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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.

Unboxing IT

Computers and technology have reached a level of invisibility in our lives that is equal to indoor plumbing and electricity. We don’t think about the mechanics of how they work, but when any of those systems breaks it is a MASSIVE disruption in our lives. All of us understand the basics of how a fuse box works or how to plunge a toilet, and with this book you will learn those equivalents in the IT world. This book will give a basic understanding of the various disciplines that exist within the IT world, some of the thought processes behind the methodologies IT professionals follow, and touch on some of the realities of living in a truly technological wonderland.

Un Lun Dun

***NEW YORK TIMES* BESTSELLER • “Endlessly inventive . . . [a] hybrid of *Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz,* and *The Phantom Tollbooth*.”— *Salon***
What is Un Lun Dun?
It is London through the looking glass, an urban Wonderland of strange delights where all the lost and broken things of London end up . . . and some of its lost and broken people, too–including Brokkenbroll, boss of the broken umbrellas; Obaday Fing, a tailor whose head is an enormous pin-cushion, and an empty milk carton called Curdle. Un Lun Dun is a place where words are alive, a jungle lurks behind the door of an ordinary house, carnivorous giraffes stalk the streets, and a dark cloud dreams of burning the world. It is a city awaiting its hero, whose coming was prophesied long ago, set down for all time in the pages of a talking book.
When twelve-year-old Zanna and her friend Deeba find a secret entrance leading out of London and into this strange city, it seems that the ancient prophecy is coming true at last. But then things begin to go shockingly wrong.
**BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from China Mieville’s *Embassytown.***
**Praise for *Un Lun Dun***
“Miéville fills his enthralling fantasy with enough plot twists and wordplay for an entire trilogy, and that is a good thing. A-.” **—Entertainment Weekly**
“For style and inventiveness, turn to *Un Lun Dun* , by China Miéville, who throws off more imaginative sparks per chapter than most authors can manufacture in a whole book. Mieville sits at the table with Lewis Carroll, and Deeba cavorts with another young explorer of topsy-turvy worlds.” **— *The Washington Post Book World***
“Delicious, twisty, ferocious fun . . . so crammed with inventions, delights, and unexpected turns that you will want to start reading it over again as soon as you’ve reached the end.” **—Kelly Link, author of *Magic for Beginners***
“[A] wondrous thrill ride . . . Like the best fantasy authors, [Miéville] fully realizes his imaginary city.” **— *The A.V. Club***
“Mieville’s compelling heroine and her fantastical journey through the labyrinth of a strange London forms that rare book that feels instantly like a classic and yet is thoroughly modern.” **—Holly Black, bestselling author of The Spiderwick Chronicles**

Twice Bitten

Merit, Chicago’s newest vampire, is learning how to play well with others. Other supernaturals, that is. Shapeshifters from across the country are convening in the Windy City, and as a gesture of peace, Master vampire Ethan Sullivan has offered their leader a very special bodyguard: Merit. Merit is supposed to protect the Alpha, Gabriel Keene — and to spy for the vamps while she’s at it. Oh, and luckily Ethan’s offering some steamy one-on-one combat training sessions to help her prepare for the mission. Merit must accept the assignment even though she knows that she’ll probably regret it. And she’s not wrong. Someone is gunning for Gabriel Keene, and Merit soon finds herself in the line of fire. She’ll need all the help she can get to track down the would-be assassin, but everywhere she turns, there are rising tensions between supernaturals–not least between her and a certain centuries-old green-eyed Master vampire.

Turner: World Change

Born on Earth of human parents, because of an ancient magical spell, Juri Turner transforms into a dragon in order to help fight and defeat the Artesio, aliens who invaded and subjugated Earth two decades ago. She does this by opening a door to another dimension and getting help from the magical dragons and humans who originally cast the spell. It was their way of repaying the humans of Earth for having helped them in the past.
Then Juri learns that in addition to saving Earth she was also born to save Mur from total annihilation.
However, as she learns, being born to accomplish a task doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll be easy. First, she will have to escape dying on the job, and if she does then she has to contend with being forced into marriage…
How will she handle being betrothed to a dragon?
Pray for Mur, pray for Earth, but especially pray for Juri, for without her, both worlds are doomed.

