Stuart Woods. “ Bombshell.” He’s back in Hollywood and caught in two tricky situations, a lot of knives to juggle even for Teddy Fay. As the former CIA operative-turned-movie-producer turns his considerable talents to neutralizing the source of malicious gossip against a rising star, Teddy himself is targeted by a criminal thug bearing a grudge. Another high-stakes thriller in the world of wealth and power.

                Robyn Carr. “Sunrise On Half Moon Bay.” Twenty years separate sisters Adele and Justine, and though they love each other they have never been particularly close. Addie gave up her plans for her future to become the sole care-giver of their ailing parents. Justine, a successful lawyer, covered expenses. Now their parents are gone, Addie doesn’t know how to live for herself, and Justine’s success has come at the price of her marriage. Neither woman knows how to start life over, but they realize they must support one another as only sisters can. Carr’s novel examines the joys of sisterhood and the importance of embracing change.

                Stephen King. “If It Bleeds.” If you like Stephen King’s novels, his short stories are their own dark treat. This collection of four stories will impress readers in the same way as earlier stories that were made into movies, namely ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ and ‘Stand By Me.’ King inhabits a strange world – it’s so generous of him to share it.

Joyce Carol Oates. “Night. Sleep. Death. The Stars.” The bonds of family are tested in the wake of a profound tragedy. When a powerful man dies, each of his adult children reacts in startling and unexpected ways, and his grieving widow in the most surprising way of all. This is a vivid exploration of psychological trauma, class warfare, grief, and eventual healing; a look at contemporary America through the lens of one family’s loss.

                Elizabeth Lim. “So This Is Love.” This delightful book in the Twisted Tale Series, poses the question: What if Cinderella never tried on the slipper? Palace officials scour the countryside for the missing “princess” from the ball, but Cinderella’s stepmother intervenes when it should be Cinderella’s turn to try on the slipper which she lost. Unable to bear her life any longer, Cinderella becomes a seamstress at the castle, where in her new position, she learns of a grand conspiracy to take the king and prince out of power, as well as a long-standing prejudice against fairies, including her own fairy godmother. Can Cinderella stop the villains, past and present, before it’s too late? Fun reading for the young at heart.

                Iris Johansen. “The Persuasion.” Eve Duncan and her husband Joe Quinn have given Seth Caleb their trust for the most important duty of his life: keeping their daughter Jane safe at any cost. Jane’s artistic talent has caught the attention of a brilliant psychopath with a violent past. Though Seth tries to keep Jane safe, his job becomes almost impossible when the madman confronts Jane. As Jane and Seth work to resolve the impossible situation, they must also address their epic love for one another.

© 2014 by JADEN SNYDER

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