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Featured October 24, 2018
on News at 4: Wednesday Reads

MELMOTH by Sarah Perry

Melmoth

For centuries, the mysterious dark-robed figure has roamed the globe, searching for those whose complicity and cowardice have fed into the rapids of history’s darkest waters—and now, in Sarah Perry’s breathtaking follow-up to The Essex Serpent, it is heading in our direction.

It has been years since Helen Franklin left England. In Prague, working as a translator, she has found a home of sorts—or, at least, refuge. That changes when her friend Karel discovers a mysterious letter in the library, a strange confession and a curious warning that speaks of Melmoth the Witness, a dark legend found in obscure fairy tales and antique village lore. As such superstition has it, Melmoth travels through the ages, dooming those she persuades to join her to a damnation of timeless, itinerant solitude. To Helen it all seems the stuff of unenlightened fantasy.

But, unaware, as she wanders the cobblestone streets Helen is being watched. And then Karel disappears. . . .

Literature and Fiction | Suspense Arcane [Custom House, On Sale: October 16, 2018, Hardcover / e-Book, ISBN: 9780062856395 / eISBN: 9780062856418]

Atmospheric and chilling... reminiscent of gothic tales from the past!

Atmospheric and chilling... reminiscent of gothic tales from the past!



Featured October 10, 2018
on News at 4: Wednesday Reads

THE EXENE CHRONICLES by Camille A. Collins

The Exene Chronicles

Lia is fourteen and losing her best friend. When things don’t seem like they could get any worse, Ryan disappears.

Lia is one of only a handful of black kids in Coronado, her San Diego suburb. The only person she feels she can talk to is punk rock high priestess and frontwoman to a legendary LA band, Exene Cervenka. Reeling from Ryan’s disappearance, Lia writes letters and poems to Exene every day. She can relate to Exene—but if they were to ever meet, would Exene be able to relate to her? With Exene and her band’s searing soundtrack as her chief inspiration, Lia dives head-first into a dark and spiky counterculture rife with confrontation, shifting alliances, and unsettling insights into what Ryan was doing and what might have happened to her.

Set against the backdrop of the 1980s heyday of LA punk rock, The Exene Chronicles sings of the coming of a new age for all girls in America who have been disenfranchised by the spaces they identified as their own. With lyrical prose and an unrelenting moral center, Camille A. Collins liberates the punk in all of us.

Young Adult Historical [Brain Mill Press, On Sale: September 25, 2018, Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 2940162029786 / eISBN: 9781948559065]



Featured September 19, 2018
on News at 4: Wednesday Reads

BAD by Chloe Esposito

Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know #2

Bad
Chloe Esposito

Stealing her sister's life was only the beginning.

Alvie Knightly flees Sicily for a suite at the Ritz after her not-so-playful sibling rivalry ends in murder.

Beautiful, spoiled Beth may be out of the way, but Alvie's discovering what happens when you steal your twin's identity. Especially now Beth's body has been found. The police aren't the only ones Alvie has to worry about. Her hot new boyfriend has vanished, along with every penny of their stolen riches.

But Alvie has never shied away from a challenge. She pursues the traitor to Rome in a life-or-death game of cat and mouse. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned - but can Alvie get revenge before her own crimes catch up with her?

Thriller [Dutton, On Sale: July 24, 2018, Hardcover / e-Book, ISBN: 9781101986028 / eISBN: 9781101986042]



Featured August 29, 2018
on News at 4: Wednesday Reads

FROM THE CORNER OF THE OVAL by Beck Dorey-Stein

From the Corner of the Oval
Beck Dorey-Stein

In 2012, Beck Dorey-Stein is working five part-time jobs and just scraping by when a posting on Craigslist lands her, improbably, in the Oval Office as one of Barack Obama’s stenographers. The ultimate D.C. outsider, she joins the elite team who accompany the president wherever he goes, recorder and mic in hand. On whirlwind trips across time zones, Beck forges friendships with a dynamic group of fellow travelers—young men and women who, like her, leave their real lives behind to hop aboard Air Force One in service of the president.

As she learns to navigate White House protocols and more than once runs afoul of the hierarchy, Beck becomes romantically entangled with a consummate D.C. insider, and suddenly the political becomes all too personal.

