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Starting from Scratch
Starting over is sweeter when shared. What else could editor Elisha Reed do when she suddenly goes from single workaholic to mother of two teens?
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Starting Over
Cassius Wynn's life had been hum-drum since getting divorced two years ago. He grew tired of being alone on New Year's Eve in Waynesboro, Mississippi, celebrating another year with Dick Clark and Barry Manillow.He and Anatasia Hiney, a photographer, accidently bump into each other at the Grand Casino in Gulfport. They have an immediate connection.
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Starting Over
Two women, separated by three generations and an ocean, live remarkably similar lives as they leave behind all that is familiar and begin again in new lands.
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Strange Wine
From Harlan Ellison, whom The Washington Post regards as a "lyric poet, satirist, explorer of odd psychological corners, and purveyor of pure horror and black comedy," comes Strange Wine. Discover among these tales the spirits of executed Nazi war criminals who walk Manhattan streets; the damned soul of a murderess escaped from Hell; gremlins writing the fantasies of a gone-dry writer; and the exquisite Dr. D'arque Angel, who deals her patients doses of death...
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Stranger
I pay strangers to sleep with me. I have my reasons.... But they're not the ones you'd expect. For starters, I'm a funeral director taking over my dad's business. Not exactly the kind of person you'd expect to fork over cash for the lust and urgency only live skin-to-skin contact can create. Looking at me, you wouldn't have a clue I carry this little secret so close it creases up like the folds of a fan. Tight. Personal. Ready to unravel in the heat of the moment. Unsurprisingly, my line of work... more info>>
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Stranger Things Happen
Award-winning author Kelly Link's debut collection takes fairy tales and cautionary tales, dictators and extraterrestrials, amnesiacs and honeymooners, revenants and readers alike, on a voyage into new, strange, and wonderful territory. The girl detective must go to the underworld to solve the case of the tap-dancing bank robbers. A librarian falls in love with a girl whose father collects artificial noses. A dead man posts letters home to his estranged wife. Two women named Louise begin a serie... more info>>
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Street Talk
The tormented voice of a young drug-addict on the street below Ed's apartment rekindles unwelcome memories and stirs his conscience. But is he about to jeopardize his comfortable life-style and his relationship with the woman he loves? This short story was the First Prize Winner in the National Association of Writers' Groups (NAWG) annual Short Story Competition. It was previously published in the 2003 winners' anthology Smooth Pebbles, Pretty Shells.
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Suburban Renewal
Picket fence up for grabs?How would you celebrate twenty-five years of marriage? A cruise? A party? Renew your vows? What about a divorce? These are the ideas brewing in the mind of Corrie Braydon. She would be the first one to agree that she and her husband, Sam, have a lot to celebrate, but is that a good enough reason to stay married?With the kids grown, the house paid off and money in the bank, Sam is looking forward to taking things easy, spending more time with Corrie and maybe even taking... more info>>
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Suffer the Children
Fear has a face? Orphaned at eighteen, Leanne's life is adrift in a sea of grief and drug use. She washes up on the shore of estranged relatives, the Carver family, struggling with loss of their own. The transition from her South London council estate to her new home in the Surrey middle-class suburbs is difficult for Leanne. But beneath the respectable veneer of the quiet neighborhood, something terrifying lurks. Displaced and troubled teenagers are disappearing. Leanne recruits her cousin Si... more info>>
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Summer House
When three generations of the Gilbert family gather for a reunion at their summer house, decades of family resentments, rivalries, and secrets emerge. Patriarch Ben has experienced chest pains, and is desperate to see his children again: TV talk-show host Julie, "golden boy" Michael, self-destructive Katy, and computer wiz Wes. Old alliances break and new bonds form as the family's closeness is reconfirmed. Contemporary Women's Fiction by Cynthia Baxter writing as Cynthia Blair; originally pub... more info>>
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Summer's Crossing
A Midsummer's Nightmare?Robin Goodfellow. Puck. Summer Court prankster, King Oberon's right hand, bane of many a faery queen's existence-and secret friend to Prince Ash of the Winter Court. Until one girl's death came between them, and another girl stole both their hearts.Now Ash has granted one favor too many and someone's come to collect, forcing the prince to a place he cannot go without Puck's help-into the heart of the Summer Court. And Puck faces the ultimate choice-betray Ash and possibly... more info>>
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Sunrise Destiny
When private detective Donatello Sunrise is coerced into finding a Mob boss's daughter, he stumbles onto a much bigger case. Dozens of women, all young, all petite, have disappeared in recent weeks. Mysterious and conflicting clues seem to point to a government conspiracy, a mad scientist bent on global domination, or perhaps abduction by bloodthirsty alien vampires. Nothing makes any sense. Before he knows it, Sunrise and his hooker friend Lola find themselves in a life-or-death struggle. The M... more info>>
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Sunset Tomorrow
Jude and his friends are considered misfits by normal society; they live at the bottom of the economic and social scale and do so by choice. Although they are jobless, penniless and without much hope, they take on an impossible task. Before sunset tomorrow they must raise enough money to buy a birthday present for a sick little boy. This simple act of compassion becomes their quest. If they succeed, it will change their lives forever.
