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Read Our Interview with Sarah Addison Allen and a Review of FIRST FROST

When winter comes to Bascom, North Carolina, it brings a mysterious stranger who challenges the Waverley sisters.

Read Our Interview with Amanda Eyre Ward and a Review of THE SAME SKY

Told from opposite sides of the American border, this novel examines motherhood, faith, and the courage it takes to find one’s place.

Return to Swift River Valley with ECHO LAKE, the Fourth Installment in Carla Neggers' Series

An unexpected romance catches Heather Sloan and Brody Hancock off guard when the two meet at Vic Scarlatti’s renovated country home.

Susan Mallery Brings Readers Back to Beautiful Blackberry Island in THREE SISTERS

Three women thrown together by fate and proximity learn the strength of friendship when they each face challenging decisions.

We're Kicking Off 2015 with Our First Annual Winter Reading Contests

Today’s prize book is THE ACCIDENT by Chris Pavone. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, January 28th at 11:59am ET.

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Bookreporter.com's Winter Reading Contests and Feature

At Bookreporter.com, we are kicking off 2015 with our first annual Winter Reading Contests and Feature. On select days between now and mid-February, we will be hosting a series of 24-hour contests spotlighting a book releasing this winter and giving five lucky readers a chance to win it. We also will be sending a special newsletter to announce the day's title, which you can sign up for here.

Today’s prize book is THE ACCIDENT by Chris Pavone. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, January 28th at 11:59am ET.


Women's Fiction Author Spotlight: FIRST FROST by Sarah Addison Allen

Claire Waverley has started a successful new venture, Waverley’s Candies, though it’s costing her the everyday joys of her family. With each passing day, her half-sister, Sydney, longs more for a baby, while her daughter, Bay, has lost her heart to the boy she knows it belongs to…if only he could see it, too. When a mysterious stranger shows up and challenges the very heart of their family, each of them must make choices they have never confronted before.


Mystery Mayhem Author Spotlight & Contest: FEBRUARY FEVER by Jess Lourey

We have 35 copies of FEBRUARY FEVER by Jess Lourey, which releases on February 8th, to give away to readers who would like to read the book and comment on it. The deadline for entries is Thursday, February 5th at noon ET.


Paperback Spotlight: ECHO LAKE by Carla Neggers

In snowy Swift River Valley, unexpected romance is just around the corner. Heather Sloan has landed her dream job, and, for once, she's in charge. When Diplomatic Security Service agent Brody Hancock returns to Echo Lake to help out a friend, a romance develops between him and Heather. However, she is wary of Brody's sudden interest in her and suspects there's more to his homecoming than he's letting on. Can Heather wrap her head around the possibility of this new love?


Paperback Spotlight: THREE SISTERS by Susan Mallery

In this heartwarming and celebrated Blackberry Island novel, New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery introduces us to three women whose friendship is about to change their lives forever.


Women's Fiction Author Spotlight & Contest: THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah

We have 25 copies of THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah to give away to readers who would like to read the book, which releases on February 3rd, and share their comments on it. The deadline for entries is Thursday, January 29th at noon ET.


Special Contest: INSIDE THE O'BRIENS by Lisa Genova

We are celebrating the April 7th release of INSIDE THE O'BRIENS by Lisa Genova 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. The deadline for entries is Friday, January 30th at noon ET.


Special Contest: THE GIRLS OF MISCHIEF BAY by Susan Mallery

We are celebrating the February 24th release of THE GIRLS OF MISCHIEF BAY by Susan Mallery 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. The deadline for entries is Thursday, January 29th at noon ET.


One to Watch Author Spotlight: THE MAGICIAN'S LIE by Greer Macallister

The Amazing Arden is the most famous female illusionist of her day, renowned for her notorious trick of sawing a man in half on stage. One night in Waterloo, Iowa, with young policeman Virgil Holt watching from the audience, she swaps her trademark saw for a fire ax. Is it a new version of the illusion, or an all-too-real murder? When Arden's husband is found lifeless beneath the stage later that night, the answer seems clear, and she has only one night to convince a small-town policeman of her innocence.


