The Dog That Whispered
By Jim Kraus
Wilson Steele is a single professor and Vietnam veteran who likes living alone, insisting it's too late for him to have a family. His mother disagrees. When she impulsively adopts a rescued black lab mix, she insists Thurman is special, and has whispered of the coming of grandchildren. Wilson brushes the notion off as fantasy. When his mother learns of her retirement community's 'no pets' policy, she forces Wilson to take the lovable dog. Wilson notices Thurman's growls do sound like words, but he knows he's just projecting his own thoughts on the animal. If Wilson is talking to neighbors on their walks, and spending time with Emily, a widow with three children, it isn't because Thurman encouraged him. After all, everyone knows dogs can't talk...can they?
The Dog That Saved Stewart Coolidge
By Jim Kraus
When a stray dog helps himself to a bone from a display in the supermarket, he doesn't know his actions will brand him a criminal and spark a romance between two humans. Stewart Coolidge works as a bag boy at the store, and his outraged boss offers a reward and demands Stewart catch the thieving animal. He fails at that, but now he finally has the perfect excuse to talk to his cute neighbor, Lisa. Lisa has always dreamed of being a journalist and asks Stewart if she can interview him for the local paper. As she gets to know Stewart, she likes him more and more, and she's delighted to learn he shares her Christian faith. Stewart can't bring himself to tell her she's mistaken, that he's not religious at all. And that's not Stewart's only deception. When the dog shows up on the doorstep of their building, Stewart decides to harbor the furry fugitive. But this is no ordinary dog, he has a divine sense of how things should be--and recognizing how much Stewart needs Lisa, he decides to do all he can to bring them together.
By Gabrielle Lord
Detective-Inspector Debra Hawkins has domestic violence in her sights. But as head of a new police unit targeting violence against women, she has hit a wall of silence. How can she help Rana al-Sheikly, a young woman who yearns for the freedom to lead her own life while her brothers are planning to send her into a forced marriage in Iraq? And what is the connection between these men and the crime gangs that are running rife in the suburbs? A series of anonymous emails has Deb following her personal secrets, too - back to her childhood and the murder of her police sergeant father. Who is digging up the past, threatening Debra's hard-won career, and even her life?In the tradition of the bestsellers that made her name - FORTRESS and WHIPPING BOY - Gabrielle Lord taps straight into the issues that create the headlines.
Drama Comes To Prior's Ford
By Eve Houston
The residents of Prior's Ford are facing more upheaval . . .There are new arrivals at Prior's Ford - Meredith and Genevieve Whitelaw - who are determined to shake things up. Meanwhile, Alastair Marshall finds he is missing Clarissa Ramsay, now travelling the world to recover from the shock of her husband's affair, more than he would like to admit. At Tarbethill Farm, the McNair family is struggling to make ends meet, and face the prospect of losing the livelihood that has been in their family for generations. And Jenny Forsyth is to be reunited with her step-daughter Maggie - but Maggie is now a precocious teenager very unhappy at the idea of country life, and determined to cause trouble . . .
By Jaime Rush
Drawing on her love of the supernatural-and sexy, powerful heroes, Jaime Rush has crafted a new series, The Hidden. A place filled with dark magick, and the kinds of demons and monsters that haunt nightmares and fairy tales ... and it's right there, hidden behind the glamour and sunshine of Miami. Straddling the line between the normal world and the Hidden are Crescents, humans who hold a sliver of the essence of deities. Dragons, Angels, and magicians, Crescents walk the knife's edge, protecting both Mundanes and the existence of their magick, because to expose the Hidden means death. Never easy with bored and frustrated gods wreaking havoc on the humans they blame for tempting them. Or the other beings who bedevil. Or the dissention between the classes of Crescents. Their biggest challenge, though, is fighting the seductive lure of their magick, their bloodlust, and holding on to what makes them human.
