Fate of Perfection

Fate of Perfection Author K. F. Breene
ISBN-10 1503940683
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In a corporate-controlled future where the ruling conglomerates genetically engineer their employees, Millicent Foster is the best of the best. Physically perfect and exceptionally intelligent, Millicent is granted the uncommon privilege of breeding. But her daughter inherits more than superior genetics little Marie has a rare ability that the world has never seen, and the conglomerate will stop at nothing to have sole possession of the child. Teamed with Ryker, the formidable master of security, Millicent must risk everything in a life-and-death struggle to tear her daughter away from the ruling force who wants to own them all. The odds are stacked against them, but the conglomerate will learn that the pursuit of perfection comes at a perilous cost and that love can t be bought at any price."



Fate of Devotion

Fate of Devotion Author K. F. Breene
ISBN-10 1503943631
Release 2017-04-11
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After rescuing their daughter from corporate-controlled Earth, Millicent and Ryker thought they were safe on their off-world paradise. They were wrong. Toton, once thought the weakest conglomerate, is now dominating ruined Earth with a sinister new technology. By harvesting minds for use in their supercomputers, they're enslaving the best and brightest humans to further their agenda. Millie and Ryker know that it's just a matter of time before Toton realizes the biggest prize-Marie's "gifted" mind-is merely a rocket ride away. As the anticorporate Rebel Nation and rival companies alike scramble to thwart Toton's inhuman machinations, society teeters on the brink. No longer safe, Millie and Ryker must sacrifice their hard-won freedom to return home and stand with the burgeoning revolution-outmanned, outgunned, and aided only by a most unexpected ally on the inside: Millie's nemesis and estranged sister, Danissa. But can a family's love survive greed gone mad in a world that measures human life on a balance sheet?



The House on Paradise Street

The House on Paradise Street Author Sofka Zinovieff
ISBN-10 9781476718798
Release 2013-01-01
Pages 384
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In 2008 Antigone Perifanis returns to her old family home in Athens after 60 years in exile. She has come to attend the funeral of her only son, Nikitas, who was born in prison, and whom she has not seen since she left him as a baby. At the same time, Nikitas’s English widow Maud – disturbed by her husband’s strange behaviour in the days before his death – starts to investigate his complicated past. She soon finds herself reigniting a bitter family feud, and discovers a heartbreaking story of a young mother caught up in the political tides of the Greek Civil War, forced to make a terrible decision that will blight not only her life but that of future generations...



From Paradise to Pregnant

From Paradise   to Pregnant Author Kandy Shepherd
ISBN-10 9780373743438
Release 2015-06-02
Pages 256
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One night with consequences… A week in Bali was accountant Zoe Summers's dream vacation. But when the tropical island paradise is hit by an earthquake, she's trapped—alongside Mitch Bailey, sports star and blast from her past! High on the thrill of survival, they seek comfort in each other's arms… It was only supposed to be one night, but Zoe soon discovers an unexpected souvenir—she's pregnant! Now Zoe and Mitch will have to ask themselves…can one night lead to parenthood and a lifetime of love?



The Breaking Light

The Breaking Light Author Heather Hansen
ISBN-10 1503942686
Release 2017-04-01
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In a stratified society where contact with the sun is a luxury reserved for the elite, those kept prisoner in the darkness will do anything to find the light. Arden-beautiful, street-smart, and cynical-is one of the citizens of the lowest level, known as Undercity, of an off-world colony. A blackout band traps Arden in her district, but as sister to the leader of the most powerful gang in Undercity, she has access to the Above. There she meets Dade, one of the few lucky enough to be born into the sun-kissed families who reside in the towers soaring above the rest of the city. But life isn't perfect in the sky. Dade, desperate to escape his upcoming arranged marriage, has a secret of his own, and he's willing to risk everything for it. An unlikely romance develops between the two teens-but their love faces opposition from above and below. When her gang pressures Arden to help break the grip of the elite and end Dade's interference with their drug trade, she is forced to make a deadly choice between love and family loyalty. But will the brewing class war destroy the world around them first?



