When sixteen-year-old Zoey Redbird gets Marked as a fledgling vampire she must join the House of Night school where she will train to become an adult vampire. That is, if she makes it through the Change. But Zoe is no ordinary fledgling. She has been chosen as special by the Goddess Nyx and discovers her amazing new power to conjure the elements: earth, air, fire, water and spirit. When Zoey discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school's most elite group, is misusing her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look within herself to embrace her destiny - with a little help from her new vampire friends. - Not suitable for younger readers -
The House of Night series is set in a world very much like our own, except in 16-year-old Zoey Redbird's world, vampyres have always existed. In this first book in the series, Zoey enters the House of Night, a school where, after having undergone the Change, she will train to become an adult vampire--that is, if she makes it through the Change. Not all of those who are chosen do. It's tough to begin a new life, away from her parents and friends, and on top of that, Zoey finds she is no average fledgling. She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess, Nyx. But she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers. When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school's most elite club, is misusing her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny--with a little help from her new vampyre friends.
Nearly every job application asks it: have you ever been convicted of a crime? For the hundreds of thousands of young men leaving American prisons each year, their answer to that question may determine whether they can find work and begin rebuilding their lives. The product of an innovative field experiment, Marked gives us our first real glimpse into the tremendous difficulties facing ex-offenders in the job market. Devah Pager matched up pairs of young men, randomly assigned them criminal records, then sent them on hundreds of real job searches throughout the city of Milwaukee. Her applicants were attractive, articulate, and capable—yet ex-offenders received less than half the callbacks of the equally qualified applicants without criminal backgrounds. Young black men, meanwhile, paid a particularly high price: those with clean records fared no better in their job searches than white men just out of prison. Such shocking barriers to legitimate work, Pager contends, are an important reason that many ex-prisoners soon find themselves back in the realm of poverty, underground employment, and crime that led them to prison in the first place. “Using scholarly research, field research in Milwaukee, and graphics, [Pager] shows that ex-offenders, white or black, stand a very poor chance of getting a legitimate job. . . . Both informative and convincing.”—Library Journal “Marked is that rare book: a penetrating text that rings with moral concern couched in vivid prose—and one of the most useful sociological studies in years.”—Michael Eric Dyson
When Colin accepts the job to clean up the graffiti in an upscale neighborhood he worries that he might be targeted by gangs. But he doesn’t expect to become a suspect in a series of robberies. Every time he is sent to clean up graffiti, the police are nearby investigating a crime. Colin knows he’s done nothing wrong, but his presence at the crime scenes look suspicious, and his record as a troublemaker doesn’t help matters. The only way he can clear his name is to figure out what is really going on.
The huntress's blood drips from the fangs of two vampires... The first chills her blood, his psychotic psychic scent sending shivers down her spine and spurring her on a desperate hunt to destroy him before he can wreak havoc on her town. But Adam Luther is a danger that Gold has never encountered. His sensual glances and devastating good looks are almost enough to make her forget the centuries-long battle between vampires and huntresses. In his arms, she feels whole, but his kiss is as deadly as his bite. Luther claims to be reformed, but how can she trust that a vampire could ever change? While a blood maddened vampire stalks their city, they must work together to save an innocent life. And as the connection between them grows ever stronger, both their hearts and lives will be at stake. This is a complete story is full of angst, forbidden love, and steamy romance between a vampire huntress and the sexy vampire she can't resist. No cliffhanger! Keywords: paranormal romance books, vampire romance, vamp romance, fated mates, PNR romance, urban fantasy
Janie Kayrs has known Zane almost her whole life. He was her friend in the dream world. She trusted him. But that was before he kidnapped her, spiriting her away to an isolated cabin to learn what her dreams never told her. Like how dangerous he looks. How he got on the wrong side of the negotiating table. And how much sexier he is in real life. . . Zane is a battle-hardened warrior, used to command and solitude. But Janie has drawn him from the minute they met. His need for her could destroy everything he's worked for, but the risk is too sweet not to take it. They call her the Chosen One. But when it comes down to the questions of peace or war, life or death, safety or passion, it will be Janie who makes the choice. . . Love is about to start conquering. . . "Paranormal romance at its best!" —Cynthia Eden "Hot and fast from beginning to end." —Kate Douglas on Fated "Sizzling sex scenes and a memorable cast." —Publishers Weekly on Claimed 87,300 Words
When danger lurks behind a familiar face… Successful architect Rachel Granger loves her job and her life, but when a terrorist on the FBI’s most wanted list targets her, there’s only one man she can trust. She hasn’t seen Jake in years but her former college friend told her he’d always be there for her and she definitely needs him now. Even though her feelings for him go far deeper than friendship and just being around him risks her heart, she would do anything to keep those she loves safe from a madman bent on unleashing hell. Only one man from her past can help FBI Special Agent Jake Evers made the biggest mistake of his life when he let Rachel slip through his fingers over two years ago. It doesn’t matter that he hasn’t seen her since then—if she needs him, he’ll be there. When he learns that she’s the target of a domestic terror cell, he’ll do everything in his power to keep her safe. He’s never gotten over her and won’t risk losing her again now that she’s reappeared in his life. But the threat is more widespread than they realized and now it’s a race against time to keep her and scores of innocent civilians alive.
