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May 25, 2007 Newsletter

May 25, 2007

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Here Comes Summer.... Talks to Barry Eisler, Author of REQUIEM FOR AN ASSASSIN

Author Talk: Khaled Hosseini, Author of A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS

Our Summer Beach Bag Contest is Back! Spotlight This Week on ANYBODY OUT THERE? by Marian Keyes

Our Newest One to Watch Author: Holly Peterson, Author of THE MANNY

Don't Miss Your Chance to Win our Father's Day Duffel Bag of Books...and Manly Gifts Talks to f-stop Fitzgerald, Photographer of THE MIGHTY FALLEN

Featured One to Watch Author: Andrea Portes, Author of HICK

Featured One to Watch Author: Carol Goodman, Author of THE SONNET LOVER

Now in Stores in Paperback: 13 BULLETS by David Wellington 

Now in Stores: A GOOD AND HAPPY CHILD by Justin Evans

Now in Stores: ROOTS: The Saga of an American Family - The 30th Anniversary Edition, by Alex Haley 

This Week's Reviews and Features

Poll and Question of the Week

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

Summer Beach Bag of Books Promotion

Here Comes Summer....

Here comes one of my favorite three-day weekends. The pool here is crystal clear, the lawn chairs are out and the hammock looks inviting. I have no plans except for watching the local town parade on Monday, which the boys and I always call "a Mayberry moment." It's incredibly amateurish, but watching it I always get a lump in my throat at some point --- usually when the older veterans walk by. Knitting (making this cool shawl in a new pattern) and reading on the agenda....lots of both. Oh, and we have a new grill, which supposedly has a ton of features I "am going to love." I think that that was hype to get me all excited about Tom and the boys hitting the hardware store to buy this last weekend. I got an amazing sales pitch from them on why we "needed" this.

This week we have GREAT interviews with Barry Eisler (I told him the other day that after sharing his books with readers I now know the correct spelling of requiem and assassin for future Scrabble games) and Khaled Hosseini (who with this new book I now am calling by name instead of "THE KITE RUNNER author"). I loved both books, and they would be great long weekend reading.
Also, my son Greg's first interview runs this week, as he interviews f-stop Fitzgerald (yes, Fitzgerald interviews Fitzgerald) about his new book THE MIGHTY FALLEN. My sons and husband enjoy touring war memorials on vacation trips, so this book was one they all pored over. Greg has a great eye for photography and thus he welcomed the opportunity to talk to f-stop about this book, which gives readers a look at more than 150 war memorials. As we celebrate Memorial Day this weekend and think back on our fallen soldiers, we have made this our "Don't Miss" title of the week. The photography is breathtaking, and author Larry Bond writes terrific prose to accompany the photos. 
We also kick off our Father's Day Duffel Bag of Books Contest today. We have SEVEN great books and what I am calling "manly prizes." It's not too early to shop for dad. And dads, may we suggest you read our list, print it, circle your faves and leave it where your family can find it? Trust that ideas for gifts always are welcome! Way I see it, books beat socks and underwear! See details on how to win this duffel for dad below.
A couple of years ago I was invited to a book party where the author greeted me in her pajamas. Marian Keyes hosted a party in her jammies for her book UNDER THE DUVET. We had lunch and great conversation while she chatted with us. This fun memory still has me smiling as I share news that her book ANYBODY OUT THERE? is our new Summer Beach Bag of Books title this week. I had great fun shopping for this one...including tucking in some Irish tea to honor Keyes's roots. See details below.
Our new One to Watch author is Holly Peterson, whose book THE MANNY will be in stores on June 19th. It's the story of a woman who hires a male nanny to care for her son who is in need of some male attention, as her husband is too busy to have time for him. What happens? Well, you just have to read it. If you would like to be one of our 10 readers who will read the book and comment on it, please send a note to by Friday, June 1st.
Funny story: we had a male nanny one summer. He was great with the boys, and they all had a great time. The house was never clean, but the adventures were noteworthy. His last day the boys and I flew to Atlanta. Before we left, the "manny" packed the boys' backpacks. We hit a four-hour gate delay and I least we have things to do in the backpacks. Oh, I was so wrong. We had a stuffed bunny, crayons and a videotape. The boys STILL laugh about this; I guess the look of horror on my face was memorable. Since then, when I ask them to pack, they say, "Can you REALLY trust us to do this? We're guys." Okay, no mail about this being sexist. THEY said it, not me! 
This week we also have advance reader comments about THE CASTRO GENE by Todd Buchholz and THE CHRYSALIS by Heather Terrell, as well as our May New in Paperback feature. Fiction titles include THE HUSBAND by Dean Koontz, KILLER INSTINCT by Joseph Finder, MARKED MAN by William Lashner, ONCE UPON A DAY by Lisa Tucker, QUEEN OF BABBLE by Meg Cabot and HELEN OF TROY by Margaret George. Among our nonfiction highlights are DISPATCHES FROM THE EDGE by Anderson Cooper, CHASING GHOSTS by Paul Rieckhoff and CONFESSIONS OF A WALL STREET ANALYST by Dan Reingold.
My hammock is calling so I am off. Have a great long weekend of reading and a terrific week. 

