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Indie Bookstore Day

Indie Bookstore Day - May 2nd

Mark you calendars now because you don’t want to miss out! A whole host of great activities around the Puget Sound Area! (for more info check out their FB or Twitter page or our blog!) Click here for full info & participating stores!

For you competative types there is The Bookstore Challenge:  Visit all 17 participating bookstores on May 2nd, get their stamps in your passport & turn the passport in at the last bookstore you visit…. And YOU WIN 25% OFF ALL YEAR IN ALL 17 BOOKSTORES! And become an Indie Bookstore Champ. For you less competative types: Visit 3 or more book stores on May 2nd and be entered to win all kinds of great prizes – The Grand Prize is $425 in gift certificates ($25 GC from each of the 17 participating stores!). For those of you who only want to visit us! We will have Blind Date with a Book! Come in and purchase $10 or more & grab a bag of books!


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New Author Signings

Saturday October 31st at Noon - Yasmine Galenorn signs Autumn Thorns

In an all-new series, Yasmine Galenorn invites readers to Whisper Hollow, where spirits walk among the living and the lake never gives up her dead...

Fifteen years ago, I ran away from Whisper Hollow, Washington, a small town on Crescent Lake in the Olympic Peninsula. But truth is, if you were born here, you can never really leave. I'm Kerris Fellwater, and when I returned, I inherited my grandmother's house--and her gift. As a spirit shaman, it's my responsibility to drive the dead back to their graves, because around Whisper Hollow, people--and secrets--don't always stay buried.

When I was little, I was told my mother ran off. But now it looks like she was murdered. With the help of my mysterious neighbor Bryan, we begin to unravel the mystery of her disappearance, and in doing so, unearth a dark force seeking to bury Whisper Hollow. Now I must work with the dead, rather than against them, because our enemy will do whatever she can to destroy the town, and she means to start with me.

Saturday July 11th at Noon - Mike Lawson signs House Rivals

10th DeMarco finds him in North Dakota protecting the daughter of a man who once saved Mahoney’s life in ‘Nam. The 22 year-old is stirring up a ton of trouble by accusing an oil magnate of all sorts of sins while profiting from the oil boom. After she’s attacked and threatened, it is Joe’s job to stop it. Millionaires and congressmen don’t do the dirty work. They have fixers, like Joe. Joe’s about to meet his mirror image, a guy on the dark side of the world.

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Yasmine Galenorn - Flight From Death

Drop By Signing on Saturday July 11th - Reserve Your Copy Today!

I'm Shimmer, a blue dragon shifter. Thanks to a mistake, I was exiled from the Dragon Reaches and sentenced to work for Alex Radcliffe, a vampire who owns the Fly by Night Magical Investigations Agency. Now, not only do I have to adapt to Earthside culture, but every time I turn around, somebody's trying to kill us. And worse, Alex is as gorgeous as he is exasperating. But you know what they say: All's fair in love and bounty hunting... When an old friend of Alex contacts him about a haunting at the High Tide Bed & Breakfast in Port Townsend, Washington, we think we're on a simple ghost hunt. But our investigation quickly transforms into a deadly fight as we uncover an eighty-year-old murder, a cursed house, and a dark force trapping the spirits within. To stop impending disaster we must break the curse and lay the angry spirits to rest.

Jo Nesbo - Blood On Snow

We only have a couple left!

This is the story of Olav: an extremely talented "fixer" for one of Oslo's most powerful crime bosses. But Olav is also an unusually complicated fixer. He has a capacity for love that is as far-reaching as is his gift for murder. He is our straightforward, calm-in-the-face-of-crisis narrator with a storyteller's hypnotic knack for fantasy. He has an "innate talent for subordination" but running through his veins is a "virus" born of the power over life and death. And while his latest job puts him at the pinnacle of his trade, it may be mutating into his greatest mistake. . . .

