Author: Nina Lane
"One day I'm going to touch you in a thousand different ways and show you how to touch me," he said. And he did. Struggling with a tormented past, undergraduate Olivia Winter once led a practical but isolated life. Then she met Professor Dean West, a brilliant scholar of medieval history who melted Liv's inhibitions and taught her the meaning of both love and erotic pleasure. But after three years of a blissful, lusty marriage, Liv and Dean now face a crisis that threatens everything they believe about each other as dark secrets and temptations rise to the surface.
Author: Peter Carey
For thirty-nine years Harry Joy has been the quintessential good guy. But one morning Harry has a heart attack on his suburban front lawn, and, for the space of nine minutes, he becomes a dead guy. And although he is resuscitated, he will never be the same. For, as Peter Carey makes abundantly clear in this darkly funny novel, death is sometimes a necessary prelude to real life. Part The Wizard of Oz, part Dante's Inferno, and part Australian Book of the Dead, Bliss is a triumph of uninhibited storytelling from a writer of extravagan gifts.
He's off-limits. Forbidden. And so unbearably tempting. No one can throw me off my game. I'm a scientist -- serious, cool, and...yeah, a little bitchy. Then irresistible bad boy Archer West arrives unexpectedly in Mirror Lake and has the audacity to suggest we have a hot, wild fling while he's in town. Hot and wild are no longer my thing. And though the sexy, rebellious biker gets me going, I'm focused on my tornado research project. Not to mention, Archer is the estranged brother of my best friend. I can't risk an affair with a trouble-making rebel, no matter how much he charms me with his devilish grin and his love for chocolate milk. But Archer won't give up. He wants me to lose control. He says he'll make me surrender. Let him try. *** Spiral of Bliss Reading Order: AROUSE ALLURE AWAKEN ARRIVE BREAK THE SKY ADORE ALWAYS
Dean promised to slay monsters for me. Not once has he broken that promise. Not once has he retreated from battle. Not once has he failed to keep me safe. But now, as our marriage is complete with two beautiful children and a blissful home life, we're attacked by a monster that my husband can't destroy. A monster he can't even face. As Dean and I struggle to stand together, we're forced to confront our deepest fear. Not even our intense, precious love can protect us from all evil. *** The love story of Liv and Dean West, and their beloved friends and family in Mirror Lake, now comes to a breathtaking conclusion as the professor and his beauty fight the battle of their lives. Spiral of Bliss Reading Order: AROUSE ALLURE AWAKEN ARRIVE BREAK THE SKY ADORE ALWAYS
Without darkness, there can be no light. Dean has always been Liv's white knight. Not once has he retreated from battle. Not once has he failed to keep his wife safe. Not once has he broken his promise to slay monsters for her. Then Dean encounters a monster he can't destroy. A monster he can't even face. And for the first time ever, there is nothing he can do to protect the woman who owns his heart. The love story of Liv and Dean West that started with AROUSE and continued in ALLURE, AWAKEN, and ADORE now comes to a breathtaking conclusion as the professor and his beauty fight the battle of their lives.
Liv and Dean West have always fallen together, but this time they might fall apart... Liv and Dean have everything...almost. With a rambunctious toddler, crazy work schedules, and too many responsibilities, they've lost sight of their passionate, intimate marriage. And Professor West is none too happy about that. Determined to lure his wife into hot new adventures, Dean struggles with his need to have Liv all to himself and the reality of sharing her with the world. Then he gets an opportunity that could change their lives...and Liv is faced with the prospect of her white knight going places where she can't follow.
The Erotic Dark
Author: Nina Lane
SUBMISSION IS HER ONLY ESCAPE... And punishment takes many forms. Seeking escape from her criminal past, a desperate woman enslaves herself to a dark trio of men who own an antiquated Louisiana plantation. Known only as Lydia, she becomes controlled by three very different men -- malicious Preston, inflexible Kruin, and gentle Gabriel, all of whom introduce her to a world in which the lines between pleasure, pain, and shame are irrevocably blurred. The plantation becomes both Lydia's haven and her prison as she surrenders to the desires of her unholy trinity. Lydia's submission is fraught with tension and hunger, but what happens when the outside world enters her dark, anonymous sanctuary?
