Keeper of the Stone

Author: Lynn Wood
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781494259037
Format: PDF
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A young Saxon maid. A fierce Norman knight. Can a young maiden's gentle surrender quell the fires raging in the heart of her Norman captor?Captured by the brutal Norman invaders who stole her home, Lady Rhiann is taken to London and wed to the king's loyal vassal, Nathan. Now as she waits in her new husband's quarters for the true consummation of her fateful choice, Rhiann fights her terror at the prospect of the night ahead. She wonders if a man who has spent his life surrounded by war and destruction learn to love? Is it safe to trust her heart and her secrets to him?Prologue:The queen's prediction proved accurate. The heavy door barely closed behind Matilda when Rhiann heard it creak open again. She stood in front of the hearth trying to draw ragged breaths into her suddenly tight throat. She refused to turn around; hoping a few more moments would help her gather her courage to face the terror of the night ahead.Nathan stepped into his room and closed the door behind him, sliding the wood latch into place to bar any interruptions. He saw his wife stiffen at his entrance. He drew in a deep breath in an attempt to calm his raging needs. His bride's slender form was outlined by the light from the fire. The see-through gown did little to hide her naked body from his avid gaze. He needed to gather his discipline before she turned to face him, lest he terrify her with his lustful intent. He drew a steadying breath, willing his thudding heart to slow down. He was never going to be able to summon the patience he was certain would be needed to gain his bride's trust if he couldn't clear his head and slow his body's incessant urging to take the maid and have done with it. “Rhiann.”Her name echoed in the hushed silence of the room. Reluctantly Rhiann turned to face the man who was now her husband. Her arms were wrapped around her stomach in a protective gesture and in what she knew was a foolish attempt to cover herself as much as possible. The way Nathan's glance raked over her she recognized she would be defenseless against his greater strength. Just as she was unable to stop the Norman siege on Heaven's Crest, she would be unable to prevent her husband's assault on her virgin's body. She shivered involuntarily at the thought of what was to come.Not wanting to give the terror his bride was unable to hide from him a chance to take hold, Nathan held her glance and demanded, “Come to me, wife.” He winced at the sound of his harsh command in the silence of the room. He was already struggling to contain his raging desire. He suspected his self-control would be tested tonight in a way he was never tested before. When his innocent wife took an instinctive step back towards the heat of the fire he could almost believe from the blind panic he read in her eyes she found going up in flames a more preferable option to a night spent in his bed. Hoping not to push her any further, he added softly, “Do you remember your vows to the priest?”She nodded reluctantly. “Do you intend to keep them?” He watched the flash of annoyance at his gentle reminder flare across his gentle bride's face a moment before she swallowed nervously and took a hesitant step forward. Nathan stayed where he was by the door. It was important to both of them she come to him willingly.

The Young Madonna

Author: Lynn Wood
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781533165312
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Aspiring artist, Mary Elle McGann has a haunting encounter with the child virgin and is suddenly propelled to the dizzying heights atop the glittering international art scene where she meets Luc Bordeaux, a wealthy Parisian collector. After a fairytale weekend in Paris, Mary Elle returns to the states to pick up the pieces of her former non-glittery life only to realize that some doors once opened are not so easily shut again. The virgin returns, but this time as a young woman on the brink of changing the course of history. Trying to gain a step on the bizarre turn her life has taken, Mary Elle travels to Nazareth and then Bethlehem following the footsteps of the girl who would become the mother of Christ. But the virgin is not the only one pursuing her and with each step she takes in the direction of her destiny, another hand offers Mary Elle a different vision...one born of passion, fame, wealth and love.Can she risk reaching for both the virgin's gifts and the heady excitement she finds with Luc or will their competing designs for her future tear her apart? Can she be the star in her own Cinderella story or in the very moment she takes Luc's hand will she forfeit the singular gift that attracted him to her in the first place?A compelling story of fate, of a faith tested and honed in the agonies of indecision, and of the yearning for the fairy tale ending ever woman dreams of...both today...and 2000 years ago...

Lady Danger

Author: Glynnis Campbell
Publisher: Glynnis Campbell
ISBN: 1938114051
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Born to the blade and raised to fear no one, Deirdre of Rivenloch never shies away from a fight and never turns her back on a threat to her land or her family. But she’s never met a man like Sir Pagan Cameliard, the bold and powerful knight who comes at the king’s command to make a marriage alliance with Rivenloch. To save her younger sister, Deirdre tricks Pagan into marrying her instead, and now she faces a new kind of enemy who crosses swords with her by day and lays siege to her heart by night.

Keeper of the Dream

Author: Penelope Williamson
Publisher: Dell
ISBN: 0440614155
Format: PDF, ePub
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On the treacherous border of Wales, Raine, the Black Dragon, rides his charger toward Castle Rhuddlan and the lady within. Illegitimate son of a Norman nobleman, his past was scarred by denial and mistrust, and now his future lies in the conquest of a kingdom--and a woman's love. "I was hooked from the first page and the magic continues throughout".--Johanna Lindsey.

