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Coming Soon. PreOrder for week of 9/30/13

Deadline by Sandra Brown. Available September 24, 2013.
Ms. Brown started writing in 1981 and has published over 70 novels. Her author rank with Amazon is 8th overall. A journalist traumatized by his time in Afghanistan is the subject of this new romantic suspense.

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Gone (Michael Bennett)
by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge available Sepember 30, 2013.
A crime lord has declared war on America. Only Detective Michael Bennett knows why. The sixth book in the series.  Other books in the series:

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The Signature of All Things: A Novel  by Elizabeth Gilbert. Available October 1, 2013. The author of Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia new novel spans two centuries of the Whittaker family. Daughter Alma is a scientist and she falls in love with a Utopian artist named Ambrose.

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The Noticer Returns: Sometimes You Find Perspective, and Sometimes Perspective Finds You by Andy Andrews. Available October 1, 2013.
Like The Traveler’s Gift The Traveler’s Gift: Seven Decisions that Determine Personal SuccessThe Noticer and new The Noticer Returns is a unique narrative blend of fiction, allegory, and inspiration in which gifted storyteller Andy Andrews helps us see how becoming a “noticer” just might change a person’s life forever.” What starts as a story of one person’s everyday reality unfolds into the extraordinary principles available to anyone looking to create the life for which they were intended.
  

Endless Knight (The Arcana Chronicles) by Kresley Cole. Available October 1, 2013.

 Possession: A Novel of the Fallen Angels by J.R. Ward. Available October 1, 2013.

Silencing Eve (Eve Duncan) by Iris Johansen. Available October 1, 2013.

Christmas on 4th Street (Fool’s Gold Romance) by Susan Mallery. Available September 24, 2013.

Born in Ice (Concannon Sisters Trilogy) by Nora Roberts. Available October 1, 2013.

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Books: Dogs Are Better People Than Us

Dogs & Our Animal Companions Are Better People Than Us.
If you are a dog lover, you already know that dogs are better people than humans. Here are some wonderful books that help make the point.

“Dogs love and share and help and care. Dogs Are Better People Than Us. Dogs Make Us Better Humans.” Andrea Geist

A Dog Walks Into a Nursing Home: Lessons in the Good Life from an Unlikely Teacher by Sue Halpern.
Funny, moving, and profound, A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home is the story of how one faithful, charitable, loving, and sometimes prudent mutt—showing great hope, fortitude, and restraint along the way (the occasional begged or stolen treat notwithstanding)—taught a well-meaning woman the true nature and pleasures of the good life.

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The Possibility Dogs: What a Handful of “Unadoptables” Taught Me About Service, Hope, and Healing by Susannah Charleson.
“Charleson journeys into the world of psychiatric service, where dogs aid humans with disabilities that may be unseen but are no less felt. This work had a profound effect on Charleson, perhaps because, for her, this journey began as a personal one: Charleson herself struggled with posttraumatic stress disorder for months after a particularly grisly search. Collaboration with her search dog partner made the surprising difference to her own healing. Inspired by that experience, Charleson learns to identify abandoned dogs with service potential, often plucking them from shelters at the last minute, and to train them for work beside hurting partners, to whom these second-chance dogs bring intelligence, comfort, and hope.

Along the way she comes to see canine potential everywhere, often where she least expects it – from Merlin the chocolate lab puppy with the broken tail once cast away in a garbage bag, who now stabilizes his partner’s panic attacks; to Ollie, the blind and deaf terrier, rescued moments before it was too late, who now soothes anxious children; to Jake Piper, the starving pit bull terrier mix with the wayward ears who is transformed into a working service dog and, who, for Charleson, goes from abandoned to irreplaceable.”

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Scent of the Missing: Love and Partnership with a Search-and-Rescue Dog by Susannah Charleson.
Charleson first book. In the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing, Susannah Charleson clipped a photo from the newspaper of an exhausted canine handler, face buried in the fur of his search-and-rescue dog. A dog lover and pilot with search experience herself, Susannah was so moved by the image that she decided to volunteer with a local canine team and soon discovered firsthand the long hours, nonexistent pay, and often heart-wrenching results they face.

