Dare To Be A Teen- Meet My Hybrid Girl Writing Contest Athena had been part of a powerful pack from the day she was born. Being a part of the River Crescent Pack, she thought she had her life planned out ahead of her already. Just like every other werewolf in her pack she would finish school, start warrior training, hopefully find her mate, and do anything and everything her Alpha asked of her. On Athena's thirteenth birthday though, she all of a sudden started showing signs of magical powers. When her parents learned of her new powers, they sent her away to live with her grandmother in New Orleans, afraid the Alpha would find out. After years of being away and learning how to control her magic, Athena suddenly and unexpectedly has to come home. However, learning of her family secrets from her grandmother changes everything she's ever known about herself. Athena returns as an entirely different person that no one even knows anymore, to a different pack than the one she left, ran by an Alpha she's never met. *** "I don't believe I've seen you around here before. Are you lost or something? You really shouldn't be wandering around at night, all alone in a place you've never been.", he says to me as he furrows his brows, straightening his stance defensively. I scoff at him, "Trust me, I can take care of myself." "Oh, yeah? Is that right?", he asks me as he lifts one of his eyebrows questioningly. "Yeah, this is my home. I know exactly where I'm at.", I say as I turn around to walk away from him. He walks up in front of me, blocking me from walking any further, "I know for a fact that this isn't your home. I know everyone in this town, and you aren't from around here." I squint my eyes at him as I grow more irritated, "Actually no, obviously you don't know everyone. I lived here until I was thirteen, and then I left for five years. I just returned to town because my mom is sick." "Why exactly did you leave for five years? I haven't heard of anyone from this town leaving when they were younger. I would know about it, trust me.", he says to me, stepping closer and letting out a low, threatening growl. I start laughing at him, "Oh, I see. You're the new Alpha, Callan" His serious face drops and amusement takes over his features, "You...you've heard of me? Exactly who are you?" "My name's Athena.", I say to him before looking down at the ground, "I thought maybe my brother was joking, but I guess my parents really did keep me a secret." "Now I don't know why anyone would want to keep a beautiful girl like you a secret.", he says to me as he smiles at me and bites his lower lip, lifting his hand and brushing his finger softly against my chin. I furrow my brows at him and scoff with amusement, stepping back from him, "Trust me, I'm too much woman for you to handle.", I say before I wink at him and turn around, walking away towards my house.
THIS BOOK IS COMPLETED!!! Tuck and Melanie had been neighbors and friends since the second grade. However, after going their separate ways their freshman year of high school, becoming parts of different cliques and having completely different interests, Tuck realizes he made a huge mistake by letting Melanie go. He soon learns that his good looks and smooth charm he uses on other girls, doesn't exactly have the same effect on Melanie. After deciding to try and win Melanie's trust and love back, Tuck realizes he has a few obstacles to overcome. One of them being his crazy ex girlfriend who can't take a hint, another being a new kid named Asher who is trying to win Melanie's affection, and lastly is a guy named Parker who's been secretly in love with Melanie for the past two years. Tuck now has some serious problems he has to face as he tries to win over the love of his rebel girl next door, after realizing he's been in love with her this entire time. TRIGGER WARNING: THERE IS MENTION OF ATTEMPTED r**e IN THIS STORY. HOWEVER, IT IS A STORY OF OVERCOMING IT AND FEELING EMPOWERED. "I knew you would come. You're so predictable.", Tuck says drunkenly as he smirks at me. I roll my eyes at him, annoyed because it was cold, and he was drunk, and I was stupid for coming out here in the first place. "Such beautiful eyes shouldn't be hidden in the back of your skull from you rolling them all the time.", he teases me as he takes another sip from his beer. "Tuck, what do you want?", I ask him, getting irritated at his drunkenness now. "You.", he says seriously, sitting his beer down and jumping off his tailgate, walking over to me. I feel butterflies rise in my stomach at the one word he said. You. I get more nervous the closer he gets, thinking eventually he will stop and just talk to me. I take a couple of steps back, but he closes the distance quickly and grabs me by the waist and pulls me into him. I can smell the beer coming off of his breathe his face was so close to mine. His sandalwood cologne he has on, meaning he was probably at a party earlier tonight. I look down, now embarrassed by the way he is looking at me and how close we are to one another. It is so intimate. It feels so right. I'm ashamed by how he is making me feel after everything I had went through to forget him. "Look at me, Mel.", Tuck whispers, his hot breathe hitting my face. I slowly lift my head and look into his green eyes. His face is soft, not as serious as it was earlier this evening when he was apologizing to me. The way he is looking at me, it's like he doesn't care whether I forgive him or not, that he's going to take me anyway.
