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MGSD 19th Birthday Bash

Event date: 
Saturday, May 5, 2012 - 10:00am

On Saturday, May 8, 1993, a new store opened in Clairemont Square, dedicated to the staff’s passion for books of “Martians, Murder, Magic and Mayhem.”  Today, 19 years later, that passion continues. We invite you to join us on Saturday, May 5, for our annual all-day celebration, featuring some fantastic spotlight authors, special bargains, and, of course, cake! 

Random House Representative Wade Lucas will offer a highlight of wonderful new and forthcoming titles you won’t want to miss. As always, watch for bonus authors joining the festivities on an informal basis throughout the day.


Anyway*: *A Story About Me with 138 Footnotes, 27 Exaggerations, and 1 Plate of Spaghetti Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781442429307
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 1st, 2012

Spotlight on Arthur Salm Signing Anyway* 10:00 AM


Former book review editor and columnist, as well as feature writer and arts writer, for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Arthur Salm, has appeared at MGSD many times over the history of the store, but our Birthday Bash is his fiction author debut.  The subtitle of Anyway is *A Story About Me with 138 Footnotes, 27 Exaggerations, and 1 Plate of Spaghetti. Arthur will kick off the day’s festivities by discussing his path to writing for young readers, channeling Wile E. Coyote, and his fear of spiders.



The Savage Grace: A Dark Divine Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781606842218
Published: Egmontusa - March 13th, 2012

Spotlight on Bree Despain and Brodi Ashton Signing The Savage Grace and Everneath 11:00 AM

At 11:00 we will delve into the worlds of teen life, werewolves, and Greek mythology with two young adult paranormal fiction authors from Utah. Bree Despain has completed her Dark Divine trilogy with The Savage Grace, in which pastor’s daughter Grace Divine faces choices between those she loves and sacrifices that may cost her soul. Brodi Ashton’s first installment in her  trilogy, Everneath, is a contemporary twist on the myth of Persephone, as Nikki Beckett is torn between life on the surface, and returning to the Everneath.

Everneath Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062071132
Published: Balzer + Bray - January 24th, 2012

The Devil's Bait Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781936573059
Published: Malevolent Books - April 20th, 2012

Spotlight on Jeffrey J. Mariotte, Wes Albers, and Allison Brennan Signing The Devil’s Bait, Black & White, and Silenced Noon

 It’s a triple-threat of suspense with our three featured authors at high noon. Mysterious Galaxy’s own  Jeff Mariotte helps transition us from young adult fiction with Dark Vengeance, Volume 2, to his newest Jeffrey J. Mariotte thriller, The Devil’s Bait, a deadly tale of high stakes finance. 

Debut author Wes Albers discusses how his two decades as a police officer influenced his fictional stories of SDPD Officer John Hatch and a world in which crimes occur not just in Black & White, but also in myriad shades of gray. 

Best-selling suspense author Allison Brennan’s Silenced is the fifth in her series about Lucy Kincaid, introduced to readers in Love Me to Death, as she continues to battle cyber-sex crimes and investigates who killed a high-priced call girl linked to a powerful Congressman.

Dark Vengeance Vol. 2: Winter, Spring Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781442429765
Published: Simon Pulse - May 1st, 2012

Black & White Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780984035076
Published: Zova Books - February 21st, 2012

Silenced (Lucy Kincaid Novels #4) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250005953
Published: Minotaur Books - April 24th, 2012

Red, White, and Blood Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399158933
Published: Putnam Adult - April 26th, 2012

Please note that we regreat that Christopher will not be able to attend the Birthday Bash.

Spotlight on Christopher Farnsworth  Red, White and Blood and Royal Street 1:00 PM

Former investigative reporter Christopher Farnsworth returned to his childhood love of the paranormal when he turned his attention to fiction. Red, White and Blood is the third novel in the President’s Vampire series featuring Nathaniel Cade. Christopher’s journalism background definitely informs the political aspects of the novels – and maybe the supernatural aspects as well? (See Linda’s review here.)

Royal Street (Sentinels of New Orleans #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765327796
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Tor Books - April 10th, 2012

Spotlight on Suzanne Johnson Signingand Royal Street 1:00 PM

If Maryelizabeth’s review of Royal Street
doesn’t entice urban fantasy fans to read Suzanne Johnson’s debut, we
hope visiting with Suzanne and learning about the music and the magic
that influenced her creation of the Sentinels of New Orleans will.

Getaway Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616952402
Published: Soho Press - May 1st, 2012

Spotlight on Lisa Brackmann and Dana Fredsti Signing Getaway and Plague Town 2:00 PM

Widow Michelle Mason came to Puerto Vallarta to postpone dealing with life in Los Angeles. After an impulsive encounter with a charming expat pilot and friends leads to unexpected violence and her being detained by the Mexican authorities, she can only hope she will be able to leave Mexico at all. Lisa Brackmann discusses the inspiration behind Getaway’s tale of a vacation gone very very bad. You can also read Maryelizabeth’s reviews of both of their books here.

Plague Town: An Ashley Parker Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780857686350
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Titan Books - April 3rd, 2012

Like her sister, Lisa, Dana has penned a tale of a strong woman in difficult circumstances – in this case, an outbreak of a zombie virus in the community around a college campus in northern California. Dana’s background as an actress and sword-fighting expert in the Army of Darkness movie informs both the battle scenes between the undead and the living, and the pop-culture literacy of her characters in Plague Town.

Invincible Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781937007454
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Ace Books - May 1st, 2012

Spotlight on Jack Campbell Signing The Lost Fleet: Invincible 3:30 PM

Retired U.S. Navy officer Jack Campbell returns in the spotlight finale to our Birthday Bash. The Lost Fleet series chronicles the adventures of Captain John “Black Jack” Geary as he leads the Alliance against the Syndics after a century of hibernation. Invincible continues the story from Dreadnaught as the Alliance fleet commanded by Admiral Geary tries to escape threats outside human space and return before danger can strike humanity again. We will also have copies of his re-released Stark’s War series and his Paul Sinclair/JAG in Space titles, written as John G. Hemry.