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Nikki and Damien continue in Take Me

I awake to an empty bed and the smell of frying bacon. I roll over to find my phone on the bedside table, then glance at the time. Not yet six. I groan and fall back among the pillows, but I don't really want to go back to sleep. What I want is Damien. I slide out of bed, then grab the tank top and yoga pants I'd left draped across a nearby armchair. I head barefoot out of the bedroom and move the short distance down the hall to the third-floor kitchen. We're standing in Damien's Malibu house, and the wall of windows that faces the ocean is wide open, the glass panels having been thrust aside to let in the breeze. The smell of the ocean mingles with the scent of breakfast and I breathe deep, realizing that I am content. Whatever demons had poked at me during the night, Damien effectively banished them. I glance toward the windows and out at the darkened Pacific. Waves glow white in the fading moonlight as they break upon the shore. There is beauty there, and part of me wants to walk to the balcony and stare out at the roiling, frothing water. But the siren call of the ocean is nothing compared to my desire to see Damien, and so I turn away from the windows and head straight to the kitchen. It is larger than the one in the condo I used to share with my best friend, Jamie, and it is not even the primary kitchen for this house. That is on the first floor, and could easily service a one-hundred-table restaurant. But this - the "small" kitchen - was installed as an adjunct to the open area that serves as a venue for entertaining, and since it is just down the hall from our bedroom, Damien and I have gotten into the habit of cooking our meals and eating in this cozier, more informal area. Usually we're joined by Lady Meow-Meow, the fluffy white cat I took custody over when Jamie moved out. I know Lady M misses Jamie, but she's also enjoying having the run of this huge house, and Gregory - the valet, butler, and all around house-running guy - spoils her rotten. Now I lean against the half wall that marks the break from hallway to kitchen. Damien is standing at the stove cooking an omelette as if he were nothing more than an ordinary guy. Except there is nothing ordinary about Damien Stark. He is grace and power, beauty and heat. He is exceptional, and he has captured me completely. At the moment, he is shirtless, and I cannot help the way my breath stutters as my eyes skim over the defined muscles of his back and his taut, strong arms. Damien's first fortune came not form business, but from his original career as a champion tennis player. Even now, years later, he has both the look and the power of an elite athlete. I let my gaze drift down appreciatively. He is wearing simple gray sweatpants that sit low on his narrow hips and cling to the curves of his perfectly toned ass. Like me, he is barefoot. He looks young and sexy and completely delicious. Yet despite his casual appearance, I can still see the executive. The powerful businessman who harnessed the world, who shifted it to his own liking and made a fortune in the process. He is strength and control. And I am humbled by the knowledge that I am what he values most of all, and that I will spend the rest of my life at his side. "You're staring," he says, his eyes still on the stove. I grin happily, like a child. "I enjoy looking at pretty things." He turns now, and his eyes rake over me, starting at my toes. "So do I," he says when his gaze reaches my face, and there is so much heat in his voice that my legs go weak and my body quivers with want. His mouth curves into a slow, sexy smile, and I am absolutely certain in that moment that I am going to melt. "You spoiled my surprise," he says, then nods toward the breakfast table where a tray sits with a glass bud vase displaying a single, red rose. "Breakfast in bed."

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Eat, Drink, Run.

Bryony Gordon
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Tin Man

Sarah Winman
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Sarah Winman

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2017 COSTA NOVEL AWARDFrom the internationally bestselling author of WHEN GOD WAS A RABBIT comes a heartbreaking celebration of love in all its forms, and the moments that illuminate the life of one man.This is almost a love story. But it's not as simple as that.'Her best novel to date' Observer'An exquisitely crafted tale of love and loss' Guardian'A marvel' Sunday Express'Astoundingly beautiful' Matt HaigIt begins with a painting won in a raffle: fifteen sunflowers, hung on the wall by a woman who believes that men and boys are capable of beautiful things.And then there are two boys, Ellis and Michael,who are inseparable.And the boys become men,and then Annie walks into their lives,and it changes nothing and everything.Tin Man sees Sarah Winman follow the acclaimed success of When God Was A Rabbit and A Year Of Marvellous Ways with a love letter to human kindness and friendship, loss and living.

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Mad Girl

Bryony Gordon
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Anxiety Rebalance

Carl Vernon
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Carl Vernon

Anxiety Rebalance is Carl Vernon's personal experience of overcoming 15 years of crippling anxiety. In this online best-seller, Carl combines a compelling account of his experience with the answers he found, including the 10 key actions that helped him achieve balance. The response from his readers (of his original self-published edition) has been extraordinary, and his solutions will become as much as a life manual as Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway and Sane New World.'Throughout the fifteen years I battled with anxiety and depression I was constantly looking for a cure - until I realised I was looking for answers that didn't exist. Don't waste another minute.' Dealing with anxiety requires ONE thing: BALANCECarl's step-by-step guide teaches you: The truth about anxiety and depression - by exposing them for what they really are. How to instantly reduce your stress and anxiety, and feel immediate relief. How to control all anxiety-related symptoms and disorders including panic attacks, social anxiety, OCD and agoraphobia. Why BALANCE is the only real solution for overcoming anxiety and depression, Plus the 10 actions you need to take to achieve lifetime change.Where do you come on the ReBalance scale?

