LEAVES OF FIRE (THE NEWIRTH MYTHOLOGY #2) BY MICHAEL B. KOEP

Leaves of Fire (The Newirth Mythology #2)

Imagine paintings that hold the secrets to the meaning of life and death—or scribbled words that can alter the past and reshape the present. We know art imitates life but in Michael B. Koep’s thriller fiction trilogy, the author brings the arts to life in an action-packed tale spanning seven centuries.
In the spring of 1338, young William of Leaves knows only of remedies, herbs and his mother’s kindness. When he is forced to watch as she is dragged to a witch’s pyre by a mob led by the Bishop of London, the mysterious immortal apothecary, Albion Ravistelle, promises the boy a chance at vengeance.

In present day, psychologist Loche Newith and Julia Iris must come to terms with Loche’s prophetic writings that have changed the course of history and shaped the lives of William, Helen, and countless others. As a war breaks out between the immortals on earth and Albion Ravistelle, Loche must accept the realities he has authored and cross over into death—he must enter again into Basil Fenn’s paintings to find a way to end the conflict.

In Part Two of The Newirth Mythology, Leaves of Fire, Koep entwines these lives and lifetimes as he explores myth, memory, revenge and the hope of forgiveness.

The Invasion of Heaven, the first in this series told the story of the Painter and the Poet. This second book is about the Healer.

An author whose writings are prophetic and change the course of history. The first one was a bit of a slide into madness, which isn’t always bad as we see in this book.

A battle between Gods and the ones who are tasked with keeping them where they are.

I’m really torn with writing a lot about this book because I loved the way I fell into it and got sucked down the rabbit hole along with the Poet and the Painter.

Almost like Stephen King meets Dan Brown!  But fresh, original and just when I was getting a little tired of the same old reads Mr. Koep comes along and blows me away.

You don’t have to read book one first, but I would anyway.

Great job!

The Simplicity of Cider by Amy E. Reichert *Release Day*

The Simplicity of Cider by Amy E. Reichert

From the author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake and Luck, Love & Lemon Pie, Amy E. Reichert brings us another magical story of family, love, and complex relationships. Set in Wisconsin and full of delicious food and characters.
Sanna Lund loves making cider. Her family has been on this land for generations and while her brother has moved away, she has stayed, tending the heirloom apple trees that are just right for cider making. Sanna has a gift for knowing which apples go together to make the best ciders.When Isaac and his son show up at the orchard, not quite sure how they got there, Sanna’s father hires Isaac and more than the apple trees are blossoming! Love is in the air but is Sanna ready for it?

In between trying to save the farm from being sold, Sanna doesn’t have time for relationships, and isn’t sure she wants one. But will Isaac and Sebastian change her mind?

This was such a charming and magical story. The characters are well developed and the apple desserts had me drooling!

If you haven’t tried one of her luscious stories, you really should.

xx Patricia

 

His Vision of Her by G.D.Dess

His Vision of Her

Now republished after nearly three decades, with a preface by the author, His Vision of Her is a cult classic that tells the story of obsessive love, shifting sexual identities, self-deception, and ambition in the New York City art world during the 1980s. When Stephen, manager of a chic Soho bookstore, meets Gilberte, a beautiful, ambitious, young photographer just beginning her career in New York, he becomes obsessed with her. Stephen offers her a home in his loft when she has nowhere to stay, and he soon becomes her trusted consigliere and lover.

Seduced by her own early success, Gilberte is determined to chase fame despite Stephen’s attempts to keep her under his control and focused on her art. Gilberte’s rapid rise in the art world is aided and abetted by her collusion with Kristine, the wealthy, status-hungry woman who steals her away from Stephen and becomes her patroness, as well as replacing him as her lover.

As the more volatile aspects of the relationship between Stephen, Gilberte, and Kristine play themselves out, the narrative explores the nature of love and jealousy, art and integrity. It remains as relevant today as it did when it was first published in terms of depicting the undercurrents and fascinating characters who inhabit the center and the margins of the New York art world.

I’m not sure if there was a big cult following for this book back in 1988, but it has a new forward and is being released again.
Reading the blurb pretty much tells you the story. Most of the book is told through thoughts of Stephan, who just seems miserable.
There is a lot of insider information concerning the art world and behind the scenes in the lives of artists and most of it was interesting, but I really didn’t care for it.
Maybe you will have a different experience.

