Tuesday, March 25, 2008

NEWSLETTER: BD Reads: April 2008

April 2008
In this issue:
Featured Titles: GENGHIS: LORDS OF THE BOW by Conn Iggulden
FLAWLESS by Joshua Spanogle
Author to Watch: THE BIBLE OF CLAY by Julia Navarro
Spectra Feature: THE LOST ONES by Christopher Golden
Classics Feature: THE LATE ROMANCES by William Shakespeare
Real Reads: NARROW DOG TO CARCASSONNE by Terry Darlington
Book Club Feature: SEARCHING FOR PARADISE IN PARKER, PA by Kris Radish

Explore THE MUCH TOO PROMISED LAND: AMERICA'S ELUSIVE SEARCH FOR ARAB-ISRAELI PEACE with author Aaron David Miller in a rare look at the creation of this work. Listen to exclusive commentary by the author, enhanced with actual audio-excerpts from his interviews with the many men and women whose experiences enrich the book.
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- Julia Navarro's The Bible of Clay: From the internationally bestselling author of The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud comes this electrifying new suspense thriller about a biblical discovery in the remote Iraqi desert--and a deadly struggle being waged on the eve of war to uncover a truth that's waited 3,000 years to be told. . . .
- Manda Scott's The Crystal Skull: In a spellbinding blend of history, myth, and science, bestselling novelist Manda Scott unleashes a thriller that sweeps from the secrets of the Mayans to the court of a sixteenth-century queen to a shattering end-times prophecy.
- John Ramsey Miller's Smoke & Mirrors: The murder was shocking in its brutality: A thousand-yard high-velocity shot that left an innocent nineteen-year-old babysitter dead on a Mississippi plantation. At first, police called it a hunting accident. But the killer left a calling card--for ex–U.S. marshall Winter Massey. And when Massey investigates, he knows exactly who the shooter is. He just doesn't know why.
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Featured Titles

Genghis: Lords of the Bow
Conn Iggulden
Book two of this sweeping epic from the internationally bestselling author of Genghis: Birth of an Empire follows mighty warrior and fearsome leader Genghis Khan on a daring quest to conquer the powerful Chin empire.
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The Much Too Promised Land
Aaron David Miller
Filled with first-person anecdotes from the advisor to six secretaries of state, this controversial, honest, and critical account of America's participation in the Arab-Israeli peace process offers a brilliant new analysis of the problem and how, against all odds, it still might be solved.
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Bad Luck and Trouble
Lee Child
Jack Reacher is on the hunt for the people killing his friends in this adrenaline-fueled tale from the New York Times bestselling author of the "electrifying" (Entertainment Weekly) novel, The Hard Way.
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Joshua Spanogle
A young doctor is drawn into a dangerous conspiracy when he investigates the murder of a close friend in this thrilling follow-up to "first-rate writer" (Washington Post) Joshua Spanogle's bestseller, Isolation Ward.
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The Bible of Clay
Julia Navarro
From the internationally bestselling author of The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud comes a compelling new novel of vengeance and obsession that moves through time in a riveting search for the source of Genesis itself.
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Spectra Feature

The Lost Ones
Christopher Golden
To ensure the survival of the creatures of myth and fairy tale, New England attorney Oliver Bascombe and his sister must tear down the Veil that separates their world from the lands beyond. But is humanity ready to face our legends head-on?
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The Late Romances
William Shakespeare
Pericles, Cymbeline, The Winter's Tale and The Tempest--fans of the Bard will delight in this magical collection of his most captivating romances, each complete with newly revised notes, filmographies, and line-by-line analyses.
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Real Reads

Narrow Dog to Carcassonne
Terry Darlington
Follow a retired couple and their whippet, Jim, as they sail across the English Channel and through the backwaters, canals and forbidden routes of France in this entertaining travel memoir perfect for boat lovers, dog lovers, and anyone looking for adventure.
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Searching for Paradise in Parker, PA
Kris Radish
On Sale 4/17
The beloved author of The Sunday List of Dreams is back with the hilarious, inspirational, and sizzling new novel of one woman's search for happiness . . . just beyond the front door of her own life.
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Monday, March 24, 2008

My Wife?????????????

Max enters the room and finds Raquel asleep. He wakes her up and covers her mouth when she's about to cry out in disbelief. she hugs him and excitedly bombards him with questions. He asks her to follow him to the garden where they could talk. He then tells her his real name and that Antonio was his stepbrother. Raquel is full of horror and anger at his lies and demanded to know if he had anything to do with the plane crash, which he hotly denies, insisting that Antonio had a lot of enemies. But now that everyone believes her to be Mrs. Lombardo- Antonio's widow, she is his heir. Afterwards, she can marry Max after her mourning. That's his 'great plan' folks, marry Raquel and have unlimited access to her money!