Крис Уильямс, парень с разбитым прошлым и с определённым будущим.Парень, перед которым преклоняется вся школа и который не привязывается ни к кому. Кира Хейз, девушка о прошлом которой нельзя рассказывать и будущее, которое она желает изменить. Новенькая в школе, которая не доверяет никому. Что будет, если эти люди пересекутся?! Смогут ли они измениться благодаря друг другу в лучшую сторону или сломят себя окончательно?! История, в которой она соберёт его сердце по кусочкам, а он её разобьёт. История с прошлым в будущем. Один момент. Один шанс. Одна любовь. "-Луна прекрасна, Кира Хейз, не так ли?!"
Rebel Girl, Tiffany Miller, has always been wild, crazy, and carefree. When she moved to Santa Ana High School her freshman year, she became the talk of the school. Everyone around her was so engrossed in the gossip about the new girl, who was rumored to be a complete troublemaker, that no one cared to actually get to know her. That was, until she came across loner, Melanie Wilson, and instantly became best friend’s with her. Just like a lot of teenagers, Tiffany randomly loses her virginity at a party her sophomore year, to none other than the school’s biggest player, Chad Cooper. Tiffany vows to keep his identity to herself, even from her best friend, once she realizes the next day that Chad doesn’t even remember who she is. Fate has a different plan, though, seeing as their lives start to intertwine only two years later. Trying to protect her heart and her reputation, Tiffany does everything in her power to not get wrapped up in Chad’s play boy ways again. What she doesn’t know, though, is that Chad had never stopped thinking about that one and only night he had shared with the fiery red head. Can these two overcome their fear of commitment? Will they ever put their pride aside and learn to trust one another? Is this just another game for Chad? Or is fate giving them a second chance to truly fall in love? This book is book 2 of The Rebel Series. Although it will be a stand alone story, I highly suggest reading book 1, “The Football Player’s Rebel”
July Thompson, a beautiful graduate and passionate author becomes obsessed with her fake fiance Damien V. Gerber. Damien V. Gerber the most handsome and richest billionaire in Rollan City end things up with July. Pain, sorrow, heartbreak. July tries to forget about her past while thinking of tomorrow. How will her tomorrow be like? Will tomorrow bring true love, wealth and peace to her?
Awarded twice in 2020! Independent Press Awards as Distinguished Favorite in Mystery and Eric Hoffer Finalist in Mystery/Crime. A lapsed divinity student who is fascinated by astrophysics finds his best friend shot dead in a cornfield. It looks like suicide. Having returned to his farm roots near Lake of the Ozarks, Evan works as a skip tracer for the local car dealer. He learns his friend was involved in a dispute over farmland ownership that goes back two centuries - complicated now by plans to make an old weapons facility a tourist attraction. First in a new Mystery-Thriller series. "With its roots firmly grounded in an exceptional sense of place and purpose, Jones has created a murder mystery that lingers in the mind long after events have built to an unexpected crescendo. Murder mystery fans will find it more than a cut above the ordinary." - D. Donovan, Donovan's Bookshelf
From the acclaimed author of 2020 Independent Press Awards Distinguished Favorites Clifford's Spiral and Preacher Finds a Corpse. In 1945, Milton Reynolds introduced the ballpoint pen to the United States and triggered the biggest single-day shopping riot in history. Reynolds, an exuberant huckster who had already made and lost several fortunes, again became an overnight millionaire and then bragged that he “stole it fair and square.” Milton was a man ideally suited to his time – the post-war boom when the salesman was king and all of the rules had yet to be written. He was an old-fashioned silver-tongued American peddler who would do almost anything – ethical or otherwise – to close a deal. His son Jim was a quiet Boy Scout who couldn't tell a lie – even when he needed to. Mr. Ballpoint is a humorous father-son relationship story, told from Jim's point of view, about coping with Milton’s outrageous schemes, then their sudden success. The conflicts between these two fundamentally different characters drive the comedy of the story.
