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New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh’s Only A Promise (Signet) debuts at #2 onThe New York Times mass-market fiction list, #13 on the eBook fiction list, and #12 on the combined print & eBook fiction list.  It also debuted at #14 on the USA Today list.  The newest installment in the Survivor’s Club series about soldiers returning home from the Napoleonic War was released to rave reviews from numerous publications, including Publishers Weekly, RT Book Reviews, Kirkus Reviews and a starred review from Library Journal, which called the series “insightfully conceived and brilliantly executed.”

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In The New York Times, Dwight Garner called How Music Got Free by Stephen Witt (Viking) “the richest explanation to date about how the arrival of the MP3 upended almost everything about how music is distributed, consumed and stored…it has the clear writing and brisk reportorial acumen of a Michael Lewis book” and Nick Hornby called the book “enthralling…terrific, timely, informative…Witt is an authoritative, enthusiastic, sure-footed guide, and his research and his storytelling are exemplary” for The Sunday Times (UK).  How Music Got Free is a riveting story of obsession, music, crime, and money, featuring visionaries and criminals, moguls and tech-savvy teenagers. The culmination of 5 years of investigative research, journalist Stephen Witt traces the secret history of digital music piracy, from the German audio engineers who invented the mp3, to a North Carolina compact-disc manufacturing plant where factory worker Dell Glover leaked nearly two thousand albums over the course of a decade, to the high-rises of midtown Manhattan where music executive Doug Morris cornered the global market on rap, and, finally, into the darkest recesses of the Internet. Through these interwoven narratives, Witt has written a book that depicts the moment in history when ordinary life became forever entwined with the world online — when, suddenly, all the music ever recorded was available for free. Stephen Witt was in conversation with Jon Caramanica (New York Times) and Jason Parham (Gawker) last night (6/18) at Freehold in Brooklyn, followed by a ‘90s dance party, to celebrate the launch of How Music Got Free.
Circus Mirandus, Cassie Beasley’s enchanting debut about a boy, his grandfather, and the mysterious circus that changes their lives, hit stores last week to terrific reviews. In addition to three starred reviews, Circus Mirandus has been named to summer reading guides in the Los Angeles TimesWashington Post, Instructor MagazineBookPage, and Reading Rainbow. The Wall Street Journal praised the book saying, “Manifestations of belief and unbelief run through Cassie Beasley’s charming debut, which takes readers to a marvelous place where elephants do long division, juice makes you sing opera and a boy can find his heart’s desire—perhaps indefinitely.”  Upcoming magazine coverage is confirmed for Redbook, Good Housekeeping, and Parents, and the New York Times Book Review will review in the June 21st issue. Dial, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, acquired the manuscript in a heated auction that included five major publishers, and this February, Stone Village Productions’ Scott Steindorff and Dylan Russell, preemptively acquired the film and TV rights in a high six-figure option deal. Circus Mirandus claimed the #1 spot on the Summer Kids’ Indie Next List and was Amazon’s “Best of the Month” for June in the middle grade category. Beasley met booksellers and librarians in Seattle, Los Angeles, Austin, Philadelphia, and Raleigh on her pre-pub tour this spring, and will appear at the Decatur Book Festival and Anderson’s Young Adult Conference this fall.
The Fixer, the new standalone thriller from bestselling author Joseph Finder, hit bookstores on Tuesday (6/9) and was welcomed with rave reviews. The New York Times Book Review praises its “tartly informed themes” and says, “If you’re in the mood for tense, witty angst about closed-down career opportunities and dirty money cleansed by family redemption, ‘The Fixer’ is the way to go.” Booklist gave The Fixer a starred review, raving: “Finder can make reading about someone walking across a room excruciatingly suspenseful… A remarkable exciting read.” Other coverage includes interviews in The Houston Chronicle, Boston Magazine, and Huffington Post; a radio satellite tour; and reviews in the Associated Press, Sacramento BeeProvidence Journal, and Ft. Worth Star Telegram, among others outlets.  Finder kicked off an eight-city tour in front of a great crowd in his hometown of Boston.
Critically acclaimed Edgar Award-winning author Lori Roy’s third novel, Let Me Die In His Footsteps, met with an incredible reception in the weeks leading up to its June 2 publication by Dutton. Early on, the book was named aPublishers Marketplace “Summer Buzz Book” followed by two starred trade reviews fromBooklist and Publisher’s Weekly. In the week leading up to publication, the Los Angeles Times noted that “Lori Roy’s skills impress” in this Southern Gothic suspense set in Kentucky and her writing has drawn comparisons to Harper Lee, Flannery O’Connor and William Faulkner. The Huffington Post called it “a richly detailed, highly suspenseful Gothic novel.” Reviews for Let Me Die In His Footsteps have also run in: Good Housekeeping, Coastal Living, Tampa Bay Times, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, anddozens of blogs. Still to come are reviews in The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, Woman’s Day and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, among others.  During last week’s BEA, Roy signed at the Mystery Writers of America booth and was a panelist at the Library Journal’s “Day of Dialog.”
Craig Johnson’s Dry Bones, which went on sale from Viking last week, debuts at #5 on The New York Times hardcover fiction bestseller list for the week of May 31.This is the author’s highest debut on The New York Times bestseller list to date.  Craig is in the midst of a 20-city, 28-event book tour for Viking and Penguin (the paperback edition of Any Other Name went on sale April 28) and then he embarks on his 16-event Outlaw Motorcycle Tour. Dry Bones was reviewed in the Denver Post, Tampa Bay Times, Arizona Daily Star, and received a starred review from Library Journal. Reviews and features are still forthcoming form the Dallas Morning News, Austin American-Statesman, Shelf Awareness, and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. In Dry Bones when the largest, most complete T. Rex skeleton ever found turns up—along with a dead rancher—in Absaroka County, Wyoming, Sherriff Walt Longmire must solve a 66 million-year-old cold case that’s heating up fast. Longmire, the TV show based on Craig Johnson’s books, moves from A&E to Netflix this fall. Get ready to binge watch all ten of the new episodes!
Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland, which went on sale from Viking last week, debuts at #1 on three New York Times nonfiction bestseller lists: topping the hardcover nonfiction, eBook nonfiction, and combined print & eBook nonfiction lists.  This outstanding bestseller performance was propelled by a terrific publicity campaign that included a ABC Primetime Special featuring co-authors Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus in a one-hour interview with Robin Roberts (4/28), segments on ABC’s Good Morning America (4/27 and 4/28), World News Tonight with David Muir (4/27) and Nightline (4/27);  a Fresh Air interview  (4/29); and a segment on Fox News’ On the Record with Greta van Susteren (5/8).  Major print media coverage included a first serial in People (4/22); a USA Today interview (4/27); an Associated Press review (4/24); a Time.com  review (4/27) and an excerpt in the Washington Post (4/26). Author Events have included appearances by the co-authors at Barnes & Noble in Cleveland (5/1); an event at Sidwell Friends School, hosted by Politics & Prose, with Martha Raddatz moderating (5/4); and an appearance at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Hope Awards (5/5). This harrowing yet inspiring book chronicles two victims of the infamous Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro share the story of their abductions, their decade in captivity, and their dramatic escape.  Drawing upon their recollections and the diary kept by Berry, they describe a tale of unimaginable torment, and Pulitzer Prize–winning Washington Post reporters Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan interweave the events within Castro’s house with original reporting on efforts to find the missing girls.
The silver anniversary of John Sandford’s #1 New York Times-bestselling Prey series starring Lucas Davenport is feeling extra special this week as the 25th book in the series, Gathering Prey, debuts at #1 on three New York Times fiction bestseller lists: topping the hardcover fiction, eBook fiction, and combined print & eBook fiction lists.  The book is also #1 on this week’s USA Today bestseller list. John Sandford is on the cover of the current edition of Mystery Scene Magazine and this weekThe Huffington Post raved, “This is his freshest, most thrilling story ever. [Sandford] is a master of this game and Gathering Prey proves he still reigns supreme.”
Sabaa Tahir’s debut novel An Ember in the Ashes came out this week from Razorbill to rave reviews. In an interview titled “Why An Ember in the Ashes could launch Sabaa Tahir into JK Rowling territory,” PRI’s “The World” says, “An Ember in the Ashes kept me up at night. I couldn’t put the book down. I’m not the only one. It seems as though anyone who touches the book cannot stop reading until the story ends. It has the addictive quality of The Hunger Games combined with the fantasy of Harry Potter and the brutality of Game of Thrones.”  US Weekly writes, “Sabaa Tahir spins a captivating, heart-pounding fantasy,” and The Huffington Post raves, “One thing I can say for sure: this is a page-turner. There comes a moment when it’s impossible to put it down. Sabaa Tahir is a strong writer, but most of all, she’s a great storyteller.  NPR.org writes, ““Fast-paced, well-structured, and full of twists and turns, An Ember in the Ashes is an evocative debut that’s left me invested in knowing what happens next.” EW.com and Mashable.com revealed two official book trailers for An Ember in the Ashes. Other media includes feature interviews with The San Jose Mercury News, The Salt Lake Tribune, Publishers Weekly and PRI’s “To the Best of Our Knowledge.” Reviews are confirmed in Cosmopolitan, Justine, The New York Times Book Review, US Weekly, The Washington Post, MTV.com, Teenvogue.com, Bustle.com, Hellogiggles.com, PopSugar, Shelf Awareness, BookPage, io9.com, and Tor.com among others. Set in a high-fantasy world with echoes of ancient Rome, An Ember in the Ashes tells the story of a slave fighting for her family and a young soldier fighting for his freedom. This is the story of Laia, a girl who, in spite of her fear, will risk everything—her freedom, her safety, her life—in an attempt to save her brother, the only family she has left. It’s the story of Elias, a young man raised from boyhood to be a member of an elite, ruthless, and cruel force of assassins, whose iconic silver masks are the physical embodiment of a faceless, senseless violence that at once erases their own identities and yet defines them. It’s also the story of Helene, whose capacity for great love is eclipsed only by the loyalty she has to a regime she can’t bring herself to question. Of Marcus, a man whose ambition and bloodlust will cost him the only thing he ever cared about. Of Keenan, a boy whose faith in those who thinks he will save has people has trapped him in a corrupt and hopeless cause. Because this is the story of all the casualties that cultures of violence demand, literal and figurative. Love, loyalty, freedom, friendship – all will be put to the test when lines are crossed and the violence comes to a head. Sabaa Tahir is currently on a two-week national tour, visiting schools and stores in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Washington, DC, Philadelphia and Chicago. Read more...
Publishing powerhouse Nora Roberts’ newest novel The Liar (G.P Putnam’s Sons) is the #1 book in the country according to The New York Times and USA Today, debuting at the top of both bestseller lists.  The Liar is the 214th novel from “America’s favorite writer” (The New Yorker).  Roberts was recently featured in The New York Times Book Review’s “By the Book” column surrounding the 40th book in her In Death series, which she’s been writing for 20 years under the pseudonym J.D. Robb.