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Book Giveaways for October

brave.jpgOne random winner will be chosen to receive a copy of The Brave by Nicholas Evans.  Click on book cover for more details and to enter.



reversal.jpgOne random winner will be chosen to receive a copy of The Reversal by Michael Connelly.  Click on book cover for more details and to enter.




Book Giveaway Winners for September:
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Winner of Safe Haven

Ronald A. Holst - San Antonio, TX

Winner of The Lincoln Lawyer and The Brass Verdict

Joy Isley - Mesa, AZ

Winner of Without a Word

Shirley Younger - Bala Cynwyd, PA

Winners of Love Bites

Mildred Bromberg - Great Neck, NY

Eleanor Jethro - Rio Rico, AZ

Winner of Power Thoughts

Sharon Clark - Sarasota, FL

Featured Book - Miss Hildreth Wore Brown by Olivia deBelle Byrd

brown.jpgWhile Olivia deBelle Byrd was repeating one of her many Southern stories for the umpteenth time, her long-suffering husband looked at her with glazed over eyes and said, “Why don’t you write this stuff down?” Thus
was born Miss Hildreth Wore Brown—Anecdotes of a Southern Belle. If the genesis for a book is to shut your wife up, I guess that’s as good as any. On top of that, Olivia’s mother had burdened her with one of those Southern middle names kids love to make fun. To see “deBelle” printed on the front of a book seemed vindication for all the childhood teasing.

With storytelling written in the finest Southern tradition from the soap operas of Chandler Street in the quaint town of Gainesville, Georgia, to a country store on the Alabama state line, Olivia deBelle Byrd delves with wit and amusement into the world of the Deep South with all its unique idiosyncrasies and colloquialisms.

The characters who dance across the pages range from Great-Aunt Lottie Mae, who is as “old-fashioned and opinionated as the day is long,” to Mrs. Brewton, who calls everyone “dahling” whether they are darling or not, to Isabella with her penchant for mint juleps and drama.

Humorous anecdotes from a Christmas coffee, where one can converse with a lady who has Christmas trees with blinking lights dangling from her ears, to Sunday church, where a mink coat is mistaken for possum, will delight Southerners and baffle many a non-Southerner. There is the proverbial Southern beauty pageant, where even a six-month-old can win a tiara, to a funeral faux pas of the iron clad Southern rule—one never wears white after Labor Day and, dear gussy, most certainly not to a funeral.

Miss Hildreth Wore Brown—Anecdotes of a Southern Belle is guaranteed to provide an afternoon of laugh-out-loud reading and hilarious enjoyment.



Featured Book - Siegfried Follies by Richad Alther

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follies.jpgSIEGFRIED FOLLIES is the 30-year story of an unlikely pairing of two orphan boys—a German and a Jew—who together survive the loss of family, witness atrocities, and struggle for identify as adults.

In brief: Blond, blue-eyed Franz, a Hitler youth, in fleeing his Nazi birthing home as bombs destroy Munich, saves a filthy, speechless boy thrown from a train. They squat in an opera house cellar, soon concocting sell-out puppet shows of Wagnerian folk heroes. Franz trades cigarette butts for food, eventually hawks sausages and porn as a teen, to support “J” in school. J rebels against Franz’s goal for him, determined to become a Jew, first joining an Israeli kibbutz, then studying at Yeshiva University, finally eking as a Hebrew storyteller/puppeteer in New York where he descends into despair and degradation. Meanwhile Franz pursues the American dream as a heartland salesman, married with two children, but forever plagued by J’s rejection. Eventually he tracks down J who visits Franz and captivates his sculptor wife Marcy, dogged by the legacy of her anti-Semitic family. Franz battles the balance of work and family as J finds his place as caregiver to the children and mentor/lover to Marcy, who sires their son. The tragic conclusion results in a stronger bond than ever between the two men as they reclaim their lives and move on.

Raised as a Lutheran German-American, I have been fueled by a lifelong search into the roots of Nazism, studying German and Jewish history, folklore, and languages. A prime audience for this novel is readers interested in the Holocaust, a subject that will never, nor should, fail to engage. Also, the perspective is coequally gentile and Jewish. The book is 90,000 words.



Featured Book - The Everyday Housewife:  Murder,  Drugs and Ironing by Bryan Foreman

When thirty-eight-year-old housewife Katharine Beaumont learns that her husband Frank has had an affair, she snaps. Leaving behind her two ungrateful teenagers and her cheating husband, Katharine boards a Greyhound bus from Oklahoma City headed for New York City, where she plans to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a best-selling novelist.

Once off the bus and wandering through the streets of Manhattan, Katharine feels completely lost and vulnerable in her strange, new world- much like her slightly younger and sexier alter ego, Kitty Everhart, who works for British Intelligence in her novel and is suddenly shipwrecked on a deserted island with seven other castaways.

Katharine quickly adapts to her new environment and is determined to survive. She meets a quirky cast of characters-from a murder-for-hire bartender to a mob boss and a drug dealer. She and her new friend, Bree, become involved in an adventure made for one of Katharine's novels.

The Everyday Housewife presents a darkly humorous look at what happens when a career housewife learns to navigate in a new and unfamiliar world.



Recent Interviews:

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Recent Reviews 

2012:  The Year of the Change by Fabio R. Araujo

A Deadly Row by Casey Mayes (Review #2)

Bloody Twist by Carolina Garcia-Aguilera

Chosen by Chandra Hoffman

Cut and Run by Matt Hilton

Dead Forever:  Apotheosis by William Campbell

Dead Ringer by Sharon Dunn

Don't Blink by James Patterson and Howard Roughan

Evidence of Murder by Lisa Black

Fear God and the Shadow of the Muslim Sword by Mr. Pat

Fever to the Bone by Val McDermid (Review #2)

God Never Blinks by Regina Brett

Hell's Corner by David Baldacci

How to Lose a Client by Becky A. Bartness

If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home by Now by Claire LeZebnik

Power Down by Ben Coes

Seeds of Summer by Debrah Vogts

Sharky's Machine by William Diehl

She's Gone Country by Jane Porter

Siegfried Follies by Richard Alther

Staying Fit After 60 by Calvin Hill

The Disappearance by Bentley Little

The Everyday Housewife:  Murder, Drugs and Ironing by Bryan Foreman

The First Rule by Robert Crais

The Four Fingers of Death by Rick Moody

The Postcard Killers by James Patterson

The Pot Thief Who Studies Ptolemy by J. Michael Orenduff

Trail of Blood by Lisa Black

Velocity by Alan Jacobson

Without a Word by Jill Kelly







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