Win the June ’19 bookshelf of signed thrillers!

June 1, 2019

Welcome to the June 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!

THE LAST WIDOW by Karin Slaughter: New York Times bestselling author Karin Slaughter brings back Will Trent and Sara Linton in this superb and timely thriller full of devious twists, disturbing secrets, and shocking surprises you won’t see coming when Will and Sara are pitted against a mysterious group that would unleash a deadly epidemic.

DARK STORM by Karen Harper: When her sister goes missing from a butterfly conservatory, forensic psychologist Claire Markwood and her criminal-lawyer husband, Nick, uncover shattering family secrets.

THE LAST HOUSE GUEST by Megan Miranda: When her longtime best friend is found murdered, a woman combs through her idyllic Maine tourist community to uncover local secrets and clear her name of suspicion.

CHILLING EFFECT by R. J. Piñeiro: A RUTHLESS ECO-TERRORIST. A WOMAN DETERMINED TO STOP HIM. R.J. Pineiro explores a world in the not too distant future where terrorism is taken to a new level, one with world-ending consequences.

BORROWED TIME by Tracy Clark: Cassandra Raines, a former Chicago cop turned private investigator, looks into a suspicious death as a favor to a friend—and makes some powerful enemies.

WHEREVER SHE GOES by Kelley Armstrong: Witnessing the abduction of a child at the park, Aubrey struggles to find the boy and his missing mother when the police and her neighbors begin to question her sanity.

 


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 May ’19 bookshelf of signed thrillers!

May 1, 2019

Welcome to the May 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!

 

STRONG AS STEEL by Jon Land: Tough-as-nails Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong returns in this electrifying tenth installment of one of my favorite series. Douglas Preston said, “This is one hell of an adventure—fast paced, compelling, and heart-stopping, involving a train robbery, a massacre, and dark secrets emerging from the mists of time.”

THE BETTER SISTER by Alafair Burke: Coming off of last year’s The Wife (one of my favorite books of 2018,) psychological-suspense master Burke traces the uneasy relationship between two sisters and how its’s tested in the wake of a grisly murder.

SUCH A PERFECT WIFE by Kate White: True crime writer Bailey Weggins heads to Lake George to investigate the disappearance of Shannon Blaine, a case that appears to be straightforward until Bailey uncovers the work of a serial killer.

THE LAST SECOND by Catherine Coulter & J.T. Ellison: When an eccentric treasure hunter finances a private space agency and augments its first satellite with a nuclear device, special agents Drummond and Caine race to prevent a corrupt scientist’s apocalyptic plot.

THE PARIS DIVERSION by Chris Pavone: Kate Moore from The Expats partners with a French agent to investigate a bombing threat in Paris, a race against time that is complicated by her husband’s missing nemesis and a suspicious absence of orders from Langley.

IF SHE WAKES by Michael Koyta: Two women fight for their lives against an enigmatic killer in this electrifying novel from a New York Times bestselling author and “master” of thriller writing (Stephen King).

BELOW THE FOLD by R.G. Belsky: When the battered body of a homeless woman is found on the streets of New York City, her murder gets largely ignored by the media. TV journalist Clare Carlson decides to dig deeper and uncovers mysterious links; more murders, more victims, more questions. Will Clare survive as she chases her biggest story ever?

BEFORE SHE WAS FOUND by Heather Gudenkauf: The Edgar Award-nominated author of The Weight of Silence presents a high-suspense thriller involving three young girlfriends, a dark obsession and a chilling crime that shakes up a quiet Iowa community.

THE NIGHT BEFORE by Wendy Walker: Parallel accounts of the days before and after a fateful blind date follow Rosie Ferro’s revelatory investigation into the disappearance and complicated nature of her sister, Laura.

THE TIME COLLECTOR by Gwendolyn Womack: A psychometrist who can experience the past of anything he touches searches for a close friend who goes missing after uncovering several “out-of-place” objects in this new magical thriller.

GIRL GONE MISSING by Marcie Rendon:  Nothing in Renee Blackbear’s world had prepared her for college or for the hurt that happens in the Twin Cities. In between classes and hauling beets, drinking beer and shooting pool, a man who claims he’s her brother shows up, and she begins to dream the Cities and blonde Scandinavian girls calling for help.

