Traitor s Masque

Author: Kenley Davidson
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ISBN: 9781519304810
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Eighteen-year-old Trystan Colbourne believes she has nothing to lose. Her father has died, her stepmother has stolen her inheritance, and her stepsisters are as vicious as they are beautiful. If she wants a future beyond their cruelty and indifference, she has just one chance to make it for herself-by accepting an enticing offer from an unexpected benefactor. The offer? A life of freedom in exchange for her part in a harmless deception. Trystan hopes her freedom will give her the chance to find out whether her mysterious new friend Donevan can be trusted with her secrets... and her heart. But trust is a dangerous business, and when her harmless deception turns sinister, Trystan discovers that trusting the wrong person may have placed the entire kingdom of Andar in grave peril. Unwittingly embroiled in espionage, treason, and deadly intrigue, Trystan will be forced to decide who she really wants to be, and how high a price she's willing to pay to make her dreams come true.

Goldheart

Author: Kenley Davidson
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ISBN: 9781530138654
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Sometimes, spinning straw into gold is the easy part... Elaine Westover is the last person you'd expect to find locked in an attic... again. A shy but brilliant artist, Elaine wants only to paint in peace, but is forced to accept a commission from a wealthy client in order to save her family home. Her client proves to be as powerful as he is rich, and after a chilling encounter reveals his twisted ambitions, Elaine refuses the job. That is, until he imprisons her and threatens to destroy everything she loves unless she meets his demands. Held captive in a house haunted by tragedy and despair, Elaine fears that neither her courage nor her abilities can save her from her fate. To defeat her captor and win back her freedom, Elaine must accept the aid of a mysterious stranger, who may be hiding his own reasons for wanting her to stay. Goldheart is the second book in The Andari Chronicles, a series of interconnected fairy tale retellings that evoke the glittering romance of the originals, while infusing them with grit, humor, and a cast of captivating new characters.

Shadow and Thorn

Author: Kenley Davidson
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ISBN: 9781979972031
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A spellbinding romantic fantasy inspired by Beauty and the Beast... An exiled king. An elusive thief. And the treasure they would give their lives to possess... After more than twenty years in hiding, Alexei is returning home. His kingdom is destroyed, his people dead or enslaved, and the magic that once protected them lost to all but memory. His only hope to provide sanctuary for the few who remain is the uncertain word of a traitor, a broken man who claims to know the hiding place of Erath's greatest treasure. To find it, Alexei will have to return to the place where Erath fell, and brave the shadowed halls of a castle that echoes with the ghosts of his past. Zara is a woman without a future-a treasure hunter, and a thief who hates to steal. Trapped by fate in an abandoned castle, she encounters a destiny she could never have predicted, and uncovers a treasure far greater than she could ever have imagined. When their paths collide, Alexei and Zara may both have a chance to atone for past mistakes... unless they kill each other first. Brought together by enemies both expected and unexpected, they will plumb the depths of an unimaginable betrayal and forge the foundations of a love they would risk anything to keep. A gripping tale of adventure, betrayal and romance, Shadow and Thorn is the fourth book of the Andari Chronicles, a series of interconnected but stand-alone fairy tale retellings. Recommended Reading Order: Traitor's Masque Goldheart Pirouette Shadow and Thorn

Daughter of Lies

Author: Kenley Davidson
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ISBN: 9781986830331
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Brenna Seagrave doesn't want to be a countess. She prefers her life of danger and disguise as a spy for the kingdom of Andar, but the Andari court isn't quite ready for a countess who engages in espionage. Feeling trapped, Brenna accepts an invitation to a mysterious estate, where she hopes to connect with the mother she's never had a chance to know.But nothing is quite as Brenna expects. Her mother is obsessively critical, the neighbor is a ridiculous flirt and the handsome butler is undoubtedly up to something. Also, someone seems to be plotting her demise. Brenna can't go home until she finds out who wants to kill her, but her only allies are a bumbling nobleman and an old acquaintance who isn't exactly a team player. In this game of secrets and lies, no one is who they pretend to be-not even Brenna-but they must still work together to uncover the truth. If they fail, it's only a matter of time before Brenna's past catches up with her, and either she or someone she loves ends up dead. A romantic fantasy inspired by Snow White, Daughter of Lies is the fifth book of the Andari Chronicles, a series of interconnected but stand-alone fairy tale retellings.

