Have you ever been in a situation in which you’re dying for a good read, like a psychological thriller or something, but you don‘t have the time or mental energy for a 400 page tome?
That’s where Serial Box comes in. They are offering serial books! Kinda like penny novels of the twenties, you can get short installations of great stories in a length that’s just right for you.
I devoured the first installment of Bookburners which is a fast paced tale of a female police officer whose mysterious younger brother is somehow connected to weird people through eccentric magical books. If I am reading adult fiction I love fast paced action; I love to be breathless from page one.
These are the perfect serials for summer reading fun on the beach.
I can’t wait to follow up and see how my gal Sal is doing.
I don’t read many thrillers, but I always look forward to anything Sandra Brannan writes! Her latest title, Solomon’s Whisper, is just as good as her other books. Here’s a bit about the book:
As Liv Bergen investigates the long-ago murder of her niece, she uncovers a well-guarded secret—and stumbles into one the most prolific killer she’s faced yet.
Once an amateur sleuth, Liv “Boots” Bergen has now found her footing as an official FBI agent. It should be Liv’s dream career—she’s working closely with a bureau legend, Agent Streeter Pierce, as well as the exotic Agent Jack Linwood, with whom she shares a growing romance. Liv has proven to be an adept agent, and the whole office has been moved to a brand new, state-of-the-art facility in central Denver.
And yet, doubt plagues her. Liv is tormented by the knowledge that her work with the FBI could endanger her extended family—and has almost resolved to leave the bureau as a result. Agent Streeter Pierce, who harbors an affection for Liv that sometimes transcends the professional, comes up with an unorthodox plan to keep her around: she can investigate a cold case that’s especially important to her, the kidnapping and murder of her ten-year-old niece, Brianna.
Liv jumps at the chance, but her focus on finding Brianna’s killer is soon diluted. Piece by piece, the case reveals itself to be just one point in a harrowing series of murders. Spanning decades and the country, the web of crime Liv uncovers causes her to question everything—including the integrity of her own colleagues. (SandraBrannan.com)
So. I love Brannan’s books because just when I think I’ve figured it out, Brannan shows me that I am completely and utterly stupid. Not only have I not figured it out, there’s this side complication that I didn’t even consider!
Much love for female agents and girl power and all that. Bergen’s character is tough but also not afraid to show an affectionate side for her dog, her family, and maybe her boyfriend.
And who doesn’t love the name Streeter Pierce?
Brannan, not only do I need a beta copy of your next book, I need a Streeter Pierce PREQUEL.
Believe it or not, I don’t always read kids books. To be sure, I read ALOT of books for kids but I also enjoy reading adult novels. I’ve just recently learned to like thrillers and today I downloaded The Bleiberg Project for free from Amazon.
Here’s what it’s about:
Are Hitler’s atrocities really over? Find out in this adrenaline-pumping ride to save the world from a conspiracy straight out of the darkest hours of history.
1942, Poland. The head of the SS meets secretly with a scientist in charge of a major Third Reich project.
Present day. After another late night with yet another woman whose name he doesn’t remember, self-pitying golden boy trader Jay Novacek learns that his long-lost father has died, precipitating events that lead him to board a plane to Zurich. He’s got a Nazi medallion in his pocket, a hot CIA bodyguard next to him, and a clearly dangerous Mossad agent on his tail. What was his father investigating? Why was his mother assassinated? Why are unknown sides fighting over him with automatic weapons? Far from his posh apartment, he races to save the world from a horrific conspiracy. Can it be stopped?
Sounds sort of Jason Bourne, doesn’t it?
If you hurry you can get it FREE today on Amazon. Cuz I got the inside scoop for ya.
So This is Paris: Thanks to my belle amie at Le French Book for sharing this thriller with us!
I considered wearing a cowboy hat while writing this post, but I decided against it because…well, because. I guess because a cowboy hat is the closest item of clothing I could think of that might remind me of the newly formed New York City police department in 1845. Yeah, I didn’t know that prior to that, Gotham had no police force either.
Go figure, huh?
So, here we are with this delightful book by my bestie Lyndsay Faye, The Gods of Gotham which was published in 2012. It’s just been re-released in paperback and am I glad! Now more people can enjoy the tale of officer Timothy Wilde, the reluctant police officer. He does the wrong thing but for the right reasons. You kinda hafta love the poor sod as he can’t really help himself. He’s a police officer in a world of poor people just trying to earn a day’s wages so they can stay alive. Unfortunately, these days wages often include prostitution, theft, murder, and other sorts of vagaries. And here’s young Wilde, just barely one step above them. Enter a small child covered in blood with an outrageous story that sends Wild discovering the truth, about himself and the community of immigrants with whom he lives.
