Friday, 30 November 2012

2012 'Christmas Books' Giveaway Hop! (International Stop)


Welcome to the 'Christmas Books' Giveaway Hop which is hosted by ' I am a Reader, not a Writer ' and ' Laurie Here '. To gain entry to this draw all you just have to be a GFC Follower of my blog. You can also gain extra entries by leaving a comment on this blog post or also following this blog through Networked Blogs, Linky Followers or Google+. Just complete the 'Rafflecopter Entry Form' that you will find at the end of this post. Once the form has been completed, you will have been entered into the draw.

For this particular prize draw, I am offering one paper backed copy of the current best seller, 'The Christmas Angel' by Marcia Willett. 

There will be one prize winner from this draw. Each entrant will be allocated a sequential number. After the closing date for this draw ( 7th December 2012 at 23.59GMT), the winning number entered for this draw will be chosen by This is an International Giveaway Draw!

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'The Macedonian War Machine 359-281 BC' by David Karunanithy

Release date: 23rd February 2013
Published by: Pen and Sword Military
ISBN No: 978 1848846180
The army that emerged from the reforms of Philip II of Macedon proved to be without equal in the period covered and one of the most successful in the whole of the ancient period. Much has been written on aspects of Macedonian warfare, particularly the generalship of it's most famous proponent, Alexander the Great, yet many studies retread the same paths and draw conclusion on the same narrow evidential base, while leaving important aspects and sources of information untouched. David Karunanithy concentrates on filling the gaps in existing studies, presenting and studying evidence frequently overlooked or ignored. The book is divided into four sections, each presenting a wealth of detail on various aspects: Preparation (including chapters on training techniques, various aspects of arms and armour production and supply and the provision and management of cavalry mounts); Support (eg non-combatant specialists, bridge building, field engineering, construction of field camps and little-known combat units in Asia); Dress and Battle Equipment (drawing on much neglected evidence and including such details as officers' plumes, wreaths and finger rings); Alexander's Veterans and Life on Campaign (the Silver Shields; baggage trains and personal kit, servants and families, camp life and recreation..). In addition there are useful appendices summarising evidence for the appearance of troops. Karunanithy analyses this wealth of detail with real insight, for example suggesting that in some areas, such as the use of marching camps, the Macedonian influence on Roman armies has been underestimated. His meticulous research allows a much fuller portrait to be painted of this awesome war machine. This is an absolute must-have for anyone with an interest in the armies of Alexander and his Successors.
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'Out of the Black Land' by Kerry Greenwood

Release date: 5th February 2013
Published by: Poisoned Pen Press
ISBN No: 978 1464200380
Ptah-hotep, a peasant studying to be a scribe, is appointed by Amenhotep IV as court scribe, where he is surrounded by envious rivals and enemies. Child princess Mutnodjme sees her beautiful sister Nefertiti married to the impotent young pharaoh, while the ladies of the court devise a shocking plan to ensure Nefertiti bears royal children. Kheperren is scribe to the daring teenage general Horemheb, who guards the land from enemies on every bordereven while a far greater menace impends. Many believe that the young pharaoh is not only deformed but mad and that the biggest danger to the empire lies within the royal palace itself.
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'The Shadow Collector' by Kate Ellis

Release date: 7th February 2013
Published by: Piatkus
ISBN No: 978 0749958015
Eighteen years ago, Lilith Benley and her mother - rumoured to be witches - were convicted of the brutal murder of two teenage girls. On Lilith's release from prison, and shortly after she returns to her old home, a young woman is found dead at a neighbouring farm where a celebrity reality TV show is being filmed. When DI Wesley Peterson is called in to investigate, he has to deal with fragile egos and hidden truths, as well as the possibility that Lilith Benley has killed again.

Meanwhile, archaeologist Neil Watson discovers a gruesome wax doll at a house that once belonged to a woman hanged for witchcraft in the seventeenth century. And when Neil has a near fatal accident, some suspect a supernatural connection.

