Books I want (I actually need them as much as I need air) in 2019

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2019 is here along with a whole list of books I want that are coming out this year.  I am sure that as the year progresses my list will just continue to get longer but for now it can be considered somewhat short.  Below is my compiled list so far along with the books release dates.

Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco – September 10th, 2019

Children of Blood and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi – March 5th, 2019

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi – January 15th, 2019

A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer – January 29th, 2019

Find me Their Bones by Sara Wolf – June 4th, 2019

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He – April 2nd, 2019

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal – May 14th, 2019

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson – June 4th, 2019

Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers – February 5th, 2019

Blood Heir by Amélie Wen Zhao –  June 4th, 2019

Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly – May 28th, 2019

The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala – April 23rd, 2019

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo – January 29th, 2019

Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller – February 26th, 2019

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim – July 30th, 2019

Sherwood by Meagan Spooner – March 19th, 2019

The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh – October 8th, 2019

The Sword and the Dagger by Robert Cochran – April 9th, 2019

The Queen’s Resistance by Rebecca Ross – March 5th, 2019

Rage by Cora Carmack – June 11th, 2019

more……

 

 

 

 

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Sharing Saturday Fifty

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The second Sharing Saturday of the year has arrived and I am excited to share with you some of my writings.  I recently wrote a ten-page essay on Jack the Ripper, a serial killer whose identity has never been discovered.  This chapter of history has fascinated me since I read Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco and I have researched and written a lot about it.  So, today I will be sharing with you but a short paragraph about this famous killer.  Enjoy!

The Ripper’s crimes took place in London during the nineteenth century when technological advancement and new ideas began to flourish.  However, this also brought about a boom in migration and London became an overcrowded, dirty, and desperate place as poor immigrants fought for any way to support their families.  Chaos ensued, crimes spread like wildfire; robbery, theft, violence, vandalism and even murder were commonplace as people struggled to feed themselves and their families. Soon London became a haven for criminals and one of the worst parts of London was the East End.  From the depths of this place arose one of the most well-known serial killers ever: Jack the Ripper.

Sharing Saturday Forty-Two

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Saturday is upon us.  Today I have some wonderful news! Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco comes out in three days!  Three days!  It seems like only yesterday that it was two months.  I can’t wait for its release so that we can enter yet another bloody mystery.

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

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I was recently nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award and I am so excited to do it.  A big thank you to The long distance relationship for nominating me.  Let’s get started.

Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  • Answer the 11 questions asked.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and include the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post.

Questions

Which is your favorite childhood story book and why?

That’s a hard question since I had a lot of story books that I loved.  But if I had to choose I would have to say Puff the Magic Dragon.Image result for puff the magic dragon

Had any paranormal experience? Please share.

No, unless you count my cats as ghostly devilish beings.Image result for cat evil

What is the one thing that you certainly want/wanted at your wedding?

Ummm….no idea.  So, lets just move on.

What’s your thinking about a perfect couple?

I don’t know. It changes depending upon what couple I am reading about.

What is your plan for old age?

To travel the world and read way too many books.Image result for a globe and books

If you could go back in time which place or whom would you love to visit?

This one is hard.  I think I would go back in time to London during the 1700s or 1800s but then again I have always wanted to meet Robert E. Lee and Abraham Lincoln.  Or I could visit the Dark ages or the Renaissance. I don’t know.  I want to visit and see it all.

Camping or slumber party?

Camping!

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Which book or movie would you like to be the hero/heroine of?

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco!!!StalkingJacktheRipper

What is your favorite thing about being single?

I don’t know. I’ve never dated so……

What is your most prized possession?

My books.Image result for pile of books art

Share the funniest moments of your life.

The funniest moment I can think of is when my sister told me that I had a mosquito on my face.  Without thinking I slapped myself in the face in an attempt to kill the mosquito.  I found out mere seconds later that there was no mosquito and that my sister was just joking.  It was hilarious.

My Nominees

theatreandart

Myths of the Mirror

Writer In Retrospect

thebookishchick

Fictionophile

Plants and Beyond

Christy Jackson Nicholas, Author and Artist

Confessions of a YA Reader

Ya Girl In a Bookish World

My Mundane Life

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My Questions:

  1. What is your favorite mythical creature?
  2. Who is your closest confidant?
  3. Do you prefer to draw or write?
  4. Share your favorite childhood memories?
  5. What would you do if you only had one day left to live?
  6. If you could rewrite a book which one would you choose?
  7. What is your favorite dessert?
  8. Coffee or tea?
  9. What is your favorite candle scent?
  10. If you could bring one person back to life who would it be?
  11. Who is your favorite historical figure?

 

Is it September 18th yet?

Image result for i can't wait any longer gifIn September the third book in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series is coming out and I don’t know how much longer I can wait.  I just want the book.  I need to know what happens to Audrey Rose and Thomas Cresswell.  September seems so far away and I want the story to continue so that I can have more material to reread at least several times a month.   I have read the first two books so many times that I have parts of the books memorized.  I hope the third book which is called Escaping from Houdini is even more mysterious, bloody, and filled with wonderful interactions between Wadsworth and Cresswell.  Below is the synopsis which just makes me want the book all the more.

Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation, Thomas Cresswell, are en route to New York to help solve another blood-soaked mystery. Embarking on a week-long voyage across the Atlantic on the opulent RMS Etruria, they’re delighted to discover a traveling troupe of circus performers, fortune tellers, and a certain charismatic young escape artist entertaining the first-class passengers nightly.

But then, privileged young women begin to go missing without explanation, and a series of brutal slayings shocks the entire ship. The strange and disturbing influence of the Moonlight Carnival pervades the decks as the murders grow ever more freakish, with nowhere to escape except the unforgiving sea. It’s up to Audrey Rose and Thomas to piece together the gruesome investigation as even more passengers die before reaching their destination. But with clues to the next victim pointing to someone she loves, can Audrey Rose unravel the mystery before the killer’s horrifying finale?

Image result for stalking jack the ripperAlso, the cover is phenomenal!  All of them are.  I love the covers for I feel that they portray the books wonderfully.  I wrote a whole essay on the cover of the first book, Stalking Jack the Ripper.  You can see the introduction on Sharing Saturday Fifteen.  In future Sharing Saturday’s  I may share more of my essay.  The cover is gorgeous and I can’t wait to hold a physical copy of the book in my hands.

I am counting down the days until this book comes out.  It’s 96 to be exact.  I also have a countdown on my website.  I will probably pre-order the book or be at the bookstore the moment it opens. It just seems so far away and it’s depressing.  I was never good at waiting for books and time drags until the day it finally comes out.  Even after Escaping from Houdini comes out I have to wait for the fourth book. Image result for i can't wait any longer gif

However, I look forward to reading the books because they are going to be amazing!  The books in this series are worth the wait.  I loved the first two and I have faith that the next two books are going to be even better.

 

Sharing Saturday Twenty-Five

Twenty-Five weeks! I have been sharing with you for twenty-five weeks which seemed to flash by me in a blur. So, today we will do something different to celebrate. I will share with you three amazing books I got for free and how. I have read some of them and others I have not.

One: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Image result for stalking jack the ripperI always wanted to own this book after I read it. I loved it and was determined to buy it when I got the money. One day my cousin came up to me and pulled out a Stephen King book she had just bought. I was looking at and next thing I knew she had pulled out Stalking Jack the Ripper and handed it me, ” Saying, here I got you this.” It was not a special occasion but one of those random things somebody does for someone else. It made my day.

Two: Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

Image result for poison studyRecently I started volunteering at book sales hosted by my library. It is a fun experience where you spend a few hours organizing books and helping others buy or find the books they want. At the end all of the volunteers are allowed to pick one free book for volunteering. So, for the last book sale I participated in I picked Poison study. The cover was a little ripped but it I didn’t care for I have wanted to read the book for the longest time and yet I have still not gotten around to it.

Three: Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough

Image result for blood water paint bookI am part of a book club through my library that provides us with advanced readers copies of books. If they are older than the past few months we are allowed to keep the books we choose. It is awesome for I have found and kept some phenomenal books through them. Recently I managed to procure Blood Water Paint which I am so excited to read.

Book Conference with Free Books!

0417181917c.jpgSo, this Saturday I went to a book conference with the authors Raul the III and Simone Elkeles. It was intriguing and I had never heard of either of these authors before. I managed to procure a Simone Elkeles book; How to Ruin a Summer Vacation. I haven’t read it yet but I am excited to start it. I did not purchase a book by Raul the III because I am not into graphic novels which is what he writes and illustrates.

Besides being able to meet the authors there were several forums that we could participate in. There were three forums with five or six programs you could go to. Each forum lasted an hour with fifteen minutes between each to find the next program you wanted to participate in.

For the first program, I participated in Impromptu Book Club which was a program allowing people to talk about the books they have read recently and whether they liked it or not. It was interesting for I got to see what other people thought about some of the same books I have read and the ones I have not. I was surprised occasionally by some of the hate for books that I myself adore. Furthermore, most of the people had not read some of my favorite books such as Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco or An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir which are quite popular books.

0417181916.jpgThe second program was Like, Try, Why which a program dedicated to suggesting good books with diverse characters. Throughout the presentation, I was convinced to read several books that I have never heard of but sound really good. At the end, we got two free books. I managed to grab a signed copy of the Belles by Dhonielle Clayton. Yes!! I have been wanting to read that book for forever. The second book I grabbed was Emergency Contact by Mary H.K Choi. I am unsure about how good that book is gonna be.

For the third session, I went to a local author panel. The panel consisted of authors; Ashlee Cowes, Todd Mitchell, Colleen Oakes, and Heather Sappenfield. It was awesome to learn about these authors and how they write and why they write. Luckily, I had a book by Todd Mitchell so I got that signed.

At the end, we talked to the main authors Simone and Raul. Then we got to choose one free book and get our books signed by the authors. For my book, I grabbed Reunited by Colleen Houck. I got my books signed along with a poster and headed home. It was fun and enjoyable.

This is a poster I received from Raul the third. The backside which is in Spanish is above. The front side is in English and that is the side I got signed. To the right is a picture of the signature for The Secret to Lying by Todd Mitchell.

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