The Girl Who Was on Fire: Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games Trilogy
Leah Wilson - 2011
From the trilogy's darker themes of violence and social control to fashion and weaponry, the collection's exploration of the Hunger Games reveals exactly how rich, and how perilous, protagonist Katniss' world really is.• How does the way the Games affect the brain explain Haymitch's drinking, Annie's distraction, and Wiress' speech problems?• What does the rebellion have in common with the War on Terror?• Why isn't the answer to "Peeta or Gale?" as interesting as the question itself?• What should Panem have learned from the fates of other hedonistic societies throughout history and what can we?The Girl Who Was On Fire covers all three books in the Hunger Games trilogy.
The Bite Before Christmas
Lynsay Sands - 2011
She just needs to convince him they belong together, and being snowbound in a secluded cabin will make this a Christmas neither will forget. It's "Home for the Holidays" in Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series. Cat and Bones may long to wrap presents and set up a tree, but this Christmas, an evil vampire and long-buried family secrets will threaten to take a bite out of their holiday cheer.
Jeaniene Frost - 2011
Jeaniene Frost's story, One for the Money, features vampires Cat and Bones trying to protect a spoiled heiress with a price on her head and an undead hitman on her trail. Previously published in Death's Excellent Vacation. Also includes the first three chapters from Jeaniene's story in The Bite Before Christmas anthology, as well as a sneak peek at ONCE BURNED, the first novel in the new Night Prince series. Ilona Andrews' story, A Questionable Client, is a prequel to her award-winning Kate Daniels series. In a world beset by magic waves, Kate Daniels works as a mercenary. She is tired, hungry, and there is foul-smelling blood on her boots. All she wants to do is to go home, but when Mercenary Guild offers her a job she can't refuse, she finds herself protecting a man against Russian wizards. Previously published in Dark and Stormy Knights. Also includes first two chapters of FATE'S EDGE, book 3 in the Edge series, and first two chapters of Magic Grieves, a Kate Daniels novella.
Larissa Ione - 2011
Both Vladlena and Nathan are hiding something, but they can't conceal the lust that simmers between them...Darkness Eternal by Alexandra Ivy: After being held captive by one vampire for four centuries, Kata had no intention of taking another one to the underworld with her. Yet even in the pits of hell, there's no ignoring the intoxicating desire awakened by his touch...Kane by Jacquelyn Frank: Kane knows Corrine was meant to be his . . . just as he knows that truly possessing the lovely human is forbidden. But on the night of the Samhain moon, the beast in every demon in stronger than reason, and Kane's hunger is more powerful than any punishment...Dragon on Top by G.A. Aiken: Escorting the highborn Bram through deadly Sand Dragon territory will try Ghleanna's patience...and her resolve. For Bram is determined to enhance the journey with a seduction no female could resist...
Lord of the Vampires: 4-in-1 Bundle
Gena Showalter - 2011
To save their children, the queen scattered them to safety and the king filled them with vengeance.Only a magical timepiece connects the four royal heirs…and time is running out.…Nicolai the Vampire was renowned for his virility, but in a twist of fate "The Dark Seducer" had become a sex slave in the kingdom of Delfina—stripped of his precious timepiece and his memory. All that remained was a primal need for freedom, revenge—and the only woman who could help him.In her dreams, a wanton vampire called to Jane Parker, drawing her to his dark sexuality and his magical realm.But for a human, all was not a fairy tale in Delfina. Jane was the key to Nicolai's memory…but exploiting her meant dooming the only mortal he craved.The Darkest Angel Lords of the Underworld #4.5An iron-willed demon assassin, the angel Lysander has never known lust—until he meets Bianka. Spawned from the bloodline of Lucifer, the beautiful but deadly Harpy is determined to lead the pure-hearted Lysander into temptation….The Amazon's Curse Atlantis #5Zane, a fierce vampire warrior, has been enslaved by the Amazons. Nola, a lovely Amazon soldier, has been cursed with invisibility. Now, these two stubborn enemies must overcome the pasts that haunt them and embrace a love that can set them free... (Can be found as a whole novel here)The Darkest Prison Lords of the Underworld #3.5Passion and danger collide in this brand-new, eBook exclusive Lords of the Underworld adventure!Once, Atlas, the Titan god of Strength, was the Greek goddess Nike's slave. Now, he is her master. And soon these sworn enemies destined to destroy one another will be forced to risk everything for a chance at love...
The Book of Cthulhu
Ross E. Lockhart - 2011
Initially created by H. P. Lovecraft and a group of his amorphous contemporaries (the so-called "Lovecraft Circle"), The Cthulhu Mythos story cycle has taken on a convoluted, cyclopean life of its own. Some of the most prodigious writers of the 20th century, and some of the most astounding writers of the 21st century have planted their seeds in this fertile soil. The Book of Cthulhu harvests the weirdest and most corpulent crop of these modern mythos tales. From weird fiction masters to enigmatic rising stars, The Book of Cthulhu demonstrates how Mythos fiction has been a major cultural meme throughout the 20th century, and how this type of story is still salient, and terribly powerful today.Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors.
Transmetropolitan: All Around the World
Warren Ellis - 2011
Transmetropolitan combined black humor, political scandal, and moral ambiguity to look into the mind of gonzo journalist Spider Jerusalem and The City he inhabits. Aided by his embattled Editor and his two Filthy Assistants, Jerusalem blazes a path through a futuristic world of skyscrapers and technological wonders, dark alleys, and unspeakable depravity.Transmetropolitan: All Around The World is a lovingly crafted and designed tribute to a seminal work. Contributors include: Aaron Alexovich, Stephanie Buscema, Jim Calafiore, Stefano Caselli, Cliff Chiang, Richard C. Clark, Kevin Colden, Molly Crabapple, Camilla d’Errico, Kristian Donaldson, Ryan Dunlavey, Gary Erskine, Richard Friend, Dan Goldman, Cully Hamner, Lea Hernandez, Phil Hester, Rantz Hoseley, Matt Howarth, K Thor Jensen, Seth Kushner, Jonathan Luna, Milo Manara, John McCrea, Moritat, Dean Motter, Darick Robertson, Jimmie Robinson, Stuart Sayger, Tim Seeley, Fiona Staples, Bryan Talbot, Pete Woods, and many, many others.[text from http://cbldf.org/homepage/transmetrop... ]
Donna Hill - 2011
. .. Summer Fever by Donna Hill Nina Forbes is excited to house sit in the Hamptons-but her handsome neighbor, Barbados native Ian Harrison, excites her even more. Soon the two are sharing conversation, kisses. . .and sizzling sleepovers. Ian promises to keep in touch after he returns home in the fall. But as the days pass, Nina fears their passion was just summer fever. . . One Hot Summer by Niobia Bryant After a high-profile divorce, event planner Simone "Love" Lovey swears off dating famous people. . .until sexy star athlete Maleek Trenton enters her life. Their romance is bliss, but Love again finds herself amid paparazzi, groupies-and calls from a woman who claims she's involved with Maleek, and has intimate details to prove it. . . Too Hot To Handle by Zuri Day Choice McKinley gets stuck in an elevator during a blackout, on the hottest July 4th ever. That she's locked in with gorgeous Trey Scott only adds to the heat. Soon, relief from the high temperature requires clothing removal and sultry kisses. But Trey doesn't know Choice is his boss's off-limits daughter-and Choice doesn't know Trey is a wanted man. All that will come after the doors open to reality. . .
J.D. Robb - 2011
Robb:Eve and Roarke return to investigate a series of murders connected to a brilliant young surgeon in Chaos in Death.From Mary Blayney:A shopkeeper's solitude is complicated by a magic coin, a daring rogue, and dreams of her late husband, who whispers but one word...wish.From Patricia Gaffney:A lonely woman and a hotline psychic turn their astonishing connection to the other side into an unexpected romance.From Ruth Ryan Langan:The shattered soul of an angry spirit imprisoned in a Scottish manor house could be a young widow's only salvation.From Mary Kay McComas:A young ghost eases his brother's pain and guilt by inviting him into the dreams of an imaginative author of children's books.
Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories
Megan Kelley Hall - 2011
Stine turned being the "funny guy" into the best defense against the bullies in his class.Today's top authors for teens come together to share their stories about bullying—as silent observers on the sidelines of high school, as victims, and as perpetrators—in a collection at turns moving and self-effacing, but always deeply personal.
Frederick Douglass: The Most Complete Collection of His Written Works & Speeches
Frederick Douglass - 2011
AUTHOR'S BIRTHCHAPTER II. REMOVAL FROM GRANDMOTHER'SCHAPTER III. TROUBLES OF CHILDHOODCHAPTER IV. A GENERAL SURVEY OF THE SLAVE PLANTATIONCHAPTER V. A SLAVEHOLDER'S CHARACTERCHAPTER VI. A CHILD'S REASONINGCHAPTER VII. LUXURIES AT THE GREAT HOUSECHAPTER VIII. CHARACTERISTICS OF OVERSEERSCHAPTER IX. CHANGE OF LOCATIONCHAPTER X. LEARNING TO READCHAPTER XI. GROWING IN KNOWLEDGECHAPTER XII. RELIGIOUS NATURE AWAKENEDCHAPTER XIII. THE VICISSITUDES OF SLAVE LIFECHAPTER XIV. EXPERIENCE IN ST. MICHAELSCHAPTER XV. COVEY, THE NEGRO BREAKERCHAPTER XVI. ANOTHER PRESSURE OF THE TYRANT'S VISECHAPTER XVII. THE LAST FLOGGINGCHAPTER XVIII. NEW RELATIONS AND DUTIESCHAPTER XIX. THE RUNAWAY PLOTCHAPTER XX.CHAPTER XXI. ESCAPE FROM SLAVERYSECOND PARTCHAPTER I. ESCAPE FROM SLAVERYCHAPTER II. LIFE AS A FREEMANCHAPTER III. INTRODUCED TO THE ABOLITIONISTSCHAPTER IV. RECOLLECTIONS OF OLD FRIENDSCHAPTER V. ONE HUNDRED CONVENTIONSCHAPTER VI. IMPRESSIONS ABROADCHAPTER VII. TRIUMPHS AND TRIALSCHAPTER VIII. JOHN BROWN AND MRS. STOWECHAPTER IX. INCREASING DEMANDS OF THE SLAVE POWERCHAPTER X. THE BEGINNING OF THE ENDCHAPTER XI. SECESSION AND WAR"MEN OF COLOR, TO ARMS!”THE BLACK MAN AT THE WHITE HOUSECHAPTER XII. HOPE FOR THE NATIONCHAPTER XIII. VAST CHANGESCHAPTER XIV. LIVING AND LEARNINGCHAPTER XV. WEIGHED IN THE BALANCECHAPTER XVI. "TIME MAKES ALL THINGS EVEN"CHAPTER XVII. INCIDENTS AND EVENTSCHAPTER XVIII. "HONOR TO WHOM HONOR"CHAPTER XIX. RETROSPECTIONCONCLUSIONAPPENDIXWEST INDIA EMANCIPATIONTHIRD PARTCHAPTER I. LATER LIFECHAPTER II. A GRAND OCCASIONCHAPTER III. DOUBTS AS TO GARFIELD'S COURSECHAPTER IV. RECORDER OF DEEDSCHAPTER V. PRESIDENT CLEVELAND'S ADMINISTRATIONCHAPTER VI. THE SUPREME COURT DECISIONCHAPTER VII. DEFEAT OF JAMES G. BLAINECHAPTER VIII. EUROPEAN TOURCHAPTER IX. CONTINUATION OF EUROPEAN TOURCHAPTER X. THE CAMPAIGN OF 1888CHAPTER XI. ADMINISTRATION OF PRESIDENT HARRISONCHAPTER XII. MINISTER TO HAÏTICHAPTER XIII. CONTINUED NEGOTIATIONS FOR THE MÔLE ST. NICOLASCOLLECTED ARTICLES OF FREDERICK DOUGLASS, A SLAVEMY ESCAPE FROM SLAVERYRECONSTRUCTIONMY BONDAGE and MY FREEDOMCONTENTSEDITORS PREFACEINTRODUCTIONLIFE AS A SLAVE?I--CHILDHOODII--REMOVED FROM MY FIRST HOMEIII--PARENTAGEIV--A GENERAL SURVEY OF THE SLAVE PLANTATIONV--GRADUAL INITIATION INTO THE MYSTERIES OF SLAVERYVI--TREATMENT OF SLAVES ON LLOYDS PLANTATIONVII--LIFE IN THE GREAT HOUSEVIII--A CHAPTER OF HORRORSIX--PERSONAL TREATMENTX--LIFE IN BALTIMOREXI--"A CHANGE CAME O'ER THE SPIRIT OF MY DREAM"XII--RELIGIOUS NATURE AW
Angels Of Darkness
Ilona Andrews - 2011
But in her court, all is not what it appears to be.2 Alphas: Origins by Ilona Andrews — A woman is kidnapped into a world divided by a superhuman civil war. As the captive of an irresistibly dangerous male, she has two choices: submit and become a pawn, or take hold of her own destiny.3 Nocturne by Sharon Shinn — Accepting a position in a secluded and whispered-about mansion, a woman soon discovers the source of its mystery: the blind, tormented angel who lives there, and whose secrets could now destroy them both.4 Ascension by Meljean Brook — When vampires disappear from a community he's protecting, a world-weary Guardian doesn't know what evil he's hunting, but he'd rather hunt alone than accept help from his ex-lover and fellow Guardian, Radha. But Radha refuses to leave him, because she's determined not just to help him save the community...but to save him.
