Don't Be a Hero

A Superhero Novel

Don't Be a Hero

It's a bad time to be a superhero. When the world turned its back on metahumans, the golden age of superheroes came crashing down. But now a mysterious supercriminal is making one final bid for power, and with no one else left to protect the world, ex-hero Spook must risk everything to take him down. There will be no reprieve, no negotiation. War is coming. Put on the mask. There's work to be done. Chris Strange presents a stunning, no-holds-barred superhero adventure that will lure you in and knock you out. This is the novel superhero fans have been waiting for.

Uva's Basic Grip Book

Uva's Basic Grip Book

While the technology of filmmaking has changed dramatically over the last 20 years, the basics of effective studio gripping are the same-a thorough knowledge of equipment, safety, and tools remains the foundation for success. A heavily illustrated reference and learning tool, Uva's Basic Grip Book provides grounding in basic grip equipment, techniques, and safety issues. It distills the most beginner-friendly information offered in Uva's original Grip Book into a handy reference and guide prepared especially for the beginning professional. Updated with the latest studio grip equipment, the book also offers a complete list of personal grip tools that every grip should have, more than 100 tricks of the trade, and a review test designed to affirm new knowledge. Uva's Basic Grip Book also offers safety tips for gripping, detailed descriptions of positions within the grip department, and advice designed to help land that first job and get established in this very competitive industry. A fully updated and expanded glossary completes the book. Uva's Basic Grip Book covers beginners' most frequently asked questions and helps them to acquire basic skills. It also looks at the different positions within the grip department and offers helpful advice in getting that first job. Like its predecessor, Uva's Basic Grip Book is filled throughout with Tricks of the Trade, as well as tips on common practice and safety. An improved and expanded glossary completes the book.

Always a Hero

Always a Hero

VIRGIN BRIDE! Thirty-year-old Kate Lodge had been saving—and saving and saving—herself for marriage. So when her fiancé ditched her cold, this Miss Goody Two-Shoes was just about ready to do something shocking with the first man she saw…. Unfortunately it was Lieutenant Kyle Reeves who delivered the "Dear Kate" kiss-off letter for his friend. Kyle was obviously an officer, but was he a gentleman, too? In one day this sexy soldier had become his buddy's unsuspecting stand-in…this tiny town's first hero…and Kate's last chance for passion!

101 Ways to be a Hero

101 Ways to be a Hero

Recreational reads that have educational curriculum relevance, including appeal for reluctant girl readers. Each title is full of things to do and offers fun ideas as well as advice on each topic. Fun stories that demonstrate real-life issues will appeal to the reader.

Mayday

A Kaiju Thriller

Mayday

WE WON THE WAR, BUT CAN WE SURVIVE THE NIGHT? Nineteen years ago, the Maydays attacked. Five colossal monsters rose from the earth and laid waste to cities around the globe, pushing humanity to the brink of extinction. Now those monsters are our slaves, fighting each other for our amusement in brutal matches broadcast across the world, courtesy of the Volkov Media Corporation. A MONSTER LIES DEAD. Maydays have proven themselves indestructible. So when a Mayday is found dead with no cause and no witnesses, Volkov's staff detective Jay Escobar is tasked with uncovering the truth before it can cripple the company. THE MAYDAYS WILL RISE AGAIN. This is the case that will make Escobar's career. But the investigation soon spirals wildly out of control. As he races to solve the case before it's too late, Escobar discovers that the Mayday's death is only the first step in a plot that will see humanity plunged back into an unwinnable war. And he'll be at ground zero when it begins. MAYDAY is a genre-bending mash-up of hardboiled crime fiction and Japanese kaiju (giant monster) cinema. Sam Spade meets Godzilla in a gripping mystery of monstrous proportions.

Don’t Be A Foolish Virgin!

Confessions of a Foolish Virgin

Don’t Be A Foolish Virgin!

