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Most inspiring female characters in literature

Her are some wonderfully powerful, kick-ass maidens that have inspired us with their strength, self-discovery, and incredible brilliance over the years.

Katniss Everdeen: the Hunger Games series:

Katniss is a born survivor. Providing for her family following her father’s death she selflessly enters the Hunger Games in place of her sister Prim. In the game she is deadly but never cruel, using quick thinking and practical skills to out do her opponents. Katniss is the first person, male or female, to outsmart the Hunger Games, an action that sets off an uprising against the Capital.

Hermione Granger: the Harry Potter series:

Without Hermione JK Rowling’s series would have stopped short in the first book with Harry and Ron smothered by Devil’s Snare. She joins the boys on all their escapades, usually performing the majority of the magic and still remains top of the class, campaigns for better treatment for House Elves and founds Dumbeldore’s Army.

Arya Stark: The Game of Thrones:

Arya is a headstrong little girl in this hit series.She’s determined , strong willed, optimistic and charming.The odds are stacked inexplicably against her yet she keeps on fighting for what she believes in with the help of ‘Needle’

‘Before I go to Sleep’ author SJ Watson’s life changing books..

SJ Watson burst onto the literary scene in 2011 with Before I Go To Sleep, a dark and disturbing thriller about a woman whose memory is erased whenever she falls asleep. It became a sensation, selling four million copies in over 40 languages and being adapted for the screen, featuring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth.

Four years later SJ  is back with the follow up, Second Life, which tells the story of a married woman who is drawn into the world of online dating while investigating the murder of her sister.

The follow up is still awaiting publication.

Before I Go to Sleep: A NovelBefore I Go to Sleep: A Novel by S. J. Watson

Second Life: A NovelSecond Life: A Novel by S. J. Watson

Here are a few books that made SJ Watson the writer he is today: (source: ‘The List’)

The book that made him fall in love with literature:

“it’s impossible to answer this one! I really can’t remember a time when I didn’t love books. But the first books I read, or had read to me I suspect, were Enid Blyton’s Faraway Tree stories, so if I’m being forced to choose I’d say those.” says SJ

The Faraway Tree CollectionThe Faraway Tree Collection by Enid Blyton

The book that made him become a writer:

The Lord of the Rings Complete Visual CompanionThe Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

SJ states :”The Lord of the Rings. It’s an obvious choice, perhaps, but it’s the truth. I was given it when I was ten years old, it by a teacher who could see how much I wanted more after reading The Hobbit. I loved it so much. I immersed myself in the world it created. I’d been reading for years, but this was the first book that made me really understand how powerful and trans-formative books could be, and on some deep level I knew I wanted to write.”

 

 

Diana Gabaldon`s Outlander adapted for Television!!

Despite being filmed and set in Scotland, the TV series has so far only been enjoyed by fans outside the UK. In the USA, it won the 2015 People’s Choice Awards for Favourite Cable Sci Fi/Fantasy TV Show as well as the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Most Exciting New Series.

The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander is based on the novel series by Diana Gabaldon and follows the story of Claire Randall, a WWII combat nurse on her honeymoon in Inverness who is transported back in time from 1945 to 1743. Trapped in the past, Claire becomes embroiled in the battles between Highlander rebels and the Redcoats, is suspected of being an English spy and is pursued by a menacing ancestor of her husband’s: Black Jack Randall, Captain of His Majesty’s Dragoons.

The first eight episodes – which were broadcast in the US last autumn – will be available for binge watching on Thursday 26 March, before switching to the old school format of one episode a week for the remainder of the series. These will be available each Sunday from 5 April, just hours after each is broadcast in the US.

The Outlander books series, is a historical-fantasy-time travel mash-up of epic proportions begun in 1991.

Unrivaled storytelling. Unforgettable characters. Rich historical detail. These are the hallmarks of Diana Gabaldon’s work. Her New York Times bestselling Outlander novels have earned the praise of critics and captured the hearts of millions of fans. Here is the story that started it all, introducing two remarkable characters, Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser, in a spellbinding novel of passion and history that combines exhilarating adventure with a love story for the ages.

