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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Time magazine’s #1 book of the year ? 11 weeks and counting on the New York Times bestseller list ? Shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award ? Longlisted for the Booker prize ? A Book Sense pick ? People Top Ten Books of the year ? Top Ten of 2004 ? New York Times Notable Books of the Year ? Christian Science Monitor Best Fiction 2004 ? Nancy Pearl’s Top 12 Books of 2004 ? Washington Post Book World Best of 2004 ? San Francisco Chronicle Best Books of 2004 ? Chicago Tribune Best of 2004 ? Seattle Times 25 Best Books of 2004 ? Atlanta Journal-Constitution Top 12 Books of 2004 ? Village Voice “Top Shelf” ? Raleigh News & Observer Best of 2004 ? Rocky Mountain News critics’ favorites of 2004 ? Kansas City Star 100 Noteworthy Books of 2004 ? Fort Worth Star-Telegram 10 Best Books of 2004 ? Hartford Courant Best Books of 2004 ? A New York Public Library Book to Remember from 2004 ? 2005 The Book Sense Book of the Year winner (Adult Fiction) ? A PSLA Young Adult Top 40 fiction title 2004 Susanna Clarke’s brilliant first novel is an utterly compelling epic tale of nineteenth-century England and the two very different magicians who, as teacher and pupil and then as rivals, emerge to change its history. Sold in 21 languages, with a major motion picture from New Line on the way, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is a tour de force that has captured the imagination of readers worldwide.

Johnny Carson

**A revealing and incisive account of the King of Late Night at the height of his fame and power, by his lawyer, wingman, fixer, and closest confidant**
From 1962 until 1992, Johnny Carson hosted *The Tonight Show* and permeated the American consciousness. In the ’70s and ’80s he was the country’s highest-paid entertainer and its most enigmatic. He was notoriously inscrutable, as mercurial (and sometimes cruel) off-camera as he was charming and hilarious onstage. During the apex of his reign, Carson’s longtime lawyer and best friend was Henry Bushkin, who now shows us Johnny Carson with a breathtaking clarity and depth that nobody else could.
From the moment in 1970 when Carson hired Bushkin (who was just twenty-seven) until the moment eighteen years later when they parted ways, the author witnessed and often took part in a string of escapades that still retain their power to surprise and fascinate us. One of Bushkin’s first assignments was helping Carson break into…

Johnny Angel

Johnny Angel by Danielle Steel
In her fifty-eighth bestselling novel, Danielle Steel tells the breathtaking story of a mother’s love and a son’s gift, of the tragedy that nearly destroyed a family…and the miracle that saved them.
**Johnny Angel
**With a word or a smile, seventeen-year-old Johnny Peterson could light up a room, fill his mother’s heart with pride, and inspire the best in those around him. A star athlete and class valedictorian, tall, lanky Johnny had a future filled with promise–until he stepped into a car on prom night, dazzling in his rented tux, and in an instant, it was all taken away.
In the months that follow, Johnny’s family and high school sweetheart, Becky, struggle to put together the pieces of their shattered lives. No one is more devastated than Johnny’s mother, Alice, whose oldest son owned her heart from the day he was born. But amid the heartache, something miraculous is about to happen to the Peterson family, something that will alter the course of each of their lives. When a sudden illness sends Alice to the hospital, a glorious vision comes to her in her dreams. There, standing before her, is Johnny himself, with that familiar twinkle in his eye, gently urging his bewildered mother to be strong for her splintered family. For Alice, seeing her marvelous lost boy is a miracle she can’t quite believe but is more than willing to embrace. In the weeks to come, Johnny will appear in the most unlikely places, visible only to the two people who need him most: his nine-year-old brother, locked in a silent world, whose special needs Johnny always seemed to understand…and his mother, who has always nurtured her family, but who now needs a guardian angel of her own.
Through a season of hope and healing, Johnny will walk by his mother’s side, leaving miracles in his wake, leading his parents, his girlfriend, his sister, and his brother out of their grief. But as Alice is about to discover, Johnny has returned not just to help those he loves, but to uncover a purpose even he cannot comprehend–one that will change them all forever.
An unforgettable story of loving and letting go, of mixed blessings and second chances, **Johnny Angel** is a celebration of life, hope, and forgiveness. It will make you laugh and cry…and hold your loved ones just a little bit closer.
*From the Hardcover edition.*

Johannes Cabal the Necromancer Review

Book Description
In this uproarious and clever debut, it’s time to give the Devil his due.

