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The Winter's Tale

One of Shakespeare's most haunting and enigmatic late plays, The Winter's Tale is a fine example of Shakespeare's fascination with the dramatic genre of "romance"--the portrayal of magical lands, familial conflict and exile, and final reunion and reconciliation. Drawing on Robert Green's story Pandosto, Shakespeare's play tells the story of the middle-aged Leontes, King of Sicilia, and his childhood friend Polixenes, the King of Bohemia. Leontes mistakenly believes that his friend is having an affair with his wife, Hermione. In his jealousy, and consumed by "tremor cordis", he tries to murder Polixenes, who flees, and accuses his wife of adultery. Hermione gives birth to a baby girl, Perdita, who Leontes denounces as illegitimate, and casts her out into the wilderness. Hermione is ultimately proved innocent, but her son, Mamillius, dies of grief. Hermione collapses, apparently dead, and Leontes is left to pick up the tragic consequences of his actions. Time passes, and the action moves to Bohemia, where the lost child Perdita has grown up a shepherdess in the midst of "great creating nature". The final scenes of the play draw towards resolution and reconciliation between Leontes, Hermione and their lost daughter, culminating in one of Shakespeare's most moving final scenes. One of Shakespeare's most consummate plays, The Winter's Tale is a fascinating study of male insecurity and the relations between art and nature. --Jerry Brotton.

The History of Australian Exploration from 1788 to 1888

The History of Australian Exploration from 1788 to 1888 This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally important and have elected to bri... Full description

Critical Failures: Volume 1 (Caverns and Creatures)

Tim and his friends find out the hard way that you shouldn't question the game master, and you shouldn't make fun of his cape. One minute, they're drinking away the dreariness of their lives, escaping into a fantasy game and laughing their asses off. The next minute, they're in a horse-drawn cart surrounded by soldiers pointing crossbows at them. Tim now has the voice and physique of a prepubescent girl. Dave finds that while he lost a foot or two in height, he somehow acquired a suit of armor and a badass beard. Julian's ears have grown ridiculously long and pointy. And Cooper... well Cooper has gotten himself a set of tusks, a pair of clawed hands, and a bad case of the shits. He also finds that he's carrying a bag with a human head in it - a head that he had chopped off when they were still just playing a game. Shit just got real, and if they want to survive, these four friends are going to have to tap into some baser instincts they didn't even know existed in their fast-food and pizza delivery world. It's fight, flight, or try to convince the people who are trying to kill them that they don't really exist. Meanwhile, a sadistic game master sits back in the real world eating their fried chicken.

Free Funny the eBook: Writing Comedy, Jokes, and Humor for Business, Public Speaking, or Just for Laughs

Do funny people have an advantage in business?

Yes. But only if you know what you're doing. Research has shown the ability to make others laugh builds better business relationships. Humor can put the nervous at ease, make an important point, and create an overall more enjoyable workplace. But only if you know what you're doing.

Have you ever wondered how humor works?

Free Funny the eBook offers an easy to follow explanation of Comic Structure. It goes into the process of how the human mind creates false expectations, and then how it can be surprised by the unexpected. Understanding how humor works is the first step to knowing what you're doing.

Have you ever wanted to write the funny at will?

This ebook applies Comic Structure to a step by step comedy writing system the Humor Generator. With this process anyone, even you, can learn to write the funny at will. All you have to do is follow the logical path of creating a false expectation and then revealing a surprise.

Free Funny the ebook gives you the tools to be appropriately humorous at work, in relationships, and life because you'll know what you're doing.

Wishful Thinking: A Humorous Paranormal Short Story (As You Wish Book 0)

A humorous paranormal short story by USA Today bestselling author Mindy Klasky.

First time available as an ebook!

Actress Kelly Reilly knew she'd chosen a tough career, but she'd always found success with her boyfriend, Rob Cornell, at her side. When Rob accepts a role in New York City without a word of discussion, though, Kelly is thrown for a loop.

Rescue soon arrives in the form of a genie, complete with magical wishes to turn the tide. But Kelly's first wish goes dramatically awry.

