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Dedicated Book Club Contest for Sinful Folk by Ned Hayes

Posted By on September 17, 2014

We’re really excited about Sinful Folk by Ned Hayes for your book club, so we’ve set aside dedicated space to tell you about the book.

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Book clubs will love this story of redemption and hope

Sinful Folk

Sinful Folk

Sinful Folk by Ned Hayes

Sinful Folk is the new historical novel from Ned Hayes, with cover and internal illustrations by New York Times bestselling illustrator and author Nikki McClure. Like Anita Diamant’s The Red Tent and Geraldine Brooks’ Year of Wonders, Sinful Folk retells history from the perspective of a forgotten woman who finds her voice. An inspiring story of tenacity, perseverance and courage, Sinful Folk is based on real historical events.

In December of the year 1377, five children burned to death in a suspicious house fire. The historical record shows that a small band of villagers traveled 200 miles across England in midwinter to demand justice for their children’s deaths. Two hundred miles. In that time, an unimaginable distance for villagers who lived their entire lives only a few miles from their birthplace.

Sinful Folk is the story of this treacherous journey as seen by Mear, a former nun who has lived for a decade disguised as a mute and fearful man, raising her son quietly in this isolated village. When her son is killed, Mear wakes from her complacent life and undertakes a desperate journey.

Endorsed by bestselling historical novelists such as Karen Maitland (The Owl Killers, Company of Liars), Ella March Chase (The Virgin Queen’s Daughter), Brenda Vantrease (The Illuminator, The Heretic’s Wife), and William Dietrich (The Barbed Crown), Sinful Folk is a breakthrough novel that stakes a new claim for women’s historical fiction.

Sinful Folk is an inspiring story of a woman’s perseverance and courage in a stark medieval world: a riveting and suspenseful story told with lyrical beauty and unwavering vision. “A pilgrim story worthy of Chaucer, delivered by a master storyteller” — New York Times bestselling historical novelist Brenda Vantrease.

What readers like you are saying:

…this is one awesome historical fiction book. –Sandy at You’ve GOTTA Read This!

Mear is one of the best historical fiction characters I have come across….Ned Hayes has definitely woven a gripping tale that will keep you intrigued the whole way through. –Stephanie at 100 Pages a Day…Stephanie’s Book Reviews

Ned Hayes’s latest is superb, guys! I mean really superb! There are so many things I want to note but I’m trying very hard to restrain myself because I think I’d prefer to leave some of the surprises for other potential readers to discover on their own….Sinful Folk has elements of mystery and suspense and an obvious careful attention to historical accuracy. Hayes sets the tone nicely and Mear does all the rest! Historical fiction fans take note, this is definitely one not to miss! –Heather at No More Grumpy Bookseller

Despite the dark premise, the novel reads quickly, with many exciting interludes, and I found myself racing through the story. Nikki McClure, the illustrator who did the cover design, provides small illustrated elements that open every few chapters, and they’re striking and interesting. — Audra at Unabridged Chick

Mear is a beautiful soul and one whose story I won’t soon forget. I felt such a intense connection to her in her strength of character and ability to forgive and forge on in her life. Hers is a story of overcoming adversity made even more admirable by the times in which she lived….Highly recommended! –Dar at Peeking Between the Pages

A page turner transporting the reader to an age where existing was a minute to minute task. Highly recommend Sinful Folk. Hayes is an author worthy of praise and your undivided attention. –Mal at Nightly Reading

I loved this story. The characters drew me in, and the author has such a talent for putting emotion into visual pictures, to give them real substance….It is a clever, interesting and touching story inspired by history, and the paranoia and persecution that surrounded those of the Jewish faith….This story is all about facing your past. Restrained and yet absorbing, this story may be dark and barren, but it isn’t bereft of hope. –Heather at Cerebral Girl in a Redneck World

More praise for Sinful Folk

*Starred Review* “Brilliantly conceived and beautifully executed, Hayes’ novel is woven through with a deep knowledge of medieval history, all conveyed in mesmerizing prose. At the center of the novel is Mear, a brave and heartbreaking character whose story of triumph over adversity is a joy to read. — BookList Print Review – Joanne Wilkinson

