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The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor      by     Robert Kirkman,     Jay BonansingaThe Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor by Robert Kirkman. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:


Winner of the 2011 Diamond Gem Award for Trade Book of the Year

In the Walking Dead universe, there is no greater villain than The Governor. The despot who runs the walled-off town of Woodbury, he has his own sick sense of justice: whether it’s forcing prisoners to battle zombies in an arena for the townspeople’s amusement, or chopping off the appendages of those who cross him. The Governor was voted “Villain of the Year” by Wizard magazine the year he debuted, and his story arc was the most controversial in the history of the Walking Dead comic book series. Now, for the first time, fans of The Walking Dead will discover how The Governor became the man he is, and what drove him to such extremes.

This is a novelization of the popular tv show which was made from a comic strip. The novelization is between series creator Robert Kirkman and horror writer Jay Bonansinga. Says one reviewer ” In truth, this version of The Walking Dead saga doesn’t break any new ground dramatically or thematically. Reliant on action set pieces, the book feels eminently cinematic. In reading the adventure, you can almost visualize the action as it takes place. It’s solidly constructed, easy to read, and fast paced.”

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The Perfect Lover (Cynster Series)      by     Stephanie Laurens The Perfect Lover by Stephanie Laurens. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Never let it be said that a Cynster male can’t face up to the one unassailable truth: A successful marriage gives life its fullest meaning. To all of English society, Simon Frederick Cynster has a perfect life—one of enormous wealth and impeccable social status. His lean handsomeness turns the heads of naïve debutantes, while his sensual allure ensures he never lacks for more sophisticated partners for a night, or more, of pleasure. Yet despite all of this, Simon knows that there is something—or rather someone—missing in his life.

To achieve true contentment, Simon must find a lady accomplished enough to be his wife, someone who will spend her days as a member of one of England’s most influential families … and her nights pursuing duties of a more private—and personal—nature.

But Simon knows what to expect if he reveals his intention to choose a bride; nothing could be more tiresome than having every blushing miss on the marriage mart thrust upon him. So he discreetly begins his search at a house party at Glossup Hall . . . and is astonished that the lady who immediately captures his interest is Portia Ashford.

Simon has never considered Portia as a potential wife. He’s known the raven-haired beauty since childhood; she’s willfully independent and has always claimed to be uninterested in marriage. But an unexpectedly heated kiss abruptly alters the rules of their decade-long interaction. Soon they begin to long for the moments they can spend in each other’s arms.

But all is not as it seems at Glossup Hall. As Simon and Portia begin to explore the depths of their mutual passion, a shocking murder is committed … and it appears that the next victim will be Portia herself. And even more shocking than the fact that a murderer secretly walks among them is the realization that all of Simon’s considerable strength and influence may not be enough to protect Portia—his once and always perfect lover . .

This is the 10th in the Cynster series that started with yesterday’s deal Devil’s Bride. From the reviews, it looks like if you like Laurens’ writing, you’ll enjoy this but there is an overly large cast and the last half of the book is one very long and large house party.

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The Scottish Witch: The Chattan Curse      by     Cathy MaxwellThe Scottish Witch: The Chattan Curse by Cathy Maxwell. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

When a Chattan male falls in love, strike his heart with fire from above . . .

Portia Maclean believes she is beyond love and marriage. Then one moonlit night, while attempting a daring masquerade in a desperate bid to protect her family, she finds herself swept off her feet by a powerful stranger. But what will he do once he discovers she has betrayed him?

Harry Chattan is fighting for his family. For two hundred years the Chattan men have been destroyed by love . . . and now he’s come to Scotland on the hunt for a witch to break the curse. Instead he finds himself bewitched by Portia. Harry has vowed to fight the demons that torture him.

But will that battle destroy her as well?

I thought this particular review was very good. Here is just a small taste: My problem with Portia is that the consummation scene feels wrong. She’s not much of an active participant and it bordered on…not force exactly, but she was never quite swept away. She later becomes Harry’s mistress without ever asking him for more and never asking him to clarify his position with her. That felt wrong for me. Portia becomes passive once she hooks up with Harry.

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Farside      by     Ben Bova Farside by Ben Bova. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Six-time Hugo-Award winner Ben Bova presents Farside.

Farside, the side of the Moon that never faces Earth, is the ideal location for an astronomical observatory. It is also the setting for a tangled web of politics, personal ambition, love, jealousy, and murder.

Telescopes on Earth have detected an Earth-sized planet circling a star some thirty light-years away. Now the race is on to get pictures of that distant world, photographs and spectra that will show whether or not the planet is truly like Earth, and if it bears life.

Farside will include the largest optical telescope in the solar system as well as a vast array of radio antennas, the most sensitive radio telescope possible, insulated from the interference of Earth’s radio chatter by a thousand kilometers of the Moon’s solid body.

Building the Farside observatory is a complex, often dangerous task. On the airless surface of the Moon, under constant bombardment of hard radiation and infalling micrometeoroids, builders must work in cumbersome spacesuits and use robotic machines as much as possible. Breakdowns—mechanical and emotional—are commonplace. Accidents happen, some of them fatal.

What they find stuns everyone, and the human race will never be the same.

At the publisher’s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied

This book just came out and that aren’t very many reviews for it but this review on Goodreads says it is a buyer beware “Once again, this is a novel that should have been marketed as a novella. Each chapter is at most four pages (and most are around two), which is intensely irritating. The story is a run-of-the-mill moon adventure, and frankly I’ve read better prose by people self-publishing on Amazon.”

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

One Comment

  1. Matthew
    Mar 02, 2013 @ 15:52:38

    Most defiantly going to get my hands on the walking dead. Sounds like it has hints of “Hunger Games in it”

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