Kelly is desperate to right that wrong--not to mention getting her love life back on track and advancing her career. Can she negotiate her genie's trickster ways? Or will her hopes amount to nothing more than wishful thinking?

The As You Wish Series (each volume can be read on its own, and the series can be read in any order):

Wishful Thinking, a Short Story (Kelly Reilly)

Act One, Wish One (Kira Franklin)

Wishing in the Wings (Becca Morris)

Wish Upon a Star (Erin Hollister)

Categories:

Fiction > Chicklit

Fiction > Chick-lit

Fiction > Fantasy > Comic Fantasy

Fiction > Fantasy > Genie

Fiction > Fantasy > Urban Fantasy

Fiction > Romance > Comic Romance

Fiction > Romance > Contemporary Romance

Fiction > Romance > Humorous Romance

Fiction > Romance > Light Romance

Fiction > Romance > Paranormal Romance

Fiction > Romance > Urban Fantasy

Fiction > Romance > Romantic Comedy

Fiction > Light Women's Fiction

Fiction > Women's Fiction

Similar Authors:

Deanna Chase

Angie Fox

Tonya Kappes

Julie Kenner

Robyn Peterman

Uncle Vanya

The Merry Wives of Windsor

This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

Rag Doll



Rag Doll is a short but very impressive story about a young father finding himself trapped in evidence against him and quite possibly framed for the murder of his girlfriend. A story that starts with blood and gore, part psychological thriller, and part reflection by our protagonist on his life in prison. This is a cleverly plotted story and intriguingly told as it unfolds in front of your eyes. In order to understand the twisted ending, readers must not skip a word.

The Devil's Side Pocket

DEVIL'S SIDE POCKET

It seemed like the right thing to do.

That city fellow Dr. Hayle wanted to conduct an archeological dig on Elvin Kristiansen's ranch, and Elvin isn't the type to stand in anyone's way of doing something good. He was raised to live up to his last name, which is basically Son of Christ.

When Dr. Hayle begins to tell lies - then get caught telling them - you'd think Elvin would flip his lid on the darn city slicker.

He will. It's just going to take awhile.

Time Travel Adventures Of The 1800 Club: Book I

The Time Travel Adventures Of The 1800 Club is a 21st Century haven for people seeking to escape New York City's frantic pace. Dressed in clothes their ancestors might have worn during the 1800s, members enjoy foods of the period and read periodicals featuring news of a particular date in 1865. However, the 1800 Club also has an astounding secret . . . Time Travel. Members travel back in time nudging famous persons and key events just enough to ensure history unfolds, as it should. Guardians-of-the-future, who send robotic probes back through the ages, discover that, at critical time-junctures, pivotal figures stray from vital tasks and actions. Then an 1800 Club member is sent back to guarantee that events get back on track. The 1800 Club's members aid Lincoln, Roosevelt, Bat Masterson, Mark Twain and many others. Without subtle interventions by these unknown agents, the famous might have been only footnotes,

rather than giants of history

Jake and the Girl with the Pretty Legs

The homeless, the beggars, the panhandlers. What were their stories; how did they come to be, how and why were they there? Rachel befriended one of them and found the answers, especially the why...

Englishman in Blackpool, Englishwoman Short Story

For fans of Cathy Bramley, Laura Briggs and Rachel Griffiths

Englishman in Blackpool, the short story prequel to the Englishwoman series.

Story length, fifteen minutes.

STANDALONE SWEET ROMANCE WITH GUARANTEED HEA

Mr Hopper, butler to the Earl of Cosgrave, has pretty much given up on ever finding that special person in his life that is, until he meets Beverley.

Beverley has got herself into a pickle, a pickle that goes by the name of Joshua. She's all set to run away from the ballet competition at Blackpool's Winter Garden's and then she meets Hopper...

If you enjoyed Downton Abbey you'll enjoy this modern historical series, where lords, ladies, (and butlers), have to cope in a modern world.

