Silesia seemed dark, silent, mysterious and far away. In the year 1800 the American Ambassador to the Prussian Court at Berlin set out with his English-born wife to explore this veiled land. He was John Quincy Adams and his father was the sitting President of the United States. Twenty five years later he himself would become the Sixth President of the United States and his wife, Louisa, the only First Lady not born in America. They intended the trip as a recreation to mend their troubled marriage. Instead John Quincy Adams found himself exploring the nature of evil, and Louisa, found herself investigating a murder. Their destination was Europe's oldest spa, and no place, Adams wrote, "was more calculated to preserve or restore health than Landeck." But they were inevitably drawn to the labyrinth of Schloss Angelpunkt, known as the hinge of good and evil, and there the trouble began. The author was sitting in a tub of bubbling mineral water in Europe's oldest spa in the sequestered little town of Ladek Zdroj, a place where Poland meets the Czech Republic. For centuries kings and tsars as well as many others seeking the balm of these famous healing waters had soaked themselves here. Gazing down from a mural was the face of John Quincy Adams, Sixth President of the United States. What had he been doing here? So began the author's inquiry into the lives of John Quincy Adams and his wife Louisa. They had been here a quarter century before he became President, he then 33 years old, she 25, nursing a marriage fractured by psychological depression, four miscarriages, a vanished dowry, and conflicting views of the world. Archibald Patterson is also author of "Between Hitler and Stalin," a biography of Poland's Marshal Edward Smigly-Rydz.
"The Devil's Own Dear Son" is Cabell's final philsophical comedy, about a man who discovers that his father was a demon and goes to Hell for a disquieting family reunion. James Branch Cabell (1879-1958) wrote many of the Twentieth Century's finest fantasies, including the controversial Jurgen, which was famously banned by the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice. It was only after the furor died down that readers and critics were fully able to appreciate that the author was no mere sensationalist, but a literary artist of very high calibre. Cabell was above all else, an elegant stylist, whose gently caustic, beautifully fantasic comedies struck a chord in the Jazz Age and still resonate today. He was an important influence on subsequent writers as diverse as Fritz Leiber and Neil Gaiman. "[He] is a delightful author . . . I like the sheer audacity and the scope [of his work]."" -- Neil Gaiman "One of the all-time greats of fantasy, whose cynical yet romantic view of the human comedy is simultaneously hilarious, beautiful, and melancholy. A writer you must read."" -- Darrell Schweitzer
Kerry Bishop's plan was foolhardy, but it was the only way to save nine children. In order to do this, she needed help. Linc O'Neal hadn't stayed alive by being Mr. Nice Guy, and to Kerry he looked to be the most disreputable and dangerous man in the bar--perfect for what she had in mind. Together they fought the odds and burning hungers that made the steamy days and nights doubly dangerous.
A delta blues singer guides a Third Reich officer on a tour of controversial Civil War Battles. En route, they retrace the steps of cagey Confederate hero Nathan Bedford Forrest's greatest triumphs and vicious bloodbaths, while re-evaluating the notions of human bondage, charisma, existentialism and duty before encountering the very violence they themselves might be complicit in.
From the bestselling author of Devil’s Honor and Devil’s Mark, this seductive novel of the Louisiana bayou kicks into high gear as a dangerously sexy biker takes a no-nonsense teacher on the ultimate thrill ride. Lara Ashburn hates bikers. She watched a motorcycle club destroy her hometown, bringing her brother down with it. That’s a life she put far in her rearview. So the last person she wants to see walking into her classroom is the top enforcer of the Devil’s Keepers. Big, mean, and gorgeous, all tattoos and leather, Chaser is everything Lara should avoid. Yet the insane chemistry sparking between them tempts her to break all the rules. Ryan “Chaser” Frey has his hands full with a teen daughter in need of tough love, and he doesn’t have time for prissy teachers who want to tell him how to raise his kid. But Chaser never could resist a chick who gives as good as she gets. Lara is sexy as hell, and she’s not afraid of him. Plus, her links to a California club could provide the Devils with leverage against their enemies. But that would mean mixing business with pleasure—and risking the one woman Chaser can’t afford to lose. Praise for Devil’s Own “Scorching.”—The Jeep Diva “This might be the best in the series so far.”—Smitten by Books “Steamy and tender . . . Devil’s Own is the book for you.”—Fresh Fiction Praise for Megan Crane’s Make You Burn “If you are looking for a hot and dirty read in the motorcycle club genre, then Megan Crane is a new voice to follow. Her characters are gritty, unapologetic, and led by their animal instincts, whether in war or love.”—Heroes and Heartbreakers “Crane piles on the passion and danger. . . . This tough and dirty world is fascinating and satisfying in its own way.”—Publishers Weekly “Her style was so sultry and thick that I could almost feel the sweat of the bayou and the pulse of Bourbon Street as I read. I sunk deep into the story and enjoyed every minute of it.”—Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
A feature on Old Wives' Tales is not exactly the assignment to make Kate Mallory's pulse race. She fancies herself an investigative journalist and crime reporter and has the stories under her belt to prove it. But her research throws up a vital clue to the series of arson attacks and gruesome murders that is baffling the Darlaston police force. Teaming up once more with Richard Torrey, the enigmatic man whose tough exterior conceals his intuitive psychic powers, Kate gets on the trail of a story too good to miss. But it will lead her into a deadly encounter with a ruthless woman, a coven of Satanists - and Evil incarnate.
Read Veronica Wolff's blogs and other content on the Penguin Community After surviving slavery, Aiden MacAlpin has nothing but thoughts of vengeance. When his tutor Elspeth learns a secret to his past, it thrusts them both into a game of passion and deception that neither may survive.
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