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Waiting on Wednesday: Worth Dying For by Lee Child

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

The book I am eagerly anticipating is Lee Child’s Worth Dying For.  I literally just finished listening to the audio of the previous book, 61 Hours and I need me some more Reacher!  Worth Dying For is the 15th book in the Reacher series.

Here is a summary from the publisher:

#1 New York Times-bestselling author Lee Child follows the electrifying 61 Hours with his latest Reacher thriller — a story that hits the ground running and then accelerates all the way to a colossal showdown.

There’s deadly trouble in the corn country of Nebraska…and Jack Reacher walks right into it. First he falls foul of the Duncans, a local clan that has terrified an entire county into submission. But it’s the unsolved case of a missing child, already decades-old, that Reacher can’t let go.

The Duncans want Reacher gone — and it’s not just past secrets they’re trying to hide. They’re awaiting a secret shipment that’s already late — and they have the kind of customers no one can afford to annoy. For, as dangerous as the Duncans are, they’re just the bottom of a criminal food chain stretching halfway around the world.

For Reacher, it would have made much more sense to keep on going, to put some distance between himself and the hard-core trouble that’s bearing down on him.

For Reacher, that was also impossible.

Worth Dying For is the kind of explosive thriller only Lee Child could write and only Jack Reacher could survive — a heart-racing page-turner no suspense fan will want to miss.

I’m in luck, Worth Dying For is scheduled for release on October 19th by Delacorte Press, so I only have around a month to wait!

What book are you waiting for?

Waiting on Wednesday: The Night Season by Chelsea Cain

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

The book I’m eagerly awaiting is THE NIGHT SEASON by Chelsea Cain. It’s the fourth book in Chelsea’s Beauty Killer series.  I literally yelled with excitement yesterday when I read about it on Twitter.  Here is a synopsis from the publisher:

Chelsea Cain launches the next stage of her bestselling series as Archie Sheridan works to regain his life and Susan Ward steps in to share the spotlight in this electric thriller from one of today’s most talented suspense writers.
With Beauty Killer Gretchen Lowell locked away behind bars once again, Portland detective Archie Sheridan can finally rest. Meanwhile, the city of Portland is in crisis. Several people have drowned in heavy rains that have flooded the Willamette River. But the medical examiner discovers that in fact the latest victim was poisoned before she went into the water—she didn’t drown. A little detective work shows that so far three of those previously thought to be accidental drownings have actually been murdered. Portland has a new serial killer on its hands, and Archie and his task force have a new case. Meanwhile reporter Susan Ward is following up on an entirely separate mystery: the dramatic flooding has unearthed a skeleton, a man who might have died during catastrophic flooding more than sixty years ago that washed away an entire neighborhood and killed at least 15 people.

 As Archie follows the bizarre trail of evidence and evil deeds to catch his killer, he has to battle the rising waters of the Willamette first.

I’m literally aching to get my hands on a copy of this book! I’ve been a Chelsea Cain fan from the beginning! As a matter of fact, during Dectectives Around the World, hosted by Jen’s Book Thoughts,  I did a spotlight on Chelsea Cain’s Portland.

THE NIGHT SEASON is scheduled for release by Minotaur Books on March 1, 2011.  Over seven months to wait…however will I do it!?

Waiting on Wednesday: Holy Ghosts by Gary Jansen

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we’re eagerly anticipating.

The book I’m eagerly anticipating is Holy Ghosts by Gary Jansen.  Here is a description from the publisher:

In this extraordinary true story, the haunting of a Long Island household forces a respected writer and editor to reevaluate the mysteries of life and death as he struggles with the frightening truths of his childhood home and his town’s past.

Growing up in Rockville Centre, Long Island, Gary Jansen never believed in ghosts. His mother – a devoutly Catholic woman with a keen sense for the uncanny – claimed that their family house was haunted. But Jansen never found anything inexplicable in how their doorbell would sometimes ring of its own accord; or in the mysterious sounds of footsteps or breaking glass that occasionally would fill their home; or even in his mother’s sometimes unnervingly accurate visions of future events and tragedies. Though he once experienced a supernatural encounter in a Prague church as a young man, Jansen grew up into a rationalist, as well as a noted writer and editor.

In 2001, Jansen moved back into the very same house where he had once grown up, to raise a family with his wife. One day in 2007 he encountered a weird physical sensation in his toddler son’s bedroom – like an electric hand rubbing the length of my back. I stopped and couldn’t move, not because I was stuck but for the simple reason that the feeling was so strange. What the hell is that? Then the pressure seemed to break apart and for a brief moment I felt like I had a million little bugs crawling all over my back and neck.

