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  • Bright Young Librarians: Marie Elia

    The Fine Books Blog
    Nate Pedersen
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Our Bright Young Librarians series continues today with Marie Elia, Processing Archivist with The Poetry Collection at University of Buffalo, State University of New York. How did you get started in rare books? While I was in the poetry MFA program at Columbia University, I got a job assisting the Rare Books Librarian at the New York Society Library. They were in the middle of a post-retrospective conversion project, and my job was to compare the card catalog to the MARC record; if there were discrepancies, I pulled the book to verify the information. I have to admit that I disappeared into…
  • Original Painting of Poet's Tor House

    The Fine Books Blog
    Rebecca Rego Barry
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:09 am
    Tor House, the iconic Carmel, California, home built by poet Robinson Jeffers, is a beautiful Tudor-style cottage. Jeffers designed the original stone cottage as a home for his wife and their twin sons. Construction began in 1918, and soon thereafter Jeffers began work on a second structure, Hawk Tower. Together, on a craggy knoll so near the sea, they seem to belong more to Ireland than coastal California. Tor House was where Jeffers did his writing, where he entertained literary friends, e.g. Sinclair Lewis, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Langston Hughes, and where he died in 1962. Now open…
  • Thomas Sullivan: CATCH A FALLING STAR, ONE FOOT IN ATLANTIS and PANDORA

    Storytellers Unplugged
    Thomas Sullivan
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:07 am
    Another round of what seems to be your favorite format is on the docket.  “Will the Jury [You] please be seated and the Witness [Me] sworn in? August Q&A is now in session.” Q: [Bloomfield Hills, MI, and others] So glad to read that you are finally coming out with CASE WHITE. A: Would you believe I’ve been sitting on this novel for well over three decades despite several lucrative near-agreements to bring it out in paper/hardcover/e-book?  It’s been a predicted blockbuster, but whether or not it gets attention or is lost in the e-book marketplace, it is time to get on with my…
  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Wednesday Evening

    Pixel of Ink
    Pixel of Ink
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:23 am
    These Deals & Steals are sure to keep you turning the pages tonight! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Dystopian, Mystery, Paranormal, Romantic Suspense Waking Maya by Warren Goldie Still free? Click Here to find out! When 22-year-old Maya Burke digs up an old journal written by her long-lost father, what she finds is a plan for a spiritual journey – created specifically for her. As she explores its teachings, she is catapulted onto a mind-bending, cross-country adventure on the trail of his legacy, and swept up…
  • My New Book on the Snowflake Method

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

  • How to Create a Blog Plan for Any Type of Book

    Joel Friedlander
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:05 am
    By Nina Amir A blog provides a solid foundation for any author’s promotion plan. It serves as an author website as well as a content-marketing machine to help you and your book become discoverable. The more book-related content you produce, the higher the likelihood readers find you and your published work. However, I see too many aspiring and published authors blogging in a scattered manner. They write about whatever topic comes to mind or moves them on a particular day. They assume an author blog provides an opportunity to spout off about whatever is on their minds and that their adoring…
  • New Self-Publishing Options from Blurb and Book Design Templates

    Joel Friedlander
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:15 am
    For many years self-publishers have been frustrated. I’m not talking about the usual ups and downs of indie publishing. No, I’m talking about authors who want to publish books with lots of full color photos or illustrations, and who want to take advantage of the reduced risk and convenience of digital printing and print on demand distribution. Until quite recently, when authors would bring me these kinds of projects, I had to tell them, “Sorry. That’s just something we can’t do you, unless you’re willing to either give up all your profit or, worse,…
  • e-Book Cover Design Awards, July 2014

    Joel Friedlander
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:05 am
    Welcome to the e-Book Cover Design Awards. This edition is for submissions during July, 2014. This month we received: 110 covers in the Fiction category 22 covers in the Nonfiction category Comments, Award Winners, and Gold Stars I’ve added comments (JF: ) to many of the entries, but not all. Remember that the aim of these posts is educational, and by submitting you are inviting comments, commendations, and constructive criticism. Thanks to everyone who participated. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did. Please leave a comment to let me know which are your favorites or, if you disagree,…
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  • July 2014: Book notices

    Debra Hamel
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Hy Conrad, Mr. Monk is in Business I suppose I have to resign myself to the fact that we're living in a new age. Hy Conrad's Monk books are not going to be the same as Lee Goldberg's, and I shouldn't expect them to be. So far, Conrad's stories are not as funny or as poignant as those of his predecessor--the series' main selling point, in my opinion--but they're still  good and worth reading. This time out there's a pair of mysteries--thematically related, it ultimately turns out. One of them I had mostly figured out early on, the other not at all. I'm not usually very adept at solving these…
  • June 2014: Book notices

    Debra Hamel
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:34 am
    Nancy Atherton, Aunt Dimity's Death So I stumbled on this charming cozy from the early 90's. Nancy Atherton's Aunt Dimity's Death is the first in a series that is apparently still going strong. The 19th Aunt Dimity book, Aunt Dimity and the Wishing Well, was just released about a month ago. With the arrival of a letter Lori Shepherd, who's temping to barely make ends meet when the book begins, soon finds herself whisked into, well, lots of stuff: a world of privilege, romance, mystery, and the supernatural. Her transition from struggling American divorcée to refined, tea-serving American…
  • May 2014: Book notices

    Debra Hamel
    31 May 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Chris Pavone, The Expats The story told in Chris Pavone's The Expats is an interesting one, and just the sort of thing I like: Kate Moore, a former CIA agent who is now retired with her husband and kids in Luxembourg, becomes suspicious of another expat couple and, ultimately, of her husband. It's a very cerebral story. Not much happens, really. There's just a lot of Kate figuring things out. That the book holds one's interest despite the lack of action is impressive. On the other hand, the author takes a very long time to tell the story. He throws in a lot of description at times when you…
  • April 2014: Book notices

    Debra Hamel
    30 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl I'd been hearing about this book for a while, had a sample downloaded on my Kindle for an equally long while. I'm glad I finally started reading, because once I did, I was hooked. It's been a long time--maybe years--since I've sat down and read for any decent length of time, uninterrupted, immersed in a book. Through some wonderful combination of forces--nothing imminent on the radar, access to comfortable seating, and a book worthy of the time--I was able to do just that with Gone Girl, and I was joined by my daughter, who was immersed in her own can't-put-it-down…
  • 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…
 
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    Chronicle Books Blog

  • Happy Accidents

    Allison Weiner
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Chances are you’ve never heard of Serendipity Day. But guess what? It’s a semi-official holiday (at least official enough to be listed in Chase’s Calendar of Events), and it’s today! To celebrate, I asked editor Elizabeth Yarborough a few questions about our just-published Serendipity: A Journal. It’s a place to track and write about everyday happy accidents, both big and small. Was there a serendipitous moment that led you to come up with the idea for the journal? I came up with the idea when I realized, as part of my own personal wellness practice, that…
  • Sweet Alchemy: Dessert Magic from Yigit Pura

    Peter Perez
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:10 pm
    The long-anticipated first cookbook from Bravo’s Top Chef Just Desserts Season 1 winner Yigit Pura, Sweet Alchemy, has arrived! Yigit is about to embark on a multi-city tour at Williams-Sonoma locations throughout the US (details below), demonstrating techniques plus a recipe from the book, and autographing copies. Chronicle Books, Williams-Sonoma, and Yigit would love to see your photos from the events, so use hashtag #SweetAlchemy if you please! Gail Simmons, Top Chef host, has this to say about the book: “Sweet Alchemy is a declaration of love! From the way Yigit describes…
  • Happy 100th Birthday Anniversary Paul Rand!

    Peter Perez
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:44 pm
    August 15th marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of iconic, incredibly influential 20th century graphic designer, art director, and author Paul Rand. Chronicle Books is honored and elated to be reissuing one of Rand’s most sought-after books on graphic design that’s long been out of print (since the 1970s in fact), Thoughts on Design. This facsimile edition preserves Rand’s original 1947 essay with the adjustments he made to its text and imagery for a revised printing in 1970, and adds only an informative and inspiring new foreword by design luminary Michael Bierut.
  • From the Archives: Eat Well on a Dollar a Day

    Julia Patrick
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:56 am
    In honor of Throwback Thursday, we’re kicking off a new feature on our blog: From the Archives. Twice a month, we’ll dig deep into the Chronicle Books’ archives and feature long-lost (but not forgotten) gems that deserve admiration, observation…and maybe even a few good-natured chuckles. Living in the Bay Area, we’re always on the lookout for good ways to keep monthly spending down—but reducing the grocery bill isn’t usually the first thing to spring to mind. But there are ways to trim the fat, as detailed in this Chronicle classic from 1975, Eat Well on a Dollar a Day,…
  • A Design Inspiration Treasure Hunt in San Francisco

    Kristen Hewitt
    8 Aug 2014 | 11:49 am
    Recently some of my design colleagues and I, who work predominately on publishing such non-book items as stationery, journals, games, and lots of other fun things, went on two field trips in hopes of finding inspiration for future projects.  Our first stop was SCRAP (Scroungers Center for Reusable Art Parts), a creative reuse center and workshop space that was founded in 1976. They collect, sort, and display high-quality materials that become low-cost art supplies for teachers, parents, school children, artists, and designers. Chronicle  donates many of our blank dummy books and other…
 
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    800 CEO Read

  • ChangeThis: Issue 120

    dylan
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Tweet Creating a Coaching Culture: A Playbook to Build Winning Business Teams by Nathan Jamail “In business, most of our employees are not as good as they could be—not because of our love for them or our desire to make their lives better than ours, but … because most of the time we think they are not worth the effort to really coach them.” Beyond Keeping Afloat: How Established Business Can Get Breakthroughs by Tony Davila & Marc J. Epstein “What can be done to avoid the seemingly inevitable drought of innovation that comes along with building and cementing the apparatus of…
  • Authors On the Road, Changing the World – John Hope Bryant

    Aaron
    17 Aug 2014 | 2:31 pm
    TweetIn the rapidly changing world of technology and the way we utilize that technology, we often forget many of our institutions were built over the phone, forming relationships with the people with whom we wanted to do business. In a group meeting here this week, our retired founder and president Jack Covert made the argument that if we want to maintain our current relationships better than our competitors and add something to their lives that others don’t, we need to pick up the phone and have a real conversation with these people we value. We are fortunate that our business is still…
  • Jack Covert Selects – Powers of Two

    Michael
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:42 am
    Tweet Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs by Joshua Wolf Shenk, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 339 pages, $28.00, Hardcover, August 2014, 9780544031593 There is something thrilling about reading accounts of great creativity. We love when a writer can bring together a collection of anecdotes that might reveal something profound about how to ignite the creative spark and nurse it into a blaze of genius. The purpose, of course, is not mere vicarious experience; we hope we can truly take something away—a recipe for innovation—that will help us spark innovation in…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Power of Noticing

    Sally
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:35 am
    Tweet The Power of Noticing: What the Best Leaders See by Max H. Bazerman, Simon and Schuster, Hardcover, 215 pages, 9781476700298 Sandusky. Madoff. Enron. Hurricane Katrina. These are well-publicized examples of our failure to notice impending disaster. In his new book, The Power of Noticing, Max Bazerman expounds on these tales to reveal how we might learn from them in order to prevent similar calamities. As he says, “Understanding what is at work when we fail to notice is crucial to understand how we can learn to pay attention to what we’re missing.” In fact, in the worst cases, we…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The End of Absence

    Ryan Schleicher
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    Tweet The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connection by Michael Harris, Current, 243 pages, $26.95, Hardcover, August 2014, ISBN 9781591846932 Journalist Michael Harris approaches the often-discussed topic of the internet’s impact on our lives from a very specific angle: people living now who were born prior to 1985, who will be the only people in world history to know what life was like both with and without the internet. As part of this generation of people, Harris sets out to discover what we need to do to reclaim what the internet stole from everyday…
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    Charles Petzold

  • New Book — New Chapter in Life

    7 Aug 2014 | 3:54 am
    Six months ago I started doing some contracting work for the documentation team at Xamarin — the company that provides tools for developers to write Mac, iOS, and Android apps using C# and .NET. It was a good fit for me. The work experience was so enjoyable that when Xamarin offered me full-time employment, I jumped at the opportunity. ... more ...
  • Reading Elizabeth Kolbert’s “The Sixth Extinction”

    2 Aug 2014 | 10:56 am
    On one level, this book is a joyous celebration of science. Elizabeth Kolbert is the type of science writer who doesn’t hesitate to travel to exotic and dangerous places where she gets her hands dirty and her feet wet. Readers of this book tag along as the author goes to Panama to look for frogs, hikes through the treacherous terrain in the Southern Uplands of Scotland, swims through the cold waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea, explores a bat cave in the Adirondacks, trudges through the mountain ranges of Peru, snorkels off the coast of One Tree Island at the southern tip of the Great Barrier…
  • Seeing Mieczysław Weinberg’s “The Passenger”

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:23 am
    The opera begins rather innocently: It is 1960, and we’re on the deck of an English cruise ship. A German couple are sailing to South America. He is a diplomat taking up a new post. She is his loving wife, though somewhat prone to brooding. ... more ...
  • Reading Amir Alexander’s “Infinitesimal”

    28 Jun 2014 | 1:56 pm
    For as long as I can remember, I have been skeptical about the existence of infinity. I just don’t see any evidence of infinity in the real world. The Big Bang caused only a finite amount of matter and energy to come into being, and the amount can actually be estimated. The number of atoms in the universe is about 1080, and while that’s certainly quite a lot, it’s still short of infinite. Since space is defined by these particles, there is no infinite space either. ... more ...
  • Cut the Mic

    4 May 2014 | 10:26 am
    I see a lot of live music, and by “live” I mean I’m in the same room as the musicians, and some of the light rebounding off the musicians and their instruments goes directly into my eyes. The musicians aren’t shot by video cameras and then projected onto TV screens, for example. That would be pointless. ... more ...
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    The Millions

  • Agent of Chaos

    Thomas Beckwith
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Recommended Reading: Daniel Marc Janes on the fictional namesakes of London’s mayor.
  • Lateral Moves

    Thomas Beckwith
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    What happens when a literary fiction writer tackles YA? If that writer is Sherman Alexie, he produces an award-winning book that rivals the quality of his books in other genres. At the Ploughshares blog, Annie Cardi writes about writers who’ve made this transition, including Alexie, Roddy Doyle and Louise Erdrich. You could also read our survey of high school students on the best YA books of 2013.
  • Roughing It

    Thomas Beckwith
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Coming this fall: a newly published autobiography that Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote before she decided to retool her life story into the Little House on the Prairie books. Originally intended for an adult audience, Pioneer Girl gives a decidedly unsanitized account of Ingalls Wilder’s life, including love triangles, deadbeat fathers and episodes of drunken abuse. In The Telegraph, Rosa Prince compiles a preview of the new book.
  • Holy Land

    Thomas Beckwith
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    In the 1880s, a group of rural Illinoisans formed a Christian sect that believed that a local woman, Dorinda Beekman, was the new Jesus Christ. When Mrs. Beekman died, a follower of hers claimed that her spirit lived inside him; as the new leader of the sect, he moved his followers into a barn and named it Heaven. At The Paris Review Daily, Dan Visel looks back on this odd chapter of history, as well as the novel it inspired. (Related: Eric Shonkwiler on the literature of the Midwest.)
  • The Importance of Being Feminist

    Thomas Beckwith
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Liked watching Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED Talk last year? Then consider picking up a copy of We Should All Be Feminists. The longform essay, now published as an ebook original, was adapted from topics Adichie touched upon in her speech, among them the importance of being a feminist in the twenty-first century. You could also look back on Adichie’s Year in Reading piece.
 
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    Opinions of a Teen Who Reads

  • Landline: Review

    14 Aug 2014 | 10:23 pm
    Author: Rainbow RowellAge range: 16 & upContent: Moderate romance, moderate sexual content, moderate language, no violenceGenre: Realistic FictionPublisher: St. Martin's PressPages: 320Where to get it: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target, Half-Price BooksSynopsis:Georgie McCool's marriage is in trouble and it has been for a long time. Georgie knows it. She loves Neal and Neal still loves her, deeply, but that almost seems beside the point now. Maybe it was always beside the point. Two days before Georgie and her family are supposed to leave for Omaha, Georgie tells…
  • The Maze Runner: Revisited Review

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:20 am
    Author: James DashnerAge range: 13-17Content: Mild romance, no sexual content, moderate language, high violenceGenre: Teen Science Fiction / Teen Fantasy / Teen Action AdventurePublisher: Random House Children's BooksPages: 400Where to get it: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target, Half-Price BooksSynopsis:When the doors lift, Thomas remembers nothing aside from his first name. But he's not alone. He's surrounded by boys who welcome him to the Glade, a walled encampment at the center of a bizarre and terribly complicated stone maze. Not unlike Thomas, the other Gladers have…
  • I am the Messenger: Review

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:02 pm
    Author: Markus ZusakAge range: 13-17Content: Moderate romance, no sexual content, high language, moderate violenceGenre: Teen Fiction / Tough StuffPublisher: Random House Children's BooksPages: 368Where to get it: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target, Half-Price BooksSynopsis:Ed Kennedy, an underage cab driver, pathetic card player, and useless romantic, lives in a shabby shack and is hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence. Until, one day, he accidentally stops a bank robbery. That's when the first Ace…
  • The Eye of Minds: Review

    20 Jul 2014 | 6:16 pm
    Author: James DashnerAge range: 13-17Content: No romance, no sexual content, mild language, moderate violenceGenre: Teen Science Fiction / Teen FantasyPublisher: Random House Children's BooksPages: 320Where to get it: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target, Half-Price BooksSynopsis:Michael is a gamer. And, like most gamers, he spends more time in the VirtNet than the actual world. The VirtNet offers total mind and body immersion, a horrifying yet addicting experience. Thanks to technology, anyone with money can enter fantasy worlds, risk their lives without fear of death, or…
  • BZRK: Revisited Review

    13 Jul 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Author: Michael GrantAge range: 13 & upContent: Moderate romance, mild sexual content, high language, moderate violenceGenre: Teen Science Fiction / Teen Action AdventurePublisher: EgmontUSAPages: 416Where to get it: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target, Half-Price BooksSynopsis:A war over the control of the human mind breaks out. Charles and Benjamin Armstrong are grotesquely conjoined twins and owners of the Armstrong Fancy Gifts Corporation. They have a goal to turn their world into their vision of a utopia; no war, no conflicts, no hunger, and no free will. Opposing…
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    Personanondata

  • MediaWeek (V7, N31): Bezo's WaPo, Publishing a Book, BitLit, James Garner + More

    PersonaNonData
    6 Aug 2014 | 12:26 am
    These articles and a lot more are all in my 'magazine' on Flipboard.The Columbia Journalism Review takes a look at Bezo's WaPo:At the time of the sale to Bezos, Donald Graham, Weymouth’s uncle and the chairman of The Washington Post Company, explained that he and his niece felt unsure of the direction in which to take the paper, or how to reverse years of declining revenues. He had approached Bezos as a buyer, he said, because the billionaire could offer deep pockets, a digital brain, and, between the two, a way forward.From The Chronicle of Higher Ed: Things you should know before…
  • MediaWeek (Vol8, N 29): Amazon, The LMS, Director's Cut, Open Access + More

    PersonaNonData
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    Read these articles on flipboard: From the NYTimes: Amazon, a Friendly Giant as long as it's fed.“Everything Amazon has promised me, it has fulfilled — and more,” he said. “They ask: ‘Are you happy, Vince? We just want to see you writing books.’ Changes ahead for the humble learning management system (Inside Higher Ed)“I think we’re in a weird place right now in the marketplace -- partly because there’s a lot of parity between the systems,” Severance said. “You can almost throw a dart at a dartboard and pick an LMS, and it won’t be that bad.”Andrew Ladd at The…
  • Photo: High school throw back.

    PersonaNonData
    3 Jul 2014 | 8:47 am
    Biggish reunion this weekend.  At one point there were five Michaels in this class.
  • Mary Meeker's 2014 Internet Trends Report

    PersonaNonData
    1 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    KPCB Internet trends 2014 from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
  • MediaWeek (V8, N26) Dangerous Literature, Newspapers, Ranking Publishers, MOOC Feedback + More

    PersonaNonData
    29 Jun 2014 | 3:47 pm
    More here: Personanondata - The Magazine  via @flipboardFrom The Chronicle of Higher Ed, a discussion on when books were dangerous:The American Library Association, which designates the final week of September as Banned Books Week, has no problem finding titles to fill its annual lists of books under siege. However, these are generally books that have been removed from particular libraries or schools, not the kind of total proscription imposed on Ulysses, as well as Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Tropic of Cancer, Naked Lunch, Lolita, and other works that have since become staples of…
 
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    Blogposts | The Guardian

  • Eric Holder: 'I'm the attorney general of the US. But I am also a black man' live Ferguson updates

    Amanda Holpuch
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Officer who threatened protesters relieved of dutyHolder meets with community leaders in FergusonGrand jury sees evidence in Michael Brown shootingNo teargas used in relatively calm nighttime protestsShare your photos and videos via GuardianWitness 6.07pm ET Heres an update on where things stand 11 days into the protests. US attorney general Eric Holder met with community members in Ferguson on Wednesday. He made personal remarks about his experiences with racism while speaking at a local community college. I am the attorney general of the United States. But I am also a black man, Holder…
  • NRL: what to look for in round 24 | Nick Tedeschi

    Nick Tedeschi
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:36 pm
    In praise of Thursday night footy; fringe teams; Kearys cutting edge; rising stars; and Sharks and AsadaAs a diehard footy fan who will finally be happy when rugby league is played 12 months a year, seven days a week, preferably in both the afternoon and at night, I am finding it a little hard to figure the outrage being unleashed on Thursday Night Football. Sure, the crowds are down but the idea is not about drawing live crowds, it is about getting big TV ratings. And that is exactly what Nine got last week with the Bunnies-Broncos clash being the highest rated show in Sydney on Thursday. It…
  • Maribor 1-1 Celtic: Champions League play-off as it happened

    Barry Glendenning
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Celtic avoided defeat and scored a precious away goal to make themselves favourite to advance to the group stages 9.36pm BST 90+4 min: Peep! Peep! Peeeeeeeep! Its finished all square in Maribor, which is a result Celtic will be happy with going back to Celtic Park next week. They were impressive in spots this evening, considering their decidedly average personnel, but made enough silly mistakes to have lost the tie. I think its fair to say they wont be causing anyone too many problems in the group stages should they go on to win this tie. 9.34pm BST 90+3 min: Were in the final minute of added…
  • The Great British Bake Off 2014 episode three as it happens

    Heidi Stephens
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Last week the lovely Enwezor was sent home, with Richards biscuits bagging him the star baker prize. But wholl rise to the challenge of bread week? Heidi Stephens follows the action 8.58pm BST So thats it for Week 3! Next week its desserts, or puddings if youre less posh, or afters if youre just filthy. Thank you all for your comments and contributions, without you down below its just me wanging on about baps, which is just tiresome. Im off to North Wales for bank holiday seaside coat-wearing, but Ill be back in plenty of time for next weeks show. Have a good week, and Ill see you then! Night…
  • Are celebrity perfumes finally starting to fade away?

    Sali Hughes
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:03 am
    Elizabeth Arden blames its fall in sales on the waning popularity of branded fragrances. One Direction's all-conquering Our Moment might have something to say about thatCosmetics giant Elizabeth Arden has reported a 25% drop in share prices and a worrying 28% fall in sales. It partly attributes its misfortune to the waning popularity of celebrity perfumes, notably its own offerings from Britney Spears, Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift. The dire figures have prompted financial pages to speculate that the age of the endorsed fragrance may be drawing to a close.If only. Celebrity perfumes brought…
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    ReadySteadyBlog

  • Robert Chandler on Kazimir Malevich

    8 Aug 2014 | 1:48 am
    There has never been a better year to look at the work of Kazimir Malevich, a pioneer of abstract art often seen as the greatest Russian painter of the twentieth century. “Malevich: Revolutionary of Russian Art,” first shown in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and now at London’s Tate Modern, is the most comprehensive exhibition of his work ever. Malevich is known above all for his Black Square (1915)—a black square surrounded by a margin of white—the most prominent of the abstract, geometric paintings he called Suprematist, first shown at the now famous “0.10” exhibition in…
  • From Communism to Capitalism

    2 Jul 2014 | 5:26 am
    Just out from Bloomsbury, Michel Henry's From Communism to Capitalism: Theory of a Catastrophe (translated by Scott Davidson): Both a unique witness of transformative events in the late 20th century, and a prescient analysis of our present economic crises from a major French philosopher, Michel Henry's From Communism to Capitalism adds an important economic dimension to his earlier social critique. It begins by tracing the collapse of communist regimes back to their failure to implement Marx's original insights into the irreplaceable value of the living individual. Henry goes on to apply this…
  • Where is our Graham Harman?

    20 Jun 2014 | 6:02 am
    As I tried to make very clear in my post on Sunday, the small and contained argument that I'm advancing is not that serious and interesting writing about books is not happening online. Categorically, it is. I listed five blogs and bloggers in my original Guardian post – This Space, David Winters, 3:AM, Flowerville, Time's Flow Stemmed – and in my follow up blog, I listed several more – John Self, Berfrois, LARB and Dan Green. Very many more wonderful book-related spaces and places could be mentioned – The Quarterly Conversation and HTMLGiant both deserve a shout, as do Marooned Off…
  • Writing in a Digital Age

    15 Jun 2014 | 3:04 am
    I was honoured to be invited to speak at The Literary Consultancy's Writing in a Digital Age conference yesterday. (A particular personal pleasure because I got to see Lynne Hatwell and Sam Leith again, and it had been far too long in both cases.) Huge thanks to the organisers for inviting me. Seemed to be a very vibrant and well run affair, and I enjoyed the discussion immensely. The conference was the occasion for writing this piece (What became of literary blogging?) for the Guardian last Monday. It was the subs at the Guardian who framed the piece thus: I hoped that blogs could provide an…
  • Musical Sunday

    15 Jun 2014 | 2:05 am
    Two music-related books to get me through Sunday... Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys by Viv Albertine (she of The Slits; if you don't know, you probably won't care, but maybe you should – she writes well about "art school, squatting, hanging out in Sex with Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren, spending a day chained to Sid Vicious, on tour with The Clash, and being part of a brilliant, pioneering group of women making musical history"). And Emily Petermann's The Musical Novel: Imitation of Musical Structure, Performance, and Reception in Contemporary…
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  • Colossal Ape Terrorises Wikipedia

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:01 am
    So you’re minding your own business in the jungle one day, when suddenly - this monkey lurches out and grabs your camera. And shoots some selfies. So the question is – who owns the copyright? No, this isn’t the silly season (although it may sound like it). Join us to explore a fascinating legal issue. Links to other stories featured in this show: Wikipedia In Weird Monkey Selfie Battle Northestern Uni files suit against author for copyright infringement Senator Quits Montana Race After Charge Of Plagiarism Tennis Writer Suspended for Plagiarism Allegation Mob Kills Woman And 2 Girls…
  • Robert Coover – The Universal Baseball Association, Inc., J. Henry Waugh, Prop.

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:55 am
    Like a precocious fireballer at top of the prospect rankings … a kid who has shown so much promise and from whom so much is expected … who has three plus pitches and is working on a fourth … whose intangibles are as off the charts as his athleticism … who is putting it all together at AAA and knocking at the door … who will make men look like boys … and who ends up THE OPPOSITE OF ALL THOSE THINGS – that’s this book. Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes From recent débuts to classics, fiction to non-fiction, memoirs, philosophy, science, history and journalism, Burning…
  • Neville Staple - Original Rude Boy

    12 Aug 2014 | 12:52 pm
    The Specials were one of the most important, vital and influential bands to come out of the post-punk explosion, the band who created the 2-Tone movement. The Coventry-based Ska combo had eight Top Ten hits including ‘A Message To You Rudy’, and the chart-toppers ‘Ghost Town’ and ‘Too Much Too Young.’ And right at the heart of them was Garry’s guest tonight Neville Staple, the roadie who became a star and then went on to have seven more hits with his next band The Fun Boy Three. Although badly hurt in a car crash a couple of years ago, the irrepressible Nev continues to work…
  • Kramer Versus The World

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:19 am
    Is the world getting weirder, or is it just us?  Listen and decide.  Links to stories mentioned in this show: Harper Lee says Marja Mills-penned bio was unauthorized Judge Says Selling Religious Books Doesn’t Affect The Job Jose Antonio Vargas detained in Texas Do you have a fair use right to publish World Cup goals? Scarlett Johansson Wins Defamation Suit Against French Author Allan Ahlberg turns down Amazon-sponsored award Author Wins Seinfeld Defamation Suit Brought by Real Life Kramer Download the show as mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes
  • The Greatest Escape

    Litopia Writers' Colony
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    You may think you know about World War Two… but you don’t. Tonight you’ll find out why. Featuring blistering contributions from our special guests Peter Grose, author of The Greatest Escape, and journalist & WWII maven, Neill Denny. Scintillating conversation and scorching debate… from Boy Scouts to Gaza, from Obamacare to Style Nazis (what?). Provocative, informative, addictive. See you next week, Litopians! Download the show as an audio file Subscribe in iTunes If you enjoy Litopia's FREE shows, please help us to keep going by making a donation!
 
