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Melineh Petrosian PatatanianJoin local author Melineh Petrosian Patatanian at Serene Beans as she signs her memoir, Cry for Rain, a harrowing, poignant memoir of the author's childhood and coming of age as a Christian in Tehran, set against the backdrop of revolution and the rise of Khomeini.

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ISBN: 9781632134929
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Published: Electio Publishing - July 24th, 2018

Ariana's bitter childhood battles with the outside world and her narcissistic mother threaten to consume her soul.

 

As a Christian minority growing up in Tehran, Iran, Ariana faces harsh physical and emotional abuse from her mother and witnesses the same pain inflicted on her siblings. Her daily awakenings leave her unguarded against her mother's wrath. Despite this, Ariana's only true safe haven comes fleetingly in the presence of her loving papa, Jacob. However, he is often away for weeks on end as a truck driver, leaving her constantly yearning for his return.

"You know your mother loves you very much. If she punishes you, it's not because she's mean. It's not her fault. She is a nervous woman who cannot control her anger."

 

As she grows up, her search for hope is what she holds onto as she struggles to not only survive her mother's tirades but the loss of friends and family in terror attacks and political involvement during the revolution, the drastic regime change to an Islamic government, and a city embattled with Iraq.


Author Signing: Mike Lupica

Mike LupicaBestselling author Mike Lupica signs his latest Sweet Spot (Ages 10-14) sports novel, No Slam Dunk.

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ISBN: 9780525514855
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Published: Philomel Books - November 6th, 2018

A fast-paced, heartfelt story for basketball fans that proves being a good teammate remains the most important quality in basketball—and in life, from New York Times bestselling author Mike Lupica.

Wes’ father always told him that there was only one ball in basketball. That you had to know when to take it yourself and when to give it up, that finding the right balance was key. So at every practice and game, Wes tries his best to be a good basketball player and, above all, a good teammate.

As the season kicks off, Wes finds that not everyone on his team has the same idea. All-star player and the Hawks’ point guard, Danilo “Dinero” Rey seems determined to hold the spotlight and the ball, even if it means costing his team the game. If Wes is to lead the Hawks to the playoffs, he’ll need to find new ways to dish out an assist—even if it means his most important one comes off the court.

In No Slam Dunk, #1 New York Times bestseller Mike Lupica demonstrates once again that there is no children’s sports novelist today who can match his ability to weave a story of vivid sports action and heartfelt emotion. A touching story about teamwork and family, of selfishness and generosity, No Slam Dunk shows that even in the face of adversity, giving your best is the surest way to victory.
 


Author Signing and Donation Drive with Ann Braden

Ann BradenAuthor Ann Braden signs her middle grade novel about living in poverty, The Benefits of Being an Octopus. School Library Journal says, "This heartbreaking, beautifully written book about finding one's voice will offer some readers a relatable reflection and others a window that can help build empathy and understanding."

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Published: Sky Pony - September 4th, 2018

Some people can do their homework. Some people get to have crushes on boys. Some people have other things they've got to do.

 

Seventh-grader Zoey has her hands full as she takes care of her much younger siblings after school every day while her mom works her shift at the pizza parlor. Not that her mom seems to appreciate it. At least there's Lenny, her mom's boyfriend—they all get to live in his nice, clean trailer.

 

At school, Zoey tries to stay under the radar. Her only friend Fuchsia has her own issues, and since they're in an entirely different world than the rich kids, it's best if no one notices them.

 

Zoey thinks how much easier everything would be if she were an octopus: eight arms to do eight things at once. Incredible camouflage ability and steady, unblinking vision. Powerful protective defenses.

 

Unfortunately, she's not totally invisible, and one of her teachers forces her to join the debate club. Even though Zoey resists participating, debate ultimately leads her to see things in a new way: her mom’s relationship with Lenny, Fuchsia's situation, and her own place in this town of people who think they're better than her. Can Zoey find the courage to speak up, even if it means risking the most stable home she's ever had?

 

This moving debut novel explores the cultural divides around class and the gun debate through the eyes of one girl, living on the edges of society, trying to find her way forward.

