BBC2´s major TV series THE LAST KINGDOM is based on Bernard Cornwell´s bestselling novels on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg. THE PALE HORSEMAN is the second book in the series. Season 2 of the epic TV series premiers this March.
BEHOLD A PALE HORSE is the twenty-second compelling mystery in Peter Tremayne´s much-loved series featuring 7th-century Irish super-sleuth Sister Fidelma
Hailed by Salman Rushdie as a ´´brilliantly innovative thriller-writer,´´ Philip Kerr is the creator of taut, gripping, noir-tinged mysteries that are nothing short of spellbinding. In this second book of the Berlin Noir trilogy, The Pale Criminal brings back Bernie Gunther, an ex-policeman who thought he´d seen everything on the streets of 1930s Berlin-until he turned freelance and each case he tackled sucked him further into the grisly excesses of Nazi subculture. Hard-hitting, fast-paced, and richly detailed, The Pale Criminal is noir writing at its blackest and best.
´´I wouldn´t miss a Kim Harrison book for anything.´´-Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels New York Times bestselling urban fantasy superstar Kim Harrison is back with Pale Demon-her ninth electrifying adventure featuring contemporary witch Rachel Morgan. This time Rachel´s leaving the Hollows, on a cross-country road trip with a pixy, an elf, and a vampire, as she races to clear her blackened name at a California witches´ convention in order to avoid an eternity of torment at the claws of a soul-devouring demon. Pale Demon is Kim Harrison at her gothic best-combining mystery, action, intrigue, paranormal romance, and breathtaking dark fantasy in a delicious witches´ brew that fans of Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, Stephenie Meyer, and Jim Butcher simply will not be able to resist.
Love is not just pleasure. It is trust, submissions, ropes, whips, and powerful men's desire to own... and dominate. In this complete Billionaire and Bosses Bundle, innocent young women are brought to their knees and made to submit to their carnal pleasures in private and in public. ~~~~~ Excerpt ~~~~~ I couldn't help my breathing from growing heavier. ´´I- I-´´ I swallowed hard. ´´I'm here to say goodbye-´´ ´´Stop.´´ And I did with a sharp inhale of surprise, pushing my head up so I could look him in the eye. I wish I hadn't. I couldn't hold myself back when he looked at me like that, like I was the only person in the world who meant anything to him, the only person who could make him feel. My stomach clenched, and my knees pressed together, hiding the burning desire there. He leaned close enough to breathe in the scent of my neck, panting from the hot, tense air. I whimpered, my lips shaking again, my fingers clenching next to his around the table's edge. ´´I'm here to say goodbye,´´ I repeated, my eyes moist with emotion. My chest was heavy, and it was suddenly hard to breathe. ´´No,´´ he whispered hotly, his breath burning my ear and I jerked. ´´I'm never letting you go.´´ And then his lips crashed onto mine so harshly that it stole the air from my lungs. I was addicted, lost in the desperate sensation of his lips on mine, sucking, teasing, tasting my mouth as if he was starved and I was a succulent feast. He wanted all of me, every inch that I was willing to part with. He pulled back and my eyes were wide as I stared at him. My lips ached, and my cheeks felt like they were on fire. ´´Mr. Ciph-´´ ´´No.´´ He dipped down, ravaging my mouth. I could remember when he kissed me like this, taking in my scent like it was his nourishment. I gasped, surprised by the ferocity of his kiss and he took it as an invitation to deepen the kiss, darting his tongue into my mouth to taste me better. He kissed me harder, hotter, deeper, moving his tongue into my mouth heatedly, growling at my whimpers. His fingers linked with mine on the edge of the table, trapping me between his strong arms as he slanted his mouth over mine. Possessive. Aggressive. He had always been able to take what he wanted. But he already had me. He ravaged my mouth, not allowing the reprieve of oxygen. I was growing lightheaded with his kisses. When he pulled back, we were both panting, gasping for air. I squeaked, suddenly weak and small, helpless in his presence. My eyes were moist, and my lips felt swollen. I shuddered under him, unable to move and break my gaze from his. ´´Mr. Cip-´´ ´´Wrong again.´´ I gasped loudly as his kisses trailed down my lips, finding the pulse at my neck. His lips and tongue moved across the pale column and he found the sweet spot there that made me moan. I bit my lower lip, trying to keep the noises inside me. His hand released mine and tangled into my hair, pulling my head back to expose more of my neck.
