New York Times bestselling author Katie Ashley revs up the danger and sexual tension in her brand-new Vicious Cycle romance series. Deacon Malloy’s life is dedicated to the Hells Raiders motorcycle club. Tough, hard, and fast with his fists, he serves the group as sergeant at arms. But his devil-may-care approach to life is thrown for a loop when the five-year-old daughter he never knew existed lands on the club steps. Alexandra Evans is devoted to all her students—but there’s always been something about Willow Malloy that tugs at her heart. There’s an aura of sadness about her, a girl in need of all the love Alexandra can give. When Willow stops coming to school, Alexandra’s search leads to a clubhouse full of bikers…and a father hell-bent on keeping his daughter always within sight. The moment Deacon sees Alexandra, he has to have her in his bed—and he’s never met a woman yet who couldn’t be persuaded. No matter how attracted she is to Deacon, Alexandra refuses to be just another conquest. But it’s Deacon himself who could be seduced—into a brighter future for himself, his daughter, and the woman he’s falling for against all odds.
Katie Ashley, the New York Times bestselling author of Redemption Road and Vicious Cycle, returns to the dangerous and seductive world of the Hells Raiders motorcycle club.... After her father was murdered in the line of duty, ATF agent Samantha Vargas is determined to take down the scumbags of the drug trade. When her partner takes on a case to infiltrate the Hells Raiders MC, Samantha agrees to go undercover as his old lady but is surprised to find herself drawn to the very man she is investigating. Benjamin "Bishop" Malloy has worked hard to carve a place for himself both in and out of the MC world. Working days as a mechanic, he spends his nights rebuilding motorcycles with the hope of one day owning his own shop. After taking one of the club's new hang-arounds under his wing, Bishop is conflicted over his growing attraction for the man's girlfriend. Even though she's determined to bring down the Raiders, Samantha discovers their world isn't as black-and-white as she thought. And as the stakes grow higher, she's in danger of losing more than her heart.
Before conception Devon was bestowed with a generational blueprint that was the ultimate design for failure! The city of York, Pennsylvania played a major role in the birth of the United States, but unlike its rich colonial culture growing up in the ghetto wasn't easy. Promiscuity reigned supreme in York, Pennsylvania and secrets were kept leaving generation after generation amuck. The people in this community also treated each other like crabs in a barrel where it was common to gossip and wish for the failure of their peers. This behavior and mentality among the typical "Yorker" posed many challenges for Devon forcing him to fight physically and mentally in order to reach his goals. Will Devon bow down to this beast called Ignorance that is plaguing the mindset of the citizens of York? After being conceived by Chippy and Marsha who were two adopted teens at the time of his birth, Devon came into this world with the odds already stacked against him. Will Devon become a womanizing abusive man like his father? Will being bullied drive him to the point where he no longer desires to live? Will he be pushed to the brink of insanity after having to cope with the pressure of becoming a teen parent the same tender age as his mother? Fasten your mental harness and take a ride on this emotional roller coaster as you experience the harsh realities in Devon's young world. While experiencing Devon's journey these questions will always remain...Can I stop this vicious cycle? Would I be able to escape the beast within?
This book finds that the R&D and technological innovation of a country is not a result, but a factor, of sustained economic growth. Bazhal develops Schumpeter's theory to argue that genuine economic growth - especially in transitioning and developing countries - is only possible with innovation. With a particular focus on the work of Ukrainian economists, Tugan-Batanobvsky and Vernadsky, the text seeks to move the discipline forward and explain why innovation has become a primary factor of economic development in recent decades and why its role will become even more dominant in the future. Chapters interrogate whether modern economic theory can explain how we ensure the effective functioning of the market economy. The book shows that explanations of economists and politicians regarding the nature of the current economic and financial crisis, and the causes of huge gaps in levels of wealth in market economies, demonstrates that there are not enough satisfactory answers to this question.
