She’s a surgeon with a future. He’s a Scottish laird in the past. Will their love be a timeless treasure or an eternal curse? Dr. Gwendolyn Reynolds’s career path is secure…so why does she feel so restless? Haunted by recurring sensuous dreams, she breaks away on a soul-searching trip to coastal Scotland. But when a storm forces her off the road, she plunges into icy waters, only to resurface in the arms of a handsome highlander. Scotland, 1536. Fierce and feared, Laird Greylen MacGreggor has yet to meet his match. Eagerly awaiting the woman foretold in prophecy, he never expects her to be a 21st-century stunner with a feisty temper. But when he rescues her from the icy waters behind Seagrave Castle, his first touch confirms that Gwen is his destiny. As sparks fly between the unlikely pair, they discover their passionate fate could be both powerful and deadly. Can Gwen and Greylen overcome centuries of differences to find true love? If you like your time-travel romance filled with steadfast lovers, steamy nights, and a dash of riotous humor, get spell-bound by The Prophecy .
In a business where great risks, huge fortunes, and even bigger egos are common, Larry Ellison stands out as one of the most outspoken, driven, and daring leaders of the software industry. The company he cofounded and runs, Oracle, is the number one business software company: perhaps even more than Microsoft´s, Oracle´s products are essential to today´s networked world. But Oracle is as controversial as it is influential, as feared as it is revered, thanks in large part to Larry Ellison. Though Oracle is one of the world´s most valuable and profitable companies, Ellison is not afraid to suddenly change course and reinvent Oracle in the pursuit of new and ever more ambitious goals. Softwar examines the results of these shifts in strategy and the forces that drive Ellison relentlessly on. In Softwar, journalist Matthew Symonds gives readers an exclusive and intimate insight into both Oracle and the man who made it and runs it. As well as relating the story of Oracle´s often bumpy path to industry dominance, Symonds deals with the private side of Ellison´s life. From Ellison´s troubled upbringing by adoptive parents and his lifelong search for emotional security to the challenges and opportunities that have come with unimaginable wealth, Softwar gets inside the skin of a fascinating and complicated human being. With unlimited insider access granted by Ellison himself, Symonds captures the intensity and, some would say, the recklessness that have made Ellison a legend. The result of more than a hundred hours of interviews and many months spent with Ellison, Softwar is the most complete portrait undertaken of the man and his empire -- a unique and gripping account of both the way the computing industry really works and an extraordinary life. Despite his closeness to Ellison, Matthew Symonds is a candid and at times highly critical observer. And in perhaps the book´s most unusual feature, Ellison responds to Symonds´s portrayal in the form of a running footnoted commentary. The result is one of the most fascinating business stories of all time.
The galaxy has seen great empires rise and fall. Planets have shattered and been remade. Amongst the ruins of alien civilisations, building our own from the rubble, humanity still thrives. And there are vast fortunes to be made, if you know where to find them . . . Captain Rackamore and his crew do. It´s their business to find the tiny, enigmatic worlds which have been hidden away, booby-trapped, surrounded with layers of protection - and to crack them open for the ancient relics and barely-remembered technologies inside. But while they ply their risky trade with integrity, not everyone is so scrupulous. Adrana and Fura Ness are the newest members of Rackamore´s crew, signed on to save their family from bankruptcy. Only Rackamore has enemies, and there might be more waiting for them in space than adventure and fortune: the fabled and feared Bosa Sennen in particular. Revenger is a science fiction adventure story set in the rubble of our solar system in the dark, distant future - a tale of space pirates, buried treasure and phantom weapons, of unspeakable hazards and single-minded heroism . . . and of vengeance . . .
The trio comprises three musical geniuses: Robert and Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms. Clara married Robert, with whom she fell in love when she was just sixteen, though it meant challenging the iron will of her father, who wished her to marry an earl or a count, certainly not an impoverished composer. The Schumanns had eight children, and Robert?s greatness as a composer was never in doubt, but he was also mentally ill, attempted suicide, and finally incarcerated himself in an asylum, where he died two and a half years later. Johannes Brahms entered the picture shortly before the incarceration and fell deeply in love with Clara but was just as deeply indebted to Robert for getting his first six opuses published within weeks of their meeting. Clara was forbidden to see Robert in the asylum because the doctors feared she would excite him too much. Brahms became a go-between for the couple, ferrying messages to and fro, but both loved Robert too well to abuse his trust. Brahms learned instead to associate deep love with deep renunciation?and, coupling this love with early experiences of playing dance music for sailors and prostitutes in Hamburg?s dockside bars, he became a victim to the Freudian conundrum: where he loves, he feels no passion, and where he feels passion, he cannot love. Germany grows in the hinterland of the story from four hundred-plus principalities to one nation under Bismarck. The great composers of the century (Mendelssohn, Chopin, Liszt, and Wagner among others) have their entrances and exits, and the ghosts of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert are never distant. Though firmly grounded in fact, the book unfolds like a novel, a narrative of love, insanity, suicide, revolution, politics, war, and of course, music.
