Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day. As Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it's something awful. This time, it's worse than that. Mab's involved Harry in a smash-and-grab heist run by one of his most despised enemies to recover the literal Holy Grail from the vaults of the greatest treasure horde in the world - which belongs to the one and only Hades, Lord of the Underworld. Dresden's always been tricky, but he's going to have to up his backstabbing game to survive this mess - assuming his own allies don't end up killing him before his enemies get the chance . . .
"There was very fine, an elegant pain, hardly a pain at all, like the swift and fleeting burn of a drop of hot candle wax...Then the blood welled up and began to distort the pure, stark edges of my delicately wrought wound. "The chaos in my head spun itself into a silk of silence. I had distilled myself to the immediacy of hand, blade, blood, flesh." There are an estimated two to three million "cutters" in America, but experts warn that, as with anorexia, this could be just the tip of the iceberg of those affected by this little-known disorder. Cutting has only just begun to enter public consciousness as a dangerous affliction that tends to take hold of adolescent girls and can last, hidden and untreated, well into adulthood. Caroline Kettlewell is an intelligent woman with a promising career and a family. She is also a former cutter, and the first person to tell her own story about living with and overcoming the disorder. She grew up on the campus of a boys' boarding school where her father taught. As she entered adolescence, the combination of a family where frank discussion was avoided and life in what seemed like a fishbowl, where she and her sister were practically the only girls the students ever saw, became unbearable for Caroline. She discovered that the only way to find relief from overpowering feelings of self-consciousness, discomfort, and alienation was to physically hurt herself. She began cutting her arms and legs in the seventh grade, and continued into her twenties. Why would a rational person resort to such extreme measures? How did she recognize and overcome her problem? In a memoir startling for its honesty, humor, and poignancy, Caroline Kettlewell offers a clear-eyed account of her own struggle to survive this debilitating affliction.
Meet Keisha Montez: a gorgeous college student on the brink of stardom. All she has to do is put her assets to work. . . Blessed with a body that won't quit, Keisha Montez is also one very smart, tough woman with big hopes for her future--a future where she'll do whatever it takes to make enough money to get through school and see her dreams become reality. . . Steven Cox has big ideas too. When his talent scouts tell him about the next big thing, he has his doubts until he sees Keisha Montez strut across the stage. Blown away by her bombshell good looks and her sexy moves, Steven knows he's found his star. Now he's got to teach her the ropes and get her to see things his way. But Steven is about to learn that Keisha isn't like most other young women hungry for fame and willing to do anything for the limelight. . . "An engrossing story." --Booklist on Friends with Benefits
The legendary Badlands are about to get a whole lot worse. Dillon Thomas has captured Mr. Theo and left young Sam for dead. Yet all is not lost. Though Theo promised himself into servitude, he is merely biding his time before he escapes. Meanwhile, Sam develops a rescue plan of her own with the help of a few new friends. One of them must get news of a cure to the border before Dillon gathers an army of immune criminals to invade what remains of the United States. Ravenous corpses might roam the west—but the real monsters are those who live among the undead.
Working on the theory that you can skin a sucker in space as well as on Earth, the con team of Harding and Sheckly operated furtively but profitably among natives of the outer planets. That is—until there was a question of turnabout being fair play in a world where natives took their skinning literally!
Seven days, seven challenges. Twelve strangers. Eight thousand cameras. Only one winner. Welcome to The Ant Farm, a social study in the wilds of interior Alaska, documenting the dynamics between a dozen competitors as they take part in a series of physical and psychological face-offs. With five hundred grand up for grabs at the end of the battle royal, the stakes are high and the tension blazing. Could the seemingly mild-mannered nice guy win it all? The cutthroat alpha female? The strongest or the smartest, the idealist or the cynic? It's anyone's guess as teams are undercut by alliances, loyalties tendered and tested, and passions enflamed by both affection and animosity. In this contest where even knives and guns are fair game, sex may prove the most dangerous weapon of all.
From Jim Butcher comes the newest novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Dresden Files... Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day. Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful. Mab has traded Harry’s skills to pay off a debt. And now he must help a group of villains led by Harry’s most despised enemy, Nicodemus Archleone, to break into a high-security vault so that they can then access a vault in the Nevernever. Problem is, the vault belongs to Hades, Lord of the freaking Underworld. And Dresden is dead certain that Nicodemus has no intention of allowing any of his crew to survive the experience. Dresden’s always been tricky, but he’s going to have to up his backstabbing game to survive this mess.… From the Paperback edition.
Kyra, a con artist who can steal her target's strongest skill for a limited time, will stop at nothing to avenge her father's murder and, after pulling off the ultimate con, must play a dangerous--and seductive--game with a hired killer. Original.
A personal account of the struggle with self-mutilation or "cutting," discusses the family turmoil and personal anguish that led an intelligent young woman to relieve her anxieties by self-mutilation
Stripping at L.A.'s Chi-Chi Club to pay for her college tuition at UCLA, drop-dead gorgeous Keisha Montez, who is blessed with a killer body, catches the eye of the head honcho at PIMP magazine, who will do anything to get her to star in his adult films. Original.
