doubting Owen that he can be the best sub in the world, the fastest learning, the most obedient.It's not as easy as he thinks it will be, and things get even more complicated when Sterling realizes that he's fallen in love with Owen. With the stakes that much higher, Sterling's more determined than ever to win Owen over. But now he'll have to convince Owen they can have more than a teacher/student relationship, more than just good kink.

Let's Get It On


Dyanne Davis - 2006
    Hamid has promised his father that he'll return home and help his community, while Heaven is determined to make her business pay off. Soon they must decide whether to break the vows they made to each other, or the promises they made to themselves...

Love in the Present Tense


Catherine Ryan Hyde - 2006
    Life has given her every reason to mistrust people, but circumstances force her to trust her neighbor Mitch with watching Leonard while she goes off to work. Then one day Pearl drops her son off…and never returns. They are an unlikely pair: Mitch is a young, unattached business owner, and Leonard is a precocious, five-year-old boy. But together they must find a way to move forward in the wake of Pearl’s unexplained disappearance. Their bond as parent and child shifts and endures, even as Mitch must eventually surrender Leonard to a two-parent home.Is it possible to love the people who can’t always be there for us? The answers will surprise and move you. As their lives unfold, profound questions emerge about the nature of love and family. Ultimately, this novel’s richest reward is watching Mitch and Leonard grow up together, through the power and the magic of the human heart.

Family of Women


Annie Murray - 2006
    Distraught at her side, her mother, Violet, wonders if this is her punishment - for Carol is the love child who should not have been born....""Family of Women" is the story of three generations of women:Bessie: scarred by a childhood of poverty in the slums of Victorian Birmingham and left a young widow with four children, is a hard, bullying woman who will go to disturbing lengths to keep her family under her thumb.Violet: one of Bessie's four children, marries young to escape, into the arms of a man whose life will be broken by war,Linda: grows up on a large housing estate in the 1950s with older sister Joyce and her beloved young sister Carol. Intelligent and energetic, she craves education and something more than the life she sees around her. Torn from her longed for place at the grammar school, she gives up hoping for anything better. It takes a tragic love affair to make her question the limitations of her life and the secrets which haunt her family.Spanning more than half of the last century, "Family of Women" is a story of one family - and of the joys, struggles and changes in women's lives.

Desert Dropping


DomLuka - 2006
    Now, he's forced to live in the desert with a family he doesn't know, a father he doesn't want to know, and to top it all off, Rory's gay and no longer has anyone to confide in. Friends will be made and the meaning of family will be found as Rory discovers that everything isn't so bad in the desert.Status: CompleteWord count: approx. 389,678

Satin Nights


Karen E. Quinones Miller - 2006
    . . Essence and Blackboard bestselling author Karen E. Quinones Miller returns with the follow-up to Satin Doll, her debut novel about four sassy women from Harlem. Puddin': Yeah, y'all know I'm gangsta wit' it. And that's why I don't give a hot damn about swindling these stupid wimps for whatever-be it a drink or their precious platinum credit cards. I may not have a college education like Gina and Tamika or a bougie job like Yvonne, but my sexy ass gets the job done.Yvonne: Let's face it: I'm too fine to be alone. I'm intelligent, gainfully employed-and did I mention how fine I am? Well, it's a lot harder to find a good man than you'd think. So why does everybody have a problem with me getting back with my ex? Please! He'd almost be perfect if he didn't still have a wife.Tamika: I guess I'm the most quiet out of all my girls. Marriage, motherhood, and med school will do that to a sista. And, hell, having a full-out drug war land in your home will certainly do the trick. It'll also keep you stressed, angry, and maybe even a little judgmental of your friends when they're sleeping with the enemy.Regina: Yeah, Little Joe ran the game twenty years ago. But it was that same game that helped me jump off my writing career. And after seeing him for the first time in years, I've got to at least talk to the man. Never mind that he looks better than ever and still has that same sexy swagger that I found irresistible. Or that he might not be the best example for my daughter...or that I'm still feeling my politician ex-hubby (just a little bit). Never mind all of that. Because talking never hurt anybody, right? Blending themes of friendship and street angst with tough, sexy, independent female characters, Satin Nights captures the edginess of urban grit and celebrates the strength of sista-hood.

The Fatal Heir


Lois Lewandowski - 2006
    A few years previous, she survived a car accident that shattered her ankle and her first marriage. Now she’s remarried and walking again and life would be perfect—if only she could get pregnant.Fortunately, Gillian’s mother-in-law and one of the Jackson County commissioners from Bend Brook, Nebraska, hatch a plan that will enable Gillian and her husband Clint to afford the next step in fertility treatment: they ask her to become an investigator for the county. Her first assignment is to find the biological parents of the commissioner’s adopted daughter, Caroline. With only one concrete fact to go on—Caroline was left at a Colorado monastery in 1967—Gillian heads for Aspen. Unfortunately, no one at the monastery remembers any such event—or so they say. When one monk goes missing and a woman who’s sleeping in the bed reserved for Gillian is murdered, Gillian has second thoughts. She can’t turn back, though, since most of Bend Brook has taken bets on whether she’ll be able to solve the case.As she uncovers past events that lead to the discovery of Caroline’s true identity, Gillian realizes that sometimes the perfect family might be the one you already have …

Dark Roots and Cowboy Boots


Luann McLane - 2006
    Original.

