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July 9, 2010 Newsletter July 9, 2010
Hotel Happenings
I'm writing tonight from the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York where I am staying while I enjoy ThrillerFest, the International Thriller Writers Convention. As I have never been an early morning kinda gal --- and since my son, Greg, who is photographing the event, is not from “the early bird catches the worm” school of life either --- we thought being in the same place as where we need to be at 9AM made a lot of sense. We checked in and both commented on how this room was nicer than the one that we had last year --- and then we ran to the conference and raced back here to work for a few hours, not paying much attention to the surroundings.

When it was time for bed, we realized there was a ton of “mood lighting” in the room --- tracks of lights providing glows everywhere. Well, it was time to turn those off, but we could not figure out HOW. We called the front desk; they had no idea. They sent us to engineering; they had no idea. They sent us to housekeeping; they had no idea. They asked if the head of housekeeping could come up. It’s now nearly midnight, so who were we to argue with this? He came in and said, “I have no idea how to turn the lights off.” I said, “So NO ONE has ever asked this question?” He said, “You are in one of TWO prototype rooms for our redesign. The other is across the hall.” Well, if they are taking votes, the lighting is not intuitive. Fifteen minutes later, he figured out how to unplug it. Amusing night. Exhausted, we went to sleep.

Then at 5:30AM the alarm went off in the iPod clock radio. I HATE it when the person who was in the room the night before fails to turn the alarm off. It’s even worse when the clock radio requires an instruction manual to turn it off. Hotels…always an adventure!

We’ve had a great time the last two days participating in CraftFest events as part of this convention. Here bestselling authors impart their advice on crafting, editing, pacing, developing and everything else you want to know about writing a thriller to those who would like to be published or polish their craft. We caught sessions with Lisa Gardner, Erica Spindler, J.T. Ellison, Alex Kava, R.L. Stine and Lisa Scottoline --- and each speaker was better than the next. All their advice has made me a smarter reader as I am watching more as I read to see how a story can move along tightly and briskly with attention to details like this. Reading Lisa Gardner’s books I see how she is very attentive to pacing as there is nary a spare word. And you can see what I mean when you read her latest book, LIVE TO TELL, which will be in stores Tuesday.

Erica, J.T. and Alex talked about writing female protagonists, and as they were all informed about each other’s work, the conversation was sharp and lively. R.L. Stine made me smile when he told us that no matter what country he travels to, the first question kids ask is, “Where do you get your ideas?” He also said that kids have not changed over the years; they still have the same innate fears and the same concerns no matter what technology they are holding in their hands. Lisa Scottoline opened her talk by sharing her early rejection letters --- many from prominent literary agents who may regret their decisions! She then cheerleaded everyone into looking at what great writing is by sharing opening chapters and closing paragraphs that really work. Just examining writing like this can be really interesting. When you are reading a book that “you cannot put down,” look closely at what’s on the page that kept you reading. Interesting exercise.

Speaking of books I could not put down, I am excited that we have our review of STILL MISSING by Chevy Stevens for you this week, along with an interview with her. This is a book we first introduced as a "Sneak Peek: An Early Look at an Upcoming Book" feature to our readers back in October! Raves came in from these early readers, and throughout the last few months I have heard MANY references about this book from those who read it then. People keep telling me, “I LOVED that book.” Well, it’s in stores now, and as Joe Hartlaub said in his review, "Have you ever tried to read a book where you were so terrified of what would happen next that you had to cover your eyes? That describes a good third of my experience with STILL MISSING… Her characterizations are vivid and unforgettable, and she has the ability to chill with but a few carefully chosen words, to create unforgettable imagery in a short passage. You will take parts of the book with you to your grave." We also featured a review on our blog courtesy of contributors and librarians Sonja Somerville, Robin Beerbower and Liz Hughes, which you can read here. You can keep up with the daily blog here and see some recent posts below, as well as all our new guides recently added to the site.