Turner: Unexpected Change

Juri Turner, the human-born dragon, has ensured that Mur, the magical world next door to Earth, will never again be endangered by its unstable core. She has also managed to avoid an unwanted marriage to an utter creep of a dragon.
Now, she finds that she has to help defeat a demon who intends to rule Mur, and Earth’s aliens invaders, hell-bent on destruction, are coming back for a rematch.
Again, the fate of two worlds rests on the small golden shoulders of the human-born dragon who never asked for anything more than to be left alone to live out her less than fortunate life in peace. How will she handle the unexpected changes these events bring about?

Turner: Bitter Change (Book 1)

Change happens. It’s a fact of life. But what if the change is so drastic it irrevocably alters your entire society, your whole world?
Fifteen year old Juri Turner lives in such a world. She knows nothing of the previous way of life, only what she reads in old books and magazines or overhears from roaming new nomads, because she was born five years after the Artesio came from somewhere in the galaxy and rolled right over anything Earth had to offer as a defense. She lives in a deteriorating society ruled by a puppet government set up by uncaring aliens who have their own unknown agenda. However, she has problems of a more personal nature.
Starting at the age of three, she began experiencing a transformation, changes of which the most notable are scales growing all over her body, and, for no discernable reason, her parents formed an intense dislike of her. As she later discovers, so does anyone else with whom she comes in contact. She is bewildered – and bereft – but over the years, after a fashion, she has managed to find ways of coping.
One of her ways of coping includes stealing, and she now finds herself in solitary confinement at a government institution for the rehabilitation of wayward youth where she suddenly begins undergoing even more changes. They’re drastic and are accelerating, and there is no way she can keep them hidden.
What happens when her new alterations are discovered and she’s sent to a different location? Does the witch she meets there have answers to what she’s becoming?
Follow along with Juri as she struggles to learn what she is and to understand why she has been subjected to such a bitter change.
This is a story of change, and of hate, love, and betrayal; of a coming of age, and of spaceships and magic…

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?

Trouble With Tycho

Prospecting on the Moon was grim, dangerous and usually unrewarding. Only most of the green-horns who came to try didn’t find out until after they got there.
Chris Jackson was no exception. He put everything he owned and could borrow into this, and he’d be ruined if he failed. His only chance meant going into Tycho – where three expeditions had already disappeared. He could try, but would he come out again?

Triumph

In the tradition of Fatherland and SS-GB, Hugo Award-winning author Ben Bova unveils a fascinating tale of an alternate history – in which one bold, top secret plan changes forever the shape of the world. 1945: As the War in Europe winds to its bloody close, and a crazed Adolf Hitler awaits the end in an underground bunker in Berlin, the Allied forces – led by FDR, Churchill, and Stalin – look warily at the post-war world – and at each other. Once the war is over, who will control Berlin, as well as the future of Eastern Europe? In the world we know, the Red Army marched on Berlin and the Cold War began. In Triumph, however, Bova imagines another possible twist of fate, whose consequences result in both a new world order and gripping human drama that will keep you turning pages until the powerful conclusion. Convinced that Stalin poses a threat to democracy as great as Hitler, Churchill launches a risky, covert operation involving a ceremonial sword, future cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, and a small dose of lethal plutonium. Mixing startling fictional surprises with genuine historical figures such as General George S. Patton and British spy Kim Philby, Triumph is an irresistible and compelling peek at a world that might been.

Trial by Fire

Sequel to national bestseller, Nebula Award finalist, and Compton Crook Award winner Fire with Fire. Science fiction adventure on a grand scale.When reluctant interstellar diplomat and intelligence operative Caine Riordan returns from humanity�s first encounter with alien races, sudden war clouds burst. With Earth�s fleet shattered by a sneak attack and its survivors fighting for their lives, Caine must rely upon both his first contact and weaponry skills to contend with the non-humanoid enemy. And when the technologically-superior attackers sweep aside the solar system�s last defenses, and traitorous corporations invite the invaders to land �security forces,� humanity fights back with its best weapons: cunning, inventiveness, and guts.But as Earth hurtles towards a final trial by fire that is certain to scar its collective memory, Caine discovers that there may also be large and disturbing gaps in that memory. Clues point to a much earlier inter-species apocalypse, buried in humanity�s own prehistory. Which raises a terrifying possibility: what if the aliens’ invasion of Earth is not one of conquest, but preemption? And what if their harrowing memories of a long-past cataclysmic war makes them willing to do anything to keep it from reigniting?Even if that means exterminating the human race.At the publisher’s request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).About Compton Crook award winner for best first novel, Fire with Fire:_Chuck Gannon is one of those marvelous finds¾someone as comfortable with characters as he is with technology, and equally adept at providing those characters with problems to solve. Imaginative, fun, and not afraid to step on the occasional toe or gore the occasional sacred cow, his stories do not disappoint.Ó¾David Weber “If we meet strong aliens out there, will we suffer the fate of the Aztecs and Incas, or find the agility to survive? Gannon fizzes with ideas about the dangerous politics of first contact.Ó¾David Brin”The plot is intriguing and then some. Well-developed and self-consistent; intelligent readers are going to like it.”¾Jerry Pournelle”[T]he intersecting plot threads, action and well-conceived science kept those pages turning.”¾SF CrowsnestAbout Starfire series hit, Extremis, coauthored by Charles E. Gannon:_Vivid. . . Battle sequences mingle with thought-provoking exegesis . . .Ó_Publishers Weekly”It�s a grand, fun series of battles and campaigns, worthy of anything Dale Brown or Larry Bond ever wrote.” _AnalogAbout Charles E. Gannon:”[A] strong [writer of] . . . military SF. . .[much] action going on in his work, with a lot of physics behind it. There is a real sense of the urgency of war and the sacrifices it demands.” _Locus

