Waiting on Wednesday: Skin Of My Teeth by Judith Graves

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY

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SKIN OF MY TEETH (Skinned Book 3 – Volume 1)

Published by Leap Books, LLC

To be released 12/23/14

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SUMMARY:

HOW TO PLAY

· draw a card from the deck

· kill or be killed

· and if you’re lucky, repeat…

Hidden agendas, deep, dark secrets, and monsters lurking around every locker. It’s business as usual at Redgrave High for Eryn and her crew of paranorm hunters – they plan to capture and cure Brit’s brother from his tormented existence, Eryn is reunited with her father’s beta, and Redgrave’s origins are revealed.

Although the two guys vying for Eryn’s heart just might have to up their game. Enter hot, wolven guy stage left. Is he the one Alec’s blood magic foretold? He is, if Eryn’s knocking pulse has anything to say about it. The tale-tell sound is driving Wade mad. But it’s Eryn’s move, and everyone is holding their breath.

A little healthy competition soon becomes all-out survival of the fittest as the crew are pitted against a pack of demons trading souls – for keeps. The student population is enamored with a new card game, Boroughs Quest. Kids are desperate to get their hands on gilded cards from a mysterious expansion deck, but when they do…

It’s all fun and games ’til somebody dies. 

 

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Judith Graves has multiple young adult novels and short stories published with Leap Books, Orca Book Publishers, Compass Press, and, under the pen name, Judith Tewes, is also published with Bloomsbury Spark. In addition, Judith is an award-winning screenwriter and playwright, writes freelance articles for literary magazines, and facilitates writing workshops for both adults and young adults. She lives in northern Alberta with her husband and three crazy labs.

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December 17th, 2014 Books, Waiting on Wednesday 0 Comment

Botticelli’s Bastard

Botticelli's Bastard

 

Book Synopsis:

Art restorer Giovanni Fabrizzi is haunted by an unsigned renaissance portrait. Obsessed to learn the truth of its origin, he becomes increasingly convinced the painting could be the work of one of history’s greatest artists, which if true, would catapult its value to the stratosphere. But in learning of the painting’s past, he is faced with a dilemma. He believes the portrait was stolen during the greatest art heist in history—the Nazi plunder of European artwork. If true and a surviving relative of the painting’s rightful owner were still alive, Giovanni, in all good conscience, would have to give up the potential masterpiece. His obsession with the portrait puts a strain on his new marriage, and his son thinks his father has lost his mind for believing an unremarkable, unsigned painting could be worth anyone’s attention. Regardless, Giovanni persists in his quest of discovery and exposes far more truth than he ever wanted to know.

Stephen Maitland-LewisAuthor’s Bio

Stephen Maitland-Lewis is an award-winning author, a British attorney, and a former international investment banker. He held senior positions in the City of London, Kuwait, and on Wall Street before moving to California in 1991. He owned a luxury hotel and a world-renowned restaurant and was also the Director of Marketing of a Los Angeles daily newspaper. Maitland-Lewis is a jazz aficionado and a Board Trustee of the Louis Armstrong House Museum in New York. A member of PEN and the Author’s Guild, Maitland-Lewis is also on the Executive Committee of the International Mystery Writers Festival.

His novel Hero on Three Continents received numerous accolades, and Emeralds Never Fade won the 2012 Benjamin Franklin Award for Historical Fiction and the 2011 Written Arts Award for Best Fiction. His novel Ambition was a 2013 USA Best Book Awards and 2014 International Book Awards finalist and won first place for General Fiction in the 2013 Rebecca’s Reads Choice Awards. Maitland-Lewis and his wife, Joni Berry, divide their time between their homes in Beverly Hills and New Orleans.

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Going Back in Time

By Stephen Maitland-Lewis, author of Botticelli’s Bastard

If I could go back in time to anywhere, I would have a hard time choosing between two particular destinations. My first choice would be 1920-1929, and in the United States. The second, equally alluring, would be Venice during the Renaissance. For a very limited sojourn, of course. Perhaps for just one day and night!

The uniqueness of the city-state, the splendor of the views, the elegance of the couture, the joie de vivre of the population, the gastronomic brilliance, and the ability to meet with all manner of artists who became legendary old master painters, would make a visit to Venice at this time – the Renaissance – fascinating. One might meet Casanova over an aperitif, the Doge over pasta marinara, and Botticelli over Chianti, in any of the bars in Piazza San Marco.

A stay longer than 24 hours in the city-state of Venice, or anywhere for that matter during this time, would not be appealing to anyone who has been spoiled by the creature comforts of the 20th and 21st Centuries. Hot and cold running water, sanitation, refrigeration, communication, medication, safe drinking water, are all aspects of life that we now take for granted. It would be difficult to adjust, other than for a very short period, to a lifestyle without them.

Europe, pursuant to the First World War, was depressed as a result of the carnage, inflation, and general strikes. The United States – notwithstanding, or maybe because of prohibition – was alive with exciting music, Broadway, nightlife, and the emergence and expansion of the movie industry. For many, it was party time up until the Wall Street crash. I think I’d want to leave, however, on October 28th, 1929, before the events of “Black Tuesday” plunged the country, and the entire western hemisphere, into the depths of the Great Depression.

My Thoughts:

I think that anytime you can pick up a book and not really know whether or not you are going to like and start to read it and end up surprised, you’re holding a pretty good book!  The author has a unique way of captivating the reader and incorporating several levels of intrigue.  It’s a little different, but I think that most readers will be glad they took the time to step into a unique writing.  It was a little difficult to find the right words to review, I don’t want to give away too much!

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December 9th, 2014 Everyday, everything 0 Comment

Kill List

The Kill List

kill listA Jamie Sinclair Novel

Nichole Christoff

Random House Publishing Group – Alibi

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About the Book:

In this taut debut thriller, Nichole Christoff introduces a savvy private investigator with nerves of steel—and a shattered heart.

As a top private eye turned security specialist, Jamie Sinclair has worked hard to put her broken marriage behind her. But when her lying, cheating ex-husband, army colonel Tim Thorp, calls with the news that his three-year-old daughter has been kidnapped, he begs Jamie to come find her. For the sake of the child, Jamie knows she can’t refuse. Now, despite the past, she’ll do everything in her power to bring little Brooke Thorp home alive.

Soon Jamie is back at Fort Leeds—the army base in New Jersey’s Pine Barrens where she grew up, the only child of a two-star general—chasing down leads and forging an uneasy alliance with the stern military police commander and the exacting FBI agent working Brooke’s case. But because Jamie’s father is now a U.S. senator, her recent run-in with a disturbed stalker is all over the news, and when she starts receiving gruesome threats echoing the stalker’s last words, she can’t shake the feeling that her investigation may be about more than a missing girl—and that someone very powerful is hiding something very significant . . . and very sinister.

About the Author:

Nichole Christoff is a writer, broadcaster, and military spouse who has worked on air and behind the scenes producing and promoting content for radio, television news, and the public relations industry across the United States and Canada. Christoff is a lifetime member of Sisters in Crime and the Jane Austen Society of North America. She also belongs to the Private Eye Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and three of RWA’s local chapters where she’s served as an officer and a member of the board. In Christoff’s first year as a member of RWA, her first manuscript won the Golden Heart for Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements. Her second manuscript won a 2011 Helen McCloy Scholarship from the Mystery Writers of America. Her latest work, The Kill List, is a 2014 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense nominee.

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