 

"This is a compassionate look at poverty, hard choices, and defending one's right to be treated humanely. A very fine first novel, written with a deft hand.” — Karen Hesse, Newbery award winning author of Out of the Dust

 

"This engrossing debut novel...takes the reader on her journey from the dire side of the class divide to a life of cautious hope as she learns the world is big enough for choices, actions, and results." -- Booklist

"The Benefits of Being an Octopus is a beautiful, layered look at the courage it takes to stand up to and stand up for the people you love--including yourself. Braden's story captivated me and carried me along, leaving me changed for the better. -- Elaine Vickers, author of Like Magic and Paper Chains

"With grace and heart and words masterfully woven, The Benefits of Being an Octopus captures the quiet and loud masks of domestic violence. Braden navigates the complexities of choice and power and the meaning of courage. And how sometimes together, we can find our voice and our strength." -- Elly Swartz, author of Finding Perfect and Smart Cookie

"This wise book knows we can't always keep the people we love safe. But it also knows that courage and compassion can sometimes turn lives around. You will care so fiercely about Zoey -- the octopus-loving, truth-telling young heroine that you'll want to wrap all eight of your own arms around her." -- Anne Nesbet, author of California Book Award winner, Cloud, and Wallfish

"You are seen. You are heard. You are loved." In a perfect world, every child would know these three absolutes. Ann Braden shares this message with her readers in a funny, poignant story about Zoey, her siblings, their mother, and one very special teacher. An octopus might be the most clever creature, but it can't hold a candle (or eight) to Braden's masterfully constructed prose." –– K. A. Holt, author of House Arrest


YA Signing: Lucia DiStefano and Mike Mullin

DiStefano and Mullin

YA authors Lucia DiStefano and Mike Mullin sign their latest releases. Lucia DiStefano signs her debut mystery, Borrowed. Mike Mullin signs his fourth YA novel, Surface Tension, a thriller.

 

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ISBN: 9781732414105
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Published: Elephant Rock Productions, Inc. - November 2018

A triumph of authenticity, grace, and nail-biting suspense, Lucia DiStefano's ingenious debut is an unflinching, genre-bending literary thriller of love, mystery, and survival.
 

As seventeen-year-old Linnea celebrates the first anniversary of her heart transplant, she can't escape the feeling that the wires have been crossed. After a series of unsettling dreams, inked messages mysteriously appear on her body, and she starts to wonder if this new heart belongs to her at all.
 

Across town, Maxine braces for a heartbreaking anniversary: her sister Harper's death. Between raising her brothers and parenting her grief-stricken mother, Max is unable to ignore her guilty crush on Harper's old flame or shake her lingering suspicion that her sister's drowning wasn't really an accident. With Harper as the sole connection, Linnea and Maxine are soon brought together in fantastic and terrifying ways.

 

Borrowed is unlike anything I’ve seen in recent YA literature—it’s a compelling, unpredictable thriller with a unique premise and delicious prose. DiStefano will be one to watch.” —Jennie Kendrick, Blogger, Forever Young Adult
 
Borrowed successfully generates real suspense through a plot that is one part cozy mystery and one part violent psychological thriller. A literate, well-told, and original YA novel.” —Mark Pumphrey, Director of Libraries, El Paso, Texas
 
“Lyrical prose, full-bodied characters, and a riveting plot with shocking twists and turns that kept me guessing until the startling conclusion. I couldn’t put it down!” —Kristin Bartley Lenz, The Art of Holding on and Letting Go
 
“DiStefano’s mastery is in the unpredictable twists, the tense build-ups, and the satisfying reveals. This breakout debut is a rare gem of a genre-bender.” —Katya de Becerra, What the Woods Keep
 


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ISBN: 9781939100160
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Published: Tanglewood - May 8th, 2018

After witnessing an act of domestic terrorism while training on his bike, Jake is found near death, with a serious head injury and unable to remember the plane crash or the aftermath that landed him in the hospital.

 

A terrorist leader’s teenage daughter, Betsy, is sent to kill Jake and eliminate him as a possible witness. When Jake’s mother blames his head injury for his tales of attempted murder, he has to rely on his girlfriend, Laurissa, to help him escape the killers and the law enforcement agents convinced that Jake himself had a role in the crash.

 

Mike Mullin, author of the Ashfall series, delivers a gripping story with memorable characters and all-too-real scenarios.

