Stellenbosch vertelt de geschiedenis van de Nederlandse familie Keppel, die in de jaren vijftig is geëmigreerd en na een moeizame beginperiode een bestaan heeft weten op te bouwen in de wijnbouw. In de jaren tachtig dwingt de economische boycot de familie terug te keren naar Nederland. Dochter Betty, fanatiek anc-lid, blijft achter op de boerderij en beheert zo goed en kwaad als het gaat het familiebezit.
Kort nadat Mandela tot president is verkozen, ontmoet zoon Henk in Nederland de mysterieuze zwarte Shelley, die als kind op hun terrein woonde. Zij lijkt meer te weten over de vreemde nachtmerries die hem al jaren plagen, maar hij weet niet hoe hij de enorme aantrekkingskracht tussen hen kan verklaren. Het drijft hem weer naar Zuid-Afrika, waar hij met het verwezenlijken van zijn oude droom, het maken van de beste wijn ooit, compensatie zoekt voor de noodlottige gebeurtenis uit de vroege jaren zestig, waar hij als kind bij betrokken was.
Jacqueline Epskamp is al jaren werkzaam als scenarioschrijfster, onder andere voor de films Drift en Loverboy. Ze studeerde geschiedenis en werkt als docent Scenarioschrijven aan de Filmacademie. Stellenbosch is haar debuutroman.
Het verhaal van de Nederlandse familie Keppel die in de jaren vijftig is geemigreerd naar Zuid-Afrika om daar een wijnbouwbedrijf te beginnen. In de jaren tachtig keert de familie vanwege de economische boycot terug naar Nederland. Dochter Betty, ANC-lid, blijft en zet het familiebedrijf voort. Als Mandela in 1994 president wordt, keert Betty's ambitieuze broer Henk terug om zijn droom, een topwijn maken, te verwezenlijken. Betty wil de boerderij echter 'teruggeven' aan de zwarte arbeiders. Hiernaast speelt een noodlottige gebeurtenis uit het verleden een rol. De auteur van deze familiegeschiedenis schreef eerst het script van de zevendelige televisieserie 'Stellenbosch', uitgezonden najaar 2007, www.stellenboschdeserie.nl. Nadat het script af was, schreef ze deze roman, haar debuut. In de roman, geen verboeking van de film, wordt het verhaal verteld vanuit verschillende perspectieven: vanuit drie generaties (moeder, zoon en kleindochter). Een vlot lezend, boeiend familiedrama, spelend tegen de achtergrond van het Zuid-Afrika na de apartheid. De televisieserie verschijnt op dvd; van het boek verschijnt ook een luisterboekeditie*. Vrij kleine druk, filmfoto op het omslag.
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Met V.S. Naipaul op Trinidad met Naguib Mahfouz in zijn geliefde Cairo met zangeres Aziza op Zanzibar met journalist Joseph in Parijs en Beiroet - net als in haar andere boeken is Lieve Joris in deze verhalenbundel geen buitenstaander die vanuit westerse superioriteit naar de wereld kijkt maar een betrokken waarneemster op zoek naar beweegredenen van de mensen die ze ontmoet.
Hilbert Kuik was van begin 1966 tot 1969 als arts werkzaam in Oeganda, dus voordat Idi Amin daar aan de macht kwam. Het eerste half jaar in een algemeen regeringsziekenhuis in het stadje Mbale in het oosten van het land, daarna in het Centrale Ziekenhuis voor Psychiatrische Ziekten in de hoofdstad Kampala. Aan vrienden schreef hij toen: 'Ik vind dat ik, zij het dan als arts, in Afrika zijnde in een mooie positie ben journalistiek te bedrijven en objectief interessante mededelingen te doen, maar eigenlijk wil ik het alleen maar over mezelf hebben. Het compromis is dan natuurlijk: zeer opwindende stukjes over "Ik en Afrika", waar ik iets heel anders in voel dan in "Afrika, puntje, puntje". Het werden 'Brieven uit Oost-Afrika', eerst in Vrij Nederland gepubliceerd, die bij een groter publiek bekendheid kregen onder de titel Vreemde eend. Medicijnman in Afrika. Juist het feit dat Hilbert Kuik zichzelf niet buiten schot hield bij het beschrijven van mensen en situaties, en zijn ironiserende stijl maken het lezen van dit verslag tot een waar genoegen.
From the bestselling series, the Medlov Crime Family, comes the highly-anticipated story about America's favorite bad boy...
Anatoly Medlov is the youngest crime boss in the Medlov Organized Crime Family’s history. Now, he has to prove himself to a council who thinks his legacy has not been well-earned, amidst a grueling investigation by Lt. Nicola Agosto of the Memphis Police Department and during plot to destroy him by his ex-lover, Victoria. In his loneliness, the only one he can confide in is the shop girl, Renee, an old friend who knows more than anyone about his personal journey. However, his friendship soon turns to love for a woman he knows that he cannot have because of the feared code his is bound to by the Vory v Zakone.