Like Hitchcock? Like smart writing with a lot of action? Then you want to check out Gregg Hurwitz’s new book, THEY'RE WATCHING. Joe had this to say in his review: "While reading THEY’RE WATCHING, I kept thinking of Cary Grant’s Roger Thornhill in North by Northwest, given that Roger and Patrick are both innocent men who are caught up in situations in which they each look extremely guilty. And indeed, there is a cinematic feel to the book, which demonstrates Hurwitz’s skills as a screenwriter. At the same time, he infuses Patrick’s first-person narrative with a southern California world-weary tone that in places puts one in the mind of Ross MacDonald’s Travis McGee series, a feeling that things may never get better. Hurwitz also keeps his complex plot tightly reined in and easy to follow all the way to the end, where the reason that very bad things have been happening to innocent people is tantalizingly revealed. Enjoy." And Joe also raves about HOSTAGE ZERO, a continuation of John Gilstrap’s series featuring hostage rescue expert Jonathan "Digger" Grave.

At ThrillerFest there will be a signing for THRILLERS: 100 MUST READS, edited by David Morrell and Hank Wagner, which is just out. I look forward to reading what books made their list as I’m sure it will bring back a lot of memories as well as clue me in on titles I may have missed. Joe Hartlaub, who was one VERY busy guy this week, has our review here. Here's a preview: "There is a true embarrassment of riches here, a term that applies not only to the quality of the books listed but also to the commentary provided for each and every one of them. Whether you are seeking to introduce yourself to the rich and wide range of thriller novels, or to fill in the gaps in your collection --- and every bibliophile has at least one --- THRILLERS: 100 MUST READS is the final word on the subject." Yes, this was quite a week for only working four days!

Speaking of suspense/thrillers, I’m really looking forward to the premiere of TNT’s “Rizzoli & Isles” on Monday. The show is based on author Tess Gerritsen’s bestselling crime heroines --- one a detective, the other a forensic expert. When I saw Tess in New York City last month, she was so excited about the show, and rightly so. It looks like a fun series you can lose yourself in every week. You can check out the show’s official site here, and don’t forget to watch on Monday night! The site also has a preview of the first episode, an interview with Tess, and a behind-the-scenes segment with Tess and the actors. You can check out a review of Tess’s latest Rizzoli & Isles book, ICE COLD, here. We’ll be sure to have a reminder on our Facebook page, which you can join here. And you can keep up with our daily posts here.

Our third Beach Bag of Books contest has come to an end, and you can see if you’re one of our five grand prize winners or runners-up here. Our fourth contest features a Women’s Collection from a few different publishers. Our featured titles are THE ACTOR AND THE HOUSEWIFE by Shannon Hale, GOING IN CIRCLES by Pamela Ribon, MENNONITE IN A LITTLE BLACK DRESS: A Memoir of Going Home by Rhoda Janzen and THE SEASON OF SECOND OF CHANCES by Diane Meier. In addition to the books, five winners will receive a blue-and-green striped beach towel, Crystal Light lemonade, shell-shaped towel clips, a blue-and-white striped roll-up beach mat that can double as a picnic blanket, a deck of waterproof cards, and blue floral picnic ware (including dinner and salad plates, and glasses for four), all packed in an oversized beach tote. Five runners-up will win copies of the books. Enter here by Friday, July 23rd at noon ET for your chance to win.

With so much doom and gloom being written about libraries in trouble, I got a great note from Mary Jean, one of our readers in Davenport, Iowa, who shared that her town has three libraries, with the grand opening of the third scheduled for this weekend. The town will now have a downtown library and branches on the east and west sides of town. This news made me smile, and I’m so glad Mary Jean shared it with me, and now all of you.

We know many of you travel during the summer and may get behind on your email. You can catch up here by reading our current and past newsletters online. Also, if you would prefer an abbreviated newsletter with just the promos and the links, sign up for our Update emails to come to you via email or RSS feed here.

I look forward to seeing a number of our author friends over the next couple of days --- and looking for more books that you will not want to miss. Have a great week…and stay cool.

Carol Fitzgerald ( Talks to Chevy Stevens, Author of STILL MISSING’s Joe Hartlaub recently spoke with Chevy Stevens, author of the newly released debut thriller STILL MISSING. In this interview, Stevens discusses how her “day job” inspired this story centered on the captivity of a realtor abducted during an open house and explains the slow evolution of protagonist Annie O’Sullivan over the course of several early drafts. She also recalls the lengthy process of writing and publishing her first book, shares her favorite works from an influential writer, and describes her next work in progress.

