Interview with NYT Bestselling Author Scott Turow

November 5, 2013  |  No Comments  |  Share

New York Times Bestselling author Scott Turow’s new book IDENTICAL is quite the page turner.  Part family drama, part legal thriller, IDENTICAL is a page turner and will be a great escape for you this holiday season!  I got a chance to chat with Scott last weekend in Atlanta.

How to be a Friend to a Friend Who’s Sick

November 1, 2013  |  No Comments  |  Share

How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who's SickWhat do you say when someone tells you they have cancer?  Or they’re dying?  Or they had some other family trauma that is generally unthinkable?

This is the kind of thing we generally don’t worry about until we’re faced with it – and therein lies the problem.  Someone you love says “Hey there – the most outrageously awful unimaginable thing you can think of has just happened to me.” and you say “…. er … um … so sorry”  Or maybe you blurt out one of these awful lines”:

“Wow! A girl in my office just died of that,” or
“You must have really bad karma,” or
“Nowadays breast cancer is like having a cold.”

Or maybe the first thing out of your mouth is a tired cliche like:

“Everything happens for a reason,” or
“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” or
“God doesn’t give us more than we can handle.”

I know, right?

Now that we’re talking about this, I bet you’d genuinely like to better at it, wouldn’t you? Read More

Interview with TV Host & Author Brad Meltzer

October 25, 2013  |  No Comments  |  Share

History Channel TV host and author Brad Meltzer breezed through Atlanta yesterday for the Prologue Event of the Book Festival of the MJCCA. He’s on tour promoting his new book HISTORY DECODED: THE 10 GREATEST CONSPIRACIES OF ALL TIME. This book is really cool,(I bought 5 copies to give as gifts this year… for real!)

But best of all, I had a chance to chat with him in the green room right before the event!


October 18, 2013  |  No Comments  |  Share

81n35wwOJKL._SL1500_Is it me or do Christmas and Hanukkah seem to come earlier and earlier each year.  The retail stores start decorating for Christmas right after Halloween, and the gift items start appearing on store shelves even earlier.  Hanukkah actually starts ON Thanksgiving this year!  Crazy.

And yes, the holidays are typically about giving to others, but we have to take care of ourselves too.  So, this year, you can treat yourself to an early Christmas present with a new release from Midtown Review favorite author, Wendy Wax!

CHRISTMAS AT THE BEACH, A new installment in the 10 Beach Road series is now available.  For all the addicts who couldn’t wait for the next full length book to hit the shelves… here you go!  (And it’s only $2.99!!)

About the book: When Madeline Singer, Avery Lawford, and Nicole Grant first gained ownership of Ten Beach Road, they didn’t realize that remodeling the house would not only bind their fates together but give them a second chance at rebuilding their lives.

Now they’re gathering at the newly sold Bella Flora for one last Christmas. Kyra, Madeline’s daughter, is hoping to get a brief respite from the paparazzi that constantly hounds her and the son she had with famous actor Daniel Deranian. But when a string of bad news threatens to disrupt her happy holidays, Bella Flora’s sanctuary may be threatened for all of the women who call it home…

Free Lunch? No. Free Book? Yes!

October 12, 2013  |  No Comments  |  Share

iTunes is offering a download of  TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE by Solomon Northrup for Free for a limited time.  And it’s not just a sample, it’s the whole book.  Not sure how long this will last, so get it now!  Go… what are you waiting for?

Win 23 thrillers by 24 authors!

October 2, 2013  |  No Comments  |  Share

Just passing along a contest run by an author friend of mine, for those of you who love to win stuff!

They’re giving away 23 books by 24 authors (one book was co-written) including MJ Rose, Jonathan Maberry, Catherine Coulter and JT Ellison, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Julie Kramer, Brad Parks, Jamie Freveletti, Boyd Morrison and a handful of members from the past couple ITW debut author classes. The books on the list include mystery and suspense, legal and police, political and spy novels, YA, horror and paranormal–just about anything a fan of thrillers could want.

The contest is open now and runs through 16 October. It’s open to US residents only. All the details and legal stuff is on the link and the widget (at the bottom of the contest webpage.)

Author Interview: Jeffrey Small

August 1, 2013  |  No Comments  |  Share

Jeffrey Small, the author of The Breath of God, and The Jericho Deception joined me earlier this week on the Good Morning Atlanta show along with Transformational Innovation Consultant and Coach David Papa and Gallery Owner Jennifer Schwartz to talk about “Religion, Art, and Meaningful Work”.

Jeffrey and I chatted specifically about the new book, The Jericho Deception and what motivates him to tackle the argument between religion and science in his fiction. Though not the usual Midtown Review Podcast, I thought you all would enjoy it!

– Also, Jeffrey will be joining the Midtown Review Book Club live on Monday September 30th!  For details, go to

Good Deal on a Great Book!

July 19, 2013  |  No Comments  |  Share

Alma Katsu is one of my favorite authors, a great writer AND a gracious and lovely person.  If you haven’t read her already, you need to.  And a sale is always a good time to start!  If you’re into epic historical fantasy (think Interview With the Vampire, Outlander, A Discovery of Witches and The Historian), then you’ll love the The Taker Trilogy.  And from today through August 4th, you can get the Kindle version of the first book for only $2.99.

Need more convincing?  Booklist named it one of the ten best debut novels of 2011 and Charlaine Harris had this to say, ”I was really grabbed by the narrative voice, and I was fascinated by the story–what a story!”

Time to shop!

– Dana

Author Interview: Brad Taylor

July 17, 2013  |  No Comments  |  Share

Brad Taylor - The Widow's StrikeBrad Taylor is back with the fourth book the Pike Logan Thriller Series, THE WIDOW’S STRIKE.  Like the other three books, THE WIDOW’S STRIKE is non-stop action from beginning to end with high tech weapons, terrorist plots ripped straight from the headlines and the bad-ass Taskforce keeping us all safe.

Pike, Jennifer, Knuckles, Retro and the pesky Oversight Council are all back in this new installment and this time the threat comes in the form of a weaponized strain of the Avian flu.

Since I now feel like Brad (and his lovely wife Elaine) are old friends, I’m always thrilled to have them back in the studio for an interview.  I was especially grateful to have them in today, as the book just hit shelves yesterday!

Check out the interview to find out which stuff is real and which is fiction… Oh, and let me know if you think Pike and Jennifer should hook up or keep it professional!

– Dana

PS – And don’t forget to check out Brad’s tour schedule at - He’s in Atlanta off Holcomb Bridge Road tonight!!

Host Dana Barrett Interviews Author R.L. Stine for ConnTV

November 7, 2012  |  No Comments  |  Share