Member Blogs Archive > April 2021

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    Dream Girl by Laura Lippman

    Fri, 30 Apr 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Gerry is a novelist.  He's had success with one book and is trying to get back in the groove to write again.  Having an accident on his stairs in his apartment disables him.  While he's healing, he has his secretary move in and hires a night nurse.William Morrow sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will  be published June 22nd.He's been married multiple times and his most recent girlfriend comes to see him.  She wants to move in.  He refuses.The next day he finds her dead on the floor next to his bed.  Read More
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    Curse of the Forgotten City by Alex Aster

    Thu, 29 Apr 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Tor has inherited some powers from the Night Witch.  He doesn't want them but he has no choice...Sourcebooks Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on June 8th.Tor is with his best friends Engle and Melda and they are trying to find an ancient pearl to save the village they live in.This book is filled with curses, magic, zombies, ghosts, pirates and more as well as various abilities to make their search more productive.They end up taking another person with them.  Vesper is also looking for the Read More
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    Gumshoe in the Dark by Rob Leininger: Series: The Mortimer Angel Series

    Wed, 28 Apr 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Nevada’s attorney general is missing.  Mort is looking for a man who steals money from women, but he keeps his eye out for the AG, too.  He's not enthused about trying to find the man because he's come into a large inheritance.Oceanview Publishing and Edelweiss let me read the story for review (thank you). It will be published June 1st.Mort stops and picks up a woman in a deserted part of the highway.  She's young.  She had a ride but the old man wanted more than money for payment.  She got her gun out and exited his vehicle.Mort doesn't realize Read More
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    April 2021 Latest Acquisitions

    Tue, 27 Apr 2021 10:17:02 Permalink
    Here is a list of my April 2021 acquisitions some of which have already been listed and some sold, please email me at sales@hcbooksonline.com if you can’t find what you are looking for on my website. If you would like early notice of my monthly acquisitions please email me and I will add you to […]The post April 2021 Latest Acquisitions appeared first on HC Books. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

    Tue, 27 Apr 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Nella is the only black person the publishing house.  She wishes she could have a friend at work.  Her boss isn't bad, but she's white.  Then another black woman is hired...Atria Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published June 1st.Hazel is a pleasant woman who grew up in another area.  They eat lunch together and talk.  Nella is happy to have a new friend.  But is she?Suddenly she is getting notes telling her to leave.  She doesn't know who is sending them.  Then she finds out Hazel knows about Read More
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    Cold-Blooded Myrtle (Myrtle Hardcastle Mystery 3) by Elizabeth C. Bunce

    Mon, 26 Apr 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Myrtle is on the trail of a murderer.  The man who owned a store in town is found dead in his store and he was killed by hemlock and his store display was altered.Algonquin Young Readers and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It won't be published until October 5th.Many years ago, a group of students were visiting a tower to see the sights.  One of them disappeared and was not seen again.Now anyone who was in that group is being killed methodically.  Who is the killer?  It seems to be the missing girl.  Could she Read More
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    Secondhand Dogs by Carolyn Crimi

    Sun, 25 Apr 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Miss Lottie took in dogs because she hated living alone.  The dogs became her family.  They all got along well and had fun together.  Then she adopted another...Balzer & Bray and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on July 6th.This is written for young readers but the dogs don't all get along so make sure they are old enough to understand.The new dog is big and acts like a bully.  He wants the woman all to himself, so he starts trying to drive off  the other dogs.  He lies to the pug Read More
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    Journey Beyond the Burrow by Rina Heisel

    Sat, 24 Apr 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Tobin is a mouse who has a little sister and soon another sibling will be born.  His best friend is adventurous and they have to be careful of predators.  This tale is dangerous and full of excitement.HarperCollins and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on July 13th.Tobin finds himself in danger several times and just barely gets away.  He makes odd friends.  He travels with his friend and his sister and a snake.  The snake helps them keep safe.  He meets a woodchuck and uses his borrow to travel safely.You see, Read More
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    The Magical Imperfect by Chris Baron

    Fri, 23 Apr 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ethan quit talking when his mother went in for mental help.  His father tries to encourage him but has no luck.  Ethan learns at school he has a neighbor that the other children call a creature.  He goes to visit.Feiwel & Friends and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book (thank you).  It will be published June 15th.She has a rash that affects how she looks but she's nice.  She takes him to her secret place. There's a pond and trees and it's very peaceful.Ethan and his family are Jewish.  His grandfather shows him treasures from the old Read More
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    Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey by Erin Entrada Kelly

    Thu, 22 Apr 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Marisol names things.  She doesn't want to be called girl so she picks names for her toys, the refrigerator and more.  She even names the tree in the backyard.Greenwillow Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published on May 4th.Marisol is a bit scared of everything but especially of climbing the tree.  Her best friend does it easily but Marisol holds back.  She wants to climb but she's afraid she'll fall.  Then her friend finds a bird nest in the tree that has a feather in it.Marisol wants to see Read More
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    Cooper's Story : A Puppy Tale by W. Bruce Cameron

