Wednesday, September 20, 2017

ARE YOU LISTENING? THE LUSTER OF LOST THINGS: A PREVIEW

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THE LUSTER OF LOST THINGS
Read by Kirby Heyborne
BY SOPHIE CHEN KELLER

ABOUT THE AUDIO BOOK:
In this story for readers of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and A Man Called Ove, when all seems lost, he finds what matters most.

Walter Lavender Jr. is a master of finding. A wearer of high-tops. A maker of croissants. A son keeping vigil, twelve years counting.

But he wouldn’t be able to tell you. Silenced by his motor speech disorder, Walter’s life gets lonely. Fortunately, he has The Lavenders—his mother’s enchanted dessert shop, where marzipan dragons breathe actual fire. He also has a knack for tracking down any missing thing—except for his lost father.

So when the Book at the root of the bakery’s magic vanishes, Walter, accompanied by his overweight golden retriever, journeys through New York City to find it—along the way encountering an unforgettable cast of lost souls.

Steeped in nostalgic wonder, The Luster of Lost Things explores the depths of our capacity for kindness and our ability to heal. A lyrical meditation on why we become lost and how we are found, from the bright, broken heart of a boy who knows where to look for everyone but himself.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Sophie Chen Keller was born in Beijing, China, and was raised in Ohio and California. Her fiction has won several awards and has appeared in publications such as Glimmer Train and Pedestal. After graduating from Harvard, she moved to New York City, where she currently resides with her husband and a not-so-secret cabinet of sweets. Photo: © Kai Keller


PRAISE FOR SOPHIE CHEN KELLER:
“[E]nchanting….A delightful trek through and under New York streets.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune

 “A book of rare elegance. . . . Keller understands the magic of New York City . . . and how sometimes listening to those most people hurry past make us find something we did not know we were missing. This book is one of those things: Take the time to find it.” 
– Newark Star-Ledger

“Insightful….This is a feel-good, message-driven story about the restorative power of human connectedness and how acts of kindness can ultimately change lives.”
—ShelfAwareness

“A buoyant, surprising, deeply human novel that underscores how easy it is to become lost in this great big world, and how affecting it is to be found. It’s no small bit of irony that I completely lost myself in these pages. The Luster of Lost Things is every bit as delicious as the magical treats from the family bakery at the heart of this charming debut.”
—Steven Rowley, author of Lily and the Octopus

“Keller’s style is simple and often beautiful, and she infuses the novel with flashes of subtle humor and mouthwatering descriptions of sugary confections.” 
—Kirkus Reviews

“The true magic of New York City shines especially bright thanks to a sprinkle of literary magic in this tender and original debut. Readers will root for the endearing young Walter along every step of his remarkable odyssey.”
—Meg Donohue, USA Today bestselling author of Dog Crazy: A Novel of Love Lost and Found

“Sophie Chen Keller’s enchanting debut melts kindness and action together into a tale of wonder and magic. I savored each tasty morsel as Walter and his valiant dog, Milton, began their extraordinary quest—where the seeking became more important than the finding. Keller’s writing reminded me of Adriana Trigiani—the words are so perfectly chosen that missing even one would lessen the enjoyment.”
—Amy Reichert, author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake

“The book takes its readers on a magical odyssey through New York.” —Falmouth Review

“The Luster of Lost Things is about opening your heart to others and allowing yourself to believe in the wonder and magic of life. Young hero, Walter Lavender, uses his extraordinary talents to track down what he holds dearest to himself, and his family, assisted by a myriad of compelling, curious characters, usually hidden away from the public eye. In doing so, he shows us how to be brave and open-hearted, and to never give up trying. Unique and unforgettable, this is storytelling at its finest.”
—Phaedra Patrick, author of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper


 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

ARE YOU LISTENING? DEADFALL: A PREVIEW


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DEADFALL
Read by Barbara Rosenblat
BY LINDA FAIRSTEIN

ABOUT THE AUDIO BOOK:
Hunting a killer within New York’s urban jungle becomes the biggest case of Alexandra Cooper’s career in New York Times bestselling author Linda Fairstein’s latest riveting thriller.

A wild heart beats within New York City. Amid concrete and skyscrapers, the Wildlife Conservation Society works to preserve and protect the animal kingdom both within and beyond the borders of the five boroughs. But dangerous creatures don’t always have claws and fangs, as Assistant DA Alexandra Cooper and NYPD detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace know all too well. Predators lurk close to home, and in the aftermath of the shocking assassination of an iconic public figure—someone Alex has worked with for years—the trio must unravel the motive behind the shooting to discover who is the bigger snake: the killer or the victim.

The murder investigation provides more questions than answers, as a tangled mess of secrets slowly comes to light. From street gangs to secret societies, from big-game hunting to the illegal animal trade, from New York City zoos to the highest offices in city government, Alex has her work cut out for her—especially since the task force handling the investigation, led by the US Attorney, seems to be more against her than with her. As tensions rise between Alex and the feds, she must determine just how far she is willing to go to uncover the truth—and uphold the integrity of the office she has so proudly served.
 
