Two men, one woman - it ended in heartbreak and disaster 10 years ago. Is history about to repeat itself? Nearly a decade ago, Ellie Blanchard´s loyalty to her friend, Carter, had been misunderstood by her lover, his brother, Cal Jennings. When Carter dies unexpectedly, Cal blames Ellie and breaks off the relationship, ruining her status in town and costing her the job that she loved. Refusing to turn tail and leave the area, Ellie endures the censure and stays put. Now, Ellie´s friend Ashley has convinced her to attend the annual Summer BBQ and Charity Auction, which is held on the Jennings´ ranch. All the richest men and eligible bachelors will be there and Cal is not expected to attend. Unfortunately for Ellie, he does attend and causes a scene as he literally throws her out - in front of the entire town. As she limps down the long driveway to her car, carrying her broken heels and nursing a sprained ankle, Ellie bitterly realizes that not one person was willing to risk Cal´s wrath by coming to her assistance and Ashley is nowhere to be seen. After several long minutes, Cal sends one of the security team after her. Whether it´s to make sure that she is all right, or that she actually does leave, is unclear. Cruz Montoya is a fine specimen of a man and he sweeps Ellie off her feet - as he carries her to her car and drives her home where he administers first aid. They feel a mutual attraction and Ellie agrees to a date before he leaves to return to work. But late that night Cal comes by and demands that Ellie let him in. He says that he doesn´t want anything to do with her, but he can´t seem to stay away. Ellie has finally found a man who interests her and is ready to date again - will Cal ruin it for her? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mace Earl Finn. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/065890/bk_acx0_065890_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In their own words and their own voices, these contributors prove that ordinary citizens can make a difference. They offer practical resources to turn inspiration into action. From effective online petitions to getting out informed voters, this empowering audio is an essential guide for being involved based on one criterion: a heartfelt desire to better our communities and country.MoveOn.org is an online activist group with more than 2 million members. Wes Boyd and Joan Blades started MoveOn in 1998 with a simple petition encouraging Congress to censure President Clinton and then ´´move on´´. It has become the catalyst for a monumental change occurring in political activism, that of individuals stepping up, speaking out, and pooling their political clout. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joan Blades, Peter Schurman, Al Gore, David Fenton. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/part/000079/bk_part_000079_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Madelaine Crane has led a life of privilege, but her comfortable life has been ripped apart by scandal. Can she overcome the gossip and forge her way to a life of fulfilment and love despite their censure? Doctor William Havering is busy. His practice in Sun River means he spends all his time caring for everyone but himself, but he wants so much more. Has he bitten off more than he can chew with feisty and forthright Madelaine? Will he understand and forgive? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alan Taylor. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/071907/bk_acx0_071907_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1632, the Emperor of Hindustan, Shah Jahan, overwhelmed with grief over the death of his beloved wife, Mumatz Mahal, commissioned the building of a grand mausoleum to symbolize the greatness of their love. The story surrounding the construction of the Taj Mahal occurs, however, against a scrim of fratricidal war, murderous rebellion, unimaginable wealth, and, not least of all, religious fundamentalism ruthlessly opposing tolerance and coexistence between the disparate peoples in the empire. At that time, Hindustan comprised all of modern Pakistan and Kashmir, most of eastern Afghanistan, and two-thirds of the Indian subcontinent (roughly north of Bombay to the Himalayas). Beneath a Marble Sky, narrated by Princess Jahanara, eldest daughter of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal, recounts their story, and her own as well, a parallel tale of forbidden love enduring censure and extreme deprivations. Beneath a Marble Sky brims with action and intrigue befitting an epic era when, alongside continuous war, architecture and its attendant arts reached a pinnacle of perfection. In a splendid debut, John Shors has crafted an immensely listenable and well-researched historical novel of surprisingly contemporary relevance. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mozhan Marno. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/007125/bk_reco_007125_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When graduate student Lucy Larson sees her hot professor, thesis advisor, and employer at a spanking party, she promptly runs and hides. Later, kicking herself for her cowardice, she realizes she missed the opportunity to bring her spanking fantasies to life and sets her sights on seducing the hunky scientist. He ignores her antics until she accidentally ruins his research experiment and then he bends her over his desk for a dozen strokes of the cane. Dr. Todd Daniels would like nothing more than to get involved with his smart and sexy lab assistant, but doing so would be unethical and risk censure from the university. Still, when she deserves a serious spanking, he delivers. Delving into a flaming hot love affair, they must hide their relationship and navigate department politics, a search for his child, given up for adoption years before, and Lucy´s insecurities about his commitment. He wants to make it all work, but he isn´t sure if their unbalanced power dynamic has longevity as a relationship. In the end, all mentors fall off their pedestals and students must spread their own wings. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Hollie Jackson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/030330/bk_acx0_030330_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