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What We've Been Reading

Lisa Lutz - How To Start A Fire

Fran Recommends:

I was fortunate to be able to read the manuscript of Lisa Lutz's upcoming novel, How To Start A Fire (signed copies available, I think) and I fell head over heels in love with her three main characters. Anna, Kate and George (Georgianna, but George) were like friends by the end of the book, so when I got a chance to read the Advance Reader Copy, I jumped at it. It was good to visit with old friends.

How To Start A Fire is not, technically, a mystery. It's more of a jigsaw puzzle. It follows the lives of these three wonderful women from college when they all meet in 1993 through 2014. Anna comes from money and has a deep need to lose herself in anything, from impulsive and sometimes dangerous games to the more traditional methods, drinking and drugs. George is the beautiful basketball star who wants something, but she's not sure what, and her decisions aren't always the best. Kate is the quiet, solid one with a determination to do things her own way that borders on obsessive.

I love these ladies. A lot. They're fun and funny and sad and hopeful and so necessary to each other despite mistakes and betrayal and missed communication. And the dead guy. But he's really incidental, not at all the heart of the story.

I said it's a jigsaw puzzle because the story is not told linearly. It skips around, and you have to pay close attention to the years at each chapter's heading so you know where you are in their lives. And it should be a frustrating way to tell a story, but that's where Lisa Lutz displays her genius. It works, and works really well. Bits and pieces of these women's lives are revealed in ways that only make them more fascinating. It's a testament to Ms. Lutz's understanding of how women's friendships work that George, Anna and Kate are so wildly different and at the same time, so very necessary to each other.

Daniel O’Malley - The Rook

Amber Recommends:

Summary: Myfanwy Thomas is born (as a fully grown adult) during a rainstorm and surrounded by people wearing surgical gloves. Now when I say, “people”, that is a bit inaccurate. What I really mean to say is Myfanwy is surrounded by bodies, all of whom are wearing surgical gloves. Which is a bit disturbing….

Even more disconcerting is the discovery that her body once belonged to another woman, one who seems to have enemies who are willing to go to extreme lengths to make sure she never tells anyone what she knows. The problem is, Myfanwy doesn’t know what it is she isn’t supposed to know. More worrisome is the fact she doesn’t know who she is…

You might think her memory loss was due to amnesia - unfortunately it isn’t anything so mundane - it is far too pervasive. Myfanwy’s previous personality, memories - everything that made her is completely gone, leaving behind a brand new, unencumbered person looking out of the eyes, which once belonged exclusively to another woman. You might be wondering with this memory loss how Myfanwy knows her name…

A single clue was left in her jacket pocket, letter written by her body’s previous occupant, beginning with “Dear You,”. This gives her a choice - leave behind the life her body’s previous occupant enjoyed for a cushy life on an anonymous white sand beach somewhere or learn who betrayed her and put and end to them.

Review: This book is a couple of years old now and I have no idea how I missed it when it was first released! In fact, if it hadn’t been misfiled in the new release section of my local book store I would have continued on blissfully unaware I’d missed this great book. But the fates (or gnomes - which I swear are responsible for the proliferation of misfiled books - since this book was in the completely wrong place) smiled down on me and this book caught my eye. It is one part “Agents of Shield” (before they were a thing), one part Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and one part Dark City mixed together to create a completely engrossing, snarky supernatural thriller.

What I enjoyed was how O’Malley worked both personalities of Myfanwy into the story in a way I haven’t seen in a very long time. By using letters one personality wrote to the other, it allowed the author to create a more dynamic story. It enabled the O’Malley to slip in information and a plot points into the narrative without having to add repetitive transitional passages describing some sort of flashback to Myfanwy’s previous personality or discombobulate the reader by switching to abruptly between narrators. “Dear You,” at the beginning of the letter was all that was needed to read to know who was talking and what was going on. Very clever and fun to read! The spacing of the letters in the narrative was also wonderful. The author used them to heighten tension by breaking up scenes, doling information and by having significant plot points happening in the letters themselves (they are not all dossiers on the main player in the story). The letters from one personality to the other added significantly to the storytelling allowing an extra level of detail and fun to the overall book. (Plus the letters allowed me to feel further connected to both personalities which helped me become seriously invested in the book - I really liked them as a plot device and I think O’Malley used them to their fullest advantage).