Transformation

**The first novel in national bestselling author Carol Berg’s Rai Kirah saga follows one man’s journey from slave to savior…**
Seyonne was not always a slave. Once his people were the guardians of magic such as the land had never seen, protectors and defenders. But the Derzhi came, and enslaved them. Now, years of degradation and misery have blurred Seyonne’s memory, and sapped his strength. To his people, he is already dead. And to him, death is all that is left—until he finds hope in a most unlikely place…
Sold once again, Seyonne is bought by Aleksander, the heir to the Derzhi Empire. His new master is cold, and heedlessly cruel. But within Aleksander, the seeds of greatness wait. All it would take is guidance from one such as Seyonne once was…
But time is short, for demons have also noticed Aleksander—and what they cannot control they will destroy.
**“A wonderful debut novel…hooks the reader with vividly drawn characters and draws us into an exotic, dangerous, and beautifully crafted world. Her heroes come alive on the page, with genuine emotions and concerns.”—Lynn Flewelling, author of *Traitor’s Moon***
**“Vivid characters and intricate magic combined with a fascinating world—luscious work!”—Melanie Rawn, author of *The Diviner’s Key***

Train d’enfer pour ange rouge

Depuis six mois que Suzanne a disparu, le commissaire Franck Sharko erre dans un monde peuplé de ténèbres.
La découverte d’un cadavre cruellement mutilé, en une mise en scène défiant l’imagination, va le propulser au cœur d’une implacable machination meurtrière. Un voyage hallucinant et halluciné, des carrières granitiques bretonnes aux sordides backrooms sadomasos de Paris…
Tapie dans l’ombre de la Toile, serait-ce la résurrection de l’Ange rouge, cet esprit machiavélique qui mène la danse à un train d’enfer ?
Et ce n’est pas Poupette, sa loco modèle réduit, seule encore à apaiser ses tourments, qui pourra lu indiquer la voie..

Traditional Building Materials

Steel and glass now dominate modern British cities, but the country can still boast millions of older houses constructed of more traditional building materials. Many date from the period before easy nationwide transportation, when these materials were usually grown on or extracted from land in the locality. As a result, Britain has a varied legacy of vernacular buildings that echoes its multitude of different landscapes. They display a rich and colourful palette of materials from the honey-coloured stone of the Cotswolds, to the red earth of Devon and grey granite of Aberdeen. In this book, buildings historian Matthew Slocombe explores the way in which locally produced constructional resources have shaped Britain’s architectural heritage, whether workers’ cottages or country houses. He looks at the range of materials used for walls and roof coverings, and explores the processes needed for their extraction, production and manufacture. He also considers the wealth of craft skills required for their use, including masonry, carpentry, roofing, leadwork and much more.

Trader’s World

A Trader had no home – yet was at home everywhere.
From the Chill settlements to Cap City, from the Strine Interior to the Darklands and out to the space colonies, the Traders were always on the move.
They did the deals, turned contacts into contracts. They collected information, exchanged technologies, undertook espionage…
Always outsiders, welcomed warily at best, at risk always, they and their systems were everywhere but belonged nowhere.
To be a Trader was to live by your wits, survive through training and experience and to relax only with other Traders.
Mikal Asparian was about to enter the world of the Traders.