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ON THE SPOT LIGHT: The Secret Circle Trilogy

on Tuesday, 04 October 2011 02:40. Posted in Booklist

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Have You Felt the Magic?
By Staff Writer: Jessica Sherman

Book_TheSecretCircle_Captive_Pt1The Secret Circle by L. J. SmithCassie Blake sat quietly on a beach in Cape Cod listening to the eternally full of herself Portia Bainbridge go on and on-as usual about her and her older brothers many accomplishments. She was counting the days one painful second at a time until she could get back home to her real friends. She had no idea she was about to come face to face with her destiny.

“They shouldn’t let people like that on the beach, He works on a fishing boat,” Portia said, her nostrils flared as if she smelled something bad. “I saw him this morning on the fish pier, unloading. I don’t even think he’s changed his clothes. How utterly scuzzy and vomitous.” He didn’t look all that scuzzy to Cassie. He had dark red hair, and he was tall, and even at this distance she could see that he was smiling.” There was a dog at his heels. “We never talk to guys from the fishing boats. We don’t even look at them,” Portia said. One by one Cassie watched the girls on the beach as they looked away from the guy with disgust plain on their faces. Cassie saw nothing disgusting about him. He wasn’t bothering anyone. “Look down,” Portia whispered. Without thought, Cassie obeyed but she couldn’t help wanting to rebel. She knew it was nasty and cruel and she was ashamed of being a part of it. It was just so unfair she thought.

“A wet nose thrust under her hand. Cassie gasped in surprise and laughed. Petting the dog she couldn’t help but glance up at the owner. His eyes were blue-gray like the sea at its most mysterious. His face was odd; not conventionally handsome, but arresting and intriguing, with high cheek bones and a determined mouth. “Cassie,” came Portia’s fuming hiss. Cassie felt herself turn red, and she tore her eyes away from the guy’s face. Portia was looking apologetic. The boy called the dog to his side and Cassie thought again it isn’t fair. The boy’s voice startled her. “Life isn’t fair,” he said. Shocked, her eyes flew up to his face. His own eyes were as dark as the sea in a storm. She saw that clearly, and for a moment she was almost frightened, as if she had glimpsed something forbidden, something beyond her comprehension. But powerful.” – The Initiation

img_tsc_barnesnoble_flatView Reviews of this book from Barnes&NobleIn a matter of days Cassie is moved against her will to her mother’s hometown of New Salem to stay with her ailing grandmother that she’d never met. With thoughts of the mysterious boy from the beach never far from her mind Cassie tries to fit in but at her new school she’s teased and tormented by what she believes is a gang. The Club consisted of kids that seemed to terrify even the adults in town. When the beautiful and kind Diana steps in to save Cassie from Faye’s bullying she’s shocked to discover that Diana too, is a member of The Club. With Diana’s help Cassie finds that The Club is split by those that follow Diana and those that follow Faye. As Cassie gets closer to The Club she realizes that she’s still very much an outsider. But when tragedy stops The Club from initiating their newest member Cassie is initiated instead, opening a whole new world to her. Discovering that The Club is really a powerful coven of witches directly descended from the real Salem witches is just the first of Cassie’s initiation surprises. As Cassie daydreams of the boy from the beach he appears before her in the flesh. Her hopes are destroyed when she realizes that he, Adam, would never be hers because he was already taken, by Diana.

Determined to hide her feelings for Adam from every one Cassie sets her sights on another Club member. The cold blooded Nick with dark eyes and good looks seemed a safe bet. With no interest in anything but cars Cassie hoped to put her attention on Nick to block out her love for Adam. What Cassie didn’t count on was the fire that burned beneath the surface. There was more to Nick than she’d ever expected. Cassie is soon faced with Faye and the secret she holds over her. Faye, determined to lead the Club pushes Cassie to her limits, testing her friendship, her strength and her loyalty.

As Cassie navigates her way through her feelings death begins to stalk New Salem as the Club begins to explore one of the Master Tools. The ancient tools used by the original coven hold an enormous amount of power. Deciding what to do with the Master Tools tears the club apart and draws a darker line between Diana and Faye. As Cassie gets caught in the middle, The Club unwittingly unleashes an old evil. Taking on a new face the darkness threatens to destroy the whole town and the coven with it. With the Club divided it’s up to Cassie to find her strength and draw on the power that’s hers alone to lead the coven into the fight of their lives.

