APOLOGY

Due to my (Cristina) departure to Uni for the summer exams and Mihaela's problems with the Internet connection for more than two weeks now we were unable to post all the scheduled materials. We apologize for all the missing stops and promise to be back on track in no time.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

In curs de aparitie la Editura Nemira - Umbra marionetelor de Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card - Umbra marionetelor (Saga Umbrelor)


Saga Umbrelor volumul 1 si 2:

   

 Umbra lui Ender

Primul volum din SAGA UMBRELOR


Premiul GEFFEN

„În crearea imaginilor şi eroilor... Card este de neîntrecut.“
Library Journal


„Card a preluat tradiționalele concepte SF de supererou și război interstelar, pe care le-a combinat într-o poveste perfectă, cu un ritm și un limbaj de prozator înnăscut.“
Booklist


„Când monofilarul atinse următoarea muchie a cubului, viteza crescu din nou și acum se îndrepta în sus într-un arc care, pe moment, părea că o să răzuiască plafonul. Apoi veni ultima muchie și el o zbughi în spatele stelei, unde fu prins cu dexteritate de plutonul său. Bean mișcă brațele și picioarele ca să arate că nu pățise nimic în timpul manevrei. Putea doar să ghicească ce gândea inamicul despre mișcările sale magice în plin aer. Important era că Ender nu intrase pe poartă. Timpul probabil se scursese.“ 
Orson Scott Card

Umbra Hegemonului

Al doilea volum din SAGA UMBRELOR


„Umbra Hegemonului este scrisă într-un ritm ameţitor, spre încântarea cititorilor.“
Booklist


„Splendida continuare a romanului Umbra lui Ender îl înfățișează pe erou în confruntarea cu adevăratele dileme de natură morală din lumea ficțională a lui Orson Scott Card.“
Publishers Weekly


Războiul a fost câștigat de Ender Wiggin și de armata sa de copii luptători. Dușmanul este distrus, rasa umană este salvată. Spre deosebire de Ender, luptătorii săi au plecat acasă la familiile lor împrăștiate pe tot globul. Școala de Luptă nu mai există, dar, odată dispărută amenințarea externă, Pământul se transformă din nou într-un câmp de bătălie. Națiunile vor să-și declare iar suveranitatea. Copiii de la Școala de Luptă sunt mai mult decât eroi; sunt potențiale arme ale țărilor care îi controlează. Rând pe rând, toți membrii armatei lui Ender sunt răpiți. Scapă doar Bean, care-i cere ajutorul lui Peter, fratele lui Ender.

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Jocul lui Ender

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Pământul este atacat din nou. Gândacii extratereștri se încordează pentru o ultimă lovitură. Supraviețuirea rasei umane atârnă de descoperirea unui geniu militar care îi poate învinge o dată pentru totdeauna. Dar cine este el?

Ender Wiggin. Geniu. Neîndurător. Viclean. Un maestru în strategie și tactică. Și un copil în același timp. Copilăria lui Ender se termină atunci când, recrutat de guvern pentru a fi antrenat în armată, ajunge în noua sa casă: Școala de Luptă. Chiar și între recruți de elită, Ender se arată a fi un geniu între genii.

Reușește în orice simulare de război. Dar oare toată presiunea și singurătatea vor ajunge să îl înfrângă înainte de bătălia finală? Cum va reacționa el în condiții reale de război? În cele din urmă, Școala de Luptă nu-i decât un joc.

Nu-i așa?

Vorbitor in numele mortilor

PREMIILE NEBULA, HUGO ŞI LOCUS


„Un roman captivant, plin de surprize formidabile, care par fireşti odată ce au fost explicate.“
The New York Times Book Review


„O poveste pasionantă de aventuri în spaţiu şi un rechizitoriu acid la adresa gândirii militariste.“
Library Journal


Au trecut trei milenii de la ultimul său joc, dar Ender, veşnic rătăcitor printre stele, este pururi tânăr. În schimb, gloria s-a transformat în anatemă, căci Ender s-a făcut vinovat de distrugerea singurei specii de fiinţe gânditoare pe care omenirea a întâlnit-o vreodată.


De aceea, când a fost descoperită planeta Lusitania şi tânăra civilizaţie adăpostită de pădurile sale, Consiliul Stelar a înţeles că i se oferă şansa de a repara marea greşeală din trecut. Dar, o dată mai mult, neînţelegerile dintre colonişti şi băştinaşi sunt inevitabile şi este chemat Ender, acum Andrew Wiggin, pentru a vorbi în numele morţilor. Căci morţii, şi nu viii, pot schimba destinul Lusitaniei, al întregii galaxii.

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Release Day Blitz! Outside the Box by Rochelle Paige




Title: Outside the Box (Blythe College, #3)
Author: Rochelle Paige
Publication Date: July 22, 2014





Synopsis:

Aubrey earned her love ‘em and leave ‘em reputation with her serial dating past. A pregnancy scare makes her see the light and change her ways. She gets serious about school and stops dating – until she meets Luka and falls head over heels for him.

