The Crimson Flake is a tale of two tales, diverse and well separated by time and locale. Each is an emotional human struggle and the two are on a collision course. The first tale concerns a rather large and often irreverent man who silently craves danger and shares his life with a cat called Sam. They both love the same woman but while the cat openly demonstrates his emotions toward her the man struggles with feelings of love and commitment; feelings he knows deep down to be absolute truths. In addition, he wrestles with a nagging internal death wish and a disturbing intuitive ability; an ability he loathes but one that's kept him alive. The second involves a struggle we've known since the beginning when Eve encountered the serpent. There are evil things. They're where you would expect them but they're also where you wouldn't. You don't see the man in the crowd whose eyes are fixed on you, who follows you, who snatches you from your life and your life from you; unnoticed little slices of time. This is the story of such an encounter; of how evil can spring from the most benign and tranquil environment, of one person's courage and willpower to battle such madness: a battle that ultimately defines her life. It's the story of two reclusive brothers who live deep in an otherwise hushed and beautiful forest but who, because of an emotionally tortured mother and her twisted influence, have littered the peaceful woodland with the remains of nine vibrant young women; all in the name of God. But not all of the remains were scattered. No. The prettiest parts were saved. They're in the barn. One brother is inherently evil, born evil, and is descending deeper into the abyss. He is beyond redemption and only death can stop him. The other is struggling with thoughts he didn't know he could have before she came. He's being pulled in one direction by a despicable but settled way of life and in the other by her. She is Willie, a skinny, nineteen year-old, inner-city kid who is there quite by accident and fighting for two lives. Over time, bizarre circumstances cause the paths of the big man and the girl to converge. The two become allies and make for perhaps the strangest heroic duo imaginable. They stumble and falter along the way but the union is a formidable one. They recover, more powerful, in a final assault and the evil is left lying as dust beside the road.
Author: R. L. Knight
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
The stunning conclusion to S. E. Grove's New York Times–bestselling Mapmakers trilogy—a historical, fantastical adventure perfect for fans of Philip Pullman! It is late August 1892, and Sophia Tims is coming home from a foreign Age, having risked her life in search of her missing parents. Now she is aboard ship, with a hard-earned, cryptic map that may help her find them at long last. But her homecoming is anything but peaceful. Threatening clouds hang over New Orleans harbor. Sinkholes have been opening in Boston, swallowing parts of the city whole. Rogue weirwinds tear up the Baldlands. Worst of all, New Occident is at war, led by a prime minister who will do anything to expand the country westward. He has blackmailed Sophia’s beloved uncle Shadrack into drawing the battle maps that will lead countless men and boys—including Sophia’s best friend, Theo—to their deaths. As Sophia puzzles out her next move, Shadrack is peeling back layers of government intrigue, and Theo is bracing himself to fight. A red fog of war is rising, and New Occident’s future hangs in the balance. . . . The Crimson Skew is the thrilling final act of S. E. Grove’s acclaimed Mapmakers Trilogy—three unforgettable books set in a world like no other. From the Hardcover edition.
Author: S. E. Grove
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Somewhere in the unmapped regions of Kregen, beneath the two suns of Antares, alpha star of the Constellation Scorpio, lies the hidden city of the Savanti. The Savanti were the ones responsible for tearing Dray Prescot away from his native Earth for their struggle against the Star Lords. And Dray had long sought the locale of his original landing because it would help solve the mystery of his transition. Now the time had come when the search must be completed without delay, for the father of his beloved Delia was a victim of assassins, and only the Savanti could undo the evil that could shatter all that Dray held dear in his second planetary homeland. Savage Scorpio is the thrilling novel of a mission that would involve powerful forces far beyond all Prescot's personal desires.
Dray Prescot #16
Author: Alan Burt Akers
Publisher: Mushroom eBooks
Four hundred light years from Earth, Kregen is a marvelous world, peopled by wonderful beings, filled with light and clamor and furor of life lived to the hilt. But Kregen has its darker side, where horror and terror batten on innocent people, where sorceries rend reason, where injustice denies light. Dray Prescot's happiness with Delia, the Princess Majestrix of Vallia, is threatened as the notorious Wizard of Loh, Phu-si-Yantong, seeks to destroy Delia's father, the emperor, and take control of the empire of Vallia. And Prescot is determined to seek the whereabouts of his daughters, alienated from him during a forced absence on Earth. But the brilliant world of Kregen under Antares will always challenge Prescot with new problems and adventures. Dray Prescot knows only too well that he must continue to struggle against himself as well as the malignant fates that pursue him in the mingled streaming lights of the Suns of Scorpio.