Against the backdrop of glamour, drama, and intrigue, this is the story of a young woman making unlikely friendships, getting her heart broken, learning what truly matters, and, in the process, discovering her voice.

Non-Fiction Memoir | Non-Fiction Political [Spiegel & Grau, On Sale: July 10, 2018, Hardcover / e-Book, ISBN: 9780525509127 / eISBN: 9780525509134]



Featured August 22, 2018
on News at 4: Wednesday Reads

FRUIT OF THE DRUNKEN TREE by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Fruit of the Drunken Tree
Ingrid Rojas Contreras

“One of the most dazzling and devastating novels I’ve read in a long time...Readers of Fruit of the Drunken Treewill surely be transformed.”
--San Francisco Chronicle

“Simultaneously propulsive and poetic, reminiscent of Isabel Allende...Listen to this new author’s voice — she has something powerful to say.”
--Entertainment Weekly

A mesmerizing debut set in Colombia at the height Pablo Escobar's violent reign about a sheltered young girl and a teenage maid who strike an unlikely friendship that threatens to undo them both

Seven-year-old Chula and her older sister Cassandra enjoy carefree lives thanks to their gated community in Bogotá, but the threat of kidnappings, car bombs, and assassinations hover just outside the neighborhood walls, where the godlike drug lord Pablo Escobar continues to elude authorities and capture the attention of the nation.
When their mother hires Petrona, a live-in-maid from the city's guerrilla-occupied slum, Chula makes it her mission to understand Petrona's mysterious ways. But Petrona's unusual behavior belies more than shyness. She is a young woman crumbling under the burden of providing for her family as the rip tide of first love pulls her in the opposite direction. As both girls' families scramble to maintain stability amidst the rapidly escalating conflict, Petrona and Chula find themselves entangled in a web of secrecy that will force them both to choose between sacrifice and betrayal.
Inspired by the author's own life, and told through the alternating perspectives of the willful Chula and the achingly hopeful Petrona, Fruit of the Drunken Tree contrasts two very different, but inextricably linked coming-of-age stories. In lush prose, Rojas Contreras has written a powerful testament to the impossible choices women are often forced to make in the face of violence and the unexpected connections that can blossom out of desperation.

Literature and Fiction [Doubleday, On Sale: July 31, 2018, Hardcover / e-Book, ISBN: 9780385542722 / eISBN: 9780385542739]



Featured August 15, 2018
on Good Morning Texas - Buy The Book

TAILSPIN by Sandra Brown

Tailspin
Sandra Brown

#1 New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown returns with a potent fusion of tantalizing suspense and romance, in a thriller about a reckless pilot caught in a race against time.

Rye Mallett, a fearless "freight dog" pilot charged with flying cargo to far-flung locations, is often rough-spoken, usually unshaven, and he never gets the regulation eight hours of shut-eye before a flight; but he does have a rock-solid reputation: he will fly in the foulest weather, day or night, and deliver the goods safely to their destination. So, when Rye is asked to fly into a completely fogbound Northern Georgia town and deliver a mysterious black box to a Dr. Lambert, he doesn't ask why--he just ups his price.

As Rye's plane nears the isolated landing strip, more trouble than inclement weather awaits him. He is greeted first by a sabotage attempt that causes him to crash land, and then by Dr. Brynn O'Neal, who claims she was sent for the box in Dr. Lambert's stead. Despite Rye's "no-involvement" policy when it comes other people's problems, he finds himself irresistibly drawn to the intrigue surrounding his cargo...and to the mysterious and attractive Brynn O'Neal.

Soon Rye and Brynn are in a treacherous 48-hour race to deliver the box before time runs out. With the hours slipping by and everyone from law enforcement officials to hired thugs hot on their heels, the two must protect their valuable cargo from those who would kill for it--that is, if they can trust each other.

Thriller | Suspense | Romance Suspense [Grand Central Publishing, On Sale: August 7, 2018, Hardcover / e-Book, ISBN: 9781455572168 / eISBN: 9781455572120]

Like the finest wine, Sandra Brown only gets better, and better, and better with time

The race is on to deliver a mysterious black box...

Like the finest wine, Sandra Brown only gets better, and better, and better with time

The race is on to deliver a mysterious black box...



