Saturday, December 8, 2012

Bring the Holidays In Right. . .

Are you struggling trying to come up with the perfect gift to give to that special someone in your life?  Is this special someone an avid reader?  If so, look no further, here are some great "New Arrivals" and "Coming Soon" novels that aim to please that avid reader in your life.  So deck their electronic devices, or yours, with these wonderful Books!  Cheers!

Dick Wolf, the man behind the successful "Law & Order" franchise, makes his literary debut with this extraordinary tale about a terrorist plot on American soil.

Four days before the dedication of the new Freedom Tower, five passengers and a flight attendant bravely foil the hijacking of a commercial jet. Thrust into the spotlight, "The Six" as they are dubbed, become instant celebrities. But New York Police detective Jeremy Fisk believes there's more to this than a simple attempted terrorist act. Fisk suspects that this might be only a diversion and in reality the early warning signal that another, potentially more devastating attack is imminent.

When another passenger, a Saudi Arabian national, disappears into the crowds of Manhattan, it's up to Fisk to find him before the upcoming Fourth of July holiday celebrations begin. Watching each promising new lead fizzle, chasing shadows to dead ends, Fisk and his partner, Krina Gersten, quickly realize that their opponents are smarter and more agile than any they have ever faced. Extremely clever and seemingly invisible, they are able to exploit every security weakness and anticipate Fisk's every move. And time is running out.

Relentless crime reporter Ann Rule continues her bestselling true crime series with Fatal Friends, Deadly Neighbors.

She begins with two horrifying deaths that occurred in July 2011, where a billionaire’s California mansion was the setting for his young son’s plunge from a balcony and his girlfriend’s ghastly hanging. What really happened? And then there’s the case of Susan Powell, who vanished in a blizzard in 2009. Her controlling husband, Josh, proved capable of a blind rage that was fatal to his innocent small sons almost three years later. If anyone had detected the depth of his depravity perhaps the family would have been saved. In these and seven other riveting cases, Rule explores the twisted truths behind a killer’s mask.

It was a powerful snowstorm in Northumberland, England that brought psychologist Denis O’Connor to the rescue of a three-week-old kitten, a kitten that survived against all odds to become affectionately known as Toby Jug.

In Paw Prints in the Moonlight, O’Connor shares memories of the never-dull life he shared with the wondrous Maine Coon Cat who thought he was human! Indeed, through the years Toby led him on a series of sometimes comical, sometimes poignant adventures—from the massive invasion of bees at Owl Cottage to the mysterious case of the missing tomatoes. With spectacular watercolor illustrations depicting Toby’s many hijinks, this timeless story celebrates the power of pets to alter lives for the better.

V.C. Andrews® Daughter of Light, the thrilling sequel to Daughter of Darkness, features a young woman desperate to leave her life in the vampire world far behind—but escape is never easy….

Lorelei is a beautiful girl who despises her secret family legacy: she was bred to be a lure for unwitting victims of her father’s blood appetites. Determined to break free and embrace a life outside the shadows, Lorelei runs away from the only world she’s ever known. But she soon discovers that burying her past is not so easy: sinister nightmares torment her, while even her waking hours are plagued with the fear that at any moment, Daddy could destroy all she holds dear. Can a child of darkness ever truly feel safe in the light?

Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan begins in Cambridge, England, 1905. Jane Porter is hardly a typical woman of her time. The only female student in her medical program, she is far more comfortable dissecting corpses than she is sipping afternoon tea. Jane dreams of traveling to prove the truth behind her hero Darwin’s evolutionary theories.

When dashing explorer Ral Conrath invites Jane to join an expedition deep into West Africa, she can hardly believe her luck. Africa is every bit as exotic as she has always imagined, but Jane quickly learns that the lush jungle is full of secrets—and so is Ral Conrath. When danger strikes, Jane finds her hero, the key to humanity’s past and the true love of her life in Tarzan of the Apes.