STILL MISSING by Chevy Stevens (Suspense)
On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a 32-year-old realtor, had three goals --- sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she's about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all. Nothing could have been further from the truth. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

-Click here to read a review of STILL MISSING.
-Click here to read an excerpt from STILL MISSING.
-Click here to read Chevy Stevens’s bio.
-Click here to read critical praise for STILL MISSING.
-Click here to see our advance copy winners.


Click here to read our interview with Chevy Stevens. Talks to Gregg Hurwitz, Author of THEY'RE WATCHING

Gregg Hurwitz is the author of 10 thrillers, including THE CRIME WRITER, TRUST NO ONE, and the newly released THEY’RE WATCHING. In this interview with’s Joe Hartlaub, Hurwitz reveals the source of inspiration for all of his novels, and compares personality traits with his latest protagonist, Patrick Davis. He also discusses his work in television and comics, fantasizes about alternate careers if he weren’t writing for a living, and shares details about a possible big screen adaptation of THEY’RE WATCHING currently in the works.

THEY’RE WATCHING by Gregg Hurwitz (Suspense)
Patrick Davis is a man with troubles. First his Hollywood dreams crumble and then his storybook marriage hits a snag. Now, DVDs start being delivered to his house --- DVDs that show someone is watching him and his wife, that the two of them are being stalked and recorded by cameras hidden in their house. Then the e-mails start, and someone offers to fix everything. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

-Click here to read a review of THEY'RE WATCHING.
-Click here to read an excerpt from THEY'RE WATCHING.
-Click here to read Gregg Hurwitz’s bio.
-Click here to see Gregg Hurwitz’s backlist.
-Click here to read critical praise for THEY'RE WATCHING.
-Click here to see our advance copy winners.


Click here to read our interview with Gregg Hurwitz. Talks to John Gilstrap, Author of HOSTAGE ZERO

John Gilstrap’s sixth novel, HOSTAGE ZERO, is the follow-up to last year’s NO MERCY, and finds freelance covert op Jonathan Grave investigating the kidnapping of two boys from a facility for the children of imprisoned criminals. In this interview with’s Joe Hartlaub, Gilstrap explains what prompted him to make this unconventional school the focus of his latest thriller and explores his protagonist’s motivations for solving the crime. He also talks about the advantages of writing series books over stand-alones, shares a humorous anecdote from a past book signing, and mentions a few memorable recent reads.

HOSTAGE ZERO by John Gilstrap (Political Thriller)
Hostage rescue expert Jonathan Grave is used to working alone, and this time he’ll have to go where even the government won’t. An innocent man has been shot and two young people are missing. But tracking them down is just the beginning. To keep them and his covert team alive, Jonathan must plunge into the heart of an ugly secret whose insidious path reaches from one of the world’s most remote places into the highest corridors of power
. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

-Click here to read a review of HOSTAGE ZERO.
-Click here to read an excerpt from HOSTAGE ZERO.
-Click here to read John Gilstrap’s bio.
-Click here to see John Gilstrap’s backlist.
-Click here to read critical praise for HOSTAGE ZERO.
-Visit John Gilstrap’s official website,
-Click here to see our advance copy winners.


Click here to read our interview with John Gilstrap. Talks to JoAnn Ross, Author of THE HOMECOMING

JoAnn Ross’s latest novel, THE HOMECOMING, is the first installment in her new Shelter Bay series and follows an ex-Navy SEAL who returns to his hometown after fighting abroad, looking to start over. In this interview with’s Hillary Wagy, Ross discusses what drew her to the Oregon coast as the setting for this story of survival and redemption, and what appeals to her about creating men in uniform as her main characters. She also shares her thoughts on the impact of social networking sites on her career as an author and offers details about the next book in the series, ONE SUMMER, due out in July 2011.

THE HOMECOMING by JoAnn Ross (Romance)
Former Navy SEAL Sax Douchett has returned home to the small coastal town of Shelter Bay, Oregon, determined to put war behind him and get on with his life --- which is easier said than done when everyone is hailing the former bad boy as a local hero. Adjusting to a new beginning becomes even more difficult when he unearths a long-buried secret that reunites him with a cherished part of his past that he’s never forgotten. Reviewed by Hillary Wagy.