Dolls Behaving Badly
By Cinthia Ritchie
Carla Richards is a lot of things: a weary waitress at Anchorage's premiere dining establishment, Mexico in an Igloo; an aspiring artist who secretly makes erotic dolls for the extra income; a divorcee who can't quite detach from her ex-husband; and a stressed-out single mom trying to support her gifted eight-year-old son Jay-Jay, her pregnant sister Laurel, and her babysitter-turned-resident-teenager Stephanie. One afternoon, surrounded by bills she can't afford to pay, Carla finds inspiration and hope in the form of the "Oprah Giant" --- an unusually tall woman who directs Oprah's viewers to keep a diary and to commit themselves to paper every single day. "Your thoughts are gold -- hold them up to the light and they shine," she instructs. As Carla begins following the "Oprah Giant's" advice, she soon realizes her life is filled with more potential and possibility than she ever dared to imagine. Her finances, her art career, and even her love life begin to improve. Yes, her sister might still be crazy and the occasional moose might still tear up the yard, but that's okay. Perfection is overrated. And as long as she has her family, friends and her Polish grandmother's traditional recipes, she has everything she needs to be happy.
The Doctor And The Diva
By Adrienne McDonnell
Boston, 1903. Dr Ravell is a young obstetrician whose reputation for helping couples conceive has made him a rising star. He is flattered when a family of illustrious physicians turns to him to treat one of its own members.Erika von Kessler is a beautiful, ambitious - and married - opera singer who has struggled for years to become pregnant. As the young doctor's attraction to her increases, and his treatments prove ineffectual, Erika's despair worsens.And when Dr Ravell takes a great risk that may imperil his promising career - a secret he can share with no one - it is a decision that will change their dreams and destinies.What ensues is an unforgettable love story that sweeps across snowy Boston, a lush island in the Caribbean to the graceful piazzas and opera stages of Italy.
By Cynthia Eden
Ever since a psychotic killer kidnapped and nearly murdered her FBI Special Agent Samantha Kennedy's life has been spiraling out of control. She can't focus on her work, and she can't shut out the nightmares. She seeks escape in casual sex with a stranger. Someone who can hold her nightmares at bay for a little while. Max Ridgeway seems to fit the bill - maybe too well. Then Sam's plan for a no-strings affair goes to hell when a serial kidnapper strikes again and the victim is Max's step-brother. Max doesn't know that Sam is an FBI agent but she knows just how dangerous the situation is and she has to reveal her full identity to Max. The Serial Services Division, the elite unit in the FBI solely dedicated to tracking and trapping serials, has been after these kidnappers from the beginning and this is their best chance to catch them. As time runs out for Max and his brother, Sam is forced to step up her game. She can't be afraid any longer because when the kidnapper's identity is revealed it's Sam who must pull the trigger. This time, she won't be a victim...and neither will Max!
The Disappearance Of Haruhi Suzumiya
By Nagaru Tanigawa
What if you woke up one morning, and everything changed?It's one week before Christmas Eve, and Haruhi and the S.O.S. Brigade (a club for her high school's strangest and most extraordinary students) are gearing up for holiday festivities. But just before the fun kicks off, Kyon, the only 'normal' member, wakes up in a weird alternate dimension, one where Haruhi attends another school entirely, Nagato the time travelling robot is just an ordinary human, and Mikuru (the cute girl of Kyon's dreams) doesn't even recognize him - in other words, S.O.S. Brigade never existed.The only clue Kyon can find is a bookmark left by the robot version of Nagato, which leads him on a quest back in time, where he interacts with the storyline from 'Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody', a short story from the previous Haruhi book, The Boredom of Haruhi Suzumiya. This fun and quirky holiday tale is reminiscent of A Christmas Carol and It's a Wonderful Life.
By Clare Jay
When Olivia's husband Carlos begins having violent nightmares in which he leaps, fighting, from his bed and rampages through the house, her family's idyllic life in Lisbon is shattered. Things escalate when Carlos unwittingly injures Olivia and Leo, their seven-year-old son, and they can no longer hide the purple bruises staining their skin.But what is causing the warm-hearted, gentle Carlos to have such explosive nightmares? While Leo retreats further into an imaginary world, it's a question that sends Olivia - desperate to protect her son and rescue her floundering family - into the depths of her husband's childhood, where she uncovers a secret so shocking it has held Carlos in its powerful grip for almost thirty years.
