Holy cow, it’s already August?

 
Yes indeed and I’ve got few August releases from my backspace brethren to highlighted below and a Manic Monday rant of my own. I’ve been pulled out of my little writing bubble with the current state of the union issues – neither of which make me happy. Debt ceilings, budget woes and the doomsday rhetoric plundering the airways. If this doesn’t sound like the beginning of the end, I don’t know what does.

 

What happened to living within your means and spending responsibly? I’ve seen enough frivolous spending on a personal basis around me – people racking up credit debt to the point they will never be able to get ahead, never mind pay it back in their lifetime. Well, it looks like the government has done this as well. Bottom line – our representatives in Washington have been irresponsible with our money.

 

Unfortunately, this is nothing new. How many times are we going to be on the brink before we finally teeter over into national bankruptcy? Fiscal responsibility is necessary at the government level as well as state, local and even the individual level.

 

It’s high time we all start living within our means. I think things are going to get very ugly in the weeks and months to come for Americans, and I for one am not a happy camper having to foot the bill for our excess, because that’s exactly what it is – living to excess, spending to excess, never saying no.

 

Ok – rant over, at least for now.

 

Here are some neat books that are coming out in August that are escape worthy. Check them out…

 

 

Christa Allan – THE EDGE OF GRACE – August 1, 2011

 

In a matter of seconds, her entire world shifted…

 

An early morning call shatters Caryn Becker’s world. Unable to cope with her brother’s news that he is gay, Caryn rejects him and disappears into her own turbulent life as a young widow and single mom. But when David is attacked and nearly killed, Caryn is forced to make hard choices about family, faith, and her own future; choices that take her to the very edge of grace.

 

 

 
 

 

 

Tish Cohen – SWITCH – August 23, 2011

 

Careful. Some wishes do come true.

 

When you have 37 siblings, it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle. Andrea Birch feels totally ignored by her parents even though she’s their only biological child. The constant revolving door at her house full of foster kids can be cool sometimes, but really it just makes Andrea sad.

 

Still there’s one thing—one hot person—who makes Andrea happy: Will Sherwood.

 

Only he’s dating Joules Adams…the girl with the perfect life. She’s got the perfect body, the perfect clothes, and she’s the daughter of a famous rock star.

 

Andrea would give anything to switch places with Joules.

 

But when her wish comes true, Andrea’s new life isn’t dream scenario she envisioned. In fact, it turns out to be the one wish she didn’t want to come true. Will she ever be able to switch back?

 

 

 

Chris Grabenstein – THE BLACK HEART CRYPT

August 23, 2011

 

 

Halloween is nearing, the one day of the year when the ghostly plane is close enough to the human plane to allow mischief and mayhem. But the ghosts who have their eye on Zack aren’t thinking mischief, they are thinking murder.

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 
 

Elizabeth Letts – THE EIGHTY DOLLAR CHAMPION: Snowman, the Horse that Inspired a Nation – August 23rd, 2011

November 1958: the National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Into the rarefied atmosphere of wealth and tradition comes the most unlikely of horses—a drab white former plow horse named Snowman—and his rider, Harry de Leyer. They were the longest of all longshots—and their win was the stuff of legend.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Don’t forget to swing in on Friday when I’m dishing it up with fantasy and horror writer Erin Zarro.

 

Until then,

 

Ciao

 

JET

 

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