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Summer Reads

Posted on | June 13, 2012 | 3 Comments

Looking for a few books to bring along on your beach vacation? Try one of these new releases:

DAMAGE_CONTROL_175Damage Control by John Gilstrap

The newest book by New York Times Bestselling author John Gilstrap once again follows Jonathan Grave, a freelance hostage rescue specialist who stars in many of Gilstrap’s other books, including Threat Warning (2011).  This political thriller is a great summer read.  Just be sure you bring plenty of suntan lotion, because you’ll be sitting on the beach reading this one long stretches of time.

Synopsis: “The hostages are young: a bus full of teenagers on a church mission. The ransom demands are explicit: deliver three million dollars”with zero involvement from law enforcement”or all captives will be executed. But rescue specialist Jonathan Grave doesn’t believe in ultimatums. For him and his elite team at Security Solutions, it’s all about protecting the innocent. Now Grave must face the chilling possibility that someone within the U.S. government has a deadly secret to protect, one that could jeopardize national security like never before…” (Available at Gilstrap’s website)

Koczak-A Single Yellow Rose-Final Cover.inddA Single Yellow Rose by Anna Koczak

This fascinating memoir is as captivating and enjoyable as any novel.  Set during World War II, it is filled with intrigue and suspense, and will both entertain and inform you during your summer vacation.  Definitely worth a read.

Synopsis: In January 1949, Anna Koczak, only 21 years old, had to leave home and country at a moment’s notice.  She was to be arrested by the AVO, Hungary’s feared secret police.  But an American diplomat, a man she’d fallen in love with, offered her a way out: To cross the border in the trunk of his Plymouth.  Stephen had been thrown out of the country, accused of ferrying desperate Hungarians to freedom, which was true, and had until midnight to get out.  Little did she know how harrowing her escape would be or that she would be sharing the trunk with a priest and his lover.

This book is available for purchase at Tate Publishing.

The Taker and The Reckoning by Alma Katsu

The Taker is a Booklist Top Ten Debut Novel of 2011, and the sequel to this award winning novel, The Reckoning, has just been released.  If you have not read The Taker, you will be thrilled by the opening novel of this breathtaking series.  Make sure you already have a copy of The Reckoning, because you will want to start it the second you finish The Taker.


taker-us-pb-200Synopsis for The Taker: “Critics and authors were spellbound by Alma Katsu’s debut novel, The Taker, her stunning tale of a mysterious young woman, Lanore, and an unwitting Maine doctor who falls into her world, a hidden world that exists outside the boundaries of time. In this magical realm, where the predatory use pleasure to corrupt the innocent, Lanore’s incredible devotion to Jonathan, her first, true love, captures the attention of Adair, the dangerous man who rules this world, and ignites within him an all-consuming desire to possess her.” (Available at Alma Katsu’s website)


reckoning-200Synopsis for The Reckoning: “Lanore McIlvrae had no choice but to entomb Adair, her nemesis, to save Jonathan, the man she thought she would be with forever.  Now, two hundred years after imprisoning Adair, Lanore is trying to atone for her sins. But, Lanore soon discovers that the thing she’s been dreading for two hundred years has caught up to her: Adair has escaped from his prison. He’s free, and he will come looking for her. And she has no idea how she will save herself.” (Available at Alma Katsu’s website on June 19th)

31CUgY5tWSL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_Resisting Elegy by Joel Peckham

If you are looking for a more serious read, check out Joel Peckham’s recent book, Resisting Elegy.  This poignant narrative explores both grief and loss, allowing you to explore your own journeys of grief in your life and in the lives of those around you.

Synopsis: “In this thoughtful collection of narratives, author Joel Peckham explores the transformative power of emotional and physical pain from the vantage point of a husband and parent who lost his wife and a child in an accident that left him in chronic distress. Along the way, he fills a need for a brutally honest literary examination of not only grief and suffering, but also of recovery.” (Available at Amazon)

confessions CoverConfessions: Fact or Fiction? Edited by Herta B. Feely and Marian O’Shea Wernicke


This anthology’s award-winning authors invite you to test your literary sleuthing skills, explore the murky boundary between fiction and memoir, and guess which stories are invented and which are true.  In this unique collection, authors reveal the origins of their stories in the back of the book.

For more information or to purchase Confessions: Fact or Fiction, visit the website.

Let us know what you think of our newest summer reads and tell us about your favorites.  In the meantime, if you can put your book down, be sure to take a dip in the ocean, and have a great summer!

Sarah Crain



3 Responses to “Summer Reads”

  1. Writing Tips, Publishing Advice, and Book Reviews
    June 27th, 2012 @ 3:39 pm

    […] hands on.  If you’re stuck trying to find some great new books, check out last week’s blog on Summer Reads, or explore the world of Literary Social […]

  2. Writers’ New Interest in Pinterest : Writing Tips and Publishing Advice from Chrysalis Editorial
    July 20th, 2012 @ 4:26 pm

    […] example, check out Alma Katsu.  (We recommended her books, The Taker and The Reckoning, in our Summer Reads blog post.)  Her Pinterest site features a board for each of her books, illustrating clothing from […]

  3. Niken
    October 3rd, 2015 @ 5:02 pm

    Well I wanted to read it beofre I started it. But it didn’t grip me, and when I usually would have stopped reading, I pushed myself to keep going instead. That was my mistake. So I don’t know that the book is bad, it’s just I felt under pressure, so I didn’t enjoy it. I’d say give it a try because I’ve heard great things about it too.

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