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Thursday, February 28, 2013
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Detective Alex Cross arrests renowned plastic surgeon Elijah Creem for sleeping with teenage girls. Now, his life ruined, Creem is out of jail, and he's made sure that no one will recognize him—by giving himself a new face.
A young woman is found hanging from a sixth-floor window, and Alex is called to the scene. The victim recently gave birth, but the baby is nowhere to be found. Before Alex can begin searching for the missing newborn and killer, he's called to investigate a second crime. All of Washington, D.C., is in a panic, and when a third body is discovered, rumours of three serial killers send the city into an all-out frenzy.
Alex's investigations are going nowhere, and he's too focused on the cases to notice that someone has been watching him—and will stop at nothing until he's dead. With white-hot speed, relentless drama, and hairpin turns, ALEX CROSS, RUN is James Patterson's ultimate thrill ride.
About The Book
Private, the world's most respected investigation firm, has branches around the world, each staffed with the smartest, fastest, and most advanced agents, who have cutting-edge forensic tools that not even the most powerful governments possess.
At Private Berlin, agent Chris Schneider has disappeared. Chris had taken a secretive personal leave and hadn't spoken to anyone from the office in days. The Private team retraces his footsteps to the cases he was investigating before his disappearance: a billionaire suspected of cheating on his wife, a world-famous soccer player accused of throwing games, and the owner of a seedy nightclub. They were the last people to see Chris—and they're all suspects. And someone is lying.
The Private team is led to an abandoned Nazi slaughterhouse where all hope vanishes. As Private digs further into Chris's past, a terrifying history is revealed, and they begin to suspect that someone very dangerous and very depraved is responsible for Chris's disappearance. And he's not finished in Berlin. PRIVATE BERLIN has more twists, action, and deception than any other James Patterson thriller ever.
Monday, February 25, 2013
A&RBC: How did you become a writer?
Ashley: I started writing when I was in my 7th grade class and we had to do one of those benchmark test. It required us to write a short story and from there I fell in love with literature world. I started writing little plays and short stories using my classmates as the characters. They loved it.
A&RBC: Where does your inspiration for your characters come from?
Ashley: Real life experiences from me and other people.
A&RBC: What is your favorite genre of books?
A&RBC: Are you an avid or occasional reader?
A&RBC: What are two things you want your readers to know about you?
Ashley: I HATE public speaking. I wrote Love in spite of Darkness in the 9th grade
Not a wife, girlfriend, or child could slow her down. Even after being placed into the hospital for sleeping with someone’s boyfriend she still continued with her lifestyle. Until she met Jermaine Brooks inside of this group home that she had been placed in. Thinking that he was going to be an easy catch just like her foster father, she threw herself at him; but he didn’t catch. Nevaeh was determined to get the man who took authority and put her in check.
Friday, February 22, 2013
2/26/13 A Good Man-J.J. Murray
2/26/13 Reality Check-Kelli London
3/12/13 The Supremes at Earl's All You Can Eat-Edward Kelsey Moore
3/12/13 Project Chick 2: What's Done In the Dark-Nikki Turner
3/19/13 Strange Fruit-Michelle Robinson
3/26/13 The Rich Girls Club-Honey B
3/26/13 Consequences-Sasha Campbell
3/26/13 Get You Good-Rhonda Bowen
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
A romantic at heart, Wanda uses relationships to demonstrate how the power of forgiveness and reconciliation can restore us back to God and one another. Wanda currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband of twenty-two years, and two sons. She holds the unique position of being the oldest of five siblings and the youngest of twelve. Her hobbies include writing and reading of course, traveling, and collecting magnets from around the world. Her favorite hobby is spoiling her grandson.
A&RBC: If you could make a movie out of one of your books, which one would it be?
A&RBC: Which do you like better traditional or self-publishing? Why?
A&RBC: Where can readers find you?
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A romantic at heart, Wanda uses relationships to demonstrate how the power of forgiveness and reconciliation can restore us back to God and one another. Wanda currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband of twenty-two years, and two sons. She holds the unique position of being the oldest of five siblings and the youngest of twelve. Her hobbies include writing and reading of course, traveling, and collecting magnets from around the world. Her favorite hobby is spoiling her grandson. Tired of living a life of manipulation and abuse, Shannon Yates trades in her mini-skirts, colored contacts, and twelve-inch weave for a Bible. Although she accepts the liberation found within its pages, walking in her newfound freedom proves easier said than done. Just when the thing Shannon longs for the most is within reach, insecurities and old emotional wounds resurface, causing her to reject the blessing the Father has for her. Will love cast out all fear and liberate Shannon before it’s too late? Or will she settle for the familiar?
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
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Monday, February 18, 2013
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Friday, February 15, 2013
Nicole: I can remember being in my mom’s busted-up car when I was about five years old. We didn’t have a radio. I started out singing--unfortunately, I was no Alicia Keys. So I dabbled in story telling while my mom drove from Long Beach to do the “kiddy exchange” with my father who lived in San Bernardino. Over the years, I’ve always had a few stories swimming around in my head at one time or another. After I got a Masters in Educational Counseling and couldn’t find a job--eeek! I decided to try my hand at self publishing.