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    Omnivoracious

  • YA Wednesday: Talking to Chris Weitz and Jennifer E. Smith

    Seira Wilson
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Earlier this year I had the great pleasure to sit down with two delightful YA authors to talk books.  Chris Weitz, best known for his work in film including the movie adaptations of The Twilight Saga: New Moon and The Golden Compass,  just released The Young World, a dystopian novel (the first in a series) set in New York that is also one of our August Best YA Books of the Month.   Jennifer E. Smith is the beloved author of several contemporary YA novels that deftly navigate the waters of teen relationships with humor and creativity, including this year's The Geography of You and Me.
  • Smoking Gun: 5 Crime Novels Elmore Leonard Might Have Loved

    Neal Thompson
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    A year ago, we lost a legend of American crime and suspense writing. Elmore Leonard died on this day at the age of 87, after a six-decade career that produced dozens of crime novels, westerns, and short stories, many of which found their way to big and small screens (Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Justified). Today is also the birthday of H.P. Lovecraft, whose posthumously-celebrated pulp and horror stories inspired such writers as Stephen King and Joyce Carol Oates, who once credited Lovecraft with having "an incalculable influence on succeeding generations of writers of horror…
  • Matthew Thomas Is Going to Carry That Weight

    Jon Foro
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Every year, a handful of books are singled out for big advance buzz months in advance of the fall season: debuts and "break-out" titles carrying the burdens of hope (the author's) and expectation (the publisher's). Needless to say, not all of these work out. September and October are brutally competitive as publishers line up their blockbusters and heavy hitters ahead of the holidays, and sometimes a book just doesn't live up to its pitch. Among this year's most highly anticipated books is Matthew Thomas's debut novel, We Are Not Ourselves, which we first…
  • How I Wrote It: Karen Abbott, on Maverick Women and the Civil War

    Neal Thompson
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    While sitting in Atlanta traffic years ago, Karen Abbott noticed the bumper sticker on the pickup truck in front of her: "Don't blame me, I voted for Jeff Davis." She realized that many southerners not only felt residual pride for their long-ago Confederate president, Jefferson Davis, but that they were "still fighting the Civil War down here." From those origins comes Abbott's new book, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, the story of four female spies, two from each side, including one who disguised herself as a male soldier in the Union army. The book is a…
  • Even More End-of-the-World Books: Customer Picks

    Neal Thompson
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:08 am
    Last week I wrote about a few doomsday books out this summer, including Emily St. John Mandel’s forthcoming Station Eleven, Edan Lepucki’s California and Ben Winters’s World of Trouble. I also asked for some suggestions from our Omnivoracious readers and Facebook followers. We received a handful of shout-outs for Cormac McCarthy's The Road (which was also on our original list) and lots of love for Stephen King's The Stand. On Facebook, Terry said King "brings it in that book" and Malina called The Stand "a must!"  Here are more suggestions from our…
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  • Shannon Stacey | Story Idea Fairy

    Pasha Carlisle
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    One of the most common questions asked of a writer, and one almost guaranteed to trigger that deer in the headlights look, is where she gets her ideas from. Some authors can give specific answers to that question. “I was watching a disaster movie and thought, what if those two were trapped, thinking they’d die […]
  • Terri L. Austin | Beauty and the Brit

    Pasha Carlisle
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Hello, Fresh Fiction Readers! It’s a pleasure to be here. I thought I’d tell you a little about my erotic romance, HIS EVERY NEED. It’s the first book in the Beauty and the Brit series. As a girl, I loved fairy tales, especially Beauty and the Beast. There was something so redeeming about that story […]
  • Lisa Renee Jones | The Inspiration Behind INSIDE OUT

    Pasha Carlisle
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The perfect love story in a Barnes and Noble? That’s what happened to me and it’s my love story. It’s also a story heavily on my mind as book 4 NO IN BETWEEN is released on 8-19, since the love of my life helped inspire me to write the Inside Out series, which is now […]
  • Elizabeth Lynn Casey | Characters Are Friends, Too

    Pasha Carlisle
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    From the moment I began writing the Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime in 2009, Tori Sinclair, Rose Winters, Margaret Louise Davis, Leona Elkin, and the rest of the gang became my friends. They made me laugh, they made me cry, and they made me feel like I was one of them. When […]
  • Robin Bielman | Getting Your Feet Wet

    Pasha Carlisle
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    I don’t remember my first time in the ocean, but I do remember the last time. It was just over a week ago during a weekend getaway with my hubby. You know how when you’re young, you’re gung-ho to race into the water? Who cares how cold it is? Yeah, that wasn’t me this time. […]
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  • Book Trailer Reveal and Giveaway: Compulsion by Martina Boone

    15 Aug 2014 | 5:27 pm
    Compulsion by Martina Boone Coming October 28th Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse   About the Book Three plantations. Two wishes. One ancient curse. All her life, Barrie Watson had been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lived with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead--a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.
  • YA Authors as YAs: The AdriAnne Strickland Edition + Giveaway (US only)

    12 Aug 2014 | 6:05 am
      Welcome to the latest YA Authors as YAs interview Our goal? To prove that your favorite authors — no matter how AWESOME and COOL you think they are — were once awkward, weird, and they geeked out about fandoms and guilty-pleasure music JUST LIKE YOU when they were teens. (Most of them still do, you know, and that’s totally COOL, because being yourself is the ultimate in EPIC COOLNESS.) Don’t believe me?  Maybe AdriAnne Strickland, author of WORDLESS, newly released from Flux on August 8th, 2014, can convince you with tales from her teen years…
  • It's live!! Cover Reveal: Chaos by Sarah Fine + Giveaway (US/Canada)

    5 Aug 2014 | 5:11 pm
      This week's cover reveal is here! Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for CHAOS by Sarah Fine, releasing October 7, 2014 from Skyscape/Amazon Children's Publishing. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Sarah:   Hey there, everyone! I am beyond excited to be sharing the cover and jacket copy of Chaos, the third and final book in my Guards of the Shadowlands series. I've loved the covers for Sanctum and Fractured, but Chaos takes it to a new level, one that matches the intensity of the story. My cover designer, Tony Sahara, has been incredibly…
  • Giveaway: Twyning by Terence Blacker (US & Canada Only)

    1 Aug 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Twyning Author’s Name: Terence Blacker Book’s Release Date: 9/9/14     About the Book In a harsh and dangerous world, a rat and a boy must each choose their way as their fates become inextricably linked. Efren is a young rat, unnoticed and timid among the kingdom of rats living in the London sewers. When the king dies, leaving the kingdom in upheaval, only Efren dares to journey into the human world, where he discovers a human doctor’s plan to destroy London’s entire rat population. Meanwhile, Peter, otherwise known as Dogboy, does odd jobs for both the scheming doctor and…
  • Giveaway: Monstrous Affections - An Anthology of Beastly Tales by Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant (US & Canada Only)

    1 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales Author’s Name: Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant (editors) Book’s Release Date: 9/9/14   About the Book Fifteen top voices in speculative fiction explore the intersection of fear and love in a haunting, at times hilarious, darkly imaginative volume. Predatory kraken that sing with — and for — their kin; band members and betrayed friends who happen to be demonic; harpies as likely to attract as repel. Welcome to a world where humans live side by side with monsters, from vampires both nostalgic and bumbling to an eight-legged alien…
 
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  • Sometimes, reading the book just isn’t enough – LeakyCon Lit

    Sara Danver
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Well, after the glorious, gleeful exhaustion brought on by the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, your intrepid intern still had a whole conference to attend. For those of you who haven’t heard of LeakyCon, it originally started as a Harry Potter–themed fan conference in 2009, but has since morphed into an all-out geek-fest in which fan communities from all kinds of media platforms come together to celebrate the power of story and fandom. In fact, the conference has been renamed and will be known as GeekyCon from here on — opening up to the wide, wide world of geekdom! It will not…
  • Review of At Home in Her Tomb

    Joanna Rudge Long
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    At Home in Her Tomb: Lady Dai and the Ancient Chinese Treasures of Mawangdui by Christine Liu-Perkins; 
illus. by Sarah S. Brannen Intermediate, Middle School    Charlesbridge    80 pp. 4/14    978-1-58089-370-1    $19.95 e-book ed.  978-1-60734-615-9    $9.99 Late in 1971, workers digging an air-raid shelter in Hunan Province found three tombs of a noble family from early in the Han dynasty. The oldest tomb, 
of the Marquis of Dai (d. 186 BCE), was plundered long ago. His son’s 
(d. 168 BCE) retained important artifacts, though it had been damaged during construction…
  • Matchy-matchy

    Katie Bircher
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:12 am
    When you realize your reading material coordinates with your desktop wallpaper, mug, and water glass, it may be time to admit you have a control-freakiness problem. And by “you,” I mean me. The post Matchy-matchy appeared first on The Horn Book.
  • Review of Alvin Ho: Allergic to the Great Wall, the Forbidden Palace, 
and Other Tourist Attractions

    Jennifer M. Brabander
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:04 am
    Alvin Ho: Allergic to the Great Wall, the Forbidden Palace, and Other Tourist Attractions by Lenore Look; illus. by LeUyen Pham Primary, Intermediate    Schwartz & Wade/Random    163 pp. 8/14    978-0-385-36972-5    $15.99 Library ed.  978-0-385-36973-2    $18.99    g e-book ed.  978-0-449-81986-9    $7.99 Alvin Ho, who’s afraid even when safe at home, faces previously unknown fears when his family travels to China to introduce his new baby sister to relatives. Forget fear of flying (“small enclosed spaces filled with strangers, hurtling across the sky at 600…
  • Magic School

    Roger Sutton
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:27 am
    Continuing my adventures in books for boys grown big, I’m reading Lev Grossman’s The Magicians, which I somehow missed when it came out and only noticed on the recent publication of a second sequel. It’s a story about a nice boy who thinks he’s on the way to Princeton but winds up in magic school instead, but I’m guessing everyone already knows that but me. I don’t know if it’s exactly Harry Potter for grownups but it’s certainly Harry Potter for me–Grossman gives his characters and magic AND readers a lot more breathing room than does…
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  • Original Painting of Poet's Tor House

    Rebecca Rego Barry
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:09 am
    Tor House, the iconic Carmel, California, home built by poet Robinson Jeffers, is a beautiful Tudor-style cottage. Jeffers designed the original stone cottage as a home for his wife and their twin sons. Construction began in 1918, and soon thereafter Jeffers began work on a second structure, Hawk Tower. Together, on a craggy knoll so near the sea, they seem to belong more to Ireland than coastal California. Tor House was where Jeffers did his writing, where he entertained literary friends, e.g. Sinclair Lewis, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Langston Hughes, and where he died in 1962. Now open…
  • eBay Auction for First Superman Comic Nears $2m

    Nate Pedersen
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:22 pm
    Action Comics #1, better known as the first ever Superman comic, is currently up for auction on eBay. With five days left in the auction, the bidding has already reached $1,850,101. (As of 10:30 p.m. PST on August 18th). The auction will likely exceed $2m, perhaps by a significant amount. The original price for the comic when it was released in 1938? $0.10.Long considered the "holy grail" for comic book collectors, approximately 50 - 100 copies of Action Comics #1 are thought to still be in existence. The last time the comic came to auction was in 2011 when actor Nicholas Cage sold his copy…
  • "Chocolate Factory" Cover Art Debacle

    Rebecca Rego Barry
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:40 am
    It's not often that book jacket art makes headlines, but such is the case with Penguin UK's fiftieth anniversary edition of Roald Dahl's classic of children's literature, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The new cover art for the 144-page paperback, seen here at left, was unveiled on August 6. It has been called "creepy" and over-sexualized, and, honestly, it hard not to see "Toddlers & Tiaras" in this image of a doll-eyed little blonde draped in a pink feather boa. Sarah Kaplan wrote in the Washington Post, "...it was controversial enough that bookworms worldwide tore their eyes from…
  • Happy Birthday Julia Child

    Barbara Basbanes Richter
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:11 am
    English: American cook, author, and television personality (August 15, 1912 - August 13, 2004). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Today Julia Child would be 102, and were she still alive to celebrate it, no doubt she would toast the occasion with a decadent Lobster Thermidor served with a chilled glass of pinot blanc.  When she died in 2004, the world recognized the loss of a tireless culinary and cultural visionary who reshaped the way Americans think about food. Mastering the Art of French Cooking was published in 1961 and brought about a sea change in American cuisine. The hefty 761-page tome…
  • Bright Young Librarians: Marie Elia

    Nate Pedersen
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Our Bright Young Librarians series continues today with Marie Elia, Processing Archivist with The Poetry Collection at University of Buffalo, State University of New York. How did you get started in rare books? While I was in the poetry MFA program at Columbia University, I got a job assisting the Rare Books Librarian at the New York Society Library. They were in the middle of a post-retrospective conversion project, and my job was to compare the card catalog to the MARC record; if there were discrepancies, I pulled the book to verify the information. I have to admit that I disappeared into…
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    Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

  • Books on Sale: Contemporaries with SEALs, Bodyguards, & Programmers

    sessarego1@gmail.com
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    by Amanda Love at First Sight by Lori Wilde is $3.99 at most vendors and $3.79 at Amazon. This is the first book in Wilde's Cupid, Texas, series. If you guessed that this is small town contemporary, you are totally right! Small warning: if you're expecting a cowboy, you might be a bit disappointed. Clearly the man on the cover is a Navy SEAL, as evidence by the...chaps. Despite that bit of cover confusion, readers enjoyed how the character development contributed the overall relationship between the hero and heroine. From the author of the Twilight, Texas books comes the first in a…
  • Ice Bucket Challenge: Game On

    sessarego1@gmail.com
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    by SB Sarah Yesterday, Christine Merrill tagged me in the Ice Bucket Challenge.  Dammit.    (Link)   So in return, I challenge Nalini Singh, Sarah Morgan, Angela James and Jane Litte: I believe you have 24 hours to accept the challenge.  For more information about the ALS Foundation, and the Ice Bucket Challenge you can go to the ALS website, or log on to most social media because much of the footage of people doing the challenge is really funny. Update: 9:39am ET: Sarah Morgan has completed the challenge - and challenges three of her readers in turn. …
  • Review: Beauty’s Beast by Amanda Ashley

    sessarego1@gmail.com
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    by Redheadedgirl Grade: D Title: Beauty's Beast Author: Ashley Publication Info: Zebra Sept 2 2014 ISBN: 1420135627 Genre: Fantasy/Fairy Tale Romance I know I’ve talked about my deep and abiding love for Beauty and the Beast, and the various retellings we’ve had over the years.  Some of been good.  Some have been bad.  This is just an incoherent mess. First, the hero’s name is Erik.  The heroine’s name is Kristine.  Authors, I beg you.  This is not endearing, or clever at this point- this is at least the third book I’ve read that…
  • HaBO: Trying Again With Smugglers Under Her Skirts

    sessarego1@gmail.com
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    by SB Sarah Back in 2009, Katherine was looking for a book, but alas, it wasn't identified. She's remembered more details of this book she's still hunting, and wanted to ask again. HaBO, Take Deux!  So I sent this in a few years ago, but nobody was able to ID the book for me. I've searched everything I can think of (off and on) since then, but still haven't figured it out on my own. I've remembered a bit more about the plot (but no helpful details like character names, author, etc.) so I'm hoping to appeal to the bitchery again, this time hopefully with better…
  • Books on Sale: A Susanna Kearsley Novel, Plus Popular Historical Romances

    sessarego1@gmail.com
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    by SB Sarah The Splendour Falls by Susanna Kearsley is $1.99 today! This is an older Kearsley title, originally published in 1995, I believe, and features the hallmarks of her novels: parallel storylines in the present and past, a mystery, and some romance. This book has a 3.67 star average on GR, and while some readers adored it, others felt the mix of history and contemporary plot was out of balance. I know some of you are huge Kearsley fans, though, and as her books are usually very expensive in digital format, a $1.99 sale is always worth mentioning!  Chinon-chateau of legend,…
 
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    London Review of Books

  • Tony Wood: At Tate Modern

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
  • Helen DeWitt: On Being Stalked

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    I write this with a baseball bat by the bed. A weapon that will do more damage than you can bring yourself to inflict is useless; last time I made the wrong choice. (Could I hit someone with a baseball bat? Perhaps.) This may be completely unnecessary. Or it might not. The Women’s Freedom Center of Brattleboro, Vermont has advised me to leave at once for my mother’s home in DC.
  • David Runciman: A Pound Here, a Pound There

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    In 1989, between finishing my undergraduate degree and starting on a PhD, I worked in a betting shop in Tufnell Park. It was a branch of Coral, then one of the ‘Big Three’ bookmaking firms that dominated the market (the other two were Ladbrokes and William Hill). I was a cashier, which meant I took in the bets, made a record of them and paid out to the lucky winners.
  • Letters

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The letters page from London Review of Books Vol. 36 No 16 (21 August 2014)
  • Owen Hatherley: What happened to London?

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    One simple way of grasping the magnitude of what has happened to London over the last thirty years is to compare the introductions to the first and most recent editions of Edward Jones and Christopher Woodward’s Guide to the Architecture of London. In 1983, they wrote of a city in decline, its population down by about a sixth from its postwar height.
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  • I’m Traveling to Some Country in the East to Write a Memoir About Traveling to Some Country in the East by Alex Norcia

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:01 am
    There’s no better way to make sense of the chaos surrounding my life than to pack my bags and move, temporarily, to a country in the Eastern Hemisphere. I graduated from a prestigious university last May, and my mom and dad promised me a place to stay while I braved the job hunt. However, after a few months, they started to question my motivation. I want to be a writer, but few people will pay you to write, especially the people responsible for your birth.Without notice, my parents put my childhood house up for sale the other day. They’re moving to Florida, and they didn’t invite…
  • Monologue: A Few Words from Roscoe’s Italian Eatery and Café’s Human Billboard and Doomsayer by Peter Harmelin

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    The end is coming! Your impending doom and destruction is at hand. A shameful narrative of decadence will bring civilization to its knees, and God’s wrath shall mark the end of all humankind! Act now, because you only have a limited time to enjoy Roscoe’s Italian Eatery and Café.Jesus is the light and the way! Repent! Repent! For the only path to salvation lies with Him. It was for the transgressions of all mankind that His wrists were skewered like a wooden, cellophane-tipped pick through two of Roscoe’s juicy beef patties, lettuce, tomato, onions, cheddar cheese, and a toasted sesame…
  • On the Trail of Mary Jane: This is Not Nirvana by Wendy C. Ortiz

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    A warm Sunday afternoon has us stepping into a place we think is a dispensary but is not. The chairs in the waiting room are full. A “Nirvana Clinic” sounds like a place where you might actually purchase marijuana, but we are in fact pointed to a storefront around the corner. We walk through the parking lot of a music shop and recording studio that’s blasting old R&B music out into the street. A police car happens by, going east. A woman walking towards us on the sidewalk holds the telltale prescription medicine bag—white, folded over, stapled—so I know the storefront with very…
  • I Can’t Sell This Car—It’s Too Hot. Plus, It’s the Popemobile by Keaton Patti

    19 Aug 2014 | 3:05 am
    Listen, Tony, I appreciate you stealing another car for me to flip, but this bad boy’s too hot to handle right now. Also, it’s the Popemobile, one of the most recognizable vehicles in the entire world. I mean, even with a new paint job, people are going to remember the large bulletproof glass box that takes up most of the car. You might not think people notice those sorts of things, but they do.Sure, I’ve flipped some fancy cars. Lamborghinis, Aston Martins, even a fire truck or two, but selling this could have some serious repercussions. The Popemobile’s like a relic…
  • An Interview with Curtis Sittenfeld, Guest Judge of the McSweeney’s Student Short Story Contest by McSweeney's

    19 Aug 2014 | 3:04 am
    We are thrilled to announce that Curtis Sittenfeld will be the guest judge of the first-ever McSweeney’s Student Short Story Contest! Curtis is the best-selling author of Sisterland, American Wife, Prep, and The Man of My Dreams, and her nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic Monthly, and Salon, among other places. If you have never read Curtis’s work before, the editors of McSweeney’s recommend that you rush to the store and buy one of her books. They also recommend that you read this micro-interview with her below. It is full of good advice.- - -What…
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  • New release! The Box by H. Lovelyn Bettison

    Evo
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:17 pm
    We’re on a roll with new books this week! If you’re into Magical Realism, check out The Box by H. Lovelyn Bettison: What’s in the box? Indy would sure like to know. When Tom offers Indy two thousand dollars to transport a mysterious box across the country, she reluctantly agrees to do it. Accompanied by her ex-boyfriend, Koji, and flower child friend, Eve, Indy embarks on a journey that is bound to be anything but ordinary. Not too long after their trip gets underway, they come to the realization that the box holds a force beyond their control. Will they make it to their…
  • New release! EDYL – The Reading Department by Mark Capell

    Evo
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Happy Monday! Here’s a new scifi book by an author new to the site. Please enjoy EDYL – The Reading Department by Mark Capell: It’s 2046 and Jake Radley has the career opportunity of a lifetime. But to take it he needs to acquire a strange, mysterious new skill. A skill that that could ruin his life. But a skill that is needed to find out who leaked a startling scientific discovery that has the whole world in uproar. Drama, intrigue and an extreme test of loyalties for Jake in this unique science fiction spy story.
  • New release! Broken by Cedric Johnson and Veronica Giguere

    Evo
    10 Aug 2014 | 10:16 am
    Veronica Giguere has a new title she’s narrated. It’s a joint effort between her and Cedric Johnson, and it’s entitled Broken: The city of Charlton is a city divided: Upper Charlton, where the rich and powerful work and play, and Charlton Terrace, where the poor are kept from crossing the ever-widening economic gap by corporate dynasties controlling the flow of capital, their security firms controlling the city police, and numerous gangs controlling the streets. Miranda Garren has a chance of escaping the Terrace’s oppression and making a new life for herself with…
  • New release! Space Casey Season 2 by Christiana Ellis

    Evo
    9 Aug 2014 | 5:40 pm
    If you’ve been waiting patiently (?) for Christiana to continue her hilarious audio drama — your wait is over! We’ve just added Space Casey Season 2 to the site. Enjoy! In this follow-up to the award-winning comedy-science-fiction-audio-drama: “Space Casey”, Casey the intergalactic con-artist continues her thrilling tale of adventure, fraud, and time travel!
  • New release! Journey to the Underhill Gates by P.J. Owen

    Evo
    5 Aug 2014 | 6:26 pm
    It’s a brand new book in a brand new series. Know any children or young adults into Fantasy? Have them check out Journey to the Underhill Gates by P.J. Owen: Journey to the Underhill Gates is the first book in the Seeking Daylight episodic fantasy series, written for the young and the young at heart. You’ll meet with some rather odd folks, visit some peculiar places, and get a glimpse into a world that could be found right under your nose, if you happened to know where to look for it. It is a story of adventure, of friendship, and of loss. But most of all, it’s the story of three…
 
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    The Bookshop Blog

  • My $0.02 on Amazon/Hachette

    Yooree Losordo
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:49 am
    I am very late to getting up to speed on the Amazon/Hachette dispute. I apologize in advance to those for whom this post will elicit a giant Duh. Until a few months ago, I was a clueless civilian. Today, I still only have in stock approximately 100 titles and a handful of puzzles,[Read More...] Author information Yooree Losordo Owner at On the Dot Books The post My $0.02 on Amazon/Hachette appeared first on The Bookshop Blog.
  • All About Community

    Carol Hoenig
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:05 am
    This past week Dianne and I got to attend the Hachette-NAIBA Open House in Manhattan. Peggy wasn’t able to attend since she was on vacation that had been planned for quite some time. There were many other independent booksellers in attendance from the region and it was helpful to hear[Read More...] Author information Carol Hoenig Carol Hoenig, President of Carol Hoenig, Publishing Consultant, Inc. works with authors and publishers in a variety of ways, from first drafts to putting together book proposals to creating publicity and marketing campaigns. Prior to starting her business in 2005,…
  • What Does a Bookseller Do?

    Yooree Losordo
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    I hope the readers of the Bookshop Blog can help me out here. What is a bookseller’s job description, especially when the bookstore has a staff of one? Because I have young children, I try to limit my work days to Wednesday-Friday, which are the days my elder daughter is at[Read More...] Author information Yooree Losordo Owner at On the Dot Books The post What Does a Bookseller Do? appeared first on The Bookshop Blog.
  • Shaking the Doubts

    Carol Hoenig
    4 Aug 2014 | 6:50 am
    I admit that there are occasions when I wonder if my business associates and I are delusional about opening a bookstore. Fortunately, those doubts are often put to rest when I read stories like this one: “Indie Booksellers: ‘Indispensible Players in Community Life.’” There are so many great quotes in[Read More...] Author information Carol Hoenig Carol Hoenig, President of Carol Hoenig, Publishing Consultant, Inc. works with authors and publishers in a variety of ways, from first drafts to putting together book proposals to creating publicity and marketing campaigns. Prior to…
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    Berkeley Heights Public Library Book Blog

  • A Very Unusual Visitor: Mother Mary Comes for One Week

    Anne
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:04 pm
    This review was first posted on this blog on Friday, May 16, 2008 Our Lady of the Lost and Found Last night my local book group discussed Our Lady of the Lost and Found: a novel of Mary, Faith and Friendship by Diane Schoemperlen. This was a book that I never would have read, maybe never even have heard of on my own. This shows that bookgroups can push you beyond your literary comfort zone, which, aside from the social aspects, is probably why they are so popular. Our Lady... took me into unfamiliar territory and really made me think, but it is a book that probably has narrow appeal.The…
  • Book Display: dystopia

    Fleur
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:56 am
    Check out a book with dystopian themes this month. Popular with teens these days, stories of scary, dysfunctional worlds is not a new literary theme. We have selected new books like the 'Hunger Games' series and classics like 'Animal Farm.'
  • A Day at the Reference Desk

    Anne
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Q: Does the library own a well-known university's alumni directory.A: We do not own any alumni directories, but we can search the 'Reference USA' database for people in the U.S. and Canada and we can teach patrons how to access that database from their home computer or by using library computers. Go to our 'Databases and Articles' page, find 'Reference USA', type in your library barcode number when directed.Q: Can we find an obituary in a local newspaper?A:We will be glad to look through online databases of 'The Star Ledger' and 'The Independent Press' and other resources that we have at the…
  • The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards

    Anne
    11 Jul 2014 | 9:40 am
    The library book group read Kristopher Jansma's The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards this month. The storyline simplified might be described as poor boy meets rich boy and his best rich gal pal and they all become best friends in their college years in a not-quite love triangle, but the friendship eventually breaks up and they all go their separate ways in soul-searching global journeys, only to meet again later, older and wiser. Or are they? Can leopards change their spots?But this book does not have a simple plot, in fact, this book is a book within a book within a novella as told by the…
  • Parnassus on Wheels

    Anne
    18 Jun 2014 | 12:13 pm
    "Oh, you're a librarian..," they say.Followed inevitably by,"You must read a lot."Or,"I'd like to read all day at my job..." wistfully."Ha ha, yes, so would I," is my not so clever rejoinder that is always ignored.How did I get to this librarian place? It might have been in seventh grade when Mrs. Quinn, my English teacher, assigned a 1917 book by Christopher Morley, Parnassus on Wheels, which begins: CHAPTER ONEI wonder if there isn't a lot of bunkum in higher education? I neverfound that people who were learned in logarithms and other kinds ofpoetry were any quicker in washing dishes…
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    Joe Wikert's Digital Content Strategies

  • A business model I’m sorry we’ll never see

    Joe Wikert
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    We’re all intimately familiar with the cell phone business model. Buy the phone today at a reduced price that’s subsidized by what’s typically a two-year commitment with that carrier. Other options have emerged in the cell phone arena but this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Giving readers what they truly crave

    Joe Wikert
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:09 am
    Publishers need to take a page out of the retailer playbook. You’ve undoubtedly noticed how good certain online retailers are at suggesting additional products related to the one you’re about to purchase. Amazon is arguably the king here with their... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How print is slowly killing publishers

    Joe Wikert
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:06 am
    It’s a textbook example of The Innovator’s Dilemma. The crazy part is we all know it’s a big problem and yet very few publishers are taking evasive action. I’m talking about the reliance on print, even at the expense of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Unlimited subscriptions: Five things you need to know

    Joe Wikert
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:28 am
    One of the worst kept secrets in recent history was finally unveiled last Friday when Amazon announced their Kindle Unlimited program. It has the potential to become yet another terrific service for consumers but many publishers and authors are less... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Thriving as econtent prices fall

    Joe Wikert
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:06 am
    Last week I wrote about why I believe econtent prices will continue to drop in the future. The feedback I got in a couple of LinkedIn groups and via email was mixed. Some readers agreed and others seemed to think... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    First Book Blog

  • Five First Book Favorites for Back to School

    Samantha McGinnis
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:23 am
    It’s time to go back to school! Get your kids excited about reading with First Book’s five favorite books for the new school year. If you work with kids in need, you can find these titles on the First Book Marketplace by clicking on the pictures next to the description of each book. Also be sure to visit our Back to School section for more great reads. Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes Lilly loves everything about school, especially her cool teacher, Mr. Slinger. But when Lilly brings her purple plastic purse and its treasures to school and can’t wait…
  • Books Strengthen Family Bonds

    Julia Hornaday
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:58 am
    Lydia sat with her two children in the waiting room. Her eldest read aloud from his new book, pausing every now and again to teach his mother and younger sister how to say the words in English. His little sister beamed with pride when he let her turn the page. Andrea Gatewood of the Nassau County (NY) Department of Health knows that providing new books to families like Lydia’s leads to priceless interactions. For the past ten years, she and her colleagues at the Nassau County Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program have been giving books from First Book to the local low-income women and…
  • More Than Books for Back to School

    Julia Hornaday
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:23 am
    Yesterday marked the first day of school for many kids across the country. And from Sacramento to Savannah, classroom shelves were stocked and backpacks stuffed to the brim with brand new books from First Book. For over 20 years, we’ve been in the fortunate position to help teachers get the books their students need to start school off strong. And this year we’re taking things a step further. In response to overwhelming feedback from our network of 130,000 educators and program leaders, we’re offering more tools than ever before to help kids in need read, learn and succeed. In…
  • Share Your First Day with First Book!

