Sunday, April 17, 2016

Show the Books Showcase #6, April 17th

There are a ton of books out there! So here's a chance to organize some books and show them off in various ways!

So this week's theme is More than One Word in the Title!

Infinity Unleashed by Sedona Venez
Publisher: One Wish Publishing
Published: January 15th, 2013
From Goodreads:
A new adult story of Betrayal. Sex. Addiction. Love. And Power...

Mason's diabolical plan had actually worked.

In a matter of minutes he had kidnapped me, stripping me of, family, and freedom. It was humbling, depressing, and damn infuriating but I refuse to go down without a fight. I refuse to be defeated.

Boulder will find me. I didn't know how, but I felt it deep in my soul.

Boulder...the one man that made my body quake with just one look. It was madness. There was so much I didn't know about him. For that matter, there was so much that he didn't know about the evil darkness lurking inside me, waiting to be unleashed.

Could he accept me without judging?

That's where most men failed. Accepting the real me. But after years of hardening my heart, and sealing it behind a steel cage, I was ready to give myself to him freely. Knowing, that he planned to take everything I offered with both hands, until all I thought of...and wanted...was him...

What's Interesting: This world of kidnapping and diabolical plans! A relationship/feeling that she terms madness!

The After Girls by Leah Konen
Publisher: Merit Press
Published: March 18th, 2013
From Goodreads:
Ella, Astrid, and Sydney were planning the perfect summer after high school graduation. But when Astrid commits suicide in a lonely cabin, the other girls' worlds are shattered. How could their best friend have done this, to herself and to them? They knew everything about Astrid. Shouldn't they have seen this coming? Couldn't they have saved her?

As Ella hunts for the truth, and Sydney tries to dull the pain, a chilling message from Astrid leaves them wondering whether their beloved friend is communicating from the after life. The girls embark on a journey to uncover Astrid's dark secrets. The answers to those questions - questions they never dreamed of asking - will change their lives forever. 

What's Interesting: Three friends planning a perfect summer before one kills herself. Dealing with it!

The Twisted Window by Lois Duncan
Publisher: Open Road Media Teen and Tween
Published: August 28th 2012
From Goodreads:
The new guy at Tracy’s school is handsome, intense, and desperately needs her help—but there’s something about him that isn’t quite right.

High school junior Tracy Lloyd is unsure about the new guy in school. Brad Johnson is attractive, smart, and polite, but Tracy can’t help but feel he watches her too closely. Then one day Brad confides in Tracy a horrible secret: His little sister Mindy has been kidnapped by his stepfather, and he needs Tracy’s help to get her back. But even as Tracy commits to a plan to help her vulnerable new friend, details emerge that suggest nothing is what it seems. 
The Twisted Window is a zigzagging thriller that keeps readers guessing up until the final page.  This ebook features an illustrated biography of Lois Duncan including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.

What's Interesting: New guy not being right! A kidnapped sister! Things not being what they seem!

Skull Flowers by Jazon Dion Fletcher
Publisher: Backwoods Press
Published: February 14th, 2012
From Goodreads:
The Adventures of Alexis Champagne and her robot 808.

What's Interesting: Adventures and a robot!

The Ghost, The Rat, and Me (Episode One) by Robyn Gioia
Publisher: Winking Owl Press
Published: November 20th, 2012
From Goodreads:
Things aren’t the same when your best friend dies in a car accident. But when your best friend, Temple, comes back as a ghost to help you solve a case, life definitely becomes better. You’ll love him. He’s a funny, opinionated, cool nerd who doesn’t quite have the hang of being a ghost. When I, Campbell (Bell) Olson, decided to run for eighth-grade president, I didn’t expect my opponent to be Will Tuffy, the most obnoxious boy at school. I especially didn’t expect the race to start with a dead rat on my doorstep! That was the easy part. From there, things got worse and my case went from being a mystery, to a dangerous trail of clues. This is my tale of the ghost, the rat, and me.?

What's Interesting: Having your best friend come back as a ghost to solve a case! A eight-grade president race starting with a dead rat!

The Future We Left Behind by Mike A. Lancaster
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Published: November 13th, 2012
From Goodreads:
Thousands of years in the future the divide between humanity and technology has become nearly unrecognizable. Each thought, each action is logged, coded, backed up. Data is as easily exchanged through the fiber-optic-like cables that extend from fingertips as it might be through ordinary conversation. It's a brave new world: A world that the Straker Tapes say is a result of many human "upgrades." But no one is sure whether the Straker Tapes are a work of fiction or an eerie peek into an unimaginable past. 

Nearly sixteen-year-old Peter Vincent has been raised to believe that everything that the backward Strakerites cling to is insane--an utter waste of time and potential. Since his father is David Vincent, genius inventor of the artificial bees that saved the world's crops and prevented massive famine, how could Peter believe anything else?

But when Peter meets Alpha, a Strakerite his own age, suddenly the theories about society-upgrades don't sound quite so crazy, especially when she shows him evidence that another upgrade is imminent. And worse, there may be a conspiracy by the leaders of the establishment to cover it up. A conspiracy spearheaded by Peter's own father.

