Win the March 2020 bookshelf of signed thrillers!

March 1, 2020

So many books to win, it’s absolute madness! Like March Madness, minus the basketball. There is definitely something for everyone. One of my favorite authors, Allison Brennan, is kicking off a fantastic new series. There are a couple of debuts; Stephanie Wrobel’s Darling Rose Gold, which is a Library Reads top ten books for March, and Don Bentley’s Without Sanction, that none other than Lee Child is raving about! I am super excited about Peter Swanson’s Eight Perfect Murders, which is so in my wheelhouse, not to mention several other fantastic new books from some of the best thriller writers out there.

Don’t forget to check back, additional titles may be added. To enter: Win Books

Best of luck!

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THE THIRD TO DIE by Allison Brennan: A disgraced detective teams up with an ambitious FBI special agent to prevent a cycle of murders by a killer who ended the life of a colleague’s sister. First book of a new series (yay!) by the author of the Lucy Kincaid series.

EIGHT PERFECT MURDERS by Peter Swanson:  Years after establishing a literary career through his compilation of the mystery genre’s most unsolvable classics, an unsuspecting bookseller is tapped by the FBI for help solving murders that eerily mimic the books on his list.

DARLING ROSE GOLD by Stephanie Wrobel: Enduring decades of serious illness as a victim of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy before exposing her mother’s behavior, Rose Gold invites her unrepentant mother back into her life to secretly settle the score. A first novel.

THE LAST TOURIST by Olen Steinhauer: Retired agent Milo Weaver has his hideout in the Western Sahara invaded by a young CIA analyst who questions him about suspicious deaths and the possible return of the Tourists, in the fourth novel of the series following An American Spy.

LAVENDER BLUE MURDER by Laura Childs: Attending a traditional English bird hunt, tea-maven Theodosia Browning and her sommelier, Drayton Conneley, stumble on the wounded body of their host before suspicious accidents prompt the organization of a séance to expose the culprit.

THE GOOD KILLER by Harry Dolan In the newest thriller from best-selling author Harry Dolan, former soldier Sean Tennant stops a deadly mass shooting, and captures the attentions of two dangerous men from the past, including one who blames him for a brother’s death.

THE DEEP by Alma Katsu: Surviving the sinking of the Titanic, Annie takes a job as a nurse on the Britannic before encountering a fellow survivor who forces her to reckon with past demons. By the award-winning author of The Hunger.

A REASONABLE DOUBT by Phillip Margolin: When a magician linked to suspicious deaths goes missing in the middle of performing a new trick, criminal defense attorney Robin Lockwood untangles dangerous clues to identify a killer among numerous suspects.

CROSS HER HEART by Melinda Leigh: When her sister Erin is murdered and Erin’s husband goes missing, Philadelphia homicide detective Bree Taggert vows to uncover the secrets of her sister’s life and death but when the danger hits close to home, her own family is caught in a death grip.

WITHOUT SANCTION by Don Bentley: An operative struggling with PTSD in the aftermath of a mission gone wrong is forced to confront his biggest failure to prevent an ISIS splinter cell from creating a weapon of mass destruction. A first novel.


You can win autographed copies of these books! If you are new to the site, each month I run a contest in conjunction with the International Thriller Writers organization. We put together a list of books from debut authors to bestsellers, so you can win some of your favorites and find some new favorites.

What makes this contest really special is that all of the books (except eBooks) are signed by the author! Books with multiple authors will be signed by at least one of the authors.

Penguin Random House books for giveaway were provided by the publisher. #PRHpartner

Don’t forget, if you subscribe to the newsletter or follow this blog, you get an extra entry into every contest you enter. Check out the Win Books page for more information on all these books and how you can enter this month’s contest.

Thanks for reading, and good luck!


Win the February 2020 bookshelf of signed thrillers!

February 1, 2020

Happy Leap Year! Check out these thrillers that you can win this extra-long-shortest month. Don’t forget to check back, additional titles may be added. To enter: Win Books

Best of luck!

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ROBERT LUDLUM’S THE TREADSTONE RESURRECTION by Joshua Hood: The first novel in an explosive new series inspired by Robert Ludlum’s Bourne universe, The Treadstone Resurrection introduces an unforgettable hero and the shadowy world that forged him…

LAST DAY by Luanne Rice:  From celebrated New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice comes a riveting story of a seaside community shaken by a violent crime and a tragic loss. When her sister is murdered amid the theft of a valuable painting, an eerie echo of their mother’s murder 20 years earlier, pilot Beth teams up with the case’s original detective and childhood friends to identify a killer.

