April 18, 7:00 PM EST

You’ll be captivated! Join Alex Kava, J.D. Barker, Erica Ferencik, and Grace D. Li on Mon., April 18th at 7:00pm EST for book talk and fun. It’s all free, and you can win Alex’s exciting new K-9 mystery Fallen Creed or J.D. Barker’s riveting Death of the Black Widow (written with James Patterson). Rogue Tosca Lee will emcee!

The first 100 in the Zoom room can personally debrief them. You can also catch them on Facebook Live and interrogate via comments. It will be a night to remember! Please join us!


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Alex Kava writes thrillers that combine facts with fiction. Her K9 handler Ryder Creed rescues abandoned dogs and turns them into scent heroes. Kava is the New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon bestselling author of twenty-one novels. She’s been awarded two Nebraska Book Awards, a Florida Book Award, and the Mari Sandoz Award. Published in thirty-two countries, her novels have sold over six million copies. When she’s not writing, Alex enjoys spending time with her pack of Westies, none of which are as well trained as Ryder Creed’s dogs.

Fallen Creed, March 15, 2022


K9 handler, Ryder Creed and his scent dog, Grace, return to Nebraska to join FBI Agent Maggie O’Dell on the same task force that helped rescue his sister, Brodie, a year ago. But their job is interrupted when a rural Postal carrier finds a black plastic bag discarded in a grassy roadside ditch.

What’s inside is shocking to even these seasoned investigators.

Ryder Creed always has a Thermos of coffee. Maggie O’Dell drinks Diet Pepsi. In Nebraska, they stop for Runzas. What is a Runza, you ask? Any Nebraskan will enthusiastically share that Runzas are a Nebraska-based fast food staple made of ground beef and cabbage or sauerkraut and onions baked inside a pocket of warm dough. Learn more (and order Runzas shipped to your house) here.

Need this comfort food now? Try this copy cat recipe from Small Town Woman.

J.D. Barker is the New York Times and international best-selling author of numerous novels, including A Caller’s Game and The Fourth Monkey. His latest, Death of the Black Widow, co-authored with James Patterson, releases April 19th. His books have been translated into two dozen languages, sold in more than 150 countries, and optioned for both film and television. Barker resides in coastal New Hampshire with his wife, Dayna, and their daughter, Ember.

Death of the Black Widow, April 19, 2022

She destroys the men she loves—and escapes every time. The most dangerous killer James Patterson has ever created is also his most seductive.

On his first night with Detroit PD, Officer Walter O’Brien is called to a murder scene. A terrified 20-year-old has bludgeoned her kidnapper with skill that shocks even O’Brien’s veteran partner. The young woman is also a brilliant escape artist. Her bold flight from police custody makes the case impossible to solve—and, for Walter, even more impossible to forget.

By the time Walter’s promoted to detective, his fascination with the missing, gray-eyed woman is approaching obsession. And when Walter discovers that he’s not alone in his search, one truth is certain. This deadly string of secrets didn’t begin in his home city—but he’s going to make sure it ends there.

J.D.’s favorite drink is a White Russian. Try this classic combining one part vodka, one part heavy cream, and one part coffee liqueur. Or try a few variations suggested in this recipe from Inspired Taste.

Award-winning novelist Erica Ferencik has received glowing critical praise for her literary thrillers featuring women who face extreme physical challenges in nature, even as they grapple with internal struggles. Devoted to authenticity in her craft, Erica spent weeks in the wilderness of northern Maine as research for her debut novel, The River at Night, an Indie Next Pick that New York Times bestselling author Ruth Ware called “raw, relentless, and heart-poundingly real.” For her “hair-raisingly vivid” (Kirkus) follow-up, Into the Jungle, Ferencik journeyed a hundred miles up the Amazon to experience firsthand the lush and perilous Peruvian jungle. Now, inspired and informed by a month-long trip to Greenland, Ferencik sets Indie Next Pick Girl In Ice (Publishers Weekly, starred review “Exemplary…Ferencik outdoes Michael Crichton in the convincing way she mixes emotion and science.”) in one of the most unforgiving, unforgettable landscapes imaginable.

Girl in Ice, March 1, 2022

From the author of The River at Night and Into the Jungle comes a harrowing new thriller set in the unforgiving landscape of the Arctic Circle, as a brilliant linguist struggling to understand the apparent suicide of her twin brother ventures hundreds of miles north to try to communicate with a young girl who has been thawed from the ice alive.

Valerie “Val” Chesterfield is a linguist trained in the most esoteric of disciplines: dead Nordic languages. Despite her successful career, she leads a sheltered life and languishes in the shadow of her twin brother, Andy, an accomplished climate scientist stationed on a remote island off Greenland’s barren coast. But Andy is gone: a victim of suicide, having willfully ventured unprotected into 50 degree below zero weather. Val is inconsolable—and disbelieving. She suspects foul play.

Erica’s character Val Chesterfield has a fondness for vodka—on the rocks, of course! And also macaroni and cheese with a side of caribou.

Grace D. Li grew up in Houston, Texas, and is a graduate of Duke University, where she studied biology and creative writing. She currently attends medical school at Stanford University. Portrait of a Thief is her debut novel.

Portrait of a Thief, April 5, 2022

Ocean’s Eleven meets The Farewell in Portrait of a Thief, a lush, lyrical heist novel inspired by the true story of Chinese art vanishing from Western museums, about diaspora, the colonization of art, and the complexity of the Chinese American identity.

History is told by the conquerors. Across the Western world, museums display the spoils of war, of conquest, of colonialism: priceless pieces of art looted from other countries, kept even now.

Will Chen plans to steal them back.

A senior at Harvard, Will fits comfortably in his carefully curated roles: a perfect student, an art history major and sometimes artist, the eldest son who has always been his parents’ American dream. But when a shadowy Chinese corporation reaches out with an impossible—and illegal—job offer, Will finds himself something else as well: the leader of a heist to steal back five priceless Chinese sculptures, looted from Beijing centuries ago.

Grace shares a favorite drink with Daniel Liang, one of the characters in her book: taro milk tea. Find an easy recipe for taro milk tea here at Cookerru.com. Though Grace (and Daniel) admit they’re most likely to just visit a local boba shop! 🙂 Grace’s favorite snack is white cheddar popcorn. Ooh, Grace, we love it, too!

Our MC:

TOSCA LEE is a New York Times bestselling author of eleven novels. Her work has been translated into seventeen languages and optioned for TV and film. She is the recipient of two International Book Awards, Killer Nashville’s Silver Falchion, ECPA Fiction Book of the Year, and the Nebraska Book Award. Tosca earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Smith College. A former first runner-up to Mrs. United States, she lives in Nebraska with her husband and two of four children still at home.

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