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Reckless Heat: Bad Boy Romance by M. S. Parker

Some people call me reckless and say my stunts are too dangerous. Others call them completely insane. 

But they all stare with their mouths wide open, because when somebody’s jumping 300 feet in the air, while going 100 miles an hour on a bike, you just can’t look away.

My name is Drew Mickelson and I’m a professional stunt rider. 

Whenever I’m not performing at local fairs and shows, I’m practicing my next death defying routine. It’s all I do, and I got no time in my life for anything else, especially a woman.

When Jinx Lockley agrees to spend the summer in her best friend’s hometown, she doesn’t expect anything exciting to happen… until she nearly gets run over by the reckless, but sexy stuntman, Drew Mickelson.

Sparks fly, but will she be able to tame him or will his recklessness destroy what they have, almost before it gets started?

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POETRY FOR THE WEEK


A Hot Time in a Small Town by Thylias Moss

In this restaurant a plate of bluefish

pâtéand matzos begin memorable meals.

The cracker is ridged, seems planked, an

old wall

streaked sepia, very nearly black

in Tigrett, Tennessee

where it burned

into a matzo’s twin. While waiting

for a Martha’s Vineyard salad, I rebuild the

church

with crackers, pâté as paste

as a flaming dessert arrives at another

table where diners

are ready for a second magnum of

champagne; every day

is an anniversary; every minute, a

commemoration

so there is no reason to ever be sober

to excuse incendiaries who gave up the

bottle,

threw alcohol at the church, spectacular

reform

in flames themselves ordinary—there’d

been fire in that church

many times, every Sunday and even at the

Thursday

choir rehearsals. For years there’d been a

fired-up congregation

so seething, neighborhoods they marched

through ignited

no matter their intention; just as natural as

summer.

There were hot links as active as telephone

lines

whose poles mark the countryside as if the

nation is helpless

without a crucifix every few yards; pity

they are combustible

and that fire itself is holy, that its smoke

merges with atmosphere,

that we breathe its residue, that when it is

thick and black enough

to believe in, it betrays and chokes us; pity

that it is the vehicle that proves the coming

of the Lord,

the establishment of his kingdom, his

superiority because

fire that maintains him disfigures us; when

we try to embrace

him; we find ourselves out on a limb

burning. The meal

tastes divine, simply divine

and I eat it in the presence of a companion

dark as scab,

as if skin burned off was replaced as he

healed

with this total-body scab

under which he is pink as a pig, unclean at

least through Malachi.

In my left hand, a dash of Lot’s wife; in my

right, a mill

to freshly grind the devil, since fire is

power

both the supreme good and supreme evil

are entitled

to it; most of the time, what did it matter

who was in charge of Job? Both burnt him.

 

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Thylias Moss, “A Hot Time in a Small Town” from Wannabe Hoochie Mama Gallery of Realities’ Red Dress Code. Copyright © 2016 by Thylias Moss. Reprinted by permission of Persea Books, http://www.perseabooks.com.

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Prep: A Novel by Curtis Sittenfeld

A stunning novel in the great tradition of American coming-of-age novels from Catcher in the Rye to The Secret History.

Lee Fiora is a shy fourteen-year-old when she leaves small-town Indiana for a scholarship at Ault, an exclusive boarding school in Massachusetts. 

Her head is filled with images from the school brochure of handsome boys in sweaters leaning against old brick buildings, girls running with lacrosse sticks across pristine athletics fields, everyone singing hymns in chapel. 

But as she soon learns, Ault is a minefield of unstated rules and incomprehensible social rituals, and Lee must work hard to find – and maintain – her place in the pecking order.

Amazon.com Review

Curtis Sittenfeld’s poignant and occassionally angst-ridden debut novel Prep is the story of Lee Fiora, a South Bend, Indiana, teenager who wins a scholarship to the prestigious Ault school, an East Coast institution where “money was everywhere on campus, but it was usually invisible.” As we follow Lee through boarding school, we witness firsthand the triumphs and tragedies that shape our heroine’s coming-of-age. Yet while Sittenfeld may be a skilled storyteller, her real gift lies in her ability to expertly give voice to what is often described as the most alienating period in a young person’s life: high school.

True to its genre, Prep is filled with boarding school stereotypes–from the alienated gay student to the picture perfect blond girl; the achingly earnest first-year English teacher and the dreamy star basketball player who never mentions the fact that he’s Jewish. Lee’s status as an outsider is further affirmed after her parents drive 18 hours in their beat-up Datsun to attend Parent’s Weekend, where most of the kids “got trashed and ended up skinny-dipping in the indoor pool” at their parents’ fancy hotel. Yet even as the weekend deteriorates into disaster and ends with a heartbreaking slap across the face, Sittenfeld never blames or excuses anyone; rather, she simply incorporates the experience into Lee’s sense of self. (“How was I supposed to understand, when I applied at the age of thirteen, that you have your whole life to leave your family?”)

