An enchantingly festive short story, Christmas Gifts at the Beach Cafe is a perfect Christmas read from Lucy Diamond. With her Cornish Beach Caf closed for the winter, Evie Flynn should be looking forward to lazy days and a happy Christmas, with nothing more pressing to think about than when to have her next mince pie. But her sister Ruth is coming to stay, in a cloud of heartbreak and bitterness following her marriage breakdown, along with her three unhappy children, and Evie knows she'll have her work cut out, trying to spread some festive cheer. Then her boyfriend Ed breaks the news that he's going to spend Christmas in London, for family reasons, and her heart sinks even further. Add in to the mix a lost dog plus the hotly contested village Christmas bake-off and before long, Evie is feeling the strain. But there are still a few surprises in store for her, that look set to make this Beach Caf Christmas the most memorable one yet... PRAISE FOR LUCY DIAMOND "Seamless, engaging, believable, fun and heartfelt" Heat "Charming, funny ... Loved it" Milly Johnson, bestselling author of Here Come the Girls "The new queen of the gripping, light-hearted page-turner" Easy Living
New York Times bestselling author Alice Clayton is a magical mix of humor and heat in The Redhead Seriesa playful series following a sizzling romance between aspiring actress Grace Sheridan and Hollywood's hottest new leading man, Jack Hamilton. In The Unidentified Redhead, ten years after discovering that looks and talent are a dime a dozen in Los Angeles, Grace Sheridan is back and ready to show the film industry that there's more to her than just a head of gorgeous red curls. And Hollywood's newest Brit super-hunk Jack Hamilton certainly agrees. As Grace tries to restrain herself from jumping a man who is nearly a decade her junior, Jack makes it clear that he has zero problems with her age. But as the paparazzi catches up with them, Grace, dubbed the unidentified redhead, is stuck in a bind. A sizzling romance with the newest it boy may garner her industry attentionbut is it the kind of attention she's always dreamed of? As Grace tries to maintain her anonymity in The Redhead Revealed after winning her dream role in a new off-Broadway play, her steamy bicoastal relationship with Hollywood hunk Jack Hamilton is getting harder to keep secret. They say absence makes the heart grow fonder and the libido hotter, but their few weekend visits feel more like fast food than the five-course dinner they crave. As rumors spread like wildfire in the tabloids about Jack and his lovely, leggy ex-girlfriend, Grace starts to wonder if lust alone can keep this feisty duo together. With a hot and heavy relationship with Jack Hamilton, plus the lead role in a new TV dramedy, Grace Sheridan could just pinch herself in The Redhead Plays Her Hand . But a demand from her directors to drop fifteen pounds brings her back down to earth with a thump. Meanwhile Jack, forbidden to reveal their relationship, seems overly enamored with the celebrity lifestyle. And as Grace's new bod incites fiery reactions from fans and paparazzi alike, Jack's jealous fans are viciously slamming her curves. Grace longs for Jack's support, but he's showing up late and disheveled to her most important moments. With tempers between them flaring, Grace might have more to lose than a few stubborn pounds. She and Jack were clearly made for each otherbut will the day ever come when they can walk the red carpet together, hand in hand?
Locked in the Cabinet is a close-up view of the way things work, and often don't work, at the highest levels of government--and a uniquely personal account by the man whose ideas inspired and animated much of the Clinton campaign of 1992 and who became the cabinet officer in charge of helping ordinary Americans get better jobs. Robert B. Reich, writer, teacher, social critic--and a friend of the Clintons since they were all in their twenties--came to be known as the "conscience of the Clinton administration and one of the most successful Labor Secretaries in history. Here is his sometimes hilarious, sometimes poignant chronicle of trying to put ideas and ideals into practice. With wit, passion, and dead-aim honesty, Reich writes of those in Washington who possess hard heads and soft hearts, and those with exactly the opposite attributes. He introduces us to the career bureaucrats who make Washington run and the politicians who, on occasion, make it stop; to business tycoons and labor leaders who clash by day and party together by night; to a president who wants to change America and his opponents (on both the left and the right) who want to keep it as it is or return it to where it used to be. Reich guides us to the pinnacles of power and pretension, as bills are passed or stalled, reputations built or destroyed, secrets leaked, numbers fudged, egos bruised, news stories spun, hypocrisies exposed, and good intentions occasionally derailed. And to the places across America where those who are the objects of this drama are simply trying to get by--assembly lines, sweatshops, union halls, the main streets of small towns and the tough streets of central cities. Locked in the Cabinet is an intimate odyssey involving a memorable cast--a friend who is elected President of the United States, only to discover the limits of power; Alan Greenspan, who is the most powerful man in America; and Newt Gingrich, who tries to be. Plus a host of others: White House staffers and cabinet members who can't find "the loop ; political consultant Dick Morris, who becomes "the loop ; baseball players and owners who can't agree on how to divide up $2 billion a year; a union leader who accuses Reich of not knowing what a screwdriver looks like; a heretofore invisible civil servant deep in the Labor Department whose brainchild becomes the law of the land; and a wondrous collection of senators, foreign ministers, cabinet officers, and television celebrities. And it is also an odyssey for Reich's wife and two young sons, who learn to tolerate their own cabinet member but not to abide Washington. Here is Reich--determined to work for a more just society, laboring in a capital obsessed with exorcising the deficit and keeping Wall Street happy--learning that Washington is not only altogether different from the world of ordinary citizens but ultimately, and more importantly, exactly like it: a world in which Murphy's Law reigns alongside the powerful and the privile
ODD NUMBERS Is it possible to find love in the heart of the Midwest between a strip mall and a cornfield? This is the quest of three friends who meet in the 1980s at the Camelot Apartments, located amidst the suburban sprawl of the southern Indiana town of Lamasco. Frank, who moves from the East coast to Lamasco to start a market research firm, is a well-bred, charming, polished Ivy Leaguer with a penchant for classical music. Vicky, the noisy downstairs neighbor who is constantly trying to drown out Frank's classical music with rock and roll, is a tough-talking, whisky-guzzling, Harley-riding lady bartender from western Kentucky with a reckless spirit and a haunted past. Between Frank and Vicky is Allison, an image-conscious, self-improvement junkie who gives up a promising marketing career in Chicago to return to her hometown of Lamasco at the urging of her high school sweetheart and fianc, with whom she has long since fallen out of love. An unlikely friendship forms between Allison and Vicky as they discover that underneath their very different veneers, they have many similarities, one of those being a secret passion for their neighbor, Frank. ODD NUMBERS spans twenty-plus years and ultimately culminates with the startling collision that reconnects this odd love triangle. "Touching, clever, and at times delightfully off the wall, Odd Numbers is a gulp of fresh air for those of us weary from forcing ourselves to start the next chapter of a book promised to be a page-turner. "The best storytellers know that characters are everything, and Bernardin's characters Vicky, Allison, and Frank, are like us-flawed but hopeful. "Bernardin's prose reminds me of Willa Cather, her descriptions elegant but not blustery or garish. Those among us who esteem a well-crafted sentence have a new wordsmith to add to our list of favorite writers. Odd Numbers is a finely crafted story of the human heart." - Mike Whicker, author of the bestseller, Invitation to Valhalla and Blood of the Reich (Walkre Press)