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  • Author T.C. Boyle Inks Two Book Deal With HarperCollins

    ReadersRead.com Book Blog
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:30 pm
    HarperCollins signed award winning author T.C. Boyle to a two book contract. The Harder They Come will be published in March, 2015. Read more on readersread.com Permalink | Recent Headlines | Facebook | Our News Feeds
  • This week’s new books in Romance

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    22 Apr 2014 | 8:57 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Romance’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Otherwise Engaged Stores: USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Amanda Quick ISBN: 0399165142 Publisher: Putnam Adult Publication date: April 22, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $11.86 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ The Eighth Day Stores: USA | Canada | Kindle | UK Kindle By Dianne K. Salerni ISBN: 0062272152 Publisher: HarperCollins Publication date: April 22, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $9.10 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook |…
  • This week’s new books in Engineering

    Any New Books?
    Any new books?
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Engineering’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch Stores: USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Lewis Dartnell ISBN: 159420523X Publisher: Penguin Press HC, The Publication date: April 17, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $16.95 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Design of Modern Communication Networks: Methods and Applications Stores: USA | UK | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Christofer Larsson ISBN: 0124072380 Publisher: Academic Press…
  • 8 Books You Should Read At Least Once

    Better World Books
    Guest Contributor
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:44 am
    As the saying goes, knowledge is power. One of the best ways to acquire knowledge is by reading a variety books that enlighten, inform, and engage your mind. While you may have gotten bored with the selections your local book club made, there are plenty of books you’ve yet to explore that will enhance your life. Whether it’s a novel or a book that provides information, your reading material helps you become more knowledgeable. Plan to read one or more of the selections on this list of books every human should read. Image via Flickr by Friar’s Balsam The Prince by Niccolo…
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    Books on the Nightstand
    Michael Kindness
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:14 pm
    BookCon in NY. Negative reviews for prize-winning books. Books! by Murray McCain, and Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead. A Book Trade Show for Everyone Ellen asked about book trade shows and if they are ever open to “regular” readers. BookCon is a new event that has grown out of Book Expo America, the largest book trade show in the U.S. It’s open to everyone and ticket prices are very reasonable. There will be authors signing, publishers exhibiting, along with panels about books. As far as we know, this is the only trade show that now has a consumer component. Of course there…
 
 
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  • 4 Levels of Editing Explained: Which Service Does Your Book Need?

    Joel Friedlander
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    By Corina Koch MacLeod and Carla Douglas In our last article, 5 Things You Should Know about Working with Beta Readers, we discussed how you can work with beta readers to enhance the self-editing process. Self-editing, or revision, as we call it, is the furthest you can take your manuscript on your own, with feedback from others, but without professional editing help. This is a great first step towards polishing your manuscript. Let’s suppose that you’ve gotten feedback from your beta readers and made any necessary adjustments to your manuscript. What else can you do to find out what your…
  • The Mindset of Successful Self-Publishers

    Joel Friedlander
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    Mindset—yours may be important in determining whether you’ll achieve success in self-publishing, or whether you’ll struggle, never quite getting where you want to go. What is a mindset? Well, it’s kind of like an attitude, or a whole series of attitudes around a particular topic. When we go into a new field, we’re naturally sensitized to notice lots of things we might never have paid attention to before, and this can happen in both significant and mundane parts of life. For instance, maybe you just bought the latest Volvo sports car. All of a sudden, when…
  • This Week in the Blogs, April 12 – 18, 2014

    Joel Friedlander
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    Spring has sprung, and I hope some of the natural beauty of the season is distracting you from the seemingly endless hours we spend staring at screens. Go outside, breath that fresh air, enjoy your family. And this weekend, when you’re looking for a quiet spot and some downtime, check out these articles, you’re sure to find something to help you pass the time. Kristen Lamb on Kristen Lamb’s Blog Social Media, Book Signings & Why Neither Directly Impact Overall Sales “One of my AWESOME on-line pals posted something troublesome on my Facebook page. Apparently there…
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  • March 2014: Book notices

    Debra Hamel
    31 Mar 2014 | 7:00 pm
    J.R. Rain, Silent Echo J.R. Rain's Silent Echo is kind of a strange read. On the one hand, it's very repetitive. A few facts are drummed into the reader's head: the protagonist, Jim Booker, is dying from AIDS-related cancer (though he's not gay); he's being cared for by an almost saintly friend, Numi, a Nigerian who is gay; Jim needs Numi's help but is uncomfortable about being the recipient of his ministrations because Numi's a gay male. On the other hand, despite the repetition, Silent Echo winds up being highly readable. Perhaps this is because it's pretty short (though it arguably should…
  • February 2014: Book notices

    Debra Hamel
    28 Feb 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Lee Goldberg, The Walk Lee Goldberg's The Walk tells the story of network exec Marty Slack's multi-day walk home from downtown L.A. after a massive earthquake levels a huge swath of California. He has adventures along the way--near-death experiences and acts of heroism, much of it in the company of a likable if two-dimensional bounty hunter named Buck. The plot line seems the sort of thing many television series are made of. A wandering man passes through the lives of the various characters he meets on his journey--think Bill Bixby's David Banner or, mutatis mutandis, Michael Landon's…
  • Jager, Eric: Blood Royal

    Debra Hamel
    1 Feb 2014 | 6:00 am
    Little, Brown, 352 pages1st published: 2014 I read Eric Jager's The Last Duel (my review) some eight years ago, and it still stands out for me as one of the best books I've read since I began blogging books. I was delighted, then, when the author sent me a copy of his new book, Blood Royal: A True Tale of Crime and Detection in Medieval Paris. As the subtitle promises, Blood Royal tells the story of a crime, the murder of Louis of Orleans, who was struck down one night in 1407 by a gang of assassins. This was no ordinary murder, because Louis was the brother of the King of France,…
  • January 2014: Book notices

    Debra Hamel
    30 Jan 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Jeff Abbott, Adrenaline Adrenaline is the first book in Jeff Abbott's series of Sam Capra novels. Sam is a CIA agent stationed in London when the book begins, happily married to a fellow agent and with a baby on the way. But his world explodes into chaos one morning with scarcely a moment's notice, and he spends the rest of the book's some 500 pages chasing bad guys by way of trying to put his life back together. Adrenaline is the sort of novel I like, all spies and, well, adrenaline against a cool European backdrop, but about two thirds of the way into this one I pretty much wanted it to be…
  • December 2013: Book notices

    Debra Hamel
    31 Dec 2013 | 6:00 pm
    Brad Stone, The Everything Store I'm a big fan of Amazon and so was eager to read this book. Still, I'm a bit surprised at how interesting I found it. I don't think I could as happily read about the history of any other company--with the possible exception of Twitter. Stone writes about Bezos' personal life to an extent: his work history pre-Amazon, and there's a bit about his life growing up and his estranged biological father. But mostly the book is about the meteoric rise of Amazon and about Bezos as CEO--he's volatile, merciless, almost, in pursuit of his goals, far-sighted, and…
 
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    Chronicle Books Blog

  • Earth Day the Vegan Way

    Peter Perez
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:48 pm
    It’s easy to see why Chronicle invited me to be their guest blogger on Earth Day. I’m into the earth in a big way – both in terms of enjoying its harvest, and also wanting to help protect it for future generations. My newest cookbook, written in collaboration with my daughter Marea, is called Straight from the Earth, and the company I founded with my husband Drew thirty years ago is named Earthbound Farm. Although it’s obvious when we think about it, in our busy lives it’s too easy to forget that we are all 100% dependent on this beautiful planet for our sustenance. Eating lower…
  • Dear Josey Baker,

    Stephen Houghton
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:51 am
    At long last, your book Josey Baker Bread is here for the world to see and bake and taste. Congratu-freaking-lations! One of the perks of working in publishing is getting to see manuscripts long before they go to the printer. When I peeked at yours last summer, I did cartwheels because you included the recipe for Dark Mountain Rye. Of all your breads (and how can anyone pick a favorite?), that guy has the most soul and complexity. As you know from Instagram, I’ve been baking from it weekly since July. Who would have dreamt that you could make a dense, seedy, hearty loaf in an average…
  • The Making of What’s In Your Purse?

    Ryan Hayes
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Whether it be a book, a toy, or a machine, there is often a curiosity in children and adults alike about how things are made. It’s one thing to see the finished version of something. But it’s an entirely different experience to learn the story and process leading up to that final “thing”. From proposal to the final book, let’s take a look at how What’s in Your Purse? came to be: When Ben (our industrial designer) and I were tapped to work together on What’s in Your Purse?, Kelli (our editor) presented us with the proposal from the author Abigail…
  • Library Love

    Guinevere de la Mare
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:39 pm
    We wrapped up National Library Week today with a surprise cookie drop at the SF Public Library. All the circulation staff and children’s librarians from around the city were at the main branch for staff meetings this morning, so we organized a guerrilla delivery of baked goods to the library before doors opened to the public. Eight Chronicle volunteer bakers and five steady-handed cookie decorators chipped in to help us make 400 homemade treats. Publisher Christine Carswell contributed a batch of her divinely rich Millionaire’s Shortbread, and Food & Drink publishing director…
  • In Focus: The Public Library

    Irene Kim
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Our celebration of National Library Week continues with this week’s In Focus feature, The Public Library. A beautiful photographic essay by Robert Dawson, The Public Library presents an inspiring selection of libraries monumental and modest. Essays, letters, and poetry by distinguished writers and librarians complete this impassioned tribute to a vibrant but threatened American institution. Nation’s smallest library, now closed, in Hartland Four Corners, Vermont (left) and Central Library in Seattle, Washington (right) The public library of today, with its commitment to…
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    Bookslut

  • Gazelle in the House by Lisa Williams

    6 Apr 2014 | 3:08 am
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  • The Restless Supermarket by Ivan Vladislavić

    6 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
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  • No Forwarding Address

    6 Apr 2014 | 2:58 am
    A letter comes in the mail -- blue envelope fat with folded sheets, Technicolor crowned heads on a panoply of foreign stamps. It's not for me but for Vi, the woman who lived here before the man who lived here...
  • An Interview with John Kelly

    6 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    John Kelly knows his onions. That much is certain from the first sentence of From Out of the City. The novel opens about fifty years or so in the future, in a Dublin hot as the tropics, and reeking of...
  • The Human Skeptic: A Primer on Patrick White

    5 Apr 2014 | 6:02 am
    Part 1 Let me put you in a box against your will. You read much and often. You have heard of Patrick White because when you're feeling desperate you browse the literature section of nobelprize.org and marvel that as an...
 
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    800 CEO Read

  • Tabatha Coffey Owns It!

    Roy
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:43 am
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  • Thinker in Residence: Warren Berger on Business & Books

    Sally
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:42 am
    Tweet “On the big questions of finding meaning, fulfillment, and happiness, we’re deluged with answers–in the form of off-the-shelf advice, tips, strategies from experts and gurus. It shouldn’t be any wonder if those generic solutions don’t quite fit: To get to our answers, we must formulate and work through the questions ourselves.” ~Warren Berger Q&A on Business & Books with Warren Berger, author of A More Beautiful Question What is the one unanswered question about business you are most interested in answering? WB: How might we encourage more…
  • Thinker in Residence: A Q&A with Warren Berger

    Sally
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Tweet “We have an education and business culture that tends to reward quick factual answers over imaginative inquiry. Questioning isn’t encouraged—it is barely tolerated.” ~Warren Berger Q&A with Warren Berger on A More Beautiful Question In his new book, A More Beautiful Question, author and journalist Warren Berger shows that one of the most powerful forces for igniting change in business and our daily lives is a simple, under-appreciated tool—one that has been available to us since childhood. Questioning can help us identify and solve problems, come up with…
  • ChangeThis: Issue 116

    dylan
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:56 am
    Tweet How Your Biases Make You Blind by Faisal Hoque & Drake Baer “If a company is homogenous in form, it leads to a lack of understanding of what value the customer wants. That misunderstanding is the seed of disruption, for the gap between the value you think your customers want and the value your customers actually want is precisely the space where a competitor can replace you.” Heed Your Call by David M. Howitt “You have been invited to heed your call, and now it is up to you to decide where you go from here. You are the result of the choices you make every single day, and what…
  • Thinker in Residence: Warren Berger

    Sally
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Tweet “We’re all hungry today for better answers. But first, we must learn to ask the right questions.” Warren Berger believes questions are more important than answers. He is the creator of the website amorebeautifulquestion.com and author of the new book A More Beautiful Question (Bloomsbury)—both focusing on the power of inquiry to spark breakthrough ideas. An expert on design thinking and innovation, Berger has interviewed and studied hundreds of the world’s leading innovators, designers, and creative thinkers to analyze how they ask change-making questions, solve…
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  • Goodbye to King of the Blurbs

    Tess Malone
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Recently, it seemed hard to find a book not blurbed by Gary Shteyngart. He did blurb 150 books in the past decade. Yet now the author has decided to mostly retire from blurbing, he announced in The New Yorker. “Literature can and will go on without my mass blurbing. Perhaps it may even improve.” Pair with: Our own Bill Morris’s essay on whether or not to blurb.  
  • Shirley Jackson in the Woods

    Tess Malone
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    The New Yorker has published another recently discovered Shirley Jackson short story “The Man in the Woods,” a fairy tale that takes on some classic mythology. According to her son, it’s one of many new stories found in her archives, and we can expect a new collection next year. “What was surprising to us was not that she was so prolific and had left behind so much unseen work but, rather, the quality of that work,” Laurence Jackson Hyman said.
  • 450 Years of Juliets: On Women Making Shakespeare

    Stefanie Peters
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Today we celebrate the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth. Why are we celebrating it? A simple answer is that Shakespeare’s plays still speak to us. But for me, as for so many women since Shakespeare wrote his first play in around 1590, my response to his plays is complicated by my gender. Virginia Woolf wrote in the first draft of To the Lighthouse that “man has Shakespeare & women have not.” This is true. At the same time, this is not true. Women Making Shakespeare, a new anthology from The Arden Shakespeare series edited by Gordon McMullan, Lena Cowen Orlin, and Virginia…
  • Not a Chore

    Thomas Beckwith
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    One of the more persnickety questions a writer has to deal with is how to capitalize the title of a piece correctly. Thankfully, there’s now a website that does it for you, based on the rules in the Chicago Manual of Style.
  • Pulp and Not

    Thomas Beckwith
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Is “literary” fiction just a product of clever marketing? Elizabeth Edmondson thinks it is. At The Guardian, she argues that classically literary authors like Jane Austen had no idea they were writing Literature — posterity classified their work as such later on. Her essay dovetails nicely with our own Edan Lepucki’s argument that literature is a genre.
 
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    Opinions of a Teen Who Reads

  • Catcher in the Rye: Review

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:03 am
    Author: J.D. SalingerAge range: 13 & upContent: Mild romance, mild sexual content, moderate language, no violenceGenre: Classic FictionPublisher: Little BrownPages: 224Where to get it: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target, Half-Price BooksSynopsis:The coming-of-age story of Holden Caulfield.Opinions:I'm pretty sure I've mentioned about much I dislike this book in previous posts. And those feelings of dislike are definitely still alive. I don't like this book and I don't understand why everyone makes such a big deal out of it.I mean, I get that it was written in a…
  • Those People Who Imagine for a Living

    13 Apr 2014 | 10:01 am
    I'm really stuck for post ideas so here's a list of all my favorite authors. In no particular order. John Green.Rainbow Rowell.Stephen King.Dean Koontz.Cassandra Clare.Jonathan Safran Foer.George R.R. Martin.Harper Lee.Paul Zindel.S.E. Hinton.David Levithan.Markus Zusak.Ruta Sepetys.John Corey Whaley.Stephen Emond.Tom McNeal.Suzanne Collins.Yes. It's a short list. Usually when I fall in love with authors, I obsessively stick with them until I've read every single one of their books. Example: Stephen King Month. This will probably go down as one of my most boring posts ever. But I don't…
  • Doctor Sleep: Review

    31 Mar 2014 | 9:46 am
    Author: Stephen KingAge range: 16 & upContent: Moderate romance, moderate sexual content, high language, high violenceGenre: Science Fiction / HorrorPublisher: ScribnerPages: 531Where to get it: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target, Half-Price BooksSynopsis:Across America, a tribe of people called the True Knot travel in search of bright and shining children. They look harmless; mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their crappy RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and twelve-year-old Abra Stone learns, the True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off of the "steam" the…
  • Firestarter: Review

    30 Mar 2014 | 7:56 am
    Author: Stephen KingAge range: 17 & upContent: Moderate romance, moderate sexual content, moderate language, high violenceGenre: Science Fiction / HorrorPublisher: Penguin Group (USA) IncorporatedPages: 416Where to get it: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target, Half-Price BooksSynopsis:First, a man and a woman are subjects of a top-secret government experiment made to produce extraordinary psychic powers. Then the man and woman get married and have a child. Early on, their daughter shows signs of a powerful, yet horrific force growing inside of her. Almost desperately,…
  • It: Review

    24 Mar 2014 | 10:30 am
    Author: Stephen KingAge range: 18 & upContent: Moderate romance, high sexual content, high language, high violenceGenre: Fiction / HorrorPublisher: Penguin Group (USA) IncorporatedPages: 1104Where to get it: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target, Half-Price Books Synopsis:They were mere kids when they first discovered the horror in their hometown of Derry, Maine. Now as adults, they still don't understand what's pulling them back, after twenty-seven years of peace, to face their childhood nightmare, the evil without a name.Opinions:Yeah, March is gonna be SK month. I…
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    The Book Deal: A Publishing Blog for Writers and Book People

  • Ask the editor: Breaking the “write what you know” rule

    Alan Rinzler
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Q: I have a terrific story to tell, but it didn’t actually happen to me. Is it possible to write with authenticity about something you haven’t experienced firsthand? A: Many great books are written by authors who seem to have nothing in common with their character’s experiences. Different gender, culture, time in history, geographic location. Stephen Crane wrote The Red Badge of Courage, an amazing description of a bloody hand-to-hand combat and death during the infamous Civil War battle of Chancellorsville without ever having any experience in the military or violent conflict of any…
  • Have you ever written something you later regretted?

    Alan Rinzler
    11 Mar 2014 | 11:01 pm
    I sure have. It was 1964 and I was on assignment for The Nation magazine to write a review of the Beatles at Carnegie Hall, their first live appearance in the United States. No Soul in Beatlesville There I was, standing on a shaky balcony seat trying to see the stage over a mob of hysterical, screaming and sobbing 13-year-old girls. I was 25 years old and a rhythm and blues purist, a wannabee soul brother. I didn’t get the Beatles. My review?  It was vicious. I called it No Soul in Beatlesville and eviscerated the band as “derivative, a deliberate imitation…manna for dull minds”.
  • Staying connected: You’re not alone

    Alan Rinzler
    26 Jan 2014 | 10:23 pm
    When you’re writing in the zone, you feel confident and creative, ready for prime time, readers, agents, and publishers, right? But it doesn’t always come that easily.  When writers get stuck, those good feelings can drop away quickly. A lonely occupation Writing is a solitary business for the most part, with hours spent alone, day after day. You zip forward, then maybe you stall, so you start over, you revise, revise again… It’s not easy. It can take years to write a book you’re proud of. Feelings of isolation and self-doubt are occasionally part of the bargain for any…
  • Prequels build buzz!

    Alan Rinzler
    16 Dec 2013 | 10:41 am
    Have you heard what some savvy authors are doing to build excitement and attract readers to their upcoming books? They’re writing prequels: tantalizing teasers in short story form that preview the key characters and settings of an upcoming novel. Some prequels predate or provide backstories for the longer books to come. Others are like outtakes from the novel, standalone narratives that add to our knowledge of the characters but don’t appear in the books themselves. Prequels provide readers with the flavor and quality of the forthcoming book in a way that makes them yearn to read more.
  • Too much vertical space in your manuscript?

    Alan Rinzler
    25 Nov 2013 | 4:03 pm
    In filmmaking, vertical space is shorthand for script pages with lots of white and not a lot of words. For scriptwriters it’s the rule. A script has dialogue, brief notes for action on the screen and not much else. It makes for quick reading and ensures a kind of textual scarcity that directors consider a virtue, since in the movie business, directors, not screenwriters, are the storytellers. They’re the ones who bring the action, dialogue, sound, light, color, and music together into a coherent narrative. For a book author, however, a lot of vertical space is usually a sign of trouble.
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  • MediaWeek (V8, N15): Hilary Mantel, Easy Printing, Science Fiction, NYC Bookstores + More

    PersonaNonData
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Here is the flipboard version of PND From London's Evening Standard last week a look at Hilary Mantel's writing after the stage productions of her Cromwell books:The experience of seeing her characters brought to life in the RSC’s stage adaptations of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, about to transfer to the West End, has changed Hilary Mantel’s writing for ever, she tells Alison RobertsThe third part of the Cromwell opus, called The Mirror and the Light, is even now “unspooling” before her eyes and ears, though there’s still no date for its appearance — “I won’t commit to…
  • Interview with Publisher's Weekly

    PersonaNonData
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:03 am
    I was interviewed for the PW Daily at LBF this week: What has surprised you about the digital landscape in 2014? Can you give us an example of the kinds issues you see for publishers, looking forward? Perhaps the thing that surprises me most is the we haven’t seen the erosion of foreign rights as quickly as I might have thought, given how digital distribution is no longer dependent on needing a local distribution node. I think that’s doubly odd, given the precipitous decline in physical retail options in places like Australia and New Zealand and to a similar extent in the U.K. and other…
  • MediaWeek (V8, N14): VIvian Maier, Rizzoli Bookstore, Amazon Prime, Local Bookstores, + More

    PersonaNonData
    7 Apr 2014 | 11:45 pm
    Flipboard version: http://flip.it/rmD2x Vivian Maier: The Unknown Photographer (Economist)VIVIAN MAIER'S name deserves to be immortalised in the history of photography alongside the greats of the 20th century like Robert Frank, Helen Levitt and Diane Arbus. Yet the work of this Chicago-based nanny was unknown until the very last years of her life. Indeed it might have languished in obscurity forever were it not for the auction in 2007 of the contents of a storage locker on which she had stopped paying rent.John Maloof, then a 26-year-old amateur historian, spent $380 on one box of negatives…
  • CEO: Publishing Technology

    PersonaNonData
    1 Apr 2014 | 5:29 am
    Publishing Technology names Michael Cairns as new CEOPublishing Technology plc (LSE: PTO), a leading provider of content solutions for publishers, has today announced that Michael Cairns has been appointed Chief Executive Officer with effect from 1 April 2014. Michael Cairns joined Publishing Technology plc in May 2013, when he took the position of Chief Operating Officer of the company’s online division. He has been responsible for improving the divisional strategy to focus on business development and operational efficiency and with significant steps having been made towards these goals,…
  • MediaWeek (V8, N13): Lonely Planet, Digital & Comics, Philip Roth Inteview, UCal Online Courses +More

    PersonaNonData
    30 Mar 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Here are this week's articles at my flipboard magazine: http://flip.it/rmD2xOutside magazine takes a look at Lonely Planet and wonders, Can it Survive?Less than a year later, Kelley saw an opportunity. Lonely Planet, the Melbourne, Australia, guidebook company, seller of 120 million books, was struggling. In 2007, the BBC had bought Lonely Planet from its founders, Tony and Maureen Wheeler, for $210 million. Profits had since cratered due to the global recession, appreciation of the Australian dollar, and the struggling bonok industry.Kelley offered $77 million for the company and closed the…
 
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    Blogposts | The Guardian

  • UK hits deficit target; Greece posts a primary surplus - business live

    Graeme Wearden
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:39 am
    All the day's business and economic news, as UK manufacturing confidence soars, Greece hits its primary budget surplus and France's private sector recovery faltersUK hits deficit targetFrench private sector stumblesChina's factory output falls again 4.22pm BST The European Central Bank is ready to take action if inflation falls too far below its forecast, one of its governing council members said today. The comments by Ardo Hansson, the governor of Estonia's central bank, to the Wall Street Journal reiterate the bank's recent stance. Analysts have taken this to mean anything from negative…
  • What next for Manchester United after David Moyes? live! | Ian McCourt

    Giles Richards
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:27 am
    The latest reaction and news to David Moyes' sackingMoyes says club need a 'fundamental rebuilding'Five steps to finding a successor to David MoyesUnited set to beat Chelsea in £30m deal for Luke ShawPaul Wilson: Time for Manchester United to get realSend your thoughts to giles.richards@theguardian.comOr get in touch over on the Twitter @giles_richards 4.27pm BST The Press Association's Martyn Ziegler reports that United's brief share rise has disappeared. "The sharp rise in the value of Manchester United's shares after David Moyes was sacked was wiped out in the space of an hour when…
  • Lily Allen's creepy new video and the BBC's mumbly new drama today's breaking pop culture news

    Gwilym Mumford (10am-1.30pm) Lanre Bakare (1.30pm onwards)
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:16 am
    All the best of the day's pop culture news, and some of the worstWe'll be discussing Derek, monitoring Madonna and forlornly fêting FriendsPlus tunes, videos, GIFs and gags.Get in touch via Twitter @guideguardian or in the comments below 4.16pm BST Series two of Derek is starting tonight on Channel 4. Ricky Gervais's sitcom about life in a nursing home which stars Gervais as Derek - a middle-aged man who has learning difficulties - has seen him lambasted from all quarters for being an offensive douchebag. Mark Lawson lays out the arguments for and against the show in his piece on the…
  • How Fleet Street's finest defeated Israel's Gulf War censorship

    Roy Greenslade
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:14 am
    My posting yesterday, "New York Times obeys Israeli gag order over journalist's arrest", mentioned the fact that journalists working in Israel are expected to sign a censorship document in order to obtain a press card.It reminded one of my former Daily Mirror colleagues, Gordon Hay, of his experiences in Tel Aviv during the 1991 Gulf War when Iraq launched missile attacks on Israel. Here is his recollection of events...I arrived in Israel in the early days of the war. Foreign journalists weren't asked to sign press accreditation declarations, but we were asked to submit all copy and…
  • Visiting libraries makes us as happy as a £1,359 pay rise

    Lucy Mangan
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    Well, that's what a study from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport seems to say. Strange, then, that it's not reversing its policies on closing librariesGreat news for book lovers. The results of a study commissioned by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to measure which activities make us happier are in and the top joy-inducing spots are occupied by dancing, swimming and wait for it, wait for it ... going to the library. Apparently, the uplift it gives people is equivalent to a £1,359 pay rise.I know. It's fantastic. Faced with figures like that, especially from…
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  • Terence Davies' Of Time and the City

    5 Apr 2014 | 10:39 am
    Of Time and the City is a 2008 documentary collage film directed by Terence Davies. The film has Davies recalling his life growing up in Liverpool in the 1950s and 1960s, using newsreel and documentary footage supplemented by his own commentary voiceover and contemporaneous and classical music soundtracks. The film premiered at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival where it received rave reviews... (wikipedia)
  • The Meaning of Faith and Reason

    9 Mar 2014 | 3:21 am
    It’s good practice, if you are going to argue with something, to aim at the best version of that thing you are arguing with. In Reason, Faith, and Revolution, Terry Eagleton argues that opponents of religion like Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens (or ‘Ditchkins’ as Eagleton calls them) should criticize religion as it actually exists, not the lesser versions of their imagination. Reason, Faith, and Revolution, originally from the Dwight H. Terry Lectures in 2008 at Yale, finds Eagleton wading into the “religion debates” made famous by the New Atheists. As Dawkins and other New…
  • Cindytalk: Love comes in from nowhere

    7 Mar 2014 | 9:16 am
    Cindytalk got me through... much of my youth, and most of my twenties. This is an unreleased demo track recorded in 1982. It was, as Gordon Sharp says in the YouTube comments, one of the first ever Cindytalk recordings...
  • "I'd kill a dragon for you..."

    5 Mar 2014 | 10:49 am
    Twenty-six years ago. Fuck...
  • Eagleton: an overview

    4 Mar 2014 | 2:12 am
    Fifty years ago, Terry Eagleton—one of the foremost and polemical cultural critics and literary theorists—was appointed Fellow in English at Jesus College, Cambridge shortly after graduating from the university himself with a First in English. He was the youngest fellow in the history of the college since the eighteenth century, and he hasn’t stopped working at such an accelerated pace. While accepting professorships in the U.S, the UK, and Ireland (not to mention countless guest speaker appearances worldwide), he has published more than forty books that cover topics across the board,…
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    Litopia All Shows +Video

  • How To Negotiate With A Publisher

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    13 Apr 2014 | 5:45 am
    A setback for authors who want to reclaim their e-book rights from publishers; Peter reveals one of his negotiating techniques; and someone in South Carolina has the world’s most highly-tuned Gaydar!  Presented from Florida by leading lawyer Donna Ballman and from London by literary agent Peter Cox. Links to stories mentioned in this show: Judge Rules for HarperCollins in Open Road E-Book Dispute Musicians May Lobby To Change Royalty Regs After Manhattan Court Ruling Holocaust novel focus of copyright suit South Carolina House votes to cut funds for universities over gay books Follow…
  • Ukraine, Crimea & World War III

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    24 Mar 2014 | 1:22 pm
    It started in Sochi — the most expensive winter Olympics in history. A winter Olympics which, let us not forget, saw Great Britain take the gold in curling! Then Pussy Riot— which is decidedly not a niche pornography market — were being publicly horsewhipped by men in funny hats while the world recoiled in horror and… didn’t do much of anything, really. Then, in the beating Orange heart of Kiev’s Independence Square, came the protesters — or maybe they weren’t protesters at all: maybe they were agent provocateurs from America. Next came the riot police — or maybe they…
  • Wake Up & Smell The Pr0n

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    24 Mar 2014 | 11:40 am
    We’re talking advances again, and following the cautionary tale of a pair of writers who went from self-made success... to “traditional” publishing failure... and now, hopefully, back to the self-publishing world again where the advances aren’t stellar - but at least you are your own boss.  Follow along, it’s well worth studying. Links to items mentioned on this show... Author cheated Bronx dog trainer out of book profits Adult Magazine Publisher Sues LeaseWeb for Providing Services to Copyright Infringers Beneficial Owner of “Spank” Has Standing in Copyright Infringement…
  • Jim Davidson: Standing Up For Himself

    4 Mar 2014 | 11:53 am
    Jim Davidson gives his first major interview since winning Celebrity Big Brother! Cockney comic Jim Davidson was written off as a dinosaur by a younger breed of middle class stand-ups. Falsely suspected of all the "isms", Tory-backing, troops-loving, womanising Jim had been sacked by the BBC and snubbed by TV. And when he was arrested by Operation Yewtree in January 2012... well, it seemed that after four explosive and lucrative decades of fame, Davidson was finally finished. Media commentators queued up to dance on what they saw as the grave of his career. But then in rapid succession the…
  • A Mockinbird Settles

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    23 Feb 2014 | 8:00 am
    One of the nice things about our listeners is that they share their views and experiences with us. So it is that, after we last covered the lawsuit brought by  “To Kill a Mockingbird” legend Harper Lee against a museum in her south Alabama hometown, both Donna and Peter have changed their views on the case.  Thank you, Debriefists! Well, that suit has been settled now – and a very good thing, too. And while we’re speaking of past shows, here is the link Peter mentioned to our show featuring author Sherry Jones, whose trilas and tribulations with her book “The Jewel of…
 
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    Omnivoracious

  • Five Questions with Elaine Lui and the Squawking Chicken

    Robin A. Rothman
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    The Squawking Chicken's opinions are not for the thin skinned or weak willed. Canadian gossip blogger and TV talk show host Elaine Lui has spent her life getting to know the woman who raised her. She makes no apologies for her mother's aggressive personality; rather, she celebrates it with Listen to the Squawking Chicken, one of our Best of the Month books in April and a Mother's Day recommendation. In addition to acting as a personal memoir, Lui's book serves also as her mother's biography, detailing the life of a young girl growing up in Hong Kong to a young woman…
  • 100 Mysteries & Thrillers to Read in a Lifetime

    Chris Schluep
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:15 am
    The Amazon editors have spent the last few months putting together a list of what we're calling 100 Mysteries & Thrillers to Read in a Lifetime-- a list of books that will make any person well-read in the genre. As in all lists of this sort, it's a subjective business; but that was half the fun. As Sara Nelson, our Editorial Director, likes to say, we're a pretty opinionated group when it comes to this sort of thing. So we argued, yes, but we're happy with the end result. We hope you are, too. If you're not, you can go to Goodreads to vote for your own favorites.
  • 22 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am

    Jon Foro
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    As a writer for a blog that is somewhat preoccupied with literary fiction and popular nonfiction, it's not often that I have the opportunity (or reason) to go off-topic and talk about a fitness book. Training for the New Alpinism: A Manual for the Climber as Athlete, by Steve House and Scott Johnston, is no ordinary fitness book. House is a world-renowned climber and an advocate of the "alpine-style": A fast-and-light, carry-all-your-gear approach that eschews the siege-style encampments and support typical in commercial mountaineering, especially in places such as Mt. Everest.
  • Amazon Asks: Daryl Gregory on "Afterparty," Comic Book Geekery, and Plagiarizing His First "Novel"

    Robin A. Rothman
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    My excitement for Afterparty has been growing since the moment I read the book's synopsis back in December. It was a lock for my most anticipated Science Fiction & Fantasy books of 2014. Then, I started reading... and I just couldn't stop. Daryl Gregory has combined addictive elements of multiple genres -- the adrenaline rush of a race against time and enemies, the challenge to distinguish between good and bad guys, the inventiveness of a near future world -- to tell a story that's at once frightening and funny. Some chapters are so well-imagined I've gone back and reread them out of context,…
  • Amazon Asks: Francine Prose on Advice from Mavis Gallant, Negotiating Her First Advance, and the "Ultimate Empowered Little Girl"

    Sara Nelson
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 is Francine Prose's 17th novel (and 27th book, counting nonfiction and young adult titles). And even this longtime fan considers it one of her very best. The story of bohemian Paris between the World Wars, it's bawdy and racy and not a little brave. Prose says it all started with a photograph she saw in a museum, a shot of two women at a table in a French bar: "one in a sparkly evening gown, the other in [male] drag." Et voila: a novel was born. What's the elevator pitch for your book? First I hit the panic button so we stall…
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  • A SINGLE THREAD only $2.99 this week!

