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No Longer Forbidden
Only one thing drew Annie to her ten-year high school reunion: Nicholas Laurence, her former math teacher. As soon as their eyes meet, she knows their forbidden desire is as strong as ever. Only this time, there are no rules keeping them apart...
J. D. Robb's Missing in Death investigates a female tourist's disappearance during a ferry ride. Detective Eve Dallas wonders- if she didn't jump, and she's not on board, then where in the world is she?. In Patricia Gaffney's The Dog Days of Laurie Summer , a woman awakens to a familiar yet unsettling world. In Mary Blayney's Lost in Paradise , a man locked in an island fortress finds hope for freedom in an enigmatic nurse. And Ruth Ryan Langan's Legacy belongs to a young woman who unearths a family secret buried on the grounds of a magnificent but imposing Irish castle.
The final chapter of Linda Howard's beloved Mackenzie family saga! Meet Maris Mackenzie - and the sexy stranger she woke up to find in her bed! Unfortunately, she had no memory of Alex MacNeil, the previous day... or the prize Thoroughbred she'd apparently stolen...
Year's Best SF 15
Who knows what awaits us tomorrow?. Much of the most innovative and exhilarating work performed in the boundary-less arena of SF is being done in the short form. This year's magnificent harvest- gathered, as always, by acclaimed award-winning editors and anthologists David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer- offers glimpses of worlds and tomorrows that would have been inconceivable just a few years ago. Brilliant, bold, unusual, and soaring flights into the hitherto unforeseen yet increasingly possible future, Year's Best SF 15 offers truly breathtaking stories by some of speculative fiction's brightest lights, including:. Stephen Baxter - Nancy Kress - Alastair Reynolds - Geoff Ryman - Bruce Sterling - Peter Watts - Robert Charles Wilson - Gene Wolfe - and others
Twice the Pleasure
In high school, Caitlyn once got the chance to make out with her crush Drew Hartley in the gym storeroom...until they were interrupted by Drew's friend, Steve. Now at their ten-year reunion, Caitlyn finds herself sharing another passionate encounter with Drew--with Steve arriving on-scene once again. But this time he's not going to stop them. He's there to join in....
The Black Star Passes
One of the greatest names in science-fiction is that of John W. Campbell. Famed as the editor of Astounding Science Fiction (later Analog), John W. Campbell was earlier known for his exciting, imaginative novels of super-science. The Black Star Passes is such a book, narrating the adventures of the Earth scientists Arcot, Wade and Morey as they fight for the freedom of their planet and then for the safety of the entire solar system. For cosmic scope, daring concepts...
With ten stories that move from the barriers of the Dominican Republic to the struggling urban communities of New Jersey, Junot Diaz makes his remarkable debut. Diaz's work is unflinching and strong, and these stories crackle with an electric sense of discovery. Diaz evokes a world in which fathers are gone, mothers fight with grim determination for their families and themselves, and the next generation inherits the casual cruelty, devastating ambivalence, and knowing humor of lives circumscribed by poverty and uncertainty. In Drown, Diaz has harnessed the rhythms of anger and release, frustration and joy, to indelible effect.
Her Lord and Master
It doesn't take long for new servant Molly to come to the attention of the master of Ashford Hall- starting with a passionate welcoming kiss. Within weeks, Lord Ashford makes innocent young Molly his personal maid- charged with satisfying all his needs- domestic and sexual. Molly knows giving herself to Lord Ashford could threaten her future, but he is her master... and she can't deny the desire coursing through her veins. She quickly learns to enjoy the pleasure his body provides...and loses her heart to her rake of a lord. But while Lord Ashford shares her lust, he could never return her love...
His Immortal Embrace
His Immortal Embrace. The Yearning, by Hannah Howell. Tormented by an ancient curse, the young men of Clan MacCordy reach manhood only to walk forever in darkness, thirsting for blood--and Alpin MacCordy is no different. He must wed for coin and land, despite his betrothed's terror- and his own fascination for another woman, Lady Sophie Hay... Bitten, by Lynsay Sands. After brooding Keeran MacKay saves Emily Wentworth Collins from a storm-tossed ship: he offers her shelter in his secluded castle. But when a savage kiss reveals Keeran's true nature, Emily realizes that yielding to Keeran's untamed desire may change her own life... forever. Stranger in the Night, by Sara Blayne. Georgiana Thornberry hopes to unearth ancient treasure while exploring the moldering ruins of her ancestral home. Instead she encounters Julius Lathrop. Does the enigmatic- and disturbingly attractive--stranger hold the key to a family legend? Or something far more sinister?. The Awakening, by Kate Huntington. Orphaned Thalia Layton is stricken to hear that her beloved, eccentric Aunt Cordelia has taken ill. But upon her arrival at Cordelia's remote estate, Thalia discovers that her aunt has harbored dangerous secrets- and that Thalia's own attraction to Adrian Lucerne, Cordelia's mysterious- and oddly nocturnal- companion, may prove to be a sensual temptation that will cost her life...
A virtual who's who in a century of imaginative fiction, this new hardcover collection includes classic and influential stories by: Brian W. Aldiss * Isaac Asimov * Greg Bear * Gregory Benford * Octavia E. Butler * Arthur C. Clarke * Philip K. Dick * William Gibson * Joe Haldeman * Robert A. Heinlein * Ursula K. Le Guin * Anne McCaffrey * Frederik Pohl * Mike Resnick * Kim Stanley Robinson * Pamela Sargent * Robert Silverberg * Clifford D. Simak * John Varley * Roger Zelazny With a new critical essay by Orson Scott Card, Masterpieces is a glimpse of the greatest works that mixed science with fiction...and changed the way we think about ourselves, our future, and our place in the universe. Featuring bold, brave, and breathtaking stories, this definitive collection will stand the test of time in this century and in those to come.
