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May 30, 2008 Newsletter

May 30, 2008

This Week on

From Sea to Shining Sea...Yet Again.... Talks to Victoria Lustbader, Author of STONE CREEK

Author Talk: Stephenie Meyer, Author of THE HOST

Special Contest: Win the NOVEL DESTINATIONS Gift Bag!'s Third Annual Father's Day Contest: Best Books for Dad

Our Summer Beach Bag Contest: Spotlight This Week on DOMESTIC AFFAIRS by Eileen Goudge

Featured Romantic Suspense Author: Mariah Stewart, Author of MERCY STREET

Featured Romantic Suspense Author: Julia Spencer-Fleming, Author of I SHALL NOT WANT

Featured One to Watch Author: Lucie Whitehouse, Author of THE HOUSE AT MIDNIGHT

Now in Stores: THE FRONT by Patricia Cornwell
New in Paperback for May
This Month's Grab Bag of Books Giveaway

This Week's Reviews

Poll and Question of the Week: Social Networking Websites

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

From Sea to Shining Sea...Yet Again....

I am cheating this week and writing this newsletter opener on Wednesday instead of Friday. I am on a flight to L.A. for the Book Expo America conference. Looking ahead to my schedule for the next few days, I realized that these will be my last quiet moments to concentrate on writing. Confession: I need to "drop into a zone" to write. I write best on the couch late at night when the house is quiet. Under pressure I can write in the office, but it's never ideal.

Some of my publishing friends are on this flight. We have done some visiting in the aisle. It's like the New York book scene is moving west for the next four days. There will be grumbling and lots of rolling of eyes about why we do this, there will be a crazy pace as we rush from exhibits to panels to signings to parties, there will be many lost moments on streets and freeways since few of us really know L.A. But along the way there will be moments of pure serendipity when I will find some great discovery of a book or author to share with you in the months to come that will make all this worth it.
I already had one of those moments. I sat down next to a woman who had a ready smile. Within two minutes we exchanged hellos and she told me she was an author. Her name is Lori Bongiorno, and her book is GREEN, GREENER, GREENEST:  A Practical Guide to Making Eco-Smart Choices a Part of Your Life. As soon as she said this I went into a bit of a panic. I flashed through my last 24 hours. I had recycled a HUGE stack of newspapers, most of them unread. Memo to self: Give up getting the paper delivered since you read it online most of the time anyway. I not only recycle my Diet Coke cans, but I also am vigilant about gathering the empty water bottles in the boys' rooms, thus I am providing a recycling role model. But I wondered how I would be viewed if I revealed that I drive a GMC Yukon into the city four days a week. Literally moments into the conversation, I 'fessed up lest I be found out.

Luckily there was no dismay on Lori's face. She told me about her book. I am green. Since I am aware, maybe I am even a bit greener. And though I never will be greenest, it's really okay. I found myself brainstorming a quiz idea for her website on how people can figure out whether they are green, greener or greenest.
We then moved on and talked book clubs --- and with this conversation I came up with a great idea for, which I cannot wait to share with Shannon McKenna, our Contributing Editor, who just happens to be sitting one row in front of me on the plane. We can noodle this some more on the way to baggage claim and get it ready for next month's update. Plane rides are great time for thinking, as well as writing and reading. More as it comes to fruition. 

We have an interview with Victoria Lustbader, whose book STONE CREEK has been a favorite of MANY people with whom I have shared it. I loved it and am glad it's finally in stores for you so you can get your hands on it. It's a great book club choice!

