Tuesday, January 29, 2013

New James Patterson

Here's another book from my list of books that I am most excited to read in 2013.

Private Berlin
Private Berlin
IN EUROPE'S MOST DANGEROUS CITY

Chris Schneider is a superstar agent at Private Berlin, Germany headquarters for the world's most powerful investigation firm. He keeps his methods secret as he tackles Private's most high-profile cases-and when Chris suddenly disappears, he becomes Private Berlin's most dangerous investigation yet.

AN INVESTIGATOR IS SEARCHING

Mattie Engel is another top agent at Private Berlin, gorgeous and ruthlessly determined-and she's also Chris's ex. Mattie throws herself headfirst into finding Chris, following leads to the three people Chris was investigating when he vanished: a billionaire suspected of cheating on his wife, a soccer star accused of throwing games, and a nightclub owner with ties to the Russian mob. Any one of them would surely want Chris gone-and one of them is evil enough to want him dead.

AND SHE'S AFTER MORE THAN THE TRUTH

Mattie's chase takes her into Berlin's most guarded, hidden, and treacherous places, revealing secrets from Chris's past that she'd never dreamed of in the time they were lovers. On the brink of a terrifying discovery, Mattie holds on to her belief in Chris-in the face of a horror that could force all of Europe to the edge of destruction and chaos.

James Patterson has taken the European thriller to a masterful new level with Private Berlin, an adrenaline-charged, spectacularly violent and sexy novel with unforgettable characters of dark and complex depths. Private Berlin proves why Patterson is truly the world's #1 bestselling author.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Things That Make Me Crazy!!!

Since reading books tends to be such a singular activity and does not necessarily lend itself to socializing, I often wonder if people go through the same frustrations that I do.  This is one of the many reasons I have this blog.  I  have a place that I can air my grievances, and hopefully find some empathetic friends who will listen to my musings.  In saying that, I bring you my latest frustration.  Let me set the stage. 

I began reading a new book series, which I will review later.  Anyway, I read the first book and really liked it.  The main girl was interesting, and the love interest had tons of potential...then, I read the second book.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Zut alors! I have missed one!

Earlier this month I made a post about the books I am looking forward to most.  Apparently I missed a title.  To be clear, I am looking forward to a lot of books this year, so I am sure there are many books I have forgotten, but only some warrant me making a correction.  This is one of them. Plus, my error made for a great reason to use a line from The Little Mermaid, though I really didn't need a reason. Here it is!


In his international blockbusters The Da Vinci CodeAngels & Demons, and The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown masterfully fused history, art, codes, and symbols. In this riveting new thriller, Brown returns to his element and has crafted his highest-stakes novel to date.

In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante’s Inferno.

Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust . . . before the world is irrevocably altered.


From the Hardcover edition.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

New Release

A little while ago, I listed the books I am looking forward to this year. So, as each book comes out, I thought I would make sure and spotlight them, if for no other reason than to keep track of their releases.

Gates of Paradise (Blue Bloods, #7)

Gates of Paradise (Blue Bloods #7)


Schuyler Van Alen is running out of time. The Dark Prince of Hell is storming the Gates of Paradise, intent on winning the heavenly throne for good. This time he has his greatest angels by his side, Abbadon and Azrael—Jack and Mimi Force, as they are known in the Coven.

Or so he thinks. Even as Lucifer assigns Jack and Mimi the tasks of killing their true loves, the Force twins secretly vow to defeat the Dark Prince once and for all. But how far will Mimi and Jack go to conceal their real loyalties?

Meanwhile, former vampire Bliss Llewellyn has joined forces with Lawson, the greatest wolf of the underworld, to free his people from their imprisonment in Hell. As they struggle against impossible odds, an ancient message, woven into the very fabric of time, reveals just how much depends on the success of their mission.

Lucifer seeks the key to the Gate of Promise, and when Schuyler is taken captive and delivered straight to Hell, she must make an unthinkable choice—the same one the archangel Michael was forced to make during the Crisis in Rome. Will Schuyler find the strength to do what he could not?

The epic, heartbreaking Blue Bloods series comes to a close with this final novel about staggering courage, unbearable sacrifice, and the immortality of true love.

Monday, January 14, 2013

A New Series

Shattered Souls (Souls #1)

Shattered Souls (Souls #1)



From the Publisher...