Johannes Cabal, a brilliant scientist and notorious snob, is single-mindedly obsessed in heart and soul with raising the dead. Well, perhaps not soul… He hastily sold his years ago in order to learn the laws of necromancy. But now, tormented by a dark secret, he travels to the fiery pits of Hell to retrieve it. Satan, who is incredibly bored these days, proposes a little wager: Johannes has one year to persuade one hundred people to sign over their souls or he will be damned forever.

To make the bet even more interesting, Satan throws in that diabolical engine of deceit, seduction, and corruption known as a “traveling circus” to aid in the evil bidding. What better place exists to rob poor sad saps of their souls than the traveling carnivals historically run by hucksters and legendary con men?

With little time to lose, Johannes raises a motley crew from the dead and enlists his brother, Horst, a charismatic vampire (an unfortunate side effect of Johannes’s early experiments with necromancy), to be the carnival’s barker. On the road through the pastoral English countryside, this team of reprobates wields their black magic with masterful ease, resulting in mayhem at every turn.

Johannes may have the moral conscience of anthrax, but are his tricks sinful enough to beat the Devil at his own game? You’ll never guess, and that’s a promise!

Brilliantly written and wickedly funny, Johannes Cabal the Necromancer combines the chills and thrills of old-fashioned gothic tales like The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, the mischievous humor of Wicked, and the sophisticated charms of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell and spins the Faustian legend into a fresh, irreverent, and irresistible new adventure.

A Q&A with Jonathan L. Howard

Question: You’ve been working on Johannes Cabal in its various iterations for many years now, how did it feel spending so much time with such nefarious characters?

Jonathan L. Howard: It’s something of a cliché to say that villains are more interesting than heroes, nor is it even very true, so I shan’t be trotting that particular phrase out. I would suggest that it is the inner life of the character that makes them interesting, and that is true of the virtuous as much as the vile. Cabal does some rather horrible things, it is true, but he never does them purely to give himself the opportunity to curl his waxed moustache—he’s clean-shaven, for one thing—and declaim his wickedness. He always has a reason, and it’s usually a good one. I find fictional villains who are evil because they are evil unengaging. Cabal, on the other hand, has motivations and drives that most can sympathise with, even if the actions he commits based on those drives can be loathsome. For him, the ends always justify the means, and damn the consequences.

Question: The carnival in your book is used as a device for collecting souls; was there a real life inspiration for the carnival? Do you find there to be something generally sinister about carnivals?

Jonathan L. Howard: There’s no real life inspiration for the carnival, really, but plenty in fiction. The obvious inspiration was Bradbury’s Something Wicked’s Cooger & Dark’s Carnival wasn’t the first threatening carnival in fiction, and it certainly wasn’t the last, but it is probably the best. It was the persnickety question of where such a carnival might come from and how anybody would end up as a proprietor that inspired my novel.

As for how sinister they are, that is to an extent a fictional conceit on my part too. You have to bear in mind that carnivals like that are unknown in the United Kingdom, and I haven’t heard of the traditional British travelling fair being transported by train either. The Cabal stories take place in a slightly blurry world where things come together because they aesthetically appeal to me, and not because they’re historically accurate; a magical realism of sorts. I wanted an American-style carnival travelling by train, and that’s what I got. That said, there are plenty of permanent fairgrounds around the country, and they tended to have a slightly creepy air about them. The real Ghost Trains in Blackpool and Porthcawl, for example, inspired the exterior of the Ghost Train in the novel.

Question: In addition to writing you work as a video game designer, how does that work compare to the experience of writing fiction? Are there any surprising similarities?

Jonathan L. Howard: There are definite similarities, but I wouldn’t say that they are surprising. The games I’ve worked on tend to have definite narratives, so it’s exactly the same process of inspiration, development, pacing, and polishing. The main difference is that a novel can have significant sequences in which physically little happens, which is considered heretical in games. In fairness, there’s good reason for that—the player wants to be involved, and there isn’t a great deal of opportunity for that in a scene consisting of two people talking over a cup of tea. That’s not to say it hasn’t been attempted, and pretty successfully. I remember a game a few years ago based on the stories of Edgar Allan Poe. It hit all its target, being very atmospheric, true to its source, even thought provoking, and all without

Question: Have you always been a fan or horror and supernatural lore? When did this sort of thing first capture your imagination?

