Tuscany, 2007 – After the death of her fiancé, Maddie Moretti arrives on the order of her fiery Italian grandmother in order to heal. There she is entranced by the mystery of the House of the Wind–a ruined villa devastated in the legendary storm on the Eve of St. Agnes.
Tuscany, 1347 – Mia, grieving the loss of her mother, lives in silence with her aunt. A couple seeks refuge one night, and though visitors are not uncommon, there is something very mysterious about the young woman who is reluctant to give her name.
This Casa al Vento–House of the Wind–links Maddie and Mia over time as they search for clues to the unknown woman’s identity and the reason why she was able to escape the ruins of the House of the Wind unscathed that Eve of St. Agnes.
Greg enters his senior year socially invisible to all except his best friend, Earl. They spend their days making movies; they’re terrible, and they know it, but they’re not for anyone other than themselves.
Then they meet Rachel. She’s undergoing treatment for leukemia, and (through his mother’s suggestion) Greg befriends her. But when Rachel decides to stop her treatments and Greg and Earl make her a movie, Greg’s invisibility must fade so he can take a stand.
Silas Williams, geneticist extraordinaire, is tasked with preparing the U.S. entry for the Olympic Gladiator competition–a ruthless sport that pits genetically engineered fighters against each other. One rule: no human DNA can be added in the mix.
Desperate for an edge, Silas’s boss experiments with a supercomputer to design an unbeatable creature. But the end result is too surreal, too horrifying, too intelligent. With the aid of Vedonia João, the beautiful xenobiologist, Silas races to understand the being that was created…but the truth may be too terrible to handle.
Carlos Kotkin (humorist-writer-mammal) has experienced more than his fair share of romantic snafus—from high school crushes to Playboy; from yogis to an STD host; from the flakes to the deaf and sometimes just plain dumb. This is by no means a normal journey of a lonely heart, but it is definitely one that will leave readers in stitches…and maybe wanting to get tested.
Captain Werner Goering was one of the US military’s best pilots. He was also the nephew of Herman Goering, head of the Luftwaffe and Hitler’s right-hand man. When Werner became a bomber commander in 1942, J. Edgar Hoover issued a top-secret command to protect America’s military: should Werner’s plane go down over Nazi territory, someone would be in the cockpit to shoot the captain dead. After a nationwide search, Jack Rencher was chosen as that second man in the cockpit. What the military did not expect—and what makes this true tale so riveting—was that Werner and Jack would become friends as they battled up in the fiery skies of Nazi Europe.
Cheryl Strayed was only twenty-two years old when her world came crumbling down around her. Her mother died, her family broke apart, and finally her marriage was destroyed. After four years of trying to deal with it all, she decided to do something with her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail—from the Mojave Desert through California and up to Washington State—all alone. Eleven hundred miles of snakes and bears, burning heat and record-breaking snowstorms, and beauty and healing loneliness—Cheryl wonderfully captures the journey of finding the strong-willed woman inside and, ultimately, finds a way to heal.
Beatrice Weatherly’s womanly reputation is on the line: her nude photographs—a means to appease her now ex-fiance—are the talk of the town. And as if that wasn’t enough, Beatrice’s brother is quickly running them into debt. But one powerful gentleman finds himself entranced by Beatrice’s figure and hands her a proposition: be his servant for a month in exchange for enough money to pay off her brother’s debt.
Beatrice is determined to not let Edward Ellsworth Richie get the best of her, but can she appease the roguish man’s appetite?
Thomas Vale has spent the last fifteen years in a city covered in mist. There was a time long ago, when he was a fresh army recruit, when he believed the line between right and wrong was steady and strong. But then the sickness came, along with his orders: herd the healthy into the city and shoot the infected. They were then cut off to all but the arrival of the gray mist.
Thomas begins to wonder why he even bothers waking up in the morning. Then Rebecca Ayers enters his life, and the answers she brings along with her may just be too much.
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