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Book Giveaways for May

innocent.jpgOne random winner will be chosen to receive a copy of Innocent by Scott Turow.  Click on book cover for more details and to enter.

rehearsal.jpgOne random winner will be chosen to receive a copy of The Rehearsal by Eleanor Catton.  Click on book cover for more details and to enter.

Book Giveaway Winners for April:

Winner of  Deliver Us From Evil 

Barry Payne - Jacksonville, AR

Winner of Men and Dogs

Marya  Zanders - Centerville, IA 

Winners of Queens of Freeville

Edna Willadsen - Port Angeles, WA

Waiting for confirmation from one more winner.

Winners of The Secret Speech

Gary Venicek - Schaumburg, IL
Shirley Nienkark - Columbus, OH
Terra Magaslang - Long Beach, CA

Featured Book - Seven Cities of Greed by Jean Sheldon

seven.jpgA hand carved leather journal promises an adventure in New Mexico for a group of amateur explorers. Instead, they find themselves chased by a modern day conquistador who will stop at nothing to have the book and the secrets it holds.

 In 1539, Friar Marcos de Niza and a band of conquistadors explored what is today Arizona and New Mexico in search of the Seven Cities of Cibola, the

Cities of Gold. Jean Sheldon’s new book, ‘Seven Cities of Greed’ (Bast Press, 2010), takes a group of Chicagoans on an adventure to the ‘Land of Enchantment’ in search of the mythical treasure.

This year celebrates the 400th Anniversary of Santa Fe as a capital city. The journal in Seven Cities of Greed takes place sixty years earlier when the first non-natives explored the New World. Beyond the adventure, Sheldon gives you a glimpse into the history and myth that are part of the mystery of the American Southwest. The protagonists, a group of women of a certain age and a thirty something bodyguard, travel the route first explored by Marcos de Niza. They follow ancient clues and maps unaware of their pursuit by a man who believes he is the Emperor of Cibola.



Featured Book - Our Promised Land by Michael T. Darkow

promised.jpgOne father. Two brothers. Two great religions. One mutually hallowed patch of ground. For centuries both have called it home. Now they bitterly contest whose nation it shall be.

Part history, part fiction, Our Promised Land challenges the reader to walk this long sad journey in the shoes of both sides. The characters are gut wrenchingly real, the events too tragic to bear, precisely because they are as historical as they are fictional. Can there ever be peace by any other path, except to admit the humanity of both sides, each finally granting the other this appropriate and proper dignity?

Our Promised Land compels the reader to face the unspeakable monstrousness of the violence, its very human perpetrators on both sides. Yet it refuses to deny the humanity of either.

Our Promised Land begs for that far better world we of every race, every nation, every religion, and every ideology hope, dream, and yearn, the one that finally and at long and terrible last is expressive of our intelligence, our dignity, and our nobility, no longer our worst instincts.

Can it ever be "the" Promised Land for either side, except that intelligence, dignity, and nobility confess, it cannot be only one side's, but it has always been both sides', Our Promised Land?


Featured Book - Leviathan's Master by David M. Quinn

leviathan.jpgIt was the biggest sailing vessel ever built andthe world’s first super-tanker. In the winter of 1907, the four hundred foot, seven-masted schooner T.W. Lawson was making her first trans-Atlantic crossing with two and a quarter million gallons of kerosene for delivery to London. With almost fifty years of sailing experience, Captain George W. Dow was not intimidated, despite the Lawson’s checkered history. But, three weeks of hurricane winds and an angry sea conspired to easily defeat man and machine. Bereft of her sails, the giant ship found itself trapped in treacherous shoals off the southwest coast of Britain. Seventeen lives would be lost, including a local pilot attempting to avert disaster. Now, Captain Dow is called to account, most especially to himself. Leviathan’s Master is a true story, transformed into a gripping historical novella by the Captain’s great, great nephew.



Featured Book - The Book of Eli by Sam Moffie

eli.jpgBlessed (or cursed?) with a superhuman libido, Eli Canaan loves sex. His wife, Abigail belives that having sex more than three times a month is, quite frankly overdoing it -- summons a gypsy to put a hex on her husband at the same time the Almighty has big plans for Eli.

Crafted in unceremoniously satirical fashion, Eli summons the likes of everyone from Freud to Jesus to find out what God's plans are for him. In between, Eli is taken on a journey of Heaven, Hell and all that is in between by Groucho Marx.

So what happens when one mistakes vice for virture?



Featured Book - Wyndano's Cloak by A.R. Silverberry

wyndano.jpgJen has settled into a peaceful life when a terrifying event awakens old fears—of being homeless and alone, of a danger horrible enough to destroy her family and shatter her world forever. She is certain that Naryfel, a shadowy figure from her past, has returned and is concentrating the full force of her hate on Jen's family. But how will she strike? A knife in the dark? An attack from her legions? Or with the dark arts and twisted creatures she commands with sinister cunning. Wyndano's Cloak may be Jen's only hope. If she can only trust that she has what it takes to use it . . .

A tale of madness, friendship, and courage, Wyndano's Cloak reveals the transformative power of love and forgiveness, and the terrible consequences of denying who you really are.



Recent Interviews

Interview with Jean Sheldon, author of Seven Cities of Greed and The Woman in the Wing.

Interview with Jefferson Bass, authors of several books including the Body Farm Series.

Recent Reviews

All Over But the Shoutin' by Rick Bragg

Beyond Guilty by Richard Brawer

Bloodroot by Amy Greene

Book of Souls by Glenn Cooper

Book of Souls by Glenn Cooper (Review #2)

Daughters of the Light by Bobby Simmons

Don't Look Twice by Andrew Gross

Dutch II:  Angel's Revenge by Teri Woods

Fatally Flaky by Diane Mott Davidson (Review #2)

Fifty-nine in '84 by Edward Achorn

Friends of the Family by Tommy Dades and Michael Vicchione

Hold Tight by Harlan Coben

In the Midst of It All by Tiffany L. Warren

Laughed 'Till He Died by Carolyn Hart

Leviathan's Master by David M. Quinn

Nine Dragons by Michael Connelly (Review #2)

Ohio Story by Simon Noel

O’Shaughnessey: The Faerie Circle by Jeremy McGuire

Pronto by Elmore Leonard

Rachel's Garden by Marta Perry

Seven Cities of Greed by Jean Sheldon

The Book of Eli by Sam Moffie

The Expected One by Kathleen McGowan

The Legacy of Beezer and Boomer by Doug Koktavy

The Longbridge Decision by Robert M. Brown

The Runner by Peter May

The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly (Review #2)

The Tehran Conviction by Tom Gabbay

212 by Alafair Burke

With Hearts Courageous by Jon Steven Nappa

Wyndano's Cloak by A.R. Silverberry



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