The Guppy and the Shark

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Author: J

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1475985460

Category: Fiction

Page: 572

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Barbara Wilson is a widow and owner of the Double-T Bar Ranch in Montana living comfortably with her daughter and two loving grandchildren. The demands of running a ranch and maintaining her reputation keep her occupied, but she longs for something more. Mike Watson is a retired widower living alone in northern Illinois. Trapped by his grief and hopelessness since his wife died of cancer, he has chosen to avoid social interactions, which worries his grown children. One day while tinkering with his van, the answer comes to him: he decides then and there to write a book and set it in the West. Mike takes a life-changing trip from home to the wilds of Montana to do research for the book and meet the locals. There, a chance encounter with Barbara changes both of their lives. When the lives of these two wounded strangers suddenly align, a book project, a picnic, a storm, a rock, and secrets form the elements that bring them together. Their two families must now learn to overcome disappointment and the many obstacles that circumstance places in the path to hope. For two lost souls in the process of healing broken hearts, nothing is sweeter than the hope of new love.

Sex, Color, and Mate Choice in Guppies

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Author: Anne E. Houde

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691027890

Category: Nature

Page: 210

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The Trinidadian guppy (Poecilia reticulata) is well known to biologists and home aquarium enthusiasts alike. Scientists have studied guppies for most of the twentieth century. Some of the most intensive recent research has been conducted by behavioral ecologists, who have found that the guppy mating system makes guppies especially useful in the study of sexual selection and mate choice. By observing guppy behavior in aquaria, researchers hope to obtain new insights into how selection operates in natural populations. Here Anne Houde summarizes and synthesizes the scientific work done to date, relates the empirical findings on guppies to current themes in sexual selection theory, and suggests new directions for future research. This book describes the sexual behavior of guppies and examines how mate choice by females leads to the evolution of the conspicuous colors and the courtship displays for which guppies are widely recognized. The author shows that female guppies prefer males with bright color patterns, especially those with orange spots, and that the mating preferences of females lead to sexual selection on both color patterns and courtship displays of males. Houde's work addresses a number of areas that are of interest in sexual selection, including the remarkable degree of plasticity and evolutionary lability of sexual behavior in guppies, geographic variation in mating preferences, possible mechanisms for the evolution of female mating preferences, and the role of sexual selection in speciation. In conclusion, the author explores the implications of her findings for behavioral ecologists who study sexual selection in other species.

Emotional Terrors in the Workplace: Protecting Your Business' Bottom Line

EMOTIONAL CONTINUITY MANAGEMENT IN THE WORKPLACE

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Author: Vali Hawkins Mitchell, Ph.d.,Vali Hawkins Mitchell,Philip Jan Rothstein, FBCI

