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Friday, January 21, 2011

January 21, 2011

The following interviews, reviews and features began running on the website on Friday, January 21st.

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

THE SILVER BOAT by Luanne Rice

THESE THINGS HIDDEN by Heather Gudenkauf


MINDING BEN by Victoria Brown






THE GIRL IN THE GREEN RAINCOAT: A Tess Monaghan Novel by Laura Lippman (Thriller)

Baltimore PI Tess Monaghan is in her third trimester and being forced to watch the world go by her window. She likes watching a dog walker in a green raincoat; then one day, the woman disappears. Tess is determined to find out why, and opens a Pandora’s box of past crimes and troubling deaths. Now her life is in danger --- and so is her unborn child’s. Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman.

STRATEGIC MOVES: A Stone Barrington Novel by Stuart Woods (Mystery)

Stone Barrington is enjoying dinner at Elaine's when his boss at the law firm Woodman & Weld hands him a check for $1,000,000. It seems Stone's undercover dealings brought in a big new client, and they're willing to make him a partner. But the client could be a Bernie Madoff in disguise… Reviewed by Judy Gigstad.

THE LOVER’S DICTIONARY by David Levithan (Fiction)

How does one talk about love? Do we even have words to describe it? Taking a unique approach to this problem, David Levithan’s nameless narrator constructs the story of his relationship as a dictionary. Through these short entries, he provides a window into the great events and quotidian trifles of couples, offering a moving portrait of love in our time. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

CALL ME IRRESISTIBLE by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (Romance)

Lucy Jorik is the daughter of a former president. Meg Koranda is the offspring of legends. One of them is about to marry Ted Beaudine, the favorite son of Wynette, Texas. The other isn’t happy about it and becomes the most hated woman in town. But Meg is sure she can survive on her own. What’s she going to do, fall for Mr. Irresistible? Not likely. Not likely at all. Reviewed by Jennifer McCord.

DEAD ZERO: A Bob Lee Swagger Novel by Stephen Hunter (Thriller)

A marine sniper team on a mission near the Afghan-Pakistan border, Whiskey 2-2 is ambushed. The sole survivor tries to finish the job, but a bomb explodes --- leaving a crater where he was meant to be hiding. Months pass, and the target becomes an American asset, arriving in DC as “Our Man in Kabul.” But so does a radio transmission from Whiskey 2-2. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

YOU KNOW WHEN THE MEN ARE GONE by Siobhan Fallon (Fiction)

In Fort Hood housing, you hear too much --- and you learn to move quietly through your domain. You also know when the men are gone. There’s a sense of muted silence, of muted life. Through these loosely connected stories, Siobhan Fallon takes readers onto the base and into the families, inside intimate places that aren’t in newspapers or politicians' speeches. Reviewed by Jamie Layton.

-Click here to see the reading group guide for YOU KNOW WHEN THE MEN ARE GONE.

TO HAVE AND TO KILL: A Wedding Cake Mystery by Mary Jane Clark (Mystery)

A struggling actress with a broken engagement, Piper Donovan moves home to take stock of her life. Working at her family’s bakery, she finds herself making a wedding cake for an acclaimed star. But someone close to the bride is horribly murdered. With the help of a handsome FBI agent, Piper zeros in on a suspect. But it might be hotter in the kitchen than she can handle… Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin.

THE POISON TREE by Erin Kelly (Psychological Thriller)

Karen and her nine-year-old daughter pick up Rex from a decade-long stint for murder.Flash back to the London summer when Karen first met him, falling into a rhythm of sex, alcohol and endless nights. But Rex has a complicated past, and Karen’s summer ends in blood. Now old ghosts threaten her new life, and Karen will do anything to keep her secret. Reviewed by L. Dean Murphy.

COLD SHOT TO THE HEART by Wallace Stroby (Thriller)

Crissa Stone is a career criminal who rarely uses the same crew and never rushes. They’re the rules her lover taught her, rules he didn’t follow. Now he’s up for parole, and Crissa needs money, so she slaps together a crew for a seven-figure job. But things don’t go as planned, and she catches the attention of Eddie the Saint, a hit man who needs the work --- and the money. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH: Stories in Honor of Jack Vance edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois (Science Fiction/Fantasy/Short Stories)

To honor the magnificent career of Jack Vance, one unparalleled in achievement and impact, George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois have created this anthology. Here, the best of today's fantasy writers return to the milieu that inspired them, creating their own adventures in the world of Vance’s greatest novel. Reviewed by Stephen Hubbard.'s Sixth Annual Valentine's Day Contest

