James Sykes has spent his entire life making an effort to be as discreet and inconspicuous as possible. Dealt a harsh hand at nine years old when his mother passed, he made his bones on the trapping streets of Philadelphia. Though it wasn't easy he managed to escape with his life and some money to show for his time there. But of course, you don't live the life that he did without creating some enemies and burning some bridges. So, when he was shot down in front of his apartment building in New York, it wasn't surprising. To those that knew of him it may have been a mystery why anyone would want him dead. But for those that knew him personally it was not a matter of why, but who. Stay Off The Radar is a spectacular tale of how important it is to be felt and not seen. It also proves the value in not showing one's worth to onlookers or requiring an audience. Readers will receive gems through the characters' lives and wise words.
Abby Eisenkraft is one of America's leading experts on IRS problems - and how to prevent them. Informative, slightly irreverent, and definitely not your typical IRS guide, this tax pro shares her experiences in the tax trenches, defending her clients against the IRS. Learn from the mistakes of others, and save time, money and grief.
An inside look at what our schools are like today and practical advice for navigating the educational system. School is our children’s second home. They will spend more time there than anywhere else in their formative years. We all need to talk honestly about the nature of this environment, how it works, and how it doesn’t work. Our kids are depending on us to create a school system where they can learn as well as feel happy. The more we know about how school works, the better we will be able to navigate our way through "the system" and help our children do the same. What Every Parent Should Know About School is an honest, positive, thought-provoking look at what schools are today and what they could be in the future.
Although not new, the concept of distributed (shared) leadership has re-emerged in recent years as one highly promising response to the complex challenges currently faced by schools. Responding productively to these challenges far exceeds the capacities of any individual leader. If schools are to flourish in the future, they will need to enlist the collective expertise of many more of their members and stakeholders than they have in the past. The purpose of this volume is to both present and synthesize the best available evidence about the nature, causes, and effects of distributed school leadership. The book also clarifies common misunderstandings about distributed leadership and identifies promising implications for practice and for future research. Key features include... Expertise – Written by the most active and widely respected scholars engaged in research on distributed leadership, the book encompasses the very latest knowledge about the nature, causes and consequences of such leadership in schools. Comparative Models – The book compares various approaches to distributed leadership and examines the conditions under which some approaches may be better than others in improving schools. Evidence-Based – Much of the popularity of distributed leadership is rooted in expectations unsupported by systematic empirical evidence. Virtually all of the available evidence about distributed approach to leadership can be found in this book. This book is appropriate for researchers studying school leadership, instructors and students in graduate-level school leadership courses and practicing administrators at the district and building level.
After the brutal murder of a young woman leaves the small city of Applegate shaken and a broken family torn further apart, Detective Andrew Mason and his partner take the case. Seems like an easy open and close case for Det. Mason, but when he finds himself getting too close his struggles of personal life and work become too much to handle. Everything takes a bizarre turn when a man claiming to possess visions of the decease's final moments alive approaches Det. Mason offering the aid to find her killer. The strong-hearted detective must keep wits over wisdom as he becomes tangled in a web of secrets, lost love, and revenge.
It begins with two deaths: a money-man and a grass. Deaths that offer a unique opportunity to a man like Calum MacLean. A man who has finally had enough of killing. Meanwhile two of Glasgow's biggest criminal organisations are at quiet, deadly war with one another. And as Detective Michael Fisher knows, the biggest - and bloodiest - manoeuvres are yet to come . . . The stunning conclusion to Malcolm Mackay's lauded Glasgow Trilogy, The Sudden Arrival of Violence will return readers to the city's underworld: a place of dark motives, dangerous allegiances and inescapable violence . . .
You thought The Cartel was over, but Diamonds are forever. . . . The Diamond family has survived murder, deceit, and betrayal. Through it all, they're still standing tall, and a new era has begun. After surviving a failed attempt on her life, Breeze has moved into the queen's position by Zyir's side. Zyir has taken over the empire and locked down Miami's streets. He has the world in his palms, but there is always new blood ready to overthrow the throne. Young Carter has retired and moved away from the madness—that is, until he gets an unexpected visitor at his home. This person shakes up the whole family, causing chaos that threatens to bring down the Cartel for good. New York Times bestselling authors Ashley and JaQuavis deliver the highly anticipated fourth installment of the wildly popular Cartel series.
