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Sex and The City creator Candace Bushnell insists her new book isn’t about her..

Bushnell says new book, Killing Monica, isn’t about Carrie Bradshaw, despite critics drawing parallels.

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American author and TV producer Candace Bushnell is best known as the real Carrie Bradshaw.

Her essays for a newspaper in the 1990s about her dating life in New York were adapted into the hit HBO series, Sex and the City.

 

Killing Monica

Since then, she’s cranked out a string of international bestselling novels, including 4 Blondes, Lipstick Jungle, and One Fifth Avenue—and now the 56-year-old writer is back with a new book, Killing Monica.

“Of course people think it’s Carrie Bradshaw, but it isn’t,” Bushnell told CBC’s Tashauna Reid.

Plot Synopsis:

This is the book fans of Candace Bushnell have been waiting for. From the author of Sex and the City, Lipstick Jungle, and The Carrie Diaries comes an addictive story about fame, love, and foolishness that will keep readers enthralled to the very last enticing scene.

Pandy “PJ” Wallis is a renowned writer whose novels about a young woman making her way in Manhattan have spawned a series of blockbuster films. After the success of the Monica books and movies, Pandy wants to attempt something different: a historical novel based on her ancestor Lady Wallis. But Pandy’s publishers and audience only want her to keep cranking out more Monica—as does her greedy husband, Jonny, who’s gone deeply in debt to finance his new restaurant in Las Vegas.

When her marriage crumbles and the boathouse of her family home in Connecticut goes up in flames, Pandy suddenly realizes she has an opportunity to reinvent herself. But to do so, she will have to reconcile with her ex-best friend and former partner in crime, SondraBeth Schnowzer, who plays Monica on the big screen—and who may have her own reasons to derail Pandy’s startling change of plan.

In KILLING MONICA, Candace Bushnell spoofs and skewers her way through pop culture, celebrity worship, fame, and the meaning of identity. With her trademark humor and style, this is Bushnell’s sharpest, funniest book to date

New Releases July 2015…

Captain America: Civil War Will Include Another Iron Man Character..

Captain America: Civil War is already packed with superheroes, villains, and other supporting characters, but if you thought the 2016 blockbuster couldn’t possibly squeeze in a few more players, you’re wrong.

The latest addition to the ensemble is actress Leslie Bibb, who will reprise the role of Iron Man character Christine Everheart.
Like General Thaddeus Ross, Christine is a Marvel character that hasn’t been seen for a while, so her inclusion is surprising, but not unwelcome.
Christine was introduced in Iron Man as a Vanity Fair writer looking to do a spread on Tony Stark, and she got her wish…though not necessarily in the way she originally planned. Later she confronted Tony about the Stark Industries weapons that terrorists were using against Gulmira, the same town where his friend Yinsen lived, and in the film’s last scene she was among the pool of reporters at Tony’s press conference (if you look closely, she’s the only reporter who doesn’t stand up when Tony reveals he’s Iron Man). Christine was last seen in Iron Man 2 about to interview secondary antagonist Justin Hammer at the Monaco Grand Prix, before her attention, along with everyone else’s, was diverted by Tony participating in the race.

Since Tony is still in a committed relationship with Pepper Potts, there won’t be any “spreads” between him and Christine, but just hearing more of their back and forth banter would be enough. Perhaps we’ll also get a scene of her interviewing Captain America…before he’s forced to go on the run, that is.

Is it a Bird? Is it a Plane? No its Lois Lane: Fallout by Gwenda Bond!!

Fallout (Lois Lane)

Everyone knows Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. What not everyone knows, however, are all the amazing characters without powers that step up to the plate and fight the forces of evil on their own terms. One such character is the unrivaled Lois Lane. In all of her incarnations, she’s fearless, bold, uncompromising, and one of the best journalists you’ll ever meet.Gwenda Bond perfectly captures this new version of Lois as Lois navigates her new high school East Metropolis High. Faced with fitting in, helping a classmate bullied by a group of students known as the Warheads, and uncovering a sinister corporate experience with her online friend “SmallvilleGuy,” Lois has a lot on her plate in Lois Lane: Fallout.

Lois Lane is starting a new life in Metropolis. An Army brat, Lois has lived all over–and seen all kinds of things. (Some of them defy explanation, like the near-disaster she witnessed in Kansas in the middle of one night.) But now her family is putting down roots in the big city, and Lois is determined to fit in. Stay quiet. Fly straight. As soon as she steps into her new high school, though, she can see it won’t be that easy. A group known as the Warheads is making life miserable for another girl at school.

They’re messing with her mind, somehow, via the high-tech immersive videogame they all play. Not cool. Armed with her wit and her new snazzy job as a reporter, Lois has her sights set on solving this mystery. But sometimes it’s all a bit much. Thank goodness for her maybe-more-than-a friend, a guy she knows only by his screen name, SmallvilleGuy . . .

