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March 23, 2007 Newsletter

March 23, 2007

This Week on

Books Bring People Together Talks to Stephen White, Author of DRY ICE Talks to David Morrell, Author of SCAVENGER Talks to Joanne Fluke, Author of KEY LIME PIE MURDER

Our Newest Featured Historical Fiction Author: Conn Iggulden, Author of GENGHIS: Birth of an Empire

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

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

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

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

Featured Romantic Suspense Author: Karen Robards, Author of OBSESSION

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

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

This Week's Reviews and Features

Poll and Question of the Week

Word of Mouth

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

Books Bring People Together

I got a fun story in email this week about a Lisa Scottoline signing. Last year at Lisa's signing for DIRTY BLONDE, a couple came up to the table and Lisa could feel sparks flying between them. She commented on how cute they were together and asked how long they had been dating. They told her "we just met on the line and we are going for coffee after the signing." This year they came to the same store for the DADDY'S GIRL signing one year and one book later, still dating. As Lisa says, "See, books really do bring people together.” 

I have my own funny bookish story that happened when I met my husband. We met in a bar in Crested Butte, Colorado where we both were on vacation. I was reading an Andrew Greeley book while waiting for a friend. You know booklovers can never be without a book. The cover was particularly racy and I had it bent back so no one could see it. He asked what I was reading and I talked about the book, never showing him the cover. It was pretty funny. We started dating on that trip; we married three years to the day later and next week celebrate our 22nd anniversary, or our 25th if you count the years we have known each other. Along the way we have read a lot of books. When we were first married, a fun Friday night was going to dinner and then going to a bookstore. Now we still go out to dinner on Friday nights, but I just bring the books home with me.

Ever notice how if you see someone reading a book by an author you like, you immediately can strike up a conversation with them sharing a special bond? You may know nothing about each other to start, but your love of a book can spark a whole discussion.

As I write this I am at the VA Festival of the Book, one of my favorite events. This morning I toured Monticello with Katherine Neville, who arranged a special private tour, and MJ Rose. The libraries that Thomas Jefferson amassed during his lifetime were amazing --- one of them was donated to the Library of Congress. More to come about this next week.

Later today, I will be attending an event where Mary Sharratt, who wrote THE VANISHING POINT, will be speaking and then later tonight there is going to be a wonderful event with Lee Child, Tess Gerritsen, George Pelecanos and Laura Lippman that I am looking forward to. Tomorrow there's a full lineup as well. I will have a report for you next week.

Here's an update for you on The Camel Bookmobile Book Drive that I told you about a few weeks ago. As part of this, Authors for African Literacy are donating thousands of titles that will be shipped to Kenya as part of this project. Among the more than 140 participating authors are Chris Bohjalian, Maeve Binchy, Terry McMillan, Judy Blume and Neil Gaiman. For details on how you can contribute, click here.

This week we shine our Historical Fiction author spotlight on Conn Iggulden, the acclaimed author of the Emperor novels. Iggulden is a master of the historical fiction genre, and in his latest work, GENGHIS: Birth of an Empire, which hits stores on May 1st, he tackles the fascinating persona and compelling legacy of Genghis Khan. History buffs interested in previewing and commenting on the book can send their name and mailing address to by Friday, April 6th.

Also on our lineup this week, we have advance reader comments for Brenda Rickman Vantrease's THE MERCY SELLER, Michele Martinez's COVER-UP, Joanne Fluke's KEY LIME PIE MURDER, Hisham Matar's IN THE COUNTRY OF MEN and AUTUMN BLUE author Karen Harter's answers to reader questions.

Keeping you in the loop on things on our other websites, a book on that you want to have on the radar of the 8-12 year olds in your house is THE MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT SOCIETY. It was a huge hit with my younger son, who found the plot to be both clever and interesting. You can read more about it here, and we are running a Bucket of Books Sweepstakes with Little, Brown for Young Readers where they can enter to win copies of four really terrific new titles.

I am off to hit the yarn store on the mall called The Needle Lady before I do more bookish things. Here's to a great weekend of readers and reading. Spring IS here, by the way. Temperatures are in the 80s and I am loving it. Read on....

Carol Fitzgerald (

List of titles reviewed and featured on March 23rd.

List of titles reviewed and featured on March 16th. Talks to Stephen White, Author of DRY ICE

Stephen White is the author of the bestselling Alan Gregory series, which includes BLINDED, MISSING PERSONS, KILL ME and the newly released DRY ICE. In this interview with's Joe Hartlaub, White discusses some of the recurring themes of his book that relate to his past career in psychology, and explains how his "naivete and ignorance" in fiction writing has worked to his advantage. He also credits another popular author for inspiring him to create his unlikely protagonist and explores the possibility of bringing back ensemble characters for future installments of the series.

