Witches and curses

This week’s roundup of the lat­est books of­fers tales of the su­per­nat­u­ral as well as mur­der and sib­ling ri­valry while the non-fic­tion ti­tles of­fer ad­vice in be­liev­ing in yourself and plan­ning your fi­nances.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - READS - Con­trol of your be­hav­iours, emo­tions and feel­ings. Au­thor and pas­tor Joseph Prince has more than two decades of full-time min­istry be­hind him and has ap­peared on daily tele­vi­sion pro­gramme,

Des­tined To Reign.

fic­tion Lisa Kley­pas

St. Martin’s, 352 pages, IMAG­INE be­ing born cursed with never find­ing your soul mate. Jus­tine Hoff­man, a suc­cess­ful bou­tique ho­tel pro­pri­etor, has ev­ery­thing in life sorted ex­cept love. But she is de­ter­mined to break the curse when she meets Ja­son Black and ac­ci­den­tally un­leashes a storm of de­sire and dan­ger that threat­ens ev­ery­thing she holds dear. But lit­tle does she know that Ja­son has se­crets of his own. Has her luck changed, or is she for­ever doomed to be alone?

fic­tion NORA Roberts continues her In Death se­ries un­der the J.D. Robb pseu­do­nym with the 36th ti­tle set in her fu­tur­is­tic world.

New York City homi­cide de­tec­tive Eve Dal­las is as­signed a case that looks like a rob­bery gone wrong at first: Marta Dick­en­son, ac­coun­tant and beloved wife and mother is found dead and stripped of all her valu­ables. But Eve’s sus­pi­cions are aroused when the mur­dered woman’s of­fice is bro­ken into and files stolen. Soon, Eve finds her­self em­broiled in her bil­lion­aire hus­band Roarke’s world of big busi­ness to fig­ure out who would want to kill an in­no­cent woman. Alexa von To­bel

Crown Busi­ness, 336 pages, non-fic­tion OK, let’s talk money. Throw away all your old no­tions of what fi­nan­cial ad­vice should look like. And you can keep your hol­i­day plans and that be­fore-work­latte. That’s what the LearnVest Pro­gram of­fers. It be­gins with tak­ing stock of where you stand to­day and then it helps you cre­ate a cus­tomised 50/20/30 plan for your take-home pay each month: The 50 will get all the es­sen­tials out of the way, so you don’t stress out about them; the 20 is for your fu­ture; and the 30 is left to spend on things to make you smile.

Au­thor Alexa von To­bel is the founder and CEO of LearnVest, a fi­nan­cial pro­gramme that can be in­te­grated into your mo­bile, so­cial and dig­i­tal life. The Power of Pos­i­tive Think­ing Au­thor: Nor­man Vin­cent Peale Pub­lisher: Im­por­tant Books, 148 pages, non-fic­tion NOR­MAN Vin­cent Peale (18981993) was con­sid­ered the fa­ther of pos­i­tive think­ing and many of his more than 40 books have re­mained con­stantly in print for decades. This is one of his most pop­u­lar ti­tles and it of­fers sug­ges­tions on how one can find peace of mind, im­prove one’s health and feel con­stantly en­er­gised. As with most of Peale’s writ­ing, the book is a prac­ti­cal, di­rect-ac­tion ap­pli­ca­tion of spir­i­tual tech­niques to over­come de­feat and win con­fi­dence, suc­cess and joy. Kather­ine Pan­col

Pen­guin Books, 464 pages, fic­tion THIS is an English trans­la­tion of the French ti­tle that was a ru­n­away best­seller for Kather­ine Pan­col in France.

Josephine Cortès is an im­porver­ished scholar of me­dieval his­tory and mother of two teenaged girls whose hus­band runs off with his mis­tress. She seems to be the op­po­site of her sis­ter Iris, who is rich, suc­cess­ful and hap­pily mar­ried. Or so it seems. When Iris charms a fa­mous pub­lisher into of­fer­ing her a lu­cra­tive deal for a 12th century ro­mance, she turns around and se­cretly of­fers her sis­ter a deal of her own: Josephine will write the book and re­ceive the pro­ceeds, but the book must be pub­lished un­der Iris’s name. Sounds like a good deal – un­til the book be­comes a lit­er­ary sen­sa­tion. Can Josephine stay quiet while her sis­ter takes the spot­light? – Com­piled by Ch­ester Chin

Fi­nan­cially Fear­less: The Learnvest Pro­gram For Tak­ing Con­trol Of Your Money Au­thor: Pub­lisher:

The Yel­low Eyes Of A Crocodile Au­thor: Pub­lisher:

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