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  • Unavoidable Anachronism

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    Kaulie Lewis
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:26 pm
    What can we learn from anachronisms? That mistakes are “ultimately unavoidable – the best you can hope for is to keep them to a minimum and noticeable only by a tiny coterie of demanding experts” – and that if those mistakes are big enough, they can eventually turn into “enduring ideological constructs.”
  • Classics and timeless books

    The Horn Book
    Jada Bradley
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:01 am
    As a child, I frequented libraries that had rather old books. I remember my elementary school library had timeworn copies of the Madeline books and that one of my neighborhood libraries had old books by Lois Lenski, older versions of the Amelia Bedelia books, and the All-of-a-Kind Family books by Sydney Taylor. New books did trickle in, but the mainstays of these libraries were aged. There is a lot that could be said about the lack of library funding, but as I got older I didn’t feel deprived; I thought that I had the advantage of reading some great classic books. When I had access to newer…
  • Judging a Book by its Cover

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    Peter J Story
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Authors are passionate about words. We’ll agonize over a comma or spend hours on a single sentence. And that’s the way it should be. If we didn’t care so much about words, we probably wouldn’t be authors. Unfortunately, our hyper-focus on words often means that book design takes a back seat. In a perfect world, ...
  • Five Academic Publishing Predictions for 2015

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    PersonaNonData
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:54 am
    The following was originally posted to the Publishing Technology blogsite.  While trade publishing is arguably still in the middle of its first digital disruption, the academic publishing landscape is in a much more mature stage of development. Indeed the biggest disruption to face academic publishing has been the rise of open access journals, which are now considered as part of the ‘new normal’ of the sector. Last year we explored what the post-open access future for academic publishing might look like in two high profile panel events at The London Book Fair and Frankfurt Book Fair.
  • Live Book Clubs: Are You Reaching These Important Influencers?

    Where Writers Win
    Shari Stauch
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:06 am
    Book clubs can be a defining moment in any author’s career. Fact is, the success of any book is accelerated if book clubs get hold of it and begin spreading the news. That’s why we call them “influencers” and that’s why we work hard to find and vet them for you. This article from the Independent Book Publishers Association Book Clubs: The Benefits shows how beneficial book clubs can be, or you may want to read how book clubs’ word-of-mouth put Water for Elephants on top (yes, even above the Oprah selections of the day!) in the NYT: Big Time for a Novel……
 
 
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  • Tax Tips for Writers Who Hate Math

    Joel Friedlander
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:05 am
    By Helen Sedwick Writers are masters of words, not numbers. We tried to disappear in the back of algebra class and still suffer anxiety dreams about quadratic equations. Then along comes tax time, and we are forced to assemble, decipher and compute income and expenses, or risk paying Uncle Sam more than our share. Experts estimate that 40 cents of every dollar earned goes to pay taxes. Did you know you may be able to shave a few cents off of that – and still be completely legal – without enduring math more complicated than addition and subtraction? The key question has nothing to do with…
  • Wanted: How to Find Your Best Editor

    Joel Friedlander
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:05 am
    By Corina Koch MacLeod and Carla Douglas Recently, New York Times bestselling author Tim Ferriss (The 4-Hour Work Week) put out a call for a managing editor. Curious, we decided to see what kind of editorial help he was looking for, to determine if there might be lessons for self-pubs everywhere. After all, this is a guy who has figured out a few things about publishing. So, what did Ferris do? He created a questionnaire that would help him find the best editor for his writing projects. In studying his questionnaire, we learned that a well-designed editor questionnaire requires the author to…
  • 2014 e-Book Cover Design Award Winners

    Joel Friedlander
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:05 am
    The first edition of the eBook Cover Design Awards came out in August, 2011. Since then we’ve published literally thousands of covers and critiques, skewered the covers that seemed wanting, and praised the designers who showed real innovation and skill in this new form. Yet even today the ebook cover has not broken away from the print book tradition, either in the basic strategies designers use to interest and attract readers, or in the way the covers are represented graphically, as clones of their print book cousins. There’s still a great deal of innovation to explore in ebook…
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  • January 2015: Book notices

    Debra Hamel
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Lee Goldberg, My Gun Has Bullets This early book by Lee Goldberg has elements that will be familiar to his readers: television references that betray the author's love for the medium, and a certain light, readability to his prose. It's not as good as Goldberg's more recent stuff, however. The characters are cartoony (the guy with hair implants, for example), or some of them, the plot a bit too farfetched (the pair of stunt men), and the story sometimes veers into excessive detail when it comes to discussions of the television schedules of the various networks. The lead character was…
  • December 2014: Book notices

    Debra Hamel
    31 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People Dale Carnegie's book is the sort of thing you hear about all your life but never bother to pick up, because, I don't know, because it's just there. But I ran across it while hanging around Amazon the other day. It's got an enormous number of reviews (favorable reviews), so somebody's reading it, and looking at some of them my curiosity got the better of me. So what's the book like? Basically, Carnegie offers a lot of very good, common-sense advice, practices which, if followed, probably would do a lot to help you win friends and influence…
  • October 2014: Book notices

    Debra Hamel
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Alexander McCall Smith, The Handsome Man's De Luxe Café I haven't yet read the last couple of books in this series: while I was off doing other things Mma Makutsi changed her title and had a baby--pretty big doings. Still, time moves slowly in McCall Smith's Botswana, and one is able to jump into his books out of order without missing too much. This time out, Mma Ramotswe is asked to discover the identity of a woman with amnesia. She also concerns herself with the future of Charlie, her husband's girl-chasing apprentice mechanic. Meanwhile, Mma Makutsi is wading more fully into…
  • September 2014: Book notices

    Debra Hamel
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Joel Dicker, The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair Joel Dicker's much ballyhooed The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair is a very long book. Reading it, one has a lot of time to think about whether jumping into a 650-odd page tome was a good idea. I'm still not sure. There was a lot I didn't like about it. A litany of complaints: I'm pretty sure a lot of the book could have been lopped off to good effect. I found much of the story implausible. The too-precious chapter openings--in which Harry gives Marcus advice about writing--are often nauseating. Marcus' mother--a minor character,…
  • August 2014: Book notices

    Debra Hamel
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Deborah Blum, Angel Killer Deborah Blum's Kindle Single Angel Killer is a very readable and interesting account of a series of unusually gruesome crimes, Albert Fish's string of child abductions and murders in the 1920s. A great, quick read--a perfect example of the Single format--but if you're faint of heart, some of the details may give you nightmares. Peter Ross Range, Murder in the Yoga Store In his Kindle Single Murder in the Yoga Store Peter Ross Range details the 2011 murder of a young woman working at a Lululemon store in an upscale part of Bethesda, Maryland. The book covers the…
 
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  • 5 Ways to Open a Beer Bottle: Super Bowl Edition

    Sarah Lin
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:05 pm
    As Super Bowl 2015 draws near, we here at Chronicle Books want to ensure that you never get stuck in the worst of party dilemmas: holding a beer bottle with no bottle opener in sight. Never fear! Culled from 99 Ways to Open a Beer Bottle, this list guarantees that no one—whether Patriots or Seahawks fan—will go thirsty as they enjoy the game this year. Parking Meter Vending Machine Place cap in receipt opening Press down Don’t forget to get parking ticket Drink Door Knocker Bring a six-pack to friend’s house to watch the game Knock on front door with knocker Realize six-pack…
  • Authors and BFFs Talk Lowriders in Space, Libraries, and Flapjacks

    Megan McDonald
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:56 am
    Megan McDonald interviews her fellow writer and bestie Cathy Camper. Cathy is author of the excellent Lowriders in Space, a graphic novel-style tale about transforming a jalopy into the best car in the universe.   Cathy and I met while working at the Minneapolis Public Library in 1989. We would sneak into the stacks and whisper about what we were writing. We loved looking at, thinking and talking about kids’ books. It wasn’t long before we became writing partners. We’d meet once a week over gingerbread pancakes. We read chapters from novels, sticky with maple syrup, and shared our…
  • Extra Special Bridesmaid Invitations Inspired by the Forest

    Irene Kim
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Planning a wedding during the age of Pinterest boards, countless blogs, and yes, even those Buzzfeed lists, can get overwhelming. There are so many options and so many expectations! My fiance and I got engaged last November and we’re realizing how crucial it is to remember that #1: it’s okay to take the unconventional route, and #2: we’re preparing for our marriage, and not just our wedding. As we were plowing through our intimidating to-do list, we recently checked off a big one: asking our bridal party to be a part of the big day. After scouring high and low for creative…
  • New German Cooking

    Irene Kim
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    German cuisine is more than just a stein of beer and a plate of gut-busting bratwurst. Chefs Jeremy and Jessica Nolen, the creative minds behind Philadelphia’s first authentic German restaurant, provide dozens of recipes in New German Cooking. Let’s make one thing clear—this is not your mother’s German cookbook. Utilizing fresh ingredients, there are recipes for traditional soups, salads, desserts (hello Apple Strudel!), meats, and more. This new book pulls apart common misconceptions about German food and provides recipes with creative flavors that still boast an…
  • Good Food / Great Business at the Winter Fancy Food Show

    Susie Wyshak
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:55 pm
    The Winter 2015 Fancy Food Show filled both sides of San Francisco’s Moscone Center with specialty food products, many featuring strong flavors (spicy everything), new ingredients (millet is the new quinoa), and twists on crowd-pleasers (jalapeno popcorn anyone?). At this trade show, wholesale food buyers scour the aisles to see what’s new, what’s done, and what’s next for their shops, stadiums or even hotel mini-bars. Aside from a trend in Indian and Thai flavors (even in peanut butter), one theme stood out: success and fast expansion through partnership. “Partnership” comes in…
 
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  • Pushback on “The Imitation Game”

    16 Jan 2015 | 4:11 am
    The current issue of The New York Review of Books includes a review of The Imitation Game by Christian Caryl that pretty much sums up my reservations about the many historical inaccuracies of this movie. Unfortunately, the online version of the review “Saving Alan Turing From His Friends” is restricted to subscribers but an abridgement posted a couple weeks ago, “A Poor Imitation of Alan Turing”, is still available. My recent blog entry “The Imitation Game” and Alan Turing's Real Contribution to Computing discusses the mangling of the mathematics in the movie. ... more ...
  • “The Imitation Game” and Alan Turing’s Real Contribution to Computing

    11 Dec 2014 | 3:58 am
    As Alan Turing (portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch) races against the clock to build a machine to crack the Nazi Enigma code in the recent movie The Imitation Game, only Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley) understands the underlying quest of this tortured genius. ... more ...
  • The Infamous Windows “Hello World” Program

    8 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    A recent blog post by consultant John Cook reminded everybody about the infamous "Hello World" programs in the early chapters of the first five editions of Programming Windows: ... more ...
  • My Week at Xamarin Evolve 2014

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    I've been to a lot of developers conferences over the decades, but never before had I been an employee of the company that staged the event. Consequently, it was fascinating getting an inside view of the massive amount of preparation required for Xamarin Evolve 2014, the largest cross-platform mobile developers conference in the world, and just as exciting spending the week at Evolve in Atlanta earlier this month. ... more ...
  • Stop Disseminating Bullshit!

    26 Oct 2014 | 1:23 pm
    If you were browsing periodicals on a newsstand looking for some good informative articles on science issues, is this the newspaper you would select? ... more ...
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  • Dictionary Panics

    Kaulie Lewis
    31 Jan 2015 | 9:28 am
    Recommended reading: on dictionary-related panics from The New Yorker. Pair with our own Bill Morris‘s Millions essay “Prescriptivists vs. Descriptivists: The Fifth Edition of The American Heritage Dictionary.”
  • What Scares You

    Kaulie Lewis
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:53 am
    “If what you’re writing doesn’t scare you, you probably ought not be writing it.” The Rumpus interviews Josh Weil, author of The Great Glass Sea. 
  • Unavoidable Anachronism

    Kaulie Lewis
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:26 pm
    What can we learn from anachronisms? That mistakes are “ultimately unavoidable – the best you can hope for is to keep them to a minimum and noticeable only by a tiny coterie of demanding experts” – and that if those mistakes are big enough, they can eventually turn into “enduring ideological constructs.”
  • Like a Child

    Kaulie Lewis
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:23 am
    ‘The 4½-foot tall poststructuralist philosopher I live with demonstrates a radical mode of viewership daily. Because of her, and with her, I am able—by moments—to move out of my own natural larval state and experience movies not just as deliverers of entertainment, conveyors of meaning, or objects of aesthetic contemplation, but as pure fields of emotional and sensory intensity, almost like rooms to which one can return.” Dana Stevens on watching movies with, and like, a child.
  • The Book Report: Episode 8: ‘The Mad and the Bad’ by Jean-Patrick Manchette

    The Book Report
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Welcome to a new episode of The Book Report presented by The Millions! This week, Mike talks about Jean-Patrick Manchette’s The Mad and the Bad, and we beg American publishers to bring more violent nihilism to the literary scene. We are kind, gentle people, but sometimes we like reading about murderers, and there is nothing wrong with that. At least according to Mike’s therapist. (Mike’s therapist is a dog.) Also discussed in this episode: Care Bears, hacksaws, plane crashes, orphans, insane asylums, France, spoiled brats, Breaking Bad, Cormac McCarthy, Chuck Palahniuk, and…
 
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    Opinions of a Teen Who Reads

  • Long time, no type.

    21 Jan 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Hello.I'm not going to say anything gimmicky or start making excuses because, honestly, there isn't anything I can say without sounding really stupid and lazy. Hence the nearly two-month long silence. I won't bore you with details. But the short version is: I'm employed now. I'm graduating next year. I'm starting to do more things outside of reading and writing. My life has gotten considerably busier very suddenly by things that are mandatory and important and unyielding. As a result, the thing that's been compromised is this and reading a million books. Which makes me sad because this…
  • Firecracker: Review

    29 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    Author: David IsersonAge range: 13-17Content: Moderate romance, no sexual content, mild language, mild violenceGenre: Teen FictionPublisher: Penguin Young Readers GroupPages: 336Where to get it: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target, Half-Price BooksSynopsis:Astrid Krieger lives in a rocket ship prototype in the backyard of her parent's estate. She only loves her grandfather, a rich politician who makes his millions building nuclear warheads. All is well until she gets kicked out of elite private school, Bristol Academy, for cheating. Astrid suspects someone close…
  • Peeps: Review

    25 Nov 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Author: Scott WesterfeldAge range: 13-17Content: Moderate romance, no sexual content, moderate language, moderate violenceGenre: Teen Science FictionPublisher: Penguin Group (USA)Pages: 288Where to get it: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target, Half-Price BooksSynopsis:A year ago, Cal Thompson was more interested in meeting girls and partying than attending biology class. Now, after a chance encounter with a mysterious woman, biology has literally become Cal's life. Cal was infected by a parasite that has truly horrifying effects on its host. Cal himself is a carrier, unchanged by…
  • Afterworlds: Review

    17 Nov 2014 | 9:53 am
    Author: Scott WesterfeldAge range: 12-18Content: Mild sexual content, moderate romance, mild language, moderate violenceGenre: Teen Fiction / Teen FantasyPublisher: Simon PulsePages: 608Where to get it: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target, Half-Price BooksSynopsis:Darcy Patel has put everything on hold to publish her first teen novel, Afterworlds. After arriving in New York with no apartment or friends, she questions whether she made the right decision. Until she finds a group of seasoned and fledgling writers who take her under their wing. Told in an…
  • I'm a halloweenie...

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
     ... because I didn't read enough books for this month. Sorry, sorry. Don't kill me. But here's cute pumpkin gif in place of a review. Enjoy.Happy Halloween, everyone. Eat loads of candy.
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    Personanondata

  • Five Academic Publishing Predictions for 2015

    PersonaNonData
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:54 am
    The following was originally posted to the Publishing Technology blogsite.  While trade publishing is arguably still in the middle of its first digital disruption, the academic publishing landscape is in a much more mature stage of development. Indeed the biggest disruption to face academic publishing has been the rise of open access journals, which are now considered as part of the ‘new normal’ of the sector. Last year we explored what the post-open access future for academic publishing might look like in two high profile panel events at The London Book Fair and Frankfurt Book Fair.
  • The Wire Cast Reunion at the Paley Center.

    PersonaNonData
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:29 pm
    One of the benefits of traveliing as much as I have in the past 18mths is I get to catch up on a lot of TV. This show is one of the best ever and close watchers will know that the scripts benefited from the likes of George Pellecanos, Denis Lehane and Richard Price. (Cameo's for all I think).
  • Mobile Reading Trends: How solid is the Kindle's position?

    PersonaNonData
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    The following series of blog posts were originally published on the Publishing Technology blog during Frankfurt and speaks to research the company conducted into mobile reading habits. What we learned when we asked 3,000 people whether they read books on their phones While the publishing industry continues to debate the relative merits of print books versus eBooks a far bigger shift in the way we find and consume information is taking place under our noses. The digital revolution in publishing is often dated back to November 2007, when Amazon launched the first Kindle e-reader. Yet earlier…
  • PND Flipboard Magazine.

    PersonaNonData
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:33 pm
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  • MediaWeek (V7, N31): Bezo's WaPo, Publishing a Book, BitLit, James Garner + More

    PersonaNonData
    6 Aug 2014 | 12:26 am
    These articles and a lot more are all in my 'magazine' on Flipboard.The Columbia Journalism Review takes a look at Bezo's WaPo:At the time of the sale to Bezos, Donald Graham, Weymouth’s uncle and the chairman of The Washington Post Company, explained that he and his niece felt unsure of the direction in which to take the paper, or how to reverse years of declining revenues. He had approached Bezos as a buyer, he said, because the billionaire could offer deep pockets, a digital brain, and, between the two, a way forward.From The Chronicle of Higher Ed: Things you should know before…
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  • Australia v England: Tri-Series final – live!

    Matt Cleary (first innings) and Daniel Harris (second innings)
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:54 pm
    Live over-by-over updates from the tri-series final at the WACA Ground in PerthJoin Matt Cleary - matt.cleary@theguardian.com; @journomatcleary on Twitter - for the day session beginning at 11:20 Perth time (14:20 AEDST, 03:20 GMT). He’ll be followed by Daniel Harris - daniel.harris@theguardian.com; @danielharris - from 3pm/6pm/7am GMT. Meanwhile, Clarke shrugs off rumours of row with Cricket Australia on return 4.54am GMT Over No.22 Australia 84-4 (Glenn Maxwell 26, Mitchell Marsh 3)Moeen Ali ... damn but that’s a heck of a beard. There’d be Amish Men, old timers, barn-builders,…
  • Queensland election: Labor eyes victory as LNP looks for new leader – as it happened

    Bridie Jabour and Fred McConnell in Brisbane
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:39 pm
    Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk says the final result will not be known for a few days but voters have sent a message. Follow the day’s developments here 3.39pm AEST Here we are at day - 1 of the Queensland election. On a Sunday afternoon we are still in the same position we were late on Saturday night - no result.Here is what we know, right now, in this minute: 3.18pm AEST Antony Green hath spoken ... If everyone had followed LNP advice and just voted 1, the LNP would have 51 seats #qldvotes 3.13pm AEST The Liberal National Party room will meet this week and vote in a new leader.So who…
  • Aaron Rodgers beats JJ Watt to MVP – as it happened

    DJ Gallo
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:59 pm
    10.59pm ET There’s no one else I’d rather spend every day with other than you, baby. I love you.To clarify: Rodgers was speaking to Olivia Munn and NOT Mike McCarthy. 10.56pm ET Making Peyton Manning present an award the night before the Super Bowl seems unnecessarily cruel. Somewhat amusing.But cruel. 10.54pm ET These are like the Joey Fatone, JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick and Lance Bass of Gronk Brothers: .@Patriots Gronkowski family rocking Rob's award @ #nflhonors. Mom spiked it of course pic.twitter.com/Ju68Zdwk1n 10.50pm ET Have to say that this now cements it: He is more famous than…
  • Aaron Rodgers is this year's most valuable player - but not the best

    Paolo Bandini in Houston
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:57 pm
    The Packers quarterback had a fine 2014 but his main rival for the award had a season almost beyond beliefThe logic that led to Aaron Rodgers being crowned as the NFL’s Most Valuable Player is easy enough to follow. He was the best in the league this season at his sport’s most important position. Quarterbacks not only get their hands on the football more often than anybody else, but in most cases also have the authority to change plays at the line. By the nature of their role, they influence proceedings more than any team-mate ever could. No rival shouldered that responsibility as…
  • Spiral season five: episodes seven and eight recap – Roban meets his match

    Vicky Frost
    31 Jan 2015 | 2:48 pm
    As Joséphine struggles to come to terms with events of this series, the hunt for Sandrine’s killer continuesSpoiler alert: This blog contains spoilers for season five, episodes seven and eight of Spiral. Catch up with Vicky Frost’s episode five and six recap Continue reading...
 
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  • Larmousse: Static Phase

    9 Jan 2015 | 7:02 am
  • Hannah Arendt: full film

    8 Jan 2015 | 8:53 am
  • SR... some thoughts on recent reading

    17 Nov 2014 | 9:40 am
    As I mentioned last Monday, I'm enjoying Steven Shaviro's new Whitehead-meets-Speculative Realism (SR) book Universe of Things, but before I (hopefully) review it, I should perhaps make a brief comment on why I'm reading it. And that particular story makes better sense if I mention that I'm also reading Peter Wolfendale's Object-Oriented Philosophy: The Noumenon's New Clothes (from the always excellent Urbanomic) and briefly mention why I'm reading that... I read more philosophy books than books on any other topic – and, to be honest, it's probably more than time that RSB reflected that a…
  • In The Nursery: Crave

    12 Nov 2014 | 8:47 am
  • Review: The Universe of Things

    10 Nov 2014 | 10:08 am
    Austin Roberts reviews Steven Shaviro's The Universe of Things: On Speculative Realism: One of the most interesting trends in recent philosophy is what is sometimes called Speculative Realism. The name comes from a conference in 2007 at the University of London that brought together four very different philosophers who nevertheless were united in their efforts to resurrect realist metaphysics: Quentin Meillassoux, Ray Brassier, Graham Harman, and Iain Hamilton Grant. Each of them hold quite different metaphysical positions, but all four critique what they name "philosophies of correlation."…
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  • Measuring the World - Daniel Kehlmann

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:29 am
    Gauss and Humboldt set off to the same destination in opposite directions and unfortunately this novel was written about it. Tedious. >>> Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes >>> From recent débuts to classics, fiction to non-fiction, memoirs, philosophy, science, history and journalism, Burning Books separates the smoking from the singeworthy, looking at the pleasures (and pains) of reading, the craft of writing, the ideas that are at the heart of great novels as well as novels that try to be great, but don’t quite make it. http://litopia.com/shows/burn/  
  • Jimmy Jones – The Original Alternative Comedian

    29 Jan 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Without doubt, Jimmy Jones is the biggest British comedy star never to have had his own television series. For five decades, Jimmy has been Britain’s most successful live comedian – performing around 275 sell-out live shows every year. Jimmy’s life in comedy is the subject of Garry’s show tonight – and what a life it has been.  Summoned by Michael Jackson to his suite at the Dorchester... swapping gags with Prince Philip... pouring brandy for Princess Margaret out of a teapot... performing for some of Britain's most notorious gangsters...  Jimmy  is very much in the…
  • Rhoda Dakar: Cleaning In Another Woman's Kitchen

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Rhoda Dakar is one of the UK Ska scene’s feistiest characters, making her mark originally with the Bodysnatchers and then with Jerry Dammers in the Special AKA. Rhoda’s talent, intelligence, and heartfelt socialist ideals made her stand out from the pack. Like Dammers, she wanted 2-Tone to mean more than a good time…cue songs like The Boiler and Free Nelson Mandela that added real politics to the movement's in-built message of racial tolerance. Rhoda was a teenage glam rocker caught up in the rush of punk. She was working in a South London unemployment exchange when bassist Nicky…
  • The Song Of The Year Show

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:17 am
    So here it is... our special, annual Song Of The Year Show... in which Garry and guests review the very best tracks submitted to us in the past year and - without fear or favour - pick the most excellent example of indie music in the history of the universe. Or something like that. Garry special guest panel comprises rock writer and musician Johnny Wah-Wah and London Mod icon Shona “Wattsie” Watts. And Mik Whitnall drops by to deliver a live set while the judges are out in the jury room. Altogether, a show of superlatives! All we can hope is that 2015 produces songs of equal excellence.
  • Terrorists 1, Enlightenment 0

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    19 Jan 2015 | 1:26 am
    World leaders march arm-in-arm in Paris in support of free speech. Meanwhile, back at home, our freedoms are eroded almost daily. “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety” predicted Ben Franklin, who knew a thing or two about the political mind’s unquenchable thirst for power and control. In Britain, the government is introducing a law compelling nursery staff and childminders to report toddlers they suspect of being terrorists. No, your eyes didn’t decide you – and no, we didn’t just make that up.
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  • "Black River" - A Conversation with Author S.M. Hulse

    Chris Schluep
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Shop this article on Amazon Black River by S.M. Hulse S.M. Hulse's Black River is a debut novel by a promising young author. Set in the American West, the novel is about a very memorable man named Wes Carver, a true man of the west who... well, read the interview and you'll find out. You'll also get a sense for why we picked it as a January Best of the Month selection. Chris Schluep: How long did you work on the novel? S.M. Hulse: About four years. I started writing Black River during my first year in the MFA program at the University of Oregon, and I’d completed a first…
  • Graphic Novel Friday: Enter 2015

    Alex Carr
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:02 pm
    Shop this article on Amazon The Sculptor by Scott McCloud Panic! I still have a stack of great 2014 comics to read, and it’s already 2015. This next year looks to be as full as Volstagg’s belly with must-haves from indie publishers and creators and superhero stalwarts. I’m limiting myself to the first 10 or so books that immediately went to my wishlist, but feel free to add your own in the comments below. The Sculptor by Scott McCloud (February, First Second): The problem with writing the go-to book on understanding comics--helpfully titled Understanding Comics--is that when the author…
  • A Story About Second Chances: Stewart O'Nan on "West of Sunset"

    Erin Kodicek
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Shop this article on Amazon West of Sunset by Stewart O'Nan Lauded as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, F. Scott Fitzgerald is synonymous with The Great Gatsby, the Jazz Age, and the Lost Generation. Not many know that in the twilight of his life and career--when his wife Zelda was in a mental asylum, and Fitzgerald was struggling financially--he tried to launch a comeback as a Hollywood screenwriter. This is the focus of Stewart O'Nan's gorgeously-written fictional biography, West of Sunset. Here O'Nan discusses the inspiration behind the book. “There are…
  • Creepy, In a Good Way: Harriet Lane on "Her"

    Sara Nelson
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:53 pm
    Shop this article on Amazon Her by Harriet Lane Harriet Lane is the journalist-turned-novelist, author of Alys, Always and now, the psychological thriller Her. The tagline of this creepy (and we mean that in a good way) novel--“ You don’t remember her--but she remembers you“--says it all; Her is the story of one London woman stalking another over an incident that occurred in the distant past, an incident that broke apart the stalker’s life but probably went unnoticed for the stalkee. Told in alternate voices, Her is the definition of a page-turner. Amazon Editorial Director Sara…
  • Colleen McCullough Dead at 77

    Chris Schluep
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:17 am
    Shop this article on Amazon The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough Colleen McCullough died yesterday on Norfolk Island, which is located in the Pacific Ocean. She was 77 years old. For those of us who can remember when the internet didn’t exist and the world was a much bigger, more spread out place, it’s likely that we can also recall a runaway bestseller written by Colleen McCullough, a woman from far-off Australia. In the late 70s and early 80s The Thorn Birds, popularly known as the Australian Gone with the Wind, seemed to be in every household. (I read it as a young teenager, the first…
 
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    Fresh Fiction

  • Rachel Lacey | Top 5 Sweet & Sexy Cowboys

    Pasha Carlisle
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:40 am
    For the FOR KEEPS blog tour, Fresh Fiction asked Rachel Lacey to list her top 5 favorite sweet and sexy cowboys from TV, books, or movies. Here is what she had to say! 1. I adore all of Lori Wilde‘s cowboy heroes, but sexy Rafferty Jones in A COWBOY FOR CHRISTMAS really makes me swoon. He’s the […]
  • Jamie Beck | Players in More Ways than One

