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July 30/2000 -
In this issue:

New Columns -

Ebook Update: Signs of Maturity - By Lisa Eagleson-Roever - If you search, you will see signs that the ebook industry is maturing. Although hardly settled into the proverbial house with the picket fence, the wild-child industry does appear to have aged enough.

Creating characters for both children and adult markets - By author Natalie Buske Thomas - To create characters that come alive and that readers can identify with, use the five senses to convey the sense of feel.

New Feature Interviews with -

Letha Albright - Author of Tulsa Time (July 2000), the first in the Viv Powers mystery series. Winner of the 1999 Dark Oak award in the Oak Tree Press mystery contest with first prize as publication.
Feature by PJ Nunn.

Harlan Coben - An award-winning mystery author. Winner of the Edgar, Shamus and Anthony Awards. Author of Darkest Fear (2000), book seven in the series featuring sports agent Myron Bolitar, a novel about fathers and sons. Feature by PJ Nunn.
Tess Gerritsen - New York Times bestselling author of four medical thrillers and nine romantic thrillers, an M.D. who took an unusual route to a successful writing career. Author of Bloodstream and Gravity.
Feature by PJ Nunn.

PJ Grady - Author of Maximum Insecurity nominated for a Shamus Award for Best First Private Eye Novel by the Private Eye Writers of America. Feature by PJ Nunn.

Laura Lippman - Feature writer for the Baltimore Sun author of the popular Tess Monoghan mysteries. Winner of the Edgar, the Shamus, the Agatha and the Anthony Awards. The Sugar House fifth in the series, is due out in August 2000. Feature by PJ Nunn.

Lise McClendon - Author of Nordic Nights, and the forthcoming One O'clock Jump the first in a series featuring a female private detective, due out in March 2001 from St. Martin's Press.
Feature by PJ Nunn.

Valerie S. Malmont - Author of Death, Guns and Sticky Buns, the third in the Tori Miracle mystery series, and the soon-to-be released Death, Snow and Mistletoe just in time for Christmas 2000.
Feature by PJ Nunn.

W.O. Mitchell 1914-1998 - Profile of an acclaimed Canadian novelist who won a series of awards and honors for his novels, short story collections, plays and television series throughout his life. A Master's career. Reviews of his best loved novels by our Canadian Editor Zaheera Jiwaji.

Linda Opdyke - Author of Stones Throw and Lake Braxton. Stones Throw has been nominated for the Eppie Award in the thriller category [EPIC /August 2000]. Also nominated for the Frankfurt E-book Award by the International eBook Award Foundation [October 2000] with a Grand Prize of $100,000. Feature by PJ Nunn.

Robert J. Randisi - Author of Blood on the Arch, the third in the Detective Joe Keough mystery series. RJ Randisi is also the founder of PWA and initiator of the Shamus Awards. He is the recipient of the 1993 Life Achievements Award from the Southwest Mystery/Suspense Convention. Feature by PJ Nunn.

Matt Witten - Author of Breakfast at Madeline's the first in a series introducing screenwriter Jacob Burns; Grand Delusion and Strange Bedfellows. Matt Witten is also a screenwriter for the well-known television show Law & Order. Feature by PJ Nunn.

Reviews - Read 34 new reviews -

Biography -

Grace in China: An American Woman Beyond the Great Wall 1934-1974 - By Eleanor McCallie Cooper and William Liu - Reviewed by Julie Failla Earhart - Grace McCallie Divine left her Tennessee home to study music in 1920 Chicago, eventually married Liu Fu-Chi, moved to China and became witness to the most drastic events in Chinese history before moving back to America towards the end of her life. An extraordinary adventure.

Canadian Authors - Reviewed by our Canadian Editor Zaheera Jiwaji.

No Tears to the Gallows - By Mark Johnson -

Best loved novels by award-winning Canadian author W. O. Mitchell - Roses Are Difficult Here - Who Has Seen the Wind and How I Spent My Summer Holidays - Set in the Saskatchewan prairies, How I Spent My Summer Holidays deals with serious, mature themes with a dark coming-of-age story, illustrating what happens when childhood naivete collides with a very adult world.

What Was Always Hers -
By Uma Parameswaran - Winner of the Jubilee Award for short stories [Canadian Authors Association] - The title story What Was Always Hers leads this collection of five stories, which all deal in some way with the Indian immigrant experience in Canada.

