New York magazine´s ´´Science of Us´´ editor explains the compelling psychology of awkwardness and asks: What if the moments that make us feel most awkward are actually valuable? Have you ever said good-bye to someone, only to discover that you´re both walking in the same direction? Or had your next thought fly out of your brain in the middle of a presentation? Or accidentally liked an old photo on someone´s Instagram or Facebook, thus revealing yourself to be a creepy social media stalker? Melissa Dahl, editor of New York magazine´s ´´Science of Us´´ website, has. After a lifetime of cringing, she became intrigued by awkwardness: a universal but underappreciated emotion. In this witty and compassionate book, Dahl explores the oddest, cringiest corners of our world. She chats with strangers on the busy New York City subway, goes on awkward friend dates using a ´´Tinder-for-friendship´´ app, takes improv comedy lessons, and even reads aloud from her (highly embarrassing!) middle school diary to a crowd of strangers. After all of that, she realizes: Awkward moments are opportunities to test yourself. When everyone else is pretending to have it under control, you can be a little braver and grow a little bigger - while remaining true to your awkward self. And along the way, you might find that awkward moments unite us in our mutual human ridiculousness. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Melissa Dahl. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/003868/bk_peng_003868_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Geek, Actually is a sexy, geeky contemporary women´s fiction series that follows the lives of five diverse, nerdy women as they navigate work, love, life, and the internet. For fans who love Sex and the City as well as Star Wars, for anyone who knows that sci-fi can be sultry and that ´´gamer´´ is not gender specific-this serial will turn you on, rile you up, and leave you with five new friends.Meet your new best girlfriends. Michelle is a hard-nosed fantasy and sci-fi editor used to things going her way. Taneesha is a talented video game programmer used to being the odd (wo)man out. Aditi is a fantasy writer on the verge of her big break. Christina is a rebel on the sidelines of Hollywood. And Elli is a fan-of anything and everything that keeps her from ´´proper adulting.´´ Together they are Rebel Scum (at least in their shared group chat), and best friends through thick and thin. They might live far apart but through the power of the internet and a shared love of all things geek, they are ready to face the world together.Originally presented in serial form by Serial Box Publishing, Geek Actually is brought to you by Cathy Yardley, Melissa Blue, Rachel Stuhler, and Cecilia Tan. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Suzanne Barbetta. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sbox/000013/bk_sbox_000013_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Billionaire CEO Michael Vilander needed just one date. Creating a fake profile on his own matchmaking website may not have been his brightest move, but then Sophia Baldwin’s arresting face pops up on his CHAT NOW feature. Not only is she gorgeous, but after spending half the night exchanging messages with her, he finds her to be naive, innocent, and way too sexy.Twenty-four-year-old Sophia Baldwin is barely able to make ends meet. Caring for her sick grandmother prevents her from having a normal life - aspirations of attending college full-time to become a nurse are on the back burner - but then she meets the charming and dazzling Clint on an online dating site. When he asks her to the Denver Arts Foundation’s Annual Valentine’s Day Gala, she’s confident things are looking up.Once Sophia learns that her hot date is none other than website mogul Michael Vilander, she’s definitely not mentioning her night job. What’s a lie by omission anyway? After all, it’s only one date.... Until Michael’s ex flaunts her fancy engagement ring in Michael’s face, and something compels Sophia to announce her and Michael’s engagement. AKA, fake engagement. They agree on one month to pretend they’re in love before all bets are off. Pretending to be in love with a sweet and sexy billionaire, but not actually falling in love, ahem, how hard could it be? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Melissa Schwairy. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/136950/bk_acx0_136950_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Fall in love at Bayside, where sandy beaches, good friends, and true love come together in the sweet small towns of Cape Cod. Bayside Summers is a series of standalone steamy romance novels featuring alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They´re fun, flirty, flawed, deeply emotional, always passionate, and easy to relate to. And of course, you´ll see cameos from the Seaside Summers characters! ´´With her wonderful characters and resonating emotions, Melissa Foster is a must-read author!´´ (NYT best seller Julie Kenner) ´´Melissa Foster is synonymous with sexy, swoony, heartfelt romance!´´ (NYT best seller Lauren Blakely) In Bayside Passions.... When Emery Andrews´s best friend, Desiree, moves away, falls in love, and opens an inn all in one summer, she feels her absence like a missing limb. Until she visits over the holidays and meets sinfully hot Dean Masters, who´s as easy on the eyes as he is to talk to. After returning home, what starts as a flurry of late-night flirtations quickly turns into a deep connection and unexpected friendship. Now, months later, Desiree offers Emery a job teaching yoga at the inn. Adventurous Emery jumps at the chance and heads for Wellfleet, Massachusetts, to reunite with her BFF and her new close friend, Dean. After months of sharing their lives and their secrets over video chats and phone calls, Dean´s ready to move things to the next level. The fact that Emery seems oblivious to the sparks between them and has recently put her foot down about dating friends just means he´ll have to bide his time. When Emery finds a naked man in her kitchen the first morning she´s there, Dean doesn´t hesitate to move her into his guest room. Maybe now, Emery will see what´s right before her eyes - although that guy she´s got a date with might be a problem. 1. Language: English. Narrator: B.J. Harrison. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/108279/bk_acx0_108279_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.