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Al-Rasheed, a wealthy Genovese merchant who has converted to Islam. Bereft of faith, imprisoned in a foreign land, Henry has lost hope in his ability to love again—until he lays eyes on his captor’s beguiling daughter.
A marriage of opposites . . .
To Henry, Alya is a beacon of beauty he cannot ignore. But the heart of this proud daughter of Cairo will not be won so easily. Divided by religion, language, and culture, Ayla has little in common with the disillusioned Englishman—and yet he has vowed to protect her life in exchange for his freedom. As they embark on a perilous journey to safety, their bond will grow—and be tested—in ways neither can anticipate. For their greatest challenges will arise where Henry least expects. With threats conspiring to divide them, will he find the strength to stand by Ayla—and together will they find a common ground on which to build a future?
Author: D.L. Roan
Beaten within an inch of his life after Chloe exposes their secret, and Pryce having been shipped off to a religious boarding school a half state away, Jonah tells the biggest lie of his life and leaves Falcon Ridge with his heart in pieces. When he returns a year and a half later, the last thing he expects to find is his best friend engaged to the girl who betrayed them both.
No longer the scared, confused kid he once was, Jonah is determined to get to the bottom of Pryce’s sham of an engagement, but the truth behind Chloe’s betrayal could change all their lives forever.
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Enjoy this sizzling-hot excerpt of Jonah’s return to Falcon Ridge, book six in The McLendon Family Saga by USA Today bestselling author D.L. Roan</p>
<p> “Where’s your foreman, or the other ranch hands for that matter?” Jonah asked as he bent down and picked up a handful of bolts beside his boot and tossed them onto the workbench. “Why aren’t they out here helping you?”<br />
Pryce furrowed his brows as he doubled his efforts, moving with deliberate purpose, cleaning the dirt from the trailer parts and reorganizing them on the table. “They’re gone,” he said. “Most of them anyway. We can’t pay them, and no one’s going to work for my father for free, except me apparently.”<br />
“What about when the calving starts? You got any help coming?” Pryce couldn’t possibly think he could do everything on his own.<br />
“Our calves aren’t due for another two months, but I’ve got a skeleton crew lined up if I need them.”<br />
“If you need them?” Jonah jerked the part out of Pryce’s hand and took him by the shoulders. “You can’t do this by yourself. Forget the storm. You could lose more than your stock.” One accident and he could lose his life!<br />
“I’ve already lost more than you could possibly imagine,” Pryce said through his gritted teeth.<br />
Jonah fisted his hands into the front of Pryce’s coat and backed him against the side of the horse trailer. All the months he’d spent telling himself he was wrong, that he didn’t want Pryce, that he couldn’t want him, were nothing but wasted time. This need inside him hadn’t gone away just because he did. Every ridiculous excuse he’d meticulously crafted evaporated in a single breath. There was no other truth but the one in front of him, and he was done running from it.<br />
“You didn’t lose me,” Jonah breathed, their faces so close his hat tipped back and fell to the ground behind him.<br />
Pryce’s hot breath coated Jonah’s lips with a teasing taste of him. “But you lost me,” he said and met Jonah’s gaze.<br />
“So it’s true.” Jonah’s angry words sliced through the cold air between them. “You’re marrying Chloe.” Familiar resentment rose to the surface and he didn’t bother to fight it. He pressed his hips against Pryce’s, feeling the hard lie Pryce was about to tell for what it was. Even if he was in love with the traitorous bitch, Pryce couldn’t deny the truth any more than he could. “Did you tell her about us?”<br />
Pryce licked his lips, his body tensing in response to the seductive contact he still so obviously craved, his gaze dropping to Jonah’s mouth. “There is no us,” he breathed. “It was only one kiss.”<br />
“Wrong.” Jonah descended on his mouth, prodding with his tongue until he pushed past Pryce’s lips to claim the boy-turned-man the way he’d craved since the last time their lips touched.<br />
Pryce pushed against his chest with a protesting grunt, but his token resistance subsided when their tongues clashed in a frantic duel. Jonah pressed his weight against him, trapping him against the trailer, countering each of Pryce’s desperate strokes with his own. The long denied need for his best friend’s taste drove him to reach deeper. He gripped Pryce’s face and tipped his head back, their teeth clicking together in their haste for more. Welcomed heat flooded Jonah’s veins as he thrust his tongue alongside Pryce’s as deep as he could reach before retreating and moving in for another drugging taste. Damn, he’d needed this.<br />
