Jacqueline "Jackie" Folsom has a knack for meeting the needs of others. Jackie works as the head front desk clerk at the Lazy Daisy Inn. She is a woman that will give her soul to see others succeed. She lives in New Mexico and is disconnected from her family due to a shaded past. Her life is simple, no children, at work all day, and coming home to a man who enjoys video games, dry sex, and smoking. When Eni H. Kendall, a true gentleman, smooth with his words, and mysterious enters the scene, Jackie is feeling him. But there is just one problem, he solicits her to help him find a wife. Now Jackie finds herself in a dilemma; stuck with Mr. Open Relationship, considering Mr. Right, and meanwhile longing for Mr. Perfect.
With all the tumultuous events of her life, would she be able to help Eni before the agreed upon deadline? Does she choose the man who would do anything for her or the man who is everything to her? Can an imperfect woman help the perfect man get what he really needs?
This story revolves around Christmastime and a family who once adopted a lost kitten, naming it Nyda. Nyda has now grown old and has settled into a calm, uneventful life with her new family-until the day before Christmas, when the family's older daughter brings two playful kittens, Mickey and Jack, home for the holidays. The two kittens from the big city are a change for the family, and for Nyda. The old cat likes her settled life and is not happy about the new arrivals. She's also very protective of her belongings. The city kittens annoy her, and the old cat grumbles about the new additions to the family- until she hears a story one night that makes her feel bad. The kittens aren't the soft or spoiled brats she had thought they were . . .
D. (Olga D'Agostino), author of children's picture books CARLO THE MOUSE ON VACATION and THE TREES HAVE HEARTS, grew up on a farm in a village nestled in the beautiful Carpathian Mountains in western Ukraine. Surrounded by nature and the real world, without TV and toys, she learned to read at a very early age, and books then became a huge part of her life. As a child, she used to create her own imaginary world populated with characters from books she read. She fi nished business college in Lviv, Ukraine. To escape the harsh reality of life in the Soviet Union, she immigrated to the United States in 1992 with her two small daughters. For many years she worked in her own business. While practicing English, she wrote many children's stories. Those close to her encouraged her to publish some of her stories.
Shy bookstore manager Marie McCloud spends each night between the covers with a hot guy... The hunky hero from one of her romance novels, that is. Having been cheated on, disparaged then ditched, Marie turns to pure fiction to soothe her aching heart. What she doesn't count on is finding real romance where she least expects it. Ladies' man David Lake is always up for a physical challenge. An intellectual one? He's not so sure. But when David meets pretty Marie, he's ready to leap through some hoops to get the brainy brunette's attention. With a little bit of research and a whole lot of reading, David prepares to sweep Marie off her feet -- for the romance of a lifetime.
Note: This is Part 1 of Girl Discovers Girls. Part 1 is titled "Dorm Shave Girls." Bisexual Charlotte is proud of her formerly sheltered roommate Brittany - in the space of one night she's come out of her shell and realized how much she enjoys touching and playing with other girls.
When Brittany's long distance boyfriend Jake arrives on campus a day early, Brittany and Charlotte have to rearrange their plans to find hidden places on campus to fool around. Evening the odds, Charlotte recruits her friend Tom to come along, and the four head to campus. When a game of truth or dare starts, Tom wants to see Brittany and Charlotte kiss. Unknown to the guys, the girls are no stranger to this, and are eager to please, with one catch: they want the guys to kiss too.
