I love finding books that are new releases or upcoming releases that look interesting to me. They usually offer free excerpts that help draw you in and build the anticipation. Here are a couple of books I’m looking forward to reading….
“One Book In The Grave” by Kate Carlisle
If there is anything better than a book about books, I don’t know what it is. This is the fifth book in the Bibliophile Mystery series, with number six scheduled to release in August this year. Here is a brief description of the book from the authors website:
“Brooklyn’s chance to restore a rare first edition of Beauty and the Beast seems a fairytale come true—until she realizes the book last belonged to an old friend of hers. Ten years ago, Max Adams, a renowned, brawny papermaker, fell in love with a stunning beauty, Emily, and gave her the copy of Beauty and the Beast as a symbol of their love. Soon afterward, Max died in a car crash, and Brooklyn has always suspected his possessive ex-girlfriend and her jealous beau.
Now she decides to find out who sold the book and return it to its rightful owner—Emily. She believes a rare book dealer can assist her, but when she arrives at his shop, she finds the man murdered. Is it possible the same couple who may have killed Max are now after his edition of Beauty and the Beast?With the help of her handsome boyfriend, Derek Stone, Brooklyn must unravel the murder plot—before she ends up in a plot herself…”
This book will be released on February 7, 2012
“The Flowers of War” by Geling Yan: Translated by Nicky Harman
“It is December 1937 and the Japanese Imperial Army has just entered Nanking. Unable to reach the Safety Zone in Pokou, a group of schoolgirls are hiding out in the compound of the St. Mary Magdalene mission. They are looked after by Father Engelmann, an American priest who has made China his home for many years. The church is supposed to be neutral ground in the war between China and Japan, but eyewitness reports from the outside make it clear the Japanese are not obeying the international rules of engagement. As the soldiers pour through the streets of Nanking, committing unspeakable atrocities on civilians, thirteen Chinese courtesans from a nearby brothel climb over the church compound’s walls seeking refuge. Their presence further jeopardizes the children’s safety and what happens next will change all of their lives.
A haunting, passionate story inspired by true life events during the Nanking Massacre, this novel shows how war challenges our prejudices and that love can flourish amidst death and destruction. The Flowers of War is an unforgettable journey through the depths of the human heart.”
The paperback version of this book will be released on Jan 31, 2012
“Grave Mercy” by Robin LaFever (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
“Set in Brittany in the Middle Ages, the story is about a young girl born with the mark of death who is rescued and brought to a convent of assassin nuns.”
And from bn.com –
“Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?
Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.
Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?”
(I don’t know exactly why this book so appeals to me, but it does, and I’m looking forward to reading it)
This book will be released Apr 3, 2012