Category Archives: Contemporary Literature

Officer Off Limits

By Tessa Bailey

His have to own her is non-negotiable. tale Brooks’ fiancé simply referred to as off their marriage ceremony weeks sooner than the chuffed day. as though that won't undesirable adequate, her semi-estranged father, an notorious NYPD hostage negotiator, has suffered a center assault. no longer desirous to research her loss of emotion over the damaged engagement, she hops on a aircraft to reconnect together with her father earlier than it’s too overdue. Playboy hostage negotiator Daniel Chase hasn't ever, no longer as soon as, been refused via a girl, so while a debate over health facility snack meals with a tasty kindergarten instructor leads to flat-out rejection, he makes it his venture to seduce her. His purely hindrance? She’s the daughter of his mentor who implicitly forbade Daniel from pursuing her. regardless of her father’s warnings and Daniel’s bothered prior, Daniel and tale can’t withstand their severe allure to each other. but if the cause of her fiancé’s abrupt marriage ceremony cancellation involves gentle, can tale and Daniel's already forbidden dating continue to exist?

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The Best American Short Stories 2012

The simplest American sequence is the most efficient annual exhibit for the country’s best brief fiction and nonfiction. every one volume’s sequence editor selects awesome works from countless numbers of magazines, journals, and internet sites. a distinct visitor editor, a number one author within the box, then chooses the simplest twenty or so items to submit. This special procedure has made the simplest American sequence the main revered — and hottest — of its kind.

The top American brief tales 2012 includes

Nathan Englander, Mary Gaitskill, Roxane homosexual, Jennifer Haigh,
Steven Millhauser, Alice Munro, Lawrence Osborne, Eric Puchner,
George Saunders, Kate Walbert, and others


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The Seed Collectors: A Novel

Great Aunt Oleander is lifeless. to every of her nearest and dearest she has left a seed pod. The seed pods can be lethal, yet nonetheless they could additionally include the key of enlightenment. now not that anybody has a lot time for enlightenment. Fleur, left in the back of on the crumbling Namaste residence, needs to step into Oleander's function as guru to misplaced and lonely celebrities. Bryony desires to lose the burden she wear after her botanist mom and dad disappeared, yet cannot cease ingesting. And Charlie struggles to make experience of his lifestyles after wasting the single girl he may well actually love.

A complicated and fiercely modern story of inheritance, enlightenment, existence, demise, wish and kin timber, The Seed Collectors is an important novel but from one of many world's such a lot bold and extraordinary writers. As Henry James acknowledged of George Eliot's Middlemarch, The Seed Collectors is a 'treasurehouse of element' revealing all that it capability to be hooked up, to be a part of a society, to be a part of the universe and to be human.

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Changeless (The Parasol Protectorate)

By Gail Carriger

Alexia Maccon, the woman Woolsey, awakens within the wee hours of the mid-afternoon to discover her husband, who can be decently asleep like all basic werewolf, yelling on the most sensible of his lungs. Then he disappears; leaving her to house a regiment of supernatural squaddies encamped on her doorstep, a plethora of exorcised ghosts, and an offended Queen Victoria.

But Alexia is armed together with her trusty parasol, the most recent models, and an arsenal of biting civility. So even if her investigations take her to Scotland, the backwater of gruesome waistcoats, she is ready: upending werewolf pack dynamics as merely the soulless can. She may perhaps even locate time to trace down her wayward husband, if she seems like it.

CHANGELESS is the second one ebook of the Parasol Protectorate sequence: a comedy of manners set in Victorian London, jam-packed with werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.
The Parasol Protectorate

For extra from Gail Carriger, money out:

The Custard Protocol

Finishing institution (YA)
Etiquette & Espionage
Curtsies & Conspiracies
Waistcoats & Weaponry
Manners & Mutiny

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These Things About Us

By Laura Beege

Antonia is leaving the final shards of her lifestyles in Tucson at the back of to discover her mom and begin over. seems that's more uncomplicated acknowledged than performed. London is a reasonably large urban, 100 dollars don't get you a long way and also you can't simply make your prior disappear. whilst candy and being concerned uni pupil Wesley will get her a task and a room in his father's pub, Tony is unprepared for his older brother hint who despises her at the beginning sight. She's unprepared for somebody whose secrets and techniques can be darker than her personal. Following a direction of breadcrumbs and tangling up in Trace's earlier, Tony slips again right into a global she notion she'd escaped the day her father went to legal

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A Fool's Gold Christmas (Fool's Gold, Book 10)

By Susan Mallery

A vintage heartwarming story for the vacations from  New York Times bestselling writer Susan Mallery 

The cheer in Fool's Gold, California, is bringing out the humbug in dancer Evie Stryker. An damage has compelled her to come domestic to her estranged relatives. So she will not upload to the awkward state of affairs via falling for the charms of her brother's ally, regardless of how tempting he's. while she's recruited to degree the iciness competition, she vows to do as promised, then circulate on, wherever yet here. 

