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Summer’s Sizzling Best Sellers

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What goes great with summer? Lemonade, balmy breezes, a trip to the mountains or the ocean, and of course, best sellers.

It’s no accident that SMOKIN’ SEVENTEEN is Janet Evanovich’s twelfth number one best seller in a row. Readers just can’t get enough of her New Jersey bounty hunter, Stephanie Plum.  Why are bodies being dumped in shallow graves at the empty construction site of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds? Why does nearly every car that comes into contact with Stephanie seemed doomed? And how does a just barely pulled together woman get such hot boyfriends? Will it be Joe, Ranger, or the old high school flame at the finish line? I can hardly wait for “Explosive Eighteen.”

Unbeknownst to even her most ardent Plum fans, Evanovich is also a writer of romance books. For a fun read at the beach, check out the paperback SMITTEN. Originally released in a slightly different form in 1990, here’s the reason Evanovich is the winner of the New Jersey Romance Writers Golden Leaf Award, and the Romantic Times Life Time Achievement prize.

How does Evanovich achieve such diversity in her work, seemingly without effort? Pick up her manual HOW I WRITE, and learn the secrets to being a bestselling author. This informative paperback includes chapters on creating great characters, revising and editing, and most important, getting published.

As far as I’m concerned, David Baldacci can do no wrong. His bestselling books have been published in forty-five languages and in more than eighty countries. ONE SUMMER is a departure from his usual thrillers. When the wife of a terminally ill man dies in a car accident, his children are separated and sent to live in different parts of the country. All that will save this shattered family is a miracle. Forget the adrenaline rush and get out the hankies.

Fortunately for fans of hero Jason Bourne, Eric Van Lustbader has picked up the sword from the late Robert Ludlum, and created a series of new adventures. The latest is THE BOURNE DOMINION, which finds Bourne in conflict with his old friend, Russian General Boris Karpov. The heart stopping action ranges from South American through Europe, and into the explosive Middle East.

Still jonesing for some literary excitement? You can bet Preston & Childs will never let us down. In COLD VENGEANCE, nothing is what it seems to be, including the murder of the wife of Special Agent Pendergast. Once again, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have teamed up to give readers a tale that careens along at breakneck speed. Not for the faint of heart.

If you love mystery combined with history, don’t miss Steve Berry’s THE JEFFERSON KEY. What did our four assassinated presidents have in common that may have gotten them killed? A clandestine society, a secret cipher, and intrigue at the highest levels of government make this a must read page turner.

Lev Grossman established nothing less than a literary cult with THE MAGICIANS. Quentin Coldwater, a brilliant but troubled high school senior, is obsessed with a series of novels he read in his childhood. When he is admitted to a college of magic, he finds out that the enchanted land of Fillory actually does exist.

Now Grossman has written an equally gripping sequel, THE MAGICIAN KING. This time around, even though Quentin has long escaped the confines of his native Brooklyn, as well as his unsettling college experience, he’s still restless. Accompanied by his childhood friend Julia, he sets out on a quest which leads them both farther afield than they could ever have imagined. Find out why Lev Grossman is considered by many to be the modern day C.S. Lewis.

I doubt many in the literary world predicted that Alexandra Fuller would have a smash hit with “Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood.” For the thousands of readers hungry to find out more about Fuller’s unique family, COCKTAIL HOUR UNDER THE TREE OF FORGETFULNESS is an answered prayer. Front and center is Nicola Fuller of Central Africa, as she preferred to be known. Alexandra’s mother was born on the Isle of Sky to a clan of bellicose Scottish Highlanders, and raised in Kenya. Her love of Africa, it’s land, people, and animals, sustains her through many hardships and the always unpredictable twists of fate. Thanks to her daughter’s care and skill, we can hear Nicola’s voice come alive in the pages of this book.

Remember, reading is the answer. If during this long hot summer you are sad, lonely, or bored, pick up a good book, and read your troubles away.

Michall Jeffers is an accomplished Cultural Journalist and an avowed bibliophile.. She writes extensively, both in print and online. Her eponymous cable TV show is syndicated throughout the tri-state area, and features celebrity interviews, reviews, and commentary. Michall is a voting member of National Book Critics Circle. www.michalljeffers.com

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