Even though Wesley has problems closer to home to solve, it is up to him to uncover terrible secrets, banish dark shadows collected in the past and bring a dangerous killer to justice - a killer who will stop at nothing to dispense vengeance and death.

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'A French Affair' by Katie Fforde

Release date: 28th February 2013
Published by: Century
ISBN No: 978 1846056543
Gina and Sally Makepiece have inherited a stall in the French House - an antiques centre nestled in the heart of the English countryside.

Gina is determined to drag the French House and its grumpy owner into the twenty-first century. Bearing all the attributes of a modern-day Mr Rochester, Matthew Ballinger is less than happy with the whirlwind that has arrived on his doorstep.

The last thing either of them want is to fall in love.

But will a trip to France change their minds?

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Thursday, 29 November 2012

'Pompeii: The Ages of Pompeii' by Fabrizio Pesando

Release date: 30th January 2013
Published by:  24 ORE Cultura s.r.l
ISBN No: 978 8866481140
Pompeii is one of the great legends of the modern world. The name immediately brings to mind the day in 79 AD when the eruption of Vesuvius put an end to the city's life. Tragic skeletons and casts of fleeing inhabitants haunt our image of Pompeii. Pointing out that the city already had a very long history when this occurred is therefore not stating the obvious. A select resort for many leading figures of the Roman elite - including Cicero, who had a villa there - and described by Seneca as one of the most populous towns of the Campania region, Pompeii had been under the influence of the Etruscans and of the Samnites, before coming into the Roman sphere and finally being conquered by Sulla in 89 BC. The passing of ages left its imprint on the evolution not only of painting - the four Pompeian styles - but also of architecture and construction techniques. It is fascinating to pick out the resulting variety in a landscape of ruins that appears uniform only at first sight. In addition to recounting the history of Pompeii, this work is designed for the precise purpose of accompanying the reader in the discovery of this variety and these traces, thus transforming their journey into a series of very interesting surprises.
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'The Heavenstone Secrets' by Virginia Andrews

Release date: 3rd January 2013
Published by: Simon and Schuster Ltd
ISBN No: 978 0857202000
SECRETS ARE AT HOME HERE...The Heavenstone sisters live with their mother and father in a grand old mansion in bluegrass Kentucky. Semantha, the younger and prettier one, is afraid of so many things -- darkness, strange noises, mysterious whispers in the night. But nothing frightens her more than her sister, Cassie. She is older and wiser, and always telling Semantha what to do, what to wear, and how to behave around those wicked boys at school. Semantha has her eye on one special guy -- but Cassie has other plans for her. In the Heavenstone house, big sister knows best...AND THERE'S NO ESCAPE. Then tragedy strikes like a lightning bolt from heaven, and Semantha's life becomes a living hell. Under Cassie's constant, watchful eye, she feels like a prisoner -- a helpless pawn in her sister's cruel game. When Cassie begins wearing their mother's clothes and vying for their dad's affections, Semantha realizes she must bring their twisted sibling rivalry to an end...before a new generation is born.
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'The Landscape Photography Workshop' by Ross Hoddinott and Mark Bauer

Release date: 7th December 2012
Published by: Ammonite
ISBN No: 978 1907708978
Wow your friends and relatives with awe-inspiring landscape shots with this workshop within a book. Two of the UK's leading landscape photographers come together to share their wealth of experience and teaching skills in this new title. The Landscape Photography Workshop aims to take the reader from the very basics of equipment and exposure through to advanced techniques. Landscape essentials, such as composition and filtration, are covered in depth and explained in a precise yet easy-to-understand manner. This book also has chapters dedicated to post-processing and printing, enabling the reader to go successfully from camera to print, plus a number of practical assignments to encourage development.
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'Neferet's Curse' by PC and Kristin Cast

Release date: 19th February 2013
Published by: Atom
ISBN No: 978 1907411205
In the third House of Night novella, the secret history we've all been waiting for is finally revealed.

