Publishers Weekly's Best Books of the Year!
“May you live in interesting times” is a quote commonly attributed to Confucius, probably erroneously, but Robert F. Kennedy did use it in a speech in 1966, adding a rueful twist: “Like it or not, we live in interesting times....” Regardless of your thinking on these current times, they are certainly anything but boring, and we feel the same about the books published this year.
Once again, we take the opportunity near year's end to review the year in books, highlighting the very best of what American publishing had to offer in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, comics, religion, lifestyle and children's.
No One Heard Her Scream
Jordan Dane (Avon)
Dane crafts this debut murder mystery with tight plotting and smooth prose, and adds a few sparks to create a story that appeals to mainstream thriller readers as well as romantic suspense fans.
Angela Hunt (Mira)
Compelling characterization drives this enthralling tale of second chances and new beginnings, centered on the struggles of a young woman born without a face.
Linda Lael Miller (HQN)
Miller's second Cave Creek supernatural mystery is packed full of plot twists and smart romance, painting crime-solver Mojo Sheepshanks as much more than just another quirky psychic.
Heart of the Wolf
Terry Spear (Sourcebooks/Casablanca)
A werewolf woman defies the alpha male of her pack in this supernatural romance, with chemistry that crackles off the page and a richly depicted pack dynamic.
Sherry Thomas (Bantam)
Deft plotting and sparkling characterization mark this superior debut historical romance, wherein an English lord agrees to grant his wife a divorce if she produces an heir within a year.
Other reader reactions are beginning to trickle in on this blog, so I won't repeat them for you. I'm just happy that a book I labored long and hard over seems to be accomplishing what I hoped for in the marketplace.
Tomorrow: Q&A, so don't forget to leave any questions you might have!
P.S. Randy Alcorn has some great thoughts on his blog. Worth checking out!
Oh--and I promised to give away a copy of THE FACE, didn't I? Okay, here's how we'll do it. THE FACE is the (number) book I've had published. It may take us two days to come up with that many comments, but I'll add them up and the person who comments at that number will win the free copy! Please, make sure you don't leave two comments in a row (if you can help it.)
Have fun! Just say "hi" if you want to. :-)
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