Fanciful Reader

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Month: June, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday 6/29: Making Waves

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

For this week’s post I chose Making Waves by Tawna Fenske. This is a debut full-length contemporary romance. I’m always excited to discover new authors of contemporaries.

Expected publication: August 1st 2011 by Sourcebooks

When Alex Bradshaw’s unscrupulous boss kicks him to the curb after 20 faithful years as an executive with the world’s largest shipping company, he sets out to reclaim his dignity and his pension. Assembling a team of fellow corporate castoffs, he sails to the Caribbean to intercept an illegal diamond shipment. None of them counted on quirky blonde stowaway Juli Flynn, who has a perplexing array of talents, a few big secrets, and an intoxicating romantic chemistry with Alex…

What about you? Which book are you looking forward to this Wednesday?

What I read in June 2011

June is not quite over yet, but it’s safe to say that I won’t finish a book in the next couple of days. So without further ado, here’s this list of what I read this month.

Stork by Wendy Delsol
Frost by Wendy Delsol. The follow-up to Stork, which was an eARC courtesy of the publisher via Netgalley. Though I find the heroine’s voice irritating at times, and there are a lot of loose ends in book #2, I’ve enjoyed reading the series and look forward to book #3.
Truly, Madly by Heather Webber. I read this for the TBR Challenge but never got around to posting a review.
Miss Minimalist: Inspiration to Downsize, Declutter, and Simplify by Francine Jay.
An Unsuitable Job for a Woman by P.D. James–this month’s pick for my book club, the first of (only two?) Cordelia Gray mysteries.
Jeeves and the Tie that Binds. Audiobook, possibly a re-read (re-listen?). I think this is my least favorite Jeeves and Wooster story.

I’m also about halfway done with The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon (#5 in the Outlander series). I read books 1-4 last summer and took a long break.

This summer I resolve to listen to more audiobooks to reduce eyestrain and pass the time while reorganizing my work files. I have several checked out from the library–The Astral by Kate Christensen, the next book in the Cordelia Gray series, and Before Versailles by Karleen Koen, among others.

What about you? Which books are you planning to read this summer?

Waiting on Wednesday 6/22: The Dark Glamour

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I choseThe Dark Glamour by Gabriella Pierce. I read an egalley of the first book in the series, 666 Park Avenue, in one sitting! The ending of 666 Park Avenue is a real cliffhanger, and some of the paranormal aspects are not explained. I’m hoping that The Dark Glamour will provide more of the backstory.

The Dark Glamour by Gabrielle Pierce
Expected publication: September 6th 2011 by HarperCollins Publishers

Jane Boyle married her prince charming and moved into his upper east side castle—but she didn’t get her fairy-tale ending.

It’s hard to live happily ever after when you discover your demanding and controlling mother-in-law is literally a witch, determined to steal the magical powers you didn’t even know you had. Jane narrowly avoided Lynne Doran’s clutches when she escaped on her wedding day, and has been hiding out in New York City. But she can’t hide forever.

When Jane learns of the one thing Lynne wants most, she sets out to provide it, hoping her good turn will persuade her mother-in-law to stop hunting her. Unfortunately, Jane’s daring plan will send her right back into the witches’ den—the Doran clan’s multistory town house on Park Avenue. But thanks to a tricky spell, blond architect Jane will be transformed into Ella, a dark beauty with a whole new look . . . and all of Jane’s budding powers. Though the stakes are life or death, nobody said “Ella” couldn’t have a little fun along the way, too.

What about you? What are you looking forward to this week?

Waiting on Wednesday 6/8: The Angel of Blythe Hall

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I chose The Angel of Blythe Hall by Darci Hannah.
Release date July 26,2011

In a tumultuous battle, a beautiful and determined noblewoman claims her birthright while awakening great danger, exquisite passion, and the mystical realm in this enchanting novel of suspense and adventure.

Prepared to lay claim to her family’s magnificent ancestral fortress in the Scottish border country, Lady Isabeau Blythe is determined to restore her noble family’s good name and reclaim these stunning, strife-torn lands. But even the headstrong Isabeau’s firm sense of reality is shaken by the inexplicable allure of Blythe Hall, an entrancing castle haunted by dark secrets—and otherworldly creatures of light and desire.

Isabeau’s arrival sets in motion an epic power struggle: a ferocious fight for Scotland, her family, and her heart. Taunted and tempted by a sinister rogue knight, Sir George, who covets her land and her love, and trapped in the madness of her charismatic brother, Julius, who seeks power of unearthly origin, Isabeau can only surrender to the wild visions of the remarkable man she inexplicably longs for. With a bloodthirsty army amassing outside her gates, Isabeau summons help from Gabriel, the elusive man of her dreams. But does this alluring man possess the secrets of the castle and her destiny?

What about you? What are you looking forward to reading?

What I Read in May 2011

I didn’t read quite as many books as I expected to in May–only seven.

Divergent by Veronica Roth. Read this in about 1 day!
Walk on the Wild Side by Natalie Anderson. Again, read in about 1 day. It was a short and sweet Harlequin Presents.
Seduction and Scandal by Charlotte Featherstone. I’m trying to catch up on my Netgalley reading and this was a title I was thrilled to be able to read in advance!
Suddenly You by Lisa Kleypas.
Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas. Both very good historical romances.
Ready and Willing by Cara McKenna (aka Meg Maguire). This is a short story but I’m counting it anyway!
Three Cups of Deceit by Jon Krakauer. After reading this I’m wary of Greg Mortenson’s books because it seems so much of his stories were embellished.

What about you? Did you read more or less than you expected to in May?

Waiting on Wednesday 6/1: A Breath of Eyre

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Today I chose A Breathe of Eyre by Eve Marie Mont. The premise is similar to the story “Lost in Austen,” which I loved, where the heroine enters the world of a favorite book.

Expected publication date: April 1st 2012

I couldn’t find any cover art–here’s the publisher’s blurb below:

Emma Townsend has always believed in stories, relying on them to cope with her mother’s death, her father’s distance, and her stepmother’s demands. Or maybe it’s just to escape her loneliness. As a sophomore on scholarship at an exclusive girls’ prep school, Emma has few friends and even fewer romantic prospects, unless you count her hopeless crush on her English teacher.

On her sixteenth birthday, she receives a copy of the novel Jane Eyre. But when she tries to lose herself in the story, she loses herself inside the book instead. Transported during a lightning storm, Emma finds herself living in Jane’s 19th century world, working as a governess at the eerie Thornfield Manor and falling for its enigmatic owner, Mr. Rochester. Just as she begins to feel love and acceptance for the first time, Emma uncovers a dark secret that makes it impossible for her to stay. As she journeys back and forth between her real and fantasy lives, the line between her worlds begins to blur. Does her destiny lie in the pages of Jane’s story or in the trials and troubles of her own heart

What about you? What are you looking forward to reading this Wednesday?