    SaraReyes
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Hey, did you know A SINGLE THREAD, the first book in the Cobbled Court series, is only $2.99 this week (through April 27th). If you haven’t discovered the enchanting world of the women of New Bern, here’s your chance to get the first book for a special price on your e-reader. Kindle | nook | […]
  • Fresh Pick | A KILLING NOTION by Melissa Bourbon

    SaraReyes
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:34 am
    Fresh Pick for Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 is A KILLING NOTION by Melissa Bourbon #WhatsNewTuesday Great Read Magical Dressmaking Mysteries #5 NAL April 2014 On Sale: April 1, 2014 320 pages ISBN: 0451417208 EAN: 9780451417206 Kindle: B00F9EZBXS Paperback / e-Book Add to Wish List Mystery Cozy Buy A Copy Amazon.com Kindle BN.com Powell’s Books Indiebound […]
  • Amanda McIntyre | Earth Day April 22, 2014

    SaraReyes
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:09 am
    “Salt of the Earth” Many of you are familiar with the term, used in biblical text , it not only refers to a spiritual meaning, but has a context, too, that refers to one who is grounded, a person who respects the earth, cares for it—in short, those generations of farmers and ranchers who have […]
  • Roz Lee | Fix or Replace – The Relationship Dilemma

    SaraReyes
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:36 am
    We live in a disposable society. Given the abundance of inexpensive products and rapidly changing technology, most people choose to toss out their underperforming items rather than attempt to fix them. Toaster not toasting? Not a problem. There are a dozen or more to choose from at your local department store, or better yet, order […]
  • Monday Musing – Convention Season

    SaraReyes
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:03 am
    What a great day! It’s Monday and in the northern hemisphere according to the television weather maps we have spring-like weather in most parts. When you’re shopping, spring flowers are everywhere, and most people are thinking about their gardens. Well, I think and plan a garden each year but not so competent in execution. I […]
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  • YABC Mailbox Book Haul - April 2014 + Giveaway (US only)

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:45 am
      Hey guys! Ready to see what we got in the YABC Mailbox this past month? First, here's the mess I made unboxing it all: I bet you already spy some goodies in there, don't you?  On to the book haul!     Some great titles from Random House Kids! And look, a diverse YA heroine! Woot!   I'm just a *tad* excited to have LET THE STORM BREAK in my hands.  Great haul from Simon Teen and Random House Kids!   Some more Simon Teen pretties and two from Merit Press!   Here we have beauties from HarlequinTeen, Orbit, and Sourcebooks.    Titles from…
  • It's live!! Cover Reveal: The Rift by Chris Howard + Giveaway (US/Canada)

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:56 pm
      Hello, YABCers! We have another great cover reveal this week! Today we're super excited to reveal the cover for THE RIFT (ROOTLESS #2) by Chris Howard releasing on Arbor Day, April 25, 2014. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Chris:   Hi there!   YABC hosted the cover reveal for my debut novel, ROOTLESS, and now that the second book in the trilogy, THE RIFT, is almost available, we’ve decided to keep this tradition alive! I’m thrilled the book will soon be in the hands of readers, I’m thrilled about this cover, and I’m thrilled to be sharing…
  • It's live!! Cover Reveal: Tiger's Promise by Colleen Houck + Giveaway (International)

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
      Hello, YABCers! We have a very exciting cover reveal for you today! Today we're super excited to reveal the cover for TIGER'S PROMISE by Colleen Houck releasing June 1, 2014. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Colleen:   Dear YABC Readers,   I'm so excited to reveal the cover of my new novella, TIGER'S PROMISE. Yesubai's story has been one that I've been longing to delve into for quite a long time. She is a fascinating character and a much more sympathetic and stronger person than even I gave her credit for. The more I learned about her father, the…
  • Title Reveal: Book 2 in the Alex Wayfare Series by MG Buehrlen + Giveaway (International)

    10 Apr 2014 | 5:46 am
      We have a special treat for you today, YABCers! A title reveal! Today we're honored to reveal the title for Book #2 in the Alex Wayfare Series by MG Buehrlen releasing Spring 2015 from Strange Chemistry. Before we get to the title, here's a note from MG:   I was certain there would be months of agonizing title trials as we searched for the perfect title for the sequel to THE 57 LIVES OF ALEX WAYFARE. Mainly because I'm horrible at coming up with titles and place names and character names. The pressure! It's just too intense, and I get bogged down by silly details. But…
  • It's live!! Cover Reveal: Zeroboxer by Fonda Lee + Giveaway (US/Canada)

    7 Apr 2014 | 4:23 pm
      Hello, YABCers! Are you ready for another cover reveal? Today we're super excited to reveal the cover for ZEROBOXER by Fonda Lee releasing April 8, 2015 from Flux/Llewellyn. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Fonda:   When my editor and I first started talking about ideas for the cover of ZEROBOXER, we bounced around a few exciting concepts. Should we try to reflect the action in the story with a futuristic fight image? Should we try for a classic sci­fi feel, with the main character, Carr, on a lunar landscape with the ubiquitous bright light shining…
 
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    Kristina Blogs

  • Finding Books

    kristiblo
    12 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    I’m fairly new to reading books on an E-Reader, and finding new sources of ebooks has become a hobby on its own. What I’m loving the most about ebooks so far is that there are so many ways to get great books, both free, and at inexpensive prices. I can have the book right when I want to read it, no waiting to get to the book store when I have free time. Here are some of the most useful sources of books I’ve found while exploring the wide world of ebooks. Amazon This one is obvious, Amazon has pretty much any book available. They don’t always have the best prices…
  • Set the Mood

    kristiblo
    12 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Reading is an important ritual for me. It’s my favorite activity. I like to read more than I like to do anything else in the world (aside from maybe eating). I read all throughout the day, sneaking in little bits and pieces of chapters whenever I can. When I know I am going to sit down and spend a large chunk of time reading, I like to make an event out of it. These are some of the things I do to get the mood right when devouring a good book. Get cozy It’s important for me to be as comfortable as possible if I’ll be spending hours with a book. I get out lots of pillows and I…
  • The Joy of Books

    kristiblo
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    A brief interlude from my usual book ramblings and reviews to marvel in the beauty of this video I discovered on Youtube today. This sounds kind of silly, but the music and beautiful editing made me feel a tiny bit emotional. Just a tiny bit. I just love books so much. The post The Joy of Books appeared first on Kristina Blogs.
  • Disappointing Reads: Feed

    kristiblo
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    I picked up Feed for a number of reasons. First, I kept seeing this book pop up all the time. I was very familiar with the bloody RSS symbol on the cover even before I knew what the book was about. Second, there was a lot of buzz around it. I knew this book was well liked by many people whose taste I share. Third was finally reading the plot summary. This book is about bloggers in a zombie apocalypse world. It sounded exactly like the sort of thing I would like, so where did it go wrong? Feed started off well enough for me. I loved the world that was introduced and I loved the characters. As…
  • Series Review: The Lunar Chronicles

    kristiblo
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    I recently had the pleasure of picking up The Lunar Chronicle series. I had been in a bit of a book rut and I needed something quick paced and light that would get me back in the reading mood. After a week of starting and quitting books several chapters in, a friend recommended the first book in the series, Cinder. I was a little hesitant. I know they say “never judge a book by its cover” but I hated the cover of this book and the summary of the plot wasn’t getting me excited either. Throw in a couple of gif-filled reviews on Goodreads, and my expectations were set even…
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    The Horn Book

  • Anybody want a peanut?

    Elissa Gershowitz
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    We recently received the (adult) graphic novel biography Andre the Giant: Life and Legend by Box Brown (May 2014, First Second). As any Princess Bride fan will know, Andre the Giant is the professional-wrestler-turned-actor who played Fezzik in the movie. Born Andre Rene Roussimoff, he grew up in rural Molien, France, where he was too large to ride the school bus and his father was friends with Samuel Beckett (who knew?). He moved to Paris, became a wrestler, went to Tokyo, and was diagnosed (in Japanese) with acromegaly (“He’ll age prematurely. His brow and jaw will grow more…
  • Review of Half a Chance

    Jennifer M. Brabander
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord Intermediate    Scholastic    218 pp. 3/14    978-0-545-03533-0    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-545-62083-3    $16.99 When twelve-year-old Lucy enters a photography contest, she must decide whether or not to send in her very best photo — a picture of her new friend Nate’s grandmother, whose life has become punctuated with moments of dementia and confusion. Nate is horrified by his grandmother’s panicked expression in Lucy’s photo, but Lucy knows it’s an amazing picture that could likely help her win; plus, she plans to use the prize money to…
  • Narrative nonfiction in middle school

    Joanna Lieberman
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:01 am
    You may have inferred from my first post in February that I am spending a lot of time thinking about nonfiction for middle school readers. We all know now that nonfiction figures prominently in the Common Core State Standards. In fact, we are told that 60% of a 7th grader’s reading diet ought to be nonfiction. So when our ELA department revised our curriculum to align with the CCSS two years ago, we deliberately crafted an entire 7th grade unit of study around narrative nonfiction. But when we began to share plans for the unit with teachers, we kept hearing the same question: What exactly…
  • Review of Galápagos George

    Betty Carter
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:04 am
    Galápagos George by Jean Craighead George; 
illus. by Wendell Minor Primary    Harper/HarperCollins    40 pp. 4/14    978-0-06-028793-1    $15.99    g Jean Craighead George begins the evolutionary story of the tortoises on Galápagos archipelago with a single female, Giantess George, and asks readers to extrapolate from the life cycle of that one animal to the development of the species as a whole. The saga begins like a folktale, with the long ago and far away: “This is a story that took so long to happen that only the stars were present at the beginning and the end,”…
  • Happy (early) Earth Day!

    Katie Bircher
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    Tomorrow is Earth Day, and to celebrate we’ve got a new list of recommended reads on environmentalism, endangered species, and the wonders of nature. The list includes fiction and nonfiction for a wide range of ages. Check it out, then let us know what books you’re sharing this Earth Day. The post Happy (early) Earth Day! appeared first on The Horn Book.
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    The Fine Books Blog

  • Happy Birthday William Shakespeare

    Barbara Basbanes Richter
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:13 am
      Lord Polonius: What do you read, my lord? Hamlet: Words, words, words.                                                             Hamlet (2.2 199-200) The Folio Society has been preparing for William Shakespeare's 450th birthday since 2006, when the renowned British fine books publishing house embarked on an ambitious…
  • Welsh Town to Celebrate Dylan Thomas with Immersive Theater Performance

    Nate Pedersen
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Celebrations are underway all over the world this year for the centenary of Dylan Thomas' birth. But one of the most unusual - and most intriguing celebrations will occur in the Welsh town of Laugharne. Thomas lived there for the final four years of his life, calling it "the strangest town in Wales." Laugharne, and its residents, were the direct inspirations for Thomas's last great masterpiece, the play "Under Milk Wood." Described as Thomas's attempt at a Welsh Ulysses, the play features an omniscient narrator who describes in minute and poetic detail the lives, dreams, and thoughts of the…
  • Shakespeare's Dictionary Found?!

    Rebecca Rego Barry
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:13 am
    Two New York rare booksellers claim to have purchased--on Ebay, no less--an annotated dictionary that belonged to William Shakespeare. George Koppelman and Daniel Wechsler, both members of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America, the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, and the Grolier Club, have astounded the book world today with what might be the literary find of the century, or millennium.   The book, John Baret's An Alvearie or Quadruple Dictionarie, was published in London in 1580. Koppelman and Wechsler bought in for $4,050 on Ebay in 2008, thus…
  • O'Hara Gets His Due

    Fine Books Editors
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:40 am
    Appointment in Samarra (Photo credit: Wikipedia)For all the remembered writers of the 20th century, John O'Hara may not be among them.  He was, however, commercial, and in his own words, he said, "I'm not some hairy philosopher. I'm just an ordinary guy who happens to write well."    O'Hara was one of the 20th century's best-selling authors. His biographer, Matthew J. Bruccoli, claimed O'Hara published more words than any other writer in the century. The public loved O'Hara, and he wrote for them. Critics were less kind.    …
  • Bright Young Librarians: Sarah Burke Cahalan

    Nate Pedersen
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:57 pm
    Our Bright Young Librarians series continues today with Sarah Burke Cahalan, Special Projects and Reference Librarian at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington DC.How did you get started in rare books?My first library job was an apprenticeship in the Weissman Preservation Center when I was an undergraduate at Harvard.  I cleaned awful adhesives off of colonial currency--yes, I was a money launderer--and I made clamshell boxes for daguerreotypes.  At the same time, I worked in an independent bookstore, which is where I started to learn about reference services.  After college (thanks…
 
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    Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

  • Books on Sale: Motorcycle Gangs and World Traveling Romantic Suspense

    sarah@smartbitchestrashybooks.com
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    by SB Sarah Redemption by Stephanie Tyler is .99c. This is book 2 in her Defiance motorcycle gang series. Book 1, Defiance, is about $3 at most vendors, so you could get both for less than $5 - nice! Book 3 in the series, Salvation, comes out May 12. This series is about a post-apocalyptic motorcycle gang, and is labeled as new adult, too. For reals - dystopian new adult motorcycle gang romance. Some of y'all need to put your catnip alerts on silent - you might get in trouble! This book has a 3.9-star average, and readers who enjoyed it mentioned the powerful hero, Matthias, who is…
  • Romance Visuals: Thank God for Gifs

    sarah@smartbitchestrashybooks.com
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    by SB Sarah As the gif review has become more and more common, I've seen some readers who think it is completely excellent, and some who hate all the giffing. I can understand both perspectives. But I got to thinking that this was actually quite a boon to the romance community, all this animated visualization. NOW we know what some scenes in romance novels and some common cliches LOOK like. Or, if we don't, we can add some excellent visuals to make the cliches that much more powerful! Carrie, Elyse, RedHeadedGirl, Amanda and I, we're here to help.  For example: you know in…
  • Books on Sale: Contemporary Romance from Julie James, Molly O’Keefe Plus Paranormal YA

    sarah@smartbitchestrashybooks.com
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    by SB Sarah HIDE YOUR WALLET PEOPLE. All eligible titles at All Romance receive a 50% rebate today only!  That means 50% back in eBook Bucks for later spending and reading on every eligible title in the store.  Do you need a paper bag to breathe into? I might. Hang on, I'll get us one.  Heads up! Today, you can get a $5 credit toward any Audible audiobook today! The credit expires 5/4, so you have to use it before then. You can get all the details here. Just the Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James is $1.99 at Amazon and BN today only! James writes funny and smart…
  • Movie Review:  In Your Eyes

    sarah@smartbitchestrashybooks.com
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    by CarrieS Grade: B- Title: In Your Eyes Author: Whedon (screenplay), directed by Brin Hill Publication Info: Bellwether Productions 2014 ISBN: Genre: Paranormal Joss Whedon released a new movie online yesterday with no prior notice – surprise! In Your Eyes is a quirky little love story.  It’s underdeveloped and flawed but also sweet and moving, largely due to the acting.  If you’ve wondered why no one came to work on April 21, 2014, it’s because we were all at home watching the movie on our laptops.  You have to have priorities, you know? In Your…
  • Review: Misbehaving by Tiffany Reisz

    sarah@smartbitchestrashybooks.com
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    by Elyse Grade: B+ Title: Misbehaving Author: Reisz Publication Info: Harlequin February 2014 ISBN: Genre: Contemporary Romance Misbehaving  by Tiffany Reisz is an erotic-comedy novella loosely based off of Much Ado About Nothing. I really enjoyed it for what it was, short and sweet with a little bite. It's the literary equivalent of affogato. As much as I enjoyed it, I didn't quite buy the Much Ado About Nothing theme. The book opens with Beatriz, a part-time sex blogger, on her way to her sister Claudia's wedding. Problem: Beatriz owes her editor a thousand word…
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    London Review of Books

  • David Motadel: Short Cuts

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
  • Keith Gessen: In Odessa

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
  • Christopher Hilliard: Richard Hoggart

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
  • Seymour M. Hersh: Erdoğan and the Syrian rebels

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The full extent of US co-operation with Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar in assisting the rebel opposition in Syria has yet to come to light. The Obama administration has never publicly admitted to its role in creating what the CIA calls a ‘rat line’, a back channel highway into Syria. The rat line, authorised in early 2012, was used to funnel weapons and ammunition from Libya via southern Turkey and across the Syrian border to the opposition. Many of those in Syria who ultimately received the weapons were jihadists, some of them affiliated with al-Qaida.
  • Letters

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The letters page from London Review of Books Vol. 36 No. 8 (17 April 2014)
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    McSweeney’s

  • Vinny’s Joke Consignment and Pawn Shop by Thomas Scott

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:01 am
    [A grubby city storefront with VINNY’S JOKE CONSIGNMENT AND PAWN SHOP painted in faded letters above the awning. A young hood carrying a small paper bag scurries inside the store.]VINNY: What you got for me today, Johnny?JOHNNY: Got a whole bunch of Oscar zingers I stole off a Twitter.VINNY: Oscar jokes? Johnny, Johnny, please, are you serious? The Oscars were two months ago. What am I supposed to do with Oscar jokes? [Pours the bag on the counter.] Look at these. These are tiny. They’re already full of rust. These are no good to me. Everyone steals tweets, anyway. Bring me something…
  • Testomania: How Rational Are You? by Janet Manley

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    How do you deal with cognitive dissonance—the conflict that arises between our internal beliefs and external world experience?a) I refuse to believe I have experienced cognitive dissonance.b) I blame George R.R. Martin for all my emotional turmoil.c) How do you deal with your cognitive dissonance?d) You can either shift your beliefs in light of new knowledge, or exert steady, transformative pressure on the world by founding your own multimedia production company with your wife and pumping out historical/public policy books and “documentaries” that support your agenda.e) Dig around until…
  • Jeff Really Hit It Off With the Neighbors When He Rented a Place On Airbnb by Bob Powers

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:14 am
    Review of Andy, host of 79 Second Avenue One-Bedroom:Andy’s studio was the perfect place for me to stay while I was in town on business for two weeks. A really cool, old-school NYC vibe. On some nights I had a little trouble sleeping; might have been I wasn’t used to the bed, but overall it was great!- -Review of Jeff, guest at 79 Second Avenue One-Bedroom:Jeff was an excellent guest. Since this was my first time renting on Airbnb, I was afraid of how my neighbors would take to me renting the place to strangers. Turns out, they loved Jeff! They couldn’t stop talking about him, and they…
  • Monologue: I’m a 4-Billion-Year-Old Microbe On an Asteroid Heading Straight Toward Earth and I’m So Excited to Hang Out, You Guys by Chris Brotzman

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:13 am
    Oh my god I can see earth you guys this is AMAZING like that whole like pre-solar nebula thing was SOOO effing boring I like haven’t effing hung out with anyone in like forever like this weekend is going to be literally amazeballs like you guys don’t even understand like literally I’ve traveled 600 million light years around that effing asteroid belt just waiting for the solar system to form I mean like it was effing terrible plus like space pretty much sucks anyway but like whatevs I’m just getting pumped for this weekend so like anyways I was thinking here’s what we’d do…
  • On the Trail of Mary Jane: Happy 4/20 by Wendy C. Ortiz

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:12 am
    The week begins with an email from “MMJMenu” with the subject line “Hey BUD!” It’s only after reading the subject line that I can make a guess as to what the contents of the email will offer.It’s the week before Easter and the auspicious date of 4/20. I’m not aware of this until we step foot into the next dispensary on our agenda. A Sunday afternoon and we mosey over to Hollywood Boulevard, to the location of the closest dispensary to my first apartment in Los Angeles mentioned in my February column. We are in what is called Thai Town, Little Armenia adjacent.It’s tricky…
 
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    Podiobooker

  • New release! From the Flames by Trisha M. Wilson

    Evo
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:48 am
    Trisha and Colbytrax are on a tear. Her latest, a fantasy work called From the Flames, clocks in at 94 episodes. Talk about epic. Here’s what you’re in for: The people of the Fire, the Blesa, led by their Queens, have ruled the Island of Alfeyju and oppressed the Driva, the people of the Ice, for more than sixteen generations. With the Drivian King in hiding, and little hope on the horizon, the Driva look to one person to save them from the vile Blesa: the Diviana. According to legend, the divinely gifted Diviana will one day overthrow the Blesa and restore the Drivian King to…
  • Hall of Mirrors – The Collected Stories by Mike Bennett

    Evo
    30 Mar 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Over the years, Mike Bennett has done various things with his Hall of Mirrors stories. Now, he’s consolidated everything in audio, releasing Hall of Mirrors – The Collected Stories on our site today. Enjoy the horror from one of our master producers! From award-winning author, Mike Bennett, comes Hall of Mirrors: Tales of Horror and the Grotesque. Here you will find stories of Hell and damnation, ghosts, madness, murder, vampires, bizarre hair restoration disasters, and … pigeons, among other things. Hall of Mirrors is a collection of modern gothic tales with a nail of…
  • New release! The Mystery Of Faith – What Jesus Saw by Rick Hoover

    Evo
    24 Mar 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Is mystery blended with spirituality your thing? Check out The Mystery Of Faith – What Jesus Saw by Rick Hoover: Jesus made some startling snap judgements. “You have great faith!” or “Your faith has healed you!” or “Why is your faith so weak?” What did he see? Was it a supernatural gift he had? Or was there something dirt simple that anyone could see even today? Rick Hoover treats it all like a mystery story and he cracks the case wide open. Grab this book and find out if you can start to recognize the clues for yourself!
  • New release! The Secret Beneath the Ice by Andrew M. Crusoe

    Evo
    8 Mar 2014 | 9:44 am
    Andrew M. Crusoe lives in Hawaii and offers up his short story, The Secret Beneath the Ice, as a serialized audiobook. Check it out! When a thoughtship and its pilot finally reach Avani, the shimmering gem of the western spiral arm, they barely have a chance to marvel at its sapphire forests before they are ambushed by a mysterious enemy far beyond their understanding. In the midst of the attack, a fragment is sliced off of the ship causing them to tumble out of control, down to the planet’s surface. An ice-covered continent to the south is the only viable landing site, and what hides…
  • New release! Dead Beautiful by Melanie Dugan

    Evo
    26 Jan 2014 | 12:02 pm
    It’s new fiction time! Here’s Dead Beautiful by Melanie Dugan: What if the man you love is the God of the Dead? That’s the problem facing Persephone. Her mother, Demeter, is a Level-1 goddess who wants Persephone to marry Darryl, demi-god of home repairs, and stay close to home. Her father, Zeus, the top god on Mount Olympus, is a bit grumpy these days, fed-up with all the demands being made on him. And Hades, well, now that she’s getting to know him, Hades isn’t what Persephone expected at all — he’s handsome, smart, sensitive and witty — in a word, hot. Beautiful,…
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    The Bookshop Blog

  • Building a Devoted Readership Person by Person

    Bruce K. Hollingdrake
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:45 pm
    A guest post by Natalie Wright For several months prior to the release of my first novel, Emily’s House, I read every blog post, article and book that I could find about book marketing. Virtually all book marketing gurus urge the author to focus their marketing efforts online rather than[Read More...] Author information Bruce K. Hollingdrake The post Building a Devoted Readership Person by Person appeared first on The Bookshop Blog.
  • Robert Ludlum Book in Chronoligical Order

    Bruce K. Hollingdrake
    3 Apr 2014 | 8:13 am
    Robert Ludlum was one of the best action writers of his times. He is the creator of the massively successful Bourne series and has sold close to a half billion books worldwide. Although he died in 2001 his brand lives on and continues to publish. Here is the list of[Read More...] Author information Bruce K. Hollingdrake The post Robert Ludlum Book in Chronoligical Order appeared first on The Bookshop Blog.
  • Writing, Creativity and Motivation

    Bruce K. Hollingdrake
    1 Apr 2014 | 8:16 am
    A Guest Post by Author Roy McLarty Voltaire is reputed to have said to a client “… madam, here is the novel you commissioned it’s in two volumes, if I had more time I could have written it in one.” What a dramatic statement! It gets to the heart of[Read More...] Author information Bruce K. Hollingdrake The post Writing, Creativity and Motivation appeared first on The Bookshop Blog.
  • Book Sorting and the Fine Art of Forensic Psychology

    Jas Faulkner
    31 Mar 2014 | 1:06 pm
    by Jas Faulkner “How long ago was Bush president? No need to answer. It’s a rhetorical question. Take a look at this.” Sam, who was on book sorting detail, bent down out of frame of her webcam and straightened back up.  In each hand she was holding a trade paperback. [Read More...] Author information Jas Faulkner The post Book Sorting and the Fine Art of Forensic Psychology appeared first on The Bookshop Blog.
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    Berkeley Heights Public Library Book Blog

  • Fleur Tests the Waters

    Fleur
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:29 pm
    When the library closes at nine p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, the librarians check that all patrons have left the building, the stacks, the bathrooms, every nook and cranny in the two-story building. We call out, 'library is closing' as fair warning because no one wants to be left behind in a deserted library at night. When we are sure everyone is out, we lock up and get in our cars to go home, but lately the extreme quiet that is a library at night after hours has been filled with the sounds of frogs croaking their little hearts out in the swamp behind the library. That's a sound no…
  • Berkeley Heights 1978: from the library archives

    Fleur
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Berkeley Heights Public Library 1978A promotional pamphlet for Berkeley Heights published by the League of Women Voters in 1978 has some fun old pictures that capture the town 34 years ago. For more images, click on this link to see our Picasa album or this link to see our Flickr album of images.Governor Livingston Rifle Corp circa 1978
  • What's New at the Library? Use Wowbrary

    Anne
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Have you ever wanted to poke around the super-secret room at BHPL where all the new stuff is "in process"? Now you can, virtually. BHPL has teamed up with Wowbrary to provide you with a weekly email about all the new books, audiobooks and DVDs that have been added to BHPL's catalog in the past week. It's your chance to put a hold on a book, often before it even hits the shelf. Just click on the title you want in Wowbrary, then click Hold Request. To sign up for the email newsletter, go to the Wowbrary site.Originally posted by Ellen in March 2009
  • Spring at the Berkeley Heights Public Library

    Anne
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Winter into Spring, a slide show made with Animoto's free video maker app for iPad.Just a few weeks ago, the Berkeley Heights Public Library, and most of New Jersey, was covered in snow. Now spring is beginning to appear as a few intrepid daffodil shoots poke up through the bare, muddy ground. The days are getting a little longer and a little warmer.I searched our 'Columbia Granger's World of Poetry' database for a poem to express the feeling of relief that the winter of 2013 - 2014 is over. I found hundreds of poems about spring and April. Willliam Leighton's 'April' tells it like it…
  • Not So Fast - It's a Marathon, Not a Sprint

    Berkeley Heights Public Library
    21 Mar 2014 | 8:17 am
    Not So Fast – It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprintby Robert J. DaniherHow many times have you tried to write a story, novel, poem, article and given up after a few days because things weren’t going the way you thought they would?  The plot wasn’t working out, the characters didn’t come alive, or maybe you just got…bored.  After all, this writing thing is supposed to happen overnight – right?  I mean, who has time to wait around for an idea to develop on the page?  Didn’t Steinbeck write “The Grapes of Wrath” in just a few months? Some time ago I had the…
 
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    Joe Wikert's Digital Content Strategies

  • Community curation

    Joe Wikert
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:06 am
    With paywalls coming back in style readers are discovering more brands are clamping down on content access. Whether it’s accomplished through metering or subscriber-only access, a day doesn’t go by when I haven’t run into a paywall. That’s OK. There’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why you need to experiment with content sponsorship

    Joe Wikert
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:02 am
    Every type of content is facing downward pricing pressure. Free online news has disrupted the newspaper industry. Free article-length content has impacted the magazine model. Free and cheap ebooks have completely upended the book publishing world. It’s time for publishers... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The best time NOT to self-publish is…..(never)

    Joe Wikert
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:52 am
    There are so many op-eds these days on when or if to self-publish but more so, features on the inferiority of self-published works just by virtue of fact they are self-published. This premise is applied even if the self-publishing author... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 5 important questions about content reuse

    Joe Wikert
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:27 am
    For many years publishers created content, used it once and never considered its value beyond that initial use. Some publishers created remixes in the print-only era but everyone needs to explore content reuse in the digital age. At its heart,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What if digital preceded print?

    Joe Wikert
    31 Mar 2014 | 9:40 am
    As the saying goes, “when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” I believe that’s the state of the digital content industry and it’s all because print preceded digital. When you look at a digital newspaper,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    First Book Blog

  • The Collective Power of a Nation of Readers

    Kyle Zimmer
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    This piece also appears on The Huffington Post’s Impact blog. Steve White, a volunteer at a local nonprofit, worked through the holidays to ensure that 3,000 kids in need in Denver would have brand-new books of their own at Christmas. Elisa Mayo, the finance coordinator for a school district in Mississippi, helped students at her Title I school get the books — and the encouragement — they needed to start book clubs, and now dozens of students, from third to fifth grade, voluntarily skip recess to meet and to talk about their new books. A community group in Navajo County,…
  • Oh, the Places You’ll Go

    Julia Hornaday
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Shannon Bowers’ son Alex loves Dr. Seuss’ Oh, the Places You’ll Go. Shannon gets teary-eyed when they read it together. Someday Alex will grow up, go to college and live out his dreams. Alex gets teary-eyed when Shannon reads too many of the pages. He’s five now. That’s his job. Recently, Alex and his classmates, students from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, all picked out brand-new books from First Book to take home. They chose stories about history, princesses and sharks. Their excitement was overflowing; many of them had no books at home. Books have always been an…
  • Purina® “PAW”ty Challenge (Funpage for Kids)

    Julia Hornaday
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:29 am
    First Book and Purina® have teamed up to celebrate two of our favorite things – reading and pets. And we want you to join the fun! Click on the image below to download and print our Purina® “PAW”ty Challenge funpage. You’ll find creative activities like drawing, story writing and a book maze for your kids or students to enjoy. The post Purina® “PAW”ty Challenge (Funpage for Kids) appeared first on First Book Blog.
  • Just How Many Books Can Volunteers Get to Kids in One Year?

