Author Archives: H. Lee

About H. Lee

Heather is a happily married wife & Mom of 2 daughters and three four legged kids. She began her addiction to reading with the Twilight Saga. Mainly she reads anything in the young adult genre and is always on the lookout for the newest bestseller!

Cover Reveal: Tested by Janelle Stalder & Teaser Tuesday!


 

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Tested by Janelle Stalder

Tentative Release: June 24, 2014

Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.

Faced with the scariest decision of her life, Missy is going behind enemy lines to save the rebel that seems to haunt her every dream. Finding courage is one of the hardest things she’s ever done, especially when she comes face-to-face with a terrifying reality. The green eyes that have fascinated her, no longer gleam with recognition. Now Missy must find a way to not only get them out alive, but to save the mind of the man who is quickly capturing her heart. And she must do it all without getting caught. Put to the test, will Missy be able to rise above her fears and find love, or watch it all blow up in smoke?

*This book is for mature audiences due to sexual situations, violence and strong language

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Teaser Tuesday

This a weekly meme held on Tuesday’s that was created by Should Be Reading

Here are the rules:

• 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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Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Published April 15, 2014 by Disney Hyperion

Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it’s one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took “mean girl” to a whole new level, and it’s clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She’s getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she’s falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash.

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn’t just buried deep inside of Sam’s memory-someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?

Teaser:

Before I could even respond to that, he was gone. I twisted toward Scott. “He doesn’t like me.”

Scott looked like he wanted to laugh again. “Yeah, he doesn’t.”

A weird, twisty feeling sprang in my chest. “Why?”

Pushing off the bed, he sighed. “You don’t like him.”

I didn’t? Did I not have taste? He was baby-making material. Then I frowned. How did I know who was baby-making material? “I don’t get it.”

h. Lee

Excerpt Reveal: All Lined Up by Cora Carmack


ER banner ALUI am so excited to be a part of this reveal today! I cannot wait to actually read this whole book! Cora is awesome!

cora-carmacks-all-lined-upNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack follows up her trio of hits—Losing It, Faking It, and Finding It—with this thrilling first novel in an explosive series bursting with the Texas flavor, edge, and steamy romance of Friday Night Lights.

In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.

Dallas Cole loathes football. That’s what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.

But life doesn’t always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.

Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It’s obliterated.

Dallas doesn’t know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn’t know that Dallas is his new coach’s daughter.

And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel.

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About Cora Carmack

Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something Cora Carmack bio piccharacters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

Website: http://coracarmack.blogspot.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CoraCarmack

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CoraCarmackBooks

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Cover Reveal: My Soon To Be Sex Life by Judith Tewes w/Giveaway!


Charlie is down to her absolute. Total. Last. Resort.

 Despite a thoroughly comprehensive list of potential cherry poppers, er…suitors, and careful plotting, Charlie is three weeks into her devirginzation campaign, still untouched, and getting desperate. In the movie of her life, this aspiring screenwriter is giving herself a PG, for please, get some.

 Her project goes into freeze frame when her mom checks herself into rehab and packs Charlie off to live with her estranged, or just plain strange, grandfather, Monty. How is she supposed to get a date when she has to go pick up his Depends?

 Enter Eric, a hot rehab grad on the road to redemption, and the only one who can make Charlie rethink her strategy. The more she gets to know him, the more convinced she becomes that is the one, and not just another to add to the list of people who will abandon her.

 In this hilarious and heartbreaking story of one girl’s detoured road to womanhood, Charlie’s list develops a life of its own – right when she realizes there’s so much more to lose.

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About The Author

Multi-published, award-winning author, screenwriter, and playwright, Judith Tewes residesJudith Tewes Author in small town Alberta, where she: writes, sings, plays bass guitar in an all-woman band, walks her three crazy labs, and suspects she’s living the life of a superhero’s alias. A commercial writer writing under several pen names, Judith’s work includes: paranormal, steampunk, and contemporary young adult fiction, as well as thriller, horror, and dramatic comedies for the stage and screen.

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h. Lee

 

Blog Tour: Nature’s Destiny by Justine Winter w/Author Interview & Giveaway!


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Published March 14, 2014

My  life  was  changing,  morphing  into  something  greater  than  I  could  have  anticipated.  I  was becoming  something  I  didn’t  recognise  as  myself  anymore.  A  Werewolf.

I  was  different.
Bitten.
‘Hybrid’  was  what  they  called  me,  and  the  weight  that  rested  against  that  one  word  was crippling.  They  depended  on  me  to  bring  them  safety.  What  made  me  so  special?
Oh,  that’s  right.  My  destiny.
I  was  sucked  into  a  world  I’d  had  no  idea  existed.  Twenty-one  years  as  a  human,  and  this was  what  I  found  out.
My  travelling  plans,  my  writing  degree,  all  of  it  was  gone  within  one  night.  One  evil  night that  robbed  my  humanity.
I  wasn’t  completely  sour.  Life  had  been  unfair  a  while  ago,  only  now  I’d  had  something worth  fighting  for  besides  myself.  Something  to  live  for.
I  was  afraid  for  the  others.  I  couldn’t  let  them  down.  I  wouldn’t  let  them  down.
I’d  gone  to  bed  a  human  and  woken  up  a  Werewolf.
A  special  Werewolf.
A  Hybrid.

My Thoughts

At first the book started out slow for me. I enjoy getting the back story but cannot WAIT for the action and drama to present itself. It didn’t take long for the story to grow and suck up my interest.

I very much enjoyed Luna, whom is the main character of the story. Luna is stunning. She is the type of person whom you really want for a friend. One whom will stand behind you even if she has to fight for her life just to save yours. She develops as a character throughout the book as she makes some big changes with her life.

Luna also has quite the love interest in Riley. His character is young but he is wise way beyond his years. I really enjoyed his quiet moments alone with Luna and can tell that there will be great things to come from these two being together:) Riley is smart, fierce and quite handsome. He also is very protective over his family which is a huge reason of why I loved him so much!

This is definitely not your typical werewolf read and I cannot express enough of how much I loved this book! I found myself thinking about it even hours after I finished reading. I was drawn to the pages and had a hard time putting it down. There were surprises around every corner and I cannot wait to see where this story leads with the next installment!

Kudos to Ms. Winter’s for creating a fresh new YA story that I will definitely be telling all of my friends about!

