Friday, April 19, 2013

Book Discovery Day! (Friday Apr 19)

It's Book Discovery Day! Every Friday we bring you a selection of books that are newly-published, or that have been overlooked.

Every great book was once a hidden gem. Browse through the books below and start your own discovery!

Book Discovery - newly-published and overlooked books!
Rock'N'Roll in Locker Seventeen, by Shannon BrownWhat would happen if you discovered what really happened to the world’s most famous missing rock star?
In 1964 Ricky Stevenson was living the dream. He was on the top of the charts, and on the cover of almost every fan magazine. What those publications didn’t tell you was that he had no privacy, few real friends, and a hectic schedule of touring and recording. Though tempted to lose himself in a haze of drugs and alcohol, Ricky knew it would only be a temporary escape. What Ricky wanted was to be rid of the pressures of fame for good, so one day he simply disappeared.
Thirty years later people were still speculating about the fate of Ricky Stevenson, especially Ricky’s biggest fan, Steven White. Seventeen year old Steven is ...
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Cat Rider, by David CastlewitzKaryn Fitzmanner never wanted to be a circus performer or an actor, the usual careers for minifolk in a Biggie world, and the path followed by her family. To be true to herself, she became a cat rider, a soldier in the ongoing war against city vermin, an adventurous life that she found fulfilling. But when she joins an elite company of riders, she discovers a side of her miniature world that isn’t so appealing. Faced with the condemnation of her peers and overseers because of her views about life and religion, Karyn struggles against a world defined by the needs and expectations of the Biggies that surround and support her. Along the way, she seeks love as well as acceptance. She cannot merely serve the Biggies or the teachings of the Gre...
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Distraction (Years from Home), by Tess Oliver*Mature YA*

Distraction is book 1 of Tess Oliver's Years from Home trilogy

As false accusations of witchcraft consume Salem Village, eighteen-year-old Poppy Seabrooke, a true witch, is content to stay away from the hysteria and more importantly from the relentless advances of Angus Wolfe, a powerful warlock masquerading as Salem’s pastor. When Poppy uses her magic to help a young boy, she is arrested. Angus is the only person who can help her, but, in return, she must promise her hand in marriage. In desperation, Poppy’s grandmother sends her two hundred years into the future to hide. Poppy finds herself years from home in the middle of a strange place called Montana where rooms light up without candles or sorcery,...
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Through the Milky Way on a PB&J, by James McDonaldAcross the solar system and on to the Milky Way!

School's out for the summer and Sami and Thomas have big plans.
They've built a spaceship in their tree house and are going to blast
off for a tour of the solar system, but one of the planets holds a
special surprise.

Vibrant images and flowing verse bring this imaginative story to life.
Space lovers and adventurers of all ages are sure to love this cosmic
journey....
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Forgotten (In The Shadows, Book One), by Catherine Gardiner Sycamore Heights, where everyone keeps a deadly secret.

Katrina Harvey has just enrolled into the senior class of Sycamore Heights High along with her foster sister, Jessica Sinclair. Unfortunately Katrina is no ordinary enrollee as ten months previously she was brutally attacked and has been left with amnesia.

Almost a year after those horrific events took place Katrina is being stalked by someone, or something, who doesn't want her to remember her past and will do anything to keep it that way.

Moving to a new town is never easy, as Suzanne Harvey is well aware, but focused on finding her older sister, Katrina, fate has led her to Sycamore Heights. Now, as Suzanne gets closer to revealing sec...
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Bank of Crooks & Criminals, by Ken RossignolThe story of how an old Marine was robbed by his banker at the point of a pen....
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KLAN: Killing America, by Ken RossignolThe strife and horrors of the Civil War in America were raw with the wounds of the war lasting for decades; and affecting those who lived in both the North and the South. As the nation struggled to find unity, the forces of darkness and of those who wished to rule through intimidation and terror, spread their wicked ways under the cover of white sheets.
This is the story of the Ku Klux Klan and their chief brand: Lynchings, as told in the original newspaper stories from journals across the nation. Some are brief, telling only of a single attack while others are more comprehensive and detailed, telling the story with the inclusion of complex and emotional occurrences.
The attempt of the KKK to cloak the power of control over othe...
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A Certain Death (The Shiloh Series, #2), by Phillip BryantThe battle at Pittsburg Landing altered the course of the war in the west and changed the lives of thousands who fought there and survived.

Will Hunter's pursuit of higher command has been interrupted by his capture, the fault of his jealous commanding officer. Stuck far behind enemy lines with little hope for exchange, escape seems improbable. Neither high prison walls nor hundreds of miles of Ohio backwoods trails will keep him from trying.

