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  • Daniel's Bride
    by Miller, Linda Lael

    Chapter One Prosperity, Washington TerritoryAugust 2, 1877The noose lay heavy
    around Jolie McKibben's neck, smelling of sweat and horseflesh and hemp. Frantic
    protests of innocence had long since rendered her throat too raw to speak, and
    she felt nothing except a certain defiant numbness as she stared back at those
    who had gathered to see her hanged. Her blue-green eyes were dry and hot, but a
    tiny stream of perspiration trickled between her breasts, like a tear gone
    astray.She stood in the bed of Hobb Jackson's hay wagon, her fair hair sticking
    to her scalp under the dusty bowler hat she wore, her wrists bound tightly
    behind her back, her chin at the most obstinate angle possible. She could hear
    the team of horses behind her, neighing and blowing impatiently in the slow heat
    of a summer morning. In another few moments, the marshal would give the signal,
    the horses would pull the rig from beneath her feet, and she would be left to
    dangle and choke at the end of that dirty rope.All because she'd had the bad
    judgment to fall in with Blake Kingston. It didn't seem just that she had to die
    for what he'd done, but then, Jolie had never known life to be fair. For her, it
    had been a struggle, right from the very first.The undertaker, a heavy man
    sweating in a dark suit, dried his brow with a handkerchief and raised his round
    face to look into Jolie's eyes. "Let's get this over with," he said. "Miss
    McKibben's been duly tried and sentenced and there's no sense in dragging things
    out."Jolie felt her knees go weak and tried to put the starch back into them by
    sheer force of will. "I didn't rob the bank," she croaked out, needing to say
    the words one last time even though they'd been falling on deaf ears for a
    month. "And I didn't shoot anybody, either.""Just hang her," someone called from
    the crowd.It was then that a big man came out of the mercantile, a flour sack
    over one thick shoulder, his face hidden by the brim of a large, stained hat. He
    wore plain brown trousers, a rough-spun shirt the color of buttery cream, and an
    old buckskin vest. He silenced the yammering spectators just by sweeping them up
    in a single scathing glance, then set the bag on the wooden sidewalk with an
    unhurried motion and came down the steps. He crossed a street paved in mud,
    manure, and sawdust and stood at the rear of the wagon."Now, Dan'l," fretted the
    wizened old marshal, "don't you go interferin' in this here hangin'. We done
    tried this woman right and proper, and we found her guilty."Daniel.Jolie's heart
    gave a surging thump, but she couldn't afford to hope for rescue. The
    disappointment would be another burden, and the load she carried was already
    crushing.The farmer swept off his hat, revealing a head of wheat gold hair, and
    gazed up at her with eyes the same shade of blue as a summer sky in the early
    morning. He was not handsome, this man, and yet something wrenched painfully
    inside Jolie as she regarded him."This the lady bank robber?" he asked, his low
    voice revealing none of the agitation that raised an invisible charge from the
    small mob gathered to view the proceedings.Jolie ran the tip of her tongue over
    dry, cracked lips. For reasons she couldn't begin to sort through, it was
    crucial that this particular man not walk away believing she was guilty of
    robbery and murder. She took a step forward, and the rope chafed the delicate
    skin of her throat."Doesn't look like the type to me," Daniel reflected, raising
    one brawny hand to rub a clean-shaven chin. Desperate to find something to focus
    on other than the grim realities, Jolie took note of the fact that he was the
    only male present who didn't sport a mustache, a beard, or both.The corpulent
    undertaker -- his wagon stood waiting nearby, with the name Philias Pribbenow
    stenciled on the side-waddled forward, mopping his nape with the kerchief. "If
    you were interested in the proceedings, Daniel," he said, "you
    Daniel's Bride
  • Story of a Leader
    by Rodriguez, Shindo-Ki

    Juan Rivera aka John Revere, was the founder of the Grudgeslingers in New York.
    The Grudgeslingers were a group of people that did anything they could to try
    and stop crime and bring peace to the world. Juan is interviewed by a reporter,
    who was considered the best reporter in News Route. While given an extra chance
    by his superiors, the reporter who doesn't like to reveal his name had the
    opportunity to make the best story given. Story of a Leader, talks about the
    life and adventures of Juan Rivera and the Grudgeslingers. It is an
    inspirational story for people that believe someday the world will be at peace
    by teaching the people what they can do in stopping crime.
    Story of a Leader
  • A Russian Proprietor, and Other Stories
    by Tolstoy, Leo

    Six of the narratives included in the present volume are representative of Count
    Tolstoy's literary activity in the years 1856, 1857, and 1859; the first, which
    gives the volume its name, is of earlier date, having been written in 1852, the
    same year as "Childhood, Boyhood, and Youth." Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) was a
    Russian author, a master of realistic fiction and one of the world's greatest
    novelists. Tolstoy is best known for his two longest works, War and Peace and
    Anna Karenina, which are commonly regarded as among the finest novels ever
    A Russian Proprietor, and Other Stories
  • Falling
    by Thubron, Colin

    From the crowd below a journalist watches, as a circus girl performs her
    strangely daring trapeze act, and is captivated by her beauty, outrageous
    costumes and exotic make-up in such a way that he finds himself falling
    helplessly in love with her. But it is from a prison cell that the journalist
    remembers what happened - a prison like a microcosm of the world outside, where
    there are those who risk, and those who are self-incarcerated. Exploring the
    courage to aim beyond human limitation, FALLING is an intensely moving story of
    love and loss.
  • Ruthless Immigration; the Rise to Democracy and the new American
    by Osborne, Geno

    The Rise to Democracy: The writing of this book is to help educate young America
    because the olds ways no longer work. It is clear the justice system in our
    country is nothing more than a reflection of what it used to represent. The
    issues regarding increased border patrol, speeches to the public about
    guaranteed citizenship were all deception by way of United States election. Many
    immigrants have already learned of other ways to fight for permanent residency
    in the states. It's a game of deception called "I want to become an American
    Citizen." You know, the process of doing what ever it takes. Years ago it began
    one city block at a time. Later the issue took over various communities. And now
    repopulating the region. It won't be long before the nation bows down to the
    color of another flag and the culture of a different country.
    Ruthless Immigration; the Rise to Democracy and the new American
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