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Wall Street Journal bestselling author Charlie N. Holmberg returns to the enchanting world of The Paper Magician. Alvie Brechenmacher has arrived in London to begin her training in Polymaking--the magical discipline of bespelling plastic. Polymaking is the newest form of magic, and in a field where there is so much left to learn, every Polymaker dreams of making the next big discovery. Even though she is only an apprentice, Alvie is an inventor at heart, and she is determined to make as many discoveries--in as short a time frame--as she can. Luckily for her, she's studying under the world-renowned magician Marion Praff, who is just as dedicated as Alvie is. Alvie's enthusiasm reinvigorates her mentor's work, and together they create a device that could forever change Polymaking--and the world. But when a rival learns of their plans, he conspires to steal their invention and take the credit for it himself. To thwart him, Alvie will need to think one step ahead. For in the high-stakes world of magical discovery, not everyone plays fair... Continue Reading

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And Eleven years after the death of King Arthur, Bedwyr, the last knight of the Round Table, and Arthur's grandson, Irion, rally an army against Ceawlin, the Saxon warlord who threatens to finally conquer Arthur's kingdom. Continue Reading

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In the fall of 2005, Mark C. Taylor, the controversial public intellectual and widely respected scholar, suddenly fell critically ill. For two days a team of forty doctors, many of whom thought he would not live, fought to save him. Taylor would eventually recover, only to face a new threat: surgery for cancer. Field Notes from Elsewhere is Taylor's unforgettable, inverted journey from death to life. Each of his memoir's fifty-two chapters and accompanying photographs recounts a morning-to-evening experience with sickness and convalescence, mingling humor and hope with a deep exploration of human frailty and, conversely, resilience. When we confront the end of life, he explains, the axis of the lived world shifts, and everything must be reevaluated. As Taylor sorts through his remembrances, much that once seemed familiar becomes strange, paradoxical, and contradictory. He reads his experience with and against ghosts from his past, recasting the meaning of mortality, sacrifice, solitude, and abandonment in light of modern ways of dying. Continue Reading

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A curvy witness to a murder + the sexy bear shifter bodyguard sworn to protect her with his life + firefights and fiery passion = one hot thrill ride! Paramedic Ellie McNeil loves her job, even though her schedule dooms her to perpetual single-hood. But on an overnight shift, she witnesses a murder. Ellie bravely agrees to testify against the murderer, who runs organized crime in her city. But she'll need one hell of a bodyguard to make it to the witness stand alive. Growly bear shifter Hal Brennan runs Protection, Inc., an all-shifter private security company. A former Navy SEAL, he left his clan's wilderness home for a life of danger and excitement. His parents keep calling and pestering him to look for his mate, but Hal is convinced that he doesn't need anyone. Then he's hired to guard Ellie. Now the bodyguard bear has a true challenge: to protect his mate... and open his heart. Bodyguard Bear is a sizzling hot, standalone BBW bear shifter romance. No cliffhangers! Continue Reading

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The controversial president whose time in office was defined by the September 11 attacks and the war on terror George W. Bush stirred powerful feelings on both sides of the aisle. Republicans viewed him as a resolute leader who guided America through the September 11 attacks and retaliated in Afghanistan and Iraq, while Democrats saw him as an overmatched president who led America into two inconclusive wars that sapped the nation's resources and diminished its stature. When Bush left office amid a growing financial crisis, both parties were eager to move on. In this assessment of the nation's forty-third president, James Mann sheds light on why George W. Bush made the decisions that shaped his presidency, what went wrong, and how the internal debates and fissures within his administration played out in such a charged atmosphere. He shows how and why Bush became such a polarizing figure in both domestic and foreign affairs, and he examines the origins and enduring impact of Bush's most consequential actions—including Iraq, the tax cuts, and the war on terror. In this way, Mann points the way to a more complete understanding of George W. Bush and his times. Continue Reading

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Set amidst the whisper of war that is sweeping the world and in an altered past, Of Those in the Background World is the tale of two families; one of a Swiss family and the other of German nobility as they intertwine together with the course of history that is redefined from what the path of fates have originally place for them - blend of Historical fiction, Science fiction, and alternate history. The story tells from the point of view of a governess of the Swiss family that has been taking care of the children for some time. She tells of Matteo, a boy that was conscripted into the Swiss army before the occurrence of the Second World War and through this training and experience, he was somehow experiencing a change in time that would change what was supposed to be the path he took and this affected the whole world as well like seeing the war ending later than 1945. Matteo is not the only one that sees such changes. Pacifist Berthold of the German family see that the world was forming to something that is beyond explanation. He was able to see this when he took up a role in the Wehrmacht in which we was able to have his fair share of the horrors of war and the grief of humanity in many episodes. The novel also looks upon how their parents used the time changing continuum to elevate their status to one of power and with power, comes greed, which they used to influence the events and everything around them. Continue Reading