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Author Interview

1.Why  werewolves?  What  is  it  about  them  that  made  you  want  to  write  about  them?
There’s  something   really  yummy  about  the  supernatural  that  captivates  me.  Superpowers  entice  the  creativity  in  me,  and  I’ve  always  wanted  to  be  something  better  than  I  am.  Like  Buffy.  You  know,  all  ass-kicking  and  save-the-world-even-though-nobody-knows  type.  Werewolves  had  always  been  these  ugly,  all-teeth  creatures  until  recently,  and  that’s  when   I  realised  how  utterly  scrumptious   they  can  be.  I’m  talking  six-packs,  abs-to-die-for,  bulging  arms  and  that  strong  sense  of  family.  For  me,  it’s  alluring  and  I  hope  to  capture  that  in  my  writing.

2.Did  you  always  dream  of  becoming  a  writer  or  was  there  something  else  on  your  agenda?
Growing  up  I  had  so  many  ideas  as  to  what  I was  going  to  be.  It  started  with  being  a  paramedic  and  saving  people’s  lives  like  my  father,  until  I  passed  out  from  the  sight  of  blood  -  that  was  a  no-go.  Then,  I  was  determined  to  be  an  actress.  I  went  through  school  preparing  for  auditions,   gaining  the  relevant  qualifications  and  taking  trips  to  London  regularly,  but  that  didn’t  happen  either.  Writing  hasn’t  been  something  I  planned  to  do  since  a  young  age,  but  in  recent  years  it  became  my  escape  and  therapy.  Now,  I  wouldn’t  dream  of  doing  anything  else,  writing  to  see  the  enjoyment  in  readers  is  more  than  fulfilling.  It   makes  me  feel  like I’m  on  the  right  path.

3.Your  favourite  book  of  all  time?  (This  one  is  tough,  I  know)
Oh,  gosh.  This  is  the  toughest  question.  Do  I  have  to  answer?  Haha.  Honestly,  I’m  not  sure  if  I  do   have  a  favourite  book  of  all  time.  There  are  so  many  great  authors  and  masterpieces  out  there   that  I’m  keeping  an  open  mind  to  find  the  one.  It  seems  like  I’m  searching  for  that  special  relationship,  you  know,  where  the  girl  searches  for  that  special  guy? That’s  like  me,  but  with  books.  That  sounds  completely  nerdy,  right?

4.What  authors  influence  you  and  why?
I  have  plenty  of  mainstream  authors  that  inspire  me,  but  it’s  those  in  the  indie  scene  that  grab  my  attention  the  most  these  days.  It’s  like  a  big  community  of   awesome  authors  encouraging  each  other  to do  well.  Heather  Hildenbrand  especially;  if  I   could  be  as  cool  as  her,  I’d  call  my  life   a  success!  Seriously,  she  rocks.

5.One  last  fun  question…If  you  could  be  a  character  of  any  book,  who  would  you  be  and  why?
I  guess  it’s  super  cheesy  if  I  said  one  of  my  own,  right? OK…*scratches  head  in  concentration*  I  think  I’d  choose  Sookie  Stackhouse  from  Charlaine  Harris’  True  Blood  series.  I  mean,  microwave  fingers  and  the  chance  to  know  that  many  hot   supernatural  guys  that  all  want  her?  Uh,  yes  please!  Don’t  even  get  me  started  on  Joe  Manganiello’s  Alcide  Herveaux…Phwoar!

About the Author

I’ve  always  lived  a  life  based  on  my  imagination,  from  hopeless  dreams  of  romanceJW  to  concocting  alternate  realities  involving  supernaturals.  I’m  completely  fascinated  with  anything  hero-related,  and  often  speculate  which  superpower  I’d  possess.  I  haven’t  settled  on  one  yet.

I  was  born  in   England,  and  currently  reside  in  Wales,  UK.  I  love  to  write,  and  most  days  you’ll  find  me  happily  tapping  away  at  the  computer  whilst  in  my  pyjama-clad  bubble.  I  also  spend  my  time  reading,  and  if  that  isn’t  enough  I’m  often  in  the  kitchen  baking  up  a  treat.

Author Links:
Website: http://justinewinter.wordpress.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JustineWinter
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/justine.winter.7921

Buy Links

Add book to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20663416-nature-s-destiny

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Book of the Month: The Taking by Kimberly Derting Reviews w/Giveaway!


ARC Read A-Long

We had fun this month reading The Taking together. Here are our reviews and enter for the giveaway!!

H. Lee:

Going into this book, I was not sure if I would really enjoy it. I LOVED IT! I enjoyed the characters and the whole premise.

I loved reading about Kyra waking up and trying to put her life back together. I really felt for her and kind of had an issue with her mother. I felt that her mother just expected her to adjust to the life that they had now 5 years later.

One of my favorite parts was when Kyra sees Austin for the first time after being back. The emotions that she must have felt were a little over whelming, even for me. I feel like her feelings for Tyler will be able to help her move on from the devastation she felt by her boyfriend and her best friend getting together.

The ending was intense. We were left on a bit of a cliffhanger and I cannot wait to see where this series goes next.

I highly recommend you pick up this read! It was full of romance, action, drama and keeps you guessing from one chapter to the next. I WILL be purchasing Ms. Derting’s other books in hopes that I will love them just as much!

BUY IT NOW!!!!

Mal:

The Taking is engaging with plenty of excitement. Extremely fast paced, just a enough romance, wonderful presentation.

The narrative was intriguing. The reader had a sketch of the storyline, however, with every turn of the page you weren’t sure what to expect. A general outline was given and numerous twists made it exciting. Despite its SF base it isn’t overdone, the characters and their history created a suspenseful aspect.

Kyra is a lovable. You feel for her entire experience, from disappearing to reappearing her emotions are clear. The author depicted Kyra and her mental state, not to mention her surroundings spot on. So much has changed when Kyra returns, it really is affecting.

Tyler is every girls dream. What a romantic and considerate young man. He is so taken with Kyra and is incredibly supportive of her. Clearly he is Kyra’s rock during this turbulent period of adjustment. The chemistry between these two is evident and their budding romance gives the story a sweet boost. Their romance interaction is slow and paced well with the narrative. You really hope the best for these two lovebirds.

Explaining the past and present regarding Austin and Cat is sad. Life moves on and often it moves in ways unexpected. Tough for Kyra to realize two important people in her life have left her utterly surprised in a bad way. Austin and Cat gave plausibility to the emotional edge of the narrative, I liked this.

Looking forward to the second installment. I will say the first part of The Taking was good but the second part GREAT!! The second portion grabs your attention, filled with angst leaving you white knuckled of what will occur next.

Science fiction lovers should add The Taking to your TBR list.

