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The Doctor And The Dinosaurs

09:48, 13/12/2013 .. 0 comments .. Link
Tweet KIRKUS REVIEW Another of Resnick?s Weird West fantasy yarns (The Buntline Special, 2010, etc.) starring consumptive dentist/sharpshooter Doc Holliday and an eye-popping selection of other historical characters. In 1885, the peace treaty signed by Theodore Roosevelt and Apache medicine man (read: wizard) Geronimo has opened up the West to white men. Two of the latter, unfortunately, are now desecrating Comanche burial grounds by digging up bones. The bones in question, however, are dinosaur bones, and the diggers are brilliant paleontologists Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh, bitter rivals united only in their mutual loathing. The outraged Comanche medicine men are threatening to reanimate the dinosaurs to get rid of Marsh and Cope, but Geronimo fears that the dinosaurs won?t be satisfied with eating or squashing paleontologists but will imperil Comanches and Apaches, too. So, Geronimo visits Doc Holliday, presently gasping and coughing out his last days in a sanitarium, and offers Doc one year of restored health in exchange for removing the white men. That?s pretty much it as far as plot goes, but Resnick paints in the scenery with extraordinarily vivid brush strokes, adds a palette of bigger-than-life-sized characters?including Roosevelt, Edison, Buntline, Cole Younger and Buffalo Bill Cody?and tops it all off with dazzling conversations, rhetorical flourishes, and Holliday's trademark dry wit, fast reflexes and legendary capacity to drink all day without getting drunk. Oh, and there are no less than nine appendices to explore. Delightful?a potential blockbuster lacking only a hearty plot to match the highly impressive personalities and setting. Pub Date:Dec. 10th, 2013
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Treme Cookbook Signing With David Simon, Nina Noble & Lolis Elie

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Treme cookbook signing with David Simon, Nina Noble & Lolis Elie New Orleans Play For the people of New Orleans, even the promises of redevelopment come with strings attached, and ever dollar that shows up carries with it new dynamics and new risks.on.aol.com Treme cookbookphotograph courtesy of Chronicle Books Treme cookbookphotograph courtesy of Chronicle Books 4800 Roland Avenue Baltimore, MD 4800 Roland Ave, Baltimore, MD 21210 Advertisement December 10, 2013 Hot off the press release, late breaking news from the acclaimed HBO Series Treme comes Treme: Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans by Lolis Eric Elie, David Simon, creator of the HBO series Treme and The Wire, and executive producer Nina Noble. All will be at Johnny?s at 4800 Roland Avenue this coming Sunday, December 15th from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for a book signing , inspired snacks and a Treme cocktail. It is a great opportunity to grab extra copies and have them autographed for holiday gifts. Treme, with more than 100 heritage and contemporary recipes, is a celebration of the eclectic and inventive culinary spirit of post-Katrina New Orleans, including contributions from such legendary restaurants as Brigtsen?s, Upperline, and Commander?s Palace plus original recipes from many of the renowned chefs who have made guest appearances on Treme. ?There?s a here, here,? says the quixotic Davis McAlary of his indescribable, multifaceted city. The surest way to get there, to the true flavor of Treme, is through its vibrant cooking. ?Food, music, and New Orleans are all passions about which?it seems to me?all reasonable people of substance should be vocal. . . . This book gives voice to the characters, real and imaginary, whose love and deep attachments to a great but deeply wounded city should be immediately understandable with one bite.? ?Anthony Bourdain The event costs $50 per person and includes a signed copy of the cookbook and above mentioned snacks and cocktail. Anyone interested in attending should call 410-773-0777 ext 2 to reserve a spot. Johnny?s- 4800 Roland Avenue ? Baltimore , MD 21210 www.johnnysdownstairs.com Don't miss another post, click SUBSCRIBE in the author's box. Follow me on Twitter & Instagram @daracooks Suggested by the author

Steven Raichlen: A Surprising New Way To Use Salt On The Grill

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A Surprising New Way to Use Salt on the Grill Posted: 06/14/2013 5:20 pm Read more Subscribe You've probably seen those imposing slabs of Himalayan pink salt at your local cookware shop. Maybe you even bought one. I did and plunked it down on my grill and tried grilling shrimp on top of it. The process looked cool (hey, that's one of the reasons we grill). The result was pleasant enough, but I couldn't help feeling that straightforward grilling the shellfish directly on the grate would have been better. So what's the big deal? Well, it turns out I got it wrong. You grill the food under the salt slab -- like the brick in Italian pollo al mattone . Used this way, you get cool and flavor, not to mention a luscious salt-inflected crust encasing compressed luscious poultry juiciness. This I learned and plenty more reading Mark Bitterman's handsome new book Salt Block Cooking ( Andrews McMeel Publishing). In addition to smart recipes and stunning photos, Salt Block Cooking covers the half billion year history of the salt block, with cameo appearances by Alexander the Great and the fabulously rich 16thcentury Mughal emperor Jalaluddin Muhammad Akbar (credited with modernizing Pakistan's salt industry). Salt. It may be the only food we eat that starts as a rock. Reason enough to check out this book and to try Mark Bitterman's Salt Brick Grilled Chicken recipe!
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Extended Review: The Principle Of Desire By Delphine Dryden