Pryce threaded his fingers through his hair and pulled him closer. The vibrant sting to his scalp raced to Jonah’s groin and a growl rumbled through his chest. He ground his cock against the ample bulge in Pryce’s jeans, extracting a mirroring desperate groan from him before Pryce twisted away, gasping for air.<br />
Reluctantly, Jonah backed off, but didn’t release him. He braced his forearm against the trailer beside Pryce’s head, their feverish breaths billowing around them in a cloud of desire and lust.<br />
With a firm grip on Pryce’s chin, he gazed down at him, nowhere near satisfied. “Now there’s two kisses,” Jonah panted. “And you can bet your ass there will be more.” He punctuated his point by trailing his lips along Pryce’s jawline, the seductive feel of his five-o’clock stubble making them both release a shuddering breath.<br />
Pryce shoved him away and Jonah let him go. He hadn’t taken more than a step when Pryce cursed. “Chloe?”<br />
Jonah glanced back at him, then over to the open barn door where Chloe stood frozen, her eyes wide with shock.<br />
“Chloe, it’s not what—dammit wait!” She bolted like a spooked colt and Pryce shot out of the barn after her. “Chloe!”</p>
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While historian Sarah Sherman doesn’t believe in curses either, she’s compelled to use her knowledge of Point Pleasant to uncover the long-buried truth. The river town has had its own share of catastrophes, many tied to the legendary Mothman, the winged creature said to haunt the woods. But Quentin’s arrival soon reveals that she may have more of a stake than she realized. It seems that she and Quentin possess eerily similar family heirlooms. And the deeper the two of them dig into the past, the more their search enrages the ancient mystical forces surrounding Point Pleasant. As chaos and destruction start to befall residents, can they beat the clock to break the curse before the Mothman takes his ultimate revenge? . . .
Nicholas is smitten at first sight with the gorgeous, mysterious redhead upstairs. But between her attempts to push him away and the even bigger wall around her heart, the dashing doctor is having a hard time getting close to the sensitive beauty. Then he glimpses the emotion in her eyes as she watches Fred and Ginger whirl across the screen and he’s determined to uncover just what it will take to dance his way in to her heart . . .
Today we celebrate the release of SEALs of Honor: Chase!
This is the next installment in the SEALs of the Honor series.
Everyone has something in their history they’d like to keep buried in the past…
Chase has more than most. And his secrets are about to blow wide open as one really bad part of his past has come looking for him.
Vanessa is all about moving forward in her life and not looking back. There are enough painful memories in her history for a lifetime.
But when she gets embroiled in Chase’s problems, they become her problems too.
Both need to deal with their pasts, because if they don’t, they might no longer have a future.
Author: Elizabeth Bonesteel
But their mundane mission quickly turns treacherous when the Galileo picks up a distress call: Exeter, a sister ship, is under attack from raiders. A PSI generation ship—the same one that recently broke off negotiations with Foster—is also in the sector and joins in the desperate battle that leaves ninety-seven of Exeter’s crew dead.
An investigation of the disaster points to sabotage. And Exeter is only the beginning. When the PSI ship and Galileo suffer their own “accidents,” it becomes clear that someone is willing to set off a war in the Third Sector to keep their secrets, and the clues point to the highest echelons of power . . . and deep into Shaw’s past.
Chef Wolfgang Hanau, born and educated in Eastern Europe, learned to love good cooking from an early age, so it was only natural that he’d go on to become a world-renowned chef.
What isn’t so natural, however, is his willingness to share the secret recipes he’s learned over a decades-long career at some of the world’s most exclusive restaurants, luxury hotels, and resorts.
In this memoir/recipe book, he revels in dishes with a French flair, Bavarian specialties from Munich’s Oktoberfest, Switzerland’s renowned international cuisine, and dishes from the many great places he’s practiced his craft.
You’ll laugh and smile as he enjoys camelback rides in the Sahara desert, cruises on luxury ocean liners, and meets celebrities at culinary destinations that offer sun, fun, and escapes from the ordinary.
Along the way, he shares recipes that will impress your relatives and friends, including German Warm Potato Salad, the Allenstein BBQ Recipe, Bearnaise Sauce, Rainforest Acai Berry Cookies, Amstel Light Portobello Gorgonzola Burger, Golden Apple Cheddar Pancakes, Apple Jam-Filled Cookies, and Apricot-Glazed Mushrooms over Mixed Baby Greens.