THE FOURTH COURIER by Timothy Jay Smith:  Suspenseful, thrilling, and smart, The Fourth Courier brings together a straight white FBI agent and gay black CIA officer as they team up to uncover a gruesome plot involving murder, radioactive contraband, narcissistic government leaders, and unconscionable greed.

THE SECRETS WE BURY by Debra Webb: After her fathers murder, Rowan Dupont returns to Winchester, Tennessee, to run her family’s funeral home, where she tries to stop an obsessive serial killer and reconsiders her mother’s and sister’s earlier deaths.


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 SUNSET BEACH by Mary Kay Andrews!

April 30, 2019

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The ‘Queen of the Beach Read’ is back!

Praise for Sunset Beach:

“Andrews’s gift for drawing fascinating characters and her captivating dialogue will pull readers through to the end.” ―Publishers Weekly

Pull up a lounge chair and have a cocktail at Sunset Beach – it comes with a twist.

Drue Campbell’s life is adrift. Out of a job and down on her luck, life doesn’t seem to be getting any better when her estranged father, Brice Campbell, a flamboyant personal injury attorney, shows up at her mother’s funeral after a twenty-year absence. Worse, he’s remarried – to Drue’s eighth grade frenemy, Wendy, now his office manager. And they’re offering her a job.

It seems like the job from hell, but the offer is sweetened by the news of her inheritance – her grandparents’ beach bungalow in the sleepy town of Sunset Beach, a charming but storm-damaged eyesore now surrounded by waterfront McMansions.

With no other prospects, Drue begrudgingly joins the firm, spending her days screening out the grifters whose phone calls flood the law office. Working with Wendy is no picnic either. But when a suspicious death at an exclusive beach resort nearby exposes possible corruption at her father’s firm, she goes from unwilling cubicle rat to unwitting investigator, and is drawn into a case that may – or may not – involve her father. With an office romance building, a decades-old missing persons case re-opened, and a cottage in rehab, one thing is for sure at Sunset Beach: there’s a storm on the horizon.

Mary Kay Andrews & the BookBitch!

Sunset Beach is a compelling ride, full of Mary Kay Andrews’ signature wit, heart, and charm.

SUNSET BEACH by Mary Kay Andrews. St. Martin’s Press (May 7, 2019). ISBN 978-1250126108.  432p.

MARY KAY ANDREWS is The New York Times bestselling author of The High Tide Club, The Beach House CookbookThe WeekendersBeach Town, Save the Date, Ladies’ Night, Christmas Bliss, and more. A former journalist for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Praise for The High Tide Club:

“At turns suspenseful, sad, and hopeful, with plenty of surprising twists. Another satisfying summer read from the queen of the

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beach.” ―Kirkus

“Nothing says the start of summer like a new book from Mary Kay Andrews…An irresistible story of love, friendship, and skinny-dipping.” ―PopSugar, Best New Books for Spring

“A fascinating blend of mystery, romance, friendship, and history…Andrews skillfully contrasts deception, betrayal, and murder with the scenic beauty of her Southern setting.” ―Mystery Scene Magazine

To win a copy of SUNSET BEACH by Mary Kay Andrews, please send an email to contest@gmail.com with “SUNSET BEACH” as the subject.

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

All entries must be received by May 15, 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 books will be sent by the publicist.

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Win the April ’19 bookshelf of signed thrillers!

April 1, 2019

Welcome to the April bookshelf of signed thrillers!

Happy April Fool’s Day! No fooling here, though. This month the International Thriller Writers have provided a veritable extravaganza of thrillers! There are a couple of incredible debuts, bestselling authors, domestic thrillers, military, legal, and medical thrillers, a serial killer, a police procedural, unreliable narrators and more! To enter, go to the Win Books page. More books may be added throughout the month, so check back often.

Best of luck!

RUN AWAY by Harlan Coben: After discovering his drug-addicted daughter Paige, who he has not seen in six months, panhandling in Central Park, Simon follows her into a dark and dangerous world he never knew existed that puts his family and his life on the line.

