Category Archives: Jodi Picoult

Now Available for US Pre-Order

(NOTE: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.)

Naomi Clark: Hand of Fate: Kindle Edition

Kelley Armstrong: The Deepest of Secrets: 15th February 2022: Hardcover
Claire Askew: A Matter of Time: 11th January 2022: Hardcover
Jennifer Iacopelli: Finding Her Edge: 8th February 2022: Kindle Edition & Hardcover
Carrie Jones: The People Who Kill: 1st June 2021: Kindle Edition
Carrie Jones: The Things We Seek: 1st October 2021: Kindle Edition
Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner: Beyond the End of the World: 18th January 2022: Kindle Edition & Hardcover
Laura Lam & Elizabeth May: Seven Mercies: 18th January 2022: Kindle Edition & Hardcover
Kate McLaughlin: Daughter: 8th March 2022: Kindle Edition
Tara Moss: The War Widow: 2nd November 2021: Paperback
Jodi Picoult: Wish You Were Here: 30th November 2021: Kindle Edition & Hardcover
Danielle Rollins: Dark Stars: 25th January 2022: Paperback
Madeleine Roux: The Book of Living Secrets: 1st March 2022: Hardcover
Lilja Sigurðardóttir (translated by Quentin Bates): Cold as Hell: 28th August 2021: Kindle Edition
P. J. Tracy: Desolation Canyon: 18th January 2022: Kindle Edition

[REWIND] September 2020 Releases

If you stopped keeping updated on book stuff in 2020, this blog series is for you. A list, organised by month, of 2020 book releases. All are US publication dates, and all buy links are to Kindle Editions. (NOTE: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.) Goodreads links lead to my star-ratings (out of five) and any thoughts.


Kelley Armstrong: Dreaming Darkness: Volume One: Buy
Jennifer Lynn Barnes: The Inheritance Games: Buy
Laura Bickle: Morrigan’s Blood: Buy
Allie Brosh: Solutions and Other Problems: Buy
Kylie Chan: Scales of Empire: Buy
Emma Cline: Daddy: Buy: Goodreads
Alyssa Cole: When No One is Watching: Buy
Megan Hart: The Mess You Choose (also published as Tempted): Buy
Karen Ann Hopkins: Bloody Ties: Buy
Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner: The Other Side of the Sky: Buy
Marie Lu: Skyhunter: Buy
Katharine McGee: Majesty: Buy: Goodreads
Jodi Picoult: The Book of Two Ways: Buy
Jordan Summers: Raphael and Kane: Buy
Wendy Walker: Don’t Look for Me: Buy: Goodreads

Book Releases: 1st June 2020 – Onward

Think I stopped sharing pre-order links at some stage, but don’t know when. So I’ll just go through the alphabet, and post books released on or after 1st June 2020.

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Now Available for US Pre-Order

V. C. Andrews’s WHISPERING HEARTS (6th October 2020) is now available for US pre-order
Kelley Armstrong’s ALONE IN THE WILD paperback (17th November 2020) is now available for US pre-order
Kelley Armstrong’s WOLF’S CURSE paperback (31st March 2020) is now available for US pre-order
Keri Arthur’s DEADLY VOWS (23rd June 2020) is now available for US pre-order
Darcey Bell’s SOMETHING SHE’S NOT TELLING US (7th April 2020) is now available for US pre-order
Simone Buchholz’s MEXICO STREET paperback (1st October 2020) is now available for US pre-order
Mina Hardy’s AFTER ALL I’VE DONE (10th November 2020) is now available for US pre-order
Megan Hart’s REASON ENOUGH (27th April 2020) is now available for US pre-order
Shirley Jackson’s MEN WITH THEIR BIG SHOES (2nd June 2020) is now available for US pre-order
Katharine McGee’s MAJESTY (1st September 2020) is now available for US pre-order
Diana Peterfreund’s IN THE HALL WITH THE KNIFE paperback (15th September 2020) is now available for US pre-order
Diana Peterfreund’s IN THE STUDY WITH THE WRENCH (13th October 2020) is now available for US pre-order
Jodi Picoult’s THE BOOK OF TWO WAYS (22nd September 2020) is now available for US pre-order
Madeleine Roux’s RECLAIMED (10th November 2020) is now available for US pre-order
Andrew Shaffer’s SECRET SANTA (10th November 2020) is now available for US pre-order
Megan Shepherd’s MIDNIGHT BEAUTIES paperback (3rd November 2020) is now available for US pre-order
Maggie Stiefvater’s as-yet-untitled 2nd Dreamer novel (10th November 2020) is now available for US pre-order
Cecily von Ziegesar’s COBBLE HILL (20th October 2020) is now available for US pre-order

5-Star Books I Read in 2014 (So Far!)