Publisher: Rothstein Associates Inc

ISBN: 9781931332279

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 390

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Reasonable variations of human emotions are expected at the workplace. People have feelings. Emotions that accumulate, collect force, expand in volume and begin to spin are another matter entirely. Spinning emotions can become as unmanageable as a tornado, and in the workplace they can cause just as much damage in terms of human distress and economic disruption.All people have emotions. Normal people and abnormal people have emotions. Emotions happen at home and at work. So, understanding how individuals or groups respond emotionally in a business situation is important in order to have a complete perspective of human beings in a business function. Different people have different sets of emotions. Some people let emotions roll off their back like water off a duck. Other people swallow emotions and hold them in until they become toxic waste that needs a disposal site. Some have small simple feelings and others have large, complicated emotions. Stresses of life tickle our emotions or act as fuses in a time bomb. Stress triggers emotion. Extreme stress complicates the wide range of varying emotional responses. Work is a stressor. Sometimes work is an extreme stressor.Since everyone has emotion, it is important to know what kinds of emotion are regular and what kinds are irregular, abnormal, or damaging within the business environment. To build a strong, well-grounded, value-added set of references for professional discussions and planning for Emotional Continuity Management a manager needs to know at least the basics about human emotion. Advanced knowledge is preferable.Emotional Continuity Management planning for emotions that come from the stress caused by changes inside business, from small adjustments to catastrophic upheavals, requires knowing emotional and humanity-based needs and functions of people and not just technology and performance data. Emergency and Disaster Continuity planners sometimes posit the questions, ?What if during a disaster your computer is working, but no one shows up to use it? What if no one is working the computer because they are terrified to show up to a worksite devastated by an earthquake or bombing and they stay home to care for their children?? The Emotional Continuity Manager asks, ?What if no one is coming or no one is producing even if they are at the site because they are grieving or anticipating the next wave of danger? What happens if employees are engaged in emotional combat with another employee through gossip, innuendo, or out-and-out verbal warfare? And what if the entire company is in turmoil because we have an Emotional Terrorist who is just driving everyone bonkers?" The answer is that, in terms of bottom-line thinking, productivity is productivity ? and if your employees are not available because their emotions are not calibrated to your industry standards, then fiscal risks must be considered. Human compassion needs are important. And so is money.Employees today face the possibility of biological, nuclear, incendiary, chemical, explosive, or electronic catastrophe while potentially working in the same cubicle with someone ready to suicide over personal issues at home. They face rumors of downsizing and outsourcing while watching for anthrax amidst rumors that co-workers are having affairs. An employee coughs, someone jokes nervously about SARS, or teases a co-worker about their hamburger coming from a Mad Cow, someone laughs, someone worries, and productivity can falter as minds are not on tasks. Emotions run rampant in human lives and therefore at work sites. High-demand emotions demonstrated by complicated workplace relationships, time-consuming divorce proceedings, addiction behaviors, violence, illness, and death are common issues at work sites which people either manage well ? or do not manage well. Low-demand emotions demonstrated by annoyances, petty bickering, competition, prejudice, bias, minor power struggles, health variables, politics and daily grind feelings take up mental space as well as emotional space. It is reasonable to assume that dramatic effects from a terrorist attack, natural disaster, disgruntled employee shooting, or natural death at the work site would create emotional content. That content can be something that develops, evolves and resolves, or gathers speed and force like a tornado to become a spinning energy event with a life of its own. Even smaller events, such as a fully involved gossip chain or a computer upgrade can lead to the voluntary or involuntary exit of valuable employees. This can add energy to an emotional spin and translate into real risk features such as time loss, recruitment nightmares, disruptions in customer service, additional management hours, remediations and trainings, consultation fees, Employee Assistance Program (EAP) dollars spent, Human Resources (HR) time spent, administrative restructuring, and expensive and daunting litigations. Companies that prepare for the full range of emotions and therefore emotional risks, from annoyance to catastrophe, are better equipped to adjust to any emotionally charged event, small or large. It is never a question of if something will happen to disrupt the flow of productivity, it is only a question of when and how large.Emotions that ebb and flow are functional in the workplace. A healthy system should be able to manage the ups and downs of emotions. Emotions directly affect the continuity of production and services, customer and vendor relations and essential infrastructure. Unstable emotional infrastructure in the workplace disrupts business through such measurable costs as medical and mental health care, employee retention and retraining costs, time loss, or legal fees. Emotional Continuity Management is reasonably simple for managers when they are provided the justifiable concepts, empirical evidence that the risks are real, a set of correct tools and instructions in their use. What has not been easy until recently has been convincing the ?powers that be? that it is value-added work to deal directly and procedurally with emotions in the workplace. Businesses haven?t seen emotions as part of the working technology and have done everything they can do to avoid the topic. Now, cutting-edge companies are turning the corner. Even technology continuity managers are talking about human resources benefits and scrambling to find ways to evaluate feelings and risks. Yes, times are changing. Making a case for policy to manage emotions is now getting easier. For all the pain and horror associated with the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, employers are getting the message that no one is immune to crisis. In today''''s heightened security environments the demands of managing complex workplace emotions have increased beyond the normal training supplied by in-house Human Resources (HR) professionals and Employee Assistance Plans (EAPs). Many extremely well-meaning HR and EAP providers just do not have a necessary training to manage the complicated strata of extreme emotional responses. Emotions at work today go well beyond the former standards of HR and EAP training. HR and EAP providers now must have advanced trauma management training to be prepared to support employees. The days of easy emotional management are over. Life and work is much too complicated.Significant emotions from small to extreme are no longer the sole domain of HR, EAP, or even emergency first responders and counselors. Emotions are spinning in the very midst of your team, project, cubicle, and company. Emotions are not just at the scene of a disaster. Emotions are present. And because they are not ?controllable,? human emotions are not subject to being mandated. Emotions are going to happen.There are many times when emotions cannot be simply outsourced to an external provider of services. There are many times that a manager will face an extreme emotional reaction. Distressed people will require management regularly. That?s your job

