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A gripping emotional page turner with a twist that will take your breath away.

Would you risk everything for the man you loved? Even if you knew he’d done something terrible?

‘A heart-wrenching and gripping tale. I was hooked from the very first page.’ Write Escape

Lara’s life looks perfect on the surface. Gorgeous doting husband Massimo, sweet little son Sandro and the perfect home. Lara knows something about Massimo. Something she can’t tell anyone else or everything he has worked so hard for will be destroyed: his job, their reputation, their son. This secret is keeping Lara a prisoner in her marriage.

Maggie is married to Massimo’s brother Nico and lives with him and her troubled stepdaughter. She knows all of Nico’s darkest secrets – or so she thinks. Then one day she discovers a letter in the attic which reveals a shocking secret about Nico’s first wife. Will Maggie set the record straight or keep silent to protect those she loves?

For a family held together by lies, the truth will come at a devastating price.

A heart-wrenching, emotionally gripping read for fans of Amanda Prowse, Liane Moriarty and Diane Chamberlain.

The Girl Who Lied

‘Sue Fortin writes with skill and pace, filling her pages with tension. With great characters and a gripping storyline, I was immediately pulled in and found myself desperate to turn the pages’ – Amanda Jennings

Sometimes the perfect friend tells the perfect lies…

Erin and Roisin were once friends until a fatal accident ruined both their lives. Now, Roisin has discovered a secret―one Erin has kept for over a decade―and she’s determined to make Erin pay for her lies.

When Roisin suddenly disappears, suspicion soon lands on Erin. She would do anything to protect her family, but just how far is she willing to go when time is running out…?

A must read for fans of CL Taylor and BA Paris.

The Den Of Iniquity (Bastards of London, Book 1)

Anabelle Bryant’s latest book, “The Den Of Iniquity,” is the first in the eagerly awaited “Bastards of London” series, and was well worth waiting for. I LOVED THIS BOOK! Max and Vivienne were from different worlds, yet so very perfect together that I wanted their story to go on and on. I hope we’ll see them again in future books in the series, but I’m most excited to learn more about some of the secondary characters, specifically Cole and Luke, (other “Bastards of London”), who will be featured in those books. All you really need to know is this: Anabelle Bryant is a phenomenal writer. If you enjoy a truly well written romance, with a compelling storyline that will transport you to another place and time, and interesting, complex characters who jump off the page and into your heart, then I wholeheartedly recommend this book to you!

If I haven’t convinced you yet…let me leave you with this passage from “The Den Of Iniquity.” First, I’ll set the stage … Proper lady Vivienne Beaumont cannot forget her first meeting with the compelling Max Sinclair, and she has come to his gaming hell “The Underworld,” to seek him out. After all, he did give her his card in case she ever “needed anything.” He sees her, and is in an absolute rage that she would take such a risk, but then, when he gets her alone …

“The thread of curiosity wound him closer still and he braced a hand against the door where she remained, back flat on the panel, his hand in kind, a few strands of black silk caught under his palm. His lips hovered over hers, that little cupid mouth, pink lips, heart-shaped face, wide beguiling green eyes. His heart pounded in his chest as if it demanded to be let free. ‘What is it you need, Vivienne?’

It was the first time he’d said her name, the syllables molten velvet, a caress disguised by letters and sounds. She swallowed, aware the slightest movement would close the infinitesimal distance between their mouths, his full lips near enough to feel every breath, sense the smallest sway.”

Okay, I think my work here is done! Enjoy the book!

The Girl Before

The addictive Sunday Times bestseller everyone is gripped by

Enter the world of One Folgate Street and discover perfection . . . but can you pay the price?

Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultra-minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. After moving in, she discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there – and starts to wonder if her own story will be a re-run of the girl before. As twist after twist catches the reader off guard, Emma’s past and Jane’s present become inexorably entwined in this tense, page-turning portrayal of psychological obsession.

Following in the footsteps of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, The Girl Before is being brought to the big screen by Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard.

Gosnell: The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer

Hardcover

He is America’s most prolific serial killer. And yet Kermit Gosnell was no obvious criminal. The abortion doctor was a pillar of his community, an advocate for women’s “reproductive health,” and a respected member of Philadelphia’s professional elite. His Women’s Medical Society Clinic looked like admirable community outreach by a brave doctor committed to upholding women’s rights.

Meanwhile, inside the filthy building, Gosnell was casually murdering born-alive infants, butchering women, and making a macabre collection of severed babies’ feet. His accomplices in crime were a staff of dropouts, drug addicts, and unlicensed medical professionals posing as doctors. But even more important to his decades-long crime spree were his enablers in the outside world―from the state bureaucrats who had copious evidence that Gosnell was breaking the law but did nothing to the politicians whose fervent support for abortion rights kept health inspectors away. The “pro-choice” political, bureaucratic, and media establishment smiled on Gosnell―and gave him carte blanche to kill. Even law enforcement seemed to not care. Philadelphia Police Homicide Unit received a complaint about Gosnell years before he was caught, gave it a cursory look, and ignored the evidence. Two women and hundreds of babies died after they closed the case. Luckily, Detective Jim Wood―a narcotics detective―opened a drug case against Gosnell. What he found when he served his warrant left even the most grizzled members of the police force stunned. Now Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer, the veteran investigative journalists and filmmakers behind FrackNation, dig into Gosnell’s crimes. A record-breaking crowdfunding campaign financed their Gosnell movie starring young Superman Dean Cain, but in the research for the film, McElhinney and McAleer uncovered fascinating and previously unreported revelations that couldn’t be included in the film. Gosnell: The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer contains the full results of their investigation.