BOOKS IN THE SERIES

Englishman in Blackpool

Englishwoman in Paris

Englishwoman in Manhattan

Englishwoman in Scotland

Englishwoman at Christmas

The Death of an Actress

Dana: it's like her whole life is still swirling around. She was my dear ex-wife. A beautiful portrait was propped on the wall besides the hospital table. Everybody has reasons to see her walking and talking again. Kind of she is still alive. Everybody is waiting to see her waking up from her seizure. The doctor talked to my daughter yesterday and told her that the seizure didn't wipe out any additional spots of her brain besides what the first stroke did already. It is encouraging. I look at her as she is lying on her back with her beautiful head propped up on the raised pillows: she looks relaxed though there are lots of tubes and wires connecting her to devices that trace her body's work. "She may be able to see you and hear you but her mind would not be able to interpret... People who had seizures could get back sometimes to full consciousness unaffected. Not though people that had a stroke on each side of their brain. They'd linger on bed for a while and cling to a thin string of air before passing away. They'd slowly get breathing difficulties. Some would begin coughing and die. The diaphragm would press their heart. There is nothing to do about that. If you wish you could go and talk to her. Some pleasant words... It would sooth you". The unhappiness I gave her comes back into my mind. No forgiveness. I sit on her death bed watching her heavily breathing. That's the way she could live forever, I think. Her face and her forehead are reddish and hot. I am determined to ask her to live one more day. Sometimes her breathe seems to be lost. I panic; I squeeze her hand and urge her to breath. We are attached to our breathing or our breathing is attached to us? I tell her not to be afraid. What do I know? Nobody would understand that seeing her breathing makes me feel happy. I massage her toes. When I touch her sole it looks like she opens her eyes. "What are you trying to do?" my daughter asks. I'm still trying to revive her.

Bedoggled (Country Misadventures Book 2)

"As before, the writing is colorful, evocative and humorous...." - Amazon reviewer mwalimu

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Tracy Heath once again brings the quirky Oregon desert and its people to you with her feel-good, laugh-out-loud tales. In this second book of her Country Misadventures series, Tracy recounts numerous stories full of humor and poignancy.

Experience the face-palm moments of becoming a dog owner:

"Considering his klutzy habits and ill-mannered behavior, [Bowser's] knowledge of the indoors was limited. But his understanding of life in general was lacking, so we should have seen something coming."

Relive the days of T-ball where the hardest part of the game is keeping the helmet out of your eyes:

"We had a few players that could hit the ball off the tee onto the field and then run toward first base. Sometimes they forgot to turn left after reaching first and just kept galloping into the outfield, but it was a start."

And get ready for hard-core fishing, folks, because fishing's not for wimps:

"Dripping piteously, the fishers reached the foot of the trail and took a minute to gaze up the steep, switchbacked path, the shadows already growing long around them. Crying seemed a viable option...."

Enjoy these escapades and several other comical stories in Tracy's take on country life. Bedoggled is available solely for your entertainment!

(Formerly titled "A Proper Fish Story")

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Defiance:The Essential Guide

Defiance: The Essential Guide by Syfy and Trion Worlds, which was produced for Kindle Fire Tablets, is an informative companion to the groundbreaking TV series and the incredible multiplayer game.

Set in the near future, Defiance introduces an exotically transformed planet Earth, its landscapes permanently altered following the sudden - and tumultuous - arrival of seven unique alien races.

In this somewhat unknown and unpredictable landscape, the richly diverse, newly-formed civilization of humans and aliens must learn to co-exist peacefully. Each week, viewers will follow an immersive character drama set in the boom-town of Defiance, which sits atop the ruins of St. Louis, MO, while in the game, players will adventure in the new frontier of the San Francisco Bay area.

The dramatic tapestry of the series and the intense action of the game will exist in a single universe where their respective narratives will inform one another and evolve together into one overall story.



Defiance: The Essential Guide features the following:

-Show and Game Character Profiles

-Behind-the-Scenes Photos

-Secret Game Codes

-Concept Art

-Alien Alphabets

-Game Screenshots

-Defiance ePostcards

-Cast Bios

This guide is a ""must-have"" for any fan of Defiance, the show and the game.

Download Defiance, the book, today!

