Harmony, Texas, is a small town where dreams are born. As the residents face unexpected endings and new beginnings, they also come face to face with themselves—and what’s most important in life... When Tinch Turner lost his wife, he gave up on living. Now he spends his nights brooding, boozing, and brawling. When one of his escapades lands him in the ER, he finds himself staring up at the beautiful new doctor in town. For the first time in years, he feels a spark, but Addison Spencer wants nothing to do with the unruly rancher—or any man for that matter. She’s only in Harmony four months, long enough for the trouble she left behind to be over. But then a vulnerable little boy barrels into both their lives, forcing them out of the past—and into a future where love is just down the road... In the meantime, as Reagan Truman grieves for her beloved uncle, she finds comfort in the makeshift family she’s made in Harmony—and in a new baby, the first born in the Wright Funeral Home in 45 years, proving to everyone that life does go on...
From the author of The People Next Door comes a smart, sexy new novel that peeks behind the curtains of one very complicated Florida cul-de-sac, where the neighbors are a little too close for comfort. . . Suzanne and Brad Betancourt have a lot to be grateful for--their home, their children, and each other. They've even survived the fact that Brad's ex-wife lives next door and Suzanne's intrusive mother and siblings are just down the road. But Suzanne's confidence unravels at Brad's fiftieth birthday blowout, when young, voluptuous, neighbor Micheline brings a specially wrapped gift: herself. Suddenly, Suzanne feels like she's the one having the midlife crisis. . . Hoping to impress Brad, and ease family troubles that are already straining their relationship, Suzanne goes into business with a friend. But the endeavor stretches her too thin, leaving Brad hurt and alienated. Soon he begins to distance himself from her--moving right into the waiting arms of Micheline, who is all too ready to ditch her own husband. Now, with marriages on the line across the neighborhood, Suzanne and Brad will have to question their notion of loyalty to one another--and to themselves. Praise For The Novels Of Bettye Griffin "Fear and joy practically leap off the pages. A well-written story you will hate to see end." --Romantic Times on Once Upon a Project "A compelling drama about three families striving for the American dream."--Booklist on If These Walls Could Talk
When the dead rise, the living must unite. Officer Mike Runyard of the Austin Police Department and his partner, Derek Tucker, are stuck in the middle of a city overrun with the living dead. With resources and luck running out, Runyard is flung into a fight for survival among the living, the dead, and a wave of criminals released from jail into the streets of central and south Austin. Meanwhile, the U.S. military fights to reclaim Texas, with failure meaning the complete loss of the capital, Austin. A military Humvee traveling down IH-35, headed into the zombie-ridden city, holds the key to a plan meant to turn the tide in the fight. It’s a simple plan, but it’s a plan that’s about to fail with devastating consequences...
From his small apartment in Austin, Texas, George Zaragosa watches in awe as surreal reports of a bizarre plague flood the national news. Until today, his life as a local theater teacher was stable and ordinary, if overshadowed by the unsolved murder of his beautiful fiancée. Now, hearing how those who died from an unstoppable virus are coming back to life in growing numbers, George knows what he has to do: leave everything behind in the city and get home to San Uvalde, just down the road. It began in New York City, when the dead arose from the hospitals and morgues, attacking the living and pulling them into their growing hordes. State by state, the nation goes into lockdown, whole cities and towns fight for survival, and George must navigate military roadblocks, FEMA camps, and street thugs to make it home. But most of all, his journey down the road will require him to stave off the horrifying creatures hungering for his flesh. . . .
The dead are rising to devour the living. Martial law has been declared. A small town’s citizens rally against the zombies and secure their borders. But a global peacekeeping force ed by a ruthless commander is sweeping toward town. They are determined to secure the land on their own terms, and establish a new, harsh government for the plague-ravaged nation.
The Road Love Traveled is a story of deception, lust, greed and gentrification told through the life of Lawrence Blake, a single father living in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, DC. Tired of the same ol’ same ol’, Lawrence wants something different. His love life is stale, and with his son out of state on summer vacation, he takes the opportunity to try to make some changes. He begins with a night on the town. Lawrence recruits his best friend, Howard, to join him in the rat race chase to find some new skins. Lawrence ends up finding what he’s looking for, but the greed of lust causes everything to change. The Road Love Traveled gives the world a first-hand look of what a man goes through to make decisions for a better life. Full of laughter, bad choices, suspense, jealous ex-girlfriends, good friends, broken hearts, rogue law enforcement and the apocalyptic virus known as gentrification, you will learn the reality of how lies will smear and destroy love’s results.