Sometime during the next month, you may have to shop – for yourself or someone else. I have some suggestions, so here are the books I rated 5 stars in 2014 (so far!). Of course, this by no means guarantees you or your people will find them worthy of 5 stars 😉 Listed in order from most recently read and working backward through time. The title links should take you to my reviews of the books:

Jodi Picoult, Leaving Time: A Bookworld Top Pick for Christmas. General/mainstream fiction.

Laura Wiess, Leftovers: YA suspense.

Laura Wiess, Such a Pretty Girl: YA suspense.

Maggie Stiefvater, The Dream Thieves: YA urban fantasy. (Book 2 in a series.)

Tiffany Reisz, The Mistress: Erotic fiction. (Book 4 in a series.)

M. D. Waters, Archetype: Futuristic.

Laura Wiess, Me Since You: YA general/mainstream fiction.

Allie Brosh, Hyperbole and a Half: Illustrated memoirs.

This post was supported by Bookworld.

[REVIEW] Leaving Time – Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult
Leaving Time
Random House Ballantine (US & CA: 14th October 2014); Hachette Hodder & Stoughton (UK: 14th October 2014); Allen & Unwin (AU: 14th October 2014)
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At Melbourne Zoo in December 2013, elephant Num-Oi’s calf died in a tragic accident overnight. Details of the herd’s mourning weren’t shared with the public, but a week later another elephant mother gave birth. Whilst no child can replace another, the new arrival may have partially eased some of the group’s grief, or at least provided a new distraction.

In October 2014, it was announced that Num-Oi had undergone artificial insemination in August, as “her behaviour indicated…that she would benefit from being pregnant again sooner, rather than later.”

The latter news came during the week I began Jodi Picoult’s Leaving Time. A major character is a scientist with a focus on grief in elephants, so the publication’s timing is ideal. It’s not surprising that the pachyderms stand out as my favourite parts of the novel – Maura’s story in particular really got to me, but every elephant scene is riveting.

Mind you, it’s not as if the human characters are boring, but they just didn’t appeal to me as much. When children are main, point-of-view characters in adult fiction they often don’t seem realistic, as though they’re too precocious to be fully relatable. Such is the case with Jenna Metcalf, who hires a psychic and a private investigator to find her mother who disappeared ten years ago.

Serenity Jones made me Fry-face on page 139 (Australian edition): “In fact, some of the best mediums I’ve ever met are gay, and I think it’s because they have that balance of masculine and feminine in them.” Uh, what? Gay men are not necessarily more “feminine” than straight men. That the old stereotype is hanging around even now means that society still has a long way to go when it comes to shedding prejudices.

And Alice Metcalf made me Fry-face on page 212 (Australian edition): “It made me think about the gross generalizations we made about humans from those two cultures, and how the elephants followed suit: In Asia you were more likely to find someone averting his eyes to be polite. In Africa, the head would be defiantly lifted and the gaze met directly – not to show aggression but because that was acceptable for the culture.”

It’s unsurprising that I prefer the elephants in this book. You would’ve thought these human characters would be above stereotyping cultures, but apparently not.


Science, memory, and elephants combine to tell a story with stunning heartache. Leaving Time is an immersive experience that you’ll want to devour quickly, and then re-read immediately. This is the best novel from Jodi Picoult in years, and that this one stands over so many high-quality reads from her is the hallmark of a brilliant career. I love Leaving Time, simple as that. Now I’m desperate to hear what new topic this amazing author is working on next.

