Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Witches and curses

This week’s roundup of the latest books offers tales of the supernatural as well as murder and sibling rivalry while the non-fiction titles offer advice in believing in yourself and planning your finances.

Shadow Of Night (All Souls Trilogy #2)
Deborah Harkness
Publisher: Penguin Books, 592 pages, fiction

Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy, Book 2)Author: Deborah HarknessPublisher: Penguin Books, 592 pages, fiction

WE are introduced to witch and Oxford scholar Diana Bishop and geneticist and vampire Matthew Clairmont in A Discovery Of Witches, book one of the All Souls Trilogy, where Diana unknowingly opens a bewitched alchemical manuscript and is dragged reluctantly into Matthew’s world of magic.

In this second book, Diana and Matthew – still together despite tradition that makes witches and vampires deadly enemies – go on a time-travelling journey in search of that enchanted manuscript, Ashmole 782. Diana finds herself entering Matthew’s world, Victorian England, as the pair search out a tutor who can help Diana learn her powers as well as find traces of the manuscript.

The Power Of Right Believing – 7 Keys To Freedom From Fear, Guilt And Addiction
Joseph Prince
Publisher: FaithWords, 368 pages, non-fiction

The Power of Right Believing - 7 Keys to freedom from fear, guilt and addictionAuthor: Joseph PrincePublisher: FaithWords, 368 pages, non-fiction

THE mind is a powerful thing. If used well, it functions in ways you never imagined possible. This book offers insight into how powerful your faith and beliefs can be – powerful enough to change your life, it seems. It offers to teach you how to take control of your behaviours, emotions and feelings.

Author and pastor Joseph Prince has more than two decades of full-time ministry behind him and has appeared on daily television programme, Destined To Reign.

Crystal Cove (Friday Harbor)
Lisa Kleypas
Publisher: St. Martin’s, 352 pages, fiction 

Crystal Cove (Friday Harbor)Author: Lisa KleypasPublisher: St. Martin¿s, 352 pages, fiction

IMAGINE being born cursed with never finding your soul mate. Justine Hoffman, a successful boutique hotel proprietor, has everything in life sorted except love. But she is determined to break the curse when she meets Jason Black and accidentally unleashes a storm of desire and danger that threatens everything she holds dear. But little does she know that Jason has secrets of his own. Has her luck changed, or is she forever doomed to be alone?

Calculated In Death
J.D. Robb
Publisher: Berkley, 368 pages, fiction 

NORA Roberts continues her In Death series under the J.D. Robb pseudonym with the 36th title set in her futuristic world.

Calculated in DeathAuthor: J.D RobbPublisher: Berkley, 368 pages, fiction

New York City homicide detective Eve Dallas is assigned a case that looks like a robbery gone wrong at first: Marta Dickenson, accountant and beloved wife and mother is found dead and stripped of all her valuables. But Eve’s suspicions are aroused when the murdered woman’s office is broken into and files stolen. Soon, Eve finds herself embroiled in her billionaire husband Roarke’s world of big business to figure out who would want to kill an innocent woman.

Financially Fearless: The Learnvest Program For Taking Control Of Your Money
Author: Alexa von Tobel
Publisher: Crown Business, 336 pages, non-fiction 

Financially Fearless: The LearnVest Program for Taking Control of Your MoneyAuthor: Alexa von TobelPublisher: Crown Business, 336 pages, non-fiction

OK, let’s talk money. Throw away all your old notions of what financial advice should look like. And you can keep your holiday plans and that before-work-latte. That’s what the LearnVest Program offers. It begins with taking stock of where you stand today and then it helps you create a customised 50/20/30 plan for your take-home pay each month: The 50 will get all the essentials out of the way, so you don’t stress out about them; the 20 is for your future; and the 30 is left to spend on things to make you smile.

Author Alexa von Tobel is the founder and CEO of LearnVest, a financial programme that can be integrated into your mobile, social and digital life.

The Power Of Positive Thinking
Norman Vincent Peale
Publisher: Important Books, 148 pages, non-fiction 

The Power of Positive ThinkingAuthor: Norman Vincent PealePublisher: Important Books, 148 pages, non-fiction

NORMAN Vincent Peale (1898-1993) was considered the father of positive thinking and many of his more than 40 books have remained constantly in print for decades. This is one of his most popular titles and it offers suggestions on how one can find peace of mind, improve one’s health and feel constantly energised. As with most of Peale’s writing, the book is a practical, direct-action application of spiritual techniques to overcome defeat and win confidence, success and joy.

The Yellow Eyes Of Crocodiles
Katherine Pancol
Publisher: Penguin Books, 464 pages, fiction 

THIS is an English translation of the French title that was a runaway bestseller for Katherine Pancol in France.

The Yellow Eyes of a CrocodileAuthor: Katherine PancolPublisher: Penguin Books, 464 pages, fiction

Josephine Cortès is an imporverished scholar of medieval history and mother of two teenaged girls whose husband runs off with his mistress. She seems to be the opposite of her sister Iris, who is rich, successful and happily married. Or so it seems. When Iris charms a famous publisher into offering her a lucrative deal for a 12th century romance, she turns around and secretly offers her sister a deal of her own: Josephine will write the book and receive the proceeds, but the book must be published under Iris’s name. Sounds like a good deal – until the book becomes a literary sensation. Can Josephine stay quiet while her sister takes the spotlight? 

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