    Pasha Carlisle
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    There’s something inherently sexy about poker. Unlike many forms of gambling, poker requires skill, knowledge, and instinct. You need confidence to pull it off, and confidence is always a turn-on. Levi Hardy, the hero of IN THE CARDS, uses his poker skills to change his life. His con artist father introduced him to the game […]
  • R.C. Ryan | Excerpt from THE REBEL OF COPPER CREEK

    Pasha Carlisle
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:42 am
    New York Times bestselling author R.C. Ryan‘s latest ranch-set romance THE REBEL OF COPPER CREEK is available now, and we can’t wait to join the ride. Fellow readers, enjoy the excerpt below, and be sure to pick up your copy of the book Fresh Fiction reviewer Sandra Wurman calls “a timeless piece about acceptance, love, […]
  • Liza Palmer | Why I’d Hate Me if I Were a Fictional Character

    Pasha Carlisle
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:54 am
    I was getting a pedicure the other day. The salon I go to is set up so that the walkway down the middle of the pedicure chairs is very narrow and is peppered with the rolling stools of the pedicurists. I was carefully picking my way to the bathroom at the back of the salon, […]
  • Jessica Lemmon | Top 5 Reasons to Fall For an Artist

    Pasha Carlisle
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:10 am
    Thank you for having me! This was a fun list to make. Evan Downey from BRINGING HOME THE BAD BOY is just the kind of artist I’d fall for. Okay, here we go… 5. Evan’s a great dad. He understands his son doesn’t love all the things he loves, but he still tries to encourage […]
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  • PROJECT ALMANAC - Drive Through Movie Review

    31 Jan 2015 | 3:48 pm
    The Nerd Riders, Kristin and Clint, are at it again with their review of the new time travel movie PROJECT ALMANAC.  If you could time travel, where would you go?  Did you see PROJECT ALMANAC? Do you agree or disagree with the Nerd Riders?    Read More
  • Gayle Forman I WAS HERE Event Recap, Interview + Giveaway! #IWasHere

    30 Jan 2015 | 10:47 pm
      When I was introduced to Gayle Forman, I stuck out my hand for a handshake but she gave me a high five instead. In retrospect, that feels like a good way to sum up the entire Nashville leg of her I Was Here Tour, with special guests Ruta Sepetys (Between Shades of Gray, Out of the Easy) Courtney C. Stevens (Faking Normal), and David Arnold (Mosquitoland). Gayle Forman is the international bestselling author of If I Stay, Where She Went, Just One Day, and Just One Year. For her latest novel, I Was Here (read my review here), a story about friendship and…
  • Winner's Announced! 2014 YABC Choice Awards

    17 Jan 2015 | 11:59 am
      First of all, thank you SO MUCH for casting your votes in the 2014 YABC Choice Awards! Be sure to click on the books or author photos below to find out more about the winning book or the other books by that author.  Here are your 2014 YABC Choice Awards winners!                 Runner Up:           Runner Up:           Runner Up:             Runners Up:    Shannon Messenger and Claire Legrand             Runners Up:…
  • GIVEAWAY: AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by Sabaa Tahir

    16 Jan 2015 | 2:59 pm
      An Ember in The Ashes Author: Sabaa Tahir Release Date:  April 28, 2015  from Razorbill     About the Book   Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It’s a story that’s literally burning to be told. LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance…
  • It's live!! Cover Reveal: Trust Me, I'm Trouble by Mary Elizabeth Summer + Giveaway (International)

    12 Jan 2015 | 4:47 pm
      Hey, YABCers! Ready for the first cover reveal of 2015? Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for TRUST ME, I'M TROUBLE by Mary Elizabeth Summer, releasing October 13, 2015 from Delacorte Press. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Mary Elizabeth:   Greetings again, YABC readers!!   It is my profound pleasure to be offering you a second cover reveal (and giveaway!), this time for the sequel in the Trust Me series, TRUST ME, I’M TROUBLE. This cover is pretty different from the cover I revealed last January, because the first book in the series…
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    The Horn Book

  • Week in Review, January 26th-30th

    Katie Bircher
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:50 pm
    This week on hbook.com… 2015 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction winner and honor books Calling Caldecott’s mock Caldecott vote winner and honor books From the January/February Horn Book Magazine:  “What Makes a Good Math Storybook?” by Audrey Quinlan “From The Guide: Math Picture Books“ January’s issue of Nonfiction Notes: Black History Month, presidents and their families, archaeology, language and literature, physics and chemistry Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat by Emily…
  • Preview March/April 2015 Horn Book Magazine

    Horn Book
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Beneath these packing peanuts lies the March/April 2015 Horn Book Magazine cover by Tomie dePaola. In the March/April 2015 Horn Book Magazine: Barbara Bader pays tribute to five gay picture-book creators. Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, 2014 Horn Book at Simmons keynote speaker, calls for more good books featuring diverse characters. Sight Reading: Leonard Marcus on the contributions of legendary book designer Atha Tehon. The Writer’s Page: Meg Wolitzer’s love letter to libraries. Field Notes: Dorie Raybuck on “Why Verse Novels Work for Reluctant Middle-Grade Readers.” From The Guide: Books…
  • Holistic healing, YA-style?

    Elissa Gershowitz
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Serendipitously, these two audiobooks were next to each other on a cart. I’d take the song. The post Holistic healing, YA-style? appeared first on The Horn Book.
  • Live from Chicago! It’s Robin

    Robin Smith
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:59 am
    FRIDAY, 10:45 AM: At the risk of seeming like a stalker, I have a few things to report from the Caldecott meetings in Chicago. Not really! I have nothing to report from the (closed) Caldecott meetings. But I am in Chicago, and I am at ALA. I was able to check with a friend to make sure that all the Caldecott members were able to make it there through the snow, and they did. [Editor’s note: Committee members must be present for the entire schedule of meetings to be eligible to vote.] Darn it. I was hoping that maybe I would get called in as a little ringer at the last minute… But…
  • Classics and timeless books

    Jada Bradley
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:01 am
    As a child, I frequented libraries that had rather old books. I remember my elementary school library had timeworn copies of the Madeline books and that one of my neighborhood libraries had old books by Lois Lenski, older versions of the Amelia Bedelia books, and the All-of-a-Kind Family books by Sydney Taylor. New books did trickle in, but the mainstays of these libraries were aged. There is a lot that could be said about the lack of library funding, but as I got older I didn’t feel deprived; I thought that I had the advantage of reading some great classic books. When I had access to newer…
 
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    The Fine Books Blog

  • Minnesota's Literary Moment

    Barbara Basbanes Richter
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:35 am
    Minnesota is having a cultural moment. Proponents are pushing to have the state redesignated as part of  "the North," a region separate from the Midwest, whose hardy and industrious inhabitants are molded and inspired by its extremely cold weather. Rugged Red Wing Shoes, Duluth packs and Faribault woolens are suddenly chic, now selling in trendy Manhattan boutiques. (The Wall Street Journal recently examined Minnesota's new, hip image.) Alongside the surge in popularity of Minnesota-made cold-weather commodities, the state has long supported a strong literary scene, due to a winning…
  • Bright Young Librarians: Jay Gaidmore

    Nate Pedersen
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:41 pm
    Our Bright Young Librarians series continues today with Jay Gaidmore, Marian and Alan McLeod Director of the Special Collections Research Center at The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia:How did you get started in rare books?I started out in my career as an archivist and manuscripts curator, but my interest in rare books was kindled while working as the University Archivist in the John Hay Library at Brown University, with its amazing collection of incunabula, a near perfect set of Audubon's Birds of America, and many other significant rare books. One of the reasons I was…
  • Codex Leicester Goes on Exhibit

    Rebecca Rego Barry
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:28 am
    Leonardo da Vinci's Codex Leicester made its first stop in a yearlong traveling exhibit at the Phoenix Art Museum in Arizona last week, loaned by Bill Gates who paid $30 million for the 500-year-old manuscript at Christie's in 1994. Composed of 18 double-sided sheets of paper, each folded in half for a total of 72 pages, and written in da Vinci's characteristic "mirror writing," the notebook contains the inquisitive artist's scientific writings--on water, astronomy, light, fossils, and mechanics. Sketches and drawings accompany the text throughout. The Phoenix Art Museum plans to surround the…
  • Coffin of Miguel de Cervantes Possibly Found

    Nate Pedersen
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:04 pm
    One of literature's great burial mysteries may have been solved this past weekend when archaeologists searching for the remains of Miguel de Cervantes - the author of Don Quixote - uncovered a casket with the author's initials.The casket was discovered inside an alcove in the crypt at the Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians in Madrid."Remains of caskets were found, wood, rocks, some bone fragments, and indeed one of the fragments of a board of one of the caskets had the letters 'M.C.' formed in tacks," said forensic anthropologist Francisco Etxeberria at a news conference on…
  • Typographer's "Love" Stamp Issued

    Rebecca Rego Barry
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:26 am
    The United States Postal Service unveiled its "Forever Hearts" stamp last week at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. Setting it apart for special notice from bibliophiles is the fact that it was designed by Jessica Hische, whose work we most recently profiled in an article about the Penguin Drop Caps series of decoratively bound hardcover reprints of classic works of literature. Hische is a young illustrator and letterer who regularly creates illustrations for magazines, books, and advertising.     The latest in the "Love" series, which dates back to 1973,…
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    Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

  • Podcast Transcript, Order Up!

    SB Sarah
    31 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    The transcript for Podcast 126. Amanda and Sarah Talk Contemporary Sports Romance has been posted! This podcast transcript was handcrafted with meticulous skill by Garlic Knitter. Many thanks. ❤ Click here to subscribe to The Podcast →
  • Happy 10th Anniversary, Smart Bitches!

    SB Sarah
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    One thing I’ve been working on over the past two years is to summarize the purpose and goal of the site in as few words as possible, which I think I’ve done: we connect romance fans with one another, and with the books they want to read. Encompassing the goal of the site was a lot easier than trying to sum up 10 years. I wanted to try to explain why you and your presence in the Bitchery community is so valuable, and how much I appreciate that you’re here. The site wouldn’t be what it is today without your being here. I also wanted to ask RedHeadedGirl, Elyse, Carrie and…
  • Carbs & Historicals: The First Pennyroyal Green, Memoirs of a Geisha, and A Bread Cookbook

    SB Sarah
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    The Perils of Pleasure RECOMMENDED: The Perils of Pleasure by Julie Anne Long is $2.99 right now at most vendors. This is the first Pennyroyal Green book, which is a much-loved bestselling historical series. It’s a mix of small town romance set in the Regency but outside of London, and the two rival families and the setting make for some terrific reading. This book has a 3.7 star average on GR, and the series gets better and better with each book. A rescued rogue . . . Scandal has rocked the city of London. Colin Eversea, a handsome, reckless unapologetic rogue is sentenced to hang for…
  • Movie review: Wild

    Redheadedgirl
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Wild by Nick Hornby, Cheryl Strayed Pacific Standard, Fox Searchlight A+ Not a Book Wild is, hands down, for me, the best movie of 2014. It’s profound, filled with complex, interesting female characters, and two incredible performances that got well-deserved Academy Award nominations. Everyone knows that its true that I have no heart and no soul, and I was crying so much at the end of the movie I didn’t really want to leave the theater until I had more control over myself. (Reaction to that news from Ppyajunebug in text message: “woooooooooow”) Wild is about Cheryl Strayed, who hiked…
  • 126. Amanda and Sarah Talk Contemporary Sports Romance

    SB Sarah
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Sarah interviews Amanda about her love of sports romance. They discuss sports contemporary romance, fluorescent lightbulbs, and make many, many recommendations. Our apologies in advance. Listen to the podcast → Read the transcript → Oh, yes, we discussed a lot of books: Additional links! Looking for basketball romances? Here are a few lists and individual books that were tweeted to me while we were recording: Hoops – Basketball Romance on GoodReads Sports Romances on GoodReads (mix of sports) Basketball Jones by E. Lynn Harris, a m/m baskeetball romance from 2009 The Locker…
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    London Review of Books

  • David Runciman: Notes on the Election

    4 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
  • Christian Lorentzen: ‘Guantánamo Diary’

    4 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
  • Tariq Ali: The Muslim Response

    4 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
  • Jackson Lears: Clinton’s Creed

    4 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    The rise of identity politics in America was a tragic necessity. No one can deny the legitimacy or urgency of the need felt by women and minorities to have equality on their own terms, to reject the assumption that full participation in society required acceptance of the norms set by straight white males. Yet even as the public sphere grew more inclusive, the boundaries of permissible debate were narrowing. Critiques of concentrated power, imperial or plutocratic, became less common. Indeed, the preoccupation with racial and gender identity has hollowed out political language, the void filled…
  • Letters

    4 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    The letters page from London Review of Books Vol. 37 No. 3 (5 February 2015)
 
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    McSweeney’s

  • Take The Challenge by Sarah Rosenshine

    30 Jan 2015 | 4:01 am
    Ten Days. Dozens of countries. One cause to unite a fractured world. It’s The Challenge.Do it for your friends and co-workers, your parents and their parents, your siblings and their siblings. Do it for the tote bag. Take The Challenge.The Challenge is civic impact on a global scale. It’s worldwide influence with local flair. You’ll be proud to know you made a difference by participating. A difference only you can make. Seven billion different differences across the world.You can take The Challenge at home, at work, or at school. Participants are helping to make the world a better place…
  • Monologue: I’m the Cool Wife In a Snack Dip Commercial by Mike Lacher

    30 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Hello, husband’s friends! Thanks for coming over to watch The Big Game! I like all of your specifically-colored-yet-purposefully-unbranded jerseys. Let’s go, Our Team! Me, I don’t wear one of those jerseys. One of those jerseys would be too darn big for me! Almost big enough to fit over my fat, stubbly husband! Ha. Ha! Ha. No, the only thing that complements my effortlessly curly hair and shimmering doe-eyes is a little cotton T-shirt matching Our Team’s dominant color with tiny little stripes on the sleeves that match the accent color. It’s cut just tight enough to make clear that…
  • List: Words That Could Conceivably Be Used to Describe Both the Super Bowl and a Superb Owl by Michael Ward

    30 Jan 2015 | 3:54 am
    [Originally published February 3, 2011.]- - -UnpredictableHead-turningMajesticFast-pacedExpensiveBone-crunchingSpiritedA hoot
  • I May Have Missed That Report Deadline, But I Learned a Lot About Myself by Josh Freedman

    29 Jan 2015 | 4:01 am
    Thank you for inviting me into your office to discuss my quarterly progress face-to-face. Before you say anything, let me be completely honest: I haven’t finished that market segmentation report our client asked for two weeks ago. In fact, I’m not even close to being finished. I barely even started. However, even though I haven’t done any of my work, I am proud to share that I’ve had some really great personal realizations along the way.I didn’t intend for this to happen; I started working on the report weeks ago. But the more I looked into the market trends…
  • Not So Timeless After All: Tree, the Giving by Ilana Masad

    29 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    EDEN, NORTH CAROLINA – At the age of 50, the life of The Giving Tree has come to an end in a brutal and shocking murder.Giving, as Tree was generally known, was admired in her community. One neighbor told reporters near the crime scene that she had “never had a better, more steady, more loyal friend.” Another said that Giving was the most “rooted, down to earth person” he knew.Born and raised in Eden, North Carolina, Giving grew up in a multigenerational home, with her parents and grandparents and great-grandparents. She was known as a generous sharer of her packed school lunches at…
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    Podiobooker

  • New release! By Your Side by Phil Giunta

    Evo
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:01 am
    We’ve got a brand new horror audio experience for you, with the serialized audiobook By Your Side by Phil Giunta: While haunted by visions of her brother’s suicide, psychic-medium Miranda Lorensen is called to Lancaster, Pennsylvania to investigate a series of bizarre deaths–some of which are also suicides.  Miranda and her team of paranormal investigators quickly find themselves confronted by a vengeful spirit awakened 33 years after a bloody family tragedy.  Miranda realizes that only she can stop the entity before it claims its final victims, but will her obsession for…
  • Hidden Harbor Mysteries now available on Podiobooks.com!

    Evo
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:41 am
    A big thanks to writer Jay Smith and producer Brian Lincoln for getting their Hidden Harbor Mysteries listed with us! Long-time serialized fiction listeners will recognize many of the contributing voices: Hidden Harbor, USA. It is a time of war and hardship for millions of Americans, many of whom live in a city of lies and corruption. But there are those who will fight for truth and justice in this hard, broken city – heroes like The Femme Phantom, who uses the music of the human soul to combat evil and villainy. Based on the radio serials of the 1930s, Hidden Harbor Mysteries is a…
  • New release! Bear Spirit by D.C. Wood

    Evo
    2 Jan 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Check out D.C. Wood’s historical fantasy, Bear Spirit, now available as a free serialized audiobook! Arti Ursella is a troubled, bed-tempered teenager from Congleton, Cheshire. One of millions of UK residents living on the dole, Arti’s only friends are cousin Jessica Forsyth and next-door neighbour, Aaron Fox. As the trio contemplate their future in the summer holiday, the directionless Arti’s destiny is chosen FOR her; by the long-dormant amulet she’s worn ever since her eighth birthday. Now this seemingly mundane accessory will finally display its true prestige &…
  • Re-released! The Rookie by Scott Sigler

    Evo
    31 Dec 2014 | 1:51 pm
    To celebrate the new year, we’re happy to bring back The Rookie, by Scott Sigler, to Podiobooks.com. You might recall that The Rookie, the first book in the Galactic Football League series, was originally written and published on Podiobooks.com before Scott decided to make the entire series YA-friendly. We took the original, not-YA-friendly version down a few years back, which left an obvious hole in our lineup. But we’re making up for lost time now! Set in a lethal pro football league 700 years in the future, THE ROOKIE is a story that combines the intense gridiron action of…
  • New release! Il Blog di Awaken Your English – Volume 2 by Antonio Libertino

    Evo
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:11 pm
    It strikes me that I should probably write this post in Italian… but I don’t speak or write in Italian. Regardless, Antonio Libertino speaks (and writes) both languages, and he’s helping language learners on both sides. This is his second book that teaches English to native Italian speakers: Il Blog di Awaken Your English – Volume 2. Ti piacerebbe scoprire come andare oltre i tuoi obiettivi e parlare l’ inglese come una persona che lo parla bene gia’ da un sacco di tempo? Vuoi scoprire come far finta di parlare l’inglese come un madrelingua senza…
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    Berkeley Heights Public Library Book Blog

  • Projected Shortage of 2015 Tax Forms at Libraries

    Anne
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:55 pm
    2015 Tax Forms at the Berkeley Heights Public Library The Berkeley Heights Public Library is always happy to receive free tax forms to hand out to our patrons yearly around this time through April 15. But this year, cutbacks to the IRS budget may result in a shortage of available tax forms for our patrons. We received an email from the IRS stating that because of budget cuts, the IRS Tax Forms Outlet Program has reduced the number of forms and publications they will provide to the Berkeley Heights Public Library and other U.S. public libraries this year. Only Forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ…
  • Movies Shown at the Library in 2014

    Anne
    3 Jan 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Did you miss one of our Third Thursday Movie Nights? All of the movies shown in 2014 are part of the library’s circulating collection and can be checked out.  January                       Shun Li and the Poet (Italian, Mandarin)February                     Austenland (English)March…
  • Borrow DVDs from Your Public Library

    Anne
    31 Dec 2014 | 8:18 am
    Borrowing DVDs at Your Public Library - our new ratings systemCan  you believe it? A new year is just hours away with all the hope and anticipation new beginnings promise. At Berkeley Heights Public Library, we are starting 2015 with a few changes that will make borrowing DVDs easier for our library users.  DVD boxes will now have visible rating stickers to help distinguish G, PG, PG-13 and R films.  We are making these changes to assist parents and caregivers in choosing appropriate viewing materials, but remember that these ratings are subjective and not intended to endorse,…
  • 19 Dec 2014 | 12:33 pm

    Anne
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Our blog's December holiday posts over the years:The one in which Ellen listens to Dylan Thomas' 'A Child's Christmas in Wales' and tells us the Berkeley Heights connection with the author.The one in which Anne tracks Santa Claus using the NORAD website. I am sure there is an app now, right?The one listing a few of the library's MANY holiday craft books. It is probably too late to make crafts for gifts now, but you could start for next year or just enjoy looking at the pictures and then enjoy shopping online on Etsy letting someone else do the hard work of crafting.Favorite Holiday Books…
  • Holiday Displays at BHPL

    Fleur
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Book Displays in the Children's RoomMiss Laura's Poinsettias Look Real...If it's December, it must be holiday book display month. The librarians found inspiration on Pinterest and Facebook to make a tree out of donated books (below). If you want to buy the book at the bottom of the pile, it will be like pick-up-sticks to get it without upsetting the apple cart. Or better yet, just wait until the New Year when we take down the display. Follow Our Pinterest board about library displaysTree Made out of Donated Books
 
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    Joe Wikert's Digital Content Strategies

  • What’s the biggest obstacle facing Oyster, Next Issue, Spotify, et al?

    Joe Wikert
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:01 am
    I used to buy ebooks from Amazon but now I read almost exclusively on Oyster Books. Years ago I subscribed to a bunch of magazines and now I read all but one of them through Next Issue (The Week is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How crowdsourcing will ultimately add value

    Joe Wikert
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:34 am
    Most publishers cringe at the thought of crowdsourcing. Publishers often believe they exclusively own the art of content curation and they feel threatened when they sense others encroaching on their turf. It’s hard to argue with that logic, especially in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Revisiting Pew’s view of digital life in 2025

    Joe Wikert
    12 Jan 2015 | 6:46 am
    The Pew Research Center released a report last year called Digital Life in 2025. You’ll find a summary of it here and the downloadable PDF is here. I should point out that the report is now almost a year old,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What to expect in 2015 (and beyond)

    Joe Wikert
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:20 am
    Publishing is a pretty slow-moving business. That statement is solidly supported by the fact that the Kindle is now more than 7 years old and the majority of digital content revenue still comes from “print under glass” format. We’re still... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Anticipating change in the myopic publishing industry

    Joe Wikert
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:36 am
    Have you ever heard the quote, “everything that can be invented has been invented”? It was once believed that a U.S. Patent Office commissioner uttered those words but that claim has since been refuted. Regardless of whoever said (or didn’t... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    First Book Blog

  • 40,000 Books for Kids In Syracuse

    Samantha McGinnis
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:58 am
    “So many of our kids have access to books at the library, but rarely do they have a book of their own.  In many homes, a book would represent a real luxury item.” – Kevin Ahern, President, Syracuse Teacher’s Association With 85 percent of students in the school district eligible for free or reduced lunch, it’s no surprise that Kevin Ahern, President of the Syracuse Teachers Association, was thrilled when presented the opportunity to provide 40,000 free books to his community. All he had to do was sign up 2,000 local teachers and program leaders with First Book.
  • Our Favorite Books for January

    Samantha McGinnis
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:51 pm
    It’s a new year, and that means we have more glorious books to rave about!  This month’s picks will spark creativity, help kids understand the experiences of others and take them on journeys to secret underground caves. For Pre-K to 1st Grade (Ages 1 – 6) Not a Box written and illustrated by Antoinette Portis How can you write a whole book about a box? Because it’s not a box – it’s so much more! The rabbit in this cleverly simple board book is asked repeatedly why it is sitting in, standing on, spraying, and wearing a box. Each page reveals what the rabbit’s imagination…
  • Disney Imagicademy App Available for Free!

    Samantha McGinnis
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:14 am
    Do you work with kids in need? We’ve got great news for you! © Disney Our friends at Disney recently launched an innovative learning experience that encourages kids to learn by interacting with their favorite Disney characters and stories – inspiring a lifelong love of learning and creativity. The app and tools are available now to program leaders and educators serving children in need for free through the First Book Marketplace. For some time, we’ve heard from our network of 150,000 educators and program leaders that web-based tools and interactive learning programs are incredibly…
  • Books to Kids, One Cupcake At A Time

    Samantha McGinnis
    29 Dec 2014 | 9:20 am
    Nicole, Ian, and Ashley from Blackboard Inc., were up to their elbows in books when they noticed some young, eager faces peeking through the windows of the school gym. “The kids wanted to know what was going on. They kept coming over to look at the books and asking if they were going to get one,” said Nicole Marsh, Manager of Operations for Blackboard Somerset. Nicole, Ian and Ashley were just a few of the employees from Blackboard at Hopkins Elementary that day.  Over 30 volunteers were sorting, organizing and distributing over 3,500 books to children in need in their community.
  • Cuddle Up with a Book

    Samantha McGinnis
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:09 am
    The cold winter months are a wonderful time to share books with the people you love! Here are some great read-it-together books from the First Book Marketplace. If you work with kids in need, you can access these books and many more by signing up with First Book. The Snowman by Raymond Briggs Sometimes the most magical stories can be told without a single word. That is certainly true of The Snowman, which has been delighting children since 1978. In this picture book, Briggs tells the story of a boy whose snowman comes to life in the night and takes him on an incredible adventure. Even though…
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    Publishing Talk

  • How Emily Benet used Wattpad as a launchpad, gained a million hits and a book deal with HarperCollins

    Emily Benet
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:01 am
    Serialized novels were popularised by Victorian novelists such as Charles Dickens. Today, free online tools enable anyone to do it – and reach an audience. But would you do it for free? What if it lead to a million hits and a two-book deal with HarperCollins? Emily Benet tells us how she used Wattpad as a launchpad, and shares her top tips for success. Would you write a novel for free? That was the request that landed in my in-box back in 2012.  The email came from a content manager at Wattpad. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s an online platform which lets you upload…
  • How to break into radio writing: 7 tips by BBC Radio 4 commissioner Caroline Raphael

    Chris Smith
    14 Jan 2015 | 2:29 am
    This post first appeared on the On the Write Track blog. Whether you’re interested in writing drama or comedy, plays or sketches, BBC Radio 4 commissions hundreds of hours of original material every year – far more than BBC TV – and is always on the look out for new writing talent. BBC Radio 4 commissioner Caroline Raphael has commissioned most types of radio content but now it’s her job to fill the Radio 4’s entire comedy output – 200 hours every year. So, we asked her to give us the inside track on how the commissioning process works at BBC Radio 4 and where a budding…
  • How Saul Wordsworth took Alan Stoob from Twitter character to published book

    Saul Wordsworth
    9 Jan 2015 | 8:57 am
    Ever dreamed of creating a Twitter character and turning it into a book? Saul Wordsworth reveals how he took his comic creation Alan Stoob from Twitter to bestselling book – and maybe even Hollywood – and how you can get started yourself. In 2003 I quit my job in sales to become a writer. I wasn’t the first and I won’t be the last. It was a painful process and involved unpleasant periods of temping but by 2005 I had finally extricated myself from my former career and was writing professionally. I’d picked up some freelance work with a magazine publishing company and in my…
  • How to write Science Fiction

    Matthew De Abaitua
    3 Dec 2014 | 8:42 am
    Have the current BBC and BFI Science Fiction Seasons inspired you to write your own science fiction story? As his next two science fiction novels are signed by Angry Robot Books, Matthew de Abaitua shares his advice on creating strange new worlds, in an article that first appeared in Publishing Talk Magazine issue 5. Start with the idea Science fiction starts with the idea or what Dario Suvin calls the novum: the new thing. This is a device or premise that is scientifically plausible and which focuses the difference between the reader’s world and the fictional science fiction world. And…
  • How to write about food

    Andrew Webb
    12 Nov 2014 | 7:04 am
    Have you ever wanted to write about food? Award-winning food writer and journalist Andrew Webb shares his advice, approaches and tips for capturing the culinary. Food literature can be hard to categorize. Consequently bookshops struggle with exactly where to place such books on the shelves. This I know from bitter experience. All too often they get lumped in somewhere with the huge £25 hardback, recipe-led, TV-series-supporting tomes featuring gurning chefs looking slightly to one side on the cover. Food writing books then, are like remora fish, swimming along stuck to the bellies of much…
 