Don't Read in the Closet: GayRomLit Retreat 2011 Special Edition
Clare London - 2011
It is a product of the Goodreads M/M Romance Group Hot Summer Days event and features authors attending the GayRomLit Retreat 2011 in New Orleans; if you like what you read, come join our group! Read these stories online or download the anthology from ARe. Note: These stories contain sexually explicit content and are intended for adult readers only.J. P. Barnaby – IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT = First LoveL.C. Chase – OPEN TACKLE = Friends to LoversJaya Christopher – CODY AND THE HERMIT = BDSM/CowboysPoppy Dennison – BLINDSIDED = Hurt/ComfortTaylor V. Donovan – HEATSTROKE = AngstRachel Haimowitz – JUNGLE HEAT = MilitaryJambrea Jo Jones – WILD BLUE YONDER = MilitaryLissa Kasey and Xara X. Xanakas – SINK OR SWIM = Established CoupleK-lee Klein – OUTFOXED = Rock StarsMarguerite Labbe – TEARS OF THE SEA = Paranormal/FairytalesClare London – SAY A LITTLE PRAYER = Paranormal/AngelsBelinda McBride – FREE TO FLY = BDSMMichele L. Montgomery – TEARS FROM ABOVE = Paranormal/AngelsCherie Noel – KISS AND TELL = Mild KinkLydia Nyx – MOON OVER MONTANA = Shifter/CowboysM.J. O'Shea – BRIDGES = First LoveS.J.D. Peterson - INNOCENCE TO THE MAX = Paranormal/BDSMDevon Rhodes – HIS LAST RESORT = Coming OutJaime Samms – MOURNING = Hurt/ComfortP.D. Singer – THE BOY NEXT DOOR = Friends to LoversAndrea Speed – MY BLOODY VALENTINE = Paranormal/SorcererDamon Suede – SEEDY BUSINESS = Sci-FiV.J. Summers – LIAR, LIAR = Friends to LoversBryl R. Tyne – ALIPIO = FantasyPiper Vaughn – WANTING = First LoveMissy Welsh – YOU AND BILLION BLUE TILES = First LoveEden Winters – SWEET DREAMS = Coming Out
Eldritch Tales: A Miscellany of the Macabre
H.P. Lovecraft - 2011
His extraordinary imagination spawned both the Elder God Cthulhu and his eldritch cohorts, and the strangely compelling town of Innsmouth, all of which feature within these pages. Stephen Jones, one of the world's foremost editors of dark fiction, will complete the Lovecraft story in his extensive afterword, and award-winning artist Les Edwards will provide numerous illustrations for this must-have collection.
Hall of Mirrors: Tales of Horror and The Grotesque.
Mike Bennett - 2011
Here you will find stories of Hell and damnation, ghosts, madness, murder, vampires, bizarre hair restoration disasters, and ... pigeons, among other things. Hall of Mirrors is a collection of modern gothic tales with a nail of dark humour hammered through its heart; horrible, grotesque and hilarious. So roll up, ladies and gentlemen, and enter the Hall of Mirrors - if you dare."A modern master of horror, dark comedy, and creepy psychological thrillers. I won't compare him to anyone else because quite frankly, in my humble opinion, he's head and shoulders above them all."Daniel Shaurette. Out of the Coffin Podcast.Hall of Mirrors - The Collected Stories, is a combination of the two previously available Podiobooks podcasts, Hall of Mirrors Volumes One and Two.
The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry
Rita Dove - 2011
Rita Dove, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and former U .S. Poet Laureate, introduces readers to the most significant and compelling poems of the past hundred years. Selecting from the canon of American poetry throughout the twentieth century, Dove has created an anthology that represents the full spectrum of aesthetic sensibilities-from styles and voices to themes and cultures-while balancing important poems with significant periods of each poet. Featuring poems both classic and contemporary, this collection reflects both a dynamic and cohesive portrait of modern American poetry and outlines its trajectory over the past century.
Jim C. Hines - 2011
a flaming spider who must help stop a goddess from conquering a science fiction convention ... a goblin nursery worker who finds herself trapped in the middle of a war. This collection features five humorous short stories that explore the fantasy realm from the perspective of the lowest of the low, the unlikeliest of unheroes: the goblins.Includes the following stories from the author of the GOBLIN QUEST trilogy:Goblin LullabyThe Haunting of Jig's EarGoblin HunterSchool SpiritMightier than the SwordEach story includes an afterward by the author.
Agents Under Fire
Dana Marton - 2011
Recognizing one of the hunters as her teenage crush is definitely a shock to her system. To save her family, she must convince Gabe that her brother was framed. But can she stop from falling in love with him all over again?A fast-paced, heart-pounding romantic suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat.Book 2: Avenging AgentAn undercover agent on a deadly mission, the last thing Jake needs is a troublesome beauty distracting him from his investigation. But something about Allison makes it impossible for him to leave her to her fate, surrounded by danger in a war-torn country.They couldn't be more different, but soon they must rely on each other to stay alive, uncovering a diabolical plot that shakes even Jake's battle-hardened heart. Attraction grows between them as they form a tight team against their enemies. But to act on that attraction, first they have to stay alive.Book 3: Warrior AgentTroy Hill has been tirelessly working for months to bring down a corrupt congressman. When the man’s goons capture him and lock him up, he knows they can’t afford to leave him alive. His only chance at escape is the congressman’s new security guard, Claire Montgomery. He expects he’ll have to either manipulate her into setting him free or kill her. He doesn’t expect to fall in love with her.
I'd Rather Be Single
Lashonda Devaughn - 2011
Tyra went from dating deadbeats to dating athletes. But living the good life came at a price.... "The Skeletons In My Closet" By: LaShonda DeVaughn, Author of A Hood Chick's Story I & II - They say in order to receive true and real love, we must all take chances. Will Kenneth end up being the real deal? Or will Rita end up regretting her decision in courting a young thug? "Taking Chances" By: Mimi Renee, Author of Deadly Decisions and Pretty Bright - Despite years of women playing games to take her husband away from her, Jai was determined to hold on. Her best friend questions why she puts up with his infidelity. Jai reasons: It's just Something In His Backstroke. "Something In His Backstroke" By: Tysha - Author of The Boss...the story of a female hustler - Fairytales should all have happy endings. Unfortunately, in Zoe's world each ending comes with a tale of lies... "Sleeping With The Enemy" By: Kaie Golson
Tied with a Bow
Lora Leigh - 2011
#1 New York Times bestselling author Lora Leigh features the Breeds in her story. New York Times bestselling author Virginia Kantra brings a haunting tale of a fallen angel. USA Today bestselling author Eileen Wilks returns to the shapeshifing Lupi for another magical tale. National bestselling author Kimberly Frost introduces a new paronormal world of muses and vampires.
Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature
Qwo-Li Driskill - 2011
It wasn’t until the 1970s, however, that contemporary queer Native literature gained any public notice. Even now, only a handful of books address it specifically, most notably the 1988 collection Living the Spirit: A Gay American Indian Anthology. Since that book’s publication twenty-three years ago, there has not been another collection published that focuses explicitly on the writing and art of Indigenous Two-Spirit and Queer people. This landmark collection strives to reflect the complexity of identities within Native Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Two-Spirit (GLBTQ2) communities. Gathering together the work of established writers and talented new voices, this anthology spans genres (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and essay) and themes (memory, history, sexuality, indigeneity, friendship, family, love, and loss) and represents a watershed moment in Native American and Indigenous literatures, Queer studies, and the intersections between the two.Collaboratively, the pieces in Sovereign Erotics demonstrate not only the radical diversity among the voices of today’s Indigenous GLBTQ2 writers but also the beauty, strength, and resilience of Indigenous GLBTQ2 people in the twenty-first century.Contributors:, Indira Allegra, Louise Esme Cruz, Paula Gunn Allen, Qwo-Li Driskill, Laura Furlan, Janice Gould, Carrie House, Daniel Heath Justice, Maurice Kenny, Michael Koby, M. Carmen Lane, Jaynie Lara, Chip Livingston, Luna Maia, Janet McAdams, Deborah Miranda, Daniel David Moses, D. M. O’Brien, Malea Powell, Cheryl Savageau, Kim Shuck, Sarah Tsigeyu Sharp, James Thomas Stevens, Dan Taulapapa McMullin, William Raymond Taylor, Joel Waters, and Craig Womack
Alternative Alamat: Stories Inspired by Philippine Mythology
Paolo Chikiamco - 2011
. . Yet too few of these tales are known and read today. Alternative Alamat gathers stories, by contemporary authors of Philippine fantasy, which make innovative use of elements of Philippine mythology. None of these stories are straight re-tellings of the old tales: they build on those stories, or question underlying assumptions; use ancient names as catalysts, or play within the spaces where the myths are silent. What you will find in common in these eleven stories is a love for the myths, epics, and legends which reflect us, contain us, call to us-and it is our hope that, in reading our stories, you may catch a glimpse of, and develop a hunger for, those venerable tales.Alternative Alamat also features a cover and interior illustrations by Mervin Malonzo, a short list of notable Philippine deities, tips for online and offline research, and in-depth interviews with two people who have devoted much of their careers to the study of Philippine folklore and anthropology, Professors Herminia Meñez Coben ("Explorations in Philippine Folklore" and "Verbal Arts in Philippine Indigenous Communities: Poetics, Society, and History") and Fernando N. Zialcita ("The Soul Book" and "Authentic but Not Exotic").