    Wed, 21 Apr 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Cooper is a young  pup who is being adopted out.  He doesn't understand why he's going away from where he was birthed.  But it's not all bad, he has a boy who loves him now.Starscape and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 1st.His boy is in a wheelchair and he trains Cooper to help him.  It's hard for the puppy at first but then he finds it fun and likes working.  He helps his boy and gets treats.When they go to school, the principal tells him he'll have to leave his Read More
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    Tips for Magicians by Celesta Rimington

    Tue, 20 Apr 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Life isn't easy for some of us.  Harrison's mother has died and he misses her dreadfully.  His father is always out of town so he's mostly on his own.  It's a good thing he has lots of friends.  One of his friends stutters and that's a trial for him.  But before the story is over, things get better.Crown Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on August 17th.Harrison first discovers a dog that wants to tell him something.  The dog was a friend of his mother's and it Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Five Facts About Romantic Adventure Writer Janet Evanovich

    Tue, 20 Apr 2021 08:00:00 Permalink
    Janet Evanovich was born in South River, New Jersey in 1943. Evanovich has become a household name thanks to her much beloved adventure series featuring bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. A prolific writer, she has published over sixty novels, many of which have topped the New York Times Best Sellers list. Her novels are published all over the world and have been translated into more than 40 languages. In celebration of this writer's amazing career, here are five things you might not know about one of America's most loved adventure novelists. Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    The More Things Change…

    Tue, 20 Apr 2021 01:08:37 Permalink
    The more they stay the same.Didn’t think I’d have time to post an entry this week because I’m busy cleaning up the leftovers from the Howland estate – hundreds of lowish-end books, too good to throw away, but a challenge to sell.However, cataloging Watson’s “Annals of Philadelphia” (the 1884 revision), I came across a paragraph so striking I simply had to share it with you.It’s in volume II, p.Continue reading The More Things Change… at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    Last Chance Books by Kelsey Rodkey

    Mon, 19 Apr 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Madeline is trying to save the bookshop she and her family work in.  It's not easy when you have a dysfunctional family.  She's been raised by her aunt because her Mom didn't want the responsibility of a child when she almost a child, too.Harper Teen and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published  May 18th.She has a favorite customer.  He's a good looking young man who flirts with her.  Then she finds out he's working in the bookstore across the street.  He loses some of his charm when she discovers that.Her mother Read More
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    Sprite and the Gardener by Joe Whitt, Rii Abrego

    Sun, 18 Apr 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sprites used to take care of gardens but when the humans showed up, they took them over.  Wisteria is a new sprite and she asks questions of the others.  She wants to help things grow.Oni Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on May 4th.Wisteria finds a garden that has died since the woman has to work so many hours.  She watches her daughter replant but nothing is blooming.  Wisteria can fix that.It doesn't take long for the other sprites to show up.  Wisteria and the daughter make a good team Read More
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    Thomas Creeper and the Gloomsbury Secret by J.R. Potter

    Sat, 17 Apr 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Thomas wants to be anything but a mortician's apprentice.  It's his family's business, though, so there's not much choice.Fitzroy Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on March 21st.When they find a body on the doorstop., his father takes it in for preparing.  But Thomas knows it was murder and he and his friend try to solve it.There are ghosts, wicked men, and danger of drowning.  The more Thomas learns, the more dangerous it gets.  He's off on an adventure he may not come back from.  It's a very good thing he Read More
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    Mystery Force : Mystery Force Assemble! Ted Neill, Suzi Spooner (Illustrated by), Nicole Saunders (Edited by)

    Fri, 16 Apr 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    If your child likes fantasy, this is the book for them.  Three children who are disabled are friends and like to solve mysteries.  When they hear there are creatures that have escaped and are running free, they decide to find them and see just what they are.Tenebray Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.The factory they visit where the strange creatures were kept is vacant except for one left over animal.  He's a fox that has fire abilities.  The man who owns the factory Read More
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    Manga Classics Anne of Green Gables L.M Montgomery, Crystal Chan, Kuma Chan (By (artist))

    Thu, 15 Apr 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a classic tale told in graphic style.  It's great fun to read it like this.  You see  all the faces and reactions.Diamond Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.This is an easy way to let your child read a classic story.Anne is adopted from an orphanage but the folks who adopted wanted a boy for chores.  Despite the mix up, they decide to keep Anne.  Anne has a wonderful imagination.  She's a redhead with freckles which causes some trouble along the way.Anne Read More
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    Entering a Post-Covid Bookselling World – Q&A with Vic Zoschak

