Rainbows in the Mud

Inside the Intoxicating World of Cyclocross

Rainbows in the Mud

Cyclocross is no longer cycling's hidden gem. Its rapid growth in the USA and UK means this intense and dramatic sport is exploding into the mainstream. With a season running from September to February, cyclocross is cycling's only purely winter discipline, demanding a combination of athleticism, supreme technical skill and ruthless tactics for the muddy conditions. In the sport's heartland of Belgium, major races attract crowds of thousands and have a carnival atmosphere fuelled by heavy drinking, ringing cowbells and pumping airhorns. Many top riders have enthusiastic fanclubs and are national celebrities – one even had his own reality TV show. On race day, Belgian and Dutch television coverage is akin to a major football match in the UK, stretching for hours with prerace interviews, pundits and behind-the-scenes films. In Rainbows in the Mud, Paul Maunder spends a season soaking up the sport's rich culture and history, and mixing with the obsessive fans, celebrity riders, and old-fashioned patriarchs of the sport. Following the riders – novices, veterans, American, British – as they slog their way through the season, he captures the spirit of this flamboyant cult sport, and paints a picture so vibrant you can almost feel the mud under your feet and taste the beer, mulled wine and frites.

There’S a Rainbow in the Mud

There’S a Rainbow in the Mud

A story about love and loss and how to help a young child understand and cope with the loss of a loved one. The main characters are a little girl and her stuffed animal monkey, which goes through trials and tribulations and eventually leaves her.

Rainbow in the Flames

A tragic fire, a bow of promise, a love of the lasting kind

Rainbow in the Flames

With a sickening dread Linda suddenly realizes that she holds little Jed’s survival in her own burned hands. The inferno that exploded their quiet world has left her eight-year-old son with severe burns over more than half of his body, most of them third degree. But with neither vehicle nor phone how will they escape from the remote mountain? Rainbow in the Flames is not only the touching survival story of young Jed Franklin’s courageous uphill battle, physically and emotionally, from a severe burn injury, but it also includes the struggle of his parents to relate to their life-altering reality. Laugh and cry with the Franklin Family as they take their first steps toward healing. “Once in a great while I stumble onto a great book. One that celebrates life and courage and hope and constancy, parenthood overcoming overwhelming obstacles, and true enduring marital love. Linda Franklin’s Rainbow in the Flames is just such a treasure to read.” —Joe L. Wheeler, Ph.D. Editor/Compiler of 71 books including several series: Christmas in My Heart, The Good Lord Made Them All, Great Stories Remembered, and Forged in the Fire.

Rainbow in the Cloud

The Wisdom and Spirit of Maya Angelou

Rainbow in the Cloud

“Words mean more than what is set down on paper,” Maya Angelou wrote in her groundbreaking memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Indeed, Angelou’s words have traveled the world and transformed lives—inspiring, strengthening, healing. Through a long and prolific career in letters, she became one of the most celebrated voices of our time. Now, in this collection of sage advice, humorous quips, and pointed observations culled from the author’s great works, including The Heart of a Woman, On the Pulse of Morning, Gather Together in My Name, and Letter to My Daughter, Maya Angelou’s spirit endures. Rainbow in the Cloud offers resonant and rewarding quotes on such topics as creativity and culture, family and community, equality and race, values and spirituality, parenting and relationships. Perhaps most special, Maya Angelou’s only son, Guy Johnson, has contributed some of his mother’s most powerful sayings, shared directly with him and the members of their family. A treasured keepsake as well as a beautiful tribute to a woman who touched so many, Rainbow in the Cloud reminds us that “If one has courage, nothing can dim the light which shines from within.”

Betting the Rainbow

Betting the Rainbow

~"Thomas knocks it out of the park again" --Publishers Weekly (starred review) New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas returns to the town of Harmony, Texas, where life has a way of making better plans than anyone ever imagined… Sisters Abby and Dusti Delaney have spent their entire lives on Rainbow Lane, but they dream of something bigger. So when a poker tournament comes to town, Dusti is determined to win enough money to leave. Enlisting expert Kieron O’Brian to teach her the game, sparks begin to fly as they play their hands. But Kieron refuses to stand in the way of her dream, even if it means losing her forever... After a year of traveling, Ronny Logan is settling into a home on Rainbow Lane, but that’s all the settling she’ll be doing. Ronny refuses to fall for anyone, regardless of the chemistry she has with her neighbor Austin Hawk. Yet something undeniable begins to grow between the two loners—if only they can let their barriers fall and open their hearts...