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The Naturalista

Xochi Balfour
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10 Keys to Happier Living

Vanessa King
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Vanessa King

'Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions' The Dalai Lama, patron of Action for Happiness. Vanessa King, positive psychology expert for Action for Happiness has created 10 key evidence-based actions that have been shown to increase happiness and wellbeing - at home, at work and in the world around you. If you have read The Art of Happiness, The Happiness Project or Sane New World, this book will be the perfect complement.We all want to be happy but what does that actually mean and what can we do in our everyday lives to be happier? Fortunately, psychologists, neuroscientists and other experts now have evidence of what really makes a difference and helps us to be happier and more resilient to life's ups and downs.In this book, Vanessa King of Action for Happiness has drawn on the latest scientific studies to create a set of evidence-based practical actions. They will help you connect with people, nurture your relationships and find purpose. You'll get ideas for taking care of your body, making the most of what's good and finding new ways to stimulate your mind. So here are the 10 Keys to Happier Living - ideas, insights and practical actions that you can take to create more happiness for yourself and those around you.

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Detox Your Ego

Steven Sylvester
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Steven Sylvester

What stops you performing at your best? Your ego.Your ego is your natural defence system, triggered when strong emotions such as anxiety and fear sweep through you. When you're doing something important - preparing for an exam, taking a driving test, speaking in public, making a business presentation, or striving to improve your performance in sport - your ego is sure to interfere. By enabling you to understand your underlying motivations and anxieties, DETOX YOUR EGO helps you improve the way you go about achieving those goals.DETOX YOUR EGO takes you on a journey of self-discovery, a process that enables youto master your own ego in order to increase your health, happiness and purpose. Psychologist Steven Sylvester's inspiring and ground-breaking approach focuses on a brand new approach to winning. In DETOX YOUR EGO, Sylvester shares for the very first time the seven easy steps to be freer, happier and more successful in your life. DETOX YOUR EGO liberates you to be the best that you can be.

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Something for the Weekend (Leo Street, Book 1)

Pauline Mclynn
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Pauline Mclynn

Dublin private-eye Leo Street feigns culinary prowess as she investigates marital infidelity in the countryside. Something for the Weekend is the first comic crime caper of the charming Leo Street series by Pauline McLynn. The perfect read for fans of Janet Evanovich and Joanna Cannon. 'Scandal, infidelity, secrets and soufflé are all explored with a healthy dollop of humour' - ExpressWhen private investigator Leo Street is sent to County Kildare to spy on the wife of a loathsome client, she's delighted to be getting away from rainy Dublin and her hopeless, permanently resting actor boyfriend Barry. The one catch is she has to masquerade as a member of a cookery course and the only piece of culinary equipment Leo can handle is a tin opener - Weekend Entertaining Part 1 is daunting to say the least. As she strips away layers of marital infidelity - not to mention several other scandalous secrets - she battles with bread-making and brûlée. But where will it all end - in triumph or tragedy?What readers are saying about Something for the Weekend:'A well written, engaging plot makes this a page turner''Pauline McLynn has created a realistic character that jumps off the page and hits you between the eyes''Guaranteed to make you laugh... and then cry'

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The Woman on the Bus

Pauline Mclynn
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Pauline Mclynn

Is it the end of the road... Or just the beginning? Combining the storytelling powers of Maeve Binchy with her own unique sense of humour and perception, Father Ted's Pauline McLynn crafts a sparklingly original novel, The Woman on the Bus. The perfect read for fans of Ruth Hogan's The Keeper of Lost Things and Matt Haig's How to Stop Time. 'This is Pauline McLynn's fourth novel, and the author is going from strength to strength with every outing. Fizzing with vividly sketched characters, The Woman on the Bus is a skilfully written story' - Sunday Tribune It's a typical Tuesday evening in Kilbrody. Cathy Long is on her way to collect her drunken father from the pub. Ozzy O'Reilly is in the graveyard, watching the Dublin bus through his binoculars. Charlie Finn is pulling pints, when suddenly it hits him: he's bored. And that's when the woman from the bus walks through his door and drinks herself into oblivion. Now the whole village wants to know, who is the woman on the bus? The question is, will she tell them?What readers are saying about The Woman on the Bus:'Her best book so far. Full of real characters, real emotions''Heartily recommended, can keep you turning page after page. It is worthy of a sequel' 'A funny yet moving love story set amongst some wonderful scenery'

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Bright Lights and Promises

Pauline Mclynn
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Pauline Mclynn
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The Flipside

Adam J. Jackson
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Adam J. Jackson