FERN MICHAELS THE GODMOTHERS PART TWO: SPIRITED AWAY

The Godmothers: Spirited Away

Part Two of the New Three-Part Godmothers Serial!
The best of friends, Toots, Ida, Mavis, and Sophie have been there for each other through thick and thin. Now Sophie needs the rest of the Godmothers to help her through something they’ve never faced before . . .
There are no secrets between best friends. At least, Teresa “Toots” Loudenberry has always believed that to be the case. In the decades since she, Sophie, Ida, and Mavis met in Catholic school, they’ve shared all the joys and hardships of their colorful, extraordinary adventures. But right now, Toots can tell that Sophie is hiding something.

Sophie wishes she could confide in Toots. But she can’t reveal her hunch about her home’s history and the unhappiness that still seems to linger there. There’s too much at stake, including the safety of Toots’ daughter Abby and her twin girls. But though Toots, Ida, and Mavis are all entering new phases in their lives—and love lives—they won’t let Sophie face this challenge on her own . . .

I was really excited about this new novella series. These women have been friends since 7th grade and they have had some adventures.

In this second book, they have all moved to Charleston,South Carolina and Sophie is hiding a secret from the others. But not for long. Toots is way too nosy for that!

Somewhere in Sophie’s new house is a spirit that looks like it is there to destroy the entire house. Bt Sophie knows there is a story here and she will get to the bottom of it with help from her friends.

Nobody does strong women better than Fern Michaels. For some reason I feel better about life in general after reading her stories!

Good Job with this one and can’t wait for the next!   This one is out May 9th so check it out!

The Legend of the Silver Skinner by John Mowbray

The Legend of the Silver Skinner by [Mowbray, John]

A pirate’s life is one of constant peril, it changes a man in many ways. It can twist and darken their soul beyond recognition. Haroway was no exception, his whole world was transformed the day he stepped aboard the infamous Captain Black’s ship.

He travels through strange kingdoms and treacherous seas. Unbeknown to Haroway, his life is silently governed by one witch’s dark premonition, leading him to his destiny.

Unlikely friendships are made, morals are compromised and heartbreak is inevitable in this journey of the Silver Skinner.

I saw this book and loved the cover. Also it was about pirates so how could I not read it?

Haroway has left his home. A quiet out of the way land of green beauty. When he lands on board Black’s ship, his life will never be the same. All of the characters were so well developed you either loved them or hated them. Of course I’m always rooting for the pirates. Although these pirates had no trouble siding with the government to take down a mutual enemy.

The respect they showed one another and the honor they showed made this book even better.

This isn’t a very long book, but it was one I didn’t put down until I finished it! A great pirate story and I can’t wait to see what is next for this author!

Check it out

xx Patricia

On The Bookshelf This Week!

Shadow Girl (An Afton Tangler Thriller) by [Schmitt, Gerry]  The brutal murder of a business tycoon leaves Afton Tangler and the Twin Cities reeling, but that’s just the beginning of a gruesome crime spree…

Leland Odin made his fortune launching a home shopping network, but his millions can’t save his life. On the list for a transplant, the ailing businessman sees all hope lost when the helicopter carrying his donor heart is shot out of the sky.

Now with two pilots dead and dozens injured, Afton Tangler, family liaison officer for the Minneapolis Police Department, is drawn into the case. As she and her partner investigate family members and business associates, whoever wants Leland dead strikes again—and succeeds—in a brazen hospital room attack.

The supposedly squeaky clean millionaire has crossed the wrong person—and she’s not finished exacting her revenge. The case explodes into an international conspiracy of unbridled greed and violence. And as Afton gets closer to unearthing the mastermind behind it, she gets closer to becoming collateral damage…

Grief Cottage: A Novel by [Godwin, Gail]  The haunting tale of a desolate cottage, and the hair-thin junction between this life and the next, from bestselling National Book Award finalist Gail Godwin.

After his mother’s death, eleven-year-old Marcus is sent to live on a small South Carolina island with his great aunt, a reclusive painter with a haunted past. Aunt Charlotte, otherwise a woman of few words, points out a ruined cottage, telling Marcus she had visited it regularly after she’d moved there thirty years ago because it matched the ruin of her own life. Eventually she was inspired to take up painting so she could capture its utter desolation.