The other aspect I really enjoyed was the fact Myfanwy was in charge of her own destiny. She investigated the crime perpetrated against her with only the help of her former self. Myfanwy stood on her own two feet and figured out what needed doing and did it. She did not rely on someone else to save her. Meaning? She was not a damsel in distress who could only trust the smoldering gentleman she worked with, whom she couldn’t be sure wasn’t the one who betrayed her. Now I like an urban fantasy romance book as much as the next gal, but I am very glad that the author didn’t use this short cut of a plot device in his story.

So to sum up basically all I can say is SQUEEEEEE!!! Seriously I think you should read this book!! It is a great tale of urban supernatural espionage with a strong and capable woman getting things done! If you like mousey librarian types who find themselves in a small cage filled with large lions and tigers and discovers they are really a sabertooth tiger, then this book is for you!

Office of Fair Warning: It is a hair slow in the beginning but once Rook Thomas starts her first day at the office things really take off! You only have to make it to chapter three which is thirty-one pages in - so I have faith you can stick with it! I know I have hung in there much farther into a book before it finally decided to get up and move (and seriously it is only a little slow), so this should be a piece of cake!

And BTW ignore the description on the back cover! It makes this book sound fluffy when it is nothing of the kind AND it is a bit inaccurate! There is no purple slime in the book - purple spores and mold yes - but no purple slime!


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Collectible Corner

S.J. Rozan - Concourse

Book Condition - Very Good / DJ Condition - Very Good

New York: St. Martin's Press, 1995. First printing. Hardcover.

Signed on title page, second in series, light edge wear, a few pages have ripple to them, spine very slightly cocked, jacket shows wear along edges and corners, rubbing in areas, in protective mylar dj cover.

It flows through the Bronx like a river between banks of faded elegance. And at the end of the avenue called the Grand Concourse is the place people go to die, the Bronx Home for the Aged. The only trouble is the people dying there are going before their time.

Bill Smith has been hired by an old friend to investigate the brutal killing of a young security guard on the Bronx Home grounds. Going undercover, Smith wades out into a sea of violence and lies washing up against the old brick building. When a second murder is committed, Smith knows that there's a method to the madness. With the help of bright, young Chinese-American investigator Lydia Chin, Smith uncovers a web of corruption that's found a home in the Bronx. Now he has to figure out who will die next.

S.J. Rozan - Mandarin Plaid

Book Condition - Very Good / DJ Condition - Very Good

New York: St. Martin's Press, 1996. First printing. Hardcover.

Signed on title page, 3rd in series, light shelf wear, jacket shows wear to edges, in protective mylar dj cover.

It's a long way from the cramped, dreary sweatshops where Lydia Chin's mother once sewed for the heady world of fashion. But in New York City, worlds collide. And a petite, Chinese-American P.I. can still rub shoulders with the rich, the poor, the beautiful, and the depraved.

Elegant, porcelain-skinned Genna Jing is sure her latest designs are worth a fortune. That's why she is willing to pay the fifty grand being demanded by the person who stole her design book. But when Lydia--backed by her partner Bill Smith--makes the drop, everything goes wrong. Soon a simple case of high-fashion extortion leads Lydia and Bill from Chinatown to Park Avenue, and from murder to more money: a million dollars in exchange for a missing man's life...


YA Mysteries!

Marissa Meyer - Winter

Here is the stunning conclusion to the national bestselling Lunar Chronicles, inspired by Snow White. Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won't approve of her feelings for her childhood friend--the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn't as weak as Levana believes her to be and she's been undermining her stepmother's wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that's been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer's national bestelling Lunar Chronicles series

Morgan Rhodes - Frozen Tides

The plans are laid and the players are determined…but nothing can prepare these unlikely warriors for what the elemental gods of Mytica have in store.

