Friday, September 19, 2014

Writer's Market for 2015

Every writer needs a toolbox filled with craft, a drop of talent, and hope. Writer's Market wants to help you get published and paid for your writing.
Find in new books: 808.2 WRITERS

Monday, September 15, 2014

License to spill by Lisi Harrison

Students beware!

Three girls, two guys, five secret journals.
The five most popular students at Noble High have secrets to hide; secrets they wrote down in their journals. Now one of their own exposes the private entries...
When our parents were growing up they were encouraged to make mistakes. That's how they learned. But us? Our mistakes go viral. There is no delete button on the Internet. What kind of future do we have if we can't escape our embarrassing pasts? I must come off as quite the hypocrite; complaining about our overexposed lives in a book of secret journals I have leaked. But these pages hold proof of how this pressure affects the "best" of us... so until the heat's turned down, keep reading. From Goodreads
Second book in the pretender series.
Find in Young Adult Fiction Harrison

Simon Brett, Author

Simon Brett worked as a producer in radio and television before taking up writing full-time and is well known for the Fethering mysteries, the Mrs. Pargeter novels, and the Charles Paris detective series.
Cinderella Killer, the latest Charles Paris mysteries, revolves around the Christmas production of Cinderella in Eastbourne, England. Charlie is an actor and amateur detective with nineteen books in the series. Find under Fiction Brett

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Julia Keller, Author

Julia Keller is the author of a new mystery series set in West Virginia mountains:

A Killing in the Hills

Bitter River

Summer of the Dead

Read in order and visit the author's website:

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Uncaged The Singular Menace Book 1 John Sandford & Michele Cook

Singular is a ruthless corporation conducting unspeakable experiments.  A radical animal-rights group raids their Eugene, Oregon lab.  The raid turns into a disaster but Odin Remby escapes with a set of encrypted flash drives and a post-surgical dog.

Shay Remby gets a frantic call from Odin.  He is on the run and is currently in the LA area.  Almost immediately, Singular’s security team shows up to question her.  Shay knows her brilliant autistic hacker brother needs immediate help.  She arrives in Hollywood with $58 and a handmade knife.

John Sandford and Michele Cook have written a fast paced thriller for young adults.  It is a definite page-turner and adults should also try it.  There is tension throughout and some very likable characters. The artist, Twist, who takes Shay in almost immediately upon her arrival in Hollywood, seems almost too good to be true but he adds an extra dimension to the story. 

 I enjoyed the book and will look for the sequel. Nancy
Find in Young Adult Fiction: Young Adult SANDFORD

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Long Way Home by Louise Penny

In How the Light Gets In, the previous book in this series, Clara's husband Peter Morrow, was banished from Three Pines by Clara, but told he could come back in a year if he still loved her and could accept her rising success as an artist while his own artistic career was in a decline. One year later, and a few weeks after the date of return, Clara goes to Former Chief Inspector Gamache who has retired to the remote village of Three Pines in Canada, to get help to find Peter. No answer from Peter was not what Clara was expecting.
10th in the series, you may want to start with the first book, Still Life. 
Find in new books: Fiction PENNY and here is Louise Penny's website:

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Windigo Island by William Kent Krueger

Minnesota author, William Kent Krueger has a new book out in his long running series based in northern Minnesota. Put your name on the reserve list to read this suspenseful Cork O'Connor mystery.
Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Act of War by Brad Thor

After a CIA agent mysteriously dies overseas, his top asset surfaces with a startling and terrifying claim. There’s just one problem— no one knows if she can be trusted.

But when six exchange students go missing, two airplane passengers trade places, and one political-asylum seeker is arrested, a deadly chain of events is set in motion.

With the United States facing an imminent and devastating attack, America’s new president must turn to covert counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath to help carry out two of the most dangerous operations in the country’s history.

Code-named “Gold Dust” and “Blackbird,” they are shrouded in absolute secrecy as either of them, if discovered, will constitute an act of war. from Brad Thor's website:

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Have a Nice Guilt Trip by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella

Lisa and Francesca are back with another collection of warm and witty stories that will strike a chord with every woman. Their series is among the best reviewed humor books published today and has been compared to the late greats, Erma Bombeck and Nora Ephron. In praise of Lisa and Francesca's books, Booklist says, "No subject is off-limits here, as Scottoline and Serritella include relevant quips for women from 18 to 82. With the title serving as a sure-fire indicator, readers can count on an ab-toning laugh session, a silly giggle, a sympathetic sigh, and a lump in the throat as life’s moments are rehashed through the keen eyes and wits of this lovable mother-daughter duo." In HAVE A NICE GUILT TRIP, Lisa and Francesca continue to share their lives in their hilarious, and often, poignant stories. from

Written in My Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon

The eighth major novel in the Outlander series of novels continues the story of Jamie and Claire.  Diana Gabaldon has her own website:
Find in new books: Fiction Gabaldon

Monday, July 28, 2014

New Family Movies on DVD

Gru, the girls and the Minions are back in this very funny sequel.

A mischievous squirrel has a mission to find the tastiest nuts for winter.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Goodreads: Meet your next favorite book!

