Tuesday, September 2, 2014

ARE YOU LISTENING? LUCKY US: 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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LUCKY US
Read by Alicyn Packard
BY AMY BLOOM
  
ABOUT THE AUDIO BOOK:
My father’s wife died. My mother said we should drive down to his place and see what might be in it for us.”

So begins this remarkable novel by Amy Bloom, whose critically acclaimed Away was called “a literary triumph” (The New York Times). Lucky Us is a brilliantly written, deeply moving, fantastically funny novel of love, heartbreak, and luck.

Disappointed by their families, Iris, the hopeful star and Eva the sidekick, journey through 1940s America in search of fame and fortune. Iris’s ambitions take the pair across the America of Reinvention in a stolen station wagon, from small-town Ohio to an unexpected and sensuous Hollywood, and to the jazz clubs and golden mansions of Long Island.

With their friends in high and low places, Iris and Eva stumble and shine though a landscape of big dreams, scandals, betrayals, and war. Filled with gorgeous writing, memorable characters, and surprising events, Lucky Us is a thrilling and resonant novel about success and failure, good luck and bad, the creation of a family, and the pleasures and inevitable perils of family life, conventional and otherwise. From Brooklyn’s beauty parlors to London’s West End, a group of unforgettable people love, lie, cheat and survive in this story of our fragile, absurd, heroic species.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Amy Bloom is the author of the bestselling and acclaimed Away; Come to Me, a National Book Award finalist; A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You, nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Love Invents Us; and Normal. Her stories have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Short Stories, The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction, and many other anthologies here and abroad. She has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, Vogue, Granta, and Slate, among other publications, and has won a National Magazine Award. Bloom teaches creative writing at Yale University. PLEASE VISIT AMY BLOOM'S "BIO" ON HER BLOG HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT THIS WONDERFUL AUTHOR.

SOME OTHER BOOKS BY AMY BLOOM:
                     
                     

PRAISE FOR LUCKY US:
“These two things about Amy Bloom’s surprise-filled Lucky Us are indisputable: It opens with a terrific hook and closes with an image of exquisite resolution. . . . She writes sharp, sparsely beautiful scenes that excitingly defy expectation, and part of the pleasure of reading her is simply keeping up with her. You won’t know where Lucky Us is headed until, suddenly, it’s there. . . . [It’s] a short, vibrant book about all kinds of people creating all kinds of serial, improvisatory lives. Changes occur because characters fall in and out of love, trouble and, yes, luck. And even when the bad luck is devastating, they dust themselves off and inventively move on.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times

“A tasty summer read that will leave you smiling . . . Lucky Us is about Bloom’s uncanny ability to conjure the tone of the war years—broken hearts held together by lipstick, wisecracks and the enduring love of sisters, come what may.”—USA Today

“A fireworks display of delightful, if sometimes confounding, surprises . . . wildly twisting . . . spryly spontaneous.”—The Wall Street Journal

“[Bloom] writes with such spare, efficient grace. . . . Her words are carefully chosen to cut clean and deep. . . . Even [her] casual asides stack up, like pearls strung on a wire. . . . Taken together, they make this odd, precocious girl’s story feel as big and small and strangely marvelous as life itself. [Grade] A-”—Entertainment Weekly

“[A] kaleidoscopic take on life in the tumultuous ’40s . . . In an exquisitely imagined novel, Amy Bloom wows. . . . Lucky Us is a tale of a family weathering tragedies intimate and global.”—O: The Oprah Magazine 

“Marvelous picaresque entertainment . . . To read Bloom’s fiction is to experience afresh how life is ruled by chance and composed of spare parts that are purposed and repurposed in uncanny ways—it’s a festival of joy and terror and lust and amazement that resolves itself here, warts and all, in a kind of crystalline Mozartean clarity of vision.”—Elle

GIVEAWAY

 THANKS TO RICHARD AND THE FINE FOLKS AT
RANDOM HOUSE AUDIO, I HAVE ONE COPY
OF THIS DELIGHTFUL 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 LUCKY US 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

+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON SOMETHING YOU FIND INTERESTING ON AMY BLOOM'S WEBSITE BY GOING HERE

+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON ONE OTHER CURRENT GIVEAWAY YOU HAVE ENTERED ON MY BLOG. IF YOU ENTERED MORE THAN ONE, YOU CAN COMMENT ON EACH ON SEPARATELY AND GAIN MORE ENTRIES THAT WAY 

+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 18
GOOD LUCK!

