Thirty-nine-year-old struggling actress Alaina Ackerman isn’t just down on her luck today; lady luck has packed up and left town for heaven only knows where. Instead of ending up homeless on the streets of New York City in November, Alaina accepts her mother’s holiday invitation and heads home to Pittsburgh for a much-needed break. Maybe even to give up on acting altogether.The last thing Alaina expects is to be happy returning home, especially when fate not only tosses an abandoned puppy into her lap, but also practically embeds Markus Klein into her life. That wouldn't be so bad if she hadn’t spent the last twenty years trying to forget the night they crossed the “just friends” line. Now, torn between a love she thought she lost, and one she never knew existed, that vicious harpy some call fate dangles Alaina’s dream opportunity -- a leading role -- in front of her. Her only problem… Going after her dream could jeopardize her chance at love.As if a new puppy, love, and career aren’t complicated enough, Alaina discovers that her mother and sister are keeping a secret from her. The revelation might be just enough to get Alaina’s life heading in the right direction … or send her over the edge.WARNING: Although there are many adult situations in this contemporary women's fiction with a hint of humor and romance, if say ... something crazy happened and a famous producer adapted this novel into a movie, it would have a PG-13 rating. There are no erotic scenes, no graphic violence, and while there are a few allowed-on-TV curse words, there aren't a plethora of gratuitous foul words. Oh, and if you were looking for a cliffhanger, you won't find that here either. While "Down on Her Luck" is a follow-up story to "Some Lucky Woman," it is a stand-alone novel. Please proceed at your own risk.
“How many women cry when angry because we've held it in for so long? How many discover that anger turned inward is depression? Soraya Chemaly’s Rage Becomes Her will be good for women, and for the future of this country. After all, women have a lot to be angry about.” —Gloria SteinemA transformative book urging twenty-first century-women to embrace their anger and harness it as a tool for lasting personal and societal change. Women are angry, and it isn’t hard to figure out why.We are underpaid and overworked. Too sensitive, or not sensitive enough. Too dowdy or too made-up. Too big or too thin. Sluts or prudes. We are harassed, told we are asking for it, and asked if it would kill us to smile. Yes, yes it would.Contrary to the rhetoric of popular “self-help” and an entire lifetime of being told otherwise, our rage is one of the most important resources we have, our sharpest tool against both personal and political oppression. We’ve been told for so long to bottle up our anger, letting it corrode our bodies and minds in ways we don’t even realize. Yet our anger is a vital instrument, our radar for injustice and a catalyst for change. On the flip side, the societal and cultural belittlement of our anger is a cunning way of limiting and controlling our power.We are so often told to resist our rage or punished for justifiably expressing it, yet how many remarkable achievements in this world would never have gotten off the ground without the kernel of anger that fueled them? Rage Becomes Her makes the case that anger is not what gets in our way, it is our way, sparking a new understanding of one of our core emotions that will give women a liberating sense of why their anger matters and connect them to an entire universe of women no longer interested in making nice at all costs.Following in the footsteps of classic feminist manifestos like The Feminine Mystique and Our Bodies, Ourselves, Rage Becomes Her is an eye-opening book for the twenty-first century woman: an engaging, accessible credo offering us the tools to re-understand our anger and harness its power to create lasting positive change.
At six foot one, Gwen Chambers has felt like a giant her whole life. She’s a calm, capable nurse saving lives in a busy London hospital, but healthy men give her heart palpitations. When larger-than-life rugby player “Little” John Sheldon convinces her to bid on him in his team’s fundraising auction, she discovers how pleasurable heart palpitations can be.John has wanted Gwen since he first saw her, but when he’s injured in a match just before Christmas he suddenly needs her too. Not only can the sexy nurse help him recover, but she might be able to help him look after his daughter—a shy ten-year-old who speaks only French.From decorating the Christmas tree to ice skating at the Tower of London, Gwen helps father and daughter open up and bond with each other—and she bonds right along with them. But when John's agent calls with a life-changing offer, Gwen has to decide how far she’s willing to go for her perfect match. Will their first Noël also be their last?