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The Silence of Dogs in Cars by Martin Usborne.
“Photographer Martin Usborne is on a mission to save as many animals as he can in 365 days. His aptly titled project—A Year to Help—began in July 2012 and will wrap up next month. The quest has sparked him to travel the world visiting rescue shelters in Spain and a dog meat restaurant and a zoo in the Philippines, as well as to launch a blog chronicling his adventures. In his just-released photo collection, The Silence of Dogs in Cars (Kehrer Verlag), he aims to capture the way in which we silence, control or distance ourselves from other animals. Mission accomplished.” quote by Abbe Wright.

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The Dog Who Couldn’t Stop Loving: How Dogs Have Captured Our Hearts for Thousands of Years by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson.
“No other animal loves us in quite the same way as dogs love us. And it is mutual. Is it possible that we developed the capacity for love, sympathy, empathy, and compassion because of our long association with dogs? In “The Dog Who Couldn’t Stop Loving”, Masson considers the far-reaching consequences of this co-evolution of dogs and humans, drawing from recent scientific research. Over the past 40,000 years a collective domestication has occurred that brings us to where we are today – humans have formed intense bonds with dogs, and the adoration is almost always reciprocal. Masson himself has experienced a profound connection with his new dog Benjy, a failed guide-dog for the blind, who possesses an abundance of inhibited love. But Masson knows that the love he feels for Benjy – and that Benjy feels for all the people and animals around him – is not unique, but is in fact a love that only dogs and humans possess. With wisdom, insight, and a brilliant analysis of recent scientific research, the bestselling author delivers a provocative and compelling book that will change the way we think about love and canine companions.”

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. It’s a great way to see what others are currently reading.

Shift by Madison Dunn.  I’m not sure why it happens, but when I focus just right, I can slow time. Things around me become lighter somehow, and I almost feel the tiny particles of energy spinning inside of them. The thing is, having the ability to transform the world around you isn’t all it’s cracked up to be — especially when you are running from the Valencia without any deodorant.

The Art of Process Improvement by Abdul A Jaludi. The Art of Process Improvement is a high level strategic book aimed at leaders looking to cut expenses, improve employee morale and maximize profits. This book focuses on managing the process and creating a culture where quality, change, and innovation are encouraged and rewarded.

For book review: Crime Bites and So Do I by Jodie Pierce. In this police paranormal thriller, people start turning up dead all over town completely drained of blood. Are the murders random or whom/what is the common link? Does a vampire have civil rights in a human court of law? When the lead Detective is placed under surveillance, how close will she get to the new man? How much does she even know about her own life? What twists & turns will it reveal?

For a book review, Seventh Night, Before the Fairytale The Girl with No Name by Iscah: “In a land where unicorns are common place, life can start resembling a storybook. Everyone wants a happily ever after, but sometimes true love requires sacrifices…”

Banished from her village, a young shape shifter sets out on a journey to find her place in the world… The first of four “Before the Fairytale” stories, “The Girl With No Name” is told in a deceptively simple storybook style with the flavor of an original Grimm’s fable, but don’t expect your typical once upon a time scenario. This is a coming of age tale humorously interwoven with social commentary.

This story is recommended for older children to adult readers (9 & up) but may not be suitable for younger children.


Stories for Nighttime and Some for Day by Ben Loory. Loory’s collection of wry and witty, dark and perilous contemporary fables is populated by people–and monsters and trees and jocular octopi–who are motivated by the same fears and desires that isolate and unite us all. In this singular universe, televisions talk (and sometimes sing), animals live in small apartments where their nephews visit from the sea, and men and women and boys and girls fall down wells and fly through space and find love on Ferris wheels. In a voice full of fable, myth, and dream, Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day draws us into a world of delightfully wicked recognitions, and introduces us to a writer of uncommon talent and imagination.


Duplex by Kathryn Davis.  Mary and Eddie are meant for each other—but love is no guarantee, not in these suburbs. Like all children, they exist in an eternal present; time is imminent, and the adults of the street live in their assorted houses like numbers on a clock. Meanwhile, ominous rumors circulate, and the increasing agitation of the neighbors points to a future in which all will be lost. Soon a sorcerer’s car will speed down Mary’s street, and as past and future fold into each other, the resonant parenthesis of her girlhood will close forever. Beyond is adulthood, a world of robots and sorcerers, slaves and masters, bodies without souls.