Neferet, the Tulsa House of Night's darkly seductive High Priestess, wasn't always a powerful vampyre, but she has always been beautiful. Raised in turn-of-the-century Chicago in a motherless home, her beauty makes her the prey of unwanted attention and abuse, leaving her with scars that will never heal - and a Darkness that will eventually need to find its way out. But when she is Marked and gains strength, both physical and magickal, she turns her anger into power and looks for a way to regain what was stolen from her. From victim to High Priestess, beautiful young woman to powerful seductress, Neferet's journey begins . . .

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Wednesday, 28 November 2012

'The Murder of Cleopatra' by Pat Brown

Release date: 1st February 2013
Published by: Prometheus Books
ISBN No: 978 1616146504
This is a fascinating and thought-provoking analysis of the life and death of one of history's most remarkable women. For more than 2,000 years, the great pharaoh Cleopatra VII has been portrayed as a failed monarch. Various ancient sources state she tried to end her own life while her nemesis - the Roman General Octavian, later known as August, the first Roman emperor - stormed Alexandria. Now, a completely unique interpretation of history is brought to light in this myth-busting book. In her critically acclaimed TV documentary, "The Mysterious Death of Cleopatra", author Pat Brown challenged the long held myth that Cleopatra committed suicide to avoid humiliation. Using the techniques and methodology of investigative criminal profiling and crime reconstruction, Brown's remarkable findings are revealed against a historical backdrop of mystery, drama, politics, danger, and romance. The result is a thought-provoking analysis of the amazing woman Cleopatra truly was; a fascinating account of attempt to flee Egypt; and the brutal murder that ended her reign as the last Egyptian pharaoh.
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'Frost' by Kathryn James

Release date: 3rd January 2013
Published by: Hodder Children's Books
ISBN No: 978 1444903072
There's something in the mist - as beautiful as starlight, as fierce as wolves, as heartless as ice.

The forest beyond the mist is the home of the Elven: rarely glimpsed, misunderstood. Evan belongs here - enigmatic, beautiful Evan, and Nell is captivated by him. But Evan's world is now ravaged by ice storms, and only Nell can help him save it.

Last time Nell went into the mist it was to rescue her sister. This time she'll have to go farther than the forest, deep into the frozen wastes beyond, where a deadly lake of ice and an ancient adversary await her ...
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'Gold Digger' by Frances Fyfield

Release date: 29th November 2012
Published by: Sphere
ISBN No: 978 0751549676
The warmth of him, the glorious warmth, was fading by the minute. In a huge old school house by the sea, full of precious paintings, Thomas Porteous is dying. His much younger wife Di holds him and mourns. She knows that soon, despite her being his sole inheritor, Thomas's relatives will descend on the collection that was the passion of both of their lives. And descend they do. The two needy daughters, who were poisoned against their father by their defecting mother, are now poison themselves. The family regard Thomas's wealth as theirs by right, with the exception of young Patrick, who adored his grandfather and is torn between his parents and Di, the interloper. The family know Di's weaknesses, and she has to learn theirs. After all, she met Thomas when she came to his house to rob him. With the help of an unlikely collection of loners and eccentrics, she sets a trap to hoist the family members on their own greed. And on the night they are lured to the house, Di will be ready. Or will she?
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'The Indigo Spell' by Richelle Mead

Release date: 12th February 2013
Published by: Penguin
ISBN No: 978 0141337166
Fans of Twilight and The Hunger Games will adore this teen paranormal romance novel - the sequel to the best selling Bloodlines: The Golden Lily. In The Indigo Spell, a thrilling world of magic, alchemy, vampires and true love awaits . . .
Sydney Sage is an Alchemist - she protects vampire secrets - and human lives.
In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she is struggling to decide between following her Alchemist teachings - or her heart.

Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch, a former Alchemist who is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought.