True Funny Amazing Interesting Story

This book is writtend about a wonderfull woman called Yolande Mostert, at the age of 19 she went to go help the goverment implement magnificent computerized systems to improve the goverment services. This true story is written in a fun way and you will enjoy every moment of the reading

The lucky dollar

Can you get rich with just one dollar? What if he was a homeless person? Moreover, with the conviction of not wanting to keep money in hand for fear of being corrupted by what defines the poison of society.

Nothing will be as you expect in this dramatic story, moving, raw and meaningful, where gray can be better between black and white.

INFO ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Giu Curro is a young boy of kung fu master and martial arts expert. With a passion for writing stories, he dedicated himself to his first book, WAY OF KUNG FU, for five years. A year after the beginning of the book Viviana Sallemi joins him. Brilliant and beautiful girl, she studies at the IED University of Milan fashion designer. His passion, as well as writing stories, is drawing and dancing. Anna Pia Lucci often collaborates with them, in art Hannarth, a young Neapolitan artist, who makes available her wonderful covers.

And now here they are to their second opera, FORTUNE DOLLAR, which define it as their swan song. All the stories they write will be somehow connected to each other.

Short Stories Collection

Praveen Crypty's Short Stories Collection.

A Collection of three short stories from Praveen Crypty.

The Stories includes Love and Hope, Mr.Millionaire and Proposal.

Each story has its unique blend of story line and is targeted at three stages of life. Chilhood, Teenage and Youth.

Nature matters in conversation

This 12-hour free course looked at where responsibility lies in matters of conservation and what should now constitute the primary focus of attention.

Encouraging book talk in the school library

This 4-hour free course, for librarians and teaching assistants, offered a range of ideas and activities to engage pupils in discussing books and reading.

Henry James Collection: The Ghostly Rental, Daisy Miller, the Altar of the Dead

"The Ghostly Rental"Henry James wrote many excellent ghost stories, his most famous being, "The Turn of the Screw." In "The Ghostly Rental," a newcomer in town, who loves to walk for exercise, comes upon a deserted rural road. He follows the road and comes upon a house that immediately strikes him as "simply haunted." He is determined to get into the house and find out the truth about it. What he finds out turns out to be quite different than what he expected. "Daisy Miller""Daisy Miller" is one of Henry James'' shorter and earlier novels. Written in 1878, it portrays the confused courtship of a headstrong American girl by Winterbourne, a compatriot of hers who is much more sophisticated. His pursuit of her is hampered by her own flirtatiousness, which is frowned upon by the other expatriates they meet in Switzerland and Italy. Her lack of understanding regarding social mores of the society she so desperately wishes to enter ultimately leads to a very unexpected ending. In addition to being a very good story, the novel serves as both a psychological description of the mind of a young woman and an analysis of the traditional views of a society to a clear outsider. This continues to be one of James'' most popular works. "The Altar of the Dead""The Altar of the Dead" was first published in the collection "Terminations" in 1895. It is a fable of life and death significance which explores what happens when a man tries to keep the remembrance of his dead friends, to save them from being forgotten entirely in the rush of everyday events. He meets a woman who shares his ideals, only to find that the past places what seems to be an impassable barrier between them. Although James was not a religious man, at least in the conventional sense, this story shows a deep spirituality in its treatment of mortality and the transcendent power of unselfish love. Critics have generally rated this tale very high among James'' works, with some calling it a "glorious fable," "magnificently w

Life is a Dream

Sexy in Stilettos: Volume 1

What's worse than having to watch your sister marry your ex fiance? How about when that fiance fires you from the family business? Hyper-organized, event planner, Jaya Trudeaux is used to doing things by the book and never making waves. It's a strategy that's served her well until she finds herself in failure alley with no fiance, no job and her thirtieth birthday looming. Maybe it's time to change her methods. Starting with an unlikely date to the wedding from hell. The only thing that can tie carefree, playboy, Alec Danthers down is his formidable step mother. When she calls him home to help find his wayward brother, he never imagines an uptight, list making, sass-talking woman would make him think about putting down roots. Can Jaya put the lists down long enough to enjoy the ride that is Alec? Will Alec stop running long enough to recognize true love? Warning: Sexy, sass talking women will make you laugh, cry and want a pair of killer footwear.