Carol Fitzgerald (


Read our New in Paperback feature for May here. Talks to Barry Eisler, Author of REQUIEM FOR AN ASSASSIN

Barry Eisler's new novel, REQUIEM FOR AN ASSASSIN, is the sixth book in the acclaimed John Rain series, which features a half-American, half-Japanese assassin attempting to leave the killing business behind. In this interview with's Joe Hartlaub, Eisler attempts to shed light on his character's actions in this latest installment and explains the steps he takes to plot each book. He also discusses the travel involved to both accurately capture the series' exotic settings and realistically portray the mindset of Rain, reveals details about a prequel in the works and shares with readers some of his favorite authors and writing influences. 

REQUIEM FOR AN ASSASSIN by Barry Eisler (Thriller)
Assassin John Rain wants out of the life. Unfortunately, though, he can't just walk away --- because the only way he can rescue a friend is to employ his deadly skills in a series of operations performed at the behest of an enemy with a secret agenda. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

-Click here to read our review of REQUIEM FOR AN ASSASSIN.
-Click here to read an excerpt from REQUIEM FOR AN ASSASSIN.

Click here to read our interview with Barry Eisler.


Author Talk: Khaled Hosseini, Author of A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS

Following the tremendous success of his debut work of fiction, THE KITE RUNNER, Khaled Hosseini once again takes readers to the unfamiliar territory of his politically tumultuous homeland in A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS. In this interview, Hosseini discusses his experiences visiting Kabul after an absence of over 25 years and explains how he was inspired to model his main characters after the Afghan women who have suffered from persecution, poverty and oppression under the rule of the Taliban. He also compares the thematic elements of his two novels, describes his humanitarian work with the UN and shares his thoughts on the current landscape of Afghanistan.

A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS by Khaled Hosseini (Fiction)
Khaled Hosseini's follow-up to the runaway bestseller THE KITE RUNNER is a worthy successor to that absorbing novel. Set against the turbulent and painful backdrop of recent Afghan history, A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS is the story of two remarkable women who endure persecution and violence. Reviewed by Harvey Freedenberg.

-Click here to read our review of A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS.

Click here to read an interview with Khaled Hosseini.


Our Summer Beach Bag Contest is Back! Spotlight This Week on ANYBODY OUT THERE? by Marian Keyes

Every week from May 18th through August 24th a different title in the Beach Bag of Books promotion will be featured with a review and contest prize --- a beach bag stocked with that book, plus summertime essentials that tie in to its theme. Five FABULOUS beach bags will be given away each week, as well as five copies of the book to additional winners.

Our second spotlighted title is ANYBODY OUT THERE? by Marian Keyes. ANYBODY OUT THERE? is a tale of grief and healing handled with the pluck and humor that Keyes is known for. In a pink and green beach bag, winners will find a pink and lime green striped beach towel, a lily-scented Illuminations candle, bath caviar in assorted scents, a flip flop thermometer, Irish breakfast tea as an ode to Keyes's roots, tarot cards to explore the theme of the occult and a thermal water bottle, as well as a copy of the book. We have five to give away, as well as five additional prizes of copies of ANYBODY OUT THERE?.

To enter to win, answer the question below:

Where is Anna's bed located?

You can find the answer by reading an excerpt here:

Send your answer to the question above, along with your name and snail mail address, to by Thursday, May 31st at 11:59PM.