4-stars

Sam:

This book had me captivated from the very first page! Kimberly Derting has a way of creating these worlds and characters that are able to pull you in effortlessly. There is not one bad thing that I can say about this book, the characters were awesome and the plot was entertaining! My favorite character would have to be Kyra, I loved reading from her point of view, she was such an amazing, strong character with a heartbreaking story. The main reason I loved her so much was because she was so realistic, the way she handled everything was just so relatable and I could see myself reacting the same way. I also truly adored Tyler! He was so sweet, and the last couple of chapters with him brought tears to my eyes, that boy is just so sweet and amazing! I just want to shrink him down and carry him around with me. This book has a strong cast of secondary characters that i’m looking forward to learning more about in the sequel! I recommend this book to everyone, it is such a fun, fast paced, freaking cool book! Definitely 5 stars from me!

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the takingThe Taking by Kimberly Derting

To be published April 29, 2014 by HarperTeen

368 pages

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A flash of white light . . . and then . . . nothing.

When sixteen-year-old Kyra Agnew wakes up behind a Dumpster at the Gas ’n’ Sip, she has no memory of how she got there. With a terrible headache and a major case of déjà vu, she heads home only to discover that five years have passed . . . yet she hasn’t aged a day.

Everything else about Kyra’s old life is different. Her parents are divorced, her boyfriend, Austin, is in college and dating her best friend, and her dad has changed from an uptight neat-freak to a drunken conspiracy theorist who blames her five-year disappearance on little green men.

Confused and lost, Kyra isn’t sure how to move forward unless she uncovers the truth. With Austin gone, she turns to Tyler, Austin’s annoying kid brother, who is now seventeen and who she has a sudden undeniable attraction to. As Tyler and Kyra retrace her steps from the fateful night of her disappearance, they discover strange phenomena that no one can explain, and they begin to wonder if Kyra’s father is not as crazy as he seems. There are others like her who have been taken . . . and returned. Kyra races to find an explanation and reclaim the life she once had, but what if the life she wants back is not her own?

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About Kimberly Derting

Kimberly is the author of the BODY FINDER series (HarperCollins), THE PLEDGE trilogy kim(Simon & Schuster), and THE TAKING trilogy (coming April 29th from HarperTeen). She lives in the Pacific Northwest, the ideal place to write anything dark or creepy…a gloomy day can set the perfect mood. She lives with her husband and their three beautiful (and often mouthy) children who provide an endless source of inspiration.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2755160.Kimberly_Derting

Website: http://www.kimberlyderting.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kimberlyderting

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A HUGE THANK YOU TO MS. DERTING FOR TAKING THE TIME TO ANSWER OUR QUESTIONS!

Your NR Reviewers: H. Lee, Mal , Sam 

Blog Tour: Only The Good Die Young by KK Hendin


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Only The Good Die Young by KK Hendin

Published March 14, 2014

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The first year of college is supposed to be about parties, parties, and getting the hell out of Texas. Instead, Milcah Daniels is spending her eighteenth year in and out of Houston’s hospitals. Her hair is falling out, they’ve cut off her boobs, and if she makes it to nineteen, she’ll consider it a personal miracle.

Breast cancer really has a way of messing with a girl’s social calendar.

When Milcah’s temporarily discharged from the hospital, she’s determined to get a tattoo for every medical procedure she’s had. Her quest leads her to Skin Stories, a new tattoo parlor a block from her apartment. And to it’s infuriatingly sexy artist, Callum Scott.

Callum is everything Milcah wants, and everything she shouldn’t have now. A new relationship when the official prognosis is one to five years is a terrible idea. But Callum doesn’t know about the breast cancer, and Milcah’s not running to tell him.

But when the doctor says things are actually looking positive, her entire life turns upside down. How is she supposed to start living again when she’s finally learned to accept her death?

My Thoughts

This book was made of two of my favorite things! Tattoos and a hot guy!

I really felt for Milcah and I loved her “no give a shit” attitude. She really gave the nurse’s and the physicians a run for their money. She told it like it was and you could tell early on that she was holding back her real feelings by trying to seem tough on the exterior.

Callum was really sweet and I am impressed with his skill at being able to talk to Milcah and tell her exactly what she is doing to herself. At first he tries to be sweet but by the middle of the book, he holds back no punches.

When I started this book, I expected a real tear jerker but this was not the case. There were some times that I could feel the tears brewing, but for the most part, Milcah was such a tough chic that there were not many tears from her.

The book’s main premise is of Milcah trying to deal with the fact that she is dying. She goes through chemo, sick as a dog and continues to push through. All by herself. But then, the unthinkable happens, she is going into remission. Her feelings are all jumbled up because she was preparing to die and now, she doesn’t know how to live!

The surprise about Milcah’s family REALLY blew me away! I can honestly say that I was not expecting that little scenario to come into play. But it worked wonderfully with the story.

In conclusion, if you enjoy NA, then pick this one up. You will be sucked in immediately by Milcah’s sassy attitude and Callum’s charm! You won’t be disappointed;)

4 stars

Follow the Tour:

March 18

Not Everyone’s Mama   Review

Reading Is My Breathing               Review and Excerpt

March 19

A Life Bound By Books                   Review

Kitty Kats Crazy About Books      Review

March 20

deal sharing aunt             Guest Post–10 Little Known Things

Book Lit Love     Review

March 21

Smokin’ Hot Book Blog   Excerpt

Books Books Books                         Review

March 22

Short and Sassy Book Blurbs       Review and Excerpt

I Dare You To Read          Review

March 23

Sinfully Sexy                       Reveiew

Read-Love-Blog                                Excerpt

March 24

Rumpled Sheets Blog     Review and Guest Post–Favorite Things about NA

For the Love of Books by Jaime                 Review

March 25

NightlyReading                 Review

Books Over Boys              Playlist

March 26

Total Book Geek               Review

Fictional Candy                  Dreamcast

March 27

Kate’s Tales of Books and Bands                Review and Playlist

mustreadbooksordie     Excerpt

March 28

Taking It One Book at a Time       Review

Into the Night Reviews  Excerpt

Book Addict Mumma     Review

March 29
Reading Books Like a Boss            Review and Guest Post–10 Favorite things from OTGDY

Cocktails and Books Review

Andi’s Book Reviews      Review and Excerpt

March 30

Stories and Swag              Review

Quiet kids! Mom’s Reading          Review and Excerpt

March 31

Reader Girls                       Excerpt

Three Girls and a Book Obsession             Review

About the Author

KK Hendin’s real life ambition is to become a pink fluffy unicorn who dances with rainbows. But the schooling for that is all sorts of complicated, so until that gets sorted out, she’ll just write. Preferably things with angst and love. And things that require chocolate. She’s the author of the NA contemporaries HEART BREATHS and ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG.

