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
"Fresh and funny… St. John has crafter a winner.” —Tony Horwitz, author of Confederates in the Attic In the life of every sports fan, there comes a moment of reckoning. It may happen when your team wins on a last-second field goal and you suddenly find yourself clenched in a loving embrace with a large hairy man you’ve never met. . . . Or in the long, hormonally depleted days after a loss, when you’re felled by a sensation similar to the one you first experienced following the death of a pet. At such moments the fan is forced to confront the question others—spouses, friends, children, and colleagues—have asked for years: Why do I care? What is it about sports that turns otherwise sane, rational people into raving lunatics? Why does winning compel people to tear down goalposts, and losing, to drown themselves in bad keg beer? In short, why do fans care? In search of the answers to these questions, Warren St. John seeks out the roving community of RVers who follow the Alabama Crimson Tide from game to game across the South. A movable feast of Weber grills, Igloo coolers, and die-hard superstition, these are characters who arrive on Wednesday for Saturday’s game: Freeman and Betty Reese, who skipped their own daughter’s wedding because it coincided with a Bama game; Ray Pradat, the Episcopalian minister who watches the games on a television set beside his altar while performing weddings; John Ed (pronounced as three syllables, John Ay-ud), the wheeling and dealing ticket scalper whose access to good seats gives him power on par with the governor; and Paul Finebaum, the Anti-Fan, a wisecracking sports columnist and talk-radio host who makes his living mocking Alabama fans—and who has to live in a gated community for all the threats he receives in response. In no time at all, St. John himself is drawn into the world of full-immersion fandom: he buys an RV (a $5,500 beater called The Hawg) and joins the caravan for a football season, chronicling the world of the extreme fan and learning that in the shadow of the stadium, it can all begin to seem strangely normal. Along the way, St. John takes readers on illuminating forays into the deep roots of humanity’s sports mania (did you know that tailgaters could be found in eighth-century Greece?), the psychology of crowds, and the surprising neuroscience behind the thrill of victory. Reminiscent of Confederates in the Attic and the works of Bill Bryson, Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer is not only a travel story, but a cultural anthropology of fans that goes a long way toward demystifying the universal urge to take sides and to win.
A Journey into the Heart of Fan Mania
Author: Warren St. John
Publisher: Broadway Books
Category: Sports & Recreation
After all of the world's continents were flung into different time periods, Sophia journeys home to Boston, anticipating her reunion with Theo, but he has been conscripted to fight in a twisted vision of Manifest Destiny.
Author: S. E. Grove
Category: JUVENILE FICTION
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “A thoughtful defense of traditional conservatism and a thorough assault on the way Donald Trump is betraying it.”—David Brooks, in his New York Times column In a bold act of conscience, Republican Senator Jeff Flake takes his party to task for embracing nationalism, populism, xenophobia, and the anomalous Trump presidency. The book is an urgent call for a return to bedrock conservative principle and a cry to once again put country before party. Dear Reader, I am a conservative. I believe that there are limits to what government can and should do, that there are some problems that government cannot solve, and that human initiative is best when left unfettered, free from government interference or coercion. I believe that these ideas, tested by time, offer the most freedom and best outcomes in the lives of the most people. But today, the American conservative movement has lost its way. Given the state of our politics, it is no exaggeration to say that this is an urgent matter. The Republican party used to play to a broader audience, one that demanded that we accomplish something. But in this era of dysfunction, our primary accomplishment has been constructing the argument that we’re not to blame. We have decided that it is better to build and maintain a majority by using the levers of power rather than the art of persuasion and the battle of ideas. We’ve decided that putting party over country is okay. There are many on both sides of the aisle who think this a good model on which to build a political career—destroying, not building. And all the while, our country burns, our institutions are undermined, and our values are compromised. We have become so estranged from our principles that we no longer know what principle is. America is not just a collection of transactions. America is also a collection of ideas and values. And these are our values. These are our principles. They are not subject to change, owing to political fashion or cult of personality. I believe that we desperately need to get back to the rigorous, fact-based arguments that made us conservatives in the first place. We need to realize that the stakes are simply too high to remain silent and fall in line. That is why I have written this book and am taking this stand. —Jeff Flake