Surrender is the greatest sin For adventure guide Ryan Quinn, a week in Fiji babysitting a hen party should be a cakewalk. Only, the bride turns out to be sexy movie star Serena Hightower, and the wedding turns out to be very much in question. Ryan wants to help Serena, but he's not sure he can trust himself with her—not when she is his every temptation personified… Serena Hightower just needs one week in paradise to figure out what she wants. Unfortunately, what she wants is the one thing she can't have—the rugged and charming Ryan Quinn. Serena craves Ryan's touch, the haven of his arms. But to be with him, she'll have to risk her career and her future, not to mention his. If she throws it all away for the chance at happiness, will he do the same?
Rings. Dress. Cake. You’re engaged, and the checklist for the day of your dreams is a mile long. In the who, what, where, and how of planning, the why can be forgotten. Ready to Wed discusses 12 Traits of a thriving marriage and offers a variety of topics to guide and advise those preparing to say, “I do!” Learn to:Define a vision statement unique to your marriage.Positively engage conflict to build a foundation of trust and forgiveness.“Leave and cleave,” even if you are a child of divorce.Manage expectations—and your in-laws!Navigate hot-button issues including, sex and the chore wars.Cope with change, stress, and crisis—especially in your first year.Build a community of support and find mentors.Assess your progress using the Couple Checkup.Loaded with advice, tips, and instructions, this valuable resource is ideal for soon-to-be-newlyweds and those who support them!
#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts presents the electrifying conclusion to her powerful Circle Trilogy. Worlds have collided and centuries have elapsed as six people have brought their unique powers, their courage, and their hearts to a battle that could drown humanity in darkness… Her face, so pale when she’d removed her cloak, had bloomed when her hand had taken the sword. Her eyes, so heavy, so somber, had gone as brilliant as the blade. And had simply sliced through him, keen as a sword, when they’d met his… In the kingdom of Geall, the scholarly Moira has taken up the sword of her people. Now, as queen, she must prepare her subjects for the greatest battle they will ever fight—against an enemy more vicious than any they have seen. For Lilith, the most powerful vampire in the world, has followed the circle of six through time to Geall. Moira also has a personal score to settle. Vampires killed her mother—and now, she is ready to exact her revenge. But there is one vampire to whom she would trust her soul… Cian was changed by Lilith centuries ago. But now, he stands with the circle. Without hesitation, he will kill others of his kind—and has earned the respect of sorcerer, witch, warrior, and shape-shifter. But he wants more than respect from Moira—even though his desire for her makes him vulnerable. For how can a man with an eternity to live love a woman whose life is sure to end—if not by Lilith’s hand, then by the curse of time? Don’t miss the other books in the Circle Trilogy Morrigan’s Cross Dance of the Gods From the Trade Paperback edition.
The Cursed Ones, or vampires, have made their presence known to mankind. They promised to help bring peace to the world but then declared war on humanity. The identity of their leader is unknown. Most people are too afraid or unwillingly to take a stand against them. Others, like eighteen-year-old Jenn Leitner, train secretly to become vampire fighters and risk everything in the process. Alongside her is fellow Hunter, Antonio de la Cruz. But Antonio has a secret - he is a vampire fighting on the side of humanity. Jenn must battle with her hatred of all things vampire, and her love for Antonio. For together only they can bring light into the darkness the vampires have drawn over the face of the planet…
More than thirty years ago, artist and serial killer Marsden Hexcamp was shot to death in an Alabama courtroom by a deranged fan. Days later, grisly evidence from his crimes vanished. But among underground collectors of the macabre, his art lived on… Today, a prostitute’s body found in a motel room is the first in a series of ghastly tableaus paying tribute to Hexcamp’s unspeakable talents. The discovery will lead homicide detectives Carson Ryder and Harry Nautilus is into the shocking world of the Death Collectors, where madness is an art and murder is the most beautiful act imaginable.
Woodbury is one of those sleepy small towns in Middle Tennessee, and Main Street is just a place people pass through to get to somewhere else. No one takes any notice of the little town in the road except those who are born and raised here. That is, unless something bad happens, and they find their community at the center of the six o’clock news. Three young women--friends since childhood--live in Woodbury, leading what they think are ordinary lives: Moss is a moonshiner, Erin is a banker, and Blue is the wife of a preacher. What they don’t know is that the upstanding mayor, Erin’s uncle, is living a secret life--making a deal with a demon who brings evil into this small town. Moss is also a dreamer. Her dreams are vivid, real, and terrifying, and they were starting to come true. After a botched murder investigation, the friends decide to set a trap and Moss has a redneck trick or two up her sleeve. Though the results are hilarious and are talked about around town for a month, it reveals a threat of evil. The friends lives are turned upside down when their eyes are opened and they began to see into the spirit world--a frightening world of the demonic.
