...While deep within the chapel, praying hands are trembling low, And a feeling of dread descends on us, no matter where we go. Our spirits are disconcerted, like a most discordant song, Something is supernatural here, there is something going wrong. You and your companions are trapped in an ancient and mysterious fortress, but you are not alone. There is also another one present who walks the darkened halls. He seems to oppose you, though he has not openly regarded you and your friends as an enemy. He is tall, dark and handsome - very well educated and much experienced in the ways of life. He may even be considered wise. He speaks to you, and at times even sings to you with a deep, beautiful baritone voice. He is charming and charismatic - and one thing more... He is the Devil! If you could save your souls buy losing your lives, or save your lives by risking your souls, which would you choose? If he has foresworn to answer 33 questions truthfully, what would you ask him? Could you trick the devil; would you even try? But wait - act quickly... for the solstice is upon you! Winter Solstice is the first volume of the Alaric Trilogy. It will follow the devil's trail from Eastern Europe through Western Europe and eventually to America. But more importantly, it will show how he has changed his ways to adjust to mankind's adapting to the rapid changes in 20th century society and technology. But be not afraid. The Alaric Trilogy will help you spot him, whatever form he takes.
Following a tragedy, Elfrida Phipps takes refuge in a rambling house called Corrydale in the north of Scotland, which attracts a motley assortment of waifs and strays, each trying to escape a difficult personal past.
Hoffnungsschimmer am Horizont Nach dem Tod des ihr liebsten Menschen bricht für die Schauspielerin Elfrida eine Welt zusammen. Um über den Verlust hinwegzukommen, zieht Elfrida von London aufs Land, in das kleine Dorf Dibton in Hampshire. Rasch findet die warmherzige Frau Freunde unter den Dorfbewohnern. Besonders gut versteht sie sich mit dem Ehepaar Oscar und Gloria Blundell. Doch als Elfrida aus einem Urlaub in Cornwall in das Dorf zurückkehrt, ist in der sonst so harmonischen Gemeinde nichts mehr, wie es war. «Der Roman enthält alles Zutaten, die ein Bestseller braucht. Von allen Suchtmitteln entpuppen sich Pilcher-Romane als eines der wohltuendsten.» (Die Welt)
The gorgeously festive final instalment in the beloved WINTER STREET series
Author: Elin Hilderbrand
Publisher: Hachette UK
Raise one last glass with the Quinn Family at the Winter Street Inn. It's been too long since the entire Quinn family has been able to celebrate the holidays under the same roof, but that's about to change. With Bart back safe and sound from Afghanistan, the Quinns are preparing for a holiday more joyous than any they've experienced in years. And Bart's safe return isn't the family's only good news: Kevin is enjoying married life with Isabelle; Patrick is getting back on his feet after paying his debt to society; Ava thinks she's finally found the love of her life; and Kelly is thrilled to see his family reunited at last. But it just wouldn't be a Quinn family gathering if things went smoothly. A celebration of everything we love - and some of the things we endure - about the holidays, WINTER SOLSTICE is Elin Hilderbrand at her festive best. ************** Praise for Winter Solstice 'A holiday package filled with humor, romance, and realism' - Jocelyn McClurg 'The holidays wouldn't be complete without a little family dysfunction, and Hilderbrand writes it well' - Library Journal 'A page-turner' - Coastal Living 'A series only works when the characters are worth following over the long haul, and Hilderbrand is a master, making for a satisfying conclusion to her Christmas at the Inn story' - Kirkus '[Hilderbrand] expertly meshes everything together so that peace exists within each character and within the family dynamic . . . The queen of the romance novel is on top of her game, and she won't let you down' - Book Reporter
Marion will be admitted to Newgrange, the five thousand year old mound in the heart of Ireland, which is illuminated with the sun's rays just once a year on the winter solstice. The novel is a rich portrayal of love and relationship, loss and healing, and offers insights into ancient Celtic traditions of spirituality and rebirth.
