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July 25, 2008 Newsletter

July 25, 2008

This Week on

California, Here I Come!

Author Talk: Daniel Silva, Author of MOSCOW RULES Talks to Brandon Massey, Author of DON'T EVER TELL

Our Summer Beach Bag Contest: Spotlight This Week on a Collection of Titles from Harper Perennial and Harper Paperbacks
Now in Stores: GOOD-BYE AND AMEN by Beth Gutcheon

Now in Stores: THE LIKENESS by Tana French

New in Paperback for July

Featured One to Watch Author: Andrew Davidson, Author of THE GARGOYLE

Featured One to Watch Author: Matt Rothschild, Author of DUMBFOUNDED

Featured Historical Fiction Author: C. W. Gortner, Author of THE LAST QUEEN
What's New This Month on
This Month's Grab Bag of Books Giveaway

This Week's Reviews

Poll and Question of the Week: Gas Prices and Bookbuying

Word of Mouth: Tell Us What You're Reading --- THREE Prizes

Quick Links to Features On The Book Report Network
Past Reviews
Can't See the Graphics? Read This Newsletter Online
Suspense/Thriller Author Spotlight Promotion
Debut Suspense/Thriller One to Watch Promotion
Mystery Mayhem Promotion

Historical Fiction Promotion

One to Watch Promotion
Books Into Movies
Bestseller Lists
Coming Soon
New in Paperback

California, Here I Come!

I think if my summer has a theme song, “California, Here I Come” is going to be it. Yes folks, once again I am going to be racing my way over the amber waves of grain and purple mountains majesty to the left coast. I seriously think that if this keeps up, I am going to be sending holiday cards with a freeway return address, and Larry Kellner, the CEO of Continental Airlines, is going to be on my holiday card list. His face pops up on the monitor before the safety lecture that I seem to view once a week these days. Once again I am writing this newsletter on Wednesday as I know the end of the week is going to be hectic.

This time I am headed out to
Comic-Con International in San Diego, where I will be gathering with some 100,000 plus fans at the San Diego Convention Center with our Contributing Editor for Graphic Novels, John Hogan, meeting with writers and creators about our planned graphic novel website. Comic-Con is not just a comic book convention --- it has become a pop-culture event. There are movie and television show premieres and trailors. It's quite a scene.

Readers of this newsletter know that when I travel somewhere my 17 years at Conde Nast kick in and all I think of is –-- what to wear. So imagine my glee when I heard that jeans were the dress of choice for anyone not donning a comic-related costume for this one. For the record, I have blue, aqua, turquoise, beige and black jeans packed. One never knows what one means when they say jeans, after all. I also have comfortable sandals --- in three colors --- and backup shoes in case the sandals hurt. One can never be sure on such things.

As usual there is a full agenda. I prepped by going to see The Dark Knight the other night --- and yes, Heath Ledger IS amazing as The Joker. I also read Brad Meltzer’s upcoming book,
THE BOOK OF LIES, which will be in stores on September 2nd. Brad is a huge fan of comics and has created three series of work in that format. In THE BOOK OF LIES he melds his world as a novelist with his love of comics, creating a book that wraps itself around a fictional story about the genesis of the creation of Superman by Jerry Siegel, and it’s brilliantly done. He has a quote in his closing letter in the book that reveals that, to him, Superman’s greatest contribution has never been the superhero part; "it’s the Clark Kent part --- the idea that any of us, in all of our ordinariness, can change the world." Think about that. I am seeing Brad on Friday and look forward to talking to him more about this book. For the record, I am not a comic geek, but I still appreciated this book enormously.

This week we bring you an
interview with Daniel Silva and a review of his new book, MOSCOW RULES, which is just terrific. Silva gets better and better with each book. He is a meticulous researcher as well as a gifted author. I watched his interview on "The Today Show" and his journalist background shone through. I saw how this skill truly informs his fiction work. My mom heard him interviewed the other morning on "The Joan Hamburg Show," and she called to tell me she HAD to read it. She quoted from the interview and was clearly moved by it. I love when moments like that happen --- hearing a reader really enthused about a book.

