John Shors reimagined one of the world's greatest love stories--the romance that inspired the Taj Mahal--in his critically acclaimed, international bestseller Beneath a Marble Sky. Now, with Unbound, Shors recreates an ancient and celebrated Chinese legend about a pair of young lovers separated by war and the Great Wall. The year is 1548, and the Chinese Empire faces an imminent Mongol invasion. All that prevents the violent end of a dynasty is the Great Wall. Yet even this famed fortification has weaknesses, and against his will, a talented Chinese craftsman is taken from his home and wife, so that he may labor alongside the wall's defenders. Fan has been missing for a year when his wife, Meng, decides to do the impossible--to leave everyone and everything she knows in a daunting effort to find him. At a time when many women fear even stepping outside their homes, Meng disguises herself as a man and begins a perilous journey of deliverance. As two armies gather at the Great Wall, the fates of Fan and Meng collide with a Mongol horseman seeking redemption, a Chinese concubine fighting injustice, and a ruthless general determined to destroy them all.
A large percentage of us experience sleep paralysis and have no idea what is happening. Some claim that an evil entity or ghost was the cause, some are able to control it and experience lucid dreaming but only a select few can utilize it as a gateway to a power so extreme that it can shape the future and recall the past. When young Charlie Crandall discovers that he has this awesome power, the journey to find his mother begins. A clandestine society, a hidden truth and a plan gone wrong unveil in a few short days changing him and his view of the world forever. UNBOUND weaves a tale of mystery, longing, family and a young boy's desire - a love that is real, a nurturing that is sought and a reunion that must be made.
Ten years ago, Mara watched Selden drown. So why is he whispering in her ear now, on the eve of her wedding to Richard?At sixteen, Selden is the boy Mara Fuller fears to love. When she watches him dive into a stormy summer sea in Hong Kong, never to resurface, she goes mad, driven insane with guilt, and a love she can never confess to.Ten years later in London, Mara prepares to marry Richard, the man who patiently nursed her after her breakdown. The son of her mother's best friend, Mara has convinced herself that Richard is the right man for her - even though her flat-mates can't seem to get on with him.But a chance meeting with an enigmatic artist at a post-symposium party somehow brings Selden's voice back to life. Mara does not want to revisit her painful past, and fights Selden's memory every step of the way.Mara becomes increasingly concerned for her sanity, as Selden's voice gains strength, and she submits once again to his devilish charms. Can Selden's ghost unbind Mara from the tragedy that has held her fast? And what key does the mysterious stranger hold to Mara's past?
Not bound as a book. Free. Like Unfettered before it, the contributing writers of Unbound were allowed to submit the tales they wished fans of genre to hear - without the constraints of a shackling theme. The result is magical. Twenty-three all-original stories are sure to captivate you - some will move you to tears while others will keep you listening long into the night. The power of Unbound lies in its variety of tales and the voices behind them. If you are a fan of discovering new writers or hearing the works of beloved authors, Unbound is for you.Return to Landover with Terry Brooks. Go to trial with Harry Dresden and Jim Butcher. Enter the Citadel, and become remade with Rachel Caine. Survive a plague with John Marco and his robot companion, Echo. Be painted among the stars by Mary Robinette Kowal. These tales and the others that comprise the anthology are bound only by how enchanting and enthralling they are.Here is the lineup:"Small Kindnesses" by Joe Abercrombie (Shev & Javre) "An Unfortunate Influx of Filipians" by Terry Brooks (Landover) "Mr. Island" by Kristen Britain "Jury Duty" by Jim Butcher (Dresden Files) "Madwalls "by Rachel Caine "The Way into Oblivion" by Harry Connolly "Uncharming" by Delilah Dawson "All In a Night's Work" by David Anthony Durham "Son of Crimea" by Jason M. Hough (Zero World) "Dichotomy of Paradigms" by Mary Robinette Kowal "A Good Name" by Mark Lawrence (Broken Empire) "River and Echo" by John Marco "Seven Tongues" by Tim Marquitz "The Siege of Tilpur" by Brian McClellan (Powder Mage) "Fiber" by Seanan McGuire "Stories Are Gods" by Peter Orullian (Vault of Heaven) "Heart's Desire" by Kat Richardson "The Hall of the Diamond Queen" by Anthony Ryan (Raven's Shadow) "The Dead's Revenant" by Shawn Speakman (Annwn Cycle) "The Farmboy Prince" by Brian Staveley "The Game" by Michael J. Sullivan "The Ethical Heresy" by Sam Sykes "The Rat" by Mazarkis WilliamsUnbound is filled with spectacularly wonderful stories, each one as diverse as its creator. You will be changed upon finishing it. And that is the point.
