I returned from vacation to find several new upcoming books waiting for me. Here are some of them:
Daughter of Heaven: The True Story of The Only Woman to Become Emperor of China by Nigel Cawthorne
Release Date: September 25, 2007
Daughter of Heaven is the story of China's only Emperor. Hawthorne writes about the ruthless nature of this powerful woman who is reported to have murdered her own children and seduced her way to the highest position in the the most powerful society in the world.
Mozart's Sister: A Novel by Rita Charbonnier
Release Date: October 9, 2007
I am really looking forward to this book. I stumbled upon it a couple weeks ago when reading the author, Rita Charbonnier's blog. Maria Anna Mozart, nicknamed Nannerl by her brother Wolfgang Amadeus, was also a very gifted musical child prodigy. However, Nannerl found herself living in the shadow of her brother, Mozart. This is the first novel by Italian TV scriptwriter Charbonnier. The fictional account of Maria Anna Mozart details her difficult childhood at the hands of sometimes tyrannical Leopold Mozart. What follows is a secret love affair and a bond between siblings that is never quite severed.
The Contractor by Charles Holdefer
Release Date: November 1, 2007
The Contractor is a novel that tackles some of the toughest issues currently being addressed by the American public and the war on terrorism currently taking place. The novel deals with American secret prisons where suspected terrorists are being held. George Young, the narrator is a Gulf War veteran who accepts work as a contracted civilian negotiator. George soon finds himself immersed in shadowy politics, working overseas at a holding facility called Omega. The unique thing about the book is that Holdefer is willing to take on some of the more delicate issues important to America's involvement in world politics.
Signed, Mata Hari by Yannick Murphy
Release Date: November, 14 2007
Mata Hari was a fascinating woman and in Murphy's new novel readers get to follow her from her early childhood in the late 19th-century Netherlands, her years in Java as a caring young mother married to a brutal military man, her glamorous but desperate career as a famed dancer and courtesan and her bleak existence in a Paris prison after her arrest as a spy for Germany during WWI.
As always I will be doing author interviews with the four authors of the new releases detailed above. Stay tuned for more details.