New Release

Here are a few new releases for the week:

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult (She will be attending this years Tucson Festival of Books)

Fragments by Dan Wells (This is book 2 in the Partials sequence)

Bad Blood by Dana Stabenow (The latest novel featuring  Kate Shugak and Stabenow will be attending this years Tucson Festival of Books)

The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson (This is book 2 in the Shades of London series)

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Bestsellers

Here are our bestsellers for the end of February:

1  Mousetronaut by Mark Kelly

2  Deadly Stakes by JA Jance

3  American Sniper by Chris Kyle

4  Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

5  Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

6  Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen

7  The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis

8  Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

9  City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

10  The Kitchen House by  Kathleen Grissom

The False Prince

Jennifer Nielsen’s  newest novel The False Prince is a stunning story that is perfect for any tween, teenager or adult who is looking for a fantasy adventure.  Sage and three other boys are taken from their orphanages and forced to undertake a dangerous mission of becoming a false prince.  The catch of this already frightening task is that they have to compete against each other to see who looks and acts the most like the lost prince.  No one knows what happens to the three boys  who lose.

This book was fantastic.  I love how defiant and independent Sage is throughout the entire story.  He refuses to become someone he is not, even at the cost of his own well being.  I also like how intelligent and mature Sage is for his age.  He is clever and witty and can often follow complicated plots without being told all of the details.  Nielsen created fantastic characters and an exciting plot that is sure to leave readers speechless.  I can’t wait for book two, which comes out in March – just in time for the Tucson festival in fact.

Jennifer Nielsen will be at this year’s Tucson Festival of Books and we are so excited to meet her.  We are hoping she will have time to sign with us at our booth, but if not she is planning on stopping in the booth to meet everyone.  Check our website the week of the festival to find out is she will be signing with us.

The Boyfriend

I am so lucky I received a copy of The Boyfriend by Thomas Perry before it was released.  I love this author and every book he has written, and this book was no exception. He will be joining us in our booth on Saturday March 9th at 10:00 AM at the Tucson Festival of Books, so be sure to stop down and get your autographed copy .

Jack Till is a former LAPD homicide detective who now works as a private investigator. When the parents of a murdered young woman hire him, his investigation takes a turn no one saw coming.  The woman was a high paid prostitute and she is not the only victim.  As Till’s digging into the victims progresses he discovers a disturbing pattern.

I don’t want to give too much away about the plot so I will tell you how much I like the characters of Jack Till and his daughter.  Perry created such a terrific father daughter relationship and it really let you see a softer side of Jack.   It was so fascinating to watch The Boyfriend in action as the novel progresses and he realizes there is someone tracking him. The way Perry writes what the character is thinking and feeling is great.  You feel like you are right inside their head and a part of all of the action.

The Jane Whitefield series is one of my all-time favorites. This new character is great and if Jack Till continues in more books, I will still be one happy camper.  Mr Perry is an award winning author for a very good reason.

New Relesases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

The Sound of the Broken Glass by Deborah Crombie (the newest novel featuring Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James)

Neferet’s Curse by P. C. Cast and Kristen Cast (This is the 3rd novella in the House of Night series)

Mind Games by Kiersten White

Don’t Kiss the Frog!  Princess Stories with Attitude stories chosen by Fiona Waters

Paper Towns

John Green likes his characters to travel. Literally and figuratively.  In The Fault in Our Stars, the main characters travel to Amsterdam.  In An Abundance of Katherines, they take a road trip after graduation.  And here in Paper Towns, they take a road trip to find a friend who may or may not want to be found.  Quentin adored his neighbor Margo Roth Spiegelman.  He put her so high atop that pedestal that it stunned him when she asked him to go along on a night of revenge pranking.  Leaving a note after a hug and a kiss: “I. Will. Miss. Hanging. Out. With. You.”, she disappears.  The search for Margo ensues and Q begins to understand that need to leave and the freedom that goes along with it.  He discovers that Margo is really just a girl.  She is coping like everyone else.  However, through it all she helps him to grow up and to  understand himself through the experiences he undertakes.  He learns to overcome fears and experiences things he would not have tried on his own.  I loved the characters, the writing, the settings…I loved this book.

Tucson Festival of Books 2013

Here is our tentative schedule of author signings for this year’s festival.  Our booth is going to be twice as big this year and we are looking forward to the best festival yet.  Our booth numbers are  127-130 (same location as the past four years) and as you can see from the list below we are going to have an excellent line-up of authors to meet and get autographed books.  We are still going to be adding a few more authors to our schedule,  so be sure to check the website the week of the festival to confirm times.  (Most authors will be signing for an hour.)

Saturday March 9th

10:00 AM  Thomas Perry, Charles de Lint,  Nina Kiriki Hoffman

11:00 AM JA Jance, Patrick Rothfuss, Hilary Davidson

11:30 AM Lisa McMann

12:00 PM Michael McGarrity, Karen Thompson Walker

1:00 PM Michael Palmer, Jeri Westerson, Conrad Storad

2:00 PM Craig Johnson, Margaret Peterson Haddix, Susan Vreeland

2:30 PM  James Rollins

3:00 PM  BA Shapiro, Mary Casanova

4:00 PM  Kate Mathis

Sunday March 10th

10:00 AM Michael Palmer, Daniel Palmer, Betty Webb, Judith Knight

11:00 AM Deanne Stillman, Fran Marian, Betty Leavengood

12:00 PM Andrew Gross, Nancy Turner, Kerrelyn Sparks

12:15 PM  Susan Cummins Miller

1:00 PM Dana Stabenow

1:30 PM Alice LaPlante, Gayle Forman

2:00 PM Jane Eppinga

2:30 PM Diana Gabaldon

3:00 PM Ellen McMahon