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Hard Merchandise

Boba Fett fears only one enemy–the one he cannot see….
Feared and admired, respected and despised, Boba Fett enjoys a dubious reputation as the galaxy’s most successful bounty hunter. Yet even a man like Boba Fett can have one too many enemies….
When Boba Fett stumbles across evidence implicating Prince Xizor in the murder of Luke Skywalker’s aunt and uncle, Fett makes himself an enemy even he fears: the unknown mastermind behind a monstrous deception, who will kill to hide his tracks. Fett also finds himself in possession of an amnesiac young woman named Neelah, who may be the key to the mystery–or a decoy leading Fett into a murderous ambush. Fett’s last hope is to run through the list of Xizor’s hidden enemies. And since Xizor’s hidden enemies are almost as legion as Fett’s, the chance of survival is slim–even for someone as skilled and relentless as Boba Fett.
(c) 1999 Lucasfilm Ltd. and TM. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.

Hard Measures

**From a top-level operative in the counterterrorism unit of the CIA comes an explosive memoir about the behind-the-scenes fight against al-Qaeda after September 11.**Since the death of Osama Bin Laden, interest in counterterrorism is at an all-time high. Most people don”t know that Bin Laden”s death is the culmination of years of covert operations and tactics largely overseen by Jose Rodriguez from 2001 to late 2007 and built on by his successors. Like a real-life Jack Bauer from television”s 24, Rodriguez”s sometimes controversial tenure as Chief of the Agency”s Counterterrorism Center involved CIA officers capturing and detaining key senior al-Qaeda operatives and implementing Enhanced Interrogation Techniques, tools which were an integral part of the War on Terror but are no longer available to those fighting America’s fiercest foes.

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Columbia, Bolivia, and the Dominican Republic, Rodriguez shares his unlikely journey from law school student to CIA recruit and finally, at the end of a thirty-one-year career, to being America”s top spy. Rodriguez sparked controversy and a three-year investigation by his decision to order the destruction of videotapes showing CIA officers conducting harsh, but what he describes as “legal, necessary, and effective interrogation.” Riveting and timely, Hard Measures also examines how the current political climate and resulting policies have negatively impacted the CIA”s efficiency—even taking away the mechanisms that made feats like the successful Bin Laden operation possible.
(source: Bol.com)

Hard Magic

Rediscover the first story this fan-favorite series by acclaimed author Laura Anne Gilman and her magic world of the Cosa Nostradamus.Welcome to P.U.P.I.—Private Unaffiliated Paranormal Investigations: a handpicked team trained to solve crimes the regular police can’t touch, crimes of magic. My name’s Bonnie Torres. Recent college grad, magic user and severely unemployed. Until I got a call out of nowhere to interview for a job I hadn’t applied for. It smelled fishy, but the brutal truth was I needed the work—so off I went. Two days later I’m a PUPI—me and Nick, Sharon, Nifty and Pietr. Five twentysomethings, thrown into an entirely new career in forensic magic. The first job we get is a doozy: proving that the deaths of two Talents were murder, not suicide. Worse, there are high-profile people who want us to close up shop and go away. We’re sniffing out things they’d rather keep buried. Looks as if this job is gonna get interesting. The only problem is, we’re making it up as we go along…Originally published in 2010.

Hard Love

**From #1 *New York Times* bestselling author Meredith Wild…
Days after their wedding, Blake and Erica Landon embark on their honeymoon-a journey that deepens their bond and promises to fade the scars of their past.
Just when their troubles seem safely behind them, scandal surrounding would-be Governor Daniel Fitzgerald’s election threatens their newfound peace. Back home, Blake finds himself at the center of the controversy, haunted by the transgressions of his hacker past that he has no wish to relive.
With Blake’s freedom at stake and their future in peril, Erica will stop at nothing to clear his name. But when Blake defies the authorities and refuses to seek the truth, their world gradually begins to crumble. Will he let his past win? Or can Erica convince him that their life together is worth fighting for-now more than ever…
More in the Hacker series:

Hard Limit

Blake Landon is a man who has everything—wealth, good looks, and the love of Erica Hathaway. The power couple has been through hell and back, and when life has torn them apart, somehow they have always found their way back to each other, more in love and stronger than ever. Erica has never been more ready to say I do. On the verge of making the ultimate commitment, she uncovers an unsettling chapter of Blake’s history.
As she makes peace with her own past and the family who left her behind, she presses Blake to tear down the last walls between them. Determined to know the man he once was, she opens a door to a world beyond her wildest imagination—a world that has her questioning the limits of her own desires. As danger lurks and dark secrets come to light, will the past destroy their promise of forever?

