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From "New York Times "bestselling author Joan Johnston, the
thrilling seventh "Bitter Creek "novel featuring passion and
intrigue mixed with an explosive, spine-tingling tale of murder,
wrongful imprisonment, and a woman who counts no cost too high to
see a killer brought to justice.
Joan Johnston presents the thrilling saga of two dynastic families,
the Blackthornes and the Creeds, with this powerful "New York
Times" bestseller -- a novel of intrigue, passion, ambition, and
love set amid Houston's towering skyscrapers and the majestic
plains of South Texas ranch country.
A lavish summer wedding is being planned at Bitter Creek ranch. In one month, Clay Blackthorne will wed socialite Jocelyn Montrose. But when she hears stirrings of a corporate takeover by the family's archrival, North Grayhawk, Jocelyn covertly heads to North's ranch to offer a valuable commodity -- herself -- if North will call off his plans. Striking a deal to spend the summer with the steely, seductive North, Jocelyn fails to see that her sacrifice to protect the man she loves may have dire consequences.
Stunned by his fiancee's rejection, Clay, a newly appointed federal judge, begins presiding over an incendiary terrorism trial, which brings him face to face with his first love, Libby Grayhawk. As tensions mount, forces beyond Clay's control threaten the women most precious to him in the past and the present. And only in a daring act of sacrifice will he know which woman will become the next Mrs. Blackthorne.
HE MAY BE HER ONLY HOPE.
Texas Ranger Jake Kearney was astonished to discover that the "Kid"
Calhoun he stalked, the same outlaw who saved him from ambush, was
a woman--and an irresistible one at that Now Anabeth Calhoun was an
unwilling captive of the flinty-eyed Ranger as they pursued a gang
of cold-blooded killers . . . and a cache of stolen gold that had
mysteriously disappeared. But the lawman's problems had only just
begun. Fighting his desire for the outlaw he had sworn would not
escape justice, Jake Kearney was soon torn between his duty . . .
and his love. . . .
Determined to capture the heart of her childhood friend Ethan Hawk,
Patch Kendrick, now a beautiful blonde, helps Patch clear his name
so that he will be free to love. By the author of "Kid
Sworn to protect her, he was forbidden to touch her....
Fleeing England as a destitute widow, Lady Verity Talbot settles in the wilderness of the Wyoming Territory. In the arms of a buckskin-clad stranger, she recognizes the unforgettable kind of passion from the man she left behind 20 years before. But this time Viscount Linden, now a frontiersman, would not let her go so easily.
?Boldt's Broken Angel? follows detective Lou Boldt on the trail of a serial killer who is as twisted as this story's brilliant plot. A dystopian tomorrow is under investigation in ?Through a Veil Darkly, ? a timely story that shows us how a tense political climate can evolve into an environment where even murder can be justified and patriotic. In ?Bedtime for Mr. Li? we meet Jason Ryder: a hit man you wouldn't mind having a beer with. You wouldn't want to get mixed up in his business?but if you could talk to such a man, wouldn't you? Protecting the Innocent? asks you to consider how far you?d go for love. Would you risk your own life? If you?re anything like Nick ? or Simon ? you might go just a little too far. In ?Watch Out for My Girl, ? an accidental crush becomes an inappropriate affair of the heart that leads headlong into a meeting with murder. The main character in ?Killing Time, ? Fallon, is a sociopath. He's a professional killer who hides out by murdering and impersonating an English teacher at Hampton Lake Middle School.
In this dazzling prequel to the New York Times bestsellers The Cowboy and The Texan, Joan Johnston takes us back to a time when Texas was a young and wild republic, and three strong-willed sisters carved out a destiny that would spawn two legendary dynasties. Here is the spellbinding tale of a woman captured by Comanches--and of the proud warrior who vows to make her love him.
"NEW YORK TIMES "BESTSELLER
Her rich titian hair in a bun, schoolmarm Eden Devlin was too tall and too doggone smart. Most men in Sweetwater wouldn't tangle with her. Until Burke Kerrigan rode into town. Big, hard, and handsome, he wore a pair of six-guns and a bold, lazy smile. He came to settle the war between the nesters and the ranchers, but soon had another challenge on his hands.
This volume presents multidisciplinary perspectives from leading scholars in the science of teams and intelligent tutoring systems (ITSs) on research needed to advance the state of the art of team ITSs. Our esteemed authors provide lessons learned to guide future research that will produce the technical capabilities needed to support team skills development. The introduction by Drs. Robert Sottilare and Eduardo Salas, who are leaders in the field of ITSs and team science, discusses the challenges and approaches to building ITSs for teams. The volume's first section introduces concepts for understanding team training such as team task analysis, team macrocognition, measurement strategies for dynamic processes, and effective team training methods to provide insights into ITS design. Section two presents recent advances in team assessment and feedback through unobtrusive assessments, modeling dynamic team interactions, neurodynamic scaffolding, and collaborative tutoring strategies. In the Volume's third section authors discuss lessons learned from past research, provide a discourse on the five disciplinary perspectives of engineering, learning sciences, team research, data analysis, and human computer interaction to create a framework for guiding team ITS developers, and examine the team ITS requirements for long term space travel. The final chapter summarizes and integrates lessons learned and provides recommendations for future research and development.
Delia Carson was only sixteen when she fled her hometown--running thousands of miles away from the deadly Texas tempest of lies and shadows that tore apart her family...and her aching love for smalltown bad boy Marsh North.
But she never could escape.
A New York judge with a reputation for toughness, Delia has tried to forget, but cannot. And now a family crisis is calling her home--back to the mystery, back to the shadows...back to North, the "bad boy" turned respected, prize-winnning journalist. But some things never change. Dark secrets long denied must finally be revealed. And a youthful passion interrupted but never destroyed must be rapturously reborn as adult love if Delia is to be truly free.
Dedicated Texas Ranger Jack Kittrick is hard on the trail of a killer who is preying on the helpless in a large San Antonio hospital--a hunt that leads him to Maggie Wainwright, the beautiful, enigmatic legal eagle who had access to the victims. . .and a motive for the crimes. The more Jack learns about Ms. Wainwright, the more this secretive lady--who makes his spurs tangle and his heart run wild--enthralls and perplexes him.
When her own son becomes the killer's target, Maggie can no longer keep silent about her painful. shadowy past. With everything she truly cares about at stake, Maggie must cast her fate to the Texas winds. . .and trust her future--and her love--to the determined lawman who has more questions for her than she has answers.
For Sloan Stewart, romance meant only heartache and betrayal, but Cruz Guerrero planned to seduce the iron-willed beauty with soft words and tender caresses. Yet as Texas raged in a bloody battle over statehood, not even Cruz's love could protect Sloan from a web of treachery spun years ago.
Joan Johnston sweeps readers back to the untamed American West in a
tale of powerful emotions and breathtaking action.
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