Harbor Island by Carla Neggers
Unshelved strip for 8/28/2014

Harbor Island

Harbor Island

Please welcome this week's sponsor, Harlequin MIRA, publisher of Harbor Island:

In this vivid and suspenseful addition to her widely acclaimed Sharpe & Donovan series, New York Times bestselling author Carla Neggers takes readers on a heart-stopping journey from Boston to Ireland to the rocky coast of Maine.

Emma Sharpe, granddaughter of world- renowned art detective Wendell Sharpe, is a handpicked member of a small Boston- based FBI team. For the past decade Emma and her grandfather have been trailing an elusive serial art thief. The first heist was in Ireland, where an ancient Celtic cross was stolen. Now the Sharpes receive a replica of the cross after every new theft—reminding them of their continued failure to capture their prey.

When Emma receives a message that leads her to the body of a woman on a small island in Boston Harbor, she finds the victim holding a small, cross-inscribed stone—one she recognizes all too well. Emma’s fiancé, FBI deep-cover agent Colin Donovan, is troubled that she’s gone off to the island alone, especially given the deadly turn the thief has taken. But as they dig deeper they are certain there is more to this murder than meets the eye.

As the danger escalates, Emma and Colin must also face do-or-die questions about their relationship. While there’s no doubt they are in love, can they give their hearts and souls to their work and have anything left for each other? There’s one thing Emma and Colin definitely agree on: before they can focus on their future, they must outwit one of the smartest, most ruthless killers they’ve ever encountered.

Click here to find out more about Harbor Island, Carla Neggers, and the Sharpe & Donovan series, listen to an audio excerpt, and see a slideshow of Carla's photos of scenic Ireland!

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This week's Unshelved Book Club is full of books that we think would make great book club reads. They include books about a famous hotel in Paris, DNA, time travel, a mysterious woman and the rumors about her past, a philosophy professor who goes on a crime spree, a memoir about coming of age in the Depression, a concoction that can resurrect the dead, and a middle aged man who goes on a walking trip to replicate a family holiday he took as a child.

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Bestselling author, environmental activist, human rights and war correspondent, award-winning poet and international energy expert, Mike Bond has lived and worked in over thirty countries on seven continents. His works have been translated into many languages and have been praised by critics on both sides of the Atlantic for their intricate plots, fascinating characters, extraordinary settings, and explosive pace.

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In this week's Unshelved Book Club you'll find books about a teen who unexpectedly grows gills, how stock trading is rigged against small traders, a kid who is different trying to survive in a totalitarian police state, three young Sheriff's cadets who find a murder victim, Eddie Rickenbacker, an art photographer who moves to upstate New York, an American family eating its way across Tokyo, and a young man trying to find a corpse bride for his dead brother.

Let's Make a Music Video

Remember that library song that I made? It was extremely well received, with a lot of folks saying some very kind things indeed. Now we want to turn it into a music video featuring you.

Here's the deal.

  1. Pick a favorite verse or two, and film one or more of the following:

    • You acting out your interpretation of the lyrics. Maybe you'll be renting a horse, or sending an 8" floppy disc by fax, or looking into a forgotten archive.
    • You lip syncing to the music
    • Something else we haven't thought of
  2. Save that video somewhere on the Internet (I'm partial to Dropbox). Video should be landscape format, ideally 720p or 1080p. We'll ignore the audio track, so don't worry about what you say or how you sound. You can provide multiple segments but please keep them under about 10 seconds each.

  3. Send us a link. Don't send us the file by email, don't share a folder. Just send us a URL where we can find the video segment(s). Send it to Gene, who will be our stalwart video editor.

  4. By sending us the link, you agree to let us use some or all of your video in the creation of our music video, which will release under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license. We won't use your video for any other purpose without your permission.

  5. Tell us the names of everyone in the video and affirm that you got their permission to use their images for this purpose.

That's it! Now go get filmmaking. We will update this blog post when we have enough material, hopefully in a few weeks.

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