Thanks to Kristi at Story Siren for hosting this wonderful meme! A few things happened my way this past week! In this cold weather in Minnesota (currently 15 below zero as I type) the appeal of a good quality blanket and a good read is very much in favor. Here is what arrived:
In The Crown Conspiracy, Royce Melborn, a skilled thief, and his mercenary partner, Hadrian Blackwater, make a profitable living carrying out dangerous assignments for conspiring nobles until they become the unwitting scapegoats in the murder of the king. Sentenced to death, they have only one way out and so begins this epic tale of treachery and adventure, sword fighting and magic, myth and legend. Whether you are looking for a single novel, or a multi-book saga, The Crown Conspiracy is the place to begin. It is a heroic fantasy adventure written for a general audience and conceived as a single epic tale.
When these books were offered to me for review I was intrigued by the fact that they are a series yet all individual. Each one came with a personal message to me from the author inside the front cover – I think that is so awesome and I am excited to see what adventures await me within the pages!
A GOOD TALK is an analysis of and guide to that most exclusively human of all activities– conversation.
Drawing on over forty years of experience in American letters, Menaker pinpoints the factors that drive and enliven every good conversation: the vagaries (and joys) of subtext; the deeper structure and meaning of conversational flow; the subliminal signals that guide our disclosures and confessions; and the countless other hurdles we must clear along the way. Moving beyond self-help musings and “how to” advice, he has created a stylish, funny, and surprising book: a celebration of “the most excusively human of all activities.”
In a time when conversation remains deeply important– for building relationships, for relaxing, even for figuring out who we are– and also increasingly imperiled (with Blackberries and texting increasingly in vogue), A GOOD TALK is a refreshing celebration of the subtle adventures of a good conversation.
I think this book sounds so interesting! As a huge lover of words – conversation is just as important.
For most kids, a trip to space camp is the trip of a lifetime for Aadi it was life altering. After receiving a camp immunization needed for travel to Mars, Aadi finds that the immunization is the catalyst of an insidious experiment. He realizes what is happening too late for a change of fate. The full experiment is set in motion when he and his co-pilot, Eirena, crash in a distant galaxy called Shrenas, where they change and realize the full extent of their power. This turn of events forces him to grow up quickly, accept his change, and to decide to save a world, or to do what he was trained to do dominate it. His power is coveted by the warring leaders of Shrenas, and he is forced to choose sides a decision that may prove just how much humanity he has left.
This book is a new Middle Grade read coming out in February 2010. This sounds to me a bit like the movie Avatar (which I loved!).
Putting more than 30 years of groundbreaking research to work, renowned scientist Judith Wurtman, PhD, and her colleague, Nina T. Frusztajer, MD, present a clinically proven 12-week program that uses the power of carbohydrates to help you to:
- Activate the appetite-suppressant function of serotonin to stop weight gain
- Regain control over emotional overeating and cravings
- Lose up to 2 pounds of real weight—not water—per week
- Maintain a healthy lifestyle
I have said it many times that I do like to know about healthy eating habits. I am looking forward to seeing what this book has to offer.
On a country road, six-year-old Joanna Mason is the only survivor of a knife attack that leaves her mother and two siblings dead. Thirty years later, after boarding the wrong train in Yorkshire, Brodie is almost killed when the train crashes. He’s saved by 16-year-old Regina Reggie Chase, the nanny of Dr. Joanna Hunter, née Mason. In the chaos following the crash, Brodie ends up with the wallet of Andrew Decker, the recently released man convicted of murdering the Mason family. Enter DCI Louise Monroe, Brodie’s former love interest, who’s tracking Decker because of a recent case involving a similar family and crime. When Dr. Hunter disappears, Reggie is convinced she’s been kidnapped and enlists the reluctant Brodie to track her down.
With a story line like this how could I pass it up?
And I have to share this wonderful sample that Julie J sent me from My Own Little Corner Of The World Blog. These look good and I am going to try the Mandarin Orange during my workout tomorrow. 🙂 Thanks Julie!