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March 16, 2007 Newsletter

March 16, 2007

This Week on
Erin Go Brau and Books Talks to Michele Martinez, Author of COVER-UP Talks To Brenda Rickman Vantrease, Author of THE MERCY SELLER
New Featured Romantic Suspense Author: Wendy Corsi Staub, Author of DON'T SCREAM
Announcing Our Southern Writers Author Spotlight --- Our First Featured Author is Paula Wall, Author of THE WILDE WOMEN
Featured Suspense/Thriller Author: David Morrell, Author of SCAVENGER --- Now in Stores!!!
Featured Suspense/Thriller Author: Stephen White, Author of DRY ICE
Featured One to Watch Author: Masha Hamilton, Author of THE CAMEL BOOKMOBILE
Featured One to Watch Author: Sandra Dallas, Author of TALLGRASS
Featured Romantic Suspense Author: Karen Robards, Author of OBSESSION
Featured Romantic Suspense Author: Lisa Jackson, Author of ABSOLUTE FEAR
Featured Romantic Suspense Author: Beverly Barton, Author of THE DYING GAME
Featured Mystery Mayhem Author: Joanne Fluke, Author of KEY LIME PIE MURDER
This Week's Reviews and Features
Poll and Question of the Week
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

Erin Go Brau and Books

Here in New York a "wintry mix" is falling, which is just plain cruel after the temperatures got to 70 a few days ago. Wintry mix sounds pretty; it's not.
For tomorrow's St. Patrick's Day Parade, my alma mater, Fordham University, wrote to alumni asking if they would like to march in the parade along with fellow alums and wear a sash. I can get a buffet lunch and the sash for $40. Now I like parades as much as the next person, but I confess that this parade is my least favorite since the streets seem to be lined with green beer drinking fools determined to make reckless idiots of themselves. Thus I am opting out in favor of making corned beef and cabbage here for the family and some neighbors. I do wonder if the sash is green, and I have to say that the idea of this did sound intriguing for a few moments, the thought of which scares me and heads me towards reading a book to get sane again.
My son is thinking of applying to Fordham and is in a panic reading this since he thinks my negativity may affect his chances of getting in since he is sure that everything is now cross-referenced to see attitudes about the school on every level. So maybe I should rephrase and say, I would be happy to march with the Fordham group and it's only the inclement weather that has me reconsidering and this has nothing to do with my alma mater. I am sure the lunch and the sash will be lovely and this is a great idea.
Now on to a bookish track with this week's news. Last Sunday I sat on the couch reading THE WILDE WOMEN by Paula Wall, which is the inaugaural title in our new Southern Writers feature. I love southern writers, and I wanted to do something to spotlight their work. THE WILDE WOMEN is a really fun romp of a book. It's about two very bodacious southern sisters and their equally bodacious mother and their adventures falling in love with ALL the wrong men. It's set during the Prohibition in Tennesee. Readers interested in previewing and commenting on the book should send their names and mailing addresses to by March 30th. We will be picking 20 winners.

Many of you have come to know Wendy Corsi Staub from MOST LIKELY TO DIE, the title she wrote with Lisa Jackson and Beverly Barton. This week we are spotlighting her and her new title, DON'T SCREAM, which is a sexy, scary read. Readers interested in previewing and commenting on the book should send their names and mailing addresses to by March 30th.
Many of you know how much I LOVED Joan Didion's book, THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING. I am happy to share that this book has been adapted by Didion to a play, which is getting a ton of pre-opening curtain buzz. It's coming to Broadway for a strictly limited twenty-four-week engagement starring Academy Award and Tony Award® winner Vanessa Redgrave. It's directed by Academy Award and Tony Award nominee David Hare. We have a link to a special offer where you can save up to 43% on the ticket price. Please note the best seats are available from June 1st. I am not a huge Broadway fan, but this is one I definitely want to see.
I got a note this week that The Bantam Dell Publishing Group has announced the opening of The Bantam Dell Book Shop and Café on Second Life®, the groundbreaking social networking 3D virtual world, created by Linden Lab®, entirely built and owned by its residents and currently inhabited by more than four million residents around the world. The shop is located in Second Life on Sheep Island, where residents will be able to shop for and buy actual books published by Bantam Dell. Do note that books need to arrive in the real world via some oh-so-conventional delivery method.
Also this week, Elizabeth Crook, author of THE NIGHT JOURNAL, answers reader questions here. Our Word of Mouth Contest books are WHAT THE DEAD KNOW by Laura Lippman and YOU DON'T LOVE ME YET by Jonathan Lethem. Want to enter to win them? Then tell us what you are reading here, and rate it.