Raquel angrily refused to have anything to do with the scheme, vowing she will march upstairs and tell Victoria the whole story. Max then turned nasty and silences her with blackmail-should she open her mouth, he'll tell everyone the whole thing had been her and her family's idea and it was her word against his- since her father sold stolen goods. Raquel is stunned at the change in the man she loved. Unable to sleep, she went downstairs and saw two servants cleaning the pool. One of them, Ernest, hurried over to see if 'Senora Raquel' needed anything and talked about how the household missed 'Senor Antonio' very much. Raquel asked for a photo of Antonio;when Ernest looked suprised, she said she had misplaced her own copy. Ernest took her to Antonio's study and rummaged about until he found one. He left Raquel alone, staring at Antonio's smiling face.
Martha is told and is torn between staying at the mansion and avoiding going to jail for something they did'nt know about. Angry and confused, Raquel wonders what to do.
Meanwhile, Chucho's nephew manages to get help and Antonio-from now on I'm calling him TONIO- is taken to hospital for treatment. Raquel packs a bag and catches a flight to Guadulajara, leaving a reluctant Martha behind. Victoria is alarmed at Raquel's action since her place was in her husband's house. Max volunteers to go after her and also catches a flight. Victoria gets wondeful news , Tonio is ALIVE! Filled with joy, she alerts the family and his personal assistant, Pablo, is sent to see him.

Max gets to Raquel's apartment before she does and blackmails her timid father as well as bribing him into keeping quiet. Raquel comes in and is very angry to find him there.He reminds her there was nothing she could do and demands she returned with him. Before they leave, he removes a framed photo of both of them and replaces it with a doctored one of her and Tonio, in case journalists came. In the plane, Raqule coldly told Max how she now hated him.
Pablo enthusiastically greets his boss and tells him how happy everyone would be, especially his wife. Tonio stares at him in suprise.
'I'm not married' he tells Pablo. Pablo insists that he is, they found the wedding certificate with his signature and they've all met Senora Raquel. Since he had concussion, maybe he had temporary amnesia. Tonio decided not to argue.

Camilla and Maura discuss the good news , Maura is quiet and abruptly walks away when Camilla asks her if she would confront 'her naughty boy' for jilting her. Victoria anxiously hopes Raquel will come home , feeling sure she was affected by grief. Tonio comes in and warmly hugs his stepmother and tell him they now knew about his secret but she supported him.Tonio tells her he doesnt remember Raquel, Victoria immediately said he must have temporary amnesia. She shows him a photo of Raquel in the papers, which he looks at thoughtfully.

'She's very pretty,' he admits. Victoria is sure he'll remember once he saw her and leaves him alone. A few minutes later, Raquel comes in and spins round when Tonio calls her. She stares at him in shock! He looks back at her, noting how beautiful she was.
Victoria comes in, delighted that Raquel had seen her husband alive and well. Max comes in too, frozen in shock(as well as he might be). Tonio calmly tells them both that he and Raquel needed some quiet time alone,Taking her by the hand, he leads her upstairs...

(Katakata don burst be that!)

Friday, March 14, 2008

NO ONE BUT YOU: Snippet 2

Raquel is invited to Acapulco to attend Antonio's memorial service as well as meet her in-laws.She's accompanied by her sister,Martha who finds the entrance to the Mansion jampacked with reporters. Raquel is very bewildered at the grand surroundings Antonio never, ever mentioned he had, while Martha is thrilled. Victoria kindly welcomes her stepdaughter-in-law and introduces her to everyone. Camilla instantly takes a dislike to her brother's wife, eyeing her cheap clothes.
Raquel is given a room opposite Antonio's but she weeps so pitifully that Victoria finally gives her a pill to make her sleep.Max of course keeps out of sight , under the pretence of carrying out thorough investigations about the crash.Meanwhile,several miles away from Alcapulco,Antonio, the only survior, regains conciousness.Not knowing where he is, he crawls away from the wrecked plane and the dead bodies of his friends...
The follwing morning, Raquel and Martha are loaned mourning dresses by a very reluctant Camilla. Victoria comes in with purses for the two girls to use and finds Raquel sobbing in her pillow.
Downstairs, Camilla is also crying for her brother. Claudio is bitter over Antonio's unexpected secret marriage , which entitled Raquel to be the heir of the vast estate instead of Camilla. All Camilla can think of was the idea of her brother marrying a low class eoman instead of her good freind Maura, who is also angry about what he did.They all go to the memorial service.
Antonio crawls until he reaches a road before passing out.A boy about 19 sees him and hurries to get his uncle Chucho. Chucho examines him but finds he's not dead. They carry him to their shack. The family returns and Victoria urges a subdued Raquel to go upstairs and rest. She asks a servant where Max was and is told he's not been home all day.
Antonio regains conciousness again and asks Chucho where he was. He checks the time but notices his gold Rolex was missing from his wrist and indignantly questions Chucho, who protests he only took it off to keep it for him (a likely story). Antonio asks him to find a way of contacting his family. Chucho replies that his nephew would do his best to get help when he goes to sell their wares.
Back in Acapulco, Max returns after everyone else had gone to bed. A servant tells him where Senora Raquel is sleeping. Max braces himself and goes upstairs...