Truth or Dare


Delilah Dawson - 2006
    Not because her sexy curves drive Kai wild. Not because her every move sets his body on fire. Kai's watching Sonya because she's in possession of a stolen butterfly necklace--and he's been hired to steal it back, even if he has to seduce it right off her beautiful neck…When Sonya meets Kai on a single's cruise, she has no idea that he's looking for the necklace. She assumes he's there for the same reason she is: to indulge in a weeklong shipboard sex romp, no strings attached. Kai is the perfect candidate for what Sonya has in mind: Tall and gorgeous with a dark, muscular body that just won't quit.With Sonya, Kai finds himself oddly off his game. Her shy blushes remind him of chocolate raspberries and her shivers drive him out of his mind! As things heat up, Kai must make a decision: Will he betray the woman who has captured his mind and body…or give in to a delicious game where everybody wins?

A Red-Tainted Silence


Carolyn Gray - 2006
    Such a diva, even from the beginning. I was entranced, smitten, mesmerized. He had the face of an angel, and the voice of one, too--and almost from the start I began the pattern of losing Nicholas. I was good at that--I guess I never believed I really deserved him, what he would bring to us both. What we would experience, because of him. What we could be, because of him. What I could be because of the strength and belief he had in me.Denial denial denial.Damn, I was good at that. But I was going to have to get good at trust and acceptance, if I wanted to keep him.Publisher's Note: This book is a homoerotic love story. It contains sexual acts that may be offensive to some readers: male-male sexual practices.

Family Guy: A Big Book O' Crap!


Matt Fleckenstein - 2006
    Each of the three volumes collected in this series focuses on one of the star characters, and their views on life - however skewed they may be!

Beautiful People with Beautiful Feelings


Donny Miller - 2006
    Illustrated by images paired with poetic lines of text, Donny Miller's pieces are both hilarious and poignant, and appeal to the Urban Outfitters generation and hipsters.

Summer in the City


Elizabeth Chandler - 2006
    But when she meets irresistible Josh, Jamie realizes she could probably use all the romance advice she can get!Lacrosse camp 9 a.m.–noon (can't be late! "Coach" Josh will freak out)Basketball camp 1:00–4:00 (so many screaming kids. . . )Shopping with Mona 4:30 (finally a break)Date with Andrew 7:30 (he's so perfect. . . isn't he?)

Briana's Gift


Lurlene McDaniel - 2006
    But it isn't until Briana runs away with an older boy that Casey begins to understand what her mother meant. When Briana returns home alone and pregnant, Casey and her mother try to help Briana come to terms with her options.It was already complicated to think about Briana's choices and then things change suddenly again. When Briana is in a serious accident, Casey's mother sees things one way. Although Casey understands her mother's reaction, she feels she must try to convince her mother to make a different decision. Casey needs to grow up fast and do what she can to maintain Briana's legacy. Will she be able to make her mother understand that there is only one way to accept Briana's gift?

The Abominable Snowman / Journey Under the Sea / Space and Beyond / The Lost Jewels of Nabooti (Choose Your Own Adventure 1-4) (Box Set 1)


R.A. Montgomery - 2006
    Readers travel up and down the Himalayan Mountains and across the continent of Africa, as well as a few more fantastic places. This Choose Your Own Adventure collection is shrink-wrapped in a purple box featuring full-size artwork from titles 1 and 3. Ages 7-12.Includes the following titles: #1: The Abominable Snowman #2: Journey Under the Sea #3: Space and Beyond #4: The Lost Jewels of Nabooti