21:06, 9/12/2013 .. 0 comments .. Link
Find it! By Author / By Title Search over 40,000 reviews Try our Advanced Book Search Help Advanced Book Search Search books by title, genre, publication month, publication year, and rating or search by any combination of these options (i.e. all Mysteries published in January 2001 with 4.5 rating). If you want to search for a name or phase, include quotation marks around your search term (example: "Deborah Smith") Visitor Login Visitor login is required to post a review and comment on the blog and other interactive features on the site. Use your same username and password to register for the RT Forums. / Community / RT Daily Blog / Extended Review: The Principle of Desire by Delphine Dryden Extended Review: The Principle of Desire by Delphine Dryden BY Elisa Verna, DECEMBER 09, 2013 | PERMALINK My official RT review for Delphine Dryden ?s ?The Principle of Desire? appears in the February 2014 issue of the magazine, which means it won?t be available online until mid-month, but the book releases today and I can tell you right now, I absolutely adored it. Out of the three novellas in Dryden?s Science of Temptation series, this one by far is my favorite. And if you know my reading habits at all, you won?t be surprised. This story contains so many things I love reading about, especially in erotic romance: BDSM, a strong heroine on which the story is primarily focused and an asshole ex you love to hate. For those who like their erotica hero-centric (which I know many people do, I?m the odd woman out here), this one might not be your cup of tea because it mainly focuses on heroine Beth and her transformation, while hero Ed experiences less dramatic growth, although he does learn more about himself and discovers new things he never thought he?d enjoy. Beth is a submissive-turned-dominant who still enjoys both roles, AKA a switch, but when we meet her she?s a practicing domme. She was submissive with her most recent ex, Aaron, who is the most wonderful jab at the Asshole Doms so many readers seem to love in BDSM fiction (and, I?m sure, in real life too). He?s traditionally good looking with strong features and an exotic, yet accessible, South African accent and he is such a disrespectful jerk. And not in an annoyingly sexy sort of way. In more of a ?I don?t respect your wishes and desires, or you as a human being, really, and I just want to get my rocks off? sort of way. So Beth has done and rid herself of this horrible partner, and she meets nerdy, awkward Ed, whose friends (that we?ve met in previous stories) are already involved in the same local BDSM community as Beth. Poor Ed just wants to find his missing cell phone, which ends up at the club with one of his friends after a party. Ed doesn?t plan on staying long, but Beth?s ex has shown up after being abroad and she needs a man to take a public beating so she can show Aaron she?s a serious domme. Ed is obviously hesitant, but obliges because a really hot girl wants to do kinky things to him. Ed and Beth get to know each other, and Beth can?t for the life of her figure out why she?s falling for Ed (he?s kind of hairy and doesn?t have visible abs), but she is, and Ed is so obviously head-over-heels for her. It?s adorable, and the sex scenes between the two are so fun and playful. Rather than being a passively compliant sub, Ed is curious, and eventually eager, to try new things. Most importantly, Ed and Beth?s sexual relationship is so normal. It?s not some dark, soapy fantasy involving contracts and secret dungeons and feelings that seem hesitant because you don?t actually know if you want this person you recently met to blindfold you and chain you to a wall. Of course, just as Beth and Ed are getting comfy in their new not-quite-a-relationship, an accident happens and Beth feels compelled to rush to Aaron?s side because she feels sorry him. I don?t really want to say any more, but I love how Ed responds to this situation. He?s starting to fall in love with Beth, but he has a lot of self-respect, too. This story is not a Perfect Romance Novel(la) ? but it?s one that had me nearly shaking with glee when I finished it. I really, truly loved this story. If you feel like you and I might be book twins, or you?re looking for more erotica with a sexually dominant heroine, you must read ?The Principle of Desire?! You can buy "The Principle of Desire" here for only $2.69 (it's $2.99 on Amazon  at B&N at the moment). For more steamy love stories visit our Everything Erotica Page . Tags: RT Daily Blog, E-Book, Erotica
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Katie Mcgarry: Straddling The Ya And Na Line

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Find it! By Author / By Title Search over 40,000 reviews Try our Advanced Book Search Help Advanced Book Search Search books by title, genre, publication month, publication year, and rating or search by any combination of these options (i.e. all Mysteries published in January 2001 with 4.5 rating). If you want to search for a name or phase, include quotation marks around your search term (example: "Deborah Smith") Visitor Login Visitor login is required to post a review and comment on the blog and other interactive features on the site. Use your same username and password to register for the RT Forums. / Community / RT Daily Blog / Katie McGarry: Straddling the YA and NA Line Katie McGarry: Straddling the YA and NA Line BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 05, 2013 | PERMALINK As New Adult literature grows in popularity and quantity, the lines between NA and young adult stories seem to be getting more and more blurry, which makes for a wider selection of crossover titles. One author who knows a thing or two about crossover appeal is RT favorite,  Katie McGarry ! Most recently, Katie released the third in her stellar series, Crash Into You , which our reviewer called "hot" and "full of speed." Today, Katie shares her thoughts on writing her debut novel, Pushing the Limits , and pushing the YA boundaries. Check it out: Several years ago, when I was writing Pushing the Limits, I was terrified. Who on earth was going to publish this manuscript? I mean, these two characters that I had created ? well ? they were dark. What was I going to do with them? It?s like Noah was determined to break every rule imaginable. He was a girl-using, foster kid stoner who lost his parents in a house fire. He laughed at me every time I tried to get him to lose his affinity for the f-bomb and his desire to convince a girl to hang with him in the backseat of his car. Really, dude? Why not go ahead and throw us on a banned books list before we hit a shelf. Echo blushed like crazy when she talked about ?it,? but she was interested in sex. Sex! She was curious and she was scared and she had urges and feelings and emotions and she really, really, really wanted to talk to her stepmom about being put on birth control. On top of that, Echo had scars on her arms caused by a mother who struggled with a mental illness. At night, Echo would lie in bed and wonder how she got the scars, but what really plagued her brain was the question of whether she?d ever have a relationship with her mother again. And my self-proclaimed bad boy Noah was fighting the social services system in an attempt to save his little brothers from what he believed was an abusive home. Did I mention that these two characters were 18 and seniors in high school? Yeah. I probably didn?t. At the halfway mark of my manuscript, I stopped typing, stared at the screen and realized I was writing a young adult novel that had some very strong adult themes. Then I?d chastise myself and mumble how stupid I was being because teenagers deal with a ton of problems and pressures daily, so I would continue to type. The stopping and starting and stopping and starting became a cycle. Was I writing a story that was too dark? Was I writing a YA that dealt with themes that were too intense? Was I writing a YA book that was just too edgy for the genre? You see, at the time that I wrote Pushing the Limits, New Adult was a newly emerging genre that I didn?t quite understand and there was a lot of discussion about what was allowed in YA fiction in terms of sex, profanity and teens dealing with adult issues. Maybe I was just very limited in my understanding, but as far as I could tell, you either wrote young adult or adult, and edgy characters 18 and older teetered into this no man?s land that no one seemed interested in touching. Now, I?m not saying that there weren?t books out there that were edgy or had older protagonists, I?m just saying that at the time it was a very, very tough sell. Page after page, line after line, word after word, I worried. Was I writing a book that would never be considered by readers or a publisher? To be honest, I was driving myself insane with the questions and the self-doubt so I made a decision to write the book as honestly and as truthfully as I could for these characters without worrying about genre or expectations or readers or becoming published. After all, in the end it?s my job as an author to write my characters? story, not mine. And I?m glad I did. I?m extremely proud of Echo and Noah and their aptly named novel, Pushing the Limits. These characters did push limits. They pushed boundaries within themselves and within their genre and I absolutely love them for it. -Katie McGarry We love that Katie doesn't hold back in her books, and that each book is more stunning than the last. What say you, fellow readers? What do you love most about Katie's edgy work? Do you wish YA authors would push the boundaries more often? Sound off in the comments, and for more YA and NA buzz, visit our Everything Young Adult Page ! Tags: RT Daily Blog, Young Adult
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Reader Review: "burial Rites"