Rollo Hemphill has a history with a life-sized rubber doll he dressed up to look like glamorous Hollywood star Monica LaMonica. For a time, the doll's worldwide travels provided convenient cover and sensational press for her living counterpart. But now, rubber-Monica has disappeared from crusty Hugo Farnsworth's yacht in St. Tropez. Like it or (mostly) not, Rollo gets drafted as an unofficial government operative to deal with the kidnappers. The doll has become a pawn in an international game centered on an eccentric Turk who collects lookalikes - but who may have also collected state secrets, including the plans for cold fusion and a scheme for bankrupting the world's money supply. All Rollo wants to do is get safely home to his estranged wife Felicia - who now happens to be pregnant. Is the child his? If not, will Rollo be bold enough to risk everything for a real life with a real woman? Once again, Rollo will prove that the male ego is as vulnerable as it is predictably deflatable.
Christmas Karma is author Gerald Everett Jones's homage to Anne Tyler, whom he regards as his literary mother. It's about the travails of a dysfunctional family around the holidays, narrated by an angel who has a wicked sense of humor. Main character Willa Nawicki is bewildered by a series of curious karmic events that literally ring her doorbell during the frantic season, awakening years-old resentments and stimulating ever-more-intense personal confrontations. These bizarre visitations include a grizzled old man claiming to be her father, who has been missing for some thirty years but now says the title to the family home is in his name - and now he wants the place back. As the angel observes, "The surest way to invoke the laughter of the universe is to make plans, particularly devious ones."
In 1892 Paris, Julius Stewart painted The Baptism, a Vanderbilt family scene that contains an embarrassing secret. In the present day, art historian Grace Atwood becomes obsessed with the painting and its hidden clues for reasons that have more to do with her personal ghosts. Either her doting husband is trying to make her think she’s crazy, or she really is in the early stages of dementia. The author says, "Since this book was released, my whitepaper, "Deconstructing the Scandalous Narrative of The Baptism" was featured in the Fall 2016 issue of the prestigious Journal of Art Crime. Readers are curious (as am I), and art curators are not telling, what will happen next in the real-world mystery behind this painting."
From the acclaimed author of 2020 Independent Press Awards Distinguished Favorites Clifford's Spiral and Preacher Finds a Corpse. Failing ever upward isn't as much fun as you'd expect. In this hilarious sequel to My Inflatable Friend, clueless tyro Rollo Hemphill continues to fail upward to become the youngest-ever director of a multimillion-dollar charitable foundation. Far too late, he begins to suspect it's a money laundry for sinister players in the Secret Government who are setting him up to take the fall for an international fraud. But his paranoia becomes most acute when he becomes entangled with a succession of women he calls "rubber babes."
From the acclaimed author of 2020 Independent Press Awards Distinguished Favorites Clifford's Spiral and Preacher Finds a Corpse. Trying to make your girlfriend jealous with a rubber doll might be a bad idea. A car jockey at a luxury hotel in Beverly Hills, youthful hacker-turned-slacker Rollo Hemphill devises a screwball scheme for making his girlfriend jealous. Through a silly but magical ruse, our hero gets everything he's ever dreamed about - except the real love of a real, live girl. My Inflatable Friend is a witty, cautionary tale about the perils of pretending to be someone you're not - and the hazards of stroking every male's most private and vulnerable part - his swelling ego.
