Many things can go wrong when you're apprenticed to an absent-minded, sometimes crotchety wizard, and all you really want to do is learn a few new spells! Follow Albettra as she faces magebattles, murder, and a halfhigh stalker in this light-hearted collection of four short fantasy stories.
Sounding Like a No-No traces a rebellious spirit in post–civil rights black music by focusing on a range of offbeat, eccentric, queer, or slippery performances by leading musicians influenced by the cultural changes brought about by the civil rights, black nationalist, feminist, and LGBTQ movements, who through reinvention created a repertoire of performances that have left a lasting mark on popular music. The book's innovative readings of performers including Michael Jackson, Grace Jones, Stevie Wonder, Eartha Kitt, and Meshell Ndegeocello demonstrate how embodied sound and performance became a means for creativity, transgression, and social critique, a way to reclaim imaginative and corporeal freedom from the social death of slavery and its legacy of racism, to engender new sexualities and desires, to escape the sometimes constrictive codes of respectability and uplift from within the black community, and to make space for new futures for their listeners. The book's perspective on music as a form of black corporeality and identity, creativity, and political engagement will appeal to those in African American studies, popular music studies, queer theory, and black performance studies; general readers will welcome its engaging, accessible, and sometimes playful writing style, including elements of memoir.
Enjoy two more Texas-themed stories by inspirational author Janice Thompson. BOOK FIVE: Angel Incognito: Sometimes discovering who you're falling for is half the fun! Determined to prove she can be a good reporter, Texas girl Angelina Fuentes begs her boss for one big story: She plans to do the unthinkable. . .expose a group of identity thieves. To get the scoop on these con-men, Angel must go undercover as a cleaning woman in the Galveston area. Peter Campbell (Galveston resident) believes wealth has corrupted his father's character - that the older man no longer cares for the down-and-out. To prove that he's nothing like his father, Peter throws himself into working with the needy. When Angel and Peter cross paths in a most unusual way, assumptions bury the truth.
Will Peter allow the Lord to remove his mask of good works to reveal a secret heart of pride? NOTE: This story formerly appeared in the California Brides two-in-one collection and as a stand-alone novel. BOOK SIX: Deep in the Heart of Mayhem (a short story): Welcome to the Texas Hill Country, y’all! It’s the perfect place for love, weddings, and mayhem! Brooke Morrow never dreamed she would end up coordinating a wedding for Hollywood starlet, Matti Maynor. Against her better judgment, she finds herself organizing the wedding of the century. It doesn’t help that Matti is marrying Texas senator, Jake Bradford, who happens to be Brooke’s ex. Between the bride and the altar stands a whodunit complicated enough to send even the best sleuth running for the hills. Can Brooke survive the twists and turns while coordinating a wedding she’d sooner avoid? Will the whodunit be solved in time for the big day? Chaos blooms likes a field of Texas bluebonnets in this quirky short story by wedding coordinator (and mother-of-the-bride) Janice Thompson. NOTE: This short story has already released as a stand-alone.
Thousands of years ago, the Skröm split off from the Light Clans and became Dark. Their greed for blood consumed them. Their once orange eyes bled to red, and they became one of the demons of legend. And when they die, they do not rest. They haunt. They take. They devour. Their souls become Shadows. Darkness. Death. Alexia Maria Garda-Martinez was born a monster. Red hair. Red eyes. Pale skin. And nowhere to call home. But after years of foster care and state homes, she has finally found her niche. A family. A promising career. And a life that’s fulfilling. Devon Waters ran from his hometown of Montville, New York fifteen years ago, and he found more than he bargained for. Reunited with his twin brother, a detective in the local police department, Devon doesn’t plan on running again. When a brutal, ritualistic murder happens right in their little college town, Alexia and Devon are pulled into a world of good versus evil that will have them both questioning who they are. The Skröm and the Shadows are closing in, and Alexia and Devon must join forces to stop the darkness at all costs. Will Alexia be able to fight her darker instincts, or will the devil inside of her draw her into its seductive web? Disclaimer: Smexy scenes, kickass heroines, murder, mystery, fantasy...And yes, shifters. Please note that there are some scenes with triggers.
When famed psychic Perspicacious Peg predicts a murder will occur at England’s Belief and Beyond conference, her science-minded colleagues recruit twenty-six-year-old budding sleuth Emily Castles to attend the event as a “future crimes investigator.” The suspected victim: celebrated magician Edmund Zenon, who plans to perform a daring stunt at the conference—and is offering fifty thousand pounds to any attendee who can prove that the paranormal exists. In the seaside town of Torquay, Emily meets a colorful cast of characters: dramatic fortune-teller Madame Nova; kindly Bobby Blue Suit and his three psychic dachshunds; Sarah and Tim Taylor, devastated parents mourning their late son; and religious cult members Hilary, Trina, and the Colonel. Tensions rise as believers in science, the supernatural, and the spiritual clash with one another.
But once a body count begins, Emily must excuse herself from the séances and positivity circles, and use old-fashioned detective work to find the killer. Helen Smith is a member of the Writers' Guild of Great Britain, the Crime Writers Association and English PEN. She traveled the world when her daughter was small, doing all sorts of strange jobs to support them both--from cleaning motels to working as a magician's assistant--before returning to live in London where she wrote her first novel. Her work has been reviewed in The Times, the Guardian, The Independent, Time Out and the Times Literary Supplement.
Her books have reached number one in the bestseller lists in the Kindle store on both sides of the Atlantic.
Quanta vita, quante vite. E quanto buon odore di pane, in città. Se non ci fosse anche il delitto. Quando un omicidio divide in due le forze di polizia, il gioco si fa davvero duro per i Bastardi, che per molti devono ancora dimostrare di esserlo davvero, dei bravi poliziotti. Da un lato ci sono loro, che seguono l'odore del pane. E del delitto. Ma dall'altra ci sono i tosti superdetective della Dda, che sentono odore di crimine organizzato. Mentre i sentimenti e le passioni di ogni personaggio si intrecciano con l'azione e determinano svolte sorprendenti, la città intera sembra trattenere il fiato. Per poi prendere voce. A volte c'è bisogno di un avversario agguerrito, per riuscire a capire chi sei davvero. Forse i Bastardi l'hanno trovato. E per dimostrare di essere i migliori sono disposti a tutto. Perfino a diventare davvero una squadra. Buona caccia, Bastardi.