take the tour

Author Lisa Tawn Bergren has done it again … come check out the beginning of another series by one of our favorite authors.

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Glamorous Illusions (Book 1) — “It’s the summer of 1913 and Cora Kensington’s life on the family farm has taken a dark turn. The crops are failing and worse, so is her father’s health. Then a stranger comes to call and in one fateful afternoon, Cora discovers that her birth father is a copper king-a man who invites her to tour Europe with her new family. As she travels across America, then on to England and France, Cora faces the hardships as well as the privileges of assuming the family name. And though now she knows more of her true identity, she soon discovers the journey is only beginning.”

Grave Consequences (Book 2) — “Cora Kensington faces life-changing challenges when her European tour with her wealthy family takes her through Austria, France, and Italy. As an unseen enemy stalks her, her heart is torn between a dashing Frenchman and a man who’s been quietly claiming her affection. Whom will she choose? Will her decision put her loved ones in danger?”

Glittering Promises (Book 3) — coming to the MEI Secondary Library shelves November 2013.

 

feeling judgmental

Have you read Robert Liparulo’s book: The 13th Tribe? If you have, I’m sure you’ve eagerly waiting for Book 2 in The Immortal Files series — and here it is!

In this high-action thriller, best-selling author Robert Liparulo examines the raging battle between good and evil on earth … and beyond.

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“What if praying became a curse instead of a blessing? Former Army Ranger Jagger Baird thought he had his hands full with the Tribe — the band of immortal vigilantes fighting to regain God’s grace by killing those opposed to Him. But that was before he encountered the ruthless group of immortals called the Clan. The Clan is after a prize that would give them unimaginable power — a piece of the Ten Commandments known as the Judgement Stone.”

Airships on the horizon

Matt Cruise series covers
Follow the journey of Matt Cruise from his start as a cabin boy in Airborn to his experience as an astralnaut in Starclimber. In Airborn Matt discovers a damaged hot air balloon whose dying pilot tell a story of beautiful creatures that no one has ever seen before. A year later Matt meets Kate and is thrown into an adventure involving pirates, a crashing airship and a mysterious island; Can he overcome all of them and get into the airship academy? In Skybreaker Matt Cruise is a student in training when his ship is caught in a storm and thrown high into the air. The lost ship Hyperion is spotted, rumored to have untold riches, and even as he fights thrown the altitude sickness to land the ship, Matt remembers where it is. Now everyone is trying to get the coordinates from him. Can Matt and Kate survive all of these people and get to the Hyperion before anyone else? In Starclimber Matt is now a pilot working on the Celestial tower, which will be used to reach the stars, but there are some people who would do anything to stop humans from reaching the heavens. Will Matt become one of the first humans to venture into space? And if he is chosen will he be able to return to Earth?
 
Read an excerpt from Airborn
Read an excerpt from Skybreaker
Read an excerpt from Starclimber

 “I was born in Port Alberni, a mill town on Vancouver Island, British Columbia but spent the bulk of my childhood in Victoria, B.C. and on the opposite coast, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. At around twelve I decided I wanted to be a writer. I started out writing sci-fi epics then went on to swords and sorcery tales and then, during the summer holiday when I was fourteen, started on a humorous story about a boy addicted to video games. It turned out to be quite a long story, really a short novel, and I rewrote it the next summer. We had a family friend who knew Roald Dahl – one of my favourite authors – and this friend offered to show Dahl my story. I was paralysed with excitement. I never heard back from Roald Dahl directly, but he read my story, and liked it enough to pass on to his own literary agent. I got a letter from them, saying they wanted to take me on, and try to sell my story. And they did.Taken from author website

A storm is breaking

Swipe series book covers
 

Book 3 of the Swipe series is now available at the MEI Secondary library!

In the future, the world is united under the power of a charismatic leader, and everyone gets “The Mark” at age thirteen. The Mark lets citizens shop, go to school, and even get medical care — without it, you’re on your own. Few refuse to get the Mark. But those who have refused are fighting back.

Logan Langly is the unlikely leader of the Markless revolution. He started out to find his sister Lily, who disappeared during her Marking pledge, but now he’s fighting for much more. With the threat of a chemically manufactured plague that will potentially kill millions and a drought that is nearing critical mass, someone has to step in.

But when Lily appears with a special mission for Logan, it’s difficult to know if he can trust her. And with the weather becoming more and more unstable, a storm is coming that will put everything Logan and the Markless have worked for at risk… (Back cover)

Evan Angler is safe, for now. He lives without the Mark, evading DOME and writing in the shadows of Beacon. But if anyone asks, you know nothing about him. Don’t make eye contact if you see him. Don’t call his name out loud. He’s in enough trouble already. And so are you, if you listen to his books. (Author website)Connect to author on Facebook

 

take a chance

The Chance is a heartwarming story about childhood friends, broken lives, and a long ago promise that just might offer the hope of love for today. In The Chance, Karen delves deeply into a theme that resonates with us all: It’s never too late for those willing to take a chance.

