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Son of a Witch

The long-anticipated sequel to the million-copy bestselling novel “Wicked”
Ten years after the publication of “Wicked,” beloved novelist Gregory Maguire returns at last to the land of Oz. There he introduces us to Liir, an adolescent boy last seen hiding in the shadows of the castle after Dorothy did in the Witch. Bruised, comatose, and left for dead in a gully, Liir is shattered in spirit as well as in form. But he is tended at the Cloister of Saint Glinda by the silent novice called Candle, who wills him back to life with her musical gifts.
What dark force left Liir in this condition? Is he really Elphaba’s son? He has her broom and her cape — but what of her powers? Can he find his supposed half-sister, Nor, last seen in the forbidding prison, Southstairs? Can he fulfill the last wishes of a dying princess? In an Oz that, since the Wizard’s departure, is under new and dangerous management, can Liir keep his head down long enough to grow up?
For the countless fans who have been dazzled and entranced by Maguire’s Oz, “Son of a Witch” is the rich reward they have awaited so long.

Somewhere Inside

EDITORIAL REVIEW: On March 17, 2009, Laura Ling and her colleague Euna Lee were working on a documentary about North Korean defectors who were fleeing the desperate conditions in their homeland. While filming on the Chinese–North Korean border, they were chased down by North Korean soldiers who violently apprehended them. Laura and Euna were charged with trespassing and “hostile acts,” and imprisoned by Kim Jong Il’s notoriously secretive Communist state. Kept totally apart, they endured months of interrogations and eventually a trial before North Korea’s highest court. They were the first Americans ever to be sentenced to twelve years of hard labor in a prison camp in North Korea. When news of the arrest reached Laura’s sister, journalist Lisa Ling, she immediately began a campaign to get her sister released, one that led her from the State Department to the higher echelons of the media world and eventually to the White House. *Somewhere Inside* reveals for the first time Laura’s gripping account of what really happened on the river, her treatment at the hands of North Korean guards, and the deprivations and rounds of harrowing interrogations she endured. She speaks movingly about the emotional toll inflicted on her by her incarceration, including the measures she took to protect her sources and her fears that she might never see her family again. Lisa writes about her unrelenting efforts to secure Laura and Euna’s release. Offering insights into the vast media campaign spearheaded on the women’s behalf, Lisa also takes us deep into the drama involving people at the highest levels of government, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Al Gore, Senator John Kerry, and Governor Bill Richardson—intense discussions that entailed strategically balancing the agendas and good intentions of the various players. She also describes her role in the back-and-forth between North Korea’s demands and the dramatic rescue by former President Bill Clinton. Though they were thousands of miles apart while Laura was in captivity, the Ling sisters’ relationship became a way for the reclusive North Korean government to send messages to the United States government, which helped lead to Laura and Euna’s eventual release. Told in the sisters’ alternating voices, *Somewhere Inside* is a timely, inspiring, and page-turning tale of survival set against the canvas of international politics that goes beyond the headlines to reveal the impact on lives engulfed by forces beyond their control. But it is also a window into the unique bond these two sisters have always shared, a bond that sustained them throughout the most horrifying ordeal of their lives.

Something Wicked

Melissa’s most recent troubles stem from a secret: her 28-year-old boyfriend, Michael, has just broken up with her. Melissa clings to the memories, riding a relentless wave of hope and disappointment. Meaningless sexual escapades, drunken nights, and drug-induced blackouts help her cope with heartbreak, but her pain goes much deeper than unrequited teenage love. Her insight, sense of humour, optimism, and sheer determination prove to be saving graces, as is her ability to find solace in the Greek myths she’s learned about in grade ten English class. And in the end, it is Melissa’s mother who proves to be the real victim, and Melissa who must save her.