ABOVE THE BAY OF ANGELS by Rhys Bowen: When a twist of fate lands her in Queen Victoria’s kitchen, a talented young chef is selected to accompany a royal retinue, only to be wrongly implicated in a murder. By the award-winning author of In Farleigh Field.

DEAD TO HER by Sarah Pinborough: For fans of Liane Moriarty, Liv Constantine and Lisa Jewell, a twisty psychological thriller about a savvy second wife who will do almost anything to come out on top, from the New York Times bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes.

THE KING’S JUSTICE by Susan Elia MacNeal: A Maggie Hope Mystery, Book 9: Can a stolen violin lead secret agent and spy Maggie Hope to a new serial killer terrorizing London? Find out as the acclaimed World War II mystery series from New York Times bestselling author Susan Elia MacNeal continues.


You can win autographed copies of these books! If you are new to the site, each month I run a contest in conjunction with the International Thriller Writers organization. We put together a list of books from debut authors to bestsellers, so you can win some of your favorites and find some new favorites.

What makes this contest really special is that all of the books (except eBooks) are signed by the author! Books with multiple authors will be signed by at least one of the authors.

Penguin Random House books for giveaway were provided by the publisher. #PRHpartner

Don’t forget, if you subscribe to the newsletter or follow this blog, you get an extra entry into every contest you enter. Check out the Win Books page for more information on all these books and how you can enter this month’s contest.

Thanks for reading, and good luck!


Win THE APOLLO DECEPTION by Mitch Silver!

January 24, 2020

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About the Book

A fast-paced, highly topical conspiracy thriller involving the Apollo moon landings.

In 1969, Apollo 11 landed on the moon . . . didn’t it?

After China announce a space mission to place their own flag next to the one US astronauts planted during the Apollo 11 mission, few people bat an eyelid. Shortly after this statement Charlie Stephens, a 74-year-old former filmmaker, is murdered. The incident is made to look like an accident, but why?

Going through his father’s effects, Gary Stephens discovers reels of 35mm celluloid showing the Apollo mission was faked – there’s no US flag on the moon, and only a handful of people know it.

For his own safety Gary is brought into Mission Dark Side, a government-sanctioned cover-up to send a crew to the moon to plant the flag before the Chinese reach it . . . but there are those out to sabotage the mission who will go to any lengths to achieve their aims.

Praise for Mitch Silver: “Readers will be impressed by Silver’s finesse in juggling endless time frames and counterplots and rewarded with an elaborate set of assassinations and double-crosses” Kirkus Reviews on The Apollo Deception

“A great thriller, worthy of Ian Fleming himself” Lee Child on In Secret Service

A smart and breezy reprise of the spy stories of the 20th century” Library Journal Reviews on In Secret Service

“The pace is agreeably fast; and the intelligent, capable Klimt makes an engaging lead character” Booklist on The Bookworm

“Silver’s high spirits are so contagious that readers will happily go along for the ride” Publishers Weekly on In Secret Service

Winner of the beach-read sweepstakes, it will have us teasing facts from fiction. For all popular collections, in multiple copies” Library Journal  on In Secret Service

The Bookworm is that very rare, almost extinct thriller: well plotted, intelligent as hell James Patterson


About the Author

Mitch Silver studied History at Yale and attended Harvard Law School before becoming a writer for several of the big New York ad agencies. He is the author of In Secret Service and The Book Worm, and lives with his wife Ellen in Greenwich, Connecticut.

To win a copy of THE APOLLO DECEPTION by Mitch Silver, please send an email to contest@gmail.com with “APOLLO DECEPTION” as the subject.

You must include your U.S. or Canada street address in your email.

All entries must be received by February 13, 2020. One (1) name will be drawn from all qualified entries and notified via email. This contest is open to all adults over 18 years of age in the United States or Canada only. Your book will be sent by the publisher.

More Rules:

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Win the January 2020 bookshelf of signed thrillers!

January 1, 2020

Happy New Year! Maybe even happy new decade! Either way, there are some really good thrillers for you to win this month. Don’t forget to check back, additional titles may be added before the year ends. To enter: Win Books

Best of luck!