Jaded attorney Dante Jefferson is being used to town he now calls domestic, however the pounding of little dancers' toes above his place of work is greater than he can take. while he confronts their beautiful instructor, he is unprepared for his or her searing appeal. Evie is his most sensible friend's sister—off-limits except he is keen to danger his middle. Dante has regularly believed that love is risky, yet that used to be sooner than he needed to reckon with the magic of a undeniable small city, the place miracles do appear to happen….

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Love after Marriage

By Bhagya Chandra

Revised and re-edited, September 2014

Compassionate and deeply emotional, ‘Love after Marriage’ is a modern love tale approximately Deepak and Roshni, a tender couple flung jointly in a conventional prepared marriage. the tale authenticates the idea that of an prepared marriage, which has prevailed in India for a number of hundred years. It facilities at the conviction that husband and spouse, strangers on the time of marriage, can boost a higher love in the event that they are sincere and devoted to every other.

In Love after Marriage, Deepak and Roshni embark at the undying trip of marriage, in basic terms to find that it’s now not particularly so simple as they anticipated. What follows is an exploration of figuring out and compromise, weaving a tapestry of affection and affection that lasts longer and grows superior through the years.

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Slammed: A Novel

By Colleen Hoover

From the number 1 New York occasions bestselling writer of Hopeless and Losing Hope.

Falling in love can consider like poetry. Or it might think like a slam to the heart.

Colleen Hoover’s romantic, emotion-packed debut novel unforgettably captures all of the magic and confusion of past love, as youth forge an not going bond sooner than researching that destiny has different plans for them.

Following the unforeseen dying of her father, eighteen-year-old Layken turns into the rock for either her mom and more youthful brother. She seems resilient and tenacious, yet within, she's wasting desire. Then she meets her new neighbor Will, a good-looking twenty-one-year-old whose mere presence leaves her flustered and whose ardour for poetry slams thrills her.

Not lengthy after a heart-stopping first date within which every one acknowledges anything profound and commonly used within the different, they're slammed to the center while a surprising discovery brings their new dating to a surprising halt. day-by-day interactions turn into impossibly painful as they fight to discover a stability among the emotions that pull them jointly and the forces that tear them aside. merely during the poetry they proportion are they in a position to converse the fact that is of their hearts and picture a destiny the place love is reason for occasion, no longer remorse.

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The First Phone Call from Heaven: A Novel

By Mitch Albom

“A fantastically rendered story of religion and redemption that makes us imagine, suppose, and hope—and then doubt after which think, as basically Mitch Albom could make us do.”—Garth Stein, writer of The paintings of Racing within the Rain

One morning within the small city of Coldwater, Michigan, the telephones commence ringing. The voices say they're calling from heaven. Is it the best miracle ever? Or a few merciless hoax? As information of those unusual calls spreads, outsiders flock to Coldwater to be part of it.

At a similar time, a disgraced pilot named Sully Harding returns to Coldwater from criminal to find his fatherland gripped via “miracle fever.” Even his younger son includes a toy telephone, hoping to listen to from his mom in heaven.

As the calls elevate, and facts of an afterlife starts to floor, the town—and the world—transforms. in simple terms Sully, confident there's not anything past this unhappy existence, digs into the phenomenon, decided to disprove it for his baby and his personal damaged heart.

Moving seamlessly among the discovery of the phone in 1876 and a global passionate about the subsequent point of conversation, Mitch Albom takes readers on a panoramic journey of frenzied hope.

“Beautiful and clever. might be the main stirring and transcendent heaven tale due to the fact that box of Dreams.” —Matthew Quick,  writer of The stable good fortune of correct Now

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The Whore of Babylon, A Memoir: A Novel

By Katrina Prado

Katrina Prado is the writer of numerous novels, together with a secret sequence in addition to many literary brief tales. She has had fabric released in Woman's global, Potpourri, The Chrysalis Reader, The Santa Clara assessment, Lite, and girl. Ms. Prado's reviews have additionally seemed in Yoga magazine. She has been a contract author for Woman's international journal and her paintings has aired on Public Radio's Valley Writers learn. She was once a two-time panelist on the Sacramento Reads! e-book pageant. Her brief tale Twig Doll gained first position within the 2000 Lite Circle Literary Contest. Her novel packing containers OF YEARS (March 27, 2002, emerging Tide Press) is offered in any respect bookstores, in addition to from She lives along with her husband in northern California.

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