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Star Force: Mak’to’ran Series (1-5)

Civil War looms on the horizon for the galactic dinosaur empire and one lone T-rex bears the mark of treason to rally the loyal and reunify the races…Beginning the Star Force Phase 2 timeline, the Mak’to’ran serial details the defeated V’kit’no’sat fleet commander’s days following the attack on Earth and the fallout within the Dinosaur empire that results from it. For as bad as the treason regarding the Humans and the bastardized Hadarak is, and the implications that one of the two founding V’kit’no’sat races are behind it, a much larger rift within the empire is being exposed that has the potential to do what neither the Zak’de’ron culling nor the Rit’ko’sor rebellion accomplished.A full Dinosaur civil war.

Spirit Sorceress

Miku is finding her way with the pack and coven, but still has a lot left to learn.She still worries about Inari’s tenets, and wonders if she is truly following them in spirit, as well as by the letter. It turns out, she isn’t the only one that wonders that, and her own kind come calling.Just because her life isn’t complicated enough, enter an ancient sorcerer of fire that’s going senile, Ted on the warpath, vampire rogue issues, and to cap things off, the formation of a new council.If she lives out the week, she just might manage to get some sleep.

Soft Skills: The software developer’s life manual

**Summary** *Soft Skills: The software developer’s life manual* is a unique guide, offering techniques and practices for a more satisfying life as a professional software developer. In it, developer and life coach John Sonmez addresses a wide range of important “soft” topics, from career and productivity to personal finance and investing, and even fitness and relationships, all from a developer-centric viewpoint. Forewords by Robert C. Martin (Uncle Bob) and Scott Hanselman. Purchase of the print book includes a free eBook in PDF, Kindle, and ePub formats from Manning Publications. **About the Book** For most software developers, coding is the fun part. The hard bits are dealing with clients, peers, and managers, staying productive, achieving financial security, keeping yourself in shape, and finding true love. This book is here to help. *Soft Skills: The software developer’s life manual* is a guide to a well-rounded, satisfying life as a technology professional. In it, developer and life coach John Sonmez offers advice to developers on important “soft” subjects like career and productivity, personal finance and investing, and even fitness and relationships. Arranged as a collection of 71 short chapters, this fun-to-read book invites you to dip in wherever you like. A Taking Action section at the end of each chapter shows you how to get quick results. Soft Skills will help make you a better programmer, a more valuable employee, and a happier, healthier person. **What’s Inside** * Boost your career by building a personal brand * John’s secret ten-step process for learning quickly * Fitness advice to turn your geekiness to your advantage * Unique strategies for investment and early retirement
**About the Author** **John Sonmez** is a developer, teacher, and life coach who helps technical professionals boost their careers and live a more fulfilled life. **Table of Contents** 1\. Why this book is unlike any book you’ve ever read
1. Getting started with a “BANG!”: Don’t do what everyone else does
2. Thinking about the future: What are your goals?
3. People skills: You need them more than you think
4. Hacking the interview
5. Employment options: Enumerate your choices
6. What kind of software developer are you?
7. Not all companies are equal
8. Climbing the corporate ladder
9. Being a professional
10. Freedom: How to quit your job
11. Freelancing: Going out on your own
12. Creating your first product
13. Do you want to start a startup?
14. Working remotely survival strategies
15. Fake it till you make it
16. Resumes are BORING—Let’s fix that
17. Don’t get religious about technology

1. Marketing basics for code monkeys
2. Building a brand that gets you noticed
3. Creating a wildly successful blog
4. Your primary goal: Add value to others
5. # UsingSocialNetworks
6. Speaking, presenting, and training: Speak geek
7. Writing books and articles that attract a following
8. Don’t be afraid to look like an idiot

1. Learning how to learn: How to teach yourself
2. My 10-step process
3. Steps 1-6: Do these once
4. Steps 7-10: Repeat these
5. Looking for mentors: Finding your Yoda
6. Taking on an apprentice: Being Yoda
7. Teaching: Learn you want? Teach you must.
8. Do you need a degree or can you “wing it?”
9. Finding gaps in your knowledge

1. It all starts with focus
2. My personal productivity plan
3. Pomodoro Technique
4. My quota system: How I get way more done than I should
5. Holding yourself accountable
6. Multitasking dos and don’ts
7. Burnout: I’ve got the cure!
8. How you’re wasting your time
9. The importance of having a routine
10. Developing habits: Brushing your code
11. Breaking things down: How to eat an elephant
12. The value of hard work and why you keep avoiding it
13. Any action is better than no action

