Monday, August 21, 2017

The Lady of Royale Street - Shout Out

Idgie Says: 
This is the third in this series.  I haven't read them, but breezing through the descriptions, I will say that this one captures my attention more than the other two. I do believe I'll take some time and investigate it closer.


NOLA Nights
Volume 3
Thea de Salle
Pocket Star EBook
August 21, 2017
ISBN 9781501156106

Alex DuMont is everything his brother Sol isn’t: regimented, serious, and devout. Between twelve-hour workdays, service to the church, punishing daily workouts, and bi-weekly therapy sessions, Alex is, as Sol once put it, “a kettle perpetually whistling as it boils itself to death.” So when Sol announces his marriage to Arianna Barrington, heiress and society sweetheart, Alex is the absolute worst choice to be his best man. Sol asks anyway and Alex reluctantly agrees. It’s only a week, after all, and Alex should be able to stop himself from throttling his big brother for a meager seven days. Probably. Maybe.

Theresa Ivarson is Arianna’s best friend and the maid of honor. A decorated photojournalist who interrupts her globetrotting to stand beside her friend, Theresa is beautiful, witty, and unafraid to speak her mind. So when she is faced with working with the best man from Hell, a Viking who doesn’t know how to smile, is bossy, and about as pleasant as a cactus, the sparks are bound to fly—and not in the good way. To make matters worse, Sol and Rain's wedding planner was hit by a bus the week before their special day, and Alex and Theresa find themselves at the center of a list-ditch effort to pull the wedding together. But when you can’t decide if you want to kiss or kill someone, something’s bound to break.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Dog Dish of Doom - Spotlight

Minotaur Books
St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9781250084279
304 Pages

Click HERE to read an excerpt.

Cozy fans and animal lovers alike won't be able to keep their paws off Dog Dish of Doom. Laugh-out-loud funny, E.J. Copperman's series debut is "lots of fun" (Library Journal, starred). 

Kay Powell wants to find that break-out client who will become a star. And she thinks she’s found him: His name is Bruno, and he has to be walked three times a day.

Kay is the Agent to the Paws, representing showbiz clients who aren’t exactly people. In fact: they're dogs. Bruno’s humans, Trent and Louise, are pains in the you-know-what, and Les McMaster, the famous director mounting a revival of Annie, might not hire Bruno just because he can’t stand them.

This becomes less of an issue when Trent is discovered face down in Bruno’s water dish, with a kitchen knife in his back. Kay’s perfectly fine to let the NYPD handle the murder, but when the whole plot seems to center on Bruno, her protective instincts come into play. You can kill any people you want, but you’d better leave Kay’s clients alone.

Dog Dish of Doom - Spotlight

Praise for E. J. Copperman’s DOG DISH OF DOOM:

“Admirers of old comedy sketches and anyone looking for a laugh-out-loud mystery should pick up this series launch by Copperman.”
Library Journal (STARRED)

"Readers will root for Kay to be more than pals with Sam Gibson, proprietor of Cool Beans coffee house—and, of course, to keep Bruno as more than a client. [Filled with] resilient, warm, funny supporting players."
Publishers Weekly

"Well-drawn characters, including a heroine who talks directly to the reader, and effectively framed with details of the theater enhance this humorous cozy."


The start of a great new series, Dog Dish of Doom (Minotaur Books, August 15th, $24.99) stars amateur sleuth Kay Powell. A talent agent for show biz animals, Kay discovers she has a talent of her own: solving crimes. 

Kay Powell wants to find that break-out client who will become a star. And she thinks she’s found him: His name is Bruno, and he has to be walked three times a day.

Bruno’s humans, Trent and Louise, butt in a lot, and Les McMaster, the famous director now mounting a revival of Annie, might not hire Bruno just because he can’t stand Trent in particular.

That becomes less of an issue when Trent is discovered face down in Bruno’s water dish. With a kitchen knife in his back.

Laugh-out-loud funny, this series debut is a delight.

About the Author:
E.J. COPPERMAN is someone you could sit down and have a beer with, if that’s your thing. Or a hot chocolate. Or a diet soda. Actually, you can have anything you want as long as you don’t care what E.J. is drinking.

E.J. is the author of a number of mystery series: Agent to the Paws begins with Dog Dish of Doom and other series include the Haunted Guesthouse mysteries, Asperger’s mysteries, and Mysterious Detective mysteries.


