--Jorge Luis Borges
I'm with Borges on this one....I went home to visit the family this weekend for the holiday and couldn't resist making not one but two trips to their local B&N because I apparently didn't get my fill the first trip. Their B&N is not quite as big as the one by me, but I'm always interested in the book displays and which books the workers are recommending at the time. I added a few to my collection but am still wishing the countdown would move a little faster for some of the books I'm waiting for. Here are two that are coming out soon, but of course never soon enough!
The Fire Opal by Regina McBride which comes out May 11, 2010.
There was a time when Maeve O'Tullagh led a simple life; a time when she and her mother, Nuala, collected kelp on the foreshore near their cottage in Ard Macha; a time when she played among the Celtic ruins with her older brothers and daydreamed about the legendary Holy Isles, an enchanted land ruled in a past age by a beautiful goddess.
But after Maeve's sister, Ishleen, is born, her mother sinks into a deep, impenetrable trance. For years, Maeve tries to help her mother "awaken," and then the unthinkable happens: Ishleen succumbs to the same mysterious ailment as Nuala.
Heartbroken to think that her sister and her mother might be lost to her forever, Maeve sets off on an unimaginable quest to a world filled with fantastical creatures, a web of secrets, a handsome, devious villain who will stop at nothing to have her hand in marriage—braving them all to retrieve a powerful glowing stone that will help her recover the souls of her loved ones and bring them home to Ard Macha.
And let's not forget Mistwood by Leah Cypess which comes out April 27, 2010.
The Shifter is an immortal creature bound by an ancient spell to protect the kings of Samorna. When the realm is peaceful, she retreats to the Mistwod.
But when she is needed she always comes.
Isabel remembers nothing. Nothing before the prince rode into her forest to take her back to the castle. Nothing about who she is supposed to be, or the powers she is supposed to have.
Prince Rokan needs Isabel to be his Shifter. He needs her ability to shift to animal form, to wind, to mist. He needs her lethal speed and superhuman strength. And he needs her loyalty--because without it, she may be his greatest threat.
Isabel knows that her prince is lying to her, but she can't help wanting to protect him from the dangers and intrigues of the court . . . until a deadly truth shatters the bond between them.
Now Isabel faces a choice that threatens her loyalty, her heart . . . and everything she thought she knew.
And in keeping with the countdown theme of my normal Monday rants, there is a contest going on as we speak for anyone who is interested and also counting down to the May 18, 2010 release of Angel Star by Jennifer Murgia. Michelle over at Windowpane Memoirs is hosting a contest with awesome swag related to the book and the upcoming release. I entered, don't you want to?
Let me know what books you're wishing had already been released, I could always use a few more entries in my already overrun list of TBR.