Gripping and full of unexpected twists, The Future We Left Behind takes the unsettling questions raised in Human.4, and flips them entirely. What if we knew that the very way we live was about to be changed in an instant, and we could stop it? And what if everything we are sure we know is entirely wrong?

What's Interesting: This world of technology and humanity! The Straker tapes! Another upgrade conspiracy headed by his dad!

Of Light & Darkness by Shayne Leighton
Publisher: Decadent Publishing Bono Books
Published: June 26th, 2012
From Goodreads:
Shayne Leighton's stunning NA debut is a fiercely imaginative, multilayered contemporary fantasy where Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus meets Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles in a story about a girl caught between two societies . . . two sides . . . and two loves.

Raised by a Vampire in a secret society of Witches, Shifters, and Elves, Charlotte finds that she is the freak in her world of magic and wonder. When she stands before an army of impossible obstacles, the likelihood of survival in this coming-of-age modern fairy tale is slim, resulting in a war between light and darkness.

Charlotte knows no other home than the one nestled deep in the woods of Eastern Europe, where Witches draw spells of enchantment, Shifters throw tea parties, and Elves are the closest in kin.

As genocide and war threatens her life and her home, Charlotte will not allow her one true love to be destroyed. Fighting for her adopted coven of rogue monsters, she will do whatever it takes to save them...and she'll do it before the sun comes up and light takes over forever! 

What's Interesting: Being raised by a vampire in a secret society! Fighting against rogue monsters!

An Infidel in Paradise by S.J. Laidlaw
Publisher: Tundra Books
Published: February 12th, 2013
From Goodreads:
Set in Pakistan, this is the story of a teen girl living with her mother and siblings in a diplomatic compound. As if getting used to another new country and set of customs and friends isn't enough, she must cope with an increasingly tense political situation that becomes dangerous with alarming speed. Her life and those of her sister and brother depend on her resourcefulness and the unexpected help of an enigmatic Muslim classmate.

What's Interesting: Getting used to a new country and customs and friends! Tense political situation!

The Center of Everything by Linda Urban
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Published: March 5th, 2013
From Goodreads:
For Ruby Pepperdine, the “center of everything” is on the rooftop of Pepperdine Motors in her donut-obsessed town of Bunning, New Hampshire, stargazing from the circle of her grandmother Gigi’s hug.  That’s how everything is supposed to be—until Ruby messes up and things spin out of control. But she has one last hope. It all depends on what happens on Bunning Day, when the entire town will hear Ruby read her winning essay. And it depends on her twelfth birthday wish—unless she messes that up too. Can Ruby’s wish set everything straight in her topsy-turvy world? 

What's Interesting: Living in a small town! Messing up! 

The Romanov Cross by Robert Masello
Publisher: Bantam
Published: March 5th, 2013
From Goodreads:
Nearly one hundred years ago, a desperate young woman crawled ashore on a desolate arctic island, carrying a terrible secret and a mysterious, emerald-encrusted cross. A century later, acts of man, nature, and history converge on that same forbidding shore with a power sufficient to shatter civilization as we know it.

Army epidemiologist Frank Slater is facing a court-martial, but after his punishment is mysteriously lifted, Slater is offered a job no one else wants—to travel to a small island off the coast of Alaska and investigate a potentially lethal phenomenon: The permafrost has begun to melt, exposing bodies from a colony that was wiped out by the dreaded Spanish flu of 1918. Frank must determine if the thawed remains still carry the deadly virus in their frozen flesh and, if so, ensure that it doesn’t come back to life.

Frank and his handpicked team arrive by helicopter, loaded down with high-tech tools, prepared to exhume history. The colony, it transpires, was once settled by a sect devoted to the mad Russian monk Rasputin, but there is even more hiding in the past than Frank’s team is aware of. Any hope of success hinges on their willingness to accept the fact that even their cutting-edge science has its limits—and that the ancient wisdom of the Inuit people who once inhabited this eerie land is as essential as any serum. By the time Frank discovers that his mission has been compromised—crashed by a gang of reckless treasure hunters—he will be in a brutal race against time. With a young, strong-willed Inuit woman by his side, Frank must put a deadly genie back in the bottle before all of humanity pays the price.

The Romanov Cross is at once an alternate take on one of history’s most profound mysteries, a love story as unlikely as it is inevitable, and a thriller of heart-stopping, supernatural suspense. With his signature blend of fascinating history and fantastic imagination, critically acclaimed author Robert Masello has once again crafted a terrifying story of past events coming back to haunt the present day . . . and of dark deeds aching to be unearthed.

What's Interesting: That he was going to be punished but then it went away so he could go on this job! The Spanish Flu of 1918 possibly coming back! Romance! Action! Thriller!  