“Riveting, poetic… a rich medieval tapestry of a story… relentless, intriguing, very authentic… with bittersweet redemption at the end of the journey. Medieval fans should like this.” -Historical Novel Reviews, Print Review: HNR #68, May 2014

“An exquisitely written historical thriller… Told by a brave and charismatic narrator who will twist your heart-strings with her story from the first page to final startling revelation. An amazing novel based on a truly fascinating, unsolved mystery of the Middle Ages.” -Karen Maitland, best-selling author of The Owl Killers and Company of Liars

“A pilgrim tale worthy of Chaucer, evocative, compelling and peopled with unforgettable characters artfully delivered by a master storyteller.” – Brenda Rickman Vantrease, best-selling author of The Illuminator and The Mercy Seller

“Brilliant, insightful, unflinching and wise. This spellbinding mystery will keep readers turning pages until the last sentence. Remarkable.” – Ella March Chase, best-selling author of The Virgin Queen’s Daughter and Three Maids for a Crown

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Ned HayesAbout Ned Hayes

Ned Hayes first read Chaucer in graduate school, where he worked under noted medieval scholar Richard Emmerson. He has studied at Stanford University, Western Washington University, the Rainier Writing Workshop and the Graduate Theological Union at the University of California, Berkeley. He lives in Olympia, Washington, with his wife and two children. Sinful Folk is his first story set in the medieval era. He is now at work on a new novel set in the 1300s.

Find out more about Ned at his website, follow him on Twitter, and see what he’s pinning on Pinterest. You can also read more about the book at its website, follow news of the book on Facebook, get quotes from the book on Pinterest.

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Please fill out our super short registration form (<—click here) by September 30th for a chance to win a set of up to ten copies of Sinful Folk by Ned Hayes for your book club! We will randomly choose one winner 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!

We LOVE Book Clubs!

Nichole Christoff, author of The Kill List, on tour December 2014

Posted By on September 15, 2014

9781101883006About The Kill List

Pages: 270 
Published by : Alibi

In this taut debut thriller, Nichole Christoff introduces a savvy private investigator with nerves of steel—and a shattered heart.
 
As a top private eye turned security specialist, Jamie Sinclair has worked hard to put her broken marriage behind her. But when her lying, cheating ex-husband, army colonel Tim Thorp, calls with the news that his three-year-old daughter has been kidnapped, he begs Jamie to come find her. For the sake of the child, Jamie knows she can’t refuse. Now, despite the past, she’ll do everything in her power to bring little Brooke Thorp home alive.
 
Soon Jamie is back at Fort Leeds—the army base in New Jersey’s Pine Barrens where she grew up, the only child of a two-star general—chasing down leads and forging an uneasy alliance with the stern military police commander and the exacting FBI agent working Brooke’s case. But because Jamie’s father is now a U.S. senator, her recent run-in with a disturbed stalker is all over the news, and when she starts receiving gruesome threats echoing the stalker’s last words, she can’t shake the feeling that her investigation may be about more than a missing girl—and that someone very powerful is hiding something very significant . . . and very sinister.

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About Nichole Christoff

Nichole Christoff is a writer, broadcaster, and military spouse who has worked on air and behind the scenes producing and promoting content for radio, television news, and the public relations industry across the United States and Canada. Christoff is a lifetime member of Sisters in Crime and the Jane Austen Society of North America. She also belongs to the Private Eye Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and three of RWA’s local chapters where she’s served as an officer and a member of the board. In Christoff’s first year as a member of RWA, her first manuscript won the Golden Heart for Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements. Her second manuscript won a 2011 Helen McCloy Scholarship from the Mystery Writers of America. Her latest work, The Kill List, is a 2014 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense nominee.

TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS for September 15 – 19

Posted By on September 14, 2014

I Shall Be Near to You by Erin Lindsay McCabe

I Shall Be Near to YouMonday, September 15th: Books on the Table

Monday, September 15th:  Life is Story

Tuesday, September 16th: Jorie Loves a Story

Wednesday, September 17th: Sara’s Organized Chaos

Thursday, September 18th: 100 Pages a Day…. Stephanie’s Book Reviews

Friday, September 19th: No More Grumpy Bookseller

 

The Betrayed by Heather Graham

The BetrayedMonday, September 15th: From the TBR Pile

Monday, September 15th: Books a la Mode – Spotlight and giveaway

Tuesday, September 16th: Bewithced Bookworms

Wednesday, September 17th: Snowdrop Dreams of Books

Thursday, September 18th: Ladybug Literature

Friday, September 19th: Supernatural Snark – Spotlight and giveaway

 

A Matter of Mercy by Lynne Hugo

A Matter of Mercy CoverMonday, September 15th:  Fiction Zeal

Tuesday, September 16th:  Time 2 Read

Wednesday, September 17th:  Jorie Loves a Story

Wednesday, September 17th:  Stitch Read Cook – author guest post, “A Day in the Life”

Thursday, September 18th:  Chronicles…

 

Ballroom by Alice Simpson

BallroomMonday, September 15th: Kritters Ramblings

Tuesday, September 16th: BookNAround

Wednesday, September 17th: I’d Rather Be At The Beach

Thursday, September 18th: Walking With Nora

Friday, September 19th: Not in Jersey

 

Early Decision by Lacy Crawford

Early Decision PBMonday, September 15th: Mrs. Mommy Booknerd

Tuesday, September 16th: Shall Write

Wednesday, September 17th: Book Journey

Thursday, September 18th: Bibliotica

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The Story of Land and Sea by Katy Simpson Smith

The story of land and seaMonday, September 15th: 5 Minutes for Books

Tuesday, September 16th: BoundbyWords

Wednesday, September 17th: Spiced Latte Reads

Thursday, September 18th: West Metro Mommy

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The Night Visitor by Dianne Emley

The Night VisitorMonday, September 15th: Saints and Sinners Books

Tuesday, September 16th: Musings of a Bookish Kitty

Wednesday, September 17th: Sara’s Organized Chaos

Thursday, September 18th: Tiffany’s Bookshelf

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The Angel of Losses by Stephanie Feldman

Angel of LossesMonday, September 15th: Sun Mountain Reviews

Tuesday, September 16th: Must Read Faster

Wednesday, September 17th: nightlyreading

Friday, September 19th: A Chick Who Reads

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Becoming Josephine by Heather Webb

Becoming JosephineMonday, September 15th:  Bibliotica

Wednesday, September 17th:  Book Dilettante

Thursday, September 18th:  Bibliophilia, Please

Friday, September 19th:  Books a la Mode - author guest post

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Vintage by Susan Gloss

Vintage PBMonday, September 15th: Every Free Chance Book Review 

Tuesday, September 16th: Drey’s Library

Thursday, September 18th: Jorie Loves a Story

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Liar Temptress Soldier Spy by Karen Abbott

Liar Temptress Soldier SpyMonday, September 15th: Reading Reality

Tuesday, September 16th: Ace and Hoser Blook

Wednesday, September 17th: Jen’s Book Thoughts

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Daring: My Passages by Gail Sheehy

Daring My PassagesMonday, September 15th: The Feminist Texican [Reads]

Tuesday, September 16th: nightlyreading

Thursday, September 18th: Book Loving Hippo

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A Brief Moment of Weightlessness by Victoria Fish

A Brief Moment of Weightlessness -Monday, September 15th:  Bibliophiliac

Wednesday, September 17th:  Kahakai Kitchen

Thursday, September 18th:  A Bookish Way of Life

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Flings by Justin Taylor

Flings HCMonday, September 15th: A Bookish Affair

Wednesday, September 17th: Reading in Black & White

Thursday, September 18th: The Scarlet Letter

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The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah

The Monogram MurdersMonday, September 15th: A Bookish Way of Life

Wednesday, September 17th: No More Grumpy Bookseller

Thursday, September 18th: The Road to Here

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The Summer of Long Knives by Jim Snowden

The Summer of Long KnivesMonday, September 15th: Nightly Reading

Wednesday, September 17th: The Year in Books

Thursday, September 18th: Maurice on Books

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The Imaginary Life by Mara Torres

