Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Sex and The City creator Candace Bushnell insists her new book isn't about her..

Bushnell says new book, Killing Monica, isn't about Carrie Bradshaw, despite critics drawing parallels.
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American author and TV producer Candace Bushnell is best known as the real Carrie Bradshaw.
Her essays for a newspaper in the 1990s about her dating life in New York were adapted into the hit HBO series, Sex and the City.


Killing Monica
Since then, she's cranked out a string of international bestselling novels, including 4 Blondes, Lipstick Jungle, and One Fifth Avenue—and now the 56-year-old writer is back with a new book, Killing Monica.

"Of course people think it's Carrie Bradshaw, but it isn't," Bushnell told CBC's Tashauna Reid.

Plot Synopsis:

This is the book fans of Candace Bushnell have been waiting for. From the author of Sex and the City, Lipstick Jungle, and The Carrie Diaries comes an addictive story about fame, love, and foolishness that will keep readers enthralled to the very last enticing scene.

Pandy "PJ" Wallis is a renowned writer whose novels about a young woman making her way in Manhattan have spawned a series of blockbuster films. After the success of the Monica books and movies, Pandy wants to attempt something different: a historical novel based on her ancestor Lady Wallis. But Pandy's publishers and audience only want her to keep cranking out more Monica—as does her greedy husband, Jonny, who's gone deeply in debt to finance his new restaurant in Las Vegas.

When her marriage crumbles and the boathouse of her family home in Connecticut goes up in flames, Pandy suddenly realizes she has an opportunity to reinvent herself. But to do so, she will have to reconcile with her ex-best friend and former partner in crime, SondraBeth Schnowzer, who plays Monica on the big screen—and who may have her own reasons to derail Pandy's startling change of plan.

In KILLING MONICA, Candace Bushnell spoofs and skewers her way through pop culture, celebrity worship, fame, and the meaning of identity. With her trademark humor and style, this is Bushnell's sharpest, funniest book to date

 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Captain America: Civil War Will Include Another Iron Man Character..

Captain America: Civil War is already packed with superheroes, villains, and other supporting characters, but if you thought the 2016 blockbuster couldn’t possibly squeeze in a few more players, you’re wrong.

The latest addition to the ensemble is actress Leslie Bibb, who will reprise the role of Iron Man character Christine Everheart.

 Like General Thaddeus Ross, Christine is a Marvel character that hasn’t been seen for a while, so her inclusion is surprising, but not unwelcome.

Christine was introduced in Iron Man as a Vanity Fair writer looking to do a spread on Tony Stark, and she got her wish…though not necessarily in the way she originally planned. Later she confronted Tony about the Stark Industries weapons that terrorists were using against Gulmira, the same town where his friend Yinsen lived, and in the film’s last scene she was among the pool of reporters at Tony’s press conference (if you look closely, she’s the only reporter who doesn’t stand up when Tony reveals he’s Iron Man). Christine was last seen in Iron Man 2 about to interview secondary antagonist Justin Hammer at the Monaco Grand Prix, before her attention, along with everyone else’s, was diverted by Tony participating in the race.


Since Tony is still in a committed relationship with Pepper Potts, there won’t be any "spreads" between him and Christine, but just hearing more of their back and forth banter would be enough. Perhaps we’ll also get a scene of her interviewing Captain America…before he’s forced to go on the run, that is.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Is it a Bird? Is it a Plane? No its Lois Lane: Fallout by Gwenda Bond!!

Fallout (Lois Lane)



Everyone knows Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. What not everyone knows, however, are all the amazing characters without powers that step up to the plate and fight the forces of evil on their own terms. One such character is the unrivaled Lois Lane. In all of her incarnations, she’s fearless, bold, uncompromising, and one of the best journalists you’ll ever meet. Gwenda Bond perfectly captures this new version of Lois as Lois navigates her new high school East Metropolis High. Faced with fitting in, helping a classmate bullied by a group of students known as the Warheads, and uncovering a sinister corporate experience with her online friend “SmallvilleGuy,” Lois has a lot on her plate in Lois Lane: Fallout.

