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Like us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterFind us on Pinterest www.fiction-addiction.comDecember 2012

We have a ton of great gift books in stock, but if you need us to special order a book for that special someone, then please get us your order by end of day on Saturday, December 15th, to guarantee before-Christmas delivery of items in stock at our distributor.
2013 Reward Card and Trade-in Policy  


Starting in January, we will only be accepting trade-ins from Reward Card customers. Our trade-in policy will otherwise remain the same: We will look at one grocery bag of books per customer per day, and credit will be given in store credit which does not expire and can be used on anything in the store. Our Reward Card costs $10 per year and includes some great benefits, such as a $10 reward coupon for every $100 spent on merchandise, as well as being able to take advantage of our book trade-in system. See our complete trade-in policy for more details.


Upcoming Events  


If you are unable to make one of our author events, you are welcome to reserve signed copies by contacting us in advance, by email at or by phone at 864-675-0540. Personalized copies will need to be prepaid.
Monday, December 3rd, 6:30pm @ Wine Styles
Thursday, December 6th, 7pm @ Fiction Addiction

Fiction Addiction's cookbook clubs meet the first week of every month, on Monday at Wine Styles (3935 Pelham Rd. Ste. F) and on Thursday at Fiction (1175 Woods Crossing Rd.). From October to December, we will be preparing recipes from and discussing The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier by Ree Drummond (William Morrow, hardcover, $29.99).


Beginning in January 2013, we will be combining both clubs and meeting on the second Thursday of the month at 7pm at Fiction Addiction, when we will begin cooking from and discussing Barefoot Contessa Foolproof by Ina Garten (Clarkson N. Potter, hardcover, $35.00). If you're interested in joining, please email us at or call us at 864-675-0540 for more information or to sign up. You can preview the club agreement here.

The Twelve Days of Christmas in South Carolina Saturday, December 8th, 1-3pm: Melinda Long In-Store Party & Signing
Christmas time is here at last! To celebrate, Greenville author Melinda Long will be signing copies of her picture book, The Twelve Days of Christmas in South Carolina (Sterling, hardcover, $12.95), at Fiction Addiction. Laura is experiencing a South Carolina Christmas for the first time. Kids will love exploring this magical southern state with her. This event is free, and we will be serving Christmas-themed refreshments.


Swimming with Serpents Book Your Lunch with Sharman Burson Ramsey: Tuesday, December 11th, 12pm @ Twigs Tempietto, $25
In Swimming With Serpents (Mercer University, hardcover, $26.00), debut Southern author Sharman Burson Ramsey gives us a novel of love, conflict, and redemption during the Creek War. According to Cassandra King, author of The Same Sweet Girls, "Swimming with Serpents is an astonishing accomplishment, a debut novel of historical importance that is not only a riveting page-turner but also beautifully written. Keep your eye on Sharman Ramsey, an exciting new voice in Southern fiction." You can purchase tickets online at or by calling us at 864-675-0540.


Signs of Struggle Saturday, December 15th, 4-6pm: John Carenen In-Store Launch Party & Signing
South Carolina mystery author John Carenen will be signing copies of his new novel, Signs of Struggle (Neverland Publishing, paperback, $16.95), at his launch party at Fiction Addiction. When Thomas O'Shea decided to help a woman screaming bloody murder while running down the road, he never imagined what kind of a mystery he'd stumble upon, or that there would be so many people intent on stopping him from solving it. This event is open to the public, and we will be serving light refreshments.


Down Bohicket Road Book Your Lunch with Mary Whyte: Tuesday, December 18th, 12pm @ The Lazy Goat, $25
South Carolina artist Mary Whyte's Down Bohicket Road (University of South Carolina Press, hardcover, $49.95; and paperback, $29.95) includes two decades worth of watercolors depicting a select group of Gullah women of Johns Island, South Carolina, and their stories. Bestselling Southern author Pat Conroy says, "The extraordinary work of Mary Whyte, who could easily be named the first visual poet laureate of South Carolina, is astonishing on the very face of it." You can purchase tickets online at or by calling us at 864-675-0540.