Men Out of Uniform
Sylvia Day - 2011
They may enforce the rules, but when men in uniform are off duty and under the covers, they're experts at breaking them. In this searingly sexy anthology, popular authors Maya Banks, Sylvia Day, and Karin Tabke present men in uniform-unzipped...Taking the Heat by Sylvia DayIt’s time for protected witness Layla Creed to come out of hiding and take the stan. Layla has only three days to reconnect with federal marshal Brian Simmons—and slake the white-hot lust that has simmered between them for years…Soul Possession – Maya BanksJessie spends a hot night with two sexy-as-sin detectives, only to be accused of murder the very next day. But when Jessie becomes the target of a serial killer, her two detectives will risk everything to have her back in their arms—and in their bed…Karin Tabke’s Wanted follows the X-rated exploits of bad-boy cop Colin Daniels and the soon-to-be-ex-wife of a mob boss. He’s been hired to guard her body, but it drives him to distraction instead, putting his career—and his life—on the line…
Supernatural Bundle with What a Dragon Should Know, When Darkness Comes & Jacob
Alexandra Ivy - 2011
Love with humans is absolutely forbidden, and one man makes certain to uphold this ancient law: Jacob, the Enforcer. . . For 700 Years, He Has Resisted Temptation. But Not Tonight. . . Jacob knows the excuses his people give when the madness overtakes them and they fall prey to their lust for humans. He's heard every one and still brought the trespassers to justice. Immune to forbidden desires, uncontrollable hungers, or the curse of the moon, his control is total. . .until the moment he sees Isabella on a shadowy New York City street. Saving her life wasn't in his plans. Nor were the overwhelming feelings she arouses in him. But the moment he holds her in his arms and feels the soft explosion of her body against his, everything changes. Their attraction is undeniable, volatile, and completely against the law. Suddenly everything Jacob has ever believed is inflamed by the heat of desire. . . Bring on the night. "Jacqui Frank's Nightwalker series depicts an engrossing alternate world, drawn in prose that is lush and lyrical." --Linda HowardOnly for those I love would I traipse into the merciless Northlands to risk life, limb, and my exquisite beauty. But do they appreciate it? Do they say, "Gwenvael the Handsome, you are the best among us--the most loved of all dragons?" No! For centuries my family has refused to acknowledge my magnificence as well as my innate humility. Yet for them, and because I am so chivalrous, I will brave the worst this land has to offer.So here I stand, waiting to broker an alliance with the one the Northlanders call The Beast. A being so fearful, the greatest warriors will only whisper its name. Yet I, Gwenvael, will courageously face down this terrifying. . .woman? It turns out the Beast, a.k.a. Dagmar Reinholdt, is a woman--one with steel-gray eyes and a shocking disregard for my good looks. Beneath her plain robes and prim spectacles lies a sensual creature waiting to be unleashed. Who better than a dragon to thaw out that icy demeanor? And who better than a beast to finally tame a mighty dragon's heart? NEVER TEMPT FATE It’s been a hell of a day for Abby Barlow. In just a few hours, she’s survived an explosion, watched her employer die, had a startling dream, and now she finds herself in a seedy Chicago hotel with the sexy, unearthly Dante, a man she both desires and fears.For 341 years, Dante has stood as guardian to The Chalice, a mortal woman chosen to hold back the darkness. A terrible twist of fate has now made Abby that woman. Three hours ago, Dante would have used all his charms to seduce her. Now she is his to protect. And he will do so until his very death.A terrifying plan has been set in motion, one that will plunge Dante and Abby into an epic battle between good and evil—and a desperate race to save their love…Praise for Alexandra Ivy“Beyond the Darkness kept me riveted! The Guardians of Eternity series is highly addictive.”—Larissa Ione, New York Times bestselling author“Oh, so hot and wonderfully dangerous.”—Gena Showalter on Darkness UnleashedIn this tantalizing collection, four New York Times bestselling authors invite you into the alluring worlds they've created in the Demonica, Guardians of Eternity, Nightwalkers, and Dragon Kin series. Each mesmerizing page will leave you craving more. . . "Vampire Fight Club" by Larissa Ione When a wave of violence forces shapeshifter Vladlena to go undercover, her first stop is a haven of vice—with a dangerously sexy vamp in charge. Both Vladlena and Nathan are hiding something, but they can't conceal the lust that simmers between them . ....
P.C. Cast - 2011
Four New York Times bestselling authors. One supernaturally seductive town where "Desperate Housewives meets Charmed" (Fresh Fiction). Welcome to Mysteria, Colorado, home to a vegan vampire, a neighborly werewolf, a pair of sisterly witches, a demon nanny, and many more creatures that go bump in the night. Passions run high in this hot two-in-one omnibus edition of Mysteria and Mysteria Lane.
Don't Read in the Closet: Volume Two
Kerry Freeman - 2011
It is a product of the Goodreads M/M Romance Group Hot Summer Days event and features original stories from 28 authors; if you like what you read, come join our group! Read these stories online or download the anthology from AReNote: These stories contain sexually explicit content and are intended for adult readers only.Blaine D. Arden – COLOR ME (Paranormal)Mandy Beyers – THE PRESENT IN ROOM FOUR (Rent Boy/Hurt-comfort)J.R. Boyd – LABOR OF LOVE (Blue Collar)J.M. Cartwright – APPEARING KNIGHTLY (Superhero)Jaya Christopher – CODY AND THE HERMIT (BDSM/Cowboys)*Casey Cox – BE MY BOY (D/S Slave)Nicole Dennis – HIDDEN AMONGST STARS (1950’s Hollywood)Megan Derr – DELIVERY WITH A SMILE (Comedy)Taylor V. Donovan – HEATSTROKE (Angst)*Haven Fellows – HIDDEN NEEDS (BDSM)Kerry Freeman - KEEP ME (Angst, D/s)Kari Gregg – THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING DENNY (Angst)Kaje Harper – LIKE THE TASTE OF SUMMER (First-Love/1980’s)Jason Huffman-Black – I AM THE HIGHWAY (BDSM)Marguerite Labbe – TEARS OF THE SEA (Paranormal/Fairytales)*Amy Lane – SUPER SOCK MAN (College/Solo-action)Cleon Lee – BENEATH YOUR WINGS (Angel/Demon)Jordan Sophia Lombard – FINDING HOME (Sci-fi/Military)Sarah Madison – SURF’S UP (Role-Playing)Angel Martinez – IF ONE DREAM SHOULD FALL AND BREAK (Sci-fi)N.J. Nielsen – SHADOWS ON THE HEART (Paranormal)Elizabeth Noble – TAKE WHAT’S YOURS (Futuristic Sci-fi)Adara O’Hare – CHASING THE PRICK (Hurt/Comfort)S.J.D. Peterson - INNOCENCE TO THE MAX (Paranormal/BDSM)*Lily Sawyer – LAWN MOWER BOYS (Summer Love)Andrea Speed – MY BLOODY VALENTINE (Paranormal/Sorcerer)*D.H. Starr – TLC (Recovery)Em Woods – BETWEEN FRIENDS (Action)*encore appearance of a story included in the GRL Retreat 2011 Special Edition.
Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Cat's Life: 101 Stories about All the Ages and Stages of Our Feline Family Members
Jack Canfield - 2011
Readers will be moved and uplifted by these heartwarming, humorous, and inspiring stories.From kittenhood through the twilight years, our feline companions bring joy, love, and laughter to their “staff.” Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Cat’s Life captures the experience of living through the natural life cycle with our cats. Stories cover each age and stage with all the fun, frustrations, special bonds and routines involved, including special attention to senior cats and grieving.
Ilona Andrews - 2011
It will take every bit of magic simmering beneath her skin for the Stormwalker to survive being “Double Hexed.”From national bestselling author Jeanne C. Stein comes “Blood Debt,” in which bounty-hunter-turned-vampire Anna Strong is visited by three witches who ask her to right an old magical wrong. Anna will have to live up to her last name to make it through alive.
Grantland Quarterly: Vol 1
Bill Simmons - 2011
It will feature the best sports writing from the website, delivered in a full-color book featuring original artwork and a host of print-exclusives—including original fiction, new writing from editor-in-chief Bill Simmons, posters and pull-out sections, old-school baseball cards and mini-booklets, and a cover that looks and feels like you're holding a basketball. Like its namesake website, Grantland Quarterly will regularly include some of the most exciting and form-pushing sports writers currently plying the trade, including Chuck Klosterman, Malcolm Gladwell, Tom Bissell, Harris Wittels, John Brandon, Anna Clark, Chris Jones, Colson Whitehead, and many more.
Vampires: Three Novels
J.R. Rain - 2011
RainSix years ago federal agent Samantha Moon was the perfect wife and mother, your typical soccer mom with the minivan and suburban home. Then the unthinkable happens, an attack that changes her life forever. And forever is a very long time for a vampire.Now the world at large thinks Samantha has developed a rare skin disease, a disease which forces her to quit her day job and stay out of the light of the sun. Now working the night shift as a private investigator, Samantha is hired by Kingsley Fulcrum to investigate the murder attempt on his life, a horrific scene captured on TV and seen around the country. But as the case unfolds, Samantha discovers Kingsley isn't exactly what he appears to be; after all, there is a reason why he survived five shots to the head.VAMPIRE LOVE STORYThe Tribulation #1by H.T. NightJosiah Reign is a lover and a fighter. Out for a simple jog, he happens upon a young woman who needs help. So Josiah does what he does best. He takes on her attackers...all five of them, in fact. Little does Josiah know that this one act of goodwill will introduce him to a very strange world, a world of dreams...and nightmares. For this woman, Lena, is not who she seems, and her friends are the stuff of legends. Worse yet, Josiah finds himself falling for not one, but two of these deadly creatures of the night. And as Josiah suffers a devastating loss that rocks his world, he will fight for what he believes in. He will fight for his one true love. And fighting is what Josiah does best.THE VAMPIRES' LAST LOVERThe Dying of the Dark #1by Aiden JamesTxema Ybarra is the most unenviable nineteen-year-old girl alive.Smart, pretty, and athletically gifted, this University of Tennessee freshman should be enjoying college life and her entrance into adulthood. And for a moment she does...until the vampires show up.Born with an unusual 'twin teardrop' birthmark on her neck, Txema (pronounced Chema) is one of only a handful of females in the world who bear this trait. It marks her as a vessel of eternal youth and beauty for an elite vampire society determined to protect her precious blood....But it also is the only thing standing in the way of a rogue 'undead' nation determined to destroy mankind and usurp the power their sexier brethren have held uncontested for centuries.Caught in the middle of this war after all the other bearers of the birthmark are murdered, Txema must flee America and heads to France under the protection of five beautiful vampires who all have a vested interest in her survival. The race is on to save her blood, as well as her very life, to ensure the survival of Les Amants de Vampire. Otherwise, Txema will be the last one...the vampires' last lover.
Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness
Rebecca Walker - 2011
From the effortless reserve of Miles Davis in khakis on an early album cover, to the shock of resistance in black women’s fashion from Angela Davis to Rihanna, to the cadence of poets as diverse as Staceyann Chin and Audre Lorde, Black Cool looks at the roots of Black Cool and attempts to name elements of the phenomena that have emerged to shape the global expectation of cool itself.Buoyed by some of America’s most innovative thinkers on the subject—graphic novelist Mat Johnson, Brown University Professor of African Studies Tricia Rose, critical thinking and cultural icon bell hooks, Macarthur winner Kara Walker, and many more—the book is at once a handbook, a map, a journey into the matrix of another cosmology. It’s a literal periodic table of cool, wherein each writer names and defines their element of choice. Dream Hampton writes about Audacity. Helena Andrews about Reserve, Margo Jefferson on Eccentricity, Veronica Chambers on Genius, and so on. With a foreword by Henry Louis Gates that bridges historical African elements of cool with the path laid out for the future, Black Cool offers a provocative perspective on this powerful cultural legacy.
Don't Read in the Closet: Volume Four
Megan Derr - 2011
It is a product of the Goodreads M/M Romance Group Hot Summer Days event and features original stories from 29 authors; if you like what you read, come join our group! Read these stories online or download the anthology from AReNote: These stories contain sexually explicit content and are intended for adult readers only. Mark Alders – PYROGASM (Paranormal/Firemen) Rory Auden – BONDS AND BUBBLE RINGS (Shifters/BDSM) Poppy Dennison – BLINDSIDED (Hurt/Comfort)Megan Derr – PERMANENT EXHIBIT: THE GUARDIANS (Fantasy/Angels) Charles Edward – HEROTICA: PHOTON'S STORY (Superheroes) R.L. Ferguson – RIDING FOR A FALL (Cowboys/Friends-to-Lovers) S.A. Garcia – BOUND TO BE SUITED (BDSM/Humor) S.A. Garcia – A CURE FOR THE KING’S LUST (Wizards/Warriors) David Greene – SNAKE BITE (Adventure/Coming of Age) Kathleen Hayes – BROKEN (Hurt/Comfort) Kayla Jameth – CONTROLLED FALL (Adventure/Nature) K-lee Klein – OUTFOXED (Rockstars/ Established-Couples)Celia Kyle – JOY AND PAIN (BDSM/Voyeurism) Taylor Law – WRONG TURN (Shape-shifter/Coming-out) Elizabeth Lister – THE BEACH HOUSE (M/M/M) Ryan Loveless – TWENTY YEARS LATER (WELCOME HOME TO THE CONQUERING HERO) (Military/Reunion) Selah March – THE SATYR’S LAMENT (Post-Apocalyptic/ Mythology) Michele L. Montgomery – TEARS FROM ABOVE (Angels/Light D/S)Zahra Owens – TRUST (Organized Crime) Sloan Parker – SWEPT AWAY (Established-Couples) Jen Pinto – BLUE FLAMES (Sci-Fi/Masturbation) K.D. Sarge – ROMEO AND JULIAN: A NEAR-TRAGEDY NEAR VERONA (Sweet-No Sex, In-the-Closet) Kate Sherwood – TAKEN (Friends-to-Lovers, Hurt/Comfort) K.Z. Snow – QUIET ERP (Fairies/ Non-Explicit Sex) V.J. Summers – LIAR, LIAR (Goth Club/Friends-to-Lovers)Fae Sutherland – MORE THAN WORDS (Guy-liner/Public Sex) Anne Tenino – WHITETAIL ROCK (Cops/Inter-Racial) Pia Veleno – FREEDOM’S SOUVENIR (Vacation Romance) Eden Winters – SWEET DREAMS (College/Coming-Out)
Everyone's Just So So Special
Robert Shearman - 2011
All of it. Its wars, its empires. Each and every one of its decline-and-falls. It's really terribly simple. It's the story of a bunch of mediocrities who are trying to look special. And it is my duty, it is my pleasure, to expose the lot of them.A little boy who betrays his father to the mercies of Santa Claus. An assassin whose personality is so insipid he erases people with his very presence. A kitty cat that likes to hunt only endangered species. Camel marriages, killer angels, and conjuring tricks that cause worldwide plague.The history of mankind. As told through twenty-one tales of the comic and the macabre. Frightening and funny. Heartbreaking and wise.Robert Shearman's stories have won the World and British Fantasy Awards, the Edge Hill Reader's Prize, and the Shirley Jackson Award
Llewellyn's 2012 Witches' Datebook
Llewellyn Publications - 2011
Llewellyn's Witches' Datebook puts a wealth of witchy information at your fingertips so you can enhance your skills in fun yet meaningful ways. Cast a simple spell for peace, prepare a delicious batch of Brigid's Blessing Salad or Between-the-Worlds Blackberry Crumble, and keep track of meetings or movie dates.—Moon lore and Esbat rituals, plus Moon phases for successful spellcasting—Daily planetary and color correspondences to empower your magical work—Wiccan holidays, Sabbat musings, and tasty seasonal recipes for celebrating the Wheel of the Year—At-a-glance guide to the best days to plant and harvest—Seasonal spells and magical workingsAs always, your favorite authors share their Craft wisdom on a variety of helpful topics. You'll learn the art of "timecrafting"-how to stretch, contract, or bend time to suit your needs; discover how to add spark to any spell with candle magic essentials; find out how to empower your magic with the potent energy of the Dark Moon; and more!13th Year of Publication! Featuring beautiful original artwork by Jennifer Hewitson
Lovecraft eZine Megapack - 2011 - Issues 1 through 9
Mike Davis - 2011
Included in this issue:Sledding and Starlings, by Bruce L. PriddyRickman's Plasma, by William MeikleThe Brown Tower, by John PrescottThe Crane Horror, by Bruce DurhamSome Distant Baying Sound, by W.H. PugmireA Different Morecambe, by Simon Kurt UnsworthAllure, by Josh WagnerCockroaches, by Amanda UnderwoodA Meeting on the Trail to Hot Iron, by Joseph S. PulverThings We Are Not, by Brandon H. BellDescent Into Shadow and Light, by W.H. PugmireThe Slickens, by Jeremy RussellThe Town of Autumn (part 1), by Mike DavisAll the God, by Joseph S. PulverDreams of Fire and Glass, by Neal JansonsO, Lad of Memory and Shadow, by W.H. PugmireDragon Star Lucky Food, by John MedailleCurse the Child, by David J. WestThe Case of the Galloway Eidolon (Sherlock Holmes), by Bruce DurhamThe Call of the Dance (Sherlock Holmes), by William MeikleUnearthly Awakening, by W.H. PugmireDarius Roy's Manic Grin, by Brian BarnettUshered on the Win, by Jeffrey J. Taylor and W.H. PugmireThe Wagon's Trail, by Joseph S. PulverThe Audient Void, by Mark LowellIn Phantom Isolation, by W.H. PugmireThe Weird Studies of Harley Warren, by Berin KinsmanSky Full of Fire, by Corinna BechkoThe Lord of Endings, by John R. FultzLoaners, by Aaron PolsonThe Prophecy of Zarah, by Jenne KaivoThe Stranger From Out of Town, by John PrescottDesert Mystery! Gas and Go!, by Ann K. SchwaderThe Tunnel Inside the Mountain, by A.J. French#Dreaming, by William MeikleWhat Dances in Shadow, by Derek FerreiraThe Time Eater, by Adam BolivarElder Instincts, by W.H. PugmireAmong the Dark Places of the Earth, by Julio Toro San MartinStone City, Old as Immeasurable Time, by Kelda CrichJust An Accountant, by Henrick Sandbeck HarksenThe Lovecraft eZine is a monthly magazine featuring Lovecraftian horror and the Cthulhu Mythos. Lovecraft eZine was given a "thumbs-up" by S.T. Joshi, and regularly publishes well-known writers such as Stephen Mark Rainey, W.H. Pugmire, Ann K. Schwader, Joseph S. Pulver, SR., William Meikle, and many more. The goal of The Lovecraft eZine is to provide high quality Lovecraftian fiction at a reasonable price.
Uptown Local and Other Interventions
Diane Duane - 2011
* The Rizzoli Bag -- A sad young man in a Roman cafe is offered a once-in-a-lifetime bargain... * Out of the Frying Pan -- The life of a part-time witch working in a shopping mall is turned upside down in a day... * The Queen and the Thief and the Dragon -- A (fairy) tale of the True West, and a young monarch's solution to a thorny diplomatic problem... * Bears -- An ancient sorrow (with a modern twist) wanders through the tumult of a pre-Lenten street carnival... * The Fix -- In the dark guts of Rome's Colosseum, a slave boy with an impossible dream becomes entangled in the machinations of immortals... * Herself -- In the heart of Dublin, something is killing the People of the Hills -- and it's going to take Ireland's only superhero to stop it... * Hopper Painting -- Desolation and redemption in a midnight diner... * The Back Door -- Two terrorists meet in Zurich to carry out a very unusual heist with a confederate who's more dangerous than they imagine......And of course, the title story, beloved and sought after for a quarter century by Young Wizards fans, and finally available in an ebook -- along with the only other Young Wizards short story, Theobroma.
