All four novellas of the Summer Unplugged series in one book. Summer Unplugged: Bayleigh is addicted to her cell phone and her mom has had enough. After catching her sending a less than lady-like photo to a boy who barely knows her, Bayleigh´s mom sends her away to her grandparent´s house for the summer - sans cell phone, laptop and iPod. Bayleigh thinks the summer will be torture without social media - that is until she meets the boy next door. Autumn Unlocked: After a summer grounded from technology, Bayleigh is back home and rebuilding her relationship with her mother. Her boyfriend Jace keeps his promise and stays in Texas, where he works at a local motocross track. Knowing her relationship with Jace is something special and not like all the guys before him, Bayleigh is determined to keep their love strong, despite his notorious fame in the motocross world and the dozens of girls throwing themselves at him in his new job. Winter Untold: When Jace accepts a job that has him traveling all over the country, Bayleigh wonders how their relationship can survive on random text messages and intermittent phone calls. Frustrated by his popularity on Facebook and jealous of all the parties he´s attending, she finds comfort and friendship in Chase, the guy who just moved in next door. Spring Unleashed: Bayleigh graduates from high school and with her boyfriend Jace by her side, she feels like life can´t get any better. That is until Jace and her mom suggest some plans for Bayleigh´s future that she´s not too thrilled about. As long as she can win them over to seeing things her way, life will be great again. Or so she thinks. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cheryl Texiera. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/023002/bk_acx0_023002_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Since Alexis de Tocqueville, restlessness has been accepted as a signature American trait. Our willingness to move, take risks, and adapt to change have produced a dynamic economy and a tradition of innovation from Ben Franklin to Steve Jobs. The problem, according to legendary blogger, economist, and best-selling author Tyler Cowen, is that Americans today have broken from this tradition - we´re working harder than ever to avoid change. We´re moving residences less, marrying people more like ourselves, and choosing our music and our mates based on algorithms that wall us off from anything that might be too new or too different. Match.com matches us in love. Spotify and Pandora match us in music. Facebook matches us to just about everything else. Of course, this ´´matching culture´´ brings tremendous positives: music we like, partners who make us happy, neighbors who want the same things. We´re more comfortable. But, according to Cowen, there are significant collateral downsides attending this comfort, among them heightened inequality and segregation and decreased incentives to innovate and create. The Complacent Class argues that this cannot go on forever. We are postponing change due to our nearsightedness and extreme desire for comfort, but ultimately this will make change, when it comes, harder. The forces unleashed by the Great Stagnation will eventually lead to a major fiscal and budgetary crisis: impossibly expensive rentals for our most attractive cities, worsening of residential segregation, and a decline in our work ethic. The only way to avoid this difficult future is for Americans to force themselves out of their comfortable slumber - to embrace their restless tradition again. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Walter Dixon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/gdan/002176/bk_gdan_002176_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´Black Box Inc is a hoot and a half from beginning to end.” –Reading Reality Bram Stoker Award ® Nominated Author Unspeakable horrors have been unleashed on Asheville, North Carolina. Spectral demons tear victims apart from the inside out, leaving nothing but gory destruction in their wake. And their next victim is one of the biggest extradimensional crime lords around—the One Guy. To survive a fate equal to but also worse than death, he’ll have to convince Black Box Inc. to save his sorry ass. Chase Lawter and his crack team—an omnisexual yeti, an ex-Fae assassin, and a business savvy zombie—are tasked with transporting the One Guy to Washington, D. C. where the Department of Extradimensional Affairs will put the crime lord into protective custody. That is, if Chase and Black Box Inc. can evade blood ghasts, dimentionalist rednecks, vengeance-seeking kobolds, and whatever other enemies are in hot pursuit of the One Guy. He’s made a lot of enemies. Including Chase, who knows you can’t trust the One Guy as far as you can throw him. Jake Bible, Bram Stoker Award ® nominated-novelist and author of the bestselling Z-Burbia series, short story writer, independent screenwriter, podcaster, and inventor of the Drabble Novel, has entertained thousands with his horror and sci/fi tales. He reaches audiences of all ages with his uncanny ability to write a wide range of characters and genres. Other series by Jake Bible: the bestselling Salvage Merc One, the Apex Trilogy, the Mega series, and the Reign of Four series. Jake lives in the wonderfully weird Asheville, North Carolina. Connect with Jake on Facebook, Twitter, and his website: jakebible.com. 1. Language: English. Narrator: J. Scott Bennett. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/117107/bk_acx0_117107_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.