Discover a crime thriller which will have you gripped from the explosive start to one of the most shocking endings of the year.DETECTIVE GEORGE ELMS THOUGHT HE’D SEEN IT ALL, UNTIL HE COMES UP AGAINST SERIAL KILLER HENRY ‘THE BULL’ ROBERTS.Henry Roberts had a type — young, blonde, attractive women. He is three years into a life sentence.Two of his victims were never found.Now, Henry Roberts is dying and he wants to make a deal. Move him to a secure unit by the sea and he will tell the police where the other victims’ remains are.The offer is accepted and Detective George Elms travels to the force who led the original investigation. He is the messenger. He finds a police force and a community still shattered. As he reviews the old case notes he also learns something else. Henry Roberts didn’t work alone.A woman goes missing who fits the profile of the other victims. The circumstances of her disappearance do too — she never made it from her commuter train to her car. Then a second woman disappears. George is convinced the cases are linked. Henry Roberts told him on his prison visit that two is better because, “you can make the other one watch.”Time is running out for George. He’s convinced that Henry Roberts knows who he should be chasing, but will he help before he takes his last breath? Or the women take theirs?Perfect for fans of Kimberley Chambers, Damien Boyd, Rachel Abbott, Patricia Gibney or Mark Billingham.What readers are saying about HER LAST BREATH"This book will keep you on the edge of your seat. I hated having to put it down." Barbara“Really liked this book. Great story. Characters you can sink your teeth into.” Sue"Rollercoaster of riveting suspense, ever increasing tension and emotional turmoil." Eileen“A really good novel. Be prepared to be shocked and horrified at what one person will do to others.” AileenTHE AUTHORCharlie Gallagher has been a serving UK police officer for ten years. During that time he has had many roles, starting as a front-line response officer, then a member of a specialist tactical team and is currently a detective investigating serious offences.ALSO BY CHARLIE GALLAGHERLANGTHORNE POLICE SERIESBook 1: BODILY HARMBook 2: PANIC BUTTONBook 3: BLOOD MONEYBook 4: END GAMEMISSINGTHEN SHE RANRUTHLESS
“Las Vegas was the place to get hitched.”That wasn’t something I thought about. Marriage.Then I met Candy, a beautiful redhead with a svelte body.I knew I had to have her. I had to make her mine.One taste of her sweet lips and then I made her scream my name.I woke up to an empty bed, her wedding ring in the sheets.Our marriage wasn’t real.I let her go, knowing that she would come back to me.When she did, Candy belonged to someone else.But I don’t lose. And I’m not giving her up without a fight.I married her and now she’s mine for good.Her and my baby that she was carrying.
When archeologist January’s plane is shot down over the Guatemalan jungle, she knows she’s being hunted for the invaluable Mayan artifacts she’s carrying. Only one man and his team can save her…the covert, black ops Team 52, and the distrusting former CIA operative who drives her crazy…Dr. January James has a motto: live life to the fullest. A terrible incident in her past, where she lost both her mother and her innocence, taught her that. Now she spends her days on archeological digs doing the work she loves. When her team uncovers a pair of dangerous artifacts in an overgrown temple, she knows they need to be secured and safeguarded. But someone else knows about the artifacts…and will kill to get them.Working for the CIA, Seth Lynch learned the hard way that people lie and will always stab you in the back. He has the scars to prove it. He lives for his work with Team 52—ensuring pieces of powerful ancient technology don’t fall into the wrong hands. When he learns that the feisty, independent archeologist who works his last nerve has died in a plane crash, he makes it his mission to discover who the hell is responsible. Deep in the jungle, Seth rescues a very-much alive January and it is up to him to keep both her and the artifacts safe. Hunted from every side, their attraction is explosive and fiery, but with January’s life on the line, Seth must fight his own demons in order to rescue the woman he can no longer resist.Includes a preview of Undiscovered (Treasure Hunter Security #1)Team 52Mission: Her Protection (Lachlan and Rowan’s story)Mission: Her Rescue (Seth and January’s story)Mission: Her Security (coming Nov 2018)The Team 52 Romantic Suspense Series: Action Adventure Romance, Romantic Suspense, Military Romance, Contemporary Romance
The #1 internationally bestselling author returns with a new novel in the vein of her New York Times bestsellers Pretty Girls and The Good Daughter—a story even more electrifying, provocative, and suspenseful than anything she’s written before.What if the person you thought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at all . . . ?Andrea knows everything about her mother, Laura. She knows she’s spent her whole life in the small beachside town of Belle Isle; she knows she’s never wanted anything more than to live a quiet life as a pillar of the community; she knows she’s never kept a secret in her life. Because we all know our mothers, don’t we?But all that changes when a trip to the mall explodes into violence and Andrea suddenly sees a completely different side to Laura. Because it turns out that before Laura was Laura, she was someone completely different. For nearly thirty years she’s been hiding from her previous identity, lying low in the hope that no one would ever find her. But now she’s been exposed, and nothing will ever be the same again.The police want answers and Laura’s innocence is on the line, but she won’t speak to anyone, including her own daughter. Andrea is on a desperate journey following the breadcrumb trail of her mother’s past. And if she can’t uncover the secrets hidden there, there may be no future for either one of them. . . .