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BookBrowse members say ....   Burial Rites reader reviews Burial Rites reader reviews: Read reviews of Burial Rites by Hannah Kent, and write your own review. Burial Rites There are currently 3 reader reviews for Burial Rites of 5 by Cloggie Downunder a powerful and moving first novel Burial Rites is the first novel by Australian author, Hannah Kent. In 2003, during an exchange year in Iceland, Hannah Kent became interested with events leading up to the last execution to occur in that country. Thus began ten years of research into Agnes Magnusdottir, beheaded by axe in 1829 for her role in the murder of two sleeping men. Eventually Kent produced a novel in which she aimed to show another side to this condemned woman. This novel won the Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award, and deservedly so. Kent takes the many facts she has uncovered in her extensive research and, along with fictional likelihoods, weaves them into a fascinating tale of love, cruelty, passion and betrayal. Kent fills out the real and fictional characters, giving them a depth that cannot be gleaned from recorded data. A great wealth of interesting facts about early 19th century Iceland is incorporated into the story, giving it a wonderful authenticity. With sparkling prose, Kent evokes both the feel of northern Iceland and emotions of her characters. Gems like ?I staggered in the light of the world and took deep gulps of fresh sea air. It was late in the day: the wet mouth of the afternoon was full on my face. My soul blossomed in that brief moment?.? and ?I had no friends. I didn?t understand the landscape. Only the outlying tongues of rock scarred the perfect kiss of sea and sky ? there was no one and nothing else. There was nowhere else to go.? abound. Kent?s mentor for this masterpiece was, very appropriately, Geraldine Brooks: this genre is right up her alley. This is a powerful and moving first novel, and readers will eagerly await Hannah Kent?s next work. Rated of 5 by Diane P Burial Rites Burial Rites based on the true story of Agnes Magnúsdóttir, In 1829, she was convicted along with two others, of murdering two men and setting a house a fire to cover their crimes. Agnes was the last person in Iceland to receive a capital punishment sentence. The story begins as Agnes is going North to live with the Jonsson family while she awaits her execution. Told simply and straight forward, Kent tells the story of a who woman tries to move away from her poverty and harsh life only to end up in even worse circumstances. There are no surprises in this book, it is beautifully written. Rated of 5 by Diane S. Burial rites It is very hard to describe the atmosphere of this novel. The coldness, the loneliness, the lives hard lived permeate this book, as the story of Agnes is told. Well researched accounting of the last woman beheaded and the last case of capitol punishment in Iceland in 1830. This narrative follows the last months of her life and is hauntingly and movingly told. The district is hard put to harbor a criminal awaiting death and so Agnes is put in the care of a good Christian farm family. Her only provision is that of a young priest who job is to reconcile her to her fate and her God. He does, however, do more as it is to him that she tells her story. This is a quiet, book, a slow book, but a poignant one as we learn of Agnes's life. This book and the way it was written made it seem as if the events were happening now and Agnes was currently in the news, or someone I knew.This story affected me the way it did because it seemed so very real. But do not expect alot of action, you won't get it and do not expect a fast paced novel, this is not that wither. It is a slow unraveling of a woman's life that leads to death. I look forward to what this author will write next and admire the amount of research she put into this book to make it as historically accurate as possible.   1
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Holiday Giveaway: Win A Kindle Loaded With Haunting Ya Reads