She spends way too much time on Twitter, where she can be found at @kkhendin, and rambles on occasion over at www.kkhendinwrites.blogspot.com.

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Book of the Month: The Taking by Kimberly Derting w/Excerpt!


ARC Read A-Long

For those of you that had missed the first post, we have decided to do a book of the month and have a reviewer ARC Read A-Long here on the blog. The followers have voted and the book they chose is The Taking by Kim Derting. We have started to read the book and we all have loved it so far:

H. Lee:

OMG! This book really blew me away! Not having read anything else by Ms. Derting, I was not expecting to enjoy this read as much as I have! Very much looking forward to a sequel!

Mal:

Wow! Incredible latter portion of the book. So much going on but very well done. Loads of twists, certainly NOT predictable. I loved the way it was high intensity enhancing the earlier portion of story. Epilogue was amazing! Undoubtedly a cliffhanger! Downright exciting with fabulous characters, great ‘ending.’

Sam:

Wow. That’s the only thing that comes to mind when I think about this book! That ending, that last page! I need the sequel, now! Like right now!

the takingThe Taking by Kimberly Derting

To be published April 29, 2014 by HarperTeen

368 pages

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A flash of white light . . . and then . . . nothing.

When sixteen-year-old Kyra Agnew wakes up behind a Dumpster at the Gas ’n’ Sip, she has no memory of how she got there. With a terrible headache and a major case of déjà vu, she heads home only to discover that five years have passed . . . yet she hasn’t aged a day.

Everything else about Kyra’s old life is different. Her parents are divorced, her boyfriend, Austin, is in college and dating her best friend, and her dad has changed from an uptight neat-freak to a drunken conspiracy theorist who blames her five-year disappearance on little green men.

Confused and lost, Kyra isn’t sure how to move forward unless she uncovers the truth. With Austin gone, she turns to Tyler, Austin’s annoying kid brother, who is now seventeen and who she has a sudden undeniable attraction to. As Tyler and Kyra retrace her steps from the fateful night of her disappearance, they discover strange phenomena that no one can explain, and they begin to wonder if Kyra’s father is not as crazy as he seems. There are others like her who have been taken . . . and returned. Kyra races to find an explanation and reclaim the life she once had, but what if the life she wants back is not her own?

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We are proud to present to you, Chapter One of The Taking…..

PART ONE

The moment you look away from the sky, a shooting star will appear.

—Murphy’s Law

PROLOGUE

We killed them.

Crushed, to be precise. Crushed to the point that the other team left the field in tears, like a bunch of five-year-olds, falling into a defeated huddle in their grass-stained blue-and-gold uniforms and offering one another the lame consolations of runners-up. They did their best to avoid making eye contact with us as they had to go down the line and slap our hands, congratulating us on our win on their way to their dugout. On our massive, season-ending victory.

We, on the other hand, had hoarse voices and couldn’t stop jumping up and down and grabbing everyone within arm’s reach and gripping them to our filthy, sweaty selves as we screamed into their ears, again and again, that we’d done it. We’d done it. We’d done it!

Cat caught me in her tough, wiry arms and squeezed me so hard she nearly crushed the breath out of me. “It was all you, baby! All you!” She didn’t bother keeping her voice down, and everyone heard her. I could feel the dampness that soaked her uniform all the way through.

My face blazed in the wake of her comment, and I giggled nervously. She never seemed to understand the whole “there’s no I in team” that coach was always drilling into us. As far as Cat was concerned, I was the team. “Shut up,” I insisted, shoving away from her.

“You saw him, didn’t you? The scout?”

I didn’t have to answer her or try to explain that I was sure he wasn’t there just for me, because we were caught up in another round of cheers and congratulations, and after a moment I forgot all about scouts and embarrassing best friends and focused solely on the fact that we’d just won the championship.

That was how Austin found me, still wearing my ear-to-ear grin as I nearly walked right past him on my way to the parking lot to meet my dad. It had taken almost half an hour to finally disentangle myself from my teammates, and another ten minutes for coach to stop congratulating us, and herself, and then us some more, before excusing us so we could get on the buses to meet up for the victory celebration. Of course, my dad had asked coach to make an exception. To let me ride with him instead of the rest of my teammates on the bus. He had things he wanted to discuss on our way to the pizza party.

Austin was propped against the fence, offering me one of his signature smiles. It was a smile I’d known almost my whole life, and in it I could picture our entire summer spreading out before us. Long days spent on the riverbank as we stretched our damp towels over sunbaked rocks. Climbing through his bedroom window after his parents left for work so we could sleep till afternoon in his cramped twin bed with its worn Batman sheets that he should’ve outgrown years ago but that he still hadn’t parted with. Late nights at the drive-in theater, staring up at the stars instead of watching whatever dollar

movie was playing on the giant screen as we talked about our future and all the things we would do together once we were free of our parents and high school.

And kissing. Lots and lots of kissing.

Austin pointed playfully at my chin. “You got a little something. . . .” Then he grinned as his finger flicked downward to indicate the rest of me.

My eyes followed as I smiled wryly. “Ya think?” I was practically wearing the softball field: grass, dirt, chalk.

He reached for me, his fingers twirling around the orange and black ribbons, our team colors, wound through my hair. “You sure you don’t wanna catch a ride with me? I promise I’ll take you straight to the Pizza Palace so you can celebrate.” He leaned close, his Tic Tac–fresh breath tickling my cheek, and I only briefly wondered if I smelled as ripe as Cat had; but I knew he didn’t care. He never cared.

Glancing past him, I saw my dad watching us from in front of his silver Prius, clutching a stack of shiny new brochures in his hands. He didn’t wave me over with them or anything, but I could see it in the way he looked at me—the hurry-up look. The I’ve-got-something-to-show-you look.

I closed my eyes before answering but gave the only response I could. I pressed my cheek against Austin’s, transferring some of my grime to him in the process. “How ’bout you meet me there?” I leaned against him meaningfully. “We can celebrate later.”

My dad is probably my number one fan. He could outshout any peppy cheerleader when we were winning and could outscream any ump when I got a bad call.

My dad was definitely a bigger fan than my mom, who often worked too late, like tonight, to make it to my games. Apparently, an escrow closing on a foreclosure was more important than your daughter’s championship game.

“He gave me some pamphlets,” my dad announced from the front seat.

Pouting might be immature, but every sixteen-year-old girl has mastered some form of it: the silent treatment; crocodile tears; eye rolling; the fake, nothing’s-wrong response. The list goes on and on.