WHEN YOU SEE ME by Lisa Gardner: Detective D.D. Warren Book 11! #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner unites three of her most beloved characters; Detective D. D. Warren, Flora Dane, and Kimberly Quincy in a twisty new thriller, as they investigate a mysterious murder from the past…which points to a dangerous and chilling present-day crime.

WESTWIND by Ian Rankin: Available for the first time in the US, this masterpiece of cat-and-mouse espionage suspense from the Edgar Award Winning author and “genius” bestseller Ian Rankin is as timely and urgent as ever.

HUNTER KILLER by Brad Taylor: Pike Logan tracks highly-trained Russian assassins to Brazil in this blistering, action-packed thriller from New York Times bestselling author and former Special Forces Officer Brad Taylor.

LOST HILLS by Lee Goldberg: Placed in the spotlight for a high-profile arrest, a rookie detective who would prove herself to resentful colleagues navigates the media to solve a brutal murder, in a series debut by the award-winning author of the Fox & O’Hare novels.

FIRST CUT by Judy Melinek M.D. & T.J. Mitchell: A young rookie medical examiner. A suspicious case. An underworld plot only she saw coming. Drawing on her real-life experiences as a forensics expert, Judy Melinek teams up with husband T.J. Mitchell to deliver the most exhilarating mystery of the year.

THERE’S A MURDER AFOOT by Vicki Delany: A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop MysteryBook 5: Just in time for Sherlock Holmes’s 166th birthday, the fifth installment in national bestselling author Vicki Delany’s Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mystery takes Sherlockania to the max with a Holmes convention and historic 221 Baker Street.

DEEP STATE by Chris Hauty: When a controversial populist candidate is elected president over an increasingly partisan America, the assassination of the White House chief of staff reveals a far-ranging conspiracy that implicates insiders at the most hidden levels of government.


You can win autographed copies of these books! If you are new to the site, each month I run a contest in conjunction with the International Thriller Writers organization. We put together a list of books from debut authors to bestsellers, so you can win some of your favorites and find some new favorites.

What makes this contest really special is that all of the books (except eBooks) are signed by the author! Books with multiple authors will be signed by at least one of the authors.

Penguin Random House books for giveaway were provided by the publisher. #PRHpartner

Don’t forget, if you subscribe to the newsletter or follow this blog, you get an extra entry into every contest you enter. Check out the Win Books page for more information on all these books and how you can enter this month’s contest.

Thanks for reading, and good luck!


Win the December ’19 bookshelf of signed thrillers!

December 1, 2019

Welcome to the December bookshelf of signed thrillers! I can’t believe how fast this year has gone. Last contest of 2019!!

This month the International Thriller Writers have provided some exciting new thrillers to help fill your bookshelf! Don’t forget to check back, additional titles may be added before the year ends. To enter: Win Books

Best of luck!

A SMALL TOWN by Thomas Perry: From the New York Times bestselling author Thomas Perry, “who can be depended upon to deliver high-voltage shocks” (Stephen King), comes a new thriller about an ingenuous jailbreak and the manhunt it unleashes

GOOD GIRLS LIE by J.T. Ellison: J.T. Ellison’s pulse-pounding new psychological thriller examines the tenuous bonds of friendship, the power of lies and the desperate lengths people will go to in order to protect their secrets. In a follow-up to Lie to Me and Tear Me Apart, a popular transfer student at an elite prep school races to protect a dangerous secret when a killer sets her up for a string of murders.

LIAR’S LEGACY by Taylor Stevens: They were born in the shadows. Schooled in espionage. Taught to kill and trained to disappear. In this captivating masterwork from bestselling author Taylor Stevens, elusive twins Jack and Jill take the global spy game to electric levels.

LOST TOMORROWS by Matt Coyle: The Rick Cahill Series, Book 6: Perfect for hard-boiled PI fans who like a tainted hero living by his own code!

ALL THAT’S BRIGHT AND GONE by Eliza Nellums: Fans of Jodi Picoult and Fredrik Backman will fall for this tenderhearted debut mystery following a young girl on a quest to save her family.

SHATTERED JUSTICE by Susan Furlong: A Bone Gap Travellers Novel, Book 3: In the Appalachian town of Bone Gap, Tennessee, backwoods justice is more than just blind. It’s swift, silent, and shockingly personal. Especially for Irish Traveller turned deputy sheriff Brynn Callahan.


