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By Sasha Summers. 2022
"Buzzing with charm and as sweet as a honey-comb. I was captivated." —USA TODAY bestselling author Teri WilsonA stolen family recipe…has all the ingredients to turn a rivalry into romance…For Tansy Hill, nothing is sweeter than honey from her farm—except maybe revenge on the man who broke her heart and humiliated her all those years ago. Dane &“The Viking&” Knudson has been Tansy&’s rival since childhood, and though he&’s grown into a frustratingly handsome charmer, he&’s also standing between her and the best honey award at the Honey Bee Festival, which Honey Hill Farms desperately needs to stay afloat.Fanning the sparks that have forever flown between them, the competition is on. Sure, Tansy and Dane have plenty in common—more than they&’ll admit—but Dane&’s plans to expand Viking Honey are also on the line. When buried family secrets come to light, they&’ll have to decide whether taking a chance on each other is worth risking the happiness they&’ve been longing for.Bonus novella!Camellia Hill had long since given up any hope of finding true love. But now she has two suitors vying for her hand and is faced with a decision only her heart can make.Honey AcresBook 1: The Sweetest Thing
By Gena Showalter. 2022
New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter delivers The Immortal, the second dark and sexy book in her Rise of the Warlords series, featuring a cold,…merciless assassin and a stubborn harpy warrior... one fated to die by the other's hand.Halo Phaninon, assassin of gods, is as cold and merciless as a machine. For victory, he crosses any line. When tasked to kill twelve of mythology&’s fiercest monsters in twenty-four hours, Halo eagerly accepts. Except, each morning he awakens to the same day, forced to relive new horrors. Only one other person retains their memory—the beauty who threatens his iron control.Ophelia the Flunk Out hates her disaster of a life. She&’s the family disappointment, a harpy warrior without a kill and powerless—or is she? Nearly every night she&’s doomed to repeat her own murder, but each morning she arises to spar with Halo, the ruthless warlord increasingly determined to save her…and lure her to his bed.Halo&’s insatiable desire for the stubborn Ophelia drives him wild…and he only craves more. If he remains in the time loop, they stay together. But if he escapes, they lose each other forever.Don't miss Ruthless, the second book in New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter's captivating and unforgettable Immortal Enemies series.
By Gena Showalter. 2021
New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter begins a dark, sexy new series—Rise of the Warlords—with a fan-favorite character from…her beloved Lords of the Underworld series, Taliyah Skyhawk. The ice maiden faces off with her greatest enemy, a villain brutal beyond imagining.For centuries, Taliyah Skyhawk has prepared to become Harpy General, leader of the deadliest female army in existence. One of the requirements? Remain a virgin. But, for a chance to save her people, she must wed the fearless leader of the Astra Planeta, Alaroc Phaethon.The time has come for Roc to sacrifice another virgin bride to his god. There has never been a woman alluring enough to tempt him from his path. No warrioress powerful enough to overcome his incredible strength. No enchantress desirable enough to make him burn beyond reason. Until now.With the clock ticking, war between husband and wife ignites. Except Taliyah never expected the merciless king to challenge the future she once envisioned. She certainly never anticipated the thrill of their battles turning into games… The problem is, only one spouse can survive.Love is a battlefield in Showalter&’s The Warlord.Don't miss Ruthless, the second book in New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter's captivating and unforgettable Immortal Enemies series.
