Friday, April 17, 2015

Win a ticket to a NYC Book Launch Party - transportation not provided


 I have an exciting offer for you and your blog readers.  A luxury flagship 5th Avenue retailer is hosting aexclusive launch party for Elyssa Friedland's debut novel Love and Miss Communication on May 12th in New York City.  See the book featured here in Cosmopolitan.  You or your readers could win a ticket to attend. Here's how!

1. Follow Elyssa on Twitter (@ElyssaFriedland)
2. Like Elyssa's Facebook page (/AuthorElyssaFriedland)
3. Ask Elyssa a question on Twitter using the hashtag #AskElyssa
4. Email and provide your Twitter handle and Facebook name in your email
5. Cross your fingers!

After you complete the above, you will be entered to win an exclusive ticket to a private book launch party and a free copy of Love and Miss Communication. You must be 21 years or older to enter. All tasks must be completed by May 4th, 2015. Transportation is not provided. Tickets may not be sold to the public. Winners will be notified by May 5th, 2015 via email.

Dress to impress for this swanky, sophisticated party!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Queen of the Tearling

Idgie says:
This novel appears to take place in the Medieval period of Earth but actually is 300 years after our way of life ended and the world has reverted back to the time before electricity.   It does have magic, political intrigue and The Court in it, so it's not apocalyptic but more King Author in nature.

Film rights have been grabbed and Emma Watson attached to said possible film. 

The next book in the series, The Invasion of the Tearling, will be out in June, 2015.


Now in Paperback
April 14, 2015
Harper Paperbacks

Magic, adventure, mystery, and romance combine in this epic debut in which a young princess must reclaim her dead mother’s throne, learn to be a ruler—and defeat the Red Queen, a powerful and malevolent sorceress determined to destroy her.

On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen’s Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon—from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic—to prevent her from wearing the crown.

Despite her royal blood, Kelsea feels like nothing so much as an insecure girl, a child called upon to lead a people and a kingdom about which she knows almost nothing. But what she discovers in the capital will change everything, confronting her with horrors she never imagined. An act of singular daring will throw Kelsea’s kingdom into tumult, unleashing the vengeance of the tyrannical ruler of neighboring Mortmesne: the Red Queen, a sorceress possessed of the darkest magic. Now Kelsea will begin to discover whom among the servants, aristocracy, and her own guard she can trust.

But the quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun—a wondrous journey of self-discovery and a trial by fire that will make her a legend . . . if she can survive.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Diamond Head

Idgie Says:
This is one of my favorite types of novels - one where you get a good dose of historical fact about places you've never been to and cultures you are unfamiliar with.  Educational reading wrapped around a good plot.  You learn more about the world without working at it.  


April 14, 2015

Frank Leong, a prominent shipping industrialist and head of the celebrated Leong family, brings his loved ones from China to Hawaii at the turn of the twentieth century, abandoning his interests at the Port of Tsingtao when the Japanese invade.

But something ancient follows the Leongs to the islands, haunting them – the parable of the red string of fate. According to Chinese legend, the red string – the cord which binds one intended beloved to her perfect match – also punishes for mistakes in love, twisting each misstep into a destructive knot that passes down the family line. When Frank Leong is murdered on Oahu, his family is thrown into a perilous downward spiral.

Left to rebuild in their patriarch’s shadow, the surviving members of the Leong family attempt a new, ordinary life, vowing to bury their gilded past. Still, the island continues to whisper—fragmented pieces of truth and chatter, until a letter arrives two decades later, carrying a confession that shatters the family even further. Now the Leongs' survival rests with young Theresa, Frank Leong’s only grandchild.  Eighteen and pregnant, Theresa holds the answers to her family’s mysteries, left to carry the burden of their mistakes.

On the day of her father’s funeral, as the Leongs gather to mourn the loss of their first born son, Theresa must decide what stories to tell, who to side with, and which knots will endure for another generation.

Told through the eyes of the Leongs' secret-keeping daughters and wives and spanning The Boxer Rebellion to Pearl Harbor to 1960s Hawaii, Diamond Head is an exploration of whether or not there’s such a thing as a legacy of the heart. Passionate and devastating, it is filled with love, lies, loss, and, most astounding of all – hope.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Selection Event

Idgie Says:

I came across this book on my own while scrolling through Amazon one day about 4 years ago.  Self published, ebook only, post apocalyptic.  NO ZOMBIES!  While on the car ride to the beach last week I found myself reading it again.  Any book that I read twice deserves a shout out I believe. 

The cover DOES NOT match the book itself - looking at it you are led to believe there are zombies and such, not just a flu victim.  

As stated in the Book Description below, (which I did not read before starting the book or the review, but did give validity to my thoughts) this represents to me a modernized version of Earth Abides.  I disagree with the description in that it also follows The Road - it is nothing like that very well written but horrifically sad and empty of hope novel.

It follows closely the premise of that book - a flu wipes out most of civilization, but one man was in seclusion and comes out to find the world completely changed.   Will they survive in this new age, or will they quickly devolve into primitives? Luckily, the ending is a little lighter than Earth Abides, which depressed the heck out of me. 

The characters are strong and alive. Most are fully fleshed out and while some of the premise goes off course, it is fiction and therefore I believe allowed. There is even a dog who is full of life, thoughts, caring and quite likable.  It does have editorial issues, but the book was interesting enough that I overlooked them. 

If you like this type of book, I suggest you give this one a shot.

Amazon Link HERE

Book Description:
In an isolation experiment, Martin Lake had been below-ground for fourteen months and two weeks. He came up on May 30, Wednesday, 11:35 AM. He discovered that civilization had folded its arms across its breast, closed its eyes, and ceased.

When natural selection wipes the slate, there are always a few survivors. Unfortunately, nature does not select for beauty or intelligence.

Selection Event follows in the tradition of Earth Abides and The Road. In the aftermath of the catastrophe, this is what happens next. People open zoos, sabotage dams, and in a final nihilistic fling, several countries have a small nuclear exchange of greetings.

It is into this that Martin Lake awakens and has to find his way.