Every cloud can have a silver lining...Renowned therapist, motivational speaker and No. 1 bestselling author Adam J. Jackson helps readers turn negative experiences into positive, life-affirming outcomes through a series of inspirational stories from around the world. The Flipside is your passport to a brighter, more positive future.Those inspired by Adam J. Jackson's bestselling series The Secrets of Abundant Health, Wealth, Love & Happiness, Tim Harford's Adapt or Matthew Syed's Black Box Thinking will find The Flipside utterly compelling and motivational. A setback can change the course of your life. But why should the change be a negative one? Challenges and obstacles are part of life, but while some wilt under pressure, others rise to the occasion. Could it be there is a method for overcoming adversity and turning failure into success?The flipside is the hidden opportunity inside each problem - an opportunity so powerful that it dwarfs the original difficulty. The Flipside is full of life-affirming stories from around the world. It will change the way you look at adversity, and help you turn setbacks into new chances.What readers are saying about The Flipside: 'A fascinating read which left me with a feeling of optimism and well-being. An uplifting read and one I highly recommend' Amazon reviewer, 5 stars'This is a highly readable, easy to digest book - a collection of how a variety of people found themselves in unexpected challenging situations and what they did about it. I found it thought provoking and useful' Amazon reviewer, 5 stars'Adam J. Jackson did a great job of writing a very inspiring book about dealing with adversity and finding the hidden opportunities in adversity' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Adam J. Jackson

As a young boy, Adam J. Jackson was plagued by the skin disorder psoriasis. From acute physical and social suffering, he went on to develop one of the world's most successful non-steroid treatments for the condition, and now helps thousands of fellow sufferers. Adam is now an internationally renowned therapist, motivational speaker and author. His SECRETS OF ABUNDANT HEALTH, WEALTH AND HAPPINESS series has been translated in 27 languages. Adam has appeared on GMTV, The Big Breakfast and Kilroy Silk and has also been featured in the Sunday Express, Today, GQ and Here's Health.

Bryony Gordon

In the 18 years that she has worked for the Telegraph, Bryony Gordon has become one of the paper's best-loved writers. She is the author of the bestselling The Wrong Knickers plus The Sunday Times Number One bestseller Mad Girl which was nominated for a British Book Award. Her weekly column in the Sunday Telegraph has won her an army of fans who have followed her journey from single girl about town to - finally! - settled mum. Bryony is now 37 and lives in Nappy Valley (Clapham) with her daughter Edie and her husband, a financial journalist. The last sentence is one she never thought she would see written down on paper.

Carl Vernon

Carl Vernon is an entrepreneur, speaker and author renowned for his personal experience in overcoming anxiety after fifteen years. Since his transformation, Carl has been passionate about helping others overcome anxiety and achieve more than they thought possible by sharing life-changing habits and principles. Find more at www.carlvernon.com

Clemency Burton-Hill

Clemency Burton-Hill is one of the UK's leading arts broadcasters and writers. She is one of the presenters of BBC Radio 3 Breakfast, the Proms, and Young Musician of the Year as well as numerous other music and arts programmes on radio, television and online. A former presenter of The Culture Show and The Review Show, as a journalist she regularly contributes to the Observer, Economist, 1843 Magazine, FT Weekend, Guardian and Telegraph. She is also the classical music columnist for BBC Culture. An award-winning violinist, Clemency has performed all over the world under leading conductors. She is the co-founder of Aurora Orchestra and a patron of the music and arts education charities The Choir of London Trust and Dramatic Need.

Debbie Frank

Debbie Frank is a renowned astrologer who has been in practice since 1984. A prolific media astrologer since 1994 when she wrote the horoscope column for She magazine, she has also written for the Daily Mail, Sunday Express, Hello!, Instyle, Daily Mirror and Sunday Mirror. She is also a frequent guest astrologer on Steve Wright's Radio 2 show. Debbie was Princess Diana's personal astrologer for 9 years, from 1989 until her death in 1997. She had a privileged position of unique access to Diana, being one of her closest confidantes.

Pauline Mclynn

Pauline McLynn grew up in Galway and started acting while studying History of Art in Dublin. She has played many stage roles, but shot to fame as the inimitable Mrs Doyle in Father Ted. Her other television work includes Aristocrats and Bremner, Bird and Fortune and, most recently, the hugely popular comedy series Jam and Jerusalem. Pauline has read several Books at Bedtime and her appearances on cinema screens include Angela's Ashes, Quills, Gypo, Heidi and An Everlasting Piece. Pauline has contributed to Girls' Night In, in aid of War Child, Magic, in aid of One Parent Families, Moments, in aid of Tsunami Relief and the serial Irish novel Yeats Is Dead, in aid of Amnesty International.

Sarah Winman

Sarah Winman grew up in Essex and now lives in London. She attended the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and went on to act in theatre, film and television. She has written three novels, WHEN GOD WAS A RABBIT, A YEAR OF MARVELLOUS WAYS and TIN MAN.

Zoé de Las Cases

Zoé de Las Cases is an illustrator and artistic director of a Parisian creative agency.She is the author of a number of colouring books including - Secret Paris: Colouring for mindfulness; Secret Japan: Colouring for mindfulness: Secret Paris: Colour Your Way to Calm. www.zoedelascases.comFollow on Twitter @zoedelascases