Saturday, February 28, 2015

Marvel announces new wave of female-lead titles !!

It’s a good day to be a comics fan, especially if you’re a woman. Big hitters Marvel and DC both chose Friday to make major announcements about their comic book lines.

Marvel seemed to be edging ahead in the social media love-in after unveiling an all-female Avengers team. There was no sign of Captain America, Iron Man or Hulk, but instead a host of Marvel’s female heroes in a team to be introduced as part of its cross-title Secret Wars event in May.

The line-up looks like it features pretty much all of Marvel’s super-women – front and centre are She-Hulk (the green guy’s cousin), Medusa, one of the Inhuman clan with “living” hair, Jubilee and Storm, of the X-Men, and veteran avenger: the Wasp.

Also featured are Captain Marvel, Black Widow, Spider-Woman and Moondragon – who, despite this new age of female empowerment at Marvel comics, doesn’t appear to have lost her revealing green costume.

Friday, February 27, 2015

5 Romance Books that Everyone Should Read!!

The Look of Love by Bella Andre

Fall in love with the Sullivans in Bella Andre's New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romance series with THE LOOK OF LOVE, an emotional, fun and sexy love story.

Chloe Peterson is having a bad night. A really bad night. The large bruise on her cheek can attest to that. And when her car skids off the side of a wet country road straight into a ditch, she's convinced even the gorgeous guy who rescues her in the middle of the rain storm must be too good to be true. Or is he?

As a successful photographer who frequently travels around the world, Chase Sullivan has his pick of beautiful women, and whenever he's home in San Francisco, one of his seven siblings is usually up for causing a little fun trouble. Chase thinks his life is great just as it is--until the night he finds Chloe and her totaled car on the side of the road in Napa Valley. Not only has he never met anyone so lovely, both inside and out, but he quickly realizes she has much bigger problems than her damaged car. Soon, he is willing to move mountains to love--and protect--her, but will she let him?

Forgiving Reed by C.A. Harms

Kori suffered a great loss, one that left her feeling so desolate and alone, that she believed nothing would ever fill the void...The only thing that kept her going was the one little piece of joy she still had in her life, her baby boy, Rhett.She had no choice but to move forward and give her son the best life she could. Which meant moving back home.Except there was one problem. 
Home was where Reed would be...The man who once held her heart, then shattered it into a million pieces.Grieving the loss of Rhetts dad, and learning to forgive those who have betrayed her, Kori was battling it all.But will she ever have the strength to forgive Reed?

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green's most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

Also in this series:
   Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

A long, hot summer... That's what Macy has to look forward to while her boyfriend, Jason, is away at Brain Camp.
Days will be spent at a boring job in the library, evenings will be filled with vocabulary drills for the SATs, and spare time will be passed with her mother, the two of them sharing a silent grief at the traumatic loss of Macy's father.

But sometimes, unexpected things can happen—things such as the catering job at Wish, with its fun-loving, chaotic crew.
 Or her sister's project of renovating the neglected beach house, awakening long-buried memories.
Things such as meeting Wes, a boy with a past, a taste for Truth-telling, and an amazing artistic talent, the kind of boy who could turn any girl's world upside down. As Macy ventures out of her shell, she begins to wonder, Is it really better to be safe than sorry?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

James Patterson Creates "Self Destructing" Book To Market Latest Thriller !

With between 600,000 and a million books being published or self-published just in America each year, it is getting increasingly hard for writers to get their books noticed. Most stick to old-fashioned tactics like book tours that allow them to connect with their existing readers and attract new ones. However, there are a few that pull some brilliant marketing stunts to get their publications noticed.

The latest one making headlines is none other than world-famous best-selling author James Patterson. To publicize his latest release Private Vegas, the writer who is known for his heart-stopping thrillers teamed up with advertising agency Mother New York, and came up with a radical idea - creating a book that has a built-in clock counting down from 24 hours. Once the time is up, the book self destructs. This means that the reader has to either finish it in the allotted time or live his/her life in perpetual suspense.While the physical book is still up for grabs, the e-book codes were immediately
snatched up Patterson fans.

 Las Vegas is a city of contradictions: seedy and glamorous, secretive and wild, Vegas attracts people of all kinds--especially those with a secret to hide, or a life to leave behind. It's the perfect location for Lester Olsen's lucrative business. He gets to treat gorgeous, young women to five-star restaurants, splashy shows, and limo rides--and then he teaches them how to kill.