Jonathan L. Howard: Yes, I’ve always enjoyed the grotesque and the macabre, right from an early age. I recall that I somehow saw Dana Andrews being chased around the woods by a fireball in Out of the Unknown episodes before being sent to bed, and any number of slightly disturbing imports like The Tinderbox and

Question: What sort of research did you do for the book? Was there anything you came across in the process that really surprised you?

Jonathan L. Howard: I actually did very little research for it; it was mostly lurking in my mind already. I can remember little necessary for day to day living, but if you ask me the birth name of Dr. Crippen’s wife, I can tell you off the top of my head. I needed a bit of nomenclature for something or other in the running of a carnival, which a librarian friend found for me, but that was the only real piece of research for it. Even things like the Grand Conjuration to summon a demon—which is an authentic ritual, you may be horrified to hear—was in a book I already had. I have a large collection of books on assorted esoterica to the extent that my wife, a bibliophile herself, rolls her eyes and says, “Not more bloody books?” whenever I come home with a bookshop bag and a sheepish expression.

Question: There is a lot of paperwork in your version of Hell. Did you hold an especially bureaucratic job somewhere before working as a game designer?

Jonathan L. Howard: No, I’m very happy to say. I remember as a child considering the inevitability of growing up and wondering what the worst thing about it would be. It all looked pretty good from that perspective: money, going to bed when you liked, being able to go into any certificate film, and so on. Finally, I spotted a bad point, and that bad point was having to fill in forms. And I was right. There’s just something about completing a form that fills me with dread in its consideration, and depression during its commission. Which reminds me; I have two to fill in this week. Oh, joy.

Question: Johannes is a bit of an anti-hero and his motivations are somewhat mysterious. Do you think that he’s misunderstood by those around him?

Jonathan L. Howard: He’s definitely misunderstood, although if he were understood, it still wouldn’t make him popular. The fact that he’s labeled a necromancer gives him a public relations problem, as the vast majority of them are power hungry lunatics. Cabal’s ultimate aim is to defeat death, and to have the ability to bring people back just as they were when they were alive, physically, mentally, and spiritually. No lurking demonic possessions, no uncouth brain gobbling. His researches in that direction, however, have not been conducted in the most advantageous light.

Question: What’s next for you?

Jonathan L. Howard: I handed in the submission draft of the second Cabal novel Johannes Cabal the Detective just the other week, so that will be going through the editorial process shortly. I also have to decide what the next Cabal novel after that will be; I have a couple of ideas so it’s a case of weighing pros and cons before making a decision. I have a couple of non-Cabal novels, one of which is completed but needs a second draft, and the other is about 80% done. I’d like to get them polished, and then see if we can get them into print.

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From Publishers Weekly

When Johannes Cabal, a haughty sorcerer, finds that the absence of a soul is an impediment to his occult studies, he strikes a bargain with Satan in British author Howard’s darkly funny debut: in one year’s time he’ll deliver the bartered souls of 100 unfortunates so that he might repossess his own. Cabal and his vampire brother, Horst, mount a traveling carnival to scour the countryside for men and women desperate enough to consign their souls to an infernal eternity for whatever will relieve their misery of the moment. Cabal proves marginally competent but maximally amusing in his dealings with a competing necromancer, an asylum of escaped lunatics and a staff of slowly decomposing carnies conjured from the dead. Howard capably synthesizes two classic themes of macabre fiction—the pact with the devil and the dark carnival—but the book’s episodic structure and unconvincing ending betray it as a freshman effort. Still, Howard’s ear for witty banter and his skill at rendering black comedy bode well for the future. (July)
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On the eve of Sarah Whitfield’s 75th birthday, she stands at the window of her chateau in France, waiting for her family to join her. Her memories take her back to the 1930s in New York, to her early marriage and subsequent shameful divorce. She is persuaded by her parents to join them on a trip abroad in the growing turmoil of pre-war Europe.
There she meets Wiliam, Duke of Whitfield. Older than Sarah, and fourteenth in line to the British throne, he sparks her intellectual curiosity and makes her laugh. They make their home in a beautiful crumbling French chateau until they are parted by the war. Afterwards they are able to return to the chateau and establish the jewel collection which leads to the House of Whitfield, jewellers to the crowned heads of all Europe. Together they produce a family of four, each of whom is drawn into the family business.
JEWELS is the story of a great house of gems, a rare family, and an extraordinary marriage. Once again, Danielle Steel explores the lives of people facing challenges we recognise as our own, against the backdrop of war, passion and international intrigue.

