I Played a Game with Life


Richardson Susairaj - 2013
    Encountering ‘Life’ itself in a dream, he’s convinced into playing a game with it. A game that ends when Life's travails get so hard that Sam is pushed to tears.A girl enters Sam’s life. The moment he sets eyes on her he knows she’s going to play hard to get, but sparks do indeed fly between them, taken into a world of romance. When everything looked like its going according to the plan, it just wasn't. This is when Life starts pressing down on Sam. Though Sam’s attitude about living life is to be happy and cool, he finds himself being tested.Circumstances pushes him into a world of discomfort and guilt. Amidst such emotional turmoil, he manages to grip on to hope. Sam is expected to worry, complain, and give up. One event after another sets him on edge to make him shed that tear which veritably ends Life's game. Does he win the game with Life, or will he spiral into what so many people who've given up the fight have fallen into? You simply need to be part of his life to find out.

The Colour of Hope


Susan Madison - 2000
    With no body to bury, the desperate hope of the days and weeks immediately following the tragedy only serve to add to the family's anguish. And then, when it seems all hope is gone, The Colour of Hope charts the changing lives and relationships of the remaining members of the Connelly family. Josie's mum, Ruth, throws herself into her job at a prestigious Boston law firm where she works as a corporate lawyer. Unable to accept that she no longer has a daughter and haunted by the fact that, in the weeks before the accident, their relationship had deteriorated to a point where she had seen hatred in Josie's eyes, she refuses to mourn or let her husband or son express their despair. Inevitably, things can only get worse. Susan Madison writes of the emotions and events that befall a grieving family with immense understanding. In the face of appalling tragedy, she manages to find courage in the most unexpected places. Before you even realise it, a new kind of hope emerges. This is a book that will move any reader, and maybe offer some kind of salutary warning to all parents. Having children is a privilege beyond compare; listen to them and love them unconditionally. --Carey Green

Red Says I Love You


Raeann Blake - 2012
    Then she paid her own way through after he was done...with college and with her, when he walked out the day after he got his degree. But now she was finished and enjoying a graduation present to herself in the form of one month in a mountain cabin between Bozeman and West Yellowstone. Things were definitely changing for Cass Wright. The vacation turned into a job opportunity at a local brewery. And she was intrigued by one of Bozeman's talented sculptors and spent money she didn't really have to buy one of his creations that she swore emitted invisible sex waves. It didn't take long to figure out that it wasn't the sculpture emitting those waves, but the sculptor himself.Josh's sculptures were not what most people would consider conventional. They each depicted a couple at one point or another in that journey where interest turned to desire, desire turned to hunger, and hunger turned to satisfaction. They weren’t pornographic or even exotic but more sensual or suggestive. He never used models, so it shocked him when he realized his latest sculpture was in the image of a woman he had seen the night before at a benefit for the Battered Women's Shelter. A woman with alluring green eyes, who was now standing on the outside of the ropes that cordoned off the area where he was working. The woman who just bought that same sculpture. Little did he know that in the coming days he would find life imitating art and then art imitating life...until she got that new job. Then he found himself way over a line that he hadn't even known was there.

Un soñador para un pueblo


Antonio Buero Vallejo - 1958
    His profound, innovative theatre has earned him success and respect since 1949. Each new play has been an exciting experiment with dramatic form as well as a powerful expression of a tragic view of human life and Spanish society. A Dreamer for the People was first performed in 1958. In this history play, the first of a remarkable series, culminating in La detonacion (The Shot also published by Aris & Phillips), the dreamer of the title is the often maligned Marquis of Esquilache, the reformist minister of Carlos III. Buero sets off Esquilache's relations with the king, the aristocracy, his wife and his maidservant against a lively re-creation of the build-up to the famous 1766 Capes and Hats Revolt in the streets of Madrid. Public history and private tragedy are brought together in a complex structure, bringing into clear focus the clash between forces of change and immobility that lay at the heart of both the 18th century and the Franco period in Spain. In returning his proofs, Buero compliments the author of this first translation into English of his play: 'La version de Mr Thompson es muy cuidada y fiel, asi como acertadas y oportunas sus notas'.

Those 7 Days


Anmol Rana - 2014
    Stories that are innocent, beautiful, colourful and different in their own way.This is one such story of friendship and its journey to love.A Journey in which they were not together.A typical middle class lad, and a mealy-mouthed mummy-papa boy, Vishwas never imagined that in just seven days life will twist his roads and leave him at place he had never dreamt of. A typical middle class girl, a go-getter, and indefatigably correct when it’s between the two, Shailja always believed that one day her life will be at crossroads.Wreathed in smiles, with his bag of dreams, aspirations and youthful reveries, Vishwas sets off on his dream journey from his small world in the tranquil foothills of the Himalayas. But soon the small town boy’s dreams and fantasies are hijacked by the pace and character of the big city he lands in. The roller coaster called life derails from the path he chooses and goes amok refusing to stop, until he discovers a truth he hadn’t imagined.What happened in those seven days that changed his life forever?Will he accept what the destiny unfolds? Will he fight? Will he run?Or fate has something else in store for him?

