Saturday, June 7, 2014

My Reading Radar 6/7/2014

Bitter Spirits (Roaring Twenties, #1)I cannot believe I did not see this title sooner, like back in January when it was first released. It's the first of a Roaring Twenties series and you know I love that era.

Anyways, Bitter Spirits by Jenn Bennett is on my wishlist. 

There's a big curse in little Chinatown…and it's not Prohibition.

It’s the roaring twenties, and San Francisco is a hotbed of illegal boozing, raw lust, and black magic. The fog-covered Bay Area can be an intoxicating scene, particularly when you specialize in spirits…

Aida Palmer performs a spirit medium show onstage at Chinatown’s illustrious Gris-Gris speakeasy. However, her ability to summon (and expel) the dead is more than just an act.

Winter Magnusson is a notorious bootlegger who’s more comfortable with guns than ghosts—unfortunately for him, he’s the recent target of a malevolent hex that renders him a magnet for hauntings. After Aida’s supernatural assistance is enlisted to banish the ghosts, her spirit-chilled aura heats up as the charming bootlegger casts a different sort of spell on her.

On the hunt for the curseworker responsible for the hex, Aida and Winter become drunk on passion. And the closer they become, the more they realize they have ghosts of their own to exorcise…


In Love, at WarRan across this author while browsing...the books are a bit too pricey for me so they've hit the wishlist. The author has two books (at least, that I could find) involving women in aviation, from the FAA to crash inspectors to mechanics. Sounds fabulous.

In Love, At War by Graysen Morgen. Charley Hayes is in the Army Air Force and stationed at Ford Island in Pearl Harbor. She is the commanding officer of her own female-only service squadron and doing the one thing she loves most, repairing airplanes.

Life is good for Charley, until the day she finds herself falling in love while fighting for her life as her country is thrown haphazardly into World War II.

Can she survive being in love and at war?


Fate vs. DestinyAlso by Graysen Morgen, Fate Vs. Destiny. Logan Greer devotes her life to investigating plane crashes for the National Transportation Safety Board. She works by the book and lives a very structured life; until she meets two very different women that simply cause her to unravel. Brooke McCabe is an investigator with the Federal Aviation Association who literally flies by the seat of her pants. She gets what she wants and leaves trails of embers in her wake.

Jensen Tirado is a recluse that is full of mystery. She appears and disappears like a ghost in the night.

When Logan gets tangled in head games with both women will she choose fate or destiny?


And this one...I have no idea how this one escaped my radar. No idea whatsoever. It's def on my to read and wishlist after seeing an ad for it on Goodreads. 

Regardless, I've vowed to get my hands on this one. What is Visible by Kimberly Elkins.

What Is Visible: A NovelAt age two, Laura Bridgman lost four of her five senses to scarlet fever. At age seven, she was taken to Perkins Institute in Boston to determine if a child so terribly afflicted could be taught. At age twelve, Charles Dickens declared her his prime interest for visiting America. And by age twenty, she was considered the nineteenth century's second most famous woman, having mastered language and charmed the world with her brilliance. Not since The Diving Bell and the Butterfly has a book proven so profoundly moving in illuminating the challenges of living in a completely unique inner world.

With Laura-by turns mischievous, temperamental, and witty-as the book's primary narrator, the fascinating kaleidoscope of characters includes the founder of Perkins Institute, Samuel Gridley Howe, with whom she was in love; his wife, the glamorous Julia Ward Howe, a renowned writer, abolitionist, and suffragist; Laura's beloved teacher, who married a missionary and died insane from syphilis; an Irish orphan with whom Laura had a tumultuous affair; Annie Sullivan; and even the young Helen Keller.

Deeply enthralling and rich with lyricism, WHAT IS VISIBLE chronicles the breathtaking experiment that Laura Bridgman embodied and its links to the great social, philosophical, theological, and educational changes rocking Victorian America. Given Laura's worldwide fame in the nineteenth century, it is astonishing that she has been virtually erased from history. WHAT IS VISIBLE will set the record straight.