Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Christmas reading pile

The end of the year is coming and it's when we make new year's resolutions. Mine will probably be READ MORE BOOKS, because I wish I'd read more books this year. I've now got a huge stack of reading to do that I keep saying I'll do over Christmas break, but in reality I have 11 days off work and too many books to read. Just thought I would share my list and how they ended up on my reading pile.

Not all of the books in my reading pile are straight out purchases. Some were gifts, some were loaned to me, some are bought to support other authors. Some were bought for my reading pleasure.

I hate to think that any books are discarded. I prefer to think that some are borrowed, some are loaned out, some are handed down from one person to another and some are given new homes. 


The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman
 
Be careful what you wish for. A small town librarian lives a quiet life without much excitement. One day, she mutters and idle wish and, while standing in her house, is struck by lightning. But instead of ending her life, this cataclysmic event sparks it into a new beginning. She goes in search of Lazarus Jones, a fellow survivor who was struck dead, then simply got up and walked away. Perhaps this stranger who has seen death face to face can teach her to live without fear. When she finds himhe is opposite, a burning man whose breath can boil water and whose touch scorches


***A friend I go walking with suggested this book to me. The next day she brought it in for me to read.

 
Cull by Stafford Ray

The planes are in the air, a madman is in charge and Harry, the only man who can stop the carnage, is in jail. Harry Fromm’s life’s work as an ambassador has been dedicated to finding peaceful solutions to political conflict. But when he finds himself party to an international conspiracy to solve the twin problems of overpopulation and climate change, by destroying half the world’s population, he is torn between loyalty to his president and human decency. He cannot have both and cracks begin to show, until he loses the confidence of the conspirators and they decide he must be killed. His wife Felicity and his daughter Sam are also threatened, but whisked into hiding by his Russian friend Yuri, who then joins Harry as they are pursued across the USA and into Canada by the CIA. When they are arrested by Canadian Police, who refuse to listen to them, the violent deaths of over three billion people becomes inevitable. Meanwhile, to help Defence Dynamics sell more planes and to put pressure on Australian Prime Minister Mulaney to join the conspiracy, CIA Chief Creswell Bunton facilitates the purchase of boats for refugees. Soon thousands of desperate people are approaching Australian shores in too many boats to be intercepted. Mulaney stirs up fear of an invasion in the electorate to ensure his re-election; then secretly orders them destroyed


***I bought Stafford's novel at a book launch. He is a writer in my writer's group, and he is also the president of said writer's group. This isn't a pity purchase, I love thrillers so I can't wait to read this one.



Guardian Witch series by Ally Shields
 
 

***I won a few of these ebooks in a contest. I've read the first and I'm looking forward to reading more of this series.



 

Name: Stella Sweeney.  Height: average.  Recent life events: dramatic.

One day, sitting in traffic, married Dublin mum Stella Sweeney attempts a good deed.  The resulting car crash changes her life. For she meets a man who wants her telephone number (for the insurance, it turns out).  That's okay.  She doesn't really like him much anyway (his Range Rover totally banjaxed her car). But in this meeting is born the seed of something which will take Stella thousands of miles from her old life, turning an ordinary woman into a superstar, and, along the way, wrenching her whole family apart. Is this all because of one ill-advised act of goodwill?  Was meeting Mr Range Rover destiny or karma?  Should she be grateful or hopping mad? For the first time, real, honest-to-goodness happiness is just within her reach.  But is Stella Sweeney, Dublin housewife, ready to grasp it?


***This is my Christmas gift from my husband. Every few Christmases I get the latest Marian Keyes novel.


  
 
 
 

Horror thrillers are my cup of tea. The First Bird is apparently sort of like modern version of The lost World or Jurassic Park. Science-fiction/action/adventure. Arcardian Genesis is a novella about something that crashes to earth and isn't opened until thousands of years later. Can't wait to discover this author.

***Momentum Publishing were having a sale. I couldn't resist. I purchased The First Bird Omnibus because the blurb looked great, and Arcardian Genesis was free.





About the Author
 
D L Richardson is the author of speculative fiction. She has six books published. Her debut YA novel The Bird With The Broken Wing reached number 2 at OmniLit and number 38 at Kobo Books. Her second YA novel Feedback reached number 1 at OmniLit. Her third YA novel Little Red Gem was 2nd place Best Books of 2013 Paranormal Cravings and the book trailer which features an original song performed by the author appeared on USA Today website. she is currently writing a science-fiction/adventure/apocalyptic action series for adult readers. She lives in Australia on the NSW south coast with her husband and dog. when she's not writing she likes to play the piano and guitar, read, or do work on the house and garden.


Contact information

Email                   dlrichardsonbooks@bigpond.com 
Blog           www.dlrichardsonwrites.blogspot.com
Twitter             www.twitter.com/#!/DLRichardson1 

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