Unpacking her belongings in her new hometown of Portland, Oregon, herbalist and reformed alchemist Zoe Faust can't help but notice she's picked up a stowaway. Dorian Robert-Houdin is a living, breathing three-and-half-foot gargoyle - not to mention a master of French cuisine - and he needs Zoe's expertise to decipher a centuries-old text. Zoe, who's trying to put her old life behind her, isn't so sure she wants to reopen her alchemical past... until the dead man on her porch leaves her no choice.
"She's fictional, so, no, you can't slap her!"
Deciphering an ancient alchemy book is more difficult than Zoe Faust bargained for. She'd much rather be gardening and exploring her new hometown of Portland, Oregon - but time is running out for living gargoyle Dorian Robert-Houdin. If Zoe isn't able to unlock an unusual alchemy book's secrets soon, the French gargoyle will remain awake but trapped in stone forever.
"Performance - great. Story, good concept needs better execution."
When historian Jaya Jones receives a mysterious package containing a jewel-encrusted artifact, she discovers the secrets of a lost Indian treasure may be hidden in a Scottish legend. But she's not the only one on the trail. Helping her decipher the cryptic clues are her magician best friend, a devastatingly handsome art historian with something to hide, and a charming archaeologist running for his life. When a member of the dig's crew is murdered, Jaya must figure out which of the scholars vying for her affections might be the love of her life - and which one is a killer.
"Cozy only means no graphic sex or blood/guts"
Historian Jaya Jones finds herself on the wrong side of the law during an art heist at the Louvre. To redeem herself, she follows clues from an illuminated manuscript that lead from the cobblestone streets of Paris to the quicksand-surrounded fortress of Mont Saint-Michel. With the help of enigmatic Lane Peters and a 90-year-old stage magician, Jaya delves into France's colonial past in India to clear her name and catch a killer.
"Quicksand: Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery Book 3"
Shortly before the Great San Francisco Earthquake, Pirate Vishnu strikes the San Francisco Bay. An ancestor of Jaya's who came to the US from India draws a treasure map. Over a century later, the cryptic treasure map remains undeciphered.
"Pirate Vishnu: A Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery,"
L.A. is no place for widows. This is what 44-year-old Hannah Bernal quickly discovers after the tragic death of her handsome and loving husband, John. Misery and red-rimmed eyes are little tolerated in the land of the beautiful. But life stumbles on: Hannah's sweet three-year-old daughter, Ellie, needs to be dropped off at her overpriced preschool, while Hannah herself must get back to work in order to pay the bills on "Casa Sugar", the charming Spanish-styled bungalow they call home. Fortunately, Hannah has her "Grief Team" for emotional support....
"it got me through Hurricane Sandy"
The Power of Social Innovation offers public officials, social entrepreneurs, philanthopits, and individual citizens the insights and skills to create healthier communities and promote innovative solutions to public and social problems. This seminal work is based on Stephen Goldsmith's decades of experience, extensive ongoing research, and interviews with 100+ top leader from a wide variety of sectors.
True stories are more bizarre than any fiction, and Dr. Gary Small knows this best. After 30 distinguished years of psychiatry and groundbreaking research on the human brain, Dr. Small has seen it all - now he is ready to open his office doors for the first time and tell all about the most mysterious, intriguing, and bizarre patients of his career. The Naked Lady Who Stood on Her Head is a spellbinding record of the doctor's most bewildering cases.
When Jack Power, the titan of real estate in New York City, decides to divorce his wife, Cynthia, former ballerina and Princess of Park Avenue, in order to marry his mistress, Lara, America's favorite morning news anchor, all hell breaks loose. He's got to come up with a plan, and fast - including finding a suitable boyfriend for his wife so that she will let him go.
Gracie believed she and Kenny were different from other Hollywood couples. She never thought she'd be a starter wife. With her signature wit, sassy style, and cameos of the rich and famous - and wannabe rich and famous - Gigi Grazer tackles the most delicious and dastardly details of a divorce and recovery, Hollywood style.
Born a slave in 1776, Gabriel grows up capable and literate only to be taken from his mother and sent to the capital city as a blacksmith’s apprentice. There in the forge, a meeting point for many travelers and news bearers, his work awakens him to the sparks of resistance that are igniting into rebellion around the globe. When he is unable to both defend the love of his life and earn the money to buy her freedom, Gabriel makes a decision: freedom for just his own family would not be enough.
When Dante's Inferno is born early on a February night, there are great expectations for him. He may be the grandson of the greatest racehorse in modern times, but Dante's start proves a rough one: He doesn't bond with many people, as they always seem to be either poking and prodding him or trying to get him to fulfill their dreams.
Everything Clarissa Alpert wants, Clarissa Alpert gets. But with her thirty-second birthday looming, our heroine is starting to panic. Who on earth could possibly make Clarissa Alpert an honest woman? Enter Aaron Mason, the latest, hottest new producer in town. From the moment Clarissa sees him, she sets her sights on making him the future "Mr. Alpert."
"Fluffy and Funny"
Dear Bennington College Admissions Officer: I'm probably not your average applicant from Beverly Hills, CA. And I'm not one to brag, but I'm pretty much the smartest girl in my class at Mark Frost Academy. My grades are excellent. My motivation is high. I don't drink or do drugs or hang out with the bad kids. I'm pretty much all business. My life is not going to end here, in this part of Los Angeles. I'm going places. Which brings me to my latest venture: babysitting teenagers.
On the night Chancey is born, a fire star gallops across the sky. But many years of hardship will pass before the orphaned albino Appaloosa can believe the prophecy his dam foretold - that his fire star was a beacon for a horse of profound wisdom and extraordinary potential, one who will eventually change the lives of two children forever. Told through Chancey's eyes in the classic tradition of great horse stories, here is a tale about bravery, destiny, and hope - and about sharing the magic of a second chance.
When Macadoo is just a colt, he challenges his father, a huge Belgian stallion, in order to protect his mother and the rest of the herd. From that moment on, Mac knows that his purpose in life is to help and serve others however he can. Though Macadoo endures much adversity - leaving the only home he’s ever known, being separated from his dam, and surviving an auction that for many horses is their final stop before the slaughterhouse - he finds the courage to "walk on" through even the most difficult circumstances.
Join Gabe Murfitt as he shares his story of learning to live in a uniquely formed body. Through Gabe’s C.L.E.A.R. formula, you will discover how you can have Courage to face life’s challenges; Leadership that is encouraging and compassionate; Endurance in hard times; Attitude that enables you to achieve your goals; Respect for others and yourself. Gabe Murfitt is an inspiring speaker who challenges his audiences to live with courage in the face of life’s greatest adversities. Born with three-inch arms and standing a little over three-feet high, Gabe lives out his message, courageously sharing his experiences.
The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. The festival was an immediate success and has become the largest and most prestigious book festival in the country, attracting more than 130,000 book lovers each year....
"Herrin Gnadenlos" erzählt eindrucksvoll die Geschichte von Burt, der sich bedingungslos als Sklave verdingen will und bereit ist, seiner Auserwählten für diese "Stellung" sogar mehrere tausend Dollar zu bezahlen. Doch er muss sich zunächst beweisen, um als Sklave seiner gestrengen Herrin akzeptiert zu werden. Und DIE kennt keine Gnade!
Bien sûr, le roi a une fille à marier. Mais l'heureux élu doit d'abord inventer une histoire extraordinaire, le "bobard" le plus invraisemblable que l'on puisse imaginer... Et tant que le roi ne s'écrie pas : "C'est pas vrai, t'as menti !", il n'y a rien de fait !