A Rose For Jonathan

Angels and demons fight to control a town as a young pastor grapples with his strange spiritual power. He begins to question his own faith until he realizes the  unmatched potential in the secret weapons that we all have available to us when we are on our knees. This multiple award winning series continues in a second book, Quiver, now available as well.

Author(s)
Beth Green
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Halloween: A Tale of Disaster

Written in five character dialogue by Mr. House, he had to jump into 5 children characters throughout this entire book.  This isn’t an everyday task and to be consistent with each character in story/script form.  The book is a children’s Horror/Thriller book which takes you on an adventure filled with laughs, horror, and a well put together plot all the way through keeping you wanting to read more and more.  The characters are well named and depicted.  He ensures each character sticks to their role as well.  You will be on the edge of your seat and your children with this book.

Author(s)
Anthony C House

Inside My Mind

Interesting show of the intenseness of how his mind works in linking together words with thoughts and feelings in one book of poems.  I could really feel his direction and his poems kept me captivated in wondering what moment he was in to have sat and wrote each poem.  I think it isn’t the writer, but figuring where they are and what sparks their mind to connect to their thoughts and write poetry or what life moments brought it out.  The book is a mix of poems which direct you different ways and touch you for different reasons.  The poems are well versed and perfect length.  He is a modern day genius with precision and even shows passion within his approach.

Author(s)
Anthony C House
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Memory Time

Educational book for children which captures their attention with vibrant colors, big and amazing pictures to match the alphabets.  This keeps the children drawn into the book while they learn because learn should be fun.  It also uses great word association to help the children with the alphabet.  Book shows kids the basic shapes and even introduces them to monetary value and time in which they even draw in the book themselves with a pencil.  Books are great when they are interactive and this one surely accommodates that.  Mr. House evens gives the children ownership to the book with the This book belongs to me page as well as talking to the parents at the beginning of the book and the end.

Author(s)
Anthony C House
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Noone Knew: Anti Bullying

Very informative book about the struggle against bullying in schools, communities, and even the workplace.  This amazing books helps people recognize the symptoms and helps mitigate the risk which will try to stop this outrageous situation going on worldwide.  It gives phone numbers and information to call for help, emails.  Also mentioned in the book is a way to view the video for the book on YouTube @ Anthony C House which is the author and gives a more in depth talk about bullying.  Very well put together book for anyone of all ages and the information is clear.  Tells the symptoms to look for and ways to stop it. An amazing book for Children, Teens, Adults and young adults.  This is powerful and speaks volumes about Anthony C House and his pursuit to help the nation overcome this issue with no more lives lost.

Author(s)
Anthony C House

Powerful Prayers: A Guide to Enhance Your Prayer Life

The purpose of this book is to give examples of prayers that can be used in all phases of life. Backed by scripture, one may use these prayers and incorporate them into their daily time with God.

Author(s)
Braden Pedersen
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Plane Walker (Book 1 of the Manus Dei Trilogy)

The Manus Dei system proved that a deity exists.
The universe was changed forever.
Mankind desires equal footing with the God.
The God seeks to abandon mankind.

After his wife dies during childbirth, Lazarus’s life takes a turn for the worst. Addictions and neglect spread across the years as Lazarus focuses on the Deity as the apex of his frustration. During a freak accident, his daughter Elisha disappears. At his weakest point, Lazarus’s last memories of his daughter are erased, leaving him stranded with no clue of her final whereabouts.

On a final whim of desperation, Lazarus locates the last Manus Dei system in existence, hoping to use the machine to find the memories he has forgotten in life. But not without harsh repercussions.

Will Lazarus find Elisha? Or will he succumb to the terrible consequences of using the Manus Dei? Will Lazarus’s ulterior motives turn his daughter’s rescue mission into a war against the God?

Reinventing the face of science fiction and blurring the lines between genres and styles, Plane Walker will leave you enthralled and begging for more – intensely hoping that Lazarus will find his daughter Elisha while harboring feelings of both dread and suspense.

Welcome to the future. Embrace the unknown.

Author(s)
C. P. Dunphey

Linger (The Masked Emotions Book, One)

When Lana Matthews, a psychology major at Seattle University, is reluctantly dragged by her roommate to an exclusive S&M club called The Looking Glass, she is mesmerized by the displays of lust, curious about the unconventional props such as a wooden throne, a giant steel spider web, and a giant birdcage, and intimidated by the exhibition portion of the evening, a time when each Dom displays his unique talents. She unexpectedly wins an evening with the club’s top performer, the elusive Dom 241, who satisfies her carnal desires and unleashes a primal urge deep inside her, a dark side of her that she never knew existed, and leaves her craving more of him.

Enzio Salazar has been Lana’s best friend since they were young, and although he confessed his love for her numerous times, she reaffirmed each time that she wanted to remain friends.

The two of them are now attending the same university, but Enzio seems different at times, and Lana cannot figure out what has changed. When she notices a partially opened package in front of Enzio’s dorm room, curiosity gets the best of her, and she takes it to her room, discovering a leather garment inside. She puts it on, silently complaining of its tightness, and notices two metal latches. Connecting them, she hears a chime and the latches become locked in place, making the outfit impossible to remove. Wondering why Enzio would order such an outfit, she is stunned to learn that he dabbles in S&M, and she realizes how little she actually knows about him, like where he works, or who he may be, other than her beloved Enzio.

