24/8 Book Club


For Thriller Lovers Everyone Get in on Jordan Dane’s Second Triology Series
January 21, 2009, 12:29 pm
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Jordan Dane debut novel, No One Heard Her Scream, was chosen as one of the ‘Best Books of the Year’ in 2008 by Publishers Weekly.  The trade publication raved, “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.”

Her second trilogy, SWEET JUSTICE,  starts with Evil Without a Face (Avon, On Sale: 1/27/2009, ISBN 13: 9780061474125, $7.99), a new series about three powerful women—a bounty hunter operating outside the law, an ambitious vice cop, and a former international operative with a mysterious past.  
 
Ripped from the headlines, Dane’s gritty suspense plots weave a tapestry of vivid settings, intrigue, and dark humor. A thrilling ride of mystery and suspense.  There a many upcoming opportunities to see and join JD on a blog site coming up, http://www.jordandane.com/appearances.php.


Readers and fans of author Michael Grant Jaffe
January 17, 2009, 11:54 am
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are in for a treat tonight on the Hallmark TV channel.  A Cool, Dry Place is presented tonight, check your local listings.  This 1998 movie adapted from the novel Dance Real Slow by Michael Grant Jaffe.  The movie stars  Vince Vaughn, Monica Potter, Joey Lauren Adams and Bobby Moat. 

Remember Hollywood, so many ideas for movies are adapted from novels so it is essential to keep this artform as strong as possible or it will hurt your industry.  So many good books so many good reads.



Calling all wimpy kids

Author Jeff Kinney joined Al Roker’s Today Show Kids Club today.  Jeff is just a regular guy that wrote his first installment of this very popular series for adults.  He worked on this for nine years and when it was sold to the publisher the good news was it was sold, the bad news was it was sold as a kids book. 

It has changed many kids lives to date with more to come.  Jeff is unique in that he does both the illustrations and the writing himself.  The third book in this series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw was just released a few days ago.  Your children, both boys and girls will love this series so pick up the original Wimpy Kid Diary or the lastest one today.

To see Jeff on the Today Show go to:  http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/18424824#28691810.

Be sure to visit Jeff’s website, it is adorable, http://www.wimpykid.com/. There is also news and a link about how to try out for the lead character, Greg, for the upcoming Twentienth Century’s Fox picture.



Meg Cabot in conjunction with Avon are teaming up with Greenpeace Princess Mia whom we have all gotten to know over the years in the books and on the big screen is going to be featured for the last time in  Meg Cabot’s latest book, Forever Princess.  Alas, do not fret, the clever folks at Avon and Meg have found a way to give Mia her own voice.Ransom My Heart  is a new book penned by the princess herself.  As the princess has had so many romantic notions and adventures it is only fitting her new book is a romance.  Meg and Princess Mia care about the environment and that is why they have chosen to team up.  But it is not enough for Meg and Mia to talk about Greenpeace they have really stepped up and are paying it forward by donating the advance and royalties from Ransom My Heart to Greenpeace.  Additionally, if you go to the  Greenpeace website you can find Meg Cabot e-cards, an exclusive Q&A with Meg and Princess Mia, info on what you can do to help, and much more.

PS According to Meg’s website, Princess Mia will continue to blog even though she is not going to be the subject of a book. 



THE LACE READER is the feature book selection at Barnes and Noble this month

24/8 is in good company as we started our year featuring THE LACE READER and Barnes and Noble has done the same.  According to the author Brunonia Barry,  “…this means that I’ll be online every day this month discussing the book and answering questions.”   Be sue to visit Barnes and Nobel and you can ask a question yourself.  
To join in go to:
http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/bn/board?board.id=NewReads&.



Geraldine Brooks is criss crossing the country

on tour with her latest release PEOPLE OF THE BOOK.  Her last book MARCH, received the pulitzer prize, yes that is right the pulitzer.  She is obviously talented and has an amazing background.  PEOPLE OF THE BOOK takes Geraldine back to a place she once called home, Bosnia.  Follow the history of a rare book and the clues that Hanna Heath a rare-book expert. finds in its pages.   

Definitely a fascinating author to come out to meet and her about her newest book.    To learn more about her tour dates go visit both links:  http://us.penguingroup.com/nf/Events/EventSearchProc/1,,sapid_1000052201,00.html and http://www.geraldinebrooks.com/events.html.  It is clear this book will be another great read, so much so it caught the eye of  Catherine Zeta Jones who scooped up the film rights to the book.  So pulitzer or not, hopefully we will see the story on the screen.



Maybe a 2008 National Book Award winner for those gift cards you received
December 24, 2008, 6:23 pm
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today or will be receiving shortly during this holiday season.  Every year the National Book Awards are presented to recognize achievements in four genres: or will be Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature. 

On March 15, 1950, a consortium of book publishing groups sponsored the first annual National Book Awards Ceremony and Dinner.  Their goal was to enhance the public’s awareness of exceptional books written by fellow Americans, and to increase the popularity of reading in general. The Winners, selected by five-member, independent judging panels for each genre, receive a $10,000 cash award and a crystal sculpture.

This year’s winners were announced in November they are:

Fiction – SHADOW COUNTRY by Peter Matthiessen

Non Fiction – THE HEMINGSES OF MONTICELLO by Annette Gordon-Reed

Poetry – FIRE TO FIRE: NEW AND COLLECTED POEMS by Mark Doty

Young People’s Literature – WHAT I SAW AND HOW I LIED – by Judy Blundell



Jane Porter’s FLIRTING WITH FORTY premieres
December 5, 2008, 1:16 pm
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this weekend on Lifetime.  If you have a chance to watch or record this adaptation of her book with the same title please do. The great news about cable is that it will be on again and again for your viewing pleasure. 

We are looking forward to giving away FLIRTING WITH FORTY next week at 24/8 to celebrate Jane’s great succcess as well as featuring Jane on the site. 

lifetime-forty



James Patterson has a new arrival

and a very special mission for kids and reading.  If you are a James Fan loyalist you will want to pick up his latest, CROSS COUNTRY.  This is the latest edition of the extremely popular Alex Cross series.  to learn more about this book or others series the he writes visit the official James Patterson website.

But what you might not know is that James Patterson, inspired by his son’s lack of interest in reading, has made it his mission to get kids reading.  Visit Read Kiddo Read to view reading recommendations for kids of all ages which is a great place to start. Why not sit down this weekend and get your kids involved in picking out a book on this site.  Leave it to James to take it a step further he has a series devoted to the adolescent reader, Maximum Ride.  He targets this series for 8 years and older but the reviews are in for those in the 24/8 world that they are great.



Have you been reading Alexander McCall Smith’s

latest novel on line?  Yes, you read that correctly, best selling author Alexander McCall Smith is serializing his next novel, CORDUROY MANSIONS, on line and letting us read it as he goes.  There are currently 48 chapters completed and ready to view.  The most interesting part of this delightful idea is that we can comment on the novel and who knows it might influence how the story unfolds. 

This is another great idea brought to you by a very popular author.  To view the chapters on line at, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/exclusions/alexandermccallsmith/nosplit/alexandermccallsmith.xml.  There is even a contest that might let you be the next serial novelist on line.

24/8 wants to thank you Andrew for letting avid readers and fans follow along as the next book takes shape.  It is a novel concept and we applaud you for taking this journey.