New Release Tuesday

New Release Tuesday: 4/23/2013 and a giveaway!

Posted by on Apr 23, 2013 in Contests, New Release Tuesday, Reading, Romance | 26 comments

New Release Tuesday: 4/23/2013 and a giveaway!

New Release Tuesday: 4/23/13 and a GIVEAWAY! Today is a special new release Tuesday! Why? Because author Carey Heywood, who released her new title Stages of Grace yesterday, (and whose writing playlist I featured on my personal site yesterday, will be giving away a copy to a lucky reader of Pen and Muse! Woohoo! It’s super easy to win! Giveaway: To be the winner, all you need to do is Like Carey’s Facebook page or add “Stages of Grace” to Goodreads, or for two entries, do both! Once you do that, leave a comment  below that you’ve done it, and you’re entered! In one week, the winner will be picked at random to receive one e-copy of Stages of Grace. I was lucky enough to receive a copy from Carey, and I LOVE it so far. I’d really recommend it. On to new releases… Romance Stages of Grace by Carey Heywood Goodreads blurb: Stages of Grace Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance… When facing death a mourning period is to be expected. But what if it’s not a person but a relationship that dies? Grace and her boyfriend Jon have been together for three years. They live together and have shared many beautiful memories. Those memories are what keep Grace from admitting Jon has changed and is no longer the man she fell in love with. Afraid of being alone and holding on to something that no longer exists Grace is a shadow of her former self. Her daily objective is to hide her pain from the world. Then, an unexpected letter sets off a whirlwind of potential life changes. In life sometimes the hardest thing to do is let go. Where to buy: Amazon      Young Adult Sci-Fi Arclight by Josin L. McQuein Goodreads blurb: No one crosses the wall of light . . . except for one girl who doesn’t remember who she is, where she came from, or how she survived. A harrowing, powerful debut thriller about finding yourself and protecting your future—no matter how short and uncertain it may be. The Arclight is the last defense. The Fade can’t get in. Outside the Arclight’s border of high-powered beams is the Dark. And between the Light and the Dark is the Grey, a narrow, barren no-man’s-land. That’s where the rescue team finds Marina, a lone teenage girl with no memory of the horrors she faced or the family she lost. Marina is the only person who has ever survived an encounter with the Fade. She’s the first hope humanity has had in generations, but she could also be the catalyst for their final destruction. Because the Fade will stop at nothing to get her back. Marina knows it. Tobin, who’s determined to take his revenge on the Fade, knows it. Anne-Marie, who just wishes it were all over, knows it. When one of the Fade infiltrates the Arclight and Marina recognizes it, she will begin to unlock secrets she didn’t even know she had. Who will Marina become? Who can she never be again? Where to buy: Amazon / Barnes and Noble   Young Adult Fantasy Obsidian Mirror by Catherine Fisher Goodreads blurb: Jake’s father disappears while working on mysterious experiments with the obsessive, reclusive Oberon Venn. Jake is convinced Venn has murdered him. But the truth he finds at the snow-bound Wintercombe Abbey is far stranger … The experiments concerned a black mirror, which is a portal to both the past and the future. Venn is not alone in wanting to use its powers. Strangers begin gathering in and around Venn’s estate: Sarah – a runaway, who appears...

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New Release Tuesday: 3/19/2013

Posted by on Mar 19, 2013 in Children's, Genres, Mystery, New Release Tuesday, Reading, Young Adult | 0 comments

