This novella is the first of a new series based on a group of children from the Children's Aid Society, a New York orphanage who travel on an orphan train to Texas. Each story will feature some of the children and what happens to them as children and adults, while throwing a little sweet and inspirational romance into the mix. In this story, Craig Parker,a local farmer, has been asking widowed Amanda Drake for over a year to marry him, to which Amanda has refused each time. They hear about a train full of orphans coming to their town in Texas and both want to adopt a child as a single parent. When meeting with the Town Council, they are both individually given permission to adopt. Complications arise as Amanda must make a decision that will affect her future and the future of her crippled adopted daughter. Will a marriage of convenience to Craig be the right step to take or should she stay single and raise her daughter on her own? Will she find an unexpected family? The Orphan Train Romance Series are a collection of clean western romances. Each book is a complete story with a sub-story of the orphans as children. Book 1: An Unexpected Family Book 2: The Promise of a Family Book 3: Big Spring Brides: Anna Book 4: Big Spring Brides: Serena Book 5: Big Spring Brides: Katrina
The first three full-length novels of the Immortal Vegas Series in one box set, plus an introductory novella. One Wilde Night Tarot-reading artifact hunter Sara Wilde has had her share of tough assignments, but this one just might take the cake. When her newest client hires her to steal a fertility idol from an Amazonian sex-and-death cult, she finds herself south of the equator and shoulder deep in true believers, while Rio de Janeiro gears up for the closing celebrations of Carnival. Stealing the idol is one thing, however. Keeping it is another. The arcane black market has drawn a host of cutthroat operatives and Sara's now in their sights. In a race across one of the most colorful cities in South America on its most famed night of the year, Sara must navigate cunning enemies, backstabbing allies, a fifty-foot wedding cake float and a new, sensually mysterious contact who may be friend or foe…and whose name she'll never know if she doesn't survive  One Wilde Night. Getting Wilde Using her well-worn Tarot deck, magical-artifacts hunter Sara Wilde can find anything–for a price. And the price had better be right, since she needs to finance her own personal mission to rescue several young psychics recently sold on the paranormal black market. Enter Sara's most mysterious client, the wickedly sexy Magician, with a job that could yield the ultimate payday. All she'll have to do is get behind Vatican walls… and steal the Devil himself. But play with the Devil and you're bound to get burned. From the twisting catacombs of Rome to the neon streets of Vegas, Sara confronts ancient enemies, powerful demigods, a roiling magical underworld about to explode… and immortal passions that might require the ultimate sacrifice. But oh, what a way to go. No matter how the cards play out, things are about to get  Wilde . Wilde Card All that glitters may not be gold. When an antique gold show comes to Vegas, artifact-hunter Sara Wilde's job is simple: to locate and liberate a set of relics rumored to give their bearers access to an ancient, incredible power. Yet within the Connected community, whispers of a war against magic draw every psychic, mystic, warlock, and witch to Sin City. The most powerful Connected also covet the infamous relics, but no one wants them more than Sara's client–the insufferably arrogant, criminally sensual, and endlessly evasive Magician. Sara's heist takes a turn for the trickier as the smoky-eyed specter from her past, Detective Brody Rooks, is assigned to investigate a break-in at the gold show, forcing her to confront the one man in Vegas she can't bluff. Worse, as the game changes anew, Sara is forced to turn to the one person she knows will manipulate, obfuscate and beguile to get whatever he craves. Only now, it seems, the Magician wants her. Sometimes, when the deck is stacked against you… you've got to play the  Wilde Card. Born To Be Wilde The past has a way of catching up with you. If there's one thing that Tarot-reading magical artifacts hunter Sara Wilde has never been able to track down, it's the truth about her own past. But now a powerful new threat to the psychic community will take Sara back to where it all began: the last job she worked with Officer Brody Rooks as "Psychic Teen Sariah," the job that destroyed her life and sent her on the run. Because the enemy she fled all those years ago has returned… with a posse of demons as his personal entourage. From the glittering chaos of Las Vegas to the Lost City of Atlantis, Sara must risk everything in a quest for vengeance that grows darker and more twisted with every step. To succeed she'll have to face the truth about her past, her abilities…and the impossible, unstoppable attraction she has to the Magician. A truth that will reveal her ultimate role in the war on magic. Life is full of surprises when you are  Born to Be Wilde.
***Kissed By Shadows is a must read for fans of A Shade of Vampire, Twilight and The Mortal Instruments.*** Meet Atlas Morgan; the hero who just found the villain of her dreams… A ruthless, demonic army stands ready to attack; to bathe in the blood of all mankind. The only thing that has protected us from them is a mystical river which will run dry by midnight of the winter solace.  The paranormal community— referred to as Shadows—has been given seven chances to complete a quest that will replenish the river. They have failed six times. So, for the seventh and final time, the Shadows look to an unlikely source–seventeen-year-old human girl–Atlas Morgan.  Atlas has just lost the only person in the world that ever truly loved her—her mother.  Though she is drowning in grief and sorrow, when she learns she is the chosen one, she gathers up the courage to agree to the quest. However, Atlas encounters something far more frightening than Werewolves, Vampires and Witches—love. His name is Kane and she's shocked to learn that, like her, Kane has been chosen too–not to save the world but to end it…
Netflix has emerged as one of the big winners of the coronavirus pandemic. Now fledgling French shoe brand Nodaleto is ready to launch its own version of the streaming service with a tongue-in-cheek web series inspired by the classic teen comedy “Mean Girls.”
Call it a sign of the times: the idea for the parody site, Nodflix, hatched before France and other European countries went into lockdown as COVID-19 swept the planet.
Nodaleto founder Julia Toledano and Olivier Leone, the creative director, tapped influencers Camille Charrière, Leaf Greener and Louise Follain to join its team of “Nodalegirls,” who are shown on a group phone call discussing what appears to be a steamy encounter — though the final shot reveals the object of their affection is not a man, but the brand’s Bulla Jones shoe.
