Archive for December, 2011

Happy New Year: Special Greetings with Best January Releases

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Author: Sherry Helms

Today is the last day of the year 2011. This is the occasion which comes every year, but still so special when we ring out the old year and approach towards a new one with open arms. Today is the day when we recall all the happy and sad moments of the year and we fill our hearts with new hopes, new dreams, new aspirations and new expectations and move on towards welcoming a new year. This is the day of joy, happiness, celebrations and festivities when we forget all our sorrows and enmities and celebrate altogether to collect some more golden memories in our albums.

Check out the books that are coming on the first week of January, 2012 to greet you with more thrill and chill and let you start the New Year with some fun reads. So here are some brief details on those books that you would love to purchase on the first brand new week of the New Year and get a boost to have more fun.

Private: #1 Suspect (Jack Morgan): The year starts with another unstoppable thriller and crime fiction by James Patterson. While Jack Morgan’s investigation firm is the most powerful and smartest one in the whole industry to uncover all truths, this time Jack Morgan himself falls prey to the suspicion of murdering his former lover. There are also cases of thefts and treacheries against him from where it’s hard for him to find a way out to save his life. With lots of twists and turns, this is another uncommon best from James Patterson that is going to be the finest treat on this New Year week.

With a very exciting storyline, James Patterson is once more going to be at the highest peak on your to- be- read list. So ready for the action?

Bloodrose (Nightshade #3): Another best teen read is awaiting you. After the first two thrilling novels in the internationally bestselling series Nightshade Trilogy, Andrea Cremer is all set to publish her third and final installment in the series and it is called Bloodrose. Keep your fingers crossed to know with whom finally Calla ends up with- Ren or Shay? Some ultimate sacrifice for true love is on the roll. The tension and anxiety that follows reading Wolfsbane is going to end very soon just next week and there can no more a dynamic ending to such an engrossing series.

It shall keep you breathless and sleepless from the beginning to the final pages until you end it at a single reading.

Breakdown (V. I. Warshawski Series #15): This time it’s turn for Sara Paretsky to rock the reading world with another bestselling novel. Another murder happens, in an abandoned cemetery and now it’s V.I. Warshawski’s responsibility to come out with all answers to the uprising questions. And while looking for the answers to all her questions, she finds out the most dangerous truth about her surroundings that her enemies are something more powerful than to be called some normal humans.

A complicated story of a private investigator with some very interesting character portrayals, breathless excitements and some very convincing action- packed storyline.

We hope that you take the best joyride on this New Year celebrations with most interesting reads of the coming first week of the New Year, and share all the fun with your loved ones. As joy increases by sharing it. Happy New Year friends!!

Douglas Preston on his Second Book of Helen Trilogy- “Cold Vengeance”

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Following the interview with Lincoln Child on Cold Vengeance we are again blessed to have his co- author Douglas Preston over here in our interview forum. Here goes another interview on their latest release, the second installment in bestselling “Helen Trilogy”- Cold Vengeance. After learning so many things from Lincoln Child on their books, it’s our turn to learn a lot more from Douglas Preston on their Pendargast books and forthcoming releases from this interview.

———-

  • What is Cold Vengeance all about?

It is about vengeance on many levels, both the pleasures of it and the corrosive effects of it.

  • Tell us something about the framing of the character Special Agent Pendargast.

He is a man out of his time, a gentleman from an old, decaying New Orleans family who finds himself in a world very different from the one he grew up in. And yet, in a curious way his stubborn adherence to an antique code of conduct and a set of values put him in a unique position to solve heinous crimes, and give him insight into the criminal mind that few share.

  • You are mostly popular among your readers to be a master storyteller. So can we know something about your storytelling or writing style?

Storytelling is one of the most ancient and I believe important of human activities. Stories tell us who we are, where we’ve been and where we’re going on the deepest levels. A good story, I think, places ordinary human beings in extraordinary circumstances and by so doing tells us something about being human and what values we should live by. (more…)

Larry Dossey on his book “The Power of Premonitions”

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Larry Dossey, the doctor turned author famous for his book “Healing Words” has always come up with some unconventional writings, with some groundbreaking observations, supported by strong case studies. After proving the power of prayers in his last book, in his latest book The Power of Premonitions he has documented some real cases of influences of premonitions on our lives. It is a book for both believers and non-believers that premonition is all about science and nothing else.

In this interview he has provided some self-made questions with some most helpful answers and we are happy that we can share these answers (with some editing on our end) with our readers with due permission of the honorable author.

———-

What’s your book about?

Premonitions — knowing what’s about to happen.

What’s a premonition?

