August 2008

About M.J. Rose

M.J. Rose is the international bestselling author of 10 novels; Lip Service, In Fidelity, Flesh Tones, Sheet Music, Lying in Bed, The Halo Effect, The Delilah Complex, The Venus Fix and The Reincarnationist. She is also the co-author with Angela Adair Hoy of How to Publish and Promote Online, and with Doug Clegg of Buzz Your Book. Her latest novel, The Memorist, will be released in late October 2008.

She is a founding member and board member of International Thriller Writers and the founder of the first marketing company for authors: She runs two popular blogs; Buzz, Balls & Hype and Backstory.

Rose has been profiled in Time magazine, Forbes, The New York Times, Business 2.0, Working Woman, Newsweek and New York Magazine. She has appeared on The Today Show, Fox News, The Jim Lehrer NewsHour, and features on her have appeared in dozens of magazines and newspapers in the U.S. and abroad, including USAToday, Stern, L’Official, Poets and Writers and Publishers Weekly.

Rose graduated from Syracuse University and spent the ’80s in advertising. She was the Creative Director of Rosenfeld Sirowitz and Lawson and she has a commercial in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. She lives in Connecticut with Doug Scofield, a composer, and their very spoiled dog, Winka.

Visit M.J. Rose’s website HERE

About The Memorist:

The Dreads are back.

As a child, Meer Logan was haunted by memories of another time and place always accompanied by the faint strains of elusive music. Now the dreads are back. The past has reached out again in the form of a strange letter that sets her on a search to unlock the mystery of who she once was.

The Memorist is a literary page turner that races across the Austrian countryside and takes you to a Viennesse tear-gas filled auction house, dusty museums, hidden passages deep within the walls of the secret Memorist Society. It’s a journey through the centuries as Meer unravels the mystery behind her own past lives.

“THE MEMORIST is a riveting and suspenseful page-turner that throws open a magical door to the past, revealing how history may influence not just our individual destinies, but the future of us all.”

– NYT Bestselling Author, Steve Berry

The Memorist will be released Oct. 2008. You can read an excerpt of The Memorist HERE

MJ Rose’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, October 27th: Fantasy Book Critic

Tuesday, October 28th: The Compulsive Reader

Wednesday, October 29th: The Book Bitch

Tuesday, November 4th: Bloody Hell!

Friday, November 7th: Fizzy Thoughts

Monday, November 10th: Devourer of Books

Wednesday, November 12th: Bookstack

Thursday, November 13th: The Inside Cover

Monday, November 17th: Booking Mama

Tuesday, November 18th:  Books I Done Read

Wednesday, November 19th: Diary of an Eccentric

Thursday, November 20th: MommyPie

Monday, November 24th: Bloggin’ ‘Bout Books

Friday, November 28th: Frequency of Silence


About David

David H. Jones was born and raised in West Virginia and has been a lifelong student of the Civil War. His research took him into the swamps of Dinwiddie County, Virginia, to rediscover the lost location where a pivotal event in the book took place. A graduate of Kentucky Military Institute and Babson College, former Navy officer, and entrepreneur, he currently lives and writes in Los Angeles, California. Visit David’s website HERE.

About Two Brothers – One North, One South

Walt Whitman feared that the real war would never get in the books – the true stories that depicted the courage and humanity of soldiers who fought, bled, and died in the American Civil War.

Exceptionally researched and keenly accurate to actual events, along with the personages that forged them, David H. Jones’s novel spans four years in the midst of America’s costliest and most commemorated war.

The journey is navigated by the poet, Walt Whitman, whose documented compassion for the wounded and dying soldiers of the war takes him to Armory Square Hospital in Washington, D.C., and finds him at the bedside of William Prentiss, a Rebel soldier, just after fighting has ended. As fate has it, William’s brother, Clifton, a Union officer, is being treated in another ward of the same hospital, and Whitman becomes the sole link not just between the two, but with the rest of their family as well.

The reader is taken seamlessly from Medfield Academy in Baltimore, where the Prentiss family makes its home, to the many battlefields where North and South collide, and even through the drawing rooms of wartime Richmond, where Hetty, Jenny, and Constance Cary are the reigning belles.

Ultimately, Two Brothers -One North, One South is a story about patriotism.

Click HERE to read an excerpt.

David Jones’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, November 3rd – Strategist’s Personal Library

Wednesday, November 5th – My Adventures in History

Friday, November 7th – Kathleen’s Book Reviews

Monday, November 10th – Bobbi’s Book Nook

Tuesday, November 11th – The Bell Rang

Wednesday, November 12th – Random Wonder

Friday, November 14th – Confessions of a Real Librarian

Monday, November 17th – Civil War History

Monday, November 17th – Military History Blog

Wednesday, November 19th – Bookfoolery and Babble

Friday, November 21st – Literarily

Monday, November 24th – Ready When You Are, C.B.