Free Books on Amazon: Why & What

NOTE: For the purpose of this article, I don’t count “Free if you’re with Prime/Audible/etc” as free, on account of they’re conditional. E.g. Free-to-air TV has extra channels, but you can’t access them because they’re only compatible with high-definition televisions and you only have standard-definition.

A tech-giant recently released a new gadget, and possibly an updated operating system, and thus their affiliated online bookseller is marketing this as a great time for readers to stock up on some free books. (I don’t know who decides which books to make free, but I hope the publisher chooses, so the bookseller isn’t going rogue.)

Because of price-matching and whatnot, other booksellers are hosting the same deal. This is great, because I tried to download the software for the gadget’s affiliated bookseller, but apparently it’s not compatible with devices that aren’t affiliated with that particular tech-giant. (Yet their music software IS compatible…)

So I turned to Amazon, and they indeed have some of the same books for free. During my searches, I learned that offering the first-in-a-series for free – permanently, instead of just temporarily – is a great way to snag a potential reader’s interest, and self-publishers in particular are really going for this. And as self-publishers, these authors can change their prices if or when they want. (For traditional publishers, I figure their authors don’t get much say, but hopefully their publisher consults them about making a book available for free.)

Also, even traditional publishers offer short stories or novellas for free, to get readers interested in trying the full-length novels. Whether temporary or permanent, it’s a great opportunity for consumers.

Of course, in the past some self-published authors have been dismayed to learn that offering the first for free may not automatically boost sales for the author’s not-free books. So patience is a must – please understand that consumers may not immediately read something they just purchased, but buy so they have the OPTION of reading at any time. As much as publishers and authors may wish readers to read and review ASAP, readers actually have independent thought and decide what’s best for them.

As with any eBooks, geographical restrictions may prevent certain readers from accessing these stories. If books have the same publisher globally (such as in the case of self-published authors), there may not be restrictions. But if a book hasn’t sold World Rights or whatnot, that eBook may not even be available to PURCHASE in some regions, and certainly not free. Welcome to the world of geo-restrictions, which is an unfortunate hurdle that gets in the way of some people (e.g. me) buying some of the books we want to read. And because we only acquire books legally, we go without these eBooks.

But I digress.

Going through my author checklist today, some of their works are currently free on Amazon. (If the links don’t work for you, they may be geo-restricted.) Some may be free permanently, and others temporarily, so please check the price before automatically clicking the Buy button when it appears:

Maree Anderson: Freaks of Greenfield High
Abigail Barnette: The Boss
Kylie Chan: White Tiger
Debra Driza: The Fire
Colleen Hoover: Finding Cinderella
Katie McGarry: Red at Night
Richelle Mead: Bloodlines
Robert Muchamore: Rock War: The Audition
Diana Peterfreund: The First Star to Fall
Jodi Picoult: Where There’s Smoke
Veronica Roth: Free Four
Carrie Ryan: Flotsam & Jetsam
Karin Slaughter: Blindsighted

But these are just the authors I’m interested in, so use your own author checklist to find some legally free goodness.

9 New Deals (Armstrong, Arthur, Farley, Hopkins, Pearce, Picoult, Roth, Stiefvater)

SPACE (a Canadian TV channel) has ordered the new original scripted drama series Bitten. Based on the best-selling Women of the Otherworld novels by Canadian author Kelley Armstrong, thirteen episodes of the one-hour drama have been ordered, with production set to begin in Toronto next spring (autumn Aussie time).

Keri Arthur‘s Fire Born to NAL in a two-book deal (World English). A new series about a phoenix, a fire spirit capable of taking on human form, who is also cursed with the ability to foresee death via her dreams.

Keri Arthur‘s next two books in the Dark Angels series to NAL (World English). Featuring a half-werewolf/half-Aedh.

Christina Farley‘s Gilded (2013) to Amazon Children’s (World). A 16-year-old Korean-American girl with a black belt and a deadly proclivity with steel-tipped arrows discovers an ancient Korean god has been kidnapping the first-born daughters of her family for generations.

Karen Ann Hopkins‘ third book in the Temptation trilogy to Harlequin Teen (World). A series about the dramatic and forbidden love between two teens, one who’s Amish and one who’s not, and the sacrifices they must make in order to be together.