Barefoot Contessa Foolproof Fiction Addiction Cookbook Club: Thursday, January 10th, 7pm @ Fiction Addiction
Beginning in January 2013, Fiction Addiction's Cookbook Club will meet the second Thursday of every month at 7pm at Fiction Addiction. From January to March, we will be preparing recipes from and discussing Barefoot Contessa Foolproof by Ina Garten (Clarkson N. Potter, hardcover, $35.00).


We still have room in our 2013 Cookbook Club! If you're interested in joining, please email us at or call us at 864-675-0540 for more information or to sign up. You can preview the club agreement here.



Children's Storytime
The Gingerbread Pirates Join us for storytime every Thursday morning at 10:30am. We will be reading the following titles in December:
6th: Happy Hanukkah, Curious George by H.A. and Margret Rey (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, board book, $7.99)
13th: Kel Gilligan's Daredevil Stunt Show by Michael Buckley (Harry N. Abrams, hardcover, $16.95)
20th: The Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup (Candlewick Press, hardcover, $8.99)
27th: My Brave Year of Firsts by Jamie Lee Curtis (HarperCollins, hardcover, $16.99)


Elf on the Shelf  


The Elf on the ShelfWe've just received a new shipment of The Elf on the Shelf boxed sets ($29.95 each)! If you don't already have one, hurry and get your copy of this great holiday tradition while you still can!


The Elf on the Shelf is an activity the entire family will enjoy. Based on the tradition Carol Aebersold began with her family in the 1970s, this cleverly rhymed children's book explains that Santa knows who is naughty and/or nice because he sends a scout elf to every home. During the holiday season, the elf watches children by day and reports to Santa each night. When children awake, the elf has returned from the North Pole and can be found hiding in a different location.


Each set comes with its very own scout elf, a hardbound children's book and a keepsake box for easy storage.

What Local Authors Are Reading
If you're a local author, and you would like to let our readers know what you've enjoyed reading lately, please email us your recommendation at
Signs of Struggle Signs of Struggle by John Carenen (Neverland Publishing, paperback, $16.95)
The fact that we both recommend this book is a rare occurrence. We both like the delineation of the characters, who are interesting, intelligent, and distinctive, even Gothcha the bulldog, and a small Iowa town -- who sets a novel in Iowa? This novel is much more than just your basic murder mystery / thriller, despite the violence and action, because the real story is the thought-provoking, philosophical, and often funny struggle of Thomas O'Shea to rebuild his life after the tragic death of his wife and daughters in a car accident. Meet the author at his launch party on December 15th!
-Recommended by Jim McFarlane, author of Penelope,
and Nancy, store volunteer
Volunteer Picks
Hand for a Hand Hand for a Hand by Frank Muir (Soho Press, hardcover, $25.00)
Someone is playing a grisly game with DCI Andy Gilchrist. As body parts addressed to him are being left on the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland, his worst fears come to pass. In this dark, gripping, and action-packed story, Gilchrist methodically follows the clues in the most important case he has ever faced, hoping against hope that he won't be too late. Hand for a Hand is an exciting and chilling debut in the crime fiction genre, and DCI Gilchrist is someone we can't wait to learn more about. A December 2012 Indie Next pick. 
-Recommended by Nancy, store volunteer
No Easy Day No Easy Day by Mark Owen (Dutton, hardcover, $26.95) 
This book definitely deserves all of the controversy that has surrounded it since before its publication, and I do believe that the author violated his confidentiality agreement. But I also think it's worth reading in order to see the detail of the training for SEAL Team Six and to understand the continual level of pressure under which they operate. I was captivated by the specifics and the blow-by-blow description of the raid to capture Bin Laden. 
-Recommended by Jackie, store volunteer

