Her last hope is the beginning of a new nightmare. Barbara Covington has one more chance to save her daughter from a devastating addiction, by staging an intervention. But when eighteen-year-old Emily disappears on the way to drug treatment—and her interventionist is found dead at the airport—Barbara enters her darkest nightmare of all. Barbara and her son set out to find Emily before Detective Kent Harlan arrests her for a crime he is sure she committed. Fearing for Emily’s life, Barbara maintains her daughter’s innocence. But does she really know her anymore? Meanwhile, Kent has questions of his own. His gut tells him that this is a case of an addict killing for drugs, but as he gets to know Barbara, he begins to hope he is all wrong about Emily. The panic level rises as the mysteries intensify: Did Emily’s obsession with drugs lead her to commit murder—or is she another victim of a cold-blooded killer?
An important work on an essential subject, Fierce Angels explores and explodes the idea of the “strong black woman” as never before.
Authoritative yet deeply personal and daringly confessional, Sheri Parks’s bold new study of the black female’s role as communal savior and martyr will challenge and change anyone who reads it. Fierce Angels exposes the overwhelming emotional costs—as well as the benefits—attached to this role.
Parks, an esteemed scholar and popular media personality, provides exclusive interviews and astute analysis, as well as accounts of her own searing and inspiring experiences, to highlight the myths and the realities of black women’s lives. Beginning with the oldest ongoing archetype, the Dark Feminine, Parks reveals the layered significance of the fertility of darkness—the abyss out of which the world was spoken into existence, the primordial creator in ancient Greek, Sumerian, and West African cultures, and the essence of Mother Earth herself. As these myths matured, they played critical parts in the assignment of maternal roles to women of African descent, the Dark Feminine acquiring a particularly acrid scent once she crossed the Atlantic Ocean in shackles, bound for a life of slavery. Parks traces the development of the “strong black woman” throughout her life on Southern plantations and New York streets and in count kitchens in between. From the Black Madonna celebrated by Italian Americans to the nurturing and self “Mammy” forced to nurse her master’s child before her own, these abiding symbols of fortitude and dependability only solidified the mold into which the powerful dark woman was cast and paved a path that her descendants would have no choice but to follow. Fierce Angels follows the inheritors of this legacy of power, compassion, and familial devotion into today’s world, seeing her in Coretta Scott King, who relinquished her dreams for those of her husband, and in Angela Dawson, a mother in East Baltimore whose home was fire-bombed when she tried to save her community from drug dealers. Parks also shares important examples from entertainment, cogently reexamined and in some cases surprisingly reclaimed, from Hattie McDaniel in Gone with the Wind to the no-nonsense Lieutenant Anita Van Buren played by S. Epatha Merkerson on Law & Order. Bringing it all home, Parks recalls the personal costs she’s paid for her own identity and fascinatingly captures those moments when she is expected to be all and know all, whether for her students at work or for strangers in the produce aisle in the supermarket. She investigates the support systems holding these stereotypes in place—latched onto by those both within and outside the traditional black community—and challenges readers, mothers, and daughters alike to examine how damaging and rewarding the assignment of this role can be and to take control of it within their lives. Credible and cathartic, piercing and provocative, Fierce Angels is a book born of pain and introspection, a work sure to stir debate and become the primary source on this vital topic.
The end of the world would have been easy. Surviving Ankara Fever is practically impossible. As the global pandemic burns across the country, combat veteran Willie Wilder and his family set out to join their cohorts at DARE Ranch, the refuge they secured for just such an emergency. Rather than a happy homecoming, they quickly learn not everything goes to plan. Some friends won't make it. For those who do, getting there may be just the beginning of their trials. Mistaking seclusion for safety, the group comes to realize that rifles and fences won't keep a virus at bay. As an outbreak erupts on the ranch, life or death decisions may spell the end of the ranch, its members, and their dreams for the future.
The sequel to Ankara Fever: Journeys takes you to the refuge and people Roger Westover battles his way across the country to join.
“Reflections in a Magnetic Mirror”—Gripping science fiction story set at a Magnetic Mirror Fusion Facility. “Rescue at L-5”—Short story that became the basis for the novel Lifeline. “Prisons”—On a harsh prison planet, the warden and staff are as much prisoners as the convicts, but a risky prison break might free them all.
The Hot Soldier Bundle contains three sizzling hot stories involving sexy alpha soldiers and the curvy girls that love them. Featuring two stories from Amazon's Top 100 Hot New Releases in Erotica! 1. Lusting for Her Soldier (Amazon's Top 100 Hot New Releases in Erotica) I'd written letters to Adam almost everyday as he served overseas in Afghanistan. Now my heart was racing as I watched him walk toward me through the airport terminal. After his third tour of duty, he was finally home, but now that he was here I would have to confront the lust for him that had built up in the years spent apart. I was ready to give into desire, to give my soldier everything my curvy body had to offer. But was Adam ready to give me the hard fucking I'd been craving? 2.
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There is no rule that says heartbreak must be a prerequisite for good judgment.
If you don't want to be a divorce statistic and are ready for a long-lasting relationship, this book's for you. In today's divorce culture, too many people have stopped trusting their ability to build a loving and lasting marriage. Now renowned relationship coach and counselor Chana Levitan reveals the 10 essential questions everyone should ask before saying "I do." Readers will learn how to: spot long-term potential; know the difference between infatuation and love-how they work against each other and yet how they can work together; reevaluate their approach to love and what they really need to succeed in building a loving marriage; gain the confidence to steer through the decision making process of dating; and more. Filled with real-life anecdotes and insightful advice, I ONLY WANT TO GET MARRIED ONCE helps readers get it right the first time.
Between June and August of 1945 various German submarines surprisingly appeared in Argentinean waters. What were they doing there several months after the end of World War II? Where did they come from? What was their route? The United States has confirmed their own worst fears: Nazi Germany has a last military and scientific stronghold in Antarctica: Base 211. Immediately Operation Highjump is put into action. While the official excuse for being there is to test military equipment in the extreme cold, the real and secret objective is to destroy the German enclave. The famous Admiral Richard E. Byrd heads the operation and with the approval of Secretary of Navy James Forestal, Admiral Chester Nimitz, and President Truman, he organizes the greatest military operation ever in the South Pole.