Valerie Frankel has eight novels to her credit (including Smart vs. Pretty, The Accidental Virgin, and The Not-So-Perfect Man), and four non-fiction books, including 2004's co-authored sex guide, The Best You'll Ever Have: What Every Woman Should Know for Getting and Giving Knock-Your-Socks-Off Sex. Her magazine articles appear in O, Parenting, Self, Glamour, Allure and the New York Times, among others. She live in Brooklyn with her two daughters and two cats, and her husband, opera singer Stephen Quint.
Famous novelist Dorothy Ackerman invites her estranged daughter, Rachel, on a four-day cruise to Bermuda to coincide with Mother's Day and the girl's 25th birthday. The trip should be a relaxing vacation and bonding opportunity for them. But they're barely speaking. Both women have ulterior motives for going on the cruise together, and they try to get what they need from each other. A handsome stranger acts as kindling to ignite old grudges and distrust between the Ackermans. By the end of the trip, the two women disembark with a greater understanding of each other and themselves.
Game of Thrones fans watch in delight as the epic battle of Lannister and Stark entangles the Seven Kingdoms. But only the sharpest notice how these houses echo Lancaster and York in the War of the Roses. Druids, Catholics, and even Zoroastrians wander through Westeros, reframing their religions for a new world of fantasy. But how medieval is Westeros? Did lady knights and pirates really battle across Europe? The book Winter is Coming: Symbols and Hidden Meanings in A Game of Thrones explores all this and more, from the echoes of history to the symbols and omens our beloved characters. Who is Jon Snow's mother and why is she a secret? What is Daenerys's real power, unknown even to her? Will these two characters share a destiny? Where is the red priestess's real Lightbringer and when will it arrive? Through dreams and prophecies, imagery and allegory, the deepest secrets of the series unfold, in an exploration friendly to watchers and readers alike.
Within six months of them breaking up with her, Peg Silver's ex-lovers always meet and marry the women of their dreams. A major lifestyle change is clearly called for, which is why she says goodbye to Manhattan and hello to a gorgeous farmhouse in tiny, backwater Vermont. Finally, she hopes, she's bound to meet the ultimate, all-organic country man of her dreams. Instead, Peg finds herself at Inward Bound - a proactive adult-education retreat for the hapless and hopelessly lovelorn. What has she done? However, things could be finally starting to look up in the shape of Linus, Inward Bound's sexy, scruffy, smart and still-single founder. Is Peg about to find her cure?
As far as her family and friends are concerned, Frieda Schast has been the grieving widow long enough. At thirty-five she's still young and attractive, and her son could certainly do with a father figure in his life. But when Frieda starts falling for Sam Hill, he's not their idea of the ultimate catch. Sam is young, talented and incredibly sexy - although broke, sporadically employed and clueless about kids. Does Frieda really need the 'perfect man' or the far-from-ideal man who's perfect for her?
'You're almost a virgin again': When Stacy Hamilton's best friend points out how long it's been since Stacy broke up with her last boyfriend she can't believe it. In college, a dry month had seemed unbearable. So what's happened? You'd think her job at Thongs.com concocting sexy lingerie would get her in the mood. But the guys she's been dating recently aren't exactly enticing. Stacy decides drastic action is required. It's time to widen her search for the ideal man...
Francesca and Amanda are in trouble. When they took over their parents' coffee bar in Brooklyn Heights, they thought they'd have a business for life. Now, they've managed to run it into the ground, and emergency action is required. Clever, thoughtful Francesca thinks that brainpower is the key to starting over, whereas Amanda firmly believes that a sweet smile and great hair get one a lot further in life. Who is right?
Emma Hutch is a witch who puts her supernatural powers to good use by styling herself as the ultimate matchmaker. Although she can't always promise true love, a ring or even commitment, she can guarantee that all-important first date between one of her clients and the object of his or her affections. The problem is, she spends so much time chasing after other people's love interests, she has no time for her own. Until, that is, she meets Liam Dearborn, Manhattan's most eligible bachelor, who's intent on putting Emma under his own powerful spell.