New Release Tuesday: 3/19/2013

Apparently this week is the week of mystery! There seems to be a ton of it going on for all age ranges! Woohoo. I love me some mystery. Also, I’m absolutely loving the cover for “Marco Impossible”. Isn’t it awesome? Check out the new book birthdays below for New Release Tuesday.     Mystery Deadly Virtues by Jo Bannister Goodreads blurb: In this fast-paced thriller, Deadly Virtues, acclaimed writer Jo Bannister proves once again why she is considered “one of the genre’s best” (Booklist) The town of Norbold, England is famous for its low crime rate, thanks to the zero-tolerance policy of Chief Superintendent John Fountain. And Norbold’s newest police recruit, Hazel Best, is happy to help keep it that way. But numbers never tell the whole story, do they? Jerome Cardy knew he was going to die. He also knew that it would be made to appear like an accident. He might not be able to prevent it, but Jerome was determined to make sure that someone knew what was going to happen—even if that someone was a man with a concussion lying with his dog  in a jail cell next to him. After Jerome is found beaten to death by a fellow inmate in another cell, Ash is unable to forget Jerome’s last awkward words to him: “I had a dog once. Othello. That was its name. Othello.” Certain there is a hidden message in these words, Ash is determined to discover the truth. But it won’t be easy—no one believes his account of that night. And Hazel Best must decide whether pursuing the truth is worth her career. Where to buy: Amazon / Barnes and Noble Six Years by Harlan Coben Goodreads blurb: Six years have passed since Jake Sanders watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for . . . but she is not Natalie. Whoever the mourning widow is, she’s been married to Todd for more than a decade, and with that fact everything Jake thought he knew about the best time of his life—a time he has never gotten over—is turned completely inside out. As Jake searches for the truth, his picture-perfect memories of Natalie begin to unravel. Mutual friends of the couple either can’t be found or don’t remember Jake. No one has seen Natalie in years. Jake’s search for the woman who broke his heart—and who lied to him—soon puts his very life at risk as it dawns on him that the man he has become may be based on carefully constructed fiction. Where to buy: Amazon / Barnes and Noble Contemporary Family Pictures by Jane Green Goodreads blurb: New York Times bestseller Jane Green delivers a riveting novel about two women whose lives intersect when a shocking secret is revealed. From the author of Another Piece of My Heart comes the gripping story of two women who live on opposite coasts but whose lives are connected in ways they never could have imagined. Both women are wives and mothers to children who are about to leave the nest for school. They’re both in their forties and have husbands who travel more than either of them would like. They are both feeling...

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New Release Tuesday: 3/12/2013

Posted by on Mar 12, 2013 in Genres, Horror, Mystery, New Adult, New Release Tuesday, Reading, Science Fiction / Fantasy, Young Adult | 0 comments