The Saga of Dray Prescot omnibus #5
Author: Alan Burt Akers
Publisher: Bladud Books
An edgy, sexy USA TODAY bestseller about falling for the one person you can’t have. Maise O’Malley just turned eighteen, but she’s felt like a grown-up her entire life. The summer before senior year, she has plans: get into a great film school, convince her mom to go into rehab, and absolutely do not, under any circumstances, screw up her own future. But life has a way of throwing her plans into free-fall. When Maise meets Evan at a carnival one night, their chemistry is immediate, intense, and short-lived. Which is exactly how she likes it: no strings. But afterward, she can’t get Evan out of her head. He’s taught her that a hookup can be something more. It can be an unexpected connection with someone who truly understands her. Someone who sees beyond her bravado to the scared but strong girl inside. That someone turns out to be her new film class teacher, Mr. Evan Wilke. Maise and Evan resolve to keep their hands off each other, but the attraction is too much to bear. Together, they’re real and genuine; apart, they’re just actors playing their parts for everyone else. And their masks are slipping. People start to notice. Rumors fly. When the truth comes to light in a shocking way, they may learn they were just playing parts for each other, too. Smart, sexy, and provocative, Unteachable is about what happens when a love story goes off-script.
Author: Leah Raeder
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
The Scarlet Princess Monet must serve her kingdom, Karvana, and allow a husband to be chosen for her. She is secretly in love with the Crimson Knight of Karvana. Will she be able to marry the man she loves or will she be forced to forget him and marry someone else?
Author: Marcia Lynn McClure
Publisher: Distractions Ink
The Manual of the American Peony Society
Author: James Boyd
The spawn of the devil, the elite of the Russian Red Army were playing football with what looked like a doll's head. They were using the head of a newborn dead baby. He tore himself away as his abdomen muscles contracted and reached to their maximum. He felt sick but there was nothing more to give, his stomach had been empty for days. If a token gesture of defiance was required. He finally bought up his own bile. Humanity had reached the depths of hell. This was a one-way journey. AND NONE OF THEM WERE COMING BACK.
Author: Mirko Jean George Stasiak
Nightmare in Crimson by Patricia Rosemoor Hunted for the holidays? It’s been a year since Pippa McNabb’s husband – a philandering executive who was dressed as Santa – was murdered. Now Pippa is co-owner of the Westbrook Department Store and trying to find her footing in management. But at a company charity event, the guest "Santa" is suddenly ill and lurches outside… only to be run over by eight (not-so-tiny) reindeer. Another Santa is dead. And once again, Pippa is the prime suspect! But Pippa isn’t the only suspect. Sky Thornton is a naturalist who was responsible for the ruinous reindeer, and he’s also under suspicion. Sky is in Chicago for his own reasons, but finding himself increasingly attracted to Pippa – a potential murderess – was not part of the plan. Pippa now has only three things on this year’s Christmas list: 1) Clear her name; 2) Resist the wicked chemistry with Sky; and 3) Avoid becoming the next Christmas kill!
A Crimson Secrets Novel
Author: Patricia Rosemoor
Cook what you want to eat, without all the fat The editors of Everyday Food magazine know that it’s not enough to get dinner on the table in a snap—it also has to be good for the whole family. Everyday Food: Light features delicious, healthful recipes, all under 500 calories. Organized seasonally so you can take advantage of the freshest ingredients, this book shows you how to quickly make your favorite dishes in a way that’s light but nonetheless tempting. Making simple adjustments to your weeknight arsenal is easy with the step-by-step instructions on cooking techniques (like stir-frying and roasting), kitchen tools to help cut down on calories (such as a steamer basket and a citrus zester), and great low- or no-fat flavor boosters (marinades, herbs, and spices). And each recipe is accompanied by a beautiful color photograph and nutritional information to keep you motivated all week long. Here are some of the recipes you’ll find inside: • Oven-Fried Chicken • Saucy Shrimp and Grits • Lighter Eggplant Parmesan • Grilled Marinated Flank Steak • Olive-Oil Mashed Potatoes • Lighter Creamed Spinach • Tomato Salad with Olives and Lemon Zest • Light Chocolate-Chunk Brownies • Pear and Berry Crisp • Mini Mocha Cheesecakes Tips throughout explain what makes these recipes light, whether by using simple substitutions (such as whole-wheat tortillas instead of pizza crust), smart ways to cut back on fat (topping fish with bread crumbs rather than coating it in batter), or healthy cooking methods (baking onion rings instead of frying them). You’ll also find prep and cook times for each recipe, and plenty of one-pot meals that make great weeknight dinners for the whole family. Staying on track for a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to mean relying on gimmicky diets or eating flavorless meals. With Everyday Food: Light, cooking fulfilling and tasty dinners has never been easier or more inspiring.
The Quickest and Easiest Recipes, All Under 500 Calories
Author: Martha Stewart Living Magazine
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
A Weekly Illustrated Journal of Horticulture and Allied Subjects