Lois Lane is starting a new life in Metropolis. An Army brat, Lois has lived all over--and seen all kinds of things. (Some of them defy explanation, like the near-disaster she witnessed in Kansas in the middle of one night.) But now her family is putting down roots in the big city, and Lois is determined to fit in. Stay quiet. Fly straight. As soon as she steps into her new high school, though, she can see it won't be that easy. A group known as the Warheads is making life miserable for another girl at school. They're messing with her mind, somehow, via the high-tech immersive videogame they all play. Not cool. Armed with her wit and her new snazzy job as a reporter, Lois has her sights set on solving this mystery. But sometimes it's all a bit much. Thank goodness for her maybe-more-than-a friend, a guy she knows only by his screenname, SmallvilleGuy . . .

Friday, June 26, 2015

10 Empowering Quotes For Young Adults From Books...

Young women today have it way tougher than we ever did thanks to the Internet.Girls can use all the encouragement they can get, and a list of empowering quotes for young adults can go a long way as they deal with their share of stuff.

1. “You have plenty of courage, I am sure. All you need is confidence in yourself. There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you have in plenty.”

― L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
 

2. “Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it’s unbelievable…”

― Roald Dahl, Matilda
 

3. “Does the river try to please a tree? Does the bird try to please a stone? In nature, things are simply who and what they are. A tree trying to please the river would be ridiculous. But I wonder … isn’t that what I do? What if I put all my energy and power into being me instead of someone’s version of me?”

― Paula D’Arcy, Gift of the Red Bird
 

4. “What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Don’t complain.” 

― Maya Angelou, Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now
 

5. “I’m not lost for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” 

― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
 

6. “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”

― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
 

7. “When adults say, ‘Teenagers think they are invincible’ with that sly, stupid smile on their faces, they don’t know how right they are. We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. We think that we are invincible because we are. We cannot be born, and we cannot die. Like all energy, we can only change shapes and sizes and manifestations. They forget that when they get old. They get scared of losing and failing. But that part of us greater than the sum of our parts cannot begin and cannot end, and so it cannot fail.” 

― John Green, Looking for Alaska
 

8. “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” 

― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
 

9. “A person’s a person, no matter how small.” 

― Dr. Seuss, Horton Hears A Who
 

10. “Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!”

― Lewis Carroll, Alice Through the Looking Glass
 
 
 
 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

5 Books By Muslim Writers To Celebrate Ramadan..

Whether or not you’re fasting this Ramadan, consider this an opportunity to explore unfamiliar worlds. Pick up a book by one of these talented Muslim writers who’ve been making a serious mark literary world. They’re writing memoirs and science fiction, graphic novels and poetry — anything you feel like reading, really.


  

 No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own. After a lifetime without freedom, she's finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time—and to find a future with the one boy she thought she'd lost forever. In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a riveting dystopian world, a thrilling superhero story, and an unforgettable heroine.


  

 In an unnamed Middle Eastern security state, a young Arab-Indian hacker shields his clients—dissidents, outlaws, Islamists, and other watched groups—from surveillance and tries to stay out of trouble. He goes by Alif—the first letter of the Arabic alphabet, and a convenient handle to hide behind. The aristocratic woman Alif loves has jilted him for a prince chosen by her parents, and his computer has just been breached by the state’s electronic security force, putting his clients and his own neck on the line.

Then it turns out his lover’s new fiancé is the “Hand of God,” as they call the head of state security, and his henchmen come after Alif, driving him underground. When Alif discovers The Thousand and One Days, the secret book of the jinn, which both he and the Hand suspect may unleash a new level of information technology, the stakes are raised and Alif must struggle for life or death, aided by forces seen and unseen. With shades of Neal Stephenson, Philip Pullman, and The Thousand and One Nights, Alif the Unseen is a tour de force debut—a sophisticated melting pot of ideas, philosophy, technology, and spirituality smuggled inside an irresistible page-turner.

Based on ancient legends and written with interfaith sensitivity, this collection of new and original Muslim fables sparkles with inspiration, adventure, humor, and even romance. Qur’anic scriptures and Biblical references solidify the spiritual truths of these lively tales, which teach universal values such as patience, morals, ethics, and courtesy.

Muslim readers find their own beliefs clarified and reinforced, while those of another (or of no organized) faith learn something about Islam in a gentle, non-proselytizing manner. Christian and Jewish readers experience their faiths not as entities separate from Islam, but as integral parts of the great circle encompassed by the Islamic ideal of universal peace. All readers discover that, although the stories are set in times and places far different from our own, the messages are still relevant in today’s world. With its inspiring text and 46 vibrant watercolor illustrations, Where the Ghost Camel Grins is a spiritual treasure for all faiths and ages.


