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Tom, Rebecca and I spent much of our Friday the 13th at ThrillerFest, which I think is very fitting! Among the many mystery/thriller authors we saw on panels today were Gregg Hurwitz, Joseph Finder, Robert Dugoni and Karin Slaughter. Lee Child interviewed Megan Abbott, which was such fun. Their chemistry was amazing!

But the highlight of the day was a wonderful, lively interview with George R.R. Martin, who is this year's ThrillerMaster (which is ThrillerFest's lifetime achievement honor). Amusingly, just as he was introduced by his editor, the entire room went dark, as the lights went out for no apparent reason. Someone in the audience said, "Winter is coming," and everyone started laughing. Tom and Rebecca were thrilled to have a picture taken with him, which you can see above, at a book signing that occurred right after the interview. Meanwhile, I had my annual tea date with Keith Raffel, where he shared a very interesting book idea with me. We will have much more on the panels we attended and the authors we heard speak in next week's newsletter.

On Sale This Week

In this newsletter, you will find books releasing the weeks of July 16th and July 23rd that we think will be of interest to Bookreporter.com readers, along with Bonus News, where we call out a contest, feature or review that we want to let you know about so you have it on your radar.

This week, we are calling attention to our review of THE SUMMER WIVES and our interview with its author, Beatriz Williams. This Women's Fiction Author Spotlight title will be a Bookreporter.com Bets On pick.

We also are spotlighting our recent reviews of CLOCK DANCE by Anne Tyler, I SEE LIFE THROUGH ROSÉ-COLORED GLASSES: True Stories and Confessions by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella, and THE WIDOWER'S NOTEBOOK: A Memoir by Jonathan Santlofer, the latter of which will be a Bets On selection.

You can read Carol Fitzgerald's commentaries on both THE SUMMER WIVES and THE WIDOWER'S NOTEBOOK in the July 20th Bookreporter.com Weekly Update newsletter.

Summer Reading

This Bookreporter.com Special Newsletter spotlights a book that we think is a great summer reading selection. Read more about it, and enter our Summer Reading Contest by Friday, July 20th at 11:59am ET for a chance to win one of five copies of THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF AARON BROOM by A. E. Hotchner, which is now available. Please note that each contest is only open for 24 hours, so you will need to act quickly!

Spring Preview

This Bookreporter.com Special Newsletter spotlights a book that we know people will be talking about this spring. Read more about it, and enter our Spring Preview Contest by Friday, April 20th at 11:59am ET for a chance to win one of five copies of WELL, THAT ESCALATED QUICKLY: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist by Franchesca Ramsey, which releases on May 22nd. Please note that each contest is only open for 24 hours, so you will need to act quickly!

Winter Reading

This Bookreporter.com Special Newsletter spotlights a book releasing in the next few months that we would like to get on your radar now. Read more about it, and enter our Winter Reading Contest by Friday, February 23rd at 11:59am ET for a chance to win one of five copies of BEAUTY IN THE BROKEN PLACES: A Memoir of Love, Faith, and Resilience by Allison Pataki, which will be available on May 1st. Please note that each contest is only open for 24 hours, so you will need to act quickly!

Holiday Cheer

This Bookreporter.com Special Newsletter spotlights a book that is perfect for holiday giving and that you may want to include on your "to me/from me" list. Read more about it, and enter our Holiday Cheer Contest by Thursday, December 21st at 11:59am ET for a chance to win one of five copies of THE GIRLS IN THE PICTURE by Melanie Benjamin, which releases on January 16th. Please note that each contest is only open for 24 hours, so you will need to act quickly!

Fall Preview

This Bookreporter.com Special Newsletter spotlights a book that we know people will be talking about in the months to come. Read more about it, and enter our Fall Preview Contest by Friday, October 20th at 11:59am ET for a chance to win one of five copies of EDUCATED: A Memoir by Tara Westover, which releases on February 20th and will be a Bookreporter.com Bets On selection. Please note that each contest is only open for 24 hours, so you will need to act quickly!

Fall Showcase

This Bookreporter.com Special Newsletter spotlights multiple books coming out this fall. Read more about them, and enter our Fall Showcase Contest by Friday, October 25th at noon ET for a chance to win one of five copies of each of the following books: THE ALL-GIRL FILLING STATION’S LAST REUNION by Fannie Flagg, THE AVIATOR'S WIFE by Melanie Benjamin, CARTWHEEL by Jennifer duBois, A NANTUCKET CHRISTMAS by Nancy Thayer, and NIGHT FILM by Marisha Pessl.