January 2016 Newsletter
Welcome to 2016! Sorry this newsletter is a little bit late – I was busy traveling and then there was a LOT of feedback to go through from the previous month.
I traveled(from Canada) to Scotland for Christmas. Total travel time alone was about 26 hours. And I loved every minute of it!
Why? Because traveling on a plane or a train or a bus means I’m not driving – and I can sit back and read! I read 3 books during the entire travel time. I was in the mood for mystery books, and I also wanted to try out a couple of new authors. So I read:
Beautiful Lies by Lisa Unger
Panic by Jeff Abbott (6 chapter free trial here)
You’re Next by Gregg Hurwitz
Hilariously I picked all 3 at random, yet all THREE involved adopted children or possibly adopted children and the mystery was all revolving around that. Weird. All three were awesome and if you’re looking for a mystery book to try – I’d recommend picking any of them up.
I also got the new Kindle Paperwhite for Christmas – I’d stuck with the Kindle classic because I didn’t like the touchscreen aspect. However the whole backlight thing really sold me and man was it great – traveling home at 10pm at night on the bus in complete darkness on New Years Eve and being able to read was excellent.
Each month we give away 2 prizes. 1st prize is a $50 Amazon Gift Certificate, and 2nd prize is a $25 Amazon gift certificate.
To win all you have to do is be a subscriber. Nothing more! When we go to hit “Publish” we take a list of all of our subscribers, throw them into a random draw and those are the winners.
Our $50 gift certificate winner is Steve from Naperville, IL and our $25 gift certificate winner is Kris from Lincoln, NE . Both of you have been e-mailed. If you haven’t received an e-mail check your junk mail folder!
January 2016 Book Of The Month
This month I’m going to use some personal bias – because author Jeff Abbott just released his latest novel in the Sam Capra series, The First Order.
I was in Saint Lucia on vacation last year and decided to give the first one a try. I have to say the Capra series shot to the top of my list along with Mitch Rapp and Jack Reacher and Spider Shepherd. I read every single book so fast I finished them all within 4 days. I’ve never consumed a series that fast – and so I have to give the new book the book of the month.
For more details you can read our entry on Sam Capra, or go direct to the book description.
New Content Added to OrderOfBooks.com
A lot of new content added in December. Let’s list it!
Historical Fiction/Suspense author Winston Graham & his Poldark series.
The thriller series Henry Bins by Nick Pirog.
Kids fantasy series Land of Stories by Chris Colfer.
Historical romance author Sarah MacLean.
YA Paranormal romance & fantasy author Jennifer Lynn Barnes.
Diverse romance author Rebecca Zanetti and her Dark Protectors series.
English author Kerry Tombs and her Ravenscroft historical mysteries.
Famous UK author Veronica Heley and her Ellie Quicke & Abbott Agency series.
YA Dystopian author Amy Angel.
YA Fantasy author Andrea Cremer. She writes the Nightshade series.
Mystery author Michael A. Kahn who writes the attorney Rachel Gold series.
Immortal Circus and Pale Queen author A.R. Kahler.
Author of the Maggie MacGowen series, mystery writer Wendy Hornsby.
YA/Fantasy/Paranormal Romance author Colleen Houck.
Famous sci-fi author William R. Forstchen and his Lost Regiment series.
Cozy mystery author Wendy Delaney.
Canadian author Lawrence Hill.
Author of the Joanne Kilbourn series, Gail Bowen.
Alanea Alder, author of Kindred of Arkadia and Bewitched & Bewildered.
Christine Husom, who writes the Winnebago County Mysteries.
Adult romance author Emma Chase.
Cheris Hodges, who writes African-American themed romance novels.
Throne of Glass author, Sarah J. Maas.
YA Author Jennifer Niven.
Sci-Fi & Alt History author Ian Tregillis.
Barbara Graham, who writes the Quilted Mysteries Books.
Urban fantasy author Lisa Shearin and her Raine Benares series.
K.Bromberg, who writes the Driven series.
My god the feedback was AMAZING last month. I love you guys! It was great reading every e-mail and corresponding with many of you.
My new years resolution is to expand my reading to try out more new authors. So with that:
How many new authors did you read in 2015?
By that I mean a new author you had never tried before and for whatever reason or other decided to read their books. Feel free to list them.
My list: Paula Hawkins, Kyle Mills,Andy Weir, Andrew Grant, Gregg Hurwitz, Lisa Unger,
And 2 of those were only at the tail end of the year. So 6 – and one was purely because he was the successor to Vince Flynn. Going to try and do better this year.
E-mail us your feedback(100 words or less) to site@OrderOfBooks.com or just reply to this e-mail, and we’ll pick the best comments and feature it in next months newsletter.
(See the newsletter archives for the feedback we received)
10 Notable Books Coming Out In January 2015
Here are some of the more notable books coming out in January. This is based on how popular the character or author are at our website:
The First Order by Jeff Abbott (Sam Capra Series)
The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn)
Warriors of the Storm by Bernard Cornwell (Saxon Tales)
Scandalous Behaviour by Stuart Woods (Stone Barrington)
The Bitter Season by Tami Hoag (Kovac and Liska)
Staked by Kevin Hearne (Iron Druid)
Aced by K. Bromberg (Driven)
Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz (Evan Smoak)
Forty Thieves by Thomas Perry
NYPD Red 4 by James Patterson & Marshall Karp
Januarys Top 10: Popular Authors
Januarys Top 10: Popular Authors
Every month I’ll provide a top 10 list related to the site and the content.
This month it’s the Top 10 Visited Author Pages in 2015 for OrderOfBooks.com.
Jussi Adler Olsen
Thanks For Reading!
Whew – a long one this time out. Thanks to everyone who participated in the mailbag and who e-mail, read etc.
I’m off to dig into the latest Sam Capra book!
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