Legends of Dune Trilogy


Brian Herbert - 2006
    Anderson. Working from Frank Herbert's own notes, the acclaimed authors reveal the chapter of the Dune saga most eagerly anticipated by readers: the Butlerian Jihad.Throughout the Dune novels, Frank Herbert frequently referred to the war in which humans wrested their freedom from "thinking machines." In Dune: The Butlerian Jihad, Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson bring to life the story of that war, a tale previously seen only in tantalizing hints and clues. Finally, we see how Serena Butler's passionate grief ignites the struggle that will liberate humans from their machine masters; here is the amazing tale of the Zensunni Wanderers, who escape bondage to flee to the desert world where they will declare themselves the Free Men of Dune. And here is the backward, nearly forgotten planet of Arrakis, where traders have discovered the remarkable properties of the spice melange. . . . Dune: The Machine Crusade More than two decades have passed since the events chronicled in Dune: The Butlerian Jihad. The crusade against thinking robots has ground on for years, but the forces led by Serena Butler and Irbis Ginjo have made only slight gains; the human worlds grow weary of war, of the bloody, inconclusive swing from victory to defeat.The fearsome cymeks, led by Agamemnon, hatch new plots to regain their lost power from Omnius--as their numbers dwindle and time begins to run out. The fighters of Ginaz, led by Jool Noret, forge themselves into an elite warrior class, a weapon against the machine-dominated worlds. Aurelius Venport and Norma Cenva are on the verge of the most important discovery in human history-a way to "fold" space and travel instantaneously to any place in the galaxy.And on the faraway, nearly worthless planet of Arrakis, Selim Wormrider and his band of outlaws take the first steps to making themselves the feared fighters who will change the course of history: the Fremen.Here is the unrivaled imaginative power that has put Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson on bestseller lists everywhere and earned them the high regard of readers around the globe. The fantastic saga of Dune continues in Dune: The Machine Crusade. Dune: The Battle of Corrin It has been fifty-six hard years since the events of Dune: The Machine Crusade. Following the death of Serena Butler, the bloodiest decades of the Jihad take place. Synchronized Worlds and Unallied Planets are liberated one by one, and at long last, after years of victory, the human worlds begin to hope that the end of the centuries-long conflict with the thinking machines is finally in sight.Unfortunately, Omnius has one last, deadly card to play. In a last-ditch effort to destroy humankind, virulent plagues are let loose throughout the galaxy, decimating the populations of whole planets . . . and once again, the tide of the titanic struggle shifts against the warriors of the human race. At last, the war that has lasted many lifetimes will be decided in the apocalyptic Battle of Corrin.In the greatest battle in science fiction history, human and machine face off one last time. . . . And on the desert planet of Arrakis, the legendary Fremen of Dune become the feared fighting force to be discovered by Paul Muad'Dib in Frank Herbert's classic, Dune.

Bloody Heroes


Damien Lewis - 2006
    This is the story of the trials and exploits, the victories and defeats, of one of those units. This book takes us from the first ever assault against a terrorist ship carrying weapons of mass destruction to attack London, to the epic siege of the terrorist-held Qala-I-Janghi fortress in Afghanistan. In the interim, our half-a-dozen soldier-characters deliver suitcases stuffed with millions of dollars in cash to 'friendly' Afghan warlords; they penetrate the towering heights of the uncharted Naka Valley, where allied intelligence has identified the mother of all terrorist training camps; they fight in the labyrinthine tunnels running beneath the Afghan mountains; and they risk all to rescue their fellow soldiers from a downed aircraft stranded on a snow-blasted mountain peak. The book culminates in the single battle in which more terrorists were killed than any other in Afghanistan: the siege of Qala-I-Janghi, an ancient mud-walled fortress used to imprison the most dangerous Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters. The battle for Qala-I-Janghi would last a staggering eight days, from the moment of the first shots being fired at the start of the uprising to the hour that the fort yielded up the last Al Qaeda fighters. It is a battle in which over 500 terrorists would die - but which would also claim the life of a US serviceman and dozens of Northern Alliance allies, with scores of severely wounded British and American soldiers. And in the final denouement, this savage battlefield turns out to be populated by the most ultimately shocking enemy - John Walker Lindh, the white American Taliban who held out in the forts' bunker until the very last. At the same time as the story of the fort siege played out on TV screens all across the world, our band of British and American special forces were involved in a secret, deadly dual to rescue their fellow men - a duel that only one side could win.

Keeping Christmas


B.J. Daniels - 2006
    But after uncovering a dark family secret that cast suspicion on everyone close to her, she took off for a new life and never looked back.Chance Walker was the cool-eyed cowboy hired to bring her home by Christmas. But after catching her, he couldn't decide if she was a blackmailer or a victim. Was he tempted to protect her because she told the truth--or was he falling for her? Holed up in a remote Montana cabin with the bad guys closing in, two stubborn souls needed to trust each other if they hoped to survive the season.

The Silver Cord / In Memorium


Paul McCusker - 2006
    But she isn't at peace, and her panicked words compel Father Gilbert to seek out a total stranger in a bizarre race against time. It's a case of life and death, but whose life and whose death can't be known until the final minutes. As the second episode, "In Memoriam," opens, memories abound in the wake of Clare Gilbert's illness. Old photographs. A mysterious girl. Clandestine meetings. An old flame returns. And soon Father Gilbert is haunted by the specters of his family's past and secrets that cannot be contained any longer. Father Gilbert investigates but does not know that this time the investigation will lead him to the darkest parts of his own heart.

Bridge to Terabithia: The Official Movie Companion


David Paterson - 2006
    Included inside this official movie scrapbook are: never–before–seen images from the movie; exclusive behind–the–scene stories; actor profiles and interviews and much more!This exciting guide is written by David Paterson, the son of the Newbery Medal winning author of Bridge to Terabithia, Katherine Paterson. His commentary, combined with brilliant full color photographs from the film, render this an unforgettable insider's exploration of a story that has captured the hearts and minds of a generation.

