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For students, this kind of project shows them that their teachers are human beings as well, and, more importantly, that their experiences are valuable in the academy. Beyond that, both teachers and students can learn more productive ways to be critical of their cultures. I find two ratios especially interesting to look at: scene-agent and scene-agency.

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If so, then we might say that he was no longer an agent when he made music, since what he did was, at least to some degree, unwilling. The act, clearly, is the suicide itself. He killed himself in his house in Seattle; the house, then, is the most immediate scene; a long look at the notion of circumference will complicate that idea a little later in the paper. Purpose is a difficult term. Therefore, we might say that his purpose in suicide was to fix what was broken about his life - everything.

Agency is another complicated term. All we know from this sense of agency is that the gun was powerful enough to kill him - not a very revealing insight. We can make an interesting issue of agency, however, by taking a step back from the scene itself, and looking at the event in different contexts. To explain the usefulness of these different looks, Burke has developed the term "circumference. The concept seems to be centered around this idea:. In other words, any discussion of scenes, acts or other parts of the pentad will be imbedded within a certain circumference.

Changing the circumference changes the ratios of pentadic elements, thus affecting our readings by changing our terministic screens. Our terministic screens provide us ways of reading events; however, they also preclude our reading events in certain ways:. Too many writers have not looked through other terministic screens, i. To a psychologist, any aberrant act is motivated by aberrant psychology; to a music critic, the fate of any musician is at the whim of a fickle marketplace; to a social critic, the demise of any person is explainable in terms of the collapse of civilization as we know it I know that not all social critics are so pessimistic, but the ones who chose to write about Kurt Cobain certainly were.

The point, to paraphrase the adage, is that when you have a hammer in your hand, everything looks like a nail. We are doing a disservice to the life and work of Kurt Cobain to write him off as just another psychotic freak who could play a guitar. I think we can begin to get to the heart of the matter by looking at Kurt Cobain from a variety of perspectives: rock star, twenty-something, and perhaps most importantly as the voice of a substantial portion of American youth subculture.

For this group of kids and young adults, Cobain may be the most influential figure of the decade. I want to start my analysis by establishing some personality traits of Cobain-as-agent. Writers who covered the troubled musician during and after his career probably were not surprised by his suicide. After all, some two months earlier, Cobain had been hospitalized in Rome, Italy; he had been discovered in the bathtub of his hotel room, in a coma apparently brought on by mixing heroin, barbiturates and champagne.

The popular music press raged with debates over whether he had attempted suicide. The only comment Cobain made came out as soon as he came out of the coma. He looked around at the crowd of press and fans in his hospital room and said, "What am I doing here? Get these fucking tubes out of my nose" Handy. In his last interview, he claimed to have kicked his heroin habit, stopped drinking and cured himself of chronic stomach pains that had troubled him for years. Also, his marriage to Courtney Love, an original "Riot Grrl" and lead screamer for the band Hole, looked to be relatively stable.

The couple had been plagued by drug abuse and purported physical and verbal abuse going both ways throughout their two-year marriage, which hit rock bottom when a Seattle social-worker took their daughter Frances Bean away from them, declaring them unfit parents. All of those problems appeared to working themselves out, however. His own words paint a picture of a man who is in control of his life for the first time in a long time, maybe ever.

He seems happy, content, and ready to get on with his business. Ironically, it was during that same interview that he talked about his gun collection from which the suicide weapon comes publicly for the first time. He explained that he liked to shoot targets, but could never shoot a human being Sometime after January of , I guess he decided he was no longer a human being. The idea that "self-assured" is a "dirty word" is not especially positive either; people with self-confidence are "dirty. At first, I took the line to mean that "she" is a woman who is simply too bored to be any fun.

The starkest example is from the release "In Utero," which featured the song "Rape Me. In this chorus, Kurt Cobain has provided us with the lines that may have become an anthem for the s: "Here we are now. Entertain us. Of course, part of the reason that these lyrics have become the catch-phrase they have is that they are the most comprehensible in the whole song I must have heard this song three hundred times, but until I actually read the lyrics, I had no idea what most of the words were.