ANYBODY OUT THERE? by Marian Keyes (Fiction)
In her richest, most emotionally compelling novel to date, bestselling author Marian Keyes proves she has a handle on life on the other side of the pond. ANYBODY OUT THERE? is a gut-wrenching account of grief and healing that still delivers a measure of Keyes's sassy wit and family humor. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

-Read more about ANYBODY OUT THERE? and Marian Keyes here.

Click here to read all the details of our Summer Beach Bag Contest.


Our Newest One to Watch Author: Holly Peterson, Author of THE MANNY


The start of summer is the perfect time to kick off our latest One to Watch feature with Holly Peterson, whose book THE MANNY releases on June 19th. It's the story of a work-crazed TV producer who hires a male nanny, or manny, to attend to her son, who is less than attended to by his workaholic dad. What ensues? A terrifically fun romp of a book.

We have 10 advance reading copies of THE MANNY by Holly Peterson to give away to readers who would like to preview the book and comment about it. A description can be found by clicking the link below. If you are interested, please send your name and mailing address to by Friday, June 1st.

More about THE MANNY:

What’s a Park Avenue working mom to do when her troubled son desperately needs a male role model and her husband is a power workaholic? If she’s like the gutsy heroine of Holly Peterson’s astute new comedy of manners among the ill-mannered elite, she does what every other woman on the block does. She hires herself a “manny.”

A solid middle-class girl from Middle America, Jamie Whitfield isn’t “one of them” but she lives in “the Grid,” the wealthiest acre of real estate in Manhattan, where big money and big media collide. And she has most everything they have --- a big new apartment, full-time help with her three children, as well as her very own detached Master of the Universe attorney husband. What she doesn’t have, however, is a full-time father figure for their struggling nine-year-old son, Dylan. But the rich haven’t yet encountered a problem they can’t hire someone else to solve.

Enter the manny.

Click here to read more about Holly Peterson and THE MANNY.


Don't Miss Your Chance to Win our Father's Day Duffel Bag of Books...and Manly Gifts

From May 25th through June 8th readers will have the chance to win one of our five Father’s Day Duffel Bags. Our black Duffel Bags are stocked with handy and fun items for dad.

Along with copies of ALL SEVEN of our featured books --- BAD LUCK AND TROUBLE by Lee Child, HOOKED by Matt Richtel, HOW TO FEEL MANLY IN A MINIVAN by Craig Boreth, MAYFLOWER by Nathaniel Philbrick, THE MIGHTY FALLEN: Our Nation's Greatest War Memorials by Larry Bond and f-stop Fitzgerald, THE SECOND OBJECTIVE by Mark Frost, and SHIP OF GHOSTS by James D. Hornfischer --- dad will be thrilled to receive a handy 6-can cooler, a mug for his morning brew (we love how Dad is spelled in words here), a blue-striped beach towel, an oversized barbeque mitt from Williams-Sonoma along with a gourmet grill rub, waterproof playing cards with a billiard design, a mug that can be chilled, a scrumptious cookie shaped like a golf bag and a flex-neck reading light from Great Point Light, which the dad in your life is bound to appreciate for late-night reading.

Click here to read more about our Father's Day Duffel Bag of Books Contest. Talks to f-stop Fitzgerald, Photographer of THE MIGHTY FALLEN

THE MIGHTY FALLEN: Our Nation’s Great War Memorials --- a collaboration between international photographer f-stop Fitzgerald and bestselling author and Navy veteran Larry Bond --- is a poignant and elegant tribute to some of the significant conflicts and the heroes that have contributed to America’s rich and noble history. Consisting of over 150 photographs and descriptions of memorials across North America during a 10-year period, Bond and Fitzgerald capture the essence of honor and sacrifice conveyed in these structures, which range from the newly erected World War II memorial in Washington, DC to Civil War battlefields and Revolutionary War figures. 

The book presents hundreds of memorials, monuments and statues that honor over 300 years of military service and are meant to convey more than just a time and place. Intent on bringing history to a more personal level, Fitzgerald’s photographs --- along with accompanying text by Bond that describes the memorials and tells the stories behind them --- focus on the memories and emotions that the stone and bronze structures evoke, and often highlight the names and faces of the fallen soldiers who did not live to see the battle’s outcome.