“My inspiration has always been my entourage,” said Toledano, revealing that the short film was shot in her Paris apartment days before France went into lockdown on March 17. A fourth participant, Spanish influencer Gala González, dropped out at the last minute after being laid low with flu-like symptoms, although it turned out it wasn’t COVID-19.
Leone said the campaign was in tune with Nodaleto’s fashion-forward aesthetic steeped in pop
New York Times Bestselling Author, HP Mallory, brings you The Sacred Oath Series which will appeal to Reverse Harem, Why Choose readers I don’t know who I am or where I came from. The only thing I do know is that I’m running from something. And there’s a voice inside my head that guides my every move… When I’m taken prisoner to be thrust into a lifetime of prostitution, I learn I’m an angel. Yes, I bear the markings on my back: markings that reveal my wings have been removed. But when my only ally, a foul-mouthed sprite, insists my wings are intact, I realize the danger I’m facing. I need protection. And that protection can only come from three magically powerful men who were destined to protect the balance between shadow and light: Dragan, a gargoyle and the King of Shadow; Cambion, an elf and the King of Nature; and Baron, a vampire and the King of Death. At one time there were four but Variant, the King of Light, grew greedy and usurped control for himself. He banished Cambion to the fae realm and Dragan to the shadow realm. And he murdered Baron. And now Variant is after me… THE SACRED OATH SERIES: (Reverse Harem) 1. Angel 2. Dragan 3. Baron 4. Cambion 5. Variant 6. Theren (Coming Soon) THE HAPPILY NEVER AFTER SERIES: (Reverse Harem Fairy Tale) 1. Snow 2. Goldy 3. Aria (Coming Soon)
“I was going to take Saturday off,” Swizz said. “But I’m getting a lot of pushback from the artists and the audience to keep it going, especially since it’s a long holiday weekend and everyone is stuck indoors. So I said, ‘I’d better tell Tim we’re going to work this weekend.”
Saturday will see their first non-R&B/hip-hop match — with Jamaican reggae artists Beenie Man and Bounty Killer — and on Monday, the first group Verzuz, with R&B groups Jagged Edge taking on Bad Boy favorites 112.
“We wanted to switch it up and add some Caribbean style with Beenie Man and Bounty Killer, and also give everyone a treat with another celebration with Jagged Edge and 112 as that was in popular demand – all for Memorial Day Weekend,” Swizz continued.
The battle between 112 and Jagged Edge marks the third R&B battle that has taken place since the battle series began in March. The first between R&B icons Babyface and Teddy Riley had an eye-popping 500,000 views and the second between soul goddesses Erykah Badu and Jill Scott gaining more than 1Billion views, fans can’t wait to see how the highly-anticipated showdown between the two reigning kings of 90s groups finally face off. The battle between Beenie Man and Bounty Killer isn’t the first time the series stepped outside the box, during the third battle of the series focused on songwriters, with a showdown betweenJohnta Austin and Ne-Yo, resulting in more than 4 million tuning in.
The R&B battle between 112 and Jagged Edge goes down Monday, May 25th at 8PM Eastern.
If you lost track of “How to Get Away With Murder” after the buzzy first season, don’t worry, you’re not alone. The ABC series wrapped up its six-year run on Thursday night, highlighting both its main strength — Viola Davis’ fearsome presence — and how far the mighty fell from when producer Shonda Rhimes’ “TGIT” lineup was in full flower.
Norma Kamali will be the featured speaker May 12 at FIT’s Hue Live, a twice weekly series of conversations featuring people and stories that define FIT.
Alex Joseph, managing editor of Hue, FIT’s magazine, will host Kamali for the one-hour conversation at 5:30 p.m. Joseph conducts interviews with some of the college’s leading alumni across a range of industries.
A graduate of FIT with a degree in illustration, Kamali has spent 53 years in the fashion industry and is known for such innovations as the sleeping bag coat, parachute styles, multistyle jersey dresses, swimwear and city sweats. The designer, who won the CFDA’s Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016, was an early proponent of a healthy lifestyle.
Last year, Kamali launched Normalife, a healthy lifestyle brand based on sleep, diet and exercise. After 9/11, she created the Wellness Cafe (which has since closed) that sold personal care and food products to support the immune system within her West 56th Street shop. Kamali now has an e-commerce business with apparel ranging from dresses and jumpsuits to jackets, coats, swimwear and accessories
Registration for the event is at fitnyc.edu/development/events/hue-live/index.php. It is free of charge.
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Sink your teeth into this series with an original twist! In an Alaskan prison, safe behind towering walls and watchtowers, you will find an unusual college. The students learn the art of killing monsters. The professors spin harrowing tales of a secret war. Guards walk the fence with guns and throat guards. And at night, the dorm cells slam shut and remain locked until morning. Because at Fear University, the night is the most dangerous time of all. The darkness has teeth, and it loves it when you tremble. Perfect for fans of paranormal romance and academy fiction. The Fear University Series combines spine-tingling action, swoony romance, and hair-raising monsters into one epic series. Download now and experience the hype for yourself! This bundle contains: Fear University The Killing Season Monster Mine Tick Tock Massacre (a stand-alone novella) More books in the Fear University series: Paper Tigers Dead Man’s Stitch
SOCIAL THOUGHT: Staying true to its bond with culture and mission to make it attractive and engaging for people, Prada will launch a series of digital talks on Instagram.
Dubbed “Prada Possible Conversations,” the project intends to connect international thinkers and personalities bowing from different industries with the social media audience through live dialogues broadcast on the label’s official account. The digital iteration will therefore represent an evolution of the company’s schedule of international cultural events during the coronavirus emergency.
Conversations will center on different themes, ranging from fashion, art, architecture and cinema to philosophy, psychology and literature, with the goal to invite users to explore how culture has been impacted by shifting times and how might evolve in the future.
