Arri had been abused and picked on all his life. Born a runt, and then maturing into an omega, he was cast out of his pack. Figuring he'd not find another pack willing to take him in, he struggled to make a life for himself in the human world.If he didn't have bad luck, he had no luck at all. Jobs were hard to come by, and he wasn't able to keep them for long, his omega empathy causing humiliating meltdowns.He'd been robbed, mugged, and nearly raped too many times to count. Arri's wolf was fundamentally broken, with no way to emerge, or protect him, finally withdrawing deep within him and remaining silent.Then, a day came when things changed. Answering yet another employment ad, he was stunned to find the source of the advertisement was a beta wolf, then was shocked further when he was presented before the alpha of the Woodlynn pack. He'd heard rumors about this pack, the alpha considered one of the strongest on the continent.He believed the rumors after meeting the large male.Arri's silent wolf had awakened, whispering to him, calling the alpha, mate, which was ridiculous. Alphas didn't mate with lowly omegas. Especially male omegas, even though Arri was perfectly capable of giving an alpha pups, or so he'd been told by the old ex-beta he'd befriended. But then again, male omegas were rare, and thought little of, viewed as weak, considered unnatural. So, he would ignore his wolf, do his job, and keep his head down, not causing Alpha Dryden any cause to fire him.*~*~*~*Dryden knew there was something different about the assistant his beta, Vann, had brought to him. He was human, yet he smelled of wolf. But not a scent Dryden had ever experienced before. Vann hadn't seemed to notice, though Dryden suspected his beta was still angry at Dryden insisting on a human assistant.How could he tell his beta he'd felt an uneasiness in his pack, a danger that he couldn't put his finger on, and didn't want to trust any pack-mates to handle his affairs?As time passed, his instincts that something was wrong within his pack grew, along with the certainty that Arri was not what he seemed.It was when Dryden was visiting another pack, tremulous negotiations for an alliance in the works, and Arri was attacked, that the truth came out. Dryden's assistant was an omega wolf. And not just any omega, but a Fae Omega, which would be the reason Dryden hadn't known.Omega wolves were rare, and most packs banished them for their weaknesses. But a Fae Omega was unheard of, most believing them myths. The Fae had died out a long time ago, and for an omega wolf to be born with Fae blood was incredible.But that wasn't Dryden's biggest problem. The moment Arri had shifted, Dryden's wolf went into the blood-mate fever, the need to claim the omega the only thing he was capable of thinking about.But to claim Arri, Dryden would have to fight the alpha of Arri's home pack, and he wasn't sure he could win. And, then there was the unknown threat within his own pack that he still needed to figure out.
Sometimes...being a hero hurts. Vann was thrilled for this alpha, Dryden claiming his mate, and now expecting a pup. Thanks to the alpha-beta link between them, the only downside was how much Dryden's happiness emphasized Vann's own loneliness. There was a wolf that caught Vann's eye, possibly his fated mate, but Vann couldn't claim a male. It was too engrained in him to seek out a female mate. An alpha female.Then, the unimaginable happened. Once again, Arri was abducted, and held captive. Except this time, Vann was as much a prisoner as Arri. Day after day, Vann endured Kale's cruel torture so that Arri would be as safe as possible. And the pup was soon coming......and Vann's vow as alpha guardian took on a whole new meaning. Unable to bear the shame, and guilt of his actions, and unwilling to return to Woodlynn to face his alpha, Vann fled, abandoning Dryden now that the male had his mate back safe, and sound.*~*~*~*Dryden was beyond worried that his lead beta, his alpha guardian--his best friend--had disappeared without a trace. Knowing what drove the male to take off didn't matter to Dryden. Vann had saved his mate, his family. He'd fulfilled his vow, and then some. Dryden was indebted to Vann, and missed the beta desperately, more than he thought possible.But Vann's disappearance was only the tip of the iceberg. There was no peace for his family, he was depending on Rovyn more, and more, and yet, couldn't because the beta had claimed his mate, another male omega, and needed time with Anrean.Then there was Border pack, his brother Massey having stepped down, and gone home, leaving Dryden as alpha to both Woodlynn, and Border. Not something that was going over well with the Border wolves. Even Kasp, a psychotic wolf that once belonged to Woodlynn a few years ago was challenging his right to lead Border as the alpha who bested Sbrel.And to top it all off, Truin, one of his beta-in-trainings, and Vann's fated mate, had left in search of the missing alpha-guardian, without permission.His life in chaos, Dryden wasn't sure what was going to happen. Would he defeat the challengers bent on destroying him? Would he, and Arri ever have time to raise their pup without constant threats?Would Vann ever return?
Author: P. D. James
Publisher: Vintage Canada
Release Date: 2012-01-11
The Children of Men begins in England in 2021, in a world where all human males have become sterile and no child will be born again. The final generation has turned twenty-five, and civilization is giving way to strange faiths and cruelties, mass suicides and despair. Theodore Faron, Oxford historian and cousin to the omnipotent Warden of England, a dictator of great subtlety, has resigned himself to apathy. Then he meets Julian, a bright, attractive woman, who wants Theo to join her circle of unlikely revolutionaries, a move that may shatter his shell of passivity.… And maybe, just maybe, hold the key to survival for the human race. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Author: David Hanscom
Release Date: 2016-11-18
Genre: Health & Fitness
Seattle spinal surgeon Dr. David Hanscom focuses on an aspect of chronic pain that the medical world has largely overlooked: you must calm your nervous system in order to get better. More than any other book about pain, Back in Control reveals how to quiet a turbocharged central nervous system and make a full recovery, with or without surgery. Dr. Hanscom shares the story of his own journey out of chronic pain and offers a treatment paradigm that has evolved from his personal experience, as well what he has learned from his patients, hundreds of whom have moved beyond managing pain to becoming pain free. This book will enable those suffering from chronic pain to regain control of their care and life. This revised 2nd edition reflects the last few years of neuroscience research. It is becoming increasingly clear that the brain processes mental and physical pain in a similar manner. As anxiety drops, pain will diminish. Dr. Hanscom has observed that these principles apply to any chronic pain condition.
