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Book Club of the Month Contest for August 2014

Posted By on August 1, 2014

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Book clubs will love

The Hexed

The Hexed

The Hexed by Heather Graham

A place of history, secrets…and witchcraft. 

Devin Lyle has recently returned to the Salem area, but her timing couldn’t be worse. Soon after she moved into the eighteenth-century cabin she inherited from her great-aunt Mina—her “crazy” great-aunt, who spoke to the dead—a woman was murdered nearby. 

Craig Rockwell—known as Rocky—is a new member of the Krewe of Hunters, the FBI’s team of paranormal investigators. He never got over finding a friend dead in the woods. Now another body’s been found in those same woods, not far from the home of Devin Lyle. And Devin’s been led to a third body—by…a ghost? 

Her discovery draws them both deeper into the case and Salem’s rich and disturbing history. Even as the danger mounts, Devin and Rocky begin to fall for each other, something the ghosts of Mina and past witches seem to approve of. But the two of them need every skill they possess to learn the truth—or Devin’s might be the next body in the woods…

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A road trip down South turns into the journey of a lifetime in Carolyn T. Dingman’s Cancel the Wedding

Cancel the Wedding

Cancel the Wedding by Carolyn T. Dingman

A heartfelt tale of one woman’s journey to discover the secrets of her mother’s hidden past and confront her own uncertain future, this compelling, emotionally resonant novel about the frustrations of blood ties will appeal to fans of Emily Giffin and Jennifer Weiner.

On the surface, Olivia has it all: a high-powered career, a loving family, and a handsome fiancé. She even seems to be coming to terms with her mother Jane’s premature death from cancer. But when Jane’s final wish is revealed, Olivia and her elder sister, Georgia, are mystified. Their mother rarely spoke of her rural Southern hometown, and never went back to visit—so why does she want them to return to Huntley, Georgia, to scatter her ashes?

Jane’s request offers Olivia a temporary escape from the reality she’s long been denying: she hates her “dream” job, and she’s not really sure she wants to marry her groom-to-be. With her fourteen-year-old niece, Logan, riding shotgun, she heads south on a summer road trip looking for answers about her mother.

As Olivia gets to know the town’s inhabitants, she begins to peel back the secrets of her mother’s early life—truths that force her to question her own future. But when Olivia is confronted with a tragedy and finds an opportunity to right a terrible wrong, will it give her the courage to accept her mother’s past—and say yes to her own desire to start over?

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This is the Water is an intense novel in both style & plot, full of unsettling twists that will get your book club chattering

This is the Water

 

This is the Water by Yannick Murphy

At a swim meet in their quiet New England town, Annie watches as her daughters glide through the water. Her thoughts drift lazily from whether she fed her daughters enough carbs that morning to why her husband doesn’t kiss her anymore, to Paul, a swim-team parent, who’s taken notice of her and seems to embody everything she’s beginning to think her life is missing.

When a girl on the team is murdered at a nearby highway rest stop—the same spot where Paul made a gruesome discovery years ago—Annie and her fellow swim-parents find themselves adrift. With a serial killer too close for comfort, they must make choices about where their loyalties lie. And as a series of shocking events unfolds, Annie must discover what it means to follow her intuition—even if love, as well as lives, could be lost.

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Dive deep into this fun and meaningful read!

Camp Utopia and the Forgiveness Diet

Camp Utopia

Camp Utopia and the Forgiveness Diet by Jenny Ruden

Sixteen-year-old Baltimore teen Bethany Stern knows the only way out of spending her summer at Camp Utopia, a fat camp in Northern California, is weight-loss. Desperate, she tries The Forgiveness Diet, the latest fad whose infomercial promises that all she has to do is forgive her deadbeat dad, her scandalous sister, and the teenage magician next door and (unrequited) love of her life. But when the diet fails and her camp nemesis delivers the ultimate blow, Bee bids sayonara to Camp-not-Utopian-at-all to begin what she believes will be her “real” summer adventure, only to learn that running away isn’t as easy—or as healing—as it seems.

Her wry and honest voice bring humor and poignancy for anyone, fat or thin, tired of hearing “you’d be so pretty if…[insert unwelcome judgment about your appearance from loved one or perfect stranger].”

Praise for Camp Utopia and the Forgiveness Diet

“A funny, poignant, emotionally intelligent and beautifully written novel that takes the reader on a journey that is by turns heartbreaking and inspiring. I highly recommend it.” -Alisa Valdes, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

“Ruden’s debut novel is more than merely funny. It skewers our cultural obsession with the superficial, lampooning everything from fad diets to reality television and self-help gurus. And Bethany’s inner journey from bitterness to forgiveness is one that will resonate with all readers. Read it for the laughs, reread it for Ruden’s profound insight into the transformative power of forgiveness.” -Mike Mullin, author of Ashfall

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Please fill out our super short registration form (<—click here) by August 31st for a chance to win a set of up to ten copies of one of these great books for your book club! We will randomly choose winners at the end of the month. This contest is open to clubs in the US only (our apologies to friends in other countries). 

Best of luck!