Thursday, March 13, 2008


Well, as I mentioned in my last post, things are a bit boring now that CATALINA y SEBASTIAN has wrapped up, although there's LA REVANCHA on STV and EL CUERPO DEL DESEO on AIT, GOTEL as well as SUPERSCREEN(which was once called CLAPPERBOARD)but somehow I just don't fell inclined to follow them, which is why there are no posts about them in this blog.

Instead I'm taking my visitors back in time to about 1993,when NTA presented us with a telenovela most people argued was as fabulous as its predessesor, THE RICH ALSO CRY. This was TU O NADIE or as we knew it then as NO ONE BUT YOU,a.k.a YOU OR NO ONE Starring Andres Garcia(currently starring as the late Pedro José Donoso in EL CUERPO DEL DESEO)the lovely Lucia Mendez and Salvador Pineda as the villain, Max(see him as the very nasty and obssessive Lucio in ESMERALDA).

The story opens to the city of Guadulajara.Raquel, a young, very beautiful  salesgirl is just returning from the shop where she had purchased her dress for her wedding to her love whom she had been dating for six months; a young engineer called Antonio Lombardo. She enters the humble apartment she shares with her disdainful younger sister Martha(LUZ MARIA JEREZ) and their widowed(and simple minded) father, Don Daniel. She recieves a phone call from her fiancee, who promises to return from his business trip in time for their wedding day that very weekend.
As soon as he hangs up, the fiance's face visibly changes as his body servant, Luis(Tony Bravo)tells him his stepbrother, ANTONIO wanted to see him. The viewers are initially confused but it's actually simple as we follow it, Raquel's fiance's real name is Maximilliano Alveniz and he's the stepbrother of the real Antonio Lombardo, a fabulously wealthy young man whose father, the late Alberto Lombardo, had married Max's widowed mother, Victoria. Alberto had left a huge trust fund and a permanent position in his company to Max in his Will but to the angry and greedy Max, he had been cheated as Antonio(the legal and true heir) had been given the entire estate, minus a big trust to Antonio's married sister Camilla.Let's go on...
Max sulkily goes to find Antonio, who is at the balcony watching the ocean view. Antonio turns at the call of his name. We see a very  handsome man in his mid thirties, and Max flares up as usual at the calm yet firm queries from his stepbrother and walks out on him, to the distress of Victoria(Magda Guzman, who LA USURPADORA viewers will recognise as Fidelina) who had partially witnessed the altercation between them.
Back at Gualulajara, Don Daniel returns after celebrating his favorite daughter's upcoming wedding at the bar with his friends, brushing Raquel's worry about him ruining his health with too much drink as well as his business relationship with a 'good' friend of his(they buy and sell stolen goods).
In Acapulco, the Lombardos are at dinner and Victoria tells Antonio that Maura (his girlfriend) came looking for him while he was out and tentatively discusses his latest arguement with Max. Antonio calmly brushes it aside as he's more than used to Max's tantrums and reminds her that he only tolerated Max because of her, kisses her hand and bade her goodnight.
At Gualulajara a few days later, Max and Raquel have their civil wedding in Raquel's apartment officiated by a judge. Max used Antonio's signature(he spent hours practising it)on the marriage certificate after the bride signed, then followed by Don Daniel,Martha and the judge's secretary who are the only witnesses.
The couple then go to his apartment where he begins to kiss her neck but she gently pulls away, reminding him that they were not yet married by the church. He's about to argue when the phone rings. It's Luis, to tell him that Antonio was leaving on a business trip.
Raquel is very confused when he tells her the office demands his presence and takes her home, with the promise of calling her and arranging the big church wedding after he got back from his trip.
Antonio is mildly suprised to see Max back from his vacation, Max sullenly lies that he had work to catch up on.Antonio leaves the mansion and the villian asks Luis if the trap has been set... the reply... YES.
Antonio and two men enter his private plane and take off. They have'nt been in the air long before the plane makes odd noises and moves in an alarming way.The pilot does his best but is unable to prevent what happened next. The plane plunges down a valley and there's a huge CRASH!
Back at the mansion, Antonio's sister Camilla and his voluptous girlfriend, Maura are at the pool, discussing him. They go in just as Max is about to relay the bad news to his mother... Antonio's plane had crashed and there were no surviors! The three women burst into tears.
Camilla runs to her house at the other end of the beach to tell her husband Claudio the bad news. He looks pensive then gently reminds her that Antonio's estate was now theirs. Camilla is furious.
'What are you talking about, Antonio was my brother!' and cries again.
As Victoria is grieving, Max gives her another surprise, he hands her a document he had found in Antonio's drawer in his room.To her amazement, it's a marriage certificate; why on earth had he gotten married without telling anyone and to a girl they did not know?
Finding the number in Antonio's address book(Max's doing), Victoria calls Guadulajara. Raquel is amazed when Victoria introduces herself as Antonio's stepmother as he'd told her many times that he had no family. Victoria gently gave her the bad news.
'NO!' Raquel cried out in anguish.'IT CAN'T BE TRUE!'
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