Bestselling Highlanders, Howlers, and Heroes
Janet Chapman - 2011
This ebook boxed set of bestselling Highlanders, Howlers, and Heros features novels by Janet Chapman, Melissa Mayhue, and Nancy Gideon.Secrets of the Highlander, Thirty Nights with a Highland Husband, Masked by Moonlight
Don't Read in the Closet: Volume Three
Damon Suede - 2011
It is a product of the Goodreads M/M Romance Group Hot Summer Days event and features original stories from 27 authors; if you like what you read, come join our group! Read these stories online or download the anthology from AReNote: These stories contain sexually explicit content and are intended for adult readers only.Mael Day – THREE MONTHS AND ELEVEN DAYS (First Time/College) Astrid Detlefsen – THE MUSE (Established Relationship)Sasha Devlin – STROKE OF MIDNIGHT (Werewolves/Vampires) Ryssa Edwards – SPINNER (Military)Tia Fielding – HAWK’S SPARROW (Werewolves) Rachel Haimowitz – JUNGLE HEAT (Military)*Julie Lynn Hayes – PAVANE FOR A PROUD PRINCE (Fantasy/Magic) Valentina Heart – PLUG AND ENGAGE (BDSM/Friends to Lovers) Lissa Kasey & Xara X.Xanakas – SINK OR SWIM (Established Couple)* A.J. Llewellyn – CROCODILE UNDIE (M/M/M/M) Clare London – SAY A LITTLE PRAYER (Paranormal/Angels)* Belinda McBride – FREE TO FLY (BDSM)* Summer Michaels – LUCKY BOY (Friends to Lovers) Bran Mydwynter – FRIDAY I'M IN LOVE (Geeks-Nerds/Humor) Cherie Noel – KISS AND TELL (Mild Kink)*Lydia Nyx – MOON OVER MONTANA (Shifter/Cowboys)* Devon Rhodes – HIS LAST RESORT (Coming Out) *J. Rocci – JUST BREATHE OUT (First Time/College) R.J. Scott – GOT YOUR SIX (Military/ Friends to Lovers) P.D. Singer – THE BOY NEXT DOOR (Friends to Lovers)* Damon Suede – SEEDY BUSINESS (Sci-Fi)* Ariel Tachna – YOU’RE IT (Friends to Lovers, M/M/M) Bryl R. Tyne – ALIPIO (Fantasy) * Missy Welsh – YOU AND BILLION BLUE TILES (First Love)* Cooper West – HENRI'S WAR (Diesel-Punk/Film Remix) Sara Winters – STARTING OVER (College/Athletes)Serena Yates – ZEPH’S AWAKENING (Rescue/ Age Difference)*encore appearance of a story included in the GRL Retreat 2011 Special Edition.
The Immersion Book of Steampunk
Gareth D. Jones - 2011
You are cordially invited on a trip to reclaim those lost and forgotten steam driven futures. Join the Immersion Book of Steampunk for an expedition through a new age of glorious industry. Encounter suffragette air-pirates, the art deco terror of imperial skies, unwrap the bullet-proof magic of a cynical prince, or discover the dark ensorcelled secrets of evolutionary public engineering. Newton and Nostradamus shape these worlds together, and that insistent ticking of a double-escapement could signal the portal to a new life in Her Majesty's Off World Colonies or the countdown of an anarchist's time-travelling bomb.
The Big Book of Adventure Stories
Otto Penzler - 2011
With stories by Jack London, O. Henry, H. Rider Haggard, Alastair MacLean, Talbot Mundy, Cornell Woolrich, and many others, this wide-reaching and fascinating volume contains some of the best characters from the most thrilling adventure tales, including The Cisco Kid; Sheena, Queen of the Jungle; Bulldog Drummond; Tarzan; The Scarlet Pimpernel; Conan the Barbarian; Hopalong Cassidy; King Kong; Zorro; and The Spider. Divided into sections that embody the greatest themes of the genre—Sword & Sorcery, Megalomania Rules, Man vs. Nature, Island Paradise, Sand and Sun, Something Feels Funny, Go West Young Man, Future Shock, I Spy, Yellow Peril, In Darkest Africa—it is destined to be the greatest collection of adventure stories ever compiled. Featuring:Lawless open seasFerocious army antsDeadeyed gunmenExotic desert islandsFeverish jungle adventures Including:The story that introduced The Cisco KidThe complete novel of Tarzan the Terrible
Brethren Beginnings: Volume 1
Deena Remiel - 2011
Who are they and why are they here? Discover the origins of these enigmatic angels manifested on Earth for millennia. Lose yourself in their compelling stories of human salvation and triumph over Evil.**This is an anthology of three short urban fantasy stories that were originally part of an online serial. It is meant to be a companion to the Brethren series, and not necessarily a stand alone, but can be read as such. It brings us closer to three of the nine Brethren, Gabriel, Nathanael, and Cassiel- who they are and what they do. There are more stories to come. There is no romance here, but plenty of hot-blooded angel!
The Indispensable Zinn: The Essential Writings of the "People's Historian"
Howard Zinn - 2011
Noted historian and activist Timothy Patrick McCarthy provides essential historical and biographical context for each selection.With an introduction from Zinn’s former Spellman College student and longtime friend Alice Walker and an afterword by Zinn’s friend and colleague Noam Chomsky, The Indispensable Zinn is both a fitting tribute to the legacy of a man whose “work changed the way millions of people saw the past” (Noam Chomsky) and a powerful and accessible introduction for anyone discovering Zinn for the first time.
Baby, Let It Snow: I'll Be Home for Christmas\Second Chance Christmas
Beverly Jenkins - 2011
Two holiday stories. The most wonderful time of the year.I'll Be Home for Christmas by Beverly Jenkins Three years ago, Broadway star Dina Caldwell and celebrity chef Morgan Caldwell were passionately in love. Now America's onetime favorite couple are about to be reunited in Morgan's Detroit hometown for the holidays. Is this the season for forgiving and forgetting? With sizzling kisses under the mistletoe, Morgan vows to make this a Christmas Dina will never forget!Second Chance Christmas by Elaine Overton Diana Rogers is ready for some holiday R & R. Until Robert Fenton comes home for Christmas. The handsome, powerful hotelier has plans to take over her beloved family winery. But this is the season for miracles. And Diana's seductive ex-lover has his own secret wish list—one that includes a second chance with the woman he's never stopped loving.
Lisa L. Hannett - 2011
Bluegrass Symphony deals with cowboys and fallow fields, shapeshifters and rednecks, superstitions and realities in harsh prairie country-and a whole bunch of other things thrown in the mix. In her introduction, Ann Vandermeer writes, "These stories are about more than people just trying to get something from one another. These stories are about power and redemption, transformation, and sacrifice."
SEAL of My Dreams
Jami Alden - 2011
Honor, duty, courage, passion . . . the men of the Navy SEALs are a special breed of hero, and in these stories by eighteen top romance authors the SEALs are celebrated not only as symbols of devoted service to their country but as the kind of man every woman wants to love. They'll rescue a damsel in distress and her lap dog, too. They'll battle hometown dramas and international bad guys. When it comes to giving away their hearts, they'll risk everything. All proceeds from sales of SEAL of My Dreams goes to the Veterans Research Corporation, a non-profit fundraiser for veterans' medical research.Among them, the authors of SEAL of My Dreams have won dozens of writing awards including multiple RITAs from Romance Writers of America. Their nearly 600 published novels have sold at least 25 million copies worldwide. The SEAL of My Dreams roster includes many of the best-known authors in modern romance fiction. In addition, many have strong family connections to the servicemen and women of our nation's military, and many specialize in novels featuring heroes and heroines from all branches of service. Visit the authors at www.sealofmydreams.com.Contents:Foreword by Robyn CarrComing Home by Jami AldenBaby I'm Back by Stephanie Bond -- Southern Roads #3.5SEALed Fates by Kylie BrantGoing Dark by Helen BrennaFinding Home by HelenKay DimonSEALed With a Kiss by Cindy Gerard -- Black Ops #6.5Panama Jack by Tara JanzenWrapped and SEALed by Leslie KellyWorth the Risk by Elle KennedyTwenty-one Hours by Alison Kent -- The Dalton Gang #0.5Not Waving But Drowning by Jo LeighHer Secret Pirate by Gennita Low -- Crossfire #4 SEALed by Fate by Marliss MeltonSigned, SEALed, Delivered...I'm Yours by Christie RidgwayDog Heart by Barbara SamuelWhirlwind by Roxanne St. ClaireHolding On by Stephanie Tyler -- Hold Trilogy #3.5Letters to Ellie by Loreth Anne White
Griots: A Sword and Soul Anthology
Milton J. Davis - 2011
Myth. Warfare. Wonder. Beauty. Bravery. Glamour. Gore. Sorcery. Sensuality. These and many more elements of fantasy await you in the pages of Griots, which brings you the latest stories of the new genre called Sword and Soul.The tales told in Griots are the annals of the Africa that was, as well as Africas that never were, may have been, or should have been. They are the legends of a continent and people emerging from shadows thrust upon them in the past. They are the sagas sung by the modern heirs of the African story-tellers known by many names - including griots.Here, you will meet mighty warriors, seductive sorceresses, ambitious monarchs, and cunning courtesans. Here, you will journey through the vast variety of settings Africa offers, and inspires. Here, you will savor what the writings of the modern-day griots have to offer: journeys through limitless vistas of the imagination, with a touch of color and a taste of soul. Contents:The Soul in the Sword • essay by Charles R. SaundersA Gathering at the Meeting Tree • essay by Milton J. DavisMrembo Aliyenaswa (Captured Beauty) • shortfiction by Milton J. Davis [as by Milton Davis ]Awakening • shortfiction by Valjeanne JeffersLost Son • shortfiction by Maurice BroaddusIn the Wake of Mist • shortfiction by Kirk A. JohnsonSkin Magic • shortfiction by Djeli A. ClarkThe Demon in the Wall • shortfiction by Stafford L. BattleThe Belly of the Crocodile • shortfiction by Minister FaustChangeling • shortfiction by Carole McDonnellThe General's Daughter • shortfiction by Anthony Nana KwamuSekadi's Koan • shortfiction by Geoffrey ThorneThe Queen, the Demon and the Mercenary • shortfiction by Ronald T. JonesIcewitch • shortfiction by Rebecca McFarland KyleThe Leopard Walks Alone • shortfiction by Melvin CarterThe Three-Faced One • shortfiction by Charles R. SaundersGriots Bios • essay by uncredited
Feckless: Tales of Supernatural, Paranormal, and Downright Presumptuous Ilk
Ellen C. Maze - 2011
THE STORYTELLERS: The authors come to us from many different genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal, Christian Horror, Mystery/Thriller, Romance, and Poetic Prose. Expect to find vampires, werewolves, demons, monsters, psychopaths and plenty of feckless victims hankering to be taken advantage of in the worst way. Each tale features one or more feckless characters; someone who just can't seem to succeed, someone who never gets it quite right, or just can't catch a break no matter how hard they try. This book should tickle fancies across the board, and will definitely frighten the sensitive-hearted, so tell your friends. Note: BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW, Content Rated PG-13 for mild language, sexual situations, and violence.
Please Don't Be Upset and Other Stories
Brandi Wells - 2011
Please Don’t Be Upset is a collection of fifteen perfectly rendered stories–lists, instructions, yearnings, confessions, more–stories about imperfect mothers and daughters, women and men, strange stories about folded bodies and stalking deer, stories about the small, heartbreaking ways we fail each other, yet cling so tightly.
Masters: Art Quilts, Vol. 2: Major Works by Leading Artists
Ray Hemachandra - 2011
The pieces showcase the leading techniques in contemporary quilting and present an array of themes, including portraits, nature, abstraction, realism, and political commentary. Commentary is provided by renowned curator Martha Sielman, executive director of Studio Art Quilt Associates. Fully international in scope, the book includes quilters from the United States, Canada, France, Russia, Switzerland, South Africa, Italy, England, Australia, the Netherlands, South Korea, Norway, Israel, and Japan. This vibrant follow-up to the hugely successful Masters: Art Quilts stands all on its own as an essential keepsake volume to be treasured or with the first book as an irreplaceable set for a lifetime.