Since its release in July 1970, Donald Shebib’s low-budget road movie about displaced Maritimers in Toronto has become one of the most celebrated Canadian movies ever made. In this study of Goin’ Down the Road, renowned film critic Geoff Pevere provides an engaging account of how a film produced under largely improvised circumstances became the most influential Canadian movie of its day as well as an enduring cultural touchstone. Featuring extensive interviews with the film’s key participants, Pevere provides behind-the-scenes history and explores how the movie’s meaning and interpretation have changed over time. He gives special attention to the question of why the film’s creative mix of documentary techniques, road movie tropes, and social commentary have proven so popular and influential in Canadian filmmaking for decades.
Join one woman's journey from her humble beginnings to the fulfilling life she always dreamed of as an adoptive mother and veterinarian. Her honest impressions as told through letters, journals, diaries and memoirs will be sure to leave you laughing, crying, empathizing and time traveling. This remarkable tale of desire, spirit, perseverance and culture has some inspiration in it for everyone. It is dedicated to anyone who has a dream, and to all of those who contributed to hers, knowingly or otherwise.
In an age where there are 140 million registered automobiles in the United States, the author of Zen Driving explores the car-driver phenomenon and discusses urban air pollution and other issues.
He bought the car a dozen years ago. Together, they traveled every mile of every road on his highway map, a 250,000 mile journey to discover the real America beyond the interstate. Real people. Obscure places. Forgotten facts. His story unfolds in Missouri, but it could be about any state, any traveler who drives into America's hidden heart.
Astronomy and some religions believe that life is a series of cycles. That is certainly reflected in the tale of Al and rsquo;s long, adventurous life; the cycle spun him in many different directions over the years. Twelve Years down the Roadshares a collection of stories and events detailing the diversity of Al and rsquo;s unique life. From early childhood, he lived with his parents and two brothers in the woods of East Texas on a family farm surrounded by a national forest with a wildlife management area across the road. These stories reveal how he met the love of his life Betty, what he learned by delivering the Dallas Morning News, how he fared at his fi rst job in the Mississippi Delta in the middle of KKK country, how he perceived his work at a Texas prison, and how he came to work in Siberia for a pipeline company. As Al reflects on the cycles his long and varied life, he shares the stories that shape a person and make a man a man.
From Kevin Brooks, a "thrilling, gritty story" (Kirkus) that "grabs and holds readers' attention from its very first chapter" (PW, starred review), now in a dynamic new Kevin Brooks paperback look. On a storm-ravaged night, a 19-year-old girl is kidnapped, raped, and killed. Three days later, her two younger brothers set out in search of her murderer. Cole, 17, is a dark-eyed devil who doesn't care if he lives or dies, while Ruben, 14, is a strange child who sometimes, inexplicably, experiences sensations above and beyond his own. This is the story of the boys' journey from their half-gypsy home on a London junk lot to the ghostly moors of Devon, where they hope and fear to find the truth about their sister's death. It's a long road, cold and hard and violent. It's THE ROAD OF THE DEAD.
For much of the year, some remote areas of northern Canada rest on land so precarious there are no real roads. They're accessible only once the perfect conditions appear. It's no different for certain people. Some say life has passed Emily Moore by. They're wrong. She's just waiting for her moment.… And that moment arrives when she discovers her friend Daniel is missing and a stranger—supposedly Daniel's nephew—is living in his house. Emily has no reason not to believe Matthew Rutherford, but odd things are starting to occur. There are break-ins along Creek Road and no news from Daniel. And then there's the fact that instead of researching the family history, Matthew seems much more interested in Emily.…
The third battle of Ypres, culminating in a desperate struggle for the ridge and little village of Passchendaele, was one of the most appalling campaigns in the First World War. In this masterly piece of oral history, Lyn Macdonald lets over 600 participants speak for themselves. A million Tommies, Canadians and Anzacs assembled at the Ypres Salient in the summer of 1917, mostly raw young troops keen to do their bit for King and Country. This book tells their tale of mounting disillusion amid mud, terror and desperate privation, yet it is also a story of immense courage, comradeship, songs, high spirits and bawdy humour. They Called It Passchendaele portrays the human realities behind one of the most disastrous events in the history of warfare.
