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So many books, so little time. Here are some titles we've heard about. These are not endorsements nor do they reflect the opinions of Capital Public Radio or CapRadio Reads.

The 6th Extinction by James Rollins
This is the 10th book in the Sigma Force series, with Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma in a race to unravel a threat that rises out of a remote military research station that sends out a distress call.  When help arrives every living thing is annihilated. Sigma faces its greatest challenge to date: stopping the coming extinction of mankind.
James Rollins is the chair for Authors United for Veterans, a group that helps promote USA Cares, an organization that provides help for veterans when they return home from war.  Jim is celebrating the Decade of Sigma by giving back.  He’s partnered with Barnes and Noble to donate books to troops and help raise funds for USA Cares.
Strange Attractor: The Discordian Libertarian Writings of Jake Shannon by Jake Shannon
This book will take you on a roller coaster ride through the thoughts of some of the most unanswered questions of our lifetime.
Jake is already a highly touted visionary through his resurrection of Catch-As-Catch-Can Wrestling and now uses these same attributes to try to understand the many different views that continue to keep us thinking. His style on the mat is aggressive and meticulous; the same two theories put into his writing style.
Broken Seed by R.J. Machado De Quevedo
Author Book Signing Event: Saturday, August 9, 2014, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Dimple Books, 2499 Arden Way, Sacramento, CA 95825
The Deceiver Saga continues...In this supernatural mystery thriller, college student Melanie Bishop is engaged in her ongoing mission to protect a celestial artifact from falling into enemy hands. A ring of ruthless felons are hunting Melanie for revenge. The mysterious man who pursued her across the streets of Italy finds her and escalates his efforts to ensnare her and the artifact. But there is one who threatens all she has fought to become: her sadistic father.
Melanie must not allow anyone to obstruct her search for truth. She must swiftly learn to fortify her mind from the endless demonic assaults and vivid flashbacks that plague her.  Her success is as imperative to the fate of humankind as it is to her own.

Reunion, La Réunion, Finding Gilbert by Diane Covington Carter

Many people have parents whose parents went to war. Carter's family story has a twist. Reunion... recalls a soldier's time in France during World War II and the French orphan boy he tried unsuccessfully to adopt, and how the two influenced and shaped the author's life.

Fifty years after the war, Carter set out to find the man who could have become her brother. This story is a testament to the power of love and kindness and to the way dreams can lead to destinies.



Blade of the Samurai by Susan Spann

Author Book Signing Event: Friday, July 25, 6:30 p.m., Face in a Book, 4359 Town Center Blvd, Suite 113, El Dorado Hills, CA
There is a plot to assassinate the Shogun and overthrow the ruling clan. A Japanese master and a Jesuit priest are called upon to find the killer. Blade of the Samurai, set in 16th Century Japan, is the second in Susan Spann's Shinobi Mysteries series.
Spann's first book, Claws of the Cat, earned this comment from the San Jose Mercury News: "One can only hope this Northern California author brings [Master] Hiro back in another adventure." And now she has.
Painted Horses by Malcolm Brooks
Author Book Signing Event: Monday, August 11, 6:30 pm., Face in a Book, 4359 Town Center Blvd, Suite 113, El Dorado Hills, CA
A young archaeologist has only a short time to explore a vast canyon to prove nothing will be destroyed by the waters of a new dam project. A World War II veteran, who lives as a fugitive in the canyon, reveals something beyond the stark nature of the land. This is a story of heritage threatened by progress.
"An outstanding debut novel...Brooks delivers an authentic story, examining in gripping, page-turning prose what it means to live in the West." - Library Journal
The Destiny of Angela by Heidi Bailey
Author Book Signing Event: August 2, 2014, 1:00-3:00 p.m., Shady Coffee & Tea, 325 Douglas Blvd, Roseville, CA 95678
It is a pivotal moment in Angela's dance career. A complicated lift in the pas de deux could make her a star. Instead, there is an accident. That's when the dreams begin. In her sleep, she discovers what she must do. Why can't she recall? What is it she's supposed to do that she can't remember when she awakens? Where is this magical world? And who is the boy who appears? Only Angela can reveal the true meaning of her dreams. It is her destiny.
Birdbrain - Virginia Arthur

An early childhood experience – having her beloved farm plowed under and developed into a residential subdivision – led author Virginia Arthur to take up a life and career devoted to the science of the environment. Birdbrain is fiction, but based on Arthur’s life. The early scenes take place in the upper Midwest, and later chapters reflect on Arthur’s adult life in California.