1. What are you going to do with your paycheck?
2. How to negotiate your salary
3. Options: Where all the fun is
4. Bits and bytes of real estate investing
5. Do you really understand your retirement plan?
6. The danger of debt: SSDs are expensive
7. Bonus: How I retired at 33

1. Why you need to hack your health
2. Setting your fitness criteria
3. Thermodynamics, calories, and you
4. Motivation: Getting your butt out of the chair
5. How to gain muscle: Nerds can have bulging biceps
6. How to get hash-table abs
7. Starting RunningProgram.exe
8. Standing desks and other hacks
9. Tech gear for fitness: Geeking out

1. How the mind influences the body
2. Having the right mental attitude: Rebooting
3. Building a positive self-image: Programming your brain
4. Love and relationships: Computers can’t hold your hand
5. My personal success book list
6. Facing failure head-on
7. Parting words



Magical disruptions have skewed reality and our city is overheating, along with the population. As a sentient jungle swamps us, and the weather goes haywire, sexual tension soon turns to violence as uncontrollable urges are amped up by wayward magic.
Tired beyond belief, wanting nothing more than my bed and some time to deal with the aftereffects of the Rift, I’m thrown headfirst into the chase as I hunt down a homicidal witch-Bluetz Skala. Gangster, murderer, and total hottie.
The city turns feral as I try to cope with humidity that’s through the roof, a carnivorous rainforest, perverted soldiers, and my feelings for a man I’ve just met but who may be the answer to my aching loneliness.
To make matters worse, I’ve still got a demon tagging along who thinks quoting Friends is cool, and I can’t even smoke a cigar because it’s too damn soggy.
Hi, I’m Swift. I’m also not in the best of moods.
Welcome to Strangetown.

Shadows of Olympus

With the arrival of a powerful new threat in orbit around Earth, the Alliance is forced to vacate Earth space while a small group stays behind to ensure humanity isn’t enslaved or worse, wiped out. ____________________________________________________________________ REVIEWS By Bobbi Amann on December 25, 2016 Reinventing the whole meaning to good sci-fi! I was truly taken by the book! Not have read previous books to understand who all of the characters in the story were it took some time to get into it! But I overlooked that and just read it! Amazing story! Enough so that purchased first two in series to understand who all the people are and why they are! Looking forward to #7 but in the mean time will devour all previous books by Chris! BTW, if you haven’t read “Rewind 717” do yourself a favor and read it! Different than this series but very very good! That’s how I got introduced to Chris! ____________________________________________________________________ BOOK DESCRIPTION: With the arrival of a powerful new threat in orbit around Earth, the Alliance is forced to vacate Earth space while a small group stays behind to ensure humanity isn’t enslaved or worse, wiped out. Meanwhile, the rest of the fleet splits into separate missions, each of them vital in rebuilding the Earth Alliance forces and strengthening what’s left of the fleet. Sarah, Chris and Daniel follow a lead to a remote part of space in the hope of establishing a dialogue with the Asgardians, unaware of the dangers that await them upon arrival. Chase’s visit to Olympus to meet with Zeus doesn’t go as planned but he learns crucial information that could turn the tides of the Fury war. Chase soon realizes that to achieve a permanent alliance with Olympus; he will have to deal with a deadly new foe, one powerful enough to cancel out his Ultra Fury powers. ____________________________________________________________________ As a matter of principle: this book is DRM free.

Shadow of Victory (Honor Harrington Book 19)

The Mesan Alignment is revealed, and, for Honor Harrington and the Manticoran Star Kingdom, this means war!
***Unintended Consequences***
Sometimes things don’t work out exactly as planned.
The Mesan Alignment has a plan—one it’s been working on for centuries. A plan to remake the galaxy and genetically improve the human race— *its* way.
Until recently, things have gone pretty much as scheduled, but then the Alignment hit a minor bump in the road called the Star Empire of Manticore. So the Alignment engineered a war between the Solarian League, the biggest and most formidable interstellar power in human history. To help push things along, the Alignment launched a devastating sneak attack which destroyed the Royal Manticoran Navy’s industrial infrastructure.
And in order to undercut Manticore’s galaxy-wide reputation as a star nation of its word, it launched Operation Janus—a false-flag covert operation to encourage rebellions it knows will fail by promising *Manticoran* support. The twin purposes are to harden Solarian determination to destroy the Star Empire once and for all, and to devastate the Star Empire’s reputation with the rest of the galaxy.
But even the best laid plans can have unintended consequences, and one of those consequences in this case may just be a new dawn of freedom for oppressed star nations everywhere.

