Dyeing Wishes

A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery

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Author: Molly MacRae

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101614595

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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Kath Rutledge’s grandmother left her a charming fiber and fabric shop, a close-knit group of needlework lovers, and a television-addicted ghost in the attic. She may also have inherited the special skills required to untangle a murder. Always up for trying something new, Kath and her friends from the fiber and needlework group TGIF—Thank Goodness it’s Fiber—are visiting Cloud Hollow Farm for the day to learn the fine art of dyeing. With spring in the air, the friends head out to greet the sheep. But the sheep are more interested in something else—two bodies spread under a tall tree. And one of those bodies is someone they know. Kath’s friends nudge her to investigate, and no one is more adamant than Geneva, the ghost who loves to play assistant sleuth. But when Kath discovers another murder cut from the same cloth, she’s more determined than ever to hang a roving killer out to dry…

The Meryl Streep Movie Club

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Author: Mia March

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1471102971

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 1933

Escape to the breathtaking coast of Maine and let the unmissable novel from Mia March brighten up your summer. Perfect for fans of Jenny Colgan, Veronica Henry and The Jane Austen Book Club. On the coast of Maine sits The Three Captains Inn, a haven for tourists and locals alike. When Lolly, the owner, summons her nieces home, they assume she’s planning to sell the inn, the place they called home after they lost their parents in a car accident that also claimed the life of Lolly’s husband. Little do they know, the truth is far more unimaginable . . . Along with Kat, Lolly’s daughter, the women reunite for their first summer together in many years and home truths and long buried secrets begin to emerge. Then movie-lover Lolly invites her family to one of her legendary movie nights – this month’s theme: Meryl Streep – and what was intended to be a few hours’ distraction ends up making them question everything they thought they knew about life, love and one another. As each woman sees her complicated life reflected through the magic of cinema, will they be able to find their own happily-ever-afters before it’s too late? ‘A treat for movie lovers and fans of meaningful women’s fiction’ Romantic Times 'A heartwarming, spirit-lifting read just in time for beach season' Kirkus Reviews 'A touching story of self-discovery and the strength of family' Booklist

Eva Galuska and the Christmas Carp

A Novella

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Author: Kathleen Clauson

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1469117711

Category: Fiction

Page: 108

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Eva Galuska and the Christmas Carp is a magical Christmas story told by Jozef Mieszko about his own life. He is a successful young man who has it alla beautiful golden-haired wife, two young sons who worship him, a rewarding career, and a home with great equitya fairytale, castle-like brownstone on Chicagos trendy Gold Coast. Jozefs parents, first generation Polish immigrants, achieved the American dream with sacrifice, tenacity, and hard work, and they own and operate an Old World-style Polish bakery and delicatessen. Their store is located in the heart of Bucktown, an old Polish neighborhood near St. Marys of the Angels Catholic Church, one of Chicagos actual historical landmarks, known for its spectacular golden dome, its glorious rooftop angels, and its mysterious blue light in the cupola that can be glimpsed from the Kennedy Expressway. Even though Jozef is proud of his family heritage and he enjoys helping his parents at their store, he realizes he is not a people person like his father, and he chooses a career as a computer programmer, rather than pursuing the family businessas his father puts it, Jozef prefers to lose his eyesight to blue-screened electronika. A few days before Christmas, Jozef makes a routine stop at his parents store on his way home from work and he runs into Eva Galuska, a strikingly beautiful, seductive woman, who is a friend of his family. Eva is a talented seamstress who has always seemed breath-taking and mysterious, but after their brief, flirtatious encounter in his fathers store, Jozef finds himself unexpectedly attracted to her and cannot get her out of his mind. This unexpected lust leads Jozef to question many aspects of his life and these confusing thoughts about Eva lead him to one particular childhood memory that haunts him, revealing his own guilt and feelings that he could have somehow prevented it from happening in the first place. For Jozefs family, the holidays represent the most profitable time of the year as well as the traditional Polish religious celebration of the birth of Christ. For Jozef, the glow of Christmas is a magical time, when anything is possiblethe twinkle of lights brighten the world at the darkest time of the year and at the same time, the celebration of Christs birth, is an impetus for spiritual rebirth. Jozef sets out on a journey of self-discovery, sharing his memories, perceptions, personal thoughts, and problems with the reader. He questions the blend of old rituals and superstitions with religion, in an attempt to discover his own beliefs and to resolve old conflicts, still smoldering from the past. His meeting with Eva unlocks a forgotten door in his childhood memories, revealing his uneasiness with a family Christmas Eve tradition and unravels a tangled paradox of hidden secrets among the layers of complex personalities, family traditions, superstitions, and faith. And in spite of his conscious efforts to differ from his father, Jozef finds that he possibly shares a secret with his father, to which he has been oblivious, his entire life. As Christmas Eve approaches, Jozef recognizes the tiny window of opportunity to resolve his personal issues once and for all. Eva Galuska and the Christmas Carp is a celebration of the rich cultural heritage and the languages, the culinary specialties, the folklore and superstitions of Chicagos ethnic communities, particularly focused on Chicagos Polonia. And the fictional story of Jozef Mieszko, intertwined with history and actual landmarks of Chicagos magnificent landscapes, reveals a contemporary, yet tangled plot, that could happen to any familyin America or elsewhere. This story at Christmastime is sheds light on Eastern European holiday traditions still practiced today, but also open the door for Jozefs spiritual awakening, and in a sense, his rebirth as he listens to the Black Madonna and follows St. Marys of the Angels mysteriou

