Book Burners Blitz

About the book:

The critically acclaimed urban fantasy about a secret team of agents that hunts down dangerous books containing deadly magic—previously released serially online by Serial Box, now available in print for the first time!

Magic is real, and hungry. It’s trapped in ancient texts and artifacts, and only a few who discover it survive to fight back. Detective Sal Brooks is a survivor. She joins a Vatican-backed black-ops anti-magic squad—Team Three of the Societas Librorum Occultorum—and together they stand between humanity and the magical apocalypse. Some call them the Bookburners. They don’t like the label.

Supernatural meets The Da Vinci Code in a fast-paced, kickass character driven novel chock-full of magic, mystery, and mayhem, written collaboratively by a team of some of the best writers working in fantasy.

About the authors:
MAX GLADSTONE has been thrown from a horse in Mongolia, drank almond milk with monks on Wudang Shan, and wrecked a bicycle in Angkor Wat. Max is also the author of the Craft Sequence of books about undead gods and skeletal law wizards—Full Fathom Five, Three Parts Dead, Two Serpents Rise, and Last First Snow. Max fools everyone by actually writing novels in the coffee shops of Davis Square in Somerville, MA. His dreams are much nicer than you’d expect. He tweets as @maxgladstone. Bookburners, which he wrote with Margaret Dunlap, Mur Lafferty, and Brian Francis Slattery, is available from Saga Press in January.
Before joining the Bookburners, MARGARET DUNLAP wrote for ABC Family’s cult-hit The Middleman in addition to working on SyFy’s Eureka. Most recently, she was a writer and co-executive producer of the Emmy-winning transmedia series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, and co-created its sequel Welcome to Sanditon. Her short fiction has previously appeared in Shimmer Magazine. Margaret lives in Los Angeles where she taunts the rest of the team with local weather reports and waits for the earthquake that will finally turn Burbank into oceanfront property. She tweets as @spyscribe. Bookburners, which she wrote with Max Gladstone, Mur Lafferty, and Brian Francis Slattery, is available from Saga Press in January.
MUR LAFFERTY is the author of The Shambling Guides series from Orbit, including the Netfix-optioned The Shambling Guide to New York City and Ghost Train to New Orleans. She has been a podcaster for over 10 years, running award-winning shows such as I Should Be Writing and novellas published via podcast. She has written for RPGs, video games, and short animation. She lives in Durham, NC where she attends Durham Bulls baseball games and regularly pets two dogs. Her family regrets her Dragon Age addiction and wishes for her to get help. She tweets as @mightymur. Bookburners, which she wrote with Max Gladstone, Margaret Dunlap, and Brian Francis Slattery, is available from Saga Press in January.
BRIAN FRANCIS SLATTERY is the author of Spaceman Blues, Liberation, Lost Everything, and The Family Hightower. Lost Everything won the Philip K. Dick Award in 2012. He’s the arts and culture editor for the New Haven Independent, an editor for the New Haven Review, and a freelance editor for a few not-so-secret public policy think tanks. He also plays music constantly with a few different groups in a bunch of different genres. He has settled with his family just outside of New Haven and admits that elevation above sea level was one of the factors he took into account. For one week out of every year, he enjoys living completely without electricity. Bookburners, which he wrote with Max Gladstone, Margaret Dunlap, and Mur Lafferty, is available from Saga Press in January.

First Book Of The Year 2017

It seems like I am always struggling with what I want to read on a normal day so you can image how hard it was for me to pick out my first book that I want to start 2017 with? Do you struggle with that as well?

This is my 4th year doing this and I have decided on:

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles, but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.
Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods-a powerful family in the Colonies-and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, his passenger, can find. In order to protect her, Nick must ensure she brings it back to them-whether she wants to or not.
Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home forever.

The reason I am picking this book is because I was asked to review the sequel and my review is suppose to go up on Friday so I knew I had to read this one first. I started this book Friday night and I am still reading this. I am about half way through it.

What is your first book going to be>

Happy New Year

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Wishing you all a very happy and joyous New Year….all the very best for 2017.

December 2016 Book Unhauling

Good Monday morning everyone. Its been since August since I have done a unhauling post and sadly since that time I have passed on a few books that I didn’t get to document. I need to get better with that because all numbers eventually add up to the bigger outlook.

I had so much success in 2015 unhauling books that I thought I would continue this again for 2016 and going into 2017 I will be doing the same thing again. I think I do this out of curiosity  for myself to see if I am giving more away then I am bringing in.

With the lack of documenting over the past 4 months I have no idea what I have given away so the totals are a little off.

So each month I will be posting about what books I am unhauling and then another monthly post will be what books I physically bought in the month.

Are you a constant book buyer? Can you resist buying books on a weekly bases? Please tell me I am not alone in this?

I am gradually going through the bookcases and the many boxes that I have stored in the basement and doing a purge because this summer with fingers crossed we will get the basement finally renovated and I can purchase new bookcases and set up a library down there. So over the next few months I am expecting larger unhaulings.

Take a look at what I unhauled this month:
(Unless otherwise noted these are books I have read and I am passing them along to another book loving home.)

