The Velvet Rope Economy by Nelson D. Schwartz

The Velvet Rope Economy by Nelson D. Schwartz*ADVANCED GALLEY GIVEAWAY*

“You’ll never look at boarding a plane—or privilege and polarization—the same way.”
—Charles Duhigg, bestselling author of The Power of Habit

A gripping investigation of how a virtual velvet rope divides Americans in every arena of life, creating a friction-free existence for those with money on one side and a Darwinian struggle for the middle class on the other side.

In nearly every realm of daily life—from health care to education, highways to home security—there is an invisible velvet rope that divides how Americans live. On one side of the rope, for a price, red tape is cut, lines are jumped, appointments are secured, and doors are opened. On the other side, middle- and working-class Americans fight to find an empty seat on the plane, a place in line with their kids at the amusement park, a college acceptance, or a hospital bed.

We are all aware of the gap between the rich and everyone else, but when we weren't looking, business innovators stepped in to exploit it, shifting services away from the masses and finding new ways to profit by serving the privileged. And as decision-makers and corporate leaders increasingly live on the friction-free side of the velvet rope, they are less inclined to change—or even notice—the obstacles everyone else must contend with. Schwartz's "must read" book takes us on a behind-the-scenes tour of this new reality and shows the toll the velvet rope divide takes on society.

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Violet by Scott Thomas

Violet by Scott   ThomasEnter for a chance to win 1 of 50 finished copies of Stoker-nominee Scott Thomas's second novel, Violet.

Booklist has given Violet a starred review, praising that "Thomas is a horror novelist who will be camping out on your shelves for years to come."

Publishers Weekly calls Violet "A gruesome, ghostly, yet moving tale of love, loss, and the endless power of memory."

And Bird Box author Josh Malerman deems Violet: "A master class in immersion."

What's Violet about, you ask?

For ten-year-old Kris Barlow, the summer of 1988 was her chance to say goodbye to her dying mother. Three decades later, loss returns, her husband killed in a car accident. And so, Kris goes home to that summer house overlooking the crystal waters of Lost Lake where she said goodbye to her mother. But a shadow has fallen over the quiet lake town of Pacington, Kansas. Beneath its surface, an evil has grown—and inside that home where Kris Barlow last saw her mother, an old friend awaits her return.

Scott's first book, Kill Creek, was praised by Kaly Soto of the New York Times as so scary she "Only dared to read it in the daylight." Alex McLevy of The A.V. Club called it "Stephen King-esque storytelling," and it was selected by the American Library Association's reader committee as the horror book of 2017. Kill Creek is now in development for television at Showtime.

Good luck!

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Categories: hip-hop

The Man Who Played with Fire by Jan Stocklassa

The Man Who Played with Fire by Jan StocklassaThe author of the Millennium novels laid out the clues. Now a journalist is following them.

When Stieg Larsson died, the author of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo had been working on a true mystery that out-twisted his Millennium novels: the assassination on February 28, 1986, of Olof Palme, the Swedish prime minister. It was the first time in history that a head of state had been murdered without a clue who’d done it—and on a Stockholm street at point-blank range.

Internationally known for his fictional far-right villains, Larsson was well acquainted with their real-life counterparts and documented extremist activities throughout the world. For years he’d been amassing evidence that linked their terrorist acts to what he called “one of the most astounding murder cases” he’d ever covered. Larsson’s archive was forgotten until journalist Jan Stocklassa was given exclusive access to the author’s secret project.

In The Man Who Played with Fire, Stocklassa collects the pieces of Larsson’s true-crime puzzle to follow the trail of intrigue, espionage, and conspiracy begun by one of the world’s most famous thriller writers. Together they set out to solve a mystery that no one else could.

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The Patient by Steena Holmes

The Patient by Steena HolmesA therapist must face her own worst fear—one of her patients is a serial killer.

Danielle Rycroft suspects someone close to her has a dark secret. In the confidential setting of therapy, her patients share their anxieties and fears. Now, with a string of murders in town putting her on edge, Danielle’s own worries come close to eclipsing her patients’. In each case, the pattern is the same: parents killed while their children sleep blissfully unaware in their beds. Her best friend, Detective Tami Sloan, is the only person she has confided in.

Danielle believes that there’s still a secret one patient has yet to share. But which one? Behind a familiar face is a stranger who’ll do anything to hide their worst compulsions. The anxiety brings Danielle to her own therapist’s office, seeking counsel and comfort. But what is she willing to risk, and how much closer must she get, to stop them?

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A Fist or a Heart by Kristín Eiríksdóttir

A Fist or a Heart by Kristín EiríksdóttirThe past returns with a fury for a woman coming to terms with her life in this award-winning novel by an acclaimed Icelandic author making her English-language debut.

Elín Jónsdóttir lives an isolated existence in Reykjavík, Iceland, making props and prosthetics for theatrical productions and Nordic crime flicks. In her early seventies, she has recently become fascinated with another loner, Ellen Álfsdóttir, a sensitive young playwright and illegitimate daughter of a famous writer. The girl has aroused maternal feelings in Elín, but she has also stirred discomfiting memories long packed away. Because their paths have crossed before. One doesn’t remember. The other is about to forget.

Soon they’ll discover all they have in common: difficult childhoods, trauma, and being outliers who have found space to breathe in creative expression. Yet the more Elín tries to connect with the young woman and unbox painful memories, the more tenuous her grasp on reality becomes.

Winner of the Icelandic Literary Prize, A Fist or a Heart is a gripping, artfully interwoven novel of power, secrets, and isolation by one of the most bracing and original voices of the author’s generation.

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Baking Me Crazy by Karla Sorensen

Baking Me Crazy by Karla SorensenAUTOGRAPHED COPY
Release date: October 8, 2019

-What: Win a print, autographed copy of ‘Baking Me Crazy, book #1 in the Donner Bakery Series by Karla Sorensen

-Who: Fans of baking puns, friends to lovers, and beards...

-Where: Here!

-When: From now until October 8th!

-How: Enter through Goodreads

-Why: To read about beards and baked goods

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Relentless Pursuit by Ben Cooley

Relentless Pursuit by Ben CooleyFeeling stuck as you pursue your dream? Start here!

Enter to win 1 of 100 electronic copies of Ben Cooley's new book Relentless Pursuit.

With an inspiring mix of tough love and limitless encouragement, Ben Cooley provides strikingly honest stories of what successful people figured out BEFORE they knew they would succeed.

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