THE LIAR’S CHILD by Carla Buckley: When a raging hurricane threatens their coastal apartment complex, a woman hiding under the radar from a complicated past makes a noble choice to rescue two at-risk neighbor kids, with unexpected consequences.

CROWN JEWEL by Christopher Reich: A sequel to the New York Times best-selling novel The Take finds international spy Simon Riske connecting a series of crimes in Monte Carlo’s most lavish casinos to a brutal plot by an organization of criminal gamblers. 

WOLFHUNTER RIVER by Rachel Caine: Gwen Proctor escaped her serial-killer husband and saved her family. A trap has been set. And it’s poised to snap shut on everyone Gwen loves. Her stalkers are closing in. And in a town as dark as Wolfhunter, it’s so easy for them to hide…

WE ALL FALL DOWN by Daniel Kalla: Not since Pandemic have we seen a thriller like this from bestselling author Daniel Kalla: The plague has hit Italy. Can Dr. Alana Vaughn find the source in time to save the world?

THEY ALL FALL DOWN by Rachel Howzell Hall: After accepting a surprise invitation to a luxurious private island, Miriam discovers that she and her companions, each keeping a secret, were brought there under false pretenses and become increasingly suspicious of each other as accidents start happening.

THE GIRL WITH 39 GRAVES by Michael Beres: Rose Buckles, murdered near the Wyoming-Utah line in 1939, isn’t quite buried. ​Decades later, men from an FDR CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) camp cling to strands of hair.

CONFESSIONS OF AN INNOCENT MAN by David R. Dow: A thrillingly suspenseful debut novel, and a fierce howl of rage that questions the true meaning of justice. When an Austin billionaire is murdered, her husband, Rafael Zhettah, the son of poor Mexican immigrants, is sent to death row, only to have DNA evidence vindicate him six years later, spurring him to take revenge on the people that ruined his life. A first novel.

COME AND GET ME by August Norman: An intrepid journalist confronts a small town’s dark secrets in Come and Get Me, a breakneck thriller for fans of Tess Gerritsen and Julia Keller. After being invited back to campus to receive an honorary degree, journalist Caitlin Bergman investigates the disappearance of a student where she uncovers dark secrets in an idyllic Midwestern college town in the first novel of a new mystery series.

TREASON by Rick Campbell: The Russian military overthrows the president in a coup after he refuses a plan to retake Ukraine and the Baltic States leaving the U.S. scrambling to rescue the imprisoned leader and help take back control before a continental war erupts.


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 to enter this month’s contest.

Thanks for reading, and good luck!


Win the March ’19 bookshelf of signed thrillers!

March 1, 2019

Welcome to the March bookshelf of signed thrillers!

This month the International Thriller Writers have provided some superb thrillers for you to win. There are a couple of incredible debuts, lots of bestselling authors, true crime, romantic suspense, unreliable narrators and more! To enter, go to the Win Books page. More books may be added throughout the month, so check back often.

Best of luck!

THE BLACK ASCOT by Charles Todd: An unexpected tip lands Inspector Ian Rutledge on the trail of a suspect behind a royal horse-race murder, only to find his own sanity brought into question by shocking events.

A LETHAL LEGACY by Heather Graham: Summoned to a New York island by his father’s mysterious death, an FBI agent teams up with a compelling local to investigate a present-day killer.

MY LOVELY WIFE by Samantha Downing: A seemingly typical suburban husband discloses the secret ways that his wife of 15 years and he keep their marriage alive and chase away domestic boredom by orchestrating creative ways to get away with murder. A first novel.

THE FIFTH DOCTRINE by Karen Robards: Offered her freedom in exchange for a dangerous undercover assignment, master manipulator Bianca St. Ives poses as an elite hacker to feed strategic misinformation to North Korea’s tyrannical regime.

BLOOD OATH by Linda Fairstein: A key witness’ revelation about a sexual assault at the hands of a prominent official is complicated by rumors about a colleague’s abusive conduct and another associate’s violent, mysterious collapse.