Theft

A Novel

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Author: BK Loren

Publisher: Catapult

ISBN: 1619020858

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

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“Ambitious and distinctive . . . taking us into the lives of two endangered species, Mexican wolves and a Southwest underclass family, equally hunted by fate” (Ivan Doig, bestselling author). Willa Robbins is a master tracker working to reintroduce the Mexican wolf, North America’s most endangered mammal, to the American Southwest. But when Colorado police recruit her to find her own brother, Zeb, a confessed murderer, she knows skill alone will not sustain her. Willa is thrown back into the past, surfacing memories of a childhood full of intense love, desperate mistakes, and gentle remorse. Trekking through exquisite New Mexico and Colorado landscapes, with Zeb two steps ahead and the police two steps behind, Willa must wrangle her desire to reunite with her brother and her own guilt about their violent past. In this remarkable debut, Loren’s lyrical prose gives voice to the wildlife and land surrounding these beautifully flawed characters, breathing life into the southwestern terrain. Within this treacherous and mesmerizing landscape, Theft illustrates the struggle to piece together the fragile traces of what has been left behind, allowing for new choices to take shape. This is a story about family, about loss, and about a search for answers. “Theft is the best book I’ve read in as long as I can remember.” —Catherine Ryan Hyde, New York Times bestselling author “Loss and love coexist in Loren’s lyrical words.” —Medium “A literary narrative encompassing the bonds of family, the echo of tragedy, as well as love and acceptance, played out against a fragile yet enduring natural world.” —Kirkus Reviews

Finding the Worm (Twerp Sequel)

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Author: Mark Goldblatt

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 0385391102

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 304

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The New York Post praised Twerp as “reminiscent of The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” Finding the Worm is a sequel that stands on its own--an unforgettable coming-of-age story about life, loss, and friendship. Perfect for fans of The Sandlot and readers who love books by Jennifer L. Holm, Andrew Clements, and Rebecca Stead. It’s not a test unless you can fail. . . . Trouble always seems to find thirteen-year-old Julian Twerski. First it was a bullying incident, and now he’s been accused of vandalizing a painting. The principal doesn’t want to suspend him again, so instead, he asks Julian to write a 200-word essay on good citizenship. Julian writes 200 no’s instead, and so begins an epic struggle between Julian and his principal. Being falsely accused is bad enough, but outside of school, Julian’s dealing with even bigger issues. His friend Quentin has been really sick. How can life be fair when the nicest guy in your group has cancer? Julian’s faith and friendships are put to the test . . . and the stakes have never been higher. Praise for Twerp: A Bank Street Best Book of the Year A Junior Library Guild Selection A Summer Top Ten Kids’ Indie Next List Pick “Reminiscent of The Perks of Being a Wallflower. . . . You don’t have to be a twerp to read this book.” —New York Post “A vivid, absorbing story about one boy’s misadventure, heartache, and hope for himself.” —Rebecca Stead, Newbery Medal–winning author of When You Reach Me “[Fans of] Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid who have matured beyond the scope and gravity of that series will find a kindred spirit in Julian.” —School Library Journal “Reminiscent of movies like The Sandlot. . . . Well-written and funny.” —The Advocate “Alternately poignant and comical. . . . A thought-provoking exploration of bullying, personal integrity and self-acceptance.” —Kirkus Reviews “Funny, poignant, and an effective commentary on bullying and its consequences.” —The Horn Book Magazine From the Hardcover edition.

Women at Work

Leadership for the Next Century

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Author: Dayle M. Smith

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 270

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Focusing on equality in the workplace, this informative and empowering study offers a candid examination of women and the barriers they face as they enter the 21st century workforce environment, highlighting the challenges organizations and their employees face as well as offer new directions women can look to in managing their success. Offers valuable insight and expertise from a wide range of contributing authors, providing readers with a foundation for exploring the “glass ceiling” , analyzing women's experiences in the workplace, and identifying strategies for managing successful career. Addresses many pertinent issues, including gender and communication; the experience of women of color; dysempowerment in organizations; the legal system and discrimination laws; career path obstacles; the trend of international women managers; what women entrepreneurs must know; professional women as changing agents, and much more. Begins each section with interviews from some of today's most powerful and inspiring women leaders who share how they “broke through” and found success. For professionals in management and business.

The Vast and Brutal Sea

A Vicious Deep novel

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Author: Zoraida Cordova

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.