She was determined to secure the succession, he was in it for the pleasure. Falling in love was not part of the arrangement.When dashing twenty-five-year-old Stephen Cranborne arrives at the estate he will one day inherit, it’s expected he will make a match with his beautiful second cousin, Araminta. But while proud, fiery Araminta and her shy, plain sister, Hetty, parade their very different charms before the viscount-in-waiting, it’s their mother, Sybil, a lonely and discarded wife, who evokes first his sympathy and then stokes his lustful fires. As Stephen introduces Sybil to every pleasure she’s been deprived of, duty and passion become a deep and mutual love. But with the unexpected arrival of a contender to the estate, Sybil realises that what she's set in motion to save the family might have tragic consequences.Her Gilded Prison is Book 1 in the Daughters of Sin series, a Regency-set 'Dynasty' that follows the sibling rivalry between Viscount Partington's two nobly-born and his illegitimate daughters as they compete for love during a glittering London Season. Her Gilded Prison can, however, be read as a stand-alone.Book 1: Her Gilded PrisonBook 2: Dangerous GentlemenBook 3: The Mysterious GovernessBook 4: Beyond RubiesBook 5: Lady Unveiled~The Cuckold ConspiracyHeat rating: sizzling.Author Q&AWhy should I read the Daughters of Sin series?If you like your historical romance laced with intrigue, mystery, plot twists and humor you’ll love this Regency-era Dynasty.What is the series about?Two nobly-born debutantes and their illegitimate sisters - an actress and a governess - compete for love as they bring to justice a dangerous, handsome villain.Essentially each book is a self-contained romance with an espionage plot woven throughout the series.While each book features one ‘worthy’ sister, it's beautiful but vain and selfish Araminta who embroils her half-sisters in subterfuge and drama as she tries to extricate herself from a very big problem that occurs at the end of Dangerous Gentlemen, Book 2.What order do I read them?Her Gilded Prison (Book 1). Can be read as a stand-alone.The series introduces the nobly born and illegitimate daughters of Lord Partington and features the love affair between Lady Partington and the handsome young heir to her husband’s estate who has come to court her eldest daughter.Dangerous Gentlemen (Book 2). Can be read as a stand-alone.This features the sibling rivalry between Lord and Lady Partington’s legitimate daughters, Araminta and Hetty. While it delivers the promised Happy-Ever-After for Hetty, there are serious ramifications as a consequence of Araminta’s actions, which are developed in the following books.The Mysterious Governess (Book 3). Can be read as a stand-alone.Lissa, Lord Partington’s eldest illegitimate daughter is a talented portraitist drawn into a world of espionage through Araminta’s machinations. As a governess, she mixes with high society but from a very low rung on the social ladder. Beyond Rubies (Book 4). Cannot be read as a stand-alone.Lord Partington’s lively and engaging daughter, Kitty, has become an actress but longs for respectability. As a demimondaine, she mixes with high society but she’s relegated to the underworld and does not enjoy the respectable status of her governess sister.
In the classic bestseller His Needs, Her Needs, Willard F. Harley, Jr., identifies the ten most vital needs of men and women and shows husbands and wives how to satisfy those needs in their spouses. He provides guidance for becoming irresistible to your spouse and for loving more creatively and sensitively, thereby eliminating the problems that often lead to extramarital affairs. This revised and expanded edition has been updated throughout and includes new writing that highlights the special significance of intimate emotional needs in marriage.