Description : Intellectual rebel, romantic pragmatist, aristocratic pluralist, William James was both a towering figure of the 19th century and a harbinger of the 20th. Linda Simon presents an intimate portrait of this multifaceted and contradictory man.
Description : Twentieth-century authors and filmmakers have created a pantheon of mavericks -- some macho, others angst-ridden -- who often cross a metaphorical boundary among the literal ones of Anglo, Native American, and Hispanic cultures. Douglas Canfield examines the concept of borders, defining them as the space between states and cultures and ideologies, and focuses on these border crossings as a key feature of novels and films about the region. Canfield begins in the Old Southwest of Faulkner's Mississippi, addressing the problem of slavery; travels west to North Texas and the infamous Gainesville Hanging of Unionists during the Civil War; and then follows scalpers into the Southwest Borderlands. He then turns to the area of the Gadsden Purchase, known for its outlaws and Indian wars, before heading south of the border for the Yaqui persecution and the Mexican Revolution. Alongside such well-known works as Go Down Moses, The Wild Bunch, Broken Arrow, Gringo Viejo, and Blood Meridian, Canfield discusses novels and films that tell equally compelling stories of the region. Protagonists face various identity crises as they attempt border crossings into other cultures or mindsets -- some complete successful crossings, some go native, and some fail. He analyzes figures such as Geronimo, Doc Holliday, and Billy the Kid alongside less familiar mavericks as they struggle for identity, purpose, and justice.
Description : Just the Words You Needed to Hear gives us a statement of fact and then reminds us to pray, read and meditate daily. We find out what the Warriors are doing every day. It only takes a few days for you to also become a Warrior of Light.
Description : An epic coming of age fantasy filled with action, adventure and magic, set in a world filled with dragons, demons, and all sorts of epic creatures of legend. “Prince Snarmis is a giant of a man, one of the strongest in the kingdom of Psykoria. But although he towers above his peers, Snarmis’s skill at fighting fails to impress his father, whose approval he seeks. His close friend Celtor, leader of a mysterious and hermetic group of forest-dwellers, advises him to seek help from werewolves. Before he sets off, Serenity, a young, enthusiastic and naïve member of the tribe, pleads with him to take her with him to give her a taste of life beyond the forest. He is giving Serenity a tour of Psykoria’s capital, when the country is invaded by the daemons – terrifying, blood-thirsty monsters set only on death and destruction. Snarmis realises he must become a great warrior or die in the attempt, and accept help from anyone willing to offer it – including Serenity.” Interview with author Q: Tell us about the type of stories you write? A: I write epic fantasy novels and comics set in my Blade or Flame world. The stories are often filled with dynamic action, ranging from sword combat, magic battles, epic duels between fantastic beasts such as dragons and demons, and various other types of battles my imagination can conjure. However, I always try to ensure that each character has a good reason to be motivated with whatever they’re fighting for. Most of my tales also focus heavily on character development throughout the story, so expect much coming of age adventure. Q: Where do you draw inspiration from? A: A lot of things different types of media. One might say I get more inspiration from the action in games or anime/manga than I do other novels. I try my best not to be too similar to anything else I see though. For example, if I get inspiration from something else, whether it be the way magic is used, or the design of creatures such as demons, vampires, werewolves, dragons, or any type of creature, I’ll always try to make something my own. Q: Tell us about the main character in Champion’s Rising? A: The main character is Prince Snarmis, who might seem like he has the physical characteristics typical of an ideal hero, and even a genial and likeable personality. However, he is actually a very slow learner, especially with a sword. His father, King Breetor, holds high standards for him, and is often displeased with Snarmis’s shortcomings. Champion’s Rising is Snarmis’s coming of age tale, and sees him set off in what originally seemed like an innocent adventure to better himself, but ends up becoming an epic war against demons. Q: What are the demons like in Champion’s Rising? A: I don’t want to give away too much because they are described quite vividly within the novel itself, and further details not covered in Champion’s Rising will be told in later instalments. I will say that I feel I’ve handled the demons (or daemons, as it’s spelt within the novel) in my world in an original way, particularly in regards to their origins and core nature. I guess this is answer is more action than words, one I’ll just let the novel itself answer. Q: How does the magic in the world you’ve created differ from uses in other authors’ works? A: As far as combat, most magic in my saga works more like super powers typical in most comic books or manga. They are called upon quite quickly, but don’t cause too much unearthly damage if done so. It can get stronger, but might take more time to call upon in these cases, and only by individuals of exceptional ability. The typical chanting magic does exist though, and is referred to as ritual magic. Use of it can be seen in my comic, The Great Taelon Laskar, where all the action there revolves around magic. Demons have their own kind of magic, much of which remains mysterious through Champion’s Rising alone, but more will be revealed as more epic adventure unfolds in future instalments. Dragons and fairies also have unique magic, but more so in an enchanting or supporting sense respectively, than for combat. Q: Champion’s Rising is the first in your Champion of Psykoria series. What’s your long-term goal for this series? A: Without giving away too much, the current plan is for Champion of Psykoria to be an eight part series. This saga will cover the war against the demons and the characters of this era. However, I do have epic schemes in place for covering other sagas taking place long after the Champion of Psykoria series. The Land of the Beasts in particular is a direct prequel to Champion’s Rising, depicting the adventure of a younger King Breetor in search of dragons. Q: You have other published projects set in the same world. What are the connections between these stories and Champion’s Rising? A: All my other published works are set before Champion’s Rising; the novel even refers to those bygone events at various points. But yes, they are all set in the same world, and one bygone adventure may serve as an important history to another. For example, the influences of both The Land of the Beasts and The Dragons’ Will can be seen in Champion’s Rising, particularly with the presence of the two prequels’ main characters getting involved in the action. Q: Lastly, with Champion’s Rising taking place in a world of magic, dragons and demons, it is a place so far removed from ours. With that said, what are the qualities in the novel that a reader can cling to and empathize with? The main thing would be the relationship between father and son portrayed through King Breetor and Prince Snarmis. A father with high expectations, his actions influenced by the troubles of his duties, and a son who strives hard to meet those expectations, only to keep falling short. Take away the magic, demons, dragons, and other epic fantasy conventions, and you’ll still have this coming of age tale about a father and son at the story’s core.
Description : Centuries in Hell have taken their toll on Apollyon. Tired of guarding the Devil, he longs to break free of the dark realm. The trouble is, he can’t leave without permission. When he feels someone calling him, he seizes his chance for freedom, but what awaits him in the mortal realm is the last thing he expects—the beautiful woman he has watched over from Hell, a witch who casts a spell on him and awakens the darkest desires of his heart. Serenity is shocked when a wickedly sensual black-winged angel shows up in her city of Paris claiming that she summoned him when she was only casting a simple vengeance spell. He’s no other than the angel of death! A very gorgeous, alluring angel of death who makes her feel she’s in danger of getting her heart broken all over again. When the lethally handsome warrior offers to obey her and give her revenge, Serenity can’t resist the temptation, but can she resist the forbidden hungers the dark angel stirs in her? No cliffhangers. No cheating. Just passionate paranormal romance books with a guaranteed happily forever after! Note: This is a revised, extremely extended and re-released version of Her Dark Angel after a rights reversion. Now with even more angel goodness (or wickedness if you prefer). Discover the passionate, possessive and protective warriors of the Her Angel romance series from NYT best-selling paranormal romance author Felicity Heaton as they fight to shield the women they fall in love with from a dark world of demons, angels and vampires. Books in the Her Angel: Bound Warriors paranormal romance series: Book 1: Dark Angel Book 2: Fallen Angel Book 3: Warrior Angel Book 4: Bound Angel About the Author Felicity Heaton is a NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY International Best-Selling Author writing passionate paranormal romance books. In her books, she creates detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons! Fans of paranormal romance books by authors Lara Adrian, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter, Larissa Ione, Kresley Cole and Christine Feehan will love Felicity's books too. Sign up for Felicity's newsletter here to get exclusive sneak previews, special offers, news and more! (copy / paste link into your browser) ml.felicityheaton.com/mailinglist
Description : Relates the author's experiences moving from the Midwest to New York City and the struggles he endured in both his professional and personal life, including his first job, imagined love affairs, and his search for authenticity.