 

VOYA: “[A] fast-paced thriller….There is something of Hitchcock in the narrative, with a blend between The Man Who Knew Too Much, North by Northwest, and Rear Window, and the story…is gripping and frightening.”

 

Publisher’s Weekly: “In this timely contemporary thriller…Mullin tells much of the story from the viewpoint of Betsy, the teenage daughter of the terrorist’s leader….contributing an additional layer of narrative tension. Mullin’s premise is riveting…[A] strong action story.”

 

School Library Journal: “With a gripping contemporary story line….Short chapters increase the tension and readers’ interest in solving the mystery of Jake’s connection. A vivid thriller that entertains and excites.”

 

Booklist: “Mullin (best known for his Ashfall series) succeeds in creating an engaging and suspenseful novel that will hook readers almost immediately. This heart-pounding, high-stakes thriller engages with race relations in an all-too-relevant exploration of terrorism, xenophobia, and corruption at the highest levels.”

 

Kirkus: “Entertaining as a popcorn action flick”


Author Signing: Shelley Shepard Gray

Shelley Shepard Gray

Shelley Shepard Gray discusses and signs Take a Chance, the first book in her new clean romance series, Bridgeport Social Club; which focuses on friendship, family, and faith, and features strong characters.

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Published: Blackstone Publishing - September 18th, 2018

Kurt Holland wants the best for his younger brother, which is why he moves Sam to Bridgeport, Ohio. It's a bigger town with a well-known high school. Just the place to give his little brother more opportunities-maybe even a scholarship to college. Kurt hopes his gamble pays off, since Sam's future isn't the only thing riding on it. Kurt's put most of his savings into a new landscaping business there, too. But when Sam gets in trouble for fighting at school, Kurt isn't so sure it was the right decision … until he meets Sam's English teacher.

Emily Springer is passionate about helping all of her students succeed, but there's something about Sam Holland that makes her want to go the extra mile. When he's caught in a fight at school, she goes to bat in his defense, and during a conference with the principal she meets Sam's rugged older brother-and guardian. Emily has a strict no-dating policy when it comes to her students' parents, but Kurt isn't technically Sam's parent. It's OK to bend the rules a little bit, right?

In an effort to make some friends and find a place in the Bridgeport community, Kurt starts up a weekly poker game in his garage. It's not long before everyone wants in, and they all soon discover that these Friday night poker gatherings are about more than just the game.

Shelley Shepard Gray's new Bridgeport Social Club series is about men who need a place to call home, a community in need of hope, and a group of women who are special enough to help both things happen. This first installment is genuine and heartfelt. It's filled with hope, warmth, and the belief that love and acceptance can overcome any tough situation.


Author Signing: Grace Draven

Grace Draven

 

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ISBN: 9780451489753
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Published: Ace - September 25th, 2018

A woman with power over fire and illusion and an enslaved son of a chieftain battle a corrupt empire in this powerful and deeply emotional romantic fantasy from the USA Today bestselling author of Radiance.

Every year, each village is required to send a young woman to the Empire’s capital—her fate to be burned alive for the entertainment of the masses. For the last five years, one small village’s tithe has been the same woman. Gilene’s sacrifice protects all the other young women of her village, and her secret to staying alive lies with the magic only she possesses.

But this year is different.

Azarion, the Empire’s most famous gladiator, has somehow seen through her illusion—and is set on blackmailing Gilene into using her abilities to help him escape his life of slavery. Unknown to Gilene, he also wants to reclaim the birthright of his clan.

To protect her family and village, she will abandon everything to return to the Empire—and burn once more.

 

“Fierce and captivating, PHOENIX UNBOUND is the story of a gladiator and a fire witch fighting for their freedom against an empire that wants them enslaved. With impossible odds, breathtaking battles, terrifying magic, and an unlikely love, this book is a must read. Grace Draven is a master of romantic heroic fantasy.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews


Author Signing: Anthony Lolli

Anthony Lolli Sadly, Anthony Lolli had a family situation that prevented him from making it to Houston.

This event has been canceled.

 

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Published: Diversion Books - June 13th, 2017

The founder and CEO of Rapid Realty, New York City’s largest rental-based real estate brokerage, shares his story, his advice, and his tips for building a successful career in the ever-growing and lucrative world of real estate.