Highland Hunger Bundle with Yours for Eternity & Highland Beast
Hannah Howell - 2011
MilmoreThe Beast Within by Hannah HowellThe Vampire Hunter by Heather GrothausLaird of Midnight by Victoria Dahl"New York Times" bestselling author Hannah Howell, Victoria Dahl, and Heather Grothaus offer three unforgettable stories set in the Scottish highlands, where forbidden longings take over. . . "The Beast Within" by Hannah HowellGybbon MacNachton spends his days searching for the Lost Ones--demons with the powerful MacNachton bloodline who are being hunted by those who want to destroy them. When he stumbles upon Alice Boyd, living like a wild animal in the forest, she stirs a primitive lust deep within him--a lust that can only be sated by their explosive union. . .Hidden in the shadowy caves and caverns of the Scottish Highlands, secret vampire clans wage dark battles both deadly and passionate. . ."Dark Embrace" by Hannah HowellWhile searching for his clan's demon Lost Ones, Raibeart MacNachton encounters an ethereal beauty running for her life. The decision to play hero is easy; fighting the urge to ravish the enchanting Una Dunn is more difficult-especially when Raibeart learns they share a powerful connection."The Guardian" by Michele SinclairIn this sizzling new collection, three women fall under the spell of three irresistible vampires who promise to satisfy their every desire. . ."Highland Blood" by Hannah HowellWhen Adeline Dunbar finds an abandoned baby on her doorstep, she sets out to find his clan. Attacked by a group of demon hunters, Adeline tries to flee her rescuer, vampire Lachann MacNachton. But escaping Lachann proves useless--as does denying the primal hunger he stirs deep within her. . .
Demons: Encounters with the Devil and His Minions, Fallen Angels, and the Possessed
John Skipp - 2011
The next book in Black Dog's supernatural series, Demons presents thirty-six terrifying, tantalizing tales in which evil spirits wreak havoc on the world. Neil Gaiman, William Peter Blatty, Kim Harrison and Robert R. McCammon join H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allen Poe, Charles Beaumont, Bentley Little, Maggie Stiefvator, Danielle Trussoni, David J. Schow, Karl Edward Wagner, Richard Christian Matheson, Adram-Troy Castro, Amelia Beamer, Cody Goodfellow, Carlton Mellick III, and dozens more, both old and new. Horror legend John Skipp, editor of Zombies and Werewolves and Shapeshifters, provides fascinating insight into the history and details of demon lore, and its role in popular culture. Between the extensive resource materials and the lovingly selected stories - ranging from fantasy, horror, paranormal romance, and magic realism to full-blown Bizarro - Demons is an indispensable text, and the most fun you'll ever have with the forces of evil.
Augustine Martin - 2011
For the first time the short story was to be taught as part of the English syllabus for the Intermediate Certificate. For the first time students of English were introduced to the work of Irish writers such as Liam O'Flaherty, Frank O'Connor, Sean Ó Faoláin, Mary Lavin, Brian Friel and Benedict Kiely. Exploring English has resonated with countless thousands of Irish students. For many it provided a gateway to a lifetime of reading and the enjoyment of literature. For even more it was an icon of their school days with its unmistakeable angular cover design. It is still a cherished possession in many households, taken out occasionally and nostalgically to read a story or two and, perhaps, even the accompanying notes which were so enlightening for some yet challenging for others.The Exploring English short story anthology is now being republished in an exact facsimile of the original. Times have moved on; many authors who were alive forty years ago are no longer with us but their biographical notes have not been changed. This is the book precisely as you will have remembered it. Read once more, and enjoy!
Sword Woman and Other Historical Adventures
Robert E. Howard - 2011
Howard, creator of Conan the Cimmerian, continues with this latest compendium of Howard’s fiction and poetry. These adventures, set in medieval-era Europe and the Near East, are among the most gripping Howard ever wrote, full of pageantry, romance, and battle scenes worthy of Tolstoy himself. Most of all, they feature some of Howard’s most unusual and memorable characters, including Cormac FitzGeoffrey, a half-Irish, half-Norman man of war who follows Richard the Lion-hearted to twelfth-century Palestine—or, as it was known to the Crusaders, Outremer; Diego de Guzman, a Spaniard who visits Cairo in the guise of a Muslim on a mission of revenge; and the legendary sword woman Dark Agnès, who, faced with an arranged marriage to a brutal husband in sixteenth-century France, cuts the ceremony short with a dagger thrust and flees to forge a new identity on the battlefield.Lavishly illustrated by award-winning artist John Watkiss and featuring miscellanea, informative essays, and a fascinating introduction by acclaimed historical author Scott Oden, Sword Woman and Other Historical Adventures is a must-have for every fan of Robert E. Howard, who, in a career spanning just twelve years, won a place in the pantheon of great American writers.
Kitty's Greatest Hits
Carrie Vaughn - 2011
Over the course of eight books she’s fought evil vampires, were-creatures, and some serious black magic. She’s done it all with a sharp wit and the help of a memorable cast of werewolf hunters, psychics, and if-notgood- then-neutral vampires by her side. Kitty’s Greatest Hits not only gives readers some of Kitty’s further adventures, it offers longtime fans a window into the origins of some of their favorite characters. In “Conquistador de la Noche,” we learn the origin story of Denver’s Master vampire, Rick; with “Wild Ride,” we find out how Kitty’s friend T.J. became a werewolf; and in “Life is the Teacher,” we revisit Emma, the human-turned-unwilling-vampire who serves the aloof vampire Master of Washington, D.C. This entertaining collection includes two brand-new works: “You’re On the Air,” about one of Kitty’s callers after he hangs up the phone; and the eagerly awaited “Long Time Waiting,” the novella that finally reveals just what happened to Cormac in prison, something every Kitty fan wants to know.Contents:Il Est NeA Princess of SpainConquistador de la NocheThe Book of DanielThe Temptation of Robin Green Looking After FamilyGod's CreaturesWild RideWinnowing the HerdKitty and the Mosh Pit of the Damned Kitty's Zombie New YearLife is the TeacherYou're on the AirLong Time Waiting
Fish Tales: The Guppy Anthology
Ramona DeFelice Long - 2011
This water-themed collection features locked room puzzles, police procedurals, cozy characters and hardboiled detectives. With a pool of motivations ranging from greed and revenge to loyalty and justice, these stories will lure you in with killer hooks and fishy characters.Come on in, the water’s fine. But be careful, or you might find yourself sleeping with the fishes.INTRODUCTION, by Chris RoerdenTHICKER THAN BLOOD, by Leslie BudewitzTHE SECRET OF THE RED MULLET, by Nancy AdamsACCIDENTS HAPPEN, by James Montgomery JacksonIDENTITY CRISIS, by Diane VallereSLEEPING WITH THE FISH, by KB IngleeFEEDING FRENZY, by Patricia WintonSASE, by Karen PullenNEW AGE OLD STORY, by Sarah E. GlennTHE SHADOW OF THE RIVER, by Gigi PandianTHE TURKEY HILL AFFAIR, by Warren BullSOMETHING FISHY, by Peggy EhrhartTHE TRUCK CONTEST, by Kaye GeorgeAMAZING GRACE, by Betsy BitnerA MURDER RUNS THROUGH IT, by Annette DashofyDEAD-EYE GRAVY, by Krista DavisTHE PROFESSOR’S BOOKS, by Gloria AldenKOI PALACE, by Heidi SaundersSOMETHING FISHY THIS WAY COMES, by Deborah J. BenoitPALACE ON THE LAKE, by Daryl Wood GerberFATAL FISH FLOP, by Beth GroundwaterTHE FRAIN LEGACY, by Darlene RyanTHE CRITIQUE GROUP, by Patricia Gulley"
Through Splintered Walls
Kaaron Warren - 2011
From Bram Stoker Award nominated author Kaaron Warren, comes Book 6 in the Twelve Planets collection series.Country road, city street, mountain, creek.These are stories inspired by the beauty, the danger, the cruelty, emptiness, loneliness and perfection of the Australian landscape.Table of ContentsIntroduction by Gemma FilesMountainCreekRoadSky
Essential Mind Training
Thupten Jinpa - 2011
Essential Mind Training is full of guidance for cultivating new mental habits for mastering our thoughts and emotions.This volume contains eighteen individual works selected from Mind Training: The Great Collection, the earliest compilation of mind-training (lojong) literature. The first volume of the historic Tibetan Classics series, Essential Mind Training includes both lesser-known and renowned classics such as Eight Verses on Mind Training and The Seven-Point Mind Training. These texts offer methods for practicing the golden rule of learning to love your neighbor as yourself and are full of practical and down-to-earth advice.The techniques explained here, by enhancing our capacity for compassion, love, and perseverance, can give us the freedom to embrace the world.
Warmed and Bound: A Velvet Anthology
Pela Via - 2011
Stacked with brilliant emerging writers alongside some of the strongest established voices in contemporary literature, WARMED AND BOUND crosses literary boundaries on all sides, to deliver an altogether unique reading experience. Through seemingly opposed conventions, beautiful prose makes a hard impression on the short story form. From a scary love story to a nostalgic thriller, a hardboiled pursuit of salvation to the black humor that is existentialism, WARMED AND BOUND is rogue humility and lovesick noir, where humanity is a dirty puzzle. It 's Velvet Noir. Welcome. Matt Bell Tim Beverstock Blake Butler Vincent Louis Carrella Craig Clevenger Craig Davidson Chris Deal DeLeon DeMicoli Christopher J Dwyer Brian Evenson Sean P Ferguson Amanda Gowin JR Harlan Gordon Highland Anthony David Jacques Mark Jaskowski Jeremy Robert Johnson Stephen Graham Jones Nik Korpon Gary Paul Libero Kyle Minor Doc O Donnell J David Osborne Rob Parker Bob Pastorella Gavin Pate Cameron Pierce Edward J Rathke Caleb J Ross Bradley Sands Axel Taiari Richard Thomas Brandon Tietz Gayle Towell Paul Tremblay Pela Via Craig Wallwork Nic Young"The writers of the Velvet are contemporary fiction 's most effective and least self-conscious aesthetic guerrillas . . . The result is fiction at once conceived from high artistic intent and executed with depraved populist energy." Steve Ericksonauthor of Zeroville and The Sea Came in at Midnight
The Pacific Crest Trailside Reader, Oregon and Washington: Adventure, History, and Legend on the Long-Distance Trail
Rees Hughes - 2011
The heart of this anthology is these real trail tales, stories taken from PCT hikers: trailside humor and traditions, "trail angels" and "trail magic," encounters with wildlife and wild weather, stories of being lost and found, rescues, and unusual incidents. Revealing a larger context are historical accounts of events such as Moses Schallenberger's winter on Donner Pass and pioneer efforts like the old Naches Road that ended up creating access to today's trails; Native American myths and legends such as that of Lost Lake near Mount Hood; and selections from highly-regarded environmental writers who have captured the region in print, including Mary Austin in The Land of Little Rain ; John Muir in The Mountains of California; and Barry Lopez in Crossing Open Ground. Readers will also enjoy a few more surprising contributions from the likes of Mark Twain and Ursula Le Guin.Organized parallel to the actual sections of the PCt and presented in two regional volumes, The Pacific Crest Trailside Reader and Pacific Crest Trailside Reader 2 volume ebook will entertain everyone from dedicated thru-hikers to lovers of regional lore.Need more from the PCT Readers? Editors Rees Hughes and Corey Lewis are sharing stories from the trail on their website, pcttrailsidereader.com. Submit your own images or stories from the trail, or simply get lost in the tales from other travelers...