Years ago, the day before Ellie moved from Georgia to California, she and her best friend Nolan sat beneath the Spanish moss of an ancient oak tree where they wrote letters to each other, and sealed them in a rusty old metal box. The plan was to return eleven years later and read them. But now, as that date arrives, much has changed. Ellie, bereft of the faith she grew up with, is a single mom living in a tired apartment trying to make ends meet. Sometimes she watches television to catch a glimpse of her old friend —Nolan, now an NBA star, whose terrible personal tragedies fueled his faith and athletic drive in equal measure. But Nolan also suffers from a transcendent loneliness that nothing has ever eased.

In their separate lives, as Ellie and Nolan move toward the possibility of a reunion at the oak tree, Kingsbury weaves a tale of heart-wrenching loss, the power of faith, and the wounds that only love can heal.” — Author’s website

Come check out THE CHANCE at MEI Secondary Library!

what do these wives wish for?

 

Book 2 of The Wives of the Patriarchs series by Jill Eileen Smith is now available at MEI Secondary Library.

Each book in this trilogy focuses on one or more of Israel’s four matriarchs.

 

“Can love heal the rift between two souls?

When her beloved father dies and she is left in the care of her conniving brother Laban, Rebekah knows her life has changed forever. Though she should be married by now, it’s clear that Laban is dragging his feet, waiting for a higher bride-price to line his pockets. But then Rebekah is given a chance to leave her home to marry Isaac, a cousin she has never even seen, and her hope for the future is restored. Little does she know what a wondrous and heart-wrenching journey she is beginning.

As Rebekah experiences the joy of young love and the bitterness of misunderstanding and betrayal, her resolve is tested. When the rift between Isaac and her grows so wide it is surely too great to be mended, can she trust the God of Isaac’s father Abraham to bridge the gap?” – Back Cover

 

 

 

You may also like Jill Eileen Smith’s trilogy: The Wives of King David.

 

 

The Ancient Earth Trilogy

         Book 2 in the Ancient Earth Trilogy is now available.

 

Come check out Ross Lawhead’s A Hero’s Throne and follow Daniel and Freya

as they hurry to save the hidden land of Nidergeard from dark forces.

The final book, The Fearful Gates, will be released next year.

click HERE to visit the author’s blog about this book.

Ross is the son of Stephen R. Lawhead, author of the Pendragon Cycle.

 

have you met Raleigh Harmon?

MEI Secondary Library is happy to welcome a new author to our shelves: Sibella Giorello.

“In an exceptionally skillful debut, Sibella Giorello brings to life forensic geologist Raleigh Harmon, a heroine who is surefooted in grisly crime scenes but feeling her way along the intertwining paths of life, love, and faith. Readers will follow her eagerly through this adventure and hope for more to come.”
—Ann McMillan

“Sibella Giorello writes from the heart without leaving her head behind—which is what makes her writing so strong, so memorable. She’s gutsy, funny, and meticulous, with an eye for the real story, the profound connections.”
—Phyllis Theroux

“This novel was such a great pleasure to read. It’s riveting, intelligent, and peopled beautifully with characters I will never forget. Giorello presents a quiet, steady (perhaps even iron-clad!) depiction of people of faith. Beautifully written and a pleasure to read.”
—Augusta Troubaugh

 

call of the Callahans

If you love reading contemporary romance with a southern twist, check out Sharon Gillenwater’s newest series – Callahans of Texas.

Book 1 – Jenna Callahan Colby, a partner on her father’s successful Texas ranch, has the love of friends and family, but she realizes she wants more when Nate Langley, the first boy she ever noticed, returns to town, but after two tours of duty in the armed forces, Nate has some healing to do before he can be the man Jenna needs.

 

Book 2 – Emily Rose, a museum curator with bigger aspirations, bides her time at the Callahan Crossing Historical Museum until she can make her way to a big city, but her plans conflict with those of Chance Callahan, a cowboy and contractor, who wants Emily to make Callahan Crossing her permanent home.

 

Book 3 – Six months pregnant, unmarried, broke, and alone, Megan is stuck on the road when a tornado appears, and barely escapes with her life. Will Callahan comes upon her in the road, and offers her a place to stay.

 

[Ender’s] Game on!

Did you enjoy reading the novel, Ender’s Game, in English class?
Be aware . . . the story doesn’t stop there!

Check out the rest of the Enderverse by Orson Scott Card at MEI Secondary Library:

  • Ender’s Game
  • Speaker for the Dead
  • Xenocide
  • Children of the Mind
  • Ender’s Shadow
  • Shadow of the Hegemon
  • Shadow Puppets
  • First Meetings in the Enderverse
  • Shadow of the Giant
  • A War of Gifts
  • Ender in Exile
  • Shadows in Flight
  • Earth Unaware

We also have The Authorized Ender Companion which provides a comprehensive overview of the places, characters, and events described in Ender’s Game, and also covers Battle School slang, a brief history of descolada, and additional back-story not included in the original novel.