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Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
For a clear and no-hold's-barred description of life as a Jew in Nazi Germany, you can't beat Jacob's Courage, by Charles Weinblatt.
From the suffocating feeling of the Nazi noose tightening around the character's necks as they struggle to escape to the horror of a concentration camp, it's all here in minute detail.
Weinblatt draws on his mother's memoirs and other family member's experiences to create a fully documented description of one Jewish family's harrowing journey through the World War Two era.
You can order Jacob's Courage here.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Kathryn Macklin has a power she wishes she didn't have; the ability to see images on her computer that give her information about terrible crimes. The last time these images came, they concerned her own daughter. Even her psychic visions weren't enough to save Annie. Now the visions are coming again.
Sergeant Richard Slater has a healthy skepticism when it comes to anything like psychic abilities, but when his boss asks him to talk to Kate Macklin, he does what he's told.
Soon he starts to believe there might be something to Kate's visions. And besides, he'll use any excuse to spend time with Kate. But a killer is on the loose, and his victims are piling up. Can Richard and Kate decipher the images she sees on her monitor before the murderer strikes again?
A scary, fast-paced thriller. You can order Buckle My Shoe here.
Friday, December 11, 2009
I love the concept behind this Anthology. Johnney W. Perkins created the cover art and seven authors wrote stories based on the image. As you can imagine, each story is different, and that's where the fun lies; seeing all the different directions one image can take many authors.
Sirens, magic users, mysterious moving islands, mutants and more all play their part in these fantastic stories. I heartily recommend this anthology to anyone who likes a good read.
You won't be disappointed.
You can order your copy of the First Annual Artists' Challenge, published by Abandoned Towers here.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wealth often inspires envy. It can also go a long way to cover illegal activity. A murder in Florida exposes long-held secrets and sets a match to barely concealed passions and anger in Tommie Lyn's mystery novel, ...And Night Falls
Shelley Goodnight is the pampered daughter of a wealthy couple, determined to prove she can make it on her own. Still, with Daddy footing her paycheck, and the family home just a hop and a skip away, it's hard for her to cut her ties and truly grow up.
Just as it seems she might finally establish a life of her own, she stumbles on the body of a coworker, and touches off an investigation that could lead to some uncomfortable truths about her family.
Is she ready for what might be revealed. And could she be the killer's next target?
Fast-paced and convoluted, ...And Night Falls should please any mystery lover.
You can purchase ...And Night Falls here.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
If you want a little something more than your average romance, I suggest The Catch, by Louisa McCormack.
Minerva Gallant is great at her job - creating reality television shows and getting people to participate in them. But when she's called back to Prince Edward Island to house sit for an aging uncle, Minnie remembers what it's like to truly live.
She takes a job at the local diner, brings good cheer to the residents at the local old-age home, and goes fishing with handsome Joe McTeal.
But if you think you know where this story is going, guess again. Because life is never straight-forward. And it's only getting more complicated the more modern we all get.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Fun! Fun! Fun!
I loved this book. I know - it's young adult - but it is terrific.
The pacing was perfect, the characters were perfect. There was action and romance in the tastiest balance.
I wish I wrote it. Sigh.
Skybreaker picks up where Airborn left off. Matt Cruse is now enrolled in the Paris Airship Academy, but when he sights the mythical airship Hyperion on a training flight, he'd determined to go find her and recover the treasure supposedly left on board. Joined by his old friend, the wealthy and beautiful Kate de Vries, plus a new cast of characters including the gypsy girl, Nagira, and way-too-confident Hal Slater, Matt sets off to find his prize.
I zipped through this book in one sitting and it had me on the edge of my seat. It was creepy enough to make me keep one eye on the window and the darkness beyond, and I really didn't know who would pair up with whom before the book was over.
Perfectly delicious. This is a must-read.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Be warned - this isn't your average retelling of the old fairy tale. Sure, Cinderella, her ugly stepsisters and the fairy godmother all figure heavily in Carolyn Turgeon's book, Godmother, but this story sure packs a punch.
Lil has been stuck working in a tiny Manhattan bookstore for longer than she cares to remember. She appreciates the safe place to earn a living, the nice people who come into the shop and the fact that she has a roof over her head. But she's old and tired and sick of hiding her secret: she's Cinderella's fairy godmother, banished to this mundane existence because of the mistakes she made in the past.
You see, Lil wasn't the kindly godmother portrayed by Disney - she had wants and desires for herself. In particular, she wanted Prince Charming. But that wasn't what fate decreed.
Lil has managed to hide her secret for ages, but now her wings are getting the best of her - they will not stay hidden any longer. Neither will other secrets that could turn Lil's life upside down.
Will there be a happy ever after for Lil? Check out Godmother, by Carolyn Turgeon, to find out.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Georgia "Peachy" Archer and Beth Archer are as different as two sisters can be. Peachy stayed in her childhood home, married and is raising two wonderful children. Beth left home forever to move to exciting New York City.
But both sisters are fighting demons both past and present. Neither one can forget the circumstances of their mother's death. Neither one is altogether happy with their present.
Then Beth comes home for a visit and blows everything sky high.
The Almost Archer Sisters is about love, family, hardship and regret. You're not likely to forget Peachy or Beth anytime soon.
Published by Anchor Canada, a division of Random House.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
The Hen Party, by Sharon Cote is a cozy, homespun book of advice from one woman to another. Everything from marriage, family, kids and relationships comes up for discussion in this short, but sweet book.
Reading it brought back memories of summer days spent on the porch of our summer house listening to my grandmother and her sisters talking for hours about their lives and relationships. Nuggets of wisdom rest amid reminiscences and stories.
You can find The Hen Party at several digital outlets, including here.