Monday, September 1, 2014

LET'S GET COZY! THE SKELETON TAKES A BOW: A PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY


THE SKELETON
TAKES A BOW
A Family Skeleton Mystery
BY LEIGH PERRY

ABOUT THE BOOK:
And the best performance as a skull goes to…

After years of hiding in the Thackery family house, Sid the skeleton is delighted to finally have his moment in the spotlight. He’s starring in a high school production of Hamlet. Well, not so much starring in as being a prop. At least part of him has a part—he’s using his head to play Yorick of “Alas, poor Yorick” fame. Every day, Georgia Thackery’s daughter, Madison, who’s also in the play, brings in his skull, and every night, she takes him home...

Until one night when he’s accidentally left at school—and hears the sounds of someone being murdered. But the next day, there’s no body and no one seems to be missing.

Sid is not a numbskull—he knows what he heard. Georgia thinks he imagined it—until a week later when a body is found. Now Georgia and Sid will both need to keep their heads as they stick their necks out and play sleuth to catch the conscience of a killer…

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Leigh Perry is the psuedoname for Toni L. P. Kelner, who is the author of eleven mystery novels: eight Laura Fleming mysteries and three “Where are they now?” mysteries. Both series are available as audio books and e-books. Kelner is also the author of numerous short stories, and co-edits bestselling urban fantasy anthologies with Charlaine Harris. Their most recent are Games Creatures Play and Dead But Not Forgotten. Kelner has won the Agatha Award and an RT BookClub Lifetime Achievement Award, and has been nominated multiple times for the Anthony, the Macavity, and the Derringer. 

Writing as Leigh Perry, she recently debuted the Family Skeleton series for Berkley Prime Crime, with THE SKELETON TAKES A BOW being her second book in the series now out. Leigh Perry was born in Pensacola, FL and grew up in Gulf Breeze, FL and Charlotte, NC. She currently is living in Malden, MA. She is married to Stephen Paul Kelner, Jr. and they have two daughters, Maggie and Valerie, as well as two guinea pigs names Clara and Spot.

SOME OTHER BOOKS BY LEIGH PERRY/TONI L. P. KELNER:
                      
                                                                                              
 GIVEAWAY
THANKS TO KAYLEIGH AND THE GOOD FOLKS
AT BERKLEY PRIME CRIME AND PENGUIN BOOKS,
I HAVE ONE COPY OF
THE SKELETON TAKES A BOW,
TO GIVE AWAY TO A LUCKY READER
 
--U.S. RESIDENTS ONLY 
--NO P. O. BOXES
---INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS
IN CASE YOU WIN!
--ALL COMMENTS MUST BE SEPARATE TO
 

COUNT AS MORE THAN ONE!

 
HOW TO ENTER:
+1 ENTRY: COMMENT ON WHAT YOU READ ABOVE ABOUT THE SKELETON TAKES A BOW THAT MADE YOU WANT TO WIN THIS BOOK, AND DON'T FORGET YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS

+1 MORE ENTRY: BLOG AND/OR TWEET ABOUT THIS GIVEAWAY AND COME BACK HERE AND LEAVE ME YOUR LINK

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+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON A CURRENT GIVEAWAY THAT YOU HAVE ENTERED ON MY BLOG. IF YOU ENTERED MORE THAN ONE, YOU MAY COMMENT SEPARATELY FOR EACH TO RECEIVE MORE ENTRIES
GIVEAWAY ENDS AT
6 PM, EST, SEPTEMBER 14
  GOOD LUCK!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

THE SWEET SPOT: A PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

THE SWEET SPOT
BY STEPHANIE EVANOVICH

ABOUT THE BOOK:
A sizzling story of everyone’s favorite couple from amazing Stephanie Evanovich’s New York Times bestseller Big Girl Panties: hunky professional baseball player Chase Walker and his sassy wife Amanda.