   

 In this stunning work of historical fiction, Laila Lalami brings us the imagined memoirs of the first black explorer of America—a Moroccan slave whose testimony was left out of the official record. In 1527, the conquistador Pánfilo de Narváez sailed from the port of Sanlúcar de Barrameda with a crew of six hundred men and nearly a hundred horses. His goal was to claim what is now the Gulf Coast of the United States for the Spanish crown and, in the process, become as wealthy and famous as Hernán Cortés.

But from the moment the Narváez expedition landed in Florida, it faced peril—navigational errors, disease, starvation, as well as resistance from indigenous tribes. Within a year there were only four survivors: the expedition’s treasurer, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca; a Spanish nobleman named Alonso del Castillo Maldonado; a young explorer named Andrés Dorantes de Carranza; and Dorantes’s Moroccan slave, Mustafa al-Zamori, whom the three Spaniards called Estebanico. These four survivors would go on to make a journey across America that would transform them from proud conquis-tadores to humble servants, from fearful outcasts to faith healers.


   

 Muslim feminist and social reformer Rokeya Hossain brings us the riveting tale of young girl Sultana who awakes in Ladyland where men are confined indoors and women have taken over the public sphere, ending a war nonviolently and restoring health and beauty to the world. This witty story, in which science fiction meets feminism, will have you smiling at the Hossain’s gorgeous subtle writing and repeating the words of her husband, “A splendid revenge!”

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

'Jane The Virgin' Star Gina Rodriguez Is Publishing A Book...













Following up a year full of successes, including winning a Golden Globes award, Jane The Virgin star Gina Rodriguez is publishing a book! 

Rodriguez announced the book deal with Simon & Schuster on Twitter Last Tuesday afternoon. Titled after part of her inspiring Golden Globes acceptance speech, the book will be called I Can And I Will: Tools My Daddy Gave Me.


The Internet went wild with tears and “aww”s over the actress’ speech. Now, Rodriguez will share more of her father’s wise words in I Can And I Will.


According to EW, Simon and Schuster issued a statement in which Rodriquez shared her motivation for the book: 

“This book has been a dream of mine for many years now, a love letter to a father who has given me strength I only know is right to share with others. If you can move, stretch, teach, inspire, encourage and motivate others by telling your stories why wouldn’t you?” said Rodriguez.


The book is due to be released in 2016.



Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Dawn of Deception by Dan Fletcher | Book Review

Dawn of Deception: Part I in The David Nbeke Thriller Series by Dan Fletcher 

 his truly was a gripping , page turner that was breath taking in its own right. Dawn of Deception took me 4 days to finish and i enjoyed the ride tremendously!Poaching in Africa is not something to be taken lightly and Dan Fletcher`s story brings to life the brutality of poaching in this action packed thriller with a series of twists and turns that is mind boggling!

The character description and the description of the country side in Kenya was both detailed to the point of perfection but so not long drawn out that it becomes boring .David is a thrown into the life of saving animals through tragic circumstances that couldn't be avoided.

The rangers strive to save the beautiful elephants whose tusks have become a target to vicious money hungry poachers.Something that is a reality in today's world.David is a wonderful hero and i look forward to reading the next book in this new amazing , adventurous series.

Rating : ***** (5 stars)

Monday, June 22, 2015

Judy Blume`s New Novel 'In the Unlikely Event' finally out!!

For five years, Judy Blume was hard at work on her new highly anticipated novel , "In the Unlikely Event" and now its finally released!
 
"January 2009 is when the idea first came to me. Nothing has ever come to me in a flash that way. 

Never ever like this," the author told People magazine. "I would have never believed anybody if they'd told me that was going to happen. I used to read about people who'd say, 'I dream my books and then I write them down.' And I was like, 'Oh, please.' But the idea came to me with characters and plot and structure!" 

Plot Synopsis:

Based on real-life events, the book focuses on three plane crashes that occurred in Blume's hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey, in the winter of 1951-1952.

