Following a devastating world war, the surface of the planet has been covered in a substance called Dust, a weapon that can break down the physical make up of entire cities, reducing them to rubble and preventing citizens from rebuilding their lost metropolises for several years. In order to survive, humanity has taken refuge in crowded, underground cities. Ian Blum is a 15 year old boy living in one such city. His crippling social anxiety confines him to a solitary life at home, while his parents are away at their jobs. The person he interacts with the most is his home school professor, Michael Wasley. One night, Ian is visited by a mysterious figure in a dream. The man warns Ian of a great earthquake that will destroy the cities, killing all of the inhabitants. The man charges Ian with the task of getting everyone out. Soon after, Ian finds out that he isn't the only one who has had this dream and reluctantly joins a group of rebels who has made it their mission to drive everyone from the cities for their own safety, however, no one believes in the stranger's prophecy. Ian and the rebels must find a way to get the people to safety at any cost.
Liam Moore has spent the last twelve years of his life as White Wolf, an adopted member of the Blackfoot Nation. His self-imposed isolation ends when his dying best friend begs Liam to marry his cousin. Unable to deny his friend any request Liam marries her. River Lily despises white people and is shocked when her cousin asks that she marry his white friend. Before long she finds her heart softening towards him, but she isn’t sure that she could ever love someone who is white. But a man is stalking River Lily, and there is danger around every tree. Will Liam’s heart heal enough to let River Lily in? Can River Lily learn to let go of the past and love Liam? Or will their love be doomed before it can be realized?
This second edition of the best-selling piano pedagogy book provides future piano and keyboard teachers with the essential tools to meet the challenges the next century. Fundamental to every keyboard teacher, the text examines current learning theories, offers a historical overview of keyboard pedagogy, reviews educational materials, and describes specific teaching techniques. It also discusses specific repertoire and technique for beginning, intermediate, and adult students.
Open Samuel Zamarripa's debut novel, The Spectacle of Let - the Oliet and Obit, and embark on a literary journey through the imaginative work of his protagonist, Otto Crist�bal Almeida, and his mysterious manuscript, The Voice of the Looking Mountains, a book within a book. Almeida has a fantastic story to tell about Creation and the first spoken word of God. It is a tale spun from the bound stories of his numinous paramour, Niva Miramontes, who speaks with uncommon conviction. "In the beginning," she insists, "God said 'Let, ' and the rest is just a spectacle." From a mysterious monastery in Veracruz, Mexico, to an overnight cruise on the majestic Hudson River, Miramontes reveals her heavenly gift of parable. Weaving together the generational saga of the Portuondo family-their salacious past and their journey to redemption-Niva's tales captivate Otto. Overwhelmed by Niva's spellbinding words, Otto falls into the clutches of an Oliet-a dream's dream, a place where fiction invades life, yielding truth of a different kind. His book languishes and finally lands on the desk of his brooding editor, L. Rand Bonarias, who plunges into the unfinished manuscript and discovers that while Otto's love story may be a literary gimmick, his unbelievable account of the story of Creation and Niva Miramontes is more than artful prose. A gospel of fantastic spirituality and abiding love, The Spectacle of Let - the Oliet and Obit, reimagines the marvel of Creation and the unbound possibilities of a single word.
Conn MacLeod, a retired highly decorated British Army Major has "inherited" a method of passing from this dimension (21st Century Earth) to another; one that is a lot like 9th Century Europe (although it is definitely NOT 9th Century Europe!) and is busy trying to reshape the world that he had just "invaded" into one of his own design! This short story is told in first person by one of the very important minor characters in the Casere Series. Titled "Elva and Fainche, it is told by Elva about the events before and after she inadvertently becomes a hostage in Rakiak with Fainche. Warning - they will be out of sequence and have more "adult" content compared to my other books. 18+ recommended
"Daphne Cavin's poignant story of love, loss and sacrifice was one of the most memorable I encountered in writing The Greatest Generation. Her daughter now completes the story with this very heartfelt book." - Tom Brokaw The war claimed Daphne Kelley's young husband's life, but it couldn't keep Raymond - and his abiding love - from being with her when she needed him most. First glimpsed in Tom Brokaw's landmark bestseller, The Greatest Generation, the true-life love story of Daphne and Raymond Kelley went far deeper than Brokaw's feature could reveal. Now When You Come Home provides the complete account of what New York Times book reviewer Michael Lind cited as "perhaps the most compelling" love story in Brokaw's book. Taking its title from a poem newlywed Daphne sent her soldier husband during World War II, When You Come Home tells of their young love in the heartland at the brink of war, and of the crushing uncertainty and fear as they find themselves a world apart. And when the poem comes back to Daphne - blood-stained by Raymond's mortal wounds - When You Come Home shares the extraordinary event that restores the grieving young widow's faith in the transcendent power of love.