**About *Shadow of Freedom* : **
“This entry is just as exciting as Weber’s initial offering . . . The result is a fast-paced and action-packed story that follows [our characters] as they move from reaction to command of the situation. Weber builds *Shadow of Freedom* to an exciting and unexpected climax.”— *Daily News of Galveston*
**About *Mission of Honor* , #13 in the Honor Harrington series: **
“Weber combines realistic, engaging characters with intelligent technological projection and a deep understanding of military bureaucracy in this long-awaited Honor Harrington novel . . . Fans of this venerable space opera will rejoice to see Honor back in action.”— *Publishers Weekly*
“This latest Honor Harrington novel brings the saga to another crucial turning point . . . Readers may feel confident that they will be Honored many more times and enjoy it every time.”—*Booklist *
**About David Weber and the Honor Harrington series:**
“. . . everything you could want in a heroine . . . Excellent . . . plenty of action.”— *Science Fiction Age*
“Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant!”—Anne McCaffrey
“Compelling combat combined with engaging characters for a great space opera adventure.”— *Locus*

Sex. Murder. Mystery

Three book box set (two full length book and a short story) by #1 New York Times bestselling author of Starvation Heights.
The unbelievable true story of Sharon Nelson, a Colorado woman, who had her mountainman man lover Gary Adams murder two of her three husbands.
“… more interesting than the crime itself is Olsen’s portrait of Nelson as a brash, trashy, manipulative sexpot who believed that she was entitled to (and got) everything and everyone she wanted: even her confession, given freely to police in a Pizza Hut restaurant, was anything but contrite. Moreover, Olsen records the recollections of many community members who saw Nelson for what she was, yet seemed oblivious to the adultery, theft and murder under their noses…” (Publisher’s Weekly).
With a foreword by M. William Phelps Investigative journalist, author of 20 books, creator of Investigation Discovery’s “Dark Minds.”
“Wonderfully researched…Searing and brilliant…A must-read!” — Ann Rule, the undisputed queen of True Crime
You know how the story ended…but do you know how it all started?
Before her world unraveled, the pretty, personable Seattle schoolteacher Mary Kay Letourneau was living a life many would envy — she had a handsome husband, four beautiful children, and a beloved following of students. Then she was accused of child rape…
How did a 34-year-old teacher fall in love with one of her sixth-grade students? Was it a complete lapse of judgment, or — as she contends — the meeting of two soulmates? Were the two planning to run away together — before police caught them in a parked car? Did the couple have illicit sex in every room of the Letourneau house, as the teenager told the tabloids? Read about the case that shocked the world and rocked the headlines — first teacher/student sex case that now seems epidemic.
Amazon.com Review: The tale seems ripe for tabloid exploitation: the fresh-faced blond elementary schoolteacher and mother of four just couldn’t keep her hands off that 13-year-old boy. Worse yet, Mary Kay Letourneau had become obsessed with the slight, Samoan teenager while he was still a student in her sixth-grade class–and he fathered two babies with her. Yet in the hands of true crime writer Gregg Olsen, If Loving You Is Wrong becomes a poignant profile of an emotionally stunted young woman tightly wound up in a web of lies too fragile to sustain the weight of her own compulsions.
The facade the Letourneaus presented to the world was that of a devoted, upwardly mobile young couple. In reality Steve and Mary Kay were on the verge of financial and emotional bankruptcy. They married because she’d become pregnant and appearances were everything to Mary Kay’s parents, ultra-conservative, family-values-promoting politician John Schmitz and his icy wife, Mary. Olsen, whose previous books include Abandoned Prayers and Black Widow, does a superior job with the story, interviewing Letourneau herself as well as friends and neighbors, researching and assembling the facts behind the lurid headlines in a nonjudgmental manner that allows readers to draw their own conclusions about the bigger issues at stake.
In this ebook short, introduces readers to the sensational kidnapping case that J. Edgar Hoover and his G-men couldn’t solve — the mystery of Tacoma’s Charlie Mattson, a little boy taken in the night more than eight decades ago.