Jackson Pearce‘s fourth companion book in her retold fairytale series, Cold Spell (2013) to Little, Brown (World English). A retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen about a girl on a journey to save her childhood friend after he’s captured and held hostage in the unforgiving north.

Jodi Picoult‘s next three books to Ballantine (World, exc. UK), for publication beginning in 2014.

The film adaptation of Veronica Roth‘s Divergent has been set for release on 21st March 2014 in North America.

Maggie Stiefvater‘s The Raven Boys optioned to New Line. Akiva Goldsman is attached to produce.

Library Haul

I only went the library to collect my CD reservation, and unexpectedly came home with 9 books as well. 4 of them are due back in 2 weeks.

Greg Iles’ Third Degree
The Presets’ Apocalypso (CD)
Rachel Caine’s Glass Houses
Jodi Picoult’s Vanishing Acts
Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend

Jodi Picoult in Melbourne

I don’t know which of Allen & Unwin (publisher) and Angus & Robertson (bookseller) is to blame. Arrived in line at Angus & Robertson in Melbourne (360 Bourke St) an hour early. Was informed that Ms Picoult would only be signing the new book, Change of Heart. None of us in queue was told this on the phone when we called, and we’d brought about two books each from home (we weren’t going to bring out the whole backlist; just our most favourites). So of course we all had to fork out for the newy (many thanks to my sister who bought it for me).

We were told to write our name on a Post-It to stick on the title page, so Ms Jodi would know how to spell our names. She even asked me what mine is short for. Bless our Aussie way of shortening names to as small amount of syllables as possible because we’re so lazy… 😉

Anyway, we soon were told that we could line up again with any other books we’d brought and another photo. Which we did, because the line moved along really fast: no stopping to discuss her novels with her. But we’ve read her books, we swear! So theoretically we needn’t have bought the newy after all as she was cool enough to sign her backlist. Maybe Allen & Unwin or Angus & Robertson had overestimated the crowd numbers.

Nevertheless, the photo at the beginning of this entry is my photographic evidence. Ms Jodi has a better hairstyle than me, but mine’s a better colour (have never coloured it and don’t intend to in the near future) 😉 We’re both leaning to the left, though I was probably supposed to lean inward…but we all know that I’m wonky/lopsided/imbalanced/unbalanced 😉

So tell me about your book signing experiences. Is it normal that you have to buy the new book if you want something signed? Or is this just some weirdo Australian thing because rarely does an international author sign in Melbourne? Or was this just a one-off?

And now onto the rest of my day. I didn’t buy any more books, but I did photograph some so you have proof that your books are on Australian shelves. If yours isn’t in my photos, I most likely didn’t see it. I normally crop out as much of the background as I can, but this time I left some bits so you can see your shelf neighbours:

Angus & Robertson (Melbourne)
Gwen Hunter’s Shadow Valley

Borders (Melbourne Central)
Mario Acevedo’s The Nymphos of Rocky Flats and X-Rated Bloodsuckers and Jennifer Armintrout’s Possession
Jeanne C. Stein’s Blood Drive
Eve Kenin’s Driven
Jeaniene Frost’s Halfway to the Grave
Marianne Mancusi’s Moongazer
Liz Maverick’s Wired
Jennifer Armintrout’s Ashes to Ashes
Anya Bast’s Witch Fire

Feel free to share the photos with the authors; I couldn’t be bothered emailing the links. (It’s been a long day.)

Host of CBS’s Late Late Show, Craig Ferguson’s American on Purpose, about living the American dream as he journeys from a small town in Scotland to the entertainment capital of the world, stumbling long the way through several attempts to make his mark, written “in the hope that it will inspire other alcoholic punk rock drummers from Scotland to find their true place in US late night television,” to Michael Morrison at Harper, with David Hirshey editing, for publication in fall 2009, by Richard Abate at Endeavor (world English).

If you’re a Scottish musician, you move to Australia (Jimmy Barnes, part of AC/DC, that Colin guy from Men at Work, etc). And Scottish comedian Billy Connolly did marry an Aussie… Come on, Scots – you know you belong in Oz; not the US… 😉