Thursday, 12 September 2013

this weeks featured books for review 9-12-13

     alright everyone this week here are books that are up for review. these authors are looking for honest reviews and we know that you are the ones to do it so here we go! 

1.   Set in Stone 1679. SET IN STONE by Newton
book details:  
  Genre: Horror
Page Count: 69
His parents deceased, young Michael O'Donahue inherits the sole responsibility of maintaining the local cemetery known by most as The Yard. Torn between a lustful affair with the town harlot and a blossoming romance with the youngest daughter of one the most prominent families in town, his life is suddenly ripped apart by evil unseen forces.
*'Set in Stone' is a gothic tale of magic, mystery and shattered romance.

2. Hidden in Plain Sight: The Other People in Norman Rockwell's America  1678. HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT: The Other People in Norman Rockwell's America by Jane Allen Petrick
book details: 
 Nonfiction, History, Social History
Page Count: 143

Norman Rockwell’s America was not all white. As early as 1936, Rockwell was portraying people of color with empathy and a dignity often denied them at the time. And he created these portraits from live models.

Hidden in Plain Sight: The Other People in Norman Rockwell’s America unfolds, for the first time, the stories of the Asian, African, and Native Americans who modeled for Norman Rockwell. These people of color, though often hidden in plain sight, are present throughout Rockwell’s more than 4000 illustrations. People like the John Lane family, Navajos poignantly depicted in the virtually unknown Norman Rockwell painting, “Glen Canyon Dam.” People like Isaac Crawford, a ten year old African-American Boy Scout who helped Norman Rockwell finally integrate the Boy Scout calendar.

In this engrossing and often humorous narrative, Jane Allen Petrick explores what motivated Norman Rockwell to slip people of color “into the picture” in the first place. And in so doing, she persuasively documents the famous illustrator’s deep commitment to and pointed portrayals of ethnic tolerance, portrayals that up to now have been, as Norman Rockwell biographer Laura Claridge so clearly put it, “bizarrely neglected”.

Hidden in Plain Sight: The Other People in Norman Rockwell’s America is an eye opener for everyone who loves Norman Rockwell, everyone who hates Norman Rockwell and for all those people in between who never thought much about Norman Rockwell because they believed Norman Rockwell never thought much about them. This book will expand the way you think about Norman Rockwell. And it will deepen the way you think about Norman Rockwell's America.

3.  Jilted  1677. - JILTED by Kara Leigh Miller

book details:
Erotic contemporary romance

 Amy and Brett have been friends since they were kids; and their friendship has withstood the test of time. But can it withstand Brett's fiancée, Vanessa?

Brett Hudson has often wondered what it would be like to be more than Amy's friend, but when he's chosen as the newest professional dancer on Dancing with the Stars, he meets Vanessa, one of the shows costume designers and it's a whirlwind romance that ends in a wedding proposal. As the big day draws closer, Brett begins to think that marrying Vanessa might be a bad idea. She wants him to give up Amy. Completely. Will he give up his best friend for the woman he's supposed to marry?

Amy King is heartbroken to learn that Brett is marrying another woman. But, when Brett is jilted at the altar, he begs Amy to go on his honeymoon with him. A week on a tropical island with her best friend, the man she's fantasized about for years is a dream come true for Amy. But when Brett suggest crossing the line from friends to lovers, Amy is reluctant. Will she risk years of friendship for one night of passion?

4. Colorado Wild (Colorado Heart #1) 1676. - COLORADO WILD by Sara York
M/M Romance/Romance Western
 When love sneaks up on you, shoot for the heart.

Billy Bradford has a secret, and it's bigger than the fact that he's an assassin. When Tucker Hayes, Billy's "straight" best friend, is injured on a mission, Billy acts in haste, kissing Tucker. Shocked by the act, Tucker runs. But desire is stronger than convictions, leading Tucker to hunt down Billy.

The other guys on the ranch are oblivious to Tucker and Billy's actions as they investigate a new target. Grant Stovall is hung up on his ex, but Roger Burk, their new operative, catches his attention and one small touch isn't enough.

Meet the cowboys of Wild Bluff Ranch in the first book of the Colorado Heart Series, Colorado Wild.

5. Eric is Awake 1675. - ERIC IS AWAKE by Dom Shaw
Book Details:
Literary Fiction
 Shortly after midnight on the 21st January 1950, the man known to his readers as George Orwell and to his new bride Sonia, as Eric Arthur Blair, breathes his last in a small side ward of the University College Hospital. Beside his bed, his bags are packed for a trip to Switzerland. He is alone and afraid. Shortly after midnight on the 21st January 20--, in a country with 4.2 million CCTV devices - one for every 14 people in the country, a security camera captures a homeless tramp with a high forehead and thin moustache, dying of hypothermia in an alley beside an Islington pub on a snowy winter night. As his dying breath vaporizes in the freezing air, he grows cold. The warm vapour of his final exhalation travels upwards to dissipate in the atmosphere, but instead, coalesces and descends again to the cold blue lips of the man lying in the alley. He takes a breath and the tramp’s body warms as a new occupant moves in. Eric is awake.

6. Maybe Fate  1674. - MAYBE FATE by Cynthia Brint
Book Details: 
New Adult/Paranormal Romance
 No matter how you fight, fate still comes knocking.
But what happens when you rebel against it?

When I felt someone watching me, I knew something was wrong. I'm not the
kind of girl who gets a lot of attention. I don't want you to think I'm paranoid, or crazy. Definitely not crazy. That night, I got my first glimpse of something that should never have existed. I met someone who would change my life, change my everything. Someone with wicked smiles and a voice like sugar mixed with cinnamon.