THE PERFECT ALIBI by Phillip Margolin: Two rape cases at the same bar are complicated by a prominent athlete’s threats, baffling DNA evidence, suspicious attacks on case lawyers and a D.A.’s resolve to prosecute a killing in self-defense.

AND EVERY WORD IS TRUE by Gary McAvoy: Sixty years after news of the 1959 Clutter murders took the world stage, “And Every Word Is True” pulls back the curtain for a suspenseful encore to the true story of “In Cold Blood.”

HOUSE ON FIRE by Bonnie Kistler: Believing in the strength of their blended family, a couple is horrified when the son of one is charged in the drunk-driving death of the other’s daughter, triggering a manslaughter trial that is rocked by conflicting accounts.

BLOOD ORANGE by Harriet Tyce: A young lawyer’s idyllic family life and blossoming career is upended by a murder case involving a questionable confession and the lawyer’s toxic affair with a manipulative senior partner. A first novel.

YOU OWE ME A MURDER by Eileen Cook: Stuck on a class trip to London with her unfaithful ex and his new girlfriend, 17-year-old Kim imparts her woes to a good-humored stranger only to find herself set up for her ex’s murder and blackmailed into committing another.


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 to enter this month’s contest.

Thanks for reading, and good luck!


COWBOY ON MY MIND by R.C. Ryan

February 10, 2019

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Montana Strong, Book 1

From the publisher:

A heartwarming western romance about a cowboy who gets a second chance with his first love in the rugged beauty of the Montana mountains. . .
Ben Monroe was the ultimate bad boy – and everyone in Haller Creek knew it. But now as a sheriff’s deputy, Ben spends his time breaking up bar fights rather than starting them, and staying away from trouble…until Becca Henderson comes back into town. She’s just as beautiful as Ben remembers – and just as far out of his reach.
Coming home is exactly what Becca Henderson needed. A place of her own, a successful new business, and a chance to reconnect with the sexy cowboy she had a crush on in school. Ben has always blazed his own path and never let anyone stand in his way. It excites-and scares-her. But when an unexpected threat surfaces, Becca will see just how far Ben will go to protect the woman he loves-and fight for their chance at forever.

 


This book started out very dark in the prologue, but quickly moved into the light and a wonderful story. I loved these characters, the back story, and the setting. As a Floridian, I love reading about the seasons, just not living through them! Snow on the pages is beautiful though and Ryan does a really good job of bringing the small Montana ranching community to life. But it’s the characters that really make this story. Even the secondary characters are well developed and have interesting lives indeed.

This is a variation of the childhood sweethearts romance. Ben and Becca grew up in this same small town, but never really dated. But they both harbored secret crushes and are scared to move forward now that they are adults. All that insecurity, on both sides, increases the tension and keeps the pages turning.

There is a also a bit of suspense. There is someone driving through town taking potshots at pedestrians and it happens a few times, with no deaths thank goodness. But who is being targeted and why slowly unfurls and there is quite the dramatic denouement.

I highly recommend this series to fans of contemporary cowboy romances. If you haven’t tried one of these, this is a terrific series to try. I ripped through the first two books in this series in a day and a half. The second book, The Cowboy Next Door, comes out Feb. 26. The review will be posted then.

2/19 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™

COWBOY ON MY MIND by R.C. Ryan. Forever (June 26, 2018). ISBN 978-1538711156. .964p.

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Win the February ’19 bookshelf of signed thrillers!

February 1, 2019

Welcome to the February bookshelf of signed thrillers!

This month the International Thriller Writers have provided some excellent thrillers for you to win including signed books from Lisa Gardner, Lee Goldberg and not one, but two books from Allison Brennan, among several others. To enter, go to the Win Books page. More books may be added throughout the month, so check back often.

Best of luck!

NEVER TELL by Lisa Gardner: #1 New York Times bestseller Lisa Gardner returns with an unpredictable thriller that puts fan favorites D. D. Warren and Flora Dane on a shocking new case that begins with a vicious murder and gets darker from there.

KILLER THRILLER by Lee Goldberg: In #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Goldberg’s action-packed sequel to the Washington Post bestseller True Fiction, a hapless writer is pitted against an enemy nation mounting a treacherous plot lifted from one of his thrillers.