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/ Community / RT Daily Blog / Holiday Giveaway: Win A Kindle Loaded With Haunting YA Reads Holiday Giveaway: Win A Kindle Loaded With Haunting YA Reads BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, NOVEMBER 26, 2013 | PERMALINK click to enlarge While Halloween is considered the most haunting holiday of the year, that doesn't mean we can't add a little spookiness to your December! Today we're doing just that by giving away a Kindle, pre-loaded with four haunting and mesmerizing reads from some of Little, Brown's hottest YA authors! Exciting, no? Before we tell you how to enter, let's take a closer look at the prize: One winner will win a standard 6", Wi-Fi enabled Kindle e-reader pre-loaded with: -"Night of Cake & Puppets" (a Daughter of Smoke and Bone e-novella) by Laini Taylor -"Dangerous Dream" by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (new novella, available 12/17/13) To enter, leave a comment telling us which books you're most excited to read over this holiday break and why. This giveaway is open to U.S. readers, and the winner will be selected next Tuesday! You may also email us your entry, including your U.S. mailing address, with the subject line "Haunting Holiday Giveaway" here . Good luck and happy holidays! Tags: RT Daily Blog, E-Book, Young Adult Submitted by Norma (not verified) on December 2, 2013 - 7:48pm. I'm looking forward to reading the latest Patricia Cornwall novel "Dust" I actually want to read some Submitted by LAMusing (not verified) on December 2, 2013 - 7:00pm. I actually want to read some old classics I've never read from the 100 best novels of all time list :) Also Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich. Holiday YA reading Submitted by HeidiA on December 2, 2013 - 10:40am. Anything Laini Taylor I can get my hands on. I love her writing style and she tells compelling stories. I plan on polishing off Days Submitted by Free xbox live codes (not verified) on November 30, 2013 - 8:23am. I plan on polishing off Days of Blood and Starlight, Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, and Sabriel over this holiday break. I've been on a YA horror/fantasy kick lately, and I'm not ready to end it anytime thanks tha you to thanks Love Laini Taylor's Daughter Submitted by xbox live code generator (not verified) on November 30, 2013 - 3:39am. Love Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, so can't wait to read her Night of Cake & Puppets novella thanks I'm looking forward to diving Submitted by J.L. (not verified) on November 29, 2013 - 2:09pm. I'm looking forward to diving into Help For The Haunted by John Searles, The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan, The Returned by Jason Mott, The House on Main Street by Shirlee McCoy, and as many holiday romances as I can find. Thanks for this opportunity, RT! I'm anxiously awaiting for Submitted by mosquints (not verified) on November 28, 2013 - 11:57pm. I'm anxiously awaiting for Dangerous Dream to be released. i can't wait to see where this story will end up, I'm counting down the days!! Submitted by Jay (not verified) on November 28, 2013 - 12:49pm. I haven't actually read the Hunger Games books yet, so I'm looking forward to reading those. I am most looking forward to Submitted by Carolsue (not verified) on November 28, 2013 - 4:29am. I am most looking forward to reading Dr. Sleep by Stephen King because I read the Shining he returns to the character and character from the Shining in this book -- can't wait! Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net Finally on a break from writing Submitted by Val K. (not verified) on November 28, 2013 - 3:07am. After finally taking a break from Nanowrimo, I'll be very excited to get swept back up into the Divergent series. I have to finish Allegiant! Finally on a break from writing Submitted by Val K. (not verified) on November 28, 2013 - 3:07am. After finally taking a break from Nanowrimo, I'll be very excited to get swept back up into the Divergent series. I have to finish Allegiant! I'll be continuing the Submitted by Gypsy Morrison (not verified) on November 27, 2013 - 11:43pm. I'll be continuing the Elemental Assassin series from Jennifer Estep. I only have 2 books left. Such a good series i hate for it to end. The Books I plan to read Submitted by Misty Gee (not verified) on November 27, 2013 - 11:11pm. I plan to read several different ones over the holidays. Kiss of Midnight by Lara Adrian, Vicious Circle by Linda Robertson, and Last Kiss Goodbye by Gena Showalter. I can't wait. Submitted by VALERIE VALICENTO (not verified) on November 27, 2013 - 10:08pm. Teardrop! I need to read Teardrop. I'm looking forward on Submitted by Christian (not verified) on November 27, 2013 - 7:51pm. I'm looking forward on catching up on Jennifer Estep's YA series Mythos Academy. This is one of those series you can read and read again! Holiday reads Submitted by Annalisa (not verified) on November 27, 2013 - 6:19pm. I have a ton of books on my to-read list, but I'd definitely like to get to Unsouled and The Deep End of the Ocean by the end of the year. The Coldest Girl in Cold Town looks good. Books! Submitted by Melissa (Books and Things) (not verified) on November 27, 2013 - 5:42pm. Oh I do want to read the Night of Cake and Puppets! I'm also excited to read Unhinged, The Spider and Taste of Darkness which is coming up for me to read! I'm in the middle of reading Submitted by Amy B (not verified) on November 27, 2013 - 2:16pm. I'm in the middle of reading the book 3 "Eyes Wide Open" in the Blackstone Affair series by Raine Miller. It's addictively good! I have the Fiery Heart Submitted by Mags (not verified) on November 27, 2013 - 11:43am. I have the Fiery Heart waiting. I'm reluctant to start it because then it will soon be over. I am looking forward to Submitted by Julie Stam (not verified) on November 27, 2013 - 11:14am. I am looking forward to having time to read all the Christmas romances that I have purchased because reading Christmas romances every year at this time is something that I have done for as long as I can remember. It's just part of the holiday traditions around my house. I am also looking forward to reading The Coldest Girl in Cold Town because it sounds really good. John Searles' "Help for the Submitted by Peggye (not verified) on November 27, 2013 - 11:02am. John Searles' "Help for the Haunted" and Diane Setterfield's "Bellmand and Black" are next up on my TBR pile. Submitted by Pam Miara (not verified) on November 27, 2013 - 10:55am. Can't wait to block out some time for Sarah Maclean's No Good Duke goes Unpunished. I think that Coldest Girl in Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on November 27, 2013 - 10:02am. I think that Coldest Girl in Town looks like a good read. I am always looking for new books that peak my interest. Kindle giveaway Submitted by Lynne Woodworth (not verified) on November 27, 2013 - 9:43am. Just discovering the wide world of Kindle. Coldest Girl in Town sounds fascinating. I know I'll be wrestling with my youngest for the Night of the Cake Puppets. We love to find authors we've never read before so we can devour them....no, we're not zombies (I think!) Books I'm Anticipating Submitted by Barbara Elness (not verified) on November 27, 2013 - 2:29am. I'm most excited to read Romulus Buckle and the Engines of War br Richard Ellis Preston Jr and Cursed by SJ Harper. The first because I loved the first book in the series and the second because I've heard such great things about it. Books I'm Anticipating Submitted by Barbara Elness (not verified) on November 27, 2013 - 2:29am. I'm most excited to read Romulus Buckle and the Engines of War br Richard Ellis Preston Jr and Cursed by SJ Harper. The first because I loved the first book in the series and the second because I've heard such great things about it. Submitted by bn100 (not verified) on November 26, 2013 - 11:19pm. a Christmas Carol because it's a holiday book Reading Amy Tan's The Valley Submitted by Taurus on November 26, 2013 - 11:04pm. Reading Amy Tan's The Valley of Amazement -it's been a number of years since her last novel. I'm about half done and loving it. I'm excited to read Kami Submitted by Diane B. (not verified) on November 26, 2013 - 10:44pm. I'm excited to read Kami Garcia's "Unbreakable". I enjoyed the "Beautiful Creatures" books so much I've read them twice! Holiday reading Submitted by HeidiA (not verified) on November 26, 2013 - 10:13pm. I plan on polishing off Days of Blood and Starlight, Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, and Sabriel over this holiday break. I've been on a YA horror/fantasy kick lately, and I'm not ready to end it anytime soon. Haunting Holiday giveaway Submitted by jbeth28 on November 26, 2013 - 9:41pm. I plan on reading Tessa Dare's Spindle Cove series over the holidays this year and I Love Tessa Dare so I'm really looking forward to it. I'd like to read The Coldest Submitted by Suzy K (not verified) on November 26, 2013 - 7:30pm. I'd like to read The Coldest Girl in Cold Town!! (and I will read it regardless of this contest.) Submitted by Eric Thompson (not verified) on November 26, 2013 - 5:19pm. Mystery Man - Kristen Ashley: Really like her characters. A Very Naughty XMAS - started last year over the holidays and never finished. Don't Let Go - Skye Warren: the mystery is good and it gives a little insight into why people resort to the D/s world. Laini Taylor Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on November 26, 2013 - 3:10pm. Love Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, so can't wait to read her Night of Cake & Puppets novella! Laini Taylor Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on November 26, 2013 - 3:09pm. Love Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, so can't wait to read her Night of Cake & Puppets novella!
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Holiday Book Sale Benefits Non-profit

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Holiday Book Sale benefits non-profit Holiday Book Sale benefits non-profit MESA COUNTY, Colo. Giving one gift that benefits two recipients is the idea behind one non-profits holiday book sale. Friends of the Mesa County Libraries kicked off their holiday book sale today at Central Library. The used books were donated for the sale, with the proceeds benefitting the organization. They have hundreds of titles to choose from, as well as DVD?s and music CD?s. "You can find everything from a dictionary to history books to romance books to anything in your hearts desire," said Claudia Heckel a volunteer with Friends of the Mesa County Libraries. The Holiday Book Sale runs until December 14th and operates during the library?s normal business hours. The books are cash only and gift certificates are available as well. If you have any old books, the non-profit is still collecting books for the Holiday Book Sale. Oxbow Elk Creek Mine relief efforts KKCO firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKCO 11News.

Buddy Valastro Returns For A Cookbook Signing - Eater National

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Buddy Valastro Returns for a Cookbook Signing Monday, December 2, 2013, by Susan Stapleton Cake Boss Buddy Valastro returns to Vegas this Friday for a cookbook signing at his Buddy V's Ristorante at the Palazzo. His new cookbook Family Celebrations features 100 recipes from the family recipe vault. Head over between 1 and 2 p.m. Friday for a personalized version of the cookbook, available for $30 at the restaurant. And if you really want to ensure you get a signed cookbook, RSVP here for a guaranteed spot in line.

