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George Jepson interviews author Helen Hollick. 
 
By George!--George remembers Orvin Yeoman, his father-in-law, and a WWII US Navy corpsman.

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Finger Lakes Feast: 110 Delicious Recipes from New York's Hotspot for Wholesome Local Foods
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New York's Finger Lakes region is on the cutting edge of the regional food movement. It has become a hotspot for delicious, healthful eating incorporating fresh foods from the region's scores of specialty farms, as well as locally produced delectables derived from these superb fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy products. 

 

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Free online books and novels read For adults A Family Legacy: The Watson Works

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'A Family Legacy: The Watson Works'
By Wilson James

Another tragedy has struck the Watson family and now the only thing left is the family business. Connor, the younger of the teen brothers, must try to make the tough decisions that will keep things going. Can Connor deal with his profound loss and prevent a similar tragedy when he has the chance? Can he find happiness and make a new family? Join Connor in this story of adventure and courage.

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Another tragedy has struck the Watson family and now the only thing left is the family business. Connor, the younger of the teen brothers, must try to make the tough decisions that will keep things going. Can Connor deal with his profound loss and prevent a similar tragedy when he has the chance? Can he find happiness and make a new family?

The first ever sinking of a ferry on the rugged west coast becomes a personal tragedy for teenagers David and Connor Watson, back home in the small town of Franklin Lake. Four years previously, they were involved in the tragic accident that cost their father's life, and now having lost their mother and step-father, are orphans. What's worse is that all of the family's resources have been put into the family business, 'The Watson Works.' With no family left except for each other, David and Connor are faced with some tough choices.

What should they do? Do they accept the interference of the adults who want to impose upon their lives.

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'80AD - The Yu Dragon (Book 5 -The Final Adventure)'
By Aiki Flinthart

This is it. The final Level of the Game. China in 80AD is the stage for the final showdown between Phoenix and Jade and their arch-enemy, Feng Zhudai. But Jade is a prisoner thousands of miles away and time is running out. Low on spare lives, low on ideas and low on patience, Phoenix needs to find her and come up with a plan to defeat Zhudai before the unimaginable happens and the badguy wins

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This is it. The final Level of the Game.
China in 80AD is the stage for the final showdown between Phoenix and Jade and
their arch-enemy, Feng Zhudai.

Things don't start off so well, though.

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'80AD - The Sudarshana (Book 4)'
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Ever wondered what India was like in 80AD? Well neither had Jade and Phoenix - until they ended up there for Level 4 of the game. In the tropical heat of India, they have to face a whole new range of enemies. Snake-gods, invading armies, assassins and war-elephants are all on the list. To complicate matters, the Game is now open to internet gamers in the real world. The race to win is on.

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Ever wondered what India was like in 80AD? Well neither had Jade and Phoenix - until they end up there for Level 4 of the game, 80AD.

Transported from the deserts of Egypt into the tropical heat of India, they have to face a whole new range of enemies. Snake-gods, invading armies, assassins and war-elephants are all on the list.

To complicate matters, the Game is now open to internet gamers in their world - adding a whole new level of difficulty. When they meet a fellow-gamer, they are in for the ride of their lives.

All they want to do is complete their next quest, yet somehow, they end up involved in a full-scale war between Indian rival kings. Each army is over 100 000 strong and prepared to fight to the bloody death to hold the town of Pune.

Unfortunately, it's also the town Phoenix and Jade must get to, to complete Level 4. They must return The Sudarshana to the statue of Vishnu in Pune, before the death of the moon.

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80AD Book 3 finds Phoenix, Jade and their companions in 80AD Egypt. Rome has conquered the country and all is not peaceful. This adventure is the most insane yet. It has everything you'd expect plus some: mummies, secret passages, treasure, an evil high priest, human sacrifice, walking undead and more. Can our heroes release the imprisoned goddess, Anuket, to complete Level 3?

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80AD Book 3 finds Phoenix, Jade, Marcus and Brynn trapped inside a pyramid in ancient Egypt. No pharoahs here, this is Egypt as you've never see it. Rome has taken over and the country is far from peaceful.