    Samantha McGinnis
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:26 am
    New homes, a birthday party and a seaplane … what do these have in common? These are all ways that First Book volunteers got books to kids in need this year. First Book has a network of dedicated and passionate volunteers in hundreds of communities in the U.S. and Canada who support our efforts to provide books and educational resources in fun and innovative ways. Just last year, First Book volunteers distributed over 613,000 books all across the United States! Here are a few of our favorite First Book volunteer stories: Tess Reiman, a 9th grader who raised funds for First Book to support…
  • Four Books to Celebrate El día de los niños

    Samantha McGinnis
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:14 am
    Today’s guest blog post is by Pat Mora, award-winning author and founder of El día le los niños, El día de los libros/Children’s Day, Book Day. All the books Pat recommends are available at deeply discounted prices on the First Book Marketplace to educators and programs serving children in need. A lifetime of reading teaches us the pleasure and power of books, and that literature at all levels and from all cultures can not only teach us but humanize us. Through the writings of others we can share the experiences of a Midwest family on a farm years ago, the fear of a Jewish family…
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    Publishing Talk

  • Bologna Children’s Book Fair round-up 2014

    Lucy Coats
    3 Apr 2014 | 9:53 am
    Were you at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair this year? Don’t worry if not – our intrepid reporter Lucy Coats has all the inside scoop for you. Some called it the ‘Quietly Confident Fair’, some the ‘Smiley Fair’ – and one literary scout called it the ‘Fair of the Partial Submission’. There were no empty stands – and the Halls were buzzing. So what really made the 51st Bologna Children’s Book Fair tick? What was hot (and what was not)? Pre-Fair, The Bookseller was keen to talk about the ‘staunch’ nature of the…
  • Publishing Talk Magazine issue 5, Feb-Apr 2014 – Science Fiction

    Jon Reed
    11 Feb 2014 | 3:48 am
    Science fiction and fantasy authors feature in issue 5. The PDF edition is FREE for a limited time, if you are on our mailing list. Also available to buy in print from MagCloud, or in a bundle of three digital formats (PDF + mobi + ePUB). In issue 5 ‘High Priestess of British Steampunk’ Liesel Schwarz reveals her path to publication, while self-published fantasy author Ben Galley reveals how he became a successful ‘authorpreneur’, and why he thinks print is still important – something that Anna Lewis agrees with, as she looks at reasons why self-publishing isn’t all about…
  • Is your blog killing your job search?

    Suzanne Collier
    8 Feb 2014 | 8:04 am
    Many careers advisors say you must blog to get a job. This is not necessarily the case, says Suzanne Collier. I’ve been to many career talks where I’ve heard others on the panel recommend that you ‘must have a blog’ and you ‘need to be visible by demonstrating your writing’ in order to get a job. Yet frequently I read blogs that have been linked to from candidates CVs/résumés and I have been horrified at what is at the end of the link: badly written blogs about personal goings on.  The proofreading and errors can be such that, if anything, your blog could be working against you…
  • How to Write a Winning Book Proposal

    Sarah Such
    24 Jan 2014 | 1:00 am
    Literary agent Sarah Such looks at the crucial factors needed in a successful book proposal. How to write a book proposal and what exactly it needs to include are two of the questions I am asked most frequently as a literary agent – and not just by new writers. Even seasoned authors and experienced journalists may not have written a book proposal previously. In any book submission process the competition will be immense and the turndown rate high, so it is worth taking the time to get a proposal right. But what does that mean? People assume that there is a set format for a proposal but, in…
  • The Right Time to Write: is writing at #NaNoWriMo speed really a good thing?

    Linda Gillard
    30 Nov 2013 | 1:00 am
    This article first appeared in issue 03 of Publishing Talk Magazine. An edited version  first appeared on this site on 28 Nov 2012. It’s the last day of NaNoWriMo. Have you finished your 50,000-word draft? Don’t worry if not. Making your words count is more important than your word count, says Linda Gillard. Do you have writer’s cramp yet? Or typist’s tremor? Have you entered the annual November writing marathon that is NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)? If you did, did you finish, or did you give up exhausted halfway through the month? I’m a professional writer with…
 
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    University of Nebraska Press

  • People Make Publishing: Reading with a different purpose

    nebraskapress
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Kathryn Owens is an associate project editor and creates wheel-thrown ceramics.  I often feel like an impostor in an office teeming with bookworms. My childhood was not spent buried in books. I was a mini-adventurer out conquering the woods in my family’s backyard. Books to me weren’t half as exciting. Truth be told, they still aren’t. Curling up with a novel before bedtime or on a rainy day has never been appealing. I don’t host book clubs or swaps. In fact, I shirk the occasional invitation. When asked what’s on my reading list, I usually reply with a simple, lackluster…
  • Doc Martyn's Soul: Publishing for the Good of Humanities

    nebraskapress
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:52 pm
    The humanities have come under fire recently, the discipline finding itself in a “war” zone according to Dr. Stephen Behrendt in his recent lecture, “What Good Are the Humanities, Anyway,” the first in the Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture Series. Behrent’s use of the oft-overused war metaphor wasn’t simple laziness or rhetoric, it was instead, a smart, thoughtful way to direct the attention on the humanities away from the negative of battle and towards the positive of imagination, creativity, and enlightenment. Behrendt’s timely lecture set about indicating that there is…
  • From the desk of Jared Carter: Braking for Poetry

    nebraskapress
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Jared Carter has received the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets, the Poets’ Prize, a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and two literary fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. His newest book, Darkened Rooms of Summer, is a collection of poems that conjures the landscape of the Midwest and the lives of everyday Midwesterners. I have no prior experience with National Poetry Month, but I did do a bit of promotion for poetry back in the 1980s. In those days I had an old tan-colored Volvo station wagon that I drove around the Midwest,…
  • From the desk of Al Clark: Instant Replay in MLB

    nebraskapress
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Al Clark was a professional umpire for thirty years, working more than three thousand games, including two All-Star Games, seven playoff series, and two World Series. Called Out But Safe (May 1, 2014) is his autobiography written with former AP sportswriter Dan Schlossberg. Below, Clark writes about the new "instant reply."  One of the great powers baseball holds for all its fans—from the little leaguers to the major leaguers—is continuity and consistency. From year to year and even decade to decade, the fans know not many changes will occur. Sure, some changes come in…
  • From the desk of Orlando Ricardo Menes

    nebraskapress
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Orlando Ricardo Menes is an associate professor of English and Faculty Fellow of the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Below he writes about his latest book,Fetish, winner the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry.  I have been living in the Midwest for more than twenty years (first Chicago, then Dayton, Ohio, and finally South Bend, Indiana). While I cannot say that I am a Midwesterner by any means (I don’t know many of the trees, except for the ever-present oaks and maples, don’t feel connected to the region’s history, let alone the local histories),…
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    800 CEO Read

  • Tabatha Coffey Owns It!

    Roy
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:43 am
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  • Thinker in Residence: Warren Berger on Business & Books

    Sally
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:42 am
    Tweet “On the big questions of finding meaning, fulfillment, and happiness, we’re deluged with answers–in the form of off-the-shelf advice, tips, strategies from experts and gurus. It shouldn’t be any wonder if those generic solutions don’t quite fit: To get to our answers, we must formulate and work through the questions ourselves.” ~Warren Berger Q&A on Business & Books with Warren Berger, author of A More Beautiful Question What is the one unanswered question about business you are most interested in answering? WB: How might we encourage more…
  • Thinker in Residence: A Q&A with Warren Berger

    Sally
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Tweet “We have an education and business culture that tends to reward quick factual answers over imaginative inquiry. Questioning isn’t encouraged—it is barely tolerated.” ~Warren Berger Q&A with Warren Berger on A More Beautiful Question In his new book, A More Beautiful Question, author and journalist Warren Berger shows that one of the most powerful forces for igniting change in business and our daily lives is a simple, under-appreciated tool—one that has been available to us since childhood. Questioning can help us identify and solve problems, come up with…
  • ChangeThis: Issue 116

    dylan
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:56 am
    Tweet How Your Biases Make You Blind by Faisal Hoque & Drake Baer “If a company is homogenous in form, it leads to a lack of understanding of what value the customer wants. That misunderstanding is the seed of disruption, for the gap between the value you think your customers want and the value your customers actually want is precisely the space where a competitor can replace you.” Heed Your Call by David M. Howitt “You have been invited to heed your call, and now it is up to you to decide where you go from here. You are the result of the choices you make every single day, and what…
  • Thinker in Residence: Warren Berger

    Sally
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Tweet “We’re all hungry today for better answers. But first, we must learn to ask the right questions.” Warren Berger believes questions are more important than answers. He is the creator of the website amorebeautifulquestion.com and author of the new book A More Beautiful Question (Bloomsbury)—both focusing on the power of inquiry to spark breakthrough ideas. An expert on design thinking and innovation, Berger has interviewed and studied hundreds of the world’s leading innovators, designers, and creative thinkers to analyze how they ask change-making questions, solve…
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    Three Percent - Article

  • Latest Review: "The Antiquarian" by Gustavo Faverón Patriau

    Kaija Straumanis
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    The latest addition to our Reviews section is by P.T. Smith on The Antiquarian by Gustavo Faverón Patriau, forthcoming from Black Cat/Grove Press in June of this year. All I can think about after reading this review is all the books that, to me, are scary enough that I get the thrill I want out of them—but aren’t as terrifying as 99.9% of all the horror/thriller/slasher movies most people seem to use in order to get their hearts racing. I scare easily, it seems, and much prefer the company of all the Turning of the Screws, Cask of Amontillado, and The Black Spider literary variety of…
  • Three Percent #73: The David Peace Episode

    Chad W. Post
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    In this week’s podcast, Tom and Chad talk about the works of British writer David Peace. Peace was part of the 2003 version of Granta’s “Best of Young British Novelists” (along with Toby Litt, Nicola Baker, David Mitchell, Adam Thirlwell—really solid list), and is the author of nine novels, including the “Red Riding Quartet” (Nineteen Seventy-Four, Nineteen Seventy-Seven, Nineteen Eighty, Nineteen Eighty-Three), the first two volumes of the uncompleted “Tokyo Trilogy” (Tokyo Year Zero and The Occupied City), two books on famous soccer…
  • Why This Book Should Win: The 10 Fiction Finalists

    Chad W. Post
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Now that the ten finalists for the 2014 BTBA in Fiction have been announced, it’s worth taking a look back at the reasons “why these books should win” according to the judges and other readers. Below is a list of all ten finalists, with links to their individual write ups along with a key quote from each. Horses of God by Mahi Binebine, from the French by Lulu Norman (Morocco; Tin House) Horses of God is narrated from beyond the grave by one of four childhood friends who wrench an existence in the Sidi Moumen slums in Casablanca. They form a soccer team that competes with…
  • 2014 Best Translated Book Awards: Fiction Finalists

    Chad W. Post
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    All 25 titles on the 2014 Fiction Longlist are spectacular, so I’m sure this was a pretty brutal decision making process. Anyway, here are your final ten books: Horses of God by Mahi Binebine, translated from the French by Lulu Norman (Morocco; Tin House) Blinding by Mircea Cărtărescu, translated from the Romanian by Sean Cotter (Romania; Archipelago Books) The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante, translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein (Italy; Europa Editions) Tirza by Arnon Grunberg, translated from the Dutch by Sam Garrett (Netherlands; Open Letter Books) My Struggle: Book…
  • 2014 Best Translated Book Awards: Poetry Finalists

    Chad W. Post
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Following last week’s announcement that the Best Translated Book Awards won “The International Literary Translation Initiative Award”: as part of the inaugural LBF Book Excellence Awards, today we’re announcing the 2014 finalists for both poetry and fiction. There’s a lot to consider with these longlists, but rather than overload these posts with commentary and observations, I’ll save that for other entries and just let the final twenty books stand on their own. First up, the poetry selections, which were decided up by an amazing committee of poets and…
 
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    HBR.org

  • Facebook’s Unbundling Strategy Makes Perfect Sense

    Niraj Dawar
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Can a company built on the ideas of scale and network effects unbundle its offering into multiple brands and still thrive? Facebook is about to find out. Unbundling has a compelling strategic and competitive rationale for Facebook. It has implications that extend far beyond the company’s stated goal to design single-purpose apps that fit mobile usage and the bottleneck of screen mobile device real estate. “Facebook is not one thing,” Mark Zuckerberg said in his recent interview in the New York Times. And clearly, the more meaningful things Facebook becomes to its customers, the less…
  • Think Differently About Protecting Your Brand

    Denise Lee Yohn
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Licensing can generate big business for brands. The top 150 global licensors accounted in total for almost $230 billion, according to License! Global. Disney alone reported $39.3 billion in retail sales of licensed merchandise worldwide in 2012, fueled by the popularity of its Marvel Comics properties. Brands in categories from apparel to automotive to sporting goods to spirits are licensed.  Even celebrities license their brands – Usher Cologne, anyone? Licensing’s popularity makes sense. It can boost brand exposure and expansion without significant investment, helping companies enter…
  • How GE Applies Lean Startup Practices

    Brad Power
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    We are all lean now — or soon will be. As the world becomes more digitized, generating more information surrounding products and services and speeding up processes, large and small companies in every industry, even manufacturing, are starting to compete more like the software industry, with short product lifecycles and rapid decision-making. GE has responded to this drive for speed and need to align more closely with customers’ needs by using a new technique called “FastWorks.” It’s a framework for entrepreneurs, building on “The Lean Startup” by Eric Ries. The Lean Startup is…
  • To Enhance Your Learning, Take a Few Minutes to Think About What You’ve Learned

    The Daily Stat
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Research participants who did an arithmetic brain-teaser and then reflected on their strategies for solving it went on to do 18% better in a second round than their peers who hadn’t set aside time to reflect, according to Giada Di Stefano of HEC Paris, Francesca Gino and Gary Pisano of Harvard Business School, and Bradley Staats of the University of North Carolina. The unconscious learning that happens when you tackle a challenging task can become more effective if you deliberately couple it with controlled, conscious attempts to learn by thinking, the research suggests.
  • Think Beyond “Mobile” vs. “Desktop” Shoppers

    Jason Spero
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    We all know the story of mobility’s meteoric rise in the last several years. From flip-phones to smartphones to an expanding galaxy of different connected screens and devices, we can safely say that access to the world’s information on-demand will be part of our lives now, and for the foreseeable future. We’re at the end of the beginning. At Google, I meet with companies of all sizes to discuss how connectivity has changed consumer behavior, and what this means for their business. At the core of this shift is customers’ control over their shopping experience. Connectivity gives your…
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    Books on the Nightstand

  • BOTNS #277: Connecting Beyond the Page

    Michael Kindness
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:53 am
    Reading by mood. Connecting with authors. 10% Happier by Dan Harris and The Steady Running of the Hour by Justin Go. In the Mood… for Reading Three Hares Publishing in the UK has started publishing books by mood, using what they’re calling a “moodbar,” indicating what sort of state of mind you can expect from a book. It’s a cool idea, and there are several books about reading this way, including The Novel Cure, and 1001 Books for Every Mood. Audiobook of the week (04:46)  World War Z: The Complete Edition by Max Brooks, narrated by a full, all-star cast, is my pick for…
  • BOTNS #276: Poor Donna Tartt…

    Michael Kindness
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:14 pm
    BookCon in NY. Negative reviews for prize-winning books. Books! by Murray McCain, and Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead. A Book Trade Show for Everyone Ellen asked about book trade shows and if they are ever open to “regular” readers. BookCon is a new event that has grown out of Book Expo America, the largest book trade show in the U.S. It’s open to everyone and ticket prices are very reasonable. There will be authors signing, publishers exhibiting, along with panels about books. As far as we know, this is the only trade show that now has a consumer component. Of course there…
  • BOTNS #275: Peter Geye, Edward Kelsey Moore, and Susan Gregg Gilmore Recorded Live at Booktopia Petoskey

    Michael Kindness
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    This week, we are pleased to present the final three author talks from Booktopia Petoskey: Peter Geye, author of The Lighthouse Road Edward Kelsey Moore, author of The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat Susan Gregg Gilmore, author of The Funeral Dress.  
  • BOTNS #274: A Free Ivy League Education in Poetry

    Michael Kindness
    1 Apr 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Ann is in mourning. Studying poetry for National Poetry Month. Plus, new memoirs from Gail Caldwell and Kevin Brockmeier. Ann is in Mourning Ann is devastated by the loss of the Readmill e-book app. Though she still prefers paper books, when she did read electronically she much preferred using Readmill. She especially loved that books synced across all devices no matter where you bought the e-books. She also loved the social and statistic features, many of which are available on other apps, but none seem to have all of the features in one app.  Audiobook of the week (10:04) The Bear by…
  • BOTNS #273: Fan-tastic Reading

    Ann Kingman
    25 Mar 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Fountain pens, fandom, Sous Chef and The Cold Song … More questions from the inbox The Tournament of Books is underway and The People in the Trees is quite the spoiler! I’m watching every round, rooting for Hanya Yanigaraha’s novel which beat Life After Life in round one and trounced The Goldfinch in the quarter-final round. As an addendum to this podcast, which was recorded on March 24th, The People in the Trees has gone on to beat Philip Meyer’s The Son. Please excuse my glee. After the gloating, we answer two questions: Andrea in Louisville, KY asks about…
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    Omnivoracious

  • Five Questions with Elaine Lui and the Squawking Chicken

    Robin A. Rothman
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    The Squawking Chicken's opinions are not for the thin skinned or weak willed. Canadian gossip blogger and TV talk show host Elaine Lui has spent her life getting to know the woman who raised her. She makes no apologies for her mother's aggressive personality; rather, she celebrates it with Listen to the Squawking Chicken, one of our Best of the Month books in April and a Mother's Day recommendation. In addition to acting as a personal memoir, Lui's book serves also as her mother's biography, detailing the life of a young girl growing up in Hong Kong to a young woman…
  • 100 Mysteries & Thrillers to Read in a Lifetime

    Chris Schluep
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:15 am
    The Amazon editors have spent the last few months putting together a list of what we're calling 100 Mysteries & Thrillers to Read in a Lifetime-- a list of books that will make any person well-read in the genre. As in all lists of this sort, it's a subjective business; but that was half the fun. As Sara Nelson, our Editorial Director, likes to say, we're a pretty opinionated group when it comes to this sort of thing. So we argued, yes, but we're happy with the end result. We hope you are, too. If you're not, you can go to Goodreads to vote for your own favorites.
  • 22 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am

    Jon Foro
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    As a writer for a blog that is somewhat preoccupied with literary fiction and popular nonfiction, it's not often that I have the opportunity (or reason) to go off-topic and talk about a fitness book. Training for the New Alpinism: A Manual for the Climber as Athlete, by Steve House and Scott Johnston, is no ordinary fitness book. House is a world-renowned climber and an advocate of the "alpine-style": A fast-and-light, carry-all-your-gear approach that eschews the siege-style encampments and support typical in commercial mountaineering, especially in places such as Mt. Everest.
  • Amazon Asks: Daryl Gregory on "Afterparty," Comic Book Geekery, and Plagiarizing His First "Novel"

    Robin A. Rothman
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    My excitement for Afterparty has been growing since the moment I read the book's synopsis back in December. It was a lock for my most anticipated Science Fiction & Fantasy books of 2014. Then, I started reading... and I just couldn't stop. Daryl Gregory has combined addictive elements of multiple genres -- the adrenaline rush of a race against time and enemies, the challenge to distinguish between good and bad guys, the inventiveness of a near future world -- to tell a story that's at once frightening and funny. Some chapters are so well-imagined I've gone back and reread them out of context,…
  • Amazon Asks: Francine Prose on Advice from Mavis Gallant, Negotiating Her First Advance, and the "Ultimate Empowered Little Girl"

    Sara Nelson
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 is Francine Prose's 17th novel (and 27th book, counting nonfiction and young adult titles). And even this longtime fan considers it one of her very best. The story of bohemian Paris between the World Wars, it's bawdy and racy and not a little brave. Prose says it all started with a photograph she saw in a museum, a shot of two women at a table in a French bar: "one in a sparkly evening gown, the other in [male] drag." Et voila: a novel was born. What's the elevator pitch for your book? First I hit the panic button so we stall…
 
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  • Clint Smith Uses Spoken Word Poem ‘Memoir’ For Activism

    Maryann Yin
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    What are your thoughts on immigration reform? Clint Smith, a poet and a high school English teacher, decided to express his opinion in a poem. The video embedded above features Smith delivering a performance of “Memoir.” In a Q&A with Food Politic, Smith talked about his inspiration for this piece: “‘Memoir’ wasn’t something I thought about until I had a student that said, ‘It doesn’t matter if I have a 4.0 and 2400 on my SATs. I don’t have a social security number so I can’t go to school.’ My poetry is me trying to reconcile my own life…
  • Amazon Chooses ’100 Books to Read in a Lifetime: Mystery & Thriller’

    Dianna Dilworth
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am
    Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn; The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown; L.A. Confidential by James Ellroy and The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammet are among Amazon’s list of 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime – the Mystery & Thriller Edition. The list was put together by Amazon Books’ editorial team. Follow this link to explore their recommendations. You can also check out Amazon’s list of 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime list here. “There are many different kinds of books that fall under the mystery/thriller umbrella – from police procedurals to murder mysteries to…
  • Spain’s Awesome Romantic Book Holiday

    Dianna Dilworth
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    In honor of Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare, today is St. George’s Day (La Diada de Sant Jordi in Catalan), a beautiful holiday celebrated in Barcelona through the exchange of books and roses. Like Valentine’s Day in the U.S., the holiday is meant to be spent with your special someone. According to Catalan tradition, a man buys a rose for a woman and a woman buys a book for a man. In modern times, the tradition is often broken and men and women give books and roses to their special someone. continued… New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.
  • ‘Heaven is for Real’ Tops iBooks Bestsellers List

    Dianna Dilworth
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo & Lynn Vincent has debuted on the top of Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week. Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 4/21. Veronica Roth still has a stronghold on the list, with three books on the list. We’ve included Apple’s entire list after the jump. continued… New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.
  • James Patterson’s Advice on Writing

    Dianna Dilworth
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:48 am
    Bestselling author James Patterson doesn’t consider himself the best writer in the world, but he will admit that he’s a very good storyteller. In an interview with Fast Company Create, the top selling author in the world shared a number of his tips on writing a page turner. One such tip is to write how someone might tell a story. He explains in the interview: I think what hooks people into my stories is the pace. I try to leave out the parts people skip. I used to live across the street from Alexander Haig, and if I told you a story that I went out to get the paper and Haig was…
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    The Writing Life

  • Why Words Are Magic

    Terry Whalin
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Dennis Welch knows the right words can be magic. The challenge for anyone who writes is selecting the right words. In this hurry-up-and-get-it-out world, "SO...WHAT ARE YOU SAYING?" is a clarion call to choose your words with care. In places, the storytelling and writing in these pages is laugh-out-loud funny. Yes, I laughed as I read several of the stories--a real testament to the craft inside this little book. The lessons for any writer or communicator are profound. Read this book with a highlighter so you can return to the messages and think about them again and again.  To give you an…
  • Read the Fine Print

    Terry Whalin
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:21 pm
    I subscribe to a number of magazines and read them cover to cover. Admittedly I will skim parts of them but I learn a great deal in this process which is a regular part of my reading life.  I'm one of millions of subscribers to Readers Digest magazine. For many years I've faithfully read this publication. In the January issue, I was drawn to A full color ad and the words, “Love to Write? Pursue Your Passion with LifeRich Publishing and Reader's Digest.” I scanned my page and have included it with this article.  The page was positioned near the front of the magazine near the…
  • The Power of Consistency

    Terry Whalin
    5 Apr 2014 | 9:07 am
    If you want to get your writing published, are you consistently working at that goal? From interviewing more than 150 bestselling author, many authors set a specific word count they want to produce in a day or a week. With this goal firmly in place, they sit in their chair and put their fingers on the keyboard and crank out words toward their goal. There is immense power in working toward a goal on a consistent basis. If you want to write a novel, then you need to be writing ___ words a day consistently for __ days to achieve this goal.  If you want to be published in magazines, then you…
  • Get My Personal Insights At These Events

    Terry Whalin
    29 Mar 2014 | 9:55 am
    Throughout my years in publishing, some of my greatest insights have come from attending a small group seminar. In this environment, you can: gain personal insights from the instructor have the opportunity to ask specific questions receive the attention of the instructor for your needs   Your relationships in the publishing community are key and I hope you are continuing every day to build those relationships through tools like Twitter and Facebook. You never know when one of those relationships will be important to you and move you forward in your publishing life.  In the next few…
  • Be The Exception

    Terry Whalin
    28 Mar 2014 | 12:01 pm
    This past weekend I was speaking in Spokane, Washington at the Inland Northwest Christian Writers Conference. It was my first time at this terrific event and the fourth year for this conference.  Besides giving a couple of workshops, I met throughout the day with various writers to speak with them about their book projects and to guide them about what they can do next to achieve their dreams. I love this opportunity to hear about different books and help them learn more publishing. I heard about some wonderful books for different target audiences. In each case, I gave the author my…
 
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  • FORENSICS 176: 0 ELECTRON, ELECTRON, WHERE ART THOU ELECTRON?

    Robert Jones
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:36 am
    In my previous piece (FORENSICS 175: MASS SPECTROMETERS), I mentioned that, if enough readers wished to tread on the probabilistic terrain where dwell atomic electrons, that I might consider exploring their actions from a perspective of quantum theory. I saw no hands go up until shortly after I had published the piece. Our very own Thomas (Sully) Sullivan then waved his hand. For those who might not have read my previous piece, I have included the following three paragraphs from it. Fans of the forensic investigation dramas on television have probably noticed various instruments used in crime…
  • Thomas Sullivan: ZIGZAG

    Thomas Sullivan
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:08 am
    My skinny skis just won’t behave when spring crust skiing arrives, and so when they whiz and wheel across the glorious glides of 7 states, I find very few moments for the keyboard.  But I’ve been meaning to post a Sullygram (my monthly newsletter) as a column for some time now and just never got around to it.  The Sullygrams began some years ago in response to fans and friends and sort of evolved into inspirational/motivational raves about nature in particular and life in general that are now seen by thousands of readers around the world.  They usually include a dozen photos.  A…
  • Then and now

    Alma Alexander
    30 Mar 2014 | 8:46 am
    I belonged to the Carl Sagan F1 generation. I saw the original “Cosmos” series, when first aired, at first sitting. I was never quite the same again. Decades later the theme music from the show still makes me come up in goose bumps. I own the book of the show, all the dreams and facts and pretty pictures, all the wonder of the universe. I see an image of Carl Sagan’s smile – that smile that somehow said, hey, kid, we’re all in this together – or I hear some snippet of an old interview, and I am young again, and the sense of wonder rises about me like a fabulous landscape which…
  • FORENSICS SU 175: MASS SPECTROMETERS

    Robert Jones
    19 Mar 2014 | 9:17 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. Fans of the forensic investigation dramas on television have probably noticed various instruments used in crime laboratories to analyze evidence. One has likely been used to identify constituents of various substances and is known as a mass spectrometer. Such instruments appear to be quite complicated, but their…
  • Thomas Sullivan: CABIN FEVER QUESTIONS

    Thomas Sullivan
    15 Mar 2014 | 12:37 am
    The Q&A’s used here borrow a lot from Sullygram correspondence – my monthly newsletter.  Sullygrams are basically an inspirational/philosophical email W/photos that you can get free just by request at mn333mn@earthlink.net .  Read by thousands of people around the world, interesting threads develop into a backlog of questions, some of which I include here.  Feel free to email me on any topic you like.  Writing and creativity can go in any direction, and they have over the years from the technical to the personal.  I think cabin fever added to the total this month – at least…
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    Paulo Coelho's Blog

  • April 23, Viva Saint George!

    Paulo Coelho
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:11 pm
    It is likely that Saint George was born to a Christian noble family in Lod, Syria Palaestina during the late third century between about 275 AD and 285 AD, and he died in Nicomedia. His father, Gerontius, was a Roman army official from Cappadocia and his mother, Polychronia, was from Palestine. They were both Christians […]
  • The code of hospitality

    Paulo Coelho
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Two men were crossing the desert when they saw a Bedouin’s tent and asked him for shelter. Even though he did not know them, he welcomed them in the way that the conduct of nomads dictates: a camel was killed and its meat served in a sumptuous dinner. The next day, as the guests were […]
  • Alleluia!

    Paulo Coelho
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:13 am
  • “If I Should Die,” Emily Dickinson

    Paulo Coelho
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:34 pm
    If I should die, And you should live, And time should gurgle on, And morn should beam, And noon should burn, As it has usual done; If birds should build as early, And bees as bustling go,– One might depart at option From enterprise below! ‘Tis sweet to know that stocks will stand When we […]
  • The power of the prayer

    Paulo Coelho
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I have have asked my readers to reflect upon “prayer” and write to my blog. Amanto: The only true prayer is the one in which our heart burns with the presence of God. If you have prayed in this way, perfect! If you have prayed because you want something, or because of financial difficulties, you […]
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    Advanced Fiction Writing

  • Agents in the Indie Age

    Randy Ingermanson
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:09 pm
    So you’re an indie author writing fiction and you’ve been thinking of writing a novel for a traditional publisher and you need an agent. How do you make that work? What are the rules for working with an agent in the Indie Age? “Jane” (not her real name) posted this question on my “Ask A Question For My Blog” page: Hi Randy, I recently made a connection with a literary agent who is willing to represent me. I wasn’t seeking an agent; this happened through recommendations from a small press who is publishing my next series. I did all my due diligence…
  • Smashing The Fiction Writing Bottleneck

    Randy Ingermanson
    27 Mar 2014 | 2:35 pm
    So you’re writing about six different novels all at the same time and none of them are getting done and you just can’t decide which to work on next. What do you do? Katya posted this question on my “Ask A Question For My Blog” page: I am 22 year old college student. I am immensely in love with creating my own characters and worlds. Currently I have six projects, most of them more than one novel. The trouble I am having is picking the right one to work on. Sometimes I work a bit on this one, a bit on that one, but that does not help me finish any of my projects. I want…
  • Are Flashbacks Allowed in Your Novel?