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 a new excerpt from DRY ICE.
-Click here to see our book winners.
-Click here to see our Suspense/Thriller feature for Stephen White.

Click here to read our interview with Stephen White and a review of DRY ICE. Talks to David Morrell, Author of SCAVENGER

Dubbed "the father of the modern action novel," David Morrell has written close to 30 books during the course of his 35-year career, including FIRST BLOOD, THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE ROSE and CREEPERS. In this interview with's Joe Hartlaub, Morrell explains why he chose to bring back the protagonists of his previous thriller for his latest work, SCAVENGER, and describes the research he conducted to accurately portray the nooks and crannies of New York City. He also discusses the various creative directions his novels have taken over the years and shares details about several projects he's currently working on.

SCAVENGER by David Morrell (Thriller)
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. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

Click here to read our interview with David Morrell and a review of SCAVENGER. Talks to Joanne Fluke, Author of KEY LIME PIE MURDER

Joanne Fluke is the bestselling author of the Hannah Swensen mysteries, which revolve around a small-town bakery owner with a penchant for amateur sleuthing. In this interview with's Roz Shea, Fluke explains how the books have evolved from her original ideas and describes the step-by-step process of writing each one. She also discusses how she develops and tests recipes, recounts her first experience deep-frying a candy bar and reveals what she has in store for her protagonist in future installments.

KEY LIME PIE MURDER by Joanne Fluke (Mystery)
Hannah Swensen faces two dilemmas in her latest tasty mystery. The first is to pick Best of Show in the baking contest at the Tri-County Fair in her hometown of Eden Lake, Minnesota. The second is to discover who bludgeoned her fellow judge, Willa Sunquist, to death in the dark. Reviewed by Roz Shea.

-Click here to read comments from our advance copy winners.

Click here to read our interview with Joanne Fluke and a review of KEY LIME PIE MURDER.


Our Newest Featured Historical Fiction Author: Conn Iggulden, Author of GENGHIS: Birth of an Empire

We are thrilled to spotlight Conn Iggulden as our newest featured Historical Fiction author. The acclaimed author of the Emperor novels, Iggulden is a master of the historical fiction genre. In his latest work, GENGHIS: Birth of an Empire, which hits stores on May 1st, he tackles the fascinating persona and compelling legacy of Genghis Khan.

We have 20 advance reading copies of GENGHIS to give to readers who would like to preview and comment on the book. Interested? Send your name and mailing address to by Friday, April 6th.

More about GENGHIS:
He was born Temujin, the son of a khan, raised in a clan of hunters migrating across the rugged steppe. Temujin’s young life was shaped by a series of brutal acts: the betrayal of his father by a neighboring tribe and the abandonment of his entire family cruelly left to die on the harsh plain. But Temujin endured—and from that moment on, he was driven by a singular fury: to survive in the face of death, to kill before being killed, and to conquer enemies who could come without warning from beyond the horizon.

Through a series of courageous raids against the Tartars, Temujin’s legend grew. And so did the challenges he faced --- from the machinations of a Chinese ambassador to the brutal abduction of his young wife, Borte. Blessed with ferocious courage, it was the young warrior’s ability to learn, to imagine, and to judge the hearts of others that propelled him to greater and greater power. Until Temujin was chasing a vision: to unite many tribes into one, to make the earth tremble under the hoofbeats of a thousand warhorses, to subject unknown nations and even empires to his will.

Click here to read more about Conn Iggulden and GENGHIS.


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 a new 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 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 a new 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.


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.


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 Wendy Corsi Staub and DON'T SCREAM.


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 read an excerpt from OBSESSION.
-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: Beverly Barton, Author of THE DYING GAME

Our third 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 read an excerpt from THE DYING GAME.
-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 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.


This Week's Reviews and Features

WHAT THE DEAD KNOW by Laura Lippman (Mystery)
In the mid-1970s two young sisters disappeared from a suburban shopping mall. Their bodies were never found, and the case has remained unsolved. But 30 years later, following a hit-and-run accident, a woman reluctantly reveals herself to be the younger of the two girls. No matter how strongly she unfolds her story of the events that occurred during the last three decades, Detective Kevin Infante is having trouble believing her. Reviewed by Simon King.

-Click here to read an excerpt from WHAT THE DEAD KNOW.

