Saturday, June 16, 2012

The Complete Tudors by Jean Plaidy

Current read -
Title - The Complete Tudors
Author - Jean Plaidy

Amazon description -
The nine Tudor novels by beloved novelist Jean Plaidy are now available as one complete series spanning sixteenth-century England. This exciting collection includes a brand-new character guide, along with reading group guides for seven books. Read all nine novels in order for the first time digitally and delve into the lives of this fascinating dynasty—full of intrigue, betrayal, marriages, and deaths, in a complete package, never before available.

 1. To Hold the Crown
In this sweeping tale of marriage and power, love and heartbreak, Henry VII and Elizabeth of York’s troubled ascension to the throne of England ultimately launches the Tudor dynasty.

2. Katharine of Aragon
Katharine of Aragon held her husband Henry VIII’s affection—but only for so long.

3. Murder Most Royal
One powerful king. Two tragic queens. Sophisticated Anne Boleyn and innocent Catherine Howard meet with the all-consuming—and fickle—passions of tempestuous King Henry VIII.

4. The King’s Confidante
The King’s servant, but God’s first.  The English lawyer Sir Thomas More rises to become King Henry VIII’s most trusted advisor, but his refusal to recognize Henry as the supreme head of the Church of England ends his political career . . . and leads to his trial for treason.

5. The Sixth Wife
Dangerous court intrigue and affairs of the heart collide during the story of Katherine Parr, the last of Henry VIII’s six queens. 

6. The Thistle and the Rose
The story of Princess Margaret Tudor, whose life of tragedy, bloodshed, and scandal would rival even that of her younger brother, Henry VIII.

7. Mary, Queen of France
The story of Princess Mary Tudor, a celebrated beauty and born rebel who would defy the most powerful king in Europe—her older brother.

8. For a Queen’s Love
Power-hungry monarch, cold-blooded murderer, obsessive monster—who could love such a man? Set against the glittering courts of sixteenth-century Europe, the Spain of the dreaded Inquisition, and the tortured England of Bloody Mary, this is the story of Philip II of Spain—and of the women who loved him as a husband and father.

9. A Favorite of the Queen
Torn between her heart’s passion and duty to her kingdom, Elizabeth I must make a decision that will shape her country and place her name in history forever.

(Will definitely be awhile before I update that I am finished with this, lol :)  )


E-book currently available for $100.99 at Amazon here.

Update: Finished reading on 8/28/2012

Thursday, June 14, 2012

My Life as the Ugly Stepsister by Juli Alexander

Current read -
Title - My Life as the Ugly Stepsister
Author - Juli Alexander (http://www.julialexanderauthor.com/)

Amazon description -
When Ally’s mother moves to Seattle to try out a relationship with an internet boyfriend, the fourteen-year-old has to live with her dad, her wicked stepmonster, and her way too beautiful stepsister. Ally’s list of brutal teen truths is growing by the minute. Can change actually bring something good this time around, or is Ally doomed to live out her life as the ugly stepsister?




E-book currently available for $.99 (free loan for Prime members) at Amazon here.


Update: Finished reading on 6/15/2012



Friday, June 8, 2012

Clan of MacAulay books by R.S. Guthrie

My next two reads are the 2 books in the Clan of MacAulay series.
Author - R. S. Guthrie (http://www.rsguthrie.com/)

Book 1 - Black Beast

Amazon description -
Decorated Denver Detective Bobby Macaulay has faced down a truckload of tragedy over recent years. The death of his partner; the loss of his own leg in the line of duty; the companionship of his beloved wife to cancer; his faith in God to his inner demons.

After the man who ruined his leg and killed his first partner is executed, Macaulay becomes the lead detective investigating the Sloan's Lake murders. The method of killing in this double-homicide is so heinous it leads Macaulay and his partner down an ever-darkening path--one that must be traversed if they are to discover the evil forces behind the slaughter. 

Just when Bobby Macaulay is questioning the very career that has been his salvation, he will discover a heroic history buried within his own family roots: The Clan MacAulay--a deep family lineage of protectors at the very core of a millenniums-long war against unimaginable evil.


E-book currently available for $3.99 (free loan for Prime members) at Amazon here.




Book 2 - L O S T


Amazon description
Denver Detective Bobby Mac returns in this intense horror/thriller, set in the northern panhandle wilderness of Idaho. After receiving a phone call from his brother, the Chief of Police in Rocky Gap, Idaho, Bobby Mac travels north to assist in the investigation surrounding two gruesome murders and the abduction of an eleven-year-old girl.

These two seasoned cops---estranged brothers reunited---will bring all of their experience to bear in a case that threatens not only the safety of a small town, but also the sacred lineage of a family of heroes.


E-book currently available for $3.99 (free loan for Prime members) at Amazon here.












I see this for book 1 on Amazon - "50% of net proceeds go to Ben, a profound young man with Down Syndrome and autism, to pay for his tuition at The Joshua School in Denver---a wonderful school that has given him the education and attention he deserves!"