Something in the Water

SUMMARY: Dr. Bob Strong’s GP surgery has being seeing a lot of coughs and colds recently – far more than is normal for the time of year. Bob contacts Owen Harper, an old student friend, who reluctantly agrees to look into it. Meanwhile, Toshiko and Gwen are investigating ghostly apparitions in the marshy areas of South Wales. It’s been a dull month and they’re just about to pack up when they discover a dead body. The Team find that there’s been a massive spike in respiratory infections right across the UK. Captain Jack agrees that it’s worth investigating, but at the moment his priority is Tosh and Gwen’s work: they’ve brought the corpse back for examination. It’s old, in an advanced state of decay…and still able to talk!

Something From the Nightside

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‘Something from the Nightside’ is the first book in Green’s Nightside sequence, a hard-boiled mystery that chronicles the life of John Taylor, a down-and-out private detective with supernatural abilities who specializes in finding lost things in Nightside. The realm of Nightside is ‘the secret, hidden, dark heart’ of London, a subterranean world where time and reality have no meaning, a place where it’s always three o’clock in the morning and something dangerous is most definitely lurking right around the corner. When a desperate blonde comes to John searching for her runaway daughter, he takes the case, although it means returning to his place of birth, Nightside. John has been living in ‘the real world’ for five years, and returning to Nightside means being reacquainted with old friends like Razor Eddie, Punk God of the Straight Razor, and Shotgun Suzie, a leather-clad bounty hunter. But the first rule in Nightside is never trust anyone.

Some Girls: My Life in a Harem

SUMMARY: At eighteen, Jillian Lauren was an NYU theater school dropout with a tip about an upcoming audition. The ‘casting director’ told her that a rich businessman in Singapore would pay pretty American girls $20,000 if they stayed for two weeks to spice up his parties. Soon, Jillian was on a plane to Borneo, where she would spend the next eighteen months in the harem of Prince Jefri Bolkiah, youngest brother of the Sultan of Brunei, leaving behind her gritty East Village apartment for a palace with rugs laced with gold, and trading her band of artist friends for a coterie of backstabbing beauties. More than just a sexy read set in an exotic land, Some Girls is also the story of how a rebellious teen found herself-and the courage to meet her birth mother and eventually adopt a baby boy.

Solomon’s Oak

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Solomon’s Oak by Jo-Ann Mapson
*Solomon’s Oak* is the story of three people who have suffered losses that changed their lives forever.
Glory Solomon, a young widow, holds tight to her memories while she struggles to hold on to her Central California farm. She makes ends meet by hosting weddings in the chapel her husband had built under their two-hundred-year-old white oak tree, known locally as Solomon’s Oak. Fourteen-year-old Juniper McGuire is the lone survivor of a family decimated by her sister’s disappearance. She arrives on Glory’s doorstep, pierced, tattooed, angry, and homeless. When Glory’s husband Dan was alive, they took in foster children, but Juniper may be more than she can handle alone. Joseph Vigil is a former Albuquerque police officer and crime lab photographer who was shot during a meth lab bust that took the life of his best friend. Now disabled and in constant pain, he arrives in California to fulfill his dream of photographing the state’s giant trees, including Solomon’s Oak.
In Jo-Ann Mapson’s deeply felt, wise, and gritty novel, these three broken souls will find in each other an unexpected comfort, the bond of friendship, and a second chance to see the miracles of everyday life.

