How does a novelist become a bestseller? Celebrity authors including Tom Clancy and Jilly Cooper talk candidly about how they got started writing and how their careers developed, expressing their views on failure, success and the publishing industry. A must for aspiring authors, this entertaining book provides valuable and fascinating insights into how some of the worlds most successful writers made it to where they are today.
Without going into a deep, psychological discussion of the elements in men's souls that breed events, we may say with truth that the Lazy A ranch was as other ranches in the smooth tenor of its life until one day in June, when the finger of fate wrote bold and black across the face of it the word that blotted out prosperity, content, warm family ties, -all those things that go to make life worth while. Jean, sixteen and a range girl to the last fiber of her being, had gotten up early that morning and had washed the dishes and swept, and had shaken the rugs of the little living-room most vigorously. On her knees, with stiff brush and much soapy water, she had scrubbed the kitchen floor until the boards dried white as kitchen floors may be. She had baked a loaf of gingerbread, that came from the oven with a most delectable odor, and had wrapped it in a clean cloth to cool on the kitchen table. Her dad and Lite Avery would show cause for the baking of it when they sat down, fresh washed and ravenous, to their supper that evening. I mention Jean and her scrubbed kitchen and the gingerbread by way of proving how the Lazy A went unwarned and unsuspecting to the very brink of its disaster. Lite Avery, long and lean and silently content with life, had ridden away with a package of sandwiches, after a full breakfast and a smile from the slim girl who cooked it, upon the business of the day; which happened to be a long ride with one of the Bar Nothing riders, down in the breaks along the river. Jean's father, big Aleck Douglas, had saddled and ridden away alone upon business of his own. And presently, in mid-forenoon, Jean closed the kitchen door upon an immaculately clean house filled with the warm, fragrant odor of her baking, and in fresh shirt waist and her best riding-skirt and Stetson, went whistling away down the path to the stable, and saddled Pard, the brown colt that Lite had broken to the saddle for her that spring. In ten minutes or so she went galloping down the coulee and out upon the trail to town, which was fifteen miles away and held a chum of hers. So Lazy A coulee was left at peace, with scratching hens busy with the feeding of half-feathered chicks, and a rooster that crowed from the corral fence seven times without stopping to take breath. In the big corral a sorrel mare nosed her colt and nibbled abstractedly at the pile of hay in one corner, while the colt wabbled aimlessly up and sniffed curiously and then turned to inspect the rails that felt so queer and hard when he rubbed his nose against them. The sun was warm, and cloud-shadows drifted lazily across the coulee with the breeze that blew from the west. You never would dream that this was the last day, -the last few hours even, -when the Lazy A would be the untroubled home of three persons of whose lives it formed so great a part.
The entire Shakespeare play - unabridged! "The course of true love never did run smooth;" With its mix of real people who stumble into a fairy kingdom (with it's own problems!) it's little wonder that this play is one of the best loved and most performed of all Shakespeare's masterpieces.
Spend a weekend in the mountains of Montana with this inspirational, fun romance! Meg Park's plans to spend the weekend with her family and a good book fly out the camper window when she steps in as a backup bridesmaid at her cousin's mountain wedding. She's happy to be on the bride's team, but groomsman Gage seems to think she needs him as her companion for more than just a short trip down the aisle. He's tall, funny, and suspiciously Texan. He also has a knack for breaking things. Meg's certain Gage is hiding something, but he doesn't open up, even after he stumbles upon her own secret. Meg needs to fess up. And she needs to find out the truth about Gage so one of the things Gage breaks isn't her heart. Includes faith-filled, conversation-sparking questions for a mother/daughter book club.
Winner of the 2014 Dharma Grace Award in playwriting and the University of California Santa Cruz Humanities Dean's Award. "More than simply an adaptation of Euripedes' Medea, this multi-media, transtemporalpiece draws on a variety of literary and cultural works, from The Tempest, especially stagings that reverse the gender and race of the characters, to the Latin American telenovela and media imagery of the black body. The result is a striking experiment in linguistic and cultural translation." - Susan Gillman"
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