-Click here to read a review of THE HOMECOMING.
-Click here to read an excerpt from THE HOMECOMING.
-Click here to read JoAnn Ross’s bio.
-Click here to see JoAnn Ross’s backlist.
-Click here to read critical praise for THE HOMECOMING.
-Click here to see our advance copy winners.


Click here to read our interview with JoAnn Ross.


Now in Stores: THE SEARCH by Nora Roberts

THE SEARCH by Nora Roberts (Romantic Suspense)
As the sole survivor of the Red Scarf Killer, Fiona Bristow has a life she loves, a successful dog-training business, a dedication to search-and-rescue missions and a blossoming relationship with hottie craftsman Simon Doyle. But all of that could be in jeopardy when a copycat killer sets his sights on the only girl who got away. Reviewed by Amie Taylor.

-Click here to read an excerpt from THE SEARCH.


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 Sixth Annual Beach Bag of Books feature and contests.

During select weeks from May 28th through September 3rd, we will highlight a different book or collection of books from these featured titles with a contest prize --- a beach bag stocked with the featured book(s) and summertime essentials. Five FABULOUS beach bags will be given away each week, as well as five copies of the featured book(s) to additional winners.

Our current featured Beach Bag titles are:

-GOING IN CIRCLES by Pamela Ribon
-MENNONITE IN A LITTLE BLACK DRESS: A Memoir of Going Home by Rhoda Janzen


Click here to read all the contest details.

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD: 50th Anniversary Edition by Harper Lee (Historical Fiction)
One of the best-loved classics of all time, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD has earned many distinctions since its original publication in 1960. It has won the Pulitzer Prize, been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 40 million copies worldwide, and been made into an enormously popular movie. It was also named the best novel of the 20th century by librarians across the country (Library Journal). HarperCollins is proud to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the book's publication with this special hardcover edition.

-Click here to see the reading group guide for TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD: 50th Anniversary Edition.

Click here to learn more about the book and its historic anniversary.

Featured Romantic Suspense Author: Nancy Bush, Author of BLIND SPOT

A psychologist and a former detective put aside their personal and procedural differences to hunt a sadistic killer in Nancy Bush's forthcoming novel, BLIND SPOT. The duo tracks the killer, whose surviving victim is comatose, only to find the case leading them in a terrifying direction.

-Click here to read a review of BLIND SPOT.
-Click here to read an excerpt from BLIND SPOT.
-Click here to read our interview with Nancy Bush.
-Click here to read Nancy Bush’s bio.
-Click here to see Nancy Bush’s backlist.
-Click here to read critical praise for BLIND SPOT.
-Visit Nancy Bush’s official website,
-Click here to see our advance copy winners.

More about BLIND SPOT:
The crime scene at an Oregon rest stop is brutal beyond belief --- a young man’s lifeless body cut to ribbons, and his pregnant girlfriend left alive but comatose. Psychologist Claire Norris is assigned to treat the survivor at a private mental hospital. But there are no clues to the identity of the catatonic “Jane Doe.” A difficult job only becomes more complicated with the arrival of ex-homicide detective Langdon Stone, who questions Claire’s every move. Reluctantly working together, Claire and Lang begin to unravel the chilling truth about a twisted case --- one with ties to a killer who is right in their midst, eager to see a mission of evil through to its terrifying end.


Click here to read more about Nancy Bush and BLIND SPOT.

Featured Suspense/Thriller Author: Andrew Britton, Author of THE EXILE
Andrew Britton's fourth politically-charged spy thriller, THE EXILE, takes ex-CIA agent Ryan Kealey to West Darfur to investigate the death of a relief worker. Britton's combination of action and intrigue propels readers deep into the heart of a terrifying conspiracy rooted in one of the world’s most unstable regions.

-Click here to read a review of THE EXILE.
-Click here to read an excerpt from THE EXILE.
-Click here to read Andrew Britton's bio.
-Click here to see Andrew Britton's backlist.
-Visit Andrew Britton's official website,
-Click here to see our finished copy winners.

More about THE EXILE:
For the President of the United States, the horror of life in West Darfur just hit too close to home. His niece Lily, a nurse caring for Sudanese refugees, has been murdered by a corps of fearsome government-backed militia. Any response will destabilize the region and threaten the security of the world. America is out of options. Except one: Ryan Kealey.