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Cobain-as-agent has said much here about the generation scene to which he belongs. The primary message is the sloughing of responsibility, even in so mundane a context. The point is that when he goes to parties, he does not want to take an active role in the situation.

He would prefer to have the fun brought to him. If a situation is "boring or uncomfortable," it must be because the host of the party is not working hard enough. In other words, the situation is bad because somebody else made it that way. There is something to be said for the idea that his suicide was the most active role he ever took in anything.

I am not arguing that Cobain was the kind of person who sat and let the world pass him by without comment. Clearly, he wrote songs that angrily described his perception of dark hopelessness. Music critic Alexander Star suggests:. First, Nirvana essentially established the "grunge norm"; any comparison should be made against them. Second, the "recovery rock" bands to which he refers are socially conscious bands like Fugazi and the Rollins Band, who seek to redeem themselves from what they see as the darkness of the times.

Cobain, conversely, did not mince words when it came to expressing his despondency. He had given up hope long ago and did not hide that fact from his audience. He seems to consider himself an unwilling agent. The vast majority of Nirvana songs follow a pattern of moving from hard power-rock riffs to softer, slower melodic sections during verses. The dynamic of the music suggests the same passive-aggressiveness that the lyrics do, i. Music and social critics describe the effect in a variety of ways. Dick Dahl, in the Utne Reader , says:.

In this passage, Dahl has located Nirvana in a scene that few could hope to live in happily. He has placed Kurt Cobain at the crossroads between his unhappy childhood and his hopeless adulthood, a condition that many young adults claim to find themselves in. The fact that he would pun on guns in "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is one example. This story I apologize for its length, but the writing is too good to pass up is another:. Backstage, Novoselic is kneeling next to the convulsing fan, trying to console him, as paramedics strap him to a chair and wheel him away.

And Cobain is wandering through the wreckage. The point of this story is not to show that Kurt Cobain was a comedian; instead, I am suggesting that his personality was one that at times took some kind of dark pleasure in the angst that it, at other times, cried out in pain from. Again, I must resist the temptation to psychoanalyze him. At times he was willing to wear the hat of the "punk," the destructive of both self and property , nihilistic angry young man. His diving into the crowd and smashing instruments was not original.

Pete Townshend, guitarist for the Who, had been smashing guitars on stage since But he liked the idea of bending their minds toward his own punk ideals and left-leaning politics. Cobain was a punk, but he resented the misappropriation of his "punk ideals" by the mainstream youth culture.

He seems to have perceived mainstream youth culture as having latched onto something in his music other than its message of pain. While Ross claims that Cobain "liked the idea of bending their minds," Cobain himself disclaims the role as the voice of a generation. In his own words, "'I never wanted to sing.

I just wanted to play rhythm guitar -- hide in the back and just play'" Fricke, "Kurt Cobain," If Reynolds and Press are correct, then perhaps it would be more accurate to say that Cobain was not unwilling to speak to his generation; rather, we might say that he thought he was unable to do so more to come on that idea. At best, we can see influences competing for his energy: the desire to live a private life and the desire to be a celebrity.

At worst, we can see a man whose indecision ultimately cost him his life. As this discussion continues, I want to begin paying more attention to the effect of changing circumferences on our reading of an act.

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Earlier, I pointed out some of the key terms within this circumference: the "Seattle scene" and the "grunge anti movement" are two particularly important phrases. Through this lens, we can say that the "scene" consisted of a number of bands and their fans. The focus was loud, abrasive, self-deprecating music, along the attending fashions and attitudes.

Alex Ross, in his aforementioned obituary, explains:. The concept of identification, for Burke, is rooted in the notion of "substance," which indicates that which underlies any two ideas. In other words, two ideas share some of the same substance are "consubstantial" if they derive from the same principle. Burke suggests that rhetors use consubstantiation, i. But what happens when the identification is unintentional on the part of the speaker? We know, however, that many of his listeners looked to him for certain messages.

