This is the story of a dedicated man who worked all his adult life, to achieve the American dream, and how the woman he trusted and loved destroyed it all. A husband tries to give all the necessities and conveniences of a modern life to his wife and children. He tried to make them as comfortable as possible. This story shows the depth of his love for his wife and the disdain she felt for him. It shows that no matter how long you live with your partner, and you think you know everything about your better half, think again. A housewife deceitful ways causes a family to lose everything. He keeps waiting, thinking that she will change her deceitful ways, but is he waiting in vain?
No-nonsense jewelry designer Iris Fortune yearns for a normal life. But life as Vegas magician Cosmo Fortune's daughter is anything but normal, especially since dear old Dad is also a scam artist. When Cosmo's latest scheme goes awry and he pulls a real-life disappearing act, Iris is left holding the bag. Now Iris must be a master of illusion—play the poised partner to her politician fiancé while trying to save her father and stay out of reach of Mickey Kincaid, the sexy thief who claims he's only after her jewels. Detective Kincaid is deep undercover and seeks Iris out because of her connection to Cosmo—he never expected to be so drawn to her. While working with Iris to find the elusive con man, Mickey learns a killer has Iris in his sights, and he must do everything he can to save her, without blowing his cover. Mickey's put his life on the line before, but never his heart—and now he's not sure which is more dangerous... 103,000 words
[Siren Classic: Erotic Contemporary Romantic Suspense] Audra Alexander wants the ultimate championship title, the bracelet and the cool ten million dollar cash prize, but when the chips stack up against her, Audra could use a full house and Max is ready to give her one. Only the one he has in mind doesn't have anything to do with poker. A professional gambler, Max is a player's player. He's also considered quite charming with the ladies, but once he meets Audra Alexander for the first time, he's hooked. After an initial meeting, he follows her career in hopes of one day coming face to face with her again, and he gets his chance when he least expects it. When Max and Audra meet in Sin City, Max isn't surprised at the way he responds to her. She catches him off his game and then does her dead-level best to keep him off of it. Until, of course, he plays his hand with every intention of winning hers. ** A Siren Erotic Romance
An Entertaining History of Casinos, Corruption, and Charities in America
Author: Lou Illar
"I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book." Groucho Marx In 1957, Vance Packard wrote. "Our American life, through a large scale effort to use psychiatry and the social sciences to influence and manipulate buying, has had impressive success below our level of awareness." Since 1957, there is great evidence that our culture has become a harbinger of emotional exploitation in more forms than we can recognize and irrational profit taking in more forms than we can image. In these times, investing in a charity is not easy within a gambling culture that has glamorized wind fall profits, and run away CEO salaries. It certainly worsens when these efforts become unfettered, and ignored by business efforts that not only fail to provide a product of value but offer no product at all. This madness can only succeed by turning huge profits through the creation of cannibalistic markets and non-profit corporations that feed on gambling addictions which buy moments of hope as they excite and exploit risk instincts. This baiting continues to validate at warp speed the assumption that we are a nation of impulse buyers. We reverse like a school of starving gold fish fearful of the vibrations of mere foot steps and unable to notice bread crumbs on top of the water. No doubt someone has convinced us that with every failure there will always be another roll of the 'dice.' The more relevant question of interest is who will roll those dice on your internet gambling site? No doubt we have become more reactive but worse we have become less knowledgeable. This writing is offered to encourage your thoughtfulness about your money and who andwhat you empower as you give it away.
Investigative reporter, Jamison Jackson, likes to go after the tough issues. She never backs away from a story that will expose greed and corruption. Tough minded and stubborn, Jamie takes risks and collects enemies along the way -- a consequence she accepts willingly. But when she is framed for murder, she is forced to go on the run to escape the killer who will do anything to retrieved something she might not even have. She must trust her former boyfriend, Homicide Detective Chris Lagoni, to clear her name, and the man she has fallen in love with, Brennan McKeever, to save her. But first, Brennan must find it in his heart to forgive her for a truth she buried behind her lying eyes.
This bartender's art lies in more than mixing drinks ... Randy Vaughan is a six-foot-three mass of mysteries to his customers and his friends. Why does a former Secret Service agent now own Mata Hari, a successful piano bar? Where did a muscle daddy get his passion for collecting fine art? If he's as much a loner as his friends believe, why does he crave weekly sessions at an exclusive leather club? Randy's carefully private life unravels when Jack Fraser, a handsome art historian from England, walks into his bar, anxious to get his hands on a painting Randy owns. The desperation Randy glimpses in whiskey-colored eyes draws him in, as does the desire to submit that he senses beneath Jack's elegant, driven exterior. While wrestling with his attraction to Jack, Randy has to deal with a homeless teenager, a break-in at Mata Hari, and Jack's relentless pursuit of the painting called Sunrise. It becomes clear someone's lying to Randy. Unless he can figure out who and why, he may miss his chance at the love he's dreamed about in the hidden places of his heart. Note: Lying Eyes is a standalone gay romance novel with consensual bondage and a strong happy ending. It contains potential spoilers for Robert Winter's prior novel, Every Breath You Take.