    Marissa Wasseluk
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:21 pm
    The first day of school is a memorable time for kids, teachers, and parents alike! We’ve started posting our back to school memories on Instagram, and we want to see yours, too! Share your pictures of a first day at school through your social media channels. They can be pictures of your class, your children, or a “vintage” photo of yourself! We’ll re-post your picture on our Instagram account, and every Monday we’ll feature one of our favorite pictures with all our fans on our Facebook page. If you’re sharing on Instagram, tag FirstBookOrg and hashtag your…
  • It’s Back to School We Go

    Samantha McGinnis
    7 Aug 2014 | 11:36 am
    Another school year is upon us. Teachers set up new classrooms for the year – decorating, planning fun ways to teach important lessons and preparing for desks full of new students. Books, new school supplies, empty notebooks wait to be filled with knowledge – all icons of a new year full of new possibilities. But as many teachers prepare, classrooms without these resources are a reality. On average, teachers spend $480 of their own money on books and resources for their classroom each year. This lack of resources doesn’t just affect teachers’ wallets. It affects their ability to…
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    Publishing Talk

  • Backdoor Routes to Getting a Literary Agent

    Kirsty McLachlan
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    This article first appeared in issue 1 of Publishing Talk Magazine. An extract first appeared on this website on 26 Sept 2012. Kirsty McLachlan of DGA Ltd answers one of your most commonly-asked questions: “How do I get an agent?” She reveals ways to get noticed – and avoid languishing in the slush pile. Let me shatter an almost universally held belief straight away: not all writers find their agents via the slush pile. Many take another route altogether. If I could present you with a pie chart of ‘ways to find an agent’, the slush pile would be a small sliver of that cake. Slush…
  • From Fantasy to Reality – How Ben Galley became a Successful Self-Publishing Authorpreneur

    Jon Reed
    1 Jul 2014 | 11:38 pm
    This article first appeared in issue 5 of Publishing Talk Magazine. Ben Galley reveals how he self-published his way to become a successful ‘authorpreneur’ at the age of 26. Ben Galley is a young self-published author of the epic and gritty fantasy series The Emaneska Series. He has published four books to date, and doesn’t intend to stop any time soon. Zealous about inspiring other authors and writers, Ben also runs the popular advice site Shelf Help, where he offers advice about writing, publishing, and marketing; and is the co-founder and director of ebook store Libiro, a…
  • 10 Ways to Win with WordPress

    Jon Reed
    27 Jun 2014 | 12:08 pm
    This article first appeared in issue 1 of Publishing Talk Magazine. Want to start a book blog? Get up and running in minutes with WordPress. WordPress is the blogging software I always recommend. It is flexible, extendible, easy to use – and free. But there is more to it than writing a personal online journal. You can use it to build a website, promote your books – and build a community. Here are 10 ways to make the most of it: Create a website. Don’t want to start blogging yet? You still need a website, even if it is a simple one-page site with your contact details. WordPress is the…
  • Don’t Panic! 6 science fiction themes that illustrate a positive future for publishing

    Alastair Horne
    16 May 2014 | 12:36 pm
    This article first appeared in issue 5 of Publishing Talk Magazine. While some publishers view digital as a dystopian nightmare, Alastair Horne considers six science fiction themes and how they illustrate a more positive future for the industry. Something not-quite-so wicked this way comes Dystopian fiction has provided the publishing industry with some of its biggest recent successes – Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games trilogy is reported to have sold more than 50 million copies in the past five years. The vision of a dystopian future that has had the greatest influence over publishing in…
  • 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…
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    University of Nebraska Press

  • People Make Publishing: Thanks to J. R. R. Tolkien

    nebraskapress
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Rob Buchanan is the sales coordinator in the marketing department.  I owe a huge debt of gratitude to J. R. R. Tolkien. The first adult books I ever read were The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I know The Hobbit is technically a children’s book, but since it led me to The Lord of the Rings books, and goes well with them, I am including it here. These are the books that began a lifelong love of fantasy books. After reading those books I spent countless hours at the local library, hunting for new books to read. I can’t remember a lot of the books I read at that time, since it…
  • From the desk of Ryan H. Edgington

    nebraskapress
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ryan H. Edgington is a visiting assistant professor of history at Macalester College. His book, Range Wars: The Environmental Contest for White Sands Missile Range is now available in hardcover and paperback.  A couple months ago, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel offered a compromise on the SunZia transmission project that in part traversed the northern call-up area of White Sands Missile Range located in south-central New Mexico. A Department of Defense site about the size of Connecticut, the missile range is the largest overland military site in the Western Hemisphere and the second…
  • The Marketeers Club: The Zeal of Reading a YA Book

    nebraskapress
    7 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    “Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” ―John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars I work in book publishing and I love to read books. This should come as no surprise. Most people who know this about me probably think that I’ve been a book worm my whole life; why else would I seek a position in the book publishing world? That, however, couldn’t be further from the truth. When I was younger I hated reading.
  • Doc Martyn's Soul: The “What If?” of Marketing Multiple University Presses

    nebraskapress
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    University presses are silos joined in many ways by bridges of varying strength. We’re connected through what we do, who we publish, the genres in which we publish, our missions, and our sense of the importance of scholarly publishing. But we’re also disparate, competing, in a sense, against each other, hoping to sell our books to the same people that are interested in another university press’ titles. We market to the same groups, often using similar techniques. This competition forces us into a silo whereby we have to withhold information or data because there is a belief that we will…
  • From the desk of Eric Brach: Remembering Billy McGill

    nebraskapress
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am
    Eric Brach is a lecturer in English at California Lutheran University and worked with Billy McGill on his book, Billy "the Hill" and the Jump Hook: The Autobiography of a Forgotten Basketball Legend (November 2013). Billy “the Hill” McGill passed away on Friday, July 11, 2014. He was 74 years old. I met Billy McGill in the spring of 2010, just before completing my graduate education at the University of Southern California. In truth, I hadn’t heard of him or his story before then. I didn’t know that he had been the No. 1 pick in the 1962 NBA draft. I didn’t know that…
 
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    800 CEO Read

  • ChangeThis: Issue 120

    dylan
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Tweet Creating a Coaching Culture: A Playbook to Build Winning Business Teams by Nathan Jamail “In business, most of our employees are not as good as they could be—not because of our love for them or our desire to make their lives better than ours, but … because most of the time we think they are not worth the effort to really coach them.” Beyond Keeping Afloat: How Established Business Can Get Breakthroughs by Tony Davila & Marc J. Epstein “What can be done to avoid the seemingly inevitable drought of innovation that comes along with building and cementing the apparatus of…
  • Authors On the Road, Changing the World – John Hope Bryant

    Aaron
    17 Aug 2014 | 2:31 pm
    TweetIn the rapidly changing world of technology and the way we utilize that technology, we often forget many of our institutions were built over the phone, forming relationships with the people with whom we wanted to do business. In a group meeting here this week, our retired founder and president Jack Covert made the argument that if we want to maintain our current relationships better than our competitors and add something to their lives that others don’t, we need to pick up the phone and have a real conversation with these people we value. We are fortunate that our business is still…
  • Jack Covert Selects – Powers of Two

    Michael
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:42 am
    Tweet Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs by Joshua Wolf Shenk, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 339 pages, $28.00, Hardcover, August 2014, 9780544031593 There is something thrilling about reading accounts of great creativity. We love when a writer can bring together a collection of anecdotes that might reveal something profound about how to ignite the creative spark and nurse it into a blaze of genius. The purpose, of course, is not mere vicarious experience; we hope we can truly take something away—a recipe for innovation—that will help us spark innovation in…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Power of Noticing

    Sally
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:35 am
    Tweet The Power of Noticing: What the Best Leaders See by Max H. Bazerman, Simon and Schuster, Hardcover, 215 pages, 9781476700298 Sandusky. Madoff. Enron. Hurricane Katrina. These are well-publicized examples of our failure to notice impending disaster. In his new book, The Power of Noticing, Max Bazerman expounds on these tales to reveal how we might learn from them in order to prevent similar calamities. As he says, “Understanding what is at work when we fail to notice is crucial to understand how we can learn to pay attention to what we’re missing.” In fact, in the worst cases, we…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The End of Absence

    Ryan Schleicher
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    Tweet The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connection by Michael Harris, Current, 243 pages, $26.95, Hardcover, August 2014, ISBN 9781591846932 Journalist Michael Harris approaches the often-discussed topic of the internet’s impact on our lives from a very specific angle: people living now who were born prior to 1985, who will be the only people in world history to know what life was like both with and without the internet. As part of this generation of people, Harris sets out to discover what we need to do to reclaim what the internet stole from everyday…
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    Duffbert's Random Musings

  • Book Review - People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop-Off Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges by Jen Mann

    Thomas 'Duffbert' Duff
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:16 am
    Yes, this is warped, but in a funny way... People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop-Off Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges by Jen Mann. I read most of this while out walking around a track, and it helped me to keep smiling when my legs were not. Jen Mann runs a blog (same name as the title of the book) where she shares stories about her life. Quite often they revolve around living in suburbia when you don't really fit the mold of all the over-achievers. Many of the stories revolve around her kids, their schooling, and the people (mostly mothers) who she runs into as…
  • Book Review - Resistant by Michael Palmer

    Thomas 'Duffbert' Duff
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:14 am
    I'm sad that Resistant by Michael Palmer is the last episode of Dr. Lou Welcome that I'll ever have the pleasure of reading. Palmer passed away as the book was being finished, so this will serve as his final work. I read that his family worked to finish it up and get it published, and I wonder if that's responsible for a few of the nagging issues I had with the story. The overall story line involves the emergence of a bacteria that is resistant to all antibiotics that doctors have available. Patients who end up with the Doomsday Germ start out with a small infection that rapidly turns toxic,…
  • Book Review - So Now You're a Zombie: A Handbook for the Newly Undead by John Austin

    Thomas 'Duffbert' Duff
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:10 am
    I didn't go to the library to get this, but it happened to be on display as a "recommended read"... So Now You're a Zombie: A Handbook for the Newly Undead by John Austin. I thought it might be a fun read and twist from the normal zombie reading material I've looked at. With it's tongue-in-cheek approach to zombie "survival", it was entertaining. Contents: Introduction - The Road to Brainville: Zombie Assessment; Safety Precautions; Zeds' Disclaimer What the Hell Am I?: Screw Responsibility!; Zombie History; Not in the Family Your Zombie Body: Body Parts of Importance; Use…
  • Book Review - The Unforgivable Fix by T. E. Woods

    Thomas 'Duffbert' Duff
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:01 am
    I recently finished The Unforgivable Fix by T. E. Woods, which is the third book in the Fixer series. I had read the second one, and was a bit confused about the characters and background (I still need to read the first one). But with the knowledge of The Red Hot Fix in hand, this one made much more sense and I really enjoyed it. I like the secret lives that many of the characters are hiding, and Lydia (the Fixer) is excellent in her role. In this installment, Mort Grant has decided to sell his house after his wife's death and daughter's departure for places unknown. He hopes to start a new…
  • Book Review - Lethal Code by Thomas Waite

    Thomas 'Duffbert' Duff
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:34 pm
    I went through Lethal Code by Thomas Waite while on vacation a couple weeks back. I had some plane and bus rides to get from point A to point B, and the book did a good job in passing the time. While I liked the cyber-thriller angle of the story, there was a fair amount of "suspension of belief" that was necessary to buy into the plot. There are definitely vulnerabilities that can be exploited by hackers, but not at the level you see here... The story line revolves around a cyber-attack on the US that cripples nearly everything... power grids, control systems, nuclear facilities,…
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    Three Percent - Article

  • Work for the NEA! [The NEA Rocks, Part III]

    Chad W. Post
    12 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    In a different time in my life, I would’ve jumped on the chance to apply for this job at the NEA: As the Grants Management Specialist (Literature), you will be responsible for the following tasks: Review, organize, and process organizational grant applications from the Literature field, and follow these applications through the complete review process from receipt to final report. Use expertise in the Literature field to serve as liaison between the Agency and field concerning applications, grants, guidelines, and related policies and issues affecting that field. In consultation with…
  • "The Art of Empathy: Celebrating Literature in Translation" [The NEA Rocks, Part II]

    Chad W. Post
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    Also announced today is the NEA’s publication of The Art of Empathy: Celebrating Literature in Translation, a free book comprised of nineteen pieces on translation from a host of translators, publishers, advocates, professors, and readers. Here’s a bit about the collection from NEA Director of Literature, Amy Stolls: Translation is an art. It takes a great deal of creativity and patience to do it well, not to mention a deep knowledge of a writer’s language, place, and oeuvre. But it also takes fortitude, for translators are notoriously underpaid and underappreciated, their names…
  • 2015 Literature Translation Fellows [The NEA Rocks, Part I]

    Chad W. Post
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Bunch of interesting stuff from the National Endowment for the Arts today, starting with the announcement of the FY 2015 NEA Literature Translation Fellowship Recipients. You can read the whole announcement and descriptions of all the projects here, but below is the list of the winners and a few projects that caught my eye. First, this year’s recipients: Rosa Alcalá Douglas Basford Wendy Call Enriqueta Carrington Alexander Cigale Jennifer Croft Bruce Fulton (in collaboration with Ju‐Chan Fulton) Katherine M. Hedeen Cynthia Hogue Jawid Mojaddedi Philip Pardi Sarah Ponichtera Jacquelyn…
  • A 14-Hour Zen Koan Shoved Though My Soul [Some August Translations]

    Chad W. Post
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:35 am
    Another month, another preview that’s late. This month caught me a bit by surprise though—how is it possible that the new academic year starts in three weeks? It just doesn’t seem right. So in the spirit of “How I Spent My Summer Vacation” essays, I thought I’d kick off this month’s list of books with some info and pics from the insane 176-mile bike ride I made to Niagara Falls and back. I’ve been talking about doing this for years now, and friends were always intrigued to do it with me. You can ride all the way to Buffalo along the Erie Canal,…
  • Buenos Aires Review #2

    Chad W. Post
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    The new issue of the Buenos Aires Review is now online, and features the following: BAR#2 features new fiction by Liliana Colanzi (Bolivia) and Thibault de Montaigu (France), as well as poetry by PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award-winning Ishion Hutchinson (Jamaica). Reviews and essays by Sam Rutter, Ernesto Hernández Busto and Stanley Bill and a walk through the Bibliothèque nationale de France with Victoria Liendo. The piece from this that jumped out at me is Samuel Rutter’s The Internet as Novel, which is about Open Letter author Carlos Labbe’s latest novel, Piezas secretas contra el…
 
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    HBR.org

  • Fixing a Work Relationship Gone Sour

    Amy Gallo
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Sometimes you get stuck in a rut with someone at work — a boss, a coworker, a direct report. Perhaps there’s bad blood between you or you simply haven’t been getting along. What can you do to turn the relationship around? Is it possible to start anew? What the Experts Say The good news is that even some of the most strained relationships can be repaired. In fact, a negative relationship turned positive can be a very strong one. “Going through difficult experiences can be the makings of the strongest, most resilient relationships,” says Susan David, a founder of the Harvard/McLean…
  • How Google Has Changed Management, 10 Years After its IPO

    Walter Frick
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:45 am
    Google went public 10 years ago today, and since then has dramatically changed the way the world accesses information. It has also helped shape the practice of management. Staying true to its roots as an engineering-centric company, Google has stood out both for its early skepticism of the value of managers as well as for its novel, often quantitative approaches to management decisions. Along the way it became famous for its reliance on exceedingly difficult interview questions — later abandoned — and its “20% time” policy — reportedly on its way out. In honor…
  • How to Present to a Small Audience

    JD Schramm
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    It’s easy to associate delivering presentations with standing in front of an audience and gesturing toward projected slides. However, many meetings or pitches involve fewer than ten participants in a room, where everyone remains seated and walks through the same slide deck together. This is quite a different scenario with greater constraints on the presenter and fewer tools to engage the audience. But thoughtful planning and awareness of nonverbal cues can make these “non-presentations” successful. When preparing for a seated presentation, certain tools like a lectern, projector, or…
  • The Most Productive People Know Who to Ignore

    Ed Batista
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    A coaching client of mine is managing partner at a very large law firm, and one of the issues we’ve been working on is how to cope more effectively with the intense demands on his time—clients who expect him to be available, firm partners and other employees who want him to address their concerns and resolve disputes, an inbox overflowing with messages from these same (and still other!) people, and an endless to-do list. Compounding this challenge, of course, is the importance of making time for loved ones and friends, exercise, and other personal needs. When faced with potentially…
  • 3 Behaviors That Drive Successful Salespeople

    Ryan Fuller
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Most people consider selling to be an art rather than a science: some people have it and some people don’t. But this leaves a lot of uncertainty in what is often a company’s most profitable department, and it makes managing a high-functioning sales force notoriously difficult. The prevailing thinking is that the amount of time salespeople spend with customers is the most important determinant of how much they are able to sell. But recent research has uncovered an even more powerful leading indicator: the size and quality of a salesperson’s network inside their own company.
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    Books on the Nightstand

  • BOTNS #294: Jacket Copy, plus Two Books by the Same Author

    Michael Kindness
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Remembering what happened in a series. A question about jacket copy. We recommend What We See When We Read and Cover, both by Peter Mendelsund. Series Confusion Angela from Wisconsin asks how to complete the details in a book series fresh in your mind when there is often a year or more in between books. My trick is to first check out the book’s Wikipedia page, as the book synopsis can be quite detailed, and can be enough to refresh your memory. If you’re trying to remember what happened in the books of George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series, you should…
  • BOTNS #293: Murakami Madness

    Ann Kingman
    11 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    It’s here! The new novel from Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, is officially on sale. We can’t attend one of the many midnight parties, so we’re having our own, with this “early release” episode of BOTNS!     We’re honored to host two special guests on this week’s “Murakami Madness” episode of Books on the Nightstand. Tonight at midnight, independent bookstores across the US will be hosting Murakami parties where fans can be among the first to purchase Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years…
  • BOTNS #292: P.S. Duffy and Kelly Corrigan

    Ann Kingman
    5 Aug 2014 | 6:29 pm
    First, a note about author P.S. Duffy’s response to our “Read Whatever You Want” episode, and a tease about next week’s podcast. Then, authors P.S. Duffy and Kelly Corrigan, live from Booktopia, VT.   A last, and special, “Read Whatever You Want” follow-up   We were honored to host author P.S. Duffy (The Cartographer of No Man’s Land) at Booktopia Vermont this past April, and it was truly wonderful to have the opportunity to spend time with such a warm and fiercely intelligent person. So we were delighted when Penny sent us a letter in…
  • A letter to Ann and Michael from author P.S. Duffy

    Ann Kingman
    4 Aug 2014 | 7:41 am
      Some of you may remember us talking about P.S. Duffy and her incredible novel, The Cartographer of No Man’s Land, a brilliant depiction of World War I and its impact on a man, a family, and a Canadian town. Cartographer is now in paperback, and I urge you all to read it. It’s a book that I keep thinking about, even now almost a year after I first read it. We were honored to host Penny (her actual name) at Booktopia Vermont this past April, and it was truly wonderful to have the opportunity to spend time with such a warm and fiercely intelligent person. So we were delighted…
  • BOTNS #291: The 2014 Booker Prize Longlist

    Michael Kindness
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Authors writing under other names. We look at the 2014 Man Booker Prize Longlist. We recommend The Other Language by Francesca Marciano and The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman.  Authors Hiding in Plain Sight Brian from Redondo Beach, CA asked why The Silkworm was published under the name Robert Galbraith, when nearly everyone knows that’s a pseudonym for JK Rowling. Authors choose pseudonyms for many reasons, two of the most popular being wanting to write in a genre different from the one in which they are already known, and wanting to have the books written pseudonymously…
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    Omnivoracious

  • YA Wednesday: Talking to Chris Weitz and Jennifer E. Smith

    Seira Wilson
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Earlier this year I had the great pleasure to sit down with two delightful YA authors to talk books.  Chris Weitz, best known for his work in film including the movie adaptations of The Twilight Saga: New Moon and The Golden Compass,  just released The Young World, a dystopian novel (the first in a series) set in New York that is also one of our August Best YA Books of the Month.   Jennifer E. Smith is the beloved author of several contemporary YA novels that deftly navigate the waters of teen relationships with humor and creativity, including this year's The Geography of You and Me.
  • Smoking Gun: 5 Crime Novels Elmore Leonard Might Have Loved

    Neal Thompson
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    A year ago, we lost a legend of American crime and suspense writing. Elmore Leonard died on this day at the age of 87, after a six-decade career that produced dozens of crime novels, westerns, and short stories, many of which found their way to big and small screens (Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Justified). Today is also the birthday of H.P. Lovecraft, whose posthumously-celebrated pulp and horror stories inspired such writers as Stephen King and Joyce Carol Oates, who once credited Lovecraft with having "an incalculable influence on succeeding generations of writers of horror…
  • Matthew Thomas Is Going to Carry That Weight

    Jon Foro
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Every year, a handful of books are singled out for big advance buzz months in advance of the fall season: debuts and "break-out" titles carrying the burdens of hope (the author's) and expectation (the publisher's). Needless to say, not all of these work out. September and October are brutally competitive as publishers line up their blockbusters and heavy hitters ahead of the holidays, and sometimes a book just doesn't live up to its pitch. Among this year's most highly anticipated books is Matthew Thomas's debut novel, We Are Not Ourselves, which we first…
  • How I Wrote It: Karen Abbott, on Maverick Women and the Civil War

    Neal Thompson
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    While sitting in Atlanta traffic years ago, Karen Abbott noticed the bumper sticker on the pickup truck in front of her: "Don't blame me, I voted for Jeff Davis." She realized that many southerners not only felt residual pride for their long-ago Confederate president, Jefferson Davis, but that they were "still fighting the Civil War down here." From those origins comes Abbott's new book, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, the story of four female spies, two from each side, including one who disguised herself as a male soldier in the Union army. The book is a…
  • Even More End-of-the-World Books: Customer Picks

    Neal Thompson
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:08 am
    Last week I wrote about a few doomsday books out this summer, including Emily St. John Mandel’s forthcoming Station Eleven, Edan Lepucki’s California and Ben Winters’s World of Trouble. I also asked for some suggestions from our Omnivoracious readers and Facebook followers. We received a handful of shout-outs for Cormac McCarthy's The Road (which was also on our original list) and lots of love for Stephen King's The Stand. On Facebook, Terry said King "brings it in that book" and Malina called The Stand "a must!"  Here are more suggestions from our…
 
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    GalleyCat

  • Publishing Jobs: Macmillan, Crown Publishing, Countryman Press

    Nadine Cheung
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:22 pm
    This week, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group is hiring a production editor, as well as a senior production editor. Meanwhile, Crown Publishing Group is seeking a marketing manager, and Countryman Press needs an editor. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro. Production Editor Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group (New York, NY) Senior Production Editor Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group (New York, NY) Marketing Manager Crown Publishing Group (New York, NY) Editor Countryman Press (New York, NY) Project…
  • ‘LOL Romantic Comedy Anthology’ Self-Published Bestsellers List

    Dianna Dilworth
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:58 pm
     LOL Romantic Comedy Anthology Collection leads the Self-published Bestsellers List this week. To help GalleyCat readers discover self-published authors, we compile weekly lists of the top eBooks in three major marketplaces for self-published digital books: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. You can read all the lists below, complete with links to each book. If you want more resources as an author, try our Free Sites to Promote Your eBook post, How To Sell Your Self-Published Book in Bookstores post and our How to Pitch Your Book to Online Outlets post. If you are an…
  • Dan Santat Completes the Ice Bucket Challenge

    Maryann Yin
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Dan Santat, a children’s books author and illustrator, has completed the #IceBucketChallenge. The video embedded above features Santat performing the activity in support of the ALS Association. Before dousing himself with the ice water, Santat requested two colleagues, Jarrett J. Krosoczka and Jenni Holm, and the Sesame Street character Elmo follow in his footsteps. Which writers would you nominate to pick up this challenge? (via Dan Santat’s Facebook page) New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.
  • New Management Could Threaten World’s Largest Sci-Fi Library

    Dianna Dilworth
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:20 am
    Science fiction author Nalo Hopkinson has raised concerns that new management at the Eaton Science Fiction Collection – the world’s largest public science fiction and fantasy library in the world housed at the University of California Riverside- could threaten the institution. Hopkinson, who teaches at the university, wrote a blog post this week claiming that  new management at the library has plans to drastically reduce the collection size. Check it out: Since spring of this year, their accomplishments have included driving out staff members and pushing changes to collection…
  • Jarrett J. Krosoczka On Finding Inspiration in a School Cafeteria

    Maryann Yin
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:10 am
    Where do you find inspiration? For Jarrett J. Krosoczka, his imagination was sparked during a nostalgic trip back to his old school cafeteria and a chance meeting with his lunch lady Jeannie. In a talk delivered at TED@NYC, Krosoczka shared the story of how he conceived the Lunch Lady graphic novel series and launched School Lunch Hero Day. We’ve embedded the full presentation in the video above. Last year, Krosoczka gave a heartwarming talk at TEDx Hampshire College about how writing and art saved his life in grade school. According to the TED blog, Krosoczka prepared this particular talk…
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    The Writing Life

  • Showing Up Is The First Step

    Terry Whalin
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:33 pm
    It may seem pretty basic but in the writing world (as well as other aspects of life), the first step is simply showing up. If a magazine requires the writer to send a one-page query letter, then you will need to learn how to write a query, then send an appropriate pitch to the publication. If you take one step, and then the next step, you will give yourself the best possible opportunity for success. Many people wonder how I've managed to get my writing into more than 50 magazines or to write more than 60 books. I have never claimed to be a fantastic writer but I am a very consistent writer.
  • 3 things you can do today to get amazing book blurbs tomorrow

    Terry Whalin
    25 Jun 2014 | 3:39 pm
    By Sandra Beckwith What’s worse than not making the effort to get glowing blurbs for your book before it’s published? Not planning ahead to make sure that you get them from the most impressive and influential people possible. While you can completely “cold call” the rock stars of your genre or industry and get cover blurbs that will make your mother proud, you’ll have a greater success rate – and work half as hard at it – if you take a few steps in advance. Why? Because you’re more likely to get a positive response from someone who knows your name than from someone who has…
  • I'm Moving Back to Colorado (Again)

    Terry Whalin
    6 Jun 2014 | 9:53 pm
    “Don't you live in Arizona?” a friend asked me recently.  “No, I've been living in Southern California for the last two years,” I explained. We moved here to be near our youngest daughter. It turned out Kim had twin boys last October and added to her two year old. We've been able to help out over the last two years during a critical time in life. I often spend my days on the phone and email speaking with different authors because of my responsibilities as an acquisitions editor at Morgan James. I was telling another author about how we were going to be moving again. She asked if…
  • Watch Your Subject Lines

    Terry Whalin
    27 May 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Over a year ago, I attended the annual American Society of Journalists and Authors Conference. I moderated a panel on how to get on the New York Times bestseller list during the conference. Because I was at the event, I was able to attend a terrific workshop from Sree Sreenivasan (@sree). He is a remarkable instructor in the area of social media and someone that I recommend you follow his wise advice.  Sree called to our attention that a Senior Feature Writer for the New York Times has his email address in his twitter profile. Why does he publicize his email address? Sree answered,…
  • When You Hit A Bad Day

    Terry Whalin
    15 May 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Let's face it head on. Everyone has a bad day. You know what I'm talking about.  When you walk out to your car and see the tire is flat—and naturally you are trying to rush off to some important meeting. Or your computer crashes in the middle of an important rewrite on an article or book and you lose hours of work because you didn't back it up.  Or you get sick and land in bed. Or someone in your family gets sick. Or a dear friend suddenly dies. Or a friend or a co-worker promises they will do something—and they don't. So it creates huge amounts of unexpected work for you or a…
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    Storytellers Unplugged

  • FORENSICS 180: IT PAYS TO PAY ATTENTION

    Robert Jones
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:44 am
    This essay might be of special interest to writers of detective and mystery novels who would like to enrich their stories by providing their readers with a gift of extra details. It might also be of general interest to many other readers, especially those who are CSI and NCIS fans. The ADDITIONAL INFORMATION section of this essay contains material found during research. It is not always closely related to the main subject of the essay, but is thought to be interesting. This piece departs from my usual fare in that a victim is not saved or a crime is not solved or avenged thanks to some new…
  • Thomas Sullivan: CATCH A FALLING STAR, ONE FOOT IN ATLANTIS and PANDORA

    Thomas Sullivan
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:07 am
    Another round of what seems to be your favorite format is on the docket.  “Will the Jury [You] please be seated and the Witness [Me] sworn in? August Q&A is now in session.” Q: [Bloomfield Hills, MI, and others] So glad to read that you are finally coming out with CASE WHITE. A: Would you believe I’ve been sitting on this novel for well over three decades despite several lucrative near-agreements to bring it out in paper/hardcover/e-book?  It’s been a predicted blockbuster, but whether or not it gets attention or is lost in the e-book marketplace, it is time to get on with my…
  • Sea of Voices, or, A Question of Character

    Alma Alexander
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    At the Cascade Writers Conference in Seattle, over the weekend of July17-20 2014,I gave an hour-long talk entitled “Sea of Voices”. This is not, exactly, a transcript. More of a “retelling”. But this is the gist of what I had to say at the conference, repackaged for a wider audience.   “How many people are in this room?” I asked the audience at my talk, and I saw them start turning around to start counting heads. “No,” I interrupted, “not how many warm bodies. How many people. Let me introduce you to the ones that are currently up here at the front of the room, with me.
  • FORENSICS 179: WHAT IS THAT ODOR?