Anthony Lolli got his real estate license at age nineteen. By twenty-three, he was a millionaire and the head of a swiftly growing company that would become one of the largest real estate brokerages in New York and a national franchise sensation. Now, he’s sharing the secrets behind his success.


Anthony’s commitment to creating opportunities and putting people front and center in the often-cutthroat world of real estate is on display in his first book, The Heart of the Deal: How to Invest and Negotiate Like a Real Estate Mogul. Part memoir, part insider’s guide to building a career in real estate, part all-purpose advice for aspiring entrepreneurs, The Heart of the Deal contains anecdotes from Anthony’s inspirational rags-to-riches life story, as well as plenty of hard-won lessons and motivational techniques to put any budding business leader on the path to success.

 

Learn how to set smart goals, negotiate like a pro, analyze properties and neighborhoods, overcome objections, and much more.

Whether you want to become a top-performing broker or a savvy property investor, or simply master real estate management tactics designed to help you achieve your financial goals, Lolli’s grounded guidance will put you on the right path.

Most importantly, The Heart of the Deal will teach you how to utilize all of these strategies to build a lucrative career without sacrificing your humanity in the process. At all times, Lolli keeps one central premise in mind: that the heart of every deal isn’t money—it’s people.


Author Signing: Christie Craig & Sharla Lovelace

Craig and Lovelace

Two fabulous Houston area-ish authors sign their latest releases! Both of these ladies are RITA finalists, Christie in 2016 for Unspoken and Sharla this year for Lucky Charmed. Both of them are known for their comedic twist on the romance genre, and we're thrilled to host them together.

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Published: Forever - August 28th, 2018

In this dark and dangerous Texas small town, Annie Lakes' nightmares come alive when a cold case from her past reveals family secrets that put her life in jeopardy.
 
Annie Lakes has had the same recurring nightmare for years. Her heart pounding in her chest. A panicked voice, begging her to run faster. Her own bloodcurdling scream. But now Annie is starting to realize it's more than just a bad dream. She's starting to remember things about the night her cousin Jenny disappeared all those years ago. Things that make her believe her family was involved--and what they're hiding is much worse than she ever imagined. But she can't unravel this alone. She needs someone she can trust, someone like sexy Detective Mark Sutton ....
 
Mark has seen enough--too much--to assume that Annie's story is a dead end. It turns out that her family is hiding some killer secrets. A long time ago, Annie was just an innocent little girl who saw something she shouldn't. Now she's a target, and Mark's running out of time to protect the woman he's starting to fall for. But how does Mark face off against a murderer who just may be someone Annie loves?


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Published: Kensington Publishing Corporation - July 10th, 2018

A hot mess runaway bride and a smokin' hot biker lock eyes at a red light. Lord have mercy . . . is our little town of Charmed, Texas ready for this?

 

Never one to do things by the book, Micah Roman couldn't just chalk it up to bridal jitters, or even quietly call off her wedding to her long-time fiancé. No, she has to high-tail it out of the church sporting a dress that cost more than her car, and jump on the back of a smoking-hot stranger's motorcycle. Her knight in all-black is headed to a town called Charmed, so that's where she'll go and try to lay low. Except their appearance raises plenty of eyebrows . . . and a sudden, intense attraction she has no business exploring.

 

Who knew picking up a damsel in distress would lead to lust at first sight? Leo McKane headed to Charmed prepared to deal with some family secrets-including his status as long-lost brother. This runaway bride is an unexpected distraction his set agenda and loner lifestyle doesn't include. She's everywhere he turns, getting under his skin with her quirky, headstrong ways and eyes he can't forget. But when Micah's jilted ex comes looking for her and opens up his shady past, Leo knows he has a choice to make.

 

They both do.

 

Run to safer ground again? Or take a leap that their untrusting hearts are wary to take.


Author Signing: BB Denson

BB DensonLocal author BB Denson signs her oil-and-gas-friendly picture books in her Gary the Go-Cart series!