“Premonition” literally means “forewarning.” Premonitions come in all flavors.  Sometimes they provide information about positive, pleasant happenings that lay ahead — a job promotion, where the last remaining parking place is, or, in some instances, the winning lottery numbers.

Why did you write this book?

During my first year in medical practice as an internist, I had a dream premonition that shook me up and made me realize the world worked differently than I had been taught.  Then patients of mine began telling me about their own premonitions. Even my physician colleagues would occasionally open up and share their premonitions with me. So I decided this was a well-kept secret in medicine that needed telling.

The time is right for this book because science has come onto the premonitions scene.  There are now hundreds of experiments that confirm premonitions, which have been replicated by researchers all over the world. So there’s a new story to tell.  It’s no longer only about people’s experiences, but it’s also about science. (more…)

Merlin: The Book of Magic – Why Merlin?

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Author: T.A.Barron

Often, I’m asked why I chose to write about Merlin—especially before he became the greatest wizard of all times, when he was just a troubled boy growing into his amazing powers, with no idea of his glorious future as the fabled mage of Camelot.  Sure, he’s a remarkable character, full of surprises, someone who is destined to live backward in time, change himself (or his future student, Arthur) into whatever creature he chooses.  And sure, he’s someone whose wisdom ultimately sprouts as much from his flaws, his dark side, as from his virtues and his dreams.

But when I started writing about him—18 years and 12 books ago, books that have now been translated into 15 languages—I knew that there was something more going on.  And I’m even more certain now.  What was that mysterious, compelling quality about this young man?  What made me want to put everything else aside to listen to his secret story and be his scribe?

It all started with a dream.  Back in 1993, I dreamed of a boy, half-drowned and barely alive, who washed ashore on a strange rocky coastline.  He was weak, nauseous, and terribly confused.  Not to mention utterly lost and alone.  But he was also something else: the boy who would someday be called Merlin, the original wizard who has inspired stories worldwide for over 1500 years. (more…)

Author Interview: Heather Newton (Under the Mercy Trees)

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

Under the Mercy Trees is one of the best debut novels ever by any author in the world of literary excellence. Heather Newton, the debutante author has recently won 2011 Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award for her Under the Mercy Trees- a novel that directly strikes the strings of your heart with its heartwarming storyline of past and present. Heather Newton gives us a pleasant interview on her debut novel, her characters, themes, settings and her message for readers and aspiring writers.

——-

How do you want to describe your journey as a novelist so far with your novel “Under the Mercy Trees”?

From beginning to end, Under the Mercy Trees took me ten years to complete. In that time I became a better writer (practice makes better, if not perfect!) and learned the value of perseverance. It has been a delight to see the novel in the hands of readers and to hear how people have been touched by this story that danced around in my head for so long.

Give us a brief plot description of your debut novel “Under the Mercy Trees”. How far do you relate the plot of the book to real life?

Under the Mercy Trees is the story of Martin Owenby, who is forced to return home to rural western North Carolina when his older brother Leon goes missing from the family home place. When he goes back, Martin’s family and old friends help him come to terms with past regrets that have weighed him down for decades. The idea of the brother’s disappearance came from an incident in my husband’s family, when an uncle disappeared and the family never got closure on his death. Against that background I created characters and a story of my own. (more…)

Last Minute Gifts before Christmas:Top 5 Picks as Christmas Gifts

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Author: Sherry Helms

Christmas is here finally!! Just one more day to go. Are you done with your Christmas shopping or waiting for the last minute shopping today or tomorrow? Now put an end to your long wait and have all the fun of Christmas shopping as it comes only once a year.

While shopping for last minute gifts before any occasion, a different kind of craziness and eagerness work among us. Shall we be able to please our friends and family with the last minute gifts I bought? But it always feels best when we see those eternal smiles and jolliness on the faces of our near and dear ones, holding the gifts in their hands. To make these moments memorable we should always choose the best among the lot.

Books always make great gifts inside a charming wrapping paper.  There is always a special book for every special person in your life. Share your love throughout the coming year with the most loved books you can gift to your loved ones. What can be better way to show your love and respect than choosing some really good titles as your last minute gifts?

Here we gift you a suggested list of books that can become some best last minute gifts on this Christmas:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Cocktail Hour under the Tree of Forgetfullness: It can be the most beautiful story to gift your most close friends or rather your lovely siblings. Forgiveness should be the theme of every Christmas.

2. A Game of Thrones (Box Set): The best purchase you can have this Christmas with this super deal. Your loved ones will surely value this set of books for their whole life.

3. Mistborn Trilogy Boxed Set: A tremendous fantasy series.The gifted people will get lost in its world. Wish for the excitement and this set will fulfill your wish.