Tuesday, November 25th – In the Shadow of Mount TBR

Wednesday, November 26th – TOCWOC – A Civil War Blog

Friday, November 28th – A High and Hidden Place

Monday, December 1st – wig-wags

Monday, December 8th – Civil War Literature

About David

David Ebershoff is the author of three novels, the 19th Wife, Pasadena, and The Danish Girl, and a short story collection, The Rose City.  His fiction has won a number of awards, including the Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Lambda Literary Award, and has been translated into ten languages to critical acclaim. Random House published his third novel, The 19th Wife, on August 5, 2008, to much acclaim.  It immediately hit a number of bestseller lists including that of The New York Times.  The novel is about one of Brigham Young’s plural wives, Ann Eliza young, as well as polygamy in the United States today.  Publisher’s Weekly called it “an exquisite tour-de-force” and Kirkus Reviews said it was “reminiscent of Wallace Stegner’s Angle of Repose in scope and ambition”, while the Los Angeles Times praised it by saying “it does that thing all good novels do: it entertains us.” Ebershoff has taught creative writing at New York University and Princeton and currently teaches in the graduate writing program at Columbia University.  For many years he was the publishing director of the Modern Library and now is an editor-at-large at Random House.  He lives in New York City. For more information, visit David’s website.  

About The 19th Wife Faith, I tell them, is a mystery, elusive to many, and never easy to explain. Sweeping and lyrical, spellbinding and unforgettable, David Ebershoff’s The 19th Wife combines epic historical fiction with a modern murder mystery to create a brilliant novel of literary suspense.  It is 1875, and Ann Eliza Young has recently separated from her powerful husband, Brigham Young, prophet and leader of the Mormon Church. Expelled and an outcast, Ann Eliza embarks on a crusade to end polygamy in the United States. A rich account of a family’s polygamous history is revealed, including how a young woman became a plural wife. Soon after Ann Eliza’s story begins, a second exquisite narrative unfolds–a tale of murder involving a polygamist family in present-day Utah. Jordan Scott, a young man who was thrown out of his fundamentalist sect years earlier, must reenter the world that cast him aside in order to discover the truth behind his father’s death. And as Ann Eliza’s narrative intertwines with that of Jordan’s search, readers are pulled deeper into the mysteries of love and faith. Read an excerpt HERE

David Ebershoff’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Wednesday, Oct. 15th:  Maw Books (Natasha got to meet David at a book signing!)

Thursday, Oct. 16th:  Maw Books (review)

Friday, Oct. 17th: Reading, ‘Riting, and Retirement (guest post and review)

Monday, Oct. 20th:  She Is Too Fond Of Books (will have another post soon with David answering questions from readers)

Tuesday, Oct. 21st:  Age 30 – A Year in Books

Thursday, Oct. 23rd:  A High and Hidden Place

Monday, Oct. 27th:  It’s All About Books (guest post) and review

Tuesday, Oct. 28th:  Musings of a Bookish Kitty (review and author interview)

Thursday, Oct. 30th:  Books on the Brain (giveaway)

Monday, Nov. 3rd:  The Cottage Nest

Tuesday, Nov. 4th:  B&B ex libris

Wednesday, Nov. 5th:  Anniegirl1138

Thursday, Nov. 6th:  The Tome Traveller

Monday, Nov. 10th:  The Literate Housewife

Tuesday, Nov. 11th:  Educating Petunia

Wednesday,  Nov. 12th:  Diary of an Eccentric

Friday, Nov. 14th:  Book Chase

About Kim

KIM POWERS is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir The History of Swimming, which was both a Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” Selection as well as a Lambda Literary Award finalist for Best Memoir of the Year. Entertainment Weekly calls Powers’ latest novel, Capote in Kansas: A Ghost Story, “welcome,” “offbeat,” and “intriguing.” Because of the accomplishment of the two books, Powers was selected as one of the “Out 100” – Out Magazine’s top 100 most influential gays or lesbians in the country.

Powers is currently a Writer/Producer at ABC’s Primetime Live, and won both Emmy and Peabody Awards for his 9/11 coverage for Good Morning America. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, he also wrote the screenplay for the festival-favorite indie film “Finding North,” which plays frequently on the Sundance Channel and is available on DVD. He was also a staff writer for the AMC series“The Lot,” and a producer anddevelopment executive for the multi-Emmy winning PBS program “Great Performances.” A native Texan, he currently lives in New York City with his partner, Tony Award winning costume designer Jess Goldstein.

Visit Kim’s website HERE

About Capote in Kansas:

While based on many real and little-known events in the lives of Truman Capote and Harper Lee, it’s an imagined story – a “fantasia” — of their great friendship, and even greater falling out, as Harper retreated from fame, and Truman gulped it down as greedily as he did his beloved “orange drink” (three parts vodka, one part juice.) If you ever loved To Kill a Mockingbird, or any of the fantastic writing of Truman Capote, you’ll want to read this, for which a reading group guide has been prepared as well. Look for Capote in Kansas in paperback October 4th.

