Lilla is fighting on the side of the refugees from oppression. But there is a bigger war brewing on the horizon the Era War between the two ruling archgods. It threatens not only Lilla's home world, but everyone else's in the Seven Galaxies. Enemies must become friends and allies in the desperate race to defeat the archgod before He finds her.
Set in 1944 Chicago, Edgar Award winner Naomi Hirahara’s eye opening and poignant new mystery, the story of a young woman searching for the truth about her revered older sister’s death, brings to focus the struggles of one Japanese American family released from mass incarceration at Manzanar during World War II. Twenty year old Aki Ito and her parents have just been released from Manzanar, where they have been detained by the US government since the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, together with thousands of other Japanese Americans. The life in California the Itos were forced to leave behind is gone; instead, they are being resettled two thousand miles away in Chicago, where Aki’s older sister, Rose, was sent months earlier and moved to the new Japanese American neighborhood near Clark and Division streets. But on the eve of the Ito family’s reunion, Rose is killed by a subway train. Aki, who worshipped her sister, is stunned. Officials are ruling Rose’s death a suicide. Aki cannot believe her perfect, polished, and optimistic sister would end her life. Her instinct tells her there is much to the story, and she knows she is the only person who could ever learn the truth. Inspired by historical events, Clark and Division infuses an atmospheric and heartbreakingly real crime fiction plot with rich period details and delicately wrought personal stories Naomi Hirahara has gleaned from thirty years of research and archival work in Japanese American history.
"If you could use some wild escapism right now, Hiaasen is your guy." The New York TimesFrom the author of Skinny Dip and Razor Girl, a hilarious, New York Times best selling novel of social and political intrigues, set against the glittering backdrop of Florida's gold coast.WITH A NEW EPILOGUEAt the height of Palm Beach's charity ball season, Kiki Pew Fitzsimmons, a prominent member of geriatric high society, suddenly vanishes during a swank gala. Kiki Pew was a founding member of the Potussies, a group of women dedicated to supporting the President, who spends half the year at the "Winter White House" just down the road. Meanwhile, Angie Armstrong, wildlife wrangler extraordinaire, is called to the island to deal with a monster sized Burmese python that has taken residency in a tree. But the President is focused on the disappearance of Kiki Pew. Never one to miss an opportunity to play to his base, he immediately declares her a victim of rampaging immigrant hordes. This, it turns out, is far from the truth, which now lies in the middle of the road, where a bizarre discovery brings the First Lady's motorcade to a grinding halt Irreverent, ingenious, and uproariously entertaining, Squeeze Me perfectly captures the absurdity of our times.
The enemy of my enemy is my sisterCareer criminal Vic Doloro isn’t the kind of guy you’d send a card to on Father’s Day. Layla Shawn never has. She’s spent most of her thirty two years estranged from her father and haunted by the mysterious death of her mother.Then Vic dies, leaving Layla—an unemployed artist—a tempting inheritance of ill gotten money. Urging her to take the money is Vic’s other daughter, Bette, with whom Layla shares a troubled past. On a cross country road trip. the two women mend fences, but Layla finds herself caught in the middle of an unsettled and lethal score between her father and a man who knows than he should about her mother’s death.As Layla zeroes in on the truth and wrestles her own demons, she finds herself face to face with a killer.
Jonathan Grave pursues two missing teens south of the border where vengeance awaits El Paso, Texas, is a battleground. It's an open market for Mexican drug cartels to sell their wares. It's also a destination for teens looking for fun. Venice Alexander's fourteen year old son Roman was there on a school trip. Now, he and a fellow student have vanished without a trace.Assuming the kidnapping is retaliation for his past incursions against Mexico's underworld, Jonathan Grave leads his covert operatives to rescue their teammate's son. But the trail Jonathan follows leads him down unexpected paths where he ends up in the crossfire of a deadly vendetta
From New York Times bestseller Tess Gerritsen and acclaimed thriller writer Gary Braver comes a sexy murder mystery about a reckless affair and dangerous secrets.Taryn Moore is young, beautiful and brilliantso why would she kill herself? When Detective Frankie Loomis arrives on the scene to investigate the girl's fatal plunge from her apartment balcony, she knows in her gut there's to the story, especially after the autopsy reveals that the college senior was pregnant. It could be reason enough for suicide or a motive for murder.To English professor Jack Dorian, Taryn was the ultimate fantasy: intelligent, adoring, and completely off limits. But there was also a dark side to Taryn, a dangerous streak that threatened those she turned her affections to including Jack. And now that she's dead, his problems are just beginning.After Frankie uncovers a trove of sordid secrets, it becomes clear that Jack may know the truth. He is guilty of deception, but is he capable of cold blooded murder?