Sometimes It Happens


Karan Sharma - 2018
    More than a decade apart in age, they cannot help but feel attracted towards each other. However, can two people with such a vast age difference be compatible? Sometimes It Happens explores the fun and turmoil as they fall in love, get laughed at by their friends and then develop cold feet, thinking about the repercussions their age difference could have on their relationship. They say love is blind. So will two smart professionals decide to listen to their hearts or will they listen to their mind to avert what may be the biggest blunder of their lives?

Hunter's Baby


Alexis Abbott - 2018
    I can’t forget the youthful squeals of pleasure as she panted out my name. I can’t forget how she made me feel like a hero instead of dangerous man.My sweet, innocent Blossom.Then she was taken from me.Anger fuelled me, and I became even more deadly.Years have passed, and I’ve moved on with my work.Keeping the world safer by killing those who seek to harm the innocent.A vigilante.But instead of finding her, she’s found me.And with her comes a child with my blood pumping through her veins.Just one more deadly game. Then she’ll be mine.Then we’ll be a family.This novel is a full length romantic suspense novel with no cliffhangers. Explicit language. Safe from cheating.

One Day In May


Catherine Alliott - 2010
    Her antiques business is flourishing, her teenage son is settled at boarding school and she's enjoying a fling with a younger, very sexy man. But all that changes one fine day in May.

Marriage: A Duet


Anne Taylor Fleming - 2003
    . . this duet is worth contemplating." (Philadelphia Inquirer)In the first novella, A Married Woman, Caroline Betts keeps a careful vigil over her husband's deathbed. For 40 years, she had been a devoted wife. But during one awful moment in their otherwise good marriage, her husband William was in love with someone else. At the end of William's life, Caroline confronts her sorrow, anger, and odd flashes of relief and feelings of rebirth.In the second novella, A Married Man, David -- husband, father, businessman -- finds his sense of well-being and achievement undermined by the betrayal of his wife, who's had a brief affair. The novella takes readers inside the couple's heartbreaking efforts to reclaim their marriage. Elegantly written, profoundly affecting, and subtly illuminating, Fleming's fiction debut is a revelation.

When Our Worlds Go Silent


Lindsey Iler - 2018
     One week alone in a surprise location. A whole lot of time loving and worshiping each other. This is their time to simply be. To remember why they’ve fought so hard to be together. Until a phone call changes everything. What happens when the walls close in and their worlds go silent? When Our Worlds Go Silent is part of a series & should not be read out of order.

Thirst


Kerry Hudson - 2014
    He's from London, she's from Siberia. They meet in a sleek Bond Street department store in the frayed heat of high summer, where she's up to no good and it's his job to catch her. So begins an unlikely relationship between two people with pasts, with secrets, they've no idea how to live with -- or leave behind. But despite everything they don't have in common, all the details they won't and can't reveal, they still find themselves fighting with all they've got for a future together.An unconventional, will-they-won't-they love story, that takes us from London to Siberia, and from hope to heartbreak, and back again.Thirst is the heart-wrenching, life-affirming second novel from Kerry Hudson, whose debut Tony Hogan Brought Me an Ice-cream Float Before He Stole My Ma was one of the most talked about UK debuts of 2012 and was shortlisted for an array of prizes, including the Guardian First Novel Award and the Sky Arts Awards.Praise for Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-cream Float Before he Stole My Ma'more than just one of the best debuts of the year; one of the best books of the year. It should do for Aberdeen what Trainspotting did for Edinburgh' Louise Welsh, Herald'Colourful, funny, joyful and compelling' Observer'There's little doubt that this young writer is going to be a star' Rosemary Goring, Herald Scotland'A laugh out loud read' In Style'Real and heartfelt... Hudson avoids the usual sentimental clich�s and gives us, without a shred of hipster cynicism, the hope and tough warmth for which she has such a sharp eye' Jenn Ashworth, Guardian'Kerry Hudson's fine, eloquent debut novel traces the peripatetic childhood of Janie Ryan...her tale is full of warmth and bittersweet humour' David Evans, Financial Times

The Seer


Ali Smith - 2006
    They dress both themselves and their home immaculately; their lives are ordered to the point of sterility. Into their lives bursts Kirsty, Iona's anarchic sister, who manages to turn the whole evening into a topsy turvy treat.

Summer Madness


Susan Lewis - 1995
    Determined to find the father she has never known, her search takes her from her quiet Suffolk village to a new life in London, a fast paced television career, and to three colleagues who come to dominate her new life. All of them play a role in Corrie’s search for love and success. One of them intends Corrie’s ultimate destruction.From the Trade Paperback edition.Danny, the actress, with her sensual beauty and impossible temper, soon has the eligible men of the Riviera chasing her, Louisa, the scriptwriter on the rebound from a broken love affair, finds herself more and more drawn to the mysterious Jake Mallory. While Sarah, the producer, just wants to hang out and have fun.But they quickly discover that the sparkle of Riviera life conceals a dark presence that pulls them all into a game no one can win. And when mayhem and madness begin to stalk them, to their terror they find that there is no way out.

You'll Have Had Your Hole


Irvine Welsh - 1998
    Two inner city low-lifes take the law into their own hands to satisfy their craving for fun, fear and a freakish sense of justice. "You'll Have Had Your Hole" premièred at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and toured internationally - although it was banned in Belgium.

Hello Friend We Missed You


Richard Owain Roberts - 2020
    It’s also, ultimately, extremely moving. Anincredible debut novel from a truly unique prose stylist.