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X-Ray Lasers 2018: Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on X-Ray Lasers

These proceedings gather a selection of invited and contributed papers presented during the 16th International Conference on X-Ray Lasers (ICXRL 2018), held in Prague, Czech Republic, from 7 to 12 October 2018. The conference is part of an ongoing series dedicated to recent developments in the science and technology of X-ray lasers and other coherent X-ray sources, with an additional focus on supporting technologies, instrumentation and applications.
The book highlights advances in a wide range of fields including laser and discharge-pumped plasma X-ray lasers, the injection and seeding of X-ray amplifiers, high-order harmonic generation and ultrafast phenomena, X-ray free electron lasers, novel schemes for (in)coherent XUV, X-ray and γ-ray generation, XUV and X-ray imaging, optics and metrology, X-rays and γ-rays for fundamental science, the practical implementation of X-ray lasers, XFELs and super-intense lasers, and the applications and industrial uses of X-ray lasers.

These proceedings gather a selection of invited and contributed papers presented during the 16th International Conference on X-Ray Lasers (ICXRL 2018), held in Prague, Czech Republic, from 7 to 12 October 2018. The conference is part of an ongoing series dedicated to recent developments in the science and technology of X-ray lasers and other coherent X-ray sources, with an additional focus on supporting technologies, instrumentation and applications.
The book highlights advances in a wide range of fields including laser and discharge-pumped plasma X-ray lasers, the injection and seeding of X-ray amplifiers, high-order harmonic generation and ultrafast phenomena, X-ray free electron lasers, novel schemes for (in)coherent XUV, X-ray and γ-ray generation, XUV and X-ray imaging, optics and metrology, X-rays and γ-rays for fundamental science, the practical implementation of X-ray lasers, XFELs and super-intense lasers, and the applications and industrial uses of X-ray lasers.

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Wiley GAAP 2020

The most comprehensive guide to FASB Codifications, updated with the latest pronouncements Wiley GAAP 2020 is the essential resource for US GAAP implementation. Covering all codifications by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) – including the latest updates – this book provides clear explanations and practical examples for real-world application of these dynamic guidelines. Each chapter includes relevant sources of GAAP and expert guidance on interpretation, terminology, relevant concepts, and applicable rules, while in-depth discussion on the issues surrounding specific pronouncements offers informative perspective for a variety of scenarios. Staying up-to-date with constantly-evolving guidelines is a challenge. Wiley GAAP 2020 provides the guidance, insight, and perspective accounting professionals need to ensure accurate and up-to-date GAAP implementation.

The most comprehensive guide to FASB Codifications, updated with the latest pronouncements Wiley GAAP 2020 is the essential resource for US GAAP implementation. Covering all codifications by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) – including the latest updates – this book provides clear explanations and practical examples for real-world application of these dynamic guidelines. Each chapter includes relevant sources of GAAP and expert guidance on interpretation, terminology, relevant concepts, and applicable rules, while in-depth discussion on the issues surrounding specific pronouncements offers informative perspective for a variety of scenarios. Staying up-to-date with constantly-evolving guidelines is a challenge. Wiley GAAP 2020 provides the guidance, insight, and perspective accounting professionals need to ensure accurate and up-to-date GAAP implementation.

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Wild Wild Death

Her job has been cut, she’s low on cash, and her detective sometime- boyfriend refuses to even talk about her ability to see the dead and solve their murders. So Pepper is most certainly down for a vacation to get her spirits up. But when her cute scientist friend Dan is kidnapped, Pepper soon stumbles upon another deadly mystery that brings her to New Mexico. And she’s after a clever murderer-one whose idea of Boot Hill has nothing to do with Jimmy Choo.

Her job has been cut, she’s low on cash, and her detective sometime- boyfriend refuses to even talk about her ability to see the dead and solve their murders. So Pepper is most certainly down for a vacation to get her spirits up. But when her cute scientist friend Dan is kidnapped, Pepper soon stumbles upon another deadly mystery that brings her to New Mexico. And she’s after a clever murderer-one whose idea of Boot Hill has nothing to do with Jimmy Choo.