    Robert Jones
    19 Jul 2014 | 6:28 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. Kindly note that the characters and locations in the following essay are fictitious and have been created to represent persons and places associated with a possible crime solved with the aid of an unusual, but real, forensic method. The telephone call was directed to the office of Captain Billy Miller, who was in…
  • Thomas Sullivan: TWEETING A NOVEL or FICKLE FIREFLIES at MIDNIGHT

    Thomas Sullivan
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:29 am
    Tweets are for Twits. …and also for visionaries, sages and gods on the verge of creation – i.e. writers in the throes of inspiration. That’s because simple one-sentence summaries are essential for clarity of thought. They are like single seeds full of promise, whereas unpruned gardens can easily bloom into tangles. Getting bloomers down to briefs is…um, as basic as underwear. So, a tweet-size summary will sharpen and consolidate your wits. And if brevity is the soul of wit, it can also be the thumbprint of a character, the skeleton of a sketch, the pulse of a short story, and even…
 
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    Paulo Coelho's Blog

  • Vacations

    Paulo Coelho
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:16 pm
    Begona Miguel of the Huelgas Monastery says: “San Juan de La Cruz teaches us that silence has its own music; it is silence that enables us to see ourselves and the things around us. “I would like to add that there are words that can only be said in silence, odd as that may seem. […]
  • Publication dates

    Paulo Coelho
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:08 pm
  • 10 SEC READ: Angels talk

    Paulo Coelho
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Conversation in heaven Abd Mubarak was on his way to Mecca when one night he dreamed that he was in heaven and heard two angels having a conversation. “How many pilgrims came to the holy city this year?” one of them asked. “Six hundred thousand”, answered the other. “And how many of them had their […]
  • The day I turned 60

    Paulo Coelho
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:48 pm
    At 23:15 on the 23rd of August I went to Lourdes so that at exactly 00:05 of the 24th, the moment I was born, I could be at the grotto of Our Lady to thank her for my life up to that moment and ask her to protect me from that moment on. It was […]
  • Paulo Coelho Discusses the 25th Anniversary Edition of The Alchemist

    Paulo Coelho
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:21 pm
    What originally inspired you to write The Alchemist? Coelho: My dream was to be a writer. I wrote my first book in 1987, The Pilgrimage, after completing my own personal pilgrimage from France to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. After that I thought, “Why did it take me so long to fulfill my dream?” So I […]
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    Advanced Fiction Writing

  • Want to Take a Thrill Ride With Me?

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

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

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

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

    Randy Ingermanson
    30 Apr 2014 | 12:22 pm
    So you’re writing a novel and it’s a Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, but somebody told you head-hopping is a no-no, and now you’re worried because you like head-hopping. What’s the deal? Agata posted this question on my “Ask A Question For My Blog” page: Hi Randy, I’ve been reading your blog and it’s amazing. I’m planning/writing a novel and your posts are incredibly helpful in organizing everything. I’m writing here because I have a dilemma about the POV characters. I have two POV characters, sometimes they have their own scenes and…
 
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    Living 2 Read

  • Everyday Life

    16 Aug 2014 | 4:27 pm
    What possessed me? Why did I want to read volume one of a six volume autobigraphical novel, translated from Norwegian, short on plot, frequently described in reviews as boring and banal? But My Struggle by Karl Ove Knausgaard has also generated a firestorm of interest, both in Europe and the US, generating lavish praise from literary figures and bitter criticism from a few unimpressed critics, as well as from family members who objected to Knausgaard's frank depictions.So, what's it like? It's like being inside someone's head. You're a witness to everything Karl Ove is thinking, from his…
  • Act Three

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:36 pm
    How would the story of “Pride and Prejudice” look through Mr. Darcy's eyes? In fiction we're always locked into the view that the narrator chooses. But Jane Gardam, God bless her, has broadened the vista. In “Old Filth” she gives us Edward Feathers - Raj orphan, QC and judge in Hong Kong, husband of Betty, sworn enemy of fellow QC Terry Veneering – looking back on his life from old age. In "The Man in the Wooden Hat" it's Betty's turn, and unsurprisingly much looks different from her perspective, and secrets unknown (or maybe not?) to Edward are revealed. Now the third leg of the…
  • Stages of Life

    11 Jul 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Late in Tessa Hadley's Clever Girl, main character Stella muses that “the highest test was not in what you chose, but in how you lived out what befell you”. She is certainly talking about herself. Each of the book's ten chapters describes what 'befell' Stella in a period of her life, from her childhood with a single mother in postwar Bristol England in the early 1960's, to her own single motherhood and commune life in the 70's, to her married middle age. (If you are a New Yorker reader you may recognize some of the early chapters, which appeared there as short stories). Although Stella…
  • Act II

    24 Jun 2014 | 4:19 pm
    What if the most exciting part of your life occurs before you're old enough to appreciate it? In some ways that's what happened to Jules Jacobson in Meg Wolitzer's “The Interestings” (See my blog). For Joan Joyce in Maggie Shipstead's Astonish Me it comes when, after she has slavishly devoted herchildhood and adolescence to ballet, she is accepted into a company and moves to New York. There she confronts what must be the case for many talented young people – she is very good but she will never be great. And she meets someone who is great – the charismatic Russian dancer Arslan…
  • Summer Friendships

    10 Jun 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Is summer camp a rite of passage? If so, it's one I missed. But for the six characters in Meg Wolitzer's The Interestings, the bond they form in the 70's at a summer arts camp informs their lives for the next three decades. For Julie Jacobson, who arrives in camp as a suburban nonentity and leaves as 'Jules' with five sophisticated urban new best friends, the camp experience is especially transformative. The camp has given them all the sense that they are talented and special, destined for extraordinary lives. In the power center of the six are the Wolf siblings Ash (sister) and Goodman…
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    RobAroundBooks

  • Behind the Pen: John Steinbeck on the life and death sequence of book writing

    Rob
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:23 am
    I have always considered that while some writers must be glad to see the back of a book they’re working on, most must feel quite sad and melancholic about coming to the end, and letting go of something they have devoted much time and effort to. They have, after all, grown to know their book and have become intimate with it, and then suddenly the relationship is torn. For some I guess, book writing is much akin to being embroiled in a series of love affairs, and as John Steinbeck writes in the preface to a collection of his short novels, it very much is. But while the writer moves on so…
  • Rob Reports: Spoken Word Sundays – The Appletree Writers at The Fringe

    Rob
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:44 pm
    I took time out of Charlotte Square yesterday to go and visit the Appletree Writers in one of their ‘Spoken Word Sundays’ events, which are running on three consecutive weekends during the Fringe Festival. Formed in 2012, the Appletree Writers are a community group who support other writers through workshops, events, and publishing etc. They’re a lively bunch, as their website would suggest, and yesterday they invited writers from the Scottish Writers’ Centre to their venue set in a close (alley) just off The Royal Mile – ideally suited to all things bookish – to…
  • Site News: Returning from silence, an apology

    Rob
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:21 am
    Dear all, Before I get back into a full-on posting schedule on RobAroundBooks, I feel I should say a little something about the past few months. I don’t usually go in for these ’navel gazing’ kind of posts – mainly because I consider them unprofessional and a bit needy – but I feel the desire to draw a line in the sand before moving on. Right now I’m in the midst of EdBookFest, and I’m feeling like something of a fraud (especially on Twitter) given that I’ve suddenly burst into activity and noise after months of silence. But truth be told I’ve needed something as…
  • Behind the Pen: Norman Mailer on the influences of Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner

    Rob
    2 Mar 2014 | 6:52 am
    Remarkably, Dwayne Raymond’s Mornings with Mailer (Harper Perennial) has sat untouched on my bookshelf for four years. Or rather it had done until I randomly picked it up on Friday and began reading it. This tender and intimate memoir, which recalls the spring of 2003 to November 2007 when the author suddenly and quite unexpectedly found himself working as Norman Mailer’s personal assistant in the Cape Cod town where they both lived, is a peach of a book and I highly recommended it. There are few titles which grab me from the very first paragraph but Mornings with Mailer certainly did.
  • Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2014 longlist announced

    Rob
    2 Feb 2014 | 12:05 am
    This year’s Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award longlist has been announced, revealing a selection of longlisted short stories described as ‘the most wide-ranging yet’. Now its fifth edition, the world’s richest prize for a single short story contains an international longlist of sixteen authors which include two Pulitzer winners (Elizabeth Strout and Adam Johnson), a former Man Booker shortlister (M J Hyland), and three 2013 Granta Best of Young Novelists (Tahmima Anam, Jenni Fagan and Taiye Selasi). Also joining the 2014 longlist – selected this year by novelist…
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    The Millions

  • Agent of Chaos

    Thomas Beckwith
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Recommended Reading: Daniel Marc Janes on the fictional namesakes of London’s mayor.
  • Lateral Moves

    Thomas Beckwith
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    What happens when a literary fiction writer tackles YA? If that writer is Sherman Alexie, he produces an award-winning book that rivals the quality of his books in other genres. At the Ploughshares blog, Annie Cardi writes about writers who’ve made this transition, including Alexie, Roddy Doyle and Louise Erdrich. You could also read our survey of high school students on the best YA books of 2013.
  • Roughing It

    Thomas Beckwith
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Coming this fall: a newly published autobiography that Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote before she decided to retool her life story into the Little House on the Prairie books. Originally intended for an adult audience, Pioneer Girl gives a decidedly unsanitized account of Ingalls Wilder’s life, including love triangles, deadbeat fathers and episodes of drunken abuse. In The Telegraph, Rosa Prince compiles a preview of the new book.
  • Holy Land

    Thomas Beckwith
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    In the 1880s, a group of rural Illinoisans formed a Christian sect that believed that a local woman, Dorinda Beekman, was the new Jesus Christ. When Mrs. Beekman died, a follower of hers claimed that her spirit lived inside him; as the new leader of the sect, he moved his followers into a barn and named it Heaven. At The Paris Review Daily, Dan Visel looks back on this odd chapter of history, as well as the novel it inspired. (Related: Eric Shonkwiler on the literature of the Midwest.)
  • The Importance of Being Feminist

    Thomas Beckwith
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Liked watching Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED Talk last year? Then consider picking up a copy of We Should All Be Feminists. The longform essay, now published as an ebook original, was adapted from topics Adichie touched upon in her speech, among them the importance of being a feminist in the twenty-first century. You could also look back on Adichie’s Year in Reading piece.
 
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    Boomerang Books Blog

  • Awesome Author Interview: Adam Wallace

    Romi Sharp
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:38 am
    I recently had the pleasure of meeting funny man and children’s book author, Adam Wallace, creator of titles including Mac O’Beasty, The Negatees, The Pete McGee series, Jamie Brown is Not Rich, and Better Out Than In. I am even more fortunate that he has agreed to answer some of my questions! Firstly, congratulations on being […]
  • Children’s Book of the Year

    Joy Lawn
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:38 pm
    It is the time to celebrate the CBCA Books of the Year: a plethora of excellent books. No one will be be surprised that Shaun Tan’s inimitable Rules of Summer has won Picture Book of the Year. From a visual literacy perspective, it excels in composition – what is put where and how distance and […]
  • Artfully Yours – Connecting with Picture Book art

    Dimity Powell
    17 Aug 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Today officially heralds the start of the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book Week 2014. This year’s theme: Connect to Reading – Reading to Connect can be interpreted in many ways just as ones connection with art can take place on several levels. I have long purported that the humble picture book is one […]
  • Review – Never Let Me Go by Kazou Ishiguro

    Jon Page
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:01 pm
    I’ve been on a bit of backlist bender lately and with one of my favourite books of 2014 being compared to this I thought I’d give it ago. This is one of the most haunting coming of age novels I have ever read. Set in England in an alternative late 1990s the story is narrated by Kathy […]
  • Vanguard of Debut Children’s Authors

    Joy Lawn
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:05 pm
    A surge of debut novels by talented Australians for children and young adults may be on the way. Deryn Mansell’s Tiger Stone  (Black Dog Books), an original, intricate mystery set in fourteenth century Java for upper primary and junior secondary readers and Caro Was Here by Elizabeth Farrelly (Walker Books) are some forerunners. Caro Was […]
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  • Treasures Abound at the 2014 Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair

    Lily King
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:17 pm
    The 2014 Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair is just around the corner, on Saturday, October 11, and Sunday, October 12. The fair will take place at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, on the north side of Seattle Center, home of the Space Needle and site of the 1962 World’s Fair. Get directions. Tickets are just $5.00 at the door and are good for both days. Kids under 12 are admitted free. Sponsored in part by AbeBooks.com, the fair will feature 88 booksellers from the United States, Canada and Europe. There will be no shortage of antiquarian books, maps, prints, and ephemera to tempt you,…
  • Blood, violence and grit in real life Little House on the Prairie

    Jessica Doyle
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Laura Ingalls Wilder‘s books about life as a pioneer girl have been enjoyed by children and parents for decades for their wholesome and entertaining tales about farm boy crushes and making syrup in the snow. The books are autobiographical, but as the LA Times reports, Wilder’s series sheltered young readers from the grittiness of the pioneer girl’s real life. In the 1920s Wilder wrote a true-to-life memoir that exposed real-life’s horrors, but it was deemed too violent and no one would publish it. Nearly a century later, the University of South Dakota State…
  • 1951 manual to the first computer game sells for $4,200

    Richard Davies
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:44 pm
    The Ferranti Nimrod Computer Manual from 1951 (pic supplied by Any Amount of Books) A copy of the manual for the first computer game has been sold for 2,500 (around $4,200) by Any Amount of Books in London via AbeBooks. The Ferranti Nimrod Digital Computer Manual is a key piece of technology and gaming history. The game in question is a long way from Minecraft and Angry Birds – it’s a match-stick game called Nim that was played in the French movie L’Année Derniere a Marienbad and is said to have originated in China. Here’s a link to a game. The computer was built to play the…
  • My used bookstore find – a vintage Penguin edition of The Gun by CS Forester

    Richard Davies
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    The Gun by CS Forester During my family’s recent road-trip vacation, I picked up this beautiful vintage Penguin paperback of The Gun by CS Forester in a little used bookstore in Cranbrook, British Columbia. It’s a 1959 edition and looks as if it has not been read as the spine is not creased. Not bad for $2 used book. I cannot wait to read it. I had been reminded about this novel after recently reading a biography of Cary Grant. Poo-Poo and the Dragons by CS Forester Grant starred in the movie adaptation of The Gun in 1957 along with Sophia Loren in her first English language role. The…
  • Paws for thought: bronze Scottie dog bookends sell for $6,000

    Richard Davies
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:47 am
    A pair of bronze Scottie dog bookends sculpted by famed animal artist Marguerite Kirmse (1885-1954) have sold for $6,000 on AbeBooks. They are the most expensive bookends to ever sell on AbeBooks and were the 10th most expensive item to sell on the marketplace in July. The Scottie pictured to the right is signed by Kirmse. The English-born artist contributed drawings and etchings to many magazines and books, including Eric Knight’s classic children’s story, Lassie Come Home. Her prints and illustrated books are very collectible. Kirmse lived in Connecticut where she raised…
 
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    The Creative Penn

  • The Intricacies Of German Translation. Plus German Pentecost Print Giveaway And Ebook On Sale

    Joanna Penn
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:56 pm
    It’s fantastic to hold your book in your hands … and it’s faintly fantastical to hold a book with your name on it when the interior is in a different language! In a continuation of the translation adventure, Pentecost, Ein ARKANE Thriller is now available in print as well as ebook formats and on special this week. Plus, my reclusive, literary translator finally comes on the blog to reveal some of her secrets … Read German? Or please pass on to friends! Pentecost is on sale at 99c 19 – 22 August for the ebook here on Amazon and here on iBooks You can also join the…
  • Writing Non Fiction As A Side Hustle With Nick Loper. Podcast Episode 192.

    Joanna Penn
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:22 pm
    Writing books can be a way of life as well as a full-time living, but it can also be a side-hustle, something you do on the side to make some extra income. Today’s guest, Nick Loper, juggles a number of side hustle jobs stitched together to make a full-time entrepreneurial career, only one of which is writing non-fiction. In the intro I mention the escalation of the Hachette/Amazon dispute with the launch of ReadersUnited and my own reaction to it, an update on the business book for authors, and if you’d like to support the show by funding my time, you can now do so on Patreon.
  • Editing And The Writing Craft. Tips From An Editor

    Joanna Penn
    10 Aug 2014 | 11:25 pm
    This is a continuation of the editing Q&A with my fiction editor, Jen Blood, based on questions submitted to me in a recent survey. You can read the first half of the interview here. It covers the different types of editing, how to find the right editor, price range and dealing with feedback. Here’s the second part. How does the drafting, editing and rewriting cycle work? In general, my advice to writers is to breeze through the first draft as quickly as possible. There may be times you’ll need to go back to rework sticky plot points or address other major structural issues, but…
  • Author Entrepreneur. Go Direct And Sell To Your Customers With Jim Kukral

    Joanna Penn
    6 Aug 2014 | 11:18 pm
    Multiple sales channels are a way to prevent being dependent on one source of revenue, and authors need to be aware of all ways to make income from their books. I recently wrote about my options to sell direct to customers, and today, I discuss this further with Jim Kukral, a veteran of the online business world. In the intro I discuss my recent trip to Toronto where I spoke at the Kobo HQ, as well as the launch of Delirium and an update on the business book for authors. This podcast is sponsored by Kobo Writing Life, which helps authors self-publish and reach readers in global markets…
  • Author Entrepreneur. How To Sell Books And Products Direct To Customers

    Joanna Penn
    2 Aug 2014 | 11:58 pm
    An important consideration for your business is diversity of income streams. You don’t want to be over-dependent on one source for your money, because if it dries up, you will suffer immediately and your business may fail. You will end up with no power in that relationship, and no choice but to do what that company wants in order to continue working with them. The Amazon/Hachette dispute has been the catalyst for my own move into direct sales of books, even though I have been selling courses online for a number of years now. Amazon represents 60% of Hachette’s ebook sales in the…
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    WritersDigest.com

  • Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 276

    Robert Lee Brewer
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:24 am
    If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out my announcement of the 2015 Poet’s Market. (Click here.) For this week’s prompt, write a news poem. When I’m really in a creative rut, there’s one constant source of new ideas for me: the news! There are the big headlines; there’s the sports page, the comics, and the advertisements. One of my former professors (James Cummins) would have us read the “News of the Weird” for ideas. There’s always plenty happening in the world to prompt a poem. Note of caution: Remember that news is (or should be)…
  • Conquer the Dreaded Synopsis: Construct Your Ultimate Sales Tool – Aug. 21 Webinar With Agent Nephele Tempest

    Brian A. Klems
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:19 am
    A strong, compelling synopsis serves as a vital sales tool at every stage of your career. Whether you are a new writer starting to submit to agents or a multi-published author proposing a project to your editor, you need to be able to write a synopsis that meets your needs. That means not only writing an interesting synopsis that shows off your project to its best advantage, but tailoring it to suit different purposes. A synopsis written from a completed manuscript differs from one written as part of a proposal. In this live 90-minute webinar — titled “Conquer the Dreaded Synopsis:…
  • Research Before You Send a Query Letter

    Chuck Sambuchino
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Let me first begin by saying I love working as a literary agent. Since opening Greyhaus Literary Agency in 2003, I have had the chance to work with a lot of great writers, agents and publishers. Let’s face it – there are very few jobs out there where we get to do something many consider simply a hobby. However, with all of the great things about the job, the one thing I hate the most (and I know many other agents and editors feel the same way) is the part about writing rejection letters to authors. This is simply not a fun activity. Now, there are really two different types of rejection…
  • 2015 Poet’s Market: What It Is and How to Buy It

    Robert Lee Brewer
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:28 am
    When I started writing poetry more than 20 years ago, I didn’t have ambitions of publication or poetic greatness, but I did have a target audience: originally, a girl to impress. Later on, I became my own target audience. Eventually, I yearned to share my words with others and had no idea how to do it. Plus, I had no comprehension of what contemporary poets and poetry meant. 2015 Poet’s Market Trying to demystify and enlighten the poetic process has been one of my goals with this blog, but it’s also a driving force behind my editorial strategy with the Poet’s Market.
  • Todd Davis: Poet Interview

    Robert Lee Brewer
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:26 am
    Please welcome Todd Davis to the Poetic Asides blog. He’s authored and edited 13 books, including the poetry collection In the Kingdom of the Ditch. Todd Davis Davis teaches creative writing, American literature, and environmental studies at Penn State University’s Altoona College. His other three full-length poetry collections are The Least of These, Some Heaven, and Ripe. His poetry has been featured on the radio by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac and by Ted Kooser in his syndicated newspaper column American Life in Poetry. Learn more at todddavispoet.com. The…
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    Better World Books

  • Educators: Come fill up a box full of books!

    Better World Books
    8 Aug 2014 | 5:59 am
    Worldwide literacy is our mission, and we know it’s just as important in Mishawaka, Indiana as it is in Matugga, Uganda. We deeply appreciate our teachers, librarians, day care providers and home-schoolers, who often purchase reading material for their students out of their own pockets. To help them build their classroom libraries (and often give books to kids with limited access to books), we will be holding our annual Teacher’s Sale. Date: Saturday, August 16, 2014 Time: 9 AM – 3 PM (Rain or shine!) Location: Our Mishawaka Warehouse (Parking lot) 55740 Currant Road…
  • B Corporations Making Headlines

    Better World Books
    4 Aug 2014 | 11:10 am
    B Corporations have been making news lately. The New York Times recently wrote about Patagonia’s “revolutionary material” as they make surfing more planet-friendly, and The New Yorker reports on the B Corporation movement by way of Warby Parker and others. (A tip of our collective hat to Dave Pell for sharing these!) Click here for more news about B Corporations as more and more organizations decide that doing good is a critical component for doing business. (Image credit: Jim Wilson / The New York Times)
  • LEAP Grant Follow-up: Biblioteca Comunitaria Dr. William House

    Better World Books
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    You may recall LEAP Grant winner Biblioteca Comunitara Dr. William House and their literacy project “Traveling Story Time,” which visits local schools without functional libraries, lending reading materials and performing readings to the students. They’ve just sent in a fresh batch of photos to show you how it’s going! Coordinator Vanessa Harb speaks about the importance of reading aloud to children to a local tv news reporter in front of our children’s section of the library. This little girl is allowed to touch and play with a book by herself for the first…
  • This week: Book for Book… for Book!

    Better World Books
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    It’s one thing to donate a book every time you buy one. It’s two things to donate two! For three(-ish) days, we doubling our donations—that means not one but two books to our literacy partners for every book purchased on the website. No matter if it’s used or new, this doubles the impact of the donation enabled by your book order for places in the world where books are more difficult to come by. So if you’re feeling a little guilty about your reading budget, consider the difference you’re making in someone’s life. And don’t forget to participate in…
  • Young readers shared these books. And these awesome notes.

    Guest Contributor
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:28 am
    One of the things that inspires us to work here at Better World Books is to join the mission towards literacy. Bringing books to places where books are hard to come by, raising funds around the world, saving books from landfills and finding your old favorite books a home. However there are those days; those Summer days where we would love to be at the beach or by the pool reading our own favorite book as days get hectic here at our warehouse where all the magic happens. It’s very easy to get distracted by everyday life and the stress seems to overcome our little bubble but then we get…
 
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    JetPak Studio

  • Brand new Ink Drawing!

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    It's been a while since I've done a new ink drawing. Today I had to take my car back to have them repair the mistakes from yesterday's repair. So I brought my sketchbook and did 4 new drawings while waiting. Here's the first one.
  • Art for front of Exhibit Map for History Museum!

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:32 am
    It's finally done!!! It took all of summer to make changes and rearrange things but the front and back are finished and waiting for the text. I'll post the back of the map soon.
  • New drawing from this last week...

    15 Aug 2014 | 11:08 am
    I call this one "The iPad Generation"... look up every once in a while will ya'!
  • Paired down Robots...

