This past weekend, my family and I went to a safari-themed birthday party in Connecticut for a five year old, my son's best friend. It was so much fun! They hid little safari animals in the woods and the dad, a super-friendly, super-engaging, super-dad led the kids on an animal hunt. He's a former actor, so he did a great impression of Steve Irwin (the famed Crocodile Hunter) and when he let out his first "Crikey!", I glanced at my husband and thought he was going to fall over in laughter.

The kids had a great time and even my two year old managed to find a few animals hidden in the woods. It was very exciting for her because she can now identify them all. I kept hearing excited yelps of "Hippo!" "Zebra!" "Giraffe!" "Lion!" which is inevitably followed by, "Roooaaarrrrr!" The kids also made costumes, swung for their lives at the parrot pinata, ate animal-themed food, and had a grand adventure.

It made me think about how my fulfillment of adventure these days comes primarily from books. I'm really in the right business. Every day's an adventure!!

While I love historical romances, I also love contemporary women's fiction and thrillers. One of my favorite authors to work with is James Rollins, who writes these incredibly clever, action packed, thought-provoking thrillers that combine his trademark elements of scientific exploration (he's a veterinarian by trade and always has wonderful and mysterious creatures in his books), historical and religious mysteries, and heart-pounding action and suspense. AND, he has developed a few really interesting romantic threads in his ongoing Sigma Force series. He's also got a huge female following (check him out on Facebook!), and there are a number of romance author fans whom I know will sing his praises. So fear not. He is not just a guy's writer.

In any case, whether you're a devoted fan or a newcomer, we've got two great new releases for you to check out. The first, already in the stores this month, is the paperback edition of THE LAST ORACLE. It's hard to distill a Rollins plot into a few words, but, in THE LAST ORACLE, you'll find an ancient relic that can be traced back to the Greek Oracle of Delphi clutched in the hand of a homeless man who's been killed by an assassin's bullet on the streets of Washington, DC. That relic -- a coin -- is the key to a conspiracy that dates back to the Cold War and threatens the very foundation of humanity.

What if it were possible to bioengineer the next great prophet--a new Buddha, Muhammad or even Jesus? Would this second coming be a boon...or would it initiate a chain reaction that would result in the extinction of humankind? It's a race across the globe in search of answers. Suddenly, the future of all things is balanced on the brink between heaven and hell--and salvation or destruction rests in the hands of remarkable children.

When you finish that masterpiece, you won't be able to hold yourself back from Rollins' July hardcover release, THE DOOMSDAY KEY. The basis for this novel began with a real papal prophecy handed down by a twelfth century Irish Catholic priest named Máel Máedóc, who would eventually be named Saint Malachy. While on a pilgrimage to Rome, in an ecstatic trance, he was given knowledge of all 112 popes who would come until the end of the world. His predictions have been stunningly accurate.

In Saint Malachy's prophecy, the current pope is listed as De Gloria Olivae, the Glory of the Olives. The Benedictine Order, from which the pope took his name, does indeed bear the olive branch as its symbol. But the disturbing thing is that Pope Benedict XVI is the 111th pope. According to this oddly accurate prophecy, the world ends with the very next one. I've already rambled on enough here, so I won't even go into the rest of the threads that pull this thriller together (not even to tell you about the three murders on three different continents all marked with a pagan cross burned into their skin or to tell you that our hero Gray Pierce is torn between two women from his past). Just believe me when I do tell you, no one weaves together such fascinating storylines as seamlessly and as convincingly as Rollins. Try him. You'll love him.

Or just let him demonstrate how amazing he is.

Chime in, ladies. If you've read Rollins and love him, please help spread the word! He's a thrill-seeker with a gentle heart. What more could a woman want?


Blogger Dorothy said:

emm haven't read them yet..I'm finishing three books and will check them out when I finish.

Dorothy from grammology

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