For me it was sullenness. Not pretty, sure, but effective.

Sullen sometimes forced a sixteen-year-old to banish herself to the backseat like a little girl. It was worth the payoff, I decided as I avoided his eager gaze in the rearview mirror.

But my number one fan wasn’t about to give up that easily. “It’s a great school. Big Ten. He was talkin’ full ride.”

I crossed my arms. We’d had this discussion. More than once.

My dad stiffened, sensing, if a little late, that I was digging in my heels. Again. “You don’t have to stay in-state, Kyra. You have more options than anyone else on that team. Hell, probably more than anyone else in this town. A good pitcher is hard to come by. A great one is damn near impossible to find.” I knew what he was doing. My dad, who knew me far too well—better maybe than anyone else—was searching for the right thing to say, something that would coax me into seeing his side of things.

Gritting my teeth, I turned to stare out the window. It was dark outside, so there wasn’t much to look at, but it was better than catching my father’s hopeful glimpses staring back at me.

I heard him sigh, and then there was a silence—not long and not short either—and then he added, “I don’t know why the two of you think you have to go to college together.”

That was it. He’d definitely found my hot button. “It’s not your decision,” I snapped as if I hadn’t said this a hundred times before. “We’ve already decided where we’re going. I don’t know why you keep talking to these scouts. Stop encouraging them.”

“Oh for chrissake, Kyra. College doesn’t have to be a ‘we’ thing. It doesn’t have to be a joint decision. It wouldn’t be the end of the world if you and Austin went to different schools for a few years.”

My fists clenched in my lap. “You and Mom went to Central Washington. It’s a good school. Why do you have such a problem with this?”

“Your mom and I didn’t go there together; we met there. And I don’t have a problem with the school. It’s just that you can do so much better.”

I met his eyes now, daring him to lie to me. “Are you talking about the school, or about Austin?”

He only held my gaze for a split second before turning back to watch the black ribbon of road that stretched out ahead of him. “Both, I suppose.” Before I could let the gravity of his words sink in, he tried to explain. His voice was softer now. “It’s not Austin. You know I like him. Hell, he’s practically family. It’s just that you’ve known him your entire life, Kyr. You’ve never had a chance to meet anyone else. To know any different.”

This was new, this argument against Austin and me. It was no longer about my education; he was talking about my future . . . my real future. The one Austin and I had been planning forever.

I blinked hard, not wanting him to know how betrayed I felt by the sting of his words. “Stop the car,” I stated, and hated the way my voice cracked when it finally cleared the barrier of my throat.

“Kyra . . .”

“I mean it. Stop the car!”

We were in the middle of nowhere, on Chuckanut Drive, still miles away from Burlington. My dad slowed but didn’t stop, his tires crunching on the gravel on the side of the road. “You’re not getting out. There’s nothing out here.”

“I’ll call Austin,” I insisted. “He’ll pick me up.”

The car was still moving, but only barely, as his words tumbled into the darkness, finding me in the backseat. “I just don’t want you to settle. I want you to experience the world. To go big.” It was one of my dad’s catchphrases: “Go big or go home.”

Only this time he was wrong. I didn’t want “big.” I didn’t want to live a catchphrase at all, none of them. I wanted to live my life.

And I wanted out.

Opening the car door was easy, and even though the Prius felt like it was moving in slow motion, the road I stared down at looked as if we were racing in the Grand Prix. I thought of what breaking my ankles might mean to my dad’s precious full-ride scholarships, and suddenly I didn’t care about scholarships or scouts or full rides.

“I said stop!” I yelled at my dad, and when I heard the screech of the Prius’s tires skidding to a complete stop, I leaped out of the car.

But I was running too fast, and I was crying now too. I couldn’t see where I was going, and I tripped on the unforgiving asphalt.

I barely registered my dad’s voice coming from behind me, and I definitely didn’t feel pain, at least not yet. But I knew from years of sports’ injuries that adrenaline could mask the initial discomfort, and you would always feel it later.

I was still getting up, brushing away bits of rocks and gravel from my uniform where I’d landed on it and from my hands, which had taken the brunt of the skidding part of my fall, when everything around me went white.

White, like blinding white.

It came in a flash, all at once, from somewhere that seemed both far away and right on top of me at the same time. In that moment I couldn’t see anything, but I heard my dad.

He was screaming this time. Screaming and screaming. My chest felt tight, and my eyes burned as I tried to find him, tried to see through the light that scorched my retinas.

All I knew was that one moment I was in the middle of a deserted stretch of highway, arguing with my dad about scholarships and boys, and the next minute my limbs were tingling and I felt weightless and dizzy.

Then . . .

. . . nothing.

About Kimberly Derting

Kimberly is the author of the BODY FINDER series (HarperCollins), THE PLEDGE trilogy kim(Simon & Schuster), and THE TAKING trilogy (coming April 29th from HarperTeen). She lives in the Pacific Northwest, the ideal place to write anything dark or creepy…a gloomy day can set the perfect mood. She lives with her husband and their three beautiful (and often mouthy) children who provide an endless source of inspiration.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2755160.Kimberly_Derting

Website: http://www.kimberlyderting.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kimberlyderting

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Every Wednesday in the month of March, we will be posting our updated reviews and something new from the book! Next week, a character interview with Kyra and Tyler!

AND, Look for a signed swag giveaway coming soon!!

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Your NR Reviewers: H. Lee, Mal , Sam & Kele

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Alejandro's Book CornerThis is a new feature here at NightlyReading where Alejandro will give suggestions of books that he has found. This will include different genres featured each week. I hope you enjoy, please let him know your thoughts by posting a comment or visiting his Goodreads page:

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I will continue the cycle of detectives, but I wanted to pause to celebrate International Women’s Day, held on Saturday March 8th, with a special post dedicated to female writers of the past, present and future, showing the relevance and impact that women have been generated in the field of literature. So, I chose three female writers representing the most famous ones of the past, three of the most important female writers in the present, and 3 emerging female writers and I have no doubt that will be the future of women in literature.

 

pride & prejudiceJane Austen

Without a doubt, Jane Austen is the most famous female writer of the past but also she is just as relevant today. She is an author who became so famous that it is one of those exceptional cases in which the writer became so popular that her books , if not more. This is because since out of the 6 books plus a short story published by Jane Austen, both in life and some posthumously, dozens of writers have their own books re-interpreting in different styles not only the characters of Austen’s books but including using the own Jane Austen as a character in their books. There are also many books analyzing the impact of the novels of Jane Austen in the field of romance and everyday life . Inclusive has been coined the term “Janeite” for fans of Jane Austen, her books and all that surrounds her. A woman who lived in England in the 19th century and she was able to show the role of women in that time that they had to play as well as accurately recount how life was like in England at that time, with its wonders but also its injustices. The life of Jane Austen and her novels have inspired countless adaptations in films, radio and television.