He doesn't know the half of it... Mab has just traded Harry's skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains--led by one of Harry's most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone--to break into the highest-security vault in town, so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever. It's a smash and grab job to recover the literal Holy Grail from the vaults of the greatest treasure hoard in the supernatural world--which belongs to the one and only Hades, Lord of the freaking Underworld and generally unpleasant character. Worse, Dresden suspects that there is another game afoot that no one is talking about. And he's dead certain that Nicodemus has no intention of allowing any of his crew to survive the experience. Especially Harry. Dresden's always been tricky, but he's going to have to up his backstabbing game to survive this mess--assuming his own allies don't end up killing him before his enemies get the chance...
Kyra's a con woman and a thief who can steal her target's strongest skill. But when she becomes the target of a hit man, she won't be able to hide from the passion that engulfs them.
PI Jim Bean should walk out that door and let the Vegas bouncer do his worst. That's what a smart man would do. But nobody ever accused Jim Bean of being a smart man. Private investigator Jim Bean has worked hard to create his new identity in Vegas. He doesn't have a great life, but it's his. When his ex-fiancée Erica Floyd walks into one of his investigations looking for her missing sister, the tragic past he wanted to leave behind comes flooding back. Despite serious reservations, Jim agrees to search for Erica's sister. Clues lead him to a human trafficking ring and one of Vegas's most influential mobsters. Unless Jim can face the ghosts of his past, the anger of his present, and a new enemy out for his blood, four women will suffer a fate worse than death. Praise for 19 Souls, Book 1 of the Sin City Investigation series: "19 Souls is one terrific read. With a great plot, engaging characters, and a crackling voice, this book has everything. I dare you to put it down after you start reading."--John Gilstrap, New York Times bestselling author "The setup is so good, and the characters so hard to look away from . . . All in all, a fine thriller."--Booklist "Twisty, authentic, and constantly surprising! JD Allen nails her debut with this top-notch thriller--it's gritty, smart and irresistible."--Hank Phillippi Ryan, nationally bestselling author
Teddy Fay is back for another salacious adventure from #1 New York Times bestseller Stuart Woods
Joseph James Katharin, also known as JJ and Handsome, is a young man uncertain of his identity. Naïve about the world, he is parentless, raised by a stern grandfather who thinks the worst of his grandson although he tries to love him. As problems load up on JJ, he seeks solace and equilibrium where he can but questions assault him: Is nobody innocent? Is nobody dependable? Is nobody trustworthy? Is love just a dream? Is it all a game?
What are the amazing facts of Skin Game by Jim Butcher? Do you want to know the golden nuggets of facts readers love? If you've enjoyed the book, then this will be a must read delight for you! Collected for readers everywhere are 101 book facts about the book & author that are fun, down-to-earth, and amazingly true to keep you laughing and learning as you read through the book! Tips & Tricks to Enhance Reading Experience • Enter "G Whiz" after your favorite title to see if publication exists! ie) Skin Game G Whiz • Enter "G Whiz 101" to search for entire catalogue! • Tell us what title you want next! • Combine your favorite titles to receive bundle coupons! • Submit a review and hop on the Wall of Contributors! “Get ready for fun, down-to-earth, and amazing facts that keep you laughing & learning!" - G Whiz DISCLAIMER: This work is a derivative work not to be confused with the original title. It is a collection of facts from reputable sources generally known to the public with source URLs for further reading and enjoyment. It is unofficial and unaffiliated with respective parties of the original title in any way. Due to the nature of research, no content shall be deemed authoritative nor used for citation purposes. Refined and tested for quality, we provide a 100% satisfaction guarantee or your money back.
In this brilliantly acerbic collection of essays--a New York Times Notable Book in 1995--Stanley Crouch confirms that he is one of the most eloquent and unpredictable commentators on race and culture in American society--something already known to anyone who's seen him on 60 Minutes or read his columns in The Village Voice and The New Republic. 288 pp. National media appearances. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Trivia-on-Book: Skin Game by Jim Butcher Take the challenge yourself and share it with friends and family for a time of fun! You may have read the book, but not have liked it. You may have liked the book, but not be a fan. You may call yourself a fan, but few truly are. Are you a fan? Trivia-on-Books is an independently curated trivia quiz on the book for readers, students, and fans alike. Whether you're looking for new materials to the book or would like to take the challenge yourself and share it with your friends and family for a time of fun, Trivia-on-Books provides a unique approach to Skin Game by Jim Butcher that is both insightful and educational! Features You'll Find Inside: • 30 Multiple choice questions on the book, plots, characters and author • Insightful commentary to answer every question • Complementary quiz material for yourself or your reading group • Results provided with scores to determine "status" Promising quality and value, come play your trivia of a favorite book!