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January 16, 2009 Newsletter January 16, 2009
Warming Up with a Book.....
The undertone to the week has been howling wind. I have figured out just how many windows in the house have drafts. I made the mistake of getting my car washed on Wednesday, thus ensuring that it snowed on Thursday. I also learned where to add windshield wiper fluid in the car and am very very grateful to the guys in the parking garage who saved me from adding it to the brake fluid, which is where I was headed with that gallon container. It was humorous the way they snatched it away from me and delegated me to holding the cap while they poured.

Thanks to all of you who wrote last week to tell me how much you missed us during our hiatus and who shared how jazzed you were about the books we wrote about in the newsletter. I tried to get back to you all, but I fear I did not get to everyone. We definitely got the message that you like the way we deliver book news to you, which was just lovely to hear. We take our mission seriously around here.

Last week we told you that in 2009 I was going to make a serious commitment to spotlight books that I wanted to hand people and say, "Just read this book." Well, we knocked a title for this around and came up with " Bets On...: Books We Bet You'll Love." Thanks to Alexandra Cannon, one of our designers, for creating art for this section that completely captures my sentiment --- and humor. The title I am adding this week is SHELTER ME by Juliette Fay. It's a trade paperback that came out a few weeks ago. I confess that I still am reading it (the pub date was moved up from April to December 30th, so I who was reading in order got thrown a curve and am playing catchup!), but it’s sitting on my desk all day today screaming, “Read me; you do not have to work.” You all know books that talk to you like this.

Here’s the story: After the sudden death of her husband, Janie LaMarche’s life sweeps her up and unwillingly marches her on with a role as a solo parent to her two small children. As she stumbles through each day overwhelmed and dazed in a haze of grief and overwhelming sadness, she finds a cast of unlikely characters who help her unravel her feelings --- and set a new course. These include a contractor who shows up ready to build the porch her husband had commissioned without her knowledge and the parish priest who is unflinchingly nice even when Janie is acerbic and biting, as well as strong-willed Aunt Jude and a cousin named Cormac, who delivers bakery creations from his shop to match every mood. Along with these well-drawn characters, strong emotion and wry humor ensure that SHELTER ME is a story to savor and love. It has real emotion.

We are launching a new Suspense/Thriller feature for New York Times bestselling author Linda Fairstein, whose new Alex Cooper thriller, LETHAL LEGACY, will be in stores on February 10th. As always, Fairstein is taking readers on a journey where they can share an adventure inside a New York location that they may know, but not know everything about. This time, she takes us on a journey to the darkest corners of the New York Public Library. I have had the pleasure of spending time in the Stacks at the NYPL, which are under Bryant Park, so I eagerly look forward to this one to see what Linda has researched to weave into her story as she is an excellent researcher, as well as a strong storyteller. We have 10 copies of LETHAL LEGACY to give away to readers who would like to preview the book and comment about it. If you are interested, please fill out this form by Friday, January 23rd.

We’ve received some nice feedback from our advance readers of KISS by Ted Dekker and Erin Healy. Click here to read what they had to say.

The Mystery Writers of America (MWA) announced the nominees for this year's Edgar Allan Poe Awards, which celebrate the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction, television and film published or produced in 2008. The winners will be announced on April 30th during the MWA's annual banquet, to be held in New York City. Click here to see this year's nominees.

One of the most exciting book openings that I read over the years was in THE LAST TEMPLAR. Wondering what I am talking about? Then click here and give chapter one that follows the prologue a read. I am very excited to see that the movie adaptation will be airing in two parts on NBC beginning Sunday, January 25th. You can read more about it here.

We created a fan page for our website this week and have been toying with the idea of creating a page for Would be a fun way to meet some of you online. Let us know what you think about this when you get a moment. And if you are in a book club, think about becoming a fan of!

Our office is on the West Side of New York City, and thus the drama of the US Air flight that crashed into the Hudson River was played out close by. Since I fly a lot, I was thinking...hmmmm...water landing. Do I really know what happens in one of those? Also, I love to sit in the exit row and, yowser, yesterday that one carried with it a huge responsibility. Watching, a book popped up on my radar, THE SURVIVORS CLUB by Ben Sherwood, which will be in stores on January 26th. In it, Sherwood explores just why some people survive in certain situations, while others do not. He includes a look into the safest seats on airplanes!

