What wine goes with your life? Any decent wine book can tell you what to drink with a grilled steak. But what’s the best wine to pair with a blind date? For watching the Oscars? For a big birthday? Written by Diane McMartin, this inspired drinking guide matches wines and beers to the significant—and not so significant—events in life. Binge-watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Try a Riesling—refreshing but with depth. Dumped a jerk? Celebrate with a sparkling rosé. Here are hundreds of unexpected recommendations delivered in a voice that is fresh, hip, full of attitude, and as solidly informative as it is entertaining. It’s everything you need to know to drink like an adult, even if you don’t always behave like one.
Determined to make her racing stables the best in Kentucky, Nealy Coleman Diamond finds her life changed by the arrival of her ex-husband's law partner, Hatch Littletree, but an unexpected tragedy threatens to destroy everything Nealy holds dear. Reprint.
Author: B. J. Lanagan
Release Date: 1998-02-01
During the Civil War, they sought justice outside of the law, paying back every Yankee raid with one of their own. No man could stop them. No woman could resist them. And no Yankee stood a chance when Win and Joe Coulter rode into town. All Win Coulter wanted was a nice hand of poker. But his hand was hotter than the Devil’s coffee mug, and he ended up winning the deed to a Belle Springs saloon named the Desert Flower. Now Win and his brother, Joe, have a place to drink for free. But Belle Springs is run by a sheriff as crooked as an old man’s spine. He runs his own watering hole, and he doesn’t cotton to competition. So it looks like the Bushwhackers will have to ante up a special “sheriff’s tax” or get out of town. Yeah, right.
Ambitious and driven FBI Special Agent Sidney Crawford has earned a few well-deserved days off, and has plans to spend them with his uncle and mentor. Nicole Hilliard, a successful insurance claims adjuster, has been assigned to investigate a wrongful death claim on behalf of a multinational corporation. The two strangers find themselves exploring different sides of the same incident, and must work together, not only to solve a case that impacts so many people, but also to survive against those who do not welcome their involvement. Keep What You've Heard explores how integrating valuable life lessons into your work ethic can provide a foundation for greatness.
When an explosion rips through the home of Gulf War veteran Clarence Davenport, Secret Service Agent John Wallace and White House aide Molly Pemberton are certain that Davenport, the assassin who killed President Butler, had killed himself. President Silver, the former Education Secretary who became President when Davenport killed all other legal successors to the Presidency, informs the nation that the crime of the century has been solved and that the perpetrator is dead, only to have to admit, days later, that Davenport had escaped. National outrage at Davenport's escape escalates, fueled by Senator Jeb Davies' political ambition and his hatred of Ben Silver. Davenport, the world's most sought after fugitive, with no other place to go, is recruited by Saudi expatriates opposed to the Royal Family and ends up in an Al Qaeda training camp where he devises another plan to kill President Silver and attack the United States. Silver tries to stave off the rising tide of impeachment and at the same time combat the increasing risk of a terrorist attack that will destroy the Presidency and fundamentally change the Unites States unless he can avoid impeachment and intercept the threat. " timely as this evening's news " -Melannie Lauers, Cape Cod Times(on After Kamisiyah) " an intriguing insight " -Mathew Call, Newton Tab (on After Kamisiyah)
Author: Amir D. Aczel
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: 2015-01-06
The invention of numerals is perhaps the greatest abstraction the human mind has ever created. Virtually everything in our lives is digital, numerical, or quantified. The story of how and where we got these numerals, which we so depend on, has for thousands of years been shrouded in mystery. Finding Zero is an adventure filled saga of Amir Aczel's lifelong obsession: to find the original sources of our numerals. Aczel has doggedly crisscrossed the ancient world, scouring dusty, moldy texts, cross examining so-called scholars who offered wildly differing sets of facts, and ultimately penetrating deep into a Cambodian jungle to find a definitive proof. Here, he takes the reader along for the ride. The history begins with the early Babylonian cuneiform numbers, followed by the later Greek and Roman letter numerals. Then Aczel asks the key question: where do the numbers we use today, the so-called Hindu-Arabic numerals, come from? It is this search that leads him to explore uncharted territory, to go on a grand quest into India, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and ultimately into the wilds of Cambodia. There he is blown away to find the earliest zero—the keystone of our entire system of numbers—on a crumbling, vine-covered wall of a seventh-century temple adorned with eaten-away erotic sculptures. While on this odyssey, Aczel meets a host of fascinating characters: academics in search of truth, jungle trekkers looking for adventure, surprisingly honest politicians, shameless smugglers, and treacherous archaeological thieves—who finally reveal where our numbers come from.
Author: Steven H Propp
Release Date: 2003-11-17
Have you ever wondered what happens to us when we die? What if you really HAD to know? When tragedy strikes the family of young Jobran Winter, he is forced to confront these questions directly. Undertaking a feverish "Quest," he explores various branches of Christianity; Judaism; Islam; Hinduism; Buddhism; Sikhism, as well as the religions of China and Japan. His search encompasses the New Age, Reincarnation, Spiritism and Psychical Research. Attending channeling sessions and sances, investigating haunted houses and Near-Death Experiences, he examines spiritual traditions ranging from Swedenborg to Scientology, from Jodo Shinshu to the Jehovah's Witnesses. Finally, the Quest brings him into direct contact with Hospice work; physical disability; child abandonment; abortion; suicide; euthanasia, and even cold-blooded murder. Encounter the doctrines of Purgatory & Predestination, Universalism & Annihilationism, as you journey in a novel that will make you reexamine your ideas about religion, skepticism, love, death and LIFE.
