A Chill in the Air

An Italian War Diary, 1939-1940

A Chill in the Air

In 1939 it was not a foregone conclusion that Mussolini would enter World War II on the side of Hitler. In this previously unpublished and only recently discovered diary, Iris Origo, author of the classic War in Val d’Orcia, provides a vivid account of how Mussolini decided on a course of action that would devastate his country and ultimately destroy his regime. Though the British-born Origo lived with her Italian husband on an estate in a remote part of Tuscany, she was supremely well-connected and regularly in touch with intellectual and diplomatic circles in Rome, where her godfather, William Phillips, was the American ambassador. Her diary describes the Fascist government’s growing infatuation with Nazi Germany as Hitler’s armies marched triumphantly across Europe and the campaign of propaganda and intimidation that was mounted in support of its new aims. The book ends with the birth of Origo’s daughter and Origo’s decision to go to Rome to work with prisoners of war at the Italian Red Cross. Together with War in Val d’Orcia, A Chill in the Air offers an indispensable record of Italy at war as well as a thrilling story of a formidable woman’s transformation from observer to actor at a great historical turning point.

Stillness in the Air

Stillness in the Air

The year is 1905 and just as sure as the boll weevils nest in the rafters of the barn to return next year, so the seeds of madness lay waiting to destroy the McKinnon family. In Louise Goodman's new novel, Darla McKinnon tells her story-of a young girl, born into a violent family where denial of reality becomes their way of surviving. From the cotton fields of Texas to the streets of Los Angeles, Darla's rich imagination leads her to believe that California presents them all the opportunity to lead a "proper" life. Fantasy rarely comes true, but, in Stillness In The Air, it seems that some of Darla's dreams are realized when she is sent to live at a farmhouse in Anaheim where she cares for the ailing Mrs. Sparrow. Here she learns how to love and lets herself be loved. She matures into a thoughtful and lovely young woman. But happiness has a way of fleeing when least expected and so it is that Darla is thrown into a battle of wills with her ruthless brother, Jasper. His derangement spirals deeper into madness, threatening to take Darla and her two sisters with him.

Eagle in the Land of Dragons

Eagle in the Land of Dragons

In 36 BC, Li Bi was the Prefect of Zhangye province in Han Dynasty China. He was called out of a comfortable retirement to join a military expedition against his old enemies the Xiongnu as cavalry commander. He would rather stay home in his new villa and enjoy the carnal pleasures with youngest wife Qingling. His past however beckons him and leaves him no choice. There are Romans in the Xiongnu army and perhaps, old comrades. Meanwhile as he prepares his men he writes a book about another war fought right around the world in Belgica. He traces the adventures of a young Centurion named Livy as he fights for Julius Caesar against the Belgae in 57BC. Livy leads Caesars band of mounted scouts armed with composite bows. The war is brutal but Livys life is complicated by the many exotic and seductive women he meets on the campaign trail. Caesar sends him on ever more dangerous missions but Livys understanding of the art of war sees him trough each encounter with the brave and determined enemy. The campaign climaxes at the River Sabis where Bodougnatus, King of the Nervii and 100,000 blood thirsty barbarians set up an elaborate ambush for the unwary Roman Army. Can Caesars vaunted tactical skills save the Roman Army from annihilation? Will Livys vaunted good luck finally run out? Meanwhile Li Bi rides west to face Chanyu Zhizhi, King of the Western Xiongnu with his newly raised cavalry armed with repeating crossbows. How will his Chinese troops fare against crack Roman infantry?

A Daze in the Life

A Daze in the Life

This book is made up of mostly poems and also short stories and sayings. This book is a testimony of my life. I am sixty nine years old. My life has been years of bondage, hurts, burtialities and misjudgements, as well as rape and mind control, through the misappropriate efforts of my stepfather and my natural mother. I am not asking for sympathy, for I have made it thus far through the blessings of God and people around me such as my son, daughter-in-law, my two sisters and my brother and others who have stood by me in faith and helped me to over come up to this point. My book walks along my life in telling the story as well as showing that through it all there were days of sunshine, and days when I could smile. Maybe this book will help you in times, when you need encouragement, and to know, that with trust, and belief in God, you too, can make it. Thank you for your support. Arlene Brassfield