The Imaginary LifeMonday, September 15th:  Annabel and Alice

Wednesday, September 17th:  BookNAround

Thursday, September 18th:  Bell, Book & Candle

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Lust by Diana Raab

LUST COVER_Revised copyMonday, September 15th: Patricia’s Wisdom

Wednesday, September 17th: Savvy Verse and Wit

Thursday, September 18th: Read and Shelved

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Beyond Coincidence by Jacquie Underdown

Beyond CoincidenceMonday, September 15th: Bewitched Bookworms

Thursday, September 18th:  Reading Reality

Friday, September 19th: From the TBR Pile

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Left Turn at Paradise by Thomas Shawver

Left Turn at ParadiseMonday, September 15th: The Reader’s Hollow

Wednesday, September 17th:  Stitch Read Cook

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My Thinning Years by Jon Derek Croteau

My Thinning YearsMonday, September 15th: Juggling Life

Wednesday, September 17th: Tiffany’s Bookshelf

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The Hexed by Heather Graham

The HexedMonday, September 15th:  Mom in Love with Fiction

Thursday, September 18th: Harlie’s Books

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Desire Lines by Christina Baker Kline

Desire LinesMonday, September 15th: Jorie Loves a Story

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2 A. M. at The Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino

2 am at the cat's pajamasMonday, September 15th:  Literally Jen

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Inamorata by Megan Chance

InamorataMonday, September 15th: Wendsend

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Bergdorf Blondes by Plum Sykes

Bergdorf BlondesTuesday, September 16th: Cruising Susan Reviews – Bergdorf Blondes

Wednesday, September 17th: A Book Geek – Bergdorf Blondes

Thursday, September 18th: Books à la Mode – Bergdorf Blondes

Thursday, September 18th: Book by Book – The Debutante Divorcee

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Made for You by Melissa Marr

Made For YouTuesday, September 16th: The Best Books Ever

Wednesday, September 17th: From the TBR Pile

Thursday, September 18th: Snowdrop Dreams of Books

Friday, September 19th: Bewitched Bookworms

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Someone Else’s Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson

Someone Else's Love StoryTuesday, September 16th: Ageless Pages Reviews

Wednesday, September 17th: Giraffe Days

Thursday, September 18th: Kritters Ramblings

Friday, September 19th: Jorie Loves a Story

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GI Brides by Duncan Barrett and Nuala Calvi

GI BridesTuesday, September 16th: The many thoughts of a reader

Wednesday, September 17th: Doing Dewey

Thursday, September 18th: A Novel Review

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The Story Hour by Thrity Umrigar

The Story HourTuesday, September 16th: Read Lately

Thursday, September 18th: I’d Rather Be At The Beach

Friday, September 19th: Everyday I Write the Book

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The Way Life Should Be by Christina Baker Kline

The Way Life Should BeTuesday, September 16th: A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall

Thursday, September 18th: Sara’s Organized Chaos

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Accidents of Marriage by Randy Susan Meyers

Accidents of Marriage cover with LM quoteTuesday, September 16th: bookchickdi

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The Bully of Order by Brian Hart

The Bully of OrderThursday, September 18th: Mom in Love With Fiction

Friday, September 19th: Broken Teepee

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The New Men by Jon Enfield

The New MenThursday, September 18th:  50 Books Project

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Liz Weber, author of Memory Card Full, on tour October/November 2014

Posted By on September 12, 2014

Memory Card FullAbout Memory Card Full

A book for anyone who has loved and lost and found the space in that loss to become the person they were meant to be.

When Rufus, Liz Weber’s oddly proportioned but adorable dog dies of old age, her life begins to unravel. She is forced to let go of the one constant in her life and move forward. Memory Card Full is a memoir of her life as a bartender, model and aspiring writer in Manhattan before and after Rufus. Without him, she is alone and broken-hearted and her life spirals downward while her friends and family struggle to understand what she is going through.