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Survivor
The biggest challenge to Grace's self-imposed celibacy? Love. As a little girl, Grace Caldwell watched her father walk out on her mother as she struggled through the final stages of breast cancer. Grace, knowing the odds that she could suffer her mother's fate, resolves to never to let any man close enough to hurt her that way. Her new boss, Aaron Severn, isn't hard to figure out--his reputation with women is legendary. She's confident it won't be hard for her to resist his charm. To her surpr... more info>>
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Swamp Witch
A young woman is rescued from an attempt by her poacher father to drown her in a Florida swamp by a mysterious woman alleged to have magical powers. Fearful at first, the young woman learns to trust the secretive woman who has chosen to hide out in the depths of a hostile environment. The younger women returns to civilization to claim the farm her father would have stolen from her and to build a relationship with the man she has loved since they were children. The initial encounter between the t... more info>>
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Sweet Moon Dreams [One of the Moon, Book One]
They only wanted a normal life, but never realized normal for their kind meant murder, deception, kidnapping?and hunters. This is book One of the Moon Series. Books are recommended to be read in order. A werewolf from birth, Rose Sullivan has had to deal with her share of secretive living in order to preserve her own life, but things have gone too far. She is wrongly accused of homicide, and a hunter by the name of Marcus Brown has found her out. When cornered, she has no choice but to kill hi... more info>>
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Sweetgrass
Sweetgrass is a historical tract of land in South Carolina that has been home to the Blakely family for eight generations. But Sweetgrass--named for the indigenous grass that grows in the area--is in trouble. Bulldozers are leveling surrounding properties. And the Blakelys could be forced to sell the one thing that continues to hold their disintegrating family together. For some of the Blakelys, the prospect of selling Sweetgrass is bittersweet--for others, it is completely unimaginable. But as ... more info>>
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Swimming Lessons
Toy Sooner has dealt with enough rough waves in her troubled past. It's only been through the enduring love of a close-knit group of women on this tiny island that she's finally started to find her footing. But as new challenges in her career arise for this young single mother, the choices and demons of her past will catch up to her. Soon Toy will learn that, like the steadfast sea turtles she cares for, a mother must find the strength within herself to make it safely to shore.
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Symmetry
Jessica Cassady must reevaluate her marriage while also dealing with the realization that her hair pulling is more than just a nervous habit. When her husband Lee attends a sportswriters' convention and Jessica calls his hotel room, another woman answers the phone. He swears things aren't what they seem, but she insists he move out while she decides whether or not to forgive him. With the increased stress of the separation, Jessica's hair pulling escalates and she realizes she might have a physi... more info>>
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Tangled Web
Wilkes-Barre's cohesive Welsh community is a haven of Protestant values and mutual support. It is also a hornet's nest of gossip. Neither a canary's death nor a girl's fall from grace escapes the locals' chatter so when unwed Catherine Jones becomes pregnant, she is quietly sent to a shelter for unwed mothers and her baby put up for adoption. Years later, she and her sister start their lives fresh in Philadelphia where opportunities are becoming available in wartime America. She meets a couple... more info>>
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Teufel-Hunden: Devil Dogs
In 1962, three young men from South Dakota fly to San Diego and enter Marine Corps Boot Camp together. Butch and Danny, his best friend, survive the rigorous training and the physical and psychological torment by submissively following orders and by staying out of harm's way. However, the third member of trio, Jim O'Donnell, an arrogant and insubordinate college dropout, incurs the immediate wrath of Sergeant "Teddy Bear" Taddy, a violent and seemingly mentally unstable drill instructor, who dis... more info>>
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That Christmas Feeling
"Christmas in My Heart" by Catherine PalmerWhen Claire Ross visited her reclusive aunt, she never expected the holiday wreath she'd brought to sail after her as she left. Nor did she suspect her aunt of harboring secrets. But the greatest surprise was rediscovering her teenage crush, a sheriff eager to teach her aunt the true meaning of Christmas...and show Claire the true meaning of love."Christmas Moon" by Gail Gaymer MartinCaring for widower Paul Stewart's precocious twins heightened nanny Ro... more info>>
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That Holiday Feeling
Silver Bells by Debbie Macomber In this classic story, Debbie brings those Manning men and Manning sisters home for a mistletoe marriage when a single dad finally says "I do." The Perfect Holiday by Sherryl Woods Will bachelor Trace Franklin become a groom-to-be by Christmastime? He sure will...if Savannah Holiday's aunt Mae has anything to do with it. Under the Christmas Tree by Robyn Carr When the folks of Virgin River discover a box of adorable puppies under the town's Christmas tree they ca... more info>>
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That Little Piece of Fluff
Millie lies in a bed in a convalescent home, clutching what appears to be a simple ball of carpet fibers. In a nurse's attempt to part the patient from her unusual object, a story unfolds, making it clear that the bundle of fabric represents more than just something left behind, but also a personal tragedy Millie clings to just as tightly as her fluff. A short story from our Nibs literary line.
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The Alibi Breakfast
Eight years ago, readers were invited to accompany Maurice Locksley on his rounds, as he paid court to his wife, his ex-wife, and his mistress in dizzying succession. THE MARRIAGE HEARSE, his account of that wild winter's night, was judged "one of the funniest, smartest, and most generous novels about marriage from a male point of view." (Phyllis Rose, in The Nation) Locksley himself was "by turns so cocky, so self-deprecating, and so funny that it is impossible not to like him." (Publishers Wee... more info>>
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