Secret Location. Ballard, Seattle. 2014.
Happy New Year! Happy New month full of freshly published books!
(All covers summaries are from Goodreads)
Uninvited by Sophie Jordan (Uninvited #1)
When Davy Hamilton’s tests come back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS)-aka the kill gene-she loses everything. Her boyfriend ditches her, her parents are scared of her, and she can forget about her bright future at Juilliard. Davy doesn’t feel any different, but genes don’t lie. One day she will kill someone.
Only Sean, a fellow HTS carrier, can relate to her new life. Davy wants to trust him; maybe he’s not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.
The first in a two-book series, Uninvited tackles intriguing questions about free will, identity, and human nature. Steeped in New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s trademark mix of gripping action and breathless romance, this suspenseful tale is perfect for fans of James Patterson, Michelle Hodkin, and Lisa McMann.
Unhinged by A.G. Howard (Splintered #2)
That would be easier without her mother, freshly released from an asylum, acting overly protective and suspicious. And it would be much simpler if the mysterious Morpheus didn’t show up for school one day to tempt her with another dangerous quest in the dark, challenging Wonderland—where she (partly) belongs.
As prom and graduation creep closer, Alyssa juggles Morpheus’s unsettling presence in her real world with trying to tell Jeb the truth about a past he’s forgotten. Glimpses of Wonderland start to bleed through her art and into her world in very disturbing ways, and Morpheus warns that Queen Red won’t be far behind.
If Alyssa stays in the human realm, she could endanger Jeb, her parents, and everyone she loves. But if she steps through the rabbit hole again, she’ll face a deadly battle that could cost more than just her head.
Cemetery Girl: The Pretenders by Charlaine Harris, Christopher Golden (The Cemetery Girl Trilogy #1)
She calls herself Calexa Rose Dunhill—names taken from the grim surroundings where she awoke, bruised and bloody, with no memory of who she is, how she got there, or who left her for dead.
She has made the cemetery her home, living in a crypt and avoiding human contact. But Calexa can’t hide from the dead—and because she can see spirits, they can’t hide from her.
Then one night, Calexa spies a group of teenagers vandalizing a grave—and watches in horror as they commit murder. As the victim’s spirit rises from her body, it flows into Calexa, overwhelming her mind with visions and memories not her own.
Now Calexa must make a decision: continue to hide to protect herself—or come forward to bring justice to the sad spirit who has reached out to her for help…
Sweet Lightning: A Novel by Peter S. Beagle
With all the bittersweet charm of a bygone era, when baseball was the national religion and the Yankees an indomitable juggernaut, this uplifting fantasy novel pulls back the curtain on an amazingly improbable team of heroes, Pittsburgh’s own Pirates. It is 1956, and despite what history tells us, the legendary subway series between Mickey Mantle’s New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers never really happened. A mysterious stranger has arrived in town, and his magical intervention causes the Pirates to soar. But both heaven and hell have a stake in this season, and as the Pirates finally face the Yankees, the team and their star player are faced with challenges and consequences beyond anything they could have imagined. In Sweet Lightning, passion, political paranoia, integration, the struggle for a living wage, and a shot at the World Series merge with the pure transcendence at the heart of America’s pastime. Here’s the incredible story of a miraculous year, told by a passionate Pittsburgh Pirates fan and America’s foremost fantasist, Peter S. Beagle.
Terra Obscura: S.M.A.S.H. of Two Worlds by Alan Moore, Peter Hogan, Yanick Paquette (Terra Obscura #1-2)
Collections TERRA OBSCURA Vol. 1 #1-6 and Vol. 2 #1-6.
This year has been one, tough, year. There have been multiple life changing events that I have been made to shoulder and carry on with.
However, none of that was thought about last Monday. Last Monday I met my hero, Peter S. Beagle, author most known for The Last Unicorn, a book that was turned into a movie in the 1980’s that has basically shaped my life.
Mr. Beagle is currently on a two year long book signing, Q & A and viewing of a digitally remastered The Last Unicorn! Find all the info here – yes he’s coming to the UK!
I don’t want to bore you with all the silly stories about how this movie and book shaped my life. The brief of it is that I have been watching it since I was three, and it’s all I would ever watch so we were never allowed to own it on VHS. But man, those times when I could trick a family member to renting were the best weeks ever!
This signing was absolutely spectacular. There were remastered prints to buy, different editions of the book to purchase as well as the freshly published graphic novel released this year. There was also magic handmade unicorns that I played with my friend P that attended with me.
There was also a speciality designed jewellery range that I am considering purchasing, the designs are simply spot on!
I was really, really, really excited to be there.
Especially because me, S and P got there super early and were eighth in the queue! Peter signed for an hour beforehand and I wanted to be apart of the first part of the group, I had been looking forward to this night all year and then some.
He was so gracious and kind. He chatted with S and P and when it was my turn, I asked for a hug (I cried a little) and he smiled and said my hair smelled nice!
Meeting Peter was everything I had hoped it would be and more. He signed my 1st edition of The Last Unicorn and Litograph poster. I thanked him for his time and then we took more pictures of the posters and promotional things around the hosting event – Seattle Cinerama.
After that came hunting for a spot for the movie. There was a raffle (we didn’t win anything – boo) and then a lovely Q & A with Peter.
Things that happened during the Q & A:
A couple got engaged
Peter signed a baby
A little girl’s question was, “Did you write The Last Unicorn because you believed in unicorns?”
There wasn’t a dry eye in the theatre – and it had nearly been filled to capacity!
Then it was time for the movie, and it was stunning to see it on the big screen for the first time.
Overall it had been one of the most perfect nights. I can’t believe how lucky I was to be there and to have the chance to finally meet my literary hero. His words have taught me so many things and his movie has given me all the strength to keep believing in hope, love and magic.
I’m so grateful the lawsuit has been finally sorted with the film and Peter’s royalties. He deserves every penny made from the film and because of the lawsuit being resolved, it’s the reason Peter has been able to promote the movie along with his book for this tour.
Thank you so much to Peter S. Beagle, he is amazing! Many thanks to his publishing partner Connor for heading the tour and many thanks to my friends S and P for joining me on one of the best days of my life. I was very emotional and all over the place with excitement and they stood by me the entire time. I appreciate it so much!