Prior to Rufus’s death, Liz Weber’s life was far from dull. Whether serving drinks to a gaggle of quirky regulars at a bar or walking around in her skivvies for extra cash as a lingerie model, she fought hard to remain a self-proclaimed “professional free spirit” and aspiring writer, even it meant enduring a lush for a manager or a cranky, Israeli-folk-music-loving boss. None of it really mattered as long as she had Rufus, who taught her about unconditional love in an untraditional way.

Memory Card Full is the story of Liz’s journey through grief, which leads to an  unexpected encounter with the long unheard voice of the woman inside of her. On water skis at an adult sleepaway camp, Liz realizes that there are important things in life that Rufus’ love had caused her to avoid. Embracing her power and strength, she is finally able to accept that letting go of him is the best way to go on and find love for herself and others.

Frank, funny, and deeply moving, Memory Card Full is a memoir for anyone who has loved and lost and found the space in that loss to become the person they were meant to be.

Liz Weber apAbout Liz Weber

Liz Weber is a freelance writer living in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared online at Narratively, and Apartment Therapy. When she is not contributing to lifestyle websites, including Citypath and Bored and Thirsty or doling out dating advice to the urban female set on the popular website The Fat White Guy, she’s blogging about her past as a children’s party performer (she makes a mean balloon sword) and the time she drove her moped through a souvenir stand in Mexico. Her short story about working in a male strip club for women was featured in the 2009 Staten Island Arts Festival.

Visit Liz at her website.

Liz’s Tour Stops

Tuesday, October 21st: bookchickdi

Thursday, October 23rd: Tiffany’s Bookshelf

Monday, October 27th: A Chick Who Reads

Monday, November 3rd: Peeking Between the Pages

Wednesday, November 5th: Ms. Nose in a Book

Thursday, November 6th: Patricia’s Wisdom

Monday, November 10th: Svetlana’s Reads and Views

Tuesday, November 11th: My Bookshelf

Wednesday, November 12th: 100 Pages a Day … Stephanie’s Book Reviews

Thursday, November 13th: Priscilla and Her Books

Kate Kerrigan, author of Land of Dreams, on tour October 2014

Posted By on September 10, 2014

Land of Dreams

About Land of Dreams

• Paperback: 336 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Original edition (October 7, 2014)

Set in 1940s Los Angeles, the compelling final installment in New York Times bestselling author Ellie Hogan’s sweeping immigrant trilogy begun in Ellis Island and City of Hope—a story of family, love, danger, and ambition in Hollywood during World War II.

Irish immigrant Ellie Hogan has finally achieved the American Dream. But her comfortable bohemian life on Fire Island, New York, is shattered when her eldest adopted son, Leo, runs away, lured by the promise of fortune and fame in Hollywood. Determined to keep her family intact, Ellie follows him west, uprooting her youngest son and long-time friend Bridie.

In Los Angeles, Ellie creates a fashionable new home among the city’s celebrities, artists, and movie moguls. She is also drawn into intense new friendships, including talented film composer Stan, a man far different from any she has ever met, and Suri, a beautiful Japanese woman and kindred spirit, who opens Ellie’s eyes to the injustices of her country.

While Leo is dazzled by Hollywood’s glitz, Ellie quickly sees that the golden glamour masks a world of vanity and greed. Though she tries to navigate them around the dangers of their new home, she will not be able protect them from an even more terrifying threat: war.

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About Kate KerriganKate Kerrigan

Kate Kerrigan is the author of three previous novels. She lives in Ireland with her husband and their two sons.

Visit Kate’s website at www.katekerrigan.ie and follow her on Twitter: @katekerrigan.

Kate’s Tour Stops

Tuesday, October 7th: A Book Geek

Wednesday, October 8th: The Gilmore Guide to Books

Thursday, October 9th: Drey’s Library

Thursday, October 9th: Svetlana’s Reads and Views

Tuesday, October 14th: Kritters Ramblings

Wednesday, October 15th: Diary of an Eccentric

Thursday, October 16th: The Reader’s Hollow

Monday, October 20th: Savvy Verse & Wit

Tuesday, October 21st: FictionZeal

Wednesday, October 22nd: No More Grumpy Bookseller

Thursday, October 23rd: 5 Minutes For Books

Friday, October 24th: bookchickdi