10 Empowering Quotes For Young Adults From Books…

Young women today have it way tougher than we ever did thanks to the Internet.Girls can use all the encouragement they can get, and a list of empowering quotes for young adults can go a long way as they deal with their share of stuff.

1. “You have plenty of courage, I am sure. All you need is confidence in yourself. There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you have in plenty.”

― L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

2. “Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it’s unbelievable…”

― Roald Dahl, Matilda

3. “Does the river try to please a tree? Does the bird try to please a stone? In nature, things are simply who and what they are. A tree trying to please the river would be ridiculous. But I wonder … isn’t that what I do? What if I put all my energy and power into being me instead of someone’s version of me?”

― Paula D’Arcy, Gift of the Red Bird

4. “What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Don’t complain.” 

― Maya Angelou, Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now

5. “I’m not lost for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” 

― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

6. “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”

― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

7. “When adults say, ‘Teenagers think they are invincible’ with that sly, stupid smile on their faces, they don’t know how right they are. We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. We think that we are invincible because we are. We cannot be born, and we cannot die. Like all energy, we can only change shapes and sizes and manifestations. They forget that when they get old. They get scared of losing and failing. But that part of us greater than the sum of our parts cannot begin and cannot end, and so it cannot fail.” 

― John Green, Looking for Alaska

8. “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” 

― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

9. “A person’s a person, no matter how small.” 

― Dr. Seuss, Horton Hears A Who

10. “Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!”

― Lewis Carroll, Alice Through the Looking Glass

 

 

 

 

5 Books By Muslim Writers To Celebrate Ramadan..

Whether or not you’re fasting this Ramadan, consider this an opportunity to explore unfamiliar worlds. Pick up a book by one of these talented Muslim writers who’ve been making a serious mark literary world. They’re writing memoirs and science fiction, graphic novels and poetry — anything you feel like reading, really.

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi 

 

 No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own. After a lifetime without freedom, she’s finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time—and to find a future with the one boy she thought she’d lost forever. In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a riveting dystopian world, a thrilling superhero story, and an unforgettable heroine.

 Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson 

 

 In an unnamed Middle Eastern security state, a young Arab-Indian hacker shields his clients—dissidents, outlaws, Islamists, and other watched groups—from surveillance and tries to stay out of trouble. He goes by Alif—the first letter of the Arabic alphabet, and a convenient handle to hide behind. The aristocratic woman Alif loves has jilted him for a prince chosen by her parents, and his computer has just been breached by the state’s electronic security force, putting his clients and his own neck on the line.

Then it turns out his lover’s new fiancé is the “Hand of God,” as they call the head of state security, and his henchmen come after Alif, driving him underground. When Alif discovers The Thousand and One Days, the secret book of the jinn, which both he and the Hand suspect may unleash a new level of information technology, the stakes are raised and Alif must struggle for life or death, aided by forces seen and unseen. With shades of Neal Stephenson, Philip Pullman, and The Thousand and One Nights, Alif the Unseen is a tour de force debut—a sophisticated melting pot of ideas, philosophy, technology, and spirituality smuggled inside an irresistible page-turner.

Where the Ghost Camel Grins: Muslim Fables for Families of All Faith by Linda “Ilham” Bart

Based on ancient legends and written with interfaith sensitivity, this collection of new and original Muslim fables sparkles with inspiration, adventure, humor, and even romance. Qur’anic scriptures and Biblical references solidify the spiritual truths of these lively tales, which teach universal values such as patience, morals, ethics, and courtesy.

Muslim readers find their own beliefs clarified and reinforced, while those of another (or of no organized) faith learn something about Islam in a gentle, non-proselytizing manner. Christian and Jewish readers experience their faiths not as entities separate from Islam, but as integral parts of the great circle encompassed by the Islamic ideal of universal peace. All readers discover that, although the stories are set in times and places far different from our own, the messages are still relevant in today’s world. With its inspiring text and 46 vibrant watercolor illustrations, Where the Ghost Camel Grins is a spiritual treasure for all faiths and ages.

The Moor’s Account by Laila Lalami

 

 In this stunning work of historical fiction, Laila Lalami brings us the imagined memoirs of the first black explorer of America—a Moroccan slave whose testimony was left out of the official record. In 1527, the conquistador Pánfilo de Narváez sailed from the port of Sanlúcar de Barrameda with a crew of six hundred men and nearly a hundred horses. His goal was to claim what is now the Gulf Coast of the United States for the Spanish crown and, in the process, become as wealthy and famous as Hernán Cortés.

