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Friday, November 19, 2010

November 19, 2010

The following interviews, reviews and features began running on the website on Friday, November 19th.

The titles below are discussed in the Newsletter Opener, which can be read here:

HER DAUGHTER'S DREAM by Francine Rivers

CROSS FIRE by James Patterson (Thriller)

When two of Capitol Hill’s most corrupt men fall victim to the perfect assassination, Detective Alex Cross has to put his wedding on hold. And as the murders continue, it becomes clear that they’re the work of a professional --- with knowledge only an insider could possess. But that’s not all Cross is contending with. His deadliest adversary has arrived in D.C. --- and The Mastermind won’t relent until he has eliminated Cross for good. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub and excerpted.

-Click here to read an excerpt from CROSS FIRE.

UNBROKEN: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand (Biography)

In May 1943, an Army Air Force bomber crashed into the Pacific, leaving behind nothing but debris, oil and blood. Then, on the surface, the plane’s bombardier appeared --- beginning one of the most extraordinary odysseys of World War II. Driven to the limits of endurance, Lieutenant Louis Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope; and brutality with rebellion. Reviewed by Barbara Bamberger Scott.

MARY ANN IN AUTUMN: A Tales of the City Novel by Armistead Maupin (Fiction)

It’s been 20 years since Mary Ann Singleton left her family in San Francisco to pursue a TV career in New York. But now personal calamities have driven her back home to her oldest friend, forcing her to take stock of her mistakes. With the help of “Mouse” Tolliver and Facebook, she starts to reengage with life --- only to find that her checkered past will haunt her in ways she never imagined. Reviewed by L. Dean Murphy.

AGAINST ALL THINGS ENDING: The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Book 3 by Stephen R. Donaldson (Fantasy)

Thomas Covenant is alive again --- restored by the force of his gold ring, Linden Avery's Staff of Law, and the dagger called High Loric's krill. But the truth is inescapable: The thunderclap of power has awakened the Worm of the World's End, and even the Land itself is forfeit to its devouring. In order to save the Land, Thomas and Linden will need help from unlikely sources --- including Linden's mysterious adopted son. Reviewed by Stephen Hubbard.

PLAYING THE GAME by Barbara Taylor Bradford (Romance)

Annette Remmington is a London art consultant at the top of her game, and when she finds and restores a long-lost Rembrandt, she becomes the most talked-about art dealer in the world. But when Annette’s husband, Marius, hand-picks a journalist to profile her in the Sunday paper, their perfect marriage is put at risk. Marius had no idea that their connection would ignite so many secrets, uncovering a scandal that could destroy them all. Reviewed by Hillary Wagy.

IN THE COMPANY OF OTHERS: A Father Tim Novel by Jan Karon (Fiction)

Retired Episcopalian clergyman Father Tim Kavanaugh and his wife Cynthia are visiting Ireland for what is intended to be a restful vacation at a quaint fishing lodge. Unfortunately, Cynthia injures her ankle when a stranger jumps out of an armoire and startles her, and a treasured family painting is stolen. All the while, the inn's owners and assorted family members have plenty of deep, dark secrets. Reviewed by Carole Turner.

SQUIRREL SEEKS CHIPMUNK: A Modest Bestiary written by David Sedaris, with illustrations by Ian Falconer (Humor/Short Stories)

Featuring David Sedaris's unique blend of hilarity and heart, and Ian Falconer’s original illustrations, this new collection of keen-eyed, animal-themed tales is an utter delight. Though the characters may not be human, they still mirror the insanity of everyday life ---encompassing everything from beastly bureaucracy, to animal AA meetings, to start-crossed critters. Reviewed by Bronwyn Miller.

FIRST FAMILY: Abigail and John Adams by Joseph J. Ellis (History)

In this rich and striking story of America’s preeminent first couple, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Joseph J. Ellis brings John and Abigail Adams to life amid the backdrop of America’s tenuous early years. By distilling a personal correspondence of over 1,200 letters, Ellis gives us an account both intimate and panoramic --- a sweeping and illuminating narrative that’s part biography, part political history and part love story. Reviewed by Barbara Bamberger Scott.

THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2010 edited by Lee Child and Otto Penzler (Mystery/Short Stories)

Bestselling novelist Lee Child edits this latest collection of the genre’s finest from the past year. Featuring “gritty tales told with panache,” Booklist has named this anthology a “must-read for anybody who cares about crime stories.” Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

SOURLAND: Stories by Joyce Carol Oates (Fiction/Short Stories)

In this book of previously uncollected tales, Joyce Carol Oates maps the contours of “ordinary life” with an unflinching eye. From an amputee librarian who attracts a married man and father to a girl who’s in love with her incarcerated cousin, SOURLAND shines with Oates’s predilection for dark humor and her incredible gift of voice. Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman.