By the time Lee graduates from Ault, some readers may tire of her constant worrying and self-doubting obsessions. However, every time we feel close to giving up on her, Sittenfeld reels us back in and makes us root for Lee. In doing so, perhaps we are rooting for every high school student who’s ever wanted nothing more than to belong. –Gisele Toueg

Author

Elizabeth Curtis Sittenfeld (born 1975) is an American writer. She is author of five novels: Prep, the tale of a Massachusetts prep school; The Man of My Dreams, a coming-of-age novel and an examination of romantic love; American Wife, a fictional story loosely based on the life of First Lady Laura Bush; Sisterland, which tells the story of identical twins with psychic powers, as well as a number of short stories.

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The Atlantis Gene: A Thriller, The Origin Mystery, Book 1 – 3 by A.G. Riddle

The Atlantis Gene is the first book in The Origin Mystery, the trilogy that has become a global phenomenon. 

70,000 years ago, the human race almost went extinct.

We survived, but no one knows how.Until now.

The countdown to the next stage of human evolution is about to begin, and humanity might not survive this time.

The Immari are good at keeping secrets. For 2,000 years, they have hidden the truth about human evolution. They have also searched for an ancient enemy–a threat that could wipe out the human race. Now the search is over.

Off the coast of Antarctica, a research vessel discovers a mysterious structure buried deep in an iceberg. It has been there for thousands of years, and something is guarding it. As the Immari rush to execute their plan, a brilliant geneticist makes a discovery that could change everything.

Dr. Kate Warner moved to Jakarta, Indonesia to escape her past. She has not recovered from what happened to her, but she has made an incredible breakthrough: a cure for autism. Or so she thinks. What she has found is far more dangerous–for her and the entire human race. Her work could be the key to the next stage of human evolution. In the hands of the Immari, it would mean the end of humanity as we know it.

Agent David Vale has spent ten years trying to stop the Immari. Now he has run out of time. His informant is dead. His organization has been infiltrated. His enemy is hunting him. But when David receives a coded message related to the Immari attack, he risks everything to save the one person that can help him solve it: Dr. Kate Warner.

Together, Kate and David must race to unravel a global conspiracy and learn the truth about the Atlantis Gene… and human origins. Their journey takes them to the far corners of the globe and into the secrets of their pasts. The Immari are close on their heels and will stop at nothing to obtain her research and force the next stage of human evolution–even if it means killing 99.9% of the entire human population. David and Kate can stop them… if they can trust each other. And stay alive.

THE ATLANTIS GENE is a thought-provoking technothriller about global genetic experiments, ancient conspiracies, and the mysteries of human evolution. Its complex characters and historical and scientific details will stay with you long after you finish. This fast-paced adventure is the first book in The Origin Mystery Series (now in development at CBS Films to be a major motion picture).

The Atlantis Plague: A Thriller (The Origin Mystery, Book 2) by A.G. Riddle

In Marbella, Spain, Dr. Kate Warner awakens to a horrifying reality: the human race stands on the brink of extinction. A pandemic unlike any before it has swept the globe. Nearly a billion people are dead–and those that the Atlantis Plague does not kill, it transforms at the genetic level. A few rapidly evolve. The remainder devolve.

As the world slips into chaos, radical solutions emerge. Industrialized nations offer a miracle drug, Orchid, which they mass produce and distribute to refugee camps around the world. But Orchid is merely a way to buy time. It treats the symptoms of the plague but never cures the disease.

Immari International offers a different approach: do nothing. Let the plague run its course. The Immari envision a world populated by the genetically superior survivors–a new human race, ready to fulfill its destiny.

With control of the world population hanging in the balance, the Orchid Alliance and the Immari descend into open warfare. Now the last hope for humanity is to find a cure. Kate alone holds the key to unraveling the mystery surrounding the Atlantis Plague. The answer may lie in understanding pivotal events in human history–events when the human genome mysteriously changed. Her journey takes her across the barren wastelands of Europe and northern Africa, but it is her research into the past that takes her where she never expected to go. She soon discovers that the history of human evolution is not what it seems–and setting it right may require a sacrifice she never imagined.