When pro baseball player Chase Walker first meets Amanda at her restaurant, it’s love at first sight. While Amanda can’t help noticing the superstar with the Greek-god-build, he doesn’t have a chance of getting to first—or any other—base with her. A successful entrepreneur who’s built her business from scratch, Amanda doesn’t need a Prince Charming to sweep her off her feet. And a curvy girl who likes to cook and eat isn’t interested in being around the catty, stick-thin herd of females chasing Chase and his teammates.

But Chase isn’t about to strike out. A man who isn’t interested in playing the field, he’s a monogamist who wants an independent woman like Amanda. His hopes rally when she discovers that squeaky-clean Chase has a few sexy and very secret pre-game rituals that turn the smart, headstrong businesswoman on—and into his number one fan.

Then a tabloid discovers the truth and turns their spanking good fun into a late- night punchline. Is Amanda ready to let loose and swing for the fences? Or will the pressure of Chase’s stardom force them to call it quits?

PRAISE FOR THE SWEET SPOT AND THE AUTHOR:
“Evanovich’s breezy style, witty dialogue, and likable characters make this a great summer read. Her fans will be thrilled she’s given Chase and Amanda, who appeared as a married couple in Big Girl Panties, their own book.” —Booklist

“A sports-filled romance full of steamy sex scenes that will please Evanovich’s fans.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Rom-com with a kinky twist . . . Readers of Big Girl Panties will remember the couple and will love delving into their story.” —Women's Health.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Stephanie Evanovich is a full-fledged Jersey girl from Asbury Park who began writing fiction while waiting for her cues during countless community theater projects. She attended New York Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts, performed with several improvisational troupes, and acted in a few small-budget movies, all in preparation for the greatest job she's ever had: raising her two sons. Now a full-time writer, she's also an avid sports fan who holds a black belt in tae kwon do.

HAVE YOU READ THIS OTHER BOOKS BY STEPHANIE EVANOCICH? YOU CAN READ MORE ABOUT IT ON MY BLOG HERE.


MY THOUGHTS/REVIEW WILL FOLLOW SOON


GIVEAWAY
THANKS TO KATHERINE AND THE GOOD FOLKS
AT MORROW BOOKS AND HARPER COLLINS,
I HAVE ONE COPY OF THE SWEET SPOT,
TO GIVE AWAY TO A LUCKY READER
 
--U.S. RESIDENTS ONLY 
--NO P. O. BOXES
---INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS
IN CASE YOU WIN!
--ALL COMMENTS MUST BE SEPARATE TO
 

COUNT AS MORE THAN ONE!


HOW TO ENTER:


+1 ENTRY: COMMENT ON WHAT YOU READ ABOVE ABOUT THE SWEET SPOT THAT MADE YOU WANT TO WIN THIS BOOK, AND DON'T FORGET YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS

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+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON A CURRENT GIVEAWAY THAT YOU HAVE ENTERED ON MY BLOG. IF YOU ENTERED MORE THAN ONE, YOU MAY COMMENT SEPARATELY FOR EACH TO RECEIVE MORE ENTRIES
GIVEAWAY ENDS AT
6 PM, EST, SEPTEMBER 14
GOOD LUCK!

Friday, August 29, 2014

ARE YOU LISTENING? MEAN STREAK: 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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MEAN STREAK
Read by Jonathan Davis
BY SANDRA BROWN
  
ABOUT THE AUDIO BOOK:
From #1 New York Times best-selling author Sandra Brown comes a heart-pounding story of survival, that takes the age-old question, "Does the end justify the means?" and turns it on its head.

Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician and marathon runner, disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina. By the time her husband Jeff, miffed over a recent argument, reports her missing, the trail has grown cold. Literally. Fog and ice encapsulate the mountainous wilderness and paralyze the search for her.

While police suspect Jeff of "instant divorce," Emory, suffering from an unexplained head injury, regains consciousness and finds herself the captive of a man whose violent past is so dark that he won't even tell her his name. She's determined to escape him, and willing to take any risks necessary to survive. 

Unexpectedly, however, the two have a dangerous encounter with people who adhere to a code of justice all their own. At the center of the dispute is a desperate young woman whom Emory can't turn her back on, even if it means breaking the law. Wrong becomes right at the hands of the man who strikes fear, but also sparks passion.

