Our Holiday Tradition continues with our Seasonal Party! We will kick off the event with a spotlight Rep Picks presentation by Penguin Random House sales representative Wade Lucas, extolling the virtues of some of his favorite reads of the season. Then readers can mingle with authors whose works meet a variety of genre (and gift giving opportunity) needs for readers of picture books to complex prose. Staff will be on-hand to make recommendations of books and creative gift items.
Authors sparkling in the spotlight include Maria Alexander (Snowed), Leigh Bardugo (Crooked Kingdom [see Maryelizabeth’s review on Page 2]), B.T. Gottfred (The Nerdy and the Dirty), Timothy Hallinan (Fields Where They Lay), Joe Ide (IQ), Sue Ann Jaffarian (Rhythm and Clues, The Ghost of Misty Hollow), Gini Koch (Alien Nation), Gretchen McNeil (I’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dreamgirl), Tessa McFionn (Spirit Bound), Phoef Sutton (Heart Attack & Vine), and Better Hero Army (Wingless).
It s a typical day of bureaucracy and stress for President and First Lady Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini, made more stressful when alien spacecraft are spotted making a beeline for Earth, none of them from the Alpha Centauri system.
Then a cryptic request from an old adversary pulls Kitty out of the White House and into an explosion and an even more explosive situation. Not only is the Mastermind back in the game, influencing the Club 51 True Believers to find and destroy all Centaurion bases, but he s also found a dangerous benefactor and created some frightening new cloning abilities.
And, just to make things a little more challenging, those alien spacecraft are coming to ask Kitty for protection, and asylum on Earth.Police stations being blown up and war helicopters in play aren t enoughto keep Kitty down, especially when she s got some new alien friends helping out.
But what these aliens share will rock the world the other aliens on theirway to Earth are fleeing an enemy so terrifying that even a Z porrah ship is trying to get to Earth for safety and protection. And if Earth isn t able to stop this threat, there may not be anything left of humanity.
Now Kitty and Company have to figure out where the Mastermind is and stop him, before any new aliens land. And then they have to save the world from a deadly invasion. Or, as Kitty calls it, Thursday.
LA bodyguard Caleb Rush, aka Crush, is back to untangle a mess involving his con-artist friend and Hollywood players.
Charity Jones is a teen engineering genius falling in love with, Aidan, a runaway with a secret past. Charity soon finds the corpse of her worst bully and when she and her Skeptics Club investigate, they find the mystery only grows darker. One thing's certain: there's a bloody battle coming this holiday season that will change lives.
It's a rockin' flashback for Odelia Grey when her mother asks her to look into the disappearance of her neighbor Bo Shank, the former lead singer for a band Odelia idolized in her youth. But when a body is found in Bo Shank's house, everything quickly gets thrown out of tune.
Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn't think they'd survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz's cunning and test the team's fragile loyalties.
It's the week before Christmas in Tinsel Town, and the Edgerton Mall isn't exactly full of holiday cheer, despite its two Santas. The mall is a fossil of an industry in decline; many of its stores are closed, and to make matters worse, there is a rampant shoplifting problem. Enter burglar Junior Bender, the unwilling fixer for LA's various underworld bosses. The murderous Russian gangster who owns the mall hires Junior to look into the shoplifting problem for him. But Junior's surveillance operation doesn't go well: within two days, two people are dead. It's obvious that shoplifting is the least of the mall's problems. Meanwhile, Junior must confront his own deep-seated melancholy at the very notion of Christmas--both present and past.
Beatrice Maria Estrella Giovannini has life all figured out. She's starting senior year at the top of her class, she s a shoo-in for a scholarship to M.I.T., and she s got a new boyfriend she s crazy about.The only problem: All through high school Bea and her best friends Spencer and Gabe have been the targets of horrific bullying.
So Bea uses her math skills to come up with The Formula, a 100% mathematically guaranteed path to social happiness in high school. Now Gabe is on his way to becoming Student Body President, and Spencer is finally getting his art noticed. But when her boyfriend Jesse dumps her for Toile, the quirky new girl at school, Bea realizes it's time to use The Formula for herself.She'll be reinvented as the eccentric and lovable Trixie a quintessential manic pixie dream girl in order to win Jesse back and beat new-girl Toile at her own game.
Unfortunately, being a manic pixie dream girl isn't all it's cracked up to be, and Trixie is causing unexpected consequences for her friends.As The Formula begins to break down, can Bea find a way to reclaim her true identity and fix everything she's messed up?Or will the casualties of her manic pixie experiment go far deeper than she could possibly imagine?
His classmates may consider him a nerd, but Benedict Pendleton knows he's destined for great things. All he has to do is find a worthy girlfriend, and his social station will be secured. Sure, Benedict is different--but that's what he likes about himself.
Pen Lupo is sick and tired of hiding who she is. On the outside, Pen is popular, quiet, and deferential to her boyfriend. On the inside, however, Pen is honest, opinionated--and not sure that she's quite like other girls. Do they have urges like she does?
When fate intervenes, Pen and Benedict end up at the same vacation resort for winter break. Despite their differences, the two are drawn together. But is there such a thing as happily ever after for this unlikely pair?
Paradise can be a real hell. After a year-long depression following the murder of her fiancé, Siobhan Whelan stands on a bridge, tormented by unending nightmares, one step away from jumping. Only the kindness of a seductive stranger brings her back down to earth. But the handsome stranger is more than meets the eye, and soon Voni finds herself thrust into a strange new world. For seven hundred years, Malakai Vadim has shouldered the mantle of Guardian Warrior. But a chance encounter with the tormented beauty brings him face to face with his destiny. His nemesis, Dmitrius Konstantin, has been feeding Voni's grief through nightmares, wanting her and her untapped powers for his own. As Kai learns of his foe's deadly interest, he must solve the riddle of Voni's tortured dreams while holding his growing desire for her at bay. Too bad the enemy Rogue Warriors have other plans. Now, along with fellow Guardian Eamon McClearon, Kai must venture into the In-Between, the enemy's powerbase, to save her soul as well as his own. But can his love be strong enough to save them both?
This may be the most unique detective to grace the pages of a Los Angeles mystery novel. Ide’s debut is captivating in its setting, character, timing, and beautiful prose. Isaiah Quintabe (IQ) is uniquely qualified to solve crimes no police force in Los Angeles would touch. He helps the underserved in his community find the answers they seek while maintaining a solemn and solitary lifestyle in his fortified South Central LA apartment. In the first entry of what is sure to be a winning series, IQ introduces Isaiah’s background and the people who influenced him in chapters that alternate with his present life. In the current day, he has a problem to solve that brings him full circle to his childhood world of rap, murder for hire, and a lot of money. Blending authentic characters with the plot and pacing of a pro makes Ide an author to watch. -- Terry
When her mentor goes inexplicably missing, gargoyle cadet Tiffany Noboru and her best friend Hedika Greene put their ghost hunting skills to the test in a harrowing journey across the world of gargoyles. To find him, they must brave what lies outside the Hollow Mountain and beyond the protection of their walls, but avoiding ghosts on the Endless See is only the beginning. Strange and dangerous creatures roam the blighted landscape between their home and their uncharted destination, the gargoyle sanctuary of Freefall, whose dying populace guards a terrible secret about her own world that some are willing to do anything to protect.
The author of Ghost in the Guacamole returns as a spiritual medium and her spectral sidekick encounter murder and mystery in a Massachusetts farmhouse