Books in the Outlander Series:

Written in My Own Heart's Blood (Outlander)Written in My Own Heart’s Blood (Outlander) by Diana Gabaldon

Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander)Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander) by Diana Gabaldon

Voyager (Outlander)Voyager (Outlander) by Diana Gabaldon

The Best in Fighter Romance

When it comes to gritty, suspenseful, sexy-as-hell fearless bad boys, there’s nothing like jumping into the metaphorical ring with an MMA novel. We love the guys who seem tough as nails on the exterior, but somehow have the capacity to love deeply and fiercely.

Keeping that in mind , Here are a few books that fit that description perfectly!

Real (The REAL series) by Katy Evans

HOT. SEXY. POWERFUL. PAINFUL. REAL. The scorching international bestseller that strips away everything you’ve ever believed about passion . . . . 

Remington Tate has a bad-boy rep in and out of the ring, a granite-hard body, and a raw, animal power that sends his female fans into a frenzy. But from the moment their eyes lock, the only woman he wants is Brooke Dumas. His desire is pure, all-consuming, and REAL.

Also in this series:

Rogue (The REAL series)Rogue (The REAL series) by Katy Evans

Ripped (The REAL series)Ripped (The REAL series) by Katy Evans

Mine (The REAL series)Mine (The REAL series) by Katy Evans

Remy (The REAL series)Remy (The REAL series) by Katy Evans

 

Fighting for Flight (The Fighting Series) by J.B. Salsbury


What happens when in order to win, you’re forced to lose? The only daughter of an infamous Las Vegas pimp, Raven Morretti grew up an outsider. Liberated from the neglectful home of her prostitute mother, she finds solace as a mechanic. With few friends, she’s content with the simple life. Flying under the radar is all she knows and more than she expects. Until she catches the eye of local celebrity, UFL playboy, Jonah Slade…

Also in this series:

Fighting to Forgive  (The Fighting Series) (Volume 2)Fighting to Forgive (The Fighting Series) by J.B. Salsbury

Fighting to Forget (The Fighting Series)Fighting to Forget (The Fighting Series) by J.B. Salsbury

Fighting the Fall (The Fighting Series Book 4)Fighting the Fall (The Fighting Series) by JB Salsbury

 Defying the Odds (Battered Hearts) by Kele Moon

A woman running from an abusive past. A famous UFC heavyweight fighter who relies on his fists for a living. A slice of pie on Thanksgiving brings these two unlikely lovers together.

The stranger ends up being Clay Powers, a famous UFC heavyweight fighter. Clay’s large build and dangerous fists have always intimidated. People in his hometown keep their distance and Clay is fine with that. Everything changes when a new waitress at the local diner buys him a piece of pie on Thanksgiving. Touched by the gesture when it’s obvious she can barely afford to survive, her warm smile and lush body churn up powerful feelings that leave Clay wanting more from her than pie.

Also in this series:

Star-Crossed (Battered Hearts Book 2)Star-Crossed (Battered Hearts Book 2) by Kele Moon

Dominic (Slater Brothers) by L.A. Casey

WARNING: If you don’t like a leading male that is a possessive pr**k, Dominic is NOT for you. If you don’t like a leading female that is a stubborn bi**h, Dominic is NOT for you. If you don’t like over the top drama and characters who have bad tempers, Dominic is NOT for you. Most of all, if you don’t like characters who CURSE A LOT and say EXACTLY what they feel and are thinking without sugar coating it then Dominic is REALLY NOT for you.