    Randy Ingermanson
    19 Mar 2014 | 12:32 pm
    So you’re writing a novel and you really, desperately need to put some flashbacks in. But all the experts tell you that writing a flashback is a greater crime than torturing puppies. So what do you do? Paul posted this question on my “Ask A Question For My Blog” page: I am attempting to write an historical novel in which half of it is flashback – I know, that is just not done. It is a true bit of history; 2 set of fascinating characters interact for the current time with plenty of drama; One of the characters is trying to impress the others (and has their interest) with…
  • A Home Run For Apple

    Randy Ingermanson
    6 Mar 2014 | 12:17 pm
    When somebody gets it right, it’s important to say so. So I’ll say it straight out—Apple’s iTunes Connect just hit a home run with its new reporting tools for indie authors. (iTunes Connect is the web site for managing your account as an indie author.) Gack, who cares about reporting? That sounds so … dull. Indie authors care about reporting. They care when they want to know how many books they’ve sold in the last day or week or month or year or lifetime. They care when they need to know how much they’ve earned. Let’s be clear, those are the two main numbers indie authors care…
  • Questions About Hugh Howey’s Results

    Randy Ingermanson
    25 Feb 2014 | 12:25 pm
    In my last blog post, Hugh Howey and the Tsunami of Cash, I talked briefly about the recent results posted by Hugh Howey and his collaborator “Anonymous Data Guy,” who analyzed in detail the sales of category best-sellers on Amazon. (The first study looked at about 7,000 books and the second study looked at about 50,000 books.) See all their results at AuthorEarnings.com. These results had been criticized by a number of people, so I thought it would be useful in my blog post to try to estimate the broad spectrum of indie author earnings using the 80-20 rule. I was able to make rough…
 
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    Joanna Campbell Slan

  • Honey, You'll Never Guess What Rolled Up in the Surf

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:27 am
    By Joanna Campbell Slan, www.JoannaSlan.com “Florida is a giant bug light for crazy people.” ~ Phyllis Smallman, Sleuthfest 2014 It’s no surprise to any author living in Florida that some of the craziest stories we can write are actually inspired by true events in our sunshine state. Join us in exploring a different side of Florida than the travel bureau promotes with our first Blog Hop sponsored by Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America. Read on, click the links below to read another member’s view of crazy Florida, comment, share your favorite stories, and enter the…
  • Be a Dick: The Secret of Social Media Success

    22 Mar 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Marc Ensign spoke to our Florida Chapter of MWA today, explaining how he became a success in social media. Shortly after the Ensign family (Marc, his wife Amy, their two kids Bella and Zak, and their Bichon mix pup Gracie) moved to Florida, Marc had a life-changing encounter with a new neighbor, a man named Dick.Dick's genuine concern and interest in the young family made the Ensigns feel instantly at home in their new surroundings. Consequently, Marc realized that if he could emulate Dick--if he could adapt Dick's generosity of spirit to his online world--that he could be just as much of an…
  • Giveaway--A Miniature Easter Egg

    18 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    Yes, this adorable Easter Egg is OOAK (One of a Kind), and I made it myself so it's totally imperfect! The outside is a luscious spring green, trimmed with gold lace. Inside as you can see, there's a vintage scene of Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny.HOW I MADE ITI'll tell you how I made it in another post! Can you say, "tutorial"? Suffice it to say, I tried several methods and most of them were abject failures.HOW TO WIN ITStarting tomorrow (3/19/2014) you can enter to win. The contest will run for one week. To enter, visit my Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/joannacampbellslan  Under…
  • How to Make Miniature Mosiacs--Or How to Have Your Egg and Eat It, Too

    17 Mar 2014 | 8:03 am
    There are tons of ways to make miniature tiles, usually involving Fimo or paper coated with a thick glossy agent, but I think I've stumbled on a method that's easier and more fun...as long as you're okay with tiles in random shapes. Best of all, it's a way to recycle and upcycle common items.Behold! (Ha, ha.) A protein snack that recycles into a table with mosaic inlays or a birdbath.SUPPLIES for the MOSAICS:A hard-boiled egg. (an old one is best, if it float when it's raw, that's wonderful because that means the inner shell membrane has pulled away from the shell)In the upper right, you can…
  • Desperately Seeking OOAK

    14 Mar 2014 | 9:35 am
    So I'm cruising Pinterest and Etsy looking at dollhouse miniatures, and I keep seeing OOAK by the listings. Wow. I was so impressed by the detailed workmanship. And so many different types of items!I was thinking to myself, "This OOAK really knows her stuff. She must be crafting from sun up to sun down."Then I got to thinking, "I bet OOAK is the name of a company. Yeah, that's got to be it. I wonder if they offer tutorials."In the miniature world, almost all the best artists (and manufacturers) share wonderful tutorials (or "tutes") on their websites. As one of them explained in an FAQ…
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    Living 2 Read

  • Fairy Tales

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:05 pm
    The first line of Helen Oyeyemi's Boy, Snow, Bird could have been “Once upon a time”. A fairy-tale quality permeates the story, a modern twist on the Brothers Grimm. A young girl named Boy lives in New York with a violent father who makes his living as a rat-catcher, using techniques that would horrify the Pied Piper. She runs away to the small New England town of Flax Hill, where she marries a man with a beautiful little daughter named Snow. After the birth of her own child Bird, Boy becomes something of an evil stepmother, and the story becomes a distorted version of “Snow White”,…
  • My First

    31 Mar 2014 | 8:04 am
    If I were drawing up my literary bucket list, Zombie Novel wouldn't be on it. But there's a first time for everything. And how better to dip my toe in the genre than with respected literary novelist Colson Whitehead? So with some trepidation I stepped into Zone OneThe story is set mainly in Manhattan, in the section south of Canal, where the narrator, nicknamed Mark Spitz, is part of a team of three “sweepers” searching for “skels” - short for sleletons. The word zombie is never used, but these skels are the walking dead and they feed on human flesh, so you get the picture. An…
  • It's Not You, It's Me

    6 Mar 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Rachel Kushner, your novel The Flamethrowers is beautifully written and deserves the many accolades (including National Book Award finalist) it has received. I admire the power of your prose, the engaging stories your characters tell, the deft weaving of fiction with historical events, the subtle skewering of the art world, the vivid scene you painted early in the novel of the speed trials in the Bonneville Flats.And I really wanted to like it. I know the problem is mine, not yours. But it just didn't work for me. I'm frequently critical of readers who insist that a good novel must have a…
  • Life's a Mess

    22 Feb 2014 | 5:18 pm
    Life doesn't run smoothly when you're a character in an Andre Dubus III story. In his earlier novel, "House of Sand and Fog", he sent his characters on collision courses with each other, with disastrous results. His latest work, Dirty Love, is a collection of four stories, somewhere between long short stories and short novelllas. The setting is a small New England coastal town. His characters all yearn for love, but they make desperate choices and are often their own worst enemies. These stories are not for readers who like characters they can admire. I often wanted to grab them by the…
  • Big Brother Is...

    25 Jan 2014 | 3:38 pm
    In The Circle, David Eggers's imagined society in the not so distant future, it's not that Big Brother is watching. Instead, everyone is watching each other. The Circle is a fictional Silicon Valley corporation which has absorbed earlier social media outlets like Google, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook into the all encompassing TruYou. It sounds so appealing – one password, one identity, one account which connects you to everything and everyone.Mae Holland joins The Circle as a starry-eyed enthusiast of this new vision, and is thrilled by her job. The 'campus' is luxurious, with fountains,…
 
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    The Millions

  • Goodbye to King of the Blurbs

    Tess Malone
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Recently, it seemed hard to find a book not blurbed by Gary Shteyngart. He did blurb 150 books in the past decade. Yet now the author has decided to mostly retire from blurbing, he announced in The New Yorker. “Literature can and will go on without my mass blurbing. Perhaps it may even improve.” Pair with: Our own Bill Morris’s essay on whether or not to blurb.  
  • Shirley Jackson in the Woods

    Tess Malone
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    The New Yorker has published another recently discovered Shirley Jackson short story “The Man in the Woods,” a fairy tale that takes on some classic mythology. According to her son, it’s one of many new stories found in her archives, and we can expect a new collection next year. “What was surprising to us was not that she was so prolific and had left behind so much unseen work but, rather, the quality of that work,” Laurence Jackson Hyman said.
  • 450 Years of Juliets: On Women Making Shakespeare

    Stefanie Peters
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Today we celebrate the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth. Why are we celebrating it? A simple answer is that Shakespeare’s plays still speak to us. But for me, as for so many women since Shakespeare wrote his first play in around 1590, my response to his plays is complicated by my gender. Virginia Woolf wrote in the first draft of To the Lighthouse that “man has Shakespeare & women have not.” This is true. At the same time, this is not true. Women Making Shakespeare, a new anthology from The Arden Shakespeare series edited by Gordon McMullan, Lena Cowen Orlin, and Virginia…
  • Not a Chore

    Thomas Beckwith
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    One of the more persnickety questions a writer has to deal with is how to capitalize the title of a piece correctly. Thankfully, there’s now a website that does it for you, based on the rules in the Chicago Manual of Style.
  • Pulp and Not

    Thomas Beckwith
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Is “literary” fiction just a product of clever marketing? Elizabeth Edmondson thinks it is. At The Guardian, she argues that classically literary authors like Jane Austen had no idea they were writing Literature — posterity classified their work as such later on. Her essay dovetails nicely with our own Edan Lepucki’s argument that literature is a genre.
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    CH-UH Public Library Blog » GregCH-UH Public Library Blog

  • Where No One Has Gone Before: The Star Trek Graphic Novels

    Greg
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    In 2009, to the delight of millions of fans, J.J. Abrams rebooted the Star Trek franchise with a new Kirk, Spock, McCoy and Uhura in a brand new movie. As wonderful as Star Trek: The Movie and its sequel — Star Trek: Into Darkness — is, it isn’t like having an entire series of adventurous episodes with the new Enterprise . . . until now. These graphic novels, published by IDW Publishing and under the guidance of Star Trek writer/producer Roberto Orci, brings you the stories of the Enterprise crew that don’t make it to the movies. You’ll find new takes on old…
  • Triple Crown Book List (Printable List)

    Greg
    23 Mar 2014 | 10:58 pm
    For your convenience, we’ve created a companion list to our popular Triple Crown Book List (Detailed List). It includes all of the books published by Triple Crown Publications (except for two newer titles which are not in the CLEVNET system) — but without the book covers or extensive summaries of the other list. This is an ideal list for printing and using to check off books that you’ve read or mark books you want to read next. For a detailed list with summaries and book covers try the Triple Crown Book List (Detailed List). People who enjoyed this book list might also enjoy…
  • Triple Crown Book List

    Greg
    23 Mar 2014 | 10:56 pm
    Urban Fiction is an immensely popular genre and standing at the head of this movement is Triple Crown Publications founded by Ohio’s own Vickie Stringer. To make it easier for our customers to decide what they want to read next and figure out what they’ve already enjoyed, we have this detailed list which includes pictures of the book covers and a summary of each title. Some authors have reprinted their original Triple Crown books with another publisher or with their own imprint, like Deja King. In a few instances, I had to link to to the reprinted work as the original edition was…
  • What Came Before The Mortal Instruments

    Greg
    15 Mar 2014 | 11:34 am
    The Infernal Devices Series is a projected three book project set to be a companion prequel to the The Mortal Instruments Series. For list of books in The Mortal Instruments Series, check out the post: “Shadowhunters versus Downworlders in The Mortal Instruments Series” The Infernal Devices Series Interested in one or more of these books? Click the mouse on the book cover to read more about it and order it from your local CLEVNET library. Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices Series #1) Author: Clare, Cassandra Format: Hardcover Type: Fantasy Novel Page Count: 496pp. Pub. Date:…
  • The Reckoners’ Plot to Kill Steelheart

    Greg
    13 Mar 2014 | 11:53 am
    “Every single person who manifested powers — we call them Epics — turned out to be evil.” David Charleston has devoted his young life to the study of Epics. He has a clue about the weakness of one of the most powerful Epics ever — Steelheart — and he wants the Reckoners to help him assassinate the invulnerable Emperor of Chicago. Remember, if you are interested in this book, click the mouse on the book cover to order it from your local CLEVNET library. TITLE: STEELHEART WRITER: by Brandon Sanderson SERIES: The Reckoners Series #1 GENRE: Fantasy, Dystopian…
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  • BUY ONE GET 2 FREE!

    M.J. Rose
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
    Buy my new hardcover and get two ebooks free!  Really? Really! If you buy The Collector of Dying Breaths (hardcover only!) between today & Thursday & email the receipt to MJRoseWriter at gmail.com - I will send you two free ebooks from my awared winning Butterfield Institute series. Here are the buy links for the hardcover at Amazon  at BN.com or an your favorite indie!  Here's what they are are saying about The Collector of Dying Breaths: Amazon Best Books of April  Mystery/ Suspense/ Thriller "Gripping—a suspenseful and enigmatic story... Best-selling author Rose…
  • My Strawberry Soufflé

    M.J. Rose
    24 Sep 2013 | 4:07 am
    Shouldn’t success and happiness be the achievement of what we love to its own end, knowing that end might be private and personal?  - Felicia Sullivan from Love,Life,Eat  This morning I came upon Felicia’s blog. Having been at the Bouchercon mystery convention this weekend, her column really hit home—I’ve just spent the last three days with hundreds of authors and was struck over and over by how many of us expressed unhappiness about our careers.  So many talked about not feeling like a “success”.  Why? I asked again and again. There were authors who…
  • Hand Yelling Constance by Patrick McGrath

    M.J. Rose
    26 May 2013 | 6:06 am
    I devoured Constance by Patrick McGrath yesterday.  I unabashedly think he is one of the masters of gothic writing now.  (I bought at R.J. Julia in Madison CT while on tour- what a great bookstore!) Constance is a gothic tale of a marriage that had me obsessed all day, yesterday. Thank goodness it was raining and a weekend.  Compelling, psychologically haunting, dark, lurid...  Here is a NYT review that poses some problems but ultimately gives it a rave that I agree with.  "Loss, trauma and a drastic, fatal desire for control are what this novel is really about. And, as the whole…
  • Hand Yelling The Age of Desire

    M.J. Rose
    19 May 2013 | 11:13 am
    I read this evoacative, atomospheric and compelling book - a novel about a novelist -  last week while on my own book tour which was an M.C. Escherish experience. I really enjoyed this intimate exploration of Edith Warton's sexual awaking even though at times I wasn't overly fond of Edith herself, or the choices she made. Which does make this an odd endorsement I suppose. But the book is beautifully written and compelling. Especially fascinating for fans of Warton - since the author based so much of the story on actual letters - it was fascinating for me to learn the story of…
  • Hand Yelling The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro

    M.J. Rose
    14 May 2013 | 3:13 am
    I picked up this book with trepidation. I've been writing books about perfume for the last four years and am seeped in it. I expected to be either disappointed or jealous. I wasn't disappointed and I can't be jealous because the of hours of pleasure I got reading The Perfume Collector. Even though I guessed "the secret" almost right away - it didn't matter - the characters were so engaging and the writing so lovely. Perfume, Paris, passion, style, elegance, a certain "je ne sais quois", charm and good old fashioned storytelling along with a lump in my…
 
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    Boomerang Books Blog

  • Groovy books for Girls – Chapter book reviews

    Dimity Powell
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:54 am
    Sugar and spice. Not a mix that causes every little girl to drool. In fact even in my day, the more mystery, adventure and intrigue they could dish up, the faster I devoured stories. They continue to do so; they being in this case, the savvy publishers of Scholastic Australia and Random House. Hot off the press are a selection of recent releases guaranteed to whet your little girl’s reading appetite. Most are suitable for reading ages between 5 – 8 years although older reluctant readers stand to gain much needed confidence and develop a deeper love of stories from some of these titles…
  • Player Profile: Jane Paech, author of Delicious Days in Paris

    Jon Page
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:17 am
    Jane Paech at Carette tea salon, Place des Vosges, Paris. (PHOTO Vincent Bourdon) Jane Paech, author of Delicious Days in Paris Tell us about your latest creation: Delicious Days in Paris. It’s a series of walking tours that explore the food and culture of Paris, with visits to both legendary and little-known cafés, restaurants and pâtisseries along with small museums, art galleries, gardens and markets – all at a civilised pace, with time to daydream. Where are you from / where do you call home?: Adelaide, South Australia When you were a kid, what did you want to become?  An…
  • The Poppy

    George Ivanoff
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:54 am
    The Poppy is a new book from author/illustrator Andrew Plant. It’s difficult to describe. It’s not a standard picture book, but it’s not quite a graphic novel either. It’s set in the present, but deals with the past. It recounts actual events, but is presented in a ‘storybook’ context. Having said all that, what it definitely is… is utterly BRILLIANT! Poppies bloom across northern France and a petal is blown up into the air. As we follow that petal, a dual story unfolds. There is the historical story of a Word War I battle fought by Australian troops on French soil. And there is…
  • Amazing books for ANZAC Day – Picturebook reviews

    Dimity Powell
    13 Apr 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Occasionally a thing that you witness, a song that you hear or a line that your read manifests itself indelibly within you, seemingly forever. Sometimes, not always, you remember the exact time and place and occasion that these erasable impressions mark your memory for the first time. Often this phenomenon occurs when you are still young in years and free in thinking. Memorable moments can be fortifying but also confronting and shocking, which is why books like these, Along the Road to Gundagai and Gallipoli, constitute essential reading for young people. Perhaps, had I been exposed to more…
  • Player Profile: Rjurik Davidson, author of Unwrapped Sky

    Jon Page
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:29 pm
    Rjurik Davidson, author of Unwrapped Sky Tell us about your latest creation:  Unwrapped Sky sits somewhere between fantasy and science fiction, in a little subgenre sometimes called the New Weird. It’s set in the fantastic city of Caeli-Amur, which is something like an industrial version of Ancient Rome. Steam trams chug along the streets. A ruined forum lies close to a huge arena. Three dictatorial Houses rule the city. It’s filled with strange wonders. Ancient Minotaurs arrive for the traditional Festival of the Sun and New-Men bring wondrous technology from their homeland. Hideously…
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  • Day 5 - Friday 4/11/14

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:48 am
  • Day 4 - Thur 4/10/14

    11 Apr 2014 | 8:44 am
    Today was a rough day.  Only got 7 hours - difficult to wake up.  Felt sluggish and tired all day with headache and light sensitivity, foggy brain.  At first thought I was just lacking in sleep but then I realized I was dehydrating and losing sodium as happens in early keto-adaptation so I drank some beef broth to get sodium and fluids which helped a lot.  I also felt some annoying muscle twitching so had a magnesium drink which helped as well.  But later in the evening I was getting restless leg so I rubbed some magnesium gel on my legs and that seemed to help as…
 
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    AbeBooks' Reading Copy

  • Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar 2014 contest

    Richard Davies
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:02 am
    Are you thinking of becoming a rare bookseller? Or have you just started to sell collectible books? The Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar is a week-long educational event held in Colorado Springs in August, 2014 for booksellers, librarians and collectors that offers expert discussion about rare books. This is your opportunity to enter for a chance to win admission to attend the event, including instructional materials, breakfasts and lunches, and accommodations. There will be two lucky winners. Each prize package is worth U.S. $1,610.00. Transportation to and from the event is not included.
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the giant of Latin American literature, dies at 87

    Richard Davies
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Gabriel García Márquez has died at the age of 87 in Mexico City. The Nobel Prize-winning author was one of the most influential Latin American authors of recent times. The writer had recently been hospitalized for a lung and urinary problems, but was released last week. His best known books are Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Love in the Time of Cholera, Autumn of the Patriarch and his classic 1967 novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude, which has sold millions of copies around the globe. García Márquez, known as ‘Gabo’, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982 and known for…
  • The 10 Most Challenged Books of 2013

    Jessica Doyle
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:39 pm
    The American Library Association has released its 10 most challenged books of 2013.  The ALA defines a challenge as an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. In 2013, these 10 books were challenged the most: 1. Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey The bestselling series has been cited for offensive language, unsuited to age group and violence since its first book hit libraries in 1997. It topped the list in 2012, too. 2. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison As one of America’s most important authors, Toni Morrison is no stranger to book bans…
  • The Grapes of Wrath Turns 75

    Jessica Doyle
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:46 pm
    The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, first edition, 1939 The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck was published for the first time on April 14th, 1939, making the Depression era masterpiece 75 years old today. The first edition (left) was published by Viking, its dust jacket illustrated by Elmer Hader. The illustration depicts families moving west during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s. Steinbeck’s portrait of the Great Depression is told through the trials and tribulations of the Joad family. The Oklahoma farming family was driven off their land and, along with throngs of other…
  • The epic French saga that inspired Game of Thrones

    Jessica Doyle
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:54 pm
    George R.R. Martin is a household name, but do the millions of people who have their noses stuck in any one of theA Song of Ice and Fire books know the name Maurice Druon?  He happens to be the author of a series of novels set in medieval France – the same series that inspired Martin to pen the ever-popular Game of Thrones and its subsequent books.  The French author wrote Les Rois Maudits (translated to The Accursed Kings)  between the mid 1950s and 1970s, and until a translation was recently reissued the seven books have been scarcely found in English. Martin provides quite the…
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    About.com Bestsellers

  • Good Mysteries

    23 Apr 2014 | 3:31 am
    Amazon.com recently released their "100 Mysteries & Thrillers to Read in a Lifetime." Find out which of our favorite mysteries are on the list, and share some of your favorites in the comments.
  • How Do You Find Time to Read?

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:40 am
    I have three young kids, so people often ask me how I find time to read. For me, I choose to read instead of watching much TV. What about you? How do you fit books into your lives?
  • Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:27 am
    Kelly Corrigan's newest memoir, Glitter and Glue, just might solve your need for a Mother's Day gift and beach read. Complete review of Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan Glitter and Glue Book Club Discussion Questions Cover Photo Courtesy Ballantine Books
  • Christian Book Club Recommendations

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:13 pm
    For Christians, this week leading up to Easter is a time of reflection. If you are celebrating Holy Week, you may want to check out one of these recommendations for Christian book clubs. Cover Photo Courtesy Penguin
  • Spring Break Reading

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:51 am
    Looking for a book to take with you on vacation. Here are some of our favorites.
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    The Creative Penn

  • 7 Tips To Help Promote Your First Self-Published Book

    Joanna Penn
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:10 pm
    While this site is now aimed at being a graduate education for author-entrepreneurs, I still get emails every day from new authors who are just discovering self-publishing. I suggest that they start with my Author 2.0 Blueprint, and the other free resources as well as the audio podcast. Plus I wrote this checklist for new self-published authors when I published my Dad’s first book. But there are always more questions! So today, Debbie Flint offers some tips for promoting your first book. This will also be one of the last guest posts on the site, so expect to hear from me more in future…
  • Using Kickstarter For Graphic Novels With Ben Galley

    Joanna Penn
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:51 pm
    Kickstarter is a fantastic place for creatives to find funding, but you do need to use it for the right projects and understand how it works. In this interview, I talk to Ben Galley about his graphic novel adaptation Kickstarter campaign, as well as his tips for getting the funding right, attracting backers and more. Full transcription below the video, or you can watch it on YouTube here. Ben Galley Interview Transcription Joanna: Hi, everyone, I’m Joanna Penn from TheCreativePenn.com and today I’m here with Ben Galley. Welcome, Ben! Ben: Hi there, Jo, how are you doing? Joanna: I’m…
  • Why Indie Authors Need A Team

    Joanna Penn
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:10 pm
    People often ask me about how to be a successful indie author, or what’s the best way of marketing. I seem to be replying in the same vein every time these days – it’s all about collaboration and about personal relationships. I have a team of people I work with in my business. I have editors, a cover designer, an interior book designer, a graphic artist, a transcriber, a book-keeper, outsourced contractors for specific projects, a creative mentor, a community of twitter & blog friends and many more. Without these, I would not be able to do what I do. This is also why I…
  • Lessons Learned From A Game Changing London Book Fair 2014

    Joanna Penn
    12 Apr 2014 | 11:20 pm
    The last few days at London Book Fair have been mind-blowing for me. I feel this is a tipping point in my own author journey, and in this post I share with you what I have learned. (1) Ambitious authors can achieve 7 figure success as indies This week I experienced the Indie Bestseller group of authors, made up of Bella Andre, Hugh Howey, Jasinda Wilder, Barbara Freethy, Liliana Hart, Candice Hern and Stephanie Bond, all of whom are incredibly successful as indie authors, both in terms of hitting the big lists, satisfying readers, and making a very good living. I say ‘experienced’…
  • No More Excuses About Writing. Fire The Muse And Go To Work.

    Joanna Penn
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:07 pm
    At Harrogate Crime Festival last year, I heard Lee Child being interviewed on his incredibly successful Jack Reacher series. When asked about his writing process, Lee mentioned being like a trucker. A trucker doesn’t get up in the morning and wonder whether or not to get in the truck and do his job. He just does, and off he drives. So, Lee said, he just gets in his version of the truck and writes. It’s a job, just do it. This workman attitude also resonates through Steven Pressfield’s book ‘Turning Pro,’ which sits on my desk and which I re-read every new year.
 
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    WritersDigest.com

  • Where Writers Write: The Homes of Jack Kerouac

    Adrienne Crezo
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    The living quarters of authors have always held a weird fascination for me. There’s something strangely intimate about knowing where another writer works and lives, how they arrange the furniture, what artwork adorns the walls. So I was interested but a bit disheartened when the Tampa Bay Times posted a series of photos from the interior of Jack Kerouac’s final residence, a “nondescript bungalow” in St. Petersburg, Florida. Kerouac was famously nomadic: His classic novel, On the Road, follows the adventures (and misadventures) of a thinly-veiled Kerouac stand-in named…
  • 2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 23

    Robert Lee Brewer
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    I’ve been having a wonderful April, and I hope you have too. Counting this morning’s poem, I think I’ve already written more than 30 poems this month (not all of my writing ends up on this blog), and I’m pretty happy with a few of the poems I’ve written for this challenge. Yes, this has been another great National Poetry Month, and here’s a great kit to celebrate: The Writer’s Digest National Poetry Month Kit, which includes a digital version of The Poetry Dictionary, a couple paperbacks (Creating Poetry and Writing the Life Poetic), a tutorial on…
  • Live Webinar: Slush Pile Showdown

    Cris Freese
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:52 am
    Nothing in the world of writing can cause anxiety-induced panic attacks quite like waiting on a response from a literary agent. And crafting that perfect query letter is as important as anything else you’ll do as an author. Without a strong query letter and a good, quick hook to a manuscript, an author’s submission threatens to be lost in the dreaded slush pile. Separating yourself from the competition and creating a successful pitch has never been more paramount. That’s why Writer’s Digest has a unique, upcoming opportunity for writers. On Tuesday, April 29, literary…
  • The Discovery

    Brian A. Klems
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    When you return to school for a conference, you bump into one of your old professors, who is rambling on excitedly about a new discovery. He asks you to follow him to his office—he has something he wants to show you. What is the new discovery? Why is your professor so excited? Write this scene. Post your response (500 words or fewer) in the comments below. Want more creative writing prompts? Download: The Writing Prompt Boot Camp (Free Download)
  • 2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 22

    Robert Lee Brewer
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    A few people have sent me e-mail messages asking if I’m going to favor this type of poem or that type of poem; if I’m looking for this kind of poet or that type of poet; and so on (since I’m the person making the finalist lists to send to the guest judges). So here’s what I’m looking for: poems that make me care. Funny poems, sad poems, angry poems, rambling poems, concise poems (ahem, haiku), traditional form poems, free verse, prose poems, rhyme poems, non-rhyme poems, poems that make perfect sense, poems that leave me scratching my head; or in other words, I…
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    Better World Books

  • Why is World Book Day on April 23?

    Better World Books
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    Did you know that a whole slew of notable historical events that are important to world literature occurred on April 23? UNESCO chose this date to celebrate World Book and Copyright Day since it corresponds to the following events in literary history: Miguel de Cervantes, “El Inca” Garcilaso de la Vega, and William Shakespeare all died on this day in 1616. The author of Don Quixote, the chronicler of the Incan empire, and the bard all shuffled off their respective mortal coils on (probably) the same day. It is also the date of birth or death of other authors as well, such as:…
  • 8 Ways Readers are Saving the Planet

    Better World Books
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:01 am
    According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 2 billion books go to landfill every year, illustrating just how crucial sustainable business is in the book selling industry. So here are 8 things readers are doing to change that number. 1. Supporting local libraries. Libraries provide free, public access to books and information, and they need your support now more than ever. They keep books circulating and prevent them from becoming waste. 2. Buying used books. Buying a used book keeps it in the cycle of use and ensures it isn’t collecting dust somewhere or worse–heading to a…
  • 8 Books You Should Read At Least Once

    Guest Contributor
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:44 am
    As the saying goes, knowledge is power. One of the best ways to acquire knowledge is by reading a variety books that enlighten, inform, and engage your mind. While you may have gotten bored with the selections your local book club made, there are plenty of books you’ve yet to explore that will enhance your life. Whether it’s a novel or a book that provides information, your reading material helps you become more knowledgeable. Plan to read one or more of the selections on this list of books every human should read. Image via Flickr by Friar’s Balsam The Prince by Niccolo…
  • We’re giving away 50,000 children’s books (again!)

    Better World Books
    8 Apr 2014 | 10:50 am
    As a thank you to the Atlanta community that has supported our unique business model for many years, we’re holding our second 50,000 book giveaway. If you are in the Atlanta area (or even if you aren’t, but you’d enjoy visiting), we invite you to bring your kids and join us as we give out free children’s books. Here are the details: When? Saturday, April 19, 2014, from 10 AM to 3 PM – OR – while supplies last. And we are quite serious about the “while supplies last” part, since the last time we did one of these, we gave out everything we…
  • Michelle Dudash’s Virtual Book Club Part 1: Clean Eating for Busy Families

    Guest Contributor
    3 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am
    We recently announced our first virtual book club, hosted by the author of Clean Eating for Busy Families, registered dietitian nutritionist and chef consultant, Michelle Dudash. Here’s a glimpse at part 1 of the book club: Hi all! Hopefully by now you’ve all dived into reading my book Clean Eating for Busy Families. If not, it’s pretty easy to at least peruse the introductory chapter on clean eating. What are your thoughts so far about Clean Eating for Busy Families? The number one question I hear is, “What is clean eating?” Clean eating is enjoying whole foods in…
 
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    The Reader's Advisor Online Blog

  • RA Run Down

    Sarah Statz Cords
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:25 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 YA FICTION NONFICTION GRAPHIC…
  • 2014 Coming Attractions

    Cindy Orr
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Booklist: Carnegie Medal Read-Alikes Washington Post: Cozy mysteries for spring Chicago Reader: Spring Books on Secrets Huffington Post: 9 Best New Books of Spring Leading Blog: April Leadership books Bustle.com: April’s 6 Must-Read Books TIME: Best Spring/Summer Photo Books Quill and Quire: Spring Preview 2014: International Books Graphic Novel Reporter: Spring 2014 Graphic Novels Huffington Post: Spring’s hottest teen books Boston Herald: A “bouquet of spring books” Huffington Post: 11 Must-Read Books for Spring Parade: 10 New Books You’ll Love This Spring…
  • New, Noteworthy, and No-Brainer

    Sarah Statz Cords
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:41 am
    To be published the week of Apr 21-27, 2014: TUESDAY FICTION Adrian, Lara – Crave the Night: A Midnight Breed Novel – 9780345532640 Alpert, Mark – The Furies – 9781250022776 Baldacci, David – The Target – 9781455521203 Binchy, Maeve – Chestnut Street – 9780385351850 Blankman, Anne – Prisoner of Night and Fog – (YA) 9780062278814 Clark, Wahida – Blood, Sweat, and Payback – 9781936399505 Gregory, Daryl – Afterparty – 9780765336927 Gross, Andrew – Everything to Lose – 9780061656002 McCracken,…
  • Pulitzer Prize announcement.

