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Eat! Read! Party! Holiday Event

Event date: 
Saturday, December 11, 2010 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Please Note: Mysterious Galaxy will be closed from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM so our elves can engage in party preparation.


Mysterious Galaxy is pleased to offer visions of sugarplums and stocking stuffers at our Eat! Read! Party! Holiday Event on Saturday, December 11, starting at 6:00 PM. We will have ten (and maybe more!!) authors whose works solve a variety of genre (and gift giving opportunity) needs, and some light holiday refreshments. We will also conclude our “Read! Celebrate! Give!” program for Monarch School with a grand drawing (with lots of winners) and lots of surprises.

Also join us when local Representatives (representatives get the publishers’ books to booksellers, so we can share them with you!) Wade Lucas (Random House) and Gabriel Barillas (HarperCollins) present some of the hottest books of Fall 2010 and Winter 2011, and a line-up of Gift Book Ideas! At 7:30 PM, Wade and Gabe will not only be sharing their passion for some recent and forthcoming titles, but also sharing a selection of gift book suggestions for your employees, clients and friends.

For a complete view of our holiday festivities, click the pdf link at the bottom of this page.


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The Neighbors Are Watching Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307463869
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Published: Crown - November 16th, 2010

One of the treats at our party will be a “stunt bundt,” baked by Debra Ginsberg in tribute to the treats brought to the Neighborhood Watch gatherings in her newsuburban noir novel, The Neighbors are Watching. (See Maryelizabeth’s review below.) Debra’s previous suspense novel, The Grift, was a New York Times Notable Book for 2008 and Winner of the 2009 SCIBA T. Jefferson Parker Mystery Award.


In the summer of 2007, the teenage daughter Joe Montana knew he had but never engaged with, turns up on his doorstep in San Diego’s North County. Diana is heavily pregnant, and her mother, Yvonne, has turned her over to her father’s care, in hopes he can more successfully communicate with her. Diana doesn’t really connect with her father, and drives his fairly-recent wife, who knew nothing of Joe’s parental status, to the comfort of alcohol. In a neighborhood filled with uneasy relationships and secrets, connections are forged and secrets are shared: but when the new mother disappears during the mandatory evacuation during the October fires, who among the neighbors knows where she may have gone, or why? Debra offers readers a contemporary Peyton Place, rife with local details. Join Debra at our Holiday Party on Saturday, December 11. -- MeH


Check out Debra's The Neighbors Are Baking video

Fated Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780451231284
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Published: Berkley - November 2nd, 2010

Scott Browne, who entertained readers with his zom/rom/com novel, Breathers, was Fated to be at the Holiday Party. Or maybe Destiny steered his path. Fated chronicles the adventures of Fabio, who in his role as Fate, has an adversarial relationship with Death and Destiny, is in a forbidden relationship with a mortal, and may be disrupting the entire cosmos. Scott interviews Fate, Destiny, and a couple of Deadly Sins on his website. Scott also wrote the introduction to The Undead that Saved Christmas.

If Walls Could Talk: A Haunted Home Renovation Mystery Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780451231819
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Published: Berkley - December 7th, 2010

If Walls Could Talk, they would probably tell us that Juliet Blackwell and Hailey Lind are the same person! When Julie / Juliet / Hailey is not writing her Haunted Home Renovation Mystery series, or her Art Lovers Mystery series (or her Witchcraft Mystery series), she runs her own mural/faux finish design studio, specializing in the aesthetic renovation of historic homes. All these passions come together in her work.

In If Walls Could Talk, historic home renovator Mel Turner meets up with the ghost of a colleague who recently met his demise via power tools; the clue to his murder may be literally contained within the mansion she is restoring’s walls.

Arsenic and Old Paint Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781564744906
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Published: Perseverance Press - September 9th, 2010

If Walls Could Talk, they would probably tell us that Juliet Blackwell and Hailey Lind are the same person! When Julie / Juliet / Hailey is not writing her Haunted Home Renovation Mystery series, or her Art Lovers Mystery series (or her Witchcraft Mystery series), she runs her own mural/faux finish design studio, specializing in the aesthetic renovation of historic homes. All these passions come together in her work.

Hailey not only is the author of Arsenic and Old Paint, but also she is the cover artist. Former forger Annie Kincaid is drawn back into the world of art crime when the FBI Art Squad requests her help on an investigation. But when the case involves not just fraud and forgery, but her Uncle Anton is attacked,her involvement becomes much more personal.

Alien Tango (Alien Novels #2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780756406325
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Published: DAW - December 7th, 2010

It’s more aliens, more intrigue, and more mayhem when Katherine “Kitty” Katt, Alien Super-Being Exterminator, introduced in this spring’s Touched by an Alien, returns. Anti-alien conspiracies, threats from outer space, and a couple of killer alligators are all in a day’s work, but internal alien conspiracies bring a new meaning to the terms chaos and confusion for the Alpha Centauri liaison as she engages in an Alien Tango. Arizona author Gini Koch offers something for the science fiction fan and the conspiracy theorist on your holiday list.

Beloved of the Fallen Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781569758472
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Ulysses Press - December 1st, 2010

When the young and beautiful Kira Castelmaine arrives in Washington, D.C., to serve her first term in Congress, she is swept off her feet by Valentin Ashford, a distinguished political consultant. But the relationship soon turns the political idealist's moral world upside down. Unaware that Valentin is actually an agent of Lucifer sent to help bring world destruction, Kira falls wildly in love. Named to a seat on the powerful House intelligence committee, Kira eventually holds the swing vote on authorizing a covert action against a country in the Middle East that has recently obtained nuclear weapons. This covert attack threatens to be countered with an apocalyptic response, and it could trigger a wider conflict that could seal disaster for the human race. Trapped between passion and the salvation of mankind, Kira and Valentin must find redemption in each other if they hope to thwart Lucifer’s diabolic plot.