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White Fangs

The world knows Jack London as a writer who lived his own real-life adventures. But there are some parts of his life that have remained hidden for many years, things even he couldn’t set down in writing. Terrifying, mysterious, bizarre, and magical – these are the Secret Journeys of Jack London.
Returning to the Yukon with his love Sabine in an attempt to shed light on her mysterious past, Jack is accompanied by several werewolf pirates, and followed by their brutal ex-captain, Ghost. But that great, cold land has fallen under the shadow of a new, terrible threat – – great beasts that relish the taste of human blood. It is up to Jack, his friends, and the trail-hardened Callie King to confront the danger. But these monsters are terrible and powerful, and they are forced to join forces with the dreadful tree-spirit Lesya for any chance at surviving.
This final installment in the trilogy of adventures of the young Jack London is a masterpiece of tension and emotion. Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon have crafted a tale for readers of all ages, an action-packed, romantic, and suspenseful descent into the darkest desires of men and beasts and the hell that awaits them.

The world knows Jack London as a writer who lived his own real-life adventures. But there are some parts of his life that have remained hidden for many years, things even he couldn’t set down in writing. Terrifying, mysterious, bizarre, and magical – these are the Secret Journeys of Jack London.
Returning to the Yukon with his love Sabine in an attempt to shed light on her mysterious past, Jack is accompanied by several werewolf pirates, and followed by their brutal ex-captain, Ghost. But that great, cold land has fallen under the shadow of a new, terrible threat – – great beasts that relish the taste of human blood. It is up to Jack, his friends, and the trail-hardened Callie King to confront the danger. But these monsters are terrible and powerful, and they are forced to join forces with the dreadful tree-spirit Lesya for any chance at surviving.
This final installment in the trilogy of adventures of the young Jack London is a masterpiece of tension and emotion. Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon have crafted a tale for readers of all ages, an action-packed, romantic, and suspenseful descent into the darkest desires of men and beasts and the hell that awaits them.

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When True Night Falls

Journey into darkness – Determined to seek out and destroy the source of the fae-borne evil that is rapidly strengthening its control over the world called Erna, Damien Vryce, the warrior priest, has renewed his dangerous alliance with Gerald Tarrant, the immortal sorcerer known as the Hunter, and together with Hesseth, a woman of Erna’s native species, the rakh, they will dare the treacherous ocean crossing to Erna’s eastern continent. But the crossing may well prove the least of their worries. For though the eastern continent appears to be a haven of stability and prosperity, this image of paradise masks an underlying corruption that threatens the very essence of the human spirit. And the three are soon forced to flee south into realms long since abandoned to the dark fae and its creatures.
Lost in a land where those who offer hope of salvation may prove to be the true masters of treachery, and steadily drawn towards a rendezvous which may rob them of that which is even more precious than life, will Damien, Tarrant, and Hesseth find their own fragile alliance shattered by a power out to possess or destroy all of humankind?

Journey into darkness – Determined to seek out and destroy the source of the fae-borne evil that is rapidly strengthening its control over the world called Erna, Damien Vryce, the warrior priest, has renewed his dangerous alliance with Gerald Tarrant, the immortal sorcerer known as the Hunter, and together with Hesseth, a woman of Erna’s native species, the rakh, they will dare the treacherous ocean crossing to Erna’s eastern continent. But the crossing may well prove the least of their worries. For though the eastern continent appears to be a haven of stability and prosperity, this image of paradise masks an underlying corruption that threatens the very essence of the human spirit. And the three are soon forced to flee south into realms long since abandoned to the dark fae and its creatures.
Lost in a land where those who offer hope of salvation may prove to be the true masters of treachery, and steadily drawn towards a rendezvous which may rob them of that which is even more precious than life, will Damien, Tarrant, and Hesseth find their own fragile alliance shattered by a power out to possess or destroy all of humankind?