As her husband's deception is revealed, and the FBI closes in on her captor, Emory begins to wonder if the man with no name is, in fact, her rescuer from those who wish her dead - and from heartbreak.

Combining the nail-biting suspense and potent storytelling that has made Sandra Brown one of the world's best loved authors, MEAN STREAK is a wildly compelling novel about love, deceit, and the choices we must make in order to survive.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Sandra Brown is the author of over sixty-three New York Times bestsellers, including TOUGH CUSTOMER (2010), SMASH CUT (2009), SMOKE SCREEN (2008), PLAY DIRTY (2007), RICOCHET (2006), CHILL FACTOR (2005), WHITE HOT (2004), HELLO, DARKNESS (2003), THE CRUSH (2002), ENVY (2001), THE SWITCH (2000), THE ALIBI (1999), UNSPEAKABLE (1998) and FAT TUESDAY (1997), all of which have jumped onto the Times bestseller list in the number one to five spot. Brown now has over eighty million copies of her books in print worldwide, and her work has been translated into thirty-four languages. She lives in Texas.

SOME OTHER BOOKS BY SANDRA BROWN:
                       
                      
                      
MY THOUGHTS/REVIEW:
In Sandra Brown's latest thriller, MEAN STREAK, she has outdone herself! I had read about this book and was so excited for it to come out that I had it on audio book the hour it was released. Were it not for everyday life interfering, I would have listened to it straight through. To tell the truth, I am glad that I didn't as it allowed me to stretch out the enjoyment of this exciting book. Brown has woven a tale that not only will keep you turning pages and keep you guessing, but the surprises as well as puzzlements NEVER seem to end. With intoxicating and superbly developed characters, MEAN STREAK moves from one thrilling shock to another. 

Dr. Emory Charbonneau, dedicated pediatrician and sincere supporter for charities and local causes, is training for a marathon that she has organized as a fund raiser. She is very serious about her training which is something she and her husband Jeff often quarrel over. As readers quickly find out, Jeff is certainly on the opposite spectrum from Emory when it comes to likability. With tensions at home rather high, Emory welcomes a weekend off so that she can go to the nearby remote mountain area for some endurance training for the upcoming race. She also hopes that she can clear her mind to work out some of her marital issues. Jeff argues with her about going, but is honestly delighted to have more free time for the affair he is currently involved in. 

As promised, Sandra Brown goes full steam ahead when Emory is knocked out while on the isolated trail she is training on in the mountains. Someone for sure does not want to see her cross the finish line, leaving her in the frigid weather to die. Enter the mystery man who carries Emory to his log cabin higher up and off the main trails to care for her, or is that really what he is doing? Emory can't imagine what has happened and from the moment she comes to, she is suspicious of this stranger. He is seemingly taking good care of her, but also has his mysterious ways that she doesn't trust. Not even revealing his name, Emory feels threatened and scared. 

As the weather worsens on the mountains, the storyline involving husband Jeff does as well. Was Jeff involved somehow in Emory's accident? Who is this dark and mysterious stranger in the cabin with Emory? Just when you think the plot is set and you're thinking let's see what will now become of Emory, enter several other key characters who add to, and switch up, the mystery. The local police investigating Emory's disappearance when Jeff finally reports her missing; FBI agent Jack Connell who is hunting a man who just may be Emory's "guardian"; the "not-so good old boy" brothers who live nearby where Dr. Charbonneau is being held; and the young sister of those brothers who will play a key role in the plot line. 

Will, and should, Emory try to escape on her own? What will come of the odd and ominous relationship developing with the mystery man caring for "Doc"? What part, if any, did Jack really play in Emory's disappearance? MEAN STREAK is a must read for those who love a superb thriller and mystery. It is so good that you really do wish you could read it all over again without knowing all the answers. However, the next best thing is to recommend it highly and then have others to discuss Sandra Brown's amazing MEAN STREAK with! 

