Giovanni Gelati's Blog – December 2010 Archive (38)

Graphic Novel Friday Kill Shakespeare Conor McCreery/ Anthony Del Col

I am going to lead off with this today for a few reasons. Prepare yourself because I am going to be hitting you with a bunch of information on this bad boy. Monday I am also going to lead off with this dynamic duo, Conor McCreery & Anthony Del Col, in a Q&A I was lucky enough to get. The graphic novel is original, fresh, irreverent, and just about all the things I love in a graphic novel. Here is the official press release:

Canadians Successful in quest to Kill…

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Added by Giovanni Gelati on December 11, 2010 at 1:47am — No Comments

Steve Berry The Emperor's Tomb

Does Cotton Malone ever get to be behind the counter of his book store and actually sell a book to anyone? If so what would the book be and to what famous figure or character would he sell it? Fun thought? Well, since he didn’t sell any books this again,

what exactly did he do with his bad self ?



“The tomb of China’s First Emperor, guarded by an underground army of terra-cotta warriors has remained sealed for more than 2,000 years. Though…

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Added by Giovanni Gelati on December 10, 2010 at 5:52am — No Comments

Michelle Gagnon Kidnap & Ransom

It seems I have arrived late for the party yet again. Kidnap & Ransom is Michele Gagnon’s fourth novel, The Gatekeeper, Boneyard and The Tunnels are here other works to date. I am going to get right to the rundown of

what the novel is about and then we can discuss it:



“When the world's foremost kidnap and ransom negotiator is snatched by a ruthless drug cartel, Jake Riley becomes ensnared in the effort to save him. But he's up against…

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Added by Giovanni Gelati on December 9, 2010 at 10:51pm — No Comments

New Novel Releases for the Week of December 7th

Big names populate this week’s list of new releases. I also have some more news on the Gelati’s Scoop front. Next week I will be posting our year end best of lists: novels (Tuesday), digital shorts (Saturday),

graphic novels (Friday), and self-published (Sunday). We will also be starting

a new themed day that is going to revolve around Publishers, Agents, Websites,

Bookstores, and Graphic Novel stores. I am pretty excited about the new addition

to the…

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Added by Giovanni Gelati on December 8, 2010 at 6:42am — No Comments

Guest Post Number One Novels

The problem with wanting to be an author is the bombardment of the same negative message from everyone (teachers, agents, publishers, strangers) that this dream is nigh impossible.

The repeated warning goes something like this: anyone foolish enough to want to

be an author needs thick skin, perseverance, and phenomenal writing talent…

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Added by Giovanni Gelati on December 7, 2010 at 9:26pm — No Comments

Brad Thor The Athena Project

Right on the heels of Foreign Influence comes a new project from Brad Thor, The Athena Project. Was I pumped, excited, impatient to get it, ready to read it, looking forward to it? To put it mildly, yes, that and much

more, I ran out ways to say how much I wanted to get this novel and read it. I

am a big Brad Thor fan and was happy to see him branch out and do something a

little different. Let’s get to what the action is all about:…



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Added by Giovanni Gelati on December 7, 2010 at 8:37am — No Comments

Jason McIntyre Thalo Blue

Quite possibly you are getting tired of me talking about this guy. I don’t know, but hey, good is good, and Jason McIntyre keeps pumping out the stuff I keep reading and sleeping with the lights on. He claims this,

his newest work to date, is his best yet, Thalo Blue. Is he right? I am going

to agree with him, this just kicks $%#.



“A young man on the brink of true adulthood experiences the trauma of his life when a trespasser breaks…

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Added by Giovanni Gelati on December 7, 2010 at 5:56am — No Comments

Jodi Langston author of Always & Nature of The Beast Q&A



-You have published two novels thus far, Always & Nature of The Beast, how has the experience been: Pluses and minuses..



It has been mostly positive, but stressful. There's a learning curve for self-publishing. I think the most stressful thing is getting your work out to the world. Trying to find all the right channels and not

market to the point your friends and family block you on Facebook and…

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Added by Giovanni Gelati on December 6, 2010 at 10:57pm — No Comments

Self-Published Sunday Rose A. Valenta Sitting On Cold Porcelain

Crafty title and even more a fun novel cover. Before I can explain my thoughts on the novel, I think it is best for me to give you some background on the author and the novel itself :



“"Political unrest… government scandal… corruption... extortion! What do all these things have in common? They are perfect targets for satire! In Sitting on Cold Porcelain, readers will find an amusing,

perceptive, and laugh-out-loud take on the state of our…

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Added by Giovanni Gelati on December 6, 2010 at 2:51am — No Comments

