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Do you remember your first love? Have you ever wondered what would happen if you had a second chance to follow your heart? In this collection of novellas written by award-winning and bestselling authors, come home to Echo Ridge as summer winds down and hearts once broken and lost are given one more chance, a second chance to love.A Brand New Second Chance by Lucy McConnellWith a broken heart and an unsure future, Abigail Martin moves home to Echo Ridge to capture the parts of her teenage years she missed out on because she'd had a steady boyfriend. Kissing a random guy, flirting with strangers, hanging out at Fay's after a football game-all of it. Carter Montgomery offers his help, because he's a helpful kind of guy, and she quickly falls for his quiet humor, kindness, and heated kisses. Fearing that she hasn't lived enough of life to settle down, Abigail must decide if she's going to break Carter's heart or give love a brand-new second chance. A Perfect Fit by Janette Rallison Jojo Halifax believes that winning Echo Ridge's float competition is just what her fledgling art career needs. And if that means giving her ex-boyfriend, Anthony, a second chance so she can be a designer on his team, well, she's willing to make the sacrifice. But when a lost bet leads to a blind date with her brother's friend Wyatt, she begins to have second thoughts about second chances. Wyatt is handsome and charming and just might have been paid to make her forget about Anthony. Is falling for his charm worth the risk, or should she take Anthony back again? Almost Home by Heather Tullis Damon lived in ten towns while growing up, but Echo Ridge is one of the few that started to feel like home before his parents relocated their family again. Now a widower, moving back to the small ski resort town is irresistible for him-but somewhat less so for his daughter, Maggie. Learning that Haley, the girl who had gotten away, is back in town is an unexpected bonus. When Haley left a high-powered job in New York City to take care of her grandmother, she never expected to run into the boy she'd been crushing on sixteen years earlier. When they end up working together on the homecoming float, she finds the attraction between them just as compelling as before. But when given a choice, will she give him her heart or leave love behind to return to her job in the city? Change of Plans by Cami Checketts Kaitlyn Johanson comes home to Echo Ridge planning to bring the sparks back with her high school boyfriend, Mason, work at Kenworth's, and enjoy family and the beautiful valley. She never expected her heartthrob-nationally-acclaimed lacrosse player, Axel Olsen-would visit her hometown. When Axel steals her attention, and possibly her heart, from the man she was supposed to marry, she has to choose between taking a risk on new love or giving old love a second chance. Coming Home to Love by Rachelle J. Christensen When Laney Richins left Echo Ridge, New York, eight years ago, she vowed she'd never return, but life had other plans. Those plans included her cute little boy and a divorce, so Laney moved back home and started over. Working in the flower shop seems like the perfect plan until Billy Redford, the man she should have married shows up. Billy Redford's heart was broken when his high school sweetheart turned her back on him and fled Echo Ridge for the big-city lights. Running into Laney in Echo Ridge now brings up past feelings he thought were long gone. She's prettier than ever, still seems to read his mind, and despite his protests, ends up on the homecoming dance's building and decorating committee with him. Billy knows how to build just about anything, but he isn't sure he knows how to mend a broken heart.Show more
Silver Screen Kisses is a collection of stories inspired by movies that are on every favorite-movie list. Written by award-winning and bestselling authors, these contemporary romances take the reader back to Echo Ridge in the spring, when the promise of new love is budding just like the tulips around the Emerald Inn Bed & Breakfast.In "My Fair Lacey" by Janette Rallison, we hear the story of Lacey, who has dreamed of opening a restaurant for years-but first she needs a loan. When Garrett Halifax, her roommate's Harvard-educated brother, offers to help her clean up her appearance and manner to impress the bank manager, she jumps at the chance-but will she be able to keep up appearances without falling for the sexy Garrett? "The Princess Bride of Riodan" by Rachelle J. Christensen is the story of Elise, who accepts the help of a good-looking stranger in redecorating her old bed & breakfast. When she finds out who he is, she doesn't know whether to curtsy or run and hide-but her heart is already tangled up with the handsome prince. Will she chase the fairy-tale ending or choose her high school sweetheart and stay grounded in reality?The anthology also includes "You've Got Email" by Heather Tullis, a story of sexy mistaken identity and online romance; "My Best Man's Wedding" by Cami Checketts, in which a fake fiancé becomes a real lover; and "While You Were Skiing" by Lucy McConnell, the tale of a handsome skier with a head injury who thinks the beautiful hostess of the ski lodge is his fiancée-so of course, she plays along.Show more