    Wed, 14 Apr 2021 12:55:38 Permalink
    * Well, all… this year has been a doozy for almost everyone! We don’t know a single soul that was completely unaffected by this global pandemic, and many sadly affected in traumatizing ways. The bookselling community has done its best to stay connected and functioning during this time, and we thought it might be a […] Read More
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    Harriet Tubman: Fighter for Freedom! by James Buckley

    Wed, 14 Apr 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a graphic novel that tells you about Harriet Tubman.  From her childhood to her death, Harriet did everything she could to help black slaves.  It's partly sad but it's all facts.Portable Press let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can get it now.This is easy to read and you can see the hardships and the victories very clearly.  You'll learn some new facts about Harriet which will make you appreciate her even more.  She asked for God's help and never complained about the conditions she had to work in.This is Read More
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    Gemma and the Giant Girl by Sara O'Leary

    Tue, 13 Apr 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Gemma lived at home with her parents.  Nothing ever changed but she was OK with that.  And then one day she sees a big eye looking in at her...Tundra books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.She thinks the girl looking is a giant, but she gives them new clothes.  And then she takes Gemma into her room and lets her see the world out her window.  What does Gemma do now? Read More
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    Ophie's Ghosts by Justina Ireland

    Mon, 12 Apr 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ophie is a young girl who discovers she can see ghosts.  She can even talk to them.  She's learning how to help them pass on.  The first ghost she saw was her Daddy.  He'd been murdered and he told her to take her mother and hide in her hiding place.  It was good thing they did.  The men who killed him came to burn down their house.Balzer & Bray and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 18th.Her mother has taken her out of school to work with her as a housemaid Read More
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    Somebody Help Me… UHhh!

    Mon, 12 Apr 2021 06:59:50 Permalink
    to quote the words of the immortal Wilson Pickett in “Land of 1000 Dances” I need helpand I’m calling on you, loyal readers in hopes that you can provide.For the past month I’ve been getting 5 or 10 emails a day from Blabberbuzz, a bullshit pretend conservative nonsense-news outlet, specifically designed to annoy people of a more liberal persuasion.It’s obviously a phishing scheme, so unsubscribing or sending nasty replies will only play right into their hands.Continue reading Somebody Help Me… UHhh! at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    The Edge of Strange Hollow by Gabrielle K. Byrne

    Sun, 11 Apr 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Poppy has been banned from the woods by her parents.  There are things in the woods that will take your life.  Her parents hunt for the monsters in there and eliminate them as a threat.  This time, they haven't come back...Macmillan and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 18th.Poppy takes her friends and goes out to find them.  She has an elf, a shapeshifter, and her dog with three heads.  They have quite the adventure attempting to locate them.  They run into a banshee, have to watch for the thorn trees Read More
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    Matters of Doubt : A Cal Claxton Mystery by Warren C Easley

    Sat, 10 Apr 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Cal is trying to move on after his wife's suicide.  He's living in Oregon and is a lawyer.  When a scruffy young man shows up at his door to ask him to find out who killed his mother, he says no.  But then he changes his mind.  He wants to help him.Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on May 18th.Then the young man is accused of murdering his mother's old boyfriend.  He says he didn't do it, that the man had called and invited him over to Read More
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    Wayward Creatures by Dayna Lorentz

    Fri, 09 Apr 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Gabe is feeling lost and alone.  His family has its problems and they don't have time to worry about his.  His friends have moved on at school and nobody pays much attention to him there either.  But when his old friends have found a new one to include, he feels hurt and angry.  He steals some Roman candles and takes them to the park.  They are all having fun with them until he tries to hit the new guy with one and starts a fire.  The others all run.  The cop takes him down to the station.Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Read More
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    Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

    Thu, 08 Apr 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    The sun is disappearing.  Can a suicidal mission save it?Ballantine and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 4th.This story is a bit dry in the beginning and has all kinds of technical information about what's happening to the sun and what they will need to do to save it.They lose two of the astronauts before they even leave earth.  Their lab blew up.  So the lady in charge assigns the  teacher to go in their place.  It's because he has a tolerance for the drug they will use to make Read More
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    Virtual Book Fair Query

    Thu, 08 Apr 2021 08:27:40 Permalink
    Dear Colleagues:Promoter Marvin Getman has asked me to circulate the following query:I’m doing some research to see if we can make uploading easier for dealers. Do you have an idea of what system most dealers use to catalogue listings? Is BookRouter very popular with dealers? I want to try to determine if we could make that work with my platform and if that would make it easier for dealers to upload. Continue reading Virtual Book Fair Query at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    Thief of Souls - An Inspector Lu Fei Mystery by Brian Klingborg

    Wed, 07 Apr 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lu Fei is a policeman in a small village where the crimes aren't serious.  But now he's called out on a murder...Minotaur Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on May 4th.She's a pretty young woman but not only is she dead, it appears that some of her organs were harvested.  No one saw anything and the cameras in that part of the city don't work so it's going to be a hard hunt for the killer. They find some cold cases that indicate there is a serial killer in their Read More
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