GIVEAWAY

 THANKS TO MITCH AND THE FINE FOLKS AT
HACHETTE AUDIO, I HAVE ONE COPY
OF THIS THRILLING 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 MEAN STREAK 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

+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON SOMETHING YOU FIND INTERESTING ON SANDRA BROWN'S WEBSITE BY GOING HERE

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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 14
GOOD LUCK!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

ARE YOU LISTENING: MAMBO IN CHINATOWN: 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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MAMBO IN CHINATOWN
 Read By Angela Lin
BY JEAN KWOK
  
ABOUT THE AUDIO BOOK:
From the bestselling author of Girl in Translation, a novel about a young woman torn between her family duties in Chinatown and her escape into the world of ballroom dancing.

Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Wong grew up in New York’s Chinatown, the older daughter of a Beijing ballerina and a noodle maker. Though an ABC (America-born Chinese), Charlie’s entire world has been limited to this small area. Now grown, she lives in the same tiny apartment with her widower father and her eleven-year-old sister, and works—miserably—as a dishwasher.

But when she lands a job as a receptionist at a ballroom dance studio, Charlie gains access to a world she hardly knew existed, and everything she once took to be certain turns upside down. Gradually, at the dance studio, awkward Charlie’s natural talents begin to emerge. With them, her perspective, expectations, and sense of self are transformed—something she must take great pains to hide from her father and his suspicion of all things Western. As Charlie blossoms, though, her sister becomes chronically ill. As Pa insists on treating his ailing child exclusively with Eastern practices to no avail, Charlie is forced to try to reconcile her two selves and her two worlds—Eastern and Western, old world and new—to rescue her little sister without sacrificing her newfound confidence and identity.

PRAISE FOR MAMBO IN CHINATOWN:
"Best Books of 2014: Mambo in Chinatown. Western convention clashes with traditional Eastern culture when a young, impoverished Chinese-American woman dips her toe into the glittering world of professional ballroom dancing—and finds love."— Woman’s Day 

"Best Books of 2014: One of This Summer’s Hottest Page-Turners. A riveting story about a young woman who ultimately finds her calling and manages to exceed everyone's expectations - including, most important, her own."— Real Simple

"New and Noteworthy Books: Mambo in Chinatown. [One of]... the hottest titles. A young woman who finds herself through ballroom dancing must make peace with her old life in New York's Chinatown. Charming."— USA Today

"In her winning second novel (after Girl in Translation, 2010), Kwok infuses her heartwarming story with both the sensuality of dance and the optimism of a young woman coming into her own.”— Booklist

"Summer Books Preview 2014, titles to keep you reading: Mambo in Chinatown. A young Chinese-American woman is torn between her family duties and tradition in New York's Chinatown and the contemporary life she discovers through ballroom dancing."— Los Angeles Times

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jean Kwok was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to Brooklyn as a young girl. SHe is the author of the national bestseller Girl in Translation and Mambo in Chinatown. Jean received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard and completed an MFA in Fiction at Columbia. She worked as an English teacher and Dutch-English translator at Leiden University in the Netherlands, and now writes full-time.

DID YOU READ THIS BESTSELLER BY JEAN KWOK?
MY THOUGHTS/REVIEW:
From the author who gave readers the best selling GIRL IN TRANSLATION comes her latest novel based on a Chinese immigrant family, MAMBO IN CHINATOWN. Jean Kwok enchants readers with a story that blends eastern and western cultures set in New York's colorful Chinatown community. Main character, Charlie Wong, a 22 year old daughter of a noodle maker and ballerina, is struggling to strike a balance between a modern American life while still honoring the traditions of her parents. Having lost her mother at a young age, Charlie must take on the responsibility of maintaining the home for her father and her younger sister, Lisa. Charlie fondly remembers dancing with her mother in their home as a young child but now she has to try out some new moves. She must try and find her own way and a measure of success in a career that will help with expenses at home and provide Charlie with a satisfying life. However, the poor girl fails miserably at each job she takes on whether it is because of her being a bit clumsy or that her reading and writing skills are hampered by dyslexia. She also has the responsibility of guiding her little sister Lisa, who is eleven years younger than Charlie. As close as they are, Charlie realizes she must set a good example. Charlie stumbles upon a job as a receptionist in a ballroom dance studio, leaving behind washing dishes in the noodle shop. The exciting new world and friends are good for Charlie but not something she can tell her father. However, like other jobs, Charlie fails but just happens to be in the right place at the right time when the studio is short an instructor for the beginning dance class. Noting Charlie's aptitude, they give her a chance to teach the class and her life is on a new path at last. When a puzzling illness hits Lisa, the war between customs, old and new, American and Chinese, begins. With Charlie's father's belief in ancient Chinese medicine, and with his brother who successfully practices it in their tight community, Charlie faces an uphill battle. Lisa needs to be seen by an American doctor and so the war of these two worlds begins. Meanwhile, Charlie's life takes a tiny step toward change. The narrative flows well by this time and readers are caught up in Charlie's world as we see how she learns to deal with her father and her new life choices. The supporting cast, especially from the dance studio, add colorful, nicely fleshed out characters readers will enjoy getting to know as they help to move the story along. The different, exotic lifestyles and customs, along with the fabulously described setting that Kwok creates for Chinatown, give readers a unique reason to keep turning pages. As Charlie moves up to be a dancer, I was backstage cheering her on. However, what will happen if her father finds out about her career? What is going to happen to little Lisa as her mysterious illness progresses in alarming fashion? MAMBO IN CHINATOWN is sure to dance it's way into your hearts as Jean Kwok once again gives readers a book and characters that they will enjoy long after the last page is turned.