A thrilling debut story of death, love, destiny, and danger

Lenzi hears voices and has visions - gravestones, floods, a boy with steel gray eyes. Her boyfriend, Zak, can't help, and everything keeps getting louder and more intense. Then Lenzi meets Alden, the boy from her dreams, who reveals that she's a reincarnated Speaker - someone who can talk to and help lost souls - and that he has been her Protector for centuries.

Now Lenzi must choose between her life with Zak and the life she is destined to lead with Alden. But time is running out: a malevolent spirit is out to destroy Lenzi, and he will kill her if she doesn't make a decision soon.

From Me...

Friday, January 11, 2013

Topaz and the Plum-Gista Stone



Topaz and the Plum-Gista Stone by Pat Frayne

From Chapter Five:

The natural sounds of nature, such as those made by birds and insects, were absent in this curious place. Nothing green grew here, and there was no evidence that Strang ever saw the sun. Already the sky had begun to darken as though night was about to fall. A clammy,wetter, dampness came with it. The boys complained that it made their clothing feel sticky.

Slugs and night crawlers began to make their appearance. Some of them resembled huge maggots. They sprayed a stinking green juice from their mouths.Thorny black caterpillars with gray stripes were everywhere and seemed to glide over any obstacle in their path with minimal effort. That included the rocks and the roots. They left a putrid gray slime on everything, and the odor was as bad as rotting potatoes.

What was most unnerving for Topaz and his companions were the bizarre sounds they couldn’t identify. They imagined some of these to be the voices of other creatures calling to one another. So far, they’d only seen caterpillars, slugs, and worms. They wondered what else was out there, and what would happen if their paths should cross.

“This place is spooky,” Dooley said, his eyes bigger than usual in his gray face, as he looked all about. The whitish rings around his eyes made him look a little comical. The hair on his back was raised slightly, and his bushy tail twitched as if it was in spasm. Living alone as they had, Hoc and Boc had learned they could withstand anything as long as they had each other. It was no wonder that by now they had become inseparable. On the trail, the boys were walking so close together they could hardly keep from bumping into one another or tripping over each other’s feet.

“We must be in the Land of Strang,” Boc murmured.

“This is a creepy place,” said Hoc. “I knew it would be, but I just didn’t think we would be here when it got dark.”

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Love...

Inspired by a twitter conversation, I bring you this clip.  Watch it, swoon, wish Mr. Darcy were real, then watch it again.  Love this movie!



Thanks for the inspiration and friendship @Buckeyegirl31!!!

Friday, January 4, 2013

My Take on Magic Systems
A Guest Post by Melissa McPhail

One of the most enticing aspects of writing fantasy is developing a magic system. The author’s magic system is inextricably woven into their world and contributes greatly to the reader’s vision of the world overall. The way a system is created either makes the world seem real or unreal, depending on how well the author has grounded the system with laws and limitations.

For example, scientists in our own world have defined laws—inertia, gravity, the periodic table—that describe the physical limitations and properties of energy. We don’t expect a stone to rise upwards when we throw it, but we might believe it could float if it were somehow made of helium. Likewise in a fantasy world, it’s important to codify the system with laws and rules (and to stick to those rules once established), to set boundaries for what the magician can and cannot do with magic, and to establish consequences for and ramifications of magical misuse.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

2013 Book Releases

Gates of Paradise (Blue Bloods Series)I am so excited to see so many great books coming out this year. As of now, these are the ones I am looking forward to the most.  Please let me know if you think I ave missed one!

Gates of Paradise (Blue Bloods Series)

Schuyler Van Alen is running out of time. The Dark Prince of Hell is storming the Gates of Paradise, intent on winning the heavenly throne for good. This time he has his greatest angels by his side, Abbadon and Azrael—Jack and Mimi Force, as they are known in the Coven.

Or so he thinks. Even as Lucifer assigns Jack and Mimi the tasks of killing their true loves, the Force twins secretly vow to defeat the Dark Prince once and for all. But how far will Mimi and Jack go to conceal their real loyalties?

Meanwhile, former vampire Bliss Llewellyn has joined forces with Lawson, the greatest wolf of the underworld, to free his people from their imprisonment in Hell. As they struggle against impossible odds, an ancient message, woven into the very fabric of time, reveals just how much depends on the success of their mission.

Lucifer seeks the key to the Gate of Promise, and when Schuyler is taken captive and delivered straight to Hell, she must make an unthinkable choice—the same one the archangel Michael was forced to make during the Crisis in Rome. Will Schuyler find the strength to do what he could not?

The epic, heartbreaking Blue Bloods series comes to a close with this final novel about staggering courage, unbearable sacrifice, and the immortality of true love.


 
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