Never Too Late


Brenda Jackson - 2006
    Sienna decides to visit their vacation cabin in the mountains to gather her belongings. One last sojourn to revisit a place where they once knew love. She's barely arrived when Dane appears, surprised to see her as she is him. While they try to dance around what went wrong with their marriage, a sudden snowstorm traps them in the cabin.Forced to face each other with no distractions, Sienna and Dane can't deny the spark that still sizzles between them. Slowly and surely, they begin to converse, trying to find out what happened. Why did a couple so in love suddenly no longer communicate? For Sienna, she felt constricted and out of place in Dane's wealthy family. Dane sensed her slipping away, but how could he show her he loved her no matter what? The snow ends, but not the rekindling of their love for each other. Will Sienna and Dane find the way back to loving each other again?Brenda Jackson's NEVER TOO LATE is a heartwarming tale of reunited lovers that will leave you smiling.

Light The Stars


RaeAnne Thayne - 2006
    His daughter was surly, as usual. The baby hadn't been fed yet. And his mother—aka "The Childminder"--had eloped...with a scam artist. Could it get any worse?

তালাশ


Shaheen Akhtar - 2006
    She remembers the wetlands, with their mystery and darkness, across which her young brother Montuand she fled to escape the violence. She remembers the day her brother walked away, never to be seen again, lost to the war which claimed many ambitious, idealistic, patriotic young men, swallowing them up before they even knew the meaning of war. Shaheen Akhtar's mesmerizing and moving novel is set against the backdrop of the Bangladesh war of liberation and in her skilful hands,the war becomes a way to explore the violence done to women,and their courage, their tenderness, their heartbreak and betrayal and their search for love. Akhtar's is one of the younger voices to explore this hitherto hidden dimension of the history of Bangladesh. Talaash was awarded the Prothom Alo Literary Prize in 2004.

Knot Tonight


Gail Faulkner - 2006
    Was she crazy? Yes! Crazy, desperate, and all things people are when they agree to do something insane. She held a contract outlining one night of submission to a stranger! Submission so complete, his requirements for preparation before presentation of herself to him made her blush while her womb tightened in anticipation. She would do anything to escape the dreams. Would this work? God, she hoped so. Wrenching dreams that came almost every night. The man in them never varied, his control of her body and its responses drove her to the edge of sanity. She'd wake up screaming for release, finding nothing but wet sheets and an empty house. Tall, dark and dominate, he'd long since accepted being alone for this lifetime. He'd met his lady, lover and submissive, but only in the dreams. Dream Walking is a door to the past or future, but never the present. She entered the suite and the unimaginable reality of his woman alive in this time exploded across his brain. She assumed the required stance. Now, spread naked before him stood everything he'd never dared hope for. Ghost Unit - Slip Knot By Gail Faulkner Book two in the Ghost Unit series. Rem has found the woman he needs. Recently retired from Special Forces, he's seen the worst the world has to offer. Like a caged beast gazing at freedom, he's hungered for Kathryn from their first encounter. Accidentally discovering her dark, sexual side only fuels his obsession with the elusive, delectable body she inhabits. Rem is determined to become her lover. If he can capture her sexually, he'll find a way to hold onto her. Kathryn is intent on shedding her bleak past. But the past has a way of biting a person on the butt. Sinister and deadly, it follows her into her new life. Rem's protection is heavenly, if only she can remember he's doing it because his sister is in danger as well. The danger stalking them catches Kathryn in its deadly grip. Nothing in his life has prepared Rem to watch his love suffer its rage. The beast leashed within his soul for so long knows what to do. Loving her with everything he is, or ever was, is the price he will pay for redemption. Note: Not for the faint of heart.

Good-Bye Germ Theory


William P. Trebing - 2006
    It is especially written for parent's education. You will learn pertinent facts about an ever growing and oppressive medical system that has been rooting themselves into the lives of each American for over 75 years. Unlike other books of its' kind, Good-bye Germ Theory attacks the actual core of medical belief which is portrayed as science, but turns out to be more like dogmatic religion. Also unique to this book is its' legal research section. Parents often feel so overwhelmed with the complexities of the legal system, that they succumb to unwanted medical treatment for their children. This book will show you how to know your particular State's vaccination laws inside-out, so that any person may effectively challenge an oppressive vaccination law using the many legal forms provided.