Heartbreak Hotel: An Alex Delaware Novel Hardcover – February 14, 2017

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Alex Delaware and LAPD detective Milo Sturgis investigate the death of Alex’s most mysterious patient to date in the sensational new thriller from the master of suspense, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman.

At nearly one hundred years old, Thalia Mars is a far cry from the patients that child psychologist Alex Delaware normally treats. But the charming, witty woman convinces Alex to meet with her in a suite at the Aventura, a luxury hotel with a checkered history.

What Thalia wants from Alex are answers to unsettling questions—about guilt, patterns of criminal behavior, victim selection. When Alex asks the reason for her morbid fascination, Thalia promises to tell all during their next session. But when he shows up the following morning, he is met with silence: Thalia is dead in her room.

When questions arise about how Thalia perished, Alex and homicide detective Milo Sturgis must peel back the layers of a fascinating but elusive woman’s life and embark on one of the most baffling investigations either of them has ever experienced. For Thalia Mars is a victim like no other, an enigma who harbored nearly a century of secrets and whose life and death draw those around her into a vortex of violence.

 

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COFFEE TABLE READS

Are you looking for creative and visually appealing…

Are you looking for creative and visually appealing coffee table reads?
New and inspiring short reads or image-based books of fashion and photography are featured this month.
Check out what is popular in Fashion and Photography with an outsider view into their worlds.

More Than Human ដោយ Tim Flach
He captures stunning images of species in a vivid and captivating book.

Chanel
The Vocabulary of Style
This elegant book takes you through the history of fashion through Chanel’s eyes with images of clothes and accessories in all genres.

Style is Instinct by Lori Goldstein
Renowned stylist gives you a backstage pass into fashion with her book Style is Instinct. For fashionistas, this is a must-read.

Alexander McQueen: Working Process
by: Nick Waplington
Nick Waplington is a talented photographer who was allowed to follow and document Alexander McQueen during his fall/winter collection, which sadly ended up being his last. This book helps you get a peek of how one of the most beloved fashion designers worked.

Chloé: Attitudes
Feminine fashion at it’s finest with the soft and timeless Chloé and the build of the 60 year history of the chic designs and well appraised fashion label.

The Asylum
by: Simon Doonan
The love/hate relationship with fashion and the crazy world some fit in but also despise at the same time. Step into the madness of his words and maybe you will find some comfort in similarities of thought.

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Lang Shining—The Italian Painter from China

Lang Shining in Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)…

Lang Shining in Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)

Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Vincent Van Gogh—these are names or artists you’re probably well aware of but, do you know anything about Lang Shining? You probably don’t! Chinese Painter, Lang Shining, left such an impact on the painting world that his works are very highly regarded today.

Named as Giuseppe Castiglione at birth, Lang Shining was an Italian artist who served as missionary in China between 1715, and 1766, the year of his death. Born into a wealth family, Lang Shining started learning painting during his formative years. He had a private tutor who taught him how to paint. In 1707, at the age of 19, Shining joined Geno’s Society of Jesus, a religious congregation of the Catholic Church. Lang Shining was a Jesuit, but he never went to become a priest.


Several other Jesuit painters were employed by Kangxi Emperor, the fourth emperor of the Qing Dynasty during the late 17th century. This was what paved the way for Lang Shining’s journey to China. In the early part of the 18th century, Shining was invited to China for work by the Jesuits based in the country. Shining arrived in China in 1715, and he stayed there till the end of his life.


Lang Shining has a lot to his credit. In addition to producing many painting masterpieces, he designed and decorated many structures including the chapel of St. Francis Borgia and the Old Summer Palace’s Western-style palaces. As far as Shining’s paintings are concerned, they were an amalgamation of European and Chinese cultures, themes and sensibilities. He used Chinese materials for his paintings, but the paintings reflected the Western atmospheric perspective and techniques of shading. Some of the best work of Lang Shining include the One Hundred Horses, Immortal Blossoms of an Eternal Spring, Brocade of Spring, White Falcon and Yellow Panther paintings.

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And He Is Back

Ryan Reynolds returns to Hollywood A-list and it has …

Ryan Reynolds returns to Hollywood A-list and it has nothing to do with Blake Lively

This towering (1.88m) Canadian from the sleepy town of Vancouver is the object of envy by men the world over. Before he became Mr Blake Lively, he was Mr Scarlett Johansson. Some men have all the luck.

Late last year, together with Lively, Reynolds welcomed baby daughter James. The couple says this is just the start of what they hope to be a family of eight eventually.
And Reynolds’ luck hasn’t seemed to have run out just yet. After a series of box office tankers such as the Green Lantern and R.I.P.D, Deadpool, the superhero flick he headlined, sent the sexy actor back into the A-list after opening to USD135 million on opening weekend.

Director Tim Miller says, “I imagine that for Ryan, slipping into Deadpool’s persona is like putting on a favorite shirt that’s been worn so many times it feels like a part of you.” Like the superhero character, the handsome actor is smart in a goofy sort of way.

Despite calling Reynolds a “regular guy”, Miller is clearly a fan. “He treats everyone with a casual respect and friendliness that goes beyond mere professionalism. And he’s so funny that he’s got the crew and me laughing all the time. I ruined a lot of takes because I was back behind the monitors spluttering with laughter.”

And the accolades keep coming. “He’s also incredibly generous when working with the other actors, the crew and myself. Both in advice and also just trying to make the process as smooth and easy as it can be for everyone on the set. And I mean everyone – from the top of the hierarchy to the bottom. The entire crew loved him.”

Following on the movie’s success, a sequel is reportedly in the pipelines and Miller has his sights set on Reynolds. “He’s a brilliant actor and so much more. He’s extremely professional and, for a director, very ‘user friendly.’ He can adapt and adjust effortlessly to changes in tone and notes I throw at him.” We can’t wait.

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