The Metamorphosis and Other Stories
When Gregor Samsa woke one morning from uneasy dreams, he found himself transformed into some kind of monstrous vermin. With a bewildering blend of the everyday and the fantastical, Kafka thus begins his most famous short story, The Metamorphosis. A commercial traveller is unexpectedly freed from his dreary job by his inexplicable transformation into an insect, which drastically alters his relationship with his family. Kafka considered publishing it with two of the stories included here in a volume to be called Punishments. The Judgement also concerns family tensions, when a power struggle between father and son ends with the father passing an enigmatic judgment on the helpless son. The third story, In the Penal Colony, explores questions of power, justice, punishment, and the meaning of pain in a colonial setting. These three stories are flanked by two very different works. Meditation, the first book Kafka published, consists of light, whimsical, often poignant mood-pictures, while in the autobiographical Letter to his Father, Kafka analyses his difficult relationship in forensic and devastating detail.
Sugarplums and Scandal
SUGARPLUMS AND SCANDAL brings together the best of romance and mystery in one delightful collection of Christmas tales. In the expert hands of six of Avon's best storytellers, the holiday season takes on an air of love and scandalous surprises! Filled with Christmas miracles, romance, and suspense, this will make the perfect gift for both romance and mystery fans. Each author brings their own unique voice and characters to the collection, as well as their fan followings. All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth * Lori Avocato, The Lords of Misrule * Dana Cameron, The Ghost of Christmas Passed * Mary Daheim, Partners in Crime * Cait London, Holly Go Lightly * Suzanne Macpherson, A Very Vampy Christmas * Kerrelyn Sparks
They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. But for Chloe, life in Sin City has been all business without a hint of the adventure and naughtiness alluded to in that slogan. Until now! With Walker and Jo in town, Chloe's about to end her long dry spell and live her ultimate fantasy- a menage a trois with the two sexiest men she knows. As the three of them plunge into wild sexual exploration with passion and inventiveness, Chloe soon discovers what new heights of sensuality can be experienced when so many hands, lips and organs work together to drive her beyond the limits of ecstasy.
Tales of the Otherworld
New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong has bewitched audiences with her Otherworld series of supernatural thrillers. Now, in this new collection of shorter fiction, some of Armstrong's most tantalizing lead characters appear alongside her unforgettable supporting players, who step out of the shadows and into the light.
20th Century Ghosts
Imogene is young and beautiful. She kisses like a movie star and knows everything about every film ever made. She's also dead and waiting in the Rosebud Theater for Alec Sheldon one afternoon in 1945... Arthur Roth is a lonely kid with big ideas and a gift for attracting abuse. It isn't easy to make friends when you're the only inflatable boy in town... Francis is unhappy. Francis was human once, but that was then. Now he's an eight-foot-tall locust and everyone in Calliphora will tremble when they hear him sing... John Finney is locked in a basement that's stained with the blood of half a dozen other murdered children. In the cellar with him is an antique telephone, long since disconnected, but which rings at night with calls from the dead...
Berlin Tales is a collection of seventeen translated stories associated with Berlin. The book provides a unique insight into the mind of this fascinating city through the eyes of its story-tellers. Nearly twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the stories collected here reflect on the city's fascinating recent history, setting out with the early twentieth-century Berlin of Siegfried Kracauer and Alfred D--ouml--;blin and culminating in an excellent selection of stories from the best of the new voices in the current boom in German fiction. They are chosen for their conscious exploration of the city's image, meaning, and attraction to immigrants and tourists as well as Berliners fromboth sides of the Wall. These stories also depict Berlin's distinct districts, not just the differences between East and West but also iconic sites such as Alexanderplatz, individual neighborhoods (Jewish Mitte, Turkish Kreuzberg) and individual streets. There is an introduction and notes to accompany the stories and a selection of Further Reading. Each story is illustrated with a striking photograph and there is a map of Berlin and its transport system (a frequent motif). There is an introduction and notes to accompany the stories and a selection of Further Reading. The book will appeal to people who love traveling or are armchair travelers, as much as to those who love Berlin.
Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures
Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures welcomes readers into a world where the most mundane events can quickly become life or death. By following four young medical students and physicians – Ming, Fitz, Sri and Chen – this debut collection from 2006 Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Vincent Lam is a riveting, eye-opening account of what it means to be a doctor. Deftly navigating his way through 12 interwoven short stories, the author explores the characters’ relationships with each other, their patients, and their careers. Lam draws on his own experience as an emergency room physician and shares an insider’s perspective on the fears, frustrations, and responsibilities linked with one of society’s most highly regarded occupations.
The seven stories in Nam Le's masterful collection The Boat take us across the globe, from the slums of Colombia to Iowa City; from the streets of Tehran to a foundering vessel in the South China Sea. They guide us to the heart of what it means to be human - and herald the arrival of a remarkable new writer.
From a writer whose novels have been acclaimed for their unflinching exploration of evil comes a brilliant collection of short stories- some never before published- that distill dread back down to its essence- and inject it straight into the reader's back brain.
Chinese Folklore Tales
Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism have been major influences on Chinese folklore tales. Events of legend and history, romance and human nature, explanations of nature and landscape, and themes of the supernatural; these are some of the explorations of Chinese myths, legends and fables. This compilation contains the following eleven stories: The Widow Ho. Kwang-Jui and the God of the River. The Beautiful Daughter of Liu-Kung. The Fairy Bonze...