There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for the person attacking powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood - or else she might be next.

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Tuesday, 27 November 2012

'The Roman Invasion of Britain: Archaeology Versus History' by Birgitta Hofmann

Release date: 21st February 2013
Published by: Pen and Sword Military
ISBN No: 978 1848840973
The purpose of this book is to take what we think we know about the Roman Conquest of Britain from historical sources, and compare it with the archaeological evidence, which is often contradictory. Archaeologists and historians all too often work in complete isolation from each other and this book hopes to show the dangers of neglecting either form of evidence. In the process it challenges much received wisdom about the history of Roman Britain. Birgitta Hoffmann tackles the subject by taking a number of major events or episodes (such as Caesar's incursions, Claudius' invasion, Boudicca's revolt), presenting the accepted narrative as derived from historical sources, and then presenting the archaeological evidence for the same. The result of this innovative approach is a book full of surprising and controversial conclusions that will appeal to the general reader as well as those studying or teaching courses on ancient history or archaeology.
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'Arcadia Burns' by Kai Meyer

Release date: 12th February 2013
Published by: Balzer and Bray/Harperteen
ISBN No: 978 0062006080
Following the shattering events in Arcadia Awakens, Rosa is now head of the Alcantara clan. Scared and scarred, she flees from Sicily to New York to consider her future. There she encounters the American branch of the rival Carnevare Mafia family, also Panthera Arcadians. Forcibly injected with a serum that temporarily prevents her metamorphosis, Rosa is pursued by the Panthera in a deadly chase. Narrowly escaping with her life, Rosa returns to Sicily and to Alessandro, head of the Carnevare clan and Rosa's lover. Hunted by their enemies and manipulated by their allies, Rosa and Alessandro encounter corruption, intrigue and mortal danger at every turn. Will it force them together or drive them apart?
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'Splintered' by A.G. Howard

Release date: 1st January 2013
Published by: Abrams
ISBN No: 978 1419704284
This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl's pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers--precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.  When her mother's mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice's tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice's mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

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'What have I Done?' by Amanda Prowse

Release date: 1st February 2013
Published by: Head of Zeus
ISBN No: 978 1781853788
Kathryn Brooker is the headmaster's wife. While her husband spends his days disciplining unruly teenagers in the grand halls of Mountbriers Academy, Kathryn spends hers baking scones for her son's cricket match in a beautiful cottage in the manicured school grounds. In the evenings, when her husband strides home to compliment her cooking and kiss her hello - ignoring jokes from their children about grown-up lovebirds - Kathryn Brooker is the very picture of a fulfilled wife and mother. Anyone who peered through the downstairs sash window at the four figures sat easily around their scrubbed-pine kitchen table would see a happy family without a care in the world. They would envy Kathryn her perfect life. But they would be wrong. Kathryn is trapped in a nightmare. And she is about to do something to change it. Something only a truly desperate woman would do...
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Monday, 26 November 2012

'Dreaming of Summer' Blog Hop! (International)

Welcome to the 'Dreaming of Summer' Blog Hop which is hosted by ' I am a Reader, not a Writer ' and ' me my shelf and i '. To gain entry to this draw all you just have to be a GFC Follower of my blog. You can also gain an extra entries by leaving a comment on this blog post or also following this blog through Networked Blogs, Linky Followers or Google+. Just complete the 'Rafflecopter Entry Form' that you will find at the end of this post. Once the form has been completed, you will have been entered into the draw.

For this particular prize draw, I am offering one paper backed copy of a current best seller  'Vets in Love' by Cathy Woodman. I think I might be 'scratching the line' a bit in relation to this being a summer read, but I do think it is a story that could be enjoyed throughout all of the four seasons! It does rain here in the UK during the summer, hence the people on the book cover wearing coats rather than swimwear! ;-)

There will be one prize winner from this draw. Each entrant will be allocated a sequential number. After the closing date for this draw ( 2nd December 2012 at 23.59GMT), the winning number entered for this draw will be chosen by This is an International Giveaway Draw!