The countdown to Valentine's Day is on! Stuck on what to buy your Valentine? Our featured titles have the bookish answer. From January 21st through February 4th, readers will have the chance to win one of our five Valentine's Day prizes. They are filled with one copy of each of our featured books, as well as some delicious gourmet chocolate from Godiva --- including a heart-shaped box of truffles, heart-shaped lollipop and a chocolate-covered strawberry bar. Whether you are looking for humorous tales, heartwarming love stories, page-turning mysteries or classic works of literature, our Valentine's Day suggestions are sure to satisfy whatever you’re craving to give on this holiday.

Our featured Valentine's Day titles are:

BRAVA, VALENTINE by Adriana Trigiani

EVERY ZOMBIE EATS SOMEBODY SOMETIME: A Book of Zombie Love Songs by Michael P. Spradlin and illustrated by Jeff Weigel

MARRYING DAISY BELLAMY: Lake Shore Chronicles #8 by Susan Wiggs

THE PERFECT MISTRESS by Victoria Alexander

PICTURES OF YOU by Caroline Leavitt

WILD MAN CREEK: Virgin Rivers Series #2 by Robyn Carr

Romantic Suspense Author Spotlight

SENSELESS by Mary Burton (Romantic Suspense)

The vicious burns scarring the victims’ flesh reveal the agony of their last moments. Each woman was branded with a star, then stabbed through the heart. With every death, a vengeful killer finds a brief, blissful moment of calm. But soon it’s time for the bloodshed to start again…

Ten years ago, Eva Rayburn and her sorority sisters were celebrating the end of the school year. That party turned into a nightmare Eva can’t forget. Now she’s trying to start over in her Virginia hometown, but a new nightmare has begun. Every victim is linked to her. And Detective Deacon Garrison isn’t sure whether this mysterious woman needs investigating --- or protecting…

-Click here to read a third excerpt from SENSELESS.

-Click here to read Mary Burton's bio.

-Click here to see Mary Burton's backlist.

-Click here to read critical praise for SENSELESS.

-Click here to read more about SENSELESS.

-Visit Mary Burton's official website,

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

One to Watch Author Spotlight

PRAYERS AND LIES by Sherri Wood Emmons (Fiction)

When 7-year-old Bethany meets her 6-year-old cousin Reana Mae, it’s the beginning of a kinship of misfits that saves both from a bone-deep loneliness. Every summer, Bethany and her family leave Indianapolis for West Virginia’s Coal River Valley. For Bethany’s mother, the trips are a reminder of the coalmines and grinding poverty of her childhood, of a place she’d hoped to escape. But her loving relatives, and Bethany’s friendship with Reana Mae, keep them coming back.

But as Bethany grows older, she realizes that life in this small, close-knit community is not as simple as she once thought…that the riverside cabins that hold so much of her family’s history also teem with scandalous whispers…and that those closest to her harbor unimaginable secrets.

-Click here to read a third excerpt from PRAYERS AND LIES.

-Click here to read Sherri Wood Emmons's bio.

-Click here to read critical praise for PRAYERS AND LIES.

-Click here to see the reading group guide for PRAYERS AND LIES.

-Click here to read more about PRAYERS AND LIES.

-Visit Sherri Wood Emmons's official website,

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

Debut Suspense Thriller Author Spotlight

DELIRIOUS by Daniel Palmer (Psychological Thriller)

Charlie Giles is at the top of his game. An electronics superstar, he’s sold his startup company to a giant Boston firm, where he’s now a senior director. With his dog, Monte, at his side, Charlie is treated like a VIP everywhere he goes.

Then one day, everything in Charlie’s neatly ordered world starts to go terrifyingly wrong. His prestigious job and his inventions are wrenched away from him. His family is targeted, and his former employers are dying gruesomely, picked off one by one. Every sign, every shred of evidence, points to Charlie as a cold-blooded killer. And soon Charlie is unable to tell whether he’s succumbed to the pressures of work and become the architect of his own destruction, or whether he’s the victim of a relentless, diabolical attack.

-Click here to read a third excerpt from DELIRIOUS.

-Click here to read Daniel Palmer's bio.

-Click here to read critical praise for DELIRIOUS.

-Click here to read more about DELIRIOUS.

-Visit Daniel Palmer's official website,

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

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