The Adventurer's Guide to Treasure (and How to Steal It)
By Wade Albert White
At Saint Lupin's Quest Academy Completely Ordinary School Where Nothing Bizarre Ever Happens Most Especially Not Illegal Quests That Destroy Famous Landmarks, students are not taught about pirates. They're not taught how to identify them, how to befriend them, or even how to fight them. This leaves the school completely open to pirate invasion, which, on the first day of classes, is exactly what happens.When a pirate captain and her crew attack to steal an ancient Prophecy Medallion, Anne, Penelope, and Hiro are unwillingly caught up in yet another adventure. After accidentally activating a quest, Anne and her friends have no choice but to complete the task and deliver the medallion to the supreme pirate ruler, Octo-Horse-Pirate.But the quest and the medallion are not what they seem, and Octo-Horse-Pirate is more than just a simple rogue. To complete the quest, Anne will have to journey back into her own secretive past and discover the truth about who--and what-- she really is. And, just maybe, save the whole world in the process.Filled to the brim with heart-pounding action, miniature dragons, robot clones, and (sometimes friendly) pirates, The Adventurer's Guide to Treasure (and How to Steal It) is a laugh-out-loud, fast-paced adventure that will leave readers breathless.
Rick Steves France 2019
By Rick Steves, Steve Smith
Wander the lavender fields of Provence, climb the Eiffel Tower, and bite into a perfect croissant: with Rick Steves on your side, France can be yours!Inside Rick Steves France 2019 you'll find:Comprehensive coverage for planning a multi-week trip to FranceRick's strategic advice on how to get the most out of your time and money, with rankings of his must-see favoritesTop sights and hidden gems, from Louvre and the Palace of Versailles to neighborhood restaurants and delicate macarons How to connect with local culture: Stroll through open-air markets in Paris, or bike between rustic villages and local vineyardsBeat the crowds, skip the lines, and avoid tourist traps with Rick's candid, humorous insightThe best places to eat, sleep, and relax over a vin rougeSelf-guided walking tours of lively neighborhoods and incredible museumsVital trip-planning tools, like how to link destinations, build your itinerary, and get from place to place Detailed maps, including a fold-out map for exploring on the goUseful resources including a packing list, French phrase book, a historical overview, and recommended reading Over 1,000 bible-thin pages include everything worth seeing without weighing you downAnnually updated information on Paris, Chartres, Normandy, Mont St-Michel, Brittany, The Loire, Dordogne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Provence, The French Riviera, Nice, Monaco, The French Alps, Burgundy, Lyon, Alsace, Reims, Verdun, and much moreMake the most of every day and every dollar with Rick Steves France 2019.
Finally Full, Finally Slim
By Lisa R. Young
We're surrounded by food portions we've been led to believe are normal-64-ounce sodas, personal pizzas large enough to feed several people, and steaks and pastas that fill an entire plate. No wonder obesity rates in America have reached an all-time high. We eat oversize portions, gain weight, and try the latest fad diet, which only adds to our confusion about how to lose weight. Nutritionist and portion-size expert Dr. Lisa R. Young says the solution is simple: Eat foods you love in reasonable portions, and you will lose your excess weight and keep it off for good.Finally Full, Finally Slim shows you how to permanently lose weight by right-sizing your portions without eliminating entire food groups or staring at an empty plate. Within these pages, Dr. Young outlines thirty days' worth of simple changes to help you shed pounds and provides a portion plan that ensures you will feel satisfied. She expertly describes the relevance of diet to health and steers you toward whole foods and away from clever marketing claims that may be secretly sabotaging your weight-loss efforts. You'll learn useful strategies for how to eat out, enjoy special occasions, and indulge in a favorite treat without tipping the scale. And because weight loss is about more than food, Dr. Young addresses the whole person-your mind-set, environment, habits, and life-through research-based advice. You'll learn how relationships, gratitude, self-compassion, and sleep patterns, for instance, can make a difference. Portion control outlives all fad diets because it isn't a diet. It's a lifestyle.
The Story of Easter
By Helen Dardik
God's love for his followers culminates in the Easter story, beginning with Jesus's last supper with his disciples and ending with his ascension into Heaven. Jesus's love and faith in God is unshaken in this story of his death and resurrection, and his promise of everlasting life is finally fulfilled.Share the classic, powerful Easter story with young ones in the fourth book of this delightful series. With stunning art by Helen Dardik and simplified text for little readers, The Story of Easter is sure to become a perennial favorite for families.