This became the first step in uncovering a frightening, full-blown haunting in his home-a phenomenon which lasted a full year and eventually included unveiling the identities of the spirits who occupied his house; reliving a tragic murder in his hometown; encountering mind-boggling coincidences between local history and episodes in his household; and finally, with the help of Mary Ann Winkowski, the real-life inspiration for TV’s The Ghost Whisperer, ridding his house of these uninvited visitors. The events of that year, in which Jansen’s family was terrified by ghosts in their own home, would forever change how he viewed the mysteries of life and death.

Holy Ghosts is not only a gripping true-life ghost story but a wry and touching memoir, as well as a meditation on the relationship between religion and the paranormal, which are often considered at odds with each other, but which the author shows are intimately linked.

I discovered this title in an issue of Shelf Awareness. Sounds great, right? I plan on featuring this book during Fright Fest if I can get my hands on a copy in time.

So, what book are you waiting for?

Waiting on Wednesday: The Fall by Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Words cannot begin to describe how excited I am for the release of The Fall: Book Two of the Strain Trilogy! I’m a long-time fan of horror fiction, especially books involving vampires.  In years past, thanks to the lovely Twilight craze, my faith in vampire fiction has dwindled.  Until I read The Strain, the first in a new trilogy by the very talented Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan.  My faith was instantly resurrected!  The Strain was about REAL vampires…not the ones that sparkle!  Therefore, it shouldn’t surprise you that I’m anxiously anticipating the release of the second book in the trilogy, The Fall.

Here’s a quick synopsis:

The second in the New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with The Strain-about an invasion of vampires-by one of Hollywood’s most popular and imaginative storytellers, the creator of the Oscar-winning Pan’s Labyrinth.

The vampiric virus unleashed in The Strain has taken over New York City. It is spreading across the country and soon, the world. Amid the chaos, Eph Goodweather, head of the CDC’s team and one of a small group who have banded together to fight the bloodthirsty monsters that roam the streets, finally manages to identify the parasite that causes the infection. But it may be too late.

Ignited by the Master’s horrific plan, a war erupts between Old and New World Vampires, each side vying for control of the planet. As the virus continues to plague the land, humans find themselves caught in the middle of the conflict . . . and at the bottom of the food chain. They are no longer the consumers, but the consumed.

At the same time, the battle finds its way inside Eph’s own home: his ex-wife, Kelly, who was turned by the Master, has her sights fixed on Zack, Eph’s son.

With the future of the world in the balance, Eph and his team of fighters must use all their skills and Holocaust survivor and former professor Abraham Setrakian’s intimate knowledge of the enemy to combat a terror whose ultimate plan is more terrible than the humans at first imagined-a fate worse than annihilation.

I cannot wait to get this precious book in my hands! The Fall is scheduled for release on September 21 by William Morrow.

Waiting on Wednesday: Angelology by Danielle Trussoni

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. The  book I’m waiting on this week is Angelology by Danielle Trussoni. Isn’t the cover just stunning!?  That alone makes me want to rush out and buy the book!

Here’s a summary, taken from Amazon:

A thrilling epic about an ancient clash reignited in our time- between a hidden society and heaven’s darkest creatures

There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bore children to them.
Genesis 6:5

Sister Evangeline was just a girl when her father entrusted her to the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in upstate New York. Now, at twenty-three, her discovery of a 1943 letter from the famous philanthropist Abigail Rockefeller to the late mother superior of Saint Rose Convent plunges Evangeline into a secret history that stretches back a thousand years: an ancient conflict between the Society of Angelologists and the monstrously beautiful descendants of angels and humans, the Nephilim.

For the secrets these letters guard are desperately coveted by the once-powerful Nephilim, who aim to perpetuate war, subvert the good in humanity, and dominate mankind. Generations of angelologists have devoted their lives to stopping them, and their shared mission, which Evangeline has long been destined to join, reaches from her bucolic abbey on the Hudson to the apex of insular wealth in New York, to the Montparnasse cemetery in Paris and the mountains of Bulgaria.

Rich in history, full of mesmerizing characters, and wondrously conceived, Angelology blends biblical lore, the myth of Orpheus and the Miltonic visions of Paradise Lost into a riveting tale of ordinary people engaged in a battle that will determine the fate of the world.

Luckily, I don’t have to wait long for this one! Angelologyis scheduled for release by Viking Adult on Tuesday, March 9!

Waiting on Wednesday: The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard


A few years ago, before my blogging days, I had the pleasure of reading Nancy Pickard’s The Virgin of Small Plains. I feel in love with the author’s writing immediately.  When I read that she’s releasing another book I couldn’t help but be excited!