Solar

SUMMARY: The literary event of the summer: a new novel from Ian McEwan, as surprising as it is masterful. Michael Beard is a Nobel prize–winning physicist whose best work is behind him. Trading on his reputation, he speaks for enormous fees, lends his name to the letterheads of renowned scientific institutions, and half-heartedly heads a government-backed initiative tackling global warming. While he coasts along in his professional life, Michael’s personal life is another matter entirely. His fifth marriage is crumbling under the weight of his infidelities. But this time the tables are turned: His wife is having an affair, and Michael realizes he is still in love with her. When Michael’s personal and professional lives begin to intersect in unexpected ways, an opportunity presents itself in the guise of an invitation to travel to New Mexico. Here is a chance for him to extricate himself from his marital problems, reinvigorate his career, and very possibly save the world from environmental disaster. Can a man who has made a mess of his life clean up the messes of humanity? A complex novel that brilliantly traces the arc of one man’s ambitions and self-deceptions, Solar is a startling, witty, and stylish new work from one of the world’s great writers. SUMMARY: The literary event of the summer: a new novel from Ian McEwan, as surprising as it is masterful. Michael Beard is a Nobel prize–winning physicist whose best work is behind him. Trading on his reputation, he speaks for enormous fees, lends his name to the letterheads of renowned scientific institutions, and half-heartedly heads a government-backed initiative tackling global warming. While he coasts along in his professional life, Michael’s personal life is another matter entirely. His fifth marriage is crumbling under the weight of his infidelities. But this time the tables are turned: His wife is having an affair, and Michael realizes he is still in love with her. When Michael’s personal and professional lives begin to intersect in unexpected ways, an opportunity presents itself in the guise of an invitation to travel to New Mexico. Here is a chance for him to extricate himself from his marital problems, reinvigorate his career, and very possibly save the world from environmental disaster. Can a man who has made a mess of his life clean up the messes of humanity? A complex novel that brilliantly traces the arc of one man’s ambitions and self-deceptions, Solar is a startling, witty, and stylish new work from one of the world’s great writers.

Snow Melts in Spring

SUMMARY: Loving her veterinarian job and harboring affection for a gruff rancher who has become a father figure to her, Mattie Evans faces a painful dilemma when the rancher’s estranged son, Gil, plans to sell the ranch and move his father to California, a situation that is further complicated by difficult family secrets. Reprint.

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Lily is the daughter of a humble farmer, and to her family she is just
another expensive mouth to feed. Then the local matchmaker delivers
startling news: if Lily’s feet are bound properly, they will be
flawless. In nineteenth-century China, where a woman’s eligibility is
judged by the shape and size of her feet, this is extraordinary good
luck. Lily now has the power to make a good marriage and change the
fortunes of her family. To prepare for her new life, she must undergo
the agonies of footbinding, learn *nu shu*, the famed secret
women’s writing, and make a very special friend, Snow Flower. But a
bitter reversal of fortune is about to change everything.
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Advance praise for Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
“Lisa See has written her best book yet. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is achingly beautiful, a marvel of imagination of a real and secret world that has only recently disappeared. It is a story so mesmerizing the pages float away and the story remains clearly before us from beginning to end.”
–**Amy Tan**, author of *The Joy Luck Club* and* The Opposite of Fate: A Book of Musings*
“I was mesmerized by this wondrous book–the story of a secret civilization of women, who actually lived in China not long ago. . . . Magical, haunting fiction. Beautiful.”
–**Maxine Hong Kingston**, author of *The Fifth Book of Peace*
“Only the best novelists can do what Lisa See has done, to bring to life not only a character but an entire culture, and a sensibility so strikingly different from our own. This is an engrossing and completely convincing portrayal of a woman shaped by suffering forced upon her from her earliest years, and of the friendship that helps her to survive.”
–**Arthur Golden**, author of *Memoirs of a Geisha*
*From the Hardcover edition.*
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In the vein of *Memoirs of a Geisha *and *Empress Orchid*, this mesmerizing novel about two young girls growing up in feudal China is now a major motion picture

