Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Book Of The Month: October 2012 - September 2011: Book List


 Book Of The Month: (October/November 2012) - TEN By Gretchen McNeil


 Shhhh! Don't spread the word! Three-day weekend. House party. White Rock House on Henry Island. You do not want to miss it. It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—three days on Henry Island at an exclusive house party. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their own reasons for wanting to be there, which involve their school's most eligible bachelor, T. J. Fletcher, and look forward to three glorious days of boys, bonding, and fun-filled luxury. But what they expect is definitely not what they get, and what starts out as fun turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine. Suddenly, people are dying, and with a storm raging outside, the teens are cut off from the rest of the world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn't scheduled to return for three days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?


Book Of The Month: [September 2012] "Beautiful, Dirty, Rich" By J.D. Mason


Beautiful, Dirty, Rich

The Gatewood murder story is already so scandalous that you wouldn't think it could get any more shocking. Texas oil baron Julian Gatewood, one of the richest and most respected men in the town of Blink, was shot to death more than 25 years ago by Desdimona "Desi" Green, just 18 years old but already jaded beyond her years. The revelation that Desi was Julian's daughter stunned the town, which basically imposed a conspiracy of silence for a quarter-century. But now Desi is getting out of prison, rolling back into town in her sleek Aston Martin, and everything's about to change. "Desi Green, ex-con, felon, murderer, is worth twenty-million dollars," trumpets the press. She's inherited the Gatewood estate, and she's got the whole place balanced on the chip on her shoulder. And when a bestselling true-crime writer offers her the chance to tell it like it was, Desi sees her chance to get payback for all those years of hard time. With her Hollywood-hottie looks, prison-hardened heart, and mind full of secrets, she's about to turn Blink, Texas, upside down.


Book Of The Month: [August 2012] "Everyone Worth Knowing" By Laura Weisberger


What happens when a girl on the fringe enters the realm of New York's chic, party-hopping elite?

Soon after Bette Robinson quits her horrendous Manhattan banking job like the impulsive girl she's never been, the novelty of walking her four-pound dog around the unglamorous Murray Hill neighborhood wears as thin as the "What are you going to do with your life?" phone calls from her parents. Then Bette meets Kelly, head of Manhattan's hottest PR firm, and suddenly she has a brand-new job where the primary requirement is to see and be seen inside the VIP rooms of the city's most exclusive nightclubs. But when Bette begins appearing in a vicious new gossip column, she realizes that the line between her personal life and her professional life is...invisible.


Book Of The Month: (July 2012) "The Litigators" By John Grisham


 #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "Grisham is an absolute master."—The Washington Post After leaving a fast-track legal career and going on a serious bender, David Zinc is sober, unemployed, and desperate enough to take a job at Finley & Figg, a self-described "boutique law firm" that is anything but. Oscar Finley and Wally Figg are in fact just two ambulance chasers who bicker like an old married couple. But now the firm is ready to tackle a case that could make the partners rich—without requiring them to actually practice much law. A class action suit has been brought against Varrick Labs, a pharmaceutical giant with annual sales of $25 billion, alleging that Krayoxx, its most popular drug, causes heart attacks. Wally smells money. All Finley & Figg has to do is find a handful of Krayoxx users to join the suit. It almost seems too good to be true . . . and it is.


Book Of The Month: (June 2012) "Fifty Shades Of Grey" [Trilogy] By E. L. James


Book One:

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana's quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms. Shocked yet thrilled by Grey's singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey's secrets and explores her own dark desires. Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

Book Two: "Fifty Shades Darker"

Book Three: "Fifty Shades Freed"


Book Of The Month: (May 2012) "Suspicions" By Sasha Campbell


Via Publisher's Weekly:

The danger of keeping secrets from loved ones propels this crazed cautionary tale from Campbell (Confessions).