Bestselling author and world-renowned photographer f-stop Fitzgerald has published 12 books of his own photography on subjects ranging from fly fishing to Jerry Garcia, and has collaborated with Stephen King on NIGHTMARES IN THE SKY and Ken Follet on PILLARS OF THE ALMIGHTY. In this interview with Greg Fitzgerald (the son of's co-founder Carol Fitzgerald), f-stop recalls the family vacation that inspired THE MIGHTY FALLEN --- co-authored with Larry Bond --- in which he captures over 150 photographs of the country's greatest monuments and war memorials. He also discusses the stories behind his favorite images, shares memories and anecdotes from the 10-year process of putting this book together, and provides details about current and future projects.

Click here to read our interview with f-stop Fitzgerald.


Featured One to Watch Author: Andrea Portes, Author of HICK

Our second One to Watch author is Andrea Portes, whose debut novel HICK --- which is now available in stores --- tracks the real perils that modern teenagers so often face. And it does so with bright wit, energy and an indomitable spirit.

-Click here to see our advance copy winners.
-Click here to read a review of HICK.
-Click here to read a new excerpt of HICK.

-Click here to read Andrea Portes's bio.
-Visit Andrea Portes's website,

HICK by Andrea Portes (Fiction)
Foreseeing a hopeless future in barrooms and parking lots, cagey 13-year-old Luli McMullen bolts headlong from the heartland, aiming at Las Vegas where she expects to find herself a sugar daddy. Almost immediately, crooked-bodied Eddie Kreezer, a roving obsessive with a violent streak, and a fading but lovely grifter named Glenda begin to do battle for Luli's head and heart. Reviewed by Alexis Burling.

Click here to read more about Andrea Portes and HICK.


Featured One to Watch Author: Carol Goodman, Author of THE SONNET LOVER

Our third One to Watch author is Carol Goodman. In her fifth novel, THE SONNET LOVER --- which releases on June 12th --- the tantalizing question of whether Shakespeare penned a series of passionate sonnets praising a mysterious dark-haired beauty is raised in a letter to literature professor Rose Asher.

-Click here to see our advance copy winners.
-Click here to read an excerpt from THE SONNET LOVER.
-Click here to see Carol Goodman's backlist.

Did Shakespeare pen a series of passionate sonnets, unknown to modern scholarship, ardently praising a mysterious dark-haired beauty? This tantalizing question is raised in a letter to literature professor Rose Asher. But the letter’s author, Rose’s star pupil, is not telling. A troubled, enigmatic young man, he plunged to his death in front of the college’s entire faculty, an apparent suicide. Determined to find the truth, Rose journeys from New York to Italy, back to the magnificent Tuscan villa where as an undergraduate she first fell in love.

Lush, lyrical, and enthralling, THE SONNET LOVER vividly brings to life the Tuscan countryside and the fascinating world of the Renaissance poets. Unmatched in her ability to evoke atmosphere and intrigue, Carol Goodman delivers her most ambitious and satisfying work to date, a seductive novel that skillfully propels its reader headlong to the final suspenseful page.

Click here to read more about Carol Goodman and THE SONNET LOVER.


Now in Stores in Paperback: 13 BULLETS by David Wellington 

13 BULLETS by David Wellington (Horror/Thriller)

All the official reports say they are dead --- extinct since the late ’80s, when a fed named Arkeley nailed the last vampire in a fight that nearly killed him. But the evidence proves otherwise.

When a state trooper named Caxton calls the FBI looking for help in the middle of the night, it is Arkeley who gets the assignment --- who else? He’s been expecting such a call to come eventually. Sure, it has been years since any signs of an attack, but Arkeley knows what most people don’t: there is one left. In an abandoned asylum she is rotting, plotting, and biding her time in a way that only the undead can.

Caxton is out of her league on this case and more than a little afraid, but the fed made it plain that there is only one way out. But the worst thing is the feeling that the vampires want more than just her blood. They want her for a reason, one she can’t guess; a reason her sphinxlike partner knows but won’t say; a reason she has to find out --- or die trying.

Now there are only 13 bullets between Caxton and Arkeley and the vampires. There are only 13 bullets between us, the living, and them, the damned.

Click here to read more about 13 BULLETS.