THE LAST RUN: A Queen & Country Novel by Greg Rucka (Thriller)

Tara Chace has been Britain’s top covert agent for almost a decade, but now she’s past her expiration date. Before she’s replaced, there’s one last job for Queen and country…and it may be the last thing she does. An enigmatic message sends her to Tehran --- and suddenly she’s tracking a high-profile defector. Here, there could be a double cross at every turn, and when chaos finally erupts, Chace has to survive any way she can. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

TO FETCH A THIEF: A Chet and Bernie Mystery by Spencer Quinn (Mystery)

In his years as P.I. Bernie Little’s trusted companion, Chet has smelled a lot of unusual things. Nothing though prepares him for the scents of the circus…let alone a search for a missing elephant. But they’re in hot pursuit of Peanut, on a trail that takes Chet all the way to Mexico --- and separates him from Bernie along the way. Can Chet use his doggy smarts to save himself, his master and the uncooperative Peanut? Reviewed by Roz Shea.

POWER DOWN by Ben Coes (Thriller)

When terrorists struck the West’s largest off-shore oil field in a massive, coordinated attack, they didn’t count on the survival of crew chief Dewey Andreas. An ex-Army Ranger and Delta, Andreas survives the blast…but his battle has only just begun. While an embedded agent sets off the second stage of attacks, Andreas has to fight his way off the platform --- and use his former skills to trail those who have been sent to stop him. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

Author Interviews

Kylie Brant

Three-time Rita finalist Kylie Brant is back with DEADLY INTENT, the fourth installment in her Mindhunters series, which follows forensic linguist Macy Reid as she tries to find the twice-abducted daughter of a Denver tycoon --- and deal with her obnoxious (and incredibly handsome) new team member, who just might be the only man capable of helping her conquer her past. In this interview with’s Amie Taylor, Brant sheds light on her inspiration for both the series and its latest addition, elaborating on why she decided to delve into the field of forensic linguistics and how she determined the fate of the tycoon’s kidnapped daughter. She also speculates on whether or not men like Kellan Burke actually exist, talks about her writing process, and reveals a few details about future Mindhunters books.

What to Give, What to Get knows that readers crave ideas for gift-giving --- and getting --- at the holidays. With this in mind, we’re offering a What to Give, What to Get Guide with “Reader Perfect” suggestions in 14 categories. We have book ideas for everyone on your holiday list. And while you're looking for gifts for others, may we suggest you jot down notes for books YOU want?

Let the shopping begin!

Holiday Cheer Daily Contest

The holiday season is upon us! At, this means it's time for us to share the spirit of the season with you with our Holiday Cheer Contest and Feature. This year, we will spotlight a different title every day, from Monday through Thursday, until December 17th, so you will have to check the site each day to see the featured prize book and enter. We also will be sending a special daily newsletter to announce the day's title, which you can sign up for here. Some days may feature special bonus prizes, including gourmet treats, holiday items, or even one of Carol Fitzgerald’s Bets On picks from this year. Our first title will be unveiled on Monday, November 22nd.

Our featured titles are:

-ARTISAN BREAD IN FIVE MINUTES A DAY by Jeff Herzberg, MD, and Zoe Francois

-ATLAS OF REMOTE ISLANDS by Judith Schalansky

-BLIND YOUR PONIES by Stanley Gordon West



-THE COLLECTIBLES by James J. Kaufman

-DELIRIOUS by Daniel Palmer

-EVERYTHING CHRISTMAS by Daniel Bordon and Tom Winters

-HEALTHY BREAD IN FIVE MINUTES A DAY by Jeff Herzberg, MD, and Zoe Francois


-KNIT THE SEASON by Kate Jacobs

-LADY IN WAITING by Susan Meissner

-THE LOST DOGS by Jim Gorant

-MY NEST ISN'T EMPTY, IT JUST HAS MORE CLOSET SPACE by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Scottoline Serritella

-PRAYERS AND LIES by Sherri Woods Emmons


-THE SIXTH SURRENDER by Hana Samek Norton



-TRUE GRIT by Charles Portis


-WHERE THERE IS LOVE, THERE IS GOD by Mother Teresa's Holiday Author Blogs

Between now and New Years Day, more than 40 authors are sharing their favorite memories of giving or receiving a book at the holidays. Deanna Raybourn, author of the popular Lady Julia Grey series, started this year's feature. You can read her post here. Check back every day for a special blog post from our friends, including:

-Anne Perry

-Beth Hoffman

-Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

-Donna VanLiere

-Francine Rivers

-Heidi W. Durrow

-Helen Simonson

-Lisa Scottoline

-Margaret George

-Nelson DeMille

-Patti Callahan Henry

-Raymond Khoury

-Sarah Blake

-William Kent Kreuger

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Suspense Thriller Author Spotlight

SILENT VICTIM by C.E. Lawrence (Thriller)

At first, they look like suicides. Two bodies within a week --- one found floating in New York's East River, another electrocuted in a bathtub. Both forensics show that the victims were drugged, then killed. As the death toll grows, so does the brutality of the murders --- and the killer dubbed the Flesh Collector continues to prey. NYPD profiler Lee Campbell joins the frantic pursuit a murderous madman who delights in taunting police with gruesome messages. Somewhere in the killer's terrifying handiwork lie the clues to his twisted psyche. But the case is growing disturbingly personal. Getting close enough to stop the monster means getting close enough --- to die...

