Saturday, September 20, 2014

A DEADLY WANDERING: A PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

A DEADLY WANDERING
BY MATT RICHTEL
  
ABOUT THE BOOK:
From Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Matt Richtel, a brilliant, narrative-driven exploration of technology’s vast influence on the human mind and society, dramatically-told through the lens of a tragic “texting-while-driving” car crash that claimed the lives of two rocket scientists in 2006.

In this ambitious, compelling, and beautifully written book, Matt Richtel, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the New York Times, examines the impact of technology on our lives through the story of Utah college student Reggie Shaw, who killed two scientists while texting and driving. Richtel follows Reggie through the tragedy, the police investigation, his prosecution, and ultimately, his redemption.

In the wake of his experience, Reggie has become a leading advocate against “distracted driving.” Richtel interweaves Reggie’s story with cutting-edge scientific findings regarding human attention and the impact of technology on our brains, proposing solid, practical, and actionable solutions to help manage this crisis individually and as a society.

A propulsive read filled with fascinating, accessible detail, riveting narrative tension, and emotional depth, A Deadly Wandering explores one of the biggest questions of our time—what is all of our technology doing to us?—and provides unsettling and important answers and information we all need.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Matt Richtel reports for the New York Times, covering a range of issues, including the impact of technology on our lives. In 2010 he won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for a series of articles that exposed the pervasive risks of distracted driving and its root causes, prompting widespread reform. He is the author of three novels, including, mostly recently, The Cloud. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and the Columbia Journalism School, he is based in San Francisco, where he lives with his wife, Meredith Barad, a neurologist, and their two children.

SOME OTHER BOOKS BY MATT RICHTEL:
                            
PRAISE FOR A DEADLY WANDERING:
“Americans are addicted to their technology, putting us on a modern day collision course with very real consequences. Matt Richtel brilliantly tells the story of the aftermath of a deadly distracted driving crash. His portrait is riveting. I could not stop reading, and neither will you.” —Ray LaHood, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation

“A portrait of our digital age that will deeply frighten you and cause you to reevaluate many common aspects of your ‘connected’ life. ... An extraordinarily important book that everyone—and I mean everyone—should read.” —Douglas Preston, co-author of The Monster of Florence

“A masterpiece of reporting, insight, and empathy. ... A beautiful, cautionary tale that reads like a novel, and that we disregard at our risk.” —Robert Kurson, author of Shadow Divers

“A Deadly Wandering is more than a page-turner. It’s a book that can save lives.” —Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows

“Matt Richtel’s riveting book is narrative nonfiction at its finest. ... This book should be placed in every school and legislative chamber in the country.” —Jon Huntsman, former governor of Utah

“This book does that most amazing of feats: it makes cutting-edge scientific research feel relevant to the choices we make every time we get in a car, sit at a desk, or talk to our friends and family.” —Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit

“A gripping book. ... This is human drama and the latest knowledge about obsessive technology woven together in memorable style.” —Ralph Nader, author of Unsafe at Any Speed

GIVEAWAY
 
 THANKS TO KATHERINE AND THE FOLKS
 AT HARPER COLLINS, I HAVE ONE COPY OF 
A DEADLY WANDERING, TO GIVE
AWAY TO ONE VERY LUCKY WINNER!
  
--U.S. RESIDENTS ONLY
--NO P. O. BOXES, PLEASE
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SEPARATE IN ORDER TO COUNT 
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GIVEAWAY ENDS AT
 6 PM, EST, OCTOBER 4
GOOD LUCK!

Friday, September 19, 2014

ARE YOU LISTENING? THE MILL RIVER REDEMPTION: A REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

WELCOME TO BOOKIN' WITH BINGO'S" 
ARE YOU LISTENING? DAY"  
I AM EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE TODAY'S  
AUDIO BOOK CHOICE.....
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THE MILL RIVER REDEMPTION
Read by Amy Rubinate
BY DARCIE CHAN
ABOUT THE AUDIO BOOK:
New York Times bestselling author Darcie Chan returns to the enchanting town of Mill River in a heartwarming novel of family, self-discovery, and forgiveness. Perfect for fans of Maeve Binchy.

Josie DiSanti is starting over. Recently widowed, she has fled her New York City home with her two young daughters—spirited Rose and shy Emily—in tow. She takes refuge in Mill River, Vermont, to live with her only remaining relative, Ivy Collard, the local bookstore owner and a woman Josie barely knows. There, the young mother and her girls build a new life for themselves—until a shocking tragedy tears the sisters apart.