The Smurfs #9: Gargamel and the Smurfs
Peyo - 2011
It's up to Papa Smurf and the rest of the smurfs to break into his lab and save their friend without ending up as a treat for Gargamel's cat Azrael. Also featuring "The Smurf Not Like the Others" and "The Smurfs and the Little Ghost."
Another Bad-Dog Book: Essays on Life, Love, and Neurotic Human Behavior
Joni B. Cole - 2011
These are roll-on-the-floor-funny, embarrassing and just plain crazy stories that your female friends have told you compiled into one handy book. Except that these stories are well articulated by an imaginative and excellent writer and they have all the guilt, shame and modesty removed from them.
The Best American Magazine Writing 2011
American Society of Magazine Editors - 2011
This year's selections include stories that not only covered the news but also made news, including Michael Hastings's "The Runaway General," which forced the resignation of General Stanley McChrystal, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, days after being published in "Rolling Stone." Readers will also find Jane Mayer's "Covert Operations" ( "The New Yorker"), which exposed the Koch brothers' campaign against the Barack Obama presidency, turning the duo into a powerful symbol of modern, corporatized politics.The anthology contains Scott Horton's investigation into inmate suicides at Guant?namo Bay prison ( "Harper's Magazine"); Christopher Hitchens's wryly moving take on the politics of cancer ( "Vanity Fair"); Jonathan Van Meter's eye-opening portrait of Joan Rivers and her transgressive comedic genius ( "New York Magazine"); and Jonah Weiner's extraordinary musical biography of Kanye West, assembled from the artist's tweets and blog posts ( "Slate"). John Donvan and Caren Zucker describe the world's first autism case in "The Atlantic"; Atul Gawande shares the modern medical profession's poignant struggle with death and dying in "The New Yorker"; and Paul Theroux spins a thrilling tale in the "Virginia Quarterly Review" of a mad collector who acquires works of art only to destroy them. Read together or one at a time, these pieces exemplify the wholly immersive experience of well-crafted magazine writing.
Indigenous Research Methodologies
Bagele Chilisa - 2011
With case studies from around the world, the book demonstrates the specific methodologies that are commensurate with the transformative paradigm of research and the historical and cultural traditions of third-world and indigenous peoples.
The Chronicles of the Mira
Christine E. Schulze - 2011
Two sisters, one with a temper as fiery as summer's hottest day, another with a temperament calm and sweet as the first day of fall, and the magic song that would change their lives forever.A girl with a wild spirit and a wonderful gift of song. A special horse that can fly without wings.An intriguing romance between a mysterious healer with a notorious reputation for wooing young, unsuspecting girls and then breaking their hearts, and the young lady who loved him enough to discover the dark curse he was under-a curse of revenge forbidding him to love anyone ever again-and to break it.The Chronicles of the Mira tells of the adventures of three girls, Autumn, Amanda, and Lily, and how they helped to restore peace between their two peoples, the mysterious Mira and their closest cousins, the Scintillates. Two noble peoples who never grow old, and, thanks to these three, whose loyalty and friendship to each other, once restored, will never grow old again.
Story Orgy Presents And The Prompt Is
Em Woods - 2011
Each story is complete and stands alone. Table of ContentsPicking Up Quinn…………………....………Em Woods new car - wrecker driver - baseball -- Beverly SmithFinding Pleasure…………………………...........JR Boyd satin sheet - EMT - hospital -- Beverly Smith Farewell…………………………………..Havan Fellows a grandmother - a cemetery - a tombstone -- Jambrea Jo Jones The Old Soda Shop…………...……………….Lee Brazil old roommate - an old fashion soda shop - a red ribbon -- Jambrea Jo Jones With This Ring…………………………..Hank Edwards bell boy - Ritz Carlton Hotel - cock ring -- Denise Vega
Blackthorn: Thunder on Mars
Van Allen Plexico - 2011
Their war to free this strange new world from oppression won't be easy: Arrayed against them are the four tyrannical First Men--masters of magic and technology alike--the dreaded Sorcerers of Mars! BLACKTHORN: THUNDER ON MARS is a post-apocalyptic adventure saga in the spirit of "Thundarr the Barbarian" and "John Carter of Mars," featuring original stories by New Pulp luminaries Mark Bousquet, Joe Crowe, Bobby Nash, James Palmer, Van Allen Plexico, Sean Taylor, and I. A. Watson, and illustrated by Chris Kohler. "Original, entertaining, action-packed!" --Wayne Reinagel, author of the Pulp Heroes and Modern Marvels novels.
Frightmares: A Fistful of Flash Fiction Horror
Stan Swanson - 2011
It was pointed out during the proofreading and editing process that the table of contents included more words (nearly 800 at last count) than any of the individual stories. It was an interesting observation, but it proves a point. A well-written, complete story can be told with very few words. So, here it is in all of its nightmarish, ghoulish glory, Frightmares: A Fistful of Flash Fiction. It is packed with 129 tales that will rattle your bones, cause you to ponder your future, make you lose some sleep and, yes, even bring a smile to blood-smeared lips. The creation is sewn up tight and ready for a jolt of lightning to bring it to life. And, yes, that time has come, my friends. "It Lives!"
The Heart of Dog
Doranna Durgin - 2011
Some fantasy, some science fiction, and a whole lotta love.=========The sales of The Heart of Dog are funding critical medical testing and treatment for a dog who is as much a web personality as he is my beloved companion. (Connery's longstanding Twitter & LiveJournal accounts are both "ConneryBeagle.")The Heart of Dog includes my various doggie stories written & published in SF/F anthologies, and that's all it was initially meant to include--until my dog-loving writer friends heard about it. In short order, I had suddenly nine more stories, all from wonderful authors (go ahead, check them out at the end of the book!).Friends of Connery: Jeffrey Carver, Julie Czerneda, Tanya Huff, John Mierau, Fiona Patton, Jennifer Roberson, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, & John Zakour (x2!); graphic artist Pat Ryan, and production assistant Tom Powers.... (Read more) If you've downloaded this book, thank you. The sales of The Heart of Dog are funding critical medical testing and treatment for a dog who is as much a web personality as he is my beloved companion. (Connery's longstanding Twitter & LiveJournal accounts are both "ConneryBeagle.")So here's to my dog-loving friends, and here's to ConneryBeagle, for being a dog of such heart and joy that readers are already offering words of encouragement, spreading the word, and--hopefully--enjoying this anthology. And, of course, here's to all the readers who have picked up this book simply because they love the heart of dog.
Analog Science Fiction and Fact, 2011 May
Stanley Schmidt - 2011
Its editorial emphasis is on realistic stories that reflect high standards of scientific accuracy, imagination, and lively articles about current research on the frontiers of real science. A recurrent theme in both fiction and provocative opinion columns is the human impact of science and technology. Analog has won numerous Nebula, Hugo, and other awards acknowledging it as a leading periodical in the field.Analog is home to many bestselling authors, including Robert J. Sawyer, Michael F. Flynn, Stephen Baxter, Catherine Asaro, and Harry Turtledove, Joe Haldeman and Ben Bova.Analog Science Fiction and Fact features 8 single issues and 2 double issues each year in January/February and July/August.
Heiresses of Russ 2011
JoSelle Vanderhooft - 2011
Heiresses of Russ offers readers in one volume the best lesbian-themed tales of the fantastical, weird and otherworldly, published during the prior year. Editors JoSelle Vanderhooft (Sleeping Beauty, Indeed and Other Stories) and Steve Berman (the Wilde Stories series) read countless books, periodicals, and webzines to collect a range of talers--from new voices as well as award-winning authors--that celebrate the spirit of Russ's fiction: stories of sorceresses and spectral women, lost daughters and sisters of myth. The transformative power of the written word becomes magic and tests the boundaries of gender, identity and a woman's dreams.
What Fears Become: An Anthology from The Horror Zine
Jeani Rector - 2011
From classic horror and pure suspense to Twilight-Zone-style dark fantasy, WHAT FEARS BECOME relentlessly explores our basic fears and leaves you with twisted endings that will make your skin...
When the Hero Comes Home
Gabrielle Harbowy - 2011
The only survivor of a war struggles to return to a home that doesn't exist anymore. A rebel leader loses everything she fought for and must start from scratch. A hero who has fought for her village her whole life must retire into obscurity without ever being known for her deeds. A starship returns to an Earth that is much changed, yet too much the same. A soldier is haunted by the very thing that saved his life. And King Arthur returns in Albion's hour of need.Dark fantasy. Urban fantasy. Political intrigue. Science fiction. From the horrific to the heartwearming. Introducing 19 pulse-pounding tales, by luminaries and great new voices. Co-edited by Gabrielle Harbowy and Ed Greenwood. Featuring an introduction by Susan J. Morris. Cover art by Scott Purdy.The anthology features new fiction by Jay Lake, Todd McCaffrey, Julie Kagawa, and an all-new Jig the Goblin story by Jim C. Hines.table of Contents:A Place to Come Home To by Jay Lake and Shannon PageThe Evil That Remains by Erik BuchananFull Circle by Steve BornsteinLessons Learned by Peadar Ó GuilínBrine Magic by Tony PiThe Legend of Gluck by Marie BilodeauOne and Twenty Summers by Brian CortijoThe Blue Corpse Corps by Jim C. HinesAshes of the Bonfire Queen by Rosemary JonesKeeping Time by Gabrielle HarbowyScar Tissue by Chris A. JacksonCoward by Todd McCaffreyNine Letters Found in a Muddied Case on the Road in Baden, Germany by Xander BriggsThe Once and Now-ish King by J.M. FreyHis Last Monster by J.P. MooreDark Helm Returns by Ed GreenwoodMirror, Mirror by Phil RossiKnights and Beans by Julie KagawaOathbreaker by Erik Scott de Bie
Julie Morrigan - 2011
This is strong stuff, no holds barred and no punches pulled. You wouldn’t want to be sharing the last bus home with these people.Gone Bad has the distinctive flavour of north east England and gathers together 18 titles, mixing ‘flash fiction’ pieces with longer reads. Within the pages you can meet a murderous little boy, a psychotic Scouse backing singer, and a wannabe crime fiction writer with a penchant for hands-on research. Add to that a dishonest lottery winner, predatory girlfriend, long-suffering private detective and would-be rapist and you’re starting to get the lie of the land.Praise for Gone Bad:This was a terrific read. Highly recommended to any crime, drama, or thriller fans. (Smashwords)Julie Morrigan is a rare find, tight smart prose used to tell dark, wildly entertaining tales of the darker side of the street. I WANT MORE. (GoodReads)Judging from this collection, it's safe to say that from the dark and gritty depths of urban noir a new queen has risen. (GoodReads)
Wishing on a Blue Star
Kris Jacen - 2011
Edited by Kris Jacen. How much impact can someone have on your life if you’ve never met them face to face? In this electronic age of E-mails, electronic publishing, and social networks, quite a lot. Through his emails, stories and blog, author Patric Michael has touched numerous hearts, minds and lives from the start of his career and further as he now takes us along on his journey to battle cancer. Along the way, Patric shows us a side of life that not many truly see-- how we are all a part of something larger than just ourselves, and how we are each touched by others for the betterment of all.Now, those that have been touched by Patric and his words have joined together to give something back, to him and to us all through something he values highly – words. In this compilation, short stories, poems, and anecdotes combined with excerpts from Patric's blog and a few entertaining, educational group posts reveal, and celebrate, the man who has touched so many hearts and minds.This collection is a gift from all our hearts to celebrate Patric and give strength (and a little levity) to others. The price reflects this; no one is receiving royalties or payment from the sales. Use it to celebrate life, celebrate words, and possibly inspire someone who needs it.