By Gena Showalter. 2023
"One of the premier authors of paranormal romance. Gena Showalter delivers an utterly spellbinding story!"—Kresley Cole, #1 New York Times…bestselling authorNew York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter returns with The Phantom, the third book in her pulse-pounding Rise of the Warlords series, featuring a vengeful harpy and a callous torture master locked in a battle to the death. As the son of a war god, Roux Pyroesis has suffered unending pain—he&’s caused it, too, dispatching his foes with alarming ease. Now he&’s tasked with cutting out the heart of a powerful queen who rules an ancient prison realm inhabited by the most vicious immortal females in existence.Blythe the Undoing is a decorated harpy warrior determined to annihilate Roux, the invader who killed her beloved consort. Nothing will stop her. Even if she must trap herself for eternity by sneaking into the brutal realm and taking the crown, pitting herself against the merciless male she&’s sworn to despise.Having never known desire, Roux is ill prepared for the stunning beauty who challenges him at every turn. For the survival of his army, duty comes first. Always. But what happens when the flames of Blythe&’s hatred burn out and she craves him, too…but only one of them can live?Rise of the WarlordsBook 1: The WarlordBook 2: The Immortal
By Mike Chen. 2019
From the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: BrotherhoodA Goodreads Choice Awards 2019 SemifinalistOne of BookBub&’s Best Science Fiction Books…of 2019One of Book Riot&’s Best Books of 2019 So FarOne of The Nerd Daily&’s Best Debut Novels of 2019Featured in The Millions &“A Year in Reading&”One of Entropy&’s Best Fiction Books of 2019He&’ll go anywhere and any when to save his daughterKin Stewart is an everyday family man: working in IT, trying to keep the spark in his marriage, struggling to connect with his teenage daughter.But his current life is a far cry from his previous career…as a time-traveling secret agent from over a century in the future.Stranded in suburban San Francisco since the 1990s after a botched mission, Kin has kept his past hidden from everyone around him, until one afternoon, his &“rescue&” team arrives—eighteen years too late.Their mission: return Kin to 2142, where he&’s been gone only weeks, not years, and where another family is waiting for him. A family he can&’t remember.Torn between two lives, Kin&’s desperate efforts to stay connected to both will threaten to destroy the agency and even history itself. With his daughter&’s very existence at risk, he will have to take one final trip to save her—even if it means breaking all the rules of time travel in the process.&“Heartfelt and thrilling… Chen&’s concept is unique, and [his characters&’] agony is deeply moving. Quick pacing, complex characters, and a fascinating premise.&”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
By Rick Mofina. 2023
"Rick Mofina has penned a creepy, heart-pounding page-turner…. A gripping, chilling thriller from beginning to end." —Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling…author of The Overnight GuestEvery mother worries about their child. But Sara Harmon fears hers…When a teen falls while taking a selfie at the edge of a cliff, the last thing she sees before plummeting to her death is Katie Harmon, the nine-year-old girl she was babysitting, looking down at her.Investigators gather at the scene, and Katie&’s mother, Sara, rushes to comfort her daughter. Yet there&’s a small, secret ping of alarm in Sara&’s heart that she cannot share—though rookie detective Kim Pierce senses it.For years, others have tried to unravel this secret. From true-crime podcasters to a haunted journalist searching for a killer who vanished after being released from prison several years ago. And now, with detectives tightening the focus of their investigation, Sara is consumed by her darkest fear—that the babysitter&’s death was not an accident.
By Brenda Novak. 2023
Sometimes the past we leave behind leads us right where we belong. Talulah Barclay doesn&’t like complications. Unfortunately, they seem…to love her. Fourteen years after leaving her fiancé at the altar, Talulah returns to her hometown of Coyote Canyon, Montana, to settle her great-aunt&’s estate. As she&’d feared, her &“runaway bride&” reputation is waiting right where she left it, and her ex&’s best friend, Brant, isn&’t about to let her slip by unnoticed. Brant has always been a loyal friend, but Talulah&’s decision to run isn&’t the only thing he hasn&’t forgotten. He remembers more about Talulah than he cares to admit. Vividly. And it&’s increasingly difficult to ignore her now, especially when they find themselves in close quarters. Talulah has no plans to stay in town after she fixes up her aunt&’s Victorian farmhouse, even if the unbridled sparks with Brant give her a good reason to linger. Besides, bailing on relationships is kind of her thing. But a lot has changed since Talulah last turned tail—maybe her heart has changed, too?Coyote CanyonBook 1: Talulah's Back in TownBook 2: The Talk of Coyote Canyon
By Alice Oseman. 2016
The second novel by the phenomenally talented Alice Oseman, the author of the million-copy bestselling Heartstopper books—now a major Netflix…series.What if everything you set yourself up to be was wrong?Frances has always been a study machine with one goal: elite university. Nothing will stand in her way. Not friends, not a guilty secret—not even the person she is on the inside.But when Frances meets Aled, the shy genius behind her favorite podcast, she discovers a new freedom. He unlocks the door to Real Frances and for the first time she experiences true friendship, unafraid to be herself. Then the podcast goes viral and the fragile trust between them is broken.Caught between who she was and who she longs to be, Frances’s dreams come crashing down. Suffocating with guilt, she knows that she has to confront her past…She has to confess why Carys disappeared…Meanwhile at university, Aled is alone, fighting even darker secrets.It’s only by facing up to your fears that you can overcome them. And it’s only by being your true self that you can find happiness.Frances is going to need every bit of courage she has.A coming-of-age read that tackles issues of identity, the pressure to succeed, diversity, and freedom to choose, Radio Silence is a tour de force by the most exciting writer of her generation.