For a book review and author interview, Order of Dimensions by Irene Helenowski: When Jane Kremowski first began her graduate studies in physics at Madison State University in Wisconsin, little did she know where her work would take her. Now, she is embroiled in a multitude of dimensions all leading to different outcomes. She and her colleagues therefore must act wisely in order to take and keep away the Order of Dimension from falling into the wrong hands for the sake of her loved ones.

Cover for 'The Boy who Lit up the Sky (The Two Moons of Rehnor, Book 1)'

The Two Moons of Rehnor Book One, The Boy Who Lit Up The Sky by J. Naomi Ay. The Boy who Lit up the Sky is the first of the ten part series The Two Moons of Rehnor.  It follows the life of Senya, a  man created by the enemy kings of Rehnor to rule the planet and end the wars forever.  However, Senya turns out to be a whole lot stranger than anyone anticipated.  This epic saga is a delightful fantasy with paranormal, romance and light science fiction elements.

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WWW Wednesday 9/11/13

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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?

• What did you recently finish reading?

• What do you think you’ll read next?

What am I currently reading:

 

Unleash the Power of the Female Brain by Daniel G. Amen

And I hope some power is unleashed 😉

What did I recently finish reading:

Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones

Will be writing reviews on the entire series and just enjoying the fun read.

What I will read next:

  Order of the Dimensions by Irene Helenowski

 Provided for review.  Looks to be fascinating.

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Teaser Tuesday Meme 9/10/13 A Twofer

Teaser Tuesday Meme 9/10/13 A Twofer!

“Use your intuition, empathy, collaboration, self-control and a little worry to give yourself a great advantage.

Unleash the Power of the Female Brain by Daniel G. Amen

From Chapter 2: Harness the Unique Strengths of the Female Brain.
“Use your intuition, empathy, collaboration, self-control and a little worry to give yourself a great advantage. Male and Female brains are different. I know some people will be irritated when they read this.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read • Open to a random page • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Tithe a Modern Faerie Tale by Holly Black

“Remember the faeries you used to tell stories about? What was his name? Which One? Spike or Gristle?”

 

 

 

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Books Worth A Read Coming Soon

New & Recommended 9/10/13
  Smoke (The Sequel to Burned) by Ellen Hopkins

Available September 10, 2013. Burned  introduced Pattyn Von Stratten, raised in an abusive but religious family. The story is told uniquely in highly readable poetic verse and diary format. Sharing her hopes, her despair and her anger.

Smoke picks up the story, Pattyn is on the run hiding as a migrant worker. The weight of pending danger permeates the tale. For grade 9 and up. Fans of YA (Young Adult Books) should snatch this one up.

 My Brief History by Stephen Hawking

Available September 10, 2013. In A Brief History of Time ( 1998) Hawking explained the big bang and more in language everyone can understand. In The Universe in a Nutshell (2001) he continued with new discoveries and explanation of quantum mechanics.  Now in A Brief History we learn more about the man. Hawking showcases his personality, his history and how his struggle with the debilitating ALS drove him further in intellectual pursuits.  A must read.

  SONGS OF WILLOW FROST by Jamie Ford

Available September 10, 2013. This second novel by Ford takes the reader to Seattle during the 1920s and the Great Depression. A Chinese-American orphan becomes convinced actress Willow Frost is his mother.

  Someone by Alice McDermott

Available September 10, 2013. Fans of National Book Award winner for Charming Billy Alice McDermott releases yet another captivating book. Nominated for three Pulitzer’s McDermott introduces Marie Commenford asking “Who is going to love me?” Her brother answers “Someone.”

  W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton

Available September 10, 2013. Grafton is back with another Kinsey Millhone mystery.

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Teaser Tuesday Meme 9/3/13

“She was a real woman: you could tell by the way she didn’t have to move her head from side to side to take in sound. Every day she and the dachshund went for three walks, the first early in the morning, the second in the late afternoon, and the third after dinner, when the blue-green lights of the scows, those slow-moving heralds of melancholy, would begin to appear in the night sky.

     Duplex by Kathryn Davis

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read • Open to a random page • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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