First things first. In this very first NOOK First post of the year, I want you to be among the first readers to find out about some really great new books.
The following are just a handful of the books currently available, so be sure to explore our full NOOK First collection.
A wealthy, if dysfunctional, family sets out on a $600 million island treasure hunt, all at the behest of a vengeful deceased matriarch. Among the competitors is Rule Danforth, who left his rarefied family to pursue the protection of a rare zebra breed. But now he’s lost his land and needs a windfall in order to continue his worthy efforts. Along for the ride is a local woman, Mandy McRae, who vows to help Rule claim the reward, but may have other less-pure motives as well.
Tonight and Always by Linda Lael Miller
A classic paranormal tale by bestselling author Linda Lael Miller—now available on NOOK.
Kristina's beauty befits a child of vampires, but she does not possess the seductive gifts of her parents. Her cursed bloodline remains, making her immortal. The one time she dared give her heart to a mortal man, she suffered the torment of his immortality, and vowed never to love again—until now.
A glacial volcano awakens with a series of eruptions, stranding ex-cop Hobson at 66 degrees north, where human behavior is as unpredictable as the weather. Hobson's quickly ensnared in a bizarre murder investigation involving Gummi, a road-weary homicide detective; Jon Kari, an amoral entrepreneur; Snorri, a brutal pimp; and Ulfar, a homicidal sheep farmer. As Hobson falls in with a group of enigmatic tourists trying to survive the volcanic aftermath, the chase for a killer pushes them all to the icy edge of the inhabitable world.
Aria by Susan Segal
Eve Miller has lost her husband and children and lies in an Australian hospital, wondering if there is anything to live for. Then she accepts an invitation from a flamboyant, aging opera diva to stay at her New York home, and finds herself drawn back into life in ways she never expected. This remarkable debut explores women's relationships, the nature of fame, and the forces that keep us going in the face of heartbreak.
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This year readers have discovered lots of great new books and writers, thanks to our NOOK First collection. In our last round-up of the year, we're highlighting everything from a fictional Hollywood romance, to an insightful guide to hot trends for 2012. Four excellent NOOK First titles are featured below, but be sure to explore the full collection of new NOOK First books for even more great reads.
Gen Y has been picked apart by analysts, statistics, and trend reports, which often portray 20-somethings in negative, one-dimensional terms like "entitled" and "whiners." In this thought-provoking new book that aims to dispel these stereotypes, journalist Hannah Seligson chronicles the lives of seven individuals who embody this generation, exploring their challenges and ambitions in vivid detail and sketching a picture, through their eyes, of what life is actually like for young adults.
The Revolution Was Televised by Alan Sepinwall
These 12 shows started a revolution in TV drama: The Sopranos. Oz. The Wire. Deadwood. The Shield. Lost. Buffy the Vampire Slayer. 24. Battlestar Galactica. Friday Night Lights. Mad Men. Breaking Bad.
These 12 shows, and the many more they made possible, ushered in a new golden age of television — one that made people take the medium more seriously than ever before. Alan Sepinwall became a TV critic right before this creative revolution began, was there to chronicle this incredible moment in pop culture history, and along the way “changed the nature of television criticism,” according to Slate. The Revolution Was Televised is the story of these 12 shows, as told by Sepinwall and the people who made them, including David Chase, David Simon, David Milch, Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, Vince Gilligan and more.
In the newest book in Bella Andre’s New York Times and USA Today bestselling series about the Sullivan family, movie star Smith Sullivan can't afford any distractions. He's staking his entire reputation on his new film...but he can't stop thinking about Valentina Landon and the fire he sees smoldering just beneath the surface.
Valentina isn't averse to sensual pleasure, or even to the idea of finding true love, but as a Hollywood business manager she's watched too many smart women fall for actors...only to be torn apart when the fairytale comes to its inevitable end. Will Smith convince Valentina to let down her guard and give him a chance?