New Release Tuesday: 3/12/2013

Goodness, this week’s New Release Tuesday has SO many YA releases. Not that it’s a bad thing. It makes me very pleased, but also makes for a very long new release post! Hehe. Also, I can’t help but feel like these covers are getting more and more gorgeous every day? Anyone else feel that way? Anywho, enjoy these books and check out the book birthdays to celebrate this week! Young Adult Fantasy Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza Deep Betrayal by Anne Greenwood Brown Goodreads blurb: It’s been thirty days, two hours, and seventeen minutes since Calder left Lily standing on the shores of Lake Superior. Not that she’s counting. And when Calder does return, it’s not quite the reunion Lily hoped for. Especially after she lets her father in on a huge secret: he, like Calder, is a merman. Obsessed with his new identity, Lily’s dad monopolizes Calder’s time as the two of them spend every day in the water, leaving Lily behind. Then dead bodies start washing ashore. Calder blames his mermaid sisters, but Lily fears her father has embraced the merman’s natural need to kill. As the body count grows, everyone is pointing fingers. Lily doesn’t know what to believe—only that whoever’s responsible is sure to strike again. . . . Where to buy: Amazon / Barnes and Noble Poison by Bridget Zinn Goodreads blurb: Sixteen-year-old Kyra, a highly-skilled potions master, is the only one who knows her kingdom is on the verge of destruction—which means she’s the only one who can save it. Faced with no other choice, Kyra decides to do what she does best: poison the kingdom’s future ruler, who also happens to be her former best friend. But, for the first time ever, her poisoned dart . . . misses. Now a fugitive instead of a hero, Kyra is caught in a game of hide-and-seek with the king’s army and her potioner ex-boyfriend, Hal. At least she’s not alone. She’s armed with her vital potions, a too-cute pig, and Fred, the charming adventurer she can’t stop thinking about. Kyra is determined to get herself a second chance (at murder), but will she be able to find and defeat the princess before Hal and the army find her? Kyra is not your typical murderer, and she’s certainly no damsel-in-distress—she’s the lovable and quick-witted hero of this romantic novel that has all the right ingredients to make teen girls swoon. Where to buy: Amazon / Barnes and Noble Young Adult Contemporary Trinkets by Kristen Smith Starstruck by Rachel Shukert YA Horror Scowler by Daniel Kraus Goodreads blurb: Imagine your father is a monster. Would that mean there are monsters inside you, too? Nineteen-year-old Ry Burke, his mother, and little sister scrape by for a living on their dying family farm. Ry wishes for anything to distract him from the grim memories of his father’s physical and emotional abuse. Then a meteorite falls from the sky, bringing with it not only a fragment from another world but also the arrival of a ruthless man intent on destroying the entire family. Soon Ry is forced to defend himself by resurrecting a trio of imaginary childhood protectors: kindly Mr. Furrington, wise Jesus, and the bloodthirsty Scowler. Where to buy: Amazon / Barnes and Noble  YA Mystery Heart of Glass by Sasha Gould Escape Theory by Margaux Froley YA Thriller Panic by Sharon M. Draper Goodreads blurb: This gripping and chillingly realistic novel from New York Times bestselling author Sharon Draper shows that all it takes is one bad decision for everything to change. Diamond knows not...

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New Release Tuesday: 2/26/2013

Posted by on Feb 26, 2013 in New Release Tuesday, Reading, Writing | 1 comment

New Release Tuesday: 2/26/2013

Welcome to New Release Tuesday! Every Tuesday, we’ll bring you books that we’re excited to see out on the shelves. This week, based off of what I’m seeing, we have a ton of fantasy book releases. Doesn’t Dualed sound awesome? Though, I’ll admit, I’ve always wanted to be a twin so…   Young Adult Sci-Fi Dualed by Elsie Chapman Goodreads blurb: You or your Alt? Only one will survive. The city of Kersh is a safe haven, but the price of safety is high. Everyone has a genetic Alternate—a twin raised by another family—and citizens must prove their worth by eliminating their Alts before their twentieth birthday. Survival means advanced schooling, a good job, marriage—life. Fifteen-year-old West Grayer has trained as a fighter, preparing for the day when her assignment arrives and she will have one month to hunt down and kill her Alt. But then a tragic misstep shakes West’s confidence. Stricken with grief and guilt, she’s no longer certain that she’s the best version of herself, the version worthy of a future. If she is to have any chance of winning, she must stop running not only from her Alt, but also from love . . . though both have the power to destroy her. Elsie Chapman’s suspenseful YA debut weaves unexpected romance into a novel full of fast-paced action and thought-provoking philosophy. When the story ends, discussions will begin about this future society where every adult is a murderer and every child knows there is another out there who just might be better. Where to buy: Amazon / Barnes and Noble    Young Adult Fantasy / Paranormal The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson Goodreads blurb: After her near-fatal run-in with the Jack the Ripper copycat, Rory Devereaux has been living in Bristol under the close watch of her parents. So when her therapist suddenly suggests she return to Wexford, Rory jumps at the chance. But Rory’s brush with the Ripper touched her more than she thought possible: she’s become a human terminus, with the power to eliminate ghosts on contact. She soon finds out that the Shades—the city’s secret ghost-fighting police—are responsible for her return. The Ripper may be gone, but now there is a string of new inexplicable deaths threatening London. Rory has evidence that the deaths are no coincidence. Something much more sinister is going on, and now she must convince the squad to listen to her before it’s too late. In this follow-up to the Edgar Award-nominated The Name of the Star, Maureen Johnson adds another layer of spectacularly gruesome details to the streets of London that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. Where to buy: Amazon / Barnes and Noble   Fantasy Secrets of the Fire Sea by Stephen Hunt Goodreads blurb: A tale of high adventure and derring-do set in the same Victorian-style world as the acclaimed The Court of the Air and The Rise of the Iron Moon. The isolated island of Jago is the only place Hannah Conquest has ever known as home. Encircled by the magma ocean of the Fire Sea, it was once the last bastion of freedom when the world struggled under the tyranny of the Chimecan Empire during the age-long winter of the cold-time. But now this once-shining jewel of civilization faces an uncertain future as its inhabitants emigrate to greener climes, leaving the basalt plains and raging steam storms far behind them. For Hannah and her few friends, the streets of the island’s last occupied underground city form a vast, near-deserted playground. But Hannah’s carefree existence comes to an abrupt halt when her...