    Sarah Statz Cords
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Donna Tartt has won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, for her novel The Goldfinch. You can view the full list of winners here. Bookmark to:
  • RA Run Down

    Sarah Statz Cords
    13 Apr 2014 | 12:53 pm
    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…
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    The Bat Segundo Show & Follow Your Ears

  • Ben Tarnoff (BSS #541)

    ed@edrants.com (Edward Champion)
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:41 pm
    More than a century after his death, Mark Twain is often portrayed as a jolly and avuncular figure. Yet the truth is that Twain was a savage wit and an incendiary figure, and it took this free-spirited iconoclasm to push expression forward. We talk with Ben Tarnoff, author of THE BOHEMIANS, to discuss how California writers (including Twain, Bret Harte, Charles Warren Stoddard, and Ina Coolbrith) defied the East and reinvented American literature during the 1860s.
  • Islamophobia, Extremism, and the War on Terror: Arun Kundnani (BSS #540)

    ed@edrants.com (Edward Champion)
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:42 am
    Twelve and a half years after 9/11, Islamophobia remains alive and well. Where did it come from? Why does it perpetuate in American and British culture? And what effect does it have on our democratic values? To get some answers to these questions, we talked with Arun Kundnani, author of THE MUSLIMS ARE COMING. It turns out that prominently positioned people continue to reinforce Muslim stereotypes, encouraging law enforcement agencies to adopt flawed radicalization models that are not predicated upon reality. These prejudicial policies have caused innocent Americans, whose only crime is to…
  • Dinaw Mengestu (BSS #539)

    ed@edrants.com (Edward Champion)
    25 Mar 2014 | 10:42 am
    MacArthur Fellow Dinaw Mengestu's novels have been needlessly categorized as "immigrant fiction" when his work is about so much more. On the publication of his third novel, ALL OUR NAMES, Mengestu unpacks these issues with us, discussing how journalism helped him to peer into revolutionary turmoil, writing about quiet African immigrants, the American perspectives that are often overlooked, the depths of emotional trauma, and contemporary fiction's relationship with the postcolonial.
  • Dorthe Nors, Save NYPL, and Blake Bailey (BSS #538)

    ed@edrants.com (Edward Champion)
    19 Mar 2014 | 9:13 am
    In this triple-decker edition of Bat Segundo, we talk with author Dorthe Nors about Denmark, emotional connections to animals, the dangers of self-destruction and how folks songs fused with Swedish existentialism can produce an original voice, investigate Mayor Bill de Blasio's silence on saving New York libraries and report on a protest, and talk with Blake Bailey about switching from literary biography to memoir.
  • Julia Angwin (BSS #537)

    ed@edrants.com (Edward Champion)
    10 Mar 2014 | 11:45 pm
    Why are we so consumed with providing every moment of our lives to a faceless corporation who will share this data with other companies without our consent? What makes the NSA worse than the Stasi? And to what extent are we determined to become enslaved by convenience? We talk with journalist Julia Angwin, author of DRAGNET NATION, about these dilemmas, the inevitability of mutually assured disinformation, and why the black helicopter lifestyle is becoming more legitimate.
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    Minnesota Reads

  • Cello everyday

    Christa
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Every day at the same time a cellist dons his increasingly dusty formalwear, props himself on a stool and performs Albinoni’s Adagio in G Minor in the gutted out spot where 22 of his neighbors died while waiting in line for bread in a Sarajevo marketplace. His plan is to play 22 consecutive days, which is a severe health risk considering the snipers in the hills indiscriminately picking off civilians. This much is true. Well, not the same time part. The real cellist mixed it up. Steven Galloway’s unnamed character is one of four at the center of the novel The Cellist of Sarajevo. (Did…
  • Hater without hate

    Christa
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    As a hater, I love to hate on what’s hot for the kiddies (and the nouveau bondage fans). It’s very fun to count how many different ways a vamp dealer can describe the color of an emo bloodsucker’s eyes and it’s good for lung capacity to sigh every time a certain prudish Seattleite’s inner goddess performs an action verb. This is all in good fun, as the writers behind these series could obviously wallpaper my bathroom in hundos, so my naysaying is just a tiny whisper in the world’s roaring arena full of fans. But it feels so good. While I might open a novel with an imaginary…
  • Similar, but different

    Christa
    3 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    One minute she’s all zone-y bologna, entranced by a crack in her windshield while she cruises down the highway after a visit to her son’s out-of-state grave and a blink later, the crack is gone and Elisa doesn’t recognize the body currently housing her person. Or her car. Or the contents of her purse.
  • Hidden

    LeAnn Suchy
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Told with kid gloves, the children’s graphic novel Hidden by Loic Dauvillier is a sweet, sad, and hopeful WWII story told by a grandmother to her granddaughter. The story opens at night with a young child not being able to sleep and discovering her grandmother deep in thought. She asks her grandmother if she was having a nightmare and begs her to talk about it. The story the grandmother tells begins in 1942 Paris when she was a young child. At first we hear about friends and school, but when she has to start wearing a star on her clothing, everything changes. Told by her father that their…
  • Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

    LeAnn Suchy
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:04 am
    I loved Matthew Quick’s The Good Luck of Right Now so I had to check out another of his books, this time a young adult novel called Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock. I liked this one even more. In Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, Leonard tell us the story of how he’s going to kill his former best friend and then himself. I’m not ruining the story, he tells us this on the first page of the book. As he’s staring at the gun his grandfather got in WWII, Leonard tells us that it’s his 18th birthday and the day he’s going to end two lives, but first he wants to say goodbye to some people. He’s…
 
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  • Finding Camlann by Sean Pidgeon

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:51 am
    Sean Pidgeon's Finding Camlann is a sparkling literary thriller that combines history, literature, archaeology, geography, geology, mapmaking, creation myths, and even a believable love story in revealing the origins of the legend of King Arthur....Read Full Post
  • Autobiography of a Corpse by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:03 am
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  • Nick Hornby's A Long Way Down

    13 Apr 2014 | 3:57 am
    If anybody can write a feel-good novel about suicide, it's Nick Hornby. That novel was A Long Way Down, Hornby's 2005 story of four people - a talk show host, a musician, a teenage girl and a mother - who find each other on New Year's Eve on the roof of Topper's House, a well-known jumping-off point for the suicidal in London....Read Full Post
  • 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction shortlist

    11 Apr 2014 | 7:36 am
    This week, the 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction shortlist of six was announced with the following books contending for the £30,000 award, to be announced at a ceremony in London on June 4:...Read Full Post
  • Leaving the Sea by Ben Marcus

    7 Apr 2014 | 6:41 am
    Ben Marcus's new collection Leaving the Sea reads like a compilation of demos and false starts, of stories that Marcus has not yet expanded towards the length of a novel. Marcus's cryptic, aggressive prose will appeal to fans of The Flame Alphabet, but might also reveal an author struggling to emerge from a tonal rut....Read Full Post
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  • Animal Instincts by Aleksandra McHugh

    Laura Roberts
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    There are two of them with the man. The straw-blonde, rendered delicate in a lace shawl, carries a plastic baggie in her teeth. I can’t see what’s in it from here. The black one hunches under an old-man’s fedora. It doesn’t fit right, and teeters. That could be why he’s so tense: doesn’t want his hat falling off. Tufts of brown matte poke up around a red-and-white checked bandana that’s been cinched around his neck. No leash, not on either one. Being Exhibition Days, it’s not unusual to dress up. But they catch my eye anyway. It’s the cuteness that gets me at first: dogs in…
  • One Hep Kitten by Denise Calhoun

    Laura Roberts
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    She swings. The bills are piling up the bills are piling up the creditors are calling but she can’t stop swinging. This club. That club. She doesn’t have to pay. She cannot pay. She has no money no money no money none. None. Work? She works. She works. She does. Hear me. She does. Day job. Night job. The money doesn’t go far enough. It stops here. There. There. Here. Never far enough. Never. She prays. Always. In the pantry on her knees. Door shut. On the treadmill in her sneakers in her sweats one foot in front of the other. In the car at the red light at the stop sign at the green…
  • Adolescent by Erik Pecukonis

    Danielle White
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Adolescent I. Process This was the point that everything became ‘darker’ gathering the leaves off the side of the road near the house and seeing a hound come out from an image of yellow worms eating my heart. The way things shrunk to a far smaller size, to a quarter of their size when I was outside smoking a cigarette and saw a man in a black trench coat walk through my backyard and press himself through a knothole in the fence. I told my brother I thought we were in California and told my dad I was a vampire as I sucked blood from my finger and ate a bunch of ice cream which…
  • Review: THE BONES OF US by J. Bradley & Adam Scott Mazer

    Kristen Valentine
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Reviewed by Kristen Valentine The Bones of Us uses both words and images to paint a picture of a marriage in shambles. This is a graphic poetry collection–not merely illustrated, which would imply that the art is secondary to the art–that doesn’t hold much back. From the first page, it’s pretty clear that you’re reading something unusual. Bradley’s sharp, laconic verse is perfectly matched with Mazer’s heavy-handed but haunting drawing style–each brings something to the table here, so that the words and the art complement and feed off of each…
  • Liking the Tomato by Jonathan Russell Clark

    Laura Roberts
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    You wanna hear a fucked up one? You remember Victoria Kipps from Zadie Smith’s On Beauty? You know, the book about art history professor Howard Belsey and his family living in Wellington, Massachusetts (which is basically Cambridge), and the feud that erupts between the Belseys and the Kipps? Monty Kipps being liberal Howard’s right-wing arch nemesis, a man Howard’s son Jerome goes to work for – and whose daughter Jerome falls in love with. The daughter being, of course, the aforementioned Victoria. She’s first introduced when Jerome writes to his father from the…
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  • Flavorwire Exclusive: “The Last Unmarried Person in America” by Ellen Willis

    Jason Diamond
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
    It’s a little chilling to imagine that nearly 30 years after Ellen Willis published “The Last Unmarried Person in America” in the Village Voice, the piece might have some readers rushing to find out whether something called the “National Family Security Act” was actually ever in the cards. Sitting nicely between political satire and dystopian fiction, it’s one of the most interesting selections in The Essential Ellen Willis, the new collection of the late cultural critic’s most important work. Edited by Willis’ daughter, Nona Willis Aronowitz,…
  • Will Gabriel García Márquez’s Unpublished Manuscript see the Light of Day?

    Jason Diamond
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:43 am
    NPR reports that Gabriel García Márquez left behind an unpublished manuscript tentatively titled We’ll See Each Other in August (En agosto nos vemos). If you speak Spanish, there’s an excerpt of it up at La Vanguardia, although you shouldn’t get too excited just yet: the editorial director of Penguin Random House Mexico told the Associated Press that García Márquez’s family has not decided whether or not to publish the work.
  • What Happened to Martha Gellhorn’s Lost Debut Novel?

    Jason Diamond
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Of all the conflicts that took place throughout the 20th century, none has been as romanticized as the Spanish Civil War, which pitted the supporters of the democratically elected Spanish Republic against the General Francisco Franco-led nationalists, who were backed by Nazi Germany and fascist Italy. The war fought for freedom with “trenches full of poets,” as The Clash sang in “Spanish Bombs,” was one that saw over 500,000 causalities, but amid a century filled with the crudeness and brutality of the First World War, the senseless atrocities inflicted on millions…
  • The Skeptic’s Guide to Elizabeth Gilbert

    Elisabeth Donnelly
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Elizabeth Gilbert is a great writer who has been, in some ways, cursed with great success. Her 2006 book Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia was such a raging, zeitgeist-capturing forever-on-the-list bestseller that it, paradoxically, practically erased her decade’s worth of work as an author that could do anything: write the hell out of a short story, books in fiction or nonfiction, and a haunting magazine feature that stays with the reader. Eat, Pray, Love turned Gilbert into “Elizabeth Gilbert” the self-help brand,…
  • Gabriel García Márquez on Shakira and 5 Other Authors’ Fascinating Rock Star Profiles

    Jason Diamond
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am
    “The most amazing thing about the Shakira phenomenon is the craze that has gripped masses of children.” The late Gabriel García Márquez wrote that in his 2002 profile on Shakira for The Guardian. Even when covering one of the biggest pop stars in the world, the Nobel Prize winner’s music writing doesn’t rank anywhere near his classics like One Hundred Years of Solitude or Love in the Time of Cholera, but it does earn a spot alongside a few of our other favorite rock star/writer pairings. Zadie Smith on Jay Z for New York Times Magazine Smith starts things out by…
 
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  • [Kindle Daily Deal] Linda Goodman’s Love Signs

    Pixel of Ink
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:11 am
    Amazon has a daily promotion called the Kindle Daily Deal. You can view this special deal every day here: http://amzn.to/KindleDailyDeal Today’s deal is… Linda Goodman’s Love Signs by Linda Goodman Genre: Astrology The 1968 publication of Linda Goodman’s Sun Signs popularized astrology worldwide. Magazines and newspapers began running regular astrology columns and Goodman contributed insert articles into the mass circulation women’s magazines. An ever increasing percentage of people knew their sign (as well as yours) and studied astrological tendencies. Linda…
  • [Pixel Picks] Deals & Steals for Apr 23rd: Part 1

    Pixel of Ink
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:54 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: Amish, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Romance The Outcast by Jolina Petersheim Still free? Click Here to find out! Raised in an Old Order Mennonite community, Rachel Stoltzfus is a strong-willed single woman, content living apart from mainstream society until whispers stir the moment her belly swells with new life. Refusing to repent and name the partner in her sin, Rachel feels the wrath of the religious sect as she is…
  • [Pixel Picks] Deals & Steals for Apr 22nd: Part 2

    Pixel of Ink
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:34 am
    Keep your Kindle full and happy with these great reads tonight! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Post-apocalyptic, Romance, Thriller, Time Travel Clockwise by Elle Strauss Still free? Click Here to find out! Casey Donovan has issues: hair, height and uncontrollable trips to the 19th century! And now this – she’s accidentally taken Nate Mackenzie, the cutest boy in the school, back in time. Awkward. Protocol pressures her to tell their 1860 hosts that he is her brother and when Casey finds she has a handsome,…
  • [Hot Deal] The Septembers of Shiraz – Save $12

    Pixel of Ink
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:35 am
    The Septembers of Shiraz by Dalia Sofer Genre: Literary Fiction In the aftermath of the Iranian revolution, rare-gem dealer Isaac Amin is arrested, wrongly accused of being a spy. Terrified by his disappearance, his family must reconcile a new world of cruelty and chaos with the collapse of everything they have known. As Isaac navigates the tedium and terrors of prison, forging tenuous trusts, his wife feverishly searches for him, suspecting, all the while, that their once-trusted housekeeper has turned on them and is now acting as an informer. And as his daughter, in a childlike attempt to…
  • [Pixel Picks] Deals & Steals for Apr 22nd: Part 1

    Pixel of Ink
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:09 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. Momarchy: Why Moms Rule the World by Various Authors Still free? Click Here to find out! YOU DO RULE THE WORLD. Welcome to Momarchy, a place where moms rule the world. And why shouldn’t they? The role of mom in American culture and commerce is nothing short of, well, imperially amazing. At last count, 85% of all U.S. spending flowed though the hands of women. That’s why here at Momarchy, we believe the hand that rocks the cradle…
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  • FUNKO To Release Beauty and The Beast Series 2 Pop! Figures In June 2014

    Larry Fire
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    FUNKO will release Beauty and the Beast Series 2 Pop!’s in June. Look for Peasant Belle, Cogsworth, Lumiere, Mrs. Potts with Chip to arrive in stores soon!
  • Ultimate 75th, An Interactive Digital Timeline for Marvel’s 75th Anniversary

    Larry Fire
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    To celebrate their 75th anniversary, Marvel Comics has created Ultimate 75th, an interactive digital timeline that takes viewers through the rich history of their both popular and somewhat unknown superheroes and villains. The website’s timelines also feature an abundance of interviews with popular writers and artists, including the one-and-only Stan Lee, writer and editor Roy Thomas and more. You can travel through time (1938-2014) and find out more about Marvel’s history at Ultimate75th.com.
  • DC Comics In July Will Feature Batman 75 Variant Covers

    Larry Fire
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:49 pm
    This July, select DC Comics titles will receive Batman 75 variant covers by some of the most notable artists in the business including Kevin Nowlan, Klaus Janson, Jim Steranko, Walt Simonson, Graham Nolan, Cliff Chiang, Sean Murphy, Dave Johnson, Dan Jurgens, Mike Kaluta and more! The Batman 75 variants, are the latest in a variety of monthly themes. Check out the Detective Comics #33 cover, by legendary artist Jim Steranko in the gallery above. Below, is the full list of comic books that will feature Batman 75 variant covers: Action Comics #33 Aquaman #33 Batgirl #33 Baatman #33 Batman and…
  • Cemetery Dance To Release A Simple Plan: The Deluxe Special Edition Hardcover By Scott Smith

    Larry Fire
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:46 pm
    Cemetery Dance is pleased to announce that they will be publishing a special signed Limited Edition A Simple Plan by New York Times bestselling author Scott Smith. In addition, they’ll be publishing a special signed Limited Edition of The Ruins by Scott Smith later this summer as well, and collectors who preorder A Simple Plan will get first shot at matching numbers/letters for their collection. A Simple Plan marked the astonishing debut of a natural born storyteller and is one of the most talked about thrillers of the last two decades. It’s a novel about a young man, unaware of…
  • MONDO To Release Coraline Poster By Tom Whalen On April 22, 2014

    Larry Fire
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Today MONDO will release a Coraline poster by Tom Whalen. Please follow MONDO on Twitter for the on sale announcement. The poster will be available online at a random time on Tuesday April 22, 2014. Coraline poster by Tom Whalen. 18″x24″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 275. $45 
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  • A Million Ways to Die in the West

    20 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    So, all I gotta do is get Foy to let me shoot seventy-one times before he shoots, and I win. – Seth MacFarlane, A Million Ways to Die in the West A Million Ways to Die in the West reads like a novelisation of a Bob Hope film which is odd because it’s actually a novelisation of a Seth MacFarlane film. Seriously though if this film had been made in the 1950’s there would’ve been only one actor up for consideration for the lead: Bob Hope. No comedian has ever got as much mileage out of playing the coward. His signature heroic coward starred in film after film like The Princess and the…
  • Get real

    13 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    If you think people in your life are normal, then you undoubtedly have not spent any time getting to know the abnormal side of them. ― Shannon L. Alder Stigma—or, more specifically, social stigma was defined by Erving Goffman, one of the most influential sociologists of the twentieth century, as “The phenomenon whereby an individual with an attribute is deeply discredited by his/her society is rejected as a result of the attribute. Stigma is a process by which the reaction of others spoils normal identity.”[1] It’s not the only definition but I think it’s a good one. (In another…
  • Five Came Back

    6 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Yes. This really happened. – The Battle of Midway One thing I can say about Mark Harris with regard to his book Five Came Back—which is basically a study of how the American film industry was changed forever by World War II—is that he’s done his homework and I have little doubt that when he handed it in he got a gold star. This is a thoroughly-researched book that contains over sixty pages of end matter. It is easily readable and surprisingly entertaining. The man clearly did a lot of reading in researching his topic. And he’s managed to do what the five men highlighted in this…
  • Under the Skin

    30 Mar 2014 | 3:30 am
    Mulder: They're here, aren't they?Deep Throat: Mr. Mulder, they've been here for a long long time. I should’ve read this book a long time ago. I knew of it but didn’t know much about it. I didn’t know what it was about and really that’s the best way to approach this book so, if you’re willing to trust me, then read no further; find yourself a copy and read it before you even think about seeing the film. (I’ve just watched the trailer and as much as I admire Scarlett Johansson, this looks as if Jonathan Glazer's loose adaptation has about as much in common with Faber’s book as I,…
  • The First True Lie

    23 Mar 2014 | 4:30 am
    They always say that you shouldn’t tell lies, but without lies I’d already be in an orphanage – Marina Mander, The First True Lie I’ve a problem with books narrated by young children and I’ve read a few now: I never truly believe that it’s a child that’s talking even when, as Mander does, the author goes out of his or her way to point out that their narrator is intelligent. In Luca’s case we have the word of his mother: Mama says it’s because I was born at seven months, and seven-month babies are more intelligent. and his teacher: Luca displays self-confidence and a lively…
 
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  • Microsoft XP Support Ending

    Albert Robbins III
    31 Mar 2014 | 5:31 am
    Microsoft is discontinuing support & security updates for both the XP operating system and XP applications (Internet Explorer, Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Excel, etc) ... effective April 8th.In the event that you are unable or unwilling to upgrade to Win7 or Win8 there are a few steps that can significantly reduce your vulnerability:- Do NOT routinely login using an account that has Administrator rights. Avecto's Analysis of "Microsoft Security Bulletins from2013" highlights that- 92% of critical XP vulnerabilities would be mitigated if users are NOT logged-in with Administratorrights.- 100% of…
  • Confessions of a Wingnut and Science Fiction Junkie (RJ Palmer): There Is No Hell

    Albert Robbins III
    20 Jan 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Confessions of a Wingnut and Science Fiction Junkie (RJ Palmer): There Is No Hell: There is something that’s been on my mind for longer than I care to think about and that usually means that I need to write it out. It’s p...
  • Healing Field - Dr. Terry and Iris Yoder

    Albert Robbins III
    4 Jan 2014 | 8:31 am
    Check out this Awesomesauce Healing Company on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Healing-Field/109466769108606AboutWhy Choose Complementary Wellness rather than Medicine? As Complementary Practitioners we know that wellness is natural. We care for the whole person: body, mind and spirit.DescriptionUsing the innate resonance we are born with to heal those who come to us. We teach out method to anyone who feels called to help heal themselves and others.Watch for announcements of classes and seminars coming soon. Contact us to speak to your group, we are happy to share…
  • Apologies to All the Loyal Readers

    Albert Robbins III
    26 Nov 2013 | 7:09 am
    Over the last year I have been trying to see if I really have the heart to continue this blog. I did not know if I could keep going or if I had it in me to continue going. A lot of work is put into what I do here and I do have a family, a job and a life to live outside the blogosphere. After a long time of inner-looking and back and forth arguements with my brain and heart, I have decided to keep blogging about books and every once in a while sharing my faith. I will st a review and interview at least once a wekk maybe more if I can keep up. It may be slow going at first but I am back and I…
  • Author Interview: Joseph DiCristofano author of Paths to Divinity

    Albert Robbins III
    26 Nov 2013 | 7:02 am
    About Your Book Paths to Divinity"My first outing is a collection of horror/dark fantasy tales that are heavily inspired by classical writers and masterful storytellers. Here is a brief synopsis: An archaeologist gone mad describes the unearthed secrets that drove him to insanity. The tables turn on a ‘tender-hearted’ serial killer who truly loves his victims. A mortally wounded German soldier contemplates the futility of war and love lost in the company of a tennis-obsessed Grim Reaper. A slain Spartan king is awakened by The Furies and finds his vengeance. A little girl stumbles upon a…
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  • Lindsey Palmer's Top Five Writing Tips

    Novelicious
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    1. Write about what you want to know. Consider questions you have, and then write to work out the answers. You’ll keep both yourself and your readers engaged. 2. Write every day. As an English teacher with five classes and 150 students, this is a tip I rarely follow myself, but during the rare stretches when I do, the writing comes more easily and the end results are better. Writing is like a muscle, so the more you work it out the stronger it becomes. Plus, it’s a wonderful way to spend a piece of each day. 3. For potent writing, cut out adjectives and adverbs, and instead use strong…
  • My Writing Room by Stephanie Wahlstrom

    Cressida McLaughlin
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    My current ‘writing room’ is my orange Kate Spade bag. Wherever it is, so is my MacBook Air, which means I can write. I carry it everywhere and I’m sure some doctor out there will tell me that’s a recipe for back problems when I’m older, but I don’t care. I was born in Canada, had a whimsical stint in New York when I was 22 and then moved to London. Since I left University, I have moved on average every six months meaning whatever was core to my being had to be portable. That’s where handbags big enough to hold a laptop came in handy – and luckily – in fashion.  The first…
  • Feasting on Romantic Comedy – Potato Peel Pie from The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

    Helen
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    I have – if I may say so myself – given you lots of gorgeous, often chocolate themed, mainly cake-based recipes here in this column. There have been jammy buns, homemade mini rolls, lemon cakes, slices of tiramisu and lush, ripe strawberries dipped in dark chocolate amongst other delectable treats. So this week, I'm going to give you something different. Something from the Second World War. And yep, you'd be right in thinking this isn't something you'd want to make on a regular basis. During the war (is it just me that says this like Uncle Albert from Only Fools and Horses?),…
  • 30 Problems Only Book Nerds Will Understand

    Novelicious
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    While it's true that a bibliophile's life is one full of unbridled, book-loving joy, it also comes with its issues. If you’re a fellow book nerd, you can probably relate to these 30 problems. 1. ‘I couldn’t possibly come into work – I was up all night crying over One Day’ isn’t a valid reason for a sick day. 2. Falling head over heels in love with a fictional character. 3. Stupidly small handbags that won’t hold your current book and an extra ‘just in case you finish’ the first one. 4. Lying awake at night worrying about how George Weasley is doing. 5. Books that won’t…
  • Novelicious Chats To...Elizabeth Maxwell

    Novelicious
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    Elizabeth Maxwell’s latest novel, Happily Ever After, is about a 40-something erotic novelist who meets the fictional hero of her most recent book in real life. Here, Elizabeth chats about finding inspiration in Disney movies and the ‘ass in the chair’ writing advice from bestselling author Nora Roberts, which she finds invaluable. Where do you find inspiration for your books? Inspiration can come from anywhere. For example, I watched the movie Enchanted and started thinking about reality and fiction crashing into each other in a very literal way. And what would happen if I used this…
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  • WoW, waiting on wednesday

    Brandi Kosiner
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:00 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:SublimeLauren, Christina Sublime is the story of two teens, Lucy and Colin, who fall in love, but the the problem is … Lucy's a ghost. Slowly, she begins to remember more about her life and death as daredevil Colin takes himself to the edge of death where their realities overlap so he can be physically closer to Lucy.Lucy…
  • Review: Don't Call Me Baby by Gwendolyn Heasley

    Brandi Kosiner
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Don't Call Me Baby by Gwendolyn HeasleyAll her life, Imogene has been known as the girl on THAT blog.Imogene's mother has been writing an incredibly embarrassing, and incredibly popular, blog about her since before she was born. Hundreds of thousands of perfect strangers knew when Imogene had her first period. Imogene's crush saw her "before and after" orthodontia photos. But Imogene is fifteen now, and her mother is still blogging about her, in gruesome detail, against her will.When a mandatory school project compels Imogene to start her own blog, Imogene is reluctant to expose even more of…
  • Review: The Hunt by Stacey Kade

    Brandi Kosiner
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    The Hunt (Project Paper Doll #2) by Stacey KadeAriane Tucker has finally escaped GTX, the research facility that created her. While on the run, Zane Bradshaw is the only person she can trust. He knows who-and what-she is and still wants to be part of her life. But accepting Zane's help means putting him in danger.Dr. Jacobs, head of GTX, is not the only one hunting for Ariane. Two rival corporations have their sights set on taking down their competition. Permanently. To protect Zane and herself, Ariane needs allies. She needs the other hybrids. The hybrids who are way more alien and a lot…
  • Giveaway and Interview: Salted by Aaron Galvin (Int)

    Brandi Kosiner
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Salted by Aaron GalvinLife isn’t better under the sea.Lenny Dolan is all too familiar with this reality. A Selkie slave in the realm beneath the waves, he has no choice when charged with leading a crew ashore to capture an elusive runaway. If unsuccessful, the loved ones kept behind will pay for his failure with their lives.But when their target leads Lenny and his crew to deeper, darker secrets, the Selkies are faced with a moral dilemma. Secure their own freedom at the expense of others, or return empty-handed to face the grisly consequences?How Lenny and his crew answer the question will…
  • Stacking the Shelves, The Sunday Post

    Brandi Kosiner
    19 Apr 2014 | 1:00 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.What I read:Don't Call Me Babysource: harper teen via Edelweiss Heasley, Gwendolyn The Hunt (Project Paper Doll, #2)source: disney Kade, Stacey Starstrucksource: netgalley Ciacchella, Nicole Last Week on the…
 
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  • 5 BookBuzzr AuthorPage Widgets to Inspire You in April 2014

    Naveen
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:51 pm
    1. Charmain Mitchell - Death Whispers (Mary Howard Supernatural Mysteries Series)     2. Kathleen Ball - Texas Haven (The Dawson Ranch Series)     3. Jamie Eubanks - Hidden Doors, Secret Rooms     4. James Hall - Ausarian Prophesy (Volume 1)     5. Ken Lang - Walking Among the Dead (Homicide Series Book 1)   _________________________________________________________________________________________________________   Naveen manages the social media marketing at BookBuzzr.
  • 5 BookBuzzr Widget Installations to Inspire You in April 2014

    Naveen
    19 Apr 2014 | 1:07 am
    1. Barb Drozdowich – The Author’s Guide To Working With Book Bloggers (Building Blocks to Author Success Series)     2. P. O. Dixon - A Lasting Love Affair: Darcy and Elizabeth (A Pride and Prejudice Variation)     3. Valerie Twombly - Eternal Flame (Guardians, Book One)     4. Rebekah Pierce - Sex, Lies & Shoeboxes     5. Maxine Douglas - Blood Ties     _________________________________________________________________________________________________________   Naveen manages the social media marketing at BookBuzzr.
  • Celebrate the Spirit of Easter with the BookBuzzr Easter Widget

    Ranga
    9 Apr 2014 | 12:08 am
    Easter is Sunday, April 20th. Celebrate the spirit of Easter with the Easter Book Widget from BookBuzzr. Below is a sample with our book.   To access the widget go to your BookBuzzr Book Marketing Home Page and click on the ‘Landing Page Widget’ icon under ‘Book Marketing Widgets’.   Then choose the color theme that complements your book.   Then choose the widget type. You can opt for the ‘Embedded’, ‘Overlay’ or ‘Enlargeable Mini’ type based on your needs.   Enjoy and Happy Easter!
  • 5 Questions with Best Selling Author Rachel Kall

    Ranga
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:05 am
    BookBuzzr author Rachel Kall’s book – Race to Kill (A Love and Scandal Novel) recently hit the #2 spot on the Amazon. We reached out to Rachel to learn more about her story. The screenshot below was taken on March 24, 2014.   1. Hi Rachel. Congratulations on the success of ‘Race to Kill (A Love and Scandal Novel)’. Would you tell our author community about your journey so far as an author? Thank you! My journey as an author has been filled with ups and downs. I think it’s important for authors starting out to realize that for most of us, it is a long journey. One filled…
  • 5 BookBuzzr AuthorPage Widgets to Inspire You in March 2014

    Naveen
    23 Mar 2014 | 2:16 am
      1. Nancy Ann Healy – Intersection   2. Teresa Mummert – Pretty Little Things   3. Alinka Rutkowska – Maya & Filippo Play Chef at Sea (Volume 2)   4. Krystal Wade – Shattered Secrets (Book of Red #1)   5. Eri Nelson – Double Call From Desire Volume two of the Dearhart Clan Series _________________________________________________________________________________________________________   Naveen manages the social media marketing at BookBuzzr.
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    Vampire Book Club

  • Giveaway and Teaser from Burning Dawn by Gena Showalter

    Chelsea
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter returns with a sizzling Angels of the Dark tale about a winged warrior renowned for his ruthlessness, and the woman who becomes his obsession… …and we have an steamy teaser quote just for you. Here’s your first peek at Burning Dawn (pre-order here). Need a little more info on this latest installment of the Angels of the Dark series? Done and done: A tormented past has left Thane with an insatiable need for violence, making him the most dangerous assassin in the skies. He lives by a single code: no mercy. And as he unleashes…
  • Review: Blood Cross by Faith Hunter (Jane Yellowrock #2)

    Jill
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Blood Cross (Jane Yellowrock #2) Faith Hunter Published: January 5, 2010 (Roc) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: purchased Reviewed by: Jill Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars Note: While this 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 Skinwalker. Jane Yellowrock is still in New Orleans recuperating from the huge, epic mess at the end of Skinwalker. Leo is grieving, blames Jane, and, unsurprisingly, wants her dead. Jane now has questions about being a skinwalker, and there is…
  • Review: Immortal Hunter by Kait Ballenger (Execution Underground #2)

    Jo
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Immortal Hunter (The Execution Underground #2) Kait Ballenger Published: April 1, 2014 (HQN) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Jo Rating (out of 5): 2.5 stars Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it may reference events in previous books in the series. Check out VBC’s review of book one Twilight Hunter. After being kidnapped and tortured by the sociopathic Robert, David’s ex fiancé has been left in a coma. With Allsún being half fae—and therefore a natural enemy to the…
  • Review: Marked by Hades by Reese Monroe (Bound by Hades #2)

    Amy
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Marked by Hades (Bound by Hades #2) Reese Monroe Published: April 14, 2014 (Entangled) Purchase: Amazon Review source: copy provide by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Amy Rating (out of 5): 3.5 stars For 911 years Justin has been Companion to a Gatekeeper of Hades. All Gatekeepers are destined to be mated, and once the mark appears between mates and they’ve forged the bond, one cannot survive without the other. Companions are not known to receive mates, and that’s just fine by Justin. He enjoys the company of women too much to ever care for just one. When Justin…
  • VBC Exclusive! Cover Reveal for A Secret to Die For by Sierra Dean

    Chelsea
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    We’re not ready to say goodbye to Secret McQueen, but the release of the eighth and final book is set for December 2014. Sierra Dean has always packed an emotional punch with this urban fantasy series, and from the tagline for A Secret to Die For—”No one is safe”—it looks like the final book will give us all the feelings. While I can’t share any snippets from the book just yet, I can give you this exclusive reveal of the cover art. Are you ready for A Secret to Die For? What ending do you hope for Secret? If you haven’t dived into the world of Secret McQueen,…
 
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    LATINA BOOK CLUB

  • REVIEW: PINNED UP by C. Michelle

    Native NYer
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:41 pm
          The Latina Book Club is proud to be part of C.Michelle’s Blog Tour.  We congratulate her on her debut novel.  Brava!I enjoy being a pin-up model as a side gig.  I love to indulge myself in wearing kick ass wiggle dresses, bustiers, and some awesome “fuck me shoes.”  What can I say; sometimes I have over the top girly moments. ---NinaFunny, outrageous and over-the-top sexy!   Fans of chick-lit will enjoy C.Michelle’s debut novel, PINNED UP, with its snappy dialogue, edgy humor and flamboyant characters. We love the book cover…
  • REVIEW: RIPPER by Isabel Allende

    Native NYer
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
      "The kids who play Ripper are a select group of freaks and geeks from around the world who meet online to hunt down and destroy the mysterious Jack the Ripper."    RIPPER is not the type of novel fans expect from Isabel Allende.  This is a totally new genre for her, and instead of keeping to the "norms" of a typical suspense novel, Allende creates her own.  And, while this may be a novel about young-adults, the graphic and sexual nature of the killings call for a more mature audience. RIPPER is about revenge, obsession, betrayal and loyalty.  The…
  • REVIEW: VALENTINA GOLDMAN’S IMMACULATE CONFUSION by Marisol Murano

    Native NYer
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:32 am
         The trick to surviving this country, mi amor, is to look at your own face in the mirror every morning and resist the temptation to hate yourself for turning into the person you swore you’d never become. – Valentina Goldman   As I read this book, I pictured Valentina as Sofia Vergara’s comic character in “Modern Family”  -- the same effervescent energy, the same passionate nature--, but, whereas Sofia’s character is proud to be Latina, Valentina is sort-of not.  The book is in turns funny and sad, wonderful and silly, just like our…
  • BOOK OF THE MONTH:WHEN ANGELS FALL by Manuel A. Meléndez

    Native NYer
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:47 pm
             Forgive me, Father, if such forgiveness is still an option for my salvation.  Tomorrow will be another day.  Maybe this time the better me will learn to fight back and the demon within will be gone.   –Your humble son… Your fallen angel   WOW!  From the first page – the first murder! – I was hooked.  I almost missed by train stop because I couldn’t stop reading.   Manuel Meléndez has written an engrossing, fast-paced, suspenseful, pulse-quickening, goose-bump raising thriller, which would…
  • Q&A WITH AUTHOR GENIA I. NUNEZ

    Native NYer
    30 Mar 2014 | 9:00 pm
       The Latina Book Club welcomes Dominican writer and illustrator Genia I. Nunez.  For her, it all began with a poster over a decade ago.  Today, she enjoys writing poetry, photography, craftsand keeping her inner child alive!I believe that education is very important for our children. Being bilingual is more relevant than ever before. – Genia I. NunezQ:  We know you are a Civil Engineer and a college professor. Where did the desire to write children's books come from? A: I've always enjoyed helping children learn. I also taught catechism classes and tutored…
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    21tiger

  • Loco

    Michael A. Robson
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:26 pm
    Loco is an iPhone app that would help you locate the best venue to spend time with friends, locating the nearest location for all members (minimizing travel time/distance for everyone involved). It uses Facebook Auth to find friends and GPS to locate them and triangulate the best venue depending on a category (eg. Pizza place, Movie Theatre, etc). It even uses a ‘Top Three Picks’ feature to make the venue choice democratic, settling any disputes on where to go.
  • Midas

    Michael A. Robson
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:49 pm
    Midas is a simple, free iOS app concept that helps you plan out the major investments in your life, starting with getting a College Education. Rather than nagging users for daily updates on expenses, the app uses sound principles of personal finance to set up bite-sized goals for the user, building towards lifelong financial goals such as graduating college, buying your first home, and retirement. Midas uses gamification rewards to motivate users in small chunks towards their lifelong goals.
  • Hi, my name is Michael.