I´m the binge-drinking health reporter. During the week, I write about Australia´s booze-soaked culture. At the weekends, I write myself off. Born and raised in Scotland, the home of whisky, Jill Stark had booze in the blood. Alcohol had dominated her social life ever since she had her first sip of lager, at 13. She thought nothing could curb her love of big nights. Then came the hangover that changed everything. In the shadow of her 35th year, Jill made a decision: she would give up alcohol. But what would it mean to stop drinking in a world awash with booze? This lively memoir charts Jill´s tumultuous year on the wagon, as she copes with the stress of the newsroom sober, tackles the dating scene on soda water, learns to watch football minus beer, and deals with censure from friends and colleagues, who tell her that a year without booze is a year without mates. In re-examining her habits, Jill also explores the global love affair with alcohol, meeting alcopop-swigging teens who drink to fit in, beer-swilling blokes in a sporting culture backed by booze, and marketing bigwigs blamed for turning binge drinking into a way of life. And she retraces her drinking steps to Scotland, where getting p***d is seen as a birthright. Will Jill make it through the year without booze? And if she does, will she go back to old habits, or has she called last drinks? This is a funny, moving, and insightful exploration of why we drink, how we got here, and what happens when we turn off the tap. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Vannessa Coffey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/020809/bk_adbl_020809_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When the mysterious Princess Antonia is hit on the head during a coach robbery and forced to recuperate at the nearby estate of Ross Benedict, Earl of Tyndall, he sees a golden opportunity to woo and win her, thus restoring his family´s flagging fortunes. There´s just one little problem: She´s really Tabitha Rowan, poor relation of the departed royal. But when everyone around her believes she´s a princess who´s lost her memory, how can she resist playing the part—for now? Long treated as an outcast by her own kin, Tabitha revels in her temporary role, matching wits with the dashing earl and being embraced by his mother and sister, who have suffered years of censure from so-called polite society. But as hearts and souls surrender to desire, and the charade becomes a burden instead of a lark, Tabitha faces a dangerous dilemma—will her newfound family, especially Ross, still love and accept her when they learn her scandalous secret?
Grieving after the death of his younger brother, Hugh Castle, the Earl of Monnow, finds evidence to suggest it was not an accident, but a failed attempt to kill him. He vows revenge, planning to take advantage of the rumor that he is also dead to uncover the murderer. But Hugh doesn´t count on meeting another desperate adventurer, Helen Archer. She has lost the fabled Peckham Necklace at Hugh´s home, Ormsby, and risks censure if she doesn´t find it. So together, Helen and Hugh hatch the perfect plan. They will masquerade as servants to gain access to Hugh´s grand house and accomplish their missions in secret. Unfortunately, it is more limiting to work as servants than they thought, and their plans soon go awry. Increasingly attracted to Helen, Hugh finds it difficult to protect her from the unknown danger stalking the grand halls of Ormsby, and ultimately, he must decide if his heart´s desire is truly revenge, or love. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ruth Urquhart. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/029302/bk_adbl_029302_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
1891...Jolene Crawford Crenshaw, heiress and Boston socialite, went from her family home directly to Landonmore upon her marriage, the mansion she shared with her handsome and charismatic husband. She´d never in her life worried in the slightest over anything as crass as the dollars required to maintain that home or the lifestyle she´d been born to. Her extensive yearly wardrobe, the stables and the prime horseflesh within it, even the solid silver forks and knifes that graced her table, were expected and required to maintain the social standing that she´d cultivated over the years. But suddenly she was a widow with little money and just her pride and her secrets to keep her upright. Max Shelby made his fortune in oil wells and cattle but lost the love of his life the day his wife died, over 10 years ago. Now, his happy, carefree, little girl needs instruction and guidance as she grows into a young lady and his dream of becoming a senator from his adopted state of Texas seems out of reach with few political or social connections. The right wife would solve both problems. As it happens his sister knows of a woman, a recent widow, charming, beautiful and socially astute, but in reduced circumstances, who may want to begin again. Max signed the wedding contract sight unseen. Will Jolene be able to shed her sorrows, anger and fears to begin anew away from the censure and hidden tragedy that marred her life? Is her new husband, confident, strong and capable Max Shelby, the man, the only man, to see past her masks to find the woman beneath? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Meghan Kelly. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/049363/bk_acx0_049363_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.