 

You can win autographed copies of these books! If you are new to the site, each month I run a contest in conjunction with the International Thriller Writers organization. We put together a list of books from debut authors to bestsellers, so you can win some of your favorites and find some new favorites.

What makes this contest really special is that all of the books (except eBooks) are signed by the author! Books with multiple authors will be signed by at least one of the authors.

Penguin Random House books for giveaway were provided by the publisher. #PRHpartner

Don’t forget, if you subscribe to the newsletter or follow this blog, you get an extra entry into every contest you enter. Check out the Win Books page for more information on all these books and how you can enter this month’s contest.

Thanks for reading, and good luck!


Win the November ’19 bookshelf of signed thrillers!

November 1, 2019

Welcome to the November bookshelf of signed thrillers!

This month the International Thriller Writers have provided some exciting new thrillers to help fill your bookshelf! I’m very excited about giving away bestsellers from Mary Higgins Clark, Janet Evanovich, Jessica Fletcher & Jon Land, an international thriller, a forensic thriller, a locked room mystery, a book with one of the best titles ever – “Maxine Unleashes Doomsday” and more – something for everyone! Additional books may be added throughout the month, so check back often. To enter: Win Books

Best of luck!

TWISTED TWENTY-SIX by Janet Evanovich: This isn’t just another case. This is family. How far will Stephanie Plum go to protect the one person who means the most to her? The stakes have never been higher in this latest adventure from #1 New York Times bestselling author Janet Evanovich.

KISS THE GIRLS AND MAKE THEM CRY by Mary Higgins Clark: Navigating traumatic memories of an assault in college, a journalist researching the #MeToo movement discovers that her attacker is on the cusp of a merger that will render him a billionaire. An electrifying new thriller from “Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark!

MURDER SHE WROTE: A TIME FOR MURDER by Jessica Fletcher & Jon Land: In the fiftieth entry in this USA Today bestselling series, two timelines converge as Jessica Fletcher returns to high school to investigate the murder of an old colleague, while we meet Jessica as a young teacher solving her very first murder…

GUILTY NOT GUILTY by Felix Francis: “It is said that everyone over a certain age can remember distinctly what they were doing when they heard that President Kennedy had been assassinated, or that Princess Diana had been killed in a Paris car crash, but I, for one, could recall all too clearly where I was standing when a policeman told me that my wife had been murdered.” New York Times-bestselling author Felix Francis returns with another nail-biting thriller in the Dick Francis tradition.

LET JUSTICE DESCEND by Lisa Black: A Gardiner and Renner Novel Book 5. In a taut, brilliantly twisted new thriller from bestselling author Lisa Black, forensics expert Maggie Gardiner and Cleveland detective Jack Renner investigate the bizarre murder of a senator with secrets to hide…

PASSPORT TO DEATH by Yigal Zur: Dotan Naor, an Israeli private investigator, ousted from Shin Bet―Israel’s internal security service―goes to Thailand to find Sigal Bardon, a beautiful young girl from a wealthy Israeli family who has disappeared. Perfect for fans of Daniel Silva and Nelson DeMille.

BLIND SEARCH by Paula Munier: Former Army MP Mercy Carr and her retired bomb-sniffing dog Elvis are back in Blind Search, the sequel to the page-turning, critically acclaimed A Borrowing of Bones.

THE GLASS THIEF by Gigi Pandian: A locked-room mystery at a Paris mansion. A supposed ghost haunting a French family who looted treasure from Cambodia. A reclusive thriller author writing a novel in honor of historian Jaya Jones–is it a work of fiction or a devious device to lure Jaya into solving a chilling mystery?

MAXINE UNLEASHES DOOMSDAY by Nick Kolakowski: Maxine Unleashes Doomsday smashes the gritty frenzy of Mad Max: Fury Road with the top-notch suspense of a crime saga like Heat. It’s a brutal thriller that offers a terrifying glimpse of our future.

BALL PARK by John Farrow: An Émile Cinq-Mars thriller, Book 7. Getting inside is easy; the stress comes in getting out clean. A case of breaking and entering escalates after Émile Cinq-Mars transfers from the Night Patrol.