The Battles of Monte Cassino by Glyn Harper and John Tonkin-Covell

The Battles of Monte Cassino (1944) were some of the toughest that occurred in the Western theatre of operations during the Second World War. German, New Zealand, British, Indian, Polish, French and American troops played prominent roles at Cassino, and each country takes pride in what its forces achieved. from the foreword. Find in new books 940.5421 HARPE

Friday, July 18, 2014

Gentlemen Bootleggers by Bryce T. Bauer

Tells the story of Joe Irlbeck and Templeton, Iowa, known during prohibition for creating Templeton rye whiskey. Find in new books: 364.132209777465 BAUER

Counting Down Bob Dylan: His 100 Finest Songs by Jim Beviglia

The author established one rule: only official recordings were considered from their original albums. An ideal companion for Dylan fans who love to make up their own playlists and analyze Dylan's lyrics.
Find in the new book section under: 782.42164092 BEVIG

Monday, July 14, 2014

Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink

"If we didn't experience Hurricane Katrina ourselves, we saw it: the ominous red pinwheel on the radar, the wrecked Superdome, the corpses. And certainly we saw our shame — America's inequality, negligence and violence were all laid bare by the storm.
But one tragedy went largely unwitnessed. And this is the subject of Sheri Fink's provocative new book, Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital. The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer examines what happens when people make life-and-death decisions in a state of anarchy." from the NPR article. 
We have the book in new nonfiction: 362.110976335 FINK

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Top Secret Twenty-one by Janet Evanovich

The latest Stephanie Plum is here! Put your name on the reserve list and enjoy the antics of Stephanie with her friends and relatives in Trenton, New Jersey.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Indefensible by Lee Goodman

First line:
"I don't honestly expect to find a body."
But Federal prosecutor Nick Davis, on his way out of town with his daughter, go with the witness, Cassandra Randall and check the area where she had been bird watching. And they find the area where the ground has been disturbed and a body has been buried.
First book by a new author.
Find in new books under Fiction GOODMAN

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Shots Fired: stories from Joe Pickett Country by C. J. Box

This book of short suspenseful stories is a great introduction to the Joe Pickett series. Joe, game warden, with his dog, Daisy, investigates crimes and accidents in Wyoming. In one story, he finds lights from a submerged car below the ice. When Joe hikes across the lake to investigate, he finds a former basketball star frozen with her arm in the ice above the lights. He is sorrowful that young adults with great potential throw their lives away on drugs and alcohol. Other short stories include a young girl who loves her grandfather and appreciates the fishing lessons he gives her; and a couple of criminals who think they will become rich stealing rare microorganisms from another criminal who has illegally collected the bio-samples from Yellowstone Park. C. J. Box has written 18 books, 14 of them in the Joe Pickett series. Find in new fiction under Fiction BOX.

Monday, June 23, 2014


Edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci and including stories by Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Jeffery Deaver, and more, this one-of-a-kind anthology pulls together the most beloved characters from the best and most popular thriller series today. Worlds collide!

In an unprecedented collaboration, twenty-three of the world’s bestselling and critically acclaimed thriller writers have paired their series characters—such as Harry Bosch, Jack Reacher, and Lincoln Rhyme—in an eleven-story anthology curated by the International Thriller Writers (ITW). from

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Vertigo 42 by Martha Grimes

The long running mystery series featuring Richard Jury, offers a new murder close to Ardry End, home to Melrose Plant and the regulars at the Jack and Hammer pub. Start this series of 23 mysteries with "The Man with a Load of Mischief."

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Minnesota Author: Ron Gamer

One Last Chance
Young Adult Adventure set in BWCAW in northern Minnesota during the blow down in 1999.
Two teens find themselves trapped and one boy becomes injured during a deadly windstorm flattens the surrounding forest.

Wild Chance
Young Adult Adventure: camping and fishing in the Canadian lake country. Teens and pilot make an emergency landing before they get to the resort and find themselves stranded.

Find both books in Young Adult GAMER

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

New Thrillers: All about the money

The following two thrillers involve found money.

Suspicion by Joseph Finder has a father accepting a loan from the father of his daughter's friend and becoming embroiled with the DEA for accepting drug money.

Everything to Lose by Andrew Gross involves a mother finding a half million dollars at a car accident but after she takes the money, someone comes looking.
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Field of Prey by John Sandford

The latest Lucas Davenport mystery is here. Sign up on the reserve list. We also have the book in Large Print. Book 24 in the series, if you have never read a Davenport book, start with the first: Rules of Prey.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Dylanologists: Adventures in the Land of Bob by David Kinney

David Kinney: "I first found Dylan in the dusty basement of my childhood home. In the summer before my junior year in high school I was flicking through a pile of vinyl left behind by my older brother. I found a heavy box with five records inside. The man glowering on the front cover looked like he didn't take orders from anybody. I liked that. I pulled off the top of the box, slid one of the records from a sleeve, fitted the vinyl onto the turntable, and dropped the needle into the groove. The music started, and a switch flipped in my head. The album was called Biograph, a retrospective of the first two decades of a recording career still very much in progress."

Stop by Hibbing, MN for Dylan Days, May 23-24, 2014, celebrate Bob's 73rd birthday and meet the fans - the supercharged cultist fans that have followed Bob Dylan for decades.

David Kinney will be at Howard Book Sellers on Friday, May 23, 2014 from 3:30-4:30 with his new book, The Dylanologists along with winners of the B.J. Rolfzen Creative Writing Contest.
The Library's copy can be found in the new book section: 782.42164092 KINNE