Witty, profound and a bit cheeky, Seven Lives: A Diva's Story is a journey through seven stages of life marked by seven nicknames: Rare Orchid: a survivor, Tough Cookie: a performer, Ginger: an academy girl, Princess: a wife, Gypsy: a free spirited single woman, Diva: a wealthy entrepreneur, Collector: an art connoisseur. Over the years, I discover being a Diva is not limited to being a show off, self important, pretentious, or even obnoxious. I'm certainly not an opera singer, the definition of the word Diva in Webster's dictionary. I define Diva as a person who is strong, self aware, and free of society's boxes.
When Zane opens his eyes, he stands alone in the center of an arena. He doesn't know how he got there, doesn't remember anything of his past, but he does know that they want him to die. But he's not going to die. He's going to survive, even if that means becoming the meanest and toughest monster they've ever seen. Blaise grows up in the grandest palace in the Empire as the beloved Crown Prince with a heart of gold. He grows up surrounded by those who love him, but he's always longed to escape the bounds of the palace walls, to be free to see of the world. This spoiled but lovable prince lives cluelessly in his glittering world, until he discovers something devastating about himself that will change his entire life.Blaise is caged by responsibilities and expectations, and Zane is a caged monster, but the day comes when they both break loose and are unleashed upon the world. Blaise lives to explore and Zane lives to survive, and their lives collide in the shadow of an accursed mountain, Mount Desecration. No one has made it to the top because of the rud monster that haunts the summit, but they are both determined to be the first to conquer it.They are nothing alike. One is a hardened and embittered gladiator who hates the world, and the other is a kind and innocently quirky prince who longs for , but this is just the start of their unlikely friendship and the adventure that will ultimately save their lives.
Many of us have trouble loving and accepting everyone in our community (and ourselves while we're at it). One way we can start to change that? By getting to know the truth that lives inside us all.This book offers spiritual principles and practices that can help us start to see through our sense of separation from one another and open up to the greater whole. The we understand that everyone we meet is actually just us in another form, the we want to love each other and do right by one another. We can’t help it, because really, that’s who we all are.The text is brief and aims to shake up how we see things. It may be helpful to anyone who wants to make friends with being alive and contribute to a peaceful world.
A suspenseful, gripping novel about families and friendships torn apart at the seams by obsession, secrets, and betrayal with relentless twists and turns that hurtle forward to a shocking confrontation.When Ruth, a wealthy divorcee, offers to host the Hillside Academy kindergarten meet and greet, she hopes this will be a fresh start for her and her introverted daughter, Marley. Finally, they’ll be accepted into a tribe. Marley will make friends and Ruth will be welcomed by the mothers. Instead, the parents are turned off by Ruth’s ostentatious wealth and before kindergarten even begins, Ruth and Marley are outcasts.The last guest to arrive at the meet and greet is Gemma, a widow and a single mother to her daughter, Bee. Ruth sets her sights on the mother daughter duo, and soon the two families are inseparable. Ruth takes Gemma and Bee on Aspen vacations, offers VIP passes to Cirque de Soleil, and pays for dinners at Michelin starred restaurants. For Gemma, who lives paycheck to paycheck, Ruth’s largesse is seductive, but as the years go by, she can’t shake the feeling that she’s accruing an increasingly unpayable debt. When Ruth’s affair with a married Hillside dad is exposed, and she’s publicly shunned, Gemma uses it to sever ties with Ruth.Six years later, when Gemma finds herself embroiled in a scandal of her own—Ruth comes to her defense. Their renewed friendship rehabilitates their reputations, but once again, Gemma starts to feel trapped