Weighed in the Balance

A William Monk Novel

Weighed in the Balance

When Countess Zorah Rostova asks London barrister Sir Oliver Rathbone to defend her against a charge of slander, he is astonished to find himself accepting. For without a shred of evidence, the countess has publicly insisted that the onetime ruler of her small German principality was murdered by his wife, the woman who was responsible for the prince’s exile to Venice twenty years before. Private investigator William Monk and his friend Hester Latterly journey to the City of Water in an attempt verify the countess’s claims, and though the two manage to establish that the prince was indeed murdered, as events unfold the likeliest suspect seems to be Countess Zorah herself. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Advanced Planning in Fresh Food Industries

Integrating Shelf Life into Production Planning

Advanced Planning in Fresh Food Industries

Production planning in fresh food industries is a challenging task. Although modern Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) systems could provide significant support, APS implementation numbers in these industries remain low. Therefore, based on an in-depth analysis of three sample fresh food industries (dairy, fresh and processed meat), the author evaluates what APS systems should offer in order to effectively support production planning and how the leading systems currently handle the most distinguishing characteristic of fresh food industries, the short product shelf life. Starting from the identified weaknesses, customized software solutions for each of the sample industries are proposed that allow to optimize the production of fresh foods with respect to shelf life. The book thereby offers valuable insights not only to researchers but also to software providers of APS systems and professionals from fresh food industries.

So Chill in the Bones

So Chill in the Bones

This work covers a spectrum of not only raw emotion, but that of fancy and fantasy. Something a little macabre and eerie, while weaving some fractals of beauty, yet maintaining its integrity as a work of mental stimulation, something for people to sink their imaginations into. Some are life based observations and moments of shame; shame from human action in this world and the environment’s inhabitants, other than ourselves. A work of fiction and, hopefully, some shivers and dark-rooted dread.

Drowning - Tödliches Element

Drowning - Tödliches Element

Das Böse lebt bis über den Tod hinaus... "Er kommt zu sich. Ein Tropfen trifft sein linkes Auge. Dann schießt Regen aus dem grauen Himmel. Er dreht den Kopf zur Seite, spuckt Schlamm und Kies aus, entdeckt ein Gesicht, wenige Meter entfernt. Haare kleben wie dünne Schlangen auf der Stirn. Aus dem Mundwinkel rinnt Wasser. Bleiche Haut, dreckverschmiert, geschlossene Augen. Es ist sein eigenes Gesicht!" Wasser ist der Ursprung alles Lebens, sagt man. Für Carl ist es nur eins: tödlich! Es war ein tragischer Unfall, sagt die Polizei. Carl soll mit seinem Bruder Rob und dessen Freundin Neisha am See gewesen sein. Jetzt ist Rob tot, Neisha hat panische Angst und Carls Gedächtnis ist wie ausgelöscht. Alles ist ihm fremd – seine Mutter, sein Zuhause, seine Sachen. Und obwohl jeder behauptet, dass die Brüder sich nahe gestanden haben: Carl empfindet keine Trauer. Dafür fühlt er sich zu Neisha hingezogen. Ist er ein gefühlskaltes Monster? Und wieso glaubt er, Robs Stimme zu hören, wenn der doch ertrunken ist? Ein düsterer Thriller, der unter die Haut geht - von Bestseller-Autorin Rachel Ward!

Tremors - Travel Adventures in Post Earthquake Japan

Tremors - Travel Adventures in Post Earthquake Japan

The day before Paul Broadhead was due to travel to Japan for the first time, an earthquake and tsunami rocked the North East coast of the country, killing thousands and leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. Undeterred, he flew out for a three week trip through a country coming to terms with devastating loss. Tremors is a personal account – sometimes funny, occasionally sad, but always eye-opening – of a gaijin in Japan, at a time when nothing is certain and everything is subject to change…

The Devil's Armour

The Devil's Armour

A year after the events of THE EYES OF GOD, Lukien, Baron Glass and Gilwyn are all living in Grimhold. But the history of Liiria has not done with them yet. Jazana Carr, the Diamond Queen, has secured power in Norvor and is now set to unleash her mercenary army against Liiria. Convinced he can stop the woman he once jilted, the Baron steals the cursed Devil's Armour and rides to stop her. But the armour corrupts him and he falls in love with his former lover. Somehow Lukien must stop a man he once trusted, a man wearing armour that makes him invulnerable. This is another massive, action-driven fantasy novel full of magic, betrayal and battle, from one of the most exciting new talents in world fantasy.