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Winner of my '2012 Gratitude Giveaways' Draw!

 I would like to say a great big thank-you to everyone who joined my blog as a new follower or were already a follower of my blog, entered this draw and to those who left wonderful comments on the post . It really is appreciated.

As usual I wish that I could send everyone who entered this draw a prize, but within the rules of this draw, there was to be only one lucky winner from this draw!

For those of you who have not won this time, there are plenty more giveaway draws to come. . Please keep visiting this blog and entering the giveaways. You never know your luck, you could be one of our next winners!
If you are a GFC follower of this blog, do not forget to enter my monthly 'GFC Followers' book draw. Just click on the relevant tab at the top of the page!

I visited earlier today and the winner of this particular draw for the Amazon Gift Voucher/Certificate is, drum roll!!!

Joana Arteaga  - $20 (US) or £15 (sterling) Amazon Gift Voucher/Certificate
I will contact the winner to let them know and to arrange delivery of their prize. If I have not been able to make contact with the winner within 48 hours of this post, another winner will then be drawn. Thank-you again to everyone who entered this draw and who follow my blog. Happy reading!

Sunday, 25 November 2012

'The Ladies Paradise' by Emile Zola

Release date: 4th October 2012
Published by: OUP Oxford; BBC tie-in edition
ISBN No: 978 0199675968
The Ladies' Paradise is a compelling story of ambition and love set against the backdrop of the spectacular rise of the department store in 1860s Paris. Octave Mouret is a business genius who transforms a modest draper's shop into a hugely successful retail enterprise, masterfully exploiting the desires of his female customers and ruining small competitors along the way. Through the eyes of trainee salesgirl Denise we see the inner workings of the store and the relations and intrigues among the staff, human dramas played out alongside the relentless pursuit of commercial supremacy. Now adapted for BBC Television and given a British setting in The Paradise, Zola's novel is a masterly portrayal of life in the bustling, gossipy world of the best department store in town.
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Saturday, 24 November 2012

'The Girl Under the Olive Tree' by Leah Fleming

Release date: 20th June 2013
Published by: Simon and Schuster
ISBN No: 978 0857204066
May1941 and the island of Crete is invaded by paratroopers from the air. After a lengthy fight, thousands of British and Commonwealth soldiers are forced to take to the hills or become escaping PoWs, sheltered by the Cretan villagers. Sixty years later, Lois West and her young son, Alex, invite feisty Great Aunt Pen to a special eighty-fifth birthday celebration on Crete, knowing she has not been back there since the war. Penelope George - formerly Giorgidiou - is reluctant to go but is persuaded by the fact it is the 60th anniversary of the Battle. It is time for her to return and make the journey she never thought she'd dare to. On the outward voyage from Athens, she relives her experiences in the city from her early years as a trainee nurse to those last dark days stranded on the island, the last female foreigner. When word spreads of her visit, and old Cretan friends and family come to greet her, Lois and Alex are caught up in her epic pilgrimage and the journey which leads her to a reunion with the friend she thought she had lost forever - and the truth behind a secret buried deep in the past...
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'Don't Let Me Go' by Susan Lewis

Release date: 14th February 2013
Published by: Century
ISBN No:  978 1846059537
Would you risk everything for the child you loved? Charlotte Nicholls has made a new life for herself and little Chloe. They left everything behind, determined to forget a past which has cast a shadow over both their lives. Charlotte would do anything for Chloe. But just when she feels they might have a chance of happiness at last, Charlotte is forced to confront the consequences of the heartbreaking decision she made only a few months earlier. It seems as if her greatest fear is about to be realized--that the little girl she promised to love and protect will be lost to her for ever.
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'Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power' by Jon Meacham

Release date: 15th December 2012
Published by: Random House International
ISBN No: 978 1400067664
In this magnificent biography, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of American Lion and Franklin and Winston brings vividly to life an extraordinary man and his remarkable times. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power gives us Jefferson the politician and president, a great and complex human being forever engaged in the wars of his era. Philosophers think; politicians maneuver. Jefferson’s genius was that he was both and could do both, often simultaneously. Such is the art of power.