TRIGGER by David SwinsonIn the latest novel from David Swinson, “one of the best dialogue hounds in the business” (New York Times Book Review), Frank Marr, a good cop with a bad habit, must choose between justice and loyalty to an old friend.

PAST DUE FOR MURDER by Victoria Gilbert:  Has a curse fallen on the small town of Taylorsford, Virginia? After a young woman goes missing during a spring bonfire, library director Amy Webber must wade through the web of lies only to find a truth that she may not want to untangle.

THE STRANGER INSIDE by Laura Benedict: What if you came home to find a stranger living inside your house? An “oustanding, ever-twisting, surprise-filled” psychological drama (Publishers Weekly), in the tradition of Shari Lapena and Liane Moriarty, from Edgar- and Thriller Award-nominated author Laura Benedict.

FREEDOM ROAD by William Lashner: Oliver Cross is fresh out of jail. His plans for the future are to live out his days in regret, back pain, and a bottle of Lone Star. But when he finds out his granddaughter, a wild child who reminds him of his late wife, has vanished—bless her hell-raising heart—Oliver jumps parole. He’s taking a dangerous path in search of his missing granddaughter—the only part of his life worth saving.

TOO FAR GONE by Allison Brennan: With everything finally falling in to place, FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid is assigned to investigate the death of a mentally unstable man during a hostage situation who used to be an upstanding citizen and whose story is more complicated—and dangerous—than she thinks.

ABANDONED by Allison Brennan: Max Revere investigates the disappearance of her own mother several years earlier, tracing her activities in a small Chesapeake Bay community where witnesses are keeping dark secrets.

ONE FATAL MISTAKE by Tom Hunt: When her son causes a fatal accident and flees the scene without reporting it, a single mother makes a fateful decision that irrevocably changes their lives.


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 to enter this month’s contest.

Thanks for reading, and good luck!


Win the January ’19 bookshelf of signed thrillers!

January 1, 2019

Happy New Year and welcome to the January bookshelf of signed thrillers! As 2019 kicks off, I want to let you all know how much your support means to me. My regular readers who come back all the time to read reviews, share your thoughts and of course, try to win some books! New readers who find the site through their friends or social media. I appreciate every one of you, and welcome you all.

This month the International Thriller Writers have provided some excellent thrillers for you to win. To enter, go to the Win Books page. More books will be added throughout the month, so check back often.

Best of luck!

DAUGHTER OF WAR by Brad Taylor: Former Special Forces Officer and New York Times bestselling author Brad Taylor delivers a heart-pounding thriller featuring Taskforce operators Pike Logan and Jennifer Cahill as they come face to face with a conspiracy where nothing is as it seems.

OUT OF THE DARK by Gregg Hurwitz: When darkness closes in―he’s your last, best hope. Evan Smoak returns in Gregg Hurwitz’s #1 international bestselling Orphan X series.

THE RULE OF LAW by John Lescroart: Attorney Dismas Hardy finds himself in the unlikely position of having to defend his faithful longtime assistant, Phyllis, from being charged as an accessory to murder at the same time her brother is released from prison. 

INVISIBLE by Andrew Grant: An army veteran and intelligence agent goes undercover as a janitor at a federal courthouse to pursue his own brand of justice when the trial of his father’s killer becomes subject to jury tampering. 

THE CONSPIRACY by Kat Martin: Never mind that Harper Winston is gorgeous, Chase Garrett, owner of Maximum Security, isn’t happy when she hires him to find her missing brother; the Winston family is famously hand-and-glove with dark-and-dirty business, and this assignment will take him all the way to the jungles of South America

THE VOID PROTOCOL by F. Paul Wilson: A conclusion to the trilogy that began with Panacea and The God Gene follows the transformations of a confiscated, mysterious technology that has been slowly changing the world throughout the decades since World War II.

THE NIGHT AGENT by Matthew Quirk: An idealistic young FBI agent is forced to question everything and trust no one in order to stop a Russian mole in the White House.

DARK STREETS, COLD SUBURBS by Aimee Hix: Sometimes home is the most dangerous place of all.In a heart-pounding mystery featuring apprentice PI Willa Pennington, a long-standing cold case turns hot in a hurry.

