Seeing Reality As It Is by Joseph L Giovannoli

18 July 2017 | By Joseph L Giovannoli | Filed in: counselling.

Enter for a chance to win one of 100 advance, first edition copies of "Seeing Reality As It Is" by Joseph L. Giovannoli. His first book, "The Biology of Belief", published in 2000 was recommended reading in college courses at a number of universities. Thus far, “Seeing Reality As It Is” was favorably reviewed by Kirkus Reviews.
In "Seeing Reality As It Is", the author examines why we have very different views of things such as climate change, political polarization, and reality in general. He cites research showing that our brains adapted to aid our survival and not to enable us to see reality as it is. He explains that the biases and brain traits we inherit, which he coined as our “genetic chaperones”, aid our survival by chaperoning our behavior with false perceptions of reality. Ego enhancing biases that build confidence are an example. He further examines how cognitive hackers use social media data about our chaperone profiles to create false realities by triggering our chaperones with propaganda. He also describes neurological processes that make it difficult for us to recognize our false perceptions and how our perceptions can be verified.

Anyone But a Duke by Betina Krahn

18 July 2017 | By Betina Krahn | Filed in: women-and-gender-studies.

Enter for your chance to win a copy of ANYONE BUT A DUKE by Betina Krahn!

New York Times bestselling author Betina Krahn delivers an irresistible romance shimmering with light-hearted wit and thrilling twists . . .

The youngest of four spirited American sisters, Sarah Bumgarten has studiously avoided her mother’s attempts to find her a titled husband among London’s aristocracy. Now, after an earl’s very public rejection, it seems her ideal mate will be anyone but a duke, a marquis, a baron, or a viscount . . .

Thankfully, there are no noblemen in sight at Betancourt, the country estate where Sarah takes refuge. Its rightful owner, the Duke of Meridian, sibling to Sarah’s brother-in-law, has been absent for years. Accompanied by her bevy of beloved animals, Sarah delights in refurbishing the once-grand property. But even a self-assured frontier heiress needs help when greedy tenants are threatened by her presence . . .

Out of nowhere, a stranger jumps into the fray when ruffians attack. Nothing about “Art,” the roguish interloper—now recuperating in the ducal bedchamber—smacks of nobility, with his brazen sensuality, worldly knowledge, and deeply seductive voice. Yet could he be the errant duke? If so, Sarah soon realizes this homecoming promises to be filled with unexpected challenges and passionate possibilities . . .

If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha

18 July 2017 | By Frances Cha | Filed in: forgotten-realms.

Enter for a chance to win one of 75 advance copies of IF I HAD YOUR FACE by Frances Cha, on sale April 21!

"Even as a girl, I knew the only chance I had was to change my face...even before a fortune-teller told me so."

Kyuri is a heartbreakingly beautiful woman with a hard-won job at a "room salon," an exclusive bar where she entertains businessmen while they drink. Though she prides herself on her cold, clear-eyed approach to life, an impulsive mistake with a client may come to threaten her livelihood.

Her roomate, Miho, is a talented artist who grew up in an orphanage but won a scholarship to study art in New York. Returning to Korea after college, she finds herself in a precarious relationship with the super-wealthy heir to one of Korea's biggest companies.

Down the hall in their apartment building lives Ara, a hair stylist for whom two preoccupations sustain her: obsession with a boy-band pop star, and a best friend who is saving up for the extreme plastic surgery that is commonplance.

And Wonna, one floor below, is a newlywed trying to get pregnant with a child that she and her husband have no idea how they can afford to raise and educate in the cutthroat economy.

Together, their stories tell a gripping tale that's seemingly unfamiliar, yet unmistakably universal in the way that their tentative friendships may have to be their saving grace.

The Academy by C.J. Daly

18 July 2017 | By C.J. Daly | Filed in: army-of-northern-virginia.

Enter for an exciting chance to win one of 100 copies of "The Academy Saga," a Readers' Favorite 5-STAR book.

Just seventeen, Kate Connelly already feels like she’s suffocating. Since her mother’s death, her father’s basically checked out, so she’s stuck raising her brothers by herself out in the New Mexico scrub. All Kate wants is a little distraction from the same-ole that is her life.