Thrill of the Chaste
Author: Valerie Weaver-Zercher
Publisher: JHU Press
Browse the inspirational fiction section of your local bookstore, and you will likely find cover after cover depicting virtuous young women cloaked in modest dresses and wearing a pensive or playful expression. They hover innocently above sun-drenched pastures or rustic country lanes, often with a horse-drawn buggy in the background—or the occasional brawny stranger. Romance novels with Amish protagonists, such as the best-selling trailblazer The Shunning by Beverly Lewis, are becoming increasingly popular with a largely evangelical female audience. Thrill of the Chaste is the first book to analyze this growing trend in romance fiction and to place it into the context of contemporary literature, religion, and popular culture. Valerie Weaver-Zercher combines research and interviews with devoted readers, publishers, and authors to produce a lively and provocative examination of the Amish romance novel. She discusses strategies that literary agents and booksellers use to drive the genre’s popularity. By asking questions about authenticity, cultural appropriation, and commodification, Thrill of the Chaste also considers Amish fiction’s effects on Amish and non-Amish audiences alike. -- Julia Spicher Kasdorf, author of The Body and the Book: Writing from a Mennonite LifeSuzanne Woods Fisher, author of Amish fiction and host of Amish WisdomLynn Neal, Wake Forest University
Author: Steven Martin
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A renowned authority on the secret world of opium recounts his descent into ruinous obsession with one of the world’s oldest and most seductive drugs, in this harrowing memoir of addiction and recovery. A natural-born collector with a nose for exotic adventure, San Diego–born Steven Martin followed his bliss to Southeast Asia, where he found work as a freelance journalist. While researching an article about the vanishing culture of opium smoking, he was inspired to begin collecting rare nineteenth-century opium-smoking equipment. Over time, he amassed a valuable assortment of exquisite pipes, antique lamps, and other opium-related accessories—and began putting it all to use by smoking an extremely potent form of the drug called chandu. But what started out as recreational use grew into a thirty-pipe-a-day habit that consumed Martin’s every waking hour, left him incapable of work, and exacted a frightful physical and financial toll. In passages that will send a chill up the spine of anyone who has ever lived in the shadow of substance abuse, Martin chronicles his efforts to control and then conquer his addiction—from quitting cold turkey to taking “the cure” at a Buddhist monastery in the Thai countryside. At once a powerful personal story and a fascinating historical survey, Opium Fiend brims with anecdotes and lore surrounding the drug that some have called the methamphetamine of the nineteenth-century. It recalls the heyday of opium smoking in the United States and Europe and takes us inside the befogged opium dens of China, Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos. The drug’s beguiling effects are described in vivid detail—as are the excruciating pains of withdrawal—and there are intoxicating tales of pipes shared with an eclectic collection of opium aficionados, from Dutch dilettantes to hard-core addicts to world-weary foreign correspondents. A compelling tale of one man’s transformation from respected scholar to hapless drug slave, Opium Fiend puts us under opium’s spell alongside its protagonist, allowing contemporary readers to experience anew the insidious allure of a diabolical vice that the world has all but forgotten. From the Hardcover edition.
Sugar Baby Beautiful
Author: J.J. McAvoy
From the author of the bestselling Ruthless People series, a contemporary story about the transcendent power of love... When twenty-four-year-old Felicity Harper is dragged to a sugar party, an event where wealthy men and women seek “companionship,” she never expects this one simple decision to drastically change her whole life. Her past is nothing but broken dreams and heartache. Her present is detached and dull. And her future? Well, before meeting Theodore Darcy, the famed film director, writer, producer and CEO of Darcy Entertainment, she would have expected more of the same. Love is just a fantasy and she wants no part of it—even if she can’t deny the magnetic attraction between the two of them. So their arrangement is simple: sex with no strings attracted. But as their intimacy becomes more powerful, so do Felicity’s demons. Can Theo really shoulder her past and his own? And could Felicity even let him?
Real Frank Zappa Book
Author: Frank Zappa, Peter Occhiogrosso
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Recounts the life and career of the inventive and controversial rock musician, and includes information on his philosophies on art, his opinions on the music industry, and his thoughts on raising children.
The Secret Thief
Author: Nina Lane
Publisher: Snow Queen Publishing
My life is no fairy tale, but it's grim. A twisted affair ruined my career and reputation. The loss of my beloved uncle wrecked my heart. All I have left is an old house in a coastal Maine town crawling with secrets. Then a mysterious, reclusive man offers me a job...as long as I don't ask him any questions or go poking my nose where it doesn't belong. Strange? Yes. Tempting? Unbearably. Though Flynn ignites me with hot desire, getting involved with the local eccentric is the worst thing I can do. Yet this man and his secrets are impossible to resist. Who is he? Why is he such a loner? What's his story? One day soon, I'm going to find out.
Wild. Film Tie-In
Author: Cheryl Strayed, James Roxburgh
A Journey From Lost to Found. At 26, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's rapid death from cancer, her family disbanded and her marriage crumbled. With nothing to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to walk eleven-hundred miles of the west coast of America - from the Mojave Desert, through California and Oregon, and into Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience of long-distance hiking and the journey was nothing more than a line on the map. This account captures the agonies - both mental and physical - of her incredible journey.
A Book of Ghosts
Author: Sabine Baring-Gould
Author: Chelle Bliss
Fans of emotional tearjerkers will love this story about love, hope, strength and survival.