Hard Hat Man

Teacher Jan reluctantly gives up vacation time to accept the task of cleaning out her late uncle’s farmhouse. There she meets Kyle, who sat behind her in grade school and pulled her pigtails. Now he’s the hard hat man who will develop the farm into a mall, apartments and a pool. Her aunt’s crying ghost warns her of danger.
Developer Kyle wants only to complete his project to keep his business afloat. But someone is trying to stop his project. Why? The farmer next door, lawyer, real estate agent, and a historian are all suspects and complicate things. Dead bodies, sabotage, burglary and fires threaten their love and their very lives.
They must work together and soon fall in love again. Can they solve the mystery?
(source: Bol.com)

Hard Frost

A young boy is found dead in a rubbish heap, suffocated and with one finger cut off. Another boy is missing. A psychopath is stabbing babies as they lie sleeping in their cots. A fifteen-year-old has been abducted, then found naked by the roadside. The corpse of a petty criminal is discovered, with the tops of three fingers chopped off. The small children of a carpet fitter are murdered; his wife’s body is found on the railway line. A supermarket MD is sent a ransom demand for the missing boy, accompanied by one of the child’s fingers… Jack Frost, scruffy and insubordinate, foul-mouthed and fearless, staggers from crisis to crisis, his bumbling modus operandi disguising his extraordinary powers of detection.

Crime pick of the year. Darker, funnier and more violent than the television adaptation, but just as high quality * Daily Telegraph * Inspector Jack Frost (is) deplorable yet funny, a comic monster on the side of the angels * Guardian * What impresses me most is the extraordinarily vivid interplay between the police characters. Frost himself is splendidly drawn * The Times * Fast paced and wryly amusing, Frost’s latest outing is a delight from start to finish, a unique and unlikely blend of humour and tragedy. More please — Val McDermid * Manchester Evening News *
(source: Bol.com)

Hard for Tristan

Griffin Kade has mastered the art of dominating everything, *and everyone*, that stands in his way.
They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. If that’s the case, then it’s no wonder that Griffin himself rose up from the ashes of his childhood hell only to become the Herculean man that he is today. Through sheer will, a razor sharp mind, and a killer body that just won’t quit, he easily holds his own as one of the biggest threats in the boardroom, and the bedroom, in all of Boston.
But when Griffin finds himself suddenly vulnerable and at the mercy of the courts in order to get his son back, blood is undoubtedly in the water.
In swims Tristan Harding…
Tristan is tall, lathered in muscle, and quite possibly the only man in this city who can match wits with the likes of Griffin Kade.
When Griffin stumbles into the virile young buck’s brand new art studio to buy a simple painting per his idiotic lawyer’s suggestion, he has no clue what he’s about to come crashing into. Because the Harding boys have a major knack for getting other men hard for them right from the get go, and Tristan is no exception.
Glances are caught, seemingly innocent words are exchanged, and before either man can stop it, clothes are getting torn apart.
Now, both men are faced with a choice…
Either find the off button, *fast*, or risk losing everything they both spent their whole lives trying to protect.
Please note: Although Hard for Tristan is the first installment in The Harding Brothers series, it also serves perfectly well as a standalone with a guaranteed HEA!

Hard Feelings

Joe “Moe” Mitchell spends his days surfing and working with his grandfather breeding stud bulls. Sam Carstairs is a photographer who hires Moe as a model. The two guys hit it off. But Moe is all about casual relationships with no hard feelings.
But what if those feelings change?
**This short story originally appeared in Queermance II as an anthology submission. It has been extended for publication as a standalone**