In other words, his audience identified with him, perhaps much more than he identified with them. The first is a letter to the editor of Time , in which the writer claims:. Nirvana fan Julie Wickerham believes that the angst of Generation X is so widespread as to be universal. At the same time, in one of the great paradoxes of Generation X, the angst and "heartache" are "extremely personal"; herein lies another source of tension for this generation. The "twentysomethings" feel pain and fear that are very intensely private and personal, but at the same time know that everyone else feels them too.

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The second example comes from an obituary in the New York Times. I believe Ali is correct when she connects the success of these musicians to the decay of the traditional American family. Kurt Cobain, Bill Corgan and others are especially articulate when it comes to expressing the pain of family breakups, the loss of goals and what some twentysomethings consider the end of the American Dream. Cobain was a product of a divorced, relatively poor family, and that background, especially as it became more publicized, helped create the identification that drove his career until his death.

Throughout history, people have shown a tendency to emulate the styles of their heroes. In doing so, they may believe that they are in some way emulating the substance of those heroes as well. Whatever the reason, Nirvana popularized a look that became intimately connected with the meaning that we attach to the band. The image of the "grunge" fan is very different from the traditional "punk" image of the s.

Gone is the fear appeal of swastikas tattooed on foreheads, safety pins worn through the nose and ears, and bondage clothing. Instead, beginning from the top of the body, we see hair that is commonly long and unwashed; grungers often strive to look like they have not bathed or taken any time whatsoever to consider their appearance. The goatee is a trademark of the neo-punks also, but only among those who are willing to take the time to shape them. Others do not shave their faces, or their legs, or their underarms, etc. Often their jewelry and clothes come from thrift-stores.

The goal is to look destitute, as if to suggest that this position in society is the best they can achieve. A typical grunge uniform consists of a flannel shirt around the waist and another one worn normally, with a dirty or ratty T-shirt underneath. Legs are kept warm on those cold winter nights and those hot summer days by torn jeans often black or fatigue pants. Knit ski caps are common. The grunge uniform, when constructed and worn successfully, may evoke feelings of pity from those who observe it.

The popularity of the look, causing it to show up in as mainstream a publication as Business Week , makes two points. First, the scene had grown large enough to make an impact on the mass culture. Christina Thompson is a voice of subversion in the article, bemoaning the sale of L. Bean flannel shirts to suburban teens who wanted to look poor. Second, this trend feeds the idea of misappropriation. Instead, he might say, they should try their damnedest to avoid being like him. They kept buying the clothes, and perhaps more importantly, they kept buying the records. Other bands paved the way for it, and ["Teen Spirit"] was the right song to take it over the top" Neely, "Nirvana Tops," And take it over the top they did.

To some members of the subculture, he was a hero; on the other hand, some members begrudged his success, claiming that he was violating the punk ethic sometimes known as the DIY, or Do-it-yourself ethic , by working with a major label to promote his band. The clear, professional and obviously expensive production of the record provided these naysayers with their evidence that Cobain had "sold out. Cobain himself expressed some of the tension between selfish, nihilistic "punkness" and capitalist, greedy celebrity when asked after a late concert in Chicago why the band had not played "Smells Like Teen Spirit.

He seems here to have been expressing the punk side of his mentality. However, later in the same interview, he suggested some willingness to play to the crowd when he claimed, "We have failed in showing the lighter, more dynamic side of our band. The big guitar sound is what the kids want to hear" At this point, I hear him saying that he was willing to sacrifice the artistic integrity of his band for sales.

These conflicting positions are emblematic of his professional career, and encapsulate the paradox of his existence. A talented but very private and unstable young man was set up as the conductor of a youth subculture primal scream orchestra note the passive voice. He wanted the money and the fame, but not the attendant power and responsibility.

In the acts that lead up to his suicide, then, we can see what we might generously call competing purposes. Until April 8, , Cobain seemed willing to give in to the demands of celebrity, i. In one aspect, we might say that he subordinated his agency as well; he had an agenda to pursue as a musician, but was willing to put it aside for the sake of what he thought his audience wanted from him. Something changed, however; the Rome incident may have been a suicide attempt somebody with as much experience with drugs as Kurt Cobain would know better than to mix alcohol and barbiturates.