Poetry. Jewish Studies. In MARKED, Stephen Herz's poems of the Holocaust, we see through a prism of linked poems the unfolding horror, terror, and despair of this dehumanizing bloody time of cruelty, evil, and death. Here are poems infused with the Third Reich's virulent anti-Semitic slogans, proclamations, and hate-filled speeches calling for the death of the enemy—the Jews. Here is the Yellow Star, marking all Jews for the round-ups, the ghettos, the mass-shootings, and the death trains. From the burning of the books to the burning of the bodies, here is history distilled. One can hear the voices of the bystanders wishing the Jews "good riddance." Voices of Einsatzgruppen, the mobile killing squads. Voices from the Sonderkommandos in the gas chambers of Auschwitz. Voices crying out for help from an indifferent America, an indifferent world. And, here are the shots shots shots echoing through the poems, echoing through time. Today, some seventy years after the Holocaust, we still can't understand. But, the author hopes this collection of Holocaust poems will help us to remember, help us to keep the Holocaust alive, to keep it from falling into mythology.
To stave off a war with the Underworld and protect his people from extinction, Theron—descendant of Hercules—has to find the woman who fulfills an ancient prophesy. Only how can he turn her over for sacrifice when losing her would mean losing his heart?
A month of research pointed shapeshifter Cole to nurse Alicia Ortiz as the only hope for his people's survival. Yet he hadn't needed any of that research the moment he saw her. Her kindness and power shone as strongly as her beauty, and Cole had to fight his desire for her. His duty was to convince Alicia to embrace her heritage, not give in to his passion. But even though it may mean failing his mission, Cole could not resist the urge to claim her as his own....
Mage Alex Verus is hanging on by a thread in the ninth urban fantasy novel from the national bestselling author of Burned. Mage Alex Verus struggles to keep his position on the Council in spite of attempts by his enemies to get rid of him, as tensions rise between the Council and the adept community.
Book One in the international bestselling Fantasy series. Join thousands of readers all over the world in this thrilling saga. A classic epic fantasy bursting with intrigue and action. Discover a vast and fascinating universe, filled with lively, unique, entrancing characters. Immerse yourself in this adventure, packed with mystery and action. Decipher the Enigma of the Ilenians, which reigned in the dawn of time, only to disappear without trace. What happened to this Lost Civilization? What arcane mystery surrounds it? Tremia, a continent on the brink of war. Three kingdoms fighting to seize power over the great continent. Experience palace intrigues, spying, treachery, murder and relentless pursuits. Discover the sinister figure manipulating the fate of the continent from the shadows. A coming of age heroic quest with classic fantasy components: sword fights, magic, a witch, wizards, sorcery, shamans, necromancers, and non stopping action. All wrapped in mystery and intrigue. Fantasy, Steel, Magic and Love. Live an adventure filled with intense romance, all-out fighting and magic. Synopsis: Komir, a young warrior from the mountains of Tremia, is trying to find his place among his tribe, the Norriel, when Fate knocks at his door in the cruelest possible way, to claim him as the hero he still does not realize he is. Together with his good friend Hartz he will begin a quest, an adventure full of mysteries and magical enigmas, which will lead him to discover his past, understand his present, and face a future of epic proportions. The Ilenian Enigma: MARKED (Book #1) CONFLICT (Book #2) TRIALS (Book #3) DESTINY (Book #4) A saga that will keep you gripped!