Store Picks
The Weight of Mercy The Weight of Mercy by Deb Richardson-Moore (Monarch Books, paperback, $13.99, *Signed Copies Available*)
After 27 years as a journalist with The Greenville News, Richardson-Moore made the life-altering choice to enter the ministry. She vividly describes the challenges she faced fulfilling Jesus' call to serve the least of our brethren,frequently questioning herself about whether she is genuinely helping or just enabling her congregants' destructive behavior. You don't have to be a Christian, or even a religious person, to relate to her story. This is not a depressing book, but one of hope, and even a humorous one at times. Her writing experience shines through in this well-written, thought-provoking, and inspiring book. Definitely a must-read. 
-Recommended by Kathleen Perry, store employee
Darwen Arkwright & the Insidious Bleck Darwen Arkwright & the Insidious Bleck by A.J. Hartley (Razorbill, hardcover, $16.99)
When Darwen goes on a school trip to Costa Rica, he and his friends must find a new way into the magical world of Silbrica to solve the mystery of several kidnappings. There's a giant tentacled monster called the Insidious Bleck involved, but that's just a tool in a much bigger scheme. Add to that the challenges Darwen has on the friendship front, and this book is a great adventure read that any kid who has had problems with friends can relate to. A worthy sequel to Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact. A Winter 2012 Kids' Indie Next pick.
-Recommended by Melissa Oates, store employee
Captain Vorpatril's Alliance Captain Vorpatrill's Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen Publishing Enterprises, hardcover, $26.00, *Signed Limited Editions Available*)
Miles' cousin Ivan finally gets to tell things from his point of view but, like usual, many of Ivan's actions -- including his "temporary" marriage -- have unintended consequences. A fun, space opera adventure with a romantic twist!
-Recommended by Jill Hendrix, store owner
Beautiful Ruins Beautiful Ruins by Jessica Walter (Harper, hardcover, $25.99)
When a mysterious American beauty shows up at young Pasquale Tursi's hotel in 1962 Italy, she changes his life and view of the world forever. This meeting launches us on a wild ride that flings us into present-day Hollywood, then back to the days of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, and even farther to 1846. Walter's knowledge of the inner workings of the movie industry and the dirty little secrets that are behind many successes provides a great deal of sly humor throughout the book. And the multitude of colorful characters and their stories woven through the past and into the present make for an extremely enjoyable read in this beautifully written story. A July 2012 Indie Next pick. 
-Recommended by Nancy Rechtman, store employee
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce (Atheneum, hardcover, $17.99)
Morris Lessmore loves stories, so when a terrible storm comes through and scatters all of his pages, he feels lost . . . until he sees a lady floating above him with the help of flying books. Morris goes with her and finds a wonderful book haven where he helps others choose the perfect story to read, all the while writing his own story. If you haven't seen the Academy Award-winning short film on which this picture book is based, watch the trailer here. This book, with its beautiful illustrations and even more beautiful story, has made William Joyce one of my favorite authors of all time. A great gift for anyone of any age who loves the written word. 
-Recommended by Melissa Oates, store employee
The Beautiful Mystery The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books, hardcover, $25.99)
Realizing that there was a murderer among his cloistered monks, the abbot reluctantly allows Chief Inspector Gamache and Inspector Jean-Guy Beauvoir inside the walls to investigate. Was it possible that the monks' love of singing the plainchant and communing with God, the very things that brought them together, would drive one of them to kill? This is the first of Louise Penny's books I've read, and I loved her detailed descriptions of the monastery, her very human characters, and her research into the history and meaning of the plainchants, also known as Gregorian Chants. Even though this is the 8th of a series, this book easily stands alone. A September 2012 Indie Next pick. 
-Recommended by Kathleen Perry, store employee


Upcoming Releases

Please email us at if you would like to reserve a copy of any of the following:





Down Bohicket Road Down Bohicket Road by Mary Whyte (University of South Carolina Press, hardcover, $49.95; paperback, $29.95)

Down Bohicket Road continues the story of Whyte's relationship with the extraordinary Gullah women of Johns Island, SC. For Whyte, the heart of this community remains in the simple homes clustered along Bohicket Road, in the island's winding tidal creeks, and in a small church where eighteen hardscrabble women gather in fellowship each week. In her book, Whyte illustrates that both watercolors and friendships can be the unpredictable results of an abundance of blessings. As shared through touching words and vibrant paintings, Down Bohicket Road celebrates a unique way of coastal life and a remarkable friendship that transcends all barriers -- even death itself -- in praise of the unifying power of art. Meet the author at our Book Your Lunch event on December 18th! 