Happy St. Patrick's Day one and all. (for the record, I am Irish by marriage!) Spring arrives next Wednesday, and Thursday I am off to the Virginia Festival of the Book in Charlottesville, which is one of my favorite weekends of the year. Some people like spa weekends; I like book festival weekends. Have a great week of reading.
Click here to enter our Word of Mouth contest. Talks to Michele Martinez, Author of COVER-UP

Michele Martinez, who was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York for eight years, is the author of MOST WANTED, THE FINISHING SCHOOL and the newly published COVER-UP, which feature Melanie Vargas and her exploits as a New York City prosecutor. In this interview with's Joe Hartlaub, Martinez talks about the struggles of trying to portray the events in her books as accurately as possible, based on her own experiences, and discusses the aspects of her former law career that have helped to shape her writing. She also ruminates on the possibility of spin-offs and stand-alone novels, and shares what readers can expect from Melanie in the future.

COVER-UP by Michele Martinez (Thriller)
Television reporter Suzanne Shepard was a ruthless celebrity scandalmonger with a roster of high-profile enemies. But which one left her mutilated, lifeless body in the dark recesses of New York's Central Park? Federal prosecutor Melanie Vargas needs to find out. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

Click here to read our interview with Michele Martinez and a review of COVER-UP. Talks To Brenda Rickman Vantrease, Author of THE MERCY SELLER

Former English teacher and librarian Brenda Rickman Vantrease is the author of the acclaimed debut novel THE ILLUMINATOR. In this interview with's Stephen Hubbard, Vantrease talks about what drew her to the particular period in history that she portrays in her latest release, THE MERCY SELLER, and discusses the challenges of cohesively blending fact with fiction. She also explains why she decided to set this sequel years after her first book takes place, and shares how her experiences as an educator has taught her the discipline and patience needed to be a writer.

THE MERCY SELLER by Brenda Rickman Vantrease (Historical Fiction)
Brenda Rickman Vantrease brings readers a richly imagined and immensely rewarding novel of love, faith and dangerous secrets in this beautiful and exotic follow-up to her 2005 bestseller, THE ILLUMINATOR. Reviewed by Stephen Hubbard.

Click here to read our interview with Brenda Rickman Vantrease and our review of THE MERCY SELLER.


New Featured Romantic Suspense Author: Wendy Corsi Staub, Author of DON'T SCREAM

The critically acclaimed, award-winning author of over sixty books, Wendy Corsi Staub is a New York Times bestseller who has perfected the art of delivering sexy, scary thrills. Her newest, DON'T SCREAM, hits shelves on April 24th and is sure to satisfy old fans and garner her new ones as well.

We have 20 advance reading copies of DON'T SCREAM to give to readers who would like to preview and comment on the book. Interested? Send your name and mailing address to by March 30th.

More about DON'T SCREAM:
Don’t Tell A Soul…
In a remote, heavily wooded area near the Berkshires of Massachusetts, Rachel Lorant died on her birthday. But she didn’t die alone. That night, her four sorority sisters make a solemn, trembling pledge. They will never reveal what has just happened in those woods --- ever. Instead, they will take their terrible secret to their graves…

Don’t Think About The Past…
Now, ten years later, their secret is coming back to haunt them as each receives a card in the mail from Rachel: “Happy Birthday to Me. xoxo R.” It’s clear that someone knows what happened that night. Someone is stalking them and sending mysterious, chilling gifts that only they can understand --- deadly warnings of what is to come. For the sins of the past have come back with a vengeance, and a killer will see that they all pay in blood…

And Whatever You Do—Don’t Scream…
Brynn Costello has never felt such pure fear. She didn’t want any part in what happened so long ago, but now, the mother of two will do anything to stay alive and protect her family --- even if it means matching wits with a killer she can’t see…a twisted psychopath who is closer than she thinks and who is saving her death for last…

Click here to read more about Wendi Corsi Staub and DON'T SCREAM.


Announcing Our Southern Writers Author Spotlight --- Our First Featured Author is Paula Wall, Author of THE WILDE WOMEN

We are thrilled to be kicking off our inaugural Southern Writers Author Spotlight with Paula Wall, the national bestselling author of THE ROCK ORCHARD. In THE WILDE WOMEN --- coming out April 17th --- Paula brings her signature charm and wit to the tale of two sisters with a talent for seduction and the unfortunate habit of falling for the wrong man every time.