By National Council of Educational Research and Training. 2022
"The Earth: Our Habitat" is a comprehensive textbook designed for sixth-grade students studying geography. This book delves into the intricate…details of our planet, exploring various geographical aspects crucial to understanding Earth as our habitat. It covers diverse topics, such as the structure of the Earth, its landforms, climate patterns, natural resources, and the significance of environment conservation. The content is presented in a student-friendly manner, incorporating vivid illustrations, maps, and engaging exercises to facilitate better comprehension. The book aims to foster a deep appreciation for the Earth's complexity and its role as the ultimate home for all living beings. Through its detailed exploration of geography, "The Earth: Our Habitat" intends to instill a sense of responsibility among young learners towards preserving and nurturing the environment. Overall, it serves as a foundational guide, encouraging students to grasp the fundamental concepts of geography while emphasizing the importance of caring for our planet, ensuring a sustainable future for generations to come.
By KNOW: A Journal on the Formation of Knowledge. 2023
This is volume 7 issue 2 of KNOW: A Journal on the Formation of Knowledge. KNOW: A Journal on the…Formation of Knowledge investigates the construction, transmission, and contestation of forms of knowledge from antiquity to today. What people know and how they claim to know it, the very choice of things as objects of knowledge, are products of history, politics, and culture. The flagship publication of the Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge, KNOW uncovers and explicates this vast terrain in both past and present.
By Renaissance Drama. 2023
This is volume 51 issue 2 of Renaissance Drama. Renaissance Drama explores the rich variety of theatrical and performance traditions…and practices in early modern Europe and intersecting cultures. The sole scholarly journal devoted to the full expanse of Renaissance theatre and performance, the journal publishes articles that extend the scope of our understanding of early modern playing, theatre history, and dramatic texts and interpretation, encouraging innovative theoretical and methodological approaches to these traditions, examining familiar works, and revisiting well-known texts from fresh perspectives.
Information Security Practice and Experience: 18th International Conference, ISPEC 2023, Copenhagen, Denmark, August 24–25, 2023, Proceedings (Lecture Notes in Computer Science #14341)
By Vincenzo Piuri, Zheng Yan, Weizhi Meng. 2023
This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Information Security Practice and Experience, ISPEC 2023, held…in Copenhagen, Denmark, in August 2023.The 27 full papers and 8 short papers included in this volume were carefully reviewed and selected from 80 submissions. The main goal of the conference is to promote research on new information security technologies, including their applications and their integration with IT systems in various vertical sectors.
By Koen Stroeken. 2024
This open access book provides thought-provoking anthropology grounded in comparative ethnography. The theory captures the current historical moment, the long-term…trends that led us here, and the prospects for a humane future. The experience of complexity characterizing a globalized information society triggers simplexes. These unidimensional responses instrumental in bringing about a predictable effect are altering our ways of communicating and the technologies we design. In Part I, a ‘speciated’ history, injected with the anthropology of Bateson and Gluckman, describes the semantic and experiential impoverishment of the lifeworld. After going through the affects of distrust (the neolithic lifeway), of futility (industrial lifeway) and disconnection (post-knowledge), the human species today depends for its survival on installing a new lifeway, which manages to wed (eco-social) inclusion to the already difficult first pair of the French Revolution. The species needs to rehumanize. Part II illustrates the remedies currently developed: to reframe, re-sphere and re-source. What do critical street art, international football matches, presidential elections, hip-hop dissing performances, charismatic church services, intuition stimulation, and ‘pre-ceptive’ experiences of consciousness have in common? They are moments of the real. Rooted in ‘life sensing’, they are tensors organizing frameshift. As multiplex measures tackling the simplex, these tensors overcome the cultural relativism of the postmodern matrix.
Haptic Interaction: 5th International Conference, AsiaHaptics 2022, Beijing, China, November 12–14, 2022, Proceedings (Lecture Notes in Computer Science #14063)
By Dangxiao Wang, Hiroyuki Kajimoto, Ki-Uk Kyung, Masashi Konyo, Qian Liu, Jee-Hwan Ryu, Aiguo Song, Lihan Chen. 2023
This book constitutes the proceedings of the 5th International Conference, AsiaHaptics 2022, in Beijing, China, in November 2022.The 17 full…papers included in this volume were carefully reviewed and selected from 46 submissions. The conference presents the latest developments of haptic hardware in education, culture, tourism, medicine, elderly care and disability assistance.
Electrical Biosignals in Biomedical Engineering: Medical Sensors, Measurement Technology and Signal Processing
By Peter Husar, Gabriel Gašpar. 2023
Das grundlegende Kompendium führt in das zunehmend wichtiger werdende Thema der Biosginalverarbeitung ein. Der inhaltliche Aufbau orientiert sich an der…Abfolge der diagnostischen Kette: von Sensorik, Signalverstärkung und -konditionierung über Signalabtastung und -digitalisierung, Methoden der Biosignalverarbeitung bis zu Auswertung und Diagnosevorschlag. Dabei liefert jedes Kapitel das entsprechende theoretische und methodische Wissen, behandelt Realisierungsalternativen und stellt Praxisbeispiele sowie die aktuell verfügbare Technik vor.
