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The popularity of Clive Cussler’s bestselling Isaac Bell series continues to grow. The two newest books, written with Justin Scott, both debut on The New York Times bestseller lists this week.  The Assassin (Putnam) hits at #3 on the eBook fiction list and grabs the #5 slot on the hardcover fiction list while The Bootlegger (Berkley) bows at #7 on the mass-market fiction list.
Berkley Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, announced today the long-awaited paperback publication of Liane Moriarty’s #1 international bestseller The Husband’s Secret.  A trade paperback edition will be released on March 3, 2015. Since its July 2013 hardcover publication The Husband’s Secret has sold more than 1.7 million copies (across formats) in the U.S.  Liane Moriarty has become a major international bestselling author whose follow-up novel, Big Little Lies, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list this past summer. “Liane Moriarty’s novels are sharply observed, compulsively readable page-turners that tackle big questions and generate passionate discussion. It’s great to see The Husband’s Secret join Liane’s books What Alice Forgot and The Hypnotist’s Love Story on Berkley’s paperback list,” said Leslie Gelbman, President of The Berkley/New American Library Publishing Group. “Today’s announcement will thrill the many booksellers, book clubs, and readers who have eagerly anticipated the paperback publication of The Husband’s Secret.” Several of Moriarty’s novels, including The Husband’s Secret, have been fast-tracked in Hollywood. CBS Films snapped up film rights to The Husband’s Secret soon after the hardcover publication. Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman secured film/television rights to Big Little Lies for their respective production companies. Both actresses have signed on to star in a limited run television series based on the novel and written by David E. Kelley. TriStar owns rights to Moriarty’s New York Times bestseller What Alice Forgot with the director of The Devil Wears Prada attached. In The Husband’s Secret, Cecilia Fitzpatrick discovers and reads a letter written by her husband that he wanted opened only after his death. But Cecilia’s husband is still very much alive, and the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life the Fitzpatricks have built, but the lives of several others as well. Liane Moriarty is an internationally bestselling author whose books have been published around the world and translated into several languages. She lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband, son, and daughter.
Publishing phenomenon Sylvia Day’s Captivated By You, the fourth installment in her blockbuster bestselling Crossfire series, debuted at #1 on three New York Times bestseller lists—trade paperback, e-book, and combined print and e-book—for the week of December 7.  Released on November 18, the book also debuted at #1 on the USA Today list.  Captivated By You topped bestseller lists in the UK, Canada, Ireland Brazil and Bulgaria, with the English language edition hitting #1 in 13 other countries worldwide. Sylvia Day and the book have received national media attention, including coverage from USA Today, Access Hollywood Live, the Maggie Linton Show on Sirius XM and Entertainment Weekly’s Sirius XM show.  The author appeared on Good Day New York the day before the book went on sale and completed a 15-city satellite TV and radio tour to promote the book.  Day also launched the release of Captivated By You with a 300-person ticketed, on-stage event at Mohegan Sun Casino and Resort in Connecticut. Captivated By You follows the evolving relationship of Day’s iconic couple, Gideon Cross and his wife, Eva, as they face new challenges. The Crossfire series has been optioned for television by Lionsgate.
Last week, Berkley released On the Road with Janis Joplin by Joplin’s road manager John Byrne Cooke. John kicked of his tour with an amazing event at The Harvard Coop in Cambridge, MA followed by the National Press Club in Washington, DC and then headed off to San Francisco, CA where it all began for Janis and her band, Big Brother and the Holding Company.  John had a packed house at the Santa Rosa Theatre where he and the remaining members of Big Brother (Sam Andrew and Peter Albin) played some of their songs, sold more than 100 books and received rave reviews from the Marin Independent-Journal, and the San Francisco Chronicle. John went on to sell more than 50 books at Book Passage in Marin County and he rounded out the tour with an event at Tattered Cover in Denver, CO, Powell’s in Portland, OR and at the historic Threadgill’s in Austin, TX where Janis performed when she lived in Austin and after she had become a global sensation. Amazing coverage has already come in from Esquire.com, Kirkus, The Boston Globe, and Parade Magazine, as well as national interviews all across the country including four interviews with Sirius XM Radio. Major print coverage is expected in the next week from The Daily Beast, Goldmine, Jackson  Hole Daily, and Paste Magazine. On the Road with Janis Joplin is a moving portrait of one of the most unforgettable and talented musicians the world has ever heard; a love-letter to the counterculture, an ode to the Summer of Love, and a snapshot of the generation that created music unlike anything before.