 

The Bronte Sistersjane eyre

The Bronte sisters are an exceptional case where three sisters became popular writers, each on its own merit and its own books . The Bronte sisters were Charlotte, Emily and Anne . Of these three was Charlotte which paved the way to success generated by her novel “Jane Eyre” and was also the most prolific of the three sisters publishing four novels. Then, while Emily just published “Wuthering Heights”, this novel has been placed on a par with the greatest British novels, so it is one of those cases where quality comes before quantity. And last there was Anne, the least popular of the three sisters, but also is remembered and managed to publish two novels. Initially, due to the time in which they lived, England in the 19th century, they had to publish their books under male pseudonyms to avoid sexism and their novels to be sold , and it is sad that even today , some female writers have to resort to similar things or using their initials, so that they initially are not easily recognized as women and achieve more sales of their books. The success of the books mainly “Jane Eyre” and “Wuthering Heights” allowed the Bronte sisters could be known as successful female writers.

 

and then there were noneAgatha Christie

The most read female author in history, with the Guinness record for the novelist (no matter male or female) with the highest number of copies sold reaching 4 billion books. The quintessential writer of suspense and mystery, creator of iconic characters such as Hercule Poirot and Mrs. Marple. Her novel “And then there was none” (originally published under the title “Ten Little Indians” ) is the fourth best-selling novel of all time with the amount of 100 million copies . And certainly one of the most prolific novelists with 66 mystery novels and 14 short story anthologies, and if all that were not enough, she wrote the play with the world’s largest record of continuous functions, “The Mousetrap” which began in 1952, the cut in the 2012 went for 25,000 functions and has gone through several theaters since its debut and it’s still occurring now in the West End theater in London. Although there are several biographies of Agatha Christie ‘s life, she wrote her autobiography.

 

JK Rowlingharry potter

Joanne “Jo” Rowling is definitely the current most known female writer and she is easily the most widely read author contemporaneously with its mega popular book series “Harry Potter”. The pseudonym “J. K. Rowling”was due to Bloomsbury, the British publisher initially published books, did not believe that a series that its target audience were supposed to be young boys were going to want to read books written by a woman , so they asked her to use initials, but since she doesn’t having a middle name, Jo decided to use the “K” for her grandmother on the paternal side. Currently only a hermit living in a cave doesn’t know that JK Rowling is a woman, but she has kept the pseudonym to avoid confusion. Recently, in a detective novel, “The Cuckoo’s Calling”, she used the pseudonym “Robert Galbraith” for different reasons , in my personal opinion, I think it was to search different audiences of those achieved with “Harry Potter” that they still hoped to continue with books of similar cut, but almost immediately the “secret” came out and it is generally known by readers that this book was written for her. Between this novel and the books of “Harry Potter”, JK Rowling wrote a social political novel titled “The Casual Vacancy” although it has sold very well, did not achieve the same positive review and mega success as with the novels of “Harry Potter”. JK Rowling is the British woman with more money, even more than the Queen of England, thanks to the initial book sales in England by Bloomsbury Publishing, then the sale of rights to re-publish in the U.S. for the Publishing House “Scholastic” and the negotiations for the rights to adapt the books to films that they were box office hits, also creating an amusement park based on the saga. JK Rowling has managed to skillfully negotiate the rights of her books and never lost control over them, turning the current author ( indifferent man or woman) most astute and always keeps empowerment and the last word on anything that is marketed with the books of “Harry Potter”.

 

la casaIsabel Allende

The most important Latin American female author, and considered the writer ( indifferent between men or women) most widely read Spanish-speaking writer around the world, where her novels have sold 57 millions of copies and they have been translated into 35 languages. Born in Lima, Peru, has published 20 novels, beginning in 1982 and the most recent was released in January of this year (2014 ). Winner of over 30 literary awards of different natures and multiple nations and organizations. In 1996, she made the “Isabel Allende Foundation” after the death in 1992 of her daughter, Paula Frías Allende, who remained in a coma for several years. One of her novels, “Paula” was written in memory of her daughter. Isabel Allende’s father was first cousin of Salvador Allende, president of Chile, who was overthrown by Augusto Pinochet. This caused her to have to leave the country and spent several years working as a journalist in Venezuela. She was briefly in Spain and currently lives in California, United States in the company of her second husband.

 

Alice Munroalice munro

Alice Munro, Canadian writer, was the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2013. It is important to explain that unlike other literary prizes and/or the generality of awards of any topic, even different from other categories of the Nobel, in the case of the Nobel Prize for Literature is not delivered by a specific book, but for the entire work made by the writer. Therefore, it is understandable that any book that was published is in the distinction of this award. However, it should be noted that by winning this award, Alice Munro, she was declared by the Nobel Committee as “Master of Contemporary Short Stories”. It is also important to note that she is the thirteenth woman to receive the award and the first Canadian to win it. During her writing career from 1968 to date has won many other awards for specific books, such as once the Trillium Book Award, the Giller Prize twice and three times the Governor’s General Award. All her books are composed of several short stories, the title for the book is usually the title of the considered as the best story in the book. Her stories are characterized in the exploration and analysis of complex female characters’ personalities, where at the beginning of her career were usually young girls in the coming of age and reconciliation between their families and their lives in small towns in

southern Canada, but now that the writer has also matured, many of her female characters are middle- aged and elderly too. Her career includes about 14 books with original stories and several reprints of her best stories previously published.

 

karina halleKarina Halle

Karina Halle is one of the most promising female writers who have recently emerged, born in Vancouver, Canada, has published from 2011 to date, 19 works made of 14 novels and 5 short stories about her novels, including in this, three different book series. And there are at least 4 announcements for forthcoming novels. Her genre is mainly paranormal horror combined with romance and eroticism in some cases, but using only these second elements in other cases. It is one of the most prolific female writers and consistent, always achieving high ratings in her published novels. For several years she worked as a reporter interviewing music bands and this experience has been used in many cases for her novels . Some of her novels are set in different time periods, and Karina Halle makes the right previous research to properly acclimate her novels. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her fiance and a rescued puppy.