Historical Fiction Author Spotlight: VANESSA AND HER SISTER by Priya Parmar

London, 1905: The city is alight with change, and the Stephen siblings are at the forefront. Vanessa, Virginia, Thoby and Adrian are leaving behind their childhood home and taking a house in the leafy heart of avant-garde Bloomsbury. There they bring together a glittering circle of bright, outrageous, artistic friends who will grow into legend and come to be known as the Bloomsbury Group. And at the center of this charmed circle are the devoted, gifted sisters: Vanessa, the painter, and Virginia, the writer.


Women's Fiction Author Spotlight: THE SAME SKY by Amanda Eyre Ward

Alice and her husband, Jake, have a loving marriage and thriving business, but Alice still feels that something is missing. Carla is a strong-willed young girl who is acting as caretaker to her six-year-old brother, Junior. Years ago, her mother left the family behind in Honduras to make the arduous, illegal journey to Texas. But when her grandmother dies, Carla takes fate into her own hands. The lives of Alice and Carla will intersect in a profound and surprising way.


Bookreporter.com Talks to Representative John Lewis, Author of the Graphic Memoir Series, March

Recently, John Maher of The Book Report Network interviewed Representative John Lewis, the author of the graphic memoir MARCH: Book Two, the second in a series about his experiences during the American Civil Rights Movement. The former chairman of the Student Nonviolence Coordinating Committee, Lewis was one of the leading voices for nonviolent protest and civil disobedience in the 1960s.


Sounding Off on Audio: Interviews with Listeners About Their Love of Audiobooks

As we continue to explore the world of audiobooks, we bring you our newest Bookreporter.com feature, “Sounding Off on Audio,” where we interview listeners about their love of audiobooks. Find out what they listen to, who their favorite narrators are, why they enjoy audiobooks, and much more.

This week, we hear from Lesley Scher, a bookseller for a major brick-and-mortar retailer, and Mark Freeburg, a 28-year veteran of the US Postal Service.

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March: Book Two written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell - Graphic Novel

Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, continues his award-winning graphic novel trilogy with co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell. After the success of the Nashville sit-in campaign, Lewis is more committed than ever to changing the world through nonviolence --- but as he and his fellow Freedom Riders board a bus into the vicious heart of the deep south, they will be tested like never before.

For John Quincannon, this is a first: searching a Chinatown opium den for his client's husband, missing in the middle of a brewing tong war set to ignite over the stolen corpse of Bing Ah Kee. Meanwhile, his partner, Sabina Carpenter, searches for the corpse of a millionaire, stolen from a sealed family crypt and currently being held for ransom. Is there a connection between the two body snatchers? Or is simple greed the answer to this one?

A woman’s body is discovered dumped in the Everglades, and Abe Beckham is called upon to monitor the investigation. The FBI is tracking a killer in South Florida they call “Cutter” because his brutal methods harken back to Florida’s dark past, when machete-wielding men cut sugarcane by hand in the blazing sun. But when the Feds discover that Abe had a brief encounter with the victim after his first wife’s death, and when his current wife goes missing, the respected attorney finds himself under fire.

After her sister-in-law dies, retired FBI agent Brigid Quinn’s niece, Gemma Kate, comes to live with her and her husband, Carlo. There's always been something unsettling about Gemma Kate, but family is family. Meanwhile, Brigid agrees to help a local couple by investigating the death of their son --- until dangerous things start to happen. As the menace comes closer and closer to home, Brigid begins to wonder if she can trust anyone.

Otto finds a note left by his wife in the kitchen of their farmhouse in windswept Saskatchewan. Eighty-three-year-old Etta will be walking 3,200 kilometers to see the ocean, but somehow, Otto understands. He took his own journey once before, to fight in a faraway land. With Etta gone, Otto struggles with his demons of war, while their friend Russell initially pursues the woman he has loved from afar. And James --- well, James you have to meet on the page.

In Reconstruction-era America, vampire Henry Sturges is searching for renewed purpose in the wake of his friend Abraham Lincoln's shocking death. It will be an expansive journey that will send him first to England for an unexpected encounter with Jack the Ripper, then to New York City for the birth of a new American century, the dawn of the electric era of Tesla and Edison, and the blazing disaster of the 1937 Hindenburg crash.

Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm - Psychological Thriller

In Garland, Tennessee, two young men have just been paroled. Both were jailed for a crime that Grace planned in exacting detail. The heist went bad, but not before she was on a plane to Prague with a stolen canvas rolled in her bag. And so, in Paris, begins a cat-and-mouse waiting game as Grace’s web of deception and lies unravels --- and she becomes another young woman entirely.

The Bishop's Wife by Mette Ivie Harrison - Crime Fiction/Mystery

One cold winter night, a young wife and mother named Carrie Helm disappears, leaving behind everything she owns. Carrie’s husband, Jared, claims his wife has always been unstable and that she has abandoned the family. Linda Wallheim, a devout Mormon and the wife of a bishop, doesn’t trust him. As Linda snoops in the Helm family’s circumstances, she becomes convinced that Jared has murdered his wife and painted himself as a wronged husband.

Amnesia by Peter Carey - Fiction

When Gaby Baillieux releases the Angel Worm into Australia’s prison computer system, hundreds of asylum-seekers walk free. And because the Americans run the prisons, the doors of some 5,000 jails in the United States also open. Is this a mistake, or a declaration of cyber war? Felix Moore, known to himself as “our sole remaining left-wing journalist,” is determined to write Gaby’s biography in order to find the answers. But how can he get Gaby --- on the run, scared, confused and angry --- to cooperate?

The Deep by Nick Cutter - Horror

A strange plague called the ’Gets is decimating humanity on a global scale. It causes people to forget, and then their bodies forget how to function involuntarily. But now, far below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, a heretofore unknown substance hailed as “ambrosia” has been discovered --- possibly a universal healer. It’s up to a brave few to descend through the lightless fathoms in hopes of unraveling the mysteries lurking at those crushing depths…and perhaps to encounter an evil blacker than anything one could possibly imagine.

Award-winning New York Times columnist Roger Cohen turns a compassionate yet discerning eye on the legacy of his own forebears. As he follows them across continents and decades, mapping individual lives that diverge and intertwine, vital patterns of struggle and resilience, valued heritage and evolving loyalties (religious, ethnic and national) converge into a resonant portrait of cultural identity in the modern age.

Mort(e) by Robert Repino - Science Fiction/Post-Apocalyptic Thriller

Former housecat turned war hero, Mort(e) is famous for taking on the most dangerous missions and fighting the dreaded human bio-weapon EMSAH. But the true motivation behind his recklessness is his ongoing search for a pre-transformation friend --- a dog named Sheba. When he receives a mysterious message from the dwindling human resistance claiming Sheba is alive, he begins a journey that will take him from the remaining human strongholds to the heart of the Colony, where he will discover the source of EMSAH and the ultimate fate of all of earth's creatures.

In THE BOOK OF LOVE, Roger Rosenblatt explores love in all its moods and variations --- romantic love, courtship, battle, mystery, marriage, heartbreak, fury, confusion, melancholy, delirium, ecstasy; love of family, of friends; love of home, of country, of work, of writing, of solitude, of art; love of nature; love of life itself. Rosenblatt is on a quest to illuminate this elusive and essential emotion, to define this thing called love.

Siem Sigerius is a beloved, brilliant professor of mathematics with a promising future in politics. But there are elements of Siem's past that threaten to upend the peace and stability that he has achieved. When he stumbles upon a deception that’s painfully close to home, things begin to fall apart. A cataclysmic explosion in a fireworks factory, the advent of Internet pornography, and the reappearances of a discarded, dangerous son all play a terrible role in the spectacular fragmentation of the Sigerius clan.

Will has never been outside, at least not since he can remember. And he has certainly never gotten to know anyone other than his mother, a fiercely loving yet wildly eccentric agoraphobe who drowns in panic at the thought of opening the front door. But Will’s thirst for adventure can’t be contained. Clad in a protective helmet and unsure of how to talk to other kids, he finally ventures outside and is thrust headfirst into the throes of early adulthood and the dangers that everyday life offers.

DIRTY CHICK chronicles Antonia Murphy’s first year of life as an artisan farmer. Having bought into the myth that farming is a peaceful, fulfilling endeavor that allows one to commune with nature and live the way humans were meant to live, Antonia soon realized that the reality is far dirtier and way more disgusting than she ever imagined.