BAD BOYS AREN'T HER STYLE Schoolteacher Lynnie McBride has only one reason for attending the Valentine Ball at the state capital, and it's not romance. The suffragette protest she's planned is sure to get the attention of the governor and the legislators present. But her escort, roguish Ace Durango, is nothing but an irritation—until her "Votes for Woman" banner causes a riot that lands them both in jail, and costs Lynnie her teaching position. Spending another minute with irresponsible Ace is punishment enough in Lynnie's eyes, even if his good looks and charm are suddenly hard to ignore. . . . . .UNTIL SHE METS THE RIGHT MANAs far as Ace is concerned, taking the prim little schoolmarm to the ball more than repaid the favor he owed his parents. Now circumstances have conspired to make Ace the boss on one last cattle drive to Kansas, giving him a chance to prove to his family that he can handle whatever the job- and his future inheritance-brings. Unless it's Miss McBride herself, tagging along to attend a women's rights meeting in Dodge City. Suddenly Ace wonders if he can hold his own against the feisty young thing who won't take no for an answer –and who just might be the partner of his dreams. . .
Once he was a crown prince with a kingdom to rule… But when heartbreak drives him to recklessness, Azeez nearly loses everything, including his life. Now he must make a choice. Spend his life in the shadows of the past, or embrace his future as the true king of Dahaar. Behind every strong man… Dr. Nikhat Zakhari left Azeez because she couldn't give him what he needed to rule. But now the only man she's ever loved needs her healing touch, and she is powerless to refuse him. Azeez knows he must assume the crown—but will this unforgettable woman agree to be his desert queen?
City Attorney Regan Desanto moved to town a year ago after her partner of twenty years dumped her for another woman. All she wants is to be near her ailing grandmother and to work ordinary, boring municipal cases until she can get her life back together. Beat officer Sydney Cabot is a chronic serial polyamorist who craves the adrenaline rush on and off the job. She has never wanted to be or tried to be faithful to one woman. When Syd is slapped with a wrongful death suit, Regan, the most uptight, controlling, and monogamous woman Syd has ever met, is assigned the case. Sydney doesn't trust Regan, and the feeling is mutual, but they have to work together—and what's even more of a challenge, they have to figure out how to defuse their growing attraction.
You Never Know When The Right Guy Will Come Along. . . At least Ana Jacobs has a sense of humor. Between the constant struggle with her incredible shrinking wardrobe and her ever-expanding waistline, her boss the Big Weasel, and her current unrequited love, she needs every laugh she can get. Especially when it comes to Jason Hess. He's the gorgeous, green-eyed reason she joined the improv comedy group Iron Pyrits--and he's also one of her six housemates. Jason is everything Ana has always wanted in a man--he's sweet, responsible, funny, and beautiful to look at. In fact, whenever she does, the familiar zing inside seems to prove that he's the one. But getting him to fall for her hasn't been easy. Is it her size? Her nerves onstage? Or has she missed something that's been right in front of her all along? Maybe the zing factor isn't the most important thing. Maybe the kind of love that jumps out when you're least expecting it is. . . Praise for the Novels of Theresa Alan "A wonderful and fun read not to be missed!" --Chicklitbooks.com on The Girls' Global Guide to Guys "Reminiscent of Bridget Jones's Diary and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Alan's is a novel to be savored like a good box of chocolates." --Booklist on Who You Know
“An immensely entertaining novel” (Tor.com) from the author of The Thousand Names... The King of the Vordan is on his deathbed. Soon his daughter, Raesinia will be the first Queen Regnant in centuries—and a target for those who seek to control her. The most dangerous is Duke Orlanko, Minister of Information, and master of the secret police. He is the most feared man in the kingdom, and he knows an arcane secret that puts Raesinia completely at his mercy. But Raesinia has found unlikely allies in the returning war hero Janus bet Vhalnich, and his loyal deputies, Captain Marcus d’Ivoire and Lieutenant Winter Ihernglass. As Marcus and Winter struggle to find their places in the home they never thought they would see again, they help Janus and Raesinia set in motion events that could shatter Orlanko’s powers, but perhaps at the price of throwing the nation into chaos. But with the people suffering under the Duke’s tyranny, they intend to protect the kingdom with every power they can command, earthly or otherwise.
Author: Beverley Harper
Publisher: Pan Australia
Release Date: 1996-04-01
Desperate poachers are stalking the dwindling populations of Zimbabwe's great game parks. Ancient rivalries have ignited modern political ambitions and nothing is certain for those of the old Africa. But for Richard Dunn the stakes are even higher. Into his world comes the beautiful and compelling Steve Hayes, a woman struggling to guard her own dreadful secret. Richard has no choice: face the consequences of the past and fight for the future. To lose now is to lose everything.
Having used unorthodox methods to save a world—and every sentient being on it—Lieutenant Commander Kris Longknife is wanted across the galaxy for crimes against humanity. For her own safety, she’s been assigned to a backwater planet where her Fast Patrol Squadron 127 enforces immigration control and smuggler interdiction. But Kris is a Longknife, and nothing can stop her from getting back to the center of things—not when all hell is breaking loose. Now she’s on the run, hunted by both military and civilian authorities—and since the civilian authorities happen to be her immediate family, Kris soon finds herself homeless, broke, and on trial for her life on an alien world…