London 1811 – in the steamy heat of early summer. Adelaide – There is a man in my life and he is everything I cherish and despise. He swooped down onto me like hawk, with his charming willingness to help me find my missing family, under the pretense of requesting my hand in marriage. Marriage. He does not know that I, too, have been making dutiful allegiances, and with persons of power and wealth in secret places. I imagine, any woman abiding in the Industrial Age, that self-preservation is a must! And therein is my dilemma. He has charmed me in the most affable way. His lips curl when he regards my countenance, and I will do everything I can to resist his affections. Whether he makes good on his promise to make me his equal, or before I consider the hand of another suitor, who could be his twin, if not for the latter gentleman’s commodiously serpentine attentions. I will not give in that easily! There is my family’s future, I must protect! Brick – Never have I met any woman as enchanting as the Miss Adelaide. She is from the Stuart Family, humble in their ways, but also fiery as the sun in the heat of summer. It’s almost the season, and I am challenged with finding the people responsible for endangering Miss Adelaide’s livelihood, that includes her estate that is part of my family’s many peerages. She thinks I am after only one thing, and perhaps I am. However, there is another, who has come back to London after I, and he has made his intentions to ensnare the handsome Miss Adelaide, because he wants what I will let no other man have. But The Ton is a more dangerous game of chance where power can turn at roll of the die or a bargain struck by a word. Miss Adelaide, the die has been cast. Let the games begin. Enter a world of handshakes and extravagant luxuries, as the men of the Regency vie to control its secrets only The Regent can turn himself! Fall in love with the rich and powerful in the second 20,000 word stand alone Short Story the Wollingford House Secrets Series.
Also, Sweet and Heartwarming Bonus Romance stories included.
9 th rd.sharma (reprinted 2015)
After an on-air gaffe goes viral and jeopardizes her career, journalist Desiree Turner retreats home to Verbena, California for some peace and quiet. She begins working one of the quietest jobs around: presiding over funerals for her great-grandfather’s funeral parlor. But the action seems to follow her as a fistfight breaks out between neighbors Rosemarie Brewer and Lola Hansen at one of the first funerals she’s in charge of running. It exposes a nasty dispute and Rosemarie’s husband, Alan, is found murdered shortly after. Lola’s husband, Kyle, is immediately arrested. Desiree, whose own father’s death was devastating, has always viewed Kyle as a second father. Determined to clear his name, Desiree jumps head first into the investigation and quickly discovers that Alan had several unsavory habits at his job and in his personal life, including putting assets into his mistress’s account to hide them from Rosemarie. People murder for money and love all the time, and there’s no telling who he offended just enough to push them over the edge. Desiree is looking in all the right places, but she better catch the killer fast before they come for her next in A Grave Issue, the clever series debut by Lillian Bell.
He’s a master of disguises— but he can’t mask true love Spymaster Harry Harmon’s new assignment is to spy on enemies at a country house party. To do that, he’ll require a courtesan— learned, truthful, and beautiful...
Poor, sensible, smart Simone Ryland has come to Mrs. Burton’s bawdy house in search of work. But instead, she finds Harmon in need of her special “skills.”
Fun with Chinese Characters (in three volumes) makes learning Chinese characters entertaining and memorable! Every page contains all the information you need to learn a Chinese character: the origin (etymology) of a character, its description and an entertaining illustration by cartoonist Tan Huay Peng.
Knowing the origin greatly simplify the recognition the characters. The cartoons which accompany each character are often comical and clever. Examples of how the character is used in compound phrases are offered. First volume contains an in-depth introduction on the genesis of the characters. The third volume contains index of all 480 characters and their location.
The characters are written in traditional and simplified characters and has romanized pinyin pronunciation. Stroke orders, definition and example sentence make this book a valuable resource. Learning Chinese characters has never been so much fun!
The Andersons, a fictional Scottish family in New Orleans, decide to evacuate to Texas as Hurricane Katrina approaches. Tizer, the Andersons' pet schnauzer, sniffs the air and paces restly around the family's apartment balcony, sensing danger and taking a leadership role as he predicts the storm to the other family pets: Tipsy, the hamster; and the two turtles, Sheldon and LD. After listening to the news, the children, Ryan and Kirsty, and their parents prepare to pack up and drive out of the city to safety.
Confusion breaks out when Tipsy is discovered to have escaped from his cage, and the family must give him a generous supply of food, and leave him behind. Tipsy escapes to the roof, witnesses and survives the height of the storm, and is able to greet his delighted family when they return.