"On January 4, 2000, my sweet husband Bill and I kissed our toddler Natalie goodbye, with promises to be back soon as we headed to the hospital to deliver our second child. Twenty-four hours later, we had a newborn daughter, but all else had been horribly, irrevocably changed. Life had thrown me curves before, but none like this." Given up at birth, Annette had been adopted into an enormous family of fosters and biological kids, with a loving dad and an emotionally distant mom. Despite her own struggles with anxiety, she was crowned homecoming queen, met the guy of her dreams, set off on adventures that took them around the world, and eventually settled into a beautiful home where they would build their family. All that changed in one unfathomable night. An inspirational memoir told by a dynamic mother of five, Annette Ross shares her personal challenges, financial struggles, and the life-altering medical error that left her unable to walk. Join Annette and her family on this journey to reclaim a lost fairy tale.
Trinity, Kiara and Madison aren't your regular hood chicks; they are the daughters of Marjorie and Gregory Love, owners of The Love Agency, a premier management and PR firm in the heart of Atlanta, Georgia. These strikingly beautiful, sophisticated, and driven plus-sized divas have had a good life; working feverishly to uphold the reputation that their mother earned amongst Atlanta's elite and that their father earned in the streets. However, when tragedy upon tragedy starts to hit disastrously like flying bullets, the Love daughters are not only fighting to maintain the integrity of their family name, but to keep their family together and alive. Madison Love-Armstrong, the oldest daughter, wife and mother of three, is the HBIC. Raising her siblings as if they were her own the majority of her life helped mold her into the woman and awesome mother that she is today. Madison has the perfect life and wants it all; to travel the world signing artists while being at the soccer games cheering her kids on. However, her husband's mysterious street life throws such a monkey wrench into her flawless world that the fate of her perfect life is in lethal jeopardy. Kiara Love, the middle child and humming songbird, is not so happily engaged to one of Atlanta's sexiest men, Boris Williams. She loves him, but does he love her is the question her family steadily asks over the dinner table. Because her life seems to be perfect, and the only thing missing is a husband and children, she settles. Kiara has herself fooled to think that just because she's over two hundred pounds, she'll never find another man, but it's far from the truth when one of The Love Agency's hottest artist, Keeno, begins to make her see the power and beauty in every single one of her many curves. The baby of the bunch and the apple of her father's eyes is Miss Trinity Love. Unlike her sisters, Trinity wants nothing to do with The Love Agency or the music industry. Her aspirations are to be a Pediatrician and make her father proud, but when one of the hottest rappers in Atlanta, Kavion "Ghost" Harris, makes her a victim of his swag, she is far from the perfect, smart, college student that her father pines over. Instead, she finds herself stupidly caught in the web of the wrong men over and over again; especially with Ghost, his high-profile, eye candy model baby's mama, Brianna Foxx, and the man that she has been secretly sleeping with behind everyone's back. Brought to you from National Best-Selling Authors, Jessica N. Watkins and NAKO, No Fairytales: The Love Story is a riveting, spicy, sexy and suspenseful series full of daunting secrets and murder that leaves you wanting more and more. Though Madison lives her life according to a planner, one Monday morning will shake up her whole life and her family's too. Kiara was always told not to mix business with pleasure, but Keeno is too hot to ignore, even with the ring on her finger as a constant reminder of her upcoming wedding. The moment that Trinity secretly defies her father to the upmost degree causes a revelation of secrets so deep that the Love family may never recover from.Will the Love family recover from their deadly secrets, lies and infidelities? Find out in this riveting page-turner!