By Cynthia Eden
FBI Special Agents Monica Davenport and Luke Dante are sent to the quiet town of Jasper, Mississippi. Although the modi operandi are different, it soon becomes clear that the two murders there are linked - by the notes from the killer and by the victims' fear. When the next woman goes missing, Lavery receives a call and a man's voice whispers, 'What scares you? Luke has never had a chance to watch Monica work on a profile before and he's amazed at the way she gets into the killer's head, retracing steps at the crime scenes, understanding the fierce need to stir terror in the victims. The killer is now totally focused on Monica. Finally, he's found someone who understands. Someone who knows the thrill of the hunt. The sheriff thinks that the killer will flee but Monica knows that running isn't an option for him. She doesn't think he fears getting caught - that's not what scares him. She thinks the bastard is playing a game - has been from the beginning and he's not going to stop until the game ends.
When Navy SEAL Mack Bedford's fellow officers are brutally killed by Iraqi insurgents using a cruel, new, anti-tank Diamondhead missile, Mack avenges their murders by gunning down the then-unarmed attackers, ultimately getting himself court-martialed and kicked out of the Navy in the process. To make matters worse, Mack then learns that the Diamondhead missiles were sold illegally by French industrialist and infamous politician Henri Foche. Mack suspects that Foche will succeed in his campaign to become the next French president and fears that his election will promote the spread of international terrorism. In addition, Mack has a gravely ill son whose life can only be saved with an experimental and unaffordable foreign medical procedure. So when Mack is asked to help assassinate Henri Foche, he finds himself agreeing. His reward: a chance at survival for both his son and the country. But before Mack can reach Foche, a jilted mercenary group warns the Frenchman of the threat, greatly increasing the difficulty of Mack's solo assassination attempt. Can Mack track down and murder the French tyrant as he has been commissioned to do? Does he have the power to restore his reputation as a Navy SEAL? And will he be able to save his son before it's too late?
By Nicholas Sparks
Is duty enough reason to live a lie?When John meets Savannah, he realises he is ready to make some changes. Always the angry rebel at school, he has enlisted in the Army, not knowing what else to do with his life. Now he's ready to turn over a new leaf for the woman who has captured his heart.What neither realises is that the events of 9/11 will change everything. John is prompted to re-enlist and fulfil what he feels is his duty to his country. But the lovers are young and their separation is long. Can they survive the distance?
By Linda Howard
A striking beauty with a taste for diamonds and dangerous men, Drea Rousseau was once content to be arm candy for Rafael Salinas, a notorious crime lord. Then, when he loans her to a cold-blooded assassin as payment, Drea makes a fateful decision and a desperate move to escape, stealing a mountain of cash from the malicious killer. Though Drea runs, Salinas knows she can't hide - and dispatches the same assassin in hot pursuit. Left for dead, Drea miraculously returns to the realm of the living a changed woman. Both humbled and thrilled with this unexpected second chance, she embraces her new life. But in order to feel safe and sound, and stop nervously looking over her shoulder, she will need to take down the man who marked her for death, even if it means joining forces with the most dangerous - but most enticing - man she's ever known...
Don't Let Go
By Marliss Melton
Solomon McGuire knows all about loss. He'd married the perfect woman and created the perfect family but 5 years ago he came home from a gruelling mission to find his wife had taken his beloved son, Silas, and disappeared. Since then, he's spent all his money and time searching for his son but when Silas is miraculously found and brought to him, Solomon realizes that he and his boy are strangers. Determined to remedy that, he's desperate for help.... After her divorce, Jordan lost everything that was important to her but she finally found someone who gave her life meaning: an orphan named Miguel. Determined to adopt him and create the family she's longed for, she was horrified - and furious - when Navy SEAL Solomon McGuire ripped Miguel from her arms and forced her to leave him behind. So, when he comes asking for her help with his own son, she scorns him...until she sees Silas. Unable to turn her back on a child in need, she finds herself reluctantly aiding the one man she vowed to hate. Soon she sees the man she villified has a softer side and a heart she soon can't live without. But can these two hearts trust themselves enough to let go and find love?