Whatever the cause of his change of heart, or his quest to regain agency, I submit we can see it culminating in that final day. His suicide note Appendix II speaks to this change of heart at length. For example, he wrote:. Here was a man looking at a double-edged sword. On the one hand, he felt guilty for having lost his enthusiasm for writing and playing music. He seemingly understood how closely his fans identified themselves with him, and needed him. Katrina Mahoney has a very full life attending university to study a law degree, training for triathlons and now she is working part time as well.

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She discovers she's split into two parts--the woman she thought she knew and another who is capable of anything. And the only person with any answers is the one man she never wants to see again. What neither of them know is that someone is watching them both, manipulating them, determined to see just how evil the two of them really are. And when the truth begins to seep through the cracks, leaving them nowhere to turn but each other, they will be forced into a partnership neither had expected.

Because in life, who you trust is as important as who you are. And when you can't even trust yourself, sometimes the only person you can rely on is the last person on Earth you should be falling for. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, from which this story was inspired. Soul Ties by Lisa Swallow. Ava didn't expect to find terrible secrets about the fate of the souls she takes.

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  7. And now I? Christina Duval. Lost and Found by Nicole Williams. And there? After numbing pain for the past five years with boys, alcohol, and all-around apathy, she finds herself on a Greyhound bus to nowhere Montana the summer after she graduates high school. Her mom agreed to front the bill to Rowen? Cooking breakfast at the crack of dawn for a couple dozen ranch hands and mucking out horse stalls are the last things in the world Rowen wants to spend her summer doing.

    Until Jesse Walker saunters into her life wearing a pair of painted-on jeans, a cowboy hat, and a grin that makes something in her chest she? Rowen knows there? But the more she pushes him away, the closer he seems to get. The more she convinces herself she doesn? When her dark secrets refuse to stay locked behind the walls she?

    Chasing Beautiful Volume 1 by Pamela Ann. What would you do if you had two hot men fight over you? Sienna Richards decided to study and pursue her dreams in London. Life was starting to look up when out of nowhere, her boyfriend Kyle decided to end things. She vowed never to love again. But what she didn't see coming was the revelation But what she didn't see coming was the revelation of feelings her friend Blake had in store for her.

    Blake a handsome British mogul-in-training and a good friend who? This is Sienna? Every Little Piece by Kate Ashton. Secrets never stay in the past. The night before high school graduation changes everything. Lies are told. Mistakes are made. Secrets tucked away. Lives are changed in the span of a few hours. A year later, Haley is still reeling, numb with the constant ache of guilt. She's in a place she never She's in a place she never expected to be: lost without her friends and Seth.

    Until he enters her life again, dredging up everything she's trying to forget. Everything about that night. Seth returns to his hometown determined to share his truth, his side of the story. He desperately needs to make things right with Haley, even if it means losing her forever. Because the truth will ruin any chance of her ever loving him again.

    Except neither of them are prepared for the shock of what really happened the night before graduation. All My Life by Rucy Ban. Seventeen-year-old Kari meets Neil Mars. Neil as in Armstrong and Mars? A boy who beats every vampire, werewolf, highlander fantasy Kari has ever had. But she knows she can? Not ever. Because that would mean telling him everything. Coming clean. And Kari can?

    Like she? His reverence is something too precious to lose. Perhaps even at the cost of losing him. But Kari doesn't know why Neil calls her his? Boundless joy, unending longing and a fuckload of heartache. Emily Logan - An adult orphan, foodie, and a believer in happily ever after - gets dumped by Max, her college boyfriend of four years, the night of their graduation, the night he was supposed to propose.

    Her world shattered, she picks up the pieces when she finds love again with Jake. Jake Reid - Successful doctor, loving boyfriend, the one who wants to fulfill Emily's happily ever after - falls in love with Emily at first sight and pushes their relationship fast and furious. Max Davis - Reserved, indecisive, Emily's first love - believes he let go of his first love for her sake, for all the right reasons.