ALL THE WAY DOWN by Eric Beetner: Dale is a crooked cop. It started slow, but grew like a cancer and now he can’t get out from under the thumb of Tat, a would-be kingpin in every vice he can turn a profit with.

FLAMINGO COAST by Martin Jay WeissAfter Special Agent Jennifer Morton is fired from the IRS, she pursues a fat-cat financial felon that has fled to an island with no extradition laws.

THE WIDOWS by Jess Montgomery: Vowing revenge against her sheriff husband’s killers in 1924 Ohio, Lily offers help to a fellow widow and uncovers dangerous evidence revealing her husband’s corrupt secret life and the complexities that triggered his death. 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 to enter this month’s contest.

Thanks for reading, and good luck!


THE ACCIDENTAL BEAUTY QUEEN by Teri Wilson

December 4, 2018

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Well, happy birthday to me! I love when my birthday falls on a Tuesday because then I feel like all the good books published that day are my gifts, and this one made a terrific present. (Feel free to call me silly but that is truly how I feel.) And a bonus: it can be your present, too! You can win a copy of this book, read on for all the details. Plus find out the inspiration for this book from Teri Wilson herself!


Charlotte Gorman is a grade school librarian and an identical twin. Her twin sister, Ginny, is a beauty queen like their deceased mother was. Ginny invites Charlotte to hang out at the swanky Orlando resort where the Miss American Treasure pageant is being held, but shortly after she arrives, Ginny has a terrible allergic reaction that would preclude her from competing – unless her twin will take her place.

For identical twins, these women are as different as night and day; Charlotte is the stereotypical dowdy librarian while Ginny is a glamazon. Nevertheless, Charlotte acquiesces in the name of sisterhood, meets and falls for one of the judges, and almost brings the pageant down.

This is a charming story with a lot of laughs and a warm, heartfelt ending. Reid (Royally Wed) also writes Hallmark Channel movies so do not be surprised if this book ends up there, obvious comparisons to The Parent Trap and Miss Congeniality notwithstanding. This is fast paced chick-lit that is sure to appeal to fans of Meg Cabot, Stephanie Evanovich, and Rainbow Rowell.

©Library Journal, 2018.

12/18 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch

THE ACCIDENTAL BEAUTY QUEEN by Teri Wilson. Gallery Books (December 4, 2018). ISBN 978-1501197604. 304p.

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From Teri Wilson:

I first got the idea for The Accidental Beauty Queen last summer when I served as a judge at the national Miss United States pageant, which is the pageant featured in Miss Congeniality. It’s an actual thing! Who knew?

I’d never participated in a pageant in any way before, although I always watched them on television when I was a little girl. The directors of Miss United States are big Hallmark Channel fans, and several of my books have been made into Hallmark movies so they reached out and asked if I would be interested in being their “celebrity” judge. My answer was an immediate yes…so long as they let me try on the crown. (I mean, come on. How could I not?)

I knew before I even got there that I’d end up wanting to write something set at a pageant, so I was on the lookout for inspiration. During the judges’ interviews, I met a contestant who told me she was an identical twin. When I asked if her twin sister was there to support her, she said, “Yes, she’s right out in the hallway. But if you saw us together side-by-side you’d never know we’re identical twins. She’s a real tomboy.” That was all the inspiration I needed.

I like to describe the book as Miss Congeniality meets Parent Trap. I had more fun writing it than any other project I’ve worked on. But it’s more than a pageant book or even a romance. It’s really about two sisters rediscovering their connection after a lifetime of pulling away from each other. And of course it’s about inner beauty with a big dose of women’s empowerment. I can’t wait for readers to get their hands on it!