Michelle Obama has become a role model for so many of us—as the first African-American First Lady, mother of two lovely girls, steadfast wife, confident career woman and forthright speaker. Essence® pays tribute with this lavish commemorative book that makes a wonderful and inspiring gift. Mrs. Obama’s own words, on topics such as giving back to the community, finding life’s balance and renewing faith, convey her substance and spirit, while more than 100 striking photographs—including exclusive images from the White House archives—showcase her sense of style. It’s been a profound journey for this powerful yet humble woman; this beautiful keepsake follows her history-making story from sweet home Chicago to Washington, D.C.



Meet three thirty-something girlfriends whose search for love gets them caught up in drama every time. For Ebony, her three-year relationship with Dray is her ticket out of a promiscuous lifestyle. But when Dray starts to back away, Ebony’s old ways come roaring back. Meanwhile, divalicious Phoenix is sitting pretty all on her own, with no commitments to get in the way of her enjoying her lucrative career and luxurious lifestyle...but has she built a wall that will keep the right man out? And the hot-tempered Joi is up in arms because her boyfriend, Tate, wants to be involved in his daughter’s life, so his baby mama still has a hold on him. Blending humor and heartbreak, Yoshe keeps it real as she gives these ladies a lesson in love.

When you open a De’nesha Diamond book, you know you’re in for a gritty walk on the wild side of Dirty South Street lit. Her latest, Gangsta Divas, delivers such edgy realism and brutal intensity that you’ll race to the shocking finish.

The Queen Gs are still battling the Flowers for control of the streets of Memphis. But there’s a new female gang on the scene: the Cripettes. If you think the Grape Street Crips are hardcore, you’re about to find out that the female is deadlier than the male.

LaShelle rules her no-mercy Queen Gs crew, alongside Gangster Disciples leader Python. But her good-girl-gone-bad sister Ta’Shara is gunning for her. So is Lucifer. Now that Mason, the love of her life, is dead, Lucifer stands to become queen of the male Vice Lords. To do that, she’ll have to align herself with Mason’s brother, Profit—the man Ta’Shara loves.

But all these lethal ladies had better watch their backs, because Python’s ex-wifey Shariffa is back in town, and her plan is to kill her man. With her Cripettes behind her, can anyone stop her from pumping Python full of bullets?

As the final showdown approaches, here’s what you need to know about these ride-or-die women: “Only love can destroy them.”

“Gentleman seeks housekeeper. Must be willing to travel.” To Mariah Cooper, the advertisement is her ticket to adventure out West, away from her cruel mother in Philadelphia. To Logan Yates, it’s another example of his stepmother’s meddling. Logan doesn’t need a housekeeper. He just needs Destiny, his family’s ranch. He just needs his horses and the endless horizon. At least, that’s what the arrogant Logan believes. But almost as soon as headstrong Mariah arrives, Logan finds his loner ways challenged like never before. Making her feel unwanted is so much trouble, Logan is tempted to drop the act. Then a man from Mariah’s past arrives...and Logan will have to step up or lose the one woman whose embrace his heart cries out for.


Each of Meesha Mink’s Real Wifeys novels features a smart, streetwise, ambitious leading lady who will do what it takes to get what she wants. In Real Wifeys: Hustle Hard, the third tale in the series, that woman is Sophie “Suga” Alvarez. We’ve already met Suga in Real Wifeys: Get Money, and this time we enter her world…a world where doing the right thing is not always the same as doing right by your man.

Suga came up out of Newark, New Jersey, determined to get to the top of the corporate world. She graduated from college magna cum laude and walked straight into a job that puts her on the fast track to CFO. It’s a night-and-day difference from the path her ex-best friend, Luscious, took. But that doesn’t mean she’s some goody-two-shoes. Suga balances her book smarts with ‘hood smarts and steely-eyed ambition. Mess with her at your own risk.

Daniel “Dane” Greenley, Suga’s fiancĂ©, is as crooked as Suga is legit. Between his loan sharking and illegal gambling operations, Suga doesn’t know who will come gunning for Dane first—the law or the gangs. But she’s got his back...until the cops raid their house, and Suga has to decide whether to save her life and career, or to stand by the man she loves.

Kimberly Ranee Hicks, Author/Poet
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