Jayne Ann Krentz made a trip in this afternoon to get a head start on signing the reserved copies of River Road. As usual, they'll be mailed to all points of the planet. The international orders are usually the first to be shipped since they have the farthest to travel!
That little thing Jayne is holding in her left hand is the small, pink-handled screwdriver that has her name and the title of the book on the handle. One will be included with each mailed copy and handed to to those who come in and buy the book at the signing on Tues, January 7th.
Read a number of non-mysteries this year. The best of those was Lawrence in Arabia by Scott Anderson. Besides being a fine portrait of TE Lawrence and the WWI in the Middle East, Anderson also makes clear how what the colonial powers did back then haunt us still.
Once again, I've read a lot (and I actually cut back on reading and reviewing this year, figuring I've saturated the market!), but I've narrowed my best-of's to three lists again. And I keep thinking I've overlooked someone, but I refuse to make a "P.S. List". At least I think I refuse...
Anyway, here's the best of what I read this year for the shop. I've listed them alphabetically by author because that's the most equal way I can figure to list them. And yeah, I cheated in spots, lumping two titles under one name. 'Cause I'm like that!
Patricia Briggs – Frost Budrned (Penguin) Yasmine Galenorn – Haunted Moon (Berkley) - Signed Copies Available Autumn Whispers (Berkley) - Signed Copies Available Nicola Griffith – Hild(Ferrar, Straus and Giroux) - Signed Copies Available Michael Gruber – The Return (Henry Holt) - Signed Copies Available Roger Hobbs – Ghostman (Vintage) Mike Lawson – House Odds (Atlantic Monthly) - Signed Copies Available Benjamine Percy – Red Moon (Grand Centraly) - Signed Copies Available Kat Richardson – Possession (Roc) - Signed Copies Available Urban Waite – The Carrion Birds (William Morrow) - Signed Copies Available
I read all of Craig Johnson's "Longmire" books in one fell swoop, so they ALL belong here! I kept Spirit of Steamboat out special above because it's unique, a Longmire book that isn't in the timeline of the series. But yeah, I read them all and loved 'em.