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Werewolf Academy Book 3: Instinct: Instinct

Alex’s quest to stop the General’s army of extremists gets personal when someone he cares about is taken. Lives are put on the line and Alex is pushed far past his limits to bring her home. The General is ruthless in his attempt to get Drogan back, and he knows Alex is the key to finding his son. Through it all, Alex comes face to face with someone he thought he would never see again. The question is, can instinct and his heart agree on the path he should take?

Alex’s quest to stop the General’s army of extremists gets personal when someone he cares about is taken. Lives are put on the line and Alex is pushed far past his limits to bring her home. The General is ruthless in his attempt to get Drogan back, and he knows Alex is the key to finding his son. Through it all, Alex comes face to face with someone he thought he would never see again. The question is, can instinct and his heart agree on the path he should take?

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Warlord’s World

Vaughan Roberts of the almighty Interstellar Patrol was literally riding a roller coaster when he got the appeal to help a damsel in distress. She was a pr incess of Festhold, a planet addicted to soldiery , military adventure and hairy-chested heroics–where unfortunately for the maiden her side was being outfoxed and outsoldiered by a combination of treachery and armed might.

Vaughan Roberts of the almighty Interstellar Patrol was literally riding a roller coaster when he got the appeal to help a damsel in distress. She was a pr incess of Festhold, a planet addicted to soldiery , military adventure and hairy-chested heroics–where unfortunately for the maiden her side was being outfoxed and outsoldiered by a combination of treachery and armed might.

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Voyagers IV – The Return

In the 1980s, an alien starship visited Earth. While investigating what appeared to be a sarcophagus bearing the preserved body of its builder, astronaut Keith Stoner was trapped and cryogenically frozen. After his body was eventually returned to Earth and revived, Stoner discovered that he had acquired alien powers. Using these new powers, he built a new starship and left Earth.

Now, after more than a century of exploring the stars, Keith Stoner returns to find that the world he has come back to does not match the one he left. The planet is suffering the consequences of disastrous greenhouse flooding. Most nations have been taken over by ultraconservative religion-based governments, such as the New Morality in the United States. With population ballooning and resources running out, Earth is heading for nuclear war. Stoner, the star voyager, wants to save Earth’s people. But first he must save himself from the frightened and ambitious zealots who want to destroy this stranger—and the terrifying message he brings from the stars.

In the 1980s, an alien starship visited Earth. While investigating what appeared to be a sarcophagus bearing the preserved body of its builder, astronaut Keith Stoner was trapped and cryogenically frozen. After his body was eventually returned to Earth and revived, Stoner discovered that he had acquired alien powers. Using these new powers, he built a new starship and left Earth.

Now, after more than a century of exploring the stars, Keith Stoner returns to find that the world he has come back to does not match the one he left. The planet is suffering the consequences of disastrous greenhouse flooding. Most nations have been taken over by ultraconservative religion-based governments, such as the New Morality in the United States. With population ballooning and resources running out, Earth is heading for nuclear war. Stoner, the star voyager, wants to save Earth’s people. But first he must save himself from the frightened and ambitious zealots who want to destroy this stranger—and the terrifying message he brings from the stars.

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Voyagers

Keith Stoner, ex-astronaut turned physicist, *knows* the signal that his research station is receiving from space is not random. Whatever it is, it’s real.

And it’s headed straight for Earth.

He’ll do anything to be the first man to go out to confrint this enigma. Even lose the only woman he’s ever really loved.

And maybe start a world war.

Keith Stoner, ex-astronaut turned physicist, *knows* the signal that his research station is receiving from space is not random. Whatever it is, it’s real.

And it’s headed straight for Earth.

He’ll do anything to be the first man to go out to confrint this enigma. Even lose the only woman he’s ever really loved.

And maybe start a world war.

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Vengeance

Betrayed, Alex awakens to find himself in greater danger than he has ever before experienced. His ability to turn into the Demon could prove to be mankind’s greatest threat. Alex has to decide if he commands the Demon, or if the Demon rules him. Tormented by the past, Alex finds peace in a place he had never thought to look. Torn between duty and the danger that hounds his footsteps, Alex also finds a way to fill the void in his life, family.
But living for others also means having more to lose. When Drogan’s threat extends beyond the werewolves, Alex has to decide whether he is willing to put his life, and the lives of the other werewolf students, on the line in order to save the humans.

