Scientific testing has determined that thirteen-year-old Ezekiel Emanuel is destined for a long but loveless life. Too bad even the fragrance of a female sends a shock wave straight to his underpants.
Bishops lie, soldiers fight, assassins stalk the streets, and lovers lament … and all lose their lives. Hardrada needs his treasure to win his crown, and the Empress Zoe has it. With time pressing, difficult choices face him, with the threat of death never far away.
When information becomes misinformation, how much of what you see should you believe?
Wanted for a murder she didn’t commit and on the run from the FBI and Metro, Special Agent Ellie Conway has to protect an actor with close ties to Delta A from a serious threat as well as trying to clear her name.
When lives collide, and time runs out, will there be one final chance for redemption?
After the 1994 general election which brought democracy to South Africa and swept Nelson Mandela’s ANC into power, South Africans were intoxicated by euphoria. The widely predicted civil war had not happened. The crushing burden of apartheid had gone. Black and white celebrated together. But the slate of hate had not been wiped clean.
This is a story of what could have happened after the election.
Gwen Kane, estranged daughter of a Forbes millionaire and bearer of a horrifying secret is lured into a dangerous international cult. It falls to Alex Kirwan and Ted Reagan to rescue her.
Can they unravel the mystery of Gwen’s importance in time to survive?
Will Gwen pierce the seemingly impenetrable armor around Alex’s heart?
And, above all, will Alex and Ted get paid?
Something is rotten in the Ministry of Mammals.
S. Fox, a recent recruit, finds that his new life in the office block is every bit as dangerous as in his native forest. In a set of letters written to his cousin, Arctic Fox, we follow his trials, as he tries to navigate a way through the forests of bureaucracy.
This satire of everything from political history to corporate management is witty and entertaining, making Letters from the Ministry the Animal Farm for the 21st century.
Isabel, Matriarch of the Clan Montenegro-McCann, wants her missing daughter Raine to claim her Vampire heritage. Hharme, Isobel’s finest Defender is dispatched to bring the girl, brought up as human, back to the clan. Cain, son of Adam and brother to Abel, has other plans for the girl: he wants Raine and her special powers for himself.
My gripe is not with lovers of the truth but with truth herself. What succor, what consolation is there in truth, compared to a story? What good is truth, at midnight, in the dark, when the wind is roaring like a bear in the chimney? What you need are the plump comforts of a story. The soothing, rocking safety of a lie. - from The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Most writers are not quick-witted when they talk. Novelists, in particular, drag themselves around in society like gut-shot bears. - Kurt Vonnegut
The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them. - Mark Twain
Lord! when you sell a man a book you don't sell just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue, you sell him a whole new life. Love and friendship and humour and ships at sea by night - There's all heaven and earth in a book, a real book. - Christopher Morley
If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they're happy. - Dorthy Parker
Writing books is certainly a most unpleasant occupation. It is lonesome, unsanitary, and maddening. Many authors go crazy. - H. L. Mencken
You must write every single day of your life... You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads... may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world. - Ray Bradbury
All writers are vain, selfish and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives there lies a mystery. Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon which one can neither resist nor understand. - George Orwell
Teaching me to read was my mother’s paradisiacal gift. Libraries were paradise found. - From Stealing the Marbles by EJ Knapp
The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that the English language is as pure as a crib-house whore. It not only borrows words from other languages; it has on occasion chased other languages down dark alley-ways, clubbed them unconscious and rifled their pockets for new vocabulary. - James D. Nicoll