Credit Risk Analytics

Author: Harald Scheule
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781977760869
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Credit risk analytics in R will enable you to build credit risk models from start to finish. Accessing real credit data via the accompanying website www.creditriskanalytics.net, you will master a wide range of applications, including building your own PD, LGD and EAD models as well as mastering industry challenges such as reject inference, low default portfolio risk modeling, model validation and stress testing. This book has been written as a companion to Baesens, B., Roesch, D. and Scheule, H., 2016. Credit Risk Analytics: Measurement Techniques, Applications, and Examples in SAS. John Wiley & Sons.

Between Silk and Sand

Author: Marissa Doyle
Publisher: Book View Cafe
ISBN: 1611387183
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”> The best-laid plans, even of princesses, can go awry...very, very awry.Seventeen-year-old Saraid of Thekla is on her way to marry the ruler of far-off Mauburni. But she's not sobbing into her silk-curtained litter at the thought of leaving home, because she has plans--and The Book. She's studied this ancient treatise on the art of kingship for months to make herself the ideal queen for her adopted country. Once her new husband sees that, he'll fall madly in love with her. It will all be perfect. She knows it.But The Book is silent on what to do when one's journey across a cursed desert wasteland is halted by a mysterious young warlord. Cadel has plans of his own--plans that don't include her going to Mauburni. As she begins to unravel his secrets, Saraid will have to lay aside The Book and trust her own wisdom--and her heart--to navigate the treacherous shoals of politics and power and become the queen she yearns to be.

Outspoken

Author: Lora Richardson
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781523615995
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Penny Beck is a girl who says yes when she means no. She keeps to herself, follows the rules, and does what she's told. After a disastrous experience with her boyfriend, she's determined to change from the spineless person she's always been into the strong woman she wants to become. All she needs is a little practice. On a cross-country trip to check on her grandpa, she strives to become bolder and more outspoken with the strangers she meets. Penny's plan is to practice saying and doing what she wants without worrying about what anyone else thinks. Then she meets Archer, an introspective loner to whom she finds herself drawn. She realizes she does care what he thinks, very much. Will Penny be able to stick to her plan, or will she revert back to her people-pleasing ways?

A Beautiful Curse

Author: Kenley Davidson
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ISBN: 9781980385301
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Follow your heart...But you might just end up snacking on flies.When a bumbling fairy godfather gifts a humble woodcutter's fourth child with extraordinary beauty, she spends the next eighteen years trying to hide it--behind a book. Now, Elisette is ready to follow her dreams and become a scholar, but her admirers keep getting in the way of her ambitions. Ellie knows better than to rely on her fairy godfather, but she's desperate enough to risk asking him for help. The trouble is, Mortimer isn't feeling very helpful. In fact, he's downright irritated...After a bit of vengeful fairy magic, Ellie discovers that webbed feet and green skin are even harder to manage than beauty. No one cares what happens to a frog, except maybe quiet, unassuming Prince Cambren, who has enough troubles of his own.Will Ellie find a way to break her curse and live happily ever after? Or will she spend the rest of her life eating flies and living in a pond at the back of the palace garden?A Beautiful Curse is a romantic fairy tale novella. It can be read on its own, but is more fun when read as a part of the Entwined Tales, a series of interconnected fairy tales by six different authors. Each story follows the adventures of one of seven children from the same family as they seek out their own happily ever afters in spite of their reluctant fairy-godfather.

The Evolution of Sexuality

Author: Todd K. Shackelford
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319093843
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Attraction, mating, reproduction: it is a given that as a species, human beings are concerned with sex. And whether the study compares sexual behaviors of men and women or considers the proportions between nature and nurture, most roads lead back to our distant ancestors and/or our fellow animals. The Evolution of Sexuality collects stimulating new empirical findings and theoretical concepts regarding both familiar themes and emerging areas of interest. Following earlier titles in this series, an interdisciplinary panel of contributors examines topics specific to the whys of male and female sex-related behavior, here ranging from biological bases for male same-sex attraction to the seemingly elusive purpose of the female orgasm. This vantage point between biology and psychology gives readers profound insights not just into human differences and similarities, but also why they continue to matter despite our vast understanding of culture and socialization. And intriguing dispatches from the humanities review sexual themes in classic works of literature and explore the role of parent-offspring conflict in the English Revolution of the seventeenth century. Among the topics covered: Sexual conflict and evolutionary psychology: toward a unified framework. Assortative mating, caste, and class. The functional design and phylogeny of female sexuality. Is oral sex a form of mate retention behavior? Two behavioral hypotheses for the evolution or male homosexuality in humans. Sperm competition and the evolution of human sexuality. The Evolution of Sexuality will attract evolutionary scientists across a variety of disciplines. Faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and researchers interested in sexuality will find it a springboard for discussion, debate, and further study.