New Mysteries

frozenThe Frozen Dead by Bernard Minier. Saint-Martin-de-Comminges is a small town nestled in the French Pyrenees. The kind of place where winters are harsh and unforgiving and where nothing ever happens. Until the winter morning when a group of workers discover the headless, flayed body of a horse. Commandant Martin Servaz, a charismatic city cop from nearby Toulouse fond of quoting Latin, can’t believe he has been called out over the death of andear animal. But there’s something disturbing about this crime that he can’t ignore.

Death is Like a Box of Chocolates: Chocolate Covered Mystery #1 by Kathy Aarons. Best friends Michelle Serrano and Erica Russell are celebrating the sweet rewards of their combined bookstore and chocolate shop by hosting the Great Fudge Cook-off during the town’s Memorial Day weekend Arts Festival. But success turns bittersweet when Main Street’s portrait photographer is found dead in their store, poisoned by Michelle’s signature truffles.

catFat Cat at Large: Fat Cat Mystery #1 by Janet Cantrell. The jig is up for Chase’s adorable plus-size cat, Quincy. His new vet says “diet”–that means no more cherry cheesecake bars. From now on he gets low-calorie kibble only. But one taste of the stuff is all it takes to drive him in search of better things. Chase tracks Quincy down in a neighbor’s kitchen, where he’s devouring a meatloaf, unaware of the much more serious crime he’snine stumbled upon.

Nine Days by Minerva Koenig. She’s short, round, and pushing forty, but Julia Kalas is a damned good criminal. For 17 years she renovated historic California buildings as a laundry front for her husband’s illegal arms business. Then the Aryan Brotherhood made her a widow, and witness protection shipped her off to the tiny town of Azula, Texas. Also known as the Middle of Nowhere.



Main Library Building 10th Anniversary Celebration


10 Books to Celebrate 10 Years
at the
New Main Library


Joel Whitburn’s Top 10 Pop Hits

Live Ten: Jump-Start the Best Version of Your Life

Lawrence Zarian’s 10 Commandments for a Perfect Wardrobe

The Big Ten of Grammar: Identifying and Fixing the Ten Most Frequent Grammatical Errors

The Top Ten Guide to Fly Fishing

The Ten Commandments of Comedy

The 10 Best of Everything National Parks: 800 Top Picks From Coast to Coast

Ten-Mile Morning: My Journey Through Anorexia Nervosa

Love Potion Number 10: A Jana Bibi Adventure

Ten Lords A-Leaping: A Father Christmas Mystery



New Fantasy Series

falThe Falcon Throne: Tarnished Crown #1 by Karen Miller. A royal child, believed dead, sets his eyes on regaining his father’s stolen throne. A bastard lord, uprising against his tyrant cousin, sheds more blood than he bargained for. A duke’s widow, defending her daughter, defies the ambitious lord who’dfrost control them both. And two brothers, divided by ambition, will learn the true meaning of treachery.

The Beautiful Ashes: Broken Destiny #1 by Jeaniene Frost. In a world of shadows, anything is possible. Except escaping your fate. Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been gripped by visions of strange realms just beyond her own. But when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is far worse–her hallucinations are real, and her sister is trapped in a parallel realm.

queenThe Midnight Queen: Noctis Magicae Novel #1 by Sylvia Izzo Hunteris. Gray’s deep talent for magick has won him a place at Merlin College. But when he accompanies four fellow students on a mysterious midnight errand that ends in disaster and death, he is sent away in disgrace–and without a trace of his power. He must spend the summer under the watchful eye of his domineering professor, Appius Callender, working in the gardens of Callender’s country estate and hoping to recover his abilities. And it is there, toiling away on a summer afternoon,dev that he meets the professor’s daughter.

House Immortal by Devon Monk. Matilda Case isn’t like most folk. In fact, she’s unique in the world, the crowning achievement of her father’s experiments, a girl pieced together from bits. Or so she believes, until Abraham Seventh shows up at her door, stitched with life thread just like her and insisting that enemies are coming to kill them all.