What's Next? by Marian Salzman
Looking for new opportunities in 2013? In What’s Next?, Havas PR CEO Marian Salzman reveals her predictions for tomorrow’s trends. This dynamic trendopedia—aggregated from Salzman’s public and private forecasts—highlights what you need to know about how and where we will live, love, communicate, relate, work, relax, invest, learn, travel and prosper in 2013, and how to track these trends in order to generate opportunity, anticipate risk and enjoy a savvier journey into tomorrow.Read more...
With our NOOK First collection, we bring you a diverse offering of compelling books for every type of reader. Today I'm highlighting four new NOOK First titles, ranging from a modern re-telling of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to a firefighter romance.
A dog finding a bone is no big deal—until it turns out to be human.
Mapleton Police Chief Gordon Hepler and the mayor can't agree about what being a cop means. To Gordon, it's keeping his citizens safe. To the mayor, it's generating revenue by issuing speeding and parking tickets.
When two runaway dogs waylay Gordon on the way to what he hopes will be an uneventful afternoon at a backyard barbeque, more than his afternoon is interrupted. As dogs will do, these have uncovered a bone. Trouble is, it turns out to be human. When it leads to the discovery of more human remains, Gordon needs to find out why they're on the property, when they got there, and who they belonged to. After all, somebody needs to care
A London Murder Mystery Based on a True Historical Crime
George Woolfe is a young working class East London printmaker in the early 1900’s. Frustrated by the constraints of his class and station, he sees an opportunity to escape when he by chance meets Charles Booth, author of one of the most comprehensive social surveys of London ever undertaken. But this auspicious encounter has tragic consequences for George who, within six months, is charged with the murder of a young woman. But did he do it?
Set at the dawning of a new century, when the rigid class and gender boundaries of the Victorian age were soon to shift and realign, Birdcage Walk is a historical novel that vividly brings to life a real-life Edwardian murder and the possible miscarriage of justice that followed it.
Author Kathryn Shay spent five years riding fire trucks with a large city fire department, eating in their firehouses and interviewing hundreds of America’s Bravest. It Had to Be You is one of the novels that resulted from her experiences.
Army veteran Beckett Sloan is just trying to make it through the day.
After having spent twenty years in the service, he was given an opportunity to join the fire department in Hidden Cove, NY, on an elite crew called the Rescue Squad. There’s one catch. He has to attend a support group for firefighters, police officers and veterans with PTSD, a malady which caused the breakup of his marriage and the estrangement of his son.
At the first session, he meets Lela Allen, a former army medic, who’s divorcing her army husband because of his inability to manage his own post traumatic syndrome. Though Lela and Beck are attracted to each other, they resist it. When both their children show symptoms of PTSD, common in kids of sufferers, a lasting relationship between Lela and Beck seems doomed. But fate has other things in mind for them.
There's an ace in the (rabbit) hole in this fun reimagining of Lewis Carroll's classic.
When high school math teacher Alice Faye Dahl attends a Texas Hold'em poker tournament in Ft. Collins, Colorado, she doesn't know a royal flush from a toilet flush. Four months and dozens of "wins" later, she's one of the Final Nine--the championship table at the International Poker Tour in Surfer's Paradise, Australia--and way out of her depth. When a fluke shark attack throws her and sports reporter Rabbit Montgomery together in this modern-day twist on Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," it seems to challenge the saying “lucky at cards, unlucky at love.” A veteran of the poker scene (and gorgeous to boot), he offers to help her go all the way to win the multi-million dollar prize, a deal she readily accepts. Unfortunately, Alice may find out too late that when it comes to poker (and love), sometimes you win, sometimes you lose—and sometimes it's both.
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The latest NOOK First collection is one of the most diverse yet - with an internationally bestselling thriller, a vampire love story, a true account of horrific abuse, and a Bruce Springsteen fan's adventures abroad.
Winner of France's prestigious Prix du Quai des Orfèvres prize for best crime fiction, named Best Crime Fiction Novel of the Year, and already an international bestseller with over 150,000 copies sold.