The Marbury Lens Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312613426
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Feiwel & Friends - November 9th, 2010

Sixteen-year-old Jack gets drunk and is in the wrong place at the wrong time. He is kidnapped. He escapes, narrowly. The only person he tells is his best friend, Conner. When they arrive in London as planned for summer break, a stranger hands Jack a pair of glasses. Through the lenses, he sees another world called Marbury. There is war in Marbury. It is a desolate and murderous place where Jack is responsible for the survival of two younger boys. Conner is there, too. But he’s trying to kill them. Meanwhile, Jack is falling in love with an English girl, and afraid he’s losing his mind. Conner tells Jack it’s going to be okay. But it’s not. Andrew Smith has written his most beautiful and personal novel yet, as he explores the nightmarish outer limits of what trauma can do to our bodies and our minds.

The Sticking Place Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555716769
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Published: Hellgate Press - March 1st, 2011

It’s 1978 in “America’s Finest City”--San Diego, California--and one rookie cop is learning the hardest lessons the streets have to teach. Luke Jones--a recently graduated, Shakespeare quoting literature major--is about to discover that dealing with crooks is the easiest part of his new job. For here, in a world populated by people ruled by their obsessions, Luke’s strong will and quick tongue alienate many of his senior officers and he must fight to be accepted. Although eventually labeled a hero, his success comes at great cost. THE STICKING PLACE is the first in the Luke Jones series, which follows one cop’s career from rookie to retirement.

The Null Quotient Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781608600113
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Published: Eloquent Books - June 1st, 2010

It's the second decade of 21st Century Earth's 29th Configuration. Zack Carver, an alcoholic archeologist, discovers a craft, apparently built for flight, dating back a million millennia. Carver teams up with Leslee Myles, an attorney, and a stunning, alien humanoid to battle the most malevolent forces in the universe, including bio-terrorists, shadow-military operatives, a renegade administration and Dax Wolf, a sociopath genius. However, the trio's most daunting challenge is to outfox the Custodians-supreme beings who were born out of galactic cataclysm and whose sole purpose is to find civilizations that have reached their doom-point and then delete all evidence of their existence so that an entirely new life-form may emerge. As with Earth's previous 28 Configurations, the current 29th is rushing toward self-annihilation. Can Zack, Leslee and their otherworldly companion prevent the Custodians from activating the Null Quotient? Is it possible for the three heroes to convince the Nine Custodians to spare their blue-and-green planet and not revert it to the stardust that is the essential ingredient of the primordial slime?

Philip Margo is a founding member of The Tokens, the vocal group that made the classic recording of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight." Mr. Margo has worked as a record producer with eleven gold records to his credit, is a songwriter, television producer and writer and a personal manager for celebrities. He is currently writing the sequel to his novel and lives in Beverly Hills, California with his wife of forty-three years, Abbie. They are the proud parents and grandparents of three children and seven grandchildren. Phil is amenable to signing copies of his record during the Holiday Party, as well as books.

Banished Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385738521
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Published: Delacorte Books for Young Readers - October 12th, 2010

There isn’t much worth living for in Gypsum, Missouri—or Trashtown, as the rich kids call the run-down neighborhood where sixteen-year-old Hailey Tarbell lives. Hailey figures she’ll never belong—not with the popular kids at school, not with the rejects, not even with her cruel, sickly grandmother, who deals drugs out of their basement. Hailey never knew her dead mother, and she has no idea who her father was, but at least she has her four-year-old foster brother, Chub. Once she turns eighteen, Hailey plans to take Chub far from Gypsum and start a new life where no one can find them. But when a classmate is injured in gym class, Hailey discovers a gift for healing that she never knew she possessed—and that she cannot ignore. Not only can she heal, she can bring the dying back to life. Confused by her powers, Hailey searches for answers but finds only more questions, until a mysterious visitor shows up at Gram’s house, claiming to be Hailey’s aunt Prairie. There are people who will stop at nothing to keep Hailey in Trashtown, living out a legacy of despair and suffering. But when Prairie saves both Hailey and Chub from armed attackers who invade Gram’s house in the middle of the night, Hailey must decide where to place her trust. Will Prairie’s past, and the long-buried secret that caused her to leave Gypsum years earlier, ruin them all? Because as Hailey will soon find out, their power to heal is just the beginning. This gripping novel from thriller writer Sophie Littlefield blazes a trail from small-town Missouri to the big city as Hailey battles an evil greater than she ever imagined, while discovering strengths she never knew she had.

Laidenn The Dark Elf Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781453876213
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Published: Createspace - November 15th, 2010

A young reader's book about vampires, zombies, dark magic and a Santa Claus that can kick butt! Vampire snowmen are the most disgusting creatures that walk the outskirts of the North Pole. One day, vampire snowmen attacked the workshop without warning. Laidenn, Santa's only dark elf-in-training, was already waiting for their arrival. The beasts manage to kidnap Santa and take him to the outskirts. There is only one other creature that can help Laidenn defeat the vampires and bring Santa back to the workshop before he has to deliver toys. And they are the living dead elves. But only a true dark elf can raise the creatures. Laidenn must do all he can to finish his Dark Elf training before Christmas Eve night. He must raise the Living Dead Elves and lead them into the outskirts to defeat the vampires and save Christmas. But who are the vampires and what's their motive? Can they be led by someone from Santa's past? Most questions will be answered in, Laidenn The Dark Elf book one.