Here’s the publisher’s description of the book:

One beautiful summer afternoon, from her bedroom window on the second floor, Jody Linder is unnerved to see her three uncles parking their pickups in front of her parents’ house—or what she calls her parents’ house, even though Jay and Laurie Jo Linder have been gone almost all of Jody’s life. “What is this fearsome thing I see?” the young high school English teacher whispers, mimicking Shakespeare. Polished boots, pressed jeans, fresh white shirts, Stetsons—her uncles’ suspiciously clean visiting clothes are a disturbing sign.

The three bring shocking news: The man convicted of murdering Jody’s father is being released from prison and returning to the small town of Rose, Kansas. It has been twenty-six years since that stormy night when, as baby Jody lay asleep in her crib, her father was shot and killed and her mother disappeared, presumed dead. Neither the protective embrace of Jody’s uncles nor the safe haven of her grandparents’ ranch could erase the pain caused by Billy Crosby on that catastrophic night.

Now Billy Crosby has been granted a new trial, thanks in large part to the efforts of his son, Collin, a lawyer who has spent most of his life trying to prove his father’s innocence. As Jody lives only a few doors down from the Crosbys, she knows that sooner or later she’ll come face-to-face with the man who she believes destroyed her family.
What she doesn’t expect are the heated exchanges with Collin. Having grown up practically side by side in this very small town, Jody and Collin have had a long history of carefully avoiding each other’s eyes. Now Jody discovers that underneath their antagonism is a shared sense of loss that no one else could possibly understand. As she revisits old wounds, startling revelations compel her to uncover the dangerous truth about her family’s tragic past.

Engrossing, lyrical, and suspenseful, The Scent of Rain and Lightning captures the essence of small-town America—its heartfelt intimacy and its darkest secrets—where through struggle and hardship people still dare to hope for a better future. For Jody Linder, maybe even love.

Doesn’t it sound fabulous? Coming from a relatively small-town myself, I enjoy reading novels that focus on the intricacies of small-town life.   Luckily, I don’t have to wait long for this one.  The Scent of Rain and Lightning  will be released on April 6.

Waiting on Wednesday: The Map of True Places by Brunonia Barry


I was thrilled when I received an email from Brunonia Barry announcing the upcoming release of her new book, The Map of True Places. I read and LOVED her first book, The Lace Reader and can’t wait to read more of her work. According to the email, The Map of True Places is “a story about relationships and family and finding your true place in the world when you have no map to follow.”

The release date is May 4th, but you can download the prologue here.

Waiting on Wednesday: Dark Life by Kat Falls



I read about Dark Life on Abby the Librarian’s blog.  Here’s her synopsis and comments.  You’ll see why I have to read this one:

In a future America where rising seas have claimed much of the land, leaving Topsiders to pack themselves in tiny stacked apartments, some people have taken to the ocean. These pioneers live on the ocean floor, farming the sea and sending crops to the government in exchange for their homesteads. This is where Ty Townsend has lived all his life. He was the first child to be born in the undersea community of Benthic Territory and he loves it there. But when outlaws threaten the safety of the settlers, Ty must do what he can to save the only home he’s ever known. And when a Topsider girl appears, searching for her prospector brother, she’ll join him on his quest and together they’ll find that there are secrets being kept about the Dark Life. 

This one’s going to be big, folks. The action is non-stop and it’s set in a really well-developed future world. I wouldn’t hesitate to hand it to fans of City of Ember and The Hunger Games. (Yes, I just compared it to The Hunger Games. That shows you how much I loved it.) 

Understand now why I can’t wait to read this one!? Dark Life is due out in May.  I already have it preordered!

Waiting on Wednesday: Faithful Place by Tana French


Words cannot describe how excited I was when I learned from Trish that Tana French is releasing another book.  I’m a huge fan of French’s writing; I totally engulfed The Likeness  and In the Woods when I read them.  They completely took over my life; I wanted to devote all my time to reading them.

Here’s a summary of Faithful Place from Amazon:

The course of Frank Mackey’s life was set by one defining moment when he was nineteen. The moment his girlfriend, Rosie Daly, failed to turn up for their rendezvous in Faithful Place, failed to run away with him to London as they had planned. Frank never heard from her again. Twenty years on, Frank is still in Dublin, working as an undercover cop. He’s cut all ties with his dysfunctional family. Until his sister calls to say that Rosie’s suitcase has been found. Frank embarks on a journey into his past that demands he reevaluate everything he believes to be true.

Sounds great, doesn’t it!?  Faithful Place is scheduled to be published on July 13, 2010.