4. Harry Potter Box Set: An amazing purchase by every Christmas last minute shopper for every Potter fan.

5. The Language of Flowers: Gift this book on this Christmas and share your language of love with loved ones. Let the roses of your love bloom full this Christmas.

Share the best books and have the best ever Christmas this year. Merry Christmas to all!! 

 

Top Hundred Bestsellers of 2011:The Best Readings of the Year

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

2011 has been the best year for books, booklovers, and regular readers and for the bookstores- the year can be called the best for sales and readings. As the year is about to end in a few days to come, it is high time that we should have a recap episode and look back over all the titles that have been continuously running high on our book sales list. There are some books that encouraged better reading among our readers. There are some titles selected from the mega awards winners. And there are also some books that have been all- time favorites among our readers, irrespective of their publication dates.

Among the whole lot of books and bestsellers, we have finally selected the top 100 bestsellers of the year and really enjoyed this journey down the memory lane. Just keep scrolling down to check out the list:

Disclaimer: The list does not follow any particular order.

Bestseller 2011: Bestseller 2011:Inheritance Christopher Paolini Bestseller 2011: Bestseller 2011:Steve Jobs The Exclusive Biography Bestseller 2011:Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Ugly Truth Jeff Kinney Bestseller 2011:Heroes of Olympus The Book Two The Son of Neptune Rick Riordan Bestseller 2011:The Hunger Games Bestseller 2011:The Throne of Fire Bestseller 2011:Unbroken A World War II Story of Survival Resilience and Redemption Bestseller 2011:A Stolen Life A Memoir Bestseller 2011:The 17 Day Diet A Doctor s Plan for Rapid Results Bestseller 2011:Catching Fire Thorndike Bestseller 2011:Water for Elephants Bestseller 2011:Mockingjay The Final Book of The Hunger Games Bestseller 2011:City of Fallen Angels Bestseller 2011:Dead Reckoning A Sookie Stackhouse Novel Bestseller 2011:A Dance with Dragons Bestseller 2011:The Land of Painted Caves Bestseller 2011:The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Bestseller 2011:The Five Love Languages Bestseller 2011:The Best of Me Bestseller 2011:Cutting For Stone Bestseller 2011:Awakened Bestseller 2011:Smokin Seventeen Bestseller 2011:Killing Lincoln Bestseller 2011:Entreleadership Bestseller 2011:Sarah's Key Bestseller 2011:Bossypants Bestseller 2011:In the garden of beasts Bestseller 2011:The Girl who kicked the Hornet's Nest Bestseller 2011:Crazy Love Bestseller 2011:The Dukan Diet Bestseller 2011:The Great Gatsby Bestseller 2011:Silverlicious Bestseller 2011:The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Bestseller 2011:Harry Potter Boxed Set Bestseller 2011:10th Anniversary Bestseller 2011:Jesus Calling Bestseller 2011:To Kill a Mockingbird Bestseller 2011:A Discovery of Witches Bestseller 2011:The Lost Hero Bestseller 2011:The Art of Racing in the Rain Bestseller 2011:Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Bestseller 2011:Tick Tock Bestseller 2011:The Alchemist Bestseller 2011:Sing You Home Bestseller 2011:The Paris Wife Bestseller 2011:11/22/1963 Bestseller 2011:The Book Thief Bestseller 2011:Night Elie-Wiesel-Marion-Wiesel-Sergey-Bermeniev Bestseller 2011:The Girl Who Played With Fire Bestseller 2011:The Lucky One Bestseller 2011:Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Bestseller 2011:How to win friends and influence people Bestseller 2011:Maximum Ride Angel Bestseller 2011:The Giver Bestseller 2011:Hungry Girl 300 Under 300 Bestseller 2011:Now you see her Bestseller 2011:The Outsiders Bestseller 2011:Passion Bestseller 2011:True Grit Bestseller 2011:Room A Novel Bestseller 2011:State of Wonder Bestseller 2011:The Greater Journey Bestseller 2011:I am number four Bestseller 2011:The Four Agreements Bestseller 2011:Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother Bestseller 2011:Love Wins Bestseller 2011:Decision Points Bestseller 2011:A Sick Day for Amos Mcgee Bestseller 2011:Explosive Eighteen Bestseller 2011:The Sixth Man Bestseller 2011:The Investment Answer Bestseller 2011:The Glass Castle Bestseller 2011:Seal Team Six Bestseller 2011:A Guide to the project management body of knowledge Bestseller 2011:Red Mist Bestseller 2011:The Drop Bestseller 2011:Moonwalking With Einstein Bestseller 2011:How Success Happens Bestseller 2011:Silverstein Poetry Book Bestseller 2011:Boomerang Travels in the New Third World Bestseller 2011:1Q84 Haruki Murakami Bestseller 2011:Reckless Endangerment Gretchen Morgenson Bestseller 2011:The Wise Man s Fear Kingkiller Chronicles Day 2 Bestseller 2011:V is for Sue Grafton Bestseller 2011:The Marriage Plot Bestseller 2011:Ghost Story Bestseller 2011:In My Time Bestseller 2011:Before I Go To Sleep Bestseller 2011:The Fifth Witness Bestseller 2011:The Night Circus Bestseller 2011:Demonic Bestseller 2011:The Power of Six Bestseller 2011:Buried Prey Bestseller 2011:The Next Always Bestseller 2011:The Sense of an Ending Bestseller 2011:Shock Wave Bestseller 2011:Cold Vengeance Bestseller 2011:One Day