What follows is a campus orgy to shock and titillate you. EXCERPT: “Truth or Dare?” he asked Charlotte. She frowned, “Dare.” “Charlotte is bisexual, aren’t you?” he looked down at the blonde cradled in his arms. She nodded emphatically; pursuing her lips just a little to make the motion a bit cuter. “I want to see it,” Tom declared, he looked over at Brittany, “I’ll dare you to make out with her right here in front of us.” Charlotte shrugged, tugging herself away from Tom, she didn’t bother to rise to her feet, she crawled across the space that separated her from the gorgeous redhead she’d seduced yesterday, was it that long ago already? Their lips met, Brittany responded passionately, the alcohol causing her to lose any inhibitions she might have had about kissing in front of strangers, about kissing a girl, or even about doing so in front of her boyfriend. Their tongues twined together for a moment before Charlotte pulled away, she tossed her hair over her shoulder as she turned to stare at Tom. One delicate blonde eyebrow arched as he swallowed, crossing his legs to hide his sudden erection. “I’ll bet you won’t get it on,” he declared, turning to Jake, “Do you think they will?” Jake shook his head, “Nope,” his voice sounded somewhat hopeful that he was wrong. He turned; his blue eyes wide as he watched his girlfriend grope at the blonde’s breasts. He swallowed; he’d never realized she was so hot before. Or, he stared as she groped the blonde’s ample breasts again, bisexual. What hadn’t she told him? Jake swallowed, staring as the blonde responded to Tom, “We’ll get it on,” her voice was husky and incredibly sexy, Jake had never wanted to fuck someone else more in his life, “If you get it on.” “What??” Jake heard the words coming out of his mouth. He stared as she turned back to Brittany, kissing her passionately, their tongues curled together; hands caressed the heavy swell of breasts. “If we do, they will,” Tom whispered in his ear, “Come on…” Jake stared again, his eyes wide as the two girls pulled apart again, “Okay,” he heard himself say. His cock throbbed inside of his pants, barely contained by the fabric of the jeans. The prospect of watching them make out was driving him crazy, like a secret fantasy he’d never even dared to dream that was suddenly coming true right before his eyes. “You first,” Charlotte’s oh-so-sexy voice told him; she pursued her lips, blowing them a tiny kiss. WARNING: This 4100+ erotic short story contains men kissing each other, girls kissing each other, and two men and two women having sex for pages and pages.
Was Roger Williams too pure for the Puritans, and what does that have to do with Rhode Island? Why did Augustine Herman take ten years to complete the map that established Delaware? How did Rocky Mountain rogues help create the state of Colorado? All this and more is explained in Mark Stein's new book.
How the States Got Their Shapes Too follows How the States Got Their Shapes looks at American history through the lens of its borders, but, while How The States Got Their Shapes told us why, this book tells us who.
This personal element in the boundary stories reveals how we today are like those who came before us, and how we differ, and most significantly: how their collective stories reveal not only an historical arc but, as importantly, the often overlooked human dimension in that arc that leads to the nation we are today. The people featured in How the States Got Their Shapes Too lived from the colonial era right up to the present. They include African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, women, and of course, white men. Some are famous, such as Thomas Jefferson, John Quincy Adams, and Daniel Webster. Some are not, such as Bernard Berry, Clarina Nichols, and Robert Steele.
And some are names many of us know but don't really know exactly what they did, such as Ethan Allen (who never made furniture, though he burned a good deal of it). In addition, How the States Got Their Shapes Too tells of individuals involved in the Almost States of America, places we sought to include but ultimately did not: Canada, the rest of Mexico (we did get half), Cuba, and, still an issue, Puerto Rico. Each chapter is largely driven by voices from the time, in the form of excerpts from congressional debates, newspapers, magazines, personal letters, and diaries. Told in Mark Stein's humorous voice, How the States Got Their Shapes Too is a historical journey unlike any other you've taken. The strangers you meet here had more on their minds than simple state lines, and this book makes for a great new way of seeing and understanding the United States.
The raw and as-insane-as-anticipated first novel from Frank Bill, author of Crimes in Southern Indiana The Donnybrook is a three-day bare-knuckle tournament held on a thousand-acre plot out in the sticks of southern Indiana. Twenty fighters. One wire-fence ring. Fight until only one man is left standing while a rowdy festival of onlookers—drunk and high on whatever's on offer—bet on the fighters.
Jarhead is a desperate man who'd do just about anything to feed his children. He's also the toughest fighter in southeastern Kentucky, and he's convinced that his ticket to a better life is one last fight with a cash prize so big it'll solve all his problems. Meanwhile, there's Chainsaw Angus—an undefeated master fighter who isn't too keen on getting his face punched anymore, so he and his sister, Liz, have started cooking meth. And they get in deep. So deep that Liz wants it all for herself, and she might just be ready to kill her brother for it. One more showdown to take place at the Donnybrook. As we travel through the backwoods to get to the Donnybrook, we meet a cast of nasty, ruined characters driven to all sorts of evil, all in the name of getting their fix—drugs, violence, sex, money, honor. Donnybrook is exactly the fearless, explosive, amphetamine-fueled journey you'd expect from Frank Bill's first novel . . . and then some.