Author(s)
V.E Campudoni
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TRISOMY XXI

Sixteen-year-old Joshua Allen was born with an extra chromosome—a genetic aberration known as Trisomy XXI, or Down Syndrome.  When a serious accident leaves him in a coma at the hospital, Joshua receives a mysterious injection that endows him with supernatural powers.  The transformed teen is linked to a string of bizarre, unexplained deaths that have the town’s sheriff and the coroner completely baffled. But when a ghastly creature from another planet lands on Earth and begins its hunt for Joshua—viciously slaughtering anyone in its path in order to complete its deadly mission—Joshua and his friends are thrown into a world of terror.  What follows is a horrific life-and-death struggle with the seemingly-indestructible extraterrestrial being. The salvation of an entire race of aliens hangs in the balance…

 Trisomy XXI is vivid, imaginative, and unputdownable. Resplendent with twists, turns, chills, thrills and a pulse-racer of a plot, Trisomy XXI will leave readers breathless. Richly-drawn characters, meticulous plotting, and a sensational storyline make for an intelligent, evocative, electrifying novel.  An extraordinary new voice in the world of horror fiction, novelist G.A. Minton delivers a spinetingler of the highest order in his debut novel, Trisomy XXI. 

TRISOMY XXI by G.A. Minton has been judged and named a Benjamin Franklin Digital Award SILVER HONOREE by the Independent Book Publishers Association (the IBPA is the largest publishing trade association in the United States), describing the novel as “A very creative story. . .an interesting use of the human genetic syndrome. Seemingly, a way to help all Trisomy XXI humans.” TRISOMY XXI received this prestigious award based on exceptional content, design, and use of technology.

“Trisomy XXI is a fun, exciting science fiction adventure. The writing is spectacular, and author G.A. Minton has a great talent for describing his scenes and characters in vividly colorful detail.  Minton’s ability to drive the story across the genres makes for decidedly entertaining reading.  I highly recommend this book to teens and adults who are fans of adventurous science fiction!” –  Paige Lovitt for Reader Views.

“The popular trend of adding science fiction elements to horror goes well beyond jumping through portals as is evident in G.A. Minton’s Trisomy XXI.  Minton offers up a compelling, frightening, and surprisingly touching genre blend that both horror and sci-fi readers will enjoy.” – Becky Spratford for The Reader’s Shelf at Library Journal Reviews.

“I enjoyed Trisomy XXI by G.A. Minton and I hope to read more of his novels in the future as they portray a great writing style!” – Chris Kyle (sixteen-year-old book reviewer from READER VIEWS).

“Author  G.A. Minton’s Trisomy XXI is a book with an exciting and unique premise that will keep readers turning the pages from the very beginning all the way through to the very end. I definitely enjoyed Trisomy XXI. Author G.A. Minton has made a bold choice in choosing a young man with Down Syndrome as the protagonist of this book, and has done a great job at making him so much more than just a stereotype of someone with a disability. This read had action almost from the very beginning and will definitely be able to keep readers on the edge of their seats, even gasping with surprise at times. Any reader who enjoys a great work of horror should definitely grab Trisomy XXI. I am pleased to recommend this book, and will look for more from author G.A. Minton in the very near future!” – 5-STAR Review by Chris Fischer for Readers’ Favorite

“I absolutely loved this book and everything about it. G.A. Milton created a well-rounded small town full of the usual characters one would find in any small town USA. Little do they realize they are soon to be at ground zero for a series of bizarre events. The characters are believable and comfortable. The events are mind bending but flow logically through each twist and turn. I never saw what was coming next but enjoyed the ride!” – Goodreads 5-STAR Review

 

Author(s)
G.A. Minton
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EMBERONIUM

President Abdul Rahman patted me on the shoulders and said, “Well done, my child! You 51JE0-wuGPLhave held your flag high! That was really excellent! You have changed the fate of the world today! You really are a brave girl! You deserve to be the leader of the Phoenixians, and I am satisfied again that you will guide them. You have the power to control people, change their minds, and lead them.”

What happens when a meteorite powerful enough to turn all people above twenty-five into ashes once it reaches the earth? The plan has been plotted. Nothing is an accident! It’s all well planned and decided by the so-called gods and goddesses who are nothing but mutants.
Can a bunch of teens led by Bindu (Aadhmi, an intelligent robot, a multimillionaire scientist, and a saber-toothed tiger cub) fight against the gods’ master plan and the evil villain, Dr. Malik, and save the human population from destruction at the same time?

To give a touch of awesomeness to this thrilling roller-coaster ride with a nail-biting finish, the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle is finally revealed!

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The Good in Mister Philips

The Good in Mister Philips

One man. One secret. Two lives.Kindle-book-cover-1

James Philips. A seemingly average man with a seemingly average life; a life that some people might even describe as boring.

Marcus Good. A male escort who specialises in providing a very explicit kind of service to women, whatever their needs.

But when two notable client’s of Marcus Good are brutally murdered, James’ secret life is exposed, drawing him into a dark world of suspicion and intrigue.

A world where not everything is as it seems!

The Wrong Prince

thewrongprincecover-JPGTwo princes. One bride. A dire misunderstanding… Geo and Dmitri are the princes of Tybiria. Though Geo is the obvious athlete, it’s bookish Dmitri that yields the credit – and consequences – for slaying a foreign prince. But whose arrow really struck the boy?

