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Here in America it is Thanksgiving week. For me this means time spent eating way too much yummy food (completely ignoring the fact that I have several pounds left to lose before I will be able to fully fit into my pre-pregnancy clothes), time spent with the family (love to see them and love to leave them after a couple of days) and time spent in the car traveling to see the family. For me, this also means some down-time where I get to tackle some of my ridiculous TBR pile (so much to read, so little time). So I thought I would share with all of you some (notice I say some and not all) of the books I am hoping to read this coming week.

enders gameEnder’s Game by Orson Scott Card

In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn’t make the cut—young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

Ender’s skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.

Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender’s two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.

erasedErased by Jennifer Rush

They thought they had escaped. They were wrong.
After fleeing the Branch with Sam, Cas, and Nick, Anna is trying to make sense of the memories resurfacing from her old life. At the same time, she’s learning how to survive in hiding, following Sam’s rules: Don’t draw attention to yourself. Always carry a weapon. Know your surroundings. Watch your back.

     Then a figure from Anna’s childhood reappears. Is it a Branch setup, or could it be the reunion Anna has hoped for? Uncertain of where her loyalties lie, Anna must fight to learn the truth — before she is betrayed again. Ultimately, the answers hinge on one question: What was the real reason her memories were erased?
This is the second book in the Altered series (you can find my review of the first book here).

the ghost next doorThe Ghost Next Door by Ginny Baird

THE GHOST NEXT DOOR

When destiny takes a hand…
You’ve got to hold on tight.

When single mom Elizabeth Jennings gets sent to a new town to revamp its weekly paper, she resists. Her daughter Claire is just fifteen, and has recently started high school. But Elizabeth’s boss insists, so the two pack up and move to the tiny Virginia town, which isn’t even on most maps. Their luck goes from bad to worse when they discover the house Elizabeth rented online cozies up to an abandoned house. When creepy things start occurring next door, Elizabeth’s glad to have the small-town sheriff in their corner. Nathan Thorpe is not just a stand-up guy they can trust, he’s cool to have around when things go bump in the night. Elizabeth also learns he’s good at holding her tight. And, when she’s wrapped in his arms, she becomes afraid of more than ghostly happenings. She fears she’s losing her heart.

Like most folks in Blayton, Nathan Thorpe is here for a reason. Only, he didn’t fully understand what that reason was until a stunning brunette and her daughter came to town. Nathan’s immediately drawn to Elizabeth and feels motivated to protect her and Claire, believing that means shielding them from nonsensical small-town lore. With Halloween approaching, there are rumors swirling about concerning the old Fenton place located across the street from the graveyard, and next to the newer home occupied by the Jennings. Nathan’s a calm thinker who can find a rational explanation for almost anything. Yet there are deeper mysteries in Blayton than Nathan can explain. When he learns the truth, will he still be able to hold onto the woman he loves?

cold spellCold Spell by Jackson Pearce

     Kai and Ginny grew up together–best friends since they could toddle around their building’s rooftop rose garden. Now they’re seventeen, and their relationship has developed into something sweeter, complete with stolen kisses and plans to someday run away together.
     But one night, Kai disappears with a mysterious stranger named Mora–a beautiful girl with a dark past and a heart of ice. Refusing to be cast aside, Ginny goes after them and is thrust into a world she never imagined, one filled with monsters and thieves and the idea that love is not enough.
If Ginny and Kai survive the journey, will she still be the girl he loved–and moreover, will she still be the girl who loved him?
Iinnocent bloodnnocent Blood by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell
     A vicious attack at a ranch in California thrusts archaeologist Erin Granger back into the folds of the Sanguines, an immortal order founded on the blood of Christ and tasked with protecting the world from the beasts haunting its shadows and waiting to break free into the sunlight.  Following the prophetic words found in the Blood Gospel–a tome written by Christ and lost for centuries–Erin must join forces with Army Sergeant Jordan Stone and the dark mystery that is Father Rhun Korza to discover and protect a boy believed to be an angel given flesh.But an enigmatic enemy of immense power and terrifying ambition seeks the same child–not to save the world, but to hasten its destruction.  For any hope of victory, Erin must discover the truth behind Christ’s early years and understand His first true miracle, an event wrapped in sin and destruction, an act that yet remains unfulfilled and holds the only hope for the world.
The search for the truth will take Erin and the others across centuries and around the world, from the dusty plains of the Holy Land to the icy waters of the Arctic Ocean, from the catacombs of Rome to an iron fortress in the Mediterranean Sea, and at last to the very gates of Hell itself, where their destiny–and the fate of mankind–awaits.
Okay, so I probably won’t be able to get to all of these gems this week but I will do my best. :-) What fabulous reads do you have lined up for this holiday week?