There’s an exciting story and a tasty dish for everyone in this book of secret recipes and travel adventures.
Good luck everyone!
Don Quixote Explained focuses on seven topics: how Sancho Panza refines into a good governor through a series of jokes that turn earnest; how Cervantes satirizes religious extremism in Don Quixote by taking aim at the Holy Roman Catholic Church; how Don Quixote and Sancho Panza check-and-balance one another’s excesses by having opposite identities; how Cervantes refines Spanish farm girls by transforming Aldonza Lorenzo into Dulcinea; how outlaws like Roque Guinart and Gines Pasamonte can avoid criminality and why; how Cervantes establishes inter-religional harmony by having a Christian translator, on the one hand, and a Muslim narrator, on the other; and lastly, how Cervantes replaces a medieval view of love and marriage―where a woman is a housekeeper, lust-satisfier, and child begetter―with a modern view of equalitarian marriage typified by a joining of desires and a merger of personalities.
“AN ERUDITE EXAMINATION OF THE THEMES AND IDEAS IN DON QUIXOTE. I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED THE WRITING AND EXPOSITION OF THIS WELL-REASONED CRITIQUE. BUY IT AND STUDY IT. GERALD J. DAVIS, AUTHOR OF DON QUIXOTE, THE NEW TRANSLATION BY GERALD J. DAVIS” WWW.DON-QUIXOTE-EXPLAINED.COM
Question 1- How long does it take you to write a book?
At first, when I was learning how to write a book, when I was absorbing the rules of good grammar, proper syntax, and fitting diction, when I was expanding my vocabulary of concepts—by looking up definitions and applying words to different contexts—the writing process was much slower. During my early years, when I was learning how to write, I wrote, and rewrote, sections of my book, over and over again, so it read more smoothly. But, now that I am a practiced writer, with a large vocabulary of concepts, and an impresssive mastery of grammar, the actual process of writing is much easier. It flows more smoothly. Words just pour out. I do not have to rewrite as much, since my base drafts are better to begin with. And, though, I am a much better and faster writer today because of all my writing practice, still I am not a particularly fast writer, though, I am not a slow and plodding writer either. My pace, I would say, is average. But the quality of my writing, at least the writing I take pride in, is exceptional, primarily because I value quality over quantity in all things, especially writing. Whether I write a book, a short story, a novella, a piece of poetry, or just an e-mail, I try to write it as imaginatively, clearly, and concisely as I can, since effective communication, to me, is the ruling principle of my writing life. If my readers understand what I am writing about, then I have done my job as a writer. If they do not, then I need to go back to the drawing board, until they do.
Strictly speaking, then, though writing Don Quixote Explained took me four years to complete, I have written other books that took more or less time, depending on their simplicity or complexity, their longevity or shortness.
For me, a brief, easy book can take 6 months to a year to write, while a long involved book can take multiple years to finish. Personally, what determines how long it takes me to write a book varies, according to the subject matter of the book, the intricacy of the plot, the simplicity, or complexity, of its theme, its’ narrowness or broadness of topic, and, of course, its length. Is it 150 pages? 300 pages? 800 pages?
Also, for me, writing a book is not merely the mechanical act of actual writing, however rewarding this may be. It also entails a great deal of prewriting consisting of: outlining different plots and themes; writing about my characters beforehand; setting up my scenes.
During the prewriting stage, I detail various natural and man-made settings. I document the goals of my heroes and villains. I trace the conflict of my characters. I develop dialogue by tapping into my emotional subconscious. Then, once all of this pre-thinking and pre-writing is done, I combine all this together into a book. Then I edit, and re-edit. And so on. Until the book is polished and publishable.
So, for me, writing a book is no easy job. Frequently, books take me years to write. They take a great deal of research, brain storming, and trial and error, to think of a good story before I actually write one. For me, writing a book is not just the actual process of fixed writing, (which, can be relatively fast once I have my ducks in a row) but it also includes the prewriting, contemplation stage, which, I find, can take as long as writing the book itself.
I am sure, with practice, I will get faster, over time, so that I can compose one book a year, as most publishers want. But, for now, I would say that writing my books takes me two years, or longer, on average.
Question 2 – What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
As someone who proudly embraces the title writer and eccentric, I have a number of quirks that probably seem odd to the non-writing world.
