When I was in New York, I got an invitation to the Penguin offices and one of the great people I met was Lydia Hirt, publicist for Putnam and Riverhead. I stopped by her office to pick up an advanced copy of PJ Tracy’s Shoot to Thrill, a police procedure series based out of Minneapolis. Lydia and I got to talking about books and blogs and she noticed that we had done some giveaways in the past and wondered if the Dear Author readership would be interested in hearing about some of the Putnam and Riverhead titles.
I thought, why not? Romance readers read across genres and love to read good books. So without further ado, here is the following from Ms. Hirt:
Welcome to the forthcoming books giveaway from G.P. Putnam's Sons and Riverhead Books!
We're thrilled to be joining the Dear Author community and have the opportunity to connect with a new group of readers. Putnam and Riverhead publish a number of books across all genres, and have highlighted several titles that we believe you'll find compelling. We invite you to visit us on Facebook (Putnam and Riverhead) to keep track of other upcoming books and to let us know what you think – we'd love to hear your thoughts!
CREATION OF EVE by Lynn Cullen (Putnam 3/23/10):
Embark on a trip back to the Golden Age in Spain thanks to the talented hand of Lynn Cullen in THE CREATION OF EVE. This story deftly combines mystery, romance and history as one young painter becomes embroiled in a love triangle involving the Queen, the King, and the King's illegitimate half-brother, Don Juan. This novel asks the question: How well do you really know those closest to you? And can you ever truly know another person's heart?
"Intrigue, jealousy, misplaced love, escape and escapade–what could be more tantalizing?" -’Susan Vreeland, author ofLuncheon of the Boating Party and Girl in Hyacinth Blue
THE LOST SUMMER OF LOUISA MAY ALCOTT by Kelly O'Connor McNees (Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam 4/1/10):
As a personal fan of Louisa May Alcott's classic novel LITTLE WOMEN, this is the book for which I have been waiting. Louisa taught us how to love through LITTLE WOMEN, but who taught her? Debut author Kelly O'Connor McNees deftly mixes fact and fiction as she imagines a love affair that would influence Louisa's writing career for the rest of her life – a wonderful story that explores how she so deftly portrayed young love and heartbreak, but did so at a cost none of us ever knew.
"A wonderfully imagined, lively novel of first love…" -’Meg Waite Clayton, author of The Wednesday Sisters
BURNING LAMP by Amanda Quick (Putnam 4/20/10):
Don't miss this second novel in the Dreamlight Trilogy from New York Times-bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz, writing as Amanda Quick. The Arcane Society was born in turmoil, and now psychic power and passion collide as a legendary curse comes to a burn…
"Fast-paced and cleverly constructed, the tale perfectly balances lively adventure, passionate romance, and the paranormal against an elaborate and refreshingly original background. Arcane Society fans will be thrilled, and new readers will find this stand-alone story very accessible." – Publishers Weekly
MY WIFE'S AFFAIR by Nancy Woodruff (Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam 4/15/10):
Have you ever gotten something you wanted, but somehow, still wanted more? Georgie Connolly has. Narrated by her husband Peter, a failed-writer-turned-businessman, My Wife’s Affair is about infidelity, passion, duty, and about finally getting what you want and then wanting still more. Don't miss this smart, sexy novel about a woman's search for her former self on the London stage.
"-leaves not a dry eye in the house in this gripping ode to theater and the love it can command-’and crush." -Publishers Weekly
GIRL IN TRANSLATION by Jean Kwok (Riverhead Books 4/29/10):
An unforgettable and classic novel of an American immigrant – a moving tale of hardship and triumph, heartbreak and love, and all that gets lost in translation. When Kimberly Chang and her mother emigrate from Hong Kong to Brooklyn squalor, she quickly begins a secret double life: exceptional schoolgirl by day, Chinatown sweatshop worker in the evenings. Between the two lives Kimberly leads are different boys and experiences, and she must make a decision.
"A moving coming of age story, reminiscent of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn-Kwok perfectly captures the voice and perspective of a young immigrant, and the result is a powerful work about love, sacrifice and faith." -’Min Jin Lee, author of the bestselling Free Food for Millionaires
(Jane’s insertion: I’ve started reading this book. I love the cover).
BLOOD OATH by Christopher Farnsworth (Putnam, 5/18/10)
I was late hopping on the vampire bandwagon, and BLOOD OATH was my first paranormal read. It definitely set the standard high for the entire genre! Action-packed and exciting, featuring Nathaniel Cade, a vampire with feelings, this was a book I couldn't put down. A cross between the hit show "24' and the "Bourne" movies, this book features: The ultimate secret. The ultimate agent. The President's vampire.
"Witty, exciting, and compulsively readable, with a central character who seems destined to become a favorite of both skeptics and true blood believers, Blood Oath may just be the best debut vampire novel in many years. " -’John Connolly, author of The Lovers
Jane’s insertion: Have heard from a romance reader who has read this that she thinks romance readers would like it. Kind of campy and has slight romance in it.
MY NAME IS MEMORY by Ann Brashares (Riverhead Books 6/1/10):
Sometimes love lasts more than a lifetime- Daniel has spent centuries falling in love with the same girl. Life after life, crossing continents and dynasties, he and Sophia have been drawn together-’and he remembers it all. Daniel has "the memory," the ability to recall past lives and recognize the souls of those he's previously known. For all the times that he and Sophia have been together throughout history, they have also been torn painfully, fatally, apart. Don't miss this magical new novel from the New York Times- bestselling author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and The Last Summer (of You and Me).
"Brashares's writing is natural, insightful, and affecting."-’Entertainment Weekly
We have two ARCs or finished books available for each of the titles listed, as prizes for the giveaways. I'm always happy to talk books! If you need additional information or have any questions, please drop a note in the comment section and I will try to reply.
There you have it, our first Putnam and Riverhead giveaway. If you are interested in a copy of one of the above books, leave a comment indicating the first two choices and tell us your favorite childhood book. Just for kicks. This giveaway will end on March 13th at 12 pm CST (that’s noon). The winners will be announced on Sunday.