Luccia Camerlane is the Baron of Backshore’s enigmatic daughter…as well as Prince Geo’s secret mistress…until she learns of her disastrous betrothal to none other than his brother, Prince Dmitri.

When Dmitri is abducted by the deranged King of Llewes, star-crossed lovers Geo and Lucie must set aside their woes and differences to rescue the Crown Prince from the formidable Wintersea fortress. A precocious castle ward, a fascinating love-quadrangle, and a hit-woman harlot complete this action packed rom com in another wickedly fast-paced fantasy adventure from C.K. Brooke, author of The Red Pearl and the Books of Jordinia.

Author(s)
C.K. Brooke

A Bond of Venom and Magic

A half-blood magic wielder… A hard-hearted warrior…. A deposed prince. A Bond of 13569977_10154356405599319_997004710_oVenom and Magic is an epic fantasy tale set in a dangerous world of magic, fearsome winged warriors, dragons and forbidden romance. It is ideal for mature Y A fans of SJ Maas and Cassandra Clare, and readers who love to discover spectacular new worlds.

The Wraith Lord is hunting; his prize, the key to unleashing darkness and Chaos upon the eight Kingdoms.
For Diamond Gillon the war raging in the south seems a remote danger until she loses everything she holds dear. After her home is brutally attacked Diamond is catapulted into a terrifying new world in which legendary beasts arise, magic is condemned and half blood fae, like her, have no rights. Diamond is drawn ever closer to her saviour Commander Hugo Casimir. Despite her growing feelings for him, Hugo remains a paradox, not only is he a heartless killer, he is owned by the cruel immortal fae queen; a queen who will murder her own people for magic. Will Hugo become her friend, her protector or an enemy not worthy of her trust?
As Diamond’s circumstances become ever more perilous she is drawn deeper into Hugo’s world and discovers the lengths to which he will go to save what he holds dear.
A Bond of Venom and Magic is a tale of two people bound by magic and secrets, but trapped in the complexities of love and betrayal. It is the beginning of an epic journey, one that will test Diamond’s resolve and determination to battle an evil that threatens not only her world but that of Eternity, the land of The Goddess and the Guardians.

Author(s)
Karen Tomlinson
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Haven

Haven-coverPrincess Haven was never meant to be Queen.

Her immortality has saved her time and time again, but when the last of her royal family dies at her feet, she is next in line to rule a nation on the brink of war. With no formal training on how to be Queen, Haven must rise to the occasion with the help of her best friends, and personal guard, or risk losing everyone she has ever loved.

With war to the West, and no escape to the East, the evil tyrant Kadia sets her sights on the six kingdoms. Haven’s neighbors are quick to fall under the swords of Kadia’s shadow soldiers, leaving a sea of bodies and a clear path to Haven’s only home. Haven must make a choice; take her people and flee to the foreign Republic across the sea or lead a last stand against a powerful dictator.

Author(s)
Katherine Bogle

Untamed

Untamed

As one of the last Untamed humans left in the world, Seven’s life has always been controlled by tight rules. Stay away from the Enhanced. Don’t question your leader. And, most importantly, never switch sides–because once you’re Enhanced there’s no going back. Even if you have become the perfect human being.untamed-2-683x1024

But after a disastrous raid on an Enhanced city, Seven soon finds herself in her enemy’s power. Realizing it’s only a matter of time before she too develops a taste for the chemical augmenters responsible for the erosion of humanity, Seven knows she must act quickly if she’s to escape and save her family from the same fate.

Yet, as one of the most powerful Seers that the Untamed and Enhanced have ever known, Seven quickly discovers that she alone holds the key to the survival of only one race. But things aren’t clear-cut anymore, and with Seven now questioning the very beliefs she was raised on, she knows she has an important choice to make. One that has two very different outcomes.

Seven must choose wisely whose side she joins, for the War of Humanity is underway, and Death never takes kindly to traitors.

Praise for Untamed

“This has to be one of the best dystopians I have read this year – If you’re a dystopian fan add this to your shelf.” — Birds That Love Words

“I really couldn’t fault Madeline Dyer… Untamed is a fantastic dystopian survival story, filled with twists.” — The Literature Hub

“From the first line, Untamed pulled me in. This is the sort of book that is incredibly difficult to put down… as a person who rarely reads fantasy/sci-fi but grew up with it always on the nightstand, Dyer’s book reawakened in me a buried love for the genre.”– Jen Knox, author of After the Gazebo.

Untamed is very captivating and I found myself racing through it… the imagery Madeline has created is brilliant.” — A Secret Book Lover

“The fast-paced action of Untamed really drew me into the story… readers who enjoy dystopian novels would enjoy this book.” — The Story Sanctuary

Author(s)
Madeline Dyer

George: A gentleman of the road

Book-Cover-frontThe fascinating, funny and sometimes heartbreaking true story of a homeless guy called George: a real gentleman of the road.  His story is recounted by author P.A.Davies who – whilst sitting in a Manchester cafe – listened to the man’s extraordinary tale over a number of weeks.

There but for the grace of God etc etc!