By E. J. Copperman
Minotaur Books
August 15, 2017

The Cage Maker - Spotlight

Story River Books
University of South Carolina Press
August 15, 2017


Bringing the New Orleans of the late 1800s and early 1900s vividly to life, Nicole Seitz’s latest novel unfolds as a series of letters, journal entries, and newspaper articles discovered in the secret compartment of an enormous and exquisitely detailed birdcage that Trish, a twenty-first-century blogger, has inherited from a heretofore unknown relative. As she peruses the documents, Trish finds herself irresistibly drawn into the history of her family―a tale that is, as one letter puts it, “part love story and part horror and madness.”

In 1906 Dr. RenĂ© Le Monnier is ready to retire after a lengthy career as the New Orleans coroner and physician for the insane asylum. Still mourning his wife’s death, the Civil War veteran wants nothing more than finally to write his account of the Battle of Shiloh. But when a sixteen-year-old girl, Carmelite Kurucar, enlists his aid in saving her brother from a death sentence, the good doctor has to reckon with old ghosts and dusty, long-forgotten files―in particular the case of a patient to whom he may not have given sufficient treatment and consideration.

Le Monnier’s efforts to help Carmelite lead him to Bertrand Saloy, one of the richest men in all New Orleans; to the Le Monnier mansion, which still haunts him; and down a dark family lineage “cursed” by a succession of wealth. Amid the mysteries and suspenseful intrigue, a French birdcage maker’s obsessive love for Madame Saloy emerges at the heart of the story.Based in part on real people and events and featuring illustrations by the author, this engrossing epistolary novel offers fresh twists on the Southern Gothic genre. It reveals much about criminal justice, about early-twentieth-century notions of care for the mentally ill, and, most important, about the many ways in which the weight of history hangs over the present from one generation to the next.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Daren Wang to Step Down as AJC Decatur Book Festival Executive Director

Daren Wang to Step Down as AJC Decatur Book Festival Executive Director
Will Launch New Novel “The Hidden Light of Northern Fires” at Festival 

ATLANTA, Ga. (August 14, 2017) -- Daren Wang, Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival (DBF) co-founder, will step down as executive director at the end of 2017 to focus on other projects. Wang’s debut novel, “The Hidden Light of Northern Fires,” will launch during the 12th annual festival, Sept. 1-3, 2017.

Daren has been a visionary leader,” said AJC Decatur Book Festival board chair James Diedrick. “He and his team have done a remarkable job creating and running what has become the largest independent book festival in the country. We wish Daren all the best as he launches his first novel at the festival this year and sets off on his book tour.”

Diedrick added that the board plans to honor and celebrate Daren in a variety of ways during and after the festival. Members of the DBF board have formed a transition team to plan next steps for the festival.

Wang said his time as festival director has taught him the meaning of community.

“The word 'community' is bandied about in marketing copy and P.R. firms every day, but only by working on the Decatur Book Festival did I learn what it really means. To have worked with these people—the DBF teams past and present, the board, and the volunteers—is, for me, to understand what it means to belong. It has meant more to me than I can say.”

Wang added that he’s looking forward to watching the festival grow in the coming years.

“I’m so proud of what so many have worked to build at the DBF. I can’t wait to see it get better and better in coming years. It’ll be a joy to come next year and just enjoy the festival.”

As for his transition to the next phase of his career, Wang said “it’s the right time for me to open the windows wide. I’m excited to see what comes next.”

Decatur Mayor Patti Garrett commented on the importance of the festival to Decatur.

“The AJC Decatur Book Festival has become one of Decatur’s most beloved and prized events bringing authors, illustrators, storytellers, booksellers, arts groups and makers to our community thus raising the awareness of the importance of literacy in a way that is interactive, engaging, thought-provoking, and fun."

Garrett continued, “I am looking forward to the launch of Daren’s book at the festival as well as honoring him for his 12 years of service and thanking him officially for a job well done.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival (DBF) is the largest independent book festival in the country. Over Labor Day weekend tens of thousands from metro Atlanta and beyond share the historic Decatur Square with world-class authors, illustrators, editors, publishers and booksellers for a weekend filled with literature, music, food and fun. For more information, visit,“like” Decatur Book Festival on Facebook or follow @DBookFestival on Twitter.
Press Release Courtesy of Keith Britt, Gumbo Marketing