#1 LibraryReads pick The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah leads holds this week. Also publishing this week is the #1 Indie Next pick, The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches From the Border by Francisco Cantú.
by Tess Gerritsen, NY Times bestselling author of Last to Die
A spur-of-the-moment ski trip becomes a bone-chilling nightmare when a wrong turn leaves Boston medical examiner Maura Isles marooned—far from home and help—in the snowbound Wyoming mountains.
Plus Rizzoli & Isles, In Their Own Words: learn more about the lead characters in these special essays written by the author.
If Winter Comes
Ms. Bravo and the Boss
A Match Made Under the Mistletoe
by Diana Palmer
2-in-1 BOXED SET ALERT!
A mayor tries to win the election—and a journalist’s heart—in Diana Palmer’s popular story, IF WINTER COMES.
Elise Bravo needed a job, desperately. And soldier turned thriller writer Jed Walsh burned through—almost literally, it turned out—assistants like hellfire through brimstone, in MS. BRAVO AND THE BOSS.
by L. A. Dobbs
Chief Sam Mason and Sergeant Jody Harris don’t have the luxury of being off the clock. When a drowning disrupts the funeral of a fellow detective, they have no choice but to leave early. After the body is pulled ashore, Sam and Jody suspect the camper’s death was no accident….
City of Endless Night by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Grand Central: Hachette)
Debuts at #2 on both the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.
Iron Gold by Pierce Brown (Del Rey: Random)
Debuts at #3 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and at #4 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.
Munich by Robert Harris (Knopf)
Debuts at #11 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and at #45 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.
This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. That means we’ve all spent the last two decades going to midnight release parties, rereading the series multiple times, and arguing about Snape. It’s a milestone fans are invited to participating B&N stores to celebrate Saturday, February 3, at 6 p.m., with Potter cosplay, games, trivia, and more. (Please contact your local store for event details.)
With Turkey Trot and Gingerbread Latte Season come and gone, even the most optimistic among us can turn a bit, well, gloomy. Indeed, all we have now are sub-zero temps, gray slush stacked on the curb, and black ice. If you’re curing your cabin fever by halfheartedly hanging St. Patrick’s Day decorations six weeks early, then we have a healthier suggestion: a HUG! In the form of a STORY! You know as well as we do that storytime goes as well with a snuggle as it does with hot chocolate, so we’ve rounded up 10 more of our favorite tales (after these) that give us more warm and fuzzies every time we read. So go ahead, dust off your lilting read-aloud voice and start spreading the love at your next storytime.
Hi friends! So, as you see, ALBTALBS turned 7! No real giveaways or other celebratory things planned for now. … If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know my “try too hard” … died? (A while ago…) Also I’ve had … you know… *gestures expansively* a lot going on. And because this is a question I see still … “What is ALBTALBS?” … ALBTALBS = A Little Bit Tart, A Little Bit Sweet. The name of this site. 😀
I’m really trying to bring ALBTALBS back though, with more regular posting, and I’ve got an awesome review crew and help and just, major shout out to N.R., Babs, Karen, Aidee, and Mary. [We may not be the most prolific, but we are stalwart!]
So anyway, for now, the most celebratory thing I’m doing is offering a month of ad space for $7. This will be the lowest price offered, and is good through January 15th. (Normally ad spots are $15/month.) If you’re interested, please let me know. Space is limited.
And a big shout out to the ALBTALBS friends/sponsors of January ’18! Tina Leonard, Nicole Morgan, and Cynthia Sax.
Choose Your Own Adventure | Memoir
By Derek Sanderson on January 12, 2018
Self-discovery is what links this month’s memoirs. Who are we? What are we here for? Do we have a purpose? While all the authors here write about finding themselves in a fascinating variety of ways, special attention should be called to Sands Hall’s account of her years as a Scientologist. This completely absorbing book is as gripping as any thriller as well as searching and insightful.
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn (William Morrow: HarperCollins; LJ stars)
Debuts at #1 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and at #2 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.
Robicheaux by James Lee Burke (S. & S.)
Debuts at #6 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and at #9 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.
Unbound by Stuart Woods (Putnam)
Debuts at #7 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and at #8 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.
The Power by Naomi Alderman (Little, Brown)
Debuts at #15 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list
Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff (Holt)
Debuts at #1 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list and at #1 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list. (Note: This means Fire and Fury outsold The Woman in the Window).
Women & Power: A Manifesto by Mary Beard (Liveright: W.W. Norton)
Debuts at #14 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn and Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff take over the bestseller lists.
The first Team ALBTALBS List! (I always wait until January of the next year to post in case someone read an OMFG AMAZING LOVELOVELOVE book that should go on the list on say, December 31.)
There were so many good books I read on 2017 that to pick 10 is actually hard, however:
NOW through January 12th, EMBALMED, 6th in the Brad Frame series is available for FREE download at Amazon.
Brad Frame turns to his friend, Nick Argostino, for help in solving one of his most baffling cases where murder victims are found already embalmed. Brad finds that Nick is knee deep in his own problems, as forces within the police department seem bent on ruining his career and costing him his livelihood.
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Happy New Year from Ray Flynt