In 1987, Miri Ammerman returns to her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey, to attend a commemoration of the worst year of her life. Thirty-five years earlier, when Miri was fifteen, and in love for the first time, a succession of airplanes fell from the sky, leaving a community reeling. Against this backdrop of actual events that Blume experienced in the early 1950s, when airline travel was new and exciting and everyone dreamed of going somewhere, she paints a vivid portrait of a particular time and place—Nat King Cole singing “Unforgettable,” Elizabeth Taylor haircuts, young (and not-so-young) love, explosive friendships, A-bomb hysteria, rumors of Communist threat. And a young journalist who makes his name reporting tragedy. Through it all, one generation reminds another that life goes on.

In the Unlikely Event is vintage Judy Blume, with all the hallmarks of Judy Blume’s unparalleled storytelling, and full of memorable characters who cope with loss, remember the good times and, finally, wonder at the joy that keeps them going.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Taking Leaps and Finding Ghosts by Janet DeLee | Book Review

Taking Leaps and Finding Ghosts by Janet DeLee  

Taking Leaps and finding ghosts was an entertaining novel .The writing style of Janet Delee was truly refreshing. This was a delightful somewhat different ghost story that wasn't at all frightening but was extremely interesting. I think the author did a very good job with this book.

The storyline is great and there is some really interesting and humorous characters pursuing their dreams at such a late stage in their lives accompanied by persistent spirits that wont leave the Ideal Life Club members alone that makes this book very enjoyable to read. This is one of these books that you don't want to lay down until it's finished. Recommended for all fans that love ghost stories.


 Rating : **** (4 stars)

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Danny Chaucers Flying Saucer by Christopher Pete | Book Review

Danny Chaucer's Flying Saucer by Christopher Pete

I was given a copy of Danny Chaucers Flying saucer by the author for a review and thought that i will be able to do a good job with the review after taking into account the book from a child's point of view since this is a book aimed at the much younger audiences.

I read this book to my 10 year old nephew and he enjoyed it immensely.I myself found the characters extremely hilarious and and the pace in which the story unfolded immediately grabs your attention.The story is captivating and enchanting.The mystery and suspense accompanied by the innocence of the strong minded characters in the story makes this book a great read which can be enjoyed by both adults and kids alike.Good writing style from Christopher Pete, looking forward to more of his work.


Rating: ***** (5 stars)

Friday, June 19, 2015

Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh | Book Review

Shards of Hope (Psy/Changeling) by Nalini Singh 

Aden and Zaira are impossible to resist and their romance is one that will make you melt. It’s clear from the start that Aden and Zaira love one another, but sometimes love just isn’t enough. Zaira’s powers are lethal and because of the way she was tortured as a child, she feels like she’s permanently broken inside. She fears that by letting Aden in, the dark and twisted part of her will overwhelm everything, making her a very real danger to others. 

This book is a treat especially for fans of the series because there are so many significant cameos by favorite characters. Aden is an awesome hero and his caring nature makes it difficult to not fall in love with him. Zaira is the tormented one here. Her past is horrific and she cannot imagine that she can possibly have a happy ending. While Aden and Zaira are trying to forge a relationship having had no examples of what a healthy relationship should look like, Aden and Zaira are both trying to keep things stable.

Shards of Hope is a wonderful addition to the Psy/Changeling series. I loved the main couple, there were exciting and sweet moments, and a new villain to keep things interesting for the books to come.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

J.K. Rowling’s New Mystery Novel Has A Release Date ...

J.K. Rowling might not have any current plans to continue her series of “Harry Potter” books but that doesn’t mean she’s just sitting around NOT writing.

She’s just wrapped up a new book in her “Comoran Strike” series of mystery novels — and now we know just when and what we’ll be looking for when it hits bookshelves in October.

“My good friend @RGalbraith’s new novel, CAREER OF EVIL will be published on 22 Oct,” Rowling said in her previous blurrier tweet, referring to her pseudonym Robert Galbraith.


Plot Synopsis:

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg.

Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them...

"A fiendishly clever mystery with unexpected twists around every corner, Career of Evil is also a gripping story of a man and a woman at a crossroads in their personal and professional lives. You will not be able to put this book down"

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

CBS Confirms 'Supergirl' Release Date ...


Superhero series addicts can finally get their first glimpse of the new "Supergirl." which was confirmed by CBS to be released this fall.

The TV network has announced that the highly anticipated Greg Berlanti-produced superhero series will finally debut on October 26. A teaser video, which showed Melissa Benoist as Kara Zol-Er or Supergirl, was posted on Twitter. The clip pictured Benoist holding a card across her chest that said, "10/26/15" that she then put down to reveal herself wearing her superhero costume.

