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RTRR_500Title: Romancing the Rumrunner
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Michelle McLean
Publisher: Entangled Scandalous
Language: English
Pages: 203
Format: Ebook

Prohibition Era Chicago

She’s worked too hard to be run out of town…

Jessica Harlan spends her nights as The Phoenix, the owner of the most popular speakeasy in town. Her days are spent running her respectable butcher shop and dodging prohibition agents and rival club owners who all want to put her out of business.

He’s worked too hard to let his heart get in the way…

When the opportunity arises to go undercover for the Feds to catch The Phoenix, Gumshoe Anthony Solomon jumps on it. But he never suspected the notorious rumrunner would be a dame – or that he’d be so drawn to the feisty little minx.

They play a dangerous game of cat and mouse, knowing they can’t trust the other, but unable to walk away. While their hearts dodge the crossfire, the mobsters raise the stakes, and even The Phoenix may not rise again.

 

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Top 5 Things All Speakeasies Need

  1. A great location – a speakeasy must be somewhere that’s easily accessible to clientele, but not so easy to find that it’s constantly getting raided by prohibition agents. Hidden backrooms in barber shops or secret underground tunnels beneath the local butcher shop (like in Romancing the Rumrunner) are perfect for that clandestine club.
  2. A class act – speakeasies weren’t just places to grab a quick (illegal) drink. Many were swinging clubs with great bands and a singer that could get the crowd on their feet. A great singer and band might not be strictly necessary, but most of the best clubs had them.
  3. A secret password – no matter how well hidden the speakeasy, it was always possible the wrong person would stumble upon it. A secret password, knock or other such failsafe helped keep the wrong people from getting in.
  4. A great name – a club’s name is like the cover of a book…a great name can really help bring in the business. A few of the most popular New York City clubs back in the day were The Cotton Club, The Stork Club, and Club Intime. In Romancing the Rumrunner, the heroine, Jessie Harlan, runs a speakeasy called The Red Phoenix, while her love interest runs one called The Corkscrew. Both clubs are full of character and the perfect place for our 1920’s clientele to knock back a few illicit drinks and keep up their heels for awhile.
  5. BOOZE – this really goes without saying as the whole point of a speakeasy was to get a hold of a glass of giggle water or two. It’s certainly not the only thing a good speakeasy needs, but it’s definitely something they can’t do without!

ABOUT MICHELLE MCLEAN

 

Romance and non-fiction author Michelle McLean is a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl who is addicted to chocolate and Goldfish crackers and spent most of her formative years with her nose in a book. She has a B.S. in History, a M.A. in English, and loves her romance with a hearty side of suspenseful mystery.
When Michelle’s not editing, reading or chasing her kids around, she can usually be found in a quiet corner working on her next book. She resides in PA with her husband and two children, an insanely hyper dog, and three very spoiled cats.

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Top Ten Best Ever Weight Loss TipsTitle: Top Ten Best-Ever Healthy Weight-Loss Tips
Author: Elle Eriksson, RHN
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 122
Genre: Health and Wellness
Format: Kindle

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We all know that being slim does not always mean being healthy. In Top Ten Best-Ever Healthy Weight-Loss Tips, Elle Eriksson offers you sensible, effective ways to shed those unwanted pounds while improving overall health and wellbeing.

Blending personal wisdom with professional training and experience, Elle shares her insight and provides strategies for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. Also included in these top ten tips is “a little food for thought” as the author explores some of today’s concerns around food quality and production.

With a variety of options for all body types, Elle guides you toward successful weight loss, using a whole-foods diet and realistic steps to attaining an active, balanced lifestyle. This easy-to-use guide includes a 21-Day Food/Weight/Fitness Journal along with real-life weight-loss success stories.

 

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Elle Eriksson, RHN, is a registered holistic nutritionist, nutritional  consultant, urban gardener, and cooking instructor. In her passionate concern for both the planet and animal welfare, she incorporates these issues into her down-to-earth approach to food, health, and weight loss. Elle lives with her family in Vancouver, British Columbia.

 

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9781491701416_COVER.inddTitle:
 Making the Invisible Visible
Author: A. Taylor, M.J. Hardman, C. Wright
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 172
Genre: Words/Language/Grammar
Format: Kindle

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All that is human is mediated through language. And because we learned the process of being human in a culture as we learned the language of that culture, much that we learned remains invisible to us. But even though invisible, it guides what and how we learn and remember, our perceptions, our behaviors, including communicative behaviors. Throughout our lives, that early language/culture learning affects us, all too often without our realizing. The discoveries about that early learning that this book makes possible enable readers to see through their language and learn to live productively and engage fully in mutually fulfilling relationships. This book talks back to the old adage, Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt. We show how words do hurt, of course not by breaking bones, but by damaging self-confidence, reputations, livelihoods–or provoking people to the point of breaking bones–or worse. We focus on the roles of gender in language in effective or failed communication. We direct attention to invisible impacts of daily language use. When the invisible becomes visible, readers can see the many ways daily talk and interactions create and reinforce genders. We explore how language functions, its sources of power, and why it resists change even when negative impacts are clear. We explore how, in part through hidden gendering, English disadvantages many of its users and point to how the problems emerge in the ways gender functions in this supposedly non-gendered language. We describe how gendered language guides us to create and reinforce behaviors and relationships we do not intend. We conclude with suggestions of how to use English to reflect egalitarian values.

 

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Anita Taylor, Professor Emerita of Communication and Women’s Studies at George Mason University in Fairfax VA, focused on understanding gender in communication for over 30 years. With PhD from U. of Missouri-Columbia and M.S. from Kansas State University, she has sought help people live and work more effectively in a variety of gendered worlds. To contact Dr. Taylor, email her at ataylor@gmu.edu M J Hardman is Professor Emerita of Linguistics and Anthropology, and affiliated with Women’s Studies at the University. of Florida. She has specialized in the Jaqi languages and in gender as manifested in language and culture. Dr. Hardman, has made a life-long study the Jaqi languages of Bolivia, Chile, and Peru; with her colleague and dear friend, Dimas Bautista, has published in print and on-line a grammar of the languages as well as making available bi-lingual learning materials and cultural resources. For more information, see http://clas.ufl.edu/users/hardman. Catherine K. Wright (PhD, Regent University, 2005) is the designer and primary architect of the web pages that provide support for this book. As undergraduate adviser and term Associate Professor of Communication at George Mason University she focuses on computer-mediated communication and the various means people use to transmit information to each other. Among other courses, she emphasizes media and society, business and professional communication, web development and communication. For more information, see http://classweb.gmu.edu/cwright5.

 

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