Get Ready for War by Ni-Ni Simone and Amir Abrams
Publisher: K-Teen/Dafina
Published: March 26th, 2013
From Goodreads:
They have everything their parents’ mega-celebrity can give—but when the Pampered Princesses of Hollywood High take aim at each other, the last girl standing will have everything to lose.
London Phillips needs a time-out from her mother’s rules, and from her crazy clandestine romance with hottie Justice Banks. To keep her cool, and keep her secrets, she turns to her parent-approved billionaire fake boyfriend. But unexpected romantic sparks ignite a firestorm of their own…

Rich Montgomery wants to start fresh with her true love. But the web of lies she’s created is pushing her past the edge, spinning her into battles she can’t afford to lose... 

Teen TV star Heather Cummings never thought she’d land in rehab. Resuscitating her career means getting clean. Yet, she never thought she’d find a counselor who’d redefine what abstinence means…

Spencer Ellington is so done losing besties and boyfriends. Good thing she’s been keeping track of a stash of scandals. Now she’s ready to begin a media feeding frenzy even Hollywood High’s in-crowd may not survive… 

What's Interesting: Having rich parents and basically getting whatever you want! Complicated high school politics and relationships! 

Tender Is The Knight by Jamaica Layne
Published: November 10th, 2012
From Goodreads:
Assembly-line forewoman and Dayton, Ohio resident Lisa Marie Smith’s life just got a lot more medieval. Lisa’s co-worker and best friend, Pegeen Palmer forcibly drags her to an event showcasing Pegeen’s latest hobby---the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), a living history organization that specializes in the Middle Ages.

What's Interesting:  A living history organization of the Middle Ages time! 

In Broad Daylight by Seth Harwood
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Published: May 7th, 2013
From Goodreads:
From the author of the acclaimed thriller novels Jack Wakes Up and Young Junius comes In Broad Daylight, a taut psychological whodunnit with Stieg Larsson's intrigue and Karin Slaughter's raw insights on strange communities.

FBI agent Jess Harding treks back to Anchorage to hunt down a sadistic killer who's reemerged from a five-year hiatus--a killer who has already slipped her grasp once before. The endless days of an Alaskan summer can't thwart the fiend's plans as he slashes his way through the rural community, where everyone knows your name and always distrusts the outside. With the help of Oscar Linstrom, an old colleague who wants to be more than friends, Jess attempts to immerse herself in the area's culture, leading her to a strange rural village inhabited by Russian Old Believers hell-bent on protecting their way of life. Even the locals are outsiders to the Old Believers, and Jess needs a safehaven in the glare of daylight because a blood-stained message left at the scene of the most recent murder says Jess is no longer the hunter--but the hunted.

What's Interesting:  A serial killer who is resuming his killing, after slipping the good guy's investigation! A strange village! That she's going to be a target! 

Like Chaff in the Wind by Anna Belfrage
Publisher: Troubadour Publishing Ldt.
Published: December 17th, 2012
From Goodreads:
Matthew Graham committed the mistake of his life when he cut off his brother's nose. In revenge, Luke Graham has Matthew abducted and transported to the colony of Virginia to be sold as indentured labour. Matthew arrives in Virginia in May 1661 and any hope he had of finding someone willing to listen to his story of unlawful abduction is quickly extinguished. If anything, Matthew's insistence that he is an innocent man leads him to being singled out for the heaviest tasks. Insufficient food, gruelling days and the humid heat combine to wear him down. With a sinking feeling, he realises no one has ever survived their seven years of service on the plantation Suffolk Rose. Fortunately for Matthew, he has a remarkable wife. 

Alex Graham has no intention of letting her husband suffer and die. So she sets off from Scotland on a perilous journey to bring her husband home. Alex is plagued by nightmares in which Matthew is reduced to a wheezing wreck by his tormentors. Sailing to Virginia, she prays for a miracle to carry her swiftly to his side. But fate has other plans, and what should have been a two month crossing turns into a year long adventure - from one side of the Atlantic to the other. Will Alex find Matthew in time? Will she be able to pay the price of setting him free? Like Chaff in the Wind continues on from The Rip in the Veil, taking Alex and Matthew's love story to a new continent. 

What's Interesting: Being sent to Virginia to be sold as indentured labour! His wife coming to rescue him!

The Dreaming Field by Ron Savage
Publisher: DarkFuse
Published: April 30th, 2013
From Goodreads:
The problem is…the abyss…

Simon and Jonathan first meet in their childhood nightmares, then later in their waking lives. Haunted by mysterious dream entities known as Messengers, the boys grow to adulthood, one an artist, the other a senator on the verge of the presidential nomination. Both men are unknowingly being groomed for a cataclysmic moment neither can escape, and heaven and hell hang in the balance. Simon and Jonathan have become two pawns playing across nightmare landscapes where dark angels reside and the condemned and suffering will get only one chance at redemption. 

There is no way out. There is no mercy. 

There is only…THE DREAMING FIELD, the new mind-bending novel of horror and dark suspense by Ron Savage. 

What's Interesting: The abyss! Meeting in nightmares, and then in real life! A cataclysmic moment! Being the pawns for dark angels who have a chance for redemption! 

And next week's theme is going to be Published in a Month in a Year!

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