THE ATLANTIS PLAGUE is a story of human survival and perseverance in the face of extinction. This global adventure takes readers back into the world of The Origin Mystery, which began with THE ATLANTIS GENE. THE ATLANTIS PLAGUE delivers the same kind of little-known science and history readers applauded in THE ATLANTIS GENE and deepens the core mystery so many readers are talking about. The series is currently in development to be a major motion picture.

The Atlantis World (The Origin Mystery, Book 3) by A.G. Riddle

Northern Morocco: Dr. Kate Warner cured a global pandemic, and she thought she could cure herself. She was wrong. And she was wrong about the scope of the Atlantis conspiracy. Humanity faces a new threat, an enemy beyond imagination. With her own time running out and the utter collapse of human civilization looming, a new hope arrives: a coded message from a potential ally.

Arecibo Observatory: Mary Caldwell has spent her life waiting, watching the stars, looking for signs of intelligent life beyond our world. When that day comes, Mary is thrust into a struggle older than the human race, with far greater stakes. She must decide who to trust, because there is nowhere to hide.

Antarctica: In the wake of the Atlantis Plague, Dorian Sloane finds himself a puppet to Ares and his mysterious agenda. When Dorian moves to take control of the situation, Ares unleashes a cataclysm that changes everything. As the catastrophe circles the globe, Ares reveals the true nature of the threat to humanity, and Dorian agrees to one last mission: find and kill David Vale and Kate Warner. There will be no prisoners this time. The orders are seek and destroy, and Dorian has been promised that his own answers and salvation lie on the other side.

With Dorian in pursuit, Kate, David, and their team race through the ruins of the Atlantean ship left on Earth, across Atlantean science stations throughout the galaxy, and into the past of a mysterious culture whose secrets could save humanity in its darkest hour. With their own lives on the line and time slipping away, Kate, David and Dorian are put to the ultimate test.

The Atlantis World is the final book in The Origin Mystery, the trilogy that has become a global blockbuster bestseller. This adventure across space and time explores the history of the Atlantean homeworld and culture, a topic readers have asked about since the release of the first novel in the series, The Atlantis Gene. The trilogy is currently in development to be a major motion picture.
About the Author

A.G. Riddle spent ten years starting internet companies before retiring to pursue his true passion: writing fiction.

His debut novel, The Atlantis Gene, is the first book in The Origin Mystery, the trilogy that has sold over two million copies in the US, has been translated into 18 languages, and is in development to be a major motion picture.

His recently released fourth novel, Departure, follows the survivors of a flight that takes off in the present and crash-lands in a changed world. HarperCollins published Departure in hardcover in the fall of 2015, and 20th Century Fox is developing the novel for a feature film. 

Riddle grew up in a small town in North Carolina (Boiling Springs) and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill. During his sophomore year of college, he started his first company with a childhood friend. He currently lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife, who endures his various idiosyncrasies in return for being the first to read his new novels. They welcomed their first child, a daughter, on September 2, 2016.

No matter where he is, or what’s going on, he tries his best to set aside time every day to answer emails and messages from readers. You can reach him at: ag@agriddle.com
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Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Times bestseller and modern classic that’s been changing lives for a decade gets a gorgeous revamped cover and special additional content. 

The book is the basis of the television series 13 Reasons Why, released through Netflix on March 31, 2017.

“You can’t stop the future.”

“You can’t rewind the past.”

“The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.”

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. 

Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier.

Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why. 

Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.”


About the Author

Jay Asher’s bestselling debut novel, Thirteen Reasons Why has been adapted into a 13-part series on Netflix. 

He got the idea for the novel while listening to a museum audio tour – he was struck by the eeriness of the voice in his ear, a woman who described everything he was looking at, but wasn’t there. 

His novels have been translated into thirty-seven languages.

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Bombshell (Hollywood A-List #1) by C.D. Reiss

From New York Times bestselling author CD Reiss, a standalone romance about a nanny, a Hollywood star, and a love they never expected.

Hollywood bad boy Brad Sinclair always gets his way, whether it’s the role he wants or the bikini-clad model he has to have. But when a bombshell gets dropped in his lap in the form of a dimpled five-year-old from a forgotten relationship, he knows his life is about to change forever.

Cara DuMont isn’t exactly thrilled when she gets assigned to be the nanny for the latest box-office king. She has one rule: no celebrity fathers, especially single ones with devilish good looks and rock-hard abs.

But as soon as Cara meets Brad and his adorable little girl, she knows she’s in for a world of trouble. Because there’s something about the way Brad looks at her that makes her believe that some rules are meant to be broken…

Publication date: May 1, 2017



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