When two mysterious guys show up at the diner where she works, she thinks her wish has come true, until they start giving her a hard time. Like her life isn’t hard enough. Something about them niggles her, but she brushes it off. She’s never going to see them again anyway . . . right?

Then they appear in an alley one night to either rescue or kidnap her (she’s still not sure which) before disappearing like figments of her imagination.

Kate decides to put the bizarre encounters out of her mind. She has bigger problems to worry about: like that elite military academy that’s been pursuing her gifted little brother. When one of their cadets shows up at her school, he creates instant pandemonium. And just happens to be one of those mysterious guys. Coincidence? Mama said there’s no such thing. And to always trust her instinct. But that might be kind of hard, because every time she’s around Cadet Peter Davenport, her gut starts flip-flopping on her. And her heart.

Can Kate keep it together long enough to stop Cadet Davenport’s mission?

Black Rock Bay by Brianna Labuskes

18 July 2017 | By Brianna Labuskes | Filed in: counting.

A detective returns to her haunted past, with deadly consequences, in an icy novel of psychological suspense by the Washington Post and Amazon Charts bestselling author of Girls of Glass.

Detective Mia Hart never planned to return home. One terrifying summer night, Mia lost two of her closest friends to suicide. Scarred and broken, she fled St. Lucy’s, a small island off the coast of Maine.

Now fifteen years later, when the body of a journalist is fished out of the bay near St. Lucy’s cliffs, Mia is forced to help with the case—and face all she’s been running from. As she approaches the island, the wintery winds of Black Rock Bay usher Mia home again.

When Mia digs into the reporter’s death, she finds he left behind a written clue: It wasn't suicide. Mia soon discovers it’s her own tragic past he was referring to. Now, as she tries to untangle a web of lies, Mia realizes that solving this case means becoming the next pawn in someone’s blood-chilling game of truth or die.

Disarm by Karina Halle

18 July 2017 | By Karina Halle | Filed in: global-warming.

Karina Halle, the New York Times bestselling author of Discretion, lifts the veil off a privileged family dynasty to reveal a wealth of secrets and dangerous obsessions.

Seraphine Dumont seems to have it all: she’s gorgeous, brilliant, and part of one of France’s most illustrious dynasties. But underneath the facade, Seraphine struggles to hold it all together. Besides grieving her adoptive father’s suspicious and sudden death, she also shares a tenuous role in the family business with Blaise, her in-name-only cousin. As tumultuous as their history is, he may be the only member of the deceptive Dumont family she can trust.

Seraphine is a temptation Blaise can’t resist. The torch he’s carried for years still burns. It’s his secret—a quiet obsession just out of reach. Until his brother demands that he spy on the increasingly cagey Seraphine, whom their father considers a dispensable Dumont outlier. But the more Blaise watches her and the closer he gets, the more he sees Seraphine may have every right to be suspicious. And she could be the next one in danger—from his own family.

As blood runs hot and hearts give in, Seraphine and Blaise have only each other. But can their love survive the secrets they’re about to uncover?

A Violet Fire by Kelsey Quick

18 July 2017 | By Kelsey Quick | Filed in: medievalism.

Did you hear? Vampires are back, and they are darker and more tempting than ever!
From the NYT bestselling wannabe, Kelsey Quick, comes an epic, sensual, and mysterious dark fantasy full of VAMPIRES unlike any you've ever seen before. And guess what?

They don't sparkle!

Entering this contest gets you one of the first paperback books signed and printed, a set of character cards, and an original, hand-drawn artist trading card by the author herself (who is also an illustrator)!

In the Vampire Stratocracy of Cain, human blood is scarce. For centuries, councils have sought to assuage the blood shortage by enslaving and breeding humans, turning them into profitable supply units for the rich and the abled.

Today, eighteen-year-old Wavorly Sterling is officially a supply unit, bound to serve her blood willingly to her master for the rest of her life. One of only few humans that was not bred in Cain, Wavorly knows freedom better than anyone, and she is determined to escape the clutches of her oppressors, despite the temptation of forbidden love.

Need more convincing?

"A vampire tale with a heady mix of defiance and doubt, rebellion and romance." — Kirkus Reviews ("Kirkus recommended" review)

"A Violet Fire by Kelsey Quick has all the ingredients to be the next Hollywood movie about vampires." — Readers' Favorite 5/5 stars