-Click here to read an excerpt from SILENT VICTIM.

-Click here to read C.E. Lawrence's bio.

-Click here to see C.E. Lawrence's backlist.

-Click here to read critical praise for SILENT VICTIM.

-Click here to read more about SILENT VICTIM.

Mystery Mayhem Author Spotlight

KILLER ON A HOT TIN ROOF by Livia J. Washburn (Mystery)

Delilah Dickinson is finally looking forward to a nice, relaxing time leading her literary travel agency’s latest tour at the annual Tennessee Williams Literary Festival in New Orleans. After all, a group of intelligent, low-key English professors can’t be too much trouble, right?

Wrong, as it turns out. These academics don’t waste any time showing their claws, especially when one of the professors claims he can prove Williams didn’t even write CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF. But when the supposed real author --- Howard Burleson, apparently once a very close friend of Tennessee’s --- turns up dead, Delilah knows she’s got to get to the bottom of things…even if the truth is as dirty as all them lies!

-Click here to read a second excerpt from KILLER ON A HOT TIN ROOF.

-Click here to read Livia J. Washburn's bio.

-Click here to see Livia J. Washburn's backlist.

-Click here to read critical praise for KILLER ON A HOT TIN ROOF.

-Click here to read more about KILLER ON A HOT TIN ROOF.

-Click here to see the winners of the ARC mailing contest.

Romantic Suspense Author Spotlight

DEADLY INTENT: The Mindhunters, Book 4 by Kylie Brant (Romantic Suspense)

No one knows the patterns and nuances of communication like forensic linguist Macy Reid. She is also an expert on kidnapping, having experienced firsthand the stark terror of being abducted when she was a child. So she is the perfect investigator to be called in when a Denver tycoon's eleven-year-old daughter is abducted --- for the second time.

The biggest stumbling block for Macy may be a member of her own team: Kellan Burke, the wisecracking, rule-breaking investigator who relishes getting under Macy's skin. Their styles couldn't be more different; the attraction between them, more explosive. And when it becomes apparent that Macy can't solve this case without confronting the demons from her past, Kell is just the man to take her there --- and back.

-Click here to read a review of DEADLY INTENT.

-Click here to read a third excerpt from DEADLY INTENT.

-Click here to read an interview with Kylie Brant.

-Click here to read Kylie Brant's bio.

-Click here to see Kylie Brant's backlist.

-Click here to read critical praise for DEADLY INTENT.

-Click here to read more about DEADLY INTENT.

-Click here to see the winners of the ARC mailing contest.

Young Adult Books You Won't Want to Miss

LUKA AND THE FIRE OF LIFE by Salman Rushdie (Fiction)

This stand-alone sequel to HAROUN AND THE SEA OF STORIES tells the tall tale of 12-year-old Luka in the Magic World, a fantastical realm once visited by his brother, Haroun. Luka is on a quest to rescue his dying father from perpetual sleep and faces nine impossible challenges, all of which must be overcome if he is to steal the Fire of Life.

THREE QUARTERS DEAD by Richard Peck (Supernatural Suspense)

Kerry is chosen by the coolest clique in school and thinks that life has finally begun. But everything feels like it’s over when three of her friends are killed in a shocking car accident. Or are they? Only weeks after the wreck, Kerry receives a text from one of the girls: We’re all 3 here at my aunt’s in the city. Take the 3:50 train. B there.

GRACE by Elizabeth Scott (Fiction)

Grace’s entire life has been in preparation for her death. She is trained to be a suicide bomber --- to strap a bomb to her leg, infiltrate the enemy, and set off the bomb, all in the name of freedom for her people. But Grace decides she doesn’t want to die. So she runs for the border. And she has nothing to lose.

GIRL, STOLEN by April Henry (Thriller)

Sixteen-year-old Cheyenne Wilder is sleeping in the car while her mom is at the pharmacy. Before she knows it, their car is stolen --- with her inside. Griffin didn’t mean to kidnap her. But once his dad discovers that her father is the president of a powerful corporation, everything changes. Now there’s a reason to keep her, but what Griffin doesn’t realize is that Cheyenne is blind.

-Click here to see all the young adult books you won't want to miss.

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