Lined up for the weekend...movies, football and knitting. Movies: Doubt, Defiance and The Reader. Football: I should not pick a winner since last week every one of my teams lost (I am much better at picking books). Knitting: Five --- all right it’s really seven, but who is counting --- projects started (okay I even multi-task at knitting) and will work on whichever strikes my fancy. And why this many started? Well, some are mindless, some are more complicated and some require lots of attention. Choice: it’s a good thing. Next Saturday I fly to Denver for the American Library Association’s Midwinter Conference, so this weekend is a weekend to just catch up with no timetable. I love it!

One last thing. As we remember Dr. Martin Luther King on Monday, it’s wonderful to see how many of his dreams have been realized. I am very into ceremonies, so I look forward to watching the Inauguration on Tuesday. I was in DC for Carter’s ceremony in 1976 --- went on a lark since I was in college --- and I have never watched another ceremony the same way since then. For the record, it was freezing cold that year as well. Have a great week...get some good reading done.

Carol Fitzgerald ([email protected])

Now in Stores: PLUM SPOOKY by Janet Evanovich
PLUM SPOOKY: A Stephanie Plum Between-the-Numbers Novel by Janet Evanovich (Mystery)
Just when bounty hunter Stephanie Plum’s life can’t get any more complicated, in walks the mysterious Diesel, a man who seems to show up at the most inconvenient moments. This time, he’s the instigator for Stephanie’s new adventure, which involves camping in the Pine Barrens with her sidekick Lula --- and perhaps even a sighting of the Jersey Devil. Reviewed by Roz Shea.

-Click here to read an excerpt from PLUM SPOOKY.

Click here to read a review of PLUM SPOOKY. Talks to T. Greenwood, Author of TWO RIVERS
T. Greenwood, a creative writing professor at The George Washington University, is the author of several novels, including BREATHING WATER, NEARER THAN THE SKY, UNDRESSING THE MOON and the newly released TWO RIVERS. In this interview with's Alexis Burling, Greenwood elaborates on the complex relationships among her characters and the metaphorical significance of the book's title. She also examines the parallel themes of atonement and forgiveness that are present in all of her works, muses on the idea of finding "real love" more than once in a lifetime, and shares with readers the same advice she gives to her students in the classroom.

TWO RIVERS by T. Greenwood (Fiction)
In Two Rivers, Vermont, Harper Montgomery is living a life overshadowed by grief and guilt. Since the death of his wife, Betsy, 12 years earlier, Harper has narrowed his world to working at the local railroad and raising his daughter, Shelly, the best way he knows how. Still wracked with sorrow over the loss of his lifelong love and plagued by his role in a brutal, long-ago crime, he wants only to make amends for his past mistakes. Reviewed by Alexis Burling.

-Click here to read a review of TWO RIVERS.
-Click here to read an excerpt from TWO RIVERS.

Click here to read our interview with T. Greenwood. Talks to Kevin O'Brien, Author of FINAL BREATH
In this interview with's Joe Hartlaub, Kevin O'Brien --- author of 10 novels, including ONE LAST SCREAM, KILLING SPREE and THE LAST VICTIM --- credits his sister and brother-in-law for the inspiration and first-hand research behind his latest thriller, FINAL BREATH, and discusses how his childhood love for television series like "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" and "The Twilight Zone" helped shape his writing style. He also reveals the origins of some of his books' supernatural elements, describes why his hometown of Seattle is so conducive to creative endeavors, and shares details about his next project, tentatively titled VICIOUS.

FINAL BREATH by Kevin O’Brien (Thriller)
At first the deaths seem random: a young Portland couple brutally murdered in a game gone awry, a Chicago woman who plummeted to her death from an office building, an aspiring screenwriter asphyxiated in his New York apartment. But the macabre souvenirs television reporter Sydney Jordan receives reveal that the connection is both personal and terrifying. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

-Click here to read a review of FINAL BREATH.
-Click here to read an excerpt from FINAL BREATH.

Click here to read our interview with Kevin O'Brien.

Author Talk: Richard North Patterson, Author of ECLIPSE
Richard North Patterson has made a name for himself in the suspense/thriller and legal fiction genres by centering his novels on contemporary controversial topics, such as the death penalty, gun control legislation and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The events that take place in his latest release, ECLIPSE, loosely parallel the real-life experiences of a Nigerian activist caught in the middle of a corrupt government and the world's reliance on oil. In this interview, Patterson recounts Ken Saro-Wiwa's tragic story and discusses both the political and social ramifications caused by the current worldwide energy crisis. He also describes the dangers he encountered while visiting the city of Lagos for research, and shares his thoughts on alternative energy sources and minimizing America's dependence on foreign oil.