Photos: 1969 Cookbook Wants You To Seduce With Meat

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Boeuf Bourguignon 1'The Single Girl's Cookbook' By Helen Gurley Brown Considers Meat A Seduction Device (PHOTOS) The Huffington Post  |  By Brie Dyas Posted: 08/13/2013 9:23 am EDT Subscribe Follow: Helen Gurley Brown , Cookbook Reviews , Entertaining Advice , Helen Gurley Brown Advice , Helen Gurley Brown Books , Helen Gurley Brown Cookbook , Helen Gurley Brown Cosmopolitan , Single Girls Cookbook , The Single Girls Cookbook , Throwback , Vintage Cookbooks , Vintage Entertaining Tips , Taste News The problems of dating in 1969 are generally the same as those of dating in 2013. There's the long-held conviction that there just aren't any suitable potentials out there, the awkwardness of who follows up with who and the appropriate way to communicate one's interest. There's the flirty message. There's flowers. And then there's food. The latter was the conclusion reached by Helen Gurley Brown, the iconic Cosmo editor who passed away on this day last year , when she published "The Single Girl's Cookbook." A follow-up to her 1962 best-seller "Sex And The Single Girl," this guide to eating, drinking and entertaining one's way into another's heart provides an amusing glimpse into the past. Photo via Tiny Banquet Committee For instance, I need to frame this gem, on the topic of serving highballs ( Tiny Banquet Committee agrees): [W]atch out for anybody who demands cream soda or clam juice or some other esoteric beverage. You have a nut on your hands and the next thing you know he'll be running his hands over the bottom of your bathtub to see if it's grit-free, or running his hands over the bottom of you or one of your guests... However, "The Single Girl Cookbook" also has genuine recipes. Like most from the time period, it assumes that men are perpetually hankering for red meat. It's in this spirit that Gurley Brown offers up a recipe for boeuf bourguignon. While the time commitment might deflate the spirits to Gurley Brown's busy singles, she attempts to justify the output by likening the stew to a Bill Blass suit . Photo via Tiny Banquet Committee What's sillier: The comparison of a meat dish to a Bill Blass suit, or that a suit would inspire a gentleman to ravish the cook? Overall, we applaud the effort to seduce via meat slab. Though we think that this kind of thinking would only work on Mr. Ron Swanson. Great for attracting the Ron Swanson in your life. Loading Slideshow
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Reader Review: "the Lowland"

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Jeeves and The Wedding Bells   The Lowland reader reviews The Lowland reader reviews: Read reviews of The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri, and write your own review. The Lowland There is 1 reader review for The Lowland Order Reviews by: of 5 by Diane S. The Lowland Two brothers, born fifteen months apart in Calcutta, India, inseparable until the 1960's when they are both in their mid twenties and their interests begin to diverge. Udayar becomes a follower of Mao's revolutionary politics and joins the Naxalite movement. Which I had to look up on the all knowing wiki. Subhash goes to America to continue his studies. As I was reading this I felt as if the first half was like an outline, just the bare bones of the characters personalities were being revealed. Much of the political situation was more detailed. In the second half this changed and all the little touches, the observations of place, people and time that Lahiri's prose is noted for, came alive. This is a story of regret, of mistakes made, how one person, alive and dead could effect so many for so long. It is about being unable to forgive oneself and living a life of penance and atonement. Their is some wonderful prose here, some very visual observations about the price of violence and revolution. At times I did feel that Lahiri was portraying her characters at a remove, an almost emotionless narrative of their lives. By the time I finished this book I realized just how well her technique worked because I felt that I knew them and understood them very well. It was just so gradual that until the end I could not put it together. If the reader is patient with this novel, I believe many will feel the same way.   1
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Storyopolis Art! The Capital Of Imagination Teams Up With Operation...

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Storyopolis Art! The Capital of Imagination Teams Up With Operation Kindness Substantial proceeds from art sales benefit oldest, largest no-kill animal shelter in North Texas. Paul Meisel Operation Kindness has saved more than 75,000 animals since its inception! Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) November 25, 2013 Storyopolis Art and Operation Kindness have teamed up to bring to dog and cat lovers a very unique and fun art collection depicting our beloved animal friends. A percentage of the proceeds benefit Operation Kindness, the oldest and largest no-kill animal shelter in North Texas. Your art purchase by such greats as Lucy Cousins, Marc Simont, Tim Bowers, Mark Teague, Barry Moser, Michael J. Rosen, Robert Sabuda and Janet Stevens will become even more valuable to you because you have the pride of knowing you played an instrumental role in saving the lives of homeless dogs and cats. Operation Kindness is an amazing nonprofit organization that has saved thousands of dogs and cats who then are adopted into loving and caring homes. Development Director Nikki Walker says, "Animals and art enrich our lives far beyond what we imagine. A partnership that builds upon both is the perfect beginning between Operation Kindness and Storyopolis Art."     Storyopolis Art Co-Owner Kristine Abramowitz shares, "When you first walk through the doors of Operation Kindness, you immediately sense the love and care the cats and dogs receive from the amazing staff. Matthew and I have seen first hand the devotion the team at Operation Kindness exercises to ensure the well being of each animal, (this was especially demonstrated after the recent devastating tornadoes in North Texas). I have had the honor of volunteering along side the skilled staff at Operation Kindness and am overwhelmed by the energy and compassion they put into their mission to find forever, loving homes for each animal. It is through greatly appreciated and generous donations that this facility can provide professional veterinary care, a state of the art facility, and dedicated administrators. The continued support of our community is vital to continuing the meaningful work and success of Operation Kindness. We are very excited to have such a unique collection of art available for purchase in which a percentage of the proceeds helps Operation Kindness continue its heartfelt work to provide proper veterinary care in a loving and safe environment." To search Storyopolis Art?s special online art collection, please go to http://storyopolisart.com/operation-kindness.php and you will be taken to the Storyopolis Art online gallery established for Operation Kindness. Again, all the proceeds benefit this wonderful rescue group. About Operation Kindness Founded in 1976, Operation Kindness is the oldest and largest no-kill shelter in North Texas. Operation Kindness has saved more than 75,000 animals since its inception. The shelter cares for an average of 400 animals on a day-to-day basis, with another 100 animals being cared for in foster homes. More than 3,000 dogs and cats are assisted by Operation Kindness each year. Operation Kindness is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and receives no government funding. All of its income comes from donations from individuals and businesses, adoptions, fundraising events and the sale of pet-related merchandise. The mission of Operation Kindness is to care for homeless cats and dogs in a no-kill environment until each is adopted into responsible homes and to advocate humane values and behavior. The Operation Kindness vision is a world where all cats and dogs have loving, responsible, forever homes. To learn more about Operation Kindness please also feel free to visit their wonderful website: http://www.OperationKindness.org . About Storyopolis Art Founded in Los Angeles in 1999 and with relocation to Dallas in 2009, Storyopolis Art is a collector?s paradise for contemporary art and original illustrations from children?s picture books. Storyopolis Art offers experienced collectors access to sought after pieces. In addition, its online gallery offers a visually stimulating and fun exploration for the beginning collector starting to define his/her taste. When you own a piece from the unique collection at Storyopolis Art, (whose pieces have historically increased in value) you are acquiring pieces that will become cherished family heirlooms. With ties to Hollywood as backdrop to countless movies and TV shows, Storyopolis has a worldwide, respected vintage collection of illustrated art, featuring such artists as Jules Feiffer, Gennady Spirin, William Joyce and Tim Burton. For more information regarding Storyoplis Art, please visit http://www.StoryopolisArt.com . For More Information:

