Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of the Year! 

“May you live in interesting times” is a quote commonly attributed to Confucius, probably erroneously, but Robert F. Kennedy did use it in a speech in 1966, adding a rueful twist: “Like it or not, we live in interesting times….” Regardless of your thinking on these current times, they are certainly anything but boring, and we feel the same about the books published this year.

Once again, we take the opportunity near year’s end to review the year in books, highlighting the very best of what American publishing had to offer in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, comics, religion, lifestyle and children’s. 

Mass Market
No One Heard Her Scream
Jordan Dane (Avon)
Dane crafts this debut murder mystery with tight plotting and smooth prose, and adds a few sparks to create a story that appeals to mainstream thriller readers as well as romantic suspense fans.
The Face
Angela Hunt (Mira)
Compelling characterization drives this enthralling tale of second chances and new beginnings, centered on the struggles of a young woman born without a face.

Deadly Deceptions
Linda Lael Miller (HQN)
Miller’s second Cave Creek supernatural mystery is packed full of plot twists and smart romance, painting crime-solver Mojo Sheepshanks as much more than just another quirky psychic.
Heart of the Wolf
Terry Spear (Sourcebooks/Casablanca)
A werewolf woman defies the alpha male of her pack in this supernatural romance, with chemistry that crackles off the page and a richly depicted pack dynamic.
Private Arrangements
Sherry Thomas (Bantam)
Deft plotting and sparkling characterization mark this superior debut historical romance, wherein an English lord agrees to grant his wife a divorce if she produces an heir within a year.

Other reader reactions are beginning to trickle in on this blog, so I won’t repeat them for you.  I’m just happy that a book I labored long and hard over seems to be accomplishing what I hoped for in the marketplace.  

Tomorrow:  Q&A, so don’t forget to leave any questions you might have! 

P.S.  Randy Alcorn has some great thoughts on his blog. Worth checking out! 

Oh–and I promised to give away a copy of THE FACE, didn’t I?  Okay, here’s how we’ll do it.  THE FACE is the (number) book I’ve had published.  It may take us two days to come up with that many comments, but I’ll add them up and the person who comments at that number will win the free copy!  Please, make sure you don’t leave two comments in a row (if you can help it.)  

Have fun!  Just say “hi” if you want to.  🙂


And now–the debut of our new trailer!


  1. Smilingsal

    Did you say that Randy Alcorn is your brother? Do you mean blood, as in the same parentage?

    I did skim his blog today; another friend emailed and suggested reading it.

  2. Patti G.

    Did I miss something while I was neck deep in moving boxes? Is the trailer just for the book or is it going to be made into a movie?

    Just finished the book yesterday. I’m going to have to make myself a bookmark that says “When Reading Angie Hunt, Always Expect the Unexpected.” Great book, tho.

  3. Angela

    LOL! Randy Alcorn is my brother in the Lord. I have no biological brothers, but the Lord has made up for that by giving me some really wonderful Christian brothers.

    And this trailer is only for the BOOK. No movie offers . . . yet. 🙂


  4. Kathy

    I know you have more than five books so I’ll be back later. I don’t have The Face yet. It’s on my Christmas list.

    A movie would be good. I remember watching The Note last year. Jessica and I had a pj date.

  5. Mocha with Linda

    And here for a minute I thought we were gonna get to guess which number book this was!

  6. Mike + Stacey Duncan

    well, i know its not this number because i have way more than that of your books! but hi!

  7. Anonymous

    Good to hear your voice again … great trailer! I should expect a movie out of this one … as well as Uncharted and The Elevator and Unspoken and The Canopy and on and on. You may have to think up another way to give the book away. This could go on for more than 24 hours!!! Clyde

  8. Lori

    How long did it take you to write The Face?

    What is your most favorite book that you have written?

    *I finished The Face yesterday and loved it. Yes, it should be made into a movie!

  9. Christy Lockstein

    Congratulations Angie on the PW review! I can’t wait to read it!

  10. Caitriona aka Catherine

    Hi Angie! Soon I will be wishing I was in the sunshine state. We are having a mild fall to date.

  11. Carrie K.

    I just read the list at PW, and clicked over here to see if you already knew. 🙂 Congratulations!

  12. Kathy

    Just checking back to see how many comments were posted.

  13. Kara S.

    Love the book trailer! Reading your posts about the book is interesting, but the trailer makes me want to read it NOW!

  14. Tammy of Lurksville

    I’m a new reader, but I thought I would throw my comment into the ring ;D

    Question for you…are you a Red Hatter?

  15. Linda G

    I just put a request in that our library purchase “The Face”. I think they have every other book Angie has written, but for some reason haven’t ordered this one. I am number one on the hold list for number 3 in the Fairlawn series.

  16. The Koala Bear Writer

    Congrats on making the Publisher’s Weekly list. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on a copy of the book… 🙂

  17. Lisa

    I made an extra stop last night at the bookstore (much to my children’s chagrin) to get The Face. I can’t wait until this weekend when I’ll get to read it:-)

  18. Christy Lockstein

    I know you’ve written more than 20, but I’m getting my comment in again.

  19. Carrie K.

    Throwing my name in the hat again!

  20. Anonymous

    Thought I’d try although I think you’ve written more books than this.


  21. Suzanne

    Congrats on making that list!

  22. Anonymous

    Saying hi and hoping I’m the winner!

    Char from Lynchburg

  23. Lori

    Folks I am pretty sure she has written over 100 books. Yes, 100.

  24. Accidental Poet

    Yep at this rate it’ll take a week to get that high in the comments.

  25. Suzanne

    I agree…ho hum…moving right along here.

    Anyone got a good joke?

  26. Linda G

    Anyone want to go to Disney World?

  27. jan

    i just bought my copy of “the face” and i can not wait to read it!
    i did want to ask you a question, however, about the “heavenly daze” series: how well are they selling the second go round? any possibilities of another book in the series?

  28. Anonymous

    Congratulations, Angie. Well deserved. Your work is an inspiration–and a joy!
    Mary Kay

  29. Caitriona aka Catherine

    If Lori is right (which she probably is) then not all of your books are listed on your website and we need to keep “checking in” til one of us wins.

  30. Suzanne

    Yay! A new day to play!

  31. Angela

    Make sure you see Friday’s post. We’re changing the rules in mid-stream (or we might be doing this for a loooooong time. Now you only have to post once–but guess the number of the book.

    “The Face is Angie’s fifth book.”

    No, incorrect. 🙂

    Thanks! Have fun!


  32. Suzanne

    I guessed 104 but I left my comment in the other post.

    Not sure where to put it.

    I’m just a little confused.

    Haven’t had my morning tea yet. 🙂

  33. Megan DiMaria

    I can’t wait to read The Face. If I don’t win it, it’s going on my Christmas list.

    A prisoner of hope,

  34. Megan DiMaria

    Whoops. I’ll guess 106.

    Now, where”s my coffee? I need to gather my wits for the day.


  35. The Koala Bear Writer

    I’m going to guess somewhere around 63. 🙂 I didn’t know you’d ghostwritten books–interesting bit of trivia! And I wanted to say, I love your trailer! Very cool. 🙂


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