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  • Three Percent #90: That Song Should Be Named "Andre Reed Jersey"

    Chad W. Post
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:55 am
    It’s time for our annual music podcast in which Chad, Nate, and Kaija all share songs from their favorite albums of 2014. Although we only talk about four songs each on this podcast, we put together a Spotify playlist featuring 86 songs and running almost six hours. Enjoy! Next week we’ll be back to normally scheduled book talk. Specifically, Chad and Tom will be talking with Alex Zucker about translator’s fees, forming a translators guild, and other financial aspects of publishing international literature. In the meantime, feel free to email us at…
  • THE BOOKS I HAVEN’T FORGOTTEN, OR IN LIEU OF A PLOT by Madeleine LaRue

    Monica Carter
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:37 am
    Madeleine LaRue is Associate Editor and Director of Publicity of Music & Literature. I have an embarrassing inability to remember plots. It took me three readings of The Brothers Karamazov just to be able to remember beyond a few weeks who had actually killed Fyodor Pavlovich — and The Brothers Karamazov is one of my favorite books. I have no idea why this happens; but no matter how exciting they are, plots in my brain have a very short half-life. On the other hand, the emotional or ethical texture of a book — especially a book I liked — will remain with me for years, completely…
  • Latest Review: "Faces in the Crowd" by Valeria Luiselli

    Kaija Straumanis
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    The latest addition to our Reviews section is a by Valerie Miles on Faces in the Crowd by Valeria Luiselli, translated by Christina MacSweeney and published by Coffee House Press. (For those who don’t remember, Faces in the Crowd was the runner-up to the 2014 World Cup of Literature Championship Game, beat out only by Chile’s Roberto Bolaño. Obviously, Luiselli can hold her own.) Valerie Miles is an American writer, editor and translator who lives in Barcelona. In 2003, she co-founded Granta en español, and among other things, edited and created the recently-published A Thousand…
  • Three Percent #89: Don't Laugh So Loud

    Chad W. Post
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:15 am
    This week’s podcast is all about Denis Johnson’s “The Laughing Monsters,” which came out last year and is “a high-suspense tale of kaleidoscoping loyalties in the post-9/11 world that shows one of our great novelists at the top of his game.” Writer, critic, and Johnson fan Patrick Smith joined us for this book club discussion, which goes off in a few different directions—how everyone’s untrustworthy and willing to sell each other out, how Johnson got all this detail about Africa, etc.—with the general consensus that this is a pretty great…
  • Latest Review: Fantomas Versus the Multinational Vampires: An Attainable Utopia

    Kaija Straumanis
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    The latest addition to our Reviews section is a piece by Cameron Rowe on Julio Cortázar’s Fantomas Versus the Multinational Vampires: An Attainable Utopia, translated by David Kurnick and published by Semiotext(e). Cameron (some of you may have met her at ALTA last fall) is a current student in the MA in Literary Translation Studies program here at the University of Rochester, and will be doing her thesis on a translation from Spanish into English. She’s also a fellow-Minnesotan, and has been known to rock out to Taylor Swift. Here’s the beginning of her review: Fantomas…
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  • Why the Keystone Pipeline Is the Wrong U.S. Energy Debate

    Andrew Winston
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:58 am
    The Keystone XL — a proposed addition to a network of pipelines running from the Canadian oil sands to refineries in Texas — has become the political football of the moment. It was the first issue that Sen. Joni Ernst addressed in her response to last week’s State of the Union address, and yesterday the Senate passed a bill forcing its approval. President Obama, however, has said he’ll veto Keystone, and he should. Putting aside the divisive politics, let’s consider the pipeline on its merits, as an investment choice for the United States. In the short…
  • How to Really Listen to Your Employees

    Sara Stibitz
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Let’s face it: strong leaders tend to be characterized by their strong opinions, decisive action, and take-no-prisoners attitude. These are important traits, but it’s equally important for managers to stand down and listen up. Yet many leaders struggle to do this, in part because they’ve become more accustomed to speaking than listening. So, how can you develop this muscle? What are the barriers to good listening and how do you overcome them? What the Experts Say “As a leader, you need to have a strong voice and you need to know when it’s time to listen,”…
  • The Decline of the Rural American Hospital and How to Reverse It

    Nathan T. Washburn
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    There are two kinds of health-care innovation: more-for-more and more-for-less. The American health-care system exemplifies the first kind, offering more and more value at higher and higher costs. If you have the money and can travel, the U.S. is the place to take advantage of the latest innovations such as proton-beam cancer-radiation therapy, for which the equipment and facilities cost about $1 billion. Despite these high-cost innovations (American consumers spend more on health care than their counterparts anywhere else), U.S. life expectancy ranks 34th in the world, and infant mortality…
  • Google Glass Failed Because It Just Wasn’t Cool

    Umair Haque
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    It was hailed as the greatest product since the iPod … the wheel … the car. Instead, it turned out to be more like New Coke or the Segway. So what went wrong with Google Glass? It’s not that Google Glass looked absurd — people wear silly fashions every day. It’s not that it was overpriced — people collect luxury watches and handbags every day, too. Google Glass’s failure was a story of a visionary product utterly failing to be cool. Cool is not trivial. As Apple, Warby Parker, Net a Porter, and Shinola all know: Cool is perhaps the crucial factor…
  • Accomplish More by Committing to Less

    Elizabeth Grace Saunders
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Believing that more is always more is a dangerous assumption. There’s a cost to complexity. Every time you commit to something new, you not only commit to doing the work itself, but also remembering to do the work, dealing with the administrative overhead, and to getting it all done in the time constraints involved. The unfortunate result of taking on everything that comes your way is that you end up spend more of your time managing the work and less time investing in truly immersing yourself in what’s most important and satisfying. Many people in large organizations…
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  • BOTNS #316: It’s a New Book If You Haven’t Read It

    Michael Kindness
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    What “backlist” is, and why it’s important for readers. Plus, don’t you forget about Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield and The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti. THANK YOU to everyone who supported us for National Readathon Day! We raised over $3,600. Thanks to everyone who joined our team, donated to a team member, or raised money on their own. I read a graphic novel (Seconds) and half of a novel (Elizabeth is Missing), and loved my time reading. Due to the impending storm, Ann’s husband had to work, and she ended up playing chauffeur to her kids, but will do her…
  • BOTNS #315: What to Readathon

    Michael Kindness
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Picking books to read on National Readathon Day. We can’t wait for you to read Mort(e) by Robert Repino and The Same Sky by Amanda Eyre Ward. I have made a decision to alter my New Year’s Reading Resolution slightly. I’m adding a collection of short stories to the current mix of one print book, and one audio book. I’ll only read a story or two in between print books. So I’ll still only be reading one print book at a time, but the story collection will be ongoing. Besides, Ann gave me permission! Audiobook of the week (04:23) The Winnie the Pooh series by A.A.
  • BOTNS #314: Notation or Desecration?

    Michael Kindness
    13 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Writing in books: good or bad? We recommend The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins and Fram by Steve Himmer. Ann is just back from New York where she saw the stage version of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which was produced in a unique way to capture the flavor of the book. I’m very excited to hear that a local theater in Providence has adapted and is producing a stage version of Barry Unsworth’s Morality Play, a book I love. Broadway goers can look forward to seeing Daphne DuMaurier’s Rebecca on the Great White Way. Audiobook of the week (06:49) Spoiled…
  • BOTNS #313: A Discussion of National Readathon Day with Jynne Martin

    Michael Kindness
    6 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    A discussion with Jynne Martin, one of the folks responsible for National Readathon Day. My New Year’s resolution of reading only one book at a time has been working incredibly well. On December 31, I was currently reading six books. As of the evening of January 5, I had completed all six of those by focusing on them one at time, giving each my full attention. Now, I don’t start a new book until I’ve finished the last one. Ann mentioned an article that suggests reading non-fiction during the day, and fiction right before bed. That’s from a list by Austin Kleon called…
  • BOTNS #312: 2015 – A New Reading Year

    Ann Kingman
    23 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Five more favorite reads from 2014, and our reading plans for 2015!   It’s our last episode of 2014!   Thank you to all who’ve joined the Books on the Nightstand team for National Readathon Day, which is a fundraiser for the National Book Foundation! Mark your calendars now to spend a 4 hour block of time reading on January 24th.  If you’d like to make a donation to our team or raise funds yourself, you can do that here. To find our more, visit the official National Readathon page. We’ll have much more about National Readathon Day in upcoming episodes, so…
 
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    Omnivoracious

  • "Black River" - A Conversation with Author S.M. Hulse

    Chris Schluep
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Shop this article on Amazon Black River by S.M. Hulse S.M. Hulse's Black River is a debut novel by a promising young author. Set in the American West, the novel is about a very memorable man named Wes Carver, a true man of the west who... well, read the interview and you'll find out. You'll also get a sense for why we picked it as a January Best of the Month selection. Chris Schluep: How long did you work on the novel? S.M. Hulse: About four years. I started writing Black River during my first year in the MFA program at the University of Oregon, and I’d completed a first…
  • Graphic Novel Friday: Enter 2015

    Alex Carr
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:02 pm
    Shop this article on Amazon The Sculptor by Scott McCloud Panic! I still have a stack of great 2014 comics to read, and it’s already 2015. This next year looks to be as full as Volstagg’s belly with must-haves from indie publishers and creators and superhero stalwarts. I’m limiting myself to the first 10 or so books that immediately went to my wishlist, but feel free to add your own in the comments below. The Sculptor by Scott McCloud (February, First Second): The problem with writing the go-to book on understanding comics--helpfully titled Understanding Comics--is that when the author…
  • A Story About Second Chances: Stewart O'Nan on "West of Sunset"

    Erin Kodicek
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Shop this article on Amazon West of Sunset by Stewart O'Nan Lauded as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, F. Scott Fitzgerald is synonymous with The Great Gatsby, the Jazz Age, and the Lost Generation. Not many know that in the twilight of his life and career--when his wife Zelda was in a mental asylum, and Fitzgerald was struggling financially--he tried to launch a comeback as a Hollywood screenwriter. This is the focus of Stewart O'Nan's gorgeously-written fictional biography, West of Sunset. Here O'Nan discusses the inspiration behind the book. “There are…
  • Creepy, In a Good Way: Harriet Lane on "Her"

    Sara Nelson
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:53 pm
    Shop this article on Amazon Her by Harriet Lane Harriet Lane is the journalist-turned-novelist, author of Alys, Always and now, the psychological thriller Her. The tagline of this creepy (and we mean that in a good way) novel--“ You don’t remember her--but she remembers you“--says it all; Her is the story of one London woman stalking another over an incident that occurred in the distant past, an incident that broke apart the stalker’s life but probably went unnoticed for the stalkee. Told in alternate voices, Her is the definition of a page-turner. Amazon Editorial Director Sara…
  • Colleen McCullough Dead at 77

    Chris Schluep
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:17 am
    Shop this article on Amazon The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough Colleen McCullough died yesterday on Norfolk Island, which is located in the Pacific Ocean. She was 77 years old. For those of us who can remember when the internet didn’t exist and the world was a much bigger, more spread out place, it’s likely that we can also recall a runaway bestseller written by Colleen McCullough, a woman from far-off Australia. In the late 70s and early 80s The Thorn Birds, popularly known as the Australian Gone with the Wind, seemed to be in every household. (I read it as a young teenager, the first…
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  • Library Book Returned 65 Years Late

    Dianna Dilworth
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:30 pm
    What’s the longest you’ve ever held on to a library book? Hopefully less time than Sir Jay Tidmarsh. The eighty-two year-old UK man checked out a book from his school library 65 years ago and only recently returned it. He paid the library a £1,500 fine to make up for his overdue book. The Guardian has the scoop: Sir Jay Tidmarsh, 82, came across the long-forgotten copy of Ashenden by W Somerset Maughan as he cleared out his shelves. The former businessman opened the cover and spotted the stamp of his old school inside, which he had left in 1949.
  • George RR Martin’s New Book is Not Coming This Year

    Dianna Dilworth
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:05 pm
    George Martin‘s latest volume in the Song of Ice and Fire series, The Winds of Winter, will not be published this year. HarperCollins revealed the news this week. However, they do have plans for an illustrated edition of three previously anthologized novellas coming out in 2015. The Guardian has more: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms takes place nearly a century before the bloody events of the A Song of Ice and Fire series, when the Iron Throne was still held by the Targaryens. Out in October, it is a compilation of the first three official prequel novellas to the series, The Hedge…
  • Ella: The Hipster Children’s Book

    Dianna Dilworth
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:15 am
    Children’s book author Mallory Kasdan has a new book out that Vogue is calling “a sort of Eloise for the hipster generation.” Ella, which came out last week from Viking Children’s Books is about a six-year-old who lives at the Local Hotel in Brooklyn, which bears a close resemblance to the Wyeth Hotel. The book features illustrations by Marcos Chin. Here is more about Ella from Kasdan’s website: She has a nanny called Manny. He has tattoos for sleeves and he might go in with some guys to buy a grilled cheese truck. Sometimes Ella weaves purses out of…
  • Colleen McCullough Has Died

    Maryann Yin
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:25 am
    Australian author Colleen McCullough has died. She was 77 years old. BBC News reports that McCullough wrote and published 25 novels throughout her career. She became well-known for her 1977 book, The Thorn Birds, which was adapted into a popular television mini-series in 1983. Here’s more from The Huffington Post: “The paperback rights for The Thorn Birds sold for a then record $1.9 million and was made into one of the most watched miniseries of all time, starring Richard Chamberlain and Rachel Ward. The book sold 30 million copies worldwide.”
  • Water For Elephants to Be Adapted Into a Musical

    Maryann Yin
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:35 am
    Peter Schneider and Elisabetta di Mambro, two producers, have picked up the worldwide rights to adapt Sara Gruen’s Water For Elephants into a musical. The production team hopes to have a Broadway run for this show. Gruen will be involved with the creative process for this theatrical project. She originally wrote the book for National Novel Writing Month; Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill published it in May 2006. Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter: “The Depression-era novel, which has been published in 43 countries and has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide,…
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    The Writing Life

  • Grow Your Twitter Followers in Less Than 5 Minutes A Day

    Terry Whalin
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:55 am
    Several months ago, I saw New York Times bestselling author of Twitter Power, Joel Comm and told him that I had over 100,000 followers. He told me, “You have twitter power.” If you check my twitter following, I recently went over 136,000 followers. For the last several months, they have been growing at about 100 new followers each day. I'll admit some of this growth is organic and not the result from anything that I'm actively doing. But a good portion of my daily growth comes from my active involvement and use of a tool called Refollow. I use the pro version which is $20 a month but it…
  • Effective Use of LinkedIn

    Terry Whalin
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:36 am
    For years I ignored the LinkedIn emails asking me if I wanted to “connect” with someone. Yet there are 300 million people on LinkedIn and it is an effective tool—if you use it properly. I changed my resistance to active use of LinkedIn. While my public profile says that I have 500+ connections, it is really over 4,000 connections. It is one of three or four social networks that I use constantly. For example, I regularly post updates and publishing information on LinkedIn. I use Hootsuite (an effective free tool) for these posts and they appear throughout each day with articles that I'm…
  • The Unexpected Discovery of My Book

    Terry Whalin
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:07 pm
    Last weekend I was in Hershey, Pennsylvania at the Hershey Lodge for a conference called Writer to Writer. It was a terrific event which will be repeated in the fall and I met some new writers. Also I got to hang out with a couple of my long-term friends. Jerry B. Jenkins taught the fiction track and Cecil Murphey taught the nonfiction track of the conference. I had the opportunity to speak at a breakfast to the group and also to teach a couple of workshops. After the conference was completed, the Hershey Lodge was hosting a regional Christian bookseller conference. On Sunday afternoon, I…
  • Are you Pursuing the Different or the Same?

    Terry Whalin
    14 Jan 2015 | 12:49 pm
    January is a wonderful time of the year. We've turned the page on a new year and we can take a fresh start at our writing and work in publishing. Repeatedly I have read the definition of insanity—doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result. Yes, that is insanity.  What is your specific goal or dream for the days ahead? Is it to build your platform or connection to the audience? Maybe you want to have an opportunity to write for different magazines or book publishers? Possibly you want to increase your writing income or your impact on the world. The pursuit of a…
  • Enter My Goodreads Giveaway

    Terry Whalin
    4 Jan 2015 | 1:43 pm
    In the last few months, I've become more active on Goodreads. If you have a book or love books, you should be involved on Goodreads. Why? According to their site, they have 30 million members. That's a huge number of people who love books, read books and write reviews about books. If you are an author, I urge you to get this inexpensive teleseminar from my friend, Sandra Beckwith and discover three things you can do right away to begin to promote your book.  One of the opportunities for any author is to use the Goodreads Giveaways. I'm following the advice of Catherine Ryan Howard who…
 
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    Storytellers Unplugged

  • ROBERT C. JONES – FORENSICS 184: HE AINT NO TWIN OF MINE

    Robert Jones
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:02 am
    This essay might be of special interest to writers of detective and mystery novels who would like to enrich their stories by providing their readers with a gift of extra details. It might also be of general interest to many other readers, especially those who are CSI and NCIS fans. The ADDITIONAL INFORMATION section of this essay contains material found during research. It is not always closely related to the main subject of the essay, but is thought to be interesting. Anthony Harold Turner was not a twin, and his DNA matched that acquired from three rape victims. The probability of him not…
  • Thomas Sullivan: CHOKING ON CHICKEN BONES

    Thomas Sullivan
    15 Jan 2015 | 1:50 pm
    ‘Scuse our hiccups! Storytellers is back up after some unpredictable technical glitches, and I’m back with my unpredictable takes on the universe in general and writing in particular. Have to catch up with the crazy backlog in my mailbox, and so this column will be Q&A with the first question coming from the guy half-covered in snow waving a ski pole who looks disturbingly like me. Q [SELF]: Hey, Sullivan, how is the new configuration going to affect your columns on StorytellersUnplugged? A: Won’t. At least not the column itself. However, while previously archived columns are still…
  • *I am not a Muse.*

    almaalexander
    30 Dec 2014 | 12:29 am
    http://lareviewofbooks.org/essay/gender-blah-blah-blah “And it’s a powerful thing, the learnt reflex to look at a woman and see someone who is by definition unaccomplished, a novice; someone’s disciple, companion, muse; someone with no power or expertise of her own.” The longer I move in the circles that I do, the more stories I hear whose kernel is the attitude encapsulated in that paragraph above. A man… is born knowing his craft, apparently. Even when he is bad, he is by definition somehow, better than any other poor fool who does not share that gender. It is just…
  • FORENSICS 183: COINCIDENCE AND EVIDENCE

    Robert Jones
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:24 am
    This essay might be of special interest to writers of detective and mystery novels who would like to enrich their stories by providing their readers with a gift of extra details. It might also be of general interest to many other readers, especially those who are CSI and NCIS fans. The ADDITIONAL INFORMATION section of this essay contains material found during research. It is not always closely related to the main subject of the essay, but is thought to be interesting. Tim had enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1988 and served in the Persian Gulf War in 1991, winning several medals. Following the…
  • Hello world!

    David Niall Wilson
    5 Dec 2014 | 7:32 am
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!
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    Paulo Coelho's Blog

  • How orgasms can affect you and your health

    Paulo Coelho
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:44 pm
    |(the post below is the edited version of an article  written by a dear friend of mine, Alex Sandra Miles. If you want to read it fully, please CLICK HERE )   The feeling of an orgasm is one of the greatest sensations our bodies can experience. Women are thought to have up to 11 […]
  • The dragon killer

    Paulo Coelho
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:47 am
    Zhuangzi, a renowned Chinese author, tells the story of Zhu Pingman, who went after a master in order to learn the best way to kill dragons. The master taught Pingman for 10 years uninterrupted, until his pupil was able to develop — to perfection — the most sophisticated technique to kill dragons. From then on, […]
  • The advantages of growing old

    Paulo Coelho
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:14 am
    A legend tells of a man who used to carry water every day to his village, using two large pitchers tied on either end of a piece of wood, which he placed across his shoulders. One of the pitchers was older than the other and was full of small cracks; every time the man came […]
  • 5 Writing Themes – Paulo Coelho

    Paulo Coelho
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:25 pm
    Posted by Smitha Abraham in E-Books India Brazilian author Paulo Coelho is the proud recipient of many international awards and the author of works like The Alchemist, The Devil and Miss Prym, 11 Minutes, and The Zahir. His most famous novel The Alchemist has sold 165 million copies globally and has been translated into 80 […]
  • 20 sec reading: Matisse and Renoir meet

    Paulo Coelho
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:45 pm
      Ever since he was young, the painter Henri Matisse used to visit the great Renoir at his atelier every week. When Renoir was crippled with arthritis, Matisse began to visit him daily, taking food, paintbrushes and paint, always trying to convince the master that he worked to hard. He needed to rest a little. […]
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    Advanced Fiction Writing

  • How Often Should Indie Authors Publish?

    Randy as Admin
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:50 pm
    If you’re an indie author, how often should you publish? Is there such a thing as publishing too often? Can you “compete with yourself?” Victoria posted this question on my “Ask A Question For My Blog” page: Hi, Randy, Using the Snowflake design process, I have completed a YA fantasy novel and am in the last stages of structuring its sequel. I am not yet published and plan to do so independently. I can comfortably write and polish a full-length novel in four months, but I realize that four months is quite a narrow schedule for systematically releasing new…
  • Want to Take a Thrill Ride With Me?

    Randy Ingermanson
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Do you like thrillers? I love them. Thrillers are the main category I read, and suspense is a major element of every book I write. My suspense novel Double Vision has just been packaged up in a HUGE boxed set e-book with 7 other thrillers. The boxed set is titled “Thrill Ride” and it’s priced to fly. 99 cents for THOUSANDS of pages of oh-my-gosh white-knuckle entertainment. If you’re a scaredy cat, this is where you stop reading and just walk away. But if you like thrills and chills, come along with me on a rip-roaring Thrill Ride, because it’s pretty darn likely that several of…
  • My New Book on the Snowflake Method

    Randy Ingermanson
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Why are so many writers around the world using my Snowflake Method to write their first drafts? Because it works! Let’s be clear that different writers are different. Some writers thrive on the “seat-of-the-pants” method. Stephen King is a pantser. So is Anne Lamott.  They write great fiction and SOTP works for them. Some writers work from a highly detailed outline—a synopsis that may be 50 to 100 pages. Robert Ludlum was famous for his long outlines.  He was a great writer and outlining worked marvelously for him. But some writers love the Snowflake Method—a series of steps in…
  • The Death of “Self-Publishing”

    Randy Ingermanson
    22 May 2014 | 2:19 pm
    It’s time to just say it. “Self-publishing” is dead. I’m not talking about the act of self-publishing a book. I’m talking about the phrase itself. “Self-publishing” now means two different things that are miles apart. It’s time to kill this useless phrase. Barbara posted this question on my “Ask A Question For My Blog” page: I am confused by all the different terms in current publishing. Like “indie publishers,” “traditional publishers,” “ebooks,” “ebook indie publications,” “small presses” “small…
  • The Unsafe Road to Writing Fiction

    Randy Ingermanson
    15 May 2014 | 2:27 pm
    So you’re writing a story and you know it’s a heartbreaking work of staggering genius, except that … it isn’t. In fact, it’s bad. But the reason it’s bad is NOT that you’re a bad writer. The reason it’s bad is because you’re using a technique that’s not familiar to you. What do you do? Hamish posted this question on my “Ask A Question For My Blog” page: Hello! Ben reading your blog for around two years now, it has helped me greatly, thank you! My question is this: I love first person, I despise third person. I love the knowledge of a single character, knowing…
 
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    Joanna Campbell Slan

  • An Excerpt from Shotgun, Wedding, Bells

    29 Jan 2015 | 1:41 pm
    SHOTGUN,WEDDING, BELLS(Book #11 in the Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series)ByJoanna Campbell Slan Chapter 1 Our wedding day dawned like a scene from a fairy tale. Frozen rain coated the freshly fallen snow. The glassy surface glistened like a million tiny diamonds. Icicles hanging from the eaves of our house formed natural prisms, casting rainbows across the blanket of white. Sunlight transformed the long dead banks of mums into mounds, like glittering pillows under a white duvet. The scene before us was beautiful, but treacherously slick. This overnight winter storm had paralyzed travel…
  • A Year of Daring Greatly Starts Now!

    8 Jan 2015 | 4:53 pm
    I’ve been reading Daring Greatly by Brene Brown and as a result, I’ve decided to dedicate this year to reaching out to other people. That means putting myself in a vulnerable position, because they might “shut me down” or reject me. It involves taking a risk, doesn’t it? That’s exactly what Brown means by “daring greatly.”Well, so far, the venture has been worthwhile. On a whim, I emailed Alice Zinn, a renowned miniature artist, who lives just up the road, and invited her to lunch. I’ll let Alice tell you what happened next: I did a little research on Joanna, including…
  • Kiki Lowenstein and the Penny Pincher

    20 Dec 2014 | 7:55 am
    By Joanna Campbell SlanEditor’s Note: The Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series features a scrapbooking mom whose creativity isn’t limited to papercrafts. Author's Note: In the timeline of Kiki's life this comes right before Handmade, Holiday, Homicide (Book #10)“I saw this online and bought it for the store. I thought it appropriate,” said my friend Clancy Whitehead, as she handed me a wrapped present. In her tailored brown slacks, ivory silk blouse, and camel-colored cardigan, Clancy was the picture of elegance.Meanwhile, I’m still wearing my maternity pants with the elastic…
  • Excerpt from Shotgun, Wedding, Bells (Kiki Lowenstein #11)

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:01 am
    Excerpt fromSHOTGUN, WEDDING, BELLS(Book #11 in the Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series)By Joanna Campbell SlanChapter 1Detective Chandler Louis Detweiler took my hand and helped me up the last step of the gazebo. Standing side-by-side, we faced the minister, our friend Lorraine. I loved feeling of his shoulder against mine, strong and solid, a reminder of the way we intended to live our lives.          "Not too bad for a wedding thrown together in forty-eight hours," he whispered in my ear.He was right. I hadn't had much time to plan our wedding,…
  • Three Red Velvet Cake Recipes!