Don’t miss a moment of the complete New York Times bestselling Unwind dystology from Neal Shusterman, now available as a collectible paperback boxed set.After the Second Civil War, the Bill of Life states that human life may not be touched from the moment of conception until a child reaches the age of thirteen. However, a loophole allows parents to retroactively get rid of a teenager through a process called “unwinding.” Three teens defy the system and run away from their unwinding: Connor, a rebel whose parents have ordered his unwinding; Risa, a ward of the state who is to be unwound due to cost-cutting; and Lev, his parents’ tenth child whose unwinding has been planned since birth as a religious tithing. As their paths intersect and lives hang in the balance, Connor, Risa, and Lev must work together to survive—and they may change the fate of America in the process. This complete boxed set includes paperback editions of Unwind, UnWholly, UnSouled, UnDivided, and Unbound.
A young woman follows winter across five continents on a physical and spiritual journey that tests her body and soul, in this transformative memoir, full of heart and courage, that speaks to the adventurousness in all of us.Steph Jagger had always been a force of nature. Dissatisfied with the passive, limited roles she saw for women growing up, she emulated the men in her life—chasing success, climbing the corporate ladder, ticking the boxes, playing by the rules of a masculine ideal. She was accomplished. She was living "The Dream." But it wasn't her dream.Then the universe caught her attention with a sign: Raise Restraining Device. Steph had seen this ski lift sign on countless occasions in the past, but the familiar words suddenly became a personal call to shake off the life she had built in a search for something different, something more.Steph soon decided to walk away from the success and security she had worked long and hard to obtain. She quit her job, took a second mortgage on her house, sold everything except her ski equipment and her laptop, and bought a bundle of plane tickets. For the next year, she followed winter across North and South America, Asia, Europe, and New Zealand—and up and down the mountains of nine countries—on a mission to ski four million vertical feet in a year.What hiking was for Cheryl Strayed, skiing became for Steph: a crucible in which to crack open her life and get to the very center of herself. But she would have to break herself down—first physically, then emotionally—before she could start to rebuild. And it was through this journey that she came to understand how to be a woman, how to love, and how to live authentically.Electrifying, heartfelt, and full of humor, Unbound is Steph’s story—an odyssey of courage and self-discovery that, like Wild and Eat, Pray, Love, will inspire readers to remove their own restraining devices and pursue the life they are meant to lead.
He must be released for a little while. But the one who sees doesn't believe. Elijah Goldsmith has nightmares he needs to ignore. Why would a rich kid from Manhattan dream three straight nights about a dragon and the destruction of St. Peter's Basilica? He's never even been to Rome. It's bad timing, too. He's graduating soon and applying to be a spy in the International Security Agency. That's where he meets Naomi. She's the kind of girl who makes boys like Elijah want to share their secrets. Were they brought together to learn what his secrets mean? There's more to their sparks than they think. This is 2066, the year the world ends.
A USA Today bestselling book! Book 3.5 of the Shifters Unbound series (Austin Shifters). Bonus content: Shifter Made (short story) Spike, a wildcat Shifter and the champion fighter of Shiftertown, is stunned when Myka, the best friend of a dying human woman, announces that Spike has fathered a cub. What's more, the mother is giving the boy to Spike to protect and raise. Myka, who'd been raised by an abusive stepfather, is not sure that a wild fighter named Spike is the best man to bring up the cute little jaguar cub. She goes to Shiftertown to check out Spike, and finds that the man behind the name is a lonely Shifter who's lost most of his family and is a fierce caretaker to those he has left. Spike is torn between the cub and his duties as tracker to the Shiftertown leader, and begs Myka, the only person who understands, to help him. He starts to like the sassy Myka, a horse trainer who's not afraid of working with animals, even if they're wildcats who turn into humans. When Spike's job puts his cub and Myka in danger, Spike is forced to choose between those to whom he's pledged his loyalty and his need to protect the woman and cub he's come to love. For more information on the Shifters Unbound series see the website jennifersromances.com and choose "Shifters Unbound" from the right-hand menu.