Deadfall proves once again why Linda Fairstein is hailed as “a champion teller of detective tales” (USA Today).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Linda Fairstein was chief of the Sex Crimes Unit of the district attorney’s office in Manhattan for more than two decades and is America’s foremost legal expert on sexual assault and domestic violence. Her Alexandra Cooper novels are international bestsellers and have been translated into more than a dozen languages. She lives in Manhattan and Martha's Vineyard.

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PRAISE FOR LINDA FAIRSTEIN AND HER NOVELS:
“The Queen of Intelligent Suspense.”— Lee Child

“A champion teller of detective tales.”— USA Today

“Alex Cooper is a fascinating heroine…based on the equally fascinating life of her creator.” —O, The Oprah Magazine

“One of the best crime fiction writers in America today.”— Nelson DeMille

“Fairstein is superbly attuned to the sinister vibes of the famous, as well as forgotten, New York City locales.”— Maureen Corrigan, NPR.org

“Long before sex crimes became everyday fictional fare on America’s favorite cop shows, Linda Fairstein was in court and on the streets working ripped-from-the-headlines cases.”— USA Today

 

Monday, September 18, 2017

LET'S GET COZY! CHIME AND PUNISHMENT: A PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY


CHIME AND PUNISHMENT
A Clock Shop Mystery
BY JULIANNE HOLMES

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Expert clockmaker Ruth Clagan has another murder on her hands in the third Clock Shop Mystery from the author of Clock and Dagger.

 Years ago, the serenity of picturesque Orchard, Massachusetts, was shattered by a fire that destroyed the town’s beloved clock tower. Ruth inherited the dream of repairing it from her late grandfather. Now that she’s returned home to run his clock shop, the Cog & Sprocket, she’s determined to make it happen, despite wrenches that are being thrown into the works by her least favorite person, town manager Kim Gray.

A crowd of residents and visitors are excited to see the progress of the tower at a fund-raiser for the campaign, until Kim is found crushed under the tower’s bell, putting an end to all the fun. The list of suspects is so long it could be read around the clock, and it includes some of Ruth’s nearest and dearest.

Time’s a-wastin’ as Ruth tries to solve another murder in her beloved Orchard while keeping the gears clicking on her dream project.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Julianne Holmes is the author of Just Killing Time, the Agatha nominated debut novel in the Clock Shop Mysteries, and is the pseudonym for J. A. (Julie) Hennrikus, whose short stories have appeared in the award-winning Level Best Books. She serves on the board of Sisters in Crime, and is a member of Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime New England.

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PRAISE FOR CLOCK SHOP MYSTERIES:
“A fast-moving story, and a great start to an intriguing new series.”—Sheila Connolly, New York Times bestselling author of the Orchard Mysteries, the Museum Mysteries, and the County Cork Mysteries

“Perfect timing! In her charming debut, Julianne Holmes creates the perfect contemporary cozy—with a smart and engaging heroine, a quirky and mysterious Berkshires town, and a cast of characters to rival any who live in Cabot Cove.”
—Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony, and Mary Higgins Clark award–winning author of the Jane Ryland series

“The clock ticks ever faster in this delightful debut mystery…The story, with a hunky barber, Ruth’s childhood friends, and conflicts between the new town manager and the ‘old’ Orchard, winds up to a suspenseful and satisfying end.”
—Edith Maxwell, Agatha–nominated and national bestselling author of the Local Foods Mysteries

“With its bucolic setting, engaging characters, and clever plotting, Julianne Holmes has crafted a mystery to stand the test of time.”
—Jessie Crockett, national bestselling author of the Sugar Grove Mysteries.

“An intriguing premise, a fun mystery and a town and heroine with heart.”
—Barbara Ross, author of the Maine Clambake Mysteries.  


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Sunday, September 17, 2017

LET'S GET COZY! PUDDING UP WITH MURDER: A PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

PUDDING UP WITH MURDER
An Undercover Dish Mystery
BY JULIA BUCKLEY

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Secret chef Lilah Drake has a killer casserole to deal with in the latest Undercover Dish mystery from the author of Cheddar Off Dead….Customers trust Lilah Drake to keep her mouthwatering meals under wraps, but when a millionaire meets his untimely end, some sinister secrets become the main course. . . .

Spring is right around the corner, and with the warmer temperatures come plenty of food requests from Lilah Drake’s covered-dish clients. Lilah pulls out all the stops with a sweet new casserole for the birthday party of Marcus Cantwell, a wealthy curmudgeon who has some angry ex-wives and more than a few enemies.

When he’s found facedown in Lilah’s casserole, it’s anyone’s guess as to who might have wanted the old man dead. A possible new heir to Marcus’s fortune adds some unexpected spice to the investigation, but Lilah fears that the old adage is true, and “the proof is in the pudding.” 

