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To Be Read Thursdays #4: December’s TBR List

TBR Thursdays

To Be Read Thursdays are a meme hosted by yours truly. This is a way to feature the books you’ve added to your TBR list over the past week or a newly added book that you are excited about reading in the near future. Anyone is welcome to participate in this meme. Please just link back to this page so I can read your posts.

I may not know every book I will read this month, but I thought it would be a fun idea to list the ones I know I will definitely be reading. These book will include a variety of author requested reviews, blog tours and new releases from the library. Hopefully you’ll find one or two to add to your list!

Intrusion 1

Title: Intrusion

Author: Réal Laplaine

Synopsis: An elderly man in the remote Canadian tundra keels over dead – mysteriously seized by a heart attack. Another man in downtown Toronto, steps in front of a car, killing him instantly and before he can deliver his critical package. Two remote deaths, a continent apart, and yet connected in a plot which could change the face of the world. Keeno McCole, head of Canada’s special crime-fighting task-force, and his team, takes on an elusive enemy from within the nation, and are vaulted on an international chase which takes them across the globe as they race to prevent the deaths of tens of thousands, and moreover, to stop the spread of the malicious God-Chip, a microchip implant which alone could change our very way of life.

Cross Justice

Title: Cross Justice

Author: James Patterson

Synopsis: When his cousin is accused of a heinous crime, Alex Cross returns to his North Carolina hometown for the first time in over three decades. As he tries to prove his cousin’s innocence in a town where everyone seems to be on the take, Cross unearths a family secret that forces him to question everything he’s ever known.

Chasing a ghost he believed was long dead, Cross gets pulled into a case that has local cops scratching their heads and needing his help: a grisly string of socialite murders. Now he’s hot on the trail of both a brutal killer, and the truth about his own past–and the answers he finds might be fatal.

The Children of DarknessTitle: The Children of Darkness

Author: David Litwack

Synopsis: “But what are we without dreams?”

A thousand years ago the Darkness came-a terrible time of violence, fear, and social collapse when technology ran rampant. But the vicars of the Temple of Light brought peace, ushering in an era of blessed simplicity. For ten centuries they have kept the madness at bay with “temple magic,” and by eliminating forever the rush of progress that nearly caused the destruction of everything. ~ Childhood friends, Orah and Nathaniel, have always lived in the tiny village of Little Pond, longing for more from life but unwilling to challenge the rigid status quo. When their friend Thomas returns from the Temple after his “teaching”-the secret coming-of-age ritual that binds young men and women eternally to the Light-they barely recognize the broken and brooding young man the boy has become. Then when Orah is summoned as well, Nathaniel follows in a foolhardy attempt to save her. ~ In the prisons of Temple City, they discover a terrible secret that launches the three on a journey to find the forbidden keep, placing their lives in jeopardy, for a truth from the past awaits that threatens the foundation of the Temple. If they reveal that truth, they might once again release the potential of their people. ~ Yet they would also incur the Temple’s wrath as it is written: “If there comes among you a prophet saying, ‘Let us return to the darkness,’ you shall stone him, because he has sought to thrust you away from the Light.”

UnforgivenTitle: Unforgiven

Author: Lauren Kate

Synopsis: High school can be hell.

Cam knows what it’s like to be haunted. He’s spent more time in Hell than any angel ever should. And his freshest Hell is high school, where Lilith, the girl he can’t stop loving, is serving out a punishment for his crimes.

Cam made a bet with Lucifer: he has fifteen days to convince the only girl who really matters to him to love him again. If he succeeds, Lilith will be allowed back into the world, and they can live their lives together. But if he fails…there’s a special place in Hell just for him.

Tick-tock.

The MineTitle: The Mine

Author: John A. Heldt

Synopsis: In May 2000, Joel Smith is a cocky, adventurous young man who sees the world as his playground. But when the college senior, days from graduation, enters an abandoned Montana mine, he discovers the price of reckless curiosity. He emerges in May 1941 with a cell phone he can’t use, money he can’t spend, and little but his wits to guide his way. Stuck in the age of swing dancing and a peacetime draft, Joel begins a new life as the nation drifts toward war. With the help of his 21-year-old trailblazing grandmother and her friends, he finds his place in a world he knew only from movies and books. But when an opportunity comes to return to the present, Joel must decide whether to leave his new love in the past or choose a course that will alter their lives forever. THE MINE follows a humbled man through a critical time in history as he adjusts to new surroundings and wrestles with the knowledge of things to come.

SparkedTitle: Sparked

Author: Sheena Snow

Synopsis: They weren’t supposed to have feelings.

Metal will Clash

In a not-too-distance future, robots composed of metal for bones, electric cords for veins, and synthetics for skin are now available. For purchase. Eighteen-year-old Vienna Avery’s home is going to change forever, now that her mom purchased an Italian Chef Robot to cook and reside in their house.