Kowalski's in Love and Other Stories: Kowalski's in Love, Man Catch, Sacrificial Lion, Operation Northwoods, and Success of a Mission


James RollinsSusie Breck - 2006
    Joe Kowalski, a naval seaman, is best described as someone with the heart of a hero but lacking the brainpower to go with it. So how does Seaman Joe Kowalski end up being recruited by such an illustrious team as Sigma Force? As they say, dumb luck is better than no luck at all. Other Stories Man Catch by Christopher Rice Rice's consistent focus over the course of his novels has been on the complex relationships that develop between straight and gay characters drawn together by a shared trauma. The Snow Garden focused on the murderous deceits that threaten a close friendship between a straight, woman and a gay man. Light Before Day centered on the parental relationship that developed between a bestselling mystery novelist and his gay assistant. This same theme can be found here in Man Catch, where a young woman's sudden discovery of a loved one's closeted homosexuality brings a rain of violence down onto a tightly knit family unit. Sacrificial Lion by Grant Blackwood In Sacrificial Lion, Blackwood introduces Henry Caulder, a British spymaster who slips into cold war East Berlin on an impossible mission. The fate of Europe, and perhaps the world, hangs in the balance. But Sacrificial Lion is not just a tale of espionage, it's also a legacy of sorts, for Henry Caulder is the grandfather of Blackwood's newest hero, Sam Caulder. Operation Northwoods by James Grippando Grippando prides himself on his research, and threw himself into all things Cuban when researching the thriller, Hear No Evil. At the time it was impossible to speak to anyone about the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay without the problem of the detainees dominating the conversation. It was then that Grippando came across a forty-year-old plan?Operation Northwoods? which, in the hands of someone with an extremely devious mind, could cause a mountain of trouble. In Operation Northwoods, Jack and his colorful sidekick, Theo Knight, find themselves in the heat of a controversy after an explosion at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba?an explosion that rocks the world. Success of a Mission by Dennis Lynds Both a literary and suspense novelist, Dennis Lynds is credited with bringing the detective novel into the modern age then, twenty years later?in the 1980s?introducing literary techniques that propelled the genre into its current dynamic form. Iconoclastic, witty and generous, sadly Lynds died August 19, 2005, at the age of eighty-one. Success of a Mission was first published in 1968. The story is still relevant today in both its triumph and its tragedy.

Bound and Determined


Shelley Bradley - 2006
    May be armed (with bad intentions) and dangerously seductive… Kerry Sullivan is running out of time—and patience. With her brother wrongfully accused of embezzling millions, she can’t face one more humiliating hang up from the man she’s begging for help. Rafael Dawson may be one of the top electronic security experts in the country—and the only man who can prove her brother’s innocence—but his phone manners are appalling. Damn Yankee. Too bad kidnapping the man isn’t an option. Or is it? There’s nothing Kerry wouldn’t do for her brother. There are lots of things she longs to do to Rafe Dawson when he’s lying tied up and naked in Kerry’s secret hideaway. Rafe is certainly something to look at, but her brother’s life is riding on her pulling off the impossible: getting this man who’s always in control to lose it. But when the tables are turned, Kerry finds herself at Rafe’s mercy. And the only way to get her way is to let him have his way—with her… MATURE AUDIENCE

Michel Thomas Speak French for Beginners: 10-CD Beginner's Program


Michel Thomas - 2006
    teacher is at your side.. There's no such thing as a bad student--just a bad teacher.--Michel Thomas. No books. No writing. No drills. And nothing to memorize--. ever! With his patented method, Michel Thomas. has taught languages to top celebrities and--through. his bestselling audio programs--more than a million. everyday learners around the world. At the end of this. ten-CD beginners program, you will have acquired: . A full working vocabulary. Essential comprehension skills. Complete language confidence. Don't try to memorize specific words or expressions. It is a basic principle of the Michel Thomas method that the responsibility for the students learning lies with the teacher. With Michel Thomas as your teacher, your learning will be based on understanding--and what you understand, you do not forget!. . Included in this package: . 10 audio CDs--including the two-CD Speak French. Get Started Kit and 2 review CDs. Program booklet. Zippered travel case. Celebrities who have learned with the Michel Thomas method: . Princess Grace of MonacoBarbra StreisandWoody AllenWarren BeattyBob DylanEmma Thompson . . . and many more.

Guys in College


Matthew Haldeman-Time - 2006
    I noticed that I had similar themes running through my work - - a lot of stories about guys in college, some located in the workplace, others centered around cars - - so I decided to group them together into tidy little sets. This particular set of stories features college tudents. You’ll meet Jason, a goth artist, and Trent, a superb athlete, in “Incredible” and its sequel, “Stupid Question.” The next story, “Purple and Magenta,” takes place in the library, as Austin tries to study. No collection of college-based erotica would be complete without a set of roommates, so read “Ten Weird Things,” where freshman Eric figures out how to get closer to his new roommate, David. Then we’re back in the library again for “Cool” with boyfriends Ryan and Danny.After lightening things up in the dining hall in “Cruel, Cruel World,” we move on to “Two Bodies,” where Cory teaches Bruce a bit about physics. At the end of this book, you’ll find the beginning of my web series, “In This Land.” Read the introduction first, to let one of the series’ characters give you a bit of an explanation, and then delve right in! You can read the rest of “In This Land,” and a lot more fiction, at my site, MatthewHaldemanTime.com.