The Seventh Pleiade

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Tweet KIRKUS REVIEW A gay Atlantean prince combats gossip, a creepy priest and throngs of serpents in an attempt to deliver his ill-fated city from annihilation. Sixteen-year-old Aerander is the crown prince of Atlantis. Like other noble sons, he is training for the Boys? Panegyris, a festival that showcases the athletic prowess of royal young men. As is customary, Aerander has taken a boyfriend of equal nobility to hold hands with (and incite flurries of tittering gossip). Aerander?s powerful father, Pylartes, disapproves, but when two of the royal boys go missing amid growing political unrest, decorum regarding homosexual flings is the least of Pylartes? concerns. Aerander?s distant cousin and former best friend is implicated, so Aerander works to solve the mystery and clear his family?s name. The advent of an elusive, legendary star (the titular seventh Pleiade) leads Aerander to the missing boys. In so doing, he unearths the macabre truth behind their disappearances and unravels an ancient mystery. Heterosexual characters are the minority here, and sexual content is unflinchingly included, though at times it can read like a Chatterly-esque romance: ?Calyiches climbed between his thighs?awakening a shy sensuality.? Saving the day is Aerander?s foremost goal, but contemplation of the complexities and realities of same-sex relationships is a close second. Varied, vivid landscapes will entice discerning fantasy readers, and beefy vocabulary keeps the narrative hearty.  A marriage of equality among fantasy, mythology, action and same-sex romance. (Fantasy. 14 & up) Pub Date:Nov. 19th, 2013
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Amazon Offers Indie Booksellers Commission To Sell Kindles!

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Jeeves and The Wedding BellsBurial Rites by Hannah Kent Burial Rites based on the true story of Agnes Magnúsdóttir, In 1829, she was convicted along with two others, of murdering two men and setting a... read more The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt I wish your reviews went higher than 5 ?.. I would give this book a 10. Although 800 pages in length, I was bereft when I had to finish the last... read more Hunting Badger by Tony Hillerman Tony Hillerman displaces a perfect balance of action and description in his excellent book Hunting badger. This book is about main characters Navajo... read more
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Matthue Roth: Look: Kafka For Kids

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Kafka for Kids (PHOTOS) Posted: 06/05/2013 11:32 am Follow Subscribe Children's books scare the living daylights out of me. One night my daughters asked me to read the book "Outside Over There" to them. It's by Maurice Sendak, the guy who wrote "Where the Wild Things Are." In the book, a young girl, maybe 4 years old, is babysitting for her baby brother. Some goblins steal the baby away. She has to fight a goblin army and rescue him. I was waking up in cold sweats all night. My kids loved it. They asked to read it again the next night. And the next night. Children are way more comfortable with strangeness and scariness than adults. The world is a strange and new place to them. Everything is wondrous. Everything is terrifying. The average refrigerator is way taller than your average toddler. One night I was reading a book by Franz Kafka, the odd and eerie storyteller who lived in Prague, whose stories are resplendent with the city's own mystery and beauty and disturbing weirdness. My daughters asked me what I was reading, and if I could read it to them. I wasn't going to. Then I did. Why not? I thought. What's the worst that could happen? And before you knew it -- night after night, they asked for Kafka. A boy who changes into a giant insect. Talking jaguars who debate the philosophical implications of hunting -- and then go hunting anyway. A girl who runs away and becomes the leader of a group of monsters. That's the Kafka my kids discovered. That's the Kafka my kids made me realize the scariness, and the beauty, that had been there all along. Loading Slideshow
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Witches Of East End Recap - Episode 1.6 "potentia Noctis"