After a car accident killed her parents when she was a child, Bronagh Murphy chose to box herself off from people in an effort to keep herself from future hurt. If she doesn’t befriend people, talk to them or acknowledge them in any way they leave her alone just like she wants. When Dominic Slater enters her life, ignoring him is all she has to do to get his attention. Dominic is used to attention, and when he and his brothers move to Dublin, Ireland for family business, he gets nothing but attention. Attention from everyone except the beautiful brunette with a sharp tongue…

Also in this series:

Alec (Slater Brothers) (Volume 2)Alec (Slater Brothers) (Volume 2) by L. A. Casey

Kane (Slater Brothers Book 3)Kane (Slater Brothers Book 3) by L.A. Casey

Top 5 YA Novels About Domestic/Sexual Violence

It is extremely  important that everyone is informed of domestic violence. It happens way too often, and young people need to be aware of the different types of domestic violence. These books explain how abuse is not just physical, but also deeply psychological and emotional, too.

1.) Bitter End by Jennifer Brown

Alex meets and falls for the new boy Cole, who is charming, sweet, and seems to understand her. But as the relationship progresses, Alex starts to notice Cole’s jealousy of her male friends and is having increased trouble ignoring his verbal pinches and put-downs. This book really captures how charming abusive partners can be and just how hard it is to leave an abusive relationship, especially when you believe that, underneath the abuse, the person still loves you.

2.) Dreamland by Sarah Dessen

When Caitlin starts dating Rogerson, it is almost “too good to be true.” Rogerson helps Caitlin forget the other hardships in her life: her neglectful mother, her missing sister. Caitlin soon finds herself dependent on Rogerson, and he takes advantage of her weaknesses. This book paints a portrait of a protagonist who knows she is on a destructive path, but can’t stop herself because she feels trapped.

3.)Breathe My Name by R.A. Nelson


Frances seems to have the perfect life: loving adoptive parents, supportive and great friends, and a wonderful new boyfriend. But when she gets a letter from her birth mother, she can no longer bury her past. Once upon a time, she was not Frances, but Shine, and had two sisters. She lived with her lonely mother. One night, her mother smothered her two sisters, and only Frances escaped. Now, her mother is out of prison and is after Frances. This book paints a frightening portrait of how a dark past can catch up to the present, and how it feels to have an abuser come back for you.

4.)Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Mel no longer has any friends. Her best friend, Rachel, will not talk to her after Mel called the cops at Rachel’s party. But Mel has a secret, a secret she cannot tell Rachel or the other girls who now shun her: she was raped that night. The book follows Mel through her freshman year of high school as she struggles with her classes and the bullying she receives from former friends. The only place she can find solace is in her art class with her quirky art teacher. Anderson narrates with raw and compelling interior dialogue, and shows her audience just how hard it is to speak up.

5.)Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott

 

When she was ten, Ray stole Alice from an aquarium and kept her. Her name was not Alice back then, and she had a life. Ray is a pedophile that makes “Alice” perform favors and tries to keep her young. He starves her and endeavors to stop puberty. Now “Alice” is fifteen, and Ray is looking for and stalking another little girl. “Alice” is too old for Ray, and he keeps referencing killing her. But “Alice” does not know Ray is planning something worse. This book is extremely honest and unafraid to go into the details of how Ray threatens and abuses “Alice.” It illustrates the struggle “Alice” goes through not to try and escape, and shows just how docile she has become. Living Dead Girl paints a portrait of a girl who has become completely dependent on her abuser, and how repeated and prolonged mistreatment can affect a human being.

Terry Pratchett Completes Final Novel Before Death …

Terry Pratchett has died aged 66, his publishers have confirmed.The fantasy author, who wrote The Discworld series, had been suffering from early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Pratchett sold over 85m books and was knighted in 2009.

After he announced that he was suffering from Alzheimer’s in 2007, Pratchett made a large donation to the Alzheimer’s Research Trust and filmed a BBC programme about his experiences with the illness. His final book, a new Discworld novel, was completed last year.

“The world has lost one of its brightest, sharpest minds,” said Transworld Publishers’ Larry Finlay.

