Tuesday, 3 December 2013

JKSCommunications 2013 Holiday Hop: Holiday Gift List #JKSHolidays

Hello, Therians!

It's that time of year again!! Time to spoil your loved ones, and I can't think of a better way to give them joy this festive season than with a great read that will transport them to another time and place. Whether it be a suspenseful thriller, or an exciting fantasy sci-fi adventure, books are a fantastic gift!

I'm excited to be a part of the JKSCommunications 2013 Holiday Hop, and today I have listed of just a few of the amazing books on offer. There's a little something for everyone, so browse through my list and grab a copy, or two, of these great reads!

1. Amalie Howard - Waterfell 

Nerissa Marin hides among teens in her human form, waiting for the day she can claim her birthright-the undersea kingdom stolen from her the day her father was murdered. Blending in is her best weapon-until her father's betrayer confronts Nerissa and challenges her to a battle to the death on Nerissa’s upcoming birthday-the day she comes of age. 

Amid danger and the heartbreak of her missing mother, falling for a human boy is the last thing Nerissa should do. But Lo Seavon breaches her defenses and somehow becomes the only person she can count on to help her desperate search for her mother, a prisoner of Nerissa’s mortal enemy. Is Lo the linchpin that might win Nerissa back her crown? Or will this mortal boy become the weakness that destroys her?

Goodreads / Website / Amazon / Read my REVIEW

2. Amalie Howard - The Almost Girl

Seventeen-year-old Riven is as tough as they come. But coming from a world ravaged by a devastating android war, she has to be. There’s no room for softness, no room for emotion, no room for mistakes. A Legion General, she is the right hand of the young Prince of Neospes, a parallel universe to Earth. In Neospes, she has everything: rank, responsibility and respect. But when Prince Cale sends her away to find his long-lost brother, Caden, who has been spirited back to modern day Earth, Riven finds herself in uncharted territory.

Thrown out of her comfort zone but with the mindset of a soldier, Riven has to learn how to be a girl in a realm that is the opposite of what she knows.  Riven isn’t prepared for the beauty of a world that is unlike her own in so many ways. Nor is she prepared to feel something more than indifference for the very target she seeks. Caden is nothing like Cale, but he makes something in her come alive, igniting a spark deep down that goes against every cell in her body. For the first time in her life, Riven isn’t sure about her purpose, about her calling. Torn between duty and desire, she must decide whether Caden is simply a target or whether he is something more.

Faced with hideous reanimated Vector soldiers from her own world with agendas of their own, as well as an unexpected reunion with a sister who despises her, it is a race against time to bring Caden back to Neospes. But things aren’t always as they seem, and Riven will have to search for truth. Family betrayals and royal coups are only the tip of the iceberg. Will Riven be able to find the strength to defy her very nature? Or will she become the monstrous soldier she was designed to be?
Releases January 7, 2014, Preorder through Amazon. Add it on Goodreads.

3. Julie Tetel Andresen - The Time Slip Series

Durham · Chicago · Paris
Cancer researcher Alexandra Kaminski is on the verge of a scientific breakthrough when she crosses paths with pharmaceutical representative, Val Dorsainville, and the two are plunged into the mystery, passion, and tragedy of their past lives in Paris of the 1800s. Can they solve the mystery and avert tragedy this time around?
Read my REVIEW 
St. Louis · San Francisco · Bucharest · Hong Kong
Eloise Popescu has one last entry to make in her screw-up-alog, and it's a doozy:
she has just walked into the cross-fire of warring Chinese mafia families and into the path of Hanes Reynolds whose career has just been ruined by those same families. As Eloise and Hanes reluctantly unite forces to escape the clans, they must learn to trust one another … or repeat the fatal mistakes they made the last time they were together in 19th-century Hong Kong.
Read my REVIEW
London · Rio De Janeiro · Wilmington
Londoner Theodor West can't quite believe how, much less explain why, the beautiful and free-spirited American botanist, Jordan Charles, is bedeviling him and his high-tech career. But it's clear that if he wants his career back and that if she wants to avert the destruction of the world's rubber forests, they must repair what happened the last time they were together – one hundred years ago in London and Rio.
Read my REVIEW 


4. Bill Gourgey - The Glide Trilogy

Captain Magigate, a legendary inventor and recluse who is equal parts Albert Einstein and Don Quixote, confronts his own shadowy destiny when two adventurous teens disrupt the status quo of his covert lab on Isla de Tiempo Muerto. When the captain's nemesis, the Prophet, who once had an iron grip over much of the world's commerce, escapes her island prison taking one of the teens hostage, Captain Magigate must face not only his long-time foe and erstwhile lover but also the ambiguous legacy of his inventions. “Glide” is a dark and quixotic look at what happens when invention reaches beyond its pale to compensate for the shortcomings of heart and soul.


In “Nu Logic, Rise of the Neos,” accomplished virologist, Dr. Janot (whose specialty is crossover pathogens), threatens the promising Glide era with his wildly popular augmented reality gaming world – Neology. Only the genius inventor, Captain Magigate, can stop him, but Magigate is lost in the past with his erstwhile lover and foe, the Prophet. Teenage artist Maddy’s cryptic paintings hold the key to reaching the Captain, but will she discover their secret in time to stop Dr. Janot, whose Connected Reality vision threatens to transform the human experience forever?


5. Anne Marie - Letters To Ann: The Korean War 1950-1951

With North Korea rattling its saber again, "Letters to Ann" takes the reader back to the early years of the Korean War. Even in some of its darkest moments, Captain John F. Hughes finds and shares bits of humor about his daily military existence with his then four year-old daughter. It is a unique perspective of what so often is called "The Forgotten War."

6. Kathleen George - A Measure of Blood

A murder sends a child into foster care and drags a detective into a feverish hunt for justice.
Nadal watches for weeks before he first approaches the boy. No matter what Maggie Brown says, he’s sure Matt is his son, and a boy should know his father. After their first confrontation, Maggie should have run. She should have hidden her child. But she underestimated the man who was once her lover. With self-righteous determination, Nadal goes to her apartment. He demands to spend time with the boy. When she refuses, he reaches for a knife.
By the time homicide detective Richard Christie arrives on the scene, the killer has vanished, and Matt is too scared to remember much more than his mother’s fear. As Christie looks for the killer and Maggie’s friends fight to keep Matt out of the hands of Child Services, Nadal watches the news and waits. A boy should be with his father. He’s going to get his son.

Website / Goodreads 
Find out more about Kathleen George's other Titles
Releases January 2014, pre-order through Amazon


7. Tilia Klebenov Jacobs - Wrong Place, Wrong Time

When Tsara Adelman leaves her husband and two young children for a weekend to visit
her estranged uncle, she little dreams he is holding several local children captive on his lavish estate. Mike Westbrook, father of one of the boys, kidnaps her to trade her life for the children’s. Soon Tsara and Mike are fleeing through New Hampshire’s mountain wilderness pursued by two rogue cops with murder on their minds.

8. Julie Tetel Andresen - Linguistics and Evolution: A Developmental Approach

Throughout this analytical book the idea is developed that theories of language do not transcend the language in which they are written, and ways are uncovered that are peculiar to the American-language linguistic tradition.

Upcoming Work

“Linguistics and Evolution. A Developmental Approach,” from Cambridge University Press

“Languages of the World. An Introduction through Culture and Cognition (working title), with Phillip M. Carter from Wiley-Blackwell



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