  1. The Bridge by Karen Kingsbury
  2. Amish Christmas Blessings
  3. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  4. Rose by Leigh Greenwood’s
  5. Fern by Leigh Greenwood’s
  6. Iris by Leigh Greenwood’s
  7. Laurel by Leigh Greenwood’s
  8. Little Women and Me by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
  9. Uncomfortably Close by Lily Brett
  10. A Midsummer Night’s Scream by R.L Stine
  11. Under the Boardwalk by Amie Denman
  12. There is No Dog by Meg Rosoff
  13. Secondhand Charm by Julie Berry
  14. The Brillant Fall of Gianna Z by Kate Messner
  15. The Chocolate Thief by Laura Florand
  16. Joyland by Stephen King
  17. Family Affair by Debbie Macomber
  18. Summer Moonlight Secrets by Danette Haworth
  19. Eyewitness Travel Pocket Map & Guide Montreal
  20. New York City with kids
  21. Eyewitness Travel Chicago
  22. I survived the Nazi Invasion, 1944 by Lauren Tarshis
  23. Top 10 Montreal & Quebec City
  24. Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick
  25. Surrender by Elana Johnson
  26. Wishes & Stitches by Rachael Herron
  27. Prom Nights from Hell
  28. One Perfect Summer by Paige Toon
  29. Plain Fear Forbidden by Leanna Ellis
  30. RSVP by Helen Warner
  31. Fly Away Home by Jennifer Weiner
  32. Plain Fear Forsaken by Leanna Ellis
  33. One for the Money by Jane Evanovitch
  34. Here Come The Girls by Milly Johnson
  35. Heaven is Paved with Oreos by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
  36. The Charm Bracelet by Viola Shipman
  37. Starlight on Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs
  38. Fair and Tender Ladies by Lee Smith
  39. The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane by Kelly Harms
  40. The Accidental Book Club by Jennifer Scott
  41. The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom
  42. The Sweetness of Forgetting by Kristin Harmel
  43. Little Miss Red by Robin Palmer

So for December  I am releasing  43 books this month. As you can see I have missed months and I know I have passed on more books then I have listed which is a bit sad, but what can you do about it right?

  • Total for 2016 is 124
  • Total for 2015 is 211

 

Merry Christmas

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First Book of 2017

Its hard to believe that this is the 4th year for First Book of The Year. I have participated in every one.

The awesome host of this is Sheila from Book Journey. I am lucky enough to know Sheila IRL and she is exactly like she is online so I have to support her in this and so should you.

I always struggle with what I plan to read for the first book and for me it has to be something amazing because that sets the tone for the year in my opinion.

I’m not quite sure what I want read just yet because I don’t know if I want to pick a book that has been on the shelf forever or something else so for now I am just going to leave you with this reminder to sign up and come back New Years Eve to see what book I will be reading on New Years Day.

Review/ The Bridge

Review/ The BridgeThe Bridge by Karen Kingsbury
Published by Howard Books on October 23rd 2012
Pages: 258
Goodreads

Number one New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury delivers an instant classic with this heartwarming Christmas story about a hundred-year flood, lost love, and the beauty of enduring friendships. Molly Allen lives alone in Portland, but she left her heart back in Tennessee with a man she walked away from five years ago. They had a rare sort of love she hasn’t found since.
Ryan Kelly lives in Nashville after a broken engagement and several years on the road touring with a country music duo. He can still hear Molly’s voice encouraging him to follow his dreams; Molly, whose memory stays with him. At least he can visit The Bridge—the oldest bookstore in historic downtown Franklin—and remember the hours he and Molly once spent there.
For thirty years, Charlie and Donna Barton have run The Bridge, providing the people of middle Tennessee with coffee, conversation, and shelves of good books—even through dismal book sales and the rise of digital books. Then in May, the hundred-year flood swept through Franklin and destroyed nearly every book in the store.
Now the bank is pulling the lease on The Bridge. Despondent and without answers, Charlie considers the unthinkable. Then tragedy strikes, and suddenly, everything changes. In the face of desperate brokenness and lost opportunities, could the miracle of a second chance actually unfold?
The Bridge is a love story set against the struggle of the American bookstore, a love story you will never forget.

The Bridge was a book I picked up last year on sale and never got a chance to read it so I was really happy that I was able to dig this out and read it this year.

Now I should say that I mistakenly decided to watch the movie before reading the book and I have to say that I regret doing that because I didn’t enjoy the book as much as I did the movie. I in fact ended up loving the movie much more.

I was having a hard time getting into the book and I honestly think that was due to the fact i just watched the movie before picking up the book to read. Its very rare for me to say I don’t like something and this is the time I am honestly saying I didn’t enjoy it but I really wanted to because it was all about books and who doesn’t love books and bookstores?

The Bridge is a bookstore in Tennessee that is run by our main character Charlie and his wife. I loved the idea behind the bookstore and the connection of the name to people. Books are the bridge to our lives.

The other main characters are Ryan and  Molly who are in Tennessee going to college and they end up spending a lot of time in the reading room at the Bridge and end up falling in love. That is until Molly’s father gets wind of this budding romance and quickly puts a holt to it because he has his daughter’s life mapped out and having a boy interfer is not something he wants. So they eventually go their separate ways.

Then fast forward to when the floods destroy The Bridge and Charlie is in financial danger and at risk of  loosing it all decides he can’t live any longer. He contemplates taking his own life because he think Donna would be better without him. To scared to go through with it he ends up in a accident that could take his life away from him.

Everyone rallies around Charlie in hopes that he will eventually come back. Can they save him and The Bridge before its too late?