“In over 70 books, Terry enriched the planet like few before him. As all who read him know, Discworld was his vehicle to satirize this world: He did so brilliantly, with great skill, enormous humor and constant invention,” Finlay added.

 His legacy will endure for decadesto come.” His publishers stated that the author had died at home with his cat sleeping on his bed surrounded by his family..

Books by Terry Pratchett

Hot Paranormal Romance Novels!!

Paranormal romance includes way more than just fangs and fur. Shapeshifters of all kinds, angels and demons and incubi and succubi, witches, fairies, elves, orcs, aliens from outer space (or just humans living in outer space)—you name it, someone’s written a romance novel about it. Some of these books are dark and angsty, while others are light and fluffy and fun.

Here`s a list of some hot paranormal romance novels that’s definitely a must read!!
The Black Dagger Brother Hood Series by J.R Ward

These books are different, creative, dark, violent, and flat-out amazing!!

The Black Dagger Brotherhood is an ongoing series of paranormal romance books by author J. R. Ward. The series focuses on a society of vampire warriors who live together and defend their race against de-souled humans called lessers.

The Immortals after Dark Series by Kresley Cole

Every creature or being that was thoughtto be mythical . . . isn’t.

They all secretly exist alongside humans and enjoy the gift of immortality. There are hundreds of different kinds: from Vampires to Lykae, from Furies to Shifters, from the Fey to Valkyries.

Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead

Two races of vampires walk our world. One, the Moroi, are alive and wield elemental magical. The other, the Strigoi, are undead and evil–feeding on the innocent to survive. Rose Hathaway–a half-vampire with poor impulse control–is training to be a bodyguard for a Moroi princess. Learning to decapitate and stake is hard enough, but Rose’s real danger may lie in an illicit romance with one of her instructors…

Please feel free to add to this list as there are many many more awesome paranormal series out there:)

Marvel to Give Groot his own standalone comic-book.

Following the astonishing success of “Rocket Raccoon,” whose issue #1 was the bestselling comic last July, a record-setting month for comic-book publishing, Marvel Comics is set to publish his partner in pulp’s very own ongoing series, which will find the two briefly separated — but also explain how they came together in the first place.

groot.cover_

“When Rocket and Groot are on an intergalactic roadtrip and calamity strikes, the two get separated — and for the first time in years, Groot’s on his own! Written by comedic ace Jeff Loveness (“Jimmy Kimmel Live!”) and drawn by Marvel Comics newcomer Brian Kesinger .Whatever may be coming Groot’s way, one thing’s for sure — it’s going to be a GROOT adventure! ” reads Marvels Logline.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy

Is a ‘new Harry Potter book’ about to be discovered?

If publishers can turn Harper Lee’s original manuscript into a new novel, could the same happen to J.K Rowling’s early drafts?

In February, the literary world was astounded by the news that Harper Lee, the famously reclusive writer of just one novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, was to publish another book.

According to our source ‘The Telegraph’ A bibliography of JK Rowling’s work between 1997 and 2013 has shed light on the way in which her record-breaking Harry Potter series came to be published, including information on edits, drafts and earlier manuscripts.

Rowling has said in the past that “the first few pages” she ever wrote of her debut novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, “bear no resemblance to anything in the finished book.”

The Complete Harry Potter Collection

Pharrell Williams to Release Children`s Book ‘Happy’..

He scored an Oscar nomination and topped several charts with his hit single “Happy” and now Pharrell Williams is turning the ditty into a book for children.

Happy by Pharrell Williams

According to a Billboard report, the “Get Lucky” singer will release “Happy” on September 22nd and Putnam Publishers has ordered an initial run of 250,000 for the books.

Adding to the excitement, the new project is the first of a four-book deal between Pharrell and Putnam, so Williams will pen at least three subsequent installments for kids in the years to come.

He previously told Oprah, “It’s overwhelming because it’s like, I love what I do and I just appreciate the fact that people have believed in me for so long that I could make it to this point to feel that.”