This adventure is the most insane yet. It has everything you'd expect and more: mummies, secret passages, treasure, an evil high priest, human sacrifice, walking undead and more.

Together they must escape the clutches of the high priest of the Egyptian god, Set and release the imprisoned goddess of the Nile, Anuket.

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80AD - The Hammer of Thor (Book 2)'
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Book One saw Jade and Phoenix cast into their avatar's bodies and into Level One of the fantasy game world of 80AD. Now, instead of going home, they find themselves in Level Two - a hostile, frozen wilderness. They have no idea where they are or how fulfil their next quest - to steal the legendary Hammer of Thor...and everyone knows stealing things from Gods is hazardous to your health...

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Book 2 of the 80AD series sees Jade, Phoenix and their companions flung into the frozen wastes of northern Europe.
Here they must somehow reach Asgard, home of the Norse Gods, in order to steal the Hammer of Thor.
They are far from civilisation, snowbound, hunted, lost and on a deadline. If they don't reach Asgard in time, bad things will happen: Ragnarok - the end of the world. Unending winter, followed by hellfire and an almighty battle between the gods and giants.
If this world is destroyed, Phoenix and Jade die with it and their bodies, back in their own world, die as well.

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Free online books and novels read For adults 80AD - The Jewel of Asgard (Book 1)

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80AD - The Jewel of Asgard (Book 1)'
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What happens when you take a pair of ordinary, miserable 14 year olds out of their ordinary, miserable lives and throw them into another world and another time? Chaos, fear, magic and excitement - that's what. When Phoenix and Jade somehow end up in the bodies of their own warrior Avatars in the online fantasy game, 80AD, they have to play the game through to get home. Do they have what it takes?

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Take a very ordinary, very unhappy 14 year old boy, Phoenix. He's bored by school, hates his step-father, feels like he has no control over his life. In fact, the only things he does like are computer games and martial arts.
Add a smart, miserable 14 year old girl, Jade. She's the youngest of seven girls; teased and picked on; a misfit; her own mother doesn't get her. All she likes is books and botany.
Throw both these kids into a computer game - 80AD - AND into their avatar's bodies. Phoenix and Jade aren't 14 year old kids any longer. They're 17 year old warriors, confused and trapped in an ancient world of warfare, magic and death. They're stuck in 80AD Britain To Phoenix, it's fun - a gamer's dream come true. To Jade, it's a nightmare.

In order to get home, they have to play out Level One of 80AD. They have to find the Jewel of Asgard.

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13 on Halloween (Shadow Series #1)'
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Roxie has the best night of her life until the popular kids decide they want to celebrate her birthday in a way Roxie never expects––in her attic, with a gift that's out of this world, and a pact to never tell a living soul what happens next. Roxie astral projects to Planet Popular where she becomes seventeen instantly and gets everything she's always wanted, but nothing is as it seems.

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Roxie has the best night of her life until the popular kids decide they want to celebrate her birthday in a way Roxie never expects––in her attic, with a gift that's out of this world, and a pact to never tell a living soul what happens next.

Twelve-year-old Roxie wants to be like Adrianne, the popular girl who gets everything she wants––a flock to prowl around the mall with; invitations to parties; and for Hayden, the cutest guy in the eighth grade to, you know, notice her. When Roxie invites all the eighth grade peacocks (code word : popular kids) to her first ever thirteenth birthday party on Halloween, they all come and give her a gift that's literally out of this world. Roxie astral projects to Planet Popular where she becomes seventeen instantly and gets everything she's always wanted, but nothing is as it seems. Being a high school peacock is complicated and Roxie will risk everything to be who she thinks she wants to be. Oh yeah, there's Prom, doppelgangers,

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7 Days in November is a blook novella (blookella?) about Ty, Furball, Bourbon, and their friends in Java, Missouri, and their very busy week before Thanksgiving. Bourbon risks losing his boyfriend over a bad choice at a party, Ty struggles against the tide of rumors at school, and Furball's friends try to pull him out of his own potentially destructive slump.

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