Thomas Jefferson hated confrontation, and yet his understanding of power and of human nature enabled him to move men and to marshal ideas, to learn from his mistakes, and to prevail. Passionate about many things—women, his family, books, science, architecture, gardens, friends, Monticello, and Paris—Jefferson loved America most, and he strove over and over again, despite fierce opposition, to realize his vision: the creation, survival, and success of popular government in America. Jon Meacham lets us see Jefferson’s world as Jefferson himself saw it, and to appreciate how Jefferson found the means to endure and win in the face of rife partisan division, economic uncertainty, and external threat. Drawing on archives in the United States, England, and France, as well as unpublished Jefferson presidential papers, Meacham presents Jefferson as the most successful political leader of the early republic, and perhaps in all of American history.

The father of the ideal of individual liberty, of the Louisiana Purchase, of the Lewis and Clark expedition, and of the settling of the West, Jefferson recognized that the genius of humanity—and the genius of the new nation—lay in the possibility of progress, of discovering the undiscovered and seeking the unknown. From the writing of the Declaration of Independence to elegant dinners in Paris and in the President’s House; from political maneuverings in the boardinghouses and legislative halls of Philadelphia and New York to the infant capital on the Potomac; from his complicated life at Monticello, his breathtaking house and plantation in Virginia, to the creation of the University of Virginia, Jefferson was central to the age. Here too is the personal Jefferson, a man of appetite, sensuality, and passion.

The Jefferson story resonates today not least because he led his nation through ferocious partisanship and cultural warfare amid economic change and external threats, and also because he embodies an eternal drama, the struggle of the leadership of a nation to achieve greatness in a difficult and confounding world.
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'Raising Girls' by Steve Biddulph

Release date: 17th January 2013
Published by: Harper
ISBN No:  978 0007455669
Steve Biddulph’s Raising Boys was a global phenomenon. The first book in a generation to look at boys’ specific needs, parents loved its clarity and warm insights into their sons’ inner world. But today, things have changed. It’s girls that are in trouble.
There has been a sudden and universal deterioration in girls’ mental health, starting in primary school and devastating the teen years.
Steve Biddulph’s Raising Girls is both a guidebook and a call-to-arms for parents. The five key stages of girlhood are laid out so that you know exactly what matters at which age, and how to build strength and connectedness into your daughter from infancy onwards.
Raising Girls is both fierce and tender in its mission to help girls more at every age. It’s a book for parents who love their daughters deeply, whether they are newborns, teenagers, young women – or anywhere in between.
Feeling secure, becoming an explorer, getting along with others, finding her soul, and becoming a woman – at last, there is a clear map of girls’ minds that accepts no limitations, narrow roles or selling-out of your daughter’s potential or uniqueness.

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Friday, 23 November 2012

'The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There' by Catherynne M. Valente '

Release date: 17th January 2013
Published by: Corsair
ISBN No: 978 1780338446
Let the Revels begin! September returns to Fairyland after her first bestselling, breathtaking adventure there. The second in a series that seems destined to become a modern classic, from a multi-award-winning author.
In the kingdom of Fairyland-Below, preparations are underway for the annual Revels . . . but aboveground, the creatures of Fairyland are in no mood for a party.
It has been a long time since young September bid farewell to Fairyland, and she is excited to see it again; but upon her return she is shocked to find that her friends have been losing their shadows, and therefore their magic, to the kingdom of Fairyland-Below... It spells certain disaster and September won't stand for it. Determined to make amends, she travels down into the underworld where, among creatures of ice and moonlight, she encounters a face she recognizes all too well: Halloween, the Hollow Queen. Only then does September realize what she must do to save Fairyland from slipping into the mundane world forever.