Frankenstein

Frankenstein Author Mary Shelley
ISBN-10 9783736800700
Release 2017-05-22
Pages 301
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Frankenstein is a novel written by British author Mary Shelley about eccentric scientist Victor Frankenstein, who creates a grotesque creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment. Frankenstein is infused with some elements of the Gothic novel and the Romantic movement and is also considered to be one of the earliest examples of science fiction. Brian Aldiss has argued that it should be considered the first true science fiction story, because unlike in previous stories with fantastical elements resembling those of later science fiction, the central character "makes a deliberate decision" and "turns to modern experiments in the laboratory" to achieve fantastic results. It has had a considerable influence across literature and popular culture and spawned a complete genre of horror stories, films, and plays. Since publication of the novel, the name "Frankenstein" is often used to refer to the monster itself. This usage is sometimes considered erroneous, but usage commentators regard the monster sense of "Frankenstein" as well-established and an acceptable usage. In the novel, the monster is identified via words such as "creature", "monster", "fiend", "wretch", "vile insect", "daemon", "being", and "it". Speaking to Victor Frankenstein, the monster refers to himself as "the Adam of your labors", and elsewhere as someone who "would have" been "your Adam", but is instead "your fallen angel."



Paradise 21

Paradise 21 Author Aubrie Dionne
ISBN-10 9781622666294
Release 2011-07-29
Pages 248
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He gave up his soul for a second chance to love her...Two and a half centuries ago, Calisto Terana lost everything when a zealous priest murdered the woman he loved. Now, desperate for another chance to love her, he wants redemption for the mistake that cost her life. She's haunted by dreams of her own death...After catching her fiancé with another woman, Kate Bradley returns to San Diego to clear her head. The last thing she needs is romance, but after meeting Calisto she's drawn to him in ways she doesn't understand. They've waited in the shadows for centuries...Calisto has no doubt Kate is the reincarnation of his lost love, but the Fraternidad Del Fuego Santo has a new watcher with dark ambitions of his own. As old enemies re-emerge and a new threat arises, the betrayal that enslaved Calisto to the night might destroy the only woman he's ever loved again.



Into the Thickening Fog

Into the Thickening Fog Author Andrei Gelasimov
ISBN-10 1503940810
Release 2017-01-01
Pages 255
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A French theater agrees to stage the latest work by Filippov the most prestigious and lucrative opportunity of his infamous career but first he must sever ties with his longtime collaborator and childhood friend. So the internationally acclaimed Russian director makes a reluctant trip back to his hometown to deliver the news. His journey to the Far North, where the temperature remains dangerous all winter, unexpectedly blurs the distinctions between reality and art for this virtuoso, who prides himself on his ability to create shocking scenes and outrageous situations. And after the city s power grid goes off-line, the brutal cold just might get the better of him. The colder it gets, the more wickedly funny Filippov s boozy exploits, which unravel into an unexpected chain of events including run-ins with old lovers, meeting a woman who might be his daughter, encounters with the devil, and the unlikely affection of a dog that, like Filippov, is in desperate need of warmth. "



All Our Wrong Todays

All Our Wrong Todays Author Elan Mastai
ISBN-10 9781101985144
Release 2017-02-07
Pages 348
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A Skimm Reads Selection “Entertainingly mixes thrills and humor.” —Entertainment Weekly “[An] amazing debut novel... Dazzling and complex... Fearlessly funny storytelling.” —Washington Post “Instantly engaging… a timeless, if mind-bending, story about the journeys we take, populated by friends, family, lovers and others, that show us who we might be, could be — and maybe never should be — that eventually leads us to who we are.” —USA Today You know the future that people in the 1950s imagined we’d have? Well, it happened. In Tom Barren’s 2016, humanity thrives in a techno-utopian paradise of flying cars, moving sidewalks, and moon bases, where avocados never go bad and punk rock never existed...because it wasn’t necessary. Except Tom just can’t seem to find his place in this dazzling, idealistic world, and that’s before his life gets turned upside down. Utterly blindsided by an accident of fate, Tom makes a rash decision that drastically changes not only his own life but the very fabric of the universe itself. In a time-travel mishap, Tom finds himself stranded in our 2016, what we think of as the real world. For Tom, our normal reality seems like a dystopian wasteland. But when he discovers wonderfully unexpected versions of his family, his career, and—maybe, just maybe—his soul mate, Tom has a decision to make. Does he fix the flow of history, bringing his utopian universe back into existence, or does he try to forge a new life in our messy, unpredictable reality? Tom’s search for the answer takes him across countries, continents, and timelines in a quest to figure out, finally, who he really is and what his future—our future—is supposed to be. All Our Wrong Todays is about the versions of ourselves that we shed and grow into over time. It is a story of friendship and family, of unexpected journeys and alternate paths, and of love in its multitude of forms. Filled with humor and heart, and saturated with insight and intelligence and a mind-bending talent for invention, this novel signals the arrival of a major talent.