Author(s)
P.A.Davies
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The Executioner of Rawule

It was a time when the humans wanted to colonize Rawule or as they said “their moon.” Because of this, Toren S’rell, the totalitarian leader of Rawule, was faced with an interplanetary war between his people and the human race, or as he liked to say “the ones who put politics before the preservation of their world.” As the conflict raged on, Ellaconna River would rather die as a sociopathic killer than a victim and Seccoro Acea, the federal executioner put in charge of her sentence, was trying to cope with the loss of his wife and one week old child.

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Author(s)
Sterling Emmal

Dark Past

Isabella Lovino moved to New York City to hide from the demons of her past, leaving everyone behind. Her troubled history makes it difficult to get a job, but when an 200x300opportunity comes up to work at an architectural firm, she takes it. On her first day of work she bumps into a stranger on the street and her whole world changes.

The gorgeous Jason Hart owns his own architectural firm, but that’s not enough. He knows what he wants, and what he wants is the beautiful Isabella Lovino—the same thing he has wanted since college. When he sees her at the restaurant, he knows he can’t let her get away this time. Will she notice him now?

Author(s)
L A Cataldo / Laurie Cataldo Fuchs

My Seventh Grade Life in Tights

All Dillon wants is to be a real dancer. And if he wins a summer scholarship at Dance-Splosion, he’s on his way. The problem? His dad wants him to play football. And Dillon’s freestyle crew, the Dizzee Freekz, says that dance studios are for sellouts. His friends want Dillon to kill it at the audition—so he can turn around and tell the studio just how wrong their rules and creativity-strangling ways are.

At first, Dillon’s willing to go along with his crew’s plan, even convincing one of the snobbiest girls at school to work with him on his technique. But as Dillon’s dancing improves, he wonders: what if studios aren’t the enemy? And what if he actually has a shot at winning the scholarship?

Dillon’s life is about to get crazy . . . on and off the dance floor.

Timing

Timing

Kindle-Cover_480When quick wits and loyalty are put to the test

Mitnash and his AI companion Slate, coders and investigators of interplanetary fraud, are at work again in Timing, the sequel to Far from the Spaceports.

This time their travels take them from Jupiter to Mars, chasing a small-scale scam which seems a waste of their time. Then the case escalates dramatically into threats and extortion. Robin’s Rebels, a new player in the game, is determined to bring down the financial world, and Slate’s fellow AIs are the targets. Will Slate be the next victim?

The clues lead them back to the asteroid belt, and to their friends on the Scilly Isles. The next attack will be here, and Mitnash and Slate must put themselves in the line of fire. To solve the case, they need to team up with an old adversary – the only person this far from Earth who has the necessary skills to help them. But can they trust somebody who keeps their own agenda so well hidden?

Author(s)
Richard Abbott

Mornings in Jeniin

Mornings in Jenin, by Susan Abulhawa

This is one of the most disturbing stories I have read. I visited Israel in 1967, shortly after the Six Day War ended. I remember the Israeli taxi driver boasting about how quickly they had won that war, gleefully pointing out captured tanks and other military vehicles at the side of the roads we travelled, and feeling rather disgusted at his smugness. Surely all war was horrible, surely all war implied suffering and death? My 20-year old self was horrified, not impressed.

Susan Abulhawa tells her story with passion and pain. It is the story of a family which grew up in the peaceful village of Ein Hod, occupied by Israelis after the partition of Palestine in 1948, and then was forced to relocate to a camp in Jenin. After bombing, burning, killing, maiming, plundering and looting, soldiers came to claim the land the family had lived on since distant times.

It is nothing short of devastating to read of families torn apart, of life in a refugee camp, of loss, destruction, and oppression.  I will never forget the horror I felt reading about a mother having her baby son torn from her arms, lost to her forever to be raised by the enemy.

The story begins in a peaceful, ancient village, and ends with the massacre of so-called terrorists, an incident denied in the US press. One of the soldiers gives the narrator water to drink during the siege, but it’s ‘not enough to wash a mother’s blood from her daughter’s skin.’ Earlier, she felt a strange desire to be a fish, to live ‘inside the water’s soothing world, where screams and gunfire were not heard and death was not smelled.’

It is impossible to read this story without feeling, to quote: ‘sad for the youth betrayed by their leaders for symbols and flags and war and power.’ And sadder still, to know that the conflict rages on.

 

Naked

coverThe life of a rookie beat cop is changed forever when he meets an elderly sage on a routine call. Using wisdom, perspective, and humor, Naked is a journey destined to transform the readers understanding of God, life, and love.

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Michael Vey: Fall of Hades

I nominate this book because all the hard work that was put into the series should have some recognition.

Author(s)
Richard Paul Evens
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The Great Infinity

The Coresie the most powerful civilisation in the universe are doomed. Their bid for immortality has failed

As the ascended beings evacuate the physical world, they are faced with the complicated task to begin to dismantle the powerful machines that have given them dominance over the other races. However a daring assassination attempt goes wrong, leaving only one survivor of the entire race called a Guardian.

It escapes in a desperate attempt to begin a new experiment, and after travelling across galaxies the being finds present day Earth, where it gathers the chosen ones, as the beginning of a new power is rising.

Behind Closed Doors

This really was a page-turner! I started reading it at 10.00pm, made myself  stop to sleep at 02.00am, then woke and finished it in an hour. That says it all. It’s creepy, disturbing, even scary: I kept trying to find a flaw in the narrator’s logic (how could she be so helpless?) but her tormentor’s ice-cold insanity pre-empted her every bid for freedom and outwitted her every time. A chilling, tension-filled read.