Standing in the Rainbow

A Novel

Standing in the Rainbow

Good news! Fannie’s back in town—and the town is among the leading characters in her new novel. Along with Neighbor Dorothy, the lady with the smile in her voice, whose daily radio broadcasts keep us delightfully informed on all the local news, we also meet Bobby, her ten-year-old son, destined to live a thousand lives, most of them in his imagination; Norma and Macky Warren and their ninety-eight-year-old Aunt Elner; the oddly sexy and charismatic Hamm Sparks, who starts off in life as a tractor salesman and ends up selling himself to the whole state and almost the entire country; and the two women who love him as differently as night and day. Then there is Tot Whooten, the beautician whose luck is as bad as her hairdressing skills; Beatrice Woods, the Little Blind Songbird; Cecil Figgs, the Funeral King; and the fabulous Minnie Oatman, lead vocalist of the Oatman Family Gospel Singers. The time is 1946 until the present. The town is Elmwood Springs, Missouri, right in the middle of the country, in the midst of the mostly joyous transition from war to peace, aiming toward a dizzyingly bright future. Once again, Fannie Flagg gives us a story of richly human characters, the saving graces of the once-maligned middle classes and small-town life, and the daily contest between laughter and tears. Fannie truly writes from the heartland, and her storytelling is, to quote Time, "utterly irresistible."

Secrets in the Emerald Forest

Secrets in the Emerald Forest

In the Olympic Mountains of the Pacific Northwest, there is a giant rain forest that stretches as far as the eye can see. Rising from the woods are two mighty mountains with peaks that reach so high that they sometimes magically disappear in the clouds for days and then return with a whole new look. In the valleys there are lakes named Cushman and Upper and Lower Lena, places called Lillywamp and Potlatch. There's even a river called the Hamma Hamma. Living in this beautiful and whimsical place is a family of extraordinary creatures known only to us in legend?Bigfoot. Two of these Bigfoot are babies?Youngers?WiiLo and his little sister, LiLee. They are not only Youngers but twins, making them even more special. Along with their older brother, Rocc, WiiLo and LiLee frolic throughout the Olympic Mountains. On their adventures they learn important lessons that every Bigfoot must know, things like how to find your way home, how to become invisible, and how to hunt for big, red, juicy apples. Join WiiLo, LiLee, and Rocc as they explore their beautiful home and learn about survival in the great outdoors.

The Kingdom of the Rainbow

The Kingdom of the Rainbow

Beneath the waters of the mysterious Lake Warma, an epic struggle has begun. Their sacred spawning grounds destroyed by humans, King Tulan and his clan of wild trout face extinction. Birds of prey hunt them from the sky. Humans capture them with their "trickery and Vines of Death." A rival king torments them. The clan's only hope is the courageous Makar, King Tulan's estranged son who risks banishment by his father because of his love for Reka, a member of the outcast Secolas. In this enchanting tale, Robert W. Luck creates a mythical world that weaves together themes of courage, betrayal, spiritual truth and forbidden love. The Kingdom of the Rainbow is wise and unforgettable story that that reminds us of the true source of inner strength.

Encyclopedia of Colorado

Encyclopedia of Colorado

The Encyclopedia of Colorado contains detailed information on States: Symbols and Designations, Geography, Archaeology, State History, Local History on individual cities, towns and counties, Chronology of Historic Events in the State, Profiles of Governors, Political Directory, State Constitution, Bibliography of books about the state and an Index.

Annie's Rainbow

Annie's Rainbow

It came out of the blue. A half-million dollars on graduation day. For Annie Daisy Clark, it was the capital she needed to start a business and secure her future. It was also money that didn't belong to her. Vowing to pay back every penny of it one day, she kept the bag of cash she'd found, and never looked back. Ten years later, Annie's investment has paid off. The owner of a successful chain of elegant coffee bars, she is blissfully engaged to a handsome coffee plantation owner and about to return triumphant to Boston for the 10th college reunion. She also begins making good on her promise to return the five hundred thousand dollars with anonymous monthly payments. But just as Annie's life seems complete, the dark history of the money returns to haunt her. Someone is determined to solve the mystery of a ten-year-old bank robbery and an enraged thief who has served his time is coming to reclaim his loot. Suddenly, Annie is plunged into a deadly chase, forced to use all her wits to keep her world from unraveling, and to protect the one thing she values most--the priceless gift of love.