Bestseller Mash-Up Round 10

Fire and Fury in the Window: When a woman who lives alone and drinks too much peaks out her window at her new president, she sees something she shouldn’t. Or did she just imagine it? Her world starts to crumble quickly as she tries to separate fact from fake news.

The Shape of the Stranger in the Woods: In Maine, a young man takes to the woods and becomes a hermit living off the land and stealing from his neighbors’ cabins. Shunned by society but enjoying his solitude, his life is changed when a young mute girl finds him and a bond is formed. But the Russians are coming…after all, when aren’t they.

Educated Player One: Desperate to escape her survivalist family, a young girl discovers clues in a virtual reality game that take her on a wild ride through higher education. It’s not all fun and games though, and before long she may just be required to put her survivalist skills to use.

The Astrophysics of Not Giving a F*ck: A superstar blogger gives pointers for surviving the cosmos. With no sugarcoating, he points out that not everyone is a star, even the dinosaurs couldn’t survive the big bang, and sometimes you just have to figure out what to keep in your orbit and what to toss in a black hole.

The Great Black Unicorn: After a Vietnam POW returns home, he make an impulsive decision…to become a comedian. He heads to Alaska with the hope of making people laugh but quickly spirals into a deeper depression. Can he inspire others through the power of laughter or is the joke on him?

Bestseller Mash-Up Round 10

Bestseller Mash-Up Round 9

It’s Always Into the Water: Three college roommates share love, hate, and secrets as they grow up and go their own ways. When one dies in spot that has been surrounded by mysterious deaths for centuries, everyone wants to write it off as suicide. Did her husband kill her or was she drawn by some unseen force to take a final swim?

Shattered in Moscow: After a heated election in Russia, the losing candidate is sentenced to house arrest at the Metropol. She looks back at all the moments where her campaign went wrong as the world unfolds just outside her doors. She manages to find the wine cellar and although all the labels have been removed, she can still find a bottle to make her drunk.

Dragon Figures: In 1876, two paleontologists fight over bones in the Wild West. In an attempt to best his rival, one hires three black women to do what neither man can do: think. The three women not only help find bones, but they invent new methods in the field without receiving any notoriety for their work.

Mr. Art of Not Giving a F*ck: Part self-help and part autobiography, this book delves into the life of the infamous Mr. Rochester. Sent away by your father? Who cares? Banished to Jamaica? At least it’s warm. Crazy-ass wife? Get a cute mistress… I mean governess. Life sucks? Just don’t give a f*ck!

Lincoln of the Flower Moon: When a tribe of Indians is targeted for their wealth, the FBI gets called in to handle the case. Still in it’s infancy, the agency does a terrible job and soon the Indian Chief’s young son dies. In purgatory, his son’s spirit soon faces the same turmoil erupting topside. The Chief finds a way to visit his son in the afterlife which gives him answers for his worldly problems and where J. Edgar Hoover can get a good deal on pumps.

Bestseller Mash-Up Round 9

What I’m Reading Now

It is a rare time in my life when I have only four books that I am reading at the current moment. This could be because I’ve been working hard at making CDs to sell. (Shameless plug here and here.) Or, it could be because I have been hard at work writing my own book(s). Either way, it’s been a while since I have given you a mash-up of any variety so I figured I’d offer up what would happen if all four books were one. Makes for an interesting story.

The Outlanders of Burning Bear and Landing Nightingale

A British Army nurse survives the war to be reunited with her bisexual Russian gymnast lover. The two take to the Scottish countryside for a much needed vacation. After they quarrel about the nurse’s biphobia, the gymnast wanders off discovering an ancient stone circle which sends her into an apocalyptic world with the undead.

Feeling terrible, the nurse sets off to find her lover. She stumbles upon the same stones but gets sent back to 14th century Russia and a village on the edge of wilderness. Wishing she had her lover there to translate, she pieces together that the village is having a string of bad luck and winter will soon be upon them. The priest who has just arrived encourages the village to give up their old ways and embrace his. One girl defies him though and the nurse realizes she too is shunned for being an outsider. With the nurse’s help, the girl embraces power from deep within to save her village and possibly send the nurse home.

Meanwhile, our Russian gymnast finds herself in a world that has been run by the dead for too long. Even more dangerous is the fact that some of the dead, have decided they want to live again. She meets an interesting couple, one living and one split between life and death, who have decided to take on a powerful force looking to usurp what’s left of civilization. The group sets off in the hope to discover who is in charge of this evil entity and if they have the capability to send the gymnast home.

Will both women conquer evil centuries apart? Will these two star-crossed lovers ever find their way back into each others arms? Only time will tell.

 

If any of this sounded interesting to you, check out these books:

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

The Burning World by Isaac Marion

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Stuck Landing by Lauren Gallagher

What I’m Reading Now