When his estranged mother dies suddenly, Anatoly flies to Russia to pay his last respects and discovers a jolting secret. The late Ivan Medlov’s own brutal legacy still lives through his son, Gabriel, and his New York crime family. Anatoly’s father and former Czar of the underworld, Dmitry, sees this as an opportunity to unite the two major families and blesses both men. However, Anatoly sees Gabriel as a threat to his empire and competition for the affection of his father. Will cousins kill because of the sins of their fathers?
Gabriel Medlov has always resented his existence. Now as an undercover DEA agent, he plans destroy the Medlov Crime Family once and for all. Only in order to get close enough to destroy the organization, he must also get close enough to love his estranged family. Will blood prove thicker than water or will one man’s revenge end the Family for good?
Follow the story of one young man who fights to be king in a room full of royalty and suffers the pain of his position in the romantic suspense guaranteed to make you want more.
I truly hope that you enjoy my latest addition to The Medlov Crime Family Series. This book is different, because it’s a stand-alone. If you have never read the series, you still will be able to follow the characters and the plot of this book without having read Dmitry’s Closet or Dmitry’s Royal Flush: Rise of the Queen. So don’t worry.
For those with sensitive reading eyes, there is no rape scene. However, for those hopeless romantics, there is plenty of love You’ll see the complex relationships between father and son, husband and wife, mother and daughter, best friends, etc.
Also, at the end of the book, you will have a few questions. They all will be answered in the last book of the series due out December 2011.
This book was written with the suggestions that have been given over the last year in mind. Each and every review has been taken into consideration, and I’d like to thank all of you for your continued support of my work.
It is my most sincere desire to get better and better at writing stories that take you from your everyday life. We have enough on our plates to keep us anchored to reality. Why not have something to pull you away for awhile? With the Medlov family you get a chance to enter into a world of make believe where you jet set across the world to foreign locales with handsome, powerful men and beautiful women, go on exciting adventures and still arrive back at your home in time to fix dinner and wash clothes for the next day
I encourage you to read the books and share your opinions. And if you have something you’d like to share with me, email me at Latrivia@LatriviaNelson.com. You will always get a response.
Precious Cummings is back but this time her own daughter is causing mayhem. Aaliyah Mills Carter was born into street royalty. Her mother, Precious, hustled her way from a project chick to a hood legend. Then she has two fathers, Xavier Mills, who is a rap superstar turned industry mogul and Nico Carter who heads up a lucrative drug empire with his partner Genesis. Finally, she has a grandfather Quentin, who spoils her the way he was never able to do for his daughter Precious. You would think being anointed the Princess would be enough for Aaliyah but it s not she wants more. Instead of simply relishing in the luxury she was born into, Aaliyah schemes and manipulates, determined to carve out her own lane. She brings her best friends Amir and Justina along for the ride. Does Aaliyah have the same street savvy as her mother to lead them to the top or will it end in disaster? There is only one Precious Cummings but has her daughter Aaliyah been groomed to take over the reign or will her mother have to step in and save her from herself? Find out in Bitch A New Beginning. For special updates coming up on the release follow me on Twitter @joydejaking
Camille Blackwell, an undercover FBI agent, poses as a jewelry purchaser in an international diamond trading company in hopes of identifying the domestic players in a vicious rebel group suspected of trafficking conflict diamonds. The Bureau requests CIA renegade Marc Fulton's assistance with sweeping international intelligence to identify the major rebel organizations with finances and stateside connections strong enough to evade criminal prosecution, despite Camille's objections. Sparks fly when Marc and Camille meet, their attraction is instant and tense. However, both resolve to focus on the case. But when Camille receives an encrypted memory stick from a murdered co-worker Marc may be the only person she can trust. Black Diamond is the eagerly anticipated debut novel by Ja'Nese Dixon. True love, like black diamonds, is rare and precious; but when murder and a persistent criminal threaten a frail relationship, can love triumph? In a borderless game of cat and mouse, will a chance at happily ever after be thwarted at the deadly scheme of the faceless leader of the Imperial Dynasty?
About the Author
Ja'Nese Dixon is an Oklahoma native living in Houston, Texas. As a child, she spent most of her days reading anything she could grab. Her love for writing gave birth to a large collection of poetry and short stories. She continued to nurture her love of reading and writing until entering graduate school. As a wife and mother of two small children, she found little time to write but her reading continued. In late 2004, she decided to quietly pursue her writing career by entering contests and ghost writing articles. After ranking in several contests, she began writing her first novel, Black Diamond, scheduled for release in June 2010. Ja'Nese Dixon is still an avid reader, she loves to write, run, cook, crochet, watch romantic comedy movies, attend live concerts, volunteer in several ministries in her church, and most importantly spend time with her family. Ja'Nese Dixon spends her days marketing small businesses and her nights writing. To learn more visit http://www.janesedixon.com.
Blount slam dunks the urban genre with her latest offering...she is the most talented writer on the scene. --Women of Distinction Reviewers
From boosting to fake credit cards Storm Williams is a twenty-five year old self made millionaire. Fly, beautiful, and quick-witted Storm doesn't chase money-money chases her; But it wasn't always that way. Born into poverty then later abandoned by her mother Storm was raised by her mentally abusive drug-addicted aunt. After partaking in acts that no child should even have to witness; Storm survives her turbulent childhood and stands stronger than ever.