We have 20 advance reading copies of THE WILDE WOMEN to give to readers who would like to preview and comment on the book. Interested? Send your name and mailing address to by March 30th.

The Wilde sisters dove headfirst into this world on fire with life and expectation. With hair black as midnight and eyes blazing blue, they grow into truly irresistible women. But as well as being blessed with beauty and determination, the Wilde sisters are cursed with equal tastes for mischief and bad men. And both of these appetites always lead to trouble. Love either lifts a woman up or drags her down. When a Wilde woman dies, they don't have to dig a hole.

On Black Friday in Five Points, Tennessee, Pearl Wilde finds her sister, Kat, in the barn wearing both her favorite shoes and her fiancé. As quick to fury as she is to passion, Pearl leaves town immediately. She returns five years later a sophisticated femme fatale, with her claws sharpened like stainless steel and a demeanor so cool that the townspeople can no longer tell if she even has sweat glands. Slowly and deliberately, Pearl begins her revenge on Kat by captivating all the men of Five Points, but all the while never forgetting the one man who had the power to break her heart.

In THE WILDE WOMEN, Paula Wall once again bewitches the reader with humor, sass, smarts, and sensuality, creating a hilarious and beguiling world where sometimes the best revenge is forgiveness.

Click here to read more about Paula Wall and THE WILDE WOMEN.


Featured Suspense/Thriller Author: David Morrell, Author of SCAVENGER --- Now in Stores!!!

One of our featured Suspense/Thriller authors is David Morrell, whose innovative and award-winning CREEPERS was a hit with critics and readers alike. Morrell's follow-up to CREEPERS is SCAVENGER, which came out March 12th, and it is destined to thrill Morrell fans and garner him new ones as well.

-Click here to read a new excerpt from SCAVENGER.
-Click here to view the e-card trailer and the interactive game and contest.
-Click here to watch a video interview with David Morrell.
-Click here to see David Morrell's MySpace page.
-Click here to see Frank Balenger's MySpace page.
-Click here to see our advance reader copy winners.
-Click here to see David Morrell's backlist.
-Click here to read fast facts about David Morrell.
-Click here to read critical praise for SCAVENGER.

More about SCAVENGER:
David Morrell's CREEPERS was a publishing event in 2005, a powerful, edgy, dark thriller by a master of the genre. A New York Times bestseller, it won the prestigious Bram Stoker Award and earned numerous critical raves. SCAVENGER, Morrell's latest novel, takes us in a harrowing new direction: a desperate high-tech scavenger hunt for a 100-year-old time capsule. Frank Balenger, the resolute but damaged hero of CREEPERS, now finds himself trapped in a nightmarish game of fear and death. To save himself and the woman he loves, he must play by the rules of a god-like Game Master with an obsession for unearthing the past. But sometimes the past is buried for a reason.

SCAVENGER is a brilliant, frightening hunter-hunted tale that layers modern technology over the dusty artifacts of earlier times. The result is a surreal palimpsest, one that contains the secret of survival for Balenger and a handful of unwilling players who race against the game's clock to solve the puzzle of the time capsule, only to discover that time is the true scavenger. Morrell's trademark action sequences are embedded with fascinating historical clues that make SCAVENGER a thrill-a-minute page-turner as well as a mesmerizing literary experience.

Click here to read more about David Morrell and SCAVENGER.

Featured Suspense/Thriller Author: Stephen White, Author of DRY ICE

Already an established master of the suspense/thriller genre, Stephen White is a clinical psychologist and New York Times bestselling author of KILL ME, MISSING PERSONS, BLINDED, THE BEST REVENGE, COLD CASE and PRIVILEGED INFORMATION. In DRY ICE --- which came out March 6th --- he reintroduces readers to psychologist Alan Gregory, who first appeared in PRIVILEGED INFORMATION. Faithful readers of the series and newcomers alike will be mesmerized by this searing view into the revered doctor’s heart --- with a haunting conclusion that will secure DRY ICE's place as the most memorable of White’s novels.

We have 20 copies of DRY ICE to send to readers who would like to read and comment on the book. Interested? Send your name and mailing address to by March 23rd.

-Click here to read a review of DRY ICE.
-Click here to read a new excerpt from DRY ICE.
-Click here to see Stephen White's backlist.
-Click here to read Stephen White's bio.
-Read more on Stephen White's website,

DRY ICE by Stephen White (Thriller)
New York Times bestselling author Stephen White brings back his popular character, Boulder, Colorado psychologist Alan Gregory, to take on the sociopathic killer from White's first novel --- who, many years later, has walked away from a mental hospital, hungry for revenge. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

Click here to read more about Stephen White and DRY ICE.


