Many books have been written about Queen Esther,extolling her excellent character, but who is King Ahasuerus,or Xerxes, as he is known in the Greek?Is he the larger-than-life tyrant as portrayed in the movie 300,or is he the compassionate, merciful kingas depicted in the movie One Night with the King?Perhaps, King Ahasuerus is someone else altogether.By the Spirit of the Lord, this book will present anextraordinary, new perspective of King Ahasuerus.
An urgent flashing of the house lights beckoned the audience back to their seats for the Second Act. Vicki had spent the intermission backstage, chatting with two of her favorite singers who would soon grace the stage once more as the booming baritone Magnifico and his daughter Angelina, a dazzling soprano whose career had reached new heights during these ten, high-profile New York performances.Vicki couldn’t conceal her delight at the absolutely full house. “I guess the new marketing firm really hit one out of the park,” she commented quietly to Martin as the lights dimmed. “All ten performances are sold out!”Her lawyer friend smiled. “It’s the inspired leadership they’ve been getting,” he replied. “New blood, new ideas. It’s just magnificent.” The maestro appeared at the edge of the orchestra pit and received enthusiastic applause. “Although even I would admit that Rossini’s genius might have something to do with it,” Martin said, raising his voice over the audience’s appreciation. “Still, you’ve broken the glass ceiling yet again, I would say. Bravo, Miss Vydra.”“You’re too kind,” she said, patting his hand as the strings stirred in a quiet but ominous tremolo, quickly ushering in a sudden and violent orchestral tutti, brassy and loud, which filled the huge auditorium with the dark ferocity of the storm it depicted. Vicki let the eruption pass through her, finding herself carried by its torrential force, allowing the moment to fill her with an awed respect for nature’s power. She knew that it could not last, and the audience was soon deposited kindly into the peaceful meadow of the storm’s passing. Horn calls signaled the all-clear and, as one can always expect from Rossini, the good humor and delicate, social fun-poking resumed.***Content warning: For adults only!***
Sur fond d’enquête policière, menée par le fantasque détective privé Enzo Bartoli, laissez-vous entraîner dans les coulisses de l’enseignement bistrotier.Véritable hommage (parfaitement assumé) � linoubliable commissaire San Antonio, Cul Sec ! est un hymne � lhédonisme qui ravira ceux, bien nombreux, qui ont besoin dune bouffée de liberté dans un monde envahi dinterdits.Parfaitement documenté, il vous étonnera aux détours de références historiques authentiques et bourrées... dhumour !
[Siren Allure: Erotic Paranormal Romance, werewolves, HEA]This man is a dynamite package of brains, a body to make women sweat, and manners of a true gentleman. Just as happy in the outdoors as he is in the lab, Kristof Farkas has no time for the frivolities of the world or the silliness of women. And then, across the divide of their dog-eat-dog world comes the shock of a lifetime in a confusing little package.Shes always believed that she could outthink and outsmart any man on the planet, but that she had nothing any man would want. Living dual lives, shes the straight-laced bookworm by day and vibrantly sensual sex kitten at night. Both sides of Courtney Warsaw want the one person shes always dreamed of having, but the down-to-earth side of her knows hes out of her league. A chance encounter that leads to steamy dreams of what could be seals her fate.Intrigue, back stabbing, and a brush with death have these two spinning out of control with each other and with their lives. Enemies without and enemies from within are all determined to ensure these two never have the life that destiny has set before them. Will this pair mate for life, or will they be destined to fail?
When Dr. Dan Hamilton, Stewarts Falls veterinarian, attends the house warming of his friends, Carolyn and David Reid, he is surprised to discover that Cindy Howard, his former girlfriend and the woman hed hoped to marry, is catering the occasion. He is confused when she acts as if he had treated her badly. After all, she was the one who had left him without a word of explanation. Mystified, he leaves the party with his receptionist, Gina, whom he has been seeing casually since Cindy left him.Carolyn and David, convinced that Cindy and Dan are meant for each other, decide to help them resolve their differences. But none of their efforts are as effective as those of a puppy named Crash. From the moment he tumbles into their lives, Cindy and Dan struggle to understand the reasons for their separation and to reclaim their love. Can the cupids succeed in uniting these star-crossed lovers before the holidays end and the magic of the season disappears?