Age Is Just a Number

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Author: Myrliss Hershey

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781462841028

Category: Fiction

Page: 169

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Marvela Higglesford, a 74 year old retired television producer from New York, left her comfortable apartment to live in a retirement community in Johnson County, Kansas. There she could be equidistant from her two sons, and easily fly to visit her daughter in London. Marvela adjusts to the wrenching change by volunteering and interviewing residents who have amazing stories to tell. She reconciles with her ex-husband at their daughters wedding. They reveal plans to remarry shortly before John dies of a massive stroke. Marvelas friendship with a paraplegic resident, blossoms into a romance. Despite the handicap, and their age difference, they marry. After all, age is just a number.

Believe

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Author: Sarah Aronson

Publisher: Carolrhoda Lab ™

ISBN: 1467733814

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 296

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When Janine Collins was six years old, she was the only survivor of a suicide bombing that killed her parents and dozens of others. Media coverage instantly turned her into a symbol of hope, peace, faith—of whatever anyone wanted her to be. Now, on the ten-year anniversary of the bombing, reporters are camped outside her house, eager to revisit the story of the "Soul Survivor." Janine doesn't want the fame—or the pressure—of being a walking miracle. But the news cycle isn't the only thing standing between her and a normal life. Everyone wants something from her, expects something of her. Even her closest friends are urging her to use her name-recognition for a "worthy cause." But that's nothing compared to the hopes of Dave Armstrong—the man who, a decade ago, pulled Janine from the rubble. Now he's a religious leader whose followers believe Janine has healing powers. The scariest part? They might be right. If she's the Soul Survivor, what does she owe the people who believe in her? If she's not the Soul Survivor, who is she?

He's My Little Girl

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Author: M. A. Damien

Publisher: FriesenPress

ISBN: 1460241029

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 120

View: 3618

There was a time when I was dad's perfect boy and mom's secret special girl. My job was to keep the latter role a secret.