Betrayed, Alex awakens to find himself in greater danger than he has ever before experienced. His ability to turn into the Demon could prove to be mankind’s greatest threat. Alex has to decide if he commands the Demon, or if the Demon rules him. Tormented by the past, Alex finds peace in a place he had never thought to look. Torn between duty and the danger that hounds his footsteps, Alex also finds a way to fill the void in his life, family.
But living for others also means having more to lose. When Drogan’s threat extends beyond the werewolves, Alex has to decide whether he is willing to put his life, and the lives of the other werewolf students, on the line in order to save the humans.

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Vanguard

The third trilogy in the hit ‘Ark Royal’ series begins now!
HMS Vanguard is the most powerful battleship ever to be commissioned by the Royal Navy, but she is not a happy ship. Her commanding officer is eccentric, rarely seen on the bridge; her former XO has deserted his post and her first middy is resentful because he hasn’t been promoted as he deserves …
But when a first contact mission goes badly wrong, HMS Vanguard and her crew are plunged into an interstellar war against a new and deadly alien threat.
And if they don’t make it back to friendly space in time, they will merely be the first to die in a new interstellar war.
[Like my other self-published Kindle books, Vanguard is DRM-free. You may reformat it as you choose. There is a large sample of the text – and my other books – on my site: chrishanger.net. Try before you buy.]

The third trilogy in the hit ‘Ark Royal’ series begins now!
HMS Vanguard is the most powerful battleship ever to be commissioned by the Royal Navy, but she is not a happy ship. Her commanding officer is eccentric, rarely seen on the bridge; her former XO has deserted his post and her first middy is resentful because he hasn’t been promoted as he deserves …
But when a first contact mission goes badly wrong, HMS Vanguard and her crew are plunged into an interstellar war against a new and deadly alien threat.
And if they don’t make it back to friendly space in time, they will merely be the first to die in a new interstellar war.
[Like my other self-published Kindle books, Vanguard is DRM-free. You may reformat it as you choose. There is a large sample of the text – and my other books – on my site: chrishanger.net. Try before you buy.]

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Understanding Social Networks: Theories, Concepts, And Findings

Despite the spread and adoption of social network concepts outside of the academy and the rising use of social network analysis across a number of disciplines, there is no general book designed for serious readers that introduces them to the basic ideas and concepts of social networks. *Understanding Social Networks* fills that gap by explaining the big ideas that underlie the social network phenomenon. Written for the reader who has never studied social networks, it covers fundamental concepts, then discusses networks and their core themes in increasing order of complexity. Kadushin demystifies the concepts, theories, and findings developed by network experts. He selects material that serves as basic building blocks and examples of best practices that will allow the reader to understand and evaluate new developments as they emerge. *Understanding Social Networks* will be useful to social scientists who encounter social network research in their reading, students new to the network field, as well as managers, marketers, and others who constantly encounter social networks in their work. **

Despite the spread and adoption of social network concepts outside of the academy and the rising use of social network analysis across a number of disciplines, there is no general book designed for serious readers that introduces them to the basic ideas and concepts of social networks. *Understanding Social Networks* fills that gap by explaining the big ideas that underlie the social network phenomenon. Written for the reader who has never studied social networks, it covers fundamental concepts, then discusses networks and their core themes in increasing order of complexity. Kadushin demystifies the concepts, theories, and findings developed by network experts. He selects material that serves as basic building blocks and examples of best practices that will allow the reader to understand and evaluate new developments as they emerge. *Understanding Social Networks* will be useful to social scientists who encounter social network research in their reading, students new to the network field, as well as managers, marketers, and others who constantly encounter social networks in their work. **