The Dark Forest

forestThis near-future trilogy is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience this multiple-award-winning phenomenon from Cixin Liu, China’s most beloved science fiction author. In The Dark Forest, Earth is reeling from the revelation of a coming alien invasion-in just four centuries’ time. The aliens’ human collaborators may have been defeated, but the presence of the sophons, the subatomic particles that allow Trisolaris instant access to all human information, means that Earth’s defense plans are totally exposed to the enemy. Only the human mind remains a secret. This is the motivation for the Wallfacer Project, a daring plan that grants four men enormous resources to design secret strategies, hidden through deceit and misdirection from Earth and Trisolaris alike. Three of the Wallfacers are influential statesmen and scientists, but the fourth is a total unknown. Luo Ji, an unambitious Chinese astronomer and sociologist, is baffled by his new status. All he knows is that he’s the one Wallfacer that Trisolaris wants dead.

Destination Freedom

Destination Freedom is a sweeping memoir about a young girl’s journey. The struggle of youth meets the vicious cycle of war and devastation. The story is so relevant to us all. It is unique that it is written from the perspective of a young woman looking back at war, loss, the life of a refugee and how she fits into the world when she must make her way in a new culture. A must read for memoirists and anyone who desires to know the truth that is indeed stranger than fiction.

Author(s)
Lily Amis

It’s Just So

It’s Lizzy’s first day in a brand new school! At first things feel “just so” scary and “just so” hard, but in the end, they’re “just so”…. not what she thought they would be! From waking up early and boarding the bus for the very first time to meeting new friends and painting outside the lines, it’s a day of discovery and perspective for a little girl named Lizzy.

Building Good Teammates: The story of my Mount Rushmore, a coaching epiphany, and that nun

Participation leagues, where every kid gets a trophy, lead to disillusionment. Not everyone wins in the real world. Yet, coaching kids to be ultra-competitive guarantees no greater probability of players becoming successful, well-adjusted members of society when their playing days have ended.

“Building Good Teammates” is the story of how a “Mary Poppins-ish” nun inspires Lance Loya to discover an alternative approach to coaching and to explore how his coaching methods were influenced by his unusual childhood and his personal Mount Rushmore—the four men who had the biggest impact on his life.

Through the examination of the virtue of trust, a key component to being a good teammate, he explains how the coaches who impacted his life demonstrated how to have, build, and earn trust. Those three elements coincide with Loya’s three components of a good teammate—care, share, and listen.

While teaching kids to be competitive can be beneficial, it is an endeavor that should take a back seat to teaching kids to be good teammates, a more valuable life skill. Everybody is part of a team in some capacity, and the world cannot have too many good teammates.

When Sr. Eric Marie, a nearly 80-year old nun, joins Loya’s quest to build good teammates, the practices of the unassuming woman become the basis for the coach’s system. Loya explains how the Sisters of Mercy values of mercy, justice, hospitality, and service can be applied to using sports to teach kids to be good teammates.

This book is a blueprint for using organized sports to teach kids a viable and sustainable skill that will serve them well for the rest of their lives.

Hello From the Gillespies

helloFor the past thirty-three years, Angela Gillespie has sent to friends and family around the world an end-of-the-year letter titled “Hello from the Gillespies.” It’s always been cheery and full of good news. This year, Angela surprises herself—she tells the truth….

The Gillespies are far from the perfect family that Angela has made them out to be. Her husband is coping badly with retirement. Her thirty-two-year-old twins are having career meltdowns. Her third daughter, badly in debt, can’t stop crying. And her ten-year-old son spends more time talking to his imaginary friend than to real ones.

Without Angela, the family would fall apart. But when a bump on the head leaves Angela with temporary amnesia, the Gillespies pull together—and pull themselves together—in wonderfully surprising ways….

Author(s)
Monica McInerney

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

harryBased on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on 30th July 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

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J K Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne

Becoming Human

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Earth is overcrowded and polluted.
A new planet, Exilon 5, has been located.
But Exilon 5 is already occupied.

Becoming Human is the first book in this post-apocalyptic dystopian series. Read the books in order: Becoming Human, Altered Reality, Crimson Dawn.

Two Worlds. Two Species. One Terrifying Secret.

In 2163, a polluted and overcrowded Earth forces humans to search for a new home. But the exoplanet they target, Exilon 5, is occupied.

Having already begun a massive relocation programme, the World Government on Earth sends Bill Taggart to monitor the threat level of the Indigenes, the alien race that lives on Exilon 5. Bill is a man on the edge. He believes the Indigenes killed his wife, but he doesn’t know why. Until now.

Stephen has every reason to despise the humans and their attempts to colonise his planet. To protect his species from further harm, he must go against his very nature and become human.

Laura O’Halloran is losing her daily battle with Seasonal Affective Disorder. Her only chance at recovery is leaving the dark Earth for the sunnier climate of Exilon 5. She hopes her credentials as a World Government employee will secure her a one-way trip, but with the ever increasing relocation demand that is not a guarantee.

Her discovery of a deadly secret threatens her life and that of Bill and Stephen. A secret so great it could rip apart both worlds.