Also this week,
Beth Gutcheon’s new book, GOOD-BYE AND AMEN, is in stores. Many of you may have read Gutcheon's last novel, LEEWAY COTTAGE, which was the story of a Danish pianist named Laurus Moss and his marriage to the very wealthy Sydney Brant. This one has their children returning to the house following their parents' death to spend a last group visit there and divide up their parents' possessions. Told in overlapping voices, a style that I quickly caught onto and enjoyed, the book explores love and family, and what happens to a family when its center, the parents, are gone for good. While I have not been through this, friends who have lost their last parent often talk about final meetings like this where many times everyone's true colors emerge. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Also on sale Tuesday is
THE MAP THIEF by Heather Terrell. Many of you may remember her as the author of A TARGET="_blank" HREF="">THE CHRYSALIS, which we featured here last year. I got to catch up with Heather at ThrillerFest a few weeks ago, and as always this was a real treat. THE MAP THIEF, like THE CHRYSALIS, takes place in more than one time period. Heather held my interest on the historical portions, which often can be laborious for me, as she included so many interesting details that grabbed me again and again. In her new historical thriller, Mara Coyne (introduced in THE CHRYSALIS) has been hired to recover a centuries-old map stolen from an archaeological dig in China. As Mara begins her investigation, she discovers that the map has greater value than anyone expected --- and that her client's motives may be suspect. Terrell delivers a fast-paced, suspenseful story relating the journey of the first world map from 15th-century China and Europe to the present-day. Also on sale on Tuesday is ROBERT LUDLUM'S THE BOURNE SANCTION by Eric Van Lustbader. He has been doing a marvelous job of writing this series. Two weeks ago at ThrillerFest he noted that Ludlum never wrote with humor, so to write in his style he needs to be mindful of this.

Beach Bag of Books contest this week features three great titles from Harper Paperbacks and Harper Perennial --- THE SUMMER OF NAKED SWIM PARTIES by Jessica Anya Blau,
STONE CREEKA> by Victoria Lustbader and ISLAND OF LOST GIRLS by Jennifer McMahon. Among the items in this week’s beach bag are hibiscus-adorned margarita glasses and an inflatable pool raft.

We received some great feedback from our advance readers of
RULES OF DECEPTION by Christopher Reich, which you can read here.

poll and question delve into whether or not your book buying habits have changed since the price of gas has gone up. I look forward to hearing what you have to say.

My boys are meeting me in San Diego on Sunday afternoon. This will be the first time they have flown alone. I have fingers crossed that this goes well. Since they can…ahem…spar a lot, I have been having them watch episodes of "Flipper" to learn about brotherly love. Seriously. One night we were flipping channels and there was good old Flipper bouncing his way through the water. For the record, Flipper and Lassie are two television pets who were smarter than their combined families. Well, when I was little I completely was focused on Flipper saving the day and I missed the warm brotherly bonds between Sandy and Bud. Their dad, Ranger Ricks, would ask these two to do the dishes and they would plan how to handle this chore. They watched out for each other. They were…perfect. These days, when I ask my boys to do chores and they give me a hard time, I say, "What would Sandy and Bud do?" They groan. Cory told me the other day he watched an episode where the brothers fought, but I am sure he was misinterpreting. By the way, I read recently that Flipper was a female dolphin. Maybe THAT explains a lot! Well, here’s hoping my own Sandy and Bud wing their way west in a brotherly manner.

We are going to do some touring around San Diego and then head up the Pacific Coast Highway to San Francisco where I will be attending events surrounding the
Romance Writers of America Conference beginning Wednesday night when they host their annual literacy signing. Considering the list of things the boys want to see on the trip north, which is 2 1/2 days long, I can see myself hurtling my way towards the signing at the 11th hour. I am packing books for this trip, but not as many as usual as Hertz has a rule that no one under 21 can drive the rental car. But since WE have a rule that the driver picks the music, I at least know my iPod will be docked the whole way. I can hear you all suggesting audiobooks. I seriously cannot concentrate enough on them, but I sooooo wish I could.

I have an advance reading copy of
AMERICAN WIFE, the new one from Curtis Sittenfeld, that is getting a lot of buzz and will be in stores on September 2nd, and FRACTURED by Karin Slaughter, because I am afraid of her. No, seriously I like Karin’s books, but when I read her newsletter I feel like I better get reading NOW. So thanks to my friends at her publisher for getting me an advance copy since it pubs on Tuesday.

I am sure that by next week I will have lots more stories. My own Sandy and Bud are sure to give me loads of material besides what I see in San Diego. Reminder to those at Comic-Con looking for me: I am the one WITHOUT the costume. Have a great week ---- read something in the hammock or the pool for me. If I am lucky, I will get a few moments on Mission Beach. Read on….