Featured One to Watch Author: Masha Hamilton, Author of THE CAMEL BOOKMOBILE

One of our featured One to Watch authors is Masha Hamilton, the author of THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US and STAIRCASE OF A THOUSAND STEPS. Her newest is the evocative and compelling tale THE CAMEL BOOKMOBILE, which comes out April 3rd.

-Click here to see our advance copy winners.
-Click here to read an excerpt from THE CAMEL BOOKMOBILE.
-Click here to read Masha Hamilton's bio.
-Click here to donate to The Camel Bookmobile Book Drive.

When Fiona Sweeney tells her family she wants to do something that matters, they do not expect her to go to Africa to help start a traveling library. But that is where Fiona chooses to make her mark: in the arid bush of northeastern Kenya, among tiny, far-flung communities, nearly unknown and lacking roads and schools, where people live daily with drought, hunger, and disease.
In THE CAMEL BOOKMOBILE Fi travels to settlements where people have never held a book in their hands. Her goal is to help bring Dr. Seuss, Homer, Tom Sawyer, and Hemingway to a largely illiterate and semi-nomadic populace. However, because the donated books are limited in number and the settlements are many, the library initiates a tough fine: if anyone fails to return a book, the bookmobile will stop coming.

Click here to read more about Masha Hamilton and THE CAMEL BOOKMOBILE.


Featured One to Watch Author: Sandra Dallas, Author of TALLGRASS

Award-winning author Sandra Dallas was dubbed "a quintessential American voice" by Jane Smiley in Vogue magazine, and her novels with their themes of loyalty, friendship and human dignity are acclaimed by readers and critics alike. Her new book, TALLGRASS, will be in stores April 3rd.

-Click here to see our advance copy winners.
-Click here to read an excerpt from TALLGRASS.
-Click here to read critical praise for TALLGRASS.
-Click here to read Sandra Dallas's bio.

More about
During World War II, a family finds life turned upside down when the government opens a Japanese internment camp in their small Colorado town. After a young girl is murdered, all eyes (and suspicions) turn to the newcomers, the interlopers, the strangers.

This is Tallgrass as Rennie Stroud has never seen it before. She has just turned thirteen and, until this time, life has pretty much been what her father told her it should be: predictable and fair. But now the winds of change are coming and, with them, a shift in her perspective. And Rennie will discover secrets that can destroy even the most sacred things.

Part thriller, part historical novel, TALLGRASS is a riveting exploration of the darkest --- and best --- parts of the human heart.

Click here to read more about Sandra Dallas and TALLGRASS.


Featured Romantic Suspense Author: Karen Robards, Author of OBSESSION

Karen Robards is the author of thirty-three books and a regular on the New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. Her newest is OBSESSION --- a taut and sexy psychological thriller that hits stores on April 10th.

-Click here to see our book winners.
-Click here to read Karen Robards's backlist.
-Click here to read fast facts about Karen Robards.
-Click here to visit Karen Robards's website,

More about OBSESSION:
Katharine Lawrence has no idea what hit her. The attack came out of nowhere. Only hours earlier she had been enjoying a girls-only weekend with an old college friend. Now she finds herself lying bound and gagged on her kitchen floor, staring with terrified eyes at her friend Lisa while two masked gunmen search her house for –-- what? She doesn’t know. She only knows that, unless they can escape, whatever it is could end up getting both her and Lisa killed.

But Katharine’s nightmare is only just beginning. When she awakens in a Washington hospital, her nose crushed, her body battered, her brain tells her things aren’t right –-- and it’s not the attack that’s disorienting her. She doesn’t recognize herself when she looks in the mirror: her slim body, her manicured hands, her blond bob. And the smiling, handsome doctor at her bedside –-- Dr. Dan Howard –-- is familiar, but in a totally unfamiliar way. Perhaps the trauma of the attempt on her life has given her some kind of weird amnesia. She’s twenty-nine, the special assistant to the head of the CIA, and she’s lucky to be alive. She also knows she can trust no one.

Click here to read more about Karen Robards and OBSESSION.


