Summer is here! At Bookreporter.com, this means it's time for us to share some great summer book picks with our Summer Reading Contests and Feature. We will be hosting a number of 24-hour contests for these titles on select days throughout the summer, so you will have to check the site each day to see the featured prize book and enter to win. We also will be sending a special newsletter to announce the day's title, which you can sign up for here.
Our next prize book will be announced on Monday, August 4th at noon ET.
We have 25 copies of WINDIGO ISLAND by William Kent Krueger, which releases on August 19th, to give away to readers who would like to read the book and comment on it. To enter, please fill out this form by Thursday, August 14th at noon ET.
A clever, plainspoken heiress whose money gives her a choice among suitors, Charlotte Baird falls in love with Captain Bay Middleton, the first man to really notice her. When Empress Elizabeth of Austria joins the legendary hunt organized by Earl Spencer in England, Bay is asked to guide her on the treacherous course. Their shared passion for riding leads to an infatuation that jeopardizes the growing bond between Bay and Charlotte, and threatens all of their futures.
Devin Lyle and Craig Rockwell are falling for each other in the Salem area, a place of history, secrets and witchcraft. While the ghosts of Devin's great aunt Mina and past witches seem to approve of their buddling love, the two of them need every skill they possess to learn the truth about some unsolved murders --- or Devin’s might be the next body in the woods.
We are celebrating the September 30th release of A SUDDEN LIGHT by Garth Stein with a special contest that will give 25 readers the opportunity to win an advance copy of the book and submit their comments on it. To enter, please fill out this form by Thursday, August 7th at noon ET.
We have 25 copies of SMALL BLESSINGS by Martha Woodroof to give away to readers who would like to read the book, which releases on August 12th, and share their comments on it. To enter, please fill out this form by Thursday, August 7th at noon ET.
In this delightful and nuanced tale, young single mom Shandi Pierce stumbles into the middle of a mini-mart robbery. Although her main concern is for her three-year-old son, Natty, the actions of a stranger named William Ashe cause her to plunge irrevocably in love with him. Considering that Shandi has issues with her parents and with circumstances surrounding the birth of Natty, and that William has considerable baggage of his own, the hopeful romantic is in for quite the ride.
When the world's most powerful mob boss loses his wife and daughters in a terrorist attack funded by one of his rivals, he resolves to turn the tables. Rallying the heads of the globe's top criminal organizations, Vincent Marelli launches a war that may be his last. With the weight of the criminal world on his shoulders, he has only one desire in his heart: to know who ordered the hit that took out his girls.
When Mia Dennett is abducted as part of an extortion scheme, her mother Eve and Detective Gabe Hoffman will stop at nothing to find her. But no one could have predicted the emotional entanglements that eventually cause her family's world to shatter.
When Eva's mother abandons her on her half-sister Iris's front porch, the girls don't seem to have much in common. Thrown together with no mothers to care for them and a father who could not be considered a parent, Eva and Iris become family. Iris wants to be a movie star, while Eva is her sidekick. The sisters look out for each other through good and bad, until unexpected events send Iris to London, leaving Eva with a responsibility she never could have imagined.
It’s October 1962, and the Soviet Union has smuggled missiles into Cuba. Kennedy and Khrushchev are in the midst of a military face-off that could lead to nuclear conflagration. The only way for the two leaders to negotiate safely is to open a “back channel” --- a surreptitious path of communication hidden from their own people. They need a clandestine emissary nobody would ever suspect. If the secret gets out, her life will be at risk…but they’re careful not to tell her that.
During the darkest period of her life, Landry Wells found solace in a group of bloggers who had been in her shoes and lived to tell the tale. She has shared things with her online friends that even her husband and children didn't know. One of the bloggers is dead, the victim of a random crime. Or was it? At the funeral, Landry is about to come face to face at last with the others. These women are her closest confidantes in the world --- and one of them might be a cold-blooded killer.
Natalie Black, the U.S. ambassador to the Court of St. James, returns to Washington with her job in jeopardy. She is being blamed for her fiancé’s death and has survived two attempts on her life, but only FBI Special Agent Davis Sullivan believes her. Meanwhile, someone is following Lacey Sherlock. She is shot at, and an Atlanta mental hospital warns her that Blessed Backman, a psychopath out for revenge against Sherlock, has escaped.
Every August, four women gather to spend a week together at the beach. When one of them dies tragically, the group drifts apart and the vacations come to a halt. Years later, a new marriage reunites them and they come together once again on a remote island off the coast of South Carolina. There, far from civilization, the women make startling discoveries that will change them in ways they never expected.
After getting a mysterious phone call from a good friend, policeman Pete Stanton, Andy Carpenter appears at the scene of a crime, where the body of ex-convict Danny Balfour has been discovered. It isn’t long before Pete himself comes under suspicion for Danny’s murder, and he needs defense attorney Andy to represent him…and to find out what really happened in Danny's house that day.
Former “It Girl” Janie Jenkins is acerbic, whip smart, and fresh out of prison. Ten years ago, at the height of her glamour and fame, she was incarcerated for the murder of her mother, a philanthropist best known for her string of rich husbands. Now, released on a technicality, Janie chops off her trademark hair, determined to chase down the one lead she has about her mother’s killer. The only problem? Janie doesn’t know if she’s the killer she’s looking for.
The only Terrebonne who made it out, Alma thought she was done with Montana. But an unexpected call from the local police takes the successful lawyer back to her provincial hometown and pulls her into the family trouble she thought she’d left far behind: Her lying, party-loving sister, Vicky, is dead. When she returns home to bury Vicky and see to her orphaned niece, she discovers that the death may not have been an accident.
THE INTERIOR CIRCUIT is Francisco Goldman’s story of his emergence from grief five years after his wife’s death, symbolized by his attempt to overcome his fear of driving in the city. Embracing the DF (Mexico City) as his home, Goldman explores and celebrates the city, which stands defiantly apart from so many of the social ills and violence wracking Mexico.
When Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe eloped in January 1954, they became an international sensation. C. David Heymann's JOE AND MARILYN reveals the true inside story of these two iconic figures whose marital troubles were Hollywood legend. Though their marriage only lasted nine months, they remained close until Monroe’s mysterious death in 1962 at the age of 36.
In January 1967, Robert Timberg was a short-timer, counting down the days until his combat tour ended. He had 13 days to go when his vehicle struck a Viet Cong land mine, resulting in third-degree burns of his face and much of his body. He survived, barely, then began the arduous battle back, determined to build a new life and make it matter.
Assassins have eliminated a Chechen scientist who's been working as a double agent for the U.S. government. The feds know who to call: Jonathan Grave and his elite rescue team. Their mission: find the dead man's teenage son, who's on the run --- and off the grid --- with crucial information that must not fall into the wrong hands. There's one problem: the boy's bodyguard is a security specialist with unusual talents, and she's not giving up without a fight.
Martin Grey is a smart, talented black lawyer working in Queens. When he becomes friendly with a group of the most powerful and wealthy black men in America, they seem to think he has the potential to be as successful as they are. But when they invite him for a weekend away from wives, cell phones and business, he discovers a secret society where slavery is preserved, but black men are called “Master.” Martin must find a way out that will allow him to stay alive without becoming the very thing he hates.
WALLS OF WIND unfolds on an alien world whose two sentient species, Ghen and Bria, are interdependent and reproductively symbiotic, yet have been conditioned through many generations to believe they otherwise have very little in common. Against daunting challenges, they come together when threatened by a predator to whom both are dangerously --- and genetically --- linked.