The Last Lion The Last Lion: Defender of the Realm by William Manchester & Paul Reid (Little, Brown & Co., hardcover, $40.00)

Spanning the years of 1940-1965, The Last Lion picks up shortly after Winston Churchill became Prime Minister -- when his tiny island nation stood alone against the overwhelming might of Nazi Germany. It brilliantly recounts how Churchill organized his nation's military response and defense; compelled FDR into supporting America's beleaguered cousins; and personified the "never surrender" ethos that helped the Allies win the war, while at the same time adapting himself and his country to the inevitable shift of world power from the British Empire to the United States. 




Rise to Greatness Rise to Greatness by David von Drehle (Henry Holt & Co., hardcover, $30.00)

As 1862 dawned, the survival of the country depended on the judgment, cunning, and resilience of the unschooled frontier lawyer who had recently been elected president. Twelve months later, the Civil War had become a cataclysm, but the tide had turned. The Union generals who would win the war had at last emerged, and the Confederate Army had suffered the key losses that would lead to its doom. The blueprint of modern America had been indelibly inked. And the man who brought the nation through its darkest hour, Abraham Lincoln, had been forged into a singular leader.




Regional Fiction


The Dark Corner The Dark Corner by Mark Powell (The University of Tennessee Press, paperback, $24.95)

Discharged from the hospital after a failed suicide attempt and haunted by images of the Iraq War and Abu Ghraib, troubled Episcopal priest Malcolm Walker heads home to the mountains of northwestern South Carolina, where a gathering storm of private grief and public rage awaits him. Malcolm's life soon converges with people as damaged in their own ways as he is: his older brother, Dallas; his dying father, Elijah; and Jordan Taylor, a young, drug-addicted woman. As Malcolm tries to restart his life, he enters into a relationship with Jordan that offers both of them fleeting glimpses of heaven, even as hellish realities continue to threaten them. 





Historical Fiction


The Paris Wife The Paris Wife by Paula McLain (Ballantine Books, paperback, $15.00)

Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, Hadley Richardson and Ernest Hemingway set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple of the fabled "Lost Generation", a group that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. As Ernest struggles to find the voice that will earn him a place in history, Hadley strives to hold on to her sense of self. Eventually they find themselves facing the ultimate crisis of their marriage -- a deception that will lead to the unraveling of everything they've fought so hard for. A December 2012 Indie Next pick.




Mystery & Suspense


The First Prophet The First Prophet by Kay Hooper (Jove, paperback, $9.99)

Months ago Sarah Gallagher woke from a coma with psychic abilities she couldn't control. And now, someone is playing games with Sarah's mind. It begins with Sarah's home being destroyed by fire, which draws novelist Tucker Mackenzie into Sarah's confidence. But he has other reasons for pursuing a woman who can see what others can't. And it's only a matter of time before her visions lead her and Tucker to a secret many will kill to hide. Only then will they begin to discover the scope of a terrifying conspiracy so deep and complex they can trust almost no one.


The Forgotten The Forgotten by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing, hardcover, $27.99)

Army Special Agent John Puller has a new case -- but this time, the crime is personal: His aunt has been found dead in Paradise, Florida. The local police have ruled his aunt's death an unfortunate, tragic accident. But just before she died, she mailed a letter to Puller's father, telling him that beneath its beautiful veneer, Paradise is not all it seems to be. What Puller finds convinces him that his aunt's death was no accident . . . and that the palm trees and sandy beaches of Paradise may hide a conspiracy so shocking that some will go to unthinkable lengths to make sure the truth is never revealed.


The Black Box The Black Box by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown & Co., hardcover, $27.99)

In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved. Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box," the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together. A December 2012 Indie Next pick.




Science Fiction & Fantasy


Cold Days Cold Days by Jim Butcher (Roc, hardcover, $27.95, *Signed First Editions Available*)

Mab wasn't about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long. And now, her word is Harry's command. Mab wants her newest minion to kill an immortal. And to make matters worse, there exists a growing threat to an unfathomable source of magic that could land Harry in the sort of trouble that will make death look like a holiday. Beset by enemies new and old, Harry must gather his friends and allies, prevent the annihilation of countless innocents, and find a way out of his eternal subservience before his newfound powers claim the only thing he has left to call his own . . . his soul.