Jeff Corwin: a wild life : the authorized biography

SUMMARY: A fascinating look at the real Jeff Corwin! From growing up in an urban community near Boston, to falling in love with snakes, to traveling to exotic places, to becoming a beloved Emmy Awardwinning television host of Animal Planet, this authorized biography will give readers a first-hand look at Jeffs amazing and adventurous life. Based on extensive research and one-on-one interviews with Jeff, kids will get an honest telling of Jeff Corwins incredible journey from child nature enthusiast to naturalist and animal specialist.

Jane Eyre

SUMMARY: Jane Eyre, a poor girl, leaves her cruel aunt’s house and goes away to school. Later, she becomes a teacher and works for the rich Mr. Rochester. She loves him and wants to marry him. He loves her too, but he has a dark secret.

James and the Giant Peach

**Puffin Audiobooks presents a brand new recording of Roald Dahl’s *James and the Giant Peach, *to be read by *Green Wing *actor Julian Rhind-Tutt. The audiobooks features original music and ‘3D’ sound design by Pinewood film studios.**
**James Henry Trotter’s** parents have been eaten by a rhinoceros, so now he lives with his two repulsive aunts.
One hot day something peculiar happens and an enormous peach grows in their garden. Soon James and the Giant Peach are rolling away from his horrible aunts, towards a most marvellous and wonderful place . . .
Listen to JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH and other Roald Dahl audiobooks read by some very famous voices, including Kate Winslet, David Walliams and Steven Fry – plus there are added squelchy soundeffects from Pinewood Studios!
Look out for new Roald Dahl apps in the App store and Google Play- including the disgusting TWIT OR MISS! inspired by the revolting Twits.

Jack Reacher’s Rules

*Jack Reacher’s Rules* is the ultimate fan’s guide to the World of Reacher! Featuring selections from all seventeen electrifying Jack Reacher novels and an introduction from Lee Child himself, this one-of-a-kind book compiles timeless advice from maverick former army cop Jack Reacher, the hero of Lee Child’s blockbuster thrillers and now the star of a major motion picture.
**My name is Jack Reacher.**
**No middle name, no address.**
**I’ve got a rule: People mess with me at their own risk.**

You don’t have to break the rules if you *make* the rules. Case in point: Jack Reacher, the two-fisted, quick-witted, “current poster-boy of American crime fiction” ( *Los Angeles Times* ). The brainchild of #1 *New York Times* bestselling author Lee Child, Reacher is a freelance troubleshooter with a mysterious past—and a serious passion for justice.  Now the hard-won knowledge and hard-hitting strategies of fiction’s toughest tough guy are within every thriller reader’s reach—in a rapid-fire rundown of the trade secrets, tried-and-true tricks, and time-honored tactics that separate the man in the street from *the* man to beat.

**Rule 1. When in doubt, drink coffee.**
**Rule 2. Never volunteer for anything.**
**Rule 3. Don’t break the furniture.**
**Rule 4. Only one woman at a time.**
**Rule 5. Show them what they’re messing with.
Please note: *Jack Reacher’s Rules* is a compilation of advice, wisdom, and facts from the Jack Reacher series of novels by #1 *New York Times* bestselling author Lee Child. It features an introduction by Lee Child, but is not a Jack Reacher novel.
### About the Author
**Jack Reacher** is a former U.S. Army Military Police major. Since leaving the army, the authorities have not been able to locate him, although his name crops up mysteriously from time to time in connection with investigations into murders, terrorism, and other breaches of the law.
**Lee Child** is the author of seventeen Jack Reacher thrillers, including the *New York Times* bestsellers *Persuader, The Enemy, One Shot,* and *The Hard Way,* and the #1 bestsellers *The Affair,* *Worth Dying For,* *61 Hours, Gone Tomorrow, Bad Luck and Trouble,* and *Nothing to Lose,* as well as the short stories “Second Son” and “Deep Down.” His debut, *Killing Floor,* won both the Anthony and the Barry awards for Best First Mystery, and *The Enemy* won both the Barry and Nero awards for Best Novel. Foreign rights in the Reacher series have sold in more than forty territories. All titles have been optioned for major motion pictures, and *Jack Reacher,* based on the novel *One Shot* and starring Tom Cruise, will be released in December 2012. A native of England and a former television director, Child lives in New York City, where he is at work on his next thriller, *Never Go Back*.
### Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

“Hope for the best, plan for the worst.”

• Never count on anything except surprise and unpredictability and danger.