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2017-05-02
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
In the bestselling tradition of The Five People You Meet in Heaven and Humans of New York comes a collection of authentic, emotional, and inspiring stories about life’s most important moments, as curated by the editors at Love What Matters. “90% of the reads bring me to tears. I just can't believe the love this world truly has when all we see is hate. This is so uplifting.” —Shelsea Where do you go when you want to feel inspired? When you want to forget about the divisiveness and the anger? For over five million people, that place is Love What Matters, a digital platform dedicated to finding and sharing the daily moments of kindness, compassion, and love that so often go overlooked. This curated collection of powerful stories features first person accounts and photographs that perfectly capture each moment: A husband learning he’s about to be a dad. A new mom embracing her body. A cashier inadvertently teaching a young girl a lesson about patience. A bagel from a stranger that saved a homeless man’s life. From long overdue adoptions to military heroes returning home; from a fireman’s touching 9/11 tribute to what an old dinner plate found at a bake sale can teach us all about life—these are the moments that matter. They are genuine. Authentic. Raw. And they are perfect in their imperfection—just like all of us. You will no doubt experience goosebumps and tears, but this mosaic of life’s moments will leave you with something even more profound: a reminder that, in the end, love always wins. “This really is the best page on Facebook. It renews your love of humanity. There are still good people. We need more reports of acts of kindness.” —Johnny
Mina Grime is unlucky, unpopular and uncoordinated, that is until she saves her crush's life on a field trip, changing her High School status from loser to hero overnight. But with her new found fame brings misfortune in the form of an old family curse come to light. For Mina is descended from the Brothers Grimm and has inherited all of their unfinished fairy tale business. Which includes trying to outwit a powerful Story from making her its next fairytale victim. To break the fairy tale curse on her family and make these deadly occurrences stop, Mina must finish the tales until the very Grimm end.
Author: Chris Colfer
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: 2012-07-17
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Alex and Conner Bailey's world is about to change, in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairy tales. The Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about. But after a series of encounters with witches, wolves, goblins, and trolls alike, getting back home is going to be harder than they thought.
Acclaimed author Graham Joyce's mesmerizing new novel centers around the disappearance of a young girl from a small town in the heart of England. Her sudden return twenty years later, and the mind-bending tale of where she's been, will challenge our very perception of truth. For twenty years after Tara Martin disappeared from her small English town, her parents and her brother, Peter, have lived in denial of the grim fact that she was gone for good. And then suddenly, on Christmas Day, the doorbell rings at her parents' home and there, disheveled and slightly peculiar looking, Tara stands. It's a miracle, but alarm bells are ringing for Peter. Tara's story just does not add up. And, incredibly, she barely looks a day older than when she vanished. Award-winning author Graham Joyce is a master of exploring new realms of understanding that exist between dreams and reality, between the known and unknown. Some Kind of Fairy Tale is a unique journey every bit as magical as its title implies, and as real and unsentimental as the world around us.
Rapunzel tries to live a normal life after her escape from the Wild and the fairy tale plots it imposes, but when the Wild takes over her town, it is her daughter Julie who tries to prevent everyone from being trapped in a story.
That's NOT the way it was! say five characters from some of the worlds most beloved fairy tales. In reality, Cinderella wasn't the sweetest belle of the ball. She was an annoying chatterbox. Jack was a petty thief. And Little Red Riding Hood? Spoiled rotten! Its all about point of view. Pull up a chair, and get the full scoop straight from the mouths of the wicked stepmother, the giant, the prince, Baby Bear, and the wolf. Get the Other Side of the Story!
Author: Jonas T. Bengtsson
Publisher: Other Press, LLC
Release Date: 2014-03-25
In a Europe without borders, where social norms have become fragile, a son must confront the sins of his father and grandfather, and invent new strategies for survival A young boy grows up with a loving father who has little respect for the law. They are always on the run, and as they move from place to place, the boy is often distraught to leave behind new friendships. Because it would be dicey for him to go to school, his anarchistic father gives him an unconventional education intended to contradict as much as possible the teachings of his own father, a preacher and a pervert. Ten years later, when the boy is entering adulthood, with a fake name and a monotonous job, he tries to conform to the demands of ordinary life, but the lessons of the past thwart his efforts, and questions about his father’s childhood cannot be left unanswered. Spanning the mid-1980s to early-twenty-first-century in Copenhagen, this coming-of-age novel examines what it means to be a stranger in the modern world, and how, for better or for worse, a father’s legacy is never passed on in any predictable fashion.