Now in Stores: A GOOD AND HAPPY CHILD by Justin Evans

A GOOD AND HAPPY CHILD by Justin Evans (Psychological Thriller)

George Davies delves into his childhood memories, he begins to recall things he hasn’t thought of in twenty years. Events, people, and strange situations come rushing back. The odd, rambling letters his father sent home before he died. The jovial mother who started dating too soon after his father’s death. A boy who appeared one night when George was lonely, then told him secrets he didn’t want to know. How no one believed this new friend was real and that he was responsible for the bad things that were happening.

Terrified by all that he has forgotten, George struggles to remember what really happened in the months following his father’s death. Were his ominous visions and erratic behavior the product of a grief-stricken child’s overactive imagination (a perfectly natural reaction to the trauma of loss, as his mother insisted)? Or were his father’s colleagues, who blamed a darker, more malevolent force, right to look to the supernatural as a means to end George’s suffering? Twenty years later, George still does not know. But when a mysterious murder is revealed, remembering the past becomes the only way George can protect himself --- and his young family.

A psychological thriller in the tradition of Donna Tartt’s THE SECRET HISTORY ---
with shades of THE EXORCIST --- the smart and suspenseful A GOOD AND HAPPY CHILD leaves you questioning the things you remember and frightened of the things you’ve forgotten.

Read more about A GOOD AND HAPPY CHILD here.


Now in Stores: ROOTS: The Saga of an American Family - The 30th Anniversary Edition, by Alex Haley 

ROOTS: The Saga of an American Family - The 30th Anniversary Edition by Alex Haley

One of the most important books and television series ever to appear, ROOTS galvanized the nation, and created an extraordinary political, racial, social, and cultural dialogue that hadn’t been seen since the publication of UNCLE TOM'S CABIN.
  The book sold over 1,000,000 copies in the first year, and the miniseries was watched by an astonishing 130,000,000 people.  

ROOTS opened up the minds of Americans of all colors and faiths to one of the darkest and most painful parts of America’s past.
ROOTS also fostered a remarkable dialogue about not just the past, but the then present day 1970s and how America has fared since the days portrayed in ROOTS

Vanguard Press feels that it is important to publish ROOTS: The 30th Anniversary Edition to remind the generation that originally read it that there are issues that still need to be discussed and debated
, and to introduce to a new and younger generation, a book that will help them understand, perhaps for the first time, the drama and reality of what took place during the time of ROOTS.
Click here to read more about ROOTS.

This Week's Reviews and Features

LYING WITH STRANGERS by James Grippando (Thriller)
Best known for his Jack Swyteck novels, James Grippando's latest thriller is a stand-alone work in which a first-year resident at a major Boston children's hospital becomes the romantic obsession of a madman who threatens her husband, career and life. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

-Click here to read an excerpt from LYING WITH STRANGERS.

LETHALLY BLOND by Kate White (Mystery)
When sexy actor and friend Chris Wickersham, the star of a hot new television show, comes to celebrity journalist Bailey Weggins for help in finding a missing person, she's only too glad to assist him. Things heat up quickly though with both the mystery and Bailey's relationship with the hunky heartthrob. Reviewed by Amie Taylor.

-Click here to read an excerpt from LETHALLY BLOND.
-For more, visit Kate White's website,

KEEP IT REAL by Bill Bryan (Fiction)
Ted, a producer for the successful reality show "The Mogul," inadvertently witnesses a violent exchange between gangsta rapper Boney and his girlfriend, Patrice. When Patrice goes missing, Ted (a former investigative reporter) uses the resources at his disposal to snoop around. And what better way to invade a celebrity's privacy than by featuring him on Reality TV? Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

RANT: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey by Chuck Palahniuk (Fiction)
Chuck Palahniuk once again offers readers an intense, sometimes over-the-top, examination of modern culture as a spiritual wasteland. After the death of Buster "Rant" Casey, those who knew him and those who didn't offer their insights on the life of this rabies-spreading anti-hero. Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman.

THE RELIGION by Tim Willocks (Historical Fiction)
The first book in the Tannhauser Trilogy will give history buffs and literary fiends alike something to cheer for this summer, as its epic storytelling and masterfully plotted scenarios truly take one away from the workaday world on waves of smart dialogue and sweeping action. Reviewed by Jana Siciliano.