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
    Although Ilona didn't want to share her Red Velvet Cake Recipe, I was fortunate that three of my readers shared these yummy concoctions. Many thanks to all three!JoannaCarrie Wolfgang’s (Iona’s) Red Velvet Cake RecipeCake Ingredients:1 ½ C. Sugar2 C. Cooking oil2 Eggs1 Tsp. Vinegar2 Oz. Red Food Coloring2 ½ C. Flour1 Tsp. Baking soda1 Tsp. Salt3 T. Cocoa1 C. Buttermilk2 Tsp. VanillaDirections:1.     Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and lightly flour two 9 inch layer pans. 2.     Cream together sugar and oil. 3.     Add eggs…
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    Living 2 Read

  • An Irish Portrait

    7 Jan 2015 | 2:06 pm
    It seems appropriate that I start the new year with an old favorite. I've always had a soft spot for Irish writers, and Colm Tóibín, whose Brooklynwas one of my favorites of 2009, has written another powerful book. Set in Enniscorthy, a town in southeastern Ireland, during the late 1960s and early 1970s, Nora Webster tells the story of a middle-aged woman whose husband, a much beloved schoolteacher, has died of heart disease. Nora is struggling to deal with her loss, and to help her four children, especially her two young sons, come to terms with this new reality. And honestly, not a whole…
  • 2014 Favorites

    30 Dec 2014 | 5:59 pm
    It's time once again for me to pick my three favorite books of 2014, and once again I have had trouble narrowing down my list. But I have to go with the ones that really knocked my socks off, each for a very different reason.The Son by Phillipp Meyer (Texas Saga), a multi- generational story that held me in its grip from the very first chapter, which ended with this foreboding line from the family patriarch: “The only problem was keeping your scalp attached.”Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasantby Roz Chast (The Graphic Truth), a graphic memoir that is hilarious and heartbreaking at…
  • A Year-end Present to Yourself

    26 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Run, don't walk, to the nearest library, bookstore, computer or e-reader and get a copy of Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher.  Then set aside an afternoon or evening (it's a small book) for a joyride.  But be sure it is in a place where you will not be embarrassed to laugh out loud (really out loud, not just a smile) again...and again...and again on almost every page.The structure of this novel is a series of LORs (letters of recommendation) written by a college English professor for his students, his faculty colleagues and a few fellow students from his graduate school…
  • Family Bonds

    22 Nov 2014 | 5:17 pm
    I can't really blame Eileen Tumulty, the main character in Matthew Thomas's debut novel We Are Not Ourselves. Growing up in the 50's in a blue collar Queens apartment with alcoholic parents whose marriage is fragile, it's only natural that she is determined to do better. So when she meets Ed Leary - intelligent, serious, reliable, a talented scientist - he seems the perfect choice. She envisions a bright and prosperous future with a home in her version of Shangri-La – Bronxville. Perhaps she misses some early clues that his seriousness might be tinged with rigidity, or that his idealism…
  • Sour Grapes

    27 Oct 2014 | 5:24 pm
    Count me among the avid fans of Edward St. Aubyn's semi-autobiographical series of Patrick Melrose novels (see my blog). These five books swing wildly from harrowing to hilarious on virtually every page. So when the fifth novel, “At Last”, was ignored by the Booker prize committee in 2011, perhaps St. Aubyn felt a twinge of annoyance, although he has steadfastly denied this. But you know the old adage “Don't get mad, get even”? Well, clearly St. Aubyn knows it too. In his latest novel Lost for Words he imagines the Elysian prize, funded by a chemicals manufacturer, and proceeds to…
 
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    The Millions

  • Dictionary Panics

    Kaulie Lewis
    31 Jan 2015 | 9:28 am
    Recommended reading: on dictionary-related panics from The New Yorker. Pair with our own Bill Morris‘s Millions essay “Prescriptivists vs. Descriptivists: The Fifth Edition of The American Heritage Dictionary.”
  • What Scares You

    Kaulie Lewis
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:53 am
    “If what you’re writing doesn’t scare you, you probably ought not be writing it.” The Rumpus interviews Josh Weil, author of The Great Glass Sea. 
  • Unavoidable Anachronism

    Kaulie Lewis
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:26 pm
    What can we learn from anachronisms? That mistakes are “ultimately unavoidable – the best you can hope for is to keep them to a minimum and noticeable only by a tiny coterie of demanding experts” – and that if those mistakes are big enough, they can eventually turn into “enduring ideological constructs.”
  • Like a Child

    Kaulie Lewis
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:23 am
    ‘The 4½-foot tall poststructuralist philosopher I live with demonstrates a radical mode of viewership daily. Because of her, and with her, I am able—by moments—to move out of my own natural larval state and experience movies not just as deliverers of entertainment, conveyors of meaning, or objects of aesthetic contemplation, but as pure fields of emotional and sensory intensity, almost like rooms to which one can return.” Dana Stevens on watching movies with, and like, a child.
  • The Book Report: Episode 8: ‘The Mad and the Bad’ by Jean-Patrick Manchette

    The Book Report
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Welcome to a new episode of The Book Report presented by The Millions! This week, Mike talks about Jean-Patrick Manchette’s The Mad and the Bad, and we beg American publishers to bring more violent nihilism to the literary scene. We are kind, gentle people, but sometimes we like reading about murderers, and there is nothing wrong with that. At least according to Mike’s therapist. (Mike’s therapist is a dog.) Also discussed in this episode: Care Bears, hacksaws, plane crashes, orphans, insane asylums, France, spoiled brats, Breaking Bad, Cormac McCarthy, Chuck Palahniuk, and…
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    Boomerang Books Blog

  • Get Reading for School, Kids!

    Romi Sharp
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:40 pm
    With school starting up for the year ahead, there may be many mixed feelings of trepidation, excitement and loneliness (and that’s just for the parents). But if your kids are going through some of these emotions, too, here are some fantastic resources to help children relate their own experiences to others and reassure them of […]
  • The Indie Book Awards 2015 Shortlist Announcement

    Boomerang Books
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:56 pm
    Get FREE shipping when you use the promo code indies15 at checkout Every December 170+ independent Australian booksellers take stock of the year in books and nominate their favourite Australian titles for the Indie Book Awards shortlist. The shortlist falls into four categories – fiction, non-fiction, debut fiction and children’s and YA books. The Indie […]
  • Review – WANTED! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar

    Dimity Powell
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:06 pm
    It is wise to start a new year on a positive note. Many begin with a resolution. A new book excites me. But how do you choose the perfect title that will not only entertain and enthral but also convince you to pick up another, again and again? Best to begin with a tale of […]
  • Review: What We See When We Read by Peter Mendelsund

    Jon Page
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:44 pm
    I read this after listening the fabulous Bookrageous Podcast which read and discussed the book for their book club and then interviewed the author. It is a fascinating look at what is happening inside our minds when we read. The author, Peter Mendelsund, is a book designer for Knopf in the US but also has […]
  • I’m not loafing, I’m doing research

    Julie Fison
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:57 pm
    Is it too late to say – Happy New Year! I hope you’ve had a great start to the year. I’ve been flat out working all summer. My friends and family would probably say otherwise, that I’ve been lazing around on holidays, that I’ve barely had my laptop open. But that’s just the point. I’ve […]
 
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    AbeBooks' Reading Copy

  • Madonna’s heartbroken after losing to a book on military incompetence in latest BookFinder report

    Richard Davies
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:27 am
    As you can see, Madonna is absolutely heartbroken after her Sex book fell to third place in the latest BookFinder.com report on the most searched for out-of-print books. The popstar was beaten by On the Psychology of Military Incompetence by Norman F Dixon and Lovely Reed: An Enthusiast’s Guide to Building Bamboo Fly by Jack Howell. Read the report.
  • Cognitive Cooking with Chef Watson: A Computer-Generated Cookbook

    Beth Carswell
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:15 am
    This is fascinating to me as a food lover, a tech employee and member of the book industry. Jeopardy devotees may remember the 2011 episodes in which Watson – IBM’s famed cognitive computing system – was pitted against human contenders on the trivia show. Brad Rutter, who first appeared on Jeopardy in 2000 and is now the all-time highest money-winner on the show, and Ken Jennings, who holds the title for longest run of wins on Jeopardy (74 days) both lost to Watson, all three times they played. Now, Watson is being used to enhance the lives of humans, rather than just…
  • A Handbook on Hanging by Charles Duff

    Beth Carswell
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:56 am
    If you’re in the mood for some scathing, dark and wickedly barbed satire, look no further – A Handbook on Hanging by Charles Duff will fit the bill nicely. First published in 1928, this slim volume is a withering condemnation of capital punishment and the bloodthirsty nation that condones the practice, disguised as a helpful how-to manual. Its full title is A Handbook on Hanging: Being a short introduction to the fine art of Execution, and containing much useful information on Neckbreaking, Throttling, Strangling, Asphyxiation, Decapitation and Electrocution; as well as Data and…
  • Canada Reads 2015: The Five Finalists

    Beth Carswell
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:33 am
    Earlier in January we posted that the CBC’s  Canada Reads competition for 2015 was kicking off and the longlist had been announced. Now, two thirds of that list has been whittled away, leaving just five remaining titles. Sadly, the single entry on the list that I had read did not make the cut, so I’m going to have to get reading! The five finalists will each be championed by a Canadian involved in the country’s media culture in some way. The debates will take place in front of a live audience and be broadcast on CBC Radio One for the English-language edition, and on…
  • Guantánamo Diary – Mohamedou Ould Slahi Writes From Captivity

    Beth Carswell
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:35 am
    Portions (heavily, repeatedly redacted portions) of the diary of a Guantánamo Bay prisoner have been released – even if the author hasn’t. Mohamedou Ould Slahi has been detained at the infamous facility since August, 2002 after turning himself in to the Mauritanian authorities for questioning months earlier. Slahi, who admits to past Al Qaeda ties, maintains that he has been removed from all connections to the organization since 1992. The American government clearly disagrees, and Slahi remains in custody today. In 2005, Slahi wrote a memoir of his experiences in Guantánamo, and…
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    The Creative Penn

  • Productivity For Writers: 5 Ways To Become More Productive

    Joanna Penn
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Some of the most common emails I receive every day include: How do I find the time to write? And how do you get everything done? While I don’t write a book a month (at the moment!), I do get quite a lot done! [Time poor and want to finish a book in 90 days? Click here for a free video series from Self-Publishing School.] I published 4 new books in 2014 in ebook and print, plus I had another one completed and on pre-order, so technically 5 books in total. Plus, I published books in German, Spanish and Italian, as well as several in audio format, resulting in a total of 19 new products…
  • Behind The Scenes In My Writing Life Featuring The Swiss Ball And My Brompton Bicycle

    Joanna Penn
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    Last year, Amazon came and filmed me for a day, and I took them to some of the places where I write, as well as socialize. They made a few videos of the day. In the first, you get to see behind the scenes at my flat (notice the swiss ball and motivational pinboard!) and I cycle off into the proverbial sunset on my Brompton bike! Watch below or here on YouTube. In the next one, we visit the London Library where I write several times a week. Watch below or here on YouTube. And in this one, you get to meet my Dad! I helped him self-publish his first thriller, NADA. Watch below or here on…
  • Ebooks: A Treasure Trove For Dyslexic Readers

    Joanna Penn
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:10 pm
     Reading has always been my escape as well as my hobby, my education as well as my entertainment and inspiration. I am a book junkie! But there are people who struggle with reading. I have dyslexia in my family and I have friends with children who are dyslexic. I usually point them towards Richard Branson, as an example of becoming successful despite the challenge. But I have always felt a particular pain at the struggle to read. Today I have an article from James Nuttall, a psychologist who is also dyslexic, about how ebooks have transformed his own reading and his passion for helping…
  • The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide With Joel Friedlander

    Joanna Penn
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:20 pm
    When I first started this blog back in Dec 2008, one of the first people I met online was Joel Friedlander. Joel Friedlander, TheBookDesigner.com We did the same course on how to start blogging, but Joel was already way ahead of me in self-publishing as he had started years before and was (and still is) an expert on the topic. He has tons of useful info at TheBookDesigner.com and fantastic book design templates for you to make your own print interiors. Plus, I’ve had Joel on the blog and podcast before – check out our discussion on how to make a professional standard print book…
  • Game Changing Technology For Self Publishing Children’s Picture Books With Laura Backes

    Joanna Penn
    18 Jan 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Up until recently, one of the hardest markets to self-publish in has been the children’s picture book market. But that has now all changed with the launch of KDP Kindle Kids’ Book Creator, a tool from Amazon to help publish image-based books for children. This could be a game-changer! In today’s podcast, I discuss this new tool with Laura Backes, who teaches people how to use it with her Picture Ebook Mastery course. In the introduction, I talk about finishing my draft of One Day in New York, recording in a professional studio for my non-fiction audiobooks, changing my…
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    WritersDigest.com

  • Should You Include Word Counts in a Magazine Query?

    Brian A. Klems
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Q: Why is it important to include a suggested length for a magazine article in a query? I would think that my job, as the writer, is to sell an editor on the idea, but it’s the editor’s decision to determine length. I feel like, no matter what word count I suggest, the editor could think either why so long? or why so short? —Greg W. You’re 100 percent correct that it’s up to the editor to decide how long she wants the article to be. But when you are querying an editor, that editor needs to know what you believe you can deliver on the topic you’re pitching.
  • The Most Overlooked Market For Content Writers

    Guest Column
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:45 pm
    Editor’s Note: The following content is provided to Writer’s Digest by a writing community partner. This content is sponsored by American Writers & Artists Inc. www.awaionline.com. Writing content can be an extremely profitable option for working writers … Sure, there are fiercely competitive content markets where writers fight over penny-a-word contracts. But, those more obvious opportunities in highly-competitive markets aren’t what I’m talking about. There are far better opportunities for writers looking to make a living … and that’s my goal with this blog each week: To…
  • Ghostbuster For Hire

    Brian A. Klems
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:40 pm
    You’ve been out of work for a few months and respond an unusual ad online that reads: “Team seeking full-time associate who isn’t afraid of ghosts.” They call and tell you to come in. Intrigued (and desperate for work), you go to their office and get hired on the spot. Moments later, there’s a call—and you have your first assignment. Write about what happens. Post your response (500 words or fewer) in the comments below. Want more creative writing prompts? Pick up a copy of A Year of Writing Prompts: 365 Story Ideas for Honing Your Craft and Eliminating…
  • Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 295

    Robert Lee Brewer
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:06 am
    For this week’s prompt, write a free poem. Think free parking or a free space (in a board game). Think fat free, care free, or stone free (for all the Jimi Hendrix fans out there). Or think words with free in them, a la Freedom of Information Act. You’re free to take it in any free-wheeling direction you wish. Get Started in Writing! Take your writing to new levels with the one-of-a-kind bundle of writing products called Getting Started in Writing premium collection! The bundle includes an independent study workshop, four e-books, seven paperbacks, and a handful of webinars–all…
  • 7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Robin Antalek

    Chuck Sambuchino
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:05 pm
    This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers (this installment written by Robin Antalek, author of THE GROWN UPS) at any stage of their career can talk about writing advice and instruction as well as how they possibly got their book agent — by sharing seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. GIVEAWAY: Robin is excited to give away a free copy of her novel to a random commenter. Comment within 2 weeks; winners must live in Canada/US to receive the book by mail. You can win a blog…
 
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    Better World Books

  • Get your project funded. Apply for a LEAP Grant.

    Better World Books
    15 Jan 2015 | 10:07 am
    LEAP Grant applications are live! Our Literacy and Education in Action Program has raised over $400,000 for libraries and nonprofit organizations in support of grassroots literacy efforts in communities around the world. LEAP was designed to fund specific high-impact education and literacy projects that target under-served populations, with the recipients chosen by our Literacy Council as well as our online community. Here are the funding details: LEAP for Nonprofits Total distributed: $20,000 Maximum amount awarded per recipient: $5,000 Selection process: 2 selected by Better World Books…
  • Where in the world is Better World Books?

    Better World Books
    13 Jan 2015 | 4:25 am
    Calling all Librarians! If you will be attending any of these upcoming events, we’d love to see you. Why not stop by our booth for a quick chat to find out how we can help you generate more funding and help your branch better serve your community?   Catch us at either of these conferences: ALA Midwinter, Chicago January 30 – February 2, 2015 Booth #3831 ACRL, Portland March 25 – 28, 2015 Booth #378 We look forward to meeting you in person. And if you can’t make it to either of these, don’t hesitate to contact us any time via our library support center.
  • Donation Spotlight: Books in Bradford

    Better World Books
    13 Jan 2015 | 4:02 am
    Here’s a glance at a small but meaningful library donation from last month. Bradford Area Public Library serves the City of Bradford, PA, as well as a number of surrounding districts and townships, with access to reading and research material, reading room facilities and meeting spaces, and a hard-working staff. They also participate in World Book Night, and thanks to their outreach personnel, your support is providing them with a few extra books to donate for that annual event. (If you’ve never heard of World Book Night, click through now and find out how you can support your…
  • The Librarian of the Year

    Better World Books
    13 Jan 2015 | 3:52 am
    Congratulations to Siobhan A. Reardon—President and Director of the Free Library of Philadelphia—whom Library Journal has selected as the Librarian of the Year. In the face of drastic budget cuts and reduction in hours right off the bat, she didn’t blink. Instead, she formulated a plan. According to the post at LibraryJournal.com, “her plan refocused the role of the library, identifying five target populations (job seekers, ­entrepreneurs, new Americans, children under five, and people with disabilities). The plan outlines a cluster model to streamline and enhance…
  • The Affiliates for Libraries Program

    Better World Books
    12 Jan 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Our Affiliates for Libraries Program is another way we are helping libraries raise funding for their literacy initiatives! By displaying a “Support Our Library, Shop Better World Books” text link or banner ad on your library’s website, your library will earn commission on any book purchased by customers who click through. Download our handy sign up guide (PDF) or get some more information before getting started. But, don’t delay – your library can benefit greatly from readers out there shopping for books!
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    Mike Cressy Art

  • Cricket magazine cover art for April!

    31 Jan 2015 | 10:12 am
    I finished this the other day. I have to make one slight correction and then it's off to the  publisher.
  • New character! Bandito!

    25 Jan 2015 | 8:16 pm
    I've got a few new characters that I've been creating over the last few weeks when I can fit them in between the massive chunk of work that I've got going right now... This little guy is always trying to get a new idea so he can get rich quick, but sometimes it all backfires.
  • Tighter cover drawing.

    22 Jan 2015 | 7:54 pm
    Here's the tighter drawing of the one Cricket magazine picked out of the group I sent to them. Painting the color version now...
  • Cricket magazine concept drawings.

    17 Jan 2015 | 1:21 pm
    I received an assignment from Cricket magazine to illustrate their April cover. These are the concepts I came up with. The issue is about pickling.
  • New PB drawing...

    16 Jan 2015 | 8:32 pm
    This was for the most recent scene from the bear book at I'm illustrating for a publisher.
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    The Reader's Advisor Online Blog

  • Coming Attractions 2015

    Cindy Orr
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    Goodreads: Can’t Wait Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2015 Goodreads: The Can’t Wait Books of 2015 Publishers Lunch: Buzz Books 2015 PW: First Fiction, Spring 2015 Forbes: 5 Motivating Money Books to Add to Your 2015 Reading List The Telegraph: The Best YA Books of 2015 PopCrush: The 15 Most Anticipated Young Adult Books of 2015 The Telegraph: Top Business Books to Read in 2015 The Guardian: New Faces of Fiction 2015 Flavorwire: 10 Must-Read Academic Books of 2015 Publishers Lunch: January 2015 Releases Library Reads: February Picks Buzzfeed: 27 Of The Most Exciting New Books Of…
  • Best Books 2014

    Sarah Statz Cords
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    ECPA: Christian Bestsellers, Best of 2014 Boing Boing: Best Books for Nerds from 2014 Harper’s Bazaar: Best Coffee Table Books of 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards: Best Books of 2014 Indigo/Chapters (Canada): Best of 2014 Entertainment Weekly: The 10 Best Fiction Books of 2014 Wired: The 10 Best Books of 2014 According to Everyone Vogue.com: Best Books of 2014 Mashable.com: Best page-turning Books of 2014 Business Insider: Best History Books of 2014 Ricochet.com: Books of the Year, 2014 Scientific American: Favorite Physics Books of 2014 Business Insider: Librarians Share Their Favorite…
  • New, Noteworthy, and No-Brainer

    Cindy Orr
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:23 pm
    To Be Published, Week of Feb 2, 2015 TUESDAY FICTION Alameda, Courtney – Shutter (YA) Arlington, Lucy – Played by the Book Arthur, A.C. – Hunger’s Mate Balogh, Mary – Beyond The Sunrise Banks, Angelica – Finding Serendipity Bara, Dave – Impulse Bear, Elizabeth – Memory Beaton, M. C. – Death of a Liar Blaedel, Sara – Forgotten Girls Boyne, John – History of Loneliness Brodrick, William – Sixth Lamentation Burton, Jaci – Quarterback Draw Byrne, Ben – Fire Flowers Calhoun, Anne – Transcendent Cassidy,…
  • RA Run Down

    Cindy Orr
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:27 am
    The readers’s advisory librarian’s weekly update, from a scan of more than 100 blogs, newsletters, magazines, newspapers and television. This blog is brought to you by the Reader’s Advisor Online. TRY THE FREE RAO DATABASE based on Libraries Unlimited’s print Genreflecting Advisory series. Give it a whirl and let us know how you like it. We’d love to hear from you. Feel free to comment on any of our posts, or contact us at rablog@librariesunlimited.com. By Cindy Orr and Sarah Statz Cords New to Bestseller Lists This Week: FICTION NONFICTION GRAPHIC BOOKS and…
  • New, Noteworthy, and No-Brainer

    Cindy Orr
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:02 pm
    To Be Published, Week of Jan 26 Monday Fiction Patterson, James- Private Vegas Tuesday Fiction Andrews, V. C. – Echoes of Dollanganger Antalek, Robin – The Grown Ups Banks, Maya – In His Keeping Baxter, Greg – Munich Airport Carlisle, Kate – This Old Homicide Davis, Brooke – Lost & Found Dorsey, Tim – Shark Skin Suite Ekback, Cecilia – Wolf Winter Ellison, Jan – A Small Indiscretion Feehan, Christine – Viper Game Gray, Shelley Shepard – Promise of Palm Grove James, Miranda – Arsenic and Old Books Johnstone, William…
 
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    A Bookshelf Monstrosity

  • This Librarian's Quick Picks: Ode to a Commode

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:11 am
    Ode to a Commode: Concrete Poemsby Brian P. Clearyillustrated by Andy RowlandMillbrook (Aug. 1, 2014)PoetrySummary:Is that a bird? a plane? No, it's a poem! Concrete poems are shaped like their subjects. They can look like objects, animals, or even people. Brian P. Cleary explains how concrete poems work--and creates some wild wordplay. Why You'll Love It:Dude. It has a toilet on the cover. Can you say reluctant reader attraction?The book not only models high-interest concrete poems, but also gives readers a how-to tutorial and a starter list of subjects at the beginning of the…
  • This Librarian's Quick Picks: Sam and Dave Dig a Hole

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    24 Jan 2015 | 4:47 am
    Sam and Dave Dig a Holeby Mac Barnett; illustrations by Jon KlassenCandlewick (Oct. 14, 2014)Picture BookSummary:“We won’t stop digging until we find something spectacular,” Dave says to Sam. They dig their hole deeper—and even sideways—but they keep just missing what they’re looking for. Why You'll Love It: There is a clever play between words and picturein which readers are in on a joke to which the characters are oblivious.Klassen’s cross-section illustrations give readers a mole’s-eye view of the underground proceedings, extending the spare text with visual…
  • This Librarian's Quick Picks: Creature Features

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    17 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Creatures Features: Twenty Five Animals Explain Why They Look the Way They Doby Steve JenkinsHoughton MifflinNarrative NonfictionSummary:Text and illustrations examine unusual animal facial features and how they help the animals survive. Why You'll Love It: The kids at my school LOVE Steve Jenkins. Seriously. I can't keep his books on the shelves. They love the collage illustrations and all the funky facts in each of Jenkins' books.  The Q & A-style interview with 25 unique animals offer up their personal insights and lend themselves to so many teachable moments as a mentor…
  • This Librarian's Quick Picks: Blizzard

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    10 Jan 2015 | 8:38 am
    Blizzardby John RoccoDisney-Hyperion (October 30, 2014)Picture BookSummary:Author John Rocco presents a story of New England's blizzard of 1978, based on his own childhood experience. Why You'll Love It: Rocco's artwork is center stage here -- a double gatefold shows the extent of the detours John takes to gather grocery orders from his housebound neighbors and make his way to the store.The white negative space around some of his images effectively portrays the vastness of the snowstorm in a minimalist way.The kid is the hero! What a great message for our readers. Who Should Read…
  • This Librarian's Quick Picks: Shh! We Have A Plan

    A Bookshelf Monstrosity
    3 Jan 2015 | 5:39 pm
    Shh! We Have a Plan!by Chris HaughtonCandlewick (Sep. 9, 2014)Picture BookSummary:Four friends stalk a bird through the forest. The smallest one waves and says hello. “SHH! We have a plan!” say the other three. But will their plan actually work? Why You'll Love It:Chris Haughton limits the palette of his retro-looking illustrations to shades of blue, with the exception of the orange and magenta bird. Flitting from page to page, the bird is as eye-catching to the reader as it is to the friends chasing it. Children will relate to the smallest of the four friends. While his larger peers want…
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  • The first bad book

    Christa
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Typically when I don’t like a buzz book I delight in mocking word choices and flimsy chapters or the thin line separating the novel’s plot and the author’s bio. The book becomes a contender for worst-of-the-year and I quietly, okay not-so quietly, dare someone, anyone to write something worse. When I don’t like a book by Miranda July, my second inclination is to assume that there must be something wrong with me. I adore Miranda July The Artist and all the weird shit that brews behind those slightly alarmed-looking eyes. I was with her that time she did that social experiment involving…
  • ‘Last Night’ Won’t Leave Your Nightstand

    Will A
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Generally, I like short stories. More than that, I like short stories that enter and exit character’s lives suddenly, and I could read and enjoy work that’s nothing but endless descriptions of people falling in, falling out of and stumbling through love. So, that I couldn’t embrace James Salter’s Last Night might be telling. Salter’s slim collection of short stories tends to visit its characters at the point where love starts to turn to pain. That should yield endless raw material for beautiful, emotionally wrought prose, but Salter’s writing feels chilly and, frankly, pretty…
  • For Your Consideration: ‘Bad Feminist’ As Required Reading

    Will A
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:18 am
    I don’t read a lot of nonfiction. Bad Feminist made me think I need to change that. Roxane Gay’s collection of essays spans a wide array of topics, but the most relevant ones, I found, were the ones in which she ponders topics that are hard, but necessary, to talk about, like: Why does pop culture seem to think being a feminist is bad or synonymous with man-hating? (Please answer, Kelly Clarkson et al.) Why we blame victims of sexual violence and what that says about us. The dilemma of wanting to support women, yet liking entertainment that trivializes or degrades them. What I most…
  • All the Bright Places

    LeAnn Suchy
    8 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    The friendship between Finch, a witty, bipolar misfit, and Violet, a depressed, popular girl, begins on the school bell tower where Finch talks Violet out of jumping, even though he often contemplates jumping himself. This is All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven, the young adult novel being compared to Eleanor & Park and The Fault in Our Stars. I don’t know if this lives up to the romance in those titans, but it is a good look at grief and bipolar disorder through the eyes of these teenagers. Finch is in the beginning of what he calls his awake time, because for the past many months…
  • All that jazz

    Christa
    7 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    In the signature scene of Rainey Royal, the titular teen-aged temptress, smelling purposefully of tea oil (rubbed between her toes, actually), and her best friend Tina Dial are trailing one of those couples-in-love, all linked arms, nuzzling and wake of gorgeous, enviable cape. The girls are fingering a gun they don’t know much about and they’re pretty sure they aren’t going to rob the couple. They’re just practicing. But these girls are wild cards, so who knows? Earlier scenes find the duo using a series of teeth licking gestures, position shifts, and practiced looks to sexually…
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  • The Midden (Published in 1996) - Authored by Tom Sharpe - Story of Timothy Bright

    22 Jan 2015 | 11:25 am
    Published in 1996, The Midden is written by author Tom Sharpe a year after Grantchester Grind. This standalone novel was published after almost 11 years, since Sharpe’s last release. Like most of his books, Sharpe has focused on victimizing the British upper class in this book as well. There isn’t much sense made in the book, but none the less it is guaranteed to amaze the reader, with all the random twists in the plot.The story begins with Timothy Bright, a stock broker by profession. But unlike his name, Tim is rather dimwitted. Problems arise when Timothy realizes that his wealthy…
  • The Gropes (Published in 2009) - Written by Tom Sharpe - Not as good as some of his others

    16 Jan 2015 | 1:33 pm
    His second to last book before his death, The Gropes is not one of Tom Sharpe’s best works. Published in 2009, this book is a long way from Sharpe’s easy style of writing where he could effortlessly mash together characters to create insane outcomes. Remembered more for his dangerous mix of women, sexual tension, foreigners, class tension and the powers that be, Sharpe has lost his edge in his later writings, especially this book.Set in Grope Hall, Northumberland, the ancestral property of a matriarchal family of women who seem to be descendants of a seasick Viking and Ursula, a nun who…
  • Riotous Assembly (Published in 1971) - Authored by Tom Sharpe - Satirical look at South Africa during apartheid

