Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Spotlight on 2 Books Releasing Today!

The Measure of the Moon

As a former fire-department paramedic and police sergeant, Lisa Preston uses her experience to brilliantly channel human drama and suspense into THE MEASURE OF THE MOON (Thomas & Mercer; April 18, 2017).  New York Times bestselling author, Lisa Scottoline calls it “a powerful follow-up to Orchids and Stone, Lisa Preston’s The Measure of the Moon is a beautifully rendered story - in fact, two stories - which weave together the certainty  of how our actions and choices affect one another with far-reaching consequences.”
When eight-year-old Greer Donner falls off his horse in the Washington wilderness, he braces himself to face the long hike home alone. But screams pierce the darkness, and he stumbles upon a dead-end road where a man is beating a woman—nearly to death. In a moment of courage, he stops the assault, but he’s left to face the man, who turns his wrath into an ominous threat: if the boy ever reveals what he has seen, his family will pay the ultimate price. The secret Greer now carries begins his emotional unraveling.
Meanwhile, in Seattle, Gillian Trett is a photographer with a troubled marriage and a childhood she’s trying to forget. Domestic tension mounts when her husband’s stepsister arrives. Desperate for a distraction, and a way to advance her career, Gillian throws herself into uncovering the history behind an old man’s Holocaust photo of boys in a forest. The mysterious children and the truth behind the scene haunt her—she can’t let go of the image, or of her own shadowed past.
Then a horrifying revelation entangles Gillian’s path with young Greer’s. The boy and the woman, separated by a generation and a hundred miles, each confront the terrible power of harbored secrets—not only to eclipse the truth but also to illuminate the dark, unknown dimensions of their loved ones and themselves.

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 Finding Gideon
 
Eric Jerome Dickey is back with a new novel, and this time the news is more exciting than ever because he’s bringing back his fan’s favorite character…Gideon.

FINDING GIDEON hits shelves on April 18th!

The book is a whirlwind of passion and cut-throat action that spans the globe. Sexy escapades go hand-in-hand with brutal hitmen, and Dickey’s signature evocative writing makes the chapters fly by.

If you’re new to Eric, you are in for a treat and if you’re a faithful reader, get ready. Though FINDING GIDEON picks up on storylines for previous books, it can be read as a complete stand-alone—no binge reading required, but that doesn’t mean you won’t go hunting down the other books once you’ve finished.

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Coca- Cola Art of Jim Harrison

Idgie Says:
This is a beautiful book that managed to throw me back in time to small Southern towns where Coca-Cola was king and almost every building had a sign of some sort for the product. 

The artistry is lovely and this is a book that I will definitely keep front and center on the coffee table. I  feel this would make a great gift for the nostalgia lovers in our lives.

The only regret I have with this book is that the artwork doesn't provide the actual location of the buildings, therefore leaving me to play the guessing game as to if I had seen a particular place in real life or not.

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Coca-Cola is a true American original and one of the world’s most recognized and popular American products. In The Coca-Cola Art of Jim Harrison, the artist traces his lifelong love affair with the Coca-Cola trademark that began during his childhood in rural South Carolina.

Harrison enjoyed drinking the sweet and effervescent beverage, but he also was attracted to the Coca-Cola trademark that was blazoned on buildings and signs in his home town. After years of marveling at the work of local sign painter J. J. Cornforth, Harrison approached the seventy-year-old for a summer job. During several summers Cornforth taught Harrison the craft. When the young artist climbed atop the scaffold in the summer of 1952 to paint his first Coca-Cola sign, little did he know that he was launching a career as one of America’s foremost landscape artists.

In 1975 Harrison created a painting of a country store that featured a fading Coca-Cola sign he and Cornforth had painted twenty years earlier. The painting, titled "Disappearing America," was offered as one of the first limited-edition Coca-Cola collector prints for $40 by Frame House Gallery. All 1,500 copies sold out quickly, propelling him into the national spotlight through the publisher’s network of 600 dealers. Harrison soon became the undisputed leader in rural Americana art, with this and many of his other prints appreciating up to 3,000 percent of their original value.

Since entering into a licensee relationship with the Coca-Cola Company in 1995, Harrison has continued developing limited-edition prints, including his popular annual Coca-Cola calendar. Not surprisingly, Harrison has become an avid collector of old Coca-Cola signs. His studio is lined with a vast array of this collection, which serves as inspiration for new works of art.

  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press (February 14, 2017)


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About the Author

Jim Harrison has earned his living as an artist for more than 50 years, and his paintings are featured in museums and corporate art collections across the country including the State Museum of South Carolina, the Morris Museum of Art, the Maytag Corporation, Philip Morris Company, the Leo Burnett Company, and the Augusta National Golf Club. Harrison has been honored with the South Carolina Order of the Palmetto, declared “one of the Palmetto State’s Chief Art Treasures” in a resolution by the South Carolina House of Representatives, and bestowed with an Honorary Doctorate from the University of South Carolina. Harrison is the author or illustrator of several books including Pathways to a Southern Coast and The Palmetto Tree and Its South Carolina Home, both published by the University of South Carolina Press.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Grand Theft Cargo - Review and Tour Dates

Idgie Says:
Within the first four chapters of this book I was pissed off at Linda. (I might have even sent her a nasty note.)To me, my emotional response shows her strength of writing characters that grab hold and don't let go. 

