Excerpts & Other Finds

If you’re a fan of Keri Arthur, then you might want to check out the Ripple Creek series which has just been re-released. The series starts out with Beneath a Rising Moon (excerpt) and is followed by Beneath a Darkening Moon (excerpt), which will be re-released in December. Keri Arthur also has three other series being re-released: the Spook Squad, the Damask Circle, and Nikki & Michael. Here are their release dates:

Damask Circle:

  1. Circle of Fire – 08/01/09 excerpt
  2. Circle of Death – 09/08/09 excerpt
  3. Circle of Desire – 10/06/09 excerpt

Nikki and Michael:

  1. Dancing with the Devil – 11/04/08 excerpt
  2. Hearts in Darkness – 11/04/08 excerpt
  3. Chasing the Shadows – 12/02/08 excerpt
  4. Kiss the Night Goodbye – 12/02/08 excerpt

the Spook Squad:

  1. Memory Zero – 04/01/09 excerpt
  2. Generation 18 – 03/03/09 excerpt
  3. Penumbra – 06/02/09 excerpt

While I was updating my releases page the other day, I realized that I haven’t been updating the excerpt section, so I’m doing that today. Here are some new additions (not including the excerpts for the Arthur series above)

Here’s some interesting news I just found out. JK Rowling has added a new book to the Harry Potter series. The Tales of Beedle the Bard was mentioned in the final installment of Harry’s adventure, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Rowlings has brought it to life. Here’s a blurb from B&N.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a Wizarding classic, first came to Muggle readers’ attention in the book known as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Now, thanks to Hermione Granger’s new translation from the ancient runes, we present this stunning edition with an introduction, notes, and illustrations by J. K. Rowling, and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore. Never before have Muggles been privy to these richly imaginative tales: “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot,” “The Fountain of Fair Fortune,” “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart,” “Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump,” and of course, “The Tale of the Three Brothers.”

The stories are accompanied by delightful pen-and-ink illustrations by Ms. Rowling herself, featuring a still-life frontispiece for each one. Professor Dumbledore’s commentary—apparently written some eighteen months before his death—reveals not just his vast knowledge of Wizarding lore, but also more of his personal qualities: his sense of humor, his courage, his pride in his abilities, and his hard-won wisdom. Names familiar from the Harry Potter novels sprinkle the pages, including Aberforth Dumbledore, Lucius Malfoy and his forebears, and Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington (or “Nearly Headless Nick”), as well as other professors at Hogwarts and the past owners of the Elder Wand. Dumbledore tells us of incidents unique to the Wizarding world, like hilariously troubled theatrical productions at Hogwarts or the dangers of having a “hairy heart.” But he also reveals aspects of the Wizarding world that his Muggle readers might find all too familiar, like censorship, intolerance, and questions about the deepest mysteries in life.

But not only are thesetales the equal of fairy tales we now know and love, reading them gives new insight into the world of Harry Potter.

As if you needed any more incentive to buy this novel, it’s been announced that Rowlings will be donated all of her royalties to The Children’s High Level Group charity, which supports institutionalized children.  The Tales of Beedle the Bard will be published on Dec. 4 by Bloomsbury in Britain and Scholastic in the United States, with Amazon also planning a leather-bound collectors’ edition to be sold for $100.

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I am a 30-something SAHM with two adorable boys and a supportive husband who is very tolerant of my reading addiction. I love to read and easily go through about a dozen books a month – well I did before I had kids. Now, not so much. After my first son was born, I began to take my hobby of reviewing a little more serious and started Literary Escapism to help with my sanity. I love to discuss the fabulous novels I’ve read and meeting all the wonderful people in the book blogging community has been amazing.