 Private Jack Morgan spends most of his time in Los Angeles, where his top investigation firm has its headquarters. But a hunt for two criminals leads him to the city of sin--and to a murder ring that is more seductively threatening than anything he's witnessed before. PRIVATE VEGAS brings James Patterson's Private series to a sensational new level.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Hot New Release by Christine Feehan !!

Christine Feehan is a #1 New York Times bestselling author multiple times over with her portfolio including over 40 published novels, including five series; Leopard Series, Dark Series, Ghostwalker Series, Drake Sisters Series, & the Sisters of the Heart.Her Latest Ghostwalker novel Viper Game has now hit stores nationwide!!
GhostWalker Wyatt Fontenot knows the price he paid for the secret military experiments that gave him his special catlike abilities. After all, he left his bayou home a healer and came back a killer. While Wyatt and his GhostWalker brother Gator may have known exactly the sort of game they were getting into, Wyatt never anticipated where it would lead—or to whom.

The swamps hold many mysteries, but few are as sinuously seductive as Le Poivre de Cayenne. The woman the locals call Pepper is every bit as enigmatic as the three little girls she's desperately trying to protect. From what, Wyatt is soon to discover. Right now Pepper needs a man like Wyatt. Passionately. But her secrets are about to take them both deeper into the bayou than either imagined—where desire is the deadliest poison of all.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Books to read before they hit theatres this year !

When the Oscars roll around next month, you can expect to see such movies as The Imitation Game, Wild, The Theory of Everything, Gone Girl, Still Alice and Unbroken honoured for various performance and technical achievements.

What these movies have in common — besides great casts and impressive cinematography — is the fact that they are all based on books.

Every year, movies are created out of books, a change from one type of storytelling to another that expands the shelf life of the written account even as it opens a tale to a whole new audience.

As with last year, 2015 will see many bestsellers move from page to screen, and for your edification, gentle reader, here's a list of such transformations:

Silence by Shusaku Endo
 Japanese author Shusaku Endo's spiritual meditation about a Jesuit missionary in 17th century Japan will become a movie directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver and Tadanobu Asano. Two young Jesuits (Garfield and Driver) arrive in Japan where they witness the torture and death of those willing to stand up for their faith.

Michael Punke's novel is a thrilling frontier yarn about the American wilderness, based on the real life of fur trapper Hugh Glass. Glass was mauled by a bear and left for dead in 1823, abandoned (and robbed) by two fellow employees of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company. Imagine their surprise when he survived. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu directs Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter and Domhnall Gleeson in the much-anticipated film version. It opens Christmas Day.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies! by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

Based on Seth Grahame-Smith's hilarious novel, this reworking of Jane Austen's tale of love and social climbing in the 19th century gets a shot in the narrative arm from the presence of the undead. Just go with it. Starring Lily James, Lena Headey, Sam Riley (as Mr. Darcy) and Douglas Booth.

In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick

A rogue whale preys upon a ship in this thrilling film version of Nathaniel Philbrick's In The Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex. Chris Hemsworth, Brendan Gleeson and Cillian Murphy star in this real life survival tale of 19th century sailors forced to live by their wits (and a bit of cannibalism) while stranded 90 days at sea. It opens Dec.11.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
 Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl was a huge hit in 2014, and fans can look forward to the film version of her book Dark Places, a gothic mystery about poverty, family and the “satanic cult” hysteria of the 1980s. A child who was the lone survivor of a mass murder is approached 25 years later to reconsider what she saw — if the real killers are ever going to be found. With Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Chloe Grace Moretz and Tye Sheridan.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Sylvia Day`s Crossfire Series to be adapted for Television !!

Sylvia Day vows to protect her fans’ favourite moments when her “Crossfire” erotic romance novels are adapted for television. The bestselling author of the books following the romance of billionaire Gideon Cross and Eva Trammell is an executive consultant on the TV series optioned by Lionsgate Television.

She says she’s in frequent contact with producers and will be on the set for filming, adding, “It’s like I’m the readers’ voice” as the books are transformed for television. “I’ll review scripts and remind them of things that I know as the writer, being very well connected to the fandom of this series, of iconic things: clothing, lines of dialogue, locations, things that they couldn’t change because readers would immediately revolt,” she says. “Captivated by You,” the fourth novel in the series, was recently released. Day says Lionsgate has a director and a showrunner for “Crossfire,” which she anticipates will premiere next year.

“The producers feel that it will take an entire season to explore one of the ‘Crossfire’ novels,” she says. Producers want to air the series on a premium cable network or a subscriber service like Netflix or Amazon Instant Video, which Day says would be perfect for the sexually explicit romance. “Of course it’s going to be an erotic story,” says Day. “Does that mean it’s going to be supergraphic? I doubt it’s going to be any more graphic than what you see on ‘Game of Thrones.’”