Serpent in Paradise

Serpent in Paradise Author Dea Birkett
ISBN-10 0385488718
Release 1998-01
Pages 296
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The author recounts her journey to Pitcairn Island--home to thirty-eight descendants of the Bounty mutineers--detailing how this island paradise has become a prison to its inhabitants



The Art of Falling

The Art of Falling Author Kathryn Craft
ISBN-10 9781402285202
Release 2014-01-28
Pages 368
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"A sensitive study of a woman choreographing her own recovery."—Kirkus One Wrong Step Could Send Her Over the Edge All Penny has ever wanted to do is dance—and when that chance is taken from her, it pushes her to the brink of despair, from which she might never return. When she wakes up after a traumatic fall, bruised and battered but miraculously alive, Penny must confront the memories that have haunted her for years, using her love of movement to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. Kathryn Craft's lyrical debut novel is a masterful portrayal of a young woman trying to come to terms with her body and the artistic world that has repeatedly rejected her. The Art of Falling expresses the beauty of movement, the stasis of despair, and the unlimited possibilities that come with a new beginning.



Natural Perfection

Natural Perfection Author Lonchen Rabjam
ISBN-10 9780861717255
Release 2012-06-25
Pages 300
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Dzogchen, or the "Great Perfection," is considered by many to be the apex of Tibetan Buddhism, and Longchen Rabjam is the most celebrated of all the saints of this remarkable tradition. Natural Perfection presents the radical precepts of Dzogchen, pointing the way to absolute liberation from conceptual fetters and leading the practitioner to a state of pure, natural integration into one's true being. Transcending the Tibetan context or even the confines of Buddhist tradition, Longchen Rabjam delivers a manual full of practical wisdom. Natural Perfection is a shining example of why people have continued to turn to the traditions of Tibet for spiritual and personal transformation and realization. Keith Dowman's illuminating translation of this remarkable work of wisdom provides clear accessibility to the profound path of Dzogchen in the here-and-now.



The Red Door Inn

The Red Door Inn Author Liz Johnson
ISBN-10 080072402X
Release 2016-03-01
Pages 352
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Marie Carrington is running from a host of bad memories. Broke and desperate, she's hoping to find safety and sanctuary on Prince Edward Island, where she reluctantly agrees to help decorate a renovated bed-and-breakfast before it opens for prime tourist season. Seth Sloane didn't move three thousand miles to work on his uncle's B&B so he could babysit a woman with a taste for expensive antiques and a bewildering habit of jumping every time he brushes past her. He came to help restore the old Victorian--and to forget about the fiancée who broke his heart. The only thing Marie and Seth agree on is that getting the Red Door Inn ready to open in just two months will take everything they've got. Can these two wounded souls find hope, healing, and perhaps a bit of romance on this beautiful island? Step into the Red Door Inn, a lovely home away from home tucked along the north shore of fabled Prince Edward Island. It's a place where the wounded come to heal, the broken find forgiveness, and the lonely find a family. Won't you stay for the season?



The Art of Fielding

The Art of Fielding Author Chad Harbach
ISBN-10 9780007374465
Release 2011-09-01
Pages 450
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A wonderful, warm novel from a major American voice.