Featured August 8, 2018
on News at 4: Wednesday Reads

RESCUED by David Rosenfelt

Andy Carpenter #17

Rescued
David Rosenfelt

In Rescued, David Rosenfelt again delights his readers with the charm and wit they’ve come to expect. Even the most fervent fans of the sardonic Andy Carpenter and his team will be enthralled by this latest case, where the stakes have never been higher.

Defense lawyer Andy Carpenter is reluctant to take on any more cases. He’d much rather spend his time working for his dog rescue organization, the Tara Foundation, than find himself back in a courtroom. However, when a truck carrying over seventy dogs from the South to the rescue-friendly northeast turns up with a murdered driver, Andy can’t help but get involved.

Of course Andy is eager to help the dogs, many of whom come to the Tara Foundation while awaiting forever homes – it’s the man accused of murder who he has a problem defending. The accused just happens to be his wife Laurie’s ex-fiance; her tall, good looking, ex-Marine ex-fiance. Even though he acknowledges having argued with the victim, he swears that he is not a killer, and though he would rather not, Andy has to admit he believes he's telling the truth.

For Andy, even with dozens of successful cases behind him, this case that his wife insists he take may prove to be his most difficult.

Mystery Private Eye | Mystery Pet Lovers [Minotaur Books, On Sale: July 17, 2018, Hardcover / e-Book, ISBN: 9781250133069 / eISBN: 9781250133083]



Featured August 1, 2018
on News at 4: Wednesday Reads

THE WILD DEAD by Carrie Vaughn

Bannerless Saga #2

The Wild Dead
Carrie Vaughn

Mysteries and murder abound in the sequel to the Philip K. Dick Award–winning Bannerless

A century after environmental and economic collapse, the people of the Coast Road have rebuilt their own sort of civilization, striving not to make the mistakes their ancestors did. They strictly ration and manage resources, including the ability to have children. Enid of Haven is an investigator, who with her new partner, Teeg, is called on to mediate a dispute over an old building in a far-flung settlement at the edge of Coast Road territory. The investigators’ decision seems straightforward — and then the body of a young woman turns up in the nearby marshland. Almost more shocking than that, she’s not from the Coast Road, but from one of the outsider camps belonging to the nomads and wild folk who live outside the Coast Road communities. Now one of them is dead, and Enid wants to find out who killed her, even as Teeg argues that the murder isn’t their problem. In a dystopian future of isolated communities, can our moral sense survive the worst hard times?

Science Fiction | Dystopian [John Joseph Adams/Mariner Books, On Sale: July 17, 2018, Trade Size / e-Book, ISBN: 9780544947313 / eISBN: 9780544947641]

The search for truth may have unexpected answers...

The search for truth may have unexpected answers...



Featured July 25, 2018
on News at 4: Wednesday Reads

THE OTHER WOMAN by Daniel Silva

Gabriel Allon #18

The Other Woman
Daniel Silva

From Daniel Silva, the #1 New York Times–bestselling author, comes a modern masterpiece of espionage, love, and betrayal

She was his best-kept secret …

In an isolated village in the mountains of Andalusia, a mysterious Frenchwoman begins work on a dangerous memoir. It is the story of a man she once loved in the Beirut of old, and a child taken from her in treason's name. The woman is the keeper of the Kremlin's most closely guarded secret. Long ago, the KGB inserted a mole into the heart of the West—a mole who stands on the doorstep of ultimate power.

Only one man can unravel the conspiracy: Gabriel Allon, the legendary art restorer and assassin who serves as the chief of Israel's vaunted secret intelligence service. Gabriel has battled the dark forces of the new Russia before, at great personal cost. Now he and the Russians will engage in a final epic showdown, with the fate of the postwar global order hanging in the balance.

Gabriel is lured into the hunt for the traitor after his most important asset inside Russian intelligence is brutally assassinated while trying to defect in Vienna. His quest for the truth will lead him backward in time, to the twentieth century's greatest act of treason, and, finally, to a spellbinding climax along the banks of the Potomac River outside Washington that will leave readers breathless.

Fast as a bullet, hauntingly beautiful, and filled with stunning double-crosses and twists of plot, The Other Woman is a tour de force that proves once again that "of all those writing spy novels today, Daniel Silva is quite simply the best" (Kansas City Star).