My Mother’s Kitchen - A Novel with Recipes by Meera Ekkanath Klein
If her name sounds familiar, it may be because Meera Ekkanath Klein has written for media in California for some years. She has been active with the Davis Poetry Project. Her first novel combines her love of cooking and telling stories.

About the Book: My Mother’s Kitchen is an enchanting place filled with promise, change and good food.  If the weathered walls of this magical room could talk, they would tell the story of Meena and her childhood. Each chapter is a slice in her young life and depicts her spunk and youthful spirit. Her mother is a central character in her life, and it is no wonder that the kitchen is a special place of healing and rejuvenation, not only for Meena but for other characters like Kashi and Ayah.

Advance Review: “…It’s packed with insights on Indian culture, cooking and eating, and will appeal across the board…It’s the smoky aromas of cooking and the culinary insights peppered liberally throughout which set My Mother’s Kitchen apart from most other novels about Indian culture and experience.” —D. Donovan, Senior eBook Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

Ghost in the Armor by Patrick E. Baird
Author Book Signing Events: July 12, 2014, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. / 1:00-3:00 p.m., Face In A Book, 4359 Town Center Blvd, El Dorado Hills, CA
Also July 12, 2014, 7:30 p.m., Avid Reader, 617 2nd St, Davis, CA
And July 26, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Dimple Books, 2499 Arden Way, Sacramento, CA
"Panic began to take hold of Lauren as the burning sensation increased.  The metal began to melt into her skin, burning her flesh.  She stumbled outside, tearing at the necklace as the metal sunk into her skin."
Lauren is taking a risky journey into the world of dangerous magic.  She gains control of an unpredictable armored knight, who is the key to the wizard Vurlath's plan to release a demon bent on entering Lauren's world.  She is forced to come to grips with her burgeoning romance with an ancient Elf named Aust, while they attempt to escape an impossible trap.
Coasting on Wheels: Vintage Toy Wagons by Gordon Westover
If your childhood included a beloved toy wagon, chances are you will find it in this book, the first comprehensive published collection focusing on the childhood delight of toy wagons. The author has compiled historical manufacturer reviews, updates on contemporary wagon companies and hundreds of images including photographs, featured wagon art and vintage advertisements, catalog pages, antique price listings and patents.
Author Book Signing Event: July 12, 20142:00 p.m., The Avid Reader at Tower, 1600 Broadway, Sacramento, CA 95818 
My Grandma Dances with Angels by Kameron Vachuska
As a little girl wants to learn about her grandma, who died before she was born, a mom finds a way to teach her that love can never die. They set out for adventure and fun, and they both learn the power of love.
Author Book Signing Event: July 12, 20149:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Pipeline Coffee House, 7451 Foothills Blvd, Roseville, CA
The Enchanting Legends of Shiloh Mansion: The Young King,by D. K. Ogans
Eliza, Faith, and Daniel are marvelously creative, highly effective characters with phenomenal talents and gifts.  They are a family of believers! Their faith in the great I AM opens a miraculous gateway.  It unlocks a secret portal that allows them to experience firsthand the many genuine captivating Enchanting Legends of the sacred Book of I AM. These bright, innovative Smart Teens responsibly dare to adventurously go and do the things that most only imagine. Shiloh Mansion is where it all begins.  It is a fascinating place situated in the midst of a forest that continuously unfolds an intriguing revelation.
Author Book Signing Event: July 12, 201411:00 AM – 4:00 PM, The Bible House, 7721 Laguna Blvd, Elk Grove, CA 95758
(June 30, 2014)



Sharks: The First Ride

In recent years, there’s been a growing fascination with sharks. Kids around the ages of 6 and 7 are adding sharks to their list of cool things they’d like to learn about, along with dinosaurs and zoo animals.

Author Chance Wolf noticed his son’s interest in sharks began to develop and wanted to create something that his son would love. Surf Sharks was born, beginning with the first book
Surf Sharks: The First Ride, which is a story of a group of young surfers and sharks who forge a friendship and ride the waves together as they help each other solve daily challenges faced by all growing kids.

Chance Wolf brings over 30 years experience as a commercial artist with high-profile credits in comic books.His path towards becoming a professional comic book artist began when his talents were discovered by an associate of iconic industry creative Todd McFarlane.  Chance began a tenure with McFarlane that would span over ten years, allowing the new artist to work on internationally recognized comic book titles such as Shadowhawk, Spawn and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles just to name a few.

(24 June 2014)

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