This week, Blood Magick, the third and final book in Nora Roberts’ captivating #1 New York Times bestselling Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy, was published.  Roberts captures the rich heritage of her beloved Ireland in a contemporary trilogy about family, ancestry, and magic, when three cousins must fight a battle that was started centuries ago. In Blood Magick, Roberts brings an end to the contemporary story of three cousins with a special bloodline that gives them the ability to wield magic as witches.  In Dark Witch, Iona Sheehan moves to County Mayo, Ireland and connects with her relatives, Connor and Branna O’Dwyer, and begins her study in magick.  An epic battle seven hundred years in the making has already begun with the evil sorcerer Cabhan, and it is up to the O’Dwyers to fight.  In book two, Shadow Spell, readers learn Connor O’Dwyer’s story, a falconer whose heart had flown its own course, until he finds love. The O’Dwyer’s journey ends in book three with Branna’s personal story, and her complicated romance and love for Finbar Burke, because he shares a bloodline with the sorcerer the O’Dwyers are battling.  Blood Magick delivers all the hallmarks that readers have come to associate with a Nora Roberts novel—family dynamics, close friendships, snappy and humorous dialogue, a rich sense of place, and a heartwarming story where love conquers all. Photo credit Bruce Wilder
We here at Penguin are heartbroken to learn that our beloved author Joan Rivers has passed away. She was groundbreaking, she was hilarious, she was fierce…and she was part of our big Penguin family. Our thoughts are with Joan’s daughter Melissa and her grandson Cooper, her family and friends, and all of those around the world who were touched by her humor, her big heart, and her extraordinary generosity of spirit. Rest in peace, Joan, and thanks for all the laughs.
Joan Rivers kicked off the publication of her new book Diary of a Mad Diva, which debuts at #7 on The New York Times hardcover nonfiction bestseller list this week, in classic Joan Rivers fashion. During her standing-room-only bookstore event last week in New York City at Barnes & Noble Union Square, Joan officiated at the wedding of two audience members.  Read all about the wedding and see the video on the Entertainment Tonight website. With amazing interviews on ABC’s “The View”, NBC’s  “Access Hollywood” , NPR’s “Weekend Edition” , and CBS’s “The Late Show w/David Letterman, as well as reviews from national publications including USA TODAYPeople, The Los Angeles Times, Ok! Magazine, and many more, Joan’s Diary is blanketing the media. Following more standing-room-only events at Bookends in Ridgewood, NJ, Sixth & I in Washington, DC and upcoming events at The Grove in Los Angeles, CA and The Standard Club in Chicago, Joan has interviews to come on CBS’s The Talk, PBS’s The Travis Smiley Show, and E! News’ Fashion Police later this month.
This past weekend, cozy mystery fans, authors, and publishers came together for the 26th Malice Domestic Convention in Bethesda, Maryland, where the Berkley Prime Crime and Obsidian imprints were proudly represented.  Berkley Prime Crime turned 20 this year and Earlene Fowler, who celebrated her 20th anniversary with the imprint, was the toastmaster of the Agatha Awards on Saturday night. Fellow Berkley Prime Crime author Leslie Budewitz won Best First Novel for Death al Dente (Berkley, 8/6/13). Congratulations to Leslie, her editor Faith Black, and the rest of the Berkley Prime Crime team!
Beloved former Mets player and World Series Champion Mookie Wilson stopped by 375 Hudson Street on Wednesday to sign copies of his new memoir, Mookie: Life, Baseball, and the ’86 Mets. Employees lined the halls for the chance to meet Mookie and get his autograph. image Mookie was all over the media this week, beginning with a “Talk” Q&A  in last Sunday’s New York Times Magazine and a review in the NY Postfollowed by national television appearances on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”, Fox Sports Network’s Crowd Goes Wild with Regis Philbin, CBS Sports Network/WFAN-FM’s “Boomer & Carton” and ESPN2’s Olbermann.  He was also interviewed on NY area TV and radio programs including WNYC’s “Leonard Lopate”“Good Day New York”   and Live from the Couch.  Mookie has 8 events in the tri-state area, with upwards of 150 people turning out for each of his Manhattan and Queens appearances!
At last night’s 68th annual Edgar Awards, Penguin Group (USA) authors Robert Crais (pictured far right) and Carolyn Hart (fifth from right) were presented with the Mystery Writers of America’s Grand Master Awards for their great contributions to the mystery genre and their overall bodies of work.  Crais’ most recent New York Times bestseller was The Suspect (HC: Putnam, 1/22/13; PB: Berkley, 1/7/14). His next book, The Promise (Putnam, 11/4), will feature characters introduced in The Suspect along with Crais’ longtime detective characters Elvis Cole and Joe Pike.  Hart’s newest title, Death at the Door, the latest in her bestselling Death on Demand Bookstore series, goes on sale next week (Berkley Hardcover, 5/6). Alex Marwood (sixth from left above), author of The Wicked Girls (Penguin Books, 7/30/13), won the Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original. The Best Juvenile Edgar Award went to Penguin Random House author Amy Timberlake for One Came Home (Knopf Books for Young Readers). Cover of Snow by Jenny Milchman (Ballantine Books) won the Mary Higgins Clark Award. Congratulations to all of our Penguin Random House award winners and honorees. View the complete list of 2014 Edgar Award winners here.