The Book of Etta

The Book of Etta Author Meg Elison
ISBN-10 1503941825
Release 2017-02-21
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In the gripping sequel to the Philip K. Dick Award-winning novel The Book of the Unnamed Midwife, one woman undertakes a desperate journey to rescue the future. Etta comes from Nowhere, a village of survivors of the great plague that wiped away the world that was. In the world that is, women are scarce and childbearing is dangerous...yet desperately necessary for humankind's future. Mothers and midwives are sacred, but Etta has a different calling. As a scavenger. Loyal to the village but living on her own terms, Etta roams the desolate territory beyond: salvaging useful relics of the ruined past and braving the threat of brutal slave traders, who are seeking women and girls to sell and subjugate. When slavers seize those she loves, Etta vows to release and avenge them. But her mission will lead her to the stronghold of the Lion--a tyrant who dominates the innocent with terror and violence. There, with no allies and few weapons besides her wits and will, she will risk both body and spirit not only to save lives but also to liberate a new world's destiny.



A Surefire Way

A Surefire Way Author Barb Reed
ISBN-10 0988836211
Release 2013-04-01
Pages 308
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"This was a fantastic take on the whole "mutant" human storyline. I love the twist that the Aztec mythology added to everything. With a new surprise around every chapter - the book remained interesting up until the very end." -Jasmyn, reviewer, Bitten by Paranormal Romance "I was quickly drawn into the story easily slipping into the pictures in my mind. The writing sparked a fabulous tableau of images that easily flowed from the author's descriptive words through my mind's eye." -Mindy, reviewer, Books, Books, and More Books "With A Surefire Way, Bock provides an epic adventure jam-packed with everything that makes reading a pure pleasure-a strong heroine, a cocky hero, super powers, danger, skullduggery and laugh-out-loud humor." -Kathy Altman, author of The Other Soldier and Staying at Joe's "J.T. Bock has a wickedly funny and charming sense of adventure." -Carlene Love Flores, author of Sidewalk Flower "Colorful as a comic book, Bock mixes action and romance with Aztec mythology in this roller coaster ride of a story." -Willa Blair, author of Highland Healer _________________ UltraAgent Surefire's plan is simple: Capture the transhuman thief Raven. Win back the respect of her father. Get a raise. Easy, right? Except Surefire just broke the number one rule of her employer, UltraSecurity, a niche security firm that solves crimes committed by genetically enhanced humans like Raven. She trailed Raven into a warehouse without backup. And something more powerful than any transhuman is waiting inside. Raven's plan is simple: Atone for his past crimes. Return stolen spiritual artifacts to restore the world's balance. Don't get caught by UltraSecurity. Easy, right? Until a spunky UltraSecurity agent is suddenly on his tail, although Raven wishes she was on ... well, never mind ... he can't get distracted from his mission. Because she's followed him into a warehouse filled with his reclaimed relics, and Raven's ex-partner in crime is about to unleash a supernatural-sized complication into his plan. His old partner has accidentally summoned an Aztec god who will destroy the world unless Raven stops this spirit with a superiority complex. To do this, Raven must team up with Surefire and reveal the truth about his powers, exposing her to a force that can either save the world or destroy them both. Following Raven into that warehouse throws Surefire into a surreal world filled with moody gods, day-glo skulls, dizzying dimensional portals, maniacal half-roach magicians, and a sexy thief who is more than he appears under his snug shirt. Is Raven a criminal, or is he working for a higher power? Surefire needs to be certain, because if she joins him on this mission, she'll have to surrender everything she believed in for a surefire way to save the world, discover her destiny and find true love.



Dante s Paradise

Dante s Paradise Author Dante Alighieri
ISBN-10 0253316197
Release 1984
Pages 405
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The Paradise, which Dante called the sublime canticle, is perhaps the most ambitious book of The Divine Comedy. In this climactic segment, Dante's pilgrim reaches Paradise and encounters the Divine Will. The poet's mystical interpretation of the religious life is a complex and exquisite conclusion to his magnificent trilogy. Mark Musa's powerful and sensitive translation preserves the intricacy of the work while rendering it in clear, rhythmic English. His extensive notes and introductions to each canto make accessible to all readers the diverse and often abstruse ingredients of Dante's unparalleled vision of the Absolute: elements of Ptolemaic astronomy, medieval astrology and science, theological dogma, and the poet's own personal experiences.