You can win autographed copies of these books! If you are new to the site, each month I run a contest in conjunction with the International Thriller Writers organization. We put together a list of books from debut authors to bestsellers, so you can win some of your favorites and find some new favorites.

What makes this contest really special is that all of the books (except eBooks) are signed by the author! Books with multiple authors will be signed by at least one of the authors.

Penguin Random House books for giveaway were provided by the publisher. #PRHpartner

Don’t forget, if you subscribe to the newsletter or follow this blog, you get an extra entry into every contest you enter. Check out the Win Books page for more information on all these books and how you can enter this month’s contest.

Thanks for reading, and good luck!


Win the October ’19 bookshelf of signed thrillers!

October 1, 2019

Welcome to the October bookshelf of signed thrillers!

This month the International Thriller Writers have provided some exciting new thrillers to help fill your bookshelf! More books may be added throughout the month, so check back often. To enter: Win Books

Best of luck!

BLUE MOON by Lee Child: In the next highly anticipated installment of Lee Child’s acclaimed suspense series, Jack Reacher comes to the aid of an elderly couple . . . and confronts his most dangerous opponents yet.

THE SHAPE OF NIGHT by Tess Gerritsen: A woman trying to outrun her past is drawn to a coastal village in Maine—and to a string of unsolved murders—in this novel of romance and psychological suspense from New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen.

THE DESERTER by Nelson DeMille and Alex DeMille: #1 New York Times bestselling author Nelson DeMille, writing with his son, screenwriter Alex DeMille, delivers a blistering new thriller featuring a brilliant and unorthodox Army investigator, his enigmatic female partner, and their hunt for the Army’s most notorious—and dangerous—deserter.

EMPIRE OF LIES by Raymond KhouryEmpire of Lies is a sweeping thriller in the tradition of The Man in the High Castle, Fatherland, and Underground Airlines from New York Times bestselling author Raymond Khoury.

MUMBO GUMBO MURDER by Laura ChildsA Scrapbooking Mystery, Book 16. A shocking murder strikes a sour note during Jazz Fest in the latest New Orleans Scrapbooking Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs.


You can win autographed copies of these books! If you are new to the site, each month I run a contest in conjunction with the International Thriller Writers organization. We put together a list of books from debut authors to bestsellers, so you can win some of your favorites and find some new favorites.

What makes this contest really special is that all of the books (except eBooks) are signed by the author! Books with multiple authors will be signed by at least one of the authors.

Penguin Random House books for giveaway were provided by the publisher. #PRHpartner

Don’t forget, if you subscribe to the newsletter or follow this blog, you get an extra entry into every contest you enter. Check out the Win Books page for more information on all these books and how you can enter this month’s contest.

Thanks for reading, and good luck!


Win the September ’19 bookshelf of signed thrillers!

September 1, 2019

Welcome to the September bookshelf of signed thrillers!

This month the International Thriller Writers have provided a bunch of exciting new thrillers to help fill your bookshelf! More books may be added throughout the month, so check back often.

Best of luck!

LABYRINTH by Catherine Coulter: An FBI Thriller, Book 23. The #1 New York Times bestselling FBI Thriller series returns with another tour de force in which agents Savich and Sherlock stumble into a bizarre case that’s more complicated and twisted than any they’ve ever encountered. Together they have to weave their way through a labyrinth of lies to find the truth of a terrible secret.

LETHAL AGENT by Vince Flynn & Kyle MillsA Mitch Rapp Novel, Book 18. An unprecedented and terrifying bioterrorism plot threatens to kill millions in the midst of a divisive presidential election in this new thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling Mitch Rapp series.

THE STRANGER INSIDE by Lisa Unger: Introducing one of the most compelling and original killers in crime fiction today, Lisa Unger takes readers deep inside the minds of both perpetrator and victim, blurring the lines between right and wrong, crime and justice, and showing that sometimes people deserve what comes to them. Even good people are drawn to do evil things…

SINS OF THE FATHERS by J. A. Jance: A J.P. Beaumont Novel, Book 24. Seattle investigator J. P. Beaumont is drawn into an intriguing, and shockingly personal, case in this superb tale of suspense from New York Times bestselling author J. A. Jance.

ELEVATOR PITCH by Linwood Barclay: The New York Times bestselling author of A Noise Downstairs and No Time for Goodbye returns with an edge-of-your-seat thriller that does for elevators what Psycho did for showers and Jaws did for the beach—a heart-pounding tale in which a series of disasters paralyzes New York City with fear.

