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Marvel announces new wave of female-lead titles !!

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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.

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


A Beautiful Wedding 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?

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.

 
Private Vegas by James Patterson

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.

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!!

Viper-Game

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.

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 honored 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.


The Revenant by Michael Punke

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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 super graphic? 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)

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.

Amber Rose to release ‘ How to be a Bad Bitch ! ‘

Amber’s book will give no-holds barred advice to others on how to be successful in their career, find love, embrace fashion and learn to love themselves.

In a statement, she said: “A bad bitch is a self-respecting, strong female who has everything together. This consists of body, mind, finances and swagger; a woman who gets hers by any means necessary.”
Amber’s book will be released through Simon & Schuster’s imprint Gallery Books.

“Amber Rose is the ultimate cool girl who you want to be best friends with. I know a lot of women who will want to read this book.” stated Jennifer Bergstrom

There’s no indication on whether Amber’s book will reveal any of her own experiences and life stories, or whether it will just be general advice to others.

She’s certainly had an explosive and eventful life: dating Kanye West, marriage to Wiz Khalifa, lots of half-naked pictures, being managed by Nick Cannon, mum to a young son, and those feuds with Khloe Kardashian…

‘The Mortal Instruments’ to be rebooted as TV series !!

readersklub the mortal instrumentsThe Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

The new TV series, based on the bestselling young adult urban fantasy novels by Cassandra Clare, will be produced by Ed Decter, a screenwriter and producer whose credits include “There’s Something About Mary,” “Unforgettable,” “The Client List” and “In Plain Sight.”

“We are thrilled to give this epic tale of good versus evil a brand new dimension,” Constantin Film Chairman Martin Moszkowicz said in a press statement, thanking fans of the franchise for their patience.

The one-hour drama will reboot the saga after last year’s feature film “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” opened in cinemas . The film has earned $31 million domestically. A planned sequel, “The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes,” was shelved last year, and it’s unclear whether “City of Bones” stars Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower will reprise their roles in the spinoff series.

“The Mortal Instruments” follows heroine Clary Fray as she becomes entangled in the world of Shadowhunters — angelic demon-hunters — after her mother is attacked and taken by a demon. In order to save her mother, she must team up with a band of Shadowhunters, including the captivating Jace Wayland, uncover family secrets, and tap into powers she never knew she had. The sixth and presumably final book in Clare’s series, “City of Heavenly Fire,” was published in early 2014.

 Also in The Mortal Instruments Series:
City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, Book 2)

City of Fallen Angels ( The Mortal Instruments,Book 4)

5 Erotic Romance Novels That Are Better Than ‘Fifty Shades’

There’s no doubt the most talked-about book and movie right now is E L James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

It’s become the bestselling book of all time in Britain, and smashed sales records in the U.S., catapulting the romance genre into the spotlight.

So you’ve devoured the sexual history of Anastasia and Christian and loved every dominant and submissive minute. Now what?

While we don’t think you should ever feel guilty for reading, we’ve made sure they’re available in e-book form, so your device can serve as discreet packaging for these sizzling stories.

Here are 5 erotic romances that are better than the Fifty Shades Trilogy!!

The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by A.N. Roquelaure

Published under the pseudonym A.N. Roquelaure, this retelling of Charles Perrault’s famous fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty with an erotic twist.Rather than waking up the princess with a kiss, the handsome prince in
this book stirs her with seduction and is rewarded with her submission to his desires.

Crescendo by Leah Brooke

Because there’s no such thing as too much, Leah Brooke brings you not one but two Christian Grey-type characters: Nick Morietti and Steve Vanguard. Both men dominate the submissive Julianna Lovette in this erotic adventure set against a story of mystery and revenge.

Sweet Addiction by Maya Banks

Ever wonder what would have happened if Anastasia and Christian hadn’t worked out? Bestselling author Maya Banks introduces readers to Ren and her paramour Cole, who seem to be living the ultimate love story until Cole takes his desires a step too far. Years later, Ren is living as a submissive to a new man who offers her everything she ever wanted …except for true love.

The Sexual Life of Catherine M. by Catherine Millet
 

Catherine Millet has had a sex life worth writing about, and she’s recalled many of her most exciting experiences in this memoir. The book,which is translated from the French, follows her from peep shows to
orgies. Millet takes time to think about her actions, providing an essential bit of reflection to her otherwise tantalizing read.

House of Holes by Nicholson Baker

Nicholson Baker is no stranger to writing about erotic encounters. In the early 1990s, he took phone sex to the published page in “Vox.” Then in 2011, he introduced a new vocabulary of sex acts in “House of Holes,”
which describe exploits of an adult resort reserved for those looking to satisfy eyebrow-raising fantasies