 

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By B. B. Denson, Sidnei Marques (Illustrator)
$19.78
ISBN: 9780997588323
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Published: Desideramus Publishing - June 12th, 2016

Gary the Go-Cart: Wind blows is a fun story, written in poetry with rhyme and cadence. It is illustrated by the late, great, award-winning Sidnei Marques. This book is educational, too, in that it compares Oil and Gas to Wind Energy in a way that even kids can understand at some level. Teenagers and adults will read it on a much deeper level.

Gary wants to go far and wants to go fast. He doesn't want to be slow like go-carts from the past. "Wind Blows" details Gary's adventures as he explores Wind Energy and compares it to Oil and Gas. You might be surprised by what he learns. Ms. Denson simplifies some rather complicated ideas about energy and makes them fun.

The Gary the Go-Cart series was written to balance the conversation surrounding energy and the environment.


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By B. B. Denson, Sidnei Marques (Illustrator)
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Published: Desideramus Publishing - February 15th, 2017

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Author Signing: Lily Blackwood, Shana Galen, & Sophie Jordan

Lily Blackwood, Shana Galen, & Sophie Jordan

Lily Blackwood signs The Warrior of Clan Kincaid, the stunning finale to the Kincaid brothers' trilogy set in the wilds of Scotland, closing out a fantastic historical romance series set in the Highlands with a fierce, Alpha warrior and plenty of drama and passion.

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Published: St. Martin's Paperbacks - July 31st, 2018

Derryth MacClaren is on the run. Traveling under heavy guard, she has been sent from her castle home to avoid capture by the vicious nobleman known as the Wolf, who has vowed revenge against the Clan Kincaid, and any who support them. When a surprise attack leaves her vulnerable, Derryth ends up in the hands of an enemy warrior who claims her, with the Wolf’s blessing, as his prize. But her captor’s gentle words and touch seduce her heart—and body—completely. . . and when she discovers the tattoo on his arm that proves him to be the legendary, long-believed dead son of the murdered Laird of Kincaid, Derryth knows she must find a way to alter his fate—and her own. . .

Cull has no memory of his family or past—all he knows is the life of a warrior, trained to fight on behalf of the Scottish king. If he can help the king’s law officer of the North, the Wolf of Badenoch, defeat a rebellious faction of Highlanders, Cull will be met with untold riches beyond possessing beautiful, innocent Derryth. But now that she has informed him of who he really is—Cullen Braewick, the youngest son of the slain laird—he is torn. If Cull exacts revenge against the Wolf, who executed his father, he stands to lose the precious lass who he has come to love. What is he willing to sacrifice for Derryth to keep her safe. . .and in his arms?


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ISBN: 9781492638957
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Published: Sourcebooks Casablanca - July 3rd, 2018

Rafe Beaumont, 5th son of the Earl of Haddington, is naturally seductive. Women flock to him, and he knows just how to get them to swoon. These skills were well utilized during the wars, when he seduced wives and mistresses of Napolean's confidants to glean secrets and battle plans. Now he's hot on the trail of Napoleon's most elusive assassin. Rafe must find him through his daughter, but she seems immune to flattery and entirely unseducible.

Colette Fortier fled to England to start a new life, but doesn't fit in among the
ton. When Rafe insinuates himself into her heart, promising unconditional friendship, Colette wants more than anything to trust him. But if she ever reveals her past to him, her lover may quickly become her killer…


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ISBN: 9780062463647
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Published: Avon - July 24th, 2018

A bride wasn’t in his plans…

 

The last thing Marcus, the Duke of Autenberry, expects to see after sleeping off a night’s drunken shenanigans is a woman being auctioned in the village square. Before he can think about the ramifications, he buys her, thinking he’s winning the girl her freedom. Instead, he discovers he’s bought a wife.

 

A duke wasn’t in hers…

 

Alyse Bell is almost rid of the shackles that bound her in a name-only marriage, but the day her friend promised to purchase her in a wife auction, he vanishes, leaving her to face a mob of unsavory bachelors intent on owning her body and soul. But the appearance of a wicked, wealthy stranger changes her path forever.

 

The road to ruin…

 

Marcus doesn’t know what to do with the impertinent chit who clearly isn’t duchess material! Insisting their marriage isn’t legitimate, they leave for his estate in Scotland, hoping to devise a plan to get rid of each other. However, on a journey fraught with misadventure, their attraction grows and Marcus realizes he’ll do anything to keep this fiery woman for his own.


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