YOU DON'T LOVE ME YET by Jonathan Lethem (Fiction)
In this lighthearted take on a group of twentysomethings struggling to establish themselves in the Los Angeles music world and in life itself, Jonathan Lethem paints a humorous and sympathetic portrait of one generation's attempt to grope its way toward maturity and meaning. Reviewed by Harvey Freedenberg.

-Click here to read an excerpt from YOU DON'T LOVE ME YET.

WHITETHORN WOODS by Maeve Binchy (Fiction)
A planned bypass splits the Irish town of Rossmore as it threatens nearby Whitethorn Woods and, more importantly, St. Ann's Well at the center of it. The townspeople are all talking about what it will do to their hometown. All, that is, but one, who is quietly working to find a solution. Reviewed by Kate Ayers.

-Click here to read an excerpt from WHITEHORN WOODS.

THE ASSASSIN by Andrew Britton (Thriller)
More than a year has passed since maverick CIA agent Ryan Kealey prevented the assassination of multiple world leaders in the nation's capital. Now he must fight against his own agency while the clock is ticking on a devastating terrorist attack on U.S. soil. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

-Click here to read an excerpt from THE ASSASSIN.

THE LYING TONGUE by Andrew Wilson (Psychological Thriller)
This debut novel from Andrew Wilson --- author of BEAUTIFUL SHADOW: A Life of Patricia Highsmith --- is a compelling tale of narcissism, greed, ego, betrayal, ambition, homosexuality and sociopathy. It's a gripping read imbued with the influence of Highsmith, one of Wilson's heroes. Reviewed by Barbara Lipkien Gershenbaum.

COLD DAY IN HELL by Richard Hawke (Thriller)
New York City PI Fritz Malone --- who first appeared in Richard Hawke's debut thriller, SPEAK OF THE DEVIL --- is embroiled in a string of grisly murders that drags him behind the lurid headlines into the tangled affairs of some of the city's most beautiful people and their ugly truths. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

ARLINGTON PARK by Rachel Cusk (Fiction)
Over the course of one rainy day, five women struggle with the choices they've made as suburban moms in an upscale community outside London. Whitbread Award-winning author Rachel Cusk has produced a stunner --- a depressing book written so poetically and with such literary panache that it cannot be put down or ignored, no matter how painful it is to read. Reviewed by Jana Siciliano.

For decades, Omar Yussef has been a teacher of history to the children of Bethlehem. When a favorite former pupil, a member of the Palestinian Christian minority, is arrested for collaborating with the Israelis in the killing of a Palestinian guerrilla, Omar is sure he's been framed and feels compelled to investigate. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

THE SPELLMAN FILES by Lisa Lutz (Fiction)
Simon & Schuster compares private investigator Izzy Spellman to such characters as Nancy Drew, Thursday Next and Stephanie Plum. But not one of those avatars of detective fiction comes close to the level of dysfunction that the Spellman family does --- and not one of them is being doggedly tailed by her own parents. Reviewed by Bethanne Kelly Patrick.

PAPER TRAILS: True Stories of Confusion, Mindless Violence, and Forbidden Desires, a Surprising Number of Which Are Not About Marriage by Pete Dexter (Essays)
In the 1970s and 1980s, before he earned national acclaim for his award-winning novels, Pete Dexter was a newspaper columnist. PAPER TRAILS is a collection of 82 of his columns, which lays bare the violence, hypocrisy and desperation he saw on the streets of Philadelphia and in the places he visited across the country. Reviewed by Tom Callahan.

THE CRIMSON PORTRAIT by Jody Shields (Fiction)
In this magnificent new historical novel, Jody Shields --- author of the national bestseller THE FIG EATER --- creates stories behind war-wounded faces with an evocative power that not only compares with but also rivals The English Patient. Reviewed by Pauline Finch.

Click here to read our reviews and features.


Poll and Question of the Week


A book by your favorite author comes out. What do you do?
-Rush to the store and buy it the day it comes out
-Get to the store as soon as possible
-Have it pre-ordered and waiting for you the day of publication
-Jump online to buy it
-Wait until the next time you are in a store to get it
-Note that you will buy it in paperback when that is available
-Reserve it at the library
-Pick it up as it was pre-reserved at the library
-I am not sure what I do.

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Name up to three authors whose books you want to read as close to their on-sale date as possible.

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

This week we have two great prizes: FIVE readers each will win a copy of WHAT THE DEAD KNOW by Laura Lippman and YOU DON'T LOVE ME YET by Jonathan Lethem.

Please note that our next Word of Mouth update will be on March 30th.


Click here to enter our Word of Mouth Contest.

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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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