    12 Oct 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Published in 1971, Riotous Assembly is a novel by Tom Sharpe. A novel which showcases the Apartheid era of South Africa in a satirical and humorous way, Riotous Assembly is about a murder committed by a white woman of her Zulu cook. The murder that has taken place in South Africa at the time of apartheid and the local police who enforce it, is Tom Sharpe’s way of speaking out against the atrocities that were committed at the time. His knowledge on the subject was vast as a result of his staying in South Africa from 1951 until1961.Tom Sharpe had shifted to South Africa and had worked as a…
  • Grantchester Grind (Published in 1995) - At a college - Authored by Tom Sharpe

    8 Oct 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Also known as A Porterhouse Chronicle, Grantchester Grind is a sequel of Porterhouse Blue. Released in 1995, the book is written by Tom Sharpe, who has yet again created a hilariously absurd story, which seems to start out simple and blows out of proportion. Born in 1928, and having completed his education at Pembroke College, Cambridge, Tom Sharpe has a good idea of the workings of such institutions and thus how to create a novel which has a ring of authenticity to it.This book, like its prequel, is also based in a fictitious college, called Porterhouse, which is shown to be not only one of…
  • Porterhouse Blue (Published in 1974) - Authored by Tom Sharpe

    6 Oct 2014 | 11:47 am
    Published in 1974, Porterhouse Blue is one of Tom Sharpe’s finest works. Tom Sharpe of the Wilt Series fame wrote an even more satirical and farcical book than Wilt, namely Porterhouse Blue. This book was made into a TV series, which was adapted by Malcolm Bradbury. The sequel to the novel is Grantchester Grind. However, Porterhouse Blue is a novel with a standalone plot.Porterhouse Blue is based on a fictional college called Porterhouse in Cambridge. The novel’s central characters include the Porterhouse Head Porter called Skullion, the only research graduate student named Lionel Zipser…
 
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  • West of Sunset: An interview with Stewart O’Nan

    Laura Roberts
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Stewart O’Nan is the author of West of Sunset, a novel that reimagines the last years of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s life in Hollywood, and which has been receiving a great deal of critical praise. As part of the book’s tour, we wanted to share this interview with O’Nan sent to us via the publisher (Viking) as part of their book club kit. Be sure to read all the way to the end of this interview for chance to win your own copy of the novel. What drew you to tell the story of the last years of F. Scott Fitzgerald? I’d read biographers’ versions of Fitzgerald’s time in…
  • Mongrel by Craig Ledoux

    Laura Roberts
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    You can smell the blood on him, not see it. On his cuff, cinnamon-swirled cocoa brown. He says “How about this one?” pointing at another who is not me. This is how it works: I live in a cage, half my wingspan by the full stretch. I am permitted to leave the accommodations a quarter of an hour each day. For lack of alternatives I shit where I eat. I consume, twice daily, the relentless brown kibble. Drink stagnant water. They stick their hands in your mouth, sometimes. Check your gums and teeth. We are merchandise, we are break it you buy it. Life streetside was better, but this is easier…
  • Invalidating Evidence by Peter Bracking

    Danielle White
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    you can’t but wonder; whether wide eyed or slack jawed hornswaggled or hogtied if the wind actually meant you to understand Do you delve? there can be nothing more certain than delusion nothing firmer (do not think of webs) than the spring no string not rocks perforce but slices of imagination you don’t hide and then comes a breath and another; breathe in and the breeze blows washing your face and wishing eyes can actually hold nothing but hands can see every texture of every escaped idea the impossible can be grasped but rarely and only when blinking “web” image by…
  • The Tourists by Daniel Leach

    Laura Roberts
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Because he grew up in the church, he ignored the fortune teller and tugged at Gina to keep walking. It was mid-day on Market Street and the Geechee woman wouldn’t have to look far to find another pair of tourists itching for some sweet and vague vision to discuss over their hushpuppies and crab-cakes. But Gina had already made eye-contact with the fortune teller, already slowed down and smiled, already given the woman permission to approach and deliver her recycled augury. “Come on,” Gina said, green eyes greener for the Charleston sun. “It’ll be fun.” “How much?” he said and…
  • Just Ask by Bradley Meyer

    Danielle White
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    ‘I’m in touch with my guardian angel. His name is Paul.’ I said, ‘Is that right?’ ‘It is! We can talk to him.’ Seated candlelit like gypsies we slid the Ouija pointer. ‘Paul speaks in consonants only.’ I laughed, ‘Ask him if he likes me.’ The pointer slid directly to ‘No.’ I said, ‘This thing isn’t calibrated correctly. Let’s do something else.’ We burnt bay leaves. If you scribble a short message on a bay leaf & burn it, It fires off a telegram to the spirit world’s fate…
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  • Sucks to Be You: No Publication of Next Entry of A Song of Ice and Fire Series in 2015

    Moze Halperin
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:42 am
    Though the winds of winter may be a-blowin’ on the East Coast (though they’re a-blowin’ less than they were predicted to snowpocalyptically a-blow, to the chagrin of East Coasters who were hoping to avoid work for more than a day last week), the actual book The Winds of Winter — the next in the A Song of Ice and Fire series — will not a-blow or arrive at all this year. Jane Johnson, George RR Martin’s publisher at HarperCollins, told The Guardian, “These are increasingly complex books and require immense amounts of concentration to write. Fans really…
  • Cruel Obituary Focuses on Colleen McCullough’s Appearance

    Sarah Seltzer
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:40 am
    In April 2013, the New York Times notoriously memorialized rocket scientist Yvonne Brill by mentioning her “mean beef stroganoff” and position as the “world’s best mom” in the opening paragraph, before “surprising” readers with her scientific accomplishments: “But Yvonne Brill, who died on Wednesday at 88 in Princeton, N.J., was also a brilliant rocket scientist who in the early 1970s invented a propulsion system to keep communications satellites from slipping out of their orbits.” The hullaballoo that followed that obituary was not…
  • Beware! The Second Coming of the Textbook Wars

    Jonathon Sturgeon
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    It may not happen today, or tomorrow, but the coming textbook wars will be massive, if quietly so. Why? The world of educational publishing is enormous; it is much bigger than you might imagine. It dwarfs, for example, the feeble trade publishing market. At the turn of the last decade, Pearson’s educational arm alone brought in more revenue than all other publishers, with the exception of education-driven Reed Elsevier. That’s just the arm that produces textbooks and other educational material. Frankly, when we talk about publishing as a whole, what we say makes little sense unless…
  • Michelle Tea’s ‘How to Grow Up’ Is an Honest Memoir About the Writing Life

    Elisabeth Donnelly
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    Michelle Tea has always been a fearless and honest writer with manifold talents — from gritty memoirs like The Chelsea Whistle to young adult books like Rose of No Man’s Land, her work has been characterized by its freedom and daring. It’s also characterized by its commitment to showing the reality of women’s lives in many forms, illuminating what the queer community in San Francisco is like for a young, passionate person. In her new work, a book of linked essays, How to Grow Up: A Memoir, Tea shares her rumblings towards adulthood. She begins by discussing just what…
  • ‘The Secret’ Is Becoming a Movie, Helmed by the Director of ‘Beverly Hills Chihuahua’

    Moze Halperin
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:26 am
    Where do we even begin here? I guess the appropriate place would be in jogging your memory on exactly what The Secret was/is: it began as a DVD of interviews (which then became a book) with people who’d attained what they considered personal and professional success through “the secret” of the implementation of notions of like attracting like into one’s thought process: if you think positive thoughts, how could you possibly get into a debilitating car-crash? The universe would never do that to someone who thinks positive thoughts. If you think positive thoughts, how…
 
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  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Friday Evening

    Pixel of Ink
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:38 am
    Ready for even more great reads? Check out these Freebies & Deals while they last! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Genre: Action & Adventure, Humor, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller Dawn of Destiny (Epic Book 1) by Lee Stephen Still free? Click Here to find out! Some men go to war for the glory. Some men go to war to escape. For Scott Remington, war is entirely different. It is a belief. It is a calling. It is a destiny. Leaving everything behind-his fiancée, his future, his life-he embarks on a mission of faith into a battle he can barely…
  • [ON SALE] The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ – Save $7

    Pixel of Ink
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:24 am
    The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ by Roger Stone Over 400 5-Star Reviews! Genre: Nonfiction Find out how and why LBJ had JFK assassinated. The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ hit the New York Times bestseller list the week of the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Consummate political insider Roger Stone makes a compelling case that Lyndon Baines Johnson had the motive, means, and opportunity to orchestrate the murder of JFK. Stone maps out the case that LBJ blackmailed his way on the ticket in 1960 and was being dumped in 1964 to…
  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Friday Morning

    Pixel of Ink
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:01 am
    For even more of the best eBook deals, be sure to check Pixel of Ink every day! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Genre: Humor, Mystery, Nonfiction, Paranormal, Romance Party Crashers by Stephanie Bond Still free? Click Here to find out! No invitation, no alibi… A young woman is stressed to the max, selling shoes at Neiman Marcus during a busy holiday season. Also pressing on her mind is the fact that her boyfriend of the last few months is missing, along with her car. With problems piling on, she manages to make a new friend at work, but too late…
  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Thursday Evening

    Pixel of Ink
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:34 am
    Check out tonight’s Deals & Steals for your Kindle! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Suspense The Key To the Kingdom by Jeff Dixon Still free? Click Here to find out! Grayson Hawkes learns how imaginative and elaborate Walt Disney World is when he accepts an invitation one sunny day from a trusted friend landing him in a world he never knew existed. Innocently driven by curiosity he finds himself immersed in a heroic adventure. Barely escaping a late night encounter, he finds himself desperately…
  • [BOOK OF THE DAY] Bringing Adam Home: The Abduction That Changed America – Save 87%

    Pixel of Ink
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:04 am
    Bringing Adam Home: The Abduction That Changed America by Les Standiford Genre: True Crime The abduction that changed America forever, the 1981 kidnapping and murder of six-year-old Adam Walsh – son of John Walsh, host of the Fox TV series America’s Most Wanted – in Hollywood, Florida, was a crime that went unsolved for a quarter of a century. Bringing Adam Home by author Les Standiford is a harrowing account of the terrible crime and its dramatic consequences, the emotional story of a father and mother’s efforts to seek justice and resolve the loss of their child, and a…
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  • Batman Crazy Case

    Larry Fire
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:51 am
    Leave it to the Japanese to design the most awesome iPhone 6 case ever. Introducing the Batman Crazy Case ($50) based on the iconic Batmobile featured in the Tim Burton films! The car shaped case comes with build-in LED lighting, a projector on the back that shines the Batman logo on a wall, a faux utility belt covering the iPhone 6’s home button and pop-out front wheels that give access to the phone’s camera lens. Yes it’s a little bulky but damn it’s pretty cool and definitely a conversation piece.
  • Goodfellas: 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-Ray To Be Released On May 5, 2015

    Larry Fire
    31 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced the 25th Anniversary Collector’s Edition release of Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas ($34.99). The film has been remastered from a 4K scan of the original camera negative, supervised by Martin Scorsese. Alongside the 20th Anniversary Blu-ray’s extras, this two-disc release will feature an all-new documentary that includes interviews with the director, cast, and ‘some of your all-time favorite movie gangsters’ – Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta, Jack Nicholson and Joe Pesci. The Blu-ray will…
  • The Official Scribner Cover Design For Stephen King’s Finders Keepers Released

    Larry Fire
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:38 pm
    The official Scribner cover design for Finders Keepers has been released. Finders Keepers is an upcoming Stephen King novel set to be published on June 2, 2015. It is to be the second volume in a trilogy focusing on Detective Bill Hodges, following Mr. Mercedes. The book is about the murder of reclusive writer John Rothstein, his missing notebooks and the release of his killer from prison after 35 years. A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far—a book about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely…
  • Days of MONDO Past Print By Daniel Danger

    Larry Fire
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:49 am
    Daniel Danger created this parody print paying homage to the poster company MONDO and their loyal fans. The image is a knock on the iconic cover of Uncanny X-Men #141 from the early 80’s. In that issue which takes place in a dystopian future, the Sentinels control the United States, and have hunted mutants or placed them in camps or murdered them. Kitty Pryde’s mind is sent back in time to her younger self and she attempts to stop this horrible future from happening. Here is what Daniel had to say about the fun print: “Lets assume internet message boards are Sentinels, and uh, rob is…
  • LEGO Announces Massive S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier Playset Arriving In March 2015

    Larry Fire
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Today LEGO announced a massive 2,996-piece S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier playset. The Helicarrier is 11 inches high, 17 inches wide and a whopping 31 inches long, and boasts two runways, microscale fighter jets, Quinjets and ground-support vehicles, plus five minifigures from Marvel’s 2012 blockbuster The Avengers including Nick Fury, Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye and Maria Hill. There are also a dozen mirofigures — Nick Fury, Captain America, Iron Man, Hawkeye and eight S.H.I.E.L.D. agents — that can populate the control center and runways. The Helicarrier will cost $349.99 when it…
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    The Truth About Lies

  • #465

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    England Expects…dead flowerssoldiersopium wordsincensed like lambsthey to war goacting outpubic farmgirlsinnate tensionsclinging corpseshold guns like dollsdirty bandagesbloody bits of menbone white crosswreathforever2 May 1977    I only subscribed to one poetry magazine in the seventies. It was called Poetry Information and it never published poetry. By that I mean you couldn’t send your poems to it. It only published articles on poetry. And I loved it. It was exactly what I needed in my late teens and early twenties. They talked about poetry. Long essays on the likes of Pound…
  • #495

    25 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    The PathologistIt was a strange meeting –between Jonesand his successor... one that neither could haveprepared for: the old Doctor categorizedby his injuries and numbered. No longer the processorbut the processed, mortified, he lay thereand sighed –in the manner of the dead. 31 August 1978   Sepia was an interesting magazine that ran from 1977 until 2002 as best I can see. It was one of the many small press magazines that were kicking around in the late seventies and the quality of the early issues left a lot to be desired but it was clearly a labour of love. Each one, at least for…
  • #485

    21 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    The VenereologistHow sad to see the Venereologist, with his mistress tucked carefullyunder his arm, emerging fromthe doorway of her flat –a rectangular orificeexhaling ash and smoke. The car door opens at theturning of the handle –a mechanical thing, but less habitualthan what has foregone these lines. His car moves away, down the streetlike a germ in the bloodstream. 9 March 1978    ‘The Venereologist’ was first published in The Urbane Gorilla 8 in the autumn of 1978. It was subsequently published in three other magazines because, circa 1978, I didn’t realise that once…
  • In Real Life

    18 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Real life is sometimes boring, rarely conclusive and boy, does the dialogue need work. ― Sarah Rees Brennan “Hope and Michael are a married couple in their thirties, living in Philadelphia, and struggling with everyday adult angst. Michael runs an ad agency with his friend Elliot, whose marriage to Nancy is beginning to show the cracks of age, as is the friendship between Hope and her best friend Ellyn. Michael's best friend, Gary, on the other hand, is trying to get on with his womanising life, and get over the mutually-destructive affair he had with Michael's cousin, Melissa.” This is…
  • #464

    14 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    ChainsReclining in the squalor of his own body, The Fatman; Morose and self-indulgent. flaccid flesh-fantasies. erotic hamburgers; a numb pubic lust ... A Wimpy whorehouselies in a corner andstrips tears from his eyes: He wants to be repulsed by himself: He's a junkie, returning to vomit    like a dog, or a moth to light. He's a pig, resplendent in mud;      (some latent cannibal part of us):– nude, base and free. 24 April 1977    When I posted ‘Stray’ last week my friend Marion said that is sounded “exactly like you now!” So this one’s…
 
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  • Review – The Murder Bag by Tony Parsons

    Debs Carr
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Reviewed by Susan Lobban Exclusive private school, Potter’s Field, is where lifelong friendships are created. For one particular group of friends they are keen to forget this time of their life. They have a dark secret, which 20 years later is beginning to catch up with them. Detective Max Wolfe is a hero, who acts on his instincts. So when a businessman is murdered he is sure there more to it than meets the eye. When another victim turns up his suspicions are confirmed, especially as their murders are not the only link they have. Wolfe uses an old school photo as a clue to who could be…
  • Novelicious Chats To...Maureen Jennings

    Debs Carr
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    This month sees the publication of Maureen Jennings' latest book in the Detective Inspector Tom Tyler mystery series, No Known Grave. Set in Ludlow, Shropshire, during the second world war, a horrifying double murder takes place at a convalescent hospital staffed by nuns. As well as writing the Tom Tyler mysteries, Maureen Jennings is the author of The Murdoch Mystery books (now a TV Series, The Murdoch Mysteries) and today she's telling us a little about her writing. Can you tell us a little about your average writing day? My day always starts with walking our two dogs. It gets my brain…
  • Review – Maximum Exposure by Jenny Harper

    Debs Carr
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:30 am
    Reviewed by Jennifer Joyce Photographer Daisy Irvine works for her local newspaper, The Hailesbank Herald but the newspaper is in trouble. If its circulation and advertisement revenue doesn’t improve, it will be shut down. When Daisy’s boss dies suddenly, Daisy takes on the challenge of saving the newspaper. Ben Gillies grew up with Daisy but moved away when they were teenagers. With his parents back in town, Ben visits and reacquaints himself with Daisy and helps out with her campaign to save the newspaper. Ben is attracted to Daisy but she is still hung up on her ex, Jack. Maximum…
  • Feasting on Romantic Comedy – Maids of Honour from A Batch Made in Heaven by Kate Harrison

    Helen
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Becca Orchard is a Bride Hunter. A what? I hear you ask. Well, simply put, she's a matchmaker. She finds prospective partners for rich men who are simply too busy to find one for themselves. What's more, Becca is good at it. In fact, she's brilliant, her success rate is one client away from 100%. This she puts down to three simple ingredients: Science, psychology and faultless date planning. Her own love life is non-existent. Left broken-hearted over two years ago, Becca is now off men. This, says her wonderful aunt, is the reason why she only looks for potential brides for her male…
  • Novelicious Chats to Celeste Ng

    Novelicious
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    Celeste Ng recently beat the likes of Hilary Mantel and Stephen King to win Amazon book of the year with her novel Everything I Never Told You. Here, the author says it took six years, four drafts, one cross-country move, and one baby to write the book, but that it was all worth it.  Where do you find inspiration for your books? I’m always surprised at the different places my ideas come from. My novel Everything I Never Told You came from a story my husband told me, about a schoolmate who pushed his own little sister into a lake. The story morphed into something quite different, of course…
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  • Stacking the Shelves, The Sunday Post, Bought Borrowed and Bagged

    Brandi Kosiner
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews,  check it out and sign up  hereThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged is a weekly meme, hosted by TalkSupe, where I share with you the books I have bought, borrowed, or bagged. Link up with me here.What I read:Succubus Dreams (Georgina Kincaid, #3)source:…
  • Exclusive Giveaway: $10 Amazon gift card and Reluctant Prince with author interview with Dani-Lyn Alexander

    Brandi Kosiner
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Reluctant Prince by Dani-Lyn AlexanderReluctant PrinceKingdom of CymmeraBook OneBetrayal lies cloaked in shadow.Seventeen year old Ryleigh Donnovan is certain her life is cursed. Nothing ever goes smoothly, and her first job interview is no exception. An earthquake rocks the building, sending Ryleigh on a frantic search for her younger sister, a search which lands her in the hospital. Terrified they’ll push her for answers she can’t afford to give, Ryleigh flees with a mysterious stranger.Jackson Maynard is about to be ordained as a Death Dealer, a warrior for the Kingdom of Cymmera, but…
  • Review: Invaded by Melissa Landers

    Brandi Kosiner
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
     Invaded (Alienated #2) by Melissa LandersThe romantic sequel to Alienated takes long-distance relationships to a new level as Cara and Aelyx long for each other from opposite ends of the universe...until a threat to both their worlds reunites them.Cara always knew life on planet L’eihr would be an adjustment. With Aelyx, her L’eihr boyfriend, back on Earth, working to mend the broken alliance between their two planets, Cara is left to fend for herself at a new school, surrounded by hostile alien clones. Even the weird dorm pet hates her.Things look up when Cara is appointed as human…
  • Waiting on Wednesday, WoW

    Brandi Kosiner
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:30 am
    Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. I also feature books that may have already released, but I am anxiously waiting to read.This week, I'm featuring:Wicked (A Wicked Saga, #1)Armentrout, Jennifer L. Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After…
  • Review: Kiss of Death by Rachel Caine

    Brandi Kosiner
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Kiss of Death (The Morganville Vampires #8) by Rachel CaineA new chapter in the New York Times bestselling Morganville Vampires saga.Vampire musician Michael Glass has attracted the attention of a big- time producer who wants to cut a demo and play some gigs-which means Michael will have to enter the human world. For this, he's been assigned escorts that include both a dangerous immortal as well as Michael's all-too-human friends. And with that mix of personalities, this is going to be a road trip from hell...Publishes in US: April 27th 2010 by SignetGenre: YA paranormal vampiresSource:…
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    The Official BookBuzzr Blog

  • An Interview with Venita Louise

    Vikram
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:14 am
    Venita Louise has been a BookBuzzr subscriber since 2010. During this time, her books have been gathering highly positive reviews on Amazon and other places. For example, one reviewer wrote, “I was so enthralled by Venita’s writing style and her descriptive details, it made me feel like I was right there going through everything with the family. I did not put down the book until I had completed it in it’s entirety. I was shocked that day had turned into night, and I had even turned on the lights oblivious to what I was doing. I thoroughly enjoyed the story from beginning to end,…
  • An Interview with Old School Mystery Author Greg Messel

    Vikram
    13 Jan 2015 | 2:48 am
    Longtime BookBuzzr subscriber – Greg Messel’s books have been gradually creating a niche for themselves and finding a dedicated audience on Amazon. A reviewer recently wrote about his Sam Slater mystery novel, “I’ve read all three Sam Slater novels, and just finished San Francisco Secrets. Again, it was full of great San Francisco locations. great ‘bad guys’ and I enjoyed the story.” Greg’s recent interview with Stu Taylor on Radio America gives a good overview of his latest book – Shadows in the Fog Hi Greg, thank you for taking the time to do this…
  • An Interview with Debbie Heaton

    Vikram
    5 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Author and BookBuzzr subscriber Debbie Heaton’s book – The Haunting of Wolfe Haven – has been garnering a number of positive reviews from on Freado – our sister site dedicated to book bloggers and reviewers. One blogger who reviewed the book wrote,  “The Haunting of Wolfe Haven is a gothic story with great atmosphere.” Another reviewer who received a review copy of the book wrote in to say, “I enjoyed your book it was hard to put down thank you”. We reached out to Debbie to understand why her book has been striking a chord with readers … How did you get the…
  • 5 Bookbuzzr Widget Installations To Inspire You In December 2014

    Naveen
    30 Dec 2014 | 1:48 am
    1. Peggy Green – Coming Out, Coming to Faith, Coming to the Table: Stories We Told Across Enemy Lines   2. Michelle Hughes – Tears of Crimson   3. Caroline Gebbie – Greenwood: A Vampire Series (The Darker Side of Deb Book 1)   4. Matthew Heines – Killing Time in Saudi Arabia: An American Experience   5. Dominic Buffery – The Odyssey of Daniel Bonner: 1 (The Odysseys)  
  • The Definitive Guide to Writing and Publishing Your Fiction Book

    Vikram
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:55 am
    The primary goal of this article is to provide resources, to help you in your quest to write a high quality fiction book. In curating these articles we’ve focused more on the usefulness of the article and less on the popularity or the date of publishing of the post. This post is a work in progress. If you find a new resource that’s useful, please suggest in the comments below. Contents 1  Structure, Plan and Write     1.1 Turning Real Life Into Fiction     1.2 Kurt Vonnegut on the The Shapes of Stories     1.3 The 12 Key…
 
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    readingwithtequila

  • Plastic Surgery Fact of Kim Kardashian

    30 Jan 2015 | 8:51 pm
    Kim Kardashian and family repeatedly reported perform Kim Kardashian Plastic Surgery on the face and other parts of their body. The wife of rapper Kanye West has its own way to answer allegations of public slant. Not long ago, Kim uploaded a photo on Instagram her childhood. With the photo, the reality star seemed to confirm there was no difference between the current face with that first. #FBF Keeks call Kim) at the age of 6 years vs. 30 years old Keeks #SomeThingsNeverChange," he wrote in the photo caption. Still, there are many haters who believe that Kim never had plastic surgery on…
  • The implant may collagen or restylane

    24 Jan 2015 | 3:38 am
    It cant help that speculation about Wendy Williams Plastic Surgery then buffeted her life. This woman is really perfect whenever you see her appearance. Having very pretty face with sexy and slim body makes her looks so perfect and as an Angel too. She even the most famous singer among the member and people knows her more than the other band mates. But of course having that perfect looks also makes her rumored having plastic surgery too. Its been a long time that Wendy Williams Plastic Surgery being a speculation among many people. Many says that  she looks so perfect with the help…
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    B-Lines and Felines

  • Happy Launch Day (and #Giveaway): Playing House

    Donna Brown
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:01 pm
    We’re celebrating the launch of Playing House today, a lovely romance novella to offer a little respite on these chilly winter nights! You can grab a copy for just 99c. Taking part in the giveaway is easy – tweet a message, pin an image or two – and you could win a $25 gift certificate. Happy reading! About Playing House“Masters only did two seascapes before his hand was crushed.” David and Emma Thomas have reached the end of the road. Only one thing is preventing them from parting ways: a painting they bought on honeymoon. Priceless to both of them, the only…
  • #RRBC: The Genesis Saga Tour – John Fioravanti

    Donna Brown
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:01 pm
    We’re delighted to welcome John Fioravanti to the blog today. John is the author of Passion and Struggle and is on tour with Rave Reviews Book Club (#RRBC), sponsored by 4WillsPublishing. Thanks to John for stopping by! The Genesis Saga Tour I’m grateful to my host of this tenth post of THE GENESIS SAGA TOUR, and to Nonnie Jules of 4WillsPublishing who arranged it all! The full lineup for this tour can be found here. My purpose, is to give readers a greater familiarity with planet Genesis – within the Equations universe created by author and friend, Kenneth Tam. To this end, we…
  • The Diary of Mr Kain: Week #17

    Dave Brown
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:29 am
    Monday The job hunt continued for Beard Face today. He set his sights on being a multi-purpose road sign. After contacting the local council, the old boy convinced them to head outside and watch a demonstration of his signing ability. Examples of beardy’s actions included squatting (slow down), jumping (up your speed), smiling (most likely for intimidation), shaking his head (stop), nodding his head (proceed) and crying (hazard up ahead). Unsurprisingly, the council have decided to stick with the inanimate road signs. Tuesday Beard Face and Frizzy Hair have been watching Ramsay’s Hotel…
  • Cover Reveal: Finding Us by Debra Presley

    Donna Brown
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:01 pm
    Book Title: Finding Us Author: Debra Presley Genre: Contemporary Romance Release Date: March 2015 Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions Cover Designed by: Cover Me, Darling Join the Facebook Party Pop star Abby Murphy has fame and fortune and handsome boyfriend and guitarist, Sean. That changes the night she finds him in the arms of another woman. But Sean won’t accept the breakup, and she soon finds out he’s working with her mother, who’s also her manager, to keep him in her good graces. As Sean ratchets up his threats against her, Abby turns to her bodyguard, Danny Nucci,…
  • The Diary of Mr Kain: Week #16

    Dave Brown
    19 Jan 2015 | 2:15 am
    Monday Beard Face continued the job hunt this week by applying for a position as a Predator. I don’t mean the animal kingdom type, I mean an actual Predator with a shoulder gun and mask with infra red vision. Beard Face was immediately invited for an interview but he missed out because the company deemed him just too hideous. They did give him a complimentary mask though so that was some good news to start the week off in style. Tuesday Frizzy Hair has been baking quite a bit recently and her latest composition has been granola bars. They look delicious as well. The only problem is they…
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    Vampire Book Club

  • Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Lion’s Share by Rachel Vincent