INCLUDES RECIPES!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Julia Buckley is the author of the Undercover Dish Mysteries, the Teddy Thurber Mysteries, and the Madeline Mann Mysteries. She’s a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and the Romance Writers of America, as well as the Chicago Writers Association. Julia has taught high school English for twenty-six years; she lives near Chicago with her husband, two sons, four cats, and one beagle. You can visit the author at juliabuckley.com, www.juliabuckley.blogspot.com, twitter.com/juliabucks, and facebook.com/JuliaBuckleyMysteryNovels.

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

LET'S GET COZY! DRESSED TO CONFESS: A PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

 
DRESSED TO CONFESS
A Costume Shop Mystery
BY DIANE VALLERE

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Costume shop owner Margo Tamblyn faces a deadly conspiracy when a small-town festival turns into big-time trouble.

It’s no secret around Proper City, Nevada, that the Sagebrush Festival, the town’s annual family-friendly event, is the place to be. This year’s theme of board games has everything from Conspiracy to Clue. Margo Tamblyn’s costume shop, Disguise DeLimit, has been tasked with providing costumes for the festival headliner, the Domino Divas. But on the night of the performance, one fallen Domino threatens to bring down the whole show when head dancer Ronnie Cass is found in her dressing room, unmasked, unprepared, and very, very dead.

As the police investigate, Margo learns that Don Digby, her father’s best friend, is the prime suspect, tied to the victim by an unsolved robbery connected to Proper City’s past. As conspiracies abound and theories are debunked, Margo seeks to unmask the real killer before her dad’s buddy winds up in a costume made with prison stripes.

INCLUDES RECIPES AND COSTUME IDEAS! 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Diane Vallere is the national bestselling author of Lefty-nominated Material Witness series and the Costume Shop series. She has had a lifelong love of playing dress up, and believes the lines between fashion and costume can be blurred on a regular basis.  At age ten, Diane launched her own detective agency and has maintained a passion for shoes, clues, and clothes ever since. Photo: © Photo by Nicole Ortega

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DRESSED TO CONFESS
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Friday, September 15, 2017

LET'S GET COZY! A TANGLED YARN: A PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

 
A TANGLED YARN
A Yarn Retreat Mystery
BY BETTY HECHTMAN
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Betty Hechtman knits up murder and mayhem in the latest in the national bestselling Yarn Retreat Mystery series.

Casey Feldstein has her hands full with preparations at the Vista Del Mar hotel on the scenic Monterey Peninsula as another yarn retreat begins. The retreaters will be thrown for a loop this time, learning the trendy art of arm knitting and finger crocheting. 

But not everyone is enthusiastic about trying something new, and Casey is forced to come up with an alternative craft for her less adventurous pupils. Things go from worst to worsted when a travel writer from a neighboring retreat group is found dead in his room among a sea of feathers. When one of the owners of Vista Del Mar pleads for help, Casey gets hooked into the case and must unravel a delicate skein of secrets to catch a killer.

INCLUDES KNITTING PATTERNS AND A RECIPE!  


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I grew up on the south side of Chicago and in a very busy weekend, got married, graduated college and moved to Los Angeles.

Although my degree is in Fine Arts, all I ever wanted to be was a writer and I've been doing it in one form or another for as long as I can remember. My shining moments in elementary and high school always involved stories or poetry I'd written. I wrote news stories and a weekly column in my college newspaper. My first job out of college was working on the newsletter of a finance company. I worked for a public relations firm and wrote press releases and biographies. Later I wrote proposals for video projects and television shows that went through various stages of development.

I tried writing screenplays and wrote three. I sold one and another was a winner in a Writers' Digest contest.

I was lucky enough to be a stay-at-home mom and did all kinds of volunteering at my son's schools including editing and writing several newsletters.

I wrote essays and small pieces that ran in the Los Angeles Times, the Daily News and Woman's Day among others. My short romantic and mystery fiction appeared in Woman's World, and Futures magazine.

From time I was a thirteen-year-old babysitter cooking for the kids I babysat, I dreamed of writing a book about babysitting. It took a little longer than I'd expected, but BLUE SCHWARTZ AND NEFERTITI'S NECKLACE was published in 2006.

My affair with crochet began in Las Vegas. I had always had a fascination with crochet, particularly granny squares, but thought there was some magic involved with making them that was beyond me. And then everything changed that day in Vegas when I saw the kids' kit in FAO Schwartz. If the instructions were easy enough for kids, I thought they might work for me.

My first granny square was missing a corner, but when I tried again, all four corners were there. I was in awe of my own accomplishment. I had found the magic. I went granny square crazy until pretty soon I didn't need directions anymore. Then I learned there were more squares than just basic grannies and I made squares with sunflowers in the middle and other patterns. I moved beyond squares and made flowers, hearts, bookmarks and more.

I was in love with crochet and began to make scarves, purses, afghans, and shawls. I started carrying my hooks everywhere. A plane trip became a pile of granny square wash cloths, or part of a shawl. A vacation in Hawaii turned into a tote bag.

And now I get to write about it...

Taken from Betty Hechtman's website!


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