Fortunately, the hen (Lyndsay) has decided to cap in with me and have a palaver about the book and life. I asked her a few questions:
UNCONVENTIONAL LIBRARIAN: Do you drink coffee?
LYNDSAY FAYE: No. I’m a very wiry, highly strung person with a heartbeat like a hummingbird’s. Coffee makes me nervous and irritable. I drink massive amounts of tea, however, preferably floral or aromatic teas like Earl Grey or green jasmine. If I do drink coffee, it’s going to be at around four in the afternoon. My beautiful husband is a massive coffee snob, loves trying swanky blends, but I can’t taste the difference. Ask me a question about beer and I can be much more articulate.
UL: I don’t require coffee drinking so much as much as I require your desire to bring me a cup, so that’ll do. Do you like donuts or cookies? Do you dunk?
LF: I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but open a package of chips in front of me and it’s all over. That being said, I can be tempted by the rose flavored donuts from The Donut Plant, which feature rose water pudding, rose water glaze, and an edible candied rose petal, or else their tres leches donut. That was an incredibly specific answer, my apologies. But go to The Donut Plant if you are in NYC. I am deeply serious about this instruction. I don’t dunk because it’s extremely unlikely for me to be drinking coffee at the same time as eating a donut at The Donut Plant (go to The Donut Plant). Their matcha green tea donut is also pretty wild.
UL: Oh my heavenly stars. I have got to get to this donut place! Now, where was I? How did your series get started?
LF: I wanted to see what day one, cop one of the NYPD looked like. And I wanted an un-Sherlockian hero, one who wears his heart on his sleeve and doesn’t believe himself to be talented at crimesolving and is reluctantly dragged into it all. Like, a tiny scrapper who solves things largely due to raw talent and intuition. Enter Timothy Wilde. I also wanted to play with an extremely unreliable narrator, and Tim can be completely blinkered when it comes to his loved ones–typical human condition, really. Everyone loves him because he’s so well-intentioned, but really he’s a complete arse. I love that little ball of pent-up angst.
UL: I wouldn’t really say Tim is an arse. Ok maybe he is but he’s a bene bloke. I like him. What was your first book?
LF: Thank you for asking. It was not, as countless reviewers would have it, The Gods of Gotham–it was a pastiche pitting Sherlock Holmes against Jack the Ripper. I adore Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. They have my heart. So my first book, Dust and Shadow, is a dark adventure exploring the most beautiful literary friendship of all time, mixed with the historical true facts of the Ripper murders.
UL: Gripping stuff. Have you ever thought of putting a ukelele playing librarian into your book?
LF: I have, but I’ve hesitated because I feel as if the ukelele-playing librarian should take center stage rather than being a guest star, so I’ll have to complete the Timothy Wilde novels before embarking on a new series featuring that protagonist.
UL: Maybe so but how fun would it be if she turns up dead or in a cranky-hutch? Could be interesting…? Share with us how your obsession with Sherlock (of the Benedict Cumberbatch type) came to be.
LF: Oh, I’m obsessed with every incarnation of Sherlock Holmes. I was ten, my dad told me to read “The Adventure of the Speckled Band,” good night Vienna. Over time, Sherlock Holmes has stopped being a hobby for me and turned into a lifestyle choice. I’m a part of the Baker Street Babes podcast on the subject, I’m an Adventuress of Sherlock Holmes (we meet monthly), I write regular short pastiches for the Strand Magazine, the theme song for the Granada Holmes series played at our wedding, I’m a Baker Street Irregular, I host several Sherlockian events per year included a benefit for Wounded Warrior Project with the Babes. It’s madness. I love it. And I do adore Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch, the man is a complete lovemuffin.
UL: Agreed. He is yummy. If you could have any superpower what would it be?
LF: Flight. Definitely flight. I have flying dreams sometimes and they make me very happy.
UL: Me too! What makes you happy?
LF: Flying dreams. Cheese. Salty snacks. My garden. Cooking for people I care about. Sad love songs. Hero stories. Really filthy filthy dirty jokes. Swearing. Whiskey. Gin. Pretty dresses. Audrey Hepburn. Moon River. Watching the Love in an Elevator music video. Watching the Bad Romance music video. Sherlockians. Travel–especially the UK, Ireland, Thailand, Spain, France, Belgium, and Belize when I’ve been to those places. My cats Grendel and Prufrock. Walking purposelessly through the streets of New York with my husband.
UL: Anything else you wanna tell us?
LF: I have an abnormally long tongue. I can stick it in either nostril.
UL: Helpful skill when the zombies come, I’m sure.
So HEY folks, how fun was that??
Lyndsay’s new book drops in a few short days and while Lyndsay will be partying without me on the 18th, I’ll be reviewing Seven for a Secret, the latest escapades from my buddy Timothy Wilde! Stop back on the 19th for my review and a fun GIVEAWAY!!