    Chelsea
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Many of the VBC staff were big fans of Rachel Vincent’s Shifters series. It was New Adult before that term existed. Angsty shifters are pretty great. (We haven’t ever reviewed those books here, but maybe we should. Hit the comments if you want to have us to a re-read or reviews of the Shifters books.) Well, after what was probably a lot of online begging, Rachel’s decided to give us more from this world with a spin-off series. The new series is called Wildcats, and this time it’s officially dubbed New Adult. The first book is Lion’s Share, which is releasing in a…
  • Giveaway: Signed Copies of Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre

    Chelsea
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    The VBC team is pretty confident you’d you dig Ann Aguirre’s Mortal Danger. Dangerous deals, a hot guy and a touch of evil? Sounds excellent, right? Well, we have four signed copies to give to lucky VBC readers. Revenge is a dish best served cold. Edie Kramer has a score to settle with the beautiful people at Blackbriar Academy. Their cruelty drove her to the brink of despair, and four months ago, she couldn’t imagine being strong enough to face her senior year. But thanks to a Faustian compact with the enigmatic Kian, she has the power to make the bullies pay. She’s…
  • Review: Transmuted by Karina Cooper (St. Croix Chronicles #6)

    Margaret
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Transmuted (The St. Croix Chronicles #6) Karina Cooper Published: Jan. 27, 2015 (Carina Press) Purchase: Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Margaret Rating (out of 5): 4 stars Note: While review will be spoiler free, it does make reference to previous books in the series. If you haven’t started yet, check out VBC’s review of Tarnished. First, can I tell you how much I love this cover art? I seriously want to frame it and hang it on my wall. I would buy Transmuted just for the gorgeous cover. But in case that’s not a…
  • Release-Day Review: Bound by Flames by Jeaniene Frost (Night Prince #3)

    Chelsea
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:25 am
    Bound by Flames (Night Prince #3) Jeaniene Frost Published: January 27, 2015 (Avon) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review Source: Copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Chelsea Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars Note: This review assumes you’ve read the Night Prince series. If you’re not up-to-date, please check out our review of Once Burned Vlad and Leila have had a lot of hurdles to overcome in the Night Prince series. Many of the biggest burdens in their relationship have come from Vlad’s obstinacy. At first he didn’t like to be touched. He…
  • Release-Day Review: Gemini Cell by Myke Cole (Shadow Ops #0.5)

    Amy
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Gemini Cell (Shadow Ops #0.5) Myke Cole Published: Jan. 27, 2015 (Ace) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review Source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Amy Rating (out of 5): 4 stars Jim Schweitzer is a SEAL. He’s a professional, an artist in his mind, and knows how to get the job done. Despite his dedication to his job, nothing is more important to Jim than his wife Sarah and their young son Patrick. When on a covert mission, Jim stumbles upon some highly guarded secrets. Unfortunately, this makes Jim a target for elimination, and the attack is…
 
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    LATINA BOOK CLUB

  • REVIEW: DIEGO'S DRAGON (BOOK 1): SPIRITS OF THE SUN by Kevin Gerard

    Native NYer
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:57 pm
         The Latina Book Club ends its week-long celebration of multicultural children's books and diverse books.  We hope you enjoy them and share them with your children, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, et al.  Happy Reading.---mcf  "He listened to their voices welcoming him, speaking to him as brothers. A wave of mystical recognition swept over Diego. He felt weak at the knees with the discovery of his identity. It wasn't every day a sixth grade boy found out he might be on a collision course with an unknown destiny."Crying Cougar PressMove over…
  • REVIEW: LETTERS FROM HEAVEN / CARTAS DEL CIELO by Lydia Gil

    Native NYer
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:53 pm
          Join The Latina Book Club is its week-long celebration of multicultural children's books and diversity. Arte Publico Press"The note was important, because even if you missed the visit, you'd still get to enjoy the surprise...To know that someone cared enough about you to come by." -- GrandmaThe bond between mothers and daughters is special, but the bond between Grandmothers and granddaughters is extraordinary.  Abuelitas / Grandmas are like BFFs, cohorts, protectors and wise women all rolled into one.  You can tell them things you can't tell your…
  • CELEBRATING CHILDREN PICTURE BOOKS

    Native NYer
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:58 pm
        The Latina Book Club was part of the MultiCultural Children's Book Day yesterday.  It was a tremendous honor and we want to continue the celebration of children's books and diversity this week.  So today, we'd like to celebrate Latino Children Picture Books.   Below are some fun ones.---mcfLAST STOP MARKET STREETby Matt de la Peña Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don't own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn’t he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get…
  • MULTICULTURAL CHILDREN'S BOOK DAY -- TODAY!

    Native NYer
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:11 pm
       The Latina Book Club is proud to be part of Multicultural Children's Book Day (January 27, 2015). Bloggers, reviewers, bookstores, and others around the country are posting reviews of different multicultural books and/or holding activities to celebrate the day.  Many thanks to co-creators of this event, Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom and Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book/Audrey Press.  Please join us in celebrating this unique day.   #ReadYourWorld.Multicultural Children's Book Day Mission:  is to not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that…
  • BLOG TOUR: POLI: A MEXICAN BOY IN EARLY TEXAS by Jay Neugeboren (& Giveaway!)

    Native NYer
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:52 pm
    The Latina Book Club is proud to be part of POLI's 25th Anniversary Blog Tour.  As a treat, we are giving away a copy of this young adult novel to one lucky reader.---mcf"If a man forgets, he's in danger of dying." -- Poli Rodriguez"It is my hope that POLIwill inform—and inspire—young Hispanic men and women, while also educating readers everywhere, about the role this remarkable Mexican-American, José Policarpo Rodriguez." -- author Jay NeugeborenWho would have thought that a classroom assignment would lead to the discovery of one of the earliest Mexican-American heroes of the 19th…
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    Better World Books

  • Get your project funded. Apply for a LEAP Grant.

    Better World Books
    15 Jan 2015 | 10:07 am
    LEAP Grant applications are live! Our Literacy and Education in Action Program has raised over $400,000 for libraries and nonprofit organizations in support of grassroots literacy efforts in communities around the world. LEAP was designed to fund specific high-impact education and literacy projects that target under-served populations, with the recipients chosen by our Literacy Council as well as our online community. Here are the funding details: LEAP for Nonprofits Total distributed: $20,000 Maximum amount awarded per recipient: $5,000 Selection process: 2 selected by Better World Books…
  • Where in the world is Better World Books?

    Better World Books
    13 Jan 2015 | 4:25 am
    Calling all Librarians! If you will be attending any of these upcoming events, we’d love to see you. Why not stop by our booth for a quick chat to find out how we can help you generate more funding and help your branch better serve your community?   Catch us at either of these conferences: ALA Midwinter, Chicago January 30 – February 2, 2015 Booth #3831 ACRL, Portland March 25 – 28, 2015 Booth #378 We look forward to meeting you in person. And if you can’t make it to either of these, don’t hesitate to contact us any time via our library support center.
  • Donation Spotlight: Books in Bradford

    Better World Books
    13 Jan 2015 | 4:02 am
    Here’s a glance at a small but meaningful library donation from last month. Bradford Area Public Library serves the City of Bradford, PA, as well as a number of surrounding districts and townships, with access to reading and research material, reading room facilities and meeting spaces, and a hard-working staff. They also participate in World Book Night, and thanks to their outreach personnel, your support is providing them with a few extra books to donate for that annual event. (If you’ve never heard of World Book Night, click through now and find out how you can support your…
  • The Librarian of the Year

    Better World Books
    13 Jan 2015 | 3:52 am
    Congratulations to Siobhan A. Reardon—President and Director of the Free Library of Philadelphia—whom Library Journal has selected as the Librarian of the Year. In the face of drastic budget cuts and reduction in hours right off the bat, she didn’t blink. Instead, she formulated a plan. According to the post at LibraryJournal.com, “her plan refocused the role of the library, identifying five target populations (job seekers, ­entrepreneurs, new Americans, children under five, and people with disabilities). The plan outlines a cluster model to streamline and enhance…
  • The Affiliates for Libraries Program

    Better World Books
    12 Jan 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Our Affiliates for Libraries Program is another way we are helping libraries raise funding for their literacy initiatives! By displaying a “Support Our Library, Shop Better World Books” text link or banner ad on your library’s website, your library will earn commission on any book purchased by customers who click through. Download our handy sign up guide (PDF) or get some more information before getting started. But, don’t delay – your library can benefit greatly from readers out there shopping for books!
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    Publishing Perspectives

  • Is Your Editor Worth It? Or Not?

    Guest Contributor
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    If you’re thinking of employing an editor for your novel, take a look at this detailed list to help you decide if the editor is worth it. Or not. The post Is Your Editor Worth It? Or Not? appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Paris Exhibit Praises the World of Book Covers

    Olivia Snaije
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    We Love Books! is an exhibit within the second edition of the inspiring Graphic Arts Festival taking place in Paris until March 4th. The post Paris Exhibit Praises the World of Book Covers appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • HarperCollins India Tries To Save Hindi Pulp Fiction

    Dennis Abrams
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:43 am
    The Times of India recently examined the problems facing Hindi pulp fiction in the era of ebooks, which may be killing off cheap pocket editions. The post HarperCollins India Tries To Save Hindi Pulp Fiction appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Opcion Libros Assists Argentine Publishers With Exports

    Guest Contributor
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:54 am
    The Opcion Libros program aims to assist small- and medium-sized Argentine publishers develop overseas markets, streamline business practices and digitize. The post Opcion Libros Assists Argentine Publishers With Exports appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
  • Previewing GLOBALOCAL, the “Forum for Content” in India

    Edward Nawotka
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:46 am
    This February, GLOBALOCAL 2015 will host publishing executives from around the world for high-level discussions and workshops in New Delhi. The post Previewing GLOBALOCAL, the “Forum for Content” in India appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.
 
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    Quill and Quire

  • Playwright Hannah Moscovitch on the necessity to publish theatre works

    Q&Q Staff
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:43 am
    Being a playwright in Canada is like being an ice sculptor: you are a practitioner of an obscure art form that is ephemeral, impractical as a career choice, misunderstood, romantic. Canada’s theatre history is very short. None of the Canadian playwrights I admire are dead. Or even old. There is no such thing as an A-list Canadian playwright, no recognizable names. Our plays rarely travel abroad. There are no silk roads. Once a decade there is a Canadian play that makes it big across the border (any border, pick a border). Once in a while, an American or a Brit will publish an article…
  • Anne Enright is Ireland’s first fiction laureate, a Super Bowl reading list, and more

    Steven W. Beattie
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:36 am
    Man Booker Prize winner Anne Enright announced as Ireland’s first Laureate for Fiction Nicholas Carlson on how he wrote 93,000 words in six weeks: “I quit drinking” The Casual Optimist on the digital rescue of a lost typeface Does your novel pass the Page 40 Test? The CBC’s Super Bowl reading list The post Anne Enright is Ireland’s first fiction laureate, a Super Bowl reading list, and more appeared first on Quill and Quire.
  • Knopf Canada to publish new Salman Rushdie novel

    Becky Robertson
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Random House of Canada executive publisher Louise Dennys has acquired Canadian English-language rights to the 12th novel by Salman Rushdie Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, which “blends history, mythology, and a timeless love story to bring alive a world – our world – that has been plunged into an age of unreason.” The title is slated for simultaneous international English-language publication in Sept. and will appear under the Knopf imprint. The deal was arranged by Andrew Wylie at the Wylie Agency. The post Knopf Canada to publish new Salman Rushdie novel…
  • The Troop shortlisted for James Herbert Award, Mr. Men and Little Miss series opted for film, and more

    Becky Robertson
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:02 am
    Nick Cutter’s The Troop shortlisted for inaugural James Herbert Award for Horror Writing Roger Hargreaves’ Mr. Men and Little Miss books slated for film adaptation Researchers suggest computer science courses should include study of science-fiction U.S. author Steve Himmer tells how his fascination with the Canadian North inspires his writing Oyster offers Harry Potter ebooks the only platform other than Pottermore to do so Amazon Japan investigated for selling (potentially illegal) pornography The post The Troop shortlisted for James Herbert Award, Mr. Men and Little Miss series…
  • Thorn Birds author Colleen McCullough dies at 77

    Steven W. Beattie
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:39 am
    Author Colleen McCullough Colleen McCullough, the Australian author best known for the international bestseller The Thorn Birds has died, after what reports are referring to as “a long illness.” She was 77. Born in New South Wales and trained in neuroscience, McCullough went on to pen 24 books, including a seven-volume sequence of novels set in ancient Rome and a biography of Australian soldier and diplomat Roden Cutler. Her 1974 novel Tim, about the relationship between a mentally challenged handyman and the middle-aged woman who hires him, was made into a movie starring Mel…
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    eclectic / eccentric

  • Goals: January Update

    Trisha
    31 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    As many of you know, I set quite a handful of goals for myself this year. In the past month, here's how I've fared:Books and Blogging1. Read 50 books: I only read one book this month (Smoke Gets in Your Eyes), and I haven't even written the review yet. Most of my reading this month revolved around my research paper analyzing how the narratological elements in Heart of Darkness contribute to the ambiguity of the story. Now that the class is over, I will have more time to dedicate to pleasure reading.Goals 2-4. Post at least 2x/week, Post about the family at least 2x/month, Post about…
  • Currently | 25 January 2015

    Trisha
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:08 am
    Carter Lee DandurandBorn 19 January 2015 at 1:16pm9 lbs   21 1/2" longYep, it's all about the family today as we complete 6 days of awesome with our new addition Carter Lee Dandurand (is it just me or does that sound like a Civil War-ish name?). The next two paragraphs discuss labor, so if you don't like details skip them. I'm a sharer.After a full week of being 5cm dilated and expecting to go into labor at any stinking moment, I was induced at 8am Monday morning. Things moved along relatively quickly after that. At 10 I was given epidural - which, just my luck, did not work well. For…
  • Teaching: All People in General

    Trisha
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:30 am
    TeachingComposition, Literature, and FilmWho - has the problem?English II, composition studentsWhen - do they have this problem?Every freaking semester, at least five times a semesterWhat - is the concept?While teaching rhetoric, we have a whole week focused on audience awareness. My goal is to teach them that every argument has a specific intended audience which may or may not be the actual audience. Not only do I want my students to identify audience in others writings (and advertisements, commercials, movie posters and trailers, etc.), I also want them to select a specific audience and…
  • Top 10 Tuesday: Freebie

    Trisha
    20 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. To learn more about Top Ten Tuesday or see the list of future topics click here.This week is a FREEBIE, meaning I can do a top 10 of anything I durn well choose; although I assume it should be bookish in nature. :) Both because I think it's an interesting topic and because I think it will help me get organized, my topic is:Top 10 Series I Need to Freaking FinishGregory Maguire's The Wicked Years1 down, 3 to goGeorge R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire2 down, 3 to goLev Grossman's The Magicians2 down, 1 to goJustin Cronin's The…
  • Currently | 18 January 2015

    Trisha
    18 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Really there is only one thing on my mind currently;I will be induced tomorrow morning at 7am!!!!! Yay!!! As I said in a post this past week, I am very, very ready for the baby to come out. I have been playing the waiting game since last Monday when my OB told me I was already 5cm dilated. To be honest, I cannot believe I didn't go naturally before now. My doctor is just as surprised. My sincere hope is that my body has been working all week on further dilation and effacement; that way once they get me going, things should progress remarkably fast. Fingers crossed!The big question this…
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    BOOKVISIONS

  • Rich in Years by Johann Christoph Arnold

    Linda
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Rich in Years, Finding Peace and Purpose in a Long Life is another wonderful book from Plough Publishing. Getting older is not an easy process, and we often confront fear, disappointment, and physical and mental changes. The author uses life experiences and the experiences of others to offer advice and encouragement as we face some of these life changes.  I would say this book is primarily for Christians, and although I didn’t agree with every doctrinal statement in this book, I appreciated the author’s outlook on later years and the ability to use our talents or even find new ones.
  • The Awakening by Friedrich Zuendel

    Linda
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:55 pm
    The Awakening is a story from 1841 with an important message for 2015.  This is the true story of Johann Christoph Blumhardt’s encounter with Gottliebin Dittis, a young woman overcome by demonic activity.  I usually avoid books about this subject, but this book is different. It is a respectful retelling of Blumhardt’s own writings not to sensationalize, but to show the real struggle with spiritual warfare.Blumhardt approached each situation by putting on the full armor of God. The book states that when things took a serious turn, he would pray with a friend.  “Together we…
  • One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis

    Linda
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:17 pm
    One Step Too Far is a story of a young woman who walks away from her family and begins a new life.  There are hints and clues along the way that point to the reason, but the whole story isn't revealed until the end.  We know she has faced a traumatic event, but before we find out what had happened, the story is interrupted by endless back-stories for each of the characters, including those who have little to do with the plot. The story was just too scattered. I felt like I was reading a book where the chapters were placed randomly in the book.  The beginning was slow moving and…
  • The Berenstain Bears and the Biggest Brag By Mike Berenstain

    Linda
    15 Jan 2015 | 3:32 pm
    What a wonderful book, but then it IS The Berenstain Bears!  The soft cover book is beautifully illustrated, and has a wonderful message to go with it.  Grandpa imparts some wise help for his bragging grandcubs when the bragging gets out of control.  He makes them realize how silly all of their bragging seems when they stop to think about it. On the inside of the back page of the book is an Activities and Questions from Brother and Sister Bear page with some questions children would ask about bragging, the actions of the cubs, and the lesson Gramps was trying to teach. …
  • Blue Ribbon Baking from a Redneck Kitchen by Francine Bryson

    Linda
    8 Jan 2015 | 3:29 pm
    You just can’t go wrong with a cookbook written by someone who has won 200 local and national baking competitions. Sweets definitely take center stage in this cookbook, and it is loaded with pies, cakes, cheesecakes cobblers, sweet breads, cookies, and candy.  The cookbook starts with eight different pie crusts, not counting the three extra cookie crusts.  The one that really caught my eye was the Cinnamon Roll Crust may be the most interesting pie crust recipe I have ever seen, and easy too.  I can’t wait to try it with pumpkin pie.  I also want to try her Classic…
 
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    Book Dirt

  • 10 Worst Typos and Errors of the Year for 2014

    13 Jan 2015 | 10:39 am
    As TV and print newsrooms cut staff down to the bare bones, egregious mistakes seem to be on the rise. Some of them seem so obvious that you’d think even a staff of one would notice, but, as these gaffes show, almost anything can slip by. Here are ten of the worst slip-ups, especially in terms of embarrassment, collected throughout the year as I’ve come across them—presented in reverse order so you can ease into the hilarity.#10) Education, schmeducation.via The Independent Salesian College says they didn’t see this supplement’s cover before it went to press, laying the blame…
  • Best Books Read in 2014: Another Year, Another Eclectic Round-Up

    5 Jan 2015 | 12:57 pm
    The books I read this year were an assortment of the good, the bad, and the ugly. If I have one reading regret, it’s that I perhaps spent more time reading review copies of less-than-stellar books than I did reading books I personally chose. Some of those review copies were worthwhile (Jon Bassoff’s Factory Town), while others … well, let’s not even name them. They’re best forgotten.There were some diamonds in the rough, though, and if I have another reading regret, it’s that I didn’t write full reviews of them for Book Dirt. (Goals for the year, then: read more books from my…
  • 10 Most Bizarre Calendars for 2015

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:12 am
    It’s become a yearly tradition for Book Dirt to feature the strangest calendars published for the upcoming year, and it seems as if the entries are a little more bizarre each December. While it may be that the world just getsweirder as time goes by, some of the credit lies in the curation. Having just about seen it all at this point, your dedicated blogmistress has to dig that much deeper each time. Nude archaeologists? Seen it! Sexy Putin? (Yawn.) Women covered in milk? That was soooo last year. Click the links for ordering information if you’re somehow compelled to give one of these…
  • Factory Town Review at Hellnotes

    3 Dec 2014 | 11:06 am
    I've got a review over at Hellnotes.com of Jon Bassoff's latest psycho-noir Factory Town, and I'd love for you to take a look.You might remember that Bassoff's Corrosion was one of my top reads of last year, and I gave Factory Town a brief write-up in my Halloween round-up recently.  If that's enough to sell you on it, you can peruse the ordering info by clicking below. Otherwise, check out my full review at Hellnotes, and let me know what you think. I'd love some visitors over there (and the issue with commenting appears to be fixed).Jon Bassoff's Factory Town is available as a print or…
  • Book Review: Beat to a Pulp: Superhero

    11 Nov 2014 | 7:49 am
    Beat to a Pulp: SuperheroEdited by David Cranmer, Scott D. ParkerSeptember 2012, 1.99 KindleBeat to a Pulp: Superhero, available at Amazon.The Beat to a Pulp anthology series may be a throwback to the era of pulp magazines, but don’t expect dusty relics. The collections have a decidedly modern sensibility, keeping the action and the grit, while discarding some of the more dated tropes. As a whole, the series encompasses all that the pulps once offered: crime fiction, noir, hardboiled detective stories, westerns, sci-fi—even the occasional weird tale. Usually bargain priced, the books live…
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    But What Are They Eating?

  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Joshua Done, Author of The Exile Empire

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:24 am
    A few days ago I received a pleasant surprise in the form of a Goodreads message from Shelley. She wanted to know if I would be willing to talk about the food in my story and the significance and story behind it. Immediately I thought of one meal that stands out in The Exile Empire. It took an invasion, thousands of lives, and the formation of an entirely new economy for the new recipe to exist.One of the primary components in The Exile Empire is obviously the fact that humans have been dispersed from their old area of space. The problem with such diaspora in the vastness of interstellar…
  • FOODFIC: Dust Girl - Sarah Zettel

    22 Jan 2015 | 6:21 pm
    Callie LeRoux knows dust. And that’s about it, really, since everything she thought she knew just blew away like, well, dust. In a dust storm. That’s literal, by the way.You see, this “dust girl” of Dust-Bowl era Kansas lives with her mother in the Imperial Hotel which her grandparents started back when there were people passing through and money to be made. The “black blizzards” and the Depression have driven away both, as well as all but a handful of townsfolk. Really, the doctor should’ve taken the town sign with him as he pulled out hours before the story-changing storm blew…
  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Michael Draper, Author of Three Strikes and You're Dead

    15 Jan 2015 | 8:39 am
    Restaurants and food have an important part in Three Strikes and You're Dead. I believe that a good book should appeal to the various senses – to see, as in well prepared food; to smell, where the aroma of food gets the stomach juiced flowing; and to taste, which is the icing on the food palate.Early in the story, a trio of friends are meeting at a local coffee shop. Roseanne is the motivator of the group and the force behind them. She feels that her persuasive ability is strongest in a setting outside the four walls of her office. The restaurant has gourmet foods displayed on the counter…
  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Cindy Cromer, Author of Desperate Deceptions

    5 Jan 2015 | 10:52 am
    I had quite a bit of fun preparing for this post, especially since cooking isn't my forte. My favorite recipes are nuke it, deliver it, or drive through. I don't enjoy cooking but do feed my characters very well. In my first mystery/suspense novel Desperate Measures, the main characters dined on lobster in the Caribbean Island of St. Kitts. Oops! There was a meal none of the characters should have ingested and I promise I didn't cook it! One delectable seafood dish had become poisoned by the unknown villain on a rampage of destruction and revenge.In my second novel, Desperate Deceptions, the…
  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Amy Grech, Author of Blanket of White

    2 Jan 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Food and drink play a pivotal role in several of the 14 dark tales contained within my collection, Blanket of White:In the title story, husband and wife drink coffee in their kitchen, wrapping their hands around the mugs for comfort, as they discuss their wheelchair-bound daughter Suzy; there are snow angels in her future…“Raven’s Revenge”: Steaming mugs of hot chocolate warm up Jackie Crawford and her boyfriend, Jeff Dutton, on a bone-chilling winter’s night.“Perishables”:  After a nuclear attack, Placido Sanchez sits hunkered down in his basement surrounded by empty,…
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  • Hightailing it to Highgate – books set in one of London’s most-loved cemeteries

    packabook
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    It was one of those glorious Thomas Hardy “summer face and winter constitution” type days last Sunday, just begging me to get out and explore some small part of London I had never been. So after hoisting myself off the comfort of my West London underfloor heating I braved the whims of weekend public transport to head north to a place I’ve been promising myself I’d go for, oh, I don’t know, about a thousand years – Highgate Cemetery. Perhaps most famous for being the final resting place of legendary philosopher Karl Marx, the cemetery has a peculiar fascination for Londoners…
  • Kindle Deal – a book set in Turkey and France

    packabook
    2 Dec 2014 | 2:04 am
    Just a quick one today… I am often disappointed by the Kindle Daily Deals on amazon.com – there’s a plethora of fantasy, paranormal and dull romances (sometimes all in the one novel), but if I do come across a good deal, I usually put in on the Packabook Facebook page. I know you are not all fans of Facebook, and even if you do follow Packabook there, the chances are the Facebook gods won’t show you the posts in your news feed anyway, so whenever I see a good deal on something I think you might like, I’ll send you a quick email as well. These will always be the…
  • The Gondola Maker – A book set in Venice

    packabook
    4 Nov 2014 | 2:14 am
    Amazingly, despite two trips to Venice in my lifetime, I have never ridden in a gondola. This is something I will have to remedy after my latest read. Laura Morelli’s The Gondola Maker takes us to 16th century Venice and the world of its craftsmen and water workers. Luca Vianello, who comes from a family of gondola makers, is forced to flee his home after a family quarrel and accident, and soon finds himself working as a boatman for a painter. Luca becomes entranced by a woman he sees in one of his master’s paintings, and while she is well out of his class, tries to find ways to meet her.
  • Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar – a glimpse of 50s New York

    packabook
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    So, I am back home after a fabulous few days in New York, and thankfully I did manage to read the two books I took with me, so am happy to report my findings. Today, we’ll look at The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath… Along with countless others I think this was a fabulous novel, and it wasn’t as depressing as I thought it might have been. In fact, there was a wry humor I hadn’t been expecting. The novel is semi-autobiographical, giving us the story of college student Esther Greenwood as she takes up a month-long guest editorship of a women’s magazine in New York, and detailing her…
  • Books set in New York – What I’m taking with me!

    packabook
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:19 am
    Manhattan Skyline at night – image courtesy of Francisco Diez via Wikimedia Commons I’m very exciting to me writing this post at Heathrow Airport, about to board a flight to fabulous New York. As we all know the most vital part of trip planning is choosing which books to take with you, so I thought I’d update you on my selections for this trip. I’ll only have a few days, which will mainly be filled with catching up with people and drinking cocktails, so I don’t imagine I’m going to have a great amount of time to read. But hey, that’s what seven hour flights are for!
 