I love to read, but not only do I love to read new releases I love to reread older books. I don’t reread every book I have read (that would be ridiculous and even I am not that bad) but there are certain books and authors that get a regular reread from me. Recently I worked my way through David Eddings The Elenium and The Tamuli series (three fantasy novels in each series). I got my first copy of the series when I was in high school, I am not going to say exactly how many years ago that was but let’s just say my copies are over ten years old. I reread the series at least once a year, sometimes twice, depending upon my mood. My copies look like they are well loved, the covers are falling off, the pages are loose, some pages have been bent and just don’t look quite the same. I love these books and they are starting to show it. This year I decided I was going to treat myself and get ebook copies, easier to carry around on my Kindle and I don’t have to worry that the entire book will suddenly disintegrate in my hands when I am mid-way through a chapter. But horror of all horrors, it is not available! I was shocked! Here I am with money in my hands, willing to rebuy titles I already own and I can’t get it. As if that were not enough, just to rub salt in my wounds, they are available in the UK in ebook but I can’t buy them here in the US. Now I understand that the world is divided up into regions according to the publishing world, so titles that are available in one country aren’t available in another country but it does make it frustrating for us consumers.

My main in point in posting this is to let authors and publisher out there know that we readers want your older books available in ebook. There is nothing more frustrating than finding an author/series that you love and being unable to track down book 3 in the series! Every time this happens to me it reminds me of a quote from The Importance of Being Earnest, “not even for ready money”. I have switched over almost entirely to ebook, for many reasons, including ease of carrying more than one title with me and not having to go search through my organized bins of books when I want to reread a title. So now I find myself repurchasing favorite books, for authors and publishers this means that you are getting my money twice, you got it when I originally purchased the book and you get it again when I rebuy the title in ebook. I do receive some books for free from authors to review on this site but even those I find myself more inclined to review ebooks than print copies, again for ease. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing like the smell and feel of a print book but I am willing and ready to buy older titles in ebook format so please make them available for a decent price.

Hard to believe it has been so long since I have done a news posting but I am finally trying to catch up.

Melissa Marr (Wicked Lovely) and Kelley Armstrong (The Summoning) are teaming up to write a middle-grade series for Little Brown Books for Young Readers titled The Blackwell Pages. You can read more here.

Cassandra Clare has finally released the full cover of Clockwork Angels, the second book in The Infernal Devices series and available December 2011.

Random House has announced they are going to republishing its Loveswept titles in ebook format. You can browse all 900 titles at Romancewiki. The program will launch in August of this year.

Alyxandra Harvey has posted the fourth book in The Drake Chronicles series, Bleeding Heart, available October 2011.

Bloomsbury has also announced that they will release 500 titles that are out-of-print in ebook and print by request format.

Paddywax has released author inspired scents for use in diffusers, including Austen and Whitman.

Rick Riordin has posted the cover for Son of Neptune, the second book in the The Heroes of Olympus series, available October 2011.

The Barnes and Noble Romance blog has some great advice  for those who are in a reading slump. I am ashamed to admit that this has happened to me but these are some good suggestions for those in that dread slump.

Irritated from purchasing an ebook only to find out two days later the price has dropped? eReaderIQ is a service that will track the prices of your favorite books for you and send you notifications when the prices drop.

Carina Press has a great new page (okay, maybe it isn’t new to you but it is to me) where you can see the covers and the lists of books that are coming out soon.

Romance at Random has finally launched their site, they are doing giveaways, guest posts and other great events.

Pamela Palmer has announced that she has scheduled two final books in the Feral Warriors series and she has a vampire series in the works.

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Free Reads:

Julia Quinn has posted the first chapter of Just Like Heaven.

Rick Riordin has posted the first two chapters of Son of Neptune.

Nan Hawthorne has posted an excerpt of Beloved Pilgrim.

Carolyn Hayes has posted the first two chapters of Bones of a Feather.

Carolyn Clemmons has posted an excerpt of The Most Unsuitable Wife.

Carly Phillips has posted the first chapter of Serendipity.

Pamela Palmer has posted a sneak peak of  Ecstasy Untamed

I live in Phoenix and drive my own car to get to the places I need to, it takes way too long from where I live to get to most places riding the bus (to get to school I would have to change buses at least three times). That being said, I don’t spend a lot of time observing people on their commutes to work (cursing at taillights does not count) but I just got back from a trip to Washington DC where I rode the Metro to most places. I have to admit I was amazed at the number of individuals reading books or ebooks while riding the train. I loved it!

I have figured out a downside to people reading ebooks on their various devices, I can’t tell what they are reading! I am nosy. I admit it, I want to know what others are reading. Are they reading a heavy tome to impress others or are they reading a fun mystery? I want to know these things! And I can’t do it without being obvious that I am reading over their shoulders. So those of you who ride public transportation regularly, how do you figure out what others are reading? Or do you even care and I am only nosy one out there?

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