AZAHANI, or Aza, is determined to provide a better future for herself and her family. Reluctantly, she leaves home to attend life in a fully residential school in the heart of Kuala Lumpur at the tender age of thirteen. In the boarding school, she finds life more challenging than the simple, quiet one she enjoys in her hometown. It is difficult enough to make decisions on her own, without her mother''''''''s help when faced with dilemmas. What is even worse is to confront incidents which challenge some principles she has held on to all this while. She is learning that life is not just about studying what is in the books. And despite her vigorous efforts to remain focused on her studies and be at the top of her class, in seclusion of everything else, why does Aza find it increasingly important what the head prefect of the school thinks of her?
From the USA TODAY bestselling author of Sweet Thing and Nowhere But Here comes a deeply emotional contemporary romance about the second chances waiting beyond the shattered dreams of youth. When eighteen-year-old Avelina Belo meets a charismatic cowboy the summer before her senior year of high school, she doesn’t know that accepting his invitation to dinner will lead to a whirlwind marriage three months later and an exciting new life on a Montana ranch. She also doesn’t know that, in a few short years, fate will send everything crashing down around her. A thousand miles away and fresh out of medical school, Nate Meyers is poised to become UCLA’s next superstar heart surgeon. His laser focus is the key to his success, but it’s also his greatest liability. When a routine surgery ends in disaster, derailing his career, he’s confronted with the hard truth: there’s no one waiting for him at home, no one to help him pick up the pieces. Regrouping on his uncle’s Montana ranch, Nate meets Avelina, a beautiful but mysterious young woman who keeps to herself and barely speaks a word. As he discovers the details of her devastating past, Avelina teaches him more about matters of the heart than he ever knew before. But can they trust each other enough to put everything on the line?
Release on 1993-01-01 | by Ann C. Carver,Sung-Sheng Yvonne Chang
Contemporary Stories by Women Writers of Taiwan
Author: Ann C. Carver,Sung-Sheng Yvonne Chang
Pubpsher: The Feminist Press at CUNY
This remarkable anthology introduces the short fiction of fourteen writers, major figures in the literary movements of three generations, who represent a range of class, ethnic, age, and political perspectives.It is filled with "unexpected gems", writes Scarlet Cheng in Belles Lettres, including Lin Hai-yin's story of a woman suffering under a feudal system that dominated Old China; Chiang Hsiao-yun's optimistic solutions to problems of the elderly in the rapidly changing Taiwan of the 1980; and in between, a dozen richly diverse stories of aristocrats, comrades, wices, concubines, children, mothers, sexuality, rape, female initiation, and the tensions between traditional and modern life. "This is not western feminism with an Asian accent", says Bloomsbury Review, "but a description of one culture's reality... The woman protagonists survive both despite and because of their existence in a changing Taiwan." This book includes biographical headnotes, an introduction that addresses the literary movements represented, and an extensive bibliography.
This is a story of overcoming in the presence of life’s obstructions. Sometimes in life we see the storm clouds of trouble moving overhead, so we run for shelter. Other times, we’re caught completely off guard. Either way, we know that eventually those storms will pass. In every stage of my life, I have seen God’s hand of mercy and grace guiding not only my life, but the lives of those around me. This book is a collection of memories and experiences gathered from the various stages of my life in Jamaica before I immigrated to Canada. They journey through innocence, kindness, ignorance, and learning with a good mix of humour, laughter, fear, and disgust thrown in—and all told with a Caribbean flare! My prayer is that these stories will encourage others to face their “storms” with faith and trust in God, knowing that after the rain passes, He will still be there.
Eric Paxton, rising football star and the eldest son of influential bishop, Leroy Paxton, is on the verge of a mental collapse when he learns that he slept with a girl who is rumored to be HIV positive. His NFL career, his affluent lifestyle and ultimately his life could end in an embarrassing disaster. He trusts no one with this secret, that is, until Rachel White, the stunning fiancée of Eric’s younger brother, crosses his path. While Eric wrestles with his battles, his father, Bishop Leroy Paxton is once again embroiled with the seemingly innocuous, Ellie – the mother of his six-year-old love child. She makes it clear that she still wants Leroy and she will remove every obstacle in her path that will deny her of that fantasy. Including the bishop’s wife. And finally, Dominic Housten – the young, dashing husband of Leroy’s daughter, is disturbed over his wife’s strange behavior. She suddenly begins expressing deep concern for her ex-husband – the man who almost strangled her to death. What is Dominic to do when his wife suggests her ex move in under the same roof with them? In this riveting addition to the Church Boyz series, the men are again faced with profound challenges and will need to rely on God to deliver them out of the sudden destruction brought on by the women in their lives.
“ AFTER THE RAIN” Living inside gray clouds Moistened with my own tears; Blue skies beyond my finger tips Life’s storms are brewing here. Stirring up confusion And all types of strife in me; I know there’s shelter deep within So in it’s refuge I shall seek. I’m merely holding on to it A fine line that keeps me sane; Lord, I can’t cross over it There’s joy after the rain.
