A chance encounter. An undeniable connection. An unimaginable twist of fate. Kailey’s life is crumbling. Her best friend and sister, Jen, is dying, leaving her young family devastated. With little hope of saving her, Kailey is forced to face a reality she never expected. Trey’s life is fun and carefree. He loves the girls, his drums, and his friends. That’s not to say he isn’t continuously plagued by a difficult decision made years ago—one that changed the course of his life. Despite the connection they make when their paths unexpectedly cross, Kailey knows her life has no room for anyone else right now. But regardless of how many times she pushes him away, Trey only fights harder to make a place for him in her life and in her heart. Trey thought he knew heartbreak, but he had no idea until life gave him a second chance, only to snatch it away just as fast. This time he’s determined to keep his place in the life of the ones he loves. Is there such a thing as fate? If so, can Kailey and Trey hold on to one another long enough to discover there’s no such thing as a chance encounter?
Close friends Tara, a much-married woman; Naina, recently divorced, and Nihal, a transgender, are looking to breathe free in a conventional society. Successful urban professionals, they live the good life, or so it seems. Trapped in unfulfilling relationships, each one craves an understanding companion. In search of an emotional connect, the three explore their deepest selves in the gripping world of online dating and chat rooms. As they get drawn deeper into the vortex of online chatting, the virtual reality threatens to overshadow their ordinary, mundane existence, and the idea of self-exploration laced with transgression, takes root. Tara wishes to cast aside the shackles of domesticity and tradition to explore all that is taboo. Naina takes baby steps towards her independence. Nihal faces a terrible struggle about the revelation of his secret to the world. Cupidity—Ping Me, Love is a tale of three lonely souls who reinvent themselves in the virtual world, breaking all social norms, without an inkling of the final outcome. Born and brought up in Uganda, East Africa, Kiren migrated to India in her early teens. She has been a newspaper reporter, college lecturer, media relations specialist and an e-content writer. She has written The Sacred Indian Tarot, a beautiful hand-drawn deck of tarot cards with twenty-two Major Arcana cards, combining the traditional elements of the tarot with a rich tapestry of Indian mythology and culture. Kiren promotes upcoming and contemporary art, bringing together different mediums, cultural hues and individual styles from across the globe. Madhvi comes from a business management and stock-broking background. A lifelong passion for writing, two creative writing courses at the University of Oxford and at NYU, translated into a dream entrepreneurial venture—her very own start-up firm, ‘The Writer’s Web.’ She provides content writing solutions for corporates and other professionals. Madhvi is into fitness and is a trained Muay Thai fighter. She also has an immense love for dogs, especially her golden lab, Maximus. Cupidity—Ping Me, Love is the first novel she has co-authored.
The Evolution and Triumph of Modern Female Friendship
Author: Kayleen Schaefer
Category: Social Science
"Text Me has the thrills and laughs of a romantic comedy, but with an inverted message: 'There just isn't only one love story in our lives,' Schaefer writes. If you're lucky, friends will be the protagonists in these multiple love stories. It's high time that we start seeing it that way."--NPR A personal and sociological examination--and ultimately a celebration--of the evolution of female friendship in pop culture and modern society "Text me when you get home." After joyful nights out together, female friends say this to one another as a way of cementing their love. It's about safety; but more than that, it's about solidarity. From Broad City to Big Little Lies to what women say about their own best friends, the stories we're telling about female friendship have changed. What used to be written off as infighting between mean girls or disposable relationships that would be tossed as soon as a guy came along are no longer described like that. Now, we're lifting up our female friendships to the same level as our other important relationships, saying they matter just as much as the bonds we have with our romantic partners, children, parents, or siblings. Journalist Kayleen Schaefer relays her journey of modern female friendship: from being a competitive teenager to trying to be one of the guys in the workplace to ultimately awakening to the power of female friendship and the soulmates, girl squads, and chosen families that come with it. Schaefer has put together a completely new sociological perspective on the way we see our friends today, one that includes interviews with dozens of other women across the country: historians, creators of the most iconic films and television shows about female friendship (and Galentine's Day!), celebrities, authors, and other experts. The end result is a validation of female friendship that's never existed before.
