By Invitation Only

Author: Dorothea Benton Frank
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 006239083X
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The Lowcountry of South Carolina is where By Invitation Only begins at a barbecue engagement party thrown by Diane English Stiftel, her brother Floyd, and her parents to celebrate her son’s engagement. On this gorgeous, magical night, the bride’s father, Alejandro Cambria, a wealthy power broker whose unbelievably successful career in private equity made him one of Chicago’s celebrated elite, discovers the limits and possibilities of cell phone range. While the mother of the bride, Susan Kennedy Cambria, who dabbles in the world of public relations and believes herself deserving of every square inch of her multimillion-dollar penthouse and imaginary carrara marble pedestal, learns about moonshine and dangerous liaisons. Soon By Invitation Only zooms to Chicago, where the unraveling accelerates. Nearly a thousand miles away from her comfortable, familiar world, Diane is the antithesis of the bright lights and super-sophisticated guests attending her son Fred’s second engagement party. Why a second party? Maybe it had been assumed that the first one wouldn’t be up to snuff? Fred is marrying Shelby Cambria, also an only child. The Cambrias’ dearest wish is for their daughter to be happy. If Shelby wants to marry Frederick, aka Fred, they will not stand in her way—although Susan does hope her friends won’t think her daughter is marrying more than a few degrees beneath her socially. At the same time, Diane worries that her son will be lost to her forever. By Invitation Only is a tale of two families, one struggling to do well, one well to do, and one young couple—the privileged daughter of Chicago’s crème de la crème and the son of hard -working Southern peach farmers. Dorothea Benton Frank offers a funny, sharp, and deeply empathetic novel of two very different worlds—of limousines and pickup trucks, caviars and pigs, skyscrapers and ocean spray—filled with a delightful cast of characters who all have something to hide and a lot to learn. A difference in legal opinions, a headlong dive from grace, and an abrupt twist will reveal the truth of who they are and demonstrate, when it truly counts, what kind of grit they have. Are they living the life they want, what regrets do they hold, and how would they remake their lives if they were given the invitation to do so? By Invitation Only is classic Dorothea Benton Frank—a mesmerizing Lowcountry Tale that roars with spirit, humor, and truth, and forces us to reconsider our notions of what it means to be a Have or a Have Not.

Invitation Only

Author: Kate Brian
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1471116484
Size: 45.82 MB
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Set in a world of exclusive boarding schools, Kate Brian's compelling series, PRIVATE, combines the bitchy snobbery of the elite and wealthy with a Heather-esq element of dark secrets, mystery, and satire. An invitation is only the beginning… Reed Brennan is living her dream. She's a student at prestigious Easton Academy and she's been invited to live in the exclusive Billings Hall, home to the most beautiful, intelligent, and enviable girls on campus. Life couldn't bemore exciting - apart from the nagging fact that her boyfriend, Thomas, has gone missing… A night partying in the woods leads to Reed being caught in a compromising situation. Now she's being blackmailed: either she dishes the dirt on the Billings Girls, or she'll be exposed - and expelled… This compelling series full of dark secrets, mystery and satire is a must for fans of Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars and Mean Girls?.

By Invitation Only

Author: Jodi Della Femina
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780312611415
Size: 71.94 MB
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Femina has spent a lifetime meeting extraordinary people, watching her father's businesses flourish, and working in his famous restaurant on Long Island. From her rarified perspective, she has fashioned a novel about what she knows best.

The Invitation Only Zone

Author: Robert S. Boynton
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 0374712662
Size: 42.81 MB
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A bizarre, little-known tale about the most secretive culture on earth For decades, North Korea denied any part in the disappearance of dozens of Japanese citizens from Japan’s coastal towns and cities in the late 1970s. But in 2002, with his country on the brink of collapse, Kim Jong-il admitted to the kidnapping of thirteen people and returned five of them in hopes of receiving Japanese aid. As part of a global espionage project, the regime had attempted to reeducate these abductees and make them spy on its behalf. When the scheme faltered, the captives were forced to teach Japanese to North Korean spies and make lives for themselves, marrying, having children, and posing as North Korean civilians in guarded communities known as “Invitation-Only Zones”—the fiction being that they were exclusive enclaves, not prisons. From the moment Robert S. Boynton saw a photograph of these men and women, he became obsessed with their story. Torn from their homes as young adults, living for a quarter century in a strange and hostile country, they were returned with little more than an apology from the secretive regime. In The Invitation-Only Zone, Boynton untangles the bizarre logic behind the abductions. Drawing on extensive interviews with the abductees, Boynton reconstructs the story of their lives inside North Korea and ponders the existential toll the episode has had on them, and on Japan itself. He speaks with nationalists, spies, defectors, diplomats, abductees, and even crab fishermen, exploring the cultural and racial tensions between Korea and Japan that have festered for more than a century. A deeply reported, thoroughly researched book, The Invitation-Only Zone is a riveting story of East Asian politics and of the tragic human consequences of North Korea’s zealous attempt to remain relevant in the modern world.