By Sally Thorne
From the bestselling author of smash hit debut, The Hating Game, comes an unforgettable romantic comedy about a woman who finally has a shot at her long time crush - if she dares.Crush (n.): a strong and often short-lived infatuation, particularly for someone beyond your reach . . . Darcy Barrett found her dream man at age eight - ever since, she's had to learn to settle for good enough. Having conducted a global survey of men, she can categorically say that no one measures up to Tom Valeska, whose only flaw is that he's her twin brother's best friend - oh, and that 99 percent of the time, he hasn't seemed interested in her. When Darcy and Jamie inherit a tumble-down cottage from their grandmother, they're left with strict instructions to bring it back to its former glory and sell the property. Darcy plans to be in an aisle seat halfway across the ocean as soon as the renovations start, but before she can cut and run, she finds a familiar face on her porch: house-flipper extraordinaire Tom's arrived, he's bearing power tools, and he's single for the first time in almost a decade.Suddenly Darcy's considering sticking around - just to make sure her twin doesn't ruin the cottage's inherent magic with his penchant for chrome. She's definitely not staying because of her new business partner's tight t-shirts. But sparks start to fly - and not just because of the faulty wiring. Soon, a one percent chance with Tom is no longer enough. This time around, Darcy's switching things up. She's going to make Tom Valeska 99 percent hers.99 Percent Mine also includes an extra-special epilogue for The Hating Game!
By Christine Feehan
Christine Feehan takes romance full throttle in the second gripping novel in her No.1 New York Times bestselling Torpedo Ink series.Breezy Simmons was born into a ruthless motorcycle club - and now that she's out, she's never going to be that girl again. But when her past catches up with her, Breezy must go to Sea Haven to seek out the man who almost destroyed her. The man who chose his club over her and left her feeling used and alone.As vice president of Torpedo Ink, Steele is ride or die for the brothers he lived through hell with. He never thought he'd find something as pure as his feelings for Breezy, or that keeping her safe would mean driving her away with cruel words that turned her love for him to ash.Now, Steele won't let her walk away twice. He'll do whatever it takes to make Breezy his woman again - especially when he learns the real reason she came to him for help, and that the stakes are higher than he ever could have imagined . . .
By Gayl Jones
'Corregidora is the most brutally honest and painful revelation of what has occurred, and is occurring, in the souls of Black men and women' JAMES BALDWINUpon publication in 1975, Corregidora was hailed as a masterpiece, winning acclaim from writers including James Baldwin, Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison. Exploring themes such as race, sexuality and the long repercussions of slavery, this powerful novel paved the way for Beloved and The Colour Purple. Now, this lost classic is published for a new generation of readers.After a tragic loss, Ursa, a Kentucky blues singer, confronts her maternal history and the legacy of Corregidora, the Brazilian slave owner who fathered both Ursa's mother and grandmother. Consumed and haunted by her hatred of the man who irrevocably shaped the lives of her family, Ursa must come to terms with a past that is never too distant from the present.Also new to the VMC list: Eva's Man and The Healing, two further searing novels by Gayl Jones.'No novel about any black woman could ever be the same after this' TONI MORRISON
By Charlotte Nash
One single mother. Three escaped pensioners. An unforgettable road tripIn their tiny, pale green cottage under the trees, Mallory Cook and her five-year-old son, Harry, are a little family unit who weather the storms of life together. Money is tight after Harry's unreliable and impulsive father, Duncan, abandoned them to expand his business in New York. So when Duncan fails to return Harry after a visit, Mallory sets off, determined to bring her son home any way she can.A chance encounter with three retirees on the run leaves Mallory leading an unlikely group road trip across the United States. Zadie, Ernie and Jock each have their own reasons for making the journey and along the way the four of them will learn not only the lengths they will travel to save each other, but that it's never too late to change the path you're on . . .'I was enthralled... Nash's skilled storytelling will keep you turning pages until the very end.' Fleur MacDonald
Fred & Rose
By Howard Sounes
NEW AND UPDATED EDITION Fred and Rose West are virtually unique in British criminal history: a husband and wife who loved and killed together.FRED & ROSE IS THE DEFINITIVE ACCOUNT OF THIS INFAMOUS CASE (NOW WITH A POSTSCRIPT FROM THE AUTHOR)During their long relationship, the Wests murdered a series of young women, burying the remains of nine victims under their home at 25 Cromwell Street, Gloucester, including those of their daughter. What was left of Fred West's eight-year-old stepdaughter was dug up from under the Wests' previous Gloucester home; his first wife and nanny were buried in open country. Most victims had been decapitated and dismembered, their remains showing signs of sexual torture. These twelve are just the ones police found when the Wests were arrested in 1994. There may be more whose bones have not been located . . . Howard Sounes broke the first major story about the Wests as a journalist, and covered the murder trial of Rosemary West, before writing Fred & Rose, the definitive account of this infamous case. Beginning with Fred's and Rose's bizarre childhoods, Sounes charts their lives and crimes in forensic detail, creating a fascinating and truly frightening account of a marriage soaked in blood.