Can I really trust in the gospel? Does God really love me? Can I really be of any use to God? We are taught to doubt but commanded to believe. Somehow we think that admitting to doubt is tantamount to insulting God. But doubt is not a sign of spiritual weakness, rather it's an indication of spiritual growing pains. Alister McGrath, no stranger to a faith born of doubt, here offers good news to doubters: your faith can grow, and strengthen as it grows. It needs to take root in your experience of God, it needs to take in the nourishment of instruction in the words and ways of God, it needs to be stretched into greater obedience to the commands and calling of God but it can grow beyond doubt into a thriving relationship. Market/Audience Aplogetics buffs Evangelists Pastors Students Features and Benefits Respectful treatment of the place of doubt in faith formation. Written in a conversational style by a leading Christian thinker. Includes a foreword by Ravi Zacharias.
Author: Jeff Brown
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Release Date: 2010-06-15
Soulshaping is the inspiring memoir of an archetypal "male warrior"–a trial lawyer–who struggled to find his heart and a more authentic, soulful path. Rivetingly personal and profoundly universal, this book is for anyone who has heard a whisper of something truer calling out to them amid the distractions of modern life. Jeff Brown’s dramatic and often funny story takes readers through remarkably human experiences–emotional, physical, and economic–as he vividly recounts his troubled childhood, his success in apprenticing with Canada’s top criminal lawyer, and his ultimate decision to leave the law and begin an inner journey to discover his soul’s purpose. A work of courageous self-creation, Soulshaping reminds us that we are all truly connected, that our seemingly isolated struggles are actually part of the shared human challenge to live a life that is heart-centered and soul-driven. Both down-to-earth and magically mystical, Soulshaping will meet you where you live–and where you long to live.
The final book of the Bible, Revelation prophesies the ultimate judgement of mankind in a series of allegorical visions, grisly images and numerological predictions. According to these, empires will fall, the "Beast" will be destroyed and Christ will rule a new Jerusalem. With an introduction by Will Self.
Author: Marisa de los Santos
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: 2011-06-28
Everyone has secrets. Some we keep to protect ourselves, others we keep to protect those we love. Cornelia Brown surprised herself when she was gripped by the sudden, inescapable desire to move with her husband to the suburbs. Her mettle is quickly tested by her impeccably dressed, overly judgmental neighbor Piper Truitt—the embodiment of everything Cornelia feared she'd find in suburbia. With Lake, another recent arrival, Cornelia shares a love of literature and old movies—as she forms an instant bond with this warm yet elusive woman and her perceptive, brilliant young son, Dev. But there are shocking secrets and unexpected surprises lurking beneath the peaceful veneer of suburban life—and nothing is quite what it seems.
Author: Ira Byock
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2014-06-10
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
Updated with stories from people who have been inspired by the original text, a guide to connecting with what matters most identifies four phrases for honoring relationships, letting go of unhealthy emotions, and living life fully.
The last thing Callie needs in her life is another man, so she's less than thrilled when Dan Mattson moves into the apartment across the hall. Will Dan and Callie be able to get past their baggage and give love another chance?
Author: A. M. Homes
Release Date: 2013
Feeling overshadowed by his more-successful younger brother, Harold is shocked by his brother's violent act of rage, which irrevocably changes both of their lives, placing Harold in the psychologically dynamic role of father figure to his brother's adolescent children and caregiver to his aging parents. By the author of This Book Will Save Your Life. (This book was previously listed in Forecast.)
Author: Russell Brand
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Release Date: 2017-10-03
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
A guide to all kinds of addiction from a star who has struggled with heroin, alcohol, sex, fame, food and eBay, that will help addicts and their loved ones make the first steps into recovery “This manual for self-realization comes not from a mountain but from the mud...My qualification is not that I am better than you but I am worse.” —Russell Brand With a rare mix of honesty, humor, and compassion, comedian and movie star Russell Brand mines his own wild story and shares the advice and wisdom he has gained through his fourteen years of recovery. Brand speaks to those suffering along the full spectrum of addiction—from drugs, alcohol, caffeine, and sugar addictions to addictions to work, stress, bad relationships, digital media, and fame. Brand understands that addiction can take many shapes and sizes and how the process of staying clean, sane, and unhooked is a daily activity. He believes that the question is not “Why are you addicted?” but "What pain is your addiction masking? Why are you running—into the wrong job, the wrong life, the wrong person’s arms?" Russell has been in all the twelve-step fellowships going, he’s started his own men’s group, he’s a therapy regular and a practiced yogi—and while he’s worked on this material as part of his comedy and previous bestsellers, he’s never before shared the tools that really took him out of it, that keep him clean and clear. Here he provides not only a recovery plan, but an attempt to make sense of the ailing world.
New York Times Bestseller A Summer Reading Pick for President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution—a #1 international bestseller—that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human.” One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one—homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us? Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book that begins about 70,000 years ago with the appearance of modern cognition. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas. Dr. Harari also compels us to look ahead, because over the last few decades humans have begun to bend laws of natural selection that have governed life for the past four billion years. We are acquiring the ability to design not only the world around us, but also ourselves. Where is this leading us, and what do we want to become? Featuring 27 photographs, 6 maps, and 25 illustrations/diagrams, this provocative and insightful work is sure to spark debate and is essential reading for aficionados of Jared Diamond, James Gleick, Matt Ridley, Robert Wright, and Sharon Moalem.