Someone not entirely human.

Maybe Fate is a full-length 350 page New Adult Paranormal Romance. It focuses on the wonder of destiny, the beauty of love, and the way it sweeps us up with unstoppable, hungry claws.

MatureContent, recommended for ages 17+

7. Dark Lullaby 1673. - DARK LULLABY by Mayra Calvani
Book Details:
 supernatural/psychological thriller
 At a trendy Turkish tavern one Friday night, astrophysicist Gabriel Diaz meets a mysterious young woman. Captivated by her beauty as well as her views on good and evil, he spends the next several days with her. Soon, however, he begins to notice a strangeness in her—her skin’s abnormally high temperature, her obsession with milk products, her child-like and bizarre behaviour as she seems to take pleasure in toying with his conscience.

The young woman, Kamilah, invites him to Rize, Turkey, where she claims her family owns a cottage in the woods. In spite of his heavy workload and the disturbing visions and nightmares about his sister’s baby that is due to be born soon, Gabriel agrees to go with her.

But nothing, not even the stunning splendor of the Black Sea, can disguise the horror of her nature. In a place where death dwells and illusion and reality seem as one, Gabriel must now come to terms with his own demons in order to save his sister’s unborn child, and ultimately, his own soul…

8. Silencing Joy  1672. SILENCING JOY by Amy Rachiele 1672. SILENCING JOY by Amy Rachiele
Book Details:
 Romance, Action/Adventure
Page Count: 127
 I scream. I couldn’t help it. I jump up and whack my head on the bottom of a bleacher. My hand flies immediately to the lump forming. I start running while bent in half. I try to get out.
I don’t.
Suddenly, my hair is yanked back. I shriek as my hands automatically go to the back of my head. My heart races in terror. I bend backwards from the yank and then fall to my knees.
~Joy, Silencing Joy

Joy is the type of person that goes about her business, stays out of people’s way, and keeps to herself. Everything changes one night at a football game.
Have you ever been in the wrong place at the wrong time?
Follow Joy as she discovers what wrong place and wrong time actually mean.

Kara shifted in her seat and her foot slipped. Something pulled on it.
A hand came around her mouth and she was falling. Kara found herself flat on the ground in the dirt and trash under the bleachers.
A cloth was slipped over her mouth and tied behind her head. Someone flipped her over like a hog, tying and dressing it for a roast over a spit. Kara’s hands were yanked and bound behind her back with thick rope.

9. Demons of the Guilded (The Demon Cleaner, #1)  1671. DEMONS OF THE GUILDED (The Demon Cleaner, #1) by Nadiyah Abdul-Khaliq
Book details:
Urban paranormal fantasy
Page Count: 297
 In present day Guild City, Louisiana humans and vampires are slowly integrating. Vampires even hold jobs in human society. They're police officers, teachers, doctors, etc. Of course, not everyone wants this. Forces on both sides work to see that humans and vampires remain separate with one dominating the other.

A string of gruesome murders threatens to destroy what little peace there is between the two species. Neither side knows who's committing the murders or why. Yet they blame each other.

Eventually, a set of twin vampires are arrested for the crimes.

Demon hunters are rare among humans. They are born. Not made. Among them is Lillas Mehkinnan. Special even by demon hunter standards, she is the only human who can use the powers of the elements.

From the beginning, Lillas has suspected that serial killers, dubbed the Inheritors, are demons. But finding proof has been impossible. However, everything changes when her friends are arrested. Now she must do more than prove their innocence. She must find the real killer.

But the killer finds her. And things do not go as planned. For the first time, the demon hunter meets the demon lord.

The series also introduces a few new species that humans don't know about. Among them are the ankhil and himmels. The ankhil are a collective of were-kind and other creatures. They are very close knit despite the fact that there are hundreds of thousands of them spread around the world. Their main enemy are the vampires. The himmels are a very rare species of shape-shifting time-travelers. They are incredibly powerful and consider themselves to be the only true immortals as very few things can kill them. Not even decapitation. They have no natural enemy and are often peacekeepers between the vampires and ankhil.

10.  Getting Her Money's Worth 1670. GETTING HER MONEY'S WORTH by Annette Mardis
Book Details:
 Woman's Fiction
Page Count: 184
 Life often has been unkind, and sometimes cruel, to Allie Charles, and she’s determined not to be shortchanged and to live in the moment whenever possible. She and close pal Shelby Martin want many of the same things: romance, fun, good friends and satisfying work. After meeting on a softball field on a frigid fall evening, they enjoy many adventures together: watching the piranha feeding at the National Aquarium; overturning their canoe in the deepest, blackest part of a river; getting stuck thigh high in mud on a golf course water hazard; winning tacky prizes at skee ball machines in Ocean City, Md. Only one of the women will see her heart’s desires fulfilled. The other will face her biggest challenge yet. This touching, poignant story will make you laugh, cry and go for the gusto in your own life.

11. The Cleansing  1669. THE CLEANSING by Danielle Tara Evans
Book details:
Page Count: 233
 After the earth suffered from a series of severe natural disasters that claimed many lives, people are still fearful years later. America allows in foreigners from other devastated areas to assist with rebuilding. As a result, a new wave of immigration occurs, and now Americans are in the minority. They are discriminated against and blamed for global warming.

When a foreigner becomes president of the United States, he devises a plan that will prevent Americans from standing in the way of his tyranny. He forces them to attend the Earth Education Program, where they are supposed to learn how to take better care of the environment.

The story follows John and Annie Weber, an American couple, who discover that the program is more malignant than it appears. As a massive genocide takes place, John and Annie struggle to survive in this new world.

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