Book Acquisitons – January 2014

onesecondafterOne Second After by William R. Forstchen

In a small North Carolina town, one man struggles to save his family after America loses a war that will send it back to the Dark Ages.

Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon – the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) – which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States, literally within one second.

This book, set in a typical American town, is a dire warning of what might be our future and our end.

Picked up from Audible as it was massively reduced in their January sale.

fashionshroudsThe Fashion in Shrouds by Margaret Allingham

Both the skeleton and the corpse have died with suspicious convenience for Georgia Wells, a monstrous but charming actress with a raffish entourage. Georgia’s best friend just happens to be Valentine, a top couturière and Campion’s sister. In order to protect Valentine, Campion must unravel a story of blackmail and ruthless murder….

Also picked up from Audible as my January Credit choice.  Already half way through, listening in an attempt to meet at least one of my New Years Resolutions

Breaking one of my resolutions (to read fewer ebooks) I picked up the following books from Netgalley

FrosthollowhallFrost Follow Hall by Emma Carroll

A ghostly tale about love, loss and forgiveness with an instant classic feel.

The gates to Frost Hollow Hall loomed before us. They were great tall things, the ironwork all twisted leaves and queer-looking flowers. And they were very definitely shut.

Tilly’s heart sinks. Will’s at the door of their cottage, daring her to come ice-skating up at Frost Hollow Hall. No one goes near the place these days. Rumour has it that the house is haunted . . . Ten years ago the young heir, Kit Barrington, drowned there in the lake. But Tilly never turns down a dare.

Then it goes horribly wrong. The ice breaks, Tilly falls through and almost drowns. At the point of death, a beautiful angel appears in the water and saves her. Kit Barrington’s ghost. Kit needs Tilly to solve the mystery of his death, so that his spirit can rest in peace. In order to discover all she can, Tilly gets work as a maid at Frost Hollow Hall. But the place makes her flesh crawl. It’s all about the dead here, she’s told, and in the heart of the house she soon discovers all manner of dark secrets . .

ameeraAmeera Unveiled by Kathleen Varn

At the age of forty-eight, happily remarried and retired from her legal assistant gerbil wheel, Kat decides to break out of her shell and try her hand at belly dancing. What begins as a hobby leads her to filling a coveted spot in Palmetto Oasis Middle Eastern Dance Troupe. With less than eight weeks to prepare, Kat’s thrown into a world of performing she is terrified to face, all leading to a week of giving lessons and performing in Jamaica. Traveling with eight glittery strangers, she forges deep bonds under outrageous circumstances at what they’d soon all discover was a clothing-optional resort. Struggling with paralyzing stage fright and searching for the deeper root of her fears, Kat feverishly seeks a way to release Ameera, her inner dance queen. By the end of the week, the audience is mesmerized by the powerful presence and synchronicity of women joined at the hip by scarves and some glitter. Kat soon knows, with the help of eight sisters in dance, that she is finally part of a tribe, discovering an oasis to refresh her thirst to be part of a circle of women.

ramadanskyRamadan Sky by Nichola Hunter

A contemporary twist on a classic story of forbidden love, set in Jakarta, capital city of Indonesia.

When Vic accepts a teaching position in Jakarta, she has already been working and travelling in Asia for many years; she thinks she knows what to expect. However, before long she becomes troubled by the casual coexistence of vast wealth and woeful poverty, and by the stark differences in freedom and power between the men and the women. It also becomes apparent that there will be no support or companionship from her fellow Westerners and colleagues.

Fajar has lived in Jakarta all his life. He gets by, loaning money from friends and family, spending his nights racing, and his days working on the roads as an ojek driver. When he impresses a customer with his understanding of English, he sees an opportunity. He dedicates himself to being the woman’s driver – taking her to and from work, running her errands. He thinks he’s won big.

Neither Fajar nor Vic expect to find friendship and solace in their strange arrangement. But, before long, they will step outside the mores of their cultures together, crossing a boundary that will shake both of their lives.

cleansingThe Cleansing by Sam Kates

Apocalypse unleashed, the Cleansing begins. Relentless. Survival, uncertain.

Seven billion people inhabit this world, unaware our destruction is at hand. Death arrives unheralded—swift and nearly certain—not from meteors or nuclear holocaust or global warming, but from a source no one even knows exists.

The architects of doom have moved among us, hidden in plain sight, waiting for the signal to trigger our extinction. Blindsided, humanity falls.

A handful of survivors, bewildered and grief-stricken, must face the new reality, and quickly. For while the Cleansing threatens our existence, it is only the beginning…

thebequest The Bequest by Mike Farris

In the wake of a series of flops, two-time Oscar-winning actress Teri Squire’s career is in a nosedive.  She needs to find a great screenplay to fuel her comeback, but no working screenwriter wants to commit a masterpiece to someone who is box office poison.  No one, that is, except a despondent and unproduced writer who bequeaths his last script to Teri in his will then plunges off a cliff along the Big Sur coastline of California.

In desperation, Teri accepts the bequest—and discovers the script is brilliant.  After turning it over to her production team, and with the hype surrounding the circumstances of the writer’s death, the movie is on target for a blockbuster opening weekend that promises to resurrect Teri’s career—until a mysterious stranger shows up at her doorstep and casts doubt on what really happened that night at Big Sur.  As her comeback descends into chaos, Teri finds herself as the prime suspect in a bizarre murder.

saviorSavior by Anthony Caplan

Savior is a thriller with dystopian and/or science fiction elements and has strong characters and writing. Al and Ricky, father and son, are on a surfing getaway in Guatemala, the perfect place to bond and reconnect after the death of Mary, the woman who held their lives together. But when they run afoul of the Santos Muertos, a criminal gang intent on global domination, Al is kidnapped by the Santos Muertos and carried off to their compound beneath the Canadian oil tar belt in northern Alberta, where Ricky must find him and rescue him.

Sent to me by the author (who could teach some writers how to present a submission!) with a publication date in April 2014 – a review will be coming at a more appropriate date, m’kay?!

alohaquiltThe Aloha Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini

Another season of Elm Creek Quilt Camp has come to a close and Bonnie Markham faces a blean and lonely winter ahead, with her quilt sjop out of business and her divorce looming.  A welcome escape comes when Claire, a beloved college friend, unexpectedly invites her to Mau to help launch an exciting new business:  a uilter’s retreat set at a bed and breakfast amid he vibrant colours and balmy breezes of the Hawaiian Islands

As Bonnie’s adventure unfolds, it quickly becomes clear that Claire’s new business isnt the only excitement in store for her. Her cheating, soon-to-be-ex decides he wants her stake in Elm Creek Quilts, which threatens not only her financial well being, but her dearest friendships as well. But when she makes a new friend, who introduces her to the fascinating traditions of Hawaiian culture, Bonnie is reminded that love can be found when and where you least expect it

A bookcrossing friend of mine knows I love this series and managed to send it to me just after the New Year. This is later in the series than I’ve read to date (it’s apparently #16) so interesting to see where people have got to


2 thoughts on “Book Acquisitons – January 2014

    • this is a big jump for me too – think I’ve onlygotto #6 too. Do you want me to put Aloha aside when done (with no rush on either side!)


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