Olivia Jacobs becomes a pawn in a deadly game of revenge when she’s kidnapped by her father’s bitter enemy. But when the kidnapper turns out to be someone from her past, a man whose every touch burns deep into her soul, her situation goes from bad to worse. Ava Rose Johnson spins a suspenseful tale in her hot romance novel, His Lying Eyes. On a cold day in September, Olivia Jacobs’ life changes forever. Her father, a big-time drug-lord, has made an enemy. That enemy won’t stop until her father is taken down, even if it means kidnapping his only daughter. The bad situation becomes so much worse when Olivia realizes the identity of this enemy... Zach Marsden—the man she used to call Lover. As soon as she sees his face, she knows she’s in trouble. Because if anyone can make her forget herself, it’s this man. Zach hates that Olivia has to be dragged into this mess. Not only does it hurt to see her in so much pain, but having her around is a sure-fire way to make him screw up this mission. There’s no way he can keep his hands off her, especially when she reacts so willingly to his touch. He only hopes that he can keep his mouth shut, because whatever happens, Olivia can never know the truth.
How can the truest friends you've ever had be a curse? Perhaps when you're the only one who can see them. But when the unseen world forces its way into Mina Roth's life, she is forced to trust herself as never before. With an old friend, her lifelong companions, and a newly discovered faith in herself, Mina uncovers a hidden world and makes some startling discoveries about friendship, family, and what it means to love.
You won't be able to put this book down as it depicts a life of a child who grew up with a psychopath father, malignant narcissist mother, and sexual molesting stepfather. Cherylann is brutally honest in her account of a life filled with loss and abandonment by the very people, her family, who should have protected and loved her. Cherylann's ability to articulate her xperiences are inspiring and gripping. She also forces the reader to take a hard look at the medical community and how they deal with children of abuse who often grow up with poor coping skills and selfdefeating behaviors. Written from the heart, Cherylann's harrowing childhood will keep you up at night. Despite her sad despair, Cherylann's inner strength, courage and justified anger, saved her time and again. This "can't put down book" will remind readers of the innocence of children and their need for society's protection, even from parents, and in this case, parents who loved themselves more than they loved a precious child named Cherylann. -Jean Sasson New York Times and international bestselling author Princess: A True Story of Life behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia Growing up Bin Laden: Osama's wife and son take us inside their secret world
When Michael Dukakis accused George H. W. Bush of being the "Joe Isuzu of American Politics" during the 1988 presidential campaign, he asserted in a particularly American tenor the near-ancient idea that lying and politics (and perhaps advertising, too) are inseparable, or at least intertwined. Our response to this phenomenon, writes the renowned intellectual historian Martin Jay, tends to vacillate—often impotently—between moral outrage and amoral realism. In The Virtues of Mendacity, Jay resolves to avoid this conventional framing of the debate over lying and politics by examining what has been said in support of, and opposition to, political lying from Plato and St. Augustine to Hannah Arendt and Leo Strauss. Jay proceeds to show that each philosopher’s argument corresponds to a particular conception of the political realm, which decisively shapes his or her attitude toward political mendacity. He then applies this insight to a variety of contexts and questions about lying and politics. Surprisingly, he concludes by asking if lying in politics is really all that bad. The political hypocrisy that Americans in particular periodically decry may be, in Jay’s view, the best alternative to the violence justified by those who claim to know the truth.
"THE ARMOURON - Elite warriors who banded together centuries ago to fight for justice and for freedom. PLANET EARTH - Under the control of a huge corporation, led by the power-mad Chairman. THE CADETS - Trainee gladiators at the Nu-Topian Academy where something is very, very wrong. SALT - The grizzled old master of the armour workshop, with a secret in his past. THE STORY - On a training mission in the city at night, the Armouron come across a massive war machine standing in the middle of the city's largest park. Thinking it must be a hologram, as there is no other way it could have landed without anybody noticing one of them throws a stone at it. It responds by turning its guns on him and blowing a hole in the spot where he was standing a few seconds earlier. Chaos ensues. The machine had been put in the park to test an experimental cloaking device. It had treated the stone throwing as an attack and deactivated the cloak to use its weapons. The White Knights descend to enforce order and the park is cordoned off "
Nadine Gordimer's first novel, published in 1953, tells the story of Helen Shaw, daughter of white middle-class parents in a small gold-mining town in South Africa. As Helen comes of age, so does her awareness grow of the African life around her. Her involvement, as a bohemian student, with young blacks leads her into complex relationships of emotion and action in a culture of dissension.