The first “Prada Possible Conversation” is scheduled for April 14 at 6 a.m. CET. Author, curator and artistic director of Jacquard x Google Arts & Culture Residency Pamela Golbin and fashion journalist and critic Alexander Fury will talk about “Fashion in times of crises,” while viewers will be able to join them to pose questions and share opinions on the topic.
Each conversation on Instagram will additionally result in a financial donation Prada will make to UNESCO to support its work during the
After 11 years of family togetherness, “Modern Family” wrapped up its Emmy-winning run with perhaps the most obvious set-up — namely, a string of fairly sudden developments that would scatter the extended clan in different directions.
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Discover two urban fantasy series by bestseller Jayne Faith with this special edition first-in-series collection! Stone Cold Magic (Ella Grey Series Book 1): Demon patrol officer Ella Grey beat death after an accident on the job, but something followed her back from the grave. Will it eat her soul or become her greatest ally? Perfect for fans of Kim Harrison and early Anita Blake! Oath of Blood (Tara Knightley Series Prequel): When Tara Knightley's mother falls prey to a deadly magic-borne illness, Tara refuses to accept there's no cure. Her quest for answers takes her into the dangerous world of the Fae, where words are weapons and promises are forever. What will she have to sacrifice to save her mother? Download this collection today because you're going to love getting lost in the magic, action, and adventure of Jayne Faith's bestselling urban fantasy stories. This special edition box set is only available for a limited time! This box set collection contains two complete books: Stone Cold Magic (Ella Grey Series Book One) Oath of Blood (Tara Knightley Series Prequel/Book Zero)
Sony is currently pulling out of conventions left and right and not saying much about the PS5. Microsoft is doing the exact opposite. Today (Feb.24), the company revealed even more technical specs about its next-generation console, the Xbox Series X.
Phil Spencer spilled some serious nerd tea about the Xbox Series X.
We already knew the console would be more powerful compared to the Xbox One X and will have backwards compatibility that will support games going all the way back to the original Xbox. According to the blog post, the console will have 12 teraflops of GPU power, sports hardware-accelerated raytracing, run at 120 frames per second, and supports quick-resume for multiple games at the same time.
According to the Xbox boss, the new console will focus on several key themes: instant immersion, game compatibility, and power & speed. In the power department, Spencer details the Xbox Series X’s new custom AMD processor that is fully capable of 12 teraflops of GPU performance will allow for higher framerates and much “larger, more sophisticated game worlds.” He also promised “an immersive experience unlike anything seen in console gaming.” On top of that, variable rate shading will allow developers to “more efficiently utilize the full power of the Xbox Series X.This will allow for “more stable frame rates and higher resolution, with no impact on the final image quality.”
One eyebrow-raising detail is instant immersion. With the Xbox Series X switching from hard disc drives to a solid-state drive (SSD), load times should be improved. The new console will also have a new feature called Quick Resume that will allow players to re-enter a game with little to no wait times. As stated above, the console will support 120 frames per second, and controls will be “even more precise and responsive,” thanks to Dynamic Latency Input.
The Xbox Series X will also have HDMI 2.1 Innovation. Spencer revealed that Microsoft has partnered up with the HDMI forum and TV manufacturers to give players the best gaming experience possible with new features like Auto Low Latency (ALLM) and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR). While ALLM allows both the Xbox One and Xbox Series X to automatically adjust the display to its lowest latency mode. VRR will enable the console to synchronize the game’s frame rate with the display’s refresh rate, which allows for “maintaining smooth visuals without tearing.” Spencer writes these features will ensure “minimal lag” as well as ” the most responsive gaming experience.”
Last but certainly not least, there is Smart Delivery. Spencer explains it will give gamers the assurance that when they purchase a game once, no matter what console you’re playing on, you will be getting “the right version.” Spencer adds they will be making the commitment to ensure to use Smart Delivery on all exclusive Xbox Game Studios titles, including Halo Infinite. Developers will be able to choose to use it for titles that will launch on Xbox One first and arriving on Xbox Series X later.
So how does that stack up against the PS5? Well, according to a leak, the PS5 will reach 9.2 teraflops compared to Xbox Series X’s 12. PlayStation 5 is also rumored to have a new “Remastering Engine” that will rival the Xbox Series X. So things are sounding pretty even, as far as technical specs. The one department Sony does seem to still have the upper hand is exclusive games. It has been reported that at launch that the Xbox Series X will not have any first-party games ready and will have owners of the console waiting for up to a year according to a Microsoft exec.
Still, it’s time for Sony to show its hand now and give us some more details on the PS5.
A Life-Changing Awakening A life-threatening accident reveals to Finn that he is a werewolf; the next morning, he receives an invitation to a secluded high school. ˃˃˃ Can He Survive? Finn quickly realizes that the school is in fact an academy for monsters that is far more perilous and full of adventure than he ever expected. ˃˃˃ The First Book in an Exciting New Paranormal Series Haunted High has had a dangerous history with werewolves. Can Finn survive monster politics, life-threatening pranks, and teachers more likely to kill him than help him in time to answer the real question: Who is the girl haunting the cemetery and why does he sleepwalk to her grave each night? ˃˃˃ “The story is filled with great characters and paranormal creatures. The narrator does a fantastic job of bringing the story and characters to life. I look forward to more in this series and from this author.”- Michelle Titherington VanDaley, Amazon Reviewer Scroll Up And Grab Your Copy Today!