By Invitation Only

Author: Kimberly Knight
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781545005859
Size: 13.93 MB
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**This romance novel contains explicit content and is not advised for readers under 18* Sensation. A sacred place free from judgement or inhibitions. The only rule: Ask before you touch. Sensation is an exclusive black-tie party attended by at least one hundred and fifty of the clubs most privileged members, and held once a month at an undisclosed mansion in Beverly Hills. You may watch. You may interact. You can come together or you can choose to come alone. The choice is yours. Would you like it rough? Would you like to be caressed and worshipped? Or would you simply like to observe? What do you desire?

The Master S Toy

Author: Jason Walker
Publisher: Luminosity Publishing
ISBN: 1910899674
Size: 42.97 MB
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Ashley Wallace had an accident. By losing control of her car, she set in motion a series of events that would not only change her life but the lives of many others along the way. Introduced to the domination and submission lifestyle, Ashley soon found that the best relationships can grow out of giving oneself over to someone—completely. Her role in the lives of these people was to be that of a “plaything,” but it quickly becomes so much more. Reader Advisory: Contains scenes of domination and submission, and acts of pure pleasure. Publisher Note: Full-length novel, BDSM Multiple Partners Romance. 78,409 words

Invitation To The Game

Author: Monica Hughes
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0671866923
Size: 76.73 MB
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Unemployed after high school in the highly robotic society of 2154, Lisse and seven friends resign themselves to a boring existence in their "Designated Area" until the government invites them to play The Game.

Invitation Only

Author: Kate Brian
Publisher: Turtleback Books
ISBN: 9781417765492
Size: 68.99 MB
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For use in schools and libraries only. Reed learns how difficult it is to be one of the Billings Girls at the Eaton Academy when she is not invited to the huge Halloween party in New York City and she is blackmailed by her roommate into finding some dirt on her new friends.

By Invitation Only

Author: Alexis Maybank
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101571918
Size: 30.32 MB
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On a warm September night in 2002, former acquaintances Alexis Maybank and Alexandra Wilkis reconnected at a mixer for new students at Harvard Business School. Alexis had just ended a four-year run at eBay during the dotcom boom and bust. Alexandra had just spent three years as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch. Now they were entering the country’s top training ground for future titans of Wall Street and the Fortune 500. Little did either suspect that five years later, they’d become famous not in finance or consulting or corporate management, but at the bleeding-edge intersection of fashion and technology. Gilt Groupe – launched by Alexis, Alexandra, and three colleagues in 2007 – is one of the most fascinating startups of recent years, with a valuation of more than $1 billion. And it all began with one bold idea: to bring sample sales online and change the way millions shop. As Alexis and Alexandra write about the day Gilt.com went live: “We had created a website that could potentially change the rules of retail, for both shoppers and brands. If shopping was traditionally a slow, leisurely activity that might consume an entire day, it would now be competitive, addictive, urgent, thrilling—a rush delivered at the same time each day. Shopping would become not just easier, but so much fun.” But turning that vision into reality wasn’t easy. Designers had long controlled their own sample sales by staging them in anonymous, makeshift locations and strictly limiting invitations. Those lucky enough to hear about a Marc Jacobs or Hermès sample sale would drop everything and run for dramatic, fleeting bargains. Why should elite brands support a new startup trying to replicate the experience online? And even if brands like Valentino, Christian Louboutin, and Zac Posen got on board, would shoppers embrace such a website? Would the kind of people who love high-end fashion really visit a new online sale each day? Was “accessible luxury” a breakthrough idea or an absurd oxymoron? Alexis and Alexandra share their perspective in this dramatic story of Gilt’s birth, rise, and evolution. They show how they juggled the conflicting needs of their suppliers, engineers, marketers, and potential investors. They explain how they blended their individual strengths and weaknesses and managed their rapidly growing team. They cover the growing pains of expanding into new categories like housewares, travel, and menswear. And they take us through the darkest moments of the recession when Gilt might easily have died. As you’ll learn from the true story of Gilt, anything is possible for those with the creativity to recognize a new opportunity and the perseverance to make it real.

A Duchess In The Dark

Author: Kate McKinley
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1455574279
Size: 20.96 MB
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The first novella in Kate McKinley's erotic By Invitation Only series. A DUCHESS IN THE DARK Miss Daphne Hayward is on the hunt for a safe, honorable husband and she has set her sights on the perfect target. She plans a full-scale seduction that will bring him to his knees, and have him begging for her hand in marriage. But when she mistakenly slips into another man's bed, the passions that quickly ignite threaten to send her well-laid plans up in smoke. Ashton Fitzgerald, Duke of Claymore has never been for want of a willing woman in his bed and his rakish ways have become legend in boudoirs and dark corners all across London. But not even Ashton can account for the powerful desire that surges through him when a mysterious woman pays him a clandestine midnight visit. As dawn breaks, his goddess flees before he can learn her identity. Now Ashton will stop at nothing to unmask the identity of the woman who bewitched him body and soul and make her his . . . forever. 12,000 words