The Tattooed Flower: a Memoir


Suzy Zail - 2006
    In the next three years, and at other concentration camps, he did so time and again, often through the kindness of strangers.Many years later, after making a new life for himself in Australia, Emil and his daughter Suzy face the greatest trial of all. Suzy and her father love each other in the way most fathers and daughters do: they are too lazy to ask questions, too busy to listen, and not curious enough about the people they call family. Now, though, Suzy's father is dying ...The Tattooed Flower is the tender and illuminating story of how a father and daughter choose to spend their last years together: Suzy discovering her father's past as a child of the Holocaust; and her father teaching his family, by example, how to live well, love fully, and die without fear or regret.The Tattooed Flower finds hope, love, and beauty in the saddest of places. This is a remarkable, compelling book about life's lessons, and how one man can leave a mark and make a difference.

Heat of the Moment


Diana Duncan - 2006
    When her life is threatened, Kate is remanded into Liam's custody and forced to face her deepest fears: fierce dogs and true love.With the help of his devoted K-9, Murphy, Liam vows to protect Kate from the bomber hunting her--while fighting the passion that had never died out. But Liam and Murphy have only twenty-four hair-raising hours to accomplish their most difficult mission: defuse Kate's mistrust and win her heart.Before their time runs out.

Rabbit Punches: Stories


Jason Ockert - 2006
    Whether it's Alston Goldstein ferrying drugs around Florida on his yellow moped, a young man fighting his entire neighborhood to find a suitable husband for his pregnant sister, or a man preparing to arm wrestle Jesus, these 13 stories hinge on the interplay between middle-class normality and capricious heroes, transporting readers to a tenderly evoked world where the real and the absurd at last make peace. This fictional masterpiece is for readers who love Americana, root for the underdog, and delight in the approach of the next great voice in southern eccentricity.

The End is Near!: Visions of Apocalpse, Millennium, and Utopia


Roger Manley - 2006
    Perhaps this is the art of the twenty-first century.”—Michael Bonesteel, The Outsider“A wonderful book…”—David Bowie“(A) fascinating, timely book.”—Publishers Weekly“Recommended for all art collections.”—Library JournalOriginally a landmark exhibition at the American Visionary Art Museum, The End is Near! presents the largest collection of visionary art ever assembled on the subjects of Apocalypse, Millennium, and Utopia. With essays by Stephen Jay Gould, Reverend Howard Finster, Adam Parfrey, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.Winner of the Benjamin Franklin Book Award.

No Law Against Love


Deborah MacgillivrayM.J. Sager - 2006
    No Law Against Love Anthology is the launch book for Highland Press. All net profits from this project are being donated to Breast Cancer Awareness and Prevention through the American Cancer Society. Writers from around the world - from published to debut authors - donated their stories to show love happens in some of the funniest places. 27 stories from Historicals, Paranormals, Contemporaries and even Futuristic Romance. Participating Authors:~ Kristi Ahlers, Cheryl Alldredge, Rekha Ambardar, Susan Barclay, Leanne Burroughs, Cissy Hassell, Patty Howell, DeborahAnne MacGillivray, Marly Mathews, Victoria Oliveri, Jacquie Rogers, Jennifer Ross, M.J. Sager, Michelle Scaplen, Kemberlee Shortland, Jeanne VanArsdall, and Diane Davis White.

A Bee Stung Me So I Killed All the Fish


George Saunders - 2006
    

Chicken Soup for the Soul in Menopause: Living and Laughing Through Hot Flashes and Hormones (Chicken Soup for the Soul (Paperback Health Communications))


Jack Canfield - 2006
    As baby boomers hit their late forties and fifties, a record number of women are going through menopause. Whether they're in "active" menopause or just beginning to experience their first gray hairs and the hot nights of perimenopause, they'll find support, com... Full description

Carnal Heat (The Chronicles of Stella Rice, #2))


Adrienne Kama - 2006
    In an ironic twist of fate Stella, the woman who started the year committed to the ideal of giving up men, has managed to acquire not one, but two very sexy, very domineering lovers. And to Stella's delight, both men are committed to making her innermost fantasies a reality. But just when Stella begins to think she is the luckiest of women, her ultra conservative mother demands to know who her daughter has been entertaining into the wee hours of the night. Between nights of erotic play with her lovers and days spent shopping with her girlfriends, Stella must decide if she cares enough about the new men in her life to risk letting them meet her family. Rating: Contains graphic sexual content, adult language, mild bdsm, m/m sexuality, and some situations which could be offensive to sensitive readers.

The Rolling Stones: 365 Days


Simon Wells - 2006
    The photographs, both black-and-white and full colour, are arranged chronologically; many of these images have rarely or never been seen before. Each caption, by The Beatles: 365 Days' author Simon Wells, provides details about the photo along with other pertinent information that will further enlighten the reader about the people and events pictured. Many captions will also contain a relevant quote from one of the Stones or one of their close friends, such as Ian Stewart, Andrew Loog Oldham, Marianne Faithful, or Anita Pallenberg, as well as from published articles, journalists, etc.