Cracked

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Author: Kelsey Woodard

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1304499480

Category:

Page: N.A

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The Uncertainty Principle

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Author: Katheryn Bermann

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1469107864

Category: Fiction

Page: 306

View: 7981

Its been four months since the weirdest girl in school, Carly Smithson, seemingly vanished into thin air. Jen Rivers has moved to Spiritwood, and despite her appearance, she doesnt claim to know anything about it. However, the spy group Silver League is determined to uncover the truth behind both girls actions. As the second and third terms of school progress, the case becomes even more intriguing. They discover a way to contact Carly but are met with more questions than answers. The Shadowed Wolves, a rival spy club, are found to not be just a gathering of cryptography enthusiasts, but rather a pawn in Carlys game. In addition, one of the members knows a lot more than she is letting on. Along the way, the secrets that surround the League itself are revealed, and not all of the members agree on how to deal with them. Their friendships are tested as time goes on and they are forced to either accept each others pasts or completely dissolve the club. Just as they reach the breaking point, they uncover evidence of a conspiracy that is so incriminating it sends the entire club reeling, and whether they want to or not, they are about to confront the very heart of the Gemini case.

Darkling

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Author: Laura Beatty

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448162297

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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Mia Morgan, in the middle of her life, is a woman under siege: by memories of her late lover, by the relationship with her blind father, and by a family secret she can’t forget. She is also accused of living in the past: her days are spent amid the life and letters of Lady Brilliana Harley, who lived nearly four hundred years ago during the English Civil War. Brilliana Harley is a Puritan, a lone Roundhead in a county of Royalists, and it is not long before her enemies sit down in siege around her. As cannon-shot rains down upon her castle, she alone must captain a garrison of men and defend her home. Out of Brilliana’s words emerges a woman of courage and conviction, a loving mother and capable wife, dutiful even under duress. As Mia pieces her together, she finds that it is through Brilliana’s life, so different and yet so similar, that she can come to understand her own. Darkling is a revolutionary undertaking: an echoing of two lives across the centuries, deftly weaving original seventeenth-century documents into the fabric of a modern fiction. The result is a book of voices, past and present, exquisitely observed and skilfully summoned.

The Crushing of Wild Mint

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Author: Diane Tate

Publisher: WestBow Press

ISBN: 1449753736

Category: Fiction

Page: 282

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The Crushing of Wild Mint is a family saga told through daring adventure and sweet romance, a rags-to-riches story showing both the good and evil that go with having money. “I’ve seen money do incredibly good things, or in this case, it seems to have made us a target.” The money meant nothing to Harrison. His only concern was his daughter. He would gladly pay the ransom. Dexter Hughes and Farley Briggs were hungry for more than food as they waited, watching the party from outside the Windham home. They were sick of running and sick of each other but would endure if it meant getting a lot of money. Now they were sizing up the people of the town, separating rich from poor. It was always good to know whom to threaten, who would pay, who could not. Step back in time and enjoy a “relaxing” summer in the small town of Caney.

High Five

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Author: Janet Evanovich

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781429971393

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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Out of bail skippers and rent money, Stephanie Plum throws caution to the wind and follows in the entrepreneurial bootsteps of Super Bounty Hunter, Ranger, engaging in morally correct and marginally legal enterprises. So, a scumball blows himself to smithereens on her first day of policing a crack house and the sheik she was chauffeuring stole the limo. But hey, nobody's perfect! Anyway, Stephanie has other things on her mind. Her mother wants her to find Uncle Fred who's missing after arguing with his garbage company; homicidal rapist Benito Ramirez is back, quoting scripture and stalking Stephanie; vice cop Joe Morelli has a box of condoms with Stephanie's name on it; and Stephanie's afraid Ranger has his finger on her trigger. The whole gang's here for mirth and mayhem in Janet Evanovich's High Five. Read at your own risk in public places.

Lessons For A Sunday Father

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Author: Claire Calman

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448126606

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

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IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO GROW UP... This is the story of SCOTT, who finds his belongings outside in a bin bag one day and realises he may have made a Big Mistake GAIL, who wishes her husband were under guarantee so she could send him back and get a refund NAT, who discovers that growing up isn't all it's cracked up to be ROSIE, who just wants her Dad back - or if not, then at least some new glitter nail polish. Four lives, one story: love, loss and learning to be a grown-up.