What would you give to live forever? Seventeen-year-old Elijah Brighton wants to become an ascender—a post-Singularity human/machine hybrid—after all, they’re smarter, more enlightened, more compassionate, and above all, achingly beautiful. But Eli is a legacy human, preserved and cherished for his unaltered genetic code, just like the rainforest he paints. When a fugue state possesses him and creates great art, Eli miraculously lands a sponsor for the creative Olympics. If he could just master the fugue, he could take the gold and win the right to ascend, bringing everything he’s yearned for within reach… including his beautiful ascender patron. But once Eli arrives at the Games, he finds the ascenders are playing games of their own. Everything he knows about the ascenders and the legacies they keep starts to unravel… until he’s running for his life and wondering who he truly is. The Legacy Human explores the intersection of mind, body, and soul in a post-Singularity world… and how technology will challenge us to remember what it means to be human. AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY Susan Kaye Quinn is a rocket scientist turned speculative fiction author who now uses her PhD to invent cool stuff in books. Her works range from young adult science fiction to adult future-noir, with side trips into royal fantasy romance and middle grade. Her bestselling novels and short stories have been optioned for Virtual Reality, translated into German and French, and featured in several anthologies. She writes full-time from Chicago, inventing mind powers and dreaming of the Singularity. See her website for free stories, trailers, and links to social media. SUE’S OTHER BOOKS SINGULARITY SERIES young adult science fiction • Defiance (Prequel to The Legacy Human) • The Legacy Human (Book 1) • The Duality Bridge (Book 2) • The Illusory Prophet (Book 3) • The Stories of Singularity #1-4 (Novella Box Set) • Awakening (Stories of Singularity #5) MINDJACK SERIES young adult science fiction MINDJACK: KIRA Open Minds (Book 1) Closed Hearts (Book 2) Free Souls (Book 3) Mindjack Short Story Collection (Book 4) MINDJACK: ZEPH Locked Tight (Book 1) Cracked Open (Book 2) Broken Wide (Book 3) The Locksmith (Book 4) THE ROYALS OF DHARIA sweet royal romance • Third Daughter (Book 1) • Second Daughter (Book 2) • First Daughter (Book 3) DEBT COLLECTOR adult future-noir • Season One • Season Two
To a master alchemist like Addie, impossible is just another word for challenge. When a fiery explosion destroys the Alchemica, the premier alchemy institute in the United States, she’s left with nothing. No home, no colleagues, and no memory. Learning what happened seems impossible, but she still has one strength, and in her opinion, it’s the only one she needs. She hasn’t forgotten a thing about alchemy. Addie brews a potion to restore her lost past, but remembers only the flames of the Alchemica’s destruction—and a man among the ashes. A man with the elemental power of fire, who just happens to be the leader of the magical community. He might know what happened, but getting him to tell her will require some…creativity. The magical aren’t fond of alchemists. Some say it borders on hatred, but Addie isn’t one to back down from a challenge, even if that challenge happens to be a man who can turn her to ash with a thought.
Freak. Witch. Crazy. Schizo. Ember Brycin has been called them all. She’s always known she’s different. No one has ever called her normal, even under the best circumstances. Bizarre and inexplicable things continually happen to her, and having two different colored eyes, strange hair, and an unusual tattoo only contributes to the gossip about her. When the latest school explosion lands her in a facility for trouble teens, she meets Eli Dragen, who’s hot as hell and darkly mysterious. Their connection is full of passion, danger, and secrets. Secrets that will not only change her life, but what and who she is—leading her down a path she never imagined possible. Between Light and Dark, Ember finds a world where truth and knowledge are power and no one can be trusted. But her survival depends on finding out the truth about herself. In her pursuit, she is forced between love and destiny and good and evil, even when the differences between them aren’t always clear. At worst, she will incite a war that could destroy both worlds. At best, she will not only lose her heart but her life and everyone she loves. Once the truth is out, however, there will be no going back. And she’ll definitely wish she could.
Ewan McGregor will reprise his “Star Wars” role as Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi in a series for the upcoming Disney+ streaming service, the actor announced to fans of the beloved movie franchise on Friday. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
*****The Toren is a must read for fans of A Shade of Vampire, Twilight and The Mortal Instruments.****** Summit Case has no idea why her parents gave her up, or why her eyes are purple and change with her mood. The only thing she knows is that she is destined to be on the outside looking in. That is, until the most popular guy in school, asks her out on a date. However, instead of taking her to a movie, he parks the car in a remote section of Lower Manhattan and, after a few cryptic proclamations, stabs her in the neck. Lucas Ford—a breathtaking angel with remarkable powers, swoops down and saves her. That’s when she learns that she’s the descendant of a long line of formidable, Angels called "Noru" and that Demons are seeking her out to strip her of her emerging powers. In addition, by saving her, Lucas awakens a new evil bent on the destroying all of humanity.  Her team must go on a dangerous quest to find a powerful relic that can contain the new evil. In the midst of the harrowing, and bloody mission, she looks for solace in the arms of the angel she loved at first sight—Lucas. But for some reason, Lucas is cold and distant. Did she misread his feelings for her? What do you do when the angel who risked his life to save you, now wants nothing to do with you?  Summit comes from great and powerful line female Angels. But while she has their purple eyes, does she have their courage? And now that she finally has a family, will she be strong enough to hold on to them or is she destined to lose both her family and the guy she loves?
You know, for over 17 years, Country’s Family Reunion TV show and Larry’s Country Diner have been asking Country Legends to spend time together, tell their stories and sing their biggest songs. Everyone shares the space together and it’s a wonderful experience. Well, for some of our artists, they’ve been on our shows so many times it’s hard to remember all the various stories and songs they’ve told and sung. So, we thought it high time that we celebrate some INDIVIDUAL artists with their own TRIBUTE shows.
Lifetime is following the explosive success of “Surviving R. Kelly” by ordering a follow-up piece about more of the embattled musician’s accusers, as well as planning a new documentary that looks at those who say they were victims of another powerful man: Jeffrey Epstein.