September is Self Improvement Month

National Self Improvement Month provides
an opportunity to continue learning and growing.

say goodbye to survival modeSay Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life
Find both practical ideas and big-picture perspective that will inspire you to live life on purpose.  Learn to:
1. Feel healthier and more energetic by setting priorities and boundaries.
2. Eliminate stress with savvy management of your time, money, and home.
3. Get more done by setting realistic goals and embracing discipline.
4. Rediscover your passions—and the confidence to pursue them.

reclaim your soulReclaim Your Soul: Your Journey to Personal Empowerment
Develop the skills you need to succeed in life!
Learn how to:
• Identify destructive relationships in your life and break free from their harmful impact.
• Avoid unhealthy emotional attachments and shield your soul from possible damage.
• Unlock your potential and refuse to settle for anything or anyone that pulls you away from fulfilling your purpose.

positive leadership principlesPositive Leadership Principles for Women
Look at eight influential leaders in the Bible that highlight leadership principles and attitudes that you can build into your life:
1.  Rise to the challenge–shown in the life of Joseph.
2.  Take calculated risks–exemplified by Deborah, one of the great women leaders in Scripture.
3.  Use your God-given resources–as seen in the actions of the servant-leader Moses.
4.  Do the tough stuff–just like the prophet Jeremiah.
5.  Believe the best in people–displayed in King David’s attitudes.

power of a half hourThe Power of a Half Hour: Take Back Your Life 30 Minutes at a Time
The key to maximizing your productivity is to make use of small, manageable moments in your day—just 30 minutes at a time.  In this remarkably practical book, begin a whole new life of fruitfulness. You’ll see immediate results in all areas of your life, including your—

  •  Purpose and Values
  •  Personal Goals
  • Faith
  • Character and Attitude
  • Dreams
  •  Career
  • Relationships
  • Marriage and Family
  • Church Involvement and Ministry

Poetry Hour – Poems from August

Thanks to everyone who participated in our August 2014 Poetry Hour.

ph August 2014

Poetry Hour : August 2014 Poets
We were treated to poetry with vocabulary rich in emotion; drawing us in to life stories and family ties.

We experienced the soothing beauty of the ocean: The crashing waves and evening tides reminding us of everlasting friendships. And considered butterflies as reminders to keep memories of loved ones alive.

Cherishing the simple pleasures of family we heard poems of children treasuring the bonds of their birth and adoptive mothers. More poems about mothers included one about the strength of mothers able to bend – even bow- but never break. Mothers who sacrifice for their children then travel the world in a last hurrah before the end. Mothers passed who are dearly missed.

One rapper explained that he was flipping nouns and verbs – doing his best to make us smile. Another sang rap lyrics about Jesus Christ – “Ain’t that right”!

We were prompted to see God in every child. God touches everyone, all of humanity – even during war. God is everywhere, always: the grace of God and the glory of God. In truth, we all need God.

We enjoyed the tragic-comedy of internet searches for a mate (with a happy ending).

We were attentive listeners to a poem about a wartime transfer during a tour of duty.

One gripping poem about being safe in the house of the enemy had us ensnared to the very end.

It was explained to us that poetry is celestial. It is a reflection that reveals the truth. We must remember to keep our words and our promises.

See you September 13th!


New Romance

noNo Limits by Lori Foster. Cannon Colter is quintessential hero material: chiseled jawline, shredded body–the works. He’s also the guy who rescued Yvette Sweeny from kidnappers, only to put an end to her romantic dreams. These days, she’s older, smarter, determined to face whatever life throws her way.maid Even the prospect of sharing a house and business with Cannon.

The Maiden of Ireland by Susan Wiggs. John Wesley Hawkins was condemned to hang, accused of treason and heresy. As he’s transported to the scaffold at Tyburn, however, the Lord Protector steps in and offers him the hand of mercy–if Wesley agrees to travel to Ireland on a dangerous mission into the heart of the Irish resistance against English rule. He’ll have to seduce the rebels’ secrets from a headstrong Irishwoman, but that shouldn’t be a problem for a man of Wesley’s reputation….

karenShattered Secrets by Karen Harper. Returning to Cold Creek, Ohio, is an act of courage for Tess Lockwood. Abducted and held captive as a young girl, she is unable to remember anything about the crime that destroyed her childhood and tore her family apart. Now a grown woman with a bright future, she is certain she has put the past behind her. But when she inherits the family home, Tess must confront the demons that still haunt herash and the town of Cold Creek.