Featured Romantic Suspense Author: Lisa Jackson, Author of ABSOLUTE FEAR

Lisa Jackson, the New York Times bestselling author of FATAL BURN, SHIVER and MOST LIKELY TO DIE, is nothing if not prolific and we are thrilled to be adding her newest title to our Romantic Suspense Author feature. ABSOLUTE FEAR hits stores on March 27th and is a pulse-pounding new novel of madness, deceit and twisted revenge that will take readers into the heart of fear.

-Click here to read a new excerpt from ABSOLUTE FEAR.
-Click here to watch a video trailer from ABSOLUTE FEAR.
-Click here to see our advance copy winners.
-Click here to read fast facts about Lisa Jackson.
-Click here to read Lisa Jackson's bio.
-For more, visit Lisa Jackson's website,

For the past three months, Eve Renner has struggled to remember the night she was nearly killed and her lover was tried for murder. She remembers getting the anxious call from a friend from her past: "Meet me at the cabin. I've got evidence." She remembers seeing that friend lying in a pool of blood. And she remembers a horrifying glimpse of her lover Cole Dennis's face as a gunshot plunged her into darkness. Now, her memory and emotions scarred, Eve has returned to New Orleans to forget the past. But the past will not be forgotten. Eve's shattered memory has helped Cole walk on murder charges just as a new series of killings begins.

As forgotten memories begin to surface, bodies are found and each twist leads to another terrifying piece of the puzzle. Someone is watching, planning, luring her back to the ruins of Our Lady and the shocking truths hidden there --- someone who has been waiting for this moment to strike. He is deadlier than she could ever have imagined and closer than she knows. For the sins of the past must be revealed, the crimes brought to justice, and the price paid --- in blood.

Click here to read more about Lisa Jackson and ABSOLUTE FEAR.


Featured Romantic Suspense Author: Beverly Barton, Author of THE DYING GAME

Our fourth featured Romantic Suspense author is Beverly Barton, the New York Times bestselling author of over thirty contemporary romance novels and two-time National Reader’s Choice Award winner. Her newest red-hot thriller, THE DYING GAME, hits stores March 27th and promises to be a steamy and seductive thriller.

-Click here to see our advance copy winners.
-Click here to read fast facts about Beverly Barton.
-Click here to see Beverly Barton's backlist.
-Click here to visit Beverly Barton's website,

More about THE DYING GAME:
If he's chosen you to play, he's chosen you to die.....

It's the ultimate game --- the adrenaline surge of the hunt, the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat. For in this game, the rules are simple: To win, you only have to kill. To lose, you will have to die...

The victims are former beauty queens found with a single rose beside their bodies. Lindsay McAllister has seen this signature before, when she was a rookie detective with the Chattanooga PD investigating the death of Judd Walker's wife, a murder that sent the handsome lawyer off the deep end. Now, Lindsay has the brutal task of telling Judd that his wife's killer has struck again, and she's going to need his help to outplay their opponent --- because the killer is getting bolder, faster, and more ruthless. The game is escalating, and no one is safe.Now as the body count rises, the rules are changing. A killer will do anything to win. And the only way for Lindsay to stop a madman's twisted game is to play it herself...

Click here to read more about Beverly Barton and THE DYING GAME.


Featured Mystery Mayhem Author: Joanne Fluke, Author of KEY LIME PIE MURDER

We are so excited to be shining our Mystery Mayhem spotlight on New York Times bestselling author Joanne Fluke and her latest culinary whodunit, KEY LIME PIE MURDER, which came out February 27th.

-Click here to see our advance copy winners.
-Click here to read a new excerpt from KEY LIME PIE MURDER.
-For more, visit Joanne Fluke's website,

It's Tri-County fair time and Lake Eden, Minnesota, is buzzing with more than mosquitoes. Hannah Swensen, owner of The Cookie Jar, is hot on the trail of a killer whose perfect carnival prize would be getting away with murder...

It promises to be a busy week for Hannah Swensen. Not only is she whipping up treats for the chamber of commerce booth at the fair; she's also judging the baking contest; acting as a magician's assistant for her business partner's husband; trying to coax Moishe, her previously rapacious feline, to end his hunger strike, and performing her own private carnival act by juggling the demands of her mother and sisters.

As fair week draws to a close, Hannah cranks up the heat, hoping that the killer will get rattled and make a mistake. If that happens she intends to be there, even if it means getting on a carnival ride that could very well be her last...

Includes 12 original dessert recipes!

Click here to read more about Joanne Fluke and KEY LIME PIE MURDER.


