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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?

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
Kensington

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?

Waiting on Wednesday 5/25: Crossed



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

My pick this week is Crossed by Ally Condie. I read the first in the series, Matched in about a day–I just couldn’t put it down!

In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky — taken by the Society to his certain death — only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake.

Cassia’s quest leads her to question much of what she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a different life across the border. But as Cassia nears resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, an invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander — who may hold the key to the uprising and, still, to Cassia’s heart — change the game once again. Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted than ever.

What about you? Have you read Matched? What are you looking forward to reading?

Waiting on Wednesday 5/18: Darkness at Dawn



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

There are so many books that I’m looking forward to reading, yet every week I draw a blank when it comes to the WoW post. It must be due to the midweek slump. Anyhow, I picked Darkness at Dawn by Elizabeth Jennings from my list of Kindle pre-orders.

A LIFE DESTROYED
Nobody knows better than Lucy Merritt what duty can cost. Her CIA operative parents gave their lives for a mission in the Himalayan Kingdom of Nhala, and as a result, Lucy was determined to make a safe and comfortable life for herself, becoming an expert restorer of manuscripts.

A LIFE OF SERVICE
Captain Mike Shafer, Tenth Mountain Division, US Army, is dedicated to keeping his country safe. Intel from a dead CIA operative in Nhala points to a deadly threat that could wipe out entire populations. When Lucy is called to Nhala to restore the manuscript of an ancient prophesy, it’s his chance to stop the threat cold. He is ready and willing to put himself on the firing line—only not with the beautiful woman who’s been assigned to him. No matter how smart she is, she’s a tempting distraction.

A LIFE REBORN
Now Mike and Lucy must learn to work together to stop this global threat. Mike thought he understood courage, but when she does the bravest thing he’s ever seen, he vows to carry a badly wounded Lucy across a frozen wasteland to save this magnificent woman—and the world.

I always find myself drawn to romantic suspense even though I don’t read very much of it. I can’t tell you why this is, especially because I like action movies and TV thrillers–for instance my husband and I have been watching MI-5 on Netflix instant play.

What about you? Do you like romantic suspense or suspense novels in general? Or are there any genres you think you should like but don’t?

Waiting on Wednesday 5/11: Lady of Seduction



“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 Lady of Seduction by Laurel McKee. I already have a copy of this book on my Kindle that I got from the publisher via Netgalley. The official release date is May 31st.


It’s a mad, ill-advised journey that leads the usually sensible Lady Caroline Blacknall to the legendary isle of Muirin Inish, off the windswept coast of Ireland. Even so, she doesn’t expect to find herself shipwrecked and then rescued by a man she believed she would never see again. A man who, long ago, held her life in his hands . . . and with it, her heart.

Reformed rake Sir Grant Dunmore knew he could never forget the beautiful woman he once endangered nor will he ever forgive himself. But history seems doomed to repeat itself, for as long as Caroline stays on the island, she is trapped in a secret plot that could forever free Ireland-or turn deadly for all. And yet, now that she is in his arms again, how can he dream of ever letting her go?

I have the first two books in the Daughters of Erin series in my TBR pile as well. I’m especially looking forward to these because I read and enjoyed a few Harlequin Historicals by Amanda McCabe (aka Laurel McKee) but they were just not long enough! Also, though you wouldn’t guess at all from the cover, Lady of Seduction is a gothic romance. This is one of my favorite subgenres and it seems like there aren’t that many published these days.

From what I’ve read, (about 25% so far) Lady of Seduction works well as a standalone book. Also I feel that it doesn’t spoil the first two books in the series with a long involved info dump. Because of the risk of spoiling earlier books in a series, I prefer to read even loosely connected series books in order.

What about you? What book are you waiting for and how do you feel about reading series books in order?

Waiting on Wednesday 5/4: Before the Witches



“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 Before the Witches by Karina Cooper.

In America, they didn’t care about witches. But all that was about to change.

Katya Zhuvova fled a country that feared her gifts, but her escape to Seattle left her at the mercy of a ruthless man. With no one left to turn to, Katya hatches a desperate escape plan. Undercover Detective Nigel Ferris is determined to bring down a prostitution ring, whatever the cost. In order to the get answers he needs, he attempts to win the trust of one of the prostitutes involved—but one look at the deceptively sultry Katya and the cool, objective cop disappears. Before either can put their plans into place, Mother Nature shrugs: a cataclysm rocks Seattle, and life is turned upside down.

Brought together by chance, Nigel and Katya are in the fight for their lives. Surrounded by death and fear, shattered by immeasurable loss, they have only a bond forged in fire to cling to as they struggle to survive in a world gone straight to hell.

Although I don’t read that many paranormals, my recent favorites have been about witches, such as 666 Park Avenue by Gabriella Pierce. I’ve also started A Discovery of Witches but am intimidated by the length!

What about you? If you read paranormals do you have a favorite theme?

Waiting on Wednesday 4/27: Caleb’s Crossing



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

It took me a while to pick the book for this week’s Waiting on Wednesday post. Here’s what I finally chose:

Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

A richly imagined new novel from the author of the New York Times bestseller, People of the Book.

Once again, Geraldine Brooks takes a remarkable shard of history and brings it to vivid life. In 1665, a young man from Martha’s Vineyard became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. Upon this slender factual scaffold, Brooks has created a luminous tale of love and faith, magic and adventure.