As promised, after power planting the garden last weekend (where I DID end up buying more planters as my eyes were bigger than my garden space), I spent hammock time last Monday reading SWEETHEART, the new book from Chelsea Cain, which will be in stores on September 2nd. For readers who loved HEARTSICK, her debut thriller last year, you are in for another wild adventure for Archie and Gretchen. For those who need to catch up, HEARTSICK comes out in paperback on July 29th. Note that our New in Paperback feature has been updated with May releases, and it includes NOT A HAPPY CAMPER by Mindy Schneider, a book that I have given to MANY friends who all have pronounced it "laugh out loud fun" whether or not they have been to camp, and Sally Koslow's LITTLE PINK SLIPS is a PERFECT beach book! 
I have been hearing from MANY of you about how you love THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN by Garth Stein. This line comes up again and again --- "I sent all my friends email and told them to read this book." My favorite quote: "I usually pass the books that I read on to others, but not this time. I love this book too much." Reading this last line I realized that I never told you how many books are in our home library. The rough guesstimate is about 2,000 if I count the books in every room and count double and even triple deep on most of the shelves. Our poll this week has to do with social networking sites, some of which provide an opportunity for you to share your book shelves virtually. Take a moment to answer that and our
question of the week about who you talk to about books.
Our Beach Bag title this week is DOMESTIC AFFAIRS by Eileen Goudge, a story about friendship, betrayal and redemption. This is the kind of book that I started reading and, when I looked up a few hours later, realized I was halfway through it! Our bag, which is very green --- in color, that is --- includes a Ladderball game that looks like lots of fun. In fact, I need to circle back and get one of those for US! Last weekend my younger son and I played dominoes, thanks to Cristina, a reader from Coral Gables who gave me a game set of Cuban dominoes. The directions were in Spanish, and Cory did an ardent job of trying to translate. We decided to muddle through with what we understood, and then as soon as he pulled the game pieces from the box, we found...the directions in English. I can see us making a summer-long tournament out of domino playing.

You may remember the great feedback we received last week for THE STEEL WAVE by Jeff Shaara. This week we have Jeff's responses to our advance readers’ questions, which you can see here
For those of you who keep track, yes, this IS my second flight to LA in just four weeks; the goal is to be at Continental Elite status by mid-July, and it looks like that WILL be happening. I am knitting pillow covers this week for my home office as I attend aquas and coppers. I'm having fun with the new colors in my office. The aqua and copper walls are making me smile. Pulling these together as I travel is making me smile. Here's to a great weekend. Get a jump on shopping for Dad with our Father's Day feature in between your reading. Read on.....

Carol Fitzgerald ( Talks to Victoria Lustbader, Author of STONE CREEK

Victoria Lustbader --- former fiction editor and the wife of author Eric Van Lustbader --- recently published her second novel, STONE CREEK. In this interview with's Cindy Crosby, Lustbader describes the challenging circumstances under which the book was written and sheds light on some of its weighty topics, such as love, relationships and infidelity. She also explains how her experience as an editor helped to strengthen her own narrative abilities, reveals the benefits of having another writer in the family, and shares details on her current project tentatively titled APPROACHING THE SPEED OF LIGHT.

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

-Click here to read a review of STONE CREEK.
-Click here to read the first eight chapters of STONE CREEK.
-Visit the author’s official website,

Click here to read our interview with Victoria Lustbader.


Author Talk: Stephenie Meyer, Author of THE HOST

After writing three installments of the very successful young adult series The Twilight Saga, Stephenie Meyer has penned THE HOST, her first foray into adult fiction. In this interview, Meyer explains what inspired this "science fiction novel for people who don't like science fiction" and shares how she knows her characters are headed in the right direction as she writes them. She also discusses the crossover appeal of her work, describes how much (or how little) the unexpected success of her books has changed her life, and reveals what she has in store for readers who are rooting for Edward and Bella.

THE HOST by Stephenie Meyer (Science Fiction)
In Stephenie Meyer’s first book for adults, alien “souls” have taken over the minds and bodies of humans. Melanie Stryder, a captured rebel, resists the takeover of her mind by Wanderer, the soul implanted in her body. Under the influence of Melanie’s emotions, Wanderer is compelled to search for Melanie’s love Jared and brother Jamie, who are still in hiding. Reviewed by Usha Reynolds.

-Click here to read a review of THE HOST.
-Click here to read an excerpt from THE HOST.


Click here to read an interview with Stephenie Meyer.


Special Contest: Win the NOVEL DESTINATIONS Gift Bag!