    13 Aug 2014 | 3:32 pm
    I simplified the robots I did a few weeks ago... 
  • The "BEE STING"...

    11 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    Visually, this is how I think it felt to get a bee sting on my forehead just over a week ago!I had to draw it right away to get that feeling onto paper...
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    The Reader's Advisor Online Blog

  • RA Run Down

    Sarah Statz Cords
    17 Aug 2014 | 8:52 am
    The readers’s advisory librarian’s weekly update, from a scan of more than 100 blogs, newsletters, magazines, newspapers and television. This blog is brought to you by the Reader’s Advisor Online. TRY THE FREE RAO DATABASE based on Libraries Unlimited’s print Genreflecting Advisory series. Give it a whirl and let us know how you like it. We’d love to hear from you. Feel free to comment on any of our posts, or contact us at rablog@librariesunlimited.com. By Cindy Orr and Sarah Statz Cords New to Bestseller Lists This Week: FICTION NONFICTION GRAPHIC BOOKS and…
  • New, Noteworthy, and No-Brainer

    Sarah Statz Cords
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    To be published the week of August 18-24, 2014: MONDAY FICTION Goldberg, Tod – Gangsterland Feiffer, Jules – Kill My Mother (graphic novel) MONDAY NONFICTION Casey, John – Beyond the First Draft: The Art of Fiction TUESDAY FICTION Armstrong, Kelley – Visions Brown, Sandra -Mean Streak Clark, Stephan Eirik – Sweetness #9 Coelho, Paul – Adultery Drvenkar, Zoran – You Hurwitz, Gregg – Don’t Look Back Krueger, William Kent – Windigo Island McCullough, Colleen – Bittersweet O’Dell, Tawni – One of Us Ross, Ann B. – Etta…
  • 2014 Coming Attractions

    Cindy Orr
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Quill & Quire Fall Preview: Nonfiction, part 2 Quill & Quire Fall Preview: Nonfiction Quill & Quire Fall Preview: International Books Artnet: Summer’s Best Art Books Telegraph: Best Young Adult Books of 2014 Quill & Quire Fall Preview: Short Fiction and Crime Fiction Boston.com: Summer Reading List Wall St. Cheat Sheet: Must-read Books Released in July Bustle: August’s Best YA Reads Buffalo News: High-end reads for the rest of the summer Statesman Journal: Beach Reads to Get You Through to the End of Summer Huffington Post: Women in Print: Five Must-Reads…
  • RA Run Down

    Sarah Statz Cords
    10 Aug 2014 | 1:11 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…
  • New, Noteworthy, and No-Brainer

    Sarah Statz Cords
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:50 am
    To be published the week of Aug 11-17, 2014: MONDAY FICTION Malik, Tania – Three Bargains – 9780393063400 TUESDAY FICTION Bausch, Richard – Before, During, After – 9780307266262 Cain, Chelsea – One Kick – 9781476749785 Cantero, Edgar – The Supernatural Enhancements – 9780385538152 Creech, Sarah – Season of the Dragonflies – 9780062307521 Fesperman, Dan – Unmanned – 9780385351256 Flanagan, Richard – A Narrow Road to the Deep North – 9780385352857 Fossum, Karin – I Can See in the Dark – 9780544114425…
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    Minnesota Reads

  • Aims for Depth, Induces Eye-Rolls

    Jodi Chromey
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Have I mentioned that I recently discovered you can download and listen to audiobooks for free from the library? YOU CAN! The library is so amazing. Lauren Oliver’s young-adult novel Before I Fall was one of those free downloads and I am thankful for that for many reasons. One, it meant I didn’t pay for this over-long kind of boring tale of morality and mortality. Two, I got to listen to Sarah Drew narrate the book and that was the only reason I finished it. Really, her voice is charming and funny and without it I would have quit this book. Sam Kingston is a mean girl at Thomas…
  • An Untamed State

    Christa
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    So, whoa. I mean, like really, whoa. An Untamed State by Roxane Gay is the first book in, well, ever, that has made me conscious that my jaw has been dropped for who knows how long and it’s not worth shutting it because it’s just going to fall open again and again. This is coming from someone quite comfortable with all the twisted things different word combos can paint. One of my Top Tens includes a pretty graphic throat slit. But such well-written and easily visualized sexual violence is a whole nother level, friends. Life lesson: Sometimes an amazing piece of art will make you so, so,…
  • 33 1/3′s take on Exile in Guyville

    Jodi Chromey
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    It is impossible for me to overstate the importance of Liz Phair’s “Exile in Guyville” to me. The music on that album is as much a part of me as my rib cage or my memories of junior high. It is a piece of art I have used to be build the very foundation of who I think I am. When people don’t like or don’t understand or just never heard of “Exile in Guyville” what I actually hear form them is “I don’t like your elbow.” Or “I’ve never heard of your pancreas.” I’ve heard something that sounds to my ears like…
  • Rat Queens Rule

    Jodi Chromey
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    I needed something to hold me over between trades of Saga, one of the best comic book series I’ve read in a loooooonnnnnggg time (really, since Fables decided to get kind of boring). Enter Rat Queens vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery. When reading descriptions of this new series I kept seeing references to Dungeons & Dragons and Lord of the Rings, things that make me shudder in horror. In the Pop Culture Sorting System in my head, those two get shoved into the “Shakespeare/RenFest” bucket of things I don’t care about at all. Games of Thrones lives there too, along with…
  • Kissing Cousins

    Jodi Chromey
    6 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    When a friend of mine said How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff had a better, more believable love story than John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, I was all in. Hell yes, I thought. In a year with a majority of the books I’m choosing on the meh-side of okayness, I was ready for something to knock my socks off. Clearly I must have misheard him because this one is a big, dull dud. Fifteen-year-old Daisy is banished from New York by her dad and pregnant stepmom, sent to live with an aunt and a gaggle of cousins in the English countryside. It’s a rough transition from Manhattan to the…
 
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    Great Books that I liked

  • Shroud for a Nightingale (Published in 1971) - Authored by PD James - Murders of nursing students

    20 Aug 2014 | 6:36 am
    Published in 1971, Shroud for a Nightingale is the fourth in the Adam Dalgliesh Series written by the Mistress of Murder – P. D. James. This book portrays a new side to the crime writing skills of James; with her using her vast personal experience (as a nurse during the War) to accurately develop a setting which involves nursing. The book is almost a Horror story with the mystery being solved in the end by the famous Dalgliesh. James has a lovely style of mixing the usual with the unusual. She will describe to the tee every character in the book. But locales and their description are sparse…
  • Unnatural Causes (Published in 1967) - Authored by PD James - Killed by his own manuscript

    19 Aug 2014 | 6:22 am
    Unnatural Causes, published in 1967 is the third installment in the Adam Dalgliesh series by P. D. James. The author, P. D. James acclaimed as the “Reigning Mistress of Murder” by Time magazine, uses the basic structure of a classic British mystery, and turns it into something more. Her writing style is not only civilized, but very perceptive. She has 15 crime novels and an autobiography – “Time to be in Earnest” to her name. In 1999, she received the Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Award for long-term achievements.The story in this book, opens with Detective Adam Dalgliesh,…
  • A Mind to Murder (Published in 1963) - Authored by PD James - Second adventure for Dalgliesh

    15 Aug 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Acclaimed writer P. D. James was part of the British Police and Criminal Law Department before she ventured into the world of writing novels. Her background in the Civil Service is very clearly depicted through her skillful writing, which contains rich and vibrant descriptions of her characters. Her writing has clearly evolved with her second novel in the Adam Dalgliesh series, where she has poignantly depicted the character’s personal life.A Mind to Murder is certainly more descriptive than its predecessor and the story line and plot setting definitely have a ring of authenticity to it.
  • Cover Her Face (Published in 1962) - Authored by PD James - The first Adam Dalgliesh murder novel

    10 Aug 2014 | 11:05 am
    Born in 1920 in United Kingdom, P. D. James has been acclaimed as “the greatest living mystery writer” by People’s Magazine. Having worked in the British Police and Criminal Law Department for a large part of her life, and also as a result of being a magistrate and Governor of BBC, P. D. James has an appealing sense of mystery writing. As a writer of crime novels, it is essential to keep the reader in suspense and try surprising them with an unusual or unexpected end, and P. D. James does exactly that. Original Sin and Death in Holy Orders are some of her more well known works.Cover Her…
  • Bolt (Published in 1986) - Authored by Dick Francis - Protecting would be family

    7 Aug 2014 | 10:57 pm
    Kit Fielding, who was first introduced in Francis’s Break In, makes a second appearance in Bolt. He is a professional jockey, in keeping with the high standards of Dick’s main characters; he is uncompromising on principles and a fine specimen of how a model citizen ought to be. Kit’s boss is Princess Casilia de Brescou - the owner of some of the best horses and racetracks in the country, while his trainer is Wykeham Harlow. At one of the many races she has organized, Kit finds her in an argument with a man who seems rude and arrogant. She requests Kit to accompany her to the London…
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    Black Heart Magazine

  • DB Jones, what’s in your mug?

    Laura Roberts
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Coffee and creativity are intricately intertwined. Some might even say coffee is responsible for all of the world’s great works of literature. Here at Black Heart, we like our coffee like we like our literature: intense, bold, and freshly pressed. But we also wondered what some of our favorite authors were drinking while they penned their latest masterpieces. So we tracked them down and made ‘em answer the question What’s in your mug? DB Jones is the author of two books in the Willow of Endless Waters fantasy trilogy, and is currently working on the third installment. She has also…
  • Review: Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch

    Laura Roberts
    16 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Reviewed by Laura Roberts All summer I’ve been putting off writing my review of Herman Koch’s Summer House with Swimming Pool. It’s a technically proficient book, with many vividly drawn scenes and rather realistic (yet truly terrible) characters, but ultimately it is not the type of book I enjoy reading. Perhaps I should explain some of my biases. I wasn’t always a poolside reader, the type who only reads for escape. I’ve read plenty of big books and I cannot lie: I do enjoy tackling them during the summer months, taking pride in my ability to engage my brain…
  • Think in Ink: An interview with Jessica McHugh

    Laura Roberts
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    I can’t remember how I first met genre-bending author Jessica McHugh, but I know it had something to do with Facebook. The perpetually perky author seems to always be online, whether she’s dispensing her own special brand of writing wisdom (typically accompanied by the hashtag #ThinkInInk), posting snippets from her WIPs, amusing her followers with “Annoy the Neighbors Karaoke” song requests, or simply dishing about the movies she’s watching as she pens her latest book. I do remember which of her books I first read, however. It was the…
  • Paul Barile, what’s in your mug?

    Laura Roberts
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Coffee and creativity are intricately intertwined. Some might even say coffee is responsible for all of the world’s great works of literature. Here at Black Heart, we like our coffee like we like our literature: intense, bold, and freshly pressed. But we also wondered what some of our favorite authors were drinking while they penned their latest masterpieces. So we tracked them down and made ‘em answer the question What’s in your mug? Paul Barile is the author of four full-length plays and the novel My Brother’s Hands, published by Lexographic Press. He writes both a poetry blog and a…
  • Trigger Warning by Jay Sizemore

    Laura Roberts
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    this poem contains words, nouns, adjectives, verbs, and how can I predict the words your father spoke while unbuckling his belt? this poem contains sounds, of a squeaking ceiling fan, of chairs sliding across wood floors, of gunshots with no observable origin, and how could I know they’d link you to a former self still capable of a gullible love? this poem contains scents, like nail polish, like sweaty arm pits, burnt anti-freeze on wet cement, any of which could reopen the padlocked door to your memories. this poem contains images of moaning mouths pressed to flesh, of daffodils crushed in…
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    Flavorwire » Books

  • As Film and TV Steal Its Narrative Thunder, Literature Has to Do What Only Literature Can Do

    Emily Temple
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    This morning at The Guardian, Thomas McMullan wrote about how “challenging writing” is growing in popularity, at least if the prizes being awarded to experimental novels — like Eimar McBride’s debut novel A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing — are any indication. This, obviously, is heartening news for anyone who bemoans the general dumbing-down of so much pop culture, or just anyone who loves weird, difficult writing and wants to read more of it. McMullan suggests that revived appreciation for inventive writing may have something to do with the kerfuffle over the 2011…
  • J.D. Salinger’s House for Sale (He Would Really Hate That)

    Emily Temple
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:23 am
    If you have $679,000 handy, you can now purchase the former home of J.D. Salinger in Cornish, New Hampshire from its current owner, Joan Littlefield, who has occupied the house since the 1980s. But be warned: his ghost will probably haunt you until you leave him alone. Or maybe not. Apparently, the house is currently “filled with little cushions, crystal china and fabrics in warm pinks and oranges, reflects three decades of use by the Littlefields, but still conjures impressions of a cozy writer’s den.” According to Littlefield, when she and her husband moved in, they found…
  • Wake Up, Sheeple! Is William Deresiewicz’s ‘Excellent Sheep’ an Anti-Ivy League Manifesto or a Book-Length TED Talk?

    Elisabeth Donnelly
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:45 am
    Must a manifesto always be a rant? The process of reading William Deresiewicz’s Excellent Sheep, the book-length expansion of his 2008 viral article “The Disadvantages of an Elite Education,” originally published in The American Scholar, was frustrating for this reason: he’s absolutely correct about the ennui that seeps into the hoop-jumping lives of the Ivy League’s privileged students, an obstacle course that results in an adult life of not being able to understand the world one iota. But by making his argument in a manner that’s sloppy and slapdash, not…
  • 25 Great Pieces of Life Advice From Literature

    Emily Temple
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    Everyone could use a bit of advice now and then. But what if you’re the type who eschews all human contact and prefers to converse only with characters in your books? Well, er, then even they might not be able to help you. All kidding aside, as any avid reader will know, many of the great works of literature are filled with wisdom, which you could do worse than to take to heart — especially in these back-to-school weeks, a time when a little extra advice can always help. So after the jump you will find a few nuggets of humanhood as doled out by literary (read: fictional!)…
  • Debut Novels That Got Huge Advances: Where Are They Now?

    Emily Temple
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Today marks the release of Matthew Thomas’s 640-page debut novel We Are Not Ourselves, a sprawling Irish-American family epic that has been garnering major buzz because of its big price tag: according to Page Six the book “got more than a $1 million advance in North America, and closed a six-figure UK deal at the London Book Fair.” Not too shabby, Matthew Thomas! But the question is: do big advances always herald big books? Here’s a look at a few debut novels that earned huge advances — and how they fared once they made it out into the real world. Destiny, Sally…
 
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  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Wednesday Evening

    Pixel of Ink
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:23 am
    These Deals & Steals are sure to keep you turning the pages tonight! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Dystopian, Mystery, Paranormal, Romantic Suspense Waking Maya by Warren Goldie Still free? Click Here to find out! When 22-year-old Maya Burke digs up an old journal written by her long-lost father, what she finds is a plan for a spiritual journey – created specifically for her. As she explores its teachings, she is catapulted onto a mind-bending, cross-country adventure on the trail of his legacy, and swept up…
  • [Only 99c] Gods & Dragons: 8 Fantasy Novels

    Pixel of Ink
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:54 am
    Gods & Dragons: 8 Fantasy Novels by Various Authors Genre: Fantasy High fantasy at its finest! Demons, goddesses, dragons, outlaws and paladins—find everything you love in a great adventure in this bundle of 8 full-length novels. Richly drawn characters, bold worlds, magic, betrayal, friendship and hope. If you’ve ever longed to dare epic deeds of your own, then these stories are for you! It’s a LIMITED EDITION bundle that won’t be around long. Each book can stand alone, although many are part of a larger world also waiting to be explored. This epic read of about 2200…
  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Wednesday Morning

    Pixel of Ink
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:35 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: History, Mystery, Romance, Suspense, Thriller Bite Me by Mike Faricy Still free? Click Here to find out! Wise-cracking, back-slapping, sideways-thinking Private Investigator Dev Haskell is in the middle of dissipating a lover’s quarrel with his newest gorgeous knife-wielding female conquest when he gets a call. Members of KRAZ, a radio station that considers itself “the voice of America’s future,” need…
  • Kindle Deals & Steals for Tuesday Evening

    Pixel of Ink
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:34 am
    Check out these Deals & Steals for your Kindle! For non-U.S. readers, Kindle content availability and pricing will vary. Henry Wood: Edge of Understanding by Brian Meeks Still free? Click Here to find out! 1955 has been a good year for Henry, now, someone wants to ruin it for him. A recent series of murders all appear to have connections to Henry, and it’s more than just a coincidence. Is there a new serial killer in the Big Apple? Is someone trying to set Henry up? Henry doesn’t have time to worry about them, though, he’s on another case. Or so he thought when he agreed to look…
  • [Hot Deal] The American Heiress – Save $12

    Pixel of Ink
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:10 am
    The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin Over 100 5-Star Reviews! Genre: Historical Fiction Be careful what you wish for. Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the twentieth century to seek a titled husband, beautiful, vivacious Cora Cash, whose family mansion in Newport dwarfs the Vanderbilts’, suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham, married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England. Nothing is quite as it seems, however: Ivo is withdrawn and secretive, and the English social scene is full of traps and betrayals. Money, Cora soon learns, cannot buy everything, as she must…
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  • Hero Complex Gallery Announces Strong To The Finich! An Official Popeye Tribute Art Show Opening On September 5, 2014

    Larry Fire
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Four years in the making, Hero Complex Gallery announces  Strong To The Finich! An Official Popeye Tribute Art Show celebrating 85 years of Popeye the Sailor! The show is curated by illustrator, Chogrin who has picked over 100 artists from around the world to pay their own unique tribute to the legendary sailor, created by E.C. Segar in 1929. The show will premiere on September 5th, 2014.
  • Marvel Studios Begins Production On Ant-Man

    Larry Fire
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Marvel Studios began principal photography today in San Francisco, California, on its newest Super Hero franchise Marvel’s “Ant-Man.” The film brings one of Marvel comics’ original founding members of The Avengers into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The production also shoots on location in Atlanta, Georgia, which serves as the base for the film’s production. Set for release in the United States on July 17, 2015, the film is directed by Peyton Reed (“Bring it On,” “The Break-Up”) and stars Paul Rudd (“I Love You Man,” “Role Models”) as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, and…
  • The Trailer, Poster & Interview For Stephen King’s A Good Marriage

    Larry Fire
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Based on the novella from the 2010 collection Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King comes the film, A Good Marriage. With a serial killer on the loose and a stranger stalking her family, a dedicated wife unveils a sinister secret about her husband that threatens their marriage – and lives. The prolific author talks with Entertainment Weekly about the October 3rd release of the movie and you can watch the trailer below. Read the interview here
  • DC Comics Bombshells 2015 Wall Calendar

    Larry Fire
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Based on the best selling line of statues and figures from DC Collectibles, this DC Comics Bombshells calendar ($15) features your favorite female heroes and villains from the DC Universe in the style of vintage pin-up models from the 1940s and 50s. This 16 month calendar includes 13 full-color images of your favorite DC Comics Bombshells. It also includes four extra planning grids for September through December of 2014, plus full pages for January through December of 2015 and has a bonus downloadable digital wallpaper for both desktop and mobile devices. The calendar measures approximately…
  • MONDO To Release Rocky Prints On August 19, 2014

    Larry Fire
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Tomorrow MONDO will release three posters for the first three Rocky films! Originally available at the Alamo Drafthouse’s Sylvester Stallone Birthday Celebration, MONDO will sell the remaining copies online tomorrow including Rocky by Cesar Moreno and Rocky II and Rocky III by Matt Taylor.  Please follow MONDO on Twitter for the on sale announcement. These posters will be available online at a random time on Tuesday, August 19th. Rocky poster by Cesar Moreno. 24″x36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 150. $45 Rocky II poster by Matt Taylor. 18″x24″ screen…
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    The Truth About Lies

  • Twilight of the Eastern Gods

    17 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Am I a gangster or murderer?Of what crime do I standCondemned? I made the whole world weepAt the beauty of my land. – Boris Pasternak from ‘Nobel Prize’ This is both an old and an odd book. The copyright says 1978 but its origins date back to 1961 which is when the short story ‘A Summer in Dubulti’ which forms the basis of the first of this novel’s five chapters appeared in print, although the events described date back to the late fifties. Other fragments followed over the next fifteen years which Kadare assembled and buried within a collection along with two other pieces, but…
  • The Awakening

    10 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    I would give up the unessential; I would give up my money, I would give up my life for my children; but I wouldn’t give myself. I can't make it more clear; it's only something I am beginning to comprehend, which is revealing itself to me. – Kate Chopin, The Awakening Canongate Books have just republished Kate Chopin’s novel The Awakening. In her e-mail to me their publicist wrote: First published in 1899, this radical novel sent shockwaves through American society and continues to speak to readers over one hundred years later. Widely regarded in the States as one of the forerunners of…
  • Seven years on

    3 Aug 2014 | 3:54 am
      I’ve been doing this for seven years now. Blogging. That’s a long time. There aren’t many people who’ve blogged consistently over that long a time. So allow me a moment to pat myself on the back. PAT. PAT. PATITY PAT. I don’t normally celebrate anniversaries. A lot of people do. But my 100th post slipped by without mention and I’m not far off from my 600th which will probably pass without any fuss or comment. That’s just me. But I’ve been thinking for a while about what my expectations were like at the start and what I’ve achieved since I began devoting so much of my…
  • The Appointment

    27 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    [T]here's nothing to think about, because I myself am nothing, apart from being summoned. - Herta Müller, The Appointment After Herta Müller won the Nobel Prize in 2009 I, I imagine like a number of others, went out and tracked down a copy of one of her books to see what the fuss was all about. Like many Nobel laureates I’d never heard of her before and felt bad about that. The book I ended up reading was The Passport which I reviewed here. In my article I included the following quote: A year after my departure from Romania in 1987, Jenny came to visit in Berlin. Since the time of the…
  • Smut: Two Unseemly Stories

    20 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    "... How much better ... how much healthier ... had all these persons, these family members, been more candid with one another right from the start. – Alan Bennett, Smut Sex is a part of life, in fact without sex there’d be no life. I’m less curious about it than I used to be but I still find I can be distracted from what I’m doing when some salacious news item passes my way. Little actually shocks me. It just underlines how narrow my own life experiences have been and how poorly I understand people. I’m as puzzled by people who practice auto-erotic asphyxia as I am by people who…
 
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  • Happy wagon: coping techniques

    Chelsea
    17 Aug 2014 | 2:20 pm
    It’s been a very hard week for the world, and a very hard month and a half for me. There have been few things I could make happy wagon posts about, so I haven’t made any for a while. Today, instead of making a post about the past week, I’m going to make one about the things I’ve done to cope with heaviness and sadness and hard depressive slumps in general. I’m not always good at using healthy coping skills–I’m particularly fond of avoidance–but I think I’ve found a few good things to do, and I’d like to remember them. Maybe…
  • There is magic in the myth

    Chelsea
    13 Aug 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Day 6 of The Enchantment Diaries from The Fable Tribe Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 THERE IS MAGIC IN THE MYTH Sometimes, we’ve heard a story so many times that we don’t really hear it. Is there a story about yourself that you tell others over and over? That you’re not good enough, smart enough, that this one thing happened and that’s why you haven’t tried to create/do/be/love/hope? Write down the very first story that comes to mind that you tell others that makes you feel a little uncomfortable. But you always tell it, anyway. What if you didn’t tell it? What if you really could…
  • How dearly I love this rose and hedge

    Chelsea
    20 Jun 2014 | 9:25 pm
    Day 5 of The Enchantment Diaries from The Fable Tribe Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 HOW DEARLY I LOVE THIS ROSE AND HEDGE Sometimes, we seek the end of the journey so much that we forget to pay attention to the moment, to our here and now. It may not be a lofty palace, but wherever you are, even if it’s not your favorite place, has something lovely about it. What do you love about your current place in your life’s journey? What lovely, small things can you appreciate more? I chose to do this prompt today because whenever I look at it, I feel annoyed. It’s really difficult for me to think…
  • Intentional kindness

    Chelsea
    18 Jun 2014 | 3:17 pm
    In a previous post I mentioned practicing intentional kindness, and that’s something I’ve been giving a lot of thought and attention to ever since. For me, there are four main types of kindness, all equally important to creating the more positive existence I want to have. They are: personal kindness, or self-kindness kindness toward other living things worldly kindness, or kindness toward the world at large earthly kindness, or kindness toward the physical earth we inhabit I’m not spectacular at practicing any of these reliably, but I’m especially terrible at personal…
  • Happy wagon: 05.25.14-05.31.14

    Chelsea
    2 Jun 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Better late than never. doing mobility and remembering the entire route, with only minor stumbles, after being very anxious about it for weeks beforehand my Wicked Girls poster arriving in the mail from Seanan McGuire (I don’t have a picture yet, but soon, when I’ve actually put all the posters I’ve collected on the walls) getting a little lost and problem-solving instead of panicking about it getting a little closer to a formal diagnosis, which will make it easier to effectively treat spirited and enthusiastic singalongs to music that I’m regularly made fun of for…
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  • Feasting on Romantic Comedy – Dan's Lemon Cake from Love, Lies and Lemon Cake by Sue Watson

    Novelicious
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:31 am
    In this morning’s review, Zarina said Sue Watson’s Love, Lies and Lemon Cake was the perfect book if you’re in the mood for a good rom-com filled with tasty food and hunky men. While we can’t give you hunky men (alas, our powers do have some limitations), we can provide delicious food. The book’s author, Sue Watson, is here with us now to reveal her much-requested recipe for lemon cake. Enjoy! Love, Lies and Lemon Cake is a bittersweet romantic comedy about Faye: a woman who’s disillusioned with her life, her marriage and her career. On a particularly dull day, she discovers an…
  • Novelicious Chats To...Marita McKenna

    Novelicious
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    Marita McKenna started her author journey by writing stories for her children when they were small. Since the publication of one of those tales, Under the Hawthorn Tree, which has become an international children’s classic, Marita hasn’t stopped writing. Her latest novel, The Rose Garden, is set in a rambling old Irish country house where Molly fights to hold on to the home she loves after the death of her husband, and begins to restore the ancient rose garden. Here, Marita talks about her writing life and inspirations. Where do you find inspiration for your books? I am a curiosity box,…
  • Review – Love Lies and Lemon Cake by Sue Watson

    Novelicious
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:35 am
    Reviewed by Zarina de Ruiter Faye Dobson has settled for a life with her husband Craig, rather than exploring the world and doing all the exciting things she'd been dreaming of when she was growing up. Her marriage may be more stable than sparkling, but taking care of her beautiful daughter has made all the sacrifices worth it. With Emma now away at university and no longer brightening up the house with her presence, however, the cracks in Faye's marriage can no longer be ignored. She knows Craig is not her happy ending, but what or who is? When Faye comes across a bright pink rucksack at the…
  • Ask the Agent – Diana Beaumont of Rupert Heath Literary Agency

    Novelicious
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Like Kate Burke, you previously worked as a senior commissioning editor. What made you decide to become a literary agent? It happened it quite an organic way. I was already working with Rupert but with main focus on editorial matters and one or two projects came along and I thought 'I can do this.' I enjoy agenting and there is a creative element as you work with an author to develop and shape as manuscript that runs alongside the pitching and negotiating that I like. What are you looking for? Intelligent psychological thrillers, women's commercial fiction with either an element of suspense…
  • My Writing Room by Sarah Morgan

    Novelicious
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    If you follow me on Facebook, you will know from my photographs that I recently became the proud owner of a new garden office. I’ve always believed that a writer should be able to write anywhere. If you wait for ideal conditions you’ll never write anything, so from the beginning of my career I disciplined myself to block out my environment and focus on the story. I never go anywhere without a notebook and pen and I’ve scribbled ideas in any number of unlikely places, from the top of a mountain to the back of a horse – proof that even writing can be a life threatening job when done…
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  • Waiting on Wednesday, WoW

    Brandi Kosiner
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:30 am
    Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. I also feature books that may have already released, but I am anxiously waiting to read.This week, I'm featuring:Anatomy of a MisfitPortes, AndreaThis emotional, hilarious, devastating, and ultimately triumphant YA debut, based on actual events, recounts one girl’s rejection of her high school’s hierarchy—and her discovery of her true self in the face of tragedy.Fall’s buzzed-about, in-house favorite. Outside, Anika Dragomir is all lip gloss and…
  • Review: Deliverance by C.J. Redwine

    Brandi Kosiner
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:30 am
    Deliverance (Courier's Daughter #3) by C.J. RedwineEverything hangs in the balance, and nothing is certain: Rachel has been kidnapped by enemy forces and is being taken to Rowansmark while Logan, imprisoned and awaiting trial, is unable to leave Lankenshire. Separated from each other and their Baalboden comrades, each must find a way to achieve what they desperately want: to rid their world once and for all of the Commander and the tech that controls the deadly Cursed One.Fighting through her pain and embracing the warrior she’s become, Rachel will do whatever it takes to escape her…
  • Stacking the Shelves, The Sunday Post, Bought Borrowed and Bagged

    Brandi Kosiner
    16 Aug 2014 | 12:30 am
    Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews,  check it out and sign up  hereThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged is a weekly meme, hosted by TalkSupe, where I share with you the books I have bought, borrowed, or bagged. Link up with me here.Sent:Thanks to Harper Teen and Simon and SchusterWhat I read:The Edge…
  • Behind the Scenes of Brandi Breathes Books #2

    Brandi Kosiner
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    I know that there are several memes going around about getting to know the blogger outside of books, but I am doing it because Lexxie from (Un)Conventional Book Views feature Up Close and (un)Conventional.So, another thing that you maybe didn't know about me is that I am a gamer. Not hardcore, but I play RPG esp co-op video games, and lots different card and board games.Some of my faves : Ascension is a deck building game and me and my husband play a lot together.Another good one, also a card game: We have quite a few sets of Munchkin, but this is my favorite edition overall because…
  • The List by Siobhan Vivian review by Brandi Breathes Books

    Brandi Kosiner
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:30 am
     The List by Siobhan VivianAn intense look at the rules of high school attraction -- and the price that's paid for them.It happens every year. A list is posted, and one girl from each grade is chosen as the prettiest, and another is chosen as the ugliest. Nobody knows who makes the list. It almost doesn't matter. The damage is done the minute it goes up.This is the story of eight girls, freshman to senior, "pretty" and "ugly." And it's also the story of how we see ourselves, and how other people see us, and the tangled connection of the two.Publishes in US: April 1st 2012 by Push Genre:…
 
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  • The Realities of Writing by Michaelbrent Collings

    Naveen
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:17 pm
    Okay, I’m going to be up front about a few things: this article is divided into two parts. The first part is helpful, will give you burgeoning professionals some realistic ideas about the hellhole you’re about to dive into, and (maybe most important) this is probably the only time you’ll ever hear something like this. It’s also very depressing. So if you’re the type who gets all panicky wondering whether Captain America is going to make it through the movie, or who stresses over Family Feud reruns, skip to part two. Also, please consider a new career choice…
  • 5 Questions with Best Selling Author Todd Thiede