ISBN: 1402296215

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 336

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Blood is in the Water... Two days. That's all the time Tristan Hart has to prevent all-out war. Since discovering he was part merman and heir to the Sea Throne, Tristan has been fighting for his future, his friends—his life. Now, to win the crown and save the girl he loves, Tristan will have to take the ultimate risk: unleash the ancient magic of Poseidon and release the kraken. Seriously. It's the only way to unite the three scattered pieces of the king's trident and stop the sea witch Nieve from taking the throne for herself. Tristan's going to need all the help he can get. But the one person he could always depend on him has betrayed him—Kurt now wants the throne for himself. Brother against brother, it's a brutal race to the finish, and there can only be one winner. The Vicious Deep Series: The Vicious Deep (Book 1) The Savage Blue (Book 2) The Vast and Brutal Sea (Book 3)

The Dolphins of Shark Bay

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Author: Pamela S. Turner

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547716389

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 76

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A scientific journey to study the dolphins of coastal Australia considers the many potential sources of dolphin intelligence and what dolphin behavior can inform the scientific community about human intelligence, captive animals and the future of the oceans. 20,000 first printing.

I'm Gonna Tell

...An Offbeat Tale of Survival

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Author: Lori Cardille

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9781475904765

Category: Psychology

Page: 124

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Lori Cardille, actress, relates the impact of surfacing memories of her childhood abuse that could not be held back any longer. A poingnant account delivered with humor, this book hopes to offer compassion for others who are surviving.

Sharks & Rays in Aquariums

Gaining an Understanding of How to Keep These Fishes in Captive Saltwater Systems

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Author: Robert Fenner

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781494868741

Category: Pets

Page: 60

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The cartilaginous fishes; sharks, rays, skates and the weird chimaeras have always fascinated humans; the sharks for over-blown fear of attack (more people are killed every year by falling aircraft tools, pigs, tripping over shoelaces...); all for their grace and beauty. I have personally campaigned for decades, trying to educate people; for their protection in the wild as well as for their careful selection and adequate care by folks who would take the plunge in caring for them in captivity. It is indeed a travesty that tens of millions of sharks are fished for their fins alone; the rest of the animal usually returned as waste to the sea. I have tasted the slimy, tasteless liquid that is shark fin soup... As unacceptable to me is the mis-stocking and inadequate care afforded sharks and rays placed in too small environments; improperly filtered/maintained, and/or mis-fed and lost prematurely. It is my fervent goat to help you avoid these major sources of mortality through this written work.

The Devil's Teeth

A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America's Great White Sharks

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Author: Susan Casey

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

ISBN: 1466800518

Category: Nature

Page: 304

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A journalist's obsession brings her to a remote island off the California coast, home to the world's most mysterious and fearsome predators--and the strange band of surfer-scientists who follow them Susan Casey was in her living room when she first saw the great white sharks of the Farallon Islands, their dark fins swirling around a small motorboat in a documentary. These sharks were the alphas among alphas, some longer than twenty feet, and there were too many to count; even more incredible, this congregation was taking place just twenty-seven miles off the coast of San Francisco. In a matter of months, Casey was being hoisted out of the early-winter swells on a crane, up a cliff face to the barren surface of Southeast Farallon Island-dubbed by sailors in the 1850s the "devil's teeth." There she joined Scot Anderson and Peter Pyle, the two biologists who bunk down during shark season each fall in the island's one habitable building, a haunted, 135-year-old house spackled with lichen and gull guano. Two days later, she got her first glimpse of the famous, terrifying jaws up close and she was instantly hooked; her fascination soon yielded to obsession-and an invitation to return for a full season. But as Casey readied herself for the eight-week stint, she had no way of preparing for what she would find among the dangerous, forgotten islands that have banished every campaign for civilization in the past two hundred years. The Devil's Teeth is a vivid dispatch from an otherworldly outpost, a story of crossing the boundary between society and an untamed place where humans are neither wanted nor needed.