Soon Storm begins to feel that her life is complete; she has the money, the life, and a wonderful man who gave up his womanizing ways just t be with her. Little does Storm know jealousy, envy, and greed are waiting at her front door.
SUMMARY: TALES THAT SPEAK FROM THE AFRICAN HEARTA man with a tree growing out of his head? A woman with children made of wax? A bird that can be milked?Let Alexander McCall Smith once again take you to a land where the bizarre is everyday and magic is real, with more illustrated stories from The Girl Who Married A Lion, his celebration of African folktales.
After escaping a death sentence in the summer of 1775, Octavian and his tutor find shelter but no safe harbor in British-occupied Boston and, persuaded by Lord Dunmore's proclamation offering freedom to slaves who join his counterrevolutionary Royal Ethiopian Regiment, Octavian and his friends soon find themselves engaged in naval raids on the Virginia coastline as the Revolutionary War breaks out in full force.
"There are fewer greater pleasures in a reader's life than witnessing a writer whose work they have enjoyed reached a new plateau in their storytelling skills, and such is the case here... Broaddus delivers in a voice that both whispers and roars and cannot be ignored." - Bram Stoker and International Horror Guild Award-winner Gary A. Braunbeck
"Maurice Broaddus' writing creates a dangerous and authentic mood. The language is fierce and evokes the gritty realism of life on the streets... For some, King Maker is going to be the best read of 2010." - FantasyLiterature.com
"King Maker is a fascinating novel... [and] should be on every SF fan's shelf." - Adam Christopher
"Deft characterization, authentic dialogue, exciting plot... Maurice Broaddus has definitely brought his A-game to this urban joust." - Gene O'Neill
"_King Maker's_ strength is its ability to stay true-to-life even when the fantasy components come into play..." - Nick Cato, _Stem Shots
_"It’s impossible to approach a new version of the timeless tale [of King Arthur] without asking, 'Do we really need this version?' I’m pleased to report that Maurice Broaddus provides many compelling answers to this question, answers which led me to conclude with a resounding 'yes.'" - The Sci-Fi Guys Book Review
FROM THE DRUG GANGS OF DOWNTOWN INDIANAPOLIS, THE ONE TRUE KING WILL ARISE.
The King Arthur myth gets dramatically retold through the eyes of street hustler King, as he tries to unite the crack dealers, gangbangers and the monsters lurking within them to do the right thing. From the drug gangs of downtown Indianapolis, the one true king will arise. The King Arthur myth gets dramatically retold through the eyes of street hustler King, as he tries to unite the crack dealers, gangbangers and the monsters lurking within them to do the right thing. Broaddus' debut is a stunning, edgy work, genuinely unlike anything you've ever read.
File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Street Gangs | Drug Wars | Ancient Bloodline | Dragon Rising ]
SUMMARY: FROM THE DRUG GANGS OF DOWNTOWN INDIANAPOLIS, THE ONE TRUE KING WILL ARISE. Guided by the crazed visions of his advisor Merle, King knows that he must unite the opposing factions, before the streets erupt in all-out war. But how can he preach peace when even his own warriors are plotting against him? A heart-stopping mix of ancient myth and powerful gang action, from the author of King Maker.File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Street gangs | Drug wars | Wild magic | Gather darkness ]
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party (September 12, 2006) is a historical novel for young readers written by M.T. Anderson. In November 2006, it won The National Book Award for Young People . It was also named a Printz Honor book in 2007. It is set in 18th century Boston during the time of the Revolutionary War. On October 14, 2008, Candlewick Press published Volume 2 of the Octavian Nothing story, The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II: The Kingdom on the Waves. Read more - Shopping-Enabled Wikipedia on Amazon
Praise for Relentless Aaron and his smash-hit novels:
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Welcome to Fool’s Paradise where the women are devious, the men are ruthless, and the raw, undeniable climate of smut dominates. This is Douglass Gilmore’s kingdom, a family business that grew to become one of New York City’s premier adult clubs. But money, power, and seduction makes for an explosive combination—and something dangerous is about to go down…
The most famous stripper at Fool’s Paradise has been gunned down in the parking lot. Was it a lovers’ quarrel? A rivalry between jealous dancers? Or a deliberate attempt to destroy the man behind the curtain? Douglass has won plenty of enemies in the business. Now, with the cops, the FBI, and the mob at his door, everything is on the line…and Douglass has only once chance to defend the family empire—or lose it all.
Charlotte Harmsen träumt von der großen weiten Welt, von Reisen in exotische
Länder und hat es mit dem Heiraten nicht eilig. Sie ist 22, als ihr der weitaus
ältere Christian Otten einen Antrag macht. Fasziniert von seinem Laden, in dem
es exotische Gewürze, Tabak und Waren aus Übersee gibt, stimmt sie seinem Werben
zu. Und bereut dies bald bitterlich. Denn Christian betrügt sie und steht bald
kurz vor dem finanziellen Ruin. Charlotte weiß, dass sie nur eine Chance auf
eine Zukunft haben: indem sie Deutschland verlassen und in der Ferne ein neues
Leben beginnen …