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/ Community / RT Daily Blog / Witches of East End Recap - Episode 1.6 "Potentia Noctis" Witches of East End Recap - Episode 1.6 "Potentia Noctis" BY Elissa Petruzzi, NOVEMBER 11, 2013 | PERMALINK Well not only does this show entertain each week, but now I am inundated with holiday cheer thanks to all the commercials for holiday movies on Lifetime. If you need me any time between now and New Year?s, I?ll be on my couch, with ice cream, weeping as Dolly Parton teaches everyone the true meaning of the season. Onto the recap ? We?re at the Fairhaven estate, and Freya?s swimming in the gorgeous indoor pool. She backstrokes right into Killian. They flirt. Obvs. Freya tells Killian she?s worried that he?s waiting for her. He doth protest too much. Dash shows up and scolds Killian for swimming so soon after being nearly shocked to death last week, telling him he needs to come in for a checkup. Freya asks Dash if the brothers are cool now, and Dash dashes that he?s just trying to make things work. Freya says Dash is the best person she?s ever met (in soap language, this means: ain?t never gonna work out). The pool scene was obviously a cover for shirtless Killian. Twitter was not complaining last night. image from here Ingrid?s at the library when Penelope shows up, bearing a photo unearthed during the Fairhaven renovation. Ingrid stares at an olde timey photo of ? herself with a little girl. Ingrid covers by saying it must be an ancestor. Penelope stirs the pot, like all good MILs do, saying, ?I wonder why she looks so troubled ? ? Ingrid worries to Johanna that someone will realize its really her in the photo. Jo?s pretty sure that?s not going to happen. Ingrid wants her to know about her past lives, but the elder Beauchamps huff and try to redirect. Ingrid says she?ll just figure it out herself. Once she?s gone, we learn Jo?s really worried that Ingrid will never forgive Wendy once she knows the truth. WHO COULD NOT LOVE WENDY? Inconceivable! Killian?s at the hospital with Dash, getting checked out. Doctor Amy comes in to report on the awful bug we were hoping we?d never have to think about again that Dash pulled from Mrs. Murder victim?s throat. Amy gets all giggly around Killian. Ingrid?s deep in research mode. She?s discovered that the girl in the photo is Athena, the daughter Archibald Browning, original Fairhaven owner and Satanist cult leader. I was going to snark about how a giggly Ingrid seems all, Adam who?, until Freya notices that Ingrid is eating doped brownies. Also, Ingrid totally says holy shit. What?s up, 10 pm time slot! It seems Ingrid baked in a spell to remember her life from 1906. She pouts that nothing?s happening but then she falls back on the bed, writhing. We flash back to, ooooh!, an olde timey orgy! (Never thought I would type that sentence.) Archibald presides over it all, rising only when a goddess-like Ingrid arrives. They paint each other with blood and make out, your usual olde timey orgy stuff. Dash and Amy are at the hospital discussing the bug, which is, okay, fine, apparently a branch. The results returned are impossible, I tell you, impossible! There?s only one other such record, from a hospital in Louisiana, but the doctors are dead, the hospital in ruins, so there?s no way to check. Freya shows up, and, concerned about Wendy getting busted, steals the specimen. Now fever dream Ingrid is at the Beauchamp apothecary, where she works with Wendy and Johanna (Freya is, apparently, in San Francisco.) Archibald shows up, pretending not to know Ingrid, and asking for an illegal ingredient Jo and Wendy refuse to sell him. (It must be said, considering how much we talk about how beautiful everyone?s hair is, that everyone?s olde timey hair is hilarious and terrible this episode.) Seriously, look at what they did to our beloved Wendy. image from here Freya is home, and approaches Wendy, holding the branch. Wendy whisks it out of her hand into the fire, turns out it?s poison: ?You touch it, you die.?    Freya?s freaking out. Wendy tells her the sickness takes a few weeks become fatal, so they have time. Apparently the branch eventually fills up your lungs and drowns you. Lovely. Wendy swears she didn?t do this to Mrs. Murder Victim, maybe it was the shifter? Freya asks the obvious, why isn?t Mrs. Murder Victim dead, then? She?s the host, it grew from within her, so she?s immune. (There?s a lot of magic mumbo jumbo here we?re just going to have to agree with, okay?) Wendy tells Freya that this is bad, she?s seen people die from this, including Freya, 300 years ago. But there is a cure now, and Freya needs to mix the potion herself, and she, Dash and Amy have to drink a whole lot of it. Magic fine print: They?ll know they?re cured when there?s a ringing in their ears, and it will last for a few years, like a vaccine. Wendy gives a convincing pep talk. image from here Fever dream Ingrid is visiting Archibald and Athena, whom she adores. She brought him the bad ingredient. They make out. Then a nervous old lady shows up and they use the potion to cast a spell and make her young again. Freya?s at the bar, mixing her potion. She brings a fourth round of ?East End Antidote? to Dash and Amy. Killian?s designated driver, so he doesn?t get any. (I have a feeling that will be important later?) Freya tries to discover who else could have worked on the branch, but Dash just wants to know why his flighty, fun lovin? fiancée would care about science. Freya gets annoyed so Dash does what all cornered fiancés would do in this situation: He suggests they elope this weekend. I?m so understanding, Freya. You can let yourself go after the wedding, I?ll still massage your feet nightly. image from here Archibald and fever Ingrid are getting it on. Ingrid hasn?t told her family that they?re engaged. There?s a big plan in the works: to gather their followers and return to where they came, taking back what is rightfully theirs? Or something? Only, ruh roh, the old-now-young lady didn?t take to the spell, and is dead! Ingrid worries that the townspeople will be after them now, they have to hide the body in the catacombs. And they need to put their plan into motion tonight, beginning with getting married ASAP. The dead woman?s old man brother shows up, demanding to see his sister. Archibald tells her he?s dead, and then kills him, after Ingrid refuses to do the deed. Back at Fairhaven, the drunken threesome has ringing ears! They?re also exploring the catacombs, after Dash mentioned the workers just found a hidden entrance on the estate. Freya is drunk, Killian is into it. Say it with me: they stare longingly at each other. Then, eek! Freya comes upon a whole mess of the poisonous branches in a catacomb corner. Fever Ingrid ? who?s, hey! now wearing Freya?s burned up wedding dress ? is at the apothecary hurriedly packing herbs. Wendy finds Ingrid. She knows all about her and Archibald, he even tried to get with Wendy first. Ingrid doesn?t believe it, she?s in love, and Archibald has found a way to keep them from hiding their witchery any longer. Ingrid, in the offending wedding dress, which honestly I didn?t love. image from here They?re still arguing when Archibald shows up with Athena. They argue, and Archibald shoots Wendy up to the ceiling. He tells Ingrid to kill her, but she won?t. They argue while Wendy casts her own spell, hurling a ball of magic at them. Ingrid jumps in the way to save Athena and falls to her death. Jo tells Ingrid how, that terrible 1906 night, she had an awful vision and rushed to the shop, only to arrive too late. Archibald went after Wendy, so Jo attacked him with an enchanted knife and killed him, cutting Athena in the process. After healing Athena, she says Freya will be dead by morning, because they always die on the same day. Jo, super mad at Wendy for keeping Ingrid?s relationship with Archibald a secret, kicks her out. Ingrid wants to know what became of Athena, she could feel how much she loved the girl. Jo says she sent her off with some of Archibald?s disciples, and that she died in the 1960s. Freya reports back about the cave of deadly branches they plan to take care of it, but dun dun dun! Cut to Dash, in the catacombs, taking a sample for himself.   Freya and Dash, now sober, decide not to elope. Penelope hugs Freya, saying she?s so glad, she has such plans for her and her family. And, oh! Not sure if this is supposed to be so obvious, but I think Penelope is Athena! DUN DUN DUN! What do you think? Is Penelope really Athena all grown up? Did we never see olde timey Freya because there?s no way Jenna Dewan-Tatum would have submitted to that ugly hair? Sound off below, and check back next week for our next recap! Tags: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, RT Daily Blog, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
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Why Do We Need Romance Novels? Authors Have Answers