Hard Eight

Fugitive Apprehension Agent Stephanie Plum has a big problem on her hands: Seven-year-old Annie Soder and her mother, Evelyn, have disappeared.
Evelyn’s estranged husband, Steven, a shady owner of a seedy bar, is not at all happy. During the divorce proceedings, he and Evelyn signed a child custody bond, and Steven is demanding the money guaranteed by the bond to find Annie. The money was secured by a mortgage on Evelyn’s grandmother’s house, and the True Blue Bonds Bail Agency wants to take possession of the house.
Finding a kidnapped child is not an assignment for a bounty hunter. But Evelyn’s grandmother lives next door to Stephanie’s parents, and Stephanie’s mother and grandmother are not about to see their neighbor lose her house because of abduction.
Even though Stephanie’s plate is full with miscreants who missed their court dates, including old nemesis and violent drunk Andy Bender and an elusive little old lady accused of grand theft auto, she can’t disappoint Grandma Mazur! So she follows the trail left by Annie and Evelyn– and finds a lot more than she bargained for. Steven is somehow linked with a very scary Eddie Abruzzi. Trenton cop and on-again, off-again fiance Joe Morelli and Stephanie’s mentor and tormentor, Ranger, warn Stephanie about Abruzzi, but it’s Abruzzi’s eyes and mannerisms that frighten Stephanie the most. Stephanie needs Ranger’s savvy and expertise, and she’s willing to accept his help to find Annie even though it might mean becoming too involved with Ranger.
Stephanie, Ranger, Lula (who’s not going to miss riding with Ranger), and Evelyn’s lawyer/laundromat manager set out to find Annie. The search turns out to be a race among Stephanie’s posse, the True Blue Bonds’ agent, a Rangerette known as Jeanne Ellen Burrows, and the Abruzzi crew. Not to mention the fact that there’s a killer rabbit on the loose!
Strap on your helmet and get ready for the ride of your life. Hard Eight. The world of Plum has never been wilder.

Hard Duty

## Hostile aliens nearly eradicated humanity. Will the next encounter finish the job?
Sixteen billion dead in the last alien invasion of the Alliance’s colony worlds.When survey ship Captain Jeff Colgan discovers a new alien race, he’s required to investigate.
As the aliens discover Colgan’s ship and begin to hunt him down, the captain’s mission changes from one of study to one of survival.
*Hard Duty* is the first installment in Merkiaari Wars, a military sci-fi of alien invasion and space exploration. If you like realistic engineering, vivid battles, and futuristic warfare, then you’ll love Mark E. Cooper’s sci-fi work of art.
## Buy the first book in your new space opera obsession today!
## Interview with the author:
**Why did you write Merkiaari Wars?**
The easy answer: I love to read science fiction books. All kinds of sci-fi really, but particularly military science fiction. The better but longer answer: stories about space marines in power armour defending us against an alien invasion just excite me. Add a marauding space fleet and give me the chance to write some battles in space and I’m in heaven.
**Is Merkiaari Wars an alien invasion story?**
Sort of, but it’s bigger than that. Book 1 is about first contact with aliens, but at the same time it’s about what it means to be Human. Given the power to intervene, isn’t it our duty to do that, even if it means fighting a war and dying against a galactic empire determined upon genocide?
**Why cyborg soldiers and nanotech?**
I could say because they’re cool, but the real answer is that nanotech intrigues me; my engineering background coming through I guess. I’ve always been interested in the latest scientific theories, and research into nanotech. Trans-humanism and genetic engineering are important themes in the Merkiaari Wars Series.
**Will Merkiaari Wars ever be a movie?**
I would love to see that one day. Readers have compared the books with Universal Soldier and Aliens. I can see why they do that, but the series is really trying to answer the question:
What is Human?
Is it bodies or something more ephemeral? If it isn’t linked to physical form, can an alien species be Human, and what of Artificial Intelligence? The later books in the series try to discover this.

A Hard Day’s Knight

John Taylor is a P.I. with a special talent for finding lost things in the dark and secret center of London known as the Nightside. He’s also the reluctant owner of a very special-and dangerous-weapon. Excalibur, the legendary sword. To find out why he was chosen to wield it, John must consult the Last Defenders of Camelot, a group of knights who dwell in a place that some find more frightening than the Nightside.
London Proper. It’s been years since John’s been back-and there are good reasons for that.