Author Interview:James Rollins on his Blockbuster “Sigma Force Series”

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

There must be very few readers in the universal booklovers community who are not familiar to the name of James Rollins and fame of his Sigma Force Series. James Rollins is the record- breaking name in the genre of mystery and adventure novels- a complete package of action, suspense and fantasy. Apart from his very successful stand alone novels like Amazonia and Ice Hunt, he touched the peak of unfathomable success with his bestselling Sigma Force series, The Devil Colony being the latest release in the same. Here in this interview we are glad to have a very prolific discussion with the author on the making and journey of his entire series so far.

———

Tell us some basic facts about your Sigma Force Series. How did you mix science, religion, adventure and history throughout the series?

Sigma Force is a group of former Special Forces soldiers who were recruited by the Defense Department’s research-and-development group and retrained in various scientific disciplines (biology, physics, and chemistry).  They are sent around the world to investigate and thwart world threats.  Each book centers on a historical mystery and some field of cutting-edge science.  One of my earliest reviews said the books are a cross between Dan Brown and Michael Crichton—and I’m not about to argue about that. (more…)

How Do Books Become Bestsellers? – Top Ten Bestsellers of 2011

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Author: Sherry Helms

The year 2011 is about to end and everyone is busy discussing the top bestsellers of the year. But do we know what is the yardstick to mark a book as a bestseller and moreover the best among the bestsellers? Bestsellers are not always considered to be some best reads among the readers and booklovers. But still they retain their position in the popular bestsellers lists over a long time. So what trick goes beyond making a book bestseller? It comes definitely from effective advertising, promotion and publicity through proper advertising, choosing proper marketing medium and strategy, defining the actual target audience and also Internet marketing through some biggest search engines.

The fame and name of authors and their promotional campaigns and their connection to readers help a lot to upgrade their books in the ongoing bestsellers lists. The publication time also plays an important role in getting popularity of some books as on certain times certain books connect with readers more effectively. So definitely a good combination of talent, luck and timing is essential to help books become bestsellers. Books from first time authors can also become the best among the bestsellers regarding their discussed issues and how far they connect to the real lives of their target audience.

Readers require knowing that none of the bestsellers are preplanned to become so; ultimately the number of buyers and the enormity of reach (the sales figures) of the books make them bestsellers. But creating a bestseller should never become an author’s goal; an author should always aim to produce something classic, something of high quality and taste. Then either it may make to the bestsellers list or not, it still wins the race of success. (more…)

Steve Hamilton (The Lock Artist): Edgar Award Winner for Best Novel

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

The Lock Artist, the Edgar Award winner for Best Novel in 2011, is such a unique crime fiction that grabs your attention and keeps your pulse pounding from the very first beginning page. Learn more about the best novel of the year from the author himself Steve Hamilton, who in his interview with us discusses every significant aspect of the novel that his readers are looking towards hearing from him.

——-

At first many congratulations to you for winning the Edgar Award for Best Novel 2011. Share some of your very special feelings with us on winning this prestigious award.

It was a big night, of course.  Honestly, the best part was being able to thank my editor, Ruth Cavin, who had died (at age 91) just a few weeks beforehand.  But beyond that, the Edgar is given out by your fellow mystery writers, so it really means a lot!

Give us a brief plot description of your novel The Lock Artist.

A young man named Michael, who hasn’t spoken since a childhood trauma, discovers that he has this natural ability to open locks.  Unfortunately, it’s an “unforgivable” talent, especially if the wrong people find out about it.  Michael ends up getting drawn into a life of crime, driven by his need to protect the one person he loves.  And really, the rest of the novel, he’s just trying to escape and get back to her. (more…)

Stay Connected