    Naveen
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:12 am
    BookBuzzr author Todd Thiede’s book – Lies To Die For recently hit the #1 spot on the Amazon. We reached out to Todd to learn more about his story. The screenshot below was taken on July 25, 2014.   1. Hi Todd, thank you for being on the blog. Tell us a little about yourself and your background? Hello and thank you for having me. I’ve been writing books for about 3 years now and I’m currently writing the third book in my Max Larkin Detective Series. I work full time as a finance manager at Elmhurst Toyota and have been here for 10 years. I’ve been doing finance for…
  • 5 BookBuzzr AuthorPage Widgets to Inspire You in July 2014

    Ranga
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:23 am
      1. Teresa Carlson – Creatures of Snow   2. Clarissa O. Clemens – The Poetic Art of Seduction -The Erotic Poetry Collection – Vol.1-3   3. Charles R. Sabo – The Feasts, The Harvest and The Resurrection   4. TK Toppin – To Catch A Marlin   5. Lissette Ortiz – Through the Eyes of Maria: Choices _________________________________________________________________________________________________________   Naveen manages the social media marketing at BookBuzzr.
  • 5 BookBuzzr Widget Installations to Inspire You in July 2014

    Naveen
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:27 am
      1. Richard Sutton – Back to Santa Fe   2. Dana David – Punkie   3. Sarah Nicholson – The Evolutionary Journey of Woman: From the Goddess to Integral Feminism   4. Riya Anne Polcastro – Suicide in Tiny Increments: A Tragic Comedy   5. Aji Michael – The Next Maverick: Ready To Shape The Future _________________________________________________________________________________________________________   Naveen manages the social media marketing at BookBuzzr.
  • 5 Questions with Justine Schofield of Pubslush

    Naveen
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:43 pm
    Pubslush is a global crowdfunding and analytics platform for the literary world. The Pubslush name is derived from its founders’, Hellen and Amanda Barbara, mission to give authors the opportunity to get out of the slush pile, prove their talent and market viability, and successfully publish quality books. We recently had the pleasure and opportunity of interviewing Justine Schofield, development director at Pubslush, a niche global crowdfunding platform for the literary world.   1. What is Pubslush? Why should authors use it? Pubslush is a global pre-publication platform that allows…
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  • This Week’s Films (11/08/14)

    Dave Brown
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:59 am
    Dry Summer (1963) Two brothers, Osman and Hasan, disagree over allowing neighboring villagers to use the water on their land. Osman surrounds the water with barriers to prevent others from using it. Being a good man, Hasan argues that the others should also use the water. Verdict: 6/10 Go to top Sneakers (1992) Robert Redford leads an all-star cast in one of the most satisfying suspense films! Computer expert Martin Bishop (Redford) heads a team of renegade hackers – including a former CIA employee (Sidney Poitier), a gadgets wizard (Dan Aykroyd), a young genius (River Phoenix) and a…
  • Masterpieces #25: Wizard’s First Rule

    Dave Brown
    6 Aug 2014 | 2:04 am
    About Wizard's First Rule (1994)The masterpiece that started The New York Times bestselling epic Sword of Truth. In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, appears in Richard Cypher’s forest sanctuary seeking help . . . and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence. In a dark age it takes courage to live, and more than mere courage to challenge those who hold dominion, Richard and Kahlan must take up that challenge or become the next victims. Beyond awaits a bewitching land where…
  • This Week’s Films (03/08/14)

    Dave Brown
    3 Aug 2014 | 6:34 am
    Billy Bathgate (1991) Two-time Academy Award(R)-winner Dustin Hoffman (Best Actor — KRAMER VS. KRAMER, 1979; RAIN MAN, 1988) stars in the action-packed gangster epic detailing the rise and fall of notorious mobster Dutch Schultz as seen through the eyes of his young protege, Billy Bathgate. Billy, an ambitious streetwise kid seduced by the power, money, and glamour of crime, soon begins to seriously question if his passport to the good life is going to come from the fiery Dutch and his gang! Critically acclaimed and co-starring Bruce Willis (ARMEGEDDON) and Nicole Kidman (MOULIN ROUGE),…
  • This Month’s Books (July 2014)

    Dave Brown
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:50 am
    Steven Pinker – The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined (2011) Selected by The New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of the Year The author of The New York Times bestseller The Stuff of Thought offers a controversial history of violence. Faced with the ceaseless stream of news about war, crime, and terrorism, one could easily think we live in the most violent age ever seen. Yet as New York Times bestselling author Steven Pinker shows in this startling and engaging new work, just the opposite is true: violence has been diminishing for millennia and we…
  • This Week’s Films (20/07/14)

    Dave Brown
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:56 am
    Trishna (2011) Trishna (Freida Pinto, Slumdog Millionaire) lives with her family in a village in Rajasthan, India’s largest state. As the eldest daughter, she works in a nearby resort to help pay the bills. Jay (Riz Ahmed, Four Lions) is the wealthy son of a property developer. When he takes up managing a resort at his father’s request, he meets Trishna at a dance and their fates cross. Jay finds every opportunity to win Trishna’s affection and she accepts his efforts with shy curiosity. But when the two move to Mumbai and become a couple, Jay’s deep family bond…
 
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  • Review: Engraved by Karina Cooper (St. Croix Chronicles #5)

    Margaret
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Engraved (St. Croix Chronicles #5) Karina Cooper Published: Aug. 11, 2014 (Carina Press) Purchase: Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Margaret Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars Note: While review will be spoiler free, it does make reference to previous books in the series. Cherry St. Croix fled London—having lost her home, her husband and her best friend—to spend several months in the countryside recovering from her opium addiction and studying alchemy. Now she finally feels well enough to return to save the object of her obsession,…
  • Giveaway: Vampires of Manhattan by Melissa de la Cruz

    Chelsea
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    Ready for the grown-up spin-off of Melissa de la Cruz’s Blue Bloods series? We are! The VBC team is excited about the release of Vampires of Manhattan, the first in the new Blue Bloods Coven series. So excited, in fact, that we have three copies of the book to giveaway. (Did we mention this book doesn’t release until Sept. 9?) The Vampires of Manhattan is “hipster horror”–the memorable characters from her Blue Bloods series are older and cooler than before, trying to build “Millennial” lives in the bustle of Manhattan while battling forces of evil…
  • Review: Dangerous Calling by A.J. Larrieu (Shadowminds #2)

    Amanda
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Dangerous Calling (The Shadowminds #2) A.J. Larrieu Published: Aug. 18, 2014 (Carina Press) Purchase: Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for honest review Reviewed by: Amanda Rating (out of 5): 3.5 stars Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it may make references to previous books in the series. If you haven’t started yet, check out VBC’s review of book 1, Twisted Miracles. A few months have passed since the end of Twisted Miracles, and Cass has settled into life in New Orleans. She’s living with Shane and helping out at Lionel’s B & B…
  • Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway: Dangerous Calling by A.J. Larrieu

    Chelsea
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    I’m so thrilled to be spending my release day with Vampire Book Club! Dangerous Calling is the second book in my dark, sexy urban fantasy series, The Shadowminds, and it continues the story of Cass Weatherfield, the damaged and powerful telekinetic I introduced in Twisted Miracles. When Cass first came to me as a character, I knew she had a lot of flaws to work through, and in this second installment in the series, I got to explore just how deep those demons run. Following a character down into the shadowy parts of her personality can lead a story to some dark places, and today, I wanted to…
  • Review: Fireblood by Trisha Wolfe (Fireblood #1)

    Amy
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Fireblood (Fireblood #1) Trisha Wolfe Published: Dec. 17, 2013 (Spencer Hill Press) Purchase at: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: purchased Reviewed by: Amy Rating (out of 5): 3.5 stars Little remains of the modern world we know after war-caused nuclear fallout reaps destruction and a Virus kills off much of the population. Karm, under the rule of King Hart, thrives behind a force field that keeps anything mutated by the Virus out. King Hart rules the realm, which he has literally fashioned after Camelot, with an iron fist all while secluding himself away from any personal contact…
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  • INTERVIEW WITH POET LAUREATE THELMA T. REYNA

    Native NYer
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
       The Latina Book Club is proud to welcome back author Thelma T. Reyna, newly named Poet Laureate of the Altadena Library District.  We’d also like to congratulate Thelma on her new poetry collection.  We want to hear all about its debut in Italy.  Read on!Thelma T. Reyna with her Poet Laureate Award Box.Q:  Congratulations on being selected Poet Laureate.  Tell us about this honor and how it has changed your life.Thank you, Maria. I don’t know how long the Altadena Library District has had a Poet Laureate, but this year I decided to answer a call…
  • COMMENTARY ON LATINA 50-PLUS LUNCHEON

    Native NYer
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
        The Latina Book Club welcomes Maria Aponte, artist/author/teacher/founder of the Latina 50-Plus initiative, where Latina trailblazers are honored for their contributions to the community.  We applaud Maria and her vision.Latina 50-Plus Mission Statement:  Latina Fifty-Plus, pays tribute to Latinas over fifty years of age who were pioneers. They shaped their careers in a time when Latina women were venturing onto pathways where very few Latinas were seen or accepted.  This program acknowledges the trailblazers who were among the first in their profession.……
  • 2014 WINNERS OF THE INTERNATIONAL LATINO BOOK AWARDS

    Native NYer
    3 Jul 2014 | 10:02 am
       This year, the International Latino Book Awards were presented during the American Librarians Association Conference in Las Vegas on Saturday, June 29.  (Viva Las Libraries!)  The list of winners contains some of my favorite authors and some new ones I look forward to reading.  I especially look forward to reading the two winning books by Shanaya Fastje and Alina Gonzalez, both 14-years-old with a lot of confidence and charm.Below are some of the winners:Best Young Adult Fiction Book – EnglishYaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, Meg Medina;…
  • REVIEW: THE CLOSER by Mariano Rivera with Wayne Coffey

    Native NYer
    29 Jun 2014 | 9:00 pm
      The Latina Book Club is proud to select THE CLOSER as its July 2014 Book of the Month.   “I love being on a team.  You share your triumphs and your troubles.  You share everything.  You are all in it together.  You will do anything for the guys on your team.”“The Bible can’t tell you the story of my walk with the Lord, but it can tell you everything about how I try to live, and why the love of the Lord is the foundation of my whole life.  For me, the Bible is not just the word of God, but a life road map that is packed with wisdom that…
  • BOOK REVIEW: UNBREAKABLE by Kami Garcia

    Native NYer
    22 Jun 2014 | 10:46 pm
         Kami Garcia, one of the co-authors of the popular Beautiful Creatures series, has gone solo and has a new series:  The Legion.  Book 1, UNBREAKABLE, is out now to great reviews.  The book is being called a crossed between "Supernatural" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."  It's about a bunch of teens, untrained, uncoordinated, out to save the world.  It's fast-paced, full of intrigue and suspense, with interesting characters.  We love it and you will too.  We have our fingers crossed for a movie!   Happy reading…
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    Better World Books

  • Educators: Come fill up a box full of books!

    Better World Books
    8 Aug 2014 | 5:59 am
    Worldwide literacy is our mission, and we know it’s just as important in Mishawaka, Indiana as it is in Matugga, Uganda. We deeply appreciate our teachers, librarians, day care providers and home-schoolers, who often purchase reading material for their students out of their own pockets. To help them build their classroom libraries (and often give books to kids with limited access to books), we will be holding our annual Teacher’s Sale. Date: Saturday, August 16, 2014 Time: 9 AM – 3 PM (Rain or shine!) Location: Our Mishawaka Warehouse (Parking lot) 55740 Currant Road…
  • B Corporations Making Headlines

    Better World Books
    4 Aug 2014 | 11:10 am
    B Corporations have been making news lately. The New York Times recently wrote about Patagonia’s “revolutionary material” as they make surfing more planet-friendly, and The New Yorker reports on the B Corporation movement by way of Warby Parker and others. (A tip of our collective hat to Dave Pell for sharing these!) Click here for more news about B Corporations as more and more organizations decide that doing good is a critical component for doing business. (Image credit: Jim Wilson / The New York Times)
  • LEAP Grant Follow-up: Biblioteca Comunitaria Dr. William House

    Better World Books
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    You may recall LEAP Grant winner Biblioteca Comunitara Dr. William House and their literacy project “Traveling Story Time,” which visits local schools without functional libraries, lending reading materials and performing readings to the students. They’ve just sent in a fresh batch of photos to show you how it’s going! Coordinator Vanessa Harb speaks about the importance of reading aloud to children to a local tv news reporter in front of our children’s section of the library. This little girl is allowed to touch and play with a book by herself for the first…
  • This week: Book for Book… for Book!

    Better World Books
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    It’s one thing to donate a book every time you buy one. It’s two things to donate two! For three(-ish) days, we doubling our donations—that means not one but two books to our literacy partners for every book purchased on the website. No matter if it’s used or new, this doubles the impact of the donation enabled by your book order for places in the world where books are more difficult to come by. So if you’re feeling a little guilty about your reading budget, consider the difference you’re making in someone’s life. And don’t forget to participate in…
  • Young readers shared these books. And these awesome notes.

    Guest Contributor
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:28 am
    One of the things that inspires us to work here at Better World Books is to join the mission towards literacy. Bringing books to places where books are hard to come by, raising funds around the world, saving books from landfills and finding your old favorite books a home. However there are those days; those Summer days where we would love to be at the beach or by the pool reading our own favorite book as days get hectic here at our warehouse where all the magic happens. It’s very easy to get distracted by everyday life and the stress seems to overcome our little bubble but then we get…
 
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    KID BOOK RATINGS

  • Accounting error

    7 Aug 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Yup, I definitely just realized that I tagged two informational posts as book ratings when calculating the number of reviews I have done.  So I'm still at 498 and not quite to 500...oopsies! Breakdown on my pattern to come after that.
  • Me...Jane

    6 Aug 2014 | 11:47 am
    I guess that makes me Tarzan.  I can live with that. THREE PROSVery few stories I have come across wholly embrace the concept of children following their dreams of making the world a better place while also showing how it could be realized -- this should not be confused with the many out there that, for instance, say kids can be pilots one day because they are fascinated with planes*I have been very hard on the vast majority of Caldecott-honored books I've come across, but this one is worthy of the recognition it received *While Patrick McDonnell's artwork is top banana, his…
  • Tyler Makes Spaghetti!

    3 Aug 2014 | 6:53 pm
    And you can, too, either by following his 62-line recipe or by simply throwing some pasta in a boiling pot!  The choice is yours. THREE PROSDespite my attempt at being clever above, there are multiple benefits to undertaking an intensely cooperative spaghetti endeavor with your child (instead of just making dinner for him or her by yourself)   TV personality Tyler Florence (who I only noticed was the author after paying attention to the bottom of the cover when I got home) will obviously never permanently trade in his chef hat for a laptop, but his story is not the…
  • Ike's Incredible Ink

    2 Aug 2014 | 10:09 am
    Does anyone have any stain remover?  My brain could use some. THREE PROSDespite some fairly serious issues in other facets of the process, it cannot be said that this premise is unoriginal   I wish all of the visuals were as awesome as the one where Ike is mixing his collection in the topless blenderAgain, while I didn't necessarily like the specific idea, I guess it only makes sense to have Ike's body be a splotch of inkTHREE CONS As noted above, I was not a big fan of Brianne Farley's illustrative style What's worse is that I thought the plot wasn't any…
  • The Toothless Tooth Fairy

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:29 am
    If you read this review before bed tonight, there might just be a shiny new quarter waiting for you under your pillow in the morning...           THREE PROS*The characters drawn by Anca Delia Budeanu are so perfect for the story -- in fact, I could easily see them in licensed boxes at my local toy store*As you'll see below, there are a few gaps in author Shanelle Hicks' plot that I would have tinkered with, but they don't detract all that much from what felt like a nicely-paced and cute story *Making tooth fairydom a job, complete with scheduled rotations…
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    BOOKVISIONS

  • Here is Where by Andrew Carroll

    Linda
    16 Aug 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Author Andrew Carroll was inspired to write this book after visiting the spot where Abraham Lincoln’s son was saved by the brother of Lincoln’s assassin.  He sought out forgotten places filled with history.  The book is broken up into short chapters, each with a different topic.  It is a fairly quick read because you can read a little at a time and then go back to it later.I’m not sure why some were included as “forgotten history” as the stories and places are fairly well known.  Some of the stories start out interesting, but then start to fizzle out. The stories…
  • Remains of Innocence by J.A. Jance

    Linda
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:48 am
    I am very pleased to be part of the Remains of Innocence by J.A. Jance Blog tour. Although there are quite a few Joanna Brady mysteries, this was my first. I never thought I was missing anything so I can say that this is a good stand-alone book.There were two stories going on at the same time that later merge into one. The storyline were never confusing, although there were quite a few characters, and I sometimes had trouble remembering who they were.  I liked most of the characters and the very normal family life Joanna has with her husband and children.  The story takes a few odd…
  • The Confession by Robert Whitlow

    Linda
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Assistant DA Holt Douglas has a tragic secret in his past that he has buried deep in his heart, but the people and circumstances in his life do not let it stay buried.  Holt discovers the files of an old case and secretly investigates was reported to be suicide. This was a good story of relationships, honesty, guilt, and forgiveness. The story starts out strong,  gets a little bogged down in too many details in the middle, but then again builds to a strong finish.  I liked all of the characters and their interactions.  I always enjoy reading about good characters of faith…
  • Schism The Battle For Darracia

    Linda
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:11 pm
    The planet Darracia has a growing social unrest as the divide between the upper and lower classes are growing. We watch Prince V’sair branch out from his education and grow as an individual and as a leader.  Battles with political motives, between family members, and internal struggles of the main characters made this a well-rounded tale that held my interest from beginning to end.I read this series out of order and read the second book first.  Although the second did well as a standalone, going back helped me understand who and what each character was and learn more about their…
  • Spider Woman’s Daughter, A Leaphorn & Chee Novel by Anne Hillerman

    Linda
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:13 am
    Had this been written as a first novel without claiming that they were a continuation of Tony Hillerman’s Leaphorn and Chee novels, I would have probably not been so disappointed. This book had no beautifully described landscape, no rich characters, and no interesting mystery to be solved that we were so accustomed to in Tony Hillerman’s books.  The characters in Spider Woman’s Daughter are cartoon-like, especially the “killer”.  I don’t really understand why the author decided to butcher the characters of Leaphorn and Chee.  Joe Leaphorn is shoved into the…
 
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    Book Dirt

  • The Free Bin: Cliffhangers, Notebook Hacks, and the Worst Possible Opening Lines

    18 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
    It’s been a busy week at Book Dirt HQ. If you don’t believe it, check out Film Dirt, the new sister blog to this one, which will feature research and stories related to lost films (the subject of the book at which I’ve been hammering away). Posts will still be aplenty here, such as last week’s posts on a rediscovered pulp novel how-to, and an analysis of the latest reason people are freaking out about a book cover. If you have a few more moments, have a cup of coffee and scrounge around in the Free Bin, where I've collected some of the best links I've found of late.A Hamlet…
  • Book Review: Pulp Fiction by Robert Turner

    15 Aug 2014 | 9:14 am
    This week’s forgotten book was almost truly forgotten. The fragile pamphlet on crumbling pulp stock was found in an old bookstore, rescued from obscurity, and is now available (for cheap) as an e-book. The pulp fiction how-to first came to my attention as one of blogger Randy Johnson’s entries into the Friday’s Forgotten Books event, and now it’s one of mine. After reading Pulp Fiction, I believe it deserves even more attention, especially from those interested in the age of pulps, whether as readers, writers, or both. Click to order Pulp Fiction—a penny cheaper than when it…
  • People Are Freaking Out About the New Cover of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    13 Aug 2014 | 9:49 am
    People are once again outraged over a book cover. (You might remember the kerfuffle over the romanticized cover of Flowers in the Attic or the chicklit-esque Bell Jar.)This time it's Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory that has readers reacting viscerally over graphic design. The new cover, part of the Penguin Modern Classics series, will debut for sale  in September.Penguin Modern Classics edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Cue the outrage. Following the cover reveal by Penguin, criticism began to appear swiftly on social media. To say people were appalled would be…
  • The Free Bin: Lawrence Block, Hotel Libraries, and Book Dirt’s New Companion Blog

    11 Aug 2014 | 10:48 am
    I can’t help but be biased: the biggest news in this round-up is the launch of Film Dirt, a Book Dirt spin-off where I’ll be sharing some of my research on lost films, plus reviews and articles on silent film—plus a few modern obscurities. While I’ve reprinted some film-related Book Dirt content to get the site started, new articles will debut this week, so bookmark or subscribe to be among my first readers. (You can also find additional content on the Facebook page.)NPR talked to Lawrence Block while walking around New York City. You can read the article, but you’re missing out if…
  • Corrosion by Jon Bassoff Is .99 on Amazon, and You Really, Really Need to Buy It

    8 Aug 2014 | 8:02 am
    Jon Bassoff’s Corrosion is on special in the Kindle edition for .99 for a couple of days, and I’d like to remind Book Dirt readers and noir fans that this is a book I raved about at full price. I chose Bassoff’s debut novel as one of my top five reads in last year’s “best” list.Corrosion: a must for noir fans, especially at this price. Click for more info.My blurb from the round-up:She was less than human, and aren’t we all.” - Joseph Downs in Corrosion.I recently reviewed this psycho-noir from independent publisher DarkFuse forHellnotes, where I agreed with others who have…
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    But What Are They Eating?

  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Back Lorne Oliver, Author of The Cistern

    14 Aug 2014 | 12:05 pm
    I asked the wonderful Shelley if I could do this write up and she graciously said yes.  Ten minutes later I wondered, Dude, what are they eating?  In The Cistern the main characters own and work at a restaurant, so it should be pretty simple.I have worked in the restaurant industry for nearly 10 years and have always been amazed at the variety of the characters you find working there, as well as the crazy things that can go on, so I of course wanted to write something that took place mostly in and around a restaurant.  I had started a few ideas, mostly dealing with life and…
  • FOODFIC: Please Welcome Lori Otto, Author of Lost & Found

    31 Jul 2014 | 8:19 am
    So, today on But What Are They Eating? we are going to change things up a bit:But What Aren’t They Eating?In my Emi Lost & Found series, there is one thing that the heroine Emi absolutely will not eat: chocolate.You’re probably thinking, “Is she really a woman?  Is she even human?” The answer is yes to both questions.In the three main novels, it’s mentioned on a few occasions that she doesn’t like or want chocolate.  It’s offered a couple times, but the reader never really knows the reason behind her distaste.On a side note, here’s a little tidbit about my…
  • FOODFIC: Frozen - Melissa de la Cruz & Michael Johnston

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:25 am
    The dystopia created by Cruz and Johnston is pretty much what the title implies – a bleak world of cold and ice, insufferable to all but the heat-eliteof the RSA (Remaining States of America). You could even say the second social tier is comprised of hooved quadrupeds – the few remaining cattle who are nurtured in expensive temperature-controlled stables. The cows probably [live] better lives than most people, in fact.Since clearly very few people are eating beef, the only meat available to the common folk consists of whale, walrus, or reindeer. Those who can’t stomach that are left…
  • FOODFIC: Welcome Serina Hartwell, Author of Hidden

    17 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    I first dreamt up the Hidden Saga many years ago, while at the bottom of my garden. It was a hot sunny day in the middle of August and I had a thirst that I just couldn’t quench. As I reminisce, I recall heading down with a glass of fresh orange and sitting for the longest time, just thinking, watching the water condensate around my glass and run down onto the table. Water – That was the only thing that I was sure of when I first made the decision that I really had something worth pursuing in Hidden. I had no idea where my story would take me, but it led me along a path that I’m still…
  • FOODFIC: Dorothy Must Die - Danielle Paige

    11 Jul 2014 | 6:42 am
    Her name may still be Dorothy Gayle, but she is nothing like the girl you remember from that first journey to Oz.She’s still wearing her trademark blue-and-white checks, but she’s traded in the farm-girl cotton for silk and chiffon in a style somewhere between haute couture and French hooker. Mm-hmm.Oh, and she’s wicked now, too. Not in title, of course, as the official wicked witch collective is still around, but as defined by her nasty behavior. And speaking of titles, she’s given herself a bold one: Princess Dorothy of Oz, second only to Ozma, who for all intents and purposes is…
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    Andy Straka

  • The Road Home

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

    andy
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    From the NY Post. You had to know this was coming…. http://nypost.com/2014/07/13/private-eyes-using-drones-to-nab-scammers-cheating-spouses/              
  • A Witness Above hits #1 on Amazon Ebook Bestseller (free) List!

    andy
    30 Jun 2014 | 4:05 pm
             
  • War Dogs Film

    andy
    29 Jun 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Saw this short documentary on service dogs helping veterans suffering from PTSD last night at the Ruff Cuts Film Festival. Very moving. Watch it here. http://wardogsfilm.com/
  • Game, Set, Match

    andy
    8 Jun 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Very cool. Raptors are being used for pigeon abatement at the French Open (not to mention three of the four Grand Slam tournament sites according to this article from the Wall Street Journal.)   http://online.wsj.com/articles/fiercest-match-of-french-open-tennis-tournament-raptor-vs-pigeon-1402101392  
 
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    BookLeverageBlog

  • Nonfiction Books Reading List July 2014 – The Books I Read to Get Ahead

    George Rodriguez
    1 Aug 2014 | 11:52 am
    These are the great nonfiction books I read in July.  Clearly most are tilted toward internet marketing and writing, which are two topics that have come to dominate my thinking recently. Jeff Walker’s Launch was responsible for me finally setting up a newsletter.  Thank you Jeff! That is the power of a great book read at the right time – action.  These books also helped me add to my arsenal of tips, tricks, tactics and strategies that I can use to deal with the world as an introvert. I’ll never be as high energy as John Lee Dumas, as smooth as Pat Flynn or as…
  • 10 Great Business Books – August 2014

    George Rodriguez
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:06 am
    Hundreds of business books come out every month. The hard part is knowing which are worth the time and money to read and buy and which are nothing more than extended magazine articles and vanity pieces. I scour the internet every month looking for hints, reviews, recommendations and suggestions for books being released.  I then whittle that list down to 10 great business books to share with my readers. Here is a PowerPoint I put together of the ten best.  Actually nine best business books and one book about Mona Lisa everyone should read because I’ve heard great things about it and…
  • Book Review – Podcast Launch

    George Rodriguez
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    One of the great products of the internet has been the rise of the self-made internet millionaire. Much like a Horatio Alger story, the internet millionaire embodies the hero’s struggle. He or she is a good guy/girl who just wants to do right, but they find themselves in a tough spot. It could be a bad boss, a job with no future or just a feeling of despair that the life they are living is not meant for them. But our hero finds a way out, somehow using the internet to make their fortune.  See Jeff Walker, Chris Guillebeau or John Acuff, et al. And the obvious next step in this path is to…
  • Bookleverage on YouTube!

    George Rodriguez
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:05 pm
    I’m on a mission to spread the love of non-fiction far and wide. And that is why Bookleverage is now on YouTube. At least for me when I get on YouTube the only book commentary I see is about sexy vampires, a dystopian future with love-crossed teenagers or a combination of the two. But not anymore nonfiction book lovers, because Bookleverage is on YouTube for good! I’m going to start out with videos that I create on Powtoon, but I might eventually come out with videos starring yours truly doing video book reviews and talking about nonfiction books in general. That might be better…
  • Little Fears

    George Rodriguez
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:21 pm
    So there I was, staring at the screen, thinking over my options. Do I press OK and release the start of my dream to the world (or at least my Facebook friends) or do I move on and just accept the status quo? It’s funny the little fears and the big tests that we all face as we struggle for success.  And what would seem to others as nothing, take on gigantic proportions in the minds of some. I want to start a newsletter.  I want to provide value to people so they will sign up and find out for themselves what I offer is helpful, useful and a positive in their lives.  I want to build…
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    The New Podler Review of Books

  • A Letter from Hell by William Presley

    17 Aug 2014 | 2:24 pm
    In a desperate attempt to save his soul before he dies, southern aristocrat William Virgil Hollingsmore writes the world a cautionary letter on the last of his twelve days in a personalized Hell. In it, through the haze of his own mental deterioration, he chronicles the horrors and agony that befell him at the hands of Satan, as well as the sad events leading up to this unfortunate climax.When Hollingsmore was a younger man, he was an alcoholic and did as he pleased when drunk. He's older now and full of regret. Upon returning home, he finds that Satan is chomping at the bit to claim him and…
  • First Stone by Gary Ballard

    16 Jul 2014 | 8:13 pm
    Forensic psychologist Dr. Jack Carter wakes from a semi-catatonic state in a mental hospital with no memory of the previous year. His wife, Sarah, has disappeared, and as the last human being to see her alive, Jack is the prime suspect in her disappearance. Without a body and with no physical evidence to prove foul play, the lead investigator and Jack's friend, Bill West, must continue to search for the truth even if it means fingering Jack for the crime. When a serial killer in West Virginia's coal country claims to have killed Sarah Carter, Bill and Jack rush to the crime scene. What they…
  • Cover Critics

    18 Jun 2014 | 7:09 am
    Over the last couple of years, I've written about how important it is for an indie author to have a good cover for their book. I've invited several indie authors here to talk about the process they went through to get their covers, whether doing it themselves or hiring a professional. M. Terry Green pointed me in the direction of affordable, professional designers who offer pre-designed and customizable covers—the growing list can be found by clicking on our "Book Cover Designers" tab.While we've seen a decrease in the number of bad covers submitted here, there seems to be no shortage…
  • Justice, Inc. by Dale Bridges

    3 Jun 2014 | 8:06 am
    Imagine a future where orphan children are adopted by international corporations and forced into indentured servitude, where zombie viruses are spread through heterosexual intercourse, where Osama bin Laden is cloned by the thousands for public execution. Welcome to the world of JUSTICE, INC. No one is safe. Nothing is sacred. And all sales are final.Justice, Inc. is a collection of short stories written by Dale Bridges and published by Monkey Puzzle Press. It is due to be released on June 20th.All in all, this is a solid collection of 21st century American satire. "In the Beginning: An…
  • Magic’s Heart by Thomas Oliver

    16 May 2014 | 2:00 pm
    If you write about a quest to deliver a magical object to a far-flung destination and thereby save the world from evil, you had better be up to the challenge, for your brave travelers unwittingly toil in the shadows of Frodo and Sam. Thomas Oliver makes a credible foray into this formidable subgenre with Magic’s Heart. This novel’s would-be heroes are a close-knit family whose members each possess a distinct magical talent. Seventeen-year-old Aliya has an affinity for bodies of water and the creatures that inhabit them. Her twin brother Crick has highly developed outdoor skills honed…
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    Any New Books?