A story of Biblical Proportions In the vein of The Alchemist, Harry Potter, and Lord of the Rings The Age of Prophecy series transports you back 3000 years, to the epic battle between the Israelite Kings and Prophets. Lev, an orphaned shepherd boy, begins a journey of discovery when he’s hired to play as a musician before the prophets. He soon learns that his father’s knife holds a deadly secret about his hidden past. As he is drawn deeper into the world of prophecy, Lev fights to unearth his true self while the clouds of war gather around him. Rooted in the Ancient Oral and Mystical Traditions Authors Dave Mason and Mike Feuer spent years researching the Oral and Kabbalistic traditions detailing the inner workings of prophecy and the world of Ancient Israel.
The complete New York Times Bestselling serial, now available in one book! My cock has an appetite. A huge and very particular appetite: Blonde, curvy, and preferably not a f*****g liar…(Although, that's a story for another day.) As a high profile lawyer, I don't have time to waste on relationships, so I fulfill my needs by anonymously chatting and sleeping with women I meet online. My rules are simple: One dinner. One night. No repeats. This is only casual sex. Nothing more. Nothing less. At least it was, until "Alyssa"…She was supposed to be a 27 year old lawyer, a book hoarder, and completely unattractive. She was supposed to be someone I shared law advice with late at night, someone I could trust with details of my weekly escapades. But then she came into my firm for an interview–a college-intern interview, and everything f*****g changed…
Fight. Survive. Repeat. The rules of a soldier are simple. Born into service of the Regime, Commander Sela Tyron is about as subtle as a hammer. To hammers, any problem can look like a nail, but things aren't always that easy. When Sela is abandoned with her team on a planet full of insurrectionists, things get complicated. A daredevil rescue by her commanding officer reaps deadly consequences, forcing Sela to choose between loyalty and the life of the man she's duty-bound to protect. Her whole life was a lie. And that's the good news. Shirking a life of privilege, Erelah Veradin dreamt of building spaceships and exploring the stars in the service of the Regime. When a monstrous truth about her true heritage is revealed, Erelah finds herself at the unwilling center of a scheming mastermind's bid for power. Suit up. Time to join the fight. If you love gritty, epic space opera like The Expanse or Firefly, this first title in the Allies and Enemies series launches you on the ride of a lifetime. Voted a Dragon Award Finalist for Best Military Science Fiction Novel by Dragon Con and a Kindle Book Award Finalist.
How much of her soul is this Angel wiling to give, to save the Demon she loves?  Pryor is a fourteen-year old Angel with fiery red hair, quick temper and a “take charge” attitude; she leads a team of powerful Angels called “Noru”. But when teammate and hottie, Aaden, breaks her heart; she runs away to New York City. There, Pryor hopes to create a drama free life. However, her hopes are dashed when on a quiet summer night, hundreds of humans, inexplicably climb up to the rooftops and leap to their death.  Pryor discovers that a new evil has surfaced and is using mind control to put an end to humanity. Things get even worse when Pryor finds out the new evil is in fact a secret brother whose existence her parents kept from her. How can she be expected to kill the new evil when he’s her own flesh and blood? And after having been lied to all her life, how can she ever hope to trust her parents again?  She gathers her team—including Aaden—and tries to formulate a battle plan.  Yet being around him makes everything far more complicated. Pryor questions if  she has what it takes to tackle both evil and her love life. She also wonders why Aaden has gone from a kind Angel to a ruthless killer she barely recognizes. Can she defeat the most evil force the world has ever seen and save the Angel she loves? Or will she have to choose between her mission and her heart?  The Noru series in order:  Book 1: Blue Rose  Book 2: Last Akon  Book 3: Fall Of The Chosen Book 4: When Angels Break  Book 5: Ways of The Wicked Book 6: Rise Of The Alago Book 7: Rage Of Angels Other works by Lola StVil  Book 1: The Girl Book 2: The Fallout Book 3: The Turn Book 4: The Triplex Book 5: The Quo Book 5 (Part 2) : The Lyris Book 6 : The Shoma Book 6 (Part 2): The Nycren Also: Guardians: Short Stories From Book 1 Guardians: Short Stories From Book 5
***** With two million copies downloaded and over 500 five-star reviews, The Guardians series is a must read for fans of A Shade of Vampire, Twilight and The Mortal Instruments.****** Fifteen year-old Emmy Baxter is certain nothing exciting will ever happen to her. That is until she is viciously attacked by hoards of demons on her way to class. A team of powerful angels, who earlier posed as her classmates, comes to her rescue. Emmy soon learns that her name is the only clue given in the quest to find the location of a sacred map that shows the way to 'the bridge of souls'. If evil gains access to the souls, it will use them to create an army and annihilate the world. Emmy has no idea where the map could be or why her name was given as a clue. But that doesn't stop evil from hunting her all over the posh Upper East Side of New York City. While battling evil and still trying to make it to class on time, Emmy finds herself falling hopelessly in love with team leader; Marcus Cane. Emmy is shocked to find out that Marcus is deeply in love with her. Unfortunately, the team's all-knowing guide makes a frightening prophecy: "If Marcus and Emmy unite, the world will burn…"  Will Emmy and Marcus stay away from each other if it mean saving the world? Or will they give into their all-consuming love? If being with "the one" meant the end of all things, could you stay away? _______________ ________________________ "This story takes you to Heaven, Hell and all over the world and will not disappoint!"–Once Upon A Twilight ★★★★★ "…The action starts early and doesn't stop…it grabbed my attention and wouldn't let go."–Beyond Forks ★★★★★ "…Well written with just the right balance of action, humor and romance."– When Pen Meets paper ★★★★★  "Guardians" series in order Book 1: The Girl Book 2: The Fallout Book 3: The Turn Book 4: The Triplex Book 5: The Quo Book 5 (Part 2) : The Lyris Book 6 : The Shoma Book 6 (Part 2): The Nycren Also: Guardians: Short Stories From Book 1 Guardians: Short Stories From Book 5 Please note: Readers may start with the Noru series or the Guardians series. However the author recommends starting with Guardians series  The Noru series in order:  Book 1: Blue Rose  Book 2: Last Akon  Book 3: Fall Of The Chosen Book 4: When Angels Break  Book 5: Ways of The Wicked Book 6: Rise Of The Alago Book 7: Rage Of Angels
One of the most beloved adult animated series is slated for a big comeback. Huey and Riley will be back in 2020.