“After the Rain,” is the sequel to “Through the Storms and Through the Rain.” It is a collection of poems that continues to describe how I felt when I was about 25 or 30 years old. I write about God in almost every poem because He has had such an impact on my life. He has become such an ever-present Friend until I have literally become consumed by His presence. Because I am so consumed by His presence I have come to have a great love and respect for Him. Almost every poem in some way describes how I learn to trust him and how I am continuously learning to trust and depend upon Him. It was not an easy process for me to trust and depend upon God. I constantly expressed how I felt and the struggles I encountered as I learned to love God, trust God and depend upon His Word. In my first book, “Through the Storms and Through the Rain,’ I describe many of my pent up feelings. I express a lot of self-doubt, pain, and disappointment. It was not easy having to deal with each difficulty that came into my life. I felt that if God was who He said He was then my life would not have to be so full of pain and heartache. When it seemed that He would not take the difficulties away I would become angry and accuse Him of all my pain. My philosophy was that if He were God then He was able to fix any problem and that included taking pain and disappointment out of my life. And when He didn’t I became even more angry. I often wondered how a loving God could allow so much pain and so much heart-ache in people’s lives. He reminded me that we live in a fallen world where there is much sin, anguish, and pain. Each of us will be affected by it whether we desire it or not. But it is our attitude toward the heartache and pain that determines our outcome. So God taught me that pain, heartache, and sorrow will come because I am not in Heaven. But He has already overcome this world. I have to focus my heart and soul upon Him. The prophet Isaiah reminds me that “God will keep me in perfect peace if I keep my mind stayed on Him.” (Isaiah 26:3)
Contained within the pages of After the Rain you will find poems of faith and inspiration, poems based on self-analysis, family, love, and humorous verses included to lighten your spirits. Ruth's poetry is often rhyming, lyrical, or free and easy as she uses a varied application of form. From Part 1, Sonlight, poems such as The Hiding Place which begins: There is no earthly hiding place where thy love cannot shine. We cannot sneak away and hide for all the world is thine. reflect her faith and realization that God is everywhere and all knowing. From Part 2, Meridian, her haiku show the writer's sensitivity to everyday events: Cotton candy clouds Bluegrass and harmony Serendipity From Part 3, Eventide, this untitled poem, and others, show the writer's vulnerability to the uncertainty of love. Never trust in "happily ever after." Sometimes it is only an illusion, swiftly disappearing behind the magician's cape as your dreams dissolve before your unbelieving eyes. From Part 4, The Witching Hour, more humorous introspection in Ruth's poem The Last Cookie: The last cookie on the tray is calling out my name! And if I pick it up, I've only myself to blame. They say the tape measure tells the tale, and the shock of a picture never fails; but, how can I turn away? How can I ever diet? How can I lost the weight when cookies won't keep quiet?! A little something for everyone can be found within the pages of After the Rain. You may be moved or amused but certainly entertained with Ruth's sixth book of poetry. She has also published two anthologies along with other members of her family.
"A story intricately crafted with amazing characters and scenes that will leave a lasting image on readers. Raina is the perfect heroine, sweet and caring, but strong at the same time. The risks she is willing to take to save and protect others left me in awe. A great series with romance and suspense." Christine Janes - SheReadsAlot.com Finally able to put her harrowing past to rest, Raina looks forward to her future with Kas, but the Ghost has other plans. As the FBI team gets closer to taking down the largest human trafficking ring in the modern world, the Ghost begins a wicked game, making Raina the pawn and the target. Never before encountering a worthy adversary, he's fascinated by Raina and is enjoying the refreshing challenge of her intellect. The danger ignites to a blazing new level, and Kas struggles between the need to finally exorcise the Ghost and his need to protect his wife. Tension mounts as an internal battle wages, tormenting Kas as he watches Raina put her all into taking down the man responsible for horrific sex slavery and gruesome deaths. When a new player takes control, Jefferson orders the end of the Ghost's game with Raina, which results in one final, devastating act, leaving Kas desperate and willing to do whatever it takes to save her...by whatever means necessary.
Release on 2011-11-30 | by Thomas Christopher Greene
Author: Thomas Christopher Greene
Pubpsher: Random House
They were brothers and they knew each other better than they had ever known anybody, and when you are like this you can sit in silence and not speak and it is the most comfortable thing in the world. But fate can fracture even the strongest of friendships. In the lush green countryside of Vermont, Charlie has built a life for himself. He is happy enough running the small family restaurant and his only regret is the absence of his brother, Owen. Once close, Owen and Charlie have not seen each other for many years - the ties of brotherhood torn apart by their father's legacy - and a trail of postcards is all that is left. Charlie's is a solitary existence until he hires Claire to assist him in the restaurant and suddenly life feels complete. In Claire, Charlie feels he has found his reason for living. But when Owen returns it seems that the past is destined to threaten both brothers' future...