New York Times bestselling author Alka Joshi's sequel to The Henna Artist, The Secret Keeper of Jaipur once again showcases Joshi's rich storytelling and talent for transporting readers to a different cultural place and time with themes that are universal. Here the year is 1969 and Malik, Lashmi's young helper from the first novel, is now an educated young man apprenticed at the Jaipur Palace and working on building the state of the art public movie house when he becomes ensnared in a smuggling scheme that threatens all he aspires to, including the woman he loves.Twelve years after Lakshmi leaves Jaipur to work at Dr. Kumar's clinic in Shimla, she is now happily married and has taken under her wing a young tribal widow, Nimmi, who is raising her two young children on her own. Gold smuggling is rampant in the nearby mountains and Nimmi's brother has fallen to its temptations. Afraid that her enterprising helper Malik, now a young man who has recently finished his education, will also be lured into this treacherous business, Lakshmi arranges for him to apprentice in Jaipur at the Palace. She is also concerned about the romantic attachment Malik has formed with Nimmi, as she doesn't approve.Back in the Pink City where he was once a wily street urchin, Malik again encounters the wealthy Singhs, including Samir Singh's feckless son Ravi, who caused Lakshimi's younger sister Radha so much heartache. Malik's is assigned to help Ravi Singh build the new pubic cinema. But when the cinema balcony collapses on opening night, it signals trouble for Malik and for Lakshmi too. Malik is implicated in a ruthless scandal of Ravi's making that will ultimately threaten his livelihood, his reputation and the people he loves most.
“You have a call, Elder Wilder.” When missionary Micah Wilder set his sights on bringing a Baptist congregation into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, he had no idea that he was the one about to be changed. Yet when he finally came to know the God of the Bible, Micah had no choice but to surrender himself—no matter the consequences. For a passionate young Mormon who had grown up in the Church, finding authentic faith meant giving up all he knew: his community, his ambitions, and his place in the world. Yet as Micah struggled to reconcile the teachings of his Church with the truths revealed in the Bible, he awakened to his need for God’s grace. This led him to be summoned to the door of the mission president, terrified but confident in the testimony he knew could cost him everything.Passport to Heaven is a gripping account of Micah’s surprising journey from living as a devoted member of a religion based on human works to embracing the divine mercy and freedom that can only be found in Jesus Christ.
The ocean is the womb of all life on earth. It is beautiful and bizarre, violent and mysterious. Inhabited by a cast of characters stolen from fantasy, it’s a dystopian world where dragons are real, and monsters are commonplace. Today's spectacular marine life has an ancient history preserved in stone fossil strata that read like dramatic pages from the longest story ever told tales of evolution, extinction, and surprising continuity. Having thrived a tumultuous 500 million years, this marine kingdom is now challenged by a new, arrogant and domineering life form. This book looks beyond the media focus on climate change and extinction to celebrate the continuity of ocean life. I’ll take you on a personal journey to explore origins and destinies, from primordial soup to today’s threatened oceans towards a future we can influence. We always have a choice.
Stay at home mom turned multimillion dollar producing business owner Lindsay Teague Moreno doesn’t just have a passion for entrepreneurship. She has a deep passion for helping women of all walks of life gain the confidence and skills to tap into their ambition and achieve success in their own business endeavors.Boss Up! will help you put your business on the map and the ideas you’ve previously only dreamed about into the marketplace. It will help you overcome your fears and guilt to find fulfillment that changes you and your families for the better. And it will help you break free of the hard and boring and allow you to have fun along the way.Lindsay doesn’t just do this through commiserating but, instead, through giving you the tools for change. Using the lessons she learned on her own path to success, Lindsay shares real, solid business principles with ten distinct success philosophies that you will encounter on the journey to entrepreneurship, such as:Think Long TermBe Unapologetically YourselfUse the Unsales TacticUnderstand Your Whyand many In Boss Up! Lindsay helps you gain the confidence to know that having ambition doesn’t make you a bad mother or wife. That it’s okay to have a desire for something than endless sippy cups, clean ups, Band Aids, and groundings. That no matter your education or experience, you can tap into your passions and create businesses that give you increased flexibility, fulfillment, and financial security.