Welcome to this week’s Mailbox Monday which is hosted this month by Kristen at BookNAround.
Go to the dedicated blog for the meme to see the complete tour schedule in the right sidebar.
Here is what showed up at my house this week:
Laura at Penguin sent me Murder in the Rue Dumas: A Verlaque & Bonnet Provencal Mystery by M. L. Longworth (September 2012). This is the second book of the series (the first book is Death at the Chateau Bremont) and is set in the university town of Aix-en-Provence in the South of France. Monsier Verlaque and his side-kick professor Marine Bonnet investigate a “dumbfounding murder” on the campus and uncover “much more than scandalous university politics.” Read a sneak preview of Chapter One on the author’s blog.
M. L. Longworth has lived in Aix-en-Provence since 1997. She is the author of a bilingual collection of essays (published in 2004) as well as a previous novel, Death at Chateau Bremont (Penguin, 2011). Learn more about Longworth and her work by visiting the author’s website.
The good people at Tor-Forge/Macmillan sent me a finished copy of The Other Woman by Hank Phillippi Ryan (September 2012). This is the first book in a new series. Jane Ryland was a rising star in television news…until she refused to reveal a source and lost everything. Now a disgraced newspaper reporter, she finds herself tracking down a candidate’s secret mistress just days before a pivotal Senate election. Detective Jake Brogan is investigating a possible serial killer. “As the body count rises and election looms closer, it becomes clear to Jane and Jake that their cases are connected…and that they may be facing a ruthless killer who will stop at nothing to silence a scandal.” This looks like the perfect political thriller for this election year!
Check out this great video where the author talks about the book:
A former US Senate staffer and political campaign aide, Hank Phillipi Ryan is the investigative reporter for Boston’s NBC affiliate, and has won twenty-seven Emmys and ten Edward R. Murrow awards. A bestselling author of four mystery novels, she has won the Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. She’s on the national board of directors of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. Learn more about Ryan and her work by visiting the author’s website.
I also received a non fiction book from William Morrow which I have decided to give away to one lucky winner:
A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball by Dwyane Wade (September 2012) the reader meets “the coaches, mentors, and teammates who played pivotal roles in Dwyane’s stunning basketball career—from his early days shooting hoops on the neighborhood courts in Chicago, to his rising stardom at Marquette University in Milwaukee, to his emergence as an unheralded draft pick by the Miami Heat.” Dwyane Wade’s rise to NBA stardom was a difficult one. He grew up with his sister Tragil on Chicago’s South Side, the son of divorced parents. There he faced poverty, violence, and drugs and watched his mother descend into addiction. Ultimately he moved (with his sister) into his father’s home – and this experience laid the groundwork for his later mission for fathers to take greater responsibility for their kids. From the publisher: “In this moving and triumphant memoir, Wade shares his inspiring thoughts about fathers and sons, writing poignantly about the gratifying responsibilities of being a single dad to his two sons, Zaire and Zion, while recounting his own growing up years and his memorable rise to the top echelon of professional basketball.”
Dwyane Wade is a guard for the Miami Heat whose Wade’s World Foundation has contributed millions of dollars to benefit children and families across America. President Obama recently appointed him to help lead a program geared toward encouraging fathers to become more involved in their children’s lives. He lives in Miami, Florida.
BOOK GIVE AWAY OPPORTUNITY
Would you like to win A FATHER FIRST? I am happy to send it to one of my readers (US addresses only, please).
- This is going to have a quick turnaround. Contest open through September 9th at 5:00 pm PST and I will announce the winner on my blog on September 10th (I’ll also send the winner a confirmation by email).
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Did any wonderful books find their way to YOUR home this week?