• Ring doorbells with your knuckles or elbows to avoid leaving fi ngerprints.

• Sit in diners or bars with your back to the wall so you cannot be surprised from behind.

• Keep all exits in view.

• Walk up the edge of stairs to minimize the chances of loud creaks. Stairs squeak at their centers where they’re weakest.

• Go to bed fully clothed so you are always ready for action.

• Never look through peepholes in doors. Someone could be on the other side, waiting to see the glass darken and shoot you in the eye.

“We’re making an omelette here . . . we’re going to have to break some eggs.”

“Optimism is good. Blind faith is not.”

• Always lift a door handle upward. If a door squeaks, it’s because it’s dropped on its hinges. Upward pressure helps.

• Climb through a hole feetfirst. If there’s an ax or a bullet waiting, better to take it in the legs than in the head.

• If someone’s likely to shoot at you, plant yourself in the middle of a restaurant full of innocent people.

“Most guys who don’t check new equipment are still alive, but by no means all of them.”

• Never trust a weapon you haven’t personally test-fired.

• After you use a car to commit a crime, get it cleaned thoroughly, inside and out, twice, then make sure you leave no DNA.

• Always have a penny in your pocket—you never know when you’re going to need it to unscrew a pair of license plates.

• If you are climbing up toward a trapdoor into an uncertain situation, catapult yourself up the last eighteen feet as fast as you can.

“The less I relax, the luckier I get.”


Sorry, I’ve forgotten my watch.




First thing to do before attacking a lock is to check that it’s not already open. Nothing will make you feel stupider than picking a lock that’s not locked.

The bigger and more ornate the lock, the easier it is to pick.

“Get a problem, solve a problem.”

Iron bars protecting a window can be forced open with a tire iron. Force it into the siding next to one of the screws. Make a shallow dent in the metal, shove the iron in sideways and under the bars, and haul on it until it gives.

For a door with a glass panel, use the sole of your shoe to break a hole in the glass, then reach through to the handle.

To kick a door down: take a run toward the door, making sure to stay upright, and with your dominant leg kick the area below the doorknob hard, using your sole or your heel.

(NB: All these techniques are most successful when there’s no one home.)




“A magazine he knew to be full, in a gun he knew to be working. A sensible step for a man who planned to live through the next

• Next to a shotgun, a pool cue is the best weapon in a fight.

• A handgun at two hundred feet is the same thing as crossing your fingers and making a wish.

• No point in having a weapon at all unless it’s ready for instant use.

• Don’t trust a .38-caliber revolver. You can’t rely on them to put a guy down.

• A chisel plunged into the back of your head is going to seriously ruin your day.

Take quick, deep pulls to heat the coal on the end of the cigarette up to a couple thousand degrees. When it has lengthened to a point like an arrow, apply quickly to a vulnerable part of the body. Such as an eye.

• Rolls of quarters in your fi sts—good old- fashioned technology.

• Choose the weapon you know for sure is in working order.

• The longer a barrel, the straighter it shoots.

• A cup of hot coffee is also a weapon in the right hands.

“Twelve-gauge lead shots settle most disputes at the first time of asking.”

• The best way to get hold of a random untraceable gun is to steal it from someone who already stole it. That way there are no offi cial comebacks.

• Keep a gun with a single shell locked in the chamber and all the other bullets loose. More jams are caused by tired magazine springs than any other single reason.

Sharpen it into the shape of a knife. A bathroom tile, being entirely ceramic, is harder than anything except a diamond. Harder than steel, sharper than steel. And it won’t trigger a metal detector.


Fill in an insurance form

the united states army military police

Law-enforcement branch of the United States Army, established to:

• maintain discipline and securityin the Army

• protect supply routes and guard prisoners

• act as a fighting force in combat

• act as peacekeepers at war’s end

• aid disaster relief

• manage internal security

• uphold democracy

It is one of the most deployed branches of the Army.

“I don’t come from anywhere. I come from a place called Military.”

MPs are also known as Snowdrops.

The United States Army Military Police were given the affectionate nickname Snowdrops by British soldiers and civilians during the Second World War. It came from their white helmets.

MPs are also sometimes less affectionately called Chimps (Completely Hopeless in Most Policing Situations).

assist, protect, defend



“If in doubt, drink coffee.”

• Nothing’s too urgent for coffee.

• A bad coffee mug has a thick lip—too wide, too shallow, too much mass—it will cool the drink too fast.

