Monday, February 28, 2011

Letterbox Look-see (Feb 2011, Part II)

Four more books came in during the last two weeks of February. In with a bang and out with a whimper, it would seem, though these novels are certainly nothing to blubber about.





Matchmakers 2.0 by Debora Geary

Have you ever wondered who really does the matches for those online-dating sites?

Mick—Guppy scientist and victim of her self-inflicted dating adventures.
Miri—Astrology whiz and promoter of steamy sex for the greater good.
Derrick—Data genius and life idiot.

Meet the match team at MatchMakers.com, the web 2.0 online-dating service with a personal touch. Can Mick lead her team, find a guy, and finally win Match the Loser?


Lodestone Book One: The Sea of Storms by Mark Whiteway

Ail-Kar, a white-hole portal from another universe, rains meteoroids onto the surface of the planet Kelanni. But the so-called "lodestones" behave according to different physical laws, transforming Kelanni's society. With the aid of the fearsome Keltar in their flying cloaks, the Kelanni are being put to forced labor to mine the lodestones.

Shann, an orphan with a fiery disposition, witnesses a battle between a Keltar and a stranger bearing a similar flying cloak. She tracks down the stranger, and learns of the technology behind the Keltars' power, joining him on a mission to free the slaves and cut off their supply of lodestones.

Meanwhile Keris, a Keltar, is sent on a mission to track down the rebels. She is attacked by a flying creature and saved by the enigmatic Chandara. At their Great Tree, she learns that a mysterious "Prophet" is out to destroy the Kelanni people. Their only hope is a powerful instrument hidden in the distant past.

Pursued by Keltar, the party will encounter bizarre creatures, ancient technologies and terrifying dangers. Finally, they must seek to cross a massive storm barrier in order to reach the other side of their world, where a world-shaking revelation awaits.


Releasing Gillian's Wolves by Tara Woolpy

Thirty years ago Gillian married Jack Sach, now a United States Congressman. Through the years she’s remained faithful. He hasn’t. Ever. She cooks to soothe herself and others, takes care of her mother-in-law, gardens, sneaks off to the studio to explode with angry paintings and tries to keep Jack’s dalliances secret, even from their two grown children. As she nears fifty, her friends think she should leave but she lingers, bound by inertia and fear of the effect media coverage of a divorce would have on her family.

Gillian shares a trust fund with Edward, her gay neighbor and best friend. Their grandfathers made a fortune together and left it to the two of them. Over the years, in support of Gillian’s marriage, the trust bankrolled Jack’s many successful campaigns. Not particularly interested in politics, Gillian survives by ignoring everything outside her kitchen, garden and studio. Edward has his own ragged past filled with bad relationships, drugs and alcohol. Through the course of a summer, Gillian’s marriage continues to deteriorate while Edward’s life finally starts to improve. He’s sober, stable and has found life-changing love with Sam, a Biology professor at the local university. Their happiness shines a stark light on Gillian’s loveless marriage. Finally, when Gillian meets Jack’s latest conquest, twenty-year-old Ashley, she’s forced to confront the rot at the core of her relationship. Is it too late for happiness?

This title will be released in August 2011.


Leon Chameleon P.I. and the case of the kidnapped mouse by Janet Hurst-Nicholson, illustrated by Barbara McGuire

When Mr Woodland Mouse mysteriously disappears, Constable Mole is quick to enlist the help of Leon Chameleon, Private Investigator, whose expertise enabled the Pigeon Valley police to solve the case of the missing canary eggs.

After organising a search, Leon realises that there is only one creature in the valley who can spring the captured mouse from his prison. But just when he thinks Mr Woodland Mouse is safely on his way home, the plan goes horribly wrong ...

A section of 'Interesting Facts' has been added to this second detective story in the Leon Chameleon P.I. series. It provides valuable and little-known information on chameleons, moles and other creatures featured in the story.

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