The Hod King
By Josiah Bancroft
THE THIRD NOVEL IN THE HIGHLY ACCLAIMED BOOKS OF BABEL SERIES, SET IN A LABYRINTHINE WORLD OF MENACE AND WONDER.'It is not merely a 5* book, it's a masterpiece' Mark Lawrence'A vibrant, wholly original, and expertly crafted novel that transcends genre fantasy. It is an instant literary classic' Fantasy Book ReviewThomas Senlin and his crew have been separated following the orders of the mysterious Sphinx. Meanwhile, the enslaved hods climb the Black Trail and whisper secrets in the dark. As Senlin and his crew are dragged ever further into the Tower's conspiracies, everything falls to one question: who is the Hod King?Praise for the series:'I'm wildly in love with this book' - Pierce Brown, author of Red Rising'Brilliant' - Publishers Weekly'I loved it' - Django Wexler, author of The Thousand Names'A universe of stars out of five' Superstar Drifter'These books are absolutely incredible' - The Quill to Live'Spectacular . . . fabulously gripping' - BookBag'An impressive display of imagination and humour' - SciFiNow'An engrossing, intoxicating delight' - Forbidden Planet
The Puppet Show
By M. W. Craven
'Fantastic' Martina Cole'Dark, sharp and compelling' Peter James'A thrilling curtain raiser for what looks set to be a great new series' Mick HerronA serial killer is burning people alive in the Lake District's prehistoric stone circles. He leaves no clues and the police are helpless. When his name is found carved into the charred remains of the third victim, disgraced detective Washington Poe is brought back from suspension and into an investigation he wants no part of . . .Reluctantly partnered with the brilliant, but socially awkward, civilian analyst, Tilly Bradshaw, the mismatched pair uncover a trail that only he is meant to see. The elusive killer has a plan and for some reason Poe is part of it.As the body count rises, Poe discovers he has far more invested in the case than he could have possibly imagined. And in a shocking finale that will shatter everything he's ever believed about himself, Poe will learn that there are things far worse than being burned alive ...'A page turner' Sun'A powerful thriller from an explosive new talent. Tightly plotted, and not for the faint hearted!' David Mark'A gripping start to a much anticipated new series' Vaseem Khan'Satisfyingly twisty and clever and the flashes of humour work well to offer the reader respite from the thrill of the read.' Michael J. Malone 'Britain's answer to Harry Bosch' Matt Hilton
By Roberta Kray
THE NEW GRITTY CRIME THRILLER: NO ONE KNOWS CRIME LIKE KRAY'A cracking good read' Jessie Keane'Well into Martina Cole territory' Independent'Great writing, gripping story, loved it!' Mandasue HellerSHE'S BEEN BETRAYED. SHE WANTS REVENGE.Judith Jonson has been a widow for five years. At first she dreamt Dan would return, but with the war over she's had to accept her beloved husband is never coming home. Then one day she sees a picture in the paper - the aftermath of a dramatic robbery in London's West End - and Judith can't believe her eyes. It's Dan, she'd stake her life on it. Or his life rather, the back-stabber.Judith begins a hunt for the man she thought she married, and in amongst the lowlifes of the East End's gangland underworld she finds more than she bargained for. But Judith had better be careful; the rule of law doesn't apply in Kellston. She's been deceived, but she doesn't want to end up dead...Praise for Roberta Kray:'Action, intrigue and a character-driven plot . . . sure to please any crime fiction fans' Woman 'Gripping' Daily Express
The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club
By Sophie Green
This winter, you are warmly invited to join the Fairvale Ladies book club . . . The perfect novel to curl up with on a cosy night in' (Hello)'This gorgeous book completely carried me away' (Jenny Ashcroft, author of Island in the East)'An absolute gem of a novel' (Better Reading Australia)---------1978. Life in Australia's vast Northern Territory isn't always easy. Telephones are not yet common, and the treacherous seasons make even travelling to the next town a struggle. But Sybil Baxter is finding a way to connect . . . Bringing together her daughter-in-law Kate, who is finding it hard to adjust to married life, and her old friend Rita, often far away working hard for the Flying Doctors, Sybil starts a book club. Joined by Sallyanne, a mother of three with a trouble marriage, and Della, who moved to the country looking for adventure, they come together to bond over their favourite stories.But as life throws up challenges to each of its members, the club might just provide these five women with what they need more than anything: a friendship capable of overcoming any distance and weathering all seasons. Join other readers in discovering the joy of Fairvale . . . 'A warm hearted, generous book . . . it was a pleasure and a comfort to come back to the characters each night' Virginia McGregor, author of Before I Was Yours'A book showing more kindness between its pages than any I have read before' NetGalley Reviewer'I didn't want this story to end and would happily spend time in this world each day' Amazon Reviewer'The story is timeless, the characters realistic and descriptions of the landscape breathtaking' Amazon Reviewer'Heartwarming and fulfilling' Australian Women's Weekly'Wonderfully atmospheric' Sunday MirrorPerfect for readers of The Chilbury Ladies' Choir, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, The Sunday Lunch Club and The Lido.