Can you feel the magic? Find it in THE SECRET CIRCLE TRILOGY:





on Thursday, 12 August 2010 18:45. Posted in Booklist

Incidentally, many of these books are available as e-books, but I honestly don’t know at the moment what is out and what is not.  Amazon should stock them.

The Vampire Diaries (Updated 5/18/2011)

on Thursday, 12 August 2010 18:45. Posted in Booklist

Book_TheVampireDiaries1Book_TVD_awakening-struggleThe Vampire Diaries 1: The Awakening  (New York Times Bestseller!)
My first Vampire Diaries book. Written for HarperCollins. Urban horror/romance. A bestseller, both in 1991, when it was first published, and now, when it has been reissued, both as an omnibus packaged with Volume 2: The Struggle. (It has the first half face of the dark-haired boy on the cover.) Also out in individual volumes saying "Now a TV series on the CW" with pictures of the TV characters--including the brunette Elena.

There are also limited edition special hardback omnibus of The Awakening/The Struggle and The Fury/Dark Reunion.  These came out for a book club and are really special, so if you find one hang on to it!

Book_TheVampireDiaries2Book_TVD_awakening-struggleThe Vampire Diaries 2: The Struggle  (New York Times Bestseller!)
The second volume in the series. Another bestseller, both in 1991 and now. Packaged with The Awakening, and I think available as an individual book saying "Now a TV series on the CW." But it's best to ask a bookstore about how it is available at this point.

Book_TheVampireDiaries3Book_TVD_fury-darkReunionThe Vampire Diaries 3: The Fury  (New York Times Bestseller!)
The third volume in the series. Same stuff about bestseller then and now, when it was released packaged with Dark Reunion (the book with the picture of half the face of Elena, the blond girl).

Book_TheVampireDiaries4Book_TVD_fury-darkReunionThe Vampire Diaries 4: Dark Reunion  (New York Times Bestseller!)
The fourth and last of the original bestselling books. First published 1991. Came out recently packaged with The Fury. I don't know if an individual volume is available yet.

Book_TheVampireDiaries5The Vampire Diaries 5: The Return: Nightfall  (New York Times Bestseller!)
The first of the 600-page new books.  Available in hardback.  Has the other half of Elena's face on the cover.

Book_TheVampireDiaries6The Vampire Diaries 6: The Return: Shadow Souls  (New York Times Bestseller!)
The second of the new trilogy.  Has half of a rather unattractive Damon's face on the cover.

Book_TheVampireDiaries7The Vampire Diaries 7: The Return: Midnight   (New York Times Bestseller, Washington Post Bestseller, Publisher's Weekly Bestseller.)
The last book in The Return trilogy. The face on the front is Caroline, who finally gets her just desserts, as do others.

Book_TheVampireDiaries8The Vampire Diaries 8-10: The Hunters: Phantom, Moonsong, ????
Lisa wrote Phantom, but at that time Alloy Entertainment Inc used the fact that she'd done the original trilogy as "work for hire" to remove her from doing any further Vampire Diaries Books. An anonymous ghostwriter will finish the series, possibly making it more like the TV series, according to the only statement Alloy Entertainment Inc. (who owns half the copyright) has made to the public, in the Hollywood Reporter. Lisa retained the name Eternity and is writing a book called Eternity: A Vampire Love Story.

TVD Stefan's Diaries"Stefan's Diaries" / "Damon's Diaries" etc...
Not written or inspired by Lisa at all. All written as TV-tie-ins, with the names L.J. Smith, Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec on the front. Written by an anonymous ghostwriter hired by Alloy Entertainment, Inc.

Note: Lisa has nothing to do with the TV-tie-ins: Stefan's Diaries.  General Rule of Thumb: If a book has several names on the cover or says "Created By L. J. Smith" you could be sure that L. J. did not write it.

Now on shelves and at Amazon: Vampire Diaries: The Return: Midnight.

