Sunday, June 21, 2009

Friday Finds (19 June)

What great books did you hear about / discover this past week? Share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!

Not much this week :)

1. The Divine Appointment by Jerome Teel
( Won this from Tami @ Tree Swing Reading , she has great giveaways by the way ;))

A liberal Supreme Court justice has died and the president, a right wing pro-life politician, nominates Dunbar Shelton to replace her in an explosive pro-life vs. pro-choice conflict.

In Tennessee, lawyers Eli Faulkner and Jill Baker represent a physician in the murder case of a young lawyer. Jill flies to Washington to get a part of the story from investigative journalist Holland Fletcher.

Together, the players in this drama will uncover answers that may cost them their lives. Is it worth it to risk everything when you're fighting for what you believe in?

2. Worst Nightmares by Shane Briant
Found @ Reading Extravaganza

Dermot Nolan is an award-winning bestselling author who seems to have it all—a successful career, fame, fortune, and a beautiful wife. Between the royalties coming in from his most recent book and the revenue he has received from the film company that bought the rights, Dermot seems every bit the literary darling.
And yet, for the last year, he has suffered from a bout of writer’s block, and in the process has grossly overspent his income. So when Dermot comes across an unsolicited manuscript stuffed into his mailbox, he cannot help but feel intrigued. It tells the story of the homicidal “Dream Healer,” who snares his victims via his website,, seduces them into revealing their innermost fears, and then kills them by revisiting their very own nightmares
upon them.
Dermot, with the help of his wife, begins to rework the novel, while simultaneously researching the individual dream stories. In his search, he very slowly begins to realize that the novel may not be entirely fictional, that these poor characters may have perished at the hands of a twisted torturer. Could the Dreamhealer be real? Could these innocent cyber-surfers have fallen victim to a raving maniac? Just how far is fact from fiction? And could Dermot be writing his own ticket to death...his very own worst nightmare?

3. Prism by Faye Kellerman & Aliza Kellerman

Prism takes us to a slightly alternate universe in which medicine and health care do not exist, and in which sick people are allowed to die without any care. Set in New Mexico and California, the novel features three teens who fall through a cave at Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico while on a field trip. They are plunged into a frightening parallel universe—seven weeks in the past, in which their "normal" worlds of family and high school remain the same…except for the fact that no medicine exists and when people die in the street they are picked up and disposed of.

4. The King's Rose by Alisa Libby
Found @ Tanzanite's Shelf and Stuff

Life in the court of King Henry VIII is a complex game. When fif teen-year-old Catherine Howard catches the king’s eye, she quickly transforms from pawn to queen. But even luxury beyond imagination loses its luster as young Catherine finds her life—and her heart—threatened by the needs of an aging king and a family hungry for power. Will their agendas deliver Catherine to the same fate as her infamous cousin, Anne Boleyn—sacrificed at the altar of family ambition?
Engaging historical fiction with a throbbing YA heartbeat, this thrilling novel will draw readers into the intrigues and dangers of the Tudor court.

5. Dark Places: A Novel by Gillian Flynn
Found @

I have a meanness inside me, real as an organ.

Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived–and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who’ve long forgotten her.

The Kill Club is a macabre secret society obsessed with notorious crimes. When they locate Libby and pump her for details–proof they hope may free Ben–Libby hatches a plan to profit off her tragic history. For a fee, she’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club . . . and maybe she’ll admit her testimony wasn’t so solid after all.

As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the narrative flashes back to January 2, 1985. The events of that day are relayed through the eyes of Libby’s doomed family members–including Ben, a loner whose rage over his shiftless father and their failing farm have driven him into a disturbing friendship with the new girl in town. Piece by piece, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started–on the run from a killer.

6. Bound By Blood: The Awakening by C.H. Scarlett
(Given to my for review by Debra @ Review Your Book

Isn't the cover just GORGEOUS ?

The truth of the Ancients has been kept from you. For life did not begin here on Earth but in a universe known as TEŔAH.
Can you lay claim to one of their bloodlines?
Samanthŕa Lampiŕ can and this is her story…
And possibly, it is the beginning of yours.
Samanthŕa Lampiŕ is the High Priestess of twelve very powerful and ancient bloodlines. She is on the verge of her Awakening which is something every Vii before her has welcomed with absolute ease. Not Samanthŕa though, for her Awakening is prophesied to bring about the doom of her and those she loves the most, her six sisters. In secret, she undergoes dangerous rituals that’s could literally destroy her but she is more than willing to take that chance for she is no stranger to sacrifice. Despite the fatal threats of TEŔAH and the rising strengths of its enemies, she is succeeding until the night a great storm of unknowable power releases a prophecy, a revelation that will change her world, her peoples’ world, forever.
Daŕēus Dracuŕa, Father of the Blood and keeper of the 13th forgotten bloodline, is released from an age long prison that he was wrongly condemned to by traitors of his own blood and that of Evil. In a venomous rage, he learns that TEŔAH is in greater apparel than anyone in it has come to realize and he is the only one that can stop it. But in order to do so, he needs the High Priestess and he needs her at her full strength and power. He needs her Awakened whether she is willing or not and despite what harm it may bring to others.

Enter a world unlike any other. Discover a past which has been kept secret until now. Find your place among a forgotten bloodline and in the end, know your true purpose.
But be forewarned now, the truth is not always what it seems and lifting the veil is not always easy.

Once you begin this journey, know that it can not end until it is finished.
Ask yourself now, before you invoke the spell of this tale, what those in TEŔAH had to decide….
Are you ready to be awakened?
Because once you do, there is no turning back.


Blodeuedd said...

The Libby book looks nice, I must keep that one in mind

DeSeRt RoSe said...

WOW glad to add to your TBR :)

Unknown said...

Thanks for the book list, I will be checking out a couple of them. Have a great week. :)

DeSeRt RoSe said...

Ann Marie, it was my pleasure and I'm glad you enjoyed it :) you have a great week too :)

Jess said...

I just started Dark Places last night and then realized today that it is due at the library tomorrow, so I may have to do some late night reading. Have a great weekend!

Anonymous said...

I hope I am posting to the right article. First, I stumbled onto this post and seen my cover up. So that alone just tickled me to pieces. Second, I am glad you liked the cover. I was really on pins and needles when before I was published, PRAYING that I found a publisher that would let me do my own cover. Luckily I found one.
Third, I really, really hope you like the book. Thank you for reading it (whenever you do lol)
C.H. Scarlett
Bound by Blood: The Awakening

DeSeRt RoSe said...

Jess, that is so cool!! I will be checking for your review :)

chscarlett, yes you are posting in the right place :)
I'm glad that I got the chance to tickle you ;) the cover is just so darn GORGEOUS!!
I did start the book but I realized that I have another book that I have to read first because it's due for review :) so as soon as I finish the one I'm reading I'll go back to it.. It does look promising :)
Thanks for passing by :D

Anonymous said...

Take your time Desert Rose. I'd rather you read it when your not rushed and can enjoy it. Review or not, that's more important to me.
Now I'll leave you alone so you can get those other books done lol

Jenny Girl said...

Bound by Blood looks really good. I'll be looking for your review.

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