June Pick: Where the River Bends

Where the River Bends by Elissa Matthews is our June Book Pick.

It’s a historical novel with plenty of bends and turns. The year is 1931. Fear and poverty have the country by the throat. One woman’s lies drive her family to the brink of disaster.

Learn more at www.epmatthews.com.


2021 Spring Book Giveaway

Sign up for a chance to win your choice of the books shown above: Cognition Chronicles: The Redstone Legacy by J.R. BaleWhere the River Bends by Elissa Matthews, or Melt by Selene Castrovilla. When you sign up for a subscription to Book Lovers Dispatch, you also become eligible for future giveaways as well. (Deadline is May 15, 2021, Midnight.)

May’s Book Pick: “MayDay!”

How appropriate that May’s book pick is entitled MayDay!  Author Amy Reade has released the fifth book in her popular Juniper Junction Holiday Mystery Series.

Lilly Carlsen has planned the perfect wedding reception for her brother, but her plans unravel in spectacular fashion when a dead body turns up and someone’s dangerous prank spirals out of control.

After Bill and Noley head off to their well-deserved honeymoon in the tropics, Lilly is determined to find out who was behind the events that turned a fairy-tale evening into the worst reception in Juniper Junction history. But all is not as it seems, and Lilly may be putting herself in grave danger by attempting to uncover the culprits.

And to make matters worse, serious family issues are mounting and Lilly may have to do the one thing she swore she wouldn’t do…

Go to Amazon to learn more.

2021 New Providence Book Festival is ON!

After having to cancel last year’s festival because of Covid-19, we are pleased to announce the 2021 New Providence Book Festival will take place on Saturday, September 18, 2021, 9am – 3pm. Organizers expect to make this their best festival yet!

Many book festivals normally scheduled have still not announced plans to return. Other reopening festivals include the Collingswood Book Festival and the Morristown Festival of Books.

“One advantage we have,” said J.R. Bale, the festival’s manager, “is that this is an outdoor event. It always has been. Even if Covid has not completely subsided, we can implement social distancing protocols.”

The New Providence Book Festival will take place on the grounds of the Salt Box Museum at 1350 Springfield Avenue, New Providence, NJ 07974. The rain date is September 25th. The Book Lovers Dispatch is a sponsor of the New Providence Book Festival. Learn more at NewProvidenceBookFestival.com


March Book Pick: “The Straight Spouse: A Memoir”

The Straight Spouse: A Memoir
is a love story about a woman who is married to a man who turns out to be gay—and how she deals with it in unexpected ways. This story takes place in the early 1990s, and she believes she is the only woman in the world to face this unthinkable threat to her marriage. Her journey—sometimes disturbing, sometimes uplifting—is all about the importance of letting go and finding one’s own way through hard times.

Despite what people might expect, this is not a gay-bashing book. In fact, quite the opposite. Author Vivian Fransen shares this painful chapter in her life to create a courageous memoir worth reading. We are proud to make it our Pick of the Month.

Learn more at www.StraightSpouseMemoir.com.

February Book Pick: “The Pharm House” by Bill Powers

Our February Book Pick is The Pharm House, a foreboding and darkly suspenseful debut medical thriller by Bill Powers set in the hidden underworld of the global pharmaceutical business. Even though The Pharm House is set in a pharmaceutical company, it is really a story about family. It’s about Nicholas Harding, a young scientist/executive at Marshall Pharmaceutical. Nicholas is a regular guy – a single Dad trying to raise a precocious 11-year-old daughter while clawing his way up that ever so slippery middle management ladder. But unknown to Nicholas, there are dark forces inside Marshall Pharmaceutical and he is about to be drawn into their plans and finds himself fighting for his career, his family and perhaps even his life.

December Book Pick: “The Worst Noel”

December’s Book Pick is in keeping with the holiday season, a Christmas mystery, The Worst Noel by Amy M. Reade.

Christmas is supposed to be a time of peace, love, and joy, but for Lilly Carlsen, this Christmas is murder. As a single mom, small business owner, and president of the local Chamber of Commerce, the last thing she needs is to find a dead body on the floor of her jewelry shop on the busiest shopping day of the year. And as if that isn’t enough, Lilly has to deal with a deadbeat ex-husband, a mother with declining mental health, and two teenagers. But when a second body turns up, Lilly finds herself squarely in the crosshairs of suspicion. Can she figure out who killed the victims before she becomes one herself? And will her family’s Christmas be merry…or scary?

2019 Autumn Book Giveaway

Sign up for a chance to win your choice of the books shown above: Cognition Chronicles: The Redstone Legacy by J.R. Bale, The Pharm House by Bill Powers or Soul Search by Reyna Favis. When you sign up for a subscription to Book Lovers Dispatch, you also become eligible for future giveaways as well. (Deadline is October 15, 2019, Midnight.)




New Providence Book Festival Set for Sunday, September 22, 2019

New Jersey authors will sign books and talk to visitors at the New Providence Book Festival on Sunday, September 22, 2019. The festival, located on the grounds of the historic Salt Box Museum, will include a series of talks by authors Lisa Romeo, Elissa Matthews and David Watts. Other authors signing their books include Bert Abbazia, J.R. BaleLinda BarthRobert CiampiMichael Stephen DaigleReyna FavisVivian FransenKerry GansKristina GarlickLaura KaighnAngela LaCarrubbaBob Mayers and Jenn Stroud Rossmann.

“We wanted to create an event that connects authors with readers in a very personal way,” explained J.R. Bale, author and one of the organizers of the event.  “With 16 authors of various genres, it should be a stimulating event for even the most casual book lover. Last year’s festival was very well received. And this year, we expect to top ourselves.”

Anyone purchasing a book at the festival will also receive a free raffle ticket for drawings for a $50 gift certificate for Moe’s Bistro and a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card donated by author Bill Powers. PrintSpecial thanks to our Platinum Sponsor, Lantern Hill retirement community, as well as Balefire Communications LLC, and Book Lovers Dispatch.

The festival will be held on the grounds of the Salt Box Museum at 1350 Springfield Avenue from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The rain date is September 29, 2018. The Salt Box Museum, the site of the festival, is operated by the New Providence Historical Society, will be open for tours, free of charge. Refreshments will be available on the grounds.

More information is available at www.newprovidencebookfestival.com