    Eighteen months after the break-up, he's ready to win Emily's heart again. Insecure from her broken relationship, Emily can't fully trust Jake's passion and love for her and struggles between Jake, the man who wants to create a future with her, and Max, the man who wants to relive the past.

    When both men propose, Emily's indecision causes her to lose her true love. Laugh, cry and cheer for Emily as her relationships unfold through culinary delights that begin in Napa Valley and weaves through eateries in San Francisco, Kyoto, Tokyo, Los Angeles, and Paris. Who she chooses for her happily ever after may surprise you in the end. Abby Lewis never pictured herself on the survival game show, Endurance Island.

    She's just not the survival type. But when her boss offers her a spot on the show and the opportunity of a lifetime, she packs her bags and heads to the tropics to be a contestant. Once in the game, though, Once in the game, though, it's clear that Abby's in over her head. No one's more competitive than sexy, delicious and arrogant Dean Woodall. Sure, he's clever, strong, good at challenges, and has a body that makes her mouth water. He also hates Abby just as much as she hates him. That's fine with her; she'll just ignore the jerk.

    But the rules of Endurance Island are working against them. It's either work together, or go home. Stuck with no one's company but their own, they learn they might just make a good team after all. And Abby learns that with just a little bit of kindling, the flames of hate can quickly turn to flames of passion.

    This book features enemies, lovers, enemies who become lovers, and lots and lots of tropical heat. Nothing stays hidden forever. Kara Pierce has held onto the same dream since she was a little girl: to be the next Katie Couric. Vince Gage, a budding filmmaker whose I-don't-give-a-shit attitude cancels out his charm, almost ruined it for her once, and now he? They return to Iowa where Kara grew up to research her grandfather's service in World War II, instead they find themselves in the middle of a family scandal kept quiet for far too long.

    As Kara and Vince investigate the scandal deeper, they realize the price of uncovering the truth is so much more than they bargained for. Gow was able to guide her characters through tough situations without making it too heavy for Gow was able to guide her characters through tough situations without making it too heavy for the first book in the Loving Summer Series. It's very possible that you'll be reduced to tears while reading the passion in the characters' words, actions, and motivations.

    There isn't anything cookie-cutter or simple about Loving Summer. Love hurts like a sucker punch, that's both glorious and beautiful. Falling for Summer was like that for me, every time. Nat Donovan, the older more responsible brother with the passion of a starving man. Knows what he wants, but knows he can't have it without giving up everything.

    Drew Donovan, the really bad boy, the black sheep, the one who has a devil-may-care attitude, wants what he wants, but knows he would have to go through the ones he loves to have it. Nat and Drew Donovan has known Summer Jones since they were kids. She had always been the girl next door who was best friends with their little sister Rachel and was cool enough to play with the guys. Now Summer is all grown up, gorgeous, and scorchingly sexy without even knowing it.

    Responsible older brother Nat, who had always tried to keep their friendship platonic, now can't stop thinking of her and wanting more. Carefree Drew, who had always had a crush on Summer, but knew Summer's heart was already taken, can only fall further for her. But no one had anticipated what would happen between the time the Donovan brothers fell for her and now.

    No one knew how hard they would fall. Loving Summer by Kailin Gow. Summer has always looked forward to spending her summers at her Aunt's beach house with the Donovans. To her, summers at Aunt Sookie's beach house was magical, especially getting to spend time with the Donovans - her best friend Rachel and Rachel's brothers Nathaniel, and Drew.

    Here at Aunt Here at Aunt Sookie's beach house, they can be anyone and anything they dreamed. For Summer, she had always wished to become as pretty as Rachel and for her brothers to think of her as more than Rachel's friend. For Nat and Drew, summers at Aunt Sookie's beach house meant fun and escape, a place where they go to with their mom and sister for the summer, away from city life.