ECLIPSE by Richard North Patterson (Legal Thriller)
With uncanny timing, Richard North Patterson dramatizes the global lust for oil and exposes the geopolitics at the root of the current oil crisis in his prophetic new book, ECLIPSE. The story is set in the fictional country of Luandia --- a land of chaos, lawlessness, and oil-rich deltas ruled by oil companies and a brutal, corrupt government. Reviewed by Ray Palen.

-Click here to read a review of ECLIPSE.
-Click here to read an excerpt from ECLIPSE.

Click here to read an interview with Richard North Patterson.

New Featured Suspense/Thriller Author: Linda Fairstein, Author of LETHAL LEGACY
New York Times bestselling author Linda Fairstein is one of America's foremost legal experts on crimes of sexual assault and domestic violence. In her newest Alex Cooper novel, LETHAL LEGACY, Fairstein takes readers on a breathtaking ride through the valuable first editions, lost atlases and secret rooms and tunnels of the great New York Public Library. LETHAL LEGACY will be available in stores on February 10th.

We have 10 copies of LETHAL LEGACY to give away to readers who would like to preview the book and comment about it. If you are interested, please fill out this form by Friday, January 23rd.

-Click here to read Linda Fairstein’s bio.
-Visit Linda Fairstein's official website,

When Assistant District Attorney Alex Cooper is summoned to Tina Barr’s apartment on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, she finds a neighbor convinced that the young woman was assaulted. But the terrified victim, a conservator of rare books and maps, refuses to cooperate with investigators. Then another woman is found murdered in that same apartment with an extremely valuable book, believed to have been stolen. As Alex pursues the murderer, she is drawn into the strange and privileged world of the Hunt family, major benefactors of the New York Public Library and passionate rare book collectors.

Click here to read more about Linda Fairstein and LETHAL LEGACY.

Featured Romantic Suspense Authors: Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush, Authors of WICKED GAME
Lisa Jackson is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 75 novels, including SHIVER and FATAL BURN. In WICKED GAME, Jackson teams up with Nancy Bush --- her sister and acclaimed author of the Jane Kelly mystery series. Together they deliver a suspenseful tale in which a group of old friends find themselves being killed off one by one. WICKED GAME will be in stores on January 27th.

-Click here to read a second excerpt from WICKED GAME.
-Click here to read Lisa Jackson’s bio.

-Click here to see Lisa Jackson's backlist.
-Click here to read Nancy Bush’s bio.
-Click here to see Nancy Bush's backlist.
-Visit Lisa Jackson’s official website,
-Visit Nancy Bush’s official website,
-Click here to see our advance copy winners.

More about WICKED GAME:
Twenty years ago, wild-child Jessie Brentwood vanished from St. Elizabeth’s high school. Most in Jessie’s tight circle of friends believed she simply ran away. Few suspected Jessie was hiding a shocking secret --- one that brought her into the crosshairs of a vicious killer. Two decades pass before a body is unearthed on school grounds and Jessie’s old friends reunite to talk. Most are sure the body is Jessie’s and the mystery of what happened to her has finally been solved. But soon, Jessie’s friends each begin to die in horrible, freak accidents that defy explanation.

Click here to read more about Lisa Jackson, Nancy Bush and WICKED GAME. Bets On...: Books We're Betting You'll Love
With thousands of books published each year and much attention paid to the works of bestselling and well-known authors, it is inevitable that some titles worthy of praise and discussion may not get the attention we think they deserve. Thus throughout 2009, we will be spotlighting books written by debut or up-and-coming authors that immediately struck a chord with us and made us say "just read this" in a new feature called " Bets On…" Our plan is to alert our readers about these titles as soon as they’re released so you can discover them for yourselves and recommend them to your family and friends.

Here is our opening list of titles, with more to come in the weeks ahead:

STILL ALICE by Lisa Genova (January 6th): Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a celebrated Harvard professor at the height of her career when she notices a forgetfulness creeping into her life. As confusion starts to cloud her thinking and her memory begins to fail her, she receives a devastating diagnosis: early onset Alzheimer's disease. Fiercely independent, Alice struggles to maintain her lifestyle and live in the moment, even as her sense of self is being stripped away. STILL ALICE has an authentic voice and a pitch-perfect tone even as Alice loses control of her own words. This compelling debut novel has been released simultaneously in hardcover and trade paperback.