Carol Fitzgerald (


Author Talk: Daniel Silva, Author of MOSCOW RULES

Daniel Silva's latest novel, MOSCOW RULES, brings Israeli intelligence agent and art restorer Gabriel Allon to Russia's capital city, on the heels of a former KGB colonel turned arms dealer on the verge of selling the country's most advanced weapons to al-Qaeda terrorist groups. In this interview, Silva discusses the meaning behind the book's title and explains how contemporary events in Eastern Europe inspired its plot. He also shares some of his own experiences visiting Russia in the name of research, sheds light on the country's current political landscape, and speculates on the growing appeal of his unique and intriguing protagonist.

MOSCOW RULES by Daniel Silva (Thriller)
Israeli special agent Gabriel Allon learns that a Russian billionaire is setting up an exchange of illegal arms for an obscene amount of money. Can he stop the man in time and save the informant? It will be tricky, especially since Allon is strictly forbidden to set foot in Moscow. Reviewed by Kate Ayers.

-Click here to read a review of MOSCOW RULES.
-Click here to read an excerpt from MOSCOW RULES.
-Visit the author's official website,

Click here to read an interview with Daniel Silva. Talks to Brandon Massey, Author of DON'T EVER TELL

Though established as an author and editor of horror and supernatural fiction, Brandon Massey tries his hand at traditional thrillers with his latest release, DON'T EVER TELL. In this interview with's Joe Hartlaub, Massey explains why he chose to experiment with a new genre and describes what event in his own life partly inspired the plot of his current book. He also shares details about the real island off the coast of Georgia after which his fictional setting is modeled, weighs the pros and cons of writing novels over short stories, and discusses his future career goals and plans to continue penning suspense thrillers.

DON'T EVER TELL by Brandon Massey (Thriller)
With a new identity, a new city to live in and a wonderful new husband, Rachel Moore believes she's finally free of the demons in her past. But nothing could be farther from the truth. For the deadly secrets she thought were long buried are now on the brink of being exposed... Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

-Click here to read a review of DON'T EVER TELL.
-Click here to read an excerpt from DON'T EVER TELL.


Click here to read our interview with Brandon Massey.

Our Summer Beach Bag Contest: Spotlight This Week on a Collection of Titles from Harper Perennial and Harper Paperbacks
Whether your "beach" is on sand, your backyard deck or a grassy meadow in the country, the summer months mean it's time for "beach reading." is celebrating the lazy days of summer reading with our Fourth Annual " Beach Bag of Books."

Every week from May 16th through August 29th, a different title or collection of titles will be featured with a review and contest prize --- a beach bag stocked with the featured book(s), plus summertime essentials that tie in to the weekly theme. Five FABULOUS beach bags will be given away each week, as well as five copies of the featured book(s) to additional winners.

This week we’re spotlighting a collection of titles from Harper Paperbacks and Harper Perennial, including THE SUMMER OF NAKED SWIM PARTIES by Jessica Anya Blau, STONE CREEK by Victoria Lustbader and ISLAND OF LOST GIRLS by Jennifer McMahon. In a brown and blue print bag, winners will find a bright blue towel, an inflatable pool raft, hibiscus deck lights, two hibiscus-adorned margarita glasses, a set of candles shaped like flip-flops, H2O+ Lavender-Sage Shimmering Body Soufflé and Shower and Bath Gel, as well as a copy of THE SUMMER OF NAKED SWIM PARTIES, STONE CREEK and ISLAND OF LOST GIRLS. We have five to give away, as well as five additional prizes of copies of THE SUMMER OF NAKED SWIM PARTIES, STONE CREEK and ISLAND OF LOST GIRLS.

To enter, fill out this form and answer the following question by Thursday, July 31st at 11:59PM. You can find the answer by reading an excerpt from THE SUMMER OF NAKED SWIM PARTIES here.

What does Jamie tell Leon she and her friends will do while her parents are away?

THE SUMMER OF NAKED SWIM PARTIES by Jessica Anya Blau (Fiction)
Fourteen-year-old Jamie will never forget the summer of 1976. It's the summer when she has her first boyfriend; when her two best friends get serious about sex, cigarettes and tanning; and when her parents throw naked swim parties, leaving Jamie flushed with embarrassment. And it's the summer that forever changes the way Jamie sees the things that matter: family, friendship, love and herself. Reviewed by Bronwyn Miller.