To twelve-year-old Jacob Hunter, moving with his family to a small town in south Mississippi - a place he'd never even heard of - means little more than having to get used to a new house, a new school, and trying to find new friends. In less than a week, his world will be changed in ways he could never have imagined. A terrifying chain of events, set in motion by a simple prank, will serve to forge an unlikely bond between Jacob and Jim Hanes - a lonely, bitter old drunk. And, as recurring nightmares and haunting visions begin to blur reality, he will come to discover the true power of friendship, redemption, and the hope of a child sustained by the power of faith. But will it be enough when he finds himself pitted against a dark evil that has long slept, deep within the blackest corners of the soul of The Old Man Down The Road? www.oldmanbook.com
This is the second book in the series about Kenna Jenkins. For the people who have read Already Gone, this is the book they have been waiting for. Kenna gets transferred to Belleville. Then after an unforeseen situation, she joins the FBI and the action continues. She is still trying to work missing persons, as she joins up with a drug task force. Being in a new area, with a new group of people she has to be able to connect with these people all over, and learn to trust her new team.
Spirited American stories gathered together for the first time From the coasts of Brazil to the borders of Tibet to the very heartland of America, May There Be a Road gathers ten previously uncollected stories that capture the magnificent scope and sense of epic adventure that epitomize Louis L'Amour classic fiction. In these vivid settings L’Amour takes us into the pivotal moments when lives are altered forever, when men and women face a deadly enemy, find a kindred spirit, or confront their own mortality. Among the unforgettable characters we meet here are a hard-living, hard-drinking freighter captain whose penchant for flying may change the course of World War II . . . A lonely frontiersman who unexpectedly finds himself the protector of two orphans . . . A boxer who accepts a gambler’s payoff and then must fight to redeem himself . . . A detective willing to believe an unproven story in order to discover a painful truth hidden in a small town. And in the title story L’Amour weaves the powerful tale of a young Tibetan khan who leads a band of horsemen on a daring escape across treacherous mountain terrain. At stake is the survival of a people and an ancient way of life. Evoking the American spirit of bravery, pride, adventure, and self-reliance as few writers have, this extraordinary volume proves once again that L’Amour has set a standard yet to be matched.
It was supposed to be the best Anzac Day in its history as Australians gathered to remember and thank all those who have fought in the war. One minute people were marching in the commemorative parade, the next World War II Japanese fighter planes appeared and started bombing the country. Will Australia ever rise from this devastation and have peace again? Readers can find out as they follow the events that unravel in author Greg Swarbrick’s novel, In the Spirit of our Ancestors. The 25th of April marks the national day of remembrance of Australia New Zealand, Anzac Day, where citizens honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC), who fought during the First World War. It also commemorates those who have served or died in military service for their countries. In the Spirit of our Ancestors begins April 25, 2012, where young Michael joins for the first time in the Anzac Day parade march for his great-great-uncle, who fought in World War I for their freedom. He is having the time of his life with his family until disaster strikes. World War II Japanese fighter planes, supposedly decommissioned after the war, suddenly sweep over the city of Perth, dropping bombs and leaving death and destruction in their wake. A riveting tale told through the eyes of a 17-year-old, In the Spirit of our Ancestors follows Michael, his family and friends as they struggle to survive after the sudden attack on their country. It shows the sacrifices they made and the challenges of rebuilding life after such a catastrophe. Readers will find themselves engrossed from the beginning to end of this first person narrative, as they witness Michael’s coming-of-age journey and how he and the people hold on to the hope of peace once more.
With a unique blend of candour and humour, Down the Road Never Travelled chronicles the arduous journey Brigitte Pellerin and her fellow researchers undertook in their attempts to track a tax dollar through one government spending program. Imagine coming home one evening and announcing to your significant other that the only way to truly understand how government worked was to study it from the ground up - to literally look into the sewer lines, leaking water mains, pothole-ridden roads and collapsing bridges of Canadian cities. This was Pellerin's goal when she embarked on an investigation of the Canada Infrastructure Works Program (CIWP), a government initiative that promised to repair the country's crumbling infrastructure and create jobs for Canadians. The task, Pellerin believed, would be relatively easy: to determine whether the government did what it said it would under this program. How hard could that be? As it turned out, it was nearly impossible.