Thursday, April 22, 2010

What I'm Reading...

My TBR list is growing and I just want to give you a heads up on what I'm reading. The complete reviews will follow - I promise.


Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go by Lucille O'Neal

"Lucille O'Neal shares her public battles and personal struggles as a young, single mother of NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal. Lucille would one day have it all, but not before fighting the public battles and personal demons that would threaten to shatter the very foundation of her life while taking their devastating toll along the way."

Everlong by by Hailey Edwards

"Madelyn's life is far from fairytale perfect. She is second in line for the throne of a corrupt, brutal monarchy. Or at least she was until her dark guardian sacrificed his life to hide her safely in a realm of infinite possibilities.

For years she's lived among a colony of escaped slaves as her guardian-s widow. Even in this simple life, though, nothing is as it seems. Her hero kept a secret-a younger brother named Clayton Delaney. Warrior, winged demon-and the man who now wants to lay claim to her heart. No longer cast in his brother's shadow, Clayton meets all obstacles head on, including one named Maddie. His infatuation with her reaches the breaking point when she undergoes a royal rite of passage, going into heat and pushing them both over the edge. Just as Maddie learns that some risks are worth taking, she discovers that her guardian may be alive. And she's forced to make a choice between the man she'd thought she loved, and the demon willing to lend her his wings."

                                               El Patrón by Michele Scott

"What began as an innocent love affair for one young woman, Marta Peña, in Costa Careyes, Mexico in 1969, sets in motion a series of events that spans the next thirty years. This is the story of South American drug lords Antonio Espinoza and Javier Rodriguez, and their violent quest for power. In a sweeping family saga, we meet the women who love them and the children they vow to protect at any cost. With a complex web of interconnected families, this gritty novel delves into the lives of a power hungry clan, following the rise of their business, the destructive path of their torrid and erotic love affairs, and the struggle to balance intense greed with devout family loyalty. Strong women face tragedies that test their will and their commitment to the men they passionately desire. As young girls grow into women, their traumatic pasts will drive their actions and force them to make gut-wrenching decisions. With murder, drug trafficking, dirty politics, illegal gambling, prostitution, obsessive love affairs, and family strife, El Patrón is a whirlwind in the vein of Mario Puzo's The Godfather."
Happy Hour by Michele Scott

"Four friends working in Napa Valley, Sundays are for fellowship, good food and wine. Jamie is editor-in-chief at "Wine Lover's Magazine," and a single mother. Before her husband died, she lived a fairy tale life. Guilt from his death keeps her from moving forward. Kat is a sommelier, and co-owner of a restaurant with her chef husband Christian. Although deeply in love they deal with a myriad of issues, including ex-spouses, Kat's teenage sons and her new age mother Venus. Danielle is a vintner who finds herself entrenched in both an identity and family crises when her eldest daughter returns home from college with a bombshell of a secret. Alyssa is an artist and gallery owner. When a tragic past event catches up with her, she must face the skeleton in her closet and rely on her friends to see her through her darkest hours. These women discover that friendship is the right prescription to get through the hard times as well as for enjoying the wonderful moments together."

All Acts of Love and Pleasure are her Rituals by Rachel Adair

"All Acts of Love and Pleasure are Her Rituals is a provocative tale of one woman's journey through the end of an era. Caroline Hathaway is the last of a long line of healers, foretold to mark the change in the centuries old tradition of women's mysteries. Throughout her life, she follows the path of her mother, until she experiences a shift in the village view. Practices once held in high esteem become scorned and punished. Caroline has a choice; either leave the land that she knows as a member of her family, or be condemned as a witch. After losing his wife during childbirth, Caroline's father tries to raise his only daughter as a normal child. Sheltering her from the many predictions that foreshadowed her birth, he keeps her out of sight of her destiny. But Grandmother feels differently. This mysterious old woman takes Caroline under her wing and teaches her the ways of wisdom and magic. Unbeknownst to Caroline, she is being prepared for her destiny as High Priestess of the Society of the Crescent. Without direction from her father, Caroline follows many dark paths to discover the true power that lies within her. It is not until her greatest love enters the picture that she is able to fully realize her power, but not without costs."

The Telefax Trilogy Book II: Aurora Rising by Toni Seger

"Book I of the Telefax Trilogy, The Telefax Box, ended with the first fully functional machine, capable of reproduction, mating with a person. Is this a Frankenstein monster? Book II, Aurora Rising, opens with the product of that mating; Aurora, the first half-machine. Or is she the first half being? What are the consequences of Frankenstein reproducing? Is the galaxy ready for this? The galaxy's anti-machine contingent known as Samerac contains a pro-machine element isolated within it known as Dodis. When the Dodis adopt the first half-machine/half-being as their titular leader, how will the galaxy react? Into all of this appears a refugee from civilization; Yon who has fled the galaxy's mainstream laboratory culture to live the natural life of a Samerac. Yon's gene pool improbably combines Samerac and Zanton, the galaxy's leading race and deeply resented by most Samerac."