Who is preying on women in the French capital? How can he kill again and again without leaving any clues? A serial killer is taking pleasure in a macabre ritual that leaves the police on tenterhooks. Chief of Police Nico Sirsky—a super cop with a modern-day life, including an ex-wife, a teenage son and a budding love story—races against the clock to solve the murders as they get closer and closer to his inner circle. The story grabs you and doesn’t let go until the last page, leading you behind the scenes with the French police and into the coroner’s office. You will never experience Paris the same way again.
Just when Alley feels most helpless to protect her children from Colin's constant attacks, three mysterious women visit her with a promise that he will never hurt them again - if she gives them what they want. For the sake of the children, she agrees. The women work their evil within her family, and Alley gains immense power against Colin, but that power comes at a terrible price, and now the children must find a way to survive both parents.
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The newest batch of NOOK First titles offers everything from an apocalyptic comedy of manners to a seaworthy pirate tale—in other words, there’s something here for just about everyone.
by Keith Raffel
On an October morning in 1962 Nate Michaels receives a strange call requesting his presence in Washington DC. Hours later he is on a plane to meet with JFK to discuss top secret plans for defusing the situation in Cuba. Now it is up to Michaels to prevent the impending nuclear holocaust.
by Jeanne Martinet
In this apocalyptic comedy of manners Tess Eliot just got dumped and lost her job, she has to keep reminding herself that it isn't the end of the world, or so she thinks. When she is hired to write an etiquette guide for the end of the world, she bemoans the absurdity of her life, until she discovers a real plot for world destruction.
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Our newest NOOK First collection—a chance for NOOK readers to be the first to get access to some hot new books—features everything from a captivating historical romance to a chilling, award-winning horror story. Late-summer reading never looked so good.
by Thomas Sullivan
Before the world was born, there was the Dust of Eden—blood-red earth from which all else was created. The last deposit of the mysterious dust became a viciously guarded secret...until the site was disturbed. A bit of Eden found its way into the hands of Ariel Leppa—an embittered elderly woman unaware of its ferocious power...for a time.
In the court of Charles II, being an intelligent, academically inclined woman is a liability, not a virtue. Lady Rose Ashcroft is acutely aware of this fact, and with her meddlesome matchmaking mother in-tow she sets off to fetch a wealthy, titled, husband. What Rose didn't anticipate was the arrival of Christopher "Kit" Martyn, a dashing, successful commoner with his sights set on landing the post of official Royal Architect.
by Donna Fasano
by Greg Dinallo
When a New York ad executive pulls a vintage suitcase from the trash as inspiration for a campaign she is working on, it comes with some shocking revelations. The suitcase, like its owner, is a Holocaust survivor, and the documents held inside will reveal secrets that have been buried since the liberation of Dachau.
by Seth Kaufman
Being the brains behind a reality show about torture would be cause for concern to most people, but television executive Rick Salter has bigger problems than public disdain. One morning he finds himself trapped beneath his gigantic entertainment system with no idea how he got there and 48 hours until his cleaning lady is scheduled to arrive. Incidentally he discovers a strange book lying beside him titled "A History of Prisons" which seems conspicuously relevant given the circumstances.
by Laura Bradford
The idyllic Jersey Shore town of Ocean Point is the quiet quintessential family vacation spot. Things are off to a shaky start this season with the discovery of a young woman's body. When the body count starts to rise, it is up to detective Mitch Burns to crack the case and restore calm.
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There’s still plenty of time left to do some serious summer reading. Our newest NOOK First collection is a chance for NOOK readers to be the first to get access to some hot new books.
by Amy Sprenger
From the author of the award-winning blog Snarky Mommy comes a book that will make every woman who has ever been pregnant pee with laughter (not that that’s hard). Pregnant and confined to bed for the last four months of her pregnancy Amy Sprenger put pen to paper and wrote this hilarious memoir about the trials and travails of a difficult pregnancy.
by Boyd Morrison
In 1947, ten-year-old Fay Allen of Roswell, New Mexico, witnesses the fiery crash of an extraordinary craft unlike anything she's ever seen. More than sixty years later Fay is being pursued by competing interests all vying for an artifact she took from the crash on that fateful night in 1947.