It’s been great fun hosting a Lisa Scottoline Book Club at Towne Book Center & Cafe. Many of the ladies have read much more than I have but I can see why they are devoted readers. To be sure, I’m a noob to Lisa Scottoline; but I’m hooked nonetheless. So far, I’ve read these titles:
Look Again (A World Book Night pick)
Everywhere That Mary Went
I’ve enjoyed all the book immensely, but like others, I enjoy the legal thrillers the most. I love that Scottoline tools around the Philadelphia area naming neighborhoods I’ve heard of or been in; it makes me even feel more part of the story. August’s pick was Daddy’s Girl about a law professor at Penn (coincidence?) who stumbles upon a horrible prison riot, falls in love, and gets pegged for murder. I loved it! There’s a great surprise about the Underground Railroad, which, if you know history, you know that the Quakers and Chester County, PA were a vital portion of the railroad.
At next month’s meeting we’ll play catch up in preparation for the big party at the author’s house in October.
Have you read any of Lisa’s books? Which are your favorite?
My friend Sara, author of Paraestrals, just wrote a book about teens who get arrested for murder at a school dance. I’m hooked already, how about you?
I thought it might be fun to have Sara tell us a bit about herself and her book. Take it away, Sara!
Well I’ve been writing children’s and teenage fiction for over ten years now. Paraestrals is my first full length novel from a six part series I hope to continue publishing over the coming years. I’ve always loved reading stories, but being dyslexic it was challenging to put my own tales onto the page, but I got there in the end. By working my way up the ladder, entering several writing competitions, having some of my poems and short stories published in free literary articles, to my ebook being available on Amazon now.
Paraestrals is a narrative coming of age horror/thriller, about a young girl whose world is turned upside down as the origins of her dark lineage surface. ‘My name is Samantha LeFay; I’m young, popular, with my whole life ahead of me, what can go wrong – everything! After turning sixteen and suddenly becoming allergic to the sun along with a few other weird afflictions, my life begins to unravel at the seams, as my friends desert me, my boss at my weekend job forces me to quit and my stepmother nags me to the point of insanity.
My life’s different now, I’m different. As the people at school would put it I’m a freak – Sammy LeFreak. I don’t know if they’re right, all I know is the sun burns my skin, I suddenly have the strength to throw a guy ten foot in the air and my body craves a particular substance..…Blood!’
Paraestrals is no ordinary Vampire tale, my story takes the reader along with Sam as she discovers this hidden side she never knew she had, and follows the decisions she makes when it comes to how she’ll use these new found powers she possesses.
I have to say I’m a big fantasy and horror fan. Anything that transports me to another world or is able to scary the wits out of me is a must for any book that I lay my fingers on and if a book can do both then mores the better. I also like gritty crime stories, thrillers that make you jump about until the very end and paranormal spine chillers, which are all my kind of thing too.
Smoochy romance’s, fluffy chick lit and Historical tales maybe great reads for some, but I’m afraid they just don’t feed my literary appetite very well. I’ve read the odd one that’s been okay, but I always tend to edge back towards a darker or more magical tale.
Best horror read:
It has to be the Saga of Darren Shan. It’s a 12 book mini series which follow the trials of a young vampire boy. These books were so different from other vampire stories I’d read before – he made the blood suckers seem so plausible and real, which really scared the hell out of me when I first read this series.
Worst romance story:
I can’t actually remember the title of this book. It was one of those summer holiday reads you grab in a 3 for 2 offer at the supermarket, and after attempting to read this book not only on the plane ride over to my holiday destination, on the beach and a few months later when I came home – I just couldn’t get through it. With its unbelievable characters, silly made-up “chance” meetings and overly “prince-like” men the main character always fell for. I’m afraid it ended up in the bin.
It was GREAT getting to know you Sara, but I’ll admit, I don’t like to be scared, although I do love a good vampire read…
WARNING: âYou will not be able to let it go until you read to the very last page.â
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A Chinese satellite is on a crash course with Earth.Â It contains enough plutonium to irradiate a large city. â¨And thatâs the good newsâ¦
Michael Chase is a twenty-six year old backpacker, a recent college grad, an amateur. He flew to Hong Kong to find his missing father. Four hours later, heâs running for his life. The Chinese Secret Police want him dead. The Conspiracy wants him dead. And the one person who he thinks is on his side, may want him dead too. If Michael is going to live, heâll need to find a hidden piece of Nazi technology lost since World War II. And heâll have to do it before anyone else. Because if he doesnât, a little plutonium is going to be the least of his problems.
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Larsâs work has also been produced for film and published in magazines. Ever since attending high school in the Indian Himalayas, Lars has been an avid backpacker and traveler. He now makes his home in the Pacific Northwest where he is busy completing the next Michael Chase thriller for release in 2012.
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