'Reads like the Sookie Stackhouse series combined with the sinister undertones of Neil Gaiman' Neverwhere' says Booklist Lucky's only real friend is Kayla - a ghost! - until she meets gorgeous Guardian Jamie and sexy Deathbringer Jinx . . . Lucky's always known about her own psychic powers - after all, her closest friend is a ghost - but she knows nothing of her long-dead family . . . until a daemonic assassin brings a message that drags both Kayla and Lucky down to the Underlands - and into the political fight for the daemon king's throne. Lucky's determined to find her way home, but Jinx and Jamie have both marked her - and now she's not sure she even wants to escape the loving attentions of her handsome winged Guardian and her devilishly charming horned Deathbringer. And if she stays, she might just find out who she really is . . .
Saving the Phoenix Guard has changed him forever. A blade to the gut gave Liam a one-way ticket to the Underworld, but Phoenix Prophetess Yssa brought him back to life. As the second mortal man to survive a sojourn to Hupogaia’s realm, Liam strives to understand how the one he was tasked to protect saved him, why he lived when so many others died during the battle against the Great Beyonders, and, most of all, why he now sees and hears things that aren’t there. Liam researches the God of Prophecy’s mortal son, the one who also came back, but Moran died over twenty-four hundred years ago. To say that information is scarce is an understatement, but Liam won’t give up. After all, rumors are flying around the Kingdom of Amora about Yssa’s newfound powers. Threats loom ever closer. Liam must protect the Phoenix Prophetess at any cost. Uncovering Moran’s destiny may be the one thing that helps Liam save the one he loves, if he can find the right scroll in time.
EVE OF WARFARE Lycans, vampires, and cherubs... oh my. All Evangeline Hollis wants is to stay out of trouble long enough to lose the Mark of Cain, which drafted her into hunting demons for God. A former agnostic, she's still recovering from being the latest point of contention between the two men in her life--Cain and Abel. Now she's working for a cherub who thinks putting her undercover as a housewife is the best way to ferret out a rogue vampire hiding in an idyllic Orange County, California residential community. Eve knows when she's being used as a pawn in the celestial political game. Now, she just has to figure out who's the greater threat: the vampire she's hunting, the cherub yanking her chain, or the two brothers vying to play the role of her spouse--'til death do them part. Which in her line of work, could happen any minute... EVE OF SIN CITY Sin City--Las Vegas--is home to humans and Infernals of all sorts: the good, the bad, and the ugly. If you ask Evangeline Hollis, "good" is in short supply, "ugly" might be amusing, but "bad" is most definitely her business. Eve is a Mark, a heavenly bounty hunter, and Las Vegas is her territory.
Leading a double life, Boston paramedic Cacy Ferry, who also escorts the dead to the Afterlife, is unable to deny her attraction to her new partner, who is hiding a secret of his own, while trying to secure humanity's future after a rogue element seizes the reins of fate. Original.
Marked is a powerful testimony and principle that will lead you into a deeper understanding, and build your faith, to see nations come into alignment with the heart of God. The content of each chapter has come from experience, prayer, prophetic revelation and study that the author did as she eagerly sought the heart of God for how to effectively influence her nation for Christ. In recent years many in the Body of Christ have written of the need for western-world Church to penetrate into the spheres of influence that shape the moral mindset of nations. However, fewer have married this with clear biblical principles birthed through prophetic revelation, and, even fewer than that have a testimony to back it up. Marked brings all of these elements together in an easy, exciting and spunky testimonial style read that will keep your fingers flipping the pages.
WHAT BEASTS LUCK IN THE MINDS OF MAN? He stood in the shadows of the forest as he had for countless nights in his past, drinking in the sounds and scents of the night. The smell of rotten leaves, dirt, pine, and cedar on the frosty air seemed to invigorate him. How much joy it gave him to hear the owls and mourning doves calling through the canopy of the trees. He moved soundlessly over the dry dead forest floor, ever alert to the occasional flutter of wings as an owl took flight. For these woods had been his hunting grounds for ten years now. Here was the one place where he could truly relax and unleash his natural desires completely, and often he came here from dusk till dawn, for just that purpose. And each time was rejuvenating for him. Like a butterfly trapped in a cocoon for many weeks, spreading its wings at last.