This is from Amazon as well - "Guthrie is planning a third book that will close out the Clan of MacAulay series (though it will not be the final Bobby Mac book)."




Update: Finished reading on 6/13/2012..Great series and I am ready for the next book :)

The Pineville Heist by Lee Chambers

Current read -
Title - The Pineville Heist
Author - Lee Chambers (http://www.pinevilleheist.com/)

Amazon description -
Seventeen year old Aaron stumbles into the aftermath of a five million dollar bank heist gone wrong. Hiding under a canoe, Aaron partially catches the murder of one of the robbers. In the chaos he sneaks away with the money and heads straight for the closest place of safety, his high school. Terrified, Aaron tells his shocking tale to Amanda Becker, his drama teacher, but it doesn't take long for one of the psychotic robbers to show up. In the locked down school the pair are relentlessly pursued in a quest to get the money back and wipe out the evidence. 




E-book is currently available for $2.99 (free loan for Prime members) at Amazon here.


Update: Finished reading 6/8/2012



Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Underground by Ilana Katz Katz

Current read -
Title - The Underground
Author - Ilana Katz Katz (http://ilanakatz.com/)

Amazon description -
Imagine a world where women rule and men must cater to their every whim… or else.

The story is set in the backdrop of the futuristic dystopian America run by an iron-fisted Queen. Under the guise of ending sexual assaults against women, she requires unmarried twenty-six-year old men to be castrated. To further diminish men’s rights, women are the only ones who can legally propose marriage.

When the Queen’s rebellious daughter, Shayla, falls for a commoner, the Queen refuses to condone the marriage. Shayla’s lover, Nathaniel, is left with unsavory options. Everything changes once he is kidnapped into The Underground, a secret renegade organization on a mission to overthrow the extremist regime. They train Nathaniel to infiltrate high society. Once released, he is commanded to commit a violent act that could restore equality for men; an act that would kill any chances for a life with Shayla. Will he save his gender from another generation of abuse or follow his heart?

This is a story of strength, determination, oppression and passionate love.


E-book currently available for $2.99 (free loan for Prime members) at Amazon here.
Update: Finished reading on 6/8/2012



Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Ashlyn's Radio by Heather Doherty & Norah Wilson

Current read -
Title - Ashlyn's Radio
Authors - Heather Doherty & Norah Wilson (http://www.writersgrimoire.com/index.php)

Amazon description -
Ashlyn Caverhill has left behind her senior year of high school to live with her grandmother, and she's not happy about it. Small-town Maine has nothing on Toronto. But her mother is ill, and there's nowhere else to go. Even though it contains one Caden Williams--the hottest guy she's ever seen--Ashlyn thinks Prescott Junction is the deadest place ever. She may be right. A lot of people seem to die mysteriously down by the long-abandoned train tracks. Her own father died there before she was born. The townspeople whisper about a ghost train that comes for the souls of Prescott Junction's most troubled citizens, but Ashlyn scoffs--until one night she sees the train for herself and its ghoulish conductor nearly coaxes her on board. Ashlyn's fear grows when she finds an old radio that haunts the Caverhill family. They've thrown it out. It comes back. They've buried it. It comes back. They've sunk it in the lake, and still it comes back. Even though it's never plugged in, the radio broadcasts stories of future events that always come to pass. Imagine Ashlyn's horror when the radio's top story is "Ashlyn Caverhill boards the ghost train." Now, with the help of Caden and her new friend Rachel, Ashlyn must find a way to escape the radio's curse before she's forced to ride the ghost train forever.

E-book currently available for $2.99 (free loan for Prime members) at Amazon here.
Update: Finished reading on 6/7/2012

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Hush by Anne Frasier

Current read -
Title - Hush
Author - Anne Frasier (http://theresaweir.com/)

From Publishers Weekly
Few serial killers penned by suspense writers today are as warped or as fully realized as the Madonna Murderer, who preys on newborn baby boys and their unwed mothers. As if the crime itself isn't bad enough, the killer leaves a musical snow globe that plays "Hush, Little Baby" in the infant's crib as his calling card. It has been nearly two decades since Ivy Dunlap and her infant son were victimized by the Madonna Murderer. Unbeknownst to the killer, Ivy survived the assault. Her baby didn't. Now a respected criminal psychologist, Ivy is called into service by the Chicago P.D. when the killer resurfaces after 16 years of dormancy. Her personal interest in the case takes on a sharper edge when she learns that her partner, Detective Max Irving, has a son named Ethan who is the same age her child would have been had he survived. When Ivy tries to rattle the Madonna Murderer by publishing a "dead-baby letter" in the newspaper, the killer becomes more daring; he befriends Ethan, sends Ivy a chunk of his skin bearing a tattoo and expands his profile of victims. Although some readers may be turned off by the novel's graphic nature, a wealth of procedural detail, a heart-thumping finale and two scarred but indelible protagonists make this a first-rate debut. 
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E-book currently available for $3.99 at Amazon here.
Update: Finished reading on 6/6/2012