As we peel away the intricate layers of Jennifer Bosworth’s novel Struck, we’re brought into a world that’s not so black & white. As meteorological events have begun to tear apart civilization, two cults have formed and both claim to be able to save the world. Stuck in the middle is Mia, both cults will stop at nothing to recruit her, and the red scars all over her body are even more enticing to the cults as they know how much power they hold.
Author Alyson Noel is no stranger to hard work. After completing her Immortals Series, she moved onto The Riley Bloom books for tweens, and has just started another YA series called The Soul Seekers. The common thread is one of mysticism, shamanism and chakras. While creating her own worlds that include alternate planes, as well as the Here and Now, she writes as if we were experiencing what her characters are.
Influenced by the down to earth style of the 90’s grunge scene, the indie rock band Death Cab For Cutie has climbed its way to the top with hits like “Crooked Teeth” and "I Will Follow You into the Dark". With its unique lead vocalist Ben Gibbard and alternative sound, the band has released 7 studio albums, and stayed true to their mission of making music that speaks to both them and their fans.
New York Times best-selling author Cassandra Clare is the ‘it’ author when it comes to creating magical worlds. Having just completed her fifth book in The Mortal Instruments series entitled City of Lost Souls, she’s simultaneously working on two other spin-off with The Infernal Devices series , and her forthcoming The Dark Artifices.
Originally penned 15 years ago, "The 30 Things Every Woman Should Have and Should Know by the Time She’s 30" went viral as women began to forward it to one another on-line. Few people know it was written by Glamour magazine’s Pamela Redmond Satran, some even going so far as believing Maya Angelou or Hillary Clinton wrote it.
YA author Richelle Mead is best known for her Vampire Academy series, where she wove an intricate world involving the battle between vampires with souls and those without.
And now some of the characters are back in the Bloodlines series, but this time the humans are in charge. The Alchemists have long been tasked with hiding the Vampire world, and Sydney has been assigned to protect a vampire princess in, of course, a human private high school.
Everyone has a stack of recipe cards, whether they’re neatly filed away or tucked in places only the chef can find, we know they’re there. Some contain the family’s most treasured cake & cookie recipes, while others are from friends and friends of friends. Either way, they’re a part of our baking history. No one knows this more than Rebecca Ffrench. Coming from a family of home bakers, she’s found the perfect ideas for preserving family recipes and gives us her favorites in Sweet Home.
It began with one cat when Bob Tarte married his wife Linda. He grudgingly let Agnes become a member of the house hold. Then slowly doves, parrots, rabbits, and more cats we added to the family. And then Tarte became Kitty Cornered. His newest addition Frannie and five other incorrigible cats seized control of his house and made it their home.
In an era when female singer-songwriters are ever more ubiquitous, three time Grammy Award winner Shawn Colvin stands out as a singular and enduring talent. Her songs are slow-release works of craft and catharsis that become treasured, lifetime companions for their listeners.
As a storyteller, Colvin is both keen and warm-hearted, leavening even the toughest tales with tenderness, empathy, and a searing sense of humor.