Come and join in the Revels with September and her friends. But be warned: in Fairyland-Below, even the best of friends aren't always what they seem . . .


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'Advent' by James Treadwell

Release date: 22nd November 2012
Published by: Hodder and Stoughton Ltd
ISBN No: 978 1444728491
Magic is returning - and the world will be utterly changed. The first of a debut fantasy trilogy by the most exciting new talent of the decade.
For centuries it has been locked away
Lost beneath the sea
Warded from earth, air, water, fire, spirits, thought and sight.

But now magic is rising to the world once more.

And a boy called Gavin, who thinks only that he is a city kid with parents who hate him, and knows only that he sees things no one else will believe, is boarding a train, alone, to Cornwall.

No one will be there to meet him.

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'The House on an Irish Hillside' by Felicity Hayes-McCoy

Release date: 7th June 2012
Published by: Hodder and Stoughton
ISBN No:  978 1444730302
The story of how one woman's life was transformed by a remarkable house on the Dingle peninsula in Ireland. It's a life-affirming tale of rediscovering lost values and cherishing loved ones and the communities we live in.
'From the moment I crossed the mountain I fell in love. With the place, which was more beautiful than any place I'd ever seen. With the people I met there. And with a way of looking at life that was deeper, richer and wiser than any I'd known before. When I left I dreamt of clouds on the mountain. I kept going back.'

We all lead very busy lives and sometimes it's hard to find the time to be the people we want to be.
Twelve years ago Felicity Hayes-McCoy left the hectic pace of the city and returned to Ireland to make a new life in a remarkable house on the stunning Dingle peninsula.

Beautifully written, this is a life-affirming tale of rediscovering lost values and being reminded of the things that really matter.

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'Cloud Atlas' by David Mitchell

Release date: 22nd November 2012
Published by: Sceptre Books
ISBN No: 978 1444730876
The film tie-in edition of David Mitchell's prize-winning novel.
By the author of THE THOUSAND AUTUMNS OF JACOB DE ZOET, David Mitchell's bestselling and Booker Prize-shortlisted novel, one of Richard & Judy's 100 Books of the Decade, CLOUD ATLAS has now been adapted for film. The major motion picture, directed by the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer, stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent and Hugh Grant.

The novel features six characters in interlocking stories, each interrupting the one before it: a reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified dinery server on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation. The narrators of CLOUD ATLAS hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history, and their destinies are changes in ways great and small.

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Thursday, 22 November 2012

'The Gathering Dark' by Christine Johnson

Release date: 12th February 2013
Published by: Simon Pulse
ISBN No: 978 1442439030
A mysterious teen boy knows the secrets of Keira's dangerous hallucinations in this gripping romantic fantasy from the author of "Claire de Lune."Keira's hallucinating. First it's a door hovering above the road; then it's a tree in her living room. But with her parents fighting and her best friend not speaking to her, Keira can't tell anyone about her breakdown. Until she meets Walker. They have an electric connection, and somehow he can see the same shadowy images plaguing Keira. But trusting Walker may be more dangerous than Keira could have ever imagined. The more she confides in him, the more intense--and frightening--her visions become. Because Walker is not what he appears to be. And neither are her visions.
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'Eternally Yours' by Cate Tiernan

Release date: 17th January 2013
Published by: Hodder  and Stoughton
ISBN No: 978 1444707038
At the end of DARKNESS FALLS, the second Immortal Beloved novel, Nastasya has fought back against the dark immortals with her own brand of magick... but can she fight against true love? In the exhilarating finale to the Immortal Beloved trilogy, Nastasya ends a 450-year-old feud and learns what 'eternally yours' really means.
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'Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance: Painting and Illumination, 1300-1350' by Christine Sciacca

