Brooke Conrad is on top of the world. She is the star shortstop for her high school's softball team, and it is one of the best teams in the state. But everything changes when the shortstop for her school's baseball team gets kicked out of school, and the baseball coach asks Brooke to take his place for the season. Brooke has never heard of anything so ridiculous - a girl playing on a baseball team, with boys? Can it even be done? She agrees to do it, but instantly questions whether she made the right decision. The boys don't want her on the team, and she doubts she's good enough to play baseball at all. But she doesn't give up, and she decides she needs to prove something. She needs to prove she is good enough to play baseball - to her dad, to the boys, and most importantly, to herself.
The housekeeper's propositionWhen half his inheritance is left to his aunt's housekeeper, English orphan Rosie Clifton, Spanish aristocrat Don Xavier Del Rio is determined to claim what's rightfully his. So when Rosie surprises him with a marriage proposal, Xavier sees a way to get everything he wantsincluding Rosie in his bed!Rosie will do anything to protect her home on the Isla Del Reyeven marry Xavier! She'll provide him with an heir, in exchange for him leaving the untouched beauty of the island intact. But can she trust her charming new husbandor his devastating kiss?"
High-temperature and high-pressure treatment of diamond is becoming an important technology to elaborate diamonds. This is the first book providing a comprehensive review of the properties of HPHT-treated diamonds, based on the analysis of published data and the work of the authors. The book gives a detailed analysis of the physics of transformation of internal structures of diamonds subjected to HPHT treatment and discusses how these transformations can be detected using methods of optical microscopy and spectroscopy. It also gives practical recommendations for the recognition of HPHT-treated diamonds. The book is written in a language and terms which can be understood by a broad audience of physicists, mineralogists and gemologists.
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