    They never thought this summer would be different. They never thought things would change as much as they did Welcome to Never Land. I promise you I promise you won't regret it. Kailin Gow delivers a fantastic new age treat for lovers of contemporary romance with an edge. Never Neve Knight, the lead singer and manager of a band filled with the hottest guys in rock finally gets the dream that she wanted: a label signing her band The Never Knights. It is what she always wanted, a band of her own, playing her own kind of music. Getting her band to where it was came at a high price, including giving up the man who made her heart race and her blood pound, the man that caused her to nearly lose her band.

    As she gets ready to go on her world tour, fate brings her close to Danny Blue again, and she's not sure if she can give him up a second time even if it means losing the band. Never Say Never by Kailin Gow. He isn? He just wants to keep his head down and disappear amongst the crowd. That was the plan anyway, until he meets Hadie That was the plan anyway, until he meets Hadie Swinton. Nursing a broken heart and the realization that the boy she? But when new boy, Lincoln, arrives in town, she discovers that this is easier said than done.

    Hadie assumes that Lincoln is a typical arrogant jock? There is definitely more to Lincoln than just a pretty face, but Lincoln is hiding something that he doesn? Falling in love was the last thing Lincoln wanted to do, so how will he convince himself to fall out of it? I was never supposed to be a rock star. I had my life all planned out for me. Play football in college.

    Go to the NFL. Marry my high school sweetheart and live happily ever after. I broke both our hearts that day when I told her I was leaving. I was young. I made the right decision for me, but I made the right decision for me, but the wrong decision for us. Her smell, her smile. After ten years. I hope I can explain that after all this time. I still want her to be my forever girl. Alone and in a foreign country, Nick is working on rebuilding his life one patient Alone and in a foreign country, Nick is working on rebuilding his life one patient at a time, that is, until a striking volunteer makes her presence known.

    Can Nick finish his year in Africa without risking his heart being broken again, or is he willing to start a new chapter in his life before his return to Beaumont? Dragonfly Volume 1 by Leigh Talbert Moore. Three bad things I learned this year:-People you trust lie, even parents. Three good things I learned this year: -Best friends are always there for you, even when they're far Three good things I learned this year: -Best friends are always there for you, even when they're far away.

    Pulling Anna into their extravagant lifestyle on the Gulf Coast, Lucy pushed Anna outside her comfort zone, and Jack showed her feelings she'd never experienced Until he mysteriously withdrew. Anna turned to her internship at the city paper and to her old attraction for Julian, a handsome local artist and rising star, for distraction. But both led to her discovery of a decades-old secret closely guarded by the twins' distant, single father. Always You by Kirsty Moseley. Riley Tanner has a best friend, the best friend a girl could ask for.

    Their relationship has always been easy and affectionate, but after Riley? She starts to look at him in ways that go way beyond the? Add in her best friend? Breakout sensation Monica Murphy takes the New Adult genre by storm with the deeply emotional, completely addicting story of Drew and Fable. And I always end up as nothing but the temporary girlfriend? He needs someone to play the part of his girlfriend for one week.

    In exchange for cash. As if that? Everyone hates me. Everyone wants something from him. And yet the only thing Drew seems to want is. Drew is sweet, sexy, and hiding way more secrets than I am. All I know is, I want to be there for him? Yet now, from out of the darkness, shines the light of eternal life But then, he found the woman he knew was his chosen one -- and understood that to possess her was to destroy her.

    Tamara Dey trembled at the aura of dread and despair that enshrouded this creature of the night. And yet, against all reason, she saw clearly that her destiny was eternally entwined with his, and that she must know -- even welcome -- the terror and the splendor of the vampire's kiss Roland de Courtemanche had rejected Rhiannon's affections for centuries, Roland de Courtemanche had rejected Rhiannon's affections for centuries, banishing her to exist alone in eternal darkness.

    Yet now the man she loved and the boy in his care were in serious danger. For Rhiannon to stay away was impossible Resisting Rhiannon took strength -- strength Roland needed in order to protect his young ward. Yet to succumb to his desire and then cast her away would be to drive a stake through her heart But now his ancient mantle of mystic power was threatened by a terrible weakness -- a fatal passion for a woman of mortal flesh and blood Suspicion had first drawn Shannon Mallory into the darkness, in search of the truth behind the legends that swirled around this man -- if man he was.