Click here to read more about Andrew Britton and THE EXILE.

New in Paperback for July
July’s roundup of New in Paperback titles includes UNDER THE DOME by Stephen King, an epic story of what happens when an entire town is sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field; THE DEFECTOR, which marks the return of Daniel Silva’s protagonist, Israeli assassin and art restorer Gabriel Allon, who once again is in pursuit of Russian arms dealer Ivan Kharkov; J. D. Robb’s FANTASY IN DEATH, in which Eve Dallas faces her most puzzling case yet: the founder of a computer gaming giant is found decapitated in his locked, private playroom; THE PARIS VENDETTA, the fifth Cotton Malone thriller by Steve Berry, who turns his attention to Napoleon Bonaparte's legendary hidden cache; WORLD WITHOUT END, the highly-anticipated sequel to Ken Follett’s THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH; THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU by Jonathan Tropper, a riotously funny, emotionally raw novel about love, marriage, divorce, family, and the ties that bind --- whether we like it or not; and MY LIFE AS AN EXPERIMENT, which again finds A.J. Jacobs fearlessly taking on a series of life-altering challenges that provide readers with equal parts insight and humor.
Click here to see our New in Paperback feature for July.

Books into Movies/Books into Movies on DVD for July
Why not beat the scorching summer heat by spending a few air-conditioned hours at your local movie theater? July’s Books into Movies roundup offers three great excuses to do just that, with the highly anticipated Stieg Larsson adaptation The Girl Who Played with Fire, the charming and family-friendly Ramona and Beezus, and the sweetly uplifting Charlie St. Cloud.

But if the rising temps make leaving the comfort of your own living room a little too much to bear, be sure to check out The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Repo Men, out on DVD this month.
Click here for more details about July’s films.

What's New This Month on

With more than 3,000 discussion guides now available, continues to be the leading place for book clubs to find all the resources they need on the web.

Our Blog continues to be a big hit among our readers. Throughout the month we are sharing postings from regular contributors --- including authors, librarians, book club facilitators, booksellers and experts in the publishing industry --- as well as special guests. The latest blog can be found here, and here are quick links to some recent posts:

-Need a novel idea for your book club? How 'bout a graphic novel?
-How important is bestseller-i-ness to you?
-STILL MISSING by Chevy Stevens: A Review
-Discussing THE ELEGANCE OF THE HEDGEHOG by Muriel Barbery
-Christopher Nicholson: THE ELEPHANT KEEPER
-This book is a keeper. Or is it?
-Jamie's 2010 Beach Book List

The following guides are now available on

AFTER THE FALL by Kylie Ladd
THE CRYING TREE by Naseem Rakha
THE ELEPHANT KEEPER by Christopher Nicholson
THE FAMILY BEACH HOUSE by Holly Chamberlin
HER FEARFUL SYMMETRY by Audrey Niffenegger
LABOR DAY by Joyce Maynard
THE LAST WAR by Ana Menéndez
LIT: A Memoir by Mary Karr
PERFECT READER by Maggie Pouncey
SO COLD THE RIVER by Michael Koryta
SOME GIRLS: My Life in a Harem span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Verdana","sans-serif";">by Jillian Lauren
THE SULLIVAN SAGA: Memories of an Overseas Childhood by M.H. Sullivan
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD: 50th Anniversary Edition by Harper Lee

UNFINISHED BUSINESS: One Man’s Extraordinary Year of Trying to Do the Right Things by Lee Kravitz

Please note that these titles, for which we already had the guides when they appeared in hardcover, are now available in paperback:

THE BEST OF TIMES by Penny Vincenzi

GOOD THINGS I WISH YOU by A. Manette Ansay
SWIMMING by Nicola Keegan

The following guides are now available for Christian book groups:

BROKEN by Travis Thrasher
FINDING JEENA by Miralee Ferrell
A LOVE OF HER OWN: Heart of the West, Book 3 by Maggie Brendan
Click here to visit

This Week's Reviews
PRIVATE by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (Thriller)
Former CIA agent Jack Morgan runs Private, a renowned investigation company with branches around the globe. It is where you go when you need maximum force and maximum discretion. Jack is already deep into the investigation of a multi-million dollar NFL gambling scandal and the unsolved slayings of 18 schoolgirls when he learns of a horrific murder close to home: his best friend's wife, Jack's former lover, has been killed. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

-Click here to read an excerpt from PRIVATE.