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Why do we need romance novels? Authors have answers By Joyce Lamb , USA TODAY Happy Valentine's Day! Today is all about love, love, love. And not just for people, but also for romance novels. (Isn't that why we're here, after all?) We asked authors and readers some questions about the importance of romance novels in our lives and, boy, did they respond! Every hour on the hour today (continuing at 10 a.m. ET until 6 p.m.), I'm going to post what they shared ? and you can share your feelings, too, in the comments. Warm fuzzies for everyone! You might also want to check out the story I wrote in today's Your Life section of USA TODAY about why we love romance novels. You can find it here , too. And, stay tuned to HEA for our announcement later today of the winners of the #HEA140 tweet contest. HEA asked romance authors: Why do we need romance novels? Authors' responses are listed with the title of their most recent or upcoming release. Cindy Gerard, Last Man Standing "Shortly after 9/11, I asked myself this same question. What was I contributing? How could what I did possibly be relevant in the face of a nation in mourning. A nation in crisis. For some time, I couldn't bring myself to write. It seemed so trivial. But then a dear author friend of mine pointed out what should have been obvious. Now more than ever, the world needs validation that good wins over evil. That there can be happily ever afters. That love heals and love gives strength. So I started writing again ... about strong men and women overcoming the worst life could throw at them. And I know now that I'm providing not only entertainment, but a service, if you will. "Case in point: A young man wrote to me from Iraq after reading one of my books. He had done two tours of duty in Iraq with the Marines and came home pretty messed up. He had drug and alcohol problems. Lost his marriage. Had pretty much given up on life. He signed up with a private contractor and returned to Iraq where, in his words, 'he planned to die.' Then he found one of my books ? To the Edge ? while he was there and read it. The hero of that book was a former U.S. Army Airborne Ranger, and his character was also struggling with alcohol issues and with fitting back into 'normal' society. "This young man told me that he saw so many similarities between himself and that character. Those similarities hit very close to home with him and he told me that reading my book gave him a reason to believe he could get his life back together and gave him hope for a future. You want to talk about a humbling experience? I'm still humbled ? and happy to tell you that young man is back in the States and doing fine. And it's also one of the reasons I'm convinced we need romance novels." And this is what that soldier, David Drennan, now on active duty in the U.S. Army National Guard, has to say: "You never know where or when inspiration will come from. I never thought that I'd find myself reading a romance novel. I'm usually reading spy/ military type stuff, but one day I picked up this book called To the Edge, and I didn't set it down. I thought it was amazing how I could relate to a character in a book so much. It made me feel like I could turn things around for myself if only I had the courage to just get out there and do it. It just goes to show you that romance novels aren't just for women, especially when written by an author who cares about what she's writing about." Debbie Macomber, You ? Again "We need romances for the same reason we need books: for entertainment, education, escape and for enrichment of life. These are books that highlight the very best of what it means to be human. Stories that speak of honor and sacrifice, of selflessness and love. We all need to be loved, to feel that we belong, and that's what romance novels give us. The sense of being loved." Nicole Jordan, Princess Charming "We humans have a deep-seated need to believe in happily ever after. We want to believe that love can conquer all and that there's someone special out there in the world just for us. Romance novels offer validation of those hopes and dreams at a primal level. Romances also let us connect with others, even if they're only fictional characters. When we're lost in a good romance, we're never alone." HEA asked: What can readers get from romance novels that could help them improve their relationships, both platonic and romantic? Carla Neggers, Secrets of the Lost Summer "Reading a romance novel is a great way to relax, and that's got to be good for our relationships! A good romance novel reminds us of the importance of the relationships in our own lives. It also reminds us that a good relationship isn't about perfection." Cindy Kirk, Jackson Hole Valentine "They can learn that the past does not define their future. That they need to become the best person they can be in order to be a good spouse, a good boyfriend/girlfriend, or even simply a good friend. When a reader picks up a romance novel, they may see a hero or heroine making the same mistakes they've made. But they will also see them picking themselves up by their bootstraps and making the necessary changes in their life to achieve a better, happier life." Robyn Carr, Hidden Summit "One of the things romance fiction requires is admirable characters ? at least the central characters. They don't always start that way, but they always get there. It takes goodness to create goodness, so there is always a reward for treating another human being with fairness, courtesy, love and respect. Varying degrees of commitment are examined. This kind of lesson in human behavior can be a driving force in creating and maintaining relationships of all kinds. And once again, romance novels show us glaring examples of what doesn't work in any relationship ? deceit, selfishness, vengeance, etc. Romance novels are all about good behavior, and strength of character equals good results. Bingo ? that seems to work in real life as well. How about that?" HEA asked: Do you think technology (social media and smartphones, for example) has contributed to less or more (or maybe just different) romance in our lives today? Teresa Medeiros, The Pleasure of Your Kiss "I've always said men should study romance novels to find out how women think and what they want, both during the courtship phase and in a lifelong partner. Even the geekiest of guys could get the girl if he read every romance novel that came out in any given month." Cynthia Eden, Angel of Darkness "Characters in romance novels aren't perfect. They're as flawed and complex as real people are. By reading about these flaws and seeing the challenges that lovers face in romance books, I think that readers can come away with a better understanding of the sacrifices needed in order to make a relationship work. Romance novels definitely give us our happy endings, but those books also show that, if you want a happily-ever-after, then you have to work hard to achieve that goal." Gennita Low, Hunter "My male readers enjoy reading spy and military aspects from a woman's perspective. They've told me that they enjoyed reading from the female point of view and sometimes it clicks in their head what it is that their girlfriends or wives were saying. Many readers have also written to me about their being able to conquer relationship fears and even abusive relationships from reading romance novels set in similar situations." A reader weighs in with why she loves to read romances and why they keep her coming back ... Jody Pearce, homemaker and dog foster "Romance novels are an escape from reality. One can escape to another place and time. One can root for the good people. In a time when the news is filled with conflict, disaster, death and sadness, a romance novel can take a reader away even if just for a brief time. Reading and cheering on the good people can relax a tense mind and body. It can give you a lift. You can even cry along with the characters, which can be cathartic. "I keep coming back to romance novels because I find them relaxing. If reading a spy novel or crime story, I get tense. The pace of a romance novel makes me unwind. In the end I can smile. I can escape to a world of love and know the turmoil of the novel will unravel to a beautiful ending. I like for love to bloom in the end. To end a book with a smile on my face is rewarding!" HEA readers, please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments. And Happy Valentine's Day! 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Reader Review: "the Lowland"

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The Dinner   The Lowland reader reviews The Lowland reader reviews: Read reviews of The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri, and write your own review. The Lowland There is 1 reader review for The Lowland Order Reviews by: of 5 by Diane S. The Lowland Two brothers, born fifteen months apart in Calcutta, India, inseparable until the 1960's when they are both in their mid twenties and their interests begin to diverge. Udayar becomes a follower of Mao's revolutionary politics and joins the Naxalite movement. Which I had to look up on the all knowing wiki. Subhash goes to America to continue his studies. As I was reading this I felt as if the first half was like an outline, just the bare bones of the characters personalities were being revealed. Much of the political situation was more detailed. In the second half this changed and all the little touches, the observations of place, people and time that Lahiri's prose is noted for, came alive. This is a story of regret, of mistakes made, how one person, alive and dead could effect so many for so long. It is about being unable to forgive oneself and living a life of penance and atonement. Their is some wonderful prose here, some very visual observations about the price of violence and revolution. At times I did feel that Lahiri was portraying her characters at a remove, an almost emotionless narrative of their lives. By the time I finished this book I realized just how well her technique worked because I felt that I knew them and understood them very well. It was just so gradual that until the end I could not put it together. If the reader is patient with this novel, I believe many will feel the same way.   1
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Excerpt Break: Read Chapter One Of Gena Showalter's Black And Blue

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