Sylvia Day Crossfire Series

Entwined with You (Crossfire, Book 3)

Reflected in You (Crossfire, Book 2)

Captivated by You (Crossfire,Book 4) 

Friday, February 20, 2015

6 Celebrity Cookbooks Worth Whipping Up Recipes From !!

Do we really need another batch of recipes supposedly time-tested by celebrities?It turns out, yes, we do. While there are plenty of cookbooks by celeb chefs, many of whom appear on your TV screen nightly, recently there haven't been that many food books by actors and singers.

Maybe they’re busy doing other things (like acting or singing) or don't think we'll believe they can cook for themselves let alone us. Many of these books were co-written with cooks and chefs. Their names are just in tiny, tiny print.

Here are 6 celebrity cookbooks that are definitely worth trying out :

Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood: Stories and Recipes to Share with Family and Friends    
Country music star and bestselling cookbook author Trisha Yearwood, host of Food Network’s Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, is back with an encore of recipes that once again share her family traditions and warm home-grown cooking style.
In her debut cookbook, Georgia Cooking in an Oklahoma Kitchen, Trisha proved that there’s much more to her than an award-winning country music career, as she welcomed us into her kitchen and served up a feast of flavorful meals and heartwarming personal anecdotes. Now, in Cooking for Family and Friends, Trisha opens her life and her kitchen once more with a trove of recipes from a lifetime of potlucks and colorful gatherings.

The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet
In The Kind Diet, actress, activist, and committed conservationist Alicia Silverstone shares the insights that encouraged her to swear off meat and dairy forever, and outlines the spectacular benefits of adopting a plant-based diet, from effortless weight loss to clear skin, off-the-chart energy, and smooth digestion. She explains how meat, fish, milk, and cheese—the very foods we've been taught to regard as the cornerstone of good nutrition—are actually the culprits behind escalating rates of disease and the cause of dire, potentially permanent damage to our ecology.

The Tucci Table: Cooking With Family and Friends by Stanley Tucci
The Tucci Table: Cooking with Family and Friends, feature over 300 total recipes for homemade Italian dishes. The first finds the actor gushing over his family's history and their love affair with food — plus there's an adorable picture of then three-year-old Tucci in a Peekskill, New York park. It also pairs each meal with a wine.

Kitchen Revelry: A Year of Festive Menus from My Home to Yours
 Ali Larter is a busy actress, well known for her roles on the NBC show Heroes and in movies such as Varsity Blues and Legally Blonde. But when not on set, she is usually throwing a dinner party or entertaining at home. In fact, Ali has been cooking and entertaining all her life, and in an instant, she can whip together a wonderful meal, whether it’s for a family Sunday brunch, a spontaneous Super Bowl party, or an elegant (but not stuffy) New Year’s Eve dinner. Her parties seem effortless, but it hasn't always been that easy for her. 

Eva's Kitchen: Cooking with Love for Family and Friends

Eva Longoria may be most recognized for her role as Desperate Housewives’ saucy Gabrielle Solis, but on her own time, there are few places she would rather be than in the kitchen, cooking the food she loves for her family and friends. Here is the food Eva loves to eat, and the recipes in Eva’s Kitchen trace her life story, taking readers on her culinary journey—from the food she was brought up on to the recipes inspired by her travels abroad to the dishes she serves during casual nights at home.In her first cookbook, Eva welcomes you into her kitchen, offering 100 of her favorite dishes—many of which are family recipes collected over the years—all fused with her passion for cooking. She also shares memories of her Texas ranch upbringing, her very first cooking adventures, vacations overseas, nights in with her girlfriends, and last-minute pre–red carpet meals. 

A Gluten Free Survival Guide by Elizabeth Hasselbeck
For years, Elisabeth Hasselbeck couldn't figure out what was making her sick. She asked doctors and consulted nutritionists, but no one seemed to have any answers. It wasn't until spending time in the Australian Outback, living off the land on the grueling Survivor TV show, that, ironically, her symptoms vanished. Returning home, she pinpointed the food that made her sick -- gluten, the binding element in wheat.In this all-inclusive book, Hasselbeck shares her hard-earned wisdom on living life without gluten and loving it. She gives you everything you need to know to start living a gluten-free life, from defining gluten - where to find it, how to read food labels - to targeting gluten-free products, creating G-Free shopping lists, sharing recipes, and managing G-Free living with family and friends.