• A good coffee mug is cylindrical in shape, narrow in relation to its height and with a thin lip.

“I love coffee. Give me the chance and I drink coffee like an alcoholic drinks vodka.”

Coffee tastes better if the latrines are dug downstream from an encampment.

U.S. Army Field Regulations, 1861

“The Reacher brothers’ need for caffeine made heroin addiction look like a little take-it-or-leave-it sideline.”

• Ignore the fancy brews and get a tall house blend, black, no cream.

• It’s all about the caffeine.

• Coffee keeps you awake. Until you want to go to sleep.

• Never say no to a cup of coffee.


No more coffee for me.

1. The earliest recorded evidence of coffee drinking was in the middle of the fifteenth century in Yemen.

2. Drinking coffee increases short-term recall, and decreases the risk of gout in men over the age of forty.

3. After petroleum, coffee is the second most traded product in the world.

4. In North America and Europe the quantity of coffee drunk is about a third of that of tap water.

5. Finland consumes more coffee per head than any other country.



“I’m not scared of anybody . . . But certainly I preferred it when he was dead.”

• Some things are worth being afraid of. And some things are not.

• To be afraid of a survivable thing is irrational.

• Focus on the job at hand.

“Reacher didn’t like crowds. He was a mild agoraphobic— from agora, the Greek word for a crowded public marketplace. Random crowds . . . organized crowds . . . riots and revolutions. A crowd is like the largest animal on earth—the heaviest, the hardest to control, the hardest to stop.”

• A courageous guy is someone who feels the fear but conquers it.

“Why are you going back?” “Because they told me not to.”

“Sometimes if you want to know if the stove is hot the only way to find out is to touch it.”

• Try not to get trapped in the dark in close, tight spaces.

“He was a guy who survived most things, and he was a guy who was rarely afraid. But he had known since his early boyhood that he was terrified of being trapped in the dark in a space too small to turn his giant frame. All his damp childhood nightmares had been about being closed into tight spaces.”

• Confront your enemies.

• Take things exactly as they come, for exactly what they are.

• Analyze your fear; it’s probably not rational.

• Turn your fear into aggression.

“You see something scary, you should stand up and step toward it, not away from it. Instinctively, reflexively, in a raging fury.”


My knees are trembling and my hands are shaking.

No one lives forever



“I’m not afraid of death, death’s afraid of me.”

• It’s a part of life, missing the dead.

“People live and then they die, and as long as they do both things properly, there’s nothing much to regret.”

• Life’s a bitch and then you die.

• Soldiers contemplate death. They live with it, they accept it. They expect it. But deep down they want it to be fair.

“In his head Reacher had always known he would die. Every human does. But in his heart he had never really imagined it.”

• The meaning of life is that it ends.




• Get into their minds, think …

The Italian’s Rightful Bride

Joanna had been head over heels in love with her convenient fiancé, Gustavo Ferrara, when he fell in love with–and married–someone else!

Now, twelve years on, Gustavo Ferrara, now single, is thrown into turmoil at seeing Joanna again. He’s older, wiser, and he realizes Joanna is the person he should have married–but he has no idea how much he hurt her. Can he persuade her to give him another chance…or is she once bitten, twice shy…?

It’s Not Easy Being Mean

SUMMARY: After getting expelled for VERY bad behaviour on a class field trip, the Pretty Committee is back. But returning to school is a piece of fat-free cake compared to Massie’s next goal ? finding the key that unlocks an ah-mazing legendary secret room on campus. Alpha eighth-grader Skye Hamilton and her clique have hidden it under the mattress of a mysterious Briarwood boy ? but which one?Meanwhile Claire’s finding that being famous isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Her constant meetings with movie execs are eating into her time with the P.C. and with Cam! Is being a Hollywood starlet worth the Gucci-high price tag?

It Feels So Good When I Stop

EDITORIAL REVIEW: **Its more than just the debut novel from the acclaimed singer and songwriter-it’s “the best messed up love song you’ll ever read.” (Dan Palladino and Amy Sherman-Palladino, creators of *The Gilmore Girls*) ** Our hero is a talented but floundering musician with no job, no apartment, no wife (anymore), and a six-pack of beer. Stuck between responsibility and freedom, and apathy and success, he’s seeking sanctuary at his sister’s home in Cape Cod, agreeing to look after his two-year old nephew. Together the unlikely pair attracts the attention of a lovely young woman with a broken past all her own and the ability to shock our hero awake-or shake him to his core.