The beast has a plan... Safely hidden within the estate's enchanted walls, Benella no longer has time to fear her tormentors. She's too preoccupied attempting to determine what makes the beast so beastly. It might be the taxing visits from the aged enchantress who cursed him or his growing vexation at not being allowed to touch Benella. She needs to leave before she loses everything... In order to gain her freedom, she must find a way to break the curse, but first, she must help him become a better man while protecting her heart.
Harry Richmond - ambitious businessman and failed politician - is missing at sea, presumed dead. Ellen, his wife, emerges from her grief to discover that the Harry she knew and loved had many secrets - secrets which threaten to undermine everything that Ellen holds dear. Was Harry's death a simple accident? The enigmatic Moreland enters Ellen's life and tries to uncover the truth. But it is a truth that at least one person would perfer left undisturbed. For in matters of deceit, some victims are more innocent than others . . . 'Ms Francis excels herself . . . you'll love it' Today 'Plenty of action, and more than enough murderous surprises' Independent 'A gripping tale of a woman's quest to discover the truth about her husband's death . . .' She 'The best she has done yet . . . finished at three a.m. with the rain pouring outside and a little shiver in the spine' Frances Fyfield, Daily Telegraph 'In the top rank of crime novels' Irish Press
Sometimes the truth hides where no one expects to find it.Joanne Weeks knows Baxter Jackson killed Linda—his second wife and Joanne’sbest friend—six years ago. But Baxter, a church elder and beloved member ofthe town, walks the streets a free man. The police tell Joanne to leave wellenough alone, but she is determined to bring him down. Using her skills as aprofessional skip tracer, she sets out to locate the only person who may be able to put Baxter behind bars. Melissa Harkoff was a traumatized sixteen-year-old foster child in the Jackson household when Linda disappeared. At the time Melissa claimed to know nothing of Linda's whereabouts—but was she lying? In relentless style, Deceit careens between Joanne's pursuit of the truth—which puts her own life in danger—and the events of six years' past, whenMelissa came to live with the Jacksons. What really happened in thathousehold? Beneath the veneer of perfection lies a story of shakeable faith,choices, and the lure of deceit.
Sometimes the truth hides where no one expects to find it. Joanne Weeks knows Baxter Jackson killed Linda his second wife and Joanne's best friend six years ago. But Baxter, a church elder and beloved member of the town, walks the streets a free man. The police tell Joanne to leave well enough alone, but she is determined to bring him down. Using her skills as a professional skip tracer, she sets out to locate the only person who may be able to put Baxter behind bars. Melissa Harkoff was a traumatized sixteen-year-old foster child in the Jackson household when Linda disappeared. At the time Melissa claimed to know nothing of Linda's whereabouts but was she lying? In relentless style, Deceit careens between Joanne's pursuit of the truth which puts her own life in danger and the events of six years' past, when Melissa came to live with the Jacksons. What really happened in that household? Beneath the veneer of perfection lies a story of shakeable faith, choices, and the lure of deceit.
It looks like just another car crash: a head-on collision on a lonely stretch of desert highway that leaves one driver dead. Yet Tom Valle, the local newspaperman assigned to the story, is damned good at spotting lies. He should know--once a star reporter at America's most prestigious daily, he was disgraced after being caught spinning columns of lies and exiled to the smallest town paper that would have him. Seeking personal redemption and the resurrection of his career, Valle investigates a trail of cover-up, fraud, and murder stretching back for decades. But the path of corruption is so dark, Valle wonders if this story will redeem him, or kill him.
The Third Book In The Rick Taylor Mystery Series.
It is Spring in West London where Charley is in the throes of a mid-life divorce. Her daughter is at university and blames her mother for the divorce. Her widowed mother has just moved into a retirement home and is not happy. Her about-to-be ex-husband is still an unsettling influence. Her best friend is being supportive, but their relationship has changed. Then she meets Paul. As the Summer progresses Charley becomes aware that we believe what we want to believe.
