"Cat in a Sapphire Slipper" is the twentieth title in Carole Nelson Douglas's sassy Midnight Louie mystery series. The tough-talking, twenty-pound, tomcat PI is as feisty as ever as he and his gang try to keep his favorite roommate from losing her man. PR honcho Temple Barr's romance novelist aunt Kit has wound up in a romantic plot of her own. She's snagged one of the most eligible bachelors on the Strip, one of the elder Fontana brothers, a silver-tongued reputed ex-mobster with a heart of gold. There is to be a wedding...and where there is a wedding there is usually a bachelor party. Things go disastrously wrong when the entire party is hijacked and taken to a remote ranch out in the Nevada desert, a place where the women are wild and the sex is legal. And among the group? None other than Temple's own Matt, an ex-priest. Truly a fish out of water, he soon comes upon a beautiful young woman who is quite naked and most thoroughly dead. Given the remoteness of the location with very few suspects on hand (plus the Fontanas' shady reputation) this could be a very bad thing indeed. And Louie? Well, he managed to go along for the ride and once again it's up to that big old tomcat to bail out his humans and save the day. """" "Cat in a Sapphire Slipper" is a fast-paced, racy mystery with a loveable cast of characters and one terrific tough dude to keep them all in line.
Cross Stitch Plus: Beadwork, Counted Satin Stitch, Ribbon Embroidery, Blackwork, Withdrawn and Pulled Work and Hardanger
Expand your range Add beadwork, blackwork, ribbon embroidery, hardanger, counted satin stitch, and withdrawn-and-pulled work to your cross stitch for wonderful new effects. Achieve stunning results by adding velvet ribbon and counted satin stitching to a pillow. Make a robe and slipper set with beads and a rose design. Embroider an angel in a shimmering starry sky to watch over you. A child's bedspread features adorable mice, hearts, and daisies made from bows. Each chapter starts with a simple project; as your skills improve, try the harder ones. Your confidence and your ability will grow A Main Selection of BOMC's Crafters Choice Book Club.
A Romantic MysteryJenny Stevens is a dedicated teacher with a passion for nurturing young hearts and minds in a small town middle school. She is caring, trusting and open to the world. Too trusting, it turns out, as she is ultimately forced to leaving the teaching job she loves in order to escape an increasingly abusive boyfriend who won't respect a restraining order. Her trust shattered, she engineers a tenuous flight out of state. Charlie Watson (""CW"") is an enigma to strangers, but an open book to his few dear friends. Honest to a fault, ruggedly handsome and tough as nails on the outside, Charlie hides a deeply wounded heart. Seven years into a bitter divorce, he has made a lifestyle escaping behind endless hours as a long-haul trucker, and copious one night stands - which leave him in an empty, quiet desperation. But Fate ultimately draws these two battered souls together until try as they may, they cannot remain apart. At first they rediscover their sense of humor, and then slowly, haltingly, their trust in true human kindness. Love almost does not come to pass, but they soon realize they are truly soulmates whose 1 plus 1 ads up to much more than 2. Their journey is not easy or straight. Along the way, Charlie is forced to deal with the abusive ex-boyfriend, and makes short work of him. But the challenges do not end there. On the way to establish their new life at 'Watson Manor' fate keeps dealing them new cards. Through a series of chance events and encounters, Jenny and Charlie are led on a new life of adventure and service rescuing souls in trouble and re-uniting families before they can even think of forming their own. The deliciously complicated plot will have you alternately puzzled and perched on the edge of your seat. It is filled with good guys and bad guys (and gals) and characters who muddle in the middle. In the end Charlie and Jenny come to truly know whose side they are on - each other's.If you like a good romantic mystery, you will love and devour this book from cover to cover and be chomping at the bit for Ron Craig's sequel, Watson Manor Unfolding, soon to come!
Like all children about to set off on an adventure, Luka Khalifa is a special kid. For one thing, his father is the famed storyteller Rashid Khalifa, "the Shah of Blah," "the Ocean of Notions." For another, Luka's older brother, Haroun, had already had an adventure of his own, travelling to a previously unknown moon and overthrowing a terrible enemy who threatened the Sea of Stories. Finally, and most importantly, Luka's mother announced on the day of his birth that her newborn son had the power to turn back time; after all, he had been born well after his parents' youth. Plus, he was left-handed. So it is only a matter of time before Luka finds himself in the midst of a great adventure. It begins, however, with something Luka gives very little thought to. When the Great Rings of Fire circus comes to the city of Kahani, Luka stops to watch the animals and performers troop through the streets. When he sees that the gentle beasts are treated cruelly by the brutish leader of the circus, the hard-hearted Captain Aag, he does what any other kid would do: he curses the circus master. The difference between Luka and other kids, however, is that Luka's curse comes to pass. An evil fate befalls the circus, and the next morning, outside Luka's door are waiting a circus bear named Dog and a circus dog named Bear. They have come to be Luka's companions. But curses are not things to be thrown about lightly, and Luka's first experiments with magic soon come back to haunt him, as a mysterious illness takes hold of his beloved father. Just when it seems that Rashid Khalifa will fade away altogether, Luka is visited by a flock of hideous vultures bearing a message from Captain Aag, threatening vengeance for the boy's curse. The next morning, he looks out into the street and sees an apparition that looks exactly like his father. As he dashes out into the street to try to make sense of this double, he stumbles, and when he regains his balance he realizes he has somehow stepped into the World of Magic. And so begins his adventure. In the company of Bear, the dog, and Dog, the bear, and led by this troubling version of his father, whom he calls Nobodaddy, Luka must do what his mother said he was born to. To save his father, he must work his way upstream, against the current of the River of Time, and do what has never been done: he must steal the Fire of Life. The episodes of his quest are hair-raising and often hilarious. Luka and his companions must make their way past the many dangers of the River of Time as they head upstream. Some, like the Old Man of the River, are there to guard against intruders. Others, like the rats of the Respectorate of I, are merely ill-tempered. And the most perilous dangers aren't enemies at all, but the simple fact that it's difficult to go upstream, and if you do you'll have to pass the Swamp of the Mists of Time and the Whirlpool of El Tiempo, to say nothing of the Rings of Fire. But the