This Week's Reviews and Features

DADDY'S GIRL by Lisa Scottoline (Legal Thriller)
Law professor Natalie Greco loves her family, but the one person she feels most connected to is her good-looking colleague, Angus Holt --- who also has a brilliant mind, a great sense of humor and a penchant for helping those less fortunate. When he talks Nat into teaching a class at a local prison, her imperfect but settled world turns upside down. Reviewed by Maggie Harding.

-Click here to read an excerpt from DADDY'S GIRL.

WHEN THE LIGHT GOES by Larry McMurtry (Fiction)
In this sequel to the acclaimed DUANE'S DEPRESSED, Pulitzer Prize- and Oscar-winning author Larry McMurtry has written a haunting, elegiac and occasionally erotic novel about an eccentric, aging oilman struggling to come to terms with the death of his wife. Reviewed by Stuart Shiffman.

LORDS OF THE NORTH by Bernard Cornwell (Historical Fiction)
Bernard Cornwell has penned the third volume in his exhilarating Saxon Chronicles, which began with THE LAST KINGDOM and continued with THE PALE HORSEMAN. A breathtaking adventure, LORDS OF THE NORTH is also the story of the creation of England, as the English and Danes fight against each other. Reviewed by Curtis Edmonds.

WHITE LIES by Jayne Ann Krentz (Paranormal Romance)
Finding love amidst a strange society of paranormals, human lie detectors and hunters is an elemental factor even in the fictitious Arcane Society. When two psychic investigators meet on a professional and very personal level, the chemistry of passion leads to love and a perfect match sans white lies. Reviewed by Hillary Wagy.

THE THIEF OF TIME by John Boyne (Fiction)
In this carefully crafted novel, John Boyne juxtaposes history and the buzz of the modern world, weaving together portraits of 1920s Hollywood, the Great Exhibition of 1851, the French Revolution, the Wall Street Crash and other landmark events into one man's story of murder, love and redemption. Reviewed by Colleen Quinn.

Dinaw Mengestu's debut novel is about an Ethiopian immigrant named Sepha who runs a convenience store in Washington, D.C. A new neighbor moves in next door to his house, signifying the first of many changes in the dynamic of his part of town. Sepha must subsequently plant both feet in America --- moving on from the painful memory of his murdered father --- or be forced to lose his store as well as his house. Reviewed by Shannon Luders-Manuel.

In her debut novel, veteran magazine publisher Kate Jacobs explores women's complex relationships by dropping in on a knitting group whose members gather once a week to work on their latest projects and to chat (and occasionally clash) over their stories of love, life and everything in between. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

BLACK MONDAY by R. Scott Reiss (Thriller)
As the world's economy grinds to a crashing halt --- due to a microbe that has infected the world's petroleum supply --- Dr. Gregory Gillette, an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control, races against the clock before more havoc, devastation and terror are wreaked. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

MAGIC CITY by James W. Hall (Thriller)
A simple black and white photograph taken during the 1964 Cassius Clay-Sonny Liston boxing match on Miami Beach sets off a modern-day murder spree that reaches from the quiet neighborhoods of Miami to the back corridors of the White House. Reviewed by Marge Fletcher.

BECAUSE SHE CAN by Bridie Clark (Fiction)
While working for the most successful and ruthless publisher in the business, Claire Truman gets what she wants --- a job that thrusts her into the publishing stratosphere as well as the man of her dreams. But is either one what she really needs? Reviewed by Jana Siciliano.

ASK AGAIN LATER by Jill A. Davis (Fiction)
Emily Rhode's hectic life as a corporate attorney in New York City comes to a standstill after her mother is diagnosed with breast cancer and she quits her high-pressured job. At the same time, she finds that her lifelong habit of avoiding risks or making any serious decisions has finally caught up with her. Reviewed by Bronwyn Miller.

Click here to read our reviews and features.

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Those who are subscribed to the newsletter by March 31, 2007 automatically are entered in our Monthly Newsletter Contest. This month one winner will be selected to win the following five books: DADDY'S GIRL by Lisa Scottoline, DRY ICE by Stephen White, OBSESSION: An Alex Delaware Novel, by Jonathan Kellerman, QUEEN OF BROKEN HEARTS by Cassandra King and WHAT THE DEAD KNOW by Laura Lippman. Last month's newsletter winner was Betty from San Diego, CA who won THE DOUBLE BIND by Chris Bohjalian, FAMILY TREE by Barbara Delinsky, INNOCENT IN DEATH by Nora Roberts, writing as J. D. Robb, SHOPAHOLIC & BABY by Sophie Kinsella and STEP ON A CRACK by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge.

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