Release date: 15th December 2012
Published by: J. Paul Getty Museum
ISBN No: 978 1606061268
This is a gloriously illustrated look at the wealth of talent and artistic endeavour in Florence at the dawn of the Renaissance. Florence and the Renaissance have become virtually synonymous, bringing to mind names like Dante, Giotto, Boccaccio and many others whose creativity thrived during a time of unprecedented prosperity and intellectual innovation. With more than 200 illustrations, "Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance" reveals the full complexity and enduring beauty of the art of this period, including panel paintings, illuminated manuscripts, and stained glass panels. The book considers not only the work of influential artists such as Giotto and Taddeo Gaddi, but also that of the larger community of illuminators and panel painters who collectively contributed to Florence's artistic legacy.
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'Leonardo Da Vinci and the Secrets of the Codex Atlanticus' by White Star (ed)

Release date: 1st February 2013
Published by: White Star
ISBN No: 978 8854406476
Nowhere is the genius of Leonardo da Vinci more evident than in the famous "Codex Atlanticus," whose pages preserve his dazzling ideas on subjects ranging from war machines to human anatomy and powered flight. Now, beautifully reproduced in high-quality photographs--and complete with QR codes to access content such as 3-D reconstructions of Leonardo's machines--da Vinci's work emerges with all its peerless force. Easily available apps for iPhone and iPad make this stunning book a multimedia extravaganza worthy of its great subject.
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'Caravaggio and His Legacy' by J.Patrice Marandel


Release date: 30th November 2012
Published by: Prestel
ISBN No: 978 3791352305
They were known as the 'Caravaggisti' - artists who imitated the 16th-century master's earthy, realistic style or subject matter. Caravaggio's impact on his contemporaries was immediate, but in the decades that followed his brief career, hundreds of artists drew inspiration from his innovative use of intense light and shadow, the distinctly theatrical atmosphere of his paintings, his use of religious imagery, and his preference for painting directly from life. This companion volume to an exhibition features works by Caravaggio and more than thirty other artists. The book displays an amazing cross section of genre, portraiture, historical subjects, and religious scenes. Bringing together previously unconnected painters from Italy, Northern Europe, France, and Spain, this remarkable collection brilliantly illustrates Caravaggio's enormous effect on the development of 17th-century European painting.
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Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Here's wishing all my American friends and followers a very happy and wonderful Thanksgiving! 

'Opal' by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Release date: 11th December 2012
Published by: Entangled
ISBN No: 978 1620610091
No one is like Daemon Black.

When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well... There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.

But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different... And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger... and they know it.
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'The Malice of Fortune' by Michael Ennis

Release date: 9th November 2012
Published by: Doubleday Books
ISBN No: 978 0385536318
Against a teeming canvas of Borgia politics, Niccolo Machiavelli and Leonardo da Vinci come together to unmask an enigmatic serial killer, as we learn the secret history behind one of the most controversial works in the western canon, "The Prince..." When Pope Alexander dispatches a Vatican courtesan, Damiata, to the remote fortress city of Imola to learn the truth behind the murder of Juan, his most beloved illegitimate son, she cannot fail, for the scheming Borgia pope holds her own young son hostage. Once there, Damiata becomes a pawn in the political intrigues of the pope's surviving son, the charismatic Duke Valentino, whose own life is threatened by the "condottieri, " a powerful cabal of mercenary warlords. Damiata suspects that the killer she seeks is one of the brutal "condottierri, " and as the murders multiply, her quest grows more urgent. She enlists the help of an obscure Florentine diplomat, Niccolo Machiavelli, and Valentino's eccentric military engineer, Leonardo da Vinci, who together must struggle to decipher the killer's taunting riddles: Leonardo with his groundbreaking "science of observation" and Machiavelli with his new "science of men." Traveling across an Italy torn apart by war, they will enter a labyrinth of ancient superstition and erotic obsession to discover at its center a new face of evil--and a truth that will shake the foundations of western civilization.pository
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