This novel, while having enough angsty moments to get me riled up, is a fun thrill ride of adventurous moments filled with lively characters and witty banter.  The dialogue is fun, fast and laugh out loud in spots. 

When I hit the last page I thought to myself that the story line was left open enough for a sequel so I wasn't surprised when I read afterwards that this is the first book in a series.  I will say that I quite enjoyed JoJo and her pals and welcome reading more about her in the future. 

I  can easily recommend this book.
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Click HERE to read a Q & A from Linda about Grand Theft Cargo

Grand Theft Cargo
Down and Out Books
February 2017

Grand Theft Cargo is a wild ride from start to finish with a secretive highwayman, explosive house bombs, singing telegrams, flaming mice, secret cancer drugs, dead truckers, an agency that can’t be named, and enough crashes and car chases to remind you these road cowboys have no qualms crossing the zipper to walk the dog in the hammer lane.

Tenacious trucker Jojo Boudreaux and her co-driver beau Tyler Boone spend their days- and nights- delivering cargo coast to coast. Old Blue, their custom Peterbilt tractor-trailer makes the perfect home for a man who never had one and a Louisiana tomboy who thinks an oven is for storing guns. But life on the road isn’t all sing-a-longs and sunsets.

When Jojo and Boone are called in to deliver an abandoned load of high-profile pharmaceuticals to a secure warehouse, they delay their vacation for the quick, easy job with the big paycheck, forgetting that nothing quick and easy ever comes with a big paycheck.
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Upcoming Appearances

July 6, 2017    Sisters in Crime, Greenville, SC  
August 24-27, 2017    Killer Nashville, Nashville, TN 
September 1-3, 2017     Decatur Book Festival, Decatur, GA 
 October 12-15, 2017    Bouchercon, Toronto, Canada  
November 18, 2017   Atlanta Writers Club Member Minute, GPC Dunwoody, GA 
November 2017    Milton Literary Festival TBA

Calamity - Review and Excerpt

Idgie Says:
Consider this book a Western "Coming of Age" story with a twist.  The twist being aliens.  Green ones, grey ones, mean ones and peaceful ones.  Throw in ranchers, cattle barons, Indians, one orphaned teenage girl and you have quite a collection of characters.  

I'm sure there will be some comparisons between the book and the Cowboys and Aliens movie that came out a few years ago, but the characters are dissimilar enough that you soon will move past that.  Plus, these little green men actually stay little green men....but with cowboy hats, dusters and alien six shooters. 

The writing of the dialogue must have been exhausting - it is fully immersed into the Western cowboy vernacular with enough obscure phrasing involved to ensure that hundreds of hours of research went into this novel. From Page One you are in the Old West.

I believe this novel will appeal to speculative Sci-Fi fans...and to the more open-minded fans of the Western genre.

It was a fun read.

Click HERE for an excerpt.
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Once on my name was Martha Jane Canary. That’s Calamity Jane to you. And this here’s the story of how the one become the other. And about the Green Man what rode through hell with me to do it.

Long before Calamity Jane scouted with Custer or “Wild Bill” Hickok, she was a fifteen-year-old girl with a fiery temper. But when violence and tragedy turn young Jane’s world upside down, she finds herself riding with an alien gunslinger—the Green Man—through a landscape of revenge and betrayal.

Along the way, she learns how to shoot a six-gun and how to stand on her own, even when surrounded by Lakota warriors. From space ships to guns that can pick off a butterfly a mile away, young Jane realizes that the universe is far bigger than the Wild West and that she can trust no one in it to save her but herself.

When the villainous Grays meddling in the wars between the Indians and the government stand in the way of the Green Man making his way home, Jane finds her desire for revenge may be less than her loyalty for the longrider. And in that realization, she becomes the hero the Wild West has long remembered.

So, forget what you know of how the West was won. Instead, learn the truth of what happened when a young girl met a longrider she called the Green Man…


  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Heliosphere Books (September 1, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937868478

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Night the Lights Went Out - Review and Excerpt


Idgie Says:
This novel has three main characters in it's pages - Merilee, who lives in the present and is recovering from a divorce; Sugar, who remembers the past and how it shaped her; and a local blogger that creeps around into everyone's lives and digs up all the secrets. 

Set in a small town outside of Atlanta, you get all of the great Southern feels: heavy gossip, eccentric characters, invasive neighbors and not so hidden secrets. When some of those secrets start to rise to the surface, people begin to realize just how deceiving appearances can be. 

Karen's characters come alive on the page and their emotions are vibrant and real in your mind as you learn their stories. This is a nice hearty story to start your summer reading off right!

Excerpt below!
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The Night the Lights Went Out
by Karen White
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