    Michael A. Robson
    23 Mar 2014 | 2:24 am
    A few years ago I landed in South China to work in Sales and Marketing. Pretty soon I was learning a handful of new languages and devouring books on Marketing, Technology and Design. I started 21tiger to catalog and share book reviews, some of which can still be seen here. I’m back in Vancouver, Canada now, having just finished studying Interaction Design at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. I would love to discuss how I can contribute to your organization in a digital design or project management role. Design • Illustration • Résumé • LinkedIn • Twitter • Email
  • Rain City

    Michael A. Robson
    20 Mar 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Rain City is a concept for an online game/social network that promotes urban design and community in cities, by urging players to interact in real world events to progress through the game online. For this concept, I worked with Lena Ko, a talented Vancouver-based Graphic Designer. Not only did we come up with online and offline game elements, the brand identity, revenue model and promotion strategy were deeply researched and considered. Rain City would be accessible through a browser, and via mobile apps.
  • BST

    Michael A. Robson
    17 Mar 2014 | 11:32 am
    Here is a responsive design I customized for a local logistics services company.
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    Better World Books

  • Why is World Book Day on April 23?

    Better World Books
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    Did you know that a whole slew of notable historical events that are important to world literature occurred on April 23? UNESCO chose this date to celebrate World Book and Copyright Day since it corresponds to the following events in literary history: Miguel de Cervantes, “El Inca” Garcilaso de la Vega, and William Shakespeare all died on this day in 1616. The author of Don Quixote, the chronicler of the Incan empire, and the bard all shuffled off their respective mortal coils on (probably) the same day. It is also the date of birth or death of other authors as well, such as:…
  • 8 Ways Readers are Saving the Planet

    Better World Books
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:01 am
    According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 2 billion books go to landfill every year, illustrating just how crucial sustainable business is in the book selling industry. So here are 8 things readers are doing to change that number. 1. Supporting local libraries. Libraries provide free, public access to books and information, and they need your support now more than ever. They keep books circulating and prevent them from becoming waste. 2. Buying used books. Buying a used book keeps it in the cycle of use and ensures it isn’t collecting dust somewhere or worse–heading to a…
  • 8 Books You Should Read At Least Once

    Guest Contributor
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:44 am
    As the saying goes, knowledge is power. One of the best ways to acquire knowledge is by reading a variety books that enlighten, inform, and engage your mind. While you may have gotten bored with the selections your local book club made, there are plenty of books you’ve yet to explore that will enhance your life. Whether it’s a novel or a book that provides information, your reading material helps you become more knowledgeable. Plan to read one or more of the selections on this list of books every human should read. Image via Flickr by Friar’s Balsam The Prince by Niccolo…
  • We’re giving away 50,000 children’s books (again!)

    Better World Books
    8 Apr 2014 | 10:50 am
    As a thank you to the Atlanta community that has supported our unique business model for many years, we’re holding our second 50,000 book giveaway. If you are in the Atlanta area (or even if you aren’t, but you’d enjoy visiting), we invite you to bring your kids and join us as we give out free children’s books. Here are the details: When? Saturday, April 19, 2014, from 10 AM to 3 PM – OR – while supplies last. And we are quite serious about the “while supplies last” part, since the last time we did one of these, we gave out everything we…
  • Michelle Dudash’s Virtual Book Club Part 1: Clean Eating for Busy Families

    Guest Contributor
    3 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am
    We recently announced our first virtual book club, hosted by the author of Clean Eating for Busy Families, registered dietitian nutritionist and chef consultant, Michelle Dudash. Here’s a glimpse at part 1 of the book club: Hi all! Hopefully by now you’ve all dived into reading my book Clean Eating for Busy Families. If not, it’s pretty easy to at least peruse the introductory chapter on clean eating. What are your thoughts so far about Clean Eating for Busy Families? The number one question I hear is, “What is clean eating?” Clean eating is enjoying whole foods in…
 
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    A Woman Reading

  • Contemporary Romance Author, Kennedy Ryan Raises Awareness for Autism

    A Woman Reading
    8 Apr 2014 | 10:38 am
    Kennedy’s debut novel will be released on June 17, 2014. Published by Forever Yours/Grand Central.    Read Kennedy’s posts on ModernMom.com and YummyMummyClub.ca.  Filed under: Autism, Books, Contemporary Romance, Romance Tagged: Autism, Kennedy Ryan, Love Triangles, Modern Mom, Non-traditional romance, Romance, When You Are Mine
  • Author CJ Matthew Talks Chumash Myths, Shape Shifting Dolphins and Alpha Males

    A Woman Reading
    8 Feb 2014 | 3:58 pm
    By CJ Matthew After the rain and the fury of the storm passes, not many of us can resist the urge to search above us for a rainbow. Even though we possess the scientific knowledge to explain its existence, the array of luminous colors arched across the sky seems magical. Rainbows have fascinated people for eons, and many ancient cultures incorporated the concept of a rainbow bridge into their traditions. The Chumash Myth A rainbow bridge is a pivotal part of the Native American Chumash origin tradition:  To create the Chumash people, Earth Mother Hutash buries the seeds of magical plants on…
  • Love and Liability by Katie Oliver

    A Woman Reading
    28 Jan 2014 | 9:27 am
    Buy the e-book today on Amazon.com and Amazon UK. Love and Liability is the second in a trilogy of Jane Austen meets Legally Blonde stories set in London.  Fast paced and frothy, the American author,  Katie Oliver completely transports you to London where gorgeous people screw up and figure out life and love in comic fashion.  In a tone similar to Sophie Kinsella but altogether her own, Katie Oliver will write her way into your heart with her characters and her stories. Be on the lookout for Mansfield Lark, the next in the series to be published in March 2014. Here’s the blurb:…
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    Quill & Quire

  • Writers’ Trust launches $25,000 poetry prize

    Stuart Woods
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:09 am
    Canadian poets are being feted with a new prize that will recognize a writer for his or her exceptional body of work. The $25,000 Latner Writers’ Trust Poetry Prize, sponsored by the Latner Family Foundation, will be handed out for the first time in November alongside five other literary prizes administered by the Writers’ Trust of Canada. According to a press release, the annual prize will be awarded to “a Canadian poet in mid-career in recognition of a remarkable body of work and in hope of future contributions to Canadian poetry.” Canadian citizens or permanent…
  • Book links roundup: Media reaction to Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s death

    Courtney Harper
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:32 am
    Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez praised in obituary Colombia and Mexico presidents to attend memorial service The Paris Review recalls past interviews One Hundred Years of Solitude tops bestseller lists Latin America reacts to the author’s death
  • Sina Queyras and Adam Sol on the state of Canadian poetry

    Steven W. Beattie
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:38 am
    Sina Queyras and Adam Sol (photo: Hudson Hayden) It is virtually impossible to argue against the notion that Canadian poetry has come of age. If F.R. Scott was able to say, as recently as 1976, that when he and A.J.M. Smith launched the McGill Fortnightly Review in the mid-1920s “there was not a single Canadian poet we paid much attention to,” no such attitude could prevail in 2014. From Ken Babstock to Karen Solie, from Erin Mouré to Elizabeth Bachinsky, poetry in Canada has obliterated the boundaries set for it by the Confederation poets, and announced itself, both within and outside…
  • Novelist and short-story writer Alistair MacLeod dies at 77

    Steven W. Beattie
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:54 am
    Alistair MacLeod, one of Canada’s greatest short-story writers, has died at age 77. Though he published sparingly, his few works have become classics of CanLit. These include a single novel – 1999′s No Great Mischief (McClelland & Stewart), which won the lucrative IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, despite being shut out of contention for both the Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Awards. The novel also won Ontario’s Trillium Book Award. But it is his short stories that stand as MacLeod’s greatest literary achievement. He released only two…
  • Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards shortlists announced

    Julie Baldassi
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:08 pm
    The finalists have been announced for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards, a pair of annual $6,000 prizes that recognize excellence in writing and illustration in Canadian English-language books. This year’s winners will be selected by two five-member juries from Aldergrove Public School in Markham, Ontario, and will be announced on May 20. The nominees in the children’s picture-book category are: The Boy Who Paints by K. Jane Watt; Richard Cole, illus. (Fenton Street Press) Loula Is Leaving for Africa by Anne Villeneuve (Kids Can Press) The Man with the Violin by Kathy…
 
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    eclectic / eccentric

  • Currently | Happy Easter!

    Trisha
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:54 am
    Time and Place // 8:16am on Easter Sunday!Eating and Drinking // Coffee. Lots and lots of coffee with Hazelnut creamer. Delicious. Later I will be scarfing down a brunch with the family in celebration of Easter!Reading // Last night I started The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater because I adored two other books by her. I very rarely read by author, and I don't have authors I obsessively follow. I think this is because I always have so many books waiting to be read - on the shelves - that dedicating myself to any one author would be monetarily irresponsible. This time, I had a Stiefvater…
  • The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

    Trisha
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater has completely solidified my love of this author. So maybe two books shouldn't be enough to do so, but this one and the first in the series, The Raven Boys, are so well written, exciting, and mystical that I am ready to believe Stiefvater can do no wrong.My relationship with the second book in a series is typically quite strained. I fall so hard for the first, the newness of it all, and then the second is either a repeat of the first or simply a bridge to the third. Not so with this series. I actually enjoyed The Dream Thieves even more than The Raven…
  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

    Trisha
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    The first in the Raven Cycle, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater is wonderfully mystical, artfully written, and full of unique characters.In The Raven Boys, Blue Sargent unexpectedly befriends four boys who are on a quest to find a long-dead (sleeping?) Welsh king. Oddly enough their mystical quest is not what makes their friendship unexpected; that part is par for the course for the daughter of a psychic. What's strange is that these four boys are students at Aglionby Academy, an expensive boarding school at complete odds with the other residents of Henrietta like Blue.I can honestly say…
  • Me Right Now

    Trisha
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Time and Place // 7:49pm chilling on my couch with Miss Madison sitting next to me watching YouTube videos on my phoneEating and Drinking // Just indulged with a quesadilla dinner at Brickstone and some Oberweis ice cream for dessert. Madison had her first experience with brain freeze; she looked at me, said "so cold", and then her little face scrunched up and she cried for like 15 seconds. Not going to lie, I thought it was hilarious.Reading // I'm in the middle of the second book in Maggie Stiefvater's Raven Cycle series. Wonderfully mystical, artfully written, and full of unique…
  • Classics Club: The Dirtiest is the Best

    Trisha
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Every month The Classics Club posts a question for participants. Here’s the question this month: Contemplate your favorite classic to date. When was this book written? Why would you say it has been preserved by the ages? Do you think it will still be respected/treasured 100 years from now? If it had been written in our own era, would it be as well received? // Or — ask the same question of a classic you disliked. What didn’t you like about the book, and why do you think history’s readers helped it to be remembered and valued into 2014?The Monk by Matthew Gregory Lewis popped into my…
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    BOOKVISIONS

  • I want to do Yoga Too by Carole Roman

    Linda
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:02 pm
    When mom goes to her yoga class, her daughter Hallie wants to do yoga too. Hallie goes with Robin, who is caring for the children. Through a series of pretend games Hallie learns four different yoga poses without even realizing that she is learning yoga.This is a cute little book to introduce children to another form of exercise and to get them up and active. Mom, Dad,  Grandma or Grandpa can get involved too for a fun and healthy playtime.   Very cute and I highly recommend it for family use or gifts.
  • Whaley’s Big Adventure by Carole P. Roman and Alexander Luke

    Linda
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Whaley’s Big Adventure was written and illustrated by 5 year old Alexander Luke and presented by his grandmother Carole P. Roman.Whaley is a blue whale and he sets off on an adventure to explore the oceans. He meets Owen the Orca, Harold the Humpback whale, Gary the Gray whale, Brody the Beluga, Sammy the Sperm whale, and Walter the Whale shark and learns a little bit about each new friend.The book is educational, entertaining, and down right cute. The watercolor art by Alexander Luke is perfect for the story.I love the book and so does my granddaughter.
  • Children of the Revolution by Peter Robinson and GIVEAWAY

    Linda
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:02 am
    When a man’s body is found by abandoned railroad tracks near his home, Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks investigates the murder. The victim, Gavin Miller, was a former college lecturer dismissed for misconduct and has been living as a recluse since.As with Peter Robinson’s previous books, this is a very detailed police procedural.  Each detail and suspect is carefully examined, and the trails in this story lead far into the victim’s past.I enjoy this type of carefully examined case and the complete explanation of the evidence.  It does move slowly at times, but I have also…
  • If You Were Me and Lived in India by Carole P. Roman

    Linda
    31 Mar 2014 | 11:36 am
    Next stop – Indiaas we travel around the world with Carol P. Roman’s If You Were Me and Lived in… series. This is another exciting book introducing children to other cultures.  As with the others in this series, this book covers what children would want to know about if they lived in another country. It answers what children call their parents, what they eat, what games they play, what they do for fun, interesting places to visit, and celebrations. The full-page illustrations are colorful and very descriptive of the text. The text is large for early readers.  Some of the words…
  • Bone Deep By Randy Wayne White

    Linda
    7 Mar 2014 | 5:16 pm
    Well, I am not sure how I missed out on books 1-20, but yes, this is the 21st in the Doc Ford series. It is definitely a stand alone book, and I never felt I was missing something in the story by not reading the previous books.  I enjoyed the main characters in this story. Doc and his sort of ex Hannah are an interesting mix, and I enjoyed the differences in their personalities.   The story progresses smoothly as Doc is approached to help a member of the Crow Nation recover a stolen relic. The job leads him on an adventure into stolen artifacts, the black market, environmental…
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    Book Dirt

  • The Free Bin: Movie Novelizations, Writing Dialogue, and Luxurious Silence

    7 Apr 2014 | 12:49 pm
    This week’s collection of articles that have captured my attention includes a few longer pieces. If you’re used to bite-sized web articles, it might take some arm twisting to get you to read them, but consider making some time (or sending them to your Kindle for reading later). They’re well worth it.An assortment of movie novelizations, jammed together unevenly by me.  “The Endangered Art of the Movie Novelization” is the topic of a Random House article that covers a lot of fascinating ground. Before you say “Good riddance,” take a look. There’s some great background on…
  • Book Preview: Upcoming Titles from King, Ellroy, Cronenberg

    2 Apr 2014 | 10:29 am
    There aren’t a lot of books I get excited about before they’re even published—my regular readers know that a lot of what I read is 50 years old or more—but there are a few titles on the horizon this year that have me just about peeing my pants. They’re all available for pre-order, so if you’re feeling just as incontinent, go ahead and nab them. They’ll be in your mailbox on publishing day, before all the slugabeds can get them at the bookstore.James Ellroy’s Perfidia (September 2014)It’s been years since a new Ellroy novel has come out (five, if you’re counting), so the…
  • The Free Bin: Procrastination, Amtrak Residencies, and Free Homes for Writers

    3 Mar 2014 | 7:41 am
    It’s time for another link round-up of interesting stories I’ve found related to books, writing, and the occasional oddball thingamajig. What is the allure of trains? Amtrak wants writers to find out. (Loco Steve/Creative Commons License)A non-profit in Detroit has figured out what to do with the supply of empty houses, and is using them to attract creative types to the city. Write-a-House is renovating homes that low-income writers can apply to lease. The kicker: if the writer stays a minimum of two years, he or she is awarded the lease, for keeps.Amtrak is considering a plan to…
  • Literary Embarrassments: 8 Books the Authors Wish They Had Never Written

    26 Feb 2014 | 8:13 am
    It’s a tragedy that throughout history, some authors have deemed their work so horrible that they saw fit to obliterate it. Evelyn Waugh, George Gissing and Nikolai Gogol are just some of the notable writers who have torched their own works. Without the books around to judge, we’ll never know if Gogol’s second and third installments of Dead Souls were any good, or if they instead amounted to the literary equivalent of, say, Dead Souls II: The Legend of Curly’s Gold followed by Dead Souls 3-D. The bigger tragedy, though, at least for the authors, is writing something terrible and…
  • 5 Things No One Ever Told Me About Freelance Writing

    19 Feb 2014 | 8:54 am
    When I left my sixteen-year bookstore job to tackle full-time freelance writing, I was plenty prepared. I’d been doing freelance work on the side for years, writing for magazines and doing web work for a growing list of clients. I also did my homework before taking the plunge, reading what experienced freelancers could tell me about what to expect.Freelancing: day one. I was prepared, then, for the droughts and the rainstorms (though I still felt a little shocked when I went through a stretch with no assignments to suddenly find I had twelve in one day—all with a one-week deadline). I was…
 
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    But What Are They Eating?

  • FOODFIC: The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:01 am
    I love carnival food. Who doesn’t? My favorite is the fries; they have that inexplicable something* that is somehow conjured up by every unique traveling show, yet can be found nowhere else on Earth.Maybe it’s magic.Now don’t tell me you don’t believe; real magic is in fact the heart (if not the stomach) of this story. Magic that hides in plain sight by masquerading as trickery.There is Celia, billed by the night circus as an illusionist, but who actually can alter reality; her show might involve tossing a coat into the air only to have the silk fold in on itself to form the shape of…
  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Ksenia Anske, Author of Siren Suicides

    11 Apr 2014 | 4:11 am
    Darling Shelley invited me to guest post on her blog about food. Food my characters eat. Curiously, in my first trilogy, SIREN SUICIDES, there is hardly any talk of food except human souls, which is what sirens sing out of people, for, well, nourishment. But in my second novel ROSEHEAD a 12 year old American girl, Lilith Bloom, and her talking whippet Panther, travel from Boston to Berlin for a family reunion, and there they pig out on hearty German food, which is partially inspired by my own memories of traveling from Moscow to Berlin (I was 11) and marveling at the abundance…
  • FOODFIC: Jinx - Sage Blackwood

    4 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    The only problem with this book was me. Most specifically, my current stage of life, which revolves around small children.I’m NOT saying this book isn’t for parents of small children, nor other adults, nor children. In fact, it has something for all of those people – wizards and witches, werewolves and trolls, new worlds and even new words (for me, at least!). *No, what kind of grabbed my leg and wouldn’t let go was the stepfather/wizard/exchange-of-young-boy situation that launches the story. As a parent, I found it extremely difficult to witness even a fictional man selling a child…
  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Christa Polkinhorn, Author of the Family Portrait Series

    27 Mar 2014 | 10:23 am
    One of the readers of my novels pointed out jokingly that my characters love food and wine and drink copious amounts of coffee. She is right! I enjoy reading food descriptions in novels and many of my characters like to eat and drink. Food, the preparation and enjoyment of it, can be a powerful device in a novel. Eating is a very sensual thing and in our writing, we try to convey sensual experiences with words. We want our readers to be involved with the story and one way to do this is to let them perceive the world through the senses of the characters. Let them smell, hear, see, and taste.
  • FOODFIC: Divergent - Veronica Roth

    21 Mar 2014 | 4:51 am
    Beatrice is a girl after my own heart.She leaves not only her family but her entire faction of society behind just because of the food.Okay, that’s not the wholestory, but she does sarcastically say it after eating a hamburger (or circular pieces of meat wedged between round bread slices, as she describes it) for the very first time. Although her new peers are shocked by her life inexperience, Tris (as she now calls herself) is not embarrassed to explain that in her old lifestyle – Abnegation* – they believe such extravagance is considered self-indulgent and unnecessary.She’s never…
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  • From Ballet to Books – the Incredible Carlos Acosta

    packabook
    2 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
     The Cuba Bookshelf has been updated… I’ve just whipped through and given a quick update to the Cuba Shelf over at the Packabook Store and can reveal my top choice of the new novels that have been added. It’s now downloaded to my kindle and I will give you a proper review once I’ve had a read – if you’d like to join me, here it is… Pig’s Foot by Carlos Acosta You may already have heard of Carlos Acosta from his work in an entirely non-literary field. He is one of the world’s pre-eminent ballet dancers, making his way up from a breakdancer on the streets of…
  • Book set in Rwanda – ‘The Flower Plantation’

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    16 Oct 2013 | 9:35 am
    Exploring the Beauty of Rwanda “At last we rounded the bend and descended into Gisenyi, on the shores of Lake Kivu. That’s where Mother slowed down. The town moved slowly past the window of our pickup, like film through Father’s home projector. We drove past the lake, sparkling and blue, in the direction of the border with Zaire. We passed the children in their khaki shorts, the foam-mattress shops and the decaying colonial buildings in every colour of ice-cream.” – p37 of The Flower Plantation by Nora Anne Brown I suspect it is almost impossible to write a novel set in Rwanda…
  • Your votes are counted…

    packabook
    7 Sep 2013 | 7:26 am
    Just a quick note to thank you for all your votes on which shelves I should be building next at the Packabook Store. Your choices have all been counted and I can now inform you of our upcoming destinations. I hereby give you the latest league table for our next country! COUNTRIES Albania – 1 Austria – 1 Belgium – 1 Belize – 1 Bulgaria – 1 Cambodia – 1 Canada – 1 Costa Rica – 1 Ethiopia – 1 Israel and Palestinian Territories – 2 Jordan – 1 Kenya – 1 Kuwait – 1 Myanmar/Burma – 2 New Zealand – 1 Scotland…
  • Time for your votes again…

    packabook
    27 Aug 2013 | 4:35 am
    With the Argentina, Arizona and Dorset bookshelves now safely constructed in the Packabook Book Store, it’s time to turn our attention to the next country, U.S. state and English county you’d like me to focus on. Iraqi woman voting – Image courtesy of DVIDSHUB via Wikimedia Commons As usual, I’d love you to give me your votes for each in the comments below, on the Packabook Facebook page or via email to suzi@packabook.com –  I will add your selections to our previous tally and declare a winner for each category. Don’t forget – you have three votes 1) Country 2) U.S.
  • Discovering Argentina… Eva Peron, The Tango and The Dirty War

    packabook
    21 Aug 2013 | 11:14 pm
    As requested in our last round of voting – I’m delighted to offer you a selection of novels from Argentina. So if you were ever planning to dust off your tango shoes and explore this land of mountains, lakes, steamy forests and even steamier dance clubs, then now’s the time. The Disappeared While tango does of course features in a number of novels on our list, by far the most common topic for books set in Argentina appears to be the Dirty War. This period of state repression in the late 70s and early 80s when tens of thousands of dissenters were kidnapped, tortured, killed or…
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  • Crime and Punishment Museum

    andy
    7 Apr 2014 | 2:26 pm
    This Saturday, April 12  Visit Washington, DC for the Cherry Blossom Festival and from 1-5 pm stop by the Crime Authors Book Fair at The Crime Museum where I’ll be joined by partners in crime: Austin Camacho, Matthew Iden, Dan Morse, D.A. Spruzen and John B. Wren. http://www.crimemuseum.org/crime-authors-book-fair  
  • Flash Boys and K Street

    andy
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:20 am
    Michael Lewis’s new #1 bestselling book Flash Boys explains how a real-life cabal of high frequency traders and Wall Street insiders has been legally exploiting the advanced speed of a custom-built fiber optic network to unethically profit on virtually all stock market transactions at the expense of other traders and the general public. What if, via a combination of insider knowledge and specialized data analysis, someone in Washington, D.C. has been conspiring to do much the same thing? And what if that someone or some ones, in league with a highly skilled assassin, are willing to kill to…
  • The K Street Hunting Society by Andy Straka

    andy
    18 Mar 2014 | 11:52 am
    Coming soon. My latest book will be published March 30! Please check back for more details. It’s supposed to be an easy paycheck for private investigators Frank Pavlicek and his daughter Nicole. Their friend and fellow falconer Jake Toronto has a new client: multi-millionairess Raquel Greensmythe, founder and CEO of Greensmythe Global. Greensmythe keeps a stable of prized falcons at her Northern Virginia estate while her firm hunts sensitive information, using sophisticated data mining techniques to make predictions about pending legislation and other issues for lobbying firms, Wall Street…
  • March 22 Panel at VA Book

    andy
    4 Mar 2014 | 9:40 am
    MOSELEY WRITERS TO CRITIQUE FIRST MANUSCRIPT PAGES AT VA BOOK FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA, March 2, 2014 – The Charlottesville-based Moseley Writers will present Off to a Good Start: How to Hook an Editor on the First Page as part of the Virginia Festival of the Book. This encore panel will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014, at 2 p.m., in Ballroom A at the Omni Charlottesville hotel. Submit the first page of a manuscript for a speed critique by the Moseley Writers. The first page must be original, unpublished and no longer than 100 words. Nonfiction, horror and…
  • Scientific proof that reading novels is good for you

    andy
    30 Dec 2013 | 7:08 pm
    I always hoped my books might be good for your health :) http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/brain-function-boosted-for-days-after-reading-a-novel-9028302.html
 
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  • Reading List Roundup

    George Rodriguez
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:41 am
    The reading list roundup is a short weekly list of all the great reading lists I came across during my travels across the internet scouring every website, news site, book site, reading site, foxhole, manhole, and mole hole. Sorry, I started channeling Tommy Lee Jones from The Fugitive there for a minute. I love reading lists and here I’m sharing what I have found.  Welcome to the Reading List Roundup. 1. 10 Classic Books You Read in High School You Should Reread - I love when a list assumes I read these books already.  I didn’t read The Great Gatsby until last year.  Here is a…
  • Book Review – Sell Products on Amazon with Fulfillment by Amazon

    George Rodriguez
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Frank Florence has done anyone who reads his book, Sell Products on Amazon with Fulfillment by Amazon: Quit Your Day Job and Travel the World, a great service by writing this book. We live in an age where job security is a thing of the past and a helpful manual like this can not only allow someone to live the life they always wanted (and travel the world as Frank suggests), but more importantly potentially provide the second or main income that keeps a person or family afloat in tough economic times. The book is very detailed in outlining the specific steps someone must take to sell their…
  • How to Take a Punch from The Flinch

    George Rodriguez
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:03 pm
    We humans are masters of pain avoidance. We get hot, hit the A/C.  We get hungry, drive, don’t walk, to the fast food place down the block.  We have a slight headache, oh no it’s probably a migraine, time to choose from 500 different pain relievers. But what if pain is what we need more of, not less, in our lives? I’m reading Julien Smith’s The Flinch and in it he goes on beautiful rants about how pain and learning from pain sets us up for success. Julien (I can call him that because I bought his free book – yes, it’s free), can you tell my readers why…
  • The Right Way to Lay People Off from The Hard Thing About Hard Things

    George Rodriguez
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:10 pm
    There is a section in Ben Horowitz’s new book, The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers where he talks about the right way to lay people off. I’m been on both sides of that process and Ben’s (I can call him that because I bought his book) advice is good stuff. Ben, can you tell my audience your thoughts on the right way to lay people off: Every manager must lay off his own people.  Why so strict?  Why can’t the more confrontational managers just handle this task for everyone?  Because people won’t remember every day…
  • Whose Interested? – The Honest Truth About Dishonesty

    George Rodriguez
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:19 am
    I’m a huge fan of Dan Ariely.  If you haven’t read Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions stop reading this, go buy the book and read it.  It’s OK, I’ll wait. Good, now you know why I’m such a big fan.  Dan (I can call him that because I bought and read his book), explains why we do the things we do.  And he is a wordsmith (fancy way of saying he writes well), so reading his books is a double whammy.  You learn something and get entertained. In his latest, The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We…
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  • Chained by Fear by Jim Melvin

    2 Apr 2014 | 11:27 am
    Chained by Fear, book two in Jim Melvin’s Death Wizard Chronicles, begins the story of Laylah, the beautiful sister of the evil sorcerer Invictus.  Invictus has imprisoned Laylah in a magical tower, hoping that she’ll one day become his queen and rule the world of Triken with him.  Laylah, however, happens to be the sane one in the family.  She’s repulsed at the thought of marrying her own brother, let alone spending her life with a depraved lunatic with god-like powers.  She’s locked away for seventy years—her demon blood gives her long life—before finally…
  • Mandragora by H.D. Greaves

    19 Mar 2014 | 6:21 pm
    A ribald and irreverent tale from the Italian renaissance - Add a conniving servant and his amoral master; a murderous priest and his equally homicidal sidekick; an odious mother-in-law; a beautiful but barren wife wed to an ancient attorney; and a potion brewed from the root of the Mandragora, a plant alleged to help women conceive, and you have a prescription for pandemonium, especially when Mandragora (known in less reputable circles as “God’s Little Joke”), possesses a fatal flaw: after a woman drinks the potion, her body becomes a temple of poison. The first man to have sex with…
  • Adam Copeland's Kickstarter

    3 Mar 2014 | 8:53 am
    Adam Copeland, fantasy author and friend of the blog, has launched a funding campaign for Ripples in the Chalice, the sequel to his debut opus, Echoes of Avalon, on Kickstarter. If you read Echoes of Avalon or are a fan of historical fantasy a la Marion Zimmer-Bradley, you owe it to yourself to check it out.
  • Windfall by Colin Dodds

    18 Feb 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Seth Tatton is a "middle-of-the-pack attorney" struggling to help his suburban family keep up with the Joneses. Through his firm, he becomes a fixer; he gets things done no matter what the job entails. He's clean, methodical, and a stickler for detail. The opening of Windfall introduces us to Seth and his accomplice, William, while out on a job. Seth is clearly in charge and instructs William to wait in the car while he approaches a target that can help cover up a murder committed by a client. Posing as a police detective, Seth conducts the interview with aplomb. His knowledge of the law…
  • The Tattered Banner by Duncan M. Hamilton

    4 Feb 2014 | 6:16 am
    The Tattered Bannerby Duncan M. Hamilton is not your typical rags-to-riches fantasy story, but it does start out as one.  The hero, Soren, is plucked from a starving street urchin’s life by a famous nobleman to attend Ostia’s prestigious Academy of Swordsmanship.  Magic is outlawed in Ostia, so the Duchy’s best and brightest become master swordsmen to move up in society.  It’s an opportunity that’s too good to be true, and Soren recognizes this.  He becomes the hardest working student at the Academy because he knows that one failure could throw him back on the…
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    Any New Books?