 

Cat Patrickcat patrick

Cat Patrick is one of the literature’s female promises, who began her career in 2011 and her debut novel “Forgotten” got so much attention that it was translated into 21 languages and have been bought the rights to adapt it to film. After that, she has published two other novels on her own

and additionally a fourth novel in conjunction with author Suzanne Young. Her style is known for novels aimed at young people, using elements of paranormal or science fiction combined with romance and family relationships. Currently she lives in Seattle with her husband and her twins.

 

imageRainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell is one of the new literary phenomenons where two of her novels “Eleanor & Park” and “Fangirl” have become the most read books mostly by young female audiences. Both books were competing with each other for the title of Best Book for Young Adults on Goodreads, where it was “Eleanor & Park” the winner but “Fangirl” was very close vote. Additionally, her career began with the novel “Attachments” in 2011 that has also received very good reviews and has already announced another novel this year, 2014. Currently she lives in Nebraska with her husband and two sons.

See you next week!

Alejandro

Book of the Month: The Taking by Kimberly Derting w/ Character Interview!


ARC Read A-Long

For those of you that had missed the first post, we have decided to do a book of the month and have a reviewer ARC Read A-Long here on the blog. The followers have voted and the book they chose is The Taking by Kim Derting. We have started to read the book and we all have loved it so far:

H. Lee:

WOW!! A lot has happened in the book this past week! We are really getting into the “guts”! I am still REALLY enjoying it and cannot wait to see what happens! I am also a tad (a smidge really) curious if there just may be a love triangle on the horizon???

Mal:

Gotta appreciate the build up of what’s to come. Full of suspense. Kyra still breaks my heart for all the changes she faces. Dentist. Phlebotomist. Hmmm. NSA. mysterious guy w light eyes. Bionic arm – softball pitch was lethal. Love the tension between Kyra and Tyler. NSA agent is spooky. Still can’t figure where this is gonna go…yet. Simon rescues Kyra from NSA capture. She confides her age and NSA guy to understanding Tyler. Simon is returned. Taken in 1981 makes him 41. 2 days usual return time so Kyra is rare. Camps for returnees cuz it is dangerous. NSA likes to experiment. No food taste. Insomnia. Heal quick. Don’t age at normal rate. Onward….plot must move or else!!

Sam:

The plot thickens! This book just keeps on getting better. It seems we have been introduced to the bad guys and I’m super pumped to see how this turns out! We are also introduced to Simon someone just like Kyra, I don’t know how I feel about him yet. And Tyler, that boy is just too cute for his own good!

the takingThe Taking by Kimberly Derting

To be published April 29, 2014 by HarperTeen

368 pages

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A flash of white light . . . and then . . . nothing.

When sixteen-year-old Kyra Agnew wakes up behind a Dumpster at the Gas ’n’ Sip, she has no memory of how she got there. With a terrible headache and a major case of déjà vu, she heads home only to discover that five years have passed . . . yet she hasn’t aged a day.

Everything else about Kyra’s old life is different. Her parents are divorced, her boyfriend, Austin, is in college and dating her best friend, and her dad has changed from an uptight neat-freak to a drunken conspiracy theorist who blames her five-year disappearance on little green men.

Confused and lost, Kyra isn’t sure how to move forward unless she uncovers the truth. With Austin gone, she turns to Tyler, Austin’s annoying kid brother, who is now seventeen and who she has a sudden undeniable attraction to. As Tyler and Kyra retrace her steps from the fateful night of her disappearance, they discover strange phenomena that no one can explain, and they begin to wonder if Kyra’s father is not as crazy as he seems. There are others like her who have been taken . . . and returned. Kyra races to find an explanation and reclaim the life she once had, but what if the life she wants back is not her own?

Character Interview

H. Lee :We are so happy to be introducing all of our lovely readers to the two main characters of the soon to be released book, The Taking by Kimberly Derting. Please welcome Kyra and Tyler. We know how busy you guys are so, this will be a short interview, let’s get started.

Welcome both of you. How have you both been doing?

Kyra: Sad, mostly. Still trying to figure out what to do since my life didn’t bother to wait for me while I was gone.

Tyler: Good. A little freaked out over what’s going on with Kyra, but mostly good.

 Mal: Kyra, please tell us your first thoughts after waking up behind the dumpster.

 Kyra: I was so confused. The last thing I remembered was fighting with my dad, and then . . . I was at the gas station and it was morning. So freaking weird.

 H. Lee: Tyler, when Kyra first came to you, did you have a hard time believing her? I mean this is a little much to take in.

 Tyler: When she first came back, I was mostly just shocked. We all thought she was . . . how do I say this? Dead. So by the time she told me what she suspected, I guess it didn’t seem as farfetched as you’d think, especially considering that she’d been gone for five years and just . . . reappeared the way she had.

Sam: I apologize, but I have to ask this….Kyra, is it not a little creepy that you are having some undeniable feelings for your ex boyfriends kid brother?

Kyra: Oh my gosh, totally! At first it was so hard to think of him as anything but the annoying kid I remembered. The thing was, he just wasn’t that same kid anymore. After a while, all I could see was Tyler and who he is now, which is this sweet guy who really pays attention when I’m talking, and doesn’t think I’m crazy when I tell him crazy things. *blushes*

 Tyler: I know this wasn’t my question, but, to be honest, didn’t bother me a bit! I’ve had a crush on Kyra ever since I was a kid; I just never expected to have a shot with her.

Mal: Kyra, Can you tell me a little about your father? He has quite the imagination.

Kyra: Um, yeah . . . he wasn’t always that way. He used to be so . . . normal. I mean, like boring, even. But either way, he’s still my dad. Know what I mean?

H. Lee: Sorry guys, we are all out of time. I thank both of you for joining us here today and wish you luck. (your gonna need it)

About Kimberly Derting

Kimberly is the author of the BODY FINDER series (HarperCollins), THE PLEDGE trilogy kim(Simon & Schuster), and THE TAKING trilogy (coming April 29th from HarperTeen). She lives in the Pacific Northwest, the ideal place to write anything dark or creepy…a gloomy day can set the perfect mood. She lives with her husband and their three beautiful (and often mouthy) children who provide an endless source of inspiration.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2755160.Kimberly_Derting

Website: http://www.kimberlyderting.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kimberlyderting

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A HUGE THANK YOU TO MS. DERTING FOR TAKING THE TIME TO ANSWER OUR QUESTIONS!

Every Wednesday in the month of March, we will be posting our updated reviews and something new from the book! Next week, an excerpt!

AND, Look for a signed swag giveaway coming soon!!

See you next week!

Your NR Reviewers: H. Lee, Mal & Sam!

Alejandro’s Book Corner!