The Dive From Clausen's Pier
By Ann Packer
Carrie Bell was born and raised in Wisconsin. She's had the same best friend, the same good relationship with her mother, the same boyfriend for as long as anyone can remember. She is already quietly bored with Mike when he is horrifically injured in a diving accident at Clausen's Reservoir. Now the future that Carrie was only beginning to rebel against looks set in stone. Everyone thinks they know what Carrie will - and ought to - do. But Carrie is caught in a maze of moral dilemmas and is forced to question everything she thought she knew about herself. It is a moment of terrifying confusion, but also of mesmerising possibility.
By Quentin Tarantino
Death Proof is the latest masterpiece by Academy award-winning screenwriter Quentin Tarantino, starring Rose McGowan, Rosario Dawson, Zoe Bell, and Kurt Russell. With its pulse-pounding action, electric dialogue, and hardcore thrills, Death Proof recharges the exploitation film genre and drives it straight into the 21st century. Jungle Julia is the hottest DJ in Austin. Ready for a night out, Jungle Julia and her girls turn heads all over Austin until they settle at Huck's, the coolest dive in town. There they meet Stuntman Mike, an aging rebel with a badass muscle car, a silver jacket, and a long scar on his face. The girls drink and dance the night away as Mike sits at the bar and watches. But Stuntman Mike is no innocent drifter. He has a secret weapon- and it's parked outside.
Dying To Please
By Linda Howard
Sarah Stevens is a woman with many distinct qualities. Skilled at running large households smoothly and efficiently, she is also a trained bodyguard and expert marksman - indispensable to her current employer, an elderly judge who has hired her as both a companion and a protector. Then one night she thwarts a burglary in progress, a courageous act that rewards Sarah her requisite 'fifteen minutes of fame' with the local press. But the exposure is enough to catch the attention of a tortured soul who, unbeknownst to Sarah, will stop at nothing to have her for himself. Sarah's perfectly ordered life is shattered when tragedy strikes: her beloved employer is brutally murdered. The detective investigating the case, assures Sarah that she is not a suspect. Until lightning strikes twice. There's a second killing - and this time, despite a lack of evidence connecting her to the crime, Sarah cannot escape the shadow of guilt. The only option left for Sarah is to carry on with her life. But she doesn't realise that a deranged stalker is luring her into an elaborate trap . . . one in which she, once ensnared, might never escape...
Drop Dead Gorgeous
By Linda Howard
Someone was trying to kill her - again. As a former cheerleader, Blair Mallory was accustomed to jealousy, but really, you'd think people would get over it. Blair is immersed in her wedding plans when someone tries to run her over. Her fiance, police lieutenant Wyatt Bloodsworth, thinks the episode was just an accident, but Blair knows the attempt was deliberate - and just the beginning...
A Dangerous Vine
By Barbara Ewing
Margaret Rose Bennett, like her elder sister, Elizabeth, was named after the two English princesses. But Elizabeth is dead, and Margaret Rose still living, searching and reaching out for life and its meaning. And against the frankly odd, strained and curiously English household she inhabits in a New Zealand city, it is hard to make out the truth. So Margaret abandons what her parents think is right: learning English history, the French language, listening to comedy shows on the World Service and returning home on the 9.30 tram and maps out a course of her own. She studies Maori at University, makes friends with the wayward Emily (daughter of the soon to be Prime Minister of New Zealand) and shy, independent Prudence. As a trio they study hard for their degrees, work by day at the local Government offices and by night sing, drink and laugh with the local Maori people - and fall in love. A new world, an enchanting world, and one with an underbelly of struggle, colour, passion and even violence. Far removed from the closed, ordered life of Margaret Rose's family, but perhaps not so detached from their own, secret history...Here is an extraordinary, poetic novel of a society trapped in a time of its own, undercut by a people that live and breathe with a vigour that bubbles and burst through the silent surface.