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How businesses can harness the power of online consumer reviews. More than seventy percent of consumers now consult online reviews before making purchases, and they take those picks and pans very seriously. A disgruntled but ignorant customer on Yelp might have more clout than any expert guidebook, magazine article, or newspaper critic. No wonder many businesses feel terrified by the review-driven marketplace.
Tough, spirited, and fiercely independent Abigail is brought as a teenager to London from Nigeria by relatives who attempt to force her into prostitution. She flees, struggling to find herself in the shadow of a strong but dead mother. In spare yet haunting and lyrical prose reminiscent of Marguerite Duras, Abani brings to life a young woman who lives with a strength and inner light that will enlighten and uplift the listener.
It seems like pretty much everybody - homeowners, students, those who are ill and without health insurance, and, of course, credit card holders - is up to their neck in debt that can never be repaid. 77% of US households are seriously indebted and one in seven Americans has been pursued by debt collectors. The major banks are bigger and more profitable than before the 2008 crash, and legislators are all but powerless to bring them to heel.
Step into the world of cable TV's hit reality show and meet new bride and new mother Milan, who finally has everything she's ever dreamed of. Problem is her perfect life doesn't work for TV. What will she do when the producer threatens to fire her? Editor-in-chief Chaunci isn't feeling the fame and the last thing she needs is to share the spotlight with her worst enemy, newcomer Journee. Socialite Journee expected her eighty-two-year-old husband to only live four days past their wedding night, but it's been four years.
When Natasha, a talented young artist working as a congressional aide, meets Michael Faulk, an Episcopalian priest struggling with his faith, the stars seem to align. Within months they are engaged. Shortly before their wedding, while Natasha is vacationing in Jamaica and Faulk is in New York attending the wedding of a family friend, the terrorist attacks of September 11 shatter the tranquility of the nation's summer.
Battle-weary former Navy SEAL Talon Holt's top priority is to defend his own. With a military dog to care for and his traumatized soul to mend, he hitchhikes from California to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, hoping for a fresh start and to be with his ailing mother. But he can't outrun the ghosts of war - especially when a ferocious storm forces Talon to accept the help of paramedic Cat Edwin. The gorgeous rescuer wants to heal his wounds inside and out, but the fear in her arresting blue eyes calls to his instinct to protect.
An experienced psychologist, Maggie carefully maintains emotional distance from her patients. But when she meets a young Indian woman who tried to kill herself, her professional detachment disintegrates. Cut off from her family in India, Lakshmi is desperately lonely and trapped in a loveless marriage. Moved by her plight, Maggie treats Lakshmi in her home office for free, quickly realizing that the despondent woman doesn't need a shrink; she needs a friend.
Ever fall head over heels in love with a guy or feel like you'd jump off a bridge for him? Well that's Sam's problem. It's the first week of college, and he's following his jock of a roommate around like a puppy dog. It's pretty pathetic and he knows it. Then he sits down next to this little nerd in his English class and things change. The Three of Us is a story of first loves, coming of age, and friendship.
Written on a mountain top in New Mexico, the poems are arrows to the heart of Washington, meant to light the sky as they travel there, by taking to task the national political scene and the current politics of language. Elihu looks down from the clouds at the herd rushing toward a cliff, to lyricize the thunder. His warnings strike like lightning and reflect the popular contempt for politics.
From New York Times best-selling author Mary Jo Putney - a classic love story that has become one of her most beloved and acclaimed historical romances.
The Summer I Held the Chisel is told by Daisy Ryals, a young girl who relates the accounts of one summer in her life. The majority of the names, places, and events are real. Conversations and sequence of events are created in order to make the audiobook an adventure instead of a nonfiction account. It is a story about a family during the Great Depression, working and living during a difficult time in America's history.
As a young outcast in a tough neighborhood, "Nick" makes a life-changing decision, to do whatever it takes to gain respect and acceptance. That resolution leads to serious complications when Southie's Irish and Italian mobs both crave access to Nick's large, secure garage. It's the perfect place to store hijacked trucks, hold covert meetings, and much more. Choosing sides proves hazardous within the unforgiving environment of extreme crime and violence that was 1980s Southie.
Trysdale was in love. He had embellished his accomplishments and his beloved had placed him squarely on a pedestal. How was he to know that one of his 'embellishments' would be his undoing? Irony abounds in this short love story gone wrong by O. Henry.
Rick Grosse has made his way in the world. With a well-connected partner-in-crime, he has elevated his basement business of Full Service Concierges to become the economic venture that takes Philadelphia by storm. In the height of its success, it seemed like Rick was untouchable; except that he is a man obsessed with his first love that "got away". To make matters worse, his business, which borders on the fringes of legality, is falling apart. He is forced to take action to save his world.
Take one person. One life. And destroy it completely. Lisa Ward is that person - and right now? Her life is on the line. The questions is who is after her? Her ex-boyfriend, who is a homeless drunk addicted to meth? Her editor, whose altercation with Lisa sends him to the bitter edges of revenge? Or because of Lisa's rising fame - and all the pitfalls that come with fame - could it be somebody else entirely?
Københavns overborgmester, Mogens Winther-Sørensen, bliver fundet myrdet i sin herskabslejlighed. På gerningsstedet finder man en ung kvinde af udenlandsk oprindelse, tilsyneladende prostitueret. Hun er i choktilstand og nægter at opgive mere end sit fornavn – Serafine.
White Sugar, Brown Sugar is a novel set in Daytona Beach, Florida. An upper middle-class white boy from the peninsula, or beach-side, of the Inland Waterway, and a black boy of lesser means, who lives west of the railroad tracks, where Blacks (who were called Negroes and other names at the time) were required to live, become good friends, in spite of the racial separation in effect in the '60s in the south.
When Prince Edric saved the life of Fade, a Wolf Shifter, he had no idea the events that would follow. Now Fade's life is on the line not only for Edric, but for the entire kingdom of Anira. Fade has to decide how far he will go as his strength, spirit, and his love for Princess Kelianna are tested to their limits. Anira hangs in the balance as Fade is forced to choose between aligning himself with the Kaidan warriors who threaten it, or risk losing everything to a peril greater than any imagined.
Ellen Trawton is running away from it all. She hates her job, she doesn't love the aristocratic man to whom she is engaged, and her relationship with her controlling mother is becoming increasingly strained. So Ellen leaves London, fleeing to her aunt's cottage in Connemara. Cutting ties with London society, Ellen gives in to Ireland's charm and warmth, thinking her future may lie where so much of her past has been hidden.
This is a collection of four short stories from the Victorian San Francisco Mystery series. "Madam Sibyl's First Client" was written specifically for this collection and it finds Annie Fuller, the young widowed boarding house keeper, just starting her career as a pretend clairvoyant. In "Dandy Detects", the Boston terrier that lives in Annie Fuller's boarding house helps uncover a crime, and in "The Misses Moffet Mend a Marriage", two elderly boarders use their dressmaking skills to avert a domestic tragedy.