    But it was not suspicion that kept her there, or even fear -- it was pure, stunning desire He found her in an abandoned building, half-starved, her face chalk white yet strikingly beautiful. Those violet eyes drew him closer, even though Jameson Bryant knew what she was. Even though she warned him away. But it was too late. With one parting of her lips, the hungry creature of the night took him. Three years after Kate Sterling's heart was shattered by the unexpected death of her husband, she packs up what is left of her life and moves back to Harvest Bay, Ohio, with her young daughter.

    She soon discovers that her sleepy hometown has changed - and that she has been given a second She soon discovers that her sleepy hometown has changed - and that she has been given a second chance at love. But is God leading her to a love linked to the past The Heart's Lullaby by Jen Stephens. After two years of trying without success to have a baby, Elizabeth Truman learns that her husband may already be a father.

    While he spends time with the son he never knew he had, she becomes increasingly desperate to have a baby of her own. But a miscarriage causes her to question both her But a miscarriage causes her to question both her faith and the faithfulness of the Lord. Amy Beauregard arrives in Harvest Bay with her ten-year-old son and the conviction that God has long since abandoned her. But while she picks up the pieces of her shattered life, things start to fall into place that she couldn't have predicted.

    With Christmas approaching, an unexpected visitor and a strange twist of fate remind both Elizabeth and Amy that even in the darkest times God is guiding His children, drawing them together in a way neither could have imagined. Will their renewed faith be strong enough to withstand another devastating blow--or will The Heart's Lullaby be left unsung?

    Evangeline has spent her teenage years in obscurity.

    Her foster parents have the emotional aptitude of robots and her classmates barely acknowledge her existence. About to turn eighteen and feeling like a social pariah, she is desperate to connect with someone. When Evangeline meets Willing to do anything to keep it, she accepts a job as Sofie? With such generosity and kindness, it? When she wakes up with bite marks on her neck, the fairy tale quickly turns into a nightmare.

    She slowly unravels the mystery surrounding Sofie and friends, and the reality of the bites and the? What she discovers is far more mysterious and terrible than anything she could have imagined. In a world where everyone has motive to lie for personal gain, Evangeline must decide which deception is least likely to get her killed. For Charli Blake, being seventeen is a tough gig. She's been branded a troublemaker, her reputation is in tatters and she's stuck in Pipers Cove, a speck of a town on the coast of Tasmania. Thankfully, it's temporary.

    Her lifelong dream of travelling the world is just months away from becoming Her lifelong dream of travelling the world is just months away from becoming reality. All she has to do is ride out the last few months of high school, which is easier said than done thanks to a trio of mean girls known as The Beautifuls. His arrival sets off a chain of events that alters her life forever, convincing her of one thing.

    Fate brought him to her. Saving Wishes is the story of a girl who doesn't quite fit the life she's living, and the boy who helps her realise why. Beside Your Heart by Mary Whitney. Late one night, Nicki Johnson plays with emotional fire and Googles her high school love, only to find his name splashed across the British gossip columns. Back in his native England, Adam Kincaid is successful and dating a woman from an aristocratic family like his own. With a career in With a career in politics, Nicki's no slouch, but she knows Adam is living a world away from her life. Yet there was a time he was no farther than the next locker.

    Nicki will never forget their year together in high school-the year of her sister's death, the year her mother checked out. Adam helped Nicki through suffocating grief, and she led him through coming of age. But when is a high school crush something more? The threat of war between Witches and Vampires means England may no longer be safe for a young Witch.

    Hence, Miss Violet Popplewell is sent abroad under the watchful eye of her great-aunt Vera. Without so much as a bon voyage party, Violet finds herself a visitor to the city-state of X, a Without so much as a bon voyage party, Violet finds herself a visitor to the city-state of X, a mysterious place where magic is used openly and Witches and Vampires live together in harmony.

