As a welcomed relief from the holiday season whirlwind, these two new books offer readers an escape into imaginary worlds based in history and fact, but soaring with creativity and superb story telling.
“Hard To Die” by Andra Watkins
Our first selection this week, “Hard to Die,” is Andra Watkins’ second book in the “Nowhere series” she established with her earlier “To Live Forever” novel of 2014. “Hard to Die” is an engrossingly speculative fictional time warp that combines elements of history, the paranormal, and suspense to breathe fresh air into the character Theodosia’s forgotten life and story. By the New York Times best-selling author of “Not Without My Father: One Woman’s 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace,” Watkins’ “Hard to Die” is the highly-anticipated sequel to “To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis.”
“Hard to Die” follows Theodosia Burr Alston, the daughter of Aaron Burr, winner of the fateful duel with Alexander Hamilton. Burr-Alston actually disappeared at sea in 1813 but through Watkins’ imaginings, reappears in 1950 in a state between the world of the living and the dead – an existence called Nowhere. “Hard to Die” is a wild romp through the paranormal mixed with history and romance and is sure to keep the reader turning pages throughout the night!
“Getting Off on Frank Sinatra” by Megan Edwards
Our second selection in this week’s recommendations is “Getting Off on Frank Sinatra” by Megan Edwards, scheduled for release on March 14, 2017. It is the first of a planned series of Copper Black mysteries.
Full of plot twists, historical and unknown facts about Las Vegas like the neon signs junk yard, “Getting off on Frank Sinatra” is an entertaining mystery that will have you chuckle and on edge. As Copper tries to solve the murder, help her brother, advance her journalism career, understand her parents, and sort out her love life, Copper stirs up a world of trouble.
Will Copper manage to bring a murderer and a predator to justice, despite her rudimentary sleuthing experience and unconventional methods? These questions and a delightful romp through the history of Las Vegas will keep the reader engaged and on the edge of their chair!
Megan Edwards tells of her adventure into writing like this: “I never once thought I’d ever call Las Vegas home, but here I am. My journey to southern Nevada began when a wildfire destroyed my house in the hills above Pasadena, California. All my stuff was gone, too, so it seemed like a convenient time to do something different for a while. My husband, dog, and I loaded ourselves into a motor home and set forth on what we thought would be a six-month trip around the country. It morphed into a six-year odyssey all over North America. It ended in 1999 in the one place I never dreamed it would: Las Vegas, Nevada. I thought I was just here for a quick visit, but it turned out I was on a blind date with my new hometown. Las Vegas is not only a delightful place to live, it’s a great place to write.”
Now who wouldn’t want to hear of the adventures this modern-day nomad has been on? We highly recommend both of these books to our Z’Scoop readers as they may find strong female characters with vivid imaginations and crafty problem-solving skills as new role models for their own lives.
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