by Anne Zoelle
After the sudden death of her twin brother, Ren Crown illegally enrolls at a magic university with the sole intention of bringing him back to life. But caught in a time of war, and as a mage with abilities that both sides want to harness and use, Ren finds herself an unwitting pawn in a larger game.
by Terry Goodkind
Bestselling author Terry Goodkind returns with this digital exclusive novel. In the time before the Confessors, when the world is a dark and dangerous place, where treason and treachery are the rule of the day, comes one heroic woman, Magda Searus, who has just lost her husband and her way in life.
by E.G. Foley
The streets of Victorian London can be an inhospitable place, even for paranormally gifted pickpocket Jake. When he is pursued by sinister henchmen, Jake is thrust into a world of magic and intrigue. Heir to a magical aristocratic family, Jake must discover what happened to his parents, and defeat his enemies.
by Gemma Halliday & Jennifer Fischetto
Former cover model Jamie Bond has finally decided to join the family business: The Bond Agency, a high-powered P.I. firm located in Los Angeles that specializes in domestic espionage. Armed with a team of former models "the Bond Girls" Jamie is out to catch a philandering judge, but when he turns up dead, things get complicated.
by Melissa Scott & Jo Graham
In a world full of lost treasures, some are better left unfound. It's 1929 and Lake Nemi is being drained by archaeologists hoping to explore Caligula's lost ships that rest on the lake floor. What they discover is an ancient evil. Now it is up to a rag tag group of aviators to stop what has been conjured from the depths.
by Lucy Kevin
Five years ago, wedding DJ Tyce Smith kissed the girl of his dreams. Left with only her first name and dreams of a second kiss, Tyce has been unable to finish writing a new song since. After Whitney Banning comes face to face with the man she’s never forgotten and knows she never will, how is she supposed to stop herself from dreaming again? Is a second kiss in their future?
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When a priest is found brutally murdered in a motel room under incriminating circumstances, the pastor calls in ex-FBI profiler Robert Payne, an old friend, to aid in the investigation. It soon becomes clear to Payne that a subtle and devious killer is on the loose.
Life couldn’t be more perfect for Candice Woodrow. Her gourmet gift basket company is thriving, and she’s set to marry steady, dependable Barry. There’s just one wrench in the fairytale. Two weeks before her wedding she wakes up in the wrong man’s bed. Candace thinks she’ll be able to run out the door and forget all about Michael Vogler, but the Boston millionaire has other plans for the jittery bride.
Summers spent with her grandmothers on Blue Lake were always special for BJ. Now, years later, BJ seeks refuge in her late grandmothers' house in the wake of her husband's affair. As she relives the languid summer days of her youth and prepares the house for sale, she struggles to come to terms not only with the looming threat of divorce, but also with the Pandora's Box of family revelations she uncovers in Grandma's hidden notebooks.
After a losing wager, the Duke of Ravenham is obliged to bring a pretty little nobody from the country into fashion among London society. The girl chosen is Gabriella Gordon, and what starts as an act of common chance blossoms into unexpected romance.
What if Judas is still alive, hidden away in the jungles of the Amazon, waiting for the Second Coming?
As a massive object appears in space heading directly toward Earth, the Brotherhood heralds it as Wormwood, one of the signs the Rapture and it’s just three days away. They have been preparing to implement the Great Commission as designated by Jesus—where everyone on the planet must hear the word of God before the end in order to be saved. They will use advanced technology to send that message directly into the minds of every human on the planet. The question is: will the message kill everyone who gets it or save them?
Believing him to be the anti-Christ, they also send a team of assassins up the Amazon to find the Great Betrayer and kill him before Armageddon.
Opposing the Brotherhood is the Triumvirate of the Illuminati. They believe they must stop the Great Commission and the assassination team. At the same time they rush to gather nuclear weapons and launch missiles into space to divert the Intruder, as they call the object, believing it to be a natural phenomenon over which technology will prevail.
Three survivors do finally make it to Judas, and he tells them a story, the true story of what happened over two millennia ago. And what is approaching…
In a bet with his younger brother, Spence Wickham joins an online dating service to prove all people lie on these websites. After a series of disastrous relationships, Spence doesn’t believe in true love, either virtual or in real life.