Author: Krista Lakes
Release Date: 2018-04-21
"I'd give up my whole kingdom to be with you. I want to be your Prince Charming." Aria has a big heart but bigger problems. Her whole life is a mess thanks to her controlling stepmother. But when she's knocked over- literally- by the hottest man she's ever had the pleasure of tangling up her body with, everything changes. Henry Prescott, second-string rugby player for the Paradisa Royals, is funny, sweet, charming, and oh-so-sexy. He's got a rock hard body and tackles her in bed as fiercely as he tackled her in the park. Knowing nothing about rugby, but absolutely intoxicated by his accent, she finds herself falling for him. There's only one problem: Henry Prescott doesn't exist. The man she thinks she loves is actually Prince Henry, second in line for the throne of the nation of Paradisa. He's the man who Aria's entire department has to impress for trade relations. And that makes Aria's stepmother's plans even more dangerous. He's the man who could destroy her world or make all her dreams come true. He lied about being a prince... did he also lie about being in love? NYT Bestseller Krista Lakes brings you this brand new sweet-and-sexy royal romance. This standalone novel will have you cheering for an American princess's happily ever after.
Who will Lucy and her dog, Mr. Barker, see on their fairy-tale adventure? Peek through from scene to scene to guess who they might meet next. Lucy is reading a fairy tale to Mr. Barker, but her dog has other ideas. When he jumps out the window — landing in a cottage with a broken chair, three bowls of porridge, and a little golden-haired girl — Lucy is right behind him. Goldilocks would rather not be there when the bears return, so she joins Lucy and Mr. Barker as they continue on their way, adding a trio of pigs, a boy with a goose, and a just-awakened princess during their journey. What happens next? Cutout windows throughout add visual surprises to this lighthearted fractured fairy tale.
In this mischievous and utterly original debut, Hansel and Gretel walk out of their own story and into eight other classic Grimm-inspired tales. As readers follow the siblings through a forest brimming with menacing foes, they learn the true story behind (and beyond) the bread crumbs, edible houses, and outwitted witches. Fairy tales have never been more irreverent or subversive as Hansel and Gretel learn to take charge of their destinies and become the clever architects of their own happily ever after.
This is the first published version of Beauty and the Beast, written by the French author Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve in the mid-18th century and translated by James Robinson Planche. It is a novel-length story intended for adult readers, addressing the issues of the marriage system of the day in which women had no right to choose their husband or to refuse to marry. There is also a wealth of rich back story as to how the Prince became cursed and revelations about Beauty's parentage, which fail to appear in subsequent versions of the now classic fairy tale.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A wonderful, beautifully told tale from America’s favorite novelist, Fairytale is a captivating example of the truths that will always withstand even the darkest storms, and a reminder that sometimes fairytales do come true, and good prevails over evil in the end. Camille Lammenais has grown up in the beauty of the Napa Valley, surrounded by acres of her family’s vineyards. Her parents, Christophe and Joy, still deeply in love after two decades of marriage, have built a renowned winery and château modeled after Christophe’s ancient family estate in his native Bordeaux. Camille has had a perfect childhood, safe in her parents’ love. After graduating from Stanford, she returns to help manage Château Joy, her lifetime goal. But their fairytale ends suddenly with her mother’s death from cancer. Six months after losing his wife, the devastated Christophe is easy prey for a mysterious, charming Frenchwoman visiting the valley. The Countess de Pantin is the essence of Parisian seductiveness and sophistication. Within weeks they are a clandestine couple, making love like teenagers, glowing with their secret. Camille, still grieving for her mother, is shocked by the news that her father intends to remarry. Then she begins to see past the alluring looks, designer clothes, and elegant manners of the countess, while her innocent father is trapped in her web. When tragedy strikes again, Camille is at her stepmother’s mercy, and that of the two evil stepbrothers who appear. Camille needs to fight—first for her legacy, and then for her very life. But as she grapples with the plots being carried out against her, the countess’s elderly, kind, clever mother becomes her only ally, and a childhood friend emerges as a prince worthy of any fairytale.