THE STALKING by Heather GrahamKrewe of Hunters, Book 29. Krewe of Hunters agent Andre Broussard has deep ties in New Orleans and Cajun country beyond. He knows that more than one monster has stalked the bayou. Has a deadly threat been resurrected, or does someone have a dark inspiration?

THE DECEPTION by Kat Martin: Maximum Security, Book 2. A sequel to The Conspiracy finds a woman devastated by the death of her runaway addict sister before partnering with a bounty hunter to track down a killer in the dark world of human trafficking.

BLACK NOWHERE by Reece Hirsch: Lisa Tanchik Series, Book 1. Special Agent Lisa Tanchik is the best at taking down cybercriminals. So when the FBI discovers a multibillion-dollar black market online, she’s tasked with finding the creator and bringing him to justice.

LOWCOUNTRY BOOMERANG by Susan M. Boyer:  A Liz Talbot Mystery Series, Book 8. Private investigators Liz Talbot and Nate Andrews are all set to enjoy some quality time on the beach. That’s until they get the news about Darius. Darius DeAndre Baker, star of the hit TV show, Main Street USA, has had enough of the Hollywood highlife. After ten years of visiting everyone else’s hometown, he returns to his own—Stella Maris, South Carolina.

 


You can win autographed copies of these books! If you are new to the site, each month I run a contest in conjunction with the International Thriller Writers organization. We put together a list of books from debut authors to bestsellers, so you can win some of your favorites and find some new favorites.

What makes this contest really special is that all of the books (except eBooks) are signed by the author! Books with multiple authors will be signed by at least one of the authors.

Penguin Random House books for giveaway were provided by the publisher. #PRHpartner

Don’t forget, if you subscribe to the newsletter or follow this blog, you get an extra entry into every contest you enter. Check out the Win Books page for more information on all these books and how you can enter this month’s contest.

Thanks for reading, and good luck!


LIFE AND OTHER INCONVENIENCES by Kristan Higgins

August 5, 2019

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I am so excited to be part of the blog tour for Kristan Higgins’ latest; it is simply unputdownable! Plus read on to find out how you can win a copy of her last book, Good Luck with That!

From the publisher:

From the New York Times bestselling author of Good Luck with That comes a new novel about a blue-blood grandmother and her black-sheep granddaughter who discover they are truly two sides of the same coin.

Emma London never thought she had anything in common with her grandmother Genevieve London. The regal old woman came from wealthy and bluest-blood New England stock, but that didn’t protect her from life’s cruelest blows: the disappearance of Genevieve’s young son, followed by the premature death of her husband. But Genevieve rose from those ashes of grief and built a fashion empire that was respected the world over, even when it meant neglecting her other son.

When Emma’s own mother died, her father abandoned her on his mother’s doorstep. Genevieve took Emma in and reluctantly raised her–until Emma got pregnant her senior year of high school. Genevieve kicked her out with nothing but the clothes on her back…but Emma took with her the most important London possession: the strength not just to survive but to thrive. And indeed, Emma has built a wonderful life for herself and her teenage daughter, Riley.

So what is Emma to do when Genevieve does the one thing Emma never expected of her and, after not speaking to her for nearly two decades, calls and asks for help?


REVIEW

Higgins brings her characters to life on the page and creates a memorable family saga in her latest. Like all good family tales, there is drama galore and enough angst and laughs to keep the pages turning.

Family matriarch Genevieve London has not had the easiest life, so even though she is definitely the antagonist of the story and makes some really horrible choices, we can’t help but feel a little bit badly for her. Emma is our heroine, and I really loved her relationship with her daughter Riley. As close as they are, and as distant as Emma and Genevieve are, it really speaks to the kind of mother she is that she allows Riley and Genevieve to bond. I also loved how independent Emma is, and her willingness to stand up to her grandmother and speak her truth.

There is a bit of romance here between Emma and Miller, a neighbor of Genevieve’s who is a widower with a very difficult three-year-old daughter, Tess. I hate to say Tess provides some of the comic relief, but she definitely does at times. She also made me want to hug both my kids and tell them how fabulous they are.