Gizmodo is reporting that Sony Pictures has contracted several new shows. According to Variety the media conglomerate has secured a re-imagined version of The Boondocks.
While it is largely assumed that the show still deliver its’ signature biting social commentary this edition will further explore the boy’s ongoing struggle with Uncle Ruckus. The old man is reportedly an “evil local government tyrant who rules fictional Woodcrest County, Maryland with an iron fist.”
Earlier this year John Witherspoon, who plays Granddad, also confirmed the relaunch in a interview with The Grapevine. “I’m on the cartoon. What is it? The Boondocks? I didn’t change my voice for The Boondocks. And they coming back,” he revealed. “[The] Boondocks is coming back… It’s one of the best cartoons I’ve ever been on.”
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The first three novels in the series readers can't get enough of. This omnibus edition includes the first THREE novels in the bestselling Willow Valley series. Welcome to Willow Valley, a small town where everyone knows your name, and love is always in the air. Return to Love (Book 1) Cassie Powell is perfectly happy with her small town life in Willow Valley. She has a successful bakery and a beautiful little girl—everything she's ever wanted. But when Jack Martin swaggers back into town, secrets she's worked too hard to keep threaten to bring it all tumbling down around her. Jack has always thought of Cassie as a little sister—until he sees her all grown up! But she's hiding something, and he's determined to find out what. Can he break down her walls and find a way into her heart? Meant for Love (Book 2) Lissa Winters has her life all figured out. She wants a happy marriage and a house full of kids, right down to the white picket fence. The only thing that doesn't figure neatly into her plans is Jesse Kincade. She's been in love with him as long as she can remember, but after a fateful kiss under the stars he made it clear they weren't meant to be. Jesse is struggling to keep his farm supply store in the black and has no time for a distraction like Lissa. Especially when he knows they have no future. He comes from a dark past and he's just not marriage material. He knows he could never be what Lissa needs. When Lissa finds her chance to be with Jesse, even if it means she has to sacrifice her dreams, she wants to take it. But can she really be okay with only having part of him? And can Jesse deal with his past enough to see that he and Lissa are meant for love? Saved by Love (Book 3) Abby Stewart is finally putting her life back together after tragedy ripped it apart, and she’s determined never to be put in a vulnerable position again. Making a new home in Willow Valley is the perfect solution to find the safe and secure life she needs—until Ethan Barnes comes into the picture and upends her solidly laid plans. Having his own fair share of heartbreak, Ethan is all about living life to the fullest and finding adventure in everyday life. A relationship is the last thing he’s interested in—especially with someone as cautious as Abby. But there’s something about her that calls to him. He sees beneath the surface to the woman hiding behind the carefully built walls. The baggage they both carry threatens to keep them apart, but their attraction is undeniable. Are they willing to take a chance on love and discover that the passion between them is strong enough to save them both? Fall in love again and again with the heartwarming books in the Willow Valley series.
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In the Breakers series, humanity faces not one apocalypse, but two: first a lethal pandemic, then a war against those who made the virus. This collection includes the first three books and is over 1000 pages (350,000 words) of post-apocalyptic survival. BREAKERS (Book 1) In New York, Walt Lawson is about to lose his girlfriend Vanessa. In Los Angeles, Raymond and Mia James are about to lose their house. Within days, none of it will matter. A plague tears across the world, reducing New York to an open grave and LA to a chaotic wilderness of violence and fires. Civilization comes to an abrupt stop. Just as the survivors begin to adapt to the aftermath, Walt learns the virus that ended humanity wasn't created by humans. It was inflicted from outside. The colonists who sent it are ready to finish the job–and Earth's survivors may be too few and too weak to resist. MELT DOWN (Book 2) In upstate Idaho, Ness Hook is run out of his mom's house by his bullying brother Shawn. In Redding, California, Tristan Carter is graduating college, but with no job and no prospects, she'll have to move back in with her parents. Then the world ends: first with a virus, then with an alien invasion. Ness and Shawn take to the mountains to fight a guerrilla against the attackers. In California, Tristan and Alden are taken prisoner. Separated from her brother, Tristan crosses the ruins of America to track him down. She will stop at nothing to get Alden back–but her fellow survivors prove even more dangerous than the monsters who broke the world. KNIFEPOINT (Book 3) Raina was just a girl when the plague came. She survived. Her parents didn't. Neither did the world. As civilization fell, she took to the ruins of Los Angeles, eating whatever she could catch. After two years alone, she's found and adopted by a fisherman and his wife. Their makeshift family lives a quiet life–until a man named Karslaw sails in from Catalina Island with an army of conquerors. Driven by visions of empire, he executes Raina's new father as a traitor and takes her mother captive. But Karslaw's people aren't the only ones vying for control of the ruined land. As violence wracks the city, Raina joins a rebellion against Karslaw's rule. She will stop at nothing to free her mother–and to have her revenge.
The first details and footage from Lucasfilm’s first live-action television series ‘The Mandalorian’ debuted at Star Wars Celebration, and executive producers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni were there to offer inside tidbits. Here’s a recap of the panel and the exclusive footage from the series. News
When Erin Poletti pulls her car into the thousand acre Rydell River Ranch in River's End, Washington, looking to stay with her hated brother Chance, she never intends for it to be anything more than a pit stop on the way to the rest of her life. After her mother's suicide, Erin has no choice but to seek out her brother where he works as a ranch hand, as she is left penniless, homeless and for reasons she will share with no one; without the basic skills to navigate her life. Ranch owner Jack Rydell watches her pull onto his ranch and knows that trouble has come to his ranch, his three brothers, his two sons, and most of all: to himself. Erin has a short lived relationship with Jack's youngest brother until circumstances eventually leave Erin nearly destitute on the ranch, and finally reveals the secret Erin has desperately hidden. And only then, does Jack finally begin to know the woman whose presence has so altered his life. Eventually, Erin finds a job, and starts to work with Jack and his horses in order to repay the debts she feels she owes him. But the longer Erin is there Jack begins to wonder if he can resist the woman he now knows, despite everything that stands between them.