  • This week’s new books in Romance

    Any new books?
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:57 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Romance’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Otherwise Engaged Stores: USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Amanda Quick ISBN: 0399165142 Publisher: Putnam Adult Publication date: April 22, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $11.86 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ The Eighth Day Stores: USA | Canada | Kindle | UK Kindle By Dianne K. Salerni ISBN: 0062272152 Publisher: HarperCollins Publication date: April 22, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $9.10 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook |…
  • This week’s new books in Mystery and Thrillers

    Any new books?
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:51 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Mystery and Thrillers’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ The Target Stores: USA | Canada | Kindle | UK Kindle By David Baldacci ISBN: 1455521205 Publisher: Grand Central Publishing Publication date: April 22, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $13.00 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ The Serpent of Venice: A Novel Stores: USA | UK | Canada | Kindle | UK Kindle By Christopher Moore ISBN: 0061779768 Publisher: William Morrow Publication date: April 22, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $16.07 Share…
  • This week’s new books in Home and Garden

    Any new books?
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:31 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Home and Garden’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ The Organically Clean Home: 150 Everyday Organic Cleaning Products You Can Make Yourself–The Natural, Chemical-Free Way Stores: USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Becky Rapinchuk ISBN: 1440572518 Publisher: Adams Media Publication date: April 18, 2014 Binding: Paperback Estimated price: $8.78 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ One Man’s Folly: The Exceptional Houses of Furlow Gatewood Stores: USA | UK | Canada By Julia Reed ISBN: 0847842525…
  • This week’s new books in Entertainment

    Any new books?
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:31 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Entertainment’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ I Never Met a Story I Didn’t Like: Mostly True Tall Tales Stores: USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Todd Snider ISBN: 0306822601 Publisher: Da Capo Press Publication date: April 22, 2014 Binding: Paperback Estimated price: $8.47 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Pride Over Pity Stores: USA | UK | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Kailyn Lowry ISBN: 1618689797 Publisher: Post Hill Press Publication date: April 22, 2014 Binding: Hardcover…
  • This week’s new books in Engineering

    Any new books?
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Engineering’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch Stores: USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Lewis Dartnell ISBN: 159420523X Publisher: Penguin Press HC, The Publication date: April 17, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $16.95 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Design of Modern Communication Networks: Methods and Applications Stores: USA | UK | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Christofer Larsson ISBN: 0124072380 Publisher: Academic Press…
 
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    The Virginia Woolf Blog

  • Book Review: “The Bloomsbury Group Memoir Club” by S.P. Rosenbaum

    Rebecca Beatrice Brooks
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:39 am
    “The Bloomsbury Group Memoir Club” by S.P. Rosenbaum, published in January, explores a little known aspect of the Bloomsbury Group. Although not much is known about the club and hardly any documents about it have survived, Rosenbaum, a noted Bloomsbury … Continue reading →
  • How Virginia Woolf Inspired the Bechdel Test

    Rebecca Beatrice Brooks
    18 Mar 2014 | 11:53 am
    It was recently revealed that the Bechdel Test, the feminist benchmark for movies that first originated in a comic strip by Alison Bechdel in 1985, was indirectly inspired by Virginia Woolf’s book “A Room of One’s Own,” according to an … Continue reading →
  • Mirror Productions Developing a New Virginia Woolf Film

    Rebecca Beatrice Brooks
    17 Dec 2013 | 8:50 am
    A London-based production company, Mirror Productions, is currently developing a film based on Eileen Atkins play “Virginia and Vita” according to an article on screendaily.com: “The company is in development on actress and screenwriter Eileen Atkins’ long-gestating feature adaptation of … Continue reading →
  • Book Review: “Virginia Woolf’s Garden” by Caroline Zoob

    Rebecca Beatrice Brooks
    2 Dec 2013 | 9:18 am
    “Virginia Woolf’s Garden,” published in November, is a fascinating look not only at the sprawling garden at Virginia’s country home, Monk’s House in Rodmell, but also at the effect the garden had on her life and work. Although I’ve been … Continue reading →
  • Virginia Woolf to Appear on Season 4 of Downton Abbey

    Rebecca Beatrice Brooks
    16 Sep 2013 | 6:42 am
    Actress Christina Carty has been cast to portray Virginia Woolf on season 4 of the popular period drama Downton Abbey. Not much is known about Woolf’s role in the new season but according to an article in The Telegraph, Lady … Continue reading →
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  • Who is better for filmmaking? Glenn Beck or Rick Santorum?

    Christopher Hutton
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:24 pm
    You…should watch my movies. If there’s one constant claim I hear conservatives make, it is that they need to make better media.  They need to tell better stories, make better films, promote better ideas, etc.  I couldn’t agree more; this something we need.  And  two notable political leaders have taken strides to do just that. Rick Santorum became head honcho at Echolight Films, and wants to use stories to promote Biblical values. Echolight has released two movies since Santorum gained headship of the company; “The Christmas Candle”, a Max Lucado-written…
  • Is “Heaven is for Real” for real? (A look at the 2014 film)

    Christopher Hutton
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:59 am
    Yellow sells books. How does one tell the story of a boy who went to heaven?  Well, you tell it by having him spread it This sounds like the system by which HEAVEN IS FOR REAL works. HEAVEN IS FOR REAL was a 2010 bestselling book, and the bestselling Christian book in the 21st century, with over 7 million copies. With a success like that, Tristar Pictures couldn’t help but buy the rights to the picture and release the week before Easter. I mean, with sales like that, how could it not get a film adaptation in this story-hungry film economy? And Christians are swarming to it. With an…
  • A Love Letter to Phil Vischer

    Christopher Hutton
    1 Apr 2014 | 8:37 pm
    Dear Phil Vischer, I’ve been following your story for years.  I was raised on Veggietales, and kept “busy” in Sunday school via your videos.  I can still sing the Larry-boy theme song (The old one, not this new rock-ballad)  You made me laugh and think, and want to be involved in media.  I related to your love of puppets and Muppets.  I loved your  great sense of humor.  In my young mind,  you were a media-maker who was changing things.  As you said in Me, Myself and Bob, you wanted to be the next Christian Walt Disney.  And for media nerds like myself, that…
  • Should we outsource our discernment? (A look at the various responses to NOAH)

    Christopher Hutton
    30 Mar 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Is this Biblical? Christian film is normally straightforward.  It seems to many that the logical decision for this process is: “If it’s Christian, then go.”  But this weekend’s film, Noah has been a fascinating experiment in understanding the Christian economy of discernment. Christians have valued discernment for a while, though I’ve observed a recent focus on that word in the last few years.  The idea of discernment is supported in 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22, which simply states “examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from…
  • GOD’S NOT DEAD (but this film might be close to it)

    Christopher Hutton
    23 Mar 2014 | 10:38 am
    I think I’ve determined one of my spiritual giftings.  You know how some speak prophesy, some offer emotional support.  I watch bad Christian Movies so that you don’t have to. The latest one to add to my list is the recently released GOD’S NOT DEAD.  This film starred Kevin Sorbo (from HERCULESTHE LEGENDARY JOURNEYS), Shane Harper (from GOOD LUCK CHARLIE), and featured cameos from the Newsboys and Will Robertson. In other news, there was little evidence that this was going to hold up.  But the online hype machine kept promoting this movie, and as Variety reported, the…
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    Armida Books

  • Triathlon. Loving it is easy

    Haris Ioannides
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:46 am
    The kindle is out. The book is out. Are you ready for your next event? Take this short quiz and find out. New Add to shopping bagProduct added to wishlist. Triathlon. Loving it is easy English Titles, Non Fiction, Sports $20.76 If you enjoyed this quiz, please share it with your friends and help spread the love for this wonderful sport!  
  • Why books look old-fashioned… and why that’s a good thing

    Haris Ioannides
    27 Feb 2014 | 3:35 am
    By Ruben De Baerdemaeker Fonts of wisdom If you enjoy reading – and let’s assume you do; otherwise, what you are doing now makes no sense at all – you have an interest in fonts. Not an active interest, perhaps, but fonts matter to you: you will “like” some typefaces more than others, and, given the choice between two versions of the same text, set in a different type, you will probably find it relatively easy to decide which you find more appealing. You will not even find it difficult to ascribe certain characteristics to a type you encounter – some are “serious” and…
  • 100 Books to read…

    Haris Ioannides
    26 Feb 2014 | 4:17 am
    By: Haris Ioannides - Armida Publications Going through this impressive list by onlineschools.org, I have to admit that the books mentioned definitely deserve being there. As a Greek, I was glad to see “Zorba the Greek“, by Nikos Kazantzakis, and “Middlesex“, by Jeffrey Eugenides. Kazantzakis is perhaps one of the most recognized Greek authors and needs no introductions. I’d just like to add “Askitiki”, another of his books you should read which, personally, I find to be a masterpiece. Eugenides, an American of Greek Irish heritage, wrote a book you…
  • The 30 Harshest Author-on-Author Insults In History

    Haris Ioannides
    23 Mar 2012 | 9:28 am
    30. Gustave Flaubert on George Sand “A great cow full of ink.” 29. Robert Louis Stevenson on Walt Whitman “…like a large shaggy dog just unchained scouring the beaches of the world and baying at the moon.” 28. Friedrich Nietzsche on Dante Alighieri “A hyena that wrote poetry on tombs.” 27. Harold Bloom on J.K. Rowling (2000) “How to read ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’? Why, very quickly, to begin with, and perhaps also to make an end. Why read it? Presumably, if you cannot be persuaded to read anything better, Rowling will have to do.” 26. Vladimir Nabokov on…
 
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    Country Book Bumpkin

  • Book Blitz: My Not So Super Sweet Life by Rachel Harris

    21 Apr 2014 | 12:25 am
    HAPPY RELEASE DAY!!!Cat Crawford just wants to be normal—or at least as normal as a daughter of Hollywood royalty can be. And it looks like fate is granting her wish: she’s got an amazing boyfriend, Lucas; her fabulous cousin, Alessandra, living with her; and her dad planning his second marriage to a great future stepmom. That is, until her prodigal mother reveals on national television that she has something important to tell her daughter…causing a media frenzy.Lucas Capelli knows his fate is to be with Cat, and he’s worked hard to win her over once and for all. Unfortunately, Lucas…
  • Cover Reveal: Mortal Enchantment by Stacy O'Neale

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Today, Stacey O'Neale and Phoenix Reign Publishing are revealing the cover forMORTAL ENCHANTMENT, releasing on May 20, 2014!Check out the awesome cover and enter to win a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card!!!On to the reveal!“Mortal Enchantment spins a unique twist on elemental mythology. This series is not to be missed.” Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times Bestselling AuthorIn Kalin Matthew's world, elementals control the forces of nature. They are divided into four courts: air, woodland, fire, and water. At sixteen she will leave the life she's built with her mortal…
  • REVIEW: The Haven by Carol Lynch Williams

    26 Mar 2014 | 6:41 am
    In The Haven by Carol Lynch Williams, we are introduced to a resident of The Haven in the Year 2020.  The Haven is the only place she and her fellow residents have ever known.  They are told that the outside world is dangerous; plagued with a disease that has killed millions.  They are also told within each of them could be the cure. Shiloh is a rarity among residents of The Haven; she can remember things.  This is rare because each night the residents are given a tonic which supposedly is like liquid vitamins, but also helps them forget the previous day when they wake up…
  • Review: Deviation

    20 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    Ven is an imitation and in the sequel of the novel by the same name, she continues on her mission to save those like her.  To do that she knows she must kill Titus Rogen, but could there be someone pulling his strings too? Someone who is even more powerful?In the beginning of this novel we find Ven aka Raven Rogen’s Imitation forced to interrogate the leaders of a rebel faction.  In the last novel she helped them move her friends, also imitations to a new space to hide.  The interrogation does not go well, with one killing themselves and the other not saying a word.  The…
  • Book Highlight: The White Door by Christy Sloat

    3 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
      Title: The White DoorAuthor: Christy SloatGenre: Young AdultSeries: The Visitors Series, Book 3Publication: March 3rd, 2014“When I first moved here I was still a girl who cherished the normality of teen life. Now, after being here a year I had come to love a boy who was both strong and courageous. I made real friendships that would last even after death. The selfish girl my grandmother warned me of becoming had vanished. A girl who stood tall, with the powers to see the dead and help those in need, appeared in her place.”In Brylee’s world, nothing is normal. She sees and speaks…
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    A Traveler's Library

  • Delivering the Sultan’s Babies–Constantinople Intrigue

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Destination: Constantinople/Istanbul Book: The Harem Midwife by Roberta Rich (new 2014) If you’re a fan of Call the Midwife on TV,  you should love the novel, The Harem Midwife. Besides, the book is appropriate reading for Passover.  This Jewish couple whom you first met in Venice, was forced out of the ghetto there and have settled […]
  • Take Your Gambling Addiction to Macau

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:27 am
    Destination: Macau Book: The Ballad of a Small Player by Lawrence Osborne Macau is a different place than it was on that rainy day when Ken and I visited thirteen years ago.  Then it had just been reacquisitioned by the Chinese from the Portuguese who had held it as a remnant of their once far–flung […]
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    On Books and Writing

  • A Year of Great Books (with a small baby-pause)

    Johann Thorsson
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:23 pm
    As you should know, dear reader, I am a contributor to Bookriot. Every month, we write a mega-post where each contributor writes about the best book they read that month. Here are nine of the books I’ve picked in the last 12 months as my favorite that month. These books have the official Johann Thorsson…
  • The Best Writing of the Week | Dickens Again

    Johann Thorsson
    19 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The best writing this week comes, yet again, from Charles Dickens. He is a master, pure and simple. From great character names to the most vivid descriptions and heartbreaking plot, he is one to envy. Here is a great passage I came across this week while reading Hard Times She gave him an affectionate good-night,…
  • The Thought Police Raid The Handmaid’s Tale!

    Johann Thorsson
    18 Mar 2014 | 2:17 pm
    My son left his Legos on the living room table, after playing cops-and-robbers. I decided to have a little fun of my own and took the following photo. It’s the Thought Police, trying to find and destroy the feminist message in my books. Starting, of course, with Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.
  • Really Really Ridiculously Good Writing

    Johann Thorsson
    13 Mar 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Yesterday I started reading Charles Dicken’s Hard Times. I’m at chapter 6 now and I have already read more great writing in it than in the last six books I’ve read combined. This may be a matter of taste (I am of the opinion that Dickens is a genius) so I think I’ll put it…
  • A Thousand Words

    Johann Thorsson
    12 Mar 2014 | 4:52 pm
    A page from House of Leaves. Gives you an idea of what the book is like.
 
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  • Book Spotlight ~ The Expat Diaries: Single in the City

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:11 am
    Today, I am featuring Michele Gorman's novel, The Expat Diaries: Single in the City. The Expat Diaries: Single in the City by Michele GormanWomen's FictionUS Launch: March 25, 2014PaperbackTake one twenty-six-year-old American, add to a two thousand year old city, add a big dose of culture clash and stir.To think Hannah ever believed that Americans differed from Brits mainly in pronunciation, sophistication and dentistry. That's been the understatement of a lifetime. She lands upon England's gentle shores with no job, no friends and no idea how she's supposed to build the…
  • WW Giveaway: Thimble Down by Pete Prown

    21 Apr 2014 | 7:03 am
    Happy Easter! How are you? Hope all is well! :) Let's celebrate Easter Monday with an awesome giveaway! Enter this giveaway for a chance to win an eBook copy (Kindle) of Thimble Down, a fantasy adventure novel by Pete Prown. Thimble Down by Pete PrownYoung Adult MysteryRelease Date: August 1, 2013Kindle version | Paperback | iBooks | Barnes & NobleThimble Down is a country village where death and malice lurk the quiet lanes. When the vile, drunken Bing Rumple acquires a gem-laden treasure, violence begins to follow him everywhere. Where did Bing find such a precious jewel,…
  • Book Spotlight + Giveaway: Justice For Abby

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:43 am
    Hear ye, hear ye! Here comes another book from Cate Beauman! Check it out and don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end of the post. :) Cate Beauman is back with the sixth installment in her bestselling romantic suspense series, The Bodyguards of L.A. County.  Justice For Abby is on sale now through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes! Justice For Abby by Cate BeaumanRomantic SuspenseAmazon: Paperback | Kindle versionFashion designer Abigail Harris has been rescued, but her nightmare is far from over. Determined to put her harrowing ordeal behind her and move on, she…
  • WW Giveaway: John Dreamer by Elise Celine

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:39 am
    Here's another awesome giveaway. Check it out! :) Enter this giveaway for a chance to win an eBook copy (Kindle or Nook version) of John Dreamer, a young adult novel by Elise Celine. John Dreamer by Elise CelineYoung AdultRelease Date: February 1, 2014Paperback | Kindle version | Smashwords | Barnes & NobleAndy wasn’t usually sure about much, but she was absolutely certain this was the weirdest day of her life as she stood stranded in the middle of a great white room with six strangers. Well, they were mostly strangers. She could have sworn she’d seen the guy with…
  • Guest Post: Chick Lit From South Africa by Alissa Baxter

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Let's all welcome Alissa Baxter, author of The Blog Affair, here at My Book and My Coffee. Today's guest post from Alissa is really inspiring and, personally, it makes me want to know more about South Africa and her book! Check it out!Thanks so much for welcoming me to your blog!  It’s a pleasure to be here.  I’m going to tell you a bit about growing up in South Africa, which is where I hail from. The first few years of my life were spent in Swaziland, a small African country bordering South Africa. When I was four years old my parents bought a farm across the border in…
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  • Learn More Author Social Media with 2 Freebies from Social Media Examiner

    Shari Stauch
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    Send to KindleWant some author social media insights from industry insiders? Enjoy the most recent edition of the Social Media Marketing Industry Report from Social Media Examiner, AND a free Facebook Marketing Video Tutorial. Just visit socialmediaexaminer.com and fill in your name and email address, then check your email for the gifts. This is SME’s fifth annual study and includes 43 pages of info and nearly 70 useful charts, with contributions from 3,000 social media marketers. Key Findings Here are just a few of the fun facts from the report: Marketers place very high value on…
  • Indie for Indies: Authors and Bookstores Working Together Towards Success

    Shari Stauch
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:50 am
    Send to KindleOur thanks to Christine Munroe, US Manager of Kobo Writing Life, for this guest post. I’m excited to share tips on two key ways independent authors and publishers can distribute your titles into bookstores: Sell hard copies of your books through local booksellers. Self-publish through the Kobo Writing Life platform, which instantly makes your eBook available for sale in hundreds of bookstores around the world. If you have hard copies of your self-published book available, many independent bookstores will consider taking copies on a consignment model. When planning your budget…
  • Six Dynamic Points at PubSmart

    Shari Stauch
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:41 am
    Send to Kindle Our thanks to author Millie West for this guest post. I view the PubSmart conference I just attended in Charleston, South Carolina as a force that emerging authors should embrace. I gained insights into the world of publishing that I didn’t have before. Example: Keynote Speaker Hugh Howey (shown at right). This author has proven that writers can use forms of publishing outside the traditional model and achieve great success. There were experts from all realms of the publishing and book marketing industry that spoke during the event. For you writers who couldn’t attend this…
  • How to Enjoy PubSmart (Even If You Can’t Be Here!)

    Shari Stauch
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Send to KindleWWW, Bublish and PubSmart staffers and volunteers stuffed bags full of giveaways from sponsors Well, it’s official – the faculty has begun to arrive and begun to work and connect and share their considerable insights, and PubSmart 2014 doesn’t even begin ’til 10 a.m. tomorrow! And while I know you can’t all be here, we’ll be sharing quite a few thoughts from faculty to help you on your author journey. To begin, here’s a linked list of five nifty handouts the PubSmart faculty has been posting to accompany their sessions. The links below…
  • TED Partners with Simon & Schuster for TED Books: More Ideas Worth Spreading!

    Shari Stauch
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:17 am
    Send to KindleTED Conferences LLC and Simon & Schuster have announced that they will co-publish a 12-book collection of TED Books, with a new title released every one-to-two months, starting in September 2014. The books will be available in hardcover, e-book, and in audiobook from Simon & Schuster. The co-publishing agreement is for world rights, and the books will be published by Simon & Schuster in the United States and worldwide by its companies in Australia, Canada, India and the United Kingdom, as well as in foreign-language editions. TED’s mission is to provide a worldwide…
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  • Placeholder Post

    14 Apr 2014 | 3:24 am
    Once again I find myself frantically writing two papers at the same time for graduate school and no time to blog. Additionally, I was in Chicago for a week which added lots of things to blog about but was detrimental to my having time to actually do it. Real posts forthcoming in about two weeks. Until then here's the short version:StereoNinja saw his first Blackhawks game and nearly left his jaw in Chicago where he dropped it in the United Center. He now totally gets why I thought the Slough Jets and their "arena" were fucking hilarious.I WENT ON A SUBMARINE. A SUBMARINE YOU GUYS.
  • They're Baaa-aack

    21 Mar 2014 | 5:34 am
    I've been feeding the next door neighbors' cat all week because they are out of town. I say "neighbors' cat", but it's really a stray cat called Hissing Syd, who won't come within 10 feet of people, but who will sit exactly that distance from his food bowls and look around in judgement if they are empty when he gets there much in the way of a normal house cat. I grabbed the cat food and was about to walk through my back door when crumpled in the door jam I saw the biggest spider I have ever seen in England. So big in fact, that I looked it over for some moments actually thinking "maybe it's…
  • Cockles And Mussels, Alive, Alive, Oh

    22 Feb 2014 | 9:08 am
    Having seen the weather report in our area for last weekend (a month's worth of rain in 48 hours), and having failed to remember to plan anything for a trip to Prague (remembering stuff is not StereoNinja's forte and my ongoing depression battle is fucking with memory type things - I'm feeling quite a bit better by the way), StereoNinja and I decided on a last minute escape to Dublin for the weekend. (It's a good thing we did - while the flooding did not return to the levels it was at when our only road got swallowed by the Thames, we found out from neighbors that the power was out to the…
  • Shove It, Popeye

    12 Feb 2014 | 8:58 am
     I am sitting on the counter in the kitchen. StereoNinja is about to fry some spinach because everything he eats is gross.Me: I guess I should help you or move. I'm practically sitting on the spinach.StereoNinja: You look like you'd rather sit on it than eat it.Me: Well it looks more comfortable than delicious.
  • Drownin' In The Rain, We're Drownin' In The Rain

    9 Feb 2014 | 8:27 am
    Remember when I said the water was receding? Well it's now worse than it was when it crested the last time. Lake Titicacao is indistinguishable from the river and it's all flowing so fast that we've been watching ducks go by backwards since they aren't strong enough to swim upstream or even stay in one place. Also rain is forecast in my town for at least the next five days. The only road out of the island is impassable by anything other than a monster truck, and conversations with other islanders about what we can do about it amounted to "Yeah, you're pretty much screwed." Being as my car is…
 
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  • Book Blitz: My Not So Super Sweet Life by Rachel Harris

    21 Apr 2014 | 12:25 am
    HAPPY RELEASE DAY!!!Cat Crawford just wants to be normal—or at least as normal as a daughter of Hollywood royalty can be. And it looks like fate is granting her wish: she’s got an amazing boyfriend, Lucas; her fabulous cousin, Alessandra, living with her; and her dad planning his second marriage to a great future stepmom. That is, until her prodigal mother reveals on national television that she has something important to tell her daughter…causing a media frenzy.Lucas Capelli knows his fate is to be with Cat, and he’s worked hard to win her over once and for all. Unfortunately, Lucas…
  • Cover Reveal: Mortal Enchantment by Stacy O'Neale

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Today, Stacey O'Neale and Phoenix Reign Publishing are revealing the cover forMORTAL ENCHANTMENT, releasing on May 20, 2014!Check out the awesome cover and enter to win a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card!!!On to the reveal!“Mortal Enchantment spins a unique twist on elemental mythology. This series is not to be missed.” Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times Bestselling AuthorIn Kalin Matthew's world, elementals control the forces of nature. They are divided into four courts: air, woodland, fire, and water. At sixteen she will leave the life she's built with her mortal…
  • REVIEW: The Haven by Carol Lynch Williams

    26 Mar 2014 | 6:41 am
    In The Haven by Carol Lynch Williams, we are introduced to a resident of The Haven in the Year 2020.  The Haven is the only place she and her fellow residents have ever known.  They are told that the outside world is dangerous; plagued with a disease that has killed millions.  They are also told within each of them could be the cure. Shiloh is a rarity among residents of The Haven; she can remember things.  This is rare because each night the residents are given a tonic which supposedly is like liquid vitamins, but also helps them forget the previous day when they wake up…
  • Review: Deviation

    20 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    Ven is an imitation and in the sequel of the novel by the same name, she continues on her mission to save those like her.  To do that she knows she must kill Titus Rogen, but could there be someone pulling his strings too? Someone who is even more powerful?In the beginning of this novel we find Ven aka Raven Rogen’s Imitation forced to interrogate the leaders of a rebel faction.  In the last novel she helped them move her friends, also imitations to a new space to hide.  The interrogation does not go well, with one killing themselves and the other not saying a word.  The…
  • Book Highlight: The White Door by Christy Sloat

    3 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
      Title: The White DoorAuthor: Christy SloatGenre: Young AdultSeries: The Visitors Series, Book 3Publication: March 3rd, 2014“When I first moved here I was still a girl who cherished the normality of teen life. Now, after being here a year I had come to love a boy who was both strong and courageous. I made real friendships that would last even after death. The selfish girl my grandmother warned me of becoming had vanished. A girl who stood tall, with the powers to see the dead and help those in need, appeared in her place.”In Brylee’s world, nothing is normal. She sees and speaks…
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    Soul Destruction

  • APPG on Prostitution and the Global Sex Trade Report “Shifting the Burden” Increases Violence Against Women

    Ruth Jacobs
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:29 am
    With politicians' infamy for 'shifting the burden', this was not the best title for an All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) report. Chosen to reflect their recommendation of shifting the burden of criminalisation from the seller of sex to the buyer, in practice this fails as badly as when politicians endeavour a cover up - like why was this group funded by a religious anti-gay charity!?
  • 26 March in Parliament, Stop the Criminalisation of Sex Work

    Ruth Jacobs
    21 Mar 2014 | 4:10 am
    An All-Party Parliamentary Group has just recommended changing the prostitution laws to criminalise clients. Criminalising clients will not stop prostitution, nor will it stop the criminalisation of women. But it will make it more dangerous and stigmatising for sex workers...
  • In the Booth with Ruth – Pye Jakobsson, Sex Workers’ Rights Activist from Sweden

    Ruth Jacobs
    19 Mar 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Originally posted on Ruth Jacobs:Pye Jakobsson is a former sex worker, presently taking a break from sex work while working in HIV-prevention. Her current roles include Project Manager at Hiv-Sverige/HIV-Sweden, Co-Founder and Coordinator at Rose Alliance, an NGO by and for current and former sex and erotic workers in Sweden, and President of The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP),…
  • National Police Lead for Prostitution, ACC Chris Armitt, Discusses the Merseyside Model

    Ruth Jacobs
    19 Mar 2014 | 4:18 am
    "I think any steps that are taken that enhance the police response to attacks on vulnerable groups such as sex workers are important... The Merseyside model aims to build trust and confidence amongst sex workers to report when they are attacked, which allows the police to identify and arrest dangerous people who pose a threat to the whole of society."
  • The Swedish Model Criminalising The Purchase of Sex Is Dangerous: The European Parliament Should Have Rejected It

    Ruth Jacobs
    12 Mar 2014 | 4:05 am
    In sound bites, the Swedish Government has been spinning their sex purchase ban, known as the “Swedish model” or sometimes the “Nordic model” though it is not adopted by all Nordic countries, as a success. However, research does not show it has reduced sex trafficking or sex work. In addition, their own police report demonstrates it has pushed prostitution indoors with nearly three times as many Thai massage parlours in Stockholm and the vicinity.
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    Novel Tease

  • 2014 Debut Author Challenge

    Kimberly Dyer
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:22 am
    I am happy to announce that I am participating in the 2014 Debut Author Challenge hosted by The Story Siren. The objective of the challenge is to help readers discover and read 12 new books by debut authors. The rules are simple: 1) Read 12 YA debut novels from 2014, 2) post a review either on a blog or goodreads, 3) complete the challenge by January 31, 2015 (to allow time to read and review December releases). In addition to the challenge, my goal is to highlight mostly debut novels during my weekly Waiting-on-Wednesday posts. I’m looking forward to reading books by new authors! Here…
  • Waiting on Wednesday #15: Killing Ruby Rose

    Kimberly Dyer
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Veronica Mars meets Dexter? I’m in. I can’t wait to read Killing Ruby Rose by Jessie Humphries. When Ruby Roses’s LAPD SWAT sergeant father dies, her mom puts her into therapy to help her through the trauma. After 6 months of seeing a psychiatrist, Ruby Rose decides to take her healing into her own hands–by continuing her father’s work and going after the bad guys herself. When she succeeds and kills a murder, she catches the attention of the wrong person and ends up being hunted down. Ruby Rose has to figure out who it is before things get worse. This debut…
  • Lumberjanes – Issue #1

    Kimberly Dyer
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Welcome to Lumberjanes, a Camp for Hardcore Lady Types where the motto is “Friendship to the MAX!” The story centers on a group of five girls in the same cabin, who are wandering around the woods in the middle of the night. They’re searching for something and are about to give up and go back to their cabin when a pack of three-eyed foxes attack. The girls put up a good fight and fend off the foxes, but when the foxes tuck tail and leave, they shine a mysterious message into the sky with their third eye—Beware the kitten holy. Baffled and shaken up from the battle, the girls head back…
  • Follow Me on Bloglovin!

    Kimberly Dyer
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Follow my blog with Bloglovin! I’m adding a new way for you to stay up-to-date with the latest posts here on Novel Tease. Bloglovin is a great way to get all of your blog updates in one place, regardless of where they’re hosted–on WordPress, Blogspot, or independently. Bloglovin isn’t for you? There are other great ways you can follow and connect with me:
  • Waiting on Wednesday #14: Deception’s Princess

    Kimberly Dyer
    8 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Maybe it’s that the girl on the cover looks like Merida from Brave, maybe it’s that the novel sounds similar to the movie as well, but I’m really looking forward to Deception’s Princess by Esther Friesner. The book is about Maeve, an Irish princess who is trying to find her own way in the world and hoping to find someone to love her for herself, not just her title and the kingdom that comes with it. When she meets the son of a visiting druid, she has to decide whether to stay loyal to her heart or her family Esther Friesner is a Nebula Award winner and the author of…
 
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    Printsasia

  • The Grove and Its Background Story

    Sherry Helms
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:21 am
    Guest Author: Jean Johnson The Grove is the second book in my Guardians of Destiny fantasy romance series. It can stand on its own reasonably well, but I’ll admit readers will get more out of the story if the read the rest in that series when they all come out, and if they read the […]
  • India-Shop Books @ Printsasia.in

    Sherry Helms
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:16 am
    We feel proud to share with you that we have reached a new milestone by launching yet another website and a sister site of Printsasia USA, http://www.printsasia.in/ , for India. Now our site users from India can shop multitude of titles published in USA, UK and Asian region in their local currency, i.e. in Rupee. […]
  • ‘Where Do You Get Your Ideas?’ Jason Fry on the Mysteries of Inspiration

    Sherry Helms
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:25 am
    Guest Author: Jason Fry When I visit a school or library to talk with kids about my books, I always know one question is coming: “Where do you get your ideas?” On a recent trip to Connecticut, I answered this by talking about the importance of reading, and shared the old author’s trick of looking […]
  • Bugged: How Insects Changed History: An Interview With Children’s Book Author Sarah Albee

    Sherry Helms
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:40 am
    Sarah Albee is a well-known author of bestselling Sesame Street and Big Bag books. She has authored a myriad of books for young readers, three of which have been New York Times bestsellers. Before starting her career as a full-time Children’s book writer, Sarah had done a lot of jobs including babysitter, waitress, secretary, newspaper […]
  • Why I Write For Boys?