    Or at least, they try to get along. An outburst of hostilities in X thrusts Violet into the young Vampire? And, much to her dismay, she realizes she may have accidentally bewitched him with a love charm. Are the emotions that the Vampire feels true passion or just a slip of the wand? Horde Razorland, Bk 3 by Ann Aguirre. The horde is coming. Salvation is surrounded, monsters at the gates, and this time, they're not going away.

    When Deuce, Fade, Stalker and Tegan set out, the odds are against them. But the odds have been stacked against Deuce from the moment she was born. She might not be a Huntress She might not be a Huntress anymore, but she doesn't run. With her knives in hand and her companions at her side, she will not falter, whether fighting for her life or Fade's love. Ahead, the battle of a lifetime awaits. Freaks are everywhere, attacking settlements, setting up scouts, perimeters, and patrols.

    There hasn't been a war like this in centuries, and humans have forgotten how to stand and fight. Unless Deuce can lead them. This time, however, more than the fate of a single enclave or outpost hangs in the balance. This time, Deuce carries the banner for the survival of all humanity. Eight years after Graceling, Bitterblue is now queen of Monsea. But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisors, who have run things since Leck died, believe in a forward-thinking plan: Pardon all who committed terrible acts under Her advisors, who have run things since Leck died, believe in a forward-thinking plan: Pardon all who committed terrible acts under Leck's reign, and forget anything bad ever happened.

    But when Bitterblue begins sneaking outside the castle -- disguised and alone -- to walk the streets of her own city, she starts realizing that the kingdom has been under the thirty-five-year spell of a madman, and the only way to move forward is to revisit the past. Two thieves, who only steal what has already been stolen, change her life forever.

    They hold a key to the truth of Leck's reign. And one of them, with an extreme skill called a Grace that he hasn't yet identified, holds a key to her heart. Resistance Replica, Bk 2 by Jenna Black. Nate Hayes is a Replica. Now, after weeks spent attempting to solve his own murder with the help of his best friend and betrothed, Nadia Lake, Nate has found the answers he was seeking The original Nate was killed because he knew a secret that could change everything. Unfortunately, neither of them fully understands just how deep the conspiracy runs.

    Reckless by Priscilla West. The rippling muscles covered in tatts, the piercing eyes hiding dark secrets, the silky voice that could make a girl The rippling muscles covered in tatts, the piercing eyes hiding dark secrets, the silky voice that could make a girl come with just a whisper. Things happened. I got upset. I got hasty. And worst of all, I got reckless. But what I didn't know was that I'd started something. Cherished by Kelly Elliott. Jessie Rhodes has been in love with Scott Reynolds for most of her life. But he ran away from her once, leaving her heartbroken. When they find their way back to one another, things seem to fall into place, and they begin to plan their future together?

    Until Scott? With yet another broken heart, it is Jessie? During her retreat, she meets an intriguing man, and they form a bond that makes Jessie question everything. When he finally discovers where Jessie has been hiding, he also learns of her new relationship. Will deceit tear them apart?

    Or can Jessie and Scott survive their mistakes and choose to love and to cherish? Cherished is the fourth book in the Wanted series. Running from her past. Infatuated with her boss. Risking it all. A one night stand with her sexy boss. Trinity Collins knew it was never a good idea to mix business with pleasure, especially while fighting the demons from her past.

    Yet, she did it anyway. Now, after her one-night-stand, Trinity Now, after her one-night-stand, Trinity is forced to resists his attempts to make it a regular occurrence and somehow maintain professionalism, a difficult task to juggle -both a personal and business relationship. When Trinity keeps denying him his desire, he only wants her even more. Stakes are raised and Trinity? When Trinity and her baby are threatened, Laszlo discovers just how far he?

    Lauren had been raised to not be afraid of anything, and she lived by that code, that is until her dad died and left everything in her hands. Now she's not only in charge of her two younger sisters, but she's running a full-blown Texas ranch. Caring for a thousand-acre ranch has its ups and Caring for a thousand-acre ranch has its ups and downs, physically, mentally, and financially.

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