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July 30, 2012

Reading Update: New Books this Week!


I joined Coral of Alchemy of Scrawl for the weekly Indie Exchange's Book Bloggers radio show Friday night. Our special author guest was Ahmad Taylor. We also chatted about a bunch of end of summer events (ie tons of giveaways). Listen to the archive here.

This week's Indie Exchange giveaway is The Day of First Sun by Sheryl Stienes. Enter here.

Have an August release? Get included in my Release Round-up by listing it here.


Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. From
See my review. Find Catching Fire at Goodreads, IndieBound, Amazon

When a trained killer threatens ex-cop Travis Mays-and those Travis loves-he finds a skilled adversary and an unexpected fight.

After a high stakes gamble ends in personal tragedy, Travis walks away from years of training and a highly successful law enforcement career. Determined never to look back, he starts a new life and a new career, teaching criminology at the university and building a cabin in the idyllic Idaho Mountains. He hires a beautiful river guide, Jessie White Eagle from the Nez Perce tribe, to guide him safely down the Lochsa. The turbulence of the whitewater, however, is just the beginning of his troubles. Travis finds himself in the crosshairs of a killer-calling himself Creasy-bent on revenge.

This fast-paced thriller takes readers on a wild ride down Idaho's whitewater rivers, along the historic Lolo Trails once tread by the Nez Perce nation, and onto the city streets of California. Tighten your helmet. This ride never stops until the last shot is fired and the final body falls. From
Find Revenge at Goodreads, Amazon

Government agent Derrick Thomas awakes from a disturbing dream to find a message from his father asking for help. As he sets out to lend his assistance he quickly discovers that not only can he not find his father, but that a clandestine government agency is out to derail his search before it can begin. After the murders of two of his father’s colleagues and the further disappearances of his mother and sister, Derrick is thrust into a fight for his own life and the struggle to uncover details of a secret government experiment which his family may be part of. Will he be able to save them and uncover the truth before he becomes the next victim of a government bent on keeping him silent? From
 Find Dark Side of the Moon at Goodreads, Amazon.


Jude the Obscure is the last of Thomas Hardy’s novels, begun as a magazine serial and first published in book form in 1895. Its hero Jude Fawley is a lower-class young man who dreams of becoming a scholar. The two other main characters are his earthy wife, Arabella, and his intellectual cousin, Sue. Themes include class, scholarship, religion, marriage, and the modernization of thought and society. (Summary from Wikipedia.)

This edition is a free, downloadable audiobook from LibriVox. The source text is available from Project Gutenberg.

Find Jude the Obscure at Goodreads, IndieBound, Amazon


Reporter Rachel Cooper is America’s Sweetheart – but that won’t help her when human traffickers kidnap her sister. Can an old flame help her protect the ones she loves? Does she even want him to? From
 Find Devil in Disguise at Goodreads, IndieBound, Amazon

We rely on science to tell us everything from what to eat to when and how long to exercise, but what about relationships? Is there a scientific explanation for why some people seem to navigate relationships effortlessly, while others struggle? According to psychiatrist and neuroscientist Dr. Amir Levine and Rachel Heller, the answer is a resounding "yes."
In Attached, Levine and Heller reveal how an understanding of adult attachment-the most advanced relationship science in existence today-can help us find and sustain love. Pioneered by psychologist John Bowlby in the 1950s, the field of attachment posits that each of us behaves in relationships in one of three distinct ways:

Anxious people are often preoccupied with their relationships and tend to worry about their partner's ability to love them back Avoidant people equate intimacy with a loss of independence and constantly try to minimize closeness. Secure people feel comfortable with intimacy and are usually warm and loving. In this book Levine and Heller guide readers in determining what attachment style they and their mate (or potential mate) follow, offering a road map for building stronger, more fulfilling connections with the people they love. From
 Find Attached at Goodreads, IndieBound, Amazon

This Week:

Tuesday: Review of Revenge by Mark Young
Wednesday: Guest post with Michelle Birbeck
Tips on Thursday: Triberr
Friday Fun: August Releases
Saturday: Review of Dark Side of the Moon by Ahmad Taylor

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  1. What a busy week before and ahead! Mine is not so busy.. pretty basic. Someday I'll read those Catching Fire books just to see how I truly feel about them.
    My Monday post.

  2. Attached looks interesting! Hope it is!

    Happy reading this week :)
    The Brunette Librarian Blog

  3. I'll have to check out that Travis Mays series. I have been in the mood for thrillers recently. My life is pretty boring but I still prefer my violence vicariously. Here is my Monday Report. Happy reading!

  4. Attached looks so interesting! Adding it to my mental tbr pile, thanks!

    Hope you have a great week of reading

  5. Great looking reads - I like the look of Attached!

  6. Attached is good. I read about half of it in just a couple of hours. Engaging and easy to read/understand.