-Click here to read a review of STILL ALICE.
-Click here to read an excerpt from STILL ALICE.
-Click here to see the reading group guide for STILL ALICE.

SHELTER ME by Juliette Fay (December 30th): After the sudden death of her husband, Janie LaMarche’s life sweeps her up and unwillingly marches her on with a role as a solo parent to her two small children. As she stumbles through each day overwhelmed and dazed in a haze of grief and overwhelming sadness, she finds a cast of unlikely characters who help her unravel her feelings --- and set a new course. These include a contractor who shows up ready to build the porch her husband had commissioned without her knowledge and the parish priest who is unflinchingly nice even when Janie is acerbic and biting, as well as strong-willed Aunt Jude and a cousin named Cormac, who delivers bakery creations from his shop to match every mood. Along with these well-drawn characters, strong emotion and wry humor ensure that SHELTER ME is a story to savor and love.

-Click here to read more about SHELTER ME.
-Clcik here to read an excerpt from SHELTER ME.
-Click here to see the reading group guide for SHELTER ME.

Click here to visit our new feature, " Bets On...".

What's New on
We are pleased to share that, the newest addition to The Book Report Network, is quickly becoming the premier destination on the web for everything related to graphic novels --- news and reviews, interviews with writers and artists, behind-the-scenes peeks at the creative process, podcasts and videos, a blog and more.

For our latest update, we have an interview with artist and writer Dan Goldman, who has just illustrated 08, an intensive and thorough recounting through the graphic format of the past year's election madness. The author is journalist Michael Crowley, who spent much of the year on the campaign trail, and it manages to capture --- in a surprisingly fresh way --- the hope, optimism and service both sides brought to the election.
Our Behind the Scenes feature is Andrew Farago, the curator of the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco. Farago is an interesting collector. He is a lifelong fan of comics but also has a keen eye for art and the panels that make up an entire story. Here, he shares his insights on collecting and his love of the hobby.
We continue to blog about the latest graphic novel and manga news, and we have new reviews. Recently we added reviews of Ral & Grad, Loveless, Bleach, The Big Skinny, Honey and Clover and many more. And, as always, we invite readers to leave comments on anything they see on the website.

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Special Contest: Win an Advance Copy of ECSTASY by Jacquelyn Frank
We’re celebrating the release of ECSTASY: The Shadowdwellers --- New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Frank’s stunning new paranormal romance --- with a special contest. Ten readers will have the opportunity to each win one advance copy of ECSTASY, which is now available in stores. Readers who answer the question correctly by reading an excerpt from the book will be automatically entered to win.

Enter between now and Thursday, January 29th by filling out the form found here.

More about ECSTASY:

After a terrifying car crash, Ashla wakes up to find the bustling New York she once knew is now eerie and desolate. Just when she’s convinced she’s alone, Ashla is confronted by Trace, a dark warrior who draws her deeper into a world she never knew existed. The bond between them is a mystery to both, but searching for answers will mean confronting long-hidden secrets, and uncovering a threat that could destroy everything Trace holds precious.

-Click here to read more about ECSTASY.
-Click here to read an excerpt from ECSTASY.
-In addition to our contest, click here for a chance to win a FREE Shadowdwellers tattoo from Kensington Books!

Click here for more details about the contest and how to enter.

What's New This Month on
With more than 2,500 discussion guides now available, continues to be the leading place for book clubs to find all the resources they need on the web.

Our Blog continues to be a big hit among our readers. Throughout the month we are sharing postings from regular contributors --- including authors, librarians, book club facilitators, booksellers and experts in the publishing industry --- as well as special guests. The latest blog can be found here, and here are quick links to some recent posts:

-Book Clubs in the News
-New Year, New Lists
-Reading Aloud: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

-Alexander McCall Smith's Serial Novel
-Tatiana de Rosnay: The Story Behind SARAH'S KEY
-Book Club Festivities...and Trying Something New
-Au Revoir, 2008
-Six Titles I Wish I Had Read with My Book Club
-Book Clubs in the News

-Joshua Henkin's Book Club Adventures
-Joshua Henkin's Book Club Adventures, Part II