Saved at Sea a Lighthouse Story

Saved at Sea a Lighthouse Story This book is a facsimile reprint and may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages.This scarce antiquarian book is a selection from Kessinger Publishing's Legacy Reprint Series. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part ... Full description

Jack and Jill

The Sea Gull

Purchase one of 1st World Library's Classic Books and help support our free internet library of downloadable eBooks. 1st World Library-Literary Society is a non-profit educational organization. Visit us online at 1stWorldLibrary.ORG - - The scene is laid in the park on SORIN'S estate. A broad avenue of trees leads away from the audience toward a lake which lies lost in the depths of the park. The avenue is obstructed by a rough stage, temporarily erected for the performance of amateur theatricals, and which screens the lake from view. There is a dense growth of bushes to the left and right of the stage. A few chairs and a little table are placed in front of the stage. The sun has just set. JACOB and some other workmen are heard hammering and coughing on the stage behind the lowered curtain. MASHA and MEDVIEDENKO come in from the left, returning from a walk.

Game, Set, Match

Ivanoff

Creativity: The Actor in Performance

Creativity: the Actor in Performance focuses on becoming a creative performer. Many stage-actors succeed in rehearsals, yet under-perform where it counts - on stage. However, as actors know, performance is a thing unto itself - something that will happen out there, beyond anything that had happened in rehearsals. This book provides actors, their teachers and directors with insights into the creativity of the actor in performance.

Tales of a Tiller Girl Part 1 of 3

A heart-warming nostalgia memoir from a member of the world famous dance troupe, The Tiller Girls. Based in London in the 1930s, 40s and 50s, Irene's story will transport readers back to a more innocent, simple way of life.

This is the story of a little girl who loved to dance. Growing up in London in the 1930s, dancing was so much more to Irene than just a hobby. It was her escape and it took her off into another world away from the harsh realities of life. A fairytale world away from the horrors of WW2, from the grief of losing her father and missing her mother who she didn't see for three years while she was drafted to help with the war effort. And far away from her cold-hearted grandparents who treated her like an inconvenience.

Finally it led to her winning a place as a Tiller Girl; the world's most famous dance troupe known for their 32-and-a-half high kicks a minute and precise, symmetrical routines. For four years she opened and closed the show at the prestigious London Palladium and performed on stage alongside huge stars such as Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Judy Garland.

It was a strange mixture of glamour and bloody hard work but it was certainly never dull. And being a Tiller Girl also gave Irene the opportunity to see firsthand the devastating effects of WW2, both here and abroad.

Heart-warming, enlightening and wonderfully uplifting, Irene's evocative story will transport readers back to a time when every town and holiday resort had several theatres and when dance troupes like The Tiller Girls were the epitome of glitz and glamour.

King In the Mirror: The Reflection of Michael Jackson Vol.1

Born into an impoverished large family in Gary, Indiana, a boy was to become the youngest singer to have a #1 hit in the United States as a member of The Jackson 5 and the first to inscribe his name in music history. Later, he made Thriller, the highest selling album on the planet. His music crossed all borders, achieving many unprecedented feats one after the other. This book is a fictionalized true story, a type of self-help book, and aims to discover truths about our own life from that of the legendary King of Pop, Michael Jackson. This work is the first half of a book originally published by PHP Institute in Japan in 2010 and rewritten for English readers in 2012. This made-in-Japan content belongs to the BBB: Breakthrough Bandwagon Books.

Birth of a drug

This 4-hour free course looked at the use of organic chemistry in new drug development, using the example of a new drug for high blood pressure.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Ballet But Were Afraid to Ask

Your burning ballet questions answered...

o How do I become a professional ballet dancer?

o What do ballerinas eat?or do they eat at all?

o Are all men who wear tights gay?

These are just a few of the questions you'll find answered here. Feel the pain of what it's like to wear pointe shoes, experience the terror of meeting hot, gun-toting guys while on tour with ballet companies in exotic, distant lands... discover an insider's secrets about what ballet life is really like.