With a ringing phone, Jeanne Ray's charming and amusing new novel gets off to a rollicking start that never lets up. Not for a minute. On the other end of the phone is Caroline's daughter, Kay, a public defender like her father, sobbing at the improbably good news that the richest, most eligible boy in Raleigh, North Carolina, has asked her to marry him. While Caroline and Tom are trying to digest this, the other phone, the children's line, rings; it is Caroline's sister, Taffy, hysterical over her husband's decision to leave her for a woman two years younger than her daughter. Soon Taffy is wending her way up from Atlanta to seek solace in her sister's home, even though the two have been separated by more than just geography for the past forty years. With her is her little dog, Stamp, who has a penchant for biting ankles and stealing hearts. Tom and Caroline quickly realize that the wedding their future son-in-law's family is envisioning for nine-hundred-plus guests is to be their fiscal responsibility. To top it all off, the foundation of their home is in danger of collapsing and their contractor and his crew have all but moved in. It's a thundering whirlwind of emotion that finally boils down to: Who is in love with whom? and Who's going to get the next dance? Wise, funny, and impossible to put down, Step-Ball-Change is peopled with characters you feel you have known your whole life. It's the kind of book that you can't bear to see end.
Looking for something new and unique in paranormal YA? Untethered is it A young adult novel about jealousy, obsession, and astral projection. Sixteen-year-old Sylvie isn't comfortable in her own skin. In fact, there are times she can't even manage to stay inside it. But if there is one thing she's sure of, it's her love for Kevin Phillips. She's willing to stake everything on it -- her family, her friends, and possibly her soul. Junior year is off to a less than stellar start for Sylvie: Her parents are splitting up, her little brother is sitting at her lunch table, and she's the target of the school bully. Plus, she accidentally astral projects, slipping out of her body again and again at all the worst times. Sylvie is cast as the class freak and a medical misfit. She wishes she were somewhere else. Someone else. But it's only when her best friend catches the attention of the boy Sylvie's loved in secret since the fifth grade that Sylvie makes up her mind to do something drastic. Sylvie intends to get Kevin by any means possible -- even if it involves treachery, deceit, and the insidious side of the paranormal. After years of trying to ignore her ability to astral project, Sylvie finally decides to embrace it. But she also decides to embrace the shadows that accompany her on her out-of-body experiences. Opening herself up to the shadows and their evil, Sylvie comes up with a dark plan. She is positive her scheme will give her what she wants, but she doesn't count on it all spiraling out of control. Untethered by Katie Hayoz explores the intoxicating and dangerous world of jealousy and obsession when coupled with paranormal ability. It is a touching, sometimes funny, sometimes heart-breaking novel that speaks to the self-doubt lurking in us all. Runner up in the Mslexia Children's and YA Novel Competition. Scroll up and start reading Untethered today
Wholefoods Kitchen: With Recipes for Health and Healing: The Complete Identification Guide to the Essential Healing Foods, Plus Ov
Numerous studies have revealed the benefits of eating the right balance of natural foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds and beans. This book is a guide to these ingredients, and includes over 100 vegetarian recipes. The first section provides a visual guide to wholefoods, including dairy products, tofu and herbs, spices and store-cupboard staples.With essential facts about healing qualities and nutritional value, it explains how each food boosts health, and the link between diet and health. Find out which foods help to lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart disease and lower your cancer risk. The second section contains a fantastic collection of healthy recipes to try. This book is ideal if you want to know more about foods that can make you look and feel better, and will inspire every health-conscious cook.
"So, Chef Ike, when are you going to write a cookbook?" This is a question that Chef Ike, a popular culinary educator in North Carolina, has heard countless times over four decades in the kitchen and the classroom. Realizing that there's truly no time like the present, Chef Ike puts nearly forty years of experience and love into the creation of this gift to his students and fans. In his opinion, travel is the best teacher-and he has gathered his favorite international discoveries for you. Chef Ike has done the math for you, too. These easy-to-follow recipes also include precalculated ingredient lists, allowing you to easily scale the recipe to accurately create delicious food for a few friends, a small group, or a large crowd. Whether you enjoy cooking for your family and friends, creating memorable dinner parties, or dreaming of one day running your own catering company, Chef Ike can help. This collection showcases his favorite international, regional, and local dishes, providing detailed instructions on how to make them in your own kitchen. Plus, it's also perfect for the young-or young-at-heart-who want to try their hand at cooking.