"Supergirl" is CBS' first dive into the superhero trend that most TV networks have produced. Berlanti is also behind other successful comic book adapted TV shows such as "The Flash" and "Arrow."

Joining Benoist are Calista Flockhart, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh and David Harewood. Dean Cain and Helen Slater will also appear in the upcoming show.
For the first episode, "Supergirl" will start right after a new episode from "The Big Bang Theory" at 8:30 p.m., wrote TV Line. It will then move to its original time slot of 8 p.m. beginning November 2.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Legend by Marie Lu Headed for the Big Screen..

 The film rights for Legend are currently in the hands of CBS Films, with Wyck Godfrey (Producer of The Twilight Saga, The Fault in Our Stars, The Maze Runner & Eragon) and Mark Bowen on as Producers. Newcomers, Andrew Barrer and Gabe Ferrari are writing the screenplay, with Jonathan Levine officially signed on as Director. There's no information of a release date yet, or even a finished script, so there's plenty of time to get stuck into a new series before it hits the big screen!

Synopsis:

Legend by Marie Lu
What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias's death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.

Monday, June 15, 2015

New Fifty Shades book reported stolen!!

Police are investigating reports that a copy of 50 Shades of Grey author E.L. James’s latest novel, Grey, has been stolen just a week before publication, her British publisher Random House said on Wednesday.

 A publicity firm representing Random House said that the latest in James’s series of hugely successful erotic novels would still be published as scheduled on June 18, which is the fictional character Christian Grey’s birthday. “We have no further comment to make due to an ongoing police investigation,” the statement said. Reports of the book’s theft had been circulating, raising fears that it could be leaked or that extracts could be sold to the media. _source Business Times

Sunday, June 14, 2015

5 Books To Read While Waiting For George R.R. Martin's 'Winds of Winter'

"Game of Thrones" creator George R.R. Martin has still not confirmed a release date for his upcoming “Winds of Winter” novel. In the meantime, here are five books that fans of his work can read while they wait for the upcoming book.



 

At once charming, insightful, and ruthlessly irreverent, The Wit & Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister is short on pretense and overflowing with finely crafted gems—just like the man himself.The perfect gift for fans of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels and HBO’s Game of Thrones: a collection of wicked one-liners from the incomparable Imp of Casterly Rock, fully illustrated by Jonty Clark.




The never-before-seen history of Westeros and the lands beyond. With hundreds of pages of all-new material from George R.R. Martin.
If the past is prologue, then George R.R. Martin’s masterwork—the most inventive and entertaining fantasy saga of our time—warrants one hell of an introduction. At long last, it has arrived with THE WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE.
Collected within this volume is the accumulated knowledge, scholarly speculation, and inherited folk tales of maesters and septons, maegi and singers, including over 170 full-colour illustrations and maps, family trees for the Houses Stark, Lannister and Targaryen, and in-depth explanations of the history and culture of Westeros.


  

Taking place nearly a century before the events of A Game of Thrones, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms compiles the first three official prequel novellas to George R. R. Martin’s ongoing masterwork, A Song of Ice and Fire. These never-before-collected adventures recount an age when the Targaryen line still holds the Iron Throne, and the memory of the last dragon has not yet passed from living consciousness.


   

In this comic book/graphic novel adaptation set one hundred years before the events in George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, The Hedge Knight chronicles a young squire as he travels the cruel and complex path to knighthood in the Seven Kingdoms.
Shouldering his fallen master’s sword and shield, Duncan (or “Dunk") is determined to reinvent himself as a knight in a nearby tournament. But first Dunk needs a sponsor, and that requirement sends him down a road studded with friends, foes, adventure, and hidden agendas. One such friend is Egg, who becomes Dunk’s squire, yet even he may hold secret motivations of his own.


  

The adventure that began with A Game of Thrones comes to life in twelve separate full-color maps, stunningly illustrated and ideal for framing. The perfect gift for fans everywhere, this is the definitive dragon’s-eye view they’ve been dying to see.

George R. R. Martin’s beloved series is bursting with a variety and richness of landscapes—from bitter tundra to arid wasteland and everything in between—that provide a sense of scale unrivaled in contemporary fantasy. Now this dazzling set of maps, featuring original artwork from illustrator and cartographer Jonathan Roberts, transforms Martin’s epic saga into a world as fully realized as the one around us.