We’ve got quite a few things going on this week, so let’s get to it…
Out of The Easy (Hardcover)
By Ruta Sepetys
Availability: Coming Soon – Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Philomel, 2/2013
signing-Wednesday February 13th 6:00 p.m – 7:00 p.m.
What can you say about a woman who collects art from off the beaten path, launched the entertainment company that represents guitarist Steve Vai,traded life in Paris for a life in Tennessee and who, as a child, aspired to marry Roald Dahl? Gifted, at the least. And her works of historical fiction display her gifts. Ruta’s first book, Between Shades of Gray, was deemed by the New York Times as “Superlative”. This is an historical novel about the genocide of the Baltic people after the Soviet occupation of 1941. While it’s been deemed as a work of young adult fiction, this work has been translated into 22 languages, and it’s appeal is universal.
Her second novel, Out of the Easy tells the powerful and heart-warming account of a young woman shackled by family associations, who dreams of overcoming the odds and going to college. It’s 1950 and the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets. Seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine, known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer. She devises a plan to get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in a police investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street. Should she avoid Jesse, the mysterious motorcycle boy? Can she trust Patrick, her best friend at the bookstore? Josie is caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine underworld. With characters as captivating as those inBetween Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys skillfully creates a rich story of secrets, lies, and the haunting reminder that decisions can shape our destiny.
Cover of Snow (Hardcover)
By Jenny Milchman
Signing -Saturday, February 16th-2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Booklist and Publisher’s Weekly have both sung the praises of this first-time mystery author. Booklist called it a “… dark, wintry debut…These well-defined characters take us on an emotional roller-coaster ride through the darkest night, with blinding twists and occasionally fatal turns. This is a richly woven story that not only looks at the devastating effects of suicide but also examines life in a small town and explores the complexity of marriage.”
Waking up one wintry morning in her old farmhouse nestled in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, Nora Hamilton instantly knows that something is wrong. When her fog of sleep clears, she finds her world is suddenly, irretrievably shattered: Her husband, Brendan, has committed suicide.The first few hours following Nora’s devastating discovery pass for her in a blur of numbness and disbelief. Then, a disturbing awareness slowly settles in: Brendan left no note and gave no indication that he was contemplating taking his own life. Why would a rock-solid police officer with unwavering affection for his wife, job, and quaint hometown suddenly choose to end it all? Having spent a lifetime avoiding hard truths, Nora must now start facing them.Unraveling her late husband’s final days, Nora searches for an explanation–but finds a bewildering resistance from Brendan’s best friend and partner, his fellow police officers, and his brittle mother. It quickly becomes clear to Nora that she is asking questions no one wants to answer. For beneath the soft cover of snow lies a powerful conspiracy that will stop at nothing to keep its presence unknown . . . and its darkest secrets hidden.
Breathless Reads Tour featuring Beth Revis, Fiona Paul, Morgan Rhodes, Elizabeth Richards, and Jessica Spotswood
Give yourself a Valentine’s Day Treat. Whether your looking for danger, adventure, treachery, or forbidden love, these authors have got it all. Come and indulge your taste for romance and action. Here’s a little taste of what you will find when these authors have a chance to work their spell.