Seven of I: The Keeper of the Words

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Syntyche is a fifteen-year-old girl who lives in a world struggling to survive the aftermath of religious wars and a controlling government. Her unique ability to see guardian angels has left her an outcast, but little does she know that her gifts will soon expand with a blessing from the archangel Barachiel. She discovers that she is part of an old prophecy that must bring together angels, sins and virtues to close the gates of Hell – all seven of them. In order to do this they must defeat each demon that guards the doors.

There are many dangers in her future, but Syntyche knows she will survive to see the day when a great prophet can preach without the fears of evil getting in the way. With the help of a griffin, phoenix and dragon, what could possibly go wrong?

The Loney

The eerie, suspenseful debut novel about two brothers hailed as a masterful excursion into terror by the “Sunday Times “(UK) that is taking the world by storm. When the remains of a young child are discovered during a winter storm on a stretch of the bleak Lancashire coastline known as the Loney, a man named Smith is forced to confront the terrifying and mysterious events that occurred forty years earlier when he visited the place as a boy. At that time, his devoutly Catholic mother was determined to find healing for Hanny, his disabled older brother. And so the family, along with members of their parish, embarked on an Easter pilgrimage to an ancient shrine. But not all of the locals were pleased to see visitors in the area. And when the two brothers found their lives entangled with a glamorous couple staying at a nearby house, they became involved in more troubling rites. Smith feels he is the only one to know the truth, and he must bear the burden of his knowledge, no matter what the cost. Proclaimed a modern classic by the “Sunday Telegraph” (UK), “The Loney “marks the arrival of an important new voice in fiction. “

Author(s)
Andrew Michael Hurley
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A God in Ruins

A God in Ruins relates the life of Teddy Todd – would-be poet, heroic World War II bomber pilot, husband, father, and grandfather – as he navigates the perils and progress of the twentieth century. For all Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge will be to face living in a future he never expected to have.

This gripping, often deliriously funny yet emotionally devastating book looks at war – that great fall of Man from grace – and the effect it has, not only on those who live through it, but on the lives of the subsequent generations. It is also about the infinite magic of fiction.

Those who loved the bestselling Life After Life will recognise Teddy as Ursula Todd’s adored younger brother – but for those who have not read it, A God in Ruins stands fully on its own. Few will dispute that it proves once again that Kate Atkinson is one of the most exceptional novelists of our age.

‘Better than most fiction you’ll read this year’ The Times

Author(s)
Kate Atkinson
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Left of Boom

On September 11, 2001, Doug Laux was a freshman in college, on the path to becoming a doctor. But with the fall of the Twin Towers came a turning point in his life. After graduating he joined the Central Intelligence Agency, determined to get himself to Afghanistan and into the center of the action. Through persistence and hard work he was fast-tracked to a clandestine operations position overseas. Dropped into a remote region of Afghanistan, he received his baptism by fire. Frustrated by bureaucratic red tape, a widespread lack of knowledge of the local customs and culture and an attitude of complacency that hindered his ability to combat the local Taliban, Doug confounded his peers by dressing like a native and mastering the local dialect, making contact and building sources within several deadly terrorist networks. His new approach resulted in unprecedented successes, including uncovering the largest IED network in the world, responsible for killing hundreds of US soldiers. Meanwhile, Doug had to keep up false pretenses with his family, girlfriend and friends–nobody could know what he did for a living–and deal with the emotional turbulence of constantly living a lie. His double life was building to an explosive resolution, with repercussions that would have far reaching consequences.

A Place Called Winter

To find yourself, sometimes you must lose everything.

A shy but privileged elder son, Harry Cane has followed convention at every step. Even the beginnings of an illicit, dangerous affair do little to shake the foundations of his muted existence – until the shock of discovery and the threat of arrest force him to abandon his wife and child and sign up for emigration to Canada.

Remote and unforgiving, his allotted homestead in a place called Winter is a world away from the golden suburbs of turn-of-the-century Edwardian England. And yet it is here, isolated in a seemingly harsh landscape, under the threat of war and madness that the fight for survival will reveal in Harry an inner strength and capacity for love beyond anything he has ever known before.

Author(s)
Patrick Gale

The Nightingale

Bravery, courage, fear and love in a time of war.

Despite their differences, sisters Viann and Isabelle have always been close. Younger, bolder Isabelle lives in Paris while Viann is content with life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. But when the Second World War strikes, Antoine is sent off to fight and Viann finds herself isolated so Isabelle is sent by their father to help her.

As the war progresses, the sisters’ relationship and strength is tested. With life changing in unbelievably horrific ways, Viann and Isabelle will find themselves facing frightening situations and responding in ways they never thought possible as bravery and resistance take different forms in each of their actions.

Vivid and exquisite in its illumination of a time and place that was filled with atrocities, but also humanity and strength, Kristin Hannah’s novel will provoke thought and discussion that will have readers talking long after they finish reading.