DECEIT is a story about the Presidency of Bill Springer. DECEIT is the story about the President, Bill Springer. When you keep that in mind you will follow the frightening possibility for this fiction to become reality. The Presidency of the most powerful nation in the world is an tremendous responsibility. The “Noble Experiment” of the Founding Fathers has proven to be beyond the ability of rogues and charlatans to tarnish, try as they might. The American people have been able to survive and the country has grown stronger for it. The story begins with an innocuous piece of background, a small snapshot of the author’s belief that nothing “just happens”. In DECEIT you can see how a First Family also includes its own extended family and how each member’s goals can be subverted. Power, it has been said, corrupts. This book should leave you with no doubt that it not only corrupts but that corruption can flow like flood waters if left unchecked. You will see people struggling to make a better life for themselves finding that they are caught up in something beyond their control. You will find good people who are just going along with the program because they don’t want to make waves. These people suddenly find out that “the program” has taken them to a place they never wanted to go and now cannot get out of. But you will also see that some people have the courage or perseverance to either extricate themselves or combat the force that power exerts. There are good people out there and you will see them. The troubling characteristic that you will have to cope with is that there are also some bad people who do good things every once in a while. It will be left to you to make the moral judgments on them. The book is fast paced as it wings its way through but a few days in the life of the President and his family. The writing style keeps you moving so that you can see how seemingly unconnected events are truly connected, in some cases they are actually bound together. You will come away from the book with a new perspective on life and, perhaps, a new perspective on government. If nothing else, it should make you want to open your eyes and ears to learn everything you can about candidates for public office. It should have you make your right to vote into your responsibility to vote, and do it in an informed manner.
From the bestselling author of "Derailed" comes an explosive new thriller about a disgraced journalist who stumbles upon an unimaginable conspiracy--but will anyone believe him?
Ellen seeks a dangerous truth when her husband is lost at sea under suspicious circumstances in this psychological thriller from international bestselling author Clare Francis When MP and successful businessman Harry Richmond is seemingly lost at sea in his yacht, his wife, Ellen, slowly transforms from grieving widow to primary suspect. The handsome Richard Moreland, Harry’s army colleague, is determined to solve the mystery of his friend’s disappearance. When Richard uncovers clues pointing to the possibility of scandal, secrets, and even murder, Ellen insists her husband committed suicide. As she works stoically to protect her children from the emotional impact of their father’s disappearance and its related politics, another revelation awaits—and it could break the case wide open. Rendered in stunning prose, this psychological thriller from international bestselling author Clare Francis is one of the yachtswoman’s finest works. Never has her specialty knowledge of sailing, boats, and the Suffolk coast been so well represented in her fiction.
Slettens thriller follows a fair haired, golden boy from Minnesota to Washington, D.C., and a job with the FBI. The young Special Agent tries to be a loyal and dedicated patriot, but turns from the hunter into the hunted and ends up paying the ultimate price for his duplicity in a repulsive and malevolent FBI bureaucracy.Fresh from college, the naive twenty-seven year old from Minnesota arrives in the nations capital. A Midwest patriot at heart, he cant believe hes going to be working for the prestigious FBI. Recruited into an audacious undercover operation to break up small business operations, he begins undercover work in newly developed white collar crime section, where no rules have been written, let alone tested, for his activities. FBI scrutiny continues, and an illegal high life spills over from those watched into the daily patterns of the good guy agent watching and infiltrating the corruption. The self-serving rigidity of the FBI organization also becomes impossible for the young agent to deal with, and before he knows it, he finds he is in fear of his own life -- from them.
Safely hidden within the estate's enchanted walls, Benella no longer has time to fear her tormentors. She's too preoccupied attempting to determine what makes the beast so beastly. It might be the taxing visits from the aged enchantress who cursed him or his growing vexation at not being allowed to touch Benella. In order to gain her freedom, she must find a way to break the curse, but first, she must help him become a better man while protecting her heart. Intended for adult readers only due to sexual situations, violence (attempted rape), and moderate language.
Deceit is book 1 in the Desert Reapers MC trilogy. Books 2 and 3, Betrayal and Lust are available everywhere now! She loves animals, but she's never met a beast like me. She’s the kind of girl who shouldn’t get mixed up with someone like me. But that was before I claimed her. Before I f*cked her until she was raw. She had no choice when she stepped into my world. And now this monster won’t let her go. She was in her last year in vet school when she met me. Good girls like her don’t fall for a monster like me. But she didn’t fall for me. I took her. Now she’s in a world of trouble. She’s about to learn what it’s like to be someone’s favorite possession. Each time I put my hands on her. Each time I pull her body into mine. Each time I make her moan. Make her tremble. Make her scream. I’ll make sure she won’t forget that she’s mine.
