Sunday, January 30, 2011

New Additions to the To Be Read Pile

Ok, I mentioned a while back that I planned on starting a Sunday post of the previous week's new releases or books I'm just hearing about that I thought looked interesting. Here is the list of books I came across over the last few weeks. (So I'm slow .... sue me! :)

In No Particular Order ...

Paramour by Margaret Ethridge

Camellia Stafford has never been alone in her room. For twenty years, she’s been engaged in a fierce power struggle with her bedroom’s previous tenant, Frank DeLuca, the ghost trapped in the light fixture above her bed. Caustic and cranky, Frank has one soft spot—Cam. Over the years, their feelings for one another have evolved from grudging friendship to an enduring love that burns white-hot until Frank puts his feelings for Cam on ice. When she suffers the loss of her beloved father, Cam returns home to say good-bye, and confront her feelings for Frank. She finds an unexpected shoulder to lean on in neighbor, Bradley Mitchum. Cam falls hard and fast for the handsome ad man’s charming smile and passionate nature, but Brad’s easy-going exterior masks a steely backbone tempered by adversity. Two men: one living, one dead, and both vying for her love. Now Cam must determine if her heart is strong enough to choose which dream could lead to a love that will last a lifetime.

My interest in Paramour was piqued when I read the blurb: that's what put it on my list. When I went to the site to snag the buy link I read the excerpt. Nothing to say but OMG! Go read the excerpt!!! Margaret's writing is filled with heart-wrenching emotion and the reader is sucked into the story with the first paragraph; trust me, Margaret Ethridge is an author to watch!
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Now, at the opposite end of the spectrum :)

The Texan's Irish Bride by Caroline Clemmons
This book is on my list because I read the excerpt and Caroline Clemmons writes a very hot western. I don't read very many western romances so I'm not sure if that is now the norm but it took me by surprise! I also fell in love with the heroine as soon as I read the description of her performing a private and highly sensual dance for her new husband. A must read for me!

Cenora Rose O’Neill knows her father somehow arranged the trap for Dallas, but she agrees to wed the handsome stranger. She’d do anything to protect her family, and she wants to save herself from the bully Tom Williams. A fine settled man like Dallas will rid himself of her soon enough, but at least she and her family will be safely away from Tom Williams.

Texas rancher Dallas McClintock has no plans to wed for several years. Right now, he’s trying to establish himself as a successful horse breeder. Severely wounded rescuing Cenora from kidnappers, Dallas is taken to her family’s wagon to be tended. He is trapped into marrying Cenora, but he is not a man who goes back on his word. His wife has a silly superstition for everything, but passion-filled nights with her make up for everything—even when her eccentric family drives him to distraction. Buy Link

I stumbled upon a new blog yesterday; You Gotta Read Reviews. So glad I did because they were reviewing a book I probably would never have heard of. The premise is scary and all too realistic but with all of the emails warning us about XYZ cyber virus I think he's sounding a warning we all should heed. And he works for Microsoft so I'm thinking he knows whereof he speaks! I'll definitely be buying this book.

Zero Day by Mark Russinovich

An airliner’s controls abruptly fail mid-flight over the Atlantic. An oil tanker runs aground in Japan when its navigational system suddenly stops dead. Hospitals everywhere have to abandon their computer databases when patients die after being administered incorrect dosages of their medicine. In the Midwest, a nuclear power plant nearly becomes the next Chernobyl when its cooling systems malfunction.

At first, these random computer failures seem like unrelated events. But Jeff Aiken, a former government analyst who quit in disgust after witnessing the gross errors that led up to 9/11, thinks otherwise. Jeff fears a more serious attack targeting the United States computer infrastructure is already under way. And as other menacing computer malfunctions pop up around the world, some with deadly results, he realizes that there isn’t much time if he hopes to prevent an international catastrophe.

Written by a global authority on cyber security, Zero Day presents a chilling “what if” scenario that, in a world completely reliant on technology, is more than possible today—it’s a cataclysmic disaster just waiting to happen. (Releases in March 2011) Buy Link

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