Sunday, April 22, 2012


Alright, I'm ready to kick off this week's Spring Into Horror Read-A-Thon.  If you'd like to join in (which you may at anytime) click on the image above.  Also, join the group over at Twitter using hashtag #SpringHorrorRAT

Since I'm currently a jurist for a horror contest, I've been reading a ton of horror manuscripts.  I think this is the year of horror for me.  I've been neck deep in zombies, paranormal, dead things, murder, mayhem and lots and lots of gore.  With a slight break (and I do mean slight!) in my  duties, I can jam in some reading and dive into my TBR pile, which is literally toppling over.  I've hosed off the winter blahs from my porch and the lounge swing is ready for summer reading enjoyment.  Now, if I could only get Starbucks to deliver, I'd be golden!

My selection is based on genre, reading challenges I'm currently participating in, and immediate review deadlines. Even if I don't finish them this week, maybe you'll see something you'd like to add to your own summer reading list.

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A little about each book...

Betrayal: A Haunting Emma Novel by Lee Nichols Published March 1, 2011
Emma Vaile is the most powerful ghostkeeper in centuries. Which is great when she's battling the wraith-master Neos, but terrible when she's flirting with fellow ghostkeeper (and soul mate) Bennett. When ghostkeepers fall in love, the weaker one loses all power, and that's not something Bennett can handle. Heartbroken and alone, Emma tries to lose herself in school with fellow ghostkeeper, Natalie. When a new team of ghostkeepers arrive-one a snarky teen
boy, the other a British scholar-Emma finds solace in training for the battle against Neos. But as the team grows stronger, they are threatened by an unknown force. One they thought was good.
As chilling and page-turning as Deception, this sequel will grab readers and hold them to the last page. No one is safe from suspicion as Emma closes in on the traitor.

The Meaning of Night: A Confession by Michael Cox Published Sept. 17, 2006
"After killing the red-haired man, I took myself off to Quinn's for an oyster supper." So begins the "enthralling" (Booklist, starred review) and "ingenious" (Boston Globe) story of Edward Glyver, booklover, scholar, and murderer. As a young boy, Glyver always believed he was destined for greatness. A chance discovery convinces him that he was right: greatness does await him, along with immense wealth and influence. Overwhelmed by his discovery, he will stop at nothing to win back a prize that he knows is rightfully his. Glyver's path to reclaim his prize leads him from the depths of Victorian London, with its foggy streets, brothels, and opium dens, to Evenwood, one of England's most beautiful and enchanting country houses, and finally to a consuming love for the beautiful but enigmatic Emily Carteret. His is a story of betrayal and treachery, of death and delusion, of ruthless obsession and ambition. And at every turn, driving Glyver irresistibly onward, is his deadly rival: the poet-criminal Phoebus Rainsford Daunt.

Truth Like the Sun by Jim Lynch Release date April 10, 2012
A classic and hugely entertaining political novel, the cat-and-mouse story of urban intrigue in Seattle both in 1962, when Seattle hosted the World's Fair, and in 2001, after its transformation in the Microsoft gold rush. Larger than life, Roger Morgan was the mastermind behind the fair that made the city famous and is still a backstage power forty years later, when at the age of seventy he runs for mayor in hopes of restoring all of Seattle's former glory. Helen Gulanos, a reporter every bit as eager to make her mark, sees her assignment to investigate the events of 1962 become front-page news with Morgan's candidacy, and resolves to find out who he really is and where his power comes from: in 1962, a brash and excitable young promoter, greeting everyone from Elvis Presley to Lyndon Johnson, smooth-talking himself out of difficult situations, dipping in and out of secret card games; now, a beloved public figure with, it turns out, still-plentiful secrets. Wonderfully interwoven into this tale of the city of dreams are backroom deals, idealism and pragmatism, the best and worst ambitions, and all the aspirations that shape our communities and our lives.

Dirt by David Vann:  Release date April 24, 2012
The year is 1985, and twenty-two-year-old Galen lives with his emotionally dependent mother in a secluded old house surrounded by a walnut orchard in a suburb of Sacramento. He doesn't know who his father is, his abusive grandfather is dead, and his grandmother, losing her memory, has been shipped off to a nursing home. Galen and his mother survive on the family's trust fund—old money that his aunt, Helen, and seventeen-year-old cousin, Jennifer, are determined to get their hands on. Galen, a New Age believer who considers himself an old soul, yearns for transformation: to free himself from the corporeal, to be as weightless as air, to walk on water. But he's powerless to stop the manic binges that overtake him, leading him to fixate on forbidden desires. A prisoner of his body, he is obsessed with thoughts of the boldly flirtatious Jennifer and dreams of shedding himself of the clinging mother whose fears and needs weigh him down. When the family takes a trip to an old cabin in the Sierras, near South Lake Tahoe, tensions crescendo. Caught in a compromising position, Galen will discover the shocking truth of just how far he will go to attain the transcendence he craves.An exhilarating portrayal of a legacy of violence and madness, Dirt is an entirely feverish read.


  1. So glad you're joining me again for another read-a-thon! You have a good reading list planned. Hope you're not too burned out on horror. I don't know if I ever could be, but I don't read it constantly either. Anyway, I hope you have fun reading with us this week. =O)

  2. Wow, your list of books sounds awesome! I'm suffering from some book envy. Can't wait for your reviews! Gorgeous blog you have, too!

  3. Those first two books sound really good! I love when people share what they are reading, so we all can see what good books are just waiting out there.

    Your starting post here would qualify for the mini-challenge. All you have to do is put a link to it in the comments under my post. You can do a few other things for extra entries.

  4. Just checking in with you. How's it going with the reading? I hope you're enjoying it!

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