But from the moment the Narváez expedition landed in Florida, it faced peril—navigational errors, disease, starvation, as well as resistance from indigenous tribes. Within a year there were only four survivors: the expedition’s treasurer, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca; a Spanish nobleman named Alonso del Castillo Maldonado; a young explorer named Andrés Dorantes de Carranza; and Dorantes’s Moroccan slave, Mustafa al-Zamori, whom the three Spaniards called Estebanico. These four survivors would go on to make a journey across America that would transform them from proud conquis-tadores to humble servants, from fearful outcasts to faith healers.

 Sultana’s Dream by Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain

 

 Muslim feminist and social reformer Rokeya Hossain brings us the riveting tale of young girl Sultana who awakes in Ladyland where men are confined indoors and women have taken over the public sphere, ending a war nonviolently and restoring health and beauty to the world. This witty story, in which science fiction meets feminism, will have you smiling at the Hossain’s gorgeous subtle writing and repeating the words of her husband, “A splendid revenge!”

‘Jane The Virgin’ Star Gina Rodriguez Is Publishing A Book…


Following up a year full of successes, including winning a Golden Globes award, Jane The Virgin star Gina Rodriguez is publishing a book! 

 Rodriguez announced the book deal with Simon & Schuster on Twitter Last Tuesday afternoon. Titled after part of her inspiring Golden Globes acceptance speech, the book will be called I Can And I Will: Tools My Daddy Gave Me.

The Internet went wild with tears and “aww”s over the actress’ speech. Now, Rodriguez will share more of her father’s wise words in I Can And I Will.

According to EW, Simon and Schuster issued a statement in which Rodriquez shared her motivation for the book: 

“This book has been a dream of mine for many years now, a love letter to a father who has given me strength I only know is right to share with others. If you can move, stretch, teach, inspire, encourage and motivate others by telling your stories why wouldn’t you?” said Rodriguez.


The book is due to be released in 2016.

 

Dawn of Deception by Dan Fletcher | Book Review

Dawn of Deception: Part I in The David Nbeke Thriller Series by Dan Fletcher 

This truly was a gripping , page turner that was breath taking in its own right. Dawn of Deception took me 4 days to finish and i enjoyed the ride tremendously!Poaching in Africa is not something to be taken lightly and Dan Fletcher`s story brings to life the brutality of poaching in this action packed thriller with a series of twists and turns that is mind boggling!

The character description and the description of the country side in Kenya was both detailed to the point of perfection but so not long drawn out that it becomes boring .David is a thrown into the life of saving animals through tragic circumstances that couldn’t be avoided.

The rangers strive to save the beautiful elephants whose tusks have become a target to vicious money hungry poachers.Something that is a reality in today’s world.David is a wonderful hero and i look forward to reading the next book in this new amazing , adventurous series.

Rating : ***** (5 stars)

Judy Blume`s New Novel ‘In the Unlikely Event’ finally out!!

For five years, Judy Blume was hard at work on her new highly anticipated novel , “In the Unlikely Event” and now its finally released!

“January 2009 is when the idea first came to me. Nothing has ever come to me in a flash that way.

Never ever like this,” the author told People magazine. “I would have never believed anybody if they’d told me that was going to happen. I used to read about people who’d say, ‘I dream my books and then I write them down.’ And I was like, ‘Oh, please.’ But the idea came to me with characters and plot and structure!”

Plot Synopsis

Based on real-life events, the book focuses on three plane crashes that occurred in Blume’s hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey, in the winter of 1951-1952.

In 1987, Miri Ammerman returns to her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey, to attend a commemoration of the worst year of her life. Thirty-five years earlier, when Miri was fifteen, and in love for the first time, a succession of airplanes fell from the sky, leaving a community reeling. Against this backdrop of actual events that Blume experienced in the early 1950s, when airline travel was new and exciting and everyone dreamed of going somewhere, she paints a vivid portrait of a particular time and place—Nat King Cole singing “Unforgettable,” Elizabeth Taylor haircuts, young (and not-so-young) love, explosive friendships, A-bomb hysteria, rumors of Communist threat. And a young journalist who makes his name reporting tragedy. Through it all, one generation reminds another that life goes on.

In the Unlikely Event is vintage Judy Blume, with all the hallmarks of Judy Blume’s unparalleled storytelling, and full of memorable characters who cope with loss, remember the good times and, finally, wonder at the joy that keeps them going.

Taking Leaps and Finding Ghosts by Janet DeLee | Book Review

Taking Leaps and Finding Ghosts by Janet DeLee  

Taking Leaps and finding ghosts was an entertaining novel .The writing style of Janet Delee was truly refreshing. This was a delightful somewhat different ghost story that wasn’t at all frightening but was extremely interesting. I think the author did a very good job with this book.

The storyline is great and there is some really interesting and humorous characters pursuing their dreams at such a late stage in their lives accompanied by persistent spirits that wont leave the Ideal Life Club members alone that makes this book very enjoyable to read. This is one of these books that you don’t want to lay down until it’s finished. Recommended for all fans that love ghost stories.

 

 

Rating : **** (4 stars)