When the divide between the fae world and the human world is torn apart, Aleric Bayne is thrown into the ensuing chaos. Hurt and disoriented, the werewolf finds himself in a hospital emergency room. When other fae creatures begin to show up, Aleric sneaks them into the D wing of the hospital. With no one else able to treat their unusual conditions, Aleric steps into the role of Dr. Wolf. He has one goal in mind, to help the fae and close the Rift. But Dr. Wolf has walls around the memories of his own broken past that threaten to unravel the world he is holding together by a thread.
Flaranthlas Eldanari is a young half elf that travels to the human kingdom of Telur after living his whole life with the elves. His desire is to join the Guardians; the elite branch of the Telurian army. But Flare has unknowingly started down the path of an ancient prophecy; a prophecy that the Church of Adel will do anything to keep from being fulfilled.
“The Act” offers the second dramatization of the ill-fated relationship between Dee Dee and Gypsy Rose Blanchard in two months, and it’s easily the better of the two. Yet while this Hulu limited series captures the unsettling con game played by the mother, be forewarned that replicating these events can be as off-putting as the actual characters.
[[tmz:video id=”1_pljln0v1″]] Andy King — the event planner who offered oral sex in exchange for Evian (lots of it) at the doomed Fyre Festival — is ready for his close-up … strictly above the waist. Andy tells TMZ … he’s received offers from…
Three bestselling urban fantasies from award-winning author Meghan Ciana Doidge. Dowser 1, 2, and 3 complete the first of three trilogies in the Dowser Series. The magic and mayhem continues in books four to nine. The customer looked familiar, like maybe he’d been in the bakery a few times before. The vampire, however, was new. – Dowser 1 Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic (Dowser 1) If you’d asked me a week ago, I would have told you that the best cupcakes were dark chocolate with chocolate cream cheese icing, that dancing in a crowd of magic wielders — the Adept — was better than sex, and that my life was peaceful and uneventful. Just the way I liked it. That’s what twenty-three years in the magical backwater of Vancouver will get you — a completely skewed sense of reality. Because when the dead werewolves started showing up, it all unraveled … except for the cupcake part. That’s a universal truth. Trinkets, Treasures, and Other Bloody Magic (Dowser 2) Three months ago, I lost my foster sister, Sienna, to the darkness. As in blood magic and chaos and general mayhem. No one saw it until it was too late, but I should have. Now, I have a wounded heart and soul that I can’t even reveal to anyone around me, because I’m supposed to hate Sienna with the fiery passion of the justified. And I do. I just wish I didn’t feel so lost without her, so unsure of the path I thought I had carved for myself, and so outclassed by the powerful Adepts constantly by my side these days. I’m not even sure if they’re with me for my own protection or because my shiny new powers are rare and valuable. Assuming I ever figure out who or what I am, and how my magic actually works. Even chocolate can’t save the day every time … just most of the time. At least I’ve got that going for me. Treasures, Demons, and Other Black Magic (Dowser 3) I hadn’t set foot in the human world for more than a few hours in over three and a half months. Sure, I was stronger and faster than I’d ever been before, and I had a shiny new sword, but I was seriously chocolate deprived. I don’t recommend quitting cold turkey. And the new sword was a problem — to my mind, anyway. It represented all the expectations of a powerful father and a new otherworldly life. A life that wasn’t the one I’d worked so hard to build. It also represented the responsibility I had to bring my foster sister Sienna to … what? Justice? I didn’t know if that was even possible. What I did know was that Sienna wouldn’t stop, and that I couldn’t just leave everything up to fate and destiny … or maybe I was. Maybe I was doing exactly what I was supposed to be doing. If you believed in that sort of thing. I just hoped that before the chaos and mayhem renewed, I’d manage to get my hands on some chocolate. It didn’t even have to be single-origin Madagascar. I was utterly prepared to lower my standards.
In this exciting third film in The Divergent Series, Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) lead a team of rebels in a daring escape over the city wall—into a strange new world where they face a threat more dangerous than they ever imagined. Together, Tris and Four wage a furious battle for survival, fighting not only for their factions and loved ones, but for the future of an entire city in this dynamic, action-packed adventure.
Dear Viewer, If you enjoy movies filled with singing rabbits, exploding spaceships, or cheerleaders, you are looking at the wrong film entirely. This movie is extremely alarming, an expression which here means "a thrilling misadventure involving three ingenious orphans and a villainous actor named Count Olaf (Jim Carrey) who wants their enormous fortune." It includes a suspicious fire, delicious pasta, Jim Carrey, poorly behaved leeches, an incredibly deadly viper, Meryl Streep, and the voice of an impostor named Jude Law. The only things that could make such a spectacle more upsetting are special features, such as commentary by me or outtakes involving nervous laughter. I am bound to continue my research into the lives of the Baudelaire orphans, but you are free to seek lighter fare, like blue cheese fondue. With all due respect, Lemony Snicket
In the series premiere of WIRED’s OTT Original, [De]constructed, motorcycle mechanic Matt Dawe breaks down a 1974 Harley Shovelhead motorcycle. Get WIRED on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, and Roku today. WIRED Videos
In the OTT Original series WIRED Masterminds, experts demonstrate and explain key parts of their craft — breaking down how to fool people with illusions and disguises, how to construct puzzles and codes, and how to see the world in shadow and light. In the series premiere, former Chief of Disguise Jonna Mendez takes viewers through many of the techniques the CIA used to keep its operatives safe.