Nicole: Other people’s choices can either make you or break you. None of my characters are perfect, each of them have flaws, and some, so much more than others. With Miss Scandalous, my main character’s mother and daughter are going through different phases of life. Charlene has it perfect; she’s the star of a soap opera and the man of her dreams. Now, all she wants is for her adult daughter, Raven, to fit into this new life she’s made for herself. And, she deserves it right, because she’s been through so many things to get there. That’s what goes through her one-sided mind. While she’s busy trying to persuade Raven to love her, she doesn’t know that Raven has a vendetta against everyone she’s been hurt by.
Nicole: I try to bring controversy into every book I consider writing. It adds tension to the story and can often shed light onto topics that have been neglected. Such as with Miss Nobody, Raven goes through periods of depression from being neglected by her mother, Charlene. Since she’s a teenager in this book, it really compounds on the issue of teen depression. As a school counselor, my eyes have been opened to this problem. Before, it wasn’t real to me; I didn’t have to think about it. But know, as I work with foster students and students whom have shock-stories, for example coming home from school and everything is gone–that their parents have left without a word–, well, that just makes the issue 3D. So, this issue of depression has dug its talons into the heart of the Shaw Family Saga and hopefully, it becomes real to the readers too.
Nicole: I’m an avid reader. My favorite is drama, but just about every genre can hook me, it all depends on my mood or the season. I find myself gravitating toward a good love story in the summer months and a suspense or mystery in the wintertime. If my husband is sitting next to me watching football or some other sport, I don’t mind reading about vampires and werewolves.
Nicole: Terry McMillan. She’s been in the game for a while and as a teen, when I branched out from reading–other than what I was forced to in school–, McMillan’s novels were my go-to. Her stories evoke emotion. In each book there's a character that I can relate to, and then the plot snags you in too.
Nicole: I’d make a movie out of every book that I’ve thought of–I have a Tyler Perry mindset. Some of my dreams have turned into movies, I can think of one starring Loretta Devine that I dreamt of, long before it launched. To bad I can’t type faster. Anyhow, I’d love to make Miss Nobody a movie. Charlene and Raven have so much emotion that would most certainly have a theater full of laughing, crying slightly-hysterical-with-emotions type of crowd.
Nicole: Free. I’ve learned that people–including me–love discounts and freebies. I’ve given Miss Nobody away many times and it has shown a peak in sales, the catch is that I have to keep the momentum going. If the Amazon ranking system loves an author, bookies will know. So that has been my number one strategy. Not to mention, I have a lot of fans contacting me about future installments. I’ve also been marketing on Goodreads. I’ve made a lot of friends–and welcome more. I’m astonished by all the readers, it’s my kinda world. Through Goodreads I can interact with friends, get their ideas on book covers and blurps. It’s a way to promote future stories without being a salesman, which makes me shutter. I can’t sale a book to save my life, but I can interest you in the back-story and the idea that goes into my family saga in a fun way, through staying active and doing events.
Nicole: There are certain aspects of each that I respect and certain aspects that could be changed, but that’s the way the world goes. Traditionally published books give the author a certain level of status that self-publishing hasn’t been linked with, though self-publishing isn’t as taboo as it has once been. One thing that I enjoy most about self-publishing is freedom. My creativity blossoms to the fullest, I know what I want to write and no editor is going to in return slash red marks through pages that doesn’t work for them. As I endeavor to write what works for me, a message of sorts. And, I can keep in mind what my audience is interested in. I’ve read over reviews of Miss Nobody and have tried to lace certain ideas that were given based on fan reviews. So, I write what works for me, and hopefully, others will like it too.
Nicole: I’ve wrapped up the second installment of the Shaw family saga. Miss Scandalous will be available in March and I’ve had so much fun writing that story. Right now, I’m toggling back and forth between Miss Perfect, the third part of the series and a very interesting psychological suspense. Because I’ve self-dubbed myself the “gumbo genre novelist”, I’ve decided that Miss Perfect is going to be seasoned with mystery, love triangles and suspense. So, changing up my plot in each book–without losing my writing style–has been a welcoming challenge from Miss Nobody that was more drama, young adult, and women’s fiction. I’m hoping fans will come to enjoy how my books don’t follow a certain formula, and I’ve gone the extra mile to pull at every type of emotion a reader can fathom.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Sunday Tolliver is now the hottest singer-songwriter in the business--but too much personal drama is spinning her crazy-busy life totally out of control. Her boyfriend, Sam, won't discuss the online buzz pulling them apart, and Sunday is past done putting up with him. Her two best friends are way far gone over one irresistible boy and it's messing with their tight-knit group. And Sunday's jealous diva cousin, Dreya, will do anything to stop her own career slide, including putting Sunday's hard-won reputation at risk. Now Sunday's only chance to get control of her fab life is to find out who's truly real. . .
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
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The Unlikely Remnant
Tracey Michae'l Lewis
Publication Date: August 28, 2012
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