We are celebrating the release of NOVEL DESTINATIONS: Literary Landmarks From Jane Austen's Bath to Ernest Hemingway's Key West by Shannon McKenna Schmidt and Joni Rendon with a special contest. Readers who answer a question correctly by reading an excerpt from the book automatically will be entered to win. In an “I’d Rather Read Jane Austen” tote bag, one lucky Grand Prize winner will receive a finished copy of NOVEL DESTINATIONS, as well as a Bliss Tried + Blue Travel Kit, a blue satin photo album, key lime cookies from the Ernest Hemingway Home in Key West, a LITTLE WOMEN bookmark from Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House in Massachusetts, daffodil note cards and a quill pen from Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage in England’s Lake District, Jane Austen Blend Tea, a copy of THE JANE AUSTEN COOKBOOK by Maggie Black, the May/June issue of Bookmarks magazine and a pewter key chain with a quote by Emily Dickinson. Twenty other lucky readers each will win a copy of NOVEL DESTINATIONS.

NOVEL DESTINATIONS: Literary Landmarks From Jane Austen’s Bath to Ernest Hemingway’s Key West by Shannon McKenna Schmidt and Joni Rendon (Travel)
In a world saturated with every kind of travel guide, Shannon McKenna Schmidt and Joni Rendon have created an entertaining and informative companion for book lovers eager to travel to sites frequented by classic writers and to the settings of their beloved works. And there’s lots of good food, drink and fun along the way. Reviewed by Harvey Freedenberg.

-Click here to read an interview with Shannon McKenna Schmidt and Joni Rendon.
-Click here to read a review of NOVEL DESTINATIONS.

-Click here to read an excerpt from NOVEL DESTINATIONS.

Click here for more details about the contest and how to enter.'s Third Annual Father's Day Contest: Best Books for Dad
From May 23rd through June 6th, readers will have the chance to win one of our five Father’s Day Duffel Bags. Our gray Duffel Bags are stocked with handy and fun items for dad, as well as one copy of ALL 18 of our featured titles. These selections include stories of suspense, survival, adventure and perseverance. Whether he is a fan of history, thrillers, sports stories or memoirs, has the perfect gift suggestions for the dad in your life.

Our featured Father’s Day titles are:

-THE ADVENTURES OF SLIM & HOWDY by Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn, with Bill Fitzhugh
-THE BEAUTIFUL STRUGGLE: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood by Ta-Nehisi Coates
-THE BILLIONAIRE'S VINEGAR: The Mystery of the World's Most Expensive Bottle of Wine by Benjamin Wallace
-A CHAMPION'S MIND: Lessons from a Life in Tennis by Pete Sampras, with Peter Bodo
-CHILD 44 by Tom Rob Smith
-COURAGE: Portraits of Bravery in the Service of Great Causes by Gordon Brown
-DEAD LUCKY: Life After Death on Mount Everest by Lincoln Hall
-ESCAPE by Robert K. Tanenbaum
-FATHER KNOWS LESS: One Dad's Quest to Answer His Son's Most Baffling Questions by Wendell Jamieson
-THE FILM CLUB by David Gilmour
-IKE: An American Hero by Michael Korda
-AN INCOMPLETE AND INACCURATE HISTORY OF SPORT…and Other Random Thoughts from Childhood to Fatherhood by Kenny Mayne
-THE POET OF BAGHDAD: A True Story of Love and Defiance by Jo Tatchell
-THINGS I LEARNED ABOUT MY DAD (IN THERAPY): Humorous and Heartfelt Essays by Heather B. Armstrong
-TIME BANDIT: Two Brothers, the Bering Sea, and One of the World's Deadliest Jobs by Andy and Johnathan Hillstrand, with Malcolm MacPherson
-A VOYAGE LONG AND STRANGE: Rediscovering the New World by Tony Horwitz
-WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE YOUR FATHER?: A Son's Memoir of Love and Loss by Blake Morrison


Click here to read all the contest details.


Our Summer Beach Bag Contest: Spotlight This Week on DOMESTIC AFFAIRS by Eileen Goudge

Whether your "beach" is on sand, your backyard deck or a grassy meadow in the country, the summer months mean it's time for "beach reading." is celebrating the lazy days of summer reading with our Fourth Annual " Beach Bag of Books."