Alejandro's Book CornerThis is a new feature here at NightlyReading where Alejandro will give suggestions of books that he has found. This will include different genres featured each week. I hope you enjoy, please let him know your thoughts by posting a comment or visiting his Goodreads page:

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This Week in the Literaturey Post, I’ll start a cycle with different styles of mystery & detective novels , which are always popular among readers. I’ll start with “Cozy Mysteries” concerning those mysteries that are investigated by people who are not professional detectives ( nor the police or private) and usually out of an initial murder that triggers the story , rarely there is more violence in the rest of the plot. Also known as ” Amateur Detectives” this genre also is characterized in that they are usually female characters as the main ones in the novels, where they encounter the mystery by accident, unintentionally , but their natural instincts cause hopelessly involved in the investigation, in many cases even against the wishes of the police or any other agency that runs the official investigation. In this style there are many series of books, actually really many, so my intention is to focus in those I considered of greater merit , fame or their characters differ from each other to provide variety within this saturated genre, but I invite you to make their own investigation ( pun intended ) and find the series of your taste.

 

15808483“Murder, She Wrote”

Respect to respect deserves. And the character of “Jessica Fletcher” played by actress Angela Lansbury, was the main character in the TV series “Murder, She Wrote”. This series ran for 12 seasons from 1984 to 1996 and at its prime had 23 million viewers, which allowed Lansbury charged the sum of $ 1 million per episode. The character of Jessica Fletcher is inspired by one of the iconic characters of Agatha Christie “Miss Marple” (which I almost will talk about). And the overwhelming success of the character of Jessica Fletcher launched a series of original novels that were “written” by her, obviously a publicity stunt where writer Donald Bain was the real author of the novels. Such novels continue the adventures of Jessica Fletcher contributing stories different to those seen in the TV series that began in 1989 but as a test of the charisma of the character of Jessica Fletcher is that although the TV series was canceled, the series of novels still ongoing with 40 books already published and another announced for April 2014 , so Jessica Fletcher does not intend to “retire” and continue discovering mysteries.

Jessica Fletcher is a widow and retired English teacher who lives in the coast town of “Cabot Cove”, who decides to start a career as a writer of mystery novels. Her intelligence and observation skills soon would be useful when either in her town, as in other cities (either visiting her endless amount of family and friends ) or on tour promoting her books , she meets crimes

(usually murder ) where she resolved, often counting with the support of local authorities , but sometimes not .

 

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Agatha Christie is undoubtedly the most famous mystery author of the history, where the Guiness Records named her the best-selling novelist of all time with over 4 billion copies of books sold. Prolific author of over 95 books including novels and collections of short stories. Creator of multiple detectives that has become as famous as the writer. This time I will comment on “Miss Marple ” (the full name is Jane Marple ) is an elderly spinster who lives in the British town of “St. Mary Mead” where soon gain the reputation of an amateur detective. The character of “Miss Marple” arose due another of her novels , “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd ” ( a mystery of Hercule Poirot , which I will discuss in another post) there is a secondary character, “Caroline Sheppard ” with virtually identical to Miss Marple role , but when was adapted to the theater , the writer assigned to adapt the novel, replaced the character of Caroline Sheppard by a young girl, which saddened Agatha Christie and prompting her to decide to give a “voice” to old ladies giving life to “Miss Marple “. This resulted in 12 novels and 20 short stories collected in various anthologies. Besides, “Miss Marple” became the archetype for any writer wishing to venture into the creation of “cozy mysteries”.

 

8624471“Sister Mary Helen”

Sister Mary Helen is not the first or last character which is a nun who spends her free time solving mysteries, and before and after its creation have emerged fictitious nuns and priests in similar roles, but what makes it different and completely unique to Sister Mary Helen is that her novels were written by a real nun, Sister Carol Anne O’Marie of the Roman Catholic congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Candorelet. Sadly Sister O’Marie died in 2009 due to Parkinson’s disease,

but in life, apart from her hobby as a writer was in charge of a shelter for homeless women in Okland, California. Her character, the old nun, Sister “Mary Helen” was located in San Francisco, California, which is where the author was born. In life, Sister O’Marie was able to wrote 11 novels of her character Sister “Mary Helen”.

 

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Maybe this novels are not rated well, but I found the premise of this series, very interesting and different from the myriad of “cozy mysteries” that saturate the market of today novels. The author Isis Crawford, born in Egypt while her parents were there with the Diplomatic Corps, then her family moved to the United States, while her father became an university professor, her mom founded a restaurant with catering service. This inspired her to conceive her series of novels known as “A Mystery with Recipes” where the sisters “Bernadette and Libby Simmons” have started a catering business where they encounter unexpected murders in the places that they are contracted. Apart from that premise , the novels are characterized by the title ” A Catered … ” and using in each book a different theme in each, either typical events of a catering such as weddings and birthdays, as well as special dates such as Christmas and Halloween . At the time, Isis Crawford has published nine novels using the sisters “Bernie & Libby”.

 

12613231“A Bibliophile Mystery”

The author Kate Carlisle, which has won several literary awards, is the creator of the series “A Bibliophile Mystery” where her main character is “Brooklyn Wainwright”, a young expert in the restoration of rare books, first editions and the like, and is involved in solving crimes, in some cases because it happens to be the prime suspect. In the stories usually an important factor is the

involvement of a first edition and / or unusual edition of famous books such as “Faust” or “Beauty and the Beast” to name a few.

 

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Nancy Drew is one of the most famous and popular juvenile detectives that ever existed. It was created in 1930 by Edward Stratemeyer, who had previously designed the “Hardy Boys” ( a team of juvenile detectives of brothers), looking with “Nancy Drew” to capture interest in female readers for stories similar to what was achieved with the “Hardy Boys” . The success of both series is that in the 70s animated cartoons were created of combined teams with boys and girls such as “Scooby- Doo” and “Clue Club”. The success of Nancy Drew has managed to publish over 175 novels to date ( including the original “run” of 64 novels ) achieving sales of over 80 million copies and translated into 45 different languages. Nancy Drew has become an icon of the feminist movement to be one of the first female characters who were the main character in her own stories, and where important women have admitted that they are fans of the character such as Judges of the Supreme Court, Sandra Day O’Connor and Sonia Sotomayor, as well as in politics as Hillary Clinton and Linda Bush. The name of the “author” of “Carolyn Keene” was a pseudonym created by the publisher, which actually have been many writers who collaborated with the book series. Having been created in the 30s, it is clear that after his original “run” of 64 books (considered the best of all), the publishing house has gone through several “updates” of the character to keep her on pace with changes in society.

See you next week!

Alejandro