This is a collection of the first three titles in The Descent Series, which are gritty urban fantasy books about an exorcist, a witch, and their battles against the forces of Heaven and Hell. (Approx. 200,000 words total.) Books included: 1. Death's Hand 2. The Darkest Gate 3. Dark Union DEATH'S HAND Elise Kavanagh doesn't want to hunt demons anymore. It's been five years since she killed her last enemy, and life has been quiet since then. She went to college. Got a job, and then lost it. Made a friend or two. Lived a normal life. Now her former partner, a powerful witch named James Faulkner, wants Elise to fight one more time. The daughter of a coven member has been possessed, and Elise is the only exorcist nearby. Becoming a hero again would mean risking discovery by old enemies. But digging into the case reveals that it might already be too late–bodies are disappearing, demons slither through the night, and the cogs of apocalypse are beginning to turn. Some enemies aren't willing to let the secrets of the past stay dead… THE DARKEST GATE When Elise Kavanagh retired from demon hunting, she swore it would be permanent. But an attack from a powerful necromancer forced her back into the business, and now she's trying to balance her normal boyfriend and normal job with everything supernatural. Mr. Black is a demon hunter gone rogue. He's enslaving angels and stealing ethereal artifacts in pursuit of forbidden immortality, and an old grudge drives him to make his final stand in Elise's territory. Destroying her life and killing her friends isn't the goal, but it's a definite perk. A demonic overlord offers to join against Mr. Black and protect Elise's loved ones. All she needs to do is ally with the demons she's sworn to kill, at the cost of her morals–and maybe her immortal soul. But once she crosses that line, there's no turning back. Nothing is sacred when Heaven and Hell collide on Earth… DARK UNION Every fifty years, the most powerful ethereal and infernal beings convene on Earth to resolve conflicts with mediation by kopides–humans born to police relations between Heaven and Hell. They're meeting in Elise Kavanagh's territory this year, and she used to be the greatest kopis in the world. But she's not invited. An old friend, Lucas McIntyre, asks her to attend the summit in his place. But when she arrives, she discovers that a human faction called The Union has taken charge of the summit, and they're not playing nice. Worse yet, someone has killed a prominent Union member… and now they're demanding blood.
Eric Wertz shoots his cuff and glances at the stark, black-and-gray G-STEEL on his wrist. “The watch has a tough, masculine vibe to it,” he says, “which I like.”
Eric is a man who knows style. His blog, Blue Collar Prep, garners thousands of visitors a month, and his Instagram feed has amassed 45,000 followers. “I can wear this watch with just about anything,” he adds, “but my first idea was to pair it with a black leather jacket. A simple fit, topped off with this G-STEEL—a clean, easy look for any guy to pull off.”
Eric loves the G-SHOCK because he can wear it during his day job as an electrician—the Bluetooth capability allows Eric to connect the watch to his smartphone, so he’s never late for his many appointments. Then, when his working day is done, he moves to a more polished look—and the G-STEEL makes the transition easily. In short, the watch fits Eric. “Fit is everything,” he says. “As soon as I put a piece on, I can tell if it’s going to be a wardrobe staple for me.”
Eric pauses, letting his innate assurance speak for itself. “Wear what makes you feel comfortable. Comfort evokes confidence.”
“You Can Be a Dad and Still Have Style”
On paper, Eric Wertz doesn’t fit the profile of a men’s style expert. He doesn’t reside in a loft in Tribeca, nor does he frequent trendy nightclubs. After long days of working full-time as a union electrician in the Hudson River Valley, he can be found at home with his wife Sarina (“an amazingly smart, beautiful and creative woman”) and his son Nate, “the coolest person” he knows.
Yet, despite his low-key existence, Eric has established himself as a prominent voice in the world of men’s fashion. And he couldn’t be happier. “I love that I can use these platforms to try and break stereotypes about dads. You can be a dad and still have style.” And the G-STEEL, he notes, is perfectly suited to his personal blend of reliability, confidence and style.
“Comfort and Durability, Above All”
Examining the G-STEEL’s durable carbon bezel, Eric notes, “Carbon fiber is a unique material to see in a watch.” And the G-STEEL is solar-powered and features superb 200m water resistance, meaning Eric won’t have to baby his timepiece during one of his frequent family excursions to the beach. But these aren’t the only G-STEEL capabilities that get Eric excited. “The phone finder function!” He chuckles. “I’m constantly putting my phone down and can never find it. Now I can.”
As a frequent traveler, Eric is also a fan of the G-SHOCK’s time-swapping capability, which allows him to keep track of local time while knowing the hour back home. Through the G-STEEL’s Bluetooth connectivity, Eric can manipulate the watch, changing it to show the time for any of approximately 300 cities worldwide—a must for a man who regularly communicates with designers in Europe and Asia.
Ultimately, Eric sees his style—and his G-STEEL—as part of a legacy. “Timepieces are an investment. I wanted a watch that’s going to last, one I don’t have to baby. I also look at watches as one of the rare accessories that you can have for a lifetime. It’s a piece you can hand down to your kids.”
Everyone needs to be a hero at some point in their life.The little town of Elliot Lake will never be the same again after Zoe, a high school senior, and five friends take shelter in an abandoned uranium mine during a thunderstorm. Over the next days, Zoe's hearing increases drasticall… to supernatural levels. She tells her friends, only to learn that four others have an increased sense as well. Zoe is determined to use their abilities for good, while trying to keep her growing feeling for Kieran, the new boy from Scotland, under control.Fashioning themselves into superheros, the group tries to stop the strange occurences happening in their little town. Muggings, break-ins, and murder begin to hit too close to home. It leads the team to think that someone knows their secret - someone who wants them dead.An incredulous group of hereos. A traitor in their midst. Some dreams are written in blood.