Hard Corps

After fighting in the war for 12 years, Alec “A-Train” Jacob returns to the United States to find out while he was away, things changed drastically at home. In an effort to find peace of mind – and hopefully a new beginning – he rides his motorcycle from Wichita, Kansas to Austin, Texas.
Filled with a desire to continue to protect those who he sees as a victim, he’s always quick to step in and assist anyone in need. Through a newfound friend, he meets a woman who was the victim of as random act of violence. Initially, he hopes for nothing in return but the satisfaction of helping her.
Katie “Bug” Ripton is attempting to quietly recover from being the victim of an assault. When she meets Alec, she sees a man who is kind, considerate, and not only capable of comforting her, but willing to protect her from harm.
Apart, their lives are empty and seem to be haunted by the memories of their pasts.
Together, their pasts disappear, and a future begins to unfold.
A future every girl dreams of obtaining, but few ever do.
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*Hard Corps* is a stand-alone, HEA, no cheating, no sex outside the relationship romance novel.

Hard Choices

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s inside account of the crises, choices, and challenges she faced during her four years as America’s 67th Secretary of State, and how those experiences drive her view of the future.
“All of us face hard choices in our lives,” Hillary Rodham Clinton writes at the start of this personal chronicle of years at the center of world events. “Life is about making such choices. Our choices and how we handle them shape the people we become.”
In the aftermath of her 2008 presidential run, she expected to return to representing New York in the United States Senate. To her surprise, her former rival for the Democratic Party nomination, newly elected President Barack Obama, asked her to serve in his administration as Secretary of State. This memoir is the story of the four extraordinary and historic years that followed, and the hard choices that she and her colleagues confronted.
Secretary Clinton and President Obama had to decide how to repair fractured alliances, wind down two wars, and address a global financial crisis. They faced a rising competitor in China, growing threats from Iran and North Korea, and revolutions across the Middle East. Along the way, they grappled with some of the toughest dilemmas of US foreign policy, especially the decision to send Americans into harm’s way, from Afghanistan to Libya to the hunt for Osama bin Laden.
By the end of her tenure, Secretary Clinton had visited 112 countries, traveled nearly one million miles, and gained a truly global perspective on many of the major trends reshaping the landscape of the twenty-first century, from economic inequality to climate change to revolutions in energy, communications, and health. Drawing on conversations with numerous leaders and experts, Secretary Clinton offers her views on what it will take for the United States to compete and thrive in an interdependent world. She makes a passionate case for human rights and the full participation in society of women, youth, and LGBT people. An astute eyewitness to decades of social change, she distinguishes the trendlines from the headlines and describes the progress occurring throughout the world, day after day.
Secretary Clinton’s descriptions of diplomatic conversations at the highest levels offer listeners a master class in international relations, as does her analysis of how we can best use “smart power” to deliver security and prosperity in a rapidly changing world—one in which America remains the indispensable nation.
This nine-CD abridgment is read by Kathleen Chalfant and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Hard at Work

Best-selling gay erotica author J. M. Snyder delivers four stories about men who find love and lust while “hard” at work. From a hotel employee putting in overtime during a comic book convention, to a pair of coworkers who finally hook up while on a business trip, from a supervisor who hires a new salesman in the hopes of taking their working relationship beyond its professional level, to a tattoo aficionado whose crush on his tattoo artist keeps him returning to the parlor for more ink, each story explores the dynamics between men in the workplace. Previously available only in electronic format, these stories of gay erotic romance have now been combined for a paperback edition! Included are the tales…Carey’d AwayDouble StandardOn Company TimeThe Tattooed Heart

Hard as Nails

Ex-PI Joe Kurtz’s survival is on the line when an ambush leaves him badly wounded and his parole officer Peg O’Toole barely clinging to life. Their respective professions have ensured that neither suffers from a shortage of enemies so discovering which of them was the intended target isn’t easy. But Kurtz knows who’s at the head of his list: Angelina Farino Ferrara, the lethal beauty who leads the Farino crime family, as well as her mob rival, ice cold Toma Gonzaga, who has his own dark history with Kurtz.
The odd thing is, each wants to hire Joe Kurtz to find out who’s been waging war beneath the cold gray skies of western New York. Until now, the casualties have been heroin junkies and their dealers. But now, the shootings of Kurtz and O’Toole have drawn the notice of both the newspapers and Buffalo PD Detective Rigby King, who shared Kurtz’s tough childhood in a Buffalo orphanage, and who wants to put Kurtz back in prison-or back in her bed. Even Kurtz’s jaded past cannot prepare him for what he’s about to learn as he finds himself caught in an ever-tightening vise between the wounded and warring mob families and the cops, unaware that a maniac is waiting for his chance to strike…