In partnership with Texas Monthly, the following articles focusing on Texas society are now available in a bundle as an audio download: * "Cops and Robbers" by Katy Vine * "The Trouble with Innocence" by Michael Hall * "Lost and Found" by Katy Vine * "Showdown at Waggoner Ranch" by Gary Cartwright * "Busting Out of Mexico" by Jan Reid< "Cops and Robbers" by Katy Vine investigates the Panama Unit, a group of police officers tasked with cleaning up the drug trade along the Southern Texas and Mexico border who instead became a part of it. "The Trouble with Innocence" by Michael Hall explores one man's journey through the Texas justice and prison system and asks how, after seeking innocence for 39 years, he could deny his own exoneration. "Lost and Found" by Katy Vine profiles the refugee community of Amarillo, Texas and one woman who volunteers to help them settle into their new lives. "Showdown at Waggoner Ranch" by Gary Cartwright is the saga of the Waggoner family, and their fight over the inheritance of the second largest ranch in Texas. "Busting Out of Mexico" by Jan Reid details the unbelieveable story of an eclectic group of Texans that broke Americans out of a Mexican jail.Show more
In partnership with Texas Monthly, the following articles spotlighting true crime are now available in a bundle as an audio download: * "A Kiss Before Dying" by Pamela Colloff * "The Last Ride of Cowboy Bob" by Skip Hollandsworth * "Just Desserts" by Katy Vine * "The Cheerleader Murder Plot" by Mimi Swartz * "The Talented Mr. Khater" by Francesca Mari< "A Kiss Before Dying" by Pamela Colloff revisits the case of Betty Williams, a high school student who begged her ex to kill her. "The Last Ride of Cowboy Bob" by Skip Hollandsworth profiles the mysterious Peggy Jo Tallas who, disguised as a man, robbed banks and confounded police for years. "Just Desserts" by Katy Vine is the story of a man who turned "keeping up with the Joneses" into the perfect crime. "The Cheerleader Murder Plot" by Mimi Swartz features a woman who went to extreme, murderous lengths to ensure her daughter's spot on the cheerleading squad. "The Talented Mr. Khater" by Francesca Mari investigates the ongoing exploits of international con artist and psychopath Youssef Khater.Show more
The award-winning and critically acclaimed Wireless Theatre Company strives to keep radio theater alive and well. Collected here are six full-cast dramatizations that are sure to send shivers down your spine.WindoverBy Brita BradburyDirected by Cherry CooksonBurke & HareBy Terence NewmanDirected by Robert ValentineThe Cask of AmontilladoBy Edgar Allan PoeThe Woman on the BridgeBy Marty RossDirected by David BeckCrooker's Kingdom, Part One and Crooker's Kingdom, Part TwoBy Marty RossDirected by Robert ValentineShow more
Ten teens are left alone in the wilderness during a three-day survival test in this multi-authored novel edited by award-winning author Shaun David Hutchinson. At Zeppelin Bend, an outdoor-education program designed to teach troubled youth the value of hard work, cooperation, and compassion, ten teens are left alone in the wild. The teens are a diverse group who come all walks of life, and were all sent to Zeppelin Bend as a last chance to get them to turn their lives around. They've just spent nearly two weeks hiking, working, learning to survive in the wilderness, and now their instructors have dropped them off eighteen miles from camp with no food, no water, and only their packs, and they'll have to struggle to overcome their vast differences if they hope to survive. Inspired by The Canterbury Tales, the characters in Feral Youth, each complex and damaged in their own ways, are enticed to tell a story (or two) with the promise of a cash prize. The stories range from noir-inspired revenge tales to mythological stories of fierce heroines and angry gods. And while few of the stories are claimed to be based in truth, they ultimately reveal more about the teller than the truth ever could.Show more