Christmas Eve. Bettina and her husband Albert aren’t happy. Bettina’s mother is staying for the holidays. Which is awkward. Not least because Bettina’s mother met a man on the train. And now she’s invited him around for drinks... Family, betrayal and the inescapable presence of the past reverberate through this razor-sharp comedy. Schimmelpfennig is the most performed playwright in Germany and one of the country’s most exciting original voices, with productions of his work worldwide in over 40 countries.
What adventures are waiting for Miya as she walks to the forest to feed the animals? An angry squirrel, a gentle crow, and an intimidating owl are just some of the interesting characters Miya meets in the forest. The animals are concerned about the environmental impact the humans have on their forest. It s up to Miya to deliver this message to the villagers. But can she be convincing enough? While reading this beautifully illustrated story, children will be silently rooting for Miya as she tries to support her new animal friends. They will be so captivated by Miya s adventures, young readers will not realize they are learning lessons in helping others, standing up for their beliefs, conquering their fears, and caring for the environment.
The first new collection in twelve years by renowned California poet and New Formalist, Timothy Steele. A quiet intelligence pervades the lines of these poems and reinforces Steele's mastery of form and image.
Lincoln Cole,Katherine Hayton,Teresa Roman,Linda Cassidy Lewis,Jessica Knauss,Jacqueline Ward,Ann Omasta,Jada Ryker,Fiona Quinn,Monte Dutton,Steve Vernon
Author: Lincoln Cole,Katherine Hayton,Teresa Roman,Linda Cassidy Lewis,Jessica Knauss,Jacqueline Ward,Ann Omasta,Jada Ryker,Fiona Quinn,Monte Dutton,Steve Vernon
Looking for a good book to curl up with through the cold and lonely winter? Then look no further! This volume contains a dozen winter-themed stories by Kindle Press Authors writing in the worlds of their longer works. There is romance, action and adventure, intrigue, and even a few scary stories to get you through the long and cold nights. So grab a copy and come along! Who knows, you might just find your next favorite author!
Here is a journal, a night by night record of a furious argument between Paul Schmidt, Robert Mapplethorpe, and God. Its terms are extreme; it moves from wild terror to heart broken acceptance, from S/M imagery to powerful passages of lyric poetry. The terrors of sex, of obsession, of living and dying are all exposed in this book, written in a passionate and beautiful prose. Paul Schmidt, the renowned translator of Rimbaud, gives us here a Season in Hell for our time.
It is winter. The land lies still, quiet and stark beneath a blanket of snow. The tiny footprints of a mouse can be seen in the light of the moon. Wrapped in the quiet, and there in the bleak, there stood a wise mouse, preparing to speak. The words that mouse chose were from many years past. She spoke them into the cold night air. So begins the enchanting story of a very special Winter Solstice celebration. Kwakwaka’wakw author Terri Mack and Tsimshian artist Bill Helin have collaborated to bring us this story of strength, friendship and celebration. The lyrical text and engaging illustrations will appeal to readers of all ages.
Brimming with stories, activities, folklore, and recipes, this popular holiday gift book traces the history behind many sacred traditions of the season and provides practical suggestions for celebrating the Winter Solstice as a joyous, life-affirming festival.
Seventeen-year-old Ailia has vowed to find out if her recurring mare dreams, of what she thinks are glimpses into her previous life, are real. In her dreams, she is married to her soul mate, and an evil Empress named Eiess pursues and kills her. Lucia, the heir of the Northlandic Kingdom, will be crowned Sun Queen - the Queen responsible for shifting the seasons each solstice. The eve before Lucia's eighteenth birthday and coronation, Eiess storms the castle, taking Lucia and her Father prisoner. Eiess immediately instigates the prophesied three-year winter before the end of Midgard when she usurps the throne. One day, and unbeknownst to her - nearly two years later - Ailia wakes up in a glacier cave cold, beaten, and far away from home. She doesn't remember how she ended up there or even that she was abducted by the ruthless Vikings. When a healer named Soren rescues her, Ailia can't help but think that she knows him from somewhere, and that they were fated to meet - and destined to fall in love. And when Ailia, Lucia and Soren discover a shocking secret that intertwines their destinies, one of them betrays the other two - a betrayal that ultimately puts their lives, and the lives of humanity, in which they had sworn to protect, in grave danger.