Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday 3-16-11

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
This week my picks are:
Dreams of Joy: A Novel

Release: May 31, 2011

Reeling from newly uncovered family secrets, and anger at her mother and aunt for keeping them from her, Joy runs away to Shanghai in early 1957 to find her birth father—the artist Z.G. Li, with whom both May and Pearl were once in love. Dazzled by him, and blinded by idealism and defiance, Joy throws herself into the New Society of Red China, heedless of the dangers in the communist regime.

Devastated by Joy’s flight and terrified for her safety, Pearl is determined to save her daughter, no matter the personal cost. From the crowded city to remote villages, Pearl confronts old demons and almost insurmountable challenges as she follows Joy, hoping for reconciliation. Yet even as Joy’s and Pearl’s separate journeys converge, one of the most tragic episodes in China’s history threatens their very lives.

Acclaimed for her richly drawn characters and vivid storytelling, Lisa See once again renders a family challenged by tragedy and time, yet ultimately united by the resilience of love. 

Blood Magic (The Blood Journals 1)

Release: May 24, 2011

This page-turning debut novel will entice fans who like their paranormal romances dark and disturbing. It's a natural next-read for fans of Stephanie Meyer, Carrie Jones, and Becca Fitzpatrick. But instead of mythical creatures, blood magic has everything to do with primal human desires like power, wealth, and immortality. Everywhere Silla Kennicott turns she sees blood. She can't stop thinking about her parents alleged murder-suicide. She is consumed by a book filled with spells that arrives mysteriously in the mail. The spells share one common ingredient: blood, and Silla is more than willing to cast a few. What's a little spilled blood if she can uncover the truth? And then there's Nick—the new guy at school who makes her pulse race. He has a few secrets of his own and is all too familiar with the lure of blood magic. Drawn together by a combination of fate and chemistry, Silla and Nick must find out who else in their small Missouri town knows their secret and will do anything to take the book and magic from Silla.

Lover Unleashed (Black Dagger Brotherhood #9) 

Release: March 29. 2011
Payne, twin sister of Vishous, is cut from the same dark, warrior cloth as her brother: A fighter by nature, and a maverick when it comes to the traditional role of Chosen females, there is no place for her on the Far Side… and no role for her on the front lines of the war, either.

When she suffers a paralyzing injury, human surgeon Dr. Manuel Manello is called in to treat her as only he can- and he soon gets sucked into her dangerous, secret world. Although he never before believed in things that go bump in the night- like vampires- he finds himself more than willing to be seduced by the powerful female who marks both his body and his soul.

As the two find so much more than an erotic connection, the human and vampire worlds collide … just as a centuries old score catches up with Payne and puts both her love and her life in deadly jeopardy.

So tell me, what are YOU waiting on???


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Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

blood magic has a great cover!

BookGeek said...

Wow. The first book sounds incredible!

Sarah Allen said...

Great recommendations! Looks wonderful :)

Sarah Allen
(my creative writing blog)

Anonymous said...

Blood Magic looks interesting.

Vamchoir said...

Dreams of Joy: A Novel sounds rather true to most families, don't ya think? Oh the secrets that we kids discover once we grow up and learn Aunt Billie was once a man/more.

Anonymous said...

I am also waiting anxiously for the new J.R. Ward book! I adored John Matthew's book, and I'm interested to see how she will do Payne, since it could be a bit of a departure from the usual. I'm not sure how I feel about Manny re-entering the picture, but it is sure to be interesting to say the least, especially with V around!

Mommyto3andahusky said...

Love your blog! I just became a follower! :) Erin


SweetSwan said...

Excellent choices!! I cant wait for "forever". Which sounds funny, but i mean shiver #3. :)