Intrigue on the white sands of the Indian Ocean. From the award-winning author of Clifford’s Spiral. A lonely widower from Los Angeles buys a tour package to East Africa on the promise of hookups and parties. What he finds instead are new reasons to live. Aldo Barbieri, a slick Italian tour operator, convinces Harry to join a group of adventuresome “voluntourists.” In a resort town on the Indian Ocean, Harry doesn’t find the promised excitement with local ladies. But in the supermarket he meets Esther Mwemba, a demure widow who works as a bookkeeper. The attraction is strong and mutual, but Harry gets worried when he finds out that Esther and Aldo have a history. They introduce him to Victor Skebelsky, rumored to be the meanest man in town. Skebelsky has a plan to convert his grand colonial home and residential compound into a rehab center – as a tax dodge. The scheme calls for Harry to head up the charity. He could live like a wealthy diplomat and it won’t cost him a shilling! Harry has to come to terms with questions at the heart of his character: Is corruption a fact of life everywhere? Is all love transactional? Harry Harambee’s Kenyan Sundowner is an emotional story of expat intrigue in Africa, reminiscent of The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene and The Constant Gardener by John le Carré.
From the acclaimed author of 2020 Independent Press Awards Distinguished Favorites Clifford's Spiral and Preacher Finds a Corpse. This short book has six stories and one essay. The essay "Boychik Lit" is the think piece, offering Gerald Everett Jones's thoughts on the genre which he named. "Chemistry" expands on the self-evident premise that you can't tell teenagers anything. The narrator of "Not Quite After Lisette is a forty-something high-tech executive whose wife is divorcing him. "Johnny Halo and Rock, the Tyro Shock Jock" is the first of three episodes from the Rollo Hemphill series of comic novels. In this installment, he falls upward into a job as a shock-jock deejay. "In the Valley of the Happy People" is from the second book, Rubber Babes, and "Spin Cycle" is a chapter from the third book, Farnsworth's Revenge: Rollo's End. "In the Gallery of American Art" is actually a story about a woman who wakes up on her birthday thinking her life is perfect. And of course it's not. It is excerpted from his novel Bonfire of the Vanderbilts.
From the acclaimed author of 2020 Independent Press Awards Distinguished Favorites Clifford's Spiral and Preacher Finds a Corpse. Hank Ellis was murdered in his own home for dissing the cops. Cynical personal-injury attorney Eli Wolff rediscovers his idealism for simple justice when he sues the city for the wrongful death of an unarmed African-American man at the hands of two police officers. Ellis was killed in his own home, choked to death, after angry officers stormed in without a warrant, anxious to teach him a lesson for disrespecting them in front of his neighbors.
2020 NYC Big Book Awards Distinguished Favorite in Mystery. The series has won four awards. Amateur sleuth Evan Wycliff is a disillusioned divinity student who is fascinated by astrophysics and given up both. He's returned to his small-town farm roots in Southern Missouri. He is also disappointed in love. His beautiful fiancé was a brilliant Jewish scientist, a defense contractor who was killed in a rocket attack in Syria. These days Evan gets guest preacher gigs and uses his investigative skills as skip tracer for the local car and tractor dealership. In this second novel in the series, Evan counsels a boy who is afflicted with schizophrenia and has been accused of rape. Along with related abuses of the child welfare system, he uncovers a teen trafficking ring run out of a luxury casino resort by a Russian oligarch. “This is literature masquerading as a mystery. Carefully yet powerfully, Gerald Jones creates a small, stunning world in a tiny midwestern town, infusing each character with not just life but wit, charm and occasionally menace. This is the kind of writing one expects from John Irving or Jane Smiley.” - Marvin J. Wolf, author of the Rabbi Ben Mysteries, including A Scribe Dies in Brooklyn
From the acclaimed author of 2020 Independent Press Awards Distinguished Favorites Clifford's Spiral and Preacher Finds a Corpse. Youthful hacker-turned-slacker Rollo Hemphill can’t help failing ever upward in three previously published comic novels, combined in this ebook edition. In My Inflatable Friend, he devises a screwball scheme with a life-sized rubber doll to make his girlfriend jealous and stumbles into a gig on shock-jock radio. In Rubber Babes, when he thinks he’s landed a cushy job heading up a Hollywood charity, he ends up running from the Feds. Then in Farnsworth’s Revenge, he’s on the lam in Europe and gets recruited for a secret government operation that will either solve the energy crisis or destroy the worldwide banking system.The painful consequences of Rollo’s comic misadventures show us all too vividly the perils of pretending to be someone you’re not — and the hazards of stroking every male’s most vulnerable part — his swelling ego.
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