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  • 2015 News and Events

    andy
    18 Jan 2015 | 9:04 pm
      2015 New Year Greetings! Thanks so much for visiting my site. For those new to my work, I write books with an eye toward turbulence and murder, including the Shamus Award-winning Frank Pavlicek private eye novels. The sixth book in the Pavlicek series, The K Street Hunting Society, is now out in both paperback and ebook. Look for the next full-length Pavlicek novel, Talon Dancer, in Spring 2016. Coming in 2015 will be the long-awaited next installment in the Dragonflies series, as well as a couple of other surprises I’m not yet at liberty to discuss. Here’s an update on…
  • Three Words: I want one.

    andy
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:25 am
    Robot raptors take flight. http://www.gizmag.com/flying-robot-raptor-birds-deter-nuisance-flocks/33563/
  • Google Drones

    andy
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:26 pm
    Not to be outdone, Google is getting into the game of drones, too. GOOGLE DRONES  
  • Disney Drones

    andy
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:32 am
    Drones for the next generation are coming. While much of the debate over drones continues to center on their war fighting capabilities, their domestic use for beneficial purposes is already rapidly taking hold. Where will we draw the lines between legitimate remote imaging, public surveillance, and privacy? http://www.cnet.com/news/drones-could-rule-the-skies-over-disney/
  • The Road Home

    andy
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:52 pm
    In the mood for an inspirational romantic drama? If you don’t mind the subtitles, check out the beautifully-filmed Chinese love story The Road Home, directed by Yimou Zhang. Not my normal genre, but I watched it tonight with the family and loved it. Very moving story about the power of devotion and enduring love. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1108624-road_home/              
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  • On Having Crohn’s Disease | Amy Feltman | The Toast | 30th January 2015

    Amy Feltman
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    “It starts when you are eighteen and you can’t hold down a shot of vodka. You can’t chase the non-shot with cranberry juice. Your mother suggests heartburn, which sounds like something only fifty-year-old men have and seems to be a dig about how oversensitive you are. Your roommates are concerned. Your friends are jealous. You are not gaining the freshman fifteen. You are light as a feather, stiff as a board”Subscribe to the Browser to receive a feed with direct links to the recommended content
  • We’ll Keep Humiliating You | Christian Lorentzen | London Review Of Books | 29th January 2015

    Christian Lorentzen
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Review of Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s Guantánamo Diary, excerpted here. It is “no masterpiece”, even allowing for the censors’ deletions, but Slahi is “an intelligent and sensitive writer whose sense of irony somehow survived along with his sanity”. He lives now in a hut at Guantánamo taking antidepressants and playing video games. “It’s a strange ending to a book that is otherwise a relentless catalogue of grotesque abuses”Subscribe to the Browser to receive a feed with direct links to the recommended content
  • Passport Tales | Manan Ahmed | Chapati Mystery | 29th January 2015

    Manan Ahmed
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    How to renew a passport in Pakistan. It takes for ever, unless you pay a fixer, in which case it takes two hours. “When my number was called for my picture to be taken, I was asked to sign a paper that guaranteed I believed in the finality of the Prophet. I clutched the paper, and sat down with it. The man looked at me quizzically. If I did not sign, I was a man without a passport. What civil resistance is possible?”Subscribe to the Browser to receive a feed with direct links to the recommended content
  • How Japan Became A Pop Culture Superpower | Peter Hoskin | Spectator | 29th January 2015

    Peter Hoskin
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Almost every childhood craze of the past 30 years comes from Japan — Transformers, Power Rangers, Tamagotchi and Pokémon among them; perhaps because in Japan kids’ stuff is for adults too. “One of the strangest things about the country’s culture, which only an anthropologist could explain, is how it ignores puberty … Playtime doesn’t end when you get a job. That’s when you might have the cash to do it properly”Subscribe to the Browser to receive a feed with direct links to the recommended content
  • I Want To Howl | John Lahr | London Review Of Books | 29th January 2015

    John Lahr
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Action-packed review of Eugene O’Neill: A Life in Four Acts, by Robert Dowling. Before he was 21 O’Neill had been thrown out of Princeton, fathered a son, divorced his first wife, joined the merchant navy, caught syphilis in South America, and attempted suicide in Greenwich Village. He went on to be a great playwright, a Nobel prize-winner, a mean drunk, a wife-beater, and very nearly a murderer Subscribe to the Browser to receive a feed with direct links to the recommended content
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    The New Podler Review of Books

  • Book Excerpt - Iced by M. Terry Green

    30 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Last Friday, we revealed the cover for Iced, the first book in the Chronicles of White World series from M. Terry Green. This week, Green has granted us permission to reveal a sample of the story. Enjoy! Iced by M. Terry Green It was perfect slaver weather: visibility a hundred clicks, temperature a few degrees below zero, wind out of the northwest. Thirteen kept an eye on the horizon and opened the vent another notch. She watched steam pour from the opening and bend severely into the frigid wind stream.They’d have to be blind not to see that—blind or dumb.Slavers weren’t the brightest.
  • The Best of 2014

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Each year, the reviewers here at the New Podler Review of Books pick the book (or books) which we feel are the very best independently published (or small press) works. The only other requirement we have is that the book was reviewed here on the blog during the calendar year. Here are the winners for 2014: Rob: Jim Melvin's Chained by Fear gets my vote for "Best of 2014." It's book two of the Death Wizard Chronicles, which follows the adventures of Torg the Death-Knower in his quest to free the world of Triken from the mad sun sorcerer Invictus. It's adult fantasy on par with G.R.R. Martin,…
  • Bastion Magazine - November 2014

    26 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Bastion is a science fiction magazine. Normally we don't review zines, but I don't see why not. They're similar to anthologies in that they contain multiple authors working around a central theme. In this case, that central theme is simple: science fiction. But as I look deeper, I see memory as a common thread. Another important point is that this issue was not submitted to us. I saw that Rob Steiner was one of the authors in this issue, so I went out and bought it. I'm reviewing it on GoodReads so I may as well post it here too. Small press zines are like indie authors: Publicity is better…
  • Cover Reveal: Iced by M. Terry Green

    23 Jan 2015 | 7:29 am
    M. Terry Green, author of the Olivia Lawson Techno-Shaman series, is putting the finishing touches on the first book of a new series, Chronicles of White World. She has graciously let us reveal the cover ahead of the book's release in February. The cover was created by Tom Edwards. So, without further ado... In the weeks ahead, we'll have a story sample and an interview with Terry. Stay tuned!
  • New Feature: Author News

    22 Jan 2015 | 6:58 am
    I may be opening up a can of worms here, but I want to try something new.If you're an author whose work has been reviewed by us, we'd like to do a little more for you. Typically, our relationship with authors ends after we review their work. Some authors like our reviews and stay in touch with us, even if there is little reason beyond hoping we'll review their next book. We want to do something more. Promoting indie authors is tough. Very few get the recognition they deserve. Some get more than they deserve, but that's another topic entirely. So let's work on that author promotion stuff. If…
 
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    Any New Books?

  • Staff Picks for Week 5/52

    Any new books?
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:13 pm
    Our Staff Picks from all book genres for this week USA | Canada | Kindle USA | UK | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle USA | UK | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle USA | Canada | Kindle | UK Kindle USA | Canada | Kindle | UK Kindle USA | Italy | Kindle USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle USA | UK | Canada | Italy | Kindle USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle USA | UK | Canada | Kindle USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle USA | UK | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle USA | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle USA | UK | Canada | Italy | Kindle USA | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle…
  • This week’s new books in Programming

    Any new books?
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:22 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Programming’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ The Internet of Things: Do-It-Yourself at Home Projects for Arduino, Raspberry Pi and BeagleBone Black Stores: USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Donald Norris ISBN: 0071835202 Publisher: McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics Publication date: January 27, 2015 Binding: Paperback Estimated price: $14.37 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and Digital Money Are Challenging the Global Economic Order Stores: USA | Canada | Italy |…
  • This week’s new books in Mathematics

    Any new books?
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:01 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Mathematics’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Mathematical Underpinnings of Analytics: Theory and Applications Stores: USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Peter Grindrod ISBN: 0198725094 Publisher: Oxford University Press Publication date: January 27, 2015 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $39.88 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Data Mining Algorithms: Explained Using R Stores: USA | Canada | Kindle | UK Kindle By Pawel Cichosz ISBN: 111833258X Publisher: Wiley Publication date: January 27, 2015…
  • This week’s new Kindle ebooks

    Any new books?
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:03 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Kindle’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Zillow Talk: The New Rules of Real Estate Stores: USA By Spencer Rascoff, Stan Humphries ISBN: 1455574740 Publisher: Grand Central Publishing Publication date: January 27, 2015 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $14.77 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers Stores: USA By Nicholas Irving, Gary Brozek ISBN: 1250045444 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Publication date: January 27, 2015 Binding: Hardcover…
  • This week’s new books in Travel

    Any new books?
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:46 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Travel’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Frommer’s EasyGuide to Barcelona and Madrid Stores: USA | UK | Canada | Italy By Patricia Harris, David Lyon ISBN: 1628870729 Publisher: FrommerMedia Publication date: January 27, 2015 Binding: Paperback Estimated price: $6.10 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Abandoned NYC Stores: USA By Will Ellis ISBN: 0764347616 Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. Publication date: January 28, 2015 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $22.88 Share this book on Twitter |…
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    Country Book Bumpkin

  • Cover Reveal!

    25 Jan 2015 | 11:06 pm
    Nakedby Stacey TrombleyRelease Date: 07/07/15Entangled Teen305 pagesSummary from Goodreads:A teenage prostitute looking for redemption must face her secrets before they destroy her…When tough teenager Anna ran away to New York, she never knew how bad things would get. After surviving as a prostitute, a terrifying incident leaves her damaged inside and out, and she returns home to the parents she was sure wouldn't want her anymore.Now she has a chance to be normal again. Back in school, she meets a boy who seems too good to be true. Cute, kind, trusting. But what will he do when he…
  • REVIEW: Glitch by Brenda Pandos

    22 Jan 2015 | 1:53 pm
    Excellent book! I cannot wait to read the next one in the series. I love seeing the evolution of Abby in the novel.  It's a lot to live up to a veritable superhero of a future self. It made me think of the terminator movie franchise,  This book goes at a good pace and left me lot of questions that I hope will be answered in the future books in this series!5 out of 5
  • Review: Drawing Amanda by Stephanie Feuer

    16 Jan 2015 | 9:11 am
    Excellent book about not only love and loss, but the dangers that lurk online in the form of predators.  The characters were well thought out and by the end of the book I found myself rooting for them. DO NOT try to do any of the plans they talked about or confront a predator yourself! Always go to a trusted adult or police officer with your concerns to keep yourself out of danger! This book is an important read for all teenagers because who knows from the safety of your own home what is lurking outside.5 out of 5
  • It's coming!

    31 Dec 2014 | 4:56 am
    Keep your eyes peeled! *smiles secretively and goes back into her work room*
  • BOOK BLITZ: The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel

    11 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy #1)by Amy Engel Release Date: 11/04/14Entangled TeenSummary from Goodreads:After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual.This year, it is my turn.My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my…
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    A Travelers' Library

  • Brigid Quinn is Back and in Serious Trouble

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/feedburner/atravelerslibrary Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us.
  • A Russian Emigre’s Life

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:35 am
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/feedburner/atravelerslibrary Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us.
 
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    Where Writers Win

  • Live Book Clubs: Are You Reaching These Important Influencers?

    Shari Stauch
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:06 am
    Book clubs can be a defining moment in any author’s career. Fact is, the success of any book is accelerated if book clubs get hold of it and begin spreading the news. That’s why we call them “influencers” and that’s why we work hard to find and vet them for you. This article from the Independent Book Publishers Association Book Clubs: The Benefits shows how beneficial book clubs can be, or you may want to read how book clubs’ word-of-mouth put Water for Elephants on top (yes, even above the Oprah selections of the day!) in the NYT: Big Time for a Novel……
  • Interview from the Author Hangout

    Shari Stauch
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    This post is excerpted from the transcript of WWW’s Shari Stauch who appeared on The Author Hangout at AuthorMarketingTools.com: Episode 13: Great Marketing Ideas with AMT’s Shawn Manahan and R.J. Adams. Visit the link to view the video, listen to the podcast or download the full transcript! AMT: You end up working with a lot of authors; what is the hardest thing that authors deal with when it comes to marketing their own eBooks? SHARI: Well, there’s two big things. One is misinformation. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of misinformation out there, and because of this whole new…
  • Scrivener Advantages for Authors

    Shari Stauch
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    Our thanks to author and co-founder of Unbound Words Jennifer Kohout for this guest post. Jennifer will be teaching a master class on Scrivener for Authors with Joanna Penn of The Creative Penn at this year’s PubSense Summit. WWW tribe members can save 10% off their registration with code WWW2015! If there is one program that I would recommend for authors, it’s Scrivener. Scrivener is amazing. It does everything you need to research and write your next novel, and then some. I’ve been using Scrivener for almost two years and I know that there are features that I’m not using. It is…
  • 2015 Book Marketing Predictions from Smith Publicity

    Shari Stauch
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    This post by Dan Smith first ran on Smith Publicity’s site, one of WWW’s valued and Stellar Partners. Since 1997, Smith Publicity has promoted thousands of books from every genre from New York Times best sellers to first time, self-published authors. Their ultimate goal is to secure as much media attention as possible for their clients to raise awareness, build an author’s credibility and brand, attract new opportunities and spark book/ebook sales. Smith Publicity offers a wide-range of services, from full-service book publicity campaigns to lower-cost, book marketing support…
  • Author Lessons from the Shark Tank

    Shari Stauch
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:24 am
    Guilty pleasure: tuning in Friday nights (or whenever I get around to watching the DVR) to ABC’s Shark Tank. It’s interesting to see entrepreneurs offer up their new ideas and follow along to see their progress. And yes, I’ve succumbed to more than a few of their cool product offerings. I think of it as a TV shopping spree on steroids. But there’s also plenty of hidden advice for authors on there! So, taking from some of the Sharks’ most common (sometimes rude but usually on point) comments, here’s some valuable author advice straight from the mouths of…
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    Country Book Bumpkin

  • Cover Reveal!

    25 Jan 2015 | 11:06 pm
    Nakedby Stacey TrombleyRelease Date: 07/07/15Entangled Teen305 pagesSummary from Goodreads:A teenage prostitute looking for redemption must face her secrets before they destroy her…When tough teenager Anna ran away to New York, she never knew how bad things would get. After surviving as a prostitute, a terrifying incident leaves her damaged inside and out, and she returns home to the parents she was sure wouldn't want her anymore.Now she has a chance to be normal again. Back in school, she meets a boy who seems too good to be true. Cute, kind, trusting. But what will he do when he…
  • REVIEW: Glitch by Brenda Pandos

    22 Jan 2015 | 1:53 pm
    Excellent book! I cannot wait to read the next one in the series. I love seeing the evolution of Abby in the novel.  It's a lot to live up to a veritable superhero of a future self. It made me think of the terminator movie franchise,  This book goes at a good pace and left me lot of questions that I hope will be answered in the future books in this series!5 out of 5
  • Review: Drawing Amanda by Stephanie Feuer

    16 Jan 2015 | 9:11 am
    Excellent book about not only love and loss, but the dangers that lurk online in the form of predators.  The characters were well thought out and by the end of the book I found myself rooting for them. DO NOT try to do any of the plans they talked about or confront a predator yourself! Always go to a trusted adult or police officer with your concerns to keep yourself out of danger! This book is an important read for all teenagers because who knows from the safety of your own home what is lurking outside.5 out of 5
  • It's coming!

    31 Dec 2014 | 4:56 am
    Keep your eyes peeled! *smiles secretively and goes back into her work room*
  • BOOK BLITZ: The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel

    11 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy #1)by Amy Engel Release Date: 11/04/14Entangled TeenSummary from Goodreads:After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual.This year, it is my turn.My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my…
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    Books Without Any Pictures

  • SF Signal Mind Meld

    Grace
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:35 pm
    Today I’m over at SF Signal as a part of the Mind Meld “You Know We’re All About That Backlist,” where I talk about how to dive into Octavia Butler’s books.  Be sure to swing by and discover some of the panelists’ favorite backlist titles! http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/2015/01/mind-meld-all-about-that-backlist/ The post SF Signal Mind Meld appeared first on Books Without Any Pictures.
  • “The Girl With All the Gifts” by M.R. Carey

    Grace
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey is not your average zombie story.  It starts out from the perspective of Melanie, a little girl who is being raised in an institution.  She spends most of her life strapped down and restrained, and doesn’t realize how unusual this is because all the kids she goes to school with are in a similar position.  Melanie thinks she’s normal, but she’s not.  As the story slowly progresses, we learn that she is part zombie and that her school is part of a research organization that’s studying zombie/human hybrids to try to […]…
  • Write On Review-a-Thon: January Edition!

    Grace
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The Write-On Review-a-Thon is a monthly event hosted by Brianna at The Book Vixen.  The goal is to catch up on writing reviews.  I love this event because it pushes me to play catch-up and get ahead on my review-writing. These are the books that I need to write reviews for: You Have to F**king Eat by Adam Mansbach The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey The Shadowy Horses by Susannah Kearsley The Angel by Tiffany Reisz DNF Review: The King’s Peace by Jo Walton Captive of Gor by John Norman And any other books that I finish […] The post Write On Review-a-Thon: January Edition!
  • “City of Illusions” by Ursula K. LeGuin

    Grace
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
      City of Illusions is the story of an alien who awakens on earth with amnesia.  He doesn’t know who he is or why he’s there, but a group of earthlings take him in, and he takes the name Falk.  From these people, Falk learns Earth’s history.  It was a technologically advanced society, but then the Shing invaded.  The Shing are kind of like parasites; they rule the world, but they don’t build anything or do anything for the benefit of society.  The Shing eradicate human settlements if they try to do anything big or cooperative, and so humans are […] The…
  • Hidden Huntress Cover Reveal

    Grace
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:58 am
    Sometimes, one must accomplish the impossible. Beneath the mountain, the king’s reign of tyranny is absolute; the one troll with the capacity to challenge him is imprisoned for treason. Cécile has escaped the darkness of Trollus, but she learns all too quickly that she is not beyond the reach of the king’s power. Or his manipulation. Recovered from her injuries, she now lives with her mother in Trianon and graces the opera stage every night. But by day she searches for the witch who has eluded the trolls for five hundred years. Whether she succeeds or fails, the costs to […] The…
 
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    Reading in the Garden

  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

    26 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Journey of the Heart (Regret and Reconciliation) The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. After receiving a letter from a dying acquaintance, retired Harold Fry spontaneously sets out on a 500-mile journey by foot to visit her. Walking alone gives Harold time to contemplate his marriage, his son, and his childhood, while meeting new people along the way.   This structured, unassuming Englishman still wearing his tie and yachting shoes seems to be doing what most people only dream of—making a great escape from his dull life if only for a brief time.  But…
  • Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok

    19 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    America: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (Triumph Over Adversity) Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok. Kimberly Chang is eleven years old when she and her mother move from Hong Kong to America with the help of Aunt Paula. In New York they start their long and arduous struggle to assimilate into a new and foreign culture while trying to remain true to the ingrained values and customs of their heritage.  Aunt Paula wears a mask of piety and familial devotion like a snake skin that sheds and quickly reveals her ugly core of darkness and spite. With family like this, who need…
  • Babayaga by Toby Barlow

    12 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Bewitchingly Fun Read (Witches and Espionage) Babayaga by Toby Barlow is a book about an older witch out for revenge on a younger witch, a mild American advertising man, another wound-up American who draws the other into a shady espionage plot, and a detective who gets caught up in the middle with outrageous consequences.  This book had me under a spell right from the beginning.  It was such a fun read that I had a hard time putting it down. It was refreshingly imaginative with a fun and lively narrative and unexpected plot that wound its way through the streets of Paris in 1959.
  • 2015 Book Challenge

    4 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    ReadingintheGarden.blogspot.com 2015 Book Challenge Happy New Year!!  To all you book lovers, here’s an entertaining challenge for 2015.  Let’s see how many books you can mark off this list.   Have fun!       ·         Read a book set in an “A” state:  Alabama, Alaska,                Arizona, Arkansas     ·         Read a memoir   …
  • Favorite Books of 2014

    28 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    2014 Book Winners  (Annette’s Reading List) Below are the books I have read in 2014. You can read reviews on almost all of them. I’ve noted the ones that stood out as my favorites.  Favorites is a hard game to play, and I wanted to mark so many more that stood out, but in the end I bit the bullet and only chose the top two or three in a category.  As a side note, just because I didn’t write a review on the book, doesn’t mean I didn’t like it. Click on the titles to read the reviews.Fiction:Babayaga by Toby Barlow Beautiful Ruinsby Jess WalterThe Chili…
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    Tolstoy Therapy

  • Amusing books and blazing fires: Sydney Smith's 20 antidotes to depression and low spirits

    Lucy
    25 Jan 2015 | 12:47 am
    One of my favourite lists in Shaun Usher's brilliant Lists of Note is that of essayist and clergyman Sydney Smith. Sent to Lady Georgiana Morpeth in February 1820, Smith listed twenty pieces of advice to help his good friend overcome a bout of depression.Sydney Smith, wit and provider of goodadvice. Upon considering the advice listed (which includes feel-good fiction, blazing fires, and not seeing further than dinner time - my favourite), Smith clearly had a knack for cheering up a friend, and his advice hasn't lost much value since.The letter starts as so,Foston, Feb. 16th,…
  • Find meaningful work & nurture creativity with the 99U book series

    Lucy
    17 Jan 2015 | 3:44 am
    One of my best-loved non-fiction books is The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp: an inspiring mine of creative wisdom that can apply to all manner of projects, professions, and plans.I included this book in my list of books for bookworms to treasure in their libraries, and I've also delved a little deeper into the concept of "reading archeologically" that's explored in the book.I'm constantly on the search for books that provide a similar level of creative motivation, and the closest I've found are the three books in the 99U series.A beautiful design with even better content: Maximise Your…
  • Levin on The Joy of Retreating into Nature (Reasons to Read Anna Karenina, Part II)

    Lucy
    11 Jan 2015 | 2:33 am
    I wrote last month about "literary retreats", or novels about retreating into relaxing and recuperative settings that can't help but calm us too.Re-reading Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy has given me an interesting take on this - while the novel is often depicted as a romance or romantic tragedy (a little unfairly), there are essentially two sides to the story. There's the better known affair of Anna and Count Vronksy, but there's also the pure and uplifting love of Kitty and Levin. It's this second partnership of Anna Karenina that becomes an ideal, or model of perfection, for so many…
  • Starting 2015 with a Recap of 2014 on Tolstoy Therapy: 10 Favourite Articles & 10 Best Books

    Lucy
    1 Jan 2015 | 4:50 am
    So 2014 has come to a close, and it was a good one. Going over past successes may have just as much of a positive effect on us as forming resolutions, I think, so here are a few highlights of the year.Here's to another year of great books being published, prioritised reading time, and recommending lots of books to our loved ones!The family circle at Yasnaya Polyana, c. 1905. My 10 favourite articles of 2014 on Tolstoy Therapy1. 15 Mood-Boosting and Feel-Good Books for Summer 2014 - the most popular article on the website this year (this is so encouraging, let's read lots more…
  • Ernest Hemingway's list of 16 books we ought to read, including War and Peace and Anna Karenina

    Lucy
    31 Dec 2014 | 6:35 am
    In 1934, a young American with aspirations to become a writer hiked across America to meet Ernest Hemingway in his Florida home. After knocking at the author's door, Hemingway gave the young man, Arnold Samuelson, some advice.Firstly, he warned not to compete against contemporary authors, but rather writers of the past that haven't yet been forgotten. Samuelson told Hemingway that he had enjoyed Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped and Henry David Thoreau’s Walden. “Ever read War and Peace?”, asked Hemingway. Samuelson replied that he had not, to which…
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    Book Club Reading List

  • Author Interview – Samantha Charles

    admin
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:07 pm
    What inspired you to write this book?   Many factors influenced the work. I am a Southern writer and hope to take readers on a journey into a world they may never have otherwise encountered. I address many themes in Redemption but at the heart […]
  • Lost in Tanganyika

    admin
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:57 pm
    William and Elizabeth Darmon escape from Zanzibar, crossing hostile territory to Lake Victoria. Pursued by ruthless slavers, they flee to Niam Niam country in Darkest Africa. There, William is forced on a desperate mission to save his wife from cannibals. Upon his return, he discovers […]
  • Cry Love

    admin
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:51 pm
    When trauma surgeon Claire Westbrook meets neurosurgeon Jonas Clark, both feel an instantaneous, and somehow familiar, attraction. Neither is looking for a relationship, much less one as complicated as theirs would be. But destiny has other plans. Both are troubled by recurring dreams of two […]
  • Sigrit

    admin
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:46 pm
    November 1944 in Germany, Sigrit comes home from school and finds her parents hanging in the attic. They had been working against the Nazis. Her Aunt Erika is hoping to get custody of Sigrit and her 14 year old brother, but the youth bureau orders […]
  • A Message in the Roses

    admin
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:46 am
    A Message in the Roses is loosely based on a murder trial I covered as a journalist in Atlanta. It is also a love story: “A Message In The Roses is a story of social justice in the New South, brewed with generous portions of […]
 
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    Long Island Pulse

  • A Brutal Sport

    info@lipulse.com
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Your favorite player was out for most of the season. Last fall, he took a hit mid-pass and went down like a sack of rocks. They checked him over, took him off the field, and that was that. He hasn’t been back since. Every now and then, someone mentions him and you wonder how he’s doing, whether he’ll ever play again. In the new book Is There Life after Football? by James A. Holstein, Richard S. Jones & George E. Koonce, Jr., you’ll get a glimpse of a possible future. A helmet to the head, helmet to the chest, a cleat to the leg, and it’s big news: football is a brutal sport and…
  • Children of Parents with Unusual Careers

    info@lipulse.com
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:35 am
    You are a chip off the old block. You’re just like your father. Just like your mother. Cut from the same cloth and the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree – which was okay when you were a kid. Back then, you wanted to grow up just like them anyhow. Or not. When you’re the child of a parent with an unusual career – for instance, if you’re “The Undertaker’s Daughter” – you might, as did Kate Mayfield, pick another path. Kate Mayfield spent most of her young life surrounded by death. Just after she was born in the late 1950s, her parents moved the family to tiny Jubilee,…
  • A Good Fairy Tale Begins

    info@lipulse.com
    14 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Once upon a time… Everybody knows that’s how a good fairy tale begins. Once upon a time – and then the evil witch arrives, chaos ensues, horses and carriages, something-something, the prince whisks in and saves the princess, The End. Everyone knows that’s how it goes. But it doesn’t – and in the book “While Beauty Slept” by Elizabeth Blackwell, the truth is finally told. Elise Dalriss was quite dismayed. Her beloved great-granddaughter, Raimy, was surely entertaining, acting out all the parts of a fairy tale for her young siblings, and the children were simply enthralled.
  • An Interest Six Feet Under

    info@lipulse.com
    7 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Everybody’s good at something. You may have an aptitude for numbers. You might be a master at chess, multitasking, organizing, or people skills. Your real talents could be hidden, or maybe the whole world knows how good you are. Author Judy Melinek, M.D. loved doing surgery, but it had its drawbacks. And besides, as you’ll see in “Working Stiff” (with T.J. Mitchell), her real interest lay just this side of six feet under… From the time she was very small, Judy Melinek’s father shared with her a fascination with the human body. He was a doctor; Melinek dreamed of becoming a doctor,…
  • Magic Words

    info@lipulse.com
    31 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Please. It’s such a basic word. One syllable, easy to pronounce, with a satisfying purse of the lips in the beginning and a drawn out middle that makes you smile if you stretch it out. As your mother might’ve once said, it is, indeed, a “Magic Word.” So why is it so difficult for your child to say? There could be a scientific answer to that aggravation. In the book “Parentology” by Dalton Conley, you’ll see how manners and more are now coming from the lab. From the moment a dad- or mom-to-be announces they’re expecting, they usually receive overwhelming amounts of parenting…
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    Beth's Book Reviews

  • Review: Power and Passion by Kay Tejani

    Beth
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    A must read for all ages! Sara, an events coordinator, is working in the dazzling city of Dubai for the Middle East section of an international organization. When her fiancé, an executive, suggests she runs a grand event, she realizes she lacks the experience to launch such a daunting project. Through a series of events, she gains the help of a diverse group of friends, colleagues and family to pull- off the event of a lifetime. Together they make a powerful team with a passion to make a difference. Then a devastating lie changes the course of Sara's life and jeopardizes everything she…
  • Review: The Paleo Chef by Pete Evans

    Beth
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Acclaimed international chef and television personality Pete Evans takes a whole new approach to making gluten-free, grain-free, and dairy-free meals that are worthy of a restaurant but effortless to prepare. More and more people are discovering the health benefits of the Paleo lifestyle by cutting out processed, sugary foods and instead eating quality proteins and fats, fresh vegetables and fruits, and nuts and seeds. However, following this way of eating doesn’t mean sacrificing flavor or spending a long time in the kitchen. In The Paleo Chef, Evans provides more than 100 recipes for…
  • Featured Book: Saphora Volume 1: Retention by Jaz Johnson

    Beth
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    About the book:Launched from an escape pod by the hands of her desperate mother and queen of the Kiran kingdom in attempts to save her only child from an approaching war, our protagonist Saphora finds herself on Earth, plagued with amnesia. Taken in by an ordinary woman, Saphora attends therapy in attempts to regain her memory. All while constantly discovering new abilities. But she wasn’t the only one to visit Earth.  A man has been sent from the enemy lines to assassinate Saphora while she is vulnerable. But handicapped as she is, she fights back, learning that she is the only thing…
  • Review: The Art of Not Having It All by Melissa Kite

    Beth
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Melissa Kite’s hilarious and honest memoir draws readers in to her exploits in not having it all in the world of leaning in—complete with dating misadventures, heroic plumbers, and clinically obese fish. Does a great weekend for you mean scrubbing all the grouting in your bathroom with a toothbrush? Do you fantasize about the handyman who in three days brought you more happiness than your useless ex-boyfriend did in three years? Do you write to-do lists that need paginating, and include items such as "re-mortgage house, get pregnant, climb Kilimanjaro"? Welcome to Melissa Kite's…
  • Review: Tani's Search for the Heart by Keith Egawa and Chenoa Egawa

    Beth
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Heartbroken over the loss of her beloved grandmother, Tani, a Native American girl of the Coast Salish people, remembers her grandmother's parting advice to journey into the forest to search for "the heart of all things." Not knowing if she will recognize the answers she seeks, but certain she must abide by her grandmother's wishes, Tani embarks on a quest through the wilds of the Pacific Northwest; unexpectedly finding her way into a world of Coast Salish legend, tradition and self-discovery. Struggling with self-doubt, Tani is helped through the challenging terrain of her homeland by…
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    The Literary Yard

  • Story: Blind Men of Broadway

    Author
    31 Jan 2015 | 2:40 am
    By: Arthur Davis “My shoes are wet.” “You walk through a puddle and you expect them to be dry?” “I expect no more from you,” Abe said lowering himself onto […]
  • Story: What colour is it?