Presidential Decision Making in the American Political Economy
Author: Constantine J. Spiliotes
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Category: Business & Economics
American presidents enter office ready to enact a policy-making agenda that will satisfy partisan interests and facilitate reelection to a second term. Economic circumstances, however, may catch presidents in a vicious cycle of economic growth and inflation versus recession and unemployment. Faced with a public that assigns to the chief executive responsibility for the nation's economic health, presidents are often forced by the dynamics of this cycle to make tradeoffs between pursuit of political objectives and stabilization of the economy. Vicious Cycle: Presidential Decision Making in the American Political Economy examines the strategic calculus that drives presidential acceptance of these decision-making tradeoffs. It provides a theoretical framework for explaining how presidents pursue partisan and electoral objectives in office, while simultaneously managing the nation's economy within the constraints of a complex institutional environment. With an approach that bridges several literatures in presidential studies and political economy, Constantine J. Spiliotes develops an econometric model of postwar presidential decision making in the American political economy and employs its insights to explicate the empirical dynamics of economic decision making in four presidencies. The extensively documented studies—Presidents Eisenhower, Johnson, Carter, and Reagan—offer variation across several analytic dimensions: temporal, partisan, electoral, and institutional. Spiliotes concludes that presidential acceptance of decision-making tradeoffs between the pursuit of political objectives and the imperatives of institutional responsibility is driven by a transformation in the nature of the American presidency, from an office in which decision making is anchored in partisan accountability to one in which decision making is constrained by the chief executive's institutional mission. Spiliotes's work will contribute to a fuller understanding of the presidency, political economy, and the methodologies that elucidate them.
This is one of the most thoughtful books on branding I've come across. Most such books are either quickly-crafted "how-to" books or academic tomes over-burdened with references. This book is thoughtful because it raises questions which deal with the "why" rather than just "how" of branding. The reference to brutal truth as the truth which will set us free—to examine ourselves without self-illusions—is liberating. The notion that Asia has many good, but no great brands, is also not a put-down but a clarion call for Asian CEOs to rise to the challenge and create lasting, meaningful, committed brands. Ho Kwon Ping Chairman/CEO, Banyan Tree and Board of Trustees, SMU 2010 recipient of the "Lifetime Achievement Award" by the American Creativity Association A cold shower to wake people up. Joe Baladi's Brand Blueprint is a great tool for anyone involved in Sovereign Relationship Marketing or brand building anywhere. Timothy Love Vice Chairman Chief Executive Officer, Omnicom APIMA There are many books about branding but few address Asian companies directly. Joe Baladi has been one of the loudest voices to advocate strong branding practices to Asian companies determined to outperform their competitors. The Brutal Truth About Asian Branding is a timely book that all Asian CEOs with global aspirations should read. Richard Eu Group CEO, Eu Yan Sang International The Brutal Truth About Asian Branding is the first book that connects branding frameworks to the realities of operating in Asia. It offers a very straightforward perspective on the challenges Asian CEOs face as they build their businesses and their brands, and perhaps the most compelling part of the book is the passionate plea for how Asian CEOs should be thinking different about branding. In true Baladi style, it is straight from the heart. Maarten Kelder Managing Partner (Asia), Monitor Group A very interesting and valuable perspective on Asian branding... one that decision makers in the region should read and embrace. Well done Joe! Ron Sim Founder & CEO, OSIM International Brands mean Business, anywhere in the world! The focus on Asia, at this time, is natural since the developing nations of the region did so much to help the world recover from the global 2008 economic crisis. Baladi’s text is timely; it is thoughtful and thought-provoking; putting people and brands center stage with practical insights borne of his breadth of personal experience at the frontline. Chris D. Beaumont Professor, Tokyo University, Global Centre of Excellence Director, North Asia, Results International The brutal truth is that Joe Baladi is right. Asian CEOs must learn the brand skills used so successfully in the rest of the world. It will take a big change in mentality, but the rewards will be vast. This book is a great start to that revolution. Michael Newman Author, 22 Irrefutable Laws of Advertising
The New York Times bestselling author of Vicious Cycle plunges readers into a world of danger and desire in her newest in the Vicious Cycle motorcycle club romance series. Looking for a walk on the wild side, Annabel Percy, the daughter of a powerful politician, gives in to an attraction to a sexy biker she meets one night. But she finds herself living a nightmare when she’s kidnapped and transported into a hell on earth she never could have imagined. Born and bred into the Hells Raiders MC, Nathaniel “Reverend” Malloy lives and dies for his brothers. But when he becomes the unexpected savior of a rival club’s captive, Rev makes it his personal mission to nurse Annabel back to health—and to shelter her from the nightmares that torment her. Once Annabel heals, she’s stunned to realize she is falling for the seductive man who saved her. Faced with their impossible attraction, can she accept the life he leads, or will Rev walk away from the only life he’s ever known for the woman he was never supposed to love? From the Trade Paperback edition.