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

This week, we’re spotlighting DOMESTIC AFFAIRS by Eileen Goudge, an intimate story of friendship lost and regained, old loves rekindled and a baptism by fire that ultimately leads to the redemption of three very special women. In a green floral shoulder bag, winners will find a green and white striped towel, H20+ Poolside Hydrating Body Balm, a green cocktail shaker, a green and blue 5x7 picture frame, a Ladderball Game in a handy carrying case, green and blue flip-flops and cocktail stirrers with colorful decorations, as well as a *signed* copy of DOMESTIC AFFAIRS. We have five to give away, as well as five additional prizes of *signed* copies of DOMESTIC AFFAIRS.

To enter, fill out this form and answer the following question by Thursday, June 5th at 11:59PM. You can find the answer by reading the excerpt here.

What band are Abigail and Vaughn listening to in the car?

DOMESTIC AFFAIRS by Eileen Goudge (Fiction)
“Rosie and Abigail are like family,” Ina Merriweather used to say. That is, until the day Ina abruptly cast out her housekeeper, Rosie, and daughter Abigail. Abigail felt deeply betrayed, especially by Ina’s daughter Lila, who was her closest friend. Only Lila’s twin brother Vaughn, with whom Abigail had been exploring the joys and heartaches of first love, showed any compassion. Now, 25 years later, an old score is about to be settled...and an old love rekindled. Reviewed by Colleen Quinn.

-Read more about Eileen Goudge and DOMESTIC AFFAIRS here.


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

Featured Romantic Suspense Author: Mariah Stewart, Author of MERCY STREET

Mariah Stewart is the New York Times bestselling author of 23 novels and the recipient of numerous literary awards, including the RIO Award for excellence in women's fiction and a Reviewers' Choice Award from Romantic Times magazine. In MERCY STREET, her latest romantic suspense novel now in stores, Stewart begins a thrilling new series with a story about a mysterious murder investigation in a Pennsylvania factory town. 

-Click here to read an excerpt from MERCY STREET.
-Click here to read Mariah Stewart’s bio.
-Click here to see Mariah Stewart's backlist.
-Click here to read critical praise for MERCY STREET.
-Visit the author’s official website,
-Click here to see our advance copy winners.

More about MERCY STREET:
On a balmy spring evening, four high school seniors enter a park in the small Pennsylvania city of Conroy. The next morning, two are found shot to death while the others are missing. In the wake of this tragedy, former detective Mallory Russo and Detective Charlie Wanamaker are called upon to figure out what happened in the park that night.


Click here to read more about Mariah Stewart and MERCY STREET.


Featured Romantic Suspense Author: Julia Spencer-Fleming, Author of I SHALL NOT WANT

Julia Spencer-Fleming’s debut novel, IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER, was the recipient of multiple awards, including the Anthony Award, the Agatha Award and the Macavity Award. In I SHALL NOT WANT, the latest installment in her bestselling mystery series that releases on June 10th, the Reverend Clare Fergusson and Police Chief Russ Van Alstyne find themselves sucked into a murder investigation in Clare's small Adirondack town.

-Click here to read a second excerpt from I SHALL NOT WANT.
-Click here to read Julia Spencer-Fleming’s bio.
-Click here to see Julia Spencer-Fleming's backlist.
-Click here to read critical praise for I SHALL NOT WANT.
-Visit the author’s official website,
-Click here to see our advance copy winners.

More about I SHALL NOT WANT:
In the small Adirondack town of Millers Kill, New York, life doesn’t stop for heartbreak. But when a farmhand stumbles over a Latino man killed with a single shot to the back of his head, an Episcopal priest is sucked into the investigation through her involvement in the migrant community.


Click here to read more about Julia Spencer-Fleming and I SHALL NOT WANT.