You can find reading group discussion questions for Capote in Kansas HERE

Kim Powers’ TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Wednesday, Oct. 1st: Bookgirl’s Nightstand

Friday, Oct. 3rd: Book Room Reviews

Monday, Oct. 6th: A Guy’s Moleskin Notebook

Wednesday, Oct. 8th: Tripping Toward Lucidity

Friday, Oct. 10th: book-a-rama

Monday, Oct. 13th: Ready When You Are, C.B. (review)

Tuesday, Oct. 14th:  Ready When You Are, C.B. (author interview)

Wednesday, Oct. 15th: Bibliolatry

Friday, Oct. 17th: Books and Movies

Monday, Oct. 20th: Booking Mama

Wednesday, Oct. 22nd: Diary of an Eccentric

Thursday, Oct. 23rd: Maw Books

Friday, Oct. 24th: Book Club Classics

Monday, Oct. 27th: Books and Cooks

Tuesday, Oct. 28th: Devourer of Books

Wednesday, Oct. 29th: Literate Housewife

About Jennie

Bestselling author Jennie Shortridge has three published novels: Riding with the Queen, (NAL 2003), Eating Heaven(2005), and Love and Biology at the Center of the Universe (2008). Prior to writing novels, her nonfiction work appeared regularly in magazines and newspapers, including Glamour, Mademoiselle, Natural Home, and others. The Seattle writer has been called “an accomplished and superior novelist” by theStatesmen Journal and “a writer to watch out for,” by the Rocky Mountain News. She tries not to let it go to her head. 

About Love and Biology at the Center of the Universe:

Written with keen insight and wit, Jennie Shortridge’s fiction is “rich, funny, sad, sensual, and hopeful.” Now comes a bittersweet novel that asks: how does a good girl know when to finally let herself be bad? 

Mira Serafino can see the headlines now: Girl-Scout-Leading, Homeless-Feeding Science Teacher of the Year Goes on Wild Rampage of Sex, Drinking, and Drugs. Well, let her small town of Pacifica, Oregon, think what it will. Forty-five-year-old Mira, the obedient daughter, the supermom, the loyal wife, has left the building… 

When she learns that her college-sweetheart husband has been seeing another woman, Mira’s perfect world is shattered and she wants no one, least of all her big Italian family, to know. She heads north—with no destination and little money—stopping only when her car breaks down in Seattle. She takes a job at the offbeat Coffee Shop at the Center of the Universe, where she’ll experience a scary but invigorating freedom, and meet someone she’ll come to love: the new Mira…

Jennie Shortridge’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Saturday, November 1st:  Estella’s Revenge e-zine (author interview)

Monday, November 3rd:  Booking Mama (review)

Tuesday, November 4th:  Booking Mama– (author guest post) 

Wednesday, November 5th:  She is Too Fond of Books

Friday, November 7th: Curly Wurly Gurly (contest for a $15 Starbucks or other coffeshop gift card!)

Friday, November 7th:  Curly Wurly Gurly (review)

Monday, November 10th:  Fizzy Thoughts

Wednesday, November 12th:  Tripping Toward Lucidity

Friday, November 14th:  Literarily

Monday, November 17th:  Shelf Life

Wednesday, November 19th:  Musings of a Bookish Kitty

Friday, November 21st:  Bookshipper

Monday, November 24th:  Minds Alive on the Shelves

Wednesday, November 26th:  Book Addiction

Sunday, November 30th:  B & b ex libris

About Lesley

LESLEY DORMEN was born in Shaker Heights, Ohio and lives in New York City, where she is the Associate Director of The Writers Studio and teaches fiction writing. Her short stories have been published in The Atlantic MonthlyPloughsharesFive PointsOpen CityGlimmer Train and Ladies’ Home Journal. Two have been included in “100 Other Distinguished Stories” of the year in Best American Short Stories. Her articles, essays, and humor have appeared in magazines that include O, The Oprah MagazineElleLadies’ Home Journal,  Glamour,  Redbook,  Mademoiselle, MirabellaSeventeenGood Housekeeping,  Cosmopolitan,  Psychology Today and Playboy.

Lesley’s book The Best Place to Be is a novel in stories, and all of the stories are told by the same narrator, Grace, at pivotal moments in her life, between the ages of 18 and 50ish.  This is literary fiction with terrific mass appeal–a first person narrator who is page-turningly appealing.  Most of the stories are set in Greenwich Village.  The book has depth, the stories do not proceed chronologically, they circle around in time, so we see Grace in the round.  

Elle magazine said, Virginia Woolf meets Candace Bushnell in these funny, beautifully written linked stories of one woman’s struggle to get through the business of ordinary life.”  O the Oprah magazine said hers is “…a journey that is smack-your-forehead familiar, and so crazily funny you could cry.”

You can read more about The Best Place to Be HERE and visit Lesley’s website HERE.

Lesley Dormen’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Wednesday, October 1st:  Wormbook

(reprinted with permission at Books on the Brain)

Friday, October 3rd:  Maw Books

Monday, October 6th:  Diary of an Eccentric

Wednesday, October 8th:  Devourer of Books

Friday, October 10th:  Life and Times of a “New” New Yorker

Monday, October 13th:  Books I Done Read

Wednesday, October 15th:  From the Mixed-Up Files

Friday, October 17th:  Bloody Hell!  It’s a Book Barrage!

Wednesday, October 22nd:  The Book Lady

Monday, October 27th:  Bookgirl’s Nightstand

Wednesday, October 29th:  Hey, Lady!  Whatcha Readin’?