STONE CREEK by Victoria Lustbader (Fiction)
Danny, a young widower, still grieves for his late wife, but for the sake of his five-year-old son, he knows he must move on. Alone in her summer house, Lily has left her workaholic husband, Paul, to his long hours and late nights back in the city. In Stone Creek, she can yearn in solitude for the treasure she's been denied: a child. What occurs when Lily and Danny meet is immediate and undeniable --- despite Lily being 10 years older and married. Reviewed by Cindy Crosby.

ISLAND OF LOST GIRLS by Jennifer McMahon (Suspense)
Secrets and lies, both present and past, unravel after 23-year-old Rhonda Farr witnesses a child abduction --- by a giant rabbit --- in an unsettling thriller by the author of the bestseller PROMISE NOT TO TELL. Masterfully eerie, this story will keep you guessing until the final conclusion. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

-Read more about Jessica Anya Blau and THE SUMMER OF NAKED SWIM PARTIES here.
-Read more about Victoria Lustbader and STONE CREEK here.
-Read more about Jennifer McMahon and ISLAND OF LOST GIRLS here.
Click here to read all the details of our Summer Beach Bag Contest.

Now in Stores: GOOD-BYE AND AMEN by Beth Gutcheon
GOOD-BYE AND AMEN by Beth Gutcheon (Fiction)
GOOD-BYE AND AMEN continues the story of the Moss family that began in Beth Gutcheon’s critically acclaimed LEEWAY COTTAGE. After the deaths of Laurus and Sydney Moss, their two daughters and one son meet back at the cottage for the “middle-aged orphans’ lottery” --- divvying up the family possessions and getting to the bottom of their relationships with their parents and, most of all, each other. Reviewed by Pat Morris.

-Click here to read an excerpt from GOOD-BYE AND AMEN.

Click here to read a review of GOOD-BYE AND AMEN.


Now in Stores: THE LIKENESS by Tana French

THE LIKENESS by Tana French (Mystery)
In her award-winning debut novel, IN THE WOODS, Tana French demonstrated that she has an uncanny ability to draw disparate elements from her characters' past into the present --- elements that have quietly festered for years until they suddenly and dramatically affect the present. THE LIKENESS continues this theme, though in a totally different manner. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

-Click here to read an excerpt from THE LIKENESS.


Click here to read a review of THE LIKENESS.

New in Paperback for July

July's roundup of New in Paperback titles includes PLAYING FOR PIZZA, a major departure from the courtroom novels that have made John Grisham an internationally known author; THE SANCTUARY, Raymond Khoury's second work of fiction following his bestselling debut THE LAST TEMPLAR; THE BONE GARDEN by Tess Gerritsen, in which unknown bones, untold secrets and unsolved crimes from the distant past cast ominous shadows on the present; Jacquelyn Mitchard's STILL SUMMER, a breathtaking tale of adventure, love and friendship; RUN by Ann Patchett, a novel about secrets, duty, responsibility and the lengths we will go to protect our children; PLAY DIRTY, a gripping story of obsession and its deadly consequences from prolific author Sandra Brown; and HERE IF YOU NEED ME, a thought-provoking and deeply moving memoir of Kate Braestrup's remarkable journey from grief to faith to happiness.

Click here to see our New in Paperback feature for July.


Featured One to Watch Author: Andrew Davidson, Author of THE GARGOYLE

Andrew Davidson’s debut novel, THE GARGOYLE, is the product of seven years' worth of research and composition. Releasing on August 5th, THE GARGOYLE weaves a riveting love story about the redemptive power of suffering and a romance that transcends the limits of space and time.

-Click here to read an excerpt from THE GARGOYLE.
-Click here to read Andrew Davidson's bio.
-Click here to read critical praise for THE GARGOYLE.
-Visit these two pages about THE GARGOYLE: and
-Click here to see our advance copy winners.

More about THE GARGOYLE:
Marianne Engel is a beautiful sculptress of gargoyles who appears in the burn unit one day and tells the narrator of this mesmerizing tale that they were lovers in medieval times, when she was a scribe and he was a mercenary. Is she simply mad? Or is she truly the angel of mercy who will save him from his suicidal despair?