Snow

When her prince comes, her dream could turn into a nightmare.
An Enchanted story.
It’s not that Anais hates her new stepdaughter. She simply has bigger things on her mind, like birthing a son for the aging king. Temptation beckons in the mirror eyes of the king’s huntsman, leading her down a path of dark desires until, by the time she realizes Rui’s true nature, it is too late. Her heart is ensnared, and she will do anything to keep him in her arms. Especially when his roving eyes land on the princess…and Anais’s indifference turns to hate.
Upon her father’s death, the painfully shy Snow White quickly learns she can rely on no one—least of all the stepmother she once hoped would become a friend. Surrounded by undercurrents of treachery she cannot hope to understand, she turns to her seven dwarven guards for guidance. Freed of their magical bindings, these small yet perfectly formed, handsome men vow to open her innocent eyes to the dangers of court politics…and the ways of men.
Yet lust is a cruel master, and Snow White’s girlish longing for purest love could blind her to the destruction that waits to take a bite out of her dreams…Warning: Contains explicit sex scenes between a queen and her lover, the lover and his male lover, and—yes—proof that size doesn’t matter when it comes to true lust, er, love.
(source: Bol.com)

Snapped

SUMMARY: Sara B. is losing her cool.Not just in the momentary-meltdown kind of way—though there’s that, too. At the helm of must-read Snap magazine, veteran style guru Sara B. has had the job—and joy—for the past fifteen years of eviscerating the city’s fashion victims in her legendary DOs and DON’Ts photo spread.But now on the unhip edge of forty, with ambitious hipster kids reinventing the style world, Sara’s being spit out like an old Polaroid picture: blurry, undeveloped and obsolete.Fueled by alcohol, nicotine and self-loathing, Sara launches into a cringeworthy but often comic series of blowups—personal, professional and private—that culminate in an epiphany. That she, the arbiter of taste, has made her living by cutting people down…and somehow she’s got to make amends.

Snake Agent: A Detective Inspector Chen Novel

### From Publishers Weekly
The shade of Charlie Chan hovers over Williams’s entertaining supernatural mystery, the first in a new series starring Det. Insp. Wei Chen of Singapore Three’s 13th precinct. In a near future that allows travel between Heaven and Hell and Earth, “snake agent” Chen finds himself in hot pursuit of ghost-girl Pearl Tang and the father who murdered her to protect his business of “supplying the souls of the virtuous to Hell.” Chen is not only a crack paranormal crime investigator but also a licensed feng shui practitioner never without his compass. While the plot might have benefited from a few more action scenes and some martial arts, Williams (_The Banquet of the Lords of the Night_) provides a sleuthing feast for those with a taste for the exotic Orient.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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In late twenty-first-century Singapore, detective inspector Wei Chen is a snake agent, a detective whose beat reaches to the fringes of Heaven and Hell. Married to a demon wife and surrounded by wary colleagues, he is nevertheless bored with investigating routine exorcism scams and bogus feng shui licenses. Then the newly deceased ghost of a wealthy industrialist’s daughter fails to make her appointed arrival in Heaven. When it quickly becomes obvious that the industrialist himself is implicated in a netherworldly soul-trafficking scheme and is responsible for his daughter’s death, Chen has to work with an unlikely sidekick, Zhu Irzh, one of Hell’s own vice detectives and a demon cursed with a conscience. Twice nominated for Philip K. Dick awards, Williams should easily qualify for another with this original and stirring blend of futuristic technology and chilling excursions into postmortem landscapes. This first odd-couple pairing of mortal Chen and immortal Zhu Irzh opens a prospective series. *Carl Hays*
*Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved*

Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions

SUMMARY: In the deft hands of Neil Gaiman, magic is no mere illusion . . . and anything is possible. In Smoke and Mirrors, Gaiman’s imagination and supreme artistry transform a mundane world into a place of terrible wonders—where an old woman can purchase the Holy Grail at a thrift store, where assassins advertise their services in the Yellow Pages under “Pest Control,” and where a frightened young boy must barter for his life with a mean-spirited troll living beneath a bridge by the railroad tracks. Explore a new reality, obscured by smoke and darkness yet brilliantly tangible, in this extraordinary collection of short works by a master prestidigitator. It will dazzle your senses, touch your heart, and haunt your dreams.

The Smelliest Day at the Zoo

Slap bang in the middle of the hottest day of the year, the zoo’s drains have blocked up and there’s nowhere for the animals’ poo to go!