In 1951, a new type of publication appeared on newsstands?the physique magazine produced by and for gay men. For many men growing up in the 1950s and 1960s, these magazines and their images and illustrations of nearly naked men, as well as articles, letters from readers, and advertisements, served as an initiation into gay culture. The publishers behind them were part of a wider world of ?physique entrepreneurs?: men as well as women who ran photography studios, mail-order catalogs, pen-pal services, book clubs, and niche advertising for gay audiences. Such businesses have often been seen as peripheral to the gay political movement. In this book, David K. Johnson shows how gay commerce was not a byproduct but rather an important catalyst for the gay rights movement.Offering a vivid look into the lives of physique entrepreneurs and their customers, and presenting a wealth of illustrations, Buying Gay explores the connections?and tensions?between the market and the movement. With circulation rates many times higher than the openly political ?homophile? magazines, physique magazines were the largest gay media outlets of their time. This network of producers and consumers helped foster a gay community and upend censorship laws, paving the way for open expression. Physique entrepreneurs were at the center of legal struggles, especially against the U.S. Post Office, including the court victory that allowed full-frontal male nudity and open homoeroticism. Buying Gay reconceives the history of the gay rights movement and shows how consumer culture helped create community and a site for resistance.
Excerpt from Book: THE tribe of the sturgeon was speeding southward over the rock-strewn floors of the inland sea. In the van of the swimming host its leader bore a wondrous stone. From it multicolored beams flashed out through the dim waters and into unsounded depths. Shapes, still and ghostly, with waving fins and solemn orbs, stared at the passing glow and vanished. Phantom-like forms faded quickly into dark recesses, and frightened schools of small fish fled away over pale sandy expanses. Clouds of fluttering gulls and terns followed the strange light that gleamed below the waves. Migrating birds, high in the night skies, wheeled with plaintive calls, for this new radiance was not of the world of wings and fins.
When valuable cargo ships vanish from Rockfall Mountain´s busiest port, crime-fighting goblin detective Fizz Marlow and his troll sleuthing partner, Tank Wrenchlin, know Dectective Hordish is going to need their help (whether he wants it or not). But it´s Tank´s mom, the harbor master who is really feeling the heat. It´s her responsibility to keep the harbor safe, and the lost ships quickly cost her her job. Determined to help, Tank, Fizz and their wizard pal, Aleetha, dive into this new mystery, only to get tangled up with a terror from below that takes the detectives far from home and puts them snout-to-snout with a band of vicious kobold pirates. The Case of the Tentacle Terror is the fifth book in the Tank & Fizz series about two crime-solving monsters living under a mountain.
Read the first three books in the million-copy bestselling Outlander series that inspired the TV show. What if your future was the past? Book 1: Outlander 1946, and Claire Randall goes to the Scottish Highlands with her husband Frank. It?s a second honeymoon, a chance to learn how war has changed them and to re-establish their loving marriage. But one afternoon, Claire walks through a circle of standing stones and vanishes into 1743, where the first person she meets is a British army officer - her husband?s six-times great-grandfather. Unfortunately, Black Jack Randall is not the man his descendant is, and while trying to escape him, Claire falls into the hands of a gang of Scottish outlaws, and finds herself a Sassenach - an outlander - in danger from both Jacobites and Redcoats. Marooned amid danger, passion and violence, her only chance of safety lies in Jamie Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior. What begins in compulsion becomes urgent need, and Claire finds herself torn between two very different men, in two irreconcilable lives. Book 2: Dragonfly in Amber For twenty years Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to the majesty of Scotland´s mist-shrouded hills. Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as stunning as the events that gave it birth: about the mystery of an ancient circle of standing stones, about a love that transcends the boundaries of time, and about James Fraser, a warrior whose gallantry once drew the young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his. Now a legacy of blood and desire will test her beautiful daughter as Claire´s spellbinding journey continues in the intrigue-ridden court of Charles Edward Stuart, in a race to thwart a doomed uprising, and in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves. Book 3: Voyager Jamie Fraser is lying on the battlefield of Culloden, where he rises wounded, to face execution or imprisonment. Either prospect pales beside the pain of loss - his wife is gone. Forever. But sometimes forever is shorter than one thinks. In 1746, Claire Fraser made a perilous journey through time, leaving her young husband to die at Culloden, in order to protect their unborn child. In 1968, Claire has just been struck through the heart, discovering that Jamie Fraser didn?t die in battle. But where is Jamie now? With the help of her grown daughter, Claire sets out to find the man who was her life - and might be once again.