Click here to read more about Andrew Davidson and THE GARGOYLE.


span>Featured One to Watch Author: Matt Rothschild, Author of DUMBFOUNDED

In his debut memoir, DUMBFOUNDED, Matt Rothschild writes a laugh-out-loud narrative of a precocious and sexually confused boy raised by his grandparents --- the only Jews in an elite Manhattan apartment building. DUMBFOUNDED will be available in stores on August 12th.

-Click here to read an excerpt from DUMBFOUNDED.
-Click here to read Matt Rothschild’s bio.
-Click here to read critical praise for DUMBFOUNDED.
-Visit the author’s official website,
-Click here to see our advance copy winners.

The only Jewish family in a luxury Fifth Avenue building of WASPs, the senior Rothschilds took over the responsibility of raising their grandson, Matt, after his mother left him for Italy and a fourth husband. But rearing Matt was no small task --- even for his sharp-tongued grandmother, a cross between Lauren Bacall and Bea Arthur, and a lady who Matt grew to love deeply.

Click here to read more about Matt Rothschild and DUMBFOUNDED.

Featured Historical Fiction Author: C. W. Gortner, Author of THE LAST QUEEN

C. W. Gortner has a master’s degree in writing with an emphasis on historical studies. In THE LAST QUEEN, which will be available on July 29th, Gortner tells the story of a Spanish queen, her tumultuous marriage into the Habsburg Empire, her dynamic relationship with her parents Ferdinand and Isabella, and her determination to hold on to the throne that is rightfully hers.

-Click here to read a third excerpt from THE LAST QUEEN.
-Click here to read C. W. Gortner’s bio.
-Click here to see C. W. Gortner's backlist.
-Click here to read critical praise for THE LAST QUEEN.
-Visit the author's official website,
-Click here to see our advance copy winners.

More about THE LAST QUEEN:
Juana of Castile, the last queen of Spanish blood to inherit her country’s throne, has been for centuries an enigmatic figure shrouded in lurid myth. Was she the bereft widow of legend who was driven mad by her loss, or has history misjudged a woman who was ahead of her time? In his stunning new novel, C. W. Gortner challenges the myths about Queen Juana, unraveling the mystery surrounding her to reveal a brave, determined woman we can only now begin to fully understand.


Click here to read more about C. W. Gortner and THE LAST QUEEN.

What's New This Month on is our website for Christian readers with monthly updates of reviews and interviews, as well as discussion guides, book excerpts, a monthly newsletter and more. A special feature on the site is the Faithful Fifteen, in which authors answer a series of questions about writing and faith.

Here are some of the titles being featured this month on

THE EDGE OF RECALL by Kristen Heitzmann
LOVE AS A WAY OF LIFE by Gary Chapman
MERCILESS by Robin Parrish
MISTAKEN IDENTITY by Don & Susie Van Ryn and Newell, Colleen & Whitney Cerak
PAINTED DRESSES by Patricia Hickman
RIVEN by Jerry B. Jenkins
THE SACRED ECHO by Margaret Feinberg
WIDE AWAKE by Erwin Raphael McManus

Click here to visit

This Month's Grab Bag of Books Giveaway
We at are THRILLED with the response we’ve been getting to our brand new Grab Bag of Books contest. Every month five readers will be awarded a signature tote bag filled with some of the hottest books --- and may even include a sneak peak at titles that haven’t been released yet.

This contest period’s winners will each receive a copy of AIRHEAD by Meg Cabot, CATHY’S KEY: If Found Call (650) 266-8202, THE MESSAGE: 100 Life Lessons from Hip-Hop's Greatest Songs by Felicia Pride, MORIBITO: GUARDIAN OF THE SPIRIT by Nahoko Uehashi, SHORTIE LIKE MINE by Ni-Ni Simone and SOVAY by Celia Rees.

-Click here for previous winners.

Click here to read all the contest details.


This Week's Reviews

MY SISTER, MY LOVE: The Intimate Story of Skyler Rampike by Joyce Carol Oates (Fiction)
Joyce Carol Oates, award-winning writer of darkly amusing American fiction, has pushed the envelope to the ripping point in this speculative take on the most notorious unsolved crime of the 20th century --- the murder of JonBenét Ramsey. Reviewed by Barbara Bamberger Scott.

-Click here to read an excerpt from MY SISTER, MY LOVE.