Years later, Josie’s still-estranged daughters return to the quiet town for the reading of their mother’s will, which stipulates that they must work together to locate a hidden key to a safe-deposit box containing their inheritance. Even from the great beyond, it seems Josie will do anything to bring about her daughters’ reconciliation. Having no choice but to go along with their mother’s final wishes, Rose and Emily move back to Mill River for the summer to begin the search—discovering that, in the close-knit community known for magic and miracles, an even greater treasure awaits them.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Darcie Chan is the New York Times bestselling author of the eBook sensation The Mill River Recluse and the novel The Mill River Redemption. She has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. For fourteen years, Chan worked as an attorney drafting environmental and natural resource legislation for the U.S. Senate. She now writes fiction full-time and lives north of New York City with her husband and son.

ANOTHER BOOK BY DARCIE CHAN:
 

MY THOUGHTS/REVIEW:
In THE MILL RIVER REDEMPTION, author Darcie Chan returns to Mill River, Vermont, for the character driven story of Josie DiSanti's emotional journey. Josie and her daughters​,​ Rose and Emily​,​ arrive in Mill River from New York City following the death of Josie's husband, Tony, the girls' dad. The mystery that surrounds THE MILL RIVER REDEMPTION starts at this point and is woven into what becomes two main parts of the book. One part tells of the new life this family makes for themselves-"the past". 

Coming to live with their only relative, Aunt Ivy, Josie slowly creates a comfortable and close life for her little family. With Aunt Ivy, who runs a book store, readers get to know the well fleshed out women and girls. As Josie becomes a contributing, well-liked member of the little Mill River community, we find out how different the two girls are. Rose, the eldest, pushes the boundaries even as a child while Emily is portrayed as a sweet and loving sister and daughter. However, something horrible happens between these sisters that causes a break in their relationship and they go their separate ways in life for years. 

The second part-"the present", brings Emily and Rose back to Mill River for their mother's funeral. Her sudden death is a shock to them as well as all the people in the community who loved her, including Aunt Ivy. The sisters are forced to work together in that their mother's will gives them a puzzle to solve before one or the other can inherit what she is leaving to them. The sisters have grown up to become women with their own sets of problems that have to also be addressed.

​Alternating between the two parts of the story, past and present, leads readers on a roller coaster ride with some very unsuspected surprises. This is just one part of the mystery that makes this narrative a page turner and keeps readers guessing.  Because author Darcie Chan has done such a wonderful job with character development and uses such touching descriptions, one feels close to the characters and what is happening in this mystery. Questions come up during the story that make readers wonder how and why certain things happened. Just why was Josie so afraid when she arrived in town and always on guard? How did ​Tony die and why don't we, as readers, know more about him? Who is the mysterious person in town who gives gifts to its citizens including a home to Josie...and why? And most mysterious of all is just what happened between Emily and Rose that became such a major part of THE MILL RIVER REDEMPTION? A fast moving story, in that readers won't be able to stop reading, makes this Darcie Chan mystery a must read!
GIVEAWAY

 THANKS TO RICHARD AND THE FINE FOLKS AT
RANDOM HOUSE AUDIO, I HAVE ONE COPY
OF THIS FASCINATING AUDIO BOOK TO 
GIVE AWAY TO ONE LUCKY WINNER!
  
--U.S. RESIDENTS ONLY
--NO P. O. BOXES, PLEASE
--INCLUDE EMAIL ADDRESS IN COMMENT
--ALL ENTRIES/COMMENTS MUST BE

SEPARATE IN ORDER TO COUNT 
AS MORE THAN ONE ENTRY
HOW TO ENTER:
+1 ENTRY: COMMENT ON SOMETHING YOU FOUND INTERESTING ABOUT THE MILL RIVER REDEMPTION THAT WOULD MAKE YOU WANT TO WIN THIS AUDIO BOOK

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GIVEAWAY ENDS AT
 6 PM, EST, SEPTEMBER 30
GOOD LUCK!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

ARE YOU LISTENING? HER LAST WHISPER: A PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

WELCOME TO BOOKIN' WITH BINGO'S" 
ARE YOU LISTENING? DAY" 
I AM EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE TODAY'S 
AUDIO BOOK CHOICE.....
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HER LAST WHISPER
Read by Ann Marie Lee
BY KAREN ROBARDS
  
ABOUT THE AUDIO BOOK:
Madness and murder invaded Dr. Charlotte Stone’s life when she was just a girl—and made her a woman determined to save others from the horror she survived. An expert in the psychology of serial killers, she’s faced down more than her share of human monsters. But Charlie can also communicate with the spirits of those who die violently, an extrasensory skill that has helped the FBI bring lethal predators to justice. Now, after narrowly escaping death a second time, Charlie’s ready to step away from the edge . . . before her luck runs out.