The family relationships here are all fraught, but it makes for compelling reading. This was a one night read for me as I really couldn’t put it down. I must say I really love Higgins’ writing, she hits the perfect pitch for each character and the story in general. Great beach reading or for any kind of escape you may need. Don’t miss it – I loved this book!

8/19 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™

LIFE AND OTHER INCONVENIENCES by Kristan Higgins. Berkley (August 6, 2019). ISBN 978-0451489425. 448p.

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To win a copy of Good Luck with That by Kristan Higgins, please send an email to contest@gmail.com with “GOOD LUCK” as the subject.

You must include your U.S. street address in your email.

All entries must be received by August 31, 2019. One (1) name will be drawn from all qualified entries and notified via email. This contest is open to all adults over 18 years of age in the United States only. Your book will be sent by PenguinRandomHouse.

One entry per email address. Subscribers to the monthly newsletter earn an extra entry into every contest. Follow this blog to earn another entry into every contest. Winners may win only one time per year (365 days) for contests with prizes of more than one book. Your email address will not be shared or sold to anyone.


Read an excerpt of Life and Other Inconveniences :

When I called Genevieve back and told her we were coming—including Pop, who would be staying elsewhere—there’d been a long pause. “Thank you,” she finally said.

“On one condition, Genevieve,” I said. “You do not mention money or inheritance to Riley. Not a whisper, not a hint. I don’t want you dangling your bank accounts in front of my daughter and snatching them away if she uses the wrong fork.”

“By which I assume you’re referring to the fact that I didn’t fund your teenage folly.”

“Teenage folly? You mean your great-granddaughter? Yes. This summer isn’t about the money. It’s us giving you a chance to make amends, and you making me Hope’s guardian.”

“How very gracious you are, my dear,” she said, and I heard a slurp. Five o’clock somewhere.

But she agreed, and here we were.

My clients, the ones I saw in person, were fine with me leaving for two months. I’d TheraTalk with most of them; two were about done anyway, and said they’d call me if they needed me. I’d had to give up my office space, though; luckily, a classmate from my PhD program had sublet it. Once I got back, I’d have to find another space, but I’d deal with that later.

Pop had found himself a little apartment over an antiques shop on Water Street. I was unspeakably grateful that he’d be nearby. He’d always hated Genevieve, who had viewed my mother as insufficient wife material for her wretched son.

Then again, she had a point. My mother had taken her own life. Maybe Genevieve had sensed something, even back then. She was many things, but she wasn’t stupid.

We crossed the Connecticut River, then the Thames. “There’s the Coast Guard Academy, Pop,” I said, pointing. He was an Air Force man himself, but he nodded. We went through Mystic, and I remembered going to the aquarium with Jason on a date. Or a field trip, maybe, but we’d held hands. Kissed in the dim light of the myriad fish tanks, and it had felt like the most romantic thing in the world.

He knew we were coming, of course. He was excited, he’d said on the phone. Talked about being separated, wasn’t sure where things were headed there. The boys couldn’t wait to meet Riley in person, though they knew her from Skype and phone calls.

My heart leaped into overdrive when, just before we hit Rhode Island, Charles exited the highway and entered the land of stone walls and gracious houses, tall oaks and two-hundred-year-old farms. The woods and fields gave way to narrower streets, and we went over the bridge that led to the borough.

Welcome to Stoningham, the sign said.

I found that I was holding my grandfather’s thumb, same as I had when I was little, back before my mother died, when seeing my grandparents was the happiest thing ever. He gave my hand a squeeze.

“Oh, my gosh, this town is so cute!” Riley said.

And it was. The sky was Maxfield Parrish blue, the lights of the Colonials that lined the streets glowing in what seemed to be a welcome. People were out, walking their dogs. At the library green, some kids tossed a football. As we came onto Water Street, Riley exclaimed over the little shops and restaurants. “There’s a café, Mom! Hooray! Oh, and an ice cream place! Even better!”
I smiled, but my stomach cramped again. It felt like I had never left.

The town hadn’t changed much. Still adorable with its colorful buildings and crooked streets. I caught glimpses of Long Island Sound as we drove, smelled garlic and seafood. Would Genevieve have dinner for us? Would she hug me? I swore if she made Riley feel one iota of shame, we’d be out of Connecticut forever.

Charles turned onto Bleak Point Road, where the most expensive houses in town sat like grand old ladies, weathered and gracious. All had names, which Riley read aloud as we passed.