A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle
Author: Jeff Flake
Publisher: Random House
Category: Political Science
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
The return of the mercenary company, the Crimson Guard, could not have come at a worse time for a Malazan Empire exhausted by warfare and weakened by betrayals and rivalries. Indeed, there are those who wonder whether the Empress Laseen might not be losing her grip on power as she faces increasing unrest as conquered kingdoms and principalities sense freedom once more. Into the seething cauldron of Quon Tali--the Empire's heartland--marches the Guard. With their return comes the memory of the Empire--and yet all is not well with the Guard itself. Elements within its elite, the Avowed, have set their sights on far greater power. There are ancient entities who also seek to further their own arcane ends. And what of the swordsman called Traveller who, with his companion Ereko, has gone in search of a confrontation from which none have ever returned? As the Guard prepares to wage war, so Laseen's own generals and mages, the 'Old Hands', grow impatient at what they see as her mismanagement of the Empire. But could Laseen have outwitted them all? Could she be using the uprisings to draw out and finally eliminate these last irksome survivors from the days of her illustrious predecesor, Kellanved? At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
A Novel of the Malazan Empire
Author: Ian C. Esslemont
Publisher: Tor 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
As the new queen of Hytanica, Alera struggles to forget Narian and must lead her kingdom when it is attacked by the forces of the Overlord.
Author: Cayla Kluver
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Nobody wants to experience the agony of heartbreak. But if you've ever been in love-really, truly in love-you already know you don't have a choice in the matter. Millions of women before you have undergone the painful experience of heartbreak and emerged on the other side wiser and stronger. The Breakup Book: 20 Steps to Heal a Broken Heart combines poignant and relatable stories from the author's own heartbreak-straight-talking wisdom from a woman who's been through it all, including the early days after a breakup when she couldn't get off the couch to moving on gracefully using various techniques to get her through the day. Some of it worked and some of it didn't, and that's where this guide comes in. If you're struggling to get back on your feet and reclaim your life after a breakup, this book will give you a roadmap to finding yourself again-a stronger, wiser self. With wit and honesty, Lesley Robins shares her own experiences to show that she too has suffered the lack of self-worth many women experience after a difficult breakup. She shapes the lessons she learned into frank and practical advice, providing simple and effective ways to move on with your life. With time and the right approach, your heart will heal and you will be ready to face the world with new-found strength and wisdom. The Breakup Book will help thousands, perhaps millions, of women who are struggling to find their life, their path, their soul when it seems that all is lost forever.
20 Steps to Heal a Broken Heart
Author: Lesley Robins
Publisher: Morgan James Publishing
Category: Family & Relationships
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
A Weekly Illustrated Journal of Horticulture and Allied Subjects
All it takes to rewrite the rules is a little fresh ink in this remarkable YA anthology from thirteen of the most recognizable, diverse authors writing today including Nicola Yoon, Jason Reynolds, Melissa de la Cruz, and many more, and published in partnership with We Need Diverse Books. This collection features ten short stories, a graphic short story, and a one-act play from Walter Dean Myers never before in-print. It will give readers the opportunity to discover how the next chapter is up to them. "I absolutely love this mix of established and newer talents, and I'm really intrigued and excited by the mixed formats." --BookRiot Careful--you are holding fresh ink. And not hot-off-the-press, still-drying-in-your-hands ink. Instead, you are holding twelve stories with endings that are still being written--whose next chapters are up to you. Because these stories are meant to be read. And shared. Thirteen of the most accomplished YA authors deliver a label-defying anthology that includes ten short stories, a graphic novel, and a one-act play about topics like gentrification, acceptance, untimely death, coming out, and poverty and ranging in genre from contemporary realistic fiction to adventure and romance. This collection will inspire you to break conventions, bend the rules, and color outside the lines. All you need is fresh ink. AUTHORS INCLUDE: Schuyler Bailar, Melissa de la Cruz, Sara Farizan, Sharon G. Flake, Eric Gansworth, Malindo Lo, Walter Dean Myers, Daniel José Older, Thien Pham, Jason Reynolds, Aminah Mae Safi, Gene Luen Yang, Nicola Yoon
Author: Lamar Giles
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Category: Young Adult Fiction