Pretending to be an average guy, instead of the rich venture capitalist that he is, Spence connects with six women. He finds himself drawn to the last—Annie Hopkins. Not only is she interesting, sweet, generous and kind, but she’s looking for the type of man he’s pretending to be.
Against the rules of the bet, Spence can’t resist meeting Annie in person. After only a few weeks, he begins to care deeply for her, and she returns his feelings. But the threat of his deceit hangs over them. When the truth comes out, Spence is left to find a way to make Annie love him for the man he is.
An Irish rogue and a duke’s daughter should have nothing in common except trouble...
Though enchanted by the selfless beauty of a duke’s granddaughter, Michael—a man of many names but none his own—has wisely kept his distance. But two years after the disastrous fire that brought Lady Blanche Perceval into his life, he is saddled with a lost, lying Irish waif and needs a woman’s understanding aid. To his dismay, the generous lady he remembers now despises him for deserting her when she needed him most.
Blanche has inherited all the wealth and responsibility of a dukedom, even if it is her cousin who wears the title. Forced to rely on her men of business to help her make decisions since she has no experience or knowledge of her own, she is at constant odds with the new duke who wishes to marry her for the sake of the estate.
When the irresistible and unreliable Michael O’Toole materializes in her life to enlist her care for another of the abandoned orphans he’s rescued—as he once did for her—Blanche doesn’t know whether to kill him or kiss him. After terrorists blow up her carriage, it becomes apparent that running away might be the best choice of all—but can they survive the pitfalls of their impossible attraction?
Crime author Cassie Alvarez had murder on her mind when she walked into Rory’s Bar under-dressed and undercover to research her latest crime novel. Researching the cool, blue-eyed and dashingly handsome man at the end of the bar stirred her senses more than she wanted to admit. But was this man of leather armor all he appeared to be?
Playing White Knight to an innocent wasn’t how Detective Jake Santos planned to spend his time under cover. But there was no way “CJ” was what she claimed to be and that nagging tightness in Jake’s chest told him he’d better take her home to safety before she got herself in trouble. Then the barroom exploded with gunfire. When the dust clears, an FBI agent is killed along with Providence’s most notorious crime boss.
Cassie is the only material witness who can identify the shooter. But when her name is leaked to the media as his only witness to the grisly murders, the FBI wants to protect their case at all cost. Cassie insists she only trusts Jake to protect her. He gives his word he’ll protect her at all cost despite the fact that guarding the beautiful novelist is a serious distraction. But can he keep from betraying her trust?
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Our newest NOOK First collection—a chance for NOOK readers to be the first to get access to some hot new books—features everything from a Civil War romance to a haunted house tale.
Jack took a chance on the feisty beauty with the reddish-brown curls, and she surprised him with her ability and her courage. Samantha was upset that he had been a Northern soldier, but as their passions swirl they decide to take the biggest risk of all in ABILENE GAMBLER by Maggie Sefton.
When Hadley mysteriously disappears with opening night just around the corner, Dani can’t sit idly by, even if it means losing the part. Now she’s running all over Phoenix in a race against the clock. From reality TV trophy wives to sleazy real estate developers to a possible drug ring, the cast of suspects begins to add up. Will she find Hadley before the curtain rises?
But she can’t hide at home forever. Sooner than she’d like, Merlin (aka Matt) has her chasing mermaids on the trail of the Fisher King. The wounded King, defeated by Merlin’s brother Vane in the past, holds the key to save the future. One wrong decision and the world falls apart.
On a crisp autumn night in 1980, seven-year-old Grant Moreton and his five-year-old sister Paige were nearly killed in a mysterious accident in the Cascade Mountains that left them orphans. It's been thirty years since then. Grant is a detective with the Seattle Police Department and long estranged from his sister. But now his investigation into the bloody past of a high-class prostitute has led right to her door.
