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Something for Every Taste
Each monthly promo will feature two complimentary genres. However, books in a promotion may not necessarily qualify for both genres. One title might better fit into one genre description while the next might not seem to fit with the other; but with a spectrum of titles offered, you're sure to leave satisfied that you have found your next great read.
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Gunsmoke and Mirrors
Western and Mystery
This promotion should appeal to fans of mysteries, westerns, even police procedurals. Westerns and mysteries have gone together from the beginning with old films like Tex Ritter's The Mystery of the Hooded Horsemen, to novels like The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.
Damsels and Knights
Romance and Fantasy
Courts and courtships. Cupid's arrows and the magic in a kiss. Men without shirts and women in need of a knight in shining armor. Even the most hardened epic fantasy or the gentlest tales of magic: be it The Song of Ice and Fire or Harry Potter, rely on love and magic: while the world's greatest love stories: from Romeo and Juliet to Anna Karenina, rely on the magic in love.
Codes and Conspiracies
Sci-Fi and Thrillers
Every epic science-fiction story is a thrilling tale unto itself; but many of the best thrillers - whether focused on spy-tech, biological weapons, or AI run amok - probably has fictional science at its heart.
Death & Taxes
Mystery and Military/Historical
D.B. Cooper, Hitler's gold, Amelia Earhart, the Beale Ciphers, Roanoke; mysteries extend all the way through recorded history, and in some cases (Stonehenge, the Bog People, the Lascaux caves) even before recorded history. In fiction, history colors our mysteries (The Maltese Falcon, The Name of the Rose, The Lost Symbol,) and the best tales of war and history involve the solving of mysteries (The Enigma Code, Jack the Ripper, The Black Dalhia.)
Bandits & Brigands
Thriller and Crime/Noir
The central offence in a story of crime can be petty (Les Miserables) or major (Silence of the Lambs,) but it's always exciting. A Thriller can focus on an international crime (Goldfinger) or the question of whether there's even been a crime at all (Gone Girl,) but there will be wrongdoing in the end. Thrillers and crime stories fit together like a cloak and glove.
Kisses & Tells
Romance and Western
Whether it's playing poker in the saloon or playing Hearts in the salon, it's always important to hold one's hand close to the vest. From Nora Roberts' Montana Sky to Zane Grey's Riders of the Purple Sage, the story of love on the prairie is almost as central to western lore as the shootout. Heck, L'Amour (as in Louis) is the French word for "love."
Fun & Games
Horror and Humor
Whether it's movies (Ghostbusters; House; Zombieland,) Television (The Addams Family; The Munsters; Creepshow,) or literature (John Dies at the End; Pride, Prejudice and Zombies; Fat White Vampire Blues,) comedy and horror go together like P.B. and J. (Raucous peanut butter and blood-colored jelly.)
Punchlines & Metaphors
Humor and Sci-fi
The Hitchhiker Guide, The Trouble with Tribbles, Spaceballs, Mars Attacks, Lost in Space, This Book Is Full of Spiders: humor and sci-fi have long had a symbiotic relationship. Oh, and speaking of funny symbiotes, Venom!
Courts & Oaths
Fantasy and Legal
Black cloaks, Latin evocations, guarded chambers, Viziers, ceremony and pomp; whether the theme is a damsel locked away in a tower or a jury sequestered in a motel, there's always that fine distinction between duty and obligation to move the story forward.
Shivers and Shakedowns.
Horror and Crime/Noir
The Texas Chainsaw Masacre is a classic horror story, but it's also genuinely a true-crime tale. The Stranger Beside Me is a classic true-crime story, but it's also genuinely horrifying. Every noir story has a terrifying villain, and every slasher story features a terrifying criminal. So here's a promo that features both in the middle of a month that begins with a week dedicated to mysteries (mystery series week is the first week in October,) and ends with a celebration of fright.
Trial & Fire
Military/Historical and Legal
The Cain Mutiny, A Few Good Men, Casualties of War, QB VII, A Tale of Two Cities, Bartleby the Scrivener, An American Tragedy, The Scarlet Letter, Crime and Punishment, To Kill a Mockingbird; one cannot explore a period in history without confronting the vagueries in that time's laws.