Featured One to Watch Author: Lucie Whitehouse, Author of THE HOUSE AT MIDNIGHT

In her debut novel, THE HOUSE AT MIDNIGHT, Lucie Whitehouse delivers a captivating and gripping psychological story. After a death in the family, Lucas Heathfield inherits his uncle’s manor in the English countryside. But within the confines of the manor, the lives of a circle of friends are changed forever. THE HOUSE AT MIDNIGHT will be available in stores on June 3rd.

-Click here to read a second excerpt from THE HOUSE AT MIDNIGHT.
-Click here to read Lucie Whitehouse’s bio.
-Click here to read critical praise for THE HOUSE AT MIDNIGHT.
-Click here to see our advance copy winners.

After the suicide of his uncle, Lucas Heathfield inherits Stoneborough Manor, in the English countryside. Lucas’s best friend, Joanna, imagines it as a place where their close-knit group can escape to London and rekindle the revelry of their college days. But from the beginning, the house has a strange effect on everyone who stays in it.


Click here to read more about Lucie Whitehouse and THE HOUSE AT MIDNIGHT.

Now in Stores: THE FRONT by Patricia Cornwell

THE FRONT by Patricia Cornwell (Thriller)
AT RISK featured Massachusetts state investigator Win Garano, a shrewd man of mixed-race background and a not-inconsiderable chip on his shoulder; District Attorney Monique Lamont, a hard-charging woman with powerful ambitions and a troubling willingness to cut corners; and Garano’s grandmother, who has certain unpredictable talents that you ignore at your peril. In THE FRONT, peril is what comes to them all. Reviewed by Barbara Lipkien Gershenbaum.


Click here to read a review of THE FRONT.

New in Paperback for May
May’s roundup of New in Paperback titles includes ROBERT LUDLUM’S THE BOURNE BETRAYAL, Eric Van Lustbader’s second interpretation of amnesiac spy Jason Bourne (following 2004’s THE BOURNE LEGACY); HIDE, a page-turning thriller from Lisa Gardner about a young lady forced to question her very existence after a shocking discovery is made; THE BLOOD OF FLOWERS, Anita Amirrezvani’s debut work of fiction that chronicles the hardships of a young girl in 17th-century Persia as she attempts to make a better life for herself following the untimely death of her father; Sally Koslow’s LITTLE PINK SLIPS, a DEVIL WEARS PRADA-style novel concerning the fall, rise and sweet revenge of a woman who witnesses corporate shenanigans at their most flagrant; and NOT A HAPPY CAMPER, a humorous account of one unforgettable summer that Mindy Schneider spent at a rainy, rundown, wildly unsupervised camp in the backwoods of Maine.
Click here to see our New in Paperback feature for May.

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

This contest period’s winners will each receive a copy of CATHY’S KEY: If Found Call (650) 266-8283, CITY OF THE LOST SOULS: The Vampress Girls, Book 1 by Jacy Nova and Nick Nova, THE DEATH OF JAYSON PORTER by Jaime Adoff, EARTH MATTERS by David Rothschild and HOW TO BE BAD by E. Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski and Lauren Myracle.

-Click here for previous winners.
Click here to read all the contest details.


This Week's Reviews

TWENTY WISHES: A Blossom Street Book by Debbie Macomber (Romance)
“Find one good thing about life” is at the top of Anne Marie Roche’s list of 20 things she has always wished to do but never did. Her list also includes buying herself a pair of red cowboy boots and learning how to knit. While pursuing her wishes, Anne Marie makes an unexpected discovery about love, life --- and herself. Reviewed by Donna Volkenannt.

-Click here to read an excerpt from TWENTY WISHES.

THE DOWNHILL LIE: A Hacker’s Return to a Ruinous Sport by Carl Hiaasen (Sports Memoir)
In 2005, after 32 years away from the golf course, celebrated author Carl Hiaasen decided he would once again take up the game of golf. His return to the sport is chronicled in THE DOWNHILL LIE. Hackers and scratch golfers alike will recognize Hiaasen’s travails in this witty and entertaining tale. Reviewed by Stuart Shiffman.