The following guides are now available on

THE BREAK-UP DIET: A Memoir by Annette Fix
FINDIND IRIS CHANG: Friendship, Ambition, and the Loss of an Extraordinary Mind by Paula Kamen
FIRMIN by Sam Savage

AN INCOMPLETE REVENGE: A Maisie Dobbs Novel by Jacqueline Winspear
LARK & TERMITE by Jayne Anne Phillips
LIMA NIGHTS by Marie Arana
PEOPLE OF THE BOOK by Geraldine Brooks
SEE YOU IN A HUNDRED YEARS: Discover One Young Family's Search for a Simpler Life…Four Seasons of Living in the Year 1900 by Logan Ward
STILL ALICE by Lisa Genova
THE THIRD CHAPTER: Passion, Risk, and Adventure in the 25 Years After 50 by Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot
TWO RIVERS by T. Greenwood
WHAT I WAS by Meg Rosoff

Please note that these titles, for which we already had the guides when they appeared in hardcover, are now available in paperback:

THE COMMONER by John Burnham Schwartz
FIREFLY LANE by Kristin Hannah
HOMECOMING by Bernhard Schlink
ISABELLA MOON by Laura Benedict
LIFE CLASS by Pat Barker
MEMORY by Philippe Grimbert
SONG YET SUNG by James McBride
THE WINTER ROSE by Jennifer Donnelly

We have the following new guides for Christian book groups:

ALL I NEED IS JESUS AND A GOOD PAIR OF JEANS: The Tired Supergirl’s Search for Grace by Susanna Foth Aughtmon
THE EDGE OF LIGHT: At Home in Beldon Grove, Book 1 by Ann Shorey
FIREFLIES IN DECEMBER by Jennifer Erin Valent
LOVING CEE CEE JOHNSON by Linda Leigh Hargrove
NO PLACE FOR A LADY: Heart of the West Series, Book 1 by Maggie Brendan
PAPER ROSES: Texas Dreams Trilogy, Book 1 by Amanda Cabot
PRAYER POWER: 30 Days to a Stronger Connection with God by Peter Lundell

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Calling All Teens! Nominate Your Favorite Books of 2008 for the Children's Book Council's Teen Choice Book Award
Have a teen in your house? If so, we have something they may want to explore. In association with the Children’s Book Council (CBC), is giving teen readers a very special opportunity to share their five favorite books of 2008. The five titles that receive the most “votes” will serve as the finalists for the CBC’s 2009 Teen Choice Book Award. Once this first round of nominees is ready, we will have more information on where teens can vote for the winner, which will be announced in May 2009.
Click here for all the details.

This Week's Reviews
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO BERTIE: A 44 Scotland Street Novel by Alexander McCall Smith (Fiction)
There is never a quiet moment on 44 Scotland Street. Here, Pat deals with the reappearance of Bruce, which has her heart skipping --- and not in a pleasant way. Angus Lordie's dog Cyril has been taken away by the authorities, accused of being a serial biter. As usual, Big Lou is still looking for love. And Bertie now has a little brother who he hopes will help distract his pushy mother. Reviewed by Roz Shea.

-Click here to read an excerpt from THE WORLD ACCORDING TO BERTIE.

SING THEM HOME by Stephanie Kallos (Fiction)
In her superb second novel, Stephanie Kallos invites readers to become part of an unusual family --- and a unique small Midwestern town --- as she delves into their intertwined histories. SING THEM HOME is a moving portrait of three siblings who have lived in the shadow of unresolved grief since their mother’s disappearance when they were children. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

THE BLACK GIRL NEXT DOOR: A Memoir by Jennifer Baszile (Memoir)
The civil rights movement of the 1960s may have afforded legal equality to African Americans, but that doesn't mean attitudes instantly changed. Jennifer Baszile, now a history professor at Yale, records her childhood in 1970s and ’80s suburbia as one of the only black girls around. Reviewed by Sarah Hannah Gómez.

CALLING MR. LONELY HEARTS by Laura Benedict (Thriller)
Growing up, Roxanne, Del and Alice tested the limits of their friendship with cruel, and often dangerous, games --- but they always knew they would be bound together forever. But when an enigmatic man named Varick enters the picture and seduces the women in turn, their lives become unrecognizable to them. His secret lies buried in their shared past. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

DYING FOR REVENGE by Eric Jerome Dickey (Fiction)
Eric Jerome Dickey follows up 2007’s SLEEPING WITH STRANGERS and WAKING WITH ENEMIES with the final installment in his trilogy. This fast-paced story about a steamy, seamy underworld of crime that spans the globe features the hit man Gideon, a character who captivated fans in the first two books, squaring off against his most intriguing adversary yet. Reviewed by Marie Hashima Lofton.