Mignon

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Author: James M. Cain

Publisher: Overamstel Uitgevers

ISBN: 9049982247

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

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A Union army invalid meets a comely Louisiana rebel and never looks back The Union has captured New Orleans, and Bill Cresap has come to reap the profits. A school friend has a line on some easy money, and Cresap is eager to turn carpetbagger. But when he lands in the Crescent City, still nursing a leg wound from Chancellorsville, he finds that his friend has vanished and taken their start-up capital with him. Just when despair threatens to overpower him, Mignon Fournet arrives to overwhelm him instead. A Creole widow with rebel sympathies and hopeful eyes, she has come to Cresap in desperate need. The army has arrested her father and she will do whatever it takes to find out where he’s detained and what he’s charged with. She begs Cresap to use his army connections to find him. Cresap soon discovers that Mignon’s father shipped supplies to the Confederate commander; he could pay for treason with his life. Dazzled by the flirtatious Mignon, Cresap agrees to help free him. Although the veteran’s army days are behind him, his war is just starting to heat up.

Higher Ground

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Author: Meredith Sue Willis

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780965404303

Category: Fiction

Page: 292

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Bad Bones

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Author: Linda Ladd

Publisher: eKensington

ISBN: 1601830521

Category: Fiction

Page: 395

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BAD OMEN Homicide detective Claire Morgan has a bad feeling when a man's body is found in a Missouri State Park. The crime scene is buried in snow. The corpse is frozen in ice. And nearly every bone has been broken, shattered, or crushed. . . BAD BLOOD Claire's suspicions only get worse when the body is thawed and identified. The victim was an ultimate fighter on the cage-match circuit. His wife blames her ex-husband, a Russian mafioso. But Claire knows this is no mob-style execution. This is something worse. Something evil. . . BAD BONES Raised from childhood to inflict pain, the killer uses rage as a weapon. Punishing without mercy. Killing without conscience. Upholding a dark family tradition that is so twisted, so powerful, it destroys everything in its path. And Claire is about to meet the family. . . Praise for Linda Ladd's Claire Morgan Thrillers "One of the most creepy, crawly, and compelling psychological thrillers ever." —Fresh Fiction "Chilling, compelling suspense. . .be prepared to lose sleep!" —Eileen Dryer "Exciting, thrill-a-minute!" —Midwest Book Review "Plenty of suspense and surprises." —Publishers Weekly 136,500 Words

Head Over Heels

Wives Who Stay with Cross-Dressers and Transsexuals

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Author: Virginia Erhardt

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317786491

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 266

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Candid, first-hand accounts of couples who stay together despite highly emotional gender issues. Head Over Heels gives voice to thirty ordinary women who live extraordinary lives as partners to crossdressers, transgenderists, and male-to-female transsexuals. These unique women discuss, with honesty and great candor, how they first learned of their partners’ gender issues, how they’ve coped with the emotions that followed, how they’ve dealt with concerns about privacy/secrecy, and how they’ve handled disclosure to children, friends, and family members. Far from a collection of “happily ever after” stories, these narratives are filled with pain, courage, curiosity, and joy as each woman struggles to redefine a relationship that includes intimacy, social acceptance, dignity, and respect. The women whose stories are featured in Head Over Heels didn't know their partners were gender-variant when they first met. Some found out early on; others learned of their husbands' gender variance after decades of marriage. Some were told by their husbands—men they considered “regular guys;” others found out on their own, sometimes in shocking ways. Their stories represent a wide spectrum of women's life experiences with crossdressers, transgenderists, transsexuals who are nonoperative, pre-operative, and post-operative, families without children, families with children at home, and families with children who have left home. But these women share one thing in common: each has decided to stay in her relationship, exploring her new life with an open, yet cautious, heart. Some of the voices heard in Head Over Heels: “While putting my clothes on, I found a sales receipt on the bureau from K-Mart for shoes, a bra, and stockings. My immediate thought was that my husband had a girlfriend.” “He dressed for me one night and it was the worst experience of both our lives. I was shocked and he knew it and that hurt him.” “My siblings had been aware of Trish’s transsexualism for several years when she went full-time. They have told me that while I will always be welcome in their homes, Trish is not.” “My husband may think differently, but I do have a sexual identity. Actually, I’m real clear about it—I am a woman and he is a man. I do not allow him to crossdress in the bedroom. I married a man; therefore, I will sleep with a man.” Head Over Heels also includes historical and current information about resources and support for wives of gender-variant people, and a substantive introduction that includes basic information about sexual and gender identity and related issues.