IN THE NAME OF HONOR by Richard North Patterson (Legal Thriller)
Home from Iraq, an Army Lieutenant kills his commanding officer. Was this an act of self-defense, or a case of premeditated murder? This is the premise for Richard North Patterson’s latest thriller, which combines both military intrigue and tense courtroom drama in a novel that will keep you guessing at every turn. Reviewed by Ray Palen.

MR. PEANUT by Adam Ross (Fiction)
David Pepin has been in love with his wife, Alice, since the moment they met in a university seminar on Alfred Hitchcock. After 13 years of marriage, he still can’t imagine a remotely happy life without her --- yet he obsessively contemplates her demise. Soon she is dead, and David is both deeply distraught and the prime suspect.
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

THRILLERS: 100 MUST READS edited by David Morrell and Hank Wagner (Reference)
Edited by David Morrell and Hank Wagner, THRILLERS: 100 MUST-READS examines 100 seminal works of suspense through essays contributed by such esteemed modern thriller writers as David Baldacci, Steve Berry, Sandra Brown, Lee Child, Jeffery Deaver, Tess Gerritsen, Heather Graham, Gayle Lynds, Katherine Neville, James Rollins, R. L. Stine, and many more.
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

ANCESTOR by Scott Sigler (Thriller)
Every five minutes, a transplant candidate dies while waiting for a heart, a liver, a kidney. Imagine a technology that could provide those life-saving transplant organs for a nominal fee…and imagine what a company would do to get a monopoly on that technology. On a remote island in the Canadian Arctic, PJ Colding leads a group of geneticists who have discovered this holy grail of medicine.
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

THE PREGNANT WIDOW by Martin Amis (Fiction)
The year is 1970, and the youth of Europe are in the chaotic, ecstatic throes of the sexual revolution. Though blindly dedicated to the cause, its nubile foot soldiers have yet to realize this disturbing truth: that between the death of one social order and the birth of another, there exists a state of terrifying purgatory --- or, as Alexander Herzen put it, a pregnant widow. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

TUTANKHAMUN: The Book of Shadows by Nick Drake (Historical Mystery)
In this follow-up to NEFERTITI, Nick Drake takes an imaginative and historically accurate look at one of the most fascinating reigns in ancient history. Drawing on the latest archaeological evidence, he crafts a sophisticated and gripping thriller that explores one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of ancient Egypt --- the untimely death of young Tutankhamun. Reviewed by L. Dean Murphy.
Click here to read this week's reviews.

Poll, Question and Word of Mouth

Do you read more paperback books than hardcovers during the summer?

No, but this is a good idea
No, I still read more hardcovers
I read more paperbacks no matter what time of year it is.
I’m not sure what I do.

-Click here to answer our poll.


What is the last paperback you read? Was it trade or mass market? (A trade paperback is a large-sized paperback book, while a mass market paperback is smaller-sized and less expensive.)

-Click here to answer our question.

Word of Mouth:

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 FAITHFUL PLACE by Tana French, LIVE TO TELL: A Detective D.D. Warren Novel by Lisa Gardner and RULES OF BETRAYAL by Christopher Reich. Tell us what you are reading and rate the titles 1-5 by noon ET on Friday, July 16th to ensure that you are in the running to win these books.

-Click here for more details about Word of Mouth.


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Those who are subscribed to the newsletter by July 31, 2010 automatically are entered in our Monthly Newsletter Contest. This month, one winner will be selected to win the following five books: CORDUROY MANSIONS by Alexander McCall Smith, LIVE TO TELL: A Detective D. D. Warren Novel by Lisa Gardner, THE REMBRANDT AFFAIR by Daniel Silva, RULES OF BETRAYAL by Christopher Reich, and STAR ISLAND by Carl Hiaasen. Debbie from Del City, OK was last month's winner. She won BROKEN by Karin Slaughter, ICE COLD: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel by Tess Gerritsen, THE LION by Nelson DeMille, ROBERT LUDLUM'S THE BOURNE OBJECTIVE by Eric Van Lustbader, and SIZZLING SIXTEEN: A Stephanie Plum Novel by Janet Evanovich.

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