Romance & Paranormal Romance


Shadow's Claim Shadow's Claim by Kresley Cole (Pocket, paperback, $7.99)

Trehan Daciano, known as the Prince of Shadows, has spent his life serving his people. The coldly disciplined swordsman has never desired anything for himself -- until he beholds Bettina. Young Bettina has no choice but to marry whichever suitor prevails -- even though she's lost her heart to another. Yet one lethal competitor invades her dreams. Even if Trehan can survive to claim her as his wife, the true battle for Bettina's heart is yet to come. And unleashing a millennium's worth of savage need will either frighten his Bride away -- or stoke Bettina's own desires to a fever pitch. . . . 


Tangle of Need Tangle of Need by Nalini Singh (Berkley, paperback, $7.99)

Adria, wolf changeling and resilient soldier, has made a break with her past -- to face a devastating new challenge: Riaz, a SnowDancer lieutenant already sworn to another. Fighting their wild compulsion is a losing battle. Their coming together is an inferno . . . and a melding of two wounded souls who promise each other no commitment, no ties, no bonds. Too late, they realize that they have more to lose than they ever imagined. Drawn into a cataclysmic Psy war that may alter the fate of the world itself, they must make a decision that might just break them both. Includes deleted scenes.




Children's Graphic Novels


Secret Agent Orange Secret Agent Orange! by Scott Shaw! (Papercutz, paperback, $6.99, on sale 12/11/12)

Orange has jumped out of the fruit bowl and into his first graphic navel! Secret Agents 00-Orange and Oh-Oh-Nerville may be the best spies working on Her Majesty's Select Produce, but they haven't gone up against the color purple-stealing mastermind Grapefinger before! With the most insane scheme ever devised, the fate of the world is at stake. Can Orange annoy the bad guys into submission?


World Book Night 2013


World Book Night 2013 Each year, World Book Night is celebrated around the world on April 23rd, which is the UNESCO International Day of the Book, as well as Shakespeare's birthday. The purpose of World Book Night is to encourage more people to read. What better way to spread a love for reading than to inspire passionate readers to go out into their communities and share copies of their favorite books with those who don't regularly read? So we're asking our customers to apply to personally hand out 20 copies of one of the 30 selected titles to light or non-readers in your community. The application process will be open into January; if you would like to brush up on your favorite titles from the list, or if you'd like to try something new, we have several of the books in stock, and we can order any that we don't have. You can find more information and apply online at Fiction Addiction will be a World Book Night participating bookstore, so be sure to choose us as your pick-up location. We look forward to hearing about your experiences!


NY Times Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2011


Little Bird Each year The New York Times picks 10 of their favorite illustrated picture books published during the past year. Did any of your favorites make it? See the full list here! (We can order copies of anything we don't already have in stock!)



2013 Calendars for $8.99


Sunsets 2013 Wall CalendarAs 2012 comes to a close and we look forward to the next year, we have several 2013 wall calendars in stock for $8.99 each. Be sure to get yours while the selection is still good!




Thanks for your continued patronage and happy holidays!

Jill Hendrix, Owner
Fiction Addiction
1175 Woods Crossing Rd. #5
Greenville, SC 29607

Pearl Harbor
December 1941
Lost in Shangri-La
Always Neverland
Where Things Come Back
Gran Cocina Latina
Must Win
Low Pressure
State of Wonder
Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact
Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power
Elegy for Eddie
City of Dark Magic
The Confidant
Dear Life

Gifts for Her



Gifts for Readers


In Wilderness is Preservation of the World



Gifts for Children
Otto the Book Bear
Gifts for Non-Readers

Solomon Squirrel's Amazing Chanukah Adventure
Colin Fischer
Who Could That Be at This Hour?
Chu's Day
A is for Musk Ox
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits theaters December 14th
The Hobbit
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Official Movie Guide
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: The Movie Storybook
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Visual Companion
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: The World of the Hobbits
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Activity Book
At the Movies
Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho
Lay the Favorite
The Hobbit
Jack Reacher: One Shot
On the Road
Les Miserables
FREE Book Opportunity!
Spend $50 in one transaction on in-stock merchandise (event tickets excluded), and pick a FREE "advance reading copy" from our selection!
Volunteers Welcome!
We love to have volunteers help out at the store! Our volunteers receive a free "advance reading copy" for every three hours worked, as well as a 20% discount on all merchandise. If you're interested in volunteering at Fiction Addiction, please email Jill at or call 864-675-0540..
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