    Sherry Helms
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:18 am
    Guest Author: Eddie Jones Why do I write for boys? Because I am one. Have been for as long as I remember. And I love boy books. Especially boy books that involve mystery, adventure, and dead bodies. I fell in love with reading in the seventh grade, when I found a used copy of Tom […]
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    Books Without Any Pictures

  • Giveaway: The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

    Grace Troxel
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    When I was a teenager, Amy Tan was one of my favorite authors. Her provocative novels about the experience of Chinese immigrants and their children were an inspiration and gave me a glimpse into another culture. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Tan’s bestselling novel The Joy Luck Club. Penguin is releasing a new drop cap edition of the book, which will go on sale on April 30.   As part of the promotion surrounding the book, the publisher has offered to let me give away a copy of the Penguin Classics edition of The Joy Luck Club. Four... Read more » The post Giveaway:…
  • What I Read, According to Other People

    Grace Troxel
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Over the years both friends and other bloggers have made independent observations of what I enjoy based on what they’ve seen on my blog and/or bookshelves.  These observations are strangely accurate. All of your books have a picture of a girl’s head/neck on the front. Not *all* of them. Just a lot. Case in point - here, here, here, here, and here. You read a lot of books about robots eating things. Robots are awesome, and rogue AIs make for some great storytelling.  Like here, here, and here. You read a lot of books about sex slaves. This one isn’t deliberate.... Read…
  • “Steelheart” by Brandon Sanderson

    Grace Troxel
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
      Steelheart is set in a world where superpowers are real.  People with superpowers are known as Epics, and nobody’s quite sure how they were created.  Some people think that the Epics were a product of scientific experimentation.  Others think of them as magic.  Either way, their arrival coincided with a strange new light appearing in the sky. This world is inspired by comic books, but with one major difference.  The Epics are all villains. I know, better than anyone else, that there are no heroes coming to save us.  There are no good Epics.  None of them protect us. ...
  • New Acquisitions: 4/15/14

    Grace Troxel
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Over the past couple weeks, I’ve added several new books to my collection. Review Copies: “I Am Livia” by Phyllis T. Smith – Historical fiction set in ancient Rome. “The Queen of the Tearling” by Erika Johansen - An exiled princess fights for her throne. Purchased: “The Dragonriders of Pern” by Anne McCaffrey - Anne McCaffrey was one of the first sci-fi writers that I ever read, and although the Pern books are her most famous, I still haven’t read them.  I stumbled across a volume with the first three books at a local used bookstore.
  • “The Falconer” by Elizabeth May

    Grace Troxel
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
      The daughter of a marquess does not charge out of the ballroom.  The daughter of a marquess does not abandon her partner in the middle of a dance. The daughter of a marquess does not hunt faeries. -The Falconer, by Elizabeth May Lady Aileana Kameron is a teenager living in a steampunk version of Scotland in the 1840s.  On the night of her debut, Aileana watched as her mother was murdered by a faery.  Determined never to feel so helpless again, Aileana spends her nights hunting and killing the fae, hoping to one day have her revenge.  By day,... Read more » The post “The…
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    Digesting the Words

  • Updates: Failed Resolution, Romeo & Juliet, and Review Requests

    Farhana Chowdhury
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:36 am
    I’ve been in study mode for my exams in May so I haven’t had time for much reading outside of my university reading list. I’ve been tackling Shakespeare plays and Renaissance literature (i.e. Volpone by Ben Jonson, Paradise Lost by John Milton) lately. It’s been difficult to get my head around so to help with my understanding (and prevent me from going mad) I’ve been watching performances and movies. Over the past few weeks I’ve watched Othello (a recorded performance at Shakespeare’s Globe which I found on Sky Arts Channel) and Baz Luhrman’s…
  • First Impressions Friday: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

    Farhana Chowdhury
    14 Mar 2014 | 1:00 am
    I read a few Sherlock Holmes books recently for one of my courses at Uni and I’ve really enjoyed them so far. I wanted to write about my thoughts so far but since I haven’t finished the series and probably won’t for a while I thought it would be a good time to start writing posts based on my first impressions. I’ll be writing a new post per week whenever I start reading a new author/series/book! If my impression changes by the end, I’ll be sure to update you! Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes series includes 4 novels…
  • Updates: New Layout and New Blog Author in Town

    Farhana Chowdhury
    7 Mar 2014 | 12:00 am
    So yesterday was a big day at Digesting the Words… New layout!! But before I get to that: I’m happy to introduce my younger sister Uzma who will be joining me in reviewing books. Uzma is currently taking care of book review requests (mostly) whilst I get my University reading done. Uzma’s About page is currently under construction but she has her own blog Scarcely Visible which you can check out. She’s already written two book reviews here (one received 5 ★’s!) so don’t forget to take a look at those. Uzma’s Reviews: Starcrush by Justine Erler…
  • Book Review: Portrait of a Girl Running by J. B. Chicoine

    Uzma Chowdhury
    3 Mar 2014 | 12:00 am
    Title:Portrait of a Girl RunningSeries:PortraitsAuthor:J. B. ChicoineGenre:Romance, RealisticPublisher:Straw Hill PublishingFormat:PaperbackPages:324Source:Review RequestSynopsis:All Leila wants is to get through her senior year at her new high school without drawing undue attention. Not that she has any big secret to protect, but her unconventional upbringing has made her very private. At seventeen, she realizes just how odd it was that two men raised her—one black, one white—and no mother. Not to mention they were blues musicians, always on the move. When her father died, he left her…
  • Book Review: Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

    Farhana Chowdhury
    21 Feb 2014 | 12:00 am
    Title:Mansfield ParkAuthor:Jane AustenPages:507Source:Free at Project GutenbergSynopsis:Taken from the poverty of her parents' home, Fanny Price is brought up with her rich cousins at Mansfield Park, acutely aware of her humble rank and with only her cousin Edmund as an ally. When Fanny's uncle is absent in Antigua, Mary Crawford and her brother Henry arrive in the neighbourhood, bringing with them London glamour and a reckless taste for flirtation. As her female cousins vie for Henry's attention, and even Edmund falls for Mary's dazzling charms, only Fanny remains doubtful about the…
 
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    Reading in the Garden

  • Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

    14 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Mrs. de Winter’s Frosty Reception (Classics)Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier starts with one of the most famous literary opening lines: “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.”  It’s about a widower who marries a young, naïve woman and brings her to his estate called Manderley. There, an unfamiliar world of servants and social expectations await her. The new Mrs. de Winter tries to fit in, but quickly discovers all is not what she thought it would be. Mrs. Danvers, housekeeper and devotee to the late Rebecca de Winter, does not make her life easy. Eventually we discover more…
  • I Guess We Missed the Boat by Barry Finlay

    7 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Vacation Escapades(Travelogue)I Guess We Missed the Boat by Barry Finlay is a travelogue in which a group of retirees reminisce about their world travels. This book is filled with amusing anecdotes, annoyances, and mishaps of their vacations in awe-inspiring and even exotic global destinations. They raced through Scotland on a warp-speed bus tour with sightings of the Queen.  There were memorable camping trips, Cuban boat tours, and topless beaches in the Dominican Republic. I enjoyed the fact that the author didn’t take his travels for granted. He appreciated the experiences and the…
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

    31 Mar 2014 | 12:00 am
    An Anniversary to Remember (Suspense) Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is psychological thriller where a woman disappears on her fifth wedding anniversary.  As always, the husband is a suspect—until cleared.  So, did he do it? Did the husband somehow get rid of his wife?  The author keeps you guessing while she steers you through their strained relationship.  Amy’s diary with glimpses of their past alternate with Nick’s side of the story while the mystery unfolds and refolds into an origami puzzle. This book had me so involved, it was almost interactive, as if Gillian…
  • The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais

    17 Mar 2014 | 12:00 am
    “Culinary Journey” (Mouthwatering Book) The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais is about a boy’s many journeys, each one marinated in delectable dishes that will have the reader drooling.  Hassan Haji’s journey begins in India where his family owns a successful restaurant.  After a tragic turn of events the large Haji family moves to an Indian section of London. The journey continues in a culinary awakening, as they eat their way across Europe and finally settle in the French Alps.  There they open a loud and lively Indian restaurant to the annoyance of Madame…
  • Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

    3 Mar 2014 | 12:00 am
    Love and Freedom  (Book Club) Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez is the story of four female slaves who forge friendships at an annual retreat.  The retreat is located in the free state of Ohio before the Civil War, where their Southern masters take the women whom they also claim as mistresses. As wives are left at home, the men can each occupy a cabin with their favored slaves for a week of privacy. The idea of escaping into the woods of this free state is a great temptation for the slaves, yet only one has no inclination to even think about such a plan—Lizzie.  The book centers…
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    Tolstoy Therapy

  • Feeling Grateful After Reading Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King

    Lucy
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    Gratitude in the movie adaptation of Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King. Image source."I was down here in the supermarket, and this old woman comes around the corner [...] – obviously one of the kind of women who says whatever is on her brain. She said, 'I know who you are, you are the horror writer. I don’t read anything that you do, but I respect your right to do it. I just like things more genuine, like that Shawshank Redemption.''And I said, 'I wrote that'. And she said, 'No you didn’t'. And she walked off and went on her way.'" An interview of Stephen King by…
  • How Reading A Game of Thrones Can Help Us to Cultivate Courage

    Lucy
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
    I've written before about how brilliant I think George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series is. The series begins with A Game of Thrones, the book that most of us are used to hearing about, and with each book I want to write more about it.The first cover of the stunning new Harper Voyager series, which I'm making my way through.The twists and turns of the series are superb, but what really gets my attention is the way the series affects the reader's own life, particularly when it comes to cultivating courage.How A Song of Ice and Fire has given me courageI'm just coming to the end…
  • Solve Your Problems With Sherlock Holmes (And Overcome Workaholism with Watson)

    Lucy
    30 Mar 2014 | 6:19 am
    My Penguin English Library edition of "TheFive Orange Pips and Other Cases"The BBC Sherlock Holmes series has been a big thing in my house. Our sheepdogs are compared - and contrasted - with Sherlock and Mycroft, and the end of Series 2 cliffhanger provided lots of ground for healthy debate.I knew that I'd love the Arthur Conan Doyle original stories, and The Five Orange Pips and Other Cases has been one of my best literary purchases of the year. The writing is top-quality, the plots tend to be impeccable, and the art of deduction has given me so much to apply to my own life and problem…
  • The LitTherapy Project: Thank You For All the Support!

    Lucy
    30 Mar 2014 | 5:20 am
    My LitTherapy crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo has come to an end, and I'm very grateful to the supporters, link-sharers and contributors! As I opted for flexible funding, I aimed high and was able to keep for the project any amount I made.The money that I've raised is so useful for the site's development, as are all the connections that I've made during the campaign. I've got in touch with so many great people, and I'm so excited to work on building a community around the site with you all.I'm currently working on:Content for each book listed on the siteA bibliotherapy forumA bibliotherapy…
  • A Book for Life: Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

    Lucy Horner
    24 Mar 2014 | 10:39 am
    “Behind all seen things lies something vaster; everything is but a path, a portal or a window opening on something other than itself. ” Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-ExupéryI read The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry some years ago, but I'd never looked into the author's life or other works. This recently changed, however, thanks to the wonderful intertextuality of Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch. After Wind, Sand and Stars was shared between friends in the novel, I visited my local bookshop as soon as I returned from Barcelona to pick up the copy that I hoped was…
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    Book Club Reading List

  • Angels Never Die

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    23 Apr 2014 | 6:53 am
    Angels never Die is the true story of love, loss and fait. Henry and I were blessed with six children-four boys and two girls. What we could not have foretold was the two diseases that all four of our boys would eventually succumb to. Ours […]
  • The End of Bliss

    admin
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:01 pm
    The Depression certainly has an impact on Edith and Reuben Merkal and their two children. The family loses its house then, later, Reuben loses his construction business. Still, compared to most Americans, the Merkals remain well-off. There is never a question of whether they’ll be […]
  • In the Mirror

    admin
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:44 pm
    When determined mother and entrepreneur, Jennifer Benson, is diagnosed with cancer, she enters an experimental treatment facility to tackle her death sentence the same way she’s tackled her life – head on. But while she’s busy fighting for a cure, running her business, planning a […]
  • Author Interview – Kim Triedman

    admin
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:24 am
    What inspired you to write this book?   In a sense, the core of the novel comes from personal experience. No, I never lost a child, but yes, for a brief, earth-shaking, game-changing period, I thought I had. I had an experience about a year […]
  • The Other Room

    admin
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:02 am
    Can a family survive the death of an only child? The Other Room is a story of devastation and the long road back again — about a family continuing to live despite the upheaval of horrendous tragedy and aftershocks that destabilize old fissures. Three years […]
 
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    Long Island Pulse

  • “Postcards from Cookie” by Caroline Clarke

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    21 Apr 2014 | 7:14 am
    Among the usual fliers, bills, and donation requests in the mail last week, there was something you haven’t seen in ages: someone sent you a greeting card. It wasn’t marking any special occasion. No, it was sent as a pick-me-up from a friend, a nice surprise at a time when mail usually has an “e” in front of it. But, as you’ll see in the new memoir “Postcards from Cookie” by Caroline Clarke, some snail mail can make your heart zoom. She was only looking for medical records. As an adoptee, Caroline Clarke knew she had the right to learn at least that about her birth mother, but…
  • “A Wanted Woman” by Eric Jerome Dickey

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    16 Apr 2014 | 1:44 pm
  • “Vintage” by Susan Gloss

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    11 Apr 2014 | 7:28 am
    The sweater is like an old friend. Once upon a time, it was your mother’s favorite garment. Back then, it was sophisticated and elegant, with beads and bangles that must’ve made her feel terribly chic.  Today, it’s a little beat-up. It’s missing beads, is worn on one elbow, and it’s as far from haute couture as you can get, but you really don’t care. Wearing it makes you feel warm, inside and out and, as you’ll see in “Vintage” by Susan Gloss, new friends can give you that same feeling. Ever since Violet Turner got divorced, left her small Northern Wisconsin hometown,…
  • “Scared Stiff: Everything You Need to Know about 50 Famous Phobias” by Sara Latta

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    1 Apr 2014 | 6:44 am
    You are one incredibly brave person. Fearless, actually: that’s you. You take risks, climb high, jump far, and you laugh at safety equipment. You ain’t afraid of anything. Except, well, that one little thing that makes you scream, causes your hands to sweat, gives you nightmares, makes you almost faint. Yeah, except that – and if you read “Scared Stiff” by Sara Latta, you might find a name for it. So you freak when you speak in public. The thought of a snake makes you quake. It’s the rare person who’s not frightened by something because fear is “an important survival…
  • “Heimlich’s Maneuvers” by Henry J. Heimlich, MD

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    24 Mar 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Attaboy! Good job. You’ve done well for yourself. You deserve the Gold Star, a standing ovation. There’s a raise in your future, a bonus for work done right. You deserve a pat on the back – except if you’re choking. And in the new book “Heimlich’s Maneuvers” by Henry J. Heimlich, MD, you’ll find out why, from the man who invented the lifesaving measure. From the time he was a small boy growing up in New York, Henry Heimlich wanted to be a doctor. His parents were role models: he watched them help others, and he noticed that they never turned anyone away. He wanted to be like…
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    Beth's Book Reviews

  • Featured Book: Cold Warrior by Greg Johns

    Beth
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    About the book:Upwards of 20 million Americans served in the military during the Cold War. Few of those have been lauded, honored or even remembered. One of these unsung Cold Warriors stands his watch from midnight to six in the morning on a nuclear powered ballistic missile submarine. As he fights against boredom and weariness, he reflects back on how he got here and his experiences in Vietnam. All this is intermingled with the very serious business of being in charge of one of the country’s most lethal deterrents, trying to keep the Cold War from becoming hot.About the author:Greg Johns…
  • Featured Book: Zoe Lucky and the Mystery of the Pink Pearl Necklace by M. Carol Coffey

    Beth
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:51 pm
    About the book:Zoe Lucky is a red-headed, freckle-faced seventh grader at the Winston-Thurston School in Shadyside, a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. But this 13-year-old is no typical teen. After helping Detective Tracy crack the Green Gables Mystery last summer, she and two of her classmates formed a sleuth group named ZINGERZ—and they’ve already solved two problems at school. But when one of their member’s family is involved in a violent crime, the group shifts its focus to more serious matters. A pink pearl necklace is the main piece of evidence, and it keeps reappearing as the…
  • Featured Book: The Atlantian Chronicles by Gary English

    Beth
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    About the book:What if there were still living survivors from the sunken island of Atlantis, and what if they find themselves suddenly thrust back to the surface and into a world they know little about? Survival is the force which guides their actions, and humankind only a means to an end. What will happen? Who decides who lives and who dies? Between these pages lie the answers to these questions and more. The Atlantian Chronicles is a story of survival, mystery, betrayal, and of two mismatched lovers whose accidental encounter becomes a means for humankind’s survival. The initial encounter…
  • Review: Leverage Your Laziness! by Steve Bookbinder and Jeff Goldberg

    Beth
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Because 4 hours is just too much work!Jeff Goldberg and Steve Bookbinder combine their wit, intellect, and common sense in this entertaining, data packed instructional manual. They draw on their personal insight, diversified experiences, and passion for life coaching in the writing and production of Leverage Your Laziness!In this collaboration they introduce an approach designed to use leverage and laziness as a strategy for attaining effective performance with the least work and the added bonus of sensing the enjoyment of accomplishment. Steve helps the reader…
  • Featured Book: An African Student in Russia by Onesphor Kyara Ph.D.

    Beth
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    About the book:In 1975, Dr. Onesphor Kyara left Tanzanian, East Africa, for Russia. He spent one year learning Russian at Donetsk State University, Ukraine. In 1976, he transferred to Kuban State University, Russian Republic, to pursue a five-year degree in universal history. He graduated with MA (History) in 1981.The book presents his life experience in the communist society and its education system. It includes his education both inside and outside the classroom. Shortage of goods and inadequate finances necessitated participation in the black market, relying on goods from the West. His…
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    The Literary Yard

  • Release: Thriller Novel ‘Maya’

    Onkar Sharma
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:35 am
    Recently launched book “Maya” by a debut author Satishsrinivas is a psychological thriller, about the mysterious life of an innocent girl named Akshara who has wandered away from her kingdom. […]
  • Constructing the Image: Parallels Between Pointillism and Poetry

    Author
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:15 am
    By: Robert Eastwood Although he considered painting a “nobler” art, the polymath Leonardo da Vinci wrote, “Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is […]
  • Poem: Fiction Never Lies

    Author
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:56 am
    By: Reese Scott jesus aligned himself with the autistic, the slow and retarded they followed directions jumping up and down till there ankles would brake jumping off hills and mountain […]
  • Poem: Balloon Child

    Author
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:51 am
    By: Reese Scott Kissing while you are sleeping over dreams that have been blessed with fire as dancers march in rigid steps wallowing over minds and rings over there in […]
  • Poem: Leslie’s Teeth

    Author
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:48 am
    By: Reese Scott Winter is coming as I look out my window I can see the snow my radiator is turned on and as always my arms are tied tight […]
 
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    Stories by Mercilo Daviss

  • When You Go, You’ll Take a Little Piece of My Heart With You

    Mercilo Daviss
    6 Apr 2014 | 12:07 am
    It had been some time since I last saw Nelisse. Later she would be labelled by the press as The Notorious Dr. Crow, but for now she was still the quiet, slightly awkward fellow scientist I had shared a lab with one long summer years ago. Grey had now started to creep into her hair and the glasses were no longer in evidence, but the familiar bulbous ears and toothy smile remained. We met in a canal-side café near St. Augustine’s. I did not see her approach, engrossed as I was in the week’s issue of Die globale Zukunft and a spelt croissant. Instead she landed at my table fifteen minutes…
  • Empty Stomach

    Mercilo Daviss
    16 Mar 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Collhour slid grumpily from under the bedsheet and placed two bare feet on a cold, tiled floor. For a moment he contemplated stretching his arms up to the ceiling, per the health instruction that was blinking on the videowall next to him, then decided against it. He always decided against it. He mooched into the kitchen, every step slapping the soles of his feet down as loudly as he could. This was satisfying to him, unfortunately there was nobody around to annoy, which dampened the joy somewhat. “Coffee,” he croaked. “I would advise against it,” said the kitchen table. “Don’t…
  • The Price of Classification and the Value of Nectarines

    Mercilo Daviss
    16 Feb 2014 | 12:35 pm
    “No!” screamed the marketman, shaking his fist far too close to Trom’s face. “No! No! No! No!” His forehead was the colour of beetroot and split down the middle with a throbbing vein. “But…” started Trom. The marketman snarled to shut him up, then seized Trom’s elbow with a meaty claw and dragged him over to the other crates piled high behind the market stall. Trom tried to place one foot in front of the other as elegantly as possible, hard when being hauled along by such a giant lobster of a man. The marketman was snorting with every stride, froth bubbling at the side…
  • Christmas Hiatus: Jigsaw

    Mercilo Daviss
    8 Jan 2014 | 12:00 am
    The blog is on hiatus for the Christmas season. New stories will return in January. Here’s one from the archives: Somewhere in another room, a telephone rings. Nobody moves. The phone rings on, and on. Ring-ring. Ring-ring. Twenty-four times. Twenty-five times. Twenty-six times. “Are you going to answer that?” says the guest, raising her eyebrows. The host looks up from his jigsaw puzzle. He lifts a piece to his lips and runs his tongue along the edge. “It’s not for me,” says the host. Ring-ring. Ring-ring. “How do you know?” reasons the guest. “It’s your house, it’s…
  • Christmas Hiatus: The Square

    Mercilo Daviss
    7 Jan 2014 | 12:00 am
    The blog is on hiatus for the Christmas season. New stories will return in January. Here’s one from the archives: There’s another square up ahead. It looks different to the normal squares, and it smells amazing. It smells a sweet and tempting stench. The square looks different because it is set at an angle. The smell comes not from the square but from around the edges. It’s worth exploring. Let’s have a look. Through the gap and into another world. This new world has walls, and a ceiling. You couldn’t go all the way up if you wanted to. And that smell… that smell……
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    WordTrance

  • DISCOVERY WRITING VS. OUTLINING

    Michael
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:11 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Fiction How do you approach writing? How do you think your favorite author does? Do you just sit down and start typing without knowing which direction you are headed, or do you put in ample forethought, planning out the path you mean to later traverse? Are you a discovery writer or an outliner? The Explorer In discovery writing, you create the events of the story as you go. You allow the story to unfold naturally from one sentence to the next, line-by-line, paragraph-by-paragraph, page-by-page, creating and crafting on the fly. The path unfolds one step at a…
  • Why Reading Fiction is Better for Avid Readers

    Michael
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:10 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Fiction Fiction works are written from the imaginations of writers. The fantasies of the writer come alive in the words that are put down on paper. The best fiction stories are those that are shaped by some research in real-life events, occurrences and technologies that are then used in a fictional way. Some fiction works are also written to explain phenomena that is puzzling or other occurrences that have remained mysterious over the years. It is not very interesting to read fictional stories that go overboard in their plots. Some authors write works that…
  • Night Watch

    Michael
    28 Mar 2014 | 4:09 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Fiction Recommended Read: Night Watch Russian title: Ночной дозор, Nochnoy Dozor Author: Sergei Lukyanenko Translated by Andrew Bromfield Published originally in Russia: 1998 Published in US: 2008 Cover design by Gregg Kulick; Cover photograph © Bayram Tunç/Getty Images The Story Night Watch is a thrilling urban-fantasy about the uneasy truce maintained by two opposing organizations comprised of magical beings known as “Others.” Set in modern-day Moscow, the titular Night Watch is the organization comprised of the Light Others, who are…
  • 5 Rules to Break (every so often)

    Michael
    11 Mar 2014 | 9:36 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Fiction We tend to adhere to established rules and practices of fiction writing, most of which were formed with good reason. But, rules cover a broad, generalized range. We can easily overlook the more rare exceptions to the rules that could enhance our fiction. Always Use the Active Voice We’re often told that using the passive voice makes for weaker, less effective sentences. And, that the better option is to write sentences in the active voice, ones that have the subject perform the action on the object. Active Voice Example: The chamberlain lectured the…
  • Immortal L.A.

    Michael
    7 Mar 2014 | 4:26 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Fiction We are very pleased to present a story from the brand-new novel Immortal L.A. by Eric Czuleger. The Meeting His fingernails are clean. His belt buckle is silver. You can see the ceiling in the toes of his shoes. He speaks in a silken baritone. “My question is this: Are you using it for anything? “Because if you’re NOT using it for anything, why have it? You know what I mean? “I had a– you know? A Bowflex once. You know the Bowflex, right? Yeah, the Bowflex. It’s a workout machine. I was going to get in the best shape of my life. I don’t…
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    Peter J StoryPeter J Story

  • Grak studies the scene

    Peter J Story
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Grak creeps along the ground, thankful to have a nearly flattened stomach once again. Still, it’s an awkward action for him. Frolan and his men are having a much easier time of it. Grak pauses to ponder the source of his troubles. His new knife, made extra long at his request, dangles rather unobtrusively from ...
  • Grak worries about numbers

    Peter J Story
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Frolan turns and makes his way back to the other guards. Despite his reservations, he’s swift in dispersing the necessary orders. There’s a good man. Can’t get too upset at him. Always obeys in the end. And his concerns are valid enough. Can’t blame him for voicing them. They’re just ultimately unnecessary is all. Unnecessary, ...
  • Grak’s informed of potential danger

    Peter J Story
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Grak calls out, “Frolan!” this proves an unintentionally effective method of silencing the gawking crowd. Frolan gives an order to one of the guards, then makes his way over to Grak as quickly as he can. He pushes through the gathered theorists who have now taken to hushed discussion of their ideas–clearly looking to avoid inciting ...
  • Grak tries to relax

    Peter J Story
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Grak prepares to remove his tunic, but stops suddenly. Brak’s standing just beyond Mazo, gazing intently at Grak’s feet–or the general area thereof. This behavior seems highly suspect. Grak attempts a whisper, “Mazo, watch this one in particular. He has a shifty look about him,” he’s definitely improving in both quietness and subtlety. Mazo looks ...
  • Grak hates rebels

    Peter J Story
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Grak despises rebels. In all forms, really, but especially the cowardly kind. While he bears considerable enmity toward Cordo for his open defiance eleven days ago, worse still are the six that have since sneaked off to join his rebellion. Those scum. Those craven, ungrateful piles of manure! Grak grimaces with rage. This tends to happen ...
 
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    Little Miss Bookmark

  • Review: Pretty Reckless (Deputy Laney Briggs #1) by Jodi Linton

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    RATING SUMMARYWelcome to Pistol Rock, Texas where everyone knows secrets last about as long as the sporadic west Texas rain showers.Laney Briggs has long been considered reckless by the denizens of her hometown, but she’s finally turned it all around—she’s happily engaged to the local veterinarian and she’s become a Pistol Rock deputy sheriff. Everything’s fine and dandy—until a dead body turns up and her ex, Texas Ranger Gunner Wilson, decides to stick his boots into the town’s first murder case.   Of course, the troublesome cowboy’s rugged good looks and…
  • Cover Reveal: Tempting the Bodyguard by Jennifer L. Armentrout

    21 Apr 2014 | 10:30 pm
    TEMPTING THE BODYGUARDwill be released on May 12, 2014.TEMPTING THE BODYGUARD OFFICIAL BLURB: A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…He can protect her from everyone except himself.Alana Gore is in danger. A take-no-prisoners publicist, her way with people has made her more than a few enemies over the years, but a creepy stalker is an entirely different matter. She needs a bodyguard, and the only man she can ask is not only ridiculously hot, but reputed to have taste for women that goes beyond adventurous.Chandler Gamble has one rule: don't protect anyone you want to…
  • New Release: Waltz Back to Texas by M. J. Fredrick

    21 Apr 2014 | 4:35 am
    Waltz Back to Texas (Lost in a Boom Town)Author: M. J. FredrickPublication Date: April 21, 2014Pages: 200Genre: Contemporary RomanceDon't forget to head to the bottom of the post for the giveaway!BLURB:Welcome to Evansville, a sleepy Texas town on the verge of a boom.After growing up in a dying town, with only two restaurants, no movie theater, and no future, waitress Cassidy Simon wants out. For once, luck is on her side when the oil boom comes to South Texas. She’s determined to use it for her advantage, starting up an RV park for the oilfield workers to add to her escape fund. She’s…
  • Cover Reveal & Giveaway: The Night House by Rachel Tafoya

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Welcome to the Cover Reveal forThe Night House by Rachel Tafoyapresented by Month9Books!Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!Bianca St. Germain works at a Night House, a place where vampires like the aristocratic Jeremiah Archer, pay to feed on humans, and she doesn’t much care what others think of her. The money is good, and at least there, she’s safe. Bianca also doesn’t care that the Night House is killing her. All she cares about is: nauth, the highly addictive poison in vampire bites that brings a euphoria like no drug ever could.But when Bianca meets James, a…
  • Review: More (More #1) by T.M. Franklin

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:31 pm
    RATING★★★★☆  SUMMARYAva Michaels used to think she was special.As a child, she fantasized about having magical powers . . . making things happen. But Ava grew up and eventually accepted the fact that her childish dreams were just that, and maybe a normal life wasn't so bad after all.Now a young college student, Ava meets Caleb Foster, a brilliant and mysterious man who’s supposed to help her pass Physics, but in reality has another mission in mind. What he shows Ava challenges her view of the world, shaking it to its very core.Because Caleb isn't quite what he seems. In fact,…
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    John Harbour

  • Why Soccer Matters

    John Harbour
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:54 am
    I was but a child in the 70’s, growing up in the suburban countryside of Maryland. We HATED all things New York, being outside of Baltimore. The Yankees were in New York and they were then evil incarnate. I’m now a fan and that’s a very long story, but then…no. No way. Not happening. Except for one exception. The New York Cosmos. And largely because of Pelé. Soccer for me was like it was for most kids, a pick up game on any patch of open field, pavement, basketball or tennis courts, parking lots, etc. Three a side, five a side, it didn’t matter. My family vacationed the last week…
  • Pizza with Dad

    John Harbour
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    I was five, or six and we were visiting New York. My birth mother had passed away when I was three and my father had remarried. Barbara didn’t want to be my step-mother and so she began the adoption process. We were staying in her family home in the woods on Staten Island. Cardinals flitted to and fro in the trees of their yard and the commuter trains went by on a hill behind the house. My father and I had come across to the city on the ferry to visit my aunt and uncle and spent the morning at their apartment. New York was a different place then. Not the gentrified, shiny, outdoor mall that…
  • Provence, 1970

    John Harbour
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:35 am
    There are few people from the late 60’s and early 70’s that I wish I could meet today. In the culinary world there are fewer still. Vincent Price and his wife are two; I know you went right to the horror movies, but did you know that he and his wife were true gourmands and were famous for entertaining? One of my most treasured items is a fantastic cookbook made of recipes that Vincent wangled out of the famous restaurants of the day. Along with reproductions of the menus, it provides a wonderful journey into another time and place. The others who I would like to meet are all in this book…
  • The Rabbit Hole

    John Harbour
    12 Apr 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Tonight I went down the rabbit hole. I followed the mad hatter into my cd collection…yes, I still have cds. I still have cassettes for that matter (although I have nothing with which to play them). Hey, kids! Get off my lawn! Tonight the three I pulled from the clutching grasps of the evil dust bunnies, were John Waite, Ignition, Sting, Nothing Like the Sun, and U2, The Joshua Tree. And wow, how easily we forget. John, I’ll throw out. There was some sentimental attachment there but he really doesn’t stand the test of time. But the other two? My God, I had good taste. Almost all of the…
  • Simple Pleasures

    John Harbour
    12 Apr 2014 | 3:55 pm
    R and I are planning a trip to Provence for my xx birthday. Those of you who know me know which one I’m talking about. Those of you who don’t, let’s just agree that it’s big and leave it at that. So, Provence is the destination; A place that I have avoided as I have always suspected that, should I arrive, I would sit and never come home. Tuscany is also a danger, but I passed through there on  a train, unscathed. Although it is true that I never stopped and set foot near the quicksand. But we talk of Provence. It dawned on me that I have yet to cook cassoulet this year. That magical…
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