Author(s)
Kristin Hannah
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Me Before You

Poignant . . . heartfelt . . . Me Before You, at it’s heart, is about two people who properly listen to each other; it is something good (The Independent on Sunday)

Another powerful love story. A deftly plotted narrative populated with likeable engaging characters . . . a bittersweet story about love, learning and letting go. It’s a tremendous read and I loved it (Daily Mail)

When I finished this novel, I didn’t want to review it: I wanted to reread it . . . An affair to remember (The New York Times Book Review)

At last, a new Moyes novel – and it’s a triumph. Her story of love blossoming in the most unlikely of ways packs such an emotional punch, you’ll need a box of tissues (Elle)

Compelling, moving and absorbing. It’s also a real weepie (Daily Express)

Keep the tissues close as Jojo Moyes returns with Me Before You, a heartbreaking yet ultimately uplifting tale about the relationship between an embittered quadriplegic man and the carer who is trying to give him a reason to live (Good Housekeeping)

A compelling novel of life and death decisions and unlikely affections. It’s magical and heartbreaking, but doesn’t shy away from difficult emotional realities. Waterproof mascara essential (Marie Claire)

A disarmingly moving love story . . . a lovely novel, both nontraditional and enthralling (Publishers Weekly)

This truly beautiful story made us laugh, smile and sob like a baby – you simply have to read it (Closer)

Heartbreaking, soul-searching and utterly compelling (Easy Living)

Destined to be the novel that friends press upon each other more than any other next year, it is a tremendous example of what commercial fiction can do when in the hands of an expert. Moyes does a majestic job of conjuring a cast of characters who are charismatic, credible and utterly compelling; Lou and Will are a couple who readers will take to their hearts as they did One Day‘s Emma and Dex (The Independent)

Poignant and beautifully written, this book will stay with you long after you’ve put it down (Star Magazine)

Funny, believable and heartbreaking, this is sure to be the weepy of 2012 (Woman’s Own)

A compelling portrait of an unlikely couple (The Independent)

Me Before You is a page-turner that sucks the reader into caring about the fate of the heroine . . . By turns funny and moving but never predictable. The plot contains a number of surprises and raises thoughtful questions (USA Today)

A perceptive and moving tale (The Independent)

Funny, surprising and heartbreaking, populated with characters who are affecting and amusing . . . This is a thought-provoking, thoroughly entertaining novel that captures the complexity of love (People)

Beautifully written (The Sun)

An unlikely love story . . . To be devoured like candy, between tears (O, The Oprah Magazine)

Read it and weep: Heartbreak collides with humour in Jojo Moyes’s Me Before You (Good Housekeeping USA)

Jojo Moyes has done it again with this funny, touching tale that is impossible to put down. Make sure you have a box of tissues to hand! (Candis)

When I finished this novel, I didn’t want to review it: I wanted to reread it. Which might seem perverse if you know that for most of the last hundred pages I was dissolved in tears. Jojo Moyes, the writer who produced this emotional typhoon, knows very well that Me Before You . . . is a ‘real weepy’. Moyes’s story provokes tears that are redemptive, the opposite of gratuitous. Some situations, she forces the reader to recognise, really are worth crying over . . . An affair to remember (Liesl Schillinger, The New York Times Book Review)

Jojo Moyes’s poignantly romantic tales have readers streaming their way through boxes of Kleenex . . . Me Before You is compelling reading…a profound, fundamental, thought-provoking conundrum lies at the heart of the story, a huge moral dilemma, explored with great fictional finesse. Devotees of Jojo Moyes and newcomers alike will settle into this entertaining book with gusto (Sunday Express)

Romantic, thought-provoking tear-jerker than you won’t be able to put down (Woman & Home)

The Last Letter from Your Lover manages to be a both gorgeously romantic and partner-ignoringly compulsive read (Independent on Sunday)

Utterly absorbing and blissfully romantic (Daily Telegraph)

A small-life-big-dreams weepie that’ll have you snivelling ecstatically into your cocoa (Daily Mail)

Author(s)
Jojo Moyes

The Art of Racing in the Rain

artQuite simply a fabulous book. The story is narrated by a dog, a dog with more insight into being human than many of our own species could hope for.

This book has everything: humour, heartbreak, philosophy, excitement, and most of all, love. And for me, a bonus: I had never realised just how demanding car racing could be!

Ice Rift

 

An action adventure survival horror set in Antarctica.

Something ancient dwells beneath the ice…

Humans have always looked to the stars for signs of Extraterrestrials.
They have been looking in the wrong place.
They are already here, entombed beneath Antarctic ice for thousands of years.
The ice is melting and they want to be free.

Author(s)
Ben Hammott
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A Lesson in the Jungle

In a world that is fast shrinking, where animal habitats are dwindling and where certain species are falling close to extinction, it is so important we teach our young the value of life. Each mammal, each bird, fish, reptile and insect has a place and we are their future. A Lesson in the Jungle is an easy to read teaching aid, a journey with a lesson to learn, a wonderful story with detailed illustrations creating a great tool for teaching a valuable lesson about preserving life within the animal kingdom.

 

Henrietta and Harvey arrive in Africa to capture wild animals to sell to a zoo. Two children, Jenny and John, want to save the animals and help them stay with their families. They are forced to seek the help of a magical witchdoctor, who not only rescues the animals but teaches the hunters a valuable lesson about preserving life within the animal kingdom. Lesson learnt, Henrietta and Harvey promise to return next year as well. Only this time they will arrive with a camera and respect for the animals of the jungle.

 

The preservation of life rests within the delicate hands of our children and we owe them the tools they will need to make this world a better place.

Manny Sequaila and the Eye of Cronus

 

 

During a once-in-a-lifetime holiday aboard a luxury cruise liner, Manny Sequaila, a prickly social misfit from Battersea, finds his barroom relaxation interrupted by a cluster of unexploded World War 2 sea mines that collide with the ship and dutifully relinquish their unexploded status. From that moment on, Manny’s life is diverted onto a terrifying new trajectory by a subterranean corpse, an ancient jewel, bickering Greek gods and a telepath in tight swimming briefs.