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Unbreakable Bonds

When you’re a psychic medium, and your best friend needs help catching her husband cheating, what do you do? You get your dead mother to get the goods on him, that’s what. When Angela first discovered her gift to gab with ghosts, she fought it tooth and nail. But the second she decided it wasn’t so bad–as long as she kept it from going viral–tragedy hit, and the universe decided to teach her a lesson. With her psychic service disconnected, Angela discovers spirits still find ways to communicate; she’s just not sure who’s doing what, and why. When her best friend Mel suspects her husband of cheating, she asks Angela to help her prove it. They concoct the perfect plan, but to make it work, they’ll need help from Angela’s mother.There’s just one tiny little problem–Fran’s dead. As the duo works to catch the cheater, Angela struggles to decipher messages she assumes are from her mother, messages that intensify in their urgency. Only the messages aren’t from Fran. Angela finally figures out the messages and knows if she delivers them, she’ll regain her gift, and her secret will go viral. If she doesn’t, her gift is gone forever, and so is her connection to her mother. Now Angela must choose between the happiness of the spirit’s family and her fears of damaging her own. In UNBREAKABLE BONDS, AN ANGELA PANTHER MYSTERY, bestselling cozy mystery author Carolyn Ridder Aspenson’s snarky dialog and hilarious banter between psychic medium Angela and her best friend Mel will keep you laughing, and the touching scenes between the living and the dead will tug at your heart strings and bring tears to your eyes.This book is part of a series but can be read as a stand alone.

When you’re a psychic medium, and your best friend needs help catching her husband cheating, what do you do? You get your dead mother to get the goods on him, that’s what. When Angela first discovered her gift to gab with ghosts, she fought it tooth and nail. But the second she decided it wasn’t so bad–as long as she kept it from going viral–tragedy hit, and the universe decided to teach her a lesson. With her psychic service disconnected, Angela discovers spirits still find ways to communicate; she’s just not sure who’s doing what, and why. When her best friend Mel suspects her husband of cheating, she asks Angela to help her prove it. They concoct the perfect plan, but to make it work, they’ll need help from Angela’s mother.There’s just one tiny little problem–Fran’s dead. As the duo works to catch the cheater, Angela struggles to decipher messages she assumes are from her mother, messages that intensify in their urgency. Only the messages aren’t from Fran. Angela finally figures out the messages and knows if she delivers them, she’ll regain her gift, and her secret will go viral. If she doesn’t, her gift is gone forever, and so is her connection to her mother. Now Angela must choose between the happiness of the spirit’s family and her fears of damaging her own. In UNBREAKABLE BONDS, AN ANGELA PANTHER MYSTERY, bestselling cozy mystery author Carolyn Ridder Aspenson’s snarky dialog and hilarious banter between psychic medium Angela and her best friend Mel will keep you laughing, and the touching scenes between the living and the dead will tug at your heart strings and bring tears to your eyes.This book is part of a series but can be read as a stand alone.

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Trust and Treachery

When space freighter pilot Calen Macleef accidentally wins Larissa “Bit” Earnest in a lucky hand of poker, his main concern is what his gruff and uncompromising brother Jack will say about it. Jack Macleef is the captain of the ship in a world where space travel has only recently become the norm and space piracy abounds. Painful memories of prior abuse surface for Bit as she finds herself on a freighter full of rowdy, ungentlemanly merchant marines. Jack works to find a safe place for frightened Bit amongst the ungentlemanly crew, but good looks and innocent ways continually charm the men. With tension and danger running high, each begins to wonder: will they survive the pirates… and each other?

When space freighter pilot Calen Macleef accidentally wins Larissa “Bit” Earnest in a lucky hand of poker, his main concern is what his gruff and uncompromising brother Jack will say about it. Jack Macleef is the captain of the ship in a world where space travel has only recently become the norm and space piracy abounds. Painful memories of prior abuse surface for Bit as she finds herself on a freighter full of rowdy, ungentlemanly merchant marines. Jack works to find a safe place for frightened Bit amongst the ungentlemanly crew, but good looks and innocent ways continually charm the men. With tension and danger running high, each begins to wonder: will they survive the pirates… and each other?

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