Luka doesn’t trust easily after having his heart crushed by the girl next door. When he meets Aubrey, he doesn’t think she’s relationship material because of her past – even though he’s drawn to her.

What happens when the girl who always ran the moment a relationship got serious meets The One? Will Aubrey be able to get Luka to see herOutside the Box he’s put her in? 



“Oomph,” I grunted into a hard chest as warm hands grasped my arms to steady me. I took a deep breath and a woodsy scent that was somehow both spicy and a little bit sweet hit my nose. I didn’t think I’d ever met a guy who smelled this good before.
“You okay?” a deep voice murmured.
“Yes,” I whispered as I looked up into green eyes, my hands resting against his chest.
“Good. Wouldn’t want to start my night off by mowing down defenseless women, now would I?” he asked as I moved away.
I couldn’t help the laugh that bubbled up at that since I’m the one who ran into him. “No, we certainly wouldn’t,” I said as I stepped into the elevator.
I watched his ass, lovingly hugged by his jeans, as he walked away with a couple of guys I hadn’t even noticed. And just like that, my libido jumped back to life. Holy fucking shit.


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Summer Nights (Blythe College, #2.5)




Push the Envelope (Blythe College, #1)




Hit the Wall (Blythe College, #2)




I absolutely adore reading - always have and always will. My friends growing up used to tease me when I would trail after them, trying to read and walk at the same time. If I have downtime, odds are you will find me reading or writing. I am the mother of two wonderful sons who have inspired me to chase my dream of being an author. I want them to learn from me that you can live your dream as long as you are willing to work for it. When I told my mom that my new year's resolution was to self-publish a book in 2013, she pretty much told me "About time!" 


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Release Day Blitz: Excerpt and Giveaway! Going the Distance by Christa Cervone





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Life has been a roller coaster for Gabriel ‘The Saint’ Vega. From surviving a hellish childhood, to reuniting with his lost brother, only to hit the struggle of helping him battle his drug addiction. Boxing saved Gabriel’s life, and just when his career hits the fast track, he finally finds love with Salem; at least for a short time.

Social differences, obligations, and misguided good intentions tore Gabriel and Salem apart before they could ever really get started.

Will Gabriel be able to save his brother from the whirlpool of addiction that threatens to drag him under? Is Salem capable of breaking away from the ropes that bind her to doing what’s expected rather than what and whom she desires? Can Gabriel convince Salem that their mutual feelings are worth fighting for, and that together, they will be able to go the distance?


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“I love you, Salem Harris. I love you more than I’ve ever loved anything in my lifetime. My heart beats for you, my body aches for you, and my soul would die without you. You are as important to my survival as the next breath I take. You’re the one, Salem, you… are… my one. What do you have to say about that?” My stomach immediately turns upside down at the admission of my true feelings for her. I’m on edge, waiting to hear her response to my confession.

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Born and raised in New England, Christa is a married mother of three. She began writing her first book, Broken, in October 2012, as a love story to her husband, Frank. During the writing process, Christa managed to keep her book a secret from the majority of her family and friends, including her mother. She finally revealed that she had written a book on her personal Facebook page just two weeks before Broken was released.

Broken was released in February 2013, and within twenty-four hours of its release, it was on Amazon's Movers and Shakers list as well as in the Top 20 Erotica. Christa released her second novel, On the Ropes - Book One in the Down for the Count series, in February 2014. On the Ropes has also climbed the charts on Amazon, hitting the Top 10 Sports Fiction and the Top 20 Romance Sports Fiction lists. Book Two, Going the Distance, is slated to be released in the summer of 2014.

Christa also has several other novels in the works, with no release dates announced at this time.



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Monday, July 21, 2014

Cover Reveal: Unspoken Endings (Unspoken #3) by Gabbie S. Duran


Title: Unspoken Endings
Series: Unspoken #3
Author: Gabbie S. Duran
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 1, 2014

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Synopsis:

Will the distance tear them apart?

With every difficulty Matt and Abigail have faced since the day they met, they’ve depended on their trust and love in each other to see them through. But what happens when absence becomes their biggest obstacle?

When Abigail follows her heart to pursue her career, she is forced to leave Matt behind. Confident that their love is strong enough to withstand the distance put between them, they believe they will soon come back to each other. But when a danger from their past threatens their future, Matt may just lose her forever.

Their love in one another will be put to the test, and only time will tell if they can truly find their unspoken ending.


I can’t breath. He’s literally stealing the breath from me as his fingers tighten around my throat, his body pinning me down. His hand squeezes harder. My heart accelerates to a dangerous level, feeling as if it will burst from my chest, but I refuse to give up. I can’t. It would mean he wins. With all the strength I have left, I keep trying to push his body off. My hands claw at his face and somehow I manage to gouge his eyes with my fingernails. With a wail, he rises off my body and loosens his grip around my neck.