Thriller Spy | Thriller [Harper, On Sale: July 17, 2018, Hardcover / e-Book, ISBN: 9780062834829 / eISBN: 9780062834881]



Featured July 18, 2018
on News at 4: Wednesday Reads

GEORGE AND LIZZIE by Nancy Pearl

George and Lizzie
Nancy Pearl

From “America’s librarian” and NPR books commentator Nancy Pearl comes an emotionally riveting debut novel about an unlikely marriage at a crossroads.

George and Lizzie have radically different understandings of what love and marriage should be. George grew up in a warm and loving family—his father an orthodontist, his mother a stay-at-home mom—while Lizzie grew up as the only child of two famous psychologists, who viewed her more as an in-house experiment than a child to love.

Over the course of their marriage, nothing has changed—George is happy; Lizzie remains…unfulfilled. When a shameful secret from Lizzie’s past resurfaces, she’ll need to face her fears in order to accept the true nature of the relationship she and George have built over a decade together.

With pitch-perfect prose and compassion and humor to spare, George and Lizzie is an intimate story of new and past loves, the scars of childhood, and an imperfect marriage at its defining moments.

Romance [Touchstone, On Sale: July 17, 2018, Paperback / e-Book (reprint), ISBN: 9781501162909 / eISBN: 9781501162916]



Featured June 27, 2018
on News at 4: Wednesday Reads

THE SUMMER LIST by Amy Mason Doan

The Summer List
Amy Mason Doan

In the tradition of Judy Blume’s Summer Sisters, The Summer List is a tender yet tantalizing novel about two friends, the summer night they fell apart, and the scavenger hunt that reunites them decades later—until the clues expose a breathtaking secret that just might shatter them once and for all.

Laura and Casey were once inseparable: as they floated on their backs in the sunlit lake, as they dreamed about the future under starry skies, and as they teamed up for the wild scavenger hunts in their small California lakeside town. Until one summer night, when a shocking betrayal sent Laura running through the pines, down the dock, and into a new life, leaving Casey and a first love in her wake.

But the past is impossible to escape, and now, after seventeen years away, Laura is pulled home and into a reunion with Casey she can’t resist—one last scavenger hunt. With a twist: this time, the list of clues leads to the settings of their most cherished summer memories. From glistening Jade Cove to the vintage skating rink, each step they take becomes a bittersweet reminder of the friendship they once shared. But just as the game brings Laura and Casey back together, the clues unravel a stunning secret that threatens to tear them apart…

Mesmerizing and unforgettable, Amy Mason Doan’s The Summer List is about losing and recapturing the person who understands you best—and the unbreakable bonds of girlhood.

Women's Fiction [Graydon House, On Sale: June 26, 2018, Trade Size / e-Book, ISBN: 9781525804250 / eISBN: 9781488032868]

A thought-provoking look at friendship and forgiveness...

A thought-provoking look at friendship and forgiveness...



Featured June 20, 2018
on News at 4: Wednesday Reads

THE REVOLUTION HANDBOOK by Alice Skinner

The Revolution Handbook

In the vein of Wreck this Journal and Start Where You Are, The Revolution Handbook is an irreverent yet instructive interactive guide to political resistance and standing up for what's right.

Seen the news? Hate it? Don't know what to do next? Start a revolution with artist and activist Alice Skinner's smash-the-patriarchy guided journal-perfect for anyone who dreams of a better world, and wants to help make it a reality.

With dozens of prompts that are both snarky and practical, the Revolution Handbook will get you to stop yelling helplessly at your news feed and start planning your resistance. Fill the interior pages to track the movements you admire and want to join. Plan your arguments on paper BEFORE you get tongue-tied at the dinner table. Log your scripts for calling representatives, make time for self-care, catalog the heroes you want to remember, and even sew Trump's mouth shut.

So what are you waiting for? It's time to grab a pen and start your revolution. Get all your thoughts and emotions out-and get ready to change the world!

Non-Fiction | Self-Help [Poppy, On Sale: June 5, 2018, Paperback, ISBN: 9780316486620 / ]




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As WFAA-TV Literary contributor on ABC Channel 8 in the Dallas - Fort Worth area, Gwen Reyes presents books or other literary news each Wednesday on the 4 pm news cast and during the month on Good Morning Texas. Catch the video of the segments on our YouTube channel.


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