MARRIED LOVERS by Jackie Collins (Romantic Suspense)
Womanizing is a way of life in Hollywood for the billionaire moguls who rule the town with power and extravagant Bel-Air parties. Married lovers play in Porsches, Prada and private bungalows. Cameron Paradise has a body that attracts men and money, but there is only one thing she is lusting after --- a married lover. Reviewed by Hillary Wagy.
FUZZY NAVEL: A Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels Mystery by J. A. Konrath (Mystery)
After four previous adventures in which Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels managed to best some of fiction's most heinous criminals, things seem to be going well for Chicago's hero homicide detective. She and her mom are enjoying their new home in the suburbs, she's engaged to the man of her dreams and her arrest record continues to be the envy of her colleagues. But, as we've come to expect from J. A. Konrath, before page three all hell breaks loose. Reviewed by Maggie Harding.

ROME 1960: The Olympics That Changed the World by David Maraniss (Sports History)
Critically acclaimed and bestselling author David Marannis, who knows his sports as well as his history and politics, has painted a magnificent portrait of the 1960 Rome Olympics --- the precursor to the modern Olympic Games --- and their place in sports history. Reviewed by Stuart Shiffman.

QUIVER by Peter Leonard (Thriller)
Kate McCall’s husband has been killed by her son, Luke, in a tragic bow-hunting accident. While Kate struggles with Luke’s surly guilt, her first love, an ex-con named Jack, reappears, along with a crew of his former “colleagues.” While Jack must convince his partners in crime that he really did lose the heist money, his appearance sets into motion a series of events culminating in a life-and-death confrontation with a gang of killers. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

STILL WATERS by Nigel McCrery (Mystery)
A killer is loose in England. A killer as unique as the detective investigating the case, for Detective Chief Inspector Mark Lapslie "tastes" sounds. Will his rare affliction help him or hinder him in his pursuit of this crafty murderer? Reviewed by Kate Ayers.

NO ONE TELLS EVERYTHING by Rae Meadows (Fiction)
In NO ONE TELLS EVERYTHING, an unsettling novel about coming to terms with crimes and disappointments, up-and-coming author Rae Meadows offers a powerful, multifaceted reflection on how the past defines the present. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

SEVERANCE PACKAGE by Duane Swierczynski (Thriller)
Seven employees are trapped on the 36th floor of a Philadelphia skyscraper and are about to be permanently downsized by their boss in this latest action-packed thriller by Duane Swierczynski, former editor-in-chief of the Philadelphia City Paper and author of THE BLONDE. Reviewed by Tom Callahan.

Read this week's reviews here.


Poll and Question of the Week: Gas Prices and Bookbuying


Have increased gas costs changed your bookbuying habits?

Yes, I am buying more online.
Yes, I am shopping more locally rather than traveling long distances to shop.
Yes, I am trying to plan my bookbuying trips in advance.
Yes, I am buying fewer books.
Yes, I am going to the library more.
I have always used the library, so there is no change.
No, there has been no change in my bookbuying habits.
I am not sure about this.

-Click here to answer our poll.


Name up to three authors whose books you HAVE to have, no matter how tight your budget is.

-Click here to answer our question.


Word of Mouth: Tell Us What You're Reading --- THREE Prizes

Tell us what books YOU are reading and loving --- or even those you don't.

This week we have three great prizes: FIVE readers each will win a copy of THE MAP THIEF by Heather Terrell, ROBERT LUDLUM'S THE BOURNE SANCTION by Eric Van Lustbader and THE TURNAROUND by George Pelecanos. Tell us what you are reading and rate the titles 1-5 by noon on August 8th to ensure that you are in the running to win these books.

Please note that our next Word of Mouth update will be on August 8th.
Need more details about Word of Mouth? Click here.


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Those who are subscribed to the newsletter by July 31, 2008 automatically are entered in our Monthly Newsletter Contest. This month one winner will be selected to win the following five books: AT FIRST SIGHT: A Novel of Obsession by Stephen J. Cannell, FISHERMAN'S BEND: A Jane Bunker Novel by Linda Greenlaw, KILLER VIEW by Ridley Pearson, MOSCOW RULES by Daniel Silva and SAY GOODBYE by Lisa Gardner. Vada from Anoka, MN
was last month's newsletter winner. She won THE BROKEN WINDOW: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel by Jeffery Deaver, FEARLESS FOURTEEN: A Stephanie Plum Novel by Janet Evanovich, THE MURDER NOTEBOOK by Jonathan Santlofer, NOTHING TO LOSE: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child and THIS CHARMING MAN by Marian Keyes.

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