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 MAMBO IN CHINATOWN 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

+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON SOMETHING YOU FIND INTERESTING ON JEAN KWOK'S WEBSITE BY GOING HERE

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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 14
GOOD LUCK!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

LET'S GET COZY! NIGHTMARES CAN BE MURDER: A PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

NIGHTMARES CAN BE MURDER
A Dream Club Mystery
BY MARY KENNEDY

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Dream Team

Business consultant Taylor Blake has returned to Savannah, Georgia, to help her sister Allison turn her dream of running an old-fashioned candy store into a reality. Allison is also interested in dream interpretation and invites Taylor to her Friday night Dream Club, where members meet once a week to share and analyze their dreams.

When a local dance instructor, Chico Hernandez, is found dead in his studio, and the murder scene has an eerie resemblance to one of the dreams shared at their meeting, Taylor can’t help but be intrigued. And when her sister, who was briefly involved with the dance teacher, becomes the prime suspect, Taylor and their fellow club members can’t be caught napping. It’s up to them to dream up a solution to the murder before Allison faces a real-life nightmare.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Mary Kennedy is a national best-selling author, and a clinical psychologist in private practice on the east coast. She has sold forty novels, all to major New York publishers, and has made the Waldenbooks, BookScan and Publishers Weekly best-seller lists. Her early novels included middle grade fiction and young adult fiction for Scholastic and Penguin.

Currently she's writing an adult mystery series, The Talk Radio Mysteries, which is set in a fictional town in south Florida. The first title is DEAD AIR and was released in 2010. The Talk Radio Mysteries was pitched and sold as "Frasier Meets Murder She Wrote." The heroine is Maggie Walsh, a psychologist who closes up her Manhattan practice and heads to sunny Florida to take a job as a radio talk show host. And, yes, she solves a murder in every book! As a former radio copywriter and a practicing psychologist, Mary is uniquely qualified to provide realistic background for her books — although she hasn't personally solved any murders ;-). Mary's favorite vacation destination is South Florida and she makes an annual winter pilgrimage to Fort Lauderdale.

Mary won an award from the National Foundation for the Arts for "artistic excellence in literary fiction." A popular workshop presenter, she has spoken at over a hundred conferences, libraries and schools, all over the country. She also reviews for Book Page and has written articles for industry and chapter publications. When not writing, speaking, or traveling to exotic locales, she lives with her husband and eight neurotic cats. The cats have resisted all her efforts to psychoanalyze them, but she remains optimistic.

SOME OTHER BOOKS BY MARY KENNEDY:

                       
GIVEAWAY
THANKS TO KAYLEIGH AND THE GOOD FOLKS
AT BERKLEY PRIME CRIME AND PENGUIN BOOKS,
I HAVE ONE COPY OF 
NIGHTMARES CAN BE MURDER,
TO GIVE AWAY TO A LUCKY READER
 
--U.S. RESIDENTS ONLY 
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