When nurse Julie Rosales meets Andrew Rivera, the widowed father of one of her favorite boys in blue, she is instantly attracted to him. Two years pass when she decides to make a career change and fate lands her in the same town where Andrew lives. She's never forgotten him, but does he remember her?
In his song "Imagine," John Lennon asked us to consider what this world might be like without religion.
But, imagine what could happen if the three monotheistic religions found a way to cooperate with each other, and not compete! In "Pope Nobody the Great," retired activists Don and Deb discover that against all odds, they influenced the selection of a new pope. That pope asks their help on a campaign to get the leaders of the three monotheistic religions to work together to stop the madness of so many wars fought in the name of religion. He wants to make religion the answer and not the problem. The mission, which the three of them believe will be a turning point in the history of the world, leads them into dark and troubling experiences they had not anticipated, against forces that resist change at all costs.
When Nona Conklin brings him a painting by the great-grandfather she never knew, gallery owner Timothy Randolph knows he's found the project of a lifetime: curating a spectacular cache of folk art hidden for decades in the mountains of her home. "God never made a lazier man than Cecil Conklin. Never put a more slothful soul in a fella big enough to wrestle an ox to the ground." The Conklin Collection is haunted and haunting, powerful in its brutal simplicity.
What looks like the work of a fevered imagination begins to appear more and more like the desperate attempts of a man toiling at the edge of his limits to depict what cannot be depicted… An underlying order as old as the hills, its thousand throats concealed beneath the roots and rocks, between the streams and trees, deep in the besieged mountains of Appalachia. "My momma said it was their eighteenth summer when Cecil started shooting up like a weed again.
That ain't normal." But the most crucial painting of all is missing.
And the only place it could be is the last place that should be searched. "The rest, I think they always knew deep down Cecil was the one in trouble, that something was after him already. He never should've gone over the mountain." I'll Bring You the Birds From Out of the Sky is a tale of art and obsession, of a dying heritage and cosmic horror, brought to rustic life with full-color paintings by artist Kim Parkhurst.
Mała stara wieś, pośrodku wielkiego „nigdzie”. Tu życie płynie swoim rytmem. Pradawnym zwyczajom akompaniują niewyraźne echa dalekiego świata, docierające zza Zamczyska, rzeki Białej i Pustyni Błędowskiej.
W jednej z chałup, na rozrogu porośniętym lipami, mieszkają dziadek i babka. Gospodyni sprawia wrażenie nieobecnej, chłop z każdym dniem wydaje się starszy — coraz częściej zaczyna szeptać do siebie niezrozumiałe, na wpół urwane zdania. Błądzi pustym wzrokiem i miewa napady obłędu. Gdzieś znika. Niekiedy na długie godziny. We wsi mówi się, że chodzi na Podkrzywdzie. Wraz z nimi mieszka wnuk. Obserwuje codzienne rytuały, poznaje sekrety i fascynujące opowieści mieszkańców. Szybko orientuje się, że również jego rodzina ma swoją wielką tajemnicę… Kim lub czym jest nieokreślone „ono”, którego imię na wpół świadomie przywołuje dziadek? Z opowieści chłopca, snutej w połowie mieszkańców, a w połowie jego słowami, z zasłyszanych i dojrzanych elementów wyłania się świat, w którym to, co przyziemne i realistyczne, łączy się z symbolicznym i niedookreślonym. Świat, którego oddanie wymaga osobnego języka. Świat, w którym to, co tamtejsze, okazuje się uniwersalne i aktualne. Pachnąca lasem, paląca w gardło bimbrem i jęcząca głosem zarzynanych kaczek. Hipnotyzująca, sensualna opowieść, w której można zanurzyć się wszystkimi zmysłami.
Focussed on their careers, Sally Lancing, the daughter of a Pakistani immigrant and English mother, and John Sommers, the much-loved son of adoptive parents, are equally committed to a child-free future. Then a surprise pregnancy – and doubts about the paternity – hurls them both into new, but separate, lives. Devastated by the loss of her job, her partner, and her home, Sally and her baby son embark on a journey to Pakistan to meet her father’s distant family. Once there, Sally’s eyes are opened to a world that challenges her deepest beliefs. Meanwhile, John hides his vulnerability behind increasing success as a restaurateur. But the baby has rattled skeletons, and, unable to avoid his past, he too embarks on a journey – to find his birth parents. As their horizons broaden and their views are challenged, the child, Sammy, is an innocent but enduring link. Thicker Than Soup is a story of love, loss and discovery that explores the concepts of morality and independence as Sally and John attempt to build separate futures.
Until, that is, providence stirs life’s mixing bowl once more, and Sammy is again the crucial ingredient. Thicker Than Soup is a moving tale of relationships set against a backdrop of both Thatcher’s Britain and a beautifully evoked Pakistan. Inspired by The Ginger Tree by Oswald Wynd, the novel explores the serious issues of cultural integration and diversity as well as adoption, and also, the devastating shock of HIV.
Build a fantasy…one smoking-hot touch at a time. All Tied Up It’s a dream come true for Lindsay—help transform an old inn into a BDSM playground on an unlimited budget. Even her new handyman, Brad, is a wet dream in a tool belt. What better way to test-drive her new creation than by letting him fulfill her darkest, most delicious desires? All Worked Up Candace has sworn off men, at least until she’s done restoring the inn at Mason Creek. But the carpenter she’s hired to create furniture designed for…endurance…is making her rethink her vow.
Marc intended to keep the sexy spitfire at arm’s length, but when she wins a bet, what’s a red-blooded guy to do except let her collect all her winnings? All Lit Up Anna is thrilled to create a romance-themed room in the inn—until she discovers the only bricklayer available to build the fireplace is Daniel. The boy who broke her teenage heart, and still colors her nights with red-hot fantasies. Daniel still doesn’t know why Anna cut off all communication right before her sweet-sixteen party. He intends to find out, even if it means pushing the limits of her seductively designed room… Warning: Smokin’ hot sex with creative use of toys, frank language, and a dash of magic.
Dalton McNamara is returning to the country where he was held in brutal captivity, to the place where his leg was crudely amputated, to the land where his friends died. Dalton is on his way to Vietnam. But this time it will be different. This time his new wife Paige and his daughter Skyler are with him. Together, they are on a mission of healing and hope—a trip that will quickly become the adventure of a lifetime.
The McNamaras are in search of Skyler’s Vietnamese mother’s family, a journey that will wind them through a remote countryside where people still struggle to survive—even if it means working outside the law. Soon the Daltons discover that becoming too friendly with some people can be dangerous, even Lethal, especially if you are American.