Mr Pickles the zoo keeper (who is looking distinctly green) must decide what to do with it all . . .

Before the naughty chimps beat him to it!

**Recensie(s)**

A wonderful romp * Observer * The illustrations are a delight * Junior * Charming – and if you are six years old – hilarious * Independent * The illustrations are a delight * Junior *
(source: Bol.com)

Smashwords Style Guide

Smashwords Style Guide by Mark Coker
The Smashwords Style Guide has helped thousands of authors produce and publish high-quality ebooks. This free guide offers simple step-by-step instructions to professionally create, format and publish an ebook. It’s required reading for any author who wants to distribute their book via Smashwords to major ebook retailers such as the Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Scribd, and Kobo. Smashwords also distributes ebooks to public libraries via OverDrive, Baker & Taylor Axis 360, CloudLibrary and Odilo.
The Smashwords Style Guide provides a great primer introduction on ebook publishing. Over 500,000 copies downloaded!
Updated September 24, 2014.
INSIDE THE SMASHWORDS STYLE GUIDE
GETTING STARTED
Welcome to Smashwords!
Do-it-yourself, or hire help?
Good formatting examples
What Smashwords publishes, what we don’t publish
How to distribute books with Smashwords
How ebook formatting is different from print formatting
Introduction to Meatgrinder: How we convert your book into multiple ebook formats
Understanding the different ebook formats
The beauty and utility of simplicity
AutoVetter helps identify common formatting errors
Your required source file
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
FORMATTING
* Pre-Prep*
Making Word Behave
Step 1: Make a back up
Step 2: Activate Word’s Show/Hide
Step 3: Turn off Word’s “AutoCorrect” and “AutoFormat” features
Step 4: Turn off Track Changes
Step 5: The Nuclear Method
Step 6: Hug a loved one
*Formatting*
Step 7: Managing and modifying paragraph styles, fonts
Step 7a. How to choose the best paragraph separation method (first line indent or block?)
Step 7b: How to implement your chosen paragraph separation method
Step 7b-a: How to define a proper first line indent
Step 7b-b: How to define trailing “after” space for block paragraphs
Step 7b-c: Special tips for poetry, cookbooks and learning materials
Step 7b-d: How to define proper line spacing
Step 7b-e: Managing font color
Step 8: Check your normalized text
Step 9: How to automate the removal of tabs and space bar spaces
Step 10: Managing paragraph returns
Step 11: Managing external hyperlinks
Step 12: Designating chapter breaks, page breaks, section breaks
Step 13: Working with images
Step 14: Text justification
Step 14a: Centering text
Step 15: Managing font sizes
Step 16: Style formatting, symbols and glyphs
Step 17: Headers and footers
Step 18: Margins, page sizes and indents
Step 19: Add the Heading style to your Chapter headers (optional)
*Building Navigation*
Step 20: Building navigation into the manuscript
Step 20a: Creating the NCX
Step 20b: Creating the linked Table of Contents
Step 20c: Advanced link building (Footnotes, Endnotes)
Step 20d: Troubleshooting and testing
*Front Matter*
Step 21: Front matter
Step 21a: Blurbs (optional)
Step 21b: Title and copyright page (required!)
Step 21c: Add a Smashwords license statement below copyright page
*The End of Your Book*
Step 22: The end of your book
*POST-FORMATTING*
Step 23: Preparing your cover image
Step 24: Review requirements for Premium Catalog distribution
*Uploading Your Book to Smashwords*
Step 25: How to upload your book
Step 26: How AutoVetter works
Step 27: After you publish – check your work
Step 27a: Check for EPUBCHECK compliance (important!)
Distributing Your Book with Smashwords
Step 28: How Smashwords distribution works
*How to Market Your Book*
Step 29: Read the Smashwords Book Marketing Guide (how to market any book)
Step 30: Read the Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success (best-practices of successful authors)
Step 31: Watch our video workshops on YouTube
*Helpful Resources*
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