A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR ENDING THE VICIOUS CYCLE OF ELDERLY ABUSE is a slef-help book for unraveling the confusion and reluctance of those who want to help the elderly get out of the vary vicious cycle of abuse. It is based on the author's own experiences as a coiurt appointed guardian charged with ending five years of financial and psychological abuse to an 82 year old man. Filed with antadotal accounts of the problems and his soluntions, including use of the law enforcement agencies, courts, medical providers and others.Filled with things to expect when you are granted guardian status, things you need to do immediately to separate the abuser and what to do with the elderly abused person to help them understand and get back some order to their life.
The Vicious Cycle of drug, alcohol, gambling, and tobacco addictions. Read about JoeWaWa as he becomes an addict at a young age and struggles through the early years. He clings to sports and education as the powers of John Barleycorn and other bad habits take him down the pot filled, dusty road to hell. He finds the path of recovery and trudges through to sobriety towards spirituality. Uniquely written with poems and journal entries take you through the rehabs, the good times and the bad times of the journey. JoeWaWa, not an American hero, just a guy who saved himself from himself!
Disorders of anxiety and substance use are, for some reason, rarely treated in an integrated fashion by professionals. This timely volume addresses this glaring omission with dispatches from the frontlines of research and treatment. Thirty-four international experts offer findings, theories, and intervention strategies for this common form of dual disorder, across a range of substances and of anxiety disorders, to give the reader comprehensive knowledge in a practical format.
Once upon a time, Johnny Blaze made a deal with the Devil - and to no one's surprise but his own, he got shafted. Now trapped in hell, with the Spirit of Vengeance bonded to his immortal soul and weighing him down, Johnny may have finally found a way out. But at what cost? From the depths of Hell to the glittering spires of Heaven, the Ghost Rider rides again, blazing new trails and dispensing fiery vengeance in his wake. The demonic team of Daniel Way, Mark Texeira and Javier Saltares reunite to put ol' Flamehead back in the saddle where he belongs. Ready or not, here he comes! Collects Ghost Rider (2006) #1-5.
Growing up in the projects wasn’t as bad as it looked; surrounded by family, friends and learning how to laugh at all bad situations was how Jamilah developed determination. Jamilah made up her mind to be better than others, whether it was a good or bad decision; her main goal was survival in the hood. Most people refused to leave thinking there was no other life but leaving in poverty and depression. Then there were others who left but they still lived in the hood. They left physically but mentally, they still acted, spoke and breathed the hood. Their minds never gave up on hoodism. Here is the story of a young girl who saw more tragedies than one person should ever experience in life, a true story of endurance. Jamilah experienced horror, money, drugs and a quick start of parenting before she had a taste of adult hood. She became the bum she laughed at and mistreated all her life. She hung out with some people she never would have got caught dead standing by; her life turns and spins into a sticky web of lies and deceit. Jamilah learned early on that honesty don’t mean squat in the hood. You will become one lonely person that didn’t fit in. You expressed dreams and good visions of what life should be for you; it was, you either fit in or get out. Jamilah was just one of hundreds of youth in the hood that carried a behavior of looking for love in a man or those so called role models; not just mom and dad but popular drug dealers and boyfriends. Learning how to self medicate that kept her numb from feeling reality; by her using more drugs and allowing her to find more jokes to pull you through being raped and robbed of your innocence, and the consequences of her believing in others than believing in herself. She managed to take all the tragedies and lies, by finding the root of the problem. She used them to stack them all under her feet for the perfect height to reach Victory; but she first had to go through some things that she inherited at birth in order to break the vicious cycle of low self-esteem, abusive relationships, tragic deaths and addiction.
Her last hope is the beginning of a new nightmare.Barbara Covington has one more chance to save her daughter from a devastating addiction, by staging an intervention. But when eighteen-year-old Emily disappears on the way to drug treatment - and her interventionist is found dead at the airport - Barbara enters her darkest nightmare of all.Barbara and her son set out to find Emily before Detective Kent Harlan arrests her for a crime he is sure she committed. Fearing for Emily's life, Barbara maintains her daughter's innocence. But does she really know her anymore? Meanwhile, Kent has questions of his own. His gut tells him that this is a case of an addict killing for drugs, but as he gets to know Barbara, he begins to hope he is all wrong about Emily.The panic level rises as the mysteries intensify: Did Emily's obsession with drugs lead her to commit murder - or is she another victim of a cold-blooded killer?