  • This week’s new books in Politics

    Any new books?
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Politics’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea Stores: USA | Canada | Kindle | UK Kindle By Paul Ryan ISBN: 1455557560 Publisher: Twelve Publication date: August 19, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $14.99 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Agent Storm: My Life Inside al Qaeda and the CIA Stores: USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle By Morten Storm, Paul Cruickshank, Tim Lister ISBN: 0802123147 Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press Publication date: August 19, 2014 Binding:…
  • This week’s new books in Photography

    Any new books?
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Photography’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Rediscovering Jacob Riis: Exposure Journalism and Photography in Turn-of-the-Century New York Stores: USA | Canada | Kindle | UK Kindle By Bonnie Yochelson, Daniel Czitrom ISBN: 022618286X Publisher: University Of Chicago Press Publication date: August 18, 2014 Binding: Paperback Estimated price: $14.59 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Lara Gasparotto Stores: USA | UK | Italy By Lara Gasparotto ISBN: 9401415862 Publisher: Lannoo Publishers (Acc) Publication date:…
  • This week’s new books in Parenting and Families

    Any new books?
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Parenting and Families’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ The Artist’s Way for Parents: Raising Creative Children Stores: USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle By Julia Cameron, Emma Lively ISBN: 0399168818 Publisher: Tarcher Publication date: August 14, 2014 Binding: Paperback Estimated price: $8.00 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Timeless: Love, Morgenthau, and Me Stores: USA | UK | Canada | Italy | Kindle By Lucinda Franks ISBN: 0374280800 Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books Publication date: August 19, 2014…
  • This week’s new books in Medicine

    Any new books?
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Medicine’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician Stores: USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Sandeep Jauhar ISBN: 0374141398 Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux Publication date: August 19, 2014 Binding: Hardcover Estimated price: $12.53 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Illusions of a Future: Psychoanalysis and the Biopolitics of Desire Stores: USA | Canada | Italy By Kate Schechter ISBN: 0822357089 Publisher: Duke University Press Books Publication…
  • This week’s new books in Mathematics

    Any new books?
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Here are this week’s new releases for the category ‘Mathematics’. ★ Our Staff Pick ★ Riddles in Mathematics: A Book of Paradoxes Stores: USA | Canada | Italy | Kindle | UK Kindle By Eugene P Northrop ISBN: 0486780163 Publisher: Dover Publications Publication date: August 20, 2014 Binding: Paperback Estimated price: $7.09 Share this book on Twitter | Facebook | Google+ Mathematics for the Life Sciences Stores: USA | UK | Canada | Kindle | UK Kindle By Erin N. Bodine, Suzanne Lenhart, Louis J. Gross ISBN: 0691150729 Publisher: Princeton University Press Publication…
 
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    Liter8 Thoughts

  • Christian Mingle: The Movie

    litera9
    7 Aug 2014 | 5:16 pm
    Christian Mingle is one of the biggest Christian dating sites online. You may have seen the ads for it.  I think it’s cool it exists, just like there are dating sites for Jews and atheists.  However, for some reason, Corbin Bernsen (Better known as Sean Spencer’s dad from PSYCH) is writing a directing a movie about a girl pretending to be a Christian to get on Christianmingle.com. Here’s the trailer.   The concept feels like a really weak version of other comedies I’ve watched. That said, I have no idea what inspired Bernsen to write such an absurd film.  Was he…
  • Is there a Christian Persecution Complex?

    litera9
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:46 pm
    According to my friend and past editor Alan Noble, yes.  He wrote a feature for The Atlantic that does a great job of exploring the modern state of American Christianity and how so many are actively seeking reasons to claim persecution: The Christian church itself has a long history of telling stories of martyrdom and persecution. The stories of saints’ lives often center on their sufferings for Christ. For example, Fox’s Book of Martyrs is a popular and classic text recounting notable martyrdoms throughout church history. The purpose of these stories is to inspire and strengthen…
  • I’m back! (August 2014)

    litera9
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Aloha! I haven’t blogged in a few weeks, and am really sorry.  A lot has happened since my last post and now. I moved to New York, where I had to live with friends for a few weeks, then moved into an apartment I got an internship with Tom’s Guide/PURCh, where I get to cover tech and learn online media journalism. I attended Redeemer Presbyterian Church, the home of Timothy Keller and his amazing community. Now I have a long subway ride home and back, and have to socialize and explore the city.  However, because I believe this blog matters, I will be striving to post as often as…
  • Taking Off the Roof Pt. 3: HE IS THERE AND HE IS NOT SILENT

    litera9
    25 Jun 2014 | 12:57 pm
    As I end my journey through Schaeffer’s “trilogy of books”, I feel as though I’m ready to take on the world. Or at least the rest of Schaeffer’s work. After finishing God Who is There and Escape from Reason,  the pinnacle of the work is He is There, and He is Silent.  This book is more focused on a key question of how we hear and know God. Schaeffer argues that there is a metaphysical,  a moral and an epistemological need for a creator who is personally interested in personal beings. He then represents opposing ideas, and how they’re inconsistent.
  • NEVER FORGET GODINTEREST

    litera9
    20 Jun 2014 | 8:38 am
    Never forget that sites like GODINTEREST exist; where Christians thought they could feed a market by providing a Christian-only option for sites like Pinterest. How are Christian-only products like this able to show that we love our neighbors?  It only feeds the perception that we only care about our own.
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    Armida Books

  • The Publishing Process in GIF Form

    Haris Ioannides
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Found this compilation the other day and just had to share it with you : ) Very cool work by Nathan Bransford.   Reblogged from NATHAN BRANSFORD blog At first you’re thinking of writing brand viagra a novel and you’re all… But then you have an idea! And you go… But then you hit page 50 and you’re all…. And then you hit page 75 and you’re all… But you power through!! And then you’re finished!!! You have finished a novel!! Only then find out you have to start querying agents. So you write your query letter… You obsess over…
  • Gregory: And other award winning stories by Panos Ioannides – The Short Review

    Haris Ioannides
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:03 am
    Reblogged from The Short Review   “To his left, blood-red with azure reflections, the sea; in the distance, half sunk in the water, the sun; to his right and behind him, a green strip of land, perfectly geometrical, a symmetrical carpet spread in an inhospitable, bone-dry valley, scattered with shells and rocks, barren for a thousand years or more, since the time of the great drought which filled Cyprus with reptiles and monasteries.“ Reviewed by A J Kirby “Have you experienced violence? Personally?” “No. I avoided it as much as I could.” “Then…
  • Now Then: I Come to Bury the Author, Not to Praise Him

    Haris Ioannides
    18 May 2014 | 11:17 pm
    By Paul Stewart I spend much of my academic life as Professor of Literature at Nicosia University trying to convince students that the author is dead. They are rarely convinced. Now, with the publication of my own novel, Now Then, I find that I’m called upon to take on the role of the author. That role – besides the business of actually writing – might often seem like that of my other professional role, the lecturer. The lecturer stands before the class and tells, or rather suggests, what is going on in the novel, what is significant about it, how it means what it does and why so. How…
  • Nutrition During Endurance Competition

    Haris Ioannides
    25 Apr 2014 | 4:48 am
    Reblogged from: christostriathlon1 Glycogen is the form in which carbohydrates are stored in our bodies and can be found in the liver and muscles. Since the muscles have a greater overall surface area than the liver, a larger amount of glycogen (referred to as muscle cell glycogen) is stored there. Specifically, adults have about 2.6-3.5 ounces (75-100 grams) of carbohydrates stored in their liver glycogen and 10.6-14 ounces (300-400 grams) in their muscle cell glycogen. One of the processes taking place in the body of an athlete during an endurance race is that the stored amount of muscle…
  • 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. Evangelistria: The Holy Monastery of the Annunciation in Skiathos English Titles, History, Non Fiction €10.00 If you enjoyed this quiz, please share it with your friends and help spread the love for this wonderful sport!  
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    A Travelers' Library

  • Another Chilling Read from the Arctic

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
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  • Time Flies When You’re Telling Stories.

    Vera Marie Badertscher
    12 Aug 2014 | 11:21 am
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    On Books and Writing

  • 50 Excellent Fabulist Books Everyone Should Read

    Johann Thorsson
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:02 am
    Originally posted on Flavorwire:Fabulism, it seems, is having a moment — although whether it’s truly a trend is up for debate. Some might say it’s been right there, purring along all this time, while others might blink and wonder what you’re talking about. Such is always the case with magic. But whether you’re a newbie or an…
  • Joe Lansdale on Where His Stories Come From

    Johann Thorsson
    18 Jun 2014 | 5:13 am
    “Sometimes the environment shapes the story. I know it’s that way with me. This part of East Texas is thick with trees, damp with water, humid with sweat and the smell of rain-wet low lands. It’s got snakes and gators and stickers and flies, mosquitoes and ticks, chiggers and lice. It’s got the moon through…
  • 5 Magical Books by Women

    Johann Thorsson
    16 Jun 2014 | 2:44 am
    Recently, some dust was thrown up regarding why women-only prizes should be a thing. While I think it unfair that the need for a separate women’s prize in literature exists, I think the prize itself is a good thing. Also, the more literary prizes, the better, right? I don’t choose books based on the gender of a…
  • Should Writers Read Classics or Trash? Four Writers Answer

    Johann Thorsson
    15 Jun 2014 | 3:47 pm
    In recent months I’ve interviewed a few writers. There’s a certain question I try remember to ask them all, since it is something I wonder a lot about when it comes to choosing which books I read in an attempt to become a better writer. Here is the magical question: Authors Dan Simmons and Stephen…
  • Ellen Datlow Interview

    Johann Thorsson
    6 Jun 2014 | 4:26 am
    I had a few words with Ellen Datlow over email earlier this year, and interviewed her for Bookriot in conjunction with Women in Horror Month and the release of Lovecraft’s Monsters. Here is that interview now, for your reading pleasure. February was Women in Horror Month, and the first person I thought of when I…
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    My Book and My Coffee

  • Book Spotlight: Elemental Magic Series

    6 Aug 2014 | 10:21 am
    Today, I'm featuring Brynna Curry's Elemental Magic series, a little more focused on Book 1, Earth Enchanted. This is really exciting, you guys! Check it out! :) Don't forget to enter the FAB giveaway at the end! Series Buy LinksGoodreads│Amazon│Barnes & Noble│Kobo│KensingtonEarth Enchanted by Brynna CurryWriter Liv Corrigan has the worst luck with men -- her telepathy tends to make them run for the hills. When she meets widower and ex-cop Jack Roarke, she decides to keep her talent hidden. Things are looking up until their third date crashes and burns as the man…
  • Guest Post: Playing Your Opposite by Traci Borum

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Let's all welcome Traci Borum, author of Painting the Moon, Book 1 in the Chilton Crosse series. She is currently on tour to support the newly released novel and I'm very happy to be a part of it! Today, she will shed some light on how she writes characters. It's quite interesting, really. Find out what she has to say about it here. And don't forget to enter the awesome giveaway at the end of this post. :) When I’m brainstorming a novel, I usually always find a pretty significant piece of myself inside my main characters.  It’s just easy to relate to them if they have at…
  • Official Launch: Every Ugly Word

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    Good news, everyone! Today's the official launch of Aimee Salter's book with a major publisher + exciting new program! Check it out! :) Today, Amazon Publishing and Alloy Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Television Group, announced a digital-first imprint that will focus on young adult, new adult and commercial fiction. The new imprint, named Alloy Entertainment, will be part of Amazon Publishing’s Powered by Amazon program. Powered by Amazon enables publishers and authors to leverage Amazon’s global distribution and personalized, targeted marketing reach.Alloy…
  • Guest Post: The Next Idea by May Williams

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:16 am
    Where and how do you get ideas for your next book? May Williams, author of Raising Her Hopes, is here today to talk about getting that 'next idea'. Check it out! Also, don't forget to enter the nice giveaway below! :) Writers are always looking for the next idea or trying to refine the ones circulating in their heads in order to get a book from the brain to the page. To help me along, I like to talk to new people and ask lots of questions. When I’m experiencing something new, I’m always thinking about using it in a book. So I ask even more questions. Recently, on a family…
  • WW Giveaway: Manroot by Anne Steinberg

    30 Jun 2014 | 7:14 am
    Today's giveaway features the fantasy, romance novel of Anne Steinberg, Manroot. Take a look and please enter the giveaway below. :)  Manroot by Anne SteinbergFantasy, RomanceBook Description: In the spring of 1939, Katherine Sheahan and her father, Jesse, are looking for work in the isolated tourist town of Castlewood. Jesse gets a job as handyman and Katherine as a maid at a small hotel. Jesse drinks and neglects his work and eventually disappears, abandoning his daughter. Frieda Broom, the hotel Manager, takes Katherine under her wing, and teaches her about ginseng, the manroot,…
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    Where Writers Win

  • What’s Your Writing Routine?

    Shari Stauch
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Our thanks to editor and Pressque founder Ellie Maas Davis for this guest post! “To be a writer is to sit down at one’s desk in the chill portion of every day, and to write; not waiting for the little jet of the blue flame of genius to start from the breastbone—just plain going at it, in pain and delight. To be a writer is to throw away a great deal, not to be satisfied, to type again, and then again, and once more, and over and over…” –John Hersey Becoming a writer is about routine and commitment, commitment and routine. No matter what the genre, a writer must have…
  • Seven Ways to Use Your Video Book Trailer

    Shari Stauch
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:04 am
    Whether you’ve created your own book trailer, used one of our resources, or had a super slick video book trailer produced in Hollywood, you’ll want to get the most mileage out of it. That means finding new and creative ways to get that video seen by potential readers! Here are seven (plus) ways you can and should be sharing your video book trailers. Have more? Share your insights with your comments below! 1. YouTube.com – The most obvious of course (besides your own author website) is YouTube. Once you’ve uploaded your video there, it’s also easy to share it to a…
  • Freebie Friday: Three Months of Bookarma!

    Shari Stauch
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    We tweeted about Bookarma back on May 31, 2014. Now, the good folks at Bookarma have offered our readers another incentive, a free 3-month subscription for the first 250 to sign up. The coupon code to get three free months (for the first 250) is WritersWin. To take advantage of this free offer ($45 value, no strings attached), visit http://bookarma.net. This new social sharing site for authors works easily, and lets authors load their own book info, then gain points for sharing other books on the site with their own social networks. The more you share, the more often your book is seen and can…
  • 10 Worst Things to Do When the Media Calls

    Shari Stauch
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Our thanks to media relations expert and award-winning author Christina Hamlett for this guest post. Graphic provided by freedigitalphotos.net When your new book comes out, wouldn’t you love a call from a reporter wanting an interview? Wheee! You could be on your way to becoming a media darling. Unfortunately, the potential for totally botching this invitation to free publicity is pretty high. Herein are the 10 most common mistakes that will land you on a reporter’s never-call-again list. Blowing It Off. Even if you’re crazy-busy, terminally lazy, or simply aren’t interested,…
  • What is an Author Supposed to Tweet About?

    Shari Stauch
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    I know I’m supposed to be on Twitter. But what am I supposed to tweet?And why would anyone want to read what I tweet? Before we address the value and use of Twitter for authors, a surgeon general’s warning: If you’re only using Twitter to broadcast your own message, you’re missing a whole wide world of interesting and fascinating content. We often advise it’s better to begin by re-tweeting to get a sense of all the great stuff that IS out there on Twitter. True, it may take you a bit of time to learn what’s a flourishing plant and what’s just weeds,…
 
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    Bizzybiz Blog

  • There, I Fixed It: The 50 Shades Trailer

    14 Aug 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Look, my review of the Fifty Shades movie trailer was a bit lacking, I know that. It didn't have any of my usual vitriol or creative swearing and it did not, I think, express my feelings about the trailer or the existence of a movie at all as clearly as it should have. I just couldn't find the right words to illustrate my total non-excitement about this film.But then I had an epiphany. While watching it for the dozenth time trying to think of something clever to say about it, I realized: I don't have to say anything! I can show you how I feel! By re-shooting the entire trailer (nearly) shot…
  • 50 Shades En Fuego

    4 Aug 2014 | 1:49 pm
    THIS IS IT YOU GUYS. I am finally done reading these books and I swear to Christ if she writes a fourth one so help me I will burn the publishing house to the ground, pour gasoline on the ashes and BURN THEM AGAIN.Because E.L. James is an artless, bungling, inept tool, she couldn't simply write one epilogue that concisely wraps up the book and provides the audience with closure (such as a month later, Christian dies in a fiery helicopter crash and Ana immolates herself because she can NEVER LOVE AGAIN and the rest of us can all live happily ever after). Instead she wrote three of them because…
  • Fifty Shades Trailer Review

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:15 pm
    The Fifty Shades movie trailer came out on Thursday, and while I did record myself reviewing it, the only funny thing that came out of it was when I gave it "one thumb...up your butt". StereoNinja and I have come up with a better idea for a video than that, but it's going to take some real effort so it might be a while, however it will be worth it. Having said that, I do still want to do a review of the trailer.First of all, let me start off by saying to the gentlemen of the audience, I am so so sorry you are going to have to sit through this on Valentine's Day next year. Although you'll…
  • 50 Shades Illogical

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:49 pm
    I read and review Fifty Shades Freed so you don't have to.I don't even know where to begin. Maybe with the question I kept thinking over and over during this last section: I'M SORRY, WHAT?????E.L. James spends the last two numbered chapters of her book trying to wrap everything up in a neat little package. SPOILER ALERT: SHE FAILS. Instead what happens is she creates more questions than she answers, and the few things she does answer have explanations that make NO SENSE. I mean, AT ALL. Seriously, even working from within the horrifying stereotypes she's set out for her characters and "why…
  • The Invasion Continues

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:06 am
    I am hysterical right now.I have mentioned before that this house has a spider problem. That problem is getting worse. StereoNinja sprays and sprays, and all that happens is they start showing up where he hasn't sprayed. Spray the corners? They move to the middle of the crown moulding. Spray the whole perimeter of the ceiling? They move down to the middle of the wall. Spray the walls? "Fine, we'll just crawl on the floor!" they laugh derisively.It's a daily, multiple spider problem. I didn't write about it at the time because it was a happy post, but while I was cleaning the living room for…
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    Soul Destruction

  • Collateral Damage: Sex Workers and the Anti-Trafficking Campaigns at Kampnagel, Hamburg

    Ruth Jacobs
    17 Aug 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Originally posted on Ruth Jacobs:Guest post by Carol Leigh http://vimeo.com/98282879 Trailer from Collateral Damage: Sex Workers and the Anti-Trafficking Campaigns This work is dedicated in Loving Memory to Andrew Hunter, who held my (virtual) hand through this process, encouraged me and provided an abundance of information and material. FANTASIES THAT MATTER. IMAGES OF SEXWORK IN…
  • FREE on Kindle: ‘Life’ a short crime story

    Ruth Jacobs
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:40 am
    Max’s criminal career has been going downhill since it began when he was sixteen on an armed robbery job with his father. Now in his mid-forties, he’s spent more time in jail than on criminal endeavours and he’s back inside again.
  • The Sex Trade: Lies, the ‘Voice of the Voiceless’ and Other Silencing Tactics

    Ruth Jacobs
    8 Jun 2014 | 1:07 am
    Most people are voiceless because no one is letting them talk or listening to them when they do. There is a lot to be said for quitting being the voice of the voiceless and letting people speak for themselves. But not by those seeking to abolish the sex trade. Words are put into people's mouths when they can be, and when they can't, those people are silenced and dismissed.
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    Book reviews, author interviews

  • My Kind of Risky Business: Curiosity

    Sherry Helms
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:47 am
    Guest Author: Michael J. Rosen I’m a homebody. I’ve spent all my life, save a few years during post-graduate educations, in Central Ohio. I’m not much of a risk-taker, adrenaline junkie, frequent traveler, or lover of extreme…anything, really. So how it is that I am fascinated by others who are? How it is I’ve written […]
  • An Interview with Edward Kelsey Moore on His Debut Novel, “The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat”

    Sherry Helms
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:01 am
    Guest Author: Edward Kelsey Moore It’s no wonder that Edward Kelsey’s Moore debut, The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat, has been well-received by critics and readers. It’s an extremely terrific and intriguing story of three powerful women and their deep friendship. Published in more than eight languages, this debut novel was also praised by Kirkus, Publishers […]
  • Dead Man’s Time – Life Doesn’t Come or Go

    Sherry Helms
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:54 am
    Guest Author: Peter James  In July 2011, I was having dinner in New York with a detective friend in the NYPD, Pat Lanigan.  He told me that his great-uncle was Dinny Meehan, the feared and ruthless head of the White Hand Gang – the Irish Mafia who controlled the New York and Brooklyn waterfronts, and […]
  • The Work of Art in the World: Civic Agency and Public Humanities

    Sherry Helms
    11 Aug 2014 | 3:08 am
    Guest Author: Doris Sommer The Work of Art in the World is a celebration of art and interpretation that take on social challenges–a text that I hope will steer the humanities back to a productive engagement with the world. The Work of Art in the World is informed by many writers and theorists. Foremost among them […]
  • The Birth of: Yoga for Runners (The Book) by Christine Felstead

    Sherry Helms
    6 Aug 2014 | 3:29 am
    Guest Author: Christine Felstead In 2000, my interest in yoga overshadowed my identity as a 20 year running veteran. It felt like divorcing one partner in favour of a healthier relationship. This led to exiting the corporate world to become a dedicated yoga practitioner and instructor. Going on a hunch that yoga could help other […]
 
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    Books Without Any Pictures

  • “The Ghost Bride” by Yangsze Choo

    Grace Troxel
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
      In The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo, a young Chinese woman navigates the boundaries between life and death as she approaches her wedding day. After her mother died, Li Lan’s father neglected her social life, instead choosing to sit in his office and smoke opium.  Now Li Lan nearly eighteen, and her prospects for marriage are bleak.  Her family has no money because her father hasn’t been paying attention to his business since his wife’s death.  One day, a member of the Lim family offers a unique proposition.  Li Lan could marry their son, who recently passed away,…
  • “The Assassin’s Curse” by Cassandra Rose Clarke

    Grace Troxel
    17 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
      There are three ways of bettering yourself in the Pirates’ Confederation, Mama told me once: murder, mutiny, and marriage. Ananna of the Tanarau grew up on a pirate ship.  She’s about to be married off to a member of the Hariri clan, a rival pirate family, but she doesn’t like her fiance and runs away instead.  Ananna has heard stories since she was a little girl about the mystical assassins known as the Jadorr’a, but she’s never seen one, and doesn’t think they’re real.  They’re like a bogeyman or a monster under the bed. The Hariris…
  • Giveaway: The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic

    Grace Troxel
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
      In celebration of the paperback release of Emily Croy Barker’s The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic, the publisher is letting me give away one copy of the book. To enter, please use the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.  The giveaway is US only and will run until September 5.  The winner has 48 hours to get back to me once I send the e-mail, otherwise I’ll draw a new one. THE THINKING WOMAN’S GUIDE TO REAL MAGIC (Penguin Paperback; On-sale: August 2014; $16.00; ISBN: 9780143125679) is the richly imagined story of what one young woman must... Read more »…
  • “The Mark of the Tala” by Jeffe Kennedy

    Grace Troxel
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
      The Mark of the Tala by Jeffe Kennedy is a fantasy romance novel about a young princess who is more than she seems.  Princess Andromeda (but everyone calls her Andi) is the middle sister.  She’s a bit of a tomboy and doesn’t fit in.  One day, she goes riding in the wild lands outside the castle and meets Rayfe, a handsome stranger who tells her that the Tala need her and that she will be his queen. Andi is understandably freaked out.  The Tala are basically the fae.  They possess great magic and can even shapeshift, but people think... Read more » The post…
  • Kickstarter: The 11th Hour by Timothy Lyon Jr.

    Grace Troxel
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The 11th Hour by Timothy Lyon Jr. William Bryant is an Uppercity citizen who, just like everyone else, is perfect in every way. Day in and day out he continues life like so many others. However, a natural curiosity was born out of the staleness of perfection and now takes over William’s better judgment from time to time. After encountering the so-called “imperfect” from the Undercity, he sneaks his way down below Axiom’s Uppercity, a world his has never known. He discovers not a city that people claim to be hideous, rancid, and imperfect, but a one that is perfect...
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    Digesting the Words

  • Sacrifice (Daughters of Lilith #3) by Jennifer Quintenz #BookReview

    Farhana Chowdhury
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    It took me a while to finally sit down and write this review for multiple reasons. I’m an impatient person you see. I’d rather read (or watch) an entire series in one go, than wait around for the next book (or episode) to be released. I hate the waiting! So now that I’ve finally caught up with The Daughters of Lilith series, I’m kicking myself because I need the next book! Sacrifice is so good! I’m anxiously awaiting the next book, Guardian, which will be out this year! But first, let’s discuss Sacrifice. This book was sent to me to review in…
  • Incubus (Daughters of Lilith #2) by Jennifer Quintenz #BookReview

    Farhana Chowdhury
    11 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    This book was sent to me to review in return for an honest review. At no point did I receive any payment for this review. Digesting The Words contains associate/affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy for more info.Incubus by Jennifer Quintenz Series: Daughters of Lilith #2 Genres: Demons, Fantasy, Love & Romance, Young Adult Pages: 295 Format: eBook • Buy from Amazon UK • Braedyn Murphy used to think nothing important ever happened in her sleepy town of Puerto Escondido. But that was before she learned she was a descendent of Lilith, the mother of all demons. Now Braedyn fights to…
  • The Luthier’s Apprentice by Mayra Calvani #BookReview & Excerpt

    Farhana Chowdhury
    7 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    This book was sent to me to review in return for an honest review. At no point did I receive any payment for this review. Digesting The Words contains associate/affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy for more info.The Luthier's Apprentice by Mayra Calvani Series: Violinist Detective Series #1 Genres: Fantasy, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Supernatural, Young Adult Pages: 184 Format: eARC • Buy from Amazon UK •Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840), one of the greatest violinists who ever lived and rumored to have made a pact with the devil, has somehow transferred unique powers to another……
  • The Vagrants by Yiyun Li #BookReview

    Farhana Chowdhury
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:05 am
    The Vagrants by Yiyun Li Published by HarperCollins UK Published date 2013-03-28 Genres: Asian Literature, Fiction, Historical Fiction Pages: 352 Format: Paperback Brilliant and illuminating, this astonishing debut novel by the award-winning writer Yiyun Li is set in China in the late 1970s, when Beijing was rocked by the Democratic Wall Movement, an anti-Communist groundswell designed to move China beyond the dark shadow of the Cultural Revolution toward a more enlightened and open society. In this powerful and beautiful story, we follow a group of people in a small town during this dramatic…
  • A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby #BookReview

    Farhana Chowdhury
    9 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    This book was sent to me to review in return for an honest review. At no point did I receive any payment for this review. Digesting The Words contains associate/affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy for more info.A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby Published by Penguin Genres: Contemporary, Fiction Pages: 288 Format: Paperback 'Can I explain why I wanted to jump off the top of a tower block?' For disgraced TV presenter Martin Sharp the answer's pretty simple: he has, in his own words, 'pissed his life away'. And on New Year's Eve he's going to end it all . .
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    Reading in the Garden

  • Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

    17 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?  I am. (Classics)Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf is about one day in the life of a woman getting ready for a party she is hosting—or so I thought. What I found out is that only two small instances in the book are devoted to Mrs. Dalloway’s party preparations.  Her venture to a shop in London to pick up flowers is how the book begins, and offers a most famous literary line. “Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.”   The other party “fuss” is when Clarissa Dalloway sits down and calmly mends the green dress she is…
  • The Classic Reading Challenge

    4 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Kicking It with the Classics (Reading List)If you’re just tuning in, you may not have noticed that every so often I toss in reviews of classic books.  My interest in classics dates back to ninth-grade English class with Mr. Haynes.  At the end of the school year Mr. Haynes gave us a reading list for summer break.  Most of the books on the list were classics. For some reason I kept the list and years later after high school, I looked at it and decided, what the heck, let’s give this thing a whirl.  Slowly I started reading the books and marking them off.  Each year…
  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Secrecy and Surprises in Spain (Mysterious Intrigue) The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón is about a boy’s investigation into the enigmatic life of author, Julián Carax. After reading Carax’s novel The Shadow of the Wind,Daniel wants to enjoy more of his books only to discover that someone has systematically burned every copy of his published works.  As the story progresses Daniel enlists the help of a co-worker, ex-political prisoner, ex-bum, and always entertaining Fermín, to get to the bottom of this mystery.  What they discover is a puzzle that slowly reveals the…
  • The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Take a Walk on the Weird Side(Classics) The Metamorphosis (Die Verwandlung) by Franz Kafka is a super-short, 59-page, surreal classic.  Think—Salvador Dali in written format.  One morning Gregor Samsa wakes up to discover he had transformed into a monstrous bug. Strangely, his first thought isn’t “Holy, crap!  What’s happened to me?!!!”  It’s more like “OMG, I’m going to be late for work!” Now, that’s not a sign of a dedicated employee. It’s pure and simple fear.  His boss is a real orb-smasher, if you know what I meanIn the living room, his…
  • The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

    14 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Wild About Oscar (Classics)The Importance of Being by Oscar Wilde is a brief, 55-65 page play, depending on the edition. It’s also one of Oscar Wilde’s most famous works.  First performed on stage in 1895, it is a comedy of deception and misunderstandings.  Two friends both assume the name “Ernest” to impress two different women who happen to love that name. Enter a droll butler or two, a snobbish aunt, and mix it all up with snappy dialogue and you have ready-made smiles. It’s fun. It’s short. And it’s worth a look. You can find it online at:…
 
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    Tolstoy Therapy

  • On Visiting Dove Cottage, William Wordsworth's Home, to Better Enjoy His Poetry

    Lucy
    16 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    I recently spent three days in the English Lake District, which could only mean one thing: a mandatory visit to Dove Cottage, William Wordsworth's home between 1799 - 1808. Located in Grasmere, a short but idyllic bus journey from Windermere, fans of Romanticism - or any other reader or visitor - can tour the 400-year-old cottage and garden where Wordsworth wrote some of the greatest poetry in the English language.The view of Dove Cottage, Wordsworth's home, from the top of the garden.This is where Wordworth spent over eight years of "plain living, but high thinking", writing much of the…
  • I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes: One of The Best Thrillers Ever Written?