With all my might, I swing my arm up and my fist makes contact with his face; it shocks him momentarily, allowing me to push him off enough to wiggle my way from under him. I’m still breathless, barely able to move, but my only thought is escape.

“Get back here, you bitch!” he shouts as he grabs onto my ankle, my body pulled to a stop. Turning around, I kick him with my other foot and manage to break free once more.

I don’t have the strength yet to stand up, but I manage to frantically crawl from his grasp to keep him from pulling me down again. My fear and determination is what keeps me moving. Sucking in a deep breath of air, I force myself up to my feet and start to run.

I’m running for my life at this point. My feet are moving on instinct, doing what they know best as they attempt to put distance between us. I can hear him chasing me; his panting breaths mere steps behind me, but I keep running, never looking back.

“You think you can get away from me, Abigail?”

His words fuel my fear, causing my legs to pump harder and my body to move faster, the air swooshing by me, the world passing in a blur. I know he’s no longer behind me, but I can still hear his panicked shouts.

“You belong to me! I’ll find you and you’ll regret ever leaving me!”


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There isn’t anything exciting about me, besides having a uniquely spelled name….

Yes, it’s spelled Gabbie. 

I’m a mom first, a wife second, and then a crazy girl who won’t hesitate to take on a challenge. That’s how I found my passion for writing. My daughter challenged me to write a book, and I did.

I was born and raised in Southern California. I live with my wonderful husband, two amazing kids and a senior citizen kitty named Tigger. When I’m not writing you can find me reading or sneaking off for a run. Some might say it’s a crazy life, but I wouldn’t change anything about it.



Cover Reveal: Excerpt and Giveaway! Love in a Small Town (Pine Harbour #1) by Zoe York



Release Date: August 26, 2014

Six years. Two break ups. One divorce. They should be over each other.

Police officer and army reservist Rafe Minelli knows better than to tell his his wife no, particularly since they aren't married anymore. But when she decides it's time to leave Pine Harbour for good, he puts his foot down. Unfortunately, Liv doesn’t seem to notice. She keeps packing until a last-minute job offer stalls her out, and Rafe realizes he's got one last chance to make things right if he wants to keep her here permanently.

Olivia Jackson can’t wait to leave Pine Harbour, but she’s just been handed her dream job in exchange for staying. Now she’s torn. If she leaves she’ll have to settle for a position with low pay and few prospects, but if she stays she’ll have to face Rafe’s renewed advances—and the ire of her ex-mother-in-law.

Now Rafe’s pulling out all the stops to convince Liv he’s changed—and he’s worth taking another chance on. Liv’s working hard to keep him at arm’s length to protect her heart.

Will love finally bridge the distance between them? Or will the next break up be their last?




Every Wednesday she worked a short shift, so she took the afternoon to head south. When they’d been together, she would have looked for his cruiser, that familiar black and white shape that made her so proud. And once they’d split, she’d look for it in a different way—a mix of longing and apprehension that filled her with sorrow. The Bruce Peninsula detachment had a lot of area to cover, so the chances of him randomly being in the same place as her were slim to none. Over time, she’d stopped looking.

So when someone tapped her on the shoulder as she stood in line for coffee, she thought maybe she’d dropped some money. Instead she got a face full of navy blue flak jacket. She tilted her head up and was rewarded with a slow grin that said Rafe remembered just how much she liked his uniform. She blushed. “Coffee break?”

He nodded, his gaze never leaving her face. Maybe he liked the way she’d pinked up. She liked remembering how she used to strip him out of the uniform when he wore it home. He cleared his throat and leaned in close. “But if you keep looking at me like that, I might need to forgo the coffee and drag you back to my cruiser so we can make out a little.”

God, that thought made her a little lightheaded. But it also made her laugh, which was a good thing. She chuckled and shook her head. “Oh, Rafe.”

He grinned wider still. “Yes, baby?”

“Nothing.” Nothing. She needed to remember that.

“I like it when you say my name like that.”

“I didn’t say it like anything.”

“Mmm, I disagree. I heard a breathy little catch there.” He dropped his gaze to her mouth. “And I liked it. A lot.”

He needed to stop before she did something stupid. She lowered her voice and tried to sound stern. “Rafe.”

He laughed. “Yeah, I like it like that, too.”



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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Zoe York is a busy working mom of two young boys, wife to a very understanding soldier, and creator of modern, sexy, small town contemporary romances. Her debut novel, What Once Was Perfect, started the popular Wardham series, and her first military romance, Fall Out, was released as part of the international bestselling SEALs of Summer super bundle.

She lives in London, Ontario and is currently chugging Americanos, wiping sticky fingers, and dreaming of heroes in and out of uniform.








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