CLEO: Reeling after a shocking realization about Magnus, Princess Cleo must cast aside her feelings and look toward her kingdom with the eyes of a queen.

MAGNUS: The steely prince of Limeros is once again torn between love and duty, leaving him wondering whether he’s strong enough to rule his people.

LUCIA: Heartbroken and blind with fury, the betrayed sorceress allies with the awoken Fire god, who also seeks revenge.

JONAS: The defeated rebel leader reunites with Princess Cleo, only to become a pawn in the dangerous hunt for the elusive Kindred.

KING GAIUS: A desperate King of Blood flees Mytica and sails to Kraeshia, where he attempts to ally with the famously brutal emperor across the Silver Sea.


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Shakespearean Mysteries & Books

Ngaio Marsh - Killer Dolphin

The impresario Peregrine Jay has fulfilled a long-cherished dream: Thanks to a very generous gift, he now owns the Dolphin Theatre, and has restored it to its former glory. To celebrate the re-opening, a no-expenses-spared production of The Glove, a new play about the discovery of a true Shakespearean accessory. London's chattering classes are abuzz with gossip about the theatre, rumors about Peregrine, critiques of the play. But when murder takes center-stage, everyone gets very quiet, and only Inspector Alleyn can persuade them to start chattering again this time, with a purpose.

Eric Rasmussen - The Shakespeare Thefts

Published in 1623, the 750 copies of the first edition of William Shakespeare's collected works, known as the "First Folio," has been sought after relentlessly by kings, earls, and bibliophiles. In his effort to track down the extant 232 copies renowned Shakespeare scholar Eric Rasmussen and his team of First Folio hunters embarked on an incredible adventure around the world. This fast-paced narrative takes us from the court rooms of England to high-security vaults in the rare book rooms of Japan, encountering thieves, reclusive librarians, and eccentric billionaires along the way, all lusting for one of the world's most valuable books. This fascinating account explores how manuscript hunters identify a book's past through distinguishing marks: a bullet hole, desecrated pages, and splashes of red that resemble blood; and how a book's location and condition can reveal its story. Part literary detective story, part Shakespearean lore, "The Shakespeare Thefts" is a rare glimpse between the covers of one of the most coveted books in the world.

Amber Here: This was a really great read! It followed the very dynamic world of the first folio's and Rasmussen's pursuit and cataloging of them to try and keep the known copies safe!


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Kim Gordon - Girl In A Band

For many, Kim Gordon, vocalist, bassist and founding member of Sonic Youth, has always been the epitome of cool.

Sonic Youth is one of the most influential and successful bands to emerge from the post-punk New York scene, and their legacy continues to loom large over the landscape of indie rock and American pop culture. Almost as celebrated as the band's defiantly dissonant sound was the marriage between Gordon and her husband, fellow Sonic Youth founder and lead guitarist Thurston Moore. So when Matador Records released a statement in the fall of 2011 announcing that--after twenty-seven years--the two were splitting, fans were devastated. In the middle of a crazy world, they'd seemed so solid.

What did this mean? What comes next? What came before?

In Girl in a Band, the famously reserved superstar speaks candidly about her past and the future. From her childhood in the sunbaked suburbs of Southern California, growing up with a mentally ill sibling who often sapped her family of emotional capital, to New York's downtown art and music scene in the eighties and nineties and the birth of a band that would pave the way for acts like Nirvana, as well as help inspire the Riot Grrl generation, here is an edgy and evocative portrait of a life in art.

Exploring the artists, musicians, and writers who influenced Gordon, and the relationship that defined her life for so long, Girl in a Band is filled with the sights and sounds of a pre-Internet world and is a deeply personal portrait of a woman who has become an icon.