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Be Careful What You Wish For – Fall Preview

I have a problemHelp Me! I am buried under my TBR pile and I can’t get up! If my posts have been somewhat erratic lately it is not because  I have abandoned my fellow bibliophiles for greener pastures, it is because I have been reading A LOT. I know, it doesn’t sound so bad and for all intents and purposes it’s not and when I manage to finish and review everything …okay not everything because that is like saying “when the house is done”, it will be awesome, I hope.

When I started the blog it was with the intention of promoting not only established authors but also to explore what was available from independent and as yet unpublished authors as well. The response has been spectacular, amazing even but overwhelming at the same time now I am scrambling to keep up. I would like to thank the authors who have so graciously shared their work with me, and for the blog followers here is a preview of reviews you can expect to see in the next few weeks or so.

The Waking DarkThe Waking Dark – They called it the killing day. Twelve people dead, all in the space of a few hours. Five murderers: neighbors, relatives, friends. All of them so normal. All of them seemingly harmless. All of them now dead by their own hand . . . except one. And that one has no answers to offer the shattered town. She doesn’t even know why she killed—or whether she’ll do it again.

SugarMan’s Daughter – is a 85,000 word work of literary fiction with a plot-line that explores the effects of betrayal and blind love. It celebrates the resiliency of the human spirit even as it explores the darker side of human nature.

The Altar (Timeless Generation #1) – Ava Cook is a vibrant senior in college, is about to be, thrust into two different worlds that she never knew existed; a world of sacrifice, blood lust, power, and immortality that she will likely never return from.

Sia-cover200x299Sia – When seventeen-year-old Sia wakes up on a park bench, she has no idea who or where she is. Yet after a week of being homeless, she’s reunited with her family. At school, she’s powerful and popular. At home, she’s wealthy beyond her dreams. But she quickly realizes her perfect life is a lie. Her family is falling apart and her friends are snobby, cruel and plastic. Worse yet, she discovers she was the cruelest one.

Family Portrait – Lady Amelie Wainwoode’s secret identity is secure until the arrival of the scandalous Lord Stratfield. Determined to protect her good name and clandestine art career, she counters his blackmail. Now she must leave the sanctuary of her aunt’s home in London for his estate at White Ash to fulfill the bargain. Her presence unveils more than the hushed history which binds their families.

More – Ava Michaels used to think she was special. As a child, she fantasized about having magical powers . . . making things happen. She felt different from others her age, and just knew she was meant for something important. But, like most kids, Ava grew up and eventually accepted the fact that her childish dreams were just that, and maybe a normal life wasn’t so bad after all.

The Siren – Notorious Nora Sutherlin is famous for her delicious works of erotica, each one more popular with readers than the last. But her latest manuscript is different—more serious, more personal—and she’s sure it’ll be her breakout book…if it ever sees the light of day. Zachary Easton holds Nora’s fate in his well-manicured hands. The demanding British editor agrees to handle the book on one condition: he wants complete control. Nora must rewrite the entire novel to his exacting standards—in six weeks—or it’s no deal.

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Most Wanted – Kady Winter

This month’s Most Wanted spotlight features Kady Winter author of the upcoming Poteet Chronicles. Book One – Golden Apples won the Young Adult category of the Virginia Romance Writers’ 2013 “Fool for Love” Contest.

Golden Apples – In antebellum Missouri, 18-year-old Abby Stafford needs both mystical intervention and her indomitable spirit to break free of her powerful, slave-holding father and melt her frozen heart.

I found this gem on Kady’s website and as this month’s featured author I thought it would be a great piece for review. Subscribe to Kady’s mailing list to get a copy at http://www.kadywinter.com/my-young-adult-fiction/

Silver Moonlight – Irene, whose family maintains one of the grand hotel resorts in the New Hampshire mountains year-round, reluctantly agrees to help end the misery of her fiance, who suffers shell-shock from the WWI battlefield. But before she will participate in his desperate plan, she makes him agree to skate with her at a patch of ice deep in the forest, which they both remember from their childhoods – a special place where help just might be found.

As children Irene, her brother Dewey and Roy were inseparable, with age that friendship turned to love. Before they could marry, war was declared and Roy and Dewey joined the army, only Roy returned alive but not unharmed.

Now, more than eight months later, she had to face it. The Roy she knew and loved had died in the war, and trying to rebuild a life with the empty shell that had taken his place was killing her, too.

It is a testament to Ms Winter’s talent that within twelve short pages she constructed a story that could transport the reader to another place, in another time, to care about a traumatized soldier and if girl who loves him can save them both.

 

 

Spy Novels To Add to the TBR pile

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Otospermophilus variegatus Location: Grand Canyon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As if my TBR pile wasn’t completely out of control (honestly it’s ridiculous even I realize that) yet I seem to feel a compulsion to add to it constantly. I live in mortal fear of having nothing to read, which I am aware is the height of absurdity considering how many hard-copy and e-books I have stashed away like a squirrel preparing for winter. Much like squirrels are purported to, I often forget what treasures I have buried in the depths of my library. I have made it no secret that love stories of all kinds are my main source of reading sustenance but I have been known to dabble in other genres from time to time. This is an example of one of those times I came across this list from Random Houses’ blog and my deeply buried wannabe James Bond/Jason Bourne was immediately intrigued http://www.retreatbyrandomhouse.ca/2013/08/5-great-spy-books-2/ now I need to find a super secret place to hide these ones.

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Book Hoarding and Upcoming Reviews

Book Pile
Book Pile (Photo credit: Kristin Brenemen)

Readers are at heart book hoarders, personally I never quite got the whole “returning” the book to the library thing. Separate from reading, my hobby is collecting books for and arranging my library. If you follow any book person’s blog they often bemoan the state of the their TBR pile, honestly I couldn’t even hazard a guess at how many books I have in this infamous queue yet I live in mortal fear of “having NOTHING to read!” After reading Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer, a frighteningly realistic dystopian  YA novel one of the first thoughts that occurred to me was not to go immediately to my local grocery store and buy all the canned goods in the place but whether I should abandon my new e-reader in favor of paperbacks because “how would I charge my e-reader if the hydro went out?!” Although I must admit this fear does still plague me somewhat I have reached an uneasy accord with myself balancing my book purchases between e-books and what I categorize as “library worthy” hardcover/trade paperback favorites for display and insurance against the apocalypse purposes.

With the creation of this blog my reading plan has changed somewhat from my lifelong rather aimless approach, it seems appropriate that to accurately evaluate a novel that there should be something to compare it to. An “apples to apples” approach if you will.  Writing my review of On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves inspired this thinking and as I discussed it with others I became intrigued with the exploring what different authors did with similar situations and who did it more effectively. Initially, I thought Finding Home by Bonnie Dee & Lauren Baker might be a good comparison piece but for reasons I will detail in the upcoming review I eliminated this one from competition. A comment from a blog follower actually ended the search and I am now waiting with bated breath to read and review A Much Younger Man by Dianne Highbridge.

Cover of "A Much Younger Man"
Cover of A Much Younger Ma