The Secret Circle

on Thursday, 12 August 2010 18:45. Posted in Booklist

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The Secret Circle: Volume 1:The Initiation and the first half of The Captivefirst a bestseller published back in 1992. The Secret Circle Volume 2:with the second half of The Captive and the final book, The Power, again first a bestseller in 1992.

The Secret Circle, Volume I:  The InitiationBook_TheSecretCircle_Vol1Book_TheSecretCircle_Vol1A
Shy, sixteen-year-old Cassie falls in love with the mysterious Adam before moving to New Salem, thinking she’ll never see him again.  But as it turns out, Adam is there, too, at a high school where a strange elite rule. Beautiful fair-haired Diana, whom Cassie learns to love as a sister; voluptuous dark Faye, who wants to turn Cassie into her puppet.  The greatest surprise: Cassie, like the other elite boys and girls, is a witch!  And then Cassie discovers that Adam is actually the boyfriend of gentle Diana, now her best friend and the leader of the coven!

The Secret Circle, Volume II:  The CaptiveBook_TheSecretCircle_Vol1Book_TheSecretCircle_Vol2A
Adam and Cassie have sworn not to love each other for the sake of their beloved leader Diana.  But Faye has caught them in their one embrace.  Now she uses it to blackmail Cassie, forcing Cassie to lie to Diana and to dig up the strange crystal skull that gives them all such dangerous visions.  Meanwhile, students are being murdered, and the witches are under suspicion.  And Faye wants from Cassie the ultimate betrayal: her vote for Faye as coven.

The Secret Circle, Volume III:  The PowerBook_TheSecretCircle_Vol2Book_TheSecretCircle_Vol3
Faye rules the Circle, while Diana reels from Cassie’s apparent treachery.  Cassie and Adam are drawn more strongly together than ever.  A new principal appears who seems to know all the Circle’s secrets and is dedicated to persecuting them.  Cassie, no longer the shy girl she was only a few months ago, takes charge in solving the murders, the mystery of the crystal skull, and the true meaning of the Secret Circle.  Her reward is her dream come true.

The Forbidden Game

on Thursday, 12 August 2010 18:45. Posted in Booklist

My other trilogies (the bestselling The Forbidden Game and the #1 New York Times Bestseller Dark Visions)  are pretty straightforward, both being repackaged in single, long books by Simon & Schuster. Book_TheForbiddenGame_Vol1AThe Forbidden Game, Volume I: The Hunter, Pocket Books, 1994  (New York Times Bestseller!)
Jenny wants to get her boyfriend, Tom, a special game for his birthday party.  However, she can’t help but be fascinated by the boy with the white-blond hair who sells her a strange game as a present.  It turns out that the boy, Julian, is the youngest of those from the Shadow Lands, a race of evil beings who live invisibly just beside our own world.  Once Jenny opens the game, she is in his land.  Julian is determined to seduce her, but he has to work by a set of inflexible rules, only touching Jenny where she has reached for him.  In the fantasy house that Julian has created, where everyone at the party must face their greatest fear, Julian himself is Jenny’s worst nightmare. . . and maybe her dream lover, as well.

Book_TheForbiddenGame_Vol2AThe Forbidden Game, Volume II: The Chase, Pocket Books, 1994 (New York Times Bestseller!)
Jenny begins to get terrifying phone calls and soon it’s clear that Julian is loose is the real world.  More and more, Jenny falls under his spell, allowing herself the freedom to do as she likes, no matter the consequences.  It seems that Jenny has chosen Julian over Tom.  But then her friends are disappearing, sucked into the Shadow Lands, paper dolls left in their places.  Can Jenny outwit Julian without giving in to his demands entirely?

Book_TheForbiddenGame_Vol3BThe Forbidden Game, Volume III: The Kill, Pocket Books, 1994 (New York Times Bestseller!)
 Jenny returns to the place where it all began; her grandfather’s house, where as a child she first met the child-Julian.  A door with a strange rune on it opens to the most fantastic creation of Julian’s of all: an empty amusement park that Jenny loved as a child.  Except here, all the rides are deadly.  More, Jenny must survive her confrontations with an increasingly frustrated and determined Julian.  Will he really kill her if he can’t have her?  Jenny forces him to make the choice—and two worlds are changed forever.