S. A. Chakraborty, author of CITY OF BRASS R. F. Kuang, author of THE POPPY WAR Mehr is a girl trapped between two cultures. Her father comes from the ruling classes of the empire, but her mother´s people were outcasts, Amrithi nomads who worshipped the spirits of the sands. Caught one night performing these forbidden rites, Mehr is brought to the attention of the Emperor´s most feared mystics, who try to force her into their service by way of an arranged marriage. If she fails in their bidding, the gods themselves may awaken and seek vengeance... From British debut author Tasha Suri, Empire of Sand is a lush and beautiful tale set in a magical world inspired by medieval India. ´Draws you into an intricately realised world of blood and secrets. An arresting and magical history told through the eyes of an indomitable heroine. I cannot ask for more´ Jeannette Ng ´Astounding . . . the epic story set my heart free´ Fran Wilde ´The best fantasy novel I have read this year´ Miles Cameron TASHA SURI is a librarian in London. Follow her on twitter at @tashadrinkstea for updates.
Read this classic romance by USA Today bestselling author Lynne Graham, now available for the first time in e-book! Knight in shining armour... or avenging angel? International businessman Luciano de Valenza saved the Linwood family´s failing wine business and swept beautiful Kerry Linwood off her feet. Yet Kerry secretly feared Luciano didn´t want her, but rather the wine empire she would inherit. When money was embezzled from the business Luciano was locked up along with Kerry´s heart. Five years later, Luciano is back and out to clear his name. He´s certain that he was framed by the Linwoods and he´s planning to take everything that´s theirs—beginning with Kerry. He might have loved her in the past, but now he´s more determined than ever to have her...for revenge! Originally published in 2003
In the Ancient World, one army was feared above all others. 401 BC. The Persian king Artaxerxes rules an empire stretching from the Aegean to northern India. As many as fifty million people are his subjects. His rule is absolute. But the sons of Sparta are eager to play the game of thrones . . . Battles can be won - or lost - with a single blow. Princes fall. And when the dust of civil war settles, the Spartans are left stranded in the heart of an enemy´s empire, without support, without food and without water. Far from home, surrounded by foes, it falls to the young soldier Xenophon to lead the survivors against Artaxerxes´ legendary Persian warriors. Based on one of history´s most epic stories of adventure The Falcon of Sparta masterfully depicts the ferocity and heroism that was the Ancient World. ´His finest novel to date . . . The battle scenes are thrilling ´ Sunday Express
Many people are either uneasy or actually afraid of influencing or trying to persuade others on a range of topics. Public speaking remains one of the most feared activities, even for people who do not describe themselves as shy or quiet. This book will help readers overcome either the uneasiness or actual fear of influencing or persuading people to purchase, donate, join, vote, commit or perform a desired action or behavior, or to adopt a desired practice or belief through communicating with them in public. Eleven Steps to Getting What You Want helps the reader overcome fear and uneasiness when it comes to persuading others to alter their behaviors or beliefs by offering scientifically proven communication strategies and tactics with sample ?scripts? that can easily be altered for various situations. But more than that, it offers a framework for determining that your tactics are ethical. While most of the strategies will support persuasion and influence in work settings, the principles and behaviors that are most effective can be adapted to personal and familial life as well. Charles Larson lays the groundwork for honing those skills that will assist readers most in achieving their goals.
The record-breaking debut novel that won every major science fiction award in 2014, Ancillary Justice is the story of a warship trapped in a human body and her search for revenge. Ann Leckie is the first author to win the Arthur C. Clarke, the Nebula and the Hugo Award for Best Novel in the same year. They made me kill thousands, but I only have one target now. The Radch are conquerors to be feared - resist and they´ll turn you into a ´corpse soldier´ - one of an army of dead prisoners animated by a warship´s AI mind. Whole planets are conquered by their own people. The colossal warship called The Justice of Toren has been destroyed - but one ship-possessed soldier has escaped the devastation. Used to controlling thousands of hands, thousands of mouths, The Justice now has only two hands, and one mouth with which to tell her tale. But one fragile, human body might just be enough to take revenge against those who destroyed her. ´ENGAGING AND PROVOCATIVE´ SFX Magazine ´UNEXPECTED, COMPELLING AND VERY COOL´ John Scalzi ´HIGHLY RECOMMENDED´ Independent on Sunday ´MIND-BLOWING´ io9.com ´THRILLING, MOVING AND AWE-INSPIRING´ Guardian ´UTTER PERFECTION, 10/10´ The Book Smugglers ´ASTOUNDINGLY ASSURED AND GRACEFUL´ Strange Horizons ´ESTABLISHES LECKIE AS AN HEIR TO BANKS´ Elizabeth Bear The Imperial Radch trilogy begins with Ancillary Justice , continues in Ancillary Sword and concludes with Ancillary Mercy . Also available now: Provenance is a stunning standalone adventure set in the same world as Ancillary Justice. NPR calls it ´A fitting addition to the Ancillary world´ .