In 1968, the world experienced a brand-new kind of terror with the debut of George A. Romero's landmark movie Night of the Living Dead. The newly dead rose to attack the living. Not as vampires or werewolves. This was something new ... and terrifying. Since then, zombies have invaded every aspect of popular culture.But it all started on that dreadful night in a remote farmhouse ... Nights of the Living Dead returns to that night, to the outbreak, to where it all began. New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry teams with the godfather of the living dead himself, George A. Romero, to present a collection of all-new tales set during the forty-eight hours of that legendary outbreak.Nights of the Living Dead includes stories by some of today's most important writers: Brian Keene, Carrie Ryan, Chuck Wendig, Craig E. Engler, David J. Schow, David Wellington, Isaac Marion, Jay Bonansinga, Joe R. Lansdale, John A. Russo, John Skipp, Keith R. A. DeCandido, Max Brallier, Mike Carey, Mira Grant, Neal and Brendan Shusterman, and Ryan Brown. Plus original stories by Romero and Maberry!For anyone who loves scary stories, take a bite out of this!Show more
This second volume of The Long List Anthology is designed to recognize the short works that were nominated for the 2016 Hugo Awards but did not make it into the top five short list for the final ballot. Thus, voted into the Hugo Award's long list of works-the top fifteen works nominated for each category-were these short stories and novelettes, now made available to a wider audience by award-winning narrators. Included in this volume are: "Our Lady of the Open Road" by Sarah Pinsker, read by Gabrielle de Cuir; "Today I Am Paul" by Martin L. Shoemaker, read by Stefan Rudnicki; "Madeleine" by Amal El-Mohtar, read by Paul Boehmer; "Damage" by David D. Levine, read by Claire Benedek "Pocosin" by Ursula Vernon, read by Stefan Rudnicki; and "Grandmother-nai-Leylit's Cloth of Winds" by Rose Lemberg, read by Gabrielle de Cuir.Show more
More than two centuries after her death, Marie-Antoinette continues to fascinate historians, writers, and filmmakers. She was born into royalty, and a world of immense privilege and power. At age 14, she married the one who would become Louis XVI, King of France; when he made her a queen, she was universally adored. But afterwards, her extravagant lifestyle turned public opinion against her, eventually participating in the crumbling of the already discredited monarchy into a maelstrom of revolution, disaster and tragedy. The French Revolution made this glamorous icon of style and fashion descend to bottomless tragedy, ending her tribulations with beheading. Discover the history of this most fascinating, controversial and misunderstood of queens, and the heart-breaking story of her family in a context of national upheaval.Show more
Victor Hugo is one of the best-known French writers, and is part of the greatest literary figures of all time. His poetry made him famous very early, cementing his reputation as one of the greatest lyric poets when he was only 20 years old. He was also a novelist and a dramatist, and furthered the cause of Romanticism, this exalted artistic movement which toyed with Sublime and soared on the winds of emotion. The high-achieving poet was also actively involved in politics, defending the poor until his last breath; he was even forced into exile, from which he kept on writing, beloved by the masses he stood up for. When he died, it was an intense day of mourning in France, and more than two million people joined his funeral procession to the Panthéon. Today, most large towns in France have at least a street named after him. His life was of the most colorful kind: full of romantic conquests, heartbreak, political turmoil, even a dabble in occultism: discover every aspect of this monumental character with this documented audiobook, narrated by Katie Haigh.Show more
You can fit Bible reading into your already busy life by listening to the One Year Chronological Bible! In as little as 15 minutes a day, you can hear the entire Bible in one unforgettable year, expertly narrated by Todd Busteed. This Bible audio is unique in that you can listen to the Bible text in the order that the biblical events unfolded. The New Living Translation is an authoritative Bible translation, rendered faithfully into today's English from the ancient texts by 90 leading Bible scholars. The NLT's scholarship and clarity breathe life into even the most difficult-to-understand Bible passages,but even more powerful are stories of how people's lives are changing as the words speak directly to their hearts. That's why we call it The Truth Made Clear.Show more
Creativity is one seemingly mysterious force, which we long to understand and develop. We have selected for you 100 quotes from the greatest thinkers, artists and creators, for you to get strength and inspiration in your own life. Nourish yourself with the experience and reflection of the greatest authors: Nietzsche, Flaubert, Hemingway, Henry David Thoreau, Picasso, Banksy and so many others. Each one of them will give you food for thought, boosting your creative powers and providing you with a new understanding of the act of creation from an artistic and philosophical point of view. Develop your understanding and boost your creativity with the help of the best minds ever!Show more
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