Like many of us, journalist David K. Randall never gave sleep much thought. That is, until he began sleepwalking. One midnight crash into a hallway wall sent him on an investigation into the strange science of sleep. In Dreamland, Randall explores the research that is investigating those dark hours that make up nearly a third of our lives.
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Over a half century, Malibu went from an untamed ranch in the middle of nowhere to a paradise seeded with movie stars. Behind its transformation is the love story of Frederick and May Rindge. He was a Harvard-trained confidant of presidents; she grew up on a hardscrabble Midwestern farm; yet their unlikely bond would shape history.
Audra is the daughter of a wealthy stone mason in the vast, walled trade city of Hilden Maar. Her father is publicly an influential member of society in the only free and independent city in all of The Kingdom of Argoss. Privately he is a member of a secretive society that alone acts as the keeper of The Gate, an ancient thing of barely imagined power and forgotten origins. She has been sent as an envoy to the king of Argoss, who is emperor over many lands including the free city of Hilden Maar, in a desperate plea for military aid.
Provocations of the spirit world leave us no alternative but to welcome the modern Western prose of David Randall Shorey, and his story about the legendary anti-hero known as Mojave Miles. This tale tells us that the only war worth fighting is for the protection of wayward ladies and no-good horses! Never officially ordained as a vigilante, his vengeance on the Amargosa was accepted as having been handed down by sage angels.
Twelve-year-old Clovermead Wickward's head is filled with stories of adventure. She dreams about the thrill of a sword fight, the excitement of heroic quests, and the clash of mighty armies. The last thing she expects is for those dreams to come true. It seems that her beloved father, Waxmelt, is not who she has believed him to be - but is harboring secrets that threaten to tear their family apart.
The final battle between Clovermead, a shape-shifting eighteen-year-old girl, and the demonic Lord Ursus.
The fight against the evil Lord Ursus continues, and the fate of the battle lies in the hands of 15-year-old Clovermead Wickward. Chandlefort's army is in need of reinforcements, and Clovermead is charged by her mother, Lady Cindertallow, to seek allies among the nomadic Hordes of the Tansy Steppes. At the same time, Lord Ursus has dispatched Clovermead's old enemy Lucifer Snuff to contest her. A battle of diplomacy ensues, and it is only one of many struggles that Clovermead must face.
Clovermead Wickward recently discovered that she is really Demoiselle Cerelune Cindertallow, and that the man she had called Father was actually an embittered servant who stole her away as a baby. Since then, she has learned she doesn't wholly care for life as a Cindertallow, and that she doesn't like her mother's expectations for behavior - especially the bit about not changing shape. When you can turn into a bear, being forced to stay human can be deadly dull. Now, Clovermead must confront secrets from her family's troubled past when a mysterious stranger appears.