Digital short Saturday A.J. Pompano The Copycay Didn't Have Nine Lives

Hello and welcome to another edition of Digital Short Saturday. Today we have two digital shorts to bring you, the first is by A.J. Pompano with his Quincy Lazzaro series. Here are the particulars on the digital

short and the author:



“This is a Quincy Lazzaro Mystery short story. When Quincy is summoned to his writer’s group because one of the members has died, he discovers that murder is more than fiction in this group.”…



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Added by Giovanni Gelati on December 4, 2010 at 10:52pm — No Comments

Graphic Novel Friday Changing Moon Mathieu Mariolle

Changing Moon is not just French but also a YA graphic Novel at that. I have posted on YA before but not on anything French. Yes, I admit to being that Giovanni Gelati, the one

that put up the Monty Python You Tube video entitled ”Taunting The

French”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9V7zbWNznbs.

Oops there it is again, my bad. Seriously, this is an excellent graphic novel.

I want to give an insight…

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Added by Giovanni Gelati on December 4, 2010 at 7:27am — No Comments

Graphic Novel Friday The Best American Comics 2010 Neil Gaiman

Out of the three posts today on the graphic novels this is the one that I would consider more “grownup”. Looking for diversity in your content? Want to see a variety of writing styles? Looking to see as many

different art forms in graphic novels as possible in one place? Then this is

your graphic novel for all the right reasons. Here is what we have:



“The Best American Comics showcases the work of both established and up-and-coming…

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Added by Giovanni Gelati on December 3, 2010 at 8:07pm — No Comments

Jeffery Deaver Edge

I just need to get this out from the start: I loved this novel, seriously, loved it! This will definitely be in my top five reads of the year, not the quarter, the year. Synopsis first then let the love fest begin:



“When Washington D.C. police detective Ryan Kessler is targeted by Henry Loving, he and his family are immediately put under government protection. Loving is a ruthless "lifter", hired to

extract information from his victims,…

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Added by Giovanni Gelati on December 3, 2010 at 7:15am — No Comments

Jodi Langston Nature of The Beast

Seriously power packed day here @ Gelati’s Scoop. I have another page turner here but it is of the virtual pages that I speak this time: Jodi Langston and her novel Nature of The Beast. I want to get right the particulars

of the novel so as not to waste any more time or virtual ink:



“When the doors open at the Star Light Casino in Brody, Minnesota, a serial killer turns it into his hunting ground. The challenge of two unsolved murders and…

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Added by Giovanni Gelati on December 2, 2010 at 8:59pm — No Comments

Romantic Wednesday Bethany Pierce Amy Inspired

Amy Inspired is truly an engaging and challenging novel. Where do you sit on the questions that she poses? This is after all a romance novel, one injected with humor, humanity, and the human condition. Here is the

synopsis so maybe you can catch a little flavor of what is in the pages: ”Amy

Gallagher is an aspiring writer who, after countless rejections, has settled

for a career as an English professor in small-town Ohio just to pay the bills.

All her…

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Added by Giovanni Gelati on December 2, 2010 at 7:45am — No Comments

Roamntic Wednesday Kristen Heitzmann A Rush of Wings

I didn’t know that this was a repackaged version of her 2003 novel. Previous to getting this, I didn’t know much about her, so please excuse me for featuring something old as new. Nonetheless, there are some novels that

stand the test of time, and love, relationships, and broken hearts and seem as

timeless as a Frankie Vallie single. Here is what is going on in the novel,

check it out:



“Running from terrors both recent and…

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Added by Giovanni Gelati on December 1, 2010 at 9:48pm — No Comments

Ally Condie Matched

Today, November 30th is the official release date for this novel. To date I had not had Ally Condie on my radar as an author I had wanted to read, but in the attempt to spread my wings a bit and find new

stuff to read I followed a suggestion from a Goodreads friend and took the ride

with Ally and her strong willed main character Cassia. Here is the situation in

which she finds herself:



” Cassia has always trusted the…

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Added by Giovanni Gelati on December 1, 2010 at 10:19am — No Comments

Clive Cussler Crescent Dawn

It is about time, a new Dirk Pitt novel. I have read them all and say that with a certain degree of satisfaction. I love to be entertained by Clive Cussler with this character and band of off- beat friends

and coworkers at NUMA. I know what to expect when I crack the novel open and

Crescent Dawn is no exception. Here is what the novel is about:”Three events,

distant in time and space: A treasure-laden fourth century Roman galley

narrowly escapes a…

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Added by Giovanni Gelati on December 1, 2010 at 7:09am — No Comments

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