Casey Han has graduated from Princeton on a full scholarship, though the three acceptable professions --- medicine, law and business --- hold no appeal. Her immigrant father is furious with her sudden lack of ambition, but what brings her happiness is making flamboyant hats and wearing them around town. How can Casey make everyone else happy without sacrificing her dream, however vague, for something different? Reviewed by Shannon Luders-Manuel.

FIVE SKIES by Ron Carlson (Fiction)
Redemption through hard work, supportive company and the act of creation --- no matter how futile --- are the themes of short story writer Ron Carlson's near-perfect novel, his first full-length work for adults in more than 20 years. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

THE NEW YORKERS by Cathleen Schine (Fiction)
Required reading if you love dogs and live in Manhattan, this witty multi-couple romance may also win over people who are neither city-dwellers nor puppy fanciers --- thanks to Cathleen Schine's smart, funny voice, unsentimental attitude and honest, perceptive eye. Reviewed by Kathy Weissman.

ADDLED by JoeAnn Hart (Fiction)
A comedy set in a posh New England country club, ADDLED is a look at a group of people who are living the high life, amidst a crisis set off by a gaggle of geese. While one club member seems to be on the verge of insanity after the accidental death of one goose, the chef is trying to learn how to make a gourmet meal out of the bird. Reviewed by Marie Hashima Lofton.

IN THE WOODS by Tana French (Mystery)
In the summer of 1984, three children from a small Dublin suburb do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of them gripping a tree trunk in terror and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours. Twenty years later, this boy is a detective who has the chance to uncover the mystery of his shadowy past. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

TY AND THE BABE: Baseball's Fiercest Rivals: A Surprising Friendship and the 1941 Has-Beens Golf Championship by Tom Stanton (Sports)
Tom Stanton challenges the stereotypes that have cast Ty Cobb forever as a Satan and Babe Ruth as a Santa Claus. Along the way, he brings to life a parade of memorable characters: Bobby Jones, Walter Hagen, Grantland Rice, Tris Speaker, Lou Gehrig, Will Rogers, Joe DiMaggio, a trick shot-shooting former fugitive, and a 15-year-old caddy with an impeccable golf lineage. Reviewed by Ron Kaplan.

CHASERS by Lorenzo Carcaterra (Suspense)
Revenge is sweet as Boomer Frontieri, a retired NYPD detective, reunites the Apaches --- a group of beat-up, shot-up ex-cops --- to bust not one, but two drug cartels on the mean streets of 1980s New York. Reviewed by Roz Shea.

Click here to read this week's reviews and features.


Poll and Question of the Week


Do you listen to audiobooks or read during your commute?

I listen to books in the car.
I read books while traveling on mass transit or in a carpool.
I wish I could do this.
I do not listen to audiobooks or read on my commute.

Have you ever missed your subway, bus or train stop, or sat in the car finishing a part of an audiobook on your way to work?

I have missed my subway, bus or train stop.
I have sat in the car finishing a part of an audiobook.
I do not read or listen to books on my commute.
I have not done this.

-Click here to answer our poll.


What book are you reading right now?

-Click here to answer our Question of the Week.

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 GOOD GUY by Dean Koontz, ROBERT LUDLUM'S THE BOURNE BETRAYAL by Eric Van Lustbader and NOT A HAPPY CAMPER by Mindy Schneider.

Please note that our next Word of Mouth update will be on June 8th.

Need more details about Word of Mouth? Click here.

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Those who are subscribed to the newsletter by May 31, 2007 automatically are entered in our Monthly Newsletter Contest. This month one winner will be selected to win the following five books: BAD LUCK AND TROUBLE: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child, THE GOOD GUY by Dean Koontz, LETHALLY BLOND by Kate White, LYING WITH STRANGERS by James Grippando, and THE OVERLOOK by Michael Connelly. Last month's newsletter winner was Mary Ellen from New Egypt, NJ who won BODY SURFING by Anita Shreve, THE GOOD HUSBAND OF ZEBRA DRIVE by Alexander McCall Smith, I HEARD THAT SONG BEFORE by Mary Higgins Clark, LACED: A Regan Reilly Mystery by Carol Higgins Clark, and THE WOODS by Harlan Coben.

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