Eric Warden knows that half-Shifter wildcat Iona is passing for human, living without a Collar in the human world. He also knows that if she does not acknowledge her Shifter nature and her mating hunger, it could kill her.Iona finds the mysterious and dangerous Eric, a wildcat and leader of his Shiftertown, haunting her dreams, but she vows never to take the Collar, fearing backlash against her mother and sister for hiding the fact that she's Shifter. But Eric is a compelling Shifter male, and Iona's hunger calls to him.
When Diego Escobar assists in what should be a simple task of arresting a trespasser, he comes face-to-face with his first Shifter-the beautiful Cassidy Warden, sister of the Shiftertown leader. Assigned to watch over her, Diego learns more about the lonely, wild Cassidy than it's safe to know. Diego might be human, but he's virile and darkly handsome, and stirs Cassidy's mating desire, which she thought dead forever. Once the fires begin, nothing and no one can put them out. /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;
Like Unfettered before it, the contributing writers of Unbound were allowed to submit the tales they wished fans of genre to read-without the constraints of a shackling theme. The result is magical. Twenty-three all-original stories are sure to captivate you-some will move you to tears while others will keep you turning the pages long into the night. The power of Unbound lies in its variety of tales and the voices behind them. If you are a fan of discovering new writers or reading the works of beloved authors, Unbound is for you.
Today, Donna Hylton is a groundbreaking advocate for criminal justice reform--she was a featured speaker at the 2017 Women's March on Washington, and she works hand-in-hand with other influential voices such as Eve Ensler, Michelle Alexander (The New Jim Crow), and Rosario Dawson to ensure prison safety and to end mass incarceration in the US. In fact, Dawson has signed on to play Hylton in a movie that's in development now. But in 1986, Hylton experienced prison from the inside when she was sentenced to 25 years-to-life for kidnapping and second-degree murder. Like so many women before her and so many women yet to come, her life had been a nightmare of abuse that left her feeling alone and convinced of her worthlessness. With her sentencing, it seemed that Donna had reached the end--at age 19, due to her own mistakes and bad choices, her life was over. But behind the bars of Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, alongside this generation's most infamous female criminals, Donna learned to fight -- and then, to thrive. For the first time in her life, she realized that she was not alone in the abuse and misogyny that she experienced; as she bonded with her new sisters, she discovered that her pain was not an anomaly, but a commonality among women from all walks of life.It's a reality that she has since vowed to change. Since her release in 2012, Donna has emerged as a leading advocate for criminal justice reform and women's rights who speaks with politicians, violent abusers, prison officials, victims, and students to tell her story. But it's not her story alone, she is quick to say. She also represents the stories of thousands of women who are unable to speak for themselves because they've been silenced, imprisoned, or killed.
Iwasaki Shiro, a 46 year old salaryman in Tokyo is having a midlife crisis. Unexceptional in his IT job, he works in the shadow of his boss’s charisma. His children are embarrassed by his mediocrity and his wife rarely thinks of him as an individual. He has nothing to show for decades of conformity. Shiro needs purpose in his life, so he begins to plot the murder. He takes trips to scout places to dispose of a body, researches knives and arteries, and buys a neurotoxin while on a business trip. His plans transform his personality – he stands up to his boss, keeps his children in line, wears the trousers in the marriage – but as he gets closer to doing the deed, it becomes clear that things are not as they seem.
Find out what happens to Connor, Risa, and Lev now that they’ve finally destroyed the Proactive Citizenry in this collection of short stories set in the world of the New York Times bestselling Unwind Dystology by Neal Shusterman.Connor Lassiter’s fight to bring down Proactive Citizenry and find a suitable alternative to unwinding concluded in UnDivided. Now Connor, Risa, and Lev are free to live in a peaceful future—or are they? Neal Shusterman brings back his beloved Unwind characters for his fans to see what’s left for those who were destined to be unwound.
Black Dagger Brotherhood Series By J.R. Ward (Books 1-7: Dark Lover, Lover Eternal, Lover Awakened, Lover Revealed, Lover Unbound, Lover Enshrined, Lover Avenged, BONUS: Insider Guide)
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A new novella, "The Prague Orgy," takes Nathan Zuckerman to Prague to rescue the stories of an unknown Yiddish writer from oblivion and also forms a startling epilogue to "The Ghost Writer," "Zuckerman Unbound," and "The Anatomy Lesson," all included in this volume