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Unwinding “The Labyrinth of the Spirits”

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Stories have no beginning and no end, only doors through which we may enter them. Internationally acclaimed author Carlos Ruiz Zafón has presented us with many dark and dazzling doors in his Cemetery of Forgotten Books series. In the grand finale of this saga, The Labyrinth of the Spirits (Harper) Ruiz Zafón deftly ties together the many winding plots of his other stories and gives long-awaited closure on past mysteries. As with Ruiz Zafón’s bittersweet writing style, fans will be fully satisfied with his grand hulking conclusion (around 800 pages), and yet saddened to see their favorite characters join on page for the last time. The novel is set in the late 1950s Barcelona when Franco is in power, and follows the alluring…

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Dirty Little Secrets Between Friends Revealed in Rebecca Drake’s ‘Just Between Us’

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Suspense/thriller author Rebecca Drake takes us to a suburban town, where four close friends each hide dirty secrets that are slowly revealed as the fast-paced Just Between Us unfolds. This domestic drama, similar in some ways to Big Little Lies, showcases their perfect, small town existence, but behind the public facade there is a deep darkness. Three friends believe that their other friend is in an abusive marriage and when the husband is found dead, they all agree to cover up the murder.  As the investigation proceeds, nothing is what it seems, and each friend must come clean as the authorities get closer and closer to the truth.  Though at times decisions the friends make are a bit far fetched, the story is…

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Listen: Steve Berry and Raymond Khoury Play Shadow Tag

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Ten years ago FBI agent Sean Reilly and retired Justice Department operative Cotton Malone had separate Templar adventures. Reilly, the popular sleuth from Raymond Khoury, and Malone, the brainchild of Steve Berry, have never had an adventure together—until now. In the e-book Shadow Tag Berry and Khoury have teamed up for a fast, furious and funny novella that brings the pair to England in search of two missing specialists and a plot that involves a couple of oddly familiar writer types. In this entertaining and enlightening podcast, New York Times bestselling authors talk about the art of collaboration, their beloved characters and how it feels to be a character in your own fiction. About Steve Berry STEVE BERRY is the New…

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Featured Giveaways

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52 Little Lessons from a Christmas Carol Gold Medallion Award-winner BOB WELCH crafts 52 nuggets of Bible-based wisdom from one of the most popular novels of all time, A Christmas Carol. ‘For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.’ ‘No space of regret can make amends for one life’s opportunity misused.’ ‘God bless us, every one.’ The lessons and stories from the beloved novel A Christmas Carol point to bedrock values we all share. Award-winning author Bob Welch takes readers deeper into the nuances of this classic by Charles Dickens. From the miserliness of Scrooge to the innocence of Tiny Tim, 52 Little Lessons from A…

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Jonesin’ for a Fix: Books for TV Addicts — Longmire edition

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Despite being unexpectedly cancelled by A&E after three seemingly successful seasons, there’s still hope for Sheriff Walt Longmire and Absaroka County, Wyoming. Insiders report that the Longmire team is preparing pitches for possible suitors, chief among them Netflix (a logical choice because the first two seasons—and soon the third—are already streaming on the site) and Amazon, though traditional cable networks like TNT and AMC will probably also be courted. But while fans wait (in between bouts of tweeting and retweeting #LongLiveLongmire) for the show’s fate to be decided, here are some book ideas to pass the time until Walt returns. If you just like everything about Longmire… There’s nothing better to get you through this bout of Longmire-us interruptus than…

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Jonesin’ for a Fix: Books for TV Addicts — Brooklyn Nine-Nine edition

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How does one describe FOX’s freshman hit, Brooklyn Nine-Nine? I’ll let the show’s star, Andy Samberg, do it for me: “We’re a like a family with two black dads, two white sons, two Latina daughters and a strange baby thing.” If that sounds like stunt casting to you, don’t be so sure. Captain Raymond Holt (played by Andre Braugher, the actor who cornered the market on gravitas) is a no-nonsense commander who just happens to be married to a male university professor. Detective Sgt. Terry Jeffords (Terry Crews) spends as much time babysitting his staff as he does his adorable preschool daughters. Wiseass Detective Jake Peralta (Samberg) is a whiz at solving cases, equaled only by the overachieving Amy Santiago…

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Whodunit? These Brash publishers solve the mystery of the great crime thriller

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Two authors-turned-book publishers are poised to shock mystery fans the world over when Brash Books, a company specializing in mysteries, police procedurals, thrillers and spy novels launches in September. The company is the brainchild of Lee Goldberg, a writer and producer of many successful television series and the author of more than 40 books; and Joel Goldman, a former trial attorney who went on to write a number of highly successful and award-winning thriller book series. Before founding Brash Books, the two had enjoyed success in self-publishing original and backlist titles for years. “We both entered the self-publishing arena about the same time,” said Goldberg, “and between the two of us over the last 3-4 years, we’ve sold about 800,000…

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Christopher Brookmyre on sinking or swimming with titles

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by Christopher Brookmyre For the first time in my career, I find myself having to publish a novel in the US under a title different to the original. Bred in the Bone, the third book in my Jasmine Sharp trilogy (after Where the Bodies are Buried and When the Devil Drives), was published in the UK under the title Flesh Wounds, but an alternative was required by Grove Atlantic because they already have a novel of that name on their list. This is a relatively rare problem for me, and when you consider that my previous novels have included Attack of the Unsinkable Rubber Ducks, One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night and A Big Boy Did It…

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