-Click here to read an excerpt from THE DOWNHILL LIE.
LADIES OF LIBERTY: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation by Cokie Roberts (History)
In FOUNDING MOTHERS, Cokie Roberts paid homage to the heroic women whose patriotism and sacrifice helped create a new nation. Now the renowned political commentator continues the story of early America's influential women with LADIES OF LIBERTY, a colorful blend of biographical portraits and behind-the-scenes vignettes chronicling women's public roles and private responsibilities. Reviewed by Roz Shea.

COMFORT FOOD by Kate Jacobs (Fiction)
Shortly before turning the big 5-0, boisterous party planner and “Cooking with Gusto!” personality Augusta “Gus” Simpson finds herself planning a birthday party she’d rather not --- her own. What she needs is time on her own with enough distance to give her loved ones the ingredients to put together successful lives without her. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.
THE REAPERS by John Connolly (Thriller)
As a little boy, Louis witnesses an unspeakable crime that takes the life of a member of his small, southern community. He grows up and moves on, but he is forever changed by the cruel and brutal nature of the act. Now, years later, the sins of his life are reaching into his present, bringing with them the buried secrets and half-forgotten acts of his past. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

SHADOW OF POWER: A Paul Madriani Novel by Steve Martini (Legal Thriller)
“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” The words of Thomas Jefferson might make us wonder who determines which is which. In SHADOW OF POWER, Steve Martini challenges the reader to choose sides. Were the Founding Fathers noble men of integrity who framed a Constitution that has guided America to brilliance over the past 200 years, or were they greedy hypocrites out to flim-flam a naïve nation? Reviewed by Maggie Harding.
BLUE SMOKE AND MURDER by Elizabeth Lowell (Romantic Suspense)
Jill Breck was just doing her job as a river guide when she saved the life of Lane Faroe, son of two of St. Kilda Consulting's premier operators. But when a string of ominous events --- including a mysterious fire that kills her great-aunt and a furor in the Western art world raised by a dozen Breck family paintings --- culminates in a threat to her life, Jill reluctantly calls in a favor. Reviewed by Jennifer McCord.

LIVING ON THE BLACK: Two Pitchers, Two Teams, One Season to Remember by John Feinstein (Sports)
John Feinstein’s latest tome considers two veteran major leaguers plying their craft during the 2007 season search of major milestones in the magnifying glass of the media frenzy that is New York. Tom Glavine won his 300th game with the Mets last year, while Mike Mussina, a member of the cross-town Yankees, won his 250th. Reviewed by Ron Kaplan.

Read this week's reviews here.

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Poll and Question of the Week: Social Networking Websites


Which of the following social networking websites do you belong to? Check as many as apply.
Other (Please specify)

With Goodreads, LibraryThing and Shelfari, you can display the library of what you have read and what you want to read. Would you be interested in doing this?
I already am doing this.
This is something I would like to do.
This is not something that I am interested in.
I am not sure.

Would you be interested in seeing the virtual libraries of other readers?

I am not sure.

-Click here to answer our poll.


Who is the person (name up to three) you most talk to about books. First name only and relationship to you, please.

-Click here to answer our question.


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

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 THE MURDER NOTEBOOK by Jonathan Santlofer and NOTHING TO LOSE: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child. Tell us what you are reading and rate the titles 1-5 by noon on June 6th to ensure that you are in the running to win these books.

Please note that our next Word of Mouth update will be on June 6th.
Need more details about Word of Mouth? Click here.


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Those who are subscribed to the newsletter by May 31, 2008 automatically are entered in our Monthly Newsletter Contest. This month one winner will be selected to win the following five books: THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN by Garth Stein, BLACK OUT by Lisa Unger, COMFORT FOOD by Kate Jacobs, KILLING ROMMEL by Steven Pressfield and ODD HOURS by Dean Koontz. Juanita from West Salem, OH
was last month's newsletter winner. She won THE GIRL WITH NO SHADOW by Joanne Harris, HOLD TIGHT by Harlan Coben, SEPULCHRE by Kate Mosse, WHERE ARE YOU NOW? by Mary Higgins Clark and THE WHOLE TRUTH by David Baldacci.

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