    Lucy
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:02 am
    As I was approaching London Charing Cross on the train last month, I saw a nearby passenger completely engrossed in a book. He got off the train with the pages still open and sat down on a bench just opposite the train doors to finish his page. Later that same day, I heard the same book - I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes - recommended by one friend to another in Waterstones.When you keep hearing a book be praised by complete strangers, I think you have to readjust your reading list accordingly.I Am Pilgrim is a superb book, and I think the Guardian have it right when they say that it is "the only…
  • How Much Do You Really Remember About The Books You've Read?

    Lucy
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:35 am
    I'll admit that when it comes to my reading, occasionally I focus on quantity rather than quality. In 2012 I read 93 books, which was, in hindsight, far too many. What was the name of the protagonist in The Lighthouse by Alison Moore? I haven't a clue.It was by reading Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer, a superb book on memory, that I started properly thinking about this. How many books do I know really well?I think a lot of us readers can relate to Foer when he writes:One Hundred Years of Solitude: I remember magical realism and that I enjoyed it. But that's about it. I…
  • What Leo Tolstoy Can Teach Us About Overcoming Anxiety

    Lucy
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:38 am
    Tolstoy at the time of writing War andPeace, 1868. Image source.While on a trip to the Penza region in 1869 to look at some land he was interested in buying, Tolstoy stopped overnight at a hotel in the Russian town of Arzamas. Despite feeling 'perfectly well' and tired after travelling, at two o'clock in the morning Tolstoy was gripped by an intense fear of dying and suffered a full-blown panic attack.Tolstoy's experience of anxietyFellow anxiety sufferers will be able to relate to Tolstoy's description of "despair, fear and terror, the like of which [you have] never experienced before".
  • 8 Books for Every Bookworm to Have in Their (Miniature) Library

    Lucy
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:04 am
    My book collection has invaded every room of my house and continues to grow at an alarming rate. This, I reassure myself, is all part of a bookworm's life.As a dedicated bookworm, here are 8 of the books from my 'library' which I'm most protective over. They travel with me to and from university, and they're always being picked up and recommended to others. For me, they're the must-own books for every booklover.As a fellow booklover, which books would you add or remove from the list?1. The Creative Habit by Twyla TharpThis is my go-to provider of inspiration and creative wisdom. It's a superb…
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    Book Club Reading List

  • Author Interview – Linda Yezak

    admin
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:20 am
    What inspired you to write this book?   In the early turn of this century, there were two shows on CMT: Cowboy U, in which city folks were allowed hands-on experience with ranching, and Ty Murray’s Celebrity Bull Riding, in which–as the title implies–celebrities, who […]
  • Backdoor Tales: Lipstick and I, Judas

    admin
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:25 am
    LIPSTICK An unwanted, unloved child is left orphaned by parents who never wanted her in the first place. She is taken in by strangers who want to sell her for illicit favors. Only she turns the tide on them and commits her first two murders. […]
  • Author Interview – SaBrowny Rae

    admin
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:19 am
    What inspired you to write this book?   As a child growing up in the fifties my great grandmother use to tell us tall tales on her back porch in the summertime. She would have us so excited and always wanting more with her twists […]
  • Author Interview – John Hohn

    admin
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:04 am
    What inspired you to write this book?   Detective Raker became a favorite among readers of my first novel, “Deadly Portfoio,” and I thought a sequel would help keep readers interested in the detective. I was a member of a property owners’ association for more […]
  • Give the Lady a Ride

    admin
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:49 am
    “She’s no bigger than a newborn heifer,” is Talon Carlson’s first impression of Patricia Talbert when he discovers the ranch he’d hoped to inherit now belongs her. Part-time bull rider, full-time ranch foreman, he realizes his entire future rests in the hands of a tiny […]
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    Long Island Pulse

  • “Shots Fired” by C.J. Box

    info@lipulse.com
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:08 am
    You’re stuck. Trapped in an elevator, office, front seat of a car, wishing you were someplace, anyplace, else. The people with you are getting on your last nerve. You’ve heard the same phrases over and over and over and you want to scream. We’ve all been there. We’ve all lived through the irritation, but what’s funny is that it’s not at all chafing to read about it happening to someone else. And that’s just one of the themes in “Shots Fired,” a book of short stories by C.J. Box. Throughout the years, says Box, fans have asked where they could find some of his shorter works,…
  • “The Norm Chronicles” by Michael Blastland and David Spiegelhalter

    info@lipulse.com
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:39 am
    You hadn’t seen your old classmate in years. He was never at reunions or any events. He never called you, either, and truth be known, you kind of forgot about him – until his name came up on Tuesday and on Wednesday afternoon, you spotted his face in the background of a stranger’s online photo. Total coincidence? What are the odds?  Michael Blastland and David Spiegelhalter say they’re actually pretty good, and in “The Norm Chronicles,” they explain. Congratulations, your lottery numbers all came up. You missed being in an accident. You were in the right place at the right…
  • “A Wolf Called Romeo” by Nick Jans

    info@lipulse.com
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Your dog just can’t get enough of “catch.” Yes, he has plenty of toys, and just picking one up incites a glint-eyed round of the game. Nothing, apparently, is better than snatching something from the air. He’d play til he dropped, if you’d let him. Some dogs love a ball. Some dogs love squeaky-toys, while others crave complicated playthings. And in the new book “A Wolf Called Romeo” by Nick Jans, some dogs have unusual playmates, too. Nick Jans was astounded at the size of the pawprints. They weren’t ordinary, dog-sized prints; these were huge, indicative of a wolf prowling…
  • Summer Lagniappe

    info@lipulse.com
    6 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    This time of year always does it to you: you start seeing places to clean. Any other time, there can be a whole warren of dust bunnies living with you, but that restless last part of summer…?  Nope, gotta clean – which leads you to this years’ big discovery: a Christmas bookstore gift certificate that you forgot but that you found. So what to do with it?  You could send it to me. No, just kidding. Why not use it on any of these great reads: FICTION A forced suicide, a powerful family, and a long-buried secret are at the heart of “What We Lost in the Dark” by Jacquelyn…
  • “Laws of Wrath” by Eriq La Salle

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    30 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    One for me, and one for you. Divvying up candy when you were a kid was an almost-exact science. Everybody had to have an equal amount, and they watched closely to ensure that happened. One for you, one for me. Even Steven, it’s all the same. But, in the new book “Laws of Wrath” by Eriq La Salle, what’s good for the goose might kill the gander. Phee Freeman could never forget why his brother left the family. A.J. was gay, which was something that neither Phee, nor their father, Clay, could accept back then. When Phee and Clay learned the truth, it was as if A.J. had never been born.
 
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    Beth's Book Reviews

  • Featured Book: Impressions and Memories by Thomas Noel Smith

    Beth (BBRB)
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:09 am
    About the book: In Impressions and Memories, poet Thomas Smith draws on a wide array of inspirations and reflections to create a collection of poems that speak to the song burning deep within each of us. Using the rhythm, melody, and language of traditional poetic forms, these verses distill the essence of daily experience, from the beauty of the world around us to the poignant nostalgia of cherished memories. Lyrical and thoughtful, deeply felt and broadly accessible, Impressions and Memories will remind you of the richness and wonder of the world around you, and give you a moment…
  • Review: Above All Things by Tanis Rideout

    Beth
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A New York Times Editor's Choice 1924. George Mallory is arguably the last great British explorer, having twice tried—and failed—to conquer Mount Everest. The mountain has haunted him, but his attempts have captivated the hearts of a nation desperate to restore its former glory after World War I. Yet George has sworn to his wife, Ruth, that he will not mount a third attempt. He will remain with her and their three children instead of again challenging the unreachable peak. Then, one afternoon, Ruth reads a telegram addressed to George: “Glad to have you aboard again.” And…
  • Review: Treat Yourself by Jennifer Stainhauer

    Beth
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    If you grew up on corner-store treats, memory lane is paved with Ho Hos, Yodels, Oreos, and Ring Dings. And while your taste buds may have grown up a bit, chances are you still crave these classic flavors. Now you can re-create the lunch-box delights that made you the envy of other kids, with all-natural homemade versions.After much obsessing and experimentation, Jennifer Steinhauer has cracked the code for 70 iconic treats to re-create in your own kitchen. There are cookies with a perfect crunchy base for cream filling, snack cakes with frosting so thick you can peel it off all at once,…
  • Featured Book: If These Trees Could Only Talk by Theodore L. Kazimiroff

    Beth (BBRB)
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:01 am
    About the book: Ever wished for a “read”, intense and compelling, with life and death adventures? Add characters with real emotions and personalities that “ring true.” Here is an amazing journey of mind and spirit, bound to get your blood racing. You will vicariously experience fear, pain, even death, at the hands of real villains. Here is the “Catharsis” Aristotle defined as the necessary goal of “drama.” What makes this story so different? It is real! The Earth-shattering cataclysms, blizzards of Ice age proportions, invasions, piracy, theft of homeland, wars and much more…
  • Review: Writing with the Master by Tony Vanderwarker

    Beth
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    With seven unpublished novels wasting away on his hard drive, Tony Vanderwarker is astonished when John Grisham offers to take him under his wing and teach him the secrets of thriller writing. “The beginning and the end are easy,” Grisham tells him. “It’s the three hundred pages in the middle that’s the hard part.”  To ensure his plot doesn’t run out of gas, Grisham puts Tony though his outline process. Tony does one, and then Grisham asks for another … and another … and another. As they work together, Grisham reveals the techniques that have helped him create compelling…
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    The Literary Yard

  • Story: Chopstix

    Author
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:24 am
    By: S.D. Lavender Before I ended up here, I played piano four nights a week at Fong’s Chinese joint on the north side. I was pretty good, but nobody really […]
  • Poem: The Littles

    Author
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:08 am
    By: Amber Box The Littles scatter like fallen leaves Freeze dried, blowing across an autumn wind The sweet smell of late honeysuckle Sits on the tongue as if you could […]
  • Poem: The Meadow

    Author
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:43 am
    By: Rachael Welch I am a meadowlark, Wandering through the thick oak forest Longing for clearings in the dense brush, so I can Embrace the miniature grasses again. “Tickle my naked […]
  • Dilettante’s delight: A date to remember

    Author
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:47 am
    By : Jeshtha Kamra A man there was, Not understood by many. His friends were superfluous, If he had any, Levitas his principle, Pleasure his aim, Neither guilt existed for […]
  • Non-fiction: Kudos to this girl!

    Author
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:31 am
    By: Shilpa   It was a pleasant morning, I boarded a bus in Banshankari and sat glued to the window next to my seat. The pleasant weather and my mood […]
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    WordTrance

  • Sentence Level Checklist

    Michael
    7 Aug 2014 | 4:44 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction There are a lot of sentence level pitfalls we tend to make as writers. A few of those are listed below. Give your story a pass with this checklist to The post Sentence Level Checklist appeared first on WordTrance.
  • Poetry in Prose

    Michael
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction Prose is the go-to method when writing fiction. It is basic text without regard to any structure or the sound of words. It is clear, straight-forward, easy to understand, and The post Poetry in Prose appeared first on WordTrance.
  • In the Tall Grass by Stephen King & Joe Hill

    Michael
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction In the Tall Grass During a cross-country trip, siblings Cal and Becky Demuth stop to investigate the sounds of a child calling for help from the surrounding field of grass. The post In the Tall Grass by Stephen King & Joe Hill appeared first on WordTrance.
  • A Study in Emerald by Neil Gaiman

    Michael
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:12 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction A UNIQUE MIX Weaving together horror and a detective story, Neil Gaiman crafts a unique and inventive short-story using his customary charming voice. Specifically, A Study in Emerald combines the The post A Study in Emerald by Neil Gaiman appeared first on WordTrance.
  • Laugh Out Loud! Top Five Humour Books For Children

    Michael
    11 Jun 2014 | 8:07 am
    WordTrance - Reading and Writing Genre Fiction The key to getting children interested in reading is to keep them entertained and a great way of doing this is through humour. Some of the finest writers of children’s The post Laugh Out Loud! Top Five Humour Books For Children appeared first on WordTrance.
 
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    Peter J StoryPeter J Story

  • Notable Quotes: 41

    Peter J Story
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    “Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.” —– Francis Bacon
  • Notable Quotes: 40

    Peter J Story
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    “Writing comes more easily if you have something to say.” —– Sholem Asch
  • Ask Grak 12: Confused in Constantinople

    Peter J Story
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Dear Grak, Have you ever planned to meet someone at a restaurant, but you wound up at the wrong place without realizing it? That happened to me the other night when I was supposed to meet my boyfriend for dinner. And it got me thinking, could this be a sign that I subconsciously don’t want to ...
  • Notable Quotes: 39

    Peter J Story
    17 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    “When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing.” —– Enrique Jardiel Poncela
  • Notable Quotes: 38

    Peter J Story
    16 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    “If I don’t write to empty my mind, I go mad.” —– Lord Byron
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    Little Miss Bookmark

  • Review: Four Weeks Till Forever (The Pryce Family #1) by Nadia Lee

    19 Aug 2014 | 4:42 pm
    He's never met a woman he wants to spend his life with...The man: Billionaire playboy Mark Pryce.The problem: A "real" date for his family's Fourth of July party...or he'll have to attend with the heiress his mother's picked out for him to marry.The woman: His best friend's executive assistant, Hilary Rosenberg--the only one who can save him from this fate worse than death....she is convinced good men are a thing of the past.Disillusioned by a series of painful relationships, Hilary has no interest in dating Mark--even as a pretense--for the next four weeks. He's too sexy, too smart,…
  • Review: This is Falling by Ginger Scott

    19 Aug 2014 | 4:27 pm
    First, I had to remember how to breathe. Then, I had to learn how to survive. Two years, three months and sixteen days had passed since I was the Rowe Stanton from before, since tragedy stole my youth and my heart went along with it.When I left for college, I put a thousand miles between my future and my past. I’d made a choice—I was going to cross back to the other side, to live with the living. I just didn’t know how.And then I met Nate Preeter.An All-American baseball player, Nate wasn’t supposed to notice a ghost-of-a-girl like me. But he did. He shouldn’t want to know my name.
  • Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Horror Business by Ryan Craig Bradford

    14 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Welcome to the Cover Reveal forHorror Business by Ryan Craig Bradfordpresented by Month9Books!Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!Armed with a passion for classic B-grade horror movies, a script co-written by his twin brother, and a wicked crush on his death-obsessed neighbor; hardcore horror fan Jason Nightshade must finish his student film.But his plans are derailed when the children of suburban Silver Creek start disappearing – his twin brother among them. Battling a possessed video camera, a crazy zombie dog, a monstrous bully, and a frighteningly broken down…
  • Spotlight and Giveaway: Light Up the Night (The Night Stalkers #5) by M.L. Buchman

    14 Aug 2014 | 11:57 am
    Trisha O’Malley rebelled against her affluent family by joining the U.S. Army’s secret helicopter regiment, the 160th SOAR. Now a Chief Warrant Officer, she found her toughest fight yet in the pilot’s seat of an MH-6M attack helicopter.William Wallace Bruce is an undercover CIA agent who doesn’t trust the military. But when the Horn of Africa is threatened by Somali pirates, Trisha flies out to recover ships and hostages … including one very ungrateful Will. Everything about Trisha triggers his mistrust: her elusive past, her wild energy, and her proclivity for flying past safety's…
  • Review: Nora Roberts Land (Dare Valley #1) by Ava Miles

    12 Aug 2014 | 8:35 am
    Journalist Meredith Hale’s ex-husband claimed her Nora Roberts addiction gave her unrealistic expectations about marriage, and she believed him. All dreams of happily ever after—or Nora Roberts Land as her mother calls it—went up in smoke. But when her family asks her to temporarily help their Dare Valley, Colorado newspaper, she decides it’s time to change her life and prove her ex wrong. She’s determined to find her own small-town Nora Roberts hero, prove that true love exists, and publish a story about her quest.War correspondent Tanner McBride has just returned stateside to work…
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    TolkienBlog.com

  • Tolkien in the National Journal

    Emily
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:14 pm
    I came across an article in the National Journal entitled “From Dickens to Amazon: A Brief History of Literary Feuds.” Playing off the recent controversy between Amazon and Hachette Books, the author touches upon a few famous historical literary debacles. The first one mentioned is Tolkien’s major copyright battle with Ace Books. I’ll let you read the article for the… Read more The post Tolkien in the National Journal appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
  • Silmarillion Character Profile: Galadriel

    Emily
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:19 pm
    One of the most daunting things about reading The Silmarillion is keeping all of the names straight. I love this, so I want to make it more accessible for the general reader with brief character profiles. Name: Galadriel Immediate Family: Father & Mother: Finarfin and Eärwen Siblings: Finrod, Orodreth, Angrod, and Aegnor. Husband: Celeborn Daughter: Celebrían Home: born in Valinor, lived in Middle-earth… Read more The post Silmarillion Character Profile: Galadriel appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
  • Shadow of Mordor Canon or Not?

    Emily
    9 Aug 2014 | 8:48 pm
    One of the most anticipated video games of 2014 is Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. While it’s not the first movie licensed game with a plot that’s tangential to the events of LotR and The Hobbit, it’s certainly gotten a lot more press than others (The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age and The Lord of the Rings: War in the North… Read more The post Shadow of Mordor Canon or Not? appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
  • Silmarillion Character Profile: Angrod and Aegnor

    Emily
    7 Aug 2014 | 2:15 pm
    One of the most daunting things about reading The Silmarillion is keeping all of the names straight. I love this, so I want to make it more accessible for the general reader with brief character profiles. Names: Angrod and Aegnor Immediate Family: Father & Mother: Finarfin and Eärwen Brother #1: Finrod Brother #2: Orodreth Sister: Galadriel Home: born in Valinor, lived in Middle-earth Claim… Read more The post Silmarillion Character Profile: Angrod and Aegnor appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
  • The Legend of Slag the Dragon: The First Hobbit Animated Feature

    Emily
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:46 pm
    Before Peter Jackson’s Hobbit films, before his Lord of the Rings films, before the Rankin Bass Return of the King and The Hobbit, before even Ralph Bakshi’s Lord of the Rings, there was another film based on Tolkien’s works. In 1966, there was a Hobbit animated feature created–and it was just under twelve minutes long. Suffice it to say, this film makes Jackson look like a purist of… Read more The post The Legend of Slag the Dragon: The First Hobbit Animated Feature appeared first on TolkienBlog.com.
 
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  • Paige Bradley

    J Rex
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:09 am
    “Born in Carmel, California Paige Bradley knew she would be an artist by the age of nine. Immersed in nature and art, Bradley’s fascination with the human figure began early. She believed that through the figure an artist could speak a universal language that is timeless and essential. Paige Bradley started drawing from the nude [&hellip
  • Body Sculpting

    J Rex
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:29 pm
    By the time I finished college I was 6’3 and 215lbs of disgusting. While in school I was eating practically everything in sight and drinking soda all day long. After graduating and moving to South Florida I realized I couldn’t hide my blubber under several layers of clothes and still look decent in the muggy [&hellip
  • Cultural Appropriation

    J Rex
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:39 am
    Is there a difference between Cultural Exchange and Cultural Appropriation? When a white man in Poland encounters Reggae music as a kid, dreads his hair and makes Polish Reggae is he stealing something? When black people grow out their afro and cut it into a Mohawk (commonly called a Frohawk) are they doing the same [&hellip
  • Die Antwoord

    J Rex
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:27 pm
    Die Antwoord is an Independent South African Rap-Rave group featuring lead vocalists Watkin Tudor Jones (Ninja) and Anri du Toit (Yolandi Visser) along with their DJ, Hi-Tek. Jones previously released albums with prior groups Max Normal and Constructus Corporation before teaming up with his personal assistant Anri and forming Die Antwoord in 2008. With the [&hellip
  • The Magus

    J Rex
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:14 pm
    It’s very rare that I pick up a work of fiction and read it from beginning to end in one sitting without any interruptions. The Magus by John Fowles was that rare exception. The paperback cover is what initially caught my eye (I’m pretty basic and any image of a fit nude woman gets my [&hellip
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    The Art of Storytelling in Novels, Journalism and Pop Culture - Bernice Landry

  • The Artist in Disguise in Isaac Bashevis Singer

    Bernice Landry
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:46 am
    Novelists write about every kind of character imaginable. Or do they?Sometimes, I wonder.No matter how a writer may strive to shape his or her characters into mundane or average peopleit seems to me that some spark of the creative imagination that bore them, some impression of the sculptor’s hand, often remains.To take one of a multitude of examples, one of my favorite writers, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, is not known to write about artists. But I would say that Florentino Ariza in “Love in the Time of Cholera”, with his feverish vow to stay true to his love Fermina Daza, even as the…
  • President Obama, Lost Protagonist in a Disjointed Story

    Bernice Landry
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:44 am
    Once upon a time there was an African-American candidate running for President of the United States. His election campaign rang out with promises of hope and change. People came by the tens of thousands to watch his powerful, moving speeches.Here was a candidate who understood the power of narrative. Though still young, he had written an autobiography detailing the experiences of growing up bi-racial in America. Known for the power of his critical thinking and his hard-won self-awareness, this candidate seemed particularly promising after eight years of the George W. Bush administration —…
  • In the Garden of Good and Evil with “Rectify”

    Bernice Landry
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:44 am
    I recently saw a movie that followed the typical superhero formula, twisting and turning in all the right places, with very attractive movie stars and an outrageous special effects budget. Along with its box office entertainment value I think it was also supposed to deliver a strong moral premise, judging by some of its preachier dialogue.As I left the cinema I pictured the film’s writers in some windowless office, leafing through notes from the director, with pink arrow-shaped stickers indicating “place moralizing HERE.”Too often movies and other narrative works seem to employ moral…
  • Shakespeare and the Summertime of Imagination

    Bernice Landry
    17 Jun 2014 | 7:05 am
    Flowering trees drop blossoms on the pavement. Rows of tulips cup the midday sun. Even the moon, more starkly visible in winter, seems more richly rounded and hauntingly mysterious.Though the calendar may say it’s springtime — summer in all her extravagance had arrived.When summer rolls around, I often think of live performances of Shakespeare. For as soon as the flowers spring to life, so do the many festivals and outdoor summer stocks and community playhouses — ranging from intimate seaside stages to the star-studded New York Shakespeare in the Park.Nothing beats a performance of…
  • Down and Out, Then Paranoid With George Orwell

    Bernice Landry
    10 Jun 2014 | 7:51 am
    While many of his contemporaries are no longer read except by specialists, it seems that references to the paranoid fantasies of George Orwell are more common than ever.When I encounter one of these references (to Big Brother, Thought Crimes, The Ministry of Truth, etc.) I often think it would be good to re-read “Animal Farm and “1984” and be reminded of exactly what Orwell said. Did his books anticipate NSA vs. Edward Snowden and GPS tracking devices in our iPhones — or were his messages more subtle than a passing glance might suggest?But as I…
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    The Mad Hobbit - Blog

  • What you will get in The desolation of smaug, the extended edition.

    13 Aug 2014 | 5:07 am
    First of all is the first part of the enchanted river scene (as seen below) that will apear, followed by an encounter with a white elk, which Thorin or Kili will try to shoot. Apparently increased Beorn's scenes with a possible redo of the dwarves introduction according to a subtitle consultant. Extended discussion with Smaug.  What are the extra scenes ? Cliquez ici pour modifier. - Extended scenes- 2 disks of Bonuses and unfinished footage, like in the "Unexpected Journey" extended edition.- More New Zealand tourism videos, in the style of "100% Middle Earth, 100% New Zealand"-…
  • The History of Gondor, Part 1

    11 Aug 2014 | 7:01 am
    Gondor was home to many Númenóreans. For it is indeed a much more fertile region than Arnor, in the north. Therefore the area was very populated even before the arrival of the sons of Elendil. At that time the main city of the region was not the famous Minas Tirith, or the capital Osgiliath but another city that we know as Pelargir. However Gondor was not truly a "nation", it had no sovereign right, it was born from the separation of Númenórian colonies and it's mainland, between Elendili (Friend of elves) and the king's men (These are Nùménorien who…
  • Visiting the greisinger museum, Wilderland

    9 Aug 2014 | 2:54 pm
    I made a page dedicated to this visit that I will update as I release these : /visit-of-the-greisinger-museum.htmlA few days ago, I got the honor of visiting the Greisinger Museum, a museum dedicated to Tolkien which hosts the largest collection of Middle-Earth pieces, with over 3000 books, 10000 illustrations and 12000 memorablia, of which I was only able to get a few glimpses. Please let it be known that I have very few pictures of the books, as most of them are signed and the museum forbade me from taking pictures of them.I first got to visit the Hobbit-Hole, or Smial though I felt it…
  • What is up with 'shadow of mordor's Celebrimbor

    8 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Not looking so good are you Celebrimbor ?Celebrimbor was a lot of things, a Ñoldor, a descendant of Fëanor, a ruler of Eregion, a friend of Dwarves, forger of the elven rings, and deceived. What I might have missed in the Silmarilion was when he became a wraith and fused with a ranger during the Third Age. i think a lot of us missed that. This trailer was released a few weeks ago, at comic-con, and has caused quite a fuss. A lot of fans are outraged at the twist on the wraiths origins. And I don't entirely blame them. I'm certainly not what you would call a purist, I'm open to…
  • Visiting the greisinger museum, moria

    7 Aug 2014 | 2:21 pm
    I made a page dedicated to this visit that I will update as I release these : /visit-of-the-greisinger-museum.html A few days ago, I got the honor of visiting the Greisinger Museum, a museum dedicated to Tolkien which hosts the largest collection of Middle-Earth pieces, with over 3000 books, 10000 illustrations and 12000 memorablia, of which I was only able to get a few glimpses. Please let it be known that I have very few pictures of the books, as most of them are signed and the museum forbade me from taking pictures of them. I first got to visit the Hobbit-Hole, or Smial though I felt…
 
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