Three lives are forever changed by a visit to the Castle of the Hidden Grotto. “Readers will be… seduced by the lure of so many forbidden delights.” A Romance Review Dr. Elijah Wheeler, a professor of mythological studies, visits the castle along with his assistant, Thomas Lee, and his daughter Catherine. A self-described “disciple of the physical sciences,” Catherine rebuffs Tom’s marriage proposal in part because she scorns his field of study. But her conviction that all the mysteries of the world can be explained away by science is challenged when the sexually naive young woman is awakened by the invisible Darius to the pleasures of the flesh.
Elijah, intrigued by the lascivious satyr-and-nymph bathhouse statues, is transported back in time to witness Inigo and the voluptuous Mara posing for them. RT BookReviews Reviewers’ Choice Award Winner. This 86-page stand-alone novella is a revised and expanded edition of a story that was originally published by Bantam Dell in Book 1 of a paranormal series written under a different pen name. That book was an RT BookReviews Top Pick and was honored with their Reviewers’ Choice Award.
“The sensuality is what sets this story apart. Readers will be transfixed by the tableaux that [Crane] presents, and seduced by the lure of so many forbidden delights…. These stories will fascinate the reader and whet her appetite for the books to come.” –A Romance Review “The story line is unique… leading to a fascinatingly intense tale. Some of the sexual encounters are vividly graphic, but seems apropos when one considers the castle’s inhabitants and their sagas. Readers will want return engagements to this interesting castle.” –Genre Go Round The Desire Eternal Series: At the Castle of the Hidden Grotto, you’ll discover a world of sensuality and mystery, courtesy of four beautiful immortals who strive to fulfill their guests’ most secret longings—and their own unruly appetites. You’ll meet Elic, a tall Nordic álfr who can morph from male to female; Lili, an insatiable goddess of ancient Babylonia; Inigo, a handsome and playfully lusty satyr; and Darius, a shape-shifting djinni obligated to satisfy the unspoken desires of any human he touches. Step into the Castle of the Hidden Grotto and lose yourself in a realm of entrancement, temptation, and intoxicating passion. This series is comprised of stand-alone books containing complete stories. The Desire Eternal Books in Order: These are the books that are published or planned at this time. There will be more to come. Book 1: Immortal Possession, a novella Book 2: Lick of the Flame, a novel Book 3: Body of Knowledge, a novella Book 4: Demons of Flesh and Stone, a novella Book 5: Property of the Viscount, a novel Book 6: Certain Devils, a novella Book 7: The English Courtesan, a novel Book 8: Open to Instruction, a novella Book 9: That Lovin’ Feeling, a novel Book 10: Hunger,
Ruling the Machines that Rule the World? Our planet's information systems have now reached a level of scale and complexity at which we can no longer simply decide how they will behave. They are so sophisticated and so interconnected that humans can neither steer nor comprehend them with certainty. Can we trust such an infrastructure to society? For more than twenty years, Mark Burgess has been one of the pioneers of the science and technology behind the operation of this information infrastructure. In this book, he explains how far we have come in our understanding of the systems, and whether we yet have the necessary knowledge to prevent them from spiralling out of control. In Search of Certainty takes the reader on a fascinating journey, from the beginnings of scientific thought to our present day, illuminating information technology as an integral part of our modern historical and cultural narrative. It lays out key challenges for the future and suggests a daring new way to think about the future governance of the vast cybernetic organism we are in process of creating. "An instant classic in computer science! 'In Search of Certainty' is a brilliant piece of work by one of the most brilliant people I've ever met. Complex systems, like modern IT services, need to be understood from a perspective very different from traditional IT practice. The answers are rooted in science and Mark Burgess exposes this science like nobody else." -- Glenn O'Donnell, Principal Analyst, Forrester Research "An incredible journey by one of the [IT] industry's most important thinkers over the past 20 years. Like everything else he's done, this is unique and astonishing in its implications." --Carolyn Rowland, NIST "Mark brings together the digital microcosm and macrocosm, the mundane and the profound, the human and the technological, in a way that is important, wonderful, and truly mind-stretching." -- Jeff Sussna, Ingineering.IT "Mark Burgess practically invented modern IT infrastructure management software. Now he has produced a revolutionary work, part personal journey, part theoretical review, as he advances the state of infrastructure science -- and our comprehension -- again. IN SEARCH OF CERTAINTY is a must-read book from a true visionary." --Christopher Little, BMC Software "There are thought leaders, and then there are thought leaders. Mark Burgess is a scientist who can talk to the real world, and has been challenging it for 20 years, with the message of science." -- Reynold Jabbour, J.
P. Morgan-Chase "Holy cow!" -- Gene Kim, Author of Phoenix Project "To err is human, to explain is Mark Burgess." -- Patrick Debois "I only got through the Introduction and Chapter 1. I was so encouraged by just those that I started applying it to organization at Joyent and forgot to come back to the book." -- Ben Rockwood, Joyent "A philosophy of informatics obviously contrasting with but also complementing Floridi's philosophy of information." -- Jan Bergstra, Professor University of Amsterdam "What I liked most about the book was the vast number of topics it drew on, there are examples from a very broad array of domains. This made it very fun. ...
It really is a tour de force of most interesting things that have happened for the past 500 years..." -- Sigurd Teigen, CFEngine "The book is in parts a very personal description of the world we live in, and how it evolved... the book is about a journey, a personal one. I did like that part very much.
Jane Bingham looks at the sporting heroes of the 20th century, giving biographical information, quotes from and about the subjects and considering their legacies.
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.
1871. Victime d'une attaque subite, Baptiste Beauchemin se trouve extrêmement diminué, désormais incapable de parler. Donat, son fils aîné, se voit donc hériter de toutes les tâches qu'exige l'exploitation de la terre familiale. Quant à Camille, aînée de la famille et vieille fille, elle finit par accepter d'épouser le voisin irlandais, veuf et père de 4 enfants. Quel impact cette union aura-t-elle sur les communautés francophone et anglophone? Assurément, les batailles de clocher n'auront pas fini d'être exacerbées.
When it comes to clichés, the horror genre is stuffed so full the seams are breaking. What used to shock and horrify us now only induces disappointment and laughter.
So, the only thing to do is embrace the comedy of it all.
This collection will tickle your funny bone, then snap it in half and suck out the marrow. If you don't laugh, you're probably dead.