Secrets will Unfold

The government claimed robots were indifferent, unthinking pieces of metal and elastic—assistance for the help of humans. Vienna never believed much of what the government said. The pieces didn’t always fit. And now Vienna knows why, because she’s uncovered the government’s secret: that robots have emotions, sucking Vienna into the underground world of feeling, thinking, and sovereign robots.

Sparks will Fly

Alec Cypher is everything a robot is not supposed to be: deep, dark, and dangerously human. And for some reason, he wants to save Vienna from the government’s prying, vindictive eyes. Going forward, Vienna will have to learn to trust robots and battle the growing feelings she never thought possible . . . feelings for the green-eyed, soul-searching robot named Alec.

The Bazaar of Bad DreamsTitle: The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

Author: Stephen King

Synopsis: A master storyteller at his best—the O. Henry Prize winner Stephen King delivers a generous collection of stories, several of them brand-new, featuring revelatory autobiographical comments on when, why, and how he came to write (or rewrite) each story.

Since his first collection, Nightshift, published thirty-five years ago, Stephen King has dazzled readers with his genius as a writer of short fiction. In this new collection he assembles, for the first time, recent stories that have never been published in a book. He introduces each with a passage about its origins or his motivations for writing it.

There are thrilling connections between stories; themes of morality, the afterlife, guilt, what we would do differently if we could see into the future or correct the mistakes of the past. “Afterlife” is about a man who died of colon cancer and keeps reliving the same life, repeating his mistakes over and over again. Several stories feature characters at the end of life, revisiting their crimes and misdemeanors. Other stories address what happens when someone discovers that he has supernatural powers—the columnist who kills people by writing their obituaries in “Obits;” the old judge in “The Dune” who, as a boy, canoed to a deserted island and saw names written in the sand, the names of people who then died in freak accidents. In “Morality,” King looks at how a marriage and two lives fall apart after the wife and husband enter into what seems, at first, a devil’s pact they can win.

Magnificent, eerie, utterly compelling, these stories comprise one of King’s finest gifts to his constant reader—“I made them especially for you,” says King. “Feel free to examine them, but please be careful. The best of them have teeth.”

Forever a BridesmaidTitle: Forever a Bridesmaid

Author: Courtney Hunt

Synopsis: Will she fall in love or will she be…Forever a Bridesmaid?

From romance author Courtney Hunt comes the Always a Bridesmaid series, a fun, contemporary romance series about professional bridesmaids who end up finding their own happily ever afters…

Erin Delaney’s struggling professional bridesmaid’s business needs an infusion of cash—quick—so she can support herself and her younger brother. When she gets a last-minute contract for a week of wedding festivities in Savannah, she jumps at the chance to create the perfect wedding. But she didn’t count on the groom’s disapproving brother…

Charming architect Matthew Westbrook will do anything to stop his younger brother’s pell-mell rush to the altar. He just didn’t count on falling for the smart and sexy bridesmaid that his mother hired…

When his matchmaking mama offers to sweeten the deal, Erin will earn the money she needs, if she can manage to keep Matthew from destroying the wedding. But, when her secret deal comes to light, will she lose her chance at love…

Once a BridesmaidTitle: Once a Bridesmaid

Author: Courtney Hunt

Synopsis: Happily ever after is not in her plans…

Always a bridesmaid…

And that’s exactly how professional bridesmaid Lauren Bennett wants it. All she’ll allow herself to indulge in is a quick occasional fling or a one night stand. She won’t risk falling for someone and ending up trapped in a loveless marriage like her parents. She knows all too well that love and marriage equal misery and she never wants to live like that.

Never the groom…

But photographer Kyle Rawlings would like to be! At 30 years old, he’s done playing the field and wants to settle down with the right woman. When mistaken identity drops Lauren into his lap —and his bed— he thinks fate has finally granted his wish. He just didn’t realize it would take a force of nature to convince his stubborn professional bridesmaid that two people can be more than lovers.

But Kyle is nothing if not patient, and he’s going to use every means possible to show Lauren just how wonderful love can be. In this battle of wills…who will win?

Lana's CallingTitle: Lana’s Calling

Author: Nancy Glynn

Synopsis: When the devil comes a calling, a daughter begins her falling…

The women of Golden Hills seem to be owned by a man hidden beneath a devilish grin, and they are.

Twenty-First birthdays ruined her life, stole her family, and now Lana Stone wants revenge. The evil house that was demolished at her parents’ hands is calling out to her in her dreams, rebuilding itself every year. Stone Manor wants her. Jack Red is coming for her. Her fate is sealed on her 21st birthday…in her dreams.

When she decides to answer the call after her parents’ death five years later, Jack is ready and waiting. Being caught between this world and the other side, Lana rises and claims the power she was born with, opening her heart to a man who could destroy it, and a dark need to bring Jack to his immortal knees.

About Kristine

As an aspiring author, avid bookworm, fitness fanatic and dedicated mother, there just aren't enough hours in the day. I write or post about things I'm passionate about and spend my time trying to make the most of every day. Life may be a tough journey, but I have my ruby red slippers and am content on skipping along this yellow brick road until the end of the line.

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