Philip Pearson survived Shiloh but wonders if his luck will hold much longer. Pursuing reinstatement in the Methodist Episcopal Church brings him full circle: his battlefield experience calling him back to the collar he left behind. Only convincing the bishop of Dayton and survivi...
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Death Knell: A Birdie Morgan Murder Mystery, by J.B. RaleighA cell phone ringing at the side of the road. Haunting memories of a horrible accident. The disappearance of a high school friend.

Amber struggles to get her life together after a car accident leaves her with memory loss and fear. While she recovers from the crash, a strange phone call throws her headlong into solving a missing woman's case. The distraction helps, but as she digs deeper, Amber discovers secrets that could unravel her life

"Spine chilling psychological suspense! Death Knell is a twisty, intense mystery that scares, surprises, and satisfies!"

Traci Tyne Hilton
Author of the Mitzy Neuhaus Mystery Series and the Tangle Saga.

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THE WAR BRIDE CLUB, by SORAYA LANEFrom bestselling author Soraya Lane comes a story about friendship, love & heartbreak at the end of World War II.

When Betty, Madeline, Alice and June depart London for New York at the end of 1945 they are complete strangers. But along with hundreds of other war brides, they are leaving home to be with their American husbands now the war is over. In the days they spend at sea, the four young women become firm friends, and vow to stay in touch no matter what their new lives bring.

But life in a new country comes with many challenges…

Betty has no family, and she has no intention of being alone in her final stage of pregnancy. Her dashing pilot husband is the man of her dreams, and she can’t wait to be ...
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Fight For Love (Fight For Love #1), by Jennah ScottAs an eighteen-year-old senior in high school Luke's life should be full of fun. His days should consist of parties, girls, and finals. If it weren't for the fact that his stepfather beats the crap out of his mom and him, he'd be living the dream. Sure, he could move out, but that would mean leaving his mom to suffer. Instead he stays. The only way he'll leave is to get help for both him and his mom.

While Luke's psychiatrist can't seem to help him out, there is one person that can. Stacey. He shouldn't get close to her, since she's interning for his psychiatrist. But there's something about the way she treats him that draws Luke in. For once Luke isn't a charity case, or so he thinks. A final blow brings Luke's life crumbling ...
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The Puppet Spell, by E. L. AdamsFifteen year old Lexa is very different to her twin Lucinda, but when they stumble upon their uncle’s storeroom they discover a world far away from their mundane lives. Guided by their Uncle Devon and his untrustworthy chimera familiar, the girls – along with Lexa’s best friend Marlon – try to navigate their new surroundings without falling prey to the elusive puppeteer and the creeping, sinister Puppet Spell.
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Serpentine Enigma, by Charles DominaDr. Joanna Russo, Geneticist, an honors graduate of England’s Cambridge University, guided research for a genetic laboratory just a subway ride away from her apartment in New York City. There were no clues or omens that might foretell events soon to engulf her, changing her life forever.
And the Serpentine Enigma is where it all began…
Joanna received an invitation from Ian Slattery, her Cambridge doctorate mentor, to join him at the Serpentine Foundation. Joanna accepted an exploratory trip and soon found herself involved in the shadowy world of intelligence.
Reunited with Fiona Clark, her best friend from Cambridge days, they discovered a secret mysterious foreign network providing unlimited funds to the Serpent...
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LIFE'S WHAT HAPPENS, by Alex ParkerNine fraternity brothers’ lives are forever changed during their senior year at Kent State University. They start the year full of hope and promise, busy with their classes, their buddies and their girlfriends. But the Vietnam draft lottery took away their options and forced them to change their plans. Instead of choosing a career, they are faced with the choice between life and death.

LIFE’S WHAT HAPPENS is their story, as each is faced with questions much more complicated than any generation past. It is about the year they turned from boys to men, and where their choices took them.

“From characters that still your heart to writing styles that will captivate you, this is one awesome read.”

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Zen of Hoarding: 108 offerings for deciding what you own., by Saira PriestZen of Hoarding is infused with light-hearted spiritual wisdom, offered in koan-sized pieces for meditation. Each offering provides a thought for reflection as we unravel the mysteries behind our habits of hoarding. It strips the label and unearths what lies at the heart of our decisions regarding things.

Saira Priest reveals the emotions behind the things we hold onto long after we are done with them, and gently nudges us along as we find the courage to let go. In her journey with hoarding, Saira found lasting ways to clear the clutter and change her habits to live a clearer, easier life, freeing up time to do all the exciting things which define to her what it truly means to be alive. You can reclaim your life, too. Reading ...
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