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New Release Tuesday: 2/19/2013

Posted by on Feb 19, 2013 in Mystery, New Release Tuesday, Reading, Romance, Science Fiction / Fantasy, Writing, Young Adult | 0 comments

New Release Tuesday: 2/19/2013

Is it just me or are all the novels out this week just gorgeous? I know. It’s not just me. Check out these fantastic reads for New  Release Tuesday, all released 2/19/2013. I’ll be honest. I was really hoping for a good horror read this week, but I didn’t see one released. Maybe I missed it. Either way, scary or not, these are definitely worth the read. You can never go wrong with a mystery!   Mystery The Sound of Broken Glass by Deborah Crombie Goodreads blurb: The New York Times bestselling author’s acclaimed Scotland Yard detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James are back in an absorbing case that blends a haunting crime from the past with a powerful danger in the present. “Crombie . . . has evolved into a masterful novelist.”-Denver Post In the past . . . On a blisteringly hot August afternoon in Crystal Palace, once home to the tragically destroyed Great Exhibition, a solitary thirteen-year-old boy meets his next door neighbor, a recently widowed young teacher hoping to make a new start in the tight-knit South London community. Drawn together by loneliness, the unlikely pair form a deep connection that ends in a shattering act of betrayal. In the present . . . On a cold January morning in London, Detective Inspector Gemma James is back on the job now that her husband, Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid, is at home to care for their three-year-old foster daughter. Assigned to lead a Murder Investigation Team in South London, she’s assisted by her trusted colleague, newly promoted Detective Sergeant Melody Talbot. Their first case, a crime scene at a seedy hotel in Crystal Palace. The victim, a well-respected barrister, found naked, trussed, and apparently strangled. Is it an unsavory accident or murder? In either case, he was not alone, and Gemma’s team must find his companion-a search that leads them into unexpected corners and forces them to contemplate unsettling truths about the weaknesses and passions that lead to murder. Ultimately, they will begin to question everything they think they know about their world and those they trust most. Where to buy: Amazon / Barnes and Noble Romantic Suspense Turning Point by Tiffany Snow Goodreads blurb: After her promotion from law firm Runner to Investigator, Kathleen Turner is learning the ropes of her new job from none other than assassin-for-hire Kade Dennon, a situation her boyfriend Blane Kirk is none too happy about. But the lessons with Kathleen take a back seat when Kade becomes a target. Previously untouchable, his enemies now know of the chink in his armor – his brother’s girlfriend. And Kade’s not the only thing coming between Kathleen and Blane. From Blane’s inexplicable defense of a man guilty of a horrible crime, to a mysterious stranger from Kathleen’s past, to Kathleen’ risky investigation into human traffickers, the obstacles mount against a relationship that’s just begun to find trust again. While Blane considers a job offer that would take him back to the front lines in the war on terror, Kathleen is determined to pursue her new career, with or without his approval. Unfortunately, her current case is far more dangerous than anyone knows. Someone close to Blane will go to extreme lengths to split them up, lengths that may prove worse than death for Kathleen. Kathleen, Blane and Kade must atone for the sins of the past and the present. The fallout will force Kathleen to a turning point…in her career, and her life. Where to buy: Amazon / Barnes and Noble YA Fantasy Mind Games by Kiersten White Goodreads blurb: Fia was born with...