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Laura Lippman, author of After I’m Gone, on tour August 2014

Posted By on July 29, 2014

AfterI'mgonePB About After I’m Gone

• Paperback: 352 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (August 12, 2014)

Dead is dead. Missing is gone..

When Felix Brewer vanishes on July 4, 1976, to avoid serving a fifteen-year prison sentence for mail fraud, he leaves behind five devastated women: his sophisticated wife, Bambi, their three lovely daughters, and his devoted young mistress, Julie. Though Bambi has no idea where her husband or his money might be, she suspects his mistress does. When Julie disappears ten years to the day after Felix went on the lam, everyone assumes she’s left to join her old lover—until her remains are discovered in a secluded park.

Now, twenty-six years later, Roberto “Sandy” Sanchez, a retired Baltimore detective working cold cases for some extra cash, is investigating her murder. What he discovers is a tangled web of bitterness, jealousy, resentment, greed, and longing, stretching over five decades. And at its center is the enigmatic man who, though long gone, has never been forgotten by the women who loved him.

Felix Brewer left five women behind. Now there are four. Does one of them know the truth?

Praise for After I’m Gone

“Despite the murder at its center, this is less a suspenseful whodunit than a masterly novel of character, with secrets skillfully and gradually revealed. Revel in the pace and pleasures of this book [...] that should add to Lippman’s literary luster.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“Lippman is a bet you just can’t lose.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Lippman is as skillful at plot as she is at characters and setting, and the twists in the novel’s final pages are both surprising and satisfying. [...] Like everything else Lippman has written, After I’m Gone transcends the limits of genre.” —Washington Post

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laura lippmanAbout Laura Lippman

Since her debut in 1997, Laura Lippman has been heralded for her thoughtful, timely crime novels set in her beloved hometown of Baltimore. She is the author of twenty works of fiction, including eleven Tess Monaghan mysteries. She lives in Baltimore, New Orleans, and New York City with her family.

Connect with Laura on her website, Facebook, or Twitter.

Laura’s Tour Stops

Tuesday, August 12th: Books in the Burbs

Wednesday, August 13th: Carpe Libros

Thursday, August 14th: Mockingbird Hill Cottage

Tuesday, August 19th: A Bookworm’s World

Wednesday, August 20th: Always With a Book

Thursday, August 21st: Reading in Black & White

Monday, August 25th: FictionZeal

Thursday, August 28th: Snowdrop Dreams of Books

Wednesday, September 3rd: My Book Retreat

Thursday, September 4th: The Year in Books

Sarah Creech, author of Season of Dragonflies, on tour August 2014

Posted By on July 28, 2014

SeasonoftheDragonfliesHCAbout Season of the Dragonflies 

• Hardcover: 336 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow (August 12, 2014)

For generations, the Lenore women have manufactured a fragrance unlike any other. Hidden in the quiet rolling hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, their perfumery guards unique and mysterious ingredients. A secret known only to a select clientele of movie stars, politicians, artists, and CEOs, the Lenores’ signature elixir is the key to success for the world’s most powerful women.

Willow, the coolly elegant matriarch, is the brains behind the operation. Her gorgeous golden-haired daughter, Mya, is its heart. Like her foremothers, Mya can “read” scents and envision their power to influence events. But Willow’s younger daughter, dark-haired, soulful Lucia, claims no magical touch; wanting no part of the family business, she has left the mountains to make her own way in New York City.

When a divorce leaves Lucia at loose ends, she returns to the Blue Ridge Mountains for an uncomfortable family reunion and discovers trouble brewing. Willow is experiencing strange spells of forgetfulness. Mya is romancing a younger man and plotting to take the reins of the business. A client is threatening blackmail. And most ominously, the strange, magical plants that provide the perfume’s secret ingredient seem to be dying.

With the Lenore empire at stake, the sister who can save their lucrative scent stands to inherit when Willow steps down. Though Mya schemes, Lucia has suddenly begun to show signs of possessing her own special abilities. And her return to the mountains—heralded by a swarm of blue dragonflies—may be the answer they all need.

Capturing the essence of sisterhood with the sweetness of flowers, Season of the Dragonflies is a beguiling tale of practical magic, old secrets, and new love.

Praise for Season of the Dragonflies

“Season of the Dragonflies is a magical, romantic, and riveting novel. You won’t be able to put it down, and as soon as you finish reading, you’ll begin waiting for Sarah Creech’s next book. What a dazzling new talent!” —Nina de Gramont, author of Meet Me at the River

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About Sarah CreechSarah Creech

Born and raised in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Sarah Creech grew up in a house full of women who told stories about black cloud visions and other premonitions. Her work has appeared in storySouthLiterary MamaAroostook ReviewGlass, and Glimmer Train. She received an MFA in 2008 and now teaches English and creative writing at Queens University of Charlotte. She lives in North Carolina with her two children and her husband, a poet. This is her first novel.

Find out more about Sarah at her website, and connect with her on Facebook.

Sarah’s Tour Stops

Tuesday, August 12th: No More Grumpy Bookseller

Wednesday, August 13th: Always With a Book

Thursday, August 14th: Read. Write. Repeat.

