A free short story that was originally featured in The Mammoth Book of Futuristic Romance. An excerpt of Demon Possession resides at the end. Blurb: With a tempting invitation to join a crew preparing for the infamous race, Phase Nine, Priya has left her job and traveled across space, only to find herself face to face with the man who broke her heart. Now she must decide if her tattered heart can withstand the long journey, or if she should bow out and return home a coward.
The introduction of IT into healthcare has not followed a smooth path. In the early days, like-minded people came together from different professional backgrounds but with a shared interest in getting technology to work for patients and staff. This book contains recollections of the development of healthcare computing in the UK and includes references to published documents. It is aimed at researchers and health informaticians who wish to understand and avoid the mistakes of the past.
Eagle Ridge was supposed to be a safe haven for the hybrids, but now it’s turning into a Glycon-infested hell. The presence of the horrible mutants is bad enough, but then a human witnesses an attack. Now the hybrids are at risk of being exposed to the outside world and the ruth Horatius Group. Allison’s proud to be mayor of Eagle Ridge and takes her job seriously. She’s very concerned about protecting the citizens of her town, especially with all the violent attacks that have been occurring. Though she’s convinced a wild animal is involved, she also can’t deny having seen a strange monster. Hybrid Quintus is still finding his place among the hybrids, but is comfortable serving as a spy. When he’s sent to find out how much Allison might have seen, he’s surprised to find that she may be his fated mate. Despite the raging attraction between the two, the shocking truth behind why so many Glycons are in the area may cost them their lives before they can even worry about a future relationship.
Modern Russian identity and historical experience has been largely shaped by Russia's imperial past: an empire that was founded in the early modern era and endures in large part today. The Russian Empire 1450-1801 surveys how the areas that made up the empire were conquered and how they were governed. It considers the Russian empire a 'Eurasian empire', characterized by a 'politics of difference': the rulers and their elites at the center defined the state's needs minimally - with control over defense, criminal law, taxation, and mobilization of resources - and otherwise tolerated local religions, languages, cultures, elites, and institutions. The center related to communities and religions vertically, according each a modicum of rights and autonomies, but didn't allow horizontal connections across nobilities, townsmen, or other groups potentially with common interests to coalesce. Thus, the Russian empire was multi-ethnic and multi-religious; Nancy Kollmann gives detailed attention to the major ethnic and religious groups, and surveys the government's strategies of governance - centralized bureaucracy, military reform, and a changed judicial system. The volume pays particular attention to the dissemination of a supranational ideology of political legitimacy in a variety of media - written sources and primarily public ritual, painting, and particularly architecture. Beginning with foundational features, such as geography, climate, demography, and geopolitical situation, The Russian Empire 1450-1801 explores the empire's primarily agrarian economy, serfdom, towns and trade, as well as the many religious groups - primarily Orthodoxy, Islam, and Buddhism. It tracks the emergence of an 'Imperial nobility' and a national self-consciousness that was, by the end of the eighteenth century, distinctly imperial, embracing the diversity of the empire's many peoples and cultures.
This book is a tribute to cats everywhere and a gift to their owners who love them unconditionally.
For centuries, the domestic cat has been a source of curiosity, mystery and wonder for cat lovers all over the world. In fact, it is this enigmatic quality that irresistibly attracts us to these captivating, elusive creatures. In The Cat Lover’s Treasury, Charlotte Gerlings reaches back in time to compile this stunning collection of quotations, poems, proverbs and legends, inspired by the antics of our feline friends. It is strangely comforting to find that some of the most influential figures in history regarded the domestic cat as being as lovable and mystifying as we do today. Beautifully illustrated, this charming and witty book will delight and enchant cat lovers of all ages, and will make you fall in love with your purring pet all over again.
Latte-lover Ava Langston knows exactly what she wants: her very own café in a vintage arcade in Bath and a life free of complicated relationships. But her plans go awry when her long-distance dad phones insisting she hop on the next plane to Costa Rica to meet his brand new wife. Ava has no intention of jetting to Latin America to acquire a stepmother - until, that is, her father offers her head honcho status at a beachfront café. The lure of frothing cappuccinos in a land where the coffee beans grow proves irresistible. But she hasn't planned on Santiago, her sexy-yet-stubborn business rival, or rugged Ryan whose idea of romance is swinging through the rainforest canopy at 6am. Both men give her butterfliess but only one will capture her heart...
''El amor es el gran hándicap del protagonista de esta novela, un hombre de mediana edad. Su vida transcurre sin ninguna emoción y los días transcurren sin más. Todas sus relaciones acaban en fracaso, hasta que se da por vencido y acepta su destino. Sin embargo, ese destino cruel le sorprende. Aparece una mujer en su vida, de la que desconoce su identidad, pero algo dentro de él empieza a despertar. Una serie de mensajes velados le conducen a averiguar de quién se trata junto con su gran amigo y compañero. Quizás el amor existe realmente... ¿Se puede revivir un corazón sin amor, sin esperanzas? A través de esta obra, emotiva y conmovedora, con tintes policíacos, descubriremos que el ser humano siempre alberga, aunque sea ínfima, una pequeña llama de ilusión y el momento que menos espera revive como un volcán''