Like many teenage girls, Tracey cannot wait until she turns sixteen. She will finally be able to date, something most teenage girls eagerly anticipate. Before long, she begins to date Troyand that is when her life changes. In Mommy, Please Let Me Live: Voice of the Unborn, author Pearl Robinson tells Traceys story. Before she turns sixteen, Tracey talks to her parents about everything and never lies to them. But when she turns sixteen and start dating, Tracey begins to lie to her parents. She starts skipping school to be with Troy, who eventually pressures her to have sex with him. And when Tracey finds out she is pregnant, she is left with a life-changing question: should she keep her baby or have an abortion? Robinson takes readers through Traceys decision process and the changing relationship with her parents and friends. They will also learn how important it is to consider the consequences before doing something it seems everyone else is doing. Although Mommy, Please Let Me Live is fiction, Robinson tells a story with which many teens are familiar. Traceys story includes pain and desperation, but also one of hope.
Preaching has fallen on hard times with many questioning its relevance and even its validity as a New Testament practice. This symposium of specially commissioned essays draws together an international team of thirteen scholars and pastors to address the importance of textual preaching in the history and life of the early church, the historic church, and the contemporary church. Contributions include essays on Old Testament preaching, preaching in Hebrews, gender-sensitive preaching, preaching in the theology of Jonathan Edwards, Charles Spurgeon, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and in Eastern Orthodoxy. It also includes essays on a range of homiletical challenges that textual preaching raises for the contemporary preacher, including genre, preaching without notes, inhabiting the text, and preaching without platitudes. A final reflection by Dave Hansen on the state of textual preaching rounds out the collection. The preaching of the gospel stands at the heart of Christian praxis. These essays make a vital contribution to the recovery of the importance of preaching, focused on the text of Scripture. Written with an eye to the pastor and practitioner as well as those in the pews and in the classroom, this is a book that should appeal to a wide range of readers.
Amazing True Stories of Moms and the People Who Love Them
Author: Maria Bailey
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
From teaching us to tie our shoes to parallel park, from outfitting us for our first dance or our first day in the dorm room, our moms have been our chief counselors, cheerleaders, critics, chauffeurs, and chefs. For the Love of Mom pays homage to the special women who rocked us, raised us, championed us, challenged us, and—at times—exasperated us. Whether a woman becomes a mom by giving birth, or through the blessings of adoption or step-parenting, she will be moved, inspired, and entertained by these true stories that share both the monumental milestones and everyday moments of motherhood. Some stories are humorous, some heartfelt; others will help moms through the trying times, yet all underscore the devotion and dedication we admire most about mothers. While the experience of motherhood is different for every woman, one thing is universal: it's almost impossible to fathom the myriad of joys and triumphs encountered on the journey. For the Love of Mom celebrates moms and the uniquely important roles they play in our lives.
This book is for mothers who are working endlessly in their gardens making their families a protected and cultivated place. Id like to encourage you to keep praying and never give up hope. Always remember this promise: The Lord is faithful, He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one (2 Thessalonians 3:3).
Three much-loved lesbian romance novels from best-selling author Harper Bliss. All the characters in these books are nursing deep mental wounds and are waiting for the right person to help release their captive hearts. This digital box set includes At the Water’s Edge (including the follow-up novella It Takes Two), Far from the World We Know and Seasons of Love. All books have been Lesbian Romance best sellers and have garnered more than 350 5-star reviews between them. At the Water’s Edge – Sometimes you need to go back to where you came from... After a traumatic event that has left her in deep need of healing, Ella Goodman returns to her hometown in Oregon. While staying at her family’s cabin at the West Waters lake resort, she finds an unexpected friend in level-headed owner Kay Brody. Far from the World We Know – How far must you run to escape the past? Laura Baker has just moved to small-town Texas hoping for a life of solitude and recovery after a traumatic event that has scarred her irreversibly. But her chosen isolation is difficult to maintain after she meets Tess Douglas, the charming editor of the town paper. Seasons of Love – Is age really just a number? Alice McAllister is a successful solicitor who likes a quiet, disciplined life. But when her business partner Miranda forces her to take a vacation at her holiday home in Portugal, the presence of Miranda’s daughter Joy turns Alice’s world up-side down. What reviewers are saying: “At the Water’s Edge was a privilege to read, joining my all time best top ten titles.” – Lesbian Reading Room “Far From the World We Know is an excellent book. I think it just may be Harper’s best.” – The Lesbian Review Buy this great-value box set and get ready for a page-turning rollercoaster ride of emotions!