Friday, August 15th: Bibliophilia, Please

Monday, August 18th: Svetlana’s Reads and Views

Tuesday, August 19th: Literally Jen

Wednesday, August 20th: Peeking Between the Pages

Thursday, August 21st: From the TBR Pile

Monday, August 25th: BoundbyWords

Tuesday, August 26th: Book-alicious Mama

Wednesday, August 27th: What She Read …

Thursday, August 28th: Bookfoolery and Babble

Friday, August 29th: Kahakai Kitchen

Yangsze Choo, author of The Ghost Bride, on tour August 2014

Posted By on July 28, 2014

The Ghost Bride PBAbout The Ghost Bride

• Paperback: 384 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (August 5, 2014)

A wondrous coming-of-age story infused with Chinese folklore, romantic intrigue, adventure, and fascinating, dreamlike twists

Malaya, 1893 Li Lan, the daughter of a genteel but bankrupt Chinese family, has few prospects. But fate intervenes when she receives a proposal from the wealthy and powerful Lim family. They want her to become a ghost bride for the family’s only son, who died under mysterious circumstances. Rarely practiced, ghost marriages are often meant to placate a restless spirit. Such a union would guarantee Li Lan a comfortable home for the rest of her days, but at what cost?

As she reluctantly considers the offer, Li Lan is unwillingly drawn into the shadowy parallel world of the Chinese afterlife, with its ghost cities and vengeful spirits. There Li Lan must uncover the Lim family’s darkest secrets—and the truth about her own family—before she is trapped in this ghostly world forever.

Praise for The Ghost Bride

“Choo’s clear and charming style creates an alternate reality where the stakes are just as high as in the real world, combining grounded period storytelling with the supernatural.” —Publishers Weekly

“Captivating epic . . . [this] impressive first novel takes readers on one of the wildest rides since Alice fell down the rabbit hole.” —San Jose Mercury News

“Choo’s fascinating debut . . . rich in Chinese folklore, mores and the supernatural…intriguing and enlightening. A haunting debut.” —Kirkus Reviews

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Yangsze ChooAbout Yangsze Choo

Yangsze Choo is a fourth-generation Malaysian of Chinese descent. She lives in California with her husband and their two children, and loves to eat and read (often at the same time).

Connect with her on her website or on Facebook.

Yangsze’s Tour Stops

Tuesday, August 5th: Svetlana’s Reads and Views

Wednesday, August 6th: Jorie Loves a Story

Thursday, August 7th: Book Dilettante

Friday, August 8th: Bibliosue

Monday, August 11th: guiltless reading

Monday, August 11th: Broken Teepee

Tuesday, August 12th: Fuelled by Fiction

Wednesday, August 13th: Olduvai Reads

Monday, August 18th: Literary Feline

Tuesday, August 19th: Book Without Any Pictures

Thursday, August 21st: Snowdrop Dreams of Books

Friday, August 22nd: nightlyreading

Carolyn T. Dingman, author of Cancel the Wedding, on tour August 2014

Posted By on July 28, 2014

Cancel the WeddingAbout Cancel the Wedding

• Paperback: 416 pages
• Publisher: Harper Paperbacks (August 5, 2014)

On the surface, Olivia has it all: a high-powered career, a loving family, and a handsome fiancé. She even seems to be coming to terms with her mother Jane’s premature death from cancer. But when Jane’s final wish is revealed, Olivia and her elder sister, Georgia, are mystified. Their mother rarely spoke of her rural Southern hometown, and never went back to visit—so why does she want them to return to Huntley, Georgia, to scatter her ashes?

Jane’s request offers Olivia a temporary escape from the reality she’s long been denying: she hates her “dream” job, and she’s not really sure she wants to marry her groom-to-be. With her fourteen-year-old niece, Logan, riding shotgun, she heads south on a summer road trip looking for answers about her mother.

As Olivia gets to know the town’s inhabitants, she begins to peel back the secrets of her mother’s early life—truths that force her to question her own future. But when Olivia is confronted with a tragedy and finds an opportunity to right a terrible wrong, will it give her the courage to accept her mother’s past—and say yes to her own desire to start over?

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Carolyn DingmanAbout Carolyn T. Dingman

Carolyn T. Dingman lives in her adopted hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and two daughters. Cancel the Wedding is her first novel.

Find out more about Carolyn at her website, and connect with her on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Carolyn’s Tour Stops

Tuesday, August 5th: A Chick Who Reads

Wednesday, August 6th: From L.A. to LA

Thursday, August 7th: Peeking Between the Pages

Monday, August 11th: Book Loving Hippo

Tuesday, August 12th: Stitch Read Cook

Wednesday, August 13th: Stephany Writes

Wednesday, August 13th: Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

Thursday, August 14th: Drey’s Library

Monday, August 18th: Lessa’s Book Critiques

Tuesday, August 19th: Tina’s Book Reviews

Wednesday, August 20th: Doing Dewey

Thursday, August 21st: Time 2 Read

Friday, August 22nd: Sweet Southern Home