Thirty-eight-year-old Noelle Gordon loves running Situations, her popular hair salon in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood, but she's distracted by husband Grant's unwillingness to have another child. When someone leaves a baby girl on their doorstep, Noelle is sure their college son, Scott, must be the daddy since "Sierra" looks like a Gordon. Noelle's efforts to find the mother lead to a transformative shockeroo. Meanwhile, Tiffany Phillips, Situations' 27-year-old beautician, has a rude awakening when her best friend, Candace Santiago, reveals Tiffany's fiancé, Kimbel King, has a nasty secret he hasn't informed her about. Situations' hot pedicure tech, Chauncey Coleman, also has a secret that might destroy his promising relationship with Candace. Despite a sometimes too glib Tyler Perry vibe, Campbell shows promise as she juggles each "suspicious" intimacy issue in serious soul sistah style.


Book Of The Month: (April 2012) "The President's Girlfriend" By Mallory Monroe


When Regina Lansing, an activist attorney from Newark, New Jersey, catches the eye of the President of the United States, she assumes it's because of her outspoken stance against his tough policies. But when they meet, and sparks fly, she discovers the soul mate she never dreamed would come her way. Walter "Dutch" Harber, the gorgeous bachelor president, has his hands full with a combative Congress and an upcoming reelection bid. But when he meets Gina, this voluptuous black woman with all the right curves, he finds in her a strong, independent equal who keeps him intellectually-challenged publicly and sexually-energized privately, so much so that he becomes convinced that he has finally met the love of his life. But Washington politics won't give this interracial couple an easy ride, as they must battle forces from within and forces from without that seek to tear down everything they have fought so hard to build up. And just when they thought they had endured every knockout punch imaginable, another curve is tossed their way with the kind of implications, the kind of jarring reality, that can not only destroy a love affair, but can bring down an entire presidency.

 *This is a book series.  Continue the saga of Regina & Dutch in the additional books that follow book one "The President's Girlfriend". Very quick reads, I suggest ordering the series on your kindle or tablet.


Book Of The Month: (March 2012) "Money Never Sleeps: A Millionaire Wives Club Novel"


The bling is brighter, the drama is amped up, and the ladies from Tu-Shonda L. Whitaker's Millionaire Wives Club are back for a second season of backstabbing, divorce parties, and family sagas. Lights, camera, action! Milan, Jaise, and Chaunci are the gorgeous, high-rolling divas starring in the hit reality show Millionaire Wives Club. As they struggle with love, lies, lust, and the pressures of sudden fame, their friendships turn into catfights that keep the cameras following all their malicious moves. Milan is finally engaged to Kendu, the man of her dreams, and though things look perfect on the outside, distrust and jealousy are crumbling their romance. Jaise has found the love she so desperately craves, but her son, Jabril, remains the No. 1 man in her life—for better or for worse. And Chaunci, the independent, single mom who doesn't feel she needs a man, is contemplating taking the plunge into a deep love affair—but will the man she chooses have room in his life for her? Add to this crafty cast Vera, a venomous new vixen who plays the game better than any of them, and you've got a season even more scintillating than the last.


Book Of The Month: (February 2012) "Nature Knows No Color-Line" By J.A. Rogers

Excellent read. For more info and to order visit: http://www.amazon.com/Nature-Knows-No-Color-Line-Research/dp/0960229450


Book Of The Month: (January 2012) "11/22/63: A Novel" By Stephen King


In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King—who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer—takes readers on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.It begins with Jake Epping, a thirty-five-year-old English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching GED classes. He asks his students to write about an event that changed their lives, and one essay blows him away—a gruesome, harrowing story about the night more than fifty years ago when Harry Dunning's father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a sledgehammer. Reading the essay is a watershed moment for Jake, his life—like Harry's, like America's in 1963—turning on a dime. Not much later his friend Al, who owns the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to the past, a particular day in 1958. And Al enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession—to prevent the Kennedy assassination.So begins Jake's new life as George Amberson, in a different world of Ike and JFK and Elvis, of big American cars and sock hops and cigarette smoke everywhere. From the dank little city of Derry, Maine (where there's Dunning business to conduct), to the warmhearted small town of Jodie, Texas, where Jake falls dangerously in love, every turn is leading eventually, of course, to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and to Dallas, where the past becomes heart-stoppingly suspenseful, and where history might not be history anymore.