Lemony Snicket


Jill C. Wheeler - 2006
    Readers will learn what inspired the authors to write and how they came up with story ideas. Clearly-written text and amusing anecdotes provide readers with easy access to the lives of these beloved authors. Each engaging biography examines the author's: - Childhood - Education - Writing career- Full-color Photographs- B/W Photographs- Index- Bolded Glossary Terms in Text

The Power of Love


Kemberlee Shortland - 2006
    They're newlyweds and plan to wait until they're ready to start a family. Ethan surprises her by accepting early parenthood, embracing the idea more fully than either of them expects.When they receive bad news after a prenatal exam, both must face that their charmed lives are about to come crashing down around them.Do Christmas wishes really come true? Elaine is staking her life on it!

Different Roads


Joyce Sterling Scarbrough - 2006
    She grows up a foul-mouthed hellion who takes flak off no one, and she lives in fear of anyone finding out she is also a love-starved little girl terrified of being abandoned in the dark. Her intrepid spirit carries her forward until she is tripped up in college by a poor little rich boy who turns out to be the male version of herself. Jaycee and Bud are an emotional paradox: drawn together because they're so much alike and constantly at war for the same reason. They fight as frequently and as physically as they make love, hurting each other even as they become two halves of a whole. Jaycee's rollercoaster life with Bud is gritty, touching, and funny, and just when she thinks she's made it safely to the end of the ride, her childhood and her first love come back to derail her.

Poems of Oktay Rifat


Oktay Rifat - 2006
    Despite his popularity and fame he rarely appeared in public, preferring the private life of an ordinary family man and content to work as an attorney while continuing to write. This generous selection exemplifies Rifat’s insistence that `poetry must be read and must be readable.’ It draws on all phases of his work, from the early iconclasm and later neo-surrealism to the mature period in which innovation blends with folk traditions, creating poetry rich in feeling and thought. Born in Trezibond on the Black Sea, Oktay Rifat (1914-1988) was the son of a Turkish Member of Parliament. After studying in Paris before the Second World War he became an attorney and worked for most of his life as a legal adviser for Turkish State Railways. Ruth Christie and Richard McKane are the translators of selected poems by Nâzim Hikmet, Beyond the Walls, also from Anvil.

Fireline


Tory Temple - 2006
    These two guys are too hot to handle. Chance thinks he's got a pretty good life. He loves his job as a fireman, he's got an ocean view, and he has a great bunch of friends. He figures there's not much reason to change until he meets Tucker, a paramedic who works his shift. Tucker might even be worth breaking the don't ask, don't tell policy at work, might just be worth coming out for. Trouble threatens to tear the two apart, though, when Chance is injured, which takes a toll on all of his relationships, most importantly the one he had developed with Tucker. In fact, it shatters everything they've worked so hard for. Can Chance and Tucker rebuild their lives, coming back together to be better than ever? Then, in Flashover, the boys from Heat are back! When a family tragedy forces Tucker to return to Kentucky to wait out the probate on the old homestead, he and Chance are separated for a while. Chance has been promoted to Captain, and can't leave his job for long, putting strain on his relationship. Even when they can find time to be together they have to face adversity from the locals, problems in their own personal lives, and even the weather as they try to get the farm settled enough to leave it behind. Can Chance and Tucker keep it together even when the fire burns high enough to flash over their heads?

Her Perfect Life


Vicki Hinze - 2006
    And Katie awakens to hell.But six years later she comes homeHelped by a compassionate guard, Katie is finally free. But the perfect life she left behind has vanished. Her husband is remarried, her two children -- who barely remember her -- have another mother. And Katie's former copilot, C. D. Quade, her rock and confidant, can't let go of his guilt over leaving her behind.And now nothing is the sameLosing everything means not only coming to terms with an imperfect past, but putting the military behind her and taking a chance on a long-held dream of starting her own garden business. Does Katie have the strength to grow a new life -- on her own terms?

Girl, Missing


Sophie McKenzie - 2006
    How can she find her biological parents? And are her adoptive parents really responsible for kidnapping her?

How to Ruin a Summer Vacation


Simone Elkeles - 2006
    That black dress Jessica has is really awesome. I know I’d be selling out if I go with the Sperm Donor to a mall, but I keep thinking about all the great stuff I could bring back home.  Unfortunately for 16-year-old Amy Nelson, “moshav” is not Hebrew for “shopping mall.” Not even close. Think goats, not Gucci. Going to Israel with her estranged Israeli father is the last thing Amy wants to do this summer. She’s got a serious grudge against her dad, a.k.a. “Sperm Donor,” for showing up so rarely in her life. Now he’s dragging her to a war zone to meet a family she’s never known, where she’ll probably be drafted into the army. At the very least, she’ll be stuck in a house with no AC and only one bathroom for seven people all summer—no best friend, no boyfriend, no shopping, no cell phone… Goodbye pride—hello Israel.

