The year is 1910 and two people dance at the edge of the whirlwind known as the Mexican Revolution. Sonia de la Ontiveros is a beautiful young woman who comes to Mexico City from Sonora to be the nanny for her young cousins. Joaquin Cota is a vaquero in Chihuahua. Sonia’s uncle is an associate with Francisco Madero, the man who instigates the revolt from the oppressive regime of Porfirio Diaz. Sonia becomes involved with Captain Ramon Carvajal, a handsome young army officer, but he is the epitome of the plastic, tainted society Madero struggles against. Joaquin is busy on the ranch where his family has lived for generations. He is not politically minded, but he knows it is not fair that only foreigners own land in Mexico, such as the ranch where he and his family slave away yet they slip further into debt due to overbearing taxation. Revolution finally erupts. Madero’s forces drive Diaz out of Mexico. But it is costly for Sonia. She has to break off with Ramon as she accepts the reality of their polarity. And her uncle is killed. Joaquin learns there is a new president of Mexico…but it means little to him. He and his family are still peons on a ranch that belongs to a foreigner. Sonia returns to her family in Sonora. A year and a half later, Sonia visits her former charges in Mexico City. Those who are displeased with Madero rise up, assassinate him and Victoriano Huerta, the next in a corrupt line, takes control. Sonia returns to Sonora, thoroughly discouraged. Revolutionaries strike the ranch in Chihuahua and Joaquin joins Pancho Villa’s Division of the North rather than fight them. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Foley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bimo/000981/bk_bimo_000981_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Two years ago, Bailey Adams broke off her engagement to Danny Maxwell and fled Logan Point for the mission field in Chihuahua, Mexico. Now she's about to return home to the States, but there's just one problem. After Bailey meets with the uncle of one of the mission children in the city, she barely escapes a sudden danger. Now she's on the run - she just doesn't know from whom. To make matters worse, people who help her along the way find themselves in danger too - including Danny. Who is after her? Will they ever let up? And in the midst of the chaos, can Bailey keep herself from falling in love with her rescuer all over again? With lean, fast-paced prose, Patricia Bradley pens a superb story of suspense and second chances. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Elise Arsenault. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/007577/bk_tant_007577_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Wanted: NY apartment in exchange for a great Key West house with swimming pool. In February. Who wouldn't take a swap like that? Then again, if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is, as Meg and Peter Kaplan soon discover. Heading south for a supposed dream vacation, what they find instead is a panic attack waiting to happen. Coconuts crash through windows, bearing cryptic death threats. People fall from palm trees while spying on the pool. Neighbors whisper of Mob connections, leaving the Kaplans to wonder if they'll get whacked by mistake in the Southernmost City or if their cozy West Side co-op has been transformed into a convenient Mafia morgue. Enter an FBI agent going rogue, a very good girl determined to be very bad, and the irrepressible Bert the Shirt with his chihuahua, and the cast is complete for this riotous Florida romp. Told with Laurence Shames' trademark mix of suspense and comedy, mayhem and romance, crackling dialogue and lush description, Tropical Swap is a vacation you can savor without ever leaving home. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jem Matzan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/067432/bk_acx0_067432_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Los Angeles and Lucifer are a lot alike. They both seduce and lure with promises of wealth, fame, beauty, or love. But those promises are often empty; and even when they’re not, there’s a price to pay. Come meet the denizens of City of Devils: Natasha is an underrated actress who goes to great lengths to win an Oscar in “Based on a true story.” In “Doom for Rent” a young man takes on a roommate to make ends meet, only to find he’s opened the door to pure evil. Geneva Hughes is a wealthy celebutant who loves her chihuahua, Boo-Boo, to death in “Ankle Biters.” Private dick Max Ryker gets more than he bargained for in “The Case of the Butchered Bombshell”. Tourist Ethel learns there’s no such thing as “Free Admission”. Child actor Cosmo Colombo finds out what he’s made of when The Big One hits LA in “Richter Mortis”. Are the paparazzi soulless? Find out in “Remote Trigger”. A narcissist devours the weak in “Depraved Indifference” while the meek fight back against a sleazy film producer in “He Was Asking for It”. Partygoers in “Abracadaver” practice supernatural sleight-of-hand during a séance at The Magic Castle. A psychic shyster gets his comeuppance in “My Mother the Carcass” while Malibu surfer Bjorn meets a malicious mermaid in “Tasty Waves”. Lastly, a lonely lady’s desperation to be thin and beautiful could cost her her life in “Alice on Wonderland”. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Graydon Schlichter. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/140897/bk_acx0_140897_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Thousands of people die in drug-related violence every year in Mexico. Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, adjacent to El Paso, Texas, has become the most violent city in the Mexican drug war. Much of the cocaine, marijuana, and methamphetamine consumed in the United States is imported across the Mexican border, making El Paso/Juárez one of the major drug-trafficking venues in the world. In this anthropological study of drug trafficking and anti-drug law enforcement efforts on the US-Mexico border, Howard Campbell uses an ethnographic perspective to chronicle the recent Mexican drug war, focusing especially on people and events in the El Paso/Juárez area. It is the first social science study of the violent drug war that is tearing Mexico apart. Based on deep access to the drug-smuggling world, this study presents the drug war through the eyes and lives of direct participants. Half of the book consists of oral histories from drug traffickers, and the other half from law enforcement officials. There is much journalistic coverage of the drug war, but very seldom are the lived experiences of traffickers and "narcs" presented in such vivid detail. In addition to providing an up-close, personal view of the drug-trafficking world, Campbell explains and analyzes the functioning of drug cartels, the corruption that facilitates drug trafficking, the strategies of smugglers and anti-narcotics officials, and the perilous culture of drug trafficking that Campbell refers to as the "Drug War Zone". The book is published by University of Texas Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim D Johnston. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/097971/bk_acx0_097971_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Saying “I do” has never been such a mess. Marlee Medford just got dumped. Yes, things have become ho-hum in her longtime relationship, but she was two days away from walking down the aisle with the man she thought was her forever when he called it off. Convincing herself that they’d be able to reignite their spark once the wedding craziness settled? That was easy. Suddenly finding herself without a fiancé? Not so much. Marlee needs to regain control of her life, and a weekend away with her friends is a solid first step. One of Denver’s best up-and-coming chefs, perpetual bachelor Eli Howard, isn’t into serious relationships - especially the kind that ends in marriage. As if to prove his point that they aren’t worth the trouble, the wedding he was supposed to be catering just fell apart. Feeling oddly protective of the jilted bride - his little sister’s best friend - his weekend plans now involve a trip to Sin City with her group of friends. But it looks like he had a bit too much fun in Vegas when he wakes up married…wedding night included. Marlee’s attempts at getting her life back together are failing miserably. Her ex-fiancé is taking the house, her chihuahua is intent on a love affair with Eli’s sneakers, and she’s now accidentally hitched to the guy who can't even say the word marriage. With their quickie annulment denied, Eli and Marlee just have to hang tight until the divorce goes through. It’s just a little divorce amongst friends, what’s the worst that could happen? Take It Off the Menu is book three of the Mile High Matched series, but stands alone and can be heard in any order. If you love a hunky caterer and an accidental marriage then this book is for you! Buy now for a fun, friends-to-lovers romance! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lance Greenfield, Neva Navarre. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/053422/bk_adbl_053422_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
On their return to New Mexico from El Paso after the 1680 Pueblo Revolt, the New Mexican settlers were confronted with continuous raids by hostile Indians tribes, disease and an inhospitable landscape. In spite of this, in the early and mid-eighteenth century, the New Mexicans went about their daily lives as best they could, as shown in original documents from the time. The documents show them making deals, traveling around the countryside and to and from El Paso and Mexico City, complaining about and arguing with each other, holding festivals, and making plans for the future of their children. It also shows them interacting with the presidio soldiers, the Franciscan friars and Inquisition officials, El Paso and Chihuahua merchants, the occasional Frenchman, and their Pueblo Indian allies. Because many of the documents include oral testimony, we are able to read what they had to say, sometimes angry, asking for help, or giving excuses for their behavior, as written down by a scribe at the time. This book includes fifty-four original handwritten documents from the early and mid-eighteenth century. Most of the original documents are located in the Spanish Archives of New Mexico, although some are from the Bancroft Library at the University of California at Berkeley, the Archivo General de la Nacion in Mexico City, and elsewhere. They were selected for their description of Spanish Colonial life, of interest to the many descendants of the characters that appear in them, and because they tell a good story. A translation and transcription of each document is included as well as a synopsis, background notes, and biographical notes. They can be considered a companion, in part, to Ralph Emerson Twitchell's 1914 two volumes, The Spanish Archives of New Mexico, summarizing the documents of the Spanish Archives of New Mexico, now available in new editions from Sunstone Press.
In Fifty Acres and a Poodle, Jeanne Marie Laskas described how she survived her first hilariously tumultuous year at Sweetwater Farm. Now she returns with a funny, touching, and personal new memoir of what happens after your dream comes true... With a picture-postcard farm, a wonderful marriage, two mules, and a new refrigerator that spits crushed ice, what more can a girl ask for? That's precisely the question Jeanne Marie asks herself as she and Alex settle into their new life at Sweetwater Farm. Two years ago they left the city behind for a life filled with the practical, often comical, lessons of living close to the land&#8212;and they never looked back. Yet when her strong-willed mom is hospitalized with a sudden and mysterious paralysis, Jeanne Marie rushes home to Philadelphia and her extended, sometimes chaotic, but always loving family. It's there that she realizes what is still missing from her life: a family of her own. Now it's a matter of bringing up the subject to her husband, Alex, fifteen years older and with adult children of his own, who seems terrified that she's thinking of adopting a Chihuahua. With warmth, wisdom, and unfailing humor, Laskas tells the poignant story of her search for motherhood&#8212;and what happens when a woman risks happily-ever-after for something even more precious. As she tends to her own ailing mother, Jeanne Marie discovers that the challenges and rewards of living with Mother Nature pale in comparison to those awakened by the nature of mothering. The Exact Same Moon is filled with hilarious and heartwarming vignettes of people and a way of life you'll be glad you met. From 'borrowing' sheep to help mow the lawn and sitting in on the racy hay jokes at the Agway Equine Clinic, to befriending the notorious old lady who holds the water rights to their future pond, corrupting the neighbors with satellite TV, and learning the fine art of going a-calling, Laskas proves once again that laughter, love, and wisdom are truly homegrown.
After a few months of being the 'new kid' in Cypress City, Texas, Jimmy Stringer thinks he's finally fitting in. Then, his parents start arguing and can't seem to stop. Next thing, his dad, a captain in the Air Force, up and disappears on the night of the Summer Solstice. Rumors abound. Is Captain Stringer AWOL? Did he desert? Jimmy knows better, but he doesn't know where his dad has gone or why he didn't leave a note or some sign, if not for him, at least for his mom. Relying on the help of his two buddies, Lupe and Billy Ray, Jimmy makes it through a tough West Texas summer. Finally, school starts again. Walking home from a high school football game on the Autumnal Equinox, Jimmy sees an unusual shooting star appear to land behind a neighbor's house. The next day, he watches that neighbor's little Chihuahua, Elmer, explode in Mr. Cadwallader's barbershop. Nothing is at it should be, but something tells Jimmy it's all related to his dad disappearing, and, just maybe, he and his friends can put it together and get his dad back.