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.

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

Just One Day

Just One Day is Gayle Forman’s newest novel and I  loved this book.  It was such a delightful, although emotional, story.  Allyson’s parents decide to give her a trip to Europe for her graduation present, which sounds incredible until you actual join the tour group.  Now uninspired by her very tight sight-seeing schedule, Allyson is looking forward to going home.  That is until she meets the Dutch Shakespearean actor Willem and impulsively decides to spend her last day in Europe with him in Paris.  Now her path has been altered and she will risk everything to find out what that one day meant for the two of them.

I loved this story.  It was such an enchanting love story that drew me in right from page one and held me to the last word.   We have all been sidetracked in life for love, and Allyson was no exception.  One of the best parts of this story is the couple’s day in Paris.  Forman’s descriptions of the city of love were great.  I felt like I was traveling with the happy couple and meeting all of the interesting people myself.  This book had some of the best side characters that I have encountered in awhile.  From the people in France to Allyson’s friends I found them all engaging and life- like.  It was easy to get swept up in the drama when the characters are believable and able to accurately portray a wide range of emotions for the reader to go through.  We have loved all of Forman’s past novels, but Just One Day is even more amazing than the others.  This is a must read for a YA reader looking for a magical love story.

Gayle Forman will also be attending the Tucson Festival of Books this March.  Check back as we get closer to March 9th and 10th to find out what time she will be signing at Mostly Books’ booth.  (Booth numbers 127-130).

February Book Clubs

Here is what our February Book Clubs are reading:

In-Store Discussions:

February 6th (7 PM) Non-Fiction Group:  The Worst Hard Time:  The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan

February 20th (7 PM) Fiction Group:  The Soldier’s Wife by Joanna Trollope

February 27th (7 PM) Mystery Group:  Broken by Karin Fossum and Charlotte Barslund

Online Disscussions:   Teen Reads with Mostly Books on Goodreads  

Crash by Lisa McMann

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Legend of Tril:  Soulbound by Heather Brewer

(All of the YA authors will be attending this years Tucson Festival of Books-yay!)

Bloodline: A Sigma Force Novel

Bloodline by James Rollins is the latest novel in the Sigma Force series and what an incredibly gripping, and at times terrifying, story. The president’s pregnant daughter is kidnapped by pirates off the coast of the horn of Africa. Due to the sensitive nature of the mission, Sigma Force is recruited to find her. Before long Sigma realizes that they have stumbled onto an even more sinister plot than kidnapping the president’s daughter. They discover people are trying to create immortality through manipulation of genes.
This was an intense, but exhilarating, read. I found myself desperate to get back to my book after I set it down. Rollins always does such a fantastic job with incorporating technology and science into his thrillers, and this was no exception. It was fascinating and frightening to learn what his characters were doing with people’s genetics. I am sure there is more truth than I want to know about in this technology. Rollins is so adept at writing fiction with cutting edge science, which is one of my favorite things about his style. I also thoroughly enjoyed Kane, one of the newest members of the Sigma Force, who happens to be a dog. It was fun to see the mission through his senses and his camera. Overall this was a great read and I am ready for the next book in the series.
James Rollins will be at the Tucson Festival of Books on March 9th and 10th. He will be signing at our booth (#127-#130) on Saturday March 9th from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM. Be sure to stop down and get your autographed copy.

 

Pictures from Tucson Festival of Books 2012

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TFOB 2012

 

Tucson Festival of Books Wrap-up 2012

What an amazing year at the Tucson Festival of Books.  We would like to thank all of the authors who came to our booth for a signing, it wouldn’t have been as great without you.  It was so wonderful having Lisa See, Diana Gabaldon, Michael Palmer, Thomas Perry, Kim Edwards, Steve Berry, JA Jance, Aprilynne Pike, Alice Hoffman, Jeniffer Lee Carrell, Nancy Turner, Mike Lawson, Kevin Cotter, Susan Cummins Miller, Jane Eppinga, John A Smith, Kate Mathis, Betty Leavengood and Nancy Lynn join us.  We loved chatting with these fabulous authors who were so excited to meet their fans and talk about their books.  And the fans were so excited to meet the authors that they stood in line!  And of course, we want to thank all of our loyal and new customers who stopped by and purchased books.  Thanks to our fabulous volunteers: Diane, Annie, Dee Dee, Darlene, Erin, Amber, Tasha, Nate, Judy, Steve, Tony, Jim, John, Sally and Carrie.  We had so much fun selling books like crazy and can’t wait for next year.  However, we definitely need a little bit of time to the store back in order.  Oh, and just in-case you want to mark your calendar for next year, the festival will be March 9th and 10th 2013.

TFOB 2012 pictures coming soon!

Tucson Festival of Books

Here is a sneak peek of the authors who will be signing at our booth (#129 and #130) at the Festival of Books in March.  Stay up-to-date on our festival plans at mostlybooksaz.com.

Saturday March 10th

10:00 AM   Nancy Turner

                        Betty Leavengood 

                        Michael Palmer

1:00 PM       Alice Hoffman


2:30 PM        Lisa See 

Ellen Hopkins

3:30 PM        Thomas Perry 

4:00 PM       J A Jance

4:30  PM      Kate Mathis 

Sunday March 11th 

10:00 AM      Nancy Lynn

12:00 PM       Aprilynne Pike

1:00 PM          Michael Palmer

1:30 PM         Kim Edwards

3:00 PM        Kevin Cotter 

4:00 PM        Jane Eppinga

Signing TBA 


Diana Gabaldon