I pay attention to everything: When I see a stranger with a particular walk, or an interesting look, I take mental notes. When I overhear a fascinating conversation, or experience something wonderful / terrible / awe-inspiring / terrifying, I hold it in my mind for use in my writing. When I experience different climate patterns, like white-out snows, driven rain, blustery wind, or water spouts, I try to note these weather conditions, in case I need them for my books. When I am in a bustling city, a developed town, or a sleepy village, I try to note its characteristics, in case I need to explain it later. I do all this so I can create a plausible mini-world for my readers that corresponds to the larger real world they know. In my everyday life, I try to focus on and retain every detail I can, no matter how minute: Since, to me, it is supporting details, that makes a story believable.
By paying attention to everything − I pack my subconscious with a storehouse of useful information − I store of sights, sounds, smells I may use later − I summon images that I have filed away in my mental database for later use.
Because I am a daydreamer, there are few things I think about more than the worlds and characters that I am writing about. Therefore, my primary writing quirk is to live in worlds that I create even when I am not writing about them.
Question 3 – When did you write your first book and how old were you?
Though, I did not complete my first book until I was 33, currently, I have written two books. Now, I am conceptualizing a third.
To write my first book, then, I drew from all of my previous writing experiences (i.e. high school essays, college term papers, undergraduate and graduate theses, legal briefs, and various memoranda, as well as e-mails, missives, and notes, I wrote).
Honestly, I wish I had started writing sooner since the longer you write, consistently, on a daily basis, the better you write, explicitly, over time. In my view, years of early writing practice would have not only enabled me to produce better fiction, right now, in the form of short-stories, novellas, and novels, but also the long established practice of writing everyday, consistently, would have cultivated stronger relationships with people in the publishing world. In my view, the earlier you begin to write, the more polished an author you become in the long term, since writing, like any cultivated skill, takes practice. The more the better. For this reason, I wish I had started writing poetry, prose, fiction, and non-fiction, from an early age, so that now I could produce creative fiction with ease. But, I didn’t. So now I have to work hard to learn the craft.
Actually, what enabled me to write my book(s) was: my systematic learning of thousands vocabulary words; my voracious reading of many different books (including books on how to write); my methodical study of grammar guides and style manuals; and, most importantly, my systematic practice of writing itself.
The good news is I am still relatively young. So I still have time to improve my writing. I just have to work hard every day to write a novel that tells a great story, one that others will pay to read.
Question 4 – What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your book?
Surprisingly, I learned that some of my worst writing could produce something greater, if I ignored all those doubts in my head telling me to remove what I had written. Instead of cutting out what I had written, entirely, sometimes I attempted to improve upon my drafts by rearranging them.
As a novice writer, one of my greatest challenges was building confidence in myself and overcoming self-doubt of writing something wrong. In other words, writing a lot of awful prose lead me to realize that nothing is ever perfect at the outset, in the first stage. That it is possible to transform terrible writing into something good, by changing around paragraphs and sentences, deleting unclear or redundant sections, editing a document for word choice, spelling and grammar, and incorporating outside suggestions.
Question 5 – What do you think makes a good story?
A good story, I think, consists of a timely theme, a tight plot line, believable characters, realistic place settings, and believable conversations that are highly probable. Good writing also has a central purpose, manifest in goal directed actions that can only be accomplished after overcoming a series of hurdles, devised by a main nemesis, an antagonist that makes a protagonist’s accomplishments improbable, and, therefore, impressive. That all elements in a plot—from character development to personal descriptions to conflict, setting, and dialogue—must be smoothly integrated in a story’s plot, not randomly placed there, haphazardly, for the heck of it.
Question 6 – What would you like readers to know?
That my book sold at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. That Gerald G Davis, a recent translator of Don Quixote, endorsed my book. That I lectured on the Renaissance in Don Quixote at the 41 st International Symposium of Hispanic Literature. That I have an 11 page personal author website, replete with: a book proposal; a CV; a blog; a guest book; an annotated bibliography; a u-tube video of my conference presentation; as well as links to my FB fan page, twitter page, academia.edu account, and books on Amazon.
Emre Gurgen, the author of Don Quixote Explained: The Story of an Unconventional Hero, has a Bachelor’s degree in English from Pennsylvania State University. Currently, he lives in Germantown, Maryland, where he is writing a follow-up Don Quixote essay collection and study guide.
Author: Ian Douglas