The islanders call it “Grief Cottage,” because a boy and his parents disappeared from it during a hurricane fifty years before. Their bodies were never found and the cottage has stood empty ever since. During his lonely hours while Aunt Charlotte is in her studio painting and keeping her demons at bay, Marcus visits the cottage daily, building up his courage by coming ever closer, even after the ghost of the boy who died seems to reveal himself. Full of curiosity and open to the unfamiliar and uncanny given the recent upending of his life, he courts the ghost boy, never certain whether the ghost is friendly or follows some sinister agenda.

Grief Cottage is the best sort of ghost story, but it is far more than that–an investigation of grief, remorse, and the memories that haunt us. The power and beauty of this artful novel wash over the reader like the waves on a South Carolina beach.

Watch Me Disappear by [Brown, Janelle]   A mother with a troubled past vanishes while hiking, leaving her family to piece together her secrets, in this keenly observed novel from the bestselling author of All We Ever Wanted Was Everything.

“Tantalizing and twisty . . . a spider’s web of a thriller. You won’t be able to put it down.”—Megan Abbott

It’s been a year since Billie Flanagan—a beautiful, charismatic Berkeley mom with an enviable life—went on a solo hike in Desolation Wilderness and vanished from the trail. No body—only a hiking boot—has ever been found. Billie’s husband and teenage daughter cope with her death the best they can: Jonathan drinks, Olive grows remote.

But then Olive starts having waking dreams—or are they hallucinations?—that her mother is still alive. Jonathan worries about Olive’s emotional stability, until he starts unearthing secrets from Billie’s past that bring into question everything he thought he knew about his wife. Together, Olive and Jonathan embark on a quest for the truth—about Billie, their family, and the stories we tell ourselves about the people we love.

Who Is Rich?: A Novel by [Klam, Matthew]  A provocative and hilarious satire of love, sex, money, and politics in our new gilded age—the long-awaited first novel from the the acclaimed author of Sam the Cat

Every summer, a once-sort-of-famous cartoonist named Rich Fischer leaves his wife and two kids behind to teach a class at a weeklong arts conference in a charming New England beachside town. It’s a place where, every year, students—nature poets and driftwood sculptors, widowed seniors, teenagers away from home for the first time—show up to study with an esteemed faculty made up of prizewinning playwrights, actors, and historians; drunkards and perverts; members of the cultural elite; unknown nobodies, midlist somebodies, and legitimate stars—a place where drum circles happen on the beach at midnight, clothing optional. One of the attendees is a forty-one-year-old painting student named Amy O’Donnell. Amy is a mother of three, unhappily married to a brutish Wall Street titan who runs a multibillion-dollar investment fund and commutes to work via helicopter. Rich and Amy met at the conference a year ago, shared a moment of passion, then spent the winter exchanging inappropriate texts and emails and counting the days until they could see each other again. Now they’re back.

Once more, Rich finds himself, in this seaside paradise, worrying about his family’s nights without him and trying not to think about his book, now out of print, or his future as an illustrator at a glossy magazine about to go under, or his back taxes, or the shameless shenanigans of his colleagues at this summer make-out festival, or his own very real desire for love and human contact. He can’t decide whether Amy is going to rescue or destroy him.

Who Is Rich? is a warped and exhilarating tale of love and adultery, a study in midlife alienation, erotic pleasure, envy, and bitterness in the new gilded age that goes far beyond humor and satire to address deeper questions: of family, monogamy, the intoxicating beauty of children, and the challenging interdependence of two soulful, sensitive creatures in a confusing domestic alliance.

 

These are the books I’m reading this week from Netgalley. I also am getting on that Beta thing Leanne!  Then I get a message from the library that one of my research books is in so it’s going to be a busy week here at the Pirate Nation!

Have you read any of these? If so, what did you think?  Let me know and Happy Reading!!

 

 

Phantom Limb by Lucinda Berry

 

Phantom Limb

Once I picked up this book, there was no putting it down.
Twins, Emily and Elizabeth have not had a great beginning in life. Their mother has at least one screw loose. She is neglectful, abusive and sells her own tiny daughters to very bad men. Once rescued, they are adopted by a warm and caring couple, but somethings can’t be repaired and the demons that haunt the girls are not so easily left behind.

When Elizabeth wakes up tied down to a hospital bed she has no idea how she got here or why. The last memory she has is of finding her sister dead on the bathroom floor.

With her therapist she will have to face her worst fears to find out who she is and what has happened to her sister.

I did not see that ending coming! Whoa! What a shocker. Now I need to find the other books by Ms.Berry and get busy catching up with this talented writer!

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