Librarians note: This is an alternate cover edition for ASIN: B005DO52ZG.Theres a saying around the town of Hot Water, California: Wilder women dont wed. When the town was founded, the Wilders ran the local house of ill repute...nowadays theyre still known for their naughty ways.But Kitty Wilder has decided that its time for all that to change!Kitty Wilder longed for a little respectability, so eight years ago she finagled an I do out of local hero Dylan Matthews. The ceremony was only supposed to be a tourist attraction sham, but a loophole made it legal ... a little fact shed conveniently neglected to share until Dylan came storming back into her life.How could he be married and not even know it? As an FBI agent, Dylan thought hed seen it all, but this was outrageous. Kitty is still gorgeous, appealing, and even she deserves more than the toughened man he had become. But before Dylan can accept the powerful emotions he has for this unexpected wife he has to first face down the demons of his past...A 94,000-word full-length novel.
In this dark retelling of a classic Cinderella tale set in 1818 Denmark, a poverty stricken woman accidentally kills the first born son of the king and soon finds herself blackmailed into marriage by the very man who witnessed her commit the crime: her victims younger brother. Nicknamed for the ashes she acquired during her chimney sweeping days, twenty-three year old Cinder has been living alone in a one bedroom rundown cottage in her small village in Hadenville, Denmark since she was twelve years old. For years, she hunted the woods and forests for food and has committed numerous acts of thievery within the village in order to survive. While in search of game near the king’s palace one night, she comes across Willem, a known drunkard and apprentice to the king, who accuses her of trespassing. To keep from dying at his hands like so many maiden’s have before her, a fearful Cinder runs for her life, but is caught by Willem who assaults her. They tussle before she pierces his heart with her sword and rolls his body into the flowing rivers at the far end of the forest. When she hears the Sheriff and his men searching for Willem and the girl he was chasing, Cinder dashes off into the night unscathed. The next day, she learns the king has offered a reward for any information regarding Prince Willem’s death and panics. Taken aback by this previously unknown information, Cinder concludes that Willem was the illegitimate son of the king and his first mistress. Figuring the residents have already begun making false accusations against one another in the hopes of receiving compensation, she remembers that someone saw her in the forest and may have witnessed the murder. Believing her fate will soon be sealed by this nameless, faceless stranger, Cinder travels to the village square for one last act of thievery after a month of laying low and learns of the king’s plan to invite all maiden’s between the ages of 18-25 to take part in a mating game with his other son, the very handsome and regal Prince Norvack. The goal is to find him a wife for his twenty-seventh birthday. Though intrigued by the proposition and benefits, she ultimately refuses to sign up for the game, fearing that being too close to the royal family will indeed expose her crime. A rejected Norvack later confronts her at her cottage and confesses that he has been in love with her since they were children, hoping she feels the same. When she rebuffs his advances, he angrily admits that he was the one in the forest the night she killed his brother, but agrees to keep her safe in exchange for her hand in marriage. She reluctantly agrees after much debate, and soon thereafter moves into the palace. On the night of their wedding, Norvack is sent into battle with the King of England and falls from his horse, injuring his back. Now his wife, Cinder must care for him and as a result, begins to see a different side of the roguish prince. Realizing she’s falling in love, she becomes more vulnerable to his advances and forms an unbreakable bond between them. But when the Sheriff gets wind of Cinder’s crime, will he allow them to live happily ever after? Or ultimately ruin their chances by exposing her truth to the king, sealing her deadly fate?
Can democratic states transplant the seeds of democracy into developing countries? What have political thinkers going back to the Greek city-states thought about their capacity to promote democracy? How can democracy be established in divided societies? In this timely volume a distinguished group of political scientists seeks answers to these and other fundamental questions behind the concept known as democracy promotion. Following an illuminating concise discussion of what political philosophers from Plato to Montesquieu thought about the issue, the authors explore the structural preconditions (culture, divided societies, civil society) as well as the institutions and processes of democracy building (constitutions, elections, security sector reform, conflict, and trade). Along the way they share insights about what policies have worked, which ones need to be improved or discarded, and, more generally, what advanced democracies can do to further the cause of democratization in a globalizing world. In other words, they seek answers to the question, Is democracy exportable?