A short story set in *The Draconis Memoria* universe created by New York Times Bestselling author Anthony Ryan.
In this prequel story to *The Waking Fire* , newly graduated Blood-blessed Ethelynne Drystone accompanies the Sandrunners Indepdent Contractor Company on a dangerous mission to the Arradsian Interior, intent on finding the lair of the legendary White Drake.

Sam’s Soldiers

Emergency room nurse Samuel Mason is offered a ménage a trois with two ex-military men and discovers a love more dangerous-and more exquisite-than he anticipated. Welcome back to Brighton, Texas. Where any man can find home. THE POWER OF THREE As an emergency room nurse at Brighton General, Samuel Mason spends most of his days caring for the sick and injured, and his nights alone. Until now. Jack ” Spider” Forrester and Dante Snow have arrived. Retired from the Army, they provide protection to those in need. They’ve come to Brighton to guard Sam’s cousin from a dire threat, but it’s Sam’s world they turn inside out. Jack wears his heart on his sleeve but is no pushover, and Dante is scarred from a past he’d sooner forget. They two are partners in all things, from the bedroom to the office to the street, and they want Sam to join them…for as long as they’re in town. But there is danger ahead, and not just from the type of men these skilled, muscled heroes have sworn to take down. The danger of falling in love.

Sacred Geometry for Artists, Dreamers, and Philosophers

An illustrated guide to harmonics—the sacred geometry principles that underlie the natural world—and its practical applications
• Demonstrates how the vesica piscis is a matrix from which ideas and forms emanate, connecting cosmic time cycles, measures of space, and musical tones
• Provides harmonic analyses of ancient sculpture, architecture, the solar system, the Earth-Moon relationship, and the structure of water and waves
• Explains how to apply sacred geometry to create building floor plans, pottery figures, gardens, and sacred ceremonial spaces
We are in the midst of a revival of an ancient way of looking at the world—an approach that enabled great civilizations of the past to bring forth inventions of great beauty and power. This school of thought—harmonics—envisioned the natural world and the solar system as an interlocking matrix of harmonious numbers, perfectly woven into the creative fabric of…

Rhett Dane: Top Secret Bottom

Rhett Dane has been dicked around long enough. Disavowed by the US government and abandoned by DIC, his only hope for survival–and to stop Ermand–are Handjob and Cocktease. While Cocktease appears to have fallen for the delectable Dane, Handjob may be planning to betray the heroic bottom to earn amnesty for himself. The governments of the world are falling in behind Ermand and his threat of making every man Adickted. The threesome must come together and present a united front if they hope to survive and put an end to Ermand’s evil plot.

Rewind 717

**What if you only had 717 minutes to save the world?**
If you ever wondered whether your **Freedom and Privacy** are worth giving up for an illusion of **Safety** : You should enjoy reading this book
**From the author of the bestseller saga *UNIVERSE IN FLAMES** *
The year is 2175. Ex-military Agent Cole Seeker works for **REWIND** , a Top Secret Government Agency. Thanks to a rare DNA marker in his genetic make-up, he is the only one capable of **jumping back a maximum of 717 minutes in time** to prevent terrorist attacks and disasters from taking place.
When New Geneva suffers a nuclear strike, he jumps back in time to rewrite history and a race against time in what was once the heart of Switzerland ensues. Cole hunts down a ruthless but cunning terrorist that has escaped his grasp on many occasions during past missions. Cole is determined to end this man’s life once and for all, even if it means breaking mission protocols.
With the aid of his brain-enhancing AI implant, TAIHNA, Cole struggles to save the city from annihilation but soon discovers that nothing is as it seems. Now, he has to make an impossible choice with unpredictable outcomes…