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New Release Tuesday: 2/12/2013

Posted by on Feb 12, 2013 in Genres, Mystery, New Release Tuesday, Non-fiction, Reading, Romance, Science Fiction / Fantasy, Young Adult | 0 comments

New Release Tuesday: 2/12/2013

New Release Tuesday It hit me suddenly. I was on high alert and overwhelmed. There are simply too many great releases this week for New Release Tuesday!!! Then I decided that I need to change my vacation time to tomorrow for accomodate accordingly. Heh heh. Not really. But I heavily contemplated it. For those of you that know my reading taste, it may come as no shocker that I’m a huge fan of The Feminine Mystique and I’m so happy that they did a 50th anniversary edition! Also, Pivot Point is out. Drool.   Non-fiction / Feminism The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan Amazon blurb: A 50th-anniversary edition of the trailblazing book that changed women’s lives, with a new introduction by Gail Collins. Landmark, groundbreaking, classic—these adjectives barely do justice to the pioneering vision and lasting impact of The Feminine Mystique. Published in 1963, it gave a pitch-perfect description of “the problem that has no name”: the insidious beliefs and institutions that undermined women’s confidence in their intellectual capabilities and kept them in the home. Writing in a time when the average woman first married in her teens and 60 percent of women students dropped out of college to marry, Betty Friedan captured the frustrations and thwarted ambitions of a generation and showed women how they could reclaim their lives. Part social chronicle, part manifesto, The Feminine Mystique is filled with fascinating anecdotes and interviews as well as insights that continue to inspire. This 50th–anniversary edition features an afterword by best-selling author Anna Quindlen as well as a new introduction by Gail Collins. Where to pick up: Amazon / Barnes and Noble   Mystery Ghostman by Roger Hobbs Goodreads blurb: Stunningly dark, hugely intelligent and thoroughly addictive, Ghostmanannounces the arrival of an exciting and highly distinctive novelist. When a casino robbery in Atlantic City goes horribly awry, the man who orchestrated it is obliged to call in a favor from someone who’s occasionally called Jack. While it’s doubtful that anyone knows his actual name or anything at all about his true identity, or even if he’s still alive, he’s in his mid-thirties and lives completely off the grid, a criminal’s criminal who does entirely as he pleases and is almost impossible to get in touch with. But within hours a private jet is flying this exceptionally experienced fixer and cleaner-upper from Seattle to New Jersey and right into a spectacular mess: one heister dead in the parking lot, another winged but on the run, the shooter a complete mystery, the $1.2 million in freshly printed bills god knows where and the FBI already waiting for Jack at the airport, to be joined shortly by other extremely interested and elusive parties. He has only forty-eight hours until the twice-stolen cash literally explodes, taking with it the wider, byzantine ambitions behind the theft. To contend with all this will require every gram of his skill, ingenuity and self-protective instincts, especially when offense and defense soon become meaningless terms. And as he maneuvers these exceedingly slippery slopes, he relives the botched bank robbery in Kuala Lumpur five years earlier that has now landed him this unwanted new assignment. From its riveting opening pages, Ghostman effortlessly pulls the reader into Jack’s refined and peculiar world—and the sophisticated shadowboxing grows ever more intense as he moves, hour by hour, toward a  constantly reimprovised solution. With a quicksilver plot, gripping prose and masterly expertise, Roger Hobbs has given us a novel that will immediately place him in the company of our most esteemed crime writers. Where to purchase: Amazon / Goodreads  Contemporary A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy Goodreads blurb: Stoneybridge is full of holiday-makers in summer, its beaches are full...

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