Rethinking Sales

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Author: Marco Giunta

Publisher: Rethinking Sales

ISBN: 0557509769

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 228

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Building Sales One Relationship At A Time It’s no surprise that the world of sale today is more challenging than ever. How, then, can you become that salesperson who stands out among the rest? How can you break through the sales stereotypes and improve client relationships?Salespeople all over the world all have one thing in common - the desire to make money. But also, they want to feel respected and confident in the work that they do. Rethinking Sales opens a new door into the sales arena, and encourages you to understand on a deeper level the entire sales process - from how to make that first impression, to keeping your clients coming back for more. It works for anyone at any stage in their career, and shows how each step of the “sales process†is important in reaching your goal, and ultimately, making the most money that you can. check out RethinkingSales.com and Marcogiunta.com

Visions of Tomorrow

Science Fiction Predictions that Came True

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Author: Tom Easton,Judith Klein-Dial

Publisher: Skyhorse

ISBN: 1628730080

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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An “intriguing” look at science fiction that foresaw the future, from computer viruses to space elevators—by authors from H. G. Wells to Gregory Benford (Publishers Weekly). Long before movies like Minority Report and The Matrix, the world’s most revered writers have been creating far-fetched tales of advanced technology and the future as it might exist—and as it turns out, they were right. This fascinating anthology collects the most prescient visions and imagined inventions that classic fiction has to offer. Visions of Tomorrow includes: * “The Land Ironclads” by H. G. Wells, who described a military tank in 1903, long before it was ever a possibility; * “Yesterday House” by Fritz Leiber, which predicted the ability to clone human beings; * Robert Sheckley’s blackly comic “The Prize of Peril,” which hinted at a lethal lead-in to reality television; * “Reason” by Isaac Asimov, which envisioned satellites that could harness solar power; * And many more. In this stunning anthology of never-before-collected stories, our world’s greatest science fiction writers demonstrate that the truth can be just as strange as fiction. This ebook also includes an introduction by Robert Silverberg and selections by Edgar Allan Poe, Gregory Benford, Cleve Cartmill, Jeff Hecht, Thomas Easton, Murray Leinster, James Van Pelt, Rajnar Vajra, David Gerrold. Vonda N. McIntyre, Richard A. Lovett, Hal Clement, and Charles Sheffield.

Sif Biology Ol Tb

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Author: N.A

Publisher: Pearson Education South Asia

ISBN: 9789812478405

Category: Biology

Page: 354

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What the Bible Is All About for Women

A Book of 66 Devotions

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Author: Lisa Harper

Publisher: Gospel Light Publications

ISBN: 9780830744060

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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Reading What the Bible is All About for Women is like sitting in a coffee shop with a good friend having a chat about the Bible over a cup of coffee. Dispelling the myth that the Bible is boring, Lisa Harper connects with readers through humor and her straightforward style combined with theological substance to offer a devotional, which is an enjoyable read and a helpful guide for spiritual growth. Inspired by Henrietta Mears’ classic, What the Bible is All About for Women helps women discover what makes them the objects of God’s affection. Readers will be encouraged by the fact that the creator of the universe is madly in love with them; they will be compelled to pursue a more passionate and honest relationship with God through His Word. Includes 66 engaging devotions, highlights from the beloved What the Bible is All About and an interactive section in which the reader can experience the personal relevance of Scripture.

The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark

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Author: Ken Geist

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

ISBN: 0545361419

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

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An under-the-sea retelling of The Three Little Pigs in a chunky, hands-on board book! ""Little fish, little fish, let me come in."" "Not by the skin of my finny fin fin!" "Then I'll munch, and I'll crunch, and I'll smash your house in!" Mama tells her three little fish that it's time to make their own homes. Jim builds his house of seaweed, but the big bad shark munches it up. Tim builds his house of sand, but the shark crunches it up. It's smart Kim who sets up house in an old sunken ship! Children will delight in this silly whale of a tale with funny, eye-popping illustrations in a sturdy, shiny new board book edition! Safe for all ages.

Hot Blooded

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Author: Amanda Carlson

Publisher: Orbit

ISBN: 0316206385

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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The second novel in the Jessica McClain series is a full on action adventure featuring one angry Goddess and plenty of monsters, demons, and a few newly risen beasties... It hasn't been the best week for Jessica McClain. Her newly found mate has been kidnapped by a Goddess hell-bent on revenge, and Jessica is positive she can save him. But being the only female werewolf in town comes with its own set of rules and powers... if only she understood them. Aided by two vamps, two loyal Pack members, and one very reluctant human, Jessica must rescue her man while coming to terms with what being a wolf really means.

The Jesus Syndrome

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Author: Joseph John Francis

Publisher: Dorrance Publishing

ISBN: 1434993965

Category: Religion

Page: 278

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