Return of the Darkening: The Complete Series

The Complete ‘Return of the Darkening Series’ Boxset. Books 1, 2 & 3\.
Dive into a dragon filled adventure! When scruffy Seb and noble Thea are paired as dragon riders, they never imagined they’d be the Kingdom’s last hope…
Book One: Dragon Trials
High-born Agathea Flamma intends to bring honor to her family by following in her brothers’ footsteps and taking her rightful place as a Dragon Rider. With her only other option being marriage, Thea will not accept failure. She’s not thrilled at her awkward, scruffy partner, Seb, but their dragon has chosen, and now the unlikely duo must learn to work as a team.
Seventeen-year-old Sebastian has long been ashamed of his drunken father and poor upbringing, but then he’s chosen to train as a Dragon Rider at the prestigious academy. Thrust into a world where he doesn’t fit in, Seb finds a connection with his dragon that is even more powerful than he imagined. Soon, he’s doing all he can to succeed and not embarrass his new partner, Thea.
When Seb hears rumors that an old danger is reemerging, he and Thea begin to investigate. Armed only with their determination and the dragon they both ride, Thea and Seb may be the only defense against the Darkening that threatens to sweep the land. Together, they will have to learn to work together to save their kingdom…or die trying.
Book Two: Dragon Legends
Ever since scruffy Sebastian Smith and Lady Thea Flamma were paired as Dragon Riders, their lives have been forever changed. The unlikely duo forged an unbreakable bond, but now with dark stirrings in the south their bond will be put to the ultimate test.
Seb discovers Lord Vincent has returned and he wants to unleash an ancient evil that will destroy the lives of everyone in the kingdom – The Darkening. In order to defend the realm against unspeakable foes, Seb, Thea, and their shared dragon, Kalax, set out on an arduous journey to find the sacred Dragon Stones – before their dark power ends up in the wrong hands.
But to conquer an old enemy, Thea must find a way to overcome her own inner demons, and Seb has to muster the courage to become the brave leader his kingdom needs . . .
Book Three: Dragon Bonds
The Darkening has risen…
Agathea Flamma and Sebastian Smith now face an overwhelming enemy. The rapid spread of the Darkening, a threat arising from the mists of legend, looms over the entire land. With both their families torn apart by the conflict and betrayal lurking around every corner, one mistake could doom the kingdom.
They’ll have to decide where to put their faith: blood ties or newfound friends?
After the destruction of the Dragon Academy, it’s up to Thea and Seb to gather their loyal comrades—and forge uneasy new alliances—to quell the ancient menace and face the evil Lord Vincent. With civil war raging, the Dragon Riders must race against time to find the legendary Dragon Stone, the only tool they have to fight against the endless darkness that threatens to swallow them all.

Reality Is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity

**’A global superstar… Professor Rovelli is making the grammar of the universe accessible to a new generation’ (* Channel 4 News* )** **From the bestselling author of *Seven Brief Lessons on Physics* comes a new book about the mind-bending nature of the universe**
Do space and time truly exist? What is reality made of? Can we understand its deep texture? Scientist Carlo Rovelli has spent his whole life exploring these questions and pushing the boundaries of what we know. In this mind-expanding book, he shows how our understanding of reality has changed throughout centuries, from Democritus to loop quantum gravity. Taking us on a wondrous journey, he invites us to imagine a whole new world where black holes are waiting to explode, spacetime is made up of grains, and infinity does not exist — a vast universe still largely undiscovered. Translated by Simon Carnell and Erica Segre **


**The *#1 New York Times* bestseller that has all America talking: as seen/heard on Morning Joe, CBS This Morning, The Bill Simmons Podcast, and more.**
**A powerful argument for how to succeed in any field: develop broad interests and skills while everyone around you is rushing to specialize.**
**“The most important business—and parenting—book of the year.” — *Forbes***
**“Urgent and important. . . an essential read for bosses, parents, coaches, and anyone who cares about improving performance.” —Daniel H. Pink**
**“So much crucial and revelatory information about performance, success, and education.” —Susan Cain, bestselling author of *Quiet***
**“As David Epstein shows us, cultivating range prepares us for the wickedly unanticipated… a well-supported and smoothly written case on behalf of breadth and late starts.” — *Wall Street Journal***
Plenty of experts argue that anyone who wants to develop a skill, play an instrument, or lead their field should start early, focus intensely, and rack up as many hours of deliberate practice as possible. If you dabble or delay, you’ll never catch up to the people who got a head start. But a closer look at research on the world’s top performers, from professional athletes to Nobel laureates, shows that early specialization is the exception, not the rule.
David Epstein examined the world’s most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors, forecasters and scientists. He discovered that in most fields—especially those that are complex and unpredictable—generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel. Generalists often find their path late, and they juggle many interests rather than focusing on one. They’re also more creative, more agile, and able to make connections their more specialized peers can’t see.
Provocative, rigorous, and engrossing, *Range* makes a compelling case for actively cultivating inefficiency. Failing a test is the best way to learn. Frequent quitters end up with the most fulfilling careers. The most impactful inventors cross domains rather than deepening their knowledge in a single area. As experts silo themselves further while computers master more of the skills once reserved for highly focused humans, people who think broadly and embrace diverse experiences and perspectives will increasingly thrive.