Delicious


Susan Mallery - 2006
    He can afford to hire the best in town; the only problem is that the best happens to be his ex-wife, Penny Jackson. Penny really needs this opportunity, but she doesn't need the distraction of working with her ex. She's sworn off romance, she's even having a baby on her own. But before she knows it, the heat is on and the attraction between her and Cal moves from a low simmer to a full boil! The rest should be easy as pie, but a secret from Cal's past could spoil everything. Maybe it's true that too many cooks spoil the broth or maybe two is enough to make it irresistible. "

Yona Friedman - Pro Domo


Yona Friedman - 2006
    In 1958 Yona Friedman published his first manifesto on "mobile architecture" and founded GEAM (Groupe d'Etude d'Architecture Mobile), which proposed different strategies and actions geared to the adaptation of architectural creation to modern user requirements concerning social and physical mobility. In this initial manifesto, Friedman points out that architectural knowledge cannot be the exclusive property of professionals and specialists, and suggests writing guides ("manuals"), which explain topics related to architecture and urban planning in clear and simple terms. Following some recent publications that have reasserted the importance of Friedman's work, Pro Domo is "a collection of fragments of scattered topics," a set of "milestones" selected by the author himself. In his words, these highlights are not meant as a testament nor do they, form a coherent whole." Instead, they form a personal selection chosen according to their sentimental value and span fifty-year period of production dating from the foundation of GEAM. The book includes building structure studies, urban design theories, observations on regional development, as well as design manuals for self-construction and competition projects.

Between Want and Need To


Kris Dylan - 2006
    On the shoot he finds himself drawn to a gay set stylist, Josh Kinney. His attraction to Josh forces Finn to deal with issues in his past and to finally come to terms with his sexuality and his life. Can these two find their picture perfect ending?

Family at Stake


Molly O'Keefe - 2006
    But now his custody of his twelve-year-old daughter is threatened by the secrets she's keeping.In a bitter twist, their new social worker is the one person he can't trust -- Rachel Filmore. Thirteen years ago she was his world...until she deserted him. How can he trust her not to destroy his family? And how can he trust himself to leave the past where it belongs?

Blue


J.D. Riso - 2006
    Little remains of the establishment that reigned here, or of the painted ladies who graced its stage.Stiletto heels protrude from the seared earth like tawdry tombstones. Sunlight glints off a garden of broken mirrors and scattered rhinestones. Sparkling apparitions flit about in the breeze. They are specters of the dancers who have been scattered like some lost tribe of Babylon.Amid the rubble one thing remains intact: a blue sequined mask.Blue Rivers, the offspring of rape and revenge, dreams of starting her life over. She meets Kevin, a man with a twisted idea of the perfect woman. When he takes an interest in her, she vows to become his dream girl. She becomes an exotic dancer at the Pink Palace, a rundown strip joint in an industrial neighborhood of San Diego. Kevin, however, isn't satisfied. When his demands become increasingly hardcore, Blue is forced to choose between his love and her own limits.

Historical Archaeology: Why the Past Matters


Barbara J. Little - 2006
    Little covers the goals of historical archaeological work, the kinds of questions it asks, and the ethical and political concerns it raises. She shows what historical archaeology can provide that neither of its parent disciplines can offer alone. Little offers brief snapshots of key American sites: Jamestown, Mission San Luis, West Oakland, the African American Burial Ground, and the Garbage Project, among others. And she shows how historical archaeology is inextricably linked to public education, justice issues, and our collective understanding of the past. As an introductory guide for historical archaeology and similar courses, or as thought-provoking reading for professionals, this volume is unmatched in quality and scope.

Tarnish and Masquerade


Roger Bonair-Agard - 2006
    These poems chart an exile'ss coming-of-age mirroring the increasingly relevant immigrant'ss experience. Whether set in Trinidad, Washington Heights, Texas, Brooklyn or other locales, Bonair-Agard'ss poems contain words of clarity, compassion and unsentimentality, written (and spoken) with equal parts joy and fury.

Hot Night


Shannon McKenna - 2006
    Someone would kill to get at the dazzling exhibit of priceless Spanish treasure Abby Maitland just landed for the museum. Too bad Zan Duncan had to show up to protect her, but someone's waiting and watching. She's in the crosshairs and she doesn't have a clue.

Encountering the Dharma: Daisaku Ikeda, Soka Gakkai, and the Globalization of Buddhist Humanism


Richard Hughes Seager - 2006
    Unique for its multiethnic make-up, Gakkai Buddhists can be found in more than 100 countries from Japan to Brazil to the United States and Germany. In "Encountering the Dharma," Richard Seager, an American professor of religion trying to come to terms with the death of his wife, travels to Japan in search of the spirit of the Soka Gakkai. This book tells of his journey toward understanding in a compelling narrative woven out of his observations, reflections, and interviews, including several rare one-on-one meetings with Soka Gakkai president Daisaku Ikeda. Along the way, Seager also explores broad-ranging controversies arising from the Soka Gakkai's efforts to rebuild post-war Japan, its struggles with an ancient priesthood, and its motives for propagating Buddhism around the world. One turning point in his understanding comes as Ikeda and the Soka Gakkai strike an authentically Buddhist response to the events of September 11, 2001.