The Title of the book is “Don’t Be a Foolish Virgin!” The sub-title is “Confessions of a Foolish Virgin.” When God gave me this title a few years ago, I did not understand what he wanted me to write. As I was studying the Bible a few years later, I came across this scripture, “Therefore this is what the LORD says: “Inquire among the nations: Who has ever heard anything like this? A most horrible thing has been done by Virgin Israel. Jeremiah 18:13 (NIV) and in Amos 5:1-2a says, Listen, you people of Israel! Listen to this funeral song I am singing: “The virgin Israel has fallen... “Virgin” is the Children of Israel, in current day we too are the Children of Israel. All of us are included. My Introduction starts with one of my favorite scriptures, “But the jar he was making did not turn out as he had hoped, so he crushed it into a lump of clay again and started over. Jeremiah 18:4. God is giving me an extreme makeover. This book is my story of how God showed me his unconditional love. You will learn what sin is, where sin came from, when and why we sin, who has sinned and the side-effects of sin. You will walk through forgiveness, asking and accepting forgiveness, and forgiving yourself and others. My goal is to help you focus on your state of mind when you fall and prepare you to avoid the attacks of the enemy. Your eyes will be opened to God’s unconditional love for you as you read about Hosea’s obedience to God by marrying Gomer, a harlot, to show his unconditional love for the Children of Israel. Do you know what your “special needs” are? If not, you’ll find out. I’ll briefly discuss our opportunities to share with others how God has comforted and forgiven us. There is a personal Spiritual Assessment at the end of the book. This fifteen page assessment is for the reader to examine themselves. To guide them as to what areas of their lives that needs attention. God is waiting!

The Grip Book

The Studio Grip’s Essential Guide

The Grip Book

Gain the essential skills of a professional grip to become the jack and master of all trades on a movie or television show set. Discover vital insider tips ranging from how to operate cutting-edge rigging and lighting equipment to performing difficult camera mounts on aircraft, boats, cars, and trains. In The Grip Book, Fifth Edition, seasoned Hollywood grip Michael G. Uva teaches you to install, set up, maintain, and ensure the safety of all equipment on a set, such as C-stands, cameras, and any specialty gear needed for a shoot. Guidelines for on-set etiquette and how to succeed as a technical crew member will jumpstart your career and make you a valuable asset on any film or television crew. This newly enhanced edition marks the 25th anniversary of a Focal Press classic and has been updated to include: A 4-color insert covering greenscreen setup Technical expertise on maintaining the latest and greatest filmmaking equipment Engaging how-to videos on the companion website (www.focalpress.com/9780415842372) which demonstrate techniques described in the book A completely new test section with over one hundred questions and answers, allowing you to quiz yourself on the techniques and concepts you’ve just read Guidelines on what a grip has to be physically able to perform in their day-to-day duties A European-specific appendix that features a table of European grip terms and their American equivalents Whether you are a professional grip looking to boost your skills or an aspiring one just beginning to learn the trade, the time-tested tips and techniques for smooth and safe operation on set make this new edition an indispensable reference guide.

Fly Away

Fly Away

Kristin Hannah's Fly Away is the story of three women who have lost their way and need each other – plus a miracle – to transform their lives . . . Celebrity news reporter and presenter, Tully Hart, has hit rock bottom. Kate Ryan had been her best friend for more than thirty years. They’d lived, laughed, danced and cried together. Kate had been her anchor, and now Tully was cast adrift – not knowing how she was going to survive. Kate’s daughter, Marah, was only sixteen years old when her mother died. Consumed with guilt over the fights they’d had during the last months of Kate’s life, Marah runs away and becomes a drop-out in society, maintaining no contact with her family. Tully’s mother, Cloud, a child of the Sixties, has lived a world of her own dependent on drugs for most of her adult life. She now wants to prove that she can help her daughter. But what will it take for Tully to forgive? And then something momentous happens which causes each one of them to realize what they’ve done, and what they have become.

Be Your Customer's Hero

Real-World Tips and Techniques for the Service Front Lines

Be Your Customer's Hero

On the front lines of customer service, every day presents new and unexpected challenges-and even the most dedicated employees can be caught unprepared. They need confidence. They need training. They need help. Be Your Customer's Hero answers the call. The book provides customer-facing professionals with short, simple, actionable advice designed to transform them into heroes in the eyes of the customers they serve. Quick chapters show readers how to: * Achieve the mindset required for Hero-Class(TM) service * Understand the customer's expectations-and exceed them * Develop powerful communication skills * Avoid the seven triggers guaranteed to set customers off * Handle difficult and even irrational customers with ease * Become an indispensable part of any frontline team Armed with the tools and techniques in this book, readers will start each workday knowing they can conquer whatever problem comes their way.