Too bad Charlie is too dedicated for her own good—and too devoted to federal agent Tony Bartoli to say no when he asks her to ride shotgun on yet another risky mission. Of course, she already has her hands full with Michael Garland: the handsome, roguish ghost with whom she’s hopelessly in love—a spirit who depends on Charlie to keep him from slipping forever into the dark side of the afterlife. But in the mortal world, beautiful single women are vanishing from Las Vegas hotels at night. All signs indicate that a psychopath is on the prowl in Sin City, and Bartoli’s FBI colleague Lena Kaminsky has reason to fear that her missing sister may be just the killer’s type.

In a town full of fast players and few rules, flushing out a smooth-talking stalker like the Cinderella Killer might be a loser’s game. But for Charlie, the only way to cage her quarry is to plunge back into the homicidal hell she vowed to leave behind—and may not leave alive.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Karen Robards is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of forty-three books and one novella. The mother of three boys, she lives in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.

 


SOME OTHER BOOKS BY KAREN ROBARDS:
                 

                     

PRAISE FOR HER LAST WHISPER:
“[Karen] Robards’s adept worldbuilding and the clock-ticking rescue arc aided by paranormal witnesses create a compelling read, while the cliffhanger ending will bring readers back for more. A tightly written ghostly romantic suspense novel with intriguing supernatural elements and sizzling sexual tension.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Robards does an outstanding job providing a mystery/thriller that is truly creepy and dangerous. Additionally, the unconventional romance between Charlie and sexy bad-boy Michael continues evolving—despite the living/dead gulf between them. Robards is truly a master storyteller who makes this atypical romantic suspense series really work!”
—RT Book Reviews

GIVEAWAY

 THANKS TO RICHARD AND THE FINE FOLKS AT
RANDOM HOUSE AUDIO, I HAVE ONE COPY
OF THIS EXCITING AUDIO BOOK TO 
GIVE AWAY TO ONE LUCKY WINNER!
 
--U.S. RESIDENTS ONLY
--NO P. O. BOXES, PLEASE
--INCLUDE EMAIL ADDRESS IN COMMENT
--ALL ENTRIES/COMMENTS MUST BE
SEPARATE IN ORDER TO COUNT
AS MORE THAN ONE ENTRY
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+1 ENTRY: COMMENT ON SOMETHING YOU FOUND INTERESTING ABOUT HER LAST WHISPER THAT WOULD MAKE YOU WANT TO WIN THIS AUDIO BOOK 

+1 MORE ENTRY: BLOG OR TWEET ABOUT THIS GIVEAWAY AND LEAVE A LINK I CAN FOLLOW IN THE ENTRY 

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+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON ONE WAY YOU FOLLOW MY BLOG. IF YOU FOLLOW MORE THAN ONE WAY, YOU CAN COMMENT SEPARATELY AND EACH WILL COUNT AS AN ENTRY
 
GIVEAWAY ENDS AT
 6 PM, EST, SEPTEMBER 30
GOOD LUCK!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WEDNESDAYS ARE FOR WINNERS!

WELCOME TO BOOKIN' WITH BINGO'S
WINNERS' ANNOUNCEMENT!
 THE WINNERS HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED 
BY EMAIL AND HAVE UNTIL NOON 
SEPTEMBER 19, TO REPLY WITH THEIR
INFORMATION OR A NEW WINNER 
WILL HAVE TO BE CHOSEN! 
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THE WEDDING SOUP MURDER
BY ROSIE GENOVA
THE WINNER IS:
#71 Tina
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THE GIRLS OF AUGUST
BY ANNE RIVERS SIDDONS
THE WINNER IS:
#83 Linda Kish
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DEATH IS LIKE A
BOX OF CHOCOLATES
A Chocolate Covered Mystery
BY KATHY AARONS
THE WINNER IS:
#4 traveler
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SMALL BLESSINGS
Read by Lorelei King
BY MARTHA WOODROOF
THE WINNER IS:
#14 Steve Capell
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NIGHTMARES CAN BE MURDER
A Dream Club Mystery
BY MARY KENNEDY
THE WINNER IS:
#45 Carol N Wong
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MAMBO IN CHINATOWN
 Read By Angela Lin
BY JEAN KWOK
THE WINNER IS:
#96 Margie
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MEAN STREAK
Read by Jonathan Davis
BY SANDRA BROWN
THE WINNER IS:
#83 Sue Farrell
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THE SWEET SPOT
BY STEPHANIE EVANOVICH
THE WINNER IS:
#76 Mary Brandis
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THE SKELETON
TAKES A BOW
A Family Skeleton Mystery
BY LEIGH PERRY
THE WINNER IS:
#63 Heather Hirsch
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