Political Communication and Performative Leadership: Populism in International Politics (The Palgrave Macmillan Series in International Political Communication)
By Corina Lacatus, Gustav Meibauer, Georg Löfflmann. 2023
This edited collection explores the intersections of populist communication, performative leadership and international politics. It investigates the mechanisms and dynamics…connecting these core conceptual fields and offers empirical examples. Together, the contributors to the volume argue that populist communication, i.e. the language, deliberation and discursive performance of populist ideas, has a profound and lasting impact not only on domestic politics, but in terms of foreign policies as well as the conduct of international politics writ large. First, populist communication shapes how global, regional and transborder issues are debated and strategically used for political purposes domestically. Second, populist communication changes when and how states and other actors in turn formulate responses and policies vis-a-vis, for example, migration, global health, climate change, trade, or war. Finally, populist communication affects the nature of international politics. It influences how actors conduct themselves internationally, and how we may conceive of core concepts and practices such as diplomacy, security, cooperation, and order. To illustrate these mechanisms, the contributors explore cases from around the world, demonstrating the relevance of populist communication for international politics in both the Global South and the Global North.
By Andrew Lewis. 2023
This monograph provides some useful tools for performing global geometric analysis on real analytic manifolds. At the core of the…methodology of the book is a variety of descriptions for the topologies for the space of real analytic sections of a real analytic vector bundle and for the space of real analytic mappings between real analytic manifolds. Among the various descriptions for these topologies is a development of geometric seminorms for the space of real analytic sections. To illustrate the techniques in the book, a number of fundamental constructions in differential geometry are shown to induce continuous mappings on spaces of real analytic sections and mappings.Aimed at researchers at the level of Doctoral students and above, the book introduces the reader to the challenges and opportunities of real analytic analysis and geometry.
By Norberto Andaluz, Samer Hoz, Ali Dolachee, Hayder Salih, Mohammed Alrawi, Zaid Aljuboori, Mayur Sharma, Mustafa Ismail. 2023
This book uses the multiple-choice question (MCQ) format to specifically address the topic related to the cerebral ventricles. The mission…of this book is to help readers revise the core concepts and maintain knowledge of the anatomy, pathology, and neurosurgery of the cerebral ventricles. This study companion is structured in five sections, for a total of 18 chapters, including 450 + MCQs in a convenient format to provide a comprehensive and concise overview. Answers and explanations appear immediately below the questions to enhance readability.This book is an adjunct to existing texts and does not intend to be the primary source of information; it rather aims to help readers identify their relevant strengths and weaknesses in the area. The content is based on the most up-to-date best practice evidence, with a style that mirrors the format adopted by most local, regional, and international board examinations.The student of neurosurgery, neurology, neuroscience, neuroanatomy, the residents, the fellows, the younger attending preparing for exams or practice, and even the later-stage surgeons or physicians are the target audience of this book.
Advanced Parallel Processing Technologies: 15th International Symposium, APPT 2023, Nanchang, China, August 4–6, 2023, Proceedings (Lecture Notes in Computer Science #14103)
By Fan Wu, Zhenhua Li, Li Shen, Chao Li, Xiaoli Gong. 2024
This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 15th International Symposium on Advanced Parallel Processing Technologies, APPT 2023, held in Nanchang, China,…during August 4–6, 2023.The 23 full papers and 1 short papers included in this book were carefully reviewed and selected from 49 submissions. They were organized in topical sections as follows: High Performance Computing and Parallelized Computing, Storage Systems and File Management, Networking and Cloud Computing, Computer Architecture and Hardware Acceleration, Machine Learning and Data Analysis, Distinguished Work from Student Competition.
By Elisabetta Pasini, Cinzia Trimboli. 2023
The book describes the experience of four Social Dreaming Matrices held online between March and May 2020, during the first…lockdown caused by the Covid 19 emergency. The pandemic isolated us and imposed prolonged contact with ourselves and our solitary thoughts. Against this backdrop, there was hope for change, a desire for a different kind of sociability and different forms of intimacy. On the basis of this evidence, our research supports the shift "from experiencing trauma to reacting to trauma", looking at a collective traumatic experience not only as something to be overcome but as an opportunity for a transformation that changes our mental schemes in relation to the external context. We have identified Social Dreaming as a privileged technique to overcome a collective traumatic experience, supporting its elaboration through collective feelings, new connections between intuition and rational thought, the discovery of community meanings. The authors's thesis is that the much-needed transition from 'magical thinking' to 'transformative thinking' takes place in a setting that is able to contain the anxieties of life's transitional phases, supporting the creation of new rituals and new social bonds and sustaining the passage from “me” to a “wider we”.