4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK

Black Mask Studios 2016        I’m a sucker for a good title. A good title can make your book stand out from the crowd. It can serve as a memorable hook to draw in your reader. A good title can live in your brain and make you smile whenever you hear it. Here, try this. I bet you can’t stop smiling: STAR WARS. See? THE BREAKFAST CLUB. Right? A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. So good! All great titles that provide a catchy, solid hook to draw in the customer. A catchy hook that is snagged in your brain, so that whenever you hear it, you smile. And now we can add 4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK to that list. But like the other titles on this list, 4 KIDS is...

James Rollins’ WAR HAWK Reviewed

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Jessica Knoll in Milwaukee Tuesday the 19th Apr17

Jessica Knoll in Milwaukee Tuesday the 19th

Jessica Knoll, author of Luckiest Girl Alive, in conversation with Carole E. Barrowman Tuesday April 19, at 7:00 pm at Boswell. Please join us at Boswell for an exciting conversation between Jessica Knoll, author of one of Carole E. Barrowman’s “Top 10 Books of 2015,” Luckiest Girl Alive, and Alverno professor, Carole E. Barrowman. With a singular voice and twists you won’t see coming, Luckiest Girl Alive explores the unbearable pressure that so many women feel to “have it all” and introduces a heroine whose sharp edges and cutthroat ambition have been protecting a scandalous truth, and a heart that’s bigger than it first appears. This...

Simone St. James’ LOST AMONG THE LIVING Revi...

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