The Drafter

Kim Harrison’s latest novel The Drafter while being very different from her Hollows series still has her crazy suspenseful action and a fearless heroine who is ready to kick butt. Peri has the rare gift of being a drafter, someone who has the ability to change the existing timeline and create a new timeline. The only problem is that she doesn’t remember the original timeline or what changes she makes. In fact, she often loses more than just a few minutes of her memory. Thankfully, she has the help of her anchor Jack. He sees all of the changes she makes during a draft and can remind her of things in the past, as well as both the original and changed timeline. But what happens when you can no longer trust your anchor, the company you work for, or your own faulty memories? Thus begins the first book in the Peri Reed Chronicles.

I loved Harrison’s Hollow series and was worried that her science fiction detour wouldn’t have the same flare, but I was completely wrong. Peri is just as fierce as Rachel and is more than happy to take down a bad guy. I found the premise of this book to be quite interesting: time traveling with a terrible side effect of memory loss, how can you not want to read that? Often we (the reader) were just as confused as Peri. She is constantly questioning who to trust and trying to wade through all of the half truths she is told. Harrison does such a great job of developing her characters. I am really excited to see how the dynamics between everyone grows and changes in this series. Needless to say any Harrison fan or time traveling fan will enjoy her new novel.


Here are our events for October:

Saturday, October 10th (1:00 – 2:45 PM): Adult Coloring Afternoon.  Come color away your stress.  Bring your coloring book and we will supply the crayons, colored pencils, and markers. (This group is 14 and up)

Saturday, October 10th (2:00 – 3:00 PM): Book Signing with B. J. Kurtz, Challenging Fate.

Saturday, October 10th (3:00 – 5:00 PM): Pima Writers Group discussing writing memoirs.  Click here to register and view topics.

Sunday, October 11th (1:00 – 2:00 PM): Book Talk & Signing with Dr. Kenneth Cohn, Laughter & Tears: A Veterinarian’s Memoir and Advice

Wednesday, October 14th (7:00 – 8:00 PM): YA Book Club, The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson.  (This group is 17 and up)

Thursday,October 15th (7:00 – 8:00 PM): Flash Fiction & Poetry Open Mic Hour

Saturday, October 17th (2:00 – 3:00 PM): Book Talk & Signing with Paula Ann McDonald, From My Father’s Hands to My Father’s Hands

Sunday, October 18th (12:00 – 2:00 PM): Pima Writers Group discussing Scrivener.  Click here to register and view topics.

Wednesday, October 21st (7:00 – 8:00 PM): Adult Coloring Hour.  Come color away your stress.  Bring your coloring book and we will supply the crayons, colored pencils, and markers. (This group is 14 and up)

Friday, October 23rd (7:00 – 8:00 PM): Book Talk & Signing with Robert Zimmerman, Circuit Hikes in Southern Arizona

Saturday, October 24th (2:00 – 3:30 PM): YA Authors Shonna Slayton and Amy Nichols Book Talk & Signing.  Ms. Slayton will be featuring Cinderella’s Shoes and Ms. Nichols will be featuring While You Were Gone.  Although, both will have be happy to sign their other book as well.

Sunday, October 25th (12:00 – 2:00 PM): Pima Writers Group with the topic to be determined.    Click here to register and view topics.

Wednesday, October 28th (7:00 – 8:00 PM): Mystery Book Club, A Suitable Vengeance by Elizabeth George

Saturday, October 31st (2:00 – 3:00 PM): Book Signing with Jane Eppinga, Unsolved Arizona: A Puzzling History of Murder, Mayhem and Mystery as well as Images of Modern America: Tucson

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

The Survivor by Vince Flynn & Kyle Mills (the latest Mitch Rapp)

Faux Paw by Sofie Kelly (the latest in the Magical Cats Mystery series)

Ghost of a Potion by Heather Blake (the latest in the Magic Potion Mystery series)

The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks

Pretending to Dance by Diane Chamberlain

The Italian Wife by Kate Furnivall

Ghostly: A Collection of Ghost Stories edited by Audrey Niffenegger

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R. R. Martin (prequel novellas to the Song of Ice and Fire series)

Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson (the latest in the Mistborn series)

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Cinderella’s Shoes by Shonna Slayton (She is having a book signing with us on October 24th at 2 PM)

The White Rose by by Amy Ewing (the latest in the Jewel series)

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

A Step Towards Falling by Cammie McGovern

The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan (the first in the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series)

The Odds of Getting Even by Sheila Turnage

Thank You and Good Night by Patrick McDonnell

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

The Aeronaut’s Windlass: The Cinder Spires by Jim Butcher

The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood

After You by Jojo Moyes

The Last Midwife by Sandra Dallas

Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins

A Line of Blood by Ben McPherson

Murder House by James Patterson & David Ellis

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

A Mad Zombie Party by Gena Showalter (the latest in the White Rabbit Chronicles)

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds

Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld

The Shrunken Head: Curiosity House by Lauren Oliver & H. C. Chester

We’re in the Wrong Book! by Richard Byrne

Imaginary Fred by Eoin Colfer





What’s Your Story

Brandon Doman’s What’s Your Story: True Experiences from Complete Strangers is a compilation of handwritten letters and artwork. The Stranger Project started in a coffee house when Doman randomly decided to ask strangers to share their story with him. He had individuals express what ever is on their mind as long as it the truth, spontaneously written with no identifying names. The letters are very heartfelt, funny, poignant, and at times, heartbreaking. The project shows the range of the human experience in a completely honest way. This unique book contains 200 letters that Doman collected throughout five years. This book would make a great gift or a book for yourself if you are curious about your fellow humans.  And, if you are a handwriting analyst, this book is outstanding.

Dance of the Bones

Dance of the Bones is J. A. Jance’s latest novel featuring J.P. Beaumont and Brandon Walker. The Last Chance (TLC) group contacts retired Detective Walker regarding a 30 year old case involving the murder of Amos Warren. All of the evidence had pointed Walker toward Amos’ son who was arrested, tried and jailed. Now the case is being re-opened and there is pressure for them to find the “real” killer. The search leads Walker to reach out to Seattle investigator J.P. Beaumont. However, things only become more complicated when someone close to Walker is targeted. The cases are connected, the two just have to figure out how.

As always, Jance packs her book with action and suspense. This book was captivating and hard to put down. I really enjoyed how she wove in the Tohono O’odham lore in the story. It was interesting learning how some stories can only be shared at a certain time of year. I also enjoyed seeing how Walker and Beaumont interact with each other. If you have only read the Beaumont series or the Walker family books, you will still enjoy this novel. If you haven’t read both series this would be a great time to start.



Hester Young’s debut novel Gates of Evangeline is a gripping tale of missing children and family secrets.  After suffering the terrible loss of her son, Charlie is having a hard time readjusting to life.  To complicate matters, she has started having visions of children in trouble and is realizing her visions come true.   When her old boss contacts her out of the blue for a job opportunity she decides a change is just what she needs (not to mention the little boy in her vision is asking her to come and help him).  Leaving New York City behind, Charlie temporarily moves to Louisiana to research and write a book on the thirty year old cold case of the disappearance of a little boy.  However, he wasn’t from your typical  family but in fact an old southern genteel family with plenty of secrets.

Young’s writing is great.  The book is filled with twists and turns and just a hint of the paranormal which make you keep coming back.  I am a sucker for southern books these days and Young does a great job of capturing the atmosphere and southern drawl.  The characters are interesting and developed and you want to know what everyone is hiding.  This is a great book for mystery enthusiasts as well as contemporary fiction readers.  There is a mystery that carries the novel, but you become involved with all of the characters and their story as well.