Manny Sequaila and the Eye of Cronus is the first in a series of humorous adventures that pits stupidity, impatience and profuse cowardice against an unforgiving and indifferent universe.

Author(s)
Ben Harriss

Escape into the Blue

What would you risk to chase your true destiny?

Hauntingly beautiful, Sophia is a survivor. After a tragic accident that changes the course of her life, she is struggling to find her way. When she stumbles across a picture of a Caribbean beach in a magazine, she convinces herself that this is the answer to all her problems…Secret desires, personal devastation and obsession torment her dreams.
When she meets a mysterious and worldly businessman, everything starts coming together. Slipping across invisible social lines, she ultimately becomes one of them. Her inexperience leads her away from what she came for, because nothing is as it seems. Trapped in a spider web, she sinks deeper into his world.
Then one fateful night, she meets a free-spirited photographer and everything changes again…Can Sophia ever find the peace she so desperately needs? Or will corruption and deceit destroy her, before she can discover the real truth for herself? An adventure meets grown-up fairy tale, filled with twists and turns you won’t soon forget.
Prepare yourself to experience the real Caribbean, where everything that glitters is not gold…

Destination:Freedom

The best way to understand the suffering of others is to hear their stories of courage and struggle. Being homeless, displaced, isolated and useless is hard to imagine if you’ve never suffered it. I have, so I speak out. Destination: Freedom is a memoir based on the true life story of a young girl Lily and her mom. With only two suitcases and a large supply of hope mother and child escape to Europe from their war-torn homeland.

Emoji Adventures Vol 1: The Horse Party

 

OBSESSED WITH EMOJIS?

LOL with your favorite emojis as they come to life in this fun, new series. Follow Annie with the constant smile; Kevin, her devilish brother; Billy, poop head and BFF; and Dot, the love-struck jock as they make their way through Emoji Elementary.

In Book #1, Annie desperately wants to get invited to the popular kids’ party – will she get an invitation to the horse-themed birthday? And what about her BFF’s?

  • Funny Story-lines and Characters
  • A Picture on Every Page
  • Over 100 Emojis!
  • Recommended for Reluctant Readers by Teachers and Librarians.
  • A MUST READ for any Kid Who Loves EMOJIS
Author(s)
PY Evans

Echo from Mount Royal

Montreal, 1951. Rebecca Wiseman, 18-years-old, briefly meets a handsome young man, but has little hope of seeing him again. When Sol Gottesman tracks her down and asks her on a date, her joy mingles with disbelief when she learns he is the son of a wealthy Westmount businessman.

When Sol takes her in a chauffeured Rolls-Royce to the most expensive restaurant in the city, Rebecca enters a world of upper-class wealth and privilege unknown in her working-class family. She believes her romantic dreams have come true.

She soon learns that despite Sol’s outward charm, he lacks self-confidence. When he reveals the simmering conflicts in his family, Rebecca wants to protect Sol, but helping him stand up to the pressure from his family, puts her squarely in the midst of it all.

Class, religion, family conflict and sexual secrets test their love, leading to a revelation that could change her life forever.

Author(s)
Dave Riese
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$500,000,000 & some goats

It’s the story of Philip being kidnapped by pirates in Nigeria and being held hostage. His account of what happened in great detail and his reflection on life and experiences in life.

Could not put this book down, the authors personality shines through and shows courage and love. The topic of the biography is sinister however it laced with humour and demonstrates the strength in family.

Philips colourful past gives the book depth and body.

You experience very emotion through out the book.

Author(s)
philip durdey
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Almost Mortal

 

Almost Mortal is a legal thriller with a metaphysical twist. The plot touches on many unique religious questions and delves into the interplay between forensic science and spiritual beliefs. Mainly though, it is a fast-moving mystery with a lot of surprises.

 

Synopsis: Emerging criminal defense attorney Sam Young has always known he had a gift. Or a curse. He thinks of them as minor psychic abilities. When Sam is hired by an attractive young nun named Camille Paradisi, he agrees to help discover the identity of a serial killer in order to prevent Camille’s pastor from being exposed for not reporting the man after a confession – thereby allowing another murder to occur. While Sam’s psychic abilities increase as he investigates the case and gets closer to Camille, he realizes that the enigmatic nun is not revealing the complete truth.

Camille shares an old journal anonymously mailed to the church, which she believes may have been authored by the killer/confessor. The journal, which begins in Argentina in the 1940’s, purports to tell the life story of a man with mind control and other special powers who claims to be a descendant of the fallen angels cast out of heaven by God. As Sam learns more about the murders, the journal author, and Camille, he begins to realize the so called “Rosslyn Ripper” case may have ancient implications beyond his imagination.

Author(s)
Christopher Leibig

The Pragashini – Smuts Affair

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The Pragashni – Smutts Affair

A wayward schoolgirl is forced to confront the harsh realities of a divided nation, as politics, cultures and families collide in this stirring tale of love, loss and betrayal. Set against the backdrop of South Africa’s notorious apartheid regime. ‘The Pragashini-Smuts Affair’ reveals one girl’s battle to lead a life less ordinary, amid a turbulent struggle that pitches the forces of good against evil as the dark clouds of oppression begin to slowly gather.

Author(s)
Agnes Sam