In The Journey Back, Leigh MacLeod and her team of paranormal investigators have struggled to come back after an investigation at a haunted asylum devastated her team and left her fighting for her life. Just as it seems life is returning to normal, a terrifying nightmare, cryptic message from her dead father and suspicious text messages make her wonder if she will ever be free of the demons of Greenhurst Asylum.
Life is seemingly only a feeling and nothing more. Unfortunately some have to learn that the hard way. Following the tragic loss of a sister, which some hold him accountable for; the collapse of his family; the sudden calling off of a wedding; a suicide attempt; some combat in Afghanistan; a bank robbery; and a stint in Alcoholics Anonymous, a young and successful architect and aspiring artist clashes with the thoughts that he’s always believed kept him safe and protected, and with a feel that’s constantly confirming to him that his life has become worse than death itself. After deciding to leave his home country of Canada; and to withdraw from his career and secure way of life, he heads off to France, which ultimately turns into an unexpected journey that takes him throughout Europe and into Asia where he stumbles across numerous characters, including a South American pet monkey of an ex-soldier transport truck fanatic from Bhutan, who all lead by example and inadvertently teach him how to acquire the feel that could finally make his dreams come true. Yet before that happens, he gets mixed-up with an unpredictable on-stress-leave madman banker from Doha, Qatar who takes him, and even the monkey hostage, and drags them to Bosnia and beyond. During the course of this journey the architect realizes that getting as close to death as possible without experiencing it, and seeing the world as a mere theatre are the only ways for him to possibly reverse his fortunes and to obtain the feel that’s not only capable of painting the portrait of his visions, but also strong enough to see his destructive train of thoughts come to a crashing end.
'When people gave up on Wylie, Wylie refused to give up on people.' For a street dog born in the city of Kandahar, Afghanistan, to be crowned top dog at Scruffts, a competition for crossbreeds held during Crufts, the largest dog show on earth, is nothing short of a miracle. But for Wylie, the gentle, cropped eared ball of fur, miracles seemed to happen quite regularly. Beaten and abused while being used as a bait dog, Wylie suffered terrible injuries that needed urgent treatment. Rescued close to death, with hacked off ears and a severed tail, he was attended to by soldiers who feared he would not last the night. Astonishingly he did, only to return days later with new injuries. However a lifeline came when he was handed over to animal welfare Charity Nowzad and flown to Britain in the hope of finding a new life. But would anyone take a chance on a seemingly nervous and undomesticated stray? Luckily for Wylie his biggest adventure yet was about to begin... This is the incredible and heart-warming story, full of tragedy and triumph, of a dog who never gave up hope.
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The Werewolf and the Socialite. Two Different Worlds. One Shared Destiny. Like the jewels she stole, Paris socialite Blyss Sauveterre is someone to be handled carefully. Stryke Saint-Pierre discovered that when the beautiful thief used their attraction to pilfer an infamous diamond. But when they make love, Stryke senses that—just like the gems she covets—Blyss has more facets to her than meet the eye… Blyss cannot let the brutish werewolf know that these heists pay for an elixir to keep her wolf at bay. Until her latest theft puts a pack of deadly demons hot on her trail. Now the redneck werewolf is this socialite's only salvation. But when the danger is past, dare Blyss succumb to the desire to let her inner wolf run wild with a man who represents all she could ever want?
WALKING AWAY FROM DANGER IS NOT AN OPTION FOR THESE MEN! FORBIDDEN TERRITORY Lieutenant McBride has no time for psychics—he has a kidnapper to catch and a little girl to rescue. But the honey-haired Lily Browning with the golden eyes sees things no one else does—including his own tragic secret. With a child's life at stake, he must trust Lily…even as each step plunges them deeper into danger and the uncharted territory of irresistible desire. FORBIDDEN TEMPTATION On a manhunt for the killer named Orion, hotshot criminal profiler Daniel Hartman is trying to put his ghosts to rest. Orion's latest target is Rose Browning, a matchmaker with a gift for predicting true love. Tempted by secrets she can't reveal, Daniel insists on offering some very personal protection. But can he safeguard this raven-haired beauty before his desire for revenge becomes an obsession?
Nick Stark returns in a mission which takes him from the Far East and the South Pacific to Los Angeles. Stark learns a domestic terrorist group is actually the unsuspecting pawn of a rogue element from the Chinese military. Stark must stop the Chinese operatives without causing an international incident. Nick Maze offers his assistance in the case which is especially dangerous for Stark, because this time Stark has a personal interest in the outcome.