My Life as a Sex-o-Gram: Book Two
Nikki Blaise - 2011
Perfect for when you just have a few minutes to spare.Praise for Nikki's writing:"Mind as sexy as her body.""It's like you take the stories out of my head.""Red-hot - she won't let you down!""Reading your book in public means finding creative ways to cover conspicuous bulges!""A talented erotic writer . . . great sassy dialogue, a healthy dose of wit & above all - hot!"Book Three is now available:US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00COUM1WEUK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00COUM1WEContents:1. The Student PartyMe and a partyful of horny students.2. The Security GuardHis dream come true - he catches me stealing and I offer sex in return for him not calling the Police. Of course, it's all pre-arranged by his best buddy.3. The BurglarTwo men arrange for me to break into their house and punish me severely with the wife sleeping upstairs.4. The Booty CallSometimes it just has to be about me.5. The ShowerNaughty Mr Robinson calls me back to school, and this time he's invited a friend along. I take a shower in the girls' changing rooms.6. The Job InterviewI pose as an interviewee, so desperate for a job I'll do literally . . . anything.7. The Lock-inOld-fashioned orgy fun.8. The Induction of PennyBreaking in the new girl.9. The FootballA well-known Premiership football team celebrate their first win of the season.10. The MoversMoving house and not enough money to tip the hunky movers - what's a poor working girl to do?
Articles on Short Story Collections by Stephen King, Including: Six Stories, Different Seasons, Hearts in Atlantis, Nightmares & Dreamscapes, Skeleton Crew, Night Shift (Book), Blood and Smoke, Four Past Midnight, Everything's Eventual
Hephaestus Books - 2011
To date, this content has been curated from Wikipedia articles and images under Creative Commons licensing, although as Hephaestus Books continues to increase in scope and dimension, more licensed and public domain content is being added. We believe books such as this represent a new and exciting lexicon in the sharing of human knowledge. This particular book is a collaboration focused on Short story collections by Stephen King.
Subversion: Science Fiction & Fantasy Tales of Challenging the Norm
Bart R. Leib - 2011
These are obvious concepts when spelled out in clear cut settings. Because of this, how one goes about subverting the norm (as a traitor or revolutionary) is based on what the norm is. What is normal in one society can be, and often is, taboo in another society. This allows tales of subversion to be subtle, blatant, personal, communal, and endless in variation. - from the Foreword by Jennifer Brozek
Sex and Love
I.J. Miller - 2011
Miller's stories everyone does ... A married man who is a king in cybersex chat rooms, a woman torn between her boring fiance and a hot anonymous affair, a professor fighting off seduction by a biker chick, a lonely man held hostage by a lascivious ex-lover, a housewife infatuated with her daughter's tennis pro, a straight man tempted by a gay friend ... everybody in Sex and Love wants to burn a little hotter. Real people. Powerful writing. An intense, erotic ride that has the novel feel of one breathless journey.
The Century's Best Horror Fiction Volume Two
John Pelan - 2011
John will be selecting one story published during each year of the 20th Century (1901-2000) as the most notable story of that year -- all 100 stories will then be collected in The Century's Best Horror Fiction. The ground rules are simple: Only one selection per author. Only one selection per year. Two huge volumes, one hundred authors, one hundred classic stories, over 700,000 words of fiction -- history in the making!
Harlem Renaissance: Five Novels of the 1920s: Cane / Home to Harlem / Quicksand / Plum Bun / The Blacker the Berry
Rafia Zafar - 2011
“In some places the autumn of 1924 may have been an unremarkable season,” wrote Arna Bontemps. “In Harlem it was like a foretaste of paradise.”Harlem Renaissance: Five Novels of the 1920s leads off with Jean Toomer’s Cane (1923), a unique fusion of fiction, poetry, and drama rooted in Toomer’s experiences as a teacher in Georgia. Toomer’s masterpiece was followed within a few years by a cluster of novels exploring black experience and the dilemmas of black identity in a variety of modes and from different angles.Claude McKay’s Home to Harlem (1928), whose freewheeling, impressionistic, bawdy kaleidoscope of Jazz Age nightlife made it a best seller, traces the picaresque adventures of Jake, a World War I veteran, within and beyond Harlem.Nella Larsen’s Quicksand (1928), is a poignant, nuanced psychological portrait of a woman caught between the two worlds of her mixed Scandinavian and African American heritage.Jessie Redmon Fauset’s Plum Bun (1928), is the richly detailed account of a young art student’s struggles to advance her career in a society full of obstacles both overt and insidiously concealed.Wallace Thurman’s The Blacker the Berry (1929), is an anguished, provocative look at prejudice and exclusion as it tells of a new arrival in Harlem searching for love.Each in its distinct way testifies to the enduring power of the Harlem ferment.Often controversial in their own day for opening up new realms of subject matter (including intergenerational conflict and color prejudice within the African American community) and language (infusing a wealth of argot and previously unheard voices into American fiction), these novels continue to surprise by their passion, their unblinking observation, their lively play of ideas, and their irreverent humor.
Tales of the City
Vaughn R. Demont - 2011
In "Drive-Through", a late-night run for barbecue takes an unexpected turn, while "The Line of the Hunt" tells the tale of a were-cheetah struggling to maintain a normal life despite his bestial nature, and how a chance encounter with another of his kind threatens to bring his house of cards tumbling down. "Happy Birthday" returns the reader to the romantic leads of "The Vampire Fred" for a brief but important night in Fred's life. The collection finishes with the novella "Let the River Run", the story of an incubus accused of murder who recounts his story and origins in an attempt to prove his innocence. Warning: This work contains scenes of explicit erotic content.
Shane Allison - 2011
Filled with romance, passion, and lots of lust,Afternoon Pleasuresis irresistably erotic yet celebrates the coming together of souls as well as bodies.Two husbears travel down south to meet up with a horned up twink in Jeff Mann’s, One Afternoon in the Bible Belt.” A sneaky environmentalist is sandwiched between rock-hard dick hounds, Eddy and Dale in Bob Vickery’s salacious tale, Loggers.” Two life partners have a Sunday morning roll in the sack in Hank Edward’s Breakfast in Bed.” Erotic bard, Rob Rosen’s Skyrockets in Flight,” is delicious with naughty bits in every throbbing line. These are just a few of the tawdry stories of male on male sex that grace the pages of this anthology. So lie back with the one you love or the one you lust after and enjoy. Clothing is optional.
The Way of Natural History
Thomas Lowe Fleischner - 2011
Throughout this provocative and uplifting book, writers describe their various experiences in nature and portray how careful, and mindful, attention to the larger world around us brings rewarding and surprising discoveries. They give us the literary, personal, and spiritual stories that point a way toward calm and quiet for which many people today hunger. Contributors to The Way of Natural History highlight their individual ways of paying attention to nature and discuss how their experiences have enlivened and enhanced their worlds. The anthology is a rich array of writings that provide models for interacting with the natural world, and together, create a call for the importance of natural history as a discipline.
Is There A Demon In You?
Brian Keene - 2011
But in order to free her of those demons, Liam will have to navigate the gray areas of evil, and face the desperation that comes with true possession of another.Mr. Gray by Nate SouthardAfter years of terror and heartbreak, Ben Gregory confronts the demon that possessed him as a child, but how many innocents will suffer in order for him to get revenge?Amber Alert by Wrath James WhiteAll over Las Vegas, women are giving birth to monsters. While on a search for a missing child, Spencer Logan stumbles into a world of occult science, demonic pregnancies, and an angry young scientist intent on changing humanity's genetic future.
Tales for Canterbury: Survival, Hope, Future
J.C. Hart - 2011
This charity anthology features tales by more than two dozen writers from New Zealand and beyond who have generously donated their works.Whilst most of the real writing about the earthquake is still to come, and best undertaken by Cantabrian writers themselves (some of whom we are very pleased to include herein), you will find some apposite themes in these pages. Worlds are shattered and rebuilt. Families determined to stay together. Pieces of the past given new meaning. And the future brings with it things never anticipated.Tales for Canterbury brings you a variety of stories set in past, present, and future times, worlds touched by disaster, magic, and the otherworldly; where everyday truths are explored, and you never know what shape the future might hold. Explore the depths of what it means to be human, escape the real world, and find hope in these pages.
The Best Ghost Stories 1800-1849: A Classic Ghost Anthology
Andrew Barger - 2011
Some stories thought too horrific were published anonymously like "A Night in a Haunted House" and "The Deaf and Dumb Girl." The later story is collected for the first time in any anthology since its original publication in 1839.The other ghost stories in this fine collection are by famous authors. "The Mask of the Red Death," by Edgar Allan Poe; "A Chapter in the History of a Tyrone Family," by Joseph Sheridan le Fanu; "The Spectral Ship," by Wilhelm Hauff; "The Old Maid in the Winding Sheet," by Nathaniel Hawthorne; "The Adventure of the German Student," and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," by Washington Irving; as well as "The Tapestried Chamber," by Sir Walter Scott.As he has done with a number of other books, Andrew Barger has added his scholarly touch to this collection by including story backgrounds, annotations, author photos and a foreword titled "All Ghosts Are Gray." Buy the book today and be ready to be scared.
The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2010
Liz Grzyb - 2011
Several hundred fantasy and horror stories by Antipodeans were published in 2010, contained in Australasian and international magazines, webzines, anthologies and collections.From this plethora of work, editors Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene have selected 33 tales of fantasy, dark fantasy, horror and paranormal romance for this volume. The editors also present an overview of the genre in Australia in 2010, including noting significant works, events, and the results of the major awards. Together with a recommended reading list this is both a book to be read and a valuable reference work.Published by a leading Australian independent publisher, this is first volume of an ambitious annual series that will document the state of health of the fantasy and horror genre throughout Australia and New Zealand.