Taken Over by the Billionaire

A Billionaire Romance

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Author: Miranda Lee

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 1460343506

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

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Driven to distraction… Hotshot entrepreneur Benjamin Da Silva is used to being in the driver's seat, but when he finds himself in need of a chauffeur, beautiful, straight-talking Jess Murphy proves that sometimes taking his foot off the pedal can be equally pleasurable! Jess isn't impressed by his wealth, but each glimpse in the rearview mirror has her aching to climb into the backseat and submit to Benjamin's every command. His recent takeover cost her her job, and she knows she should steer clear—so why can't she get off the collision course leading right toward Benjamin?

Jacob's Robe

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Author: Bob Whetstone

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1300759763

Category: Fiction

Page: 420

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Despite serious injuries and amnesia, a young man survives the automobile accident in which his twin brother dies. During his recovery he secures a teaching position at an exclusive college in the North Carolina Mountains where the accident had occurred. A nurse, daughter of a local Cherokee chief, along with a local pastor, aid the man in his recovery as he struggles to retrieve some small glimmer of his past. Then a stranger claiming to be his fiancee unexpectedly arrives one day from Wrightstown, Alabama and wants to help him.

The Ojibwa Dance Drum

Its History and Construction

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Author: Thomas Vennum

Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society

ISBN: 9780873517638

Category: Drum

Page: 336

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Hiding in a lake under lily pads after fleeing U.S. soldiers, a Dakota woman was given a vision over the course of four days instructing her to build a large drum and teaching her the songs that would bring peace and end the killing of her people. From the Dakota, the "big drum" spread throughout the Algonquian-speaking tribes to the Ojibwe, becoming the centerpiece of their religious ceremonies. This edition of "The Ojibwe Dance Drum, "originally created through the collaboration of Ojibwe drum maker and singer William Bineshii Baker Sr. and folklorist Thomas Vennum, has a new introduction by history professor Rick St. Germaine that discusses the research behind this book and updates readers on the recent history of the Ojibwe Drum Dance.

The Great Game

A Professor Moriarty Novel

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Author: Michael Kurland

Publisher: Minotaur Books

ISBN: 1466826746

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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Labeled the "Napoleon of Crime" by an obsessed Sherlock Holmes, Professor James Moriarty is a prominent scientist, a keen analytical mind, and a dabbler in less than savory doings. Two friends and former associates of Moriarty - Benjamin Barnett and his wife, the former Cecily Perrine - are travelling in Europe in early 1891 when they realize that they have become objects of scrutiny from persons unknown. Things turn deadly when they find themselves in the midst of an attempted assassination of a German prince. Meanwhile in Vienna, the younger son of a British nobleman - indulging in what was then known as "The Great Game" of amateur spying - finds himself framed for the murder of his paramour and the assassination of an Austrian Duke. In London, an unknown caller arrives at Moriarty's door on a matter of great urgency. But before Moriarty can be summoned to speak with him, the stranger is shot by a crossbow bolt loosed by unseen hands. While a lesser man might be daunted, Moriarty is merely intrigued and begins to investigate. What Moriarty uncovers is a cabal that seems to be using assassination to destabilize the rule of the crowned heads of Europe. But he also senses that there is something even bigger than this operating - a conspiracy behind the conspiracy - and detects the workings of a mind quite possibly as clever as his own. Using his contacts, friends, and the not-so-desired help of his often nemesis Sherlock Holmes, Moriarty must save his friends and outwit his most cunning opponent while the fate of history hangs in the balance.