A bride wasn’t in his plans . . . The last thing Marcus, the Duke of Autenberry, expects to see after sleeping off a night’s drunken shenanigans is a woman being auctioned in the village square. Before he can think about the ramifications, he buys her, thinking he’s winning the girl her freedom. Instead, he discovers he’s bought a wife. A duke wasn’t in hers . . . Alyse Bell is almost rid of the shackles that bound her in a name-only marriage, but the day her friend promised to purchase her in a wife auction, he vanishes, leaving her to face a mob of unsavory bachelors intent on owning her body and soul. But the appearance of a wicked, wealthy stranger changes her path forever. The road to ruin . . . Marcus doesn’t know what to do with the impertinent chit who clearly isn’t duchess material! Insisting their marriage isn’t legitimate, they leave for his estate in Scotland, hoping to devise a plan to get rid of each other. However, on a journey fraught with misadventure, their attraction grows and Marcus realizes he’ll do anything to keep this fiery woman for his own.
Lady Meleri Weatherby is desperate to escape the unthinkable: marriage to a man she does not love, a man she knows to be unspeakably cruel. In a bold move, she breaks off her betrothal to Lord Philip and flees her home in Northumberland, vowing to marry the first man she meets, never considering the consequences of such a show of independence. Robert Douglas has been dealt an equally dark hand by fate: the proud Scot must take an English bride or lose his ancestral home and noble name. It seems an impossible situation, until destiny puts him in the path of a strong-minded English lass with a will to survive that equals his own. Marriage is an ideal salvation for both. Meleri will be safe from her vengeful fiancé in Beloyn Castle with the Douglas clan, and Robert will be able to keep all he holds dear. But neither has bargained on a heartless man who will go to any lengths to seek revenge, the tenacity of a stubborn ghost and the most powerful force of all: love.
See Shakespeare's plays as a member of an Elizabethan audience would have done! Six plays are examined in an original and engaging way, re-entering the culture and mind set of Shakespeare's time. If you are already familiar with the plays you will gain fascinating insights. If you have only slight knowledge you will certainly be drawn in to read more. The plays are: Titus Andronicus Richard the Third The Merchant of Venice Measure for Measure Othello The Tempest Paul Clark is a retired academic with a life-long interest in and knowledge of Shakespeare. He lives in London.
Big Sky Alien Mail Order Brides #6 (Intergalactic Dating Agency: Black Hole Brides #1)
Author: Elsa Jade
Publisher: Red Circle Ink
Imprisoned on an abandoned space station orbiting a black hole, Trixie Boudreaux prayed for just one chance to escape…and she failed. When she and the other Black Hole Brides are rescued, she’s left adrift between the coward she was and the new universe ahead of her. If only she had a guide she could trust… Nor irThorkonos paid good galactic credits for his captain’s commission on the flagship dreadnaught, and how many erstwhile interplanetary pirates have come as far? If he has a secret that the Azthrnos nobles mustn’t discover, well, certainly one skittish Earther girl won’t be the one to find him out. But when interstellar imprisonment can’t hold an old evil, Trixie and Nor must save not only the worlds of Azthronos but each other. Join the Intergalactic Dating Agency, where some hearts are still dreaming of the stars… Intergalactic Dating Agency Big Sky Alien Mail Order Brides #1 ~ Alpha Star #2 ~ Red Shift #3 ~ Dark Matter #4 ~ After Burn Black Hole Brides #1 ~ The Intergalactic Duke's Inconvenient Engagement #2 ~ The Interstellar Rake's Irresistible Kiss #3 ~ The Interdimensional Lord's Earthly Delight
How Brokers, Agents, Dealers, and Everyday Matchmakers Create Value and Profit
Author: Marina Krakovsky
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Category: Business & Economics
Drew Rosenhaus, the most powerful agent in the NFL, infuriates team owners but manages to give clients what they want. In his own not-so-humble opinion, the NFL would fall apart without him. LaJuan Stoxstill-Diggs, an appliance flipper on Craigslist, jumps on opportunities to buy used washers and dryers, trading them at prices and times that make sellers and buyers happy. Julie McKenney, one of Colorado's most highly regarded wedding planners, not only helps her clients select the right florist, baker, and wedding-gown maker, but makes sure those vendors deliver their best work. What do these very different businesspeople have in common? They are all middlemen, an indispensable part of our economy—and in The Middleman Economy, Silicon Valley author Marina Krakovsky argues that in our hyper-connected age they're more prevalent and more valuable than ever. Krakovsky contends that middlemen provide value by playing some combination of six roles, with each role solving a problem that, without the middleman, would inhibit mutually beneficial deals. The Bridge promotes trade by reducing distance; The Certifier separates the wheat from the chaff and gives buyers reassuring information about quality; The Enforcer makes sure buyers and sellers put forth full effort, cooperate, and stay honest. By showing how the most admirable brokers, agents, dealers, and other go-betweens play these and other roles, this book puts middlemen in a whole new light—and reveals how readers can become more valuable players in any industry.
For about three thousand years comedy has applied a welcome humanist perspective to the world’s religious beliefs and practices. From the ancient Greek comedies of Aristophanes, the famous poem by Lucretius, and dialogues of Cicero to early modern and Enlightenment essays and philosophical texts, together with the inherent skepticism about life after death in tragicomedies by Plautus, Shakespeare, Molière, and nineteenth-century novels by such as Dickens and Hugo, the literary critic and historian Alexander Welsh analyzes the prevalence of openness of mind and relieving good humor in Western thought. The Humanist Comedy concludes with close examination of a postmodern novel by the Nobel Prize winner José Saramago.