“Thrush Hill. Summerly. Wisteria Cottage. Cliff View. Pop, we have to name our house when we get back!”

“Name it what? Crabgrass?” Pop asked.

“That’s kind of perfect, actually,” I murmured, having gone to war many times with weeds in our small yard.

“Oh, Sheerwater! We’re here!”

The iron gates (yes, gates) opened, and we turned onto the crushed shell drive. Sheerwater had ten acres of land, the very tip of Bleak Point, and it looked like a park, with beautifully gnarled dogwood trees on either side of the driveway, their intertwined branches making a tunnel of white blossoms. Spring was late this year.

We rounded the gentle curve, and my hands were sweating now.

“Holy guacamole,” my daughter breathed. “It’s even prettier than the pictures!” In the rearview mirror, I saw Charles smile. Beside me, Pop stiffened. He’d never been here, of course.

There it was—my grandmother’s twenty-room cottage, pristine and gracious and lit up like the fires of hell.


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Win the August ’19 bookshelf of signed thrillers!

August 1, 2019

Welcome to the August bookshelf of signed thrillers!

This month the International Thriller Writers have provided a bunch of exciting new thrillers to help fill your bookshelf! More books may be added throughout the month, so check back often.

Best of luck!

OUTFOX by Sandra Brown: Convinced recently married Jasper Ford is a conman, who he believes murdered eight women for their fortunes, FBI agent Drex Easton insinuates himself into the couple’s life, but his own attraction to Jasper’s wife threatens to compromise his investigation.

THE RUSSIA ACCOUNT by Stephen Coonts: CIA officer Tommy Carmellini navigates an international financial conspiracy that puts CIA head Jake Grafton in the crosshairs of an assassin. By the best-selling author of Flight of the Intruder.

THE MURDER LIST by Hank Phillippi Ryan: A bright, hard-working law student married to a faithful and devoted husband discovers that everything she believes about her life is false and is caught up in a game of cat-and-mouse for her very survival.

DESPERATE CREED by Alex Kava: With the killers hot on her trail, Frankie races to meet Maggie. But she has no idea that she’s driving straight into the grasp of another killer—a monster storm system.

DEAD AT FIRST SIGHT by Peter James: Maybe you don’t know your neighbors as well as you thought you did. In this neighborhood, it’s not just the husbands and wives who play games. Here, everyone in the family has something to hide. You never really know what people are capable of.

THE SWALLOWS by Lisa Lutz: When one of her creative writing assignment generates some disturbing responses from students, new teacher Alexandra Witt ignites a gender war, with deeply personal–and potentially fatal–consequences for everyone involved.

MIAMI MIDNIGHT by Alex Segura: While running a small bookstore by day and working cases in Miami at night, PI Pete Fernandez is hired by a Cuban mobster to find out who killed his son and to locate his missing daughter-in-law—a case that reveals an unexpected truth about his own blurred past.

CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR by Hallie Ephron: A professional organizer whose husband is a hoarder distracts her growing relationship troubles by focusing on her new clients, one of whom takes her tipsy fantasy about life being more pleasant without spouses a little too far.

WHAT YOU DID by Claire McGowan: A vicious assault. A devastating accusation. Who should she trust, her husband or her best friend? From the New York Times bestselling author of There Was an Old Woman comes a novel about a professional organizer with a deadly problem she may not be able to clean up.

THE WAREHOUSE by Rob Hart: A darkly satirical thriller set in a near-future America wracked by violence, unemployment and climate change finds two employees of a world-saving global giant discovering their employers’ true agenda.

THE LAST WIDOW by Karin Slaughter: An electrifying latest entry in the best-selling series finds Will and Sara pitted against a mysterious group that would unleash a deadly epidemic


You can win autographed copies of these books! If you are new to the site, each month I run a contest in conjunction with the International Thriller Writers organization. We put together a list of books from debut authors to bestsellers, so you can win some of your favorites and find some new favorites.

What makes this contest really special is that all of the books (except eBooks) are signed by the author! Books with multiple authors will be signed by at least one of the authors.

Penguin Random House books for giveaway were provided by the publisher. #PRHpartner

Don’t forget, if you subscribe to the newsletter or follow this blog, you get an extra entry into every contest you enter. Check out the Win Books page for more information on all these books and how you can enter this month’s contest.

Thanks for reading, and good luck!