Time-travel has never been so believable. Or so terrifying. One of the New York Times Book Review's Top 10 Books of 2011 Source: Barnes And Noble


Book Of The Month: (December 2011) "Kill Alex Cross" By James Patterson


The President's son and daughter are abducted, and Detective Alex Cross is one of the first on the scene. But someone very high-up is using the FBI, Secret Service, and CIA to keep him off the case and in the dark.A deadly contagion in the water supply cripples half of the capital, and Alex discovers that someone may be about to unleash the most devastating attack the United States has ever experienced.As his window for solving both crimes narrows, Alex makes a desperate decision that goes against everything he believes—one that may alter the fate of the entire country. KILL ALEX CROSS is faster, more exciting, and more tightly wound than any Alex Cross thriller James Patterson has ever written!


Book Of The Month: (November 2011) "From Cape Town With Love" By Blair Underwood


Tennyson "Ten" Hardwick heads to South Africa to try and reconcile with his ex. When that doesn't work out, he ends up becoming the bodyguard of actress Sophia Martin, who needs an escort to adopt a little girl, Nandi, from a Capetown orphanage. Months later, Sophia is married to a billionaire and they hire Ten again to watch over Nandi at her birthday party. When she's kidnapped during the event, Ten is fired, but that doesn't mean he'll let himself off the case. Determined to rescue the child, Ten soon finds himself tangled in an intricate web of espionage, lies and murder—with ties to the U.S. But as he navigates this murky mess of right and wrong on his way to saving Nandi, he may find that it's his own life that's at stake.... Written by Blair Underwood, along with authors Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due

"From Cape Town With Love" is book #3 in the Tennyson Hardwick Series.


Book Of The Month: (October 2011) "The Tanning Of America" By Steve Stoute

Overview: (Via B&N) The business marketing genius at the forefront of today's entertainment marketing revolution helps corporate America get hip to today's new consumer-the tan generation - by learning from hip-hop and youth culture. "He is the conduit between corporate America and rap and the streets-he speaks both languages." -Jay-Z "It's amazing to see the direct impact that black music, videos and the internet have had on culture. I've seen so many people race to the top of pop stardom using the everyday mannerisms of the hood in a pop setting. It's time to embrace this phenomenon because it ain't going nowhere!" -Kanye West When Fortune 500 companies need to reenergize or reinvent a lagging brand, they call Steve Stoute. In addition to marrying cultural icons with blue-chip marketers (Beyoncé for Tommy Hilfiger's True Star fragrance, and Justin Timberlake for "lovin' it" at McDonald's), Stoute has helped identify and activate a new generation of consumers. He traces how the "tanning" phenomenon raised a generation of black, Hispanic, white, and Asian consumers who have the same "mental complexion" based on shared experiences and values. This consumer is a mindset-not a race or age-that responds to shared values and experiences, rather than the increasingly irrelevant demographic boxes that have been used to a fault by corporate America. And Stoute believes there is a language gap that must be bridged in order to engage the most powerful market force in the history of commerce. The Tanning of America provides that very translation guide. Drawing from his company's case studies, as well as from extensive interviews with leading figures of multiple fields, Stoute presents an insider's view of how the transcendent power of popular culture is helping reinvigorate and revitalize the American dream. He shows how he bridges the worlds of pop culture, brand consulting, and marketing in his turnkey campaigns offers keen insight into other successful campaigns-including the election of Barack Obama-to illustrate the power of the tan generation, and how to connect with it while staying true to your core brand.


Book Of The Month: (September 2011) "Love Script: Deluxe Edition" By Tiffany Ashley


To get the deal ... He'll need her help Determined to land a huge advertising account for his company, Nicolas Sinclair gets a LITTLE carried away and tells the potential client he's married and about to celebrate his first anniversary. Now, Nick has a serious problem-he has agreed to a high-stakes cruise with this important client and must find a willing "wife" to join him.  Laney Parks is either in the wrong place at the wrong time, or the right place at the right time-she isn't sure which. She isn't even entirely sure how she got roped into posing as her hunky boss's wife. She finds "sticking to the script" SERIOUSLY unnerving, especially when it involves cuddling up and kissing in public-and sharing the close confines of a cabin, and its single bed, with him.

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