    Author
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:49 am
    By: Tulika Bahuguna “How do you always wear it? Oh darling, whenever I see you I’m filled with pity!” She smiled at her old colleague. It was not new. It […]
  • Story: “Rising to the Occasion”

    Author
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:13 am
    By Austin Manchester While some journalists were overseas covering terrorists and revolutions, Clark Donovan was writing a story that people would only read while taking a shit or drinking their […]
  • Story: House Life

    Author
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:32 am
    By: Michael C. Keith Haunted for ever by the eternal . –– William Wordsworth The house at 31 Hoover Street came into existence in the midst of the Great Depression. […]
  • My Account of Jaipur Literature Festival 2015

    Author
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:22 am
    By: Gaurav Bist Traditional fuck-ups like ticket & train glitches, hotel & ID troubles, kabootars peeing &pooing all over me – Even my all-time favorite bitch fights between the girlfriend & […]
 
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    Peter J Story » Peter J Story

  • Notable Quotes: 139

    Peter J Story
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    “To make Christianity a private affair while banishing all privacy is to relegate it to the rainbow’s end or the Greek Calends.” —– C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory
  • San Marcos Book Signing Tomorrow

    Peter J Story
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Be sure to stop by Half Price Books in San Marcos tomorrow and pick up a signed copy of Things Grak Hates! I’ll be there between 1 pm and 5 pm, signing books, answering questions, and taking bets. As always, this book tour is sponsored by Scrivener. Don’t forget that you can pick up a copy of ...
  • Notable Quotes: 138

    Peter J Story
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    “Faith enables persons to be persons because it lets God be God.” —– Carter Lindberg
  • Judging a Book by its Cover

    Peter J Story
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Authors are passionate about words. We’ll agonize over a comma or spend hours on a single sentence. And that’s the way it should be. If we didn’t care so much about words, we probably wouldn’t be authors. Unfortunately, our hyper-focus on words often means that book design takes a back seat. In a perfect world, ...
  • Notable Quotes: 137

    Peter J Story
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    “I would not waste my life in friction when it could be turned into momentum.” —– Frances Willard
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    Little Miss Bookmark

  • Review: Sweet by Emmy Laybourne

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:16 pm
    *People would kill to be thin.*Solu’s luxurious celebrity-filled “Cruise to Lose” is billed as “the biggest cruise since the Titanic,” and if the new diet sweetener works as promised—dropping five percent of a person’s body weight in just days—it really could be the answer to the world’s obesity problem. But Laurel is starting to regret accepting her friend Viv’s invitation. She’s already completely embarrassed herself in front of celebrity host, Tom Forelli (otherwise known as the hottest guy ever!) and she’s too seasick to even try the sweetener. And that’s before…
  • Review: Untouched (Florence, Arizona #1) by Lauren Hawkeye

    27 Jan 2015 | 10:24 am
    Some secrets are best left locked away in the past…. Alexa Kendrick has no recollection of the car accident that left her scarred and sent her life careening wildly off course. When the half-sister she thought she’d never meet shows up at her door with an invitation to a new life, Alexa finds herself in Florence, Arizona, a town notorious for being populated with more prison inmates than actual citizens…a town that has done its best to hide its own dark secret. After Ellie is called out of town, she leaves her sister with the keys to her flower shop and Alexa finds herself swapping…
  • Review: Watch Me (Dark Obsession #1) by Cynthia Eden

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:06 am
    He was hired to protect her.Watching gorgeous Gwen Hawthorne wasn’t a hard job—but it certainly was tempting. Chance Valentine had tried to keep his distance from the sexy socialite for years, but when her father hired him to keep watch on her—as a twenty-four, seven bodyguard—Chance knew his control was about to be pushed to the limit.He’d never wanted another woman the way he desired her. Hot. Intense. Consuming. Being so close to Gwen, Chance knew that he wouldn’t be able to resist her. So he gave into his need, her need, and he took them both to the edge of a dark and…
  • Review: Disturbingly Beautiful (A Paradox in Time #1) by J. Wells, L. Wells

    23 Jan 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Is it really possible that somewhere in time, the perfect paradox could be created? Does romance really stand a chance, and could it ever flourish amidst so many intricacies and broken lives? How can a nineteenth-century governess unknowingly cause so much devastation? As Nell’s world opens up, we follow her on a complex journey, on which she discovers love, loss and betrayal, and is forced to play a dangerous game from which there appears to be no escape. An intricate family plot slowly begins to unravel, in which she finds herself centre stage. She was never supposed to leave Haunchcroft…
  • Review: Revive Me by Charity Ferrell

    22 Jan 2015 | 4:03 pm
    When I lost him, I lost myself. Tessa Benson is lost. The most important person in her life is dead. And everyone she loves left with him. She’s doing everything she can to mask her pain. Even if it means traveling down the road of destruction. Dawson Thomas has loved her for years. But she's his dead best friend’s sister. He made a promise to stay away from her. He also promised to always protect her. She’s destroying herself and time is running out. Will he hurt her by keeping his word or break his promise to save her?Whew. This one was a doozy. I wavered between two and three stars…
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    TolkienBlog.com

  • Silmarillion Character Profile: Morgoth

    Emily
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:54 pm
    One of the most daunting things about reading The Silmarillion is keeping all of the names straight. I love this, so I want to make it more accessible for the general reader with brief character profiles. Name: Melkor (more commonly known as Morgoth) Immediate Family: Brother (“in the thought of Eru Ilúvatar”): Manwë Home: Angband Claim to fame: He was the first… Read more The post Silmarillion Character Profile: Morgoth appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
  • My Thoughts on The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies (and a Prediction)

    Emily
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:59 pm
    The movie on virtually every Tolkien fan’s mind these days is The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies. I’ve avoided reviews from anyone else in an attempt to keep my own opinions clear, so I actually don’t know what the fandom as a whole thinks of the film. I know the general public generally doesn’t like it, but what else is… Read more The post My Thoughts on The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies (and a Prediction) appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
  • Books Tolkien Read: “The Golden Key” By George MacDonald

    Emily
    3 Jan 2015 | 9:49 pm
    In honor of J.R.R. Tolkien’s 123rd birthday, I’m going to start a new series. Tolkien, of course, was a voracious reader; I want to experience the same stories he experienced–whether he loved them or not. This first one isn’t a novel, but rather a short story. The Story “The Golden Key” is a fairy tale about a boy who wants… Read more The post Books Tolkien Read: “The Golden Key” By George MacDonald appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
  • Back on the Horse

    Emily
    2 Jan 2015 | 9:44 pm
    After a 3-month, unplanned hiatus, I’m back! I can only beg work as my excuse. For a while I was working 50-60 hours a week. Then there was all of the physical, mental, and relational fallout to deal with once my hours went back to something more manageable. But I’m back now and I hope to keep up with things.… Read more The post Back on the Horse appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
  • Schedule for Shadow of Mordor Let’s Play

    Emily
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    So I’ve spent some time playing Shadow of Mordor and I’m ready to start my Let’s Play. Technically, I started it on Tuesday, but I had some technical difficulties and I was still really rusty. Plus, I didn’t give nearly enough time to promoting it. I’m going to start over from the beginning. Here’s my schedule for live streaming, if… Read more The post Schedule for Shadow of Mordor Let’s Play appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
 
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    Jonathan Rex

  • A Tribe Called Red

    jrex365
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:49 pm
    A Tribe Called Red are a Canadian electronic music group, who blend instrumental hip hop, reggae, moombahton and dubstep-influenced dance music with elements of First Nations music, particularly vocal chanting and drumming. Based in Ottawa, Ontario, the group consists of three DJs: Ian “DJ NDN” Campeau (of the Nipissing First Nation), Tim “2oolman” Hill (Mohawk, of the Six Nations of the Grand River), and Bear Witness (of the Cayuga First Nation). The group’s music has been described as “powwow-step”, a style of contemporary powwow music for urban…
  • Salem Witch Trials

    jrex365
    31 Jan 2015 | 2:19 pm
    The Salem Witch Trials refers to a series of hearings and prosecutions in the Massachusetts Bay area from 1692 to 1693. During these two years of mass hysteria twenty-four women were executed for being witches. The first woman accused of witchcraft in 1692 was a woman named Tituba. Samuel Parris was born in London, England. He emigrated to Boston in the 1660’s to attend Harvard University at his father’s request and left Boston for Barbados in 1673 when his father died to maintain the family sugar plantation. Following a hurricane hitting Barbados and destroying a great deal of…
  • Tupac

    jrex365
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:32 pm
    Hundreds of Millions of people around the world are familiar with the name Tupac. Whether it’s white kids in rural European towns listening to his music, black kids in Africa spray painting his name on city walls or brown teenagers wearing his face on their t-shirts to Pow Wows the name Tupac is internationally known among the youth. If Hip Hop were a religion he would be the Jesus or Buddha of the culture in the minds of a lot of fans. Very few people know the origins of his name, however. Tupac Amaru Shakur was born on June 16, 1971. An easy date to remember as he rapped in one of his…
  • Cherokee Women

    jrex365
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:08 pm
    I opened Cherokee Women today and finished it in one sitting. This is an important book that all women could benefit from reading. The first and final chapter (1 and 7) were for me the most interesting. Chapter One deals with how traditional Cherokee culture was structured in terms of gender. Chapter Seven brings the book back full circle to Chapter One by discussing the Christianization of Cherokee women. While Judeo-Christian Europe and the new American Colonies were rooted in patriarchal hierarchies Cherokee culture was defined by women. Women didn’t just play a role in society. They…
  • Dan Hornbuckle

    jrex365
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:38 pm
    Dan Hornbuckle is a Cherokee Mixed Martial Artist. Born and raised in Mahomet, Illinois he got involved in Martial Arts at the age of 24 and went on to win the DEEP Welterweight Championship on April 26, 2013 against Yuya Shirai in Tokyo. He lives with his wife and three daughters in Mahomet where he opened his own Martial Arts Academy, American Top Team WarHawks. His professional record is 24 wins and 9 losses. Hornbuckle’s knockout against Akihiro Gono on August 2nd in 2009 is listed by many fans of MMA as one of the best knockouts ever.  
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    The Art of Storytelling in Novels, Journalism and Pop Culture - Bernice Landry

  • Why Criticism in the Arts Can Be Overrated

    Bernice Landry
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:49 am
    So you and I happen to meet on a street corner. You spot me first, and you give me a warm hello. And you ask me how I’m doing.Then, before I can say anything, you say: Well, I can see that you’re looking older, aren’t you? You have more gray hair around the temples. Not too many wrinkles yet. But, hey, I think you’ve also gained a few pounds, if I’m not mistaken! “It may be better to try meet the artist where he or she is, just as you would a human being who was standing right in front of you” Well, I would probably not be so thrilled by this encounter, and I doubt I would…
  • Beware the Forces of Dehumanization in Storytelling, Part 2

    Bernice Landry
    14 Dec 2014 | 7:47 am
    If an author writes to connect to an audience, then how much should she or he try to anticipate what an audiences wants, or what will sell, as the book is being written?Well, this is a complicated question, I believe.Writers need audiences, of course. And, since no one lives on air alone, artists need to be paid for their work. So this commercial reality should be kept in mind when writing, one would think.Or should it?Well maybe it is not quite as simple as that. Most writers want to engage as many people as they can—that is a given. There is an entirely human desire to be understood and…
  • Beware the Forces of Dehumanization in Storytelling, Part 1

    Bernice Landry
    30 Nov 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Once upon a time, as I was innocently sitting at my desk, I noticed that I had absolutely nothing to write about.What to do?Well, I did what I always do: I fished around in what I call my “character drawer”, where I have some faceless, sexless, colorless, ageless dolls. And, at random, I picked one out.Then I ascribed my doll traits. I made him a “him”, 6'1", and dark. I put a stubbly beard on him, and a Calvin Klein suit. I called him conservative, but edgy.Then, since my poor character had nothing at all to do, of course I had to give him a plot. For that I looked inside my…
  • Beethoven, Sara Davis Buechner, and the Archetype of the Hero

    Bernice Landry
    14 Nov 2014 | 11:49 am
    Before he picked up his baton to signal the beginning of Bizet’s Symphony in C, the conductor of Symphony Nova Scotia, Bernhard Gueller, looked around the podium for a microphone.The symphony we were about to hear, Gueller said as he turned to face the audience, was written by a teenager, perhaps as a test or an assignment for school. We will probably never know, since it was lost for decades until a musicologist happened upon it, immediately admiring its youthfulness and optimism.But Bizet, he continued, is known for really only one composition: Carmen. When he finished Carmen, said…
  • The Hand That Holds The Mirror With James Risen

    Bernice Landry
    2 Nov 2014 | 2:14 pm
    New York Times investigative journalist James Risen, who won a Pulitzer Prize for documenting the CIA’s secret history with President George W. Bush in his book “State of War”, and who faces criminal prosecution for refusing to reveal sources on a story involving Iran’s nuclear program, is apparently not in danger of running out of shocking, disillusioning and depressing material any time soon.His latest parry, “Pay Any Price”, is a series of essays that looks at the aftermath of 9/11, including President Obama’s tenure. Here Risen doesn’t chronicle the convoluted hunt for al…
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  • Reading the silmarillion

    27 Jan 2015 | 1:24 pm
    I am terrible for not finishing the five armies review, I am, but I will get it done by the end of this week. I'm also going to finish the Greisinger Museum tour. So my 'Deluxe' copy of the Silmarillion has finally arrived ! It is very pleasing to the eye and quarter bound so it feels just right. Now I'm going to start re-reading the Silmarillion on the morrow, but until then I have peaked at the Foreword and Preface (which I rarely do) and have found an interesting extract in which C.R.Tolkien spoke of the difficulty of assembling this work. I'll copy a part of it down below. "On my father's…
  • The battles of five armies review (Part 1)

    4 Jan 2015 | 3:10 pm
    One of the main reasons i haven't updated the website has been out of pure dread for this review (and ridiculous amounts of work). It had to be my next post, yet I was honestly far too afraid to even begin writing it. It has been subject to an extremely varied response, ranging from absolute adoration, to pure loathing. Honestly that is also how I felt, I loved the film for itself, yet saw many flaws in it and detested what PJ did with the story, but we will get into that in a second. Truth is no one has the "key" or "truthfull" review. Everyone saw something different to love and hate…
  • My thoughts on Battle of five armies (quick)

    14 Dec 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Now I'm just making a quick update after having seen the swiss premiere last night on my thoughts on the film, and two defining parts of it. Before I begin I'm just going to say I adored the movie as a film fan, but got really upset at the many modifications that PJ made as a Tolkien fan. I'll give a more detailled opinion later. Spoilers ahead. Saruman and Elrond Kung-Fu Okay this scene sums up everything that isn't just wrong with the Hobbit, but with the "Middle-Earth saga" in general. Don't you remember how much you loved that old man kung-fu in the fellowship ? It's back, and it's even…
  • 10 days Left

    2 Dec 2014 | 1:33 pm
    On the 12th of December, "the defining moment" of the Middle-Earth legend, will be released. And it will be a "defining" moment among fans, who are split over the film. Some absolutely detest PJ and his take, rewriting the book, removing it's heart and turning it into the overblown epic it was not meant to be. Others are excited about the film, seeing it not as much a recreation of the book as a loose adaption, who are expecting, and hoping, for a fun and epic ride. While I agree with both sides, I think we have all forgotten something important about Tolkien's work : It was considered…
  • What you will get in The desolation of smaug, the extended edition.

    13 Aug 2014 | 5:07 am
    First of all is the first part of the enchanted river scene (as seen below) that will apear, followed by an encounter with a white elk, which Thorin or Kili will try to shoot. Apparently increased Beorn's scenes with a possible redo of the dwarves introduction according to a subtitle consultant. Extended discussion with Smaug.  What are the extra scenes ? What you will get - Extended scenes- 2 disks of Bonuses and unfinished footage, like in the "Unexpected Journey" extended edition.- More New Zealand tourism videos, in the style of "100% Middle Earth, 100% New Zealand"- Director…
 
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    Screaming With Brevity

  • A Review: Factory Reject by Wolfgang Carstens

    Matthew J. Hall
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Wolfgang Carstens’ Factory Reject is a warts and all, autobiographical book where the author has truly left something of himself on every page. There is a sense of urgency throughout this poetry collection in both theme and style. Here is a poet who gets straight to the point and clearly has no intention of mincing […] The post A Review: Factory Reject by Wolfgang Carstens appeared first on Screaming With Brevity.
  • A Review: Remote Life by Edward Anki

    Matthew J. Hall
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:51 am
    Remote Life is Edward Anki’s first collection of poetry and it is further evidence that Bareback Press are succeeding in their commitment to publishing “Bareback writing”, that is, in their own words, “writers who aren’t afraid to take off their gloves and bare themselves, giving the world honesty. Truth we may not like, but are forced […] The post A Review: Remote Life by Edward Anki appeared first on Screaming With Brevity.
  • A Review: Kiki by Amanda Earl

    Matthew J. Hall
    6 Dec 2014 | 8:50 am
    At first glance, Amanda Earl’s Kiki appears to be a straightforward homage to the creative hub that was Montparnasse between the two world wars. But the poems within this book go far deeper than setting smoke-filled scenes, where Dadaists sip red wine and tap ash from non-filtered Gauloises while pontificating about their work and its […] The post A Review: Kiki by Amanda Earl appeared first on Screaming With Brevity.
  • A Review: Love’s an Infection, Illustrated by Janne Karlsson

    Matthew J. Hall
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:46 am
    Love’s an Infection is a twenty-four page anthology of illustrated poems on the theme of love and hurt. This fanzine is underground publishing as it ought to be. Most independent publishing only differs from the major presses in financial backing and other such professional resources. That is not the case with Love’s an Infection. That […] The post A Review: Love’s an Infection, Illustrated by Janne Karlsson appeared first on Screaming With Brevity.
  • A Review: The Puppet’s Tattered Clothes by Alan Bray

    Matthew J. Hall
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:16 pm
    In The Puppet’s Tattered Clothes, Alan Bray has written a modern-day fable where hope and despair are intricately entwined and ever-present. True to fabulist form, many of the life-lessons in this tale stem from the inanimate players. A small and seemingly lifeless troupe of marionette puppets inspire and threaten the outcome of our protagonist’s fate. Familiar […] The post A Review: The Puppet’s Tattered Clothes by Alan Bray appeared first on Screaming With Brevity.
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    ADUIDE

  • "Grey Eyes" Discussion Week Four

    30 Jan 2015 | 6:09 am
    Well, we've come to the end of Frank C. Busch's Grey Eyes and I must say that I really enjoyed the book as a whole.My favorite aspect of the novel was, like I mentioned last week, the magic intertwined with the ceremonial and everyday indian life.Also, the book became really exciting with the turn of events following the halfway point in the book. Of course, we see the enemy has infiltrated the camp and there is a battle brewing. I thought Frank did a great job with the resulting battle and in showing the pain of war while not losing the pace of war.I also really loved the themes of love…
  • "Grey Eyes" Discussion Week Three

    23 Jan 2015 | 5:15 am
    Hey everyone. We're three quarters of the way through the book. We only have one more week left before we finish. What are you thinking of the book so far?This week's reading brought a new and suspicious character in Red Sky Man. What do we think of him? Isn't it obvious by now what we should think of him?There was another new character late in this reading. A girl that I don't want to talk much about here in case I'm going to spoil anything. Yet, we see a weird budding relationship between her and Little Grey Bear Boy and his cousin (who I forget the name of but has Rabbit in the title).One…
  • Deadline: 2015 ZIA Book Award for New Mexico Women

    21 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    The New Mexico Press Women, an inclusive media organization, is extending their deadline for their 2015 Zia Book Award to January 31, 2015.This year's category is non-fiction (the award rotates between fiction, non-fiction, and kid's lit) and is limited to any works written by a woman from (or has a strong connection to) New Mexico. The work must be a published book that was released within the last three years. The author does not have to be a member of the New Mexico Press Women's group to submit, but there is a $25 entrance fee to have your work considered.Consider applying if you're…
  • "Grey Eyes" Discussion Week Two

    20 Jan 2015 | 12:38 pm
    We're now halfway through Frank C. Busch's novel Grey Eyes (Frank's site, Amazon.com, Bkwrks.com, Fernwood Publishing) and this week's discussion is a few days late since I posted the interview with Frank on Friday. The first week's discussion can be found here.What did you think of the recent chapters and the developments of the story. I'm really loving the magical and fantastical aspects of the story. Now that Little Grey Bear Boy is growing up and learning a lot from Painted Turtle Man, we're seeing more of it even though Little Grey Bear Boy doesn't yet know how to use his…
  • Education is the New Buffalo: A Conversation With Frank C. Busch

    15 Jan 2015 | 10:13 pm
    This is the first interview on ADUIDE and I'm glad it's with Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation Author Frank C. Bush. Frank has been an early friend to the blog and this month we are reading through his debut novel, Grey Eyes. You can buy the book from many different websites (Frank's site, Amazon.com, Bkwrks.com, Fernwood Publishing).Frank's Bio from his publishers site: Frank Christopher Busch is a member of the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation and grew up in northern Manitoba. He has spent his professional life working with First Nations businesses, non-profits and governments at the…
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    Adam Oster

  • Flash Fiction Friday: Simple Simon

    Adam
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Something I aimlessly wrote a while back, thought I might as well put it to some use here, as silly as it may be: Once upon a time there was a simple man, who lived in a simple house within a simple town with his simple wife and his simple kids.  The simple man noticed other men lived in houses that were not so simple and found himself daydreaming. The simple man, named Simple Simon, learned one simple thing.  These other men in other houses had one thing in common.  They had jobs, unlike his job, that paid a lot more money.  Upon review, he found they drew their wealth from one…
  • Fat Mogul vs. The Green Bay Packers

    Adam
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    I’m going to go right out and admit something that no Wisconsinite should ever admit, unless they’re willing to incite a riot…I’m not really a Packer Backer…well…that’s not entirely true anymore…let me back up a bit. You see, I’m not originally from Wisconsin.  When I moved here nearly 20 years ago, I wasn’t really aware of what the Packer phenomenon was really all about.  I mean, sure, I have some crazed Packer fans for family, but they never really let their freak flag fly in my presence before…at least, not from what I had…
  • Fat Mogul vs. Authonomy

    Adam
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    There are a ton of places on the internet for writers to congregate or showcase their wares.  I’m not going to pretend that I’ve explored all of them, but I can state definitively that I’ve tried way too many of them. From time to time (read: when I’m out of other things to talk about) I’ll try to showcase different sites and give my thoughts on how they might benefit you, or, how they might just suck you down into the depths of writer despair…. Authonomy just so happens to be a place that has the great possibility of doing both. Authonomy.com is a site…
  • Fat Mogul vs. The Snow

    Adam
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    from Wikipedia. I recently came to the realization that although I had left Tuesdays to just talk about whatever random item might pop into my head at any given moment, I haven’t been…I’ve been using it for things that seem so much more…you know…planned out or something. So, instead, I’m taking today off.  Today is about nothing worthwhile, important, or anything that you should care about at all. Today is about how I feel about snow. Now, although I’ll be soaking up the Florida sun when this thing hits the internets, at the time of writing this,…
  • Marketing Monday: Finding Your Market

    Adam
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    from marketoonist.com One of the hardest things to do, especially as an author, is actually finding where your market is..you know, in order to let them know you exist. Actually, if you know where your market resides, ie. one specific location where all members of your market go on a daily basis and would actually be able and willing to notice your book…well, you’ve really got your task laid out quite easily before you.  Make sure they all see your book in that one location.  Done.  Await your call from the New York Times for how you’d like your bio to read. The truth of…
 
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    Brain Pickings

  • Cassandra Austen’s Drawings of English Royalty for Teenage Jane Austen’s Parodic History of England

    Maria Popova
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:30 am
    “By a partial, prejudiced & ignorant Historian.” “At fifteen, she had few illusions about other people and none about herself,” Virginia Woolf once wrote of Jane Austen. Indeed, the future author of Sense and Sensibility was an early master of dispelling cultural illusions through parody, satire, and general wryness. In 1791, decades before she offered writing advice to her own teenage niece, fifteen-year-old Austen penned The History of England — a short manuscript of 34 pages, subtitled “By a partial, prejudiced & ignorant Historian,”…
  • D.T. Suzuki on What Freedom Really Means and How Zen Can Help Us Cultivate Our Character

    Maria Popova
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    “The ego-shell in which we live is the hardest thing to outgrow.” Alan Watts may be credited with popularizing Eastern philosophy in the West, but he owes the entire trajectory of his life and legacy to a single encounter with the Zen Buddhist sage D.T. Suzuki (October 18, 1870–July 12, 1966) — one of humanity’s greatest and most influential stewards of Zen philosophy. At the age of twenty-one, Watts attended a lecture by Suzuki in London, which so enthralled the young man that he spent the remainder of his life studying, propagating, and building upon…
  • How to Listen Between the Lines: Anna Deavere Smith on the Art of Listening in a Culture of Speaking

    Maria Popova
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    “Some people use language as a mask. And some want to create designed language that appears to reveal them but does not.” In his exquisite taxonomy of the nine kinds of silence, Paul Goodman included “the silence of listening to another speak, catching the drift and helping him be clear.” And yet so often we think of listening as merely an idle pause amid the monologue of making ourselves clear. Hardly anyone has done more to advance the art of listening in a culture of speaking more than artist, actor, playwright, educator, and enchantress of words Anna Deavere Smith,…
  • How Playing Music Benefits Your Brain More than Any Other Activity

    Maria Popova
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:30 am
    “Playing music is the brain’s equivalent of a full-body workout.” “Each note rubs the others just right, and the instrument shivers with delight. The feeling is unmistakable, intoxicating,” musician Glenn Kurtz wrote in his sublime meditation on the pleasures of practicing, adding: “My attention warms and sharpens… Making music changes my body.” Kurtz’s experience, it turns out, is more than mere lyricism — music does change the body’s most important organ, and changes it more profoundly than any other intellectual, creative,…
  • Rilke on What It Really Means to Love

    Maria Popova
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    “For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks… the work for which all other work is but preparation.” The human journey has always been marked by our quest to understand love in order to reap its fruits. We have captured that ever-shifting understanding in some breathtakingly beautiful definitions. There is Susan Sontag, who marveled in her diary: “Nothing is mysterious, no human relation. Except love.” There is Tom Stoppard, who captured its living substance in a most memorable soliloquy. There is Vladimir Nabokov, who…
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