About the Author:

Teri Wilson is the author/creator of the Hallmark Channel Original Movies Unleashing Mr. Darcy, Marrying Mr. Darcy, and The Art of Us, as well as a fourth Hallmark movie currently in development. Teri is a double finalist in the prestigious 2018 RWA RITA awards for her novels The Princess Problem and Royally Wed. Teri also writes an offbeat fashion column for the royal blog What Would Kate Do and is a frequent guest contributor for its sister site, Meghan’s Mirror. She’s been a contributor for both HelloGiggles and Teen Vogue, covering books, pop culture, beauty, and everything royal. In 2017, she served as a national judge for the Miss United States pageant in Orlando, Florida, and has since judged in the Miss America system. She has a major weakness for cute animals, pretty dresses, Audrey Hepburn films, and good books. Visit her at TeriWilson.net or on Twitter @TeriWilsonAuthr.


To win a copy of The Accidental Beauty Queen by Teri Wilson, please send an email to contest@gmail.com with “BEAUTY QUEEN” as the subject.

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

All entries must be received by December 31, 2018. 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 SIMON & SCHUSTER|GALLERY BOOKS.

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Win the December ’18 bookshelf of signed thrillers!

December 1, 2018

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Welcome to the December bookshelf of signed thrillers! Can you believe this year is almost over? Hope you’ve read lots of good books!

I am shocked to say that this month will be 20 years since I started writing about books online. The first few years I had a Geocities site (remember that?) and then my husband purchased me the bookbitch.com domain as a birthday gift and the rest, as they say, is history. If you are curious to see some of the changes over the years, check out the Wayback Machine! They go back to 2001 and there are 300 saved pages. I hope you’ll take a walk into my past and let me know what you think in the comments.

To close out the year, there are lots of terrific books to win from bestsellers to debuts. More books may be added throughout the month, so check back often.

To enter, go to the Win Books page.

Best of luck!

VERSES FOR THE DEAD by Douglas Preston & Lincoln ChildForced to work with a partner after organizational changes at the FBI’s New York field office, infamous maverick agent Pendergast teams up with junior agent Coldmoon on a grisly serial murder case on Miami Beach.

FINAL SHADOWS by Kay HooperA Guardian, John Brodie must keep Tasha Solomon, who has psychic abilities not even she is aware of that could save the very world around her, safe from those who would give virtually all they possess to destroy her. 

LIARS’ PARADOX by Taylor Stevens: Trying to lead normal lives, 26-year-old twins Jack and Jill, who were raised to deceive—and to kill—are drawn into a twisted game when their mother goes missing, pitting them against the CIA, KGB and a network of trained assassins—all of whom want them dead.

THE MALTA ESCAPE by Chris Kuzneski: Payne and Jones refuse to back down as they try to locate one of the most important treasures of antiquity, while battling one of the world’s most dangerous criminals in a deadly fight to the finish.

FOR THE SAKE OF THE GAME by Laurie R. King, ed.: A follow-up to Echoes of Sherlock Holmes and In the Company of Sherlock Holmes features stories inspired by the Arthur Conan Doyle canon and includes contributions by such authors as Peter S. Beagle, Gregg Hurwitz and F. Paul Wilson.

THE BLUE by Nancy BilyeauIn eighteenth century England, porcelain is the most seductive of commodities. Go deep into England’s emerging industrial heartlands, learn about porcelain but also about the art of industrial espionage.

THE CLINCHER by Lisa PrestonRainy Dale tracks down her childhood horse in small-town Oregon and stays to build a life as a farrier, but when a client is murdered and a farrier’s tool is found near the body, Rainy must uncover the real killer’s identity to prove her innocence.

ABSINTHE WITHOUT LEAVE by Carole Nelson Douglas:He’s BACK! After completing his 28-book epic Alphabet-titled series, , feline PI Midnight Louie has snagged a savvy new gal partner, Delilah Street, paranormal PI fresh from a version of Louie’s Vegas that gives Oz a run for its money.

AVENUE OF REGRETS by R. J. PineiroThe director of a shelter for battered women discovers a sex-trafficking conspiracy tied to the seven-year-old tragic deaths of his wife and infant son.

HEARTS OF THE MISSING by Carol Potenza: A prize-winning debut novel follows the experiences of Pueblo Police Sergeant Nicky Matthews, who investigates a personally relevant case involving the serial murders of genetic members of the Fire-Sky tribe by a killer who also deliberately violates spiritual laws. 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 to enter this month’s contest.

Thanks for reading, and good luck!