In a world at war, there are but 2 ways to power. For over 700 years, two great nations have battled for control of the world of Seor. Hal Geran (a General in The Empire of Seor Yul) will find himself at the center of more than just a battle...more than he could imagine. He will face treachery at every turn, enemies at every side and a strange new threat from a sinister lord and his den of evil wizards. This is a story with many faces...many sides...but only one epic fate. Illustrations by Sophia Hsu. 506 Pages. Visit www.tarnishedheart.com for more info.
Argues that the current political customs are a real threat to democracy and freedom and offers ways to correct the situation.
#1 New York Times bestselling author and radio host Mark R. Levin delivers a "bracing meditation” (National Review) on the ways our government has failed the next generation. In modern America, the civil society is being steadily devoured by a ubiquitous federal government. But as the government grows into an increasingly authoritarian and centralized federal Leviathan, many parents continue to tolerate, if not enthusiastically champion, grievous public policies that threaten their children and successive generations with a grim future at the hands of a brazenly expanding and imploding entitlement state poised to burden them with massive debt, mediocre education, waves of immigration, and a deteriorating national defense. Yet tyranny is not inevitable. In Federalist 51, James Madison explained with cautionary insight the essential balance between the civil society and governmental restraint: “In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.” This essential new book is, against all odds, a likeminded appeal to reason and audacity—one intended for all Americans but particularly the rising generation. Younger people must find the personal strength and will to break through the cycle of statist manipulation, unrelenting emotional overtures, and the pressure of groupthink, which are humbling, dispiriting, and absorbing them; to stand up against the heavy hand of centralized government, which if left unabated will assuredly condemn them to economic and societal calamity. Levin calls for a new civil rights movement, one that will foster liberty and prosperity and cease the exploitation of young people by statist masterminds. He challenges the rising generation of younger Americans to awaken to the cause of their own salvation, asking: will you acquiesce to a government that overwhelmingly acts without constitutional foundation—or will you stand in your own defense so that yours and future generations can live in freedom?
Life isn't always fair, and that's something that Llewellyn Gardner knows about first hand. His life was on the fast track until one night of extreme passion changed everything. Now eight years later, he's still living with the aftershocks of that night. Everywhere he turns or runs, there's another reminder. What the hell do you do when you try to drown your demons only to find out they can swim? Shane Smith, Jr. owner of Smith Construction, could see the emotional turmoil within his new employee - it's why he hired him. There was something about the gorgeous, misunderstood man with the overly expressive eyes that came to their small town with a past no one was willing to overlook. Shane could see the good in Llewellyn, and those eyes of his were a clear window to his soul. Shane wasn't going to let the man live a future of solitude because his past had been plagued with deceit. Llewellyn wasn't sure what to think about Shane. After years of protecting himself from being tricked twice, he was now faced with worry again. What would happen to him if Shane didn't believe his truth, and walked away? Llewellyn wasn't sure he'd be able to survive being left alone. Again.
"In Love, Self-Deceit, and Money, Koen Stapelbroek reconstructs the early Neapolitan Enlightenment debate on the morality of market societies, a debate that hinged on the preservation of Naples' independent statehood in a global arena of commercial and military competition. Galiani rejected the opinions of many of his contemporaries regarding the moral and economic dangers threatening Naples, and, in his Della moneta (1751), he justified the systems set in place by the Neapolitan government. With reference to early, previously unstudied lectures on self-deceptive 'Platonic love,' Stapelbroek examines Galiani's role in the wider debate, arguing that his early work in moral philosophy and history suggests a great deal about his political-economic stance, including his assertion that money is the ultimate ordering principle in the universe." --Book Jacket.
This book identifies Cynic philosophers as the opponents addressed by the epistle to the Colossians. This identification permits new solutions to old interpretative problems in Colossian studies. In particular, Martin offers a new translation and interpretation of Col. 2.16-23 as well as other problematic passages. Martin contends that the author of Colossians contrasts the hope of the gospel with his opposition's empty deceit and emphasizes important distinctions between Christian ethics and Cynic ethics. The study concludes that Christian ethics as articulated in Colossians transforms societal structures instead of simply rejecting them as Cynic ethics did.