Description : At a Lightworld royal gala, Queene Ayla announces the betrothal of her daughter, Cerridwen, to a high-ranking councilor. Though strategically brilliant, the engagement comes as a shock—to Cerridwen especially. Infuriated by her mother's high-handedness, ignorant of her own true origins, she flees the court—leaving herself vulnerable to those who would see the Lightworld destroyed. Amid burgeoning unrest, desperate desires become divided loyalties and terrifying mercenaries lurk in the shadowy space between rebellion and anarchy.
Description : She grew up in the shadows of lies. Now the past will come to light ... As a child, she was Baby Celeste, the one thing that kept her mother in touch with reality. But now her mother is in an institution, and 16-year-old Celeste Atwell is alone in the world. Adopted by a wealthy couple, Celeste has everything a girl could desire: designer clothes, luxury cars, even a handsome boyfriend. But her indulgence may come at a steep price - because the secrets hidden within her new family are too dangerous to keep under wraps ...
Description : At a Lightworld royal gala, Queene Ayla announces the betrothal of her daughter, Cerridwen, to a high-ranking councilor.
Description : SHE GREW UP IN THE SHADOWS OF LIES. NOW THE PAST WILL COME TO LIGHT. As a child, she was Baby Celeste, the one thing that kept her mother in touch with reality. But now her mother is in an institution, damaged by years of lies and secrets, and sixteen-year-old Celeste Atwell is alone in the world. Adopted by a wealthy couple, Wade and Ami Emerson, Celeste has everything a girl could desire: designer clothes, luxury cars, even a handsome boyfriend. But her new life is shrouded in mystery: Ami acts more like a girlfriend than Celeste's adoptive mother -- what mother would encourage her daughter to flirt outrageously and dress in racy outfits? Wade, meanwhile, stoically accepts his wife's wild spending sprees and over-the-top behavior. Celeste is about to discover the true price of having it all -- because the secrets hidden within the Emerson household are too dangerous to keep under wraps....
Description : Detective Simon Reynolds has his work cut out for him. He's been called upon to investigate the murder of a young woman who was found dead in her bathtub. To make matters worse, she was also brutally mutilated – clearly the work of a demented killer. In the throes of marital strife and haunted by memories of his own childhood, Simon launches an investigation into the murder, receiving unexpected aid from a nosy, blind female reporter who is just as determined as he is to find the woman's killer.
Description : Our biblical God biblically and actually put into my heart to write for Him simultaneously two books--yes, two books. God heartily provided me with the title of our next books, titled From A Child of Darkness To A Child of Light: The Miranda Story. Why the title? Simply because in essence, the book is an autobiography (testimony) of myself and loved ones of my first twenty-eight years of being Catholic, only having religion, being a puppet of Satan like all earthlings when born naturally, spiritually dead, separated from the biblical God simply because the book is Christ and biblically centered up to the year 1975 when I did biblical profession and receiving Jesus into my heart and thus becoming a newborn biblical earthly Christian all for his honor and glory and for those nonbiblical unsaved, nonbelieving earthlings.
Description : My dissertation project has as its focus the doubled problem of darkness: i.e., as the darkness of sin and the darkness of the skin. In it, I introduce a descriptive concept: the Dark Mask, inspired by my readings of Frantz Fanon (white masks), W. E. B. Du Bois (double consciousness), and Emilie Townes (fantastic hegemonic imagination), which intends to solve for the problem of the inescapability of material darkness and the ill treatment that attends it. The dissertation is an exploration over three centuries of the problem of a skin that functions, not only, as Fanon's titular phrase suggests, as a black skin one ironically seeks to cover, but also as a mask in its own right-a dark mask that can never be removed. Using the concept of the Dark Mask, I challenge the division between material darkness-e.g., the darkness embodied by black Americans-and conceptions of darkness, which, I argue, inform our treatment of those who provide material reference for its negative conceptions, i.e., darkness as bad, evil, wrong, terrifying, etc.
Description : Yoko (winner of the Akutagawa Prize in 1971) is the story of a sensitive young man's relationship with the title character, a beautiful young woman who is suffering from an apparently hereditary mental illness. Through Yoko's vivid but distorted perceptions of the world, Furui highlights the process by which reality and identity are created. Above all, however, Yoko is a touching, if somewhat unusual, tale of a young couple's deepening love. The other two short stories in this collection, "The Plain of Sorrows" and "The Doll", deal with the subject of coming to terms with aging and death, thus shifting the focus from the crises of young adulthood to those of middle age.