THE BOOK OF UNHOLY MISCHIEF by Elle Newmark (Historical Mystery)
In 15th-century Venice, the search is on for a book rumored to hold great secrets and maybe the key to eternal life. What could an orphan and a royal chef have to do with such a treasure? Surprisingly, a lot. Reviewed by Kate Ayers.

NOTHING TO FEAR: FDR’s Inner Circle and the Hundred Days That Created Modern America by Adam Cohen (History)
In this stimulating history of FDR’s Hundred Days, Adam Cohen paints a lively and dramatic portrait of the activist leaders who helped create the programs that began to lift the United States out of the Great Depression. Reviewed by Harvey Freedenberg.

IN THE DARK by Mark Billingham (Thriller)
On a rainy night in south London, a gun is fired into a car, which swerves onto the pavement and plows into a bus stop. It seems that a chilling gang initiation has cost the life of an innocent victim, with three more lives changed forever. But the reality is far more sinister. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

MILES FROM NOWHERE by Nami Mun (Fiction)
Joon is a Korean immigrant living in the Bronx of the 1980s. Her parents have crumbled under the weight of her father’s infidelity; he has left the family, and mental illness has rendered her mother nearly catatonic. So Joon, at the age of 13, decides she would be better off on her own, a choice that commences a harrowing and often tragic journey that exposes the painful difficulties of a life lived on the margins. Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman.

Read this week's reviews here.

Poll and Question of the Week: Early 2009 Titles and Reading Resolutions

Which of the following just released and upcoming titles are you most looking forward to reading? Check as many as apply.

AMONG THE MAD: A Maisie Dobbs Novel, by Jacqueline Winspear
THE ASSOCIATE by John Grisham
LETHAL LEGACY by Linda Fairstein
MOUNTING FEARS by Stuart Woods
NIGHT AND DAY: A Jesse Stone Novel, by Robert B. Parker
ON THE GRIND: A Shane Scully Novel, by Stephen J. Cannell
PLUM SPOOKY: A Stephanie Plum Between-the-Numbers Novel, by Janet Evanovich
RUN FOR YOUR LIFE by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
THE SILENT MAN by Alex Berenson
TRUE COLORS by Kristin Hannah
VERY VALENTINE by Adriana Trigiani
WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE PARIS: Stories, by Ray Bradbury
WHILE MY SISTER SLEEPS by Barbara Delinsky
None of the above

-Click here to answer our poll.


What is your reading resolution for 2009?

-Click here to answer our question.

Word of Mouth: Tell Us What You're Reading --- TWO Prizes
Tell us what books YOU are reading and loving --- or even those you don't.

This week we have two great prizes: FIVE readers each will win a copy of ECLIPSE by Richard North Patterson and MOUNTING FEARS by Stuart Woods. Tell us what you are reading and rate the titles 1-5 by noon on January 23rd to ensure that you are in the running to win these books.

Need more details about Word of Mouth? Click here.

As always, here are a few housekeeping notes. If you are seeing this newsletter in a text version, and would prefer to see the graphics, you can either read it online or change your preferences below.

Those of you who wish to send mail to, please see the form on the Write to Us page.  If you would like to reach me, please write [email protected]. Writing any of the respond buttons below will not get to us.

Those who are subscribed to the newsletter by January 31, 2009 automatically are entered in our Monthly Newsletter Contest. This month one winner will be selected to win the following five books: THE ASSOCIATE by John Grisham, ECLIPSE by Richard North Patterson, ON THE GRIND: A Shane Scully Novel by Stephen J. Cannell, PLUM SPOOKY: A Stephanie Plum Between-the-Numbers Novel by Janet Evanovich and STILL ALICE by Lisa Genova. Kathy from Apalachin, NY
was last month's newsletter winner. She won BORN TO RUN by James Grippando, THE CHARLEMAGNE PURSUIT by Steve Berry, THE INDEPENDENCE OF MISS MARY BENNET by Colleen McCullough, THE MESSENGER by Jan Burke and SCARPETTA by Patricia Cornwell.

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