The Faith of Graffiti

Author: Norman Mailer
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062042920
Format: PDF, ePub
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"The Faith is the bible of graffiti. It forever captures the place, the time, and the writings of those of us who made it happen." —Snake I In 1973, author Norman Mailer teamed with photographer Jon Naar to produce The Faith of Graffiti, a fearless exploration of the birth of the street art movement in New York City. The book coupled Mailer's essay on the origins and importance of graffiti in modern urban culture with Naar's radiant, arresting photographs of the young graffiti writers' work. The result was a powerful, impressionistic account of artistic ferment on the streets of a troubled and changing city—and an iconic documentary record of a critical body of work now largely lost to history. This new edition of The Faith of Graffiti, the first in more than three decades, brings this vibrant work—the seminal document on the origins of street art—to contemporary readers. Photographer Jon Naar has enhanced the original with thirty-two pages of additional photographs that are new to this edition, along with an afterword in which he reflects on the project and the meaning it has taken on in the intervening decades. It stands now, as it did then, as a rich survey of a group of outsider artists and the body of work they created—and a provocative defense of a generation that questioned the bounds of authority over aesthetics.

A Kingdom of Dreams

Author: Judith McNaught
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501145487
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Let New York Times bestselling author Judith McNaught who “is in a class by herself” (USA TODAY) sweep you off your feet and into another time with her sensual, passionate, and spellbinding historical romance classics, featuring her “unique magic” (RT Book Reviews)—now available for the first time on ebook. Abducted from her convent school, headstrong Scottish beauty Jennifer Merrick does not easily surrender to Royce Westmoreland, Duke of Claymore. Known as “The Wolf,” his very name strikes terror in the hearts of his enemies. But proud Jennifer will have nothing to do with the fierce English warrior who holds her captive, no matter what he threatens. Boldly she challenges his will—until the night he takes her in his powerful embrace, awakening in her an irresistible hunger. Suddenly Jennifer finds herself ensnared in a bewildering and seductive web of pride, passion, and overwhelming love. This beloved tale about two defiant hearts clashing in a furious battle of wills in the glorious age of chivalry “will stay in your heart forever and be a classic on your shelves” (RT Book Reviews, Top Pick).

Mozartiana

Author: Joseph Solman
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 9780802719119
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Mozartiana is a surprising, eccentric, and enchanting testament to the genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Artist Joseph Solman has gathered opinions, remembrances, letters, and more-from Albert Einstein, Virginia Woolf, Friedrich Nietzsche, Leonard Bernstein, Maurice Sendak, and some 200 others-and blended them with his own sketches and drawings of the great composer. The result is a glorious celebration of Mozart's life and art, and a unique gift to music lovers everywhere.

The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

Author: Patrick Hanks
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0192527479
Format: PDF, ePub
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Containing entries for more than 45,000 English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, Cornish, and immigrant surnames, The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland is the ultimate reference work on family names of the UK. The Dictionary includes every surname that currently has more than 100 bearers. Each entry contains lists of variant spellings of the name, an explanation of its origins (including the etymology), lists of early bearers showing evidence for formation and continuity from the date of formation down to the 19th century, geographical distribution, and, where relevant, genealogical and bibliographical notes, making this a fully comprehensive work on family names. This authoritative guide also includes an introductory essay explaining the historical background, formation, and typology of surnames and a guide to surnames research and family history research. Additional material also includes a list of published and unpublished lists of surnames from the Middle Ages to the present day.

The Color Purple

Author: Alice Walker
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1453223975
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, this novel about a resilient and courageous woman has become a Broadway show and a cultural phenomenon. A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick Celie has grown up poor in rural Georgia, despised by the society around her and abused by her own family. She strives to protect her sister, Nettie, from a similar fate, and while Nettie escapes to a new life as a missionary in Africa, Celie is left behind without her best friend and confidante, married off to an older suitor, and sentenced to a life alone with a harsh and brutal husband. In an attempt to transcend a life that often seems too much to bear, Celie begins writing letters directly to God. The letters, spanning twenty years, record a journey of self-discovery and empowerment guided by the light of a few strong women. She meets Shug Avery, her husband’s mistress and a jazz singer with a zest for life, and her stepson’s wife, Sophia, who challenges her to fight for independence. And though the many letters from Celie’s sister are hidden by her husband, Nettie’s unwavering support will prove to be the most breathtaking of all. The Color Purple has sold more than five million copies, inspired an Academy Award–nominated film starring Oprah Winfrey and directed by Steven Spielberg, and been adapted into a Tony-nominated Broadway musical. Lauded as a literary masterpiece, this is the groundbreaking novel that placed Walker “in the company of Faulkner” (The Nation), and remains a wrenching—yet intensely uplifting—experience for new generations of readers. This ebook features a new introduction written by the author on the twenty-fifth anniversary of publication, and an illustrated biography of Alice Walker including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.

A Chinese Wonder Book

Author: Norman Hinsdale Pitman
Publisher: Library of Alexandria
ISBN: 1613102410
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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A collection of fifteen Chinese folk tales.