South African Authors - Reviewed by our SA Editor Merilyn Tomkins

Clare's War by bestselling author Anita Burgh - In 1938, seventeen-year old Clare, sent to a Paris finishing school, takes four children to Spain during the chaos of war, unaware that this is Resistance work. Anita Burgh at the top of her storytelling form.

UK Authors - Reviewed by our UK Editor Rachel A. Hyde

All Quiet on the Orient Express - By Magnus Mills - Modern British writing at its original, fresh, innovative best. A city dweller’s nightmare view of country life.

Angel: Not Forgotten - By Nancy Holder - Based on the successful TV series - Bodies are being found in LA burnt from the inside out. Is this a case of spontaneous human combustion or are darker forces at work?

General Fiction -

A Face in the Moon by Mitchell Waldman - Reviewed by PJ Nunn
Crazy for Cornelia by Chris Gilson - Reviewed by Julie Failla Earhart
Never Mind Nirvana by Mark Lindquist - Reviewed by Rachel A. Hyde

The Tie that Binds by Kent Haruf - Reviewed by Andrea Collare - Winner of the Whiting Foundation Award - Special citation from the PEN/Hemingway Foundation - Award-winning author Kent Haruf shows how hope for the future and fond memories of the past can provide the will to survive, in this tale of one woman's self-effacing life.

Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher - Reviewed by Susan McBride - The internationally acclaimed British author of September and The Shell Seekers weaves a wonderful tale of love and solace found during the winter solstice.

Non fiction -

The Dreams Our Stuff is Made Of: How Science Fiction Conquered the World - By Thomas M. Disch -
Reviewed by Lisa Eagleson-Roever

The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary [OED] - By Simon Winchester - Reviewed by Zaheera Jiwaji - This North American title of the book refers to James Murray, the formidable editor of the OED who enlisted the help of thousands of volunteers, and one of his greatest contributors W.C. Minor, known as the madman.

Romance -
The House on Hope Street by Danielle Steele - Reviewed by Julie Failla Earhart

Science fiction -

Gates of Hell by Susan Sizemore - Reviewed by Rachel A. Hyde - If you are a romance reader, Susan Sizemore needs no introduction. But if SF is more your thing, here is a book that combines the two.

Mystery -

The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century - Edited by Tony Hillerman and Otto Penzler -
Reviewed by Nancy Mehl - Tucked between A Retrieved Reformation by O. Henry and Running Out of Dog by Dennis Lehane are 55 best mystery short stories you would expect in this superb anthology.

A Deadly Dozen - By the Los Angeles Chapter of Sisters in Crime - Reviewed by Nancy Mehl
Before I Say Goodbye by Mary Higgins Clark - Reviewed by Merilyn Tomkins

Beneath the Skin by Nicci French - Reviewed by Phillip Tomasso III - Three women with seemingly nothing to link them together share one thing in common: A serial killer wants all three of them dead.

Brief Candles by Manning Coles - Reviewed by PJ Nunn
Cradle and All by James Patterson - Reviewed by Merilyn Tomkins - Reviewed by Phillip Tomasso III
Footprints in the Butter by Denise Dietz - Reviewed by PJ Nunn
Hyaenas by Sandy Dengler -
Reviewed by Nancy Mehl

Nothing but the Night by Bill Pronzini - Reviewed by PJ Nunn - Award-winning master Bill Pronzini takes an unusual approach in this well-crafted mystery, alternating characters and points of view with each chapter until the separate entities come together with explosive force.

Nowhere To Hide by Joan Hall Hovey - Reviewed by PJ Nunn
Shaded Light by N.J. Lindquist - Reviewed by PJ Nunn
Silent No More by Myrna Ericksen - Reviewed by Nancy Mehl
The Devil’s Code by John Sandford - Reviewed by Susan McBride
The High Flyer by Susan Howatch - Reviewed by Merilyn Tomkins

The Night Awakens [Mystery short stories] - Editor: Mary Higgins Clark - Reviewed by Morgan Ann Adams -Mystery buffs will relish this anthology full of murder and mayhem written by well-known authors.

Twilight Dynasty: Courting Evil - By Barry H. Smith - Reviewed by Nancy Mehl - An impossible to put down, chilling tale of evil, supernatural and past life regression to read with the lights on.

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