What lies beyond is a horror he never could have imagined. He becomes trapped inside a house with frightening power over anyone who enters. His only hope of surviving and saving his sister is to confront the terror that inhabits its walls...and endure a brutal physical and psychological ordeal that will challenge everything he thinks he knows about himself and the world.
Cindy Ellis has plans for the rest of her life that start with a scholarship to Manderley Prep. When Marco, the school’s hot new transfer student and star soccer player notices her on the first day of school, she thinks all her dreams have come true. But that’s where the fairy tale ends, because inside the hallowed halls of Manderley, Cindy stands out like a generic brand among the designer labels. Her cheerleader step-sisters make her life miserable until Marco, the Prom King takes a second look at the tall, clarinet-playing Cindy and decides she should be his Prom Queen. Could the happy ending really conclude with Cindy and the Prom King together at last?
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Our newest crop of NOOK First titles—a chance for NOOK readers to be the first to get access to some hot new books—features everything from a chocolate shop murder mystery to a hypnotic psychological thriller.
Alexa Parker and Braden Elliott fell in love when they were twelve years old. On a summer day, while searching for sea glass on the beaches of Washington State, they discovered an unusually shaped blue bottle. The ever-imaginative Alexa declared it a Genie's bottle. Popping the cork, they were surprised by a rogue wave that sprayed them with a fine, cool mist. Closing their eyes, they each made a wish …
Before their love had a chance to grow, life, family and tragedy separated the two best friends. Now fifteen years later, Alexa returns to Sand Harbor after her grandmother is injured in a mysterious break-in at her antique store. Braden is also back, but he's not the innocent boy Alexa remembers. His military service has left him with physical and emotional scars.
Can the sweet love of youth be recaptured by two now cynical souls? Can solving the mystery of the past bring them to a new future? Or will it take a wish, maybe two …
Phoebe, the Rose Chalet’s florist, knows nothing is permanent—not the floral arrangements she creates, not the weddings she helps produce, and certainly not her parent’s marriage, which ended in a bitter divorce. Certain that all relationships come with strings attached, she has always worked to live for the moment and not to have any strings…ever.
Risking big is how Patrick left the family landscaping business, was the first Knight to go to college, and became an in demand architect. In California for a short while to work on a new home, from the very first moment he holds Phoebe in his arms, he knows he’s found his perfect match in the adventurous, alluring and intelligent florist.
But will Phoebe dare let herself risk her heart on the most fragile and precious bloom of all in Lucy Kevin’s The Wedding Dance? Especially when one dance with Patrick Knight is all it takes for her to start rethinking everything she’s ever believed to be true about love...
A secret hall of mirrors, a labyrinth of fear; Janek returns in a hypnotic thriller...this is Mirror Maze.
Nobody writes better psychological thrillers than award-winning author William Bayer. And no character in contemporary crime fiction is as compelling or complex as Lieutenant Frank Janek of the N.Y.P.D. Now Bayer and Janek are back--in a brilliant novel of terror and excitement.
A beautiful young woman meets her latest "pickup" in a Manhattan hotel bar and goes back with him to his room, where she drugs him, robs him, and humiliates him. Several hours later, the "mark" is found dead, the mysterious young woman is wanted for the murder, and Janek and his team of detectives are assigned to the case. Simultaneously, Janek becomes involved in the reopening of a grisly society-murder investigation that has plagued Internal Affairs for nine years. As he sets out to solve both puzzles, the present and past eerily dovetail, culminating with a deadly battle in a secret mirror maze hidden beneath a "ghost" amusement park.
Readers will be inspired by Joyce Anne Longfellow's compelling memoir, I Could Never Say Goodbye: A Daughter's Journey to the End of Life with Mom and Dad, about the deaths of her parents--the quick, traumatic death of her father and the lengthy illness preceding her mother’s passing. The author wrote this book after sharing her experiences with many, many people. As she advised people who struggled with the dilemma of what to do and how to cope when their loved ones were dying, Ms. Longfellow realized that her experiences provided comfort and guidance that made a difference. Eventually realized she had to write her story to motivate and inspire others to create their own rituals and learn to say goodbye in their own ways
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