Sunday Brunch – 02/18/2007

Well, this seems to be my day for pushing books.

The Cat In The Hat Turns Fifty

Yep! Half a century and just as fresh as the day it was published. That’s the enchanting thing about most, if not all, of Dr. Seuss’ books. I have read each and every one, many times, and still love them despite the fact that I am older than the Cat. Here is a LINK to the story.

In honor of the cat’s big Five-O, Random House is donating a new book to First Book, a nonprofit organization that promotes reading in low-income communities, for every e-mail birthday card the Cat receives. To send a card to the Cat, go HERE. Cards must be received by May 1.

Random House will also donate a book to First Book for every copy of any Dr. Seuss book it sells before May 1. For more details, go to HERE.

Super Mom Saves The World

Super Mom Saves The WorldAre you a blogger? Wanna free book? Melanie Lynne Hauser has one with your name on it. Her new one in fact: Super Mom Saves The World. After vanquishing the dastardly villain in her first book, Confessions Of Super Mom, Birdie Lee (Super Mom) battles a foe even more terrifying: Teenagers!

There’s also something called a Swiffer that goes along with that deal. Being a guy type person, I have no idea what a Swiffer is but hey, it’s free. How bad could it be? The most important part’s the book anyway. Check out her blog for details.

2006 Bram Stoker Awards

Have I mentioned, lately, that Backspace is the best damn writers board on the planet? There are some talented folks there, giving freely of their knowledge and experience. Two such talented folks are Jonathan Maberry and Alexandra Sokoloff.

The final ballot for the 2006 Bram Stoker Awards has been announced and Ghost Road Blues by Jonathan Maberry is up for a Superior Achievement in a Novel award.

The Harrowing by Alexandra Sokoloff along with Jonathan’s Ghost Road Blues is up for a Superior Achievement in a First Novel award.

Congratulations to both authors.

Finn, Again

Have I said enough about Jon Clinch’s Finn yet? Not in my opinion though I have yet to read it. Not that I don’t want to, mind you. It’s just that it hasn’t yet been released. I have read early drafts of some of it, enough to more than whet my appetite. The buzz on this book is reaching epic proportions. Entertainment Weekly just rated it an A, and a top pick. HERE is the article.

And, I got an e-mail yesterday letting me know that my copy is in at my local bookstore. Of course I didn’t check my mail until late, long after the store had closed. And they’re closed today and tomorrow because of the holiday. DRAT! Now I have to wait for Tuesday and you can bet I’ll be there the moment they open.

Hell’s Belles is Hot!

Like your sex scenes smoking? Want a rowdy good story to go with it? What about more laughs than you’ll get in a month of Saturday Night Live reruns? Well, here’s what you gotta do: go out and buy Hell’s Belles by Jackie Kessler.

Jackie has a sharp and witty style that will have you doubled over in your chair with laughter and turning the pages faster than you can say ‘get thee behind me, Satan, you’re blocking my light’. And, if you happen to be a guy type person, you may want to consider putting on the extra baggy pants if you plan to read this out in public. Trust me!

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