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Before there was Catherine the Great, there was Catherine Alexeyevna: the first woman to rule Russia in her own right. This rich, sweeping first-person narrative is the story of her rise to power.
St. Petersburg, 1725. Peter the Great lies dying in his magnificent Winter Palace. The weakness and treachery of his only son has driven his father to an appalling act of cruelty and left the empire without an heir. Russia risks falling into chaos. Into the void steps the woman who has been by his side for decades: his second wife, Catherine Alexeyevna, as ambitious, ruthless and passionate as Peter himself.
Born into devastating poverty, Catherine used her extraordinary beauty and shrewd intelligence to ingratiate herself with Peter’s powerful generals, finally seducing the Tsar himself. But even amongst the splendor and opulence of her new life—the lavish feasts, glittering jewels, and candle-lit hours in Peter’s bedchamber—she knows the peril of her position. Peter’s attentions are fickle and his rages powerful; his first wife is condemned to a prison cell, her lover impaled alive on a stake in Red Square. And now Catherine faces the ultimate test: can she keep the Tsar’s death a secret as she plays a lethal game to destroy her enemies and take the Crown for herself?
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Enter for a chance to win one of 100 eBook copies of the award-winning Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs-inspired book, What I Tell Myself FIRST: Children's Real-World Affirmations of Self Esteem.
What I Tell Myself FIRST is endorsed by the National Anger Management Association! "Michael A. Brown's children's book, What I Tell Myself FIRST, is a great contribution to the development of all children. It is especially beneficial for kids with a history of trauma, mistrust of adults, or who had early childhood losses and didn't develop healthy emotional self-regulation. This book has a lot of great lessons and I like every well illustrated page." - Dr. Rich Pfeiffer President, National Anger Management Association (NAMA)
"Brown, a former police officer, college professor, and anger management specialist, combines his empowerment training with his love for children in these powerful lessons in self-esteem. This positive and heartwarming text is one that educators, caregivers, and children can learn from again and again. This beautifully illustrated picture book will enhance both homes and classrooms with its positive affirmations and gentle lessons in self-worth." - Book Life Reviews by Publishers Weekly
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Enter for a change to win one of 100 Kindle editions of "Beyond Visual Range", book six in the Mark Rollins Adventure series by author Tom Collins.
From the author: “For more than two years, I've known that I wanted to write about the problems faced by our military drone pilots. That mission was reinforced when I read the New York Times story by Eyal Press titled “The Wounds of the Drone Warrior.” However, I was missing a compelling plot until real life events supplied the material I needed for my story--the impeachment, the mysterious X-37B space plane, and the migration of retiring military flag officers to the Music City area, Nashville Tennessee. Proving again that real life is the material of good fiction.
"In the story, two women drone pilots battle in outer space to defend their country. One is a former fighter pilot who, after a crash, now flies from a wheelchair. This dynamic female drone crew from Nashville, Tennessee, now based in Florida, is drafted to defend the United States from a rogue military element threatening to use force to overthrow the government. Their weapons are twenty-foot tungsten rods. A single rod dropped from orbit would strike Earth at ten times the speed of sound with the impact of a nuclear weapon. As weapons are readied, our heroines find they are Beyond Visual Range."
A bone-chilling family history is unearthed in a heart-stopping thriller by New York Times bestselling author Anne Frasier.
Convicted serial killer Benjamin Fisher has finally offered to lead San Bernardino detective Daniel Ellis to the isolated graves of his victims. One catch: he’ll only do it if FBI profiler Reni Fisher, his estranged daughter, accompanies them. As hard as it is to exhume her traumatic childhood, Reni can’t say no. She still feels complicit in her father’s crimes.
Perfect to play a lost little girl, Reni was the bait to lure unsuspecting women to their deaths. It’s time for closure. For her. For the families. And for Daniel. He shares Reni’s obsession with the past. Ever since he was a boy, he’s been convinced that his mother was one of Fisher’s victims.
Thirty years of bad memories are flooding back. A master manipulator has gained their trust. For Reni and Daniel, this isn’t the end of a nightmare. It’s only the beginning.
Gladys Welson and Henry Good were born to different places: Gladys, into upper-middle class privilege; Henry, the toils of working life. Nevertheless, they came of age in an era of tremendous opportunity—bolstered by the victories of their forebears—when individuals were less constrained by differences in American lives and more open to new realms of experience, new ways of seeing the world—but perhaps more cautious of them too.
Against the backdrop of the tumultuous late sixties, when social progress claimed the consciousness of the entire Western world, two young people struggle to find their way to a good life, navigating traditional norms with newer, more enlightened sensibilities. But do the years in which a young person flourishes truly define their character, giving wind to their loftiest dreams?
Through many starts and stops—doubts, fears, and the unforeseen trials of life—their relationship has a chance to grow into something natural and mutually inspiring, forging a tale of love not inhibited by their time. But will it threaten to ruin them both instead?
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Confidence. Resilience. Fortitude. Courage. All are qualities we look to instill within ourselves and live by. Shifting from a powerless mindset to a powerful one is all about mental attitude. Former Secret Service Special Agent and star of Bravo’s Spy Games Evy Poumpouras shares lessons learned from protecting presidents, as well insights and skills from the oldest and most elite security force in the world to help you prepare for stressful situations, instantly read people, influence how you are perceived, and live a more fearless life. Enter for a chance to win 100 signed copies of Becoming Bulletproof by the author!
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If we ask just one question, does everything fall apart?
In podcaster Knox McCoy's new book All Things Reconsidered, join him on a journey of how to examine what you truly believe - whether it's about Big Bird, midday naps, or your faith.
He will make you laugh-out-loud, while sharing what his reconsideration journey looked like. You may find yourself examining and rethinking what you hold to be true as well!
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After her mother’s death during a bank robbery when she was a child, Gemma Capello grew up to become one of the NYPD’s elite hostage negotiators. In a family of cops, there’s rarely a day when a Capello isn’t facing down some form of threat. Still, despite their unpredictable schedules, they always find time for their annual family summer picnic. But this year, a sudden phone call changes everything.
A heavily armed gunman has taken hostages at City Hall. Gemma races downtown to join the rest of the Hostage Negotiation Team as they scramble to identify the captives—fearing the mayor may be among them. But as they search for answers and struggle to gain control of the circumstances, it becomes clear that the mayor is at the center of it all, just not in the way they initially believed.
With several lives on the line and a criminal who always seems to be one step ahead, Gemma is the only one able to connect with the suspect. Soon, she finds herself engaging in a battle of wits while enduring a battle of egos in the command center. With time running out and a mastermind who has proven he’ll do whatever it takes to get what he wants, Gemma risks it all—her career and her life—in a last-ditch effort to save the hostages. Now, she needs to figure out how to save herself . . .