The narrator of Caleb’s Crossing is Bethia Mayfield, growing up in the tiny settlement of Great Harbor amid a small band of pioneers and Puritans. Restless and curious, she yearns after an education that is closed to her by her sex. As often as she can, she slips away to explore the island’s glistening beaches and observe its native Wampanoag inhabitants. At twelve, she encounters Caleb, the young son of a chieftain, and the two forge a tentative secret friendship that draws each into the alien world of the other. Bethia’s minister father tries to convert the Wampanoag, awakening the wrath of the tribe’s shaman, against whose magic he must test his own beliefs. One of his projects becomes the education of Caleb, and a year later, Caleb is in Cambridge, studying Latin and Greek among the colonial elite. There, Bethia finds herself reluctantly indentured as a housekeeper and can closely observe Caleb’s crossing of cultures.

Like Brooks’s beloved narrator Anna in Year of Wonders, Bethia proves an emotionally irresistible guide to the wilds of Martha’s Vineyard and the intimate spaces of the human heart. Evocative and utterly absorbing, Caleb’s Crossing further establishes Brooks’s place as one of our most acclaimed novelists.

I read and enjoyed People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks a couple of years ago for a book club. I haven’t been inclined to pick up her other historical novels for some reason. I’m hoping that Caleb’s Crossing has a HEA or something like it. As someone who mostly reads romance, this is a must for me. However, I’m also avoiding advance reviews of this book. I’ve been trying to do this in general for books I want to read.

Though the ebook price is painful ($12.99) I’ve already pre-ordered it from the Kindle store. I might order a hardcover copy instead so that I can share it with friends and family, most of whom don’t have ereaders.

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

Waiting on Wednesday: Follow my Lead by Kate Noble



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

Follow my Lead by Kate Noble

Being the most sought-after bachelor in London can be trying. Jason Cummings, Duke of Rayne, should know. But when he winds up an unwilling escort to the headstrong Winnifred Crane on a trip across Europe, he realizes he’ll do anything to keep this independent beauty safe-even if it means marrying her.

I’m especially looking forward to this book because I enjoyed Revealed by Kate Noble so much. I still have The Summer of You in my TBR pile. Also, Follow my Lead takes place partly in an unusual location–central Europe, namely Austria and Bavaria. It’s refreshing to have a change from the usual British Isles setting.

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

Waiting on Wednesday: Love Story by Jennifer Echols



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

There are so many books I’m eagerly anticipating that it was hard to choose what to post this week.

Love Story by Jennifer Echols
Pub date July 19, 2011

WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW.

Erin Blackwell is headed to college in New York City to study creative writing and earn a living as a romance novelist. Her grandmother has other plans: she approves of the college, but she wants Erin to major in business and then come back home to Kentucky to run the family’s famous racehorse farm. There is no way Erin will agree. Studying in New York and writing her way into a career is her escape from the farm and the family tragedy that happened there. So Erin’s grandmother decides Erin really will live life as a starving artist. She takes Erin’s future job running the farm, her inheritance, even her college tuition, and gives them all to Hunter Allen.

Hunter has lived on the farm for years. He’s Erin’s age, he’s the stable boy, and he’s the romantic dream of every girl in her high school. But he was involved in the family tragedy. Erin has always given him a wide berth. And he’s a slick opportunist. She’s furious that he fooled her grandmother into giving him Erin’s birthright and sending him to Erin’s college.

At least she’s free of him in her creative writing class. So she pens a story that has haunted her lately, in which the horse farm heiress at the very first Kentucky Derby starts a forbidden affair with the lowly stable boy. Unfortunately for her, the day she’s sharing this story with her New York classmates, Hunter walks in. He’s switching to her class. And after reading about himself in Erin’s story, he writes his own sexy assignments that lure Erin into dangerous fantasies about what could have been between them, and what might be.

One of the reasons I’m looking forward to this book is that I love stories about books and writers–don’t you?

In writing this post I learned the term “metafiction” to refer to the device of a “book within a book” or something similar. Add this to my list of 101 things I wish I would have learned in library school!

Some of my favorites in this category are People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks, The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon and Inkheart by Cornelia Funke.

What are your favorite “books about books”?

Waiting on Wednesday 3/23: Eleven Scandals…by Sarah Maclean

It’s Wednesday again, and I’m trying to start posting again on a regular basis. I had a wonderful trip with my family to the Mexican Riviera in late February-early March and I’m still in that vacation mode.

Anyhow, here’s one of the many books I’m looking forward to reading soon.


Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart by Sarah Maclean

She lives for passion.

Bold, impulsive, and a magnet for trouble, Juliana Fiori is no simpering English miss. She refuses to play by society’s rules: she speaks her mind, cares nothing for the approval of the ton, and can throw a punch with remarkable accuracy. Her scandalous nature makes her a favorite subject of London’s most practiced gossips . . . and precisely the kind of woman The Duke of Leighton wants far far away from him.

He swears by reputation.

Scandal is the last thing Simon Pearson has room for in his well-ordered world. The Duke of Disdain is too focused on keeping his title untainted and his secrets unknown. But when he discovers Juliana hiding in his carriage late one evening—risking everything he holds dear—he swears to teach the reckless beauty a lesson in propriety. She has other plans, however; she wants two weeks to prove that even an unflappable duke is not above passion.

I think I’ve even had dreams about this book, that’s how much I want to read it. In the meantime I might even reread Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake. It’s one of the books that sets the bar high for light, sexy historical romance.

Until next time!

Hannah