Beauty’s Beast by Amanda Ashley. Fair of face and figure, Kristine is young, innocent, pure. Yet she has been condemned to the gallows for killing a man. The only one who can save her is a lord so infamous that some say he is the son of the Devil himself. . .Erik Trevayne is called the Demon Lord of Hawksbridge Castle, but few know of the curse he lives under. Or the terrifying changes slowly gnawing away at his humanity. When he weds her, all he wants of Kristine is a son. But when he beds her, a wild hope is born–that love that can tame even the most monstrous of beasts…


September Debuts

barterThe Barter by Siobhan Adcock. Bridget has given up her career as an attorney to raise her daughter, joining a cadre of stay-at-home mothers seeking fulfillment in a quiet suburb. But for Bridget, some crucial part of the exchange is absent: Something she loves and needs. And now a terrifying presenceball has entered her home; only nobody but Bridget can feel it.

Ballroom by Alice Simpson. Time has eroded the glamour of the Ballroom, but at the end of the 1990s, a small crowd of loyal patrons still makes its way past the floor-to-ceiling columns which frame the once grand hall each Sunday evening. Sweeping across the worn parquet floor under a peeling indigo ceiling, these men and women succumb to the magic of the music, looking for love and connection, eager to erase the drab reality of their complicated lives.

fiveFive Days Left by Julie Lawson Timmer. Mara Nichols, a successful lawyer, and devoted wife and adoptive mother, has recently been diagnosed with a terminal disease. Scott Coffman, a middle school teacher, has been fostering an eight-year-old boy while the boy’s mother serves a jaillove sentence. Scott and Mara both have five days left until they must say good-bye to the ones they love the most.

Love Me Back by Merritt Tierce. Marie, a young single mother, lands a job at an upscale Dallas steakhouse. She is preternaturally attuned to the appetites of her patrons, but quickly learns to hide her private struggle behind an easy smile and a crisp white apron. In a world of long hours and late nights, where everything runs on a currency of favors, cash and cachet, Marie gives in to brutally self-destructive impulses.


Library Closed on Labor Day

All Library locations will be closed

Monday, September 1, 2014 – Labor Day.


New SF and Fantasy

lockLock In by John Scalzi. Fifteen years from now, a new virus sweeps the globe. 95% of those afflicted experience nothing worse than fever and headaches. Four percent suffer acute meningitis, creating the largest medical crisis in history. And one percent find themselves “locked in”–fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. One per cent doesn’t seem like a lot. But in the United States, that’s 1.7 million people “locked in..” including themaple President’s wife and daughter.

Maplecroft: The Borden Dispatches by Cherie Priest. “The people of Fall River, Massachusetts, fear me,” says Lizzie Borden. “Perhaps rightfully so. I remain a suspect in the brutal deaths of my father and his second wife despite the verdict of innocence at my trial. With our inheritance, my sister, Emma, and I have taken up residence in Maplecroft, a mansion near the sea and far from gossip and scrutiny. But it is not far enough from the affliction that possessed my parents. Their characters, their very ‘souls,’ were consumed from within by something that left malevolent entities in their place.”

catThe Clockwork Dagger by Beth Cato. Orphaned as a child, Octavia Leander was doomed to grow up on the streets until Miss Percival saved her and taught her to become a medician. Gifted with incredible powers, the young healer is about to embark on her first mission, visiting suffering cities in the far reaches of the war-scarred realm. But the airship on which she is traveling is plagued by a series of strange and disturbing occurrences, including murder, and Octavia herself is threatened.



Poetry Hour September 13th

Do you like to write poetry? Read and share it with others?

Or listen to local poets read their work?

Join us:

Poetry Hour

at the Akron Summit County Public Library

Main Library, Meeting Room 1

Saturday, 3 – 4pm

September 13, 2014

Please email or call 330-643-9015 to register to read and share your poetry for a 5 minute interval. Reserve a seat to relax and enjoy the words of our local poets.

Free to register. Coffee and cookies provided (bring your own covered mug for a greener program). Adults ages 18 and over.

Poems read at the Poetry Hour should not be overtly explicit in language or subject matter.

Meeting Room door opens at 2:00 pm. Parking in the High/Market deck is free on Saturday.